VAGINAL
infections

Understanding

Lactobacillus rhamnosus (GR-1) and Lactobacillus reuteri (RC-14) are regarded to be effective probiotics in waging war against bacterial and fungal vaginal infections. Lactobacillus species are able to combat Gardnerella vaginalis and Candida albicans. Some Lactobacilli strains produce lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and bacteria inhibiting bacteriocins. 3/2008 www.lef.org  Many yogurts and cottage cheeses contain live lactobacillus.  Check labels and expiration dates.

Alternative Medicine

Tampons, especially with synthetic fibers, often contribute to infections.  A new tampon will release natural supplements (lactic & citric acids) to increase vagina acidity during menstruation.  7/21/04 Wall Street Journal   www.wsj.com
On the horizon are tampons with antifungal medication or painkillers for menstrual cramps.
Some health food stores are now offering organic/all natural/untreated cotton tampons.
Trichomonas is a vaginal protozoan infection.  Metronidazole tablets can be prescribed by a doctor. 
Nofziger, Margaret     A Cooperative Method of Natural Birth Control  publisher  www.healthy-eating.com
Additionally goldenseal supplements are recommended.  Berberine extracts from the goldenseal plant have demonstrated growth inhibition of Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, Trichomonas vaginalis, and Leishmania donovani.  (Conjunctivitis is sometimes treated with berberine external wound solution, which can be found over the counter in pharmacies....
Goldenseal should NOT be used in pregnancy, due to the potential for berberine to cause uterine contractions and miscarriage, as well as neonatal jaundice because of bilirubin displacement properties)  
http://meded.ucsd.edu/isp/2003/thomas/herb_goldenseal.html
Wright, Dr Jonathan in his joint venture with Bio-Tech to provide d-Mannose supplements states that a good source of d-mannose simple sugar is cranberries and pineapple (such as juice).  (When possible eat/juice raw organic foods.) However, to combat yeast, vaginal and bladder infections plus kidney problems, one needs 1/2-1 tsp equivalent to l gram of d-mannose often every 3-4 hours when awake (1/4-1/2 tsp for children).  Recommendation is to take as a powder in liquids.  It is very effective in eliminating "excessive" good/friendly E (Escherichia) coli + bad mutant/unfriendly/unnormal E coli.
Oz, Dr How to Avoid the Gynecologist  http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/how-avoid-gynecologist good
Prevention includes: Vitamin D3 (via daily sunshine or supplements) is especially beneficial for bacterial vaginosisTrichomoniasis (sexually transmitted with green discharge) responds well to zinc.  (Consider zinc supplements or zinc oxide ointment as a vaginal cream.)  Add organic yogurt with live bacteria to diet to help prevent (lumpy discharge) yeast infections.  Wear cotton underwear because it breathes. NO underwear at bedtime!

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