Mesh Infections & Probiotics
I am well aware that as more women undertake full mesh removal surgery that many have dealt with more than one mesh in their bodies and the consequences of these meshes can hurt them very much. Especially those who had mesh wrapped around their colons and it eroded through and the waste in their bodies leaked out into their system. Over the long haul, these complications do so much damage and these women have a tougher time of getting back to better health even after it has all been removed.
So I am grateful to have found someone who has so much knowledge in all things natural, herbal and supplements. I accidentally found this lady a few days ago when researching how long mesh had been around and came across her article on the subject. She was warning about the dangers of mesh and I was quite impressed with her vast knowledge. So I emailed her that day, sent her my blog and from then on she has been helping me help you in more ways than one. It will take me awhile to get the blogs written, but this is the first one.
One lady contacted me recently to ask me if I would write further on probiotics because there were so many on the market and she just was not sure what to choose. So because of the amount of women suffering from terrible infections from mesh, I asked Gayle otherwise known as the Leaf Lady, did she have a good article to post for you to read. She did not, but kindly and generously wrote one for women who are suffering both before and after bladder sling surgery.
Please realize that taking an antibiotic as ordered by your doctor for a period of time after removal surgery, should not be ignored. For me Cipro was out because any drug from this family of drugs could be detrimental for my health and you should read all side effects of this drug to understand if you wish to take it or not. Remember, we are now in control of our health and must decide what we will or will not take because we have already been through so much hell. Therefore you need to READ EVERYTHING and look at those side effects seriously because for most of us, mesh has been a terrible attack on our immune systems. Then if you do not wish to take it, ask for a different type of antibiotic prescription. Remember. You will now decided for yourself what you will or will not put into your body.
I took a prescription antibiotic drug for one week after surgery as ordered by Dr. Raz but I knew this drug did not help me after the sling was put in me origianlly, so I took my marshmallow root with me to begin again after my surgery. I took it in-between the antibiotic times, always being sure nothing I took at any time clashed with the other. I asked Gayle what she thought of marshmallow root because of how it helped me through all that time I waited to have removal surgery. This is what she sent back to me. Be sure you go there to read what else she said. It will truly make you a believer.
This was her reply. I really like Marshmallow root. I have an article here http://naturalhealthnews.blogspot.com/2008/12/ever-consider-herbal-help-for-ibs.html It is tremendously anti inflammatory. I can supply the extract and capsules, also the organic herb for making tea.
So please ladies. I understand that most of us are so broke because of mesh complications, but if you cannot find what you need, go to this lady because she wrote this article at no charge to me. She will also do personal consultations.
Now here is her article.
This article was written expressly for Bladder Sling Surgery
A major part of your immune system is in your gut. Using antibiotics seem to reduce immune system activity as a result of killing off the normal gut bacteria. This can also lead to the development of secondary infection.
In this scenario, changes in types of antibiotics often occur and this can lead to the new “super-infections”. In the 1990s your could find medical journal articles noting this issue and the suggestion to recommending the use of health promoting flora along with antibiotic drugs. Food the most part this did not take hold in mainstream medicine at that time, and only now is it slowly changing.
Bifidobacteria was first isolated from a breast-fed infant by Henry Tissier who worked at the Pasteur Institute. Tissier found that bifidobacteria are dominant in the gut flora of breast fed babies and he observed clinical benefits from treating diarrhea in infants with bifidobacteria.
In 1935 certain strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus were found to be very active when implanted in the human digestive tract. Trials were carried out using this organism, and encouraging results were obtained especially in the relief of chronic constipation.
The term “probiotics” was first introduced in 1953 by Werner Kollath. In contrast to antibiotics, probiotics were defined as microbially derived factors that stimulate the growth of other microorganisms. In 1989, Roy Fuller suggested a definition of probiotics that has been widely used: “A live microbial feed supplement which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance”.
Experiments into the potential health effects of supplemental probiotics include the molecular biology and genomics of Lactobacillus in immune function, cancer, and antibiotic-associated diarrhea, travelers’ diarrhea, pediatric diarrhea,IBD and IBS.
People thought to be lactose intolerant can tolerate ingestion of certain active strains may help people tolerate lactose than they would otherwise be able to do.
In 2010 a study suggested that probiotics, by introducing “good” bacteria into the gut, may help maintain immune system activity, which in turn helps the body react more quickly to new infections.
Bifidus may help bloating along with pain and discomfort. Acidophilus has been shown to reduce the side effects of antibiotic therapy. When used as a mixed formula, acidophilus and bifidus have shown to be helpful in cases of C. difficile. Some antibiotics are fluoride based and in this case, based on my experience, a different approach may be necessary along with probiotics.
If you experience difficulty digesting carbohydrates you may want to avoid products containing “prebiotics”. This may be an ingredient such as ‘inulin’.
Fibers can also be of help, however I do not encourage wheat bran as it can lead to anemia. Pectin, cellulose, hemicelluose, lignans, gums, and mucilage along with probiotics help promote the growth of good intestinal flora.
Oat bran has one of the highest concentrations of fiber. Oat bran also contains gums and mucilages. Rice bran is very high in fiber and contains sterols that reduce IL-6. Rice bran also contains 74 antioxidants and sterols, fats that reduce IL-6.
A new probiotic called Bifa 15 contains microencapsulated B. Longum designed to get past the stomach acids and reach the colon. This product deserves special watching as acetic acid will produce a very hostile environment to HIV, Candida and most other infections of the large intestines. Researchers have also found that B Longum increases IgA, an immunoglobulin that improves mucosal immunity.
For the vast majority of people the supermarket variety of “probiotic” products are not effective and they are expensive.
Using a high quality probiotic complex made with Acidophilus and Bifidus is where you need to start. Acidophilus works mainly in the large intestine, Bifidus is more active in the small intestine. By combining Acidophilus with organic whey powder you will be able to move toward a healthier colon as the combination works to help kill of unhealthy bacteria and also candida. Adding Bifidus is a plus.
In severe situations you may need to choose a product with more strains of healthy flora. I have used a product several times that contains 100 different cultures.
The more cultures in a product the more costly it will be. Additionally, such commercial brands develop a strain and patent it with a unique name but this does not guarantee the best or any result. The supermarket products do this for the commercial marketplace, and they are costly.
Adding fermented foods such as home made yoghurt (simple to make), fresh sauerkraut, organic apple cider vinegar drink, tempeh, miso, kimchee, kefir, etc. will be very beneficial to your gut and your immune status.
Make sure you take the time to read labels on the products you are purchasing. Start with a good to high quality product that you find in the refrigerated section at your store containing both acidophilus and bifidus in at least 1-2.5 million count. Some products say they do not need refrigeration however I always recommend this.
One acidophilus product I like is from Kroeger Herb Company. It is called Taurin-Dophilus and it is a combination of the amino acid taurine, acidophilus cultures, and freeze dried prune. The food base from prune is a plus. I have found it very beneficial and it is a product that does need need refrigeration so it is good for people who travel. I believe the simple approach often offers more benefit.
If you purchase yoghurt or kefir drinks make sure they do not contain carrageenan. This is a toxic thickener and it can in some instances make it difficult to keep your immune system healthy.
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