Recurring urinary tract infections are the second most common infection seen in physicians’ offices. These are seen in persons who have blockage of drainage of the urinary tract from prostatic enlargement or other causes, sexually active women after intercourse, young girls and older females who contaminate the bladder outlet by fecal material after having a bowel movement, and in the presence of kidney stones.

Antibiotic treatment is not a perfect solution for infections that have associated obstruction of urine drainage because the bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotic used become the survivors and these are usually more dangerous than the original bacteria.

Many women are unhappy after a course of antibiotics because the killing of bacteria in the vagina often enables a yeast infection to become established.

Often Beneficial With Urinary Infections
Bacteria Wash Out Of Urine With No Bacterial Resistance
No Known Side Effects
Research has shown that the use of a sugar (Mannitol) that interferes with bacteria’s ability to stay attached to the lining of the bladder or the other parts of the urinary system causes these bacteria to be washed out with urine. Mannitol is absorbed in the upper gastrointestinal tract and thus does not disturb bacteria in the small intestine or colon.
Because there is no interference with the metabolism of the bacteria in the urinary tract, there is no development of resistant bacteria. Mannitol appears to clear approximately 80 percent of urine infections. Mannitol is ten times more active than cranberry juice in preventing urinary tract infections due to E. coli.

Women who are troubled by bladder infections after intercourse can take Mannitol sixty minutes before intercourse and one half hour after intercourse. The bacteria that normally are pushed into the bladder outlet will be unable to get attached to the bladder wall because of the presence of Mannitol in the urine. This prevents usually prevents cystitis from developing. Mannitol does not raise the blood sugar in diabetic patients.

We like Mannitol because it clears urinary tract infections without disturbing the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract or vagina. No bacterial resistance develops.

Take one half teaspoon every three hours for the first 24 to 48 hours. When improvement or complete resolution is apparent, the dose can be reduced. The powder can be diluted in water, milk, or juice. For intercourse-related cystitis, take one-half teaspoon an hour before intercourse and another one-half teaspoon a half hour after intercourse. For severe kidney infections (fever and flank tenderness) two or three days may be needed for improvement. These individuals need Mannitol every one to two hours at the beginning of treatment. In some cases daily maintenance of one fourth of a teaspoon will need to be continued for several weeks.

Mannitol appears to be beneficial in clearing urinary tract infections. There is no disturbance of bacteria in the intestine or vagina.

Mannitol therapy opens a possible alternative way of resolving urinary tract infections. There is no development of bacterial resistance and no problem with vaginal infections, vomiting, or diarrhea. The sugar Mannitol looses the hold of bacteria from the lining membranes of the urinary tract so they are washed out in the urine. Patients usually improve after two days, but individuals with a serious infection in the kidney may require a daily dose of Mannitol for several weeks.