|10-01-2012, 11:22 PM||#21|
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
My understanding is the d-mannose blocks a receptor that e-coli uses to attach to the bladder wall.The d-mannose apparently attaches to the e-coli where the bladder wall cell would, and this blocks the attachment to the bladder wall. I have also read that d-mannose is food for the e-coli, the bacteria will leave the bladder wall for the d-mannose. Once the d-mannose is loaded with e-coli, you void and the bacteria is sent to e-coli heaven. If this theory is correct, it is important to use an overdose of the d-mannose (you are growing bacteria and when it runs out of the d-mannose food it turns on you bigger than ever), and also important to void frequently (as you are actually speeding up the growth rate of the bacteria).
The take away is to use 3 or 4 teaspoons of d-mannose per day (in my theory too little could make things worse), up the water intake, and void often (e-coli heaven).
My understanding is that d-mannose is a naturally occurring sugar that humans do not use. It is sent straight from the intestine to the kidneys to the bladder, and there is little interaction with our body, and no danger that you will hurt yourself with dosages of several teaspoons a day. Of course, I am not in any way trained in this and you need to judge for yourself.
T4 complete, 150 ft fall, 1966. Completely fused hips, partially fused knees and spine, heterotopic ossification. Unsuccessful DREZ surgery about 1990. Successful bladder augmentation using small intestine about 1992. Normal SCI IC UTI problems culminating in a hospital stay in 2001. No antibiotics or doctor visits for UTI since 2001: d-mannose. Your mileage may vary.
Last edited by gac3rd; 10-02-2012 at 12:59 PM. Reason: Rewrite how it works after overnight reflection
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