If you found this page, you either have been diagnosed with
Interstitial Cystitis, or know someone who has Interstitial Cystitis.
This isn't meant to be a discussion on what is known about the
The following was taken from an information page on IC. While it has many factual
details, we feel there are underlying bacterial causes that can be determined with
proper culturing of samples, as has been proven through previous patient experience.
Your doctor may not be willing to do such culturing, but the bacteria IS there and has
been benefited using our adjunctive nutritional program listed below.
Anything to support the immune system can possibly help IC.
The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The kidneys, a pair of
purplish-brown organs, are located below the ribs toward the middle of the back. The kidneys
remove liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine, keep a stable balance of salts and other
substances in the blood, and produce erythropoietin, a hormone that aids the formation of red
blood cells. Narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, a triangle-shaped chamber in the lower abdomen. Like a balloon, the bladder's elastic walls relax and
expand to store urine and contract and flatten when urine is emptied through the urethra. The
typical adult bladder can store about 1 1/2 cups of urine.
Adults pass about a quart and a half of urine each day. The amount of urine varies, depending on
the fluids and foods a person consumes. The volume formed at night is about half that formed in
Normal urine is sterile. It contains fluids, salts and waste products, but it is free of bacteria,
viruses and fungi. The tissues of the bladder are isolated from urine and toxic substances by a
coating that discourages bacteria from attaching and growing on the bladder wall.
People with interstitial cystitis (IC) have an inflamed, or irritated, bladder wall. This
inflammation can lead to scarring and stiffening of the bladder, decreased bladder capacity,
glomerulations (pinpoint bleeding) and, in rare cases, ulcers in the bladder lining.
IC, also known as painful bladder syndrome and frequency-urgency-dysuria syndrome, is a
complex, chronic disorder that has baffled doctors for as long as it has been recognized.
Estimates of the number of people who have IC run as high as 500,000, but no one knows for
sure how many people have it. About 90 percent of IC patients are women. While people of any
age can be affected, about two-thirds of patients are in their twenties, thirties, or forties. IC is rare
in children. In a few cases, IC has afflicted both mother and daughter, but there is no evidence
that the disorder is hereditary, or genetically passed from parent to child.
Two Types of Interstitial Cystitis
Because IC varies so much in its symptoms and severity, most researchers believe that it is not
one but several diseases. Two types of IC are usually described; they are mainly distinguished by
whether ulcers have formed on the bladder wall. Most researchers believe that IC does not
generally progress from the nonulcerative to the ulcerative form.
This disorder is the most common type of IC. It usually affects young to middle-age women who
have a normal, near normal, or increased bladder capacity when measured under general
anesthesia. Glomerulations can be seen in the bladder wall.
This type of IC tends to be found in middle-age to older women. Bladder capacity is low (less
than 1 1/2 cups) when measured under general anesthesia. The decrease is thought to result in
part from fibrosis, the formation of threadlike tissue that makes the bladder stiff and small. Cracks, scars, and Hunner's ulcers (star-shaped
sores) in the bladder wall may bleed when the bladder is filled to capacity during a cystoscopy.
No one knows what causes IC, but doctors studying the disorder believe it is a real, physical
problem-not a result, symptom, or sign of an emotional problem.
One area of research on the cause of IC has focused on the lining of the bladder called the
glycocalyx, made up primarily of substances called mucins and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs).
This layer normally protects the bladder wall from toxic effects of urine and its contents.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, found that this protective layer of the
bladder was "leaky" in about 70 percent of IC patients they examined and may allow substances
in urine to pass into the bladder wall and trigger IC symptoms. The researchers also found that
patients with Hunner's ulcers had "leakier" bladders than patients without the ulcers.
Some people are diagnosed with IC after taking antibiotics for a presumed urinary tract infection.
Therefore, it has been suggested that antibiotics may damage the bladder wall and make it
"leaky." This idea has been studied carefully, but antibiotics have never been found to harm the
bladder wall. Thus, other ideas are more likely to explain why some IC patients are diagnosed
after a urinary tract infection. It is possible that the infection started an autoimmune response
against the bladder, the patient's original symptoms were from IC all along, or an infecting
organism is in bladder cells but is not detectable through routine tests.
The symptoms of IC vary greatly from one person to another but have some similarities to those
of a urinary tract infection:
- decreased bladder capacity
- an urgent need to urinate
- frequently day and night feelings of pressure,
- pain, and tenderness around the bladder, pelvis, and perineum (the
area between the anus and vagina or anus and scrotum), which may increase as the
bladder fills and decrease as it empties
- painful sexual intercourse in men
- discomfort or pain in the penis and scrotum.
- In most women, symptoms usually worsen around the menstrual cycle.
As with many other illnesses, stress may also intensify symptoms but does not cause them.
Below is a adjunctive treatment program that has been developed and utilized
by Health Professionals for their Interstitial Cystitis patients
with very good to excellent results.
Obviously the closer you can follow this program, the better
it will serve the nutritional and immune system needs your body has
to bring positive changes.
Please keep in mind that it might take several months of treatment to bring about complete results. If you have any questions about this, please ASK!
- Digest-A-Meal; Digestive enzymes - 2 caps with each meal - Two caps between meals for help systemically)
Infective agent control: (Very Important)
- For detox and dtainage: Toxex, 5-10 drops 3X per day in pure water