One of the Most Bizarre Urinary Tract Infection Causes?

This is possibly one of the most bizarre urinary tract infection causes you have ever heard of, but for those with chronic urinary tract infections, you must eliminate this extremely common food from your diet. For those (usually women) who get chronic urinary tract infections, it’s often a nightmare to wake up and get that searing pain indicating you, yet again, have another UTI and wonder about the cause when you’ve read EVERY page on the internet about urinary tract infection causes and you have done everything possible to prevent one.

Since this is a site about fluoroquinolones, we warn you to please read our page on the Introduction to Fluoroquinolone antibiotics since taking these antibiotics for a UTI could end up leaving you injured or disabled, and that you get a Culture and Sensitivity Test so that you don’t end up not only disabled, but disabled because you took antibiotics when you didn’t even NEED them in the first place!

But back to urinary tract infection causes. You’ve tried everything every other website says to do, and you are still getting chronic urinary tract infections. I’ll bet there is one thing you haven’t tried… not eating chicken! And I’m not even talking about not eating RAW chicken, we all know that raw chicken harbors the Salmonella bacteria, so no one eats raw chicken.

I’m talking about eating even COOKED chicken.  The evidence is quite good that one of the urinary tract infection causes, particularly for those who get chronic UTI’s, is eating chicken! While it certainly sounds bizarre, we’ll go over the compelling evidence for this.

 

Is Eating Chicken is One of the Urinary Tract Infection Causes?

OK, so lets get into the evidence for this seemingly crazy idea. Most urinary tract infections (particularly in women) are caused from the Escherichia coli bacteria, also called E Coli. It’s such a common cause of urinary tract infections that doctors giving antibiotics will assume you have an E. Coli infection when giving you antibiotics, and will only question what the organism is if the antibiotics don’t work.

While we think of chicken as harboring mostly  Salmonella, a lesser known fact is that it also harbors the E. Coli bacteria. So researchers who wanted to test this outlandish sounding theory started out inexpensively to see if there was any merit to this idea. They started simply with a questionnaire asking about dietary habits. Lo and behold, they found that those with more urinary tract infections ate more chicken 1.

 

Are Urinary Tract Infections Contagious Illnesses?

Next, they did genetic testing of the infections of all of the women in a particular area who developed urinary tract infections at the same time and almost all of the infections had the exact same genetic signature! 2

That told the researchers that these urinary tract infections all came from a single source. Since these studies were done in Los Angeles and Montreal, and not a small town where many people would have had contact with one another, the source had to come from somewhere… and that lent more evidence to the idea that these outbreaks are coming from chicken.

This study showed a clonal link between E. coli from meat and humans, providing solid evidence that UTI is zoonosis. The close relationship between community-dwelling human and UTI isolates may indicate a point source spread, e.g. through contaminated meat. 3

This also lends evidence to the idea that urinary tract infections aren’t from poor hygiene, but are a contagious illness that can be ‘caught’ from something outside of them! That’s quite a novel concept. With this new information in hand, they then went to the next step, to see if they could identify the source that was causing the contagious outbreak of urinary tract infections.

Well, the results are in and, indeed, community ‘outbreaks’ of bladder infections have shown that there is a link between the infection and the genetically identical bacteria found in meat sold in the area, and that the women had consumed the meat! 4  5 6.

One study called these findings that urinary tract infection causes might come from infected meat, and specifically infected poultry, a ‘paradigm shift’ 7 in our understanding of bladder infections and kidney infections, and I agree. Women who get chronic bladder infections who had been doing ‘everything right’ might now have a new way to prevent these chronic bladder infections and kidney infections that are so destructive to health and to quality of life.

However, it’s not as simple as avoiding chicken. The problem lies in the fact that the gut harbors these bacteria, where they seek an opportunity to invade. Avoiding poultry is the first step, but the second step is to taking good care to improve the health of the gut flora where the bacteria in poultry can lie harbored for several months at a time by eating foods, like homemade sauerkraut, that contain probiotic bacteria, or by regularly taking probiotics like Garden of Life Probiotics that can help to repopulate the healthy bacteria in your digestive tract that prevent them from migrating into the bladder where they are one of the urinary tract infection causes.

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