The orthodox practitioner will swiftly prescribe antibiotics for cystitis, very often without taking a urine sample to see if the bacteria are sensitive. This is leading to the production of resistant strains of bacteria, which is detrimental to the individual and society as a whole.

Cystitis can be dealt with by altering the acidity of the urine and making it more alkaline. Over-the-counter preparations of alkaline compounds are effective, useful but expensive. An alternative is the use of sodium bicarbonate, as described in the section on cystitis . Excessive use of the alkalizing compounds can cause other problems and therefore should not be overused, but I recommend the use of them in preference to antibiotics.