Pain, burning, and frequent urination plagued Laura Dewitt for decades. Allergic to antibiotics, she went looking for a natural cure for her chronic UTIs. That’s when she remembered her mother’s secret weapon against infections — her wedding ring!
“Here we go again,” Laura Dewitt groaned, feeling the familiar burning and pain of another urinary tract infection (UTI) coming on. The Brevard, North Carolina, then-58-year-old had suffered from chronic UTIs ever since her early 20s. Her two favorite activities have always been horseback riding and running, so she’d end up in sweaty clothes for long periods of time — a trigger for UTIs. And they had become more frequent now that she was going through menopause. Her doctor had explained that it makes women more prone to the infections because the angle of the urethra can change as hormone levels fluctuate, making it easier for bacteria to enter.
Heading to the medicine cabinet, Laura started loading up on vitamin C to help her immune system fight off the infection. That usually did the trick. But this time, the painful burning and frequent urination only grew worse. I need to find something better than vitamin C to treat this, she thought.
But that something had to be natural. Laura was reluctant to take antibiotics or other prescription medications because in college, doctors had prescribed an antibiotic and a painkiller for her UTI that put her to sleep for days. She’d had no energy to even eat, and she lost 20 pounds by the time she felt better! Several years later, she was given penicillin for another infection and had a severe allergic reaction.
I know there has to be something else out there that can help me, she hoped.
A Surprising Remedy for Chronic UTIs
As Laura started doing research on natural options, she got to thinking about the bacterial infections her horses sometimes battled. She treated them with colloidal silver, a mineral with powerful antibacterial properties. I always have success with silver, she thought. I wonder if that could work for me? As she thought about it, she suddenly remembered how when she was a child in England, her mother had once rubbed her silver wedding ring on a stye on Laura’s eye … and it went away quickly.
Inspired, Laura bought some Natural Path Silver Wings Colloidal Silver 500 PPM (Buy on Amazon, $29.56). The suggested daily dose for maintaining good health was half a teaspoon twice daily. But because she was fighting an active infection, Laura took the recommended “crisis” dose: one teaspoon three times a day. While many people mix the silver in water, Laura chose to take it straight off the spoon.
Within three days, she felt better. The pain went away, she was urinating much less frequently and there wasn’t that telltale burning. But knowing symptoms could disappear before the infection itself was fully cured, Laura continued taking the higher dose of silver for a total of 10 days, since that’s about how long antibiotics take to clear up an infection.
From then on, Laura kept a bottle of silver on hand. When she felt a little bit of pain and burning last year, she immediately started taking a dropperful of silver three times a day, and after only three days, her symptoms disappeared.
Laura was thrilled, but she couldn’t help but wish there was a way she could prevent getting an infection in the first place. Could silver be the answer for that too? she wondered.
Inspired, Laura decided to make supplementing with silver part of her daily routine to see if taking it regularly could keep future infections at bay. So she put a few drops in a glass of water and drank it every day. Weeks, then months passed and Laura hadn’t felt so much as a twinge of pain or burning. It’s really working, she rejoiced.
Today, it has been more than 18 months since Laura, now 60, has been taking silver daily, and she hasn’t had a single UTI. After 40 years of living with chronic infections, she is finally able to enjoy all her favorite activities without worrying she’ll develop another painful infection.
Seeing the amazing benefits, Laura now also puts a few drops of silver on her toothbrush to keep her gums and teeth strong, having learned that menopause can negatively affect dental health, too. And she’s delighted at how affordable colloidal silver is — one bottle lasts her about three months if she uses it as both a daily supplement and to maintain her gum health.
“I can honestly say that I will never stop using silver,” Laura affirms. “Why would I? It’s all-natural, safe and cost-effective — and it works! In the past two years, I haven’t had a UTI or other significant health issue. I found my miracle cure.”
If you are thinking of taking colloidal silver for chronic UTIs, be sure to speak with your doctor first. Also, check out these five other natural remedies. Make sure that you use the right solution for you!
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.