Incontinence

 

plagues most elderly persons. It begins to plague women

much earlier—after childbirth, for instance. Surgically shortening

the bands that hold the bladder in position (called bladder

“lifting”) can give temporary relief, but the surgeon may be the

first to tell you that it is a temporary fix. Still, it is so shocking

not to be able to run a few steps or sneeze or cough without

wetting the underwear, that anything seems better than doing

nothing. Surgeons will tell you that the bands have been

“overstretched.”

The real reason why nothing, not even surgery, is permanent

is that the support bands are weak. Bacterial invasion causes

most of this weakness. Low potassium levels (due to excess

potassium losses by the adrenals) causes more weakness. When

you kill bacteria (and Schistosomes and Ascaris and other parasites

that bring in bacteria) and blood potassium levels go up, the

problem is solved. Overnight you may throw those pads away.

Even though you needed three pads to be “safe” you will not

need any. Whether you have killed bacteria permanently

determines whether you have permanently cured the condition.

Make sure all dairy foods are absolutely sterile. Ask that the milk

be boiled for ten seconds and other foods that can't be sterilized

are not on the menu, like sour cream. Sour cream has too much

tyramine to be safe. Tyramine is a bacterial by product that is

quite toxic; it is rather high in aged cheese, also. With the food

bacteria, Salmonellas and Shigella, out of the way and parasites

being killed regularly, you can focus attention on the adrenals

which control potassium levels.

Be careful not to rave about the foods that your loved one

cannot eat.

Eating more potassium in food is a good nutrition project.

Bananas are the top choice. Fresh fruit salad and baked potatoes

and soup also provides a lot. Mixing potassium salt with regular

salt, half and half, for the shaker is another easy trick, even if you

only use it in cooking where the taste cannot be detected.

Potassium by prescription is often used by clinicians to conserve

body potassium during diuretic use. This need not be stopped (if

the pills are not polluted) although taking potassium pills is less

useful than salting it in because the adrenals will let any big dose

escape anyway. A sign of too much potassium is a slow pulse.

It may be necessary to wear some kind of incontinence underwear.

Try to avoid them at night, though, so the skin can

breathe freely. Bring a commode near the bed for the night, rather

than diapering your loved one (but don't call them diapers; say

“underwear”). Absorbent pants of all kinds are heavily

chemicalized. This is absorbed by the skin and adds to the toxin

level. Less will be absorbed if you powder the skin with cornstarch

first. Use them minimally and line them with tissue or

paper towel. Chair and bed pads, too, are chemicalized. Don't sit

on them with bare skin. To facilitate getting to the commode

quickly in the night, dress the elderly in a short night shirt, no

pajamas or long gown. Bed socks on the feet help with warmth.

Wash the body parts daily, around the urinary and rectal

outlet, using borax water. Follow with 5% grain alcohol. Put

washcloth in laundry after a single use. Nothing, not even brain

improvement, impresses and encourages an elderly person as

much as seeing the incontinence lessen. This bit of progress will

put him or her solidly on your side. When they believe in you, it

makes your task more rewarding. Remember to enjoy and celebrate

your achievements together; don't make a grim business out

of it.



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