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Ten Ways to Make Cystitis and Interstitial Cystitis Worse

Ten Ways to Make Cystitis and Interstitial Cystitis Worse

Please note that I am not a doctor and nothing in this post is intended to constitute medical advice. Always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before embarking on any treatments or making dietary or lifestyle changes. The clue to this month’s blog is in the title really!  I often speak to people who are unwittingly doing things that could be aggravating their bladder pain symptoms.  They might even be doing some of them under the advice of their health professional, because many health professionals are not aware that certain ingredients can be irritating to the bladder.  If you already know a lot about cystitis and interstitial cystitis, there won’t be anything new for you in this list.  However, a lot of people who visit the Tiny Pioneer site are only just starting out on their journey and I thought they might appreciate a list of exacerbating factors!  So here they are:…

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Home Blood Testing Services with Medichecks:  Tiny Reviews!

Home Blood Testing Services with Medichecks: Tiny Reviews!

I recently had a great experience with a company called Medichecks, so I want to devote this month’s blog to telling you all about them in case you’d like to use them too! Regular readers will know that I sometimes recommend people to get their hormone, thyroid hormone and iron levels measured.  In fact, I have written a dedicated blog post in the past about getting reproductive and adrenal hormones comprehensively checked via salivary hormone testing and DUTCH (dried urine) testing.  I’ve also talked about getting thyroid hormones thoroughly checked using private blood tests via Thyroid UK, although I don’t think I’ve done a complete blog post about this.  While these sorts of tests represent the gold standard in diagnostics, they are expensive and so are not within everyone’s reach.  They can also be difficult to interpret without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. In the UK, the best way to get basic blood…

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Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to Our New Website!

Hello! This month’s blog feels a bit like cheating, because although I’m writing it in September, it’s all about the new website which won’t be launching until 1st October!  That means you won’t get to read this post in September, because obviously I can’t welcome you to the new site while we’re still using the old one.  I hope you’ll be able to keep your excitement for my latest words under control for an extra couple of days – I’m sure you will!In last month’s post, I gave you all fair notice that we were going to be moving to a new website provider soon.  We have taken the opportunity to make some changes to the site which we hope will make it easier to use.  I wanted to tell you about some of these changes. Firstly, all the old customer accounts have been lost.  There was a way to bring them…

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A Few Tiny Announcements!

A Few Tiny Announcements!

It’s just a quick blog post from me this month, as I have a few announcements I want to share with you!Firstly, as some of you might already have discovered, we have recently changed the way that we ship parcels. We will still be using Royal Mail, but we will now be using a tracked service instead of ordinary First Class post. You know when you order something online and then you get one of those fancy text messages or emails that says, “Your parcel from Tropic is going to be delivered today,” and gives options about how to track it and what to do if you’re not in? Well, now you should get something similar when you order from us!I must confess that I don’t know at exactly which point you get the text message and/or email, so I apologise if it comes as soon as we print and…

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Coming Soon(ish): the Tiny Pioneer Cookbook!

Coming Soon(ish): the Tiny Pioneer Cookbook!

Regular readers will know that I place huge importance on the importance of gut health when it comes to maintaining good physical and mental health. When I receive emails or phone calls from newly diagnosed interstitial cystitis sufferers, I almost always enquire about their digestion and make recommendations that they try to adopt some dietary changes as part of their quest for improved bladder health.I have blogged about such matters extensively in the past, including in these posts:Why I Don’t Rate the IC DietTiny Tips for Dietary Approaches to Chronic Health IssuesFood Intolerance Testing for Chronic Health IssuesAre Interstitial Cystitis and Leaky Gut Connected?Crohn’s and Colitis: What I Wish Your Doctor Would Tell YouOne of the questions that I am asked most often when I recommend that people eliminate gluten, dairy, confectionary items and alcohol is, “But what can I eat?” This is usually followed up immediately with, “What do…

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Which Ancestral Supplements Might Help with Interstitial Cystitis?

Which Ancestral Supplements Might Help with Interstitial Cystitis?

Last year we welcomed the Ancestral Supplements range of products to the store. They’ve been extremely popular and I already love them – every time I add a new one to the site, I seem to add it to my mental list of products I want to try!  The one that has impressed me the most so far has been the Blood Vitality, which is a brilliant, natural way to keep my iron levels up, but there are loads of items that I haven’t had chance to try yet!I originally wanted to bring the Ancestral products to the store because I thought they could have a role in helping people with interstitial cystitis. I have decided that this month, I will talk about a few of the Ancestral products that I feel might have applications in addressing bladder issues.Please note that I am not a doctor and nothing in this…

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Could Iron Help with PGAD? Let's Investigate!

Could Iron Help with PGAD? Let's Investigate!

This month’s blog post is going to be rather short and vague, but I hope it will turn out to be valuable! The PGAD survey has been running for over 18 months now and I always have a skim read of the answers when I print them off. Although I haven’t started to do any in-depth analysis yet, I have noticed that a lot of respondents who meet the criteria for PGAD are listing iron deficiency anaemia as a comorbid condition. This is interesting, because there is a small amount of research to suggest that iron status might be a factor in Restless Legs Syndrome, which is thought to be closely related to Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder. Speaking from personal experience, my own PGAD became worse when I stopped taking an iron supplement, but quickly improved once I started again.I would therefore suggest that if anyone would like to assist…

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What Supplements Does Tiny Take? (April 2021)

What Supplements Does Tiny Take? (April 2021)

When people phone to ask me about a particular supplement, they often want to know whether I take it myself. If I say yes, they’re keen to know why I take it and whether I like it. If I say no, they’re keen to know why I don’t take it and what I take instead. I have no idea whether there is a wider interest in what my supplement regime looks like, but I thought this month I would tell you!One of the reasons I have decided to do this is because I am also sometimes asked about how to schedule a large number of supplements into a day. People who are at a relatively early stage in their healing journey often find themselves overwhelmed at the volume of products they need to take. If, for example, someone is addressing leaky gut and interstitial cystitis, perhaps alongside another chronic health…

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How to Look After Yourself During and After Antibiotics

How to Look After Yourself During and After Antibiotics

I was very pleased to receive my issue of ‘Your Bladder Health’ magazine from Bladder Health UK this month, because I had been struggling for blog ideas! I always get a bit panicky if I’ve not thought of a topic by mid-month. To be honest, I’m amazed that I keep managing to find stuff to write about – one of these days I will run out of ideas! Anyway, ‘Your Bladder Health’ arrived a couple of days ago and I thought I’d read through it and see if there was any inspiration to be found there. Thank goodness, there was!On page 37, there is an announcement that the book ‘Cystitis Unmasked’ by Professor James Malone-Lee was released earlier this year. I wasn’t aware that he was writing a book, but I ordered my copy a few minutes before I began writing this blog and I very much look forward to…

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Your Pelvic Physiotherapy Questions Answered!

Your Pelvic Physiotherapy Questions Answered!

I have a very special post for you this month! For the first time ever, I’m welcoming some guests to the blog! Ever since I went to the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy conference in Cardiff, I have found myself recommending pelvic physiotherapy to more people. I didn’t know much about it before that event, but being there and speaking with so many specialists made me realise what a valuable resource it can be for people with pelvic pain disorders. I’ve never actually had pelvic physiotherapy myself – until I read ‘The Interstitial Cystitis Solution’ by Nicole and Jesse Cozean, I was actually quite sceptical about it – but the things I’ve read and heard over the last few years have completely changed my opinion of it. It was thanks to that book and to the aforementioned conference that I plucked up courage to try the EZMagic wand for my…

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