Although every individual is different, there are certain facts that remain the same of every living being and that is the pH factor of the individual and their environment. Solving the Interstitial Cystitis Puzzle: A Guide to Natural Healing continues Amrit's completely new and unorthodox approach to recovering from interstitial cystitis. The author, a holistic Registered Nurse, researched current holistic literature and texts as well as consulting with holistic practitioners about the pH balance of the body and how the pH factor is relevant to solving IC and other inflammatory conditions. What the author discovered is that an acid-alkali imbalance is responsible for developing interstitial cystitis. Interstitial cystitis is considered a syndrome by some medical personnel, and it is believed that multiple factors contribute to IC. The author believes the following factors contribute to developing IC: consuming an acid-forming diet, drinking acidic beverages, breathing contaminated acidic air and living stressful acid-forming lifestyles. These key factors along with allergies and other conditions add to the acid load of the body. The author discovered an alkalizing program that is simple, natural, and founded on solid chemical principles. The author presents scientifically how acidity and allergies are the principle problems behind interstitial cystitis. The author describes an alkali-forming diet along with recommending alkaline water and alkali-forming lifestyle as well as natural inexpensive alkalizing supplements, which will help balance the body's pH.

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"You Can Solve the IC Puzzle!"

I overcame interstitial cystitis. You can, too. This book outlines my discovery and recovery from interstitial cystitis. I discovered I had an acid-alkali imbalance and this knowledge led me on my path to recovery. Without medications and painful medical procedures, I have regained my life naturally and holistically by following a few simple guidelines.

You will discover how

  • I eliminated IC by following a hypoallergenic alkalizing diet and an alkalizing program
  • I balanced my body's pH by drinking alkaline water
  • I healed leaky gut syndrome (LGS), the liver, and adrenal glands that contributed to my acid-alkali imbalance
  • I was pain free within a few days
  • I embarked upon a healing path from IC with common inexpensive supplements and simple natural procedures, a list of which are included for your reference

A member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, Amrit Willis, RN, BSN, BA, received her degrees in Nursing and English from the University of Iowa. She was a clinical nursing instructor having practiced Medical-Surgical and Psychiatric Nursing for more than twenty years. Over this time, she has studied nutrition and holistic healing modalities and has blended these studies into her nursing practice and her life. She is a wife and mother currently residing in Chicago, Illinois.


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The Mother's Signature:
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