published on-line by the AMA claimed that a “rigorous” study disproved that
cranberries can be helpful in preventing recurrent urinary tract
infections.The study was limited to
nursing home patients and did not target women who were known to be susceptible
to infections.Treated patients were
given only 2 pills a day, while double that amount would more likely be
effective.There were only 10-12
infections in the two groups and more occurred in the placebo group.Other studies have shown beneficial effects.This study was guilty of the “weak science”
that it claimed to debunk.In my
experience, cranberry supplements (without sugar) can be effective in selected
patients.If that does not work,
d-mannose is another choice.
See Associated Press article in the Toledo Blade, October
29, 2016, section A, p.7.