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EDITOR'S PEN
Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief
Innovation Spotlight: Urinary Tract Health
Beth Allan Kellam - Founder
Good-Bye UTI


Gary Barg:
Let’s start at the beginning. What are UTI’s and why is it important for caregivers to be aware of them?

Beth Kellam:
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) begin in the urinary tract and are caused by bacteria. 80% of them are caused by E. coli bacteria that get into your system in an area which is supposed to be very sterile and doesn’t welcome unhealthy bacteria. So, when that happens, symptoms begin to arise such as a burning sensation for most people. As well as other kinds of painful experiences in the bladder and sometimes even reaching up into the kidneys, as it gets more serious.

Gary Barg:
And UTI’s can also mimic some of the symptoms of dementia; so, it’s really important to learn about what we’re dealing with as a family caregiver.

Beth Kellam:
Absolutely and that’s kind of scary for the older segment of the population. Because what typically happens is that they don’t have symptoms. As people get older their immune system is weaker, so they don’t get those signals that everybody gets when they’re younger. Or they just can’t communicate the discomfort to you. What happens then is that it can move into the kidneys which becomes very serious. It gets into the blood stream and causes an effect, referred to commonly as deliriumADVERTISEMENT. Delirium is not dementia, because as soon as you realize your loved one needs treatment, and they’re given an intravenous dose of antibiotics, they return to normal.

But the truth is this can happen over and over. Which is a big concern to caregivers because they don’t know what’s going on. I always suggest that if all of a sudden, your patient or loved one becomes confused which may include hallucinations, it’s time to see if this is a UTI. Because if it is, it can be easily solved with their doctor. But you need to know that before you start worrying about whether it’s dementia.
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Gary Barg:
Beth, why and how did you create Good-Bye UTI? By the way I love that name!

Beth Kellam:
We've added some important natural ingredients that wound care nurses are particularly fond of, like calendula, coconut oil and shea butter. They're really the nutritionals or vitamins for our skin and help the skin regenerate. Those types of products are available in hospitals, but not typically available to the average person to buy at a chain store. These skincare products are owned by companies that specialize in wound care products sold to hospitals. Those companies have no incentive to bring them to the over-the-counter market because their margins are so much better going through the institutions.

My father was in the advertising business and I guess it kind of harkens back to the olden days of jingles and rhymes. I myself had ongoing urinary tract infections over a six- month period, which just wasn’t going away. And every time I went to the doctor, they gave me the same old response which is, “Here, we’ll give you a dose of antibiotics, and hopefully this will work.”

There are 38 million people dealing with UTI’s, with 11 million having it on an on-going basis. I can tell you that it’s very painful. I found through my research, that antibiotics are a real problem these days with them being effective only about half the time. This is getting more prevalent every single day. It’s called the antibiotics resistance crisis.

I knew there were a lot of women who needed this product, like myself. Primarily women over the age of 50. Nobody was getting out there, talking to women and caregivers directly and saying, here’s a solution for the problem you’re all experiencing. So, when you have those three combinations; a large market of people who want something. A trend that’s going to continue to grow as a problem. Then lastly, this opportunity to bring the product to the market quickly because there was no competition, well I took the leap. Thankfully, I have a nephew who is a Doctor of Pharmacy located in Marietta, Georgia. Right away he took up the banner and said having been a nutraceuticals professional for 10 years plus, “I’ll help you get this off the ground.”

Gary Barg:
How did you come up with the natural supplement for antibiotics? It seems like that should be something that’s should have been done years ago.

Beth Kellam:
I actually did the research online with my own problem after not getting satisfaction from my own doctor with regard to the antibiotics not working. I found a few blogs put out there by women, who had the same problem. One of them recommended I research a supplement called D-Mannose. It is a sister product to glucose, which your body makes naturally when you eat fruits and vegetables and is a major source of energy.

The same process exists to create D-Mannose, which is take a lot of fruits and vegetables and compress them down into a sugar, a powder. Our product is a powder that gets stirred into water and taken daily, as a helpful supplement. The FDA gave us approval to market this product with the certain caveat, just like vitamins as a matter of fact. It helps with the symptoms, if you take it regularly. And it also helps to prevent future UTI’s.

Gary Barg:
How specifically does Good-Bye UTI work?

Beth Kellam:
You stir a scoop into a glass of water, coffee, tea, or anything your loved one or client likes to drink. It disappears and has no taste. It goes right to the bladder and within 30 minutes they begin to experience some relief from the symptoms. That happens because these sugar molecules when in the bladder attract the bacteria to them and get flushed out of your system naturally.

Gary Barg:
What makes Good-Bye UTI better than antibiotics for UTI's?

Beth Kellam:
The way antibiotics work is to kill the bacteria. When you take D-Mannose. it, not only quickly provides relief because it goes right to the bladder. But, it’s also a long-term protection because it lines the bladder with a coating of this sugar molecules, so the bacteria have no opportunity to dig in and get a hold of you again.

Gary Barg:
What can you tell caregivers about why they should consider Good-Bye UTI for their loved ones and professionals for their patients?

Beth Kellam:
I’m assuming that caregivers, patients and loved ones are susceptible to urinary tract infections for a lot of reasons. Weakened immune system, the use of catheters or they may have other disabilities which predispose them to this type of infection.
The majority of our customers are my age buying for their moms who are 80 or so years old. They continue to come back with these wonderful comments saying how their mother’s quality of life has changed as a result of just putting them on a single scoop every single morning.

Gary Barg:
What does Good-Bye UTI cost and where can we get it?

Beth Kellam:
A 30-day supply comes in a jar with a scoop and costs $22. But we’re now offering all your readers and caregiver.com subscribers a 20% discount. We know how tough a caregiver’s live can be and we’d like to help in some small way.

Gary Barg:
Beth, what’s the one most important piece of advice you’d like to share with family caregivers?

Beth Kellam:
It would be to keep a careful eye out for any sudden change in behavior. Look for that and understand That when it comes on suddenly as opposed to incrementally, it means it’s probably something that’s very curable, and that you can do something about right away. Get the doctor to perform the UTI test, and let’s get them on something that will help them to get rid of it first. After that, put them on a routine, so they never have to go through that again.

"Being a caregiver is a selfless and honorable task. We salute your efforts."
- Beth Kellam, Founder of Goodbye UTI