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  • IC and the American Pie!

    I am very proud of the fact that the ICN employs only patient with IC and/or pelvic pain. When other people are losing their jobs due to their disabilities, I'm really tickled that we can atleast offer some modest working hours. More importantly, it takes an IC'er to understand the needs of another IC'er. The insight we each have to share helps to make the ICN responsive to the ever changing needs of the IC community and, of course, to the daily realities of life with a completely unpredictable bladder at times.

    Similarly, I'm really proud of the fact that everything we sell is made or produced by American companies and, in several cases, women owned small businesses.

    - Our microwaveable heating pads, Christina's Garden, are handmade with herbs grown in our county by a young woman who, at the age of 21, works harder than most of the people I know. She defies the claim that her generation is the "entitlement" generation. I've never seen a woman work so hard, study so hard AND also manages an amazing garden, the produce from which gets sold at local Farmers Markets through the Red Owl Cooperative. Thank you Christina! You are amazing!!!!

    - The carob products are made by two women owned businesses. Queen Bee Gardens, the makers of fantastic carob truffles and english toffee, is located in Wyoming. Dollie's Delectable carob candy (my personal favorite) are made in North Carolina.

    - Our low acid jams and jellies come from Colorado Mountain Jams and Jellies. Desert Harvest Aloe is also located in Colorado.

    - The supplements that we sell are all USA based businesses, including Prelief, Cystoprotek, Desert Harvest Aloe, etc.

    - The wonderful IBS products, Heather's Tummy Care, are located in Washington.

    - The organic pear bars are from Gorge Delights in Oregon..

    and the list goes on! You can find many more in our shop at:

    I'm also proud that we can help IC entrepreneurs make a living. In the new IC Awareness Month campaign, we feature two ICers making awareness products like bracelets and bookmarks. Julie Beyer and Bev Laumann have both written fabulous books about the IC diet. I started the ICN that now supports tens of thousands of patients and helps put food on the table for about six families. If you're an entrepreneur, please send me an email and let's talk. I'd like to support you if I can! [email protected]

    In these very unsettled times, we have to watch out for each other, support each other and nurture our businesses and the American economy. Thus, I urge you, rather than buy from Amazon.Com or your big box stores, please buy from your local book stores and businesses. Also please support your fellow IC patients... some of whom sell Avon, sell soaps, sell homemade goods and, in our case, offer IC support.

    Would you like to talk with someone about your IC struggles? The ICN now offers personal coaching sessions that include myself, Julie Beyer RD on the diet and Dr. Heather Howard on Sexuality.

    Looking for books, magazines & reports on IC? Please visit the ICN Shop at: Your ICN subscription & purchases in our shop support these message boards, chats and special events. BECOME AN ICN ANGEL TODAY!

    Please remember that the information on the ICN is provided with the understanding that ICN, its founder, staff, volunteers, and participants are not engaged in rendering medical or professional medical services. We cannot and do not give medical advice. Only your personal physician can do this for you.

  • #2
    Great post Jill, I try to buy things made in the USA myself, hats off to everyone your mentioned in your post.
    IC diagnosis 3 weeks ago.
    Vesicare 10 mg once daily
    IBS and Gerd-Zegerid
    IC diet
    Elmiron 100 mg three daily
    Hydroxyzine 25 mg at night
    Amitriptyline 10mg at night
    Diovan 60/12.5 daily
    Topral 50 mg daily
    Zoloft 100 mg at night
    Klonopin .5 twice daily


    • #3

      Thanks, Jill. We have to stick together to advocate for the importance of working shedules that help us heal. If your jobs has FMLA -TAKE SOME intermittent leave- Buying local when we can!
      IC symptoms in May 2011
      Mild IC dx by Cysto July 2011
      Symtoms decrease 80% by September 2011!

      Tums 100mg
      fish oil 3-5 grams
      Probiotic 5 billion
      Bladder Ease
      Unda Drops
      Mediclear Plus Protein Shake

      Physical Therapy Graduate!
      Meditation 2x a day
      Castor oil pack
      Teas (nettle leaf, linden flower, camomile, marshmellow root)

      Have tried
      In office instills (pridium, heprin, lidocain, elmiron)
      Desert Harvest Aloe
      atarax 25 mg


      • #4
        I check labels and buy USA made whenever possible and I encourage others to do the same.

        Stay safe

        Elmiron Eye Disease Information Center -
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        Have you checked the ICN Shop?
        Click on ICN Shop at the top of this page. You'll find Bladder Builder and Bladder Rest, both of which we are finding have excellent results.

        Patient Help:


        Diet list:

        AUA Guidelines:

        I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

        Anyone who says something is foolproof hasn't met a determined fool