Re: Kidney Stones and calcium deficiency?
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KIDNEY STONES—1 (Nephrocalcinosis)
SYMPTOMS—Intermittent, dull, dragging pain radiating from the upper back to the lower abdomen, usually increased by motion.
There is bleeding and renal colic (strong kidney pain) when the stone enters the ureters. These sharp pains may last hours or days. There is increased urination with pus and blood, pallor, nausea, and vomiting. Sometimes there are fever and chills.
When you have bloody urine and sharp pain in the bladder or kidneys, it is very likely kidney stones.
CAUSES— kidney stones (also called bladder stones or cystic calculi) are an abnormal accumulations of mineral salts. They form in the kidneys and, during passage down the ureters, may lodge in them or in the bladder. The stones are primarily composed of calcium oxalate; but urates, phosphates, and cystine may also be present.
Oddly enough, a key factor in the production of kidney stones is a calcium and/or magnesium deficiency. The minerals in the stones come from your own bones!
Refined carbohydrates, especially sugar, prompts kidney stone formation. The sugar increases in the pancreas and excretes additional insulin, which in turn causes the kidneys to discharge more calcium in the urine.
Calcium is needed by the body. If not enough calcium is in the diet, the parathyroids will signal the body to extract calcium from the bones in order to keep the blood calcium level at normal levels.
A vitamin B6 and magnesium deficiency may also cause stone formation. A Swedish research group found that taking both daily stopped stone formation in 90% of their patients. Magnesium, like calcium, can bond with the oxalate. B6 (10 mg a day) lowers the amount of oxalate in the urine.
In response to lowered blood calcium levels, the parathyroids trigger the body to draw it out of the bones.
It is vital that you obtain a balanced diet of vitamins and minerals every day.
Partial causes of kidney stone formation can include dehydration (not drinking enough water), infections, prolonged periods of rest in bed, and only rarely taking vitamin D and calcium.
Too much food, including acid-forming foods—especially meat, along with white-flour products, sugar foods, tea, coffee, spices, and vinegar—all help produce an excess of waste in the kidneys. Eventually it accumulates into gravel and stones.
• It is vital that you increase the amount of water you drink! Kidney health is keyed to an adequate fluid level in the blood. Only use distilled water.
• Used in conjunction with more fluid intake, corn-silk tea increases urine output, a very necessary factor in purifying and detoxifying the kidneys.
• Watermelon provides additional water. Eat it alone and often, but do not eat it with other foods during meals.
• A lack of vitamin A can lead to stone formation. It helps protect the lining of the urinary tract.
• A more acid urine prevents and dissolves kidney stones. Drink cranberry juice frequently. (One writer says that Ocean Spray brand is only 30% cranberry juice, plus sugar, etc.) All other fruit juices become alkaline in the system. Do not put vinegar into the body.
• Eat potassium broth. This is made from thick potato peelings. Cook it with carrots, garlic, and Celery . Simmer for 30-40 minutes, then strain and drink the liquid. Excess can be stored in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days.
• Oxalate, a key chemical in kidney stone formation, occurs naturally in various green vegetables; some more than others. Rhubarb has the highest oxalic acid content of anything eaten by man. Also do not eat spinach, chard, or beet tops. About 60% of all stones are calcium oxalate in nature.
• Drink watermelon-seed tea; steep in hot water for 15 minutes, strain, add a little honey and drink.
• There may be an excess of purines. Stop eating meat. Meat-based proteins are a causal factor in producing kidney stones. Do not overeat on other proteins.
• Do not use soft drinks, caffeine, chocolate, cocoa, pepper, nuts, poppy seeds, or black tea.
• Reduce salt intake.
• A strict macrobiotic diet (lots of grains and little fruits and vegetables) tends to concentrate the urine and may cause stones. But this is not a primary cause of them.
• Take licorice, to reduce swelling of the ureters, so the stone can pass. Calcium and magnesium are crucial to stop the calcium loss from the bones. Eat less meat to get your calcium/phosphorous ratio in order (meat is full of phosphorous).
• The following herbs are helpful: dandelion, rupturewort, and madder.
• To dissolve kidney stones, drink hot water and lemon juice. Follow with olive oil. For the complete formula for this, see "Gallstones."
—Also see "Kidney Stones—2," "Renal Colic," and "Kidney Problems."
ENCOURAGEMENT—Christ, after having redeemed man from the condemnation of the law, could impart divine power to unite with human effort—in keeping that law.
KIDNEY STONES—2 (Lithemia; Uric-Acid Diathesis) (J.H. Kellogg, M.D., Formulas)
GENERAL DIET AND LIVING—A spare aseptic diet, especially avoiding beef tea, animal broths, meat, and also tea, coffee, and cocoa. Use fruits freely. In extreme cases, eat fruit diet for a few days. Out-of-door life; abundant exercise; dry, cool climate; daily cold bathing.
INCREASE OXIDATION OF PROTEIN WASTES—Hot Full Bath, prolonged sufficiently to elevate body temperature 20-40F.; Sweating Wet Sheet Pack; Dry Pack; Steam Bath. Radiant Heat Bath or Hot Full Bath, followed by Dry Pack. Follow all hot baths by a short, cold application adapted to his condition: Cold Mitten Friction, Cold Towel Rub, Wet Sheet Rub, Dripping Sheet, Shallow Bath. Follow bath by prolonged moderate exercise, massage, and Inhalation of oxygen.
ENCOURAGE ELIMINATION OF TISSUE WASTES—In addition to the above, water drinking; free use of fruit juices and distilled water; Hot Abdominal Pack day and night; cool colonic daily, if bowels are sluggish.
INCREASE ALKALINITY OF BLOOD—Exercise, cold baths, cold air bath, sweating baths, and fruit diet.
SWOLLEN AND PAINFUL JOINTS—Fomentation 2-4 times daily, Heating Compress during intervals between, well-protected with plastic covering and cotton (or flannel) covering.
PAINFUL JOINTS, NOT SWOLLEN—Revulsive Compress 3 times a day, followed by deep massage of limb above the joint and light circular friction of the joint; during intervals between, Dry Pack or cotton poultice to the joint.
STIFF AND ENLARGED JOINTS—Alternate Douche (jet or spray) or the Alternate Compress, followed by thorough massage of the joint with passive joint movements, applied twice daily and protected with Heating Compress during intervals between.
GENERAL METHOD—Diminish the production of uric acid by regulation of diet and elimination of meat products; increase the destruction of uric acid by exercise, Prolonged Hot Full Baths, followed by short cold applications; increase elimination of uric acid by copious water drinking.
- If any of the following related problems exist, check on them under their respective headings: Headache and Migraine, Neurasthenia, Neuralgia, Insomnia, Muscular pains, Gallstones, Renal colic, Irritable prostate, Arteriosclerosis, Bright's Disease.
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