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The Definitive Guide on Protein and Kidney Disease

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Hi all! Today I wanted to talk about protein. Protein as most would know is at the heart of much discussion when it comes to treating and managing kidney disease, but for many it still remains a mystery. Questions such as: Does protein cause further kidney damage? How much should I take during each stage of kidney disease? And what are the best sources of protein? Are just a few of the questions I get commonly asked about protein and kidney disease. All of which I want to clarify and answer for you today (and more).

… With any topic is important to understand the fundamentals, so before I can start saying have X amount of protein at stage 4 kidney disease, you really need to know what the heck protein is! This is important because it gives you a deeper understanding of how your body works and interacts with its environment, and because of this you have far greater chance of following and sticking to the recommendations.

This article is a result of two of my awesome followers (Steven and Mark) asking a question on my facebook fan page; I created my facebook fan page to build a community, for people to “mingle”, chat with each other, pass ideas around, learn, discover, keep up to date with all my latest articles and information, and of course, a place to interact with me and ask questions. You can find me on my facebook fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/kidneycoach
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So What The Heck Is Protein?

To me proteins are simply amazing. Proteins are literally the building blocks of our body, plus they perform what seems every biological function in our body. To demonstrate this, here are just some of the most important functions performed by proteins:
•    Blood Clotting – fibrin is a protein in the blood which causes the blood to coagulate, and therefore stop bleeding.
•    Carrier Proteins – haemoglobin is a “carrier” protein that carries oxygen throughout the body.

Hyperparathyroidism Treatment: Top 7 Natural Treatments For Secondary Hyperparathyroidism

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Have you been struggling to find clear & concise hyperparathyroidism treatment information on the internet? If so, you’re not alone.

For a lot of people experiencing kidney failure, hyperparathyroidism is by far one of the most puzzling of all complications – this is somewhat due to the fact that most people are unaware that there is even such a gland that exists in the body, but mostly due to the fact there is hardly any information out there on how to treat hyperparathyroidism effectively (and naturally).

It is therefore my goal with this blog post to demystify hyperparathyroidism treatment, and to provide a quality resource of information you can refer back to treat hyperparathyroidism naturally. I’ve made sure I have given you 7 of my best tips on how to reverse it.

Getting To Know Your Parathyroid Gland

Before we can treat parathyroid disease we need to know then, what it is, and its function.
The parathyroid gland is actually a collection of glands situated in the neck, behind the thyroid gland – which lies over the voice box. There are four parathyroid glands in total (though some individuals can be born with more), and surprisingly all four of them are the size of a grain of rice! It blows my mind that such small glands can have such an influence on the body.

Function…

The only function of the parathyroid gland is to manage calcium levels within the blood; this is an important job, as your entire nervous and muscular systems functionality depends on it. Our nervous system literally communicates from the presence of calcium, or I could say one nerve communicates to another nerve through the electrical conductivity of calcium. Not only that, but calcium is also required for muscular function, particularly muscular contraction – magnesium on the other hand relaxes muscles.

So What Does The Parathyroid Do?

Well, the parathyroid gland is like a 24 hour calcium monitor, when the gland detects that blood calcium levels have dropped under a certain amount, they produce parathyroid hormone (PTH).
The goal of the parathyroid hormone is to increase circulating blood levels of calcium. It does this in four ways:
1. PTH causes the skeletal bones to breakdown and release calcium in to the blood stream
2. PTH increases absorption of calcium via the intestines by activating vitamin D (this activation occurs within the kidneys)
3. PTH increases reabsorption of calcium via the kidneys
4. PTH increases the excretion of phosphate in the urine. Phosphate inhibits the rise of calcium in the blood. Both calcium and phosphorus work on a see-saw effect – when one is up the other is low.

That all make sense? Good.

So How Does It All Go Wrong?

Because this website is dedicated to helping those with kidney disease, we’ll just concentrate on the issues that relate and affect you… Hyperparathyroidism can be caused by a number of ways (benign tumour growth, hyperplasia, and carcinoma) but when one has kidney disease it occurs for a number of different reasons. These different reasons cause what is termed “secondary hyperparathyroidism”, because they cause hyperparathyroidism indirectly. As you will soon see.

Note: This is where it is important to pay attention as it is these causes we turn in to the basis of our hyperparathyroidism treatment => which leads to healing.

The Causes Of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (remember hyperparathyroidism treatment starts from here)

1. When the kidneys begin to decline, their ability to remove phosphate from the blood also declines: As you may remember phosphate acts as an antagonist to calcium, so when high levels of phosphate are in the blood supply, there are low levels of calcium. This in turn will cause the parathyroid gland to produce more PTH to increase calcium levels.
2. Kidneys on the decline also have trouble converting vitamin D to its most biologically active form. This in turn reduces absorption of calcium via the intestines.

Therefore in kidney disease hyperparathyroidism is caused by low active forms of Vitamin D, and high phosphate levels… which cause low calcium, and therefore an overactive parathyroid!

What Are The Symptoms and Problems Associated With Secondary Hyperparathyroidism?

The main problem with this type of hyperparathyroidism is that calcium and phosphorus bind to together. This binding causes bone disease because calcium is taken from the bones, making them weak and brittle, and then calcifies in various parts of the body. It is this calcification that causes most of the problems. Calcification is essentially deposits of calcium phosphate in places where it should not occur.

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Kidney Failure Treatment: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, But You Need To Know (Part 3)

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Hi All!

And welcome to my final article of the three part series “Kidney Failure Treatment: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, But You Need To Know”.

For me today is by far most interesting and enjoyable of the series as it involves my passion natural medicine. Ever since I came to realise my natural inclination towards natural medicine I have been hooked ever since – something about the power of nature and helping people gets me really excited (is that sad?)!

With an article titled “Kidney Failure Treatment: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, But You Need To Know” you can be pretty safe in thinking that most doctors will never tell you what I am about to mention in this article, and that is simply because most doctors are not trained in natural medicine (Shock Horror!).

Natural Medicine Is All That
In a lot of western cultures natural medicine is seen as the last resort… god knows why, it is only the most used medicine in the world, has thousands of years of real-world use (better than any clinical study I believe), herbs form the basis of 30% of the drugs on the current market, and now, clinical trials are “proving” that they work – they’re only 5000+ years behind the times. With all that going for natural medicines, why is it that a large proportion of the western population still do not accept it?  I have some theories; most of them revolve around the drug companies telling lies because there just isn’t the profit in natural medicines like there are in pharmaceutical drug. Especially when you can’t patent them! (They are trying though).

Beginning Of Rant
While we’re on the topic (pharmaceutical drug companies), have you noticed that there are a lot more ‘diagnosed’ conditions nowadays? Had you ever heard of ADD or ADHD, prior to 1980? No. But now this condition exists and the “brains trust” has decided that speed (Ritalin) is the best medicine for our children. Seems criminal to me. How about good old fashion guidance, or counselling to help, or seeing a naturopath for dietary and herbal/nutritional advice? You’d be amazed the effect of eliminating certain foods and implementing a treatment plan of herbal and nutritional supplements can do to help improve brain function.

Oh and one more thing… did you know that the drug companies and now trying to make women’s lack of interest in sex, a disease? Yup, they sure are. Right now drug companies are developing drugs to go with the new condition that they are creating, I mean terming: “female sexual dysfunction” or “female sexual arousal disorder”.

Rant Coming To A Close
Is that absurd or what? Here is a line from Wikipedia: “Although female sexual dysfunction is currently a contested diagnostic, pharmaceutical companies are beginning to promote products to treat FSD, often involving low doses of testosterone.”

Back to the topic! Kidney failure treatment…

The Point Of This Article
Ok, so today I wanted to simply state that there are numerous natural medicines that can and do reverse kidney disease; that ease or eliminate the most common symptoms of kidney disease; that can prolong one’s life; and improve one’s quality of life – because it is not always about how long you live that indicates your health.

Below is a list of the 7 most distinct areas of natural medicines that can help you heal your kidneys and provide you with much needed relief. The important 7 areas are:

Herb In Focus – Hawthorn: Nature’s Heart Health Remedy

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Today is the first of many articles I will write (from time to time) to focus on a herb, and detail its specific benefits for helping those with kidney disease. Today I will be featuring the herb Hawthorn.

Want to know how to lower high blood pressure naturally? Well hawthorn is the ideal companion of anyone experiencing high blood pressure (or any cardiovascular disease for that matter), which in the case of kidney disease this is always a favourable as so many individuals exhibit both kidney and heart conditions together.

With over 2000 years of medicinal use, hawthorn is truly a well established and well-known herb within any naturopath’s or herbalist’s toolkit. Names such as Dioscorides and Paracelsus (famous past physicians and botanists) praised hawthorn for its cardiovascular strengthening properties, and today this is proven through extensive scientific studies.

Plant Description
Hawthorn is a small thorny deciduous tree which grows to 5-14 metres (15-45 feet), is part of the Rosaceae family, and with roughly 280 species can sometimes cause confusion when sourcing the correct species of hawthorn for medicinal use. The best therapeutic species of hawthorn are: Crataegus monogyna, Crataegus spp, Crataegus laevigata, and Crataegus oxyacantha.

The leaves are dark green on top and lighter underneath, deeply lobed, with a length ranging between 2–4 cm (stay with me!). In the spring hawthorn features fragrant (though foul smelling!) red, pink, or white flowers. In autumn these flowers turn in to small, deep red, apple-shaped fruit. It is these “fruit” (berries) and leaves that form the most medicinally active part of the plant.

Many practitioners have their preference to which part of the plant they prefer to use, however all the latest studies show that it is the leaves that are most active. That is not to say the berries aren’t useful, hell no! It’s just a small tip that if you can source the leaves then do so, if not, that’s fine. In fact most products out at the moment contain only the berries or a blend of both, so sourcing a blend of both is by far the best.

Kidney Failure Treatment: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, But You Need To Know (Part 2)

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Today is part two of my three part series “Kidney Failure Treatment: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, But You Need To Know”. I hope you gained some valuable insights in the first article, but more importantly acted on those tips.

If you missed the first article, you may find it here: Kidney Failure Treatment Part 1

In today’s article I will be going through dialysis and transplants as a method of kidney failure treatment. These two treatments are the last resort that the medical community use, and rightly so, they can be extremely intrusive, costly, and complicated.

Each of these treatments comes with their own inherent risks and benefits, so it is important to understand what these are before making a decision that ultimately changes your life. As you would know by now I am an advocate of natural medicines over medical drugs and treatments, but that doesn’t mean I am anti-western medicine. I think there is a time and place for everything, and I believe that the fusion of western medicine with traditional medicine (natural medicine) is the best treatment possible for end-stage-kidney-failure.

Kidney Failure Treatment

Dialysis

Dialysis is always the first treatment presented to those with kidney failure – it is less intrusive and is considered easier on the client compared to transplant (though that is debateable).
There are currently two methods of ‘dialysis’, the most common being hemodialysis, the other known as peritoneal dialysis.