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Vitamin C: Good For Kidney Disease Or A Cause Of Kidney Stones?

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As I am sitting here waiting for 2 new tyres to be placed on my car, I thought what better way to use the time than write a blog post on this sunny afternoon.

Today I would like to discuss and clarify a reader’s question I received just the other day. The reader was confused as I routinely state that vitamin C and kidney disease are a good marriage – he thought it was a cause of kidney stones and therefore bad for all kidney diseases. Initially my reader spoke to my lovely assistant Erika (a naturopath) to confirm that what he had read from me was true. Erika confirmed this. Even with confirmation the reader (let’s call him Steve) had to ask his doctor to triple-check this fact, and of course the doctor said “definitely not”. I don’t hold anything against Steve for asking his doctor, 9 times out of 10 if you encounter an article based on the topic of vitamin C and kidney disease you will read that it should be avoided. So if you have routinely read something – that most of the population agrees on – then you will want to be damn sure before you act on ‘different’ advice, especially when your health is at stake.

So why would I go against 9 others who seemingly know what they are talking about? Good question. The response I have to this is that a lot of the people writing articles on the internet do not have any formal training. They are simply health enthusiasts, or worse, a writer with no health background that has been asked to write a health article for a company’s website. This second person is far more dangerous, and this because even though they are excellent researchers (and writers), most research now is purely from the internet, and therefore rehash what everybody else has written without any ‘real’ research – a vicious, vicious circle.

So the purpose of this blog post is twofold:
1.    Whenever reading a health article, and then basing your actions off that article, please do you due diligence and make sure that the source/writer has been formerly trained in the health sciences. But on top of that, if they are giving you natural medicine advice make sure they have been trained in natural medicine, not just any health training. For instance, many of the doctors and nurses out there are giving advice on how to use natural medicines, but have no training in that field. Which leads us to the question: “how can we seriously believe the information that they are giving us?” Well, we can’t. It might surprise you, but doctors and nurses receive no formal training in herbs, nutrition, and diet as part of their education. At the most, there could be an elective 6 week course within their education that they choose to do (not have to do). In comparison, naturopaths are trained in this for 4-5 years. Who would you say is the better source for this type of information? It would be like me prescribing you drugs. Yes as part of naturopathic training we study biochemistry and pharmaceutical drugs, but only for 6 months.
2.    And two, detail in brief the health benefits that vitamin C has on kidney disease, and debunk the myth that vitamin c is a cause of kidney stones.

The Benefits of Vitamin C and Kidney Disease
It is well known that an increase in oxidative stress plays a role in the development of kidney diseases. Furthermore vitamin antioxidant supplementation improves kidney blood flow and pressure (renal hemodynamics), decreases inflammation, and improves fibrosis in kidneys with poor blood flow.

Top 7 Kidney Tests To Measure Your Kidney Function

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Time has flown by once again, and therefore it is well and truly time to write my next article to help those with kidney disease. Today I wanted to cover a very important topic: kidney tests.

Kidney tests are the first stage of any great treatment program. There is no point coming in with “guns a blazing” (diets and treatments) if you don’t know exactly what has caused your condition, what degree of deterioration your condition is at, and a general reference point of where you are beginning with treatment – this is particularly important, as you want to know if all the good work is paying off!

As you are probably aware kidney disease is known as a “silent killer”. Typically because of late diagnosis, coming well after the damage has already been caused – giving little time to treat. So if you are reading this right now with only a ‘suspicion’ that something is a foot with your kidney/urinary tract health, please take this friendly suggestion and “go and have your kidneys tested this week”. This is of great importance; it may just save your life, or better yet, give you a disease free, vital life (I’m all about quality, not quantity).

One simple way to do this (and a great place to start) is getting it done as part of your yearly check-up. There is a test known as a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel which will test many aspects of your health: liver health, heart health, nutrition levels, and of course, kidney health. Most good doctors will do this as part of your ‘yearly check-up’, but don’t take that as a given, it is not. Therefore it is always a good idea to request this test or give your doctor a friendly reminder to do so.

Kidney Tests – Overview
Now there are many specific kidney tests available to check your kidney function, and most of these are very easy to do – simply requiring a blood sample. The most important kidney tests available are as follows:

1.    Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR)
2.    Creatinine
3.    24hr Creatinine Clearance
4.    Urinalysis
5.    BUN
6.    Kidney Biopsy
7.    Imaging

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: