I just finished my first experiment with video! I have been meaning to do this for A-G-E-S and now I have finally done it!
I have posted my 9 minute presentation on YouTube (which discusses the best kidney diet for kidney disease), placed it on here, and now I urge you to go check it out (wanting to use a “!” so badly right now).
In this presentation I discuss the benefits of an alkaline diet in kidney disease, and how this small change can have a massive impact to your kidney health.
Please let me know what you think of it, in fact, I would be so grateful if you could watch over on YouTube itself (click here to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIapd1INkvc), place a comment on it, and then subscribe to my youtube.com channel – that way I feel the love, which keeps me posting great content, and you will receive this information directly so you never miss a beat.
I plan to produce a lot more of these over the coming months, so if you have any tips, ideas, or comments please let me know.
Again, simply click on the YouTube button directly below and leave your comments and subscribe to my youtube channel… Enjoy!
Until next time, take care!
Please note: before under taking any new kidney diet, please make sure you speak to your health care professional first. It is wise, especially with this kidney diet, that your potassium levels are assessed.
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
(Remember to click the “LIKE” button near the top of the page to get access to the community)
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.
Today I would like to talk about the real causes of cardiovascular disease, the connection between kidney disease and cardiovascular disease, and how you can treat them with natural statins. This is the continuation of my previous article entitled: Ultimate Guide To Lowering Cholesterol Naturally – Warning Cholesterol Is Bogus (Part 1) where I discussed The Great Cholesterol Myth.
One of the most surprising realisations for anyone with kidney disease is that it is more common to die from cardiovascular disease than it is to actually die from the kidneys failing*.
*It must be noted that this is not a necessarily your destiny. Your destiny is determined by your actions, and simply by being on this website, reading this article, means that you are in the minority of people that take care of their own health over and above most others. And therefore, by following the simple strategies I have laid out below, you will further your life expectancy, reduce complications and disease, and of course heal your body.
Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in people with chronic kidney disease.
How is that so? Well, there are a number of reasons, and they are as follows:
• Arteriosclerosis – the kidneys have a role in regulating calcium levels, when this diminishes calcium build ups in the arteries causing arterial hardening and stiffness.
• Blood clotting – blooding clotting is more common in those with kidney disease; if a blood clot closes off a blood vessel, this may cause high blood pressure, a heart attack, or stroke.
• Heart stress – there are many ways in which kidney disease places the heart under extra burden. Namely, the kidneys fail to remove enough fluid from the body causing blood pressure to rise, and fluid to build up around the lungs and heart. Hyperkalemia (high blood potassium) also occurs in kidney disease which causes the heart to beat and contract too rapidly.
• High blood pressure – the kidneys are the chief organ to regulate blood pressure, mainly through the elimination of fluid. When kidney function declines, so too does their ability to regulate blood pressure.
• Hyperlipedimia – kidney disease causes LDLs to increase, possibly due to a hormonal imbalance.
On top of these kidney specific causes, cardiovascular disease can be caused by a number of other factors. As discussed in part one of this two part series, cholesterol is not the be all and end all of heart disease, in fact, “cholesterol” is rarely the problem. The real culprits consist of seven “other” cardiovascular markers.
The Real Cardiovascular Health Culprits – And Why They Are Bad
What I am about to tell you is not new and shiny research sorry. In truth, it has been around for decades. You could probably be the hit at your next dinner part by talking about this, but in the complimentary health circles this is old news.
… Probably not the best idea to tell you all that – as people always want the newest scoop, the latest breakthrough, and so forth – but I am here to help you, not dish you out another lot of BS that will keep the current torrent of misinformation circulating throughout the world.
Here are the real culprits that are holding you back:
Note: I have broken down the “culprits” into three sections (1) Definition: (2) Interpretation: & (3) Reference range: This will give you an understanding of: (1) WHAT it is; (2) HOW it affects you; & (3) WHERE your levels need to be for optimal heart health.
1. Elevated ApoB – A.K.A. Apolipoprotein B
- Definition: Is the primary protein constituent of LDL (low-density lipoproteins) and VLDL (very low-density lipoproteins)
- Interpretation: Research shows that this is a better marker of heart disease than LDL or Total Cholesterol. This may be tested for instead of LDL
- Reference range: Optimally <0.9 g/L
2. Elevated High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein
- Definition: A protein that increases in direct relationship with increasing inflammation. This protein is produced by the liver
- Interpretation: Can be an indication of myocardial necrosis; coronary heart disease; increased risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Reference range: Only test using the “High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein” Test, regular C-Reactive Protein Test is very inaccurate.
o < 1.0 mg/L Low
o > 1.0 – 3.0 mg/L Moderate
o > 3.0 mg/L High
I received a request the other day from one of my readers, Anita, asking me for tips on lowering cholesterol naturally. I thought this was a great topic to write on, given the current state of our world’s cardiovascular health, the many misconceptions of cholesterol, and the connection of cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. For that reason I hope in answering Anita’s question, I can help you too.
Here is what Anita asked me (on facebook):
“Can I request an article on ways to naturally lower cholesterol? Over here, docs are statin-happy, it’s the miracle drug for preventing heart disease. Unfortunately, they are very dangerous for kidney patients (anyone reading this, read the manufacturer’s info… They ALL say, either do not use or monitor with extreme caution with kidney patients). Yet, because hypertension and kidney disease are linked, docs prescribe statins anyway… hypertension opens a person up to heart disease, and so does high cholesterol. So once again, instead of teaching people the right things to eat, they just make a pill for that which might do more damage to a problem kidney patients ALREADY have, in order to prevent a problem we MIGHT get. And no, docs are not necessarily aware of the kidney warning that comes with these drugs… I caught mine red-handed not knowing (and he pulled me off them on the spot when I pointed out their own literature)… but then he tried to put me on a different one. Same problem. And now I know of another person who was put on cholesterol meds when the drug manufacturer said, do not use with kidney patients. So I suspect it’s more common than not, and it would be really helpful to have a natural method to raise LDL and lower HDL. Thanks!”
I must admit, I am fed up hearing about cholesterol (no offence Anita!) and ways on lowering cholesterol naturally.
Despite our increasing awareness of cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, we seem further away from remedying the situation. In Australia, and other developed “western” countries, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death.
To put it in perspective, one Australian dies from cardiovascular disease every ten minutes; which is just astonishing! And then when you consider Australia is only home to 22 million people you begin to wonder “how many people world-wide are dying from this condition?” Well after doing some “Googling”, I discovered that an estimated 155,000 people worldwide die every single day. 25% of those being due to cardiovascular disease; which equates to one person every 2 seconds!
Not the most “feel good” thought I have put forth, but it does highlight the extraordinary failing in our current sick health care system.
So What’s The Solution To Cardiovascular Disease?
As you can tell from my headline “Ultimate Guide To Lowering Cholesterol Naturally – Warning Cholesterol Is Bogus (Part 1)” I have a love-hate relationship with cholesterol. It is touted as the be all and end all for effective cardiovascular disease management. But as the number of people taking cholesterol lowering medications goes up, the dosage of these medications goes up, and the cholesterol references ranges go down (which seem to be a yearly occurrence), we are still not seeing any significant improvements.
The reason for this is that cholesterol is only part of the picture.
The Great Cholesterol Myth – And How You Have Been Suckered In
The Cholesterol Myth began approximately in 1954-55 when a scientist used rabbits to see the effects that a high cholesterol/high saturated fat diet might have on the human body. The results were considered “conclusive”. A high cholesterol/high saturated fat caused the arteries in rabbits to “clog up”, and therefore meant that this would happen to humans too.
Without thinking a little deeper this conclusion seems logical. BUT the scientist – and the rest of the world – forgot to consider one fundamental difference between the physiology of rabbits and human beings. Rabbits are herbivores, humans are omnivores!
It Is Basic Physiology
Just a small overlook wouldn’t you agree? NOT!
Since the dawn of time human beings physiology has been designed to consume and process cholesterol, rabbits on the other hand have not*.
*The truth is that there are some plants that do, but the quantity is so minute that it is often undetectable.
Every animal on the face of the planet has taken millennia to adapt to its environment, especially what it eats from its environment; knowing this makes this clinical trial quite absurd, doesn’t it?