Diet Increases Risk For Kidney Stones « CBS Philly

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Kidney stones are probably not a big worry for you-that is unless you have kidney stones. If that is the case you have experienced the intense pain associated with them.

One thing we are learning is that diet plays an important role in the development of kidney stones, especially in people who are predisposed to the condition.

Forty to 65 percent of kidney stones are formed when oxalate, a byproduct of certain foods, binds to calcium in the urine. (Other common types include calcium phosphate stones and uric acid stones.) And the two biggest risk factors for this binding process are not drinking enough fluids and eating too much salt; both increase the amount of calcium and oxalate in the urine.

Fighters at Higher Risk for Kidney Stones |

by Bryanna Fissori


With the recent report of Jose Aldo’s hospitalization with kidney stones, it is fitting to talk about this issue and why fighters may be at a higher risk.

The formation of kidney stones occurs when crystals in urine grow faster than they can be flushed from the kidneys. They are made of calcium and other materials that collect in large quantities before being removed from the body by the kidneys. This type of waist is water soluble and therefore its transportation is highly dependent upon water intake.

Aldo is not the first, nor will he be the last fighter to find himself heading to the E.R. in sudden excruciating pain. Painful symptoms do not tend to occur gradually, but instead, come on unexpectedly and pain is often followed with vomiting and bloody urine.

According to Doctor Mike Pi who is familiar face cage-side for Hawaii MMA, “High protein diets and dehydration do lead to increased formation of certain types of kidney stones.”

Combat sport athletes such as MMA fighters, boxers, wrestlers or any other competition where one is required to make a certain weight class, are typically at higher risk for kidney stones. The process of exercising without re-hydrating the body is one many fighters undergo toward the last few days prior to weighing in for competition. Over several years of repeating this same routine every couple of months, the material built up in the kidneys becomes a burden to the body.


Routine dehydration, coupled with high protein/low carbohydrate diets set up the optimal environment for the creation of kidney stones, although depending on the exact type of stones present there are a number of other dietary factors which could be contributing such as sodium, calcium and high oxalate foods.

Passing a kidney stone may only require heavy hydration and pain medication, though in other cases surgery may be needed. Either way, the process is going to be painful.

The moral of the story is that it is important to be aware of how frequent dehydration and dietary stress can affect your body over time.

Jose Aldo Has Kidney Stones, In Addition to His Broken Foot [OUCH …

(“Hey bro…sorry about your pee-hole.” [*hugs*] / Photo via josealdojuniorofficial)

Just days after successfully defending his UFC featherweight championship, Jose Aldo was hospitalized for kidney stones. MMA Fighting passed along word of Aldo’s condition, reporting that the Brazilian fighter was diagnosed on Tuesday and spent time at a hospital in Rio:

Dr. Marcio Tannure, the UFC’s doctor in Brazil, told that the UFC featherweight champion was taken to Copa D’Or hospital in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro and diagnosed with kidney stones Tuesday. UOL first reported the news.”

Tannure went on to say that he is unsure of whether Aldo has already passed the stones or not and is waiting to hear from the champ’s camp. Aldo also broke his foot against Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163 and is not expected to fight again until 2014.

This writer has never had kidney stones but has known folks who have. And, judging from the apparent pain they were in, we’re willing to bet Aldo is dealing with some pain slightly below Tito Ortiz’s cracked skull but definitely above Jon Jones’ mangled toe. Reportedly, Aldo has had stones before.

Get well soon, Jose.

Elias Cepeda

Update on the Medical Management of Kidney Stones | The CME …

Release Date: July 2013 Update on the Medical Management of Kidney Stones

Expiration Date: July 2014

Estimated time to complete the educational activity: 1 hour

This activity is jointly sponsored by Medical Education Resources and Haymarket Medical Education.

Statement of Need: Kidney stone prevention is often neglected, and deserves more attention by nephrologists and  urologists. Adequate and quantitative counseling regarding fluid intake is the first step and is effective and inexpensive. Appropriate dietary manipulations can be prescribed based on 24-hour urine collections. While dietary adherence may be difficult for many patients to achieve, at present, medical therapies are effective and underutilized.

Target Audience: This activity has been designed to meet the needs of nephrologists andurologists who treat patients with nephrolithiasis.

Educational Objectives: After completing the activity, the participant should be better able to: Assess dietary effects on calcium stone formation.
Discuss pharmacologic options for treating hypercalciuria. Discuss the etiology and appropriate management fro differing types of calculi.

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Kidney Stone Cleanse With Simple Garden Plant | Las Vegas …

Kidney Stones Healed through Simple Garden Plant
Kidney stones regularly affect about one in every 10 people and that number seems to be rising.  With all the consumption of high protein diets, sugary soft drinks and not enough water intake, kidney stones are more likely to occur.  The pain from kidney stones can be mild to unbearable and have required surgery for many people.  There is a simple garden plant growing in yards across the nation whose root can break up kidney stones in no time!  That shrub is the Hydrangea plant.

Hydrangeas are beautiful and hardy flowering trees that are especially abundant in the great northwest and in California, but can be found throughout the United States.  They are most popular in America, though the plants are also being shipped worldwide where they like sunny regions of Europe and China, as long as it is not too hot.   To most owners of hydrangeas, they are just lovely to look at when blossoming and nothing more.  Few know of the healing secrets hidden in the network of roots to this plentiful plant which can save lives.

Hydrangea, also known as seven-bark herb, can turn around a painful and even near-hopeless case of kidney stones within a matter of hours as it works to break down the crystallized aggregate deposits tearing at the urinary passageway in attempts to be released from the body.

How to make it

In order to make the masterful, yet simple concoction to cleanse the stones, it is best to start with a raw apple cider or apple juice base, as the apple contains helpful benefits for the kidney and urinary tract as well.  You will need about a gallon of juice.   Then, taking some of the root, approximately two ounces, mashing it up and soaking it in the gallon of apple juice for 3 days (hopefully you haven’ waited too long with the kidney stones that these three days are torturous – if you can’t wait, see below).  After three days of soaking, simmer the concoction for 15 minutes and then begin to take 2 ounces of the liquid elixir every two hours all day long.

If you do not have time to soak the root of a fresh hydrangea tree (or don’t have access to a tree of your own for digging), you can purchase the root or even dry powder from an on-line provider or health food store and simply mix the powder right into the juice, simmer 15 minutes and start right away with the doses.  There should be relief within a 24 hour period.  The formula can be taken until it is gone and should be consumed with a generous amount of purified water, preferably distilled water – as distilled helps to carry out toxins.

Cleansing Response

The hydrangea tea acts as a kidney and bladder cleanser, so it is possible, if there are other toxins lurking in these organs and in the body that need removal, taking this formula will stimulate their release.  This could lead to detox symptoms, such as aches and pains, fatigue, cold/flu symptoms and slight nausea.  These are normal bodily detox symptoms and should be encouraged through a continued intake of liquids, especially water and some peppermint tea.

Besides assisting with kidney stones, the hydrangea plant has long been used by natives for glandular disorders, arthritis, dissolving cysts, enlarged prostate, rheumatism, backaches, gout, scurvy, dropsy and many other problems that relate to the kidneys and bladder.  Who would have guessed that the simple garden hydrangea plant could be a powerful kidney stone cleanser as well as such a beautiful gift for the eyes?  Nature is just full of surprises!

(this article is not intended to diagnosis, treat or cure.  If you are suffering from kidney stones or other conditions, check with your intuition first and consult a health practitioner)

Written by: Stasia Bliss

Sources: Grandma’s Herbs; HydrangeasHydrangeas;; Fox News

Supplementation with potassium citrate may prevent kidney stones …

Scientists have discovered that children who take nutritional supplements with potassium citrate while on the ketogenic diet to control epilepsy may avoid developing kidney problems.

The ketogenic diet is high in fat and low in carbohydrates and is sometimes prescribed to children who do not respond well to medications. However, it can lead to painful kidney stones as a result of a buildup of calcium in the urine.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center adopted the supplementation approach two years ago, and found more patients can remain on the diet for longer periods of time.

“We can confidently say this is a safe and powerful way to prevent kidney stones, and it should become part of standard therapy in all ketogenic dieters, not just those who already show elevated urine calcium levels,” researchers say.

Epilepsy produces seizures resulting from a strong surge of electrical activity in the brain and affects a variety of mental and physical functions. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, almost 3 million people in the U.S. suffer from the condition, and some 200,000 new cases of seizure disorders and epilepsy are diagnosed each year.

PJ Lifestyle » How To Avoid Very Painful Kidney Stones – PJ Media


I just had a very unpleasant experience – a kidney stone – and one that I hope to help you avoid.  The experience is a major health issue for Americans. These cause more than a million visits to health care providers each year, of which 300,000 are to emergency rooms. If you have ever seen the bill for an emergency room, you know that everything is way more expensive there. Think of this article as not only an attempt to save you great misery, but also to save both public and private funds.

I was in an Enterprise Architecture class (a type of computer geek professional training) on Wednesday, and by the end of the day, I was not just bored; I was in pain in my lower right abdomen. At first I thought that lunch was trying to make an early escape, but a visit to men’s room didn’t help. And the pain was getting worse – way worse.  I was also beginning to get chills.  Based on the location I assumed that it was appendicitis, although it certainly came on faster than I would have expected.

I left the class early, intending to drive to my doctor’s office, but in five minutes, the pain had become so intense that I did not think it likely that I would be able to safely drive there.  Fortunately, I was a block or two from one of the several excellent hospitals we have in Boise.  I had taken my wife to this particular hospital for outpatient shoulder surgery a few weeks ago, so I did not have to think too long about where it was – and with the pain that I was suffering, thinking was not something that I was strong on doing.

I pulled into the emergency room driveway, honked my horn, because I was not sure that I was going to get inside by myself, and within seconds, there was someone there with a wheelchair, and a valet parked my car.  By this point, the pain was so intense that I was starting to vomit – and in less than 30 seconds, I was on a bed; within another minute or two, there was a nurse, than a doctor examining me. The doctor asked questions, poked and prodded, and concluded that my problem was probably a kidney stone. While waiting for a CT scan, the nurses inserted an IV, and put in some serious painkillers – and this took it from inexpressible pain to just suffering.

The Right Diet For People With Kidney Stones « The Amber Institute

Experts agree that having the right diet is one of the keys in treating and preventing kidney stones. This is because is there is controlled diet, people can choose not to consume foods that can lead to the faster formation and faster growthóin the cases of those who already have kidney stones.

As defined, kidney stones refer to the salts and other minerals formed in the vital organs such as kidneys, ureters, and bladder. Many people are prone to this because these stones tend to form naturally. However, not all kidney stones should be neglected because they can cause extremely uncomfortable pangs of pain and can even result to more complicated related diseases.

Experts say that along with early diagnosis, eating the right set of foods is very crucial in keeping oneís self away from kidney stones. For those who are already suffering from this condition, all the more that they need to pay attention to their diet because this directly affects the degree or severity of the kidney stones.

It is a given fact that people who have suffered from kidney stones will likely to have them 10 or 1 5 years from now. This is because many of them do not maintain medication, proper diet, and the physical activities needed to stay away from this condition.

Fighting kidney stones using diet

Doctors and other specialists in the field of medicine would agree that the easiest way to fight kidney stones is by having a diet that is balanced and appropriate for age. This is because having a balanced diet would not ensure that one is getting all the key nutrients he or she needs but also assures them that they will have lesser chances of developing diseases such as kidney stones.

For people who are suffering from kidney stones, experts advise them to take specific preventive measures in preventing kidney stones as early as now. This is because the earlier the possible causes are prevented the greater chances of having kidney stones risks. The following are some dietary suggestions to lesser the chances of having kidney stones.

1. Increase fluid intake. This is quite effective in fighting kidney stones because if you have enough amount of liquid in your body, it can wash away toxins and flush then out from the body. Increasing fluid intake, especially water, is the simplest yet most effective way of fighting kidney stones because it can help you keep hydrated while leaving your system clean. The ideal water intake should be 8 glasses but since people with kidney stones need more to flush out salts and other minerals in the body, 10 to 12 glasses is recommended daily.

2. Do some sodium restriction. Too much salt or sodium is one of the primary causes of kidney stones because it increases the calcium levels present in the personís urine. Doctors advise people with calcium stones to cut down or totally eliminate sodium intake from the foods that they eat. This is because too much salt intake will only make the condition more complicated and may also cause other related diseases.

3. Increase the intake of fiber-rich foods. Indeed, fiber is considered beneficial to people with kidney stones because it contain several compounds mostly are phytate that guards the kidney against the formation of stones. Experts say that people who are suffering from kidney stones and those who would want to be spared from it should increase their calcium intake.

4. The keys are outlined in the book Black Genetics 2:Detox & Regeneration on how to lower sodium/potassium levels. The true key to internal health balance. The proper balance between mineral catalysts and antagonist is crucial in understanding how to keep your kidneys healthy & stone free.

1 Sugary Drink a Day Increases Kidney Stone Risk by 23%

BOSTON—Patients with kidney stones are often instructed to drink more fluids to prevent the condition from recurring; however, new research published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found drinking just one sugar-sweetened soft drink a day increased the risk of kidney stone formation by 23% compared to people who had a maximum of one per week.

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital conducted a study to determine which fluids are detrimental or beneficial to one’s risk of developing kidney stones. They found that certain drinks are more effective than others in preventing the recurrence of kidney stones. They found consumption of sugar-sweetened soda and punch is associated with a higher risk of stone formation, whereas consumption of coffee, tea, beer, wine, and orange juice is associated with a lower risk.”

“Our study found that the relation between fluid intake and kidney stones may be dependent on the type of beverage consumed. We found that higher consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks was associated with a higher incidence of kidney stones,” said senior author Gary Curhan, M.D., ScD, Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from three ongoing cohorts—the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS), and both the Nurses’ Health Study I (NHS I) and II (NHS II). A total of 194,095 people were involved in the analysis over an average follow-up of more than eight years. All of the participants had to complete questionnaires concerning their medical history, lifestyle, and medication. Every four years questions on diet were updates.

Results of the analysis revealed that people who drank just one sugar-sweetened cola per day were at a 23% increased risk of kidney stone formation compared to people who had a maximum of one per week.

A study presented at The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting revealed that calcium and vitamin D supplements are linked to high levels of calcium in the blood which can significantly raise the risk of developing kidney stones. In 2012, a study published in the journal European Urology found obese or diabetic patients have an increased risk for kidney stones.

10 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones – SHTF Preparedness

Ouch, again.

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If we were in a SHTF situation, its pretty well a known fact that, unless you know a doctor, you wont get medical help and its all down to what knowledge you have. Kidney stones are painful little hard stones that your body produces when you eat certain foods, etc.

Get rid of these or prevent them by using the 10 remedies in the article below.

10 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones