Kidney Stones - Painful Signals for Dietary Change

Kidney stones often produce excruciating pain when they exit the kidney.

Joyce has experienced some of that pain, and so have I to a lesser extent.

I would guess that you've experienced this yourself, or have close friends or relatives who've had the excruciating pain of one or more stones trying to pass through either of the thin tubes extending from the kidneys to the bladder.

Relatively small stones or fragments may cause no pain or other problems. They might not even be noticed.

The extreme pain often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and fever can cause a quick trip to the emergency room.

That situation is relatively rare.

Most kidney stones are small enough that they can be handled by drinking lots of water, exercising, and juicing with fresh, organic vegetables made at home with your juicer and consumed immediately after it's made.

Cucumber, celery and carrot juice with lots of celery is one of the best combinations.

In my experience, staying active, including some vigorous exercise, helps alleviate the pain. If the pain is a little too harsh for vigorous exercise, drink a lot of pure water and go for a walk.

Having observed others, though, I'm aware that in some situations, the pain is so great that only a trip to the doctor's office or emergency room for a quick (hopefully) dose of a pain medication - possibly a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or an opioid.

Normally that would never be my choice - but it might be if I were experiencing the kind of pain I've seen others go through.

The Wikipedia article has a lot of information and lots of long words with unusual combinations of letters.

Preventing kidney stones is not all the difficult - providing you are willing and able to go through some dietary changes, exercise a lot, and drink lots of pure water.

If we had experienced problems with kidney stones when we were younger we would most likely have looked in How to Get Well by Paavo Airola. If we had taken his advice consistently over the years, we probably would not have had even the mildly painful experience we recently had with this condition.

Our experiences with eating have been somewhat inconsistent.

Sometimes when we thought we were eating well, we were still mostly catering to our tastebuds and enjoying stuff like prime rib, steaks, baked potatoes with sour cream and chives and iceberg lettuce salads loaded with blue cheese dressing.

We also enjoyed the delicious fresh-baked breads and rolls loaded with butter.

When we were younger we didn't hesitate to enjoy ice cream, cakes, pies and other treats loaded with sugar and white flour.

We also didn't know enough to be drinking enough water - and the water we typically drank probably had fluoride. Fluoride is very hard on your kidneys.

For anyone who wishes to prevent kidney problems, a diet dominated by raw vegetables and fruits is best.

Here's a useful passage from Paavo Airola's book:

Avoid vegetables containing large quantities of oxalic acid, such as spinach and rhubarb. Chocolate and cocoa also contain oxalic acid and must not be used. Garlic, potatoes, asparagus, parsley, horse radish, watercress, cucumber and celery are excellent vegetables. Best fruits are papaya and bananas -- both have healing effect on kidneys. Watermelon is excellent; it should be eaten by itself, not with any other food...

Airola says that in acute condition, a 2-3 week juice fast is recommended.

Dr. Airola also recommends a treatment from European folk medicine consisting of 2 ounces of kidney bean pods boiled for 4 hours in a gallon of water, strained through a fine cloth and allowed to stand for 8 hours. He says to make it fresh each day because it loses its effectiveness after 24 hours. This treatment should be used during a 4-8 week period.

Drinking a 6-8 ounce glass of corn silk tea several times a day for several months is another effective folk remedy for kidney and bladder stones, according to Paavo Airola.

Joyce and I have relied on juicing for effective kidney health. We also drink lots of distilled water, and take some herbal remedies. I have no idea why it works, but corn silk tea is great.

We also use a product made by Panetary Herbals called Stone Free. It consists of a proprietary blend of tumeric root, gravel root, dandelion root extract, ginger root, lemon balm leaf, marshmallow root, parsley root, dandelion root, and licorice root.

Joyce found this product at Vitamin Cottage after looking in Airola's book for herbs that support kidney health or dissolve stones.

Paavo also tells us that deficiency of vitamins A and C contribute to the development of kidney stones. He suggests taking 75,000 units of A daily for 3 months, then backing off to 10,000 units along with 1,000 - 3,000 milligrams of C.

Cranberry juice is also mentioned by Airola as an old folk remedy for kidney stones. Seems like everyone recommends cranberry juice for kidney health and vitality.

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