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A remedy for Kidney Stones?

Posted by Wendy on June 04, 2001 at 10:07:29:

My friend has a chronic kidney stone problem caused by a specific condition. She always drank lots of water and took the usual preventative measures, but a few months ago her doctor gave her an unusual piece of advice. He said that he heard that Crystal Light lemonaide helps this problem in many people. The potassium citrate breaks down the stones. She has been drinking this every day and x-rays have confirmed that her stones have dissolved. She hasn't had any stones since she started this and is amazed that for the first time in her life she is free of this terrible problem.
Has anyone else ever heard of this? I wonder why it is not better known and why research isn't being done on this. Probably there aren't enough doctors open-minded enough to try something so simple. I thought other sufferers might like to try this. It has to be the lemonaide, not the other flavors, and I'm not sure whether it only works for people with her specific condition.



Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones?

Posted by Joanie on June 04, 2001 at 11:28:29:

In Reply to: A remedy for Kidney Stones? posted by Wendy on June 04, 2001 at 10:07:29:

Doesn't Crystal Light contain aspartame? If it does, I would not make it a part of my long term diet.

Namaste'

Joanie

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Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones?

Posted by kmd on June 04, 2001 at 14:38:29:

In Reply to: A remedy for Kidney Stones? posted by Wendy on June 04, 2001 at 10:07:29:

Wow! That is so cool. How much did she drink per day and how long did it take for the stones to dissolve?

Joanie, maybe the benefits of not having kidney stones anymore would outweigh the risks of the aspartame.



Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones?

Posted by Joanie on June 04, 2001 at 14:58:13:

In Reply to: Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones? posted by kmd on June 04, 2001 at 14:38:29:

That's why I mentioned long term use. Short term to alleviate stones....I wouldn't hesitate a second. I know they can be painful.

Namaste'

Joanie



Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones?

Posted by Wendy on June 04, 2001 at 20:23:22:

In Reply to: Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones? posted by Joanie on June 04, 2001 at 14:58:13:

That's a good question - I will ask her how much she drinks the next chance I get. Did I mention that her brother has the same condition and he has started drinking it too.
She has had as many as 30 stones at a time and since she was constantly getting them you can imagine how excited she is about this new approach.
It probably does have aspartame in it since so many things do, but sometimes you have to make a sacrifice in one area of health to achieve overall health in a more important way. It's a balancing act and for her I think it's sensible to take the small risk of consuming aspartame to rid herself of this excruciating problem that has landed her in the hospital so many times.
I would love to know if anyone else has heard of this or tried it. When I speak to her I will get the specific details and also the name of her condition that causes the formation of so many stones. Thanks for the responses!



Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones?

Posted by Wendy on June 04, 2001 at 20:43:59:

In Reply to: Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones? posted by Wendy on June 04, 2001 at 20:23:22:

I can't believe it, she called me just as I was sending the last post!
Her condition is called "spongy kidneys." The calcium builds up in the grooves and gets stuck in the lining of the kidneys. The potassium citrate in the Crystal LIght breaks down the calcium citrate stones in the kidneys and dissolves them. Her doctor said he doesn't normally tell people about this but has been hearing about this and felt it was worth a try.
In the course of a day she takes about 2 TBL of the CL in 1/2 gallon of water, then drinks another 1/2 gallon of water throughout the day. She avoids dairy products also.



So you could just find potassium citrate pills and skip the Crystal Light...nmi

Posted by whole foods advocate on June 05, 2001 at 10:14:01:

In Reply to: Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones? posted by Wendy on June 04, 2001 at 20:43:59:

nmi



Re: So you could just find potassium citrate pills and skip the Crystal Light - for Whole Foods Advocate

Posted by Wendy on June 05, 2001 at 10:33:47:

In Reply to: So you could just find potassium citrate pills and skip the Crystal Light...nmi posted by whole foods advocate on June 05, 2001 at 10:14:01:

Thank you.
Do potassium citrate pills exist? If so, I wonder what they are usually marketed for.
I'll pass that on to her so that she can ask her doctor. Have you also heard of potassium citrate helping kidney stones?



Re: So you could just find potassium citrate pills and skip the Crystal Light - for Whole Foods Advocate

Posted by whole foods advocate on June 05, 2001 at 11:17:03:

In Reply to: Re: So you could just find potassium citrate pills and skip the Crystal Light - for Whole Foods Advocate posted by Wendy on June 05, 2001 at 10:33:47:

I was just thinking out loud, but did a web search and got a ton of hits - looks like it's cheep, too!

didn't have time to see what they're marketed for, but you can just plug potassium citrate into your search engine andgo for it!!
good luck



Re: So you could just find potassium citrate pills and skip the Crystal Light - for Whole Foods Advocate

Posted by Wendy on June 05, 2001 at 17:28:27:

In Reply to: Re: So you could just find potassium citrate pills and skip the Crystal Light - for Whole Foods Advocate posted by whole foods advocate on June 05, 2001 at 11:17:03:

I did a search with the words kidney stones and potassium citrate and there was quite a lot of information! I passed your suggestion on to my friend - thank you very much. It certainly seems that if you can avoid aspartame it's the best way - I just didn't know there was such an easy alternative!
I hope other people with that painful condition see this, and again I appreciate your comments.

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Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones? (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 06, 2001 at 08:51:25:

In Reply to: A remedy for Kidney Stones? posted by Wendy on June 04, 2001 at 10:07:29:

Thanks, Wendy.

You KNOW the answer as to why more docs do not suggest simple and inexpensive remedies for chronic conditions.

In KY, if the word got out, his license would be at risk for recommending such a "quackery" approach. If it hadn't worked they would not have a problem with it. It would only be held against him since it DID work.

Namaste`

Walt



Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones?

Posted by MAI on June 07, 2001 at 04:51:31:

In Reply to: A remedy for Kidney Stones? posted by Wendy on June 04, 2001 at 10:07:29:

It was confirmed that 2 bottles of beer a day (not US made pee!) prevents from kidney stones!


The study was performed in Germany, were the kidney stones are not common.

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Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones? (Archive.)

Posted by Jan on June 12, 2001 at 16:25:32:

In Reply to: Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones? (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on June 06, 2001 at 08:51:25:

Dr. Stoll,

Would you recommend this protocol for an 80-y.o. man who has complications of advanced stages of emphysema and cellulitis? Curious. My father is in rest home/hospital frequently these days because his two stones are moving which result in lots of blood in his urine. He is currently on antibiotics; being treated for UTI.

Thanks for your response.



Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones? (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 14, 2001 at 10:54:37:

In Reply to: Re: A remedy for Kidney Stones? (Archive.) posted by Jan on June 12, 2001 at 16:25:32:

Hi, Jan.

He is a perfect candidate for the ultra sound approach. If hos docs do not do it you need to see a doc who will.

Let us know how he does.

Walt

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