Seeing as how I am in the Emergency Medical profession...and I have many friends and acquaintances who frequently battle kidney stones, I decided to share the following articles in hopes that others may be spared the agonizing pain that passing these bad boys cause. If you've not yet experienced them yourselves nor seen anyone else with them, I can tell you that I wouldn't ever wish them upon my worst enemies.
30 September 2014
High-fructose corn syrup, or HFCS for short, is a man-made sweetener commonly used in processed foods. It’s included in many foods that one would least suspect, like bread, crackers, pasta sauces, and even pickles. Groups like the Corn Refiner’s Association and companies dependent on High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) continue to market it as a safe, almost “natural” product. The truth is becoming increasingly clear, however, with studies showing the immense health issues that arise from its long-term consumption. Considering that the the majority of people today consume a diet primarily based on processed foods, it’s somewhat challenging for most people to eat it in moderation.
HFCS and Kidney Stones: What’s the Connection?
Recent research points to the fact that increases in kidney stone occurrences in men, women, and even children appear linked to regular consumption of HFCS. Research indicates HFCS encourages formation of two of the four kidney stone types, both of which are highly avoidable. Here are 5 facts you need to know to protect yourself and your loved ones against HFCS-induced kidney stone formation.
1. Eating Fructose Increases the Risk of Kidney Stones
Don’t be fooled by industry-fueled marketing campaigns — fructose consumption increases the risk of kidney stone formation. The National Kidney Foundation website states “eating too much fructose correlates with increasing the risk of developing a kidney stone.” What’s more, a study evaluating data of over 200,000 people determined those who consumed the most refined fructose had a much greater chance of developing kidney stones.  Only the refined fructose showed the correlation, with the non-fructose carbohydrates showing no relation to kidney stones.
2. Drinking Soda Dramatically Increases Kidney Stone Formation
Keeping hydrated is an important part of avoiding kidney stones. Drinking soda to hydrate only does more damage. Sugar-sweetened sodas contain refined fructose from HFCS to make them sweet. A study from Harvard found those who regularly drank soda had a 33% greater risk of kidney stones. Another study found drinking cola encouraged the formation of calcium oxalate (one type of kidney stone). The study authors recommended avoiding colas as a way to reduce kidney stone risk.
3. Fructose Can Metabolize Into Oxalate
Some individuals are naturally predisposed to oxalate stones and will convert fructose into oxalate at a faster rate. This increases the amount of oxalate in the blood which can mix with calcium in the kidneys.
4. Increases Risk of Uric Acid Stones
Manufactured fructose increases the amount of uric acid excreted in urine; natural fructose from fruit does not. High levels of uric acid, or hyperuricemia, encourages kidney stone formation and gout. Researchers have specifically noted elevated levels of uric acid caused by HFCS have been directly linked to metabolic syndrome, a condition identified by obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and renal failure. Make sure to avoid fruit juices and sodas containing HFCS, corn syrup, and other artificial sweeteners to possibly reduce risk.
5. Children as Young as 3 Are Developing Kidney Stones
As unbelievable as this sounds, it’s completely true. More and more young children, and I mean under the age of 5, are developing kidney stones. Despite the increasing number of children suffering from this condition, researchers only acknowledge the modern diet of highly-processed foods as the main contributing factor.  However, parents and doctors both report that when HFCS is removed from the diet, the incidence of kidney stones goes away.
A Modern Problem?
Predicting the likelihood of developing kidney stones used to be simple. If someone in your family had kidney stones, you were thought to be very likely to develop them as well. But that’s changed. Traditional thought also holds men will more likely develop kidney stones; but, increasing numbers of women and children experience the pain and suffering of this terrible condition.
Reduce HFCS exposure
To prevent kidney stones, the common idea is to drink plenty of water, to avoid calcium supplements, and to decrease intake of salt, protein, and oxalate-rich foods. Of course, some of the healthiest foods around such as spinach, dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, and nuts all contain oxalates. My recommendation is to eliminate HFCS, corn syrup, and other manufactured chemical additives first. The Corn Refiners Association may not want you to hear it, but the science supports it.
Have you had kidney stones? Did eliminating HFCS from your diet help? We want to hear from you! Share your thoughts and comments with us below.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
- National Kidney Foundation. Kidney Stones. NKF. Fact Sheet.
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Kidney stones - natural remedies, prevention, and what really causes them
Saturday, September 27, 2014
by: Michael Edwards
(NaturalNews) More than 12% of men and about 7% of women will have to deal with kidney stones at some point in their lives. Once you have suffered through them, statistics say you're more likely to have them again. Statistics say they've got an 80% chance of recurrence.
Kidney stones have a tendency to open people's minds to natural medicine.
Conventional doctors will tell us that common causes include too much calcium, too many vitamin supplements, too much animal protein, and genetics.
Genetics can lead to a predisposition to kidney stones, but learned behavior (diet) within the family is the reason the stones run in families. Some drugs, cheap supplements, soda, factory farmed animal products, table salt, tap water, and an acidic diet can all lead to the formation of kidney stones.
A diet of fresh, unrefined, whole foods prevents kidney stones.
How to Prevent Kidney Stones
Magnesium citrate, a complex B vitamin with extra vitamin B6, lots of stevia sweetened lemonade along with a healthy diet will not allow kidney stones of significant size to form.
Harvard researchers found that 180 mg of magnesium and 10 mg of B6 taken daily can actually prevent 92.3% of kidney stones. Other studies show huge reductions with magnesium alone at 500mg a day.
Diet is crucial.
Fresh, raw, organic produce is the foundation of a healthy diet. Avoid refined foods including table salt and sugars and flours. Drink lots of water. Spring water from a clean source has numerous health benefits, and distilled water is very pure and good for you if you consume enough produce. Drink lemonade sweetened with stevia each day. Lemons also reduce the likelihood of kidney stones.
If you drink coffee, switch to tea. Studies show that black and green tea reduce the chances of developing kidney stones. Don't eat conventional factory farmed animal products.
Avoid poor quality, unhealthy supplements and protein powders.
Other foods that prevent and eliminate kidney stones include raw apple cider vinegar, dandelion root, olive oil, kidney beans, and watermelon.
Natural remedies for kidney stones
Drink a half a gallon of cranberry, stevia lemonade per 100 pounds of body weight every day. See sources below for the recipe. Be careful with cranberry juice long-term. Short-term, it's fine for helping pass a stone and for treating a urinary infection. Cranberry juice contains polyphenolic compounds that dissolve kidney stones and flush them out of the body through the urine. But long-term use has been shown in some studies to possibly cause stone formation, probably due to its high oxalic acid.
Also drink a cup of apple cider vinegar and eat a tablespoon of unrefined black strap molasses each day daily, to balance the body's PH.
If you're shopping for a tincture or a tea look for the following herbs that have been shown time and time again to help remove kidney stones painlessly and quickly:
- Nettle leaf helps maintain the flow of water through the kidneys and bladder and helps keep crystals from forming into stones.
- Hydrangea root behaves as a powerful diuretic and also an antilithic herb, which ejects and prevents kidney stones
- Gravel root provides defense against kidney stones and increases the flow of urine. Gravel root also plays a role in maintaining an alkaline body by expelling excess uric acid, a cause of kidney stones
- Marshmallow root eliminates toxins and soothes cell membranes in the urinary system, making it easier to release kidney stones
- Horsetail herb helps regulate the calcium stored in the body and soothes urinary tract inflammation
- Uva ursi leaves increase renal circulation and limits the acid content in urine
- Corn silk reduces the risk of recurring kidney stones and helps treat bladder infections
- Goldenrod flowers fight urinary tract infection and help flush out kidney stones
A naturopath and master herbalist known as Doc Shillington shared his recipes for kidney detoxification and kidney stone tinctures. Read Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones for the recipes and for more information on kidney stones and see Inexpensive, Easy Detox for a recipe for cranberry stevia lemonade.