The 2023 / 2024 Flu Nosode

The 2023 / 2024 Flu Nosode

Updated Flu Strains 2023-2024:
A/Victoria/4897/2022 (H1N1)*
A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)
A/Wisconsin/67/2022 (H1N1)*
B/Austria/1359417/2021
B/Phuket/3073/2013
*New strains


Attached Below is the info for the 2023/2024 Flu Nosode

The strains for the Flu Nosode flu are determined by the WHO and change yearly.  Hence a new Nosode is made every year.As above, the attachment below also has a listing of this years strains as well as the dosing guidelines

As a Preventative:
 10-15 drops once weekly.

After Exposure: (you don’t have the flu but have been around someone who did)
 10-15 drops 1-3 x daily

Acute Dosing:— (you have the flu)
 10-15 drops every 15 minutes up to 3 hours.
:
Once Symptoms Improve: (mild to moderate dosage)
 10-15 drops every hour up to 8 hours.

NOTE: 2100 drops per bottle.  A good rule of thumb is on the same day of the
week, let’s say Sunday, do the preventative dosing–to hopefully ensure you won’t
get the flu to begin with.

NOTE: f you choose to get the flu vaccine, I would still use the Flu Nosode because it is non-toxic and “better safe than sorry”

Lastly, in the past the Nosode was available in mid-August.  It seems now the ingredients may be harder to come by making a release date sometime in early October.

It would be a good idea to pre-order now so when it is released I will know what I need.

Time To “Boot-Up Your Immune System

Time To Boot-Up Your Immune System

Even though we are in late August, and with the Flu and an upsurge in COVID on its way, now is the time to strengthen our immune systems.  Prepare ahead of time so you do not get sick rather than waiting until you are sick. There are many supplements I could recommend but to keep it simple here are my top picks: 

I use only the best of the best; for if the best does not work nothing else probably will! Most of my patients know these product but newer ones may not. If you have questions about any of these contact me and will will comfortably discuss.

  1. The Complete Thymic Formula  (see below)
  2. The Flu Nosode (available later than usual in early Oct)
  3. Beta 1,3 D Glucan 100mg ( best immune system modulator)
  4. K2 D3 5000 (Vit. D)
  5. Oregano Oil (Physicians Strength (strong antiviral)
  6. Vitamin C

LOGOS:

1-800-556-5530 (Jill) OR

https://logosnutritionals.com/discount/ppp5

1-2 Captabs Once Daily (If sick can take as many as 6 per day although 1-2 daily should prevent major illnesses)    Most patients purchase the180 captab bottle!
Out of all the vitamin supplements I have recommended over the years, this particular one has been my flagship foundational supplement.   Created by Dr. Carson Burgstiner decades ago this product is unique because Dr, Burgstiner created a a patented Controlled Delivery System to maximize the absorption and assimilation
of nutrients, which are selectively delivered at the right time and place along the digestive tract. In effect, this technology gives the formula an “innate intelligence”, recognizing that fat soluble nutrients are optimally absorbed along a certain section of the digestive tract and water soluble nutrients along another thus guaranteeing each ingredient makes it through the cell membrane and into the cell.   The majority of my patients know this product well and have been using it for years   To order, call Jill at 1-800-556-5530. Leave a message and she will definitely call you back.
Additionally, I have negotiated with Logos to offer you a 5% discount on your order. In addition, you can receive an additional 10% by subscribing to receive the Complete Thymic Formula every 30, 60 or 90 days. Use the following link to access your discount or use the discount code PPP5 when you check out.

https://logosnutritionals.com/discount/ppp5 

NOTE: If you purchase products from this link, I may get a small affiliate fee which I use to help offset the cost of this email newsletter To your health,

BONE REGENERATION USING CYPLEXORIL FOR STEM CELL GROWTH

BONE REGENERATION USING CYPLEXORIL FOR STEM CELL GROWTH

​​I have been researching Cyplexinol for a while and now with additional research I am comfortable mentioning it to you.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy  stimulates Growth Factors in high concentrations.  it triggers a recruits stem cell activation.

4-12 months is the recommended time to accrue bone rebuilding results

  • Some Bone Facts:
  • Bones loss is primarily caused by decrease in Estrogen
  • It takes years  / lifetime to develop
  • It has nothing to do with what you eat and all to do with what we ABSORB
  • Bone health has little to do with Bone Density

I still have faith in Magnifical ; Vit. D;  Magnesium (Re-Mag) and a touch of Calcium (Calphonite) ; Plant based Xylitol used in Europe;as well as Progesterone or DHEA to help regulate Estrogen.

Overall and in general I am not a fan of  Bisphosphonates  with exception to  HR positive HER 2 negative individuals using estrogen blockers as part of their treatment protocol.

And I must admit, none of my patients have ever had an outright bone fracture as  result of Osteoporosis.However, Platelet Rich Plasma, Stem Cell Growth and what triggers stem cell growth may be the next frontier in keeping bones healthy.. 

Please read a little bit on Cyplexinol and as always know that any product I recommend is the best on the planet. This applies to Cyplexinol and everything else originating from this office.

AND please pass this info onto others who are experiencing either Osteopenia and or Osteoporosis.For those who cannot make it in to  see me or  live in “my neighborhood”, I offer Zoom consultations


CYPLEXINOL

Stem Cell and Research Therapy—-Cyplexinol

Cyplexinol® is an all-natural stem cell signaling protein complex[,] which uniquely stimulates key pathways to help support your body’s ability to create new bone and cartilage tissue!

Cyplexinol®  is a natural BMP complex, which consists of a collagen fragment matrix with the BMPs and endogenous growth factors bound within and to the matrix.

Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), originally identified as osteoinductive components in extracts derived from bone, are now known to play important roles in a wide array of processes during formation and maintenance of various organs including bone, cartilage, muscle, kidney, and blood vessels.

Contact me for further information!

To your health,


Fermented Greens – The Key to Unlocking Complete Nutrient Vitality

Fermented Greens – The Key to Unlocking Complete Nutrient Vitality

Green smoothie with spirulina,spinach and blueberries

Acid Alkaline Balance and Its Impact on Health

Acid alkaline balance is a crucial factor in our overall health. For our cells to function properly, the balance between acidic and alkaline substances in the body must be tightly regulated so that the pH of the blood is slightly alkaline, around 7.4. When our bodies become too acidic, known as acidosis, we may experience decreased immune function, chronic inflammation, and even bone loss. Conversely, an overly alkaline body, known as alkalosis, can cause muscle weakness and cramping.

To achieve a healthy acid alkaline balance, our diet plays a vital role. Consuming alkalizing minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium found in greens can help balance the acid levels in the body. Greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens are rich in alkalizing minerals and vitamins that promote a healthy pH balance. Additionally, herbs such as parsley and cilantro are great sources of alkalizing minerals.

A QRA Perspective on pH

But the benefits of maintaining a healthy acid alkaline balance extend beyond just physical health. Energetically, an alkaline body promotes vitality, better digestion, and overall wellness. It’s no wonder why many health experts consider pH balance as one of the essential components of optimal health.

As Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA) practitioners, we believe that the body’s energy systems and organs can become imbalanced when the acid-alkaline balance is disrupted. By using muscle testing to identify these imbalances we can recommend natural remedies, such as whole food supplements, homeopathy, and herbal formulas, to help correct them. By incorporating QRA concepts into the discussion of acid-alkaline balance, we can consider not just the physical effects of maintaining a healthy pH balance, but also the energetic benefits.

By ensuring that our body is properly balanced and nourished with alkalizing minerals, we can promote vitality, better digestion, and overall wellness. Including alkalizing greens and herbs in our diet can help us achieve a healthy acid-alkaline balance, and incorporating QRA concepts may help us identify and correct any imbalances that may arise.

It All Begins with Soil Health …

As discussed in our recent Cal-Mag blog, the pH of the soil has considerable influence on the mineral content of food. One of the first considerations in an alkaline diet, which includes an emphasis on consuming more fruits and vegetables, is to know what type of soil they were grown in, and whether done so using organic or convention farming practices. Since the agricultural revolution and even more recently with industrialized food production, there has been a decrease in potassium compared to sodium and an increase in chloride compared to bicarbonate found in the diet.

You see, minerals are used as buffers to maintain pH. In the soil, when the pH is less than 6, there is less calcium and magnesium while in soils with a more alkaline pH causes iron, manganese, copper and zinc to become chemically unavailable. The pH acts as the gatekeeper and only allows minerals to be utilized and absorbed when the pH is within a specific range.

This scenario plays out in the human body as well. An acidic pH can hamper the bioavailability of nutrients for uptake by our cells. Blood has a very narrow pH range (7.35 – 7.45) which is tightly regulated by our respiratory and urinary systems to achieve acid-base in the body. The lungs help regulate blood pH by removing carbon dioxide from the blood through the lungs, where it is exhaled. With the help of the brain, the speed at which carbon dioxide is exhaled is regulated, minute by minute. In a process that occurs over several days, the kidneys also help regulate blood pH by excreting excess acids or bases metabolized from the diet.

Just like adding alkalinizing soil amendments, such as dolomite lime, when individuals begin to consume more alkaline foods, the intracellular terrain slowly begins to change, improving the exchange of nutrients and waste at the cellular level. When consistently consuming more alkalizing fruits and vegetables, significant pH changes may be detectable via urine or saliva, but not in blood pH.

Acid-Base Disorders – What are They and Why Worry?

Alkalosis and acidosis are disorders that result from complications maintaining acid-base balance. Alkalosis occurs when blood pH increases, becoming less acidic while acidosis occurs when blood pH decreases, becoming more acidic.

Metabolic acidosis and metabolic alkalosis are caused by an imbalance in the production of acids or bases as well as their excretion by the kidneys. This occurs when the body is in shock or when type 1 diabetes is poorly controlled resulting in diabetic ketoacidosis or worse, kidney failure. Respiratory acidosis and respiratory alkalosis are caused by changes in the carbon dioxide exhalation due to lung or breathing disorders such as pneumonia, asthma, COPD/sleep apnea, or heart failure. When either of these disorders is detected, it provides an important clue to doctors that a serious problem may be brewing in the body.

When our bodies are in a more acidic state, they are weaker and more vulnerable to disease and dysfunction. Our body’s natural defenses and ability to repair from wear and tear become weakened. Conditions such as chronic renal failure and chronic metabolic acidosis inevitably result in a loss of skeletal muscle.

Chronic Acidosis – A Recipe for Trouble 

Metabolic acidosis can be directly associated with consumption of modern, SAD diets. Due to the cumulative effects of soil depletion, modern human diets are deficient in magnesium, potassium, as well as fiber and contain excessive amounts of saturated fat, simple sugars, sodium, and chloride. Over time, this sets the stage for metabolic acidosis to occur due to the gradual loss of the kidney’s acid-base regulatory function which may have adverse effects on bone health as well as body systems and organs, especially the kidneys.

Studies show that even the slightest shift toward metabolic acidosis can produce insulin resistance and systemic hypertension. Furthermore, strongly acidic diets combined with excess body weight, lack of exercise and ageing, are a recipe for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Dietary sodium is a predictor increased incidence of metabolic acidosis. When our bodies become too acidic, calcium and magnesium are drawn from the bones. Bone building cells become less effective, and the cells’ pH balance is affected. This condition, called chronic metabolic acidosis, can deplete the mineral reserves in bone and can cause osteopenia (lower bone density) and eventually osteoporosis (loss of bone mass with risk of fractures).

The kidneys, one of the most vital organ systems of the body, can become overwhelmed by net acid loads resulting in higher incidence of kidney disorders including kidney stones, kidney disease, and kidney failure. A low carb, high protein diet with its increased acid load results in very little change in blood pH, but results in many observable changes in urinary chemistry. Urinary magnesium levels, urinary citrate and pH are decreased, while urinary calcium, undissociated uric acid, and phosphate are increased in individuals consuming modern, SAD diets.

Greens – A Vital Solution for Maintaining Acid Alkaline Balance

As wellness practitioners, we already know that greens are a powerful solution to maintaining a healthy acid alkaline balance in the body. These nutrient-dense plants contain alkalizing minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that help to regulate pH levels and promote optimal health. For example, kale is an excellent source of calcium, spinach is rich in magnesium, and collard greens are loaded with potassium, all of which help to neutralize acidity and promote a healthy pH balance.

But the benefits of greens don’t stop there. They are also incredibly nutrient-dense and offer a range of health benefits. For instance, greens like arugula, watercress, and chard are rich in antioxidants that help to protect the body against oxidative stress and inflammation. They also contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals that are essential for maintaining optimal health.

Alkaline diets, or diets high in fruits and vegetables, improve the potassium-sodium ratio improving cardiovascular health, bone health while reducing muscle loss and mitigating chronic diseases such as hypertension and strokes. The increase in dietary magnesium, required to activate vitamin D, would enhance bone health as well as immune function.

Energetically, whole foods, especially iron-containing greens, build blood and improve energy levels by enhancing RBC production. They also support healthy digestion, which is essential for optimal nutrient absorption. Adding greens to your diet is an easy way to boost your overall health and energy levels.

For those who struggle to consume enough greens in their daily diets, powdered greens supplements can be a convenient solution. Look for supplements that have been fermented, as fermentation can enhance nutrient absorption and improve the bioavailability of the nutrients in the greens.

Fermentation – Traditional Methods for Optimizing Nutrition

Fermentation has been used for centuries to enhance the nutritional value of foods. When it comes to leafy green herbs, vegetables and seaweeds, fermentation can improve nutrient absorption and enhance their bioavailability, making it easier for the body to access and utilize their beneficial nutrients. This ancient technique of preparing and preserving vegetables and fruits has several confirmed benefits including enhanced digestibility of macronutrients, removal of anti-nutritional factors (such as phytic acid, oxalates, and tannins), and promotes beneficial gut bacteria to produce probiotics, enzymes, and organic acids that promote healthy digestion and boost immune function.

Studies have shown that fermenting greens increases the bioavailability of nutrients such as vitamins C, E, and K, calcium, and iron. This means that consuming fermented greens supplements can provide even more nutritional benefits than fresh or cooked greens. Additionally, fermented greens supplements can be more convenient and easier to consume than whole greens for individuals with exceptionally busy lives or an exceptional nutritional need.

Choosing a high-quality fermented greens supplement made from organic, non-GMO ingredients free from harmful fillers, or additives is crucial. Fermented greens supplements can boost your intake of greens, enhance nutrient absorption, and promote a healthy acid alkaline balance. But fermentation isn’t just about nutrition. Consuming fermented foods enhances vitality and digestion, making it easier for the body to build blood and energy levels. So, if you’re looking to improve your acid alkaline balance, enhance nutrient absorption, and boost your vitality, give fermented greens a try.

Assessing Resonance of Patients and Plants

As natural health professionals, we can use QRA to determine which powdered greens supplements are the best fit for each patient’s unique needs. Through non-invasive testing of the body’s reflexes, we can identify which supplements are most effective at promoting optimal nutrient absorption and utilization for each individual.

In addition, QRA can help us to determine the ideal serving size of powdered greens supplements for each patient. By testing the body’s reflexes, we can identify the most effective dosage to support the body’s needs.

Furthermore, QRA can help us to identify any potential allergies or sensitivities to specific powdered greens supplements, ensuring that our patients are only consuming supplements that are safe and beneficial for their unique body.

By incorporating QRA into our approach to powdered greens supplements, we can provide our patients with personalized recommendations that support their overall health and well-being. We can empower our patients to take charge of their health by offering practical solutions that fit their lifestyle, while still emphasizing the importance of a healthy diet as the foundation of optimal health.

Powered by Plants – The Practicality of Using Powdered Greens Supplements

Our role as wellness practitioners, is to empower our patients to take charge of their health. And while fresh greens are always the best option, we understand that life can get busy. That’s where powdered greens supplements come in – they offer an easy and convenient way to get the nutrients your body needs.

But as with any supplement, quality is key. Look for organic, non-GMO, and a fermented greens options to ensure optimal nutrient absorption. Powdered greens supplements are also more concentrated than fresh greens, meaning you can pack more nutrients into a smaller serving, making this dietary supplement practical and potent!

Another benefit of powdered greens supplements is their longer shelf life. They can be a great option for patients with busy lifestyles who struggle to eat fresh greens regularly. However, it’s important to note that they should not be a substitute for a healthy diet. Instead, encourage your patients to use them as a supplement to their daily greens.

As natural health professionals, it’s our duty to educate our patients on the importance of a healthy diet and offer solutions that fit their lifestyle. Utilizing high-quality powdered fermented greens supplements can be a practical solution for patients who need an easy and convenient way to get their daily dose of greens. With the right supplement, our patients can boost their nutrient intake and energy levels without sacrificing time and convenience.

References

Jaffe, Russell. Joy in Living: The Alkaline Way. Health Studies Collegium. 2014.

Schwalfenberg, Gerry. The Alklaine Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health? Journal of Environmental and Public Health. Volume 2012, Article ID 727630, 7 pages doi:10.1155/2012/72763

Shalchi, Homa. Debating Diets: What is the alkaline diet? February 28, 2022. Baylor College of Medicine. Accessed at https://blogs.bcm.edu/2022/02/28/debating-diets-what-is-the-alkaline-diet/   

Lewis III, James L. Overview of Acid-Base Balance. Merck Manual Consumer Version. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/hormonal-and-metabolic-disorders/acid-base-balance/overview-of-acid-base-balance  

Ray, Ramesh, and Swain M. Chapter 3 – Nutritional Values and Bioactive Compounds in Lactic Acid Fermented Vegetables and Fruits. Lactic Acid Fermentation of Fruits and Vegetables. 2017.


Question: What is the importance of maintaining an acid-alkaline balance?

Answer: Maintaining an acid-alkaline balance is essential for our cells to function properly. An overly acidic or alkaline body can cause decreased immune function, chronic inflammation, and even bone loss.

Question: What foods can help promote a healthy pH balance?

Answer: Greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens are rich in alkalizing minerals and vitamins that promote a healthy pH balance. Additionally, herbs such as parsley and cilantro are great sources of alkalizing minerals.

Question: What are the benefits of consuming fermented greens?

Answer: Consuming fermented greens can improve nutrient absorption and enhance their bioavailability, making it easier for the body to access and utilize their beneficial nutrients. It can also increase the bioavailability of vitamins C, E, and K, calcium, and iron, and promote beneficial gut bacteria to produce probiotics, enzymes, and organic acids that promote healthy digestion and boost immune function. 

HEALTH STARTS IN YOU MOUTH

HEALTH STARTS IN YOUR MOUTH

  • Your teeth are organs that are connected to your nervous system via the trigeminal nerve, one of the 12 cranial nerves
  • In his book, “It’s All in Your Mouth: Biological Dentistry and the Surprising Impact of Oral Health on Whole Body Wellness,” biological dentist Dr. Dominik Nischwitz presents a holistic treatment program for whole-body health and well-being
  • Nischwitz has developed a Bone Healing Protocol that includes micronutrients such as vitamins D, C and K2, magnesium and B vitamins. Your vitamin D3 level should ideally be above 60 ng/mL for proper bone formation
  • His holistic treatment plan includes removing or addressing oral interferences such as metal fillings, root canals and cavitations
  • Cavities and resulting problems can be avoided altogether by following an optimized lifestyle program where you’re getting ideal levels of sun exposure and nutrition, and avoid toxins and certain dietary culprits such as gluten and dairy

In this interview, Dr. Dominik Nischwitz, author of “It’s All in Your Mouth: Biological Dentistry and the Surprising Impact of Oral Health on Whole Body Wellness,” discusses his “all-in-one” holistic treatment program, and why addressing your oral health can have far-reaching whole body benefits.

Nischwitz is a biological dentist, like his father before him, and has served as president of the International Society of Metal Free Implantology (ISMI) since 2019.

As a child, Nischwitz “was always a little bit sick” and was frequently treated with antibiotics for recurrent throat infections. At the age of 14, his wisdom teeth were extracted. Age 15 brought on appendicitis and severe acne, which were also treated with antibiotics for months at a time.

“I thought it was normal to be just a little sick and then a little healthy … Then they wanted to take out my tonsils when I was 16. My mom said, ‘Ah, let’s get a second opinion. Go to this naturopathic doctor’ … He tested me with kinesiology and … told me, ‘You’re just allergic to milk … This is an allergy.’

[Removing milk] helped. My tonsils are still in there and it took me a few more years to actually look into dentistry. I was [doing] civil service at a Red Cross as a paramedic … and you have to do an internship in the clinic.

Maybe it’s coincidence. They put me in dental clinic … I applied to university, made the cut, and started without knowing anything. Finally, I got interested [in health] … because at the same time, I was starting to work out. I just wanted to perform better.”

Following the advice given in a bodybuilding magazine, Nischwitz started eating 3,000 calories a day to gain mass. Little did he know all calories are not equal, and after a year of eating noodles and tuna, he’d gained 20 kilos (about 44 pounds), although it wasn’t all muscle.

“I didn’t know it was health that I was missing. I was just focusing on performance and of course muscle gain. Maybe it was just an aesthetic thing, but I learned everything I could about nutrition …

I tried every possible diet. I used every supplement. I was the guy in university who had his box of food always with him, not even knowing that it maybe was also too much carbs … But I learned a lot from this.”

Eventually, Nischwitz learned about the effects dental amalgam has on health, which “totally clicked with everything nutrition-wise” he was learning. “Every minute in my residency when I wasn’t drilling out amalgam fillings, I was searching the internet for stuff to remove, to detox, how the liver phases work, basically, everything possible,” he says. “I was really curious to find real solutions.”

The All-in-One Concept of Health

Nischwitz now focuses on what he calls an “all-in-one concept” of health, starting with the mouth.

“Your teeth are organs that are connected to your whole nervous system and basically are part of your brain, kind of like your eyes,” he says. “You have this massive brain nerve there called the trigeminal nerve. It’s one of the 12 cranial nerves and takes up 50% of the space of all the other ones, so it’s quite important.”

To get started, patients will send him their current panoramic X-rays, a medical questionnaire, and their vitamin D3 and LDL blood work to provide some basic knowledge of their health.

Next, the patient must be properly prepared through nutrition and other lifestyle changes. “It’s basically the same stuff you would do for a patient of every other functional medicine doctor. Go as natural as possible,” Nischwitz says.

His book contains two charts, one red and one green. The red chart describes common food intolerances and food toxins, and their alternatives. All patients are asked to go grain- and dairy-free. The green chart lists healthy carbohydrates, healthy fats and proteins to add to your diet.

Nischwitz has also developed a Bone Healing Protocol that includes certain micronutrients and focuses on high doses of vitamin D3. Vitamin D levels, for example, should ideally be above 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), and if your levels are low to begin with, you may need to take a supplement for several months before your treatments begin. The protocol also stresses magnesium, vitamin K2, vitamin C and B vitamins.

“So, they come into this health optimization week already immunologically boosted,” Nischwitz. “The nervous system is already very good. What we’re trying to achieve then is bring the patient from chronic sympathetic nervous system mode into parasympathetic [mode] …”

Removing Oral Factors That Interfere With Health

Nischwitz’s all-in-one treatment plan includes removing or addressing oral interference such as:

Metal fillings — Mercury (amalgam) fillings (and all other metal restorations) are removed safely using specialized rubber dams and cleanup suction, as well as other parameters to ensure mercury vapors are not recirculated into the system, as this can lead to acute toxic overload. Patients will also receive a nasal probe and intravenous nutrients to assist with detoxification and healing.

Root canals (replacing them with ceramic implants) — Root canaled teeth are extracted and the socket cleaned with ozone. Neural therapy is also used, along with platelet-rich fibrin (APRF) treatment.

“We draw blood before the surgery and spin it in the centrifuge to make APRF,” he explains. APRF contains stem cells and growth factors that are then placed into the empty socket or beside the zirconium dioxide implant, which has no metal oxides in it and is completely biocompatible.

On a side note, while few dentists are educated about this, there are ways to rescue an infected tooth, thus avoiding the need for a root canal in the first place. One method that appears to be very effective is sterilizing the infected root with a high-powered YAG laser, which combines both light therapy and acoustic sound therapy, along with ozone.

This has been shown to eliminate the need for a root canal in many cases. What Nischwitz is describing is the necessary rescue effort after a root canal has been performed.

Cavitations — Cavitations is the layman’s term for fatty degenerative osteonecrotic jawbone (FDOJ) or chronic ischemic bone disease (CIBD). It’s also known as neuralgia-inducing-cavitational-osteonecrosis (NICO cavitations).

Cavitations at the back of your jaw left over from wisdom tooth extractions (or every other extraction site) can cause pain to radiate through your other teeth via the trigeminal nerve. Sometimes, patients end up getting a root canal in a painful tooth that really didn’t need it, as the pain actually was caused by a cavitation.

Aside from cavitations, Nischwitz points out that pain in a tooth could also be due to high blood sugar, low blood sugar, an overall change of pH level in your mouth, or a mineral deficiency.

After surgery, Nischwitz prepares a “food design” or “lifestyle concept” plan for each patient, based on body composition, metabolism and so on.

More Information

Nischwitz firmly believes cavities and resulting problems can be avoided altogether by following an optimized lifestyle program where you’re getting ideal levels of sun exposure, nutrition, and avoid toxins and certain dietary culprits such as gluten and dairy.

“This is why it’s so important that all this information comes out,” he says. “And that’s why I devoted a whole chapter to the nutritional part. Basically, biological dentistry, I would say, is an overlap of functional medicine, biohacking and high tech dentistry with the goal of optimal health. I’m a big fan of the basics, and the goal is [changing] the lifestyle …

Everybody talks about leaky gut, but nobody talks about leaky gum. The gum tissue, the gingiva, is the same tissue, it’s squamous tissue. And if you have a chronic gingivitis, for example, just from a lack of nutrients or maybe from the wrong [dental] restorations, you will have an opening into your system because the gingiva is outside.

Your bacteria cannot go really inside [the tooth], but if there’s an opening in the gum or if you have a titanium implant where the tissue doesn’t grow on top, you will always have a huge gap … and all these bacteria, mainly anaerobic bacteria, will travel into your system. This is basically leaky gum. [The problem] starts there, because the gut basically starts in your mouth.”

Nischwitz also stresses the importance of a natural birth (whenever possible) and breastfeeding, as this is really important for proper jaw formation. Breastfeeding requires far greater strength than sucking formula from a bottle, so sucking on the breast develops the lower jaw and muscles, and ensures the proper development of the baby’s palate.

“This is the fulfilling part for me — that I can help you optimize your health. And this is also the challenge that I put onto all my patients; they have to change their lifestyle. Otherwise, we don’t even accept them because then they won’t have good results.”

To learn more, be sure to pick up a copy of “It’s All in Your Mouth: Biological Dentistry and the Surprising Impact of Oral Health on Whole Body Wellness.” You can also find more information about Nischwitz’ practice on his website, DNA Health & Aesthetics. Other resources include his YouTube channel and Instagram.

The Spiritual Consequences of Alcohol Consumption

The Spiritual Consequences of Alcohol Consumption

Although it is mass-produced, mass promoted, legal, and ingested by a multitude of people all over the world, most people don’t ever consider or understand the spiritual consequences of drinking alcohol.

Let’s begin by taking a look at the etymology of the Word alcohol. Etymology means the root of the word… where it is derived from.

The word “Alcohol” comes from the Arabic “al-kuhl” which means “BODY EATING SPIRIT”, and gives root origins to the English term for “ghoul”. In Middle Eastern folklore, a “ghoul” is an evil demon thought to eat human bodies, either as stolen corpses or as children.

The words “alembic” and “alcohol”, both metaphors for aqua vitae or “life water” and “spirit”, often refer to a distilled liquid that came from magical explorations in Middle Eastern alchemy.

In the words of writer and health enthusiast, Jason Christoff :

“In alchemy, alcohol is used to extract the soul essence of an entity. Hence its’ use in extracting essences for essential oils, and the sterilization of medical instruments. By consuming alcohol into the body, it in effect extracts the very essence of the soul, allowing the body to be more susceptible to neighboring entities most of which are of low frequencies (why do you think we call certain alcoholic beverages “SPIRITS?”). That is why people who consume excessive amounts of alcohol often black out, not remembering what happened. This happens when the good soul (we were sent here with) leaves because the living conditions are too polluted and too traumatic to tolerate. The good soul jettisons the body, staying connected to a tether, and a dark entity takes the body for a joy ride around the block, often in a hedonistic and self-serving illogical rampage. Our bodies are cars for spirits. If one leaves, another can take the car for a ride. Essentially when someone goes dark after drinking alcohol or polluting themselves in many other ways, their body often becomes possessed by another entity.”

I became aware of this phenomenon years ago when I was given a spiritual vision. In this vision, I was transported as an observer above a popular bar and nightclub. Above the venue where a variety of ghoul-like entities. Inside the bar were people drinking alcohol, socializing, dancing, and so on. I watched as certain people became very drunk. I saw their souls, while connected through a thread, exited the body. I understood that the soul was leaving the body because of the great discomfort of being in a body highly intoxicated with alcohol. When the soul exited the body, other non-benevolent entities entered or latched on to their vacant shells. Once the entities took hold of the body, they used the body to play out all kinds of dark acts, such as violence, low-level sexual encounters, destructive behaviors, rape, and more.

Years later, while reading a book called Mans Eternal Quest, by Paramahansa Yogananda, this spiritual master clearly explained the exact same thing as I was shown in the vision.

I began to look back over my life and remember situations where I saw dark spirits hanging around people who had become very drunk. Let me elaborate a bit when I say I saw these entities … I have had the abilities of clairvoyance (the ability to perceive things beyond the natural range of the senses … which can include: ESP, extrasensory perception, sixth sense, psychic powers, second sight; telepathy, and more) , clairaudience ( the ability to perceive sounds or words from outside sources in the spirit world), and the experience of being a spiritual intuitive and empath since childhood. I have the ability to see energies and spiritual manifestations that most people don’t see. As I looked back over my life I could remember many incidents of encountering non-benevolent spirits in the presence of intoxicated individuals. I also have had experiences of looking into the eyes of a few people who were surely “possessed” by dark energies that were not their own.

I also remember a psychology course I once took. In part of this course, we studied advertising and the effects on humans. We looked at the advertising for alcohol. A master teacher of this subject illuminated the fact that most alcohol advertisements are embedded with hidden messages and images – not typically perceivable to the common sight, yet perceived through the subconscious. Knowing how powerful the subconscious is in our decision making, feelings, reactions, beliefs, etc., the slick sales teams of alcohol (as well as tobacco and other products) used this sinister technique to trick us into buying their products and joining the societal cult of mental apathy and cultural obedience. Many of these hidden messages and images were extremely sexual – working to influence some of the basest urges and primal nature of humans. Let this example bring you to a place of curiosity and questioning. Why have the marketing teams felt the need to trick us and coerce us through subliminal messages to buy products that are harmful to the human body and to our soul?

How many times have you or someone you know, after becoming quite intoxicated with alcohol, behaved in a manner uncommon to them? Perhaps you experienced the changing of voice, violence, sexual promiscuity, ingesting of harmful substances, destruction to property, conflictual behavior, and other negative expressions. Consider these experiences and ask yourself – is this the manifestation of light, love, and positivity? Do these occurrences represent a path of consciousness and health?

It is a known by many that ingesting alcohol depresses the nervous system, kills brain cells, is toxic to the liver, weakens the immune system, and has many other harmful effects. We are taught that long-term alcohol use can lead to unwanted weight gain, diseases of the liver, lowering of intelligence, and negative effects on hormones. Drinking alcohol while pregnant can lead to birth defects, mental retardation, and deformities in the developing fetus. Yet still, it is mass promoted and supported by our mainstream culture. Have you ever considered that alcohol is a slick tool of the supporters of the Matrix (global mind control and oppression program) to keep people on a path of disempowerment and sickness?

We have to ask why is alcohol legal throughout most of the world, yet in many countries, and specifically the United States, psychedelics are illegal. The conscious and safe use of psychedelics or “visionary medicines”are known to assist in mind expansion, to initiate spiritual experiences where people have communed with the divine, healed numerous physical and spiritual ailments, increase intelligence, help to re-pattern the brain in a positive way, assist people in aligning with their soul’s purpose, and have inspired many people to create great works of art and other innovative creations. It seems that these substances would definitely be banned and discouraged if there truly is an agenda seeking to oppress the human potential and keep us “in the dark” regarding who we are as spiritual beings, our innate potential, and the path to empowerment.

As we strive to heal, awaken, and transform our world – I pray that we wise up to the dirty trick played upon humanity in regards to alcohol. Non-benevolent forces have wanted to keep us oppressed, disempowered, and asleep.

How many of us have seen families broken and lives lost because of alcohol and alcoholism?

Do you think it makes us smarter or healthier or overall better people?

It’s time to change things.

Let’s stand behind replacing the rampant abuse of alcohol with more health enhancing practices and activities – and learn how to live awakened and empowered lives!

Before I close this writing, I want to share a little more about the history of the word alcohol. There have been some people who look into the etymology and discover this explanation –

“alcohol (n.) – 1540s (early 15c. as alcofol), “fine powder produced by sublimation,” from Medieval Latin alcohol “powdered ore of antimony,” from Arabic al-kuhul “kohl,” the fine metallic powder used to darken the eyelids, from kahala “to stain, paint.”

Paracelsus (1493-1541) used the word to refer to a fine powder but also a volatile liquid. By 1670s it was being used in English for “any sublimated substance, the pure spirit of anything,” including liquids. Sense of “intoxicating ingredient in strong liquor” is first recorded 1753, short for alcohol of wine, which was extended to “the intoxicating element in fermented liquors.” In organic chemistry, the word was extended 1850 to the class of compounds of the same type as this.”

Upon further research, we can find that in ancient Egypt, the eyes of both men and women were lined top and bottom with a thick black powder known as kohl, kajal, or mesdemet. The outlined eye resembled the almond-shaped eye of the falcon god Horus observed in the Eye of Horus glyph. It was believed that this shape invoked the god´s protection and warded off evil spirits.

Yet if one were to dig deeper, as a true scientist, researcher, or truth seeker does, you will also discover these interesting facts…

  1. Dr. Rachel Hajar, an accomplished modern-day editor, author and medical advisor, while researching an article on alcohol for her online medical journal, found additional meanings in ancient Arabic texts;
  2. Al kol: Genie or spirit that takes on varied shapes or a supernatural creature in Arabic mythology.
  3. Al kol: Any drug or substance that takes away the mind or covers it.”
  4. The word alcohol is also linked to the fixed star in astronomy known as Algol- also known as “the Demon’s head.”
  5. The current Arabic name for alcohol (ethanol) is الغول al-ġawl – properly meaning “spirit” or “demon”.

It is not a coincidence that alcohol has often been referred to as spirits. There is a deep history behind this intoxicating substance. There are layers of information throughout our culture, sometimes we have to look below the surface of things to find the fullness of truth. I encourage you to deeply consider the information shared here, look at the effects of alcohol in your life, in the lives of the people you know, and in society at large. Make conscious, informed, and health enhancing decisions. The more people who awaken to truth and seek health and liberation from mind control agendas, the more likely we are to make positive changes and co-create a world we feel good about living in.

IDIOMS

IDIOMS

DISCONNECTION FROM NATURE IS A PRIMARY CAUSE OF ILLNESS

THE QUIETER YOU ARE, THE MORE YOU CAN HEAR

WHEN SOMETHING IS DIFFICULT, THE JEWEL IN THE BOX IS WORTH HAVING

FORGIVENESS IS THE CENTRAL COMMAND OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

THE NOBLEST ART IS TO MAKE OTHERS HAPPY

ALLOW A CONNECTION TO GOD’S GRACE

THE ONLY THING THAT SHOULD BE SEPARATED BY COLOR IS LAUNDRY

COMFORT IS THE ENEMY OF PROGRESS

WORKING HARD EXPANDS CAPACITY

COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY

A SOCIETY GROWS WHEN A “MAN” PLANTS A SHADE TREE HE WILL NEVER SIT UNDER

IT TAKES COURAGE TO LOVE YOURSELF

TRUST YOURSELF-YOU KNOW MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU DO

San Diego Dates October/December 2022

San Diego Dates October/December 2022

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Above are my dates for October / December 2022

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Mild Silver Protein is Back and Available

Mild Silver Protein is Back and Available

                     Mild Silver Protein

The untimely death of Bill McFarland earlier this year left a gaping hole in the availability of the Silver 500. He was the sole owner of MSP Research which distributed the silver under his name but was not the origin nor the manufacturer of it.

The origin of the silver including where it was made; how and who it was distributed to; and from where it was shipped had been under wraps due to the possibility of government interference in anything that was not pharmaceutical in nature—let alone guaranteed to work

As it turns out, I was given access to the identical Silver 500 ppm Bill McFarland used along with additional strengths such as 5000 ppm and 10000 ppm for conditions that are chronic and long term. The 5000 ppm may be the new “go to” strength.

When it concerns my patients and as with all products originating with me, I prefer to speak with you directly; determine what is appropriate based on my experience; and place the order myself.  Additionally, I am a big believer in having a few bottles of silver on hand for “just in case” purposes.

Prices vary according to Strength

Silver is 100% Non-Toxic / Self Sterilizing

ALSO BE USED IN DR. P’S HUMIDIFIER AND NEBULIZER PROTOCOLS

HUMIDIFIER INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cool Mist Humidifier (Walmart $49.99)
  • 1 Gallon Distilled Water–MUST be Distilled
  • 1 Quart bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 18-20 drops Oregano Oil
  • 15 cc/1 Measuring Tablespoon of Silver 500 ppm

Stir and blend well,. Use when feeling stuffy/congested, manifesting cold virus symptoms, flu, coughing, or anything respiratory including nCOVID-19 symptomatology.

NEBULIZER INSTRUCTIONS

  • Fill cup 1/2 to 3/4 full of Silver 500 ppm
  • Add 2 drops of DMSO if available
  • OR if by chance you happen to have Albuterol-(call to discuss how to use for this recipe)
  • Do a breathing session

The best nebulizer for your money is made by InnoSpire Elegance Compressor Nebulizer System  Purchase from Just Nebulizers  

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Ask about purchasing extra disposable and non-disposable mouthpieces. 

Have extra on hand, not just because of nCOVID-19, but also because of the many other respiratory issues.

NOTE: NEBULIZING silver is THE MOST EFFICACIOUS TREATMENT when it comes to preventing the progression of, and in the treatment of, pneumonia and respiratory distress.

The Canary in the Coal Mine -or- How to Improve Kidney Function

The Canary in the Coal Mine -or- How to Improve Kidney Function

By Dr. Douglas Lobay, BSc., ND

Improving kidney function can be difficult and exasperating. As a practicing naturopathic physician, I am always interested in improving the health of my patients. True to the tenets of do no harm, treat the whole patient, and stress preventative medicine, I am looking for ways to improve kidney function in my patients. I have become particularly interested in variations of creatinine and glomerular filtration rate and declining levels of function at the stage 2 and stage 3 kidney disease. I have been fortunate to practice chelation therapy, and I have monitored kidney function in hundreds of patients. Over the years I have analyzed many blood chemistry panels and performed countless urinalyses in the office. I have evaluated kidney function based on serum creatinine levels and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Through continuity of care I have compared lab values over time for many patients and tried to figure out what improves kidney function and what causes its decline. Like the canary in the coal that is sent down into mine shafts to sniff out toxins before the miners are sent in, finding ways to improve kidney function before irreversible kidney damage occurs can be indemnifying.

I found Dr. Jenna C. Henderson’s article in the June 2019 Townsend Letter, titled “Is This Actually Kidney Disease, and What Can Be Done About It?” Here is a summary of important points that I learned from this article. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is an estimate of kidney filtration. It is associated with serum creatinine levels and also age, gender, and race. It is underestimated in the very young and the very old. If eGFR is decreased, then the first question to be asked is how well hydrated is the patient? Then the next question to be asked is does the patient have high blood pressure or hypertension? Serum creatinine levels can be increased with an increase in muscle mass. Blood urea nitrogen of BUN is a nitrogenous waste product that correlates with dietary protein intake. Renal anemia is due to decreased erythropoietin levels. Potassium levels may be increased with a decreased eGFR. The normal level of urinary pH is between 5.5 and 6.5. There are approximately one million nephrons in the kidneys of the adult human. You lose about 1% of nephrons per year with aging. Blood tests can detect serum creatinine levels, which can be used to estimate glomerular filtration rate. An increase in serum creatinine is associated with a decrease in GFR. Hyperfiltration of the glomerulus is associated with chronic kidney disease. Recovery from a decreased GFR and chronic kidney disease can be limited due to fibrosis of kidney tissue. Active cell division can promote kidney recovery.

Dr. Henderson further describes kidney supplements that may be beneficial for urinary tract infections or UTI’s, kidney stones, and chronic kidney disease. She likes animal studies that use the 5/6 nephrectomy model, in which 5/6 of the kidney is removed. The effect of a treatment can be measured in the remaining 1/6 of the functioning kidney. Dr. Henderson describes the kidney friendly diet. She also suggests the use of dietary supplements that have been shown in some studies to improve kidney function. Some of the supplements mentioned in this article include Epimedium sagittatum, resveratrol, hibiscus, Salvia miltiorrhiza, ubiquinol, citrus bioflavonoids, curcumin (especially tetrahydrocurcumin), and medicinal mushrooms like cordyceps. These supplements can help to ameliorate oxidative stress, inflammation, proteinuria and progressive renal damage.

I am not a kidney specialist, but I have an extraordinary appreciation of the nurses and doctors who work in kidney dialysis units. However, I am interested in how to improve kidney function in early kidney decline such as with stage 2 and 3 kidney disease on an outpatient basis. Stage 2 kidney disease is defined as an eGFR between 60 to 89 milliliters per minute, and stage 3 kidney disease is defined as an eGFR between 30 and 59 milliliters per minute. I decided to do a literature search on PubMed about natural ways to improve kidney function. I discovered that a good place to begin in understanding kidney disease is a thorough review of basic renal physiology.

Kidney Physiology Review

The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs that are normally found in the right and left of retroperitoneal space in the abdomen. The average size of the right kidney is 10.9 centimeters in length and 11.2 centimeters for the left kidney. The average female kidney weighs 115 to 155 grams while the average male kidney weights 125 to 175 grams. Each kidney is supplied by one renal artery and one renal vein. The main function of the kidney is to filter the blood, maintain serum osmolarity, maintain electrolyte and acid/based balance, and remove toxins from the blood. The four mechanisms by which the kidneys work are filtration, re-absorption, secretion and excretion.

The functional unit of the kidney is the nephron. Each kidney has about one million nephrons. Hydrogen, ammonia, potassium, and uric acid are excreted from the nephrons; and water, sodium, bicarbonate, glucose, and amino acids are reabsorbed. Vitamin D or calcitriol is produced in the kidney, and hormones erythropoietin and rennin are also produced there. Each kidney is divided into an outer cortex and an inner medulla. Nephrons, primarily the glomeruli are located in the renal cortex. The afferent arteriole supplying prerenal blood enters the bulbous capsule of the nephron called Bowman’s capsule. The conglomeration of afferent arterioles inside Bowman’s capsule is called the glomerulus. The increased hydrostatic pressure of the afferent arteriole forces blood at high pressure into the glomerulus. Due to the hydrostatic pressure and membrane permeability, low weight molecular molecules are filtered across the capsular membrane. The blood is also filtered across endothelial cells of the arteriole, the basement membrane, podocytes, and around mesangial cells. An amazing one-fifth of the entire human blood supply is filtered each minute. An incredible amount of 180 liters of filtrate is produced each day through the renal glomerulus. The efferent arteriole leaves Bowman’s capsule with the remaining filtered blood. Meanwhile, the filtrate produced across the glomerulus drains down across a series of tubules, namely the descending proximal tubules, loop of Henle, the ascending tubules and the distal convoluted tubules and collecting ducts. The early proximal tubule reabsorbs glucose, amino acids, sodium, chloride, phosphate and water. The loop of Henle is a u-shaped bend of tubules that includes the thin descending loop and a thicker ascending loop. The thin descending loop of Henle reabsorbs mainly water that leads to concentration of urine produced. The thick ascending loop of Henle reabsorbs electrolytes including mainly sodium, 3 potassium chloride, magnesium, and calcium. The distal convoluted tubules reabsorb mainly sodium and chloride and the collecting ducts also reabsorb sodium and water. The urine filtrate produced leaves the collecting tubules through the renal medulla and ultimately through the calyces to the ureters and bladder.

Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine phosphate found in muscles and is usually produced at a fairly constant rate and is somewhat dependent on muscle mass. About 1% to 2% of muscle creatine is converted to creatinine on a daily basis. It is a nitrogenous compound removed by the body primarily through glomerular filtration and a small amount through the proximal tubules. Men, through increased muscle mass, have higher creatinine levels than females. Serum creatinine levels are 0.5 to 1.0 milligrams/deciliter or 45 to 90 micromoles/liter in females and 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams/deciliter or 60 to 110 micromoles/liter in males. Lab values of creatinine also vary slightly from lab to lab. Creatinine has also demonstrated antibacterial and immunosuppressive properties. Creatinine levels can also be increased with high protein dietary consumption. Creatine clearance is associated with glomerular filtration rate. False elevations in serum creatinine can occur. Factors that can increase serum creatinine include race, age, body size, gender, menstruation, diurnal variation, intense exercise, and increased protein intake. Approximately 15% of creatinine is secreted by the renal tubules. Certain drugs can increase serum creatinine. These drugs include Trimethoprim, cimetidine, and H2 blockers. Rhadmyolysis or acute muscle damage can also increase creatinine levels.

Urea is a nitrogenous by byproduct of muscle metabolism produced in the urea cycle by conversion of nitrogen from amino acids to ammonia compounds. BUN production is somewhat more variable than creatinine and less reliable as an indicator of kidney filtration. Urea is increased from a diet rich in protein. The BUN to creatinine ratio provides some interesting information about the possible location of kidney dysfunction. A BUN to creatinine ratio greater than 20:1 indicates a prerenal cause. A BUN to creatinine ration between 10-20:1 indicates a post-renal cause. And a BUN to creatinine ratio of less than 10:1 indicates an intra-renal cause.

Glomerular filtration is an estimate of kidney function and degree of kidney disease. Glomerular filtration or GFR represents the flow of plasma into Bowman’s space in a specific period of time. Kidneys receive 20 to 25% of blood volume cardiac output equaling 1.0 to 1.2 liters per minute. Glomerular filtration rate is correlated with serum creatinine levels, age, body size, race, and gender. Stage 1 kidney disease has a GFR greater than 90 ml/minute and indicates normal kidney function. Stage 2 kidney disease has a GFR between 60 to 89 ml/minute indicates mild loss of kidney function. Stage 3a kidney disease has a GFR between 45 to 59 ml/min and indicates a mild to moderate loss of kidney function. Stage 3b kidney disease has a GFR between 30 to 44 ml/minute and indicates moderate to severe loss of kidney function. Stage 4 kidney disease has a GFR between 15 to 29 ml/minute and indicates severe loss of kidney function. Stage 5 kidney disease has a GFR less than 15 ml/minute and indicates severe kidney failure. Many labs use an arbitrary level of GFR less than 60 ml/minute to indicate kidney disease. Also the degree of protein or albumin in the urine has been correlated with the degree of loss of kidney function.

Hormones affect reabsorption of different molecules in the kidneys. Anti-diuretic hormone or ADH, produced in the posterior pituitary gland in the brain, is also known as vasopressin and stimulates water reabsorption through the kidney tubules. Vasopressin goes to the distal and collecting tubules and promotes the reabsorption of water back into circulation. A low blood pressure can stimulate the release of vasopressin into systemic circulation. Copeptin derived from the c-terminal is a surrogate marker of vasopressin and is more stable and measurable than ADH. Aldosterone produced in the adrenal glands stimulates sodium reabsorption through the kidney tubules. Parathyroid hormone, produced in the parathyroid glands, alters phosphate and calcium reabsorption.

Chronic kidney disease or CKD affects about 10 to 15% of the adult population of Western countries. It is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and death. CKD has been associated with hypertension, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. Structural and functional abnormalities of renal tissue show up in just three months after declining kidney function. There can be a genetic component to kidney pathology and kidney disease. Kidney disease can be further divided depending on the deposition of immune globulins. Proliferative kidney disease is an immune-dependent pathological process that results in inflammation and the deposition of immune complexes in the glomerulus and tubules. Non-proliferative kidney disease is not caused by immune globulin deposition and is not immune dependent. The podocyte of the glomerulus plays a central role in kidney disease pathology. Immune complexes can be deposited in mesangial cells of the glomerulus.

Chronic kidney disease is associated with renal fibrogenesis causing glomerular sclerosis and tubular interstitial fibrosis. Fibrogenesis induces inflammatory changes in the glomerulus and tubules. Inflammatory filtrate, profibrotic cytokines, and fibroblast proliferation occurs. Tubulo-interstitial inflammatory infiltrates include proteinuria, immune deposits, chemokines, calcium phosphate, metabolic acids, including uric acids and oxidized lipids. The net effect is that these deposits further caused renal deterioration.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs decrease kidney prostaglandins. A decrease in prostaglandin synthesis, which regulates vasodilation at the glomerular level, causes a decrease in renal blood flow. This disrupts compensatory vasodilation causing renal vasculature constriction. NSAIDS also cause increased pressure in the renal interstitium for up to one week after starting these drugs. About 15% of acute kidney injury is due to NSAID consumption.

Diet and Kidneys

There is a direct association between water intake and kidney function. Water intake is related to chronic kidney disease, polycystic kidney disease, and nephrolithiasis or kidney stones. Benefits have been noticed when urine output has been measured to be between 3 to 4 liters per day. Increased water intake blocks the renal vasopressin V2 receptor. A comprehensive literature review studied the effects of hydration on kidney function. Increased water intake decreases vasopressin levels. Hydration can improve kidney function in all forms of chronic kidney disease, recurrent renal calculi, and slow renal cyst formation.2 A beneficial effect on kidney function in patients who are at risk for development of chronic kidney disease was noted. Although increased hydration and reduced vasopressin secretion appear to slow progression in patients with chronic kidney disease, over-hydration can be detrimental in patients with end-stage kidney disease. Beneficial effects have been noted in patients with earlier chronic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy, and nephrolitiasis.

A randomized controlled trial was conducted for one-year duration to study the effect of increased water intake on kidney function. Increased water intake was associated with a decreased concentration of calcium oxalate, calcium phosphate, and uric acid. Increased urine output between 2 to 2.5 liters per days was a consequence of increased water intake. Increased water intake was associated with a decreased growth rate of polycystic kidneys. Six hundred and thirty-one participants with stage 3 chronic kidney disease and a GFR between 30 to 60 ml/minute were selected for this study. The participants were coached to increase water intake by 1.0 to 1.5 liters per day (4 to 6 cups of water in addition to other beverages usually consumed). Plasma copeptin levels were directly correlated with anti-diuretic hormone or vasopressin levels. Vasopressin was the first hormone released during the early stages of dehydration. The increased level of vasopressin was correlated with early kidney disease. Other surrogate markers, including estimated glomerular filtration rate, copeptin, and microalbuminuria, were measured. Increased water intake was associated with improved kidney function markers.

Fluid self-management recommendations were made for prevention of kidney stones based on epidemiological evidence. A urine fluid output of 2.5 liters per day or more was recommended. Potassium-rich foods protected against kidney stone formation. Increasing fluid intake of 500 ml of water per day decreased kidney stone formation. Tea and alcohol consumption also decreased kidney stone formation. Fruit juice, soda and pop did not decrease kidney stone formation and were suggested to increase rates. Coffee and milk showed inconsistent results and could not be recommended as a fluid to decrease kidney stone formation. The combined interaction of environmental exposure, dietary habits, and genetic factors cause kidney stones. Water intake is recommended to be three liters or greater per day to help prevent kidney stones. It is not the quality of water, rather the quantity of water consumed that matters in most cases. The correlation between water hardness, which increased mineral concentration, and the development of kidney stones remains controversial.

Low-protein and plant-based diets are beneficial in chronic kidney disease. Low protein diets can reduce protein intake, phosphorus and sodium. Plant-based diets are low in saturated fats, high in fiber, and high in unsaturated fats and potassium. These diets are low in creatine.

High salt intake can have detrimental effects on kidneys by affecting glomerular function. Increased glomerular hyper-filtration, increased filtrate formation, and increased glomerular pressure are a consequence of high-salt consumption. Increased sodium intake blunts the anti-proteinuria effects of various drugs, including ACE inhibitors. Increased sodium further causes increased blood pressure, increased renal hypertrophy, renal fibrosis, decreased glomerular basement membrane, and decreased anionic membrane function. Restricting sodium intake is an important preventable measure in patients with chronic kidney disease.8

A modest coffee intake of one to two cups per day decreased the risk of developing chronic kidney disease. The odds ratio of developing kidney disease was 0.76 with drinking one cup of coffee per day. The odds ratio of developing kidney disease was 0.80 by drinking two cups of coffee per day.9Decreased plasma creatinine levels were observed in mice that consumed decaf coffee for two weeks. High-dose decaf coffee increased nucleotide activation in the kidney cortex, which increased kidney function. Meta-analysis of four observational studies with 14,098 people showed no significant association between coffee intake and development of chronic kidney disease. Interestingly however, the odds ratio was 0.81 in females and 1.10 in males.

Green tea consumption was associated with a decreased risk of developing kidney stones in a large prospective study of elderly Chinese people. The odds ratio was 0.78 in males and 0.80 in females.1 Green tea polyphenols protected the kidneys against oxidative stress damage in early renal damage.

Apple cider vinegar induces a protective effect on oxidative damage to the kidney in ovariectomized mice fed a high-cholesterol diet.

Dietary treatment of urinary risk factors for renal stone formation was assessed. A general conservative therapy was recommended. Decreased fluid intake was associated with decreased urine output less than 2 liters per day. Dietary calcium supplementation was not recommended. Dietary calcium less than 1 gram per day, low protein diet, and low sodium diet were recommended. Mild dietary salt intake was associated with decreased calcium excretion. Calcium supplementation was recommended between 800-1200 mg per day. A low normal protein diet was associated with decreased calcium loss. Alkaline citrate minerals were recommended. Increased fruit and vegetables excluding high oxalate food were suggested. Increased consumption of citrate foods and melons increased urinary citrate levels.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Kidneys

Oxidative stress is a disruption of the balance between the production of reactive oxygen species or ROS and antioxidant defense mechanisms. Oxidative stress was identified in early kidney disease. Suggested potential useful antioxidants have been identified in food and supplements. Some proposed antioxidant supplements include vitamin B, C, D and E, coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine, alpha lipoic acid, curcumin, green tea, flavonoids, polyphenols, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, statins, trace elements and n-acetyl cysteine.16

In a double-blind randomized controlled trial, 60 patients with diabetic nephropathy were supplemented with 1200 IU of vitamin E or placebo for 12 weeks. Vitamin E supplementation was observed to increase serum levels. Decreased protein to creatinine ratio, decreased tumor necrosis factor or TNF, decreased matrix metalloproteins, and decreased malondialdehyde levels were noted. No effects on other biomarkers of kidney disease were observed. Decreased levels of inflammation, kidney injury, and oxidative were also observed.17 Vitamin E supplementation of 300 milligrams per day for 12 weeks with 20 diabetic and 20 non-diabetic patients with end stage kidney disease undergoing hemodialysis. Vitamin E supplementation improved HDL levels and vascular endothelial function.18

High homocysteine has been correlated with kidney disease. Low levels of vitamins B12, B9, and B6 have been associated with high homocysteine levels. One hundred and forty-eight 7 patients with chronic kidney disease from the Ukraine were measured for homocysteine levels; 58.7% of patients had high homocysteine levels. Homocysteine was believed to be a specific indicator of low vitamin status, especially for vitamin B9 or folic acid.19

Recurrent kidney stone formation in patients with normal renal function who have a defect in ascorbic acid to oxalate metabolites should restrict vitamin C supplementation to less than 100 mg per day. However, a large-scale prospective study showed that the group with the highest quintile of vitamin C intake, which was greater than 1500 mg/day, had the lowest risk of kidney stone formation.

Long-term intake of vitamin D resulted in an increased risk of hypercalcemia and hypercalciuria, which appeared to be not dose related. However, vitamin D supplementation did not increase the risk of kidney stone formation. It was recommended that large randomized controlled trials of vitamin D are needed to confirm these findings.

Magnesium is utilized for over 300 different biochemical reactions in the human body. Magnesium helps to decrease vascular calcium and decrease phosphate absorption.

Supplements and Kidneys

Coenzyme Q10 is a strong antioxidant and mitochondrial nutrient. Decreased Q10 levels have been observed in patients with chronic kidney disease. A meta-analysis of seven randomized controlled trials of patients with chronic kidney disease were selected from 721 potential papers from PubMed, Cochrane, and other medical databases were selected. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation was associated with decreased total cholesterol, decreased LDL cholesterol, decreased malondialdehyde, and decreased creatinine levels. Triglyceride levels as well as HDL cholesterol, glucose, insulin and CRP levels were not affected by Q10 supplementation.24 The effect of coenzyme Q10 supplementation was studied on 72 rats exposed to radiation-induced nephropathy. Q10 was administered at a dose of 10 mg/kg body weight. Signs of poor kidney function were observed after radiation exposure. Q10 supplementation decreased BUN and creatinine levels. Q10 seemed to attenuate glomerular and tubular function in irradiated kidneys. Administration of Q10 seemed to alleviate radiation induced kidney damage.25 The effect of benfotiamine, a derivative of vitamin B1 or thiamine and co-enzyme Q10 was studied a group of rats that had gentamycin-induced kidney damage. Gentamycin was severely toxic to rats. Benfotiamine supplementation decreased nephrotoxicity, decreased BUN and creatinine levels and decreased malondialdehyde levels. Q10 supplementation decreased necrotic tubular tissue levels and hyaline accumulation.

Resveratrol is a natural polyphenolic compound found in grapes and other compounds. Resveratrol is a robust antioxidant that scavenges reactive oxygen species or ROS. Resveratrol is also a SIRT-1 activator, which increases enzyme functions, decreases apoptosis, and increases mitochondrial biogenesis. Resveratrol has demonstrated to have some renal protective effects.

N-acetyl cysteine or NAC administration ameliorates renal function by decreasing oxidative damage as observed in Wistar rats with induced kidney damage following bilateral ureteral obstruction.

Acetyl-l-carnitine improved energy metabolism in the kidneys of hypoxic-ischemic brain-injured rats.

L-carnitine levels have been observed to be low in patients with advanced kidney disease. A systematic review of the evidence of carnitine and kidney disease was undertaken. Fourteen references were identified for review. A meta-analysis shows some useful pieces of information and the potential benefit of carnitine supplementation in patients with advanced kidney disease. The authors recommend carrying out better designed studies to show the potential benefits of this supplement.

Lipoic acid is a free radical scavenger of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and nitric oxide (NO). It’s mechanism of action is not completely understood but is believed to operate with different kinase pathways. Lipoic acid is known to affect multiple signaling pathways and has demonstrated renal protective effects in contrast-induced kidney injury.

Melatonin prevents drug-induced renal injury by decreasing inflammatory cytokine production and decreased aquaporin water channels in male rat’s kidneys with bilateral ureteral obstruction.32

Herbs and Kidneys

Berberine showed antioxidant, anti-apoptotic, and anti-inflammatory activity in diabetic rats exposed to nephrotoxic streptozotocin. Decreased levels of BUN and creatinine were observed with berberine doses of 100 and 150 milligrams per kilogram. Improved histopathological kidney function was also observed with declining levels of BUN and creatinine. Increased free fatty acids and disturbed mitochondrial function play a role in diabetic kidney disease. Diabetic mice were fed berberine for eight weeks. Berberine reversed glucose and lipid metabolic podocyte damage, basement membrane thickening, mesangial expansion and glomerular sclerosis. Decreased podocyte apoptosis was also observed.34 Berberine demonstrated a protective effect on kidney and liver function in rats exposed to iron overload for two weeks. Increased iron consumption increased oxidative damage causing histopathological changes to these organs. Elevated levels of oxidative damage also increased malondialdehyde levels, which is a marker of oxidative damage. Berberine protected the liver and kidney against ferrous sulphate-induced toxicity, reduced lipid peroxides, and also chelated iron.35 Chronic diabetic kidney disease causes microvascular damage to the renal glomerulus and causes interstitial fibrosis to the renal tubules. Berberine showed a significant positive effect by decreasing total blood sugar levels, improving renal hemodynamics, improving lipid profiles, and was shown to attenuate local and systemic inflammation.

Berberine protects renal tubular cells from ischemia and reperfusion injury in rats. Berberine protects renal tubular epithelial cells from hypoxia and reperfusion mitochondrial dysfunction by regulating sirtuin-2 and c53 pathways.37 Berberine also protects renal tubular epithelial cells from hypoxia and apoptosis through activation of HIF-1alpha in the signaling pathway suggesting that berberine could be a potential drug in diabetic ketoacidosis.

Hydrangea or Hydrangea paniculata extract was given to mice with cisplatin-induced kidney damage. Improved renal function was observed with decreased creatinine and BUN levels. The coumarin glycosides of this plant were believed to attenuate oxidative stress, decrease tubular injury and decrease apoptosis. Decreased inflammatory cytokines and regulation of protease enzymes, including caspase, an enzyme involved in inflammation and programmed cell death, were noted. Hydrangea extracts ameliorated kidney damage by antioxidant activity and suppressing harmful renal infiltrates and tubular apoptosis. Decreased renal infiltrates down regulated signaling pathways, which further decreased macrophage and neutrophil activation.39

Hydrangea extracts containing coumarin were given to mice with acute septic kidney injury. Bioactive coumarin compounds isolated from Hydrangea paniculata were identified to be umbelliferone and esculetin. Hydrangea demonstrated specific antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity on kidney tissue. Decreased infiltrate of macrophages and neutrophils in renal infiltrate was noted. Decreased BUN levels and decreased tubular interstitial injury were noted. Improved kidney function and increased animal survival were observed.40 Water extracts of Hydrangea paniculata were rich in coumarin glycosides. A water extract of this plant was given to diabetic rats that were exposed to strepozotocin kidney damage. Hydrangea extracts were given once per day for three months. A decrease in BUN and creatinine was observed. The hydrangea extract upregulated some enzyme activity and decreased other signaling pathways.

Silybin from milk thistle (Silybum marianum) protected against cisplatin-induced acute kidney injury. Silybin increased sirtuin-3 or Sirt-3 expression in mice, which was shown to protect against cisplatin-induced kidney damage by decreasing tubular apoptosis and increasing mitochondrial function. A standardized mixture of silymarin flavonolignans from milk thistle has demonstrated antioxidant activity for reactive oxidant species (ROS). Contrast-induced nephropathy caused tubular injury in mice kidneys. Silymarin preserved renal function by improving glomerular and tubular function in a dose dependent manner in mice exposed to contrast injury.

Apigenin is a flavonoid isolated from celery (Apium graveolens). Apigenin is an anti-hypertensive flavone that is abundant in celery. Apigenin acts as an agonist of transmut receptor-potential vanilloid-4 or TRPV4 in rats. Apigenin has demonstrated promising anti-hypertensive activity in treating hypertensive-induced renal damage in those who consume a high sodium diet.44 A hydroalcoholic extract of celery was used to treat uncomplicated urinary tract infection in mice caused by uropathogenic E.coli. A direct anti-adhesive effect of celery on the urinary epithelium was observed in a dose dependent manner within four to seven days of treatment. The extract significantly reduced the bacterial load in uncomplicated UTIs in this group of mice.45 In another study, rats were exposed to a chlorinated propanediol chemical that induced kidney damage. Apigenin decreased serum creatinine and reduced kidney damage by modulating mitochondria dependent caspase activity.46

An herbal decoction of the Chinese medicine Huangqi-Danshen was fed to a group of rats for four weeks. Improved levels of BUN and creatinine were observed after treatment. Decreased tubular atrophy and decreased interstitial fibrosis was also observed. Also improved mitochondrial function was also observed in kidney tissue of these animals.47 A water extract of 10

Salvia miltiorrhiza called Danshen was studied against renal injury in rats exposed to cadmium. The salvia extract displayed antioxidant activity, decreased swelling of renal tubule epithelial cells, and improved overall renal function.48 Salvia miltiorrhiza extract was given to diabetic rats and was shown to decrease renal injury and damage and improve glycolipid metabolism. Multi-modal effects were observed, including phospholipid, arachidonic acid, wnt/B-catenin and TGY-B signaling inhibition.49 Salvianolic acid A (SAA) is a phenolic carboxylic acid derivative of Salvia miltiorrhiza. SAA helped to decrease inflammation and decrease renal tubular fibrosis in six rats that were exposed to doxorubicin-induced nephrotoxicity. SAA was believed to be a signaling molecule that decreases activation of natural factor beta-kappa (NF-KB) and thereby decreases inflammatory pathways.50

An aqueous extract of parsley (Petroselinum sativum) was studied on a group of rats. The parsley extract showed diuretic effects including decreased sodium reabsorption, decreased potassium secretion, increased potassium concentration in the intercellular space, and decreased potassium efflux across cellular tight junctions. An inhibition of sodium/potassium pump activity was noted leading to a reduction of sodium reabsorption and potassium loss.51 The effects of an aqueous extract of parsley on ethylene glycol-induced kidney calculi in rats were studied. A decrease in calcium oxalate stone formation and deposition were noted.52.

The effect of Diyarbakir watermelon juice on lipid peroxidation was studied in rats after exposure to carbon tetrachloride. The watermelon juice showed antioxidant activity and inhibition of lipid peroxide formation.53 However, excessive watermelon consumption was associated with high potassium levels or hyperkalemia and increased symptom burden of end stage renal disease.54 The anti-urolithiatic and diuretic effects of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) was studied in a group of male rats. Kidney protective effects and a suppression of calcium oxylate precipitation were noted. Increased creatinine clearance, decreased urea, decreased sodium, and urinary output were also observed. Watermelon pulp displayed significant anti-urolithic and diuretic activity.55

Thirty-four neutered cats were put on a nutraceutical diet containing Lespedeza, Vaccinium and Taraxacum herbs for 90 days. There was a significant decrease in BUN, creatinine in lab samples and a decrease in total protein lost from their kidneys.56 Researchers compared the effects of taraxasterol aqueous extract from dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) aerial parts and potassium citrate on oxylate crystallization in vitro. Taraxasterol and potassium citrate extract decreased calcium oxylate crystallization more than taraxasterol alone. It was hypothesized that there was a synergistic effect between Taraxacum extracts and potassium citrate.57

The effect of green asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) extract was studied in hypertensive rats. A constituent of asparagus, 2’-hydroxynicotianamine, was believed to act as an angiotension converting enzyme or ACE inhibitor. The asparagus extract decreased blood pressure levels and improved renal function.58 The effect of asparagus extract was studied in bisphenol-causing liver and kidney damage in Wistar rats. Coadministration of asparagus extract and bisphenol exposure increased total antioxidant capability and decreased malondialdehyde levels, which is indicator of oxidative stress. Decreased levels of oxidative damage to liver and kidneys with asparagus consumption were noted.59 11

Black seed (Nigella sativa) has been used in the prevention of kidney stones. In a placebo controlled double-blind study 60 patients consumed 500 mg of black seed or placebo twice per day for 12 weeks. Those who consumed black seed were 44.4% more likely to excrete kidney stones compared to 15.3% who took placebo. The black seed-treated group showed a decrease in the size of kidney stones in 51.8% of people while stone size was unchanged in 57.6% of those who took a placebo.60 The effect of black seed oil was studied in cisplatin-induced nephropathy in rats. The group that consumed black seed oil showed a marked decrease in histopathological changes to kidney tissue. Black seed displayed antioxidant activity and was shown to modulate enzyme activity in the kidney.61

The long-term survival rate was studied in retrospective analysis of Taiwan patients with chronic kidney disease who took a Chinese herbal medicine containing Rheum officinale. The Chinese herbal medicine improved long-term survival in patients with CKD suggesting that this medicine is an effective adjuvant in individuals with chronic kidney disease.62

An aqueous extract of hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) was given to rats for 28 days with adenine-induced kidney disease. The hibiscus extract demonstrated a similar effect to the angiotensin converting enzyme or ACE inhibitor drug lisinopril. The hibiscus extract was further demonstrated to decrease the progression of chronic kidney disease.63

Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) has been used for centuries for the treatment of urinary tract disease. Goldenrod has displayed anti-inflammatory, anti-urothiac, diuretic, anti-spasmodic, and analgesic effects. Goldenrod has been used for urinary infections and inflammation, to prevent kidney stone formation, and to remove urinary gravel. It appears to be safe and non-toxic and no adverse side effects were noted.64

Curcumin was reported to have kidney protective effects.65 Four hundred and fourteen patients with chronic kidney disease with a glomerular filtration rate between 15 to 60 ml/min were included in this randomized controlled trial. Patients consumed 90 milligrams of micro-particle curcumin once daily or placebo for six months.

Butein from Chinese lacquer tree (Rhus verniciflua) has been shown to improve kidney function in cisplatin-induced acute renal failure in rats. Butein upregulates aquaporin 2 channels in the kidney cortex and medulla.66

Other herbal medicines have also been suggested to improve kidney function, including beets, chamomile, Chanca Piedra, cinnamon, ginger, gravel root, horsetail, marshmallow, nettles, and uva ursi to name a few.

Toxins and Kidneys

Certain dietary supplements and herbs have been identified to cause potential kidney toxicity and renal damage. Implicated herbs include Chinese yew (Taxus celebica), Callilepsis laureola, morning cypress (Cupressus tunebris), Saint John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), Thunder God vine (Tripteryglum wildfordi), tribulus (Tribulus terrestris), and wormwood (Artemnesia alba). Herbs no longer sold in the US include chocolate vine (mu tong or Caulis aristolochiae), Guang fang ji (Artistolochia fungchi), and Ma huang (Ephedra sinensis). Other dietary supplements include sheep bile, chlorella, chromium, creatine, fish gall bladder, glucosamine, hydrazine, NO-xplode, Spanish fly, and excessive consumption of vitamins A, C, D and germanium. In descending order of toxicity, the top two offenders were aristolochic acid in the herb Guang fang ji and chocolate vine. Kidney toxic foods include ajenkol bean, gall bladder from carp fish, puffer fish, star fruit, and uncooked yam powder or juice.

Aristolochic acid from Aristolochia species of herbs causes nephropathy. In the 1990s aritstolochia was used in various weight-loss products. Consumption of products containing aristolochic acid causes kidney injury and renal damage. Increased serum creatinine, significant anemia, and histopathological changes in renal interstitial infiltrates causing severe fibrosis occurred.68

Chronic kidney disease is associated with an increased level of uremic toxins. Certain toxins may be modified by the gut microbiota. Potential toxins identified include phosphates, l-carnitine, choline, phosphatidylcholine, tryptophan and tyrosine, tri-methylamine-n-oxide, indoxy sulphate, p-cresyl sulphate, and indole-3 acetic acid.69

Recommendations

It is clear that diet and nutrition plays an important role in kidney function. Water intake can be measured and increased in individuals with stage 2 and 3 chronic kidney disease. There are exceptions to increased water intake especially with people with lung and peripheral edema. Fluid restrictions are further necessary in individuals with advanced kidney disease, including stage 4 and 5 levels. Salt and sodium should be restricted in usually all levels of kidney disease, especially with high dietary intake. Protein intake can be measured and modulated in individuals with high dietary intake. Electrolyte levels, including potassium and phosphorus, can be monitored and measured along with creatinine and GFR in basic lab tests. Recommendations can be made after reviewing lab values. Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and cereals and high-quality protein is strongly suggested. Limiting processed foods, highly refined sugar foods, excessive protein and alcohol is also suggested. Eating better can perhaps help kidney function and improve overall health.

A review of the scientific literature suggests that vitamins and minerals, supplements and herbal medicines may help to maintain and, in some cases, improve kidney health. Many of the studies are done on animal models that include rats and mice. While interesting it is important to note that these are not humans. There are some human studies that are interesting and show benefit, but it clear that most of the conclusions are preliminary at best. Further randomized double blind placebo-controlled trials are suggested with larger patient populations and limiting extraneous factors. This is not to say that certain nutrients and supplements are not beneficial and cannot actually improve kidney function. There are many vitamins, minerals, supplements and herbal medicines as discussed in this article that have been shown to prevent kidney decline and may improve renal function. How they combine with other nutrients is not known but probably not harmful in recommended doses. They are certainly worth a try with individuals with declining kidney function, especially earlier in stage 2 and 3 levels of kidney disease. Discussing a treatment plan with a licensed naturopathic physician or other qualified health professional is recommended. Of course, it is caveat emptor or patient trial and error. Like the canary in the coal mine, I think kidney function decline with early kidney disease can be averted with dietary changes and nutritional supplementation.

Dr. Douglas Lobay, BSc, ND

Douglas G. Lobay is a practicing naturopathic physician in Kelowna, British Columbia. Dr. Lobay graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the University of British Columbia in 1987. He then attended Bastyr College of Health Sciences in Seattle, Washington, and graduated with a doctorate of naturopathic medicine in 1991.

While attending Bastyr College, he began researching the scientific information on the use of food, nutrition, and natural healing. Dr. Lobay enjoys research, writing, and teaching others about good health and good nutrition.

He is the author of four books and numerous articles in magazines. He also enjoys hockey, skiing, hiking, tennis, and playing guitar.

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