Good Kidney Health Diet

Many studies prove Illness is a consequence of wrong diet, and nervous and mental tensions caused by selfishness, pride and ever-spreading materialism; whereas vegetarianism is the solution to the world's serious hunger problems. When Latin American countries - like Argentina - realise this, they will grow wheat, barley, millet and other cereals and soya in their vast territories not yet under cultivation.

In the United States , vegetarianism is usually synonymous with ovo-lacto vegetarianism; and will sometimes be assumed to tolerate some meat, for instance, chicken (or "at least" fish).

Vegetarianism is a major dietary therapy in the alternative treatment of cancer. Other conditions treated with a dietary therapy of vegetarianism include obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, allergies, asthma, environmental illness, hypertension, gout, gallstones, hemorrhoids, kidney stones , ulcers, colitis, premenstrual syndrome , anxiety, and depression. Even stricter form of vegetarianism is fruitarianism. Fruitarianism excludes all food but the fallen botanic fruits of plants.

Vegetarianism is a good idea for anyone, whether young or old, healthy or sick. Reasons supporting vegetarianism are inarguable since becoming a vegetarian is scientifically proven to improve one's lifestyle in several different ways. And there are interpretations of religious scriptures which support this, saying that vegetarianism is a very high ideal. Most of us have a pretty good idea of what vegetarianism is-no meat with or without also eschewing animal derivatives such as eggs or dairy products. Beyond this simple definition, vegetarianism is mostly a self-identified appellation that varies from person to person.

Current recommendations are that vegetarians eat a wide variety of foods during the course of a day. Eggs and dairy products are good sources of protein, but also try nuts, peanut butter, tofu, beans, seeds, soy milk, grains, cereals, and vegetables to get all the protein your body needs. Lacto-ovo-vegetarians will eat eggs and dairy products; lacto-vegetarians will eat dairy products but not eggs; and pesco-vegetarians will eat fish as well as dairy products. Vegans abstain from all foods of animal origin. In contrast, we believe that studies relating to the dietary patterns of vegetarian populations who enjoy optimal health are valuable and valid sources of information, and can be used in developing a model of healthful eating.

Although it is much disputed and not always popular, vegetarianism is a very positive and productive dietary plan. Eating vegetarian is considered by many to be very healthy.

Some studies, along with anecdotal evidence that has been gathered, indicate that a mostly raw food vegetarian diet is helpful in breaking the cycle of suffering of several maladies.

On the other hand, plant-based vegetarian diets can deliver excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids, another class of essential fatty acids found in vegetable oils made from corn, soybeans and grape seeds, whole-grain breads and cereals. Omega-3's and omega-6's are both "good" fats but a high omega-6/omega-3 ratio promotes inflammation and other imbalances that can lead to disease. People who follow vegetarian diets can get all the nutrients they need. However, they must be careful to eat a wide variety of foods to meet their nutritional needs.

Studies conclude that a vegetarian diet contains sufficient protein and is high in carbs and low in fat, making it ideal for athletic performance. One of the top considerations for any athlete that starts a vegetarian lifestyle is to be cognizant of vitamins and minerals, especially B12.

The most common types of vegetarian diets are vegan, lacto, ovo, and lacto-ovo. The vegan, the strictest type of vegetarian, does not eat any animal products. Obesity On average, people who follow vegetarian diets are leaner than meat eaters, and people who switch to a vegetarian diet commonly lose weight. Only 15 percent of vegetarian Seventh-day Adventists are overweight, as against 30 to 40 percent of meat-eating Adventists and 40 percent of the average American population. The influences of these aspects of vegetarian diets are the subject of the new field of nutritional ecology that is concerned with sustainable life styles and human development.

Vegetarian diets are also high in fiber. Fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains not broken down by your body. Vegetarian diets are lower in saturated fats, cholesterol, and animal protein. They're also high in folate, anti-oxidant vitamins like C and E, carotenoids, and phytochemicals. Although vegetarian diets are higher in total iron content than nonvegetarian diets, iron stores are lower in vegetarians because the iron from plant foods is more poorly absorbed. The clinical importance of this, if any, is unclear because iron deficiency anemia rates are similar in vegetarians and nonvegetarians.

Semi-vegetarian diets are diets that primarily consist of vegetarian foods, but make exceptions for some non-vegetarian foods. These diets may be followed by those who choose to reduce the amount of animal flesh consumed, or sometimes as a way of transitioning to a vegetarian diet. Vegetarian diets are classified in various ways: The LACTO-OVO-VEGETARIAN avoids meat, poultry and fish. The lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet, which includes fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy products can be nutritionally adequate by following . Researchers have also suggested that the health benefits of vegetarian diets are due, at least in part, to other healthy lifestyle choices that often accompany vegatarianism, such as increased physical activity and not smoking.

If the lactovegetarian and the ovo-lactovegetarian diets are planned well, they will contain all the vitamins and minerals the body needs for good health. Vitamins and minerals that may be lacking in the vegan diet are vitamin B-12, vitamin D, riboflavin, calcium, zinc, and iron. On the other hand, vegetarian diets are much richer in vitamins C and E, both important antioxidants. They are also much richer in important minerals like magnesium and manganese, which are often lacking in Western diets. Persons consuming vegetarian and semivegetarian diets are found to have lower rates of chronic diseases such as cancers, heart disease, and diabetes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can any1 Please say WHAT would be a better way to keep a kidney patient health well and the diet?
    ANd even exercise ?

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  2. QUESTION:
    Is the South Beach Diet good for my health?
    I've been using the SBD to cook dinners lately, but it seems like I am eating a lot of meat. Is this okay? Am I going to get heart disease or have kidney problems when I get older?

    Dinners
    Fish - 7 times/month
    Shellfish - 1/month
    Red meat - 5/month
    Chicken - 6/month
    Turkey - 1/month
    Pork - 3/month
    Eggs - 4/month
    Tofu - 1/month

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Meat isn't bad for you.

      Saturated Animal Fats Cause Heart Disease and Cancer.

      This myth is so widespread and often repeated that it is believed by most people without question. However, a quick review of the health and diet of people in 1900 easily shows they ate a very high level of saturated fat from meat, butter and lard but had virtually no heart disease or cancer. Proponents will site a study which shows an increase in saturated fat in the diet will raise the blood cholesterol level, a claimed precursor to heart disease. Other studies claim saturated fats increase the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women. These studies always include a large portion of carbohydrates which are never blamed. They will site studies which show some country that eats a higher amount of saturated fat than another country and has a greater incidence of some form of cancer while ignoring a vast amount of other differences between the two countries. These are big fat lies backed by slick schemes to distort the truth. They call a study of France a "paradox" because the people of France ate a diet very high in saturated fat but had a heart disease rate only one third that of the United States. The French people have a much lower intake of carbohydrates and a higher intake of saturated fats which are the true reasons for their superior health. The French are noted for the high amount of cheese in their diet. Cheese has no carbohydrates but is high in saturated fats. Cheese is a perfectly healthy food as the French have proven.

      (snipped from this webpage)http://www.biblelife.org/myths.htm

  3. QUESTION:
    I tend to have kidney infection often and had a small kidney stone problem in the past?
    I wanted to know which are things/ activites I should include(or avoid) in my diet and ife to have good kidney health.thanks in advance

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  4. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective diet after having a cancerous tumor on one kidney and have it removed?
    I am a senior otherwise in good health and taking no medications.

    • ANSWER:
      IF you have any diet restrictions, your oncologist would be sure to tell you. I don't see why you would have any problems eating whatever you want. Just eat healthy; that's the best you can do.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies and diet tips for my cat's kidney disease?
    My cat, 6 yrs old, could possibly have kidney failure (it might be a bladder infection but I won't find out for another 2 weeks after antibiotics); he's still energetic and doesn't show any signs of illness. Ironically I have kidney disease as well and am using natural remedies like dandelion root tea and other herbs. Wheatgrass has also improved my health a lot. I am wondering these herbs would apply to cats as well?

    Does anyone have any suggestions for diet (should it be homemade)? I've been doing research and they all say low salt, but some sites say good high quality protein while others say low protein. And should I stop using the chemical Frontline (flea medicine) on my cat?

    Also, where on my cat are his kidneys located?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First off...the kidneys are located just past the send of the rib cage on both sides...the right kidney is slightly closer to the front of the cat. Frontline Plus doesn't go into the animals system, so it will have no effects on the kidneys...so don't stop using it. I wouldn't reccomend any "natural remedies" without consulting your vet...cats and people can very different recations to plants...and a lot of plats can be nephrotoxic (toxic to the kidneys) in cats!

      A diet wont help kidney failure until bloodwork confirms Azotemia...this means the that BUN and CREATINIE are elevated. So unless this has been confirmed by your vet, changing the diet wont help. However, if Azotemia is confirmed, then a low protein/low phospherous diet is highly recomended. The protein that is in the kidney diets is a high quality one. Several brands make kidney diets.... Purina NF, Royal Canin/IVD modified....Hill's K/D..... Royal Canin Renal LP..... However, they are by prescription only, so you have to get them from your vet. If you are interested in making your own diet, you can contact UC Davis, and for a small fee, they will formulate a diet you can cook at home specificaly for your cats needs....

      I'm not sure why its going to take so long to confirm that your cat has kidney disease...a simple blood test should confirm if the kidney values are normal or not.

      Good Luck!

      http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=572

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  6. QUESTION:
    What cookbook can help me maintain my dad's health and taste good?
    His doctor told him that only 25% of his kidney functions and banned him from eating junk food, beef and pork. So the diet is also enforced on us. Is there a cookbook, a diet or some website that would help in my dad's health and taste good? cuz we've been eating fried fish and weird soggy vegetable stuff all week and it's not...nice. =)

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend "Cooking Light." You can either subscribe to the magazine or buy their annual collection of recipes in one hardbound book that they release each year. Amazon has these collections going back several years (check eBay as well), so you can often pick them up for under used.

      Cooking Light also has a very good website with plenty of searchable recipes for free.

      Recipes are very good ... so good that you'll be surprised that eating healthy can taste this good. Another benefit is that they have a section of recipes that can be made on the fly in under 20 minutes -- which is great if your are strapped for time and/or ingredients.

      I've included links below.

  7. QUESTION:
    Tell me if this is a good supplement/workout/diet plan to help gain weight/muscle...?
    First month (30 days): Cell-tech, Whey protein, Mass-tech
    Second month (30 days): Tren Xtreme, Kidney health, liver health, Protein
    Third month (30 days): HSP, Super Test, Kidney health, liver health
    Fourth month (30 days): Repeat month 1

    Meanwhile doing: the 300 workout and running 2.5mi 3 times a week and with a high calorie/protein diet with lots of greens and nuts and water only.

    I know that getting over like 60 grams of protein wont process in one day. im also not looking for nitpickers tellin me to be careful. All i want to know is if this will work to help me gain weight/muscle and have a nice body? and it would be nice for a guesstimation on how much weight i will gain from starting at about 160lbs. and i also know that sum of these things may be able to harm me but please understand im taking the proper measures to counteract with the neggatives. thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      dont bother with the 300 workout, just do all the big lifts, squats, deadlifts, bench press, dips, pullups, rows, military press

      eat big, lift big, lift as much weight as you can handle no more than 10 reps, increase the weight each week to keep challenging your muscles, look into mass programms on bodybuilding.com a good programme will always include the big compound exercises. you need around 160-200g of protien a day, not so sure on the calories since i dont know your build/metabolism but weigh yourself each week to make sure your gaining weight, eat as cleanly as you can and try not to eat too far over your calorie maintanance level, just go 500 cals over, otherwise you'll be gaining more fat than needed.

      the guys in 300 only used that workout as a milestone every month or so to test their fitness level and to improve conditioning, it wont be much use for gaining muscle

      try somthing like an upper/lower split or fullbody routine, use google to find one which suits you.

      drink lots of water too if your gonna be cycling those

      if you ask me i think you should re-think your cycle dont have two straight months on

      i know you dont want lecturing about steriods but from the sound of things you may be inexperienced i would avoid those until you gain more experience and learn more about bodybuilding, nutrition, testosterone etc, but if you already know about possible side effects and how to keep them minimal then by all means go for it. steroid side effects are greatly exaggerated by the media in terms of side effects however as with everything overusing them will cause problems, use them responsibly. Good luck :P

  8. QUESTION:
    Men's health diet question?
    A man went to several of health specialist and had many test done. His test came back in good standing. He then went on a high fat diet of processed/genetically modified foods, for a health project, for one month. After the month was over and he had his test done again, his kidney was at risk for failure, his LDL levels were high and he had trouble breathing along with all sorts of other dangerous problems. All the fat was store in his abdominal area. My question is, do you believe this is possible ? Or not ? And why ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, see "Supersize Me" - a movie

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet for me to start considering I have had some serious health issues and I am diabetic?
    Other info: I have also had a kidney removed due Renal cell carcinoma and recently developed an abcess that was caught early and the wound is now being care for as an open wound and will eventually closed on its own. I have heard the South Beach is good, and so is Sugar Busters, is as well. However, I want something that won't destroy my remaining kideny as well.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a dietitian especially because of your other health issues but I can say do not go on a Atkins diet, and do try not to eat simple sugars and try to eat foods with a low glycemic index.

      But again go and see a registered dietitian before making any major changes to your current diet.

      Good Luck

  10. QUESTION:
    Natural treatments and best diet for kidney failure in dogs?
    My GSD,Lulu,is 8 years old and the picture of health.She eats Merrick,Eagle Pack Holistic and several other premium foods. For the last several days,she has been urinating more frequently and has had two accidents in the house during the night.I took a urine sample to the vet today and her specific gravity was very low.The vet suspects kidney failure and Lulu is going in for bloodwork next week.She is otherwise acting fine - eating, active, good weight,etc. I have had dogs with renal failure before,and most of them were in their teens when diagnosed and did not last long. I did have a mixed breed called Lilac who was diagnosed at age 9 and lived to be 13,which is what I am hoping for Lulu.I really do not think I can bear to lose her right now. Lilac,( the mixed breeed) ate Hill's KD and Cycle Senior ( this was back in the late '80's) and did well on them. I have been looking online for alternative treatments and diets and wonder if those of you who have had experience with canine renal failure can recommend any herbal/dietary treatments to help my dog should she have renal failure.Is there a dog food or homemade diet that you have had good results with? I am open to trying anything,because Lulu is so very special to me,she is just such a great dog and is so loyal and sweet;she is my shadow. Any advice will be appreciated and if you would star the question so that others who have had or do have dogs with renal failure can see it,I would appreciate it.Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd suggest that you give your dog a natural supplement called Tripsy. It contains a powerful combination of herbal extracts proven to:

      Promote healthy kidney functioning
      Fight kidney infections
      Improve urinary flow
      Reduce the pain and discomfort of kidney stones

      Tripsy is high effective, yet is totally natural and 100% safe for long-term use.
      Here's the link with more info: http://www.petwellbeing.com/dog-kidney-disease-p91.cfm

  11. QUESTION:
    My cat has high kidney levels and I was wondering what kind of cat food would be good for him?
    First of all my cat is 5 years old. I take my cat to the vet every year to get his shots and last year we mentioned that he lost about 6 pounds with out any sort of diet ( he use to be 18 pounds and now he is 12) So the vet took a blood sample and the results said he had a high kidney level. Well, this monday my cat had a horrible seizure so I took him to the vet and they did blood work and once again he had high kidney levels (even higher then the time before).
    ***My question is the vet suggested on putting him on some sort of kidney health cat food, do any of you have any suggestions? The vet game me one option however I have 4 cats and it would have been way to expensive to feed all for cats on it. (a 4lb bag cost )

    • ANSWER:
      When you buy a specialty diet for one animal you SHOULDN'T feed all of your animals the same food. Just because one of your cats needs a specific food for his kidneys doesn't mean the rest of them should eat it too.

      Buy the food your vet suggested and when it comes time to feed the cats put your sick kitty in a room by himself (with the door closed) with his food so that he can eat it and feed the other kitties in another room at the same time.

  12. QUESTION:
    what dessert can i make for somone with kidney failure?
    My 32 year old Uncle goes to dialysis due to him needing a kidney transplant, because of his health situation he is on a very strict diet...if anyone knows any good dessert recipes i can make for him for easter i would greatly appreciate it. Happy Easter and God Bless!

    • ANSWER:
      Frozen Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

      A Recipe For People on a Regular Renal Diet

      1-1/4 Cups Crushed Gram Crackers (16 Squares)
      ¼ Cup Sugar
      6 tbs. Melted Margarine
      One 8-oz. Package Plus One 3-oz. Package Cream Cheese,
      Softened
      1 Quart Chocolate Ice Cream,
      ½ Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Chopped

      Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and margarine. Press on the bottom and 1-3/4-inches up the sides of an eight-inch spring-form pan. Chill. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Set aside. Stir ice cream just enough to soften. Gradually add it to the cream cheese, beating with a mixer until smooth. Fold in chopped chocolate chips (save a tablespoon for garnish). Pour into crust. Cover and freeze for eight hours or overnight. To serve, let stand at room temperature 30-40 minutes. Garnish with “Cool Whip,” if desired, and the reserved chocolate. Makes 10 servings.

      Each serving equals one milk, one salted starch, and two calorie boosters. A serving contains 385 cal., 6.2 gm of protein, 28 gm of fat, 29 gm carb., 267 mg of sodium, and 190 mg potassium.

      German Coffee Cake

      A Recipe For People on a Renal Diabetic Diet

      Batter:
      1 Cup Flour
      1/3 Cup Sugar
      1/8 tsp. Nutmeg
      2 tsp. Baking Powder
      ½ Cup Milk
      1 Egg
      2 tbs. Melted Margarine

      Topping:
      3 tbs. Flour
      ½ tsp. Cinnamon
      1/3 Cup Brown Sugar*
      3 tbs. Melted Margarine

      Mix one cup sugar, flour, nutmeg, and baking powder. Add milk, egg, and two tbs. margarine. Mix well. Pour mixture into 9” x 9” greased baking dish. Mix three tbs. flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, and three tbs. margarine. Spoon over batter, making indentations into batter so some of the topping sinks down into coffee cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 12 servings.

      Each serving equals one salted starch. One serving contains 151 calories, 2.4 gm of protein, 6 gm of fat, 22 gm carb., 119 mg of sodium, and 56 mg potassium.

      *Brown sugar is high in potassium. It has been specially calculated into this recipe. Use only as directed.

  13. QUESTION:
    WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO LOWER MY SERUM CREATININE LEVELES AND IS THERE A DIET YOU COULD SUGGEST?
    AGE 77, IS THERE ANY HERBS OR VITAMINS TO HELP MY KIDNEY FUNCTION sorry i broke the rules,lower case words are on the way. now i would appreciate your kind approach to all matters and give me a few more years of life in good health, with your inpute to your research ability of our find group of friends. gmm

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe one of these links will help. I found them on webmd.
      http://www.webmd.com/search/search_results/default.aspx?query=serum%20creatinine&sourceType=undefined

  14. QUESTION:
    When is it time to put down an old cat?
    A year ago, I took in a 5 lbs., 15 y.o. cat with throw-up and pooping problems. Some of her problems stopped with time and regular Science Diet, but she misses her person and purrs rarely. She's been seen by two vets: one upon arrival and the other six months later. They both did full bloodworks and pronounced her in good health except for the beginnings of kidney desease. She eats a lot and is only 6 pounds. Recently she began pooping and peeing outside her box. But she shows no sign of discomfort and is absolutely unchanged (very loving cat) I took the top off her box and she has began peeing in the box. But then yesterday, she flew through the room while pooping(solid). She gave no indication of discomfort. Is she in pain? Do I need to put her down? Know anyplace in Chicago that can and will take care of her if I am unable (I have put off committments to elderly friends and family, but can no longer continue to do so)? Thank you so very much for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      My 18 year old cat began exhibiting some of the same symptoms you describe. He lost quite a bit of weight (even though he ate quite a bit, also Science Diet) and would sometimes go outside of the litter box. I went through several vets before he was finally diagnosed with two problems. One was hyperthyroid, and the other was urine crystals. He's been on medication for the hyperthyroid and a prescription Science Diet food (XD) for about a year now. He's gained back to a healthy weight, and no longer goes outside of the litter box. I was in a similar state that you describe, and was contemplating putting him to sleep. Now I'm glad that I didn't. I would recommend asking for a thyroid and urine test to see if something like that is going on. As for "when is it time", I would say to use your best judgment. My thought has always been that until a pet's quality of life declines to a point at which they're no longer "themselves" or they're in a great deal of pain, let them live.

  15. QUESTION:
    CAT HEALTH Help. High Levels of Microalbuminuria. UTI Symptoms?
    I am in desperate need of some help, I am searching for people who are very knowledgeable in Feline health and will be able to provide me with some sense of what may be a sign to look out for; how to help bring my Kitty to good health. I would appreciate it so much ~ as my little kitty is very dear to me.

    PURPLE IS 2 YEARS OLD.

    I recently noticed frequent use of the litter box and took my cat, Purple, into the vet. I assumed she had a UTI. They did a Urinalisis and Blood test.

    The Red Flags to pay close attention to were;

    - High levels of Albumin ( 4.2 to be exact Refrence Range is ; 2.5 - 3.9)
    - Moderately high levels of Creatine (1.6)
    - Low levels of Platelet Count ( 144 Reference Range is 200 - 500 )
    -High Occult blood
    -High levels of protein
    -High RBC.
    They indicate that there is a high level of Microalbuminuria. It is 8.5 and Reference Range is <2.5

    So aside from that, the Receptionist at the Vet told me “Her Kidneys are functioning correctly but since there are these Red Flags there is the ability for infection/clogging.” I have had Purple on K/D food to help with her kidney and to lower her protein intake for about 5 days. She is on CLAVAMOX (antibiotic) and we keep her hydrated. She does not drink water (due to the fact we have kept her hydrated I feel), and she eats regularly. She has been showing more use of the litter box and I have witnessed her poop twice (very dark brown). She is spunky and talkative, and when she is resting she cleans herself but still licks down there mildly cause of irritation I am assuming.

    My questions are;
    -Are there any other types of Antibiotics/ Medicine I should ask a Vet about?
    -What Foods would help with Purples diet? I would like to maintain low levels of protein and creatine.
    -What health signs could these be? ( I know it depends on so much but a broad idea )

    Because of the fact I did not get anything explained to me by the Vet I took Purple to, I am planning on taking her to a different; better rated one for her next Bloodtest (after she finishes her dose of Clavamox). I will be keeping a update on her health.

    Thank you so very much for taking the time, and bless your heart if you can help ~

    • ANSWER:
      First, contact your vet and talk to him/her specificallly about what the lab results were and what it means for your cat. It sounds like there is some damage or decreased function of the kidneys based upon your lab results, but your VET is the one that you should talk to about these--not the receptionist or someone on the computer.

      Keep her on the K/D. It is a prescription diet designed specifically for kidney disease issues. Don't go adding foods or mixing and matching foods because that is an easy way to mess up the nutrient balance of the diet.

      I would not immediately go to a second vet, just make sure that you get the information on your cat from your VET in the future.It may have been a random situation where the vet was dealing with an emergency or in surgery when you picked up your cat. However if having the receptionist discharge medical patients (as opposed to bath/dips, boarding) is a regular situation, then that would be a reason for switching vets. Client education is a very important part of providing medical care for a patient and with a medical case you should always get to talk to a vet for the initial diagnosis and at least a credentialed veterinary technician for rechecks of lab results.

  16. QUESTION:
    Treatment and prevention of kidney stones in cats...?
    My cat has just been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection brought on by kidney stones. I am not talking about crystals in his bladder, but in his actual kidneys! What therapies have your vets tried to treat this condition? (at the office, AND when you take your cat home)

    Until now, he's been eating Science Diet Sensetive Skin for years, supplemented by a tablespoon or two of tuna a day. His water bowl is disinfected and refilled every day. He's 12 years old, has a history of pancreatitis, has a cyst on his back, has previously had surgery to remove another benign cyst on his leg, he's prone to ear infections, and he likes to lick all the hair off his belly--for which previous vets have sometimes prescribed him Valium. Generally, he's active and in good health for his age. He's an indoor only cat, with two other cat playmates.

    • ANSWER:
      Half of what you described is the same as what one of my cats has (cysts, yeast, hair pulling, crystals).

      Increased water consumption helps a lot (add a little water to his canned food). I'd check with the vet about the possibility of food allergies about the skin/fur thing. Ours is allergic to some of the preservatives in canned and dry foods.

      You can't do much about the ear infections--other than watch for problems there. My vet said that the water bowl isn't an issue with the stones, but you can use distilled water in their bowl if you want, just make sure it's not the mineralized type.

      Urinary acidifiers can help,those are little red pills. A change in diet may be needed as well--also canned rather than dry. I'm not sure about the tuna as it has an awful lot of vitamin A that cats can't shed from their system (it builds up and can cause problems), taking that down to every other day or every third day may help.

      There are other low allergy foods that may help, or you can supplement with raw meat (most cats will eat cut up bits, I 'share' whatever I'm making for supper that night, beef, chicken, pork, etc.). That would be protein from muscle meat and that's good for a cat.

      But mostly it's keeping the cat hydrated with as much water as they'll drink.

  17. QUESTION:
    Which is better, being vegetarian or just going on a low-meat diet?
    It is well known that eating too much meat is a factor in a lot of health problems like heart desease and kidney failure. However do you think it is worth it to go out of your way to never ingest meat? Why or why not?

    • ANSWER:
      Flexitarian vegetarians' diet is primarily plant-based, but anywhere between 10%-30% of their diet is "meat" ... usually fish, seafood, poultry or on RARE occasions extra lean red meat. This is the same type of diet used by millions in ancient cultures that are considered vegetarian ... China, Taiwan, Japan, Okinawan, Phillipines, etc. It is also less time consuming, less expensive and more socially acceptable ... in other words you are "normal". Google "Flexitarian Diets" and check out the websites.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can't donate my kidney to my relative... Is that wrong?
    My mom has kidney failure. She works in healthcare so she encounters patients with this same condition. She is diabetic, has high blood pressure and is overweight. She doesn't exercise or eat healthy. My dad was willing to donate his kidney but he's not compatible. I am a healthy girl and know I would be a better match. I am so angry with her that she could have prevented this
    situation. If she controlled her diabetes, ate a better diet and exercised, then she wouldn't be in this situation. I don't want to donate my kidney because what if I have a health problem in the future.Am
    I being selfish? I know I will forever regret it if something happens to her and it was because she had to wait on a waiting list. My 'friend' said my dad really must love my mom since he volunteer to donate his kidney so I don't love my mom?!? I am so scared to go for surgery. Am I a bad daughter? Please advice me what to do?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, it's not your fault your mother was in bad health.
      You don't have to donate your kidney because, as you said, there are major health risks involved with only having one.
      I can't tell you what to do, but I think your mom would kind of be the selfish one if she took your kidney. She should understand she got this way by her own doing, and her daughter, who has so much life to live, shouldn't be punished for her mistakes. You are not a bad daughter for not wanting to give her your kidney. Have you talked to your mom about this? I'm very sorry for your situation and I hope everything works out.

      Nobody should be forced to give up their body parts, however, I think that YOU should really think about this. Don't let anyone on here persuade you. Who knows, maybe your mother will find another donor.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can't donate my kidney to my relative...Is that wrong?
    My mom has kidney failure. She works in healthcare so she encounters patients with this same condition. She is diabetic, has high blood pressure and is overweight. She doesn't exercise or eat healthy. My dad was willing to donate his kidney but he's not compatible. I am a healthy girl and know I would be a better match. I am so angry with her that she could have prevented this
    situation. If she controlled her diabetes, ate a better diet and exercised, then she wouldn't be in this situation. I don't want to donate my kidney because what if I have a health problem in the future.Am
    I being selfish? I know I will forever regret it if something happens to her and it was because she had to wait on a waiting list. My 'friend' said my dad really must love my mom since he volunteer to donate his kidney so I don't love my mom?!? I am so scared to go for surgery. Am I a bad daughter? Please advice me what to do?

    • ANSWER:
      There's no guarantee that even if she took great care of herself that she would not have diabetic complications. My transplant team told me that with diabetes, they believe that the patient has certain tendencies to different complications.
      '
      I do think you should rethink your stance against being her donor. Dialysis is no way to live your life. I've done it and while I did better than most, I still hated it, and I would never let a relative of mine be on it if I was a compatible donor. If your mother goes on dialysis, and you go see what it's like, you probably won't be able to donate a kidney fast enough. If you have a health problem in the future, being a living donor gives you 4 extra "points" on the waiting list.

      There's over 108,000 people on the waiting list now for different organs, with 77% of those waiting for a kidney. The third time I went to dialysis, a man died while I was there.

      If my mother were alive, I'm sure she would have wanted to be tested to be my kidney donor, and I was NOT a good diabetic patient. It works both ways.

      Organ donation is a wonderful gift. Please consider it. It saved my life. It does not make you a bad person not to do it, but I think you will regret it forever if you don't at least get tested.

  20. QUESTION:
    What do you think of a vegan diet for babies and young children?
    My friend and her husband live entirely on a vegan diet and have done for years.

    The diet helped the husband get himself back to good health and when my friend met him she decided to follow suit.

    Now they have 2 kids, a 1 year old and a 2 1/2 year old.

    I would never tell anyone how to bring up their kids because if anyone tried that with me I would tell them where to go but for the last 8 or 9 months I've watched their 2 year old go steadily downhill.

    She seemed really lifeless and drawn, no energy and she couldn't walk properly as she had extremely bowed legs. She was also going backwards where her development was concerned. She started to mess herself a lot and just didn't seem "all there".

    I tried to say to my friend that it was probably something to do with her bones and the diet she had them on as she gave them no decent source of calcium but she came up with some crazy idea that it was milk itself that made the body have bad bones and teeth as the body produced extra acid to cope with it or something like that and that's where conditions such as osteoperosis come from.

    I was a bit gobsmacked at her belief but I just left it at that as I didn't feel it was any of my business but now she's just told me that the little one has rickets, I feel awful that I didn't say more to try to convince her that whilst a vegan diet is very healthy, it's not nutritious enough for a growing child.

    She is also from Australia and she said that she just didn't make the connection between the difference in the sunlight over here compared to over there and I just couldn't believe what I was hearing, I've never heard such nonsense! We would all have rickets in the UK if that was the case!

    I know that there are various causes of rickets one of them is lack of sunlight but that would have to be a complete lack of it, kept in a dungeon for years lack of it!

    There is another cause that's related to the kidneys but the main one is poor nutrition.

    She is just burying her head in the sand and won't admit that she has perhaps done the wrong thing where the kids are concerned, not that she would deliberately hurt them, she's just misguided and wants to keep them healthy.

    Now I can see signs in her 1 year old that aren't very good, he just sits and whines a lot, he has no life about him and hasn't even started crawling or pulling himself up on the furniture and getting into everything like a 1 year old should.

    I don't know what to do.

    She is one of the nicest people I've evr met but I can't sit back and watch as she deliberately holds back the foods that her kids need for healthy growth and development.

    Any advice would be really appreciated.
    P Money - Did you read what I said!?

    A vegan diet is very, very healthy but growing children need a good source of calcium and vitamin D for their development, therefor a strict vegan diet is NOT nutritious enough for growing kids, they are NOT getting ALL the nutrients they need.

    • ANSWER:
      Does she take them to a pediatrician for a check up every year like parents are suppose to do? Sounds like not or the doc would see something is going on.
      Yes, children need protein in their diet for complete nutrition, but there might be some other cause of their problems also. They might do better with a protein drink with vitamins and minerals to enhance their diet since she will at least allow them milk products.

  21. QUESTION:
    When is Mental & physical health education going to be updated in the R.O.I, (In relation to Tourist info)?
    The government should provide proper information on physical and mental health in the Republic Of Ireland.

    I am totally disgusted that they have not done this, especially with the great advances in science and social science at the moment.

    It would save the Government large amounts of money if they tacked these problems face on. It would also help lots of people who suffer from mental or physical illnesses.

    If you talk to people in the social industry they will tell you that there is a cure for most mental illness, if caught on time.

    As long as a person have a will and strong family& friend support anything is possible in my opinion.

    If you read snob articles then you would be well aware that the information is out there. It just needs to be applied properly and efficiently.

    Of course most people cannot read such articles, because they are plastered with stupid ridiculously large words and Technical jargon.

    How horrid that mostly only the privileged can read this information. Some people of course share their knowledge. Others do not.

    Anyway, most mental illness can be tackled if found on time.

    So why is it that they do not provide sufficient information to the people? It makes me sick to think that so many people get lost in our modern society.

    Even thing like dyslexia, which is a sign of creativity, is shown as a weakness here.

    The teachers try their best. But they simply do not have the Government support. Many good teachers have helped people with dyslexia and number blindness.
    Now with the cuts of late how will our society tackle these upcoming problems?

    Why does the Government let people suffer for no reason?
    These problems could be tackled and should be tackled.

    Also, things such as basic physical health are not being made aware.

    I.e.

    -for a women the importance of wearing the correct bra.
    -Looking after your teeth and basic diet.
    -Kidney infections
    -and so fort.

    Anyway, I think that if the government put a lot of money into these things, they would save money in the long run.

    They would also make our society a better place to live in.

    Why is there not enough information out there to tackle these upcoming major problems in our society? Surely people deserve to be Happy and not be mentally ripped to pieces.

    People deserve to know what is the best way to upkeep their physical health also.

    Cheers for the answers.

    • ANSWER:
      you are very correct CG with your analysis of the Irish governments attitude to our health.

      What I dont understand is that we have a state owned TV station which (as another asker pointed out, currently produces drivel) could be used as the medium for such info, but instead we wait years for the leaflet in the letterbox. Everyday most of our population sits in front of RTE for some time at least. Why not address the population directly? look us in the eye and say it like it is?

      I'm 42 and a workmate of mine is recovering from the removal of his prostate gland (cancer). I was stunned by how many of the lads in work are completely ignorant of the danger to them that prostate cancer poses, or actually even how to keep a regular check on their health. but they all watch TV!! They all could be educated in between their favorite shows (or on the show, perhaps). Instead the overdue leaflet goes into the green bin with all the rest of the spam.

      Time for CHANGE CG!!

  22. QUESTION:
    does this look like a good apper?
    While doing this “fascinating” project I found out many things about Ancient Romans. The main staple of their diets, especially for the poor, was very watered down wine and bread. They drank this watered down wine with every meal and put wine in many of their dishes. They also liked mead and bear.
    Honey was used in most dishes as a sweetener, sugar was rarely used. They also ate a lot of cheese but no milk. Drinking plain milk or plain wine was considered barbaric. The poor ate a lot of gruel and hardly ever meat, but the rich did eat some meat. There were no refrigerators so anything that needed kept cold was either heavily salted or fairly fresh. Mostly people ate whatever was available.
    Food was actually like today’s food except much simpler, also they didn’t have many things that weren’t indigenous to their country. So they couldn’t have things like Avocado
    Blueberries
    Cranberry
    Strawberry
    Chokecherry
    Concord grape
    Cactus pear
    Grapefruit
    Guava
    Papaya
    Passion fruit
    Pineapple
    Bell peppers
    Chile peppers
    Pumpkins
    Winter squashes
    Summer squashes
    Tomatillo
    Tomato
    Amaranth
    Corn (maize)
    Quinoa
    Wild rice
    Green beans
    Kidney beans
    Lima beans
    Peanut
    Chocolate
    Sassafras
    Vanilla
    Arrowroot
    Jerusalem artichoke
    Jicama
    Potato
    Sweet Potato
    Black walnut
    Brazil nut
    Hickory nut
    Macadamia
    •Pecan

    Rome did have diners, it is believed that during the Republic most women and the poor ate sitting on chairs, while upper class males reclined on their sides on couches along three sides of a table. Doing this is called a triclinium. Banquets might last for hours, eating and watching or listening to entertainers, so being able to stretch out without shoes, and relax would have enhanced the experience. Since there were no forks, diners would not have had to worry about coordinating eating utensils in each hand. Being a chef was difficult because they didn’t have ovens with heat controls and most recipes only gave very vague cooking times because of this.
    Romans had 3 meals a day, but the poor would usually only eat 2 one of which would be small. For those who could afford it, breakfast was eaten very early, and could consist of salted bread, wine, and dried fruit, eggs or cheese. Lunch was a quick meal, eaten around noon could include salted bread or be more elaborate with fruit, salad, eggs, meat and fish, vegetables, and cheese. Dinner was the main meal of the day, they would drink watered down wine, onions, porridge, pancake, and some of the things they ate at lunch. The upper class dinner might include meat, vegetable, egg, and fruit. Comissatio was a final wine course when the dinner ended. Movies sometimes depict ancient Romans as gluttons, but this is not true. Even the rich people ate only enough to keep them in good health, and wasted little food. There were even laws that regulated how much food people could buy.

    Appetizers

    1as Bread and Cheese -
    A Selection of Breads and Rome’s finest Cheeses

    1as Salad -
    A fine salad tossed with just the right amount of vinegar and salts.

    Drinks
    2as White wine –
    Watered wine of the finest quality

    2as Red wine –
    Watered wine of the finest quality

    3as Mead –
    Watered wine sweetened with honey

    1as Beer –
    Made from hops cooked right in the village

    The Roman Glutton
    (De roman Gluto)

    Entrées

    6as Roast Pig –
    Pig slowly cooked on a spit by one of our best chefs.

    3as Pottage –
    Thick stew made from wheat, meat, offal, and corn.

    7as Sea urchins, raw oysters, and mussels –
    This wonderful combo is the best of what the local fishermen bring in.

    7as Veal –
    A tender delicacy that is as good as it is cruel

    1as Barley Gruel –
    For the folk with a bit less in their wallets

    Desserts

    1as Mixed fruit –
    A mixture of fruits that are in season.

    4as Cheese cake –
    Cake made with the finest Ricotta Cheese

    • ANSWER:
      It looks excellent and I really enjoyed reading it. I love this type of reading.

  23. QUESTION:
    How Good is Maxxium Dry Cat Food?
    I had my kitten at the clinic for a check-up and when I told them that he ate mostly Felidae Cat and Kitten canned formula, they told me that it is bad for his teeth and that I should feed him mostly dry food with canned food as a treat. So many different experts online say the exact opposite and that dry food is actually an old wive's tale about cleaning their teeth. I did buy my kitten some dry food so he can nibble on it if he wants to, but I was pretty dismayed at what they had to offer for dry. I ended up buying Maxxium kitten food. Is that ok for him to munch on? It won't play a major part in his diet, just something to munch on in the middle of the night. Also, the vet tech said I should stick with food that has gone through feeding tests because then it has been proven that the food maintains kidney health, digests fine, etc. I haven't found anything that says Felidae has gone through testing.

    • ANSWER:
      Oy vey. Vets. They have no clue when it comes to cat food. I see you've already come across others saying that, and it's true.

      Canned food does not provide any dental benefits. That is true. But neither does dry food. See the link which explains why that's the case.

      Keep your cat on the Felidae. It's not the best food out there but it's going to be better than any dry food.

      Good brands of dry can be found in the link I've provided.

      I can't find a list of ingredients for Maxxium but it looks like it's sold at Walmart. That's not a good sign.

      As for feeding trials, I guess that makes some sense, but even more important is to find a food with proper ingredients.

  24. QUESTION:
    please help me i have a serious health question?
    i take whey protein powder by biochem but i read many whey protein powders contain heavy levels in mercury and lead and others but i need to take some protein cuz i am a heavy workout person im 15 and also if this is dangerous please give me a good high protein diet plan i also read that it can cause kidney and liver disease and there is a long line of kidney disease in my family so should i take it

    • ANSWER:
      your better off getting protein from food, mainly beans and vegetables

      its gay i know and they dont have the same amount of protein per weight compared to beef or w/e but its more of a whole protein as beans and vegetables have a bigger variety then meat.

      or you can do hemp protein powder, its nasty but better, you can always add fruit to it to make a shake or w/e as well.

      try eggs and black beans for breakfast after a workout Iif you workout in the morning b4 breakfast, which i read i the best) it may seem like a weird combo of food but it tastes hella good. and you get fiber

  25. QUESTION:
    My friend is addicted to Diet Pepsi?
    Last summer she had to go to the hospital and they told her she had a kidney infection. She apparently didn't learn her lesson because she drinks as many cans as she can a day. Everybody (including me) keeps telling her to drinks less and drink some water, but she just gets mad and says she doesn't like water. Should I be worried for her health? Can anything major happen if she continues like this? Any good websites to convince her? Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Atleast she doesn't have a Coke problem.

  26. QUESTION:
    Switching dog to raw diet?
    My dog has some kidney issues and we have talked to a couple of other professionals and the suggested raw diets. I was wondering what some of the best ways were to feed a raw diet or some great websites that can help me create meals. We own a dairy farm and meat would actually be really easy for us to get so I think this would be a great option and would help my dog out a lot. What is hurting him is undigestible protiens in dog food, if I fed him raw then I would know what he was getting. Information would be great. I am going to the vet on wednesday and will talk to my vet more about this. He is a 10 yr old border collie. We also have a year old australian shepherd and we would switch her over also to better her health. Thanks for your help.
    He does not have kidney disease yet he just has to much urea in his blood as a result of his kidneys not being able to process undigestible protien. Also what is the link to the yahoo group. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      kidney disease is a progressive illness, and feeding them a low protein, low calcium, low phosphorus and low sodium diet is really the best. Unfortunately only 3 companies make prescription food for kidney disease(that i know of..) 1. Hills (aka science diet) 2. Purina and 3. Royal Canin
      There is also another food for kidney disease that is really only recommended in the end stages.
      The dogs dont really find this food palpable, but it can make a difference in slowing down the progression of this illness. Any protein will harm the kidneys now, more digestible or not.
      A BARF diet is healthy for healthy dogs but not for dogs with kidney disease it is too much protein. (but studies have shown in dogs with no kidney disease, a high protein diet is not going to increase their chances of getting kidney disease or cause it)
      The best thing for your dog with kidney disease, is fluids, lots and lots of fluids, that will flush out the toxins in the kidneys that can not work to do it all. Your vet can give IV fluids, or you can give sub-q fluids at home. My kidney disease dog was also on 2 kidney medications, Azodyl and calcitrical, plus a blood pressure medication since kidney disease causes high BP.

      Edit: oops sorry i went off on a soapbox there. I thought he had kidney disease already. I guess now you just need to worry about low phosphorus. I just know at holistic pet stores they have frozen raw diets already supplemented.But since you have the meat right there, then thats certainly cheaper and more convenient.
      http://www.barfworld.com/

  27. QUESTION:
    Master Cleanse diet - an alternative method, would this work?
    Few weeks back I found about this “Master Cleanse diet”, but I couldn’t find maple syrup so I did some research and found dates syrup to be more better than maple in itself, I started the diet and it went fine for 3 days, I mixed dates syrup + lemon juice + come chili powder with water and drank that alone for 3 days and I didn’t feel hungry or tired. But on the 4th day I tried Salt water flush, it failed big time and I got really scared about the amount of salt that has been loaded in my body so the very next day I started eating as usual to get rid of the excess salt in my body. Soon I started getting back pain, and the pain traveled till my knee joints at times, I don’t know if the back pain was due to over worked kidney or sudden solid food movement in my bowel after no food for 3 days. Now I don’t have pain, for the past 1 and a half year I am working all day sitting in front of my computer no physical activity and this has caused a huge energy drop in my body and I feel tired, sleepy even after having food at times. My body needs some sudden diet or detoxification program to put things back in line. Now my question is,

    Do you think that too much of dates can cause some problem to our health?

    Then, is there any good alternative for Salt water flush (I am not going to do it again) or can we just leave the intestine alone so that it can cleanse itself if left alone?

    And please suggest me some detoxification + weight loss program that has worked out and is also quite safe.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      The lemon detox or master cleanse/starvation diet you are referring to is a calorie deficit program.
      You will lose a few pounds but when you start eating again you will probably gain more weight. It took me some time to figure it out but you will lose weight on this diet. The average adult American has eight meals in their digestive system. Five more than they should. By going on a deficit diet like this you can lose around 10 pounds just by not eating. But it is only the weight of the food in your digestive system.
      You may lose a pound of body fat but not necessarily. So it does work. but it does not change your SIZE. Once you start eating again you just replace all the missing food in the system. Pour the soda out of a bottle and the shape of the bottle doesn't change does it?
      The signal these starvation diets send the body is that there is no more food available.
      The body immediately stores any fat it can and begins to burn muscle mass for fuel instead of the stored fat (metabolism).
      Stored fat will be used as a last resort when needed.
      When you start eating again the body immediately stores any food as fat because it doesn't know when the next famine is coming. You really don't detox since a substantial portion of the toxins in the body are stored in fat cells. So if you don't lose the fat, you don't lose the toxins.
      The complete opposite of what you are trying to accomplish.
      There is no build up of bad plaque, toxins, or sludge in a normal, reasonably healthy system.
      If this was the case we would have people dying left and right from malnutrition since their small intestines couldn't absorb nutrients.
      The majority of the water from food and what we drink is reabsorbed through the colon, if our colons were clogged we would all be walking around looking like sponges right?
      Detoxing is ridding the system - liver, kidneys, and intestines of toxins both internal and environmental. Additionally, many toxins are stored in our fat cells so in order to truly "detox", you need to lose excess body fat as well to fully detox.Our liver and kidneys aren't clogged with toxins. Otherwise we would be dead.
      The liver does in fact get layered with fat when we become overweight.
      We "cleanse and detox" naturally 24 hours a day through respiration, sweat, liver, and kidneys.
      We can help by eating a healthy diet with minimal added sugar and salt. Lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grain foods, beans, peas, and brown rice keep a system as healthy as it can be.
      Minimal alcohol, caffeine, soda.
      Read food labels. If you can't pronounce it, don't put it in your body.
      A healthy high fiber diet works every time.
      Increases the speed and efficiency of the digestive system and helps the body rid itself of both internal and environmental toxins.
      Cleanses actually flush out the beneficial bacteria and enzymes in the digestive system.
      Search "gut flora" to learn about the beneficial bacteria we need in our colon.
      We have more beneficial bacteria in our digestive systems than all the cells in our bodies!
      Did you know the digestive system is one of the largest contributors to our immune system?
      They don't tell you about the gas, cramping, and bloating you will experience when you start eating again and the body has to rebuild this bacteria population.
      Spend your money in the produce department.
      Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Worried this is cancer; if not, what else could it be?
    Without trying and without any change in my diet or activity level, I've been gradually losing weight off and on for the past 6 months, a total of about 15 lbs. I went to the doctor earlier this week and he did blood work, all of which (liver, kidney, thyroid, blood sugar) came back normal. My next stop is a gastroenterologist, to be evaluated for malabsorption, on Monday. I'm a 43-year-old female in otherwise good health and I'm terrified that this is cancer. My father died of pancreatic cancer when he was a couple of months younger than I am now. I have no symptoms other than the weight loss; my appetite and energy level are fine. I am a weeping, nervous wreck. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Any words of encouragement or reassurance for me? If it's not cancer, what are the other possibilities? I'm thin as it is and really can't afford to lose the pounds.

    • ANSWER:
      Well if your labs came back okay it COULD be malabsorption. It actually sounds like pernicious anemia, but if your irion levels are fine it wouldnt be that. Hmm.
      Please try to stay calm, if you freak out chances are you are going to feel worse. Try and distract yourself over the weekend, and then be brave at your appt on Monday.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to stay motivated and not quit my south beach diet.?
    Hello everyone,

    Lets see... I'm a 25 year old married mother of two, a precious princess of 11 years old and one handsome young man of 7.

    I have about 50lbs. that I need to drop. It used to be all about the looks, but now its all about my health. I donated a kidney to my father a year ago and I need to take good care of myself. I need to do it for me, my kids and my husband. I want to be healthy and active for them. My babys are little and they're at an age where they want to be playing and running all the time. I can't say I'm too old for this cause I'm not... its just my weight thats holding me down.

    I've been on the south beach off and on and have dropped 7lbs. And I say off and on b/c I love carbs. The pasta, the pizza, the anything that has carbs in it, I love. I lose more weight during phase 1 of the diet, and when I get off of it, its so hard to get back on track.

    If anyone has any advice, tips and recipes... please share.

    Many Thanks,
    Sessy

    • ANSWER:
      If you've gained 50# of fat, you are more than likely insulin resistant and can't properly process carbs anymore. When a person has blood sugar problems and is insulin resistant, controlling portions is NOT an option and this is the problem in most overweight people.

      Low blood sugar (which results from high blood sugar & equally high insulin) triggers hunger (even after eating sufficiently). Long term high insulin creates an insulin sensitivity, that can trigger insulin with just the thought of food (which is the theory behind why sugar free sodas cause weight gain). Long term carb intake damages the receptors on muscle tissue and causes Insulin resistance. Insulin then sweeps all the nutrition directly to fat cells causing muscles to scream for the nutrition they are not getting. You have these 2 biological demands for nutrition, controlling portions is just not an option. You can be full as a tick not able to eat another bite and the body is driving you to eat and not healthy foods the easily converted to glucose foods (sugar & starches) It becomes a vicious circle and you get fatter & fatter and don't understand why. Then there is the depression when well meaning people tell you that if you'd just control it you wouldn't be so fat & that drives some people to eat even more.

      The ONLY way to break the cycle is with a low carb way of eating and not just any low carb way of eating, the Atkins way. Some people become so insulin sensitive, so insulin resistant, they can not handle moderate carb levels not even low carb levels. They must go to very low carb levels for a long period to allow their pancreas, adrenals, muscle receptors to heal (which could take years, if ever)

      With Atkins way of eating, there is NO portion control, NO calorie restrictions. This is how 500#+ people can lose weight even on 10,000 calories a day and not just a little weight, massive weight loss quickly. Most times too quickly for their skin and they end up with loose skin, I feel the skin will recoup it will just take several years, or you could loose slower.

      You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don't eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you'll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      Your body won't release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow your metabolism to compensate and store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering your calories, it will continue lowering that set point, til you can survive off nothing and store fat on anything. The body will only release it's fat stores if it knows there is plenty of food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) and exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of the Atkins program is converting your body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). You need to keep your fat levels at >65% of your calories, if you don't your body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes minimum of 3 days to convert your body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis) you will probably feel sluggish the first week but most people feel better than ever thereafter.

      Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

      Simple carbs are addictive and can be disastrous to our health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs and eat one every time you want "something" have huge omelets for breakfast, with bacon, a lil onion, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops for lunch. Get pork rinds and eat them with tuna salad. Steak for dinner. Make a huge sugar free cheese cake for dessert. Eat so much you won't feel deprived of anything. By the fourth day, your addiction will be gone and you can start making healthy choices.

      High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger and unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.

  30. QUESTION:
    my left lower rib area hurts, whats wrong?
    im a 20 yr old college student. this pain (sometimes sharp) keeps aggitating me just where my ribs meet my stomach on the left side. i know it could be spleen, intestinal tract, or kidney; however i am in great health- exercise daily and have a good diet (well as good as it can be in college) please help me out. the pain usually doesnt visit unless i move in certain ways or breath heavily aka: exercise. id appreciate some genuine answers thanks-john
    well i thought it was a pulled muscle at first but ive pulled my lower obliques before and ever the layer of tissue beneath that so i know the feeling and its way different...sharp pain as opposed to the nagging dull pain of a pulled muscle.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    I need a straight educated answer about kidney stones.?
    I went to my primary today [income based clinic] for a followup from my ER visit, brought the stone assuming they'd want to test it but the doctor did nothing of the sort.
    I told him I wanted to know what it was made of so I could make diet and/or lifestyle decisions to prevent more and he said it didn't matter. I told him I'd read most are calcium and that testing can be done for that but he insisted that the likelihood of it being composed of calcium was almost zero.
    .. which I also read most stones are made of.
    So when I got around to asking the doctor if I could drink or smoke cigarettes at all I was already skeptical of the validity of what he was telling me.
    He responded that I could never again in my life consume alcohol and needed to quit smoking immediately.

    Now I'm not claiming to know anything about the condition from what I've read online, nor am I arguing that smoking or having a beer is good for my health but I would like to have a second opinion on the matter.
    I'm 22 and just saying I'd like to go out and have a drink on occasion.
    Furthermore, should I try finding another doctor to test the stone?

    • ANSWER:
      I would find another doctor who will send the stone for testing to the lab.

      You are right it is good to know what the stone is composed of, so you can alter your diet accordingly.

      Drinking lots of water on a regular basis helps to prevent them but also to pass them. If you have a kidney stone add lots of fresh lemon into your water, as the lemon helps to dissolve it and also prevents them as does Apple Cider Vinegar.

      A herb by the name of Chanca Piedra also helps too for dissolving, available in most health food stores.

      You can smoke as that has no impact on making Kidney stones that I'm aware of, and you can have the occasional drink as that isn't going to hurt either (just make sure you don't have things like brown cows that have milk, or cocktails with cranberry juice in it). Some doctors instruct you to drink lots of beer when you have a stone to assist it passing it, as beer makes you urinate lots.

      People who drink too much it is contraindicated.

      For more information see the link below.

      Good Luck to you!

      Me

  32. QUESTION:
    i need to know the dietary for kidney problem and high blood pressure.?
    hi, my dad is 53 now and having kidney problem and high blood pressure. as i know the medicines that he ate for high blood pressure and diabetic cause the kidney problem but due to his previous diet his diabetic back to normal. the thing is i don't understand what kind of food should he eat but i know that he couldn't eat seafood and meats. the doctor said he should eat rice and vegetables (but some vegetables he couldn't eat) in order to control his health and no juicy fruits. doing exercise won't help to overcome his health. high blood pressure is genetic but how to control it? cause as i know worry, angry and eating salty food can lead to the problem but when my dad is in a good mood the blood pressure is still high, why is that happen? is anyone know the best diet for these problem?

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Please read my college essay and tell me what you think?
    An issue today is the misunderstanding/misconception of vegetarian​​​sm. It's a topic different people have different views on​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. For some it's a big part of their lives, and they think it's a great thing. Others do not have an opinion about it, and some think it is a stupid diet to be on. Although I am not trying to force my views and beliefs on others, I believe that vegetarianism is beneficial to animals, your health, and the environment.

    There are different kinds of vegetarian diets. First there are ovo-lacto vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy, but no meat, poultry, or seafood. Then there's either ovo vegetarians who eat eggs, but no dairy nor meat of any kind, or lacto vegetarians who consume dairy products, but no eggs, or meat. A vegan is someone who does not consume any eggs, dairy, meat, or any kind of animal bi-product. I am an ovo-lacto vegetarian, and have been for almost 3 years. This has made a huge impact on my life. When I first became vegetarian, I was very careful about getting all the nutrients I needed. In the first few months, I lost practically 10 pounds. The hardest part about becoming vegetarian was surprisingly eating at home. Since no one else in my family is a vegetarian, my mom would always prepare meals with meat, and I would just have to either eat around the meat, or make myself something. In the beginning, this was really hard, because I had never depended on myself for making my food. Over the years this has gotten a bit better. My mom has been making more vegetarian foods, and I've become better at making myself meals.

    Many people think that God put animals on this earth to be eaten. But does that give us the right to do whatever we please with them? On the other hand, some believe that eating animals is wrong, especially the process of obtaining that meat. Most animals live in horrible living conditions and are treated very badly before being slaughtered. This is the part I agree most with. It's not the killing animals to eat part that bothers me, it's the fact that we take it all for granted and abuse animals so much that bothers me. When I tell people this, they always tell me that being vegetarian will not change the fact that those animals will be killed in that manner. This is when I pull out my fact sheet and tell them that the more vegetarians there are, the more animals are saved. One vegetarian saves about 80-100 animals per year, therefore if you count all the vegetarians in the world, it adds up to a lot of animal lives spared. While some people take this into consideration, most just shrug it off, refusing to believe that vegetarians actually make a difference. Thankfully there are many organizations that center on the well being of animals, such as PETA or the ASPCA.

    Health wise, meat is not particularly good for you. Anything in meat you can find in other foods. Meat is also high in fat. It is a general fact that vegetarians are less likely to have kidney failure, heart attacks, or strokes than people who are not vegetarians. This is however only if you make sure you get all the nutrients you need. I know after a while, I started worrying less and less about getting all the foods I needed, and that's when I started getting weaker, and less energetic. There is a difference between being vegetarian, and not eating meat. If you are just not eating meat, it is fairly unhealthy because you won't have as much energy or fat, and you do need some fat. I'm also aware that some girls will become vegetarians to lose weight. This is logical, since I previously mentioned that that's what happened to me when I first became one. But when it comes to vegetarianism, you heart has to be in it, or you will be tempted by meat, and the diet won't be as efficient.

    The environment also benefits from vegetarianism. It pollutes less to harvest vegetables than it does to raise livestock and then slaughter them. Also, it takes up less land to grow vegetables. It is said that the amount of land required to feed 1 non-vegetarian can theoretically feed 15-20 vegetarians. As we know, the earth is not an endless field, and will eventually run out of open space. Being vegetarian helps slow that process by decreasing the amount of meat sold, therefore the amount of animals raised and slaughtered.

    I have been teased constantly for being a vegetarian, saying that it's pointless, and doesn't make a difference. People with that mentality are a huge issue for me because I dislike it when people judge my decision not to eat meat, when they don't even know the facts. Vegetarianism is something that has impacted my life greatly as home, and at school also. It's made me healthier, and has helped me do my part for the environment. I think being vegetarian is a smart choice for anyone who can d
    Last sentence should end with for anyone who can do it right
    yes it's for college admission

    • ANSWER:
      What is the prompt?

      You are passionate about being a vegetarian. Okay, what else? Your essay is very detailed, and while specific examples are always good for demonstrating a point, your essay lacks one. This reads more like a persuasive essay on why you should become a vegetarian rather than a reflection on who you are.

      Let's see...

      you could tell the college about what it's like to be a lone activist... no one else cares much about being a vegetarian and saving animals, but you stand up for what you believe in no matter what they say. That's where the facts come in.

      "I am a vegetarian"
      "It was hard at first... other people thought it was stupid and pointless"
      "It's not pointless. I have these facts."
      "I don't care what other people think when I know that I am doing the right thing."
      "I will continue to do the right thing."

  34. QUESTION:
    Are protein shakes bad for our health?
    Not for dieting or anything, the ones that people use for a protein supplyment or if they are working out.

    I use a scoop of designer whey every other day, but I noticed it has a large amount of amino acids and aspartatic acid.

    I also heard it's not good for our kidneys/liver

    • ANSWER:
      I'm in the Fitness Industry, and I've heard it all.

      It's generally accepted by many lifters that if you are aiming to build muscle, protein in grams equal to your weight is what you need.

      So: if you weigh 150 lbs, you'd want 150 grams of protein per day. But I still think that's just too much. But bodybuilders (steroid monkeys) go WAY over that amount, and survive just fine.

      The idea is not to get more than around 45 grams of protein in one large meal -- the liver has trouble with much more than 40-50 grams at a time, depending on your size.

      I personally eat around 120 grams a day, between fish and poultry and only occasional powders. I just don't find them all that filling, and a non-filling meal can lead to temptations to eat junk.

      So, it all depends on your goals. If you're only trying to stay at your current weight, have a lean serving of meat, then fish, and some beans and rice, or nuts and grains for a bit more.

      Amino acids are what make up protein, and aspartic acid is no worry. Designer Whey is a very respected and clean brand. I avoid all the artificial sweeteners except Stevia (it's truly natural).

      And for reference, I'm 6', 190 lbs. So while I'm not an ape, lol, I'm doing just fine, and many days I don't even hit that 120 mark. So, do what feels good, watch your results, and eat MORE if you see that hard lifting isn't getting you there. But always, always, make sure to get enough water and enough REST.

      Good Luck... :)

  35. QUESTION:
    Cholesterol Lowering Meds { does eating right before bed cause high Cholesterol and Tryglyceride Levels? }?
    6 mos ago I had some blood work done to check my cholesterol and tryglyceride levels. I normally have this bloodwork done about twice a year just to keep a check on it. Normally my numbers are in good health range but this last test showed that my numbers are high and out of range. Total Cholesterol was 240 and Trys were 394 . My doctor immediately ask me to start taking a medicine called Lopid. I have heard bad things about cholesterol lowering medicines, so I bargained with doctor to go another route. I suggested I would get serious about my diet and exercise and eat more fruits and vegs. I also started taking fish oil and Omega 3's. We retested recently and to my dissapointment my numbers were still high. Total cholesterol was actually even worse and Trys were still right below 400. The positive note is my blood sugar is perfect as where before I was pre- diabetic and my BP is better. I was able to lower my BP medicine dosage. Also lost a few pounds. Some people are telling me I better take the medicine and other people tell me I should never take the medicine because of side effects and can cause liver and kidney damage. I am somewhat health consious but I do have a bad habit of drinking a few beers at night then eating supper and immediately going to bed. I know this is not healthy but I just cant seem to get out of this bad habit. Would stopping this bad habit bring my numbers down or should I just take the drug? Or am I just doomed from genetics? Do I have enough safe time to not take the meds for 6 more mos and quit eating before bed and then test again.
    I weigh 250 lbs and I drink 1 1/2 to 2 gallons of water each day. I also have extra salt when I experience heavy perspiration from exercise,yardwork, or steamroom at gym. I have been a drinker for 25 yrs and cholesterol and trys levels have been good on up to last 6 mos. I have a healthy heart and good muscle mass. I am just discouraged that I have done most all the right things and my levels are still high!!! Just hoping to avoid medicines that I am hearing so many bad things about.

    • ANSWER:
      With your fish oil make sure you are taking the purest. If you take fish oil for omega-3 supplementation be sure and consume "pharmaceutical grade". Omega-3 pharmaceutical grade fish oil is much more concentrated so you obtain much more benefits from a given dosage and toxins such as PCB's, dioxin, mercury and oxidized lipids have been removed. Typical health food grade fish oils are not pharmaceutical grade. The only way to be sure is to ask to see third party laboratory anaylsis of the finished product. It should contain at least 60% long chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA + DHA), less than 45 ppb PCB's and less than 1 ppt dioxin.

  36. QUESTION:
    My doctors can't give me a good answer or direction to take. Can you help?
    Hi, My name is Matt and I apologize in advance for the long question. I've been having a chronic health problem for the past year and half now, and I'm not much closer to solving the problem of why I feel so awful than I was at the start. Different doctors will tell me I have things that other doctors say there is no way I have. Others tend to throw antibiotics at me, push me out of the office, and hope the problem magically disappears. My faith in health care professionals is ebbing away more and more everyday.

    Anyways, here are my regular symptoms:
    Loss of focus/concentration, extreme fatigue, constantly hungry, feeling very faint and weak kneed, stiff joints and muscles, stuffy nose, sore/tight throat, chest pain/tightness right along my sternum, irritability, and heavy breathing.

    For the past year and a half, I've exhibited these symptoms on and off. I have good days and bad days, but especially lately, much more so bad. Also, even the good days give me some fatigue, but the difference is pretty night and day. I feel a lot more capable.

    I've been diagnosed with a severe dust mite allergy, pumped full of medications, continued to get sick, and later found I had no allergy to dust mites according to another doctor and another test. The new doctor diagnosed me with chronic sinusitis. I've tried corticosteroids, antihistamines, nasal rinses, vitamins, and all sorts of things. The only thing that gives me any real relief is the sinus rinse, and that relief is pretty fleeting. Now I'm being told that I have allergies again, despite the fact that no allergy medication has done me any good, and the skin tests say I'm not allergic to anything.

    I've also recently had some new symptoms, on top of the old ones being more severe than usual (especially the fatigue, hunger, and faint feeling). They are: constantly thirsty, nausea, frequent urination (happens a lot, regardless of how much water I drink, always comes out crystal clear, and I can't seem to hold it at all), about 10 pounds of weight loss 2 weeks ago, and now, very little weight gain, despite eating like crazy.

    I've had a complete blood count recently. It showed my glucose as normal, so diabetes is not the problem. Kidney and liver functions were also normal. My lymphocyte level came in a little high at 47 (12-44 is normal), absolute neutrophils came in a little low at 1.67 (normal is 1.8-7.7). It looks like I have a slight anemia, because my hemoglobin came in at 13.2 (normal: 14-18) and my hematocrit came in at 38 (normal: 42-54). I've started taking a multivitamin, and eating more red meat in case of iron deficiency.

    Yet, I find it hard to believe that anemia is to blame for all of my new/worsening of symptoms, and more importantly, I've had numerous blood tests over the past year and a half, and never came up as anemic, so even if it is the complete cause for my new and worsened symptoms, it still doesn't explain my regular fatigue and general feeling like garbage for over a year.

    As for my habits, I generally eat a very healthy diet, and also exercise frequently. I'm in pretty good shape, and am in the right weight range for my height (6 feet tall, 170 lbs). Also, I'm only 20 years old, so I feel like I shouldn't be getting winded by taking the stairs, or needing a nap after 2 hours of work. The only hospitilizations I've had are for a concussion at age 16 sustained while playing rugby (very light concussion, blacked out for 10 seconds, can't remember some of that day, but I was fine after a few hours), and a surgery to take out my tonsils and open up my sinuses (which did seem to help my breathing a bit, but didn't stop the sickness from coming over and over and over).

    As for medications, I've been on pretty much every allergy medication around, and none of them stop me from getting sick. Plus, most of them leave me in an even worse brain fog than when I'm just feeling sick. I've also been pumped full of more antibiotics than I can count. At this point, I'm quite adverse to taking more medications, considering that none has helped me thus far, and they always, always come with side effects.

    I really just want to know whats wrong with me, whatever it is, so that I can get about fixing it. It's a number one priority for me, because it just makes everything in my life so much more difficult. Even the simplest classes and tasks and work become grueling when I'm feeling like this, and I'd say I feel like this about 85-95% of the time, especially as of late. My problem is, I'm at the end of my rope. My doctor's can't give me any good ideas or directions to take, they just tell me the other one is an idiot and that I need to just keep putting money in their pocket. I've tried so many options and been tested for so many things, and I can't seem to get a truly conclusive answer. I'm ready to try just about anything. In fact, I'm getting ready to make an acupuncture appointment, and maybe start taking some herbs. I mean, it may be a

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, have you tried cutting out gluten in your diet. I have this friend who did exactly this and she became human again and she felt more alive than she had in years. She had some of the symptoms that you have been suffering. Hope this helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    I have recently been to health check-up. The Fast Blood Sugar was 150 and my post prandial Blood sugar was 230?
    When I underwent a comprehensive health check-up, my triglycerides, my lipid profile, liver function, kidney function, ECG and Chest X-Ray were found to be in excellent condition. My Glycosylated Hb test revealed 6.5%, which indicated a "GOOD DIABETIC CONTROL" . In fact, the lab analyst asked me whether I was on medication. I went in for two medical opinions. One doctor said I could control by normal diet and exercise, while the other told me that I had type 2 diabetes and advised me medication. I do not feel any affects of Diabetes like fatigue, tiredness, etc. In fact I exercise regularly and eat non-fatty, non-sugary, low calorie and low cholesterol food.I am a bit confused. Can anyone clarify?
    By the way, I am 39 yrs old male, Ht. 5'6" or 167 cms and I weigh 90 Kgs.

    • ANSWER:
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is "normal", there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

      A bit more bad news for diabetics that you may not have known: having a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes makes your risk of having a heart attack just the same as someone who already had a heart attack. This means it is automatically assumed that with diabetes, there may be hidden heart disease as well.

      A truly normal A1c is between 4.6% and 5.4%

      A1cs are not as good a measure of actual blood sugar control in individuals as they are for groups. An A1c of 5.1% maps to an average blood sugar of 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) or less when group statistics are analyzed, but normal variations in how our red blood cells work make the A1cs of truly normal individuals fall into a wider range.

      Some people's A1cs are always a bit higher than their measured blood sugars would predict. Some are always lower. NOTE: If you are anemic your A1c will read much lower than your actual blood sugars and the resulting A1c is not a useful gauge of your actual blood sugar control.

      Heart attack risk rises in a straight line fashion as A1c rises from 4.6%.

      You have already done damage to your eyes, heart and kidneys. You just don't know it. Try the exercise and diet route. If that don't work go on meds.
      But from what you said, I would start on Metformin. MOST and I say Most doctors know very little about diabetes. 6.5 hba1c is very high. You better get with it or you will suffer grave consequences.

      Kitty Kitty

  38. QUESTION:
    Lets turn Kraft Dinner into a Diet Food XD?
    I'm trying an experiment to see if I can "health" up KD and make it more appropriate for a diet. I'm already making it with skim milk and no butter whatsoever, and am now considering adding healthier things to it to add some nutrients.

    I've already tried red kidney beans, and that was a huge success. I added two cups of beans to the entire pot and cooked it, and not only did it taste good but it made it far more filling. Normally I can eat an entire pot, but this time around I barely managed half.

    And so my question: What else can I add to this that would taste at least acceptable and be more healthy? Pretty much any and all suggestions are welcome, and 10 points for the best answer!

    PS: Please, please, PLEASE do not suggest Whole Wheat Kraft Dinner. I know it's healthier, but I tried it and it basically just tastes like dirty Kraft Dinner. I just couldn't stomach it and would rather be fat than eat it.

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely keep the beans in it, and add some green vegetables, like I personally think brocolli would be REALLY good in mac & cheese, and possibly something like green beans too.

      Adding cooked, extra lean hamburg is usually a classic.

      Cooking the pasta a little extra can also help- the pasta will absorb more water, expanding them further so that each piece fills you up more with no extra calories or whatever.

  39. QUESTION:
    Kidney stones or what (Warning: TMI)?
    Okay... so since last Friday (not this JUST passed Fri, the one before) I haven't taken a GOOD poo. I've only had a couple little poos here and there throughout the week. My diet hasn't changed so I don't know why I've been so constipated :( exlax, cranberry juice, apple cider, warm water... nothing has worked. I have had SOME relief, but I still feel backed up. And it's burned once when I went pee, but that's it so far.
    Now that the TMI part is out of the way...

    Every time I push, I am in HORRIBLE pain right above my vagina mostly on the left side, and in my lower back. Sorta where my ovary is I guess. It feels like my insides are about to explode. I've felt horrible the past 2 days with a dull pain in my lower back and on my left side under my ribs. Also random TERRIBLE shooting pains through my back and stomach area.
    I really don't want to go to the ER because I don't have heath insurance at the moment. I've been waiting to here back from my state health insurance but boy do they take forever! I've done some research online and it seems like everything points to kidney stones, but I've never had them before so I have no idea. If it gets worse I will go to the ER but I'd like to have a slight idea what to tell them I think is wrong when I go in.

    Thank you for your help!
    Hear back* not here. Oops. It's just 2:30 in the morning!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried an enema?

      Sounds like a fecal impaction, or it may be the beginnings of a small bowel obstruction. If you don't get enulose or some more powerful laxative, or a good soap suds enema, you may be rushed to the hospital... Bowel obstructions are not to be taken lightly... if you don't have a BM about every 3 days you are at risk for one...

  40. QUESTION:
    My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease and is dying. Please help?
    Hello,

    Today I learned my cat of 13 years has kidney disease, along with a mass in her throat. She was always a healthy kitty, and tested for troubles, but everything always came back as she was fine. The vet said this is all shocking, as it came on extremely quickly, causing her health to decline very fast.

    My vet said the surgery to remove the mass would honestly not be wise, as its in a very hard spot, and with the condition she's in, she would more than likely pass. She just said that what we can do is make her as comfortable as possible.

    She gave us some sample foods to put her on (a low protein diet) and told us to just bring her in every few weeks, and or days to monitor her progress.

    My heart is in shreds. What can I do for her? I know there is no cure for this, but I do not want her in pain. How will I know she is in pain? And or not already in pain? What are good foods to feed her to help with this? Are there any natural vitamins or that I could give her to help? What can I truly do to help her last stays here on earth be happy and pain free? Please, she is my baby and I love her dearly.

    • ANSWER:
      Ever so sorry about this bad news, when we go to a vet we assume they will say all is well as usual,but when they turn around and give us bad news we just cant get over the shock as it so sudden,your answer takes me back we had two cats one 14 other 15,one got kidney failure the other had a tumour in her throat,all this in the same week life can be cruel,

      like you the vet said removing it would be dangerous,in fact he said trying to remove it would kill her immediately,our other one with kidney disease went down hill quickly,she was in pain as it causes ulcers in the mouth and throat so we had her put to sleep,two weeks of the other one being diagnosed she was also put to sleep as she couldnt swallow,so we had no choice vet told us she would have suffocated otherwise as the tumour grew blocking her windpipe and throat,

      there ar no vitamins to help,you will be able to tell if she is in pain as you have known her for 13 years,look for the clues first they stop eating as the ulcers hurt,they sleep as they become weak,not nice hearing all this i know but you need to be strong for her now,she needs you more than ever so just make her comfortable,

      and if she is unhappy then you will know its time,she will let you know her way when she has had enough,cats do so while she is stable keep her company cuddle her make the most of all the time she has left on earth,make her last days happy,so sorry again about this i have been through it myself,it is horrible to see our pets fading away,i say its the worst part of having a pet that nobody warns us about,

      bless her little soul.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why am I still getting chest pains?
    Hi,

    I'm experiencing pains in my chest, usually on the left side but sometimes on the right. It's most often located just above the breast (sometimes feels like under) and upper abdomen/bottom of ribcage. It's kind of flickering, tends to feel like a pulse. I would describe it as a burning, sometimes stabbing pain. Usually moderate but sometimes more severe (gradually getting worse, I think). Also in my left hand and lower arm there's been a bit of pain, but I'm very prone to aches and pains anyway.

    I'm 20, in reasonable health, not overweight, don't smoke, good diet. I recently had scarlet fever, followed by a relapse, and then a bad kidney infection. My throat and ears have been twingeing a lot lately and I feel like another infection could be coming on.

    The pain began nearly a month ago. It lasts for up to 10 seconds each time and usually I get it a few times in a 5-10 min period and then it goes away for several hours or even up to a day. It was gone for several days and returned yesterday and has been bothering me more than usual in the last 24 hours (more frequent and more severe). I was seen last week by GP who checked heart and did ECG, which all came out normal.

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Why am I having chest pain?
    Hi,

    I'm experiencing light pains in my chest, all along the left side. It moves every time, but is usually somewhere between the collarbone and upper abdomen. It's kind of flickering, feels a little like a palpitation, but painful. Also in my left hand and lower arm there's been a bit of pain.

    I'm 19, in reasonable health, not overweight, don't smoke, good diet. I recently had scarlet fever, followed by a relapse, and then a bad kidney infection. All of these have now cleared up.

    The pain began about a week ago. It lasts for a few seconds each time and usually I get it a few times in a 5-10 min period and then it goes away for several hours or even up to a day.

    What could be going on?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a similar incident when i was about your age. I was actually in good shape, being an athlete most of my life, but had a radiating pain in my chest. Anyway I went to the doctor and he found that I had mitral valve prolapse. It is when the valve in your heart overcloses to the point where it back leaks. This is a stress related condition that can be managed.

  43. QUESTION:
    The doctors can't give me any good answers. Can you help?
    Hi, My name is Matt and I apologize in advance for the long question. I've been having a chronic health problem for the past year and half now, and I'm not much closer to solving the problem of why I feel so awful than I was at the start. Different doctors will tell me I have things that other doctors say there is no way I have. Others tend to throw antibiotics at me, push me out of the office, and hope the problem magically disappears. My faith in health care professionals is ebbing away more and more everyday.

    Anyways, here are my regular symptoms:
    Loss of focus/concentration, extreme fatigue, constantly hungry, feeling very faint and weak kneed, stiff joints and muscles, stuffy nose, sore/tight throat, chest pain/tightness right along my sternum, irritability, and heavy breathing.

    For the past year and a half, I've exhibited these symptoms on and off. I have good days and bad days, but especially lately, much more so bad. Also, even the good days give me some fatigue, but the difference is pretty night and day. I feel a lot more capable.

    I've been diagnosed with a severe dust mite allergy, pumped full of medications, continued to get sick, and later found I had no allergy to dust mites according to another doctor and another test. The new doctor diagnosed me with chronic sinusitis. I've tried corticosteroids, antihistamines, nasal rinses, vitamins, and all sorts of things. The only thing that gives me any real relief is the sinus rinse, and that relief is pretty fleeting. Now I'm being told that I have allergies again, despite the fact that no allergy medication has done me any good, and the skin tests say I'm not allergic to anything.

    I've also recently had some new symptoms, on top of the old ones being more severe than usual (especially the fatigue, hunger, and faint feeling). They are: constantly thirsty, frequent urination (happens a lot, regardless of how much water I drink, always comes out crystal clear, and I can't seem to hold it at all), and these strange facial pains that last for a few seconds each time (it feels like all the muscles in an area seize up).

    I've had a complete blood count recently, which showed my thyroid, kidney, and liver as all working normally. Also, my glucose levels were normal, so it's not diabetes, and I was not anemic at all. Nothing strange came back on either my blood work or my urinalysis. I've also tested negative for STDs.

    As for my habits, I generally eat a very healthy diet, and also exercise frequently (although I haven't much lately due to feeling exhausted so much). I'm in pretty good shape, and am in the right weight range for my height (6 feet tall, 175 lbs). Also, I'm only 20 years old, so I feel like I shouldn't be getting winded by taking the stairs, or needing a nap after 2 hours of work. The only hospitilizations I've had are for a concussion at age 16 sustained while playing rugby (very light concussion, blacked out for 10 seconds, can't remember some of that day, but I was fine after a few hours), and a surgery to take out my tonsils and open up my sinuses (which did seem to help my breathing a bit, but didn't stop the sickness from coming over and over and over).

    As for medications, I've been on pretty much every allergy medication around, and none of them stop me from getting sick. Plus, most of them leave me in an even worse brain fog than when I'm just feeling sick. I've also been pumped full of more antibiotics than I can count. At this point, I'm quite adverse to taking more medications, considering that none has helped me thus far, and they always, always come with side effects.

    My new doctor is trying to convince me that it's all in my head, but I find it hard to believe that all my symptoms for the past year and a half are psychosomatic. Plus, I've seen therapists, and had psychiatric evaluations, all of which came back with reports saying I'm handling life very well, especially given the circumstances.

    I really just want to know whats wrong with me, whatever it is, so that I can get about fixing it. It's a number one priority for me, because it just makes everything in my life so much more difficult. Even the simplest classes and tasks and work become grueling when I'm feeling like this, and I'd say I feel like this about 85-95% of the time, especially as of late. My problem is, I'm at the end of my rope. My doctor's can't give me any good ideas or directions to take, they just tell me the other one is an idiot, or that it's all in my head, and that I need to just keep putting money in their pocket. I've tried so many options and been tested for so many things, and I can't seem to get a truly conclusive answer.

    The only thing I can even remotely think of right now is multiple sclerosis. But of course, I don't have 4 years of medical school to really diagnose myself with. Does that seem likely given my symptoms?
    If not, what else could it be? Any ideas?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look

    • ANSWER:
      Did you know that your Diet should be based on your Blood type .

      Your blood type is the key that unlocks the door to the mysteries of health, disease, longevity, physical vitality and emotional strength. Your blood type determines your susceptibility to illness, which foods you should eat and how you should exercise. It is a factor in your energy levels, the efficiency with which you burn calories, your
      emotional response to stress and perhaps even your personality.

      Breakthrough came with the discovery that two major diseases of the
      stomach were associated with blood type. The first was the peptic ulcer, a condition often related to higher than average stomach acid levels. This condition was reported to be more common in people with Type O blood than in people with other blood types. I was
      immediately intrigued, since my father had observed that Type O patients did well on animal products and protein diets--foods that require more stomach acid for proper digestion.

      Blood type analysis offered a powerful means of interpreting individual variations in health and disease. Given the amount of available research data, it is surprising that the effects of blood type on our health have not received the measure of attention that they deserve.

      Do know what to eat based on your blood group

      http://www.diskovery.co.in/how_to_loose_weight__how_to_gain_weight

  44. QUESTION:
    I would like to be a surrogate for my sister, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea? Any advice?
    I'm 25 years old and I have one 6 year old son. Obviously, I had him when I was 19 years old and didn't have an easy pregnancy. I was diagnosed with eclampsia in the beginning of my third trimester and was induced two months early due to high blood pressure. My son was born healthy, but I had been in labor for 18 hours by the time I had him he was completely grey (more so than he should have been) because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his throat twice. Needless to say, my labor and delivery was traumatic and I vowed to never have another child.

    Now to WHY I think I got Eclampsia in the first place: My mother and I both seem to have weak kidneys. Neither of us has ever been diagnosed with anything, but we each retain fluids regardless of our diets and get really bad cramps in that area if we don't drink a lot of water while exerting ourselves (or just over a few days without water). I mean we're laid up in bed for at least 24 hours. Basically, since our kidneys can barely handle properly caring for our own bodies, the added pressure of having a baby will cause us to become toxic because our kidneys aren't filtering things correctly. I don't believe this is something that comes and goes with pregnancy. We both have been known to have high blood pressure and, again, kidney issues.

    Now to why I'd like to be a surrogate: My sister, who doesn't have the health issues that my mother and I do, has one son. He's either 9 or 10 now and she's been trying to have another baby since she had him. She's 13 years older than me making her 38 right now. They've been trying and trying to have a baby with no luck until recently. Then she went into labor at less than 4 months along and has lost the baby she so dearly wanted.

    I want to help her, I want to have their baby for her and give her a gift that she's not so easily been able to acquire of her own. Problem is, I'm not sure what I can do to make it a good situation knowing my preexisting health issues. I'm afraid the outcome wouldn't be much better if I were to try to do that. Any advice anyone could give me would be super. I'd love to talk to a woman who's done this and can let me in on the whole process as well. Thanks and have a great day.

    • ANSWER:
      It is a very personal decision. Given the previous complication that you had (eclampsia) which can be very serious, I would just say no. You would be risking your own life as well as risking life of the fetus. The risk of another miscarriage for your sister is far less (she is only 38 and has carried baby to term before, so shouldn't have problem carrying a baby unless doctor says cervix is incompetent now).

      Good luck.

  45. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP! Health deteriorating! ?
    For almost two years my stomach has been bothering me. At first, every few days my I would have bad stomach aches all day long (my upper, middle, and lower abdomen). For about the past 8, 9, 10 months I have had SEVERE pain. Sometimes it's so bad, I fall down or pass out. I was rushed to the ER because it was so bad I couldn't even move! When I poop, there's blood in it or it's tarry black and has mucus in it. I often have diarrhea and constipation and every time I eat I throw it up. I also throw up even when I haven't eaten anything! My pain never goes away, never!! I'm always nauseous as well. I have terrible headaches, and fevers that come and go. They usually are 99 to 102 degrees F. My lymph nodes around my neck have been swelling since the beginning of summer, the ones on your neck and chin area. Also near my spleen has been swelling too. I have night sweats and a few times I've waken up and thrown up. Sometimes, I throw up all day long! Or I have to use the bathroom all day long. I have a healthy diet, after I went to the ER they suggested a nutritionist to plan my diet. So, it's perfectly good. I do not have Crohn's disease or ulcers or kidney stones. I'm not diabetic, anemic, nor do I have any STDs or HIV/AIDS. I have had all my Gardisil vaccines, and had my last one near Labor Day. I am not pregnant. Everyday it gets worse and worse! The only things that run in my family are heart problems and cancer. I'm scared! I'm 16 yrs old, I had an appointment with a gastrointestinal doctor and I'm scheduled for a procedure to find out what's wrong but it's not until like two weeks. But I just need help from someone to shed light on what might be going on!!!
    I don't know howw I forgot this BUT!! I've also lost aboutt 40 pounds. I'm 5'4'' and I used to weigh 132 pounds, and I had a very athletic body. Now I weight about 90 pounds! I don't even know why I've lost the weight! So.. someone help?
    I've also been bruising.. for no reason. I get bruises on my back and lower abs, likes near my hips. At first there will just be one small bruise and then it will turn into a lot of small bruises and then just be one huge bruise! Lately, I've just been getting them everywhere. On my ankles, knees, thighs, arms, shoulders. I don't play sports and I work at a bookstore and don't lift anything heavy and it's not physically demanding. I already graduated high school. There's no reason for my bruising!!

    • ANSWER:
      Goo to the Doctor again! =] it will help! trust me they can help you

  46. QUESTION:
    Can having a cold/coughing cause lower back pain?
    I'm an anxiety freak and recently I thought I had a bladder infection, as I had a few (not a lot) of the symptoms revolving around a kidney infection as well. I took all the precautions, and my symptoms went away within a few days. Then I started to really feel lower back pain on my left side, and it felt like it was around the kidney area. Concerned, I went to the doctor right away and told him of my symptoms about everything. He did a bunch of tests and they all came back negative, said that it was just a cold and I'll be fine. He poked around my kidney area with his hands a lot, and I did a urine test, and he seemed to believe that my symptoms had no correlation to any kidney issues, that it was all just related to my common cold.

    Even though I tested negative for all infections/problems, I checked the internet to see if other people were having the same issues. I read that a few of the people tested negative for things so they did bloodwork and found out they had diabetes. I'm in good health, my family has no history of diabetes, my diet is okay, and I have no diabetes symptoms.

    I HAVE been coughing a lot recently, and I'm wondering if my cold really is the reason for my "kidney" back pain and if coughing may have strained a muscle back there. I'm REALLY hoping someone can put my mind to rest about the whole back pain thing. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah your coughing can cause you to have back pain. You could be straining your lungs if your coughing a lot which could be causing pain. Also, if you lean forward when your coughing a lot you could be straining your muscles in your lower back.

  47. QUESTION:
    Double Checking Answers On Nutrition Basics. HELP PLEASE! (:?
    I put brackets around my answers. example: [A]

    PLEASE! let me know if they are correct or not. thank you.

    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water.
    B. boron.
    C. vitamin C
    [D]. energy.

    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    [C]. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt

    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    [B]. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    [D]. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.

    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes
    [B]. Heart disease
    C. Thyroid disease
    D. Osteoporosis

    6. Saturated fats found in animal productsGDLuch as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol.
    [B]. triglycerides.
    C. lipids.
    D. amino acids.

    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    [C]. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.

    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    [A]. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.

    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    [C]. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.

    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    [A]. blood sugar levels.
    B. weight loss.
    C. exercise performance.
    D. blood pressure.

    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue
    [B]. Proper wound healing
    C. Control of blood pressure
    D. Lung efficiency

    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen
    B. A lack of sleep
    C. A diet that lacks protein
    [D]. A high-fat diet

    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    [C]. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese

    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    [C]. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats

    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun
    [B]. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries
    C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    D. Three-bean salad

    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    [A]. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese

    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals.
    [B]. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
    C. water.
    D. fiber.

    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose
    B. Orange juice
    C. Lactase
    [D]. Chocolate

    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    [C]. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal

    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    [A]. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      You better send each and every question separately..

  48. QUESTION:
    Fitness And Nutrition?
    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water. C. vitamin C.
    B. boron. D. energy.
    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    C. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt
    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    B. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing
    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    D. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.
    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes C. Thyroid disease
    B. Heart disease D. Osteoporosis
    6. Saturated fats found in animal products, such as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol. C. lipids.
    B. triglycerides. D. amino acids.
    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    C. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.
    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    C. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.
    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A. blood sugar levels. C. exercise performance.
    B. weight loss.
    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue C. Control of blood pressure
    B. Proper wound healing D. Lung efficiency
    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen C. A diet that lacks protein
    B. A lack of sleep D. A high-fat diet
    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    C. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese
    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    C. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats
    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    B. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries D. Three-bean salad
    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese
    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals. C. water.
    B. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. D. fiber.
    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose C. Lactase
    B. Orange juice D. Chocolate
    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    C. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal
    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    A. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      1 d
      2.c
      3.b
      4.d
      5.b
      6.b
      7.d
      8.b
      9.c
      10.a
      11.b
      12.b
      13.d
      14.c
      15.b
      16.a
      17.a
      18.b
      19.c
      20.b

      alright... i hope i did well!

  49. QUESTION:
    Help with the following questions please?
    My daughter is doing an online schooling program, and I was wondering if anyone can help with these questions, I will NOT give them to her, I just want to check her answers so I know how well she's learning and paying attention.

    Questions 1–20: Select the one best answer to each question.

    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water. C. vitamin C.
    B. boron. D. energy.

    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    C. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt

    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    B. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    D. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.

    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes C. Thyroid disease
    B. Heart disease D. Osteoporosis

    6. Saturated fats found in animal products, such as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol. C. lipids.
    B. triglycerides. D. amino acids.

    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    C. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.

    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.

    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    C. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.

    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A. blood sugar levels. C. exercise performance.
    B. weight loss. D. blood pressure.

    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue C. Control of blood pressure
    B. Proper wound healing D. Lung efficiency

    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen C. A diet that lacks protein
    B. A lack of sleep D. A high-fat diet

    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    C. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese

    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    C. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats

    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    B. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries D. Three-bean salad

    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese

    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals. C. water.
    B. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. D. fiber.

    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose C. Lactase
    B. Orange juice D. Chocolate

    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    C. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal

    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    A. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me!!!?
    One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it's a good source of?
    A)water
    B)boron
    C)vitamin C
    D)energy

    Which one of the following choices is the best way to control Type II diabetes?
    A)Inject insulin
    B)Avoiding all simple sugars
    C)Adopting a healthy diet & excercising
    D)Avoiding salt

    which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A)Apple wedges & carrot sticks
    B)small bowl of chili beans & rice
    C)Corn on the cob
    D)Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    which on of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A)use amino acid powders from a health food store
    B)eat more high-protein foods
    C)avoid vegetarian diets
    D)eat a healthy,balanced diet & follow a regular firness program

    High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A)type II diabetes
    B)heart disease
    C)thyroid disease
    D)osteoporosis

    saturated fats found in animal products,such as bacon & cheese,are also called?
    A)cholesterol
    B)triglycerides
    C)lipids
    D)amino acids

    an elevated HDL is considered a?
    A)risk factor for osteoporosis
    B)risk factor for artritis
    C)less harmful form of cholesterol found in the boady
    D)more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body

    How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A)take a pill that helps to digest lactose
    B)eat green leafy vegetables,nuts,and enriched soy products
    C)eat lots of fresh shellfish
    D)eat lots of whole grains

    which of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamin?
    A)they can cause gastric upset,diarrhea,and kidney stones
    B)they provide no risk of vitamin toxicity
    C)they can be stored in the body
    D)they help build collage & aid in healing

    The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A)blood sugar levels
    B)weight loss
    C)excercise performance
    D)blood pressure

    what are the heath benefits of zinc?
    A)reduced muscle fatigue
    B)proper wound healing
    C)control of blood pressure
    D)lung efficiency

    which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A) A vegotous exercise regimen
    B) A lack of sleep
    C) A diet that lacks protein
    D) A high-fat diet

    which one of the following choices is the best option for vegan snack?
    A)Vanailla soymilk,peanut butter,& pretzels
    B)Almond milk with butter cookies
    C)Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D)Tomato jucie & macaroni & cheese

    how should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A)80% carbohydrates,20% proteins
    B)60% carbohydrates,40% proteins
    C)60% carbohydrates,30% fats,10% proteins
    D)80% proteins,10%carbohydrates,10% fats

    A person who is lactose intolerants would have difficulty digesting which one of the following foods?
    A)grilled veggie burg on a sesame bun
    B)low-fat cheesecake with rasberries
    C)turkey hot dog with mustard
    D)three-bean salad

    which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A)sliced bananas,walnuts,& orange sections
    B)baked potato chips & sparkling water
    C)green salad with ranch dressing
    D)unsalted pretzels & cheddar cheese

    To derive energy from food,you must eat foods that contain?
    A)vitamins & minerals
    B)carbohydrates,proteins,and fats
    C)water
    D)fiber

    which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person who is gluten intolerant?
    A)microwave popcorn & carrot sticks
    B)peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C)bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D)orange jucie & graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of question to answer.

      Could do it, but that would deny you the chance to do some research.

      Also, would take me too long. Please do some research, and answer the questions yourself. You will be able to do it, and feel better in yourself for doing so, rather than copying answers, that could be wrong anyway.


Good Kidney Foods

Watch that Real juice that you think is healthy. DNA, Mumbai reports that packaged foods tend to aggravate the problems of those of suffering from kidney problems and disorders by almost 50%. As per the research reports, the preservatives used in the packaged foods, like salts and phosphorous, are harmful for kidney patients and those suffering from the problem should curb the usage of such products as far as possible.

Harmful Effects of Food Acids in Packaged Foods

Food acid content in these packaged foods is quite high. Usually these food acids act as antioxidants and preservatives for the packaged food items, and are therefore used in all kinds of packaged foods. These food acids needs to be separated from the useful acid intake. This separation procedure calls for filtering of these liquids by the kidney.

A lot of waste food acids put load on the kidney. Specially for those suffering from kidney problems should take extra caution to not consume packaged foods. Doctors advise a healthy fresh food diet for the kidney patients, instead of resorting to the no-nutrient packaged food alternatives. Swelling in the limbs and an increase in the blood pressure are also a few of the ailments associated with packaged foods.

Besides the above mentioned harmful effects of packaged foods, the other harmful constituents of the packaged foods are sodium and potassium preservatives. A lot of complications arise with uncontrolled intake of these packaged foods . In the longer run the artificial constituents of these processed and packaged foods tend harm the regular working of the kidneys. Otherwise also, packaged food consumption might result in a lot of other types of health hazards in the longer run. Switch to fresh food and stay away from the harmful food acids.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Tell me what are the good foods for a kidney stone patients?
    I got some foods not suitable for kidney stones fron Internet but, failed to find some suitable foods, Pl help.

    • ANSWER:
      with no so much salt, no cheese, fat, meat are not good.
      Spinach is very good and any vegan or vegetarian food that is cooked at home, not ready meal that is full of salt.
      All fruits that is orange and yellow of colour are good, home made juice of carrots, apples, etc and smoothies of other sweet fruits are great.
      I treated the stones of both kidneys in one week with Ayurveda medicine and massage locally and the above diet. (How my body expelled the stones naturally).

  2. QUESTION:
    Inflammation and foods good for kidney?
    1.My toe was swollen and what are the cure for it. What are the things i can do to stop inflammation. type of food can help stop inflammation. Any suggestion?

    2. What are the food that are good for kidney

    The 2 questions with the best answer will be selected as best answer (10pts). Provide links too.

    Good luck.

    • ANSWER:
      Your toe is swollen? Well if it is very painful, it could very well be the gout. If that is the case, you should get a medicine called Allopurinol. This medicine prevents a protien from breaking down into Uric acid. Uric acid is what causes the Gout. For a quick relief from pain you can go it asperated.

      2. That all depends what your kidney problem is. if you have just a U.T.I. cranberry juice will help. If you are having the beginnings of kidney failure you should be on a renal diet. Low potassium and low phosphourous diet , which should also include low calcium as well.

      But if you have the Gout, you may want to go get your kidney function checked. That could be the early signs of kidney failure. Get it checked now before it's to late.

  3. QUESTION:
    what are good foods to eat after donating a kidney? any foods to avoid?
    a friend is just recovering from surgery and we would like to make something special, perhaps a dessert. just wondering if there were foods to avoid that might aggravate his condition or impair the healing process. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      This is a paragraph extracted from the 1st site listed below:

      Your diet and activity won't be restricted after donation. After recovery from surgery, you can work, drive, exercise and participate in sports as usual. You won't have to take any new medications. You can continue in all types of occupations, including military duty. Donating a kidney won't change life expectancy, nor does it increase the chance of kidney failure.

      You can read about Nutrition and Diet after a transplant at the 2nd site.

  4. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease - What are good foods to consume and foods that need to be avoided ?
    Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid things high in sodium & potassium. Consult a dietitian, they would be able to give you a print out listing foods high in both.

  5. QUESTION:
    how to cook good foods with red beans, kidney beans, or black beans?
    I have some beans, salts, and tomatoes, and I want to cook something with beans, what the best foods with beans in it and how to cook it thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Black Bean Soup

      Ingredients:

      * 2 Tbs. olive oil
      * 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
      * 2 carrots, finely chopped
      * 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
      * 2 garlic cloves, minced
      * 2 cans (each 14 1/2 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
      * 6 cups chicken broth
      * Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
      * 1/4 cup sour cream

      Directions:

      Prepare the soup
      In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add the black beans, chicken broth. Cover, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered and stirring often, until the flavors have blended, about 15 minutes.

      Finish the soup
      In a blender or food processor, puree 2 cups of the soup, then return the mixture to the pan. Season with salt and pepper.

      Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, garnish with the sour cream and serve immediately. Serves 8.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is a great home remedy for a kidney infection and foods are good to eat to maintain healthy kidneys and l
    A list of vitmains, minerals and herbs too.

    • ANSWER:
      this may sound disgusting but believe me a german homopath docter gave me this advise and for the first time in 2 years something finally helped .one bottle of water put lemonjuice in it sit in a bathtub with about 3-4 inches of water add vineger about 2 cups and start drinking your lemon water when you have to pee pee in the tub this is the nasty part your urin has natural healing parts in it

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some good foods and herbs or supplements to help with preventing or reversing kidney damage?
    Im 27 years old and diabetic, I have some signs of begining kidney damage that I would like to try and stop as fast as possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Be very careful with herbs and supplements as most have not been extensively tested and may stress your kidneys.

      Kidney damage from diabetes is best avoided by maintaining very strict control of your blood sugar which means following the recommended diet, controlling weight, taking meds as directed. Ask your doctor how to manage your diabetes the best way possible.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some good foods to eat to prevent kidney stones and...?
    what foods should be avoided?

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard from a person who has had kidney stones that eggs and caffine are suggested to be avoided. Also water should be drank in abundance. Now mind you this was not a nurse but a person who has had them.

  9. QUESTION:
    What foods or natural remedies would anyone recommend for good kidney health?

    • ANSWER:
      you will find great help at this comprehensive program I did here

      http://www.curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1224263#i

      I would recommend Dr Schulze's 5 day kidney cleanse (his herbs are at herbdoc.com)

      http://www.curezone.com/schulze/herbal_5day_kidney_cleanse.asp

      there are many foods, juices and herbs and other things listed in there

      Off the top of my head add the mushrooms Agaricus bisporas extract and Cordyceps Mushroom - Premier Kidney and Lung Tonic mentioned in steps 3 and 4 (see that for why they are so good) , the coq10 (step 2) , the organic burdock root tincture, the organic parsley root tincture (steps 4 and 5) , the dandelion juice (step 10). juices (step 11) , diaphoretic teas (step 15) the hot saunas and the "works like a modern day kidney dialysis machine" suggestion (step 19 and 20) and those important kidney foods (step 16) etc

      Also email me and I can send you the link to his incurables manual and video where he discusses his cleanse and there are also two free online books on it there by master healer of the incurables Dr Richard Schulze --25 ways to the cleanest kidneys and another one he did (name escapes me just now)..these are free for the reading just email me and ask for the links to his incurables and his two kidney books but definitely look over that links I gave. It took me months to compile and write all that.

      Also alternative herbs help the kidneys by cleaning the blood although some work better for different organs. see Dr Christopher's book the school of natural healing for more info on various alternative herbs. I did go through this for my mom with kidney disease and felt the best was burdock root. This and parsley root helped her even when she had zero functioning in both kidneys (so much so that after 10 years of unsuccessfully trying, she finally decided to try what I know but unfortunately was killed by hospital while we were ordering the herbs.

      Be sure your herbs or organic or wildcrafted (burdock is so plentiful you can harvest the root yourself and parsley root is sometimes sold at stores like meijer's in the produce dept (but not organic)

      and also in the form of tinctures. The average dose for tinctures is 60 drops (2 dropperfuils) 3=5 times a day. If much above or below 150 email me for the rule for dosing (called Clark's rule also this is on curezone in Dr Schulze patient handbook in the table of contents under doing for children and animals)

      Here is info I have been compiling yesterday on various types of herbs from gaines site etc

      Alterative
      Herbs which purify the blood. They are also called blood sweeteners. Most alteratives promote the cleaning action of the spleen, liver, kidneys, and bowels. Alterative herbs are generally used over a long period of time, to allow for gradual detoxification of the entire bloodstream which will, in turn, improve digestion, assimilation, and glandular secretions.

      Apparently, some alterative herbs contain hormones or hormone-like substances that act like endocrine secretions. Others seem to improve the function of the endocrine glands, so that they better produce their own secretions. A list of Alterative herbs is available.

      alternative herbs

      The following herbs have alterative properties.

      Alfalfa
      Barberry
      Bayberry
      Black Cohosh
      Blessed Thistle
      Burdock Root
      Cayenne
      Chaparral
      Chickweed
      Cleaver
      Comfrey
      Dandelion
      Devil's Claw
      Echinacea
      Elderberry
      Elder Flower
      Eyebright
      Garlic
      Ginseng
      Goldenseal
      Gotu Kola
      Kelp
      Licorice Root
      Mandrake
      Marshmallow
      Nettles
      Oregon Grape Root
      Pipsissewa
      Plantain
      Poke Root
      PricklyAsh
      Raspberry
      Red Clover
      Rhubarb
      Sarsaparilla
      Sassafras
      St. John's Wort
      Turkey Rhubarb
      Uva Ursi
      Wood Betony
      Yellow Dock

      Never take capsules as they are rarely absorbed also organic or wildcrafted herbs can be 7-10 times higher in the phytochemcials that cure and prevent disease.

      But for the most help go to that link..it has tons of foods etc that help the kidneys and though it is a lot of info to wade through it i most complete and helpful and recommended as valuable by the site.

      Again go here

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1224263#i (info all the way to #36)==very long thread with a tons of info there is a section on there with foods for the kidneys also

      and email me for the links ot those books on helping the kidneys (they are not that long)

  10. QUESTION:
    What kind of foods are very good for the kidney?
    besides cranberries, is there anything else?
    I doubt beer is good for them. Besides I can't drink and who wants to drink rotten barly juice?
    Gross!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, i had a kidney transplant. Water is very good and beer is good also,just don't over do it. it does flush out the kidneys . Fresh fruit and veggies are always good , but sometimes grapefruit is not so good for some people. Take care..

  11. QUESTION:
    What kind of foods are good for your kidneys?
    I'm taking antibiotics for a kidney infection right now, but I would like to know what kinds of foods are especially good for your kidneys. I know all about cranberry juice, and that I should avoid caffeine and alcohol. Are there any other foods that you can suggest?
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney beans... jk! I really don't know. The only thing I know is what you said but also drink more water. Take AZO pills. I think those are suppose to help too.

  12. QUESTION:
    I need a complete list of foods that are good for someone with kidney stones.?
    Have found lots of info on what not to eat but would love a list that would be easy to refer to.
    Thanks Che Che.

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    What foods are good for the kidneys and the liver?
    List only organic foods please. Tnx!

    • ANSWER:
      Milk thistle extract is great for the liver. Water is good for both the kidneys and liver.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does Intra Food Supplement made in Canada good for kidney and diabetes?
    I am taking Intra, a food supplement made in Canada. Is it good to take it as prevention for kidney stones to form? Is it also good in balancing blood sugar in our body?
    I would like to know from anybody who has similar experience of taking Intra product and I would like to learn how does the product help them in their health problems.

    • ANSWER:
      I never heard of this supplement. Kidney stones are formed from a lot of different things. It is bordering on unethical for them to make outrageous claims like this -diabetes and kidney stones too.

  15. QUESTION:
    Foods and vitamines good for sick kidneys?
    My friend just got diagnosed with kidney disease and she was pretty close to kidney failure. I want to pack her a lunch tomorrow that has food which will be good for her sick little organs so she can get healthier faster. I would appreciate it if the answers weren't really guessed because if you give a person the wrong thing it could only make matters worse. Thaaankk you. :-)

    • ANSWER:
      There are special diets for people in renal failure. Usually they have to watch their protein intake, so a high protein meal would not be a good idea. She should talk to her doctor and get a referral to a good dietician.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is a good food for a young dog with kidney failure?
    Still waiting for serology report to know exactly whats wrong, x-rays show kidneys. I believe i need to change diet. Anything I can do for his comfort until lab resusts come back?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a Miniature Schnauzer with kidney disease and our Vet put her on Science Diet "KD" which is formulated for dogs with kidney problems...it comes in canned or dry. I mixed the two for her. You have to get the food from a Vet, and it isn't cheap. Please don't feed your dog "people food"...some dog breeds are just more susceptible than others, too. We didn't know that and had to learn the hard way. "Hilde" developed the disease when she was about 8 years old. We always fed her the best food or so we thought...turns out the IAMS had too much phosphorus or something and was bad for dogs who are prone to kidney problems. We treated her for a year until the disease progressed so much that we had to put her down. I truly loved that dog...she was very special. I really feel for you and wish you and your dog the best.

  17. QUESTION:
    I think I have an ulcer... What are good and bad foods to eat, and what are the symptoms of an ulcer?
    Last thursday, I began having odd feelings in my stomach and chest area, which turned into nausia. Then, I went to the doctor, and he did some tests, ruling out kidney and heart problems, so the remaining things on his list were: Ulcer, Digestive Problem (kinda vague, huh...) and anxiety disorder. I think I have an ulcer, because after I drink orange juice, eat chocolate, or spicy foods, the symptoms become worse... I'm going to another doctor soon (the first one was just a walk-in) To (hopefully) get tested, or something... Anyways, what are good foods to eat, that won't upset an ulcer, and what are some bad foods for an ulcer? Also, it seems like anything remotely worrying causes it to kind of burn, it's weird... Is that characteristic of an ulcer? I don't think I have an anxiety disorder, though, because of the food thing... Anyways... If you've ever had an ulcer, please tell your story... I hope it's not too hard to get rid of....
    I meant last thusday as in over a week ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Foods and anxiety/stress can cause an ulcer to flare and cause pain. I've had two, both have healed, with diet and learning to control anxiety and stress, directing it better instead of holding onto feelings etc. As you stated, oj, chocolate,spicy and acidic foods, all will cause you discomfort. A bland diet is usually best until you get the symptoms under control. Your doctor's statement regarding a digestive disorder should be vague, as it could be irritable bowel syndrome, a Hiatal Hernia, or many other issues that are not deadly, but cause you to have stomach upset. The hernia will cause you to have heartburn, gas, pressure from the gas making you feel tense and uncomfortable. Anxiety and worry can cause your body to produce excess acids, that eat at the stomach and sometimes back up into the esophagus. Irritable bowel can cause stomach discomfort, along with bowel movements that sway between constipation and diarrhea, with cramping. You will likely be given an upper GI test, drinking barium and following it to see if there is an ulcer. Once that is ruled out, or verified, your doctor will give you a menu so to speak, or foods that are good for you and ones to avoid. If you are like me, it's the foods you love that will be eliminated from your diet. Mine healed within six months, but I do get stomach upset when holding stress/anxiety. Something you learn to live with, and learn about your coping skills.

  18. QUESTION:
    What are some foods that are good for your organs?
    For example, cranberries are good for your kidney's and beet's are good for your liver does anyone know of foods that are good for the stomach, pancreas, heart, brain, eyes...etc

    • ANSWER:
      Name a Vegetable- and it's probably GOOD for You in some way... You CAN'T go Wrong with them! :)

  19. QUESTION:
    What are foods to avoid when you have a kidney infection?
    I am on day two of a kidney infection and I don't know what foods are good or bad for it.

    • ANSWER:
      force fluids avoid rich foods. yogurt is good for balancing your system. especially if you are taking antibiotics. Cranberry juice of course is always good for your kidneys just be careful of the sugar.

  20. QUESTION:
    foods that are good for a child with one kidney?
    how to take care of a child with only one kidney

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry about your child's illness however, NO ONE on this internet will really be able to help you CORRECTLY-- please call your child's doctor and before you do, write down all these questions to ask him:
      1. what foods should be fed.
      2. what food shouldn't she eat.
      3. can I use salt on her foods or not?
      4. should I make sure all her foods have no spices in them?
      5. can she take any medications over the counter, or should I contact her doctor everytime she is ill.
      6. how often should she see a doctor?
      7. How much fluid should she drink each day, and is too much liquid not good?
      8. What are SYMPTOMS of her getting ill that I should watch for daily?----- fever, not urinating frequently, stomach ache, funny smelling urine, dark colored urine, back pain.
      9. Can your child play sports-and if so, which type and should I worry about any injuries that could harm her kidney...

      You may need to actually go in and see the doctor and have them go over the care that will be needed to keep your child healthy---

      God bless your child and I hope she will do fine..........

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some good foods that contain vitamins for a 9 year old?
    OK, I want to give my little brother some food with vitamins?

    (I know already milk, butter, and cheese, eggs, chicken, kidney, liver, fish oil, oranges, carrot, apricot, peach, pumpkin, mango, spinach, broccoli.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Is 'Kidney' a good ingredient in Kitten food???
    The food seems to have great ingredients...

    But 'kidney' is one of them!
    Is that good? What sort of nutrition does a kidney provide???

    • ANSWER:
      Organ meats are beneficial for cats as they eat the organs when they consume live prey. I have never noticed kidney as being in any of my cats' food and do know what nutrition it might provide for a cat. Liver is an important source of Vitamin D as is egg. Hearts and gizzards provide extra taurine - an essential amino acid for cats.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is Purina cat food a good brand? I heard it can give cats kidney disease..is that true?
    I dont like to spend a lot of $$$$ on cat food..but i was wondering if Purina cat food can eventually give cats Kidney faliure. Also, I feed my cat Fancy Feast dry cat food & wet, is that still a good brand too?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if it can give them kidney failure but it is a low quality cat food and so is Fancy Feast.

      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to dump cheap leftovers in. Will it kill your cat? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent cat foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Whiskas, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Meow Mix.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Felidae, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timber Wolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Diets high in grain have been attributed to problems with diabetes in cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, so why should there be grain in their diet? Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diet's include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, and Sold Gold Indigo Moon, Taste of the Wild.

      Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can't find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually, especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

      Another option for feeding cats is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.barfworld.com/
      http://www.rawfedcats.org/
      http://www.rawfed.com/
      http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml

      Now the question is, do you feed wet or dry? Wet is the correct answer. The reason is, in the wild, cats normally get most of their water content directly from their prey items and drink very little. Domestic cats are no different, and because of the fact that they are designed to take in water with their meal, they have a very low thirst drive. Cats often just don't drink enough. This leads to urinary tract infections and crystals. The bit about dry food being better for teeth is a myth and has not been proven in the least. Canned/wet food is better because it more closely mimics the cat's natural diet. More on why canned food is best:
      http://www.catinfo.org/ (Excellent cat nutrition information by a vet)
      http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/canned_food.htm
      http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=whycatsneedcannedfood
      http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4.php
      http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=doesdryfoodcleantheteeth

      Another option to get cats to drink more would be a cat fountain. Cats tend to like to drink from running water and cat fountains see to that need, encouraging cats to take in more water.

      More:
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. It's for dogs, but most of the high quality brands also put out excellent cat foods. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

  24. QUESTION:
    Foods that promote Kidney Function ?
    this is regarding my dog... but in general what are some good foods that are not hard on the kidneys and dont make them work hard? I need foods to give to him or mix in with his special dog food. Any ideas? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      To strengthen his kidneys, you may:

      Feed your dog high quality commercial food or a well balanced all natural diet that contains the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Feed a good natural diet low in salt, phosphorous and relatively low in protein.

      Always make sure that your dog has access to fresh, clean water and encourage him to drink regularly

      Encourage your dog to urinate often by taking him outside at regular intervals

      Ensure that your pet exercises regularly to maintain overall health and wellbeing

      Incorporate immune-building supplements into your pet’s diet to strengthen the immune system thereby avoiding disease and infection

      Avoid exposing your pet to chemicals and toxins

      Have regular veterinary check ups to maintain the overall health of your pet

      Natural remedies have also proven to be highly effective in improving kidney functioning and providing support to the urinary system in both humans and animals. Herbal and homeopathic remedies are gentle enough to use of the body’s system without any harsh side effects while also providing overall health and wellbeing.

      Well known herbs such as Arctium lappa (Burdock), Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion) and Galium aperine (Cleavers) help the kidneys act as blood purifier and systemic cleanser, maintain a healthy pressure and provide support to the urinary tract system.

      You may get details on these remedies over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/pets/kidneysupport-cats-dogs.htm

  25. QUESTION:
    what are good foods with out phosphorus? 10pts?
    im a kidney transplant patient.. currently my phosphorus is high, i need to bring it back down but i do not know which food have little or no phosphoric acid. could any one give me a list of food that is low and is good.

    p.s. i love chinese food....... is it high in phosphorus?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.naturalhealthtechniques.com/Diet_Nutrition/phosphorus.htm

      I cannot believe you were not offered a consult with a dietitian to help you with this.
      This is too important a subject to be consulting with well meaning strangers on the internet.
      Please call your doctor or transplant coordinator and insist on a consult with a dietitian ASAP
      My husband was a liver transplant patient and coordinated everything he ate with a dietitian so when he developed diabetes or when his potassium levels were too high, we met with his dietitian for help, advice and information

  26. QUESTION:
    Foods good for your kidneys ???
    What are some foods that are good for your kidneys ? And what are some that are bad ?
    ( I know water is good - I am talking about foods )

    • ANSWER:
      anything with cranberries, or grapes.

      I hope some of these links help you.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is phosphoric acid good for kidney stones? what drinks or food has phosphoric acid?
    is it safe for urinary infection?

    • ANSWER:
      No, phosphoric acid is not good for kidney stones, unless by "good" you mean "makes kidney stones bigger/more harmful to the body".

      From the link below:
      "Carbonated beverage consumption has been linked with diabetes, hypertension, and kidney stones, all risk factors for chronic kidney disease. Cola beverages, in particular, contain phosphoric acid and have been associated with urinary changes that promote kidney stones."

      Drink some cranberry juice!

  28. QUESTION:
    What's a good kidney formula (kidney health) cat food?
    My cat's amylase levels were high in a blood test where everything else checks out all right. He's about 13 or 14 (he was adopted almost 7 years ago) and the vet gave him some Purina NF cat food to try. It's supposed to be for promoting kidney health, but the ingredients make me wonder. Is there something better? More natural? Less questionable?
    High amylase levels may be an indication that kitty is showing early signs of CRF.

    From this site and according to my vet: Some vets feel that slightly elevated Amylase levels can sometimes be a pre-cursor to CRF before other symptoms occur.

    http://www.felinecrf.com/tests0.htm
    Another site for those who are confused by my question.

    http://www.catsofaustralia.com/cat-kidney-disease.htm

    • ANSWER:
      here is a link that you can use to find foods for you poor baby. I would look second at the ingredients too, but since CRF cats need lower protein diets, you're going to be looking at a food with a lot of fillers :(

      http://www.felinecrf.com/managd.htm

      I hope it helps you, and I hope your kitty feels better.

  29. QUESTION:
    what food is good for someone with kidney stones?
    thanks. she is 68.

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    orange juice,mayonnaise, good for kidney stone patients?
    please suggest some good foods likecookies juices regular beakfast menu lunch menu and dinner menu for kideny stone patients

    • ANSWER:
      It is simple, very low or no fat diet. (mayonnaise and cookies don't qualify as no fat) Turn the panel around on virtually every food product sold in the U.S. and check for any fat. In this case it doesn't matter one wit if its good fat or bad fat...any fat will stimulate the gallbladder function. Further you should eat small quanities several times a day rather than full meals.

  31. QUESTION:
    What foods are good for my kidneys? Are cranberrys good? Please help! :-) ?

    • ANSWER:
      Cranberries are good but the industry has promoted the idea that they are unique. It's not true: blueberries, bilberries, blackcurrants and pomegranates are all beneficial in their effect on kidney function and in the bladder. All their juices are good as well.

      Good for kidney function will be any unprocessed high fibre vegetable such as broad leaf greens; basically brassica family. Natural whole grains are also good such as you find in muesli so long as it's without salt and no added sugar.

      Some complex root vegetables should be avoided, including parsnip and turnip/swede, but others may be beneficial such as beetroot and carrot. Their colour is the clue: high colour equals high probability of benefit.

      Potatoes are pale in colour and tend to be cooked in unhealthy ways. Boiling robs them of any nutrients by the time they're soft. Frying coats them in fat which is difficult for kidneys to process and is unhealthy for the arteries. Probably the only "safe" way to eat potatoes is roasted but there will be little kidney-benefit.

      Meats are more difficult for the kidney to process and should be restricted to small quantities of loose-flesh meets such as white fish and veal. You may have objections to veal: some people do to "white" veal but "red" veal is equally acceptable by the kidney and its production does not involve the same questionable farming practices. Think about it.

      Hope this is helpful.

  32. QUESTION:
    What foods/drinks/vitamins are known to be good for the kidneys?
    Things supported by peer-reviewed research are preferred.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    which food is good for kidney?
    i want to awer about kidney health

    • ANSWER:
      cranberry juice & cranberries.
      (use your spell checker too.)

  34. QUESTION:
    what are some foods that a dog with kidney failure should eat?
    my dog has severe kidney failure and i am looking for some food that would be better for him to eat because it hurts him to eat so he will usually just not eat anything because evidently he has ulcers in his stomach and mouth. i am looking for food, not dog food just regular food from a grocery store, that is low in what ever toxins are poisoning him and that will be more comfortable eat and healthy.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    What are some good sites for discount (or not discount) cat foods on renal diets? My cat needs a wide variety?
    My cat has chronic renal (kidney) failure and often gets sick of his food. It's really important that he eats. Any good sites that have a wide variety of renal diet cat food? He won't eat canned, only dry....thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Try adding "Nuri-Cal " to his diet.

      "Energize your dog or cat with this palatable high calorie and vitamin dietary supplement. For dogs and cats who will not eat or need an added source of energy. Great for sporting and working dogs. Excellent for pregnant or ill dogs and cats. Especially helpful with the picky eater."

      -"Brand Name
      Nutri-Cal (Tomlyn)
      -Active Ingredient(s):
      (per 6 gm teaspoon) Vitamin E (5 IU), Vitamin B1 (1.7mg), Vitamin B2 (0.2 mg), Vitamin B6 ( 0.8 mg), Vitamin B12 (1.9 mcg), Folic Acid (0.2 mg), Niacin (1.9 mg), d-Pantothenic Acid (0.9 mg). Also contains Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, EPA, DHA, Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
      -What is this product used for:
      Nutri-Cal is a high calorie palatable dietary supplement used to provide supplemental caloric and nutritional intake in dogs and cats. It is also used to provide an added source of energy in hunting and working dogs. Calorie content is 338 Cal/100g (20 Cal/6g)
      -Availability:
      Nutri-Cal is a non-prescription (OTC) product.
      -How this product should be used:
      For supplemental use when animal is eating properly give 1 and ½ teaspoonfuls per 10 lbs of body weight daily. When animal is not consuming full feed ration, give 3 teaspoonfuls (1 tablespoonful) per 10 lbs of body weight daily.
      -What are the side effects:
      There are no reported side effects"
      ~~~
      "Your veterinarian may prescribe a low protein/low salt/low phosphorus diet for your CRF cat. This diet is designed to reduce the amount of waste materials in the system that must be filtered out by the kidneys. The low salt and low phosphorous help control the electrolyte imbalances that are common with CRF. While there is no cure for CRF, this diet may slow the progression of the disease.* CRF cats sometimes have a difficult time eating any foods because they tend to secrete excess stomach acids. Since these foods are often less palatable than the commercial foods, you must be patient and persistent in your efforts to get your cat to eat the prescribed diet.

      Some cats may eat some or all of these foods, but many cats absolutely refuse to eat any. DO NOT starve the cat. If a cat doesn't want to eat, it WON'T. Remember that it's most important for them to keep food intake and body weight up. When introducing a new low protein diet, start by gradually increasing the new food and decreasing the old. This procedure could take anywhere from a week to a month depending on how finicky your cat is. If your cat doesn't like a dry version of the new diet, try the canned and vice versa. "

  36. QUESTION:
    What is Good for Kidney problems?
    Hi,
    I need some advice. I have just found out that my father may need a Kidney transplant because his kidneys are damaged. For the moment the are OK but if they get any worse then he may need a transplant. My Father has high blood pressure which i think was the cause of the Kidney problem.
    Anyway ...if anyone can give me any advice that would help i would be very thankful... What kind of foods are good for him? He drinks about 2-3 beers in the evening is this having an added effect?
    Is there anyway to repair the damage???or prevent further damage??
    Any useful websites would be great too.

    Thanks to everyone who does reply.

    • ANSWER:
      he should STOP the beers and try drinking water it will help clean the kidneys.

  37. QUESTION:
    what kid food&drink good for kidney.?
    why i go restroom a lots at night.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have diabetes that's whats making you go to the bathroom so often. It can also be that you have a kidney infection which is something diabetics get often. Drink lots of water and cranberry juice. It should help if you have a kidney infection. Get a check up! Good Luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    My Cat Throws up His Special Kidney Food but not Regular Store Brand Food?
    Hi, my 6 yr. old cat may have kidney disease (will find out for sure on Friday) and my vet prescribed Hills K/D in the meantime until his next blood/urine test. He hates the food and when he does eat it (I got both canned and dry) he throws up. But when I get him the "unhealthy" canned food that has all the bad stuff in it (like phosphorous and sodium) he finishes it and doesn't throw up. I've looked into homemade recipes but they seem too complicated and I'm afraid of adding all those vitamins and oils they suggest.

    Are there any healthy and simple foods that a cat with kidney disease can eat and how would I make it tasty without adding salt? Stuff like boiled chicken and rice, is that good for a cat? If he continues eating the regular cat food that's not good for him will that shorten his life span considerably?

    • ANSWER:
      I would talk to your vet about this, first. I do know that many cats and dogs do not take well to a sudden change in diet. With your vet's permission, I'd slowly introduce the new food -- maybe a quarter of the new food mixed with three-quarters of the old stuff your kitty is used to. Gradually increase the ratio, and hope that works.

      But again, call your vet, to be on the safe side.

  39. QUESTION:
    Dog with potential kidney damage - what foods to feed ???
    Ihave a Shiba Inu - 13years old
    his last blood check th vet said he doesn' t have kidney damage yet but potentially could get it - he is on a High protine food ( EVO small bites) - which I've heard isn't good for kidney dogs .. hs on EVO as the other food he was on seemed to giv him piles?? ( vet unsure what in food - or lack of ?? in food caused it )
    I'd like to either chane his food or mix it with something else to reduce the protine - as I want my dog to be as healthy as can be. Thank you for the input

    I know theres a low vs high protine debabte going on I'd love imput

    • ANSWER:
      There are so very few certified canine nutritionists, and few vets really have studied nutrition in depth.
      However, this person is a certified canine nutritionist, and is very gracious to answer emails:
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/
      I have always received good, sound advice from her.
      This person will tell you how you can strengthen your dog's kidney function, and is also gracious to answer emails:http://www.naturalrearing.com/coda/index.html
      I don't know what I would have done without her help for the past 20+years.

  40. QUESTION:
    What type of foods are good for Diabetes?
    My father in law suffers from Type 2 diabetes and got advice from doctor to avoid protein as it can cause renal problems. Carbohydrates is already not acceptable to diabetics. His eyes and kidneys are affected due to diabetes. He has lost his weight and very thin now. What he should eat in this complicated situation so that he gains some weight and becomes little healthy?? What all vegetable and fruits he should eat to be healthy?
    Thanks!
    He also coughs and vomits sometimes...

    • ANSWER:
      good foods as suggested by doctor

  41. QUESTION:
    Are these good foods for homemade dog food?
    i've decided to start making my dogs food instead of buying it. and rather than give him scraps i thought that i'd just put together a nice mix of things. i've previously fed him some raw fruits and vegetables and heard that raw chicken kidneys were good for his coat, they were at least i thought they made a difference. but not sure if what i had planned to give him was enough or all that healthy.

    i had thought to give him a combination of rice, shredded carrots, apple, spinach, some olive oil, some small amounts of meat because he likes to pick through it for just that and a raw egg. this is all stuff i have previously given him in addition to his dog food and has enjoyed it.

    are these ok or should i just buy the bag of dog food he's used to? i know it's lacking a lot of nutrients and such so any suggestions would be much appreciated.
    i forgot to state he's a beagle chihuahua mix and is about 3 years old in people years i don't know what that is in dog years though.

    • ANSWER:
      We always give our dog what we eat, pizza, roast chicken, beef steak.

  42. QUESTION:
    What foods should you avoid if you have kidney stones?
    I have a friend who says he shouldnt eat broccolli and oranges,his doctor told him to avoid these foods.oh and chocolate too.I thought he may have heard wrong,because youd think that fruit and vegetables would do you good.
    Can anyone help.thanks.
    No webwalker.It is not me,do not judge people by your own standards.If I were to have kidney stones I would say so,why wouldnt I?And no I am very slim,so what have you got to say to that?
    No webwalker.It is not me,do not judge people by your own standards.If I were to have kidney stones I would say so,why wouldnt I?And no I am very slim,so what have you got to say to that?
    Babyangel and dolphin,thankyou,Ill take a look.

    • ANSWER:
      You may be told to avoid food with added vitamin D and certain types of antacids that have a calcium base. If you have very acidic urine, you may need to eat less meat, fish, and poultry. These foods increase the amount of acid in the urine.
      http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/stonesadults/index.htm

  43. QUESTION:
    what foods/drinks are good/bad for your kidneys?
    which are good and which are bad?

    • ANSWER:
      Good 4 You
      Water
      Cranberry Juice

      Bad 4 You
      Excessive amounts of alcohol

  44. QUESTION:
    i would like to find a diet for kidney failure?
    does anyone have info on what foods are good for kidney failure patients?

    • ANSWER:
      After kidney failure, various waste products can build up in the blood, and each kind can have different effects on your health.

      Salt can increase blood pressure, so you may be encouraged to reduce salt intake. (Salt also has the effect of increasing thirst, so it makes it more difficult for patients to restrict their fluid intake).

      Potassium is a mineral which is found in the cells of body tissue, and any excess would normally be removed by the kidneys. Too high a level of potassium is bad for the heart - in extreme case it may even cause it to stop.

      Phosphate is a substance that is widely found in foods. It works very closely with the mineral calcium, and the healthy body keeps these two substances in balance. High phosphate levels may be associated with itch and over the longterm can damage blood vessels.

      Protein is an essential nutrient that enables the body to build muscles. Low levels of protein can lead to fluid retention and to a reduction of the body’s ability to fight off infections.

      Some patients may need vitamin B and C supplements.
      Iron levels may drop and cause anaemia, this can be replaced with iron tablets.

  45. QUESTION:
    i need to find good food for a dog with Kidney disease, one that isn't so expensive...?
    right now she's eating hill's prescription k/d canned and dry food. but it's kind of expensive, and i keep reading not so good things about that brand; i guess it's all a matter of opinion but it's getting a little hard to afford it every month. there's also the purina nf food i know about. does anyone know which one of these is better, and where i can get it for less than what i am paying at the vet? is there somewhere online that you can order it?

    • ANSWER:
      Home cook for your dog,yahoo group k9 kidney diet has guidelines for it

  46. QUESTION:
    What foods, herbs, homeopathic medications discourage kidney stones from forming?
    What are some good preventative measures?

    • ANSWER:
      Please read the article link given below for Homeopathy on Kidney Stones, as for preventives if certain people or a family have got a tendency towards kidney stones you should consult a qualified Homeopathic physician so he/ she can prescribe according to your symptoms or according to what us Homeopaths call "Constitution" and that can only be done after a detailed consultation with a Homeopathic Physician.. Here is the link :-
      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/kidney-stone-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
      My apologies due to the subject being a bit too lengthy I can explain here. If you have any more queries email me and I would be happy to help you out as that is what i do help people with their health issues free of cost.

      Take care and God bless.

  47. QUESTION:
    Bad Kidney - Looking for nutirtional help/answers?
    My Mom is a cancer patient who has already lost function of one kidney and currently has a "Nephrostomy" in the other one. (a tube in the good kidney)... I heard there are certain foods that can be good and bad for teh kidney and because I cook her food, I am looking for some help finding a few simple lists of the good foods to feed her and the not-so-good to keep out of the kitchen? Any info would greatly help.

    Thanks,

    Caregiver/Daughter in Tucson, AZ
    www.MySpace.com/MusiciansRock

    • ANSWER:
      Do the doctors tell her what percentage kidney function she has now? There are lots of other patients and caregivers who can answer your questions on the kidney message forum at www.ihatedialysis.com - there's a food and diet section too. I know it's frightening, but knowledge is power. I wish you the best of luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    What food is good for Yorkie with Renal Failure?
    My sweet yorkie (approximately 10 yrs old ) has been diagnosed with renal failure. Our vet has put him on sub-cutaneous fluids and phosphate binder/hypertensive/
    pepcid medication. As a result of this treatment, his energy level has dramatically improved but his desire to eat has also changed within the past few weeks. He seems to be hungry and wants to eat something, but something stops him. We have been giving him special kidney food in a wet form which he likes but he doesn't eat too much of.
    Anybody out there have any advice of what else would be healthy addition to his diet aside from his wet food? We want him to eat more.
    Also, we have noticed that with treatment, he has started shivering. Anybody with experience with this and why would it be happening? We will ask our vet tomorrow, but we are truly concerned. He is the baby of the house and we want to see him healthy and happy. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      You can try another brand that offers a kidney diets (like Science Diet, Eukanuba, Purina, and IVD). Just be sure to speak with your vet before you switch diets.

      As for the shivering, I have never heard of any proven reason for this (I have heard of a few reasons, but none have been medically proven). You may want to ask your vet about it next time you talk, but I do not think it is something to really worry about.

  49. QUESTION:
    what foods/drinks are good for your kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      Water, Fruit Juice, Cranberries & Cranberry Juice, Grapes & Grape Juice.

  50. QUESTION:
    what are some good natural foods that can be taken to help revive week kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      the golden rule is
      control ur blood sugar and u will prevent diabetes complications ( kidney is one of them )
      remember once its damaged nothing cant be reversed


Gluten Free Diet And Kidney Disease

Celiac disease, the disease behind gluten allergy symptoms, is a growing phenomenon and the more we learn about it the more disturbing we understand the consequences of leaving it untreated to be. First you need to know how to identify gluten allergy symptoms. Then you need to understand how to approach starting your new gluten-free life.

Identify Gluten Allergy Symptoms

A person's gluten allergy symptoms, or gluten intolerance symptoms, will usually start so subtle that you don't even think of them as symptoms of anyting. You'll experience perhaps a little indigestion there, a little bloating here... If left untreated for any period of time, however, Celiac disease symptoms grow more numerous and more severe.

First, you develop headaches and fatigue while the disease weakens your immune system and you get sick more frequently.
Then you become malnourished and begin suffering all the symptoms of malnutrition. You may develop anemia, osteoperosis... some evidences suggests children can develop autism and some evidence even links untreated Celiac disease to cancer.

If someone thinks they might be suffering from Celiac disease symptoms, I urge him or her to visit his or her doctor right away. A blood test can help identify if you have celiac disease and an allergy test can check to see if you have a wheat allergy separate from Celica disease. However, only a strict gluten-free diet can help you identify if you have any gluten intolerances at all.

Develop A Gluten-Free Diet Plan

An obvious place to start is to determine how to replace all those wheat-based products in your diet. Such a diet requires developing gluten and flour substitutions for your new gluten-free life.

Flour substitutes include these options: tapioca flour, bean flour, potato starch flour and brown rice flour.

Gluten must be replaced separately. The gluten in wheat products provide the elasticity and stickiness in a many recipes. Two primary ingredients we use to replaces this function are guar gum and xanthum gum. They are both totally natural and safe ingredients. In some cases you might use them together along with one of the flours I identified earlier.

Guar gum, for example, will help your cookies have a familiar texture and be less crumbly. Xanthum gum, for example, will help your breads rise and functions as a good substitute for yeast.

I hope this helps you get started in identifying your gluten allergy symptoms and developing your new gluten-free diet plan. Cheer up: better health and better vitality are ahead!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Yellow hands and jumbled words?
    In 2008 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease as well as a dairy allergy.
    Since then I've been on both a gluten free and dairy free diet.

    I am also a vegetarian. 4 years now.
    No fish. White meat. Red meat. And eggs. (Unless they are cooked into something like a cookie.)

    I'm eighteen and female.
    I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia around 2009.

    I've had my kidneys, liver and blood sugar levels all checked within the last two years.

    I have had my hands and feet turn this bright yellow for the past couple years which is why I had my liver checked. Nothing abnormal.
    Any reason why I turn yellow?

    Also as of the last year I have had problems with speaking,
    My words in my sentences get all jumbled and combined.
    I have had a few concussions within the last six years.
    Any reason this would be happening also?

    • ANSWER:
      The ailments listed are real; the situation is quite grave. The various tests by qualified medical specialists should point you in the right direction, which lay people like me are hardly in a position to do!

  2. QUESTION:
    Hands turn yellow and trouble speaking?
    In 2008 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease as well as a dairy allergy.
    Since then I've been on both a gluten free and dairy free diet.

    I am also a vegetarian. 4 years now.
    No fish. White meat. Red meat. And eggs. (Unless they are cooked into something like a cookie.)

    I'm eighteen and female.
    I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia around 2009.

    I've had my kidneys, liver and blood sugar levels all checked within the last two years.

    I have had my hands and feet turn this bright yellow for the past couple years which is why I had my liver checked. Nothing abnormal.
    Any reason why I turn yellow?

    Also as of the last year I have had problems with speaking,
    My words in my sentences get all jumbled and combined.
    I have had a few concussions within the last six years.
    Any reason this would be happening also?

    • ANSWER:


Good Diet For Kidneys

Meat

When we look at our diet and what is good and bad for us, it is always beneficial to look at the way our ancestors used to eat. What has been eaten for 100,000s of years has determined the ability of our body to digest certain food. It will take another few thousand years (at best) before our body is able to digest the junk food some people ingest nowadays.

Prior to the Second World War, meat was expensive and most people only ate it on special occasions or at weekends (if they could afford it). Nowadays, some people eat meat several times a week. Sometimes, several times a day. Mr Richard McDonald and Ray Kroc have probably killed more people than were killed during the Second World War by introducing their fast food restaurants.

Should we really eat meat?

To answer this question, let's consider the following facts:

* Our teeth tell us that we should not eat much meat. Our molars and premolars are for grinding and crushing. Carnivores have teeth that are sharp and pointed, made to tear the flesh of other animals.

* Our saliva contains ptyalin and is alkaline for the digestion of starches. Carnivore's saliva is acid for the digestion of animal food.

* Our digestive system is 30 feet (10 metres) in length to allow the slow absorption of all the nutrients we eat. A carnivore's digestive system is short (only about 3 times the length of their trunk), meat does not get a chance to stagnate and stick to the walls.

* A carnivore's stomach generates ten times as much hydrochloric acid as ours does for the digestion of meat.

* The digestion of meat generates Uric acid. Our liver cannot easily eliminate Uric acid. A carnivore's liver can eliminate ten to fifteen times more Uric acid than ours can.

Where will I get my protein?

This is a standard question when I tell people to cut down or entirely give meat. First, we must learn that we do not just absorb protein from meat. In order for our body to create protein from meat, it must first break the animal protein down into amino acids and then manufacture human protein with these. This procedure is very tiring on the body and extremely inefficient.

Where do you think horses, elephants, cows, sheep etc.. get their protein from? Yes, you've got it: from the grass, vegetation and all the plants they eat.

Secondly, let's clear the misconception about the importance of protein in our diet. The information originates from tests that were conducted on rats. Rats need up to eleven times as much protein as we need in our diet as is illustrated by analysing rat mother's milk. So relax, you are not going to die from a lack of protein if you stop eating meat.

One of my main Macrobiotic teacher, Denny Waxman, used to tell us that the body manufactures protein from just about any food and that we could not be lacking protein unless we stopped eating or were malnourished. This is confirmed by research done in 1957 (Rose, W. "The amino acid requirements of adult man" - Nutritional abstracts and reviews) confirming that nearly all the complex carbohydrates, such as those in whole grains, beans or potatoes, have amino acid profile adequate for human protein needs.
On the subject of protein, it is interesting to learn that in Macrobiotic, we are also told that cancers feed on protein and that we always restrict the amount of protein in a cancer patient's diet.

Some will argue that fat is necessary because it is a source of linoleic acid. As this acid is also contained in brown rice, the body will get an ample supply by following the diet described in this book and this will not be a problem.

Where else can I get protein from?

If you are still worried about your protein intake, the following food has a high content of easily absorbed amino acid suitable for the production of human protein: Peas, lentils, chick peas, kidney beans, fish, tofu, green grapes, iceberg lettuce, collards and kale.

What is the effect of meat on the body?

These days meat is usually frozen, overcooked and as such stripped of all its goodness. It gives an immediate burst of energy and strength. This is OK in colder and Polar Regions if you do not mix the meat with sweet (Yin) food, otherwise it is deadly.

An excess of meat will cause problems of accumulation of matter: clogged vessels and organs, putrefaction and infection. As soon as the animal is killed, meat starts to putrefy. This process is nowadays controlled by the use of freezing that allows us to eat animals killed several days, weeks, months or years (as recent TV programs informed us).

Putrefaction resumes when the meat is unfrozen i.e. just before you start eating it. To properly digest meat takes 3 to 5 days and as much as two weeks in the elderly. This is compared with a proper digestion time of one to one and half day for non-meat eaters.

Should you eat meat on a regular basis, your intestines are never clear and the meat putrefies in your digestive track. Putrefaction produces toxins and amines that accumulate in the liver, kidneys and large intestines, destroys bacterial cultures (especially those that synthesise vitamin B complex) and causes degeneration of the villi of the small intestine.

Saturated fatty acid accumulates in and around vital organs and blood vessels, often leading to cysts, tumours, and hardening of the arteries. Saturated fat also raises the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Over a period of several years, putrefied meat is going to adhere to the lining of your intestines and cause various problems such as IBS, stomach cramps, prolapsed colons, haemorrhoids, constipation, diverticulosis, appendicitis, varicose veins, atherosclerosis and colon cancer etc...

To compensate for eating meat, the body needs more oxygen in the bloodstream. The breathing rate rises after eating animal food making it difficult to maintain a calm mind. Thinking becomes defensive, suspicious, rigid and sometimes aggressive. A very analytical view is often the result.

It makes the muscles slack and the joints stiff. Daily consumption of meat and dairy food, is at the core of our excessive protein intake, which has been associated with de-hydration and heat-stroke in athletes, fatal exacerbation of kidney and liver malfunctions, increased acidity of body fluids, infant deaths, premature ageing, heart disease, and cancer. A high protein intake creates toxic by-products in the form of unused nitrogen; excreting these can seriously overtax the kidneys, unless large amounts of water are taker to flush them out.

The saturated fat content of meat will then start circulating in your blood stream and start coating your arteries and eventually various organs eventually leading to the development of serious disease such as cancer or heart problems.

In the United states these days, 2 out of every 3 person suffers some form of serious problems related to that very high intake of fat.

"The average American & European intestine carries within it over 5 pounds of putrid, half digested red meat, plus another 5-10 pounds of foul toxic mucous waste impacted of years in the folds of the colon and small intestines."

When the actor John Wayne died, an autopsy revealed that his intestines had grown to 12" (30 cms) in diameter with only a small opening in the middle to allow the digestive process to painfully carry on.

What else is in the meat I eat?

This is one of the problems. Nowadays, the meat that you buy contains a lot of chemicals that you end up eating when you consume your favourite dish:

Antibiotics and steroids in the feed to prevent infections and increase weight quickly. This has had the effect of causing the development of new disease breeding bacteria, resistant to many form of antibiotics and causing a threat to human life.

Sex hormones such as androgens, progestogens and estrogens to promote faster growth. The long term effects associated with the consumption of these are:

Obesity, infertility, diabetes, dwarfism, gigantism, kidney disease, hypertension, precocious puberty, hypoglycaemia, masculinisation of females, feminisation of males and cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is the special k diet good for your kidneys?
    Over the past year i have had issues with my kidneys, i have one that only works 20% and have been suffering from re-occuring infections. I have not had any infections for the past 3 months but since starting the special k two week challenge a week ago im having all of the symptoms! Could this be the reason? Should i stop this diet ?

    • ANSWER:
      The ONLY diet that's good for your kidneys is one that contains mostly raw, natural foods like fruits, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables. Man made foods don't even come close to providing the nutrition we need. How do I know this? I'm diabetic and found the solution in my grocer's produce section. I haven't taken any medication at all in over two months. My doctor can't believe my numbers. Cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose.... all normal. Who would have thought?

  2. QUESTION:
    Is soy good for kidney diease some say it is and some say it is not what is the real answer?
    What is the best diet for kidney diease,soy is good right or no what else is a good low diet.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozTopic.cfm?topic=4

  3. QUESTION:
    Kidney Diet for Dogs besides Science Diet and Purina ?
    Would like to know of a good kidney diet for my 10 year old dalmatian recently diagnosed w/kidney issues. She has tried Hills k/d and Purina n/f. I have heard Eukanuba/Iams makes one as well I might give a go. My other dog is on Pet Promise and sometimes Wellness (both no bi-products, etc) and when I look at the ingredients in some of these I hate to spend for a 15lb bag of fillers and bi products. Royal Canine has a canned food for kidneys and the first 3 ingredients include water sufficient for processing, by products, and more by products - ugh. and this costs a can on top of it! Any suggestions? Thanks!!
    forgot to add, she hates hills and purina and refuses to eat it - will go about 3 days before caving in. won't eat w/canned food on it either. will eat if chicken and cottage cheese are mixed in.
    if it is a bag, you must be getting the 8 lb bag, either that or I need to be going to your vet :) I'm paying about for a 15-18 lb bag of Purina N/F that my dog hates.

    • ANSWER:
      Eukanuba does make one for that problem how ever it is also going to be expensive and not high quality ingredients.
      NONE of those presciption diets are good quality ingredients. I have no clue as to why no one makes one but they are all full of cheap fillers and by products.
      I wish someone would step up and make a better one.
      I have a cat on one of the Purina diets. She looks good and it has solved the problems but I hate to feed her junk.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is good diet & excercise program for a 34 year old man who had a kidney transplant?
    I want to start an excersice program as well. My Doctor advised me I was ready for anything.

    • ANSWER:
      start slow at first 3 times a week, especially if this is your first time in the gym..

      start with a light warmup on the treadmill for approx. 10 minutes, then do your weights for 25 minutes, concentrating on overall body muscle development (chest, shoulders, back,legs, arms, and abs) one exercise for now per body part, 2 sets of 10 reps.

      then do some cardio, as long as you can up till 30 minutes, if you can only do 10 minutes then great. eventually you will be able to do more. patience is key, to seeing results.

      as for a diet, a good 4 to 5 meals a day is sufficient concentratin in foods that are high in protein, carbs, and fats (the good stuff) and lots of water make sure you are drinking at least 2.5 litres per day.

      Mike D
      Personal trainer

  5. QUESTION:
    what is a good renal diet, for a case where kidneys have failed (due to diabetis)?
    the patient is on dialysis

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.healthtouch.com/bin/EContent_HT/cnoteShowLfts.asp?fname=02027&title=DIALYSIS+DIET+&cid=HTHLTH
      try this eeb site. god bless you on dialysis i was on it for 3 years untiil i reieved my transplant. i will pray for the patient.

  6. QUESTION:
    is this a good diet to loose like ,5 kilos on ?
    i found this diet plan on the computer , if i stick to it would i actually loose 5 kilos in 7 days, it looks healthy and unharmful :
    Breakfast choices
    Make sure you have breakfast every day. Drink a cup of coffee or tea (black tea, green tea or medicinal plants tea).

    Chose only one fruit from each list, only one protein aliment and one with carbohydrates. You can mix them freely; very important is to not eat more then one.

    Fruits: (chose one from the list):
    1 banana;
    1 apple;
    1 grapefruit;
    2 kiwi fruits;
    80 g of pineapple;
    80 g of strawberries, raspberries;
    Proteins:
    2 spoons of simple yogurt, without fat;
    A mug of milk;
    A boiled egg;
    3 slices of bacon;
    85 g of tuna;
    75 g of white cheese;
    40 g of peanuts without salt;
    Carbohydrates:
    1 slice of bread;
    5 spoons of muesli, without sugar;
    2 biscuits;
    5 spoons of cereals with fruits without sugar;
    Lunch:
    Just as breakfast, but this time you can choose two aliments from the fruits and vegetables list, one from protein list and one from carbohydrates list. Try to combine them as different as you can.

    Fruits and vegetables: 80 g of carrots, cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, grapes, pineapple, apple, orange. Proteins (just one)
    100 g of fish (mackerel, salmon, crap);
    100 g of red meat;
    150 g of chicken;
    1 big egg;
    100 g of cheese without fat;
    Carbohydrates:
    100 g of spaghetti;
    1 big potato;
    2 slices of bread;
    125 g of boiled been or soybean;
    Dinner:
    You can eat 3 portions of fruits or vegetables listed. From proteins, you can eat only one aliment cooked at the grill or microwave and one from carbohydrate list. You are not allowed to use oil or sauce. Drink as much water is possible and take long walks. You are not allowed:

    Sugar - represent an important risk factor. After few days without sweets, you will no longer feel the need to eat them. Don't putt sugar or honey in your coffee or tea, and never touch the chocolate.

    Alcohol represents calories that you don't need.

    Salt - maintains water in the tissues, so try to avoid it at list one week. Also salt is not good for your hart or kidneys.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds unharmful, but be careful, and make sure you eat enough calories, but exercise them off.

  7. QUESTION:
    What's a good diet for a dog with kidney disease?
    My sister's 14yr old blind border collie has been drinking water excessively. (She went blind very young..about 4yrs old) We took the dog to the vet and found she has kidney disease. Only 25% kidney function. (I'm working on second hand info, as I wasn't there when the vet explained it.) We had been feeding her Kirkland Signature dog food for much of her life, but within the past year or so, we switched her to Acana (The fish flavor) because of allergies. What she's allergic to, we don't know. (could be chicken, corn, grains, etc)

    The border collie has anxiety, but we've had to restrict her 24/7 to an outdoor enclosure/kennel because she pees and poops all over the house without alerting anyone she has to go. We've tried blocking her in a room at night, but she just chews up the walls, and messes all over the floor (pee and poo). I feel bad for the dog, as she barks all day (extremely high-pitched and ear-piercing) and sometimes all night, desperate for human companionship.

    We're willing to spend the money on a good diet and meds, but we don't have a lot of time for home-made dog food. We're taking care of the dog for my sister, as she couldn't take her when she moved.

    We're also taking care of an old Japanese Chin we inherited. He doesn't seem to be exhibiting the same problems. He does pee/poop everywhere, but that's always been a problem. (He was never properly potty trained.) We keep him outside with my sister's dog during the day, but bring him in at night.

    They share food. Assuming the Japanese Chin doesn't have kidney problems, is there a diet out there that will work for both dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there are specific brands that are for dogs with kidney problems. Science diet KD is one popular one. Basically you are wanting to reduce the workload on the kidneys. Most of these types of foods have reduced levels of protein, phosphorus and sodium. Some things to look for.are also increased levels of b vitamins, & antioxidants. Fish oil is a good source of omega fatty acids as well.

  8. QUESTION:
    I need help with a good diet plan for a person whom just had a kidney transplant?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you already gone through the full kidney and colon cleansing processes?

      Kidney cleanse is any procedure that involves drinking a huge amount of liquid, and taking care what you are eating. Just a better diet with more water can be enough! But, also any form of bowel cleansing will also help kidneys! The Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet is also a Kidney cleanse, juice fasting is also a kidney cleanse, and any other form of fasting that incorporates a lot of liquids, will in the same time clean a kidney. Do you need special herbs? Only if you have acute lower back pain, clear symptom of Kidney stones (sharp glass like crystals, made of phosphoric acid, or sometimes may include other acids). In special occasions, you can get a kidney stone crystallized in less then a few days !!! To melt a stone/stones, you may need a few weeks, or one day with the Watermelon Cleanse.

      Recipes for Kidney Cleanse:
      Herbal Kidney Clease
      Watermelon Cleanse
      Water Cure
      More on kidney cleanse herbs

      Herbal Kidney Cleanse Designed by Dr. Hulda Clark from her book "The Cure for All Disease", explains in detail how to cleanse the kidneys, and her cleansing program will get rid of most if not all the stones, WITHOUT surgery.
      Ingredients:

      1/2 cup dried Hydrangea root
      1/2 cup Gravel root
      1/2 cup Marshmallow root
      4 bunches of fresh parsley
      Goldenrod tincture (leave this out of the recipe if you are allergic to it)
      Ginger Capsules
      Uva Ursi capsules
      Vegetable glycerine
      Vitamin B6 250mg
      Magnesium oxide 300mg or 1/4 cup Green Drink Beverage

      Measure ¼ cup of each root and set them to soak, Together in 10 cups of cold tap water, using a non-metal container and a non-metal lid (a dinner plate will do). After four hours (or over night), bring liquid with soaked herbs to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Drink a ¼ cup as soon as it is cool enough. Pour the rest in through a bamboo or plastic strainer into a sterile pint jar (glass) and several freezable containers. Refrigerate the glass jar.
      Find fresh parsley at a grocery store that does not spray its produce (ask the owner). Boil the fresh parsley, after rinsing, in 1 quart of water for 3 minutes. Strain out the liquid, then drink ¼ cup when cool enough. Refrigerate a pint and freeze 1 pint. Put the cooked parsley in your compost bucket.
      Dose: each morning, pour together ¾ cup of the root mixture and ½ cup parsley water, filling a large mug. Add 20 drops of goldenrod tincture and 1 tbs. of glycerin.

      Drink this mixture in divided doses throughout the day. Keep cold. Do not drink it all at once or you will get a stomach ache and feel pressure in the bladder. If your stomach is very sensitive, start on half this dose.

      Save the roots after the first boiling, storing them in the freezer. After 13 days when your supply runs low, boil the same roots a second time, but add only 6 cups water and simmer only 10 minutes. This will last another 8 days, for a total of three weeks. You may cook the roots a third time if you wish, but the recipe gets less potent. If your problem is severe, only cook them twice.
      After three weeks, repeat with fresh herbs. You need to do the kidney cleanse for six weeks to get good results, longer for severe problems.

      Also take:

      Ginger capsules: one with each meal (3/day).
      Uva Ursi capsules: one with breakfast and two with supper
      Vitamin B6 (250mg): one per day
      Magnesium oxide (300mg): one a day

      Take these supplements just before your meal to avoid burping.

      Some notes on this recipe: this herbal tea, as well as the parsley, can easily spoil. Heat it to boiling every fourth day if it is being stored in the refrigerator; this resterilizes it. If you sterilize it in the morning you may take it to work without refrigerating it (use a glass container).

      There are probably dozens of herbs that can dissolve kidney crystals and stones. If you can only find several of those in the recipe, make the recipe anyway; it will just take longer to get results. Remember that vitamin B6 and magnesium taken daily can prevent oxalate stones from forming. But only if you stop drinking regular tea and cocoa. Tea has 15.6 mg oxalate acid per cup. A tall glass of iced tea could give you over 20 mg oxalate acid. Switch to herb teas. Cocoa and chocolate, also, have too much oxalate acid to be used as beverages.

      Remember too that phosphate crystals are made when you eat too much phosphate. Phosphate levels are high in meats, breads, cereals, pastas, and carbonated drinks, eat less of these, and increase your milk (2%), fruits and vegetables. Drink at least 2 pints of water per day.

      You can dissolve all your kidney stones in 3 weeks, but make new ones in 3 days if you are drinking tea and cocoa and phosphate beverages.
      Cleanse your kidneys at least twice a year.

      http://www.falconblanco.com/health/cleansing/kidney.html

      kidney cleanse
      http://www.curezone.com/cleanse/kidney/default.asp
      http://www.ehow.com/how_12678_kidney-cleansing-fast.html
      http://www.healingdaily.com/colon-kidney-detoxification.htm
      http://www.healthfree.com/cleansing_programs_kidney.html

  9. QUESTION:
    i need to start a healthy diet i donated a kidney.?
    just looking for a any ideas to where i should start shopping. i have a picky eatter for a daughter and I have one kidney and my husband is freaking and bout geting healthy but I have no idea where to start looking or shopping. WHole foods is way to expensive. We also live with the parents and mom my mom needs a better diet she's the one i gave the kidney to. THey eat old recipes that you know are good but not healthy in the least.

    • ANSWER:
      a general low calorie diet that's based on whole foods that are high in lean proteins and low GI carbs is what most should follow.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is the South Beach Diet good for my health?
    I've been using the SBD to cook dinners lately, but it seems like I am eating a lot of meat. Is this okay? Am I going to get heart disease or have kidney problems when I get older?

    Dinners
    Fish - 7 times/month
    Shellfish - 1/month
    Red meat - 5/month
    Chicken - 6/month
    Turkey - 1/month
    Pork - 3/month
    Eggs - 4/month
    Tofu - 1/month

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Meat isn't bad for you.

      Saturated Animal Fats Cause Heart Disease and Cancer.

      This myth is so widespread and often repeated that it is believed by most people without question. However, a quick review of the health and diet of people in 1900 easily shows they ate a very high level of saturated fat from meat, butter and lard but had virtually no heart disease or cancer. Proponents will site a study which shows an increase in saturated fat in the diet will raise the blood cholesterol level, a claimed precursor to heart disease. Other studies claim saturated fats increase the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women. These studies always include a large portion of carbohydrates which are never blamed. They will site studies which show some country that eats a higher amount of saturated fat than another country and has a greater incidence of some form of cancer while ignoring a vast amount of other differences between the two countries. These are big fat lies backed by slick schemes to distort the truth. They call a study of France a "paradox" because the people of France ate a diet very high in saturated fat but had a heart disease rate only one third that of the United States. The French people have a much lower intake of carbohydrates and a higher intake of saturated fats which are the true reasons for their superior health. The French are noted for the high amount of cheese in their diet. Cheese has no carbohydrates but is high in saturated fats. Cheese is a perfectly healthy food as the French have proven.

      (snipped from this webpage)http://www.biblelife.org/myths.htm

  11. QUESTION:
    Ayurvedic/nature cure or Homeopathy treatment for cyst in the kedney?
    I am patient of high blood pressure for the last 22 years and now it has been observed that i have cyst in my left kidney..I shall thank , if someone can suggest the remedy either nature cure or ayurvedic or homeopath and suggest good diet to keep kidneys healthy..I am pure veg no drink, no smoke.

    • ANSWER:
      Why do you want to treat it when it doesn't bother you?
      Kidney cysts dont need any treatment unless they are very large and cause problems. Incidentally, they can't be cured with medicines, only operation or removing the fluid with a needle (by a doctor) will give a cure.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is this a good diet for a dog?
    I'm taking care of a dog while his owner is deployed for a couple of months. The dog eats a mixture of home cooked and dog food. I only feed my dog Blue Buffalo dog food so I don't know much about home cooked food. The owner said that he's trying to transition to RAW, but the dog so far only likes lightly cooked meat. Is this a good diet?

    Home cooked in the morning. Some ZiwiPeak dog food in the evening.

    The home cooked menu changes every day. The dog eats chicken or beef 4 times a week, Fish (canned salmon or sardines) the other 3 days. 2-3 times a week a whole egg is added to the meal. A small portion of organ meat (heart, kidneys, mostly liver) in every meal along with some crushed eggshells if the dog isn't already eating an egg that day. 2-3 times a week the dog is given cottage cheese or plain yogurt. The owner said that he sometimes gives the dog leftover veggies, but purees it first. Veggies aren't a regular part of the dog's diet and the dog is never fed grain. The dog is also given some multi-vitamin/digestive enzyme powder thing every once in a while.

    The dog is very healthy. Lean and very active with a soft glossy coat and the stools are firm and small considering his size. I guess the food is working for him right now, but is there anything missing from his diet that he needs?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds really good to me. If only more people would use fresh feeding. I fresh feed mine a similar diet. I don't know ZiwiPeak, but if it is grain free and has no byproducts it would be good. I do add Salmon oil to my dog's food, I think it is important for the omega oils.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is this a good diet?
    I am trying to achieve a six-pack (lean body). Is my diet plan good?

    Morning 7am - Juice (Variety of Fruits and Vegetables).

    Snack - A random fruit.

    Lunch - 2 servings of Roti (Indian bread made from whole flour with around ~120 calories). It is served with cooked kidney beans.

    Snack - A random vegetable.

    Dinner - 1 serving of Roti with cooked kidney beans.

    My exercise plan - 20 minutes on the treadmill. (1.0 incline at 6.5 speed). Lift weights for about ~20 minutes. 20 Minutes of cardio exercise.
    -This will be done 7 times a week.

    Current height - 6 " 3
    Current weight - ~180
    Current age - 18

    Is this a good overall diet plan? I don't want to hurt my body in any form.
    I have been a vegetarian for the last 4 years.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, in response to one of the other answerers who suggested good fats be eaten with carbs - butter and cheese are not good fats. They are saturated fats.

      As for the diet plan you've suggested, there's not nearly enough variety, I can't see any essential fatty acids, the breakfast isn't nearly big enough, it's really just bad. Eating that same stuff every day every day every day will have you bored out of your mind within a week, which is one of the many reasons people fail when they go on a diet.
      If you want to do it properly, go and see your doctor or a dietician. They will help you work out a plan that is age-appropriate, healthy, effective, and do-able.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is this a good diet so far?
    I'm 18 and over 300 lbs. (No, I'm not joking.) And for the first time in my known life I ate nothing but fruits and veggies yesterday, I'm proud of myself, not bad for the first day. I had so little to eat I can even tell you what I had. About 1 banana every 4 hours. Which was a total of four bananas. For dinner I had just a bowl of rice and about 4 or 5 pieces of lettuce. I Also drank ALOT of water. About 6 or 7 16 oz. bottles. I'm doing this because I learned that the liver is the natural fat burner and it is unable to burn fat because it's too busy doing everything else like converting our food into energy and cleaning our blood of chemicals found in processed foods, which is supposed to be the kidneys' job. So that is why I'm eating natural and organic foods so that the liver can forget all that and focus on burning my fat. So to summarize that, am I missing anything and should I continue with what I'm doing?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't like to use the term diet, because a person will go on a diet and lose weight but gain it back when they abandon the diet. Losing weight is a total lifestyle change.

      You actually have a pretty good plan going. This is what my dad taught me (he had to lose 30lbs because he was border line diabetic). So don't eat 3 meals a day but instead eat 5-6 meals. It's easier for your body to burn calories when you eat 5-6 small meals instead of 3 large meals. So let's say meal #1 eat a banana with a small bowl of cereal or oatmeal. Next meal could be an orange with half a sandwhich and some water. After that eat small salad with some kind of chicken or fish (baked or grilled is better than fried)...and you should ge the idea. Don't eat just one thing because too much of anything is bad for you. Have a variety of health food so your body can get all the different nutrients...and also it will keep you from getting bored and going back to junk food. Here is the key to controlling your weight loss. Keep track of the calories you take in by reading the food labels, eat the recommended serving and keep track of the calories. So let's say you eat a total of 3000 calories, in order to lose weight you have to burn more than 3000 calories. What you can do is research activities that burn a lot of calories.

      Also take a multi-vitamin every morning (like One a Day Men's health)...the vitamins will give your body a boost in energy.

      So way healthier and also excercise. Running is how my dad lost weight. First he started out slow my jogging around the neighborhood, than one mile, than a few more miles, he just kept losig weight and getting healthier. Now he runs 5-8 miles every other day. So start out slow, take a walk around the neighborhood, when you feel you are ready talk a jog around the neighborhood...just keep improving.

      Also your weightloss plan will not work if you have other overweight people in your family. When my dad had to lose weight my whole family got involved. If you have people in your family that are unhealthy try to encourage them to become healthier with you. If you try to lose weight by yourself your family could pull you back into your old ways.

      Don't give up, when your health you will have nicer skin, a sharper mind, a stronger immune system (you'll get sick less), more energy, and overall you will be a happier person.

      I dont know if this helps to motivate you but if your a Christian that can motivate you. Jesus said to do all things for the glory of God, and also when your a Christian the Holy Spirit lives in you so your body is Gods temple and you are suppose to keep Gods temple clean. That's what motivated my dad to stop smoking, drinking, cussing, and to be a healthier person. This mentality helps me to do good in school, be healthier, and to fight hard when I'm in my wrestling matches and other combat sports I compete in.

      Good luck my friend!

  15. QUESTION:
    Is this a good diet for......?
    Is this a good diet for someone who wants to MAINTAIN a low weight with a SLOW metabolism?

    Breakfast at around 7:30 am:
    1 glass of Soy Milk Light (Silk brand)
    1 fruit (usually banana)
    2 egg whites
    Multi-vitamin, fish oil pills, and Vitamin C tablet
    Maybe a cup of Black coffee with NO sugar or milk

    Between Breakfast and Lunch MAYBE a sugar-free Red Bull (which is only 10 calories and has so many great vitamins!)

    Lunch at around 12pm-1pm:
    Salad of Baby Spinach and Raw Carrots with NO dressing other than maybe a little lemon juice squeezed on
    1 Fruit
    1 non fat Yogurt
    Maybe some kind of Fruit Juice or Water

    Snack around 3-4 pm:
    Either some unsalted Cashews, OR Almonds, OR 1 can of chunk light Tuna, OR a Fruit, OR some Dried Seaweed packets, OR 16oz of Soy Milk Light, OR non fat Yogurt, OR 1 piece of Fiber Bread Toast with 1/2 Red Kidney Beans on it, OR some raw carrots.

    Dinner around 6pm-8pm:
    4-5 oz of Baked Fish (usually Salmon)
    1/2 cup of Brown Rice, cooked with no oils or added calories
    1 cup of a Steamed Grean Leafy Vegetable (usually Asparagus or Broccoli)
    MAYBE a 1/2 cup Red Kidney Beans OR a serving of raw avocado
    Water

    Then MAYBE dessert before 8pm:
    A popsicle which is only 35 calories
    OR a sugar free jello OR fruit OR glass of milk

    I am a pescetarian (meaning the only meat I eat is Fish) and I just want to know if this way of eating will help me maintain a weight of 90 lbs at 5'0 with a slow metabolism.
    I am 16 years old by the way and of course I am in school all day, and I am fairly active, I have many afterschool activities, and I am in a dance program at my school. I also use my gym membership sometimes and go and workout on the elliptical machine. I do crunches/ 5lb weights for arms/ squats/ stretching everyday to keep myself tone. But I know I have a REALLY slow metabolism. So lets just say without any exercise, would this diet help me maintain my weight? Thanks!:D

    (of course once in awhile I MIGHT cheat on special occasions and stuff but I would try to do it healthily like dark chocolate or whole grain bakery goods or sugar free candy. But I'm usually good and don't have much an appetite or sweet tooth)

    • ANSWER:
      I think it's a perfect plan

  16. QUESTION:
    what is a good healthy drink?
    ok so i need a good tasty but also healthy for a diet alternative to soda. i drink lemon flavored iced tea through out the day with my meals. i heard that too much tea can cause stone kidneys? so i want a good drink that's very healthy and also good for my digestive system for a good diet. so i don't want water,apple juice(heard its not good for digestive system) or grape juice (makes mouth purple)

    • ANSWER:
      Diet water is a great alternative, less fattening than regular water and it's great for your reproductive system.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is this a good diet for QUICK fat loss? Please help?
    Breakfast:
    - Egg whites with whole egg for flavor
    - Mixed vegetables
    - Water

    Meal 2:
    - Lean chicken breast
    - Almonds
    - Water or diet soda
    - Mixed vegetables

    Meal 3:
    - Lean pork selection
    - Mixed vegetables
    - Water
    - Beans (lentils, black beans, Kidney beans)

    • ANSWER:
      The diet selection you made seems good for achieving your goals.

      Some things you may want to consider in addition to WHAT you eat is WHEN and HOW MUCH?

      As for WHAT food your diet should consist of there's much debate. I may be wrong, but my personal experience has shown very low carbohydrate diets work well for rapid fat loss. While certainly not the most fun diet, a low carb diet can speed along weight loss by "forcing" you to eat clean foods because most processed foods that pack on the pounds consist of high sugar and simple carbohydrates. "Simple carbs" like those found in white breads and soda are high glycemic, meaning they spike blood sugar and make you store fat.

      Without going into the science, a low carb diet is also called a "ketosis" diet. It means the body starts burning your fat for fuel since there's so little carbs to burn. This means your quick fat loss diet can include foods like bacon, hamburger, oils and the like without hurting your fat loss. A word of advisement, though: while it may seem nice to be able to eat all the fat and protein you want, cutting out carbs is HARD! You will be missing out on Oh-so-yummy junk food. However, your having a lean body may be good enough compensation.

      Don't forget to take a multivitamin on a restrictive diet. Especially one limiting carbs (read food labels and measure) to 20 grams or less DAILY, you may be missing out on some vitamins and minerals you'd otherwise get. And one day a week (I don't know how long you plan to diet), let yourself have some carbs to "refuel." It serves as a nice reprieve and keeps you healthy (there's science behind it if you don't mind surfing Wikipedia). Just don't go hog-wild.

      Also, diet soda has been suggested to increase food cravings, so stick with water, unsweetened tea or coffee.

      Limit fruit, as they are high in sugar, and some vegetables, like tomatoes and peas, which have surprisingly high amounts of sugar as well. Good vegetables like broccoli and spinach are healthy fibrous carb sources. (Fiber doesn't count in your carb counting because it can't be digested.)

      The biggest plus about this method of dieting is it doesn't focus on calorie deficits like most other diets. Just keep the carbs low and eat however many calories you want (or can) from protein and fat (this is the HOW MUCH answered).

      Addressing the WHEN, try to space your eating evenly throughout the day. If you're exercising it's important you eat heartily after your workout so your body doesn't lower your metabolism in an effort to conserve. Try to eliminate carb consumption several hours before going to bed so you don't end up storing those calories as fat. Eat breakfast as soon as you get up to jump-start your metabolism. Also, drink water plentifully throughout the day and not just with meals.

      The beans you suggest are healthy and have a lot of complex carbs in them. However, they are carbs nonetheless and not too conducive to a low carb diet. Also, they have a high pH, negatively affecting the stomach's protein digestion so you aren't properly digesting your food. This can lead to inflammation in the body, which leads to water retention. (Hence, beans are upsetting to digestion, leading to them being a "musical fruit.")

      Variety is important so you don't get bored and break your diet just for something different.

      I wish you the best of luck. You're halfway there by wanting to lose the fat, and I encourage you to think of your goal of the leaner you every time a slice of bread or whatever is begging for you to eat it. And remember: the first few days, weeks, and meal choices of a diet are always the hardest. It's like detoxing from a drug and you want it bad! Just understand you want to lose fat more than eat something that tastes good but you'll forget you ate in two hours. This isn't to say the diet will get easier, but many would agree that self-discipline never is. It's a trade-off between short- and long-term satisfaction.

      Again, I wish you only the best on your fat loss diet!

  18. QUESTION:
    Question About Acute And Chronic Kidney Damage.?
    Ok, you have someone who has an enlarged prostate and it causes incontinence and he doesn't realize that his bladder is not emptying fully. He goes for about 1 year with this condition until he gets anemia and is admitted to the hospital to have his overly fully bladder emptied and his kidneys need to take a break since they are inflamed./damaged.

    The kidneys have sustained damage. Is this considered acute or chronic or acute/chronic?

    Why I am confused is that if the CAUSE of the kidney problem has been eliminated (prostate not letting bladder empty) does that mean that he will have continued PROGRESSION of kidney damage and will need dialysis in the future or is there HOPE that with a good kidney diet and management that there will be no more further kidney damage?

    I am hoping that since the cause has been eliminated then there is hope for no further destruction.

    Looking for any opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      The person you are talking about had acute post-renal failure due to the prostatic hypertrophy. Post-renal failure is usually fully reversible if treated within about 7 days. Obviously this is not the case for this person. The chance of him having chronic kidney disease depends on the amount of kidney damage he had over the past year. In order to determine if he does have chronic kidney disease, he needs to see a doctor. The doctor will be able to determine if he has chronic kidney disease based on blood concentrations of certain electrolytes, how much protein is found in the urine, and whether he is experiencing any signs and symptoms.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is this a good diet/workout for?
    This is my diet, I pretty much eat the same things every day

    Breakfast-12 ounces of grape juice, 12 ounces of sodium free V8, 4 whole grain pancakes(w/o honey or syrup), 1 whole grain bagel, 2 servings of plain unflavored oatmeal and 24 oz of water

    Snack #1-A banana or apple, with 2-4 slices of whole grain bread and 12 oz of water

    Lunch- An entire box of Barilla whole grain Penne(w/o anything on it) with a can of kidney beans on the side with 12 oz of water and a fat free cup of milk

    Snack #2- Baked potato(w/o anything on it) and fat free cottage cheese with 4 oz of baby carrots

    Dinner- 2 sandwiches with 4 oz of hummus spread, spinach, cucumbers, onions and shredded carrots on whole grain bread. O the side I have sodium free Soup with whole grain dinner rolls (w/o anything on it)

    Snack 3- I sometimes have a shake consisting of 12 strawberries, 2 bananas and 4 oz of oatmeal, 2 scoops of whey protein and 16 oz of milk
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    For my workout I usually go to the track 2 times every day including weekends and do the same routine
    1. 1 mile warmup
    2. 12 interval-100 yard sprints
    3. 10 50 yard dashes
    4. agility ladder drills
    5. 10 40 yard dashes and a 3 mile run to end at dawn and at 6 pm in the afternoon and i also run 2. miles to get to the track and 2.5 to get back home
    0 seconds ago
    I lift 3-4 times a week, basically every other day
    my lifting routine is
    1. Bench Press- 5 sets
    2. Incline Press- 5 sets
    3. Dumbbell Press- 5 sets
    4. Lat pulldown- 5 sets
    5. Shoulder press- 5 sets
    6. Pullups- 6 sets
    7. Pushups/Situps- 5 sets of 50 each
    8. Jump Rope for 15 minutes in continuos jumping for increments of 5 minutes
    9. Flies- 5 sets
    10. Tricep extensions- 5 sets
    11. Curls- 4 sets
    12.leg extension, leg curl, leg press and squats- 5 sets
    13. I run on the treadmill on 7 for 2 sets of 10 minutes
    I'm a vegiterian and play qb for football

    • ANSWER:
      I'm afraid I don't know much about the exercise side of things, but as regards your diet, I would suggest that you add some nuts. Peanuts are especially good as they are a source of polyunsaturated fat, fibre, protein, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc and co-enzyme Q10. Brazil nuts and walnuts are good alternatives.

      I would also suggest that your diet is a bit short in immune-system boosting components, such as reservatol (grapes) and lycopene (tomatoes, watermelon, guavas, grapefruit, olive oil). Green tea, natural yoghurt and shiitake and reishi mushrooms are also good for this.

  20. QUESTION:
    Kidney disease. Best diet to work with?
    Recent diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease. Recommendation for a good diet to follow?

    • ANSWER:
      Follow a renal diet, which consist of a low sodium & potassium diet. You can check out the website Davita, they have good recipes & suggestions. Good luck & if you have any additional questions, feel free to email me. :o )

  21. QUESTION:
    What causes kidney faliure?
    So im starting to have pain on my right lower back, it goes and comes back. I would like to know what is a good diet to keep kidneys healthy. I had high creatine levels for a while, but now im okay. I would just like to know things i should avoid eating & what i should eat. Oh and im really addicted to salt, i need some type of replacment. and yeah i know that doesn't help your kidneys. i need help pleaseee.

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  22. QUESTION:
    Is this diet a good 1? Does it work?
    Your favorite dress is superb, but a little bit to small? It's time to take action fast and firmly against the unwanted kilograms!

    On this article, you can find a diet plan for just 7 days, which will make you look much better in the end. If you follow it strictly, you can lose 4 - 5 kilograms (8 - 11 pounds) and few centimeters from your hips - those centimeters that make the difference when you putt on your dress. And because this diet requires only 7 days, you should not cheat at all. The diet is easy to follow, but it must be strictly followed.

    So test your will and make this exercise during the next week. The diet it cann't get easier than these: you have a list of aliments from witch you can chose for breakfast and lunch, as well as same choices and solutions for dinner; also you have a list with banned aliments. You are not allowed to eat sweets, salt, popcorn, biscuits or other aliments that you eat when you are getting bored.

    Breakfast choices
    Make sure you have breakfast every day. Drink a cup of coffee or tea (black tea, green tea or medicinal plants tea).

    Chose only one fruit from each list, only one protein aliment and one with carbohydrates. You can mix them freely; very important is to not eat more then one.

    Fruits: (chose one from the list):
    •1 banana;
    •1 apple;
    •1 grapefruit;
    •2 kiwi fruits;
    •80 g of pineapple;
    •80 g of strawberries, raspberries;
    Proteins:
    •2 spoons of simple yogurt, without fat;
    •A mug of milk;
    •A boiled egg;
    •3 slices of bacon;
    •85 g of tuna;
    •75 g of white cheese;
    •40 g of peanuts without salt;
    Carbohydrates:
    •1 slice of bread;
    •5 spoons of muesli, without sugar;
    •2 biscuits;
    •5 spoons of cereals with fruits without sugar;
    Lunch:
    Just as breakfast, but this time you can choose two aliments from the fruits and vegetables list, one from protein list and one from carbohydrates list. Try to combine them as different as you can.

    Fruits and vegetables: 80 g of carrots, cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, grapes, pineapple, apple, orange. Proteins (just one)
    •100 g of fish (mackerel, salmon, crap);
    •100 g of red meat;
    •150 g of chicken;
    •1 big egg;
    •100 g of cheese without fat;
    Carbohydrates:
    •100 g of spaghetti;
    •1 big potato;
    •2 slices of bread;
    •125 g of boiled been or soybean;
    Dinner:
    You can eat 3 portions of fruits or vegetables listed. From proteins, you can eat only one aliment cooked at the grill or microwave and one from carbohydrate list. You are not allowed to use oil or sauce. Drink as much water is possible and take long walks. You are not allowed:

    Sugar - represent an important risk factor. After few days without sweets, you will no longer feel the need to eat them. Don't putt sugar or honey in your coffee or tea, and never touch the chocolate.

    Alcohol represents calories that you don't need.

    Salt - maintains water in the tissues, so try to avoid it at list one week. Also salt is not good for your hart or kidneys.

    I am a bit confused!
    i need ur help!
    i know its unhealthy bt i hav too..!
    do u think its a healthy diet? and will it work?

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  23. QUESTION:
    High Protein Diet--Good or Bad? Also Calorie Question?
    I am 21 years old. Male. 156 lbs.

    I am looking to become more muscular and to decrease my body fat. Who isn't.
    I go to the gym every day. I usually run for 4 miles but hurt my foot somehow so I'm now using the elliptical for about 40 minutes. So I burn around 400 Kcalories. I only eat fruits, veggies, chicken. Sometimes I cheat a little bit, but nothing extreme like ice cream or cake. I drink protein powder mixed in water when I lift weights.

    So I would say I ingest around 100g of protein on days I lift. And 50 on cardio days.

    Is eating a lot of protein bad for your kidneys? I don't ingest that much, but it's the main thing I eat. Is that too much?

    Alsoooo. I know that your body burn around 2000 calories a day because of BMR. So If I only eat 1000 calories does that mean I burn 1000 calories? or am i not understanding it?

    Thanks for anything

    • ANSWER:
      100g protein is fine, and no it's not bad for your kidneys. It's only bad if you eat A LOT, 100g of protein is quite a bit, but not a lot so you should be fine.

      Yes, you will burn 1000 calories.

  24. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard if Innovative Veterinary Diet foods is on the pet food recall list?
    My dog had an allergy problem. He was on a special diet that was formulated for his allergies. The name of the maker of the food is Innovative Veterinary Diets better known in the industry as IVD.

    Elmo, my pet Jack Russell Terrier, developed kidney failure. He had to be euthanized within two weeks of the onset of the problem. The only food Elmo was ever fed was IVD.

    I find it to be very suspicious that he died from kidney failure just as a massive pet food recall was announced. Prior to the onset of kidney failure, he never had any problems with his kidneys. If any of you followers of Answers has had a pet die from kidney failure while eating IVD, please contact the corporate offices of IVD to let them know.

    I wrote to them via email four days ago. They haven't answered my inquiry yet. Please help me to get IVD added to the recall list. I don't want any more pets to die from their negligence. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Only the foods on the recall list were affected as they were the only ones that got their wheat gluten from the infected supplyer.

      If you suspect that there is a kidney problem, go to the vet asap and bring a sample of the food. The vet will test it to see if it was in fact the food.

      Kidney Failure can be caused by a number of thigns and it was probably coincidence.

      Please do not go around accusing companys before you know for sure.

      www.menufoods.com has a full list of all companies that are affected.

  25. QUESTION:
    Every time I go on a particular kind of diet, I get leg pain that seems to originate near the pelvis. Why?r?
    The diet is nothing drastic, but every once in awhile I get yeasted so I like to go thru periods where I will avoid all bread, sugar, alcohol, anything fungus or moldy, eat tons of veggies and lean meats. Actually, this probably sounds like a pretty good diet, anyway, but it does not allow fruit, bec it is a sugar. The diet does allow plenty of veggies and lean meats and sprouted grain breads. My thinking is this, and tell me what you think. I think the extra protein in the diet is putting a strain on my kidneys and this is causing the pain. Not sure. I always heard kidney pain was back pain, but this starts near my scrotum and goes down my right leg. I check myself and have checked myself regularly for testicular cancers etc so it isn't that. This is an intermittent thing that arrives with this diet. It isn't debilitating, just a minor annoyance. I'm thinking I should be diligent about drinking lots and lots of water, that perhaps I'm eliminating my diet of foods that either contain lots of water (fruit) or help the body retain water (bready, carbo foods) but I'm not sure about that. Any ideas? Also, there is no attendant increase or use of some sort of supplement while on this diet that might cause this. I'm not taking any sort of garbage like diet pills to increase weight loss so it isn't that. And there are no real other symptoms..no fatigue, fever, pain while walking or during urination, etc.

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    any one can tell me which dieting is good for kidney stone complaint.?

    • ANSWER:
      a low calcium one plus drink lots of water everyday....

  27. QUESTION:
    Diet question - Good way to loose weight?
    I am preparing for a 15K (~9miles) race in June and have to take my diet serious in order to get the best results. I eat a bowl of cereal with skim milk in the am. For lunch I have two slices of wheat bread, one slice of cheese and two slices of ham. For dinner I have rice, red kidney beans, red pepper, corn mix it all together with some hot salsa dip for some flavor. If I don't have that for dinner I usually have a salad with chicken. Before bed (or close to) I will have some yogurt. I also consume ~2.5L of water throughout the day. Is this a good enough diet or should I add something different to it? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Is my diet good for my age?(17)?
    I hit the gym atleast 3 times a week and work on my biceps,triceps,shoulders,chest,and forearms.
    I weight 160 pounds ,5'9 feet tall and everyday i consume atleast 2100-2300 calories(85-110g of protein).
    Those calories comes from fruits,eggs,fish,milk,cereal,brown rice,and meat such as chicken ,pork,beef.
    I also try to get atleast 100% A-Z minerals everyday and yeah I drink 8 glasses of water (250ml) everyday no softdrinks or any sugary drinks.
    but should i get about 0.5g of protein per pound cause I think , I'm consuming too much protein for my age and I don't want to get old with malfunctioning kidney, just saying XD

    • ANSWER:
      terrible.

  29. QUESTION:
    Want to know what NOT to feed a dog?
    ~Bones~ of any kind.They can splinter & puncture the trake or intestines or stomach or colon etc & can be fatal.Rawhide chewies are best but not for older dogs because they are harder to digest.
    ~Salt ~especially older dogs.Some dogfoods do not contain salt.We use Nutro senior.
    ~Chocolate~Is toxic & fatal,,can cause heart attack,,bad for nervous system,,liver & kidneys
    ~Grapes~ are toxic & can be fatal as is,,
    ~Raisins~&
    ~Onions~
    ~Dairy products~including milk cannot be digested as in humans
    ~No Spicey Foods~
    ~No Tomatos~ too acidy
    ~No Sugar~ can cause diabetes (including cookies & ice cream etc)
    ~No Bread~ turns into sugar
    ~Fruit ~ has no nutricianal value to a dog
    ~Small amount of potatoe occationally is ok
    ~Rice,,cooked veggies & boiled boneless beef/liver or chicken is good.Cool Completely.This is a good diet with a dog multi vitamin daily.

    • ANSWER:
      The reason many dogs have had trouble with the digestion of bones is because today's commercial dog food do not support a dogs digestive system to function properly and they can no longer form the proper concentration of acids and enzymes to effectively digest their food. Rawhide is absolute crap for dogs, old or young. while many of the other things you listed are not good or even toxic to dogs, the reason for tomatoes is wrong, along with a few others. Also be careful with feeding live, as it can cause vitamin A toxicity, especially when giving vitamin supplements. Check this site; http://mooreshaven.com/pets/dogs/safety/badfoodslist.html

  30. QUESTION:
    Years ago my vet told me that a straight alfalfa diet was not good for horses due to high calcium content ...?
    And that it could cause kidney stones because of it. We bought a mare at auction that was thin and because she was so sweet and very well trained we thought we'd fatten her up and give her a good home. Once we got her home we discovered she was thin because she wasn't eating or drinking. We had our vet out immediately and after a week of trying everything he told us it was most likely calcium stones due to a rich alfalfa diet and that there wasn't anything we could do. Sadly we had to put her down. Recently I answered a question on here saying that I feed a bermuda/alfalfa blend and that this was the reason. A couple of people commented that they had never heard that and seemed to think I was full of it... Now I am wondering if anyone else has ever heard of this or was Dr just trying to find something to explain her condition and came up with it since he didn't have a real answer? Interested in your opinions and experiences! Thanks all!

    • ANSWER:
      Your vet is right. A straight alfalfa diet is not good for a horse.
      I feed half oat hay , or good grass hay, and half alfalfa. During the summer, I feed much less of the alfalfa, and more of the grass hay.
      Here is a good article about it: http://www.pelham-saddlery.com/horse_column/alfalfa.html
      This is quoted from that site: ""Alfalfa is the only direct link to stones (enteroliths) found in horses.
      It is very common for horses in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah--states which feed a lot of alfalfa--to have stones. Horses which do not eat alfalfa virtually never have stones.""

  31. QUESTION:
    What would be a good beginning diet plan for a person going vegetarian?
    I will never be a strict vegan, ( no slight intended.) I am trying to eliminate animal proteins in my diet for medical reasons. Purine content to be exact. My body does not seem to metabolize it very well. I just am having trouble finding a diet plan to meet what I need. I am diabetic, with high blood pressure, severe gout and kidney stones among other problems. jimminy crickets this gets depressing!!!
    Ha Ha Ha, thanks for the kick in the pants over being lazy. I always look for the easy way around. I have looked for somethings om the internet but it seems that what a diet for lowering uric acid calls to avoid, a iet for diabetes says I should be eating, Whole wheat for example and various legumes.

    • ANSWER:
      Try things rich in fiber, iron, and protein.

      Green leafy vegetables are great... Spinach has a lot of iron in it... Beans and nuts for protein, Peanut butter and such. Also try eating fish unless you are going to be a strict vegetarian... but fish is metabolized differently than other animal meat, and also has a lot of protein in it. maybe take a multi vitamin if you dont know how to create a balanced meal without meat.

      Whole wheat pasta, sweet potatoes, and brown rice are great for fiber... it is pretty straight forward... look for protein... always eat something GREEN, add some color to your plate, eat fruit... and go online and look for vegetarian recipes... stop being lazy about it... foodnetwork.com...

  32. QUESTION:
    Is this a good workout/diet for football?I'm a qb.?
    This is my diet, I pretty much eat the same things every day

    Breakfast-12 ounces of grape juice, 12 ounces of sodium free V8, 4 whole grain pancakes(w/o honey or syrup), 1 whole grain bagel, 2 servings of plain unflavored oatmeal and 24 oz of water

    Snack #1-A banana or apple, with 2-4 slices of whole grain bread and 12 oz of water

    Lunch- An entire box of Barilla whole grain Penne(w/o anything on it) with a can of kidney beans on the side with 12 oz of water and a fat free cup of milk

    Snack #2- Baked potato(w/o anything on it) and fat free cottage cheese with 4 oz of baby carrots

    Dinner- 2 sandwiches with 4 oz of hummus spread, spinach, cucumbers, onions and shredded carrots on whole grain bread. O the side I have sodium free Soup with whole grain dinner rolls (w/o anything on it)

    Snack 3- I sometimes have a shake consisting of 12 strawberries, 2 bananas and 4 oz of oatmeal, 2 scoops of whey protein and 16 oz of milk

    * 4 months ago

    Additional Details

    4 months ago
    For my workout I usually go to the track 2 times every day including weekends and do the same routine
    1. 1 mile warmup
    2. 12 interval-100 yard sprints
    3. 10 50 yard dashes
    4. agility ladder drills
    5. 10 40 yard dashes and a 3 mile run to end at dawn and at 6 pm in the afternoon and i also run 2. miles to get to the track and 2.5 to get back home

    4 months ago
    I lift 3-4 times a week, basically every other day
    my lifting routine is
    1. Bench Press- 5 sets
    2. Incline Press- 5 sets
    3. Dumbbell Press- 5 sets
    4. Lat pulldown- 5 sets
    5. Shoulder press- 5 sets
    6. Pullups- 6 sets
    7. Pushups/Situps- 5 sets of 50 each
    8. Jump Rope for 15 minutes in continuos jumping for increments of 5 minutes
    9. Flies- 5 sets
    10. Tricep extensions- 5 sets
    11. Curls- 4 sets
    12.leg extension, leg curl, leg press and squats- 5 sets
    13. I run on the treadmill on 7 for 2 sets of 10 minutes

    • ANSWER:
      yea you are fine.

  33. QUESTION:
    diet for losing weight?
    i have no breakfast or lunch because im not hungry. then at tea time (4.30 or 5.00 pm) i have a tortilla with cheese quorn and kidney beans) and a biscuit or two. i dont eat anything after usually. is this a good diet. if not why and what is.

    • ANSWER:
      if your looking for a healthy diet you are way of at the moment

      lets start from the top

      1 you need to eat lunch and breakfast or you will gain weight due to your body being hungery

      2 i can't tell you exactly what food to eat because each person's healthy diet will be different depending on there bodys needs e.g an body builder will need more protein, and a baby would probably need more calcium

      3 i am not to sure why you are so conserned about your weight i have noticed you have asked quiet alot of question about losing weight but do you really need to?

      4 There is 1 more thing that could be a possibility. This happens to some people, they believe they are fat because of there "belly" now your "belly" becomes blowted this can make people think they are fat even though they don't eat alot and this is what i was talking about in number 2 if this is the case and you feel you "belly" is blowted then you are simply lacking protein in your diet

      i hope this helps

  34. QUESTION:
    My golden has kidney problems (IAMS canned) I need a low protein diet for her. Any good suggestions?
    I took her to the vet after the recall. She has been drinking lots of water and was not herself.
    I can't afford the expensive vet brands but will do it for her.
    She loves treats.
    She has lost weight so I want to fatten her up a little.

    • ANSWER:
      In all cases, you will want to reduce the level of phosphurus rather than protein to minimize the progression of kidney disease.

      Protein reduction is important once a dog is at the tail end of kidney failure, not before as previously thought. Research this on the internet.

      You need to give your dog more protein to fatten her up, otherwise, she will loose even more weight.

      If she is categorized with early renal deficiency, then Science Diet foods are ideal (i.e. such as their Adult Chicken and Rice kibble and canned foods.) They contain around 150 to 170 mg of phosphurus per 100 kcal. Science diet has some fillers that I wish they did not use, but all in all, it is a good food. Note that this food has normal levels of protein. Also, Senior foods tend to have lower phosphurous levels, but many are not as low as Science Diet Adult foods. Senior foods also have less protein.

      If she is categorized with late renal deficiency, you will want to reduce phosphurous down to 50-75 mg per 100 kcal. This means you will need to get a precription from your Vet to purchase special renal formulations for dog food. These foods may have reduced protein.

      Remember, it is better to give canned food as it contains moisture rather than dry kibble, which makes the kidneys work harder. One can always add water or low-sodium chicken broth to dry kibble to entice the dog to eat.

      Avoid sodium (salt), Vitamin A and D supplements. Add Omega 3 (not 6) whenever possible.

      Drinking a lot of water and seeing significant weight loss may imply that your dog is in the late renal deficiency stage. A Protein:Creatine urine test will let the Vet know what stage she is in.

      Talk to your Vet for his/her recommendation on feeding.

      Good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    What are some good sites/brands for feline renal diet cat food? My cat needs a wide variety & eats only dry?
    My cat has chronic renal (kidney) failure and often gets sick of his food. It's really important that he eats. Any good sites that have a wide variety of renal diet cat food? I would buy a bunch of different kinds and keep switching it around. He won't eat canned, only dry.

    If you don't know any sites can you tell me what brand you've personally given to your cat? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get him off the dry food. It's like pouring gasoline on a fire to feed him that. My cat also has CRF. When we first found out, the vet gave him Hill's K/D. He hated the food and I hated the fact it was so low in protein. I decided to feed him better protein instead of less so I tried Wellness. It worked wonders. I now do a rotation of Wellness, EVO, and Blue Buffalo. He has made remarkable improvements with it.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can you tell me Which vegetables are good for Kidney Stone?
    Diet for Kidney Stone

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Diet for weight loss related question?
    I have recently been starting to watch what I eat and now basically have oatmeal in the morning with blueberries and blackberries, i'll then maybe snack on strawberries at around 10am and then for lunch have a apple walnut salad.... only use about 3 to 4 walnuts in shells for this and a light cranberry dressing to top it off (i try not to use too much dressing) I then snack on carrots, cucumbers and peppers... I'll then have a meal at around 6pm that consists of chicken or salmon with red kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils. This is pretty much everything I eat and then if I get really hungry late at night I'll have a yogurt or maybe just 1 little cookie (if im craving one) so i can sleep well. I also drink plenty of water. I know exercise would help but im trying to do one thing at a time so that i stick with it and not go back to old habits. I was thinking of doing this diet for about a month and then adding exercise into my plan. It's been about a week and a half now and still feel like im the same weight. How long would you say I need to keep at this diet before I begin to see results??? Is it a good diet and will I loose weight on it???

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  38. QUESTION:
    Is this a healthy diet for a 14 year old?
    I'm 14 years old and I'm 5'4". I weigh 115 lbs. Is this a good diet for me? I am also lightly active.

    Breakfast:
    -1 cup of low fat milk
    -1 serving of whole grain Fruity Cheerios

    Snack:
    -1 NutriGrain Cereal Bar

    Lunch:
    -1 banana
    -1 serving of carrots with a small serving of low fat ranch
    -2 cups of raw papaya
    -1 serving of Light yogurt

    Dinner:
    -1 serving of cooked white rice
    -1 serving of cooked kidney beans

    I also drank 4 glasses of water today and I'm planning on drinking some more water.

    • ANSWER:
      yeah but dont worry so much about limiting your portions of fruit and veggies. If you want 3 serving of carrots... eat them. If you want 3 cups of papaya... eat it. if you want an apple too.. eat that.

      raw veggies and fruit falls under the "eat as much as you want" category.

  39. QUESTION:
    i would like to find a diet for kidney failure?
    does anyone have info on what foods are good for kidney failure patients?

    • ANSWER:
      After kidney failure, various waste products can build up in the blood, and each kind can have different effects on your health.

      Salt can increase blood pressure, so you may be encouraged to reduce salt intake. (Salt also has the effect of increasing thirst, so it makes it more difficult for patients to restrict their fluid intake).

      Potassium is a mineral which is found in the cells of body tissue, and any excess would normally be removed by the kidneys. Too high a level of potassium is bad for the heart - in extreme case it may even cause it to stop.

      Phosphate is a substance that is widely found in foods. It works very closely with the mineral calcium, and the healthy body keeps these two substances in balance. High phosphate levels may be associated with itch and over the longterm can damage blood vessels.

      Protein is an essential nutrient that enables the body to build muscles. Low levels of protein can lead to fluid retention and to a reduction of the body’s ability to fight off infections.

      Some patients may need vitamin B and C supplements.
      Iron levels may drop and cause anaemia, this can be replaced with iron tablets.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can high amounts of protein in your diet do something bad to your kidneys?
    i'm 16, a guy and i weigh 124, i eat lots of meat during the day. I take Muscle Milk, 32 Grams per serving (two servings of the muscle milk, so that makes it 64 grams of protein. On top of that i drink this other drink called Ensure (just once a day) for extra protein and that has 8 Grams of protein in it. I also eat a lot of meat/ foods with good amounts of protein during the day and i also drink good ole milk for even more protein. I was just wondering if this is too much protein for me and if protein in a high enough amount can do something bad to your kidneys.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you haven't told us how much protein you actually take. But, yes, large amounts of protein are not good for your kidneys. Most people who lift really weights don't seem to care, however.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are some things to expect after donating a kidney?
    I know there was a study in 2009 stating that there are no longer term effects for kidney donation, but the study may be skewed by the fact that they are comparing normal people, have two kidneys and have a normal diet and lifestyle, and donors, have one kidney and thus NEED to have a better diet and better lifestyle. Also an interesting things was a statement that of the 11 that had renal failure later did so decades afterwards, what if they had both, would they have lived a few decades more? Also comparing normal people, that have both kidneys, that have a better diet and lifestyle, I would assume that decreasing the body's ability for filtration is detrimental. I am trying to find out if this make sense or if there are studies done proving or disproving this.

    Also if I become a donor, what will expect afterwards? I was told that the kidney will enlarge to compensate for the loss of one kidney, obviously it wont equal the filtration surface area of two, but way at least do 3/4 of what the 2 normally did, and that post surgery dialysis may be needed to slowly get the single acclimated to the new conditions. I assume there will be routine checkups, blood work, and other invasive or non-invasive work that needs to be done. What is there to expect?

    • ANSWER:
      Yikes, that's a lot of questions Marco. I'll try to help.
      #1. Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, a cornerback with the NFL Arizona Cardinals was born with only one kidney. He obviously has done well with one kidney.
      #2. A transplanted kidney will grow to approximately 2/3 the size and capacity of the two kidneys that it replaced.
      #3. I have had a transplanted cadaveric (non-living donor) kidney for 22 years. I have hiked in and out of the Grand Canyon twice, climbed a 13,000 ft peak, and run a 10 mile mountain race (and placed well) all on one kidney.
      #4. I am told, by those who know (and I've talked to a lot of them), that the kidney donor experiences more initial pain than the recipient, due to the removal location of the kidney, and will be laid up longer post-surgery. This time varies from a few days to a few weeks.
      #5. The non-donated kidney will gradually increase to the 2/3 size and capacity stated in #2 (above).
      #6. Just because you want to be a donor does not mean you automatically will be. First, you have to match blood types, then you have to have an antigen matching test done. At the time of my procedure (1987) there were six antigen matches performed between the donor and recipient. A perfect match would be six out of six, a half match three out of six, and so forth. My brother was a half match and, to me at the time, it was not worth risking his future health to better mine. This was a very personal decision between brothers, and we both concurred. Eventually I received a half match cadeveric kidney transplant.
      #7. Most of your other questions I have no knowledge of because I haven't experienced that side of the transplant procedure.

      I wish you well. If you have other questions or need more clarification visit the National Kidney Foundation website at: www.kidney.org

      Regards, Dave

  42. QUESTION:
    Kidney Reciepes?
    Hi. Could anyone pass along any good homemade Kidney diet Recipes and Vitamins, Mineral supplements, etc... for my 4 lb. Chihuahua?
    I would really appreciate it soooo much.
    Thank you, God bless.

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney Recipes
      information
      Lamb's kidney is the best kidney for grilling or frying. Ox kidney should only really be used for slow cooked dishes.

      Remove the skin and core (the latter is most easily done with sharp kitchen scissors) before cooking kidneys. Kidneys have a strong flavour, which can be diminished by soaking in milk or water (or water and lemon juice) for half an hour before cooking.

      lots of recipies at the web page

  43. QUESTION:
    Kidney Recieps?
    Hi. I'm still on the hunt. LOL
    Does anyone have any good homemade Kidney diet Recipes they would like to pass along? I've been all over the net and having some trouble. I would soooo much appreciate it if anyone has any or could pass along any good websites for any.
    Also, if your pet also on a homemade Kidney diet could you please Help me and my little Chihuahua with some vitamin, mineral help. I just don't know exactly what to do, what vitamins, minerals are the best. Oh please help if you can. I would be ever greatful. Thank you, God bless.
    I need some good recipes but i think the whole vitamin and mineral, kidney support thing is giving me most trouble right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay away from all the so-called prescription diets - they are just crap in a bag!! Your dog needs easly digestible food with NO grains, dairy or vegetables - a raw diet of meat, bones and offal.

      Join one of the yahoo raw feeding groups - rawfeeding or RawMeatyBones - they are full of people with heaps of knowledge who can support you.

      **many vets will recommend a 'low protein' diet as a matter of course. This theory has been disproved by numerous studies.

  44. QUESTION:
    I have stopped drinking Diet Cokes for a little over a week now and I feel good and my complection is good.?
    My kidneys are probably thankful as well. Is that too soon to start noticing a difference? Have any of you had similar experiences. I need to get some motivation to keep going so I'm hoping someone can tell me more benefits that I've overlooked. Are Diet cokes really that bad, should I not be treating it like poison?

    • ANSWER:
      All soft drinks are bad for you, the only totally good things that you can drink are still and sparkling water as they have NOTHING in them to damage anything in your body, Coke, diet or otherwise is FULL of caffiene and sugar not to mention E numbers. You are much better off drinking water, fruit juice is good for you of course, but as it passes through your mouth the condensed fruit causes a LOT of sugars to hit your teeth so if you do drink fruit juice I would suggest the following:

      Drink through a straw to avoid contact with teeth.

      Juice your own fruit - buy yourself a good juicer and a blender and smoothie it up!

      Try juicing fruit and veggies together, different combinations have different benefits and taste different, I find carrot juice in things is good.

      Good luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    Is this a good, balanced vegetarian diet?
    Today I had:

    Spinach Omelette for breakfast
    Kidney been curry and brown rice for lunch
    Strawberries for a snack
    Broccoli and carrot sticks with hummus
    A salt and vinegar crisp packet

    Any improvements I could make?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds pretty good! No drastic improvements are needed, but as always, i do have suggestions. :)

      Breakfast: The omelet's great, but you can add more veggies to it, like some tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini etc. You could also add some side dishes to it, for extra protein and nutrients. Maybe a slice of whole what toast toast, or wrap it up in a sprouted wheat tortilla? Also you could add a peace of fruit, like an apple, orange or peach.

      Lunch: Not sure if the curry already has veggies, regardless you could add a spinach salad or mixed green salad, and some dried fruit like raisins.

      Snack: Strawberries are great, although chips are totally okay once in a while, but in the future i'd recommend some unsalted nuts--i like almonds the best. I find nuts more satisfying and tasty, not to mention more nutritious than chips.

      Overall you ate very healthily, assuming your dinner will be similar to your breakfast and lunch. Like i said, my only improvements are to add more fruit and vegetables, and protein.

  46. QUESTION:
    Tell me if this is a good supplement/workout/diet plan to help gain weight/muscle...?
    First month (30 days): Cell-tech, Whey protein, Mass-tech
    Second month (30 days): Tren Xtreme, Kidney health, liver health, Protein
    Third month (30 days): HSP, Super Test, Kidney health, liver health
    Fourth month (30 days): Repeat month 1

    Meanwhile doing: the 300 workout and running 2.5mi 3 times a week and with a high calorie/protein diet with lots of greens and nuts and water only.

    I know that getting over like 60 grams of protein wont process in one day. im also not looking for nitpickers tellin me to be careful. All i want to know is if this will work to help me gain weight/muscle and have a nice body? and it would be nice for a guesstimation on how much weight i will gain from starting at about 160lbs. and i also know that sum of these things may be able to harm me but please understand im taking the proper measures to counteract with the neggatives. thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      dont bother with the 300 workout, just do all the big lifts, squats, deadlifts, bench press, dips, pullups, rows, military press

      eat big, lift big, lift as much weight as you can handle no more than 10 reps, increase the weight each week to keep challenging your muscles, look into mass programms on bodybuilding.com a good programme will always include the big compound exercises. you need around 160-200g of protien a day, not so sure on the calories since i dont know your build/metabolism but weigh yourself each week to make sure your gaining weight, eat as cleanly as you can and try not to eat too far over your calorie maintanance level, just go 500 cals over, otherwise you'll be gaining more fat than needed.

      the guys in 300 only used that workout as a milestone every month or so to test their fitness level and to improve conditioning, it wont be much use for gaining muscle

      try somthing like an upper/lower split or fullbody routine, use google to find one which suits you.

      drink lots of water too if your gonna be cycling those

      if you ask me i think you should re-think your cycle dont have two straight months on

      i know you dont want lecturing about steriods but from the sound of things you may be inexperienced i would avoid those until you gain more experience and learn more about bodybuilding, nutrition, testosterone etc, but if you already know about possible side effects and how to keep them minimal then by all means go for it. steroid side effects are greatly exaggerated by the media in terms of side effects however as with everything overusing them will cause problems, use them responsibly. Good luck :P

  47. QUESTION:
    Needing to talk to a nutritionist about a diet plan for my father.?
    My dad has Diabetes type 2, congestive heart failure, and now renal failure. I am trying to set up a diet for him, but I am not sure of the foods he can have. A food that is good for his kidneys may not be good for his heart, where as a food that is good for his heart and kidneys is not good for him DM. If anyone can answer a few questions that would be great. Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Can I sue a doctor for leaving me on a drug which does more harm to my kidneys than good?
    Last Nov. I was put on a water pill to reieve the water pressure within my inner ear. As time went on, my renal numbers went out of control as did one of my hormones in my adrenal gland. Saw a specialist who did some tests, upped my potassium twice (even knowing this water pill was good for depleting my potassium). When I returned to his office 2 days ago, he announced I was in kidney failure and nothing more he could do. Did not want me off the water pill or give me a special diet. Just told me check in every 3 months for labs and prepare myself for dialysis or transplant. The doctor who referred me to him was never told about any of this, as was my family doctor which caught both off guard. So we have stopped the drug and praying for a reversal, which is possible. But the emotions that I have been through due to all this is killing me especially his not wanting to help me at all.

    • ANSWER:
      You can sue your doctor for anything.

      You might have a good case for winning. Check with a malpractice attorney. They will usually consult with you once about your case for free. Most of the time, these case do not see a courtroom if they have merit. Your attorney will settle with the doctor's insurance company, take a hefty percentage of the proceeds and leave you with the remains.

  49. QUESTION:
    good work out/ diet plan? and suggestions?
    Breakfest:
    oatmeal with fruit in it
    Snack:
    ill munch on either string chesse or some snap peas or a peice of fruit befor lunch carrots
    Lunch:
    either a turkey sandwich(lettece,turkey,wheat,ranch instead of mayo very little) and maybe a small salad
    or
    il have a salad with kidney beans, little bit of ranch and sometimes ill add some chicken in it..
    or
    lean pocket

    snack:
    pretty much on what i said earlier
    Dinner:
    a little bit of steak, steamed veggies(broccli,green beans, potaote slices very few etc..
    or
    a lean pocket
    or
    salmon with veggies

    Desert
    every now and then have a 100 calorie snickers or cup of pudding

    any other food ideas!?

    workout:
    run for 15-20mins
    elyptical-10-15 (high endurence
    thigh machins
    squat machines
    few arm machines
    calve machine
    then do matt excersies for my abs

    i have 12 weeks to get in shape and get tonned for a hughe boat trip!

    all suggestions would be awsome!

    and what should i do if im still hungry befor i go to bed that happens every now and then..

    • ANSWER:
      you should go to a old video rental shop and buy Anerobics it is the best way to get in shape. It might be kinda old but it gets u workin out and sweating in no time. I've seen great results when i was working with it and it's pretty fun. xoxoxo

  50. QUESTION:
    What might be my diagnosis?
    I am a 32 year old male and have gone from 230 pounds to about 185 pounds in the last 10 months. About 6 months ago I noticed I was getting increasingly tired throughout the day and could not catch my breath like I used to. I have played basketball 2-3 times a week for the past 15 years and now have trouble keeping my wind. I had 3 blood tests done in the last 2 weeks and it turns out that my iron levels are really low (anemia), but my ferritin and platelet levels are very high. My liver and kidneys are good. My cholesterol is good. My diet is healthy. My white blood cell count is normal. I also have the appearance of veins on my upper left chest branching from the base of my neck toward my left shoulder about 6 inches or so. There are no noticeable veins on the right side of my chest. Today I noticed that a pain that I've had on my left chest which I thought was soreness from working out is actually a swollen bump about 4 inches in diameter and is sore to the touch. Combined with all this my left arm swells to the point of discomfort when I lift weights. I have stopped, but I find it interesting that this is all happening on the left side of my upper body. I have an appt with a vascular surgeon and am awaiting results of my 3rd blood test, but does anyone have any possible clue as to what might be wrong with me? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The doctors have probably already checked your thyroid, That is one of the most common tests with blood tests, but make sure and ask them because I agree that it sounds like your thyroid. I would have no idea about the bump on your chest but your doctor should give you iron pills for your anemia and that will help you with the energy issues. You should also take a vitamin called garlic. It will help your blood circulation and cardiovascular. You should also try a chiropractor if you can find a good one, I swear by them and you may just have something out of place pushing on some nerves or blood vessels.


Good Diet For Kidney Problems

What foods should a diet for Gout include and exclude? If you're reading this article then you either have Gout or know someone who has. This disease is painful and can be extremely inconvenient. Have you lost sleep due to the "fire" of gouty pain in your big toe? Missed special occasions? Taken time off work, and not able to do what you want to do in your free time? The culprits are those nasty, needle like crystals of uric acid that form in your bodies soft connective tissue and joints. These critters can go further and give you painful kidney stones if they are allowed free reign. Any diet should look at reducing uric acid levels in your blood, and that means low purine foods.

Purines are not all bad! They are natural substances found in virtually all foods, and all your body's cells. Purines are part of the chemical structure of our genes and are components of our genetic material and the genetic material of all plants and animals. The problem is when they are broken down by the body. This results in uric acid!

So let's have a look at some of the foods to include and exclude in your gout diet.

Food Bad For Gout

You may not like what I'm going to say next. Excessive alcohol is a leading cause of Gout. Gout and alcohol do not go well together! But how much is too much? Two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. Alcohol, especially beer interferes with the removal of uric acid from the body. This is because when alcohol is metabolized, lactic acid is produced which hinders the excretion of uric acid by the kidneys.
Now I expect your thinking - he's going to say eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Well actually some fruits and vegetables can exacerbate the symptoms of Gout, especially acidic ones. So here they are, any diet for Gout should avoid these, but remember these are secondary to lowering your intake of high purine foods.

  • Cranberries
  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes

The items above are not as bad as the heavy weight purine foods. These are more commonly eaten foods, very high in purines that need to be avoided completely if you have Gout:

  • Anchovies, Sardines, Mackerel
  • Meat extracts, Yeast extracts
  • Gravy, Broth
  • Sweetbreads

Generally, foods deficient in vitamins A, B5 and E can lead to the advancement of Gout symptoms.

Food Good For Gout

There are two foods that have been widely reported as being really effective in the battle against Gout. The first is more like an additive rather then a food - baking soda. If taken correctly this can alleviate symptoms in 2 hrs! The link to the eBook below tells you how to do this. The second really effective food is cherries! Cherries and cherry juice contain anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties. Also cherries can lower the uric acid level. Other berries can also help, mainly because they can neutralize uric acid, or they have anti-inflammatory properties:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes

Don't forget the power of supplements to enhance any diet for gout. Just as cherries have anti-infammatory properties, so other foods have properties that can reduce uric acid in the blood. There are many supplements that can help alleviate symptoms and get gout under control. See the link below for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My golden has kidney problems (IAMS canned) I need a low protein diet for her. Any good suggestions?
    I took her to the vet after the recall. She has been drinking lots of water and was not herself.
    I can't afford the expensive vet brands but will do it for her.
    She loves treats.
    She has lost weight so I want to fatten her up a little.

    • ANSWER:
      In all cases, you will want to reduce the level of phosphurus rather than protein to minimize the progression of kidney disease.

      Protein reduction is important once a dog is at the tail end of kidney failure, not before as previously thought. Research this on the internet.

      You need to give your dog more protein to fatten her up, otherwise, she will loose even more weight.

      If she is categorized with early renal deficiency, then Science Diet foods are ideal (i.e. such as their Adult Chicken and Rice kibble and canned foods.) They contain around 150 to 170 mg of phosphurus per 100 kcal. Science diet has some fillers that I wish they did not use, but all in all, it is a good food. Note that this food has normal levels of protein. Also, Senior foods tend to have lower phosphurous levels, but many are not as low as Science Diet Adult foods. Senior foods also have less protein.

      If she is categorized with late renal deficiency, you will want to reduce phosphurous down to 50-75 mg per 100 kcal. This means you will need to get a precription from your Vet to purchase special renal formulations for dog food. These foods may have reduced protein.

      Remember, it is better to give canned food as it contains moisture rather than dry kibble, which makes the kidneys work harder. One can always add water or low-sodium chicken broth to dry kibble to entice the dog to eat.

      Avoid sodium (salt), Vitamin A and D supplements. Add Omega 3 (not 6) whenever possible.

      Drinking a lot of water and seeing significant weight loss may imply that your dog is in the late renal deficiency stage. A Protein:Creatine urine test will let the Vet know what stage she is in.

      Talk to your Vet for his/her recommendation on feeding.

      Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    What's a good diet for a dog with kidney disease?
    My sister's 14yr old blind border collie has been drinking water excessively. (She went blind very young..about 4yrs old) We took the dog to the vet and found she has kidney disease. Only 25% kidney function. (I'm working on second hand info, as I wasn't there when the vet explained it.) We had been feeding her Kirkland Signature dog food for much of her life, but within the past year or so, we switched her to Acana (The fish flavor) because of allergies. What she's allergic to, we don't know. (could be chicken, corn, grains, etc)

    The border collie has anxiety, but we've had to restrict her 24/7 to an outdoor enclosure/kennel because she pees and poops all over the house without alerting anyone she has to go. We've tried blocking her in a room at night, but she just chews up the walls, and messes all over the floor (pee and poo). I feel bad for the dog, as she barks all day (extremely high-pitched and ear-piercing) and sometimes all night, desperate for human companionship.

    We're willing to spend the money on a good diet and meds, but we don't have a lot of time for home-made dog food. We're taking care of the dog for my sister, as she couldn't take her when she moved.

    We're also taking care of an old Japanese Chin we inherited. He doesn't seem to be exhibiting the same problems. He does pee/poop everywhere, but that's always been a problem. (He was never properly potty trained.) We keep him outside with my sister's dog during the day, but bring him in at night.

    They share food. Assuming the Japanese Chin doesn't have kidney problems, is there a diet out there that will work for both dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there are specific brands that are for dogs with kidney problems. Science diet KD is one popular one. Basically you are wanting to reduce the workload on the kidneys. Most of these types of foods have reduced levels of protein, phosphorus and sodium. Some things to look for.are also increased levels of b vitamins, & antioxidants. Fish oil is a good source of omega fatty acids as well.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some good carb & protein free recipes for someone who has kidney problems?
    My husband and I want to make dinner for someone who is suffering from kidney failure & has heart problems as well. It's a very strict diet. He can't have pasta, breads, beans, fish, meat, nuts, dairy... you can see my dilemma. It's mostly a vegetable diet? Anybody know of some tasty meals I can make?

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend looking up raw recipes...if your friend can eat raw foods. I'm not sure if raw is easier or harder to digest for someone like this. If raw foods are off-limits, you can just cook them...no problem.

      You listed pasta and breads as off-limits. Is rice? If not, you can cook rice with vegetables and herbs, which help to season the water and add flavor. You can also season the rice with various seasonings.

      If all grains are off-limits, that's okay. You can create lovely soups made with tomatoes as the base and chopped vegetables. These will simmer and can be served over mashed cauliflower (some raw foodists use grated cauliflower instead of rice).

      Hope this helps, and good on you for being nice to your friend :)

  4. QUESTION:
    Is the South Beach Diet good for my health?
    I've been using the SBD to cook dinners lately, but it seems like I am eating a lot of meat. Is this okay? Am I going to get heart disease or have kidney problems when I get older?

    Dinners
    Fish - 7 times/month
    Shellfish - 1/month
    Red meat - 5/month
    Chicken - 6/month
    Turkey - 1/month
    Pork - 3/month
    Eggs - 4/month
    Tofu - 1/month

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Meat isn't bad for you.

      Saturated Animal Fats Cause Heart Disease and Cancer.

      This myth is so widespread and often repeated that it is believed by most people without question. However, a quick review of the health and diet of people in 1900 easily shows they ate a very high level of saturated fat from meat, butter and lard but had virtually no heart disease or cancer. Proponents will site a study which shows an increase in saturated fat in the diet will raise the blood cholesterol level, a claimed precursor to heart disease. Other studies claim saturated fats increase the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women. These studies always include a large portion of carbohydrates which are never blamed. They will site studies which show some country that eats a higher amount of saturated fat than another country and has a greater incidence of some form of cancer while ignoring a vast amount of other differences between the two countries. These are big fat lies backed by slick schemes to distort the truth. They call a study of France a "paradox" because the people of France ate a diet very high in saturated fat but had a heart disease rate only one third that of the United States. The French people have a much lower intake of carbohydrates and a higher intake of saturated fats which are the true reasons for their superior health. The French are noted for the high amount of cheese in their diet. Cheese has no carbohydrates but is high in saturated fats. Cheese is a perfectly healthy food as the French have proven.

      (snipped from this webpage)http://www.biblelife.org/myths.htm

  5. QUESTION:
    My dog has kidney problems the vet put her on a diet..?
    The vet recommended k/d dry and canned dog food. She hates the canned dog food and she won't eat her dry dog food without something in there. Can anyone recommend any store brand canned dog food good for dog's kidneys? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try a home made recipe for your dog to add in with the dry food.. it is good for kidney problems as well as bladder stones. I used this before when my pomeranian had bladder stones many years ago. (actually dissolved all the stones, vet was impressed and amazed) He lived to be almost 17 years old so it worked great for him!

      Brown rice (follow recipe on box for 2 cups cooked) while water comes to a boil add in one beaten egg, stir well. Add 1 cup of cooked chopped chicken (you can also use lean hamburger)

      Also add in 1 teaspoon honey
      1/2 cup shredded carrot
      1 cup canned kidney beans
      1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

      After everything is added put lid on cooking pan and turn off the heat. let it set till rice it done.

  6. QUESTION:
    Question About Acute And Chronic Kidney Damage.?
    Ok, you have someone who has an enlarged prostate and it causes incontinence and he doesn't realize that his bladder is not emptying fully. He goes for about 1 year with this condition until he gets anemia and is admitted to the hospital to have his overly fully bladder emptied and his kidneys need to take a break since they are inflamed./damaged.

    The kidneys have sustained damage. Is this considered acute or chronic or acute/chronic?

    Why I am confused is that if the CAUSE of the kidney problem has been eliminated (prostate not letting bladder empty) does that mean that he will have continued PROGRESSION of kidney damage and will need dialysis in the future or is there HOPE that with a good kidney diet and management that there will be no more further kidney damage?

    I am hoping that since the cause has been eliminated then there is hope for no further destruction.

    Looking for any opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      The person you are talking about had acute post-renal failure due to the prostatic hypertrophy. Post-renal failure is usually fully reversible if treated within about 7 days. Obviously this is not the case for this person. The chance of him having chronic kidney disease depends on the amount of kidney damage he had over the past year. In order to determine if he does have chronic kidney disease, he needs to see a doctor. The doctor will be able to determine if he has chronic kidney disease based on blood concentrations of certain electrolytes, how much protein is found in the urine, and whether he is experiencing any signs and symptoms.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is Innova a good cat food or is it too high protein?
    I got a new cat @ the shelter and I want to switch her onto a good quality food. I researched and Innova among other names came up. I heard, however, that feeding too high protein diet gives cats kidney problems??? I know it is high protein. My cat is a spayed female, age 2. Please advise the best food choices for her. I lost my beloved cat about a month ago and do not want this new cat to get sick! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      That's absolutely not true that it "gives them kidney problems". Cats are obligate carnivores and the more protein, the better.

      Evo is an excellent - one of the best on the market. It's not always easy to find, though. One I use that's far easier to find and quite comparable is Blue Buffalo Wilderness. It's grain free, 45% meat protein and easily found at PetSmart and Petco.

      Also give your cat canned food daily as well. Read some of the articles at http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library Really great info about cat nutrition and what cats should - and shouldn't - be eating.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is diet ocean spray cranberry 10 ounce bottles just as good for urinart tract infections as regular ocean spra?
    The ocean spray diet cranberry from concentrate as effective as cranberry juice for urinary tract infections and kidney problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Water, cranberry juice, and over-the-counter medications such as AZO can all help alleviate the pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infection but none will effectively "cure" an active infection, especially if it involves the kidneys.

      If you have a urinary tract infection/pain in the kidneys, etc. you need to see a doctor and get a proper course of antibiotics to treat the problem.

      Drinking plenty of water and adding cranberry juice to your diet can help ward off future infections but if you already have one, see your doctor before the problem worsens, this can be dangerous if left untreated.

  9. QUESTION:
    My dog has kidney disease?
    My 14 - year - old mixed breed,Maura,has just been diagnosed with primary kidney disease ( early kidney failure.) her appettite had not been good for a few days,so I took her to the vet on Tuesday,only to find that she had lost 15 lbs. since her last visit in March.It wasn't apparent ,as she was chubby,and has a very heavy coat.My vet did bloodwork,and the kidney problem was found.Now,I have had dogs with this problem before,and special diets improved their symptoms and prolonged their lives,but Maura,a former chow -hound,refuses to eat ANYTHING,except for duck and rabbit jerky,and cooked chicken breast.She is NOT supposed to have all that protein.I bought Hill's k/d diet,both dry and canned,and some veggie dog biscuits,but she will have none of it.She is taking Tums as a phosphate binder,and Nutri -cal to try and stimulate her appetite and keep up her energy. She is also on amoxicillin.Does anyone have a good homemade diet for dogs with kidney disease that's highly palatable? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      try her with a little cooked rice, and boiled chicken breast. a little bowl of cornflakes with some milk. and if you could get her to eat some ice cream. my little dog had the same problem, and would only eat meat. sadly she died two years ago. she was my baby for fifteen years, hugs to you both.

  10. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard if Innovative Veterinary Diet foods is on the pet food recall list?
    My dog had an allergy problem. He was on a special diet that was formulated for his allergies. The name of the maker of the food is Innovative Veterinary Diets better known in the industry as IVD.

    Elmo, my pet Jack Russell Terrier, developed kidney failure. He had to be euthanized within two weeks of the onset of the problem. The only food Elmo was ever fed was IVD.

    I find it to be very suspicious that he died from kidney failure just as a massive pet food recall was announced. Prior to the onset of kidney failure, he never had any problems with his kidneys. If any of you followers of Answers has had a pet die from kidney failure while eating IVD, please contact the corporate offices of IVD to let them know.

    I wrote to them via email four days ago. They haven't answered my inquiry yet. Please help me to get IVD added to the recall list. I don't want any more pets to die from their negligence. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Only the foods on the recall list were affected as they were the only ones that got their wheat gluten from the infected supplyer.

      If you suspect that there is a kidney problem, go to the vet asap and bring a sample of the food. The vet will test it to see if it was in fact the food.

      Kidney Failure can be caused by a number of thigns and it was probably coincidence.

      Please do not go around accusing companys before you know for sure.

      www.menufoods.com has a full list of all companies that are affected.

  11. QUESTION:
    I need some homemade kidney diet recipes for my dog?
    My dog was recently diagnosed with early renal insufficently. Although his BUN level was still within the normal range (can't remember the exact number but remember the vet telling me it was normal) and the Creatine level was still normal (1.3 with 1.6 being the high) buthe does have dilute urine. So I have started the Hills K/D dry and canned and I have a few recipes from my vet to make. He is doing well but the problem I have always had with him is that he gets bored with food. Thats why I am doing all three. I am looking for more recipes for his kidney diets. I do use different meats as my vet said I could do but I was wondering what kind of veggies he can have. I am basically doing meat and potatoes. I know that carbs are good for him but I don't want him to get bored with this so I need to mix it up. Please help. I really appreciate it. My dog is doing so well with this diet and he feels good I just want to keep it up.
    I am doing the meat, potatoes calcium carbonate tablet and vitamin supplement for senior dogs (he is 15).

    • ANSWER:
      the myth of pets boredom with food is overrated.
      Dogs are not like humans, and do not think like a human.
      At his age and basically at ANY age,some days he will be more hungry, some days not.
      What your are doing is obviously okay because you just said he is doing fine so why change it?
      Dogs in the wild eat meat. Period.
      Domesticated dogs eat dog food. Period.
      The flavor changes are for the human owners, not the dogs and designed to sell dog food, not because someone determined that dogs get bored with food.
      How exactly do you know he gets bored with his food? He cannot tell you, you just assume.
      I certainly wouldn't worry about a menu for him. WHat is important is the right nutrients to support his failing kidneys.
      Be very careful to follow the vets guidelines because not all veggies are allowed in human kidney diets and if dogs are the same in that respect you could be doing more harm than good.

  12. QUESTION:
    What would be a good beginning diet plan for a person going vegetarian?
    I will never be a strict vegan, ( no slight intended.) I am trying to eliminate animal proteins in my diet for medical reasons. Purine content to be exact. My body does not seem to metabolize it very well. I just am having trouble finding a diet plan to meet what I need. I am diabetic, with high blood pressure, severe gout and kidney stones among other problems. jimminy crickets this gets depressing!!!
    Ha Ha Ha, thanks for the kick in the pants over being lazy. I always look for the easy way around. I have looked for somethings om the internet but it seems that what a diet for lowering uric acid calls to avoid, a iet for diabetes says I should be eating, Whole wheat for example and various legumes.

    • ANSWER:
      Try things rich in fiber, iron, and protein.

      Green leafy vegetables are great... Spinach has a lot of iron in it... Beans and nuts for protein, Peanut butter and such. Also try eating fish unless you are going to be a strict vegetarian... but fish is metabolized differently than other animal meat, and also has a lot of protein in it. maybe take a multi vitamin if you dont know how to create a balanced meal without meat.

      Whole wheat pasta, sweet potatoes, and brown rice are great for fiber... it is pretty straight forward... look for protein... always eat something GREEN, add some color to your plate, eat fruit... and go online and look for vegetarian recipes... stop being lazy about it... foodnetwork.com...

  13. QUESTION:
    Diabetes and Dialyses - diet when you have both?
    I'm having an old friend over for dinner who is diabetic and has severe kidney problems. He is on dialysis and while I have very good knowlegde of what it means to cook for someone with diabetes, I'm completely clueless when it comes to food for people on dialysis.

    What do I need to watch out for? I was already told that fresh fruit is out due to the juice, what about other things I cannot serve?
    Does that mean that I need to serve mostly dry things? What about a joghurt cream or similar? Would this be good or bad?

    • ANSWER:
      People on dialysis are on whats called a renal diet. They are allowed a certain amount of flds a day..so any liquids they have add up on there fluid count. the big thing when cooking is no procssed foods. Renal diets can have no processed foods. So just remember that and they follow a strict fluid intake when making your dinner.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does my Cat have a UTI, stones, or other kidney problem? if so... what diet?
    My cat's pee has a little blood in it, i noticed it outside of her litter box. she was frequently urinating, and only producing a small amount each time, I suspected UTI. the blood was only a little bit in the begining, now it's just urine

    i took her to the vet, and they put her on Clavamox (broad spectrum anti-biotic) for an infection. they also want to do a urinealysis & bladder scan for stones/bacteria. Yet when i inquired about this they told me change of diet is appropirate. my question is...What should a kitty with this be eating?

    I have not done the testing yet, due to financial reasons. the vet bill alone was 0.

    she seems better today, but she is a little fatigued. does any know if this is a side effects of this antibiotic? or if this is a sign of something more serious than i thought.

    hope someone can help.

    -Thanks

    p.s. her pee patteren is normal now, she is not constantly going potty, but she is producing, but i'm worried she is a little tired.

    • ANSWER:
      You do not want to feed the vet's diet. You want to stop feeding dry foods. The system needs water.
      http://www.catinfo.org/#Common_Feline_Health_Problems_and_Their_Ties_to_Diet_
      More nutrtiuonal info

      Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
      Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
      Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingrdiant a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
      http://www.catinfo.org/#Learn_How_To_Read_a_Pet_Food_Ingredient_Label
      Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms
      The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process them. Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in
      Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
      You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all. Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck? http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4a.php

      Please read about cat nutrition.
      http://www.newdestiny.us/nutritionbasics.html
      http://www.catinfo.org/feline_obesity.htm
      http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm#Dry_Food_vs_Canned_Food.__Which_is_reall

  15. QUESTION:
    apple cider and vinegar diet!!?
    i am really curious to this diet, i have some kidney problems and was informed that the diet of apple cider vinegar and water once a day can be good for you. does anyone know how much ACV is used and the quantity of water as i would like to give this a try to see if it would possibly make any difference for me, also is cider vinegar the same, or does it specifically have to say apple cider vinegar, any suggestions would be much appreciated, much thanks xx

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  16. QUESTION:
    i need to know the dietary for kidney problem and high blood pressure.?
    hi, my dad is 53 now and having kidney problem and high blood pressure. as i know the medicines that he ate for high blood pressure and diabetic cause the kidney problem but due to his previous diet his diabetic back to normal. the thing is i don't understand what kind of food should he eat but i know that he couldn't eat seafood and meats. the doctor said he should eat rice and vegetables (but some vegetables he couldn't eat) in order to control his health and no juicy fruits. doing exercise won't help to overcome his health. high blood pressure is genetic but how to control it? cause as i know worry, angry and eating salty food can lead to the problem but when my dad is in a good mood the blood pressure is still high, why is that happen? is anyone know the best diet for these problem?

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  17. QUESTION:
    I heard mixed reviews on Holistic Cat Food and Natural Diets for cats, are they good or not?
    I've read that Natural brands of cat food can be high in magnesium and kill cats but, I've also read that cats that eat natural diets are at less risk for allergies, kidney problems, heart problems, or cancer. Indigo Moon Holistic Cat Food sounds good but, I'm not sure on its magnesium content or if anyone has had any serious problems when feeding their cat it. Is that brand as good as it claims? Here's the link to the cat food:
    http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=90&code=90

    I'm just not sure if natural diets are as good as they claim. Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Let me share with you what I have learned about feline nutrition to help you make an informed decision on what diet you should feed your cat.

      Many brands of manufactured cat foods claiming to be "healthy" really are not. In fact they are made of the lowest ingredients possible. I'm not saying that a cat can't live off them... just the same as you could live off hot dogs and Mac and cheese forever, but better choices can and should be made for your feline friends. I would not venture to say that any manufactured food is "best" for a cat but a grain free organic wet food would be a good start. Feeding canned is certainly better than feeding dry in all cases.

      Cats were never meant to eat dry food, also known as cereals or kibble. We, humans, make them eat it for convenience to us. It has nothing to do with them or their nutritional needs. It's completely species inappropriate.

      All small domestic cats descended from desert cats. In the wild, desert cats derive their entire liquid intake from their prey. They do not have a thirst mechanism because they don't need it when eating a species appropriate diet. They get all they need from what they eat. Additionally water was usually not available to them in their desert climate. So they do not often drink water. Regular ol' house cats have descended from those same wild desert cats.

      So in a home environment, your kitty does not get the moisture it needs from dry food and it’s almost always in a constant state of dehydration. Water fountains are encouraged to TRY to get your cat to drink more and your kitty may even enjoy it, but it will never meet its water intake needs drinking from a bowl.

      Deadly feline illnesses such as diabetes, kidney failure, obesity, allergies, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), bladder stones, kidney stones, urinary tract blockages and Urinary Tract Infections (FLUTD), with and without deadly crystals run rampant these days. Cats are not taking in enough water to stave them off. Proper water intake through a species appropriate diet alone can prevent most of these conditions.

      Overall, wet is all around better for any cats diet, be it canned or Raw and they should never be fed dry cereal kibble if we wish to most closely match their wild nutritional and dietary needs. Kibble meets our needs… not our cats.

      I personally feed a Raw Meat and Bones based diet to my cats and they are very healthy on it. I HIGHLY recommend it. Once I got the hang of it and felt comfortable with it it's a snap to prepare. It's something you might want to consider someday. Cats are obligate carnivores after all and must derive ALL their nutrients from meat based sources. They are unable to absorb them from any other source. Despite thousands of years of domestication they remain strictly carnivorous. True and honest meat eaters and that is what they need most. Protein from meat!

      If you are interested in feeding a raw diet (or just educating yourself about feline nutrition) a great place to start learning is www.catinfo.org .

      If you would like to try raw with your cats and don’t want to get all technical about it but want to try a trusted, time tested and balanced raw diet you can order from felinespride.com. I purchased this myself when I first started and my cats loved it! Another premade Raw you can try is Natures Varity. I personally have never used this but know many people that do and it’s pretty easy to find.

      If raw is not an option for you please be aware that there are three Categories of manufactured Pet Foods:

      -"Grocery store" foods – (Special Kitty, Friskies, Meow Mix, Generic Brands and Grocery brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, "grocery store" foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.

      -Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of "grocery store" food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and "filler" ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than "grocery store" foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!

      -Healthy foods – (Wellness, Merrick, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster & Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market - provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.

      With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new cat food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.

      The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!! Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. :o (

      So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading, put down that product and move on to the next.

      Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you more than cheaper products, just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. This in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy wet foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are better for your cat than cheap crap.

      You can start your research for a healthy cat food here if you are not ready to try feeding a Raw diet:
      onlynaturalpet.com

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet for my housecats?
    i have three cats who are not very active.

    one of the cats was put on hills prescription diet after having problems with kidney stones but this food is so expensive!

    i have thought a lot lately about whats the ideal food for my cats.

    i thought about buying chicken/fish/red meat, boiling it in water ad mixing with rice. this could be fed to them twice a day and i can put the hills prescription (dry food) out overnight.

    whats your thoughts on this. if its a good idea, what types of meat/fish are best (low in salt for example).

    thankyou in advance to all those that answer. im especially interested if there are any vets on here?

    • ANSWER:
      There are no vets out here. There are some vet techs and some fake ones too.

      I am not really up on kidney problems with cats so I don't have a great suggestion for you. What I do recommend is looking for Yahoo groups for cats with kidney problems. Join them and you'll learn more from experienced owners.

      I can also tell you that Hills foods are garbage and it would be better to find another food for your cat. If your cat only had kidney stones, and is not suffering from any form of kidney failure, then I don't *think* there's any reason to keep him on that food.

      You're on the right track with the meat idea but you're not quite there. You can certainly make your own cat food but you must be sure that it's properly supplemented. There are recipes out there for cooked meats but I'm not familiar with any of them.

      I could point you to learn more about raw feeding which *might* be a good choice for all of your cats, or perhaps just for the ones without kidney problems.

      But in general, the best food for cats is a grainless wet food, whether that's raw meat or canned food.

  19. QUESTION:
    Could high creatinine levels be due to a temporary unhealthy lifestyle rather than kidney failure.?
    My creatine levels were normal 2 years ago. I have since found out that my creatine levels have been slightly above average for about 4 months. Since my last no-problem check up 2 years ago, I've moved to Japan and had significant lifestyle changes. The main ones would be sodium in my diet and alcohol...I have a whole lot more of both here. I've always tried to stay away from greasy fried stuff and who-knows-whats-in-it fast food but I find that the food I eat in Japan has much much more salt in it.
    I don't work out that much and I wanted to start but if I have kidney problems apparently it's not a good idea.

    Is there a chance that a slightly high creatinine levels could be temporary due to lifestyle changes?

    • ANSWER:
      this is a super question for your doctor at the next appointment.

  20. QUESTION:
    What else can I do to raise HDL without meds? Please read!?
    my cholesterol test came back "abnormal": here are the values!!
    Total: 202
    LDL 128
    HDL 48
    Triglycerides 84.
    I do the following:
    exercise elliptical on resistance 4 45 minutes 4 times weekly
    walk wiht my dog 7 times weekly for at least 45 min 7 times a week.
    I take fish oil 3000 mg, ground flaxseed 2-3 tbsp., resveratrol, phytosterols, drink 1 cup of diet cranberry juice/daily, eat tons of fruit and vegetables, hardly any bread--overall I eat very healthy, I weigh only 150 lbs. I tried adding niacin--that gave me a crazy heart beat preventing me from going to sleep. I tried oatmeal for six months and had no success, so I stopped eating daily oatmeal. I am wondering what people with high HDL levels eat, if I should add something to my daily regimen or if I'll be doomed for a heart attack, no matter what I do. I am refusing to take statins because they can cause liver/kidney problems and I've had both for other reasons before. Anyone out there with high HDL and a good diet plan to get one? Oh, I also do not eat a lot of meat, especially not red meat!!
    Thank you in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Your Y!A pulse should indicate male or female and appx age because that is important to questions like this. Your total cholesterol is NOT bad - it is borderline (should be under 200) and almost anything could lower it a measly 2 points. Here is what Life Extension says your values should be:

      Total cholesterol <200
      Tri < 60 mg/dL (standard ref range is < 150 mg/dL)
      HDL > 60
      LDL <100

      HDL levels decrease as triglyceride levels increase. So target triglycerides.

      ■Policosanol (sugar cane derivative) – take one tablet twice per day with meals: one in the afternoon and one in the evening. -- modestly lowers LDL and raises HDL,
      ■Sytrinol – one capsule twice daily. Note:Do not take if it causes your cholesterol to drop below 180 mg/dL
      ■Fiber – 4 to 6 grams before any high-fat meal. esp. containing beta glucan (such as oats) or raw nuts like almonds and walnuts lower glycemic index and thus triglycerides.
      ■Niacin (B3) -- 500mg/day lowers trigylcerides (but not if you have liver problems) & raises HDL a few points
      ■Artichoke extract – 300 mg, 3 times a day -- lowers triglycerides and total cholesterol.
      ■Garlic – 600 to 4800 mg a day -- lowers LDL, keeps it from oxidizing, inhibits blood clotting.
      ■Curcumin – 900 to 1800 mg a day -- raises HDL (29%!) in only 7 days, lowers LDL, inhibits blood clotting
      ■Gugulipid – 140 mg 1 to 2 times a day -- raises HDL (60%!) in 3 to 4 weeks, lowers triglycerides.
      ■Tea – 725 mg a day, 98% polyphenol extract -- raises HDL and lowers LDL (tea -- prevents cancer cell proliferation because it breaks folate metabolism, so I don't drink it myself -- but would if I had cancer)
      ■Fish oil - 4-8g/day -- lowers triglycerides by up to 50% and raises HDL a few points
      ■Selenium – 200 to 600 mcg daily.
      ■Junk foods are often sources of triglycerides - avoid them.
      ■Weight loss has a powerful effect on raising HDL.
      ■Chromium -- 400-800 mcg daily -- “sensitizes” your body to its own insulin and can raise HDL a few points.
      ■Avoid both hydrogenated fats (which depress HDL and raise LDL) and refined starches such as flour-containing baked goods.
      ■Vitamin E – 400 to 800 IU daily

      NOTE you did NOT say you were taking Vitamin E, but you MUST take vitamin E if you are taking fish oil (you need more E the more fat you consume) because Vitamin E is required to prevent fat from oxidizing.

      P.S. Do not listen to anyone who says "This is all I do so it must be what works" because it all depends on genes, sex, age, and even perhaps subtle differences in diet. You need to figure out what works for you and shoul retest until you get it right. actually I think u r doing pretty good, but if you want you could have your genes mapped at www.heartfixer.com -- Dr. Roberts is a heart doctor who maps 30 genes which pertain and advises on supplements to overcome any mutations.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is my diet and PWO meal alright? How do i keep my tummy small all the time?
    I'm 14 this year, 163cm and 48 kg. I read somewhere that i should weigh more, but thing is i still have this really big tummy. I eat about 1210 calories a day, 1410 on strength training days and 1450 on cardio days. My fat intake is roughly 30 g, 75g protein, and 150g carbs on non-exercise days. Am i taking in too much protein? I really don't want any kidney problems.

    When i wake up, my tummy is really small and i love how it looks (HAHA :S) but once i get food in there, it gets big and all. How do i keep it small throughout the day? :(

    My post-workout meal (strength training) is about 47g carbs (from potatoes), 20g protein (cold cuts) and 0.5g fat. For cardio, it's about 35g carbs, 12.5g protein, 4g fats. Is that too much?

    Also, if you wake up later than usual, like say at 11.30am instead of 8.30am, do you still consume the same amount of calories? More at breakfast, maybe?

    && sometimes i plan to have 400 calories for lunch, but maybe i forget to eat about 70 calories (an apple maybe), do i need to replace that at dinner? Too few calories slow down metabolism, but since it's already at night does it matter?

    I'd love to have some good answers, with explanations, preferably, to all my questions :) xx Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      The diet plan is alright, but make sure to do at least 300 stomach crunches every 8 hours. Mix up the food elements with some Hostess Twinkies, smothered in chocolate sauce.

  22. QUESTION:
    My doctors can't give me a good answer or direction to take. Can you help?
    Hi, My name is Matt and I apologize in advance for the long question. I've been having a chronic health problem for the past year and half now, and I'm not much closer to solving the problem of why I feel so awful than I was at the start. Different doctors will tell me I have things that other doctors say there is no way I have. Others tend to throw antibiotics at me, push me out of the office, and hope the problem magically disappears. My faith in health care professionals is ebbing away more and more everyday.

    Anyways, here are my regular symptoms:
    Loss of focus/concentration, extreme fatigue, constantly hungry, feeling very faint and weak kneed, stiff joints and muscles, stuffy nose, sore/tight throat, chest pain/tightness right along my sternum, irritability, and heavy breathing.

    For the past year and a half, I've exhibited these symptoms on and off. I have good days and bad days, but especially lately, much more so bad. Also, even the good days give me some fatigue, but the difference is pretty night and day. I feel a lot more capable.

    I've been diagnosed with a severe dust mite allergy, pumped full of medications, continued to get sick, and later found I had no allergy to dust mites according to another doctor and another test. The new doctor diagnosed me with chronic sinusitis. I've tried corticosteroids, antihistamines, nasal rinses, vitamins, and all sorts of things. The only thing that gives me any real relief is the sinus rinse, and that relief is pretty fleeting. Now I'm being told that I have allergies again, despite the fact that no allergy medication has done me any good, and the skin tests say I'm not allergic to anything.

    I've also recently had some new symptoms, on top of the old ones being more severe than usual (especially the fatigue, hunger, and faint feeling). They are: constantly thirsty, nausea, frequent urination (happens a lot, regardless of how much water I drink, always comes out crystal clear, and I can't seem to hold it at all), about 10 pounds of weight loss 2 weeks ago, and now, very little weight gain, despite eating like crazy.

    I've had a complete blood count recently. It showed my glucose as normal, so diabetes is not the problem. Kidney and liver functions were also normal. My lymphocyte level came in a little high at 47 (12-44 is normal), absolute neutrophils came in a little low at 1.67 (normal is 1.8-7.7). It looks like I have a slight anemia, because my hemoglobin came in at 13.2 (normal: 14-18) and my hematocrit came in at 38 (normal: 42-54). I've started taking a multivitamin, and eating more red meat in case of iron deficiency.

    Yet, I find it hard to believe that anemia is to blame for all of my new/worsening of symptoms, and more importantly, I've had numerous blood tests over the past year and a half, and never came up as anemic, so even if it is the complete cause for my new and worsened symptoms, it still doesn't explain my regular fatigue and general feeling like garbage for over a year.

    As for my habits, I generally eat a very healthy diet, and also exercise frequently. I'm in pretty good shape, and am in the right weight range for my height (6 feet tall, 170 lbs). Also, I'm only 20 years old, so I feel like I shouldn't be getting winded by taking the stairs, or needing a nap after 2 hours of work. The only hospitilizations I've had are for a concussion at age 16 sustained while playing rugby (very light concussion, blacked out for 10 seconds, can't remember some of that day, but I was fine after a few hours), and a surgery to take out my tonsils and open up my sinuses (which did seem to help my breathing a bit, but didn't stop the sickness from coming over and over and over).

    As for medications, I've been on pretty much every allergy medication around, and none of them stop me from getting sick. Plus, most of them leave me in an even worse brain fog than when I'm just feeling sick. I've also been pumped full of more antibiotics than I can count. At this point, I'm quite adverse to taking more medications, considering that none has helped me thus far, and they always, always come with side effects.

    I really just want to know whats wrong with me, whatever it is, so that I can get about fixing it. It's a number one priority for me, because it just makes everything in my life so much more difficult. Even the simplest classes and tasks and work become grueling when I'm feeling like this, and I'd say I feel like this about 85-95% of the time, especially as of late. My problem is, I'm at the end of my rope. My doctor's can't give me any good ideas or directions to take, they just tell me the other one is an idiot and that I need to just keep putting money in their pocket. I've tried so many options and been tested for so many things, and I can't seem to get a truly conclusive answer. I'm ready to try just about anything. In fact, I'm getting ready to make an acupuncture appointment, and maybe start taking some herbs. I mean, it may be a

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, have you tried cutting out gluten in your diet. I have this friend who did exactly this and she became human again and she felt more alive than she had in years. She had some of the symptoms that you have been suffering. Hope this helps.

  23. QUESTION:
    building muscle????????
    im 16 and weigh 112 pounds and would like to build muscle and have a body like the werewolf of twilight can anyone find me a good work out plan so i can get like that. and i carnt have protein shakes due to kidney problems so could anyone find a good work out and diet for me please? thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Well protein shakes are the best, But I would look into protein pills if you cant have the shakes. Every time you work out, Work out your legs bye doing squats and running(even when your not at the gym) Then when Work out your arms and back and stomach(for a six pack). Go to the gym 3-4 times and week for 45 mins-1 hour. Eat 3 meals a day. Even some fast food once a week to get some fat in those muscles.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can't donate my kidney to my relative... Is that wrong?
    My mom has kidney failure. She works in healthcare so she encounters patients with this same condition. She is diabetic, has high blood pressure and is overweight. She doesn't exercise or eat healthy. My dad was willing to donate his kidney but he's not compatible. I am a healthy girl and know I would be a better match. I am so angry with her that she could have prevented this
    situation. If she controlled her diabetes, ate a better diet and exercised, then she wouldn't be in this situation. I don't want to donate my kidney because what if I have a health problem in the future.Am
    I being selfish? I know I will forever regret it if something happens to her and it was because she had to wait on a waiting list. My 'friend' said my dad really must love my mom since he volunteer to donate his kidney so I don't love my mom?!? I am so scared to go for surgery. Am I a bad daughter? Please advice me what to do?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, it's not your fault your mother was in bad health.
      You don't have to donate your kidney because, as you said, there are major health risks involved with only having one.
      I can't tell you what to do, but I think your mom would kind of be the selfish one if she took your kidney. She should understand she got this way by her own doing, and her daughter, who has so much life to live, shouldn't be punished for her mistakes. You are not a bad daughter for not wanting to give her your kidney. Have you talked to your mom about this? I'm very sorry for your situation and I hope everything works out.

      Nobody should be forced to give up their body parts, however, I think that YOU should really think about this. Don't let anyone on here persuade you. Who knows, maybe your mother will find another donor.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can't donate my kidney to my relative...Is that wrong?
    My mom has kidney failure. She works in healthcare so she encounters patients with this same condition. She is diabetic, has high blood pressure and is overweight. She doesn't exercise or eat healthy. My dad was willing to donate his kidney but he's not compatible. I am a healthy girl and know I would be a better match. I am so angry with her that she could have prevented this
    situation. If she controlled her diabetes, ate a better diet and exercised, then she wouldn't be in this situation. I don't want to donate my kidney because what if I have a health problem in the future.Am
    I being selfish? I know I will forever regret it if something happens to her and it was because she had to wait on a waiting list. My 'friend' said my dad really must love my mom since he volunteer to donate his kidney so I don't love my mom?!? I am so scared to go for surgery. Am I a bad daughter? Please advice me what to do?

    • ANSWER:
      There's no guarantee that even if she took great care of herself that she would not have diabetic complications. My transplant team told me that with diabetes, they believe that the patient has certain tendencies to different complications.
      '
      I do think you should rethink your stance against being her donor. Dialysis is no way to live your life. I've done it and while I did better than most, I still hated it, and I would never let a relative of mine be on it if I was a compatible donor. If your mother goes on dialysis, and you go see what it's like, you probably won't be able to donate a kidney fast enough. If you have a health problem in the future, being a living donor gives you 4 extra "points" on the waiting list.

      There's over 108,000 people on the waiting list now for different organs, with 77% of those waiting for a kidney. The third time I went to dialysis, a man died while I was there.

      If my mother were alive, I'm sure she would have wanted to be tested to be my kidney donor, and I was NOT a good diabetic patient. It works both ways.

      Organ donation is a wonderful gift. Please consider it. It saved my life. It does not make you a bad person not to do it, but I think you will regret it forever if you don't at least get tested.

  26. QUESTION:
    Hyperthyroid question for vets please?
    My tom cat is nearly 17 years old and has hyperthyroid, heart murmur, kidney and liver problems. Our vet has taken him off his vidalta tablets because of his blood results which indicated the kidney and liver problems. He has been much better in himself after coming off the vidalta which made him become withdrawn and made him lose his appetite. He has been trembling off and on for a year now (due to the hyperthyroid?) I have had him checked over by the vets for other causes of the trembling but they cannot find any other reason for it without carrying out MRI scans etc which I am unwilling to put him through at his age. My question is what is biologically is happening to him which causes the trembling assuming it is related to the hyperthyroid. He seems to have little spates of it and at other times he seems to be OK.

    We tried him on fortekor for his kidneys but they made him very poorly (seemed to be dizzy/faint) so currently he is not on anything other than TLC and a kidney diet. Apart from the trembling episodes and being very thin (2kg) he is on good form and is taking part in normal day to day activities.

    I am only asking on here about the biology of what is happening to my cat to cause the trembling not as a replacement for vet care or diagnosis as he has this already.

    Thank you for any help.

    Becky
    I am so sorry to hear about your cat Andrew. I feel so sorry for you. I have a good eye on him and I will not let him suffer don't worry. He has a lot more life in him yet, he is still enjoying himself too much. I had to make that decision with my beloved dog and I know it was for the best. i will do the same for my cat when the time comes but for now the good out weighs the bad by far. He is currently lying out tummy up by the fire purring his furry butt off :)
    Thanks Ken I will certainly have a read of the link you have sent to me. I really appreciate your help. I have been wondering about the degeneration factor and what you say makes a lot of sense. Can I ask you what the trembling feels like? Yes he is hyper T4. My vet has told me that none of his conditions are ones that are not directly painful but as he cannot tell me how he feels when he gets the shakes would you mind describing how it feels. it looks to me that it would feel like when you are dithering with the flu am i on the right track?
    Liverpool Lou :) you made me smile thanks. It is lovely to hear how much you love your cat. They are worth it! Fizzy is priceless too :) We did consider all our options a while back and as Fizzy is insured he would've been covered for that operation. His age deterred me from taking doing it. At the end of the day I don't have the power to make him live forever I only wish I could. He is a lovely old soul and a good friend. I just want what time he has left to be comfortable and happy. Good luck with your cat i hope he/she does well and goes on to be 100 + too :) these old boys eh!
    Thanks JC that is all useful :) Yes what Ken said made sense to me. I did go for all of our repeat T4 blood tests until my vet recommended we came off the treatment because of it suppressing his appetite and because of the problems with his kidneys. She told me that the meds for hyperthyroid put extra pressure on the kidneys. LOL yes I agree about the 13 year olds pretending to be vets! I do have a couple of vet friends on here lol unless they are bored teenagers that is. Thanks to you all for your help and cat stories. I will certainly look into this and do some research and talk to my vet again in the morning.
    Thank you so much Everycat for your kind words. I really appreciate your help and advice. I do love him lots. Yes that is what my vet had said...that it was likely idiopathic. Thanks for the your comment about the MRI, I thought it would be too much for him. I did all I could to save my dog when she had heart failure...I learnt a lot because at the end of the day I couldn't save her with all the pills/tests in the world. But I will get him to the vets for this full blood panel, it was a few weeks ago since his last blood test and I don't think they did check his electrolytes. Thanks for being so kind.
    Hudsongray, thank you so much. It is lovely that such a great/supportive bunch of people have helped here! Thank you for sharing your knowledge about what has worked for your cats. I am really grateful that you have all concurred with each other about the low protein food, I would not of had a clue about this and would've gone on feeding it without question. I will speak to my vet about it and see if it is best for Fizzy to change. I am of belief that he would be loving a higher protein food...he adores chicken! I am lucky with Fizzy he does drink plenty of water and he is on wet food because along with everything else going wrong for the poor mite he only has 2 teeth left!!!! He had neck lesions (FORNS) and his body reclaimed all the calcium in his teeth! So they have been removed over the years despite my best efforts with the cat toothpaste (which he hated btw)!Anyway I'm off now to give him a hug and book my vet :) thanks guys :) xx

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot answer about the biology of what is happening. I can only answer from some experience that I was trembling when my hyper-T wasn't diagnosed so I assume your cats hyper-t is not regulated. I really wanted to talk to you about the kidney problems. If this is crf and not total kidney failure you may be going about this the wrong way. Maybe if you can strengthen him, even at this age you may be able to go for the radio iodine treatment, Anyway best of luck and here you go
      Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure

      If your cat is not in final stages, this is not want you want to do. You do not want to put your cat on the
      Vets low protein diet. There are simply so many better options out there than to hand the poor cat a low amount of poor quality protein - which often results in a poor appetite and muscle wasting since the body is now robbing its own muscle mass to feed itself a decent quality and amount of protein.
      . There are new thoughts on this and the thinking is it is not the amount of protein but the quality of protein that matters.
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need "4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day". That's about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn't a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy.

      I am under the assumption that you have been feeding mostly dry foods. Many use a vegetable based protein instead of animal and that is part of the problem.. Your cat needs protein as it is a carnivore and cutting down on it will lead to other health issues and may cause faster degeneration.
      You want to cut down on phosphorous (no fish allowed now)

      The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy. (Making yourself is better) link provided at the bottom
      If you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of Wellness or Merrick with NO grains are good alternatives. Wysong is also a good canned choice. This list gives a breakdown. Remember you want low phosphorous
      http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodOld.html
      http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodNew.html
      You should be giving sub-Q fluids as needed.

      You also will want to look into phosphorous binders. Something like aluminum hydroxide
      Ask your vet or look into calcitrol

      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Making cat food
      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm
      other links. Read, read, read!!!!
      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationDetail.asp?cat=KidneyDisease
      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/kidney_failure_where_to_begin.html
      http://www.felinecrf.org/
      c

      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats
      http://mousabilities.com/nutrition/crf/bovee_protein_RD.pdf
      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21...

  27. QUESTION:
    My cat doesn't want to eat new grain free food!?
    We adopted an older Siamese cat a month ago. He is 9 years old and he is very picky. After trying different brands, we finally found something he likes. We are feeding him Blue buffalo can food now, and he eats some IAMS natural dry food in between his meals. But after getting his blood work from the vet, we were suggested to switch him to no grain diet because of possible kidney problems. We got him Wellness can food (no grain) and he ate a bit, but never finished his meal. Sometimes it was in the bowl for hours and we had to through it away. We also got him Wellness dry food, he didn't touch it at all. Then, we saw that Blue Buffalo makes no grain dry food. He didn't like that one either. I know that dry food is not that good for cats, and I'm not making him eat just dry food. But he seems to like IAMS natural, and I just wanted him to eat healthier stuff. He absolutely loves Blue Buffalo can food, but it has grain products in it. We tried to mix his dry food: IAMS and Wellness, IAMS and Blue Buffalo. But he didn't eat it. I put a bit of tuna juice on top of his new dry food and he snacked on it a bit. We just can't find any grain free food (canned or dry) that he would love as much as Blue Buffalo, and we are wasting so much money on buying different bags that we have to throw away. We left him alone at home once for 24 hours, he finished his can of Blue Buffalo, and didn't even touch wellness dry food. He was so hungry and mad when we got home. I don't understand why he doesn't like it so much. He doesn't have a problem with eating dry food, it's just grain free stuff that he doesn't like. Any suggestions? Maybe there is a super cat food that all cats love?
    We tried switching him gradually, but he picks his IAMS food out, and leaves the new one in the bowl. I mixed it again this morning, so we'll see what happens. Thanks for help.

    • ANSWER:
      You have to switch over gradually. Mix 1/4 of the new food with the rest old food for like a week then go to 1/2 and 1/2, then 3/4 new food and 1/4 old food and then all the new food.

  28. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used Hills Science Diet or SD/CD for cats with urethral obstruction?
    My 3 year old neutered tabby was taken into the emergency clinic last night for a urinary blockage. I'll find out from the vet what, if any, crystals were found in his urine, or if there are bladder/ kidney stones etc, and know better after that. But for now the recommended treatment is Hills SD veterinary prescription diet. The formulas would be SD (Stone dissolving) for 4-8 weeks, or until the active problem is under control, and cd as a long term maintenance diet.

    Since we just switched two weeks ago from free feeding dry Natural Balance to canned Wellness as long term therapy for a female with recurring bladder infections/utis, I'm assuming easy access to clean fresh water is not the source of the problem. Although I am also considering making it filtered or distilled water which is likely to have fewer minerals in it. How unusual a coincidence is that to have two of the three come down with urinary related problems ?? They've never been on low quality foods....

    So anyone have good luck with Hills Science Plan SD or CD..?
    It's gonna be expensive so I'm open to OTC alternatives if you're not convinced it's the right food....

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!,
      My cat had the same problem 2 years ago, he was catheterised by the vet to remove the crystals and is now on Royal Canin Urinary s/o dry food, which our vet has recommended we feed him for life, I don't find the food too expensive, it's around £14.00 for a bag which lasts a month, although we do supplement his diet with the odd pouch of wet food (although we have found since he has his struvite crystals this tends to make him sick) He just drinks normal tap water (out of a pint glass by the bed, or the toilet, or a puddle or basically anywhere that isn't the bottled water in his bowl!)
      We did have a slip up in a locum vet advising us to stop feeding him the urinary s/o food, which led to a huge infection and cystitis for the little fellow, so although it may be a little more expensive, i think it's best to keep the cat on a urinary food to avoid any future problems! hope this helps!

  29. QUESTION:
    GOUT diet HELP??????
    I don't have gout but I went to a follow-up with my urologist after passing a Kidney stone and my urine test came back with very high Uric acid. I was advised to cut back my protien intake and I did research and asked my doctor again who stated that a deit for Gout would be ideal. Only problem is this seems very overwhelming to me without guidance. My question is this and please be specific. I need some good reliable resources for Gout diets. Preferably, good cookbook recommendations, helpful books, menu plans, or websites? I have only found lists of foods I shouldn't eat but that doesn't help me to devise a healthy and balanced diet.

    • ANSWER:
      www.goutdiet.com

  30. QUESTION:
    High white blood cells in eyes, blood and urine?
    Ive had an optometrist comment on high WBC (white blood cell) in my eyes when getting contacts, I was screened for (blood test) low thyroid and Doc told me that I have high WBC and to watch that then I had a pee test (routine) from my PCP and she also told me about the high WBC count. I do have pain in my lower back but I also have scoliosis so I don't know now if the scoliosis (its 15% the lower end for scoliosis) but maybe a kidney/ovary problem or what? I don't know what ?'s to ask my Doctor ( Oh three separate doctors told me this and I am a 28 year old female with no kids...good diet and take walks daily) I do have aches and pains but I was a tremendous athlete in my high school and college years so I just attribute my aches and pains to my athletic youth and scoliosis or could more be going on here? Oh and these tests took place within the past 18 months and Im not pregnant Thanks for reading!

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    How can I make my dog feel better?
    =(

    He doesn't like his food, but its a prescription diet from the vet so he has to. We add cheese and turkey or chicken to it and always add chicken broth. I just gave him a good rub and talked to him and stuff, but he is still sad. His nose is cold but dry. My brother came back from college (he loves my brother) and then left about a week and a half ago. I thought he might be sad (my dog) because of that. How can I make him happier?

    BACK ROUND INFO:

    Age: 8
    Breed: Flat-coated retriever
    Gender: Male
    Other info: When he was a puppy he developed luxating patella (the knee cap moves around and rubs against other bones and tissue) We brought him to a vet who made it worse, then another who worked for only about a year, and another who gave the final verdict "There's no way of fixing it", we where given the option of
    A. Amputating it
    B. Keep it the way it is
    We decided we didn't want to put him through yet anothersurgeryy he had multiple knee surgery, as a young puppy he ate sock (three times).

    He also has some kidney problems, but the vet said they got somewhat better, the speical food is for kidneys.

    His leg hasn't affected him much over the years, it has caused him pain sometimes because of althritus. Sometime I forget he is hurt because he still acts like a puppy- chasing us around the yard after a stick.

    Anyway, how can I help him feel better and eat his food more?
    You dont need to read all of it, its just if you need to get an idea.
    Yes, science diet, they vet said to add chicken broth, I know we should add goodies to it- but its the only way to get him to eat it. Lately we have been adding ground turkey and he eats it all.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you feeding him Science Diet k/d? If it's for his kidneys, you really don't need to be adding anything to it - especially not chicken. Chicken is high in protein and low in fat. Prescription diets for kidney problems are the exact opposite. They are high in fat (to maintain weight) and low in protein. Protein is normally good for you, but it's harder for kidneys to process. All you're doing is making his kidneys work even harder.
      What worked for my flat-coated retriever when she had this problem was exercise. I took her for a run or played fetch with her for at least 30 minutes every day. Afterward, she was always famished. She would eat anything I put in front of her.
      It's unusual that your dog would dislike k/d or any similar food because of the fat content. Dogs usually like it a lot more than their regular food because the fat makes it smell and taste better to them. You may want to talk to your vet about his behavior.

  32. QUESTION:
    urinating outside of box--sign of cat hyperthyroidism?
    I took my 16 year old cat to the vet because he was urinating and defecating outside of his box and it wasn't a one time isolated incident. I moved his box to a more convenient place, put my cat in it, and he darted off to go urinate on the kitchen floor. I took him to the vet and they ran a bunch of tests. The blood test indicates that he has hyperthyroidism and one of his kidney values is elevated. My cat is going to start taking methimazole for the hyperthyroidism, and the vet recommended a special diet for the kidney problem. I'm definitely going to get the meds for him but I don't think I'm going to change his diet until the results of the urine test come back (it'll provide a clearer picture on his kidney functioning) and then I'll have a better idea how to proceed.

    Anyway, here's my question: once my cat gets treated for his thyroid problem, will he stop urinating and defecating on the floor? He is old, so it could be he's incontinent and the hyperthyroidism has little or nothing to do with it. I understand that it's going to take some time for his body to adjust to the meds, but when should the problematic behavior stop--a few days? weeks? months? At what point should I start to think that the behavior is caused by something other than the thyroid problem?

    From what I've read, he has all the signs of thyroid dysfunction--weight loss (he weighs 7 pounds but isn't too thin; however, he has lost almost 3 pounds in a little over 2 years), he drinks tons of water, eats 1.5 to 2 cans of the regular-sized Friskies food each day, has been more vocal (cries/whines a lot for food), etc. It wasn't until the last several weeks that he started going to the bathroom on the floor and stopped going outside as much as he used to.

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism can change a cats behavior so it could be that and not his age.

      Once his thyroid levels go back down into the normal range the inappropriate elimination might stop. But your cat is an individual so it is not possible predict.

      Wait until his thyroid has returned to normal and if the behavior doesn't stop then it may be age-related as you mention.

      Concerning the early CRF signs, I am not a veterinary professional but I do warn you NOT to put the cat on the low-protein Hill's Science Diet k/d crap the vet will prescribe. If the cat is already thin he will waste away to nothing on it if you can even get him to eat it.

      Do a lot of research instead on phosphate binding drugs and ask your vet to prescribe one.

      That a low-protein diet extends the life of CRF cats has never been proven and there is controversy about their use.

      The methimazole may upset your cat's stomach. Not what you want when you need the cat to put back some weight. Ask your vet if it wouldn't be a good idea to give the cat some Pepcid A/C (famitodine) along with the methimazole. Pepcid A/C is an over the counter human heartburn medication which is also sometimes used for cats.

      Sorry I can't give a better idea of whether the inappropriate elimination will stop. It isn't something that can be predicted.

      Do look into the phosphorus binders, the low-protein controversy, and the Pepcid A/C.

  33. QUESTION:
    air alert-creatine-dunking.?
    I'm 16 years old. I play basketball very seriously, and i can almost dunk, but it seems like it's taking forever to finally get the ball in.

    I have a very good diet, i dont eat anything that isnt organic and i dont eat candy or drink soda, (but i occassionally eat chocolate...stopping though)

    I stretch constantly throughout the day.

    I'm at the gym 7 days a week, mostly playing basketball and stretching, some weights.

    I'm wondering if it's safe for me to take creatine at my age, i don't want problems later on or kidney failure or anything... what would be a safe dosage if i could take it?

    also i'm very unsure about whether or not to do air alert, i see all these reviews saying wow, great, and others saying it sucks and is a rip off.. I'm very tempted by it because it seems very logical, but i need to know why it is or isnt good...

    also if i cud get an example of what one workout looks like for air alert that would help too..

    thanks!
    I would also like to know if i can do other workouts while im on air alert.

    Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      I dunno about creatine but i think you definitely should try out air alert. See, people who do air alert either do it correctly and get massive gains, or do it wrong and hurt their knees. I've been doing air alert for four weeks and so far i've gotten four inches. No joke.

      When you do air alert, make sure to do it and a carpeted floor to absorb shock. Also make sure to take in at least 30 g of protein immediately before or after your workout. Be sure to read the directions of each workout carefully.

  34. QUESTION:
    When is it time to put down an old cat?
    A year ago, I took in a 5 lbs., 15 y.o. cat with throw-up and pooping problems. Some of her problems stopped with time and regular Science Diet, but she misses her person and purrs rarely. She's been seen by two vets: one upon arrival and the other six months later. They both did full bloodworks and pronounced her in good health except for the beginnings of kidney desease. She eats a lot and is only 6 pounds. Recently she began pooping and peeing outside her box. But she shows no sign of discomfort and is absolutely unchanged (very loving cat) I took the top off her box and she has began peeing in the box. But then yesterday, she flew through the room while pooping(solid). She gave no indication of discomfort. Is she in pain? Do I need to put her down? Know anyplace in Chicago that can and will take care of her if I am unable (I have put off committments to elderly friends and family, but can no longer continue to do so)? Thank you so very much for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      My 18 year old cat began exhibiting some of the same symptoms you describe. He lost quite a bit of weight (even though he ate quite a bit, also Science Diet) and would sometimes go outside of the litter box. I went through several vets before he was finally diagnosed with two problems. One was hyperthyroid, and the other was urine crystals. He's been on medication for the hyperthyroid and a prescription Science Diet food (XD) for about a year now. He's gained back to a healthy weight, and no longer goes outside of the litter box. I was in a similar state that you describe, and was contemplating putting him to sleep. Now I'm glad that I didn't. I would recommend asking for a thyroid and urine test to see if something like that is going on. As for "when is it time", I would say to use your best judgment. My thought has always been that until a pet's quality of life declines to a point at which they're no longer "themselves" or they're in a great deal of pain, let them live.

  35. QUESTION:
    Men's health diet question?
    A man went to several of health specialist and had many test done. His test came back in good standing. He then went on a high fat diet of processed/genetically modified foods, for a health project, for one month. After the month was over and he had his test done again, his kidney was at risk for failure, his LDL levels were high and he had trouble breathing along with all sorts of other dangerous problems. All the fat was store in his abdominal area. My question is, do you believe this is possible ? Or not ? And why ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, see "Supersize Me" - a movie

  36. QUESTION:
    Pleading for help for any type of treatments for dog kidney failure?
    My Pomeranian is 8 yrs old and she's having kidney failure problem. We took her to the vet and the vet told us that 1/3 of her kidney have failed. He gave us some fluid to inject in her every morning and medicine to take once a day. So far we've been doing this for about a week now and it showed very little sign of improvement. She haven't been eating, she lost a lot of weight, she's very weak, and she shakes a lot. I really don't know what else to do besides follow the vet orders and pray that she gets better. So I'm here tonight searching for any kind of help. Any kind of recommendation or experience you may have that might be able to help my dog get better. She's very precious to my family and I can't bare to see her in pain. Please share your wisdom if you can. Thank you.

    The Treatment that my vet prescribe for my dog is "Atodyl" to take once a day, change in diet (K/D pet food), and fluids to inject in her every morning.

    PS. Have anyone ever heard or tried "NHV Tripsy Treatment"? Here's the link to the product: http://www.petwellbeing.com/dog-kidney-disease-p91.cfm#descrip-tabs

    • ANSWER:
      I truely hate to be the one that tells you this, but often times these are fatal.
      Take her back the vet and get an opinion. If she's in too much pain, you may just have to put her down...
      But see the vet says, and i just do everything you possibly can. Pay everything for everthing. Work hard and believe!
      Good luck, to your puppy!! :)

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I prevent my neighbor from taking my cat?
    Someone in a neighboring apartment complex is feeding my outdoor cat wet food that he loves. Unfortunately, he needs a special diet because of a kidney problem. I've had to pay for the expensive vet visits and asked the person in particular to not feed him. Yet she ignores my plea and continues on feeding him, knowing that he'll stay with her if she does. She said the cat was only sick because I always let him outdoors but he's been an outdoor cat forever and it kills him to stay inside my small apartment for more than a day. Lately, it's practically become a feud. Yesterday, she took him into animal control and said if no one picked him up she'd love to adopt him! It's a good thing he was microchipped or else I never would have known. It's getting out of control! I had to pay AC to get him released and they said there was nothing I could do to stop her from doing the same thing every day. She made my cat an addict on food that hurts him and is now secretly trying to take him from me. What do i do?

    • ANSWER:
      You will either have to move or keep your cat indoors. There isn't much else you can do because there is no such thing as a restraining order for cat/human issues.

  38. QUESTION:
    Heart Palpitations?
    I've had this problem before, many times but recently I've had it a lot more regularly (at least twice every week) and it is kind of worrying.

    My heart will all of a sudden start beating really fast, there will be a sort of tightness in my chest, I'll feel really faint/dizzy and I'll start shaking. This feeling usually lasts for up to 30 minutes, sometimes longer.

    At the time it happens, I am completely calm, not anxious or stressed or anything like that. So I know it is not to do with anxiety. I asked my mum about it and she said that's never experienced anything like that in her life.

    I am only 17, so I'm not sure what to think of it. I am going to the doctors on Wednesday so I'll ask him about it then but in the mean time, anyone any suggestions?

    (Extra information: I have a pretty good diet, drink lots of water and exercise well. I am not obese or anything like that. Also, I have recently had problems with my right kidney [getting a lot of infections in it])

    • ANSWER:
      You may have a heart arrhythmia. you could have been born with it. many people have one ,and never have it diagnosed. it's something you should have checked.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there not enough fibre in my diet?
    Hello. (:
    I really need some help. For the past few weeks, whenever I go to the toilet (I know, not a nice topic, but I really need some help,) I'm almost literally howling in pain. I think I may have a tear, but whenever I do go, I bleed, and it takes me a long time before I'm finished. I also know it's not good to strain, but I'm having to at the moment to get it out. I'm pretty sure I've had this before, and I think it was because I wasn't getting enough fibre.
    I get a lot of problems, like cystitis, kidney/water infections....and so on. But I'm pretty sure this has just got to do with the fact I don't get enough fibre. I'm 15, and I'm also a demi-vegetarian (I only eat white meat and fish, and if you don't believe this is real, Google it,) as I refuse to eat red meat. Is there any way that my fibre levels may be linked to this? If not, what can I eat that will boost my fibre levels?
    I'm sorry to ask such a question, but I need some help, as it's really uncomfortable. No stupid/horrible answers please, as I tend to suffer with these sort of things quite a lot.
    I really appreciate your help with this. (:

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kellie, I wouldn't have realy thought that any flavor of vegetarian would have a problem with fibre seeing as you diet primarily consists of many of the best sources of fibre available.

      My first thought is you are not drinking enough water. Are you doing long duration exercise or sport in which you sweat a lot? In this case you may need to drink even more water than you are having now. The recommendations are that the people drink approx 8 x 8oz glasses of water per day, possilby more if vigorous activity occurs.

      If you think your water intake is adequate then I think a trip to the doctor would be the best idea as well.

  40. QUESTION:
    real meat versus canned food?
    I have two 9-week-old kittens. They are currently on wet food about 5 times a day. They have dry food out all the time that they nibble on. Water is provided which they are drinking.

    They are currently being weaned off Whiskas and Felix wet food (which they were fed in foster care) and onto a higher quality wet food. I am mixing some Pets at Home (UK) "Purely" food which seems better quality. It has 50% real chicken, sunflower oil, vitamin and mineral supplements and tapioca starch. That's the list of ingredients. It seems better than other brands. There doesn't seem to be any byproducts or ash or corn fillers.

    The kittens don't seem to enjoy this food that much (both higher and lower quality food), but they will pick at it. A couple of times I have given them some salmon steaks and frying steak (both cooked) which I've chopped up. They love this and lick the plate clean!

    My question is, is it wrong/safe/unhealthy to feed them exclusively real meat (beef, pork, tuna etc) as opposed to high quality canned food? I know that canned food has all the vitamins and minerals, etc that a cat needs, but is real meat actually better for them since they are carnivores? I am a little worried about them having too much protein in their diet as I know this can cause kidney problems. Also, because they are so young, is real meat appropriate? I would not feed them processed meats (ham, deli meat etc). I know that canned food contains water, but they are drinking pretty well too.

    I want to give my kittens a good start in life and feed them the best.
    Thanks for the answers I've been getting. So, what about if I give them a combination of real and canned food, all mixed in together. The real meat might make the canned stuff taste better. But then again, they might just pick out the real stuff and leave the canned stuff!

    • ANSWER:
      A raw diet is the best thing you could possibly feed them. They are obligate carnivores and designed to digest high protein foods, so you needn't worry about kidney problems. Meat contains water just like canned food does.

      Making a nutritionally complete homemade diet isn't easy. Research:
      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm (MAKING CAT FOOD)
      http://www.catnutrition.org/foodmaking.php (Foodmaking)
      http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=014 (Easy Homemade Diets for Cats and Dogs)

      Raw feeding is an excellent option but should also be thoroughly researched before being attempted. There's a lot more to it than just feeding your cat raw meat. You need a careful balance of raw muscle meat, raw organ meat, and raw meaty bones. Research:
      http://www.rawfedcats.org/ (Raw Fed Cats)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/cats.html (Raw Fed: What About Cats?)
      http://www.rawlearning.com/ (Jane Anderson's Raw Learning Site)
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ (Raw Meaty Bones)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
      http://community.livejournal.com/rawdogs/profile/ (Raw Dogs Livejournal Community [not just for dogs despite the name!], excellent raw feeding information on the profile page and overall helpful community for raw feeding questions.)
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths About Raw Feeding)

      Darksong~

  41. QUESTION:
    Not sure what is the best way for dog everyday diet?
    I have a couple of questions that I've been weary of, whats the right answer for my dogs, I have 8 of them at home, and absolutely terrified to not have someone qualified to provide an opinion to whats best for them where i am. They intake water, which I consider one of the most important souce, but I'm getting different stories....

    1. is alkaline water good for them? Or just the filtered tap water? Because tap water has too much minerals, and maybe it'll cause kidney stones?

    2. I've been feeding lamb and steak to them because they need protein, and every so often cooked veggies, because raw veggies tis bad for them, I saw some readings which said this, I hope this is the right diet.

    3. a nutritionalist also tells me she's been feedng reverse osmosis water, or distilled water to her pets and finds there are no problems, but I thought all those water are slight acidic which anyone knows its bad for a person or an animal~

    Could you please help? Thankyou

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Why does my Dog smell of ammonia (her EYES & FAECES)?
    My dog, Sami is a female 2.5 yrs old, and hasnt been de-sexed yet. Her father is a Rhodesian Ridgy x Bull Arab and her mother is a Kelpie x BoarderCollie. She is full of life and has an abundance of energy all the time. Her appetite is normal.
    I had a dog Jesse who unfortunately died a fews years from kidney failure, kidney dialysis treatment didnt work. I noticed Jesse always had an ammonia smell but didnt think anything of it back then, and now I am wondering if there is a link here. Could a dog from an early age who is healthy be susceptible to kidney problems in the future?? if so, then there's a good chance it can be prevented through diet and/or medication.
    My dog is due for a vet check up soon so I will mention this to the vet but in the meantime Id love some input please.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never had dogs, only cats, so whether or not this counts for dogs I'm not sure...but unneutered cats "spray" their territory with a liquid that has a very strong ammonia odor. Was Jesse a male? I don't think females do it...but that may be what you smelt :)

  43. QUESTION:
    Cat foods and UTI Question?
    We just got home from the emergency clinic where our male cat was diagnosed with a UTI. I had a cat previous to this that started out having UTI's with occasional blockage. We had him on the Science Diet perscription diet for years and that kept it in check. Later in life he developed a problem with his kidneys which led to kidney failure. I don't know if there's a connection but I'd sure like to avoid it if possible, and common sense tells me there could be a connection with UTI and kidney problems.

    My question is I'd like to research better foods and would be interested to hear any thoughts or good links to start researching. My cat has been eating dry food and I'm reading it's not the best. It's going to be hard to get this cat on a wet diet if it's needed (he doesn't like canned) and if you have suggestions about that it's welcome also. So far I've been looking at Wellness

    Thanks in advance...
    And yes I am going to talk foods with my vet also.
    Sorry. No there were no crystals that showed up. It's just a UTI but it's worrying me.

    • ANSWER:
      Good for you! I'm always happy to see questions like this where the querent is obviously open to new ideas.

      The prescription food is crap. Technically it may work, but it is NOT good food, and certainly not appropriate for the long-term.

      Dry food in general is crap, and not just because it leaves cats dehydrated. It often leads to obesity, doesn't clean the teeth, and often causes digestive upsets due to all the filler used.

      The solution is to feed moist food. That can be a properly balanced raw meat diet or a good commercial canned food.

      Wellness is definitely one of them - see the What to feed link for other suggestions.

      I went through the same thing a year ago - I had to convert two kibble junkies to canned food. It took me two weeks! Part of the problem is that Poppy is a very picky eater and it took me that long to stumble across the one food she would accept. I did waste a certain amount of money and food, but it WAS worth it in the end.

      What I did was to get 1-2 cans of some of the brands listed in the What to feed link. If they offered more than one flavor, I got 1 or 2 cans of each flavor - but no fish flavors at all. I didn't see the point in trying them.

      I offered them in addition to the regular food, and noted which ones they ate. If there seemed to be a liking for turkey, I would try other brands with turkey. I kept on charting the results, and then I'd buy more of what they seemed to like.

      In retrospect, I would do things slightly differently. I'd still buy a variety of the foods to try, but I wouldn't give up so easily. I'd offer a spoonful of the food and keep the remainder refrigerated (but take it out of the can and put in a plastic container) so I could keep offering it. I'd crush the dry food and sprinkle it over the canned to make it smell more familiar.

      If you put the leftovers in the fridge, you can warm them up before feeding. Just run the container under warm water until it gets to room temp. That may make it more palatable. Or you could nuke it for just a couple of seconds.

      There are other bribe foods that you can mix in or sprinkle on top of the new food. It's just a question of finding what your cat likes. Poppy didn't care for any of the bribes I'd read about - parmesan cheese, soy sauce, salt, baby food, (I didn't try any fish oils or tuna), etc. But see the Switching food link for other suggestions and good advice as you transition.

      Good luck! And just remember that the efforts are definitely worthwhile.

  44. QUESTION:
    Would you be upset if your ex let your child drink two big gulps, and eat tons of junkfood on his weekends?
    My friend's ex is one of those types that likes to play the children against their mother by bribing them and letting them do what ever they want, there is no supervision at his house, no guidance and he basically feeds them junk food the whole time even though one of the children has Type1 diabetes and their daughter is medically considered obese (she has a genetic bone, a kidney problem condition and a thyroid) My friend, their mother has them on special diets and the daughter with all the problems experiencing signs that she might have type 1 diabetes as well,

    She asked her husband if he would follow the diet, he throw the list at her and claimed he could not afford the food she is requesting because his child support payments are too high (He only pays her 0 a month below California State Guidlines for support but he quite his good job that he worked for 17 years when they got a divorce just so she would not get the 0 child support payments and spousal support) He basically hates his ex wife so much that he would rather risk the health of the children than do anything right by them. To make matters worse if his mother ( my friends ex MIL) tries to stay on the diet the mother created for them and feeds them healthy foods or tries to say anything he yells at her an accuses her of taking sides.

    Basically my friends son came home with a blood sugar of 245 because he had not 1 but 2 big gulps of soda that day.

    My friend is going to court next week over this because she fears that the children are in danger, her lawyer says she might be able to get the courts to charge him with "failure to protect a child," "Child endangerment," or "Neglect".

    What I would like to know is how would you, as a parent handle this situation, would you encourage a judge to press charges?
    *The children in this case are 5 (the girl) and 3(The boy) So they are still kinda too young to know better and reject the junk.
    by the way I know both parties personally and go to church with the MIL and her sister so I was able to get both sides of the story and they are pretty much the same, he even admited to me that he feeds them junk to piss her off he said "a little junk never hurt anyone and it's only 1 day a week, if it pisses her off it's good for me, and the kids" and than laughted at me when I explained all the things a high blood sugar can do to a child with type 1

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like he is doing it just to spite the mother, not because he wants to be the children's "friend". I hate it when people use their kids to get back at their exes, that is just a petty and pathetic thing to do. It is always much better if two parties can work something out without involving the courts, but that doesn't sound like it will happen. Good luck to her and her children.

  45. QUESTION:
    Special diet cat food?
    My cat has been diagnosed with kidney stones and bladder infection and the vet says he needs to eat special food. The problem is we have other cats in the house so they all have to be on it to avoid the one with a problem getting other food. I bought a 20lb bag of Hills Science Diet from the vet and it was . This is a bit steep for us feeding all of the cats. Is there any other brands you could suggest that is just as good but a bit eaiser on the wallet? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There is no other less expensive food that will dissolve stones. There are some other urinary tract care foods you can find at the pet stores. But often times the cat with problems will end up back at the vet with another big bill after feeding something else. I realize it is expensive to feed the food suggested, but it should help pay for itself in the long run. A lot of cats gain weight on it, so you won't need to feed nearly as much as you did other foods. The cats may think they are being deprived, but they won't NEED as much.

  46. QUESTION:
    My cat is throwing up?
    Last week, I took my 13-year-old cat to the vet because he was acting subdued. At our second visit, the vet finally figured out that he needed an antibiotic, and he's been on the antibiotic course since Saturday morning. At first, he seemed to feel much better.

    He also has slightly elevated creatinine levels, The vet told me normal creatinine level is 30 or below; his is 34. She said we should be alarmed if it approaches 40. We started him on a diet specifically for cats with kidney problems. Since Saturday, he has been eating the special diet in canned food form although a dry food is available. The vet told me, "Watch him to make sure he's not throwing up." Well, he is. At first, he had a hairball, and the vet and I figured that must have been the cause, but he threw up again today and I think last night or very early this morning. He's eating pretty well, but he can't seem to keep the food down. I've begun feeding him quite small amounts.

    I'm going to call the vet first thing tomorrow. Could the new type of canned food be causing him to upchuck? He's still eating some of his former dry food in order to transition to the new diet gradually.

    Can anyone shed any light on this problem? I'm so worried about him. He's really a delightful and sassy cat, but lately he's wanted a lot of cuddling, which is kind of unusual for him because he's the alpha cat and has that personality.
    Thanks for your good wishes. Actually, I did state that he is on the course of the antibiotics and is eating the "new" diet.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds to me like you're doing everything you can to take care of your cat and that's good. But if I were you, I'd call the vet tonight instead of waiting until tomorrow morning. I'm not sure what's causing the vomiting, but since your vet seemed to think that would be a cause for concern, I don't think you should wait to have it taken care of. Vomiting can cause dehydration, which can wreak havoc on the kidneys (and other organs, too) and for a cat that's already appearing to have some kidney problems, I think the hazards are probably increased. I'm not a vet, though, and I don't know everything, and that's why I think the best answer to your question would come from your vet herself.

      Good luck with this! I hope your cat gets all better really soon!

  47. QUESTION:
    Please help i need a teen diet plan?
    Im 14 and 5 and a half feet tall. And 170. So i want to lose at least 30 pounds maybe more. Wat should i be at? And i got no problem sticking to it. I used to be on a plain meat and water for a month. So wat diet should i do. My mom has no will power. She starts and stops on the same day and says i must start tommorow. Then again and agian. So i tlkd to her and shes says i can strt on my own. So i have all summer, is that enough time to lose 30+ pounds? Wat diet should i do? My mom says fruit and oats and water is hard to do but effective, and damages ur kidney :( . So wats the best diet for me. I like meat. I dont eat sweets or cookies( i havnt for 7 years ) i drink diet mtn dew.
    Also for the exercise part. I dont want cardio, push ups are better than walking. So far i can do 80 each night. Each nite i do 10 more. Is that good? It hurts my stomach, so its workining?.
    The first nite i did push ups, i did 70 and lost 4 pound over nite. That morning i felt sooo sore. So then i srtd at 20 and worked up to 80 and counting. In two nites ill be at 100 each nite. So any ideas?

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Please help. im a teen in need of a diet.?
    Im 14 and 5 and a half feet tall. And 170. So i want to lose at least 30 pounds maybe more. Wat should i be at? And i got no problem sticking to it. I used to be on a plain meat and water for a month. So wat diet should i do. My mom has no will power. She starts and stops on the same day and says i must start tommorow. Then again and agian. So i tlkd to her and shes says i can strt on my own. So i have all summer, is that enough time to lose 30+ pounds? Wat diet should i do? My mom says fruit and oats and water is hard to do but effective, and damages ur kidney :( . So wats the best diet for me. I like meat. I dont eat sweets or cookies( i havnt for 7 years ) i drink diet mtn dew.
    Also for the exercise part. I dont want cardio, push ups are better than walking. So far i can do 80 each night. Each nite i do 10 more. Is that good? It hurts my stomach, so its workining?.
    The first nite i did push ups, i did 70 and lost 4 pound over nite. That morning i felt sooo sore. So then i srtd at 20 and worked up to 80 and counting. In two nites ill be at 100 each nite. So any ideas?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Master Cleanse diet - an alternative method, would this work?
    Few weeks back I found about this “Master Cleanse diet”, but I couldn’t find maple syrup so I did some research and found dates syrup to be more better than maple in itself, I started the diet and it went fine for 3 days, I mixed dates syrup + lemon juice + come chili powder with water and drank that alone for 3 days and I didn’t feel hungry or tired. But on the 4th day I tried Salt water flush, it failed big time and I got really scared about the amount of salt that has been loaded in my body so the very next day I started eating as usual to get rid of the excess salt in my body. Soon I started getting back pain, and the pain traveled till my knee joints at times, I don’t know if the back pain was due to over worked kidney or sudden solid food movement in my bowel after no food for 3 days. Now I don’t have pain, for the past 1 and a half year I am working all day sitting in front of my computer no physical activity and this has caused a huge energy drop in my body and I feel tired, sleepy even after having food at times. My body needs some sudden diet or detoxification program to put things back in line. Now my question is,

    Do you think that too much of dates can cause some problem to our health?

    Then, is there any good alternative for Salt water flush (I am not going to do it again) or can we just leave the intestine alone so that it can cleanse itself if left alone?

    And please suggest me some detoxification + weight loss program that has worked out and is also quite safe.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      The lemon detox or master cleanse/starvation diet you are referring to is a calorie deficit program.
      You will lose a few pounds but when you start eating again you will probably gain more weight. It took me some time to figure it out but you will lose weight on this diet. The average adult American has eight meals in their digestive system. Five more than they should. By going on a deficit diet like this you can lose around 10 pounds just by not eating. But it is only the weight of the food in your digestive system.
      You may lose a pound of body fat but not necessarily. So it does work. but it does not change your SIZE. Once you start eating again you just replace all the missing food in the system. Pour the soda out of a bottle and the shape of the bottle doesn't change does it?
      The signal these starvation diets send the body is that there is no more food available.
      The body immediately stores any fat it can and begins to burn muscle mass for fuel instead of the stored fat (metabolism).
      Stored fat will be used as a last resort when needed.
      When you start eating again the body immediately stores any food as fat because it doesn't know when the next famine is coming. You really don't detox since a substantial portion of the toxins in the body are stored in fat cells. So if you don't lose the fat, you don't lose the toxins.
      The complete opposite of what you are trying to accomplish.
      There is no build up of bad plaque, toxins, or sludge in a normal, reasonably healthy system.
      If this was the case we would have people dying left and right from malnutrition since their small intestines couldn't absorb nutrients.
      The majority of the water from food and what we drink is reabsorbed through the colon, if our colons were clogged we would all be walking around looking like sponges right?
      Detoxing is ridding the system - liver, kidneys, and intestines of toxins both internal and environmental. Additionally, many toxins are stored in our fat cells so in order to truly "detox", you need to lose excess body fat as well to fully detox.Our liver and kidneys aren't clogged with toxins. Otherwise we would be dead.
      The liver does in fact get layered with fat when we become overweight.
      We "cleanse and detox" naturally 24 hours a day through respiration, sweat, liver, and kidneys.
      We can help by eating a healthy diet with minimal added sugar and salt. Lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grain foods, beans, peas, and brown rice keep a system as healthy as it can be.
      Minimal alcohol, caffeine, soda.
      Read food labels. If you can't pronounce it, don't put it in your body.
      A healthy high fiber diet works every time.
      Increases the speed and efficiency of the digestive system and helps the body rid itself of both internal and environmental toxins.
      Cleanses actually flush out the beneficial bacteria and enzymes in the digestive system.
      Search "gut flora" to learn about the beneficial bacteria we need in our colon.
      We have more beneficial bacteria in our digestive systems than all the cells in our bodies!
      Did you know the digestive system is one of the largest contributors to our immune system?
      They don't tell you about the gas, cramping, and bloating you will experience when you start eating again and the body has to rebuild this bacteria population.
      Spend your money in the produce department.
      Good luck.

  50. QUESTION:
    Whats My Problem?? std/bladder/kidney infection?
    i think i had what they call systitus about 6 months ago because for about a 6 days in one month. random days though. i would go for a piss and id have hardly anything come out and then for the next 3+ hours id have to go to the toilet 20+ times but nothing would come out. after drinking loads of water it would eventally go. it wasnt painfull just very very anoying!. like i said this was atleast a good 4 months since this last happend. But this morning ive gone for a piss and towards the end was a bit of blood discharge nothing major but enough for me to worry. ive been worried about my diet recently fizzy drinks and alot of carbohydrates. ive always had an idea in the back of my head that i might have had an std for a couple of years now though. i have been to the doctors for the systitus but it was more because i felt a lump on my testicle. i had a urine test at doctors and the booked a scan at the hospital. the scan was all fine and the doctors never got back to me about the piss test so i didnt worry. this was about 3 months ago. please help.

    • ANSWER:
      From what you say I dont think you have an STD (but obviously without testing cant be sure!! - obviously!!) From what you say it sounds like you have a UTI - Urinary Tract Infection or cystitis....Is there burning or is it painful to pass urine ?? - If there is blood in the urine it sounds as if you need to start on a course of abs like trimethroprim asap....as its sunday here contact your gp who will have a message on their phone for you to call out of hours - they will then test your urine and probably give you anti biotics....good luck


Fsgs Kidney Disease And Diet

If you really want to lose weight and have tried many weight loss programs without success, you might have parasites living in your stomach, colon, small and large intestine, and plaque building up in your gut causing uncontrolled weight gain. For their survival they continue absorbing nutrition from your body. These parasites produce enhanced chemicals, triggering the false signals of hunger from your brain and increasing your appetite of unhealthy foods.

A. There are 2 types of parasites:

1. Worms

These parasites especially enjoy refined carbohydrates and sugar, which become lodged in the lower intestinal region as a result of increased consumption of carbohydrates and sugar that causes eating disorder and obesity.

2. Protozoa

These parasites are the simple cell structure of protozoa that facilitates infinite reproduction, and enables the organism to defeat the body's defense and digestive system. This causes many types of diseases such as eating disorders, makes you easier to get sick, uncontrolled weight gain and obesity.

B. What is Plaque?

Plaque is the substance that the body produces to defend itself against toxins. When carbohydrates, aspirin, salt, unhealthy chemicals, or alcohol are absorbed by the body, the plaque is produced to envelop the toxins. It's the body's effort to isolate the toxic substances from the body's lining and to try to help pass the waste. Even though it's trying to protect itself, producing plaque actually gets in the way of regular digestion. This causes digestive system disorders, a result of eating disorder.

If these parasites are allow to live and breed by the millions . It will make you fatter and much, much sicker, so they can live longer by feeding on nutritions in your stomach, small and large intestines, and colon. They will eventually cause you to puff up, gain lots of weight, get sick more often, and take many, many years off your life.
C.The Necessary Steps:

How to eliminate the parasites and plague:

Bowel detoxification is particularly helpful for improving body conditions and controlling weight loss. It brushes the intestine clean and helps the liver to cleanse toxins rapidly, so you can get rid of all parasites and plaques in your stomach, intestines and colon, rejuvenating your body and making you feel great, get rid of any conditions, stay fit, look younger, lose weight, live longer and be more "vitalized" than ever before.

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If you really want to lose weight and have tried many weight loss programs without success, you might have parasites living in your stomach, colon, small and large intestine, and plaque building up in your gut causing uncontrolled weight gain. For their survival they continue absorbing nutrition from your body. These parasites produce enhanced chemicals, triggering the false signals of hunger from your brain and increasing your appetite of unhealthy foods.

A. There are 2 types of parasites:

1. Worms

These parasites especially enjoy refined carbohydrates and sugar, which become lodged in the lower intestinal region as a result of increased consumption of carbohydrates and sugar that causes eating disorder and obesity.

2. Protozoa

These parasites are the simple cell structure of protozoa that facilitates infinite reproduction, and enables the organism to defeat the body's defense and digestive system. This causes many types of diseases such as eating disorders, makes you easier to get sick, uncontrolled weight gain and obesity.

B. What is Plaque?

Plaque is the substance that the body produces to defend itself against toxins. When carbohydrates, aspirin, salt, unhealthy chemicals, or alcohol are absorbed by the body, the plaque is produced to envelop the toxins. It's the body's effort to isolate the toxic substances from the body's lining and to try to help pass the waste. Even though it's trying to protect itself, producing plaque actually gets in the way of regular digestion. This causes digestive system disorders, a result of eating disorder.

If these parasites are allow to live and breed by the millions . It will make you fatter and much, much sicker, so they can live longer by feeding on nutritions in your stomach, small and large intestines, and colon. They will eventually cause you to puff up, gain lots of weight, get sick more often, and take many, many years off your life.

C.The Necessary Steps:

How to eliminate the parasites and plague:

Bowel detoxification is particularly helpful for improving body conditions and controlling weight loss. It brushes the intestine clean and helps the liver to cleanse toxins rapidly, so you can get rid of all parasites and plaques in your stomach, intestines and colon, rejuvenating your body and making you feel great, get rid of any conditions, stay fit, look younger, lose weight, live longer and be more "vitalized" than ever before.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    kidney disease diet?
    have early stages of FSGS and am on medication to treat my nephrotic syndrome (now under control} as well as blood pressure and cholesterol medications. my kidney function is still very good, and i'm not anemic or diabetic, so i don't need to be on any radical or extremely strict diet, but I would like some guidelines on what particular foods I should be trying to eat more of or trying to avoid. Please don't recommend any supplements, or just tell me "low protein" since protein really only needs to be controlled in relation to the kidneys' functioning. What types of protein are best? Is it true that I should cut out dairy? Concentrating on fresh fruits? Vegetables? Which ones? Whole grains? Legumes? How much & what proportions? Not trying to lose or gain weight, just want to be eating the best I can to try to help control and slow the progression of my disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I work as a diet clerk in a hospital, and the dietitians told us we can't serve renal patients dairy, citrus fruits, it must be low potassium for patients on dialysis, low phosphorus, and low sodium. The protein is generally half of what we give patients on regular diets.

  2. QUESTION:
    kidney disease diet?
    I have early stages of FSGS and am on medication to treat my nephrotic syndrome (now under control} as well as blood pressure and cholesterol medications. my kidney function is still very good, and i'm not anemic or diabetic, so i don't need to be on any radical or extremely strict diet, but I would like some guidelines on what particular foods I should be trying to eat more of or trying to avoid. Please don't recommend any supplements, or just tell me "low protein" since protein really only needs to be controlled in relation to the kidneys' functioning. What types of protein are best? Is it true that I should cut out dairy? Concentrating on fresh fruits? Vegetables? Which ones? Whole grains? Legumes? How much & what proportions?
    I'm not looking for a weight-loss diet here, I'm looking for the best possible day-to-day eating habits to keep my kidney problems under control and to try and prevent or at least slow the progression of my disease.

    • ANSWER:
      The latest ESPN (European society of parenteral nutrition) guideline is not to reduce protein intake in patients with kidney disease, as protein requirements are higher in illness due the increased turnover. About 1 - 1.5 g protein per kg body weight is the recommendation. As far as I am aware, type of protein does not matter.

      Fluid restriction is recommended though, as you kidneys cannot handle it too well at this stage.


Free Renal Diet Recipes

Making all-veggie diet recipe book will expose you to another chapter of mouthwatering, fit and effortless to cook meals. These vegan recipes are nutritious and contain fewer amounts of flab. Heating results in 97 percent of vitamin loss, these vitamins include Vitamin A, K, E and D. And because raw foods like fruit or veggie liquid extracts are filled with nutrients, the body sustenance is in good condition thus making you feel full all the time.

Most likely, the most confusing belief when shifting to all vegetable diet is whether or not eat enjoyable, varied, and nutrient packed foods. There are times when you feel like to are eliminating a lot of food selection because you lack in meat products. Not to mention adding up some other foodstuff like egg and dairy products. But if you use your cooking skill and good preparation, you will be shocked at how many varieties of meals you can make with you new vegan diet - may be even more than your usual diet

Vegan recipes are delicious and uncomplicated to do. You can make any recipe converted into an all vegan diet by substituting the meat with any vegan meat replacement. A vegan recipe is the answer for a fit physical condition, excess fat loss and great appearance.
Make things simple for your own sake, begin the diet now, try to learn it and fall for it.

Calorie-free and Vegan diet recipe books is particularly made for people who yearns to shed off excess fat, and people with diabetes whose measure went beyond the standard twenty percent. These recipes are also being utilized as a meal supplement for people with diabetes. Calorie less and vegan recipes can also become a delightful treat. Being a newly-converted vegan can sometimes feel weird. But I personally experience feeling good when start becoming a vegetarian, and in contradiction to what most people think of its taste; these recipes are flavorful and fun to eat. You can check a diet recipe book for more healthy recipes.

Vegan recipes gives the most effective nutritional element for the body, because plant which is the foundation of this diet, is the basic element of the food chain therefore it is self sufficient.

Indian vegan recipes are full of antioxidants, spices has been claimed as a protector against cancer, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and heart ailment. Vegan curries includes, salads. Koshimibir and burtah. Veggies are a fundamental part of our food groups and we can eat them in many ways.

Vegetarianism is not just meal or well being or what we take in our body, we must put in mind that it is a day to day living and a lifetime dedication that goes beyond our dining table. It includes our personal style, our dresses, our furniture amongst many things.

All details, recipes and web links are given to aid those who would like to try vegetarianism.

Vegan diet also ha varieties of desserts, it includes fruits, whole grains, vegetables and soybeans as a meat substitute. Soybean is rich in saturated fat, low fibers and is an antioxidant.

Indian cuisine is a far cry from any food cuisine in the world. India has a lot of food choices as contrary to other country. Indian delicacies are packed with vegan meals, a lot of them can be related to religious customs such as Hindu Brahmins. Gujarati delicacy if India is the most vegetarian amongst all Indian cuisines. For dedicated vegan India is like heaven.

Indian vegan food has changed because of time and their recipes have been influenced by foreign rulers and travelers yet kept the same authentic flavor. Each place in India has its own delicacy and method of cooking.

Meatless dishes help your budget. Generally vegan preparation gives important nutrients from plants and protein from eggs, dairy products and whole grain. Carnivores do not mind with meat while some does.


Free Kidney Disease Recipes

Kidney refining is an important remedy system in alternative medicinal treatment. It is worn to flush out lethal wastes from the kidney. Most importantly, the refining dissolves kidney pebbles. Kidney refining methods involves the use of juice, supplements and herbs. Another important manner is kidney refining express.

Fasting regularly gives the, much wanted balance to our necessary organs. When you undertake a kidney refining gaining, your kidneys gets an unravel from the daily custom. This allows kidneys to perform injury influence exercises. The resting period is mostly worn to mend broken tissues. During the sharp, herbal teas can be worn to disaster poisonous wastes.

Certain preparation has to be made before undergoing a kidney refining abstain. You should relegate your food intake, from a few years before the year of fasting. This will plan your stomach for fasting. On the fasting day, beverage heaps of liquid. Fresh fruit juices thinned in filtered water are the best wealth. Never gulp canned fruit juices. Organic apple juice is a perfect worthy. Herbal combinations can also be used during kidney refining promptly. These combinations should be full along with moist fruit juices.
A herbal combination made out of celery and sage trees helps in the rejuvenation of kidneys during an immediate. To organize the combination, take one-and-half quarts of distilled water. Add one cup of parsley grass and one cup of celery leaves. Boil for 15 action and boil for 10 report. Drink the liquid four or five time.

For the next one week, the juice and herbal combination should be full along with standard diet. It is better to preclude greasy and non-vegetarian food for a week. Breakfast could enter fresh fruit and muesli. For dine, salads and raw or cooked vegetables along with fruit juices are essence. The dine menu can be followed for feast.

Another important and relaxed kidney cleansing means is the watermelon bathe. In this system, you should leverage big watermelons. Cut them into pieces. Then sit in a bath or vessel crammed with water. Start drinking the watermelon. While drinking, overtake out urine into the water. This formula could be followed whenever you have time. This process is favorably helpful in dissolving kidney pebbles. Diabetic patients should not undertake watermelon cleansing.

Water therapy, also known as water alleviate recipe, is another kidney cleansing procedure. The central aim of the practice is to cocktail much water to flush out excess equipment. Daily, you necessary to glug water identical to half of your body heaviness. Water is calculated in ounces. For example, if your body mass is 200 lb, then you ought to juice 100 ounces of water daily. This will make about 10 glasses of water daily. A billet spooned of salty should be added to each beaker of water. Caffeinated or alcoholic drinks should be avoided.

Apart from these cleansing kidney methods, several remedial practitioners have urbanized various herbal cleansing methods. Information on these methods can be obtained from books written by the practitioners and from their web sites. Numerous kidney cleansing harvest as herbal tea and supplements are also vacant in the promote.

Kidney cleansing is a good precaution against several diseases. Most of the cleansing practices do not affect any earnest surface effects. Take the outlook of a remedial practitioner, if you have some major ailments.


Free Renal Diet For Dialysis Patient

Proper care of patients who suffer for chronic kidney failure is not possible without the help of an able dialysis technician. A Dialysis technician works under the supervision of doctors and operates dialysis machines which remove toxic substances, extra fluids and waste out of the patient's blood and provides vital information about the state of patient's health. As the challenges and responsibilities are bigger, so are the remuneration and dialysis technician. earn huge salaries every year. But to be a good dialysis technician you need to join a reputed dialysis technician school. The Manhattan Institute is a leading dialysis technician school which provides advanced dialysis technician training.

Admission in dialysis technician school at The Manhattan Institute can be attained by visiting their premises in person and filling the registration form. The admission staff at The Manhattan Institute can also be contacted on phone and by filling a registration form on their website www.manhattaninstitute.com. The Manhattan Institute has low fee structure and flexible fee payment options to make it easy for you to join and pursue studies. Dialysis technician are also known as, dialysis caregiver, dialysis support workers, hemodialysis technicians, dialysis assistants, dialysis care aide, renal dialysis technicians and dialysis technologists. Apart from student from the US, The Manhattan Institute also accept student from other countries at same tuition fee.

Dialysis technician courses at The Manhattan Institute make use of most modern and latest equipments which help you to understand the latest technology available in the industry and ways to operate it. Not only The Manhattan Institute helps their students in securing good placements in hospitals, nursing homes and doctors. After successfully completing dialysis technician training from The Manhattan Institute you can earn an average salary of around $50,000 annually which will go up with time as you grow in experience and knowledge.

In fact, many students who have completed dialysis technician trainingfrom The Manhattan Institute have moved ahead to be LPN's and RN's and other health care related careers. Remember, when you train from a good institution, possibilities are endless.


Foods For Kidney Failure Patients

Premature ovarian failure is defined as a condition of which the ovarian is no longer responded to the brain in production of follicle before the age of 40, leading to high levels of FSH in the bloodstream and menopause hormonal symptoms. It is caused by either the accelerated loss of eggs or follicles are become less responsive to hormone stimulation from the pituitary gland. It has been estimated that POF affects 1% of the population. While conventional medicine uses synthesis medication to stimulate the ovarian response and artificial insemination with only 5% success rate accompanying with a high medical cost, it drives many women to seek help from traditional medicine, including the traditional Chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese medicine views POF as an excess and deficiency pattern caused by emptiness of the penetrating and conception meridians and treatments are totally depended to her unique diagnosis, there is no one treatment for all.

I. Diagnosis
Most women with POF have some of following symptoms
1. irritability, a rapid pulse and a red tongue
2. Pale or normal tongue
3. Weak pulse
4. Weakness
5. Lethargy Pale,
6. Shallow breathing , soft voice Little desire to speak
7. Poor appetite
8. Fatigue
9. Loose stools
10. Indigestion
11. Bloating and gas
12. Reddish tongue with little or no coating
13. Dry mouth, especially at night
14. Dark, scanty urination
15. Night sweats
16. Thirst
17. Dizziness
18. Heat flushes
19. Constipation
20. Palpitations
21. Forgetfulness
22. Constipation Pale complexion
23. Pale and dry, cracked lips
24. Anxiety
25. Numbness or tingling in limbs
26. Light menses
27.Difficulty urinating, and
28. Edema
29. Cold limbs,
30. Lack of energy
31. Low sexual desire
Since each woman is diagnosed as her own entity, some symptoms may be found in some women, but not in the other, depending to the diagnosis.

I. Causes of POF in TCM perspective
A. Excessive yang
Caused by an excessive loss of vital essence and nutrient fluid, leading to dryness of skin, chapped lips, nose bleed, mouth sore, urinary burning, etc. and interfering with the kidney function in hormonal regulation, resulting in ovarian abnormal function in responding to the hormone secretion from pituitary gland.

B. Spleen qi deficiency
1. Liver
Liver has directed influentially in spleen function, without strong liver there is no treatment for spleen blockade and deficiency.

2. Diet and occupation
Since spleen prefer warm and hot foods, prolong period working in col environment and eating cold foods will effect the spleen function in synthesizing carbohydrate synthesizing, disrupting the processes in nutrients absorption, obstructing the blood flow to the abdominal region and effecting the luteal phrase, resulting in infertility
3. Life style and weakened liver
Spleen is view as the organ of digestion ( nutrients distribution ) and elimination ( eliminating the body waste ). Spleen qi deficiency is normal caused by irregular dietary habits and excessive use of mind in studying and working. Weakened liver may also increases the risk of toxins accumulation and liver qi stagnation in the body, effecting the spleen function and obstructing implantation of egg in the uterine lining.
C. Kidney yin deficiency
a) Unhealthy diet
As oppose to yang deficiency, It is caused by men who love to hot and spicy food leading to heat accumulation in the body causing yin deficiency.

b) External factor
Working in the hot environment causes the depletion of fluids in the body including the kidney leading abundant yang qi production.

c) Low sexual activity
Frequent sexual activity increases the risk of yang deficiency, low sexual activity causes energy overly accumulation in the reproductive organ, leading to yin deficiency.

D. Blood deficiency
Tradition Chinese medicine view blood deficiency is caused by weakened spleen organ, thereby, reducing the spleen function in blood formation, leading to causes not enough blood to distribute to the body such as absence of (no blood for) menstruation. Blood deficiency leads to abnormal function of reproductive system in regulating menstrual cycle, disrupting the production of egg or produces poor quality egg and makes uterine mucus hostile to sperm.

F. Kidney yang deficiency
1 Unhealthy diet
As we known, we live in the society, where everything we drink are mostly cold including milk. It has a danger effect in both female and male body as it depletes of the yang qi which is needed to counter the the cold effects of abundant yin, leading to kidney yang deficiency. If one day, our yang qi production from the kidney jing is no longer working well, it will cause symptoms of infertility

2. External factors
a) Working in the cold environment such as fish, poultry and meat processing plants may deplete the kidney yang as our body require to produce yang qi constantly to counter the external cold.
b) People stay in the cold place for prolong period of time may also have the same effect as people working in cold environment.

b) Frequent sexual activity
According to traditional medical medicine, sexual intercourse helps to improve blood circulation and production of certain hormones which are necessary for our health. It also helps to balance the kidney yin qi but frequent sexual activity depletes the kidney jing which is vital for hormone and sperm production, leading to low sperm count or semen with no sperm as well as kidney diseases.

II. Treatments
1. Diet modification
a). Since most women with POF are diagnosed with excessive yang in the west caused by the typical American diet as resulting of the body evokes the response from the ovaries, it is advised that spicy and hot foods are eliminated from the diet until excessive yang can be neutralized.
b) What to avoid
i) Simple sugar and refine starches
Simple sugar and refine starches have a very high reading in the GI index list as they cause sharp rise and drop of blood sugar in the bloodstream.
ii) Hormone imbalance
As the levels of insulin produced by the pancreas have to increase traumatically when the blood sugar levels rise and stop when the blood sugar drop. The imbalance of levels of sugar also cause the over production of cortisol hormone by the adrenal gland that interferes with production of sex hormone, causing infertility.
iii) Vitamins
Over production of cortisol caused by intake of sugar and refine starches also increases the risk of nutrients deficiency as resulting of vitamins and minerals depletion including B vitamin and magnesium.
iv) Weakened immune system
Study show that intake a teaspoon of simple sugar can weaken the immune system up to 4 hours as resulting of weakening protein functions in body defence.

v) Saturated fat and trans fat
Saturated fat and trans fat interferes the liver function in essential fatty acid metabolism, leading to over production of certain hormones in the prostaglandins family, causing menstrual camps and pain, nervous tensions as well as irregular menstrual cycle, thereby increasing the risk of infertility.

vi) Coffee
Intake of large amount of coffee daily to fight off stress may have a negative effect in the reproductive system. As study show that women who consume 300 mg or more of caffeine take longer to conceive than women who do not or take less.

vii) Drug and alcohol
Drugs and alcohol can influence an imbalance of reproductive hormones. As drug increases the tension of the nervous system leading to hormone imbalance, excessive alcohol drinking can cause liver damage, which abnormal function of liver in all kinds of metabolism, causing blood and qi stagnation in the liver and effecting a couple's reproductive abilities. Alcohol also causes nervous tension, leading to over production of certain hormones, thereby, increasing the risk of infertility.

viii) Carbonate Soda
Carbonate soda contains high amount of sweetener, caffeine and phosphate which can interfere with calcium absorption as well as stimulating the over production of certain hormone including cortisol, leading to fatigue, stress and anxiety.

ix) Most animal and dairy products
Because most animal and diary products are considered acidic which can distort the balance of pH levels in the body, making cervical mucus hostile to sperm invasion as well as preventing the implantation of egg.

2. Chinese herbs

a) Herbs for Blood Deficiency
i. He shou wu (fleeceflower root)
He shou wu is a liver tonic herb, it promotes liver function in blood formation and increase the kidney qi in assisting the liver in transporting blood to the heart for circulation, thereby reducing the blood stagnation causes of deficiency. It also improves the kidney in urinary secretion, thus decreasing the risk of blood stagnation caused by fluid retention.

ii. Shu Di Huang (Chinese foxglove root)
Sdu di huang is a blood tonic herb. Besides improving the liver in blood formation, it also increases the lives qi, by boosting the circulatory system in transport oxygen and nutrient to the body cell thus reducing the risks of symptom of dizziness, pallid complexion, palpitations and scanty menstruation.

iii. E Jiao (Donkey-Hide Glue)
E jiao is important herb in improving the liver in blood formation and liver qi in regulating the blood circulation in the body, thereby, reducing the symptoms of dizziness, sallow complexion, palpitations caused by blood deficiency.

iv. Dang gui (Chinese angelica root)
Besides best known for improving the liver function in blood formation and regulating function of the reproductive organs, it also harmonizes the production of hormones during menstrual cycle, leading to reducing cramps and pain caused blood deficiency and stagnation.

v. Bai shao (white peony root)
Bai shao besides plays an important role in nourishing the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to blood deficiency, it also harmonizes the liver and spleen to prevent the rising of blood heat causes of headache and dizziness.

There are many more Chinese herbs helping to treat blood deficiency, you make sure to work with your Chinese practitioner to find the underlining causes and treat them effectively.

b) Herbs for Kidney yin deficiency
i. Shu di huang (rehmannia glutinosa)
Shu di huang is considered as yin tonic herb with warm in nature. It has an influence in the heart-kidney-liver channels by increasing the liver blood formation and heart blood circulation as well as enriching the kidney (jing) essence, thereby decreasing the symptoms caused by kidney yin deficiency.

ii. Nu zhen zi (ligustrum lucidum)
Nu zhen zi is a kidney and liver yin tonic herb with neutral in nature. By increasing the qi flow in the channels of kidney - liver, it reduces the qi and blood stagnation caused by excessive yang in the kidney.

iii. Sang shen (morus albus)
Sang shen not only has been used in Chinese for cooking to increase the kidney function in moistening the body fluid, but also used to nourishes the kidney yin and increases liver in blood storing and formation.

iv. Bai shao (white peony root )
Bai shao plays an important role in nourishing the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to blood and qi deficiency caused by excessive yang in the kidney.

v. Shan yao (ioscorea opposita)
Shan yao is also known Chinese yam in China, it is a kidney balancing herbs and neutral in nature. Besides as an important herb in increasing the yin of Spleen and lung, it also improves the kidney function by raising the kidney yin when it is deficient and reduces it when it is excessive.

In Some cases, there may be kidney yang deficiency instead of yin deficiency
c) Herbs for kidney yang deficiency
i. Lu rong
Lu rong is also known as deer antler, deer antler velvet. Besides tt is best known in enhancing the sexual activity in men, it also is a great herb that reduces the blockage of the meridian liver and kidney. Since yang qi deficiency is also caused blood deficiency, improving the body yang by strengthening the liver's function in blood formation and kidney's function in fluid distribution, it reduces the yang deficiency in the body.

ii. Du Zhong
It is also known ecommia bark, it is one the most used herb to enhance the function of meridian kidney-liver by promoting the qi and blood formation. Since the liver is a organ in charge of blood storing and blood formation and kidney is in charge of fluid regulation, it increases blood flow to the entire body and reduces fluid accumulated in the body, thus enhancing yang.

iii. Ba Ji Tian
Ba ji tian is also known as Chinese morinda root and sweet and warm in nature. It is also one the herbs used to strengthen the liver and kidney qi and blood yang by enhancing the liver in blood formation and kidney in urinary secretion, thus reducing the yang deficiency causes of abdominal distention, including cramps and pain during menstrual cycle.

iv Rou Chong Rong
Rou Chong Rong used in traditional Chinese medicine for reducing the blockage of kidney-large intestine meridian, thereby increasing the kidney function in bring blood to warm the uterus and urinary secretion and digestive system in moving waste, resulting in lessening the fluid retention and dysmenorrhea.

v. Bu Gu Zhi
Bu gu zhi is also known as psoralea fruit and used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating blockage of meridian kidney-Spleen. It notifies the yang qi by increasing the kidney function in assisting the function of lung qi and the function of Spleen in qi distribution.

d) Herbs for qi deficiency
While deficiency of blood and qi are defined as a condition of liver abnormal function in blood formation and blood transportation due to qi deficiency or the inability of qi in moving blood caused by spleen qi and lung deficiency. Therefore, by treating the stagnation of spleen and lung qi, it will improve the blood deficiency.
Herbs enhancing the qi movement include
i. Ren shen (Ginseng)
Ren shen is considered as one of most powerful herbs in strengthening the original qi in the body. * In spleen, it improves the spleen function in qi absorption, thus reducing the symptoms of distended chest and abdomen cramps and pain.
** In lung, it enhances the lung qi by moistening the channels, thus reducing the symptoms of asthma and dry cough and prevent the rebellion qi causes of menstrual cramps and pain.

ii. Xi yang shen (American ginseng)
Xi yang shen is yin in nature, besides promoting the lung and spleen qi, it also increases the digestive system in absorbing vital energy that is vital for women during menstrual cycle.
It also reduces the heat causes of qi stagnation by moistening the all qi transportation channels, especially for qi stagnation caused by deficiency of yin.

iii. Dang shen (pilose asiabell root)
Dang shen is a Spleen and lung tonic herbs. It improves the lung function in moving qi smoothly through its channels and spleen function in absorbing qi after foods entering the stomach. It also helps to restore the qi which is damaged by heat caused by infection, inflammation or heat generated due to excessive fluids accumulation.

iv. Tai zi shen (pseudostellaria root)
Beside helping to increase the spleen and lung qi, it also improve the blood transportation and spleen and stomach in absorbing vital energy for our body cells and generates fluids to prevent the heat causes of qi stagnation.

v. Huang qi (astragalus root)
It is one of the herb which helps to increase the function of liver in generating more blood formation and liver qi in blood transportation due to excessive blood during menstruation.

3. Acupuncture
a) To clean heat and relieve the stagnation of blood
Stimulating Gongsun(SP4), Neiguan Pc6, LiequeLu 7 and Qi HaiQi6
b) To supplement yin and blood
stimulating Taixi Ki3, Sanyinjiao(SP6) and Zusanli St36
c) To calm heat
Shenmen Ht7 and yintang
d) To Rectify the liver qi and heat
Xingjian Lv2, Taichong Lv3, Ququan Lv8 and Qimen Lv 14

" All women can conceive sometimes during their child bearing age, before menopause". If you are diagnosis with infertility caused by POFs, my heart goes to you. When comes to treat POFs, the traditional Chinese medicine is one of the best according to unconfirmed statistics. Please make sure you find a doctor who has both conventional medicine and TCM knowledge. Best luck to get pregnant soon Kyle J. Norton

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    i would like to find a diet for kidney failure?
    does anyone have info on what foods are good for kidney failure patients?

    • ANSWER:
      After kidney failure, various waste products can build up in the blood, and each kind can have different effects on your health.

      Salt can increase blood pressure, so you may be encouraged to reduce salt intake. (Salt also has the effect of increasing thirst, so it makes it more difficult for patients to restrict their fluid intake).

      Potassium is a mineral which is found in the cells of body tissue, and any excess would normally be removed by the kidneys. Too high a level of potassium is bad for the heart - in extreme case it may even cause it to stop.

      Phosphate is a substance that is widely found in foods. It works very closely with the mineral calcium, and the healthy body keeps these two substances in balance. High phosphate levels may be associated with itch and over the longterm can damage blood vessels.

      Protein is an essential nutrient that enables the body to build muscles. Low levels of protein can lead to fluid retention and to a reduction of the body’s ability to fight off infections.

      Some patients may need vitamin B and C supplements.
      Iron levels may drop and cause anaemia, this can be replaced with iron tablets.

  2. QUESTION:
    Use of 2300mg of sodium bicarbonate a day on a patient with CHF, Kidney Failure, and Hypertension, also has a?
    I have a patient I take care of as a private duty nurse. She goes to dialysis 3 times a week.The Nurse practitioner in charge of her case has given her a RX of 2300mg of Sodium Bicarbonate daily. This patient is retaining fluid, has kidney failure, and significant high blood pressure. She is on major fluid restriction of only 960cc per day (32 oz). I understand that their may be times that she might have to deal with electrolyte imbalances but why would she need to be on that amount of sodium daily above and over what she already gets in the food she eats. She is also diabetic. I have found deffinate warnings on giving this amount to patients with CHF, Kidney Failure and Hypertension. What would her reasons be for this? I need people who can show medical references to answer please!

    • ANSWER:
      no no no, you MUST call the practitioner and demand she give you a rationale for her order. If you don't agree with the rationale, you refuse to give the med. It's your license on the line here. Not the practitioner's license, yours. Because you are the one ultimately giving the medication, you are legally considered ultimately responsible. So call the practitioner and get your answer directly from her. Or don't give the med, and document your reasons for not doing so.

  3. QUESTION:
    is it true that diabetes always lead to kidney failure?
    what kind of food is good for a diabetic patients who already on dialysis injection.

    • ANSWER:
      I wanted to add to tnbadbunny's answer. It is now known that finely ground grains even whole grains are more dangerous to the person with diabetes than sugar and cause big blood sugar sspikes with a rapid fall. Even whole grain breads, crackers, cookies, etc are not that good. Use whole wheat stone ground flour over white, cracked wheat over flour products, and whole wheat kernels (bulgar) over cracked wheat..the fiber is different and more sustained and slow drop the more unprocessed it is. Another exampe would be oat bread or brown rice spagetti.better to use oat groats (as from the plant directly) and brown rice intact. Please see the information in the answer I gave here about the gycemic index and hopefully, you will be sopurred to do the recommendations there for healing as well. MY mom is on kidney dialysis and dying. She has drastically went downhill since starting diaysis..they restrict a lot of foods incluing healthy ones like whioe grains, she has had some surgeries due to the nurses messing up the needles and leading to extensive surgery and bruises in several parts of her body, had three heart attack in 4 months (never had heart problems before)..dialysis makes you 30 times more likely to have heart problems. It is a nightmare. I had a friend die at age 45 from several years of dialysis wreckling her body. If you ever do have to have dialysis, a person feels mkuch better with home dialysis that is done overnight. the longer period of delievery and frequency leads to better blood cleansing and less feeling awful. Takes about 1 hour to set up and 1/2 hour to take down and no driving there and sitting in a chair that uncomfortable. But the good news is if you work hard you may very well be able to reverse it till it gets to that point. Please see the answer it is the result of nearly 30 years of research and study and ghood luck in finding excellant programs. I'll put it in the sources.

  4. QUESTION:
    Why do people ask for money when they need a kidney transplant?
    Before you think I rude or insensitive hear me out. I HAVE HAD A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT!!
    Here is my side:
    Medicare is made available to all patients in kidney failure. Also, Medicare will repay up to 6 months of previous medical cost from acceptance date so even if the patient wasn't covered during the surgery they can apply and have the cost covered. Plus there is Medicaid/State insurance that will cover just about all cost that Medicare doesn't pay for and co-pay plus it is also available to any person with kidney failure. If you think that's not enough free/cheap insurance to cover all your transplant needs then may I suggest a specific insurance for those in kidney failure. Currently 38 states offer specialty insurance for patients from the start of kidney failure to 5 years post transplant. Not usually free but very low cost. I had all 3 types of insurance stated above and did not pay a dime in medical cost before, during and after transplant.
    Now what about social security. It is automatically given to patients with kidney failure/transplants. The only requirement is that you have previously paid into the system. The amount of the monthly check is much lower then what most people are used it is not impossible to live off of. Most retired people are able to do it and it is only temporarily for transplant patient. There is also social services to help with cost of rent/mortgage, food, clothing, etc. So, I ask my question, why do people ask for money when they need a kidney transplant? I never did and went from making ,000 to living a life below poverty. I was a single mom, I cut coupons, stood in line at the health department and shopped at good will, cut off the cable and home phone, pulled child out of private school… all to get a second chance at life and keep my PRIDE!

    Please someone tell me a good reason why people ask for money in this situation. I always feel that people just want to take advantage of their situation or try to take the easy way out by keeping a lifestyle they know they will never be able to afford again.

    • ANSWER:
      "Medicare will repay up to 6 months of previous medical cost from acceptance date so even if the patient wasn't covered during the surgery they can apply and have the cost covered"

      Key word being "apply". Not everyone gets approved as Medicare and Medicaid are for low income people. Or if you already have insurance, you don't qualify. My best friend just got a kidney transplant last December; he had insurance, didn't qualify for free help, and still had to pay 100,000 dollars.

      Not to be rude, but accepting free healthcare doesn't mean you get to keep your pride....most people are ashamed that they are in such a bad financial state....

  5. QUESTION:
    i would like to know how to reduce creatine levels for diabetic patients?
    my mother had thyroid problem since 2003 and got diabetic recently n feb
    she had sugar 400 and was aditted in ICU
    WITH KIDNEY FAILURE,HEART PROBLEM
    now she is fine without any medicine for diabetes
    she is on raw food
    her s.creatine is 1.9
    does eating sprouts increase creatine level
    i would like to know about the care to be taken to prevent any serios ailments related to kidney

    • ANSWER:
      DO pranayam everyday to control creatine and diabetes.
      Kapalbhati for 15 minutes and anulom vilom for 15 minutes. Find a Patanjali Yog teacher in your area to teach you.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I make this possible?
    I am a 26-year-old female who is very seriously considering going the "Vegan route" in the near future. Here's the problem: I am a peritoneal dialysis patient. (For those of you who are not familiar with the medical term/disease, I suffer from kidney failure and have to use a glucose-based solution to filter toxins from my body.) As a P.D. patient, my diet MUST consist of high protein, low phosphorus, and potassium rich foods. Could anyone suggest some possible menu items I could eat that with satisfy my dietary requirements? Any response you could provide will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    JUST TO BE CLEAR, I AM IN NEED OF A PROTEIN AND POTASSIUM-RICH VEGAN DIET. I AM NOT ASKING FOR A DIALYSIS-BASED DIET. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend that you get in touch with PCRM (Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine) as they did a research study on this a few years ago. I'm sure they'd have some good advice for you.

      Here is their contact info:

      202-686-2210, ext. 395; nutrition@pcrm.org

  7. QUESTION:
    Does selenium helps with erectile dysfunction? I have this patient thats diabetic and kidney...?
    ...failure swear by them.
    Me and one of my regular patients are talking ,then a extenze commercial comes on. And he says "none of that s@!t don't work". He tried viagra and other male enhancement drugs, but he said it made his penis swell ,and he had to come to the hospital. To have it drain it with a big syringe .And he yells and scream and he can hear the staff laughing.And actually we laughed about it cause you know we've known each other for years from me working at the hospital. We see each other street from time to time. And man he swears by selinium he says he got results in about a month. I didn't tell him iam suffering from erectile dysfunction for the last 5yrs. I was told because of my testosterone levels are really low but its been awhile since i had them checked maybe a year. I've tried viagra and my bp dropped.I've tried a combination or vitamins and herbs .But iam really afraid to try male enhancement drugs because of my lifestyle i like to eat fast food and drink beer.

    • ANSWER:
      These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
      Uses based on scientific evidence Grade*
      Antioxidant

      Selenium is a component of glutathione peroxidase, which possesses antioxidantactivity and demonstrates antioxidant properties in humans. Long-term clinical benefits remain controversial. B
      Keshan disease

      Keshan disease is a cardiomyopathy (heart disease) restricted to areas of China in people having an extremely low selenium status. Prophylactic administration of sodium selenite has been shown to significantly decrease the incidence of this disorder. Organic forms of selenium (such as selenized yeast or Se-yeast) may have better bioavailability than selenite and thus may be better preventative treatments for Keshan disease.Selenium is used to treat and prevent selenium deficiency (for example in those with HIV or receiving enteral feedings). B
      Prostate cancer prevention

      Initial evidence has suggested that selenium supplementation reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer in men with normal baseline PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels and low selenium blood levels. This is the subject of large well-designed studies, including the Nutritional Prevention of Cancer Trial (NPC) and the ongoing Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT), as well as prior population and case-control studies.

      Preliminary research reports that selenium supplementation may help improve asthma symptoms. Further research is needed to confirm these results. C
      Blood disorders

      Selenium supplementation may offer benefits in patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency and chronic hemolysis. Selenium supplementation may also affect platelet function and coagulation. C
      Bronchitis

      Because selenium is proposed to have a role in immune function, selenium supplementation has been studied in patients with various infections. Some evidence suggests that selenium may promote recovery from bronchitis and pneumonia caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Though selenium may correct selenium deficiency in patients with bronchitis, more studies are needed to show its effectiveness in treating respiratory infections. C
      Cancer prevention

      Several studies suggest that low levels of selenium may be a risk factor for developing cancer, particularly gastrointestinal, gynecological, lung, colorectal, and esophageal cancer. Studies have shown significantly reduced risk of some (but not all) cancers in subjects taking selenium supplements. Selenium supplementation may reduce cancer incidence in men more than women. Ongoing trials are examining the precise role of selenium in reducing cancer risk. C
      Cancer treatment

      Several studies suggest that low levels of selenium (measured in the blood or in tissues such as toenail clippings) may be a risk factor for developing cancer, particularly prostate, gastrointestinal, gynecological, and colorectal cancer. Population studies suggest that people with cancer are more likely to have low selenium levels than healthy matched individuals, but in most cases it is not clear if the low selenium levels are a cause or merely a consequence of disease. It remains unclear if selenium is beneficial in the treatment of any type of cancer. C
      Cardiomyopathy

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  8. QUESTION:
    What could these CBC results be indicative of?
    I know what the abbreviations stand for and what they are, I am asking what these results could be caused by, for example a cold, pneumonia.. that kind of thing.

    These results were obtained two days ago by a Caucasian female aged 22.

    As a note, RBC and WBC have been consistently borderline high for 1+years.

    WBC- 10.73 (Range 4.8-10.4)
    RBC-5.34 (Range4.2-5.4)
    MCV 82.4 (Range 81.-99)
    Lymphocyte 25 (Range 15-41)
    Monocyte 5.4 (Range0 -13)
    Eosinophil- 1.4 (Range 0-10.0)
    Basophil-.3 (Range 0-2)
    Neu# 7.29 (Range 1.4-6.5)
    LY#-2.68 (Range 1-3)

    Normal Protime and APTT, INR borderline low.

    Osmolality 283 (Range 261-281)
    GFR 104.6
    Glucose 115 (Range 70-105) ** This probably has to do with patient sneaking food/drink before testing.
    Chloride 107- (Range98-107)
    co2- 25 (range 22-29)

    High protein urine, consistently over lifetime, no kidney failure noted.
    Both blood and urine samples were collected at the same time on the same day.

    No glucose spill in urine.
    Bands were within normal range, although on the slightly higher side.

    High UA Leukoesterase (small abnormal)
    Abnormal UA Turbidity
    Low ph (5.5)

    I also don't see much wrong.
    Patient had diagnosis of Mononucleosis in March 2009. History of recurrent infections, (ear, throat, UTI, kidney) and frequent illnesses (Pneumonia, Flu, Strep)

    Negative allergen testing on common samples.
    For abijann who absolutely floored me with knowledge: (Range is in Par)
    HCT: 44 (37-47)
    HGB:14.7 (12-16)
    MPV:10.8 (9-12.3)
    PLT: 272 (130-400)

    The Chloride is literally borderline high (according to this range)

    Sodium: 141 (136-145)

    Other clotting testing done previously by specialist (I believe it was a pulmonary specialist) which was negative.
    *This is actually a live 'mystery' patient whom I am to do a 'differential' on and diagnose for a class.

    Patient has other problems such as constant dry mouth, GI issues (diarrhea and abdominal pain episodes) joint pain, concentration and memory problems, morbid obesity (despite) sleep issues (chronic insomnia) and genital numbness during intercourse.

    The best I have come up with is Sjogren's.
    Anyone else have any theories?

    • ANSWER:
      The two tests: RBC and MCV are in normal range...
      therefore I would say there is no problem with the
      RBC in the blood. You did not post the Hemoglobin
      or the hemocrit.

      The WBC are a little high and it seems to indicate that
      it is the Neutrophils. The Neutrophils are the first line
      of defense of the immune system to stop a foreign
      bacteria or virus entering the body. All the other
      kinds of the WBC are in normal range. This could
      be the first sign of an infection, cold, or something else
      that the immune system is responding to.
      However, no one blood test is 100% accurate...it takes
      more than one and a comparison to be sure.

      INR is the international ratio set to determine the clotting
      time...it being low with the PT, PTT being normal...will
      depend on how low it is. It would also depend on reviewing
      the Platelet count and MPV. The PT and PTT usually is
      an indication of what factors the liver cells make to help
      the blood to clot and how long it takes the blood to clot.
      Without the numbers being listed...a determination cannot
      be made.

      The Glomerous Filtration rate seems to be fine.
      Considering it is, on average:
      Male: 97 to 137 ml/min.
      Female: 88 to 128 ml/min.
      Protein in the urine isn't good. This may not be kidney failure,
      but is a sure sign of kidney disease.

      Glucose levels are just slightly high, as you said, and
      the patient may not of fasted before the testing was done.
      An Hg1AC test would reveal more.

      The Chloride is in range...not listed are the Sodium level
      which would tell much more. However, the patient may
      be receiving enough oxygen, considering the carbon
      dioxide level is in normal range.

      So, there is a possible infection or signs of an illness
      coming on. There is a risk of kidney disease.
      Whether the blood is clotting well, has to be determined
      by other testing done.

  9. QUESTION:
    stay or go? taking care of my grandmother.?
    Hi, I am a 29 year old college graduate with a BS in Biology. I am a hard worker and dedicate myself to what ever it is I choose to do in life. I graduated in 2007 and worked a full time job as a supervisor in a very expensive city in Virginia for two years. Previously I was married at age 23 he left with another woman while I was in the middle of college trying to finish. This made finishing college a task for me I already worked full time at a Hotel and drove 2hrs a day back and forth to college. I had a house payment, all the bills a married couple would and no one to help me… after college and many student loans. I kept the house for my parents who had always done for us and never for themselves had I wanted my mom to have a nice home, my dad never wanted to go into debt so I left them with my home fully furnished with brand new appliance and all. When I moved I found myself in debt living in the city where I could no longer make it on my salary after two years. I was dating someone in 2008 and we decided to move away somewhere a little cheaper and everything was going great until he became very jealous and abusive I left him and everything behind and came back to my old house with my parents till I decided where to go from there…

    My grandmother got sick at this time, she had kidney failure from the meds the doctor had her on for her blood pressure. They changed the meds and got her kidneys stable but after two open hearth surgeries, two strokes and this she does not walk very good anymore. I grew up with my grandmother I love her like a mom. I love the time I get to spend with her but I really had no choice in the matter. She has 6 kids 5 girls and one boy. My mom works full time, has my disabled father and gives me one day a week to go out a do something any other time I am here 24/7… Changing diapers, meds, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of her animals. My aunt who is too jealous to leave her husband alone will not help she has to go to work with him even. The other one lives where use to which is 5 hrs away, one daughter is a 3rd shift nurse she is always to tired to help. She has three days a week off. The last daughter comes during the day but only from 9 to 12 and she don’t do that anymore. She comes to visit now. She use to by groceries for my grandmother and all her supplies but now I have to get the groceries or my mom because it is a no to low salt diet and it is very important that is stays that way… they give in to easily she does not want to eat the food we give her but her kidneys will fail again if we don’t. Her son is taking care of his mentally unstable wife, god bless their souls he has his hand full he promised to never put her away and stuck to it but I think to his demise.

    The problem my grandmother pays my car payment 300 a month which is wonderful of her, I appreciate that greatly. I also have other bills I cannot pay I have had to defer my student loans and every day I put off my life and searching for a career with my degree makes my life harder. I know staying with her is a good thing, but honestly I don’t know how many years it could be. I cannot defer those loans forever. I was behind on credit cards and now they are way behind because of this but I have way too much guilt to just leave her and let her go to a nursing home and all the homes here the patients end up dying after a few months. I talked to my mom because my friend wants me to move to New Mexico which is across country and look for a job I can live with her for very cheap and get back on my feet once and for all…. Since this discussion my mom has not helped as much and today is my birthday she did not even call to say happy birthday. I am so depressed and it is even getting hard to deal with my grandmother. She is very demanding she want me in bed by 10pm and no TV, no internet. I have dealt with it so far but now I am getting upset with her leaving the room to avoid conflict. I am so lost on what to do here????? Any advice is welcome.

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    If you're in the hospital...?
    My grams is in the hospital for the thrid time, she's a dyalisis patient so she has kidney failure, her liver's not that good, and she has CHF. She keeps asking us to bring her Captain D's and KFC hot wings and other things like that, making sure we get the butter, hot sauce, honey mustard, and whatever other things she must have with it. She's telling the doctors she eats healthy though, but when they come in and see you with a 20 piece bucket of hot wings, all for you and you only that you're putting hot sauce on, I think they know you're not. She came in this time due to chest pains, and wonders why they think it's gas or something?! I want to know is her unheathy eating contributing to her already bad health, and how you should go about denying a bossy person, who has this thing about buying food as often as possible that she shouldn't be eating these things. Her exact words were "I'll eat what I wanna eat. I'm grown." Oh, and should at least one of her four kids be telling her to stop? Money that could be spent on bills is being spent on food she'll just let rot in her drawer! She's a hoarder by the way.

    • ANSWER:
      If she was admitted to the hospital with chest pains, the doctor most likely has her on a strict cardiac diet while there. If you bring her food and she eats it, the nurse WILL know and her doctor will be notified that the patient is being noncompliant.
      Don't bring it to her. Its for her own good that she doesn't eat that greasy stuff and you don't want to be a contributor to her weakness that has obviously caused her some serious problems.
      If she won't listen to you, have the nurse explain the reasons to her. Maybe that will do it. Besides, if no one brings it in to her, she won't have it to eat and will have to at what is put in front of her or get awfully hungry.

  11. QUESTION:
    medicare/medicare insurance?
    On August 26th of this year my aunt was in a car accident and sustained a minor injuries. At first she was doing good. The put in a tracheal tube she was still able to communicate by blinking mouthing words and moving her hands and arms. Shortly after that she started to go down hill they said she has not had a bowel movement since Aug 26. Since then the doctors have old the family that she has diabetes from the liquid food they have been feeding her and is going into kidney failure and needs to be put on didialysisThey just put a neck brace on her 11/12 saying that she could have whip lash and are also doing daily cat scans with no changes. This entire time they have she has been sedated with OxOxycontinnd anantigenicitymedicine. So they moved her to a second hospital where she still has continued to deteriorate. The doctor over sseeingher care wont fully answer the ffamily'squestions. He wont sign off for her to see her primary doctor. How she was diagnosed with a blood infection and a build up of gas that has caused her to not have the bowel movement?

    Heres our questions

    Do doctors/ nursed lose their eithics when the money runs out?
    Do they stop caring for patients when the money runs out or do they try to squeeze all the money they can out of the insurance medicare?
    Are they just going to let her die?
    why do they so heaily sedate the patient?
    They told the family there were no internal injuries thats why we are wondering why she needs all of this stuff the trach dialasys feeding tube ect..

    • ANSWER:
      Accidents happen, and often cause life threatening, or leading to death injuries.
      The body is a maize, and one thing can fail and cause other things to then fail. Drs and nurses do not go to work, with the thought of, is thier ins up to date, how rich are they, in fact, Drs and Nurses do not know what coverage someone has, they simply perform life saving, or extending services, the ins doesnt matter. Thats why people go in for an emergency their ins covers x, and they get bills for the y and z that was not covered. The Drs adn Nurses do not own the hospital, so they could care less. The only time they look into coverage is when transfering to another facility, so that they are helping the patient if their able to by staying in the terms of the coverage if they are able to. IF they have to place the patient in a place not covered, its not done out of malice, its done as a necesity to prolong, improve the life of the patient.
      Drs are NOT gods, ok, so dont expect them to be, they are NOT fortune tellers, and cant predict what ones body will do or not do, recover or deteriorate, all they can do, is perform the necessary steps, monitor and see how the body handles it.
      Its always very sad and stressful when a loved one or friend is injured. Keeping her sedated is a way of saying, we dont want you to suffer, we dont want your stress of suffering to impede on your healing. Be thankful shes not in pain, and if she passes, it was her time, due to her accident.

  12. QUESTION:
    I know this is a lot to ask, but can someone please edit my essay about eating disorders? (10 points)?
    Please give your opinions and incites on what you think, what I should improve on to make it better, and correct any misspellings. Thanks a lot! Only constructive critism please! Here is my essay:
    Sometimes, you can't just be happy with who you are. You feel depressed but you want to keep your feelings all in. Having low self-esteem, depression, or stress can lead to an eating disorder. An eating disorder is an illness that causes a person to develop unhealthy eating habits. The three types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. Having an eating disorder can affect your relationship with other, cause you to think many negative thoughts about yourself and your body, and damage your health. If you suspect that someone has an eating disorder, it is important that you show support for that person so they can have a healthy attitude and body. As you grow older, you begin to feel more conscious of your body. You go through physical changes, as well as "social pressures." One or two out of one hundred kids, particularly girls, that struggle with this disorder can successfully hide their extreme weight loss from their parents for months or years. Anorexia can come from psychological, genetic, social, and family factors. Many girls are exposed to images of thin models that have the "ideal" body size. Participating in activities such as gymnastics,where thinness is emphasized can also lead to anorexia. Since parents are role models fortheir children, a parent's body image, their lifestyle, and their dieting Once someone is obsessed with dieting,exercise, and taking laxatives, they will still see themselves as overweight even if they can see their bones.
    Anorexics usually portion their food carefully or come up with excuses to skip their meals. Without receiving the nutrients the body needs to keep your bones strong, and help the body maintain homeostasis, the lack of nutrients will affect the body in many ways:
    bulleted-(in women) losing at least three consecutive menstrual periods;not wanting or refusing to eat in public;anxiety; weakness;brittle teeth; shortness of breath;obsessiveness about calorie intake;severe malnutrition;a drop in pulse and breathing rate;kidney failure;hair loss and fingernail breakage;lanugo hair;lightheadedness and inability to concentrate;anemia;swollen joints;dry and yellow skin; higher levels of cortisol and vasopressin
    death
    Being anorexic can also result in an irregular heartbeat, permanent failure of normal growth, and osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become weak and can breakeasily. You may feel cold most of the time because your body temperature decreases.Taking laxatives can wear out the bowel muscles, causing it to decrease in function. Sometimes, it's hard for parents to tell the difference between their child to be "self-image" concerns and "warning signs" to anorexia. Someone that is self conscious and on a strict diet may not necessarily be anorexic. There are "glaring" abnormal behaviors and physical signs.
    Someone who is anorexic may:
    become very thin, frail, or emaciated;be obsessed with eating food and weight control;weigh herself or himself repeatedly;count or portion their food carefully;only eat certain foods, such as diary and wheat;exercise excessively;feel fat even if their body is literally only showing a sheet of skin and bones;withdraw from social activities, especially meals or celebrations involving food;be depressed, lack energy, and often feel cold
    If you suspect that your child or someone you know is anorexic, it is important to give as much support to them as you can, and try to help them admit that they have an eating disorder. Some people may feel depression, anger, or denial when faced to admit that they are anorexic. Try to show your concern and approach the person in a loving and supportive way. Use "I" instead of "you." If the person is still in denial, try to be patient, saying that you'll be there whenever they are ready to talk about it. Get help from a doctor, nutritionist, and a therapist. Encourage a healthy outlook on nutrition, exercise, and their appearance to help them raise their self esteem. For parents, it's critical to make exercise a regular family activity and have their child help prepare nutritional meals for the whole family.

    Bulimia is another type of eating diorder that involves dieting. A person with bulimia is tempted to eat "comfort foods", such as ice cream or cake. After their out-of-control eating, the person will feel ashamed and guilty for what they have done. They will try inappropriate methods of weight control, such as vomiting and fasting. Bulimics will show excessive shape and weight concern, yet still consume quantities of food up to 20,000 calories a day. This all begins with dissatisfaction of the bodt.

    Like anorexia, bulimia also involves being exposed to pictures of thin models and then not being able to feel good about themselves. Fami
    A LITTLE HELPS! PLEASE PEOPLE! I'D EXTREMELY APPRECIATE IT! HOW SHOULD I START AND END MY COMCLUDING PARAGRAPH? MY ESSAY WAS TOO SHORT, SO IT GOT CUT OFF. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      just a few tips...

      try not to use contractions

      when you say "anorexics" you are isolating them from the everyone else it would be better to say people with anorexia or something like that

      "Being anorexic can also result in an irregular heartbeat, permanent failure of normal growth, and osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become weak and can breakeasily." you use a lot of comas here. take out the one between "osteoporosis and a" and replace it with "which is" then take out "in which" and replace it with "that causes" then take out the "can" before "break"

      try to read through it yourself and see if there are any other places where comas can be taken out. otherwise it looked superb

  13. QUESTION:
    I'm dying everyday..... How can i save my family?
    We were family of 5 persons, me, my parents, my little sister and my grandmother.
    We're looking suitable match for the sister and then came across a person who told my father about a match for me. Although i was not happy with that but i agreed to my parents wish and got married 6 months ago. few days after my marraige, my grandmother expired due to kidney failure and we could not plan our honeymoon at that time, and my job is such that i could not find much time to take my wife out except for a movie or to the temple...

    Till that day, everything seems to be normal, a happy family.

    But then my wife shouted at my mother and sister and i felt this is what i thought of this relation. I was not ready for the marraige but still gave my best to make it a success, but then i was told that my wife is dis-interested in family and likes to be only in her room that too always locked from inside and does not even take any interest in household work or cooking etc. But my wife had her own justification that she's busy with her studies and gets tired. She can't do anything and as she's brought up by her grandfather(her parents have passed away in her childhood) and does not know or likes being with family and even a single discussion seems to her as interference in her personal space. She feels if someone is taunting her, especially targeting my mother and sister.

    I discussed this with my parents and my sister has choosen not to even talk to her till she's in this house (she's getting married in next 3 months). But this is not good, i don't know, i always wanted a united family. Anyways, i counselled my wife and even then she started taking interest in the family and started cooking dinner. This happened for 15 days and again she was counselled. I don't know but she started feeling someone is entering her personal space and speaks rude going out of her limits to my mother and sister. I have fed up counselling her but still know that everything will be fine one day and she'll understand, she's just 22 and just passed college and has not seen family. But now she's into her 3rd month of pregnancy and even then she created a mess last week by shouting at my mother. We called her grandfather to counsel and she just said that she wants separation or wants me to get separated from my parents, family. Or she'll not eat food or medicine and might committ suicide. We counselled her for 2 days. She respects my father a lot and understood. But i don't know will this also last for 15 days. She agreed to stay with us but now wants a separate room constructed on the top floor of our home so that she can get that space, separate kitchen too and will never talk to my mother or let her play or see my child. She even used abusive language for my mother. I still forgive her because being away from society we can be god or animal but i',m just human which can err. She's agreed to wait till my sister gets married to avoid any social talks or irrelevant discussions.

    What should i do?

    I'm the only son and can't get separation from my family or my spouse and upcoming child.
    What should i do to make it a happy and united family and make her understand that family is the most important and she should be like a needle sewing relations and not the scissor. It takes years to build relations and seconds to tarnish. My wife and sister and my wife can't stand each other. What should i do.... Kindly tell. I've high blood pressure and can't take this everyday tension. My father is heart patient and i can't see him crying.. Is there a way to save my family?

    • ANSWER:
      I am hoping your sister will be moving out in 3 months? I feel very sorry for you. Having babies is very stressful. I think you need to take care of your health first. As they say on the airplane, put your own oxygen mask on first then care for others. What that means is that your blood pressure has to be first and foremost under control before you can help out the family. Women can be very difficult living together as they each want their own 'kingdom'. Keeping separate for now may be the best way.I am not excusing your wife but she does feel threatened. Can you mentally detach? Can you realize that these women are bossing you around, bullying you the breadwinner? You write you were not ready for the marriage and I feel you were coerced. That is not fair. I dont know your culture that well but if you can, take time for yourself after work, go to the gym or go for a walk to compose yourself and y our thoughts. Life is difficult. I wish you peace.

  14. QUESTION:
    My Case - Help Required?
    Emotional Nature:

    Very much emotional in nature, I couldn’t attain any intellectual attainments / Aspirations becozof this Anxiety problem. Always worried in nature. Few friends. Sharing Good relation. Now getting away from them and also from relatives.I want to keep my wife and baby happy. This Anxiety is preventing everyones happiness. Always in thinking mode. Prone to accidents becoz of that.

    Food : Like Chocolates, Spicy, Tangy Items.Chinese food. Doesn’t like salty / Oily food.

    Anxiuos Personality .

    Very Much sensitive to cold now a days for the past 3-4 years. Couldn’t bear winter. Palms and Sole are always cold like a Hypothermic person. Blood circulation is very poor. Shiver if I go out for a walk in cold climate or take bath in cold water, even if it’s during summer. So, fear of taking part in water games also becoz of Shivering problem. Fear of going to cold places. But can withstand A/C cold.

    Taking warm water bath.

    Sleep is not refreshing. no peaceful sleep. Constant wandering of thoughts about Health and Business Plus Income Tax. Dream about searching for my Car or Bike on the road or parking lot with tension. Thinking it must have been lost. Inability to sleep after 4.00 P.M

    Headache always . Above the eye and on the neck. Also on the top right side.

    Loss of Sexual Desire. ED. On an Average Monthly Once.That also with Some Ayurvedic Medicines.

    Business is up and Down. Couldn’t digest the down time.I was having tension about the future till 2000. Was working for a company. Not great. Self esteem was low. I was good when I hv started the business. During the lean phase I feel my self esteem has gone for a task. Very bad now.

    Have One twin brother. Tall and stout. Fraternal Twins. He is in the USA as the Recruitment Director. He is hvg BP and Diabetes and Gout Problem. Often get tooth problem also. He has twoChildren, male.

    Father was a diabetic and Hypertensive. Anxious Personality. Never shown that to anyone. I came to know when Doctors were talking when he was at his last stage. I have personally seen his Health Deterioration. High Sugar. Used to eat lots of milk sweets.Cardiac Problem.He died in the year 1992 at the age of 52 due to Myo cardial Infraction and Multiple Organ Failure due to diabetes. That has affected my Mind very much. I used to feel that I also have everything. That got manifested. Always thinking about diseases.

    Mother is 60 years now. Got Operated for Ulcer Twice. Utrus was removed 14 years back. She is having Glucoma, BP, Diabetes and Arthiritis. Recently diagonized for Diabetes.

    Grand Mother (fathers Side) Expired last year at the age of 94. BP and diabetic patient for more than 60 years.

    Routine & Food Habit:

    Go to bed at 11.45 P.M. Sleep at 12.00 A.M. Gets up sharp at 2.20 A.M daily then sleep immediately or awake for some times. Sleep and again getup at 4.00 A.M. After that no peaceful sleep. Constant wandering of thoughts about Health and Business Plus Tax. Money is going go in taxes fully. Then I need to sell the house to pay for that. Body heart, eyes and Kidney, Liver is affected. I’ll die soon. I am going to go bankrupt like thoughts. Mind is always fearful and loaded with Thoughts.

    Go for walk at 6.30A.M for 40-45 Min. Don’t go some times , thinking fearful thoughts. Thinking about eye floater, Health etc., Coffee @ 7.30 A.m
    Then taking bath @ 8.30 A.M. Pooja @ 9.00 A.M

    Breakfast – Idlis ( 5 Nos ) or Dosa- 3 Nos or Cereal / Oats 1 Cup with Milk or Upma – 200-250 Grms @ 9.15-930 A.M
    Work from 9.45 A.M-7.30 P.M. Then Night also. Continuous sittiing posture
    Cucumber- 1 plate @ 11.30 A.M
    Lunch- 4 Chapatis with VegDishes and 1 Cup rice with Curd @ 1.40 P.M
    Some snacks in between. It may contain fried items but not very often
    Coffee- 1 Cup @ 5.15 P.M
    Dinner-3 Chapatis and 1 Cup rice @ 8.45 P.M
    Apple or Grapes or seasonal fruits @ 10.00 P.M

    Used to eat out items like Noodles ( very rare ) , Roti / sabji

    General

    Hypertensive. I was found to be having high B.P in the year 1990. All the parameters were normal except B.P. Anxiety Problem. Fear of Everything. Neck pain. Buildup slowly since morning.

    Operated for Left side Inguinal Hernia in the year 1992.

    Suffered with Jaundice Twice.

    Complaints

    -Diabetic Since 2002 (Known). At that time of Diagnosis Sugar level was 300. GTL. It must hv setted long before. That time itself i was having peripheral pain.

    Pains and Swelling

    -Uneven Sensation during walking. Some times I get prickling sensation on the sole. And pain on the peripheral side esp on left and right hand / legs lower extreme below knee and on it also some times. Little pain on the Joints also. -Ankle part swells after travel / stand for more than 2 hrs. Started 2 years back after delhi trip. Even it’s a trip to Mumbai/pune city then also you can visualize the change in Ankle size. That’s creating lots of Mental tension.Left angle and bone area is larger cicumfrence than ri

    • ANSWER:
      brother it seems you have a pretty normal health..the cause of your problems is tension...these days people are on a look out of outer comfort ..thats fine , nothing wrong with that but we forget that without inner peace and comfort outer will have no meaning

      I can gather that you have a sensitive nature and are prone to stress easily.
      There is only one way to solve your probs for good- that is taking control of your life. We often think that how can life be in our control; after all cretain things arent in our control?? but we are wrong as we have the power to dominate/ control our mind and life but unfortunately its mostly other way around for most of us. So for that control the best thing for you would be yoga. Learn ashtanga yoga from an expert.Just dont learn pranayam and asana but learn and follow the whole system with yam and niyam. You will be amazed to see the huge difference it will make to all areas of your life and not just mind or health.For diabetes manduk asana and creatin pranayams are very good .Ofcourse your instructor will tell you about others too and dos and donts.For good health and saving your self from aggravated conditions you must do it as all big diseases begin from stress and lack of general health only

      about your foot problem - consult the doctor.If you have too much tension to lead a normal life- see a psychiatrist as it can be bcos of some general mind problem.
      begin with a mantra from today