Foods Good For Kidneys Diet

Imbalance of Kidney is defined as a health condition of Kidney Qi Deficiency, Yin Deficiency, Yang Deficiency or Jing Deficiency.
Kidney, in traditional Chinese medicine is defined as a organ in charge of storing kidney essence (jing), will, determination, and power of memory, water distribution, bone marrow, spinal marrow, and brain marrow, graping qi and bladder as well as hearing , and 2 private parts.
Deficiency of kidney yin can distort the function of kidney in water distribution, growth, leading to damp- heat and moving fluid and qi upward.

I. Symptoms
1. Dizziness
2. Poor memory
3. Dry mouth
4. Sore back
5. Dark-scanty urine
6. Constipation
7. Night sweating 8. Poor hearing
9. Forgetfulness
10. Hair falls
11. Declining muscle mass
12. Hot palms and soles
13.
14. Tongue: Red, no coating with cracks
15. Pulse: Empty and rapid
16. Palpitations
17. Insomnia
18. Etc.

II. List of foods that can nourish the kidney yin includes
1. Kidney beans
2. Black sesame seeds
3. Protein of all sources
5. String beans
6. Grapes
7. Berries
8. Sea salt
9. Artichoke
10. Kelp
11. Potato
12. Tomato
13. Yam
14. Avocado
15. Lemon
16. Pear
17. Pineapple
18. Watermelon
19. Black beans
20. Coconut milk
21. All Fishes
22. Fresh water clam, and crab
23. Oyster
24. Beef
25. Pork
26. Pork kidney
27. Chicken egg
28. Honey
29. Goose
30. Duck
31. Etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. "

  5. 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.

  6. QUESTION:
    What home foods are safe for a Mini Schnauzer with renal dysplasia?
    My dog eats "Royal Canine" renal diet dog food for better kidney function but he also loves to have some of what ever he thinks I'm having, he likes everything... meats, fruits, veggies, ((like apples, oranges, melon, tomatoes, carrots, peas green beans, potatoes, corn etc (no sugar or salt added)) I give him a spoonful in his dry food twice a day plus a couple of baby carrots or slice of apple for a snack in between meals.
    I'd like to give him more variety of safe foods, any recipes for homemade renal diet would be helpful!
    Thank you for any ideas
    (I know that chocolate, raisins, grapes, and onions are toxic, and potatoes must be cooked)

    • ANSWER:

  7. 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.

  8. 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:

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. QUESTION:
    Good and Bad Dog Foods?
    I notice I get a lot of thumbs down when I tell about my bad experience with a high protein diet. My dog had a kidney infection that I didn't know about and months of high protein aggravated his ailing kidneys to the point of near renal failure.

    Now I know some people are huge advocates of *their* brand, but is it so bad that it just doesn't work out for some dogs? We all know not every food is good for every dog.

    On top of that, most people are quick to put down foods like Eukanuba and Purina, but I just have to add that some of the top show dogs in the US and Canada live and obviously THRIVE on brands of food that people here consider *bad*.

    Is a food BAD if a dog does wonderfully on it?
    My dogs are on Blue Buffalo.

    And yes the kidney infection went unnoticed because there were no symptoms. No pain, no smelly urine, nothing, until the high protein was added.

    I'm not saying EVO is bad for EVERYONE, but it didn't work for US.

    • ANSWER:
      no a food is not bad if a dog does good on it but brands like Purina one use chemically enhanced ingredients unlike wellness and blue, I would rather feed my dog blue or wellness because of the health factor and the ingredients, them foods all use real food for there ingredients instead of the chemically enhanced ingredients and my dog is not a show dog but looking at him you would think he was. And just because someone has a show dog does not mean they are feeding them the best food out there, a show dog is just that a show dog, judges don't care what food they are being feed so the people that do have show dogs should stop being so arrogant about it. And actually the best diet and food to feed and animal is the raw diet!.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure, high cholestrol, bad kidneys. What diet?
    So my dad has had high blood pressure for a while, he's on medication for it but it's not helping. He had some tests done and found out he also has high cholestrol and his kidneys are only just working. He's having more tests done in 2 weeks to find out the cause but untill then we are kind of left in the dark. Just hoping someone could tell me what foods could help all three. I've read that for the kidneys you shouldn't eat to much protein, eggs etc. but that these are good things for cholestrol. So alittle confused. I don't want to hear about what the cause's and any diseases he could have because we know about them. Just want to know what we can do with his diet to try and help in the mean time. Thanks very much.
    Thanks, he has been trying to do more exercise but he has a condition in his back where the sponges in between his disc's are worn away so he has to do special exercise which is pretty limited. Also he's on other medication (which isn't causing the problem) and he can't take aspirin.

    • ANSWER:
      If your dad has not been on a diet for LDL, HDL etc., I would reccommend
      very strongly he do this. Cholestrol is a major concern to clog arteries, reduce their diameter
      and cause blood pressure to increase and to also cause strokes and heart attacks.
      Strict diet and some natural supplements can lower bad cholestrol and raise the good.
      Esercise works also to raise the good cholestrol and increase vessel size. Niacin, garlic, fish oil, aspirin help. A new all natural product from Menage Innovations called Cardio Plus helps condition the blood for better flow and remove cholestrol, plus another called Fiber Plus helps take cholestrol out of your digestive system before it enters the blood stream. There are natural products to help with this problem because the meds for this damage your liver and kidneys and
      I feel this is a better and healthier way to go long term

  16. QUESTION:
    My new Vet insisted I feed Hills/Science p/d diet to my dogs. Do you think it's good food?
    Is this some kind of joke? I'm a breeder and feed my dogs and puppies excellent human-grade food. The Vet himself told me my current litter is beautiful and so healthy then he turns and asks me what I feed the mother. I told him and he went on to tell me that I should be feeding Hills p/d because it has everything a nursing dog or puppy needs.

    He didn't know the brand of food I feed and asked what it was. I said it was high in protein. He then went on to tell me that dogs don't need a high protein diet and that high protein can even cause kidney damage. (oh yeah all the wolves out there have kidney damage...did you know?)

    I asked what Hills had that my girl needed? He said it was high in protein... LOL.. yes, and high in calcium. I looked at the ingredients. Here they are:

    Hills p/d Ingredients:
    Ground Whole Grain Corn,
    Chicken By-Product Meal,
    Pork Fat,
    Corn Gluten Meal,
    Dried Beet Pulp,
    Brewers Rice,
    Chicken Liver FLAVOR,

    WHY would I want to feed my nursing dog and then puppies that?!!
    He knocks the food I'm feeding, and goes on to tell me how Hills and Iams and Eukanuba are the only companies that do true research on dog foods.

    Is he on drugs or something? I know that corn, by products, and no meat is NOT good for dogs.

    So do you think Vets really believe what they tell us when they tell us to buy the food they sell? Or is it just to make the 40% profit off Hills??
    LOL Kevin.

    Add:
    I sometimes feed raw, when I can afford it. Imagine if I told the Vet that?

    • ANSWER:
      LMAO at least 40%. Seems all Vets are in the dog food business these days.
      I also find it funny the first ingredient listed is CORN. Ya, you do see a lot of
      wolf packs hanging out in the corn fields of Iowa just munching down on some good
      ole ears of corn. I wonder if the prefer it on the cob or like to have it cut away so it
      doesn't get stuck inbetween their teeth. I assume the Beet pulp and Liver FLAVOR
      or kinda like desert after of course getting rid of all that corn. Funny humans
      don't digest corn all that well either

  17. 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!

  18. QUESTION:
    Diet for preventing kidney stones ?
    I had a few kidney stones about a year ago and I'd like to hear from other people who know about them or who have had them as well. What diet are you on to prevent you from getting them again ? What are some foods that are good for people prone to kidney stones ?

    • ANSWER:
      The following are a general list of things to do related to diet in order to avoid any renal calculus formation.
      Taken from "Renal lithiasis and nutrition" located at http://www.nutritionj.com/content/5/1/23

      • Daily intake of a suitable liquid volume (minimum 2 L water/day)

      • Avoid strictly vegetarian diets

      • Avoid excessive animal protein diets

      • Avoid excessive salt (NaCl) consumption

      • Avoid excessive vitamin C and/or vitamin D consumption

      • Consume phytate-rich products (natural dietary bran, legumes and beans, whole cereals)

      • Avoid exposition to cytotoxic substances (i.e., analgesics abuse, residual pesticides, organic solvents and cytotoxic drugs)

  19. 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.

  20. 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:

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is a healthy vegetarian diet?
    I've been vegetarian, but then I go back to eating chicken or fish (yuck). I'm afraid of getting anemia, because most of my friends who are vegetarian have anemia, because they are not getting enough B-12, and I've been researching and I found out that you may get kidney stone for eating foods with too much protein. I would like to know what is a good healthy vegetarian (including dairy products) diet. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  23. 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

  24. QUESTION:
    My old cat has CKF and it's hard getting her to eat. She loves a peice of shrimp daily. Is this bad for her?
    She won't live long but we want her quality of life to be good. She eats a little of the kidney diet food but she doesn't have much appetite...except for shrimp. We are giving her 1 or 2 a day. Does anyone know if we should be doing that?

    • ANSWER:
      Shrimp isn't good for a cat, iodine content and all. If she isn't going to live long, then go for it. Quality over quantity and all. You could also try grinding the shrimp up and mixing with the food to help get her to eat more. Make sure she is getting plenty of water. Ask your vet about giving SQ (sub q means under the skin) fluids at home, it will help her kidneys significantly. Maybe try another brand of prescription kidney food. Canned over dry can make a difference too sometimes.

  25. QUESTION:
    Diabetes /sugar/carbs/starches....or too much protein for kidneys...what do you do?
    Kidneys only working at 34% ...on transplant list, watch carbs,but low carb foods are usually high in protein,hurting kidneys,and high blood pressure as well hurting kidneys..Diabetes diet really is shifted to mean too much protein in meats and etc. On 15 med.s too at 31 years old! Any Ideas? But, under Great Dr. at UAB Just wonder if others diabetes diet of low carbs and eating good carbs finds you eating too much protein for your kidneys , eating fish and chicken and etc.?

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to follow a specific diet from your doctor.As far as sugars and carbs,this could at least be controlled with rapid acting insulin.If they want you to have whole grains that break down glucose slower,oatmeal is a rather good protein source.To one cup of old-fashioned oatmeal,add one half cup of apple juice.Add some splenda if you like.Add some chopped nuts,also a protein source.Do not cook.The texture is marvelous. Best of luck,follow all orders,and I will be praying for you and better days ahead.

  26. QUESTION:
    Have you considered feeding you dog a Healthy Natural Diet like BARF?
    The most important thing you can do is to feed you dog well from the earliest age possible.. Forget any processed foods and try feeding a natural food diet like BARF. If you want a healthier long lived pet then you can never start too early! Remember that most processed dog food canned or dry is rubbish (bordering on poison!)

    My dogs diet is as follows:
    (ALL HUMAN GRADE FOOD - NOT PET GRADE!)
    chicken frames minced
    beef mince
    minced lamb liver/ beef hearts/ kidneys/tongue

    some soaked 'vets all natural complete mix' supplement to mix with the meats.
    http://www.vetsallnatural.com.au/Completemix.html

    I weigh it into a serving per bag it and freeze them individually
    - then it is as convenient as a can of food only healthy.

    For Breakfast I also give the dogs:
    lamb briskit bones
    chicken frames / carcasses
    fresh/frozen sardines
    fruit & veg - oranges / apples/ carrots/ zucchini/ berries/ blueberry/raspberry/strawberry)

    Make breakfast bones/chicken frames and
    for dinner the special mix from the freezer

    Before I feed them I also mix in some:
    Pet Pep Up probiotic supplement
    GreenPet Complete supplement
    Omega 3 blend of Oils

    (I defrost a couple of bags in the bottom of the fridge and replace them as they are used - that way you always have fresh food ready to go!)

    Feeding you dog this diet will save you money on vet bills and keep your pup healthy for the longest time possible. Bonus you also have a dog that has fresh breath / good teeth / less f*rting :)

    I know others will say that pet food is fine - but keep in mind most pet food is made by the same companies that make dog pharmiceuticals and it is in their best interest for you dog NOT to be healthy! That way they can sell you the drugs to make it better.. It is up to you!

    For more info http://www.barfworld.com/main.shtml

    I am interested in others ideas on this kind of feeding regime and hoping to inspire others into feeding their dogs better.

    All the meats listed are RAW

    It is based on the BARF Diet
    BARF = Bones And Raw Food
    I have 2 Dobermanns both are show dogs.

    The cost of the meat is .20 (AU) per Kg. - I have to buy it in 10Kg lots so I do a 30kg mix and then freeze it for the month.. It works out much cheaper than most of those fancy dry foods.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a college student, working a part time job (possibly switching to full time soon), and have both a dog and a ferret to care for. To be blunt- I don't have the time and/or money to work through the BARF diet.
      I've found finding information that seems reliable to be quite hard, time devotion is a bit more than I can handle at the moment, my dog is allergic to half the stuff generally on the food lists (Chicken being one of the top ones), and bluntly I'm not 100% convinced it's healthier for my dog than good quality kibble.
      I feed TimberWolf Organics- It's worked well, I feel good about it, and it's the best I can do. I don't feel any guilt over that.

  27. 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

  28. QUESTION:
    Could anyone else use a ‘Daily_Diet’ food ranking system for the ‘overall’ nutrition of various foods?
    In trying to develop an easy way to ‘rank’ the total nutrition of various foods so I could more easily establish my daily nutritional plan, I took the time to modify Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s ranking system and generated the list below.

    >>>>> My question is; does this listing help anyone else who might review this post? <<<<<

    For me this listing has helped me to stay focused on making better choices in my future than what I have made in my past.

    Thanks in advance for any insights anyone would offer, or questions if this is confusing to anyone.

    My best to whoever responds,
    AI

    Numeric Total of %DV's/100-calories for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Zinc for the ten items totalized.

    596 | SPINACH,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/ SALT
    571 | SPINACH,RAW
    439 | CABBAGE,NAPA,COOKED
    403 | CABBAGE,CHINESE (PAK-CHOI),CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    390 | ASPARAGUS,CKD,BLD,DRND
    390 | MALABAR SPINACH,COOKED
    381 | LETTUCE,COS OR ROMAINE,RAW
    376 | TURNIP GRNS,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    376 | PARSLEY,DRIED
    374 | NEW ZEALAND SPINACH,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    373 | PARSLEY,RAW
    351 | PUMPKIN LEAVES,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    349 | RICE BRAN,CRUDE [FLAWED DATA > vitamins & cals locked into insoluble fiber is not digestible.]
    344 | MUSTARD GRNS,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    343 | SPINACH,FRZ,CHOPD OR LEAF,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    339 | SPINACH,CND,NO SALT,SOL&LIQUIDS
    336 | CORIANDER LEAF,DRIED
    324 | CHICKEN,LIVER,ALL CLASSES,CKD,PAN-FRIED
    324 | PARSLEY,FREEZE-DRIED
    320 | CORIANDER (CILANTRO) LEAVES,RAW
    314 | SOY PROT ISOLATE,PROT TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL,PROPLUS
    284 | BEEF,VAR MEATS & BY-PRODUCTS,LIVER,CKD,BRSD
    280 | OKRA,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    276 | BEANS,KIDNEY,MATURE SEEDS,SPROUTED,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    275 | COLLARDS,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    273 | WHEAT BRAN,CRUDE [FLAWED DATA > vitamins & cals locked into insoluble fiber is not digestible.]
    267 | ASPARAGUS,RAW
    242 | PUMPKIN FLOWERS,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    224 | KALE,SCOTCH,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    216 | CELERY,RAW
    211 | BROCCOLI,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    201 | CAULIFLOWER,RAW
    188 | GRAPE LEAVES,CND
    186 | ALFALFA SEEDS,SPROUTED,RAW
    184 | BROCCOLI,RAW
    184 | SQUASH,SMMR,ZUCCHINI,INCL SKN,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    179 | BEANS,NAVY,MATURE SEEDS,SPROUTED,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    177 | GRAPE LEAVES,RAW
    173 | BRUSSELS SPROUTS,FRZ,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    167 | CELERY,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    164 | LETTUCE,ICEBERG (INCL CRISPHEAD TYPES),RAW
    149 | PEPPERS,SWT,GRN,RAW
    143 | SAUERKRAUT,CND,LO NA
    138 | PUMPKIN,RAW
    136 | LEMONS,RAW,WITH PEEL
    136 | TOMATOES,RED,RIPE,CKD
    128 | BEEF,VAR MEATS&BY-PRODUCTS,HEART,CKD,SIMMRD
    127 | BEETS,RAW
    126 | YOGURT,PLN,SKIM MILK,13 GRAMS PROT PER 8 OZ
    124 | CABBAGE,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    123 | PUMPKIN,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    123 | PEAS,GRN,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    121 | MILK,NONFAT,FLUID,WO/ VIT A (FAT FREE OR SKIM)
    121 | CUCUMBER,WITH PEEL,RAW
    119 | MILK,DRY,NONFAT,REG,WO/ VIT A
    119 | BEANS,SNAP,GRN,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    113 | LENTILS,MATURE SEEDS,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
    112 | COWPEAS,COMMON (BLKEYES,CRWDR,STHRN),MTURE,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
    106 | BF,CHUCK,SHLDR CLOD,TOP & CNTR ,STK,LN,0" FAT,SEL,CKD,GRLD
    100 | LEMON PEEL,RAW
    95 | TURKEY,FRYER-ROASTERS,BREAST,MEAT ONLY,CKD,RSTD
    95 | TURNIPS,RAW
    94 | CHICKEN,BROILERS OR FRYERS,BREAST,MEAT ONLY,CKD,RSTD
    92 | SUNFLOWER SD KRNLS,DRIED
    91 | CARROTS,RAW
    89 | MULBERRIES,RAW
    86 | CHICKEN,BROILERS OR FRYERS,LT MEAT,MEAT ONLY,CKD,RSTD
    85 | BEANS,NAVY,MATURE SEEDS,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
    85 | SOYBEANS,MATURE CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
    82 | SALMON,PINK,CKD,DRY HEAT
    81 | BEANS,KIDNEY,ALL TYPES,MATURE SEEDS,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
    81 | BEEF,TENDERLOIN,LN,0"FAT,CHOIC,CKD,BRLD
    80 | SEEDS,FLAXSEED
    77 | LIMA BNS,LRG,MATURE SEEDS,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
    76 | FLATFISH (FLOUNDER&SOLE SP),CKD,DRY HEAT
    74 | CHICKEN,BROILERS OR FRYERS,BREAST,MEAT&SKN,CKD,RSTD
    74 | STRAWBERRIES,RAW
    73 | LEMONS,RAW,WITHOUT PEEL
    72 | BLACKBERRIES,RAW
    72 | MILK,WHL,3.25% MILKFAT
    64 | ONIONS,RAW
    63 | RASPBERRIES,RAW
    62 | FISH,TILAPIA,CKD,DRY HEAT
    61 | CORN,SWT,YEL,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    61 | OATS
    61 | WHEAT,HARD RED SPRING
    60 | PEANUTS,SPANISH,RAW
    59 | ORANGE JUC,FRZ CONC,UNSWTND,UNDIL
    58 | ORANGES,RAW,FLORIDA
    58 | CHEESE,COTTAGE,LOWFAT,1% MILKFAT,NO NA
    58 | EGG,WHL,CKD,HARD-BOILED
    57 | ORANGE JUC,CND,UNSWTND
    57 | PAPAYAS,RAW
    56 | LOUIS RICH,TURKEY BREAST (OVEN RSTD,PORTION FAT FREE)
    53 | MOLASSES [FLAWED DATA > high iron content is largely toxic metallic iron from production pots.]
    52 | CEREALS,QUAKER,MOTHER'S INST OATMEAL (NON-FORTIFIED),DRY
    50 | BANANAS,RAW
    50 | POTATOES,BLD,CKD WO/ SKN,FLESH,WO/ SALT
    50 | BURGER KING, WHOPPER, no cheese
    49 | BARLEY FLOUR OR MEAL
    46 | CHEESE,LOW-SODIUM,CHEDDAR OR COLBY
    46 | SWEET POTATO,CKD,BLD,WO/ SKN
    46 | PIZZA HUT 12" CHS PIZZA,THIN 'N CRISPY CRUST
    45 | RICE,BROWN,LONG-GRAIN,CKD
    44 | PEACHES,RAW
    42 | BRAZILNUTS,DRIED,UNBLANCHED
    39 | PEANUT BUTTER,SMOOTH STYLE,W/SALT
    38 | STOUFFER'S LN CUISINE CHICK & VEG W/ VERMICELLI,FRZ ENTRÉE
    38 | FAST FOODS,SUBMARINE SNDWCH,W/TUNA SALAD
    31 | GRAPES,RED OR GRN (EURO TYPE,SUCH AS THOMPSON SEEDLESS),RAW
    30 | BLUEBERRIES,RAW
    27 | PLUMS,DRIED (PRUNES),UNCKD
    27 | OLIVES,RIPE,CND (SMALL-EXTRA LRG)
    26 | ICE CREAMS,VANILLA
    26 | CEREALS RTE,KASHI GOLEAN CRUNCH! BY KELLOGG
    24 | CRANBERRIES,RAW
    24 | COOKIES,OATMEAL,COMMLY PREP,REG
    23 | ICE CREAMS,FRENCH VANILLA,SOFT-SERVE
    23 | CRANBERRY JUC,UNSWTND
    23 | CANDIES,MASTERFOODS USA,SNICKERS BAR
    22 | PIE,PUMPKIN,COMMLY PREP
    22 | SPAGHETTI,DRY,UNENRICHED
    22 | MACARONI,DRY,UNENRICHED
    21 | COOKIES,SUGAR,PREP FROM RECIPE,MADE W/MARGARINE
    20 | PEARS,RAW
    20 | AVOCADOS,RAW,FLORIDA
    19 | COOKIES,SUGAR,REFR DOUGH,BKD
    19 | APPLES,RAW,WITH SKIN
    19 | APPLE JUC,CND OR BTLD,UNSWTND,WO/ VIT C
    18 | CANDIES,SWEET CHOCOLATE
    11 | COCONUT CRM,RAW (LIQ EXPRESSED FROM GRATED MEAT)
    10 | ALCOHOLIC BEV,BEER,LT,BUD LT
    8 | CANDIES,MASTERFOODS USA,3 MUSKETEERS BAR
    1 | BUTTER,WITH SALT
    1 | ALCOHOLIC BEV,DISTILLED,WHISKEY,86 PROOF
    0 | OIL,OLIVE,SALAD OR COOKING
    0 | SUGARS,GRANULATED

    Nutrient | 100%DV amounts
    *Calcium | 1000 - mg
    *Iron | 18 - mg
    *Magnesium | 400 - mg
    *Phosphorus | 1000 - mg
    Potassium | 3500 - mg
    Sodium | 2400 - mg
    *Zinc | 15 - mg
    Copper | 2 - mg
    Manganese | 2 - mg
    Selenium | 70 - mcg
    Vit C | 60 - mg
    *Thiamine-Vit B2 | 1.5 - mg
    *Riboflavin-Vit B3 | 1.7 - mg
    *Niacin-Vit B4 | 20 - mg
    Pantothenic_acid-Vit B6 | 10 - mg
    *Vit B6-Pyridoxine | 2 - mg
    *Folate-Vit B10 | 400 - mcg
    Vit B12 | 6 - mcg
    Vit A | 250 - mcg
    Vit E | 30 - mg
    Vit K | 80 - mcg

    * - Total of %DV's/100-calories of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Zinc for the ten items totalized.
    Excerpts from Dr. Fuhrman’s listing are given below.

    Dr. Fuhrman’s - Food Score Listing <>
    i.e.
    The ANDI Scale - Aggregate Nutrient Density Index <>

    1000 <|> Kale
    1000 <|> Watercress
    876 <|> Collards
    853 <|> Spinach
    803 <|> Bok Choy
    672 <|> Brussels sprouts
    670 <|> Swiss chard
    559 <|> Arugula
    554 <|> Radish
    452 <|> Romaine
    444 <|> Bean sprouts
    420 <|> Red peppers
    412 <|> Boston lettuce
    376 <|> Broccoli
    334 <|> Artichoke
    329 <|> Cabbage
    295 <|> Cauliflower
    295 <|> Green Pepper
    273 <|> Carrots
    269 <|> Asparagus
    245 <|> Strawberry
    236 <|> Salsa
    193 <|> Pomegranate juice
    187 <|> Tomato
    178 <|> Blackberries
    157 <|> Plums
    150 <|> Blueberries
    145 <|> Raspberries
    118 <|> Papaya
    116 <|> Brazil nuts
    109 <|> Oranges
    100 <|> Cantaloupe
    87 <|> Apple
    84 <|> Peach
    81 <|> Kidney Beans
    80 <|> Green Beans
    80 <|> Green Beans
    77 <|> Sweet Potato
    77 <|> Soybeans
    74 <|> Pineapple
    71 <|> Salmon
    71 <|> Tofu
    69 <|> Lentils
    63 <|> Walnuts
    62 <|> Sunflower Seeds
    59 <|> Mango
    53 <|> Oatmeal
    51 <|> White Potato
    51 <|> Shrimp
    38 <|> Avocado
    35 <|> Banana
    35 <|> Corn
    32 <|> Macadamia
    31 <|> Chicken
    31 <|> Whole Wheat Bread
    30 <|> Low Fat Yogurt
    27 <|> Eggs
    26 <|> Feta Cheese
    25 <|> Whole Milk
    19 <|> Whole wheat pasta, cooked
    18 <|> Plain Bagel
    17 <|> Apple Juice
    17 <|> Amer. Cheese
    17 <|> Turkey, ground
    17 <|> Cheese Pizza
    16 <|> Roast Beef Sandwich, w/cheese
    14 <|> Tuna Salad Sub Sandwich
    14 <|> Cheeseburger, w/bun
    13 <|> Pretzels
    12 <|> French Fries
    12 <|> Potato Chips
    11 <|> Chicken Fillet Sandwich
    10 <|> Blueberry Muffin
    8 <|> Van. Ice Cream
    8 <|> Beef Hot Dog
    7 <|> Chocolate Cake
    6 <|> Jelly Doughnut
    2 <|> Olive oil
    0.6 <|> Cola

    “ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of food factors, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants capacities, based on an equal number of calories for each food. After completing the calculations, foods are ranked on a numerical scale of 1 to 1000, with the highest nutrient foods given a score of 1000.” A complete description of how ANDI scores are calculated appears in Dr. Fuhrman’s two-book set, “Eat for Health.”
    From Dr. Fuhrman’s two-book set, “Eat for Health,”the following are the considerations that were used to calculate Dr. Fuhrman’s “Nutrient Scoring Method,” that is currently patent pending. The %RDI’s for each calorie where calculated for those elements that are established, and were ‘estimated’ for those that are not established for each of the following elements: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Zinc AND Caratenoids, Beta-Carotene, Alpha-Carotene, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, Fiber, Glucosinolates Iron, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, plus ORAC score X 2 (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity is a method of measuring the anti-oxidant capacity or radical scavenging capacity of foods.)
    Unfortunately I could not use Dr. Fuhrman’s listing since it is skewed to rank high glycemic fruits higher than green beans, which is much higher than ‘I’ think they should-be ranked, especially since I must not eat fruits due to my past diabetes and present pruritus diseases. Also, my list can be used to make a good calculation of one’s combined %DV’s whenever the numbers are multiplied by a food’s calorie- amounts. For instance, by eating 100 calories of boiled spinach would give me an approximated amount of 59.6 %DV for each of the ten nutrients. Or by eating 100 calories of boiled lentils would give me an approximated amount of 11.3 %DV for each of the ten nutrients. For me, using a list like this is a simple way of trying to get my %DV’s each day so I need never be concerned about the efficacy of sometimes(?)- toxic synthetic supplements.
    Readily verifiable nutritional research has shown that when people eat ALL their foods that have less micro-nutrition per calorie than whole milk, or approximately 72 percentage points per hundred calories, they will invariably become very sickly over time with various organ failures similar to what occurred to myself or anyone with pellagra scurvy or beriberi; while those who would eat considerable calories above that of sauerkraut at 143 percentage points from organic foods without added chemicals – these should remain the healthiest strongest and most productive for a lifetime. Also, from those who would develop pellagra scurvy or beriberi from diets of sweet-corn wheat-flour or polished-rice, their average percentage points per 100 calories consumed likely did not exceed 61.
    Dr. Fuhrman’s listing compiled from:

    http://www.peertrainer.com/diet/nutrient_density.html

    AND

    http://www2.eatrightamerica.com/library/category/default.aspx?article_id=587

    OR

    http://www2.eatrightamerica.com/store/products/Default.aspx?pid=1

    I hope these efforts might have helped others.
    A1
    [(-:]

    PS1 - I currently feel that what Dr. Fuhrman MD teaches is the best nutritional information available in the nation.

    http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/cat-low-carb-high-protein.html

    http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2627/2

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43

    http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

    http://www.foodnews.org/index.php

    • ANSWER:
      if u wana loose weight at home by just changing
      your eating habits
      u may refer to
      http://medifastweightlose.blogspot.com
      (copy n paste the above link in browser to open it)
      and u can loss weight successfuly by
      refering to these tips and diets

  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:
    Diet for cat with kidney issues?
    I have been feeding my cat Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul, which gets very high ratings as a good quality food with few artificial ingredients. My elderly cat, however, is starting to show early signs of kidney disease, and I think the food may have too much protein for her. My vet has recommended Hills K/D for her, but I swear I'm convinced that vets get some sort of kickback from Hills because they recommend their food for one thing or another everytime I'm in there. Does anyone know anything about pet nutrition and what a good food for a cat with burgeoning kidney issues would be ? (BESIDES Hills ?....unless you can give me a good argument of why they really would be the best food. I've heard their foods really aren't very good from an overall nutrition standpoint)
    Wow, great answers so far. I expected a lot of "opinions" but it sounds like a lot of you have experience and/or have done your research. Thank you so much !

    • ANSWER:
      The original thought was that low protein diets helped the cat deal with kidney stress. Hills K/D was developed for this--however cats don't want to eat it.

      CURRENT thought, due to new research, shows high protein diets are best, with a high water intake for the cats so their kidneys are helped in their function. You need to keep the cats hydrated, that's the biggie. Canned food is best, it has higher moisture content.

      Mine is CRF, showing kidney disease (he's 19 after all) but he's been stable for 4 years with this. I put out extra water bowls and he's on a canned diet, good quality food.

      There are very good CRF sites online (Chronic Renal Failure) in regards to cats, just go to google.com and type in 'feline CRF' and read the basics. There are also feline kidney issue groups over on YahooGroups for cat owners as well, and you can discuss the disease with other owners who are treating their cats. Even the Handicats group has talked about kidney issues, so there's plenty of places to go for help.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    the best diet for people who have complex diseases?

    Your Question
    i want to ask about food that is good for people who have complex diseases?
    my mom has complex diseases, can anyone suggest which food and fruit should be taken. my mom diseases are: high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney failure(not too extreme yet, not need to have hemo-dialysis or kidney transplant yet) and the last one is cholesterol..
    can anyone please tell me, which is the best diet for her????

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    needing some help with my cats' diet?
    please read whole question before answering, thanks.

    I've always had my one cat (2 years old) on Fromm four star salmon dry food, which she loves and seems to do very well on it. My 5 month old kitten loves it too, but I just mixed some in with her dry wellness kitten food.

    So after some research, I saw the wet food vs. dry food debate and have read the pros and cons on each. Yes i know canned cat food is more like what they would eat in the wild, and it contains more moisture and is easier for the kidneys and can prevent obesity and diabetes since it has less carbs than dry food, so please spare me the details on why wet food is better, because I know.

    My problem is, I did decide to try them on wet food, and I've tried everything that my pet store carries (wellness, chix soup, eagle holistic, natural balance, evolve, instinct, fromm, and others), but both of my girls really do not like canned food! Doesn't matter the flavor, whether it's loaf form or chunks in gravy -- they turn their noses up and both LOVE the fromm four star dry food. I will not feed iams, euk, or science diet because I do not like the quality of those foods, so i'm not even gonna try those. There is ONE brand called weruva and it's great food, and they will eat that - but it's 3 dollars a can, and sorry - but I can't afford that in the long run being that each cat gets a can of food for a day. So a months worth of cans is too expensive.

    Now, can I just keep them on the dry food since they like it more? I mean it's high quality and they enjoy it, and they drink plenty of water as well. I am careful as to how much to feed them so they do not become over weight. Growing up, my parents had always had their cats on dry kibble (not even good quality kibble!) and many of the cats lived to be 15+ years so I don't know. Would it be all that bad if I just put them back on the dry food? Or do I just keep looking for some other canned food if dry food really is that bad? Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      I would keep looking for a canned food they would enjoy. I have also recently done the research and would never feed dry again, due to the reasons you described above. I understand your issue with them not liking anything else, it's sometimes hard to convince the cats about what is healthy for them (just like children who only want mcdonalds and candy :-) )

      Here is a good article on transitioning kibble junkies to wet food, maybe you will find some advice there: http://www.catinfo.org/docs/TipsforTransitioningPDF12-18-09.pdf

      Yes, some cats make it with dry food only, but 10 years ago, there was not much attention paid to why the cats died eventually, so the food could have contributed. 15 is a medium life span, but a lot of cats live up to 20. And sometimes there are exceptions, just like heavy smokers living past 100. That doesn't mean that majority of them won't die much earlier.

      One thing though: I would avoid gravy in wet food, gravy means there are more carbs, which contribute to obesity and diabetes. Some other brands to try would be Merrick, Nature's Variety, EVO, Blue Buffalo Wilderness. If your store doesn't carry them, you can get them online, which is often cheaper.

      If your cats won't absolutely take up wet food, you may also consider raw feeding. I supplement my cats canned diet with raw meat with good results, and I'm thinking of eventually going all raw. My cat is slowly taking up to that and I feel that is even more healthy than canned, even though it takes a little more work.

      I hope you will find what you're looking for, and I think you are doing a great job at trying to give your cats the best!

      Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    Kidney cat - one day at a time?
    I posted something yesterday and got great responses concerning the care of my kidney cat.
    From those of you with experiences with this, I guess you take it one day at a time? That sounds stupid and obvious, since we do that in life anyway.

    I am giving her sub Q fluids and pepcid. Got the shocking news from the vet yesterday that her creatine levels were very very high. We were doing fluids for a couple of weeks because we thought maybe she got into poison or a plant. Not so. The only difference is now I have her on pepcid. She will not eat canned or wet foods, only dry and hates human foods. I have her on a dry Science Diet kidney food. That's the best I can do. Anyway, last night before bed I found her laying in the litter box just hanging out. She saw me, got up and pooped some hard stool. Then had dry heaves. It broke my heart. I know that bowel movement probably hurt and upset her.

    I talked to the vet this morning and he had me stop and pick up an appetite stimulant from him since I did not see her eat last night. He is encouraging me to bring her in soon as her quality goes down. I agree. I forced another cat I had to hang in there and I won't be that selfish again.

    I was so distraught today I left work early to come home and be with her. When I walked in the door she was rolling around on the floor happy to see me. She ate something. I figure maybe the pepcid is kicking in now. She is bright-eyed and looking good. Fur still shiney though she has lost a lot of weight.

    I know where this is headed. I'm just trying to be a good mom and do what's right and keep her comfy, keep bowls of water for her on all floors of my house. I know we don't have a crystal ball for time. I was just surprised she was doing so well when I got home today.

    Please share if this has been your experience -- good days bad days. I'm sure I'm leaving out information. I don't need websites about diets and such. I know this is coming down the wire. Please be nice to me. I'm a basket case right now.

    THANKS!
    Ken I know you are an advocate of canned food but I just said she won't eat it. Obviously I have tried it. I'm not into forcing my cats through things for my own selfish sake. Right now the numbers she has, she's terminaly ill

    • ANSWER:
      Nancy,you and Sunshine are wonderful.I have had the same experience but all I can do is say a prayer for the recovery of your "little one".

      FYI:Sunshine is one of my contacts and one of my favorite YA people.

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    High protein, GOOD carb food ?
    I just started working out again, and was just wondering what are some foods that are high in protein, such as eggs, kidney beans and tuna. Additionally, I would like to know some foods with GOOD carbs. Everyone wants to have a low-carb diet, however, your recommended daily intake for carbs is 45-65% (if i remember correctly) ! which is significantly more than protein reuquirements, but im getting off topic ! thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Believe it or not, chocolate milk. With a carb:protein ratio of about 2.75:1, studies have shown that chocolate milk speeds workout recovery faster than regular milk, and faster than many sports beverages. Good luck! Oh, and broccoli. 91g of broccoli has 12g of carbs and 5.2g of protein; plus, almost 5g of fiber.

  37. QUESTION:
    Whats healthier for my cat has severe kidney disease doesnt want to eat anything a diet high or low in protein
    my 15 year old cat was recently diagnosed with severe kidney disease and its highly important for me to know if its better for me to feed her a diet high in protein consisting only of meat and half cooked liver (she seems to eat this better than other foods) or a diet consisting only of veterinary reccomended Hill's brand canned cat food(which she wont eat). If anyone knows please let me know and if possible also any tips on how i can make her eat more. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      When I took on Cameo she was 15 and at that time I was starting my cats on a raw meat diet, home-prepared with a supplement powder. When her kidneys started to give her problems at around 18 I was told she should have a low protein diet and so I looked into the whole matter. After reading and investigating the "research" on this subject I stuck with the raw diet (high protein). She died at 22 and 1/2 when her kidneys finally gave out. Up to that time she was the marvel of all the vets she saw - bright eyes, fiesty and in very good health.

      The "research" done about lowering protein when kidneys are compromised was done on RATS fifty years ago. There has been nothing since to show that lowering protein helps the kidneys, slows the progress of the disease, or is in any way better for your cat. Still vets won't give it up!

      If your cats likes the meat and liver it will be great for her. She must get calcium supplemented in ground meat. Just the meat alone will throw the calcium/phosphorus level out of balance. The liver is exellent for her as it is a great source of Vitamin A which cats cannot make in their bodies.

      Cameo loved a "treat" of raw liver. There was liver in the raw diet too. Vitamin A is not water-soluble and you can overdose your cat on that - so don't use too much.

      If you want information about the supplement powder I use with the ground organic turkey and ground organic chicken I use for my cats feel free to email me.

  38. QUESTION:
    which food is better for my sick cat?
    my cat is 4 years old. he has a sand in a kidney. i keep him on a diet, never feed with ocean food or any fish. only chicken or beef or turkey. i have been giving gim Fensy Feast can food, but i heard its no good. any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      my cat has recently been sick about twice a day for a whole week. First, make sure your cat isnt eating grass. aparently its supposed to make your cat better but it doesnt. it just makes it harder for the cat to digest. Secondly, we took my cat to the vets and they said for a sick cat feed them bland dishes such as chicken and rice. we fed my cat that but she wasnt eating it. you have to make sure that the food is not left down all day. keep it to a schedule. if your cat gets hungry it will eat it but DO NOT give into your cat if it keeps whining. you can feed your cat small amounts of tuna not alot but about a teaspoon full every 3 hours if they are not eating the chicken and rice. DONT FEED YOUR CAT RED MEAT SUCH AS BEEF OR LAMB OR PORK. JUST TURKEY OR CHICKEN. hope it helps ^-^

  39. 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

  40. QUESTION:
    Does anyone feed their cat Hi Tor Diet for kidney disease?
    Is this a good quality food like Hill's prescription k/d?

    • ANSWER:
      I've never heard of these so I looked them up. Their list of ingredients isn't overly impressive - beef is debatable as a steady diet, byproducts are debatable as well.

      I can't say whether or not these foods are any good or whether they do what they're supposed to, but if I were you I'd do some research into kidney disease in cats and see what foods others are feeding them.

      The Felo diet contains:
      Beef, Water Sufficient for Processing, Meat By-Products, Poultry By-Products, Liver, Chicken, Whole Egg, Guar Gum...

      Neo contains:
      Water sufficient for Processing, Meat By-Products, Chicken, Beef, Liver, Ocean Fish, Rice Flour, Guar Gum....

      And what do you know - I found an article.

      "Several nutritional supplements may be helpful for cats with kidney disease. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be beneficial in CRF. Antioxidants are also important. Both of these are contained in the highly digestible algae, Biosuperfood. A nutritional supplement called "Renafood" from Standard Process, is a good renal detoxifier and helps to maximize kidney function in cats. Give one or two a day. Most cats eat them readily if they are crushed into the food. Call Standard Process at 1-800-558-8740 to find a distributor in your area. Remember, though, that the basic diet is the most important factor in your cat's health, and no supplement will make up for poor quality nutrition. For more info on feeding, choosing a good food, and switching to a better diet, see the many nutrition articles in our Library."

  41. QUESTION:
    Does anyone feed Ziwipeak?
    Does this sound like a good diet? My dog is currently on a BARF diet, but now that she's older I want to cut down on the raw meats as her immune system might not be up to be par to handle it.

    ZiwiPeak Dog Food is a complete natural diet, for daily vitality, prepared with care beneath the Bay of Plenty's celebrated peak, Mt Maunganui.

    The peak health of dogs depends on the sustenance they get from meat. ZiwiPeak Dog Food is formulated on the same balance of meat ingredients, that dogs would find by hunting in the wild. ZiwiPeak Dog Food allows you to feed your dog the diet nature intended with the nutritional excellence of a healthy, meat diet containing essential vitamins and minerals. ZiwiPeak Dog Food ingredients are ranch-raised (free of antibiotics and hormones) on New Zealand's green fields and fished from its clear blue waters. With no colors, preservatives, fillers or grains, ZiwiPeak Dog Food is suitable to feed your dog at any stage of life - from puppy to mature adult. Most importantly, they love the taste!
    ZiwiPeak Dog Food Benefits
    - Gently air-dried meat jerky style pieces
    Offer better nutrient quality than kibble which is cooked at high-heat and formed at high-pressure.
    - Matches your dog's digestive system
    Over the centuries dogs have evolved their own anatomical specialization, especially in relation to digestion. It is evident in the ratio of gastrointestinal tract to total body length which is considerably lower than the omnivorous pig or the herbivorous sheep. This specialization particularly suits a diet high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates.
    - Avoids weight control difficulties
    Recent studies in the United States reveal that as many as 40% of the nation's dogs may be obese. The most common (but not only) reason is that they are eating over-large portions of higher carbohydrate foods and not getting the exercise they need to burn off the calories. Nutritionally sound, meat-based diets require less food intake by dogs.
    - Fully complies with regulatory standards
    ZiwiPeak Dog Food is formulated by animal health professionals to ensure it fully complies with industry requirements (AAFCO) as a nutritious diet for dogs.
    - Reduces flatulence and stool volume
    Unlike grain-based diets, dogs can more fully digest ZiwiPeak food, thereby reducing the flatulence and stool volume associated with high carbohydrate diets. This is particularly advantageous for dog owners living in more confined urban environments such as apartments.
    - Free of any preservatives, fillers or grains
    A good number of cheaper dog foods contain high levels of carbohydrates in the form of low quality grains and grain by-products. Add to this the popular use of preservatives, various colorings and a rich assortment of fillers and you have a large line-up of commercial foods that are more likely to be hindering, rather than helping, your dog to achieve optimum energy and health.
    - Provides readily usable essential vitamins
    Dogs are unable to produce minerals and can only produce some vitamins. They cannot, for example, synthesis sufficient Vitamin D to meet their requirements, so this vitamin needs to be incorporated into their diet. This is achieved by including foods in the diet that are rich in Vitamin D, such as liver and fish oil.
    - Contains valuable ingredients
    Joint problems are more evident in some breeds of dogs than others. Ingredients like New Zealand mussel, and venison connective tissue (which provides digestible levels of Chondroitin and Glucosamine) are included in ZiwiPeak 'Cuisine' products to nutritionally support long-term joint health.
    - Offers your dog wider nutritional benefits
    As dogs hunting in the wild would eat virtually the whole animal, and derive the nutritional benefits of consuming items like the liver, heart, kidneys and stomach lining (tripe), these should also form a small part of a naturally healthy diet as they do with ZiwiPeak Dog Food.
    - Retains the original nutritional value
    For dogs to derive the most benefit from their food, it is important to retain as much as possible of the original nutritional value during the processing of the dog food. Air-drying the product to reduce the moisture (and thereby naturally preserving it), then sealing it in an airtight package, is an effective way of retaining the nutritional value of the protein and vitamins for your dog.
    - Mirrors a 'wild' hunting diet
    Despite parting evolutionary company with wolves over 10,000 years ago, dogs still thrive on the sort of natural, predominantly meat diet they would ingest if they were hunting in the wild. A diet that stimulates optimum energy and good health. Highly processed foods and high levels of carbohydrates, on the other hand, cannot be easily metabolized by dogs. ZiwiPeak Dog Food Details

    ZiwiPeak LAMB Dog Food
    The ranch-raised lamb used in ZiwiPeak Dog Food is a pure source of high quality protein and fats. Lamb provides these essential proteins and fats that dogs

    • ANSWER:
      I've fed Venison and Lamb ziwipeak to my dogs when we were traveling and weren't able to prepare their normal RAW meals for them. One of my dogs has severe allergies and it's difficult to find kibble for him, which is why we started the dogs on RAW and feed them dehydrated raw when necessary. They did well on it and really enjoyed it, but the food is much too expensive for me to feed it to them regularly. If you can afford it then go right on ahead.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is this food ok for a cat w/ hyperthyroidism/ poor kidney function?
    The vet wanted to start my 15 year old cat on their special (expensive) food due to a slightly lowered(?) kidney function. She said their food is better on the kidneys because it doesnt make them work as hard or something. I asked if any in store food would be as good, and she said to stick to the older cat food. Right now we have a big bag of Science Diet "Mature Adult (7+) hairball preventive dry food. Would this be ok for her? Also, her wet (canned food) says "special diet"..is that the right food for her? Thanks!
    Oh and if I do switch brands, Im looking for something low to medium priced.

    • ANSWER:
      To make this more understandable, i beleive that the kidney's main job is to flush toxins. Salt, and any preservitives are NOT recommended. so, just look at the nutritien box to see if it has alot of salt, or alot of different ingredients which often means preservitives.

  43. QUESTION:
    a diet plan please help!!!! 70ds overweight?
    hi well not sure of my height but i weigh 199 pds and my doctor wants me to get down to at least 130 because of my weak kidneys and does not want me to get over 200!!!!!

    my tummy is sticking out and my arms need some work and my thighs and anything for stretch marks??????

    well she had given me a list of 1,500 cal.s but i lost it
    ive started to eat less and do tie bow about 15mins a day
    i know not enough but im working on it
    so what are some good foods?
    any pills or something to help?

    no clubs or nothing please i dont have the money!!!
    thanks!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      OK I went on weight watchers and lost the 26lbs I wanted to. Here's some tips; PORTION Control! Drink a lot of water. Particularly about 10 min before you eat. Cut all your portions down. Get rid of the fattening side dishes. Add a lot of fiber and vegetables. Keep your meats lean..Keep exercising. Go walking, do your Tao BO but keep moving! And don't get frustrated. Allow 1 day a week for a splurge. NOT the whole day, just a meal or a special treat. There are a lot of low fat, low calorie snacks out there. Try some. Not too much you can do for stretch marks. THey may improve a bit w/time. I'm not optimistic for that one.Good luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    Good commercial canned cat food for cat with kidney failure?
    Hi, all.

    I've got a 13 year old female B & W kitty named Pepper. Due to kidney failure issues, our vet recommended that she eat a vet prescribed reduced protein diet (canned). I can't remember off the top of my head what it is - Hill's or Royal Canin.

    She's been eating this food for about a year and a half and everything's been fine until the last couple of weeks, where she seems to have been "turned off" by the food.

    I am absolutely beside myself because I don't know what to feed her. I've done some research to try and find a good commercial brand canned cat food (low protein low phosphorus) that I can mix into her regular food to make it more appetizing to her. I've tried Whiskas (turkey / chicken in gravy) and Friskies (shredded chicken and cheese) and she seems to like these. I've also purchased some other ones...Evanger's, Wellness... All of these seem to be OK protein wise.

    Has anyone out there had similar issues? Can anyone recommend a good quality canned food that she might find appealing?

    I'm really worried that she's going to start losing weight from not eating. I just lost my oldest cat (17 years old) to a stroke a couple of weeks ago and I guess I'm extra paranoid.

    Thanx, everyone, for any recommendations!

    • ANSWER:
      Many now believe it's the quality of the protein, not necessarily the quantity. My own cat with kidney issues has maintained remarkably well on a diet of canned Wellness, rotated with Merrick and some other premium canned foods. Often when a kidney-issues cat won't eat, it's because they get a heart-burn like condition called uremic gastritis. It can be helped by giving them 1/4 of a pepsid A/C tablet about 20 minutes prior to eating - ask your vet about it.

      And yes, they can lose weight if they won't eat. It's more important that they eat rather than eating a specific diet, as they'll go downhill much faster being starved to eat something they hate that is "good for them" rather than something they like that might not be so good for them.

  45. QUESTION:
    I need help understanding/interpreting feline blood test results. No guessing please.?
    I took my 13 yr old cat to the vet last week because she is having labored breathing. She seems fine, not distressed, eating fine but her breathing sounds bad and her sides retract each time she breathes. She was breathing very quick shallow breaths. The vet said it was asthma but wanted to do xrays and blood tests to be sure. Her blood test results were as follows:

    Test Result Reference Range Indicator
    ALB = 3.1 g/dL 2.3-3.9 Normal
    ALKP = 36 U/L 14-111 Normal
    ALT < 10U/L 12-130 No graph shown
    AMYL = 573 U/L 500-1500 Normal (at the low end of normal)
    BUN = 16 mg/dL 16-36 Low (on the line for low/normal, vet says Low)
    Ca = 9.1 mg/dL 7.8-11.3 Normal
    CHOL = 126 mg/dL 65-225 Normal
    CREA = 2.3 mg/dL 0.8-2.4 High? (inside the "normal" box but towards high end,
    vet says "High")
    GLOB = 3.7 g/dL 2.8-5.1 Normal
    GLU = 155 mg/dL 71-159 High (line between normal/high, vet says not a
    concern, it's just high because she's scared
    or nervous)
    PHOS = 5.1 mg/dL 3.1-7.5 Normal
    TBIL < 0.1 mg/dL 0.0-0.9 No graph shown
    TP = 6.8 g/dL 5.7-8.9 Normal

    HCT = 37.9% 24.0-45.0 Normal
    HGB = 11.5 g/dL 8.0-15.0 Normal
    MCHC = 30.3 g/dL 30.0-36.9 Low (line between low/normal)
    WBC = 25.2 x10^9/L 5.0-18.9 High
    GRANS = 22.0 x10^9/L 2.5-12.5 High
    %GRANS =87%
    L/M =3.2 x10^9/L 1.5-7.8 Normal
    %L/M = 13%
    PLT = 46 x10^9/L 175-500 Low
    Retics ~ 0.6%

    Her vet said she has CRF/kidney disease and told me to start her on Hill's Prescription Diet or if she wouldn't eat that (said a lot of cats won't) a recipe she gave me that consisted of liver, calcium carbonate, eggs and vegetable oil immediately. She said based on her creatinine levels my cat was in the 3rd of 4 stages and her kidneys would fail quickly if I continued with her current diet. She made it clear that I needed to start feeding her the new diet immediately. My cat won't eat it, any of it. She's always been a very picky eater. I went back and asked for a can of the prescription food, the vet tech sold me a can of a/d critical care formula, she ate this. I went back to get more and the vet said it was not good for her kidneys :^/ That she has to eat the k/d formula. I bought this and she won't touch it. I even tried adding tuna juice and she won't touch it.

    While researching what else she can eat, I noticed that her blood test results don't seem to be consistent with CRF test results. ie: her BUN is low/normal not high, HCT is normal, PHOS is normal

    I am wondering if anyone that knows veterinary medicine can answer this for me. I'm extremely concerned because she was eating fine before the diet change even with the labored breathing, now she won't eat any of the k/d foods and not more than a bite or two of anything else. The vet says if she won't eat the kidney diet to add water and force feed it to her from a squeeze bottle. This seems counterproductive (and painful for me, she doesn't like being force-anything) if she isn't in kidney failure. If she is, then I would really appreciate suggestions on alternatives to the aforementioned k/d food (tried can and dry) and the k/d liver recipe that she won't eat.

    She has had antibiotic and steroid shots for the lung infection. Plus the vet prescribed liquid antibiotics and probiotic paste to take home. My cat would let me give her the antibiotics to begin with because she didn't have much "fight" in her. Now she has it back and is fighting me when I give her the antibiotic. She won't touch the probiotic or any food that I put it in, even tuna (the bribe food/her fave). I've also been putting her in a crate and giving her albuterol nebulizer treatments followed by percussions. Her breathing is better than it was. But her respirations while laying down/resting are 55-60 breaths per minute.
    Vet did xrays because she felt "lumps" in her hind legs. Turned out to be nothing. The xrays did show "something" in her lungs (two hazy spots, one at the top edge of right lung and one on the towards the edge of the left lung) but the doctor said with her age she doesn't recommend surgery to find out if it is something "bad" or not. Just do antibiotics/nebs/percussions
    JC: Thank you so much for your reply. I appreciate you taking the time to read my entire question and to give an informed answer. She is family. I've had her since she was a tiny kitten and she means the world to me. My gut told me that something wasn't right with her diagnosis. Especially when she was looking at the xrays. She went up to the light board and stared at it, then moved really close and stared again for a bit and then said "there's something here..and here" pointing at the very light hazy spots but didn't tell me what that meant until I asked for more information. So, no, she did not send them to a radiologist. I had taken her in because of the breathing and she also had a hard spot under one of her nipples. We got a dog last year, so for the past year she doesn't live in my lap like she always has. Needless to say, when I was holding her, I felt the "tough" spot on her tummy/under the nipple. The vet seemed somewhat unconcerned about the spot but said from feeling it that
    unconcerned about the spot but said from feeling it that it was a "mammary tumor" which seems like something to be concerned about. She said if it gets any bigger to bring her back, but that was that. Velvet has always been a very healthy fiesty girl (she's a Russian Blue) but in the last couple of years she developed a small lump over her front right shoulder, it looks/feels like fluid filled skin, I was told by everyone this is nothing to be concerned about especially since it doesn't hurt her in the least to touch it, press it, etc. The vet said it wasn't anything to worry about either, just due to her getting older. She did say that because of the lumps in her legs and the hard spot in her tummy we should do xrays to make sure it wasn't a tumor in her lungs causing the breathing problems. I asked about the legs, because she didn't even mention them when reviewing the xray. She said "it's nothing, if it was, I would have told you".

    I was terrified when I went in. She seems to have

    • ANSWER:
      Time to find a new vet.

      Those aren't the kidney numbers of a CRF cat. A better predictor of kidney health is to test the specific gravity of the urine - if it's concentrated, the kidneys are functioning properly, if it's too dilute, they are starting to age. The reduced kidney function is one of aging, and not a disease. A cat's body craves and needs protein - that is why she is instinctively rejecting the K/D. Very few vets will prescribe a low-protein diet for cats with aging kidneys - they 1) won't eat it 2) it leads to muscle wasting (the body needs to get protein from somewhere!) and 3) it hasn't been proven that low-protein slows down the progression of the CRF. What she needs is to eat - a high quality canned food free of by-products and chemical preservatives. That's what my vet recommends, based on the latest research. The by-products are hard to digest, and the chemicals are tough on the kidneys. Good canned foods will keep her better hydrated, and slow down the aging of the kidneys.

      Did the vet send the xrays out for a 'real' radiologist to interpret? Cats with asthma - untreated - can get hard spots in their lungs, and those will show up on xrays. It takes a real radiologist to interpret an xray - the answer is NOT surgery to find out what it is, it's to have a qualified person read and interpret the xray. Personal story - my rescue rex was coughing prior to his coming to me, and was taken to the vet who did a chest xray, and diagnosed severe hear disease and wanted to do ultrasounds, etc. I insisted that the xrays were to be sent to a radiologist - diagnosis was asthma. Quite a bit different than the vet's diagnosis of an aorta ready to self destruct.

      CRF is not a death sentence. And yours isn't there yet. Feeding her a food she can't stand is counterproductive, and can lead to liver failure when she refuses to eat. Find another vet, and feed her a quality canned food so that the poor thing eats! At 13 - with that pretty good bloodwork - she should have some good quality years left to spend with you.

  46. 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.

  47. QUESTION:
    My father-in-law needs dialysis 4 times a week?
    due to kidney failure and I was wondering what are good salt-free spices, foods, etc . . .,
    that can be given for him. My mother-in-law, also, stated that he can not have anything
    that has phoperous(sorry not sure of spelling) in it (an example is potatoes).

    My father-in-law has other ailments to that are bad; but, I was wanting to help out with getting information for a good diet.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanx,

    • ANSWER:
      This would be a perfect question for a dietitian--see if his doc or the hospital can recommend one. They can provide recipes, and all kinds of things. Use a medically oriented dietitian that is familiar with renal failure diets.

  48. 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!

  49. 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

  50. QUESTION:
    Any Tips for Feeding a Dog with Kidney Failure?
    So my angel has been diagnosed with kidney failure, I don't know how long we have, so I'm willing to try anything. I have her on IV fluids, antibiotics, anti nausea meds, and pain meds(non anti-inflammatory of course) and prescription kidney diet dog food, wet and dry.
    But she won't eat on her own.
    She sniffs it, but just won't take a bite. I know it must taste good, because my other dog loves it. I have to hand feed her small pieces and try to get her to swallow. I've heard organic baby food, like apples or something might work, anything with low protien and phosphorus, putting that on the dry food. I'll try that ... but if anyone has some info on what has worked for you or if you have anything to share, please help, I want to extend her time with us if I can keep her comfortable.
    Thank you, thank you from Sable and her mommy
    She is a 70lb 7 yr old APBT. She has never had any problems in the past, and unfortunately we weren't able to catch it until 75% of her kidneys had already failed. She is so strong, mentally, and never showed any signs. She has been a house dog her whole life, and under my close supervision whenever outside, so has never gotten into anything. It's just so devistating, I feel for everyone who has ever lost a pet.
    She is my heart and soal.
    Thank you to everyone for such wonderful feedback. There has been some great articals and some very kind words, and I'm going to join that group because I need some help, because I think I'm gonna "loose it". Sorry I'm crying.... I appreciate everyone of you for helping during this time.
    Thanks again!!!!
    Here's a pic just for fun..
    http://s278.photobucket.com/albums/kk101/Shelbymx/?action=view&current=l_7a4473b444875cbc103ba3330dd600-1.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      This is an excellent article about caring for a dog with kidney failure:
      http://www.dogaware.com/kidney.html
      The last link is concerning loss of appetite.
      I will be praying for you and Sable.

      added:
      http://www.vetprof.com/clientinfo/KidneyDiseaseInDogs/diet.htm
      This site recommends a couple of helpful books, as well as homemade diets. You can find those books on Amazon, or order at any bookstore.


Foods For Healthy Kidneys Diet

A lot of people complain about always being tired, sleepy, and sluggish and have the general attitude of not being bothered to do anything, this is because they don't have the energy and the stomach in digesting all the garbage they are consuming is using any energy they do have.

To mention some of the benefits of eating healthy would include loss of body fat, a higher level of energy, a more satisfying sleep, more stamina, better skin condition such as smoother skin, less acne, lower risk of heart diseases & strokes, fewer visits to the doctor, lower cholesterol, lower risk of cancer, better mental ability and work performance and a general overall better you.

That is only some of the reasons I can think of, but it is enough to make me want to eat healthy and take more pride in myself.

Simple changes in your diet will make all the difference. You can even eat frozen food that is cheaper. A lot of vegetables come frozen and still retain their goodness. Eat a lot of chicken and fish which will give you the necessary protein to increase your energy levels and make you want to get more involved in energetic and athletic activities. You will notice a difference as you will naturally be more social and doing the everyday general exercise activates required without even realizing it.

Knowing that in healthy food actually has more of a variety than junk food. Spices are a great way to add additional flavour to your food. Consider growing your own! Herbs add great flavour as well as many associated health benefits, which again, a lot of people don't realize. Instead of the usual junky fat food snacks, try salads and fruit. You will feel like a fresher you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Have you considered feeding you dog a Healthy Natural Diet like BARF?
    The most important thing you can do is to feed you dog well from the earliest age possible.. Forget any processed foods and try feeding a natural food diet like BARF. If you want a healthier long lived pet then you can never start too early! Remember that most processed dog food canned or dry is rubbish (bordering on poison!)

    My dogs diet is as follows:
    (ALL HUMAN GRADE FOOD - NOT PET GRADE!)
    chicken frames minced
    beef mince
    minced lamb liver/ beef hearts/ kidneys/tongue

    some soaked 'vets all natural complete mix' supplement to mix with the meats.
    http://www.vetsallnatural.com.au/Completemix.html

    I weigh it into a serving per bag it and freeze them individually
    - then it is as convenient as a can of food only healthy.

    For Breakfast I also give the dogs:
    lamb briskit bones
    chicken frames / carcasses
    fresh/frozen sardines
    fruit & veg - oranges / apples/ carrots/ zucchini/ berries/ blueberry/raspberry/strawberry)

    Make breakfast bones/chicken frames and
    for dinner the special mix from the freezer

    Before I feed them I also mix in some:
    Pet Pep Up probiotic supplement
    GreenPet Complete supplement
    Omega 3 blend of Oils

    (I defrost a couple of bags in the bottom of the fridge and replace them as they are used - that way you always have fresh food ready to go!)

    Feeding you dog this diet will save you money on vet bills and keep your pup healthy for the longest time possible. Bonus you also have a dog that has fresh breath / good teeth / less f*rting :)

    I know others will say that pet food is fine - but keep in mind most pet food is made by the same companies that make dog pharmiceuticals and it is in their best interest for you dog NOT to be healthy! That way they can sell you the drugs to make it better.. It is up to you!

    For more info http://www.barfworld.com/main.shtml

    I am interested in others ideas on this kind of feeding regime and hoping to inspire others into feeding their dogs better.

    All the meats listed are RAW

    It is based on the BARF Diet
    BARF = Bones And Raw Food
    I have 2 Dobermanns both are show dogs.

    The cost of the meat is .20 (AU) per Kg. - I have to buy it in 10Kg lots so I do a 30kg mix and then freeze it for the month.. It works out much cheaper than most of those fancy dry foods.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a college student, working a part time job (possibly switching to full time soon), and have both a dog and a ferret to care for. To be blunt- I don't have the time and/or money to work through the BARF diet.
      I've found finding information that seems reliable to be quite hard, time devotion is a bit more than I can handle at the moment, my dog is allergic to half the stuff generally on the food lists (Chicken being one of the top ones), and bluntly I'm not 100% convinced it's healthier for my dog than good quality kibble.
      I feed TimberWolf Organics- It's worked well, I feel good about it, and it's the best I can do. I don't feel any guilt over that.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to feed a HEALTHY cat Special Renal Diet food?
    One of my kitties has renal failure and has been put on Hills Prescription k/d Diet kitty food...
    The other cat, who is 100% healthy and fat and is in no way kidney-impared, is BANANAS for this stuff....
    so he eats Kidney Kitty's food and SHE wants to eat what's in HIS bowl so...
    Is there any harm in letting the healthier one in on the renal diet?

    • ANSWER:
      The renal diet probably won't provide enough protein for your healthy cat. Read the label on the k/d food to see what it contains. A lot of times k/d foods will contain liver. If it's just a particular ingredient that your healthy cat really likes, you could try buying a regular food that contains that ingredient.

      Also, is your healthy cat eating a good quality food to begin with? If it's an inexpensive brand, your cat could be craving the new food b/c it might have other nutrients, etc. that he's been lacking.

      If you can't find anything else your health cat likes as much and you really want to just give him/her the renal food, at least call your vet first to make sure.

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    healthy diet for dogs?
    before any gets too heated (at least if this is anything like the cat section!) I DON'T have a dog. I am asking this for future reference... just to store the information away for later.

    I sort of recently switching my cat to an all wet food diet (not an easy feat since he loves dry food, was never fond of wet food, and I still live at home and my parents feed their cat dry food, which is left out all day...). I know closely inspect the ingredients before I buy him anything and have a few brands and flavors he likes so I can mix it up for him.

    anyway, recently I've been wondering if we were wrong about dogs too... are they healthier on an all wet food diet? half and half? no wet food?

    we ha a siberian husky who had kidney failure and cancer that went to her brain... she was put down on december 12 2005 and I just want to prevent anything like that from happening to future dogs, I've heard all dry food can cause kidney failure?
    dry food cleans your pets teeth about as much as a potato chip cleans your teeth...
    I have done EXTENSIVE research on my cat's diet and I was not asking for advice on that, but thanks anyway.

    • ANSWER:
      I would never feed my dog all wet food. It is exceedingly unhealthy and is bad for their teeth. For dogs, you need to find a healthy dry food like Wellness or Natural balance and stick with that. Do not add wet food. Whoever you have been talking to about feeding your animals doesn't know much.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is a healthy vegetarian diet?
    I've been vegetarian, but then I go back to eating chicken or fish (yuck). I'm afraid of getting anemia, because most of my friends who are vegetarian have anemia, because they are not getting enough B-12, and I've been researching and I found out that you may get kidney stone for eating foods with too much protein. I would like to know what is a good healthy vegetarian (including dairy products) diet. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Healthy Food Diet is too low in Calories? Please help!?
    This is a bit of an essay but I really need some advice! Please read on!

    I've been eating more healthy food, trying to make everything from scratch at home with lots of fruit and veg. I've been eating this way for about 2 months. I just wanted to feel healthier and lose some weight. I've just started counting the calories online of everything I eat to improve what I'm eating and noticed most of my entire days worth of calories is under 1000- im a 21yr old woman, and I'm scared that maybe this calorie restriction will negatively impact my health??
    I'm eating three big meals a day, I'm not consciously restricting anything, I eat what I like and lots of it!
    For example today's diet was:
    Breakfast: Hard boiled egg, cottage cheese on wholewheat toast
    Lunch: Spaghetti Meatballs in tomato and mushroom sauce
    Snack: Chocolate Bar
    Dinner: Homemade kidney bean burgers on a bed of salad with some dressing
    Drinks: 1 black coffee with sugar, 2 hot lemon and honeys and lots and lots of water.
    Even though it's low calorie, am I getting enough nutrition? THANK YOU! :)
    Btw all of that amounts to 977 cals according to the live strong calorie counter! I dont even know if that site is entirely accurate but most of it seems to be ok! Thanks!
    Sorry! I'm 5ft7 and currently weigh 156lbs!

    • ANSWER:
      You didn't say how large you are (or aren't). For a really tiny person, 1000 cals a day minght be ok, but that's really low.

      Get hooked up with a website like myfitnesspal.com or fatsecret.com, plug in your info, and it will help you determine what your intake of cals, fiber, protein, etc should be.

      Better yet, find out if there are any nutrition centers (not a GNC store) near you. There are places who will go over your particulars, quiz you about your diet and your goals, and help set up a food plan. It's something like to . There's one in a mall near me that is well regarded.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is this a healthy Diet?
    Is my diet still really bad for my kidneys? Is it healthy?
    I eat a mostly all veggies, fruits, dairy and meat. I find I have a bad reaction to wheats or refined foods. This is what I generally eat. I may vary my type of fruits and veggies from day to day. I generally eat only seafood, eggs and white meats.

    Breakfast:
    1 cup of coffee and some 2% milk to lighten
    3 mini low fat turkey sausages
    3 free range organic eggs

    snack:
    1-3 apples
    1cup of fat free organic yogurt with 3 tablespoons of half sugar jam

    Lunch:

    3 cans of tuna fish with 3 tablespoons of light mayonaise
    2 cups of carrots

    Dinner:

    broiled fish
    3 cups of cooked brocolii with salt

    snack:
    1-3 apples
    1 cup of fat free organic yogurt with 3 tablespoons of reduced sugar jam
    1 cup of carrots

    I'm 5'10 very athletic and weight about 155lbs.
    I drink 6 liters of water a day
    take vitamin A, E, D, multivitamin, L-lysine, Magnesium and potassium supplements daily

    Please no answers about diet pills, supplements or acai berry.

    I'm not trying to see if this diet will help me lose weight. I'm only trying to eat healthy and eating what my body craves. I only want to know if this is bad on my kidneys for it is high in protein.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Do Kidneys regenerate/heal themselves?
    I think that I have damaged my kidneys by consuming excessive amounts of protein, I have clicking joints which is a sign of kidney problems (for reasons which I do not know).
    Do kidneys heal themselves if i was to reduce my protein intake? Are there anyways inwhich I could change my diet (ie. including certain foods) to promote healthy kidneys? How long before I start seeing results?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Kidneys have the ability to heal from some types of injuries - the main determinant is whether or not the injury caused scarring or some other condition that prevents regrowth of capillaries inside the kidney.

      You may be jumping to conclusions about your kidneys - clicking joints are a normal part of aging due to shrinkage, decreased elasticity, and moisture loss in cartilage. It is also caused by arthritic degeneration of joints, and mis-alignment of joints due to muscle tightness. No medical professional would ever attribute clicking joints to a kidney problem in the absence of other more obvious kidney problems. You can easily get your kidney functions checked through a blood test. Changing your diet won't do anything for your joints if the clicking isn't caused by the kidneys.

      Your best bet is to schedule a blood test and a urine test to evaluate kidney function, and schedule an appointment with the doctor a few days later so you can discuss the test results and have the doc look at your joints. The solution might be something as simple as a few exercises to stretch the muscles and build some additional strength.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is this a healthy diet? and how many calories should I really be eating?
    Is this a healthy diet? and how many calories should I really be eating?
    Im kind of a boring eater and I usually only eat some kind of combination of these foods: cherries, blueberries, bananas, watermelon, black beans, kidney beans, lentil soup, brocolli, cheese, almond milk, natural peanut butter, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, salsa, whole wheat crackers, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, chicken, turkey,and maybe a little bit of pork.

    I dont eat all of these foods in one day, but thats pretty much all the foods I eat. Is this a healthy combination of foods?
    Also, im 5'4, 220 lbs, and 20 years old. Ive been eating around 1500-1900 calories a day and exercising a few times a week. Ive been doing this for a few months and have somehow gained

    • ANSWER:
      You're gaining muscle probably, what you need to do is increase your protein intake and also put in some more cardio exercises.

  10. QUESTION:
    I want to lose 30 pounds in the next year. Does this sound like a healthy diet that will help me lose weight?
    I went through a nasty divorce this year and packed on 20 pounds. I was already 10 pounds overweight.

    I'm 5'11" and I want to weigh 150 pounds, which my doc says is best for me. When I was a teenager, I weighed 125, so if I ever got that weight again, I would explode from happiness, but I just want to not be overweight. I wear size 10-12 right now and I don't like it.

    So here is my plan:

    Walk 90 minutes a day w/ Ipod.
    Go to yoga class a couple of times a week.
    Take stairs whenever possible.

    Don't eat after 7 p.m.
    Drink eight glasses of water a day.
    Limit caffeine and salt.
    Stop the junk food (obviously...and I love junk food, especially full-calorie soda...that's how I got in this shape)
    Several small meals a day...like here's a sample

    cup of hot lemon water first thing (supposed to be good for the skin and help clean out your system)
    a serving of plain oatmeal
    a piece of fruit
    a salad with fresh veggies, organic kidney beans and homemade vinaigrette with evoo and good vinegar
    a serving of water-packed tuna or half a grilled, skinless chicken breast
    a serving of Activa yogurt
    a serving of carrot sticks and bell pepper strips with a couple of spoons of hummus or a cup of veggie soup
    a serving of veggie stir fry with brown rice

    Is that healthy? Is that too much food?

    I've crash dieted before and I lost weight really quickly (like a pound a day), but it came right back. Let me know what you think.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend Weight Watchers. They can help you plan meals that are healthy and you will still lose weight. Sometimes I find I can actually eat more on their plan than if I was trying to do it on my own.

      I am a lifetime member. You don't have to buy their food or anything, only if you want to. You can also do it online if u don't want to go to meetings. I prefer meetings myself.

      I've been divorced too. It doesn't sound like you are very big in my opinion, but I know what u mean about wanting to feel good about yourself. Best of luck to you.

  11. QUESTION:
    I want to lose 30 pounds in the next year. Does this sound like a healthy diet that will help me lose weight?
    I went through a nasty divorce this year and packed on 20 pounds. I was already 10 pounds overweight.

    I'm 5'11" and I want to weigh 150 pounds, which my doc says is best for me. When I was a teenager, I weighed 125, so if I ever got that weight again, I would explode from happiness, but I just want to not be overweight. I wear size 10-12 right now and I don't like it.

    So here is my plan:

    Walk 90 minutes a day w/ Ipod.
    Go to yoga class a couple of times a week.
    Take stairs whenever possible.

    Don't eat after 7 p.m.
    Drink eight glasses of water a day.
    Limit caffeine and salt.
    Stop the junk food (obviously...and I love junk food, especially full-calorie soda...that's how I got in this shape)
    Several small meals a day...like here's a sample

    cup of hot lemon water first thing (supposed to be good for the skin and help clean out your system)
    a serving of plain oatmeal
    a piece of fruit
    a salad with fresh veggies, organic kidney beans and homemade vinaigrette with evoo and good vinegar
    a serving of water-packed tuna or half a grilled, skinless chicken breast
    a serving of Activa yogurt
    a serving of carrot sticks and bell pepper strips with a couple of spoons of hummus or a cup of veggie soup
    a serving of veggie stir fry with brown rice

    Is that healthy? Is that too much food?

    I've crash dieted before and I lost weight really quickly (like a pound a day), but it came right back. Let me know what you think.
    I am a female. I don't know why my profile has a man's head on it.

    And yes, my name is Tyler.

    • ANSWER:
      looks a good diet but please before it check your normal perfect weight and see some tips and advices

  12. QUESTION:
    My Vet Prescribed PRESCRIPTION DIET for my 11 yr old Senior Cat...isn't this unheathy?
    I read that it has some sort of meat-by product on the ingredients and corn meal something too. Is this cat food bad for him, hes my first pet i ever had and want to make sure he lives a long and healthy life. I bought his food their at the clinic yesterday, its for Kidney Diet. What is you'lls opnion? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My sympathy's! It's so hard when you find out your best friend is very ill.

      Here is a list of info I found on the web for you to help you make the best decisions for your kitty. Knowledge is power!

      I put a * by the felinecrf.com site. It's basically the site for feline kidney disease. It has a dietary information pg that does list many foods & info about them. Prescription diet is not one of the listed foods.

      That does not mean it's not a good food for your kitty. Vet's usually love animals enough to devote their lives to caring for them, so I would most likely lump your vet in this category. He/she might have very good luck with this food. The reviews support this.

      No matter what your decision, good luck to you & your kitty!

  13. QUESTION:
    High protein vs. balanced diet? Who is right?
    I have this ongoing debate with my girlfriend who is a registered nurse. She is overweight and claims that a high protein diet is the way to go to lose weight. She has lost 50 lbs on her diet but I dont think its healthy way for her to lose weight.
    She thinks the American Heart Association Diet or American Diabates Diet and the standard American Pyramid diet is flawed. She says those "diets" focus on too many carbs, high sugar, and high insulin levels in people.

    I tell her she is wrong.

    Those "healthy diets" are created to by "experts" who help people lose weight in a healthy way that includes proper nutrients, vitmains, minerals, and high fiber.
    High protein and high fat diets are not a healthy way to lose weight. Its hard on the kidneys and offers little nutrition.
    She told me the reason I have attention deficit disorder(ADD) is because of the high amount of whole grains and carbs in my diet(which turns to sugar and it hard oin the pancreas.) I am restless and unfocused sometimes but has more to do with genetics than diet.

    As for her being an RN I think she has a responsibility to stick to what the experts say and not disregard the american heart association diets and food pyramid diets. A high protein diet is a "reckless" and "irresponsible" diet in my opinion.

    I think the healthy diet to lose weight consists of a balanced diet with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds for optimal health.

    Who is right and who is wrong? What is your opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      You are correct. Think about it: where is she getting her information from? People who are trying to sell books and diet foods? The American Heart Association's only goal is to keep people healthy. They have no reason to lie to distort statistics because they aren't selling a product.

      While it's true that too many people eat far too many refined carbohydrates (white bread, white sugar, etc.), complex carbs (whole grains, etc.) are very good for you because they are high in protein, high in carbs (which gives you energy), high in fiber, and usually pretty low in fat. Where is your girlfriend getting her fiber from? Does she have to take supplements in order to have a bowel movement? Where is she getting her energy from? It just doesn't make sense.

      People usually do lose weight with a no or low carb diet, but it doesn't mean they are healthy inside and out. Go with your instincts.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can i save my cat , he has kidney problems? & How long will he live by giving him Azodyl & Epatkin?
    My cat was diagnosed with kidney failure . He is about 14 years old.The vet asked me to think about putting him down . I refused & instead the vet has told me he must be given IV via needle 2 x a day for the rest of his life.I have added the medications Azodyl & Epatkin ,as well as changing his diet to healthier foods. How long should i expect him to live ,before other problems arise (& if ,what problems to expect )

    • ANSWER:
      Chronic renal failure is extremely tough on both the cat and the owner. It's going to be an expensive uphill battle, but if you're willing to do it, that's great. The treatments your cat is on are basically to minimize waste products that the kidney must filter, thereby lightening its load. Animals do not show signs of renal failure until the kidneys are up to 75% damaged, so by the time we find it they're already pretty far gone. This is, unforunately irreversible in the case of chronic failure. Properly cared for, a cat can live for months, even years before the kidney failure eventually gets the best of them. The keys are making sure his meds are regular and keeping him hydrated. He is going to lose a lot of fluid every time he urinates, so subcutaneous fluids are going to be key. Eventually he will get thin and have a hard time doing the things he loves. When you start to see this, you may have to consider euthanasia. As a veterinary student, I see euthanasia as one of the kindest things we can do for some of our patients. It should be used conservatively of course, and only if you know your cat is suffering. Unfortunately he is not going to get better, so the best thing you can do is make the time he has comfortable and recognize when he is suffering. Usually the biggest indicator is that they stop eating, so watch his appetite. Good luck with your cat, I know it's a difficult road but you can do it!

  15. QUESTION:
    My diet is it healthy?
    Ok so I have this question that has been pondering me. I am a health freak in a way. You give me evidence and the healthiest form of food obtainable and I will eat it. I have never really found myself to become overwieght because I eat a moderate amount of food each day and high amounts of food especially with pottasium when I need to jog and exercise.

    This is what I eat everyday

    Morning: Drink 1 liter of water as soon as I wake up (so that I may clean my stomach and kidneys before I eat) I then get ready for the day so that I may have time to proccess the water. Afterwards I get fiber one cereal the one with 51% fiber and the healthy loctose free silk milk (This packs 10x alot more of nutrition compared to cow milk)and 1 big orange

    Evening:
    After comming home from school at which time I do not eat but drink about half a liter of water I prepare the salmon(cook in stove no addons) , half a carrot and potatoe to boil.

    After about 1 hour after I ate I get a small bowl of cereal once again about 1/2 of the serving size.

    Night: I grab a celeary stick ,small amount of orange juice, and a carrot.
    After about 3 hours later I drink 1 liter of water

    My concern is that the salmon I eat everyday has mercury. I know mercury is bad for you but what kind of fish doesnt have mercury? Fish is much better then stake,pork,chicken as those have alot more saturate fat and fish consists of the good type of fat omega fatty acids.

    I have a concern about the diary I consume each day. I wiegh 120 10% body fat and 5'3. I like to workout at times and exercise but I'm getting frustrated if this is in term needing me to eat more food.

    Does the protien intake have to be for total amount of wieght or muscle mass in lbs?
    Thanks corey Ill take the leafy vegitables in mind but I'm on a 1,300 calorie diet. I consist of mainly muscle mass and I need to keep lean so I cant consume more carbs. When I workout I drink alot of water and a protien shake.

    fiber one cereal has suger yes and very little. my diet rarely has sugar watso ever. It is one of the healthiest cereals avaible on the market and has 51% of daily fiber based on a 2,000 calorie diet .

    Should I put some more green vegitables during my lunch period then?

    Please help and I might just put you best answer.

    I dont want to take in so many carbs because I use a snack for that. that way my body is not lacking carbs or saturate trans fat. although i need very little of that.

    • ANSWER:
      it's not bad. the water is great. i bet that fiber 1 cereal has a lot of sugar in it though. u should b eating lunch. i don't c any green in there. green leafy veg should b half your dinner. if exercising makes u eat more so b it. your diet should b 50% carbs, 25-30% protein & 20-25% fat.

      i eat

      breakfast-oatmeal w/oat bran topped w/almond breeze, 1/2 cup cottage cheese w/lil fruit mixed in.

      lunch- 2 eggs, toast w/teaspoon butter on each slice, mixed greens w/1/2 cup cottage cheese w/lil fruit

      snack- protein powder mixed in almond breeze on bran flakes (low in sugar w/good fiber) or protein
      powder in water, a pear or apple & some almonds

      dinner- chicken breast or salmon, 1/4 cup dry brown rice & 2-3 cups of veg (some times mix greens
      w/1 table spoon of vinaigrette as well as veg)

      snack- 1/2 cup cottage cheese w/equal salsa

      i sometimes eat a granola bar when i need it.
      i exercise as much as i can. lots of cardio, yoga & core exercises & i've lost 55 pounds since the beginning of the summer.
      i want 2 lose another 15 than i'll b focusing more on building muscle & will probably change my diet a little.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is my "wedding diet" healthy?
    I am currently dieting in advance of my wedding (60 days). I want to slim down and look good in my tux and photos, and also trying to become healthier overall. I have essentially cut my calorie intake to 1100-1300 calories, were normally I have been eating anywhere from 2000-3000 per day. I am 6'0 and currently weigh 210lbs. For 3 days now I have eaten the same thing and would like to know if this is a well balanced diet, my intuition says OH YES but I want to be sure:

    Breakfast: Bowl of Oatmeal (1/2 cup to be exact)
    Snack: Banana or Apple
    Lunch: I go to Whole Foods and fill up one of the small boxes of steam veggies or whatever hot sauteed veggies they have for the day. If they have it I'll throw in 1 or 2 spoons of sweet potato to mix it up.
    Snack in the afternoon: Apple or Banana
    Dinner: 3/4 cups egg whites, 1 cup of beans (either kidney, red, garbanzo, black, or sometimes I mix it up), I do use 2 tbs of ketchup, at least!
    Drinking Water only throughout the day, a good amount, probably 60-90oz of water a day.

    I also take a daily vitamin. I believe I am getting 40g of protein (primarily from my dinner), and I am sure my fiber intake is good with all the fruits and veggies...

    My question is if someone out there sees anything missing or anything wrong with this that can lead to a negative affect; I am already losing weight and feel clean, but since I have not consulted with anyone (except my fiance) I'd like some feedback on this.

    Thanks so much,
    Groom to be

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    My dog's kidneys are failing, is it from his food?
    My dog has been on a certain dog food called Hills Prescription Diet ZD for about 4 months now for a skin condition. For the past 3 weeks, he started vommiting and having diarrhea and constipation so we took him to the vet, and he was diagnosed with failing kidneys. Could it be from the dog food he has been on? He is 13 years old, and he was always so healthy, it just seems like this happened so fast! What should I feed him? What can I do to improve his kidneys, and make him healthier?

    • ANSWER:
      Even at 13, you can help a dog with a species appropriate diet. Join the Yahoo groups "raw feeding" and "raw chat". The best thing you can do for an ailing dog is feed them the easiest thing for their bodies to digest. For carnivores, that is MEAT. Many people have switched senior dogs to raw, often because of health problems. Don't let anyone tell you it will harm them. Eating what mother nature designed dogs to eat is beneficial, not harmful.

  18. QUESTION:
    Bad Diet, but would it work?
    I gained about 15 pounds in the last 8-9 months and now next month is prom and I need to loose about 5-10 pounds. I know there isn't enough time to do a legitimate diet with healthy food and exercise, because I probably won't loose much, so I'm thinking about doing a diet like this:

    around 6:15-6:30 : eating am omelet for breakfast with a few vegetables and cheese (white or wheat bread better?) or special k with skim milk

    around 9:15: eating a granola bar (low fat/calories suggestions?)

    10:40: for lunch, a peanut butter sandwich (low fat/wheat bread) or a cheese sandwich

    1:00: drink some sort of juice/or a yogurt drink (low fat/calories)

    3:30 : eat a bowl of beans (kidney beans and taco seasoning) with lettuce, cheese, green onions, green pepper, tomatoes.
    or fruits like oranges, banana, grapes, ... if im not too hungry

    6:30-7:00 : eat dinner, whatever mom makes . but eat until I'm full, not extra

    9:00 : a few fruits

    During The Day
    5-6 bottles of water per day.
    a glass of orange juice
    a glass of skin milk

    Will this routine help me lose weight? I need to lose about 5-10 pounds in exactly a month (by May 15)?
    I know this diet isn't too healthy and might be hard, but I don't think I have time for a real diet, until after schools over, so would this work?

    Any other suggestions I should add in the diet; types of food? additions?

    If not 5-10 pounds, how many pounds would I lose?

    I'm a vegetarian

    Thank You For Your Time.

    • ANSWER:
      First off, wheat bread is better than white w/ regard to nutrients, etc. If you'll be dieting, it's important to make sure you're eating healthy foods!

      I think this regime looks good! It's hard for me to say if it's a guaranteed weight loss program b/c I don't know what your metabolism is like, etc--some people can go on diets and lose lots of weight, and some people can do the same with less drastic results. Whatever the outcome, try not to let it get you down--you'll look great @ prom whether you diet or not! :-)

      Also remember that doctors recommend, if losing weight, to lose no more than 2-3 lbs a weeks. So, while your goal is definitely attainable keeping this safety concern in check, please be super careful about losing too much weight too quickly--wouldn't want to be in the hospital for prom :-o

      Hope this helps!

      Best of luck!

      --Keenan

      PS: Some ppl may suggest cutting out the inter-meal snacks....I think you're very wise to have a light snack in between meals. The key to successful dieting is in ensuring that your glucose levels don't spike--a mid meal snack will help make sure that this doesn't happen!
      Best wishes!

  19. QUESTION:
    Healthy diet - yet there's a problem?
    I'm trying to loose weight and everyone is always trying to eat less but a lot more often so that you're never extremely hungry. My daily intake of food consists of oatmeal in the morning with strawberries and coffee, then maybe an apple later on, then by 2pm ill have a yogurt and carrots, cucumbers and peppers for snacks, i'll have salmon or chicken with salad or legumes (like kidney beans and chickpeas) then if im really craving something sweet ill sometimes just have a small piece of chocolate. I'm drinking plenty of water. Sometimes i'll warm up a v8 (i prefer it warm and add pepper to it and have it like a soup)
    I've been doing this for a week now and it works i do feel full but i find that im not loosing anything... should i stick to this and if so for how long before i see a difference??

    • ANSWER:
      well you are on the right track, but a healthy diet is only part of it. Are you working out at all. You should be trying to do at least 30 minutes of cardio about 4 to 5 days a week. If you can do an hour that would be great! Don't give up though, it takes more than a week.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does a dog have to loose it's urine or bowels to be having a seizure?
    My Jack Russel Terrier is 8yrs old . The vet says he is just loosing oxygen to his brain!! HE just started this falling down all the sudden and not moving this year after falling. Now when he falls on his side he is in PAIN and crys and his body jerks!
    ISN'T THIS A SEIZUERE TYPE OF THING?
    He was put on a kidney dog food diet and did have whip worms which are treated. He had the BAD dog food that went around. THIS DOG WAS A PERFECT HEALTHY DOG!!! I have had him for FOUR years and ALL THE SUDDEN BOOM!!!
    The vet says if he is not loosing his bowels or urine then he is not having seizures? I can't believe that for some reason..MY guts say that can't be true! IS IT>? I have a lot of experience with animails of all sorts and have never seen one with something of this nature., I am taking him BACK to the vet and I have to challenge his answer about this . My heart and gut tells me there is MUCH more wrong than him getting to excited and loosing oxygen and its no big deal, not to worry?

    • ANSWER:
      no

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    My mom wants to kill my cat on a dry cat food diet, she won't listen to me...?
    My cat is almost 11 years old and I don't want her to die prematurely of diabetes or kidney disease from the dried cat food. My mom feeds her Hill's Premium Cat food (the first ingredient is Brewers Rice - that should tell you how natural this is for a carnivore).

    She says she'll continue to feed her this because all the vets told her it's fine and she'd rather listen to them than crazy internet people. She also says our cat doesn't like wet food and has rejected it (I know there are tricks to make the conversion easier - but mom doesn't want to hear about them).

    What can I do? I want my cat to eat healthy canned food, and not premium Hill's veterinary approved poisonous cat food.

    • ANSWER:
      Buy your own cat food! Otherwise don't be picky. If the vet says it fine, what credentials do you or the crazy internet people have. The cat is not complaining.

  23. QUESTION:
    Mormons: Diet and vegetarianism?
    I know that temple-worthy LDS abstain from tea, coffee, and alcohol, but how much thought is given to the rest of D&C 89 past verse 11?

    And it is pleasing unto me that (meats) should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.

    It's looks clear that God has told us to be simple vegetarians unless we are faced with the inability to get herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Farmers would keep animals to slaughter in late winter when food stores ran out to avoid starvation. How many of us are gripped in starvation in mid-winter in today's economy?

    Another comment from a former latter-day saint:

    "A while ago I was at a party and I met... a sociologist who had done his PhD work in the eating habits of North Americans. We were sitting together... when it came up that I came from a Mormon background. He said "yeah, Mormons, they eat A LOT of sugar." Mormons, he explained, have some of the worst eating habits of people anywhere. They're better off for laying off the cigarettes and the liquor, but they act as if that gives them free rein to eat sugar and fat without consequence. Thus, you have people with healthy kidneys and lungs but horrible hearts."

    When it comes to diet, are we focused enough on God's will to do beyond what is the bare minimum for temple entry?
    To clarify:
    -I am an active latter-day saint who loves my walk with Christ.
    -elaine 30705, the quote in my original question is from the Word of Wisdom, in D&C 89:12-13:
    http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/89/11-16

    • ANSWER:
      My wife takes it very seriously, she read it when she was like 10 and became a vegetarian.
      I read it when I converted and it convinced me to eat meat very rarely. I probably eat meat once a month if that- and I mean by eating meat, something like a pasta salad with chicken in it.
      As for the sugar, yeah, we do collectively have a sweet tooth. Its funny you mention it, I have been really working on that one that last week. Its hard to give up most sugars, but its possible. Its a lot more expensive, but Ive been trying to use honey instead. It seems a bit more natural and since its expensive, I use less.

      As for temple entry- the bishop doesnt ask the specifics- he asks are you living the word of wisdom. He never asks do you drink alcohol, do you eat meat, etc... I think that freedom lends itself to some people interpreting things they way they want to- kinda like the jews did. I dont mean to put anyone down, we are all at different levels and even a bit of the word is better than none. I just think we can do better.

      Good question!

  24. QUESTION:
    Am I on the road to developing an eating disorder? How do I get back to my old self? (a little long)?
    I'm sick of this, but I don't know how to stop.

    I've always had a negative body image. I don't really know what specifically caused me to start dieting, or what makes me hate my body so much. I can remember one time when I was 12 and I went through a few days where I would purge after I ate.

    My mom suffered from anorexia. I don't know if the mindset is hereditary or not, but I really don't want to get to the anorexic point.

    For a while I ate 1200 calories a day (sometimes less), and for a while before that I restricted my fat intake to less than 25g a day. I made sure that it was almost all healthy foods. On top of that, I'd workout. Different stuff, usually circuit training, for a half hour 6 nights a week. I have purged several times since I started dieting, but it hasn't become habitual.

    I went from being in the middle of the healthy range of weight to now being underweight.

    I like my body better now that I did 10-15lbs ago, but I still know that I'd be healthier if I gained a minimum of 3 lbs. I have a BMI of 17.9 now... I haven't had my period since March.

    I used to always be interested in so many things. I used to read all the time and watch the Discovery channel and want to go to museums and stuff. I used to love photography, now I haven't picked up my camera in months. I used to be smart. Now all I think about is food, and I feel like my brain is dead. I can't stop counting calories. I worry about food constantly (for example, tonight I'm going to sleep at a friends. I want to back out of it because I'm afraid that she'll make me eat junk food). I have trouble having fun with my friends anymore. I went to a pool party last week and I barely said two words.

    The food thing is especially hard because I cook for my family. My mom started a new job a couple months ago and I've had to start making dinner.

    I don't want to give up the healthy food I'm eating. Even though I'm now underweight, I feel better and have more energy than when I was a healthy weight. My skin is now clear, my kidneys are never sore anymore (something that used to happen before I went healthy), and I feel better overall about eating a healthy, homemade dish than french fries from a fast food joint. I actually enjoy cooking.

    I also want to keep exercising. I'm now running 5k twice a week and strength training 3 days a week (started this last week). I'm giving myself 2 rest days.

    I'm trying to eat more, but I hate not having absolute control. I hate not know the calories in my food. I also hate eating a lot.

    How do I just go back to being my fun, intelligent old self while still maintaining a healthy diet/ lifestyle? I'm 16, I should be having fun with my life.

    • ANSWER:

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    Low protein cat diet?
    My cat was recently diagnosed with kidney failure. I cannot get him to eat the low protein prescription diet food that my vets have recommended (Science Diet KD, Royal Canin Renal L, Royal Canin Modified). He would rather starve then eat these. I've been going to a holistic pet store and been told that it is more important to feed high quality but low quantity protein, not low protein. He really likes Weruva and Tiki Cat canned foods which are natural and holistic. I'm trying to reduce the quantity I give him by mixing half a can with rice and broth for breakfast and then doing the same with the 2nd half at dinner. Thus I'm only giving him one can of high quality protein canned food a day but supplementing the rest with rice and sometimes veggies. He seems to be taking to this diet okay but I'm concerned if this is healthy or not and is this method considered 'low protein' since I'm essentially giving him less of it. Any advice? Thanks to all.

    • ANSWER:
      Well he needs to eat, so I'd feed him what he will eat. Not many cats will eat the prescription diets for renal failure. This is an excellent site about CRF which I strongly recommend. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it is full of useful information. It also has lists of foods (prescription and non prescription) with their protein, phosphorus etc content.

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      The idea of giving cats with CRF low protein is actually a bit controversial, esp in the early stages. The idea is based on the fact that humans with kidney failure do best on lower protein, but humans are not carnivores like cats. The site above talks a bit about that.

  27. QUESTION:
    My cat has kidney disease, can someone suggest a healthy food?
    My 13 yr old cat was diagnosed as being in the early stages of kidney disease. My vet wants me to switch to the Science Diet K/d since it is lower in protein. One problem is that I have a 4yr old as well, so I do not feel they should both be on the food. The vet then recommended Science Diet C/d. After doing a lot of research on that food I realized that there is only 4% less protein in the prescription diets. I am at the point where I think my vet is just out for the money and nothing more.

    Can anyone suggest ideas of what I should be looking for in a food? I am currently feeding both cat Purina One Chicken. I do not mind paying extra for a good food but I am becoming overwhelmed. Can anyone give me some insight?
    I just want to add that I am at the point of being a little leary of my vet. I took my cat in for dental cleaning and had the full blood run. All they told me was that the tests (blood and urine) showed some signs of kidney disease. What does that mean, why can't I get an answer telling me how bad it is. If he had a kidney infection, could that show up and looking like the kidney disease?
    My cat also eats and drinks fine. He acts perfectly normal, actually he is even better since having his teeth cleaned.
    Considering the c/d (the food the vet said to feed since I have two cats) has nearly the same nutrients as the Purina One that I am feeding, what makes it so much better. I know the K/d is lower in protein, but that is not the food the vet is saying to feed. I have heard that lower phosphorus is more important than lower protein.

    • ANSWER:
      At 13, it's part of the normal aging process to have kidney function start to deteriorate. Also, needing a dental cleaning *also* elevates the kidney numbers - the bad teeth pour bacteria into the system, and the kidneys process all of that. It's common for the kidney numbers (BUN and creatine) to drop after a dental cleaning. You vet should have been able to tell you what the test results mean - especially the specific gravity of the urine. That's an early indicator of kidney problems as it tells how well the kidneys are concentration the urine. A kidney infection will show up as a high white blood cell count (any infection will), but it's the other two numbers that really count.

      Having said all that, many people now feel that the kidney prescription diet is really not necessary until cats get into end-stage renal failure. It's the *quality* of the protein, not the quantity, that is the big factor. All of the junk fillers are hard on the kidneys, as is dry food. Feeding a premium canned diet that is low in phosphorus (most are) can make a big difference for many cats.

      Will your cat eat canned food? Finding a food free of by-products (that's not meat, it's scrap "parts" deemed unfit for human consumption) will be good for both cats. If they refuse to eat canned, then a premium dry that contains very little to no grains (and NO corn) is the next best thing. Some suggestions - Wellness, California Natural, Felidae for dry. Both of these are lower in phosphorus, which is hard on the kidneys. For canned, look towards Wellness, Merrick, Solid Gold - any of the by-product free foods.

      Remember that kidney issues are a manageble condition, and part of aging. It's not really a *disease* in the standard sense. I've managed many cats over the years. There are lots of resources avaiable to you, including an excellent Yahoo group for cats with renal issues. There is much more to managing it than sticking a bowl of prescription food on the floor!

  28. QUESTION:
    Please revise my grammar!Thanks!!!?
    After we did the assignment 4 in classroom, I was surprised that I am not meet the most of nutrients. I learned which foods that I need to eat more in order to meet recommendation. I should eat more soda and flank steak during my lunch to increase my calories. Also, I should eat more different fruits such as banana, oranges, strawberries, and mango to increase my fiber, folate and vitamin E intake. I know that tomatoes and onion is a good resource for potassium. The thoughts about I learned from this nutrition class was Physical Activity help build us up, strengthening out different organs and coordinating different parts. For example, when we play basketball we are practicing our arms and leg to work together in a natural and harmonious way. Meanwhile, we can exercise our heart and enlarging the blood vessels. Physical activities are of great value and significance for people. It’s never too late to exercise. We need nutrition for metabolism, and energy from nutrients is required for many processes in all cells in the body. Also I surprised to learn that fat has some virtues. In this nutrition class, I learned about folate can reduce the risks of neural tube defects. Folate may also play important role in prevent cancer. Leafy dark green vegetables (such as spinach and broccoli), legumes (such as black beans, kidney beans, and black eyed pens), liver and some fruits are naturally rich in folate. Before I take the nutrient class, I don’t know the recommendation about the vitamin C and it is deficiency symptoms. Two of the most signs of vitamin C deficiency are scorbutic gums and pinpoint hemorrhages. To solve the vitamin C deficiency we should know that fruits and vegetables can easily provide a generous amount of vitamin c. we can drink a cup of orange juice at breakfast, a salad for lunch and a potato for dinner. It will provide me enough vitamin c and prevent the vitamin c deficiency. I learned that diet has always played a vital role in supporting health. Physical activity can be both fun and beneficial. A person choice of diet influences long-term health. Our life choice such as physical activity and using alcohol, will affect us health. It can become better or worse. We should choice diet foods in order to keep health. After this class, it let us wise to think “nutrition” when making our food choices. Nutrition food choices support healthy bodies. Diet and exercise shift energy balance so that more energy is being spent than is taken in. physical activity increases energy expenditure, builds lean tissue, and improves health.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow. Please tell me English isn't your first language. Please please please!

  29. QUESTION:
    Please revise my poor garmmar!Thanks a lot!!?
    After we did the assignment 4 in classroom, I was surprised that I am not meet the most of nutrients. I learned which foods that I need to eat more in order to meet recommendation. I should eat more soda and flank steak during my lunch to increase my calories. Also, I should eat more different fruits such as banana, oranges, strawberries, and mango to increase my fiber, folate and vitamin E intake. I know that tomatoes and onion is a good resource for potassium. The thoughts about I learned from this nutrition class was Physical Activity help build us up, strengthening out different organs and coordinating different parts. For example, when we play basketball we are practicing our arms and leg to work together in a natural and harmonious way. Meanwhile, we can exercise our heart and enlarging the blood vessels. Physical activities are of great value and significance for people. It’s never too late to exercise. We need nutrition for metabolism, and energy from nutrients is required for many processes in all cells in the body. Also I surprised to learn that fat has some virtues. In this nutrition class, I learned about folate can reduce the risks of neural tube defects. Folate may also play important role in prevent cancer. Leafy dark green vegetables (such as spinach and broccoli), legumes (such as black beans, kidney beans, and black eyed pens), liver and some fruits are naturally rich in folate. Before I take the nutrient class, I don’t know the recommendation about the vitamin C and it is deficiency symptoms. Two of the most signs of vitamin C deficiency are scorbutic gums and pinpoint hemorrhages. To solve the vitamin C deficiency we should know that fruits and vegetables can easily provide a generous amount of vitamin c. we can drink a cup of orange juice at breakfast, a salad for lunch and a potato for dinner. It will provide me enough vitamin c and prevent the vitamin c deficiency. I learned that diet has always played a vital role in supporting health. Physical activity can be both fun and beneficial. A person choice of diet influences long-term health. Our life choice such as physical activity and using alcohol, will affect us health. It can become better or worse. We should choice diet foods in order to keep health. After this class, it let us wise to think “nutrition” when making our food choices. Nutrition food choices support healthy bodies. Diet and exercise shift energy balance so that more energy is being spent than is taken in. physical activity increases energy expenditure, builds lean tissue, and improves health.

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Healthy with high protein intake diet for muscle building?Help please!?
    Hello. I'm 16 and currently building muscles for optimal fit look.
    I had been told to eat approximately 1 gram of protein for every pound I weigh.
    So I'm about 120 pounds around.I'm not taking any protein powder since I want more natural and I have kidney disease as well so for safety measures I prefer to eat protein from whole food.
    So I want to maintain this protein intake, is that any nutrition that I need to take care of? For example: phosphorus, iron or what? How my diet should be despite being high protein?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Does anyone feed Ziwipeak?
    Does this sound like a good diet? My dog is currently on a BARF diet, but now that she's older I want to cut down on the raw meats as her immune system might not be up to be par to handle it.

    ZiwiPeak Dog Food is a complete natural diet, for daily vitality, prepared with care beneath the Bay of Plenty's celebrated peak, Mt Maunganui.

    The peak health of dogs depends on the sustenance they get from meat. ZiwiPeak Dog Food is formulated on the same balance of meat ingredients, that dogs would find by hunting in the wild. ZiwiPeak Dog Food allows you to feed your dog the diet nature intended with the nutritional excellence of a healthy, meat diet containing essential vitamins and minerals. ZiwiPeak Dog Food ingredients are ranch-raised (free of antibiotics and hormones) on New Zealand's green fields and fished from its clear blue waters. With no colors, preservatives, fillers or grains, ZiwiPeak Dog Food is suitable to feed your dog at any stage of life - from puppy to mature adult. Most importantly, they love the taste!
    ZiwiPeak Dog Food Benefits
    - Gently air-dried meat jerky style pieces
    Offer better nutrient quality than kibble which is cooked at high-heat and formed at high-pressure.
    - Matches your dog's digestive system
    Over the centuries dogs have evolved their own anatomical specialization, especially in relation to digestion. It is evident in the ratio of gastrointestinal tract to total body length which is considerably lower than the omnivorous pig or the herbivorous sheep. This specialization particularly suits a diet high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates.
    - Avoids weight control difficulties
    Recent studies in the United States reveal that as many as 40% of the nation's dogs may be obese. The most common (but not only) reason is that they are eating over-large portions of higher carbohydrate foods and not getting the exercise they need to burn off the calories. Nutritionally sound, meat-based diets require less food intake by dogs.
    - Fully complies with regulatory standards
    ZiwiPeak Dog Food is formulated by animal health professionals to ensure it fully complies with industry requirements (AAFCO) as a nutritious diet for dogs.
    - Reduces flatulence and stool volume
    Unlike grain-based diets, dogs can more fully digest ZiwiPeak food, thereby reducing the flatulence and stool volume associated with high carbohydrate diets. This is particularly advantageous for dog owners living in more confined urban environments such as apartments.
    - Free of any preservatives, fillers or grains
    A good number of cheaper dog foods contain high levels of carbohydrates in the form of low quality grains and grain by-products. Add to this the popular use of preservatives, various colorings and a rich assortment of fillers and you have a large line-up of commercial foods that are more likely to be hindering, rather than helping, your dog to achieve optimum energy and health.
    - Provides readily usable essential vitamins
    Dogs are unable to produce minerals and can only produce some vitamins. They cannot, for example, synthesis sufficient Vitamin D to meet their requirements, so this vitamin needs to be incorporated into their diet. This is achieved by including foods in the diet that are rich in Vitamin D, such as liver and fish oil.
    - Contains valuable ingredients
    Joint problems are more evident in some breeds of dogs than others. Ingredients like New Zealand mussel, and venison connective tissue (which provides digestible levels of Chondroitin and Glucosamine) are included in ZiwiPeak 'Cuisine' products to nutritionally support long-term joint health.
    - Offers your dog wider nutritional benefits
    As dogs hunting in the wild would eat virtually the whole animal, and derive the nutritional benefits of consuming items like the liver, heart, kidneys and stomach lining (tripe), these should also form a small part of a naturally healthy diet as they do with ZiwiPeak Dog Food.
    - Retains the original nutritional value
    For dogs to derive the most benefit from their food, it is important to retain as much as possible of the original nutritional value during the processing of the dog food. Air-drying the product to reduce the moisture (and thereby naturally preserving it), then sealing it in an airtight package, is an effective way of retaining the nutritional value of the protein and vitamins for your dog.
    - Mirrors a 'wild' hunting diet
    Despite parting evolutionary company with wolves over 10,000 years ago, dogs still thrive on the sort of natural, predominantly meat diet they would ingest if they were hunting in the wild. A diet that stimulates optimum energy and good health. Highly processed foods and high levels of carbohydrates, on the other hand, cannot be easily metabolized by dogs. ZiwiPeak Dog Food Details

    ZiwiPeak LAMB Dog Food
    The ranch-raised lamb used in ZiwiPeak Dog Food is a pure source of high quality protein and fats. Lamb provides these essential proteins and fats that dogs

    • ANSWER:
      I've fed Venison and Lamb ziwipeak to my dogs when we were traveling and weren't able to prepare their normal RAW meals for them. One of my dogs has severe allergies and it's difficult to find kibble for him, which is why we started the dogs on RAW and feed them dehydrated raw when necessary. They did well on it and really enjoyed it, but the food is much too expensive for me to feed it to them regularly. If you can afford it then go right on ahead.

  32. QUESTION:
    I'm eating healthy but feel like crap?
    For most of my life I've eaten mostly junk food but I never really felt bad nor did I ever get sick or have any health problems. When I stopped that, lost weight, and ate only healthy food I've been having constant problems and getting sick. I've gotten several colds since I've stopped where before I haven't had a single cold in ten years. I've lost weight but I feel more tired and crappy then I did when I ate only junk food. I'm now getting kidney stones and UTI's as well as lower and upper back pain and arm and chest pains ever since I started eating healthy. What the hell is wrong with me!?!? I get 8 hours of sleep a night and I get just about everything I need from my diet and anything I don't get I take a vitamin for. I'm so frustrated and confused.
    I eat mostly fruits and vegetables, rice and fish and things like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Seems you might be eating something you're allergic/intolerant to. I suggest you go get some blood work, get tests done on food allergies/intolerances. You taking in enough calories a day? http://www.fitday.com tally up daily activities. That's how much your burn in a day. If you don't eat around that much you will feel tired/burnt out.

      I bet when you were eating all that junk food. It was just enough to meet your daily calorie needs. Not in a good way, yet it was enough energy consumed to fuel you properly. I suggest keep eating healthy, but maybe up the calories with some good fats like raw nuts (almonds are great). Light tasting olive oil, avocados are great also

      You should be taking a good amount of complex carbs in the morning and around any physical activities. Hope I helped

  33. QUESTION:
    Just got back from the veterinarian - kidney failure dilemma?
    Last night my 9yr. old male cat, Harvey, was going to the litterbox every few minutes - been through this before. He's on low-pH food, had UTIs and struvite crystals. So I took him in to the vet. this morning after he ate breakfast. No red or white blood cells in the urine, no crystals, no sugar - everything looks normal except that his urine is too dilute. Well, the thing is, I put about 3 tablespoons of water in his wet food at each meal, so that might be the source of the dilute urine.

    The vet. looks at it and says it might be an indication of early kidney failure - so early that it would not show up in blood work. She suggested putting the cat on a low-protein diet for cats with kidney failure, because it might spare the kidneys enough for him to have several more good years. Bu if he's got healthy kidneys and the wacky numbers are just from the water I put in his food, what are the dangers of a low-protein diet in an otherwise healthy cat?

    • ANSWER:
      Short answer: NO, I would NOTput your cat on a low protein diet; but research the alternatives and discuss with the vet.

      VERY LONG answer (not even cut and pasted! Sorry for Length!) :
      Fortunately it sounds like if Harvey does have kidney trouble it is still very mild. Did they test for microalbuminuria? ( a test developed in the last several yrs, an early indicator of compromised kidney function). In combination with the dilute urine, that would be more significant.

      About the food: I myself have had 2 cats with CRF, (years ago,) and if, God forbid, another cat of mine should some day have CRF<, I will NEVER again put them on an all low-protein diet like Hills k/d - and I would not DREAM of doing that to your cat this early . Over time a low protein diet causes serious problems that can be as miserable as the disease itself - -including anemia, muscle wasting, weakness, and inappetance (low protein is not very appetizing to a cat, and it is SO important to keep their weight up with this disease ). I saw all these problems with my CRF cats on low protein diets.

      Many vets today - -including those at the cat-only clinic we go to- -now believe that it is important to focus more on the quality of the protein than the quantity, and to limit phosphorus....the vet I talked to told me that he now believes that even in late stage CRF it is better to feed a high quality MEDIUM protein diet (not the high protein that is optimal for a healthy cat, but not low protein which is terrible for a cat) . Right now you might not need to feed decreased protein at all, but focus rather on source of protein & the phosph. So you should research this issue more and discuss it with your vet.

      Your first stop should be (as others mentioned) the Feline CRF Information Center. http://wwwfelinecrf.com . This is a super resource. There is also an online discussion list that will give you info and much support, there's probably more than one now, but yrs ago I found it through that site.

      For general kidney and urinary function, it is best to feed a wet diet, very little or no fish, and I would add a little warm water to the food- - as it sounds like you are doing.. But for more great info on feline nutrition, go to Dr. Lisa Pierson's site at http://www.catinfo.org

      http://www.geocities.com/jmpeerson/index.html
      the Janet & Binky canned cat food chart, which will give you nutrition info on many different foods. You want medium protein and low phosphorus.
      You'll need to get several litter boxes and put them around the house so he doesn't have to go far, because if he does have kidney disease, he will pee a lot and may not make it there if it's only one in the basement or something.

      Don't be afraid to do research and share it with your vet. A good vet will not resent you bringing to them info on serious veterinary research . Vets have to have such a broad spectrum of knowledge that there is no way they can keep up with the latest research in every subject for every species and still have any time to see patients. (Still, feline CRF is SO common that I wish more vets knew that low-protein is no longer considered the only way to go.)

      PS: i noticed another answerer who mentioned diabetes and diet unfortunately was misinformed. It is dry food that is much higher in carbs that can't be processed by cats and can lead to diabetes. ( I have a diabetic cat and have done a a great deal of research on this from reliable veterinary sources....if you're interested see Dr. Pierson's site or the link on her site to the article from JAVMA by Dr.Zoran.).

      Good luck, I'm glad Harvey (cute name!) has someone like you who takes good care of him and is keeping informed!

  34. QUESTION:
    Certain foods to avoid to prevent kidney stones?
    My hubby has had kidney stones before (once) and he's gained a little weight since then & worried he's starting to get them back (I think hes parinoid bc he's put on a few lbs) I understand his concerns, though. Anyways my questions are : Is it easier for people who have had kidney stones to get them again, as opposed to someone who hasn't? Are there certain foods you must cut out completely from your diet in order to prevent getting them? such as peanut butter, certain meats ect. Or you can have foods such as those but less of them with a healthy active lifestyle and not be so much at risk? Just looking to gain some information for myself to better understand.

    Thanks in advance!.

    • ANSWER:

  35. 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

  36. QUESTION:
    Cheap vegetarian diet with limited taste?
    Looking for a cheap, healthy, non-meat diet...but I've got a pretty limited taste palette (as in, what I can eat without gagging). Here's a general list of what I like:
    -Grains (bread, rice, pasta, cereal, etc.)
    -Dairy (milk, cheese, etc.)
    -Beans
    -Salad greens
    -Carrots
    -Tofu
    -Eggs
    -Potatoes
    -Corn

    And seasoning type stuff like garlic too I like simple soups and foods like plain ramen or pizza too.

    So...any help? I do like eating brown rice and kidney beans, for example, but I can't stand eating it all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      With this list you can have a pretty varied diet. There are so many different kinds of beans and grains you can have different tastes and textures. Try bean burritos with refritos, bean tacos with black beans, nachos made with beans. Lentils make great soup you can put carrots in it and eat with good bread. Have a sandwich with cheese and salad greens. Stir fry with tofu or have you ever tried edamame (steamed fresh soybeans, very tasty)? Of course, salads with cheese and whole grain crackers-try adding some nuts or sunflower seeds for crunch and extra protein. Potato soup can be made with carrots in it.
      I would suggest you try to work more veggies in, that's one area you're pretty limited in. If you make soup and salads you can sneak in a few so you barely taste them-make stir fry with garlic sauce, you won't even know they are in there. If you like carrots have you tried ripe bell peppers ( red, yellow, orange) and sugar peas? they are both sweet like carrots. Not as cheap but a little goes a long way.

  37. QUESTION:
    Whats healthier for my cat has severe kidney disease doesnt want to eat anything a diet high or low in protein
    my 15 year old cat was recently diagnosed with severe kidney disease and its highly important for me to know if its better for me to feed her a diet high in protein consisting only of meat and half cooked liver (she seems to eat this better than other foods) or a diet consisting only of veterinary reccomended Hill's brand canned cat food(which she wont eat). If anyone knows please let me know and if possible also any tips on how i can make her eat more. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      When I took on Cameo she was 15 and at that time I was starting my cats on a raw meat diet, home-prepared with a supplement powder. When her kidneys started to give her problems at around 18 I was told she should have a low protein diet and so I looked into the whole matter. After reading and investigating the "research" on this subject I stuck with the raw diet (high protein). She died at 22 and 1/2 when her kidneys finally gave out. Up to that time she was the marvel of all the vets she saw - bright eyes, fiesty and in very good health.

      The "research" done about lowering protein when kidneys are compromised was done on RATS fifty years ago. There has been nothing since to show that lowering protein helps the kidneys, slows the progress of the disease, or is in any way better for your cat. Still vets won't give it up!

      If your cats likes the meat and liver it will be great for her. She must get calcium supplemented in ground meat. Just the meat alone will throw the calcium/phosphorus level out of balance. The liver is exellent for her as it is a great source of Vitamin A which cats cannot make in their bodies.

      Cameo loved a "treat" of raw liver. There was liver in the raw diet too. Vitamin A is not water-soluble and you can overdose your cat on that - so don't use too much.

      If you want information about the supplement powder I use with the ground organic turkey and ground organic chicken I use for my cats feel free to email me.

  38. QUESTION:
    Could someone check my diet? :) ?
    Okay, so I've been recently searching about good and healthy foods to eat and replace my non-healthy full of sugar foods.

    For breakfast:
    Oatmeal cooked with semi-skimmed milk w/ banana added
    Cherry juice
    A glass of water

    Lunch:
    Boiled red kidney beans w/o salt
    OR
    Oven baked jacketpotato with cheese
    OR
    Cheese/peanutbutter sandwich (wholemeal bread)
    OR
    Rice with asian homemade food

    Dinner:
    Biscuits and green tea

    YELP?
    I go to the gym as well; everyday.
    :)

    • ANSWER:
      You got it up until dinner.
      You're also lacking in some essential nutrient's/ foodgroups: calcium/ dairy, vegetables, proteins and wholegrains. Try this ideal.

      Breakfast:
      3/4 Cup cooked steel cut/ rolled
      250ml/ Cup semi- skimmed milk
      Banana or other serving of fruit (3/4 cup berries, 1/4 cup dried fruit, 1/2 cup canned fruit or applesauce or other medium fresh fruit, e.g. apple/ orange/ etc ..)
      Cup of Cherry juice
      Optional Water.

      Lunch:
      PB&J Sandwhich (on wholewheat breads/ large wrap/ pita/ english muffins/ crumpets or bun/ bagel with 2TBSP natural nut butter and TBSP no added sugar jam/ fruit preserve.)
      Consume with a medium fruit (or 1/2 cup canned fruit/ applesauce or 250ml/ cup fruit juice) and you're choice of either: 250ml/ cup semi- skimmed milk, 1/2 cup greek/ natural yoghurt or 1/2 cup cottage cheese.

      Cup of baked beans with 1/3 cup added shredded cheese with either wholegrain crackers/ wholewheat pita wedges or wholegrain roll (optional 2tsp olive oil/ salt free butter) with your'e choice of either: 1/2 cup crunchy vegetables with 1/4 cup hummus or cottage cheese, side salad with TBSP dressing/ vinagrette, 3/4 cup cooked- steamed vegetables in TBSP olive oil, medium fresh fruit, 1/2 cup canned fruit or applesauce or 250ml/ cup fruit juice.

      3/4 Cup brown/ long grain rice (or couscous/ quinoa or wholewheat durham pasta) with quorn/ soy or tofu (or 3/4 cup beans/ chickpeas/ lentils or 2 egg's anystyle) with vegetable mix and choice of sauce; plum/ terryaki/ soy/ etc ..

      Dinner:
      3-5oz Lean red meat/ lean pork/ chicken/ turkey or fish/ seafood
      3/4 Cup brown or long grain rice, couscous, quinoa, durham wholewheat pasta; or medium yam/ potato
      3/4 Cup steamed- cooked vegetables in TBSP olive oil or side salad with TBSP dressing/ vinagrette.
      Optional 1/4 cup lentils/ beans/ baked beans or chickpeas/ hummus or cottage cheese.

      Hope i'v helped, goodluck!

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    Exercise and diet w/ 15 Yr old skinny male.?
    Okay, another question l0l
    Im about 5'5 to 5'8 (I havent measured myself for awhile)
    I weigh about 95pds at age 15, which is pretty low in my opinion.

    I want to know what kind of diet do I need to gain weight (muscle not fat) hand have a healthy body overall (heart, kidney, brain, etc.)
    I just would like to know what to avoid and what to want.
    Is there certain foods to eat and not when it comes to the 'food groups?'

    Also, when it comes to a work out plan, how should I spread the excerises to do, such as cardio. What kind of exercises should i do? (like push-ups, jobs, etc.)

    thanks~

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    BARF diet for Cats...anyone?
    I have a male adult cat who has been troubled by a horrible illness called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) I was told by the vet he'd end up with cancer in the colon. Yes, he had chronic colitis, a problem in the large intestine which was causing my pet bleed through the rectum and horrible, nonstop diarrhea. My kitty was getting weary of his suffering and I was getting so, so tired of throwing away bed sheets, cleaning after him every day sometimes 2 times a day. I could not sleep well just thinking of what else I could have possibly found dirty in the house. He never went outside the box, but all that blood, with colon mucose coming out he could not control. My cat got to a point where he could not sit down comfortably, and there was bloody diarrhea in his tail, kitchen counter, tables, furniture etc ALL THE TIME.

    I did not want to watch my cat give up and not do anything, so I did some research and finally switched him to a species appropriate diet: cooked or raw meat with bones, organs and probiotics and digestive enzymes. I now am keeping all my cats on the BARF diet, always making sure I get fresh food from animals which were not cured or injected with substances to keep the meat fresh. I also make sure to keep the phosphorus-calcium ratio right, and it's been a year now since I have not seen signs of IBD. My cat’s stools are formed and healthy. My vet says my cat looks incredibly fine.

    So, I just wanted to see how many follow this diet and what you think of it. I am aware of the risks, like toxoplasmosis, but my cat was dying in front of my eyes on Science Diet, Purina, Iams, Prescription foods like Hill's z/d etc, and many, many more expensive commercial foods and not one helped my poor feline. He was on antibiotics and prednisone all the time and nothing ever worked! So, I learned that cats are obligate carnivores and need to eat other animals to live a better life. I have noticed too many cases of IBD, Diabetes, Obesity, UTI, Kidney Disease, and cancer, all because we're feeding species inappropriate foods to our precious pets. The number of sick ones keeps increasing, and we are responsible.

    Anyone trying out this diet? I'd love to hear some of your experiences.
    If anyone is interested, this website I'm about to provide is one of the best and I am a client of them. I encourage everybody to take a look. Their service is high quality. Thank you ladies!

    www.hare-today.com

    • ANSWER:
      When I first was investigating the raw diets I was on groups where people reported that many cats would be "cured" of IBD within 48 hours. I have had no experience of that with my cats so I'm happy to hear another testimonial to the efficacy of a raw meat diet for cat health.

      I too only do a 50% raw diet. Right now I am down to my last frozen "muffin" of raw chicken. No hearts at the store today. When I called the market where I get my turkey parts last week they had just cleaned out the turkeys and thrown away the hearts and livers to use with the turkey.

      Also, having acquired two kittens this summer I am going through the raw meat mixture at double the speed I am used to.

      I do think the diet has extraordinary benefits for cat health.

  42. QUESTION:
    Are you interested in a report on Cancer from the Johns Hopkins Hospital?
    Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins :

    1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer
    cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have
    multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients
    that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after
    treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
    cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable
    size.

    2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a
    person's lifetime.

    3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer
    cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and
    forming tumors.

    4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has
    nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
    but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

    5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
    diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day
    and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

    6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing
    cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells
    in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can
    cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

    7.. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars
    and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

    8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
    reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of
    chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor
    destruction.

    9. When the body has too much toxic burden from
    chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either
    compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb
    to various kinds of infections and complications.

    10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to
    mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy.
    Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other
    sites.

    *CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

    a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made
    with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute
    would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small
    amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in
    color Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

    B. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
    gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting
    off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer
    cells are being starved.

    c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based
    diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat,
    like chicken. Meat also contains livestock
    antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all
    harmful, especially to people with cancer.

    d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole
    grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into
    an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked
    food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live
    enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
    cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
    growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building
    healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most
    vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw
    vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at
    temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

    e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high
    caffeine Green tea is a better alternative e and has cancer
    fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or
    filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap
    water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

    12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
    digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the
    intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic
    buildup.

    13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By
    refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes
    to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the
    body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

    14. Some supplements build up the immune system
    (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals,
    EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy
    cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known
    to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's
    normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or
    unneeded cells.

    15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.
    I know it's a bit long, but I think it's worth the time it takes to read it.
    I know it's a bit long, but I think it's worth the time it takes to read it.

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder how much it cost for the John Hopkins Hospital to finally discover and publish what holistic health practitioners have been saying for decades.

      So this brings us to the question: Are we striving for longevity, or are we just trying to have some control over what method the grim reamer uses to finally take us? That question has to be thought about for a while.

  43. 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..

  44. 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.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me with my homework....?
    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:
      haha help, more like do it for you!

  46. 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!

  47. 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:

  48. QUESTION:
    Will this work? I know it's bad?
    I gained about 15 pounds in the last 8-9 months and now next month is prom and I need to loose about 5-10 pounds. I know there isn't enough time to do a legitimate diet with healthy food and exercise, because I probably won't loose much, so I'm thinking about doing a diet like this:

    around 6:15-6:30 : special k with skim milk and a banana

    around 9:15: 100 calorie pack (yes or no?)

    10:40: for lunch, a grilled cheese sandwich, with no butter/minimal
    OR
    an apple, an orange, and a bottle of water

    1:00: drink some sort of juice/or a yogurt drink (low fat/calories) if time permits

    3:30 : eat a bowl of beans (kidney beans and taco seasoning) with lettuce, cheese, green onions, green pepper, tomatoes.
    or fruits like oranges, banana, grapes, ... if im not too hungry
    OR
    a omelet with some veggies (only egg whites)

    6:30-7:00 : eat dinner, whatever mom makes . but eat until I'm full, not extra

    9:00 : a few fruits

    During The Day
    5-6 bottles of water per day.
    a glass of orange juice
    a glass of skin milk

    Will this routine help me lose weight? I need to lose about 5-10 pounds in exactly a month (by May 15)?
    I know this diet isn't too healthy and might be hard, but I don't think I have time for a real diet, until after schools over, so would this work?

    Any other suggestions I should add in the diet; types of food? additions?

    If not 5-10 pounds, how many pounds would I lose?

    I'm a vegetarian

    Thank You For Your Time.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not being smart but it sounds like you will be eating too much!
      I'd never eat all that in a day!!

  49. QUESTION:
    My new Vet insisted I feed Hills/Science p/d diet to my dogs. Do you think it's good food?
    Is this some kind of joke? I'm a breeder and feed my dogs and puppies excellent human-grade food. The Vet himself told me my current litter is beautiful and so healthy then he turns and asks me what I feed the mother. I told him and he went on to tell me that I should be feeding Hills p/d because it has everything a nursing dog or puppy needs.

    He didn't know the brand of food I feed and asked what it was. I said it was high in protein. He then went on to tell me that dogs don't need a high protein diet and that high protein can even cause kidney damage. (oh yeah all the wolves out there have kidney damage...did you know?)

    I asked what Hills had that my girl needed? He said it was high in protein... LOL.. yes, and high in calcium. I looked at the ingredients. Here they are:

    Hills p/d Ingredients:
    Ground Whole Grain Corn,
    Chicken By-Product Meal,
    Pork Fat,
    Corn Gluten Meal,
    Dried Beet Pulp,
    Brewers Rice,
    Chicken Liver FLAVOR,

    WHY would I want to feed my nursing dog and then puppies that?!!
    He knocks the food I'm feeding, and goes on to tell me how Hills and Iams and Eukanuba are the only companies that do true research on dog foods.

    Is he on drugs or something? I know that corn, by products, and no meat is NOT good for dogs.

    So do you think Vets really believe what they tell us when they tell us to buy the food they sell? Or is it just to make the 40% profit off Hills??
    LOL Kevin.

    Add:
    I sometimes feed raw, when I can afford it. Imagine if I told the Vet that?

    • ANSWER:
      LMAO at least 40%. Seems all Vets are in the dog food business these days.
      I also find it funny the first ingredient listed is CORN. Ya, you do see a lot of
      wolf packs hanging out in the corn fields of Iowa just munching down on some good
      ole ears of corn. I wonder if the prefer it on the cob or like to have it cut away so it
      doesn't get stuck inbetween their teeth. I assume the Beet pulp and Liver FLAVOR
      or kinda like desert after of course getting rid of all that corn. Funny humans
      don't digest corn all that well either

  50. QUESTION:
    was my dinner healthy or not??
    I had to use foods that I had left in the cupboard/freezer for dinner as I have no money till next pay to buy more food.. I tried to make the most healthy thing I could considering, (and I'm on a diet) was this meal ok or not reccomended to often..

    I had 1/5 of a large bag of %50 reduced saturated fat corn chips,
    with a layered dip i made with the following:
    1/5 tin of refried kidney beans with a little taco seasoning,
    1/4 of an avocado mashed,
    1 medium dollop of hommus,
    1/2 diced tomato,
    and very light sprinkle of grated cheese..??

    • ANSWER:
      It was not healthy. You should have definitely substituted a toasted whole grain tortilla for the chips . You should have used real spices instead of the taco seasoning which probably was high in sodium. Refried beans don't sound healthy - some canned kidney beans without sodium that you mash up yourself would have been a better choice. And make your own hummus - so easy to make and much more healthy than the store bought hummus.


Food Recipes For People With Kidney Disease

Diabetes, as you are clearly aware, is an extremely severe disease that impacts the entire human body.|Diabetes, as you are very well aware, is undoubtedly an extremely significant disease which impacts the entire human body. Diabetics ought to stay away from high fat as well as highly processed food items and choose more healthy choices, for example low-fat meats and dairy items, whole-grain food and fresh fruit as well as veggies. Having diabetes is a affliction where the body does not produce sufficient insulin. Insulin is primarily a hormone that converts sugar, starches and additional food into energy that's necessary for us to function on a every day basis. Diabetics cannot consume sugar, but that does not mean that they can't appreciate a few of the same foods every body else does.

Tested recipes for diabetes sufferers can end up being to some degree simpler with the sugar replacements that are obtainable, but a lot of times the food choices are bland as well as unattractive. We need to alter that. Quality recipes for diabetes patients are prepared by trying to keep in your mind the wellness needs of the diabetic person. In the event that you possess a sweet tooth, sugar free dessert recipes can be a fantastic option to treat your tastebuds while not being concerned regarding weight or overall health problems.

You'll find numerous fantastic low calorie, simple to create desserts with excellent flavor and these recipes are a dream come true for folks who can't tolerate sugar or are on calorie-reduced diet programs. Presently there are special methods which create excellent baked items like succulent cheesecakes, pies, cakes with frostings, coffeecakes, cookies, squares, muffins, loaves and a lot more. These quality recipes are excellent for special diets or simply a healthful snack. Staying on a diet plan and eating healthy don't suggest giving up that sweet tooth. Actually, it is very simple to make over a fat-filled, sugar-laced dessert with sugar free items.Right now there are numerous sugar free baking recipes and sugar free fudge recipes readily available for you to prepare many scrumptious, yet realistic desserts.

From diabetic cookie recipes to diabetic cake recipes, you'll be able to discover diabetic dessert recipes to adore here. In addition, many recipes work well with sugar alternatives, and you can easily uncover recommendations on which types work and taste best. We have discovered wonderful books on diabetic food preparation, diabetic recipes , diabetic desserts and actually some diabetic foodstuff (like diabetic chicken recipes} that may all help battle the development of this illness. The figures are growing, the illness is increasing, and regrettably diabetes might be a instrumental element in future generations not yet born.

Fruit cups of mixed fruit is often decorated with non-dairy whipped topping for a simple and colorful dessert. Wedges of kiwi, bananas, chopped up bananas and a scrumptious blend of these fresh fruits are particularly yummy when combined in the enrichment of your preferred flavour of natural yogurt. Fruits contain sugar, yet they are additionally loaded with soluble fibers, which helps slow down the procedure of sugar intake in to the bloodstream. Furthermore, a analysis by UCLA determined that the mixture of a high-fiber and low-fat diet can enhance the body's sensitivity to insulin.


Food Pyramid For Renal Dialysis Diet

Being employed as a dialysis technician is a rewarding job. Within this career you'll be dealing with patients who have what's known as End Stage Kidney Disease, also called ESRD. People who are identified with this particular condition can't remove the waste material created in your body throughout normal metabolic process. A dialysis technician interacts with these individuals, monitoring things like bloodstream pressure, state of mind, and also the dialysis equipment itself.

The Dialysis Technician Is Employed In Varying Settings

You will find varied working conditions a tech can be employed in. The area most associated with a dialysis tech job is of course the hospital. But you will find many standalone hemodialysis centers which exist with the sole purpose of supplying hemodialysis to kidney failure patients. People affected with this particular disease usually require 3 treatments a week. Treatments can last around three or four hrs per session. Throughout these remedies the specialist is going to be monitoring the dialysis patients for just about any potential issues.

Dialysis Technician - What's Required

Really the only requirement to become a dialysis technician is a high school diploma. The better way to enter this job field is to get training at a technical school or junior college. Taking this route enables you to get better initial employment and at a better pay rate.

Dialysis Technician Work Description

Being employed as a dialysis tech requires both both mental and physical aptitudes that will allow you for the job satisfactorily. You can expect to work 40+ hrs a week. The educational aspect requires you to definitely have the ability to determine formulas which are required to mix the harmful chemicals required for hemodialysis and also to in a position to follow doctors orders. About the physical side from the job, you will have to have the ability to push patients around on gurneys if you're your hospital setting.

Overall, being employed as a dialysis technician is really a rewarding career with great pay and benefits. Because the interest in these technicians are rising, increasingly more possibilities will end up available. It will not only open additional slots to become filled, it will likewise create supervisory positions to handle the dialysis specialists. Which only means more chance and cash.

Especially with respect to the retiring baby boomers, this career field will continue to grow steadily for the foreseeable future. Define your future now by becoming a dialysis technician.


Food Diet For Kidney Patients

Infertility affects over 10% of American couple or 5% of the population and increases at alarm rate especially for overweight people. Although convention medication has done its best, but for what ever reasons, 10% of infertile couples are diagnosed with unexplained cause of infertility. It means that the couple is found to be healthy with no structure problem, but conventional medicine has failed to find the causes of infertility, even with its modern technology. In traditional Chinese medicine, infertility is viewed as some tiny micro change that can not be detected by the conventional medicine modern technology that interfere with the natural process of pregnancy. In fact, traditional Chinese medicine views over weight infertility is caused by the typical American diet with high in saturated and trans fat, refined products, artificial ingredients, etc.. leading excessive yang, dampness and phlegm (fat) accumulated in the body, thus affecting the chance of artificial insemination and natural conception.
Raw food diet is yin pathogen and cool in nature (please avoid any raw food with dampness, you can check them in any Chinese food classification site in the Internet). It helps

1. To Increase function of Spleen and stomach in food absorption
As raw food enters the stomach, it cool down the stomach heat and is divided into qi and materials. Qi is absorbed by the Spleen, it reduces the excessive yang slowly, as the Spleen has been damaged by overheat of typical American diet. The materials is cool in nature, it slowdowns the stomach metabolism, leading to weight loss, increasing the stomach function in secreting turbid and promoting the Spleen function in fluid absorption.
2. To decrease dampness and heat
According to traditional Chinese medicine, Overweight American can be caused by typical American diet which contributes to dampness accumulation in the body's organ as a result of kidney abnormal function in fluid distribution and transportation, leading to dampness descenting to abnormal region that distorts the normal conception. As the abundance of dampness, it generates heat that effects the immune function in fighting against bacteria and virus invasion , forming og free radical and abnormal immune allergenic reaction to harmfulness materials.

3. To increase blood formation and transportation
As the Spleen no longer function normally in qi distribution due to yang and dampness nature of the typical American diet, it causes liver qi stagnation that reduces the function of blood formation and storing as well as decreasing the heart in blood circulation.

4. To increase blood to abdomen
As the excessive yang and dampness slowly decreasing, it increases the kidney function in regulating the blood flow to uterus for promoting natural conception during menstrual cycle as a result of qi and blood are no longer stagnated.

Raw food diet can not cure the excessive yang and dampness overnight, but at least it reduces them, thus increasing the chance of hormone, leading to fertility. Sometimes in the road, the yin and yang will come hamorization.
If you are pregnant by eating raw, it means that you body has provided at least a suitable environment for conception. You should replace your raw food diet with steamed or boiled foods, because you baby need to be warmed by blood and nutrients transporting to the uterus. Intake of raw foods may increase the risk of cool uterus, leading to miscarriage.

For how to get pregnant with traditional Chinese medicine, please visit
Reverse Infertility & Get Pregnant Naturally Using Holistic Ancient Chinese Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Any special diet for kidney dialysis patients?
    Is there restriction on water and food intake? Any specific food that they should avoid? Any difference in diet for pertoneal dialysis or hemo patient?

    • ANSWER:
      I am a hemo patient and have to follow a strict diet. First you need to watch fluid intake (how much depends on your size and if you still have function left in your kidneys). For me I usually try to limit my fluid intake to 1.5 litres a day.
      You also really need to watch how much potassium you eat. This is by far the most dangerous since if your levels get too high it could stop your heart. You really need to watch eating things such as oranges, potatoes (you can soak the potatoes all day draining the water occasionally, or double boil them to get some of the potassium out), tomatoes, sport drinks etc.
      Also Phosphate is another thing you need to limit which is pretty much all dairy products. You can take a phosphate binder (calcium carbonate) during your meals to bind the phosphate.
      If you are currently on dialysis you should have access to a dietitian which could help you set up a healthy renal diet.
      I do believe that if you are on peritoneal dialysis the limitations are not as bad since you do the exchanges every night opposed to 3 times a week with hemo.
      Hope this helps.

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    why is it important for kidney dialysis patients to not have saturated fat? Coconut oil?
    Is extra virgin coconut oil (a medium chain saturated fat) exceptable? I read that virgin coconut oil helps with heart & kidney protection & control diabetic insulin levels. I read this in Bruce Fife's book "The coconut oil miracle" Bruce Fife is certified nutritionist & naturopathic doctor.

    I get a lot of confict reading on the coconut oil & kidney dialysis patients diet subject, I have read coconut oil should be avoided as it is a saturated fat but it is different as medium chain fatty acid & was not properly researched in virgin form in earlier nutritional study articles, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even included coconut oil on its exclusive GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) list.

    Below are the conflicting articles

    http://www.coconut-oil-central.com/coconut-oil-kidney-diseases.html

    http://www.health.qld.gov.au/nutrition/resources/renal_heamo.pdf
    I read virgin coconut oil lowers cholesterol
    http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com/features/cocgood.html

    • ANSWER:
      Dialysis patients should follow a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. These patients are considered the group at greatest risk for development of coronary artery disease. They often have increases in serum triglycerides and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Although they must eat a relatively high-calorie diet to spare protein, patients on dialysis should avoid foods that raise triglycerides and cholesterol concentrations.

      http://www.nutritionmd.org/health_care_providers/cardiovascular/hyperlipidemia.html

      I cannot stress enough how important it is for dialysis patients to eat right. This would have been part of the patient teaching when it was decided for you to be on dialysis.

      UPDATE:
      Thank you Gary B. for pointing out the facts. Listen, you are on dialysis. What more do you need to know about taking care of yourself? There are things dialysis patients should not eat because of increased risk factors of not only during dialysis and your health in general, but also but also complications due to your KIDNEY FAILURE! If you choose to listen to QUAKS like Gary B. says, then you too are also the failure. I'm sure this neuro-whatever doctor knows what he's talking about. Ignore the true experts.....

      Consider the credibility of your sources.

  4. QUESTION:
    Why is there no LOW PROTEIN section in Food Store for CKD patients?
    I have CKD (chronic kidney disease) and find it difficult to find food items with no or very low protein in grocery stores. Most people are unaware they have CKD untill its too late. A simple blood test, Creatinine and BUN, will indicate CKD if repeatedly elivated. Also, Protein in your urine is a disclosing factor, although extreme exercise can show a trace of protein in your urine.An ultra low protein diet can help delay or avoid dialysis. Nobody seems to know this!!

    • ANSWER:
      There is a low protein section - it's called fruit and produce. Other wise just read the nutrition labels. If you are not sure how to read the labels or what to do with the information, make an appointment with a dietician.

  5. QUESTION:
    I am a kidney patient for past 7 yrs, 31 yrs old. Due to high dose of medicine and restricted diet suffering?
    with severe gum bleeding and gum swelling. Teeth are becoming loose and drifting apart. Tried all dental treatments but no cure. Any suggestion to overcome this problem unable to eat or chew any hard food too. Suffering with Gingivitis and pyria gum disease. Pls help.

    • ANSWER:
      Your problems need to be treated medically because the problem is with your bones themselves, not your teeth per se. I too am a kidney dialysis patient and my nephrologist has prescribed several medications for my bones. I'm on Zemplar and Sensipar and my doctor has just added Fosamax for my bones because I now have more problems with my bones and teeth caused by my kidney failure.

      See your nephrologist as soon as possible. Before I was diagnosed, I had all of the symptoms with my teeth that you have described, but now all of that has abated with treatment.

  6. QUESTION:
    I need a cookbook for a post-kidney transplant patient.?
    My stepdad had a kidney transplant & is on a very strict diet! He can't exceed 100 mg. of potassium in one meal. It has been very, very hard to find foods that he can have. To give you an example of some foods:
    1/4 cup of lettuce = 60 mg. potassium.
    For lunch the other day, he was only able to eat 1 hard boiled egg & 3 dry tortilla chips. He has already lost 45 lbs. (20 of that being his 2 kidneys). He doesn't have any more weight to lose!! The doctors have told us to look online for recipes!! The Dietician only had a long list of foods that he can't eat and a very short list of foods that he can. There's isn't a book in the bookstore that is related to post-kidney transplant. I can't believe how hard it has been to find something. It's really unbelievable. Does anyone know of a cookbook for kidney transplant patients - LOW POTASSIUM!! Has anyone been in this situation? The doctors aren't helpful at all.

    • ANSWER:
      I feel sure you have searched the net--but I did find 1 web site--of the kidney foundation. Check it out. It gives some low potassium foods and also how you can use water to soak some foods--to leach some of the potassium out of the foods. The doctor or a dietitian should have given you more information???? This might take some reasearch--rather a cookbook. Good Luck.

      http://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozItem.cfm?id=103

      http://www.buzzle.com/articles/low-potassium-diet.html

      http://www.davita.com/diet-and-nutrition/diet-basics/a/479

      These web sites might say the same thing or similar--but I have found that if more than 1 website says the same thing--there is more chance of it being correct--but if you can find only one web site saying something--I tend to wonder if it is a true fact.
      Note the serving size--and the leaching of some foods to remove some of the potassium.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can you list any foods that either lower your potassium or have no potassium?
    Need diet info for kidney transplant patient that needs to reduce potassium intake.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know of any foods that lower your potassium. Almost all foods contain potassium; hHowever, there are low potassium foods. They include:
      apples
      apple juice
      broccoli
      strawberries
      blueberries
      raspberries
      pineapple
      cauliflower
      canned fruit
      cabbage
      mustard greens
      plums
      pasta
      bread if you avoid whole grains

      You can even lower the potassium in certain foods by leaching them so I have included that information here as well:
      http://www.kidney.org/ATOZ/atozItem.cfm?id=103

      Here are also some sites that might help you:
      http://www.ucsfhealth.org/adult/edu/lowPotassiumDiet/index.html
      http://www.davita.com/article/diet_nutrition/479
      http://en.allexperts.com/q/Special-Diets-768/Low-potassium-foods-vegetables.htm

      Here are some low potassium recipes:
      http://www.mrsdash.com/MDrecipes/recipe-search-results.cfm?list=Low-Potassium-Recipes
      http://www.davita.com/recipes/

  8. 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

  9. QUESTION:
    Are you interested in a report on Cancer from the Johns Hopkins Hospital?
    Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins :

    1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer
    cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have
    multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients
    that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after
    treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
    cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable
    size.

    2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a
    person's lifetime.

    3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer
    cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and
    forming tumors.

    4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has
    nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
    but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

    5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
    diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day
    and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

    6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing
    cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells
    in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can
    cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

    7.. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars
    and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

    8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
    reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of
    chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor
    destruction.

    9. When the body has too much toxic burden from
    chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either
    compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb
    to various kinds of infections and complications.

    10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to
    mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy.
    Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other
    sites.

    *CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

    a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made
    with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute
    would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small
    amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in
    color Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

    B. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
    gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting
    off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer
    cells are being starved.

    c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based
    diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat,
    like chicken. Meat also contains livestock
    antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all
    harmful, especially to people with cancer.

    d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole
    grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into
    an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked
    food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live
    enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
    cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
    growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building
    healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most
    vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw
    vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at
    temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

    e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high
    caffeine Green tea is a better alternative e and has cancer
    fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or
    filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap
    water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

    12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
    digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the
    intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic
    buildup.

    13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By
    refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes
    to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the
    body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

    14. Some supplements build up the immune system
    (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals,
    EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy
    cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known
    to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's
    normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or
    unneeded cells.

    15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.
    I know it's a bit long, but I think it's worth the time it takes to read it.
    I know it's a bit long, but I think it's worth the time it takes to read it.

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder how much it cost for the John Hopkins Hospital to finally discover and publish what holistic health practitioners have been saying for decades.

      So this brings us to the question: Are we striving for longevity, or are we just trying to have some control over what method the grim reamer uses to finally take us? That question has to be thought about for a while.

  10. 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:

  11. QUESTION:
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan ?
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan
    by Shahid Athar, M.D.

    Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

    Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, it is beneficial for one's entire life. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

    The only difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water during this period is not bad at all and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

    The physiological effect of fasting includes lower of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on "Health and Ramadan", held in Casablanca, entered 50 research papers from all over the world, from Muslim and non-Muslim researchers who have done extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients' health or baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not try to fast.

    There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, "If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting.'" This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes.

    There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in output. There are 10 extra calories output for each rikat of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory. Therefore, I encourage my Muslim patients to fast in the month of Ramadan, but they must do it under medical supervision. Healthy adult Muslims should not fear becoming weak by fasting, but instead it should improve their health and stamina.

    • ANSWER:
      That was very interesting. I worked for four years in an Elementary school as an EMT. We had many Muslim students. Being children they spent a lot of time in my office during their lunch hour complaining they were hungry and or had headaches. I felt for them, after all they are just children and felt embarrassed in front of their peers. It was very rare that any student was happy with the idea of fasting - but they all survived.

      As a Catholic, I too have days of fasting and it drives my kids crazy. They too survive.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is left for me to say.....?
    I typed up a report on diabetes, it is supposed to be 6 pages dubble spaced, but now i don't know what else to put, all i need is a half a page more. Thank you!

    Diabetes Type 1
    Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. People with diabetes have problems using food for energy. After a meal, carbohydrates in food are broken down into a sugar called glucose, which is carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Cells require insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, to help use blood glucose for energy. People develop diabetes because the pancreas does not make enough insulin or because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not respond to insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy.
    Prior to 1997, the type of diabetes typically diagnosed in young people was called juvenile diabetes or type 1. Diabetes emerging in adults was called adult-onset diabetes or type 2. Then in 1997, the official names of the types were changed to type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in children (after asthma). About 13,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Patients with type 1 diabetes make up about 5 percent of all cases of diabetes. It most commonly appears in girls and boys when they are about 14 years old. Usually, type 1 diabetes is first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults but it can occur at any age. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. As a result, the pancreas does not make insulin, a hormone which helps use blood sugar (glucose) for energy. The cells become starved of energy and there is an excess of glucose in the blood. People with Type 1 diabetes must have daily injections of insulin to live. Proper diet, exercise and home blood sugar monitoring are essential to manage the disease. Food and exercise must also be balanced because of the risk of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and hyperglycemia, high blood sugar. Both are life threatening concerns. When hypoglycemia develops, cells are not getting enough glucose. Confusion, loss of consciousness, comma and death results when the brain is deprived of glucose for too long. Hyperglycemia and prolonged absence of insulin may lead to ketoacidosis, the accumulation of ketones in the blood when the body uses fat for energy instead of glucose. Ketones make the blood acidic and slow down all body functions. Like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia can also lead to comma and death. The only cure available today for type 1 diabetes is a pancreas transplant, which is rarely done. Because both pancreas transplants and kidney transplants require lifelong use of powerful drugs to suppress immune reactions that can reject the organs, pancreatic transplants are usually done to those with type 1 diabetes who also need a kidney transplant. The side effects of immune- suppressive drugs can be severe and even worse than the disease. One or two people out of every 10 who get the surgery die within a year. Also the new pancreas is rejected by half of the people who get this operation. If the transplant fails, diabetes returns. Recently, experimental treatments with stem cells have shown some promise. For most people, type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease that can be effectively managed with insulin.

    Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
    •Urinates frequently. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream by flushing out the extra glucose in urine. A child with diabetes needs to urinate more frequently and in larger volumes.
    •Is abnormally thirsty. Because the child is loosing so much fluid from peeing so much, he or she becomes very thirsty to help avoid becoming dehydrated. A child who has developed diabetes drinks a lot in an attempt to keep the level of body water normal.
    •Loses weight. (or fails to gain weight as he or she grows) in spite of a good appetite. Kids and teens who develop type 1 diabetes may have an increased appetite, but often lose weight. This is because the body breaks down muscle and stored fat in an attempt the provide fuel to the hungry cells.
    •Often feels tired. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy properly.

    But in some cases, other symptoms may be the signal that something is wrong. Sometimes the first sign of diabetes is bedwetting in a child who has been dry at night. The possibility of diabetes should also be suspected if a vaginal yeast infection (also called a Candida infection) occurs in a girl who hasn’t started puberty yet. If these early symptoms of diabetes aren’t recognized and treatment isn’t started, chemicals called ketones can build up in the child’s blood and cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fruity- smelling breath, breathing problems; even loss of consciousness. Sometimes these symptoms are mistaken f

    • ANSWER:
      Watch out on using advice from yahoo answers if truthfulness is graded. While 80% of type 2's are overweight, only 18% of obese people are diabetic.

  13. 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

  14. QUESTION:
    HOMEOSTASIS LAB QUESTIONS HELP :( ?
    Hi! I have a homeostasis lab I need for my course to get into Uni and my teacher forgot to provide me with the notes... I have been looking for anwers online but it is hard, so I was wondering if you guys could help me please

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    Homeostasis Lab Questions

    1) Fluid is collected from 3 areas of normal kidney

    COMPONENT//BLOOD (PLASMA)//FILTRATE(BOWMANS)//URINE
    urea//0.030//0.030//2.00
    uric acid//0.004//0.004//0.05
    glucose//0.100//0.100//0.00
    amino acids//0.050//0.050//0.00
    salt//0.720//0.720//1.50
    protein//8.00//0.00//0.00

    A) Explain the change in uric acid concentration (filtrate --> urine)
    B) Explain why glucose + amino acids are in the filtrate but not urine
    C) Why do salts rise in concentration?
    D) Why are proteins not found in the filtrate or urine?

    2) 4 groups of male rats are studied

    GROUP//STARTING MASS (AVG)//MASS AFTER 2 WEEKS (AVG)//FINAL O2 CONSUMPTION
    *diet A//310g//312g//4.0 mL/kg/min
    ______//320g//309g//10.1mL/kg/min
    ______//318g//340g//2.7mL/kg/min
    ______//315g//400g//2.0mL/kg/min

    *dietA: normal (complete)
    dietB: normal + thyroxine
    dietC: normal + drug to kill thyroxine
    dietD: normal minus (-) iodine
    SORT THE DIETS INTO THEIR PROPER GROUPS AND EXPLAIN

    3) A rare virus detroys cells in the anterior pituitary gland, explain the effects a person with the virus would experience (with respect to blood sugar)

    4) A doctor notes that a patient is very active and does not need a coat in January! their daily food intake is well above average. which hormone is out of balance? how do you know?

    ---------------------------
    thanks so much for all your help I really really really appreciate it so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm doing your homework for you, am I?
      Take these answers with a grain of salt; make sure to check with your classmates and recommended texts for conformity.

      1. Couldn't be bothered looking it all up - just go to a chapter on renal physiology. The short answer is, desirable molecules in the filtrate (such as glucose and AA) get actively reabsorbed in the tubules, while undesirable ones (like uric acid / urate and other salts) increase in concentration as the solvent (water) is reabsorbed while they are left behind. Proteins larger than ~50kD are too big to be filtered through the glomerulus

      2. Increased thyroxine = increased O2 consumption and loss of weight.
      Decreased thyroxine = opposite; "killing" thyroxine will have a more pronounced effect than an iodine-free diet.
      So:i = dietB ii = dietD iii = dietC

      3. Hypoglycaemia (low sugar). Both ACTH and GH have relatively hyperglycaemic effects - absence of these leads to the opposite.

      4. Thyroxine is out of balance (specifically hyperthyroid). You would know because the doctor would give you the diagnosis. The doctor would know by: obtaining a pertinent history; examining the patient and finding physical signs of hyperthyroidism / thyrotoxicosis; ordering thyroid function tests and antibody assays

  15. QUESTION:
    Why in Malaysia the doctor don't allow us to take vitamin and supplement? What do you thinks about this?
    What are vitamins?
    Vitamins are substances that your body needs to work properly and keep you in good health. Most vitamins cannot be made by the body, so they have to be provided by your diet in small regular amounts.1
    Why do I need vitamins?
    Your body uses vitamins to do a number of things, including building and maintaining tissues and organs. Vitamins provide energy, boost the immune system, keep skin healthy and help keep the brain and nervous system in good working order.2
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    DRUGS are chemicals that can prevent, prolong the life, treat other effects of a health condition, improve the quality of life, and/or cure ailments and diseases, or alter the function of any part or chemicals inside the body. These drugs have approved therapeutic claims.
    Drug Side Effects
    A side effect is usually regarded as an undesirable secondary effect which occurs in addition to the desired therapeutic effect of a drug or medication. Side effects may vary for each individual depending on the person's disease state, age, weight, gender, ethnicity and general health.
    Side effects can occur when commencing, decreasing/increasing dosages, or ending a drug or medication regimen. Side effects may also lead to non-compliance with prescribed treatment.Medication
    A medication or medicine is a drug taken to cure and/or ameliorate any symptoms of an illness or medical condition, or may be used as preventive medicine that has future benefits but does not treat any existing or pre-existing diseases or symptoms.
    (Redirected from Adverse effect (medicine))
    In medicine, an adverse effect is a harmful and undesired effect resulting from a medication or other intervention such as surgery. An adverse effect may be termed a "side effect", when judged to be secondary to a main or therapeutic effect, and may result from an unsuitable or incorrect dosage or procedure, which could be due to medical error. Adverse effects are sometimes referred to as "iatrogenic" because they are generated by a physician/treatment. Some adverse effects only occur only when starting, increasing or discontinuing a treatment. Using a drug or other medical intervention which is contraindicated may increase the risk of adverse effects. Adverse effects may cause medical complications of a disease or procedure and negatively affect its prognosis. They may also lead to non-compliance with a treatment regimen.
    The harmful outcome is usually indicated by some result such as morbidity, mortality, alteration in body weight, levels of enzymes, loss of function, or as a pathological change detected at the microscopic, macroscopic or physiological level. It may also be indicated by symptoms reported by a patient. Adverse effects may cause a reversible or irreversible change, including an increase or decrease in the susceptibility of the individual to other chemicals, foods, or procedures, such as drug interactions.
    ...................................................................................................
    Chemotherapy
    The overall impact of chemotherapy on cancer survival can be difficult to estimate, since improved cancer screening, prevention (e.g. anti-smoking campaigns), and detection all influence statistics on cancer incidence and mortality. In the United States, overall cancer incidence rates were stable from 1995 through 1999, while cancer death rates decreased steadily from 1993 through 1999.[1] Again, this likely reflects the combined impact of improved screening, prevention, and treatment. Nonetheless, cancer remains a major cause of illness and death, and conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy has proven unable to cure most cancers after they have metastasized.

    As is obvious from their origins, the above cancer chemotherapies are essentially poisons.

    Side-effects
    The treatment can be physically exhausting for the patient. Current chemotherapeutic techniques have a range of side effects mainly affecting the fast-dividing cells of the body. The most common side effects include (dependent on the agent):[citation needed]
    Pain, Erythema, Nausea, Diarrhea or constipation, Anemia,Malnutrition
    Hair loss, Memo
    relax...laa..red thin line...I don't talk too much I type too much...so how can I shut down.... I only can off the lap top that's means I sleep...

    • ANSWER:
      they want to keep people ill... so they can get continues income.

  16. QUESTION:
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan ?
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan
    by Shahid Athar, M.D.

    Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

    Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, it is beneficial for one's entire life. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

    The only difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water during this period is not bad at all and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

    The physiological effect of fasting includes lower of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on "Health and Ramadan", held in Casablanca, entered 50 research papers from all over the world, from Muslim and non-Muslim researchers who have done extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients' health or baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not try to fast.

    There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, "If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting.'" This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes.

    There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in output. There are 10 extra calories output for each rikat of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory. Therefore, I encourage my Muslim patients to fast in the month of Ramadan, but they must do it under medical supervision. Healthy adult Muslims should not fear becoming weak by fasting, but instead it should improve their health and stamina.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not Muslim but I do follow your writings and thank you for posting here. You are very informative. Some might grumble about your posts because it'd be a stretch to call them questions but I do believe (and hope) most would agree that it's all ok.

      Best wishes to you.

  17. QUESTION:
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan ?
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan
    by Shahid Athar, M.D.

    Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

    Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, it is beneficial for one's entire life. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

    The only difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water during this period is not bad at all and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

    The physiological effect of fasting includes lower of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on "Health and Ramadan", held in Casablanca, entered 50 research papers from all over the world, from Muslim and non-Muslim researchers who have done extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients' health or baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not try to fast.

    There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, "If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting.'" This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes.

    There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in output. There are 10 extra calories output for each rikat of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory. Therefore, I encourage my Muslim patients to fast in the month of Ramadan, but they must do it under medical supervision. Healthy adult Muslims should not fear becoming weak by fasting, but instead it should improve their health and stamina.

    • ANSWER:
      Studies conducted on Ramadan-type fasting (RTF) have shown that fasting affects human biochemistry. Such fasting results in an increase in serum lipids and uric acid, though the latter has no adverse health effects. Long term effects, such as an increase in HDL cholesterol and a decrease in LDL cholesterol, have been observed with Ramadan fasting.

      A decrease in blood glucose, actate and pyruvate, has also been observed, possibly indicating alterations in metabolic activities. Basal metabolism also slows down, and fat is used more efficiently during such fasting. During fasting, the liver responds with adaptive changes in metabolic activities. The increased activities of enzymes involved in the degradation as well as the production of glucose suggest that RTF enhances nutrition and energy metabolism. There is no conclusive evidence whether the weight of an individual is affected positively or negatively by Ramadan style fasting.


First Signs Of Kidney Problems

The existence of kidney stones could be a seriously agonizing experience for an individual dealing with a kidney stone attack. It can be hard to personal identify if you do not know the signs and symptoms that accompany the kidney stone attack.

There might be numerous reasons for you to have kidney stone so if you're among the individuals prone to the disease you ought to be cautious and then try to avoid the condition. It's also wise to be aware of the signs of kidney stone to ensure that should you experience any kind of signs and symptoms you will get your self treated as quickly as possible.

An early recognition of the disease might help someone stop further more serious issues to the urinary system. If you feel you have kidney stones make sure to talk to your physician, who'll show you as to the greatest treatment available to you.

It's not necessary that everybody dealing with kidney stone issues will have exactly the same signs and symptoms; the patient can get any kind of mixture of common signs and symptoms, or perhaps in certain cases just about all signs and symptoms together. Make sure to look for any of the subsequent signs and symptoms that usually impact a person with this ailment.
The primary sign for stones in the kidney is actually discomfort in the back region or even the pelvic. This particular discomfort ranges from dull discomfort to serious discomfort depending on the size of the stone.

The pain sensation may become agonizing if your stone is actually obstructing the ureter and preventing fluids from moving through. Occasionally pain relievers will give you short-term alleviation, however this sort of discomfort shouldn't be overlooked, and treatment ought to be supplied at the earliest.

The existence of blood within the pee is yet another characteristic of kidney stones, particularly if associated with discomfort in the back and pelvic region. If you are in pain take a look at your urine, you may be able to see signs and symptoms of blood inside it or even the pee might be an unusual colour. This is a sign for alarm which should not be overlooked.

An additional characteristic of it is trouble peeing, if you find peeing an unpleasant experience or even really feel the burning feeling during or even following peeing, talk to your physician, this may be because of damage caused by a stone in the ureter as well as due to an obstruction of the ureter due to a stone.

A UTI brought on by stones within the kidney will make you feverish and trigger chills, this can be a manifestation of contamination in your body which is most likely that stones within the kidney are resulting in the infection.

They are a few main indications of a lingering stone within the kidney problem; you may be going through any of the above mentioned signs and symptoms or perhaps a mixture of a few of the signs and symptoms. You need to know your body and really should seek advice from a physician if you see something unusual. Getting treatment at the earliest is the greatest reaction you can have for yourself if you are suffering through any kind of medical issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    First signs of kidney disease?
    I have a strong family history of kidney problems and am very concerned about developing kidney disease, especially since I have had numerous problems in the last 2 months. I just wanted to know what to look out for in the future. For anyone who has kidney disease, what were your first symptoms? Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Well the first signs will come from blood tests, obviously, but from an observable symptom stand point here is what I experienced:

      The first sign is having to sleep more or increased fatigue. This could be brought on by the increased toxins in the blood or a decrease in your red blood cell count as a result of the failing kidneys (anemia). Loss of concentration is also a result of this.

      Swelling the in the legs is a sign that the kidneys are near their end since they can no longer keep up with removing fluids from the body.

      Frothy urine is also an early symptom. Frothy urine means you're passing protein. If it happens periodically, it's nothing to worry about but if it happens all the time you could have a proteinurea.

  2. QUESTION:
    Having kidney problems and am being ignored?
    During my past pregnancies I have had pyelonephritis, moderate hydronephrosis due to the babies obstructing the right ureter. First pregnancy obstruction occured on both. In each time my perinatologist brought in a urologist and could not see the obstruction so a pyelogram was done that confirmed it. My lab test were always normal except for having pyelonephritis. This last pregnancy I have been having severe right flank pain and went to the er and they diagnosed Pyelonephritis. I was put on propholactic antibiotics and still the flank pain has been so unbearable I keep going back to triage. I spoke with nurses and my doctors and the perinatologist I was seen by this time said I did have signs of kidney problems but don't know what to do. My doctor wanted to do a c-section but amnio pg/PI test were negative. I saw him today and he said he will not deliver until 39 weeks. He has seen me screaming in pain at the hospital. He said he wants another amnio before he will deliver. why?

    • ANSWER:
      I can only imagine your frustration with this situation, however, I am not quite sure I understand why you think you are being ignored. It sounds as though you have been to numerous health care providers who are taking your concerns seriously. C-sections have a set of risks associated with them and I think a good doctor would not want to do one without assuring that it is best for the baby as well as the mother. Though I am not familiar with your condition and you don't mention how far along you are now, I think it is a good thing your doctor is reluctant to do a c-section any sooner than 39 weeks without the necessary test results he feels make it necessary. It is your right as a patient to get a second opinion, especially if the health care professionals you have seen recently do not know what to do for your condition. It may be best to contact your doctor for clarification as to why he wants another amnio (which also has risks associated with it, as you well know) before he will deliver. He is really the only one who can accurately answer the question.

  3. QUESTION:
    Early signs of kidney disease?
    I already asked this question once, but I need more answers. I'm 24 years old and lately I have been really worried that I'm developing kidney disease. I have a strong family history of kidney problems and have had a lot of problems myself in the last 2 months. In the last 2 months, I have had a UTI, a kidney stone removed, and 2 kidney infections. I also had a CAT scan a week and a half ago and was told that my left kidney looked pretty swollen. The symptoms I've had for the last 2 months are: noticeable blood in my urine, bubbly or foamy looking urine, severe pain in my left side which radiates to my back, nausea almost all the time, weight loss, feeling cold all the time, very itchy skin, craving more salty foods and feeling worn out all the time even when I haven't done anything. I have read a little bit about kidney disease and have read that all of these things can be symptoms. I'm worried that with my family history and all of these symptoms that I might be developing kidney disease. I do have a follow-up appointment with my urologist next week. I plan to ask him about all of this since none of it is getting better. If anyone has any experience with kidney disease, what were your first symptoms? Does this sound like kidney disease or could it be something else? I would really appreciate any personal experiences or advice. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      im sorry to say that blood in urine + protein in urine is a marker for kidney damage of some sort. Flank pain + itchy skins pretty much nails it. I also have kidney problems. Weight loss comes from the foamy urine. foam comes from the protein loss in the urine. Feeling cold from low hemoglobin. From all the symptoms you described i am 100% sure something is wrong with your kidneys. But there are many conditions that can cause kidney damage. I dont know if your symptoms is caused by a disease or damage from infection/stones. Dont get too sad if you have kidney disease. There are many ways which you can decrease the progression rate such as: 1)to limit your protein intake while increasing carbs, 2) lower salty food intakes, 3) exercise + healthy diet (people with renal disease usually die from heart problems rather than kidney failure), 4) use of medications such as ace inhibitors (decreases pressure in kidney vascular system). and more.

  4. QUESTION:
    Early signs of kidney disease? Need advice!?
    I'm 24 years old and lately I have been really worried that I'm developing kidney disease. I have a strong family history of kidney problems and have had a lot of problems myself in the last 2 months. In the last 2 months, I have had a UTI, a kidney stone removed, and 2 kidney infections. I also had a CAT scan a week and a half ago and was told that my left kidney looked pretty swollen. The symptoms I've had for the last 2 months are: noticeable blood in my urine, bubbly or foamy looking urine, severe pain in my left side which radiates to my back, nausea almost all the time, weight loss, feeling cold all the time, very itchy skin, craving more salty foods and feeling worn out all the time even when I haven't done anything. I have read a little bit about kidney disease and have read that all of these things can be symptoms. I'm worried that with my family history and all of these symptoms that I might be developing kidney disease. I do have a follow-up appointment with my urologist next week. I plan to ask him about all of this since none of it is getting better. If anyone has any experience with kidney disease, what were your first symptoms? Does this sound like kidney disease or could it be something else? I would really appreciate any personal experiences or advice. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, just wait til you see your specialist. try not to stress they will tell you what to do.

      ask your family and relatives- but also keep in mind moderm medicine gets more advanced every year.

  5. QUESTION:
    kidney problems at the age of 17?
    i kinda worried i hade a sign of a uti and four days later i went to the doctors it came out negative,now i hade a uti for the first time last year that left my bed and scream pain for 3 days until i got to see a doctor,my family history doesn't have anything with kidneys problems
    but i was put on a antibiotic for the 3 days yesterday was my last for it,but pain in my lower side were my kidney not serious and the second day i was peeing it was cloudy but not so stingy,when i did it pee test they didn't send it to the lab so i don't wants going on :( i really would not like to be told it a sign of a kidney stone.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had kidney infections since I was 15 and kidney stones and both kinds of cysts. If I were you I would get a pitcher that your mom uses to mix Kool-aid or juice in and fill it with two quarts of water, distilled water preferably. At Wal-mart it is the water with the purple cap on it. Also, very important, drink lots of cranberry juice even though you might not like it. Also if you can get someone to buy you pomegranate juice drink that too. Pomegranate juice will kill germs on contact and cranberry juice has the ability to keep the "walls" of your bladder "clean" so germs don't stick to it and cause you trouble. Cleans the kidneys too. Another really important thing to drink is when you wake up in the morning get half a lemon and an 8 ounce glass of cold water. Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and don't add any sugar. Drink it all down quickly and then don't eat or drink anything for 30 minutes to give this a chance to really clean your bladder and kidneys. Cut out all caffeine, sugar, cake, candy, chocolate, cocoa, and actually lower your protein intake a little especially reduce your amount of meat right now. Eat lots more fruits and vegies with no dip.

  6. QUESTION:
    what is causing my swollen ankles and could it be seriouse?
    I sit at a desk most of the day and by the time I get home my feet and ankles are almost double their normal size. I don't have high or low blood pressure because I had that checked out just last week. It doesn't hurt at all, I'm just worried because I heard that it could be signs of heart or kidney problems. I'm 22 years old. Could this just be water retention or something more seriouse. Should I make and appointment to see my GP or should I first try to drink more water and see if it goes away on its own.

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like u got a bit of fulid there go 2 the docs if u get chance just 2 check it out but dont think it anything 2 serious

  7. QUESTION:
    Bad Liver & Kidney Health due to Excedrin?
    I suffer from sever migraines. I have had them my entire life. I've had every test and scan performed and have been stuck on every prescription drug possible and nothing works nor have they found a cause for them. The only thing that works is taking 3 excedrin at the first felt sign of a migraine. Unfortunately, this comes almost on a daily basis which will likely result for me in sever liver and kidney problems in the future. I understand this is a band-aid for a much larger and unknown problem (likely stress) however I really don't have much choice as having migraines is almost incapacitating. What vitamins or solutions will work to at least help my liver and kidneys as I do sometimes experience slight tenderness in my lower back? Does anyone know an alternative to taking high doses of acetaminophen and aspirin? I am 21 years old and an Intel Analyst deployed to Iraq so my options are limited.

    • ANSWER:
      Edit- Is it possible that you could be having caffeine withdrawal headaches? Excedrin has caffeine in it , I believe. So your body could be crying out "I need caffeine", you give it excedrin and it gets its "fix" of caffeine. The answer would be to cut back on caffeine (soda pop, coffee, tea, no doz, etc).

      (Nicotine also, because it causes a similar addiction and narrows the small arteries).

      Some prescription meds might cause headaches.

      Dehydration (not drinking enough fluids) might cause headaches.

      Diabetes (high blood glucose) might cause headaches.

      High cholesterol or high blood pressure might cause headaches.

      Carbon monoxide from a bad furnace might cause headaches.

      Food allergy/addiction might cause headaches.

      You could try google searching "Dr. Max Gerson" and "Gerson diet". This doctor had debilitating migraines that he cured...mostly with a diet of organic fruit and vegetable juices. Later he went on to try his diet for other patients with migraines and other people's ailments. Johnny Guenther had a brain tumor and it shrank while he was on this diet (see the book "Death Be Not Proud" at the library). There are books he wrote on this too that you can get at a library, bookstore, ebay or amazon. Now his daughter is about 60 or older and she lectures on her father's work.

      You could also try an elimination diet for food allergies to see if it is from something that you are eating. Usually you start with a bland food like rice only for a day or so, then add one item and so forth until you can see what might be causing the problem. Google search "food allergy elimination diet" and see what comes up. Usually you are often allergic to whatever food you crave overly much...that is a clue...a sort of food addiction/allergy.

      As for you back, that might be something totally unrelated to your kidneys. It could be your back itself.

      Vegetarian diets can lower cholesterol (if you eliminate or reduce dairy also) and help to reverse vein and artery clogging that might be causing this and maybe also check your blood pressure and your blood glucose levels for diabetes (diabetics get headaches when their blood sugar is high).

      Also there is a pain elimination diet called "anti-inflammatory diet" to reduce or eliminate pain in general by reducing foods that help make body chemicals that cause pain. This is a diet of low protein, low sugar and low fat to reduce prostaglandins that cause pain in the body.
      http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/anti-inflammatory-diet

      Actually the guy above me might be on a similar tract....milk is often a culprit of allergies..lots of drugs/additives in milk...the gram he mentions is chickpeas of different kinds...they call them "gram" in India...(not sure why that is bad)...he is calling for reduced sweets, which reduces prostaglandins..and reduced protein (avoiding nonveg, fish and dairy/eggs)...which reduces prostaglandins..

      Another thing you could try is to try putting two cold soda pop cans on each side of your neck when the migraine starts. This works by reducing blood flow to the brain by causing the major neck arteries (carotids) to shrink/contract. This works if the migraine is caused by too much blood flow to the brain. Ice packs would also work same as the cold soda pops, but soda pops are sometimes easier to grab from a vending machine. This would not work for everybody.

      Also I had a friend who got migraines from chocolate, but not white chocolate and from salads in restaurants (they often put preservatives on the lettuce to keep them looking fresh longer than they should look fresh).

      I didn't not mention things like brain tumor or brain aneurysm, because you said you have had numerous tests.

      Many other things could probably cause headaches too.

      See a neurologist if none of these suggestions work...including the suggestions of guy above me...might work also.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is kidney pain normal after some pretty hard cardio workouts ?
    I have a slight pain in my right kidney today and last night I did some nasty cardio, I went all out. It was the first time I did cardio in about 2 months (I dont work out often either). I woke up this morning with a little discomfort in my right kidney but nothing dramatic just a little pain. Is this normal or not ? I'll admit I did try to be superman and overwork myself on the first day. What do you think can this be a sign of a kidney problem ?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Ultrasound at 34weeks showed issue with kidney?
    I can't remember how exactly she described it to begin with, but we asked her what it meant. She couldn't tell us exactly, but she said that normally when they see it in older people it's a sign of a kidney stone and had never heard of one in a baby. She said that there is nothing we can do until he is born and that it could have just been the way he was laying at the time. She didn't say anything about my amniotic fluid though since things I read online have said things about it being low with kidney problems. I'm worried and was wondering if anybody else had gone through this and what was the outcome. I am 38 weeks 2 days now. I'm going crazy as it is because he's a big baby and they're not willing to induce me. I was induced at 37 weeks 4 days with my 2nd because with my first I had a 4th degree tear and they were trying to avoid any ripping. This time around I have a different dr in a different state so yea.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry too much about this. Ultrasound are very vague on issues like this. before my son was born they told me his right kidney was smaller then normal. ( I might add the umbilical cord was missing a blood vessel so we had to go in for an ultrasound every month to have him measured in case he was not gaining enough weight) so the next month ultrasound it was "oh the left one is smaller" and the next month it looks like one of the kidneys is a bit larger then normal. and then he was born completely healthy weighing 8lbs 4 oz. ( which for me being a very small person pre pregnancy weight at 110 lbs was quite large) they said they wanted a better look at his kidneys so we were scheduled for him to go have an ultrasound of his kidney when he was a few weeks old. and they found.... absolutely nothing, all was well. It just goes to show how much they can really determine from an ultrasound. I'm glad we got everything checked out and that he was completely healthy but they could have spared us the worrying.

  10. QUESTION:
    Gallbladder Problems?
    I have been having this pain on my right side in my upper abdomen and it goes around my side and into my back. I thought I was developing a kidney infection so I went to the dr. My kidneys came back clear as well as my urine for a UTI and no signs of Kidney stones, I asked her if there could be a problem with my liver and she didnt think that was a issue because I have no jaundace I appear to look healthy and I wasnt hurting in the right place. I had a liver test about a mouth ago and the results were healthy. The dr then told me to lay on the table and examined me. She decided that I was most likely having a problem with my gallbladder and ordered an U/S for me to confirm her suspicion. She thinks I may have gallstones, she told me that sometimes after having a baby you can have problems with your gallbladder (I have a 3 month old) My question is first of all what does a gallbladder even do, how important is it and happens if there is something wrong with it? Will they remove it? How long does recovery from that take? Are there any treatments from the pain in the mean time? Im only 24 and dont like the idea of having things removed. Thank you in advance for all input!
    Hi trent... thank you for your input however I dont belive that I asked a single question about the colon... not only that but you didnt actually answer a single question that I did ask. Thanks anyway though..

    • ANSWER:
      The Gall bladder is the holding repository for bile much like your regular urinary bladder holds urine, Bile is held in the gall bladder for release into you digestive tract as needed. Bile is principally used in the digestive tract to help break down fat in foods called lipids. this is This is important in that many vitamins are fat soluble, meaning they are derived form the fat/oils in foods. Also, there are several essential fatty acids that can only be derived from diet. Cholesterol in bile can precipitate out and form stony deposits called gall stones much like it can deposit on the lining of arteries in the blood causing cardiovascular problems. Gall stones can cause problems in 2 ways.

      1 they can block the opening of the gallbladder to the bile duct inhibiting the release of bile into the digestive tract and large stones can irritate the lining of the gallbladder and put pressure on the liver causing pain or discomfort

      2. Small stones and also pass out of the gall bladder and become lodged in the duct leading to the intestine. This situation can be more sever and lead to serious complications like infection or total blockage of the bile duct.

      Gall bladder problems are usually exacerbated by eating foods with a high fat content which triggers the gall bladder to try an release bile into the digestive tract. Moderating fat consumption of fatty or greasy foods sometimes can relieve symptoms enough so that surgery is not needed. However in cases of infection or total obstruction of the bile duct usual removal of the gall bladder is done.

      If you do need your gall bladder removed this is don usual by a scope and does not need to leave any major scars etc. However Your digestive tract will need Time to adjust especially when you eat fatty foods. so managing your diet will be somewhat important to avoid digestive problems for a few months.Once your system has adjusted you should be fin as your liver still produces enough bile to digest food satisfactorily. Very greasy food may still cause an occasional problem but otherwise you should be fine.

      My advice is let the doctor do his test to determine the extent of the problem and follow his advice. With or without a gall bladder you can leave a perfectly normal life

  11. QUESTION:
    Im worried about my best friend..(bowel movement problems)?
    A few days ago..she called me saying she took the biggest poop in her life..and after that..later that day..everything she eats she has to poop..after anything she eats..and she says its like runny poop/diarrhea & she says she bleeds a lot when she poops..that theres blood in her poop & when she wipes..& that her anus hurts really bad after. i haven't talked to her today or yesterday about it but im worried. all these problems seemed to be happening after that really big bowel movements shes had. she is a very promiscuous girl & im just hoping this isn't a first sign of some kind of disease. shes never had an STD before..she got checked..i'd say about 2-2 1/2 years ago & all she had was a kidney infection. i tell her to try to stick to ONE guy & make sure u guys are faithful to eachother & ALWAYS use protection. i know she uses protection shes not dumb..but still she just turned 17 yrs old in august she shouldn't be having so much sex so young. atleast not with one after another. anyway im worried..my mom thinks maybe she popped a blood vessel from such a large poop earlier that day? but why diarrhea? she doesn't feel sick or else she would of told me...and she said her stomach hurted. what could this be?? i wanna take her to my doctor but shes too stubborn to leave her bf's house & live with me. what should i do?? =/
    Me and her are SUPER close..shes like a sister...we grew up together & are super comfortable around eachother..so she tells me anything & everything. idk what to do for her.. i think it could be hemmeroids. sorry i forgot how to spell it. i told her to eat soft foods..so her poop wont be as big. what could this be??

    • ANSWER:
      Why do you know so much details about your best friend's life. You should go to the doctor and explain the situation. Im sure its nothing that serious

  12. QUESTION:
    Kidney Problem? Diabetes? Whats wrong with me?
    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THIS COULD BE???

    * 24 year old female. As far as I know, I am in good health.
    * Irregular period (late and short) for two months and missed this month all together (at first, I thought I may be pregnant but was proved wrong from three negative hpt's)
    * Urine is very bright yellow, sometimes even neon looking (I don't take any vitamins either)
    * I have to pee often-- but there is no pain/buring/etc. and I pee a normal amount each time
    * Fluttering/spasm sensation in my upper left abdomen (under my ribs)

    Additional facts:
    * I do have a heart murmur but its never been a problem of any kind
    * Stress = I just bought my first home so that could be a factor?

    * I was also in a car accident in August. There is a bluge on my left ribs but the doctors said "xrays showed no signs of fracture and the seatbelt probably just dislocated the ribs"

    • ANSWER:
      Eating asparagus can make your urine bright yellow. Other causes are usually related to taking vitamins. Dehydration can make your urine dark yellow. Many people seem to have bright yellow urine for no particular reason. Check here.

      http://www.steadyhealth.com/Bright_yellow_urine_t77173.html
      http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_bright_yellow_urine_normal

  13. QUESTION:
    my ferret might be sick? i need help?
    my ferret is drinking almost an entire water bottle of water a day. when i first got him about a year ago, a full water bottle would last a couple days. Now he finishes an entire bottle in one day. Im not sure if i should be concerned or not. My mom thinks it could be a sign of kidney or liver problems. if you have any input that would be great
    thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      The best advice anyone can give you is to call your vet.
      The phone call is free and he or she has the training to give you the right answers.

  14. QUESTION:
    What could be wrong with my fiance? Signs/symptoms are...?
    He has had a lot of gas, bloating and heartburn for about a year and a half that has gotten worse over time. Recently, he has started having flank and back pain to the point when you push on it, he loses his breath. He also has had constant sinus type headaches. Both times he has been to the Dr., he was given an antibiotic, first for otitis and sinusitis, and then for UTI. Neither antibiotic helped, and he doesn't want to go to the Dr. again, because he feels like he's they are just taking his money for nothing. He had part of his intestines removed many years ago, not sure if this has anything to do with it. He also used to be a heavy drinker, but now only drinks about once a month or so (for about a year and a half, the same amount of time since he started having these problems). He is thinking liver or kidney infection, I'm leaning towards gallstones. Any ideas???

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know what is wrong with him, I just want to suggest that you go to a different doctor rather than no doctor at all. Unfortunately many people have to go from doctor to doctor until they finally come upon the doctor that either knows something the others didn't or is more motivated to help the patient. Sorry I couldn't be of more help, hope he gets better.

  15. QUESTION:
    Do you think I have lupus?
    I don't mean to be self-diagnosing or anything- I'm not a doctor, certainly- but I've been wondering something. I'm 16 and was diagnosed with epilepsy 4 months ago after 2 consecutive seizures. However, I have no familial history of epilepsy, and my EEG didn't show any signs of epilepsy, but my neurologist said that sometimes that happens. I've been on medication which controls the seizures and the medication doesn't have any bad side effects, which is good.

    But recently I've had lower back pain that seems consistent with kidney problems. I've always had really bad mouth sores, like canker sores, that I get all the time- once a month or so. My joints, especially shoulders and hips, have been painful sometimes, particularly in the morning when I wake up. My skin is also sensitive to light, and in the past few days I've had a rash across the bridge of my nose and onto my cheeks.

    But I've been Googling this rash and trying to figure out what the heck it is- and found that it's called a butterfly rash, and it's a sign of lupus. And that light sensitivity, mouth sores, joint pain, kidney disease, and seizures are all signs of lupus as well.

    However, when I was screened for epilepsy, I had a lot of bloodwork done, including some of the tests that may indicate lupus- and it all came back normal.

    So do you think my doctor was wrong? Do you think I have lupus, not epilepsy? Especially since lupus has been known to be misdiagnosed at first, I thought I should find out. I'm going to the doctor soon, but I wanted to know for now what YOU thought. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Given the timing, I'd say it sounds closer to a reaction with your medication. I'd check with your neuro and make an appt to a rheumatologist as well just to be sure.

  16. QUESTION:
    My cat was sick and...?
    The first thing I noticed about my cat was her fur has changed. Not a big difference, but it seemed a little more scruffy, not as fluffy as it was. The second thing I noticed was her bones were sticking out a lil more than usual. The third, was my cat, who is usually very quiet, was meowing more than usual. She would also not lay down as long, seemed a little uncomfy, and over all there just seemed like there was something "off". She was between 12-15 and I thought she was just aging.

    I searched the internet for hours looking up the signs she was showing me to get any kind of answers. I never found anything that exactly pin pointed her problem. But thought she might have a problem with her kidneys.

    On Friday, she started to get worse. She peed on the bed twice without even trying to get up. I knew right then and there I was going to take her to the vet. Shortly after, she was having problems with her legs. She could not stand on them right and was wobbling kinda like she was drunk. And I stayed up for hours waiting to call the vet as soon as they opened.

    They told me I could bring her in right away and the vet assumed it was a kidney or diabetic problem by the signs I was telling him. Turns out, my cat was anemic, (not producing enough red or white blood cells) and had a form of feline cancer. They gave me meds to help and sent us home.

    That night things got worse. To the point where she couldnt even walk. If she tried she could not stand straight for a single second and she has not slept since Friday. Things were getting worse so I brought her to the emergency vet where they gave me more information. She had a very serious illness and let me know that the medicine could or could not help her. And if it did help, it would only put a bandaid on the problem, and that this diesese basically would claim her life. They discharged us with some medicine and an appetite stimulant. When we got back she threw up for the first time and seemed like she was in pain. She would lay in the same spot for hours and not move.

    I had to make the hardest choice of my life and put her to sleep so she could be in peace. I knew that this would be an ongoing problem with constant vet trips and forcing her to take medicine. I knew no matter what my worst nightmare would happen, and I wanted her to pass before she was in pain, and so the last moments of her precious life would be filled with unpleasant car rides to the vet and getting forced to take medicine.

    I posted this so the signs that she had would be known to other pet owners having this problem would know to bring their pet to the vet immediately. The second reason is because my heart is broken. She was seriously everything to me and I cherished everyday I had with her. I felt like we shared the most beautiful unspoken bond and the love that we had for eachother was soo strong. I do not know how to cope with the pain. I've been crying and not sleeping since Friday, I dont want to eat anything, I dont want to think about anything, I dont want to do anything. I just wanna lay in bed and cry and cry. I feel soooo guilty about what happened. I am hoping someone can give me advice and how to deal with my loss and experiences they had when they lost their pet.

    Thank you to anyone who replies.

    • ANSWER:
      You have done a good thing by posting to other pet owners that they should take their sick pet to the vet as soon as possible if they are ill or something just doesn't seem right.

      I am very sorry you lost your beloved pet. Do know that others have been through this as well. There is always some degree of guilt when you lose a pet..."could I have done more for him?", "I should have spent more time with him", "the last moments I spent with him, I should have.....". It's a grief process, just like when you lose a person you love.

      It's ok to cry. It takes time to work through the loss of a pet. And truthfully, you will never forget, but you will be able to forgive yourself and move forward. There are pet loss forums that might be able help you during this difficult time. Here's a good one: http://aplb.org/index.html

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you help me get over caring about my friend and her 'illnesses'?
    It drives me crazy sometimes!...I have known her for 10 yrs...

    she has diagnosed herself as having a mild heart attack( turned out it was heartburn) But the heartburn was from her throwing up so much with her 1st pregnancy 12 yrs earlier!! yet in those 12 yrs she had never had heartburn..weird!! she said that the acid from throwing up from morning sickness burned thru her esophagus....

    she has diagnosed herself as having MS because she experienced tremendous pain in her legs one night driving home from work( I told her gee, that wouldn't have anything to do with you being 60lbs overweight and standing on your feet all day)

    she has diagnosed herself as having problems with her kidneys because after she drinks a coffee in the morn. she has to pee 3 or 4 times after.

    she has diagnosed her daughter as having colon problems because she gets constipated really easy( her daughter eats bagels w/ cream cheese, grill cheeses, hot dogs and french fries almost everyday)

    she has diagnosed herself and her youngest daughter as having diabetes because they have been sooo thirsty.

    Her daughter is now showing signs of 'look at me look at me' I have bi polar because my Dad does...she is 15, overweight, shy, is bullied at school (in my opinion she is a typical lazy teen who cries over boys, hates school. etc.) I know my daughter(age 15) is the same but I am not rushing her out to specialists at the first sign of something.

    and I am probably missing MANY more "illnesses" she has had.

    Why am I letting it get to me?? Should I even care? I just get tired of hearing about it....her husband is on a disability for depression, her oldest daughter is on a disabilty for being mentally challenged...which she admitted to me she over blew her daughters sypmtoms so she would get her daughter accepted.
    So if she brings about a 'sickness', just change the subject and talk about something positive??

    • ANSWER:
      Those kinds of people irritate the ever livin' crap out of me.

      As far as I can figure these people substitute interaction for sympathy. So they just bitch and moan about all kinds of phantom illness that they create after hitting up Web MD or watching Dr. Oz on Oprah or something. Also it's allows them to shirk responsibility for say over eating and not exercise so they can say, "Look, I'm not lazy, there's something out of my control that is wrong with me."

      This is either a diagnosable case of Munchausen Syndrome or she just wants attention. I'm betting the latter.

      What would I do in you're situation as someone with a small amount of training in psychology, tell her flat out that you're not buying it. That if she had diabetes she'd be slipping into comas or losing blood flow to her legs and dying. That it takes 7 to 12 years to properly diagnose someone as bi-polar and if her daughter is 15 years she's not properly diagnosed and that at that age every teen is depressed. That it sounds like every single problem she has is linked to her awful, greasy, fatty, diet. And if she changed her eating habits her life would improve.

      You let it get to you because you care for her, but she's kind of a toxic person. Her hypochondria is negatively affecting you and in this instance you have two decisions you can either attempt to change her behavior or you could distance yourself from her. The last one is a selfish thing and it's the point. Being selfish once in a while isn't bad because ultimately you have to look out for your own psychic health without worrying about the made up ailments of some whiner.

  18. QUESTION:
    Could something be wrong with this cat?
    First off, i want to take her to the vet, but she isn't mine, she is my mothers and she wont give me permission to 'waste my money' on her :(

    Okay, background: She's had kidney problems before, which went unchecked because my mom ignores early warning signs, but she's been better for a few years now.
    She's about 8 or 9 years now. She was taken away way to early as a kitten and raised by two complete idiots who emotionally wrecked her, now she is very fearful aggressive, but most people just say 'she's just a bitch', but it's quite clear that her aggression is rooted in fear.

    A dog moved in a few months ago, and she was fine at first, and even gets along quite well with him so i don't think it's part of the problem, but it could be...

    So:
    Now she is pissing all over the house, my mom says 'she's doing it to piss her off' and too 'tell her off' for not letting her out etc. Which i tell her is just anthropomorphising the cat, who doesn't think that way. At first i thought it could just be marking because of the dog, but she still hasn't stopped and her and the dog get along now.

    She's also eating a lot more, all the time, and not gaining any weight. She normally ups her food take this time of year, but she also puts on weight over the winter, but she isn't this year.

    It's worrying me, i think because of the peeing, eating and past problems she should go to the vet... but like i said, not my cat, even though i can get her to a vet and afford to, legally i can't. (I am thinking of doing it anyways...)

    So do you think it's just a response to the dog, or could something be wrong? And if so, what?
    There is no blood in her pee. This is my mom's argument for not taking her to the vet.

    My mom takes good care of her except for vet things, she has an 'unless i can really see it it's not real' view of things, and even if she can see it she says she's going to leave in for 48 hours to see if they get better.

    But apart from that, and these arguments we get in over vet care, she is really good with the cats, and she loves them.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry. But your Mum is being cruel to this cat.
      She needs to go to the vet, as soon as possible.
      Given her history. It's possible she has a urine infection.
      There doesn't have to be blood in the urine.

      A lot of the symptoms you describe sound like it could be her Thyroid.
      And she needs blood tests done.
      It can be controlled with medication or an operation.
      And is very common in cats as they get older.
      She is going to die without treatment.

  19. QUESTION:
    Adopting a Chow Mix?
    Hi, my family and I are bringing home a chow mix (not sure of the mix) tomorrow. We met the dog several days ago at a shelter, it happened to be the first day he was medically approved, having had bad heartworm and kidney problems. The dog is vet approved now, and seemed very healthy.
    The woman at the shelter said the dog until the day we showed up was very sad and lackluster, and suddenly when we showed up he was full of life and loving. The dog is 2 years old, and upon first meeting him he was instantly sweet and loving, I hugged him around his neck and got a friendly reaction, he showed no signs of agression at all. We introduced him to cats at the shelter and while they hissed at him, he only quietly backed away.

    After coming home, I've researched chows and chow mixes and have only found very negative and rather scary reports on them. What do I expect with this dog my family's fallen in love with?

    • ANSWER:
      After he settles in a bit, consider taking him to an obedience course. I recommend positive reinforcement and maybe even going the extra mile and interviewing the trainer to make sure you don't get a chow hater. This will get you on the right track and give you a clearer way to communicate.

      Chow chows look like teddy bears. They are intensely loyal to their families, but are aloof and don't tend to like strangers. It can hard to read their body language when they do signal they'd rather be left alone, it might be as subtle as a turn away of the head and people miss it. I think it's more of a people problem than a dog problem, but I'm biased.

      Check into getting a little book called "Calming Signals" by Turid Rugaas. You can probably just do a search on it too and come up with the info, it's been out there a while. It will help you to get some insight into what to look for if your new dog doesn't want to get squished by hugs from people he doesn't know.

  20. QUESTION:
    Would my baby be okay is born at 35 weeks?
    I am considered a very high risk pregnancy due to history with severe preaclampsia with my first child. He was born 3 months early and was in the NICU for about 3 months. He is totally fine now but Im worried about my baby this go around. My son had some breathing problems from being a preemie but nothing else is wrong. I am now 30 weeks along and having more problems. I have to to neurology every few weeks cause they also told me I am having kidney problems and that I will have to deliver her early if things keep getting worse and they are. At the same time, she has been doing good with weight and growth but my obgyn has told me I have signs of going in to preterm labor and has put me on bed rest. I am wanting to know if she was born at 35-36 weeks would she be alright and able to leave when I do or would she have to be in the NICU like my son was?

    • ANSWER:
      It all depends on the baby's development. If this baby's weight and size is good (which you say is true), I think having her at 35-36 is okay. Most full term babies are born between 38 -42 weeks. I don't think that a few weeks early will put her in the situation your son went through. Please, relax... don't stress. Get lots of rest... Eat your veggies and fruits. Stay on bed rest and good luck! You are in my prayers.

  21. QUESTION:
    Puppy holding his pee?
    I have a 4 month old Australian Shepherd, male. He has been difficult to potty train, even though we take him outside very often (about every hour, plus after food, play, sleep), and praise him outside when he goes, etc etc. The guy drinks a lot of water, and obviously his blatter isn't strong enough to hold yet. We ran a urinalysis on him at the vet, results were negative for infections or kidney problems.

    Anyways, here is the thing he has been doing lately. I'll take him out during the day or at night when I know he has to go, he squats down outside and starts to pee ... full stream. Then he cuts it off. Usually in the morning after holding it for most of the night he will empty his blatter. But I can tell during the day he is cutting it off. If I take him back inside after this first pee, he will pee again inside the house shortly after, but if I keep walking with him for up to 30 mins he will pee usually twice more. No signs of marking or territorial behavior. Besides he's not even lifting up his leg.

    Why is he cutting off the stream? Is he perhaps distracted by his surroundings? Or could this actually be early signs of marking? My female Jack Russell never did this as a pup. Keep in mind he is only 4 months old and his balls haven't dropped yet.

    • ANSWER:
      I have american bull dog pups. And yes they hold it, We use cedar shavings in their pin and they love it! Maybe try it, not tiny though, get a descent sized shaving tiny flakes can get in the females AREA and cause infection.. Just a tip

  22. QUESTION:
    signs of miscarriage?
    Im 12 weeks pregnant with my second child. I didn't have any problems with my first pregnancy. I havn't been to the doctor yet because my medicaid finally just kicked in and i go this coming monday. Maybe im just being paranoid or worried. But I didn't really have any sickness at all this time and my boobs were a little tender and i was a little tired but thats about it. Also ive had a bad yeast infection most of this trimester.. i took monistat which i was told by a doctor was ok to take while pregnant, that got rid of it but it just came back a week or two later. So i waited a couple of weeks and just took the same stuff again last night. Ive also be having weird lower back pains on each side, almost like its my kidneys and i only really feel it when im laying in bed at night time. it dosn't really hurt but it feels like inflammed or something, kinda sore maybe like i have a bad infection somewhere else. For some reason i just dont have a good feeling about this pregnancy like there may be something wrong. Does this stuff sound normal? Plus i havn't been taking my prenatals like i should have been. i just recently got in the routine of taking them everyday. If you miscarry do you always have bleeding or is there always pain or symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      The infection you have could be something other than a yeast infection, so you will want that to be treated by a doctor instead of trying to self-treat. Low back pains are normal during pregnancy. Not every woman experiences morning sickness with every pregnancy. I have had hardly any this pregnancy, and I was sick every day with my other pregnancies. With the exception of your infection, everything else sounds normal. That being said, every miscarriage, just like every pregnancy, is different. Some people experience what is called a missed miscarriage, where the baby has died and has stopped growing but the woman does not expel anything on her own. There is no bleeding and no cramps, and it is found on an ultrasound. In a case like this a D&C is needed. Most of the time though, when you are experiencing a miscarriage you have bleeding along with cramping.

  23. QUESTION:
    Diabetic father, drinking alcohol, now problems? help?
    my father has type 2 diabetes, diagnosed about 12 years ago. Never really looked after his disease, and drank most days of the week, would not get drunk everyday but almost every day he would have about 4 cans... last August he ended up in ICU. He had kidney failure and heart attack. He came through it, but for 7 months after he needed a urine bag attached as he couldn't make wee, his kidney's healed but it was his prostate which was enlarged. So in Feb this year he had the surgery to remove his prostate which was a success and he seemed to be getting back to normal. Then he started drinking again. He usually drinks 4 cans of Beamish a day. Since the other day he is complaining of lower back pain, and saying that he used to have a steady flow of urine now its just like dribbles coming out. He stopped the alcohol 3 days ago and is drinking alot of water but not going to the toilet all the time.....Is this a bad sign, especially because his kidney's failed before which led to fluid on his lungs, then the heart attack? Myself personally i think in the last 3 months he is gone 'shook' looking, like he looks older than he really is. HE looked better when he first came out of hospital last year than he does now. He is 62years old and is on insulin shots

    • ANSWER:
      needs attention...........may have prostate trouble that is blocking urine flow....see urologist asap.......like today or ER........................

  24. QUESTION:
    Problems with passing out?
    Problems with passing out after birth of newborn baby?
    Hi,
    I just gave birth to a baby boy Sept. 5th, 2008. I lost ALOT of blood during the delivery the doctors "almost" had to give me blood but instead gave me stuff through my IV and some pills that they stuck up in a place id rather not discuss. Ok so however i felt weak the first few weeks, but then after that i started passing out, no warnings, signs or anything. 1 Night i was going to make a bottle for the baby and my mom found me on the floor 6 hrs later, theres been other times too in fact lots even to where once my 13yr old found me as i passed out falling up the stairs and then my 8yr old found me in the hallway! Its getting scarier and scarier. I went to the hospital, spoke even with my doctor, all they have said was that i have a UTI, that went into my kidneys and then started attacking my blood which caused the passing out. But its still not stopping and its got to the point im not even aloud to hold my baby without supervision, i do have alot of back pain, stomach pain, my fingertips are numb (tingly), but again i dont even get dizzy before these episodes its just BAM!!! and im down for the count..... If anyone has any clues or ideas or anything please help me. Thank u

    • ANSWER:
      If your Dr felt your collapse was from septicemia they should of admitted you for IV antibiotic treatment. Did you have a fever? Did they at least put you on oral antibiotics? You might of expeienced a cardiac arrthymia which is making you collapse. You Dr needs to do a cardiac workup on you that includes an ecg , bloodwork, echocardiogram and a referral to a cardiologist. Whats you hemogloin and your white blood cell count..Your body has been through allot and having a newborn baby makes your recovery difficult.. You should be hospitalized.

  25. QUESTION:
    How long does it normally take to pass a kidney stone?
    I went to the ER around the 4th of June because of bad pain in my side. They said I had a lot of blood in my urine so they did a ct scan and said I had a kidney stone. They said that is was a 3 and that I should be able to pass it no problem. Then maybe a week or so later I felt like I had to pee all the time but only a little would come out. And after it did it hurt real bad. Like a trobbing or something. There was no blood and it went away the next day so I didn't really worry about. 2 weeks ago the same thing happened but it hurt not only after trying to pee. After 3 hours the pain got worse and my side starting hurting again. Thinking maybe I had a blockage I went back to the ER. They did an xray and said again it probaly already passed the first one and that this was a new one. Well its happening again. What else can I do to pass it. I have no insurance and ,000 in bills from last 2 visits to the ER so I can't go back. Is this signs that its passing? Thanks for any advice
    They did prescribe pain meds I take one when it gets really bad. But the pain isn't in my side anymore its only after I try to go to the bathroom. Which at this time is every 5 minutes. I guess its just a waiting game.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a doctor or anything, but my advice is that all that you can really do is wait...unless you do go back and convince them to do the procedure where the go up there and get rid of it (I forget what it's called)...but that would most likely be incredibly expensive and add to your already hefty bill, plus, they may not do the procedure.

      Because your kidney stones seem to be recurring, you may want to pay close attention to your diet. Sometimes too much Calcium will cause a kidney stone (that's what my doctor said happened to me).

      Furthermore, did they prescribe you any pain medication?? When I had a kidney stone, the doctor working in the ER gave me prescriptions for Vicodin and 600mg ibuprofen. I don't recommend at all that you go out and try to buy Vicodin off the street or feed yourself that dose of ibuprofen, as each has it's risks, but you may want to consider trying to take a pain reliever with which you are familiar and have taken before. It may help.

      Also, the pain that you feel is a sign that the stone is passing. What's happening is that the little tiny stone is making it's way down your ureter (the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder). This tube is very tiny and is greatly affected by this hard stone forcing its way down.

      You very well may have had multiple kidney stones, but they may have dissolved before you could pass it. (Luckily, that's what happened to me).

      I wish you the best of luck...I can relate with how you feel.

  26. QUESTION:
    have you ever been silent about something? or afraid to speak? when you knew you should have said something?
    once again please accept my apology for stepping over the line in my original post ''have you ever been silent all these years'' this will give me a chance to add more detail to my question. the song by tori amos ''silent all these years'' is a beautiful song and it makes me cry sometimes because it reminds me of the times i should have opened my mouth and said something, but i chose not to because i didn't want to start trouble. i admit as a boy i was more famous at starting trouble with my mouth than the red haired kid in the john ritter movie "problem child"

    in 1999 my 75 year old father who was a diabetic was losing feeling in his feet.he waddled like charlie chaplin in one of his silent films. i had to be with him always because if he lost his balance and fell, he would never be able to get up, or worse if he missed a step climbing the stairs that would be the end of him. and being the good son i was behind him as he climbed the 13 steps to our apartment, if he fell it would be on top of me. i didn't bother me that if he did fall on top of me i'd be crippled paralyzed in a wheel chair for the rest of my life, he was my dad:-(

    our family doctor diagnosed his problem as spinal stenosis (a fancy term for the nerves in his lover back were being crushed) you can google it or look it up on webmd. our family doctor recommended back surgery called a "laminectomey" its where they open the lower part of your back where your tailbone is and remove the part of your spine that is putting pressure on the nerves. my mother also took my father to see her doctor. a very nice, and i must say a very smart lady doctor. she diagnosed my father with "diabetic neropathy" and no kind of surgery will give him back the feeling in his feet. she was right 100%! my father had the surgery and it damaged his kidneys. for four agonizing years he was in and out of the hospitial with kidney problems, until 2003 when his kidneys started failing, he spent a month in the hospitial,and passed away while undergoing dyalisys on april 12 2003. i cannot help but say to myself if i had made a stink or raised heck in the house, he would have never had the surgery.

    my mother is a different story. she was in fair health until november of 2007 when she contracted "shingles" better known as adult chicken poks. shingles is a very painful disease to have. and while there are new medicines to combat the pain and the virus,they did nothing fo my mother, she was in agony for a year and a half. many times she would say ''i want to go to the hospitial'' and i would argue no. because this hospital is no better than a human butcher shop. they only care how much they can bill your insurance or medicare. your treated like a piece of meat. the doctors look even younger than "doogie howser"

    my mother recovered from the shingles,but her health still declined,her breathing problems COPD and emphaseyma got worse, she had edima, and it got worse untill feb 11 2009 when she fell in the bathroom. not a hard fall, i was only 5 feet away from the door i would have heard that. a soft fall, but my mother screamed her head off, the people in my building who tryed their best to help almost ripped the door off trying to get into the bathroom. the paramedics came later and convinced my mother to go with them to the hospitial for x-rays. she whent. and that was the first time i was alone in this big empty apartment,it was a sign of things to come.

    i cried so much i dont know how i didnt get hit by a car walking to the hospital. it was about 2am when my mother came out of x-ray and was put back in the emergency room. it was a miracle she had no broken bones,bruises all over her behind and thighs, but no broken bones. i should have said "stay see if they can help you" instead i said "what do you want to do?" "you can sign yourself out if you want" she said ''ok ill sign myself out'' the week before she died. she was sluring he speech,and refusing to eat. and when someone says ''im suffering too much'' you know what that means!
    i know i could use a hundred excuses but as they say ''to thine known self be true'' if i had left her in the emergency room feb 11th maybe she would have been alive today, maybe they would have helped her,
    my mother was the only one of her family to pass away at 79. my mothers sister rose lived to 94 on a respirator her brother salvatore lived to 91 with one kidney, her sister lilly lived to 95 half bilnd in a nursing home. even my fathers family boh his sisters lived past 90. my uncle tony my fathers oldest brother lived to 97 smoking a big fat cigar every day of his life.

    ok ive said my peace, now its time for you to speak, if youve been silent about something? or wishe you had spoken up now is the time,speak it here.

    • ANSWER:
      I have not got time to read the detail above, but yes, everybody has faced thedilemmaa of your main question at some point, and many will have faced it over and over again.

  27. QUESTION:
    Ectopic pregnancy, help :( ?
    I had a question posted a couple days ago thinking I was showing signs of kidney stones or infection. Well turns out I'm pregnant, yay! :) unfortunately I was told there's an extreme possibility that its ectopic... I'm about 4 weeks n three days so its no surprise my pelvic and vginal ultrasound came back negative. But my right ovary was enlarged, I had a benign cyst on the same ovary when I was younger that went away on its own over time. I have a follow up blood test tomorrow and another ultrasound soon. The docs told me to stay off my feet but had to grocery shop for my mom n literally almost passed out in the store. Light headed, nauseous, dizzy, flushed and I couldn't even hear, felt like my ears were plugged. I've only experienced very very mild nausea and no dizziness whatsoever, till then. Chills, fever and coldsweats are normal to me now, I feel like I got the flu, my pain sometimes gets a little colicky (that's why I explained it as flu like). As soon as I got home from the store I lay myself down n immediately felt better, but I had to pee shortly after (which has also been painless n normal) and I had some pink/red spotting. Only time its happened and it hasn't happened since and my pain hasn't increased. very mild nausea and no dizziness whatsoever. Chills, fever and coldsweats are normal to me now, I feel like I got the flu, my pain sometimes gets a little colicky (that's why I explained it as flu like). As soon as I got home from the store I lay myself down n immediately felt better, but I had to pee shortly after (which has also been painless n normal) and I had some pink/red spotting. I've been having these problems for four days now, but the pain was definitely worse the first two- the second day I went to emergency. Today is the first day I've spotted. I spotted a lil more again with a very small reddish globby looking substance, something id probably see during the early menstruation cycle. Is this lil bit even too much, should I go in?

    • ANSWER:
      You are spotting, you're having fever and abdominal pains, right? Go on in and get checked. My guess is that they did a blood HCG level when you first went in. It'll be interesting to see how much higher your HCG level is now - that would go a long way towards saying if this is progressing normally, or if the ectopic is a growing possibility. They maybe should do another scan.

      John Jones, MD

  28. QUESTION:
    my cat.................?
    *sobbing* ok my cat is an outdoor cat and if u live in new york in a certain area which i'm not telling u there was recently 2 snow storms (and just to give u a hint it's not upper state new york!) and since the first one.....the last tiem i saw my cat was b4 that snow storm hit.......and the reason y i'm sobbing is because..........my cat has been missing since b4 that first snow storm hit.....*more crying* i miss her i don't no wat to do i have went to the animal shelters and no one has taken in a white cat so she's nto there plus i put lost signs all around town. i have been crying myself to sleep every night since she disappeared. and i was just thinking last night that she might of went off to die. the same thing with my otehr cat, leo, happened he was so old he went off to die. some cats do that for some reason. my cat had a kidney problem i'm not sure if it was bad though...*more crys*....i'm just really upset that she might of died during the snow storm or the kidney problem..
    note: she has been missing since valentine's day and she has doen this before but she came back 2 days later..but i hate no idea wat happened
    and the problem is that my parents r mean and won't let my cat inside because she can be a brat inside the house....
    and the problem is that my parents r mean and won't let my cat inside because she can be a brat inside the house....
    and the problem is that my parents r mean and won't let my cat inside because she can be a brat inside the house....

    • ANSWER:
      Kristina
      Don't give up yet. I went through something similar last fall, and while I was never able to find my own kitty, I have some advice for hopefully helping you find yours.
      First of all, a white cat is distinctive. She should be easy to spot. She may have become disoriented in the snow and lost her way; snow tends to mask familiar smells.
      It's possible someone has taken her in. Please make a poster with a photo of her and place it at the shelters, vet's offices, and local grocery stores, party stores, etc. (The word "Reward" on your poster gets peoples' attention too.) My local post office even allowed me to place one there.
      And try an ad in the Lost and Found of the classifieds. It's somewhat costly, but your kitty may have wandered off a ways, and a newspaper may reach out of your immediate area.
      Try calling her (loudly!) at both dawn and dusk, when cats are most active. Turn in every direction and call her name. And place a bowl of her favorite food outdoors in a sheltered area; if he's around, she may be attracted to it.
      Best of luck to you Hon. I sure hope you find her as I know what you are going through and it's terrible. Please let us know if you do.

  29. QUESTION:
    Bad and continuous headache (4 - 5 days), what could it be?
    It first started about 4-5 days ago, a strong pain in the back-left part of my head.
    I've always had a fairly bad balance, so I don't know if it's gotten worse. But it definitely hasn't improved :P .

    Squeezing my head does make it feel better.

    I also get a stiffness in my neck, on the left side since getting the headache.
    the pain isn't constant but there does seem to be a dull, constant pain in my left temple. With a sort of 'stuffy' feeling in my left ear. Hurts in my eye and face area sometimes too, making me think sinuses, but I don't have a blocked nose or anything.

    Also, I don't know if this helps, but a few days/weeks before getting the headache I had a sort of 'weakness' on the complete left side of my body. With tingling in my left foot and both hands.

    Also, had a sort of hollow but heavy feeling in my chest, just below my throat (I've been having a lot of sharp pains in my chest area too, but that's a different story).

    I also noticed the other day my left hand was pretty blue, while the other hand was not.

    The pain in my neck sometimes radiates down to my shoulder, and occasionally my arm.

    I get some tight dull sorta pain in my jaw area.

    I have a lot of problems, but I don't know which are involved with what.

    I'm only 20 and a lot of these sound like tum ours, heart attacks (haven't really got into that) etc. Yes, I do have panic attacks btw. But they only happen AFTER I get a sign of a heart attack (this is because my grandad had a heart attack a few months back).

    ANYWAYS, I have too many problems, I don't know where to start. There is more pretty serious problems, but I don't want write a novel here (more then I have already anyways, lol).

    Oh and about me, I don't exercise (due to my depression, but I used to do a lot about a year ago), my mum has high blood pressure, I've always had a skip in my heart (sorta dropping feeling, makes me feel a little sick), back problems, kidney problems and headaches and joint pains just to name a few. I'm saying these in case they help somehow.

    Finally, any help you can offer, besides going to see the doctor, would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers,

    -Aidan. :)
    Thanks abbies for your response. Though, I've only had concussion once and that was whe nI was 11. I fell from a fair height and hit the back of my head on the curb. My elbow was locked and I passed out for a few hours, lol.

    I do have ALL of those signs you mentioned though.

    I'm also trying not to worry about tumors because it doesn't not help my panic attacks at all :) .

    Extra Details:

    My sight is a little blurry, my hearing has been getting progressively worse for a while now and my memory has been going for the past 1 - 2 years.

    My mum also has these problems, but I dunno if they're genetic.

    I don't drink or do drugs btw.

    • ANSWER:
      u probly dont wanna hear this but DEFINETLY go to the doctor. My cousin had some fo realz problems going on with bad headaches that lasted for days and now he is being treated for a brain tumor.
      You say its in the bottom left and you have trouble with your balance? maybe something with your cerebellem?
      hmmm
      -acute stress reastion?
      -postconcussive syndrome? this sounds sort of like what you have symptoms include:
      -diziness, lightheadedness, or unsteadiness that makes it hard to stand or walk
      -headaches
      -lack of intrest in daily activities (your depression)
      -changes in your personality
      -symptoms that develope when you do physical activities
      -changes your ability to concentrate
      -becoming easily angerd for no appearent reason; feeling like fighting
      Check that out byt he link below and good luck :)

  30. QUESTION:
    What to feed my kittens?
    I have two (10weeks) kittens. When I adopted them 2 weeks ago, I started them off with purina kitten chow. Soon looking on here, I realized so many people said it was just a bunch of junk with cornmeal instead of real meat, so I switced to chicken soup for a cat lover's soul which has meat as their first ingredient, and I've heard great things about their dry food. So anyhow, eversince they've both have been having excessive gas, is this a good sign or a bad sign?

    Also, reading here and there, I see so many different opinions about food. Especially Purina, on how "crappy" it is, but most of the people that have been feeding their cats that seem fine, and instead, the ones that change to a higher protein actually ended up with severe kidney problems, However, seeing that my kittens are "kittens" isn't it ok to feed them foods high in protein?

    I'm so lost on what's actually a good food for my kittens. Some REAL help please?

    • ANSWER:
      Pay no attention to the one answerer with the 'tude - she's set in her (wrong) ways and apparently takes offense if someone tries to edumacate her! She's had a chip on her shoulder for a few months now and persists in giving out bad nutritional info. It's funny how she mistrusts everything printed about cats and proper nutrition - and yet believes what she reads on bags of cat food. *Snicker*

      And I also have to address the dry food cleans the teeth - wet food rots them that someone said. NOT TRUE! Neither statement is true.

      Yes, it is true that Purina is crappy food. And it's true that cats can eat it and seem just fine. Perhaps even for several years. That was true of my last cat, who did very well on Purina and other crappy grocery store foods. For 14 years. Then she developed IBD. You won't necessarily see bad health right away, but it will most likely crop up later.

      The food you're now feeding is a good food, but there are two possible causes for the reaction. First, did you switch suddenly or gradually? Sudden changes can cause digestive upsets. The other is that even good foods disagree with some cats. Think about humans and beans - some can eat them with no problems, others get gas. Some people are lactose intolerant. Cats are just the same - individuals with their own unique makeup.

      So if you made a sudden change, you can try backing off. Go back to the old food and include just a bit of the new. Then gradually increase it until you're only feeding the new.

      Or if it seems it's the particular brand, then just try another one. If you're feeding dry, I would only recommend Wellness Core, Innova Evo or Nature's Variety Instincts. All three are grainless.

      If you want to try canned (which is a very good idea), then see the What to feed link for suggestions. If you feed these better foods you don't have to worry about the "kitten" label which is actually pretty meaningless.

      As for high-protein causing kidney problems, I don't know about that. I'm not a vet and it's not my area of expertise. I could try to formulate an answer but I'd need more detail - such as how old were the cats when this happened, what was their diet previously, etc.

      In any case, I do not recommend feeding a low protein diet. Cats are obligate carnivores who need animal-based protein in their diet. Really, don't sweat it.

      I'm going to leave you with several links so you can read up on this for yourself. Not all of the items are on topic so just pick and choose what interests you.

      One last thing - when considering the answers you've been given, look for the sources for the info. I'm not saying that just because I'm giving them - but if all you're seeing is someone's opinion, how can you know what it's worth? Again, not to say that mine is right (although I believe it is, LOL), but you can see WHERE I've formed my opinions and decide for yourself.

  31. QUESTION:
    Should I listen to my dr or not?
    I am 29 weeks and I have had to have an ultrasound done every month for the last four months because I have kidney problems. The dr could not tell much about the sex of the baby because of it being so active. Then last month, he announces it's a girl but, then tells me that he is not 100% confident. My gynocologist had me sign a circumsician form (just in case). My mom and others that have had boys before tell me that I look like I'm carrying a boy (I'm carrying low plus I'm only showing in my stomach no where else). Also, this child is very active, which my first child (daughter) wasn't even close to being this active. Finally, a friend did that ring/needle test on me and it showed up a boy. So I have several people telling me it's a boy and my dr says it's a girl. So what do I tell people that ask what it is? People are starting to ask what I need and I don't know what to tell them. If it's a girl, I have everything from my first child but, if it's a boy, I need everything! What do you think?? Please share with me how your boy acted and how your girl acted in your womb. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Your dr has the most accurate evidence of the sex. Go with that until your next ultrasound.

  32. QUESTION:
    why do companies treat temps as total crap?
    i've been temped out to the same construction company on 4 different sites over the last year. i'm the man they ask for nearing completion. i go in dont mess about get the place cleared up and i'm the first to be paid off. the MD of this firm must be one of the biggest suckers for lost causes. on his pay role formerly of the same agency that i work for he has an alcoholic verging on dispsomania aged 45, another 45 year old with a buggered back and kidney problems a 53 year old with emphyzema and a lithuanian with a deformed arm who can speak no english. all hired direct from the agency full time as labourers. they get all the easy jobs, i do all the shitty work. i'm the only one classed as a skilled labourer, they're just general labour. i'm the one handed a brush they're the ones given 8 hours to chip out a single brick to repoint it!. is it fair for people to sign themselves up as labourers not labour but get paid more than me? oh and arselick like hell for a job?
    sorry i should add, i get paid tommorow. 200 smackeroonies for 40 hours bustin my balls. after watching the fella with emphyzema cough his lungs up for 10 minutes sitting on a stack of pallets smoking a ciggy i felt pretty peeved. he gets 380 a week.

    • ANSWER:
      So why the heck are you doing the job? If you are such a valuable asset to the workplace, then it shouldn't be too difficult to find a job where your talents will be appreciated.

      Possibly your judgemental attitude to your fellow workers might have something to do with your speedy dispatch. If the MD is such a 'sucker' how come he keeps getting construction contracts for you to complete? He must be doing something right!

  33. QUESTION:
    24 years old, missed periods..not pregnant.. infertile?? kidney?? diabetes?
    * 24 year old female, in good health (i think??)

    * Irregular period (late and short) for two months and missed this month all together
    (at first, I thought I may be pregnant but was proved wrong from three negative hpt's)

    * Urine is very bright yellow, sometimes even neon looking
    (I don't take any vitamins either)

    * I have to pee often ...but there is no pain or buring... and I pee a normal amount each time

    * Fluttering/spasm sensation in my upper left abdomen (under my ribs)

    * I do have a heart murmur but its never been a problem of any kind

    * Stress = I just bought my first home and Im also very worried about my periods

    * I was also in a car accident in August. There is a visible bluge on my left ribs but the doctors said "xrays showed no signs of fracture and the seatbelt probably just dislocated those ribs"

    If anyone has any experience with an of these symptoms or idea of whats wrong with me I would really appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Problems with passing out after birth of newborn baby?
    Hi,
    I just gave birth to a baby boy Sept. 5th, 2008. I lost ALOT of blood during the delivery the doctors "almost" had to give me blood but instead gave me stuff through my IV and some pills that they stuck up in a place id rather not discuss. Ok so however i felt weak the first few weeks, but then after that i started passing out, no warnings, signs or anything. 1 Night i was going to make a bottle for the baby and my mom found me on the floor 6 hrs later, theres been other times too in fact lots even to where once my 13yr old found me as i passed out falling up the stairs and then my 8yr old found me in the hallway! Its getting scarier and scarier. I went to the hospital, spoke even with my doctor, all they have said was that i have a UTI, that went into my kidneys and then started attacking my blood which caused the passing out. But its still not stopping and its got to the point im not even aloud to hold my baby without supervision, i do have alot of back pain, stomach pain, my fingertips are numb (tingly), but again i dont even get dizzy before these episodes its just BAM!!! and im down for the count..... If anyone has any clues or ideas or anything please help me. Thank u

    • ANSWER:
      I have a low blood pressure disorder and suffer from all of those symptoms on a daily basis. Maybe your blood pressure is very low? I also lost a lot of blood after I hemmoraged with baby number 3 and was on iron tablets for 3 months after I had him. Has your iron levels been checked? Maybe your iron levels are still very low. If you were given iron tablets to take, please make sure you keep taking them. I personally would be going back, explain again your symptoms and get them to run more tests. You really need to get to the bottom of all this.
      Lots of luck, and congrats on your new little man.

  35. QUESTION:
    Trouble urinating but no signs of pain or discomfort.?
    Alright, well a few nights ago I went to the bathroom on my normal routine, but something was different. I had some trouble urinating. There was absolutely no pain. And it took me about 1-2 minutes to actually go. Now this freaked me f**k out! Because I am a healthy 16 year old male! At first I thought I was just reading into it, because my mom went to the hospital the night before and we were talking about "Catheters" ect...So I calmed down and drank a lot of water, like 4, 500 mL bottles of water a day, and I didn't even touch a soda. And still to this day, my natural urine function is all off. Before this happened my pee flow was as strong and thick as a water hose and it reacted in seconds.

    Any way so I will describe it for you. There is absolutely "0" pain. So I'm almost positive that it is not a kidney stone. There is no blood in my urine, nor does it sting or burn at the end. My pee does not "dribble" at the end either. When I have trouble going, it doesn't slowly dribble out. I feel it coming, then it goes back in, then I feel it again but it just recedes back again until I finally go. Now I'm not sure if it is all of the fluids I have been drinking, but after I go, I find my self having trouble urinating an hour or two later. Which is weird because normally I only pee 4 times a day at most. And all of them are very satisfying. And it sort of seems like my urine flows are not as "satisfying" as they used to be. Like they are not as "long run" as before I started having this problem. So I am driving myself crazy with this problem, I am also worried because a healthy 16 year old male should not be having these troubles. So have any of you had something similar? Or know about this? Lots of help would be appreciated!!

    P.s- Just in case. Are those scopes and catheters really as painful as people make them out to be? Or are they just "Uncomfortable".

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe its because your worried abou thise kinds of thing thus creating a negative effect on your typical urinating pattern. This combiend with the fact that you are overhydrating yourself maybe the reson for your problem. Your only supposed to drink 8 cups per day. Try to calm down (no stress), and drink less for a while (some weeks maybe), to see if things go back to normal. If not, then consult a doctor.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is this a sign my kidneys maybe failing?
    I am a female at the age of 25, and I am having this problem of my urine smelling funny. I drink plenty of water and I drink cranberry juice because I think that the water isn't enough by itself. My urine is clear and it still have that funny smell which I believe is the smell of ketones. Is there something I can do or could it be that my kidneys could be failing. I want to go to the doctoer but if there is something that I can do i would like to try that first.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry you didn't describe the smell. It may not be ketones at all. You haven't mentioned pain, fever, or the color of your urine. That it is clear is a good sign. Ketonuria isn't a sign of kidney failure. If your kidneys were failing, you wouldn't be producing much urine at all. You may be overly concerned about nothing but for your own piece of mind and to rule out any actual disorder, make that appointment for a visit.

  37. QUESTION:
    I know there's a lot of std questions but i couldn't find the right answer...?
    I've been having a really bad itchy and burning sensation since i had sex last Saturday. First i thought it was a kidney infection, i have bad problems with those, so i bought a shit load of cranberry juice and drink lots of water and the burning when i pee still isn't gone. Then i came up with another scenario, maybe a yeast infection. Bad itching, clumpy discharge, but i did a three day cure kit and it didn't do a damn thing to solve my problems but...well, help me cream my panties. I don't have any lumps or bumps or any signs of herpes but i'm just a little unstable on my thoughts because i've never had anything like this happen to me and if it could be something that could make me have problems with having babies then i need to know to take care of it. I can't really afford to go to the doctor and get checked out at the moment but there are health clinics i can go to and figure something out. I'm just wondering if anyone can really help me out and let me know what's going on with my body and if you have this feeling down under, or have had this feeling. Symptoms again are really bad itching, at random times and sometimes a burning as well and definitely a burning when i pee, even if nothing comes out...but still no visual evidence. I would love some really useful advice. I've been roaming the internet for days and days and nobody has been able to set me straight, if this is an std, which one so i can prepare myself for this terrible doctors appointment. I think it's so sad how people with diseases like the ones out there can just spread it and not give a damn about the other person...but i'll be waiting on some responses. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      "I think it's so sad how people with diseases like the ones out there can just spread it and not give a damn about the other person"

      as much as i feel for you if you have an STD, it is YOUR body and you should be making 100% sure you are protecting yourself. you really cannot blame anyone else for your own carelessness. it isn't uncommon for men with stds to not show any symptoms, so you may be dealing with someone who doesn't know they have anything.

      you should get yourself to the doctor as soon as possible. if this is herpes (which it sounds very possible) you should be tested while you are showing symptoms.

  38. QUESTION:
    17 weeks pregnant uterine rupture?
    OK, I had my dd in Feb. 2009. I got pregnant again in June 2009.
    My doctor said i was "kinda" high risk. But never told me for sure.
    She said I could have a Uterine rupture. Ok, Now, When i found out i was pregnant i didnt have symptoms yet, or missed my period yet. I was sitting down one day, and my previous c-section scar started to hurt.
    I started to have sharp pains, they were light though. I never had problems whith my scar after it healed. It took me almost 9 weeks to heal from my previous. I was also in the hospital for 8 days from a alias. So, when the sharp light pain started i was like what could be causing this? Than i took a pregnancy test. I know at my 6 week check up the doctor told me to wait 18 months. Well, I had a schedualed pap in july, so i waited for that appointment no point in making two different appointments. So, I told her i was pregnant and she took another test and of course it was positive. So,
    I started my prenatal care. On my second visit, I told the doctor that the sharp pains is gradually getting a little more painful. She told me it was probably adhesions and not to worry, i'd have some discomfort. On my third prenatal visit, I told her again, it's hapening more frequent with the sharp pains, now it's radiating across my insicion, and i tried to describe this to her, and sometimes the sharp pain is hurts and it actually makes me stop in in dead tracks...and i wait for the sharp pain to subside and so forth. but now it's getting worse, and it's happening more and more through out the day, at the begining, it was light, and only happened once in awhile, now that im 17 weeks it's happening ALOT through the day and the pain is more painful than before. It's more of a sharper pain and
    it varies on the location of the scar. She told me that she think's it's kidney stones, and to drink alot of water to pass it. So i have been drinking alot of water, for the past month, and still nothing has changed. I KNOW she is wrong I can sense it. I just "know". My bf had alot of kidney stone problems his were recurring, and he had to have a few surgeries to remove them. I told him what i was experiencing and he said that doesnt sound like it at all...and i totally agreed. So now i'm worried that this could be a early warning sign that something is wrong. Oh, and when i was pregnant with my first daughter, i felt her moving around by now....and i dont feel this one at ALL...I still have my pregnancy symtoms. Also, i've only gained 1lbs. so far. Not saying that has anything to do with it, but just giving some more info on my situation. I have a ultrasound coming up soon, the second week of november, should i mention this to the ultrasound tech? and see if they can see antyhing? I know that when i was healing from my first one,
    i went ot the ER because i had seroma, and they did a ultrasound on my scar tissue, and it was a totally different kind of Ultrasound. So i dont know if the ultrasound tech will be able to see the scar tissue or not. Should I get a second opinion? because i'm really really worried....I really dont want to end up in a bad situation if it can be prevented. But this doctor doesnt seem worried about it, and i need reassurance, and not just blown off.
    She hasnt even done any tests on me, to even see if it's kidney stones or adhesions...all the reasons she told me, she hasnt even looked into.
    and that really bothers me, because the like the said the pain seems to be gradually getting worse. Should i worry, if the doc isnt worried?
    should i gets a second opionon? I really dont know what to do..I would like some advise.
    I know my uterus hasnt ruptured.
    I am worried it could. I dont know how worried I should be with this pain.
    Everyone i talked to with previous c-section, dont experience this. I just want the doctor to aswer my questions instead of beating around the bush,
    If there is something wrong i want to catch it before it turns ugly later on....

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know what the pain is, but I know your uterus hasn't ruptured. My uterus ruptured during labor. It felt like a searing/burning pain in the abdomen (not on the c-section scar) and you would be hemorrhaging.

  39. QUESTION:
    17 weeks pregnant with 2nd child, i'm afraid of uterine rupture, what should i do?
    OK, I had my dd in Feb. 2009. I got pregnant again in June 2009.
    My doctor said i was "kinda" high risk. But never told me for sure.
    She said I could have a Uterine rupture. Ok, Now, When i found out i was pregnant i didnt have symptoms yet, or missed my period yet. I was sitting down one day, and my previous c-section scar started to hurt.
    I started to have sharp pains, they were light though. I never had problems whith my scar after it healed. It took me almost 9 weeks to heal from my previous. I was also in the hospital for 8 days from a alias. So, when the sharp light pain started i was like what could be causing this? Than i took a pregnancy test. I know at my 6 week check up the doctor told me to wait 18 months. Well, I had a schedualed pap in july, so i waited for that appointment no point in making two different appointments. So, I told her i was pregnant and she took another test and of course it was positive. So,
    I started my prenatal care. On my second visit, I told the doctor that the sharp pains is gradually getting a little more painful. She told me it was probably adhesions and not to worry, i'd have some discomfort. On my third prenatal visit, I told her again, it's hapening more frequent with the sharp pains, now it's radiating across my insicion, and i tried to describe this to her, and sometimes the sharp pain is hurts and it actually makes me stop in in dead tracks...and i wait for the sharp pain to subside and so forth. but now it's getting worse, and it's happening more and more through out the day, at the begining, it was light, and only happened once in awhile, now that im 17 weeks it's happening ALOT through the day and the pain is more painful than before. It's more of a sharper pain and
    it varies on the location of the scar. She told me that she think's it's kidney stones, and to drink alot of water to pass it. So i have been drinking alot of water, for the past month, and still nothing has changed. I KNOW she is wrong I can sense it. I just "know". My bf had alot of kidney stone problems his were recurring, and he had to have a few surgeries to remove them. I told him what i was experiencing and he said that doesnt sound like it at all...and i totally agreed. So now i'm worried that this could be a early warning sign that something is wrong. Oh, and when i was pregnant with my first daughter, i felt her moving around by now....and i dont feel this one at ALL...I still have my pregnancy symtoms. Also, i've only gained 1lbs. so far. Not saying that has anything to do with it, but just giving some more info on my situation. I have a ultrasound coming up soon, the second week of november, should i mention this to the ultrasound tech? and see if they can see antyhing? I know that when i was healing from my first one,
    i went ot the ER because i had seroma, and they did a ultrasound on my scar tissue, and it was a totally different kind of Ultrasound. So i dont know if the ultrasound tech will be able to see the scar tissue or not. Should I get a second opinion? because i'm really really worried....I really dont want to end up in a bad situation if it can be prevented. But this doctor doesnt seem worried about it, and i need reassurance, and not just blown off.
    She hasnt even done any tests on me, to even see if it's kidney stones or adhesions...all the reasons she told me, she hasnt even looked into.
    and that really bothers me, because the like the said the pain seems to be gradually getting worse. Should i worry, if the doc isnt worried?
    should i gets a second opionon? I really dont know what to do..I would like some advise.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Can you help me re-write these sentences in a different way?
    By changing the words and the structure, but without changing their meaning.

    for Example:
    original sentence: Sudden and severe weight loss. This is the first symptom most people think of when they hear the word anorexia, but really it just one of many signs of anorexia.

    Changed: Although sudden and severe weight lose is just one of many signs of anorexia, it is the first symptom most people think of when they hear the word anorexia.
    **************************************…
    I need your help to finish these, Im not asking you to do all of them.. but as much as you can. But please to it perfectly.. an English project requires proper English.

    4.Withdrawal from social situations, especially those involving food. People with anorexia often avoid eating in public. They also want to avoid situations in which others might express concern about their eating habits or their weight.
    5.Lying about their weight and how much food they eat. People with anorexia may pretend to eat in order to avoid confrontations about their condition. They may also insist that they are not hungry, even when it’s been a long time since their last meal.
    6.Strange eating habits, such as cutting food a certain way or only eating one food. Anorexic people may experience severe anxiety if their rituals are interrupted or questioned.
    7.Health problems. People with anorexia are subject to a large number of health problems, including weakness, dizziness, and lethargy. These problems are likely due in part to low blood pressure. Another sign you might notice is lack or menstruation. There are many other health problems anorexic people can suffer, but many are not noticeable unless they visit a physician. These can be quite serious problems, though, like osteoporosis (bone loss), liver disease, kidney disease, and a weakened heart muscle that can lead to cardiac arrest. Health problems are one of the more serious signs of anorexia.
    8.Abusing diet pills and/or laxatives. In order to help them lose weight faster, many anorexic people turn to pills. Diet pills, or course, suppress the appetite. Laxatives cause food to move through the system faster, and so fewer calories are absorbed.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I might not re-writing your sentences above in a very compelling manner. I tried and here are they;

      4. Anorexia affected people tend to avoid socializing especially going out and eating on public places. Also, they do not want to talk about their eating habits and weight concerns.

      5. They do not want to talk about their weight and eating habits. Anorexia affected people falsely show to other people that they have a good eating habits. Sometimes they refuse for an invitation to eat, even if they are already hungry.

      6. People affected with anorexia show some unusual eating habits like cutting a food in a particular manner and eating only one type of food. They are very anxious when someone ask them about their behavior.

      7. Some of the heath problems an anorexic may experience are weakness, dizziness, lethargy and lack of menstruation. These may cause from a low blood pressure. Not only these problems be experience, there are other problems can occur but these can be diagnose by a medical professional. Some of these maybe serious ones like osteoporosis, liver and kidney diseases and a cardiac arrest due to the weakening of muscles in the heart. These health problems is a sign of anorexic person.

      8. People with anorexia always use pills to help them reduce weights, oftentimes they overuse it. That's why they lose their good eating habits. Also, they will use laxatives. This can speed up the movement of food inside the body, bypassing the body's absorption of calories.

  41. QUESTION:
    Feel like I'm going to faint every time I wake up?
    So, I'm being treated for a kidney infection and have been for the past week now. I've been to the doctor twice since diagnoses just to keep track of it. I got blood work done and everything has come back fine. My blood pressure was slightly high 143/88 (I'm 24 years old) but my increased stress and medicine is likely the cause. I'm in Cipro and doxycycline.

    Anyway, last night I went to bed and woke up suddenly, similar to how you do when you dream your falling, and I got really dizzy and my vision started blurring and I felt like I was going to faint. I laid down just in case but I didn't faint, just felt weak and anxious for about 40 minutes afterward. I finally went back to bed and woke up an hour later. I was slower to stand up this time but even so, I still got extremely dizzy and felt like I may faint.

    The medicine may be causing the anxiety, but I don't know whats causing this problem. I've been on the meds for 6 days now and this is the first sign of these symptoms. Seeing how I JUST came from the doctor that afternoon and was sent home with a "doing good" what do you thinks going on?

    • ANSWER:
      go to RxList.com

      its a site that is run by doctors and pharmacists with PhD's in medicine. Most of them have a Masters Degree. Everything is based on fact and not opinion. They use the most updated PDR: (Physicians’ Desk Reference.) And give you the info. Here is a link to your meds from the site.

      Cipro

      http://www.rxlist.com/cipro-drug.htm

      note: Doxycycline is generic so i did a search on the site and got several medications for it. so i didn’t give you wrong info. usually when you get a generic it says something like Doxycycline prescribed for [brand name]

      Doxycycline

      http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/srchcont_rxlist.asp?src=doxycycline&x=35&y=5

  42. QUESTION:
    Dudes, penial discharge at urination?
    Ok, almost everytime that I have to use the bathroom, im standing there about to pee, and theres this yellowish kinda discharge coming from my penis. At first I thought it might have been ghonorreah or clamydia. But I have had this problem for over a year. Could this be a sign of diabetes or cancer? I have had cancer before. I had testicular cancer in 2004 and had to have my left testicle removed. The reason I am not thinking its gohnorreah or clamydia is that I read up on those two and the signs (discharge) apparently go away after a couple months of having it. There is also one time a few months ago I went to go pee and had to push hard to get it to come out, and when i did it shot out, then when i stopped pushing (i was grunting mind you) the pee stopped coming out, began to get a burning sensation and then began peeing blood. After that though, it just stung a little to pee the rest of the day, and I had a lil bit of blood come out when i was not peeing. Guess my question is could this be a sign of cancer, kidney stones, diabetes, or what do you think it could be? As I said I did have testicular cancer. And had to have one testicle removed, and my other testicle was ascended and had to be pulled down back into my scrotum I think its actually sown to my scrotum. I cant move it around much. My brother in law told me he thinks it may just be old sperm coming out? I am not sure though. What do you think? Thanks.
    um, no you apparently sick individual, i am not "having my period" i am a man unlike yourself. With a REAL penis. Not the battery operated one you try to use to make up for your not having one.****just curious what it could be****
    and i do not have health insurance, which is why i am asking here. it doesnt burn to pee or anything else just sometimes i have a discharge when i go to do so. the only time i think i passed what was a kidney stone was once a couple months ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it might be a kidney stone. Part of your urethra may be blocked causing an infection, which would be the yellowish stuff. What really makes me think this is the fact that you had to strain to pee and then was passing blood. That sounds typical for a kidney stone.

      I would see a definitely see a Urologist though, especially with your history of cancer and and everything.
      Hope everything turns out good for you!

  43. QUESTION:
    Question about the penis... Serious!?
    1) Now for as long as I remember I've had a fluid filled bubble on the very tip of my penis. It is squishy, not a wart and only on that place. It is about 2 cm long and maybe 1 cm wide and doesn't look normal. I tried askin mens health and no helpful responses came up. Please help give me an ideaof what it may be. I am 14 and never had sex so it isn't an STD/STI.

    2) also recently ( like 10 months ago) It started to burn while urinating. First I assumed it was a UTI but I figured it would have spread and I'd be in more pain by now. Could this be the begining signs of a kidney stone? Or can this be related to the previous problem? Please help. Thanks so much for your input:)

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Am I crazy or am I dying?
    Sometime around March of this year; could have been the 15th, I tried some psychedelic drugs. I am almost 20 years of age and have been smoking marijuana since I was 16. I have never noticed it having any adverse effects on my health. I have always worked out vigorously 4-5 days a week since I was 16 as well. All past medical examinations showed nothing except me being an average healthy young man.
    Now, this is where I question my sanity. March rolls around and I decide to take some magic mushrooms with my friend. I went through my friends buddy who was reported to be a reliable source, so I wouldn't have to question the authenticity of the drugs. During my trip, I did not experience what I thought I would. Trees appeared to be vibrating, my thoughts were inexplicably deep, and I had the giggles. But I expected to hallucinate and have a spiritual experience. What ended up happening instead was me and my friend went to hangout with some girls and we were smoking some marijuana. During this time my friend's face flushed white and he passed out face first. After this I started to get a little anxiety for fear that he was reacting negatively to the drugs. He came to and I sat him with his back against the wall to regain his composure. Meanwhile the two girls started crying like crazy. At about this time, I started feeling extremely weak at the knees and everything started spinning. I then woke up to voices saying my name. I had fallen face first as well and I had scratched up my head pretty good as well as probably sustained a concussion. The experience was negative to be frank. And afterward I was extremely full of anxiety. My biggest concern was that I had gotten some poisonous mushrooms and I was having a toxic reaction. Seeing as how both of us blacked out.
    The day after I noticed floaters in my vision along with black swirling spots that appear as well. This was very disturbing to me the day after because I have never had any problems with my vision prior to the incident. It's now been about six months and the same problems are still persisting. I have extremely irritating floaters, swirling black spots in my vision, sharp and hot pains in my lower back, burning sensations in both my arms, twitching muscles, muscle spasms, episodes of weakness and fatigue, along with episodes of stiffness and joint pain I have never experienced. This has all left me with depression and anxiety.
    Convinced that something must be wrong with me I have seen my physician about 8 times. I have had 3 blood tests done, with the most recent (two weeks ago) revealing I had elevated creatinine levels. Being that my urine has been on the dark side, I asked my doctor if that was a sign of some kidney misfunction. He said it was due to my activity level. When you workout supposedly your body's creatine levels rise. I don't know what to make of that. I have also had an MRI done of my brain which was normal. My doctor said it revealed a little very very minor contusion which was probably a result of me landing face first on the left side of my head. I also had an MRI done of my back, which revealed a minor bulging disc from a car accident I had about 2 years ago. I saw a neurologist who said my muscles are fine and I have no sign of neuropathy or nerve damage.
    I do not know what to think at this point. The problems with my vision have really pissed me off to the point of no end. I have a hard time accepting the fact that I now feel all these quirks and pains that I did not ever previously feel. I read that severe anxiety can cause weird physical pain in some severe cases, but I have not really ever associated myself as the type of person to have anxiety. Does anyone out there have any ideas, or similar situations in which they could try to explain to me what the eff is going on? It would be much appreciated. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Just by the title of your post, check out the anxiety angle. Although my introduction to it was during a routine day (no drugs), anxiety can change you from a normal healthy person into an anxious wreck with very real physical symptoms - thinking you're on a downward spiral to death. Once you have that first panic attack (sounds like you did when you had the experience), you're changed. I now have lots of fatigue, general difficulty thinking (as well as before), muscle twitches, tachycardia, and pretty much everything else - a general decline in all health areas. Talk to your doctor and ask him if you could try Prozac and Xanax concurrently for a short period of time. I tried Prozac for a while and it real made no difference, but on a fluke (pre surgery) he added Xanax and feel like my pre-anxiety self. One of my toughest issues was a constant abdominal pain, vanished.

      Best of luck, and stay away from the drugs

  45. QUESTION:
    Am I pregnant or not?
    So, i'm showing alot of signs of pregnancy, a little tummy sickness here and there, being exhasted, smelling things a lot better, peeing alot, at first I thought I had another kidney infection because my lower back has been hurting, but I went to the doctor and I don't have a kidney infection. I've taken a home test twice within the last two weeks and they both said no, and i've had blood taken at the doctor twice within the last week because I'm having blood sugar problems. I've had light craps like i'm about to have a period but i've only spotted once or twice... I was taking birth control but recently got off the pill (it was Seasonel where you had only 4 periods a year) and the doctor said I might be a little off in that area for a while... what's up? Could I be pregant or not?

    Oh, by the way, the doctors have said nothing about me being pregant from the blood and urine tests they've run, but I don't know if they even checked for that...

    • ANSWER:
      hey
      i think comming off the pill has thrown you off, this recently happened to me. I felt strange the last month, but it was because of not taking the pill. Im sure the doctors would have picked up if you were pregnant. I think its because you stopped taking the pill.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why does labour keep stopping? And will doctors induce at 37 weeks?
    I'm 36 weeks and 4 days today but by next Tuesday when I have an appointment with my consultant, I will be 37 weeks and 2 days. So far during this pregnancy, I have had quite a rollercoaster ride. I have been very stressed due to numerous family problems, I have had a kidney infection when I was 24 weeks pregnant, I went into pre-term labour at 29 weeks pregnant which luckily was stopped and Tuesday I was told the baby had very low fluid around her so they were planning to induce yesterday but I went into the first stages of labour myself and then it stopped again. Doctors found out on a scan that the fluid was back up to normal range but the placenta is very mature for the gestational age although, they found it had slight aging signs a few weeks ago aswell so it's been like it a while. Baby is happy, active and regular checks show that her heart is doing brilliantly. Baby is very small for her gestational age and is only estimated to be around 4 & half pounds but she is still growing which is the main thing.
    My main question is: is it likely that the doctors will induce me at 37 weeks and 2 days taking into consideration the amount of problems we have had and especially the fact the placenta is very mature?
    Also: even though I have been in pre-labour twice during this pregnancy, why does it keep stopping of it's own accord? And does this mean I'm going to need help going into labour?

    Any personal experiences/stories to share would be lovely thankyou :)
    Just to add:
    first time I was in labour, I dilated to 1cm and was fully effaced and Tuesday when checked, I had dilated 1-2cm but I wasnt told the effacement.

    Also: baby has already had the steroid injections for her lungs at 29 weeks because doctors thought she was going to be born then.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a professional, but the doctors sound like they are watching you for toxemia. When the placenta is starting to degrade and the baby is not getting proper nutrients, they might induce labor at 37 weeks. But that is only if they think the baby can get better nutrition outside the womb. Lots of times with tiny babies, they will try to let them stay inside as long as possible, since they get the best nutrients and gain the most weight inside the mother. I would ask when you go what they are looking for and what your prognosis is.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my dog?
    I have a 2yr old German Shepherd mix named Olivia, who is a very intelligent, well-trained dog. Recently, she's started having some medical problems. It started out she had a fever of 105*, drinking large quantities of water, and refusing to eat. All she did was lay around all day. A week later, the fever had subsided and she was back to drinking her normal amount of water, but she still would not eat or be active. At this point she began to look very skinny- almost emaciated. She had lost a substantial amount of muscle mass, was shedding more than normal and showing signs of tooth decay.

    So we took her back to our vet where they administered a blood panel. It showed her BUN at 104, CRE at 12.6, ALB at 1.8, GLOB at 6.0, CA at 12.4, and PHOS at 11.3... Translation: her kidneys are showing signs of failure. So our vet put her on Prescription Diet K/D and Azolyl tabs.

    She finally started eating without hesitation. We continued the food and tablets for a month. She seemed to be back to her old self, but wasn't gaining hardly any weight. So we brought her back to the vet for another blood panel. Everything but her BUN is back in the normal range. So our vet said we could wean off the K/D and go back to regular dog food, but stay on the Azolyl tabs. When we got more dog food, we wanted to gradually step down. So we now have her on Science Diet Sensitive Stomach because the phosphorus and proteins are similar to the K/D. For the first few days after weaning (mixing), she ate adequate amounts without any hesitation..
    Now she won't eat it at all.
    She's also had one accident in her crate, and thrown up twice since switching the food. The last two days I wouldn't let her leave her crate until she ate some of her food (besides to go outside), and she will stay in there all day before she eats even a nibble.
    Also, her bm's have been small and once or twice a day.

    Every vet that has seen her is stumped. Does anybody know what could be causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      try to get some information from experienced german shepherd owners as they often know more than the vet as they are only dealing with that particular breed as german shepherds are notorious for having digestion problems. its worth a try.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is left for me to say.....?
    I typed up a report on diabetes, it is supposed to be 6 pages dubble spaced, but now i don't know what else to put, all i need is a half a page more. Thank you!

    Diabetes Type 1
    Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. People with diabetes have problems using food for energy. After a meal, carbohydrates in food are broken down into a sugar called glucose, which is carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Cells require insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, to help use blood glucose for energy. People develop diabetes because the pancreas does not make enough insulin or because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not respond to insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy.
    Prior to 1997, the type of diabetes typically diagnosed in young people was called juvenile diabetes or type 1. Diabetes emerging in adults was called adult-onset diabetes or type 2. Then in 1997, the official names of the types were changed to type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in children (after asthma). About 13,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Patients with type 1 diabetes make up about 5 percent of all cases of diabetes. It most commonly appears in girls and boys when they are about 14 years old. Usually, type 1 diabetes is first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults but it can occur at any age. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. As a result, the pancreas does not make insulin, a hormone which helps use blood sugar (glucose) for energy. The cells become starved of energy and there is an excess of glucose in the blood. People with Type 1 diabetes must have daily injections of insulin to live. Proper diet, exercise and home blood sugar monitoring are essential to manage the disease. Food and exercise must also be balanced because of the risk of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and hyperglycemia, high blood sugar. Both are life threatening concerns. When hypoglycemia develops, cells are not getting enough glucose. Confusion, loss of consciousness, comma and death results when the brain is deprived of glucose for too long. Hyperglycemia and prolonged absence of insulin may lead to ketoacidosis, the accumulation of ketones in the blood when the body uses fat for energy instead of glucose. Ketones make the blood acidic and slow down all body functions. Like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia can also lead to comma and death. The only cure available today for type 1 diabetes is a pancreas transplant, which is rarely done. Because both pancreas transplants and kidney transplants require lifelong use of powerful drugs to suppress immune reactions that can reject the organs, pancreatic transplants are usually done to those with type 1 diabetes who also need a kidney transplant. The side effects of immune- suppressive drugs can be severe and even worse than the disease. One or two people out of every 10 who get the surgery die within a year. Also the new pancreas is rejected by half of the people who get this operation. If the transplant fails, diabetes returns. Recently, experimental treatments with stem cells have shown some promise. For most people, type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease that can be effectively managed with insulin.

    Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
    •Urinates frequently. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream by flushing out the extra glucose in urine. A child with diabetes needs to urinate more frequently and in larger volumes.
    •Is abnormally thirsty. Because the child is loosing so much fluid from peeing so much, he or she becomes very thirsty to help avoid becoming dehydrated. A child who has developed diabetes drinks a lot in an attempt to keep the level of body water normal.
    •Loses weight. (or fails to gain weight as he or she grows) in spite of a good appetite. Kids and teens who develop type 1 diabetes may have an increased appetite, but often lose weight. This is because the body breaks down muscle and stored fat in an attempt the provide fuel to the hungry cells.
    •Often feels tired. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy properly.

    But in some cases, other symptoms may be the signal that something is wrong. Sometimes the first sign of diabetes is bedwetting in a child who has been dry at night. The possibility of diabetes should also be suspected if a vaginal yeast infection (also called a Candida infection) occurs in a girl who hasn’t started puberty yet. If these early symptoms of diabetes aren’t recognized and treatment isn’t started, chemicals called ketones can build up in the child’s blood and cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fruity- smelling breath, breathing problems; even loss of consciousness. Sometimes these symptoms are mistaken f

    • ANSWER:
      Watch out on using advice from yahoo answers if truthfulness is graded. While 80% of type 2's are overweight, only 18% of obese people are diabetic.

  49. QUESTION:
    Am I going into labor?
    This is a re-post from yesterday, I just want to get more opinions.

    I am 37 Weeks and 6 Days pregnant and I feel like I am going into labor. Not really sure though since this is my first pregnancy, I just want to know if I am just being dramatic or if this is really it.

    So about a week ago I lost my mucous plug and I had bloody discharge all day (just for one day though.) I told my OBGYN and he said not to worry about it because I was only 36 weeks and he didn't think anything was going to happen soon.

    The past 4 days I have been having very bad stinging pains in my vagina. Like the feeling of having a kidney infection where it stings when you pee. It doesn't sting when I pee though. Then yesterday morning at about 3am the pain started to go to my but and feels like I have to poop. When I sit down or even move while these pains are happening it hurts worse and worse. I feel kind of like I am constipated and having very bad menstrual cramps too. When I time them, they last about 15-20 minutes. This has been ongoing since 3am yesterday morning. Is this contractions? Also my discharge has increased a lot.

    Now, I don't want anyone with rude responses telling me to go to the doctor. I fully plan on calling him tomorrow when he gets back from vacation and explaining to him my problems. But I just want to know if these are signs of going into labor or if it's something else. If I was for sure in labor I can go to the hospital, but my dr and the hospital said to make sure first because of high occupancy. They don't want me to come in and get all situated and then nothing happen for days and days.

    P.S. My water hasn't broken! And I really hope this is it so I can finally get my hands on my baby girl!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like labour!!

      But it sounds like 'false labour' which *can* happen for weeks beforehand.

      The term 'false labour' is a bit rude because there's nothing false about it except that it slows down and stops and doesn't progress all the way to a birth!!

      Try and get some rest because one of these days these pains will progress into the most exhilarating 8-ish hours of your life!!

      Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    Could my baby have Down syndrome, or am I worrying too much?
    I am 27 weeks pregnant, I am trying not worry about it but I can't help it. I got the AFP test and the results came back negative. But I went to get an ultrasound at 24 weeks and the Dr. said that my one of my daughters kidneys was slightly dilated. He told me that it is one of the signs of down syndrome but that it also could mean nothing and can resolve itself by birth or the next ultrasound. He said he didn't see any other signs of down syndrome. A part of me is trying to not even think about it mainly because I beat myself up with my last pregnancy for nothing.
    I had got the AFP test with my first pregnancy and it came back positive, they told me my baby could have her intestines outside of her body or spina bifida or even Down Syndrome. I was devastated!! I cried so much thinking my daughter would never walk or have problems throughout her life. Then when she was born she was completely healthy and nothing was wrong with her... I told myself I would never get the AFP test again, but I did. I was happy the results came back negative this time, but now I am worried about my new babies kidney and having down syndrome.
    Should I be worried? Has anyone else had an ultrasound say that there baby had a dilated kidney and it resolved itself?

    P.S. I was offered an amniocentesis but my Dr. said it wasn't worth it if I was going to keep the baby no matter what because of the chances of miscarriage.

    • ANSWER:
      My son had this, except he had bilateral kidney dilation. I was told at my twenty week ultrasound and also told it was a soft marker for Downs. I had an amnio and all was fine. They monitored it and it resolved prior to birth. My son's dilation was also very mild.

      Because of my concern, I researched this issue to death. I discovered that isolated soft markers, especially dilated kidneys, often don't mean much. There is a correlation of increased risk, but a very low one. The blood screening tests are thought to be more accurate. Speaking of which, did you just have the AFP or the triple/quad screen? The later is the more reliable test.

      If I were you I'd talk to an MFN (maternal fetal medical doctor, often referred to as a high risk ob) if you haven't already to monitor your baby and properly explain everything to you. I wouldn't worry too much though, odds are heavily in your favor!!!


Food Diet For Kidney Failure Patients

What is Kidney Transplantation?

Kidney transplant is co 00004000 nsidered a treatment option for patients with kidney failure (end stage renal disease). A kidney from another person - the donor, is surgically placed in the lower abdomen of the person being treated. The transplanted kidney is connected to the recipient's blood vessels and bladder.

Who can qualify for Kidney transplant?

To help determine whether a person is a candidate for transplantation, a number of tests must be performed. Some of these tests are required for any operation (history and physical, chest X-ray, EKG) while others (such as pap smear, mammogram, flexible sigmoidoscopy and stress test) are required for transplant surgery. An individual must have a creatinine clearance of 20 or less, no active infections, HIV negative and cancer free.

Matching donors with patients
There are two types of organ donors: a living donor and a non-living, or cadaver, donor. Living donors elect to donate one of their kidneys and undergo surgery for its removal. Non-living donors are those who have allowed usable organs to be taken from their bodies at their death. Both types of donor organs can be successful transplants.

Compatibility between a patient and the donor reduces the chances of organ rejection and increases the chances of a successful transplant. Transplantation team will determine if a potential donor is a good match based on the following tests:

Blood type matching: matches patient's blood type to the potential donor's blood type.

Tissue matching: measures and defines certain proteins, called antigens, present in the patient and potential donor's blood and tissue proteins. The best compatibility is called a six-antigen match, which occurs 25% of the time between siblings who share the same mother and father. It can occur between members of the general population, but it is rare. Due to advanced immunosuppressants, a strong tissue match is not required for a transplant.

Crossmatching: performed by mixing a small amount of the patient's and potential donor's cells. Testing involves different phases and as many as 10 to 15 tests. If the patient's cells do not react to the donor's cells, the chances of organ rejection are low. If the crossmatching tests show that the patient's cells react to the donor's cells, there is a high chance of organ rejection.
If patient have a potential living donor and the transplant team has determined that person is a good match, they will also undergo a thorough medical evaluation at the transplant center. If things go well, patient and the living donor will be scheduled for the transplant surgery.
Preparation before Kidney transplant Surgery:

Each kidney-transplant candidate must be evaluated to determine whether transplantation is likely to be safe and beneficial. Pretransplant evaluation commonly includes:

Blood tests, including tissue type analysis
Chest X-ray
Electrocardiogram and perhaps other heart tests
Meeting with endocrinologists if diabetes is present
Meeting with nephrologists specializing in kidney transplantation
Meeting with a transplant surgeon
Typically, two days are needed to complete this evaluation.

Kidney Transplant Surgery

During kidney transplant surgery, an incision is made in the transplant recipient's abdomen, usually on the lower right side near the "hip bone." The donor kidney is placed near the bladder on the right side of the recipient's pelvis. Surgeons usually attach the donor ureter to the recipient's bladder, allowing urine from the new kidney to flow normally. Surgeons restore blood supply to the donor kidney by connecting it to blood vessels supplying the recipient's legs.
The patient's own kidneys are usually not removed. In some cases, such as when the kidneys have been a lingering cause of high blood pressure, one or both kidneys are removed during the transplant or at a later operation.
Transplant typically takes about three hours. The recipient usually gets out of bed and takes a short walk the day after surgery. Liquids can be sipped the day of surgery, and a normal diet is usually resumed within two to three days. During recovery, most patients gradually experience less discomfort in the incision, a greater ability to move around, and return to normal activities. The donor kidney should begin to function immediately, and patients typically remain in the hospital for three to five days.

What to expect after the Kidney Transplant?

Even with the best possible match between patient and the donor, patient's immune system will try to reject the new kidney. Patient's drug regimen will include medications to suppress their immune system. Because medications to suppress patient's immune system so patient should make his body more vulnerable to infection, doctor may also prescribe antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal medications. Post-transplant treatment will be a delicate balancing act between preventing rejection and managing unwanted side effects. Doctor will monitor your treatment closely and adjust it as needed.
Patient will also need to follow a diet designed to keep your new kidney healthy a" although it'll likely be less restrictive than a diet associated with dialysis. Patient may need to count calories and limit his salt intake.

What are typical survival rates?

Most people who receive a kidney transplant enjoy a high quality of life. About 97 percent of people who receive a living-donor transplant are living after one year and almost 87 percent after five years. When the organ is a close match, nearly 96 percent of people who receive a deceased-donor transplant are living after one year and more than 80 percent after five years.

Why should one go for Kidney Transplant Surgery to India?

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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:
    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

  3. 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:

  4. 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


First Signs Of Kidney Disease

The symptoms of kidney stones range. At first as a crystal is forming, you may not feel a thing. Then as time goes by and the kidney stone starts to move, you may develop a slight twitch which comes and goes. That twitch may develop into an ache or downright pain that is too hard to handle. In my case it evolved to the point where I was blacking out. Not fun by any means. Sometimes the kidney stone gets caught in the ureter and worse case scenario is that surgery may be required to remove the stone. Not trying to scare anyone but that is the reality. Luckily for me, I didn't have to have surgery.... just antibiotics and pain killers for the first kidney stone as I passed it about a week later.

If you have felt the pain of stones multiple times (as I did), you start to understand the symptoms of kidney stones. The choice is yours as to whether or not you see a doctor but my recommendation is if you believe you have a kidney stone, it is a good idea to seek out a doctor. Once you've had multiple kidney stones, you may believe that you know the progression of the kidney stone and so long as you feel it moving and the pain isn't unbearable, hopefully you will pass it and everything will be alright.

After multiple bouts of being in pain, I learned how to not only get rid of kidney stones naturally but to also avoid them. If you are presently suffering from kidney stones or have suffered from them in the past, I sure hope you find this information informative.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    First signs of kidney disease?
    I have a strong family history of kidney problems and am very concerned about developing kidney disease, especially since I have had numerous problems in the last 2 months. I just wanted to know what to look out for in the future. For anyone who has kidney disease, what were your first symptoms? Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Well the first signs will come from blood tests, obviously, but from an observable symptom stand point here is what I experienced:

      The first sign is having to sleep more or increased fatigue. This could be brought on by the increased toxins in the blood or a decrease in your red blood cell count as a result of the failing kidneys (anemia). Loss of concentration is also a result of this.

      Swelling the in the legs is a sign that the kidneys are near their end since they can no longer keep up with removing fluids from the body.

      Frothy urine is also an early symptom. Frothy urine means you're passing protein. If it happens periodically, it's nothing to worry about but if it happens all the time you could have a proteinurea.

  2. QUESTION:
    Early signs of kidney disease?
    I already asked this question once, but I need more answers. I'm 24 years old and lately I have been really worried that I'm developing kidney disease. I have a strong family history of kidney problems and have had a lot of problems myself in the last 2 months. In the last 2 months, I have had a UTI, a kidney stone removed, and 2 kidney infections. I also had a CAT scan a week and a half ago and was told that my left kidney looked pretty swollen. The symptoms I've had for the last 2 months are: noticeable blood in my urine, bubbly or foamy looking urine, severe pain in my left side which radiates to my back, nausea almost all the time, weight loss, feeling cold all the time, very itchy skin, craving more salty foods and feeling worn out all the time even when I haven't done anything. I have read a little bit about kidney disease and have read that all of these things can be symptoms. I'm worried that with my family history and all of these symptoms that I might be developing kidney disease. I do have a follow-up appointment with my urologist next week. I plan to ask him about all of this since none of it is getting better. If anyone has any experience with kidney disease, what were your first symptoms? Does this sound like kidney disease or could it be something else? I would really appreciate any personal experiences or advice. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      im sorry to say that blood in urine + protein in urine is a marker for kidney damage of some sort. Flank pain + itchy skins pretty much nails it. I also have kidney problems. Weight loss comes from the foamy urine. foam comes from the protein loss in the urine. Feeling cold from low hemoglobin. From all the symptoms you described i am 100% sure something is wrong with your kidneys. But there are many conditions that can cause kidney damage. I dont know if your symptoms is caused by a disease or damage from infection/stones. Dont get too sad if you have kidney disease. There are many ways which you can decrease the progression rate such as: 1)to limit your protein intake while increasing carbs, 2) lower salty food intakes, 3) exercise + healthy diet (people with renal disease usually die from heart problems rather than kidney failure), 4) use of medications such as ace inhibitors (decreases pressure in kidney vascular system). and more.

  3. QUESTION:
    Early signs of kidney disease? Need advice!?
    I'm 24 years old and lately I have been really worried that I'm developing kidney disease. I have a strong family history of kidney problems and have had a lot of problems myself in the last 2 months. In the last 2 months, I have had a UTI, a kidney stone removed, and 2 kidney infections. I also had a CAT scan a week and a half ago and was told that my left kidney looked pretty swollen. The symptoms I've had for the last 2 months are: noticeable blood in my urine, bubbly or foamy looking urine, severe pain in my left side which radiates to my back, nausea almost all the time, weight loss, feeling cold all the time, very itchy skin, craving more salty foods and feeling worn out all the time even when I haven't done anything. I have read a little bit about kidney disease and have read that all of these things can be symptoms. I'm worried that with my family history and all of these symptoms that I might be developing kidney disease. I do have a follow-up appointment with my urologist next week. I plan to ask him about all of this since none of it is getting better. If anyone has any experience with kidney disease, what were your first symptoms? Does this sound like kidney disease or could it be something else? I would really appreciate any personal experiences or advice. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, just wait til you see your specialist. try not to stress they will tell you what to do.

      ask your family and relatives- but also keep in mind moderm medicine gets more advanced every year.

  4. QUESTION:
    Any advice on the best diet for a dog diagnosed with early signs of kidney disease?
    My 14 year old shih tzu, Doc, was recently diagnosed with kidney disease and my vet recommended switching his diet to Hills k/d. I am pretty strongly opposed to using Science Diet brand and so have been doing research on alternatives. Doc is currently on 'Orijen Senior' which is a 70% protein food. I know protocol is to immediately switch to a low protein food for renal failure but I have come across some information indicating recent studies show that a high protein diet could be ideal for even a dog with kidney disease as long as phosphorous levels are low. Any advice? First hand experience? Thanks.
    Please do NOT try to sell me on Hills. It contains LOW quality ingredients and also contains ethoxyquin. Which is banned from human consumption because it is carcinogenic.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh Gawd bless you for doing your research! Amen !

      You are absolutely correct - this is not about lower protein, it's about higher quality protein. Phosphorus is going to be your limiting factor and you can even use a phosphate binder (eg: calcium such as Animal Essentials natural sea calcium) to further lower dietary calcium.

      The food you choose is entirely up to you. Raw protein is actually the best for a KD dog but if that is not an option for you, for whatever reason, then I would suggest you look at something like Ziwi Peak (www.k9rawdiet.com). Using Ziwi Peak as your base food, you can then add in your supplements or even add in some home cooked meals for rotation and variety.

      KD isn't a scary diagnosis anymore. It can be highly managed through diet and supplements.

      Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    Gaucher's Disease?
    I need some picture of Gaucher's Disease.p
    Gaucher disease is an inherited metabolic disorder in which harmful quantities of a fatty substance called glucocerebroside accumulate in the spleen, liver, lungs, bone marrow, and sometimes in the brain. There are three types of Gaucher disease. The first category, called type 1, is by far the most common. Patients in this group usually bruise easily and experience fatigue due to anemia and low blood platelets. They also have an enlarged liver and spleen, skeletal disorders, and, in some instances, lung and kidney impairment. There are no signs of brain involvement. Symptoms can appear at any age. In type 2 Gaucher disease, liver and spleen enlargement are apparent by 3 months of age. Patients have extensive and progressive brain damage and usually die by 2 years of age. In the third category, called type 3, liver and spleen enlargement is variable, and signs of brain involvement such as seizures gradually become apparent. All Gaucher patients exhibit a deficiency of an enzyme called glucocerebrosidase that is involved in the breakdown and recycling of glucocerebroside. The buildup of this fatty material within cells prevents the cells and organs from functioning properly. Gaucher disease is one of several lipid storage diseases.

    • ANSWER:
      I found some pictures by using these sites. I hope that was helpful.

  6. QUESTION:
    Should I euthanize my cat?
    My 15 yr old cat couple weeks ago started throwing up partly processed blood. She was very dehydrated and skinny. She was also chroniclly constipated. Vet gave her liquids and ran all kinds of tests on her (thyroid, kidney, liver, ulcer). Sent me home with a couple of meds. Doctor called later and said everything came back fine cept shes alittle anemic & she should be wormed. She called back awhile later & said she looked closer & theres signs of mild kidney disease, it can be controlled with diet change. Changed her food to hills pres. for kidney & she doesnt eat it, so ive been giving her her reg.food. Lately shes stopped eating and shes been drooling the past few days badly & looks a lil blood tinged like first time. She really weak & sways when walks. Ive forced some water and food supp. down. Shes seems like harder to see/hear. She just sits & yestr. stayed outside by shed, i brouhght her in my closet. I dont have more money to treat her, could she be in major kid. failure??

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry but if your cat is not eating, that is not a good sign in itself. You know her better than anyone else, but it does sound as though her quality of life is not what it once was.

      I really do feel for you, as this is the most difficult decision a loving owner has to make for their pet and one that we all hope never to have to make. Have you spoken with the vet recently to update them on her current status? Have they made any further recommendations or suggestions about what your options are? A good vet will advise you when it is time to let go of your pet, but ultimately, that decision is up to you.

      The web article below, may help you reach a decision on what is the best thing to do for your cat.

      http://www.messybeast.com/towards-end.htm

      I hope you have the support of family and good friends to help you through this.

      Take care.

  7. QUESTION:
    Are these signs that my job is in jeopardy?
    OK, I've been at my current job for almost 16 years (I am a medical transcriptionist/typist for a mental health facility).

    Our CEO (I'll call him Arthur) retired in 2008 after almost 30 years. His CEO position was taken by the Clinical Director (I'll call her Kelly). While Kelly can run the company more efficiency from a financial standpoint (Arthur tended to make what sometimes turned out to be unnecessary purchases in regards to property for "expansion" of the agency), the agency no longer has a climate of goodness and the morale is low. Even several the mainstays there who have been there longer than I have are getting ready to quit.

    My boss (I'll call her Cookie) is a real sweetheart, but her health is quickly deterioriating due to a kidney disease. She will be getting a kidney transplant and will be out most of the year. She may even be retiring soon.

    Here is where I come in: Her assistant (I'll call her Scratch) is also the purchase agent for the agency and also is the daughter of the president of the Board of Directors. Some of my job duties have been given to Scratch, leaving me with just typing minutes of meetings, typing doctor's notes, and creating template forms (as needed). They let Scratch get away with not notifying the agency when she'll be in. They may be practicing favoritism here.

    In addition, they will be going completely automated as far as software and typing notes, and the doctor's notes may be outsourced. There is also talk of them making some support staff part-time from their existing full-time status. Also, the other day, the computer guys were desperately needing help for somebody to statistically enter data into the computer in preparation for this automated changeover. I found out this was something I could do, and that I could do really fast because I type 140 WPM, but they refused my help (whereas in the past, they normally would not have).

    At this time, I really like my job. I live 30 miles away from my current job, but my boss Cookie lets me work at home once a week and at the agency I work upstairs and everyone is informal, i.e., walks around barefoot, because nobody can get up there except for me and Data Processing & Computer staff.

    However, for the first time in nearly 16 years, I no longer feel 100% secure. Should I put my feelers out there? (I know the local Indian Hospital which is one mile away from where I live desperately needs people for their Medical Records department). At the same time, however, my husband, his parents, and my parents would be supremely disappointed should I leave a steady job. Should I wait until they are more serious about making cuts? (I type the Management Team meeting, so I usually know company business that other staff don't -- and I usually know when they are serious about doing something).

    • ANSWER:
      While no one can know their plans except them - they won't tell you even if you asked. My experience working with a company that is going through a cycle of lay-offs makes flags go up when I read your question.

      I think you need to go to the other hospital and see what they are willing to offer you. Based on that, make your decision.

  8. QUESTION:
    Do you think I have lupus?
    I don't mean to be self-diagnosing or anything- I'm not a doctor, certainly- but I've been wondering something. I'm 16 and was diagnosed with epilepsy 4 months ago after 2 consecutive seizures. However, I have no familial history of epilepsy, and my EEG didn't show any signs of epilepsy, but my neurologist said that sometimes that happens. I've been on medication which controls the seizures and the medication doesn't have any bad side effects, which is good.

    But recently I've had lower back pain that seems consistent with kidney problems. I've always had really bad mouth sores, like canker sores, that I get all the time- once a month or so. My joints, especially shoulders and hips, have been painful sometimes, particularly in the morning when I wake up. My skin is also sensitive to light, and in the past few days I've had a rash across the bridge of my nose and onto my cheeks.

    But I've been Googling this rash and trying to figure out what the heck it is- and found that it's called a butterfly rash, and it's a sign of lupus. And that light sensitivity, mouth sores, joint pain, kidney disease, and seizures are all signs of lupus as well.

    However, when I was screened for epilepsy, I had a lot of bloodwork done, including some of the tests that may indicate lupus- and it all came back normal.

    So do you think my doctor was wrong? Do you think I have lupus, not epilepsy? Especially since lupus has been known to be misdiagnosed at first, I thought I should find out. I'm going to the doctor soon, but I wanted to know for now what YOU thought. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Given the timing, I'd say it sounds closer to a reaction with your medication. I'd check with your neuro and make an appt to a rheumatologist as well just to be sure.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can you help me re-write these sentences in a different way?
    By changing the words and the structure, but without changing their meaning.

    for Example:
    original sentence: Sudden and severe weight loss. This is the first symptom most people think of when they hear the word anorexia, but really it just one of many signs of anorexia.

    Changed: Although sudden and severe weight lose is just one of many signs of anorexia, it is the first symptom most people think of when they hear the word anorexia.
    **************************************…
    I need your help to finish these, Im not asking you to do all of them.. but as much as you can. But please to it perfectly.. an English project requires proper English.

    4.Withdrawal from social situations, especially those involving food. People with anorexia often avoid eating in public. They also want to avoid situations in which others might express concern about their eating habits or their weight.
    5.Lying about their weight and how much food they eat. People with anorexia may pretend to eat in order to avoid confrontations about their condition. They may also insist that they are not hungry, even when it’s been a long time since their last meal.
    6.Strange eating habits, such as cutting food a certain way or only eating one food. Anorexic people may experience severe anxiety if their rituals are interrupted or questioned.
    7.Health problems. People with anorexia are subject to a large number of health problems, including weakness, dizziness, and lethargy. These problems are likely due in part to low blood pressure. Another sign you might notice is lack or menstruation. There are many other health problems anorexic people can suffer, but many are not noticeable unless they visit a physician. These can be quite serious problems, though, like osteoporosis (bone loss), liver disease, kidney disease, and a weakened heart muscle that can lead to cardiac arrest. Health problems are one of the more serious signs of anorexia.
    8.Abusing diet pills and/or laxatives. In order to help them lose weight faster, many anorexic people turn to pills. Diet pills, or course, suppress the appetite. Laxatives cause food to move through the system faster, and so fewer calories are absorbed.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I might not re-writing your sentences above in a very compelling manner. I tried and here are they;

      4. Anorexia affected people tend to avoid socializing especially going out and eating on public places. Also, they do not want to talk about their eating habits and weight concerns.

      5. They do not want to talk about their weight and eating habits. Anorexia affected people falsely show to other people that they have a good eating habits. Sometimes they refuse for an invitation to eat, even if they are already hungry.

      6. People affected with anorexia show some unusual eating habits like cutting a food in a particular manner and eating only one type of food. They are very anxious when someone ask them about their behavior.

      7. Some of the heath problems an anorexic may experience are weakness, dizziness, lethargy and lack of menstruation. These may cause from a low blood pressure. Not only these problems be experience, there are other problems can occur but these can be diagnose by a medical professional. Some of these maybe serious ones like osteoporosis, liver and kidney diseases and a cardiac arrest due to the weakening of muscles in the heart. These health problems is a sign of anorexic person.

      8. People with anorexia always use pills to help them reduce weights, oftentimes they overuse it. That's why they lose their good eating habits. Also, they will use laxatives. This can speed up the movement of food inside the body, bypassing the body's absorption of calories.

  10. QUESTION:
    Could a UTI be a symptom of some bigger infection/disease?
    When I was pregnant with my first child I had him 3 months early due to an infection. I was admitted to the ER because my OBGYN thought I had a kidney infection. I had the correct symptoms of a UTI but I also had sharp pains on my right side and in my stomach. They ruled out appendicitis but claimed it was all a uterine infection after a month of being in the ER (During which I had my baby.) I'm now experiencing the same thing all over again only this time when I went to the ER they said it was a UTI and sent me home. I have a history of UTIs and this doesn't feel like a UTI or a Kidney infection. But they refuse to do anything else because it's only me being in pain and unable to move for a while. So I'm wondering if the UTI isn't a sign of another infection or disease. Something that is to blame for this pain. Antibiotics don't seem to help either.

    Also: I am STD free so that's already been ruled out.

    • ANSWER:
      Some people are just prone, but I am not aware of a UTI being the result of another ailment, other than dehydration. I have heard that some of the newer white teas, green teas, fancy teas, seem to not agree with some folks' kidneys and bladders. Could it be ovaries or ligaments? Now dont laugh at this, but could you be lactose intolerant? this happened to a friend of mine and she had every doc in the world in there giving her every diagnosis in the world. Turns out she became lactose intolerant in her late 30's. The pain was awful and the docs were clueless. that was 20 years ago.

  11. QUESTION:
    Im worried about my best friend..(bowel movement problems)?
    A few days ago..she called me saying she took the biggest poop in her life..and after that..later that day..everything she eats she has to poop..after anything she eats..and she says its like runny poop/diarrhea & she says she bleeds a lot when she poops..that theres blood in her poop & when she wipes..& that her anus hurts really bad after. i haven't talked to her today or yesterday about it but im worried. all these problems seemed to be happening after that really big bowel movements shes had. she is a very promiscuous girl & im just hoping this isn't a first sign of some kind of disease. shes never had an STD before..she got checked..i'd say about 2-2 1/2 years ago & all she had was a kidney infection. i tell her to try to stick to ONE guy & make sure u guys are faithful to eachother & ALWAYS use protection. i know she uses protection shes not dumb..but still she just turned 17 yrs old in august she shouldn't be having so much sex so young. atleast not with one after another. anyway im worried..my mom thinks maybe she popped a blood vessel from such a large poop earlier that day? but why diarrhea? she doesn't feel sick or else she would of told me...and she said her stomach hurted. what could this be?? i wanna take her to my doctor but shes too stubborn to leave her bf's house & live with me. what should i do?? =/
    Me and her are SUPER close..shes like a sister...we grew up together & are super comfortable around eachother..so she tells me anything & everything. idk what to do for her.. i think it could be hemmeroids. sorry i forgot how to spell it. i told her to eat soft foods..so her poop wont be as big. what could this be??

    • ANSWER:
      Why do you know so much details about your best friend's life. You should go to the doctor and explain the situation. Im sure its nothing that serious

  12. QUESTION:
    Can Someone Please Help me with these 2...I am lost and do not know where to begin?
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.
    5. Why is the condition of Mr. Hodges‘s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    6. As his chronic renal failure worsens, what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    7. What is causing Mr. Hodges‘s kidney disease?
    8. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    Ms. Jones, a 68-year-old female, underwent open-heart surgery to replace several blocked vessels in her heart. On her first day postoperatively, it was noted that she had very little urine output.
    1. What is happening to Ms. Jones‘s kidneys, and why is it causing the observed symptom?
    2. What other symptoms and signs might occur?
    3. What is causing Ms. Jones‘s kidney disease?
    4. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      hi, you have presented a complicated question. i am a final year med student and i will try my best to answer your questions. in the case of mr. Hodges, the kidneys are the organs that filter waste out the body and into the bladder creating urine. if kidneys are failing it means they are not working at peak efficiency therefore not filtering enough waste out of the body hence there is less urine to excrete. as all the unwanted waste is building up, this can have effects in other parts of the body, mr hodges may expect to experience headaches, jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, renal pains .. these symptoms can be manages by dialysis and other medications. the exact cause of kidney disease is unknown however, it is common place among the elderly.. kidneys may fail when a person gets older. at his age, it is possible hey may need dialysis to maintain kidney function, in the elderly with kidney failure prognosis is unfortunately not so good. another possible option is a kidney transplant from a donor.

      in the case of ms. jones, her presentation with poor urine output after one day of surgery may only be related to the fact that her food intake before surgery may have been very limited. most people need to fast for up to 48 hours prior to any surgery therefore waste is not being produced so there may be less urine. there is no indication of kidney disease. email me if you wish to add more detail

  13. QUESTION:
    What should I do with my disabled parent?
    I'm not sure If it is time for my dad to be in a nursing home, or If there are other options to consider. All I know is that my dad refuses to get any kind of assistance (in home or out) and he gets quite hysterical at the idea. But first let me tell you about myself.

    I'm 22 years old, going to school 18 hours a week and working 15 hours a week. I havent left home yet because it would be too dificult for me to afford living alone while going to school. But living with my parents has been more then a challenge.

    My Dad is 64 and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 10 years ago. He is at a point where he can only walk small amounts a time. Now he uses a wheel chair or crawls around on the floor. He falls down pretty often and we have to call the fire department to lift him back into his bed. He can barely get himself to the bathroom, and soils himself atleast twice a week. He also refuses to wear Depends and it's a pretty disgusting situation to say the least. He has a hard time showering and dressing himself. Probably showers once every 2 weeks, and has resided to only wearing underwear and socks. He is very difficult for anyone to get along with, because he is severly depressed and angry. Now his Docor says he is showing the begining signs of altzheimers.

    My Mom is 58 and has had Chronic Kidney Disease for 7 years. She recieves dialysis 4 times a week. She is still alot more functional then my Dad, and I think she can take care of herself adequately. She is atleast more sociable, and she bathes herself more frequently. She tries to take care of my dad , but I dont know why she thinks she is strong enough to do everything for him when she isn't. A year ago my mom had a stroke. She was lucky and had a pretty quick recovery. But she can barely use her left hand, and she still drives my Dad around everyday. And sometimes when my mom can't drive him for whatever reason, my dad actually drives. Theres just no way that can be safe. The police started to recognize him and have pulled him over multiple times, in the past six months alone. Yet no legal action has been taken.

    Although they are not that old, they are retired and barely leave the house. I am left to do ALL of the cleaning for my entire house regularly, with little complaint. But I honestly refuse to sacrifice my life anymore then I have. But its also difficult to stand back and watch, and no one has given me any advice or ideas. My younger sister moved out a while ago but she is the only other person who has seen how unhealthy their situation is. Still I wonder, Why hasnt their doctor taken action? What is there to do?

    • ANSWER:
      The doctor hasn't taken action because he has absolutely no legal right to do so. He can render a diagnosis and give advice if asked. But that is it.

      The police are also operating under the reasonable constraints of the law. They have the right to give your Dad a ticket or a warning for any driving infraction. As long as he has a license, he has the right to drive.

      First the house belongs to your parents and they have the right to do whatever they want. It is possible to have someone declared mentally incompetent by the courts. Of course, that takes a significant amount of time and financial resources, since you would need a lawyer. Frankly if your father were declared mentally incompetent, your mother legally still has the rights to do as she sees fit with herself and her husband.

      You can consult with members of the family, a counselor or a lawyer. No one is going to offer advice unless you ask. Both your parents can opt to be evaluated for physical and mental competency at their discretion Perhaps a family member or friend can convince your parents that they do need help.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me?
    Please help me. My boyfriend and I have been together for five years, so we're in a really great relationship. In August, we had sex for the first time because we both agreed it was what we wanted to do. Since then, we've done it eight times.

    I'm usually really irregular for my period, but if I were regular, the last time I got it was five weeks ago, so it should be now. I've gone months without my period though, and I'm not on BC. Since the last time that I had my period, we had sex twice. The first was literally for ten minutes, and he didn't finish (he never has), plus he wore a condom (he always wears condoms--we play it safe).

    Ten days later, we had sex again, and everything was fine. Sometimes when we're done having sex (since the beginning), I've had a little bit of a stomach ache, but I decided that must be because he's going in too deep. Anyway, after having sex that second time, I noticed there was blood, and I bled for three days after. Since then, I've had a lot of back, stomach, and kidney issues, but I usually have kidney issues when I get my period (we're still not sure if I have a kidney disease or anything). Please, please, please help me. I'm honestly terrified. The signs seem to suggest that yes, I am pregnant, but we were safe (I know 100% safe doesn't exist). Could there be any other reason for this? Would him going in too deep be a potential reason? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    My pee smells really horrible?
    Well for the past few days my pee has been dark yellow, very cloudy, and has smelt horrible. So horrible that I thought the dog shit outside my bathroom door the first time I noticed. It also hurts a bit, and there is a lot of pressure as well, but only when I'm pretty much done peeing, I don't feel the need to frequently urinate, and when i need to pee I can pee a lot before it starts hurting. I have sex frequently with my boyfriend, but I'm positive this isn't a sexually transmitted disease or infection. I keep very well hydrated, and cranberry juice has always been my favorite drink. I recently started using Encare as a form of birth control, but when I say recent I mean about two months ago. I'm sure its just a U.t.i., or something small but on the off chance that its something larger I would like to know. I can't find anything helpful anywhere online, but I'm not the most internet-savvy person as well. kidney disease and diabetes do run in my family, but I've never shown signs of either in the past.. maybe I'm just making mountains out of molehills though.

    • ANSWER:
      You have a uti probably and you need antibiotics for that. You cannot cure up a uti just from cranberry juice alone. If you let it continue the infection will get worse and eventually will damage your kidneys and other organs.

  16. QUESTION:
    27 year old virgin male?
    Hi all

    well this is my first time EVER using a forum to express my feelings.

    As the title says im a 27 year old virgin, i had a tough old time as a kid, i like to think that i know the reason for being a virgin at this age.

    Basically at the age where everyone starts to grow interested in the opposite sex, they stare, smile, eventually talk to each other have a crush on each other, end up going out with each other, touch, kiss, love etc.

    Well at that age i was diagnosed with a kidney disease, and to cut a 17 year story short, i spent more time in hospital than i spent at school/socialising from the age of 10 till 17, and then i was left with no confindence and mentally (also physically) scarred from 17 onwards till the current date.

    At 17 i was given a kidney transplant after 7 months on dialysis, and therefore given a second life, a second chance.

    But i missed out on all the essential parts of growing up in the relationship with the "opposite sex" section of my life.

    I mean everytime i plucked up even the most measly amount of confidence to go speak to a girl i was kicked down hard, by more operations or tablets with powerful side affects, i went from not growing an inch in 4 years, to being fat and bald, then thin and yellow skinned, frail and sick.

    i never had a chance to impress or compete with the other lads. and i guess that stayed with me.

    As i reached 17 the second chance at life i was given helped me achieve great things, i have a great job, i accomplished great atheltic goals, ive studied kungfu, ran marathons, i earn good money, i drive, work and own a house.

    I no longer feel intimidated by people, infact im more of a man than i ever thought i would be.

    But i missed out on one thing, all that growing up that was needed from 10 years old to 17, that crucial time of ur life where u learn and experience life with the opposite sex.

    and that "Gap" in my life remains with me now, im absoulutly petrified of asking girls out, i can be friends with them, talk to them, but can never go further than that, all my mates call me gay, they laugh it off, but i know they think it.

    My famlily leave me subtle hints of settling down with someone and having kids, ive never even had so much of a kiss from a girl let alone settle down with one and have kids.

    I suffer in pain ever day, knowing il grow old and lonely, knowing that my family will never continue, knowing that my nan, and dad wil never be a great grandparent or grandad.

    when i go to famly parties i see all these kids around us and my nan and dad looking at them i can see it in there eyes as they look in envy at their sisters and brothers with their grandchildren and at the same time i see sadness in them that they dont have any kids running around from there own son/grandson.

    i suffer when i see my friends in all smiles as they look at their girlfriends and as they kiss and cuddle, when i hear their stories of how much in love they are and how they feel like they are going to settle down .

    Dont get me wrong i feel so happy for them, but equally depressed that i carnt be in the same boat as them.

    i have simply not got what it takes to even ask a girl out, ive tried and tried but all i end up doing is just looking and smiling at them.

    All i can think about is "what will they think of me when they get to know me, what will they think when they see me having to take tablets everyday, and how will they react when they see my body, my imperfections"

    im literraly petrified, tottaly horrified of taking my clothes off infront of someone, even the doctors becasue of my posture, the very signs of the stress by body was put through for 10 years.

    i dont think im ugly , i have posture problems and some odds lumps and bumps in some places but im certainly very clean, very healthy, and very hygenic.

    i have lots of interest from girls but i let them go everytime , and i allways end up loving them, like a school boy with a crush, but it allways ends up a one way thing becasue i dont do anything about it.

    I mean comon 27 years i dont even know if i work down there any more, im frightened that i wont even be able to get it up when the time comes, if it ever does come.

    Its killing me, literaly ripping me arpart from inside out, this lonelyless is taking over and im scared of what it will do to me.

    i need help, i need a girlfriend, someone who i can take things slow with , someone who could understand me.

    i want you to know im perfectly mentally stable lol, im not in any way weird or unusual, other than the fact that i dont have it in me to go out with anyone.

    this lonelyless can only be understood by people who have lead the same life. its terirble and i feel sick from it.

    Help!!
    sorry i dont know how to reply to people who have answered my some what very long question, but

    Yes i had a very active social life, i went clubbing 4 times a week for 7 years, all my mates had plent yof chances with girls except me, but even i had my chances too and i blew everyone of them, simply becasue of my insecurities.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe you can talk to some of your female friends about this.
      You say that you think your not ugly but u really do have self esteem issues
      Confidence is a big key in winning a girls heart. When out with friends, don't feel/think that its just another night where your not going to get laid. Don't admit it. Try and try every time.

      Another think you should try is eharmony or a dating website. If the personal approach is too hard then try cyber dating. Its not that bad.

      your not helpless and its just an issue of confidence. Like Nike, you just gotta DO IT!
      If the direct approach is just something u can' handle then counseling is a way to help you get it.

  17. QUESTION:
    Could my cat have a disease besides cancer?
    About 3 weeks ago my cats first symptoms started to arise.
    -Lameness, she started limping in the back left leg first, they gradually all 4 over the next two days.
    xrays showed no signs of any fractures, breaks, fluids or tumors.
    They vet thought it may be tissue damage so they gave her a shot of cortisone which improved her walking until the injection wore off and she was back to limping so i brought her back to the vet he gave her a non-steroid medicine she now is walking fine HOWEVER she then lost her appetite, stopped grooming herself, lost a pound in less then a week and seemed zombie-like. I brought her back to the vet they finally did blood work. Her red blood cell count was low.. she was obviously anemic and her white blood cell count was "alarmingly high". She was tested for FIV and FELV negative for both and they ran tests on her kidney and livers and both seemed find. The vet did additional xrays and didnt see anything obvious but she did say that something in her stomach area did not look normal but that it could just be that she is a very tiny cat so the image was not clear. There were no obvious masses and my cat is not vomiting nor does she have diarrhea. My cat was given IV fluids, a shot of anti-biotic and steroids. she started feeling great as soon as she got home and had her appetite back and is cleaning herself she feels great today. My question is, if she has cancer, what kind? and if its not cancer what else could it be? thank you any input would be a relief until she goes to the specialist on monday.

    • ANSWER:
      The symptomatology really doesn't sound like cancer. Cancer doesn't respond to antibiotics. Since she responded so well to the antibiotics, this points to an infection. The high white blood cell count sounds like it could be in her kidney(s). Call the emergency vet number over the weekend if she takes a turn for the worse, otherwise good luck on Monday, let us know.

  18. QUESTION:
    Should we feel sorry for this family because of "their" bad choices?
    The American Dream turns into a debtor's nightmare
    A sad, but common, tale starts with alleged predatory lending, intensifies with impossibly high payments and usually ends in foreclosure.
    By Jennifer Delson and and Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
    October 8, 2007
    Soledad Aviles dreamed for years of owning a home, with a plot of land where he could grow corn and chiles as he did in his native Mexico. So he felt blessed last year when he learned he could buy a three-bedroom, single-story stucco house on West La Verne Avenue in Santa Ana.

    Referred to a local loan broker by a trusted friend, he borrowed the entire purchase price of 5,000 from Washington Mutual at a high interest rate typical of sub-prime loans. The monthly payment, as he says he understood it, would be ,600 -- steep for a glass cutter who made an hour -- but Aviles counted on his wife and three of his six daughters, who also worked low-paying jobs, to contribute.
    "We took out our pencils, figured out our take-home pay and figured out that if we all pitched in, it would work," said Aviles, 54, a stoop-shouldered, soft-spoken man with a sixth-grade education from Mexico.

    Relying on the broker's word, he signed loan documents written in English, a language he neither speaks nor reads, Aviles said. He was shocked to learn afterward that the monthly payment would not be ,600, but ,800 -- a price that forced him to rent out bedrooms, the garage and an enclosed porch while he and his wife slept on the couch. He fed his family with food from friends and corn he grew.

    Aviles says he was not aware that the February 2006 loan application he signed dramatically exaggerated his family's income. The application lists him as the owner of a landscaping business with a ,400 monthly income. His 27-year-old daughter Marlene, who earns an hour in a noodle factory, appears as the owner of a housecleaning company who makes ,700 a month. The application lists their yearly income as 7,000, when, according to Aviles, it was really closer to ,000.

    Now, five months behind on his payments, Aviles is scrambling to sell the house before the bank forecloses. Desperately ill from kidney disease and unable to work for the last year, he sits dejectedly at the dining room table, wondering when the bank will kick him out.

    Aviles' situation is hardly unique. Add his name to the ever-expanding list of casualties in the nationwide sub-prime mortgage debacle, his experience echoing that of thousands who bought homes in recent years only to find themselves in a sagging market saddled with payments they cannot make.

    But amid the storm of foreclosures, his story illustrates the special vulnerabilities of first-generation immigrants in places like predominantly Latino Santa Ana, where city leaders have identified about 800 sub-prime borrowers facing the potential loss of their homes.

    "We think this is just the tip of the iceberg, in terms of the breadth and depth," said Steve Harding, Santa Ana's deputy city manager. Apart from the language barrier, he said, many first-generation immigrants might have been especially vulnerable to sub-prime lending because they avoided checking accounts and credit cards, which prevented them from qualifying for regular loans.

    The city has teamed with the Fair Housing Council of Orange County to offer free foreclosure prevention workshops, hoping to teach people to avoid predatory lenders and find help as they face the loss of their homes.

    The Fair Housing Council said the number of people seeking help over mortgage woes, many of them Latinos living in Anaheim and Santa Ana, has soared. The group typically receives 15 to 20 complaints annually, but in September of this year the group received more than 20. The state Department of Real Estate, nonprofits and the Mexican consulate also have reported a rise in mortgage complaints, many of them from homeowners saying they signed documents they didn't understand.

    Across the state, many cases are landing in court. Kerstin Arusha, a directing attorney at the nonprofit Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, said that Spanish speakers, along with the elderly, "seem to be hardest hit by both sub-prime lending and predatory lending. There are many borrowers out there that were misled about the terms of the loan."

    The Law Foundation is suing a broker, real estate agent and lender in federal court on behalf of nine Santa Clara County families, many of whom speak only Spanish, contending they were lured into mortgages they didn't understand. The lawsuit alleges that the broker inflated incomes on loan applications, misrepresented the terms of the loans and stuck clients with higher payments than they had been promised.

    The victims "thought they saw the promise of the American Dream, and instead they ended up with a nightmare," Arusha said. "I think they were seen as easy targets for predatory lenders who could sell them a bill of goods without giving them disclosures in a language they understand."

    The Law Foundation is handling 10 other cases involving predatory lending, half of them for Latino clients, Arusha said.

    But in Orange County, the district attorney's office has not reported an increase in prosecutions for fraudulent lending. Elizabeth Henderson, a prosecutor in the county's fraud unit, said many such crimes go unreported in immigrant communities because of a distrust of law enforcement and confusion over what had occurred.

    "They're not really sure what they were promised, so they don't know if they were cheated," she said.

    Sitting in his Santa Ana home, waiting for the bank to kick him out or for his kidney to kill him, Aviles did not hesitate to characterize what had happened to him: "They used me, nothing more."

    He was led astray, he said, by a man he had considered a dear friend, Carlos Lares. They used to work in a factory together. He said Lares showed him about a dozen homes, including the one he bought, and offered to arrange a mortgage.

    State records show Lares lacks the real estate license required to show homes. In an interview with The Times, Lares denied showing homes and said he merely took Aviles to the office where he works, Century 21 South Coast. He declined to comment further. His business card lists him as a "team service associate."
    Part of me does feel bad for him, but he was stupid to think he could even make payments o 00 a month, when he and his wife only make .00 an hour.

    WE should not have to bail him out or bail out others like them. This article is the start of letting the taxpayer bail these people out of their situations. Screw the people who made educated choices.
    """Jesus, Mary and Joseph.....a 0K house? /hr income. You must be kidding me. What was this man thinking in ANY language??? """"

    LOL that is the going rate in this part of the country. What is sad....... the majority of Santa Ana is a dump...... it is an illegals haven...... It is little TJ

    • ANSWER:
      Jesus, Mary and Joseph.....a 0K house? /hr income. You must be kidding me. What was this man thinking in ANY language???

      WTF????????????????

  19. QUESTION:
    How do u pay 2/3 of costs of covering 10s of millions more people by cuts to medicare & not cut service?Ration?
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124692973435303415.html

    Do you know what the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, or NICE, in the UK is? Like the governmental committee to make 'recommendations' on care and best practices in Obamacare, NICE was originally set up just to advise on best practices, but mutated.

    "What NICE has become in practice is a rationing board. As health costs have exploded in Britain as in most developed countries, NICE has become the heavy that reduces spending by limiting the treatments that 61 million citizens are allowed to receive through the NHS. For example:

    In March, NICE ruled against the use of two drugs, Lapatinib and Sutent, that prolong the life of those with certain forms of breast and stomach cancer. This followed on a 2008 ruling against drugs -- including Sutent, which costs about ,000 -- that would help terminally ill kidney-cancer patients. After last year's ruling, Peter Littlejohns, NICE's clinical and public health director, noted that "there is a limited pot of money," that the drugs were of "marginal benefit at quite often an extreme cost," and the money might be better spent elsewhere.

    In 2007, the board restricted access to two drugs for macular degeneration, a cause of blindness. The drug Macugen was blocked outright. The other, Lucentis, was limited to a particular category of individuals with the disease, restricting it to about one in five sufferers. Even then, the drug was only approved for use in one eye, meaning those lucky enough to get it would still go blind in the other. As Andrew Dillon, the chief executive of NICE, explained at the time: "When treatments are very expensive, we have to use them where they give the most benefit to patients."

    NICE has limited the use of Alzheimer's drugs, including Aricept, for patients in the early stages of the disease. Doctors in the U.K. argued vociferously that the most effective way to slow the progress of the disease is to give drugs at the first sign of dementia. NICE ruled the drugs were not "cost effective" in early stages.

    Other NICE rulings include the rejection of Kineret, a drug for rheumatoid arthritis; Avonex, which reduces the relapse rate in patients with multiple sclerosis; and lenalidomide, which fights multiple myeloma. Private U.S. insurers often cover all, or at least portions, of the cost of many of these NICE-denied drugs.

    NICE has also produced guidance that restrains certain surgical operations and treatments. NICE has restrictions on fertility treatments, as well as on procedures for back pain, including surgeries and steroid injections. The U.K. has recently been absorbed by the cases of several young women who developed cervical cancer after being denied pap smears by a related health authority, the Cervical Screening Programme, which in order to reduce government health-care spending has refused the screens to women under age 25.
    Sound good to you?

    Doesn't sound good to me.
    Sunshine he said 2/3 not 1/3 and since he is ADDING huge committee and oversight structures and keeping insurance involved as well, there is no savings. That is the problem the CBO had with it. It doesn't cut costs. So to take the money from medicare means cutting service.

    • ANSWER:
      Thank you for a well thought out and informative question. Sad that they could not sue them because of this, but that's one of the perks of being the goverrnment.

      This must be another way to allow the insurance companies to dump the high cost customers, just like they were able to do with the high costs of prescription drugs.

      Amazing that Chris Dodd is for it as he has only gotten about million from banking and insurance companies. They know that places like the three county area around Dade county has almost a billion bill annually for aids.

      These high costs are costing the top brass of the insurance companies money and bonuses. Since Obama has taken office Fed spending has gone up 25% from 3 to 4 trillion, even without the cap and trade and 3 billion for this health plan.

      let's use the KISS system to answer your question there is no way to do what they say and understand it is the same as a campaign promise.It is not possible. Even the President stated the government run programs were bankrupting the country, so why push this other than a payoff from and for insurance.

      Pray that the Congress understands that the 30 million undocumtneted ( using that government figure and not the 12 million figure during the last try), then take the 12 million that don't want to pay, the homeless that have mental problems and still can get medicaid and you have maybe 10 million that fall in the cracks that want it, but cannot afford it and that's that.

      I notice and have contacted the companies that will take anyone and only for 0 amonth and do not understand why the government would not farm out Medicare to them.

      As far as the cancer, MD Anderson has done extensive studies and also China and Japan, UCLA, Wake Forrest... that resveratrol, stops cancer (google " clinical and preclinicasl trials of resveratrol for cancer") and many have been saved, but for some reason the government will not advertise it. Many doctors even prescribe it after breast cancer therapy. I have a freind that was given 3 months and that was four years ago now.

      You know this, but the "plan" is a government take over to reward the lobbyists and will kill 100,000s more than Raplh Nadar has documented.

      Didn't mean to ramble, and much better answers, but hope this may help. Have a great 2009, 2010.....

  20. QUESTION:
    Please help me I am worried about my fiance?
    My fiance is 30 years old and has always been healthy, all of a sudden this year he gets sick and has been sick for 6 months now. We have come to find out that he has blood in his urine, when it was about the first 2-3 months there was no sign of blood but his urine was a different colour then normal we thought maybe it was just dehydration. I told my fiance to go to the doctor but he was to stubborn to go and he let it go until it got worst. Once the problem got worst and he was actually pissing out blood he finally went to the doctor.

    He has seen at least 4 different doctors and has had 2 ultrasounds that had come back normal and showed nothing on them, he has had blood work done several times and all has come back normal, and he has had a CT scan done with the dye and without the dye and it has also come back normal, he has also had a Cystoscopy done and that also came back normal.

    The blood work showed this:

    Hemoglobin - Attention-133 - Reference Range - 135 - 180 - Units - G/L

    Hematocrit - Result - 0.396 - Reference Range - 0.37 - 0.54 - Units - L/L

    WBC Count - Result - 6.2 - Reference Range - 4.0 - 11.0 - Units - X10 9/L

    RBC Count - Attention - 4.26 - Reference Range - 4.50 - 6.50 - Units - X10 12/L

    MCV - Result - 93.0 - Reference Range - 80 - 97 - Units - FL

    MCH - Result - 31.3 - Reference Range - 27.0 - 32.0 - Units - PG

    MCHC - Result - 337 - Reference Range - 320 - 360 - Units - G/L

    RDW - Result - 12.6 - Reference Range - 11.0 - 14.5 - Units - %

    PLATELET COUNT - Result - 212 - Reference Range - 150 - 400 - Units - X10 9/L

    ABSOLUTE: NEUTROS - Result - 2.0 - Reference Range - 2.0 - 7.5 - Units - X10 9/L

    (A) LYMPH - Attention - 3.4 - Reference Range - 1.1 - 3.3 - Units - X10 9/L

    (A) MONO - Result - 0.4 - Reference Range - 0.0 - 0.8 - Units - X10 9/L

    (A) EOS - Result - 0.4 - Reference Range - 0.0 - 0.5 - Units - X10 9/L

    (A) BASO - Result - 0.0 - Reference Range - 0.0 - 0.2 - Units - X10 9/L

    RBC MORPHOLOGY - NORMAL

    PLATELETS - NORMAL

    CHEMISTRY:

    UREA - Results - 4.6 - Reference Range - 3.0 - 8.2 - Units - MMOL/L

    CREATININE - Results - 125 - Reference Range - 60 - 127 - Units - UMOL/L

    eGFR - Attention - 59

    SODIUM - Results - 143 - Reference Range - 135 - 146 - Units - MMOL/L

    POTASSIUM - Results - 3.9 - Reference Range - 3.5 - 5.2 - Units - MMOL/L

    CHLORIDE - Results - 108 - Reference Range - 95 - 108 - Units - MMOL/L

    Anyway there is his blood work results and as you can see there are a couple of things that are a little low and a couple of things that are high. That is because of the problem that he has which we do not know what it is.

    Other then that all of his blood work cam back normal as well as the rest of the test that I have mentioned they have all come back normal, showing nothing wrong.

    He is healthy but what we can't figure out is where is the blood coming from in his urine if there is nothing wrong with him.

    The one doctor had also said that his kidneys are working but not the way they should be so they are a little on the abnormal side.

    My fiance feels dizzy, can't think straight, sometimes he looks white as a ghost, and he is also a bit anemic from having this problem, not only that but he is cold a lot.

    So if all of his test are coming back normal then what could this be?

    Could it be a kidney disease of some sort or could it be excessive exercise he use to do befor all of this happened?

    He doesn't have no kidney stones, no tumors, no cysts and etc, so what could it be?

    It is really freaking me out can someone please help me and tell me what it could possibly be when everything is normal, other then his kidneys being a little abnormal.

    Everytime the doctors take a urine sample blood always shows up in the urine, but when he goes to the bathroom to urinate his pee is all blood.

    I am just praying that it is nothing to serious and not only that but I am afraid of losing him if the doctors don't find out what it is and catch it before it is to late.

    Can someone please help me?
    To Aidani,

    Hi, It is bad and very stressful, I worry about him all of the time wondering what it could be.

    I just want to say thank-you for your sympathy comment and I am hoping for the best. The guy that made a comment after you did really upset me and got me crying.

    I am even more scared of losing him now hearing that he may have Lupus but I hope he doesn't have it.

    Anyway thank-you again for your sympathy comment, you are a real sweetie and I really appreciate what you had said.

    Take care, from Debbie!

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my, Thats sounds bad. I feel bad for you hun! He should of gone to the doctor before that =( I hope he's ok! Just make sure he is eating healthily and drinking plenty of fluids. Make sure that heaven forbid if anything is wrong that he is in the best possible position to fight it.

  21. QUESTION:
    Have you been tested for Hepatitis C?
    Many factors of getting hcv....your dentist, your tatoos, peircings, surgery of any kind, sharing drugs, no matter what kind. Mass incoculations. Sharing toothbrushes, razors and being in the service. Very rarely is HCV spread through sexual intercourse because not normally is there a passage allowing transfer. HCV is not an STD. It is a liver disease that kills!

    There is no vaccine for hcv. HCV is spread through transfer of blood. It is a blood borne infection infecti that can take up to 10 years before you realize you have it. Doctors simplify their blood labs and even though the ALT and AST levels in your blood shows withint normal ranges, you can still harbor active HCV.
    Symptoms of HCV vary and is wide spread. Skin rashes, hair loss, weight loss, severe fatigue and lethargy, Depression (usually the first sign or), other mental illnesses. HCV resides, once in your body, in every organ, every tissue. It can affect the heart, lungs, kidney's.
    HCV KILLS THOUSANDS EVERY YEAR.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I get tested every year during my annual. Both my parents "had" and my stepdad "has" Hep C. When I found out, after my mom died, I immediately called my doctor for an appt. That was in 2002. I know that they all got from sharing needles with one another. And I don't know how long they had it. My dad died in 1990 and he had it then, sooooooo?????? Thanks for all the information. Take care. :)

  22. QUESTION:
    Causes of clear urine?
    Sometimes (as in it may happen for a few days then stop happening for a while; right now this is the second day in a row) I'll wake up, and the first time I use the restroom it will be an average yellow color. Then maybe an hour or two later I'll go again and it'll be nearly clear, then another hour later the same thing will happen. Then I'm normal again. I remember this also happening when I was younger, except I would have to go to the restroom every 30 minutes for a couple of hours (smaller bladder).

    I've read on the internet that clear urine can be a sign of (obviously) being well-hydrated, diabetes insipidus, or other kidney disease. I very rarely drink water (I may have two or three other types of drinks a day,) and my kidneys are probably the healthiest organs in my body, if their tests results are any indicator, so what else could cause this? Could it have anything to do with PMS? It's not a big problem or anything, I'm just curious.
    Lol well my throat is usually a tiny bit dry, but I chalk that up to dehydration. I don't have insatiable thirst. Stef, the diabetes part of your post is straight-up copied and pasted from the internet; I've seen it before. The rest of your post I appreciate though :)

    I'm thinking that maybe my body has just decided the water is too old and wants to get rid of it? Does the body do that?

    I don't know what in my diet has to do with clear urine, unfortunately. But I eat a little of everything, although I haven't been eating much fruit lately, and to drink I mainly have orange juice or milk. Maybe a little more internet research will help :)

    • ANSWER:
      May be depending on what your eating/drinking. Wait a couple days and see if it passes. My wee is sometimes clear and i don't drink water.
      Good luck

  23. QUESTION:
    When does FMLA officially start?
    I'm a little confused regarding what the first day of the 12-week FMLA period would be in this situation.

    The employee and doctor sign off on the Certification of Health Care Provider form on 8/2/07.

    Us the employer send the Employer Response to Employee Request for FMLA to the employee. This form notes that the employee would need the leave beginning 9/10/07 and ending 9/9/08.

    The employee, who's daughter has a kidney disease that requires hemodialysis, takes what seem to be FMLA related days off, dating back to 8/1/07 (dialysis, follow-up appointments, etc.)

    As my language hints, I was not an employee when this occurred. Although, on 3/7/08 the employee donated a kidney to her daughter (additional FMLA time).

    Can anyone help me determine when the FMLA leave officially commensed? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Good question. FML starts when the employee calls in sick and the department determines the condition as an FML (if it is a continuation of the same condition). Retro assigning may happen in the following scenarios: a) the employer is not informed of the condition; b) is waiting for supporting documentation to determine whether the condition qualifies for FML.

      29CFR825.825.205
      "If an employee takes leave on an intermittent or reduced leave schedule, only the amount of leave actually taken may be counted toward the 12 weeks of leave to which an employee is entitled. For example, if an employee who normally works five days a week takes off one day, the
      employee would use 1/5 of a week of FMLA leave. "

      29CRF825.825.203
      "Intermittent leave may be taken for a serious health condition
      which requires treatment by a health care provider periodically, rather than for one continuous period of time, and may include leave of periods from an hour or more to several weeks. "

      29 CFR825.825.208
      "In all circumstances, it is the employer's responsibility to
      designate leave, paid or unpaid, as FMLA-qualifying, and to give notice of the designation to the employee as provided in this section. In the case of intermittent leave or leave on a reduced schedule, only one such notice is required unless the circumstances regarding the leave have changed. The employer's designation decision must be based only on
      information received from the employee or the employee's spokesperson (e.g., if the employee is incapacitated, the employee's spouse, adult child, parent, doctor, etc., may provide notice to the employer of the need to take FMLA leave). In any circumstance where the employer does
      not have sufficient information about the reason for an employee's use of paid leave, the employer should inquire further of the employee or the spokesperson to ascertain whether the paid leave is potentially FMLA-qualifying."

      I hope this makes it clear for you.

      Re: CKBuiness19 - The question assumes that the individual is covered by FMLA. It is also strange to see someone disagree with the verbatim CFR law. Yahoo was hiccuping when I sent this, and the links obviously didn't carry forward to the DOL site referenced. Just google the specific CFRs I sent you to make sure that you don't use CKBusiness19's incorrect interpretation of 12 weeks. The the employee used PTO for the August 2007 appointments, than this cannot be interpreted to be FML. Refer to 29CFR825.825.205 to understand the difference between 12 calendar weeks and 12 work weeks. The decision for when leave begins is for the employer, but make sure your decision is grounded in law so it doesn't go to court. Email me if you have any follow up questions.

      There are proposals to change how FMLA works, but those are not passed and this case would likely be grandfathered in depending on the final act. (last link)

  24. QUESTION:
    How fast can you develop heart disease?
    I am 21, and been having chest pains along with shortness of breath. About 4-6 months ago I saw a cardiologist and had an MRI and an ultrasound of the heart. Everything was clear and good and I was signed off. Now down the road, I'm still having shortness of breath and chest discomfort. It feels different compared to last time though. About a week ago I thought I was having another heart related problem, went to the ER, everything turned out fine. I have high blood pressure and one working kidney. In that 4-6 month window, would it be possible to develop heart failure or something? Tonight I spit up some blood from my throat with phlegm, don't know if it's esophagus related or not, that's the only thing I haven't gotten tested for in the past 4-6 months. I have never hacked up a little blood before though. Last night I did smoke for the first time in awhile. How long does it take to develop heart failure or kidney failure?

    Thanks..

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Betta fish rapidly declining.... HELP!!!!?
    He is roughly 3 years old. I first noticed his downfall when I saw that he had popeye. My boyfriend doesn't keep up with water changes, and I chewed him up for it (I will never let him live this down. I call him "fish killer"). I hysterically searched online for betta fish diseases and diagnosed him more thoroughly. Not only did he have popeye, but he had advanced tail & fin rot, signs of dropsy (kidney failure), inflamed gills, eye cloud, clumped fins, laid on the bottom and only came up for air, and swollen lips. I spent over dollars on fish medication.

    I change his water every 3rd day. I fill up a gallon jug with tap water, add 1mL of Water Conditioner, and 1/2 tsp of aquarium salt and let that sit until I am ready to use it for his next water change. On that 3rd day, I add 1mL of Bacteria Supplement, 1/2 tsp of BettaFix, 1/2mL of Fungus Remedy, and 8 drops of REVIVE to his gallon of water. I clean his tank with only warm water, and then add his water. Also, I sprinkle Maracyn and Triple Sulfa to his water everyday.

    It is a week later and only one eye has returned to normal while the other one is very slowly recovering. His tail & fins are growing back ever slowly and his head stopped pine-coning (a symptom of dropsy). He swims around, plays with his bubbles from the under-gravel filter system, he eats all his food, and even comes close to the glass of the tank when I come by to say hello.

    Sounds like he's getting better, right? Quite the contrary.

    It looks like he has developed gold flakes/speckles and now he has some HOLES IN HIS HEAD! They say gold flakes/speckles are a fungal disease, but I am treating him with a fungal remedy! To this date, how many diseases has my fish encountered? 9!!!!

    So, what am I doing wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd say way too many different medications. They are probably interfering with the effectiveness of each other. Put him in a travel container and take him to a local fish store. Let them advise what to do for him. Poor thing.
      BTW, a Betta should be living in a 5-gallon tank with a heater adn gentle filter, with only weekly partial water changes. Anything less, and you can expect problems.
      Good luck to this fish.

  26. QUESTION:
    I stopped taking my BC after 1 month, is it ok if I start taking the remainder of the packages I have left?
    Ok so, I was prescribed a low dose birth control pill almost a year ago (April 08). I went to my local Planned Parenthood, spoke to the nurse and since it was my first time getting on any type of BC I chose the pill. I also chose the pill because its something I can remember to take and I liked the idea of it to begin with. They checked my medical history and the doctor there recommended Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for me, and they gave me a 12 month supply! But this is the problem, i only took it for one month because I freaked out :/ The reason being is because I was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome when i was 6 and continued treatment until I was about 14, just before entering high school. At that time my nehprologist told me that I was doing fine and that the disease had no signs of reoccurring so he told me to stay healthy; stay away from salty foods, and eat healthy and stay physically fit. Up until now I havent had any signs or symptoms and this is my main concern when choosing the right BC, and since I knew I wanted to be on the pill I wanted to make sure that I was prescribed the right one, since I dont have insurance I'm relying on PP and other health clinics. But I figured if I was prescribed a low dose it was for a reason and the doctor at the PP even told me thats why he gave me the low dose because of my history. So like I said I got scared thinking of all the scariest things that could happen to me like a blod clot, or kidney failure (which could happen with nephritits). If anyone has any advice for me as to the possibilities in which something like this could occur feel free to tell me that im overthinking and I need to relax lol. So my main question is since I stopped taking the BC after 1 month and I know I didnt give my body enough time to get used to it and see its actual reaction to it, is it ok if I start taking the remainder of the packages I have left?? They expire in July, so I have three months to try it all over again and if I dont freak this time and I actually like it I will go back for a refill. That is my plan, I just need advice on the kidney issue, and if I should try the pill out once again and since they expire in July and if I feel safer this second time around go back for more.....any advice would be appreciated. Thank You XoXo..................

    • ANSWER:
      If the prescribing doctor felt that the pills were safe for you, I don't see any reason you can't start taking them again when you have your next period. Do what the instruction say and start the first pill on the Sunday after you start your period, even if you are still bleeding. Three months should be enough time for you to get adjusted to the change in hormones. When the prescription runs out, you can either see the doctor at PP and get a refill or stop taking them depending on how they work for you. Remember you will not be able to have sex without other protection until you have taken 7 pills. You should continue to have your regular checkups with your nephrologist to make sure you don't have any continued problems there.

      best wishes..

  27. QUESTION:
    high creatinine in blood, low blood pressure,high heart rate?
    i am 33 weeks pregnant. i went in to the doctor for abdominal pain next to my naval on the right side. the doctor i saw ordered some labs and found that i had high levels of creatinine in my blood, indicating that my kidneys are working harder than they should. this is the second time in 6 months that this has happened. i was instructed to do a 24 hour urine collection to test for protien. i was told they are looking for signs of renal disease and toxemia. however, my blood pressure is always really low (usually 80/40). which does not indicate renal disease or toxemia, i also usually have a high heart rate (usually 102 to 110 at rest). has anyone else had this sort of problem? i am a 20 year old female and this is my first pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      You should ask your doctor about this.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is left for me to say.....?
    I typed up a report on diabetes, it is supposed to be 6 pages dubble spaced, but now i don't know what else to put, all i need is a half a page more. Thank you!

    Diabetes Type 1
    Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. People with diabetes have problems using food for energy. After a meal, carbohydrates in food are broken down into a sugar called glucose, which is carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Cells require insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, to help use blood glucose for energy. People develop diabetes because the pancreas does not make enough insulin or because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not respond to insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy.
    Prior to 1997, the type of diabetes typically diagnosed in young people was called juvenile diabetes or type 1. Diabetes emerging in adults was called adult-onset diabetes or type 2. Then in 1997, the official names of the types were changed to type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in children (after asthma). About 13,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Patients with type 1 diabetes make up about 5 percent of all cases of diabetes. It most commonly appears in girls and boys when they are about 14 years old. Usually, type 1 diabetes is first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults but it can occur at any age. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. As a result, the pancreas does not make insulin, a hormone which helps use blood sugar (glucose) for energy. The cells become starved of energy and there is an excess of glucose in the blood. People with Type 1 diabetes must have daily injections of insulin to live. Proper diet, exercise and home blood sugar monitoring are essential to manage the disease. Food and exercise must also be balanced because of the risk of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and hyperglycemia, high blood sugar. Both are life threatening concerns. When hypoglycemia develops, cells are not getting enough glucose. Confusion, loss of consciousness, comma and death results when the brain is deprived of glucose for too long. Hyperglycemia and prolonged absence of insulin may lead to ketoacidosis, the accumulation of ketones in the blood when the body uses fat for energy instead of glucose. Ketones make the blood acidic and slow down all body functions. Like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia can also lead to comma and death. The only cure available today for type 1 diabetes is a pancreas transplant, which is rarely done. Because both pancreas transplants and kidney transplants require lifelong use of powerful drugs to suppress immune reactions that can reject the organs, pancreatic transplants are usually done to those with type 1 diabetes who also need a kidney transplant. The side effects of immune- suppressive drugs can be severe and even worse than the disease. One or two people out of every 10 who get the surgery die within a year. Also the new pancreas is rejected by half of the people who get this operation. If the transplant fails, diabetes returns. Recently, experimental treatments with stem cells have shown some promise. For most people, type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease that can be effectively managed with insulin.

    Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
    •Urinates frequently. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream by flushing out the extra glucose in urine. A child with diabetes needs to urinate more frequently and in larger volumes.
    •Is abnormally thirsty. Because the child is loosing so much fluid from peeing so much, he or she becomes very thirsty to help avoid becoming dehydrated. A child who has developed diabetes drinks a lot in an attempt to keep the level of body water normal.
    •Loses weight. (or fails to gain weight as he or she grows) in spite of a good appetite. Kids and teens who develop type 1 diabetes may have an increased appetite, but often lose weight. This is because the body breaks down muscle and stored fat in an attempt the provide fuel to the hungry cells.
    •Often feels tired. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy properly.

    But in some cases, other symptoms may be the signal that something is wrong. Sometimes the first sign of diabetes is bedwetting in a child who has been dry at night. The possibility of diabetes should also be suspected if a vaginal yeast infection (also called a Candida infection) occurs in a girl who hasn’t started puberty yet. If these early symptoms of diabetes aren’t recognized and treatment isn’t started, chemicals called ketones can build up in the child’s blood and cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fruity- smelling breath, breathing problems; even loss of consciousness. Sometimes these symptoms are mistaken f

    • ANSWER:
      Watch out on using advice from yahoo answers if truthfulness is graded. While 80% of type 2's are overweight, only 18% of obese people are diabetic.

  29. QUESTION:
    Diabetic father, drinking alcohol, now problems? help?
    my father has type 2 diabetes, diagnosed about 12 years ago. Never really looked after his disease, and drank most days of the week, would not get drunk everyday but almost every day he would have about 4 cans... last August he ended up in ICU. He had kidney failure and heart attack. He came through it, but for 7 months after he needed a urine bag attached as he couldn't make wee, his kidney's healed but it was his prostate which was enlarged. So in Feb this year he had the surgery to remove his prostate which was a success and he seemed to be getting back to normal. Then he started drinking again. He usually drinks 4 cans of Beamish a day. Since the other day he is complaining of lower back pain, and saying that he used to have a steady flow of urine now its just like dribbles coming out. He stopped the alcohol 3 days ago and is drinking alot of water but not going to the toilet all the time.....Is this a bad sign, especially because his kidney's failed before which led to fluid on his lungs, then the heart attack? Myself personally i think in the last 3 months he is gone 'shook' looking, like he looks older than he really is. HE looked better when he first came out of hospital last year than he does now. He is 62years old and is on insulin shots

    • ANSWER:
      needs attention...........may have prostate trouble that is blocking urine flow....see urologist asap.......like today or ER........................

  30. QUESTION:
    General medical questions thanks for the help?
    In which diseases can we expect the elevation of the serum total bilirubin level?
    Malnutrition & malabsorption
    Instrinsic renal lesions
    Hepatitis b- think its this one
    Vitamin d deficiency
    Nephritic syndrome

    Clubbing of the fingers can be a sign of?
    Cystic fibrosis
    Kidney failure-maybe this one
    Tuberculosis- wrong answer
    Liver failure
    Sleen enlargement

    Second heart sound is produced by ?
    Closure of the pulmonic and mitral valve
    Closure of the aortic and mitral valve
    Closure of the aortic and tricuspid valve
    Closure of the pulmonic and tricuspid valve
    Closure of the aortic and pulmonic valve- think its this one

    Which of the diseases listed below is not a potential cause of dry, hacking cough?
    Allergies
    Viral infections
    Intersticial lung disease
    Tuberculosis
    tumor

    Which group of lymp-nodes located on the head or neck drainage the lymph from the abdomen?
    Supra-clavicular
    Sub-mandibular
    Anterior-cervical
    Sub-mental
    Posterior cervical

    The muscles used as the accessory ones during forced inspiration are?
    Internal intercostais
    Scalenes
    Diaphragm
    External intercostals
    Abdominal muscles

    First sound is produced by?
    Closure of the pulmonic and mitral valves
    Closure of the pulmonic and tricuspid valves
    Closure of the venous valves
    Closure of the aortic and mitral valves
    Closure of the mitral and tripcuspid valves

    Which of the sentences about macrocytic anemia, mentioned below, are true?
    The mcv(mean corpuscular volume) is decreased
    The level of hemoglobin is increased
    The common cause is iron deficiency
    The common cause is b1 deficiency
    The common cause is foliate deficiency

    Chronic suppurative otitis media should be recognized if the drainage from the ear (otorrhea) persists for at least:
    1 month
    3 days
    3 weeks
    6 weeks
    1 week

    The muscles used as the accessory ones during forced expiration are:
    Scalene
    Abdominal muscles
    Diaphragm
    Sternocleidomastoid muscles
    External intercostals

    Which laboratory results should be considered as an indicator of the acute bacterial infections of the respiratory tract?
    Wbc: 5.0X10^9/L
    Esr: 15mm/hr
    Esr: 36mm/hr
    pO2: 95mmHg
    CRP: 3 mg/L

    Make a false sentence about cough typical for vital infections of respiratory tract:
    It usally last 7-10 days
    A non-productive period is often followed by a productive cough, with production of yellowish sputum
    In some patients it can lead to subacute cough
    Loud cough, non-productive or producing small amounts of sputum
    It is often aggravating at night

    Which from the following accessory investigations is not the imaging study:
    Electrocardiography
    Radiography
    Ultrasonography
    Magnetic resonance
    Tomography

    Which of the sentences about the evaluation of the patients reflexes, mentioned below are true?
    When damage occurs the upper motor neurons (cortical and spinal cord injuries) the reflex arc is interrupted
    During the evaluation of reflex, grade 4+ of the knee jerk means that this reflex is not present
    When testing the patient’s reflexes you don’t have to remember that reflexes can be influenced by age, metabolic factors or electrolyte abnormalities
    When damage occurs to lower motor neurons (the peripheral nerve or dorsal roots) the spinal reflex arc in uninhibited
    When damage occurs to lower motor neurons (the peripheral nerve or dorsal roots)the reflexes are decreased

    Associated with dyspnea:
    Pulmonary hypertension
    Mitral stenosis
    All of them can be associated with dyspnea
    Pulmonary embolism
    Anxiety

    • ANSWER:
      1) Hep B
      2) Cystic fibrosis
      3) Aortic and pulmonary
      4) I'd go with tuberculosis, because it would usually be a cough productive of sputum
      5) Supraclavicular
      6) Scalenes
      7) Mitral and tricuspid
      8) Folate deficiency
      9) 6 weeks
      10) Abdominals and intercostals (so I'm not sure which you should put down - maybe abdominals?)
      11) None of them really tell you that, but ESR of 36 is the only unusual one there. Although a PaO2 of 95 could occur as well.
      12) They are all true
      13) Electrocardiograpy
      14) The last one is true
      15) All of them

  31. QUESTION:
    do you know anyone who has had worst luck with pets? do tell...?
    i have had 6 pets in my adult life...30 years old, got started at 19.

    cat 1: Poops~n~Bites : died of cancer at age 6 (after surgeries, cryogenics, chemo). She crapped on the carpet every day of her life UNTIL one month before she died. And although a lover she would bite you when she felt she was done being petted. We euthanized her, but probably waited too long because it was really hard to do.

    cat 2: Trixie (followed 6 months later) died at age 6 also, from a heart attack from the vacuum-no joke!!

    cat 3: Ninja (four years later) died AGAIN at age 6 from kidney failure (after lots of visits, home IV fluids, change if diet). it came on strong and from the time the symptoms were present we only had about 2 weeks with her. we had gotten her levels back to a good level from a few days stay at the vet ($$$) but she was in a LOT of pain a few days later and we put her down.

    Cat 4 : Guadalupe "Lupe" 4 years old ALIVE!! However, Lupe was diagnosed with a heart murmur at age one: 1 or 2 on a scale 1-6, 6 being worst. a cardiogram showed half her heart was solid hard from heart disease at age 2, and also was rated 4-5 on scale. without meds she was given 6mos to live at age 2. we give her 2 pills a day and seems like she is great although we know her time is limited. we know a day will come that she will exhibit signs of suffocation (cardiac arrest) and we will immediately bring her in to be put down. they said it's very painful (CA). also, they want us to give her cardiograms every 6 mos but they are 0+ and WE ARE BROKE. the only one in the house with health insurance is the DOG.

    DOG 1: willis!!! the million dollar dog (insured!) status: ALIVE AND EXPENSIVE!!! (and i love him with allllllll of my heart, soul and credit cards)

    YEAR ONE:
    *multiple bladder infections
    *lots of diarehea (changed diet)
    *multiple eye infections
    *massive loss of hair (related to allergies)
    *severe allergies (food and insects)
    *puppy strangles disease
    *benign hystiocytoma #1
    *extreme infection from absess from removal of 1st hystiocytoma. the vet wasn't able to test it. he thought it may be a tumor & i tried to be pro-active, since it looked like Poops~N~Bites' mass cell growths and i was told boxers are tumor factories. the result was a few days after surgery we ended up taking him to the vet 4x in 24hrs (was seen at reg. vet 2x & er vet 2x, both places by multiple vets). the last time we brought him in (to ER less than 2hrs after reg. vet visit) they told us he probably wouldn't make it (infection had spread all over his body-he was FILLED w/ fluid and pus). they did an aggressive surgery and put lots of drainage tubes in and removed tons of gangreen skin. they weren't able to tell me if he was going to make it for 2 days!! he wasn't able to exercise or play for one month after that, but recovered.

    YEAR TWO
    *pneumonia
    *got "the flu" or ate poison outside again (we live in the city)
    *hystiocytoma #2 (left untouched since first was benign and it went away eventually)
    *flu (or ate poison outside)
    *ate a half of a CD, as well as dvd cases, hair brushes and mutliple ink pens....
    *LOTS AND LOTS of yeast infections in ears and between toes resulting in many, many expensive shampoos, medicated pads, ear cleaners, epsom salt baths (5m 2x a day). did i mention my husband and i both work 1-2 FT jobs each and were in school FT??? (we had doggie day care and opposite schedules so he wasn't neglected and we also walked him at the minimum 2hrs a day)
    *funky stinky penis infection (mild, but disgusting)

    YEAR THREE
    *benign hystiocytoma (2 of them... one got gruesome, both went away)
    *ate chocolate, raisins & a btl. of neosporin.
    *Bloat
    *Tumor (grade 2-1) we had removed.

    DOG 2 : Shakey Jake
    a one year old boxer we rescued 4 months ago. i found him on craigslist and adopted him because he was in a really tiny crate and he was 7months old. the owner told me he was in there 12-13 hrs a DAY!!! because of work and commute. it broke my heart, esp knowing how much exercise and socialization these dogs need. she promised me he was up to date on shots, totally healthy and mostly house broken. turns out, she lied. i brought him to the vet 12 hrs later...he had ear mites, worms, skin infections, broken tail in 2 parts and was malnourished. he didn't respond to our voices (i thought he was deaf-no just ignored). he bit us (not maliciously just playing, but OUCH) and was totally crazy. it took 2 months to house train him. he's still hyper but all of his health stuff got cleared up with shots, meds, bandages and love!!!

    he had one 0 flu-like experience but besides that is seemingly healthy. he was fine after he got rehydrated.

    about my boxer eating choc/raisins/neosporin/cds/pens/etc PLEASE DO NOT JUDGE ME!!!!!! all times were extreme accidents (or in part from them climbing on the counters that we thought they couldn't reach). my husband cut off part of his thumb at work and left the neosporin on the table

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel we have been through so many dogs and cats i can't keep track of them all we have moved around a lot and some have gotten sick and chewers and everything, hubby about ready to give up on having pets, we have chaweenie right now, she is a chewer and has gotten sick twice because of it, has eaten my kids clothes underwear from all members of the family. So we have been through the same thing some of them had worse problems then we could afford. My Hubby is the same way.

  32. QUESTION:
    Sharing my tips on getting and maintaining beautiful skin.?
    Ive come across a lot of people who seem to have issues with their skin.. so here is my beauty resume.. hope it helps you too.

    1. Drink more water. Everyone tells you to drink more water – 8 cups a day (approximately 2 Litres) is often the recommended amount. A vast majority of people don’t drink anywhere near this amount. Drinking water has many health benefits. Water assists with digestion, regulates body temperature and blood circulation, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells and removes wastes and toxins from the body. Water also assists with kidney function. As nutrients are absorbed more effectively and toxins are removed from the body, skin is smoother, healthier, cleaner and looks better. If you are not getting enough water in your diet, you may feel joint pain, stomach pain, back pain, be low on energy and experience mental confusion and disorientation.

    2. Reduce exposure to the sun. Much of society sees a tan as a sign of beauty. The trouble with this view as that many will try to achieve this by hours spent in the sun. The problem with this approach is that it is very short-term orientated – although you skin may look good in the short term, in the future sun damage will produce the visual signs of ageing, producing wrinkles and spots – which can’t be fixed with Botox! There are many excellent fake tan products available and this should be your first choice for tanning as it will produce good results not just now, but your skin will also look good in the future.

    3. Avoid Stress. Stress is a terrible thing that should be avoided wherever possible. Stress is linked to heart disease, cancer and depression. Stress also causes wrinkles and frown lines.

    4. Don’t smoke. Smoking these days is a completely irrational activity, apart from the countless health problems it causes it does major damage to skin. Cigarette smoke and tar deprive the skin of oxygen and nutrients leaving it appearing dull and unhealthy. Smoking can also give skin a undesirable yellow or grey appearance. Smoking also leads to the creation of free radicals which can weaken the collagen and elastin fibres leading to premature wrinkling.

    5. Get more sleep. It is estimated that on average the world’s population is sleep deprived by about an hour. Short term sleep deprivation is not necessarily a problem as the body compensates by increasing adrenaline levels, however insufficient sleep will reduce the ability of cell’s to rejuvenate, and creates dark areas around the eyes. Long term sleep deprivation can cause serious health problems.

    6. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables. A diet high in minerals, vitamins and nutrients is an excellent strategy for improving the quality of skin. Vitamin A can increase the softness of skin and a balanced diet will increase overall health. Click here for some super foods.

    7. Have a good cleansing routine. It is imperative that skin is kept clean and moisturized to avoid flaky dry skin, skin disorders such as acne and to increase the overall appearance of your skin. Ensure you clean, lightly exfoliate and moisturize your skin.

    • ANSWER:
      thanks thats really good to share that with people .. :)

  33. QUESTION:
    Pelvic pain -- going on hours - what do I do?
    I went into the emergency room last night with insane stomach pains. It started around my belly button and has since moved to the right side about midway between my belly button and hip. At first, I thought it might have been menstrual cramps, as I had started my period the morning before. This was quickly dismissed as time went on. The pain started around 3:30p yesterday (12/19).

    I was hit by a wave of nausea that has yet to leave me. It hurt worse when I stood up, moved, lay down - about the only position I can get some relieve from is in a semi-curled up ball, with my knees pulled up. It is very tender to the touch and hurts worse when the pressure is released (if I push on it, it hurts - when I let go, it hurts worse.)

    As I mentioned, I am on my period (which was an unusual three days late and has been lighter than normal).

    When I got to the emergency room, they set me up with an IV and pain killers (toprical?), however it didn't really work, so then they gave me a dose of morphine.

    They also told me that I was not pregnant.

    They did a CT scan and said that my ovaries were not twisted and that my appendix looked alright. They sent me home basically saying that they felt it was menstrual cramps. I disagree, seeming as how I was having menstrual cramps and this pain at the same time. Menstrual cramps, in my experience, will come on strongly and then go away (much like a contraction ... I've been pregnant twice and carried both babies to full term, if that makes a difference.) This pain is constant. It is sharp and kind of dull/achy at the same time.

    On the way home from the emergency room, I had to have my husband pull over and I threw up on the side of the road. Up until that point (and ever since) I've been extremely nauseous, but no vomiting.

    I have also had an increase in my urine - however, due to the period, I can't tell you accurately its color.

    She told me that if it didn't get better in 12-24 hours, that I needed to be monitored again.

    Since then, I have developed a low grade fever (99.1 - which is high for me) and have developed massive headaches, chills and the shakes. The pain has stayed at about a 6 out of 10, however when I picked up my one year old to go to bed, the pain was excruciating and has since stayed at about a 7 or so.

    My family has no history of appendicitis or kidney stones. My older brother on the other hand, was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Not sure if any of that knowledge is helpful...

    I'm very scared and extremely nervous. I'm hoping to make it through the night and be able to go to the walk-in clinic in the morning. (My husband is self-employed, so we have extremely basic insurance ... ER visits not covered.)

    Is there anything in particular that if it happens can not wait until morning? Any warning signs I should look out for?

    If I call the ER nurses, can they answer these questions for me?

    Please, if you have any insight, please respond.

    I am also experiencing headaches and slight dizziness.

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Having severe abdominal pain for 24+ hours -- already been to ER .. what should I do now?
    I went into the emergency room last night with insane stomach pains. It started around my belly button and has since moved to the right side about midway between my belly button and hip. At first, I thought it might have been menstrual cramps, as I had started my period the morning before. This was quickly dismissed as time went on. The pain started around 3:30p yesterday (12/19).

    I was hit by a wave of nausea that has yet to leave me. It hurt worse when I stood up, moved, lay down - about the only position I can get some relieve from is in a semi-curled up ball, with my knees pulled up. It is very tender to the touch and hurts worse when the pressure is released (if I push on it, it hurts - when I let go, it hurts worse.)

    As I mentioned, I am on my period (which was an unusual three days late and has been lighter than normal).

    When I got to the emergency room, they set me up with an IV and pain killers (toprical?), however it didn't really work, so then they gave me a dose of morphine.

    They also told me that I was not pregnant.

    They did a CT scan and said that my ovaries were not twisted and that my appendix looked alright. They sent me home basically saying that they felt it was menstrual cramps. I disagree, seeming as how I was having menstrual cramps and this pain at the same time. Menstrual cramps, in my experience, will come on strongly and then go away (much like a contraction ... I've been pregnant twice and carried both babies to full term, if that makes a difference.) This pain is constant. It is sharp and kind of dull/achy at the same time.

    On the way home from the emergency room, I had to have my husband pull over and I threw up on the side of the road. Up until that point (and ever since) I've been extremely nauseous, but no vomiting.

    I have also had an increase in my urine - however, due to the period, I can't tell you accurately its color.

    She told me that if it didn't get better in 12-24 hours, that I needed to be monitored again.

    Since then, I have developed a low grade fever (99.1 - which is high for me) and have developed massive headaches, chills and the shakes. The pain has stayed at about a 6 out of 10, however when I picked up my one year old to go to bed, the pain was excruciating and has since stayed at about a 7 or so.

    My family has no history of appendicitis or kidney stones. My older brother on the other hand, was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Not sure if any of that knowledge is helpful...

    I'm very scared and extremely nervous. I'm hoping to make it through the night and be able to go to the walk-in clinic in the morning. (My husband is self-employed, so we have extremely basic insurance ... ER visits not covered.)

    Is there anything in particular that if it happens can not wait until morning? Any warning signs I should look out for?

    If I call the ER nurses, can they answer these questions for me?

    Please, if you have any insight, please respond.
    I am also experiencing a headache that will not go away and slight dizziness.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    I know there's a lot of std questions but i couldn't find the right answer...?
    I've been having a really bad itchy and burning sensation since i had sex last Saturday. First i thought it was a kidney infection, i have bad problems with those, so i bought a shit load of cranberry juice and drink lots of water and the burning when i pee still isn't gone. Then i came up with another scenario, maybe a yeast infection. Bad itching, clumpy discharge, but i did a three day cure kit and it didn't do a damn thing to solve my problems but...well, help me cream my panties. I don't have any lumps or bumps or any signs of herpes but i'm just a little unstable on my thoughts because i've never had anything like this happen to me and if it could be something that could make me have problems with having babies then i need to know to take care of it. I can't really afford to go to the doctor and get checked out at the moment but there are health clinics i can go to and figure something out. I'm just wondering if anyone can really help me out and let me know what's going on with my body and if you have this feeling down under, or have had this feeling. Symptoms again are really bad itching, at random times and sometimes a burning as well and definitely a burning when i pee, even if nothing comes out...but still no visual evidence. I would love some really useful advice. I've been roaming the internet for days and days and nobody has been able to set me straight, if this is an std, which one so i can prepare myself for this terrible doctors appointment. I think it's so sad how people with diseases like the ones out there can just spread it and not give a damn about the other person...but i'll be waiting on some responses. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      "I think it's so sad how people with diseases like the ones out there can just spread it and not give a damn about the other person"

      as much as i feel for you if you have an STD, it is YOUR body and you should be making 100% sure you are protecting yourself. you really cannot blame anyone else for your own carelessness. it isn't uncommon for men with stds to not show any symptoms, so you may be dealing with someone who doesn't know they have anything.

      you should get yourself to the doctor as soon as possible. if this is herpes (which it sounds very possible) you should be tested while you are showing symptoms.

  36. QUESTION:
    is the any help for me and my family?
    having problems with the V.A. in regards to my survivor benefits. My husband was 100% service connected disabled and I was his primary care provider. He passed on June 13th. I filed all the paperwork with the V.A. to receive monthly pension payments, but really am asking about month of death check. I was told that I would receive one more check (month of death check) on the 1st of July. It is now August 26 and still have yet to receive anything. They can't give me a date on when they'll release the funds. I got a notice of eviction on the 15th of august and was told be the V.A. that i needed to fax over letter of hard ship and a request to expedite payment, I have and nothing. Called today and talked to some rude person who must think that I'm calling for free money, he told me that pension applicants back in 1998 have just begun receiving payments as of Dec. 2008. ????? I don't understand where that came from, I've been calling for almost 2 months now and this is the first I hear of this, my pension could be sent out 10 years from now. What am I suppose to do, I've done all they asked and my husband served his country so what's the deal?

    Also my daughter in law's father was in the Vietnam war and was diagnosed with agent orange and does not receive a single dime. Everyone that was in his platoon has passed away from this disease and now he's having kidney failure, has had a stroke, battles depression, and the list goes on and on. What kind of country would do this to their service men and women. I can see why they are having trouble getting people recruited to join.
    Any help from anyone would be appreciated!

    God bless any service man or women, Past or Present for not hesitating to help let freedom prevail. I only pray that they do not get this unfair treatment from the same people who are asking them to sign on the line!
    I meant "is there any help..."

    • ANSWER:
      Call your Congressman/woman (might get more out his/her D. C. office rather than local... try both) and ask for their expedited help. They might be able to shake this loose on a timely basis. Luck. Also, look up the Secretary of the VAD and call his office in D. C. Look up the VA Regional Director in your area and call that office. That may also work. And call the White house. All of those work under some circumstances. My cousin died this spring at 61... probably from Agent Orange. Lost my son-in-law in Bagdad, so understand your pain.

  37. QUESTION:
    have you ever been silent about something? or afraid to speak? when you knew you should have said something?
    once again please accept my apology for stepping over the line in my original post ''have you ever been silent all these years'' this will give me a chance to add more detail to my question. the song by tori amos ''silent all these years'' is a beautiful song and it makes me cry sometimes because it reminds me of the times i should have opened my mouth and said something, but i chose not to because i didn't want to start trouble. i admit as a boy i was more famous at starting trouble with my mouth than the red haired kid in the john ritter movie "problem child"

    in 1999 my 75 year old father who was a diabetic was losing feeling in his feet.he waddled like charlie chaplin in one of his silent films. i had to be with him always because if he lost his balance and fell, he would never be able to get up, or worse if he missed a step climbing the stairs that would be the end of him. and being the good son i was behind him as he climbed the 13 steps to our apartment, if he fell it would be on top of me. i didn't bother me that if he did fall on top of me i'd be crippled paralyzed in a wheel chair for the rest of my life, he was my dad:-(

    our family doctor diagnosed his problem as spinal stenosis (a fancy term for the nerves in his lover back were being crushed) you can google it or look it up on webmd. our family doctor recommended back surgery called a "laminectomey" its where they open the lower part of your back where your tailbone is and remove the part of your spine that is putting pressure on the nerves. my mother also took my father to see her doctor. a very nice, and i must say a very smart lady doctor. she diagnosed my father with "diabetic neropathy" and no kind of surgery will give him back the feeling in his feet. she was right 100%! my father had the surgery and it damaged his kidneys. for four agonizing years he was in and out of the hospitial with kidney problems, until 2003 when his kidneys started failing, he spent a month in the hospitial,and passed away while undergoing dyalisys on april 12 2003. i cannot help but say to myself if i had made a stink or raised heck in the house, he would have never had the surgery.

    my mother is a different story. she was in fair health until november of 2007 when she contracted "shingles" better known as adult chicken poks. shingles is a very painful disease to have. and while there are new medicines to combat the pain and the virus,they did nothing fo my mother, she was in agony for a year and a half. many times she would say ''i want to go to the hospitial'' and i would argue no. because this hospital is no better than a human butcher shop. they only care how much they can bill your insurance or medicare. your treated like a piece of meat. the doctors look even younger than "doogie howser"

    my mother recovered from the shingles,but her health still declined,her breathing problems COPD and emphaseyma got worse, she had edima, and it got worse untill feb 11 2009 when she fell in the bathroom. not a hard fall, i was only 5 feet away from the door i would have heard that. a soft fall, but my mother screamed her head off, the people in my building who tryed their best to help almost ripped the door off trying to get into the bathroom. the paramedics came later and convinced my mother to go with them to the hospitial for x-rays. she whent. and that was the first time i was alone in this big empty apartment,it was a sign of things to come.

    i cried so much i dont know how i didnt get hit by a car walking to the hospital. it was about 2am when my mother came out of x-ray and was put back in the emergency room. it was a miracle she had no broken bones,bruises all over her behind and thighs, but no broken bones. i should have said "stay see if they can help you" instead i said "what do you want to do?" "you can sign yourself out if you want" she said ''ok ill sign myself out'' the week before she died. she was sluring he speech,and refusing to eat. and when someone says ''im suffering too much'' you know what that means!
    i know i could use a hundred excuses but as they say ''to thine known self be true'' if i had left her in the emergency room feb 11th maybe she would have been alive today, maybe they would have helped her,
    my mother was the only one of her family to pass away at 79. my mothers sister rose lived to 94 on a respirator her brother salvatore lived to 91 with one kidney, her sister lilly lived to 95 half bilnd in a nursing home. even my fathers family boh his sisters lived past 90. my uncle tony my fathers oldest brother lived to 97 smoking a big fat cigar every day of his life.

    ok ive said my peace, now its time for you to speak, if youve been silent about something? or wishe you had spoken up now is the time,speak it here.

    • ANSWER:
      I have not got time to read the detail above, but yes, everybody has faced thedilemmaa of your main question at some point, and many will have faced it over and over again.

  38. QUESTION:
    I Have Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency?
    i have Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTC) and people tease me cause i cant explain it can some one give me an idea of how too explain this short?

    Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD), the most common of the urea cycle disorders, is a rare metabolic disorder, occurring in one out of every 80,000 births. OTCD is a genetic disorder resulting in a mutated and ineffective form of the enzyme ornithine transcarbamylase.
    Like other urea cycle disorders, OTC affects the body's ability to get rid of ammonia, a toxic breakdown product of the body's use of protein. As a result, ammonia accumulates in the blood causing hyperammonemia. This ammonia travels to the various organs of the body.

    Another symptom of OTC is a buildup of orotic acid in the blood. This is due to an anapleurosis that occurs with carbamoyl phosphate entering the pyrimidine synthesis pathway.

    Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency often becomes evident in the first few days of life, however it can present at middle age [a]. An infant with ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency may be lacking in energy (lethargic) or unwilling to eat, and have poorly-controlled breathing rate or body temperature. Some babies with this disorder may experience seizures or unusual body movements, or go into a coma. In cases where OTC enzyme production is low or non-existent death can occur within the first days of life. Complications from ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency may include developmental delay and mental retardation. Progressive liver damage, skin lesions, and brittle hair may also be seen. Other symptoms include irrational behavior (caused by encephalitis), mood swings, and poor performance in school.

    In some affected individuals, signs and symptoms of ornithine transcarbamylase may be less severe, and may not appear until later in life. Some female carriers become symptomatic later in life in times of metabolic stress. This can happen as a result of anorexia, starvation, malnutrition, pregnancy or even (in at least one case) as a result of gastric bypass surgery. It is also possible for symptoms to be exacerbated by extreme trauma of many sorts, including, (at least in one case) adolescent pregnancy coupled with severe stomach flu.

    Mutations in the OTC gene cause ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency. Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency belongs to a class of genetic diseases called urea cycle disorders. The urea cycle is a sequence of reactions that occurs in liver cells. It processes excess nitrogen, generated when protein is used by the body, to make a compound called urea that is excreted by the kidneys.

    In ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency, the enzyme that starts a specific reaction within the urea cycle is damaged or missing. The urea cycle cannot proceed normally, and nitrogen accumulates in the bloodstream in the form of ammonia. Ammonia is especially damaging to the nervous system, so ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency causes neurological problems as well as eventual damage to the liver.

    Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency is an X-linked recessive disorder caused by a number of different mutations. Since the gene is on the X chromosome, females are primarily carriers while males with nonconservative mutations rarely survive past 72 hours of birth. Half of those survivors die in the first month, and half of the remaining by age 5. Prognosis is less clear in cases of adult onset OTCD, as detection of the disease is almost universally post symptomatic
    Since the disease results in an inability to handle large amounts of nitrogen load, the treatment includes strategies to decrease the intake of nitrogen (low-protein diet), prevention of excessive body protein breakdown during acute illnesses (hydration and nutrition) and administration of medications scavenging nitrogen (sodium benzoate and sodium phenylbutyrate). Some patients may need to have supplemental amino acids (arginine, citrulline, valine, leucine, isoleucine).

    In cases where the OTC enzyme production is very low or non-existent and treatment consisting of low-protein diet and dietary supplementation are inadequate, liver transplant may become a treatment option.

    Help me explain this shortly

    • ANSWER:
      You have a metabolic disorder that causes ammonia to build up in your blood, so you need to be careful about what you eat.

  39. QUESTION:
    He says he has leukemia. He has lied to me before, how do I know that he is not manipulating me now?
    We dated last year for a few months but I returned home after completing my internship for graduate school. He has called me a coward and dared me to admit my feelings. He called me just days ago to ask me to keep my promise to him and come back so that we can explore the what if. Prior to this I was upset that he got married and let him know. I may have also said that I wasn't giving up on him. He called me on that and asked how my feelings could change so quickly. I told him my boyfriend was having a hard time and needed me because of his dad's recent death and his mom's recent diagnoses with end stage renal disease which could be fatal if she didn't qualify for a kidney transplant. He told me to think about seeing him & that he'd call me to see what my final answer is. I deleted him from my facebook friends and sent him a message telling him that out of respect for my boyfriend I couldn't continue our connection. I also said that I would not be coming to see him or to explore the what if.
    He called me but was very short and ended the conversation abruptly saying that his cell needed recharging. I called him back to finish the conversation and got no response. He stopped responding to my texts. He messaged me once to say he was going through something. Then today he texted me apologizing for avoiding me and said, "You may as well know because it's not going away. . .I have been diagnosed with Leukemia and it has been hard for me to talk to anyone lately."
    My boyfriend and best male friend think that he may be manipulating me and lying to get my attention.
    He does have a history of lying:
    lied about his last name
    signed the guest sign-in sheet to my dorm with a fake name and ID
    said that he videotaped us being intimate using his phone and said that he told me he was doing it but I ignored him (I do not recall this) and he threatened to send it to my boyfriend but didn't. He offered to forward me the video but suddenly couldn't figure out how send it

    He once told me that he would do something that would make me hate him at first but then love him.
    Could it be lying about having an illness to get what he wants from me, admitting that he lied (so I hate him) after I "love" him? Far fetched I know but he has lied and tried to manipulate me before. Whenever I said that I couldn't leave my boyfriend because he needed me during the difficulties he was experiencing--this guy told me that he needed me, too.
    Could he be lying? Should I go see him one more time?

    • ANSWER:
      He is lying, and you are falling for his old tricks. Wake up.

  40. QUESTION:
    Need Astrological Advice regaring worsening health and poor financial status... Please help me?
    Hello All,

    I recently posted up a question regarding my poor health (and emotional) status. Please allow me to refresh:

    DOB: 05/08/1984
    Place: Shimla, India
    Time: 6:02 am

    Recently, I posted a question regarding my health status: I have since Feb 2010 been experiencing a multitude of medical symptoms that are so far unexplained despite various medical tests such as MRIs, nerve studies, etc. Some of the primary issues that I experience deal with vision issues...I have made numerous trips to the eye doctors but all say everything is fine. I experience weird visual phenomenon and am very very anxious. In addition, my family situation is quite unwell. We have lost almost all of our money due to poor family decision making. Our business is on the verge of being taken from us, and our other small business is making no money. I have posted on numerous sites and have received few different interpretations (astrological). I must say I do not understand the Astrological Language. So please, if you do reply (and I really hope you do), please explain what is meant by things/planets being in different houses, etc. because I do not know what it means. Here is the information that I have attained thus far:

    a family pandit we contacted in India (currently I live in the USA), told us to do Navgraha Homam, which was done for me about 1.5 months ago and also told us to do 11 Shiv-abhiskeh. He didnt say anything else regarding my health. THe interpretations that he has made regarding my other family members has been precise, but because he is overseas I do not have direct contact. He said "rahu or ketu kay graha thode say sakhat hain abhee" -- translating into ...the grahas of Rahu / Ketu have a particularly strong effect currently, along with that of guru, as well. When the pandit here did the navagraha homam I saw his primary focus was targetted to ketu...and even without being told about my health worries, when I went outside to break the coconut, my mom asked him, which organ is Ketu linked with,,,and he said eyes and kidneys...

    Other astrologers have told me all kinds of things: Mercury is in Lagna ..or in the first house...or something...he also said that to get rid of all green things, green clothes, and to donate every wednesday before noon. Another suggested some other things wrong wtih the 8th and 12th houses...please keep in mind I do not understand any of this...

    Can someone PLEASE...review my information and guide me with explanations as to what I can do to change my health and financial status. I have been told that whatever is happening is karmic in nature. I do regret/repent my negative decisions in the past. I see that my parents are getting tired of their situations and sick...they have no money left... They struggle day to day to get by. My father also seems to be developing Parkinson Disease, his brother passed away from it, it has not been confirmed...but because I have been taught the signs in school, it seems so to me. I can see the pain and agony in their eyes... I try to move about it lightly, so that they dont think that I am too affected by it because I know they want me to do well in my studies. I do not know their exact birth days, dates, or times... even they dont know, some how everything was lost in translation. Please help me help myself (health) and my parents (financial issues).

    • ANSWER:
      Rajat, I realize that you believe or at least want to hope but I think you need to redirect your energies.

      Please see to your studies because you are going to need your education.

      Should you find that you have time on your hands, consider an additional direction: the health or your father and your own. You already know that Parkinson's disease can be hereditary and your vision problems could actually be symptomatic of this disease and requires a specialist.

      I do not ask that you abandon your interest in astrology but rather focus that energy to yoga which may have some symptomatic value for both you and your father. Your father should be exercising every day - breathing, flexibility, relaxation, stretching. Since you may also be symptomatic, you can help each other by exercising together. If your father is too tired or to stiff (due to PD) he can do these exercises from a seated position.

      If you still have energy, focus your thoughts on how to save the small family business that are still producing some income. You may have to think outside the box and make some sacrifice but you might actually be able to help the family while improving your situation..

      Should you really seek to understand the meaning of your horoscope, I think it is very important that you find your own answers:

      These first 2 sites are very typical and will not help much
      http://www.vedic-astrology-prediction.com/
      http://www.astrology-india.com/

      You might be able to search the next site for answers to your question:
      http://www.astrojyoti.com/tula.htm

      The site below is the one you want to put what you were told together. I think that you need to do this for yourself. The information has been given to you. It is up to you to learn to interpret it.
      Here you can read about the grahas (planets) ketu or dragon's tail is neutral as opposed to masculine or feminine. You will also see that a gemstone of Ketu is cat's eye which makes little sense to be because it is a synthetic. You will also see that the color is smoke grey. Green is the color of astrological mercury. So I am confused because Ketu and Mercury are astrological friends.
      Therefore I leave this to you.
      http://www.findyourfate.com/indianastro/grahas.htm

      Your belief might help if you can afford to continue to shop for another opinion but you must live and function in this world.
      You may look to the skies for help but the SILVER lining in your clouds is YOU. You can aspire to improve your families financial and physical health and the path is by reaching outside your fears and absorption to become involved with those issues in a practical, earthly way.

  41. QUESTION:
    Constant urination getting worse cold hands at certain times .. please help?
    Constant urination getting worse cold hands at certain times

    Hi,

    I am 29 years old male.
    I am not sure where to start and that is part of the problem. My delusional world is starting to clash with reality and it is leaving me in a state of constantly thinking about death, feeling perpetually trapped and fantasizing about suicide but then at the same time “knowing I would never do it”

    I have had sex with around 25 girls in my life and I never wore a condom. A few of them anal. I have actively worked out throughout my life. Between the age of 15 – 28 I drank alcohol assively on the weekends and some weekdays. As an example, I used to go to raves when I was 17 buy huge bottles of ephedrine, pour them into a cooler of everclear which is pure grain alcohol and drink it until it was finished. Beyond exsevly. I smoked weed for years then quit., I took shrooms around 50 times, cocaine every weekend for a few years and I have gone summers where I did not sleep from Friday till Monday pushing my body to the brink of destruction. At 24 I started taking MDMA. When I discovered this I took it non stop every weekend for a couple of years straight. This was usually on top of cocaine, tons of hard ketamine, GHB on many occasions . This was always on top of the drinking I was able to get good jobs with my IT skillset but I never held them down. Finnaly after my second DWI I discovered adderal and at first I took it for fun then I saw how I was on it and I got prescribed it. I then read a great book called “ the easy way to quit drinking” and did just that.
    A few years back I started taking proecia for hair loss and using roggain with it. A year ago I got prescribed 60mg daily of adderal XR.

    Now this all may sound unreal but it is true. On top of all this I have never had a blood test and I get the adderal from one DR and the propecia from another. They have no idea about my history. Nobody really knows besides my sister, and she only knows half of it. I am freaked out of my mind to the point were I cant move when I think about going to the doctor for a blood test and waiting for the results. I always thought that the urination thing would go away over time but it got worse and worse. I often get sharp chest pains and I take pre work out supplements before the gym with upwards of 500mg of cafffeen.
    I quit drinking a year ago and smoking and drugs (minus adderal, caffeine, propecia, Rogaine)
    The thought of being bald makes me rather die then stop taking this shit, the thought of getting off adderal and going back to my old messy disorganized self makes me want to hide, the thought of finding out whats wrong with me an dealing with it , well.. it is impossible and writing this is the most I ever even admitted to myself. I constantly look for signs from people to justify how I feel. If someone says to me “you have nice skin” I automatically take that in and feel good for a few weeks by saying to myself “Well I can’t have nice skin and be dying of some disease”

    But the fact remains that I have to pee more and more like 20 times a day and all I keep thinking is that my kidneys are done and so am i. If that is the case I think id rather just die then know and suffer the rest of my life. I will go and die in the woods before I let my family suffer with me. They sufferd enough just dealing with my bullshit over the years. Oh and like 6 years ago this one girl told me that I gave her something but I thought she was lining and I never got it checked. I just pushed it away in my brain.

    If you can help , I will owe you my life. If you can’t at least you heard a story that you probably never heard before.

    • ANSWER:
      Colon cleansing is the modern method to lose weight. Researchers have noted the point that not all extra weight is due to surplus fat, a lot of weight simply lies there in your colon, and all you have to do is clean it out. http://cenapt.yourdailydiet.info has a risk free trial on right now, give it a try out, you could lose as much as twenty lbs!

  42. QUESTION:
    read on about vaccines for dogs?
    Last month, 33 veterinarians and medical doctors from around the world signed a letter to the press. They were calling for an end to annual vaccination. When they sign such a letter, professionals risk censure from their professional organisations, which could end their careers.

    Other vets told us they wanted to sign the letter, but feared for their businesses, or they feared ‘upsetting’ their veterinary colleagues.
    Catherine O'Driscoll

    The last time a group of vets got together to sign a similar letter, which appeared in Veterinary Times, they were threatened with being struck off. To see the letter, click here.

    Over a hundred pet owners signed another letter. Many signed because their dogs had died or become ill following an unnecessary vaccine booster. To see the letter, click here.

    A covering press release summarises the issues, click here.

    Although it was sent to national newspapers, TV and radio, no-one published it. And yet don’t you think it’s scandalous that pet owners are being encouraged to vaccinate their pets when it’s not necessary? It’s not just that pet owners are being asked to spend money unnecessarily. The real shame is that pets can have reactions to their vaccines – anything from allergies to skin problems to autoimmune diseases to cancer to death.

    Fred Fulcher’s dog Rhett’s vaccine experience was not good. He had a fever, was treated for anaphylactic shock, passed out twice, and was finally euthanised due to kidney damage.

    Liz Garrick’s Akita, Kodi, had a serious reaction to his first vaccine: he had a high temperature, slept continuously, and he had to be syringed water every hour. Then he developed a skin condition. He lost hair around his eyes, nose and legs. He had painful sores all over his body. He can only walk on grass as his feet are so painful.

    James Myers bred a puppy who began to have epileptic fits on the evening of his second annual booster. The vet denied this ‘coincidence’.

    Sukunimi Finni, a Finish Spitz, received his first rabies vaccination on June 11, 2007, and a booster on 27th May 2008. A few days later, his owners noticed a change in his behaviour. He was suddenly afraid of water. Three weeks later he had his first epileptic fit. The seizures were repeated every two to three weeks. Finni’s condition deteriorated until his owners had no option but to put him to sleep.

    Mac, Elena Woess’s Golden Retriever was vaccinated and three days later, he had his first ever epileptic fit. The second came within twelve hours. Elena says, “I was never aware of the damage the vaccinations can bring. I know my dog well and I also know, although my vet and the doctors at the clinic deny any connection to the vaccination (their argument: length of time it took to react and same vaccination in previous years), that THIS WAS the cause of Mac's epileptic fit. I don’t know if epilepsy will be Mac's and our companion for the next years to come. We are devastated and heart broken. I wish our vet informed us or at least admitted the possibility.”

    • ANSWER:


First Signs Of Kidney Failure

Water effusion is defined as a health condition of fluid retention in the body as a result of prolonged period of yang vacuity and kidney's inability to move fluid upward in nourishing the upper part of the body, leading to abnormal yang phrase of menstrual cycle in women and increasing the risk of low sexual desire.

I. Symptoms
1. Water retention
2. Edema in lower extremities)
3. Frequent urination; obvious aversion to cold
4. Cold extremities
5. Sensation in chest with stuffing feeling
6. Shortness of breath
7. Asthma
8. Abdominal fullness
9. Tongue with a fat (fluid retention), pale, tooth-marked and a white and slippery coating10. deep and wiry or deep and fine pulse.

II. Causes
1.Cold and raw food diet
Eating cold foods for a prolonged period of time will cause kidney yang deficiency. Cold foods are yin in nature, after entering the stomach, our body needs to provide more yang to digest it that depletes the yang qi.
2. Frequent sexual activity
Frequent sexual activity may not affect the young men and women, because kidney essence is abundant, but you reach a certain age, kidney essence slowly deplete, leading to yang qi deficiency causing low sexual desire and distorting the normal menstrual cycle including amenorrhea.

3. Occupation
Working in a cold environment for a prolonged period of time will cause yang deficiency, as our body need to balance the normal body temperature by constantly producing heat to counter the cold.

4. Kidney qi deficiency
As the kidney's inability to move qi upward to the lung and through its channel and distribute fluid properly, it cause fluid retention in the lower part of the body and interfere with lung qi movement.

III. Treatments
Tonifying kidneyyang and clear fuilds
A. With Herbs
1. Xian mao (Grass rhizome)
The hot herb smooths the kidney and liver channels by tonifying kidney, strengthening yang, expelling cold, eliminating damp.

2. Ze xie (Water plantain root)
Ze xie has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in promoting urination, drains damp and fluid.

3. Zhu ling (Polyporus)
Zhu ling is a cool herb used to promotes urination, drains damp and water retention if it is used together with fu ling (poria).

B.With acupuncture
1. BL23 (Shen shu)
2. Ren 4 (Guan yuan)
3. BL 22 (San jiao shu)
4. Ren 9 (Zang fu)
5. BL20 (Pi shu)
6. ST 36 (Zu san lin)
7. Etc.

C. With Foods
1. Lamb
2. Onion
3. Pistachios
4. Garlic
5. Cabbage
6. Black pepper
7. Cinnamon bark
9. Ginger
10. Rosemary
11 Cayenne
12. Horse radish
13. Etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the first signs of kidney failure? Only serious answers, please?
    I have been a diabetic for 40+ years. Type l. Recently, though, I have been swelling alot, and Demedex that is prescribed for fluid is not working like it use to. My Dr. says swelling is normal, as we get older, but sometimes I can hardly get my shoes on or off. What's up? Does anyone know what to look for in kidney slow down or failure? Have you experienced this?

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with Kidney failure a couple years ago, and it was severe so a lot of my symptoms occurred very quickly.

      While kidney failure has many symptoms (because poor kidney functions often lead to high blood pressure, which easily affects other parts of your body), there are 3 main "big" symptoms:

      Swelling of the face and legs is definitely a sign of kidney failure. When it happened to me, I literally had to get shoes a full size bigger, and the face can also be swollen like having an allergic reaction (I was prescribed something called Furosemide - which caused the swelling to go down by causing more frequent urination so that the excess water can be removed from the body).

      Second is more protein in your urine, which you can recognize by extra foam/bubbles. Many people belive that Kidney failure will cause you to urinate less frequently, and while that is true in most cases, sometimes other medications (particuarly those linked with diabetes) can affect urination and actually cause you to urinate more than normal. Having lots of protein in your urine is generally a strong sign that your kidneys are not functioning properly.

      Third, a very deadly catch-22, is that kidney failure begins to heighten your blood pressure, which sadly, will damage your kidneys further, which in turn cause your blood pressure to go up even more. Round and round, a very bad cycle which can cause major damage to your other organs. If you believe you may have kidney failure, you should definitely take a close monitor of your blood pressure (which you are probably already doing because of diabetes).

      Hope that was helpful, if you need further information, or, if god forbid, you do have kidney failure, I recommend you not only consult with your doctors but the following book may help: "Coping with Kidney Disease" by Dr. Mackenzie Walser. Great information there and lots of treatments. He goes into details that you can use to kinda double-check your doctor on the side. Also, there are many websites available that will explain further, like http://www.kidney.org.au. G'luck and best wishes.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the first signs of kidney failure and is fever common with slow chronic kidney failure?
    I was born with double collecting ureters.....Also can sexual intercourse cause me to have nonstop bladder infections....resulting in infection going to my kidney causing severe sickness. I have been on antibiotics for so long... I am sure my immune system is messed up (understatement) I am also sleeping up to 20 hours a day for months and months. I used to get sick like this only 3-4 times a year. Any advice. I see my doctor tomorrow and my lithotripsy for kidney stones stuck in upper kidney was cancelled today due to my ongoing symtoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Sex can cause you to have bladder infections, that's way you are supposed to go pee shortly afterwards to clean everything out. You should avoid sex when you have a bladder infection too. When the kidneys start to fail you most likely won't be able to keep any food down, be extremely tired, probably have a fever, and be VERY thirsty despite the amount of water you drink. Hope you can get well enough to see your doctor!

  3. QUESTION:
    Preventing kidney failure in felines?
    My first cat died of kidney failure at about 13 years of age. Now my other cat, who is about 19, also has failing kidneys. We've put her on a special no protein diet as advised by our vet.

    Since kidney failure is so common among felines, is there anything i can do to try to prevent it from happening to my 4 year old cat? He's overweight which isn't a good sign already. I'd like to do some research on this topic so does anyone have sites to get me started?

    Thanks so much in advance

    • ANSWER:
      The NEW research (not all vets keep up with this) says high protein is better, but you have to make sure the cat gets more fluids, to keep the kidney function going. Originally the thought was that cats were like humans (who need low protein to combat this) but new research says otherwise.

      Go to google.com and type in CRF feline, this will get you the main basic sites with the up to date info on what the problem is (kidney failure) and how to best stall it off and keep the cat maintained.

      Mine has been CRF for 4 years and is stable. The low protein food made him worse. The higher protein food, mostly canned, is working really well with him. He drinks enough to pee three times a day, I have multiple water bowls and mugs around the house to encourage it, plus he gets water added to his canned food to make a slurry, and a small amount of milk (he doesn't get stomach upset on that) for fluids. I check his shoulder skin too, to make sure it tents then goes down properly, to check his hydration. If it's showing a problem I syringe water into him. We haven't had to worry about giving fluids intraveneously yet.

      There's also some good cat groups for this over on YahooGroups, try Handicats, or search on the words kidney issues cat, feline CRF or something similar. You can talk to owners who all have cats with this condition.

  4. QUESTION:
    Are yellow eyes normal in people....? Please help me?
    My boyfriend Justin has amazing blue eyes but his sclera is like yellow.My friend Joe started to say that it's the first sign of kidney failure is this true or no?

    I would really like to know because it's got me worried and Justin just keeps saying he's fine

    • ANSWER:
      I have blond hair, blue eyes, and a yellow-tinted sclera. It means nothing at all. It has been checked. I often have blood shot eyes and as an after-effect my sclera is tinted yellow. I don't have jaundice, hepatitis or kidney failure. If it was bright yellow then go get it checked but if it's creamy, very faded yellow then maybe your BF is like me...same sclera with those blue eyes.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like early stages of kidney failure?
    Over the past couple of months, my 12-year-old female dachshund has had difficulty urinating. At first, we thought it was a urinary tract infection, but after a couple of rounds of antibiotics, the lab work came back showing no signs of infection. She continued to have difficulty urinating, so the vet did additional bloodwork and urine testing and said that she was in the early stages of kidney failure. At this point, he thinks it can be managed with a special diet.

    However, I've been researching this, and the classic symptoms of kidney failure (i.e., vomiting, lethargy, excessive thirst, excessive urination, weight loss, loss of appetite, etc.) are not present. She is still active, eats like a horse, drinks a normal amount of water, and doesn't urinate any more often or in greater amounts than she used to. The only symptoms she seems to have are the amount of time it takes to pass urine (up to a minute) and attempts to urinate with no results. We have not seen any blood or anything out of the ordinary in the urine, and she doesn't seem to be in pain.

    Any ideas about what's going on here?
    Thanks for your input!

    • ANSWER:
      I'd take her to a different vet and see what they say... Good luck with your doxie, hope she gets better.

  6. QUESTION:
    My cat is peeing all over the place?
    My cat is peeing all over the place. This is a new thing for my 8yr old fixed female cat. At first I thought she could have just seen another cat outside but there are no new cats in the area. Nothing has changed in our feeding her its the same kind of food as usual and she has drinken the same amount of water every day. There is always someone home with her the most she is alone buy her self is about 4 hours but its always been that way since she was a kitten...I'm just worried because of this whole cat food recal. But she has not been eating the kind of food that was recaled and if it was I would figure she would show signs of kidney failure alot sooner then this. I want to call the vet but my boyfriend says it just because she is mad for some reason and she will be fine in a few days. I just don't know what to do.
    Yes the litter box is clean and we have always used the same brand.

    • ANSWER:
      You're right, you need to take the kitty to the Vet.
      When a cat all of a sudden starts to go outside the litter box that's a sign that she may have a Urinary Tract Infection and you can't let that go, it's not going to get better on it's own, it's only going to get worse.

  7. QUESTION:
    Please please help. Diabetic, asthmatic and kidney failure and cat don't eat. Please read more info.?
    Everyone, anyone if you know something I have not tried please help me. my cat has kidney failure and asthma that was perfectly under Control. suddenly last week she showed some signs of being diabetic and I took her for blood work and found out that she also is diabetic. since 7 days before the test she started to not eat. long story short I am doing every thing in the book to make her eat. we are 4 days into her insulin treatment and it is 5 days that I am forcing food in her by thick syringes. Now since yesterday day her doctor prescribed some appetite pills because she would refuse to eat on her own. the first dose worked she ate 40 minuets after that, just a little bit and then one more time after 1 hour. But the second dose and 3rd dosage is not helping her to eat on her own. Please tel me if you know anything that may help. PS I have tried all the tricks like cat treat, wet junk food, baby food, cooked chicken you name it I have offer it to her, but she wont eat. I am going out of my mind, I am also checking her glucose at home to keep it under control. I am also talking to the vets office but their only solution is to hospitalize her and what they do is force feed her. I am doing that at home and she don't do well in the hospital. have done it before and she came back even felling worst because she hurt her self in the cage and gets all crazy. So PLEASE PLEASE ADVISE ME IF YOU KNOW SOMETHING. I also give her flouid under her skin for her kidneys.

    • ANSWER:
      Noni, If your kitty has kidney failure there is not really much you can do. Didn't your Vet. advise you about this. You can not let her suffer for so long.

      Sorry. I know how much you can love a ornery cat.But sometime we have to let go.
      Protein's are not good for kidney's.

  8. QUESTION:
    I need some kidney failure help.?
    I need some information on kidney failure. Anything would help really.
    So I have some symptoms i believe, but i wanna make sure that it's a good possibility before telling anyone and freaking them out, lol. First off I have extreme shortness of breath, which i've thought was asthma, also I've had really sharp pains a little above my left hip bone. I also think I'm having lost of appitite, like I get hungry, but once I start eating i don't usually finish it and eat just a few bites. These are just like the big things, or signs that are super apperant.
    Secondly, I was wondering if anyone knows like exactly what could cause this. I have drank before a few times, but I mean i'm not a huge drinker and it's not near an everyday thing at all, also I don't like beer so I usually just stick to wine coolers and such. I also have had hit a "rough" patch and have taken more than prescribed amounts of medicine, mostly Ibuprofen, or over the counter things, nothing I would call serious. These are just things I can think of that would play a role on this off of the top of my head. Which I wanted to know if these things could have this affect.
    Like i said before anything would help and I'd appreicate any information. I just want to hear out some thoughts before I go and see everything and do things i don't need to do, if that makes sense. And lastly I don't want people to tell me to just go and get checked out now just in case, i'm not a huge hospital person and I'm just asking for what I've mentioned above. Thanks for your input:)

    • ANSWER:
      Acute Kidney Failure Symptoms
      The following symptoms may occur with acute kidney failure. Some people have no symptoms, at least in the early stages. The symptoms may be very subtle.

      Decreased urine production
      Body swelling
      Problems concentrating
      Confusion
      Fatigue
      Lethargy
      Nausea, vomiting
      Diarrhea
      Abdominal pain
      Metallic taste in the mouth
      Seizures and coma may occur in very severe acute kidney failure

      Take care

      TIN

  9. QUESTION:
    Do you know the signs of dog food poisoning?
    My gorgeous loving healthy five year old dog was just diagonsed with kidney failure due to food poisoning. This is no ordinary dog. She is the best friend I ever had; The best dog I have ever known. I took her to the vet because she was losing weight. Unlike humans, dogs still produce urine when in renal failure. We do not know if she will live. Or how she will be if she does live. The food was DRY FOOD. Nutromax from Pet Smart. This food is their own brand. Last year, a woman promoting Nutromax as premium, talked me into buying it. I did because the dog was bored with the mail order premium dog food she was eating. Now Pet Smart is not even answering the phone or talking to anyone. They say fax your vet bill. The media has not sufficiently warned. I had no idea. Several weeks ago at the first mention that dry food might be involved I changed back to Flint River Ranch . The damage is already done.
    What is being done about this?
    Get your dogs to the vet and have them tested!

    • ANSWER:
      I am sooo sorry to hear about your dog!! I found this number on the Internet and you may want to call them. It is a lawsuit attorney against the tainted dog foods. 1-800-847-9094. I know there is no amount of $$$ that will ever take the place of a beloved pet, but I would still make these companies pay somehow. I wish you & your's all the best!!!!

  10. QUESTION:
    ANA test came back positive. 8 times. ANA= 1:320. My kidneys are showing signs of failure as well. Advice plse?
    Have had countless blood test and they keep showing my kidneys are not working as well as they should, but ultrasounds have showed that they are perfectly fine.
    I have had 2 episodes where I have passed out. The first time was like a fainting , the 2nd time passed out cold, and ended up flat out on the floor and have no idea how I got there, or where I was when I opened my eyes. my Dr has sent me to have a CT scan,but I have been unable to get an appointment. Any advise or info wpuld be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have any other symptoms besides the elevated ANA and the syncope?

  11. QUESTION:
    HELP! I think my dog has kidney failure :( ?
    Alright. So I have this little 5 year old carin terrier/Dauchsund Mix. I've never seen any signs of illness...but about...eh a year a go, ive noticed that she has these large lumps on her lower back, at first i thought it could be a tumor or something, but then I realized it was also on the other side so I figured it must be her kidneys, shes been drinking more water, but still has an appetite and doesnt seem to be in any pain. Do you think these are muscles? [[Because she runs ALOT]] or...is my little dog dying?

    [My mom says scooter is PERFECTLY fine, and i shouldnt worry about anything, but....she never realy listens...im still trying to convince her that she NEEDS to be taken into the vet just to be sure, but....she wont :( ]

    =[

    Please help me, i dont want to say goodbye :(

    • ANSWER:
      it's not kidney failure i can tell you that, there are a number of choices 1 it is natural for your dog 2 your dog has kidney STONES 3 well i don't really have any third guess so i would take him to a vet because nobody could give advice that would be as good as a proffesional, espicially me :)

  12. QUESTION:
    Any advice on the best diet for a dog diagnosed with early signs of kidney disease?
    My 14 year old shih tzu, Doc, was recently diagnosed with kidney disease and my vet recommended switching his diet to Hills k/d. I am pretty strongly opposed to using Science Diet brand and so have been doing research on alternatives. Doc is currently on 'Orijen Senior' which is a 70% protein food. I know protocol is to immediately switch to a low protein food for renal failure but I have come across some information indicating recent studies show that a high protein diet could be ideal for even a dog with kidney disease as long as phosphorous levels are low. Any advice? First hand experience? Thanks.
    Please do NOT try to sell me on Hills. It contains LOW quality ingredients and also contains ethoxyquin. Which is banned from human consumption because it is carcinogenic.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh Gawd bless you for doing your research! Amen !

      You are absolutely correct - this is not about lower protein, it's about higher quality protein. Phosphorus is going to be your limiting factor and you can even use a phosphate binder (eg: calcium such as Animal Essentials natural sea calcium) to further lower dietary calcium.

      The food you choose is entirely up to you. Raw protein is actually the best for a KD dog but if that is not an option for you, for whatever reason, then I would suggest you look at something like Ziwi Peak (www.k9rawdiet.com). Using Ziwi Peak as your base food, you can then add in your supplements or even add in some home cooked meals for rotation and variety.

      KD isn't a scary diagnosis anymore. It can be highly managed through diet and supplements.

      Good luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    Help! do i have kidney failure?
    First, i am currently on steroids for a recent multiple sclerosis attack. second, i also just started taking a multi vitamin and gabapentin for neuralgia. so im on a lot of newly prescribed drugs. i have also been takingrebif for ultiple sclerosis for 4 months now. finally, im chronically constipated(go every 3 weeks if that)and milk of magnesia doesnt help. now trying miralax). i went to the hospital a few days ago because i couldnt stop pee(once every 10 min and my genital area burns and i have pressure/tenderness in my abdomen and my back hurts. and now there is a large red spot on my back where i have pain. they tested my urine and no sign of uti. but the doc gave me azo tabs and antibiotics just in case so im also taking these pills. however, im still in pain and dont know how ill be ablhrough class like this! what is wrong with my body? also, the doc did send my pee to be further cultured and thosent back yet. any help is appreciated. im in pain :(
    Sorry for the incorrect grammar; i am typing this on a phone. also, i dont actually have a large red bump on my back. i just had my friend check and there are a few small bumps that are warm where my lower back/kidney area is sore.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not. People who have kidney failure don't pee as much (depending on the severity of the illness). My father, who is at .1% function (and on peritoneal dialysis) only urinates about once a day, if that. If your kidney is failing, you feel very sick (not just in a lot of pain/constipated) and taste urine in your mouth (once again, depending upon the amount of function) and your skin may also start turning a bit yellow. You would also be severely tired. Think about it -- there would be pee in your blood stream, and you would feel like that. Not to say that your symptoms aren't TERRIBLE, because they really sound terrible, but they don't sound like kidney failure.

      It sounds like your doctors aren't doing very much for you. You really need to get a second opinion. It could be side effects from all the drugs you're on or something... I don't know... but seriously, you can't go on like this. If you're in college and you don't get better, you might want to look into doing a medical withdrawal for your classes this semester... they should give you a full refund. :(

      I really hope that they find out what's going on with you. This sounds awful. Best wishes.

  14. QUESTION:
    my baby was over 10 lbs became stuck in birth canal and in NICU. anyone have a similar incident?
    My baby was deprived of oxygen somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes. She has overcome so much, but our major obstacle now is getting her sucking reflex down which should be fine by now and her digestive system is still moving so slowly. she suffered kidney failure @ first but this resolved itself. she had 1 seizure, but was put on seizure meds and has now been taken off with no signs of any more. things are slowly coming along, but this is now our big issue and they did an MRI tonight to check her brain out. just curious if anyone else has experienced something like this.
    My baby was deprived of oxygen somewhere between 5 & 10 minutes. She's overcome so much, but our major obstacle now is getting her sucking reflex down which should be fine by now and her digestive system is still moving so slowly. she suffered kidney failure @ first but this resolved itself. she had 1 seizure, was put on seizure meds and has now been taken off with no signs of any more. things are slowly coming along, but this is now our big issue and they did an MRI tonight to check her brain out. just curious if anyone else has experienced something like this.
    ADDITIONAL INFO: for those inquiring about legal action. this was a homebirth w/ a midwife. my labor was only about 6 hours and i only pushed about 30 minutes, maybe less to get her head out. it was at that point that she became stuck. cant necessarily due a c/sec with a head sticking out of you and everything to this point was fine. my midwife saved my baby's life by calling 911 & doing cpr immediately.

    • ANSWER:
      yes nearly 3 years ago my son was crowing for over 10 mins and was being squezzed on the umbilical cord if they gave me a cut like my husband at the time asked for than everything would of been fine!!!!!!!! He was born 9lb 2 and a half we got lucky all he needed was a little oxygen through a mask but he was going to go to the baby room to be kept an eye on but like i said we all were lucky. I heamorraged due to the force as they had to physically pulled him out. I am pregnant again but i am so nervous this time that i am under a consultant care good luck and i hope you and your baby recover well

  15. QUESTION:
    Liver failure,Pneumonia,help?
    My cousin was found last thursday 11/19 not concious. He was rushed to the ER and they had to hook him up to a ventilator. He deficated on his self. They don't know how long he was like that before they found him. He has been in the hospital since and not alert. Today is the first time he has nodded yes or no and smirked. They had to give him 4 blood transfusions and some platelets.His platelets were at 17k but not that he got some blood and platelets it's at 83k.. When he was brought in his WBC was at 31k... He has been getting dialysis every other day and they are taking fluid out of him, because he is swelling. They told us he is in liver failure, kidney failure and his bowels are NOT working at all. They gave him doculax to get his bowels moving, but it's not helping. He also has sepsis.(blood infection) and pneumonia. They don't know WHY he is like he is. He has been on psych meds for yrs for schizophrenia. We are wondering if these meds are the cause for this or what could have happend. We are hoping his liver shows signs of imrovement. They finally took him off blood presusre meds and sedatives. He is holding his own blood pressure pretty well. The nurse informed that that could be because of the fluids in him. We don't know if he has any brain damage, but he nods yes and no and he looks at us.We tried to give him a pen to write us something, but he doesn't seem to be able to close his hand or squeeze our hand with him. Does anyone have any idea on what the chances for his liver to come back are, or what if anything tthey can do about his bowels not working? I was informed that he was constipated for almost 2 months, but he never had pains from it. The DR'S First thought that he perforated his colon and the toxins went through his blood, but now they say NO. That they don't think it was that. So what could this be from!?!?!

    • ANSWER:
      this is only my opinion, but going on the info you gave it sounds to me like maybe he was first into some type of infection due to his wbc being so high. The normal count is around 10-12,000k and since he was at 31 I'm willing to go with a colon problem. There's no one that can go without a bowel movement for 2 months.After a week there would be some type of problem within the abdominal cavity causing so much pain, swelling and bloating with gas that the bowels would start to back up into the stomach. Does he still have his appendix? This is worth a chance at thinking that if his appendix was infected and not taken out it could have burst and then the infection would have gone into the abdominal cavity wreaking havoc their. I'm also wondering who was in charge of your cousin's care too. This person is the one that needs to be answering these questions. Good luck and God Bless

  16. QUESTION:
    Betta fish rapidly declining.... HELP!!!!?
    He is roughly 3 years old. I first noticed his downfall when I saw that he had popeye. My boyfriend doesn't keep up with water changes, and I chewed him up for it (I will never let him live this down. I call him "fish killer"). I hysterically searched online for betta fish diseases and diagnosed him more thoroughly. Not only did he have popeye, but he had advanced tail & fin rot, signs of dropsy (kidney failure), inflamed gills, eye cloud, clumped fins, laid on the bottom and only came up for air, and swollen lips. I spent over dollars on fish medication.

    I change his water every 3rd day. I fill up a gallon jug with tap water, add 1mL of Water Conditioner, and 1/2 tsp of aquarium salt and let that sit until I am ready to use it for his next water change. On that 3rd day, I add 1mL of Bacteria Supplement, 1/2 tsp of BettaFix, 1/2mL of Fungus Remedy, and 8 drops of REVIVE to his gallon of water. I clean his tank with only warm water, and then add his water. Also, I sprinkle Maracyn and Triple Sulfa to his water everyday.

    It is a week later and only one eye has returned to normal while the other one is very slowly recovering. His tail & fins are growing back ever slowly and his head stopped pine-coning (a symptom of dropsy). He swims around, plays with his bubbles from the under-gravel filter system, he eats all his food, and even comes close to the glass of the tank when I come by to say hello.

    Sounds like he's getting better, right? Quite the contrary.

    It looks like he has developed gold flakes/speckles and now he has some HOLES IN HIS HEAD! They say gold flakes/speckles are a fungal disease, but I am treating him with a fungal remedy! To this date, how many diseases has my fish encountered? 9!!!!

    So, what am I doing wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd say way too many different medications. They are probably interfering with the effectiveness of each other. Put him in a travel container and take him to a local fish store. Let them advise what to do for him. Poor thing.
      BTW, a Betta should be living in a 5-gallon tank with a heater adn gentle filter, with only weekly partial water changes. Anything less, and you can expect problems.
      Good luck to this fish.

  17. QUESTION:
    Anyone with similar experience related to spilling protein in urine during pregnancy?
    Reposting this since I didnt get any answers, maybe I posted it at the wrong time!
    Sorry this is kinda long, just want to get all the details so I get more accurate responses. So I am going on 26 weeks gestation and have been seeing my doctor regularly. It is a multiple doctor practive consisting of 2 doctors and 2 nurse practitioners. I have seen both docs and just today met one of the nurse practitioners. During my visit she brought up sending me to a separate lab for an extensive urinalysis.When I asked why she looked stunned and told me because I had been spilling significant amounts of protein in my urine at every visit and asked If i knew this. I told her no, I had been told at my first appt. that I had a bladder infection and was prescribed antibiotics. She got very upset and was furious that no one had told me that I was spilling protein EVERY time. My question is I know that is a sign of kidney infection/failure and preeclampsia, what else can it mean? And is it as big of a deal as she made it sound that I wasnt told sooner? Also I havent had swelling and my blood pressure hasnt been consistent but it hasnt been high either but I do have severe fatigue to the point of sleeping more than 15 hours a day sometimes and headaches that dont go away with medicine which I know can be signs of preeclampsia. Has anyone else not had the high blood pressure but still ended up being preeclamptic? Thanks for any information!!

    • ANSWER:
      Pre eclampsia is diagnosed if you have a triad of symptoms. If you ONLY have proteinuria, you don't have pre eclampsia. Without the other two symptoms I really wouldn't worry.

      As you stated, this can be a sign of a kidney infection which is very common in pregnancy. Do you happen to know what your number was? If your number has been the same throughout the pregnancy, again, I wouldn't worry. Try taking in more fluids and see if that helps.

  18. QUESTION:
    how can i tell when my cat is going to die??
    my cat was missing for almost three days, but i found him in one of his favorite spots in the woods. he was happy when i found him, but he wouldnt come to me at first.he is 12 years old, and he will not eat or drink.he walks normally, but he is sleeping all the time. he looks fine, and shows a general interest when i try to feed him, but he refuses it. he got very skinny, and is dehydrated. i hope this isnt a sign of dying,but im not sure if this could be kidney kidney failure instead, but i need serious answers FAST if it is.

    • ANSWER:
      PLEASE, don't stay on here, - get your cat to a vet ASAP!!!

      He is obviously suffering - but he may be able to be saved if you get him in NOW!!

      If he is not treatable, the kindest thing you can do is to have him humanely euthanized rather than have him suffer!

      This is an EMERGENCY! Don't wait!!

  19. QUESTION:
    General medical questions thanks for the help?
    In which diseases can we expect the elevation of the serum total bilirubin level?
    Malnutrition & malabsorption
    Instrinsic renal lesions
    Hepatitis b- think its this one
    Vitamin d deficiency
    Nephritic syndrome

    Clubbing of the fingers can be a sign of?
    Cystic fibrosis
    Kidney failure-maybe this one
    Tuberculosis- wrong answer
    Liver failure
    Sleen enlargement

    Second heart sound is produced by ?
    Closure of the pulmonic and mitral valve
    Closure of the aortic and mitral valve
    Closure of the aortic and tricuspid valve
    Closure of the pulmonic and tricuspid valve
    Closure of the aortic and pulmonic valve- think its this one

    Which of the diseases listed below is not a potential cause of dry, hacking cough?
    Allergies
    Viral infections
    Intersticial lung disease
    Tuberculosis
    tumor

    Which group of lymp-nodes located on the head or neck drainage the lymph from the abdomen?
    Supra-clavicular
    Sub-mandibular
    Anterior-cervical
    Sub-mental
    Posterior cervical

    The muscles used as the accessory ones during forced inspiration are?
    Internal intercostais
    Scalenes
    Diaphragm
    External intercostals
    Abdominal muscles

    First sound is produced by?
    Closure of the pulmonic and mitral valves
    Closure of the pulmonic and tricuspid valves
    Closure of the venous valves
    Closure of the aortic and mitral valves
    Closure of the mitral and tripcuspid valves

    Which of the sentences about macrocytic anemia, mentioned below, are true?
    The mcv(mean corpuscular volume) is decreased
    The level of hemoglobin is increased
    The common cause is iron deficiency
    The common cause is b1 deficiency
    The common cause is foliate deficiency

    Chronic suppurative otitis media should be recognized if the drainage from the ear (otorrhea) persists for at least:
    1 month
    3 days
    3 weeks
    6 weeks
    1 week

    The muscles used as the accessory ones during forced expiration are:
    Scalene
    Abdominal muscles
    Diaphragm
    Sternocleidomastoid muscles
    External intercostals

    Which laboratory results should be considered as an indicator of the acute bacterial infections of the respiratory tract?
    Wbc: 5.0X10^9/L
    Esr: 15mm/hr
    Esr: 36mm/hr
    pO2: 95mmHg
    CRP: 3 mg/L

    Make a false sentence about cough typical for vital infections of respiratory tract:
    It usally last 7-10 days
    A non-productive period is often followed by a productive cough, with production of yellowish sputum
    In some patients it can lead to subacute cough
    Loud cough, non-productive or producing small amounts of sputum
    It is often aggravating at night

    Which from the following accessory investigations is not the imaging study:
    Electrocardiography
    Radiography
    Ultrasonography
    Magnetic resonance
    Tomography

    Which of the sentences about the evaluation of the patients reflexes, mentioned below are true?
    When damage occurs the upper motor neurons (cortical and spinal cord injuries) the reflex arc is interrupted
    During the evaluation of reflex, grade 4+ of the knee jerk means that this reflex is not present
    When testing the patient’s reflexes you don’t have to remember that reflexes can be influenced by age, metabolic factors or electrolyte abnormalities
    When damage occurs to lower motor neurons (the peripheral nerve or dorsal roots) the spinal reflex arc in uninhibited
    When damage occurs to lower motor neurons (the peripheral nerve or dorsal roots)the reflexes are decreased

    Associated with dyspnea:
    Pulmonary hypertension
    Mitral stenosis
    All of them can be associated with dyspnea
    Pulmonary embolism
    Anxiety

    • ANSWER:
      1) Hep B
      2) Cystic fibrosis
      3) Aortic and pulmonary
      4) I'd go with tuberculosis, because it would usually be a cough productive of sputum
      5) Supraclavicular
      6) Scalenes
      7) Mitral and tricuspid
      8) Folate deficiency
      9) 6 weeks
      10) Abdominals and intercostals (so I'm not sure which you should put down - maybe abdominals?)
      11) None of them really tell you that, but ESR of 36 is the only unusual one there. Although a PaO2 of 95 could occur as well.
      12) They are all true
      13) Electrocardiograpy
      14) The last one is true
      15) All of them

  20. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my dog?
    I have a 2yr old German Shepherd mix named Olivia, who is a very intelligent, well-trained dog. Recently, she's started having some medical problems. It started out she had a fever of 105*, drinking large quantities of water, and refusing to eat. All she did was lay around all day. A week later, the fever had subsided and she was back to drinking her normal amount of water, but she still would not eat or be active. At this point she began to look very skinny- almost emaciated. She had lost a substantial amount of muscle mass, was shedding more than normal and showing signs of tooth decay.

    So we took her back to our vet where they administered a blood panel. It showed her BUN at 104, CRE at 12.6, ALB at 1.8, GLOB at 6.0, CA at 12.4, and PHOS at 11.3... Translation: her kidneys are showing signs of failure. So our vet put her on Prescription Diet K/D and Azolyl tabs.

    She finally started eating without hesitation. We continued the food and tablets for a month. She seemed to be back to her old self, but wasn't gaining hardly any weight. So we brought her back to the vet for another blood panel. Everything but her BUN is back in the normal range. So our vet said we could wean off the K/D and go back to regular dog food, but stay on the Azolyl tabs. When we got more dog food, we wanted to gradually step down. So we now have her on Science Diet Sensitive Stomach because the phosphorus and proteins are similar to the K/D. For the first few days after weaning (mixing), she ate adequate amounts without any hesitation..
    Now she won't eat it at all.
    She's also had one accident in her crate, and thrown up twice since switching the food. The last two days I wouldn't let her leave her crate until she ate some of her food (besides to go outside), and she will stay in there all day before she eats even a nibble.
    Also, her bm's have been small and once or twice a day.

    Every vet that has seen her is stumped. Does anybody know what could be causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      try to get some information from experienced german shepherd owners as they often know more than the vet as they are only dealing with that particular breed as german shepherds are notorious for having digestion problems. its worth a try.

  21. QUESTION:
    Diabetic father, drinking alcohol, now problems? help?
    my father has type 2 diabetes, diagnosed about 12 years ago. Never really looked after his disease, and drank most days of the week, would not get drunk everyday but almost every day he would have about 4 cans... last August he ended up in ICU. He had kidney failure and heart attack. He came through it, but for 7 months after he needed a urine bag attached as he couldn't make wee, his kidney's healed but it was his prostate which was enlarged. So in Feb this year he had the surgery to remove his prostate which was a success and he seemed to be getting back to normal. Then he started drinking again. He usually drinks 4 cans of Beamish a day. Since the other day he is complaining of lower back pain, and saying that he used to have a steady flow of urine now its just like dribbles coming out. He stopped the alcohol 3 days ago and is drinking alot of water but not going to the toilet all the time.....Is this a bad sign, especially because his kidney's failed before which led to fluid on his lungs, then the heart attack? Myself personally i think in the last 3 months he is gone 'shook' looking, like he looks older than he really is. HE looked better when he first came out of hospital last year than he does now. He is 62years old and is on insulin shots

    • ANSWER:
      needs attention...........may have prostate trouble that is blocking urine flow....see urologist asap.......like today or ER........................

  22. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me?
    What is wrong with me? 
    I've been going to the docs for quite some time now, for just about two years now. I am frequently sick, I catch everything that comes my way! At least every two weeks I'm at the clinic whether it's severe stomach/abdominal pain with nausea & vomitting also severe headache (most common sickness I get atleast once a month never a true diagnosis) or just a terrible migrane with nausea though I have never been diagnosed with migranes.

    - frequent headaches (daily)
    - sharp abdominal pains somewhat often (usually around upper ribcage area)
    - lightheadedness
    - loss of appetite
    - weightloss (over the last year without trying went from a size 11 to a size 5-7)
    - pale complexion
    - huge dark circles under eyes
    - weakness
    - extreme fatigue
    - rare chest pain (between chest bone)
    - very noticable veins in eyelids
    - in ER atleast every 6 weeks , generally for the abdominal pains vomitting nausea headache , never a fever though
    - constantly catching every sickness that passes by me
    - have had two kidney infections in last year, about 5 or 6 basic UTI's 
    - have had many ultasounds and xrays of all over my abdominals and chest though never quite find anything abnormal
    - twice in the last year had enlarged spleen
    - blood work often shows signs of anemia, low rbc, low retic count, large red blood cells I think and I don't quite remember anythjng else the most recent results aren't around at the moment (I understand that would be important info I apologize I don't know at the moment)
    - jan08, pneumonia
    - jan09, viral meningitis
    - sept09, mono 
    - also a year ago I was diagnosed with minor epilespy, was on apo-lamotrigine though am now off it 
    - while I had mono I had .. Two seizures in one week and while I had viral meningitis I had one seizure or "episode", and as a child I believe I had two or three
    - during meningitis to confirm, I had 9 spinal taps (few difficulties , after the first 6 I was put to sleep finally) 
    - my mom has kidney failure, 5 weeks ago had
    a transplant, going great so far no rejection:)
    - also maybe 6-7 weeks ago I had noticed my left rib cage was buldging out, though doctors confirmed was no signs of enlarged spleen

    Goodness I hope I am not forgetting anything! Oh by the way, I am a 15 year old female!

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    I stopped taking my BC after 1 month, is it ok if I start taking the remainder of the packages I have left?
    Ok so, I was prescribed a low dose birth control pill almost a year ago (April 08). I went to my local Planned Parenthood, spoke to the nurse and since it was my first time getting on any type of BC I chose the pill. I also chose the pill because its something I can remember to take and I liked the idea of it to begin with. They checked my medical history and the doctor there recommended Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for me, and they gave me a 12 month supply! But this is the problem, i only took it for one month because I freaked out :/ The reason being is because I was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome when i was 6 and continued treatment until I was about 14, just before entering high school. At that time my nehprologist told me that I was doing fine and that the disease had no signs of reoccurring so he told me to stay healthy; stay away from salty foods, and eat healthy and stay physically fit. Up until now I havent had any signs or symptoms and this is my main concern when choosing the right BC, and since I knew I wanted to be on the pill I wanted to make sure that I was prescribed the right one, since I dont have insurance I'm relying on PP and other health clinics. But I figured if I was prescribed a low dose it was for a reason and the doctor at the PP even told me thats why he gave me the low dose because of my history. So like I said I got scared thinking of all the scariest things that could happen to me like a blod clot, or kidney failure (which could happen with nephritits). If anyone has any advice for me as to the possibilities in which something like this could occur feel free to tell me that im overthinking and I need to relax lol. So my main question is since I stopped taking the BC after 1 month and I know I didnt give my body enough time to get used to it and see its actual reaction to it, is it ok if I start taking the remainder of the packages I have left?? They expire in July, so I have three months to try it all over again and if I dont freak this time and I actually like it I will go back for a refill. That is my plan, I just need advice on the kidney issue, and if I should try the pill out once again and since they expire in July and if I feel safer this second time around go back for more.....any advice would be appreciated. Thank You XoXo..................

    • ANSWER:
      If the prescribing doctor felt that the pills were safe for you, I don't see any reason you can't start taking them again when you have your next period. Do what the instruction say and start the first pill on the Sunday after you start your period, even if you are still bleeding. Three months should be enough time for you to get adjusted to the change in hormones. When the prescription runs out, you can either see the doctor at PP and get a refill or stop taking them depending on how they work for you. Remember you will not be able to have sex without other protection until you have taken 7 pills. You should continue to have your regular checkups with your nephrologist to make sure you don't have any continued problems there.

      best wishes..

  24. QUESTION:
    kitty maybe ingested ibuprofen?
    Kitty maybe ingested ibuprofen?
    basically an alarming phone call distracted me from my ibuprofen that i just opened to take for a migraine and of course worse case scenario my 8 month old kittens decided to have a party and knock them over and play with them... i know they don't know better and i SHOULD know better but it is one of those crapy circumstances that happened :0(

    they were 200 mg ibuprofen and when I heard the crash from upstairs I immediately came to clean it up but knowing that ibuprofen can be fatal in animals the mommy in me freaked out at the possibility of one of my babies eating one so i rushed them to the nearest vet who had an opening... BUMMED that my vet was completely booked.

    they first induced vomiting and one of my kittens did but one wouldn't.. they then gave them liquid under their skin (looks like a big bump in their skin) The kitty who did vomit is my kitty that is the most curious and they found no signs of ibuprofen in the vomit which was a good sign. They wanted my kitties to still stay there for a few days which was going to cost an arm and a leg. I called my actual vet to see if this was necessary since they only would have had time to ingest one 200mg tablet and i don't even REALLY think they did. My vet told me to ask them to give the cats charcoal and to send some home with me. I decided to do this since I trust my vet, don't really think they ingested it, and the visit was already reaching 0... not that i should base my decisions on money but I'm just a first year teacher and unfortunately don't have 00-2000 sitting around. my current vet also told me that the vet i was at is known for trying to do everything worse case so that your bill is very expensive when in all reality it might not be necessary.

    I just wanted to see if anyone else has ever went through this. I'm worried about them!

    I also found online that the toxic dose of ibuprofen to cause stomach ulcers is 50mg per pound and 150mg per pound to cause kidney failure. well my kitties way more than 4 pounds so it sounds like while one 200mg ibuprofen i'm sure is NOT GOOD... sounds not fatal??

    advice... comments... THANKS!
    2 hours ago - 1 week left to answer.
    Additional Details
    they want me to give the charcoal 4-5 times every 6 hours.... does anyone know why so many times?
    54 minutes ago

    also, they are hissing at each other like crazy and have never done this? is this normal behavior when they don't feel good. they are just walking up to each other and hissing... also they aren't eating much and i'm guessing they just don't feel good since i'm cramming this yucky goop down their throat
    but all that for only MAYBE 200mg Ibuprofin? i read that the toxic amount for cats to cause ulcers is 50mg per pound and to cause kidney damage/failure it was 150mg per pound.... my kittens weigh a lot more than 4 pounds so I don't even think it is a toxic level so now i just feel like i'm being mean to my poor babies

    • ANSWER:
      Thankfully, I've never had my cats ingest ibuprofen, or any other medicine not intended for them.

      The reason the vet wanted you to give the charcoal so often is because the "poisons" are "leeched" out over a period of time, and the charcoal must be present in the system continuously for it to be effective.

      I'm sure the hissing will subside as the treatment and "effects" wear off. If not, try using one of those "pheromone" sprays to help them get back to liking/tolerating each other.

      Me... kittyslave23... I know my place.

  25. QUESTION:
    Questions about senior dog behavior?
    I'm going to try to make this short. Here's the story.
    I had an 18 year old cat and an almost 11 year old sheltie/fox terrier mix female dog that had been around the cat since I rescued her at 6 weeks. My cat had kidney failure and had to be put down in April. My dog started pulling out all of her hair, moping and just generally seemend unhappy. I obviously concluded this was grief/separation issues. We thought long and hard and decided to get another dog. We adopted a male puppy, Teddy (yorkie mix) at 8 weeks. Dakota, my senior female was not too happy when he would jump all over or puppy nip her for the first week. Then by the second week her mood seemed to improve and she stopped pulling her hair out.

    He is now 7 months old and everything has seemed to settle in, they get along well. Dakota the senior has lost most of what was remaining of her vision. She has started doing weird things like not wanting to play and stopped sleeping in bed with us. I will call her up there, she will come up for 5-10 minutes and get down and lay on the floor beside the bed. Teddy (the little boy) sleeps in his crate the first half of the night and on the bed the second half, after I take him out around 1:30 - 2 am. She seems much more irritable with my young son as well.

    Do you think she is just showing signs of aging? Do senior dogs sometimes seem to start to act different? I would think it weird that her behavior suddenly changed if it was our younger dog causing it.

    SIDE NOTE: Teddy is a more dominant personality (but not aggressive dominant). Dakota is a submissive mild mannered girl. And we have just been to the vet for bacteria infection in their ears so I thought it might have been that but after finishing out the medicine, she is still acting different.
    ADDED: thank you all who have answered so far. I wanted you to know we were just in the vet last month. All her bloodwork is normal and they can't find anything wrong with her. She has glaucoma. Around 7 years old she started to have something weird looking with her eyes, she had cataracts on them already (diagnosed by vet). THEN not even 3 months later her eyes started looking very strange and large in size...really weird. Took her back into the vet and they did pressure tests on her eyes and discovered she was already in the vision loss stages of glaucoma. I have seen several vets for this already back when the problems first started and they said her vision was too far gone, the would not reccomend surgery to correct but only surgery for eye removal if the pressure got too bad. She is still on the drops to relieve pressure..but her vision that was still somewhat there a few months ago I can tell is next to nothing now. She runs into all kinds of stuff, falls off curbs, ect.. I

    • ANSWER:
      Probably senior canine dementia - read more about it at: http://www.vetinfo.com/canine-dementia-symptoms.html

  26. QUESTION:
    do you know anyone who has had worst luck with pets? do tell...?
    i have had 6 pets in my adult life...30 years old, got started at 19.

    cat 1: Poops~n~Bites : died of cancer at age 6 (after surgeries, cryogenics, chemo). She crapped on the carpet every day of her life UNTIL one month before she died. And although a lover she would bite you when she felt she was done being petted. We euthanized her, but probably waited too long because it was really hard to do.

    cat 2: Trixie (followed 6 months later) died at age 6 also, from a heart attack from the vacuum-no joke!!

    cat 3: Ninja (four years later) died AGAIN at age 6 from kidney failure (after lots of visits, home IV fluids, change if diet). it came on strong and from the time the symptoms were present we only had about 2 weeks with her. we had gotten her levels back to a good level from a few days stay at the vet ($$$) but she was in a LOT of pain a few days later and we put her down.

    Cat 4 : Guadalupe "Lupe" 4 years old ALIVE!! However, Lupe was diagnosed with a heart murmur at age one: 1 or 2 on a scale 1-6, 6 being worst. a cardiogram showed half her heart was solid hard from heart disease at age 2, and also was rated 4-5 on scale. without meds she was given 6mos to live at age 2. we give her 2 pills a day and seems like she is great although we know her time is limited. we know a day will come that she will exhibit signs of suffocation (cardiac arrest) and we will immediately bring her in to be put down. they said it's very painful (CA). also, they want us to give her cardiograms every 6 mos but they are 0+ and WE ARE BROKE. the only one in the house with health insurance is the DOG.

    DOG 1: willis!!! the million dollar dog (insured!) status: ALIVE AND EXPENSIVE!!! (and i love him with allllllll of my heart, soul and credit cards)

    YEAR ONE:
    *multiple bladder infections
    *lots of diarehea (changed diet)
    *multiple eye infections
    *massive loss of hair (related to allergies)
    *severe allergies (food and insects)
    *puppy strangles disease
    *benign hystiocytoma #1
    *extreme infection from absess from removal of 1st hystiocytoma. the vet wasn't able to test it. he thought it may be a tumor & i tried to be pro-active, since it looked like Poops~N~Bites' mass cell growths and i was told boxers are tumor factories. the result was a few days after surgery we ended up taking him to the vet 4x in 24hrs (was seen at reg. vet 2x & er vet 2x, both places by multiple vets). the last time we brought him in (to ER less than 2hrs after reg. vet visit) they told us he probably wouldn't make it (infection had spread all over his body-he was FILLED w/ fluid and pus). they did an aggressive surgery and put lots of drainage tubes in and removed tons of gangreen skin. they weren't able to tell me if he was going to make it for 2 days!! he wasn't able to exercise or play for one month after that, but recovered.

    YEAR TWO
    *pneumonia
    *got "the flu" or ate poison outside again (we live in the city)
    *hystiocytoma #2 (left untouched since first was benign and it went away eventually)
    *flu (or ate poison outside)
    *ate a half of a CD, as well as dvd cases, hair brushes and mutliple ink pens....
    *LOTS AND LOTS of yeast infections in ears and between toes resulting in many, many expensive shampoos, medicated pads, ear cleaners, epsom salt baths (5m 2x a day). did i mention my husband and i both work 1-2 FT jobs each and were in school FT??? (we had doggie day care and opposite schedules so he wasn't neglected and we also walked him at the minimum 2hrs a day)
    *funky stinky penis infection (mild, but disgusting)

    YEAR THREE
    *benign hystiocytoma (2 of them... one got gruesome, both went away)
    *ate chocolate, raisins & a btl. of neosporin.
    *Bloat
    *Tumor (grade 2-1) we had removed.

    DOG 2 : Shakey Jake
    a one year old boxer we rescued 4 months ago. i found him on craigslist and adopted him because he was in a really tiny crate and he was 7months old. the owner told me he was in there 12-13 hrs a DAY!!! because of work and commute. it broke my heart, esp knowing how much exercise and socialization these dogs need. she promised me he was up to date on shots, totally healthy and mostly house broken. turns out, she lied. i brought him to the vet 12 hrs later...he had ear mites, worms, skin infections, broken tail in 2 parts and was malnourished. he didn't respond to our voices (i thought he was deaf-no just ignored). he bit us (not maliciously just playing, but OUCH) and was totally crazy. it took 2 months to house train him. he's still hyper but all of his health stuff got cleared up with shots, meds, bandages and love!!!

    he had one 0 flu-like experience but besides that is seemingly healthy. he was fine after he got rehydrated.

    about my boxer eating choc/raisins/neosporin/cds/pens/etc PLEASE DO NOT JUDGE ME!!!!!! all times were extreme accidents (or in part from them climbing on the counters that we thought they couldn't reach). my husband cut off part of his thumb at work and left the neosporin on the table

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel we have been through so many dogs and cats i can't keep track of them all we have moved around a lot and some have gotten sick and chewers and everything, hubby about ready to give up on having pets, we have chaweenie right now, she is a chewer and has gotten sick twice because of it, has eaten my kids clothes underwear from all members of the family. So we have been through the same thing some of them had worse problems then we could afford. My Hubby is the same way.

  27. QUESTION:
    Failed the urinalysis at MEPS. Was DQ'd. What are my options?
    Sorry, but this is a bit long. Please bear with me...

    I get recurring UTI infections, so it didn't surprise me that I was asked to do the 24-hr jug test because of protein (creatinine/urea) leaks. I had to submit the jug twice, cause the first results came back "inconclusive."

    The 2nd time, my recruiter convinced me to pour MORE THAN 24 hours' worth into the jug because he thought it wasn't full enough. I tried to explain to him that a 24-hour test isn't about quantity, but about timing, but he didn't listen to me. And I wasn't going to argue with him since he was the one who drove out to my place just to pick up the jug to deliver to MEPS.

    This time, I was officially DQ'd for having way too much creatinine in my urine. I gave my recruiter an "I told you so" but he said things will be fine after I send MEPS a medical waiver.

    I did that. I wrote that I've been physically active and going about my practical life things for years now and have never had a medical problem barring me from work or play. I asked MEPS to reconsider.

    But the waiver was turned down.

    I'm mad at myself and somewhat annoyed at my recruiter. Protein leaks in urine could be caused by anything from stress to encroaching kidney failure. I can't do much about the first, and I'm pretty sure my kidneys are alright. (I've got no medical insurance, but I'm willing to pay for my own urinalysis from a private doctor just to be on the safe side.)

    My recruiter told me to wait 6 months and try applying again. But he didn't sound sure. In fact, he seemed to have abandoned me by the wayside. But I don't really give a damn about him if this really is the case.

    I just want to be in the goddamn Navy. I got a 96 on the ASVAB and I want to go CTI. I'm not in it for the bonuses or insurance. I just want to serve. I was sold on the idea before I met my recruiter. And if not for this one problem I'd had signed my contract by now.

    I need help. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      get insurance and find out exactly WHY you have the problem. Like you said.. the Navy will not take a chance that your kidneys are shot, so you need to prove they are not.

      YOU need to be the one doing the legwork here, not the recruiter.

  28. QUESTION:
    Sister in law abusing my Father's Will?
    My sister in law has hidden the will of my father. He had been suffering from kidney failure for years and has not been of sound mind for at least 5 years. She accessed the family safe and took the document (denies it) and forced my father to sign a new will written during the time he was not of sound mind. She also was able to get Power of Attorney from him and has made loans on what I was to be left in the will. She took out no loans on the assets that were left to her. What should I do first to resolve all of the mess she has created?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not doubting you for one second, but you better have some proof of your allegations. I suggest very strongly that you speak to an estate lawyer as soon as possible. If you wait until your Dad passes away it may be too late. Good luck!!

  29. QUESTION:
    How fast can the liver fail due to starvation?
    Kinda been on this fast for five days where I've eaten nothing, and drank maybe a total of 2 liters of beverages. ( Coke, Juice, Water )
    Before that for two days all I had was cereal ( with milk)
    Now my eyes are kinda bloodshot, yellow and in a lot of pain... I wonder if it's signs of liver ...failure? Or is it something different?
    Also.. what would fail first - Liver or kidneys?
    And yes... I'm fully aware that starving myself isn't smart, so please- Give me some educational answers?

    • ANSWER:
      Your kidneys and liver with both start to shut down at the same time - slowly.. It's terribly painful, and you need to go to the hospital now. Get checked out. If you really understood how dangerous what you're doing is, you wouldn't even attempt it.

  30. QUESTION:
    I recenlty broke up with my fiance of 3 yrs due to his feelings for his ex. Was I wrong?
    We were friends for about a yr and a half b4 we got involved. He claimed to like me all that time and made it very clear he was interested, and I made it clear I wasn't until 18 months later. She has an 8 yr old son that is not his. She cheated on him and got pregnant during their 8 yeatr relationship. They had been together about 5-6 yrs prior to that. He decided to stay with her during the pregnancy and signed the birth cert, giving the child his first and last name. She got married to someone else several months b4 he and I became exclusive and as soon as she got word, she became very jealous and best friends with his mom and together, they have been conspiring against he and I to break up ever since. I also had hang ups about the child being in his life still and told him in the begining of our courtship not to consider me in a marriage prep relationship if he felt he would have a hard time cutting ties with that wholesituation, child and all. She's married, he has a new step father and she's disrespectful and I foresaw nothing but trouble ahead, Turned out I was right. It also felt to me at times that he still ad feelings for her. he agreed to cut ties until his own mother and the ex gave him slack about and began to play emotional games with him and the child, brining him around often to guilt triphim into changing his mind. The child is handicapped
    (cerebal palsy) and my then boyfriend got sick at a very young age with kidney failure, so for various reasons his heart went out to this child and I know he does lovehim. I felt in my heart, that a lot of the things he would do, babysitting, going half with her on things financially and her calling him for what I considered to be personal favors, just hiding behind the child, while I am being a devoted sincere woman to him with the prosepct of marriage in mind, his actions to me in many ways, included talking to her on the phone everyday, because her son calls hime everyday, then they have todiscuss blh blah/. What makes it worse, he stays with his mother, since he got the transplant and she comes by when she feels like it, lies to her husband just to be up in his face. I resent his mother because she is a part of it and they both resent me for telln ghim that I want him to cut ties with the child because of her so that we can move on with our lives. They both also wan the and the ex to get back together. They are intimitaed by me because I am young, in my twenties, educated, and have my own business. They are ghetto hood rat trash. They can't believe he did so much better than them and they are both very jealous. Just because he considers me the better pick, the reality is that he has been with this woman for a very long time and he can very possibly still love her. I asked him repeatedly throughout our relationship whether or not there was more to this than just child and he would alway deny and feelings for her until a few months ago. he admitted that in the begining he did still love her and that crushed me so badly. I believe in my heart that it was longer than just in the begining becaue we went through so much drama, and I had to be the one to stop him from doing personal favors for him, make him make a stink about her comong to the house whenever she felt like it using the child as an excuse, her alwasy coming to family functions knowing I will be there and telling family members that she's still ging to see him and that I have nothing on her , they have 10 yrs in she will alwasy come first blah blah. His mother told me at one tim e when we were on speaking terms that her son was confused and didn't really know what he wanted and that I was going to get hurt. I didn't take heed. I felt she had her own motives (doesn't mean she wasn't right) I don't mean to sound petty, but every time he has that child which now he obligated himself to every other weekend which I think is rediculous for someone who not yours and she'smarried (
    when she was dating other men and then got engaged he and I wwere still just friends, and he told me a lot about his feelings for her and how he was hurt and felt that a nother man was taking his family from him) those thooughts never left me and I lived with this hurtful suspition for three yrs now and he clams to love and need me and wants me not to give up on him, and still professes to to be willing to cut ties with this child. We've been down this road so much and it alwasy ends up the same, he feels guilty and says the child needs him, and eventually starts treating me like the enemy because I have a hard time accepting it and I am hurt a nd agry and resentful aeverytime I know he has to make contact with her to see her child or get him for a weekend, I don't see how this can be worked out. Even if he does truly love me now, I'm spent. I gave my best and sincereity and though I still love him, I just don't have it inme to go another round of this uncertanty. Am I unreasonable to feel that he may still and always love her and if I chose to be his wife I would just have to live with that. As it stood throughout our relationship, the sdecision was that he could not bring that child to our home even....after we got married. I don't want to be reminded of a woman he may still ove and loved so much at one time that he'd be willing to tak eher in with a child that he was cheated on. It all just seems to unfair. Especially when I believe that he still has a spot in his heart for her. I feel like I was rebound and used to get over her, but now he knows he screwed up in many ways. He even tries to convinveme that I am taking it the wrong way and that he just had friendly feelings towrad her and who in their righ tmind would tell a woman he wanted to be with that they still had feelings for their ex? I dont; feel that's a good enough excuse. H e said he was afriad to tell me becaue he didn't want to lose me. I think that was selfish and he should have waited until he was completely over her b4 he started new with somone else. Worse yet, he has still has to interact with her to see her child. In my opinion, he never be completely detached....nonetheless, over her

    • ANSWER:
      next time please don't write a book,

      You needed to get out a long time ago, and if you had stopped second guessing your self this wouldn't have lasted this long, get out his feelings are else where even though he is trying to fight them.

  31. QUESTION:
    How fast can you develop heart disease?
    I am 21, and been having chest pains along with shortness of breath. About 4-6 months ago I saw a cardiologist and had an MRI and an ultrasound of the heart. Everything was clear and good and I was signed off. Now down the road, I'm still having shortness of breath and chest discomfort. It feels different compared to last time though. About a week ago I thought I was having another heart related problem, went to the ER, everything turned out fine. I have high blood pressure and one working kidney. In that 4-6 month window, would it be possible to develop heart failure or something? Tonight I spit up some blood from my throat with phlegm, don't know if it's esophagus related or not, that's the only thing I haven't gotten tested for in the past 4-6 months. I have never hacked up a little blood before though. Last night I did smoke for the first time in awhile. How long does it take to develop heart failure or kidney failure?

    Thanks..

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    Is this a good ad for 8-week-old puppies for sale?
    First of all, I just want to clarify that we aren't BYB (back yard breeders). Both parents and most of the dogs in their lineage have been genetically tested for genetic problems that commonly affect the breed. We didn't breed them for money (the vet costs, food, toys, montly Frontline/Hearguard, classes, agility enteries) far surpass the costs of what we would get from the sale of the pups. Plus, we have 4 cats that have every shot there is and also get Frontline every day and all of are animals are on the finest of foods. We also have a geriatic cat with early stages of kidney failure and his treatments are now well into the thousands. WE LOVE OUR PETS and consider more of family members. Potentail owners will be screened and have to sign an agreement that they will have them spayed/neutered as this litter doesn't look like they will be show quaility with the exception of one (just because dogs have alot of CH lineage in doesn't mean they will have show quality pups). Dad is show quality but mom is just under the height requirements. I just chose not to show them and concentrate on agility (the daddy didn't take to it, LOL). This is the only litter we have ever had and mom will be spayed after the pups go. They do have CH lineage on both sides. I also checked with several well known breeders to see if they thought the sire and dam were compatible. Sorry, I have to say all this but if I didn't I would be called all sorts of names and told that I shouldn't be breeding in the first place with so many unwanted puppies at shelters. I bred them because they have so many great qualities and I want other families to have the same joy of having one of the pups as a family member!

    ANYWAYS! Is the ad "catchty"? Any changes you would make? I'm going to include photos of the puppies on there and possibly of the parents! THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK! AND HERE IS THE AD!

    ADORABLE SHETLAND SHEEPDOG PUPPIES FOR SALE! (A.K.A "SHELTIES")

    3 Males, 1 Female. Mother is AKC & UKC REGISTERED. She has both AKC and UKC AGILITY TITLES and MANY WINS! She is a beautiful dog and a real sweetheart! She also also has her Companion Dog title from the AKC and is a registered therapy dog. Dad is very handsome, loving and is also AKC registered. These puppies will make WONDERFUL FAMILY PETS AND WILL BE GREAT AT AGILITY AND OBEDIENCE (PARENTS VERY SMART AND QUICK LEARNERS ). WE OWN BOTH SIRE AND DAM! PUPPIES HAVE FIRST SHOTS AND HAVE BEEN DE-WORMED! PUPPIES ARE 0 which includes AKC PAPERS. PLEASE CALL (can't include # on here as it would be spam) and LEAVE MESSAGE if no answer!

    • ANSWER:
      Add the exact age in weeks of the puppies. Otherwise the ad is just fine. As you get calls with questions, you will know what to ad in the future. Also add the color of the pups.

  33. 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.

  34. QUESTION:
    Blood in Urine? Ladies? Help please?
    I wont lie, I am a guy posting for my girlfriend, she is REALLY shy and wont do the research herself or go see a doctor. I'm nineteen and she's eighteen, yes we are sexually active. I'm hoping you are all mature enough not to be giving me the anti-teen sex speeches please. Surprising enough we were both virgins till here recently. And first off, this is not her period, she'd recently had it when this started. But once a week we'd have sex(for about 3 weeks problem free) and then last week a few days after sex, NOT hours but DAYS later, she texted me worried because she'd urinated a little blood. If I had to guess she seems to be doing it 3 or 4 days after sex now. Our frequency in having sex has gone up to about twice a week. I'm getting her a pregnancy test tomorrow just to be sure. It's my understanding though that blood in the urine is not a typical sign of pregnancy..least not a good one anyways. I mean she's feeling a little sicker and nausiated sometimes, her nipple have gotten more sensitive, but other than that she seems to have no symptoms/side effects. I'm slightly bigger in girth than the average guy(5 inches is about right, compared to 4.5 avg) so a friend of mine studying to be a nurse said maybe I ripped the sensitive tissue on her inside wall? I'm modest enough not to just think my penis is simply too big for my lover...lol, most guys would probably enjoy this BUT I am seriously concerned. She may not be as healthy as I'd like but odds are... even as unhealthy as her eating and exercise habits are compared to mine,...it's not Kidney Failure. I figure this is just a womanly matter. She can't turn to her mom because she is God awful at parenting and never even gave her daughter a "birds and bees talk". We turned to mine and my mother is extremely worried it's either a UTI or HPV? But she says it doesn't really hurt when she pees the blood so i doubt UTI. As far as HPV? I know men can carry it and transfer it to women, should I try to get her tested for it? she wont do a Doctor unless totally necessary, so if there's any way she can simply give blood at a clinic and get results back, please feel free to advise me of what tests I should have run for her. Thanks ladies in advance.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    is the any help for me and my family?
    having problems with the V.A. in regards to my survivor benefits. My husband was 100% service connected disabled and I was his primary care provider. He passed on June 13th. I filed all the paperwork with the V.A. to receive monthly pension payments, but really am asking about month of death check. I was told that I would receive one more check (month of death check) on the 1st of July. It is now August 26 and still have yet to receive anything. They can't give me a date on when they'll release the funds. I got a notice of eviction on the 15th of august and was told be the V.A. that i needed to fax over letter of hard ship and a request to expedite payment, I have and nothing. Called today and talked to some rude person who must think that I'm calling for free money, he told me that pension applicants back in 1998 have just begun receiving payments as of Dec. 2008. ????? I don't understand where that came from, I've been calling for almost 2 months now and this is the first I hear of this, my pension could be sent out 10 years from now. What am I suppose to do, I've done all they asked and my husband served his country so what's the deal?

    Also my daughter in law's father was in the Vietnam war and was diagnosed with agent orange and does not receive a single dime. Everyone that was in his platoon has passed away from this disease and now he's having kidney failure, has had a stroke, battles depression, and the list goes on and on. What kind of country would do this to their service men and women. I can see why they are having trouble getting people recruited to join.
    Any help from anyone would be appreciated!

    God bless any service man or women, Past or Present for not hesitating to help let freedom prevail. I only pray that they do not get this unfair treatment from the same people who are asking them to sign on the line!
    I meant "is there any help..."

    • ANSWER:
      Call your Congressman/woman (might get more out his/her D. C. office rather than local... try both) and ask for their expedited help. They might be able to shake this loose on a timely basis. Luck. Also, look up the Secretary of the VAD and call his office in D. C. Look up the VA Regional Director in your area and call that office. That may also work. And call the White house. All of those work under some circumstances. My cousin died this spring at 61... probably from Agent Orange. Lost my son-in-law in Bagdad, so understand your pain.

  36. QUESTION:
    Midwives or health professionals only please!?
    When I had my son two years ago they induced the birth early because of reduced amniiotic fluid. This has always bugged me because no one showed any sign of concern (as a professional i imagine they wouldn't) so why didnt they leave him to come out naturally?
    My mothers first born ws delivered by Emergency Cecarian as a result of reduced fluids. She has told me alarm bels were ringing for her because He died two hours after birth from kidney failure (he didnt urinate in the womb, strengthening his lungs and hi lungs collapsed) I am wondering if the midwives kept something from me so as not to alarm me, worry me during a potentially dangerous stage or create a bad experience for me for future pregnancies? if so what could this be?I believe they did because of my age (i was only20 at the time) But they don't know me.. or the life i've had, how i deal with serious concers or my ability to cope. I am my mothers daughter, i have come thru trememdous shit in my life and i just want to know!

    • ANSWER:
      not a midwife or "professional" but I am a nursing student and my course of study is towards becoming a midwife.

      I can answer you, Low amniotic fluid can lead to many things for the baby. It protects the baby but it also is a great sign as to how the baby is doing. Low fluid can result in many "issues" like a delaye in growth.

      Also it can be signs that the baby may have kidney problems, urinary tract problems, there lungs may not be working right or there may be some sort of defects, also if you had a leak in your fluid this could casue for a lower than normal fluid amount. If you did have a leak then this could lead to an infection.

      Some of the defects that could be a genetic are passed on. But your midwife or ped. would have told you that your son would have had any of the defects.

      You may have a slightly higher case of having lower fluids again but their main concern is that low fluid "could" mean something is wrong with the baby. Sometimes depending on how low and how far along you are it is best to have the baby be born early.

      They might not have shown any concern becuase it could have been that they were concerned because the fluid was low and that could mean a problem. But once the baby was born they will usually check him or her for known defects and if they do not find any they would not want to worry you for no reason.

      If you are thinking about a second baby I would talk to your dr. As a nursing student i cannot say if it would be ok or not. But your dr and yourself would need to talk about it. Each case is diffrent and I do not know the entire story.

      Good luck and just know most cases there really is no problem. Your mothers first born son might have passed because with the fluid they "breath" it and it helps to develop their little lungs, If his fluid had been low he might not have had enough fluid to "breath" and his lungs would have been under developed. I am so sorry that she lost him that has got to be heartbreaking. :(

      I know you are worried but the only one who can "really" help you is a dr who sees you in person and can read the medical notes from your first birth. also tell him what happened to your mothers first born. They should watch you closer because of that and the problems you can into with your baby.

  37. QUESTION:
    Should I euthanize my cat?
    My 15 yr old cat couple weeks ago started throwing up partly processed blood. She was very dehydrated and skinny. She was also chroniclly constipated. Vet gave her liquids and ran all kinds of tests on her (thyroid, kidney, liver, ulcer). Sent me home with a couple of meds. Doctor called later and said everything came back fine cept shes alittle anemic & she should be wormed. She called back awhile later & said she looked closer & theres signs of mild kidney disease, it can be controlled with diet change. Changed her food to hills pres. for kidney & she doesnt eat it, so ive been giving her her reg.food. Lately shes stopped eating and shes been drooling the past few days badly & looks a lil blood tinged like first time. She really weak & sways when walks. Ive forced some water and food supp. down. Shes seems like harder to see/hear. She just sits & yestr. stayed outside by shed, i brouhght her in my closet. I dont have more money to treat her, could she be in major kid. failure??

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry but if your cat is not eating, that is not a good sign in itself. You know her better than anyone else, but it does sound as though her quality of life is not what it once was.

      I really do feel for you, as this is the most difficult decision a loving owner has to make for their pet and one that we all hope never to have to make. Have you spoken with the vet recently to update them on her current status? Have they made any further recommendations or suggestions about what your options are? A good vet will advise you when it is time to let go of your pet, but ultimately, that decision is up to you.

      The web article below, may help you reach a decision on what is the best thing to do for your cat.

      http://www.messybeast.com/towards-end.htm

      I hope you have the support of family and good friends to help you through this.

      Take care.

  38. QUESTION:
    Multiple Myeloma Question?
    My wife was diagnosed with MM this past Thursday. For about two months she has been really lethargic and complaining of joint aches, overall just tired and generally ignoring the sypmtoms. Two weeks ago she went into the ER, going through a battery of tests. Her kidneys were just about at failure, going through more and more tests. Signs were pointing to Lupus until they did whats called a kidney biopsy which uncovered a 90% certainty of MM. After the bone marrow biopsy confirmed she has MM. She is Caucasian 36 year old, never smoked or drank in her life. No family history of anything in fact her great grandmother is 89. We have a young son 3 years old named Matthew who is such a happy and vibrant boy that is really attached and loves his Mom. It is very difficult watch the ones you love go through pain. Its also hard to think of Matt going through his life unable to recollect his Mom. Selfishly I think of myself at this time as well, what will happen to me? Am I strong enough to persevere? And then there is my wife, so pretty and caring, so thoughtful and considerate. Its all so overwhelming and surreal. I know its early but weve begin discussing death etc, to a very small degree as its so early on with this. I have such a strong belief in God and shamefully I find myself questioning how could this happen to her? To Me??...

    They told her she would need dialysis, then gave her a first treatment with a steroid to care for her kidneys. The next day they told her the kidneys responded very nicely to this and said to "hold off for now" with the dialysis to see if it continues to improve. They discharged iyesterday and brought her to Dana Farber where she was given Velcade as the first course of action.

    Im not sure what else to add here other than I hope there is some hope for her and the family. They mentioned there are some things working in her favor; namely her age and otherwise perfect health. Also xrays showed it was only in her skull so far and hadnt progressed too far.

    Any insight about road ahead or suggestions to deal with the emotional would be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston is one of the best cancer treatment centers in the world. It sounds like she is getting the very best care possible. Great improvements have been made in the treatment of multiple myeloma over the past few years. My suggestion is to take this situation one day, week, month at a time. Think positive and be as supportive as you can. Feel free to ask her doctors questions. Providing teaching is part of our job in my opinion, and the doctors/oncology nurses at Dana-Farber will have as much knowledge as any cancer care team in the country.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can Someone Please Help me with these 2...I am lost and do not know where to begin?
    Mr. Hodges, a 73-year-old man, has had congestive heart failure for the past 5 years. His doctor has told him that his heart is not functioning well, needing more and more medicine to maintain circulatory function. He has noticed that he is not urinating more than once a day.
    5. Why is the condition of Mr. Hodges‘s kidneys affecting the rest of his body?
    6. As his chronic renal failure worsens, what other symptoms and signs might occur in his respiratory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems?
    7. What is causing Mr. Hodges‘s kidney disease?
    8. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    Ms. Jones, a 68-year-old female, underwent open-heart surgery to replace several blocked vessels in her heart. On her first day postoperatively, it was noted that she had very little urine output.
    1. What is happening to Ms. Jones‘s kidneys, and why is it causing the observed symptom?
    2. What other symptoms and signs might occur?
    3. What is causing Ms. Jones‘s kidney disease?
    4. What are possible treatment options and prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      hi, you have presented a complicated question. i am a final year med student and i will try my best to answer your questions. in the case of mr. Hodges, the kidneys are the organs that filter waste out the body and into the bladder creating urine. if kidneys are failing it means they are not working at peak efficiency therefore not filtering enough waste out of the body hence there is less urine to excrete. as all the unwanted waste is building up, this can have effects in other parts of the body, mr hodges may expect to experience headaches, jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, renal pains .. these symptoms can be manages by dialysis and other medications. the exact cause of kidney disease is unknown however, it is common place among the elderly.. kidneys may fail when a person gets older. at his age, it is possible hey may need dialysis to maintain kidney function, in the elderly with kidney failure prognosis is unfortunately not so good. another possible option is a kidney transplant from a donor.

      in the case of ms. jones, her presentation with poor urine output after one day of surgery may only be related to the fact that her food intake before surgery may have been very limited. most people need to fast for up to 48 hours prior to any surgery therefore waste is not being produced so there may be less urine. there is no indication of kidney disease. email me if you wish to add more detail

  40. QUESTION:
    Peeing more than normal ~ am i in ARF?
    Well this may be long, but please read.
    I'm fifteen and last year i was admitted in
    children's hospital after being told my kidneys were
    in stage II of failing. 3 weeks later, my function improved
    and i was healthy again and released. (i count it as a miracle that i recovered
    so quickly)
    2-3 weeks ago i was having flank back pain (dull;achey)
    extreme tiredness (sleeping 15-20 hours and yet- wake up tired.)
    My urine output was lowering. Last week, i stopped peeing for
    4 days and was sent to the emergency room, had 2 caths - first one
    they got zero urine. 2nd one they got 100mls of urine after giving me 1000ml of IV fluids. My blood work came back normal. everything was normal - but the boss of the emergency department had a look at me and told me i'll be admitted and staying
    for awhile. - my mom didn't like that idea so she signed a AMA form and took me home after the doctors argued with her. Now im having the following:
    Flank back pain, still dull and achey
    Cant eat - i feel like vomiting
    **I'm peeing 10-18 times a DAY - i feel like i have to go
    ASAP but when i do go its VERY little and it has NO color - it isn't
    even a little yellow. its just CLEAR. - i have no burning
    or pain when i pee.**
    i have a headache
    My body ACHES! - mainly my legs and stomach.
    My legs are puffy but not so bad.
    Also i spiked a fever around 8pm it
    went up to 102.5 at the highest.
    - My mom, i really don't know whats up with her honestly, but
    she doesn't believe i should be admitted.
    Please someone give me some answers,
    i don't know if my kidneys are failing again
    and it was just to soon to tell when they did my
    blood test last week or what. Should i
    consider heading back to children's ER?
    when my kidneys were in failure last year - they
    were never this bad. so i really don't know.
    But i don't have a UTI - or Kidney stones - that was proven.
    - I can't really drink anything.
    I'll vomit.
    Joanne can i please email you?
    Since your a RN - id like to ask
    you some more questions, please

    • ANSWER:
      With your previous history and your present symptoms you need to go to the ER now. I am an ER nurse and am angered that your mother signed you out AMA. Ask her if she would like to donate one of her kidneys to you if her "mothers' instinct" is wrong-sorry that was rude but you need to be seen tonight.

      Add: Yes, you can.

  41. QUESTION:
    Peeing more than normal - Am i in ARF?
    Well this may be long, but please read.
    I'm fifteen and last year i was admitted in
    children's hospital after being told my kidneys were
    in stage II of failing. 3 weeks later, my function improved
    and i was healthy again and released. (i count it as a miracle that i recovered
    so quickly)
    2-3 weeks ago i was having flank back pain (dull;achey)
    extreme tiredness (sleeping 15-20 hours and yet- wake up tired.)
    My urine output was lowering. Last week, i stopped peeing for
    4 days and was sent to the emergency room, had 2 caths - first one
    they got zero urine. 2nd one they got 100mls of urine after giving me 1000ml of IV fluids. My blood work came back normal. everything was normal - but the boss of the emergency department had a look at me and told me i'll be admitted and staying
    for awhile. - my mom didn't like that idea so she signed a AMA form and took me home after the doctors argued with her. Now im having the following:
    Flank back pain, still dull and achey
    Cant eat - i feel like vomiting
    **I'm peeing 10-18 times a DAY - i feel like i have to go
    ASAP but when i do go its VERY little and it has NO color - it isn't
    even a little yellow. its just CLEAR. - i have no burning
    or pain when i pee.**
    i have a headache
    My body ACHES! - mainly my legs and stomach.
    My legs are puffy but not so bad.
    Also i spiked a fever around 8pm it
    went up to 102.5 at the highest.
    - My mom, i really don't know whats up with her honestly, but
    she doesn't believe i should be admitted.
    Please someone give me some answers,
    i don't know if my kidneys are failing again
    and it was just to soon to tell when they did my
    blood test last week or what. Should i
    consider heading back to children's ER?
    when my kidneys were in failure last year - they
    were never this bad. so i really don't know.
    But i don't have a UTI - or Kidney stones - that was proven.
    My mother,grandmother,cousin and aunt all have diabetes
    but i do not. i do not know why my kidneys started having problems
    in the first place. But its just all getting worse and
    im scared of being told they are failing again...
    but could they still be failing even though my blood work
    came back normal? like.. was it just to early to tell last week...?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go back to the ER. What are the underlying issues? Diabetes? Congenital kidney issues? Heart issues causing pitting adema? With swelling and little urine coming out but an urgency going on, it sounds like you kidneys are failing. please more info.....

  42. QUESTION:
    Should I go to the hospital? Sypomtoms of meth overdose...?
    I have been addicted to meth for 9 years, and I am 23 years old. I personally think that if you don't feel right it is imperative that you let a health professsional check you out. Better safe than sorry. Rapid heartbeat, and palpitations, and mucsle twitches are not a great sign in my experience. An absolute overdose can cause sudden death, muscle twitches and a heart attack will precede death. I have overdosed before and sweaty, feverish skin is no good...also I had no good control over my arms and legs, they were flailing so badly I could not stay sitting up, I kept ending up lying on the floor. I felt very tired and when I laid down it got much worse, like I was running a marathon. I also have noticed that when I am overdone I can hear voices, not the greatest symptom, In my experience it is best to let a health professional decide if you are medically safe. I belive you can partially overdose and I feel that even if someone doesn't suffer from sudden life-threatening symptoms, overdoing the system is dangerous and cann give you severe organ dammage, also you run a much higher risk of suffering a stroke due to very unsafe rises in bloodpressure. I urge users to take this seriously. It cannot hurt, you will not get in trouble, I promise. Trust me, I have been to the ER many times since I had my first overdoese, which was a pretty bad one. I feel very lucky that I did not die. Long-term meth usage will lead to severe organ dammage including liver and kidney damage and failure. I had only been using for two years when both my liver and spleen became inflamed. I did not stop my using and a year later when I ended back up in the hospital my liver enzymes were severely out of balance still. I have not been able to stay stopped yet, and I continue to harm my body. My teeth are rapidly decaying , about two teeth a year. Yikes. Please do not try meth even once if you are not a user. In my experience just one use can cause addiction and ruin your life. Before you know it 9 years will have gone by with your life completely controlled and in complete ruins, a very shameful sight. Thank you for your time and for allowing me to share some of my experience with you. Don't meth around!

    • ANSWER:
      You are incredibly wise to admit all of this, you're doing this the smart way!
      I'm no doctor- nor am I a health/physician type. My own brother has had similar problems. His drug problems have had us all worried, but he's working to get cleaner.
      I won't lecture you, but my advice is to seek medical help quickly. It sounds terrible to live with those conditions, and you would feel so much better if you received hospital help. Circumstances are different for everybody, and even if you're worried about the consequences, staying alive is more important than a drug that is controlling your mind.
      Please, please go. For you and everyone around you. This is probably strange, me being a stranger, but good luck. You can get out of this addiction- no matter how hard it will be.
      Good luck!!

  43. QUESTION:
    kitty maybe ingested ibuprofen?
    basically an alarming phone call distracted me from my ibuprofen that i just opened to take for a migraine and of course worse case scenario my 8 month old kittens decided to have a party and knock them over and play with them... i know they don't know better and i SHOULD know better but it is one of those crapy circumstances that happened :0(

    they were 200 mg ibuprofen and when I heard the crash from upstairs I immediately came to clean it up but knowing that ibuprofen can be fatal in animals the mommy in me freaked out at the possibility of one of my babies eating one so i rushed them to the nearest vet who had an opening... BUMMED that my vet was completely booked.

    they first induced vomiting and one of my kittens did but one wouldn't.. they then gave them liquid under their skin (looks like a big bump in their skin) The kitty who did vomit is my kitty that is the most curious and they found no signs of ibuprofen in the vomit which was a good sign. They wanted my kitties to still stay there for a few days which was going to cost an arm and a leg. I called my actual vet to see if this was necessary since they only would have had time to ingest one 200mg tablet and i don't even REALLY think they did. My vet told me to ask them to give the cats charcoal and to send some home with me. I decided to do this since I trust my vet, don't really think they ingested it, and the visit was already reaching 0... not that i should base my decisions on money but I'm just a first year teacher and unfortunately don't have 00-2000 sitting around. my current vet also told me that the vet i was at is known for trying to do everything worse case so that your bill is very expensive when in all reality it might not be necessary.

    I just wanted to see if anyone else has ever went through this. I'm worried about them!

    I also found online that the toxic dose of ibuprofen to cause stomach ulcers is 50mg per pound and 150mg per pound to cause kidney failure. well my kitties way more than 4 pounds so it sounds like while one 200mg ibuprofen i'm sure is NOT GOOD... sounds not fatal??

    advice... comments... THANKS!
    they want me to give the charcoal 4-5 times every 6 hours.... does anyone know why so many times?
    also, they are hissing at each other like crazy and have never done this? is this normal behavior when they don't feel good. they are just walking up to each other and hissing... also they aren't eating much and i'm guessing they just don't feel good since i'm cramming this yucky goop down their throat

    • ANSWER:
      You did the right thing in getting treatment fast. It can be fatal, or cause kidney damage that will also cause them to die. Sounds like the kittens will be fine. The liquid under the skin was just lactated ringers, or water with additives. Because they vomited, he gave them fluids. and if one did eat some, it would help flush through the system. the liquid absorbs into the system to rehydrate.


Feline Renal Failure Symptoms

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a virus which is a variant of the Corona virus. Unfortunately there is no proven effective vaccine to immunize cats from its deadly outbreak. This virus is so elusive that the only way to accurately diagnose the disease is after the cat’s death. Sadly, there also is no cure for this disease.

The reason the virus is so difficult to diagnose is that it comes from a group of over forty viruses, in the Corona family. The tests that we have available to us today can only detect that the cat is infected with a Corona virus, but it cannot differentiate which one is actually infecting the cat. Since most cats who test positive for a Corona virus actually survives, it makes it difficult with certainty which cat has FIP, until it dies. This makes diagnosing Feline Infectious Peritonitis almost impossible without an autopsy.

The actual Feline Infectious Peritonitis disease is always fatal to cats. It is estimated that most household cats have actually been exposed at one time or another to the Corona virus. These cats will most times carry on with their lives just fine, with no outward signs of being infected, nor do they appear sick. For some unknown reason, in a small percentage of infected cats, the Corona virus will mutate into the Feline Infectious Peritonitis virus. This autoimmune disease then proves to be fatal.

The majority of the cats who do contract Feline Infectious Peritonitis are either very young, or they are quite old. Either way, death is eminent. There are certain procedures which can prolong the life of the cat for a short while, and even make the cat more comfortable for a short time, but the eventual result is always the same.

There are two different known types of FIP, the wet and the dry types. The wet type of FIP is where fluid begins to accumulate in the different organs of the cat’s body. This fluid causes swelling of the chest and abdomen. After the fluid has gathered sufficiently enough to cause the swelling, it begins to constrict breathing for the cat. The cat will also begin to have a fever, experience loss of appetite and show signs of jaundice.

The other form of Feline Infectious Peritonitis will cause almost the identical signs as the wet, but without the build up of fluid. Feline Infectious Peritonitis can also affect the central nervous system and the eyes of the cat.

Undoubtedly the worst part of Feline Infectious Peritonitis is that the cat’s immune system will actually work against itself in an attempt to overcome the disease. Since Feline Infectious Peritonitis is an immune system based disease, it quickly speeds up the disease process.

Hopefully, you will never have to suffer through the pain and eventual death of your kitty due to Feline Infectious Peritonitis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Should the vet have been more thorough?
    My cat is missing and someone called me thinking it was her. It wasn't but the cat was flearidden with ticks and matted hair. she was also incredibly bony and clearly in need of help. I took her to the vet hoping they could provide me with some answers and this is what happened. We went into the consulting room where the vet who wasn't particularly friendly prodded and poked her for a bit. she scanned her (which is free in UK) to see if chipped but she wasnt. Really what I wanted was to be able to bring her from the outhouse into the house that night. Id frontlined her but it was really really bad. They huddled together outside for ten minutes and then said they couldnt sort her fur unless I pay 200 quid for loads of tests as they reckon shed need to be put under anasthetic. It would take a week or so before they could treat her. shes a gentle cat, I reckon they could have done it without all that, and she has no symptoms of fiv, feline leukemia or renal failure.I've been managing slowly to sort her fur it's just now the outhouse is probably covered in fleas :( They seemed uncaring and couldnt tell me whether she was neutered or how old she was, and they poked her so hard she yelled in pain at one point. All in all I didnt get much from it, and they used no equipment or meds. I was nearly in tears when they told me about the 200 quid, they could see I was upset. I take both my cats there and have spent a fortune in the past. I left and stood outside to collect myself. One of them ran out and I thought she was going to give me some helpful advice but she ran out to tell them I owe them 25 quid for the "consultation". All in all I feel let down. If My Ruby was found I'd want the owner to be given helpful advice. Ruby is chipped but sometimes it can take up to a minute to find a chip. she took about 5 seconds. Am I right to feel a bit mad?
    Thanks for all your kind comments, I was expecting a backlash. I have no fear of Ruby being euthanised, she is an absolutely beautiful and loving cat, shes had all injections, is spayed and shiny. she's also chipped so I am living in hope that at some point she will be scanned (by a decent vets) and returned to me. I can only pray and hope. I have her son Fatty to console me, he a lovely boy, I lost Rubys mum last year in a car accident so my little family is getting smaller. The little on I'm looking after who I'm temporarily calling Grace (Amazing Grace, once was lost now am found lol) is doing really well and looking better every day. I have put her pic on websites and hopefully her owner will be found. If not I will keep her until they are.I dont blame the person who had a go at me, as you read the question wrong. I can understand your anger, when I saw her like that I thought I hope she has been missing for a long time, there is just no excuse for that level of neglect. I was thin
    king maybe her owner is elderly or infirm and cant groom her, but then there is the starvation element of it also....so hopefully I will reunite a pet who's been missing for a couple of years, even more hope for Ruby's return.

    • ANSWER:
      Aww. I am so sorry your Ruby is missing. Have hope! I actually lost my Stubby (an indoor cat; my hubby accidentally left the cellar door open w/o me knowing it) for TWO WEEKS. He finally crawled out from under the house one day while I was leaving!! He was sick and emaciated.

      Keep calling for her. That is what I did w/ Stubby..I believe he stayed "around" the area because I kept yelling for him every day, several times a day; and I always kept an outside light on!

      About your question..NO! The vet seems disinterested and downright cruel. You certainly need to find a new vet! I would not bring one more animal back there, and I would tell them that! In fact, you probably should have said something then and there, but I know it's hard to do that when they're "caring" for an animal you bring in.

      You are a wonderful person for taking this cat in. If you haven't done so already, try a special flea comb. You'll get out loads of fleas that way! Do you think this cat will be tolerant to a bathing? If not, then it's best not to, but she might feel better if she had one.

      Are you going to keep this cat? Do you have other cats you're concerned about getting FIV, etc? You say they didn't even TEST her?? That's not even ethical for them to not test her!

      A vet should be able to tell just by LOOKING at a cat whether the are neutered or spayed. I don't understand that?!

      Are you right to feel mad? YES! If it were ME..I would call them back and tell them you either want your money back, OR that you want a thorough exam done! Definitely let these arses know how you feel!!

      Please let us know what you decide to do w/ the kitty. So glad you took her in, instead of turning her away (like so many others would have done "THAT'S not my cat!", they'd say!).

      Good luck. I will say a prayer you find your baby. I cried every night for my Stubby. I know how awful that can be!

  2. QUESTION:
    Why do cats get CRF/ kidney failure?
    Why do cats more commonly experience CRF (chronic renal failure, kidney failure) vs. humans? I know the science, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, etc, etc, but why are felines in particular prone to this disease? Just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      It really goes to their diet. Cat food is full of filler lacking nutrition.

  3. QUESTION:
    Suggestions for a geriatric cat with notable difficulty in chewing, drinking? Any veterinarians out there?
    She is a 19-year old spayed female American shorthair, still remarkably active, even though last year's metabolic panel suggested that she is experiencing some renal distress. I've tried to modify her diet accordingly, but she seems to have difficulty masticating, and won't eat kibble at all. She has always been very slender, but is now so thin...practically emaciated... that I feed her whatever she is willing to eat, just to get the calories into her. Her appetite has not been an issue; I believe that the weight loss has been largely due to some metabolic or other systemic problem, but for the record, her bloodwork has not indicated any thyroid dysfunction, nor is she diabetic. She is pretty elderly, as cats go, of course, and over the last year or two, there have been episodes where I thought that she was succumbing to the inevitable kidney failure (dark then bloody urine, lethargy, malaise) but each time she has rebounded, and even now, as thin as she is (probably under 3 pounds), she remains vigorous and playful, her eyes are bright and clear, and she is clearly not in other distress. BUT: She seems to have difficulty drinking, preferring to lap water from the dripping faucet in the kitchen, which is fine by me, but even then, she frequently "pops" her mouth open, distends her tongue, cocking her head this way and that...and just appears as if she is somehow confused about how to proceed. When eating (canned pate' type food), she pauses occasionally, performing the same actions, but in this case, the popping noise seems to be accompanied by a "grinding" component as well...it is difficult to distinguish, but darned if it doesn't sound like cases of TMJ that I've heard before (in humans). It might be coming from the mandib. joint, but it could also be a grinding tooth, or teeth, or both, just something else- I just can't say. I have felt/palpated her jaw, throat and neck pretty thoroughly, and I cannot find any irregularity, much less a mass or obstruction, and she doesn't evidence any discomfort or tenderness when I do this, even when I apply pressure to the joint and the adjacent masseter muscle. As far as I can tell, her teeth remain (astoundingly) intact...indeed, she was able to give me quite a fierce little bite when I poked at her gums, though it was agitation, I think, not a response to a specific pain. Her gums appear pink and, I guess, normal...I just don't see anything out of order, but then, I'm not a medical professional. There is this: Her breath seems unusually nasty (even for a cat). I haven't anyone to assist me with her, so I cannot examine her really thoroughly, once she gets irritated and begins struggling.

    It seems that she ends up leaving as much as 1/2 of her food uneaten- although it is scattered in remnant bits on and around her dish, as if she tried, but couldn't swallow it properly. I'm also quite concerned about dehydration. Maybe a year or so ago, when this behavior was apparent but still much less conspicuous than now, my veterinarian checked her mouth, gums, throat, etc., and found nothing at that time.

    Of course I intend to take her in for another exam, but those trips are REALLY traumatic for this particular cat, and, while I'm embarassed to admit this, I'm presently out of a job and just flat busted...as in eating Ramen noodles and drinking Sam''s Choice sody pop-broke..the cats eat better than me. I guess I was hoping that someone out there might perhaps recognize these symptoms from an experience of their own, or better yet, if some cat-savvy vet might be willing to suggest some additional diagnostic steps that I ought to take...any other things I should check or pay particular attention to? I wonder about the possibility of some sort of periodontal or possibly sinus infection, and even pondered giving her a course of (feline) Amoxicillin to see if there is any improvement. Anyway, if you've read this far, thank you for your perseverance.

    Oh, and while I guess that, strictly speaking, I am maybe one of those persons guilty of asking for free medical advice, I COMPLETELY understand and acknowledge that any veterinary professional kind enough to respond to my query CANNOT be expected diagnose or treat over the Internet, and while I am deeply greatful for any consideration, I do not expect a diagnosis, and of course any respondent is completely free from liability...held harmless...all those exceptions and caveats and whatnot that a physician's lawyers probably like to hear.

    • ANSWER:
      You're right it is impossible to diagnose your cat long distance, in spite of the detailed description you give, however, this sounds like it could be a dental problem. Without knowing details regarding the physical exam, and how thorough it was, its hard to know for sure. The results of any blood work,as well as how long ago it was performed, would also be helpful. There may be little to do regardless due to your pet's very advanced age.