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kidney disease - IGA nephropathy
Posted by: Jennifer
Date: March 31, 2004 3:43 AM

I am a 31 year old woman who was diagnosed by a kidney biopsy with IGA nephropathy when I was 27 years old. Other medical conditions include a benign cold nodule on my thyroid; my doctor says I am slightly hyperthyroid. I continue to spill protein and blood in my urine. I have tried a gluten free diet for 7 months with really no change in symptoms. I spill around 1,000 to 1,900 mg of protein per day when not treated with ace inhibitors. My blood pressure is normal and kidney function within normal range. I am wanting to find a treatment for this and need to know what to do. Please give me detailed information as to what I can do. I am a registered nurse and have reached out to alternative doctors before and have only gotten the advice to stop eating gluten and milk as well as go on a low antigen diet. Also got advice that there is a toxin stuck in my kidney. Is there something to do with DHEA and adrenal gland function? What about getting a bee colony and stinging myself like people with M.S. do? Can that trick my immune system? I have no mercury fillings, in fact no cavities or gum disease.

RE: kidney disease - IGA nephropathy
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 31, 2004 4:07 AM

IGA nephropathy is caused by escape of undigested proteins through the gut wall (via transitory leaky gut) which in turn stimulates the immune system to make immunogloblins which then attack various tissues including (and most importantly) the glomerular mesangium. If this progresses far enough the glomeruli fail and one is faced with end stage renal disease requiring a kidney transplant. The most reasonable approach is to cut off the disease at its source by restoring the integrity of the gut wall - which means turning off factors which lead to its breakdown and then treating the gut with isopathic remedies. That's it in a nutshell.



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