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kidney stones
Posted by: Kelly Good
Date: August 16, 2000 12:14 PM

My husband, I think, is in the process of passing a kidney stone. We have been through this before. Is there anything from a natural viewpoint that will facilitate this process other than drinking pure water. He is in a lot of pain. It is moving down which is good.

RE: kidney stones
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: August 16, 2000 1:33 PM

Here are recommendations to avoid further kidney stones, although what is already passing probably will not be affected:

Diet: high complex carbs, low sugar, no caffeine, alcohol, adequate liquids, no restriction of calcium, normal (not high) consumption of protein - this protects from recurrence of stones Amer J Clin Nutr, 1999;69:267-71

Also, excess sodium intake is associated with calcium retention and thus kidney stones. In people with a history of kidney stones, a low salt intake in essential for prevention of further nephrolithiasis. The Lancet, Feb. 15, 1997;349:506-7

Caffeine and excess protein also cause calcium spillage and must be avoided.

2. Vitamin B6 10-50 (up to 1000 in genetic conditions) mg. per day; higher doses of primary hyperoxaluria

3. Magnesium 500 mg. per day

4. Vitamin A 10,000 IU per day

5. Liberal intake of distilled water



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