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My Friends Kidneys are shutting down, HELP

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posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 09:50 PM
reply to post by Jordan River

My experience, and stories from other kidney failure patients is there's not much that can be done. The specialists know what they are doing. Your friend mostly likely will spend lots of money for healthcare and medicines as he heads to the inevitable, complete kidney failure. If he has health insurance, that should help financially. Finally, though, once his kidneys are so bad, that is, at about a 10 percent working rate, he will be advised to prepare for dialysis. Some people live for years doing dialysis. Some others don't fare so well. It's just the way it is. If your friend lives in the U.S. and has worked enough quarters, Medicare and social security will take over. Medicare will pay for much of the cost of dialysis. Also, while waiting the 6 months for social security and medicare to kick in, once he is on dialysis, these dialysis clinics will probably offer free care for that 6 months. The one I went to did. After the 6 months, the pitiful social security checks will arrive once a month.
A friend or family member who is compatible with your friend can donate a kidney for transplant. My sister did that for me, bless her!!

It's not easy, and it can lead to financial ruin, but as the doctors told me, hey, what's a little financial ruin if you are still alive. yeah...........

There are two types of dialysis that I was offered. One was hemodialysis. I turned that down. it meant feeling rather crappy most of the time, and spending three days a week, for 4 or 5 hours hooked up to a dialysis machine, while my blood would be drawn out of me through my arm, run through the machine to cleanse it and draw out the extra fluids and returned through the same arm.

I chose another method. It's called peritoneal dialysis. I had tubes inserted into my abdomen. 4 times a day I would spend about 30 minutes in a sterile as possible environment draining the fluids that were kept in my abdomen, then refilling with fresh, clean fluids. It was mostly salt water as I recall. This method allowed me to do whatever I wanted to do without having to worry about keeping the appointments at the dialysis clinic, or spending the time guessing what my time schedule would be, and arranging for dialysis at ot her clinics if I went on a trip.

Cool thing was, I could take trips and bring my supplies along with me. There were a few times while driving I would just pull over to the side of the road, set my empty bag on the floor of the car, connect the tube to my abdomen and then continue to drive while I drained. Then after the bag was filled, I pulled over again, removed the full bag, hung the fresh bag from my rear view mirror, connected it and then continued my drive. About half an hour later, pulled over, again, and disconnected the bag and enjoyed the next 6 or so hours of my trip without worrying about anything at all.

I had no health insurance so I relied upon Medicare for the medical support. I am a disabled vet and my kidney failure was caused by my service. But, the method I chose wasn't supported at my regional VA hospital. However, had I chosen hemodialysis, I could have had that performed at that hospital for no charge. The kidney translplant I finally received was no cost, either, since I had it performed at the VA hospital.

I've read articles about a Korean doctor who claims he can cure kidney disease just using asparagus juice. I think this is bunk. Asparagus is one of the food items not recommended for me, now that I have a transplanted kidney. So I don't know why asparagus would be good for failing kidneys. Just saying.

Good luck to your friend. Tell him, though, this isn't the end of the world for him. He can be fine, if he wants to and follows his doctors' instructions and takes the meds he will need. And follows whatever diet he is given. Too much/too little sodium, potassium and phosphorus can play hell on weak and failing kidneys. He's at 25 %. He could have a long time left before he needs to go on dialysis, if he pays attention. I have my one kidney, and it's at 25 percent and I am living just fine, but need to follow a rather strict diet and take the meds as prescribed.

My apologies, your friend is she not he. Also kidney stones are not an indicator of kidney failure. I have never had kidney stones. Just saying....for those who might give you advice about kidney stones. And also, failing kidneys cannot be healed, in my nonmedical opinion, by drinking lots of fluids. That will just back up in the body and cause unneeded swellings and other problems and overwork already failing kidneys.
edit on 24-8-2011 by kyred because: Cuz I can.

posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 09:54 PM
Wow that is some story, best of luck with you and all

posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 09:55 PM
reply to post by Jordan River

I think a good product to try, that's guaranteed to make a difference is this:

I recommend trying the above for starters, and follow the directions carefully. Keep it in the fridge when it is not being mixed into a drink. It doesn't taste that great, but the stuff works.

Another product that is essential is this one:

This one says to take 5 per a day on the bottle. I would recommend your friend call them, and they will instruct them on how to take the pills to be most effective. All of the ingredients are natural, and I think it would make a difference for your friend.

Also, does your friend have diabetes? If they do, make sure to tell them to get it under control.

posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 09:56 PM
sorry to hear about your friend,.
My work place was doing blood panels on all the employees to help some adapt to
a healthier lifestyle,. after I got my results this last October, it stated that my kidney
function was lacking.. I was shocked. So I started to do some research on the causes
and to sum it up it came down to the need to cut back on sugars, drink more clean water
and eat more clean vegetables..
I also eliminated 90% of anything to do with monsanto products, If you research this you
will find it would require a drastic change in your diet and where you buy your food.
I mention Monsanto because there are many reports out there that involve monsanto altered
foods, cattle feed, and the insecticides used have been causing many health issues in humans
and animals.. Your kidneys are a brunt of the result of ingestion of these things.
Something else to consider is the sugars,. HFC'c are in everything.. become a label reader
and get off all unnatural sugars as they tax the kidneys as well..

Sodium Nitrate and Nitrites should be avoided as all costs.. they will damage many organs in the body
over time and cause cancers.
Sodium Phosphates (an additive they use as a replacement to nitrates is DIRECTLY related to kidney
damage.. all these items are in lunch meats, bacon, hot dogs, brats, nearly every meat in subways meats.
basicly nearly all processed meats with a long shelf life.

Lastly, anything diet should be avoided
and do research on How to balance the body PH..
Living a life in an acidic state will cause premature damage to kidneys and many other organs.
Oh and my kidneys are doing great
Best wishes to your friend. and most doctors lie

posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 10:03 PM
reply to post by Jordan River

i hope this may help all with bad kidneys
eat plenty of kidney beans they are not shaped
the same as our kidneys for nothing you know
and it cant hurt trying
good luck all

also try milk thistle its good for liver and kidneys

posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 10:07 PM
I u2ud you about a product similar to the one someone posted above. Just be sure of the quality of ingredients.

posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 10:08 PM

Prevention as well as cure begins with two simple measures: raising the water intake and reducing the salt intake. Disregarding these basic rules is the main cause for the high incidence of kidney disease

By Walter Last

There is a lot of good info in that link on holistic treatment options. ...and yes... it does discuss drinking your own pee as one of them! (you can skip that part if you prefer)

also consider a magnesium supplement like Peter Gilham's.

Sri Oracle

posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 10:32 PM
reply to post by Jordan River

...i guess you know the specifics of how your friend got in that shape and what meds they're currently taking... just wondering if they were ever on depakote - its a known kidney killer but pharmacuetical companies and the medical world dont like to admit it... i'm partial to chinese herbalist... maybe you can find one in your area and take your friend for a visit... good luck...

posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 11:26 PM
I have End Stage Renal Disease and i'm currently on dialysis and on the transplant list. Dialysis is covered by medicare if your in the united states at any age once you start dialysis. A warning, your kidneys control a lot of hormones and if you have impaired function simple things can cause big problems. Potassium for example is required by the body but if your renal function is impaired you can't pull it off as easily. Too much potassium will destroy your heart so be VERY careful with things "rich in potassium" Hemo dialysis patients are on a very strict diet and i was as well when i was in the lower end of renal function (under 30%) If your friend is a diabetic then they're going to be on dialysis in fairly short order, and anyone with under 50% renal function is probably looking at dialysis eventually depending on the reasons that their kidneys are failing. All i can really tell you is to be there for your friend, its not a ride i'd wish for anyone to have to take because i can tell you from painful experience that it sucks beyond belief, there have been times i've prayed for death because it would have been a release. Tell them to do what the docs say, follow the diet, DO NOT take any over the counter meds without consulting the doctor and i mean herbs to asprins because renal function effects EVERYTHING especially medicines. Good luck to you and your friend, i hope all goes well.

posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 11:42 PM
reply to post by Jordan River

If he is at risk of dying maybe you might consider putting him on an ALL FRESH JUICE DIET
Like with a juicer.

I am doing it now -

Consider it

This is what inspired me

posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 05:05 AM

Originally posted by eleven44
I recently asked my Mother-in-law, who is a spiritual healer of sorts, about advice for a friend of mine who had kidney stones. Her ex-husband also had a lot of kidney stones, so she was fairly familiar with treating them.
Anyway, she advised a lot of raw asparagus. Like, a pound of it.

I second the Milk Thistle and the Cranberry, and Asparagus.

Asparagus apparently goes 'straight to the kidneys' in some powerful way, because the next time you urinate, there is a distinct- and very odd- smell to it. It is the only thing I've ever eaten that has this kind of an impact on urine. Since it is known to be a healthy vegetable to eat, with no known side effects/allergic reactions... I'm convinced asparagus is quite influential, in a positive way, on the kidneys. This is MY belief, but it is a strong one.

posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 05:18 AM
Op i would look up some documented cases of MMJ ( Medical Marijuana) If you are in a state in the US which has these facilities, i would recommend some indica but thats just a more overall 'Body high' Not necessarily smoking, vapourizing, making edibles or using an oil extract can be very beneficial, there are doctors who have cured cancers with MMJ, Dont underestimate it or believe the propaganda, Speak to a good few doctors who can give you a recommendation for a clinic.

posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 08:49 AM
I second the dandelion root!
My kidneys and blood pressure have NEVER been better

posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 03:48 PM
whatever you will recommend in terms of herbs, reliving the kidneys from stress should be the #1 priority. i'm certain any physician will have told her the same, which means minimizing metabolic waste (d'uh) by appropriate diet, including drinking i'd recommend against any type of soda mostly water (maybe fruit juice) but not too much of either, because too much of it will cause stress, too.

the calcification bit leads me to the the following (caffein & soda):

loss of calcium wreaks havoc on the bone structure, too, i might add.

if Vitamin deficiency might be part of the problem, all i will say is that the Vitamins D (Calciferol...) and K are closely tied to calcium metabolism, but i'd be surprised if it was that easy.

Originally posted by Jordan River

There is some calcification in her kidneys. It is a combination of calcification and something else, I believe. That is all the info I got.

posted on Aug, 28 2011 @ 03:17 PM
reply to post by Jordan River

the bad news is you will have to stop stuffing your face.can you do that? are you american?

good news is as below.

Low-carb, high-fat diet could replace dialysis
Ketogenic diet reverses kidney disease in mice with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

A type of low-carb, high-fat diet that's typically used to manage seizures for children with epilepsy could reverse kidney disease in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, a new animal study suggests.

If successful in humans, the so-called ketogenic diet could have the potential to replace dialysis, which is a procedure that artificially filters blood in place of a damaged or failed kidney, said study researcher Charles Mobbs, professor of neuroscience and geriatrics and palliative care medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

"I speculate that this may be useful to completely cure diabetic kidney failure, and I hope that it's possible," Mobbs told MyHealthNewsDaily. "If it's possible, we can...
edit on 28-8-2011 by nobodysavedme because: edited to make needling remarks.

here is the diet.

i once watched the news showing some whinning americans telling the world about trivial complaint and in the background are big fat americans waddling from side to side as they walk.

some of them 3 timeswide as me!!!!

i am 60 kg ...height 5 ft 6 inch and have a 32 inch waist.
edit on 28-8-2011 by nobodysavedme because: edited to make some needling remarks.

posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 10:46 AM
I just wanted to thank all of you for your posts and links...If needed I feel they will come in handy in the near future.

My husband just found out he's only using 48% of his kidney's and is getting an ultra sound Friday. He drinks lots of water and stays away from salt and sugar on a regular basis and is a normal height and weight per his bio metric testing I had at work recently. He's problem is high blood pressure, smoking, stress from being a car hauler, and coffee. He's working on the smoking...currently smoking less then 10 a day. Hasn't worked since Friday. He's been able to stay away from coffee and is getting caught up on his sleep.

Thanks again for sharing your experiences. I really appreciated it.

posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 10:56 AM
Carrot juice really is a miracle juice. I was told it's comparable to our blood and we can give ourselves a complete blood transfusion with it.

posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 04:14 PM
reply to post by Jordan River

If your friend has a low kidney function the last thing they should be taking is a load of herbs that are going to make the kidneys have to work harder to filter out all the junk. I took Chinese herbal medicine when I was younger and it damaged my kidneys.

I would say go on a detox or even better go on a water fast for 7 to 10 days followed by a very clean diet and plenty fluids.

Was your friend taking Chinese herbal medicine??

posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 04:33 PM

Originally posted by LUXUS
reply to post by Jordan River

I would say go on a detox or even better go on a water fast for 7 to 10 days followed by a very clean diet and plenty fluids.

hi, this will be my advice too, iam working for ten years now at a resort with more than 60 yrs of experience in healthy food, my focus is on healing people with food, i've been a cook and now i consider my work like healing.In my opinion: a fast will be my first choice, but only under medical observation !!! do not try that at home !!!.
The concept of Buchinger is actually ( it is a concept that lasts now a hundred years, is the best one as far as i know)
Best wishes and some positive and hopefully helping vibes to you...

posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 04:39 PM

Originally posted by Jordan River
From what I am hearing my friends kidneys are at a 25% functioning level. So I started to wonder if there are an effective combinations of herbs that I can easily get? I was going through some websites but honestly I am not a professional at this.

I am sure some spiritual Herbiest will help me out here, although information is scarce online when it comes to this topic and honestly I am trying to find the best herbs.

There is some calcification in her kidneys. It is a combination of calcification and something else, I believe. That is all the info I got.

Thank you all

Google and research nettle seeds for kidney problems.. I don't have time to post links for you, but there have been some amazing results from improvement to reversal of renal failure using nettles and nettle seeds.

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