You’re not alone
Kidney disease. It is has increased by 16% in the last decade, one in three Australians are at risk of developing kidney disease, As many as 2 million Australians may have some form of undiagnosed chronic kidney disease, and 1 in 3 people are at an increased risk of getting it in the future. 80-90% of cases of chronic kidney disease may go unrecognised. Chronic kidney disease is the seventh most common cause of death, exceeding diabetes, respiratory disease, and suicide… you are definitely not alone.
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So what is Kidney Disease?
Kidney disease is an umbrella term used for any condition involving the kidneys that causes damage and reduced kidney function. This diminished kidney function is also called diminished kidney reserve, kidney insufficiency, or kidney failure (which technically is end-stage kidney disease).
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that are situated towards the back of the abdominal cavity, just above your waist. A trick to find them is to place your hands on your hips. Your kidneys are just below where your thumbs are located. Kidneys are bigger than most people realise. They are the size of your fists, or the size of a conventional computer mouse. A kidney weighs approximately 150 grams (5.28 ounces). The key role of the kidneys is to filter the blood by recognising (through special sensors) imbalances within the blood and determining what stays and what does not.
Here are just some of the many benefits that the kidneys have for the body:
- Regulation of pH levels
- Regulation of electrolytes
- Maintains blood pressure
- Excretion of wastes and toxins
- Reabsorption of glucose and amino acids
- Production of Vitamin D
- Helps in the production of Red
- Blood Cells
- And many more…
How do I know if I have Kidney Disease?
The sad truth is that for most, kidney disease will only reveal itself very late in its progression, which is because in the early stages of the kidney disease most people are asymptomatic (without symptoms). It is therefore prudent to make sure you know the early warning signs to best to protect yourself from further damage. Though, chances are that you are reading this because you know you have kidney disease, and therefore are experiencing some or all of the following symptoms:
- High blood pressure
- Decrease in mental function and possibly coma
- Fluid retention/swelling
- Abnormally dark or light skin
- Blood in the vomit or in stools
- Breath odour
- Decreased alertness, including drowsiness
- Decreased sensation in the hands, feet, or other areas
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Excessive night-time urination
- Excessive thirst
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent hiccups
- General ill feeling
- Generalized itching (pruritus)
- Increased or decreased urine output
- Nail abnormalities
- Unintentional weight loss
- White crystals in and on the skin
Therefore the best way to know if you have kidney disease is adequate diagnostic testing with your doctor, preferably a yearly check up.
Some of the diagnostic tests used to determine kidney disease include:
- Urine tests
- Blood tests
- Imaging studies
- Blood pressure checks
How would I get Kidney Disease?
Like all conditions there are certain factors that increase the likely hood of developing the condition or aggravating the condition. The following are the top risk factors / causes for kidney disease:
- Poor dietary choices – alcohol, sugar, gluten
- Heavy metal exposure
- High blood pressure
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Kidney stones
- Liver disease
- Autoimmune disease
How can a Vital chi Practitioner help?
Vital chi has a team of highly trained and experienced Naturopaths that are just waiting to help you achieve your health goals and dreams. We offer a broad range of natural, drug-free approaches and treatments to getting you feeling amazing once more. Naturopathy encompasses many healing approaches and infuses them to create a powerful and grounded treatment.
Here are some of the ways that others have been helped by our naturopaths.
I find it hard to believe but after only 2 weeks the GFR has gone up from 28% to 40%
It had been my intention to give you some feedback, so I was very pleased to receive your email requesting some information from me.
My name is Eileen. I live in Johannesburg.
18 months ago I had a knee replacement. On my bi-annual visit to the heart specialist to check on the arrhythmia problem I have, he discovered that I had only 45% kidney function, which he thought was the result of all the drugs I’d been given during the knee op. 3 months prior to my visit to him.
He changed my chronic medication and told me to avoid potassium and sodium. My G.P. Dr. Stampanoni, sent me to the head of the renal section of a nearby hospital, who confirmed the 45% function and said come back in 6 months!. Only on cross questioning her did I get any information on how I could help myself through dieting.
From the internet I found out a lot about the problem but no hope of a cure. For 12 months I tried very hard to be strict with myself and was very disappointed when I then had another blood test and the GFR was down to 33%. 6 weeks later 28%.
Then I found you on the internet. That was shortly before Christmas. As my son was coming from Ireland for Christmas I waited for his opinion. He approved of all you said.
We collected all we could and when he and my granddaughter left 2 weeks ago, as promised to him, I started on your treatment.
I find it hard to believe but after only 2 weeks the GFR has gone up to 40% , Creatinine from 152 to 111, and the doctor has lowered the blood pressure tablet.
Incidentally I shall be 90 in July, but most people think I’m in my 70’s. I only recently gave up playing golf 3/4 days a week, but read a lot and play lots of bridge. Lethargy does not become me!
I have left out quite a lot I would like to ask you but I think the important thing is to let you know that your cure seems to be working. Thank you!
Yours in gratitude,
I Was The Original “Doubting Thomas”
I am 65 years old, a retired police officer and as such the original “Doubting Thomas”. I have always kept myself fit, eaten sensibly, never smoked and very rarely drunk alcohol.
I began to suffer from gout about 5 years ago, a family illness, and began to watch my diet which, until last year, controlled the symptoms.
In August 2009 I had an attack and was put medication by my doctor. Unbeknown to me my blood test for gout showed that my globular filtration rat was decreasing and it was monitored over the next few months.
Just prior to ordering your report I was told that over the previous four months my results had dropped by the as follows; 68%-62%-58%-52%. The danger level being 60%. Anything below that being the first stage of kidney failure. I had been feeling ill for a year or so, lacking energy, headaches, backache etc and had been having problems with urination. The flow and pressure of urine had deteriorated becoming weak, intermittent, in small amounts and I often got a desire to urinate during the night. I had had my prostate checked and no problems were found.
I was put on another drug to try to prevent the deterioration. Researching the drug revealed it was used to prevent kidney damage caused by high blood pressure and/or diabetes. I have neither of those complaints but do have a very good doctor and started the treatment. She did tell me that Ramipril would not repair any damage but should prevent any further deterioration.
I then found your report, the only one of its kind, bought it and started to put it into practice.
1. I started to drink the tea.
2. Followed the supplement guidelines.
3. Altered my diet to make my body more alkaline.
I went for a blood test two weeks ago and found to my surprise, and especially that of the doctor that my filtration level was 70%. Yes that is seventy percent.
My doctor said that the drug could be expected to halt or slow the damage, not improve the function by such an amount.
I am due to have a test in May 2010. I will continue the treatment and let you know the result.
Interestingly the drug, although I am on a very small dose gives me a slight permanent headache, slightly blurred vision and general fatigue. I have stopped it on two occasions and the symptoms have gone, only to return when I re-start it.
I had an interesting symptom about four weeks ago. I began to get sharp pains emanating downwards from each kidney into my groins. It was not agony but felt as though it could become so. This being a symptom of kidney stones I decided to give it a day or so, unless it got worse, and then see the doctor. Within 24 hours the pains had gone and when I got up the following day my urination was back to normal. I now go 3 or 4 times a day, reasonable pressure ( for my age ), never during the night and all seems normal. This better than for the last 4 or 5 years.
Maybe the drug is responsible for the increase but I believe that your tea and the supplements are the reason I am much better.
I cannot thank you enough and intend to follow the program for the rest of my life.
But I thought Kidney Disease couldn’t be treated?
This is not entirely true, even though the medical profession has been searching for an answer to kidney disease; traditional therapies have been successfully treating kidney disease for many centuries. Through balanced lifestyle, diet and natural medicines, thousands of people have experienced the wonders that natural medicines can perform together with your self-healing.
Here’s what you can expect
1. Your naturopath will take a holistic approach to your health, discussing your case history to establish the root cause and severity of your condition.
2. They may recommend using precise diagnostic testing to identify the causes and contributing factors to your condition.
3. Based on this, your naturopath will create a step-by-step program for you to follow and heal yourself; dietary and lifestyle modification, as well as prescribing herbal and nutritional medicines are all used and are tailored specifically to your symptoms and the underlying root cause.
Kidney Treatment may involve
- Improving kidney function
- Treating and managing your root cause (e.g. blood sugar control for diabetics, immune regulation for those suffering IGA nephropathy, or lowering ones blood pressure )
- Increasing your body’s ability produce energy
- Cleansing your body and kidneys
Don’t Ignore Kidney Disease
Left untreated, kidney disease can be a crippling condition: chronic fatigue, itchy and irritating skin, unpleasant urination, general feeling of poor health, and the future prospect of daily dialysis. Don’t wait a second longer you body can heal itself, you can heal yourself – given the right environment and treatment. Anything is possible. Make an appointment today with one of our experienced, caring naturopath’s at Vital chi, and find a natural solution to your kidney disease. You can make an appointment online, email us , or phone us on (03) 9894 0014. Our clinic in Blackburn, Melbourne, is open six days a week.