06 Novemberl, 2006
The following are extracted from Dr.
Rowen's the excellent Second Opinion news letters.
Simple Home Remedy Wipes Out Kidney Stones
I’ve never had a kidney stone, but my patients tell me it’s
one of the worst pains they’ve ever experienced. Imagine,
for a moment, a hot searing knife-like pain that hits your back
or side without warning. The pain begins just below your kidney
and it hits like a missile. It throbs mercilessly and takes you
down. You’re sweating and begging for relief. It gradually
tears its way down your back to your lower abdomen, causing excruciating
pain the whole way.
That’s how my friend Steve described it to me the other day
when he called begging for relief. As soon as Steve said, “Hi
Doc” I could feel the agony in his voice. “I think I’ve
got a kidney stone! I’m in terrible pain. Can you get me some
pain relief?”he begged.
I’m not one to let someone writhe in pain. My first duty
as a physician is to relieve suffering. So I called in a prescription
for pain relievers. However, I also shared with him a unique treatment.
It’s a sure fire way to get rid of a kidney stone. Before
I tell you what it is, let me tell you more about kidney stones.
There are two main types of kidney stones. The first is uric acid*.
But the most common is made of calcium. When you eat too high a
protein/fat diet, your body can become too acidic. The excess acids
need to be neutralized by alkaline minerals (calcium) pulled from
your bones. Your body then eliminates the acids and calcium through
your urine. That's when the stones can form. A dietary deficiency
of calcium can result in a similar mobilization of calcium from
your bones to keep up blood levels of calcium. That’s when
the stones form. This home remedy works to dissolve calcium stones.
I told Steve, “I have a sure-fire cure for you.”
“Lay it on me,” he said.
“Simply drink eight ounces of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
immediately. Then add one ounce of fresh-squeezed lemon juice to
a glass of water and drink it. Repeat this every hour for the next
12 hours. The stone is sure to go!” Steve promised to jump
Lemon juice contains lots of citric acid. Acid dissolves calcium.
But this was even better. Citric acid is a natural and extremely
powerful binder of calcium. You can drop a tooth into citric acid
and watch it dissolve. (Please note that momentarily exposing your
teeth to the acids in citrus won’t dissolve them. Your saliva
quickly restores alkaline pH.)
I’ve successfully used infusions of ascorbic acid (vitamin
C) or oral vitamin C to bowel tolerance in the past for kidney stones.
Ascorbic acid is another great dissolver of calcium.
Steve took the advice and two days later I got this email message:
“Hey Doc, Thanks again for the prescription Friday night and
the lemon cure. I’ve not had any more pain since I started
drinking the lemon juice. I add a little Stevia (herbal sweetener)
and it makes great lemonade.”
Wow, that was fast work. It required nothing more than a simple
pain reliever for the urgency of the situation. So the next time
you’ve got a painful kidney stone, try this remedy and let
me know how it works for you
Extracted from: November
2006 / Volume XVI , No. 11
*Q: Do you have any information on ways to dissolve kidney
stones? J.L.K., via e-mail
A: Before you can do anything, you need a lab test to determine
what the stone is. If it’s uric acid, you must alkalinize
your urine and lower the uric acid in your body. A Living Foods
Diet will go a long way on that one.
If it’s a calcium stone, acidifying your urine can help.
Vitamin C, as ascorbic acid, is a great start. Your kidneys will
eliminate the excess ascorbic acid you take in, and it has the ability
to pick up a calcium ion on its way through. You also need to increase
your magnesium intake. Take at least 500 mg daily or up to
bowel tolerance. Magnesium is calcium’s natural antagonist.
Citrate, like vitamin C, is a great chelator of calcium, with or
There are proprietary herb formulas that may help dissolve your
stones. One product is called KST from Kroeger Herbs. There are
many other herbal formulas available. Many work and they are certainly
worth trying. Look on the Internet for formulations. My favorite
is the Chinese herbal formulation called Shin Lin Tong. Or see your
integrative physician for his favorite.
Extracted from: August
2006 / Volume XVI , No. 8