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Kidney Stone Support

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
  • I found this article today on Kidney Stones – funnily enough I sort of agree that generally home remedies are not enough to be beneficial short term, but clinically I’ve found the coke and asparagus treatment beneficial for clients over the past 10 years.  So I disagree that it doesn’t work.  I do however, recommend the general recommendations of apple cider vinegar (if not allergic/intolerant); lemon juice and olive oil in our diets; and herbal teas such as Stone Breaker tea are great – available at New Leaf (the lemon juice and olive oil cleanse is more for gall stones and only when appropriate).  It takes a long time to break down kidney stones and the coke and asparagus treatment (done on ONE day – not multiple days – so long term it won’t have an effect as long as we rehydrate!)
  • We also use supplements that support better kidney and bladder health and re-alkalise the body (a full cleanse often takes 2 years!  Not these quick few weeks – this will NOT help prevent kidney stones)
  • With regards to the coke and asparagus treatment – it’s VERY specific and sometimes needs to be done once per month over a series of months if the stones are large or there are multiple stones
  • We would recommend Looking at your Blood and performing an OligoScan – finding out where the mineral levels in your body are, and looking at toxicity.  Kidney issues are about toxicity of one form or another…
  • We would also look at acupuncture and kinesiology to improve kidney energy and functionality – and microcurrent treatments to support breaking down the stones – along with teas and supplements to start the process of breaking down the kidneys.
  • Keep in mind that the kidney is the FOURTH filter in the body – the first is the digestive tract, the second is the liver, the third is the lymphatic system and the FOURTH is the kidneys/urinary tract.  So you are less likely to have kidney issues if all of your other filters are working correctly…
  • If the body is too acidic and we are creating kidney stones – this is only one problem we have.  Acidity creates many other health issues other than kidney stones, and we really need to look at WHY the body is so acidic:  stress, diet, intolerances and allergies, drug and medication use, PTSD, hayfever, sinusitis, chronic infections, lack of purified water…

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
07 3348 6098
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  • 4 Remedies to Dissolve Kidney Stones… But Only One Works

    You’re experiencing severe abdominal pain that’s radiating to your lower back. You also notice blood in your urine and a persistent need to urinate, even though you can only urinate small amounts at a time. You have a history of kidney stones and are pretty sure you are experiencing them again. Not wanting to use medications or surgery to treat your kidney stones, you start to look for successful home remedies that dissolve kidney stones naturally and fast. Four treatments look promising:

    1. Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
    2. Apple Cider Vinegar
    3. Coke and Asparagus
    4. Lab Grade Chanca Piedra

    Which ones work and which ones don’t? We’ve done the testing and leg work to sort out the success rates of each of these treatments.

    Why Do I Get Kidney Stones?

    Our kidneys are essential organs that filter out the waste in our bloodstream. The byproduct of this waste is our urine. Stones develop from buildup of mineral deposits in our urine that stick together in the kidneys. Typically, these stones develop because of a lack of water that dilutes the accumulation of these minerals on the lining of our kidneys. Certain medications, medical disorders (e.g., Crohn’s Disease), and a family history of kidney stones can also increase your chances of suffering from them.

    Because they are known to cause a great deal of pain, it is no surprise that those who suffer from kidney stones are will to try just about anything to prevent them and to stop them from coming back. Known medicinal treatments include the use of alpha-blockers such as Flomax that relax the lining of the ureter to help stones pass more easily, and medications that treat the associated pain. Additionally, surgical procedures and other non-intrusive means of surgical treatment may be prescribed to break up both calcium oxalate and uric acid kidney stones. These treatments include ureteroscopy and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL).

    Preventative measures used to halt the formation of kidney stones to begin with include dietary changes and behavioral changes. These include things like decreasing sodium intake, drinking more water to stay properly hydrated, not working out excessively, not going into saunas (to prevent excessive sweating and dehydration), and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

    What are the Symptoms?

    Kidney stone sufferers may tell you that trying to pass a kidney stone is about the worst pain they have ever experienced in their lifetime. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of kidney stones include the following:

    • Sudden, severe pain that comes and goes in intensity. Common areas afflicted include the back, groin, abdomen, side, and genitals.
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Blood in the urine or abnormal urine colors
    • Frequent and painful urination

    Though kidney stones are not normally life-threatening situations, they are typically a truly uncomfortable situations. And it’s not unusual to experience so much pain that you make your way to the emergency room to find out what is going on.

    Alternate Remedies for Kidney Stones

    Increasingly more people are interested in following at-home treatments for kidney stones to prevent the use of medicines and surgeries. A number of alternative remedies have been acknowledged for the treatment of kidney stones. We will present these below and discuss their likelihood in success.

    1. Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

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    Sounds awful, doesn’t it? People do claim success in mixing a concoction of lemon juice and olive oil to help dissolve kidney stones as a popular home remedy. Proponents of this method claim that at the first notice of symptoms, mix five ounces of olive oil with five ounces of lemon juice. Drink this combination straight and then drink a glass of water. You should blend this concoction and drink it straight first thing in the morning and again in the late afternoon. Be sure to drink plenty of water as well and extra lemon juice, if possible. Continue this treatment for several days until the stone passes. It is thought that the lemon juice could break down the kidney stones and the olive oil would aid in lubrication to pass the stone more easily. Extra-virgin olive oil is thought to be the best olive oil ingredient to use because it is the thickest and healthiest.

    Warning: Lemons are very acidic and can destroy tooth enamel and contribute to heartburn or ulcers.

    Our patient surveying indicates some success in a very limited number of kidney stone patients. We give it 2 out of 5 stars.


    2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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    Makes your mouth pucker just thinking of it. Some home remedy enthusiasts swear by the use of apple cider vinegar to treat kidney stones. The theory behind it is that apple cider vinegar is made of citric acid that which could play a role in dissolving kidney stones, helping the body pass the stones more easily. In addition, it is believed that apple cider vinegar helps in the prevention of kidney stones to begin with by alkalizing the effect on blood and urine and promoting the production of hydrochloric acid in the body to prevent the formation of kidney stones. Proponents of this home remedy recommend mixing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with six to eight ounces of water and drinking the mixture frequently throughout the day, and especially before meal times to help dissolve kidney stones. Drinking ample amounts of fresh water throughout the day is also suggested to help flush the kidneys. If the stones are passed, you are advised to continue drinking this solution one to two times a week to prevent future kidney stones from forming.

    Warning: Apple cider vinegar is very acidic and can erode esophagus tissue, destroy tooth enamel and may be dangerous when taken with blood pressure and diabetes medications.

    Surveys indicate sporadic success in some patients who have been waiting long periods of time for a stone to pass. We give it 2 out of 5 stars.


    3. Coke and Asparagus

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    Coke Asparagus Kidney Stones
    Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? A common home remedy for kidney stones involves drinking a large amount of Coke and following it up by consuming a half pound of steamed asparagus, pureed. Followers of this method suggest that the phosphoric acid found in Coke aids in dissolving the kidney stones. Asparagus is used as a diuretic. Coke alone will dehydrate you, which is not a good thing if you are suffering from kidney stones. It is the interaction with the diuretic asparagus and the phosphoric acid in the Coke that is the key to breaking down the kidney stone and allowing it to pass. In theory.

    We’ve seen no evidence that Coke or asparagus provides any help in the passage or dissolving of kidney stones. The University of Chicago characterized this home remedy as “useless” and went on to say:

    …the effect of the cola was a worsening of stone risk…

    We give this remedy 1 out of 5 stars.

    How Successful are These Treatments?

    In short. . .not very. There have been many reports of people using these natural methods, but the efficacy is unsubstantiated. Some people report success with these home remedies, but none of these treatments are based in scientific fact. For every anecdotal success story posted online, there are hundreds more stories of failures (and probably upset stomachs). So, what natural remedies DO work? Let’s get to it…


    4. Lab Grade Chanca Piedra

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    Lab grade chanca piedra has shown high success rates in kidney stone treatment. This herbal remedy breaks down and prevents the development of new kidney stones. All-natural, Chanca Piedra has been shown to scientifically crush the kidney stones to dissolve them and allow easy passing of remnant stone materials. Studies have shown almost instantaneous pain alleviation following the consumption of Chanca Piedra. It first grabbed the attention of the scientific community in a 2002 study on rodents which demonstrated it slowed or halted kidney stone growth. Further studies indicated lab grade Chanca Piedra actually interferes with the process that would normally cause stones to form.


    Kidney Stone ResearchProf. Dr. Nestor Schor

    Professor Dr. Nestor Schor speaking about his research on lab grade Chanca Piedra:

    Treatment with Phyllanthus niruri strongly inhibited the growth of the stones and reduced the number of stones…

    These results show that Phyllanthus niruri has an inhibitory effect on crystal growth…

Avoid these ingredients when you’re buying processed foods!

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

We know that processed foods aren’t optimal these days – but did you know they can be harming your health long term?  Here’s just a few ingredients that can cause long-term health issues…  such as immune issues, ADHD, behavioural issues, mitochondrial dysfunction and chronic fatigue.

3 tips for eating well:  1.  Eat organic  2.  Eat fresh  3.  Cut out sugar.

1 – Sodium Benzoate
Sodium benzoate is added to food to prevent the growth of pathogenic microbes, like fungi. A recent study published in 2015 revealed that sodium benzoate caused mutation and cytotoxicity through the formation of micronuclei and chromosome breaks – both characteristics found in cancer cells.  Another study in 2014 linked the intake of sodium benzoate-containing beverages to ADHD-like symptoms in college students.

2 – BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
BHA is used to prevent oils and fats from going rancid and is added to butters and chips. Similar to the results of the sodium benzoate study in 2015, a 2013 study revealed both cytotoxic and DNA fragmentation properties of BHA when used on human cells.  BHA also potentiates the harmful effects of propylparaben, a preservative found in most cosmetics.

3 – MSG (Monosodium glutamate)
Not only is MSG a preservative found in chips and other snacks, it is also used in cooking to enhance the flavor of certain dishes. While the FDA declares MSG as safe to consume, many others disagree and a recent study in 2013 revealed contraindicating results. The study revealed that MSG could cause kidney damage through the formation of kidney stones, along with increasing the levels of serum creatinine.

4 – Artificial Sweeteners
Although artificial sweeteners like aspartame are popular among diabetics and people watching their weight, a 2014 study revealed how people who regularly used AS experienced a sharp spike in glucose levels followed by a lengthy decline after consuming sugary food – a characteristic found in diabetes or other metabolic disorders. The study found out the AS altered the body’s gut bacteria, increasing the number of gut bacteria that fed on AS and have been linked with obesity.

5 – Potassium Bromate
Widely used in bread products, potassium bromate has been linked to tumor formation in the kidneys, abdomen, and thyroid, which is why it is banned in certain places like Canada and Europe.  A more recent study revealed that potassium bromate caused damage and oxidative stress in human red blood cells, causing the cells to lyse or break – which can contribute to numerous immunity disorders and cancers.

6 – High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup found in most carbonated beverages has been linked to a variety of conditions like diabetes, liver disease, and obesity.  Not only is soda a source of empty calories, it can cause diseases as well.

7 – Artificial Coloring (blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, and yellow 6)
There have been many studies on artificial food coloring and its effects on children, particularly their behavior. Studies in 2009 and 2012 reveal that AFC has effects on hyperactivity in children, as well as links to ADHD.

8 – Acrylamide
Acrylamide isn’t an “ingredient”, per se, but it can be found in certain food products (e.g. French fries, coffee, breakfast cereal) after going through high-heat processing. It also happens to be classified as a probable human carcinogen by the IARC, the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Two studies in 2011 focused on the carcinogenic effects of acrylamide, linking it to prostate cancer and cytotoxicity, a condition that causes cancer.

9 – Sodium Nitrite
Sodium nitrite is popularly used as a preservative in the food industry to prevent the growth of bacteria, prolonging the shelf life of the food product. While it is regarded as safe in small amounts, research has proven that SNT is not completely excreted by the body. About 60 percent remains circulating in the blood, forming nitrogen compounds that damage tissue and cause various diseases.

10 – BPA
It’s not exactly an ingredient… but it sure can end up in your food: Bisphenol A or BPA is used to line the inside of cans used to contain food. While certain canned goods that don’t use other preservatives on this list, the cans themselves can cause food to be contaminated with BPA. BPA is known as an EDC – or endocrine disrupting chemical. Intake of BPA in high doses can cause the body’s hormones to go haywire, which science has indicated can cause obesity and diabetes.  Note that the new “replacement” – BPS – which is sometimes found in products marked “BPA free” may also have problems. In short, you are better off with fresh foods if possible.

The healing journey with New Leaf

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Embarking on a health journey is a brave move to make. It means looking at the issues you may have avoided for a while and facing them head on. It’s a process that is often scary yet can also be richly rewarding. When you are the best version of yourself you can be, you can really shine and be there for those close to you.

It can be said that it’s a means of coming back to your basic self  – seeing your body as a precious temple and paying attention to what you really need. It’s treating yourself gently and gaining a greater connection to the whole of you – body and mind. As one of my favourite authors Sarah Avant Stover puts it – the only way out is in and through. To go through our health issues rather than going around them is the only real way to back to balance and health.

At New Leaf, we are committed to your success in this process. We know it’s yours, to go through in your way. Offering a harmonious range of therapies, we seek to find the real cause of your health issues and guide you back to balance and health.

We see your journey to optimal health as a partnership between yourself and us. Thus, we have a few suggestions for you in order that you get the best results from your treatment with us:

  • Eat a fresh, wholefoods diet. When you eat fresh, vital food, you feel just that. Everything we eat nourishes our cells. If we consider that the body is really the only vessel we have to take us through this lifetime, it makes sense to nourish it with the best food possible.
  • Drink a minimum of 2 litres of pure filtered water daily. Besides hydration, there are countless benefits of drinking adequate pure water. Improved energy, detoxification, digestion, skin condition and weight loss are just a few.
  • Limit caffeine, or better still, cut it altogether. Caffeine creates extra work for your liver, and can place stress on the adrenal glands and nervous system. It also promotes dehydration and in the long term, fatigue. There are many delicious herbal teas and coffee alternatives available in supermarkets and health food stores.
  • Sleep 8 hours a night. While sleeping as little as possible in modern society is often considered admirable behaviour, the truth is, it promotes premature aging, weight gain, can increase stress and complicate many other health issues. It may require changing your usual routine a little, but getting 8 hours of quality sleep a night is an investment in your health.
  • Spend a few minutes a day alone, doing some quiet breath awareness in a comfortable seated position. All you need do is focus on your breath with your eyes closed. This can have wonderfully beneficial effects on your nervous system, improving mood, reducing stress and creating calm. A calm body heals well!
  • Increase body movement. This means different things to different people. Start with where you are at in terms of your current physical fitness, and do what feels right for you. Even if it just means adding incidental exercise by taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking to a colleague’s desk rather than emailing, or taking a short walk before or after work. Start where you are at the moment and build gently from there.

These are simple steps you can take today to improve your body’s ability to balance and heal. You can do one at a time, a few, or all of them, whatever feels right and good for you. It’s up to you.

We look forward to supporting you in achieving a state of greater health.

Detoxification Processes – It’s our specialty!

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Detoxification Processes at New Leaf – we have so much to offer!

*  Raindrop Aromatherapy – relaxes and rejuvenates the nerves through the power of essential oils – can stimulate immune and detox pathways as well… Pain hormones are often lowered and feel-good hormones are increased!

*  Frequency Specific Microcurrent – can target specific medication toxins, heavy metals, vaccine toxins, stress hormones and support release through the organs of detoxification

*  Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage – stimulates organ detoxification through the digestive tract – stimulates release of toxins through the liver, kidneys, small and large intestines, spleen, gall bladder

*  Lymphatic Drainage/Remedial Massage – did you know that massage moves the lymph, moves acids from the muscles, increases serotonin and dopamine and increases the depth of sleep

*  Kinesiology:  can stimulate effect functioning of all our body’s major organs…  it can find emotional stressors, physical stressors, old toxins that can be jamming your body’s systems of detoxification and halting healing processes

*  Herbal and Nutritional supplements – so many things help us defoxify.  We are constantly learning about new supplements, products, effects of everything we do.

Need some detoxification?  Feeling tired and rundown?

3348 6098
Madonna Guy ND
Weekly Radio Naturopath:  4BC & Bay FM

New Leaf now provides Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage – read on!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage) available at New Leaf Natural Therapies

What is Chi Nei Tsang?

Energetically – who knows the cause of sickness?  Where does internal pain, issues with our major organs such as the liver and kidneys, the stomach, small intestines, large intestines come from?  Naturopathically, it has always been taught that step one for any long-term health problem has been to cleanse the body’s filters – the digestive tract, the liver, the immune system/lymphatic systems and the kidneys.  Congestion in any of these areas can cause poor energy, poor circulation and poor detoxification of any of these systems.

In Chinese medicine it has always been taught that blocked energy starts this toxicity building up – Chi Nei Tsang helps with both – it starts to move the inflammation, the toxicity and the energy blockages that are stopping blood, lymphatic flow and nutrient absorption throughout our major organs.

Have you ever felt ‘knots’ in your stomach, tightness under the ribs, described this to your therapist who simply prescribed antacids or digestive enzymes?  These is so much more to health than that…and the last thing you want is to suppress symptoms which may come back to haunt you down the track.

Our Foundations of Health programme is a nine month detoxification process which starts the body healing as our filters start to clear.  It is a long process (quick and dirty detoxes rarely make lasting change) to health for some people.

I found this fabulous description on Chi Nei Tsang from http://radiantliving.com/chi-nei-tsang-abdominal-massage/ in the U.S. and it describes energy and the abdomen and how it relates to our health, our wellbeing, our stressors, our operations and medications…

“The Taoist sages of ancient China observed that humans often develop energy blockages in their internal organs that result in knots and tangles in their abdomens. These obstructions occur at the center of the body’s vital functions and constrict the flow of Chi (energy), our life-force. The negative emotions of fear, anger, anxiety, depression, and worry cause the most damage. Problems can also be caused by overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor food, and bad posture.

Through meditative practices the sages learned to look within themselves. They discovered the internal organs connect with the Five Forces of the Universe and provide a link between the human microcosm and the universal macrocosm. The organs contain the essences of the spiritual force of a human being. They also provide the physical lines of force that hold the body together and give it structure.

When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies that can overflow into other bodily systems and surface as negative emotions and sickness. Always in search of an outlet, these negative emotions and toxic energies create a perpetual cycle of negativity and stress. (Fig. 1) If the negative emotions can’t find an outlet, they fester in the organs or move into the abdomen, the body’s “garbage dump.” The abdomen can process some emotional garbage, but more often it can’t keep up with the flow. The energetic center of the body located at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body.

Fig. 1 Negative energy cycle leads to knots and tangles in the abdomen.

B. Chi Nei Tsang: A Method to Clear Blocked Energy

Chi, the life-force energy, moves through the body’s internal channels, nervous system, blood vessels, and lymph glands. These systems concentrate and cross paths in the abdomen which acts as their control center. Tensions, worries, and stresses of the day, month, or year accumulate there and are seldom dispersed. ‘These disturbances can cause physical tangling and knotting of the nerves, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. The result is the gradual obstruction of energy circulation.

The ancient Taoists realized that negative emotions cause serious damage to one’s health, impairing both physical and spiritual functions. They understood that each human emotion is an expression of energy and that certain emotions could indicate the negative energy behind many physical ailments. They also identified a specific cycle of relationships between the emotions and the organs. For example, the experience of a “knot” in one’s stomach indicated the presence of worry, the negative emotion that accumulates in the stomach and spleen.
The Taoists discovered that most maladies could be healed once the underlying toxins and negative forces were released from the body. They developed the art of Chi Nei Tsang to recycle and transform negative energies that obstruct the internal organs and cause knots in the abdomen. Chi Nei Tsang clears out the toxins, bad emotions, and excessive heat or heat deficiencies-that cause the organs to dysfunction. (Fig. 2)

 

Fig. 2 Ancient Taoists massaged their abdomens and organs to stay healthy.
C. Chi Nei Tsang: A Complement to other Disciplines”

Makes a little sense doesn’t it?

We complement Chi Nei Tsang with all of the other services we provide in our clinic, in Wynnum Brisbane.

We know that Chi Nei Tsang is very energizing, strengthening, and detoxifying the internal organ systems of our body.  It supports the removal of negative influences and is fantastic for intestinal blockages, cramps, knots, lumps, scarring, headaces, menstrual cramps, poor blood circulation, back pain, infertility, impotence and many other issues.

Imagine avoiding intestinal surgery through an incredibly systematic and thorough treatment process.

For bookings, phone 3348 6098 and chat to Linda, Annette or Gabby to discuss pricing options.

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Kidney Issues – how natural therapies can help you!

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Has the term ‘ kidney failure’ or ‘kidney issues’ been mentioned by the doctors?  It’s pretty scary since the only answer is transplant and/or dialysis and lifetime medication.  Holy cow, what a prognosis!  Not only that but the amount of time to wait for an available kidney is huge – how much time out of your life will be spent worried about the future.

Have you even considered natural therapies support/cures for kidney issues?  Nephritis, kidney failure, kidney cysts, kidney tumours… is there any other help available?  Well, there are herbs, nutrients and supplements that may support your kidney function…

  1. We have ways of supporting the body’s inflammation, cysts, toxicity, stress etc
  2. Natural Supplements such as Waiora NCD / Stem Enhance / Uroplex, Kidney Care & Renoxyl and more… there are products that support detoxification processes through the kidneys and bladder
  3. supporting the other conditions which may be linked to kidney failure:
  • blood pressure
  • poor digestion, liver stress or poor immune function – if any of these are not serving you well, the kidneys can fail!
  • chemical toxicity (the kidneys are the last ‘filter’ of the body)

So there IS help available – we may be able to support your kidneys, sometimes hugely improving quality of life for you and your kidneys!

Madonna Guy
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Wynnum, Brisbane, Australia