Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Clinical Guidelines for Treating Recurrent Stones is Painfully Inadequate

The American College of Physicians publishes guidelines for treating recurrent kidney stones.  Once you have one, your chance of having another is at least 50%.  The guidelines recommend increased water consumption, reduced carbonated beverages, and if needed, thiazide diuretics, potassium citrate, or possibly allopurinol.  A more natural approach would be to be sure you balance your calcium intake with magnesium and you add vitamin B6.  Then if the stone is of the most common variety (calcium oxalate), you measure the urine for organic acids.  If the oxalate levels are elevated, you reduce them in your diet.  I went from having stones every two weeks to no stones for 6 years by eliminating cashew nuts from my diet.  So much for Guidelines.

See the American College of Physicians Guidelines on Recurrence of Kidney Stones.

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