Kidney Disease Treatment


Finding natural cures for fatty liver has long been the goal of several health professionals. Several patients nowadays also prefer natural cures to expensive treatment and medicines. For those who may not know, fatty liver is a disease that occurs when an excessive amount of fats build up in the liver and eventually replacing the liver cells.

According to several researchers recently, natural cures for fatty liver can be possible through a healthier lifestyle – a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a lifestyle without unhealthy vices. There are also natural supplements that can help naturally cure fatty liver and here are some of those supplements.

Southern Ginseng
Southern Ginseng (Gynostemma Pentaphyllum) is a common herb used in Chinese medicine to treat various illnesses. It can supposedly increase one’s energy, help in healthy cell development, and reduce the body’s cholesterol. Moreover, Southern Ginseng can protect the liver due to its anti-oxidant activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Holistic treatment for kidney disease in dogs?
    Are there any holistic treatments, diets, minerals, etc. that would work in conjunction with medicine in order to help a dog diagnosed with the start of kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Raw food – a raw meaty bones or prey model diet based around whole carcasses, raw meat, meaty bones and organs.

      I would suggest you join one of the raw feeding groups – RawMeatyBones or rawfeeding are two good ones.

      holistic means treating the ‘whole’ rather than just the symptoms – not necessarily homoeopathic or ‘herbal’ – surely a species appropriate diet is the first step in this?

  2. QUESTION:
    is there any treatment for kidney disease which do not need to operate and needle?
    my student got kidney disease, she is 15yrs. can she still study in school?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Hammard,

      You are a responsible teacher!

      I’ m David Wong from Shijiazhuang Kidney Disease Hospital, specilizing in kidney disease treatment.

      We developed Micro chinese medicine osmotherapy (mcmo) after years of exploration. This theraputic method adopts external administration to treat internal disease, without operation and needle.
      Moreover, it resolve the side effect of western medicine,bad absorption of oral medicine.
      Many patients have attained pleasant curative effect and prognosis.

      According to my professinal experience, your student must go to see the doctor and do some regular checks, like urine routine check, blood examination and kidney function test. To ascertain the pathological agent and disease status are the top priority.

      Anyway, encourage your student to keep a good mental status, cheerful and optimistic attitude is helpful to improve our immunity. And if you hope to know more about our therapy, just email me.

      Best Regards!
      David Wong
      Shijiazhuang Kidney Disease Hospital, No. 5, Feiyi Rd, Xinhua Dist. SJZ, Hebei, China
      email: cnsjzdoctor@yahoo.com

  3. QUESTION:
    stage 4 kidney disease, without treatment what things can we exspect to happen.?
    Our 87 year old friend refuses treatment for his kidney disease, he accepts that he will die from it. we want to know what signs to look for as it gets worse.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood pressure increase, bringing a greater risk of hypertension or congestive heart failure.

      Urea accumulation, leading to azotemia and eventually uremia. Uremia symptoms may range from lethargy to pericarditis and encephalopathy.

      Potassium accumulation in the blood (hyperkalemia). Symptoms of hyperkalemia range from malaise to cardiac arrhythmias.

      Decrease in erythropoietin synthesis, which may lead to anemia, and symptoms including fatigue.

      Fluid volume overload, with symptoms rangin from mild edema to life-threatening pulmonary edema. Edema was formerly known as dropsy or hydropsy.

      Decrease in phosphate excretion, leading to hyperphosphatemia.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone who got treatment in ShiJiaZhuang Kidney Disease Hospital?
    I need to have some idea about their treatment.

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  5. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for chronic kidney disease stage 3, with patient being hypertensive and diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      In general, somebody with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease and diabetes:

      1. Goal BP less than 130/80
      2. Good Diabetes control
      3. Monitor Cholesterol
      4. Avoids NSAIDS (Advil, Motrin, Alleve, etc.)
      5. Have periodic blood work to monitor renal function, and check for the presence of anemia and overactive parathyroid glands. These problems can usually be treated with medicines.
      6. Modest amounts of protein in the diet.
      7. Use of ACE Inhibitors or ARB type of blood pressure medicine
      8. Check the urine for protein.

      Your doctor (internist or kidney doctor) should be discussing your individual situation.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for a dog with kidney disease?
    Well, my newly adopted dog was just diagnosed with kidney disease. They said it’s not bad yet, but that I should feed her some special kidney disease food. I take her to the vet in Petsmart (Banfield), so she recommended Hills K/D (the only kind they sell there).

    Anyway, I was wondering what anyone thinks is the best dog food for kidney disease “treatment”. Thanks for any suggestions!! :)
    ps: it’s chronic kidney disease, in case it matters. And she’s only 3 years old. Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      The veterinarian I work for always recommends Hill’s K/D for kidney problems. Don’t get it confused with C/D. It helps bladder problems. Oh, and don’t feed her table scraps. Human food can damage the kidneys and liver.

  7. QUESTION:
    You do know that kidney disease in the US has been funded by “socialized medicine” since 1973?
    but did you also know that it is one of the few medical problems that Americans come out behind other nations in longevity? Why, when the US fairs so much better in other cancers and diseases is the US so behind in Kidney treatment? Could it be the failure of the socialized kidney disease treatment program:

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-23-dialysis_N.htm

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  8. QUESTION:
    Our vet told us that diet treatment is the best and only method to treat feline kidney disease. Is this true?
    She just told us to keep feeding our cat Hill’s KD food, and that there was really no other option that would treat the condition just as well. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      No it is not and you should go to the group linked below this post. That food is just asking for more trouble.
      Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure

      If your cat is not in final stages, this is not want you want to do. You do not want to put your cat on the
      Vets low protein diet. There are simply so many better options out there than to hand the poor cat a low amount of poor quality protein – which often results in a poor appetite and muscle wasting since the body is now robbing its own muscle mass to feed itself a decent quality and amount of protein.
      . There are new thoughts on this and the thinking is it is not the amount of protein but the quality of protein that matters.
      The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need “4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day”. That’s about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn’t a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, fish, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy.

      I am under the assumption that you have been feeding mostly dry foods. Many use a vegetable based protein instead of animal and that is part of the problem.. Your cat needs protein as it is a carnivore and cutting down on it will lead to other health issues and may cause faster degeneration.
      You want to cut down on phosphorous (no fish allowed now)

      The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy. (Making yourself is better) link provided at the bottom
      If you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of Wellness or Merrick with NO grains are good alternatives. Wysong is also a good canned choice. This list gives a breakdown. Remember you want low phosphorous

      http://webpages.charter.net/katkarma/can…

      You should be giviung sub-q fluids as needed

      You also will want to look into phosphorous binders. Something like aluminum hydroxide
      Ask your vet or look into calcitrol

      You may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.
      I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for you
      Making cat food

      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm

      other links. Read, read, read!!!!

      http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationD…

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_chr…

      http://www.felinecrf.org/

      http://www.felinecrf.com/

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Felin…

      About that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to cats

      http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21…

  9. QUESTION:
    when will medicine be able to use stem cell therapy for kidney disease?
    i’ve read a lot about some of the research. i was wandering will medicine be able to use this as a treatment options for kidney disease. im interested in becoming a kidney specialist.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably already being tested, give it a few years. They are already using stem cells to help people with arthritis.

  10. QUESTION:
    Treatment for cat with “critical” kidney disease?
    My 4 year old cat was diagnosed a few hours ago with kidney disease. At this moment, he is receiving an IV. My vet was very surprised at how high his numbers were and spent a lot of time with me discussing my options but said that once they flush his system and his numbers don’t increase– I need to start thinking about putting him down.

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t give up on him just yet. CRF cats can live for a long time with proper treatment. My cat was diagnosed last summer and is doing very well on his diet. I don’t use the prescription food the vet recommended. I feed him Wellness wet food. It’s actually much better than the prescription stuff. Here’s a great website on kidney disease in cats that will help alot. Print off some of the articles and go over them with your vet. Good luck to to your kitty.

      http://www.felineoutreach.org/Education/Kidney.html

  11. QUESTION:
    why has the scientific community failed to develop a prevention treatment for PKD (polycystic kidney disease)?
    since it affects so many americans, and any prophylactic treatment would likely be administered for the rest of a patient’s life, it would be extremely profitable for big pharm.
    additionally, we also know the gene mutation that is responsible for PKD…

    so what are the difficulties in trying to design a treatment strategy for PKD?

    is the recent boom in genomics and recombinant DNA techniques likely to lead to a breakthrough?

    what about increases in access to totipotent human cells for research or therapy? would this likely lead to advances in finding a treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      till genetic engineering becomes a reality there can not be much that can be done for this condition.

  12. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy cheaper Lactated Rigers for my dog who has Kidney Disease?
    My dog has recently been diagnosed with Kidney Disease. He is supposed to get subcutaneous fluid injections to help his kidneys deal with the problem. But my Vet charges per bag of fluid, which only lasts for 3 treatments! I cant afford that, but dont want to put my dog down when there is a treatment so readily available. Is there someplace I can get these bags of fluid for cheaper (hopefully much cheaper)? Im not even real sure which type I should be looking for- what the vet gave us is NDC 0409-7953-09 made by Hospira, 1000 ML. I am willing to buy by the case, either locally or online if anyone can point me in the right direction!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many companies that sell it online, you just have to have your vet send them a prescription for it. The last link has a case of 12 for .99 a bag plus free shipping, which is the cheapest that I have found. Also, I have ordered from Valley Vet (the last link) before, and I really thought they had great service. Just FYI: there is no difference between LRS for farm animals and for pets, they are just marketed different.

      http://www.entirelypets.com/lari.html

      http://www.allivet.com/Lactated-Ringers-Solution-Rx-p/25211.htm

      http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?PGGUID=30e072f0-7b6a-11d5-a192-00b0d0204ae5

  13. QUESTION:
    is there any authentic treatment to cure or to slowdown progress of poly-cystic kidney disease.?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for diseases of kidney like Urinary Tract Infection, Renal Calculi, Kidney Failure, Gloerulonephritis, Nephritis etc.

      #Arsenicum Album. [Ars]
      This remedy corresponds to all stages of Bright’s disease, bearing a closer resemblance than any other remedy. It comes in later in the disease where there is dropsy, pale skin, waxen appearance, watery diarrhoea and great thirst. The urine is dark, casts are abdundant, and it contains much albumen. There are attacks of dyspnoea when lying down in the evening and after midnight, relieved by an expectoration of mucus. It may come in immediately after Aconite in many cases. Dr. Pope found Arsenicum 3X efficient in acute nephritis. ” Blood boils ” make a special indication for this remedy. Baehr, Millard and Hale question the usefulness of Arsenicum in kidney affections. However, it seems a simile to the large white kidney; in fact, one could hardly wish for a closer correspondence. Hughes considers it a favorite with anxiety and sinking of vital forces will call for Arsenicum. Calcarea arsenica has been used in the anaemia, progressive emaciation and debility of this disease with success.

      #Apis mellifica. [Apis]
      Apis is not so much a remedy for chronic Bright’s disease as for the acuter forms. There are oedematous swellings of the face and extremities, paleness, ascites, oedema pulmonum, pains in the head, back and limbs. Albuminuria following scarlatina. It may be of use in any form of Bright’s disease when there are dull pains in the kidneys, scanty urine and frequent Micturition. The urine is heavily charged with albumen and contains blood corpuscles. The oedema appears quickly, there is general dropsy and suppression of urine and perhaps an eruption of the skin like a nettle rash. The patient is drowsy , apathetic and has a bruised feeling all over. Apis in such cases acts best in trituration; do not depend on the tincture or dilutions. Hepar is recommended by Kafka in Bright’s disease following scarlatina. A valuable symptom for Apis is the following of suffocation. He does not see how he is get another breath.

      #Mercurius corrosivus. [Merc]
      This remedy corresponds to the large white kidney. There is an albuminous, scanty and red urine; pale waxen color of the body; there are lumbar pains, great dyspnoea and excessive strangury. It takes the first rank among all the mercurials for nephritis, and it comes in the later stages. Syphilitic complication further indicate it. There is an expression of uneasiness of uneasiness on the face. Dr. Ludlam considers it our best remedy for the albuminous nephritis of pregnancy and Baehr lauds it in suppurative nephritis. Kali chloricum. This remedy is said to be the most homoeopathic of all remedies in Bright’s disease. It has scanty, dark, albuminous urine containing casts. It excites a violent nephritis.

      #Terebinth.
      One of our reliable and most frequently indicated remedies in the early stages of renal diseases when congestion is prominent, when there is much pain in the back of a dull character extending along the ureters. The great characteristic of dark smoky urine will be present. There is anasarca,and , of course, the urine is bloody and albuminous. It is recommended in post scarlatinal renal affections. The prostration is not accompanied by the restlessness of Arsenicum. Cantharis. This remedy pictures nephritis with cutting pains in the lumbar region; the urine is passed in drops and is mixed with blood, with much urging. Post scarlatinal and post diphtheric kidney diseases with dropsy may indicate Cantharis. If renal congestions arise from Spanish fly blisters, give Camphor as an antidote. The prostration of Terebinth lacks the restless anguish of Arsenicum.

      #Digitalis. [Dig]
      This remedy has an irritant action on the kidneys. It is homoeopathic to granular degeneration. Heart symptoms, feeble pulse, scanty, dark, turbid urine, faintness at the stomach,rheumatic pains will indicate it. It is especially useful when the circulation is weak. Rheumatic pains, pulmonary catarrh with profuse expectoration are marked symptoms. Glonoine has albuminous urine and will sometimes be found useful in acute and haemorrhagic nephritis.

      #Plumbum. [Plum]
      Granular degenerations of the kidneys, with tendency to uraemic convulsion. Dropsy, sallow face, emaciation, oedema about the ankles. It seems to corresponds to the contracted or cirrhotic form of nephritis, holding the same relation here that Arsenic and Mercury do in chronic nephritis. Royal emphasizes this remedy saying that it arrested the progress in many cases and permanently cured not few for him. He never used it below the 30th potency. Cuprum arsenicum is also useful in uraemic conditions and is praised highly by Goodno. Cuprum is a valuable remedy for uraemic eclampsia. Aurum muriaticum. Morbus Brightii from gout, suppurations or syphilis. Interstitial nephritis in its incipiency with digestive and nervous phenomena, hypochondriasis, irritability and vertigo.

      #Phosphorus. [Phos]
      Phosphorus produces as marked a nephritis as any drug. It is one of the most important remedies in Bright’s disease; the characteristic symptoms are: lassitude of the whole body, hands and feet icy cold, sleepiness. The fatigue is greatest in the morning, and there is heat in the body without thirst, especially in the evening. The patient is indisposed to work, is giddy, forgetful and has a heavy headache , particularly in the forehead; there is oedema of the upper eyelids, a mist before the eye, a yellowish fray complexion, a sickly oedema of the face, want of appetite, pressure and burning in the stomach, and a light colored painless diarrhoea which is very weakening. It suits well fatty or waxy casts, is dark brown, scanty and albuminous , or covered with an iridescent film. Pulmonary complications will call for Phosphorus; and inability to lie on the left side is a prominent symptom in these cases. Vomiting and gastric symptoms are usually present. A small dose of Phosphorus will act much safer and better in eclampsia than a large dose of Morphine.

      #Belladonna. [Bell]
      Simple albuminuria, here it seems to occupy a place midway between Aconite and Arsenicum. Belladonna is of the greatest service in inflammation of the kidneys with piercing burning pains in the lumbar region, returning periodically with increased severity. Aconite. Incipient stage of post scarlatinal nephritis, pain in lions, scanty urine without blood. Convallaria. Nephritis from heart disorders. It affords relief when there is extreme rapid and irregular action of the heart,and in general anasarca and ascites from mitral insufficiency. Apocynum. Palliative in dropsical conditions where the urine is scanty. Also useful for comma and convulsions in the nephritis of pregnancy.

      Tha above has been taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/kidneys-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

      I hope and pray that the provided information is helpful for you.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  14. QUESTION:
    has anyone heard of NHV Tripsy for cats with kidney disease?
    i have a 15 year old cat in the early stages of kidney disease. i like my vet, but he doesn’t know about any holistic treatments. i see this stuff on the web NHV Tripsy, and their product reviews are great, but i don’t know anything about it. if you have 1st hand experience with this or other holistric treatments for cats with kidney problems, please let me know. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry I don’t know what you are talking about.

  15. QUESTION:
    has anyone ever treated their cat’s kidney disease with holistic treatments?
    if so, what did you do? how did it work? I want to do this in addition to fluid treatments the vet said he needs. my cat is 5 and was just diagnosed. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      How was your cat diagnosed, and what sort of kidney disease does he have? Kidney disease is usually something associated with an elderly cat, and not one his age. Having said that, bad kidneys have been bred into many cats by unscrupulous breeders. I have a male Siamese who was diagnosed with bad kidneys at age 3. His was a birth defect called uremic dysplasia – his kidneys are too small. He’s 11 now!

      Holistic treatment is best for kidney issues. The cat needs to be kept hydrated, and they need maximum, high quality nutrition to avoid the weight loss and muscle wasting associated with kidney disease. My elderly cat with CRF (he’s 16) and my 11 year old male both get premium high-protein canned food, per my vet. The canned food keeps them hydrated, and the high-quality protein is what their bodies need. Choose a canned food free of grains, and by-products. The by-products are a low-quality protein source, and may be harder for the kidneys to process. Low protein diets aren’t suitable for cats unless they are in the very end stages of renal failure. Cats for one won’t eat them, and they need to eat to keep their weight up. And they also contribute to the muscle wasting that you see in so many cats with kidney issues. My two are doing great on this diet, and I won’t switch them to the kidney one (nor does my vet want me to).

      If you’ve got a holistic vet (as in a real one) in your area, by all means get a second opinion there.

  16. QUESTION:
    For my cat with kidney disease also has a heart condition is the sub-Q therapy/liquid the only choice she has?
    I dont want my severe kidney disease suffering cat to receive the subcutaneous fluid therapy (sub-Q) because it would be too painful for her and she is 15 years old and suffers a heart murmur (a sort of heart condition). I’ve been told cats who suffer from a heart condition shouldn’t receive this sub-Q treatment because it’s dangerous. I need to know what other options are out there instead of the subcutaneous fluid therapy/liquid (sub-q), there has to be other options. The vet i’m taking her with isn’t very helpful he offered that option, and I really need to know what to do so her kidneys get better fast, right now she doesn’t have a treatment or an adequate diet:-( I need urgent speedy help to find a better vet (preferably holistic) in Chicago. If anyone knows please let me know i’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There’s not a lot you can do about this. Normally they’ll try to “restart” the kidneys with an IV of fluids, but with your cat having heart problems, and I would imagine that this is congestive heart failure (CHF)…besides her heart murmur, you’re vet is giving her IV fluids sub q so she’s not overloaded quickly with fluids. I hate to say this…but you need to consider that the time for your loved cat is just about over. If she continues to go down, then you really need to consider euthanasia. I wish you only the best of luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the homeostatic mechanisms involved in chronic kidney disease?
    How does chronic kidney disease affect homeostatic mechanisms?
    What is the cause and what is the effect on homeostatic mechanisms, what are the treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      The kidneys are regarded as homeostatic organs. If you stop and consider what the kidneys do, you’ll know how chronic kidney disease affects the homeostatic functions of these organs.

      I’m not sure you’re wording this question correctly — “What are the homeostatic mechanisms involved in chronic kidney disease?” — Kidney disease doesn’t implement homeostatic mechanisms…it interferes with homeostasis..

      “How does chronic kidney disease affect homeostatic mechanisms?” — As I said, stop and consider what the kidneys do and then review how chronic disease affects the kidneys.

      “What is the cause and what is the effect on homeostatic mechanisms” — Like I said…

      “what are the treatments?” — Dietary restrictions, hypertension management, diabetes management, lipid management, weight management, smoking cessation, epogen injections, diuretics, vit. D, phosphate binders management, dialysis or transplantation. Obviously, the course of treatment depends on the causes and contributory factors.

  18. QUESTION:
    I have questions about kidney disease?
    There are people that live in the hospital because their kidneys need to be cleaned 3 times a day. Their bodies are monitored every minute. They are weak all the time, but sometimes, they feel OK? What kind of kidney disease do they have? Is it that serious? What causes it and all the bowel problems that go along? What kind of treatment is necessary? What is the procedure?

    They need someone to donate a kidney to them immediately or else How Long Will They Stay Alive?

    • ANSWER:
      There are several kidney dysfunctions, one of them is uremia and this usually leads to dialysis, a process of “cleansing” the kidneys. This is needed to excrete metabolic waste products from the body. In time kidney transplant has to be done to prolong life.

  19. QUESTION:
    where can i find info on kidney disease and what dialysis does?
    How is kidney dialysis done; is it very uncomfortable and do you feel better after a treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to kidney school http://www.kidneyschool.org/

      “Kidney School is an interactive, web-based learning program in 20-minute modules. It was designed to help people learn what they need to know to understand kidney disease and its treatment, adjust to kidney disease, make good medical choices, and live as fully as possible. You decide which modules to visit and when––so what you learn is entirely up to you.”

  20. QUESTION:
    kidney disease, and treatments?
    My wife had multiple cist in both kidney,now bith have failed she is on dialysis.
    how can i get new kiodney for her ?
    what are the prevention required?

    • ANSWER:
      in most cases, a healthy donor of the same blood time is required for kidney transplant. If your wife has any relatives, such as brothers or sisters, contact them immediately to get tested for compatibility. If no donor can be found within the family, your wife will go on a medical waiting list to receive a kidney most likely extracted from the cadaver of a consenting patient.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy of a 62 year old with end stage kidney disease?
    When there are apparently no treatment options (such as a transplant or dialysis) available?

    • ANSWER:
      In theory, “end stage renal disease” should mean that kidney disease has progressed to a point where the patient will not be able to survive for any considerable length of time without renal replacement therapy (i.e., dialysis or a transplant). In practice, it is difficult to know with certainty when that point is reached; the goal is not to wait to start dialysis until the patient is at the door of death. So, some patients who “need dialysis” could actually live for months–in exceptional cases even a few years–without it. Occasionally, even patients who have been on dialysis for years decide to stop, but nevertheless survive for a while without it!

      So, the simple answer is that the answer varies from person to person. However, it’s fair to say that life expectancy in an untreated patient with ESRD usually measures in months to a couple of years. It can be as short as days to weeks.

      BTW, dialysis is almost invariably an option. About the only patients who are not candidates for any form of dialysis are critically ill people with extremely low blood pressure who can’t tolerate even the slowest and gentlest forms of dialysis (hemofiltration); this is usually a situation where death is imminent. In other cases, dialysis is considered a futile option due to a multitude of other medical problems that are expected to be rapidly terminal.

      A much more common scenario is that patients are not interested in a form of dialysis for which they are a candidate; for example, hemodialysis in a center three times per week.

  22. QUESTION:
    Which army regulation covers disqualifying conditions for deployment pertaining to Polycystic kidney disease?
    My unit is currently on orders for deployment. I’m not afraid to go, I knew there was a chance when I enlisted. I have Autosomol Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD). I’m just wandering what kind of treatment will be available in Iraq? I was diagnosed with it in 2000. My mom and her siblings have it. My Aunt and Uncle are currently undergoing dyalisys for their ADKPD.

    • ANSWER:
      You will have to ask the Army medical staff – if you remind them that you have it they can look up the regs.

      It might not disqualify you at all if it’s not severe or if the treatment is not complicated.

  23. QUESTION:
    i heard that there are medicines out there that someone can take to help prolong kidney disease?
    i’ve heard about different treatments that are available for people with kidney disease like medicines that can be taken to help prolong kidney disease and it helps slow the disease down. i also heard oh yeah dialysis works … do the treatments for a while and go to work while u are having the treatments. does anyone know anything about this?

    • ANSWER:
      Peritoneal dialysis is a type of dialysis that people do while they go to work. There are also various ways you can do hemodialysis in your home that can make dialysis more compatible with work.

      There are a number of medicines that you can take to slow or even reverse your diminishing kidney function – which medicine or strategy depends on what is causing your kidney disease. If it is diabetes or high blood pressure – two leading causes of kidney disease – controlling those underlying conditions can slow the progression.

      Often when the kidney disease is caused by damage to the nephrons – the little filters in the kidneys that do all the work – steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs will be tried. If you are ever in doubt that you are receiving the best care from your doctor you should always feel comfortable getting another opinion but sometimes getting the best medical care available is still not enough to save the kidneys.

  24. QUESTION:
    Chronic Kidney Disease Questions please advise?
    I was diagnosed with Chronic kidney disease and would greatly appreciate if some one would answer some of my questions before i see my doctor again.
    Can Chronic kidney Disease be stopped before kidney failure, is there treatment to cure it? and also what foods to avoid.
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry about your diagnosis, there is no way to reverse chronic kidney disease; it is a progressive disease. It will eventually require dialysis; either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Unfortunately the only “cure” for chronic kidney disease is a kidney transplant….which you will most likely not receive for years, providing you meet the stringent criteria to accept an organ.

      The general diet most chronic kidney disease patients follow is a low sodium, low potassium, low phosphate, and low protein diet.

      if you follow this link http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/NutritionLateCKD/ (or copy and paste it in your browser) it has several small diagrams to give you some ideas of foods that meet the criteria I mentioned above; but of course you will have to become diligent at reading labels because no one can tell you every single food to avoid.

      You should also limit your fluid intake to the previous day’s urine output measured in milliliters (ml) plus 600ml. So whatever amount you void on the previous day, just add 600ml to it, and that’s how much you can have to drink today…..hopefully that makes sense! Since your kidneys are failing and you are retaining fluid you have to watch how much you drink!

      And also….avoid magnesium at all costs!!! Magnesium based laxatives (milk of magnesia) or magnesium based antacids are 2 big examples. Magnesium depends on the kidneys to excrete it and if it builds up it causes terrible symptoms (muscle weakness, hypotension, coma)….so please avoid it!

      When they day comes that your docotor approaches you about a venous access for hemodialysis, tell your doctor you want an “Arterio-Venous Fistula.” This venous access offers the fewest complications of any but is underused in some areas.

      Those are the basics of chronic kidney disease….and there’s tons more to talk about! But hopefully your physician will cover the more detailed stuff with you! best of luck to you!

  25. QUESTION:
    How would I go about getting a genetic test for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)?
    My mum and my grandad have both had it, and have had to be put on dialysis for treatment. My mum has always been against me being tested as she believes its putting a timeline on your life.
    However, I really want to know if i have it.
    I’m 18 now, but I’m unsure of how to actually get tested, as in where do I go?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Blessings …..
      Just go to your doctor, talk to him/her about your history and ask if there is a test to be done to find out whether or not you are a candidate.

      Take care.
      Rhapsody at www.rappingonamleody.blogspot.com

  26. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease??? Please help.?
    I randomly get this pain around the area where my left kidney would be…maybe once a month or once every two months. I tried researching what it could be and it seems like there is more of a possibility of it being kidney disease than a kidney stone. Are there treatments for kidney disease or will it have to be removed? Also, does anyone know what tests they’ll have to run to find out if I even have kidney disease? PLEASE help.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Mm..if the disease is related to kidney,then you wouldn’t feel the pain at your front area,but at the back of your kidney.It may be something else.I also get that pain(exactly like yours).But usually,i’ll have A LOT of ‘white fluid’(i dunno the english words for it)while,before,and after the pain.But i’m not sure if this related to the pain coz we have our ovary at the right,not at the left.So,that’s is all i know.Meet your doctor,it would be better.

  27. QUESTION:
    Dog has early kidney disease?
    The vet just diagnosed my rescue chihuahua as being in the early stages of kidney disease. She give my dog 14 days worth of antibiotics, however told me to give her 7 days worth, cease for 10 days and then continue antibiotics for 7 days. Anyone understand what the 10 day period of no antibiotics in the middle of her treatment is about?
    Thanks in advance for your serious answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Which antibiotic are you using?

      Some antibiotics have effects other than their primary antibiotic effect, which might be what we’re chasing after here.

      The only other thing I can think of, is that there might be problems giving the drug for 14 days straight (due to side effects of the drug), and there might be enough residual activity left to keep working for a while (carry you through the 10 day break), and then you start back up again once the system has had a chance to equilibrate.

      Best thing to do though, is talk to the vet directly. I’d be quite curious to know what they say (I’ll check back on this question later, or you can e-mail me directly).

  28. QUESTION:
    my GFR was 82, Do i have kidney disease?
    on every chart, GFR of 82 is 2nd stage kidney disease, But ive seen 4 doctors and they all said my kidneys are fine and don’t need treatment or diet change. anybody know ? i’m confused

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    I was told that I may have Polycystic kidney disease – Does anyone have this? Symptoms/treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      my advice is to ask your doctor for symptoms,treatments,but my simple ,easy advice to drink a lot of water daily

  30. QUESTION:
    HOMEOPATHY: IS HOMEOPATHY GOOD FOR KIDNEY DISEASE?
    MY FATHER IS SUFFERING FROM POLY CYSTIC KINDEY DISEASE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOMEOPATHY TREATMENT WILL BE EFFECTIVE ORNOT?

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHY Is a Scam.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my kidneys? Kidney Disease?
    Hello,
    for some time now I have been exeperiencing alot of problems with my kidneys (currently getting investigated). They feel like they are inflamed quite often and I feel so exhausted. Sometime when I move in a certain direction a feel them twitch. I think I may have kidney disease? Does anyone have it? If so what are your symptoms and treatments etc? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Darren L, The first thing that doctors go is for kidney Stones the can get pretty big and somes times inpossible to pass, there will be test to determine how to take care of the problem. You will need a urologist but your insurancce may require a referral by your primary doctor. If you go to web md maybe your symptoms will lead you to the problem, either way you are gonna have to go for a check up for this the doctor can tell by a couple of things in your blood test results. Do not delay a doctor’s visit. Feel Better Darren

  32. QUESTION:
    kidney disease questions?
    1.What is the name of the disease? What is the origin of the name of the disease?
    2.Is the disease communicable or non-communicable? What is communicable / non-communicable?
    3.Historical background of the disease. Give a TIMELINE of the disease (beginning to present).
    4.Date the disease was first discovered.
    5.Name of person responsible for the discovery.
    6.How did it/does it affect society, in general and from the standpoint of treatment cost and care?
    7.Were/Are any historical figures affected by the disease (if no historical figures, who is affected)?
    8.How does the disease spread / progress? Both outside and inside the body.
    9.What are the symptoms and how is the body (body systems) affected by the disease?
    10.What are the causes of the disease? What is the incubation of the disease?
    11.How is the disease diagnosed? What tests are used?
    12.What are the treatments for the disease? Is there a cure for the disease? What medications or vaccination?
    13.How many people die/affected from the disease (month/year/ever) and what is the average age of onset?
    14.What and Where research was or is currently being done to find a cure or treat the disease?
    15.What role has research played on the discovery, treatment, and/or cure of this disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Try doing your report on Glomerulonephritis :)
      Sorry, I’m not going to do your work for you, so thats all I can offer.

  33. QUESTION:
    Umm, apparently my cat has early kidney disease? Any suggestions?
    My mother took my cat to a vet I had never heard of, behind my back, and apparently they diagnosed her with early kidney disease after a blood and urine test.

    What am I supposed to do?? I don’t feel like I believe them. I want to take her somewhere else and get her checked out again. All the vet said to do was to feed her this crappy Hill’s K/D food but my cat doesn’t like it. Isn’t this disease fatal?? I am in a little bit of shock since I just found out! Does anyone out there have any experience with feline kidney disease and possible options and treatments?? Thanks……
    Thank you to all who answered. I appreciate the different opinions. I’m still upset about hearing the news, but I feel a little better now. Thanks. =)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I am sorry to hear about your kitty and the diagnosis that the veterinarian who you never met made. Not knowing the practitioner I am sure is upsetting to you as well.

      As far as I am concerned, It is always a good idea, in my opinion, to get a second opinion if you are not confident with any practitioner. Blood and urine tests are generally used to make the diagnosis and are fairly accurate, but repeating them is prudent as well.

      Unfortunately, kidney disease in cats is fairly common as cats age. My 8 year-old Oriental Short hair was just diagnosed with possible early stages of kidney failure also, by two veterinarians that I really respect. While tests are all in normal range, some of the behavior he is showing, such as frequent urination and huge appetite for water points in the direction of this possibility. He is not Diabetic.

      I so agree with you about Hill’s products. They are really not good nutrition. It seems that many veterinarians prescribe these rx products, but in reality feline nutritional knowledge is very scanty. Veterinarians receive little training in this very important area, and most of it, I hear, is provided by some of the manufacturer’s of these products and want to be sure that vets keep their waiting rooms stocked with them. The product that he prescribed is low in protein but cats need to eat, and it is much more important to be sure that your cat is eating to avoid liver problems. In fact there is controversy about limiting protein with kidney problems, and in fact, may hasten the disease.

      Keeping your cat hydrated and not giving dry food is one way that you can help him a lot.

      I heartily recommend that you read this article which I found for you on the Original Holisticat site about renal conditions and the types of diet which are appropriate for our cats who have this problem. They are obligate carnivores and need meat. This is a fascinating and excellent explanation of the disease and possible ways to keep it at bay.

      http://www.holisticat.com/drjcrf.html

      There are many ways to prolong the life of your kitty. I had a cat with serious kidney failure and was able to prolong her life for several years, and as her disease progressed, we gave her sub-Q fluids which really helped spark her appetite and energy level. A caring and competent Vet will be able to train you how to do this when and if the time comes for it to be needed.

      I would suggest seeking an alternative care veterinarian practice to provide him with the most appropriate treatment.

      My veterinarian prescribed a suppliment called Feline Renal Support, made by Standard Process. I was happy to see that the article that I recommended agreed with her. While the jury is still out about whether he is in the early stages of the disease, we feel that taking proactive measures now may stave off its progression and bolster his kidney health.

      I hope I have given you some options to consider. I know how worried you are. Good luck with your kitty.

      Troublesniffer

  34. QUESTION:
    Anyone Aware about the Treatment given in Deepam Hospital?
    My Mom is Suffering with chrinic Kidney Disease, Is Deepam Hospital good at its treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know

  35. QUESTION:
    I have MPGN Type 2-Kidney disease..Anyone with experience only answer….?
    I was diagnosed with kidney disease 2 1/2 years ago after the birth of my son… my doctors are only putting me on prednisone at low doses and not telling me the results of labs in terms I understand..the treatment they are using is prednisone only and waiting.. I have great blood pressure but my doctor insists on keeping me on medicine that lowers it which makes me dizzy, blackout, and have blurred vision occasionly..I also experience fatigue frequently…My family and fiance know I’m in denial and act and tell me it’s fine…I need someone who is going through or have went through this to talk to…What should I do??..Please help me
    I was diagnosed after the birth of my son 2 1/2 years ago by a renal biopsy..I am in denial about most of it and need help…I can’t talk to my family or fiance…I need someone who has kidney disease(any type preferrably the same as me) who can relate and has experience with how to deal with doctors, treatments they’ve had or can recommend to ask my doctor about and most importantly I need someone to talk to about dealing with all of it in general ….Can anyone help me??

    • ANSWER:
      My 8 year old daughter was just diagnosed with MPGN Type 2 about 2 months ago. It has hit her with a vengeance and we caught the disease at the very beginning. She has been in the hospital for 5 weeks now and this is her third stay at the hospital since January. She is already on hemodialysis and they have put a catheter in her for Peritoneal Dialysis. One treatment she is on has helped her tremendously, it is called Plasma Feresis which is done by the Red Cross at the hospital. She also is on Prednisone, Bi-Citrate Carb, Tums w/ every meal as a phosphorus binder, Norvasc (high blood pressure medicine) and also another high blood pressure medicine (can’t remember the name right now). She is on a Renal Diet (low sodium, low phosphorus). She also has a CYTOXIN treatment through IV once a month (she has had two so far). She has had to be given platelets and several blood transfusions. She has a Nephrologist that is extremely aggressive as this disease has been aggressive to her. My daughter (only daughter) has been through all this in the last two and a half months. It seriously sounds like you need to find a new nephrologist who is going to be alot more aggressive. At the beginning of this my daughter was put into the hospital for a week of EXTREMELY HIGH doses of Prednisone (500 mg a day) through the IV, now she takes it in pill form at a lower dose. I would recommend looking into the Plasma Feresis. This has been a very hard time for me and my family, I have a husband and three boys (14 yrs, 11yrs and 5 months old). I have basically lost my job that I have had for 6 years. The hospital my daughter is in is 2 hours from home so I have not been able to be home w/ my other children and husband. We are hoping she will get to come home in the next 3 weeks (minimum). Monday we start our training on the Peritoneal Dialysis so that we will be able to do dialysis every day at home. I don’t know if any of this will help you, but if you have more questions you can email me at txgirl_73@yahoo.com. This has hit so suddenly I am also having a hard time and would welcome any conversation/help/support in this area. I hope this has been helpful. Sincerely, txgirl_73

  36. QUESTION:
    Alternative treatment to kidney failure?
    I know of dialysis. What I’m asking about is, are there any other alternatives that will enable the diseased from living?
    What are the aspects that specialists are working on developing to deal with kidney failure?
    I’m doing a research about Kidney Failure, and I need to know about the new techniques scientists are working on to face the disease.
    Can’t the semi-permeable membrane be replaced? Can’t we use stem cells or biotechnology in providing a treatment to the disease? Are there any certain microbes that can be injected to fix the problem? What about a medicine that is administrated that will decrease the size of impurities to pass through the membrane? Or maybe a medicine that can fix the semi-permeable membrane permanently or temporalily?

    • ANSWER:
      nope- none of the above. maybe one day we’ll have those technologies you’ve described, but as of right now, there’s onyl 2 alternatives- dialysis or a kidney transplant.

  37. QUESTION:
    27 weeks pregnant with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3?
    I have been living with Kidney Disease since the age of 5. I currently have one functioning Kidney and my GFR has been .5 (stage 1/2) for the last year. I am in my 6th month of pregnancy and was told that my 24hr Urine collection and my blood work has put my Ceratine level at 1.9 (stage3) and the increase happened in one month. I am worried about the sudden increase and have not been told by my specialist what complications I am looking at throughtout the rest of my pregnancy. My questions are……. WhaIs it normal for Kidney disease to progress so suddenly? What effects will it have on my pregnancy? I am almost at stage 4 how quickly can it progress? What are treatment options?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Diet for K9 with Kidney Disease?
    My poor dog that I’ve had since I was 19 (Im currently 31) has failing kidneys. The Vet said that if she were a person she would be on dialasis. Anyhow, she is currently getting liquid treatment under her skin every day and her she is still eating, but not nearly what she used to. I have been giving her people food as she has been staying away from regular canned dog food (which she used to love). Now I give her some canned salmon, rice, carrots, sometimes a scrambelled egg or two. But what she REALLY LOVES is canned vienna sausages and hot dogs. I have been giving her alot of these just so she will take in more calories. I would put her down, alothough it breaks my heart except she is still pretty playful and happy…although not as much as she use to be. My question is what do you think about giving her hot dogs and such as primary meals?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a great yahoo group for dogs with kidney failure. The members there have a lot of great advice and tricks to keep your dog with you as long as possible. Please join and seek their advice.http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9KidneyDiet/

  39. QUESTION:
    is it possible to develop autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease at 14-16 y/o?
    my friend was wondering. i mean like, not develop but just start getting symptoms of it then and if u can what is the chances of survival and what kind of treatment is there?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is possible. PKD runs in my family. All 4 of my Uncles, my Aunt, 7 cousins and my brother have it. My Mom also had it and she died a year ago from complications of dialysis. I am 25 and have been tested and luckily I do not show signs as of yet.

      There is no cure for this disease but there are treatment options. When end stage renal disease occurs your options are dialysis or transplantation. You can live a long life with this disease. My Mom was diagnosed in her early twenties, her kidneys did not go into renal failure until her early forties and then she lived until 56. My Uncles are in their 60′s and 70′s.

      If your friend is worried about getting this disease then I would strongly encourage him/her to go to their doctor. Their doctor should be able to set up a consultation with a nephrologist to answer any questions.

  40. QUESTION:
    My BF fed my cat a thin small slice of sandwich meat & my cat had hyperthyroid &kidney disease.why my cat die?
    my cats appetite was fine it seemed until he fed my cat that thin slice of sanwich meat thereafter my cat either became a picky eater and didnt want his food or the illness (kidney disease/ HT) made him lose his appetite. WHICH DO YOU THINK IS THE REASON MY CAT LOST HIS APPETITE AND DIED 2 DAYS LATER? because my BF fed him a lillte piece of meat and my cat became picky about his own wellness cat food or because of his pre existing illnesses? please let me know becuse I am about to break up with my BF of 7 years becuase i told him many times never to give my cat human food and if it caused my cats death then I want nothing to do with him. I had my cat for 17 years and love and miss him so much. his i131 was sheduled on1/12/09 which my cat didnt live to make his treatment. Im so severly depressed I just want to die.
    over 1 week my cats appetite decreased . he went form eating 2 cans a day of wellness chicken food to 1 can a day to 1/2 a can the day before he died, and he was so thin already from the hyperthyroidism.
    the day my cat he wouldnt eat and the day prior he hadnt eaten in 16 hours the last being a half a can of adult cat food. i became desperate seeing my cat wouldnt eat /i made him boiled chicken, and even caved in and offered him sandwich meat that he liked but my cat didnt want that either. i tried differeent brands of cat food, even offered tuna, and my cat wouldnt eat.

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    solution to severe itching due to kidney disease?
    my mom has stage 4 ckd she has had a lot of severe itching episodes and then her skin gets dry and rashy what is the best natural treatment for this condition

    • ANSWER:
      I use a lotion called Uremol, you can get it at Walmart or any drugstore.
      The best way to control the itching is to not shower too often. If your Mom is staying home that day, tell her to skip the shower and just have a sponge bath.
      Also, she MUST stick to her diet plan. When eating items that are on your “avoid” list, your body has a hard time processing the potassium, sodium and phosphates that are in these foods. This will also contribute to the itchy skin.
      Have her keep to her diet, take her medications, and exercise regularly, and these symptoms will slow down after a while.
      I have been stage 5 kidney disease for 4 years now, and I’m doing pretty good.

  42. QUESTION:
    does anybody have the kidney disease nephrotic syndrome and what are your symptoms and what are your?
    treatment for it

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of nephrotic syndrome are frothy urine, anorexia, sick feeling, puffy eyelids, abdominal pain, wasting of the muscles, and edema (fluid retention). You can also develop fluid between the lungs and the chest wall. Treatment usually involves corticosteroid treatment (prednisone). MDs may also try ACE inhibitor drugs. Diet changes to include the right protein and potassium levels and low saturated fat levels and sodium. You will also need to slowly increase your exercise level.

  43. QUESTION:
    My brother suffering frm Nephrotic syndrome(disease of kidney) i need sugesstion plz help?
    My brother (15 year old) is suffering frm Nephrotic Syndrome.So, i want to know that which country is best for its treatment.his disease started in 2004.He was started on steroid and develop multiple relapses.During his illness he recieved course of levamisole,course of cellcept,then was kept on cyclosporine since 2005.While on cyclosporine he continued to have multiple relapses.In doha his treatment is contimued but I and my family is not satisfied so, plz help.

    • ANSWER:
      I am NOT a doctor but I have been reading a lot of information that is health related recently and may be able to point you in the right direction.

      The first thing I would recommend is to find yourself a good nutritionist or Natuopathic Physician. Medical doctors are great [when you find a good one] for diagnosing a condition but they are pretty much trained ONLY in drug therapy and know very little or nothing about treating the body with natural treatments. (And even if they did – it is unlawful in the USA to claim that anything other than a drug can cure or treat a disease.) You have to remember that the text books used in medical schools are provided by drug companies.

      There are a few things that I would recommend. The first one is to add at least 6 ounces of seafood to your brother’s diet every day. The reason for this is that ONLY seafood contains the 72 trace elements that are missing from all other food. Seafood will likely not produce immediate results. It can take up to 90 days or more for the trace elements to build up in the body to get the maximum benefits. However, you should not try to rush this by taking a supplement that contains the trace elements unless you take ONLY the recommended amount of the supplement daily. The heavier trace elements can be toxic if overdosed. Eating as much seafood as one wants is okay, however. Avoid the larger fish like tuna and swordfish and shark due to mercury content. Also eat only wild salmon and not farm-raised. If you have a garden do not use commercial fertilizer but instead use fertilizer or mulch from seaweed and this will put the trace elements into the vegetables you grow. For information on this see the first link posted below. Note: If seafood is out of the question due to sodium intake concerns then a trace element formula would be recommended. Try Concentrace tablets. These are recommended at www.truehealth.org and the tablet form is recommended instead of the liquid for reasons mentioned there.

      Second, and since this is a kidney related problem, I would recommend a bowel and kidney cleansing program be started immediately. There are numerous products available from different companies. Personally I would recommend Dr. Schulze’s 30 day detox which consist of 2 bowel cleanses, a kidney cleanse and a liver cleanse. My wife and I have both used this regimen even though it cost 0 (Use 3rd link below and then click on “Life-Changing 30 Day Detox). Regarding the bowel cleanse: It consist of 2 formulas: #1 & #2. Take formula #1 by taking one capsule per directions in the evening and if that doesn’t give the desired effect [bowel movement the next morning] then take 2 capsules the next evening – if that doesn’t give the desired effect take 3 capsules the next evening etc. Once you obtain the desired effect begin taking formula #2 per directions while continuing to take formula #1 each evening [increased by one capsule and held at that level for the duration of taking formula #2]. Any questions contact me or the websites featuring the various products or protocols.

      Third: Particularly since reading the information at the 4th link posted below and it’s indication that nephrotic syndrome is often associated with inflammatory conditions, I would recommend investigating the use of the enzyme serrapeptase [links 5 & 6]. While I have not yet used this supplement I have just placed an order for it for myself, my wife and my father. Please note that serrapeptase can be found on the web under various names such as serratiopeptidase, serraphase and arthrozyme and others. It is important that the supplement you choose be enterically coated. If it isn’t one would have to take twice as much to get the same benefit.

      Another enzyme called nattokinase is useful for preventing blood clots and may help treat the clotting tendency associated with nephrotic syndrome but if your brother’s doctor has him on blood thinning drugs it would be advised to check with the doctor before adding nattokinase to the regimen. Nattokinase can be taken as a supplement or as food called Natto. Natto is a traditional Japanese food and is commonly eaten for breakfast in Japan. See the last link below.

      The only other thing I can add is to eliminate all processed foods and meats containing hormones or antibiotics. In other words eat as healthy as possible. .. Organic when possible. if not organic then “Natural” and fresh foods rather than canned and boxed. You may have success without doing this but the more you can do in the way of eating healthy, the better.

      Hope this helps. If you try this and it works after a couple months please let me know. I would be most interested in the results either way.

      jkrmn@bigfoot.com

  44. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease and Pain?
    My sister was married in 1996.She is 36-years old.Unfortunately she couldn’t conceive until now.Since 6-months she is experiencing kidney pain.Then we took her to doctor for medical check-up.They recommend us to do few tests.After tests,they said kidney is ejecting protein via urine and if we dont start medical treatment then it is possible that her kidney will be damage.They give us medicines and we started the medicine but there is no improvement.She is still experiencing the kidney pain and same thing as earlier so there is no improvement.Can you kindly let us know what should we do.We wanted to start her medication immediately.I am waiting for your immediate reply.If you recommend us to do few tests and send you the copy of that reports.I think that might help both of us to understand the whole situation.Thanks

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  45. QUESTION:
    Why is my cat up meowing at night after going to the vet for treatment?
    She was treated for a urinary tract infection yesterday. I know she was lethargic and drinking a lot of water, so we’ll have to wait and see if she has beginning stages of kidney disease. She’ll be fine, but I won’t. I am pooped. She was up 3 separate times meowing last night. I think she’s happy. Maybe she was in pain for a while and is now relieved the pain went away. Have you folks ever dealt with something like this? Normally she goes to sleep with me. It was weird.
    She was at home and didn’t stay overnight at the vet. I was trying to sleep. The twit kept waking me up. When I tried to get her to stop, she seemed like she just wanted to play.
    Yes, they did a ton of blood work. Three hundred bucks worth and now I have to put her on pricier food from them for cats with kidney issues. My other cat’s a mut and dang—she NEVER has any problems.

    • ANSWER:
      just probably happy she isnt in pain

  46. QUESTION:
    Chronic Kidney Disease?
    Hi I just need a clarification, I have Mild Chronic Kidney Disease; I read it is a progressive loss of renal function over a period of months or years. There are 5 stages and I am in stage 2. What does progressive actually mean? Will it never stop even with treatments?
    Thank you very much
    Claudia

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Crohn’s Disease?
    My boyfriend’s mother has crohn’s disease and she has had some problems with it. She recently took a vacation to visit us (12 hrs away), and the day she got back home she went to the hospital for chemotherapy treatments. She told my b/f that it was nothing to worry about that it was just treatment for her crohn’s. I don’t know much about crohn’s/treatments, but I have never heard of chemotherapy as a form of treatment for this disease. She has lied to him once before when she was having renal failure and she told him that it was just a simple kidney infection. Is chemotherapy a treatment used for crohn’s disease?

    • ANSWER:
      i think so. theorpy means cure.

  48. QUESTION:
    Kidney disease and Diabetes questions..plez help!?
    I was told a month or so that I have Kidney disease and I just saw a specialist for that about 3 weeks ago and she told me that it was not as bad as we all though and that I was stage 1 well the first time I had a 24 hour urine done it was at 1300 and about 4 weeks ago it was at 1500. I did another 24 hour a few days ago and my doc called me to tell me that it got A Lot higher. They were shocked. I am on bp meds and I take 150 units of 70/30 at meals and 160 units at bedtime. I am so.. upset and shocked. I don not understand why the protein is so bad and what I have done to make it worse. Any advice please! My husband and I went in for fertility treatments cause of pcos and that how all of this all got started. I was told that it could take up to another years to get everything under control. I a crushed.

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re obese, and always hungry, your diabetes may just be due to severe insulin resistance, and exogenous insulin supplementaion may not only be unnecessary, but causing you to over eat. Have a GOOD diabetic doctor check your ‘serum carboxy- peptide level. If present, you probably have plenty of your own insulin, are just severly resistant to it, and require daily oral medication like the biguanides and TZD’s.

  49. QUESTION:
    End stage kidney disease, brain damaged, diabetes and pneumonia how long can someone survive With all this?
    Hi all, I have a question I would like to ask, a relative of mine was rushed to critical care on tuesday after suffering from Pneumonia we have been told that her kidney is slowing deteriorating and that because she fell into a Diabetic coma over 7years ago and is now brain damaged she is not suitable for dialysis or transplant. I have also been told that even though she has been taking antibiotics now, it is more than likely that the Pneumonia will come back, also that her kidneys on a scale of 0-120 are at a 15. What does this mean and roughly how long can she survive without any treatment.

    Thanks
    Sofia

    • ANSWER:
      I think the answer to this one has to be that she’ll live as long as she’ll live ,I doubt that anyone could put a time on this it depends on the strength of the person. just be there for her and tell her you love her even if you think she can’t hear you.

  50. QUESTION:
    where i can get best treatment in India for kidney related diseases?

    • ANSWER:
      You can go to CMC Vellore this hospital is very good my mom had kidney stone and we took her to there she is now ok doctores are good and service is also good.


Examples Of Low Protein Diets For Kidney Disease

Low Protein Renal Diet – How to Efficiently Handle It to Repeal Kidney Disease Development

The ingestion of fluid, protein, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus can be controlled by the low protein renal diet. One inquiry that is time and again asked on the subject of this kidney diet is whether protein is acceptable or not. Well, the reply is that it depends upon the standing of your kidneys.

The amount of nutrients in the pattern of eating are based on your blood levels of sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, albumin, and urea. These levels are measured before and instantly after a dialysis management.

Fluid limit is based on the amount of urine output and weight increase flanked by dialysis handlings. That is, whatever goes out of your body in liquid form has to be replaced with water. Observing and taking note of your daily weight would be a good procedure to signify fluid maintenance which suggestsproposesimpliesnts kidney weakening.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What do you think of this article?? truth or fiction…?
    FACTORY FARMED CHICKEN

    Almost all chicken meat in the United States is produced through the “factory farming” system, in which animals are closely crowded together in filthy, disease-ridden conditions. Because of these unhealthy conditions, many chickens die even before they get to the slaughterhouse. For example, in an operation with 100,000 broiler chickens, approximately 250 birds die per day. Before being caught for the trip to the slaughterhouse, food and water are withdrawn; at the slaughterhouse, birds wait in trucks another 1 to 9 hours to be killed, sometimes in very hot or very cold weather.

    Chicken is far worse than beef in terms of contamination and bacteria. The Atlanta Constitution reported in 1991: “Every week throughout the South, millions of chickens leaking yellow pus, stained by green feces, contaminated by harmful bacteria, or marred by lung and heart infections, cancerous tumors or skin conditions are shipped to consumers.” Salmonella is present in over one-third of all chickens, and many millions of Americans are infected each year. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning are very similar to the flu (though only occasionally fatal), and thus many who are infected may never even be aware of what they have. To prevent these problems, chickens are usually heavily dosed with antibiotics (more than half of all antibiotic use in the U. S. is on factory farms!), but this indiscriminate use of antibiotics in turn helps create resistant strains of salmonella and other disease-causing germs, decreasing the effectiveness of antibiotics to fight human infections.

    HEART DISEASE, CANCER, AND MEDICAL COSTS

    And even if bacterial contamination were eliminated, we still have the tremendous problems of heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in the United States. Repeated efforts to lower cholesterol levels through switching from beef to chicken have ended in failure. Chicken is somewhat lower in fat than beef, but it still contains quite a bit of fat and even more cholesterol per calorie than does beef or pork.

    Moreover, meat which is lower in fat is always higher in protein, and excess protein is damaging to health just as is excess fat. Chicken which has 29% of its calories as fat contains 71% of its calories as protein, while ground beef which has 49% of calories of fat has 51% of its calories as protein. In terms of excess protein consumption chicken is worse than beef or pork. Problems caused by or related to excess protein consumption include kidney stones, kidney disease, osteoporosis, bladder cancer, and lymphoma. Chicken meat also completely lacks fiber; lack of fiber is linked to a variety of digestive disorders ranging from constipation to colon cancer. The three basic problems with our American-style diet—too much fat, too much protein, and lack of fiber—are thus all made worse by chicken consumption. Those who switch from beef to chicken are at best trading one set of health hazards for a different set.

    Chicken has done little for the nation’s health. In the past twenty-five years, we have seen a huge increase in poultry consumption; but health care expenditures during the same period showed phenomenal growth, now costing us hundreds of billions of dollars each year in the United States. The “switch” from beef to chicken has evidently had little, if any, effect on rising medical costs.

    ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

    Raising chickens affects the environment as well. Feeding grain to chicken may be somewhat less inefficient than feeding grain to cattle, but it is still wasteful—you must feed at least three times the amount of protein, calories, and other nutrients to the chickens in the form of plant foods than you retrieve in animal flesh at the end. Each year millions of children die due to malnutrition or starvation, and yet the Western countries continue to waste this grain by creating more and more chicken flesh.

    Moreover, chicken production results in incredible quantities of manure; a one-million hen complex produces 125 tons of wet manure each day. Animal agriculture in the U. S. produces many times more waste products than humans do. In many areas of the country livestock manure causes dangerous contamination of the drinking water due to nitrates. Even when used as a plant fertilizer, chicken manure can cause difficulties, as in Texas several years ago when cantaloupe fertilized with chicken manure caused sickness in human beings. The fault lay not with the cantaloupe but with the disease-ridden chicken manure.

    COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS

    And what about the effect of the “factory farming” system on the animals themselves? Over 7.5 billion birds are killed each year in the United States. We would probably like to believe that these animals at least lived fairly comfortable lives until they were taken to the slaughterhouse, and would also like to believe that chickens are then quickly and painlessly killed. Unfortunately, this is not true.

    Chickens are crowded together in cramped, windowless sheds, and must breathe concentrated excretory ammonia fumes which damage their eyes and lungs. They are mutilated by “debeaking”—the practice of cutting off most of the chicken’s beak when the chicken is young. The reason for “debeaking” is that without it, chickens in their cramped circumstances would peck each other and even attack and kill each other. Obviously, a chicken which needs to be “debeaked” in the first place is not a happy chicken; and the process of debeaking (akin to partial amputation of a human finger, without anesthesia) is quite painful in itself. Birds are deliberately bred to gain more weight than their legs and feet can support, leading to more pain.

    Turkey production is no better than chicken production. Turkeys, like chickens, are kept in intensely overcrowded quarters; they must be heavily dosed with antibiotics, are subject to many diseases, and have their beaks and their toes partially amputated (without anaesthetic, of course). Turkeys over the years have been bred to be fatter and fatter; today’s turkey is so overweight that it cannot mate and must be bred through artificial insemination.

    “Humanely raised” poultry avoids some of the worst abuses, such as debeaking and overcrowding. But chickens and turkeys are still killed long before their natural lifespan has elapsed, and it still is not a healthful food, as meat from any chicken or turkey—no matter how “humanely” raised—is going to be high in fat or protein (or both), and completely lacking in fiber.

    Chickens do not die easy deaths, either. The “humane slaughter” laws do not cover chicken or any other poultry. Slaughterhouses are operated as mechanical “disassembly” lines with as little human intervention as possible. Stunning devices are not required by law, and even where used only 1/3 of the chickens are effectively stunned. Some chickens have their throats slit and bleed to death while fully conscious. Millions of unfortunate chickens also escape the automatic knives that slit their throats, and thus go into the next stage—the scalding tank—alive and fully conscious.

    • ANSWER:
      It is truth. Another problem with buying chicken at the stores, is realizing that chicken parts are THERE, because, often, the other parts of THAT same chicken had cancer. Seriously, cancerous parts get cut out, and the other parts of the chicken do get sold as parts.
      I have seen turkey farms that did all those horrible things to the critters.
      I have raised my own chickens, and found that, although I was raising them for the eggs produced, that chickens are really filthy to raise in even small numbers. Trying to keep conditions clean for my own chickens was a full time job! I loved having the fresh eggs, they were delicious! I stopped raising my own, for the fresh eggs, when I just could not keep up with how much fecal matter there was to deal with. I only had a few chickens! I had a great house for them, and kept it nice. So, if I couldn’t stand just a few of them around, think what it must be like to do it for a living…….the more chickens you have, the more money you make. Dreadful problem.

  2. QUESTION:
    Double Checking Answers On Nutrition Basics. HELP PLEASE! (:?
    I put brackets around my answers. example: [A]

    PLEASE! let me know if they are correct or not. thank you.

    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water.
    B. boron.
    C. vitamin C
    [D]. energy.

    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    [C]. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt

    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    [B]. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    [D]. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.

    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes
    [B]. Heart disease
    C. Thyroid disease
    D. Osteoporosis

    6. Saturated fats found in animal productsGDLuch as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol.
    [B]. triglycerides.
    C. lipids.
    D. amino acids.

    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    [C]. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.

    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    [A]. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.

    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    [C]. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.

    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    [A]. blood sugar levels.
    B. weight loss.
    C. exercise performance.
    D. blood pressure.

    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue
    [B]. Proper wound healing
    C. Control of blood pressure
    D. Lung efficiency

    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen
    B. A lack of sleep
    C. A diet that lacks protein
    [D]. A high-fat diet

    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    [C]. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese

    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    [C]. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats

    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun
    [B]. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries
    C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    D. Three-bean salad

    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    [A]. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese

    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals.
    [B]. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
    C. water.
    D. fiber.

    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose
    B. Orange juice
    C. Lactase
    [D]. Chocolate

    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    [C]. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal

    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    [A]. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      You better send each and every question separately..


Early Symptoms Of Kidney Disease In Humans

Kidney stones are not easy to handle, especially with the intensity of pain that they can create. Before, kidney stones happened typically in men, however these days, women are also prone to this kind of disorder and their cases are a bit increasing. This has occurred due to the incorrect lifestyle nowadays.

Although the signs of kidney stones in women are pretty much alike in men, women have greater threshold for pain because their bodies are ready to give birth. A lot of women think that the kidney stone pain is identical with the intensity of pain one can get from giving birth.

There are so many common signs of kidney stones in women, but the main one is the lower back pain felt in the kidney area, normally on one side but not both concurrently. The level of pain may either be constant or disrupted. It will hardly ever fade away entirely. Although the pain may disperse by taking an analgesic tablet, however, the degree of pain will presumably increase and its location will become more specific after a few hours or even days.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    i got this from my sister she sent it to me by email and i wanted everyone to read this so please do so?
    From Carlton in Pennsylvania————–Allan

    Leptospirosis — VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE READ

    This incident happened recently in North Texas. A woman went boating one Sunday taking with her some cans of coke which she put into the refrigerator of the boat. On Monday she was taken to the hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. She died on Wednesday.

    The autopsy concluded she died of Leptospirosis. This was traced to the
    can of coke she drank from, not using a glass. Tests showed that the can was infected by dried rat urine and hence the disease Leptospirosis.

    Rat urine contains toxic and deathly substances. It is highly recommended thoroughly wash the upper part of soda cans before drinking out of them.
    The cans are typically stocked in warehouses and transported straight to
    the shops without being cleaned.

    A study at NYCU showed that the tops of soda cans are more

    Contaminated than public toilets (i.e).. full of germs and bacteria. So wash them with water before putting them to the mouth to avoid any kind of fatal accident.

    Please forward this message to all the people you care about.

    (I JUST DID)

    Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that affects humans and animals. It results in a wide range of symptoms, and some people may have no symptoms at all. It is caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium (spirochete). Symptoms include high fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice (! yellow skin and eyes).

    A definitive diagnosis requires laboratory testing of a blood or urine sample. Early detection is important because the disease can cause serious complications if not treated early in its course. These include kidney damage (nephrosis), meningitis (inflammation of the tissue around the brain or spinal cord), resp iratory distress and/or liver failure.

    • ANSWER:
      I want you to read this:
      Leptospirosis, better known as Weil’s disease, is a potentially deadly illness caused by bacteria passed along to humans in contact with urine from diseased animals (rats, frogs, rabbits, snakes, pigs and dogs). It is picked up rurally from swimming in contaminated lakes and reservoirs. In cities, the bacteria are passed along more easily — people splashing through puddles in areas that have a large rodent population might contract the disease, and eating or drinking contaminated food and water is always a danger. Leptospirosis can also be contracted by rubbing eyes with dirty hands. People with open cuts and wounds are especially vulnerable to the bacteria, as it can be picked up almost anywhere.

      As the rat population in cities grows, so does the potential for contact with this disease.

      Leptospirosis typically causes aches, pains and fever that go away on their own. One in ten cases includes high fever, jaundice, meningitis (inflammation of the brain lining), acute kidney failure, internal bleeding and, occasionally, death. Victims can die if they develop serious kidney or liver complications. In extreme cases, death follows three to six days after infection. The disease is treatable with antibiotics.

      In November 1998 leptospirosis killed eight people and hospitalized one hundred in China. In the same month in 1997, 22 people died from the same cause out of the 300 who were infected with it. In the United States, 100 to 200 cases of leptospirosis occur each year (with about half of those in Hawaii), according to the Center for Disease Control.

      Another disease passed on through rat urine is hantavirus. It is transmitted to humans through breathing in particles of an infected rodent’s urine, droppings or saliva. The virus becomes airborne when excrement dries. Early symptoms mimic the flu and can progress to respiratory failure. Since 1993, 21 deaths in the United States have been blamed on this disease.

      In general, urine-encrusted soda cans are not the most likely purveyors of these diseases. Most cans of soda are packaged into cardboard boxes while still on the production line and thus aren’t at any risk of contamination. Additionally, once bottlers have mixed soft drink syrup in with soda water and sweetener, they try to get the finished product to the consumer as expeditiously as possible. Soft drink bottlers don’t warehouse large inventories of finished product for any length of time — freshness is everything, so the product is moved out quickly, leaving little opportunity for rodents to use the tops of cans as latrines. Nonetheless, it’s still always a good idea to wipe off cans from exposed six-packs or those dispensed from drink machines, if for no other reason than to avoid picking up something passed on by the human handlers of the product.

      Barbara “errata” Mikkelson

      And the next time you get one of these chain emails find the original poster and tell that big goon to lay off the Michael Moore movies.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why did both my cats die? But on different days? Im so sad !!?
    Ok i had 2 cats a 2 year old [human years] and a [8 month old] the 2 year old named Yoshi had gotten all his shots and he was neutered but he was overweight other than that he looked healthy
    & my 8 month old cat named Ashes didnt have her shots and she wasnt spayed so she was the one that had a bigger possibility of getting sick =[ she has gone out once in a while. One day we found her sick my mom gave her medicine the next day she looked better but Yoshi looked sick he is a male and he had all his shots he was healthier than my other cat but Yoshi died first but he didnt get sick first so wtf? And its so sad because i saw him suffer he died last week saturday at 1 in the morning he would throw up and wouldnt eat so he basically threw up water or stomache acid my mom would give him medicine but it didnt work on him so he would keep throwing up and his pee didnt smell its like as if it were pure water we did take him to the vet and they said he had a possibility of having kidney disease but the doctor said he was too young for that we felt his tummy and we felt like a ball so ni guess he did have kidney disease but how did he get it? Ashes was sick before him but he died earlier than her. The after he passed we took him to go get cremated and we got his ashes back then a week later Ashes is sicker than ever she can berly walk she doesnt eat she is super skinny you can see/feel her bones is she depressed or sick also? Then yesterday we left somewhere and we dont know what happend to her we came back she was gone we dont know if she left or if she died somewhere we searched all over the house and couldnt find her so we gave up and now believe she is dead but she could berly walk so if she left yesterday in the rain sick and couldnt walk then i guess she probaly died ! =[ but is it true that cats know when they are going to die so they hide somewhwre to die? The SADDEST part of Yoshi is that i got to see him suffer and im only 12 yaesr old. At night he would cry in pain LOUD he would try to walk he couldnt he would fall he couldnt even stand up so my sister said hes too sick i dont wanna see him suffer like this anymore lets take him to get euthenised and on the way he died in my moms arms before he died he would stretch his arms like he couldnt breathe or like his heart stopped then he died =’[ i cried and cried it was so devastating and Ashes is gone! why why why>??? is she safe? will she come back? she was gone alll day yesterday and today im so sad =[ i even prayed for them but i guess their time has come =’[ =’[ =’[
    what do you think caused their death her are their symptoms
    Yoshi
    ________________________________________________
    • vomiting ALOT
    • no eating
    • pee didnt smell
    • crying in pain
    • sleeping all day
    • his pain lookd like it came from his tummy
    • could berly walk

    Ashes
    ________________________________________________________________
    • Didnt eat
    • vomiting 2 or 3 times
    •super skinny
    • tired
    • could berly walk

    so what could have caused their deaths?????
    I miss them so much !!!!!!!!!!!!!! =’[

    i will always ♥ them and keep them in my heart forever and always

    • ANSWER:
      maybe you should had took them to the vets if ur cats were having health problems

  3. QUESTION:
    could somebody check spelling and grammar in this paper.?
    The Bhopal Disaster took place in December 3, 1984 in Bhopal, India.

    Disaster was caused by the release of 27 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas from a Union Carbide India Limited, pesticide plant owned by Union Carbide.

    Union Carbide had 14 factories in India, one of them was in Bhopal. At night of Dec. 2nd and 3rd, 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate began leaking. There was no warning, none of the six safety systems were working. People woke in their homes to fits of coughing, their lungs filling with fluid. People woke up screaming in pain. Deadly gas was dusting their eyes. They couldn’t breath, they were choking in blood. They weren’t able to control their bladders. After several hours there were thousands of dead bodys on the streets.

    Breathlessness, persistent cough, diminished vision, early age cataracts, loss of appetite, menstrual irregularities, recurrent fever, back and body aches, loss of sensation in the limbs, fatigue, weakness, anxiety and depression are the most common symptoms among survivors. The alarming rise in cancers, reproductive health problems and others such as growth retardation among children born after the disaster remain undocumented.

    Aziza Sultan „At about 12.30 am I woke to the sound of my baby coughing badly. I saw that the room was filled with a white cloud. I heard a lot of people shouting. I started coughing with each breath seeming as if I was breathing in fire. My eyes were burning too.”

    “People were dying on the streett! It was horrible!”

    How many thousands of people? no one knows. Carbide says 3,800. Municipal workers who picked up bodies with their own hands, loading them onto trucks for burial in mass graves or to be burned on mass pyres, reckon they shifted at least 15,000 bodies. Survivors, basing their estimates on the number of shrouds sold in the city, conservatively claim about 8,000 died in the first week. Such body counts become meaningless when you know that the dying has never stopped.

    Pople left the city. They waited, and when the clouds of deadly gas gone, they come back.

    Every plant in this city was poisoned. Environs was covered by hundreds of tonnes of toxic waste. Environmentalists have warned that the waste is a potential minefield in the heart of the city, and the resulting contamination may lead to decades of slow poisoning, and diseases affecting the nervous system, liver and kidneys in humans. Studies have shown that the rates of cancer and other ailments are higher in the region since the event.

    In a partial settlement with the Indian government, agreed to pay out some 0 million in compensation. The victims weren’t consulted in the settlement discussions, and many felt cheated by their compensation -0-0 – or about five years’ worth of medical expenses. Today, those who were awarded compensation are hardly better off than those who weren’t.

    The Indian goverment charged Union Carbide but nobody was convicted.

    Bhopal haven’t been cleaned up yet.

    If we don’t wont such accidents as in Bhopal we must take care of those factories which use dangerous chemicals. And turn one’s attention to those problems.

    • ANSWER:
      The Bhopal Disaster took place in December 3, 1984 in Bhopal, India. Disaster was caused by the release of 27 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas from a Union Carbide India Limited, pesticide plant owned by Union Carbide.

      Union Carbide had 14 factories in India, one of them was in Bhopal. During the nights of December the 2nd and 3rd, 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate began leaking, there was no warning and none of the six safety systems were working. People woke in their homes to fits of coughing, their lungs filling with fluid and screaming in pain. Deadly gas was dusting their eyes. They couldn’t breathe, they were choking in their own blood and they weren’t able to control their bladders. After several hours there were thousands of dead bodies on the streets.

      Breathlessness, a persistent cough, diminished vision, early age cataracts, loss of appetite, menstrual irregularities, recurrent fever, back and body aches, loss of sensation in the limbs, fatigue, weakness, anxiety and depression are the most common symptoms among survivors. The alarming rise in cancers, reproductive health problems and other conditions such as growth retardation among children born after the disaster remain undocumented.

      Aziza Sultan stated “At about 12.30 am I woke to the sound of my baby coughing badly. I saw that the room was filled with a white cloud. I heard a lot of people shouting. I started coughing with each breath seeming as if I was breathing in fire. My eyes were burning too. People were dying on the street! It was horrible!”

      Exactly how many thousands of people died, no one actually knows. Carbide says 3,800. Municipal workers who picked up bodies with their own hands, loading them onto trucks for burial in mass graves or to be burned on mass pyres, reckon they shifted at least 15,000 bodies. Survivors, basing their estimates on the number of shrouds sold in the city, conservatively claim about 8,000 died in the first week. Such body counts become meaningless when you know that the dying has never stopped. People left the city. They waited, and when the clouds of deadly gas had gone, they came back again.

      Every plant in this city was poisoned. Environments was covered by hundreds of tonnes of toxic waste. Environmentalists have warned that the waste is a potential minefield in the heart of the city, and the resulting contamination may lead to decades of slow poisoning, and diseases affecting the nervous system, liver and kidneys in humans. Studies have shown that the rates of cancer and other ailments are higher in the region since the event.

      In a partial settlement with the Indian government, they agreed to pay out some 0 million in compensation. However the victims were not consulted in the settlement discussions, and many felt cheated by their compensation of between 0and 0 – which equates to about five years worth of medical expenses. Today, those who were awarded compensation are hardly any better off than those people who weren’t awarded anything.

      The Indian goverment charged Union Carbide but nobody was convicted and Bhopal haven’t been cleaned up yet.

      If we don’t want such accidents as in Bhopal we must take care of those factories which use dangerous chemicals and turn one’s attention to those problems.

  4. QUESTION:
    dont pay attention to this!?
    Organ and Tissue Transplants
    Modern techniques of medical transplantation—surgically removing a diseased or malfunctioning kidney, heart, or other organ, and replacing it with a healthy organ from a donor—has brought new life and new hope to patients who, just a few generations ago, would have died. But the practice has also raised significant ethical questions. One such question centers on the cold reality of supply versus demand: At any moment, there are upwards of 150,000 people in the world awaiting transplants. A scarcity of donor organs usually means a long wait—during which some patients die. A large supply of organs is available from the roughly 200,000 patients worldwide who are declared brain-dead each year, but the problem has been to secure consent from family members and loved ones to remove organs for transplant.
    For many years medical ethicists have considered the question of whether ethical means can be found to increase the supply of donor organs. In the early 1980s, for example, American bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania discussed the concept of presumed consent—the idea that, barring strenuous objection from family members, doctors could presume that a person declared brain-dead would be willing to donate organs to save others. Some Asian nations, as well as some European nations, including France, Belgium, Austria, and Spain, have such policies. The United States and Canada later enforced a concept advanced by Caplan of required request—a policy whereby hospital personnel would be legally required to seek permission from family members before harvesting organs. The adoption of this policy in the United States and Canada increased the supply of donated tissues, such as corneas and bone marrow, but failed to dramatically increase the supply of donor organs.
    Current United States and Canadian law bars the sale or purchase of donor organs. The United States does permit the sale of plasma and other bodily products, such as hair and sperm. Would financial incentives provide a stimulus for more people to make organs available? Some ethicists believe so, while others find the idea of marketing organs ethically objectionable.
    Other ethical issues are raised by the practice of xenotransplantation—the use of animal tissues and organs for human transplant. In 1984 the case of “Baby Fae” stimulated wide ethical discussion. Doctors transplanted a baboon heart into a newborn girl to replace her own fatally flawed heart. She died shortly after. Some critics contend that xenotransplantation poses a danger to human health because of the risk of transferring deadly animal viruses to the human population. This risk causes bioethicists to question if such practices are ethical.
    In recent years, one of the most promising areas related to transplantation will likely trigger ethical debate well into the future: the experimental use of tissues from aborted human fetuses. In one particularly active area of this research, scientists have experimented for more than a decade with grafting nerve cells from human fetuses into the brains of patients suffering from Parkinson disease. This disorder, caused by the mysterious death of brain cells that produce a chemical called dopamine, gradually causes patients to lose control of their muscles. In early studies some patients who received fetal cells showed improvement in their symptoms, as the transplanted cells demonstrated the capacity to produce dopamine. But the treatment also produced unpleasant side effects. This research, like all research that depends on human fetal cells, has also provoked debate. Critics question the ethics of using tissues from human fetuses for any research purposes.
    Ethical uncertainty hangs over a related area of research on human embryonic stem cells. Human embryos contain stem cells that have the ability to develop into almost any type of cell. Scientists hope to direct stem cells to produce certain types of human tissue. It is possible that someday these cells might be used for transplants or for growing new tissue that can be grafted into the human body. For example, scientists hope that stem cells might one day be used to replace nerve cells destroyed by spinal injury, or heart muscle cells damaged during a heart attack. Interest in this field was heightened considerably when scientists announced in 1998 that they had learned how to grow human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory.
    At present the U.S. government has banned federal funding for human-embryo research, although private biotechnology companies are exempt from this ban and have been vigorously pursuing research on embryonic cells. In 2000 the federally funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) ruled that this ban was not necessary for studies using cells derived from human embryos, since these cells are not embryos. The NIH established guidelines enabling federal funds to be used in cases where cells were derived from frozen embryos that were created for the purposes of fertility treatment but were not going to be used and were therefore slated for destruction. Other nations currently differ widely in their policies: France, for example, has forbidden human-embryo research. No laws in Canada regulate human-embryo research, although scientists or institutions receiving federal funding must follow strict guidelines governing research on human embryos. The United Kingdom has laws permitting some forms of human-embryo research, going so far as to create guidelines allowing scientists to apply cloning technology to human embryonic cells to create genetically identical cells for a potential patient.
    But the ethical questions remain: Is it morally acceptable to use tissue taken from human embryos? One recent development might change the nature of this argument. Scientists discovered in 1999 that stem cells taken from adult mice, and not human embryos, also display an ability to change their function. Some stem-cell research continued with the use of adult mouse cells. In 2007 government medical authorities in the United Kingdom approved the creation of embryos that combine human and animal cells for use in medical research. British researchers claimed the hybrid embryos were vital in the fight against disease.

    ETHICAL ISSUES
    A number of ethical issues haunt the transplant field. With few exceptions, donated organs go to the patient who is nearest death, even though a healthier patient might benefit more by living longer after the transplant. People who need a second, third, or fourth transplant because their prior transplants failed usually gain top priority, even though they are not likely to do as well as patients who have not already had a transplant. Some critics object to giving organs to patients whose organ failure was the result of their own actions, such as cirrhosis of the liver resulting from alcohol abuse.
    Money is also a major issue. Access to transplantation is impossible without access to good primary medical care and good insurance, both of which are largely unavailable to the poor. To be placed on the waiting list, patients must show they can pay for the transplant. In 2005 a kidney transplant cost about 6,000 and a liver transplant as much as 0,000 in the first year after the surgery. Many insurance companies do not cover such costs, particularly for the new procedures, such as lung, pancreas, or multiple organ transplants, which are still considered experimental.
    Although organs cannot be bought and sold legally in the United States, there is evidence that a black market in organs exists in China and other countries. Persistent allegations have been made of people traveling to China and paying for organ transplants. Human rights groups have reported evidence that the bodies of executed prisoners are the source for most of the organs transplanted in China.
    In the United States, where organ donation is voluntary, ethical questions arise over the nature of the consent and the use of incentives. Intensive donor solicitations in recent years have not made much of a dent in the shortages of organs. Even though many people sign organ donor cards, their families are often reluctant to grant permission at the moment of crisis. Some ethicists debate whether family members should have the right to refuse donation if the deceased signed an organ donor card. Presumed consent laws, in which everyone would be considered willing donors unless they have specifically said they were unwilling, have been tried in Europe and South America, and on a limited basis in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Some experts have suggested financial incentives, such as cash rebates, estate tax discounts, or payment for burial expenses. Others have suggested broadening the criteria used to determine death beyond the lack of all brain activity. This would permit a surgeon to use organs from anencephalic children, who are born without a brain, and from people in a persistent vegetative state.
    The implantation of tissues from aborted fetuses into the brain showed promise as a treatment for both Parkinson and Huntington’s disease. Experimental results were mixed, but the treatment raised its own set of ethical questions. The foremost is the question of abortion itself. The possibility of using embryonic stem cells to create replacement organs has faced opposition for similar reasons. Some researchers believe that this issue can be surmounted by growing cells in the laboratory or by genetically engineering a patient’s own skin cells. Fetal pig cells have also been used as a treatment for Parkinson and Huntington’s disease, but that raises other ethical issues regarding the treatment of animals.

    The Moral Case for Organ Donation
    by Amitai Etzioni
    Thursday, August 26, 1999

    Amitai Etzioni is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at George Washington University. He is the author of The Limits of Privacy. He can be reached at etzioni@gwu.edu.
    Pennsylvania is considering paying families of organ donors 0 to help cover the donors’ funeral costs. The money will be paid directly to the funeral homes, to prevent it from being used for other purposes, thus openly introducing a market in organs. Such a market has been until now considered anathema in the United States, a sentiment backed by a law banning trade in organs. Could that be changing?
    In the market for organs
    A May Time magazine essay by Charles Krauthammer suggested that it is acceptable that the poor will be more likely than the rich to be enticed by the Pennsylvania gambit, given that most societal harms fall more heavily on the poor. Why not a cash benefit? And, Krauthammer argues, if paying for organs would lead to a flourishing market, one that licks the great shortage in organs, breaking the taboo against such a trade is a price well worth paying.
    What about an organ market?
    The experience in third-world countries, such as India and Egypt, should give pause to all those who favor an outright market in organs. Poor people have their kidneys taken without being properly informed of the risk involved. Rich people can buy all the organs they need or want; those less fortunate often cannot scare up any.
    At the same time, the urgent need to increase the organ supply on these shores is well established. An estimated 4,000 Americans die each year because no organs can be found for them. And the quality of life of thousands more suffers because they cannot find needed corneas and kidneys. Increased organ donations also would significantly reduce health-care expenditures. For instance, it costs less to transplant a kidney and maintain a person on the follow-up treatment needed than to keep the same person on dialysis for four years. Many stay on dialysis much longer if no kidney is found.
    Is there any way to greatly increase the number of organ donors without opening a market in human parts, which many — myself included — find ethically highly troubling? Before chapter and verse can be spelled out, the underlying principle needs to be explicated. Social scientists have shown that we are social creatures who deeply yearn for the approval of others. These can be members of our family, friends, neighbors, and more generally, community members.
    The strong power of so-called significant others is exhibited in intense, sometimes extreme, forms through peer pressure on teenagers, gang members and soldiers in combat. Members of such groups will do practically anything their group prescribes, even endanger their own lives. Much milder forms of such social pressure are evident when we donate money to a church or a civic cause, both because we believe in the merit of doing so and because we yearn for the approval of those whose opinions matter to us. (Anonymous donations are surprisingly rare.)
    The case for moral suasion
    Currently the voice of the community that favors organ donations has no chance to be aired or heard. People who feel like donating on their own, and remember to do so, mark their Motor Vehicle forms accordingly, but nobody is there to encourage them to do so, to appreciate it when they do, and maybe look at them with regret when they do not. Typically the issue does not come up until someone is on the death bed and — at this most difficult time — physicians and other health-care personnel are expected to ask the members of their family to consent to organ donation.
    To give moral suasion more of a chance, two measures should be taken. First, we should provide a new form at physicians’ and hospitals’ waiting rooms, clinics, Red Cross stations and other places where volunteers gather. The form would state explicitly that “we the people would be most appreciative, and hold you in high regard, if you could find it in your heart to make a life-affirming donation by authorizing the use of your organs once they are no longer of service to you.”
    The text then would describe briefly the severe shortage of donated organs and its many dire effects. The main focus of the text, however, would be the moral virtue of donating organs. The forms would close by stating that if you decline, for religious or any other reason, no explanation is needed. All said and done, it is up to you.
    Second, the names of those who made the pledge would be logged into computerized databases, accessible to physicians engaged in organ transplantation. (A new law may be needed to establish the validity of the endorsements of these forms and to prevent family members from overriding them.) If these lists also were open to the press, its reports might greatly increase the number of those who would sign up; it is the best tool to alert the community about who has — and has not yet — committed to make an organ donation. At the same time, at least initially, such publication might be considered too high handed.
    The new forms should be promoted through public-service announcements, and by public figures — urging people to come forward, announcing that “I myself have just made the commitment to save lives by donating my organs should I no longer need them.”
    The main point, though, is as elementary as it is important: Instead of waiting for each person to consider the matter, without any encouragement or recognition by their community, we should unabashedly stress that in our minds and hearts we cheer donating organs and celebrate those who pledge to do so. One need not a priori rule out a market in organs, despite all the ethical challenges it poses. But at least we should first give moral suasion a chance.

    http://www.speakout.com/activism/opinions/4188-1.html

    http://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?Doi=68158

    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/search.aspx?q=moral+issues+of+organ+transplantation

    • ANSWER:
      Is this a new way of doing someone else’s homework, without sending an email?

  5. QUESTION:
    i think this can make the zombie virus?
    I then thought of the Ebola virus, the most fatal disease known to man. Only 1500 cases worldwide and only 20% of cases survived. It only occurs in Humans and Primates, and is usually carried by Fruit Bats. The Ebola virus originated in Africa.

    Among humans, the virus is transmitted by direct contact with infected body fluids such as blood. The incubation period is 2 to 21 days. Symptoms are variable and often appear suddenly. Initial symptoms include: high fever (at least 38.8° C, 101° F), severe headache, muscle/joint/abdominal pain, severe weakness and exhaustion, sore throat, nausea, and dizziness. Before an epidemic is suspected, these early symptoms are easily mistaken for malaria, typhoid fever, dysentery, or various bacterial infections, which are all far more common. The secondary symptoms often involve bleeding both internally and externally from any opening in the body. Dark or bloody stools and diarrhea, vomiting blood, red eyes from swollen blood vessels, red spots on the skin from subcutaneous bleeding, and bleeding from the nose, mouth, rectum, genitals and needle puncture sites. Other secondary symptoms include low blood pressure (less than 90mm Hg) and a fast but weak pulse, eventual organ damage including the kidney and liver by co-localized necrosis, and proteinuria (the presence of proteins in urine). From onset of symptoms to death (from shock due to blood loss or organ failure) is usually between 7 and 14 days .

    The “Zombie” effect: Some cases and patients can actually develop the “Zombie effect” which is extreme as the skin on the body deteriorates and causes and almost “Zombie-like” look.

    However, the most shocking information I found on the Ebola virus is that it’s been genetically engineered with viruses such as Smallpox to create even more deadlier viruses to be used as Biological weapons. And that’s probably just the icing on the cake! How someone can do this is beyond me but it shows how far people can go.

    Anyway, want to know the only cool fact on the Ebola? It’s the origin of the viruses in Resident Evil. Umbrella used this to create the Progenitor virus which led to all the T’s and G’s etc. Cool eh? And the slice of information regarding the genetic modifying could lead me to believe that an Umbrella-esque division is out there in several countries.

    the Ebola was the base for the “Mother” virus which was combined with Leech DNA to create the T-Virus which creates Zombies. However, it’s not certain what the Ebola virus on it’s own would cause if combined with Leech DNA. Progenitor Virus (Which is the “Mother” virus) is an RNA Virus. An RNA Virus is also a real-life Virus. Hepatitis B is an example of this. So Hepatitis B + Ebola = ??? You guessed it, a strain of Virus similar to the Progenitor Virus. Combine this new strain with Leech DNA or something along the lines and what do you get? A similar strain of T-Virus. Now whether or not this could all mount up to a similar Virus remains to be seen but this some EXTREMELY serious stuff.

    but all of them combined together can create a t-virus, the only thing missing is the actual need of cannibalism. Which brings me to this:

    If a biochemist were to have the means of creating the virus, for lets say a bio-weapon (Which was the sole purpose of the t-virus in the first place) He would need the parasite Leucochloridium paradoxum.

    In some cases of infection of the parasite, the host receives the common symptoms, like headaches and pains. But what can happen is that the host can go into a violent rage that has been noted to kill someone in order to obtain the victims blood or flesh, whichever you choose. The host is not the one that needs the blood, but the parasite. The parasite needs to keep enough fluids and what not in its host, which is now its home, in order to keep it “alive” but has to keep itself alive, thus forcing the host to attack another of its kind or something else.

    Now if you injected the virus above into the parasite, then injected the parasite into the victim, it would create a weapon like no other.

    …now if you have the money. Im sure this can work out just fine

    Well for the top answer you would also have to make a virus that is imediatlly affective also the virus has to control the central nervous system which is tom thumb. plus it also has to have some sort of way to tell the body it wants meat or blood like rabies. this has to be made to make it grow or multiply at a fast rate. Also I have discover that there is a way to fuse viruses together.

    • ANSWER:
      The moral of this story? Don’t expect to learn much about real-life virology from Resident Evil.

  6. QUESTION:
    please help me with these questions i really need help asap?
    Which scientist believed that life had a common beginning with new forms branching off from earlier forms?

    A. Lamarck
    B. Darwin

    C. Luria

    D. Malthus

    2. If a person is so unfortunate as to lose the posterior pituitary gland, he or she would no longer be supplied with the hormone that works with the kidneys to maintain the body’s water balance. This hormone is called

    A. oxytocin.
    B. antidiuretic hormone.

    C. TSH.

    D. ACTH.

    3. Which one of the following sexually transmitted diseases is transmitted by a strain of virus?

    A. Chlamydia
    B. Syphilis

    C. Nongonoccal urethritis

    D. Genital warts

    4. The process of using heat to destroy bacteria that produced vinegary, unpalatable acids was developed by

    A. Gregor Mendel.
    B. Charles Darwin.

    C. Louis Pasteur.

    D. Robert Hook.

    5. The hormone that stimulates an increase in the size and the number of cells is

    A. gonadtropin.
    B. prolactin.

    C. growth hormone.

    D. releasing hormone.

    6. The olfactory bulb is related to the sense of smell as papillae are related to the sense of

    A. touch.
    B. taste.

    C. sight.

    D. hearing.

    7. The process by which microorganisms convert sunlight to sugar is the process of

    A. photosynthesis.
    B. fermentation.

    C. glycolysis.

    D. respiration.

    8. Which one of the following groups correctly identifies the order in which light enters the eye from any light source?

    A. Cornea, iris, retina
    B. Cornea, retina, iris

    C. Pupil, cornea, lens

    D. Pupil, lens, cornea

    9. The kind of reproduction that leads to large populations lacking genetic diversity and consisting of genetically identical organisms is

    A. cytokinesis.
    B. sexual reproduction.

    C. fission.

    D. meiosis.

    10. Air, depleted of _______ by fire, can no longer sustain fire or life because these processes require this element.

    A. nitrogen
    B. carbon

    C. hydrogen

    D. oxygen

    11. The breaking down of sugar to make ATP is the process of

    A. photosynthesis.
    B. fermentation.

    C. respiration.

    D. glycolysis.

    12. Which part of the brain coordinates muscle contractions?

    A. Brain stem
    B. Hypothalamus

    C. Cerebellum

    D. Sensory cortex

    13. Insulin is to the pancreas as _______ is to the adrenal medulla.

    A. glucagon
    B. glucocorticoids

    C. cortisol

    D. noradrenaline

    14. If a small pool of genes becomes separated from a larger pool of genes, the genes in the small pool will change rapidly and eventually will become a new species. This idea is known as

    A. geographic separation.
    B. selective breeding.

    C. population genetics.

    D. natural selection.

    15. Respiration takes place in which organelle within the cell?

    A. Golgi apparatus
    B. Endoplasmic reticulum

    C. Mitochondrion

    D. Nucleolus

    16. If you could control your brain with a remote device, a bit like the way you change channels on your television receiver, what part of your brain would you control to feel more emotionally calm and less angry?

    A. Hypothalamus
    B. Brain stem

    C. Limbic system

    D. Reticular formation

    17. Which one of the following symptoms is related to hypothyroidism?

    A. Increased mental activity
    B. Fatigue

    C. Accelerated heart rate

    D. Loss of weight

    18. Where in a human long bone would you find the connective tissue that’s heavily laced with blood vessels?

    A. Within the marrow cavity
    B. In sheets over compact bone

    C. Lining the marrow cavity

    D. Running through spongy bone

    19. If you could do what was needed to improve your night vision, what part of the eye should claim most of your attention?

    A. Photoreceptors in the iris
    B. Retinal cones

    C. Retinal rods

    D. Photoreceptors in the optic nerve

    20. Among the hormones related to the menstrual cycle, progesterone levels are highest during

    A. the first half of the cycle.
    B. ovulation.

    C. the last three days of the cycle.

    D. the second half of the cycle.

    • ANSWER:
      the first one is darwin


Early Stages Kidney Disease

Why is it so important to detect kidney disease in its early stages, even if it’s rather hard to diagnose? Because when you reach Stage 4, you are likely past the point of living without serious medical intervention or even a transplant. And by the time you arrive at Stage 5, you have virtually no other option. There is nothing else to do but plan for a transplant.

In Stage 5, the kidneys have only about 15% of function left – or less. At this point, if left on their own, they would be completely unable to keep the patient alive. Dialysis now becomes very important to filter the blood of impurities the kidneys can’t remove.

Most symptoms are the same as for Stage 4 or earlier, but multiplied considerably. The person experiences the same tendency to hypertension (high blood pressure) because of the inability to expel fluids. And because the heart is working that much harder as a result, the person may suffer pericarditis, which is an inflammation of the lining around that organ. There would now be very high levels of creatinine and urea, which the kidneys can’t filter out. And susceptibility to infections would also increase.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Dog has early kidney disease?
    The vet just diagnosed my rescue chihuahua as being in the early stages of kidney disease. She give my dog 14 days worth of antibiotics, however told me to give her 7 days worth, cease for 10 days and then continue antibiotics for 7 days. Anyone understand what the 10 day period of no antibiotics in the middle of her treatment is about?
    Thanks in advance for your serious answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Which antibiotic are you using?

      Some antibiotics have effects other than their primary antibiotic effect, which might be what we’re chasing after here.

      The only other thing I can think of, is that there might be problems giving the drug for 14 days straight (due to side effects of the drug), and there might be enough residual activity left to keep working for a while (carry you through the 10 day break), and then you start back up again once the system has had a chance to equilibrate.

      Best thing to do though, is talk to the vet directly. I’d be quite curious to know what they say (I’ll check back on this question later, or you can e-mail me directly).

  2. QUESTION:
    My cat has early stage kidney disease, He is on a low protein diet . The food comes in both canned and dry for

    • ANSWER:
      whats the question?

  3. QUESTION:
    has anyone heard of NHV Tripsy for cats with kidney disease?
    i have a 15 year old cat in the early stages of kidney disease. i like my vet, but he doesn’t know about any holistic treatments. i see this stuff on the web NHV Tripsy, and their product reviews are great, but i don’t know anything about it. if you have 1st hand experience with this or other holistric treatments for cats with kidney problems, please let me know. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry I don’t know what you are talking about.

  4. QUESTION:
    what are the early tests to be performed to rule out kidney disease in diabetes, ignored for several years?
    I would like to know that what r the lab tests to be done to identify the renal function in early stages of chronic diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Ultrasound of kidneys and urinary tract, 2, Blood work and urine analysis 3, Urocultivation and last or rather first: clinic history: weight loss, loss of muscle mass, and power to move, pain in urinary tract region, in some cases excruciating pain in descending colon septum leading to suspicions about colon disease.And of course determination of various types of glucose levels and stabilization of same.

  5. QUESTION:
    kidney disease in cats?
    i have a 15 1/2 year old cat who is in the early stages of kidney disease. although at this stage she is not on medication, i have put her on the k/d diet dry food. she isnt particularly fond of the wet food and tolerates the dry, but i want to give her something else to tempt her. do you think chicken is ok as she is supposed to have low protein.

    • ANSWER:
      Many vets are coming to realise that cats need high protein (quality) all their lives. If your vet still counsels to lower protein he is behind the times.

      I rescued a 15 year old cat who ate a raw meat diet in my home for 7 1/2 years before she died. The amount of the protein will not affect the outcome of kidney deficiency one bit.

  6. QUESTION:
    What dietary options do I have for my dog with kidney disease?
    My 11 year old neutered male sheltie is beginning to show signs of kidney disease. His BUN levels were last recorded at 29 and 34 for his last two blood tests, which my vet says is an indication of a very slow progression into stage 1 kidney disease. My vet wants me to put him on Science Diet k/d, but I don’t believe in low quality bulk processed food like that. I don’t feed my dog corn, by-products, and prefer not to feed him any grains as well as any other fillers or plant proteins.
    I’ve read that plant proteins are harder on the kidneys than animal proteins and animal proteins are okay is early stages of kidney disease but my vet is adamant about a low protein, low salt, low phosphorus prescription diet. While I agree with the low salt and phosphorus, I’m not sold on the low protein and the prescription garbage.
    My dog currently eats EVO Red Meat Small Bites, Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck and Solid Gold Barking at the Moon rotations. I’m pretty sure I have to lower his protein, which I’m okay with.
    However, I was wondering what kind of food (wet and dry food) is recommended for kidney problems for people who are seeking a more holistic diet for their pets? Any information is helpful. I can’t find a pet nutritionist in my area, so this is so difficult.

    PS I’ve been looking at Wellness Super5Mix Senior as a candidate with canned Innova Senior… That’s the best combination I’ve found, but any and all genuine thoughts and experiences is welcome.
    I’ve been looking at a holistic vet, and yes the cause of my dog’s problems is probably his food, but from before I became better informed. I used to feed him until he was around 6 or 7 Kibbles n Bits and Moist and Meaty, and I believe the plant proteins and fillers have taken their toll on him.
    Please refrain from blaming me for the issue; I already have blamed myself.
    PS Can you explain why you feel Science Diet is a better food than what I have been feeding him and why my food choices are junk? I’m open to opinions, as long as they have been researched outside of the brand’s lab.
    Cookie-
    Thanks for the info! The link didn’t work for me but I’m checking out the website. I threw this question up here to get some ideas… This won’t be the definitive answer here… I’m going to check out that group. I’ve already joined.
    What did you feed your dog? I’m taking a pass on the Science Diet, I’d just love to hear exactly why Science Diet is superior to holistic diets according to Bonnie…
    walking lady- I’m going to check your link out as well. That’s an interesing idea with the high protein.
    CJ Rossi, I just don’t believe that the SD is even a medium quality food. I don’t believe there’s enough protein to effectively keep a dog in his peak health. Further, I don’t know if the protein is plant or animal based, and the research I have done says that plant based protein actually makes the kidneys work harder. It will be a harder sale for me to switch to Science Diet. If I could find a medium quality, I would consider it, but I’m just not seeing it right now.
    I don’t think Science Diet is formulating a proper diet for a dog with kidney problems in mind. I think that Science Diet created a food decades ago based on the information they had then, and have become such a presence in vet’s offices that they no longer feel the need to do research.
    I realize your cats have been living for three years on k/d but I’ve also talked to a gentleman who continues to feed his Blue Buffalo to his dog five years after being diagnosed with kidney problems with no health issues.
    I don’t find a specific instance of the longevity of an animal to be enough proof for me.
    I feel like feeding my dog chicken beaks and feathers and corn (aka SD k/d) with a low protein prolongs his life with kidney disease just to shorten it with a protein and nutrient deficiency.
    I don’t feed my dog high quality food simply because it is considered high quality. I feed it to him beacause I believe it is what is best for him. I don’t feel Science Diet ever will be.
    Thanks Cookie for the info on your diet. I have been trying to locate a nutritionist to formulate something for my dog as well. That’s the only reason why I am looking for a holistic vet… well, that and I’m interested in testing my dog before over vaccinating, but that’s a whole nother discussion. :o ) Anyway, I love my traditional vet, but I was told that to find a nutritionist, the easiest path to take is to seek a holistic vet first and they would know where to go from there… not so much I’m interested in the herbal aspect of it.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry about your dog’s illness. I am not a veterinarian, so can’t advise you on food choices, my suggestion would be to find a holistic vet. Vets that promote Science Diet are usually selling the food and making profit on their recommendations, which could be why your vet is so adamant on you feeding that food.

      If you find a Holistic Vet, there is no way he/she would recommend Science Diet (junk food). This vet could advise and supervise healthy food choices and how your dog progresses.

  7. QUESTION:
    My cat has kidney disease, can someone suggest a healthy food?
    My 13 yr old cat was diagnosed as being in the early stages of kidney disease. My vet wants me to switch to the Science Diet K/d since it is lower in protein. One problem is that I have a 4yr old as well, so I do not feel they should both be on the food. The vet then recommended Science Diet C/d. After doing a lot of research on that food I realized that there is only 4% less protein in the prescription diets. I am at the point where I think my vet is just out for the money and nothing more.

    Can anyone suggest ideas of what I should be looking for in a food? I am currently feeding both cat Purina One Chicken. I do not mind paying extra for a good food but I am becoming overwhelmed. Can anyone give me some insight?
    I just want to add that I am at the point of being a little leary of my vet. I took my cat in for dental cleaning and had the full blood run. All they told me was that the tests (blood and urine) showed some signs of kidney disease. What does that mean, why can’t I get an answer telling me how bad it is. If he had a kidney infection, could that show up and looking like the kidney disease?
    My cat also eats and drinks fine. He acts perfectly normal, actually he is even better since having his teeth cleaned.
    Considering the c/d (the food the vet said to feed since I have two cats) has nearly the same nutrients as the Purina One that I am feeding, what makes it so much better. I know the K/d is lower in protein, but that is not the food the vet is saying to feed. I have heard that lower phosphorus is more important than lower protein.

    • ANSWER:
      At 13, it’s part of the normal aging process to have kidney function start to deteriorate. Also, needing a dental cleaning *also* elevates the kidney numbers – the bad teeth pour bacteria into the system, and the kidneys process all of that. It’s common for the kidney numbers (BUN and creatine) to drop after a dental cleaning. You vet should have been able to tell you what the test results mean – especially the specific gravity of the urine. That’s an early indicator of kidney problems as it tells how well the kidneys are concentration the urine. A kidney infection will show up as a high white blood cell count (any infection will), but it’s the other two numbers that really count.

      Having said all that, many people now feel that the kidney prescription diet is really not necessary until cats get into end-stage renal failure. It’s the *quality* of the protein, not the quantity, that is the big factor. All of the junk fillers are hard on the kidneys, as is dry food. Feeding a premium canned diet that is low in phosphorus (most are) can make a big difference for many cats.

      Will your cat eat canned food? Finding a food free of by-products (that’s not meat, it’s scrap “parts” deemed unfit for human consumption) will be good for both cats. If they refuse to eat canned, then a premium dry that contains very little to no grains (and NO corn) is the next best thing. Some suggestions – Wellness, California Natural, Felidae for dry. Both of these are lower in phosphorus, which is hard on the kidneys. For canned, look towards Wellness, Merrick, Solid Gold – any of the by-product free foods.

      Remember that kidney issues are a manageble condition, and part of aging. It’s not really a *disease* in the standard sense. I’ve managed many cats over the years. There are lots of resources avaiable to you, including an excellent Yahoo group for cats with renal issues. There is much more to managing it than sticking a bowl of prescription food on the floor!

  8. QUESTION:
    I need to put my 10 year old dog on a low protein diet. What specialized dog foods are available?
    He has been diagnosed with early stage kidney disease. It has been recommended that I put him on a low protein diet to help control the disease. He is currently taking antibiotics and the vet also recommends regular blood and urine testing to be sure it doesn’t get worse.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you would be VERY happy with Eukaneuba brand.. HOWEVER.. DO NOT PUT THE DOG on Eukaneuba all of a sudden…. mix your regular dog food with eukaneuba and then eventually increase the proportion of eukaneuba and until you have tdotally eukaneuba

  9. QUESTION:
    What side effects are there when you get a tattoo and have kidney disease?
    So I am wanting to get a tattoo, (I’m in my early 20′s) but I have stage 4 chronic kidney disease. I’m wondering if there is any complications with the ink, or any other things that I should worry about.

    Please Help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I think that as long as the equipment they use is sterile you shouldn’t have any problems.

  10. QUESTION:
    I had previously posted a question about concerns about my 18 year old cat who is in early stage kidney diseas?
    I have been taking him for frequent vet visits. His teeth are an issue but due to the kidney disease he cannot have surgery as the anesthetic would play havoc with his kidneys. I got painkillers for the old guy but he cannot keep them down. He is on special food but is losing weight fast..poor old guy. Soon I guess I will have to start giving him the glucose injections three or four times a week. What is his quality of life? I know what lies ahead for him. I have had him for seventeen years and have given him good care but just wonder if I continue to keep him alive when he is uncomfortable, who am I thinking of here.

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    My 13 yr old Dog was recently diagnosed with early stages of Renal Disease?
    My 13 yr old dog was recently diagnosed with renal disease and he is a small dog that only weighs 11lbs and our vet put him on nf kidney function diet but our problem is he wont eat it he went 2 day without eating anything because our vet said to give only this food. Today I broke down and put half of the nf dog food along with half boiled chicken with some water and mixed it all in together is this still ok or do I need to try to force feed him which I do not want to go this route cause I feel like if he don’t want it I should not force it on him but yet I am not ready to lose my baby. Is there anything that I can do to get him to eat the NF Dog food that I might be able to mix in with it that wont hurt him any worse than he is now. Please help I have done lots of research on Renal disease and I know there are foods I can make from scratch for the Renal disease but I would really like it if I can get the NF food from the vet to work. He only has early stages of the renal disease and would like to correct the problem now before it gets worse to the point we may have to have him put down and I don’t want to do that right now cause he is my one and only baby and has gotten me through some really bad times Please Help me
    The Vet put him on the Purina NF for a healthier Kidney Function it is the wet stuff for some reason my dog wont eat the hard food it has to be the wet or soupy before he eats it. The vet did say that if the dog wouldn’t eat the dog food they would change off to something else and if that didn’t work they said something about medicine. He has a very mild case there was something in his blood work that showed one of his levels at 32 and he was not worried he said if it was over 100 then it would be time to worry but he said he just has a very mild case and if we can get him to eat the food his lab work may resolve and go back down to normal they was saying something about normal being around 9 to 25 or around there and his was 32 so not really high but high enough for us to take action now before its too late I am just not too sure about mixing the boiled chicken in with it. He is a very picky eater and if there is no smell or taste then he wont eat it. Family would always feed him tabl

    • ANSWER:
      I have a 6 year old mini schnauzer that was diagnosed with renal disease a few years ago. She is on Science Diet KD food… she eats the dry food and canned food and I didn’t have any problem switching her to it. What type of food did the vet tell you to feed your dog? If not the Science Diet KD then I would definitely ask your vet if you can try it. There should be no reason why you couldn’t. Also, there is a pill that Roxy takes twice a day for her disease called Azodyl, did your vet mention or prescribe any medication? Unfortunately my dog has not seen much improvement from the diet or medication over the years but hasn’t gotten any worse either. So do your best to stick with the diet and ask about the medication and hopefully you’ll have several more good years with your baby :)

  12. QUESTION:
    Cocker Spaniel was diagnosed with heart disease… now Kidney Failure?
    My English Cocker Spaniel is almost 14 years old. We just went through him being diagnosed with heart disease and had to have a tumor removed from his mouth and 13 teeth pulled. Recently he has been peeing on the carpet frequently, and since this was very unusual for him my mom took him to the vet. They first told her that he had serious heart disease and had anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to live (they didn’t tell us much when they diagnosed him originally, just put him on a heart pill and healthy diet). They first thought it may be the medication, but after running test they found he is in the early stages of kidney failure. They said we’d just have to put up with him peeing all over the house, and just take good care of him. Has anyone else had to go through this? Anyone know how long he probably has to live, or anything we can do to help him? Also any tips for the dealing with the wet carpets (he seems to be peeing in his sleep every night now). Any info/advice please?

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing I discovered that would work with a male dog peeing was baby diapers wrapped around his belly. This worked because my dog was 10 lbs so it may work for your dog. Otherwise get a belly band from either the Internet or a pet store. Petco should carry them. They wrap around the belly and you put a pad in them (women’s sanitary pads work best as they absorb the most urine.) I really suggest joining the K9Kidneys group on yahoo groups. I am a member and while was not particularly active when my dog was sick they were a tremendous help when Koty passed. A lot of the members are very knowledgeable about diet, supplements, sub-Q fluids, etc. Give it a try and good luck with your dog!

      EDIT: a REALLY good site for kidney disease is www.dogaware.com I cannot give any accurate info on how long your dog has but just keep hoping and praying.

  13. QUESTION:
    Tasty moist food for a cat with kidney disease?
    The vet says that my cat might have the beginning stages of kidney disease. I’ll find out for sure next week with more tests. We caught it early, thankfully. However, she doesn’t really like the canned prescription food the vet gave me. It seriously looks like refried beans dried out and put in a can. Gross! I don’t blame her.

    BUT I need to make sure she eats canned food because she needs the moisture from that vs. the dry kibble. I need recipes for making something tasty for her that has no protein, or good recommendations for a decent-tasting cat food for a finiky cat.

    I did get that Catit domed water fountain and she loves it. She’s been drinking a lot of water from that, thankfully. I just want to get more food into her, but food that she is allowed to eat.
    Well, that’s your opinion Veneta. It’s WRONG, but it’s your opinion.
    Fancy Feast is what I fed her before and even with that, she only liked a few flavors. I can’t feed her any of that now since it has protein in it. And LIKE I said before—I got her a water fountain that filters water, so the water is taken care of. However, I’m looking for food to give her. The vet only sells one product. I did research online and found there were many other products out there that other vets carry. That’s what I’m trying to do—find information regarding other products.
    And if I didn’t stress this before, Veneta is an idiot.
    And anyone that is a JERK with their response will be flagged for a violation. I don’t have time for crap like this like the dick that said ‘wake up’. Um, he obviously is ignorant about cats and cat nutrition. I am the one people come to for cat advice, so he can take his ‘wake up’ and shove it up his butt.

    • ANSWER:
      Youa re really cute

  14. QUESTION:
    Advice on Living with Kidney Disease Please?
    My Diabetic Girlfriend has just discovered that she has Kidney Disease. Diabetics are apparently the most at risk group of getting diseased but are also the most tested and therefore it is still at the very early stages. What difficulties in day to day life can She or I be expect to have to cope with? long term and short term?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sad to hear. My husband was diagnosed with a kidney disease which will require a transplant eventually. The kidneys progressively get worse before ultimately going into kidney failure. At that point if a transplant is not available the patient will have to undergo kidney dialysis 3 times a week and will take 3 to 4 hours each time. A good health insurance is a must! Words of advice: have her switch to a vegetatian diet since animal protein is harder for the kidneys to digest. Drink plenty of fluids asspecially water and cut back on caffine and high amounts of sugar as these are all tough on the kidneys. Good luck, i hope this helps.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to know if chronic kidney disease is getting worse?
    I was recently diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease and see my nephrologist every 6 months for blood work and check-ups. She said to come back earlier (next appt. is in March 2010) if I start feeling worse, but I’m not exactly sure what that means. I have been more tired and urinating alot more lately, but I’m not sure if that is considered “feeling worse”?

    Is there any way that I can test my GFR at home first?

    • ANSWER:
      You are lucky to have caught this problem so early! First of all, for as much as doctor’s visits cost, your doctor should let you call in and ask her what exactly she meant by that. Hopefully she is a kind person and discusses this with you over teh phone. If not;

      You can’t really test your GFR at home since it requires Techetium-99m DTPA to be injected into your veins and then multiple blood draws. However, there are other things to watch for. For example, blood int eh urine is NEVER ok! If you ever see blood inyour urine it means that the permeability of your kidneys has increased enough to let in blood cells. This is very serious and you should call your doctor immediately.

      When you say you been urinating a lot more, this could be good. If it is more in volume then it is a good thing but it is only more in frequency (and not volume) then it is not good.

      So, any blood in your urine, pain when urinating, or cramps before or after urinating are signs that you shuold go in earlier.

  16. QUESTION:
    Feline kidney disease: Are there any commercial foods I could mix with the expensive vet food to lower costs?
    I am currently paying for each 7 pound bag of veterinary food for my cat who was just diagnosed with early stage renal disease. I am very low income (I didn’t ask for this cat, but he came helpless into my life and I am trying to take the best possible care of him) and am hoping to find something cheaper on the market that I could MIX with this expensive food that my vet recommends highly for his condition. I understand that it is important that the food given to cats with this condition be LOWER in both PHOSPHORUS and PROTEIN than the common foods one generally sees for sale. I am hoping that someone knows of a less expensive commercially available food that I could mix with the “good for him” food that wouldn’t be too harmful and would help reduce my cost.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you join the military if you have PKD?
    I am a very healthy 20 year old guy. The thing is i found out a few months ago that i have very early stage polycystic kidney disease. Currently it has no effect on me and shouldnt for 20 + years. My question is would the army turn me down because of the pkd?

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    What can I do to stop my 9 year old tabby from urinating and defecating on the floor?
    Here are the details:

    1. I adopted from my ex, a tabby. He never spent time with her and wanted to get rid of her because she kept urinating in his condo on the floor. I took her, and she never urinated in my home once she was away from him. The first night she was nervous, and defecated in the tub, but it never happened again. She had never been to the vet before according to him, so I immediately took her to the Vet for a check up and it was discovered that she has early stage kidney disease. She is on medicated food now.
    2. She has had behavioral issues, off and on that have resorted in her urinating, defecating as well as vomiting on the floors. Medical issues were ruled out- no uti, etc.
    3. I have another cat, a 2.5 year old male who is neutered. He does not exhibit these behaviors. For the most part, they get along however he is more active and playful than she, and sometimes he stalks her and interrupts her while she is trying to use the bathroom. (I busted him and discovered this and realized this may have exasperated the situation)
    4. We have 3 large liter boxes, all of which are in a very big, spacious basement and spread apart in different locations. She is defecating right next to the box and now urinating on the basement floor.
    5. She was urinating on our living room floor and couch, but has stopped and ‘graduated’ to at least where the boxes are located.
    6. I have done numerous things: thoroughly cleaned the areas with expensive and home remedy cat sprays, purchased cat attract, changed the box locations and liter type. I am at my wits end. I am married and expecting a baby. I want to keep her but if I do not find a solution, it will be hard to do that. When she was younger, she was left alone a lot and neglected. She endured trauma from that. I work from home now, and I give her plenty of attention. I love her very much and do not want to give her to a shelter. She has already been through so much but this behavior can not continue.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    P.S. I spoke to several Vets about this and none of their suggestions have worked. One even basically told me when a cat is doing both (urinating and defecating) there is not a lot that can be done to stop them but I am going to keep trying.
    troubles, thank you so much for your thoughtful and helpful response. I have been crying all morning because I don’t want to give my furbaby up and I know she just doesn’t understand. I am going to check out that book as well as ask my Vet about those medications!
    Robin b, I have had covered, uncovered, shallow, tall etc. you name it! I am not doing the liter cleaning right now- my husband is. Typically though, it was me. I even had one of those terrible electric ones!
    Justkristi – We do want her to use the bathroom where she is. Just INSIDE of the box so I am afraid that the use of mothballs probably would not help in this case. She uses the bathroom close or near the boxes, just not inside consistently and all medical reasons have been ruled out and we have changed to several types of cat liter which she will use months on end with no problem and we also keep the boxes clean.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      What a difficult situation and I am very upset that your vets have basically given up. That is just not right.

      From what you describe, and being given a basic clean bill of health as far as infections are concerned, it sounds like she has an anxiety disorder. Cats are very sensitive and can actually have a PTSD ( post traumatic stress disorder) from earlier life experiences. She also may be tuned into your pregnancy and changes going on in your home that also are upsetting to her.

      I have two suggestions for you, and I am so glad you are not ready to give up on her. Cats are generally fastidious about their litter boxes and elimination processes, unless something is physically or psychologically amiss.

      Pam Johnson Bennett, an expert feline behaviorist has written some excellent books on cats. Amazon.com sells her work. There may be something in her books that may help you with this issue. It may also be useful to contact her and arrange an appointment to talk with her about this behavior.

      http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/telephone-consultations.html

      There are medications that are really excellent in dealing with anxiety issues. We have a cat that was peeing around the house due to anxiety and he is also OCD. Our vet prescribed Amytriptaline ( generic for Elavil) and he has been doing great. He has stopped peeing outside the box, and is far more relaxed.

      http://www.newmanveterinary.com/feline.html

      We tried Buspar but that did not work with our cat. Neither did prozac. Both made him worse, but we kept trying and the Elavil was just perfect for him.

      Hope this helps and good luck with your cat. Thanks for hanging in with her. She surely deserves it.

      Troublesniffer
      Owned by cats for over 40 years
      Member: Cat Writer’s Association

  19. QUESTION:
    kidney disease diet?
    have early stages of FSGS and am on medication to treat my nephrotic syndrome (now under control} as well as blood pressure and cholesterol medications. my kidney function is still very good, and i’m not anemic or diabetic, so i don’t need to be on any radical or extremely strict diet, but I would like some guidelines on what particular foods I should be trying to eat more of or trying to avoid. Please don’t recommend any supplements, or just tell me “low protein” since protein really only needs to be controlled in relation to the kidneys’ functioning. What types of protein are best? Is it true that I should cut out dairy? Concentrating on fresh fruits? Vegetables? Which ones? Whole grains? Legumes? How much & what proportions? Not trying to lose or gain weight, just want to be eating the best I can to try to help control and slow the progression of my disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I work as a diet clerk in a hospital, and the dietitians told us we can’t serve renal patients dairy, citrus fruits, it must be low potassium for patients on dialysis, low phosphorus, and low sodium. The protein is generally half of what we give patients on regular diets.

  20. QUESTION:
    Anyone diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease?
    I have been recently diagnosed with early stages of CKD and want to know how the progression goes…is it a long time usually? What are uncomfortable symptoms that undoubtedly will crop up? What can I expect? The CKD came from taking meds for bipolar disorder for the past 10+ years.

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with stage 3 in January. Mine is probably due to high levels of pain killers and NSAIDs for severe back pain. I have no symptoms but I am obviously taking strict measures with my diet (cutting out salt), keeping my diabetes under control and taking extra hypertension meds.
      My doctor told me if I controlled my diet well I could have many years without any symptoms, and that if I didn’t I could end up on dialysis and awaiting transplant in 5 – 7 years.
      If you want to make contact through my profile here, please do.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can I work with animals if I’ve got kidney disease?
    I recently got back some lab work that suggests that my kidneys are not functioning properly. I’m going to the doctor in a few weeks to begin more testing to find out how bad things are. I also work at a pet store and I am responsible for handling various animals. On any given day I may remove a dead fish with my hands (its quicker than using a net) and be bitten by a few hamsters. I also sometimes handle lizards. There are even some days where I have to change the bedding of the small mammals and other days I change the bedding of the birds. The birds also bite at times, although I’ve never been bitten by one.
    I read that the kidney disease can cause my immune system to weaken, but I believe that I’m still in the early stages of every thing. Anyway, is it safe for me to continue my job working with the animals?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is very important to stay healthy, and avoid diseases when you have kidney diseases. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work in a pet store, but perhaps you need to wear gloves to protect your hands, etc.

  22. QUESTION:
    can a person get health insurance at the age of 17? please help!?
    i have allergies, type 1 diabetes, and early stages of kidney disease…

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not. You’d have to have your parents or legal guardian, etc. apply for you.

      Also, and to be completely honest, you’ll have a great deal of difficulty getting an individual health plan. Your best bet would be to get on (or remain on) your parents/guardians health plan. If that’s not an option for you, then your options are even more limited:

      1. Get a full time job that has benefits (because the insurance company most likely would have to cover you).
      2. Call your state insurance commissioner’s office and find out (a) if their is a “high risk pool” for folks who are not insurable on their own, and/or (b) what other resources they may have for you or be able to refer you towards.
      3. Since you’re a diabetic, I assume you must have a specialist doctor that you see periodically. Call his office – you’re certainly not the first patient they’ve had who didn’t have insurance. They may have a list of possible resources as well.
      4. Check with the American Diabetes Association (see below) and see what options they might have, too.

      Sorry I can’t help more – have a nice day!

  23. QUESTION:
    Why does my boy pee elsewhere?
    My neutered male moggy urinates in or around his feed bowl and sometimes on the hall runner. Why?
    He was neutered at 7 mths, he is now 14yrs. He has kidney disease in its early stages (vet monitored).He eats and drinks well-an all approved by vet diet. He has gained a little weight and drinks plenty of water
    I have a neutered female that he grew up with and each has their own litter tray. I have changed litter type several times and then back to original. He will poop in the tray but urinates on the mat the feed bowls are on or in his bowl but not the female’s bowl. The bowls are well separated and they are both fed at the same time.
    Cat people…..HELP

    • ANSWER:
      Often, when only one of the ‘businesses’ is outside the litter box, it suggests a medical issue.

      Stress can cause a urinary tract infection, and it is possible having early stage kidney disease can cause him stress. If he has a urinary tract infection (UTI), urination is painful, and if first experienced in the litter box, he will avoid it. As far as why he is picking the location to urinate, I have no opinion on that.

      If he has a UTI, then the vet will prescribe medication, and you can ask about adding Cosequin (glucosamine and chondroitin) to his food. It will strengthen the bladder wall and in an older cat is actually beneficial.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the disease here?
    This is not real!!!!!!!! Symptoms in an 18 month old baby. What could be wrong

    -Seizures
    -Breathing Problems
    -No Energy
    -No Muscle Control.
    -Loss Of Vision
    -Low Blood Ph
    -Early Stages of Kidney Failure

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like one those rare genetic syndromes like TSC but also sort of like rickets. The change in blood pH is probably related to the respiratory issues. You haven’t been specific as what those issues are. “Breathing problems” is nonspecific. Could be a drug overdose, drug poisoning.

  25. QUESTION:
    My husband may be in denial about his cancer?
    My husband is currently suffering from the early stages of liver and kidney disease. While undergoing routine imaging of his liver, the doctor noticed an abnormality on his pancreas as well. It turned out the abnormality was a tumor. This was three weeks ago.

    He handled the news relatively well at first, but now I’m convinced he’s losing his mind. He outright refuses to even consider any treatment options and seems entirely convinced that there is no cancer at all.

    He’s cooked up a crazy conspiracy theory that his cancer diagnosis was an elaborate hoax perpetrated by his ex-wife and her new husband. He’s convinced himself that the doctor who diagnosed him was, in fact, an actor and that the test results were entirely forged. I tried to reason with him, but he’s completely absorbed in his insane fantasy world. I don’t think he’s even slept in four days.

    How can I bring him back to reality?

    Please help. I’m beginning to lose control of the situation. Thanks and God bless.

    • ANSWER:
      Problem is you never had control over the situation. It’s just a guess but I wouldn’t be too surprised that your husband is an alcoholic. Liver failure, renal disease and now pancreatic tumors are all classic end line damage from drinking. (not the only way it happens but probably the most common) Add dilusional thinking which is also part of a chronic alcoholic. Pancreatic cancer is very painful and usually ends in death in less than 1 years time. It really doesn’t matter what he does at this point in time if it is pancreatic cancer so what does this dilusion do to hurt him? It will not change the outcome one bit.

      What could have changed the outcome would have been to have the same concern over his chronic drinking. Getting help for that would have changed everything in his future that has now come to be. We don’t see what we don’t want to admit… both for him and you. You cannot change other people until you look inside and change what needs to change in yourself. People can only react to what they see. If you supported the man so that he could successfully drink then what did you have the potential to control that could have been different???

      Now it is very late in the process to change much. Get his financial affairs in order. That is the only reality at this point he really needs to deal with.

      Addendum:
      I am not trying to blame her for her husband’s drinking. What I am trying to show is that there are few successful alcoholics without someone propping them up enabling their addiction. It is always a dance between the addict and the enabler. If the enabler begins to look at their own behavior then usually the addict cannot hide solely in his addiction. Her husband is responsible for his own actions however, the enabler teaches their children that all of this is ok and part of life to accept as normal. Mom put up with it so I guess this is what I should look for too in a mate. A trip to Alanon would be very beneficial for the whole family even if the addict does not get involved or wants to get better. At least the family chaos stops at his own two feet and not taught to the children this is a good way to live not to mention all the heartache to his wife over the years. Like I said, both need to get help… not just the addict. What happens now to her husband is in God’s hands. What happens to her and her family is in her hands. It’s just too bad that it takes this level of chaos to get people to think that maybe I need to learn some new tools to live a better life. Help would have been very beneficial earlier in the relationship and both would have benefited from it even if she was the only one to go to Alanon. At least the children would learn a better way to cope by her example. She cannot control his drinking or his disease but she has a lot of control over the collateral damage his disease brings to the rest of the family. This is why the enabler has a shared responsibility. I hope you get this.

  26. QUESTION:
    I need Help..Cat Diagnosed With Mammory Cancer?
    We removed the initial lump, but the cancer is aggressive and it came right back.She is 19 and i won’t put her through Rad therapy ect. She’s been eating wet Eagle Pack holistic diet. I know now she needs more nutrients than what unnatural canned food can give her.It’s been 9 months since cancer started.History of urinary infections.Should i mix Little bits of raw food in her diet?shes on epaketin(sp?)to help process protiens,Vet says no kidney disease persay,but Very early stages.Her tumour on her chest(size of 2 golf balls fused)leaks and bleeds when she itches it,so constant clean up and a shirt for her.I use saline solutn and polysporin.it smells but vet says no infection.its just open wound constantly healing!*sigh.She eats,drinks,loves and gets around well for a 19yr old.i’m constantly stressed,any remedy for nutrition and tumour “upkeep”/cleaning?all she wants to do(understandably) is lick at it and make it seep and bleed! Also her stool is very hard and i’m sure it hurts,she seems to be getting it out reguardless,any suggestions there either?i just cant take her to the vet for everything.Seems something different every other day,it stresses her out and i want to eliminate if possible.Help! she is my best friend,i love her
    Thankyou Laurie
    Handicats? i’ll check it out

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so sorry about your cat. 19 years is a lifetime, I’m sure it’s hard to see her like that.

      I just lost my cat to cancer 2 weeks ago. She was getting B-12 shots at the end, they did seem to help, maybe you could ask your vet about that. Also, she was on some kind of mild pain reliever that helped her relax. I left her eat anything she wanted, she seemed to have a ravenous appetite at the end.

  27. QUESTION:
    I hate living with this it’s so hard! Help!?
    Hey people of Yahoo.
    my cat was recently diagnosed with Chronic kidney disease and i’m at a loss. i’m 13 years old. i don’t know how to cope with this. luckily, the disease was caught in it’s early stages, but i just keep thinking about how she’ll be (hopefully she’ll live this long) years from now. it will hurt so bad to see that when (if) it happens, and i’m not sure i want to see that. it makes we wanna die for her (I will not die, i will live, i’m just saying) and i’m so worried. so does anyone know anything to help me (besides therapy)? Thank you, in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty. Its obvious that you love her very much. For now she can be treated but there will come a day when it’ll be time to let go. While she’s still around, cuddle her a lot, make sure she knows you love her. Appreciate her in the time she has left.

      There will come a day where you will have to say goodbye. It hurts, its really sad, you’ll miss her terribly. At this time realize that when your kitty passes that she will no longer be in pain or sick any more. She’ll go to heaven and wait for you to join her. Although your time is years and years away, there is no time in heaven, everything is now. She’ll be waiting for you, probably taking a nap on some fluffy cloud. She will know how much you love her, too. Know that she loves you too. I really hope this helps you, my heart goes out to you.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do u pay 2/3 of costs of covering 10s of millions more people by cuts to medicare & not cut service?Ration?

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124692973435303415.html

    Do you know what the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, or NICE, in the UK is? Like the governmental committee to make ‘recommendations’ on care and best practices in Obamacare, NICE was originally set up just to advise on best practices, but mutated.

    “What NICE has become in practice is a rationing board. As health costs have exploded in Britain as in most developed countries, NICE has become the heavy that reduces spending by limiting the treatments that 61 million citizens are allowed to receive through the NHS. For example:

    In March, NICE ruled against the use of two drugs, Lapatinib and Sutent, that prolong the life of those with certain forms of breast and stomach cancer. This followed on a 2008 ruling against drugs — including Sutent, which costs about ,000 — that would help terminally ill kidney-cancer patients. After last year’s ruling, Peter Littlejohns, NICE’s clinical and public health director, noted that “there is a limited pot of money,” that the drugs were of “marginal benefit at quite often an extreme cost,” and the money might be better spent elsewhere.

    In 2007, the board restricted access to two drugs for macular degeneration, a cause of blindness. The drug Macugen was blocked outright. The other, Lucentis, was limited to a particular category of individuals with the disease, restricting it to about one in five sufferers. Even then, the drug was only approved for use in one eye, meaning those lucky enough to get it would still go blind in the other. As Andrew Dillon, the chief executive of NICE, explained at the time: “When treatments are very expensive, we have to use them where they give the most benefit to patients.”

    NICE has limited the use of Alzheimer’s drugs, including Aricept, for patients in the early stages of the disease. Doctors in the U.K. argued vociferously that the most effective way to slow the progress of the disease is to give drugs at the first sign of dementia. NICE ruled the drugs were not “cost effective” in early stages.

    Other NICE rulings include the rejection of Kineret, a drug for rheumatoid arthritis; Avonex, which reduces the relapse rate in patients with multiple sclerosis; and lenalidomide, which fights multiple myeloma. Private U.S. insurers often cover all, or at least portions, of the cost of many of these NICE-denied drugs.

    NICE has also produced guidance that restrains certain surgical operations and treatments. NICE has restrictions on fertility treatments, as well as on procedures for back pain, including surgeries and steroid injections. The U.K. has recently been absorbed by the cases of several young women who developed cervical cancer after being denied pap smears by a related health authority, the Cervical Screening Programme, which in order to reduce government health-care spending has refused the screens to women under age 25.
    Sound good to you?

    Doesn’t sound good to me.
    Sunshine he said 2/3 not 1/3 and since he is ADDING huge committee and oversight structures and keeping insurance involved as well, there is no savings. That is the problem the CBO had with it. It doesn’t cut costs. So to take the money from medicare means cutting service.

    • ANSWER:
      Thank you for a well thought out and informative question. Sad that they could not sue them because of this, but that’s one of the perks of being the goverrnment.

      This must be another way to allow the insurance companies to dump the high cost customers, just like they were able to do with the high costs of prescription drugs.

      Amazing that Chris Dodd is for it as he has only gotten about million from banking and insurance companies. They know that places like the three county area around Dade county has almost a billion bill annually for aids.

      These high costs are costing the top brass of the insurance companies money and bonuses. Since Obama has taken office Fed spending has gone up 25% from 3 to 4 trillion, even without the cap and trade and 3 billion for this health plan.

      let’s use the KISS system to answer your question there is no way to do what they say and understand it is the same as a campaign promise.It is not possible. Even the President stated the government run programs were bankrupting the country, so why push this other than a payoff from and for insurance.

      Pray that the Congress understands that the 30 million undocumtneted ( using that government figure and not the 12 million figure during the last try), then take the 12 million that don’t want to pay, the homeless that have mental problems and still can get medicaid and you have maybe 10 million that fall in the cracks that want it, but cannot afford it and that’s that.

      I notice and have contacted the companies that will take anyone and only for 0 amonth and do not understand why the government would not farm out Medicare to them.

      As far as the cancer, MD Anderson has done extensive studies and also China and Japan, UCLA, Wake Forrest… that resveratrol, stops cancer (google ” clinical and preclinicasl trials of resveratrol for cancer”) and many have been saved, but for some reason the government will not advertise it. Many doctors even prescribe it after breast cancer therapy. I have a freind that was given 3 months and that was four years ago now.

      You know this, but the “plan” is a government take over to reward the lobbyists and will kill 100,000s more than Raplh Nadar has documented.

      Didn’t mean to ramble, and much better answers, but hope this may help. Have a great 2009, 2010…..

  29. QUESTION:
    Help… Kidney Transplant Questions!?
    Hello! I’m a 30 year old guy and needs your help…
    Earlier this month, i have a biopsy made on my kidney…
    I was diagnosed to have a stage 5 CKD, ESRD… Got a GFR of 16%, Creatinine of 650… My blood sugar is normal…
    Just talked to my Nephrologist yesterday, and he told me, at my young age, he suggested me to have a preemptive kidney transplant instead of waiting for my kidneys to deteriorate and maybe, to have a dialysis…

    Now, if ever, i need to have a transplant… Here are my questions:

    1st Question:
    What preparation do i need to do to prepare myself for the transplant? Physically & Emotionally…?

    2nd Question:
    How long will the transplant operation take, from cutting to stitching? If i have a related donor, will we be operated at the same time? Or the donor goes first before me at the operating room?

    3rd Question:
    After the operation, after waking up, how do you feel? Can you move your body? How long will i be sleeping, from entering OR to after the operation? How long will you be in bed before you can sit, stand or even walk on your own?

    4th Question:
    How long will i stay in the hospital? How long will the incision heal?

    5th Question:
    How big will the incision be, in inches please? And on what part of the body will it be, is it on the stomach?

    6th Question:
    If i received a new kidney, do they have to take out my old kidneys or will it stay? If NO, what if my 2 old kidneys totally throw in the towel and gave up in the future, do we need to remove my 2 kidneys?

    7th Question:
    My nephro told me that if i have a transplant, i would be living a normal life again… After your transplant, for those who have a successful transplant, is it as normal as your life before? I mean, can you still do the things that you are doing / eat the food you eat before you got your kidney disease?

    Last Question:
    Any physical or emotional changes after the transplant? Or maybe side effects of the transplants or medicines after transplant?

    Hope you could help me on my questions?
    I’m really scared to death when i think of the transplant…
    Because i really don’t know what’s going to happen…
    Thank you for those who will answer my questions…

    • ANSWER:
      My son was also had ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease)Stage 5,, CRI(Chronic Renal Insuffiency), CKD(Chronic Kidney Disease), (and any other accronym you can think of) he has only one kidney(born that way) and it was at 12% function. Answerer 1 did a great job of explaining. I will tell you my expierience as a parent and donor.

      1. Physically you need to be free of infection(or signs of ) for a minimum of 6 weeks. At least this was my expierience. My son had contracted pertionitis (infection of the pertionium) through faulty medical practice so his tranpslant was delayed by several weeks. I’m sorry I cannot answer the emotional part. Though I can talk to you and offer support. (okay that sounds a little creepy)

      2. If you have a living donor (ie a friend or realtive or annoynmous) they will be prepped for surgery first. I was prepped at 9am on my paticular day. As they are working on the donor the surgeons give the go ahead to prep the recipient. They (the donor and recipient) will be in adjacent OR (operating room) so the kidney literally goes right from donor to recipient. I think the surgery itself takes about 4 hours from start with the donor to finish with you. But if complicaitions arise (this is a possibility with any proceedure) of course it will take longer.

      3. Believe it or not, you will feel much better than the donor after surgery. The kidney starts working right away even before you are closed up. Isn’t that awesome! I do not know how long you will be unconscious. I’m not sure how long I slept etiher. My son had a total of 6 Iv fluids in his arm and neck. They were bolus fluids(to replace those lost during surgery, antirejection drugs, antibiotics, morphine drip ect…
      Yes you can move your body. My son (the recipient) was sitting as soon as he woke up and asking to play video games. He did complain of pain but nothing terrible. The doctors will try to get you up and walking to help move your bowels and you will also have terrible gas from all the air trapped in your abdomen. AS the donor I lost all modesty having to ask help to go to the toilet. Help bathing ect… I could not walk on my own for about a week, but I used a walker. I was stubborn I would not use the wheelchair offered. They did not give me pain medication prior to waking so I was very sore. Finally I was given a morpihne drip which caused me to vomit repeatedly (right after major abdomnial sugery no less) do I stuck with hydrocodone. It took a week before I could sit without help on my own. Even then it was difficult , having to roll over on my side or something. I’m sure I looked like a walrus or something. (lol looking back I can only laugh at all my son and I have gone through, because after all we are still alive and in realtive good health, just try to remaiin postive, it can be hard at times though, lean on your family or close friends)

      4.As the donor I stayed only 5 days. My son as the recipient stayed 10. Now if you contract any infection or have rejection issues you will stay longer. His incision healed very quickly in a matter of weeks, it was glued not sutured.

      5. 9 inches vertically on the stomach right past the belly button (they cut around it.

      6. They leave the old kidneys. No even if they are non functional. You body can perform just fine on one healthy kidney.

      7. You will be on a normal diet yes. The may tell you to avoid contact sports. My son can never particapte in them due to the location of the kidney. You will be on antirejection drugs for the rest of your life or for the life of the kidney, in which case you may have to endure dialysis.

      8. With some of the rejection drugs there is a small chance of cancer. Also when taking prednisone you will expierience moon face (swollen face) and rapid weight gain and appetite. After your doctor reduces the dose this side affect will diminish. (it is a steriod)

      Lastly, good luck to you! I hope everything turns in your favor.

      EDIT Also the same year (2008) my son had his transplant he had a total of 6 surgeris that year (three of the abdomnial, he had appendicitis, kidney transplant, bowel obstructuon from scar tissue from the tranplant, they opened the same scar three different times.). He is 7 years old, thus far he has shown no emotional scars and is very outgoing. I think you will do just fine given time and support. They way I look at it (and tell my son jokeingly) chicks love scars! If anything it prompts conversation! Agian Best wishes!

  30. QUESTION:
    Is bin Laden’s death kept secret to keep the terrorism lie going for defense spending & trashing civil rights?
    I’d like to see Obama announce the death of Osama bin Laden as one of his first official duties. Bin Laden often better known as bin Forgotten died in December of 2001. There is nothing I am saying that is news to anyone who has actually spent any time thinking.

    Osama bin Laden had serous kidney disease that required him to have dialysis treatment twice a week. There aren’t any dialysis machines floating around in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. A few months back a reporter finally asked the question that should have been asked years ago at a White House press conference.

    How is it that a guy who was seriously ill seven years ago is getting treatment for end-stage renal disease in some cave in Afghanistan? The woman conducting the press conference panicked at the thought of answering that most basic question and immediately canceled the rest of the briefing.

    The United States does not need a boogieman living in a cave in Asia. Osama bin Laden is dead. Barak Obama should be honest enough with the American people to declare him dead.

    Here are the facts.

    1. The last intelligence intercept of Osama bin Laden was on December 14 of 2001. He has not been heard from since.
    2. President Bush and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld hinted in late December of 2001 that they knew Osama bin Laden was dead.
    3. President Musharraf of Pakistan announced in January of 2002 that Osama bin Laden was probably dead of kidney disease.
    4. President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan was quoted in October of 2002 as saying, “The more we don’t hear of him, and the more time passes, there is the likelihood that he probably is either dead or seriously wounded somewhere.”
    5. But the actions of the US Military are the most telling. There isn’t a single soldier, sailor or Marine tasked with chasing down Osama bin Laden, dead or alive. Because we know exactly where he is. He’s dead. So the US military is either totally or absolutely incompetent or Osama bin Laden died years ago and we’ve been fighting the boogieman.
    6. As early as July of 2002, even the FBI’s counterterrorism chief was quoted as saying; Osama bin Laden is “probably” dead.

    The US does not need a boogieman; we have real challenges ahead of us. We need a President who will not lie to us on a constant basis.

    While you are at it Mr President Elect, you may want to mention that Iran never threatened to wipe Israel off the map and 16 US Intelligence agencies all agree Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program. But you knew that, didn’t you? Iran is neither the enemy of the United States nor Israel.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Personal Essay for Pharmacy School?
    I am having a hard time starting my personal essay for pharmacy school. I want to go into pharmacy school because of my father. He was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease in early 1997 and it made life very difficult for my whole family. He finally received a kidney transplant and his quality of life improved after taking numerous medications. The field of pharmacy has provided my father the chance to continue living with my mother, younger brother, and I.

    I am of Filipino descent, but I would hate to play the race card. Both of my parents immigrated from the Philippines and I am a first-generation post-secondary student.

    Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      You could start it off with a story about your dad talking about the worst days on dialysis; how he felt while he was there and afterwards; the surgery you have to have beforehand; the other people there and how they did (the third time I went to dialysis, someone died); the crappy diet, and how you are pretty much stuck to that chair and never going anywhere.

      I always like to start off essays and speeches w/ stories. They grab people’s attention.

      I would say my transplants, and the immunosuppresants, have changed my life

      .

  32. QUESTION:
    Question about my speech?
    What do you think of my speech? Could you edit it or tell me where to add or take out things??

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted.

    Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body like in the mouth or on the back.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk.

    Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

    The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes.

    People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage.

    More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious.

    But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their foetus through the womb. This stage is a very dangerous one as it can appear that the infection has gone, but without treatment it will not. In severe cases this phase can cause, gradual blindness, numbness and even dementia.

    There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.

    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, such as influenza, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, as it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb.

    The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39.

    Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. Doctors believe this is because people are NOT having safe sex and are NOT aware of all the risks taken by having irresponsible sexual activity.

    Between 2005 and 2006, the number of reported syphilis cases increased by 11.8%. Rates have increased in males each year between 2000 and 2006 from 2.6 to 5.7. In 2006, 64% of the reported syphilis cases were with men who have sex with men. It is also reported that men are more vulnerable in contracting syphilis.

    Syphilis is now treated by the use of penicillin, doctors do advise that while being treated you avoid all sexual contact. And every 6-12 months an annual check up is required.

    Some interesting, yet alarming, facts I unfolded whilst studying syphilis are – The infamous Tuskegee experiments in the US were experiments in which black men with syphilis were intentionally denied treatment so that the effects of untreated syphilis could be studied.

    None of them were deliberately infected, however; they were “merely” permitted to get sicker and were misled as to the true nature of their condition. Another is that for centuries the treatment of choice for syphilis was mercury, which was painted onto the sore. This had the unfortunate side effect of causing a slow death by mercury poisoning.

    I hope that through my speech you have learnt more about the STD syphilis and know what to do if it comes your way.
    Syphilis – An “oldie” but not a “goodie”
    I am in Yr. 9

    • ANSWER:
      I just skimmed through, but I noticed you did not cite your sources, and that is a must!!! for college. I also have a college informative speech guide that my professor gave me that I could scan over to you if you wanted it.

  33. QUESTION:
    Help with speech!!????????
    Can you please edit my speech or help me put in more personal opinions and interesting facts?? THANK YOU! To make it more fun to listen to.

    Speech:

    Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. I wonder how many of you could tell me what these people had in common. It might surprise you that they all had, at some stage, syphilis. So, today, I will be discussing the perimeters of a specific STD, Syphilis. The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman.

    Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed on through blood transferring, child in womb can be exposed or direct contact with the syphilis sore. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported otherwise.

    Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages and one not so common anymore. Primary phase; this is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days, after 1 week it will disappear, but the disease will not.

    The secondary phase includes many more symptoms. It may build up 4-10 weeks after the shanker appears. The common symptoms are: fevers, joint pains, muscle aches, sore throats, flu-like symptoms, rashes, headaches, decreased appetites, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. This phase can go away without treatment, but the third phase will commence. The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the early stages of this phase, first one to two years, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass them on to baby foetus through the womb.

    The one, not so common, phase now is the ‘tertiary phase’. This isn’t seen much anymore because of the aid of penicillin. But for the unlucky people who contract this phase they are normally faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems.
    Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis can be referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

    Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned a lot is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is the occurrence after a foetus has been infected in a womb. The form of syphilis can cause many abnormalities in the child such abnormalities as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection, skin rashes and more.

    Syphilis can be exposed to anyone who has sex, but the highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not researching for you but here are some corrections so the piece will flow more smoothly. Also, there are some notes on where you need more research to complete the piece. Hope this helps –

      TITLE: The Great Pretender

      Napoleon Bonaparte, Babe Ruth, Hitler, Idi Amin, Al Capone & King Henry VIII. Can you tell me what these people had in common? Syphilis. Today, I will be discussing the STD, Syphilis. All of you have heard of it but do you really know anything about it?

      The disease was discovered in 1905 by Fritz Schauddin & Erich Hoffman. (How? Why? What kind of research was being performed that led to this discovery?) Syphilis is a bacterial disease that is highly infectious and can be passed through blood. A child in the womb can be exposed or if direct contact with a syphilis sore is made, the disease can be contracted. Syphilis sores occur mainly on the external genitals, but some cases have been reported on other areas of the body. (WHERE ON THE BODY? BE SPECIFIC.)

      Syphilis progresses in three distinct stages. The Primary phase is the beginning of the disease. It starts with a sore, known as a shanker; these appear mainly on the genitals. But any part of the body is at risk. Any contact with the sore can transmit the disease. The sore will grow bigger in 3-4 days and after 1 week it will disappear, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.

      The secondary phase develops 4 to 10 weeks after the shanker appears. This is when the majority of symptoms begin to appear such as fever, joint pain, muscle aches, sore throat, rash, headache, decreased appetite, patchy hair loss and swollen lymph nodes. People often mistake this for the flu because these are all flu symptoms. This phase can go away without treatment, but then the third phase will commence.

      The third phase is known as the ‘latent phase’. In the first one to two years of this phase, the disease has some of the same symptoms as the second stage. More than 2 years after the beginning of this phase there may be no symptoms and sores are normally no longer infectious. But pregnant woman can still pass the disease to their fetus through the womb. (This paragraph needs more detail and makes little sense. Are people outwardly ill during this phase? Are they contagious? If so, how? Through sexual contact? Blood contact? Contact of mucous membranes? This area needs more research).

      There is one more rather uncommon phase known as the Tertiary Phase. This phase is rarely seen in modern times because of the aid of penicillin. But the unlucky people who develop this phase are faced with heart, skin, bone and brain problems. (Like what? Cancers? Heart disease? Does their skin fall off? Does their brain die?? What happens to them?)
      Many of these symptoms I have listed sound like symptoms to other diseases, that is why syphilis has been referred to as ‘The Great Pretender’, because it mimics other diseases.

      Another form of syphilis that isn’t mentioned often is ‘congenital syphilis’. This is Syphilis that occurs when a fetus has been infected in the womb. This form of syphilis can cause many birth abnormalities in the child such as, teeth, bone problems, liver/spleen/kidney enlargement, brain infection and skin rashes.

      Syphilis is an equal opportunity disease! Anyone who has sex can contract it. Therefore the only way to completely avoid it is through avoiding sexual contact. The highest occurrence is found in women aged 20-24, and men aged 35-39. Newborns with congenital syphilis increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new reported cases in 2005 compared to 349 cases reported in 2006. (Are there any reasons why doctors think this is happening? Do YOU have any idea’s on this?)

      **You need a closing statement. Your speech needs to have a point – did you simply want your peers to know about the disease? Do you want them to avoid it? Are you concerned that the number of cases in infants has increased? Do you think more research needs to be done on it? There needs to be a logical end to this – a statement that closes the discussion**

  34. QUESTION:
    Nausea for 4 months not pregnancy (quite long!)?
    A few months ago I thought I was pregnant again, when the LO was only 5 months old! The nausea hasnt gone and on Monday I had my third trip to the Dr.s it hasnt gotten any worse, but isnt getting any better either. At first it was thought it was an ear infection, then acid reflux and now he doesnt know what it is but has given me some medication which blocks nauseous feelings. So this is my third round of medication in almost 3 months! I’ve being on this medication for three days now, taking 3 a day it should have begun to work but it hasnt.
    Before my first trip to the Dr.s I had it for about a month, so it is now 4 months I have being feeling horribly nauseous. I have done 5 pregnancy tests and all are negative. I have a mirena coil so it is unlikely.
    My tummy is also tender about 2 inches down from my belly, and to the left and right. The Dr. says if I dont feel any different after this lot of medication then we will start more invasive investigations eg scans, keyhole surgery etc….
    I googled my symptoms, I really wish I hadnt! This is what I found:
    Nausea and vomiting are not diseases, but they are symptoms of many conditions such as:
    * Motion sickness or seasickness
    * Early stages of pregnancy (nausea occurs in 50%-90% of all pregnancies; vomiting in 25%-55%)
    * Medication induced vomiting
    * Intense pain
    * Emotional stress (fear)
    * Gallbladder disease
    * Food poisoning
    * Infections (such as the “stomach flu”)
    * Overeating
    * A reaction to certain smells or odors
    * Heart attack
    * Concussion or brain injury
    * Brain tumor
    * Ulcers
    * Some forms of cancer
    * Bulimia or other psychological illnesses
    * Gastroparesis (a condition seen in people with diabetes)
    * Kidney or Liver disorders
    It isnt motion sickness, isnt pregnancy (though now im wishing it was!)
    medication induced
    intense pain
    emotional stress
    over eating
    heart attack
    bulimia
    certain smells or odors
    I’m really worried as most of these are quite serious, have any of you ever had this? Or do you have any other possibilities of what it could be?
    Thanks! x

    • ANSWER:
      Yes – I felt sick a lot for months, and lost a lot of weight. It was down to anxiety/worry.

      Of course google has to bring up some of the quite serious things too, and look what it’s done, now you’re worrying yourself silly!

      Your medically trained doctor did not believe your symptoms allude to anything serious, otherwise he’d have acted differently. If you’re that worried, book another appointment and tell him/her the anti sickness tablets aren’t working.

  35. QUESTION:
    Are there any safe alternatives to high blood pressure medication?
    My husband has ‘white coat’ blood pressure. His levels are usually around 140/90 when he sees a doctor. I have taken his blood pressure at home when he’s resting at it’s 125/80 which is within normal ranges. The doctor who did his last physical basically yelled at him for not losing weight and told him to see a cardiologist for his BP (blood pressure). My husband was losing weight at the time, but slowly. His problem is his metabolism is slow. I know alot of people say that because they’re carrying weight, but his is truly his thyroid. His mother and father both had serious thyroid problems. His father ultimately was diagnosed as a diabetic. My husband only eats 3 meals a day. I cook dinner with lots of vegetables, no beef hardly, and low fat products. However, his physical is due within a month and he’s already becoming nervous. This brings on the “white coat” dilemma again. Why are doctors in the US just prescribing pills? Whatever to diet and exercise regimen? All I ever read anymore is that doctors prescribe this and that pill. I just faced this myself. I’m in the early stages of menopause. My doctor prescribed for me estrogen therapy or HRT. I refuse to take this therapy because of the serious risks to women. HRT is reported to cause strokes, heart disease, cancers, etc. I finally found a local doctor who gave me a regimen of supplements and it’s been working fine. My grandmother was given high blood pressure medication and it actually caused her one kidney to fail. She almost died from the medication. She had to have the bad kidney removed. Is there a safe alternative to help his nerves and helping him his physical fears? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      ” Why are doctors in the US just prescribing pills?” because doctors plan about 7 minutes per patient and they’re totally influenced by the drug companies. If they can write you a prescription and get you out of their office in 5 min they can make their quota. I sure wouldn’t consider 140/90 serious when at home it’s 125/90.

      Excess Salt is one of the biggest problems and most comes from prepared/canned foods (excluding fast food). Lots of fresh spinach is good support for thyroid but thyroid meds aren’t too bad as far as I know.

      I saw a report a while back that the average 70 year old is on 14 prescription meds a day. That’s just crazy!

      Stick with your low fat, low meat cooking and limit canned ingredients and limit/eliminate salt. My last 12oz salt box lasted more than a year. Many say 4 smaller meals are better than 3 normal meals, your choice.

      good luck

  36. QUESTION:
    What care options are available for my dad who is terminally ill?
    I’m going through a very distressing time at the moment as within a matter of a week of my dad being admitted to hospital we have been told he has terminal cancer (it has come from the lung area and above the kidney but is now in a few areas of the brain). It all started a few weeks ago when he was confused about things and one day went missing walking to the shops but we put this down to diabetes as he wasn’t following a diet properly. The painful thing is that we haven’t told him yet as he is confused and forgetful and the palliative care team thought it would be best not to say too much because it would be breaking bad news all the time as he forgets whats been said. Its weird because sometimes he acts normally just comes out with strange words when explaining things. I took him home yesterday and my mum who is 74 is very nervous about the future as she is his main carer and I’m worried about the effect on her health too. We have been told he has only months at the most but we have no other family to care for him although I have given up a part time job to help out a few days a week from tomorrow. The trouble is I have 2 young children and my husband works all hours including weekends so I can’t commit too much even though I would if I could. My mum is coping at the moment but its early stages. He’s lost interest in everything, doesn’t want to drink or eat much but despite that is adamant about going on holiday (we were going to america in a few weeks and I don’t know if or how to tell him he can’t go). I know a lot of those signs are because of the disease and I’m worried he will go downhill quickly. He gave the hospital staff grief every day about walking out when he was in there so I don’t know how to go about getting him other care when he thinks he’s okay, just confused. He thinks the doctors are over reacting. I also don’t want to break his heart to tell him he is dying and can’t go on holiday etc. They only told him he has an abnormality on the lung and brain but he’s forgotten that anyway. When it gets to a point when he deteriorates and my mum can’t cope what options are available? It would upset him greatly going back in hospital. Are nurses available to visit most days? Also he wants to pay some bills that have come through the post but is frustrated why he can’t deal with them. We’re stuck as we can’t help him access his money as hes not in a fit state of mind to sign anyone over as power of attorney and we will have to go to the court I think. Its one big mess as he’s not too bad at the moment but bad enough not to be able to make decisions. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      My heart goes out to you, been there. (This is how it works in the UK) If your fathers consultant/care team have given him a prognosis of 6 months you are entitled to a Special care allowance, which for obvious reasons is fast-tracked. This might help to alleviate some of the financial pressures.
      You will be able to get further help, financial & nursing, through Macmillan’s. They will do their best with the help of district nurses( who in our case were utterly brilliant) to support your caring for him at home. If it becomes too much of a hardship, they will arrange hospice care, as a respite or for terminal care.
      If he just needs sitters rather than nursing care, so that you & your mother get breaks, there are some organisations that will do this, but this may vary from one area to another.
      As you say, power of attorney is another difficult area, & it is one we didn’t have to deal with.Our mother remained of sound mind until the last two weeks.
      This is going to be a difficult time for you & your family. Take up all offers of help & look after yourselves as well as your father.All i can add from my own experience, is that i was glad to be alongside my mother for those last few months, hard as they were, she was worth it.

  37. QUESTION:
    What would be a good conclusion for this essay?
    The population of Bahrain suffers from one of the highest prevalence rates of diabetes in the world. Talk to any medical professional in the kingdom and they’ll tell you it is one of the most pressing health issue the country faces. Currently around 15 per cent of the population suffers from diabetes, with the illness causing five percent of deaths in Bahrain. Yet, thanks to the symptoms being so various and relatively difficult to self-diagnose, up to half of those suffering don’t even know they’ve got it.
    Diabetes is a metabolic disease which is caused by abnormal insulin secretion that regulates glucose use by the cell for energy. The result is a high glucose in the blood leading to damage to the blood vessels supplying main organs and tissues like the kidney, eye, nerves and the heart.
    According to the International Diabetes Federation, five countries among the six highest diabetes prevalence rates in the world are Gulf States countries, including Bahrain which is ranked the fifth. The seriousness of the problem is that 50 percent of cases are unaware that they have the disease but even those diagnosed with diabetes are identified after years of the disease with no symptoms. This is a silent disease and most patients have no symptoms and this underscores the need for early screening for those at risk of the disease. It is estimated that diabetes prevalence will increase by more than two fold in Bahrain in the next two decades. Diabetes mellitus has become one of the most common public health problems in the country. In 1988 it was estimated that 3.4% of total deaths in Bahrain were due to diabetes.
    There are many solutions to cure diabetes before it occurs and after it occurs; depending on the stage it is in. each solution depends on the stage and type of diabetes the individual has. The solutions are; Hydrotherapy, Detoxification, Herbal medicines, and Mud Therapy. These solutions should be carried immediately for individuals in order to solve the diabetes problem. The symptoms can be very unnoticeable so check ups are highly recommended if any of the less visible are seen or felt by the individual.

    • ANSWER:
      Summarize the topic and the main points, then think of something memorable, maybe a joke or deep piece of insight to finish it off with.

  38. QUESTION:
    What side effects are there when you get a tattoo and have kidney disease?
    So I am wanting to get a tattoo, (I’m in my early 20′s) but I have stage 4 chronic kidney disease. I’m wondering if there is any complications with the ink, or any other things that I should worry about.

    Please Help!!!

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Can I work with animals if I’ve got kidney disease?
    I recently got back some lab work that suggests that my kidneys are not functioning properly. I’m going to the doctor in a few weeks to begin more testing to find out how bad things are. I also work at a pet store and I am responsible for handling various animals. On any given day I may remove a dead fish with my hands (its quicker than using a net) and be bitten by a few hamsters. I also sometimes handle lizards. There are even some days where I have to change the bedding of the small mammals and other days I change the bedding of the birds. The birds also bite at times, although I’ve never been bitten by one.
    I read that the kidney disease can cause my immune system to weaken, but I believe that I’m still in the early stages of every thing. Anyway, is it safe for me to continue my job working with the animals?

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    kidney disease diet?
    I have early stages of FSGS and am on medication to treat my nephrotic syndrome (now under control} as well as blood pressure and cholesterol medications. my kidney function is still very good, and i’m not anemic or diabetic, so i don’t need to be on any radical or extremely strict diet, but I would like some guidelines on what particular foods I should be trying to eat more of or trying to avoid. Please don’t recommend any supplements, or just tell me “low protein” since protein really only needs to be controlled in relation to the kidneys’ functioning. What types of protein are best? Is it true that I should cut out dairy? Concentrating on fresh fruits? Vegetables? Which ones? Whole grains? Legumes? How much & what proportions?
    I’m not looking for a weight-loss diet here, I’m looking for the best possible day-to-day eating habits to keep my kidney problems under control and to try and prevent or at least slow the progression of my disease.

    • ANSWER:
      The latest ESPN (European society of parenteral nutrition) guideline is not to reduce protein intake in patients with kidney disease, as protein requirements are higher in illness due the increased turnover. About 1 – 1.5 g protein per kg body weight is the recommendation. As far as I am aware, type of protein does not matter.

      Fluid restriction is recommended though, as you kidneys cannot handle it too well at this stage.

  41. QUESTION:
    My husband may be in denial about his cancer?
    My husband is currently suffering from the early stages of liver and kidney disease. While undergoing routine imaging of his liver, the doctor noticed an abnormality on his pancreas as well. It turned out the abnormality was a tumor.

    He handled the news relatively well at first, but now I’m convinced he’s losing his mind. He outright refuses to even consider any treatment options and seems entirely convinced that there is no cancer at all.

    He’s cooked up a crazy conspiracy theory that his cancer diagnosis was an elaborate hoax perpetrated by his ex-wife and her new husband. He’s convinced himself that the doctor who diagnosed him was, in fact, an actor and that the test results were entirely forged. I tried to reason with him, but he’s completely absorbed in his insane fantasy world. I don’t think he’s even slept in four days.

    How can I bring him back to reality?

    Please help. I’m beginning to lose control of the situation.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe he needs a little time to digest this whole shocking news.people react to bad news differently.some cry out loud .some keep quiet and suffer inside..some pretend it never happened.
      you need to talk to a expert on this one,cause this serious …go see a couselor (alone) for advice
      good luck


Dukan Diet Kidney Disease

The Dukan Diet has proven a success in people with a little weight to lose and for those who want to lose a lot of weight in a hurry. Dr. Dukan notes that our weight gain is a result of how many fat cells we have. When we overeat, we get to a certain point where the fat cells grow large enough that if we don’t stop the unhealthy cycle, they then split into two creating more fat cells.

In the third phase of the diet you can even have two meals a week of whatever you want. Have a meal in restaurant with a couple of glasses of wine if you like, you’ll deserve it after all that weight you’ve lost! In the final phase of the diet the only thing you have to commit to is one protein only day a week. Dr. Dukan suggests Thursday in his book and apparently, if you enter a restaurant in Paris on a Thursday you’ll see many slim women (and men) eating protein only meals.

Phase One: Attack You start in the first phase called the “attack” phase – lean proteins are your first stage of attack on your fat. You will only eat lean proteins, chicken, seafood, lean beef and lean ham as advised by Dr. Dukan. You can use lemon juice on fish or chicken. Stay away from fatty meats. You can enjoy shellfish like lobster and shrimp during this phase.

Dog Diet Kidney Disease

Obesity is a growing problem in America and many other places in the world. Many people are way over their recommended body weight, and continue to live an unhealthy lifestyle that is slowly killing them. When you are severely overweight, you have a lot more to worry about than just the lack of proper nutrition. People who are obese are twice as likely to develop chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease.

Out of all of the above mentioned diseases, kidney disease is the one that has a tendency to go unnoticed until it’s too late to keep it under control. While your heart is the life force that pumps blood throughout your body, your kidneys are the body parts that cleanses your blood, filters waste out of your body efficiently and monitors your acidity levels. All of this happens day in and day out without fail. As long as you stay healthy, your kidneys will keep doing their job without interruption. However, when you put yourself at risk by gaining too much weight, it puts a lot of stress on all of your organs, which means your kidneys can begin to fail without you even noticing.

If you’re obese and not too concerned about this happening to you – think again. Millions of people are currently walking around with kidney disease, and you could be one of them. You see, everything that you put into your body has to be processed by your kidneys. Every burger, French fry, donut, snack chip, pastry, piece of fried chicken, overstuffed pork sandwich, cookie, slice of pizza, pill, beer, soda and milkshake ends up in one of those two organs. You’ve got two kidneys, so if one conks out, you have a back up. They take all of that stuff you put in your body and squeeze out the liquid, which goes down the urethra and out the door when you urinate.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the recommended diet for dogs with kidney disease?
    My beloved Binney was diagnosed with kidney disease just yesterday. The doc said she has less than a couple of months to live. I’m devastated and would like to make her remaining days easier on her – and her kidneys. Is there some sort of specialized diet I can provide? I would prefer something natural and organic.

    Please I’m desperate and if there is something in the local farmer market that helps, include that too!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so sry to hear this. Make sure she drinks lots of water. There is a science diet food that is good for kidney issues I believe it is A/d or maybe i/d or it could be u/d. Petsmart carries it and you will be able to tell which one it is because it should say it on the bag or can. Good Luck and may god bless you and your dog in this time of need.

  2. QUESTION:
    What’s a good diet for a dog with kidney disease?
    My sister’s 14yr old blind border collie has been drinking water excessively. (She went blind very young..about 4yrs old) We took the dog to the vet and found she has kidney disease. Only 25% kidney function. (I’m working on second hand info, as I wasn’t there when the vet explained it.) We had been feeding her Kirkland Signature dog food for much of her life, but within the past year or so, we switched her to Acana (The fish flavor) because of allergies. What she’s allergic to, we don’t know. (could be chicken, corn, grains, etc)

    The border collie has anxiety, but we’ve had to restrict her 24/7 to an outdoor enclosure/kennel because she pees and poops all over the house without alerting anyone she has to go. We’ve tried blocking her in a room at night, but she just chews up the walls, and messes all over the floor (pee and poo). I feel bad for the dog, as she barks all day (extremely high-pitched and ear-piercing) and sometimes all night, desperate for human companionship.

    We’re willing to spend the money on a good diet and meds, but we don’t have a lot of time for home-made dog food. We’re taking care of the dog for my sister, as she couldn’t take her when she moved.

    We’re also taking care of an old Japanese Chin we inherited. He doesn’t seem to be exhibiting the same problems. He does pee/poop everywhere, but that’s always been a problem. (He was never properly potty trained.) We keep him outside with my sister’s dog during the day, but bring him in at night.

    They share food. Assuming the Japanese Chin doesn’t have kidney problems, is there a diet out there that will work for both dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there are specific brands that are for dogs with kidney problems. Science diet KD is one popular one. Basically you are wanting to reduce the workload on the kidneys. Most of these types of foods have reduced levels of protein, phosphorus and sodium. Some things to look for.are also increased levels of b vitamins, & antioxidants. Fish oil is a good source of omega fatty acids as well.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there an alternative natural diet for a dog with kidney disease?
    My 15 yr old female bearded collie has just been diagnosed with kidney disease managable with an expensive pre prepared prescription diet food(I have been advised a low protein/salt diet-white fish/chicken). I do not begrudge the cost at all,but it will be difficult on a low budget and I am not considering euthanasia as she is not in pain and I love her too much.
    has anyone managed this condition successfully with adapting ‘human’ food etc which will be easy on her kidneys?Perhaps to combine with pre-prepared specialised dog food,to spread the costs. I am despererately seeking alternative options to prolong and improve her quality of life.
    I am hoping some experienced dog owners may be able to help.
    any suggestions welcome.
    PS I am in the UK .

    • ANSWER:
      Shop around. The prescription diet is not the only low protein one out there. Natural Balance has a vegetarian diet that’s 18% protein for the dry food. Their wet Duck & Potato is only 5% protein.

      http://naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/UPDCanned.html#F

      http://naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/Vegetarian.html

      The NF (prescription) diet is silghtly less, but you are pretty close there.

      You can absolutely use a raw based diet, but this takes a lot of time and work to get all the proportions right. If you are up to it, start research it. Personally, I would contact an holistic vet that is familar with both the medical condition and raw diets and have them help me.

      I’ve also seen some studies that state that a low-protein diet only helps so much. Research, Research, Research.

      And good luck to both of you. : )

  4. QUESTION:
    Will anything help a dog with kidney disease gain or maintain weight?
    My senior dog, Luigi, (exact age unknown as he is a rescue) has kidney disease and has lost a nearly 1/3 of his body weight. He is otherwise well, happy, and eating well (special kidney diet food) but has gone from 37 to just over 27 lbs. The vet just smiles but doesn’t seem to have any helpful suggestions. He is on Azodyl for kidney support.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the previous answer–
      high carb
      low protein
      almost zero fat

      It is very difficult on the kidneys to digest fat and protein. You might also add some extra IV fluids to help him with the kidney failure. Your vet could let you do that at home simply by injecting fluid subQ.

  5. QUESTION:
    Any advice on the best diet for a dog diagnosed with early signs of kidney disease?
    My 14 year old shih tzu, Doc, was recently diagnosed with kidney disease and my vet recommended switching his diet to Hills k/d. I am pretty strongly opposed to using Science Diet brand and so have been doing research on alternatives. Doc is currently on ‘Orijen Senior’ which is a 70% protein food. I know protocol is to immediately switch to a low protein food for renal failure but I have come across some information indicating recent studies show that a high protein diet could be ideal for even a dog with kidney disease as long as phosphorous levels are low. Any advice? First hand experience? Thanks.
    Please do NOT try to sell me on Hills. It contains LOW quality ingredients and also contains ethoxyquin. Which is banned from human consumption because it is carcinogenic.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh Gawd bless you for doing your research! Amen !

      You are absolutely correct – this is not about lower protein, it’s about higher quality protein. Phosphorus is going to be your limiting factor and you can even use a phosphate binder (eg: calcium such as Animal Essentials natural sea calcium) to further lower dietary calcium.

      The food you choose is entirely up to you. Raw protein is actually the best for a KD dog but if that is not an option for you, for whatever reason, then I would suggest you look at something like Ziwi Peak (www.k9rawdiet.com). Using Ziwi Peak as your base food, you can then add in your supplements or even add in some home cooked meals for rotation and variety.

      KD isn’t a scary diagnosis anymore. It can be highly managed through diet and supplements.

      Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    Pyrenees Mountain Dog, HUGE WEIGHT LOSS, possible kidney disease, best diet?
    Our Pyr is now 3 years old and we’ve had so many problems with him, bless him. We only had Benji for a few days when he started to have seizures. To cut a long story short after spending nigh on £7,000 at the local vets, vetinary hospital A&E and intensive care they still didn’t know what was causing the seizures and other problems (anemic, irregular blood cells and so on). Anyway, after the first year and half of his life on medication he seemed to stabilise and as the seizures stopped he no longer required the medication. Benji was then a relatively “normal” Pyr (apart from aenimic and sensitive stomach).

    However, the last few months he’s had dramatic weight loss and is now suspected of having kidney disease (still undergoing tests). He was never a big Pyr after all the problems he had when he was a puppy, but over the last few months he went from 41kg down to 32kg. With plenty of antibiotics and change of diet etc. he has gained a massive 5kg in the last month so he’s back up to 37kg now. We’re waiting for more test results so we know whether it is kidney failure of a severe infection. I asked the vet as to what dry food is the best for a dog like Benji with all his problems, and he didn’t really give me a solid recommendation. Benji’s always had a fairly sensitive stomach, so wet dog food isn’t really an option as it causes chronic diareah and makes him even more lethergaic. We changed to Royal Canin (large adult) just before his weight gain which I think has helped.

    Would anyone recommend to keep on using this?

    Advice needed from a distressed and concerned Pyr owner :)

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    My dog has kidney disease?
    My 14 – year – old mixed breed,Maura,has just been diagnosed with primary kidney disease ( early kidney failure.) her appettite had not been good for a few days,so I took her to the vet on Tuesday,only to find that she had lost 15 lbs. since her last visit in March.It wasn’t apparent ,as she was chubby,and has a very heavy coat.My vet did bloodwork,and the kidney problem was found.Now,I have had dogs with this problem before,and special diets improved their symptoms and prolonged their lives,but Maura,a former chow -hound,refuses to eat ANYTHING,except for duck and rabbit jerky,and cooked chicken breast.She is NOT supposed to have all that protein.I bought Hill’s k/d diet,both dry and canned,and some veggie dog biscuits,but she will have none of it.She is taking Tums as a phosphate binder,and Nutri -cal to try and stimulate her appetite and keep up her energy. She is also on amoxicillin.Does anyone have a good homemade diet for dogs with kidney disease that’s highly palatable? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      try her with a little cooked rice, and boiled chicken breast. a little bowl of cornflakes with some milk. and if you could get her to eat some ice cream. my little dog had the same problem, and would only eat meat. sadly she died two years ago. she was my baby for fifteen years, hugs to you both.

  8. QUESTION:
    I have a 1 yr old Shih Tzu that has been diagnosed with kidney disease and skin allergies. What diet?
    Maizie is a foster dog with New Beginnings ShihTzu Rescue and the three applicants that were lining up for her all dropped her when her diagnoses came down. I need to know what diet to pass on to anyone interested in adopting this little girl.

    My vet recommended a kibble loaded with corn. Because of the severe skin allergy she cannot tolerate the corn or wheat in diets I have been offered. She will not eat the canned KD either. The info about the proper diet for the kidney disease is confusing. Some people say protein doesn’t matter and others say it does. Low potassium is important, but not listed on the food containers, or the lists I am finding on the net. Can anyone help clarify all of this information for me?

    • ANSWER:
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      12/28/2006: Carla from NSW Australia writes, “Apple Cider Vinger cleaned my Kidney. This was discovered after taking a full blood test.”

      Ted replies: “Dear Satish: Often times a kidney failure is due to excess acidity in urine as the acidity digests the kidney causing kidney failure much like the stomach acid digesting your kidneys. My own experience with kidney failure is often when urinary pH is between 5.0 to 5.5 but often times it can be as low as 4.5.

      Therefore, taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 glass of water taken about twice a day should notice some relief in the kidney problems.

      It takes two weeks to notice some improvement. In case of my own aunt who had kidney failure pending a surgical removal it took her 3 days of taking about this same amount or a bit more like 1 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day plus 1/2 glass of water for 3 days before the doctors decided her kidney was completely normal.

      Kidney failure can have all kinds of causes, but the most common problem I do see is excess acidity of the urine.

      If you are a perfectionist, a urinary pH precisely at 7 or as high as 7.34 is a pH that is unlikely to be acid to begin with, so it at least will give a chance for the kidney to recover.

      An exception is that in case the kidney failure is of a diabetes complication, then it would appear treatment of avoiding strict no sugar diets to be very important to reduce that first along with the usual baking soda needed to raise urinary pH to at least 7.0, being neutral is the best figure I can imagine where there is practically speaking no acid that can destroy the kidneys.

      There are other causes of kidney failure, but the information you supply me is lacking in details. I am therefor giving you a general ones that had worked for me the best. Ted”

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  9. QUESTION:
    What can I feed my dog when the vet says he has kidney disease?
    My 15 year old lab-spaniel mix dog has been diagnosed with kidney disease. The vet recommended KD dog food, but he doesn’t like it, and has basically been starving himself & not eating it. The vet said low to no protein diet. What else can I feed him that he will eat that’s good for him?

    • ANSWER:
      The KD is 14% protein. I don’t think there is a dog food on the market that is quite that low. You might want to consult your vet. I know Natural Balance has a light formula that is 16% protein. Ask your vet what the minimum protein percentage is.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long can a cat or dog live with chronic kidney disease/failure when they are on the special diet?
    We have had a cat and dog become so ill from this that the vets recommended euthanization (after they had been on the diet for some time, but completely regressed). Our dog lived one year from the time of diagnosis and our cat only 2 months. Our cat had hyperthyroidism (controlled w/medicine for about 4 years) and anemia.

    I don’t want to get into details about my family’s specific pets, but do you know in general how long they can live when on the hill’s kd or purina nf diet? Thanks for any information.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends completely on the animal and the situation.

      Some animals are tough as nails and fight sickness. Some don’t fight as hard. If the animal has many different issues, they won’t last as long. If the pet spent most of it’s life as a stray, starving and stressed, they wont’ do as well.

      Owners sometimes have the best of intentions, but don’t follow through with care. Sure, they’ll feed the special food, then feed “treats” that completely undo the good the food is doing. After a while, some owners get tired of caring for a chronically ill pet and don’t take as much care with meals and meds.

  11. QUESTION:
    kidney disease in dog?
    My 16yo poodle/schnouzer mix was diagnosed with kidney disease last yr. Please tell me anything more that I can do as his kidneys keep getting worse. His diet is Hill’s Prescription diet for kidneys canned. His meds are: calcitriol 1.5ml and 3 azodyl pills a day for kidneys, Enalapril once daily for blood pressure, and cosequin ds daily for arthritis. I also give him 250ml of normal saline via subcutenous IV now twice a week. His hips and back legs suffer the most from bone loss and arthritis. But the vet said he’sin no pain from the kidney disease. But is there anything more I can do? I bought a bottle at a pet store to force him to drink more since the vet said to flush his kidneys. but theres increased protein in his urine and decreased in his blood. I just want to do all that I can to make him live as healthy as possibl. Should I force exercise should I force water more. Some nights he eats half his food should I force more? What else any other drugs I should give him? Anything pls

    • ANSWER:
      My 8 year old Yorkie just had surgery to remove a large kidney stone. He also has an enlarged heart. He will be on the Enalapril for the rest of his life. I feel for you as I too am wondering what can I do to keep him healthy and give him longevity. You are most fortunate to have had him for 16 years. I think you are doing all that you reasonably can at this point. You will ‘know’ when it’s time to end his suffering and let him go, painful as it may be. Just give him all of the love and tenderness you can and God bless you both.

  12. QUESTION:
    I think my dog has Kidney Disease?
    He has all the symptoms for it except he has a good coat. I read this on the internet. He finished the new antibiotic yesterday. Today, he peed on the rug and floor right in front of us, Twice! I think he has Kidney Failure. My dad is going to try to order more antibiotic pills online.We have been to the vet about 2 times this month! The first time they thought he injested something toxic. He stayed on an IV overnight. The second time they thought he had either Prostate Cancer, an infection or a bump. She gave us antibiotic to give him for three weeks. All of sudden, he is done with the pills and the same behavior comes back for the third time. Does anyone know anything I can do for him? A special Diet, etc.? I really believe that he has Kidney Failure. Thank you for your answers!
    He has had bloodwork down about four times during the times he has been there. His kidneys were uplifted. When he was on the IV overnight, the next morning, they were normal. We have spent a FORTUNE on Jack! They can’t seem to find what is wrong with him. My mom said that she doesn’t want to go to the vet, again and spend another 00 to find out that he has Kidney Failure! I really just want to know if there is anything I can do to help him!
    Go to this question I posted about I think was the first time he was sick.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As9o73rhZsWfMdwLX7SQtrzsy6IX?qid=20061228061249AA98Pov

    Jack was neutered before we got him, about 12 and a half years ago. They though he had Prostate Cancer but it wasn’t, it was an infection. We thought this because the antibiotics worked, so we were almost positive that it was an infection.
    We feed him Purina Dog Chow
    He has Cancer…we took him to the vet. They don’t know what type.
    Does anyone know any types of dog food I can get for him that will help with the Cancer.

    I’m sorry, he doesn’t eat Purina, he eats Pedigree.

    • ANSWER:
      The only way your dog will be confirmed for having kidney disease is a blood test. CREA/BUN amongst others.inc electrolyte Levels will be elevated significantly if your dog has kidney disease. You cannot diagnose your dog over the Internet as the symptoms that your dog may displaying could be in relation to many other health ailments.
      Dogs i have seen with kidney failure become very skinny as they do not eat and vomit alot! and drink bucket loads.
      You ha vent made it clear as what the dogs symptoms are.
      Prostate cancer is generally diagnose with an internal and an xray. The Prostate is generally very enlarged as it evident on radiography. Also you would have probably noticed Heamorragia (blood), in the feces. Is your dog desexed?
      Three weeks on Ab’s and you dog is having no change could be a number of things, is it behaviour related of is there a chronic infection going on? What do you feed your dog? What are the other symptoms? has your vet done a full blood examination of the dog if not demand one.
      There are a number of test that your vet could do to pin point the problem my suggestion is if you are not getting results with the vet you are with now then get a second opinion.

      Remember be confident with your vet and sometimes you need to be patient as dogs cannot talk so it is a process of elimination.

      Good luck but you need to follow it up

  13. QUESTION:
    appropriate food for a dog with kidney disease?
    Let me preface my questions by stating that euthanasia is not an option at this point. My 14 yr old golden retrieverchow mix is very happy and active. I give her fluids every other day & she is on the Rx KD canned dog food. I know to keep her diet low protein. She has lost weight, and eats her food better when I mix rice or egg whites (the main ingredient in her kd food) in it. Does mixing this type of table food in anyway negate what the fluids & rx dog food does? I would really like to see her gain weight without complicating her kidney disease.
    I am communicating with my vet about this as well. My vet is who diagnosed the problem, and prescribed the food & fluids. However, I’ve always found that arming myself with as many points of view as possible from people ‘in the same boat’ beneficial to making decisions. Please know that I am not using the forum as a stand in for advice from my vet, I would just like to hear what others in my situation have done. Thanks for your comments & well intentions.

    • ANSWER:
      aw, i hope your dog is ok. my 4 yr old boston passed a few months ago from kidney failure. i can’t really answer your question but i hope all goes well!

  14. QUESTION:
    Cheaper food for my dog with kidney disease?
    The vet put my 8-year old whippet on Renal MP Modified Royal Canin Veterinary Diet. She said he should have 2-3 cans per day, but that seems like way too much for him as he’s only 40 lbs. Also, if this is the case, it’s costing us 100$ per month just to feed him! Are there any alternatives? I know that there’s another kidney failure diet food called KB… or KG… or something like that. Help please? How should I feed him, is this the right stuff he should be on, and if so, is there any cheaper alternative?

    • ANSWER:
      I have no personal experience with Kidney Disease, but this website (which I have referred to plenty of times for various issues, and trust very much) has a TON of info on canine kidney disease:

      http://www.dogaware.com/health/kidney.html

      I would suggest reading as much as you can from the above sight for a better understanding of what your dog is going through.

      Also the following might help you —
      “Non-Prescription Commercial Diets for Dogs with Kidney Disease”

      http://www.dogaware.com/health/kidneynonprescription.html

      “Is a Low-Protein Diet Desirable or Necessary for Dogs with Kidney Disease?”

      http://www.dogaware.com/health/kidneyprotein.html

      If you switch your dog to a dry kibble, I would definitely suggest wetting the food before feeding. Dehydration is a big concern for dogs with kidney problems. I would also suggest that you not give tap water anymore if you do now, and instead switch him to filtered water.

  15. QUESTION:
    What dietary options do I have for my dog with kidney disease?
    My 11 year old neutered male sheltie is beginning to show signs of kidney disease. His BUN levels were last recorded at 29 and 34 for his last two blood tests, which my vet says is an indication of a very slow progression into stage 1 kidney disease. My vet wants me to put him on Science Diet k/d, but I don’t believe in low quality bulk processed food like that. I don’t feed my dog corn, by-products, and prefer not to feed him any grains as well as any other fillers or plant proteins.
    I’ve read that plant proteins are harder on the kidneys than animal proteins and animal proteins are okay is early stages of kidney disease but my vet is adamant about a low protein, low salt, low phosphorus prescription diet. While I agree with the low salt and phosphorus, I’m not sold on the low protein and the prescription garbage.
    My dog currently eats EVO Red Meat Small Bites, Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck and Solid Gold Barking at the Moon rotations. I’m pretty sure I have to lower his protein, which I’m okay with.
    However, I was wondering what kind of food (wet and dry food) is recommended for kidney problems for people who are seeking a more holistic diet for their pets? Any information is helpful. I can’t find a pet nutritionist in my area, so this is so difficult.

    PS I’ve been looking at Wellness Super5Mix Senior as a candidate with canned Innova Senior… That’s the best combination I’ve found, but any and all genuine thoughts and experiences is welcome.
    I’ve been looking at a holistic vet, and yes the cause of my dog’s problems is probably his food, but from before I became better informed. I used to feed him until he was around 6 or 7 Kibbles n Bits and Moist and Meaty, and I believe the plant proteins and fillers have taken their toll on him.
    Please refrain from blaming me for the issue; I already have blamed myself.
    PS Can you explain why you feel Science Diet is a better food than what I have been feeding him and why my food choices are junk? I’m open to opinions, as long as they have been researched outside of the brand’s lab.
    Cookie-
    Thanks for the info! The link didn’t work for me but I’m checking out the website. I threw this question up here to get some ideas… This won’t be the definitive answer here… I’m going to check out that group. I’ve already joined.
    What did you feed your dog? I’m taking a pass on the Science Diet, I’d just love to hear exactly why Science Diet is superior to holistic diets according to Bonnie…
    walking lady- I’m going to check your link out as well. That’s an interesing idea with the high protein.
    CJ Rossi, I just don’t believe that the SD is even a medium quality food. I don’t believe there’s enough protein to effectively keep a dog in his peak health. Further, I don’t know if the protein is plant or animal based, and the research I have done says that plant based protein actually makes the kidneys work harder. It will be a harder sale for me to switch to Science Diet. If I could find a medium quality, I would consider it, but I’m just not seeing it right now.
    I don’t think Science Diet is formulating a proper diet for a dog with kidney problems in mind. I think that Science Diet created a food decades ago based on the information they had then, and have become such a presence in vet’s offices that they no longer feel the need to do research.
    I realize your cats have been living for three years on k/d but I’ve also talked to a gentleman who continues to feed his Blue Buffalo to his dog five years after being diagnosed with kidney problems with no health issues.
    I don’t find a specific instance of the longevity of an animal to be enough proof for me.
    I feel like feeding my dog chicken beaks and feathers and corn (aka SD k/d) with a low protein prolongs his life with kidney disease just to shorten it with a protein and nutrient deficiency.
    I don’t feed my dog high quality food simply because it is considered high quality. I feed it to him beacause I believe it is what is best for him. I don’t feel Science Diet ever will be.
    Thanks Cookie for the info on your diet. I have been trying to locate a nutritionist to formulate something for my dog as well. That’s the only reason why I am looking for a holistic vet… well, that and I’m interested in testing my dog before over vaccinating, but that’s a whole nother discussion. :o ) Anyway, I love my traditional vet, but I was told that to find a nutritionist, the easiest path to take is to seek a holistic vet first and they would know where to go from there… not so much I’m interested in the herbal aspect of it.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry about your dog’s illness. I am not a veterinarian, so can’t advise you on food choices, my suggestion would be to find a holistic vet. Vets that promote Science Diet are usually selling the food and making profit on their recommendations, which could be why your vet is so adamant on you feeding that food.

      If you find a Holistic Vet, there is no way he/she would recommend Science Diet (junk food). This vet could advise and supervise healthy food choices and how your dog progresses.

  16. QUESTION:
    feeding a dog with canine kidney disease?
    my baby basset, who is not quite 2 years old, was recently diagnosed with kidney disease. this was a severe shock to me since he is showing no signs of renal failure. the vet is recommending a low protein diet – hills vet formula to be exact, which i am not a fan of. just wondering if anyone out there has gone thru this with your furkid. i’m looking for alternatives to feed him, even if it’s something that i have to whip up myself. i’ve taken away his normal food and have been feeding canned, raw diet, yogurt and water mix to him twice a day. i’m open for any type of herbal remedies – since the dog food that i was feeding to both of my dogs was a holilistic blend. the hills diet that is recommended by the vet contains 6% protein – doesn’t seem like a lot of nutrition to me. does anyone know if lab results leaning towards kidney failure could be the sign of something else. i am seeking a second opinion just to be on the safe side but in the meantime i need to be able to feed my dog

    • ANSWER:
      Ambertech has a product called Kidney Rejuvenator that is herbs to help with kidney function. http://www.ambertech.com/kr.php

      A diet suitable for dogs with failing kidneys can be prepared at home by adding one-half cup of cooked ground chicken breast or two crushed large hard-boiled eggs (no shells) to four cups of mashed potatoes or four cups of boiled brown rice. 30ml (Two tablespoons) of Canola oil, one-quarter Centrum tablet, 100iu of vitamin E, and 500mg of absorbable Calcium from any human calcium supplement, which is free of phosphorus on the label. Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol acetate is known to slow the aging process by scavenging free-radicals). The amount prepared should feed a 25 pound dog for a day or two, depending on its activity level and metabolic rate.

      A second recipe, originally published by Hill’s Pet Foods, for renal failure in dogs consists of ¼ pound ground regular beef (not chuck or round), 1 large hard-boiled egg, two cups of cooked white rice, three slices of white bread, and a teaspoon full of calcium carbonate and also a multivitamin with vitamin E.

  17. QUESTION:
    Help on getting a dog with kidney disease to eat?
    I have a 8 1/2 yr old scottie. She has been diagnosed with stage 2 kidney disease recently. She has high protein and phosphorous levels. She was put on the Hills K/D and Purina NF diets, but won’t eat it now. Her vet insists that is what she should eat, but it’s getting to be a bad deal with alot of wasted expensive food and a hungry dog. I’ve tried mixing in rice, but to no avail. She also has bladder stones and is a little dehydrated. She’s on Epakitin, a phosphorous binder and high blood pressure medicine. I also give her a vitamin supplement daily. She really is in pretty good shape and loves to go on her mile a day walks, so I’m not willing to give up on her yet. Any help would be so appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Thank you for your very loving question for your dog! I worked at a vet clinic for five years, and we often saw dogs with kidney failure live quite happy lives for years. I think you’re right on with your attitude. :)

      As you mentioned, she’s dehydrated. Dehydration can decrease appetite. Here are some tricks to try and get her to eat without overloading her kidneys with protein-rich flavor enhancers which would just make the problem worse:

      Add enough warm, unsalted chicken or other meat-based stock to her food to make a rich, warm, fragrant, water-rich “stew.”

      Feed her directly after coming home from her walks, when she would normally head for the water bowl. Replace the water bowl with her delicious, moist food, prepared as described above.

      Be sure to not leave the food out, but to feed her just once or twice a day. Take up any unused portion after 20 minutes, put it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge until next mealtime. Warm up slightly in the microwave before trying again. That’s much more exciting and enticing for doggie, and will save you from wasting that expensive food! ;)

      I am not kidding on this one…as you prepare and stir up her concoction, make loud, obnoxious smacking sounds yourself, as though you’re drooling over her dinner and might just eat it yourself is she doesn’t want it.

      Best of luck to you, try not to panic, and remember that making her food delicious and hydrating will go a long way!

      Doggedly yours,
      Celeste Crimi
      Network Member Support
      Best Friends Animal Society

      http://network.bestfriends.org

  18. QUESTION:
    Holistic treatment for kidney disease in dogs?
    Are there any holistic treatments, diets, minerals, etc. that would work in conjunction with medicine in order to help a dog diagnosed with the start of kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Raw food – a raw meaty bones or prey model diet based around whole carcasses, raw meat, meaty bones and organs.

      I would suggest you join one of the raw feeding groups – RawMeatyBones or rawfeeding are two good ones.

      holistic means treating the ‘whole’ rather than just the symptoms – not necessarily homoeopathic or ‘herbal’ – surely a species appropriate diet is the first step in this?

  19. QUESTION:
    Is the Yahoo group for dogs with Kidney Disease still in action? If so how do I contact them?
    I found this group a few months ago, when my Yorkie had crystals in her urine. I put her on the Fuzzer diet, followed all their guidelines, and she has improved to the point where she no longer has the crystals in her urine. I really would like to get in touch with them to say Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s k-9 kidney diet group

  20. QUESTION:
    Pleading for help for any type of treatments for dog kidney failure?
    My Pomeranian is 8 yrs old and she’s having kidney failure problem. We took her to the vet and the vet told us that 1/3 of her kidney have failed. He gave us some fluid to inject in her every morning and medicine to take once a day. So far we’ve been doing this for about a week now and it showed very little sign of improvement. She haven’t been eating, she lost a lot of weight, she’s very weak, and she shakes a lot. I really don’t know what else to do besides follow the vet orders and pray that she gets better. So I’m here tonight searching for any kind of help. Any kind of recommendation or experience you may have that might be able to help my dog get better. She’s very precious to my family and I can’t bare to see her in pain. Please share your wisdom if you can. Thank you.

    The Treatment that my vet prescribe for my dog is “Atodyl” to take once a day, change in diet (K/D pet food), and fluids to inject in her every morning.

    PS. Have anyone ever heard or tried “NHV Tripsy Treatment”? Here’s the link to the product: http://www.petwellbeing.com/dog-kidney-disease-p91.cfm#descrip-tabs

    • ANSWER:
      I truely hate to be the one that tells you this, but often times these are fatal.
      Take her back the vet and get an opinion. If she’s in too much pain, you may just have to put her down…
      But see the vet says, and i just do everything you possibly can. Pay everything for everthing. Work hard and believe!
      Good luck, to your puppy!! :)

  21. QUESTION:
    Diet for K9 with Kidney Disease?
    My poor dog that I’ve had since I was 19 (Im currently 31) has failing kidneys. The Vet said that if she were a person she would be on dialasis. Anyhow, she is currently getting liquid treatment under her skin every day and her she is still eating, but not nearly what she used to. I have been giving her people food as she has been staying away from regular canned dog food (which she used to love). Now I give her some canned salmon, rice, carrots, sometimes a scrambelled egg or two. But what she REALLY LOVES is canned vienna sausages and hot dogs. I have been giving her alot of these just so she will take in more calories. I would put her down, alothough it breaks my heart except she is still pretty playful and happy…although not as much as she use to be. My question is what do you think about giving her hot dogs and such as primary meals?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a great yahoo group for dogs with kidney failure. The members there have a lot of great advice and tricks to keep your dog with you as long as possible. Please join and seek their advice.http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9KidneyDiet/

  22. QUESTION:
    I need to put my 10 year old dog on a low protein diet. What specialized dog foods are available?
    He has been diagnosed with early stage kidney disease. It has been recommended that I put him on a low protein diet to help control the disease. He is currently taking antibiotics and the vet also recommends regular blood and urine testing to be sure it doesn’t get worse.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you would be VERY happy with Eukaneuba brand.. HOWEVER.. DO NOT PUT THE DOG on Eukaneuba all of a sudden…. mix your regular dog food with eukaneuba and then eventually increase the proportion of eukaneuba and until you have tdotally eukaneuba

  23. QUESTION:
    My dog is slowly dying from congestive heart failure and kidney disease. He has lost weight because ….?
    he refuses to eat. I have tried all kinds of food and have made foods. He needs to be on a low protien diet, because his kidney’s are deteriating. I found two healthy ceresls (made for humans) which he is eating. He seems to feel a little better and has a little more energy. He is even gaining back a little weight.

    My husband worries that this isn’t good for him.

    I love this dog so much and he is so happy to get his food now. I think, since he is dying and this makes him happy, and seems to help him, I should give it to him.

    What is your opinion?.
    To everyone except Diva, PeggyC, Ginbark & anyone else who may answer this question while I am writing this reply. I adopted my dog from the pound when he was 9 years old. I love and would NEVER allow him to suffer or live in pain. He still gets excited for his short walks. He is such a happy dog and is in less pain than I am and they won’t put me down. I am not the selfish person you think I am. When he reaches the point where he is in pain and our bond is so great that I will know when this is, I will have him put down, but he is not ready to go to doggy heaven yet.

    I know you mean well, but your answers were very upsetting to me. You haven’t even seen this dog and evaluated his condition. My vet is very good and he will tell me when it is time, because he also knows and loves my dog.
    Tina B
    He is about fourteen now. He is a Schnoodle .
    Yes, he is on medication. I roll his little pill in a little cheese, put it down, he sniffs it and looks at me. I say p l e a s e and he eats it. He smiles at me. It’s a game he likes to play, making me beg. He is so smart. I’m on oxygen24/7 and he puts his paws on my leash (tube) to try to keep me from going anywhere.
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    I wish I could choose all seven of the answers that had positive ideas, but I can only choose one. I kept reading them over and over again, after blocking out the ones that meant well , but were not helpful. Please know how much I appreciated the love that poured out for my dog
    PM
    I wish I had gotten him sooner in his life, but he was nine when I got him from the pound.
    Thanks for your kind comments.
    Dobiegang
    I have tried everything you named, except tuna. Thanks for your underatanding and compassion. Best wishes to you and your dog.
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    ********************************************** I wasn’t allowed to pick earlier and now with more great answers, it is even more difficult. Please do not be hurt if you are not picked. I wish I could pick more than one. Thank you! Thank You!Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      You don’t say how old the dog is. You also don’t say if it’s on meds or if the vet has prescried a prescription diet. There are many foods that treat heart disease and kidney disease. Both kidney and heat disease are the normal course of deterioration for dogs as they get older, so don’t think that you have done anyting. wrong. As far as feeding him cereal, if he’s eating it and gaining weight, go for it. If it’s making him happy, then enjoy it. You don’t know how much longer you’re going to have him for and your memories should be happy ones. There’s very little that we eat that a dog can’t eat. Before we started feeding “dog food”, and before dogs were domesticated, they ate what they killed or they foraged and ate vegetation. They instinctively knew what to eat and what not to eat. They also healed themselves. I’m not saying that’s what’s happening here. There’s an ingredient or ingredients in that cereal that the dog wants or needs and by eating it he’s getting it.
      As far as him being in pain. Take a picture and look at him. If he’s in pain you’ll see it in the picture. If he’s not in pain it’s my oppinion that he should be left alone and allowed to pass at home. Good luck

  24. QUESTION:
    Can a dog rebound from kidney disease?
    My dog is 6 and 6 weeks ago he statred drinking mass quantities of H20 and peeing everywhere. I took him to the vet right away, who preformed a series of blood test. He had protien loss and we got a 2nd opinion, which was the same. He was given anti-biotics. At the time he was put on the k/d diet which he hates. He stopped eating completely so he began the homemade low protien diet and he is eating that fine, but we have to switch recipes every few days. He also was diagnosed with high blood pressure (195). The 10.5 protien and 195 BP was taken on 10/30. We took him to a specialist for an ultrasound and further blood work and x-rays. Ultrasound and x-ray came back %100 normal. BP was 168 and Protien was 9.3 (11/12), which are both slight improvements. He had a positive Rocky Mountian Fever and Lyme. He seems a bit better and we will be using strong antibiotics. Can he rebond and has anyone been through this?

    • ANSWER:
      kidney disease is a progressive illness, but you can slow it down greatly, with the change in diet, BP medication, kidney medication (azodyl and calcitrical were what my dog was on), and regular IV or sub-q fluids.

      my dog hated the K/d diet also. its important that whatever food you give, is lowest in protein and sodium, and that you add water to it, the more water he gets the better. I bought a baby bottle and gave my dog extra water that way every night also. the water and IV fluids are like dialysis in people who have kidney disease; the water works to flush the toxins out of the kidneys that can not do it fully on their own now. (so as a beneficial consequence, they need to urinate more, but that means accidents)

      at some point, your dog is just going to refuse food alltogether. theres nothing you can do, the toxin build up in the kidneys goes to the dogs brain and makes them have no appetite and nausea.

      but my dog lived for almost 2 years with kidney disease without pain and a good quality of life until the last few weeks.

      Also, try to get the dog eating the K/d because he still needs vitamins and enzymes that is supplemented in the dog food. i added unsweetened applesauce to the canned k/d..it seemed like a bad combo but my dog ate it like that for a while.

  25. QUESTION:
    What dog foods are available for dogs with kidney and bladder stones?
    I have a Great Dane with Addison’s Disease and who now has been diagnosed with bladder and kidney stones. I pay 0 a month for the injection to keep him functioning with Addison’s and now I have to feed him a prescription diet. I love my dog but I have to eat too. Is there anything out there that is cheaper than for a 40# bag.

    • ANSWER:
      Join Yahoo’s K9KidneyDiet group. You’ll need to know what type of stones.

      I had wonderful success using the Fuzzer Diet for calcium oxylate stones… and have found raw feeding to be less expensive than premium brands of food.

      http://www.eastwooddanes.com/Getting-Started-101.htm

      Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    does the canine kidney health by five leaf pet pharmacy really cure or treat kidney disease in dogs?
    My 9 year old dog has kidney failure. We have taken her to the vet and he told us to put her on a low protein diet and we are going to give her fluid injections. He says she has maybe a year to live. I searched on google and i found this website which sells natural medication for dogs with kidney failure. It says that it treats and cures kidney disease, and it has a lot of testimonials stating that it works. I am not sure whether to believe it and to buy it. Im worried that its a scam. Does anyone have any experience with this medication?????????????????? does it work?? any advice would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney failure is irreversible, so no it would not cure it. It would be supportive therapy.

  27. QUESTION:
    Anyone know how long kidney disease usually takes to progress in dogs?
    I just found out my 12-year-old female Samoyed has the start of kidney problems and was put on a precscription diet specifically to help maintain kidney function.

    • ANSWER:
      Did the vet say there was any loss of kidney function or just that there might be some problems?

      I know when my dog was diagnosised with kidney failure we were able to keep her going by changing her diet to a home made diet. What our biggest problem was our dog also had a sensitive tummy so food she should eat would give her diarrhea. She did pretty well on the home diet for 6 months then we did have to go back to her old food as by then it was try to keep weight on her.

      With kidney failure my dog lasted 9 months BUT that is worse than kidney problems. Some dogs can go for years with a kidney problem and not get worse. It really depends on the dog, if it was caught early enough and if the change in diet will help.

      I got lots of good help with diet and support from Yahoo Groups K9kidney. They will also tell you some supplements that may help.

  28. QUESTION:
    kidney disease for dogs?
    my dog was diagonsed with kidney disease..we brought him to the vet and they put him in the hospital where he was given slow drip ivs..now he is home and he is still acting weird hes still shivering his sides are hard as a rock ne advice should i return him to the vet?..or any special diet i can give him the vet said chicken and rice..is good.i also have another dog a puppy can he get this kidney disease by drinking and eating out of the same food bowls that the diganosed dog eats and drinks out of? Please Help!

    • ANSWER:
      No kidney disease is not contagious. The shivering could be from the IV fluids or from the resulting non-regenerative anemia that occurs with kidney failure. I would check back with the vet or get a second opinion. This is a very serious condition as most of the kidney function is lost when the animal starts to show signs of illness. In the meantime join the K9Kidneys yahoo group. The people there are wonderful and have many ideas for supplements, medicines, and diet.
      As for now the best diet is rice (either white or better yet sushi rice) and dark meat chicken as there is less phosphorus. But be sure to supplement the diet. Also check out the website www.dogaware.com. There is LOADS of information on it. Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    My dog has been diagnosed with kidney disease.?
    She won’t eat her prescribed diet of purina NF. anyone know what I can add to her diet that will entice her to eat her food? she’s been very worn down it seems from this. Her BUN level is 86 and her creatinine is 3.5 She is a 12 yr old Schipperke. Does anyone know the stage she would be in and can I bring her back to health? Please I’m desperate..my vet never told me what stage she’s in and i’ll be damned if he/she will return my calls.

    • ANSWER:
      Try feeding it a holistic or natural dog food. Good diet helps pull things back into alignment. Goto your vet and camp out till you get answers to your questions or get another vet.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are elevated kidney levels in a Boston Terrier?
    I am thinking about adopting a 3 yr old Boston Terrier from a local Humane Society. They told me she had “elevated kidney levels” when she came to the shelter b/c her prior owners basically fed her table scraps instead of dog food. At the shelter, she was put on a special “kidney diet” and they’ve done blood work 3 times since then and her kidney levels are fine now. Can anyone tell me exactly what elevated kidney levels mean and if it is connected to kidney disease? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      My oldest cat had that problem – it has to do with how they are processing their diet. If untreated, kidney failure can occur. I’m not especially clear on all the medical details, but I think it had to do with the kidneys overworking because the animal is eating things they oughtn’t.

      So for practical experience… my cat is fine! He was switched to a prescription diet that is easier for him to digest and his enzyme levels all returned to normal. He’s been good for a couple of years now. I think all it really means is that you need to make sure that, if you adopt this pup, you stick to his diet and gets his bloodwork done every 6months to a year (the vet will recommend how long in between). As far as I can tell from my own kitty experiences, it hasn’t been a big deal. It might have been if we’d never known about it, but it’s been 100% manageable and easily managed at that. It’s just what goes in his bowl and it’s one extra thing to check off on his comprehensive exams.

      ETA: someone above mentioned not being able to get pet insurance, so I just wanted to note that this probably isn’t true. Not only is the dog fine, but it’s not the same as “kidney disease”. It’s easily managable and the expense is the food, not veterinary intervention. My cat has a banfield plan and his kidney level issue was not a problem when we switched from one plan to another (when we moved, he had to transfer which means a new plan, so they do the same pre-enrollment assesment as when he originally started years ago. Basically, they won’t cover some of the major chronic things that an animal can have wrong going in, and his special kidney diet needs weren’t even an issue, so I would think that’s a good indication for easy ability to cover this BT on pet insurance or a pet plan if you want).

  31. QUESTION:
    Are you a nutritionist that has experience with Kidney Disease and Congestive Heart Failure?
    Hi, I’m looking for a nutritionist that might be able to speak with me about a diet for my dog. He has stage three chronic kidney disease and congestive heart failure, and his last visit to the vet shows his kidneys getting worse despite our efforts to reduce salt and protein from his diet. We did get in contact with a nutritionist but she wanted 0 just to consult with us. We’re hesitant to do this because we fear she’ll just tell us to reduce salt and protein and stop giving him dog food which he hasn’t eaten in over two years anyone. It’s frustrating to have to hand over this amount of money when we’re not given any information on what the consultation will entail. If you’re a nutritionist, especially is you have any experience with these health problems and dogs any advice would be helpful. Our dog is a peek-a-poo, 15.5 years old, and his kidney numbers were 83 and 3.3 at his last visit. Again, any advice is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not an animal specialist neither a medical doctor. But I’ve had a heart failure myself 4 years ago. To improve function of my heart I am taking 200 mg. of CQ 10 daily. I’ve heard something that initially it came from trails in veterinarian clinics. Just my two cents. Make some research. It might help.

  32. QUESTION:
    1 year old dog, possible kidney issues, vet says food allergies?
    My basset/beagle is a little over a year old. He has been tested for diabetes mellitus, and kidney disease, has neither. They think it might be diabetes insipidus. Does anybody know anything about that? Basically they think he doesn’t concentrate his urine. I have been told by my vet he shows signs of food allergies. With no idea what he is actually allergic to, how do I begin to figure that out? I don’t know what to eliminate from his diet. He eats taste of the wild, which is grain free, right now. Any advice on the kidney issues, or food issues would be great!

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Puppy with possible kidney disease…Should I keep him?
    Me and my husband got a mini schnauzer 4 month old pup from a rescue group about a month ago. This has come to be the worst nightmare of our lives so far…Since the day we brought him home we noticed that he drinks a lot of water…we were told by the vet that it was probably stress from the house change…we waited and he still drank lots of water (he’s about 11 pounds and drinks about 1L of water everyday)…the vet did some blood tests and urinalysis and found his BUN, Phosphorous and Calcium levels a little elevated and his urine very dilute…nothing big, but still not normal…he said it was a probable UTI infection and put him on antibiotics…10 days later we took him back, the values were a little higher now…he advised of probable kidney disease, possibly congenital…the vet put him on k/d food and gave him more antibiotics. I decided to go to another vet for a second opinion and again the new vet advised that since his Creatinine values were within normal range, it could just be a bad infection and gave him stronger antibiotics for 14 more days. Yesterday I took him back for his recheck and now his values are all within normal although his urine is still very dilute (1.008 and this was his first urine of the day). The vet is not sure if his values are lower because the antibiotics are working or if it’s just because of the food he’s been eating have lowered the values (low protein, low calcium, phosphorus, etc) so she wanted to do an ultrasound to confirm if it’s indeed kidney disease…the ultrasound is about 0 but my husband and I cannot afford this. The vet suggested I just keep the dog b/c she does think it might be some kidney problem and leave him on the diet and just let him live whatever time he’s supossed to live…basically just keep him on diet and dont worry about testing and stuff….our dilemma is, should we return the puppy to the rescue group and let them deal with him? (they said they would put him up for readoption but I dont really believe them and i dont think anyone would adopt a sick puppy) or should we just keep him and let him be happy and give him love until God decides to take him away? By the way, the puppy is the happiest creature ever…he’s not in pain, with appetite, not lethargic or anything…in fact, he’s VERY active…My heart is broken because I love him with all my heart and I dont want him to be put to sleep or to be given to somebody that wont take care of him the way we do…so I need advise…should I keep him????????? HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      As heartbreaking as it would be, I would keep the puppy until the day I had to make the tough decision to end his suffering. I would want to make sure this puppy was given the best chance at life.

  34. QUESTION:
    my dog has cronic liver & kidney failure. can i give him his arthritis loxicom on an empty stomach?
    Hi. This is really hard to explain but I will try my best. My dog is 16 yearsof age and until3 weeks ago he was in perfect condidion and even the vets said he has lots of yeaars left. Still mamaged to go on hours walks. Running up and down stairs and always full of energy. However, he does have authritus but he was put on loxicom for that and it makes him back to hid old self. 3 weeks ago he was going on 1 hr walks. 9 mths ago he was told he had something wrong with his liver but if we changed his diet it will be ok. So started feeding his chicken and vegatable lile the vet said. He lost all his weight and is just bones now. He went of his food 3 weeks ago and water and was being sick so took him vets. He look a complely different dog. The vets ran some test and they said he has got cronic kidney and liver disease and we should put him dog. It broke my heart because 3 weeks ago he was his mad self. Even someone said to me on his walk he taking you for a walk aint he. He is not a normal 16 year old dog he a figther. My next door neigbours call him phyc for phyco cse hes so lively. Anyways, I will not put him down noway I will kill my dog. He still tryes to fight and trys to drink and eat and eventhoe he has autheritus he still gets and walks around and has no problems going to the toilet. We have been giving him water threw a saringue. And because he has isnt eating I blend vegetable such as brocoli, cabbage,carrot spinage. So he can get vitamins and he isnt been sick and doesn’t have trouble going to the toilet. So I wanted to no if I could still give him his medicine for his autheritus loxicom because he is in pain with that and eventhoe he still walks he in pain with it. However, it says not to give it him on a empty stomach. He stomach isnt emprty but his food is like water based. I am really confused cause I dont want to make thing worse or kill him. I just think it will help him be in less pain and least he will be able to sit down wthout his authritus hurting him. I no he is going to pass away but I just want him to live as confortable as possible. I am up with him allday and night. I have a hours sleep then my family take over. I am tryin my best for him. I will not give up on him so please don’t mention putting him to sleep. So do you think I should risk giving him his medicine on a empty stomach well he has water based food? Also if anyone has any advise about vitamins etc. but have really got a lot of time to think about that. Just want to no about his medicine. Please help me because the vets are useess they just want to write him off. Kidest regards. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Bless your heart….

      I am guessing the vets are making suggestions based on what most people want

      I would be concerned that giving him the meds at this point would make things worse for him because meds process either thru the liver or thru the kidney & you are saying he has both shutting down

      because neither his liver or his kidney can process properly, he is going to build up toxins… and, I hate to say this, but you know he will pass away rather soon…

      Thankfully, he has lived a joyful & full life with you & your family :)

  35. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog suddenly love eating dirt?!?
    So apparently my dog loves dirt. To eat. She has kidney disease, so I give her Hill’s Prescription K/D (the vet prescribed it). She seems to hate it even more than regular food (she has never been a big eater since I got her a few months ago).

    Anyway, so normally she likes to eat grass, which I feel isn’t THAT weird. But yesterday we walked by some “freshly tilled dirt” and it was like we were walking by a spilled bag of her favorite treats! She kept trying to eat it, and I *thought* I did a good job at keeping her from it, until she basically pooped a pot of dirt today! And today on our walk she did it again- eating dirt! Is it possible she isn’t getting enough nutrition from her diet? Should I try changing her to a more high quality food? I’ve heard many people say that dogs with kidney disease still need good quality food, because now there is some controversy over whether they are REALLY having a problem digesting protein or whatever from good food or not.

    Well any help with this would be much appreciated. :) Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many reasons that could explain this:
      1)Pica: Pica is the ingestion or eating of non-food materials and substances. These materials have no nutritive values. Dogs eat dirt. There could be underlying reasons for this abhorrent behavior.

      2)Hunger: If your dog isn’t being given enough food to eat may she may be forced to eat dirt to ease the gnawing in her bellies. This is most common in dogs that are given one meal a day. And you said that she has kidney diease and never has been a big eater.. Maybe these two are related causing the dirt munching?

      3)Mineral Deficiency: Eating dirt is often associated with anemia. Low quality dog foods are most often deficient in nutrients. Dogs seem to have this amazing ability to solve their mineral deficiency concerns. If they don’t get enough vitamins and minerals from their food they simply eat dirt to cope with the shortage. So it could be the dog food your feeding her. So you should consult your vet about the best quality and most recommended vitamin and mineral enriched dog food.

      4)Health Concerns: You may be giving your dog high quality nutrient rich food but she would still eat dirt. She then may be dealing with a digestive system disorder. Gastrointestinal maldigestive as well as malabsorptive disorders hinders the nutrients of the ingested food from being absorbed by the body thus resulting to nutrient deficiency. Again, your dog will eat dirt to supplement the nutrient insufficiency.

      5)Abnormal Behavior: Dogs have excellent olfactory capacity that is 40,000 times better than humans. Your dog could be smelling something interesting in the dirt, and if she likes what she smells she therefore would want to eat anything that is embedded in the dirt. Eating dirt is also a way by which the dog can gain the owner’s attention. These are sensitive creatures that would crave human companionship especially when there are no other pets in the home. Eating dirt is also a way of manifesting boredom. Some dogs would be destructive when bored. Chewing furniture and carpets, digging and incessant barking are signs that the dog is bored. Some dog just eat dirt when they are. My bichon frise eats the tips of my my lemon grass leaves and eats the dirt too. I noticed he does it whenever I don’t give him a lot of attention.

      A dog eating dirt also may be coping with the increased appetite borne out of having an endocrine disorder. These dogs would crave for food and when none is available would resort to eating dirt.

      I can’t diagnose or answer your question fully. So I think you should bring these things up with your vet just incase, hun! Hope this helps :)

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any good recipes for dogs with kidney diease?
    My dog is a 15 year old Maltese with kidney disease. The vet prescribed him The Prescription Diet- K/D canned and dry food. He did not like the canned food but with the dry food, I grind it up and sprinkle over his meal. I currently cook potato, pumpkin and celery in salt reduced veggie stock and then mash it up and add white rice. I put some of this in his bowl with some diced chicken loaf. I give him the chicken loaf because it is processed and therefore low in protein. I then sprinkle the dry food over the top and mix it together. This worked well for a while but now he is tiring of it. I am reluctant to up the protein even though I know that is what he wants as the vet strongly recommended a very low protein diet.
    Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you :-)

    • ANSWER:
      That’s a great question.

      My dogs never tire of the same food being offered repeatedly so it’s a bit of a head scratcher.
      You might benefit from joining some of the raw feeding yahoo groups. I joined some and you can email me if you want the names of those groups.

      While you want low protein, I suspect you can cook some beef liver or heart of tongue and chop it and freeze it in containers so you can pull out one container and add a little to your current recipe to change the flavor.

      ALSO… use brown rice or brown and white rice mixed.
      Also, there is turkey bacon out there which didn’t excite me when I tried it so I added it to my dog’s meal and they loved it.
      One of the most exciting flavors you can add to your current diet for a change of taste is some lamb. AND… if you don’t want to add too much meat, add the fat… lamb fat excites my dogs more than anything else.

      Use google… search for “amount of protein in meat products” and in fish products. If something has a high protein value, use a smaller amount of it so your dog gets variety, but not lots of protein. That way you don’t drastically change your current good diet but simply enhance it. If other items are equally low in protein as chicken, use them a lot more. Look at the ingredients in the prescription diet and K/D canned and dry food to see what types of items they use. Check the protein count of wild game food to see if maybe some deer meat or something similar could be given instead of the chicken.

      It’ll take some searching… but meanwhile… some lamb fat or bacon grease would be low protein and might do a LOT to improve your dog’s interest in the meal you now make. -!-

  37. QUESTION:
    My dog’s blood work shows high kidney enzymes?
    I have a 8-year-old Pom/mix. She recently had some dental work done, and the blood work she had done before it showed that she had high enzymes in her kidneys. They said i would have to put her on a low protein diet right away.

    For one, she wasn’t allowed to eat/drink after 12 am. She actually had not drank sines probably around 10 p.m. that night. All night she was up looking for me to give her a drink, so she obviously really wanted a drink. I did some research and it said that dehydration can cause the kidney enzymes to be high. (The vet said they were not up very high)
    Ever sines her diet has changed, i have a hard time getting her to eat, and she seems depressed, just not the same.
    I have thought about taking her to a different vets to get some more blood work done to see what the results of the enzymes are.
    I’m so confused, and i just love her so much, i hate to see her this way..i need some advice, i hope you can help!

    Do you think the high enzymes count was because of dehydration?
    1 more thing, what should i be looking for in her results (if i get the blood work done again) that would mean some kind on kidney disease?
    Thanks for your time!

    • ANSWER:
      A second PROFESSIONAL opinion wouldn’t hurt, especially in the light of the confusion you are experiencing. I does sound a little questionable diagnosis…but then again, I’m no vet; just a guy that has raised and cared for many dogs over the past 40 years.
      If you’re not happy with the vet’s diagnosis, look elsewhere. You may get the same answers, but then, at least you’ll know!

  38. QUESTION:
    My 13 yr old Dog was recently diagnosed with early stages of Renal Disease?
    My 13 yr old dog was recently diagnosed with renal disease and he is a small dog that only weighs 11lbs and our vet put him on nf kidney function diet but our problem is he wont eat it he went 2 day without eating anything because our vet said to give only this food. Today I broke down and put half of the nf dog food along with half boiled chicken with some water and mixed it all in together is this still ok or do I need to try to force feed him which I do not want to go this route cause I feel like if he don’t want it I should not force it on him but yet I am not ready to lose my baby. Is there anything that I can do to get him to eat the NF Dog food that I might be able to mix in with it that wont hurt him any worse than he is now. Please help I have done lots of research on Renal disease and I know there are foods I can make from scratch for the Renal disease but I would really like it if I can get the NF food from the vet to work. He only has early stages of the renal disease and would like to correct the problem now before it gets worse to the point we may have to have him put down and I don’t want to do that right now cause he is my one and only baby and has gotten me through some really bad times Please Help me
    The Vet put him on the Purina NF for a healthier Kidney Function it is the wet stuff for some reason my dog wont eat the hard food it has to be the wet or soupy before he eats it. The vet did say that if the dog wouldn’t eat the dog food they would change off to something else and if that didn’t work they said something about medicine. He has a very mild case there was something in his blood work that showed one of his levels at 32 and he was not worried he said if it was over 100 then it would be time to worry but he said he just has a very mild case and if we can get him to eat the food his lab work may resolve and go back down to normal they was saying something about normal being around 9 to 25 or around there and his was 32 so not really high but high enough for us to take action now before its too late I am just not too sure about mixing the boiled chicken in with it. He is a very picky eater and if there is no smell or taste then he wont eat it. Family would always feed him tabl

    • ANSWER:
      I have a 6 year old mini schnauzer that was diagnosed with renal disease a few years ago. She is on Science Diet KD food… she eats the dry food and canned food and I didn’t have any problem switching her to it. What type of food did the vet tell you to feed your dog? If not the Science Diet KD then I would definitely ask your vet if you can try it. There should be no reason why you couldn’t. Also, there is a pill that Roxy takes twice a day for her disease called Azodyl, did your vet mention or prescribe any medication? Unfortunately my dog has not seen much improvement from the diet or medication over the years but hasn’t gotten any worse either. So do your best to stick with the diet and ask about the medication and hopefully you’ll have several more good years with your baby :)

  39. QUESTION:
    Epileptic dog question?
    after taking our 12 year old lab to th vet, ( my bro in laws dog that was horribly neglected, full details are on my previous question asked), we took him in for his epilepsy meds, and for weight loss, the vet took his blood and is doing a complete work-up, we are currently waiting for the results, our vet is concerned about his kidneys, he has begun to put on a little weight, weve been mixing canned baby food and an egg in with his kibble and it is beginning to help, he is still real skinny but we are making some progress, his ears were terribly infected, very red and smelly, i havent seen any reaql improvement in that but the medication has only been on board for 2 days, im wondering how long until we will see improvement in his ears?? and if he has kidney disease what medications/ diet will we need to look into?? the vet also tells me that my bro in law left the ears so long that they are now called cauliflower ear and will never go back to the way they used to be but is this true?? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, ear medications for ear infections can take awhile, depending on how bad the infection is present, and from your description it sounds bad, so i would give it a week or so before seeing the vet again. Also the topic of the dog possibly having kidney disease you will need to discuss that with the vet and he will give you all the detailed info as every dog has different needs. I would also say that the vet is right about the dogs ear, they know what they are talking about, especially since he examined the dog, Vets go to school for around eight years, so i would trust what he or she has to say. The best of luck and i really hope the dog is going to be okay!!

  40. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP, question about ill dog. ***********10 pts. tonight********?
    after taking our 12 year old lab to the vet, ( my bro in laws dog that was horribly neglected, full details are on my previous question asked), we took him in for his epilepsy meds, and for weight loss, the vet took his blood and is doing a complete work-up, we are currently waiting for the results, our vet is concerned about his kidneys, he has begun to put on a little weight, weve been mixing canned baby food and an egg in with his kibble and it is beginning to help, he is still real skinny but we are making some progress, his ears were terribly infected, very red and smelly, i havent seen any reaql improvement in that but the medication has only been on board for 2 days, im wondering how long until we will see improvement in his ears?? and if he has kidney disease what medications/ diet will we need to look into?? the vet also tells me that my bro in law left the ears so long that they are now called cauliflower ear and will never go back to the way they used to be but is this true?? thanks
    his ears arent cropped, they were left with infection go, from what the vet told us at least 3 months untreated

    • ANSWER:
      this is so sad, I really can’t answer your question, but I can tell you this several years ago I took a what once was a beautiful golden retriever, that was horribly starved almost to death, she belonged to a neighbor, after lots of care and somewhat weight gain she was never like she was before, she was always sickly looking, the night she drug herself to my house my family pulled shifts in sitting up with her, feeding her a little every couple of hours, the vet we called and took her to told us that she was so bad that if she lived she would never be the same, she lived a good year with us loved and nice hot breakfast every morning my dad came over to feed her, along with all access to food that she wanted, it is a sad thing, when people do this to animals…. now i’m not saying that this dog will pass away, i don’t know how bad your rescue is….. your a great person for doing this and hope all ends well…. good luck

  41. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there from the Sebring-Beloit area in NE Ohio?
    My dog is lost and I need for you to keep an eye out for her.If you ,or any of your friends are from Sebring,Beloit,Salem ,Damascus,North Benton or Alliance,Ohio,please,on Friday there were very high winds in our area and our fence was blown over.Two of my 13-year-old dogs were lost.One was found safe today,but her sister is still missing.Her name is Sierra.She is a mixed-breed(Australian shep/retriever/???).She is golden-red with white on her chest,and is very thin,as she has been sick.She needs medication and a special diet for kidney disease.I know this is a long-shot,but in the off-chance that someone who sees this is from my neck of the woods,please help.Her sister was found on the corner of Johnson and Courtney roads,and was also seen at Quaker City IGA on Friday,so she could be anywhere.Thanks.
    Thanks,Nicky.Would you please ask your friends as well?There are fliers with her picture on them posted at IGA,Marathon,and Gromoll Drugstore.
    I have called everyone;the Salem Humane Society,Alchemy Acres,the pounds in Mahoning,Columbiana,and Stark Counties,and all of the area vets.I’ve had adds in the Salem and Alliance papers,and put fliers up,and no luck.I’m afraid that she is probably dead,or someone has her.I know with her health problems and her age that she could not have survived the recent cold unless she is in someone’s house.Thanks for your offers of help,though,and I’m still wishing for a Christmas miracle to bring my girl home.

    • ANSWER:
      I and my brothers live in Salem. We will keep our eyes open. You need to call the Humane Society which is run by Sue Davidson. Her place is on Rt. 62 near Andrews Cycles. Look for the place that has llamas out in the front field. There is also a little red , heart shaped, sign the says Valentine Farms.
      Did you call the pound?

  42. QUESTION:
    Should we euthanize or wait it out?
    We have a 15+ yr old yorkshire terrier. It’s a long story, but here are the bullet points.

    He was rescued from the pound 6 years ago and already had heart murmor and bad teeth. Approx 9yrs old then.
    He has kidney disease and urniates on the carpet daily,
    He’s on meds and special diet dog food, costing .00/mo.
    Our children are 2 1/2 yrs and 5mo old baby. He bit the 2 1/2 yr old yesterday, unprovoked.
    He sleeps all day and can’t climb stairs

    It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that he’s probably not well. To look at him he looks fine. And he’s still relatively social. Yesterday was the first time he’s shown any aggression to the children.

    • ANSWER:
      Poor thing!

      If he is starting to get irritable toward the children, it’s time to let him go. 15 years is a long life for a dog, and he doesn’t look like he’s having much fun now.

      Yes, it is hard. It is the hardest thing you will ever have to do. But it is better that he can go with love instead of hurt.

      Feel better.

  43. QUESTION:
    My yorkie has been depressed for about a year and shakes until incontinence frequently, why?
    Tonight he urinated on the floor and it was dark pink (and not in celebration of Valentine’s Day either…), I am going to take a sample of his urine to the vet tomorrow to rule out kidney disease or UTI. He is about 6 years old with no history of either. He eats Royal Canine’s Yorkshire Terrier food (on this diet for over 3 years) so his breath always smells like fish. I was reading that foods high in protein may be bad for dogs with kidney problems, is this food bad? Are there any other explanations?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like he may have bladder or kidney stones. The color of the urine is because of blood in the urine, and it is good that you are getting him to a vet soon. Usually UTIs do not have a lot of blood in them, but it can happen.

  44. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned that my dog is urintating clear (like water)?
    My dog’s vet is currently out of town and about a month ago he had bladder stone surgery. They changed his diet completely and now he is on specific food to keep his pH levels in his urine normal to prevent the stones from coming back. All of the sudden he starts urinating clear. He stopped eating store-bought treats and drinks a lot of water and eats peas for a treat. I talked to a different vet who I am not familiar with and she took his urine yesterday and said his urine is extrememly diluted which is bad. Then she kept going on and on that he could have kidney failure, a tumor, or some kind of hormone disease!!! I was like hold on a minute here!!! He just had a full blood work up done a month ago and all of his organs are working fine and he’s totally healthy besides the stones that were removed. I think she hasn’t had too much experience it seemed. So after looked in his chart and noticed this, she had a change of heart on all the tests she wanted to perform. I told her, listen, I am not a vet whatsoever, but don’t you think it’s kind of a coinsidence that my dog starts urinating clear after being on this new diet? I feel like he is not getting the other nutrients he needs. My dog used to eat meat everyday (Beneful Ready Meals) and now hes like on a canned diet and only drinks water and eats peas! So she looked at me and said I’m going to have to call an internist and see if this is normal from the food. Then she sent me home! How do you tell someone their dog could be diseased and then send them home!?! She was supposed to call me today and never did! So now I’m worried and concerned because I don’t know what to think or believe and my vet doesn’t get back until next week. I searched this clear urine problem online and I get mixed answers. I read it’s good because his body is flushed out and then I read it’s a sign of kidney problems because the kidneys are not flushing the urine out properly. So now what? I can’t sleep and this is my only hope to find an answer. My Aunt’s dog recently died from kidney failure and it was so tramatizing to me, so ….PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve lost 3 dogs to Chronic Renal Failure so just like you I’m always watching out for the signs:
      Drinking a lot more than usual, peeing a lot of clear urine, ‘uriney’ smell on the breath, lethargy, vomiting, tremors. Look at the urine first thing in the morning – it should be more concentrated – and take it to your vet to check again. The anesthetic and pain meds could, and I say ‘could’ have damaged the kidney function. Rule out CRF with urine and blood tests and then you can get some peace of mind. It’s never a bad idea to establish a baseline.
      They’ll drink a lot with Diabetes too unfortunately.

  45. QUESTION:
    My dog pees as soon as she comes inside?
    I have a dog that starting peeing every time she’s let in the house. We’re talking within 1sec-10 mins.

    Yesterday my husband brought her in for a bath and to crate her a night and as soon as he placed her in the tub she squatted. He washed her and took her back outside. My husband doesn’t do the ‘dog thing’ so his solution is to just keep her outside. Which is fine, they have a dog house we built for them (all out 2 by 4s, haha), food, water and we still take her on walks and play with her.

    But she didn’t have this problem before…well she wasn’t fully house trained but she never made messes so fast. I checked out the ASPCA website and got this:

    “If your dog soils indoors, it’s important to visit his veterinarian to rule out medical causes before doing anything else. Common medical reasons for inappropriate urination and defecation include gastrointestinal upset, a change in diet, a urinary tract infection, a weak sphincter, hormone-related problems after spay surgery, bladder stones, diabetes, kidney disease, Cushing’s disease, neurological problems, age-related incontinence and certain medications. Please see our article on Medical Causes of House Soiling in Dogs to learn more.”

    I know the obvious answer is to take her to the vet but I’m looking for anyone whose had this problem and what they did/turned out.

    • ANSWER:
      We have had a similar problem, once it turned out to be a bladder infection, the other time it was caused by a medication (prednisone) that made her drink water like there was no tomorrow. Did you just get her spayed? I think a visit to the vet is probably what you need

  46. QUESTION:
    My Dog is Sick and Vets Can’t Figure It Out?
    Spayed female about 8 years old. Has a little blood in her urine, leaks urine when she sleeps and now a little when she’s awake, she walks all hunched up and stands like a bear with her head lower than her shoulders (she shivers and looks like she’s freezing but it’s warm outside), she drinks a lot and just seems really unhappy and uncomfortable. She has to go to the bathroom often.

    What’s normal: her temp, her appetite.

    Vet suspected a urinary tract or kidney infection, and put her on antibiotics. She was tested for Von Willibrand’s Disease, but she is negative for that. They just don’t know.

    She’s really fat since she was spayed and she’s lumpy but I have to admit that I can’t tell if the lumpiness is fat or something else. She eats almost nothing (smaller portion that prescribed of diet dog food and NO treats) but stays REALLY fat. People think we overfeed her! We take her for a walk daily (about 45 minutes) but she doens’t enjoy it now — she drags behind now. HELP!
    You are all so kind — here’s what I’ll add. She is a Doberman. And they have done blood tests and they said nothing was out of sorts other than that she did have a small amount of blood in her urine. We have been to 2 vet clinics, but the one that we use the most has 5 vets in there that work together.

    After reading your feedback, I have more questions and I’m taking her back to the vet today.

    I’ll keep you posted. And, I’m afraid of the comment that one of you wrote about it being cancer or something. That’s why I’m really afraid to take her in today, but I know I need to.

    Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it more than you know.
    Visited the vet today and he prescribed another round of antibiotics (stronger) and pain medication. He still thinks a chronic urinary tract/kidney infection may be to blame, but he’s worried enough to suggest that we either do a MRI (which he said is 00) or take an x-ray or do exploratory surgery. Tomorrow morning, we’re doing an x-ray, and see if that shows anything. He suspects either: kidney stones, cancer/tumors, or the chronic infection without any serious complications.

    I’m going to ask him about hypothyroidism because ALL of the symptoms match this poor dog. She IS a “heat seaking missile” as I can hardly get her to move 6 inches from the blazing wood stove! Thanks for that suggestion!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Has any one taken X-Ray for stones or done an ultrasound for tumors? This is what I would do, but also sounds like she’s still got a bladder infection and possible urinary incontinence. I would find another vet for another opinion. Best of luck to her, poor thing:(

      Keep an eye on her “private area” to make sure she doesn’t get urine scald.

  47. QUESTION:
    severe loss of kidney funtion?
    my 7 y/o dog (chow/lab)has 10-15% kidney function possibly do to lime disease. i have him on a low protein diet. any ideas on how to keep him comfortable till the end?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs love there owners so just stay with him and reassure him that every thing is going to be ok…Im sorry about your dog, it must be hard

  48. QUESTION:
    Do you brush your dog’s teeth????
    Why or Why Not????

    Some interesting facts:

    Studies indicate 85% of adult dogs suffer from periodontal disease

    Periodontal disease is associated with chronic diseases of the heart, kidneys, and liver & even death from systematic failure. (If there is infection in the mouth – blood carries it throughout the body)

    Gold caps have been used to fix fractured teeth in pets

    Orthodontic braces can be used for dogs to correct bad bites

    Labrador retrievers are the breed most likely to develop cavities (not as common as in dogs as humans)

    Have you ever had a toothache? Studies have shown that dogs have pain thresholds that are almost identical to ours. Dental disease is the # 1 cause of chronic pain in dogs.

    And yes. I do brush my dog’s teeth regularly. Several times a week. In addition to brushing my dogs are on a raw diet and get all the dental benefits that go along with that. I also use a product called petzlife (AMAZING!) to break down any built up tartar (usually in fosters) and to prevent it from coming back :)

    Some more fun facts!

    a proper dental chew can reduce plaque by up to 69%

    the ingredient: Hexametaphosphate (which is found in soem chews) prevents the mineralization of plaque into tartar. In one study, two biscuits daily removed 46% of tartar!

    In 2007 the Porphyromonas vaccine was releasesd by pfizer. It’s prevents 3 types of bone-eating anaerobic bacteria

    • ANSWER:
      Yep. And she loves it! When she sees the toothbrush, she walks right over and sits between my legs, waiting for her teeth-brushing.

      I try to multiple times a week. Sometimes I forget, but it does get done on a regular basis. I also have started giving raw meaty bones a couple times a week to keep her teeth in good shape.

      Small dogs are notorious for bad teeth, so I try to keep hers as clean as possible.
      .

  49. QUESTION:
    Kidney failure in dogs?
    About a week ago my dog started vomiting frequently and violently shaking, after 4 trips the vet and 4 different diseases diagnosed, we finally came to the conclusion that my dog’s kidneys were at least 60% failed. She will not eat, she hasn’t pooped in over a week. We have her on a low protein diet and give her at home IV’s filled with lactate fluids.

    She is still shaking, and she vomits, just not as frequently. I am still force feeding her.

    What are the chances of her survival?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs with renal disease can live for acouple of years with a good quality of life when the owner is able to do iv/sq fliuds and follow a strict diet.Suggest you look at yahoo group k9 kidney,lots of info in their file section.

  50. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions? My shih tzu has allergies?
    I have tried everything I can think of. The vet gives her allergy shots and they work, but says she can only have so many a year, and she’s used them up. The medicine he prescribed doesn’t work. Baby benadryl and sudafed don’t work. The vet prescribed a special shampoo, and that’s not working. I’ve also tried various itch sprays and creams, and they don’t work at all. We put some olive oil in her bath and that seemed to help for a while, but now that doesn’t help, either. She scratches herself constantly all day long, leaving raw or bloody patches on her skin. Do you have any suggestions that I haven’t tried?

    Also–she’s on a special prescription dog food because she has kidney disease also, so I can’t change her diet very much.

    • ANSWER:
      The shots they give are steroids and can cause problems of their own (addison’s disease) so that is why they limit the number. Most likely she is allergic to something in her food. My dog was helped by eliminating all grains. I put her on Taste of the Wild and she stopped itching within 3 weeks and it has been close to a year now with no itching. It is high in protein so your vet might not agree to the change, but their are vets out there that don’t believe in limiting protein for kidney disease, as long as the protein is from a quality meat source and not derived through corn. Your vet should be able to assemble a homemade diet like potatoes and hamburger meat with some vitamins to see if this helps. I know I would rather die of kidney disease than go through the obvious discomfort your dog is experiencing.

      Adding fish oil capsules to her diet should help. Evening primrose might also help. Try to find a holistic veternarian as they will have knowledge beyond a regular vet to help in your situation.


Disease Of The Kidneys Is Called

Kidney disease is a condition that could be any from a large group of conditions which include infections, inflammatory conditions, obstruction, circulatory, and cancerous disorders affecting the kidneys. In the early stages of kidney disease, many people experience no symptoms at all. As kidney functioning deteriorates one may develop the following problems: a decreased amount of urine, blood urine, persistent proteinuria, urine that looks foamy or dark, pus in urine, pain in the flanks or low back pain, edema, difficulty in urination, high blood pressure, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, itchiness, swollen face or extremities, and muscle cramps. Now, what are the natural remedies for kidney problems?

Read more on Herbal remedies for Kidney Problem Treatment and Home Remedies for Kidney Stone and Herbal Supplements

What causes Kidney Failure?

Your kidneys are designed to last you for your entire life. There are a few things, however, that can damage your kidneys over time. The most common reasons for people to develop kidney failure is due to Diabetes or High Blood Pressure. Over time, both of these diseases can be very hard on your kidneys and cause them to gradually lose function.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    no potassium but has kidney disease?
    ok so im going to my new nepherologist next week, cause she is concerned as to why my previous doctors haven’t tried to fix whatever is going on with me. so here’s the deal, i have a kidney disease called PKD ( polycycstic kidney disease) and pretty much with any kidney disease you need to watch how much potassium you intake cause its bad for us. but the thing is i have no potassium, which is why i’ve been on a very high dosage of potassium just to keep my level somewhat normal. before taking the pills i would sleep for hours on end and then still be tired. it was like i’d go into a coma or something cause nothing my parents did could wake me up. my potassium levels at that point were dangerously low, which is why they put me on potassium, but my nephrologist is concerned that its something different from my kidney disease. so my question is does anyone know whats causing me to have no potassium in me when i have a kidney disease that should make me have eexcessive potassium?
    i don’t have any symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting or anything like that. the only symptom i had was the sleeping for long periods of time and i mean like 16hrs asleep, 2 hrs awake and then asleep for 10 more hours. but still feeling tired after all that sleep.

    • ANSWER:
      I hope they find the answer soon. Some causes of low potassium are vomiting, diarrhea, medication like diuretics or steroids, low magnesium levels or elevated levels of a hormone called aldosterone.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have a disease called Scleroderma. Can somebody please tell me when I’m going to die?
    Hi I was recently hospitalized for fainting spells. They found out that I have a disease called scleroderma which is causing some connective tissue thingy to affect my lungs which caused fainting spells. I was given some ACE inhibitor thing because the disease started to attack my kidneys. I’m currently on some kid of drug that is supposed to stop connective tissue overgrowth. My doctor says that I am going to be ok but I doubt it. My parents can’t give me a definative answer they just keep telling me it’s gonna be ok and bullsht like that. I’m 6’1 136 pounds and this disease is slowly killing me. I recently have had severe joint and stomach pain. Can somebody tell me when I’m going to die? My girlfriend also says the same thing that I’m gonna be ok. Basically what an autoimmune disease is I guess. My body is allergic to itself and every1 is saying i’ll be ok? Sum1 just tell me when I’m going to die. If i have to live with this I might as well take my dad’s pistol and shoot myself. Because this scleroderma thing is horrible.

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  3. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of me having kidney disease?
    my 2 out of 3 brothers have it and my mom has it its called polyistic kidney disease

    • ANSWER:
      Polycystic kidney disease is hereditary. You won’t necessarily end up with it , but your risk is higher than that of the population at large.
      Seeing as you are aware of the disease in your family, you should get a Nephrologist and have regular kidney ultrasound.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can Stem cell therapy help cure chronic glomerulonephitis kidney disease?
    Can Stem cell therapy help me? This is my story, when I was eight or nine years old my doctor found protein in my urine test since then they have been giving me a medicine name,”Cozaar”. Today i have to go to homodialysis 3 times every week. I’am now 16 year old. My doctor put me in dialysis so i would not suffer the symptoms as I’v seen happen to my mom and brother. I think the doctor just want money from my dad’s health insurance,”kaiser” because he does have a very good health insurance. As I can still pee maybe like 1/2 quart every day. I try to drink as much water as i can to see if i can pee 2 quarts and i can. My doctor says that at any minute my kidneys can fail. This disease runs in my family because my Mom ( just got a transplant in UCSD on the fist of August, was given by her sister and is doing very good right now) and my brother ( is back in dialysis after his kidney that was donated to him failed). My brother has had a every ruff life after loosing his kidney that was donated to him eight years ago back in 2001 and also my mom that was in dialysis for eight years, so I’ve seen it all. So please does anyone know if stem cell therapy can help me with my kidney disease and this is how the chronic kidney disease is called – glomerulonephritis.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you go to the message boards at www.kidney.org, or www.ihatedialysis.com and ask there. There will be many more individuals on those sites who might know.

      I had a kidney and pancreas transplant in 2005 (my problem was caused by Type 1 diabetes though) I’m sorry I do not know more info for you.

  5. QUESTION:
    My sisters boyfriend has a rare disease called Wilson’s diesase?
    They were unaware of this.My sisters boyfriend’s sister has Wilson’s disease but was unaware of it.?
    Wilson disease is a rare inherited disorder that causes your body to retain copper. Normally, your liver releases copper it doesn’t need into bile, a digestive fluid. With Wilson disease, this does not happen. Copper builds up in your liver and injures liver tissue. Over time, the damage causes your liver to release the copper directly into your bloodstream. The blood carries copper all over your body. Too much copper can damage your kidneys, liver, brain and eyes.

    She woke up on friday and her eyes were yellow. Her dad took her to the doctor. She was then admitted into the hospital. From there, they got a private jet with a doctor on board to fly her to Missouri. She is now in Missouri in icu and isn’t expected to live. Can someone, anyone please keep her in your thoughts and prayers? Her name is Kelly.

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  6. QUESTION:
    My sisters boyfriends’s sister has a rare disease called Wilson’s disease?
    They were unaware of this.
    Wilson disease is a rare inherited disorder that causes your body to retain copper. Normally, your liver releases copper it doesn’t need into bile, a digestive fluid. With Wilson disease, this does not happen. Copper builds up in your liver and injures liver tissue. Over time, the damage causes your liver to release the copper directly into your bloodstream. The blood carries copper all over your body. Too much copper can damage your kidneys, liver, brain and eyes.

    She woke up on friday and her eyes were yellow. Her dad took her to the doctor. She was then admitted into the hospital. From there, they got a private jet with a doctor on board to fly her to Missouri. She is now in Missouri in icu and isn’t expected to live. Can someone, anyone please keep her in your thoughts and prayers? Her name is Kelly.

    • ANSWER:
      I have just prayed for Kelly.

      God bless

  7. QUESTION:
    2 year old with low iron?what is it from?
    my daughter has a kidney disease called RTA and she gets blood testes once a month,last week her tests showed that her iron is very low,what are some causes for this and is there any other way besides iron supplement to help?I’m afraid of the side effects and want to try something else,anyone gone through this?what can I do to help her? Thank you for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure it could be related to any medicine or diet. You should consult a doctor (if you haven’t already) low iron can cause lots of problems in growing children (you probably already know alot of what I am going to say, but it might help anyway.)

      It could be diet related. What do you feed her? Whole grains can inhibit iron absorption. Try feeding her more meat. Also you should feed her more vitamin c containing foods, even consider vitamin c supplements to help iron absorption. I took vitamin c over 7 months and had no adverse reaction, (I had weird brown spots on my feet and so started taking vitamin c supplements and they went away, but that really isn’t related.)

      I wish you the best of luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    what is the disease called when you hurt people just to fix them?
    my step mom switched my dads migraine pills with tranquilizers so she could cut him open then “fix” him. its been going on for a while but no one new how bad it was. she said the doctors were wrong and there was fungus under his skin that she had to get out…now he’s in the hospital dieing of severe blood loss and infection from her at home surgeries that were fixing him… she still thinks that she was saving him and there no need for him to be here. i don’t know whats wrong with her, she wants him home to HELP him -__- ….theres no fucking fungus AT ALL …also he diabetic so from the blood loss his kidneys and liver shut down ..hopefully dialyses will help

    • ANSWER:
      Munchausen’s by proxy, but it is more commonly associated with people who want attention for the ills of those close to them.

  9. QUESTION:
    Gastrointestinal problems..yes. IBS it’s not.?
    Hi,

    I have a problem and I don’t know what it’s called or if anyone else has had this problem. The reason I don’t know what it is, is cause the Dr’s. pretty much gave up on me. It started 10yrs ago. First, I have a kidney disease called Medullary sponge kidney. Lots of stones and lots of lithotripsy’s. But that’s not the problem. I started getting severe cramping that led to diarrhea on a daily basis. In 1 month I lost 20lbs. The second month, I lost another 20lbs. The doctors sent me to a gastrointestinal doctor, where he tried to do a colonoscopy. That didn’t go very well. While awake he tried to pump 10 lbs of air into me. I could only handle 1lbs. Why? Cause I was screaming to make him stop. By the time I had got to that doctor, I was going in everyday for IV’s. For re-hydration. Water wouldn’t even stay in me. I would take Imodium3 to 4x a day on a regular basis just to go to pick my son up from school. And even when I would drink water the cramping was so severe that my insides felt like they were bruised. It would take up to 3 days later to feel less bruised. Finally the gastrointestinal doctor sent me to the pain clinic. They put me on 5mg of oxycodone 4x’s a day. And finally I was able to eat and drink anything I wanted. The problem is: I’ve been on pain meds since that day. And when I’ve tried to go off of them, the intense, severe, cramping and bruising comes back. There is no pain like it. I rather have a kidney stone then to have even 1 episode of whatever this is. I’ve gained weight. Lots of it. And I know all I have to do is stop the pain meds and I’ll lose weight. But it’s not worth it. There is nothing in this world worth that pain. I have had to stay in motels because of traveling issues. Cramping in the middle of nowhere, ruining my vacations, missing important dates, everything. And if taking pain meds help keep it at bay, then so be it. But I want to know what it is. And the only way I can get another Dr. to do tests is to go off the medicine and have it start all over again. That’s why I’m hoping someone out there can give me a clue as to what it might be. I don’t think I ever seen blood in my stools except from going so often and being raw. A long time ago, I seen a study that was done where they were talking about the difference between IBS and another disease and the IBS didn’t fit what was happening but the other one said pain meds will stop it. Unfortunately, I can’t find that article any longer. And my new Dr. doesn’t understand why I don’t want to go off of pain meds. So I need help as soon as possible. If he takes me off the pain meds, I would rather die then go through that pain again. I need some information to show him that this is real. The pain Dr. that I had, left the state and is no longer taking care of me. And this new Dr. is anti-pain medicine. Even if it helps. Please please help. I’m running out of time. Oh and I had test done to see if there was an infection or some kind of bug that was causing this and all test came back negative. There is actually a worm that gets into your intestines that can cause problems and they even checked for that. That too came back negative. Thank goodness!!

    I really hope someone out there can help me?

    Thank you,
    Andrea K.

    • ANSWER:
      “No IBS Theory

      In a study recently published in Medical Hypotheses (in press 2010), Dr. Habba analyzed 575 patients presenting with previously diagnosed diarrhea predominant IBS (IBS-D). 303 patients completed all the testing and follow up necessary to be included in the results. The study concluded that 98% of these patients had conditions other than the previous diagnosis of IBS. When these conditions were identified and appropriately treated, 98% of them improved as assessed by fewer than three bowel movements per day. Habba Syndrome constituted 41% of the patients studied, post-cholecystectomy diarrhea 23%, lactose intolerance 8%, microscopic/lymphocytic colitis 7%, celiac disease 4% and several other specific conditions comprised the balance. This result is very encouraging and is in contrast with the results presently achieved by treating “IBS”. Physicians frequently fall short of “getting to the bottom” of the problem by tagging patients with “IBS”, a vague entity that merely describes their symptoms and usually results in a poor therapeutic outcome.

      These findings lead to the theory concluding that there is no IBS-D. Patients need to be evaluated thoroughly until a true clinical entity is found and treated.” >>> http://ibs.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=ibs&cdn=health&tm=8&f=21&su=p726.8.336.ip_&tt=2&bt=1&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.habbasyndrome.com/

      Digestive enzyme supplements and acidophilus may help as well. One lady’s story here >>>

      http://www.ibstales.com/happy_tales_two.htm

  10. QUESTION:
    I drank 128 oz of water in a 24 hour period and produced 53.9 oz of urine in a 24 hour period is this normal?
    I have a kidney disease called nephrogenic diabetes insipidus and am now considered “severely dehydrated” after consuming 32 oz of water frequent urination began with little excretion, yet once I began drinking the water I felt like I could not get enough at about 10pm I realized I had drank 128 oz of water and discontinued liquid consumption after about two hours of the frequent urination I began to experience moderate kidney pain , the frequent urination and the kidney pain continued until 3am.
    My doctor asked me to collect and measure my urine versus the amount of water intake for a 24 hour period , not quite sure what he was trying to find out …

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  11. QUESTION:
    should i be concerned about my swollen legs and feet?
    i am 34wks 1 day, and my feet and legs have been swollen for a week straight day and night,i put them up but it does no good, i dont work so i am not on them very often, but i do have a 4 year old. my protien in my urine is 3+ and my blood pressure has been good, i also have a kidney disease called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis. my ob doesnt seem very concerned about the swelling but i am since this didnt occur with my daughter, and out of no where one day it started with this one and hasnt gone away at all. my husband rubs them but they are so painful to the touch, and the swelling just goes right back up within 5-10 minutes. HELP ME !!!!!!!
    am 34wks 1 day, and my feet and legs have been swollen for a week straight day and night,i put them up but it does no good, i dont work so i am not on them very often, but i do have a 4 year old. my protien in my urine is 3+ and my blood pressure has been good, i also have a kidney disease called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis. my ob doesnt seem very concerned about the swelling but i am since this didnt occur with my daughter, and out of no where one day it started with this one and hasnt gone away at all. my husband rubs them but they are so painful to the touch, and the swelling just goes right back up within 5-10 minutes. HELP ME !!!!!!!

    the reason i have the +3 protein is because of my kidneys, it has been that way since day 1 thats why he isnt too concerned about that, am i being to overly worried ??? i have had ultrasounds and nst’s and the baby looks great, but i constantly have all kinds of pain besides the swollen feet and legs… am i crazy ???

    • ANSWER:
      you have +3 protein and your dr is not concerned??!?!?? you need a new ob FAST. seriously – i had one episode of +3 protein and even though my bp was fine i was getting stuck, lots of lab work, NSTs every week, had to see the perinatologist…..and that was at 28wks. dehydration can contribute to proteinuria though, and can make swelling worse – so make sure you are getting a LOT of water a day. i know nothing about FSG so can’t comment on that but GL and if you start getting headaches, or seeing spots, go to the ER/Triage/L&D IMMEDIATELY.

  12. QUESTION:
    Okay, my 1 year old chiwawa named, Desi,?
    has brittle bones. This is probably because she is a runt, she has one leg that’s shorter than the other three legs, she has a kidney disease called Adasin*, and her jaw is fucked up. But she is extremely beautiful. Anyways I am not sure on her age. I know she’s still a puppy but it’s a family dog so I don’t know. She has a brittle bones (did I mention this before?) and weak ankles but she’s in shape. She is like Sereana* Williams* but as a dog. She loves to run fast and attack shit. She skips instead of walking. Never! Never have i seen her walking. Unless she’s cringing cause she is very skiddish. I’d compare her to a guinea pig. She’s a super villianess’s dog. I am worried that while shes runing in circles or jumping off of something high, she might break her little ankles, and we cant afford that right now. It would also break my heart. So is there any special food that can help for her weak ankles. Is there any dog food made for little, weak dogs? :)

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  13. QUESTION:
    DOG HELP! Addison’s Disease vs. kidney failure?
    i had to rush my dog to the emergency hosp last night for these symptoms: vomitting & diarrhea (both clear liquids and blood), lethargic, intense shivering, very weak (couldn’t get up on a very low couch). The emergency doctor diagnosed him with kidney failure due to an infection. I do not like this emergency hospital – they’re not compassionate or, I believe very ethical (they charged me over 0 for blood work!) So I went online to do my own research and found that a disease called Addison’s Disease has all of the symptoms my dog has. I can’t pull him out of this emergency hospital until Monday morning when my vets office opens because they are at least keeping him on IV fluids. Has anyone else ever had their dog misdiagnosed with kidney failure when it was really Addison’s Disease? How did you handle the doctor who misdiagnosed? Is your dog doing well even with Addison’s disease? Please, only serious advice, I am very frantic and beside myself with grief and worry.
    doodlebugmeem: THANK YOU! i would chose you as best answer but I don’t know how.

    Kitty: Thank you – I will definitely ask for the reports and test results. In my panic last night I completely forgot to do that.

    Rosalie: your answer was snippy and entirely not necessary. i get it – you love vets and they can do no wrong. if you have nothing NICE to contribute please just go away.
    SS Enema: Thank you so very much. Your answer was very soothing and helped me to calm down a little. I can’t tell you how much it is appreciated. I’m so glad for your little pups 3rd bday!

    • ANSWER:
      First, you don’t have enough information as yet to determine that any error has been made. They have kept your dog alive, and much of the supportive care would be the same in the case of either diagnosis.

      If they have not yet administered cortisols, they can do an ACTH stimulation test to ascertain whether or not Addison’s could be the culprit.

      There are many different things that could cause this kind of a crisis, including pancreatitis, diabetic ketoacidosis,renal failure, urethral obstruction, ruptured urinary tract and severe hepatic failure. Your dog could have also gotten into poison, or contracted leptospirosis.

      For the moment it sounds as if they are doing everything they can for him, and I assume that is what you want.

      By the way, since they din’t know what your dog’s problem was upon arrival, but it was obviously critical to find out as much information as possible, the blood tests were bound to be quite expensive. You might ask them if they have already done the aforementioned test, as they may in fact have done it.

      It really doesn’t sound as if they are out to rip you off – medical care, especially emergency care, is just really expensive, and in case of an ememrgency, they don’t have the luxury of being stingey with the tests, or they may well lose the patient.

      I hope your dog gets better soon…

  14. QUESTION:
    Anyone on Prograf who could help me with some side effects?
    Hey everyone. Ive been taking 4mm of prograf (2 in the morning, 2 in the night) since the end of August last year. I have been getting really bad joint pain recently, mostly in my knees. it hurts REALLY bad to run. Also, my hair had been getting pretty frizzy and i have been getting really bad headaches.
    Has anyone else experienced this? any ideas to help my joint pain?

    I am on this medication for a kidney disease called Nephrotic Syndrome that i was diagnosed with about 2 years ago. I am a 16 year old girl.

    • ANSWER:
      From oral and intravenous administrationSide effects can be severe and include infection, cardiac damage, hypertension, blurred vision, liver and kidney problems (tacrolimus nephrotoxicity),[14] hyperkalemia, hypomagnesemia, hyperglycemia, diabetes mellitus, itching, and various neuropsychiatric problems such as loss of appetite, insomnia, Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, confusion, weakness, depression, cramps, neuropathy, seizures, tremors, and catatonia.[15]

      In addition it may potentially increase the severity of existing fungal or infectious conditions such as herpes zoster or polyoma viral infections.
      Tramadol should help !!
      Take care

      Tin

  15. QUESTION:
    how do i get kid’s at my school to quite making fun of my disease?
    i have a disease called bits. i have cataract’s premature, i have kidney problems, i walk on my tip toe on my left foot, i’m a little on the bald side because my hair is falling out, both of my eyes are going lazy, and i have arithis in my left and right leg so it takes like a 1 min or 2 to get up.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a speech impediment, and in first grade there was one boy, who just tormented me all the time. Until sixth grade, when we were playing coed baseball, he was the catcher and I was at bat, I swung and then threw the bat, scared him, and he told me when I slid into home plate, don’t throw the bat. I replied, “then stop teasing me”, and he stopped, this is not for everyone, he was an extreme case, a real bully. The strange thing was, he had a sister born with one arm, and I bet he made her life miserable.
      And the saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words never hurt me” is so wrong, words can hurt worse than stones. I believe teachers should do something about bullies, and extreme teasing, it has no place in school, when you are trying your best to get an education. Just remember the bullies usually do not get anywhere in life, not enough empathy to do well in any job. This boy is now a man and still working in his fathers grocery store. I believe in Karma, what goes around, comes around, he could never get a date for the prom, or anything else, and I became head cheerleader.

  16. QUESTION:
    Should We Adopt A Child?
    My husband and I have been married for two years and we have a wonderful daughter who is six months old. We are both 22 and my husband is joining the Airforce. I want to have more children but we recently found out that i have a genetic disease called polycystic Kidney disease apparently my grandmother gave it to my father who just had a transplant so i got checked out and found out there is a 50% chance that i passed it on to my daughter. My husband is very concerned about passing the disease on and so am I so we have been discussing adoption. My only concern with adoption though is that is will be stressfull for all people involved and it might be hard for my husband to connect with an adopted child while he is in the military and goes on active duty constantly. Plus I will most likely be left alone for alot of the time with the new child as well so I will have to adjust by myself on how to raise two children instead of just one with out my husbands help.
    Not to mention if we do adopt we want to adopt someone around the age of 4 so there will be more of a attachment needed for the childs adjustment.
    Does anyone think that it sounds like a good idea for our family to adopt and if so how would i apply the attention needed to my new child without depriving my daughter.

    • ANSWER:
      No. Most adopted children have special emotional needs and you should NOT adopt out of birth order. Concentrate on being a healthy Mom for your daughter. It wouldnt be fair to an adoptive child if you got sick, especially if your husband is always gone. Not a good idea at all.

  17. QUESTION:
    Iam looking for a bone disease that causes slumping of the shoulders?
    My mom’s doctor called it cushing disease, which is a kidney disease. I am looking for a bone disease under that name.

    • ANSWER:
      Cushing’s syndrome can cause a weakening of the bones.

      For a more complete description of Cushing’s Syndrome or Cushing’s Disease see the link below. It is from the US National Library of Medicine, and geared for the layperson.

      Good luck to your mother.

  18. QUESTION:
    my mom has a rare disease?
    i am 13. my mom has a rare disease called myelofibrosis.that is where your bone marrow doesn’t produce blood cells right,so the spleen has to do it. so the spleen grows large.and eventually the spleen gets so big that it crushes the kidney,liver, spine, and other things.so she has to have surgery to get a transplant. if she doesn’t get the surgery done her kidney will have to produce blood cells to keep her body functioning. but the kidney will eventually fail,then the liver will have to do it. then the liver will fail. then she will die.she is going to Mayo clinic in minnesota. but first she has to have chemo. so she will lose her hair. she when she goes up to mayo she won’t be here for a few months. and i’m going to miss her! please help me. i need some words of encouragement.

    • ANSWER:
      DEAR USER WELL IF UR MOM HAS A RARE DISESE U WILL HAVE TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF HER BY PROVIDING LOTION, SOUP LOVE SUPPORT GUIDENCE AND LOVING HER AND STAYING BY HER SIDE IS ALL UR MOTHER MAY HAVE LEFT FOR HER LIFE SHE IS GOING THROUGH NOW. SORRY JUST HELPING

  19. QUESTION:
    5 year old standard poodle with kidney problems?
    i was told by my vet that my dog had a disease called browns reuben which apparantly has something to do with the kidneys. Has anyone every heard of it??

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.vetinfo.com/dkidney.html

  20. QUESTION:
    Kidney failure with no dialysis?
    Ok so my grandpa has been in the hospital for about 2 weeks now. He has a rare disease called central pontine myelinosis (unsure about that spelling). He had kidney cancer a few years ago and they removed one of his kidneys. Now his other kidney is failing and they moved him out of physical therapy back into the hospital. He doesn’t want dialysis. What can I expect?

    • ANSWER:
      Find out how much function he has in his remaining kidney. The fact that he has been hospitalised would suggest that he doesn’t have much.

      Next, talk to your grandad and find out why he doesn’t want dialysis. There are lots of different types and there are some you can do at home, overnight whilst you are asleep. Talk to the team at the hospital, they will discuss the options with him and he might find one that he feels he can cope with. In any event he can make an informed decision.

      If your grandad doesn’t want any treatment, then he will die. The hospital will help him all they can, whatever decision he makes.

      Talk to the medical team.

      I wish you all the best.

  21. QUESTION:
    how to hold a successful fundraiser for a child with rare kidney disease?
    I have a family friend who has a 12 year old son with a rare kidney disorder called Nephrotic Syndrome. He has been battling this for about two years now and his parents are almost to the point where they have no choice to ask for help. His mother takes him to they hospital 4 times/week for dialysis. Last month he had an emergency surgery to have both kidneys removed so he is now living off dialysis. Within the last few weeks his weight has dropped dramatically to less than 60 lbs.

    We had the idea to have a beef n beer at perhaps a local firehouse’s social hall. Also we have thought about door prizes. Today I came up with the idea to contact the phillies and see if possibly one of the players could come out and sign autographs.

    Okay now.. someone PLEASE help! This boy is the sweetest, funniest kid you will ever meet and he and his family deserve this more than anything.

    so, can anyone give advice about..
    1) how much should tickets be?
    2) any more detailed ideas for door prizes?
    3) any knowledge as to if it would cost for a professional athlete to attend and if that is even possible?
    4) and anymore ideas that would help this family pay for treatment, travel, etc!!!

    We are open to ANY ideas!!!

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Wow I hope the child gets better. I am not religious but I am part of a meditation group and I will put a word out for him. Although as far as getting a sports player to come, I am not for sure if they would be willing to do something like that but believe it or not there are still good people out there. This is going to take alot of work but it will be well worth it. First I would print out some flyers and take them to every college bulletin bboard in your area and further. Second I would see if you could contact the student government Association in each college around, even community colleges. I have worked with colleges doing things like this and the results weere phenomenal. Like I said ths will be a lot of work and take lots of phone tag and communication with other people, but definately necessary. These parents must get help. I tell you what this is where the health care bill would be needed. You could also set up a free website through somewhere like microsoft officelive and register with paypal which is free as well. Then you post a paypal link to the site and people will donate, especially if you post the website all over yahoo and other forums and groups. As far as the raffle I would say keep the prizes decent but simple. Also you want to make a sort of plate sale and bake sale, it can be affective. You need to sell tickets for this event so that you can keep track of how many people are going to attend. You could sell raffle tickets for prizes before the Fund Raiser or you can see if people will buy them at the fund raiser. The food you prepare should bring a significant profit. I knew someone who did meatball subs, potato salad, and beans. The ingrediants cost 100 bucks and they raked in 400 dollars, but there were only like 60 people. The plates were like 8 bucks a peace. So if you charged like ten bucks a plate and whatever for raffles you should se some results.

      Get Busy and GOOD LUCK

      BLESS .

  22. QUESTION:
    how can i plan a good, successful and profitable fundraiser for a child with a rare kidney disease?
    I have a family friend who has a 12 year old son with a rare kidney disorder called Nephrotic Syndrome. He has been battling this for about two years now and his parents are almost to the point where they have no choice to ask for help. His mother takes him to they hospital 4 times/week for dialysis. Last month he had an emergency surgery to have both kidneys removed so he is now living off dialysis. Within the last few weeks his weight has dropped dramatically to less than 60 lbs.

    We had the idea to have a beef n beer at perhaps a local firehouse’s social hall. Also we have thought about door prizes. Today I came up with the idea to contact the phillies and see if possibly one of the players could come out and sign autographs.

    Okay now.. someone PLEASE help! This boy is the sweetest, funniest kid you will ever meet and he and his family deserve this more than anything.

    so, can anyone give advice about..
    1) how much should tickets be?
    2) any more detailed ideas for door prizes?
    3) any knowledge as to if it would cost for a professional athlete to attend and if that is even possible?
    4) and anymore ideas that would help this family pay for treatment, travel, etc!!!

    We are open to ANY ideas!!!

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      First off I wouldnt charge a fee for a ticket. This will limit you. Say you charge for the ticket but someone (or maybe a couple) were willing to donate ?? See what I mean? You may also want to set up something at the bank so people that cant come to the dinner but would still like to donate can drop off donations at a local bank.

      I do this all the time for events that I plan. Make up a donation request letter. Give the info you gave above. You write very nicely. Distribute your letter to ALL the buisnesses in your town that you can. Have people volunteer to help you do this cause it can get time consuming. Have a list for each person so they arent hitting up the same place. You can find a list of buisnesses in your town on the local website for
      your chamber of commerce or go thru the ads in your newspaper.
      You will get some donations and those can be door prizes. You can also ask for food donations. Grocery stores will donate but hit them up at the very end of the month so they will donate at the begining fo the next month. They get hit up alot so you have to be the first one that month. Meat packing places (we have Kahns nearby) will donate hot dogs. Walmarts will donate a gift card to shop for plates, charcoal ect.

      if you cant get a pro athlete maybe a semi pro would come. Do you have anyone local?? I have no idea what this would cost. I know a few years ago I tried to get Rupert form Survivor and he wanted ,000! and I had to supply him a 12×12 spot to sell his Rupert merchandise. We did not get Rupert! :P Maybe think local band?? I think they would be more likely to come for free.

      Where I live cornhole is real popular. You could do a tournament for glory only. Have everyone pay to be in in and than make the winner King for the night. Special chair maybe a cheap crown. They pay to play but you keep the money.

      You can ask people to donate White Elephant items and have a White Elephant sale or yard sale. GO around to yard sales on saturday afternoon. Explain what you are doing. Lots of folks will box everything up for you to take away instead of taking it to good will. Have a yard sale or auction the night of the dinner.

      Before I forget to mention it>>>its not what you were asking for but I want you to know I did a great fundraiser in my small country town and raised 00 in two months for my daughter’s gymnastics. Look up Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser. Its lots of fun and silly too. the problem was I live so far in the country the gas became expensive but if you live in the city its easy. Get flamingos from Oriental Trading, Buy some plastic but get some cardboard ones too. I used cardboard and made huge signs and than went to kinkos and bought yard sign metal thingys to hold the sign up. I covered my signs in plastic wrap becaue kinkos wanted to much to laminate. anyway, you may want to look inot this. Its different and catches peoples attention.

      Ok back to your questions….. Dont pay for anything. Make sure you can get a donation of the hall if not find another place. You should organize a group of people to work on this and assign them each different parts so you dont become overwhelmed.

      For travel expenses you can place jars at gas stations and collect the money. You can than transfer teh money into gas cards (which will make the gas stations happy and more likely to help out)

      Mom and pop shops will donate alot. Big places need corporate approval so ask for donations early enough so you can get everything else in.

      Also, is there any truth to the fact that you can trade pop top tabs for diallysis?? You can get your local schools involved. Flier the schools with half sheet or 1/4 sheet papers.It dont have to be big. Ask for pop tops and make a pretty box in the office (big opening) for the kids to put pop tops in. and dont just do one school. Even in my small town we have 4 schools. Private schools will want to help to. Check with your school board first to make sure its ok to distribute fliers.

      and beyond that you can collect cans. pull the pop tops if you want but smash the cans and take them to the recyclers for money. You can ask churches to collect cans. When you get the money go to the local Goodwill and buy the biggest basket you can find. Fill it with all kinds of comfort snack foods and drinks for when the parents are at the hospital and riding in the car. Put in some tylenol and baby wipe, kleenex whatever you can think of that may be useful if you werent at home.

      thats about all I got off the top of my head and I have to go pick up my daughter who I thank God for everyday because she is beautiful and strong and healty. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. If you need more help you can email me at mntnlvr64@yahoo.com. I dont check it very often but I will try to keep an eye open for you just in case you have any questions. I hope I was helpful and sorry about the long post.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what disease this is?
    When I was 12 I got strep throat. They put me in the hospital but after the strep was gone they realized there was something else there too. My kidneys were infected, half of my spleen just turned to a jelly consistency, I was very sick and tired all the time. They had to fly me out to a bigger city and hospitalize me for a month. Nobody could ever figure out what was wrong with me and I had dozens of doctors on my case. They were talking about flying me out to a hospital in Salt Lake City. Finally my parents just decided to take me home because the hospital couldn’t do anything for me. A couple weeks later I was feeling better. Then I had big red spots start to break out on my ankles one day. In 24 hours they had moved everywhere from my ankles to my belly. Then the doctors knew what it was. The only problem is I was young and I don’t recall what it was. My dad cannot remember what the disease was called either. I think maybe it started with a p. Something like prepera maybe? All I know is they put me on a steroid to get rid of it. I had a very high profile doctor and he said he sees probably one or two cases like that a year. Whereas the average peditrician is lucky to see it once in his lifetime. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The word is purpura. Here the blood from vessels oozes in spaces under the skin and form small bluish lesions on the skin. This is due to some blood disorder like low platelets count in blood. This may be drug induced or caused some internal disease. U can visit the web site,

      http://www.chemocare.com/managing/bruising.asp

  24. QUESTION:
    how should I handle losing my father?
    My dad was recently denied a liver transplant due to a genetic disease called alpha 1 antitrypsin. His liver and kidneys have shut down and they said he may go this week and his longest time would be about 2 -3 months at best if they continue dialysis and daily medications. He won’t be able to ever leave the hospital and sleeps almost all day and night. My family and I are living out of the hospital waiting room and just watching this all happen until the last day. Want to spend as much time with him as I can. I’m the only son and the oldest of 3 kids. How can I deal with this crap?

    Also, some family members will not stop talking about death and insurance etc…. and are just being very argumentative and selfish about the whole situation. How can I get rid of them without hurting feelings and causing more drama for my mom?

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Could I have PKD(Polcyistic Kidney Disease)?
    My dad has a thing called PKD or Polcysitc Kidney Disease and the type he has is herditary.

    I have therefore a half and half chance of having it…

    I don’t know what this is but often I get seriously bad stomach pains that have forced me to stay of school and have woken me in the night. It was no where near the time of the month so it wasn’t that…

    Any help and do you think i should mention this to my doctor I am fifteen years old…
    When I say pain I mean I can’t do anything when I get the pain it is extremly over the top. It hurts so much that the slightest movement makes me cry…

    • ANSWER:
      could you have it? sure – do stomach cramps mean you have it? probably not. Being 15 you’ll be prone to random pains… it’s part of growing.

      Should you tell your doctor? absolutley

  26. QUESTION:
    I Have Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency?
    i have Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTC) and people tease me cause i cant explain it can some one give me an idea of how too explain this short?

    Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD), the most common of the urea cycle disorders, is a rare metabolic disorder, occurring in one out of every 80,000 births. OTCD is a genetic disorder resulting in a mutated and ineffective form of the enzyme ornithine transcarbamylase.
    Like other urea cycle disorders, OTC affects the body’s ability to get rid of ammonia, a toxic breakdown product of the body’s use of protein. As a result, ammonia accumulates in the blood causing hyperammonemia. This ammonia travels to the various organs of the body.

    Another symptom of OTC is a buildup of orotic acid in the blood. This is due to an anapleurosis that occurs with carbamoyl phosphate entering the pyrimidine synthesis pathway.

    Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency often becomes evident in the first few days of life, however it can present at middle age [a]. An infant with ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency may be lacking in energy (lethargic) or unwilling to eat, and have poorly-controlled breathing rate or body temperature. Some babies with this disorder may experience seizures or unusual body movements, or go into a coma. In cases where OTC enzyme production is low or non-existent death can occur within the first days of life. Complications from ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency may include developmental delay and mental retardation. Progressive liver damage, skin lesions, and brittle hair may also be seen. Other symptoms include irrational behavior (caused by encephalitis), mood swings, and poor performance in school.

    In some affected individuals, signs and symptoms of ornithine transcarbamylase may be less severe, and may not appear until later in life. Some female carriers become symptomatic later in life in times of metabolic stress. This can happen as a result of anorexia, starvation, malnutrition, pregnancy or even (in at least one case) as a result of gastric bypass surgery. It is also possible for symptoms to be exacerbated by extreme trauma of many sorts, including, (at least in one case) adolescent pregnancy coupled with severe stomach flu.

    Mutations in the OTC gene cause ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency. Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency belongs to a class of genetic diseases called urea cycle disorders. The urea cycle is a sequence of reactions that occurs in liver cells. It processes excess nitrogen, generated when protein is used by the body, to make a compound called urea that is excreted by the kidneys.

    In ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency, the enzyme that starts a specific reaction within the urea cycle is damaged or missing. The urea cycle cannot proceed normally, and nitrogen accumulates in the bloodstream in the form of ammonia. Ammonia is especially damaging to the nervous system, so ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency causes neurological problems as well as eventual damage to the liver.

    Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency is an X-linked recessive disorder caused by a number of different mutations. Since the gene is on the X chromosome, females are primarily carriers while males with nonconservative mutations rarely survive past 72 hours of birth. Half of those survivors die in the first month, and half of the remaining by age 5. Prognosis is less clear in cases of adult onset OTCD, as detection of the disease is almost universally post symptomatic
    Since the disease results in an inability to handle large amounts of nitrogen load, the treatment includes strategies to decrease the intake of nitrogen (low-protein diet), prevention of excessive body protein breakdown during acute illnesses (hydration and nutrition) and administration of medications scavenging nitrogen (sodium benzoate and sodium phenylbutyrate). Some patients may need to have supplemental amino acids (arginine, citrulline, valine, leucine, isoleucine).

    In cases where the OTC enzyme production is very low or non-existent and treatment consisting of low-protein diet and dietary supplementation are inadequate, liver transplant may become a treatment option.

    Help me explain this shortly

    • ANSWER:
      You have a metabolic disorder that causes ammonia to build up in your blood, so you need to be careful about what you eat.

  27. QUESTION:
    What’s the name of that kidney disease that male cats get? I think my cat might have it, or he’s just a brat..
    I had a male cat die from this a few years ago, I can’t remember what is was called, affects neutered male cats.
    Now my 4 year old cat is behaving like the previous one, peeing on things out of the blue. He’s never done that before.
    Do you think he’s sick or what??
    the get “crystals” in their kidneys or bladder.
    It only affects nuetered males.

    • ANSWER:
      You’ve already gotten the most likely answer – UTI or FUS, and that you should take him to the vet because it’s quite serious if not treated.

      What I wanted to address is diet. Because males are so prone to urinary issues, it’s even more important that they be properly hydrated. The only real way to do that is to feed them a wet diet. That can be either a good raw diet or a good quality commercial canned food.

      Many vets will want to sell you over-priced “special” diets of dry food like Science Diet. Don’t bother – save your money. While those diets may actually help, they’re still not appropriate food for cats and I wouldn’t bother with them, except perhaps to get him over the hump.

      I highly recommend you start taking steps to switch him to canned food.

      The reason this works is because most canned foods are around 78% moisture. This will dilute the urine which helps prevent those issues.

  28. QUESTION:
    Lupus… Help… Hospital?!?
    I have a deadly disease called Lupus and it just so happens my kidneys are not dueing so well so i puked and then passed out at school… I think they way over reacted i mean i came to before the ambulance arrived but whatever…o well could be worse… ha ha…

    so right now all i have is my laptop and a tray full of disgusting hospital food with wires and tubes all over me! I hate blood transfusions and dialysis… and worst of all biopsies…. i mean i have had them all so many times it is ridiculous…i so wish i could just go back to school…AWWW! there is no saying how long i will be in here! they said at least 5 days or until my kidneys start getting better… but they don’t know if my lungs or liver or any other organs are going to start failing so i am stuck here… o well i could have cancer and know i am dieing now… Whatever life is good..ha haha…

    So i am so so bored! what would you do if you had like a week in the hospital… i have been in this positions a ton before but i am super duper bored this time! HELP!!!

    FYI i am 14 years old

    • ANSWER:
      I know that this is hard for you. It would be hard for anyone.
      I spent 6 months in the hospital in 2006 myself. It sucked. But there was no alternative. I too have Lupus. It is not a fun illness. Your mental state of being can affect your physical state of being when you have Lupus. Try to read or do some craft projects. Something to keep busy.

  29. QUESTION:
    Hospital Help…?!?!?
    I have a deadly disease called Lupus and it just so happens my kidneys are not dueing so well so i puked and then passed out at school… I think they way over reacted i mean i came to before the ambulance arrived but whatever…o well could be worse… ha ha…

    so right now all i have is my laptop and a tray full of disgusting hospital food with wires and tubes all over me! I hate blood transfusions and dialysis… and worst of all biopsies…. i mean i have had them all so many times it is ridiculous…i so wish i could just go back to school…AWWW! there is no saying how long i will be in here! they said at least 5 days or until my kidneys start getting better… but they don’t know if my lungs or liver or any other organs are going to start failing so i am stuck here… o well i could have cancer and know i am dieing now… Whatever life is good..ha haha…

    So i am so so bored! what would you do if you had like a week in the hospital… i have been in this positions a ton before but i am super duper bored this time! HELP!!!

    FYI i am 14 years old

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    I know my kidneys are scarred and damaged. Do I have chronic kindey disease?
    Hi I am 29 and I have had kidney damage for over 4 years. My left kidney is the one that’s scarred and damaged. I have kidney infection every 2-3 months if I take care of myself by drinking lots of water. My kidney function test showed that they are still functioning normally at this point. I also have liver disease and hypothyroid.. although my thyroid probably has nothing to do with it. I am getting tested to see if I have bladder reflux. I think thats what it’s called. I always have protein in my urine also.

    What I am wondering is: Is kidney damage the same thing as kidney disease?
    Because I need to know if I need to follow the kidney diease diet or not. My doctor says I don’t but I fell much worse if I eat processed foods or drink pop. I drink about 64oz of water each day and some cranberry juice every week. Any help would be appreciated!!
    Okay thanks for the response. I have permanent kidney dmage due to too many kidney infections. I’ve had this for 4 years. It’s irreversible as I said the left one is damaged I have had blood tests as well as been to radiology for some tests.
    As far as the liver goes I had lost 30% of the finction of my liver when it was diagnossed. I have permanent liver damage also. It’s from an overdose of tylenol (about 300) and about 200 other pills. Yes I was ill but because I was in a coma 4 days before being taken to the hospital my liver couldn’t be saved.

    So both are permanently damaged I know for a fact. What I want to know is: “Is kidney damage the same as kidney disease?”
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are two blood tests that check for kidney
      damage: creatinine and Bun (blood urea nitrogen)…If these are in normal range…then
      there is a could chance that the kidneys will
      heal. Protein in the urine is not good however.
      Protein checked by a urine test, doesn’t show up
      much unless the kidney has been damaged.

      You said you have liver disease but do not
      mention what caused it. The kidneys are
      second in line to fail after the liver fails. The
      reason for this is because the toxins that
      the liver no longer handles, the kidneys try
      to dispose of and it taxes the kidneys sometimes
      beyond what they are able to handle. This only
      occurs when the liver is damaged to the point
      that the cells have started to die and form
      scar tissue inside the liver…also known as
      cirrhosis. Hypothyroid trouble can also be
      connected to the liver problem.

      There is acute kidney disease and chronic
      kidney disease. Acute means that it may
      comes and then leave, chronic means that
      it is ongoing. Damage to the kidneys, to
      me, means that it is a disease. But, the
      problem with the kidneys may be only a
      result of another problem you already have
      had and that is the liver problem. Once the
      liver problem clears up…the kidneys may
      return to normal also. Infections can occur
      in many people with no damage to the kidneys
      because of using antibiotics to fight it off.

      Most people who are having problems with
      their kidneys are told to limit the amount of
      sodium, potassium, phosphorus in their diets.
      Sodas have alot of phosphorus and
      processed food contain alot of sodium.
      However, a certain amount must be maintained
      in the body since sodium and potassium are
      needed for the heart to beat in rhythm and
      for water retention. It is best to get the
      advice from your doctor about what you stated
      here. He has your blood work and can tell
      you what you should or should not do.
      He can tell you if there are any limits to the
      amount of Sodium, potassium, phosphorus or
      proteins you should be taken in or refer
      you to a nutritionist. He can also inform you
      how much fluid you should drink a day.
      Most people who have had kidney stones are
      told to drink alot…but too much fluid can also
      overwhelm the kidneys if they have liver problems also. In cirrhosis of the liver,
      sodium is retained in the body by this disease
      and fluids have to be adjusted accordingly, to
      keep things in balance.

      Sorry that I cannot be of more help…just
      giving you some things to think about and
      maybe discuss with your doctor.

  31. QUESTION:
    I want to stop taking Lisinopril before becoming pregnant?
    I am 36 yrs old. I am being treated for hypertension due to a kidney disorder called “minimal change disease”. I am taking 10mg of Lisinopril and 80mg of Diovan daily. My BP is usually 110/74 while on the meds. I have experienced SEVERE headaches whenever I forget my meds for several days, so I am afraid of discontinuing my medication. But I would like to conceive in the next few months (before the end of May), and my doctor’s appt. isn’t until the middle of May. I would like to try to discontinue the meds before I see the doctor, to find out if my BP is under control, since I have lost 20 lbs. and have increased my exercise and eating healthy. Any suggestions???

    • ANSWER:
      My main suggestion is DO NOT stop the meds! I am on lisinopril and another med, I have lost 85lbs in the last 8 months and my BP has not come down….so don’t rely on weight loss alone. If you are to be taken off the lisinopril the chances are high that it will need to be replaced with another med. Don’t attempt it without medical supervision, it could be dangerous. You will need guidance regarding pregnancy anyway and you need the right advice from the doctor, not here.

  32. QUESTION:
    will i still be able to dance with kidney disease?
    im 14 and in the middle of being diagnosed with some sort of rare kidney disease, the one they have in mined is called primary hyperoxaluria… so will i still be able to dance,, proffecionally.. i usually dance 5 days a week for about 12 hours alltogether, dancing is my life.. but recently iv been to ill so i havent danced in about 2 months ?? so please, do you think ill be able to dance !!! (ballet, advanced modern and tap? thanx :/

    • ANSWER:
      There is a guy with kidney failure on dialysis who runs and train for triathlons – he’s in amazing shape. If he can do that, perhaps you can dance.

      I don’t know anything about your disease – whether it leads to completely kidney failure or not, for example. It could be challenging to dance 12 hours day with kidney failure, but don’t say “no” til you have more information. I would advise you to make sure you are following your doctor’s advice, taking all the medicine on schedule, following any diet instructions you get, and always getting your required labwork done. I would think that dance would be good exercise and would help you both mentally and physically to deal with the disease.

  33. QUESTION:
    My grandmothers dying and i dont know what to do HELP ME?
    My grandma lives in england and i live in new zealand-were really close though and before i moved we used to spend everry summer holidays together!!! Im her little sunshine!! But my grandpa has a horribkle disease called motorneuron where he cant do anything for himself-clean,eat,walk or talk. My grandmas been really sick anyway,when she was younger just after my mum was born she got diagnosed with kidney failure and had melanoma and lung cancer (she wasnt a smoker though), luckily she survived it all!! She was in and out of hospital from when my mum was about 5 to a teenager and even though my mum has a older sister,mum always cooked and cleaned as my auntie was grandads ‘favourite’. So mum and grandma are really close so its even harder for my mum . My grandys had a really hard life,her dad died when she was 8 shes been through all the hospital and thebn when i was 2 my grandad was diagnosed. I used to feel more comfortable about my grandys but now shes older and im on the other half of the world i cant just take a hour drive to go visit her and help her! i just dont what to do-shes only got a quarter of one of her kidneys left and is really sick. I talk to her on the phone every sunday and have seen pictures of her and she is really unwell. I havent seen her for 2 years and she wants to come visit us but shes scared to leave my grandad alone but really hes killing her,i know he didnt aswk for it but hes really taking advantage of hyer,he doesnt look a day older and she needs a break!! I dont know how to tell her though! I just end up weeping down the phone,what do i do??? Help

    • ANSWER:
      I’m Sorry If you Don’t Like this. But No one can Live for ever. My Grandad died before I was even born. This is all Part Of Life.

  34. QUESTION:
    calling all doctors- the relation between anemia and kidney disease?
    hi,
    i was wondering what the relation of kidney disease and anemia. it would be very helpful if you could include the site or source you found this form. and all the possible ways this could be related.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Altoids,

      There are a number of ways that chronic kidney disease (CKD) and anemia are related.

      The principle one is that anemia develops from decreased ability of the kidneys to produce erythropoietin, the hormone responsible for bone marrow stimulation of red blood cell (RBC) production. It starts early in the course of disease and becomes more severe as the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) progressively decreases. Red blood cells (RBC) do not survive as long.

      Other causes of anemia in CKD include chronic blood loss, secondary hyperparathyroidism, inflammation, nutritional deficiency, and accumulation of inhibitors of erythropoiesis, the process by which RBCs are produced.

      One of the nutrient deficiencies is often Vitamin D. The kidney normally converts Vitamin D to its most active form, and Vitamin D, in turn, is responsible for helping keep parathyroid hormone in check. Hyperparathyroidism contributes to anemia by replacing the bone marrow cell structure with fibrous tissue that cannot produce RBCs.

      Vitamin B12 and folic acid might also be linked to anemia associated with CKD.

      I will provide some links for further reading.

      Hope this helps some!

  35. QUESTION:
    My 18 year old cat is sick and it’s killing me!
    I have an 18 y/o black persian that has been an indoor cat all her life. She hasn’t had any health problems her entire life, but 3 days ago she stopped eating and has been lethargic and hiding in places she never goes. She usually has a voracious appetite and is constantly around me whenever I’m at home. I took her to the vet on Friday and they ran blood work on her to check for thyroid and/or kidney disease. The vet called yesterday and her blood work is normal. She’s still not eating, so I’ve been force feeding kitten formula with a needle-less syringe. She growls and hates it, but I don’t want her to die of starvation before I take her to the vet tomorrow for more tests and an xray.

    Does anyone have any ideas or advice for me and my cat’s illness? It kills me to see her sick and miserable…
    Well, after 4 hours at the emergency room, the mystery is solved. My cat has an absess in her mouth. Tomorrow is cat dental day. She got SubQ fluids, antibiotics and pain killers and is feeling much better. Whew!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there… glad to hear your cat will recover. Geriatric cats are very prone to kidney insufficiency and hyperthyroidism. Ideally, it’s quite helpful to have your cat examined annually in order to keep on top of the geriatric disorders which can prolong a cat’s life.

  36. QUESTION:
    glucosamine for dogs?
    My pup was born with a bone disease called Vagus Deformity (sp?). He has double bone growth in his front legs and his joints are really stiff. He gets a lot of exercise and this seemed to work well over the summer but now it’s getting colder and I notice him limping quite a bit. A vet told me to put him on glucosamine tablets. I bought human form because I was told they are more concentrate then canine form. I started giving him 1/2 of a 500 mg tablet twice a day (so essentially he is getting all 500 mg, just at intervals). Is this too much? We had a boxer die at an early age from kidney failure (genetic and 7mos old). We take so many added measures to keep Bower healthy, we don’t want to go through the pain again. But I just don’t want to over drug him or make him sicker. He has only been on the glucos for a week and already he isn’t limping as much and putting more pressure on it. Good signs but I just wonder if anyone else gives their dog this? What are the effects?
    “Valgus deformity (assuming that’s what you’re referring to- his front legs are bent outwards? Or varus- bent inwards?) can often be corrected surgically. It’s the sort of thing that is done in a referrals centre, not by a local vet, but has it been mentioned to you?”
    WOW! Thank you for the definitions. We adopted him when he was 3 months old and where told he had valgus, his front legs are more outward than inward. But to me it just looks like his joint is super swollen. When we adopted him his was going to an orthopedic vet that said with his exercise he had barely any noticable effects. We continued to exercise him frequently but he is only 8 months so we figure between him growing still and the cold weather it is bothering him. The orth vet also told me that he may need surgery but not until he is an adult if it gives more problems. For now she told him to take 500 mgs (250 twice a day). He weighs over 60 pounds.
    Thank you for speaking about my boxer Bronx. He was such a sweet soul. He was bred at either a puppy mill or backyard breeder (I don’t think we will ever know) but was given to us as a gift. We fell so much in love with him but before he turned 7 months his health started deteroriating fast. He stopped eating and using the bathroom and within a week couldn’t walk. We had so much testing done and even IV fluids didn’t help. They resolved he had an extremely rare kidney disease that would have needed a shunt to fix. However when it hits pups at his age, the shunts are too big. The vet said he had only seen 2 cases prior to ours in his 30 years. Unfortunately we put him to sleep but he was so sick and there wasn’t any amount of money that could have fixed him. It still stays with me everyday, the what ifs and whys.

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re following your vets advice on dosage, I don’t think you need to worry about over-dosing him. Two of my greyhounds are on glucosamine – one of them only as a preventative because he’s got the start of arthritis in his shoulder and he gets 500 mg a day and has for years. My other one gets it to prevent her from limping. She’s 70 lbs. and the vet said she could have 1500 mg a day safely.

      Neither of my dogs have had any kind of side effects – only benefits, and my older dog has a geriatric blood panel done regularly so if there was any kind of kidney or liver damage or anything else starting, it would show up there. You’re doing a good thing for Bower giving him glucosamine – you don’t need to worry about it! Hope he’ll be ok.

  37. QUESTION:
    Getting endoscopy done tomorrow, unsedated?
    Hello, I am getting an endoscopy tomorrow early in the morning, and I’m extremely nervous. I am only 21, but I have high blood pressure due to a very rare disease called Takyasu’s Arteritis which causes inflammation of the arteries without reason. Because of that, I have only 1 working kidney and my spleen no longer works, but they both remain in my body. I have been having chest pain and extreme shortness of breath so after all of the other workups I’ve done, this is one of the last ones I am doing. Now my question, is it possible to get a very very low dosage of sedation they give you via IV or could I just take my Xanax? I have extreme fear up not waking up from the sedation and the risks say it’s around 1 in 5000 people die from the sedation, even less people get the disease I have so I’m not much of a risk taker, I’m one of a kind. So is it possible for them to give me a minimal dose of whatever they use or I can just take a nice amount of my Xanax? Anyone have experience with this?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    What is do I do she was my best friend?
    Hi well recently my Lhasa Apso recently passed away she was my absolute best friend. Ever since I was in kindergarten I had a disease called i.b.s. which really hurts. I never have met my dad my grandpa is a diabetic my grandma had a stroke apparently only 10 ppl in the us have. Later in my life i learned my biological dad was a repeat jail person. I can’t explain it my aunt who was like my second mother died two years ago and my other grandpa died two Weekes before my dog died and my dog died exactly a week before my birthday my thirteenth birthday to be exact. So yeah I know im being a baby but am i selfish to want another dog so soon i know i can’t expect it to fully fill that gap. But to get home from school or when i get sick from ib.s. and to have no one to talk to its hard. She died at age 5 and i feel angry because when i first got her the breeder said she was perfectly healthy she died of liver and kidney failure. S o in conclusion my questions are
    1)am i being selfish in wanting another dog
    2) is the loneliness I feel normal
    3)is it ok to be upset at the breeder
    4)why can’t i just accept she’s gone
    5) I ask that your not critical and if you want to criticize this next part then don’t share it i was suicidal the day of her death or my mind was i felt awful i would have never ever ever done anything so i don’t think you could of called it suicidal i just wanted to die i feel embarrassed ok sorry thank you and God bless!
    love mckenzie
    thank you this made me feel better. You guys are right though 100 percent I shouldn’t be upset at the breeder. I guess I was because they said angel would be completely healthy but i don’t think this is a resoniblie promise thank you all for you answers!

    • ANSWER:
      Of course you are feeling very sad after losing your Lhasa Apso dog. Our pets are really such a big part of our lives and they truly are our best friends. They love us no matter what and they provide us with comfort, friendship and love. I lost my boxer earlier this year and couldn’t bear to come home to an empty house. I went to the adopt-a-boxer rescue group and found the perfect companion for me. He can never replace my first boxer but he is loved totally and has filled the emptiness and sadness that I felt. He is the sweetest companion and has many of the traits of my first dog but he is different, just as two members of a family are different but are loved by their family. You will feel so much better when you have another pet to love and your new pet will help you so much to get through the grief of losing your dog. Just remember this; your dog may have died at a very young age but she had the best life she could ever hope for. My dog got a rare form of diabetes and then cancer. Unfortunately, these things happen and there is no way to know when and if a dog will get a condition that will take their life. I don’t know that you can be upset with a breeder after having a healthy dog for 5 years; a breeder did not cause the condition. I understand your sadness at losing her. You will accept the fact that you had a lovely pet who shared a very good life with you and you will never forget the good times and the joy she brought to you. Grief does make people feel so sad and sometimes they even feel desperate just from your sadness. After some time passes, you will feel happiness at your wonderful memories of the good times you shared and you will be happy to look at pictures of the two of you together. In the meantime, think about getting another dog. I got mine the week after my dog died. Some people said it was too soon but, for me, it helped to make my life happy again. I am very sorry for your loss. When you have many losses in your life, a pet can make things better. You can spend time with him, hug him when you need comfort, take care of him and let him provide you with unconditional love. Go and look for another dog and when you find one, you will know he is the right one for you. You might even consider a rescue group. They have them for all breeds. These dogs have suffered losses too and look forward to finding a home where they can be loved. You would be a perfect catch for a lonely dog who needs a partner. God bless you, McKenzie! Things will be easier in time.

  39. QUESTION:
    why am i excessivly drinking but not urinating?
    For the past couple days, I’ve been drinking so much water but I haven’t been peeing as much as I should. I’ve drank about 11 watter bottles today but only peed once. My stomach feel very bloated and my fingers/ankles have been swollen. I’m not pregnant & it’s not the “time of the month” but I do have a condition called poly-cystic kidney disease. Any advice … Help ? Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      When your urine out put is less and your ankles are swollen we should suspect a kidney failure. Immediately go to your doctor or Emergency dept. and have your urine tested for albumin and blood checked for sugar, urea and creatinine. You should have your BP also checked. Doctor will advise you according to your investigation reports. Don’t delay. Go as soon as you can.

  40. QUESTION:
    What Do You Know about Vaccines?
    Did you know that most veterinarians will over vaccinate your dog? (1)

    93% of Veterinarians will Recommend the following schedule for vaccinating your dogs.
    6 wks – DHLPPC Lyme B
    8wks – DHLPPC Lyme B
    12 wks – DHLPPC Lyme B
    16 wks – DHLPPC Lyme B R
    1yr – DHLPPC Lyme B R
    2yr – DHLPPC Lyme B R
    And Every year after that till death – DHLPPC Lyme B R

    American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association Council On Biologic & Therapeutic Agents, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine will Recommend the following schedule for vaccinating your dogs.
    6 wks – DHPP
    8wks – DHPP
    12 wks – DHPP
    16 wks – DHPP R
    1yr – DHPP R
    4yr – DHPP R
    7 yr – DHPP R
    10 yr – DHPP R
    Every three years till death – DHPP R

    ***
    D= Distemper
    H = Hepatitis (CAV2)
    L = Leptospirosis ( 4 serovars)
    P = Parainfluenza
    P = Parvo virus
    C= Corona virus
    B = Bordetella
    R = Rabies

    Did you know that when tested, the duration of immunity for Rabies vaccine, Canine distemper vaccine, and Canine Parvovirus vaccine, have all been demonstrated to be a minimum of 7 years by serology for rabies and challenge studies for all others? (2)

    Did you know that yearly vaccines for dogs have negative affects on the immune system? (3)
    Dr. Michael W. Fox DVM – “Adverse vaccination reactions resulting in disease (so called vaccinosis) include injection-site fibro- sarcomas in cats, and various immune-system dysfunction diseases, possibly hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, various chronic skin conditions and kidney disease. More research has been done in dogs, where certain breeds and lines are particularly prone to develop vaccinosis. Conditions associated with same include encephalitis, seizures, polyneuropathy ( weakness, incoordination and muscle atrophy), hypertrophic osteodystrophy (shifting lameness and painful joints), autoimmune thyroiditis and hypothyroidism, liver, kidney and bone marrow failure variously associated with autoimmune hemolytic anemia, immune mediated thrombocytopenia.”

    (1) http://www.critteradvocacy.org/Are%20We%20Over%20Vaccinating%20Our%20Pets.htm
    (2) Schultz, Ronald D, Duration of Immunity to Canine Vaccines: What We Know and What We Don’t Know, Proceedings – Canine Infectious Diseases: From Clinics to Molecular Pathogenesis, Ithaca, NY, 1999, 22. “http://www.critteradvocacy.org/The%20Science%20Has%20Been%20Done.htm”
    (3) http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/petvacc2.htm#1

    Other resources for this information come from:
    www.IVIS.org
    www.vetmed.wsu.edu
    www.vmth.ucdavis.edu
    www.vet.cornell.edu
    www.avma.org/policies/vaccinations/htm
    www.healthypet.com
    www.Vin.com

    Please inform yourselves! Question your veterinarian!
    I am spamming because there are a lot of uneducated people on Y!A and I am trying to expose them to information!

    • ANSWER:
      I have always questioned the use of vaccinations. I have had sixteen dogs who were vaccinated by the breeder before they came to me. However I have always been concerned about the dreadful chemicals that are said to prevent parvo etc. My dogs have never had annual vaccinations I use homoeopathic nosodes instead.

      I don’t use conventional treatments to prevent fleas, I make my own with essential oils and none of my dogs have ever had fleas All of my dogs have gone to training classes and have always mixed freely with other dogs.

      In the past I have used worming tablets because of the dreadful things that I read about worms. Then I asked a very knowledgeable dog owner how often that I should do this. His reply was “why are you giving your dog worming tablets if she hasn’t got worms”. In view of this and the fact that my latest dog reacted badly to worming tablets I no longer give her worming tablets.
      Worms have always concerned me, earlier this week I took my ten year old GSD for a check up and I took a faeces sample for analysis. In spite of the fact that she has not had worming tablets for two years there was no evidence of worms.

      I have come to the conclusion that vets and drug companies are shouting and advertising their products to increase their incomes at the expense of our dog’s health.
      I have never needed to economise on my dogs, however in this economic climate there are people who need to do this. If anyone needs to know about the homeopathic and VERY CHEAP nosodes to prevent parvo etc.email me. I can also provide a kind and simple recipe to prevent fleas.
      As an addendom to this, some vets ask before they treat a dog if it is insured.BEWARE At present I have an honest vet, unfortunately some vets suggest unnecessary treatment to add to their profits. If for any reason I need to consult a specialist who I don’t know, I lie and tell them that my dog is NOT insured.

      Hopefully the people who read this will not simply stop giving their dogs annual vaccinations. They need to use an alternative, the alternatives are CHEAP and safe

  41. QUESTION:
    Do rich people ever give money to poor people to help if they know its for a good reason!?
    I really need help raising money for a good reason!
    If anyone out there cares to help a poor person out to fly from Morocco to Germany to get a expensive surgery done!
    She carries 7 kg of cysts around her liver and kidneys! Its called the polycystic kidney / liver disease!
    At first she had only 700 g of these cysts but they doubble arround her organs day after day,its been 3 year! Doctors said that soon her kidneys will stop fonctioning!
    She really needs this money to help bring her over to Germany to get the attention & care she needs that she couldnt get in a 3th world country!
    If you have any sugestions of how she can get financial help in her situation please let me know!
    May God bless you all & please remember that we are all equal no matter where we come from!
    Thanx
    whoever decides to donate any money!
    I will send you a private message with all the infos and an account number!
    God bless you all.

    • ANSWER:
      Why dont you try contacting the United Nations! They have launched a campaign to end poverty by 2015. Ensuring good child and maternal health is one of the major goals. I am quite sure that they will be able to help you out. I came to know about the campaign through the community http://www.orkut.co.in/Community.aspx?cm… . You may be able to contact them through the community. May God Bless the child.

  42. QUESTION:
    Do rich people ever give money to poor people if its for a good reason?
    know its for a good reason!?
    I really need help raising money for a good reason!
    If anyone out there cares to help a poor person out to fly from Morocco to Germany to get a expensive surgery done!
    She carries 7 kg of cysts around her liver and kidneys! Its called the polycystic kidney / liver disease!
    At first she had only 700 g of these cysts but they doubble arround her organs day after day,its been 3 year! Doctors said that soon her kidneys will stop fonctioning!
    She really needs this money to help bring her over to Germany to get the attention & care she needs that she couldnt get in a 3th world country!
    If you have any sugestions of how she can get financial help in her situation please let me know!
    May God bless you all & please remember that we are all equal no matter where we come from!
    Thanx
    whoever decides to donate any money!
    I will send you a private message with all the infos and an account number!
    God bless you all.

    • ANSWER:
      Why dont you try contacting the United Nations! They have launched a campaign to end poverty by 2015. Ensuring good child and maternal health is one of the major goals. I am quite sure that they will be able to help you out. I came to know about the campaign through the community http://www.orkut.co.in/Community.aspx?cm… . You may be able to contact them through the community. May God Bless the child.

  43. QUESTION:
    Do rich people help poor people for good reasons!?
    Do rich people ever give money to poor people to help if they know its for a good reasonI really need help raising money for a good reason!
    If anyone out there cares to help a poor person out to fly from Morocco to Germany to get a expensive surgery done!
    She carries 7 kg of cysts around her liver and kidneys! Its called the polycystic kidney / liver disease!
    At first she had only 700 g of these cysts but they doubble arround her organs day after day,its been 3 year! Doctors said that soon her kidneys will stop fonctioning!
    She really needs this money to help bring her over to Germany to get the attention & care she needs that she couldnt get in a 3th world country!
    If you have any sugestions of how she can get financial help in her situation please let me know!
    May God bless you all & please remember that we are all equal no matter where we come from!
    Thanx
    whoever decides to donate any money!
    I will send you a private message with all the infos and an account number!
    God bless you all.

    • ANSWER:
      Why dont you try contacting the United Nations! They have launched a campaign to end poverty by 2015. Ensuring good child and maternal health is one of the major goals. I am quite sure that they will be able to help you out. I came to know about the campaign through the community http://www.orkut.co.in/Community.aspx?cmm=47234928 . You may be able to contact them through the community. May God Bless the child.

  44. QUESTION:
    possible kidney problem?
    hi im 13 years old and male. for a while now i’ve been experincing alot of problems with my bladder such as passing urine more than usaul,urgent feeling to pee,going during the night,blood in urine,leaking urine and a strange smell to urine.so they are the symptoms i’ve been having.

    if you think i drink a lot of caffeine i don’t. i use to drink water then i stoped.i drink about 2or3 drinks a day.i pee about 6-12 times a day depending on what i eat or drink.sometimes surten drinks trigger the problem.

    so now i’m not passing a lot of urine even if i do it’s not a lot.i suspected kidney disease because i have the symptoms such as sudden decrease in urine output tired etc.

    i have been checked for uti (urinary tract infection) and diabetes im fine the doctors said. my gp gave me a medicne called ditropan it helps get rid of your bladder problems but it hasen’t worked.

    can anyone help please i need some help
    thanks and sorry for the long question.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    what is the camera that is put up through the penis for kidney health?
    my dad has chronic kidney disease and there is a certain camera that is inserted through the penis to detect defects of kidneys ,anyone know what its called/

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    kidney disease,low blood pressure and walked in to the hospital with an ammonia level of 60 now 200?
    my dad has a liver disease and low blood pressure, was taken to the hospital today because he can’t distinguish, recognize or acknowledge anyone. Nurse said he came in with an ammonia level of 60 and has risen to 200, they’ve given him some kind of medication but it doesn’t seem to be working so they have raised the medication and they’ll call back if any changes occur. My mind is racing and don’t know what to do. ( his in another city )

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor and don’t want to diagnose him, but it sounds like he could be having what is called encephalopathy which is quite common with liver disease. It is caused by high ammonia levels when the liver cannot get rid of the ammonia due to poor function. I am assuming his liver disease might be cirrhosis.

      Everyone who has liver failure usually has ammonia problems and everyone has their own tolerance levels when the ammonia rises. Encephalopathy can cause minor problems such as fatigue and just feeling blah all the way to more serious problems such as confusion, behavior changes, memory loss, and sometimes even violent behavior and hallucinations. If left untreated, it can lead to coma if the levels become too high.

      Normally, Lactulose is the medication everyone uses to keep these levels low, but they don’t always work and the medicine often needs adjusting to the high and low levels that occur. There are a few other meds that can be used such as Xifaxan, but Lactulose or Enulose are the most common.

      The hospital will know how to bring the level down so that your dad will come back to his senses so to speak. Even though it will tell you that permanent brain damage can occur in some cases, I have known at least 100 people who have had problems with it and none of them had any brain damage. It’s a temporary condition that goes away once the ammonia levels are under control.

      This is a symptom of liver failure (cirrhosis) in the more advanced stages of the disease. Someone experiencing this is probably going to need a transplant or already does need a liver transplant. I hope this might be an option for your father because there is no cure for cirrhosis other than a transplant. I’m sorry your father is so sick.

      I had cirrhosis and my tolerance level was pretty high for high ammonia. Mine used to run about 100 all the time and the most it ever did to me was make me tired. Other people are not so lucky. You can have someone like me, and then someone else who goes to 100 might get totally confused and out of their mind so to speak. My transplant doctor used to tell me to pay attention to the symptoms I am experiencing rather than the numbers.

  47. QUESTION:
    My sister was diagnosed with Kidney Disease she is 13?
    My sister is 13 and was recently ( within the last 2 months) diagnosed with iad nephroathy. She has been in and out of hospitals and doctors offices, she has only been able to attend school probably a total of 20days since the beginning of the school year. She is in a large amount of pain. Specifically her lower back. She has large amounts of protein in her urine. and her white blood cell count is high. The only thing the doctors have done for her so far is put her on a high dose of a steroid called prednizone, which has not helped her kidneys to begin functioning normally again as they said it would. The prednizone has caused her face and stomach to swell up about three times the normal size and she is complaining that her face and stomach hurt her. We have taken her to a nutritionist and altered her diet to a no carb diet. After doing some research online i stumbled upon a symptoms list for End Stage Renal disease. Unfortunately it seems to be she has most of these symptoms. The issue we are encountering is that we have seen some of the best doctors in the area and they all say the same thing that her pain isnt from the kidney disease and she cant have end stage because when they discovered she had kidney disease it was not that far along. She has been advised not to take Motrin or Tylenol or any other kind of pain reliever, therefore she is in a massive amount of pain to the point that she cannot stop crying. Please can anyone, someone give me some kind of insight or tips or anything! My family and I are so confused and are not getting answers from any of our healthcare professionals. My mother is having the hardest time seeing my sister go through this, she has so much more life to live and dances and dates and I dont want her to be sick forever! Please Help!!!

    Thank you

    Amber
    (Sterling Heights, Michigan)
    Yes I have not been officially tested yet but we have the same blood type and the same father I don’t know if that makes a difference. But I am 5foot 3inches and a little overweight for my height I am not morbidly obese or anything. I consider myself in good health, but the doctor said they are only able to take a kidney donation from a healthy height weight proportionate donor. After receiving that news I immediately changed my diet and started exercising more to become height weight proportionate but she just keeps getting sicker and sicker and I am afraid that she might need a transplant before I can reach the height weight goal! I am 21 yrs old and I haven’t had any health issues since 2003 not even a cold, so I consider that pretty healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link to IgA nephropathy.

      https://health.google.com/health/ref/IgA+nephropathy

      A low protein diet might help. She could ask her doctor about trying a vegetarian diet (vegan would be best…no meat, dairy or eggs). Vegetarian Times magazine is a good resource for information and recipes for a new vegetarian.But ask the docs first.

      Here is a link to clinical trials.

      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov

      Here is a link to clinical trials for IgA nephropathy

      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=IgA+nephropathy

      Put in the “IgA nephropathy” or “Berger’s disease” in the search engine there and hit the map tab to find local trials.

      Here is another link to NORD:

      http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=IgA%20Nephropathy

      Scroll down the page to see support organizations and their addresses and email addresses.

      I would think a kidney transplant would be her best bet, but I am not a doctor.

      She might also call the local kidney foundation and ask about support groups and where and when they meet. Support groups can be a tremendous help…talking to others with similar problems and trading ideas for help.

  48. QUESTION:
    Gaucher’s Disease?
    I need some picture of Gaucher’s Disease.p
    Gaucher disease is an inherited metabolic disorder in which harmful quantities of a fatty substance called glucocerebroside accumulate in the spleen, liver, lungs, bone marrow, and sometimes in the brain. There are three types of Gaucher disease. The first category, called type 1, is by far the most common. Patients in this group usually bruise easily and experience fatigue due to anemia and low blood platelets. They also have an enlarged liver and spleen, skeletal disorders, and, in some instances, lung and kidney impairment. There are no signs of brain involvement. Symptoms can appear at any age. In type 2 Gaucher disease, liver and spleen enlargement are apparent by 3 months of age. Patients have extensive and progressive brain damage and usually die by 2 years of age. In the third category, called type 3, liver and spleen enlargement is variable, and signs of brain involvement such as seizures gradually become apparent. All Gaucher patients exhibit a deficiency of an enzyme called glucocerebrosidase that is involved in the breakdown and recycling of glucocerebroside. The buildup of this fatty material within cells prevents the cells and organs from functioning properly. Gaucher disease is one of several lipid storage diseases.

    • ANSWER:
      I found some pictures by using these sites. I hope that was helpful.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is there any way I can educate people about Diabetes?
    There are so many people who think there is only one type and one cause of Diabetes. I look for questions, websites, anything that pokes fun at the disease so I can educate people. Call me what you will, but I’m a 13 year old diabetic with kidney disease because of it and uses an online school, so no, I have no life. Is there anything I can do to stop the ignorant?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you’re a smart kid because you have a strong open mind
      with a strong seeking spirit.
      There’s a world of information on the website I’m about to give and it
      covers just about everything

      http://wisdomofhealth.blogtoolkit.com

      Good Luck little dude

  50. QUESTION:
    how bad is kidney disease ?!?
    hello, im a 14 year old female and the doctors think i may have kidney disease, they havent actually diagnosed me yet but im waiting fot the results or the stone analysis, if i have it , the most likely one is extreamly rare, its called primary hyperoxaluria. i was just wondering, how bad is kidney disease ,, generally. i dont want you to say “omg its so bad youll probally be dead by 20 ” i just want experiences of people and family members of people with kidney disease,, oh and dont bother answering if your gonna say ask your doctor,, im just scared = / x

    thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      My dad had kidney stones. They can be bad, but if you get it in time, you’ll be okay. Any disease that anyone has can be treatable if you catch it in time. I’m not saying how bad it is, cuz I don’t know your pain, but that’s all I can say.


Disease Of The Kidneys Medical Term

Nephropathy due to diabetes is a kidney disease induced as a result of capillary dysfunction in kidney glomeruli. This diabetic condition discovered by Wilson and Kimmelsteil is also known by name Kimmelsteil-Wilson syndrome. If not diagnosed in earlier stages, disease may later induce the need for dialysis and kidney transplantation. Diabetic nephropathy is more frequently seen among diabetic men than in women. In some diabetic patients, disease may even result in chronic kidney failure and end-stage kidney disease. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients are equally affected by this kidney trouble.

Do you know how detection is done for nephropathy? Detection of kidney diseases due to diabetes is done mainly by conducting urine test. Urine of patient with kidney disease will contain traces of albumin. Albumin is a plasma protein formed due to thickening of glomerulus. Medication is made depending on the intensity of albumin level in urine. Albumin concentration with less than 30 mg per day in urine is referred as microalbuminuria and those with albumin concentration greater than 300 mg per day in urine is referred as clinical albuminuria or macroalbuminuria. Growth of nephropathy increases albumin concentration in urine. Intensity of nephropathy can be checked by conducting kidney biopsy in patients.

Now let’s see various causes for the occurrence of nephropathy. Increase in blood sugar level is considered as the primary cause of nephropathy. Hyper tension, a factor of nephropathy effects normal renal function and creates an increase in plasma volume. Nephropathy acts as a silent killer in earlier stages and shows its symptoms only at later stages. Edema or swelling of body parts is one of the symptoms shown by nephropathy. Nephropathy may some times block normal blood circulation in patients causing arteriosclerosis. Vomiting, headache, itching, frequent hiccups and poor appetite or anorexia are some other symptoms shown by a patient with nephropathy.

Preventive measures for controlling nephropathy can be started by controlling blood sugar level. Do continuous blood sugar monitoring and plan diet according to glucose level in blood. Prepare a diabetic diet by seeking the help of your diabetic specialist. Make your meals special by including food items rich in protein. Soy beans, legumes, whole grains and legumes are some of food samples rich with protein concentration. Try to maintain cholesterol level and hypertension under control by proper medication.

Today, several antihypertensive drugs for reducing growth of nephropathy are easily available in market. Taking ACE inhibitors reduces the risk of diabetic nephropathy. Use of ACE inhibitors helps in reducing albumin concentration in urine. Studies say that ACE inhibitors contribute mainly to type 1 diabetic by retarding the growth of nephropathy. In case of type 2 diabetic patients, both ACE inhibitors and ARB are used for treatment. Patients should limit intake of food items with rich iodine concentration. Do not take non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs while taking treatment for nephropathy. Taking drugs like naproxen creates negative impact on patients. If not treated in earlier stage of disease, nephropathy even results in premature death of patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can I make this possible?
    I am a 26-year-old female who is very seriously considering going the “Vegan route” in the near future. Here’s the problem: I am a peritoneal dialysis patient. (For those of you who are not familiar with the medical term/disease, I suffer from kidney failure and have to use a glucose-based solution to filter toxins from my body.) As a P.D. patient, my diet MUST consist of high protein, low phosphorus, and potassium rich foods. Could anyone suggest some possible menu items I could eat that with satisfy my dietary requirements? Any response you could provide will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    JUST TO BE CLEAR, I AM IN NEED OF A PROTEIN AND POTASSIUM-RICH VEGAN DIET. I AM NOT ASKING FOR A DIALYSIS-BASED DIET. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend that you get in touch with PCRM (Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) as they did a research study on this a few years ago. I’m sure they’d have some good advice for you.

      Here is their contact info:

      202-686-2210, ext. 395; nutrition@pcrm.org

  2. QUESTION:
    Medical class help please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    Fill in the blanks please:

    1. _________________ are found at the beginning of the word and describe, modify or limit the term.
    2. When the vowel “O” is placed after a word root, it becomes a __________________.
    3. The _______________ provides the basic meaning of the word.
    4. Placed at the end of the word, the _______________ changes the words meaning.
    5. The singular form of bacteria is ______________.
    6. The posterior part of bacteria is ______________.
    7. The bones of the body also function as a storage area for excess _______________.
    8. ______________- is a decreaase in the size of an organ or tissue.
    9. Two medical terms used for kidneys are ___________ and __________.
    10. A disease-causing agent would be called a _________.
    11. BMR is the abbreviation for ____________.
    12. IM is the abbreviation for _____________.
    13. ______________ is the study of skin and its diseases.
    14. If you suffered from cervicodynia, the pain would be in your ___________.

    Match the following:

    1. Neur A. A word root meaning nerve
    2. Tachy B. Combining form meaning nerve
    3. Pathy C. Suffix meaning excision or removal
    4. Leuk/o D. Out of bed
    5. Neur/o E. Suffix meaning disease condition
    6. Dia F. Do not resuscitate
    7. Contra G. Prefix meaning across or through
    8. OOB H. Prefix meaning against
    9. Ectomy I. Repeat as needed
    10. PRN, prn J. Descriptive term meaning fast
    11. DRN K. Prefix meaning thorough, complete
    12. Trans L. Word part for the color white
    This is for my sister, she wanted me to post this

    • ANSWER:
      Please tell me you’re only an undergrad student and that you didn’t actually somehow get into med school knowing this little.

      Anyway, this isn’t the Homework help section. Go there, or look in your book. Or search for the terms online.

  3. QUESTION:
    Medical Terminology test…PLEASE HELP?
    I have to get at least an 80% in this or I cant do my clinicals. PLEASE HELP! Thank you.

    4.
    The basic unit of the human body is the ____.
    (Points: 4)
    cell
    cytoplasm
    nucleus
    organelles

    5.
    Which body plane divides the body into left and right sections?
    (Points: 4)
    Coronal
    Frontal
    Mid-sagittal
    Transverse

    6.
    Which body cavity contains the spine?
    (Points: 4)
    Abdominal cavity
    Cranial cavity
    Dorsal cavity
    Thoracic cavity

    7.
    The supine position is described as:
    (Points: 4)
    standing with face forward
    laying down on belly
    facing up, lying on the back
    standing with back forward

    8.
    The combining form for ribs is:
    (Points: 4)
    oste/o
    cost/o
    my/o
    vertebr/o

    9.
    The combining form thromb/o refers to:
    (Points: 4)
    blood
    clot
    lymph
    vein

    10.
    When changing a singular word with the ending of -nx to a plural word you would change it to:
    (Points: 4)
    -es
    -nges
    -ices
    -ix

    11. An artificial part placed on the human body is a prosthesis (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    12. Before birth is (Points: 4)
    antigen
    antepartum
    postpartum
    neonatal

    13. Difficult, painful urination (Points: 4)
    urinalysis
    dysuria
    oligouria
    hematuria

    14. Two prefixes that mean “within” (Points: 4)
    ante-pro
    endo-intra
    hypo-sub
    extra-ec

    15. A membrane that surrounds the bone is (Points: 4)
    periosteum
    peritoneum
    perianal
    pericardial

    16. Two prefixes that mean beyond (Points: 4)
    tachy and brady
    pro and pre
    dys and mal
    ultra and meta

    17. Poly has a similar meaning to (Points: 4)
    hypo
    hyper
    syn
    re

    18. Endocrine glands that are above the kidney are (Points: 4)
    adrenal
    prostate
    parathyroid
    subcostal

    19. An abnormal collection of blood above the membrane covering the brain (Points: 4)
    subdural hematoma
    epidural hematoma
    hematoma
    thrombosis

    20. All medical terms have a prefix, suffix and root (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    21. A swollen gland is also known as lymphadenopathy (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    22. The term rhinorrhea means having runny eyes (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    23. When a disease leaves and comes back it is a prolapse (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    24. The term transurethral means pertaining to across the urethra (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    25. Having the condition tachypnea would mean that your heart is beating rapidly (Points: 4)
    True
    False

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think i would want to be treated by a health care worker who has to ask and get the answers to a test to take care of me or my family.

      You need to know the answers yourself. Remember someones life might depend on it.

  4. QUESTION:
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan ?
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan
    by Shahid Athar, M.D.

    Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

    Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, it is beneficial for one’s entire life. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

    The only difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water during this period is not bad at all and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

    The physiological effect of fasting includes lower of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on “Health and Ramadan”, held in Casablanca, entered 50 research papers from all over the world, from Muslim and non-Muslim researchers who have done extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients’ health or baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not try to fast.

    There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, “If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting.’” This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes.

    There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in output. There are 10 extra calories output for each rikat of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory. Therefore, I encourage my Muslim patients to fast in the month of Ramadan, but they must do it under medical supervision. Healthy adult Muslims should not fear becoming weak by fasting, but instead it should improve their health and stamina.

    • ANSWER:
      That was very interesting. I worked for four years in an Elementary school as an EMT. We had many Muslim students. Being children they spent a lot of time in my office during their lunch hour complaining they were hungry and or had headaches. I felt for them, after all they are just children and felt embarrassed in front of their peers. It was very rare that any student was happy with the idea of fasting – but they all survived.

      As a Catholic, I too have days of fasting and it drives my kids crazy. They too survive.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have had IgA Nephropathy, are there ways to self-medicate, and is this disease serious or really incurable?
    I’ve been diagnosed since 12 and is under a gov doc since. I had my kidney biopsy done. Now I’m 17 and recently after researching, found out more about this disease though I don’t understand half of what all the websites are saying. Most of the websites have the same information though with all the medical terms I don’t comprehend them. I’m quite mad at my doctor for not explaining to me and my parents about it thus we have been misled into thinking its not serious.

    I’m unsure of how fast this disease progresses and if it’ll reach end-stage renal failure.

    Recently we’ve stopped going for my checkups and taking my hypertension medication as we hear it harms the liver at such a high dosage and I’m taking it for life. Are there other side effects? We tried asking the doctor about using fish oil but she turned us down thus we were upset with her. I feel like a experiment while she’s taking a “trial and error” approach to it.

    Will doing this affect the rate my disease progresses?

    • ANSWER:
      IgA nephropathy is deposition of IgA immune complexes in glomeruli, manifesting as slowly progressive hematuria, proteinuria, and, often, renal insufficiency. Diagnosis is based on urinalysis and renal biopsy. Prognosis is generally good. Treatment options include ACE inhibitors, corticosteroids, and ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
      Most cases of IgA nephropathy can’t be prevented. If you have a family history of IgA nephropathy, talk with your doctor to find out if there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing the disease.
      Controlling your blood pressure is one of the most important ways you can help slow kidney damage from IgA nephropathy. You doctor may recommend changes in your diet — such as limiting your salt intake — to help manage your blood pressure. A low-salt diet can also help minimize fluid retention and swelling. Other dietary changes, such as reducing the amount of protein you eat and taking steps to decrease your cholesterol levels, also may help slow the progression of IgA nephropathy. Talk with your doctor about what’s right for you.
      Coping with IgA nephropathy can be challenging. But, you don’t have to do it alone. If you have questions or would like guidance, talk with a member of your health care team. You may also benefit from joining a support group. Such a group can provide both sympathetic listening and useful information. To find out about support groups in your area that deal with kidney disease, ask your doctor. Or, contact your local chapter of the National Kidney Foundation by calling 800-622-9010.

  6. QUESTION:
    Do you know renal failure ?
    I would like to ask to those who are native English speakers.
    Do you understand the word RENAL instead of KIDNEY ?
    FAILURE instead of DISEASE ?
    INJURY instead of FAILURE ?
    I would like to ask these questions because in these days CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE and ACUTE RENAL FAILURE have become commonly used instead of CRF and ARF in medical field.
    I know the new definition about these disease. And I also know the purpose to propaganda these disease.
    I think RENAL might be a little difficult to understand than KIDNEY by people because it is rather medical terms.
    I don’t know the difference between FAILURE and DISEASE in understandability.

    I wonder what percentage native English speaker cannot understand the word RENAL or FAILURE which might be medical terms.
    ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY instead of ACUTE RENAL FAILURE is right.
    Or it doesn’t make sense.
    I’m sorry to put this question into this medical category.
    I should have put this into the category: Home>Education & Reference>Words & Wordplay.

    • ANSWER:
      a hell of a lot more people understand “renal” than understand “nephrology”

  7. QUESTION:
    Is medical marijuana legal in Ct? Does celiac sprue qualify, being so painful and deadly?
    In the medical field, especial in Ct., it is unusually difficult to be diagnosed for food allergens. Having already graduated med school, many physicians feel that they don’t need to re-educate. This is the sole reason I was left undiagnosed in thee longest recorded survived sprue, without diagnosis. While doing this I held a career in the soft field of drywall taping. The pains emanated by the sprue exceed that of passing kidney stones. I know. I was in full sprue for 22 years undiagnosed. I had every indicator and have all the records of the actual proof of sprue going back 5 years.Until last year, when an unexplained recurrence, barley devastated me financially to actually fight my way through the very simple diagnosis. Even the head of yale said he didn’t think me to be a celiac. I even fought there to have the simple blood test of the HLA DQ2 and the HLA DQ8 genetic modifier test. They even lost 2 of my 2 week times blood test. I went to a local hospital my wife worked in conjunction with, and the first time out and the first time back, my answer I had already knew was there. I was HLA DQ8 postive. The more active of the 2 modifiers in the New York area. This long term sprue left me with painful nerve damage that even the local doctors continue to deny it’s existence. They all seem to furious to even learn the things right in front of their faces. I am continuing to do drywall thanks to my own volitions. I have found the cures to the disease my own doctors almost refuse to acknowledge. I have heard med maryjane help pain and mood swing. Is this true and does high pain qualify me with my malfunction? California and even universities know of my disconfort.Do you think our government so kind is to allow the fibromialgia suffering drywaller a mean to help him make it through the day? Is the only means of relief through addictive pain medicines and mind shrinking antidepressents? Or is Montel Williams an American , where I am not?

    • ANSWER:
      I also have celiac. I also dignosed myself with the help of my husband.
      Are you on a gluten free diet? I do not know how you got the information that you are the longest survivor because many people are not dignosed until well into their 70′s.
      Anyway, it sounds like you need to get yourself to a celiac center go here:

      http://www.celiaccenter.org/

      here is a list of dieticians that specialize in celiac:

      http://glutenfreedietitian.com/newsletter/?page_id=14

      Here is another celiac center relatively close to you:

      http://www.celiacdiseasecenter.columbia.edu/G_Contact/G01-HOME.htm

      You need to get to a center to help you with your issues.

      from what I understand in Conneticut, medical Marijuana is still illegal due to the Gov’s. veto. If you really want to change this, get involved in this political issue.No one on yahoo can change the law for you personally.
      Montel WIllians has done what he can for the cause. You need to not make statements like that, go here:

      http://www.montelms.org/TakingAction

      I do hope that you feel better soon, but please get yourself to a celiac center as soon as possible.

  8. QUESTION:
    What do you think of this article?? truth or fiction…?
    FACTORY FARMED CHICKEN

    Almost all chicken meat in the United States is produced through the “factory farming” system, in which animals are closely crowded together in filthy, disease-ridden conditions. Because of these unhealthy conditions, many chickens die even before they get to the slaughterhouse. For example, in an operation with 100,000 broiler chickens, approximately 250 birds die per day. Before being caught for the trip to the slaughterhouse, food and water are withdrawn; at the slaughterhouse, birds wait in trucks another 1 to 9 hours to be killed, sometimes in very hot or very cold weather.

    Chicken is far worse than beef in terms of contamination and bacteria. The Atlanta Constitution reported in 1991: “Every week throughout the South, millions of chickens leaking yellow pus, stained by green feces, contaminated by harmful bacteria, or marred by lung and heart infections, cancerous tumors or skin conditions are shipped to consumers.” Salmonella is present in over one-third of all chickens, and many millions of Americans are infected each year. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning are very similar to the flu (though only occasionally fatal), and thus many who are infected may never even be aware of what they have. To prevent these problems, chickens are usually heavily dosed with antibiotics (more than half of all antibiotic use in the U. S. is on factory farms!), but this indiscriminate use of antibiotics in turn helps create resistant strains of salmonella and other disease-causing germs, decreasing the effectiveness of antibiotics to fight human infections.

    HEART DISEASE, CANCER, AND MEDICAL COSTS

    And even if bacterial contamination were eliminated, we still have the tremendous problems of heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in the United States. Repeated efforts to lower cholesterol levels through switching from beef to chicken have ended in failure. Chicken is somewhat lower in fat than beef, but it still contains quite a bit of fat and even more cholesterol per calorie than does beef or pork.

    Moreover, meat which is lower in fat is always higher in protein, and excess protein is damaging to health just as is excess fat. Chicken which has 29% of its calories as fat contains 71% of its calories as protein, while ground beef which has 49% of calories of fat has 51% of its calories as protein. In terms of excess protein consumption chicken is worse than beef or pork. Problems caused by or related to excess protein consumption include kidney stones, kidney disease, osteoporosis, bladder cancer, and lymphoma. Chicken meat also completely lacks fiber; lack of fiber is linked to a variety of digestive disorders ranging from constipation to colon cancer. The three basic problems with our American-style diet—too much fat, too much protein, and lack of fiber—are thus all made worse by chicken consumption. Those who switch from beef to chicken are at best trading one set of health hazards for a different set.

    Chicken has done little for the nation’s health. In the past twenty-five years, we have seen a huge increase in poultry consumption; but health care expenditures during the same period showed phenomenal growth, now costing us hundreds of billions of dollars each year in the United States. The “switch” from beef to chicken has evidently had little, if any, effect on rising medical costs.

    ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

    Raising chickens affects the environment as well. Feeding grain to chicken may be somewhat less inefficient than feeding grain to cattle, but it is still wasteful—you must feed at least three times the amount of protein, calories, and other nutrients to the chickens in the form of plant foods than you retrieve in animal flesh at the end. Each year millions of children die due to malnutrition or starvation, and yet the Western countries continue to waste this grain by creating more and more chicken flesh.

    Moreover, chicken production results in incredible quantities of manure; a one-million hen complex produces 125 tons of wet manure each day. Animal agriculture in the U. S. produces many times more waste products than humans do. In many areas of the country livestock manure causes dangerous contamination of the drinking water due to nitrates. Even when used as a plant fertilizer, chicken manure can cause difficulties, as in Texas several years ago when cantaloupe fertilized with chicken manure caused sickness in human beings. The fault lay not with the cantaloupe but with the disease-ridden chicken manure.

    COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS

    And what about the effect of the “factory farming” system on the animals themselves? Over 7.5 billion birds are killed each year in the United States. We would probably like to believe that these animals at least lived fairly comfortable lives until they were taken to the slaughterhouse, and would also like to believe that chickens are then quickly and painlessly killed. Unfortunately, this is not true.

    Chickens are crowded together in cramped, windowless sheds, and must breathe concentrated excretory ammonia fumes which damage their eyes and lungs. They are mutilated by “debeaking”—the practice of cutting off most of the chicken’s beak when the chicken is young. The reason for “debeaking” is that without it, chickens in their cramped circumstances would peck each other and even attack and kill each other. Obviously, a chicken which needs to be “debeaked” in the first place is not a happy chicken; and the process of debeaking (akin to partial amputation of a human finger, without anesthesia) is quite painful in itself. Birds are deliberately bred to gain more weight than their legs and feet can support, leading to more pain.

    Turkey production is no better than chicken production. Turkeys, like chickens, are kept in intensely overcrowded quarters; they must be heavily dosed with antibiotics, are subject to many diseases, and have their beaks and their toes partially amputated (without anaesthetic, of course). Turkeys over the years have been bred to be fatter and fatter; today’s turkey is so overweight that it cannot mate and must be bred through artificial insemination.

    “Humanely raised” poultry avoids some of the worst abuses, such as debeaking and overcrowding. But chickens and turkeys are still killed long before their natural lifespan has elapsed, and it still is not a healthful food, as meat from any chicken or turkey—no matter how “humanely” raised—is going to be high in fat or protein (or both), and completely lacking in fiber.

    Chickens do not die easy deaths, either. The “humane slaughter” laws do not cover chicken or any other poultry. Slaughterhouses are operated as mechanical “disassembly” lines with as little human intervention as possible. Stunning devices are not required by law, and even where used only 1/3 of the chickens are effectively stunned. Some chickens have their throats slit and bleed to death while fully conscious. Millions of unfortunate chickens also escape the automatic knives that slit their throats, and thus go into the next stage—the scalding tank—alive and fully conscious.

    • ANSWER:
      It is truth. Another problem with buying chicken at the stores, is realizing that chicken parts are THERE, because, often, the other parts of THAT same chicken had cancer. Seriously, cancerous parts get cut out, and the other parts of the chicken do get sold as parts.
      I have seen turkey farms that did all those horrible things to the critters.
      I have raised my own chickens, and found that, although I was raising them for the eggs produced, that chickens are really filthy to raise in even small numbers. Trying to keep conditions clean for my own chickens was a full time job! I loved having the fresh eggs, they were delicious! I stopped raising my own, for the fresh eggs, when I just could not keep up with how much fecal matter there was to deal with. I only had a few chickens! I had a great house for them, and kept it nice. So, if I couldn’t stand just a few of them around, think what it must be like to do it for a living…….the more chickens you have, the more money you make. Dreadful problem.

  9. QUESTION:
    Kidney Infection Question…Please Help?
    Ok, so yesterday evening my mom started feeling really cold all of a sudden, and she was shivering. She went to the hospital, with a fever of 102. The doctors said she had kidney infection. She sounds all croaky this morning, and I was wondering if Kidney Infection was like a common disease or, maybe not so common, or life threatening? I looked somethings up, but I could understand a lot, of the medical terms cause I am only 11. But do you anything about it? Please help?
    Thank you…for your help, and I’m still waiting for some more answers. (By the way, yeah, she said the doctors gave her antibiotics)

    • ANSWER:
      Well kidney infections can be dangerous if not taken care of. Have her get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. I know it is painful, but treated everything will be fine.

  10. QUESTION:
    Long term neurological(?) problems, need advice regarding another MRI?
    I assure you that I’m not a hypochondriac of any sort, just trying to understand what has been going on for so many years. I know it’s a lot to read, but I am desperate for advice.

    My Symptoms:
    * Sudden dizzy spells, seemingly random (Not related to body position, food/drink, time of day, etc. Cannot find a common cause – even sitting at the computer, these spells can strike without warning.)
    Dizziness easily aggravated by camera movement in games/media, but then again, this happens to many people?

    * Fuzzy memories, randomly forgetting words, names, bits of conversation, reason for coming into a room, etc. Feels like I’m getting old, but I’m only 24.

    * Constant “uncomfortable” feeling in the back of the head, not quite a headache (not a sharp pain, and does not throb)

    * Poor balance, sometimes unintentionally leaning when standing or walking. Especially bad on stairs. (Fell down stairs 5 years ago, broke ankle, could not go to hospital due to lack of medical coverage. Seems to have set incorrectly, still causes pain now, but that does not matter. Just explaining because I think the fall was related to the dizziness/balance issues)

    * Unrelated? inconsistent periods spanning long before these problems – can go several months with none, then spend 1-3 solid months bleeding (most recent period spanned from Dec 5 to Feb 22)
    * Unrelated? rash spreading across neck, does not respond to over-the-counter treatments for eczema, psoriasis, or fungal infections.

    ~~~

    Tests Already Performed:

    * MRI (no contrast) 3 years ago, reported as clean.
    * Blood tests came up negative for Diabetes and Lyme Disease.
    * CBC normal, glucose level 93 (not fasting).
    * Repeated thyroid tests (2003, 2007, and last week) all reported normal.
    * 2007 – androgen levels slightly high – was sent for ultrasound (checking for PCOS?) – everything normal.
    * Liver and Kidneys all functioning normally. (tests were done to see if I could safely filter gadolinium)

    ~~~~~~

    Thank you for reading all that.

    I thought after my first MRI that it was all “in my head” (no pun intended) and was ready to give up on it, but my symptoms have not gone away.

    My doctor scheduled me for another MRI (this time with contrast) but I do not want to go if the results will be clean again.. It is EXTREMELY expensive for my family, and I honestly could not live with myself if I wasted ,000 or so for nothing.

    Please don’t tell me “You cannot put a price on health” and things like that — please, just tell me if, in your medical opinion, this sounds like a brain tumor. I need to confirm (or cancel) my appointment before Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

    Sincerest thanks for any information you can provide. I don’t know where else to turn.
    @niotaze – Thank you for your answer – though I have never been on anti-depressants (or any other prescription). I hope it’s not MS or a tumor. You think I should go for the second MRI then?

    • ANSWER:
      lyme tests are so poor they are near worthless. LLMD’s diagnose it by symptom and not rely on a test altho they may want a Western blot from Igenex to confirm. Dont even think of another test elsewhere. Biggest problem is finding the right LLMD to treat you!!!! That is ”’lyme literate medical doctor”’=LLMD

  11. QUESTION:
    Is this grounds for an EEOC complaint, or ADA lawsuit?
    My girlfriend had been working for an engineering firm for about 2 years. About 6 months after she went to work there she was diagnosed with kidney disease and had to go on dialysis and. While on dialysis her employer allowed her to go on part-time status working only 24 hours per week. After 8 months on dialysis she recieved a kidney transplant and was out of work on long term disability for six months. Her boss knew she was on the transplant list and would be out six months after the surgery and indicated he was ok with this.

    She returned to work full-time exactly six months following the transplant. About three months later she developed complications and became ill while on a business trip and had to cancel the remainder of the trip and return home to see his doctor. She had to to be hospitalized several days for testing and a procedure to remove a kidney stone and insert a stent. The day after she returned to work following this hospitalization her boss called her into the office and told him her she was being “laid off due to lack of work”.

    This is a large multi-national firm with hundreds of employees and the company is doing VERY WELL having recently been awarded Federal contracts worth nearly half a billion dollars. The company kept two other less experienced employees in her office who did basicly the same job. One of these employees was a new hire right out of college with NO EXPERIENCE who had just started work there a month before my girlfriend was laid off. At the time my she was laid off the company had an opening for a position with a job description IDENTICAL to my girlfriend’s job posted on their corporate website. If she was laid off due to lack of work why were they advertising for new employees?
    They were also in the process of moving to a larger office because her boss said they were planning to expand the staff in that office and needed more space. I am pretty sure my girlfriend was targeted for layoff due to her medical problems because she was the only person in that office who was laid off and she was much more experienced and had been with the company longer than the two other employees in the same position that they kept.

    After she was laid off she contacted someone in HR to ask questions about benefits and this person apparently slipped up and told her that she was not let go due to “lack of work” as she was told but because of the quality of her work. She has had good performance reviews ever since she has been with the firm so she is not sure why they would say this. She contacted the regional manager (her boss’s boss) to clarify why he was laid off and these other less experienced employees were kept and they beat around the bush and told her that her education and job skills did not match up with the current work load they had, etc., etc. This is total BS because the other employees they kept have the EXACT SAME job description and she worked together with them on projects. When she pointed this out they they got very defenseive and a company attorney who was also in on the conversation told her they are an “at will employer” and added that “since Virginia is a right to work state they can legally terminate any employee at any time, for for any reason and don’t even have to give a reason.” Is this really true, I can’t believe this is legal?

    Fortunately, my girlfriend managed to get on disability due to her health problems but it only pays her about 1/7 of what she was earning as an engineer. She has a printout of the job posting that they had online the day she was laid off and also a bunch of newsletters and emails sent out by he CEO that document the financial status of the company as well as the new contracts they had just been awarded. Should she file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC since she still has several weeks before the deadline to file? Does she have grounds for an ADA lawsuit against this company?

    • ANSWER:
      She very possibly has a case. She needs to consult an attorney right away. It’s true that, in a right-to-work state, an employee can be terminated for no reason, but the circumstances surrounding the termination could cause legal issues.

  12. QUESTION:
    My mother is terminally ill and my brother isn’t speaking to me?
    To make a REALLY long story…well…long: My mother is 62 years old and dying of kidney disease. I spoke to her yesterday and she said that her doctor told her that “things might happen sooner rather than later”. I am planning on having her sign a waiver releasing her medical information to me so that I can learn why there isn’t anything being done to help her, such as dialysis. She is living in an assisted living facility 4 hours away from me and 10 hours away from my older brother, who is in the Army and has a wife and 2 kids (plus one on the way) in Texas. (I am in Kansas, my mother is in Missouri.) She is in this facility not only because of her kidney disease…she also has a myriad of other health problems, including many that are psychological, and she has been unable to completely care for herself for several years. I am 24 now, but when I was about 19, my brother started a life insurance policy for my mother and wanted me to pay for half of it every month. I tried to keep up but at that time my boyfriend (now fiance) and I could barely make ends meet, we lived in a dump and struggled to even feed ourselves. So needless to say, I wasn’t able to maintain my half of the payments and my brother decided that he couldn’t/wouldn’t pay for the entire policy himself. Since then we have barely spoken, and even though he has never come out and said that the insurance policy is the reason why, there’s no other reason I can think of for him to be angry with me. He is a very odd person. Extremely intelligent, but cold and soooo stubborn. Our childhood with my mother (his father has never been a part of his life and my own dad and my mom split when I was 5) was not ideal…in fact, it was rather traumatic as my mother was a severe alcholic. Sometimes I get the feeling that he would rather pretend he doesn’t have a sister, because it’s painful for him. I feel this way mainly because he moved away and really doesn’t keep in touch with anyone in our family but he has had “falling outs” with almost everyone because he’s just like that…can hold a grudge forever and isn’t very understanding or caring of anyone besides himself, his wife and their children. Since my mother’s health really started to fail about a year ago, my contact with him has been limited to me messaging his wife on Facebook whenever I learn something new. He calls our mother, but very rarely, and about 6 months ago my SIL got very upset with me for not relaying a piece of information to them immediately. I say, well, maybe if he would call her more than once every couple of months he could keep up with all of this himself. But, whatever, I will continue to let them know any developments as I learn them and am going to send my SIL a message later today…but I really want my brother to call me. I think this rift between us has been there long enough and that if my mother is truly dying, she would want us to be at least on speaking terms…if not completely emotionally reunited.

    How do I approach/confront him? I know it seems like it should be simple, “Call him” but as I said, he’s very sensitive but he disguises it as indifference and he’s likely to either not answer or deny having any issues, even though he has barely spoken to me in 5 years. I don’t know whether to write him a long letter, or if it would be better to keep things simple, or if I should let him come to me…it’s all so confusing, but something has got to give…

    If you’ve taken the time to read this, I truly thank you…I know it’s pretty heavy stuff, but I feel a little better just getting it out and I know people here give good advice.
    Why am I trailor trash? Because as an independent teenager I was poor? LOL I now own my own home (a house, not a trailor) and have ALWAYS been 100% self supporting financially so EAT IT TROLL.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s as simple as this – You cannot change who people are and/or how they’re going to react. If your brother is cold and closed-off (and clearly dealing – or not dealing – with his problems) there’s nothing you can do about that.

      However, you can change YOUR expectations about your brother and how YOU react to your brother. I can tell you now that even though the idea of being on speaking terms with your brother would be a nice wrap-up for your mom, it’s not going to happen. Or, it won’t happen on your terms and you’ll find yourself embroiled in your brother’s bad/absent behavior.

      And the whole life insurance policy is a red herring – it was his idea and you did the best you could to keep up. Life got in the way and you weren’t able to contribute like you could. So? Is that really a reason for your brother to shut you out? No, it’s not and it clearly signals his mental problems. Love shoudln’t be conditional, but it is for your brother.

      I’m sorry you’re in this situation, but I think all you can do is what you’ve been doing – keeping everyone posted as much as possible. But please – make decisions based on what YOU want. Don’t worry how it’s going to affect your brother – he’s going to be unhappy one way or another and that’s his problem/choice.

      I wish you the best.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why in Malaysia the doctor don’t allow us to take vitamin and supplement? What do you thinks about this?
    What are vitamins?
    Vitamins are substances that your body needs to work properly and keep you in good health. Most vitamins cannot be made by the body, so they have to be provided by your diet in small regular amounts.1
    Why do I need vitamins?
    Your body uses vitamins to do a number of things, including building and maintaining tissues and organs. Vitamins provide energy, boost the immune system, keep skin healthy and help keep the brain and nervous system in good working order.2
    Improve Overall Joint Health Without Using Pain Killers
    Reduces joint pain
    • Relieve pain caused by inflammation commonly arising from arthritis, joint injuries and everyday aches and pains
    Reduces inflammation and swelling
    • Uses potent, natural anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce swelling
    Improves mobility
    • Improves blood circulation and reduces inflammation leading to increased mobility
    • Nourishes joints and speeds healing
    Safer for your liver, kidneys and stomach
    • A safe and effective alternative to traditional pain medications
    • Uses Boswellia – an herb with pain reducing benefits – as a safe and effective alternative to NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen)
    Buy Motion for your joint and muscle pain and inflammation
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    DRUGS are chemicals that can prevent, prolong the life, treat other effects of a health condition, improve the quality of life, and/or cure ailments and diseases, or alter the function of any part or chemicals inside the body. These drugs have approved therapeutic claims.
    Drug Side Effects
    A side effect is usually regarded as an undesirable secondary effect which occurs in addition to the desired therapeutic effect of a drug or medication. Side effects may vary for each individual depending on the person’s disease state, age, weight, gender, ethnicity and general health.
    Side effects can occur when commencing, decreasing/increasing dosages, or ending a drug or medication regimen. Side effects may also lead to non-compliance with prescribed treatment.Medication
    A medication or medicine is a drug taken to cure and/or ameliorate any symptoms of an illness or medical condition, or may be used as preventive medicine that has future benefits but does not treat any existing or pre-existing diseases or symptoms.
    (Redirected from Adverse effect (medicine))
    In medicine, an adverse effect is a harmful and undesired effect resulting from a medication or other intervention such as surgery. An adverse effect may be termed a “side effect”, when judged to be secondary to a main or therapeutic effect, and may result from an unsuitable or incorrect dosage or procedure, which could be due to medical error. Adverse effects are sometimes referred to as “iatrogenic” because they are generated by a physician/treatment. Some adverse effects only occur only when starting, increasing or discontinuing a treatment. Using a drug or other medical intervention which is contraindicated may increase the risk of adverse effects. Adverse effects may cause medical complications of a disease or procedure and negatively affect its prognosis. They may also lead to non-compliance with a treatment regimen.
    The harmful outcome is usually indicated by some result such as morbidity, mortality, alteration in body weight, levels of enzymes, loss of function, or as a pathological change detected at the microscopic, macroscopic or physiological level. It may also be indicated by symptoms reported by a patient. Adverse effects may cause a reversible or irreversible change, including an increase or decrease in the susceptibility of the individual to other chemicals, foods, or procedures, such as drug interactions.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………
    Chemotherapy
    The overall impact of chemotherapy on cancer survival can be difficult to estimate, since improved cancer screening, prevention (e.g. anti-smoking campaigns), and detection all influence statistics on cancer incidence and mortality. In the United States, overall cancer incidence rates were stable from 1995 through 1999, while cancer death rates decreased steadily from 1993 through 1999.[1] Again, this likely reflects the combined impact of improved screening, prevention, and treatment. Nonetheless, cancer remains a major cause of illness and death, and conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy has proven unable to cure most cancers after they have metastasized.

    As is obvious from their origins, the above cancer chemotherapies are essentially poisons.

    Side-effects
    The treatment can be physically exhausting for the patient. Current chemotherapeutic techniques have a range of side effects mainly affecting the fast-dividing cells of the body. The most common side effects include (dependent on the agent):[citation needed]
    Pain, Erythema, Nausea, Diarrhea or constipation, Anemia,Malnutrition
    Hair loss, Memo
    relax…laa..red thin line…I don’t talk too much I type too much…so how can I shut down…. I only can off the lap top that’s means I sleep…

    • ANSWER:
      they want to keep people ill… so they can get continues income.

  14. QUESTION:
    why this anymal meat is bad for your helth,every one eat it ?
    WHY IS PORK FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM?

    Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the
    words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean?

    Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which
    is not permissible is termed Haraam and it is the Quran which
    draws the distinction between the two.

    Bob: Can you give me an example?

    Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited blood of any type. You will agree
    that a chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an
    abundance
    of uric acid, a chemical substance which can be injurious to human
    health.

    Bob: You’re right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the
    humanbeing it is excreted as a waste product and in fact we are
    told that 98% of the body’s uric acid is extracted from the blood
    by the kidneys and removed through urination.

    Yunus: Now I think that you’ll appreciate the special prescribed
    method of animal slaughter in Islam.

    Bob: What do you mean?

    Yunus: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name
    of the Almighty, makes an incision through the jugular veins,
    leaving all other veins and organs intact.

    Bob: I see, this causes the death of the animal by a total loss of
    blood from the! body, rather than an injury to any vital organ.

    Yunus: Yes, were the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the
    brain crippled or damaged, the animal could die immediately and
    its blood would congeal in its veins and would eventually permeate
    the flesh. This implies that the animal flesh would be permeated
    and contaminated with uric acid and therefore very poisonous; only
    today did our dietitians realize such a thing.

    Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; Why do Muslims condemn the
    eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine.

    Yunus: Actually, apart from the Quran prohibiting the consumption
    of pork bacon (pig flesh); in fact the Bible too in Leviticus
    chapter 11,verse 8, regarding swine it says,

    “of their flesh (of the swine another name for pig)shall you not
    eat, and of their carcass you shall not touch; they are ” unclean
    to you.”

    Further, did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck
    for it does not have a neck; that is according to its natural
    anatomy. A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered
    and fit for human consumption the Creator would have provided it
    with a neck.

    “Nonetheless, all that aside, I am sure you are well informed
    about the harmful effects of the consumption of pork, in any form,
    be it pork chops, ham, bacon.

    Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various
    diseases as the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and
    potential diseases.

    Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about uric acid
    content in the blood, it is important to note that the pig’s
    biochemistry excretes only 2% of its total uric acid content, the
    remaining 98% remains as an integral part of the body.

    Note: Islam forbids not only pork but meat of all those animals
    who eat their own or some one else’s body waste; the most commonly
    known animal in this category is pig or swine whose meat is
    commonly known as pork.

    • ANSWER:
      pork is forbidden simply because the old texts of the bible said so, that its not good to eat anything with a cloven hoof. oddly it seems sheep and goats are ok though, geese and chickens always eat their own waste, ive never met a pig that did. and ive raised both, lots of people eat meat. and mostly the disease they feared in pork is a worm that gets in the muscles and that is killed by cooking. so just forget your judgmental bull crap

  15. QUESTION:
    Help……!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    I dont know how 2 do an essay & i need ur help to see if this good or not.

    Over one million American seek short cuts to larger muscles and greater endurance with anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. Steroids are drugs that act like chemical in the body. Most steroids are transformed into testosterone when they enter the body. Testosterone is a male growth hormone. While user may gain short-term results, they are seriously changing their health.

    Some of the ill effects of the drugs are damage to the kidneys and liver. A person can also alter the balance of the natural hormones. This can cause detrimental affects to the body. The effects of you natural hormones being out of balance can last several years after being off the drugs. Some male user form breasts due to the use of steroids. Because of the increase in testosterone, steroids can cause serious acne problems. When used by teens it can cause stunted growth. Other side effects include genital changes, water retention, yellow eyes, coronary artery disease, ligament injuries, high blood pressure, changes in cholesterol levels, sterility and liver disease. Some people fall into comas after injecting the drug, some may even die from the injection.

    Although steroids have many negative effects, they have many needed medical purposes. Androgens have many legitimate medical uses, such as the use for treatment of hypogonadal men to compensate for the lack of endogenous production. Anabolic steroids are also helpful for the treatment of certain adolescent diseases, some types of anemias, and for a relatively rare form of edema. Other clinical uses focus on the tissue building and anti-catabolic effects, such as in the treatment of burn victims, AIDS, or HIV positive patients. The most well known reason for people using steroids is for the quick muscle growth. At first they were hailed for their ability in improving strength and stamina but now they are condemned as unnatural and dangerous to the health of an athlete.

    In conclusion, I think that people shouldn’t use steroids because they can damage your body after only one use by shutting down hormones and hormone producing glands in the body.
    Shud i change something about it….or everything….???

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t want to read it all but make sure your essay follows these guide lines.

      http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/writing/template.html

      Seriously, this is what your teacher looks at and do not forget to say your thesis in the last paragraph!

  16. QUESTION:
    Marijuana versus Aspirin. If both were legal which would you choose?
    (All of this from an article written almost 2 years ago)

    When Bayer introduced aspirin in 1899, cannabis was America’s number one painkiller. Until marijuana prohibition began in 1937, the US Pharmacopoeia listed cannabis as the primary medicine for over 100 diseases. Cannabis was such an effective analgesic that the American Medical Association (AMA) argued against prohibition on behalf of medical progress. Since the herb is extremely potent and essentially non-toxic, the AMA considered it a potential wonder drug.

    Instead, the invention of aspirin gave birth to the modern pharmaceutical industry and Americans switched away from cannabis in the name of “progress.” But was it really progress? There can be no doubt that aspirin has a long history as the drug of choice for the self-treatment of migraines, arthritis, and other chronic pain. It is cheap and effective. But is it as safe as cannabis?

    History:

    -Marijuana has been used for over 5,000 years.
    -No one has ever overdosed on marijuana.
    -Aspirin has been used for 108 years.
    -Approximately 500 people die every year by taking aspirin

    The Law:

    -Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, meaning the US government believes it is extremely dangerous, highly addictive, and of no medical value.
    -Aspirin is available for pennies and can be purchased by children at any drug, grocery, or convenience store. Often they are just handed out free by people with no medical education.

    Marijuana side effects and dangers:

    -The dangers of marijuana include possible respiratory problems caused by the deposition of burnt plant material on the lungs. This danger can be eliminated with alternate forms of consumption such as eating or vaporizing the medicine.
    -For two to four hours, marijuana causes short-term memory loss, a slight reduction in reaction time, and a reduction in cognitive ability. These conditions DO NOT persist after the herb wears off.
    -Hunger
    -Paranoia
    -Laughter
    -Introspection
    -Creative Impulse
    -Euphoria
    -Tiredness
    -Forgetfulness
    -0 Mortality Rate

    Aspirin side effects and dangers:

    -When taken with alcohol, aspirin can cause stomach bleeding.
    -Reye Syndrome in children: fat begins to develop around the liver and other organs of the child, eventually putting severe pressure on the brain. Death is common within a few days.
    -People with hemophilia can die.
    -People with hyperthyroidism suffer elevated T4 levels.
    -Stomach problems include dyspepsia, heartburn, upset stomach, stomach ulcers with gross bleeding, and internal bleeding leading to anemia.
    -Dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, vertigo, vision disturbances, and headaches.
    -Heavy sweating
    -Irreversible liver damage
    -Inflamation and gradual destruction of the kidneys
    -Nausea and vomiting
    -Abdominal pain
    -Lethargy
    -Hyperthermia
    -Dyspepsia: a gnawing or burning stomach pain accompanied by bloating, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and burping.
    -Tachypnea: Abnormally fast breathing
    -Respiratory Alkalosis: a condition where the amount of carbon dioxide found in the blood drops to a level below normal range brought on by abnormally fast breathing.
    -Cerebral Edema: Water accumulates on the brain. Symptoms include headaches, decreased level of consciousness, loss of eyesight, hallucinations, psychotic behavior, memory loss and coma. If left untreated, it can lead to death.
    -Hallucinations, confusion, and seizure.
    -Prolonged bleeding after operations or post-trauma for up to 10 days after last aspirin.
    -Aspirin can interact with some other drugs, such as diabetes medication. Aspirin changes the way the body handles these drugs and can lead to a drug overdose and death.
    -It is used as an analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains.
    -Used as an antipyretic to reduce fever.
    -Used as an anti-inflammatory medication.
    -Aspirin is used in long-term, low doses to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clot formation in people at high risk for developing blood clots.
    -It has also been established that low doses of aspirin may be given immediately after a heart attack to reduce the risk of another heart attack or of the death of cardiac tissue.
    -For 50-year-old men, taking an aspirin every day to prevent heart disease and stroke carries a risk of 10.4 deaths per 100,000 men per year over and above their overall death risk.
    If you think that cannabis is actually safer than aspirin, you are not alone. In October 2000, Dr. Leslie Iversen of the Oxford University Department of Pharmacology said the same thing.
    In her book, ‘The Science of Marijuana,’ Dr. Iversen presents the scientific evidence that cannabis is, by-and-large, a safe drug. Dr. Iversen found cannabis had “an impressive record” when compared to tobacco, alcohol, or even aspirin.
    “Tetrahydrocannabinol is a very safe drug,” she said. “Even such apparently innocuous medicines as aspirin and related steroidal anti-inflammatory compunds are not safe.”

    So if safety is your concern, cannabis is clearly a much better choice than aspirin. If you eat it or vaporize it, it just might be the safest painkiller the world has ever known.
    A lie? No I don’t want to get high. I want Medical Marijuana. (No not Marijuana, MEDICAL MARIJAUANA) to be legal under Federal Law. Please prove to me how any of this is a lie and I will listen.

    • ANSWER:
      Everything in this post is pretty much the truth…

      Marijuana smokers rarely get brown lung, asthma, emphysema, and many of the other respiratory illnesses that tobacco smokers often get…

      You CANNOT overdose on marijuana. Even if its high grade, the amount you would have to smoke is physically impossible to ingest in the time period required (if i remember correctly, the amount to OD is something like a pound in around 15 minutes, im not absolutely positive on this, it may be even more than the above amount)

      people have been smoking the plant for over 5,000 years, and not one death can be directly attributed to its use…

      So in short, you can overdose on aspirin. Heck you can even overdose on caffeine. So i think marijuana use (health wise) is a lot less harmful for your body than aspirin…

  17. QUESTION:
    I’m going through some tough times – how to cope with stress? Long read please answer?
    I’ve been thinking about life a lot lately, a lot. My Mom’s in hospital for having fluid in her lungs, although that’s getting better, she’s got CCF. Heart failure. I’m 14 and my Mom’s got heart failure. Anyway – she also has HEP C,(a liver disease which will gradually kill you) from a needle-stick injury at work and Factor 5 Leiden (a blood clotting disorder passed down in your genes). She was diagnosed with Factor 5 Leiden and Hep C 7 years ago. My Mom doesn’t drink any alcohol whatsoever, so she wasn’t worried about the Hep C.

    *Sigh* Anyway, she went to the doctors about 12-18 months ago and they said that her Hep C was ‘active’. She was told to keep away from stress if possible…

    Well – last year our house burned down. My Mom was absolutely distraught. We weren’t insured and she turned pessimistic…We haven’t gone to therapy, or seen any doctors about our depression…

    We’re now living in my Dad’s co-workers dump. We’ve got garbage bags as curtains, a mattress on the floor as a lounge, and no furniture at all…Our TV is supported by a blanket box; something that’s meant to be in a bedroom :/

    Ehh – anyway…My Mom started to get really ill about 5-6 months ago. She must of picked up a virus and it didn’t go away…Well, she started having coughing fits a lot, and got out of breath very, very easily. I kind of thought that she was going to die…Her eyes and skin were yellow, she got really sick easily, she would get up at 3am every night to have pain relief…It was terrible.

    So my Father, Brother and I forced her into seeking medical help. (I thought she was going to die, but I didn’t know what was wrong – she had an ulcer on her leg that was very sore, and that’s why we forced her into going to the hospital).

    It turns out, she was very ill. The fluid in her lungs was apparently ‘very bad’. She was put on a pill that makes excess fluid in her body drain; (so she’ll be on the toilet a lot). She’s still waiting for an echo X-ray (Sorry – I’m not too sure what it’s called..) of her heart. She’s going to see a cardiac doctor *hopefully* soon.

    Today while I was in the hospital with her, a doctor came in and asked about her Hep C. She said it would be highly recommended if she were to seek treatment. My Mom’s going to see a liver professional soon…The doctor’s are still trying to find out why she’s got CCF.

    I’m just really scared that, because of the Hep C, Factor 5, and CCF all gathered together, I’ll loose my Mom at an early age. Since she’s been in hospital, I’ve been bending over backwards doing laundry, the dishes, taking clothes on & off the clothesline, putting clothes away, etc etc. It’s kind of hard trying to look after all of my family at once, while visiting my Mom in hospital… But it’s just out of respect, you know?

    Well yeah…I’m so happy if you’re still reading this…I’m just extremely paranoid that my Mom will have a tumor or extensive damage to her liver, kidney’s or heart. I’m scared that she’ll be given a life expectancy…

    My Brother’s also very scared because he looked up the long-term affects of having CCF, and it said that almost 70% of people who are diagnosed with CCF (congestive cardiac failure) will only live 5-10 years after their diagnosis. I’m hella scared, man…

    I’ve been crying all the time, I haven’t eaten properly for 3 days…Even my Dad’s scared about my well being…I’m just so stressed out…please give me some strategies to cope with stress and depression? Thanks in advance, woo! You read the entire question!!

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel. My father passed away 7 days after I turned 11. At least you have your brother and your father. My mom and dad divorced when I was little. Spend time with your family and have open lines of communications. It always hurts when you think you’re about to lose someone you love, and unfortunately there’s no real way to get rid of the pain. Make sure you talk to your family about what you’re feeling. Tell your mom you love and appreciate her. Talk to a counselor if you can get a hold of one.

      The best thing you can do is talk. I know it must hurt a lot, but try to stay optimistic and make sure everyone keeps talking to each other. Don’t hide anything from each other. It might be uncomfortable telling your family certain personal issues you may have, but remember they’re your family and they love you. You’ll feel a lot better getting everything off of your chest.

      I sincerely hope your mom gets better. Take care.

  18. QUESTION:
    how to pursue an interest in medicine?
    for most of my life i NEVER wanted to become a doctor. funny things is i dealt with kidney failure since 14 yrs old. ive seen the good and bad. i receive my first kidney in 2000. it went bad in 2008. now at the age of 23, for the FIRST time of my life im actually interested in the human body and medicine. last year i took a medical leave from school. this is where my interest begun. i would watch medical educational show regulary and house(lol). while watching the shows i would literally(im a geek) have a medical dictionary beside a look up terms i didnt understand. i been through a lot medical. i have had all types of exams and test. i’ve had hip surger, nephrectomy, kidneytransplant, blood transfussion, aggressive immunosuppressive drug therapy twice and im on dialysis for a second time waiting for another kidney. i’ve also had tried the donor process it didnt work out. so i been thru the ups and downs. i love how the body works and how the organ systems are connected. currently im a junior in college with no time to go back and take science classes. but i do have some classes at my local community college. i was wandering would it be a good idea to take science classes to at least explore medicine. and if i like it use it as preparation for the mcat. i also know doctors and surgeon in the field. they all like me because i was always inquisitive about my disease and really wanted to know the technical aspects of my condition. i love to learn, and “look up things(research).

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably too late. You don’t have the background and study habits of competitive medical school candidates. With a great deal of effort, you might make yourself competitive for one of the ancillary medical professions: Physician Assistant, Audiologist, RN (NP), Optician. Hearing Aid Dispensor.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do you understand the wisdom behind the prohibition on certain foods in Islam??
    Wisdom Behind Dietary Restrictions in Islam

    Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean?

    Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which is not permissible is termed Haraam and it is the Qur’an which draws the distinction between the two

    Bob: Can you give me an example?

    Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited consuming blood of any type. You will agree that a chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an abundance of uric acid, a chemical substance which can be injurious to human health

    Bob: You’re right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the human being it is excreted as a waste product and in fact we are told that 98% of
    the body’s uric acid is extracted from the blood by the kidneys and removed through urination

    Yunus: Now I think that you’ll appreciate the special prescribed method of animal slaughter in Islam.

    Bob: What do you mean?

    Yunus: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name of the Almighty’, makes an incision through the jugular veins, leaving all other veins and organs intact.

    Bob: I see, this causes the death of the animal by a total loss of blood from the body, rather than an injury to any vital organ.

    Yunus: Yes, were the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the brain crippled or damaged, the animal could die immediately and its blood would congeal in its veins and would eventually permeate the flesh. This implies that the animal flesh would be permeated and contaminated with uric acid and therefore very poisonous; only today did our dieticians realize such a thing

    Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; why do Muslims condemn the eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine.

    Yunus: Actually, apart from the Qur’an prohibiting the consumption of pork, bacon (pig flesh); in fact the Bible too in Leviticus chapter 11, verse 8, regarding swine it says, “Of their flesh (of the swine another name for pig) shall you not eat, and of their carcass you shall not touch; they are unclean to you.” Further, did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck for it does not have a neck; that is according to its natural anatomy? A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck. Nonetheless, all that aside, I am sure you are well informed about the harmful effects of the consumption of pork, in any form, be it pork chops, ham, bacon.

    Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various diseases as the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and potential diseases.

    Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about uric acid content in the blood, it is important to note that the pig’s biochemistry excretes only 2% of its total uric acid content, the remaining 98% remains as an integral part of the body.

    http://discover.islamway.com/articles.php?article_id=39&lang=1

    To ‘Faz’:

    There is nothing in Qur’an or Sunnah that prohibits eating birds with webbed feet. The only birds that are forbidden are those with talons (Birds of Prey) such as Hawks and Eagles.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure about the ban on foods in islam, but in christianity the ban on certain foods and the cleansing rituals kept the jews healthy during the black death. So many survivors of the black plague were jews that england to this day looks down on them because they believed in that day that the jews had cursed them.

      Hope this helps at least a little

  20. QUESTION:
    can anyone prove me wrong about these facts?
    ok i found this topic about why its hameful to eat pig or any other pig products
    plz read it till the end

    WHY IS PORK FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM?
    Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean?
    Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which is not permissible is termed Haraam and it is the Quran which draws the distinction between the two.
    Bob: Can you give me an example?
    Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited consumption of blood of any type. You
    will agree that a chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an
    abundance of uric acid, a chemical substance which can be injurious to
    human health.
    Bob: You’re right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the
    human being. It is excreted as a waste product and in fact we are told that
    98% of the body’s uric acid is extracted from the blood by the
    kidneys and removed through urination.
    Yunus: Now I think that you’ll appreciate the specially prescribed
    method of animal slaughter in Islam.
    Bob: What do you mean?
    Yunus: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name of
    the Almighty, makes an incision through the jugular veins, leaving all
    other veins and organs intact.
    Bob: I see, this causes the death of the animal by a total loss of
    blood from the body, rather than an injury to any vital organ. ”
    Yunus: Yes, if the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the brain
    crippled or damaged, the animal could die immediately and its blood would
    congeal in its veins and would eventually permeate the flesh. This implies
    that the animal flesh would be permeated and contaminated with uric acid
    and therefore very poisonous; only today did our dietitians realize such a
    thing.
    Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; Why do Muslims condemn the
    eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine.
    Yunus: Actually, apart from the Quran prohibiting the consumption of
    pork bacon (pig flesh); in fact the Bible too in Leviticus chapter 11,verse
    8, regarding swine it says,
    “of their flesh (of the swine another name for pig)shall you not eat,
    and of their carcass you shall not touch; they are ” unclean to you.”
    Further, did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck for
    it does not have a neck; that is according to its natural anatomy. A
    Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human
    consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck.
    “Nonetheless, all that aside, I am sure you are well informed about
    the harmful effects of the consumption of pork, in any form, be it pork
    chops, ham, bacon.
    Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various
    diseases as the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and potential
    diseases.
    Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about uric acid content
    in the blood, it is important to note that the pig’s biochemistry excretes
    only 2% of its total uric acid content, the remaining 98% remains as an
    integral part of the body.
    Note: Islam forbids not only pork but meat of all those animals who
    eat their own or some one else’s body waste; the most commonly known animal
    in this category is pig or swine whose meat is commonly known as pork.
    Please forward to others…………it may answer some of their
    questions.

    • ANSWER:
      too long

      who needs the theory of evolution when you have:

      ” A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck. ”

  21. QUESTION:
    Why do some people believe that the handicap are nothing more than a burden and should be terminated?
    Apologies for this long post, but after I saw one poster’s suggestion that we all should kill people with varying degrees of disability, I was just…stunned!

    I have to say something in my defense on this issue and I just want those people to see what I have to go through being handicapped–so they will know that it’s not an easy thing.

    I was born a preemie with cerebral palsy; weighed in at 2 pounds 8 ounces.

    When I as a teenager, I diagnosed with a bi-polar disorder and ADD/ADHD.

    In the past 8 years?

    It’s COPD, Vitamin D Deficiency Syndrome, Recurrent Calcium Stone Disease, Factor Five Leiden, an optic nerve degeneration disorder, and sleep apnea–among other things.

    My entire life from the get go was nothing but hardships, challenges, and failure.

    I didn’t just stand by and let the world roll me over a good one. I eventually stood up for myself, I fought the good fight, and made something of my life–even though I still suffer from failing health. (Not as bad as Dennis Hopper’s though.)

    And while I may not be a *major* contributor to our all important capitalist system of free market principles, I still have some value and importance in people’s lives.

    Just not in terms of material wealth and money.

    But no matter how different we are born, or are saddled with either physical or mental problems, it doesn’t mean that we should just be cast aside or want to see those afflicted killed out of social ignorance–because some people see people like me as a “burden”, or fail to understand just what it is that makes people like myself wholly dependent on medical and government assistance.

    I just wish these same types would walk in my shoes for a day and see what I have to go through just to survive.

    What’s it is like to have to use inhalers–because you can’t breathe normally–or have to take blood-thinners because you have a malfunctioning clotting factor, or any of the other types of medications which regulates your high blood pressure, asthma, depression, and keeps the nerve sheaths in both eyes from disintegrating prematurely. (Though this will lead to eventual blindness–for now, I am lucky to still have my sight.)

    And to top it all off? A half dozen or more doctor appointments to deal with all these issues:

    Having to run all over town to get poked, prodded, scanned and blood drawn on time, or wired up like a guinea pig for a sleep study, x-rayed like crazy, BP checked on a monthly, vitals checked to make sure I’m still alive, weight checked to see if I’ve lost any more weight, and twice a year laser lithotripsy procedure for kidney stones–so the doctor in question can stick a stent up inside and give me all those wonderful pain pills afterward–leaving me without worries or fear.

    The pain, the suffering, *everything* that I have to go through. It’s because I don’t have many other choices.

    And it’s no picnic neither.

    But even through all this, I keep going with a sense of humor because it’s easier to look at my problems through a different window and realize how lucky I am to be cared for by so many people, than just be negative about my situation and blame others for things clearly out of my control.

    I couldn’t been born normally like my two brothers, but I wasn’t.

    And that’s what makes me so special.

    Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes my dear Sky that theory is the cornerstone of eugenics

      and i am not a follower of that in any way shape or form but some people are and they are mainly libs

      EDIT:Keep on fightin, no one here has walked in your shoes
      we all have problems and we would be lying if we said we didnt.

      No one is perfect

  22. QUESTION:
    What do you think of this new info about cats that *p* out side of their box?
    From Dr. Jon
    This is a common scenario. A cat urinates outside the litter box – maybe on the bed, on the carpet or somewhere else in the house. This is a frequent and frustrating problem amongst cat owners. Inappropriate urination is the most common reason cats are given up to shelters, put “outside” and a common behavioral problem for which cats are euthanize.

    I receive so many emails about this topic that I want to discuss it today.

    First, let me define what I mean by inappropriate urination. In simple terms, inappropriate urination is the act of going outside of the litter box. So … the first question is, “Why do cats do that?”

    Well, there are several reasons cats can have inappropriate urination. It can be either a medical problem or a behavioral problem, but nothing the cat does while inappropriately urinating will tell you which type of problem it is.

    One thing that I’ve learned the hard way is that you NEVER want to assume which type of problem it is. That can be disastrous.

    Since there are a variety of behavioral problems as well as medical problems that can cause the exact same behavior, how can you tell the difference? The safest and very best thing to do is to have your cat examined by a veterinarian to determine if it is medical or behavioral. Your vet will most likely do a test on the urine, called a urinalysis, which will look for underlying medical abnormalities. They may also want to do blood work to determine kidney function and overall health.

    So what’s the bottom line? If your cat is going outside of the litter box, don’t assume the problem is behavioral. Cats can get several different urinary tract diseases that can cause them to go outside of the litter box.

    I’ve had many clients who assumed their cat had a behavioral problem causing inappropriate urination. After becoming fed up with the situation, they wanted to discuss extreme measures (such as euthanasia!). I talked them into a medical examination and found underlying urinary tract problems such as infections or bladder stones. Once those conditions were cleared up, the cat urinated appropriately inside the litter box.

    This poor cat was blamed, punished for months for inappropriate urination and the poor thing had a medical problem that they didn’t bother to look for. So the moral of the story is…look for medical causes first. If there are none, then you can begin to look for other reasons for the behavior.

    If your cat is urinating outside the box, do your cat a favor and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

    Until next time,

    Dr. Jon

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that that’s not m=new info but I think that there are other reasons why cat misbehave and stops using the cat box the one that happens most is that the owner does not keep it clean. Cats are very clean and some of them just refuse o step in a
      litter that’s to dirty. A new pet in the house will also make them act out their jealousy
      cats are very very possessive and jealous.and new comers to the household will
      for sure disrupt the peace for awhile. And if none of this is the culprit of the change of behavior look for the health ones. A cat when they are in pain will isolate himself and lay in some corner alone, or start to be around you all the time, they cross your path almost making you fall, lay really close to you and yes cry all the time. One way or another they will call your attention to them, some time even negatively.
      so pay a little attention and you will find out whats wrong. Now pay close attention because the urination thing is no doubt a sign and a blocked urinary tract can kill in
      a very short time.

  23. QUESTION:
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan ?
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan
    by Shahid Athar, M.D.

    Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

    Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, it is beneficial for one’s entire life. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

    The only difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water during this period is not bad at all and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

    The physiological effect of fasting includes lower of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on “Health and Ramadan”, held in Casablanca, entered 50 research papers from all over the world, from Muslim and non-Muslim researchers who have done extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients’ health or baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not try to fast.

    There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, “If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting.’” This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes.

    There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in output. There are 10 extra calories output for each rikat of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory. Therefore, I encourage my Muslim patients to fast in the month of Ramadan, but they must do it under medical supervision. Healthy adult Muslims should not fear becoming weak by fasting, but instead it should improve their health and stamina.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not Muslim but I do follow your writings and thank you for posting here. You are very informative. Some might grumble about your posts because it’d be a stretch to call them questions but I do believe (and hope) most would agree that it’s all ok.

      Best wishes to you.

  24. QUESTION:
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan ?
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan
    by Shahid Athar, M.D.

    Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

    Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, it is beneficial for one’s entire life. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

    The only difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water during this period is not bad at all and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

    The physiological effect of fasting includes lower of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on “Health and Ramadan”, held in Casablanca, entered 50 research papers from all over the world, from Muslim and non-Muslim researchers who have done extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients’ health or baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not try to fast.

    There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, “If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting.’” This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes.

    There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in output. There are 10 extra calories output for each rikat of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory. Therefore, I encourage my Muslim patients to fast in the month of Ramadan, but they must do it under medical supervision. Healthy adult Muslims should not fear becoming weak by fasting, but instead it should improve their health and stamina.

    • ANSWER:
      Studies conducted on Ramadan-type fasting (RTF) have shown that fasting affects human biochemistry. Such fasting results in an increase in serum lipids and uric acid, though the latter has no adverse health effects. Long term effects, such as an increase in HDL cholesterol and a decrease in LDL cholesterol, have been observed with Ramadan fasting.

      A decrease in blood glucose, actate and pyruvate, has also been observed, possibly indicating alterations in metabolic activities. Basal metabolism also slows down, and fat is used more efficiently during such fasting. During fasting, the liver responds with adaptive changes in metabolic activities. The increased activities of enzymes involved in the degradation as well as the production of glucose suggest that RTF enhances nutrition and energy metabolism. There is no conclusive evidence whether the weight of an individual is affected positively or negatively by Ramadan style fasting.


Disease Of The Kidneys In Children

It is probably one of the leading causes of death in older dogs. There are two forms in which the disease can manifest itself, acute or chronic. The acute form can happen so quickly and suddenly, while the chronic form begins slowly and progresses over time. Sadly for the owner, news of either form of disease is upsetting.

This disease causes a loss of approximately seventy percent of normal kidney function and it is these organs that act as the body’s filtration system. If these do not work properly, toxins and waste products slowly build up in the blood. This can lead to a variety of problems, and sadly, eventual death. This unfortunately is the harsh reality of canine kidney disease.

The ability of a dog’s body to properly function is stopped by kidney failure. A number of symptoms and warning signs will likely become obvious when the toxins begin to build up in their bodies. The acute time form usually appears more quickly even though both these chronic diseases show different symptoms. Dogs that suffer with this form of kidney disease can become dehydrated. Gently pull the skin on your dog’s stomach to test them for hydration. The skin should spring back. There is a real possibility that your dog is dehydrated if it does not.

Your dog may have noticeable trouble passing urine or produce no urine as all. Your pet may be a victim of acute kidney disease if they have this warning sign. You may see your animal moving with an arched back or stiff legs and your dog can have extreme pain in the kidneys. Any dog owner should be sure to watch for these signs of kidney disease.

There are different symptoms shown with chronic kidney disease. Where they would usually gulp food they may begin to show signs of a decrease in appetite so drastic they do not want to eat. They could even stop eating all together. Weight loss will occur in time. An increase in thirst and the amount of water they drink will increase which is one of the first warning signs that the disease has begun. This signs are common with the condition. There may be an increase in the frequency of urination as the dog can lose bladder control. In some cases urination can become painful and often impossible with blood showing up in the urine. Any signs of urine symptoms, vomiting, lethargic or depressed in your pet should be treated as a warning sign and you should call your vet immediately since canine kidney disease is serious and can be deadly. It could be possible to get control over the disease if it is caught soon enough.

The treatment that a vet will start, for this very serious ailment, is typically four staged. The first step is to carry out a physical check up to eliminate other reasons for the symptoms. Next is the verification from the owner regarding the history and symptoms of this disorder. Then there will be tests – a blood test and finally a urine test to confirm the prognosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Husband has End Stage Kidney Disease & child support ???
    We live in Texas and my husband had no money to pay for his child support this month because of his disease-he had to retire. He will only be making 1200 a month from Teacher’s Retirement(no check yet) now which makes it hard to make ends meet. His insurance alone will run him 300 and that doesn’t include his medicine and doctor bills. He has to go to court Aug. 2nd and obviously he can’t afford a lawyer. How do you all think they will calculate what he will owe? This is tough….We do want what is best for the children (4), we just don’t have it to give. Will they take into consideration that he needs his medicine and insurance? (If he doesn’t keep his insurance, he really will be in financial ruin.) He is currently trying to get on the transplant list.

    Thanks to All of You who try to help us.

    • ANSWER:
      wow! it must be hard for your husband, and will be on his children but I am sure the judge will take that into consideration, but he still has a responsibility with his children and no matter how little money he makes he still has to pay child support, as you say it’s 4 kids and it is very hard for the custodial parent just to support them by herself. Thank God he has YOU, because I am sure you are stepping out to support your family financially and emotionally, like the saying: “for better or worse”, after all that is what marriage is all about, right? when one of the partners is falling you will lean your hand to help. I wish your husband all the luck in the world, God bless him and gives you all the strenght to help him through this hard situation.

  2. QUESTION:
    The last few years have shown an increasingly strong occurrence of kidney diseases in children.?
    Does this phrase sound as proper medical English?

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there an illness that could simulate the effects of kidney disease in a child?
    It would have to be something that meant the child was always sickly, that would cause the kidneys to start to fail around the age of twelve, but that is eventually found to be cureable?
    Reaserch for writing.
    Thanks in advance
    It needs to be a natural disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure about any illness with natural causes but a number of medications both OTC and prescription could cause what appears to be kidney failure in children that young. These can include Tylenol, Advil, and any other medication that is excreted through the kidneys.

  4. QUESTION:
    Children with polycystic kidney disease?
    My son is only 7 months old…his fathers side of the family has polycysitic kidneys. My sons pediatrician refered us to miami childrens hospital…has anyone has exprience with the testing involved or if he’s even too young to have it in the first place???

    • ANSWER:
      This is a great resource: http://www.baptisthealth.net/greystone/content.jsp?pageid=P01490

      What is polycystic kidney disease?
      Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is an inherited disease that affects the kidneys. Sacs of fluid (called cysts) grow in the kidneys. If too many cysts grow or if they get too big, the kidneys become damaged. The cysts may also cause pain or may get infected.

      PKD is the most common inherited disease in the United States. Children of parents with PKD have a 50% chance of getting the disease.

      How will PKD affect me?
      Most people with PKD can lead a normal life. In many people, the disease is mild and causes only minor problems. PKD is more severe in some patients and can cause kidney failure. About 60% of patients develop high blood pressure, which can be treated with blood pressure medicine. About 50% of patients with PKD have kidney failure by age 60. Dialysis (blood filtering) and kidney transplants are both effective treatments for kidney failure. PKD is generally worse in men, blacks and patients with sickle cell disease. There is also a childhood form of PKD which is usually more severe than the type that occurs in adults.

      What other organs can be hurt by PKD?
      People with PKD may also have cysts in the liver, but these cysts seldom cause problems. Heart valve problems sometimes occur. Other organs that may be affected include the brain, intestines, pancreas, ovaries and spleen. If PKD affects the brain, it can cause an aneurysm (a bulging blood vessel that can rupture).

      What are the symptoms of PKD?
      The most common symptom of PKD is high blood pressure. Other symptoms are:
      Pain in the back and side
      Blood in the urine
      Frequent kidney infections
      Not all patients will have all of these symptoms.

      How is PKD diagnosed?
      PKD is often diagnosed when a person begins to have symptoms. Symptoms most often occur in middle age.

      If you have symptoms of PKD or if you are at risk of the disease, your doctor may want you to have an ultrasound exam to look at your kidneys. An ultrasound exam provides a picture of your organs by passing sound waves through your body. An ultrasound exam can detect cysts in your kidneys. Your doctor may order an x-ray exam called CT (computerized tomography) to look for cysts in the kidney.

      Who should be checked for PKD?
      If one of your parents has PKD, you should consider having an ultrasound exam of your kidneys. If you have PKD and you also have a relative who has had a brain aneurysm, your doctor may suggest that you have a CT or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of your brain to check for an aneurysm. (MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce a picture of your brain.) If you are at high risk of an aneurysm, your doctor may suggest that you have CT or MRI of the brain every 5 years to detect an aneurysm before it causes problems.

      Is there treatment for PKD?
      No treatment is available for the cysts that occur due to PKD. If the cysts are causing symptoms, these symptoms can be treated so you will be more comfortable.

      Can PKD be diagnosed in unborn babies?
      Yes. PKD can be diagnosed in unborn babies using a test called amniocentesis (analysis of the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby) or a test called chorionic villus sampling (examination of a small piece of the placenta). If you have PKD and you’re pregnant, talk with your doctor about these procedures.

  5. QUESTION:
    Die for your Children or Die for your Spouse?
    Your child has a kidney infection and will die if he does not get a new set of them and your wife / husband has a kidney infection and will die if she does not get set of them. Your Kidneys are the only known set that can cure either your spouse or your child’s disease. You only have one set of kidneys to donate.

    Would you donate your kidney’s to your spouse and let your child die?

    Would you donate your kidney’s to your child and let your spouse die?

    Would you not donate your kidneys, let your child and spouse die, and yourself live?

    If you do not have both children and spouse give an answer based on if you did have children and a spouse or what you think people in this hypothetical situation should do.

    • ANSWER:
      Oooh, good question.

      I would donate in a heartbeat for my husband!

      I figure I can alway make another child but I will never find another soulmate

  6. QUESTION:
    Can I have another child after being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease?
    I am 22 with two children and was just diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease. My husband and I would like to have one more child down the road but I can’t find any info on this. I of course will ask my nephrologist when I see her next but thought I’d get some answers on here until then.

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Chronic kidney disease probably requires medication — correct? You need to find out if there is such a medication which is compatible with pregnancy. If you don’t want to wait until you can talk to a doctor, try calling a 24-hour pharmacy and asking a pharmacist.

  7. QUESTION:
    My unborn child has PKD Disease, does anybody known the procedure for testing at this point?
    I’m 8mths pregnant..we were told yesterday that our unborn child has Pkd disease (Polycystic kidney disease). I was wondering if anybody knows the procedure of testing at this point in time? Or if anybody is going through the same situation, How did you handle the stress?

    • ANSWER:
      Listen to anybody that answers that knows and take it to heart but first of all listen to your Dr.!!

  8. QUESTION:
    Adult children with cerebral palsy having renal disease complications…?
    My 23 year old son with cerebral palsy and severe developmental delays was recently diagnosed with stage III renal disease of both kidneys, according to the lab work and all their numbers. However, he shows no outward symptoms and had I not known there was anything wrong with his kidneys, I wouldn’t be extremely concerned. The nephrologist told me that in chronic kidney disease, there are no symptoms when it first starts, but Monday, she called me to tell me that he is in acute renal disease with only 16% functioning, which I find very difficult to believe as he seems fine — no swelling, no loss of appetite, no lethargy, normal muscle control, no whining, no paleness, etc. so we repeated the blood work yesterday. I pray that the results are much, much improved!

    Does anyone know of this happening with people with CP and developmental delay?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband is a type 2 diabetic. We were told 2 years ago that his numbers were close to those of your sons. With diet, meds and luck he was able to keep his numbers there. Three weeks ago he had what his MD. thought was an upper respiratory infection. After 2 days of antibiotics he was getting worse and his B/P was high. To make a long story short, he had none of the symptoms that you listed and that we were looking for. But his kidneys were failing. And this not a week after his neph told him that they were mysteriously improving! He is now on dialysis and still has no symptoms. His output is like it always was. And he is having no problems with the dialysis that we were told to look for.
      I have since learned that it is not the amount of urine but the quality of urine that is put out. So my point is that the symptoms are not always there. The numbers from the blood tests are what shows how well the kidney’s are functioning. We are doing dialysis in center right now but will begin to train to do what they call PD at home in a week.
      I have been doing research and looking for support groups online. I would be happy to pass these on to you. There are a couple with medical experts as well as a caregiver site that would help you as well. Please email me if you are interested. I hope this helps.

  9. QUESTION:
    If you had a life threatening disease that you could pass on to your children would you still procreate?
    My significant other and I have been together for a while now, I know that he really wants to have a child. He has one from a previous marriage, but only have custody of the child 50% of the time. I know that he longs to have a child that can live with him 24/7. I am not one who ever longed for children, but I’m not 100% opposed to it, and knowing how happy it would make him, and what a good father he would be, and how happy my parents would be since I am a only child, it would be something I could see myself doing in the future.
    However, my partner, was recently diagnosed with kidney disease, his mother, aunts, and various cousins have it. They all needed to have a transplant. Sometimes with this disease you will not need a transplant, but in his family they all seem to get it to that level. Even if you don’t need a transplant you still have to take medication daily.
    It is a sometimes painful disease that leaves you feeling run down and tired, medications used to slow the disease block out adrenalin and you can’t feel excitement and other enjoyable emotions. While on the wait for a transplant, you need to go on dialysis, sometimes everyday, depending on how bad your condition is.
    Seeing what he goes through, and what others in his family have had to go through, makes me never want to pass that on to a child. The odds are 50% …so they say, but with the number of people in his family that have it, I get worried. I can not imagine having to see my child go through these things, it usually comes out in the late 30′s but is something you have your whole life.
    So my question is, if you had a disease like this, or any other life threatening disease, and there was a high chance of passing it on to a child, would you?
    He says, that he doesn’t think he should let the disease control him, and that there is still a 50% chance the child won’t get it, and that is a risk you have to take, and that there is still a chance with having a child with a problem even if you don’t have one. Which I know is true, but when you know you have one, and know how hard it is to live with I don’t understand being comfortable with the high possibility of passing it on to a child.
    …Please share your thoughts, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I would still have children. Its something that might happen, but not something that will definitely happen. You might get hit by bus driving in your car, but that doesn’t stop you from driving does it? Just because a person has a disease, it doesn’t make life not worth living does it? If his parents had made the same decision, he wouldn’t be here.

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I find out if I have PKD(polycystic kidney disease) without the expensive genetic testing?
    For about 11 years I’ve had a cyst in my right kidney causing it to enlarge and a liver cyst that was once drained during my gallbladder removal a few years ago.The liver cyst has filled again and my kidney cyst causes severe pain daily.Over the years,I’ve had ct scans,mri’s and sonograms to keep track of how large my kidney has grown.2 out of 3 doctor’s(including a nephrologist from the Kidney foundation)suggests I have PKD and has told me that I now need to undergo genetic testing to verify this.I have no health insurance and there is only one income in my household.Due to the daily pain,I am so limited to activities that I can do with my two children.We are so stressed that we cannot get an answer from these “specialist” and can no longer afford any more testing or ER visits.I feel like I am alone.How can i get a diagnosis when i can not afford the testing?I’ve been to the”sliding scale fee” clinics(they say my husband makes too much money but fail to realise we pay bills with it).

    • ANSWER:
      Currently there is no cure for PKD, not with conventional medicine or (despite what you have been told) alternative medicine.

      Ultrasound (sonogram) is usually used to diagnose this especially when the cysts are active. Genetic testing confirms the diagnosis. CTs & MRIs can be used but are not ususally required. The extra imaging you have had may have been redundant and unneccessary. For now, get a hold of all your films, reports and labs — you will need them. The main concern at this time is to prevent or control pain, high blood pressure and UTIs and well as find help.

      You may want to contact the Kidney Foundation and see what they suggest. Call to get an 800 number and check their website. They may have programs for someone in your situation, programs that will give you immediate help.

      My hope is that you can avoid ESRD (end-stage renal disease), kidney failure and transplant.

      I’m not certain if you are eligible for Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits through the Social Security Administration but it’s something to investigate. You would need the medical information I suggested you acquire and any written physician statements you can get concerning the probable diagnosis. If I am able to find additional help for you, a grant perhaps, I will contact you if I’m able.

      God bless you and your family. You’re in a very frustrating position but I’m sure there are others who will try to help. You’re not alone!

  11. QUESTION:
    Would you have another child after being diagnosed with kidney disease?
    I am only 22 and was just diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease. I am very close to being stage 3. Anyways, my husband would like to have one more child in a few years, hoping it’s a boy but we would be blessed with either. We discussed and agreed on this before my diagnoses. Now, after researching online and whatnot it seems as if pregnancy isn’t per se “discouraged” but it’s very high risk, can make the disease progress quicker and the baby can possibly develop problems as well.

    I am perfectly fine with my two children (one is his biological and the other is his stepson) and can accept not having another but I know he really would like a son of his own some day. He of course wants me to be healthy and wouldn’t be upset if I chose not to get pregnant again but I just don’t know.

    What would you do? Would it be selfish to have another child? Or would you rather be happy with the healthy children you have now and forget the dreams of having another?

    • ANSWER:
      My best friend has kidney disease as well. I forget what hers is called but she will need a double kidney transplant in the next few years. She has had this disease for 7 years. She has had two healthy babies since finding out. Her pregnancies were both high risk, and she was hospitalized a lot. They really want another baby, but are holding off because of all the medication she has to take. While pregnant, she cant take them and it makes her worse off. If you want another baby and can handle the stress and sickness then that is your choice. You have to do what you and your husband think is right and what you can handle.

  12. QUESTION:
    Are parents required by law to take their child to doctor appointments if their child has a disease?
    State of residence is Michigan. Someone I know has a child with some disease that requires an MRI every 6 months to make sure no tumors are growing on their kidneys which is a side effect of the medicine he takes. The only place that deals with the disease is 40 miles away. (University of Michigan) Only 8 people in the US have this disease. I’m not sure of the name. The person recently lost their transportation and has no way of getting her child to their appointments anymore. They also have no way of getting new transportation in the near future. Will the state get involved for the child’s safety eventually? Can the medical center turn her in? If I could help I would, but I can’t.

    • ANSWER:
      I think parents are required by law to make sure their child makes it to doctors appointments especially like this one.Before the child misses an appointment maybe you could advise the parent to look into all possible options to getting the child to the doctor.
      Maybe they have some family or friends that would help.Maybe a school teacher or guidance counselor or even the school nurse would try to help if the parent told them the situation.
      If none of those things are available maybe the health insurance would be able to pay for an ambulance ride or another ride to the appointment.Maybe she could even tell the medical center about the transportation issue and they might be able to help.

      It would be a shame to have something bad happen to this child because of lack of transportation.

      good luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    Is there any government program that helps people w/housing that don’t have children, but can’t work?
    My sister is 45. She used to draw Social Security disability. She quit going to her doctor appointments & did’nt update her info to the SS board, so she lost her social security a few years back. She’s been living off of me for years. She can get up & move around, but she has some kind of kidney disease & says she hurts a lot & can’t work. She’s draining me dry, not to mention stealing off of me. She’s using me, ruining my life. She’s too lazy to even go back to the doctors & SS office, to try to get her check back. But even if she did, she still wouldn’t help with bills. She lived w/me before she lost it & never paid bills then either. She’s taking advantage of my good nature & using me, stealing off of me, pretty much taking away my life. But being kind hearted, I can’t kick her out on the street. She had her children taken away from her & can’t get “public” housing. Is there any othr place that helps people get places to live? I live in TN. Who could I contact to get more info?

    • ANSWER:
      Call your local welfare office. They should have the number to your local housing athority. There is low income housing available. Your sister needs to get out of your house in order to save your relationship. Some times you have to give tough love in order for loved ones to take care of them selves.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is left for me to say…..?
    I typed up a report on diabetes, it is supposed to be 6 pages dubble spaced, but now i don’t know what else to put, all i need is a half a page more. Thank you!

    Diabetes Type 1
    Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. People with diabetes have problems using food for energy. After a meal, carbohydrates in food are broken down into a sugar called glucose, which is carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Cells require insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, to help use blood glucose for energy. People develop diabetes because the pancreas does not make enough insulin or because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not respond to insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy.
    Prior to 1997, the type of diabetes typically diagnosed in young people was called juvenile diabetes or type 1. Diabetes emerging in adults was called adult-onset diabetes or type 2. Then in 1997, the official names of the types were changed to type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in children (after asthma). About 13,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Patients with type 1 diabetes make up about 5 percent of all cases of diabetes. It most commonly appears in girls and boys when they are about 14 years old. Usually, type 1 diabetes is first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults but it can occur at any age. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. As a result, the pancreas does not make insulin, a hormone which helps use blood sugar (glucose) for energy. The cells become starved of energy and there is an excess of glucose in the blood. People with Type 1 diabetes must have daily injections of insulin to live. Proper diet, exercise and home blood sugar monitoring are essential to manage the disease. Food and exercise must also be balanced because of the risk of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and hyperglycemia, high blood sugar. Both are life threatening concerns. When hypoglycemia develops, cells are not getting enough glucose. Confusion, loss of consciousness, comma and death results when the brain is deprived of glucose for too long. Hyperglycemia and prolonged absence of insulin may lead to ketoacidosis, the accumulation of ketones in the blood when the body uses fat for energy instead of glucose. Ketones make the blood acidic and slow down all body functions. Like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia can also lead to comma and death. The only cure available today for type 1 diabetes is a pancreas transplant, which is rarely done. Because both pancreas transplants and kidney transplants require lifelong use of powerful drugs to suppress immune reactions that can reject the organs, pancreatic transplants are usually done to those with type 1 diabetes who also need a kidney transplant. The side effects of immune- suppressive drugs can be severe and even worse than the disease. One or two people out of every 10 who get the surgery die within a year. Also the new pancreas is rejected by half of the people who get this operation. If the transplant fails, diabetes returns. Recently, experimental treatments with stem cells have shown some promise. For most people, type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease that can be effectively managed with insulin.

    Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
    •Urinates frequently. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream by flushing out the extra glucose in urine. A child with diabetes needs to urinate more frequently and in larger volumes.
    •Is abnormally thirsty. Because the child is loosing so much fluid from peeing so much, he or she becomes very thirsty to help avoid becoming dehydrated. A child who has developed diabetes drinks a lot in an attempt to keep the level of body water normal.
    •Loses weight. (or fails to gain weight as he or she grows) in spite of a good appetite. Kids and teens who develop type 1 diabetes may have an increased appetite, but often lose weight. This is because the body breaks down muscle and stored fat in an attempt the provide fuel to the hungry cells.
    •Often feels tired. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy properly.

    But in some cases, other symptoms may be the signal that something is wrong. Sometimes the first sign of diabetes is bedwetting in a child who has been dry at night. The possibility of diabetes should also be suspected if a vaginal yeast infection (also called a Candida infection) occurs in a girl who hasn’t started puberty yet. If these early symptoms of diabetes aren’t recognized and treatment isn’t started, chemicals called ketones can build up in the child’s blood and cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fruity- smelling breath, breathing problems; even loss of consciousness. Sometimes these symptoms are mistaken f

    • ANSWER:
      Watch out on using advice from yahoo answers if truthfulness is graded. While 80% of type 2′s are overweight, only 18% of obese people are diabetic.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is CKD a genetic disease that could be passed to offspring?
    My future husband has Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) , his uncle is now dying from renal failure due to CKD and his uncle’s daughter had CKD as well. As far as we know, no one else in his family have CKD. So I was wondering what the probability of passing CKD onto our future children would be? I have done my research so I am familiar with the disease, but I have not been able to find any statistics or evidence one way or the other. All I have found so far has just been opinions of those who suffer from CKD about trying to have children when one partner (or both) have this disease. I would greatly appreciate any and all answers. Just for background info, he was diagnose at 17, is 24 now, and I am 22 with no serious health conditions other than Osteomyelitis (a bone disease). Thank you guys!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes for chronic renal disease and I don’t know which applies here, but it certainly does seem to be genetic and in that case, there is the possibility of offspring having it. You can have genetic testing done prior to conceiving or when you’re early in your pregnancy.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have severe Lupus SLE and Kidney disease, is there any programs that will dissolve my student loans?
    I was a teacher for eight years until I got sick with stage 2 of 4 kidney disease from my Lupus SLE. I had to leave that job that I loved because of so many reasons. Well I decided after my symptoms got under control some that I would find another profession that would allow me to help children. So for two years I have been earning a Masters in professional counseling, God willing I will graduate this fall. However I have debt still from my fist degree and now the masters. All I want to do is help children but with the degree I will have I will not be making much. Most of my money will go to health up keep. I don’ even have a car or house anymore. I gave up my care and now share an apt with a roommate. My symptoms are worse at times and better others. However I am in so much debt with student loans I don’t know what to do. If anyone has any ideas, or experience with this please let me know. It is hard I was a good student both times and will graduate in the fall with honors and a bill that I can not pay.
    For those who said I should have thought about this before I went into debt. I thought I was going to always be a teacher. Do you know what I got when I got sick, was so sorry, we have to take your health insurance because you have a preexisting disease. I used my money to help get my student what they needed and in return I was told I was an excellent teacher, but now that you have a chronic illness so sorry….. It so easy to tel some one to go get a job, or why did you do something when you are not in the situation. Kidney disease is not fun or easy. I have worked my whole life. Think before you speak, because it could be you who could be loosing everything, life does not recognize last names, race,or gender.

    • ANSWER:
      My sister has cerebral palsy and she attended college on and off for about 20 years( I guess she was bored). In that time she racked up about ,000 worth of school debt and was unable to pay it. She called her loan companies (the people who funded her tuition) and explained to them her situation and the sent her some papers to fill out, it think it’s called a Permanent Disability Waiver. Her doctor also had to verify that she was disabled, so they have forgiven about ,000 of the debt but the only catch is that she is not supposed to work for the next 2 or 5 years (not sure). If she starts even a part-time job she will have to pay the money back. I pray this helps you and good luck, and get well!

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I react to news that my young dog has kidney disease?
    Two weeks ago we adopted a 2 year old Border Collie-Pit Bull mix from the Humane Society. She is a total sweetie and we fell in love with her right away! She’s active, playful, and great with our two young children. The only problem was that she was frequently urinating in small amounts in the house. As this is our first doggie, I followed the advice of friends with dogs and took her to the vet to check for a urinary tract infection, and it turns out, she has kidney disease. I was hoping somebody could give me some insight on what to expect as far as her quality of life, life expectancy, etc., especially since she is still a baby at only 2 years old.

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Entertaining Children in Hospital?
    Hi I have a Kidney disease these days so i’m likely to spend a lot of time in the hospital in the future. I’d like to take my guitar and do something for the children there whilst i’m there and my question is this; would I be allowed or has the world become to fearful of peadophiles that they would not let me spend time with children. Needless to say I don’t fancy kids…

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Where can i go for help? Things have NEVER been this bad.?
    my husband broke his leg 9/23 of this yr. And can not return to work until 12/1 if we are lucky. i do not work because our children have health issues. (kidney disease). and i receive states insurance for them because no insurance company will pick them up do to preexisting conditions. We just bought our house last Oct, so all our extra money has gone into home repairs, not a whole lot in savings. Well we are now broke. his 550 every 2 weeks for industrial isn’t covering the bills. I have borrowed all i can from my mom, she has been helping us. Christmas is approaching very fast and there is Absolutely no money for presents for the kids. I know it isn’t about what you get as long as you have family. Well yesterday my husband was trying to get the furnace going, when it combusted and his hand was inside. he received 1st and 2nd degree burns on his hand arm and fingers.we now have no heat. we don’t have credit cards, and savings is shot. they think there is a gas leak because there shouldn’t of been that much gas in that compartment. They say when it rains it pours, well i think im flooded. Where can i go for help?

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    Should I get the H1N1 vaccine or not?
    I am 35 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I have a day care in my home and have 3 children of my own. I also have crohns disease, hypothyroidism and kidney stones. I was wondering if I should get the vaccine once it is available at my dr’s office or if I should just go without it.

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s an article with good basic information on the vaccine:

      http://thefastertimes.com/clinicalupdate/2009/09/18/faqs-about-the-h1n1-vaccine/

      The CDC’s web site, which is very helpful and I suggest you check it out and consider some of the information on it. http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/public/vaccination_qa_pub.htm

      Someone else said the vaccine has mercury in it, but there is a thimerosol/preservative-free version of the vaccine that does not have any mercury in it. The unique flu from the late 1970s did have more risks and complications and was linked to Guillain Barre Syndrome, but the current flu vaccines are made vastly different than that one and are not as likely to cause it and one of the above articles addresses that.

      In terms of H1N1, the majority of those who have been hospitalized because of it have been those with asthma (they are most hospitalized) followed by pregnant women. The reason pregnant women are at high risk for complications is because of the baby’s weaker immune system (when you get sick your body tries to help the baby and then you could begin to lack the proper nutrition and antibodies to fight it). Also, pregnant women have decreased lung function because of the baby. (This info is from the Fairfax County health dept. in Northern Virginia http://www.FairfaxCounty.gov./hd/flu/)

      Also, babies younger than 6 months cannot get the vaccine so to protect them from becoming ill from it doctor’s suggest vaccinating the people who are in constant contact with the infant.

      Again, it’s up to you to decide what is best for you and your family. Good luck this flu season! Like Cal said, just make sure to wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. It’s your greatest protection against becoming sick.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can you still have a baby if you have taken cellcept beofre?
    I have taken cellcept for about 5 years i havnt been on it going on 4 years, i have also taken prednisone on and off for 13 years. I was born with a kidney disease and im wanting to know if i can still have a child in the future or has any of this medication done something to my body? Because prednisone did stunt my growth when i was little.

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible, although difficult. It is usually more difficult, sometimes requiring intervention to become pregnant and maintain pregnancy. I would also take your age into some consideration.
      I have heard of stories on both sides, yes were able, no were not able to.
      I would recommend logging onto a forum for Lupus (I choose that one because they can typically come off the drug, as to wear kidney transplant patients do not) or one for your specific disease that has long time users of this drug. They should have a pregnancy section, whose members will be able to give you a play by play of their stories.
      Good Luck!
      Oh you can call the drug company, sometimes they keep a registry of women who have been pregnant and the outcomes. It is not a formal study, but sometimes they keep a general list. However, I would expect the list to be on women who were on cellcept during pregnancy and not future mommies whose PMH involved Cellcept.

  22. QUESTION:
    NEED INSIGHT! I have a 5yr old child with congenital kidney failure, G tube,transplant in future, etc…?
    Hi, i joined Yahoo in hopes of finding someone who can offer insight or support to me. My son was born small and i just knew something wasnt right when he wouldnt feed.. Ne did not cry much nor did he desire to eat from the day he was born. He was diagnosed with failure to thrive and recieved a many tests. He was diagnosed with renal/kidney failure at 5 months. His kidneys are small, echogenic and they use the term, renal hypodysplasia.He has remained stable at about 50-60 percent function with a creatnine of .7 at its lowest to now about 1.1 over 5 year span. He also has a SEVERE gag reflex that turned out to be much more than just the common reflux. He had an ng tube inserted at 6mths old for a year and then had a g tube placed which he lives with still. He will ‘suck’ any food! His favorite is cheesey doritos and choc bars- but watch out, one little piece gets on his tongue and hes gagging and all comes up! Anyhow i just need to know that this is ‘normal’ with the kidney disease-all i have is the dr’s word, but after so many years i start to wonder where this all is headed. When will he eat? (Maybe there is a parent with the same obsticle and can tell me an age when their kid finally started practicing eating!) Why does he dry heave everymorning? Should he go on growth horomones??(he is at the 10th percentile height and 25weight) What does the future look like for him? What will the transplant stage be like? Will my son be ok??!! Its very scary and lonely sometimes and would love to find a DR or parent with some INSIGHT from personal experience.

    • ANSWER:
      It is hard to know for sure what some of these symptoms are, but I can send you some information about congenital kidney disease for you to look at.

      http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/kidney/kidney_diseases_childhood.html

      http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/Kudiseases/pubs/yourkidneys/

  23. QUESTION:
    Medically neccesary to have my tubes tied, what are the risks and what should I know?
    I am 23 and pregnant with my 2nd child. Now and even in my 1st pregnancy I am high risk. A combination of Severe High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease caused me to have an emergency C-section 6 weeks early with my 1st. Now I am facing the same ill symptoms and test levels as I did before. Becuase these are health conditions that are present when not pregnant it is not sfe for me to take any kinds of birth control. So not only did I want but my doctor suggested getting my tubes tied. I dont know much about this procedure and every appointment I have its always so busy testing my levels and worring about my conditions and the baby there isnt enough time to talk about this procedure. Anyone who has information on the procedure, risks, and other info on it please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor is right in advising you against further pregnancies as the problems you have can put your life in real danger during, before or after a childbirth.

      However, if you do not wish to go in for tubal ligation, then what about your partner/husband? Can he help you by getting his vasectomy done, which is an easier procedure and less complicated.

  24. QUESTION:
    urinary disease for anatomy?
    Jessica Mattin
    5/13/09

    Urinary Disease
    Most urinary tract infections in children are caused by bacteria that enter the urethra and travel up the urinary tract. Bacteria that normally live in the large intestine and are present in stool are the most common cause of infection. Occasionally bacteria traveling through the blood or lymphatic system to the urinary tract are the cause of kidney or bladder infections. Also, constipation or not completely emptying the bladder can cause bacteria to build up in urine. Problems with the structure or function of the urinary tract commonly contribute to UTI in infants and young children. Problems that limit the body’s ability to eliminate urine completely include structural problems of the bladder, obstruction, such as kidney stone, or other abnormalities. A large variety of symptoms include those such as pain or burning during urination, loss of bladder control, frequent urination, among others. To treat a UTI you must see a doctor who will most likely take a urine sample and prescribe antibiotics.

    http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/utiadult/

    • ANSWER:
      I am in the Medical Field

      Please tell me how this is a question?

  25. QUESTION:
    Web Designer Needed, Pro or Amature?
    PLEASE HELP. There is a family at my son’s school who have two young children with a life threatening kidney disease. The oldest (8) is the most seriously ill. She will need a kidney (donated by mom) very soon. The other child will eventually need one as well (from dad). They will both need 2-3 kidneys in a lifetime b/c it uncurable. The family has recently been evicted and is on medicaid. Parents & the church have donated time & money to help them. They do have 1 thing that will keep them going, a boutique in a tourist area, its only open a couple of time a week b/c they are in the hospital 4 days a week for treatment. They were hoping to get a webpage for the store & a fundraiser to bring in some sales to raise money for the transplant (,000 each). I was hoping a web designer would donate there time and help this family. It would be greatly appreciated!! See link to news article. Please email if willing.

    http://www.gtowntimes.com/Search/Article/Gabriella-needs-a-kidney2008-03-03T07-27-33

    • ANSWER:
      I know a site that might be what you are looking for. I might even be able to do it, but I can’t make any guarantees. Check out the e-mail address on my profile if you want help. I also doubt we can meet face to face. This is the site I was talking about in the first place:

      http://www.hyperlinkz.com/

      The owner of this site is also on answers some of the time. He gave me some good advice.

  26. QUESTION:
    what are my chances of having kidney disease?
    I have type 1 diabetes for 20 years, with a history of hyperglycemias (400s and 500s),
    history of UTIs as a child and even in the past 4 years a few bladder infections,
    past 2 years with other microvascular problems (advanced retinopathy),
    high blood pressure about 2 years ago (nearly on-going for a year) but not currently.

    Just because I have (had) these risk factors, could there still be a good chance that I have NO kidney damage? Or am I most likely soon, if not now, to expect a diagnosis of kidney malfunction? I’ve been very obsessed with this idea lately, and am doind everything I can to prevent it. (My blood test results should be revealed this week, so that should indicate whether or not, though I do want to hear what other people think)

    • ANSWER:
      Since you have had microvascular changes in your retina then there is a good chance similar changes are occurring throughout your body not just in your kidney. I would wait since only your blood tests are going to be factual.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it illegal to send a bulk email genuinly asking for a bill due to horrible financial status?
    Ok, I am in a horrible financial bind right now. I just lost my job and literally am close to being homeless. I just received my first eviction notice from the sheriff due to not being able to make last months rent. I have only been out of work 60 days but lived paycheck to paycheck anyway. I have no family to help me out, already asked two friends for help, which was so horribly embarrassing. But, like myself and millions of others in the world, they are lucky to be surviving as well. To top it off I lost my health insurance which scares me more than a roof over my head due to having crohns disease. My question is this, is it illegal to send a sincere email to as many people I can, probably bulk emails, I don’t know, asking for a .00 donation. I am not lying about anything in return but my appreciation. Im not going to die if I don’t get the money for a heart transplant, kidney, child’s surgery, funds to help pay for trying to find a kidnapped child, or any other fraud chain letter. Im not feeling sorry for myself, cause I know how many others have it worse. I will continue to look for work everyday, all day, until i find it. Bottom line is, what do I have to lose by just asking. I just don’t want to do something that is illegal or considered a scam or fraud. Hell, odds are no one will send me a penny and I will most likely get more harassing emails than anything. Please help me out with the answer to this question. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Listen, Billyboy, I know times are hard and I am sorry you lost your job.
      But, come on, think about this.
      Yes, if you send out unsolicited mail to people who do not want it and did not ask for it, you are sending out spam. That is not good, and in many places it IS illegal. Asking for money is hardly the way you want people to see you no matter how low you are, and it IS embarrassing and demoralizing. I think your time can be MUCH better spent off the computer, and actually pounding the pavement looking for a job, any job at all. Even one you think does not pay well. Just a little money is SO MUCH better than NO money! And making a little money while you continue to look for a better paying job should help you to stay in a place with a roof over your head. Go do it!

  28. QUESTION:
    I need some help with tuition and medical expense while in school I am not begging any thing anyone can do!?
    I am 22 yrs old in 2004 I was diagnosed with focal glomerular sclerosis. Which is a rare kidney disease, unsure when my kidneys will just stop working hahaha jk. Um I got married in 2005 and more than anything my husband and I want to have children. My mom has gotten a job as a dispatcher at an airline company and has great benefits, she spoke to her boss and if I can get the funding for school they will hire me. With the kidney disease I have to have ins, so I am asking anyone to help with the tuition which is 3900 dollars and then an extra 4,000.00 to help with medical and living expense while I am in school. This would be such a great oppurtunity for me and my husband and enable us to have children because due to my disease I would be a high risk pregnancy and unable to work the 9months. This job oppurtunity garuntees m y job and I would have continued medical benefits the 9mo I was out of work. The job I am at now can not even garuntee I would still have a job.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are serious about going to school, apply for aid through your fafsa form, try getting grants as well. Don’t have kids. You can’t even afford yourselves let alone a good lifestyle for you and your children. Its not worth it right now.

  29. QUESTION:
    My mother is ill. I’m the only one of 5 children that takes care of…..?
    My mother is 62. She has heart disease and only one kidney remaining. She’s in the hospital now. She has been in the hosp. at least 20 times in the last 3 years. This time they did surg. on her neck on Friday, and tomorrow they will roto-rooter her kidney and heart on an out patient basis.
    Now my problem is that I have 2 older sisters, and 2 younger brothers, my father is dead. They have never once helped me in taking care of her. I raised my sisters 2 children, and I have 3 kids, 9,6,4 years old. This time I asked, no, begged for my sister to drive down and help at the hospital because I just couldnt do it this time. I was scheduled to go on a vacation, alone w/my husband on Tue. My family thinks I’m the one being selfish!
    Question: Is it wrong of me to still go on this vacation?
    I’v decided that once I get back I am moving my mother in with me. That is the only way to keep her healthy because she won’t take of herself. And I’m seriously considering suspending all ties with my family. I’m 35 and my life has been consumed with THEIR wants and needs. I know it sounds alwful, I just wanted to make sure that I wasn’t really being selfish. Thanks All.

    • ANSWER:
      Everybody needs a break, including you. Go on the vacation. Your siblings are manipulating you.

  30. QUESTION:
    My poop won’t come out?
    I know this question is a little stupid and this is some what embarrassing for me but I really don’t know what else to do.

    Okay, so, I basically have to poop but it won’t come out. At first, I sat on the toilet for like, an hour pushing to get it out but it just would not come out. A tiny bit would come out. And that was it. And all the pushing makes my legs feel insanely weak. My stool isn’t very hard at all right now, it’s actually a little watery(just a little).
    What do I do??!?!? I just want this log out of me already!!
    I have some powdered miralax with me but I read the drug facts on it and it said that I shouldn’t use if I have kidney disease. Which kind of scared me cause I had a few problems with my kidney as a child. And honestly I just don’t wanna take it, it smells horrible.

    Could it be what I’ve been eating the past week? Now that I think about it, I haven’t been drinking much water at all. Mostly coke. Could this be a contributing factor?

    Please help me out in my time of need. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Stop drinking so much pop. It’s awful for you and junk food does contribute to health issues.
      Take some fibre.

  31. QUESTION:
    Reoccuring dream about having a second child.?
    For years and years I’ve had this reoccuring dream about having a second child, but I never had one, and I didn’t want a second child because I was a single parent and taking care of one child who was ill with a kidney disease was enough. But in this dream I was happy with myself that I’d had a second one. What could this mean? I haven’t had the dream in about a year.

    • ANSWER:
      if you haven’t had it in a year then it sounds like you’ve already resolved your problem. maybe unconsciously you wanted a bigger family or atleast wanted the choice of having one instead having to be so practical, so the dream gave you a sort of a place to live out a different life, but now you are happy with your own choice

  32. QUESTION:
    My newborn tested positive for cocaine. I don’t use drugs. What are ways for that to happen besides amoxicilli
    CPS took my daughter from me because of the test result. I swear I’ve never touched cocaine before. The other sites I’ve been on say amoxicillin, liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes can cause a false positive result. None of those apply to me. During my pregnancy I had 4 drug tests which came out negative. They won’t believe the no drug use theory. Somebody please help figure this out!! I would never endanger my child in this way. Isn’t there anything else that could create a false positive result?

    • ANSWER:
      I actually heard about this on the news. I dont know if it was you.What about the baby’s father? Do you think he could have had anything to do with it?I suggest you have an independent lab do a comprehensive blood,urine,and hair sample drug tests on you to prove you did not do drugs. Think about everything your child could come in contact with. You may not have given the child cocaine but someone else may have. See if they can do any other tests on the child in case the first test was contaminated or inaccurate.

  33. QUESTION:
    I was admitted in Children’s Hospital for 9 days, – i think i may have caught something while being treated…?
    Well i was admitted in Children’s hospital for 9 days for
    kidney problems ( Possible infection/stone ) I was given
    a I.V. Antibiotic every 12 hours, As well as other I.V. medications
    for other problems and pain. I was released two days ago,
    at my 7th day at the hospital i began to start a fever – 99.8
    8th day 99.6 – 9th day 99.8. they still however, released me.
    Well now i’m still having a fever (goes up to 101.8) headache, swollen
    glands in my neck mostly on the right side **I have had the gland on the right side
    surgically drained due to cat scratch fever disease a few years back.** My sinuses are fine-not stuffed up. My throat hurts – hurts like hell when i swallow.
    i noticed tonight there are these little lines up and down in the back of my throat. ( i do not have my tonsils. ) Also i have a bad cough (loud barking sound, last for a few minutes, i gasp for air during the coughing fits.) i cough up Brown/Rusty colored stuff (in big amounts) i have no wheezing. Vomiting (ive threw up 4 times today.) My parents are now starting to get my symptoms.
    What is this? I was on antibiotics while in the hospital but is there
    still a chance i caught something from being around other sick children?
    P.S. THE DOCTORS SAID MY KIDNEYS ARE FINE NOW AND
    THERE WAS NO INFECTION WHEN I LEFT – AND THEY SAID
    THEY DIDNT SEEM TO CATCH ANY STONES BUT THEY STILL
    PUT ON MY RECORD POSSIBLE STONE THAN A INFECTION

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like u have the kissing disease, aka Mono.

  34. QUESTION:
    how can you be charged with medical neglect if you sign a child out of one hospital and take him to another ?
    my son has a kidney disease and just had a transplant in december.but in july of 2004 i asked that no research be done on him and the doctors continued anyway.i took him to the hospital for an infusion and the wanted to admit him but could not give me a reason why,so i signed him out of the hospital and took him to a hospital in atlanta that had a nephrologist on call.three days later dhr was at my door and took him due to medical neglect.i thought i had the right to sign him out if i was not satisfied with the care he was recieving.it has been a year and four months since then and he is still in foster care.what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Please don’t quote me, as I’m not a lawyer, but just giving general advice based on what I have learned.

      While you do have the right to seek medical care for your son that is satisfactory to you, your son’s health comes before your satisfaction as far as the state is concerned. It is possible that the doctors at the hospital that you signed him out of assumed that you hadn’t taken him elsewhere for treatment, and instead just decided to forgo treatment, in which case they would have called the state with a complaint of neglect. That to me seems the most likely possibility. It is also possible that the state decided that wherever you took your son wasn’t giving him a quality level of treatment.

      The best thing you can do is to consult with a lawyer if you haven’t already. There are many lawyers who won’t charge you unless they take the case and go to court, and some still that will only charge you if you win your case. If you can’t find a lawyer who will help you, ask one for a reference to someone who can.

      I wish you the best of luck, and hope you get this issue resolved.

  35. QUESTION:
    How To Keep From Feeling Despair Over Possible Terminal Illness?
    Pardon how long this is, perhaps I need to just VENT. But, there is a question in here somewhere…. (see end for questions…..)
    In early June, I developed a very rare disease known as HS Purpura. Before this, I had been a healthy, active, 32 year old male with no known health problems. I worked full time as a nurse, I own my own home, I was independent in every way and loving life.
    The Purpura is a rare disease, it typically only affects children, and generally is cured without treatment in a matter of a week or two. As with one out of 100 cases of HSP, mine is severe – even rarer, the disease spread to my kidneys, and I’m now in kidney failure. I receive dialysis three days a week, I’m taking immunosuppressant drugs, as well as multiple other meds due to the HSP and kidney failure, as well as anti-anxiety meds because I’ve been having severe panic attacks, brought on as a side affect one of the meds.
    Over the course of my illness, I’ve become despondent. I have no hope for the future. I see no happiness ahead for me. Every waking minute has become an agonizing sorrowful burden. Due to weakness, pain, and edema, I spend most of my time in bed. As someone who formerly went to the gym to work out every day of the week, I now am exhausted just by walking 20 feet. I have no appetite at all, the thought of eating anything makes me nauseated. Because of the kidney failure and dialysis, I am encouraged to keep my fluid intake below 1500cc per day – I find it difficult to drink more than 1000cc. Despite hardly eating, I’ve gained 50 lbs of water weight in the last 50 days. I have nightmares every night, and I rarely get more than 3 or 4 hours of sleep per night.
    The doctors have little hope of saving my kidneys, and still aren’t sure if the medicines are going to cure my Purpura permanently. Even if everything works out for the best, it’ll probably take a year for me to get back to my old self again.
    And, in the meantime, I feel like my whole life is crumbling around me, and because of the disease, I’m helpless/have no control over anything. I am NOT suicidal, but I just wish I could either get back to life the way it was before, or just die NOW. I don’t want to go on for the next 6 months or a year, suffering as I am, only to die in the end anyway. And my doctors, it seems, are clueless. I have some of the best doctors on the East Coast of the USA, yet they tell me, “There is little literature on your disease, and any and all treatments that we do are experimental.” They tell me to pray. You know that when a scientific mind is telling you to pray, the outcome generally isn’t percieved as being a good one.
    Because of my illness, I can’t work. I’ve taken an FMLA from my job as a nurse, but that only lasts until September…and then, what? I have no income coming in. I’ve had to move back in with my “baby boomer” parents, and it’s evident that my poor health is taking a toll on them already. I do have some savings, but with hospital bills, and household bills, and medical bills, and car insurance, and student loans, and mortgage payments, etc, etc, I’m afraid I’m going to lose everything that I’m so proud to have achieved over the last year before I got sick. I bought my first house at the beginning of this year, and I barely lived in it for 2 months before I got sick. After spending a month in the hospital, I’m now, as I said before, living with my parents and dependent on them for everything.
    How do other people with (possible) terminal illnesses keep from being despondent about their illnesses? How can I stop feeling so helpless? How can I create optimism in my life? How do I deal with the NOT knowing if I’m going to live or die? How do I find hope and faith again?

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry to hear about all you are going through…You are probably tired of getting advice but maybe you should seek 2nd, 3rd, 4th opinions from other doctors. Ask how many cases of purpura in adults they have treated. Also consult a holistic health doctor, they can give you advice on how things like your diet can contribute or hinder the healing process. Anti inflammatory foods come to mind, since what you have is an inflammation of the blood vessels. These include: Kelp, Salmon, Cinammon, Turmeric, sweet potatos, shiitake mushrooms, blueberries, green tea, papaya, olive oil and broccoli.

      Aside from medical advice (which you didn’t ask for, sorry)….You asked,
      How do other people with (possible) terminal illnesses keep from being despondent about their illnesses?
      You are dealing with an unexpected change in your identity and maybe you feel like you can’t trust the world anymore, everything you knew changed so dramatically in a short period of time. They is very traumatic. It’s normal to feel depressed/despondent. To overcome it you have to accept your situation. You have to accept that you live with your parents, that you can’t do the things you used to, in short, that you are now in poor health. If you accept it, you can begin to find optimism by looking at what you HAVE (loving parents, a place to live). Find hope in small successes (if you have a day where you eat and drink enough, which you said is hard for you, be proud of yourself and treat it as a successful event).
      You asked: How can I stop feeling so helpless?
      Take control of what you CAN. Keep your Dr. appts. Follow their instructions, etc. Just do whatever you can for yourself, even if that just means eating right or resting when you need to. With how sick you are right now, doing these things (I think) is just as admirable as buying your own house. Why? Because in either situation you are taking responsibility for yourself.

      We are all going to die. I might die in a car accident on my way home tonight. It doesn’t mean that what I do between then and now isn’t worth doing. Believe that you will get well and do what you can to get yourself there. Enjoy what you have now and accept your situation. It might be hard to believe it right now but it can be worse and it is worse for some people. The time you have, whether it’s a few years or decades, is YOURS. It is your time.

      Your life is beautiful. I know it’s not what you expected. I hope you will get better! I wish all the best for you.

  36. QUESTION:
    Personal Experiences with an IUD and Depo-Provera?
    I’ve been on Depo-Provera for over a year (I’ve received 6 shots) and it makes me extremely moody and I’ve gained alot of weight. I’ve talked to my gynecologist about the problems and she recommended an IUD. Here’s the problem. I’m 19 and have already had kidney disease, a bilateral nephrectomy, and a kidney transplant. I don’t really want children and it’s unsafe for me to be pregnant because of all the other medication I’m on. However, getting my tubes tied, so to speak, isn’t really an option either and I realize that IUDs can cause infections. I also can’t be on any other type of birth control because of estrogen or potassium and the way it would interact with my medication. I’m in a committed relationship which is another reason why my physician recommended it. I was just wondering if you could offer insight or personal experiences with Depo-Provera or the IUD to help me make an informed decision because I’m finding it to be very difficult. Thanks for your help.
    Oh, and I forgot to mention that I’m allergic to latex so I can’t use condoms. I know that there are other types of condoms but they don’t adequately protect against STDs. Not to worry though, my guy was tested before we did anything and he’s the only one I’ve been with.

    • ANSWER:
      Being that you don’t want to have children at all Depo Provera is the best birth control you can consider. Although it has minor side effects, the risk of pregnancy is almost like zero. I wouldnt really recommend the IUD for sanitary reasons and you dont want to risk getting a infection. Some girls have complained that the IUD moves sometimes during intercourse. That could cause a pregnancy. Your best bet is to stick with the Depo Provera. Good Luck.

  37. QUESTION:
    Which organelle or structure has been affected? Biology Help…?
    For the following medical conditions, describe the likely cellular organelle or structure that has been affected in such a way as to cause the condition (note: there may be more than one organelle or structure involved)

    a. the sperm of a man cannot swim, thus rendering him infertile.

    b. a child experiences kidney failure due to Fabry’s disease where the cells lining the inside of the kidney tubule accumulate abnormally large amounts of glycolipids that are usually degraded by enzymes.

    c. a person dies within minutes after ingesting cyanide because ATP is no longer being synthesized.

    Please describe each thoroughly!

    • ANSWER:
      a. flagellum (An example of a eukaryotic flagellated cell is the sperm cell, which uses its flagellum to propel itself toward and through the female reproductive tract.)

      b. lysosome (Fabry’s disease is a rare lysosomal storage disorder that results from a failure of a defective Alpha-galactosidase to catabolize alpha-D-galactosyl glycolipid moieties.)

      c. mitochondrion (The majority of ATP production by a non-photosynthetic aerobic eukaryote takes place in the mitochondria, which can make up nearly 25% of the total volume of a typical cell.)

  38. QUESTION:
    I have to have an abortion..How do I deal with this?
    My unborn baby has been diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney disease and I have been told by 2 seperate doctors that this baby will no live and the best bet would be for me to abort it. I have dealt with this before..Feb.2005 with another baby. My son had the same disease and died in my arms after 1 hr 50 minutes. That was the worst and best moments of my life, but do not feel that I could handle that again. I am already feeling anxiety about this procedure which is scheduled for Thurs 16th. What should I do to cope with my grief and emotional instability? I feel that this is the only way for me, so, please do not judge me..Please. I am a very active Pro-life person…..But i do not want to give birth to my baby and watch it suffer, as my other child did.
    I already have two beautiful little boys. A 4 year old and a 10 month old.
    You know…to G I ….. your response greatly disturbs me. What is it any of your buisness as to how close I have my children. The doctors told me before I got pregnant, that this is a very random disease, and it would not happen again.. Well, you know..their not perfect. My husband and I had agreed to have another child, therefore, we got pregnant. I am asking for opinions on how to deal with my situation, not be “dogged” on about how my children are too close..

    • ANSWER:
      I too had a baby die at birth and I don’t think that I could emotionally go through that again. I am so sorry that this is happening to you. I, like you, am a pro-life supporter but there is a drastic difference from aborting because of medical reasons and doing it because you did not want to have a baby. Keep your head high, you have nothing to be ashamed of. As far as dealing with the emotions, just try to remember you did it so your child would not suffer. I applaud your courage. Good luck

  39. QUESTION:
    What can cause kidney damage or failure in a 22 year old?
    After seeing a regular doctor and kidney specialist we have found that my kidneys are not functioning properly. There is protein and blood in urine and a low creatinine clearance level in urine. I don’t know the results of the blood yet. Symptoms are mainly frequent urination, frequent hunger and thirst, headaches, weight loss, fatigue and slight to moderate kidney / lower back pain. We have already ruled out diabetes.

    I am an otherwise healthy 22 year old woman with two children. Never had any major abnormal test results in my life. The major diseases that pop up (besides diabetes) are polycystic kidney disease and lupus.

    The kidney specialist is ordering an ultrasound and biopsy of my kidneys within the next 2 months. I had a CT scan done but she kind of avoided my question when I asked if she found anything. All she said was there were no stones found. I go back and see her next week.

    What the heck can possibly be wrong?
    I am very petite but have never had any eating disorders. I take Tylenol once a month, if that. I am not an alcoholic lol.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    When does a human life have value?
    I’ve been directed to this:

    Size: Yes, embryos are smaller than newborns and adults, but why is that relevant? Do we really want to say that large people are more valuable than small ones? Men are generally larger than women, but that doesn’t mean that they deserve more rights. Size doesn’t equal value.

    Level of development: True, embryos and fetuses are less developed than you and I. But again, why is this relevant? Four year-old girls are less developed than 14 year-old ones. Should older children have more rights than their younger siblings? Some people say that self-awareness makes one valuable. But if that is true, newborns do not qualify as valuable human beings. Six-week old infants lack the immediate capacity for performing human mental functions, as do the reversibly comatose, the sleeping, and those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Environment: Where you are has no bearing on who you are. Does your value change when you cross the street or roll over in bed? If not, how can a journey of eight inches down the birth-canal suddenly change the essential nature of the unborn from non-valuable tissue mass to valuable human being? If the unborn are not already human and valuable, merely changing their location can’t make them so.

    Degree of Dependency: If viability bestows human value, then all those who depend on insulin or kidney medication are not valuable and we may kill them. Conjoined twins who share blood type and bodily systems also have no right to life.

    Your response..?

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    am i wrong for feeling the way i do?
    I have fsgs, secondary idiopathic kidney disease, and i feel guilty for feeling depressed and stressed and worried about it because its slowly destroying my kidneys and my husband and i cant have children because of this and i have become very anti-social, and all i can think of are the cancer/aids/emphysema patients who are in pain/suffering and have to undergo kemo and what not, and i dont have to worry about that yet. i just have to take a bunch of pills at the moment. is it wrong of me to feel this way or is it natural??

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Sharp spleen pain, kidney pain & stomach aches?
    I’ve been on the high protein diet for just under a month & a week ago my kidneys started hurting. Then tonight a very sharp stabbing pain showed up about where my spleen is. Also last week I had the feeling of my stomach being tied in a knot & 3 days of unbearable diarreah, though I get those spells typically at least once a year. I have a spleenalrenal shunt as well as polycystic kidney disease. The stomach aches have been happening since I was a child but I’ve had countless endoscopy and colonoscopyssaying verything is normal. Any idea what is causing this, are they related, and does my diet effect this at all? Also I have never had mono & am not otherwise sick so I know it’s not mono. Thanks so much for your help everyone

    • ANSWER:
      i think your high protein diet may also be high fat and your pancreas or gallbladder is not coping well:have you had it checked for any stones?
      also:talk to your Dr,as high protein diet is not good for kidney disease/disorders.
      i had my gallbladder removed several years ago:i cant eat high protein/or high fat food and forget high fiber also.When i give in to temptation, i get horrible diarrhea and pains on the left and right abdomen and my upper back(like rib pain)
      to check liver function is a blood test, to check pancreas function also a blood test.

  43. QUESTION:
    Depressed elderly parent in retirement home – how to cope?
    I hope someone can give me some kind of help on this one because my sister and I have been wrestling with this issue for years and we cannot make sense of it. I’m at the end of my rope trying to understand – if I can understand, I can cope with the whole thing so much better.

    Here’s the problem: My mother is 79 yr old widow with severe health problems – massive heart disease, kidney disease, bladder cancer, diabetes just for starters. My sister and I and our children and husbands cared for her as long as we could in her own home but she was so weak that it took a team of five or six of us to rotate round the clock – she fell repeatedly and called 911, she was too weak to crawl from bathroom to bedroom, she was too weak to pull herself up from her chair to the pottychair which was right beside her-one of us would run from work to go pick her up from the floor or to the potty or from the potty back to bed. We did this for almost a year and a half — more —-
    until it became evident that it was creating alot of resentment between family members….

    At this point we started looking at retirement homes. She didn’t want to go but we knew we had to come up with some other arrangement.

    We visited different homes, and finally found a nice one not too far from the dupex she rented from my sister. She naturally did not want to go to the home but knew there was no alternative and accepted it.

    Since she has been there, her diabetes is under control because her food is prepared by a dietician and the staff is caring and very efficient. One daughter takes her to church and lunch out every Sunday and the other daughter takes her out every Wed to go shopping and any errands. She has her hair cut at the home, her nails done once a week, an array of activities like bingo, quiltmaking, art, three or four activities a day to choose from, and once or twice a week she is taken on a day trip with some of the other seniors….more…..
    for trips to the library to museum trips or to the local schools to read to the children and even things like pier fishing and berry picking in good weather….

    Of course she hates it. She complains about everything and everybody. No one does anything right to suit her. She refuses to go to new doctors so we take her back and forth to her original doctors which can run up to a half a tank of gas once a week.

    I show up at the home with stringy hair that I haven’t had colored in weaks, no more acrylic nails because I don’t have the time or money to get them done anymore, I haven’t even been to the dentist because I’m too busy running Mom around to the doctors. Since she’s been in the home, she’s had three different surgeries – every day she gives me a list of things she needs to have – as soon as I buy them, alot of times she doesn’t EVEN use them….but has another long list of TO DO things….

    I can’t get my life back. I feel guilty to say no. ….more……
    Most other family members have RUN not walked away from her since she went into the home…..so it is up to my sister and I to take care of her needs and as crazy as this sounds we are two grown women being run around like little girls to keep this woman happy….and no matter what is done, she finds fault with it and wants more….

    HELP! I’m so torn by sorrow for her that she’s ended up in a nursing home – that I can hardly cope myself anymore….

    Can anyone help me to understand what is going on? I’m like a train wreck waiting to happen….

    Thank you to anyone who can stand to read all this and has a clue what kind of situation is going on here….I’m 55 years old, raised two children, have a wonderful career, and cannot seem to get control of this situation…..

    • ANSWER:
      you have a spoiled brat on your hands — my niece is the director of nurses at the the local nurses home and we have long discussion on how certain patent’s play their children == first have her doctor recommend a doctor closer to the home so he can response to emergency at the home — next you and your sister have to start treating her like the spoil brat she has become and put her in her place!!! it is just a game to her but the game is killing you!!!!

  44. QUESTION:
    Please help! medical question… Please please please help?
    Which of the following groups have the highest rate of noncompliance in immunizations?
    a. babies
    b. preschool children
    c. school-age children
    d. teenagers
    e. adults

    The common side effect(s) of immunizations is (are)
    a. rashes
    b. soreness at the site of the injection
    c. fever
    d. all of the above
    e. all except a

    The agency that determines immunization schedules and the immunization needs for a specific locale is the
    a. health department
    b. FDA
    c. BNDD
    d. CDC

    Which of the following is true of active immunity?
    a. It is produced from having the disease or immunization.
    b. It never requires a booster dose of immunization.
    c. It is long lasting.
    d. all of the above
    e. all except b

    Which of the following is true of active immunity?
    a. It is produced from having the disease or immunization.
    b. It never requires a booster dose of immunization.
    c. It is long lasting.
    d. all of the above
    e. all except b

    If a person is leaving the United States to travel in foreign countries, who can he or she call for a list of needed immunizations?
    a. local health department
    b. local emergency room
    c. CDC
    d. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Antibacterial medications include
    a. penicillins and cephalosporins
    b. macrolides and aminoglycosides
    c. sulfonamides
    d. tetracyclines
    e. all but c

    Antiseptics, disinfectants, and germicides
    a. may require a prescription
    b. may be bought over the counter
    c. are used to sanitize animate and inanimate objects
    d. all of the above
    e. all except a

    Which of the following are particularly susceptible to antibiotics and antimicrobials?
    a. infants and small children
    b. the elderly
    c. persons with liver and kidney diseases
    d. pregnant and lactating women
    e. all except d

    Which of the following is NOT true about tetracyclines?
    a. They should be given with milk products.
    b. They may be recognized by the suffix “cycline.”
    c. They cannot be given to children or pregnant women owing to the danger of staining teeth.
    d. They cause photosensitivity.
    e. They are dangerous for use after expiration date.

    Which of the following is NOT true of sulfonamides?
    a. Sulfonamides are true antibiotics.
    b. Sulfonamides are used to treat areas where fluids can flush infection.
    c. Sulfonamides are categorized by duration of action.
    d. Sulfonamides are often used for urinary tract infections.
    e. Sulfonamides have common adverse reactions of kidney damage, acidosis, and gastrointestinal symptoms.

    Which of the following is NOT true of urinary tract anti-infectants?
    a. They are used to treat urinary tract infections.
    b. They do not achieve effective concentrations in blood and tissues to be antibacterial.
    c. They do not discolor urine.
    d. They have frequent adverse reactions in the gastrointestinal tract.
    e. They may be given with milk or milk products

    • ANSWER:
      1. e
      2.b
      3.a
      4.e
      5.e
      6.a
      7.e
      8.d
      9.d
      10.a
      11.a
      12.c

  45. QUESTION:
    Should We Adopt A Child?
    My husband and I have been married for two years and we have a wonderful daughter who is six months old. We are both 22 and my husband is joining the Airforce. I want to have more children but we recently found out that i have a genetic disease called polycystic Kidney disease apparently my grandmother gave it to my father who just had a transplant so i got checked out and found out there is a 50% chance that i passed it on to my daughter. My husband is very concerned about passing the disease on and so am I so we have been discussing adoption. My only concern with adoption though is that is will be stressfull for all people involved and it might be hard for my husband to connect with an adopted child while he is in the military and goes on active duty constantly. Plus I will most likely be left alone for alot of the time with the new child as well so I will have to adjust by myself on how to raise two children instead of just one with out my husbands help.
    Not to mention if we do adopt we want to adopt someone around the age of 4 so there will be more of a attachment needed for the childs adjustment.
    Does anyone think that it sounds like a good idea for our family to adopt and if so how would i apply the attention needed to my new child without depriving my daughter.

    • ANSWER:
      No. Most adopted children have special emotional needs and you should NOT adopt out of birth order. Concentrate on being a healthy Mom for your daughter. It wouldnt be fair to an adoptive child if you got sick, especially if your husband is always gone. Not a good idea at all.

  46. QUESTION:
    I dont want to hurt the kids so close to Christmas, but If i dont change I dont know what good we will all be?
    I have been begging and begging to get marriage councling. He refuses to go, and tells me that I am the one with issues. Do I have issues? YES! I have a ton, but a lot would be elevated if he helped me out with the kids. I do love him.We’ve been through a bunch, I ve been with him for 12 yr and married 8 yrs yesterday. He became ticked at me yesterday because I broke my foot, and couldn’t go “out”. His “out” was so romantical..it was to his mom’s so he could drink I dont drink. wow how fun. I do not work, because i stay at home with our children. one has cerebral palsy and the other has kidney disease. We ended up needing a loan, to cover expenses because our furnace went out completely.I will be recieveing financial aide for my next semester of school the 18th of January, so he expects me to pay it back in full. Which i will. It is my house, my kids needed the heat. ( my 80 yr old grandma put a ,000 down payment on it) We needed to spend our christmas money buying a new one. He deposited his paycheck into our account, but has yet to deposit this “loan” monies into our account.He is constantly misunderstanding how bills work. i have to pay them every week and he thinks im out blowing it or something. So when i told him to deposit this loan money, he told me NO. that i am to use what is on our card first and he will deposit more money, as he sees fit. That he needs to keep track of the money. WTF! i show him every EF FIN month our bills, how much we owe, and how much we pay. My parents have bought the kids their presents because we didn’t have money. I can not do this anymore. I try to explain it to him and he tells me that he is tired of hearing it, and that im not the victim. EGHH. he has no compassion at all, My foot is in a full leg splint, and im laying on the couch as he yells for me to come to the bed room. When i get there, he asks me for a freaking glass of water!!!! What do i do what would you do. How do i not sound like the victim?
    Sorry that is what happens when i multi task. My question is. Am i wrong for being pis*ed that he wont deposit this “loan” we aquired? I feel that he is trying to say I am distrustful? I think I should leave because will councling really help? or is it too far gone?

    • ANSWER:
      Tell him he needs to either pay the bills with the loan money as intended, and hand him the stack of bills, or use the loan money to repay the loan. One or the other.

      Go on strike. You are not his slave to get him water even if you didn’t have a broken foot. Cook for yourself and the kids. Do laundry for yourself and the kids. Don’t pay any bills. He has the money and the means to pay them.

      Who does he think he is to pocket the loan money and expect YOU to pay it back? You need to draw a line in the sand and let him know what is likely to happen if he crosses it. Who does he think he is to “Yell for you”? You don’t need to put up with that.

      Remind him he is a father and a husband, not a king of some small country. Your children are already being hurt by seeing how you are treated. You don’t want them to grow up thinking that’s how a loving husband treats his wife.

      Counseling MAY help but you each have to be willing to look at your own behavior. Not him looking at his behavior and you looking at his behavior.

  47. QUESTION:
    I ready to walk out of my marriage, I cant take it anymore?
    I have been begging and begging to get marriage concluding. He refuses to go, and tells me that I am the one with issues. Do I have issues? YES! I have a ton, but a lot would be elevated if he helped me out with the kids. I do love him. I ve been with him for 12 yr and married 8 yrs yesterday. He became ticked at me yesterday because I broke my foot, and couldn’t go “out”. His out was so romantically..it was to his mom’s so he could drink. wow how fun. I do not work, because i stay at home with our children. one has cerebral palsy and the other has kidney disease. We ended up needing a loan, to cover expenses because our furnace went out completely. We needed to spend our christmas money buying a new one. He deposited his paycheck into our account, but has yet to deposit this “loan” monies into our account.He is constantly misunderstanding how bills work. i have to pay them every week and he thinks im out blowing it or something. So when i told him to deposit this loan money, he told me NO. that i am to use what is on our card first and he will deposit more money, as he sees fit. That he needs to keep track of the money. WTF! i show him every EF FIN month our bills, how much we owe, and how much we pay. My parents have bought the kids their presents because we didn’t have money. I can not do this anymore. I try to explain it to him and he tells me that he is tired of hearing it, and that im not the victim. EGHH. he has no compassion at all, My foot is in a full leg splint, and im laying on the couch as he yells for me to come to the bed room. When i get there, he asks me for a freaking glass of water!!!! What do i do what would you do. How do i not sound like the victim?
    I dont know if i was clear. I spent Christmas money and bill money to buy a new furnace for our home. It was 16.54. The loan was so i could pay this months bills and buy christmas

    • ANSWER:
      What you’ve described is a drunken, selfish pig whose mom feeds him delusion juice and probably tells him you’re blowing the money in online poker tournaments.

      Seriously, in most states, failing to have sufficient heat for children is considered criminal child neglect. I’m not sh&tting you! I don’t know where you live, but if the furnace is out and its cold, then its a real issue.

      I know I deal with it all the time, and I keep getting mediation summaries from Juvenile now telling me that the state’s putting kids in foster homes because the parents won’t get the furnace fixed or get current with their gas bills to turn the heat back on.

      Please for God’s sake dump his stupid butt, go on AFDC, get food stamps; get a HUD section 8 certificate for special needs kids — but please do not let him walk on you like his personal doormat.

  48. QUESTION:
    I’m self employed, seasonal, and my job requires me to travel a lot and I have just returned to school.?
    My father has passed and my mother, 82 years young in May, lives with me. She has Alzheimer’s and as expected it’s progressing. Lately there are problems leaving her home alone. I have a nephew whom assist some/very little even though I offer to what I can but he is unreliable. Private care runs any where from – per hour and I can’t afford that. But the alternative looks as though I will have to dropout of school. Of course, the alternative would be to put her in a home, which I deplore. Some many children grow up and become self absorbed and ungrateful, I just don’t want to be that! My parents took care of there parents when that time came. Generally, in the past, black people always did take care of their own, if not for personal reasons, for financial ones, so I know this is common place, it just the mental hardship and sacrifice that comes with this. How do I cope? And where do I get help? Brother and sister older but worthless, both mentally and financially. They make no contribution to me or the world. Brother on drugs, sister crazy. Other family members unreliable. Most of the support I have are in denial of the disease and ignorant of the many other medical conditions she has, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis, ulcers, chronic back pain because of deteriorating disk, and refuse to pay attention when I try to explain, so when they do give me a so called break, when problems arise they have to call me long distance for help. That is because I don’t live near and family except my nephew. After getting the calls, then I am worried, so in affect I get no break or rest! what do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Get on the phone.
      There are agencies that help provide payment for elderly home care.
      Call your local department of social services.
      Call local nursing homes and ask to speak to a social worker.
      There is help out there.
      You need and deserve breaks.
      GOOD LUCK and God Bless.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can Diabetics get the Swine Flu vaccine?
    I am 13 years old. I have had Diabetes for about 2 and a half years. I am unsure about the vaccine. What with my group being in high risk of that flu and all cause of our immune system.
    A lot of people are saying we diabetics SHOULD get it but today in school we got a permission slip and it said the following:
    2009 H1N1 LAIV should not be given to the following groups:
    -Children younger than 2 and adults 50 years and older
    -Pregnant women
    -anyone with a weakened immune system
    -anyone with a long term health problem: heart disease,lung disease, kidney or liver disease, asthma, DIABETES, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot get the nasal spray, the live attenuated intranasal vaccine (LAIV).

      You can get the shot

  50. QUESTION:
    What can I do to heal my kidney?
    I have had hydronephrosis since I was a child and it has been worsening over years I am 18 now. The kidney has very low functionality. I do not want to get any kind of surgery, I believe in alternative medicine. I have heard people recovering from horrible disease the non-invasive way.

    What can I do to try to naturaly heal my kindey?
    Any special diet? Vitamins? Anything else?

    • ANSWER:


Disease Of The Kidneys And The Lungs

Nephropathy due to diabetes is a kidney disease induced as a result of capillary dysfunction in kidney glomeruli. This diabetic condition discovered by Wilson and Kimmelsteil is also known by name Kimmelsteil-Wilson syndrome. If not diagnosed in earlier stages, disease may later induce the need for dialysis and kidney transplantation. Diabetic nephropathy is more frequently seen among diabetic men than in women. In some diabetic patients, disease may even result in chronic kidney failure and end-stage kidney disease. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients are equally affected by this kidney trouble.

Do you know how detection is done for nephropathy? Detection of kidney diseases due to diabetes is done mainly by conducting urine test. Urine of patient with kidney disease will contain traces of albumin. Albumin is a plasma protein formed due to thickening of glomerulus. Medication is made depending on the intensity of albumin level in urine. Albumin concentration with less than 30 mg per day in urine is referred as microalbuminuria and those with albumin concentration greater than 300 mg per day in urine is referred as clinical albuminuria or macroalbuminuria. Growth of nephropathy increases albumin concentration in urine. Intensity of nephropathy can be checked by conducting kidney biopsy in patients.

Now let’s see various causes for the occurrence of nephropathy. Increase in blood sugar level is considered as the primary cause of nephropathy. Hyper tension, a factor of nephropathy effects normal renal function and creates an increase in plasma volume. Nephropathy acts as a silent killer in earlier stages and shows its symptoms only at later stages. Edema or swelling of body parts is one of the symptoms shown by nephropathy. Nephropathy may some times block normal blood circulation in patients causing arteriosclerosis. Vomiting, headache, itching, frequent hiccups and poor appetite or anorexia are some other symptoms shown by a patient with nephropathy.

Preventive measures for controlling nephropathy can be started by controlling blood sugar level. Do continuous blood sugar monitoring and plan diet according to glucose level in blood. Prepare a diabetic diet by seeking the help of your diabetic specialist. Make your meals special by including food items rich in protein. Soy beans, legumes, whole grains and legumes are some of food samples rich with protein concentration. Try to maintain cholesterol level and hypertension under control by proper medication.

Today, several antihypertensive drugs for reducing growth of nephropathy are easily available in market. Taking ACE inhibitors reduces the risk of diabetic nephropathy. Use of ACE inhibitors helps in reducing albumin concentration in urine. Studies say that ACE inhibitors contribute mainly to type 1 diabetic by retarding the growth of nephropathy. In case of type 2 diabetic patients, both ACE inhibitors and ARB are used for treatment. Patients should limit intake of food items with rich iodine concentration. Do not take non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs while taking treatment for nephropathy. Taking drugs like naproxen creates negative impact on patients. If not treated in earlier stage of disease, nephropathy even results in premature death of patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone adopted a special needs pet?
    I would love to hear anyone’s stories about their pet. They are the most special, appreciative, grateful pets to ever get. I had a special needs dog for 23 months. He was about 7 years old and had heartworm, a tumor, and lyme disease. As the months went by, we cured the heartworm, but never knew what damaging effects it would have. He developed heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, and pulmonary hypertension. He was saved by his doctors and lived 50 more days after he collapsed and was in heart failure. It is the saddest thing to witness your loved one dealing with such obstacles, but my dog was the best thing that ever happened to me. Without a doubt, I would adopt another special needs pet. I am not saying they are the most deserving of a home, but they are looked down upon because no one wants to deal with the medical stress and emotional stress. I am willing to deal with all of that again to save an animals life. My dog would’ve died in the shelter if we didn’t adopt him. The shelter was extremely grateful for us adopting him and after all the thousands of pets that go through their shelter, they remembered my dog and knew how special he was. When he was in the hospital of heart failure, all of the staff at the shelter came up to us and told us how special he was and how he touched their hearts.

    Does anyone else have an “special” stories about their pet? I would love to hear any stories.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had 9 cats in my life. This is a sad story but one close to my heart. One of my many foster cats, Chanel, hadn’t been looking so good. After weeks, we were sure she was sick with something, but we didn’t know what it was. So we took her to the veterinarian down the street and he checked her. It turns out she had been abused, shot. When I heard the news I cried for a long time. We ended up having to put the cat to sleep. I miss my little Chanel!

  2. QUESTION:
    Can Diabetics get the Swine Flu vaccine?
    I am 13 years old. I have had Diabetes for about 2 and a half years. I am unsure about the vaccine. What with my group being in high risk of that flu and all cause of our immune system.
    A lot of people are saying we diabetics SHOULD get it but today in school we got a permission slip and it said the following:
    2009 H1N1 LAIV should not be given to the following groups:
    -Children younger than 2 and adults 50 years and older
    -Pregnant women
    -anyone with a weakened immune system
    -anyone with a long term health problem: heart disease,lung disease, kidney or liver disease, asthma, DIABETES, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot get the nasal spray, the live attenuated intranasal vaccine (LAIV).

      You can get the shot

  3. QUESTION:
    OMG OMG shocking news. Is this true??
    Heavy metal poisoning has become an increasingly major health problem, especially since the industrial revolution. Heavy metals are in the water we drink, the foods we eat, the air we breathe, our daily household cleaners, our cookware and our other daily tools. A heavy metal has a density at least 5 times that of water and cannot be metabolized by the body, therefore accumulating in the body. Heavy metal toxicity can cause our mental functions, energy, nervous system, kidneys, lungs and other organ functions to decline. Learning where these metals can be found and decreasing one’s exposure is vital to staying healthy. For the person who wonders if they have heavy metal poisoning, testing is essential. If a person has heavy metal toxicity then interventional natural medicine procedures need to be performed.

    I remember someone, once said tap waters are healthy, GTFO you lying fool

    Sources: Tap water, fungicides, marijuana, processed meat, rubber, seafood (cod, haddock, oyster, tuna), sewage, tobacco, colas (especially from vending machines), tools, welding material, evaporated milk, airborne industrial contaminants, batteries, instant coffee, incineration of tires/rubber/plastic, refined grains, soft water, galvanized pipes, dental alloys, candy, ceramics, electroplating fertilizers, paints, motor oil and motor exhaust.

    Symptoms and DIseases: Alopecia, anemia, arthritis, cancer, lung disease, cerebral hemorrhage, cirrhosis of the liver, enlarged heart, diabetes, emphysema, hypoglycemia, hypertension, impotence, infertility, kidney disease, learning disorders, migraines, inflammation, renal disease, osteoporosis, schizophrenia, strokes, vascular disease, high cholesterol, growth is impaired, cardiovascular disease,

    Also, does nickle engenders kidney failure?

    There’s the link, http://www.heart-disease-bypass-surgery.com/data/articles/141.htm

    • ANSWER:
      It is true that our environment is polluted there are people who will be affected just as many animals have been affected by the same pollutants. So we see many fish today which are born with malformed genitalia, deformed fins, extra fins, etc., because they are poisoned by the hormones from the female contraceptive pills which are discharged with the sewage into rivers and sea.

      But it is equally true, if the evolutionist are right, that some who are the “fitter” will adapt to the heavy metals, radio-nuclides, hormones, dioxin, poisons, etc., in our environment and go on to produce stronger and fitter stock. e.g. humans with extra fingers, bigger (or smaller) brain, bisexuals who can cope better in our liberal society, etc.

      So there is really no need to worry. In the long run, evolution will sort it out as it has always been doing. Volcanoes, for example, spewed out poisons and killed off many life forms, but some survive and after millions of years these repopulated the earth. Meteors and comets smashing into our earth brought their heavy metals and other life forms (viruses and bacteria) and probably killed off many earth life, but at the same time brought enduring mutations. The process keeps going on and it gets sorted out. Even global hotification.

  4. QUESTION:
    my sister was diaganosed with wagner’s disease of the lung and kidneys would like to kmow what it is,?

    • ANSWER:
      check www.webmd.com

  5. QUESTION:
    Has anyone experienced the difficult decision of placing their parent in a nursing home?
    My Mother is going on 85 years old. She lives with my husband and me. She has dementia and heart, lung and kidney disease. Our doctor feels it’s time to place her in a facility that offers more care than we can give her at home. Currently, she is in the hospital with a back problem, that has taken away most of her mobility. Common sense tells me he is absolutely correct. But, my heart is breaking over this decision…. Has anyone experienced this situation? If so how did you get through it? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You must ask yourself this question, ” Can I take good care of mom.” If the answer is no, find a place for her to get that care. Don’t let your guilt get in the way.
      If you are worried about her care at a facility. Visit at odd hours. Middle of the night, first thing in the morning, (6 AM ).
      Call the state division of aging and ask about facility that you are considering.

  6. QUESTION:
    Having trouble handling husbands sickness?
    I have been married to my hubby for 16 years. The past 2 years he has become very sick. He has a lung disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, 7 blown disc’s in his back and a glandular lumbar tear in his back also. He takes about 30 different types of meds a day. He goes to work everyday and gives it his all. He’s a wonderful husband and father to our 3 children. The outlook doesnt look very promising for him. In my opinion, I’ll be surprised if he lives another year. This past week the doctor found another mass in his “good” lung. We dont know what it is yet. My delema is this..its getting harder and harder to keep a “happy face” around him knowing whats to come. I have nobaody to talk to about this. I try to keep a positive attitude especially around our kids. My in-laws are so very worried about him so I dont like to talk about it much around them. Is there some place or something I can do to release all this hurt and sadness? I dont go to church.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe a counselor would help. Many work on a sliding fee according to your income. It would give you someone to talk to and maybe an outlet for your stress.
      You may also look into online support groups.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the name of that disease that..?
    debilitating disease which affects the lungs, kidneys, blood, intestines and immune system.

    • ANSWER:
      Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

  8. QUESTION:
    What kind of country allows this? speaking to Americans?
    Since 1973, there have been over 47,000,000 abortions in the United States.
    That’s 1,300,000 babies every year
    That’s 108,333 babies every month
    That’s 27,083 babies every week
    That’s 3,735 babies every day
    That’s 155 babies every hour
    That’s 2.6 babies every minute
    That’s 1 baby every 25 seconds
    (Source: Alan Guttmacher Institute)

    The total number of US abortions is equal to…
    …7 times the number of Jews murdered in WWII concentration camps.
    …15,151 times the number of people who died in the 9/11 attacks.
    …17,478 times the number of deaths at the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

    Abortion is the #1 cause of death annually in the United States…
    …more than heart disease and cancer deaths combined.
    …more than stroke, lung disease, accidents, pneumonia, suicide, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease and HIV combined.
    …88 times the number of homicides.
    (Source: Centers for Disease Control)

    God forgive us.
    what’s a human life worth D.M.?
    Joe Joe Dancer: yep, facts are so annoying aren’t they? You cannot ignore, twist, or sugarcoat facts.
    curious1: I believe that mass sterilization for whoever wants it would be a good idea. Also, as to what I would do, I wish I could adopt them all. Yes, there is a God, and there are christian organizations that God uses to reach those who are in trouble. I’ve contributed to such organizations, as that is the best I can do for the world’s children. My entire point is, in the USA where we have so much access to birth control, medicaid giving free medical care, and knowledge, we still allow this to happen. In many cases, the mother just doesn’t want to be inconvenienced. Yes, it’s your body and it IS your choice to have sex or not, but if you choose to have sex, then you choose the consequences, and that baby is NOT part of your body, it’s a new body that needs your body for nourishment and safety. Yes, rape is a different case, but if I was raped, I would not, could not take the life of my child (that is half me by the way) and make that child pay for the father’s sins.
    Akkita: I AM an American, and I am aware that other countries do this and it’s just as sad that they do it too. As for being “self righteous”-what is self righteous for pointing out something I strongly disagree with?

    • ANSWER:
      Sanctity for human life (and all life) is a reflection of the character of a society. I have a suggestion for Mr. Dancer and those who share his view on “mistakes”: If you’re not willing to accept the possible result of your self- indulgence, or worse yet, so negligent that you almost insure it, abort the impulse. I think we could all support that “abortion”.

  9. QUESTION:
    risk for anesthetic complications in an elderly patient being put under for about a 20min. surgery?
    My grandmother is 78 and is going in for a blockage in her lung catheter tube, she has one on each side because of excess fluid in her lung wall, she just had a triple bypass in December and has kidney and lung disease also diabetes and a few minor conditions. Please tell me the risks of being put under for this minor surgery

    • ANSWER:
      As with any surgery there are risks. The risks increase with anesthesia. Make sure that ALL meds she is taking (I would also include meds in the past 2 weeks) including over the counter are known. Also make sure that total health history is giving since many older people see more than one doctor. Make sure to let them know about any drug problems in the past no matter how minor. The more info the anesthesiologist has the better for grandma. The anesthesiologist will take her meds, health, and age all into consideration to do what they feel is best for grandma.

  10. QUESTION:
    Pulmonary edema or heart disease or kidney problems?
    They say people who have pulmonary edema is short of breath and fluid on the lungs. The cause heart disease or kidney problems.

    They say when people kidney go bad the symptoms are going to the bathroom alot ,urine may be foamy or bubbly ,pale urine or other color ,dark colored urine , urine may contain blood ,You may feel pressure or have difficulty urinating , swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands , fatigue , Skin Rash/Itching , Metallic Taste in Mouth/Ammonia Breath , and some times Nausea and Vomiting ,Shortness of Breath ,Feeling Cold ,Dizziness and Trouble Concentrating ,Leg/Flank Pain..

    But I was reading some times people who have pulmonary edema may have kidney problems and have none of the above symptoms has the kidney are just starting to die and have not got those symptoms yet.

    Also the web site saying people who have pulmonary edema not heart disease or kidney problems could be a infection or injury but does not elaborate on this.

    Like it does not elaborate on people who have pulmonary edema may have kidney problems and have none of the above symptoms yet.

    When look up kidney problems they are stanges 1 ,2 so on.

    • ANSWER:
      Pulmonary edema just means that the lungs are wet. It doesn’t imply why they’re wet. It just happens that the fluid overload associated with heart failure and with renal failure are two of the most common causes of pulmonary edema. There’s a long list of others.
      Likewise, though people with chronic heart failure, or with chronic renal failure, over time tend to accumulate a long list of symptoms. Not all of them have all the symptoms, and the symptoms don’t always have to mean the person has that particular ailment. You didn’t suppose medicine was really that simple, did you? There’s a reason doctors study anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, etc. before they start on patients in medical school, and why the clinical courses in medical school only get doctors the degree that prepares them to begin the post-doctoral training that actually teaches them about real medicine.

  11. QUESTION:
    please help: hospital seems to be hiding something about the death of my girlfriends dad.?
    My girlfriends dad passed away last saturday and it was very sudden you see he had diabieties and his foot got infected so he went in on friday to have surgery and every thing went fine he was supposed to be picked up on saturday he even called her brother at 12:30PM and her brother said he sounded fine then he died at 1:00PM and never even got a chance to push the call nurse button the really weird thing was it took the hospital 5hrs after they found out to call and let any one know now thier saying that it will take 6months to complete an autopsy on him and in the mean time they keep trying to put on his death certificate that he died from kidney or lung disease wich we keep telling them he never had it just seems like were getting the run around and like thier trying to cover something up so please if anyone has any suggestions please tell us what would be the best thing to do.
    And he did smoke even when the doctor told him to stop smoking but he never listen to anybody.

    • ANSWER:
      the 6 month autopsy sounds a little weird I must say. Diabetes is a very difficult disease to deal with. most people that die from diabetes don’t actually die from the diabetes it self but from other factors that were caused by having diabetes. for ex. people that die from AIDS usually die from pneumonia or some other kind of illness due to their immune system being compromised by having AIDS but they didn’t actually die from the AIDS it self. I hope that makes sense. now for your situation, diabetes can cause a lot of bodily organs to malfunction including the kidneys. kidney failure could have happened but wouldn’t have killed someone in 30 min. if the disease was known for a while then it’s not to far fetched. did he just stop breathing? did he go into cardiac arrest? that’s usually the cause of death. the kidney and diabetes just complicated things. the only real thing that may sound off is the 6 month to do an autopsy. that’s usually done within a few days after the death.

  12. QUESTION:
    My cat seems very thirsty on L-Lysine amino acid, is this normal?
    My one year old healthy spaded cat caught an upper respiratory infection and I had to put her on L-Lysine which is an amino acid to strengthen her immune system. Since she has been up L-Lysine the last 3 days, her intake of water has increased greatly.

    Before being on L-Lysine she would drink a normal dose of water a day. She has been examined by a vet and tested negative for diabetes and other diseases. Kidneys, heart and lungs are fine. Has anyone else has a cat on L-Lysine with increased water intake? I tried googling it and can’t find any results on this. Thanks if you can help or have answers to this?

    • ANSWER:
      Side effects are pretty uncommon and the ones that usually show up are diarrhea or stomach upset. If overdosed, kidney issues can be a problem but I see you ruled those out. I would look elsewhere. To be sure, stop the Lysine and see if it improves. If it does, perhaps you could use half the dose and see if it helps without causing excessive thirst.

  13. QUESTION:
    My life is hard and I’m finding it hard. please help…?
    I can’t deal with this anymore. I’m 15. My little sister is 7 years old, she has lung disease, brital ashma, kidney problems. She has a wheel chair and in my house we have a stair lift. She can walk but she gets out of breath and stops breathing. (She has been resusitated 4 times) She has been ill ever since she was born and basically lives in hospital. She has had soo many operations and tests done but they still can’t sure her. I hate hospitals and she always crys for me to be their when she is canualted (put on a drip) she has had to be put in special care (in a coma) for a few weeks because she couldn’t breath for herself, she’s always soo poorly. My household is always at the hospital so I wake up for school home alone, go to school, come home and no one is home and then I go to bed when I’m home alone. It gets too much to handle. My brother was in a really bad car crash a year ago and the hospital thought he was dead. He was in a hospital about 3 hours away from home for about 7 months. He was really poorly. My dad has a problem where he has prequent strokes. And now I’m in the scare of maybe being pregnant, I think I just want someone to love and take care of (I know it sounds silly but I can’t do that with my family as I don’t get no attention off of them) with my boyfriend, he’s really supportive over the pregnancy thing as we both work. I dunno what to do anymore

    • ANSWER:
      If you are pregnant then you might want to consider if you will be able to care for it once it is born. How old is your boyfriend, and will he be able to help you? These questions are important, and if you think that after answering these questions you want to continue, then tell you should be open to your family. that is if you are pregnant, and you probably won’t know until you are tested or your next period. Hope I helped..

  14. QUESTION:
    I can’t cope anymore?
    I can’t deal with this anymore. I’m 15. My little sister is 7 years old, she has lung disease, brital ashma, kidney problems. She has a wheel chair and in my house we have a stair lift. She can walk but she gets out of breath and stops breathing. (She has been resusitated 4 times) She has been ill ever since she was born and basically lives in hospital. She has had soo many operations and tests done but they still can’t sure her. I hate hospitals and she always crys for me to be their when she is canualted (put on a drip) she has had to be put in special care (in a coma) for a few weeks because she couldn’t breath for herself, she’s always soo poorly. My household is always at the hospital so I wake up for school home alone, go to school, come home and no one is home and then I go to bed when I’m home alone. It gets too much to handle. My brother was in a really bad car crash a year ago and the hospital thought he was dead. He was in a hospital about 3 hours away from home for about 7 months. He was really poorly. My dad has a problem where he has prequent strokes. And now I’m in the scare of maybe being pregnant. I dunno what to do anymore

    • ANSWER:
      God is always with you. When you don’t know what to do ..talk to god. He is the only one that can help with such extreme measures. You’re fifteen and you might be pregnant?! This is something you need to take care of for yourself. It’s extremely important you take care of yourself and your body. Your body is a treasure and should only be shared with one who you love..When you are ready for responsibilitys. Don’t let anyone take advantage of you. As for everything else .. If I were you I would pray. Goodness comes to those who have strength and who wait. All you can do is be strong for your family and Pray.

      God Bless you.
      You’re in my Prayers.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can a physically fit person die from alzheimer’s disease?
    My aunt is 85 yrs old and has been declared physically fit, heart lungs kidneys etc all in good health; yet she is suffering from the onset of Azheimer’s and is suffering from unsteadiness when walking. She becomes disoriented and has word finding problems. She is currently in rehab for treatment of Vertigo.

    • ANSWER:
      Alzheimer is deterioration of the brain the physically fit body has nothing to do with it. The are meds that can be given to slow the progression of this disease.

  16. QUESTION:
    what can i have?!?!(girl)?
    ok months before i had an pneumonia and my left side of my back was so much pain on my upper back my doc gave me some antibiotics i was suppose to take for 10 days and the neubilizer, but i took only one antibiotic and did not use the neubilizer…months passed and i started having this pain again in my back but wheres my kidneys and lungs and it hurts so bad, then i got sick im congested runny nose headaches and a little fever and coughing…weeks later the bad headaches and fevers were gone but im still alittle congested and still with the pain in my back and also coughing…what do i have is it lung disease or its pneumonia again idk plese help..
    im 15 by the way

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  17. QUESTION:
    state assistance?
    my mother has just been home a week from a month stay in the hospital for a heart attack. She is also diabetic, kidney failure and lung disease. She is unalbe to have any surgery due to her condition. So, basilcally she is home to wait and see what happens next. In the meantime she cannot walk and needs help with cooking, laundry and taking a shower and help with going potty in her commode. My father forgets to sometimes give her her insulin and meds get mixed up if me and my daughter do not check daily. My father is to old and forgetful to take care of her on a fulltime basis. My question is my daughter is six months pregnet and not working and I work fulltime and my vacation and sick leave is used up due to taking it off when she was in the hospital. I cannot afford to take off any more work but I heard the state can help with wages and I just wondered if I could split the care of my mother with my daughter and get some help? Does anyone know how to go about it for us?

    • ANSWER:
      You didn’t mention what state you live in…but there is a federal program called the Family Medical Leave Act. I believe it includes parents in the criteria.
      I suggest you contact your congressman in your area. You can find that phone number in your government pages of the phone book. Or call information (411) and ask for it.
      Depending on what state you live in, they may have state programs that can help too. For that you will want to contact your state senator’s office which you can find also in the phone book.

      Good luck. I just went through this with my father last year. It was a very tough thing to live through.

  18. QUESTION:
    cadmium exposure? is this significant?
    I am volunteering at a local nature center doing water nitrate testing. Part of the process involves mixing water with a cadium based powder (7% cadnium) Its in a little glass vial, and i take a tiny scooper and drop some in. I can usually smell the cadnium faintly when i open the tube, but close the lid as soon as im finished using it. however, cadnium is known to cause cancer, kidney failure, and lung disease, so im worried about the exposure. I’ll be doing this once a week for the next few months….. is this dangerous?
    only answer if you know what your talking about!

    • ANSWER:
      I will admit i’m not an expert but from what I remember from my environmental chem course cadmium is extremely toxic and a lethal dose for an average person is around 1g. I’m also pretty sure it has a long half life and remains in your body for decades.

      I would seriously look into the effects of cadmium in more detail and take adequate precautions.

  19. QUESTION:
    CADNIUM EXPOSURE: NEED CHEMIST!?
    I am volunteering at a local nature center doing water nitrate testing. Part of the process involves mixing water with a cadium based powder (7% cadnium) Its in a little glass vial, and i take a tiny scooper and drop some in. I can usually smell the cadnium faintly when i open the tube, but close the lid as soon as im finished using it. however, cadnium is known to cause cancer, kidney failure, and lung disease, so im worried about the exposure. I’ll be doing this once a week for the next few months….. is this dangerous?
    only answer if you know what your talking about!

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  20. QUESTION:
    Breathing in cadnium, get cancer?
    I am volunteering at a local nature center doing water nitrate testing. Part of the process involves mixing water with a cadium based powder (7% cadnium) Its in a little glass vial, and i take a tiny scooper and drop some in. I can usually smell the cadnium faintly when i open the tube, but close the lid as soon as im finished using it. however, cadnium is known to cause cancer, kidney failure, and lung disease, so im worried about the exposure. I’ll be doing this once a week for the next few months….. is this dangerous?
    only answer if you know what your talking about!

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  21. QUESTION:
    cadmium exposure? need a chemist? ONLY KNOWLEDGABLE?
    I am volunteering at a local nature center doing water nitrate testing. Part of the process involves mixing water with a cadium based powder (7% cadnium) Its in a little glass vial, and i take a tiny scooper and drop some in. I can usually smell the cadnium faintly when i open the tube, but close the lid as soon as im finished using it. however, cadnium is known to cause cancer, kidney failure, and lung disease, so im worried about the exposure. I’ll be doing this once a week for the next few months….. is this dangerous?
    only answer if you know what your talking about!

    • ANSWER:
      I am not much familiar with the nitrate method of analysis using Cadmium, the General Chemistry lab text I have discusses the reverse, the use of nitrate in the analysis of Cadmium.

      Inhaled Cadmium is easily absorbed and chronic exposure promotes emphysema. Cigarette smoking is a common source of cadmium.

      I don’t know what the mixture your using contains. Either the smell you smell is from inhaled dust that would certainly contain cadmium or there is some volitile substance that has no cadmium in it that is evaporating.

      You probably should protect yourself with a high quality dust mask or hold your breath while doing the procedure. Use a paper towel turn on the water faucet and let water run any invisible contamination off your hands. I would not do the procedure in an area of high traffic that promoted air currents to blow the dust into the air. A fume hood would seem more ideal. You would not do the procedure and then later go to lunch eating a sandwich with cadmium dust on your fingers.

      The tricky thing about treating cadmium toxicity is that chelating agents used for heavy metal poisoning by making the metals more soluble for excrection into the urine are toxic to the kidney. Therefore its best to avoid exposure in the first place.

      You might try to get some other method of nitrate analysis that avoids cadmium to be done in your lab or try to get the lab to send out this test for analysis. Tact is needed to keep your job.

      Goodman and Gilman’s Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 6th edition(1980), pages 1632-1633 is my source on cadmium toxicity, the newer editions might not cover it.

  22. QUESTION:
    is this significant cadmium exposure?
    is this a significant cause for concern? this much cadmium exposure?
    I am volunteering at a local nature center doing water nitrate testing. Part of the process involves mixing water with a cadium based powder (7% cadnium) Its in a little glass vial, and i take a tiny scooper and drop some in. I can usually smell the cadnium faintly when i open the tube, but close the lid as soon as im finished using it. however, cadnium is known to cause cancer, kidney failure, and lung disease, so i amworried about the exposure, and if its dangerous. I’ll be doing this once a week for the next few months….. is this dangerous?
    please only answer if you know what your talking about, not “o yes its bad” or “no its illegal to do something bad”

    • ANSWER:
      Cadmium and several cadmium-containing compounds are known carcinogens and can induce many types of cancer.

      Research has found that cadmium toxicity may be carried into the body by zinc binding proteins; in particular, proteins that contain zinc finger protein structures. Zinc and cadmium are in the same group on the periodic table, contain the same common oxidation state (+2), and when ionized are almost the same size. Due to these similarities, cadmium can replace zinc in many biological systems. Cadmium can bind up to ten times more strongly than zinc in certain biological systems, and is notoriously difficult to remove.

      Tobacco smoking is the most important single source of cadmium exposure in the general population. It has been estimated that about 10% of the cadmium content of a cigarette is inhaled through smoking. The absorption of cadmium from the lungs is much more effective than that from the gut, and as much as 50% of the cadmium inhaled via cigarette smoke may be absorbed.

      On average, smokers have 4-5 times higher blood cadmium concentrations and 2-3 times higher kidney cadmium concentrations than non-smokers. Despite the high cadmium content in cigarette smoke, there seems to be little exposure to cadmium from passive smoking. No significant effect on blood cadmium concentrations could be detected in children exposed to environmental tobacco smoke.

      But if you’re worried and would like to err on the side of caution, I would wear a nose mask or ventilator…especially since you said you can smell the cadmium.

  23. QUESTION:
    Should I leave the Adventist Church? Prefer Adventist Answer but Open to Anyone?
    Hey everyone! I’m currently an Adventist and have been so since birth. I’ve believed my entire life that the Adventist have the most accurate interpretation of bible.

    Recently I decided to research more on Ellen G. White (one of the main founders of our church who’s writings are considered God Inspired to most people in the church, and who is considered an end time prophetess by some) just for the heck of it and was startled by what I had found.

    I found that she was accused of Plagiarism in some of her works, including, “The Great Controversy” and was accused of making testimonies or claims that was “God Inspired’ that didn’t come true (e.g False Prophecy).

    I didn’t believe it of course, because people come under criticism all the time, especially God’s people. But then I found more…

    I found a quote in which White said that masterbation causes “affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, diseased kidneys, and cancerous humors”(told it came from Ellen G. White (1870). Solemn Appeal)

    I found that claim to be absurd and was hoping that Ellen White never said such a thing. While searching for answers, I found an online posting of a book entitled “Life of Mrs. E.G. White — Her Claims Refuted” by Dudley M. Canright (who worked with Ellen White for years and had later left the Adventist Church).

    By the way, the link for the online version is here : http://members.tripod.com/~Help_for_SDAs/LifeofEGWHerClaimsRefutedCanright.html

    While reading the online version on his book. Canright had established several examples in which Ellen White had plagiarized, and he supplied quotes showing the comparison. Also he established a long list of arguments based on quotes from her own books in showing that she was wrong on a lot issues and had given several prophecies that didn’t come to pass in her time(not including the 1844 prediction that Christ will return).

    I hope that there are any Adventist that can effectively counter every reasonable argument that D.M Canright made against Ellen White but the evidence(in which he showed through quotes of some of her early writings) against her being ‘inspired by god’ is quite strong.

    Right now I’m in a dilemma, as an Adventist, I personally believe that only the teachings of the bible are sufficient in understanding God and getting to know him and I know other Adventist in my church who feel the same way(I know alot of nice godly Adventist who mean the best, so no personal bashing please). But I’m not sure if I can ignore the fact that the person who founded our church might have been a fraud (no matter how well intentions might have been or how inspring or helpful their books are). Also, I’ve noticed that a lot of her teachings are quoted in church study lessons and in some sermons so I can’t sit in church an ignore that.

    Should I leave the Adventist Church? Thanks!

    Thanks for the Questions so far, for those who might be curious, I do not read the Clear Word Bible, as do most adventist in my church and I personally still believe that we should at least remember the Sabbath day and rest and keep it holy (I believe the definition of ‘rest’ and keeping it ‘holy’ should be left for people individually, through study of the bible to define, not the church)
    Again, thanks for all of your answers/adivce so far, I respect and appreciate everyone’s opinion and it is greatly appreciated.

    Just to answer a question that was asked, I really meant that I’ve grown up in the Adventist Church and in an Adventist home since birth, but I was officially baptized when i was 10.

    • ANSWER:
      Hard decision. Leaving a church is like leaving a family, but in your case it’s just not because your upset with the song selection or the way the leadership spends money. You’re questioning the basic foundations and principles of your church. Is it good to question? Yes. In fact, I think that the research like you’ve been doing is how all of us grow closer to ‘Truth.’ Keep searching. Keep looking at the Bible as your source of Truth and God will guide you. At my first reading of your question, I notice that you found inconsistencies with what your faith has said in the past. In the Bible there are many places where God / Jesus talks about false prophets as being those who claim to know God’s direction, but the facts and outcomes don’t line up. It says to not listen to them because there is the risk of getting caught going in a direction or belief that God wouldn’t want you to. Hope that helps.

  24. QUESTION:
    Disability vs VA comp?
    I am currently in the process of being medically retired from the
    federal govt(civil service) and i do qualify for disability payments. I
    also receive 80% from the VA for my illness/injuries i received while
    in the military. My question is, does either one conflict with the
    other. Will one be reduced because of the other, and if so i will be
    soon getting 100% because i will be on dialysis also. Now my question
    also is, if they conflict then when i become disability retired, why
    dont they conflict while i am working now…I am medically going out
    for Lung disease under the job disability, and under the VA system i
    am being compensated for kidney/heart/ liver diseases, because the VA
    fails to admit to the lung
    condition… THANKS… .Tony…rigged2@ yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      No sir, sounds like you are good to go. The only outside compensation that can affect your VA disability pension is a military retirement. You are extra safe in that the VA hasn’t rated your lung condition and your disability is due to a condition they consider unrelated.

      Your VA payments won’t change at all, disability payments don’t affect VA payments even for the same conditions. I receive VA payments for the same conditions I am out on employer disability for. Military retirement is the only influence that can affect you. You might want to re-open your case witht he VA about your issues as it sounds like they have gotten worse. That will get you a higher rating, and then you can keep your disability payments on top of that. Good luck and thank you for your service.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about Goodpastor’s disease and ANCA?
    A family member of mine has been diagnosed with both Goodpastor’s disease and ANCA. Does anyone know anything about these? All I know is that they are medical conditions that affect the lungs, kidneys, and immune system. Anything you could tell me about the treatment and potential prognosis would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe you are referring to “Goodpasture’s Syndrome.” Go to this web site for information on Goodpasture’s disease. This one is most informative. Since the disease is complicated, this forum does not provide enough space to discuss it adequately.

      http://renux.dmed.ed.ac.uk/edren/EdRenINFObits/GoodpastureLong.html

      Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs) are a group of mainly IgG antibodies against antigens in the cytoplasm of neutrophil granulocytes (the most common type of white blood cell) and monocytes. They are detected as a blood test in a number of autoimmune disorders, but are particularly associated with systemic vasculitis. While this disease is thought to be genetic in nature, it is usually secondary to some other autoimmune disorder. Since your family member has Goodpasture’s Syndrome, it is likely that ANCA is associated with that.

      Treatment of ANCA is dependent upon the cause. Treatment of patients with microscopic polyangiitis and Wegener’s granulomatosis has three phases: (1) induction of remission, (2) maintenance of remission, and (3) treatment of relapse. Current induction therapy often consists of cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) and corticosteroids. For aggressive disease, use of high-dose intravenous methylprednisolone for three days is recommended, combined with intravenous or oral cyclophosphamide. Tapering doses of prednisone should follow, along with cyclophosphamide maintenance for 12 to 18 months. The lowest dosage of steroids that controls the disease should be used, and infection should be considered if the symptoms appear to exacerbate. For patients in sustained remission at 12 months, the use of all medications may be gradually discontinued. Patients whose symptoms are under good control must, nevertheless, be closely followed at six-month intervals for signs and symptoms of relapse. During treatment with these agents, complete blood counts and liver function tests should be performed periodically.

      Other treatment regimens that may be of benefit include methotrexate, azathioprine (Imuran), trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra), plasma exchange, cyclosporine (Sandimmune), intravenous immunoglobulin, and monoclonal antibodies.

      During the use of potentially ulcerogenic immunosuppressive therapy, patients may be given H2-blockers or proton-pump inhibitors. Prophylactic treatment with fluconazole (Diflucan) orally for fungal infection may be considered, as well as trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (480 mg) three times weekly for prophylactic treatment of patients with pneumocystis carinii prophylaxis.

      Patients with Churg-Strauss syndrome usually respond to high-dose corticosteroid therapy alone, although some cases may require the addition of cytotoxic drugs.

      Comorbid conditions that accelerate vascular damage, such as hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and smoking should be appropriately controlled.

      In drug-induced vasculitis, the offending agent should be stopped. Antihistamines and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs help alleviate skin discomfort and reduce associated arthralgias and myalgias. Severe cutaneous disease may warrant oral corticosteroid therapy

  26. QUESTION:
    Neuropathy, and Kidney disease?
    I have chronic kidney failure and also Periphal Neuropathy. I also on immunosuppressants, and steroids because of my lung transplant. My diabetes doctor say that i am diabetic but i dont take the meds because my levels go down fast, and they say its because of my steroids that cause it, however my Kidney doctor say that i have not been diabetic long enough for the neuropathy to be caused by diabetes. My question is does my kidney failure have anything to do with my neuropathy. The kidney doctor seems to believe more that ts the kidney thats causeing it. I am asking this because i filed with the Vet Affairs and they say no way. That it is the steroids that cause it and they wont acknowledge the problem. Any suggestions or help, answers would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney failure can cause neuropathy with or without diabetes. I agree with your doctor. I have loads of patients with no diabetes that suffers from restless leg syndrome especially at night time. There is a medication to help with this symptom. I also agree with the doctor that you were not a diabetic that long to experience neuropathy. I think you should get a certification from your nephrologist that your neuropathy is caused by the kidney damage and not the steroids.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can you become a living organ donor without a drivers license?
    I’m 16, and I haven’t had time to study for the driving test. Too much homework. Also, because of my age, if my parents consent can I donate my liver/intestine/lung/bone marrow? I can’t donate my kidney or pancreas since I have a risk for kidney disease.
    I’m in Canada, BC.
    I’m in Canada, BC.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know about Canada, but imagine it is probably the same. In the U.S., you must be 18 years old. Nobody can consent for you. It has to be YOUR decision. The organ donor question on your license is asking whether or not you would like to donate should you die. It has nothing to do with making a conscious decision while you are awake and well. Even if you would say yes to being a donor, your family would still have to give their approval for anyone to remove your organs once you die. This goes for anyone at any age, not just because you are a minor.

  28. QUESTION:
    What underlying autoimmune conditions do you think I have? Physicians/Nurses/MD’s, I’m desperate for help?
    Hi may name is Jeb, I’m 22 and live in Ontario, Canada, I’m presenting my case to all of you in the hope you can name some disorders, syndromes, diseases, that go along with my medical history and issues.

    Please read what I wrote carefully and help me find out whats wrong with me. I have been going to doctors for 6 years trying to find out what is truly wrong. and lately everything is getting worse. My health is declining and I want to get better and live a normal life, have kits, a wife, work.. I am so ashamed I can’t even work.

    I have a very rare bleeding disorder called ITP, my disease is chronic and refractory. So, all of the treatments have failed. I have been on Testosterone, Danocrine (which is a modified testosterone), Dexamethasone (a very potent glucocorticoid type of steroid) Prednisone (glucocorticoid steroid), Methylprednisone, which is also a glucocorticoid steroid.

    I have tried IVig which is immunoglobulin. It’s a blood product, 1 bottle contains donations from thousands of people. So i’ve had the immunoglobulin of more than 5000 people put in me multiple times.

    I ended up having a reaction to it and developed “Aseptic Meningitis” which was extremely painful, as well as rigors, which basically means I was shaking badly. The headache was like nothing you could imagine.

    I became desperate after years of having a pretty stable platelet count of 20.

    If you have less than a 20 platelet count you are supposed to be hospitalized although here in Canada this won’t happen because of lack of beds and overcrowded hospitals.

    So, if you have less than 20 a bump to the head could kill you. A punch to the stomach would cause internal bleeding. A punch in the face could and likely would kill you. I bruise extremely easy.

    A normal human being has a count of 140 to 400. So at 20 even I am very likely to be injured severely.

    I have had multiple bleeds, mostly internally but farely superficial and not involving organs with exception of my lungs.

    I cough up blood regularly and it scares me very much.

    Having a low platelet count like this really was hard to deal with so I joined a clinical trial. The drug I was on in the trial ended up giving me a pulmonary embolism, actually more than 1…..3 in both lungs.

    I was in the hospital for a month. My lungs are left scarred and unable to expand properly because of the scarring. I get about 60-70% expansion of my chest. I noticed immediately after the blood clots I could no longer inhale like I used to.

    It has become very stressful fighting for every breath. It’s almost like breathing through a straw. I also have bad asthma which doesnt help.

    I’ve had over 20 CT scans in the past 2.5 years looking for clots because every month I have problems where my lungs hurt more and feel like a clot, and I start coughing up large amounts of blood, not just bloody sputum, the blood is coming out of my lungs into my throat when I cough to expel it.

    The radiologist from my last scan said I had scarring of my lungs and pleural cavity. He said it looked like I have severe lung disease and it’s very serious.

    So I have been pumped full of xrays from the CT scan, and also filled with Contrast Dye so they can see the veins and arteries better when they use the diagnostic imaging (CT SCAN). It’s very hard on my kidneys. And they are worn out, I have problems with them now. I’ve also got more than 50 xrays.

    My left arm is not fully useable, I broke the end of the shoulder bone. The round ball like part of the bone that fits into the socket. I could not get surgery to correct it because of my blood disorder. The surgeon would not do even though the bone didn’t set properly and is more than 1 cm out of place.

    Doesn’t sound like much but the area that broke/fractured is the area all your muscle, ligaments and tendons rest on and over, so now my arm is very stiff and painful. Writing with a pencil hurts very much. Lifting things hurts.

    My doctor wants me to get my spleen taken out but I’m worried it could go wrong because I have no platelets. I will be transfused as they do the surgery but I still worry very much. My doctor is amazing but she is not a surgeon. How can I trust someone I don’t really know to cut me up. How can I find out how many patients have died in his care during surgery. I would love to know the information because I could choose the doctor who was better a keeping people alive and not killing them accidentally during surgery.

    I’m afraid.

    I have also had new symptoms in the past few months, frequent urination, extreme urge to urinate.

    Loss of bladder function, I wet my bed 3 times in the last 2 months. I’m 24, and never have wet the bed before except as a very young child maybe 4-5 y/o.

    I have a patch on my back which is numb and has no feeling and this is a new manifestation of whatever is going on.

    I have been havin
    I’ve been having Vertigo, exactly 5 times this month, where I have days where I become dizzy and nauseas and when I tilt my head my eyes start rollin and moving in strange directions very quickly, and I get the urge to vomit.

    It’s when I tilt my head I get the problem with my eyes going whacky totally out of my control.

    It’s very very debilitating. I have to lay down. Walking is almost impossible and I become so unstable I have almost fallen down the stairs.

    Thanks for helping me I appreciate it very much…….Even if you just have ideas of what could be wrong with me it is good, I need ideas because i don’t know what could be wrong.
    I’ve been having Vertigo, exactly 5 times this month, where I have days where I become dizzy and nauseas and when I tilt my head my eyes start rollin and moving in strange directions very quickly, and I get the urge to vomit.

    It’s when I tilt my head I get the problem with my eyes going whacky totally out of my control.

    It’s very very debilitating. I have to lay down. Walking is almost impossible and I become so unstable I have almost fallen down the stairs.

    Thanks for helping me I appreciate it very much…….Even if you just have ideas of what could be wrong with me it is good, I need ideas because i don’t know what could be wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      ….and you figure a bunch of strangers can diagnose you over the computer? you need to pursue this with a medical professional.

  29. QUESTION:
    is there anybody here who has the blood transfusion done before?
    I want to know if it is life-threatening for a patient to have the blood transfusion to be done if he/she has kidney failure or other lung diseases?

    Usually, how long does it take for the recipient to be completely recovered after the blood transfusion is done? Do patients normally need to be hospitalized? Or they can go home right after?

    In addition, how many percent of recipients had die after the blood transfusion? What are the factors that cause the death?

    Can anyone help me and please provide me as much information as possible?

    I look through many websites already but I am still really worried about someone that I really cares. I am so helpless, I don’t know what else I can do.

    Does anybody ever had the blood transfusion done that can inform me more about it please?? I really need this help!

    • ANSWER:
      Never had a transfusion but I’ve administered them. I can answer your questions and probably better than someone who’s been on the receiving end.

      Question #1: Transfusions are not normally life-threatening no matter what medical condition is present. They are life-saving.

      Question #2: There’s no real recovery time involved. It’s not an illness or surgery. We type and crossmatch you for the correct blood type. We monitor vital signs at specific times throughout the transfusion and pre-medicate against possible reaction.

      Question #3a & b: No hospitalization is required. This is an outpatient procedure. A transfusion of packed red blood cells (PRBC) usually takes about 2-4 hours & transfusions of blood components takes about 15-30 minutes. You’d be advised to watch for possible reactions after you get home but you can resume your usual activities.

      Question #4a & b: Deaths are extremely rare. That would be very unusual indeed. I’m afraid I don’t have statistics at hand. The only factor would be receiving the wrong blood type but there are checks and balances before the blood ever reaches you to prevent that. Allergic reactions are rarely life-threatening and your nurse makes his/her presence known often throughout the procedure, especially during the first hour. I’ve never lost a patient to a transfusion.

      Question #5: If you contact me by e-mail, I can help you with whatever you wish to know. Look in my profile for my e-address.

      Question #6: I can inform you and make you comfortable about transfusions but you’ll need to contact me. We’ll also talk about the one you care about. Okay?

  30. QUESTION:
    I have questions about blood transfusion that have to be answered ASAP, can anyone help me please?
    I want to know if it is life-threatening for a patient to have the blood transfusion to be done if he/she has kidney failure or other lung diseases?

    Usually, how long does it take for the recipient to be completely recovered after the blood transfusion is done? Do patients normally need to be hospitalized? Or they can go home right after?

    In addition, how many percent of recipients had die after the blood transfusion? What are the factors that cause the death?

    Can anyone help me and please provide me as much information as possible?

    I look through many websites already but I am still really worried about someone that I really cares. I am so helpless, I don’t know what else I can do.

    • ANSWER:
      Getting a blood transfusion isn’t really life-threatening.

      The big risk is you might catch a disease from the blood donor.

      The recovery time from the transfusion is usually short, but it might take a while to recover from whatever condition made you lose enough blood to need a transfusion in the first place,

      Why does whoever it is need a blood transfusion?

      Kidney failure is waaay more life threatening than a blood disease.

      As for what you can do…are you healthy? Offer to donate your own blood.

  31. QUESTION:
    I don’t get it..?
    Cigarettes can cause chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, as well as cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, and bladder. Smoking is also known to contribute to cancer of the cervix, pancreas, and kidneys.

    And Alcohol Can cause;
    • permanent damage to vital organs
    • several different types of cancer
    • gastrointestinal irritations, such as nausea, diarrhea, and ulcers
    • malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies
    • sexual dysfunctions
    • high blood pressure
    • lowered resistance to disease
    And lets not forget all those killed by drunk drivers and Angry drunks.

    Weed only puts you in a happy place, and rarely causes cancer.

    So why is Alcohol and cigarettes legal, tho they not only kill you but they harm others around you, but the least harmful one of them is legal.

    http://www.gdcada.org/statistics/tobacco.htm

    http://www.gdcada.org/statistics/alcohol.htm

    http://www.gdcada.org/statistics/marijuana.htm

    Put in wrong category, My bad.
    Nothing against smokers,
    I’m just wondering why they make weed illegal when It’s least harmful then stuff you can buy from a local grocery store.

    • ANSWER:
      i agree with u 100%.
      legalise it!!! lol!

  32. QUESTION:
    how to bring to media that i am refused medical aid worldwide – dying of heart and kidney disease?
    my cardiologist advised me, with a witness present, that my cardiac issues had increased, worsening heart, abnormalities on all his tests He then denied this in my records and for five years I have escalating heart issues. All ambulance attendants and private medics tell me of serious cardiac conerns. Always denied at hospitals and by all doctors.
    Denied three times at U.S. Hospitals – John Hopkins – Baltimore asked me for identifiecation and discharged me with no explanation I have never been charged for the visit or the tests
    Cleveland Heart Hospital Nov 15, 2005 told me of Acute Ischaemic Heart, Acute pectoris heart and Acute Angina – then discharged me – three doctors tearfully apologized as i was leaving Cleveland will not answer my phone calls or letters to them Will not give itemized bill or copies of tests.
    Used alias twice in Toronto -have hand written note – URGENT CARDIAC PATIENT – OTHER – GET TO EMERGENCY HEART. LUNG AND ESOPHAGUS ISSUES STILL REFUS

    • ANSWER:
      Well if you are in Toronto you can call City TV to ask for Silverman Helps- he does just that- he helps people with their problems when the government or whoever is not helping them.
      Here is the contact info.

      Q: How do I get in touch with “Silverman Helps” and get some help?
      A: To help you with your problem, we need specific and concrete information. We require a detailed letter outlining the complaint and a photocopy of your documentation before any assessment can be made as to whether we can get actively involved. This process does take at least 8 weeks; our apologies, we receive thousands of complaints. Please be sure to include your complete mailing address and a phone number where you can be reached during the day.
      This information may be faxed, emailed or snail mailed in to us …

      Address:
      Silverman Helps c/o
      299 Queen Street West
      Toronto, Ontario
      M5V 2Z5

      Silverman Helps Hotline:
      (416) 591-7400 ext 2192
      email:helps@pulse24.com
      Fax: (416) 591-0292

  33. QUESTION:
    URGENT!!!!!!!! can someone please help me with what else i can put in my paper???? sorry its a little long =/?
    i dont want anyone to write my paper for me…dont worry…but i need some ideas on some more things to put into it- i still need about a page…please help! sorry its a little long…thanks in advance!

    According to The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention or The CDC, each year there is an estimated amount of 438,000 Americans who die as a result of smoking or even just second-hand smoke. In addition, for each American who dies, there are 20 Americans living with an illness that has been caused by smoking or the exposure to second-hand smoke. There is an exceeding cost of 7 billion dollars a year that is paid for smoking-related medical expenses. This amount shows just how many health and medical issues smokers have to deal with from the time they start smoking until death.
    There are tremendous amounts of health issues smokers have to deal with, such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, and respiratory health. It is astounding the amounts of different types of cancer that can be caused by these “cancer sticks”. According to the CDC, the types of cancer that are caused are cancer of the lip, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, larynx or voice box, lungs, uterine cervix, urinary bladder, and kidneys.
    The leading cause of death in the United States is coronary heart disease and smokers are up to 4 times more likely to develop this disease than non-smokers are. Cigarette smoke also doubles a person’s chance of having a stroke. Not only does this happen to smokers, but it is just as bad to those who breathe in second-hand smoke. Also according to the CDC, second-hand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer. It actually increases the risk of heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and increases the risk of lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent. These statistics are only for those who have been exposed to second-hand smoke.
    Just think about this for a minute, think about children in a car with parents who smoke. Those children are going to be at a very high risk for lung cancer and heart disease. They are, for the most part, always sick with a cold. My older sister, sarah, smokes and she has two children, searah and katriese. Whenever I see those girls, they always have stuffy noses and are constantly coughing up a storm. If I were sarah, I would feel horrible putting my children in that situation. I would also try to think about how the cigarettes are affecting my life and how it is shortening by every puff taken.
    its an opinion editorial so im supposed to have some personal stuff…

    • ANSWER:
      How the habit of smoking occurs?

  34. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of or can help??
    I have a 7 year old husky, about 2 years back she was diagnoised with chronic lung disease.. The only thing we can have her on is prednison, and albuteral, well is has gotten worse on us. She sounds so uncomfortable when she sleep’s her breathing is bad, she has lost her appetite, her energy and so on. And now that she has been on pred for so long its affecting her kidneys.. We have the bloodwork and urine tests and x-rays done, but what i want to know is has anyone ever has this diagnoises, and have any other options. It is just getting worse, and it does become financial, and im sorry but dont tell me lower income people shouldnt have pets.. I am trying my hardest but her comfort is my main concern, when do you say enough is enough? And the vet has not been able to come up with any other meds to help her. And it seems like the warmer the better she does, and with winter coming, im dreading the affect it is gonna have on her. If anyone has any useful info for me i would appreciate it
    i have had her to, two vets so far, and have heard the same thing, we can make her comfortable, but cant make it go away> oh and she still has the beautiful husky coat she always had,
    all my pets are on good quality dog food, they eat better then me, it is hurting me so much because i cant do more. And she does not seem herself anymore, i dont want the vet to frown on me for making this decsion, whatever it may be, but i thank all of you whom have been so comforting this is really hard on me.
    sorry i keep adding im trying to explain to some of the answers: Its not so much being warm, as in humidity outside, she is a indoor baby, but when the weather changes it gets worse.. Like the colder it gets the worse she is, then if it is a little humid out it seems better, and as fair as reading all these sites im sure the 2 different clinics i went to could come up with something, pred is the only thing to ease her coughing, her lungs look like they have donuts in there all over, so the anti-inflammatory helps, anti-biotics have not done anything>< and albuteral to eas the coughing

    • ANSWER:
      First let me say am truly sorry
      Now please don’t get m the wrong way but I believe you are keeping her alive for yourself. As you said it’s just meds to keep her comfotable, she will never get better and just get worse. YOu said seh isn’t really wanting to live I think from what you have written you know what the true answer is let me give this poem to you and you decide.
      I have worked in vets offices and as a nurses aide and seen so many animals suffer and suffer

      PUT ME TO REST

      Time to let me go my friend,
      Because my life no-one can mend,
      Its better to let me go this way,
      Than watch me suffer night and day.

      I’m happy to go, my time has come,
      My quality of life is no longer fun,
      Ive been so ill, so its not a bad thing,
      To let me go forever resting.

      Stay with me till I drift away,
      Fast asleep forever I pray,
      To relieve me from suffering and pain,
      What more can I ask from my best friend.

      Don’t be sad, I’ll be free from pain,
      Never to be ill ever again,
      I know you’ll miss me being there,
      But all the memories you have to share.

      Thankyou for being my best friend,
      And all my needs that you did tend,
      Try not to be sad, try not to cry,
      Now’s the time to say GOODBYE

  35. QUESTION:
    Why do parents freak out more over marijuana than tobacco and alcohol?
    I am a parent of a 12-year boy and a 15-year old girl.

    Tobacco – All kinds of cancer, heart/lung disease, stained teeth.
    Alcohol – Damages the liver, brain and kidneys.
    Marijuana – Happiness, high self esteem.

    I wouldn’t care if my kids smoked weed but if they touched alcohol or tobacco I would be so mad. I never smoke or drink; I do use weed every Friday night; I even let my kids have a toke with me; I would NEVER give them tobacco or alcohol though.

    • ANSWER:
      Judging by the post, marijuana leads to brain damage and low IQ. It’s also against the law. Giving it to kids is illegal too. See, brain dead.

  36. QUESTION:
    Medical Help? In need of diagnousis.?
    Hey, I’m 17, a guy. I woke up this morning to pain in my crotch area left corner (above the..) get it? I suspected it was a razor cut, but after inspection, I think I have a hernia. I checked online just to make sure and had the lump, the discomfort, and can see a vein.. (But don’t have the serious sypmtoms as of vomiting, consipation, etc) To me it seems as if I have a hernia, but having no openings at the doctor’s office till tommorrow, so all I can do is wait. I have read that I will have surgrey (which I’m hopeing I don’t because I will miss to many days for school and have to take semester tests) but also I have heard that it can also just lay low and it will heal. Do you know may the treatment or just an observation?
    As for the causes, they don’t match..:
    improper heavy weight lifting X (Haven’t Lifted since Augest)
    hard coughing bouts X
    sharp blows to the abdomen X
    tight clothing and incorrect posture X
    obesity X (Im in shape and run frequently)
    straining during a bowel movement urination X
    chronic lung disease X
    fluid in the abdominal cavity X
    poor nutrition X
    smoking X
    overexertion X
    (From Wikipedia)
    Also lately I have had bad back aches and have had a kidney stone and I have Von Willebrand disease (only mild).
    Help is greatly appericated, Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    I am 53 yr old male, post double lung transplant 2 years ago?
    Suffered severe complications post transplant, causing lost of oxygen to the brain, also suffered stroke…damage to left side and severe brain damage/memory loss, cognitive damage. Then suffered severely enlarged spleen, underwent splenectomy, other complications: Immunoglobulin deficiency requires bi-weekly IVIG Infusioins, now have early Cirrhosis of Liver (confirmed on open liver biopsy), and now suffer GFR Level IV Kidney disease…the good news is my lungs are working fairly well! Suffer daily with nausea and intermittent vomiting (perhaps from kidney disease?) Also latest blood work shows increased CO2 levels and increasing BUN levels. I guess i knew going into the lung transplant that the avg life expectancy was about 3-5 years….but with all the complicaitons I’ve had I can’t help but wonder if my expectancy has been shortened?

    • ANSWER:
      Even though your quality of life is probably not that great from what you say you have beaten the odds so far Maybe you will be one of those patients that baffle doctors & live longer than they expect you to. Remember they are only going by the book & not the person itself.

  38. QUESTION:
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?
    a. Allergy
    b. Carbon dioxide
    c. ATP
    d. Kidney
    e. Sweat gland
    f. Ureter
    g. Urine
    h. Epidermis
    i. Larynx
    j. Mole
    k. Pneumonia
    l. Urethra
    m. Virus
    n. Dermis
    Question 1:
    A mixture of water, urea, and salts.

    Question 2:
    Waste substance removed by the lungs.

    Question 3:
    Inner layer of the skin.

    Question 4:
    Condition caused by a reaction to a specific protein.

    Question 5:
    Cause of the common cold.

    Question 6:
    Molecule that supplies energy for life.

    Question 7:
    Pigmented overgrowth of skin cells.

    Question 8:
    Structure in which vocal cords are located.

    Question 9:
    Organ that functions to remove wastes.

    Question 10:
    Tube leading from the kidney to the bladder.

    Question 11:
    Skin structure that regulates body heat.

    Question 12:
    Tube that connects the bladder to the outside of the body.

    Question 13:
    Lung disease that sometimes follows influenza.

    Question 14:
    Outer layer of the skin.

    • ANSWER:
      1. urine
      2. carbon dioxide
      3. dermis
      4. allergy
      5. virus
      6. ATP
      7. mole
      8. larynx
      9. kidney
      10. ureter
      11. sweat glands
      12. urethra
      13. pneumonia
      14. epidermis

  39. QUESTION:
    DISABILITY again?
    Try to be short with this. I was diagnosed in June 2002 that i had Pulmonary Fibrosis and that i would need a double lung transplant. At this time i went on portable oxygen tanks to help me breathe. Feb 2003 i was transplanted for the lungs. March 27 i was released from the hospital. June 1 2003 i went back to work. From that date on i have had numerouse problems freom the transplant as well as other organ damage because of the medicines. I have chronic kidney failure which according to all my doctors is whats causing all the other ailments i am having because my kidneys arent working like they should. They have cause me to have neuropathy in my hands and feet but i am NOT eligible for a kidney transplant because the doctors say my lungs wont hold up for any type of major suregery, plus they have stated that there is no way they will re-transplant me at all because my body is basically torn up from the meds i am taking. ANYWAY i am currently still working for the fed govt but i have to go out this year on med disability because there is no way i can now perform my job because of my lungs and kidney and heart disease. What i want to know is: do i or did i qualify for ANY type of disability from any agency during that time frame. I am still considered to be disabled according to the doctors because of the health problems now, plus i use oxygen again as a result of my lungs failing again, this time its called “broncholitis obliterans” and there is no cure for it except the transplant that i cant have. I was told by some outsiders that i still would or should be qualified for some form of social security from the very first day until now june 2002 until present even though i still work. One of my wifes co-workers had a kidney transplant and the ssa recognized it and they pay her TODAY a monthly check and she is working full time. They told me that lungs were not recognized in the medicare or social security guides or rules. Now am i entitled to any thing at all while i am still working…THANKS…Tony

    • ANSWER:
      yo Tony you sound fricked up… for one, SS has there own definition of who is disabled no matter if your doctors state otherwise… even if you are blind or a paraplegic you still may not meet their definition of disabled. I can tell you that if you are working while you are applying for disability you might as well forget your effort. You definately will not be eligible for disability benefits if you are able to do some type of work… and they do not care if you have no legs because in their eyes you can be productive by stuffing envelopes to get by since your arms would be in working order. You have to convince them that your quality of life is getting worse every day… not better. You will also need at least 3 witnesses to back your story up… family members are just fine. You definately have to prove that your afflictions keep you from even tying your own shoes because the kidney pain is too much even on pain relievers. Also you probably are eligible for MEDICAID… not Medicare, Medicaid. If they find you disabled your medical bills and medications will be covered 100%… unlike the Medicare programs which include monies out of your assets. Also never say that anyone is giving you any money or loans… only that you owe freinds and family for your room & board & food &… you get the picture. A plus side is that SS usually will OK your claim for benefits if Medicaid has approved your application for benefits…good luck and be persitant because you will be denied the first time for sure. If it comes to the point that SS wants you to come to a hearing you might want to hire a lawyer… they work on contingency… meaning they will not charge you for their representation unless they win for you. Good luck done this road because it will not happen overnight… just stick with it and you should prevail~~~

  40. QUESTION:
    14 year old girl being sent to cardiologist?
    today i took my 14 year old daughter to the doctors to get her physical filled out. she has recently been having some breathing issues and the doctor put her on a “test run” asthma inhaler for when her symptoms were flaring up, it was working well. today when i took her back, the doctor said it was sensitive lung disease (or something like that). but the doctor was also concerned with the fact that last year she has 6 kidney stones, and they couldn’t figure out why she had them. The doctor was then listening to her lungs and her heart and asked the routine questions, and when the one question about getting ill in heat came up and my daughter told the doctor that she gets weak, sick, and tired in the sun, the doctor looked very concerned and recommended that we see a cardiologist, because she thinks that her breathing problems might also be caused by her heart, along with getting sick in the heat. The doctor said that she wants a echo and a EKG done.

    should i be worried? what kind of things could possible wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      I know that news like this can be quite stressful. Im surprised that your primary care physician didn’t go into more detail as to why he wanted her to be seen by a cardiologist. I am 21 years old and have been under the care of a cardiologist since the age of 6. I had breathing problems as well as frequent syncope (passing out) especially in the heat or during exercise. I had many tests done thoughout my life: echo, EKG, stress test, tilt table. I was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, a heart murmer and neurogenic syncope. My bicuspid valve in my heart doesnt pump blood properly. I am a normal, healthy adult who just needs to take precautions in intense heat or exercise. Now, i am not saying that your daughter has this condition, but rest assure that whatever it is, she is going to get the care she needs, just as I did. The best thing my mom did for me is to remain calm when I was scared. She tells me now that it was terrible for her to see me hooked up to all those testing machines, not knowing for sure what was wrong, but she always put on a brave face and that always reassured me that no matter what, everything was going to be ok.

      Good luck and best wishes for your daughter

  41. QUESTION:
    Why are sex educators teaching our grandchildren that solitary vice is a harmless activity?
    We should be instructing them to turn away from the vices of this age and to seek all things holy.

    “I have been shown that children who practice self-indulgence previous to puberty, or the period of merging into manhood and womanhood, must pay the penalty of nature’s violated laws at that critical period. Many sink into an early grave, while others have sufficient force of constitution to pass this ordeal. If the practice is continued from the ages of fifteen and upward, nature will protest against the abuse she has suffered, and continues to suffer, and will make them pay the penalty for the transgression of her laws, especially from the ages of thirty to forty-five, by numerous pains in the system, and various diseases, such as affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, diseased kidneys, and cancerous humors. Some of nature’s fine machinery gives way, leaving a heavier task for the remaining to perform, which disorders nature’s fine arrangement, and there is often a sudden breaking down of the constitution, and death is the result.”
    -Ellen G. White “An Appeal to Mothers” (1864)

    • ANSWER:
      Because sex educators and academics at large do not fully understand the impact of thought (and emotion) forms which invariably impact material health. As a result they view it as a normal biological process/phase by assuming, erroneously, solitary vice remains relegated to the material level.

      In short, sex “educators” are unaware of the psychical and noetical implications that give rise to ailments in the physical body.

      The same goes for any “vice”…anger, envy, jealousy, desire, obsession, and other elements of the ego-tism which plague our present-day personality.

  42. QUESTION:
    Disability?
    Try to be short with this. I was diagnosed in June 2002 that i had Pulmonary Fibrosis and that i would need a double lung transplant. At this time i went on portable oxygen tanks to help me breathe. Feb 2003 i was transplanted for the lungs. March 27 i was released from the hospital. June 1 2003 i went back to work. From that date on i have had numerouse problems freom the transplant as well as other organ damage because of the medicines. I have chronic kidney failure which according to all my doctors is whats causing all the other ailments i am having because my kidneys arent working like they should. They have cause me to have neuropathy in my hands and feet but i am NOT eligible for a kidney transplant because the doctors say my lungs wont hold up for any type of major suregery, plus they have stated that there is no way they will re-transplant me at all because my body is basically torn up from the meds i am taking. ANYWAY i am currently still working for the fed govt but i have to go out this year on med disability because there is no way i can now perform my job because of my lungs and kidney and heart disease. What i want to know is: do i or did i qualify for ANY type of disability from any agency during that time frame. I am still considered to be disabled according to the doctors because of the health problems now, plus i use oxygen again as a result of my lungs failing again, this time its called “broncholitis obliterans” and there is no cure for it except the transplant that i cant have. I was told by some outsiders that i still would or should be qualified for some form of social security from the very first day until now june 2002 until present even though i still work. One of my wifes co-workers had a kidney transplant and the ssa recognized it and they pay her TODAY a monthly check and she is working full time. They told me that lungs were not recognized in the medicare or social security guides or rules. Now am i entitled to any thing at all while i am still working…THANKS…Tony

    • ANSWER:
      Glad you kept it short.

  43. QUESTION:
    Where do I go next? Mystery illness needs a diagnosis.?
    I need some help. I have some helth problems and no one can tell me what is wrong. I am overweight, 33 years old, female, 4 kids, celiac disease, low thyroid and thyroid nodules (benign), history of recurrent kidney stones, sleep apnea (treated with cpap that maintians O2 levels at 97%).
    Here are my symptoms:
    Shortness of breath on exertion,
    racing heart,
    occasional heart palpitations,
    pitting edema,
    edema in my upper abdominal area that causes pain,
    extreme fatigue,
    forgetfulness,
    can’t sleep flat – even with cpap on (have to sleep propped up),
    muscles become extremely weak and tired after minimal use, including jaw muscles when I chew, cheek muscles when I smile, and muscles around eyes when I squint.

    I have an increased sed rate with no explanation. Lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, lung disease, heart disease have all been ruled out. I recently had an abnormal stress test that showed: “mild worsening in the mid anterior wall on stress imaging when compared with rest imaging. . . . appears to be significant fixed defect with at least mild ischemia of the mid anterior wall present.” An angiogram was performed with completely normal results. They said my arteries looked “perfect.”

    My question is, where do I go from here? I just don’t know what kind of dr to go see. I am so frustrated. My PCP doesn’t even know what to do anymore. I am being treated with so many medicines that it’s pathetic. I am tired of “living” like this (it sure doesn’t feel like living, more like just surviving). I want answers and I want it fixed. Any ideas of what I can do and where I can go?

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Enlarged heart and fluid in the lungs?
    Over the holidays, my collie (age 10-12 possibly) began having some problems breathing. She is still eating great, as active as a senior dog with arthritis can be and is still going to the bathroom fine. I took her to the vets where they ran several blood tests and took x-rays of her lungs and heart. Her liver and kidneys are working well and her heartbeat was steady and strong, but the x-rays showed some fluid in her lungs and a slightly rounded (enlarged) heart. They gave her Lasix to reduce the fluid retention and sent the x-rays to Ohio State veterinary hospital. The Lasix is working, but after not taking it for a few days has labored breathing again. While I am still waiting on the results, I was wondering besides heart disease, could anything else cause this? Also, she is now on an all natural, corn and wheat free diet as well as eating plain, unsweetened yogurt with flax seed oil and a good probiotic but is their anything else I could give her to help make her stronger.

    • ANSWER:
      That is a good diet you have chosen for her. Make sure she has plenty of water.

      A slightly rounded (enlarged) heart) can be caused by “Valvular defects, tumors, heartworms, heart beat abnormalities, and damaged to the muscle itself” It tends to occur in older large breed dogs.

      The Lasix should continue for as long as the Vet recommends. As for the yogurt, not too much. In general the recommendation is no more than around a tablespoon full per day. Some folks give yogurt as a treat every couple of days.

      “Some veterinarians administer coenzymeQ (30mg tid) because of its beneficial effects in people with dilated cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)”

      Note: tid = three times a day

      The only other thing I can think of is to give her a lot of love and attention. A happier dog is a stronger dog. Good luck

  45. QUESTION:
    Athiest, what do you think of this?
    Why is this medication prescribed?
    Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Alprazolam is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.

    How should this medicine be used?
    Alprazolam comes as a tablet and a concentrated solution (liquid) to take by mouth. It usually is taken two to four times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take alprazolam exactly as directed.

    To take the concentrated liquid, use only the dropper that came with your prescription. Draw into the dropper the amount prescribed for one dose. Squeeze the dropper contents into a liquid or semi-solid food such as water, juice, soda, applesauce, or pudding. Stir the liquid or food gently for a few seconds. The concentrated liquid will blend completely with the food. Drink or eat the entire mixture immediately. Do not store for future use.

    Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of alprazolam and gradually increase your dose, not more than once every 3 or 4 days.

    Alprazolam can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose or take it more often or for a longer time than your doctor tells you to. Do not stop taking alprazolam without talking to your doctor. Suddenly stopping to take alprazolam may worsen your condition and cause withdrawal symptoms (anxiousness, sleeplessness, irritability, and seizures). Withdrawal symptoms may be worse if you take more than 4 mg of alprazolam every day. Your doctor will decrease your dose gradually.

    Other uses for this medicine
    Alprazolam also is used sometimes to treat depression, fear of open spaces (agoraphobia), and premenstrual syndrome. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition.

    This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

    What special precautions should I follow?
    Before taking alprazolam,

    tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to alprazolam, chlordiazepoxide (Librium, Librax), clonazepam (Klonopin), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), estazolam (ProSom), flurazepam (Dalmane), halazepam (Paxipam), lorazepam (Ativan), oxazepam (Serax), prazepam (Centrax), quazepam (Doral), temazepam (Restoril), triazolam (Halcion), or any other medications.

    tell your doctor if you are taking itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral). Your doctor willl probably tell you not to take alprazolam.

    tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following: amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone); antidepressants (‘mood elevators’) such as desipramine (Norpramin), imipramine (Tofranil), and nefazodone (Serzone); antifungals such as fluconazole (Diflucan); antihistamines; cimetidine (Tagamet); clarithromycin (Biaxin); cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune); diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac); ergotamine (Cafatine, Cafergot, Wigraine, others); erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin); isoniazid (INH, Nydrazid); medications for mental illness and seizures; nicardipine (Cardene); nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia); oral contraceptives (birth control pills); propoxyphene (Darvon); selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft); sedatives; sleeping pills; and tranquilizers. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.

    tell your doctor if you have or have ever had glaucoma; depression; or lung, kidney, or liver disease.

    tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking alprazolam, call your doctor immediately.

    talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medication if you are 65 years of age or older. Older adults should receive low doses of alprazolam because higher doses may not work better and may cause serious side effects.

    if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking alprazolam.

    you should know that alprazolam may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.

    talk to your doctor about the safe use of alcohol while you are taking this medication. Alcohol can make the side effects of alprazolam worse.
    I just love that one of the suggested categories is R&S LOL.

    Social Science > Psychology
    Society & Culture > Cultures & Groups > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered
    Society & Culture > Religion & Spirituality
    Society & Culture > Cultures & Groups > Other – Cultures & Groups
    Entertainment & Music > Polls & Surveys
    Not at all, Jabber Wock! Why would you think that? :D
    (((U.P.!!))))
    ((((RazzmaTaz))))))!! Luvz you, babe :D

    • ANSWER:
      Might all of that tl;dr be an indirect reference to posts like this?

      http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvlW0o0HGsTrE1JxurXe2hdYT31G;_ylv=3?qid=20100820034322AAIGRWo

      LOL!

  46. QUESTION:
    WHY WHY WHY lets ALL STOP SMOKING !!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D?
    it REALLY CAUSES :

    Men:affects teeth to 30% in color

    heart attacks
    blood diseases
    impotence

    Female: hurts pregnancy FOR GOD SAKE AND YOUR CHILDREN SAKE TOO!

    WHAT THE hell

    Most people know that smoking can cause lung cancer, but it can also cause many other cancers and illnesses.

    Smoking kills around 114,000 people in the UK each year.

    Of these deaths, about 42,800 are from smoking-related cancers, 30,600 from cardiovascular disease and 29,100 die slowly from emphysema and other chronic lung diseases

    Cigarettes contain more than 4000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances.

    When you inhale, a cigarette burns at 700°C at the tip and around 60°C in the core. This heat breaks down the tobacco to produce various toxins.

    As a cigarette burns, the residues are concentrated towards the butt.

    The products that are most damaging are:

    tar, a carcinogen (substance that causes cancer)
    nicotine is addictive and increases cholesterol levels in your body
    carbon monoxide reduces oxygen in the body
    components of the gas and particulate phases cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).
    The damage caused by smoking is influenced by:

    the number of cigarettes smoked
    whether the cigarette has a filter
    how the tobacco has been prepared.

    Of the 300 people who die every day in the UK as a result of smoking, many are comparatively young smokers.

    The number of people under the age of 70 who die from smoking-related diseases exceeds the total figure for deaths caused by breast cancer, AIDS, traffic accidents and drug addiction.

    Non-smokers and ex-smokers can also look forward to a healthier old age than smokers.

    Cardiovascular disease
    Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death due to smoking.

    Hardening of the arteries is a process that develops over years, when cholesterol and other fats deposit in the arteries, leaving them narrow, blocked or rigid. When the arteries narrow (atherosclerosis), blood clots are likely to form.

    Smoking accelerates the hardening and narrowing process in your arteries: it starts earlier and blood clots are two to four times more likely.

    Cardiovasular disease can take many forms depending on which blood vessels are involved, and all of them are more common in people who smoke

    Coronary thrombosis: a blood clot in the arteries supplying the heart, which can lead to a heart attack. Around 30 per cent are caused by smoking.
    Cerebral thrombosis: the vessels to the brain can become blocked, which can lead to collapse, stroke and paralysis.
    If the kidney arteries are affected, then high blood pressure or kidney failure results.
    Blockage to the vascular supply to the legs may lead to gangrene and amputation.
    Smokers tend to develop coronary thrombosis 10 years earlier than non-smokers, and make up 9 out of 10 heart bypass patients.

    Cancer
    Smokers are more likely to get cancer than non-smokers. This is particularly true of lung cancer, throat cancer and mouth cancer, which hardly ever affect non-smokers.

    The link between smoking and lung cancer is clear.

    Ninety percent of lung cancer cases are due to smoking.
    If no-one smoked, lung cancer would be a rare diagnosis – only 0.5 per cent of people who’ve never touched a cigarette develop lung cancer.
    One in ten moderate smokers and almost one in five heavy smokers (more than 15 cigarettes a day) will die of lung cancer.
    The more cigarettes you smoke in a day, and the longer you’ve smoked, the higher your risk of lung cancer. Similarly, the risk rises the deeper you inhale and the earlier in life you started smoking.

    For ex-smokers, it takes approximately 15 years before the risk of lung cancer drops to the same as that of a non-smoker.

    If you smoke, the risk of contracting mouth cancer is four times higher than for a non-smoker. Cancer can start in many areas of the mouth, with the most common being on or underneath the tongue, or on the lips.

    Other types of cancer that are more common in smokers are:

    bladder cancer
    cancer of the oesophagus
    cancer of the kidneys
    cancer of the pancreas
    cervical cancer

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a collective term for a group of conditions that block airflow and make breathing more difficult, such as:

    emphysema – breathlessness caused by damage to the air sacs (alveoli)
    chronic bronchitis – coughing with a lot of mucus that continues for at least three months.
    Smoking is the most common cause of COPD and is responsible for 80 per cent of cases.

    It’s estimated that 94 per cent of 20-a-day smokers have some emphysema when the lungs are examined after death, while more than 90 per cent of non-smokers have little or none.

    COPD typically starts between the ages of 35 and 45 when lung function starts to decline anyway.

    In smokers, the rate of decline in lung function can be three times the usual rate. As lung function declines, breathlessn
    tell me if the question is useful and tell mE IF U STOPED SMOKING AT THE MOMENT U READ THIS THANKS!:D

    • ANSWER:
      Most smokers are not capable of quitting or even interested in quitting.

      They are mainly interested in today and although they are well aware of the health dangers they choose to ignore them.

      All your useful information is likely to fall on mostly deaf ears but hopefully you have provided some people with the motivation to quit. Hopefully all your good work will help some smokers to quit.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the treatment options and recovery chances for a patient with Goodpasture’s Syndrome?
    A friend of mine has been hospitalized with Goodpasture’s Syndrome. I’m having trouble finding out what the treatment options and chances of full recovery are for this disease.

    What can you tell me about the disease besides that it’s an autoimmune disorder that targets the lungs and kidneys?
    This is the first time he’s been hospitalized. He’s had issues with anemia for years. He was originally hospitalized for pneumonia in both lungs. I’ve been estranged from this particular friend and his family for several years, and I guess I’m trying to find out how serious it before I decide what action (if any) is appropriate on my part.

    • ANSWER:
      Your friend and the family will have been informed of this and if you know the family well enough, you might ask them.

      Goodpasture’s is a chronic, relapsing pulmonary (lungs) hemosiderosis (increased iron deposits in tissue) and is usually associated with glomerulonephritis (an inflammation of the glomerulus of the kidney). There is usually a cough with hemoptysis (bloody cough), dyspnea (difficulty breathing), anemia, and progressive renal (kidney) failure.

      Mild forms may respond to corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs. Severe recurrent cases have a poor prognosis and hemodialysis and kidney transplant are the only treatments. I have no way to know the severity of your friend’s situation and you have not stated this. You may not know. Is this the first time for hospitalization?

      Despite what another has told you, there is no homeopathic “cure” for this disorder. I’m so very sorry.

  48. QUESTION:
    smoking….interesting…?
    WHAT HAPPENS TO MY BODY WHEN I SMOKE?

    When you smoke, you can become addicted to, or not able to function without nicotine. By definition: nicotine is a colorless, poisonous alkaloid, derived from the tobacco plant and used as an insecticide. It is the substance in tobacco in which smokers can become addicted. Nicotine is as habit-forming as the drugs heroin and cocaine. Over time, you may have problems with your teeth and gums; staining on your teeth, fingers, and fingernails; bad breath; and wrinkling skin. There are also other, more serious health problems caused by smoking, such as:

    · Lung cancer and other lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis

    · Other kinds of cancer, such as cancer of the throat, mouth, esophagus (food pipe), pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix (opening to the uterus or womb)

    · Atherosclerosis – clogged and narrowed arteries

    · Heart disease

    · Heart attack

    · Stroke

    · Early menopause – the stopping of menstrual periods

    · Osteoporosis – the thinning and weakening of bones

    · Infertility – problems getting pregnant

    · Problems during pregnancy like miscarriage, early or premature birth, having an infant born with low birth weight, stillbirth, and even infant death

    SMOKING is a habit. Is it good or bad, allowed (halaal) or prohibited (haraam)? Let us see the ruling of Allah Almighty and what medicine said about it, this “evil weed, cancer stick, coffin nails.”

    “Spend your wealth for the way of Allah, and do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction. and do good; indeed Allah loves the doers of good ” surah 2 verse#195

    by

    Hamadi Al-Aslani

    THATS ISLAM….the perfect religion.
    @harry : dont take it as a joke..u could have a heart attack….would u think about menopause when u are in the hospital discovering and crying if had u cancer?? dont take life a joke…look at ppl arround u, at the ppl who u love, so dont waste ur life for menopause…..
    just be careful and stop smoking girl.
    ALLAH(swt) knows best.
    @jake: i respect u a looot.
    @wondertwit: ur welcome..thank u for ur politeness.
    @the cat: i doubt that sick ppl with desease bcz of smoking say the same word: cool….i think they are thinking of ‘regret’ more.

    ALLAH(swt) knows best.
    @RK: very interesting..thanks a lot for ur note…im sorry for ur father.
    i ask ALLAH(swt) to protect us all from smoking and these desease.
    again thank u a lot for ur answer.

    • ANSWER:
      mashAllah, great advice sis! smoking is harmful for the body so it’s good that we advice the people to quit.

  49. QUESTION:
    General medical questions thanks for the help?
    In which diseases can we expect the elevation of the serum total bilirubin level?
    Malnutrition & malabsorption
    Instrinsic renal lesions
    Hepatitis b- think its this one
    Vitamin d deficiency
    Nephritic syndrome

    Clubbing of the fingers can be a sign of?
    Cystic fibrosis
    Kidney failure-maybe this one
    Tuberculosis- wrong answer
    Liver failure
    Sleen enlargement

    Second heart sound is produced by ?
    Closure of the pulmonic and mitral valve
    Closure of the aortic and mitral valve
    Closure of the aortic and tricuspid valve
    Closure of the pulmonic and tricuspid valve
    Closure of the aortic and pulmonic valve- think its this one

    Which of the diseases listed below is not a potential cause of dry, hacking cough?
    Allergies
    Viral infections
    Intersticial lung disease
    Tuberculosis
    tumor

    Which group of lymp-nodes located on the head or neck drainage the lymph from the abdomen?
    Supra-clavicular
    Sub-mandibular
    Anterior-cervical
    Sub-mental
    Posterior cervical

    The muscles used as the accessory ones during forced inspiration are?
    Internal intercostais
    Scalenes
    Diaphragm
    External intercostals
    Abdominal muscles

    First sound is produced by?
    Closure of the pulmonic and mitral valves
    Closure of the pulmonic and tricuspid valves
    Closure of the venous valves
    Closure of the aortic and mitral valves
    Closure of the mitral and tripcuspid valves

    Which of the sentences about macrocytic anemia, mentioned below, are true?
    The mcv(mean corpuscular volume) is decreased
    The level of hemoglobin is increased
    The common cause is iron deficiency
    The common cause is b1 deficiency
    The common cause is foliate deficiency

    Chronic suppurative otitis media should be recognized if the drainage from the ear (otorrhea) persists for at least:
    1 month
    3 days
    3 weeks
    6 weeks
    1 week

    The muscles used as the accessory ones during forced expiration are:
    Scalene
    Abdominal muscles
    Diaphragm
    Sternocleidomastoid muscles
    External intercostals

    Which laboratory results should be considered as an indicator of the acute bacterial infections of the respiratory tract?
    Wbc: 5.0X10^9/L
    Esr: 15mm/hr
    Esr: 36mm/hr
    pO2: 95mmHg
    CRP: 3 mg/L

    Make a false sentence about cough typical for vital infections of respiratory tract:
    It usally last 7-10 days
    A non-productive period is often followed by a productive cough, with production of yellowish sputum
    In some patients it can lead to subacute cough
    Loud cough, non-productive or producing small amounts of sputum
    It is often aggravating at night

    Which from the following accessory investigations is not the imaging study:
    Electrocardiography
    Radiography
    Ultrasonography
    Magnetic resonance
    Tomography

    Which of the sentences about the evaluation of the patients reflexes, mentioned below are true?
    When damage occurs the upper motor neurons (cortical and spinal cord injuries) the reflex arc is interrupted
    During the evaluation of reflex, grade 4+ of the knee jerk means that this reflex is not present
    When testing the patient’s reflexes you don’t have to remember that reflexes can be influenced by age, metabolic factors or electrolyte abnormalities
    When damage occurs to lower motor neurons (the peripheral nerve or dorsal roots) the spinal reflex arc in uninhibited
    When damage occurs to lower motor neurons (the peripheral nerve or dorsal roots)the reflexes are decreased

    Associated with dyspnea:
    Pulmonary hypertension
    Mitral stenosis
    All of them can be associated with dyspnea
    Pulmonary embolism
    Anxiety

    • ANSWER:
      1) Hep B
      2) Cystic fibrosis
      3) Aortic and pulmonary
      4) I’d go with tuberculosis, because it would usually be a cough productive of sputum
      5) Supraclavicular
      6) Scalenes
      7) Mitral and tricuspid
      8) Folate deficiency
      9) 6 weeks
      10) Abdominals and intercostals (so I’m not sure which you should put down – maybe abdominals?)
      11) None of them really tell you that, but ESR of 36 is the only unusual one there. Although a PaO2 of 95 could occur as well.
      12) They are all true
      13) Electrocardiograpy
      14) The last one is true
      15) All of them

  50. QUESTION:
    im freaking out! any help would be appreciated?
    a long winded question but here we go,

    right ive been having a big urge to push (frontal area) im finding it painful to have a wee and i still feel like i need to wee even after i have, ive been having pain in my kidney area (and no its not an STI me and my fiancee have had tests before we got together and have only been with eachother and we are both clean) i have also been experiencing intense pain shooting up my left breast down my left arm, i have also been experiencing pain shooting through my ribs so intense that it makes me gasp for breath, i am seeing a gynaecologist for pains down there but im not scheduled to see her until the end of the month about this new issue thats come up. i have a tilted womb so i dont know if that is any help but my mum seems to think it may be kidney stones.

    if this helps i have the following but i dont know if this can be tied in with whats happening now

    - asthma
    - anemia
    - tilted womb
    - abnormally thick cervix
    - extrinsic allergic alveolitus (lung disease)

    i just want to know your opinions and what you think it may be? i also get big bloating after i eat and severe pain after i eat and when i go to toilet and have had a bit of blood in my poo before.

    thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      I think if the pain gets any worse, you should go to the emergency room. If you can wait, go to the doctor later next week. I hope you feel better.