The next time you’re faced with something that’s unexpected, unwanted and uncertain, consider that it just may be a gift - Stacey Kramer
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"Perhaps the most widely used alternative therapy in urology is cranberries. Many patients are aware that they are beneficial for the urinary tract and will use them if they have any signs of problems. Cranberries are one of the most widely studied foods in medicine. Numerous studies and a large statistical review by the Cochrane Group, one of the leaders in evidence-based medicine, have shown them to be beneficial.
The main use for cranberries in urology is for preventing urinary tract infections in those who experience them more than 2 or 3 times a year. Cranberries are 90% water, but they also contain numerous chemicals that are thought to keep bacteria from growing in the urinary tract or sticking to the bladder wall. The current theory is that fructose and proanthocyanidins are mainly responsible for this, but it’s not really known or completely understood.
Both cranberry juice and tablets have been found to be effective. Cranberry products last in the system for about 6 hours or so, so using them multiple times a day is sometimes indicated. I generally recommend using them at night at a minimum, because that is when the bladder gets fullest and bacteria can thus grow the most to set in an infection.
Whether or not cranberries can be used to actually cure infections is controversial, and there isn’t much data to support this. These days, antibiotics work so well, and usually after only 3 doses, that there isn’t much of a search for alternatives.
If someone is having recurring urinary infections, it is important to be evaluated by a health care provider to ensure there is no other underlying issue causing the recurrence. In most cases, we find that there is not, that it’s simply factors within the patient’s body that are predisposing them to the infections. At that point, it is appropriate to start a preventive program. The standard of care is a daily low dose antibiotic, but numerous studies have compared low dose antibiotics to cranberry tablets and found them to have very similar results with much fewer side effects.
My general advice to patients who are experiencing recurring infections, along with other measures such as increasing fluid intake, is to begin using cranberry juice or tablets 3 times a day, with bedtime being the most important dose not to miss. If this is effective in preventing further infections, we continue it for at least 6 months to allow the urinary tract to completely heal, as it is much easier for a new infection to set in when the bladder is still irritated from the last infection. I’ve had some patients be able to stop preventive measures after 6 months, and others who got another infection right away and have needed to stay on the cranberry products long-term.
Cranberry products are just one component of a comprehensive approach to treating recurring urinary tract infections. But they are simple, affordable, and safe. Definitely worth trying!". Source: Cranberry Cures, Holistic Urology, November 7, 2013.
Then again, "Is Kidney Disease Reversible? Well, this is a question that most people on this journey often ask or think about…
Unfortunately, there is no one clear answer to this.Some kidney disease disease diagnoses, especially actue kidney disease can often be reversible. If the damage is significant however, you may be looking at dialysis or kidney transplant as options to this.
If your kidney disease has been brought on by the usual culprits- diabetes and/or hypertension, and you’re in the early stages, you may be able to reverse your kidney failure or at worst, delay the progression of this. It’s what you hear over and over again- healthy living! Stop smoking, stop drinking, exercise, eat lots of fruit and vegetables (if you can) and drink water. Stay away from fast food and any other processed foods as these are extremely high in sodium as well as other toxins that the kidney finds challenging to filter.
Remember, there are very few miracles out there and if you get kidney disease, it’s something you will live with for the rest of your days. Dialysis, or even transplantation are only ever other treatments for this rather than cures. There is currently no cure for kidney disease.
However, with the technological advances that are in progress, the next 20 years look extremely promising for us needing kidneys." Source: "Is Kidney Disease Reversible? Living Well with Kidney Disease, January 10, 2013.
Let’s Drink to Kidney Health (Literally)!
If you’re wondering how best to promote kidney health, it may be as simple as pouring yourself a glass of something to drink. “A drink of what?” you might ask. No magic potions, but drinks you may already have at home can actually boost your health.
The Importance of Diet for the Urinary Tract
You are what you eat.
The cells in our bodies are made entirely from the proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals that we get from our food, that we have been getting from our food since we were born, that we got from the food our mother ate when we were growing in her womb. This is an inescapable fact. What and how we eat creates our bodies.
American Association of Kidney Patients
The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) is a national non-profit organization founded by kidney patients for kidney patients. We strive to educate and improve the health and well-being of chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, those on hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and transplant recipients.
Why holistic urology? Consider a bladder infection. Most people think that it is a simple problem. Bacteria get into the urine, they grow to create an infection, you take some antibiotics, and you are cured. The reality is bacteria get into the urine very frequently, and this usually does not cause an infection. A weak immune system, disturbed bowel function, disruption of normal flora in the body (meaning that healthy bacteria are no longer present), and lifestyle factors such as holding the urine are all major contributors. Simply treating the infection without addressing the underlying causes often leads to recurrence of the infection in the bladder or manifestation as other health problems later.
I created this site to share what I have learned and continue to learn about the variety of simple, effective, inexpensive, and sustainable ways that health can be achieved, particularly as it relates to the urinary tract.
Kidney & Urology Foundation of America
The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America provides research grants and develops quality educational conferences for physicians and other medical professionals in the nephrology, urology and transplant communities.
Kidney Health Australia
Kidney Health Australia was first incorporated on 9 August 1968 as a non-profit organisation which has served the kidney community of Australia for well over 40 years. Kidney Health Australia's mission, vision and values are at the core of how we conduct our business and form the foundation for our future direction. Kidney Health Australia has given a long term commitment to families and children affected by kidney disease, but the biggest challenge remains for us to reach those two million Australians who do not know they have early kidney damage.
Kidney Patient Guide
This site has been made possible by a generous grant from the Wellcome Trust's Science on Stage and Screen awards. This site is the result of collaboration between health care professionals, experts in information technology and multimedia, specialist health care writers, and - above all - people with renal failure, their families and carers.
KidneyBuzz.com aims to empower its viewership which is primarily members of the Chronic Kidney Disease/Dialysis Community by offering accurate and up-to-date information free of charge through its Dialy Meal, Daily Article, and Daily Inspirational Quote. It is also in the business of providing tailored products and services to the Chronic Kidney Disease/Dialysis Community,
KidneyCoach.com is a blog created to help people, like you achieve health and happiness in all areas of their life through the creation of powerful free content (articles, video, and audio) each week.
Living Well with Kidney Disease
I’m a hemodialysis patient who dialyses at home. I was diagnosed with kidney disease (crescenteric glomerulonephritis) in Dec 2007 and since then I have tried CAPD, APD and finally hemodialysis. Now that’s the really short version!
National Kidney Center
Our desire is to share compassion with individuals who are diagnosed with kidney disorders by supporting efforts for early screening, detection and awareness of treatment options that include paired donation.
The National Kidney Center will also provide an online community where individuals with kidney disease can connect and share information with family members, friends and care providers.
Nephrology News & Issues
Nephrology News & Issues, part of Grand View Media Group in Birmingham, Ala., published its first issue in 1987 with the aim of informing readers of the latest developments in nephrology while providing a forum for the exchange of ideas among the professional disciplines responsible for delivering care to the end-stage renal disease patient.â€¨â€¨
Welcome to qKidney Q&A, where you can ask questions and receive answers from experts in the renal community
The National Registry of Rare Kidney Diseases (RaDaR) is an initiative by UK kidney specialists (the Renal Association). It is designed to pull together information from patients who have certain rare kidney diseases. This will give a much better understanding of how these illnesses affect people. It will also speed up research.
The Nephron Information Center
Our mission is to use this medium to make the public more aware of kidney disease in a sincere effort to prevent it when we can, and to help our colleagues achieve good outcomes in those who already have end stage renal disease. Our role is to provide as much information as possible to patients, professionals and the general public.
UrineColors.com is a site created to help you determine the causes of your different urine colors as well as help you understand how your urine color can be a symptom of certain health issues. We also discuss the basics about urine and some very interesting urine facts.
UroToday's mission is to create a free, credible, referenced online publication providing global open access to accurate and timely urological disease information. UroToday is dedicated to ensuring that the availability and accessibility of research material is not affected by marketing and distribution strategies used by publishers.
Urology Care Foundation
The Urology Care Foundation is committed to promoting urology research and education. We work with researchers, healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers to improve patients' lives.
There are many different types and causes of kidney disease. These can be characterized as hereditary, congenital or acquired.
International Pelvic Pain Society
In 1995 a group of physicians met to discuss their common interest in treating one of the most difficult of clinical problems, chronic pelvic pain. From the beginning, gynecologist, urologist, psychologist and other health professionals have been committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of chronic pelvic pain. After two years, the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) was incorporated to serve as a forum for professional and public education.
Most kidney diseases attack the nephrons. This damage may leave kidneys unable to remove wastes. Causes can include genetic problems, injuries, or medicines. You are at greater risk for kidney disease if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a close family member with kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease damages the nephrons slowly over several years.
If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD) then your kidneys are not working as well as they once did. Various conditions can cause CKD. Severity can vary but most cases are: mild or moderate, occur in older people, do not cause symptoms and do not progress to kidney failure.
Other than kidney infections, the two most common kidney conditions among teens are known by similar-sounding names: glomerulonephritis and nephrotic syndrome.
Welcome to YourKidneys.com, a website designed to empower and educate people about kidney disease. We seek to build an online community where people can get helpful information from medical experts, share their experiences on the message boards, and learn about kidney disease through education articles and health tools.