How to keep kidney problems from turning into bone and heart problems
January 21, 2013
Volume 3 | Issue 06
Did you know that chronic kidney disease often leads to bone disorders and hardening of the arteries? It's true. One characteristic of kidney disease is the accumulation of calcium and phosphorus. And too much calcium can make your bones more dense, but brittle. And it can calcify your arteries. So how can you reduce the calcium and keep your bones strong?
This is a difficult situation. In order to reduce calcium and phosphorus, you have to take magnesium. But most doctors will tell you that too much magnesium can cause kidney problems. If you already have kidney problems, you don't want to throw more trouble their way.
But there's new thinking on how to treat the kidney problems and keep your bones strong at the same time. Mike Adams, from naturalnews.com, has done extensive research on bone minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. He now believes the calcium and phosphorus accumulation may occur prior to the kidney problems. In fact, they may lead to kidney disease.
This actually makes a lot of sense. You may know that calcium oxalate is the main component of kidney stones. When the mineral builds-up on the inner lining of the kidneys, it can lead to large, crystalline stones. Most medical professionals consider kidney stones as the beginning of kidney disease. While we don't have any evidence that calcium supplements lead to kidney stones, we know there's an association between calcium and the stones.
Most of us get plenty of calcium from our diet, so we know our bodies have ample amounts. The problem occurs when our body doesn't absorb the calcium into the bones. It just floats in the bloodstream. When this happens, the excess calcium goes into the kidney, where it may cause damage.
So how can you keep this kidney damage from turning into bone and artery damage? Adams suggests a radical approach – ionized magnesium. This goes against standard protocols. But, again, it makes sense. If the calcium and phosphorus accumulation was the actual cause of the kidney damage, it's likely taking magnesium will help reduce the accumulation. And, it will help protect your bones and your arteries at the same time. There's a massive amount of research on magnesium's role in protecting your heart and bones.
Adams relates the following story: "A magnesium researcher asked a colleague, who is a kidney disease specialist, to allow him to test his patients for magnesium. Ionized magnesium and serum magnesium testing was done on 100 patients. The results were that people with chronic kidney disease (of all varieties) have the highest levels of serum magnesium and in the same sample, the lowest levels of ionized magnesium. When these patients took ionized magnesium liquid their blood ionized magnesium levels improved and they all got better. When the magnesium researcher asked if the kidney specialist would write about these amazing findings - he said he could not and refused to publish the study 'because everyone knows that magnesium can't be taken in kidney disease!"
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Whether you have kidney disease or not, magnesium might be your best weapon to fight it. And it will help your bones and your heart as well. You'll need to take about 500 mg of magnesium daily. If you don't have kidney disease, you can take magnesium citrate. If you do have kidney disease, take magnesium in the liquid, pico-ionic form (you might want to read Adam's full story at the link below if you do have kidney disease). You can find both forms online and at many health food stores.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.