The Liver Cleanse and Gallbladder Flush: Separating Fact from Fiction

Liver support and cleansing are popular topics in alternative medicine. Liver support is perhaps one of the most widely employed therapeutic options in standard-of-care naturopathic medicine. It would seem that treating the liver is an integral step in the journey from disease to wellness for a huge range of medical complaints to the naturopathic physician. Liver cleansing has a rich historical background based in eclectic medicine and provides a foundation on which general health restoration may be founded. Despite this, liver cleansing remains a little-researched area of modern medicine. Scientific study of botanical medicines and a handful of nutraceuticals have provided sound evidence of liver condition-specific efficacy, yet no studies exist in which liver cleansing as a whole has been explored. The therapeutic success of liver cleansing at this time is mainly anecdotal; to bring this therapy into greater focus requires a case series or clinical study. What we do have is an increasingly growing field of research that is defining how liver-specific nutrients work as protective and restorative medicine. (more…)

Evil Soy

Today, we turn our attention to soy. I tell you true, that stuff’s poison. It can do a number on you like nobody’s business and you might not even be aware it’s soy that’s causing all your woes.

Lest you object to my going after soy, I’ll agree up front that not all people suffer soy’s dire consequences. But then, most smokers don’t develop cancer, either. How lucky do you feel?

Here’s what you’re facing: (more…)

Using Citrus Pectin to Fight Fibrosis and Heart Disease

In an exciting new study completed in the UK researchers showed that the right kind of Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) can stop deadly kidney fibrosis in it’s tracks. The MCP accomplishes this by binding to and blocking a certain protein molecule called galectin-3. By disabling the galectin-3 molecules, MCP decreased the effects of inflammation and fibrosis in a kidney injury model. (more…)

The diabetic carb-kidney connection

A low-carb diet won’t just help diabetics lose weight, seize control of their blood sugar and lower the risk of heart problems–it can also turn back the clock and undo some of the disease’s deadliest damage.

And now, a study on mice shows how a modified version of the diet can actually reverse kidney failure–and if it works in humans, it may even eliminate the need for dialysis.

Researchers induced kidney failure in mice with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, then put half on an extreme version of the low-carb diet. These mice got up to 87 percent of their calories from fat, with most of the rest from protein and very little from carbs. (more…)

Avoid These Overactive Bladder Triggers

Are you having trouble controlling your bladder… and does it seem as if it sometimes controls you?

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, you could be suffering from urinary incontinence, which can range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting. And more than 13 million people in the United States experience the problem.

But a report from CNN provides the following list of triggers you can avoid or minimize to help decrease urinary accidents… (more…)

Natural Health Breakthrough for Diabetic Kidney Problems

There is great news of a natural health breakthrough that may help diabetics who have impaired kidney function. It comes in the form of healing foods.

Researchers have for the first time found that a special high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet may reverse that impaired kidney function. Those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes might be interested in learning more about the “ketogenic” diet. (more…)

10 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones

The kidneys are one of the most important organs in the human body, as they help to detox and filter out impurities from the blood, as well as waste products in our urine. Kidney stones form when the kidneys are not able to process these toxins efficiently. In this case, a crystallization of unprocessed minerals build up, causing pain, stones and possible blockage of urine flow.

The following section will offer some simple natural remedies to help soothe the discomfort of kidney stones, as well as speed up the body’s natural healing process.

1. Lemon Juice, Olive Oil & Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (more…)