Cordyceps in Long Term Treatment of Renal Transplant Patients

Renal transplant or kidney transplant is the organ transplant of a kidney into a patient with end-stage renal disease. Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney transplantation, accounting for approximately 25% of those in the US. Kidney transplantation is a life-extending procedure. The typical patient will live ten to fifteen years longer with a kidney transplant than if kept on dialysis. People generally have more energy, a less restricted diet, and fewer complications with a kidney transplant than if they stay on conventional dialysis. In order to avoid rejection, almost all kidney transplant recipients must take medicines that suppress their immune response for the rest of their life. (more…)

Get to know Phosphatidylcholine very well


Date: 03/30/2003

Phosphatidylcholine (derived from lecithin), a primary dietary source of choline, is composed of a phosphate group, 2 fatty acids, and choline. The composition of essential fatty acids in phosphatidylcholine determines its value in promoting health. When phosphatidylcholine is ingested, most of it is broken down into choline, glycerol free fatty acids, and the phosphate group, rather than being incorporated intact into cellular membranes.

• Although choline can be manufactured in humans from either methionine or serine, it has recently been designated an essential nutrient.


Horse Chestnut Update: Weight Management and Brain Health

Horse chestnut and its active compound called aescin (also escin) is best known for its ability to correct vein-related circulatory problems and leg swelling.  It has been used historically1 for hemorrhoids, kidney stones, fever, GI tract support, bladder problems, post-operative edema, and skin problems.  New studies show that it may also be helpful for weight management and brain health – while helping to boost antioxidant function and reducing inflammation.

Researchers fed mice a high fat diet for five weeks, resulting in significantly elevated leptin and total cholesterol.  Feeding the mice horse chestnut at the same time as consuming a high fat diet resulted in 31% less rise in leptin2 and a 17% increase in protective HDL Cholesterol High-density lipoprotein that is one of five lipoproteins that enable cholesterol and triglycerides to be transported within the bloodstream to the liver and to the adrenals, ovaries, or testes for the production of steroid hormones. .  Lowering leptin levels is important as that means it helps combat leptin resistance and consequent food cravings.  Another animal study showed that horse chestnut given with a high fat diet prevented adverse changes to the liver3 by boosting antioxidant glutathione levels in liver cells – the core antioxidant needed for cellular health.

In another recent study scientists induced stroke by occluding both carotid arteries into the brain.  Horse chestnut4 was given ½ hour after the stroke event and repeated daily for three days.  Tests then showed that horse chestnut significantly improved memory and learning while reducing damage to the hippocampus in the brain.  Analysis of gene responses showed that it reduced inflammatory gene signaling while boosting repair gene signaling.  The mechanisms of improvement suggest that horse chestnut may be a good nutrient for general brain health to help offset inflammatory brain stress.

The potent anti-inflammatory properties of horse chestnut were further demonstrated by researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center when they showed that horse chestnut could powerfully lower the primary gene signal, NF-kappaB, which is overly wound up in just about every type of cancer.  The reduction of NF-kappaB in resistant cancer cells now enabled the cancer cells to be killed by chemo drugs.

Collectively, this new information expands the usefulness of this very helpful circulatory compound.


Wednesday, December 08, 2010 –  Byron Richards, CCN

Referenced Studies:

  1. ^ Horse Chestnut Monograph Altern Med Rev.
  2. ^ Horse Chestnut Improves Leptin Status and HDL Cholesterol Pharm Biol.  Avci G, Küçükkurt I, Küpeli Akkol E, Yeşilada E.
  3. ^ Horse Chestnut Boosts Liver Antioxidant Status J Ethnopharmacol.  Küçükkurt I, Ince S, Keleş H, Akkol EK, Avci G, Yeşilada E, Bacak E
  4. ^ Horse Chestnut Protects Brain Following Stroke Neurochem Int.  Zhang L, Fu F, Zhang X, Zhu M, Wang T, Fan H.
  5. ^ Horse Chestnut Lowers Inflammatory NF-kappaB Mol Pharmacol.  Harikumar KB, Sung B, Pandey MK, Guha S, Krishnan S, Aggarwal BB.

Naturopathic Approaches to Diabetic Kidney Disease

This article presents naturopathic treatments for diabetic kidney disease, also known as diabetic nephropathy. From the outset, it should be emphasized that controlling blood sugar and hypertension are the two most important and indispensable strategies in treating diabetic nephropathy. Because there are many resources available covering naturopathic treatments for hyperglycemia and hypertension, they will not be covered here. Instead, this article will focus on specific dietary, lifestyle, and supplement regimens that have been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality in diabetic nephropathy. (more…)

Singing the Praises of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Those of us who go back a few years likely remember the line about parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in the huge Simon and Garfunkel hit song about two ill-fated lovers, “Are You Going to Scarborough Fair”. Many have speculated that the reference to the four popular herbs was due to their use in Medieval Europe to help cleanse the air and ward off the infamous black plague. Others have thought that the reference to the four herbs was because the combination may have been used as a love potion.

Whatever the reason for their inclusion in the popular song, the many health benefits of those four popular spices make them a herbal health quartet worth loving and singing praises about in their own rights.

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Prevent kidney stones

The pain of kidney stones is one of the worst possible pains one could possibly experience. While the causes behind kidney stones are not fully understood there is some common nutritional advice that can help prevent these stones from forming.

Kidney stones come in a number of different forms. Understanding the type of stone is key to preventing it from re-forming. The most common kidney stones are by far calcium oxalate crystals which account for 80% and uric acid crystals which account for another 5-10%. These stones thrive in an acidic environment so boosting alkaline buffering minerals can be a great preventative tool. Calcium phosphate stones are rare but they thrive in an alkaline environment. (more…)

The Taoist Approach to Protecting Your Kidneys

Winter and your kidneys are connected.

According to the Chinese Theory of the 5 Elements, we are currently in kidney season. The Five Elements Theory, also know as Wu Xing, is an observation and diagnosis of the interaction between Yin and Yang energy through the 5 Elements. The Elements being Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.

Each element has characteristics associated with a season, an emotion, and a sensory organ, in addition to many other associations.

Kidneys are associated with the winter season, the emotion of fear, and the sensory organ of the body, the ears. The theory is that kidney energy is highest during the winter months.  Also, when experiencing fear, kidney energy is depleted. When a person has unexplained ringing in the ear, it can be because of a deficiency in kidney energy. (more…)