Kidney Stones on the Rise in the U.S.

Kidney Stones on the Rise in the U.S.  According to the Mayo Clinic (02/12/2018), more and more Americans suffer from kidney stones each year.  In fact, doctors performed over 80 million CT scans in the US in 2016 to confirm kidney stones, compared to 2.7 million in 1995.

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Kidney Stones.  The study concluded that kidney stones increased more than fourfold among women and more than twofold among men, it found.  In fact, young women between 18 and 39 had the highest increase in cases, jumping from 62 to 252 cases between 1984 and 2012.  Sadly, diet and water intake are the apparent root cause.  In fact, Dr. John Lieske, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was a lead author of the study.   He found that “Too much calcium in the urine is certainly a factor in many of these patients but not all of them, and then there’s other things that come into play related to diet and not drinking enough fluids.”

One has to wonder if all of the calcium supplements are taking their toll on America’s health.  In fact, most calcium deficiencies are actually a protein problem or a problem properly digesting and using protein.  Most kidney stones consist of calcium salts, often calcium oxalate or calcium phosphate. The incidence of both types of stones increased over the past three decades, according to the study. Calcium oxalate accounted for nearly 75% of all the kidney stones.

Hydration and Kidney Stones

Hydration and controlling your salt intake are the biggest steps to prevention.   They may help prevent most types of kidney stones. According to the Mayo Clinic, drinking as much as 2 to 3 quarts of water per day can even help remove small stones.  The water essentially flushes out the urinary system.  However, “Nothing, nothing, trumps fluids,” Clayman said. “If you’re drinking 3 quarts a day and making 2½ quarts of urine a day, that’s the best way you can protect or defend either against getting kidney stones or, if you’ve had them, defend against getting them again.”

Enzymes and Kidney Stones

Do you know what breaks down calcium oxalate, calcium salts and/or calcium phosphate?  The answer is enzymes.  In fact, the type of enzyme your body uses to break down stones are lithotriptic enzymes.  Essentially, litho means stone and tryptic means carving or cutting.  In fact, I carry lithotriptic enzyme supplements to support your body’s ability to break down kidney stones.  Why?  Because kidney stones can be intensely painful.  In fact, kidney stones in men are often called male child birth.  Additionally, if you suffer from low back pain this may also be a sign of kidney stones or other kidney problems.

Are you concerned about your kidney health?  Are you looking for a safe and natural approach to healthy kidney function?  If so, contact us and set up a consultation or call us at 425-868-0120.  I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life.  I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis, which is trusted by both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  This will help me determine if you are a good candidate for care.  If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought-after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

Kidney Stones
Kidney Stones

 

Vitamin D, Enzymes, and Health

Enzymes Vitamin D and Health: While most Americans like you are aware of the serious vitamin D problems.  However, are you aware of the health problems that come from a lack of vitamin D.  Additionally, did you know that your body needs certain enzymes to digest, absorb and use vitamin D?

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Vitamin D, Enzymes, and Health

It seems to be common knowledge that Americans don’t get enough vitamin D.  However, many are unaware of all of the consequences.  Yes, we all know that vitamin D is vital for bone health, your body needs it for so much more.  In fact, irritable bowel syndrome and sports injuries may also be linked to a vitamin D deficiency.  In fact, did you know:

IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common digestive problem in the U.S.?  According to IRI, Americans spent about $1.6 billion last year.  IBS is a collection of digestive problems including abdominal discomfort, spastic colon, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation.  So, what does this have to do with vitamin D?  Well, about 75 percent of people with IBS have insufficient levels of vitamin D.  Additionally, and about 70 percent report improvement when taking vitamin D supplements.  There is even research that shows that patients who show a genetic predisposition to IBS have lower vitamin D levels.

Sports Injuries

So, what about sports injuries?  Well, let’s take a look at some professional athletes.  After all, they must take really good care of themselves and can probably afford to eat healthy.  They can even afford the make sure they get the proper levels of vitamin D either through their diet or via supplements.  Would it surprise you to know that about 60 percent of NFL players have low vitamin D.  This deficiency places them at increased risk for injury.  In fact, about 56 percent of players with low vitamin D suffered muscle strain or injury, especially in the legs and feet.  What’s more, many athletes and general Americans are supplementing with copious amounts of this important vitamin.  

Enzymes & Vitamin D

So, what exactly is the role of enzymes when it comes to vitamin D.  Do you know what vitamin d is?  Is it a fat?  Or perhaps it’s a protein.  Maybe it’s a carbohydrate?  It’s a fat.  In fact, it’s one of four fat-based vitamins.  Do you know the other ones?  They’re vitamins A, E, & K.  Your body can not absorb fats directly.  Why?  Your body is basically water.  Meanwhile, these Vitamin D is a fat, which is basically oil.  Of course, we all know what happens when we try to mix water and oil, right?  So, your body has to emulsify these four vitamins.  Only then can your body break them down and absorb them.  Your body uses bile to emulsify fats, and lipase to break them down for digestion.

When your body can’t make enough bile, it can’t emulsify these fat-based vitamins.  This means your body can’t break down this crucial vitamin.  Interestingly, the inability to break down proteins causes problems with bile flow.  In this case enzymes that support healthy protein digestion may be helpful.  However, if your body can’t make enough lipase then even if it can emulsify fat-based vitamins, A-D-E-K, it can’t break it down for absorption.  In this case enzymes that support healthy fat digestion may be helpful.  Did you remember that your body’s ability to make these enzymes declines up to 70% by age 40? These are some of the many reasons I chose to specialize in enzyme nutrition.

Would you like to know more?

Do you have health issues?  Would you like someone to help you identify and address the real source of stress?  Does this sound better than treating symptoms or using the wrong outcome measurements?  If so, contact us and set up a consultation or call us at 425-868-0120.  I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life.  I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis, which is trusted by both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  This will help me determine if you are a good candidate for care.  If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought-after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

 

Vitamin D, Sports Injuries and Digestive Health
Vitamin D, Sports Injuries and Digestive Health