Study Links Global Warming To The Increase Of Kidney Stone Cases

By | July 16, 2008

Study Links Global Warming To The Increase Of Kidney Stone Cases

As the planet warms there will be more people suffering from kidney stones most probably due to dehydration that comes by either not drinking enough liquid or losing too much because high heat conditions, US researchers say.

Kidney stone disease or nephrolithiasis is not the only condition scientists have predicted to come together with global warming. Many scientists already think global warming will increase the reach of tropical disease such as malaria. Heart disease is also expected to hit high once temperatures increase. … Currently, kidney stone disease occurs in about 12 percent of US men and 7 percent of women. The disease is more common in the warmer parts of the US, more exactly in the Southeast, a region known as the “kidney-stone belt” because of the high number of people suffering from kidney stones. US states confronting with this situation include Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, and Arkansas. – eflux

Am I at risk since I take 3 grams of vitamin C per day every morning? Being too acidic is one cause of stones.

The doctors state that there are four types of kidney stones. They all are caused by different things. There is a calcium kidney stone, which is caused by excess calcium. These are the ones that I had. The next is a struvite kidney stone. If you have repeated bladder or kidney infections, this might be the one you are apt to get. The third kind is uric acid stones, which of course are caused by too much acid in the urine. The fourth, and least common are cysteine kidney stones. Any body builder or people taking amino acids, are familiar with L-cysteine. It is a body building amino acid.

Whether you decide to go the medical route or herbal and natural route to get rid of kidney stones, be sure to contact your doctor. Some of the medicines they might prescribe you are Zyloprim, or Calcibind. Both are effective in diminishing the attacks you might have, but they can take several weeks or longer to work.

There are several natural ways to fight kidney stones. A homeopathic store, or natural food store can give you ideas. One thing they suggested was using cell salts along with berberis vulgaris. This is more commonly known as Bilberry, and is often used for vision problems. Some suggest using cranberry pills, as they clear out the kidneys and bladder. The salesperson at the natural food store stated that these both have been proven to work. – ac

I may cut down to 2 grams but I haven’t had any problems taking 3 grams per day for over a year. How long do kidney stones take to form?

Over twenty years ago, Linus Pauling proposed that the RDA for vitamin C should be increased to 200 mg/day. At about the same time, he mustered theoretical and experimental arguments to support his belief at that time that the optimal intake for humans is about 2 grams/day. While the merits of ingesting that much vitamin C or more each day are debatable, at least we can be confident that large doses are not harmful for healthy people and may be of therapeutic benefit in many cases. In particular, the concern about the role of vitamin C in kidney stone formation, a source of speculation for several decades, appears to be no longer justified. – pi

3 thoughts on “Study Links Global Warming To The Increase Of Kidney Stone Cases

  1. Hobart Cidrule

    The above posts are quite misleading. Although vitamin C may not be causative of kidney stones, taking Paulng-recommended doses is EXTREMELY dangerous — actually leading to cancer (instead of preventing it!)– as is now well known. For more details, please seee either of the major biographies of Linus Pauling: LINUS PAULING: A MAN AND HIS SCIENCE by Anthony Serafini or LINUS PAULING: A LIFE IN SCIENCE AND POLITICS by Ted Goertzel.

  2. Xeno Post author

    My belief is that Vitamin C is EXTREMELY safe and does not cause cancer in even large daily doses. I’ve been taking 3 grams per day for over a year and I think this has kept me very healthy. If I don’t take it for a week, I get colds and flus. That’s just my own experience. Do you have any study in a peer reviewed journal to the contrary? I think this may be the source of your confusion:

    An article in the June 15, 2001, issue of the journal Science[1] revealed that in vitro ascorbic acid catalyzed the conversion of lipid hydroperoxide into a substance that can damage DNA. Of course, for anyone following the scientific literature, this is not new information. We have seen studies on vitamin C and other antioxidants, showing that they can easily be converted to pro-oxidants with the right in vitro stimulus. This type of study is interesting at best, but does NOT reveal how an antioxidant will respond in the complex biochemical and energetic milieu of the body. When the article was published, the authors of the study even stated, “Please don’t say vitamin C causes cancer.” This didn’t stop the Associated Press from using the headline, “Lab Study Finds Possible Villainy in Vitamin C Pills.” Neither did it stop the The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) from publishing, “Research Finds an Ill Effect of Vitamin C — Nutrient Can Aid Cancer-Linked Toxin,” which sends the wrong message about this study. The worst of the print media came from the Vancouver Columbian (Vancouver, WA), which stated, “Cancer Link Found With Vitamin C.” The interesting fact in this case is that all three headlines were attached to the same story, written by AP science writer Paul Recer. A credit to Mr. Recer is that the story itself was pretty fairly written, with quotes from the study authors and a representative of the Linus Pauling Institute. But the point here is, it is very easy to mislead an attention-deficit-plagued public that is used to getting news in snippets from the talking heads on television news, which, by the way, faired just as poorly at fully informing the public about this story. – – link

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