Unconventional thoughts about kidney problems and dialysis

My story
In the latter half of the 1970es I attended a dialysis congress in Berlin and had symptoms of getting a cold. One evening I had kidney pains and discovered that I had anuria. Nothing came out, though it should, since I hadn’t urinated for hours. So I sat down with my kidney area leaned to the heating radiator in the hotel room and drank water, lots of water, to force a so called water diuresis. It worked. The kidney started to work again and I could urinate. They continued working but some pains remained. A brute-force method, but it so far did what I wanted...

Being actively working in the field of dialysis, even though on the medical engineering side, I knew that I had nothing to loose... One of the last things I wanted was to become a dialysis patient myself. Having had good experiences with homeopathy and herbal medicine already (though mainly for minor ailments and few a little worse, such as gastritis), I decided to take that path. The ex-wife of a friend of mine in Germany was a “Heilpraktiker”, an officially licensed alternative physician working with nature medicine. She gave me a set of remedies, which helped me a lot. After a few weeks I had no symptoms, anymore, and stopped taking them. Some days later the pains came back.

Now I consulted a nephrologist in Basel (Switzerland), where I lived at that time. He had blood and urine samples taken and made an isotope radiography. When I came back a little later for the results, he was confused and said that the data didn’t fit: “I think something is not OK with my radiography equipment. I will have it checked by a technician and then we will make another investigation.” That confirmed to me that I was on the right path and that nothing was wrong with his equipment, but I didn’t tell him that. What didn’t seem to fit was simply the effect of the herbal and homeopathic medication. Instead I resumed taking my natural remedies and didn’t go to see him again. The pains went away and I felt good.

The next step was to consult Germany’s at that time best homeopathic physician in Frankfurt. He was old then already and if he is still alive he will be retired since many years. He tested me and gave me homeopathic remedies, which worked very well for me. He also said: “You should have your tonsils tested.” So I went to an oto-rhino-laryngologist, who discovered that I had a latent infection of hemolytic streptococci, which is known to with time lead to either endocarditis or kidney disease – I doubt that the nephrologist would ever have had the idea to check for such a connection... The homeopathic physician said: “I normally don’t advise this, but you should have your tonsils removed.” That was done some time later in the hospital in Basel. He had also given me special homeopathic remedies for the operation, which I secretly took while in the hospital. After the operation, the hospital physician said: “You are recovering unusually well. We can send you home earlier than we thought.”

Then I continued getting homeopathic injections every week and took drops when I couldn’t see the homeopathic physician. Some months later I was completely cured and never had kidney problems again! And I didn’t take any allopathic (synthetic) remedies at all!

Official medicine denies that kind of medical treatment and would want to explain my case as a spontaneous recovery that has nothing to do with homeopathy, as a mistake in the diagnosis, or something similar. But I KNOW that it isn’t so! They have their theories and I have my experience! Homeopathy and herbal medicine is fought as competition to big business, and that is the real truth... Homeopathy cannot be patented, nor can herbal remedies, and the therefore limited profit from such remedies is uninteresting for the established pharmaceutical companies. Synthetic remedies can be patented, at least their synthetization procedures, and profits can be kept at hundreds of percents. That is the real reason... Furthermore, homeopathy is difficult to learn for a physician who is brainwashed for allopathy... and it appears too unscientific to him (as does herbal medicine, too)...

Yet, if all the money invested in the development of dialysis had been invested in alternative methods, I am convinced by my own experience that we would have far less dialysis patients to day. But there wouldn’t be this big business! And that is all that is wanted in our world, as it is to day. Our real god is money and business, and alternatives and patients are sacrificed on his altar. This big business needs patients, and many of them... And we wouldn’t face the problem that dialysis treatment costs a lot more than the average patient earns and that, therefore, a limit must be set. Dialysis has become a heavy and growing economical burden for the health system. In several countries patients are not admitted to dialysis over a certain age, which means that they are left to slowly die...

But what does that matter, if only the business is kept running and growing...? The ideal is a treatment that the patient needs the rest of his life, maintaining the turnover, and not one that cures him in a few months after which he is lost as a customer... Nothing is better than the eternal patient! Business and truth don’t go well together...

But I nevertheless continued working for the dialysis industry. After all, the best possible has to be done for all these patients, who are already there and become more all the time... For them there is no return if they no more have their kidneys, except the much better solution of transplantation. Business or not, we are here dealing with human beings, even though this fact may seem quite easy to forget...

Transplantation has, by the way, in one part also become a really dirty black market business! Kidneys are offered on the black market which have been taken from helpless refugees and poor people (such as refugees from Bangla Desh in India) and  acquired in truly criminal ways, e.g., stolen from victims among the poor in Colombia. There is a mafia at work here, offering to jump the queue for those waiting for a transplant, if they can afford to pay. One of the stories I heard is about a man in Slovenia (where I now live with my Slovenian wife), who went for shopping in Italy and didn’t come home. Some days later he woke up in a ditch in Italy with a sutured and bandaged operation wound on his back. One of his kidneys had been stolen! It is remarkable that there are physicians who don’t more critically question from where the kidney comes, but that way at least indirectly cooperate with this mafia.

Psychosomatics, a neglected branch of medicine
Why is this science so neglected? The answer is obvious: it offers possibilities to solve medical problems without medicaments and technical devices. Thus the industry cannot make money with it...

In Chinese medicine it is said: “Emotional influence on proper kidney function: the kidney is said to house the force of will power and determination. Will power, therefore, relies on nourishment by kidney jing [or ching = essence, vigor]. If jing is weak, then will power and its sustained expression (memory) will also be weak. Intense or prolonged fear, the emotion associated with the kidney, will cause injury to the kidney [or chì = energy flow, vitality], resulting in impotence, spermatorrhea, or the gradual development of cowardly behavior. The other way around, a physical deficiency of kidney jing can cause a disposition for panicky and fearful behavior.” [1]

German text books on psychosomatics suggest that kidney problems have to do with partnership problems. At the time, when I had the above described experience, I did have such problems. Did I also have fear? Since this happened some 35 years ago, I don't remember having any clear fear, but one can certainly also have unconscious fear. Louise Hay, a person who isn’t in any way taken seriously by official medicine, wrote that kidney problems have to do with criticism, disappointment and failure, and disappointments I did have.

You don’t believe in psychosomatics? I hope you will not have to learn about it the hard way... However, psychosomatics works both ways. Most persons make themselves sick through fears, anger and other negative emotions, but you can also keep yourself healthy with positive thinking and emotions (especially love)!

Is it really logical to assume that body and psyche would be so completely separated that none of them affects the other?

Another experience with natural medicine
In 2005 I came home from abroad and had atrial fibrillation. Cardioversion in the intensive care unit by means of infusion was successful. But why did I have that? Cardiac catheterization showed that I have practically no atherosclerosis. The coronary arteries are well open. The physicians guessed at a viral myocarditis as the cause. And, in fact, I had just before it started had an infection with a nasty and quite aggressive flu that went around at that time. I fought it, as usual, with homeopathic remedies and an Echinacea preparation, but began with this a little too late. (I wonder where I would be to day if I hadn't even done that...)

After just a few months of medication with, a.o., Cordarone (which is known to have unpleasant side effects in prolonged use), I went to see a German “Heilpraktiker”, specialized in heart medicine. He gave me a very effective mixture of herbal fluid extracts. It was so effective that the cardiologist, when I saw him next, after his investigation said that I could stop taking both Cordarone and the antithrombotic medicament and instead resort to a mild beta-blocker. Next year he said that I could actually stop taking even the latter, but it could involve a small risk. I am still taking only a minimal dose of that mild beta-blocker, but I certainly do continue with the herbal medicaments, and I will actually one day also stop taking the beta-blocker. In fact, at the end the “Heilpraktiker” has helped me more than the allopathic medicine – after the acute intervention in the intensive care, which I admit was, maybe, life-saving – but for the rest of the treatment the herbal cure was more effective, and this is my personal experience! Then “scientific prejudice” may say whatever it wants about subjective interpretation, spontaneous recovery and what it may be.

So what about psychosomatics here? My life at that time was characterized by stress and some disorganization, which reflected in the heart – and this agrees with the above mentioned German text books. The fibrillation incident forced me to calm down and take it more easy.

Chinese medicine says: “...we have to understand that diseases of the structural heart are always caused by unbalanced emotions such as depression, anxiety, obsession, or sadness, which open up a pathway through which noxious pathogens can enter ... This means: do not burden yourself with depressing thoughts, do not get anxious about future events that may never happen, do not dwell on things that are well in the past – all of these emotions dissipate the brightness of shén [spirit].” [1]

In the Internet I found that the active substance in Cordarone is a synthesized and modified version of a substance found in a North-African herb Ammi visnaga or “bishop's weed”. I obtained a mother tincture of that herb and it now also grows in our garden. If needed, I will rather take that. This is again a confirmation about an important fact in the history of medicine, which is very much neglected to day: most effective synthesized substances have herbal origins! In folk medicine, there is an ancient tradition about the medical use of herbs. The pharmaceutical industry has extensively researched this wealth of knowledge and wisdom, not with the intention to use the herbs themselves, but to isolate the “active substance”, synthesize and modify it so that one can have a new effective but patentable chemical remedy. Digitalis and reserpine are well known examples, to only mention two of very many (the industry usually keeps quiet about the herbal origin). The historically first example is Aspirin. It is derived from the active substance in the shrub Salix alba (White Willow, used against headache in folk medicine), wherefore this substance is called salicylic acid, which was synthesized almost 150 years ago – the first one in a long series to come of synthesized herbal substances. But the synthesized acid had side effects. It was found that it was more tolerable if acetylated. And so we had acetyl-salicylic acid = Aspirin, still well alive and “active”...

One very important fact is grossly overlooked here (probably on purpose)! The herb contains a complex of many more or less synergistically active substances. If we take only one of them out, synthesize it and give it in high doses, it is not astonishing that side effects are found. The monosubstance philosophy is good for business but harmful for true therapy, for which the other synergistically active and adjuvant substances cannot be neglected. In fact there hardly is a single “active substance”, but rather one “more active” than the others, and the real thing is the cooperation of this one with other substances in the herb. When these are balancing each other, there are little or no real side effects (unless largely overdosed).

Later addition: In 2008 FDA (the US Food and Drug Administration) issued a warning against the use of Cordarone (and products with other brand names containing the same substance, called amiodarone)! The side effects in prolonged use (a.o. liver damage and visual impairment) are too severe, and it has even been found that cardiac arrhythmia can under circumstances get worse in the long run, if it is used. To day, it is recommended only in special cases, when nothing else is found to help. It is, however, used for cardioversion by means of infusion.

So why take the poisonized chemically modified and “dead" substance? I prefer to take 30 drops of a mother tincture of Ammi visnaga (see above)! It not only contains the corresponding natural and “living” substance – i.e., the original and not the more harmful and “dead” copy – but also other synergistically active substances along with it, which very probably complete the effect and balance side effects out in the complex of substances.

A still later addition: After consulting literature on medical herbs, I found that Helleborus viridis (Green Hellebore) strengthens the heart (as do other Helleborus varieties). It is considered to be very poisonous, but as Paracelsus said: Everything is wholesome or harmful, it is a matter of the dose. It grows frequently in the forests around where I live. So I prepared a tincture of the herb and tried one drop, later 3, still later 5 and so on. No negative reaction at all! Now I rarely take 8-10 drops before bedtime. And all that is supposed to be a placebo effect? No way...

Addition in 2017. The above concerns the extract of the leaves and the nice green flowers as they grow in the early spring, an extract that is not highly active. In the summer, the appearance of the plant changes and one can make an extract of the roots, which is really strong much more active! Better dilute 1:10 and carefully try only one drop. Then you may try to increase.

[1] Quoted from an earlier version of http://www.itmonline.org/5organs/5organs.swf, now with a wealth of more information.

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