Good News For Self-healing: No Such Thing as Incurable

Are you one of the many sufferers who have a common ailment for which our medical community has found no cure? If you are experiencing arthritis, cancer, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, chronic cystitis, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or any number of others, I have some good news for you.

For many years I too suffered under the delusion that such common diseases were to be expected in old age and that I would simply have to live with them. Unfortunately, my healing journey started at 8 years old when I developed rheumatic fever which left me with a rheumatic heart and a leaky valve. What could any kind/caring physician say to an 8 year old to make her feel better? My internist was definitely the exception to the rule. He had an enormous smile and gave me hope when he told me that when I became a teenager, the hole in my heart would close and I would be normal. Even if it wasn’t true, that statement started me on what has become a life long journey into learning and teaching the many aspects of healing.

Over the course of the next fifty years, I not only faced but totally healed the following diseases:

* Rheumatic heart disease
* Manic depression
* Chronic fatigue syndrome
* Arthritis
* Type II dysplasia (beginning of cervical cancer)
* Interstitial cystitis

I did it by inadvertently using the law of attraction which brought into my life great teachers, coaches, physicians, metaphysicians and spiritual guides each of whom gave me one more small piece to the healing puzzle.

As I navigated the muck and mire of pain, despair, lack of movement and severe weight gain there was always someone at every turn to guide me. I tried everything including hypnosis and eventually became a Registered Hypnotherapist. However, it wasn’t until I moved from clinical hypnotherapy to creative visualization that I truly stumbled upon three very important discoveries.

Our physical body and our essence came with self healing ability because:

a) We are all connected to our Creator and each other.

b) We all have the ability to communicate with our Higher Power through what I call the “Intuitive Voice.”

c) We all have the innate power to switch the frequencies of our body from “dis-ease” to “at ease” (negative to positive).

This ability to communicate phenomenon has been called by many names: the voice of the Holy Spirit, the voice of God, our innate intuition. It matters not what we call it. It is simply the connection between our conscious mind and our Creator who has the answers to EVRYTHING, including our healing dilemma.

By learning to silence my mind and connect with my intuitive voice, I was able to discover:

13 Truths to Self-Healing any Incurable Illness

1) Our bodies are only made up of two things: energy and consciousness.

2) Energy is movement and consciousness is the intelligence behind it.

3) If we can control the consciousness, we control the movement of the body.

4) Sickness is not a punishment nor does it come from virus, bacteria or fungus, it is a gift from our Creator that let’s us know we are not living in the frequency of love.

5) If we make friends with our disease, it loses its power and has no control over us anymore.

6) Behind every sickness, there is an emotional root which activates the virus, bacteria, fungus, enzyme or inflammation.

7) Pull the emotional root and you have better than an 80% chance of curing anything.

8) To heal completely, one must detoxify not only our physical body but our mental, emotional and spiritual bodies as well.

9) In order to get to the emotional root, one must be able to converse with the emotional body through the intuitive voice which can be done in an hour or spend years on a psychiatrist’s couch doing the same.

10) Once you have received the information needed to pull the emotional root, you must act on it and most likely go through the forgiveness process.

11) Strengthening the body with natural supplements and a clean alkaline diet free of dyes, pesticides, sugar, white flour and caffeine will create a healing environment for the body to turn around.

12) Daily prayer and meditation will keep the sickness at bay and allow you the time necessary heal.

13) There are few overnight cures. The process takes about 8-12 weeks to complete.

Please remember, there is No Such Thing as Incurable as long as you believe it is possible. Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “If you think you can or you think you can’t, your right.” I would recommend the book we read in grade school, the Little Train that Could, who said, “I think I can, I think I can.” The power of thought is the first level of creation. As children of Creator, what WE think becomes, “AND SO IT IS.”

Good luck in your healing journey.

Brachytherapy Treatment for Curing Prostate Cancer

Prostate Gland Cancer
Prostate Gland is an exocrine gland which forms a part in the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is the growth of the cancer in the prostate gland. Usually the cancer in the prostate gland starts in the cells of the glands and is called adenocarcinoma. Prostate cancer is known to be a slow developing and growing condition but in some cases the growth is very fast.
Treatment for prostate cancer
Brachytherapy is a treatment procedure though which one can cure prostate cancer. It is an internal radio therapy which is recommended by the doctors if your cancer is at a lower risk.
Who can undertake a brachytherapy?
* If the prostate cancer is contained within the prostate gland and has not spread to the other parts of the body. This means that the cancer is at its early stage.
* The prostate cancer must not have grown more than a millimeter or two past the outer covering of the prostate for one to have a brachytherapy done.
* In case you have a larger prostate gland then you have to go through hormonal treatment to shrink the gland before you can do a brachytherapy. If the gland is big, it is not possible to place the seeds in all the right areas of the gland.
* In case a patient has a high PSA level then brachytherapy is not recommended to that person.
Types of brachytherapy
There are two types of brachytherapy-
* Permanent brachytherapy (low dose rate, LDR) – Radioactive seeds are put into needles which are inserted to the skin in the area which lies between the scrotum and anus, into the prostate gland. These seeds are left in the gland while the needles are removed, these seed give out a mild radiation for months. The radiation from the seeds travels a very short distance, so the seeds can give off a large amount of radiation in a very small area. The implants remain in place permanently, and become biologically inactive after a period of few months. The amount of damage to nearby healthy tissues is limited in this process.
* Temporary brachytherapy (high dose rate, HRD) – Brachytherapy for prostate cancer is also done through this way. Though this is not a widely used or recommended process. This process uses high amount of radiation which can cause higher damage to the nearby glands and organs. Hollow needles are placed through the skin between the scrotum and anus and into the prostate. Nylon tubes are placed in these needles. The needles are then removed but the catheters stay in place. The needles are removes and the catheters are left there. Radioactive things are then put into the catheters for few minutes. It is done for a period of few days and then the catheters are removed.

Uterine Cancer: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments.

Uterine Cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, which actually start in the lining of the cells in the uterus. The womb or the uterus is a vital part of the reproductive system in a woman.

Type of Uterine Cancer

Uterine cancer may denote various types of cancers, which occur in a woman’s uterus. Uterine sarcomas, commonly known to be leiomyosarcomas are a type of uterine cancer, which occurs in the muscular layer of a uterus. Endometrial cancer is another type of uterine cancer, which originates from the cells that are located in the glands of the uterine lining or the endometrium. Cervical cancer is a different type of uterine cancer, which is known to arise from the lower portion of a uterus. It extends to the transitional zone of a woman’s cervix and connecting to the upper part of her vagina.

Symptoms of Uterine Cancer

A woman having uterine cancer can notice some common symptoms. However, they may differ from person to person depending upon the disease in consideration. Commons symptoms include painful or difficult urination, unusual discharge or vagina bleeding, extreme pain during the time of having sexual intercourse, a typical pelvic lump, abnormal weight loss, pain in the pelvic region and having never breast-fed. In fact, uterine cancer occurs rarely before menopause, during which a woman have regular menstrual periods.

It generally occurs during the time when the regular menstruation cycle stops. If a woman notices reappearance of bleeding at this stage of her life, she should immediately bring it to the attention of her general physician, as there may be a possibility of uterine cancer.

The most common symptom of uterine cancer is abnormal bleeding from a woman’s uterus after her menopause. The bleeding may be in the form of a blood streaked, watery discharge containing more blood. In some cases, a woman may experience lower abdominal pain too.

Causes behind Uterine Cancer

There are different causes of uterine cancer, which have been discovered till date. Diabetes, obesity, polycystic ovaries having prolonged anovulation, nulliparity or having borne not a single child, lack of menstruation, extended usage of tamoxifen for the treatment of breast cancers and taking unopposed estrogen without progestin are some of the valid causes of uterine cancer.

Diagnosing the Disease

Uterine cancer can be diagnosed by endometrial and endocervical sampling. Apart from these techniques, vaginal ultrasonography is also used to detect the thickness of the endometrium because increased thickness of the uterus may determine some serious cancerous change. Apart from this, the Pap test can also be an accurate way detecting uterine cancer but cannot be termed as a reliable source.

Treatment of Uterine Cancer

The treatment of uterine cancer is performed on the basis of grade and stage of the cancer. Abdominal hysterectomy is a standard therapy, which involves in the surgical removal of the woman’s uterus along with both the ovaries and fallopian tubes, washing of the abdominal cavity to determine malignant cells and the selective removal of the aortic and pelvic lymph nodes. Many doctors prefer usage of hormone therapy that removes the possibility of metastatic cancer. Again, women also opt for radiation therapy for the treatment of their uterine cancer.

Although treatment is a possibility for Uterine Cancer, still you should take immediate action after noticing the symptoms. Don’t let it reach a level from where it cannot be cured!

To Your Health!

Bariatric Surgery – When Diet And Exercise Are Not Enough

If you’re struggling with obesity, diet and exercise alone may not be enough to help you reach a healthier weight. Obesity is a difficult disease to treat, but success is possible with bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

Bariatric surgery is growing in popularity, an upward trend that coincides with the increasing numbers of obese individuals. Obesity is not simply a matter of being a bigger size than what society considers an ideal weight, but it is the condition of having such an excessive amount of body fat that it is dangerous to an individual’s health, longevity, and quality of life.

Those unfamiliar with the nature of obesity are quick to blame the individual for becoming so fat, either through laziness or bad eating habits. While exercise and healthy eating are important to maintaining a healthy weight, this is usually not the sole cause of one’s obesity. For many people who have struggled with obesity, their condition is often linked to a physiological disorder or genetic component. Studies suggest that obesity is a complex and chronic disease that seems to develop from a combination of factors – genetic, metabolic, environmental, psychological, cultural/social, and lifestyle.

The findings are not to relieve obese individuals of all personal responsibility, but it points to the fact that sometimes medical intervention is necessary to overcome a life-threatening disease. As a society we do not hesitate to treat cancer, diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol or a vast array of other diseases with either surgery or medication. In the same respect, we should not hesitate to treat morbid obesity with bariatric surgery if all other treatment options have failed.

While lifestyle changes are an important part of the bariatric process, the surgery itself is the tool that allows the weight loss to begin. Weight loss surgery is not meant for casual weight loss, but is considered a treatment option for severely obese individuals. This generally includes men who are at least 100 pounds over their ideal weight and women who are 80 pounds over their ideal weight.

Bariatric surgery is not a magical process or an easy road to weight loss. It is also not the first line of treatment, but the last resort approach when diet and exercise have failed. According to the National Institutes of Health, one of the leading medical organizations in the world, bariatric surgery has been shown to provide significant weight loss and long-term weight control in severely obese patients who have been unable to lose weight and keep it off using dietary programs.

What are the Surgical Options?

Two of the most popular methods of bariatric surgery are LAP-BAND surgery and gastric bypass surgery. Other surgical options are the duodenal switch and gastric sleeve procedures. Each procedure has it’s own risks and benefits and must be considered carefully. As there are many options, the question becomes which surgery is the right one for you. A bariatric doctor can help you decide the best option for you based on your overall health, eating habits, and risk factors.

There Are Better Ways to Cure Your Cancer!

Imagine what would happen if it was revealed that you could cure your own cancer for mere dollars, while you’re at home, and without suffering side effects?

You don’t need those scary, poisonous and expensive treatments to cure cancer. You can get rid of cancer naturally, safely and permanently. And you can do it in your own home for a fraction of the cost of conventional treatments. In fact, except for diagnostic testing, with most cancers you don’t even need a traditional hospital at all!

Drug companies and hospitals make billions of dollars a year from their risky conventional cancer treatments. And our loved ones are going through hell while big corporations fill their own pockets.

The news enrages most American doctors. Nothing makes them more furious than the fact that alternative remedies not only work — they often work at home without a doctor’s help!

In this work of a lifetime, you will discover how you can cure most cancers at home with diet and natural supplements — and without the horrible side effects. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the first time you’ve had the disease, the second or even the third. Nearly 2500 years ago, It was Hippocrates who suggested that food may be all you needed to cure cancer.

If you start the diet when your cancer is in the early stages, you’ll dramatically increase your chances of beating the disease. A whopping 90 percent of cancer patients who try this diet in early stage cancers make a full recovery. Most of the natural supplements you’ll read about are sold in the U.S. and it’s perfectly legal for you to buy and use them on your own, like thousands others have.

What’s more, many cancer patients feel wonderful after they start eating this way. Many survivors told me how they experienced less joint pain, fatigue, and digestive problems, so much so that they still follow the diet even though their cancer went into remission years ago!

Obviously the more you know about natural supplements, in particular ones you are interested in using, the better. And the more serious the disease you are attempting to treat, the more care you must exercise and the more you must know. There is no substitute for knowledge, as the doctors, scientists, and patients cited in this book will tell you. And you’ll discover more real life case histories from cancer survivors who cured their own cancers without chemo, without radiation, without surgery–and without side effects!

Tragically, too many patients try alternative medicine only in the late stages of their illness – after their immune systems have been shattered by radiation and chemotherapy. You do not need to be a victim of the “system,”

During the past seven years, and working with thousands of patients, doctors have achieved an 80 percent success rate on a wide range of advanced cancers, including liver, lung, bone, colon, stomach and others. While cancer is a tough disease, it doesn’t have to be as scary as conventional medicine makes it out to be. And cancer certainly isn’t a death sentence.

The aim of this Guide is helping cancer patients like you or your loved one become cancer-free and to help many more people work around the obstacles of the medical “system” and conquer their cancer.

Acid Reflux and Depression – There's a Link

Amazing results was acheived through my Acid Reflux Program!

Along with the overwhelming response to the program, I’ve also been fortunate to hear from some of you first hand to tell me of your experience with acid reflux and how my program has helped.

With any chronic condition such as acid reflux can be, one tends to notice themes when reading through client correspondence. One in particular is the accompanying depression symptoms that accompany chronic acid reflux.

Acid Reflux is also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In this the liquid or food omes up from the stomach and enters into esophagus and this creates pain and heartburn.

The lower esophageal sphincter (LED) muscles are responsible for closing and opening the esophagus. These muscles act as a valve and when working properly, prevent food and liquids from the stomach from coming back up into the esophagus.

Some people experience long term acid reflux disease but they don’t experience heartburn. Chest pain, bad throat, dry cough, bad breath and difficulty swallowing are reported by them.

People who suffer at least two per week are considered that they suffer from chronic acid reflux. It does not only bring pain, in long term it can lead to erosion of tooth enamel, cancer, throat damage and respiratory damage.

As with other chronic conditions, chronic GERD sufferers experience over a thirty percent chance of developing symptoms of depression, compared to roughly ten percent of otherwise healthy people.

Fearing acid reflux people do not eat much and they are afraid of going out with friends and this brings in depression. It is like one leads to another.

They just spend most of their time thinking about different ways to manage the problem. Moreover, people do not to many things they would otherwise love to do.

Some times not so healthy lifestyles might lead to depression, which is just increased by GERD. Over drinking is an example. This is actually depressive and can bring acid reflux too.

Even if you do not experience depression from your acid reflux condition I would recommend you to try the natural acid reflux programs. They come with proven results and with no side effects.

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Tanning Beds Cause Oh So Much Skin Cancer

A new Yale study has found that tanning beds cause increased rates of early-onset basal cell carcinoma, the most common skin cancer. Tanning bed use increased the rates of BCC by 69 percent. This follows a University of Minnesota study that found that tanning bed users were 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer. So it’s not really a matter of whether you’ll get cancer from using a tanning bed, but more like, “Which cancer will you get?”

 

Now, the results of these studies come as no surprise to anyone who has read beauty news in the last decade. So what I find shocking is that scientists are able to find people who still use a tanning bed. Seriously, who is STILL DOING THIS? Being pale is not that bad (trust me, I know first hand). And with self-tanners and spray-tans, there are better ways to get the glow. Yet, the World Health Organization estimates that 30 million Americans still use indoor tanning beds.

 

Have you ever used indoor tanning? And if you still go tanning, I’d love to hear why.

 

Here’s your bonus tips to prevent skin cancer:

 

We’ve known that antioxidants boost the effectiveness of sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays, but a new study shows eating a Mediterranean diet (which is rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids) may be an extra line of defense against skin cancer. The study looked at the blood of two groups of people exposed to the sun for the same amount of time. The group that drank an antioxidant-rich drink after being in the sun had 50 percent less of the chemical that leads to sun damage. Dr. Niva Shapira, who led the study, says based on these results, a Mediterranean diet packed with olive oil, fish, yogurt, colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans would be a boost to your sun protection.

How Physician Might Be Responsible For Delay In Diagnosing Prostate Cancer Until It Spreads

Imagine you are a male and you see your doctor for your yearly checkup. Imagine the doctor orders blood tests, including a PSA test for the early detection of prostate cancer. This is how to check whether a male without any symptoms of prostate cancer may actually have it. Imagine the tests came back outside the normal range

Yet, there continues to be debate amid some doctors over how to test asymptomatic male patients for prostate cancer or even if screening is even appropriate. These physicians argue that screening has little, if any, value. One factor, nevertheless, continues to be constant. If of a screening test is abnormal the man should be informed about the results and either be referred to a specialist or be told about the option for diagnostic testing, for example a biopsy. Once more, though, some doctors also believe that, at least under certain instances, a man diagnosed with prostate cancer does not have to undergo treatment right away and merely has to carefully monitor the cancer.

If the doctor does not give the patient the option to undergo screening or fails to tell the patient about the abnormal test results the patient’s prostate cancer may spread and metastasize without the man even knowing he may have cancer. Unfortunately, if a doctor noted that the patient’s prostate was enlarged or there was a nodule on the gland and the PSA test results indicated high levels of the antigen and the doctor failed to notify the man about the abnormal results, the individual would probably believe that meant the results were all normal.

The longer the delay in finally carrying out tests that will lead to a diagnosis of the cancer the larger the likelihood that by the point it is eventually diagnosed the cancer will have reached an advanced stage. This will greatly reduce treatment options, will wipe out the chance of a cure, and will reduce the patient’s life. In one type of lawsuit, for example, where the man is ultimately diagnosed yet by that time the cancer has spread and a cure was no longer plausible.

These kinds of tests can have false positives so certain patients with abnormal screening results actually do not have cancer. Yet performing screening tests for cancer is meaningless if there is no follow up as it gives the patient an incorrect sense of security believing he has no cancer as the doctor tested him but said nothing to him that the tests demonstrated he might have cancer. Doctors normally agree that there is a requirement for follow up when the results of screening tests come back as abnormal.

That is in the end the rational behind these tests. They are intended to find the cancer before the patient develops symptoms and the cancer advances. If the results of these tests are dismissed they are useless. Ignoring them might amount to medical malpractice and a patient whose doctor did that and is subsequently found to have advanced prostate cancer might be able to sue that doctor for malpractice. There are many factors that must be considered in evaluation if a patient may have a claim against a doctor and anyone who thinks they might be a victim of medical malpractice ought to contact a lawyer right away. The above is for basic educational purposes only. It is not medical advice. It is not legal advice.

New Therapy Treats Lung Cancer

The results of an international Phase III clinical trial on the effects of an oral prescription medication as a treatment of lung cancer has concluded that the drug is just as effective, if not more so among certain tumor patients, than that of chemotherapy, according to reports from a Science Daily article.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and followed 1,466 lung cancer patients in 24 different countries around the world. Patients participated in receiving randomized treatments of Iressa, a once-daily tablet, or docetaxel, which is a form of chemotherapy.

Patients who received chemotherapy treatments were found to have an overall median survival rate of 8 months and 34 percent had a one-year survival rate. Similarly, patients given the Iressa treatment had an overall survival rate of 7.6 months with a 32 percent survival rate of one year.

However, while Iressa appears to be on par with the chemotherapy treatment, scientists found that lung cancer patients who suffered from tumors with EGFR gene mutations and who were given Iressa had “an improved response rate and progression-free survival compared to docetaxel,” according to researchers of the study who spoke with Science Daily.

Iressa is a considered a “biological oral therapy” and, according to the researchers from the news article, “this is the largest study in lung cancer comparing an oral biologic to chemotherapy, and shows, for the first time that an oral biologic therapy is just as effective as chemotherapy.”

Lung Cancer Causes and Prevention

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), lung cancer is considered a leading cause of death in the United States. Science Daily reported that “in 2008, approximately 215,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and approximately 114,000 people will die from the disease.” Additionally, the Mayo Clinic reports that “smoking causes the majority of lung cancers — both in smokers and in people exposed to secondhand smoke.”

Because the condition is considered preventable through smoking cessation therapies, the Surgeon General has outlined several steps that may assist a smoker in quitting the often addictive habit.

* Set a date to quite within two weeks.

* Remove all tobacco products from work and home environments.

* Alert friends, family, coworkers of your decision and request support.

* If any past attempts at quitting have occurred, review and determine what didn’t and did work.

* Make a pro list on reasons for quitting as well as benefits of quitting.

* Try to determine challenges in advance and determine strategies to overcome these anticipated challenges.

In addition to this method, there are several varieties of nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), both prescription and non-prescription, that can assist a smoker in succeeding with quitting their tobacco addiction. The ACS reported the following as several smoking cessation aids:

* nicotine gum

* nicotine patches

* nicotine nasal spray

* nicotine inhalers

* nicotine lozenges

* high dose nicotine replacement therapy (Zyban, Chantix)

Smoking Cessation Prescription Drug Dangers

Unfortunately, not all smoking cessation prescription or non-prescription aids are ideal for an individual and some come with dangerous side effects. For example, one such smoking-cessation prescription drug that continues to make headlines for its alleged risks is that of Chantix (varenicline tartrate). Chantix, from Pfizer, was released in May 2006 and is currently consumed by nearly 3 million Americans hoping to quit their nicotine addictions.

In November 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began receiving hundreds of complaints associated with the consumption of Chantix. The drug was allegedly causing suicidal behaviors and tendencies among patients, 37 of which were successful in committing suicide. The FDA began investigating the Chantix risks, but did not recall the drug from the market.

Individuals who suffered from the severe Chantix side effects or who lost a loved one, family member to suicide because of the drug, should contact a pharmaceutical attorney who may be able to provide details as to how to develop a Chantix class action lawsuit that can result in the compensation of a monetary reward.

Kidney Health Nutrition and Understanding Your Lab Values Through its Stages

After being diagnosed with kidney disease of any kind, many people will be faced with a lifetime of doctor visits, specialists, lab tests, dietary and fluid restrictions, and changes and the looming possibility of dialysis or the need for a kidney transplant if the disease continues to progress.

Medications and diet will be important to keep this from happening, which makes it even more important for the patient to pay careful attention to what is said by the nutritionist during each stage of kidney disease. While some will be lucky enough to slow or stop the progression of the various forms of kidney disease, it is very important to note that even if you do everything the way that you are supposed to, the disease may still move forward and become more serious.

One of the things that you will have to deal with is the constant need for many lab tests, which starts with a blood draw or a urine sample. In those who have serious kidney disease, a port may be placed so that the doctor can have constant access without having to puncture a vein each time. The port can also be used to give medications and can be more convenient, but can also be problematic because it needs specific care either by the patient, the patient’s family or, in some cases, a visiting nurse or care provider.

Some of the lab tests that you will need to have during treatment for kidney disease include:

Serum creatinine: muscle activity in the body creates creatinine, a waste product that is normally removed by the action of the kidneys. This tends to be one of the first waste products that start backing up in the blood vessels, which marks the start of kidney trouble.

Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR): this rate determines how well the kidneys are functioning. A GFR that is below 30 indicates a problem and will warrant the need for a nephrologist (a kidney specialist). Any GFR below 15 indicates that the problem is serious and there will be the need for dialysis, and it may indicate the impending need for a kidney transplant.

Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN): when the body breaks down proteins, not only from the foods that you eat but from normal metabolism as well, urea nitrogen is formed. This normal waste product is usually filtered from the blood by the kidneys and can rise if the kidneys are failing or if the patient is eating more protein than the body can effectively handle. The BUN can drop if the patient is eating too little protein as well.

Urine Protein: protein is a vital macronutrient, used by the body for a very wide range of systems and functions. Your body also creates some protein from other forms to be used for other reasons. The kidneys filter protein and protein byproducts from the bloodstream when they are working correctly; however, when they are not, protein will accumulate in the urine. Although there are other instances when protein can be detected in the urine, persistent, detectable protein levels in the urine is an early sign of impending kidney disease or damage.

Microalbuminuria: in those who are at higher risk for kidney disease, including those who have other conditions like high blood pressure or a very serious family history of kidney disease, this test will be used to detect even very small amounts of protein in the urine before the amount gets high enough to be detected by less sensitive tests.

Ratio of Protein to Creatinine: for some patients, the doctor will ask for a 24 hour sample of collected urine, which will show him how much protein is found in the urine each day. This test can be complicated because it relies on the patient collecting all urine for a full 24 hours, storing the container in their refrigerator and then bringing it to the lab the following day for testing. Instead, the doctor may choose to use the protein to creatinine ratio, which will estimate the amount of protein that is excreted in the urine instead.

Serum albumin: the body uses protein that it gets from food to create other types of protein, amino acids, hormones and enzymes. Albumin is one of these body proteins. Low levels of this in the blood can be caused by not receiving the adequate amount of protein in the diet or enough calories. It is also important to note that the body cannot store protein and needs new sources of it every day. Even a small amount of blood albumin can cause serious health problems, including the inability to fight off infections.

Normalized protein nitrogen appearance or nPna: this test is often used by the doctor to tell if you are eating enough protein or, in some cases, too much. The testing is done by collecting urine and blood samples, and you may be asked to keep a food diary as well.

Subjective Global Assessment (SGA): this testing may be asked for by the nutritionist rather than the kidney specialist and is used to check for symptoms of nutritional problems. The testing is done by asking questions about the daily diet, completing a weight check and a check of the fat and muscle amounts in the face, arms, hands, shoulders and legs.

Hemoglobin: the blood is made of several parts, including the hemoglobin, which is the part of the red blood cells that work to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. A low level of hemoglobin indicates anemia. Treatment for anemia includes iron and a specific hormone.

Hematocrit: this is the measure of how many red blood cells your body is actually making. A low value for this test also indicates anemia.

TSAT and Serum Ferritin: these tests both measure iron in the body.

PTH or Parathyroid Hormone: an imbalance of calcium and phosphorous in the body can result in high levels of PTH and can cause bone disease.

Calcium: because calcium is vital to healthy bones and may be leached out during some forms of kidney disease, the level will be checked.

Phosphorous: a high level of this mineral can lead to weak bones. The doctor and nutritionist may put you on a phosphorous-restricting diet and may also give you a medication that will bind the remaining phosphorous in foods.

Potassium: this mineral is needed by the body so that the heart and other muscles work properly. The level of potassium has to be balanced or it will weaken muscles and can lead to heart irregularities.

(Source: National Kidney Foundation)

Blood and Urine Tests, Good Nutrition and Protein Supplements: A Case Study

Dave has kidney disease. At this point, he does not need to have dialysis; however, he does come to the lab very frequently to have blood work and to give a urine sample. He has had to do the 24 hour urine collection a time or two and is glad that the doctor has switched to using the protein to creatinine ratio instead. His overall diet was fairly healthy, but the nutritionist suggested that he change his fat intake to healthier Omega-3 fatty acids over the other, less healthy fats that he was eating and to increase the amount of protein and calcium in his diet. He will include a protein supplement because he’s had a lower appetite lately.

After trying protein shakes, Dave started using a new supplement, Profect, from Protica. Because it is so small, Profect can be consumed in a few seconds. While it only has 100 calories per serving, it gives Dave a high amount of digestible protein. He aims for two servings of Profect each day and then tries to increase his dietary protein from healthy plant sources for the rest of the day. On days when he simply cannot eat healthfully, he ups his intake of Profect to maintain his levels.