Activated Charcoal for Kidney Disease
Our kidneys are built-in diaylsis machines created to out perform the most sophisticated chrome-plated dyalisis unit science has ever been or ever will be able to design. With proper care, including a low protein diet (vegetarian), low sugar diet, with plenty of pure water, they will last a lifetime. But, with the typical Western lifestyle, workplace exposure to toxic chemicals, and certain diseases, the kidneys can be worked to exhaustion, if not to death. It is at the point of almost no return that people are introduced to a man-made kidney dialysis machine, and begin a weekly realtionship that will absorb more and more of their time until neither their diseased kidneys nor the man-made one are able to keep up with the toxic overload and the body finally gives up.

The number of patients with End Stage Renal (Kidney) Disease (ESRD) is growing annually around the world. Kidney replacement therapy in the form of dialysis and kidney transplant is expensive. Recent studies have shown no survival benefit of early initiation of dialysis. Given recent outcome data of the timing of dialysis treatment and the expenses and logistics involved, new research has looked to alternative strategies.

In a recent study (August 2012) researchers trialed another type of kidney replacement therapy for selective patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The “dialysis-free protocol” consisted of a low protein diet, activated charcoal (uremic toxin adsorbents), and prebiotics for selective ESRD patients - those who had difficulty accessing dialysis clinics, or did not agree to be tethered to a dialysis machine, or a peritoneal dialysis catheter.

The results: "clinical and biochemical results of this study showed that these patients were not deteriorating during the study period and Blood Urea Nitrogen (Bun) & serum creatinin levels were not elevated in these months. Participating patients were relatively well throughout the study without signs of florid uremia and without a need for emergent or urgent dialysis."

Researchers concluded, "the proposed dialysis free protocol reduces the need for dialysis treatment at least transiently." They also recommended additional studies to see if their 3-point protocol could reduce the overall need for dialysis.

We are aware of one individual who took activated charcoal powder for about six months when he was on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. Another man who had severe kidney damage from welding galvanized metal and was scheduled for kidney dialysis never did require treatment after following a program similar to the one described above, which also included activated charcoal taken orally and charcoal poultices over his kidneys.

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