Stonebreaker

Of all the various ailments I’ve had throughout my life, there are a couple that rank high on some sort of list that should exist where anyone suffering from them should be allowed to blast bloody obscenities at the top of their lungs until, well, until the pain is gone or one just passes out from it all.

I’ve had the intense pleasure of two bouts of kidney stones, one of the more gloriously painful trips to the ER one might experience.

Passing them (kidney stones) is described by those who have experienced their terror as one of the worst pains known to man, exceeding even the pain of childbirth.

Unless you’re a woman who has given birth AND had the pleasure of passing kidney stones – only you can attest to comparing these delights of intense pain.

On my second experience with kidneys stones, I literally fell into the ER, writhing in pain and wishing for God, Mother Earth, or the committee of dolphins who started this shyte to end the bloody mess of it all right then and there. As I uttered f-bombs under my breath once in the ER, I was convinced this was it. I was going to die from a damn kidney stone.

Once the mensa’s in the ER determined that I needed an “intervention”, some type of pain relieving chemical concoction was administered, and with the urging from the nurse to “just go with the feeling” after they sent the drug surging through the IV,  I grooved into a total black-out of the pain and entered a dreamy, other-worldly state, spending 3 days in the hospital.  During my stay, still under the influence from the pump of the chemical pain concoction that allowed me to send a new surge of it through my veins every 10 minutes or so, I clutched the pump tightly in my right hand. I experienced delights of delusional dreams where I was a “tour guide” on the Nile, and even more delusional shyte where I believed I was a great classical music pianist. Ha!  Three days later, the stone had passed and I was sent home. But even with the drugs, it was still a bloody unpleasant experience.

Of course, an even better approach to not having an opium based chemical concoction in you is to avoid getting kidney stones in the first place.

As this website is devoted to natural means of healing and living, here and there – one might wonder are there natural ways to combat such nastiness. In a word…yes!

Drink plenty of water; add lemon, lime or apple cider vinegar to daily beverages.Supplement with magnesium citrate, B vitamins every day. One of the first things that hospital ERs administer to patients admitted for kidney stone pain is magnesium citrate, a natural mineral substance that counteracts the oxalate minerals in many foods. For maximum kidney stone prevention, be sure to eat plenty of magnesium-rich foods every day — these include avocados, broccoli, raw cacao, beans, bananas, and lentils — and take a high-quality magnesium citrate supplement. Also, it is recommended to supplement with a whole food-based B vitamin complex supplement every day to prevent kidney stone formation. – via nutritionalmagensium.org

And another way to combat the dreaded kidney or gallstone nightmare is from a plant that your local guys or gals in white lab coats won’t have an inkling about:

A painless answer to kidney and gallbladder stones

Revered throughout Central and South America, Chanca Piedra can be a godsend for those contending with stones in the kidney or gallbladder. Repeatedly found to inhibit, and even dissolve, calcium oxalate crystals (the main component of kidney stones), the berry helps individuals sidestep the painful – and sometimes dangerous – experience of passing large stones. It also reduces spasmodic activity in the kidneys, bladder and ureter, which further assists in smoothly expelling stones from the system. The ancient medical system of Ayurveda also recognizes the herb as a premiere remedy for discouraging stone formation. And Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the berry to address liver complaints. via naturalnews.com

Since most of Western or allopathic medicine really isn’t interested in any remedy that isn’t chemically based and produced by the bastard pharmaceutical giants, with their pills that create nifty little side effects, for which you’ll need another pill, and then another pill for the side effects from the new pill, and on and on – Mother Nature takes a different approach of healing, that being, that herbs, plants and supplements from Her, ones that have been studied and tested for hundreds of years, can and do actually provide a bounty of health benefits, without all the side effects from the modern era shysters’ offerings who need you sick in order to continue to make a buck.

Disclaimer:

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be used in place of the advice of a healthcare professional. Always consult a doctor or your trusted health guru if you have health concerns.

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Tonight’s musical offering:

Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor (final movement) – written when he was 21 years old!

Kurt Masur (direction) and the beautiful flying fingers of Yuja Wang (piano) – Verbier Festival Orchestra

Photo credit: http://www.unsplash.com/@kace

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