Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Diuretics and Kidney Health

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Question: I have had two knee replacements in the past 15 months and have experienced significant water retention in my legs and ankles. My doctor has me on 80 mg of Lasix. I was told I should stay away from salt, but I don’t stick to that order as well as I should. Is there a supplement that would be better for my kidneys? Can I use Celtic Sea Salt?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Lasix is a diuretic that helps the kidneys excrete more fluid. Unfortunately, its long-term use is problematic, as it causes dehydration and mineral depletion.

Celtic salt is usually safe to take when one is taking Lasix. However, if the swelling gets worse with Celtic salt, I suggest consulting your doctor.

Getting a patient off high-dose diuretics is not easy. However, it can be done. I have found kidney glandulars particularly helpful.

Cytozyme KD (from Biotics Research) is a neonatal kidney glandular formula that can help. It is available from my office (www.centerforholisticmedicine.com).

Finally, eating a healthier diet is a must for anyone trying to get off diuretics. Avoiding refined sugar, salt, flour, and oils is absolutely vital.

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Question: I have had two knee replacements in the past 15 months and have experienced significant water retention in my legs and ankles. My doctor has me on 80 mg of Lasix. I was told I should stay away from salt, but I don t stick to that order as well as I should. Is...
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