Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Early Detection of Kidney Problems

by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

In honor of the upcoming Dr Chi visit to our clinic on June 5-7 we are continuing to build on last week's article on cherry angiomas. We were so happy to see so many of you positively responding to the understanding of cherry angiomas and we look forward to sharing signs of kidney challenges. This is a very important subject because we see kidney challenges with consistency with the clients at Depke Wellness. This is a such an issue due to the toxic world we live in but addressing this and keeping the kidneys functioning properly is such a key to health and happiness. 

Today we will not only provide you with the key assessment tools but also some of the recommendations that Dr Chi would make to support proper kidney function. 

If you would like to learn more about the upcoming Dr Chi visit to Depke Wellness or his comprehensive fingernail and tongue assessment book, click on this link. 

Without a blood or urine test and obvious symptoms, it can be difficult to determine kidney problems. Kidney disease can be a silent disease, sometimes only showing up in lab tests when there is only 30% kidney function left. By then, it is hard to recover kidney function.
The good news is that there are physical markers we can watch for that will help us detect kidney issues very early. Some of these include the following:
  • Puffy face when waking up - This signifies retention of excess fluids.
  • Foamy urine - This means that the kidneys are not filtering properly. Foam in the urine signifies proteins lost (proteinuria).
  • Edema - Because of the loss of protein, the blood is unable to absorb enough fluids, resulting in fluid retention in the face, hands, feet or abdomen.
  • Teeth marks - Water retention can manifest on the tongue, making it swell and push against teeth, creating teeth marks.
If you notice any of these signs, give prompt attention to your kidneys as these can indicate that a problem is already starting even if blood tests show normal values.
These natural supplements have been proven to support kidney function and are recommended for individuals who already have kidney disease or those who may be at risk for it.
Asparagus is a natural diuretic and is beneficial in reducing excess water retention. In addition, Asparagus also increases creatinine clearance, which is low in people with kidney disease.

In past issues of this health letters, we have presented the many benefits of Kidney Chi for the kidneys. It reduces proteinuria and stones in the kidneys and urethra. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it effective for urinary tract infections and nephritis.

Bathdetox is a skin dialysis formula that can be used in a full body bath or a foot/leg soak.  Once absorbed in the body, it increases urination and perspiration to get rid of accumulated waste in the body. Studies show that Bathdetox reduces creatinine and Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), which are elevated in kidney disease.

Cordyceps Extract is a mushroom that has been traditionally used for centuries for kidney problems, among other things. It blocks C3b receptor binding to the immune completent to prevent kidney disease. It also reduces BUN and creatinine levels.

  • E.W.,  36-year-old male from California has focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. His BUN, creatinine and urine protein were high and he had difficulty urinating. After 4 months of using Asparagus, Kidney Chi, Bathdetox and Cordyceps Extract, his levels all improved (see table below).
Urine protein
24h Urine output
0.8 L
1.8 L
  • H. Clark, MD from New York, has a patient who could not urinate at all. A few hours after taking Asparagus Extarct, he was able to urinate.
  • V.B., 48-yera-old female from New York, has been on kidney dialysis for 6 months when she started on the kidney protocol. After 5 months, her creatinine level dropped from 11.8 to 9.2. Her kidney clearance increased from 54% to 62%.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any diseases. Individual results may vary


  1. I'm only 30 and for years have had a bloated belly, despite not having gases. I've always wondered what the cause is. Now I'm wondering whether it is water retention. I have checked my tongue and I do have teeth marks. I am now worried if indeed my kidneys are not functioning well. What can I do to check this out? Are the kidney support protocols mentioned above safe for someone who has not had kidney problems confirmed?
    Thanks for any advice

    1. Yes, these protocols would be safe even if you did not have a kidney issue but honestly, your issue sound like a food sensitivity, gut pathogen or both that would be creating the inflammatory response in your gut.

  2. Thanks for your comment.
    I have recently had my results for a stool test. No pathogens were found and my results were suprisingly good showing everything within range and good digestion. Only one negative was that no growth of lactobacillus bacteria was found.
    I will be doing a gluten sensitivity cyrex test next to find out if that may be a problem. If not, I'm not sure what to do next.

    1. Good to know. Obviously it will be important to increase your beneficial bacteria. I would suggest about 100billion per day for about a week and then 40 billion per day.

      Did you already do the Cyrex test? If not, I would recommend the cross reactive testing rather than the gluten panel. This provides further information. If you did the gluten testing already, hopefully you did the comprehensive panel that test 20+ components of gluten and wheat.

      Have you ever assessed adrenal function?