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Can EDTA Dissolve Kidney Stones?
Kidney stones (also known as nephrolithiasis or renal stone disease) run in my family, and I had my first painful experience with them when I was 24. Over the following fifteen years I averaged having one about every eighteen months. Luckily I would eventually pass the stones without surgery, but had several trips to the ER and many weeks of sheer agony as I would try to give birth to these things.
At age 39 I finally met my match, as I developed a stone that was one-half inch in diameter and it was too large to pass. Fortunately my urologist was able to bust it up with lithotripsy (using sound waves). However I was nauseous and in pain for several weeks until the procedure could be performed. I made up my mind that I was not going to go through this again.
It is estimated that around 85% of all kidney stones are calcium based, typically calcium oxalate. This is the type of stone that I would develop, so I drastically increased my daily water intake and cut way back on foods containing oxalic acid, which binds with calcium to form the stones. Oxalic acid is found in chocolate, tea, colas, nuts, tomatoes, and leafy greens like spinach, collards, and turnips. One of my weaknesses is chocolate, so that one has been difficult to eliminate.
Despite all my efforts, I developed another stone about five years later. At least I had slowed the frequency, but really didn't want to have lithotripsy again. While it does work in many cases, the procedure can cause permanent kidney damage. I also wasn't fond of shelling out big bucks for deductibles and co-pays again.
After much research I decided to try oral EDTA (
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid - an amino acid)
and see if that would dissolve my newest stone. My regimen consisted of taking one 625 mg EDTA capsule each morning with 8 ounces of water upon awakening. I would wait at least thirty minutes after this before eating breakfast. I then took a second daily capsule at bedtime with 4 ounces of water.
Something else that I found in my research is that in Europe, kidney stones are often treated in hospitals there with an EDTA infusion that is pumped directly into the ureter. Sounds a little painful to me, especially since studies have shown that oral EDTA capsules seem to work just as well.
Stones don't form overnight so I didn't expect the EDTA to work immediately. Depending on the size of the stone and other factors, studies reveal it can take several weeks for the stone to dissolve away or at least reduce in size enough so that passes easily.
In my case just over six weeks after starting the EDTA I passed a small stone. The one thing I noticed as it passed was that it wasn't as painful as previous stones had been. Usually the sharp jagged edges would cut the ureter as it worked its way from the kidney to the bladder.
I used a strainer to collect the stone and found that this time the stone was rounded and almost smooth. My theory is that the EDTA dissolved away the spurs and jagged edges first and then the main body of the stone until it was small enough to pass. Needless to say I was thrilled. No lithotripsy!
Knowing that despite my best efforts I would continue to grow more stones over time, I decided to try EDTA as a maintenance supplement. The product is extremely safe and has been used for over sixty years as an FDA approved treatment for removing toxic metals in humans.
Over the past few years, every six months I have taken EDTA for six weeks following the same regimen I used to pass the stone. During this time I have developed no more stones and have even started eating chocolate on occasion again. I truly believe that EDTA is keeping me stone free.
One side note - I recently purchased a life insurance policy and had to take a very detailed physical including urine and blood samples. I qualified for their best preferred rate as my blood pressure, pulse rate, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels were excellent. I suspect that using the EDTA regularly has also kept my arteries clean. A nice added bonus!
More Information On Kidney Stones:
• One in ten Americans will have at least one kidney stone in their life. This percentage is much higher in the southeastern United States, which is known as the Stone Belt.
• If you've ever had a kidney stone you are very likely to have them again.
• Most people develop their first stone between the ages of 20 and 40. Children can have them, though it is not common.
• About 85% of all stones are calcium based, usually Calcium Oxalate.
• About 10% of stones are Uric Acid based. A smaller percentage of stones are Struvite stones, typically caused by a urinary tract infection. Less than 1% of kidneys stones are formed from the amino acid Cystine.
• Men tend to have stones more often than women. Caucasians are more prone to have stones than blacks.
This kidney cutaway drawing shows how lithotripsy is used to break up stones into smaller pieces that will then flush out of the kidney, through the ureter, into the bladder, and then out of the body. When I had my lithotripsy procedure my stone was so large, that even though busted up into small fragments, they clumped up together with the blood generated from the procedure and became stuck in my ureter during the night. I don't normally drink, but fortunately had a bottle of wine tucked away in a cabinet for just such an occasion. I drank the whole thing and jumped around for about three hours. The alcohol dilated my ureter and helped dissolve the blood, plus the pressure from all the liquid and the jumping jarred the pieces loose and they finally passed. That was a painful three hours!