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September 24, 2010

Your life span is determined by your kidneys … and the kidneys are the first organs to fail

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 8:16 am

Yesterday I went to my Chinese doctor for another acupuncture treatment and this time, I asked him some questions.  Like, what causes “dry mouth”?  Ten weeks ago, I had a stroke, and for a couple of weeks before the stroke, I was experiencing “dry mouth” at night.  At the hospital, tests showed that I had high blood sugar, as well as high cholesterol and sky-high blood pressure.  I was a walking time bomb.    

According to Chinese medicine, “dry mouth” is an indication of weak kidneys and weak kidneys cause diabetes, so “dry mouth” means you have diabetes or will soon have it.  The guy in the bed next to mine in the emergency room of the hospital had a blood sugar reading of 425.  I didn’t even know that blood sugar could go that high.  I had to wait to get some attention from the doctors because he was near death.  After that wake-up call in a hospital emergency room, I made a vow never to touch a grain of sugar again — for the rest of my life.  Now I realize that I have to do something about the cause of high blood sugar — that is, weak kidneys.

My Chinese doctor told me that weak kidneys can  also cause high blood pressure which Western doctors say could lead to a stroke.

I asked the Chinese doctor how he could tell that I have weak kidneys.  As far as I know, the doctors in the hospital did not test my kidneys.

In Chinese medicine, the doctor takes your pulse, using three fingers.  By feeling your pulse, he can determine the condition of your lungs, heart, and kidneys.  Heart problems can be caused by the kidneys not functioning properly.

Failing kidneys can also cause shortness of breath, which most people associate with heart problems. So it seems that all health problems somehow relate to the kidneys. According to my Chinese doctor, as a person gets older, the kidneys are the first to go, so the health of your kidneys determines how long you will live.

In the course of our conversation, the doctor mentioned his 25-year-old son.  I was astounded; this man looks no older than 25 himself.  He is a walking testimonial for the use of acupuncture.  He also mentioned that acupuncture was used in China 5,000 years ago.  Yeah, right!  I pointed out that there were no needles 5,000 years ago.  He said that, back then, Chinese doctors used small stones, instead of needles, on the pressure points.

How can you go wrong with a medical treatment that has worked for 5,000 years?  I just wish I had started acupuncture treatments a lot sooner.  I look my age, instead of looking 25, like my doctor does.

I am getting acupuncture for the damage done by a stroke, so I wondered why the doctor was sticking needles into both sides of my body, when the stroke only caused damage on the left side.  I learned that the acupuncture points for the kidneys are on both ankles.  The points for the heart are on both elbows.  Most of the needles were stuck in my left ear and on my forehead.  I also had needles on my left cheek which was affected by the stroke.  My face was like a pin cushion.

I’m munching on green grapes as I write this.  Grapes allegedly detox the kidneys, according to Western medicine.  Some medical web sites advocate drinking 10 to 12 glasses of water a day to detox the kidneys, but my Chinese doctor said that only 4 glasses of water a day is enough, combined with other liquids like green tea.  I’m drinking 5 cups of green tea every day, which Dr. Oz says will help prevent a stroke.

So how can a person tell if their kidneys are working as they should.  I asked my Chinese doctor about that and he said that a person with normal kidneys will not have to get up at night to go to the bathroom, and the color of the urine will be light yellow. One of the medical web sites that I read said that the urine should be colorless.  Not according to Chinese medicine.

In the three weeks before I had a stroke, I was getting up every two hours at night to go to the bathroom.  I wish I had known then what I know now.


  1. I’m from England and just to let you know that people like Glenn Beck and O’Reilly make Americans look and sound so ignorant and stupid.
    First of all, the fact that some people want to make sure that more Americans are able to go into a hospital and get treated no matter what scares the rich greedy American Republicans is very worrying. Most major European countries have this policy, and for most part it works, and yet are they a communist or fascist or socialist state that the Republicans scream so much about? Maybe if these Republicans aren’t being paid off by the big corporate companies who want to make more money from people’s misery, then they could see more clearly. Glenn goes on about the Christianity and God and Jesus, but yet he puts money before the health and well-being of others, where does it say that in the bible?
    Also, does he realise that Church, religion and the bible is what the KKK use as a basis for their beliefs????
    I can’t believe he’s comparing Hitler’s outright preaching of the hatred of anyone different to the German race to that of a government wanting to make sure that not as many people remain as poor or as unhealthy as they are. Please highlight the hatred in the government’s policies for me, I must have missed that. The fact that rich people such as Beck and other Republicans want to remain wealthy and not help their fellow man makes them hypocrites and very very unchristian. People like that keep hiding behind their religion but totally forget or ignore the main principle which is to help your fellow man.
    I know you’ve worked hard for your money and want to keep as much of it as possible, but why go against anything that can help others less fortunate.
    Like I said earlier the rest of the world look at Americans in disdain and disgust at how selfish your principles have made you.
    I’ve never understood why Americans were and still are so scared of the word, or thought of, communism or socialism. Other countries have individuals who believe in it, but not necessarily the majority of the country, and yet the country still thrives as a capitalist state.
    Your fears, paranoia and prejudices will be your downfall.

    Comment by Englishman — May 31, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

  2. 54 pills a day? I would bail out. The feeling good may very well be a drug in the herbs. And albeit natural, is still a drug perhaps. But like you said, I can’t knock it cause I haven’t tried it. I hope you’re making the right choice and that it works for you.

    Ephedra touches on a lot of these issues:

    Comment by Budham — September 24, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

    • I was prescribed medication to lower cholesterol and medication to lower blood pressure by the Western doctors at the hospital. I did a little research and learned that the main side effect of the blood pressure medication was renal failure, aka kidney failure. A side effect of the cholesterol medication is liver damage. I have not noticed any side effects of the Chinese herbs; I have only noticed a good effect. I don’t think there are any mind-altering drugs in the herb pills.

      I threw out the Western medications as soon as I learned about the side effects. Strangely, the Western doctors did not check for weak kidneys before prescribing medication which has the main side effect of kidney failure. The Chinese doctor asked me what medications I was taking before he gave me the herb pills. He warned against taking blood thinners which are usually prescribed for a stroke patient, but I was only told, by the doctors at the hospital, to take aspirin as a blood thinner. The Chinese doctor was more careful about handing out pills than the Western doctors were. (Blood thinners are bad because if you have a stroke caused by a broken blood vessel, you want your blood to clot before blood leaking into your brain kills you.)

      Comment by furtherglory — September 25, 2010 @ 9:19 am

  3. In Japan, there is something called “okyuu”. You place small incense on the pressure points and burn them and keep it there until it gets too hot. Our family has been using this technique for as long as I can remember. As far as I can tell, it seems to help.

    Western medicine has gradually been acknowledging that Eastern medicine seems to work after all. NYU now even offers a course in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

    Comment by Kageki — September 24, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

  4. I think this Chinese medicine is bullsh*t. I roll my eyes every time there’s a blog post on this Chinese doctor. LOL. He probably is 25, and is making up the story that he has a 25 year old son. LOL.

    An example of Quackology:
    “So it seems that all health problems somehow relate to the kidneys. ”

    I’m just joking, man.

    Comment by Budham — September 24, 2010 @ 10:10 am

    • Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I am feeling on top of the word today and I attribute this to the acupuncture treatment I had yesterday.

      Comment by furtherglory — September 24, 2010 @ 10:39 am

      • O.K but be careful of an endorphin high being considered feeling good. Maybe the needles, particularly if they’re painful, give an endorphin kick for one day, not unlike the endorphin kick people get when they get a tattoo. Similarly, a lot of tea is going to create a caffeine buzz.

        Comment by Budham — September 24, 2010 @ 11:48 am

        • You are partly right. The needles do not cause any pain, but the doctor told me that acupuncture only serves to “kick start” the kidneys. This must be followed up by herbs that improve the kidneys. I am taking 18 pills three times a day, morning, noon and night. So that is 54 pills per day; 30 of the pills are one combination of herbs, and 24 are another combination of herbs. I don’t know what the herbs are, but when I previously took some Chinese herbs prescribed by the same doctor, I asked for the names of the herbs. I then looked them up on the Internet and confirmed that these herbs were recommended for the condition that I had at that time, which was cured by the herbs. Now I trust that the doctor knows what he is doing. One thing that I have observed is that the patients who are in his waiting room look pretty damn good, unlike the patients that I see in my Western doctor’s office. It appears that his patients are being helped while Western doctors can’t do much for their patients.

          Comment by furtherglory — September 24, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

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