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You have more than 'just' kidney stones..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Erica,

So, first of all, I always tell everyone that if they have a nephrologist, then I cannot help them with ANYTHING, that anything that I say MUST go through their nephrologist and be OK'd by them.

People who've 'just' had a kidney stone or two don't HAVE a nephrologist because kidney stones are not problems with the kidneys, but with the urinary tract. Hence people with even chronic kidney stones have a urologist and not a nephrologist.

So YOU don't 'just' have kidney stones but you have a problem with your kidneys and to top it off, you are also on diuretics, so you are being kept slightly on the dehydrated side on purpose. These are all complete game changers and can contribute to kidney stone formation. PLUS, when you already have kidney DAMAGE, getting a stone can contribute to even more damage and potentially put you on dialysis!

So, yours is not a normal situation- you have other risk factors for getting kidney stones and the potential of having a lifetime of problems if you DO get another one.

Also, people with kidney problems tend to have to:

Decrease their fluid intake
Decrease their potassium intake
Decrease their magnesium intake

and kidney patients tend to swing towards having high calcium levels- every one of which increase the chance of kidney stones. And if you have a high calcium level or a borderline high calcium level, then that is a Vitamin D Contraindication anyway.

Also, if you read my page on Preventing Kidney Stones, the best way to prevent them is to stay high in magnesium- which most kidney patients are forbidden from doing.

So, if you are a person with healthy kidneys and who does not have any of the contraindications of vitamin d, there is virtually no risk of getting kidney stones with vitamin d, but if you have kidney problems (not 'just' kidney stones) then that changes the game entirely....

But if you want studies, here's a 14 year study of 45,000 men (who tend to get kidney stones more frequently than women) and The Study showed that vitamin d was not an independent risk factor.

And this study on the Risk Assessment of Vitamin D looked at many many studies on studies that gave extremely high doses of vitamin d. In none of these studies was the incidence of kidney stones increased.


Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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