Kidney Pain, Invokana, and Whey

Call me crazy, but I was having pretty serious kidney pain a week ago that I believe was caused by the combination of whey and the diabetes medicine Invokana. I remembered that Invokana and whey both can stress the kidneys. If you are taking Invokana and taking whey, that might not be a good thing. I stopped the Invokana and have been taking the whey for a few days now and feel good. If you are having kidney pain and are taking Invokana and whey, you might have your reason right there! Always listen to your body!

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Side Effect information for Invokana:

5.3 Acute Kidney Injury and Impairment in Renal Function

INVOKANA causes intravascular volume contraction [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS (5.1)] and can cause renal impairment [see ADVERSE REACTIONS (6.1)]. There have been postmarketing reports of acute kidney injury, some requiring hospitalization and dialysis, in patients receiving INVOKANA; some reports involved patients younger than 65 years of age.


A high protein diet can stress the kidneys. I was taking 60g of whey per day. No bueno.

Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2006 Nov;1(6):1293-9. Epub 2006 Sep 27.
Advanced glycation end products and nephrotoxicity of high-protein diets.
Abstract: The popularity of high-protein diets has surged recently as obesity has become more and more common in the United States and other developed nations. In view of the high prevalence of type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease among obese people, it is important to understand potential effects of high-protein diets on the kidney. The hypothesis that high-protein diets are nephrotoxic because of their excessive dietary advanced glycation end product (AGE) content and an increased amino acid load that enhances AGE formation in situ was explored. This review discusses the following evidence: (1) High-protein diets are deleterious to the kidney; (2) AGE are metabolic mediators of kidney damage; (3) dietary protein-derived AGE contribute to proinflammatory and pro-oxidative processes in diabetes and kidney disease; and (4) dietary protein-derived AGE produce functional and structural abnormalities that are involved in kidney damage. Future research should consider dietary AGE as a potential therapeutic target for kidney disease in obesity, diabetes, and perhaps other causes of chronic kidney disease.

¿Cómo me curé de la depresión naturalmente?

Yo estaba durmiendo hasta 21 horas por día debido al antidepresivo que estaba tomando para la depresión. Mi médico parecía antipático. No voy a usar la palabra que, en suma, describió este tipo en mi mente. Fui adelante. Seguí tomando el medicamento todos los días durante más de dos años. Yo sabía que tenía  efectos secundarios horribles a pesar de la miríada de antidepresivos que me trataron como el  Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, y Wellbutrin. Tambien, sabia que era mejor usar los poderosos ISRS y agonistas de la dopamina que sin ellos. ¿Por qué? ¿Cómo podría hacer eso? Pues bien, cuando se tiene casi una necesidad absolutamente innegable para poner fin a su propia vida debido a su propio infierno personal en que está viviendo, estar despierto tres horas por día es un regalo. Mejor tres que cero, ¿Verdad?

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How I cured Myself of Clinical Depression Naturally

I was sleeping up to 21 hours per day due to the antidepressant I was taking for clinical depression. My doctor seemed unsympathetic. I will not use the word that, in sum, described this guy in my mind. I soldiered on. I kept taking the medicine every day for more than two years. I knew despite the horrible side effects I was having from the myriad antidepressants they tried me on, Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, and Wellbutrin I was better off using the powerful SSRI and Dopamine Agonists than without them. Why? How could that possibly be? Well, when you have almost an absolutely undeniable urge to end your own life due to your own personal hell you are living in, being awake three hours per day is a gift. Better three than zero, right?


Since these dark days, I have been able to get off and stay off completely from the pharmacotherapy of antidepressant medicines for over two years. How? I’ve written a book called Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction that teaches all my secrets. However, I want to share with you the three main things that have saved me from clinical depression and the one thing that saved my brain the last time I had to take the antidepressants. Ready. Set. Go!



“Five Stars”-Top Reviewer Grady Harp’s Review of Eros, Amar, and Romantic Love : 150 Love Quotations in Latin, Spanish, and English

Format: Kindle EditionEros, Amar, and Romantic Love : 150 Love Quotations in Latin, Spanish, and English

William Jiang’s extraordinary chronicle of his life in another of his books – ‘A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope’ – is at once arresting, horrifying, challenging and inspiring. Obviously Will Jiang is a brilliant young handsome man born prematurely to an Anglo-Saxon mother and an absentee Russian Jewish father and later adopted by his Chinese stepfather Yu Jiang: the inordinately touching memories of and tributes from his brothers Leaf, Chung and Justice as well as comments introduced in his preface form an impressive list of people attest to the fact that this is a unique young man. Then we met Will in his role of a librarian with his THE ENGLISH VIRTUAL LIBRARY – William Jiang, BA, MLS, the author of sixteen popular Kindle books in English, Spanish, and French which have gone to #1 in the USA and have sold in Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, France, Germany, India, Australia, Italy, and Japan. He is a former Columbia University/NYSPI Medical Library Chief, designer, and he is a speaker of English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. And as his bio now states, ‘Most movies and media news paint one-dimensional, thinly drawn caricatures of mentally ill people, instilling fear. Refreshingly, words that could describe Mr. Jiang’s life and work include: brilliant, passionate, artistic, profound, knowledgeable, inspirational, and even “wise teacher”.

Will’s Valentine energy he wishes to spread throughout the year. And once again his skill in languages is demonstrated as he offers quotations about Love in Latin, Spanish and English in a manner that makes each quote memorable and a tool for improving vocabulary and gaining some skills in speaking Spanish! THAT is love!

To gain the full benefit of this collection of quotations this is a book that belongs in your home or study or office or backpack. A few examples follow:

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” Nietzsche

Incitamentum amoris musica.
Music entices to love.

Haec scripsi non otii abuntantia, sed amoris erga te.
I have written this, not from having an abundance of leisure, but of love for you (Cicero).

“Love is a temporary insanity, curable by marriage.” Ambrose Bierce

En un beso, sabrás todo lo que he callado.
In a kiss, you’ll know everything I kept silent.

Qué buen insomnio si me desvelo sobre tu cuerpo.
What good is insomnia if I can not sleep over your body. Mario Benedetti

“Don’t forget to love yourself.” Soren Kierkegaard

And there are many more – 150 to be exact. This is a special book – for you, to offer as a gift to one you love, to share with friends. Grady Harp, February 17

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Author Reading on February 6th, 2017 @ B&N Columbia Medical Bookstore



I couldn’t believe the turnout at the Barnes & Noble Columbia Medical Bookstore last night! Thanks for all that were able to make my little book reading and discussion of A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. Everybody who came seemed to have a really good time. Again, thanks!

Pánico, hierro, y B6 – Usted puede sentirse mejor!

Pánico,  hierro, y B6: Ayudese con el trastorno de pánico, naturalmente con vitaminas y minerales

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La guía del Bibliotecario Médico: Ansiedad, Depresión, Bipolar, y Esquizofrenia: Nutrición y Terapias Complementarias

Encontré el fascinante artículo a continuación tratar de ayudar a una querida novia que sufría de un grave trastorno de pánico. Probablemente se beneficiaría de los medicamentos  también, pero que no había comido carne roja durante más de tres años. Eso me hice pensar. Yo estaba correcto en mi pensiemento de que a pesar de que era físicamente sano en términos de no tener anemia, probablemente era un poco deficiente en hierro, porque de no ha comido la carne durante tanto tiempo. Le dije a su trastorno de pánico probablemente mejorará si ella tomó un suplemento de hierro con una píldora de vitaminas del complejo B. Me rompe el corazón que le hablaba como un experto, pero no creo que alguna vez me escuchó. He estado incorrecto antes, pero aquí, hierro y B6 solamente pudo ayudar. Finalmente nos separamos debido a su depresión que no fue tratada. Si usted lee este artículo, mi dulce, va a leer la traducción en español lo haré sólo por ti, aunque con el tiempo, espero que miles de hispanohablantes se beneficiarán de la investigación que hice para ti, mi amor. Les deseo salud y felicidad, siempre!



PS Además, echa un vistazo a el libro de la derecha, La guía del Bibliotecario Médico: Ansiedad, Depresión, Bipolar, y Esquizofrenia: Nutrición y Terapias Complementarias para mucho más de los mismos consejos, útiles en las intervenciones naturales para la ansiedad, trastorno bipolar, la depresión y la esquizofrenia.

PPS Estimados lectores, como siempre, si encuentra cualquiera de mis mensajes utiles, por favor compartir! Siempre trato de ayudar a las personas más que puedo, pero soy solamente un voz en un multitud sobre el Internet! Gracias!

Acta Med Okayama. 2013; 67 (2): 99-104.

Bajas concentraciones séricas de vitamina B6 y hierro están relacionados con ataques de pánico y ataque de hiperventilación.Mikawa Y1, Mizobuchi S, M Egi, Morita K.


Pacientes sometidos a un ataque de pánico (PA) o un ataque de hiperventilación (HVA) a veces son ingresados en los servicios de emergencia (eds). Reducción de nivel de serotonina es conocida como una de las causas de PA y HVA. La serotonina se sintetiza a partir de triptófano. Para la síntesis de serotonina, la vitamina B6 (Vit B6) y el juego de hierro papeles importantes como cofactores. Para aclarar la fisiopatología de la PA y HVA, se investigaron los niveles séricos de vitaminas B2, B6 y B12 y hierro en pacientes con PA o HVA asistir a un servicio de urgencias. Medimos cada parámetro en 21 pacientes PA o HVA y se compararon los valores con los de 20 voluntarios. Se encontró que tanto los niveles de Vit B6 y de hierro fueron significativamente inferiores en el grupo de PA / HVA que en el grupo de voluntarios. No hubo diferencia significativa en los niveles séricos de vitaminas B2 o B12. Estos resultados sugieren que las concentraciones séricas bajas de Vit B6 y hierro están involucrados en PA y HVA. Se necesitan más estudios para aclarar los mecanismos implicados en tales diferencias.



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Panic, Iron, and B6 – You CAN Feel better!

Panic, Iron, and B6: Helping Panic Disorder, Naturally with Vitamins and Minerals

Panic, Iron, and B6
An Easy to read and helpful book
I found the fascinating article below trying to help a dear girlfriend who was suffering from a serious panic disorder. Although she would probably benefit from SSRIs also, she had not eaten red meat for more than three years. That made me think. I was right in my hunch that although she was physically healthy in terms of not being anemic, she was probably mildly deficient in iron because of not touching meat for so long. I told her her panic disorder would probably get better if she took an iron supplement with a b-complex vitamin pill. It breaks my heart that I spoke to her as an expert, but I do not think she ever heard me. I have been wrong before, but here, iron and B6 would have only helped her.  We finally broke up due to her untreated depression. If you read this article, my sweet, you will be reading the Spanish translation I will do for only you, although eventually, thousands of Spanish-speakers will benefit from the research I did for you, my love. I wish you health and happiness, lovely!
PS Also, check out the book on the right, Guide To Natural Mental Health for a lot more of the same, helpful advice on natural interventions for anxiety, bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia. Also, it’s worth reading if you think you are addicted to video games, Facebook, or your cell phone. You might be surprised at what you learn!
PPS Dear readers, as always, if you find any of my posts helpful, please share! I always try to help the most people I can, but I’m only one man!
Acta Med Okayama. 2013;67(2):99-104.
Low serum concentrations of vitamin B6 and iron are related to panic attack and hyperventilation attack.Mikawa Y1, Mizobuchi S, Egi M, Morita K.
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Patients undergoing a panic attack (PA) or a hyperventilation attack (HVA) are sometimes admitted to emergency departments (EDs). Reduced serotonin level is known as one of the causes of PA and HVA. Serotonin is synthesized from tryptophan. For the synthesis of serotonin, vitamin B6 (Vit B6) and iron play important roles as cofactors. To clarify the pathophysiology of PA and HVA, we investigated the serum levels of vitamins B2, B6, and B12 and iron in patients with PA or HVA attending an ED. We measured each parameter in 21 PA or HVA patients and compared the values with those from 20 volunteers. We found that both Vit B6 and iron levels were significantly lower in the PA/HVA group than in the volunteer group. There was no significant difference in the serum levels of vitamins B2 or B12. These results suggest that low serum concentrations of Vit B6 and iron are involved in PA and HVA. Further studies are needed to clarify the mechanisms involved in such differences.

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Hi! My name is William Jiang, MLS, and I have been a member of Fountain House since 2011. I joined Fountain House after my seven year tenure as a medical Library Chief at Columbia University/NYSPI under Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman. I did not want to be isolated in upper Manhattan. Fountain House helped with my socialization and learning conversational French. Oui! Maintenant, je parle francais! Tres bien! Merci Fountain House!

I started   to continue my personal mission which started in 2000 with New York City Voices Newsapaper under luminary Dan Frey, and then later as the Patient Librarian at Columbia Psychiatry/NYSPI. If one types “books schizophrenia” in Google, page about the “Best books about Schizophrenia” is in the top 3 results, just after Amazon. Today, I wanted to let you know of an exciting new email list that I am curating which can be joined at

Why join? So far we have featured the best selling book by Dr. Lieberman, “Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry” as well as two of my popular books A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope and Guide to Natural Mental Health. You can see the archives of the email list at the link above. So far we have added 500 mental-health friendly bookstores across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Also, I’ve opened up membership to my social media platforms on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Now, I am excited for the opportunity to let Fountain House and the Clubhouse community know about the mailing list about great reads in Mental Health and Advocacy. Anybody with an interest in quality mental health books is welcome to join the list, as well as to let their family and friends know that there are good books out there to inspire and inform about mental health.