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.

Book Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars- Good mental hygiene improves your life By Whistlers Mom Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER

August 19, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition

When I was young, many people rejected the importance of dental hygiene. They Guide to Natural Mental Health Reviewpreferred to believe that they developed cavities because they had “soft teeth.” That a woman would lose a tooth for every baby she gave birth to. That if their grandparents finished up toothless, they were doomed to the same fate. It was all bad luck and genetics and brushing, flossing, good diet, and not using tobacco would make no difference.

Today, most people understand the importance of good dental hygiene, but we’re still in the Dark Ages when it comes to committing to good mental hygiene. Mental illness is scary and embarrassing and seems to strike like a bolt of thunder. In a laudable attempt to reduce the stigma of mental illness, experts stress that it may be hereditary or a result of chemical imbalances. Either way, it’s out of our control, right?

This author is a medical librarian and himself a survivor of mental illness. On both scores, he understands the importance of being well-informed. He has read thousands of articles in medical journals most of them describing the findings of clinical research in the areas of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and internet addictions. He introduces these papers and gives a brief summing up of their critical points, with special emphasis on findings which relate to self-help measures. AND he tells you the web sites where you can read the entire article yourself.

I approached this book with great misgivings. I grew up at a time when doctors were still struggling to convince the general public that they were offering something worth paying for. They did it by promoting the idea that health is only understandable by those who have gone to medical school and that traditional practices and wisdom were “old wives tales” – silly and probably dangerous. Many (most, really) books about “alternative medicine” are poorly researched and have a strong mercenary bias. “Massive doses of dandelion tea cured my cancer and I sell the only dandelion tea mix that works.” You know the sort of thing.

This author isn’t going to get rich selling his book and I don’t believe that he wrote it with that intent. He does believe passionately that we can help ourselves to better mental health by practicing good mental hygiene – diet, exercise, prayer, and developing strong personal relationships. Modern medicine is beginning to adopt the same idea and these articles represent studies and tests from well-known and well-respected medical centers, universities, and organizations. This is not snake oil, but knowledge gleaned from scientific research.

So why doesn’t everyone know about it? Because a pharmaceutical company can spend billions of dollars yearly telling the public about the benefits of its products, but there’s no profit in telling you that turning your computer off and talking to a friend or taking a walk (or better yet, both at once!) will make you feel better.

When it comes to the workings of the mind, we are only beginning to explore a new frontier. In the future, our present “knowledge” will be laughable. But we can use the latest ideas and combine them with traditional wisdom to help ourselves. You are your own best doctor and (whether it’s physical or mental illness) the best out-comes result when the patient and those who love him are well-informed and taking an active role in the process.

***** Mr. Jiang very kindly gave me a copy of his book, but that didn’t influence my opinions one bit! I skimmed it and now I’m re-reading the sections that are of special interest to me. It’s a book that should be in every household that has been affected by mental illness. That’s all of us, right?

Natural Weight Loss and Diabetes Control: Grady Harp Amazon Top Reviewer Give 5 Stars!

Natural Weight Loss and Diabetes Control: The Medical Librarian’s Annotated Guide

5.0 out of 5 stars ‘Varying the diet in a healthy way is best.’

By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME, TOP 100 REVIEWER, VINE VOICE on June 7, 2016
Format: Paperback

For those new to the name William Jiang, his following book is highly recommended: `A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope‘. William Jiang was the Chief Librarian of the New York State Psychiatric Institute Patient and Family Library, affiliated with Columbia University, for seven years. That book and his book on GUIDE TO NATURAL MENTAL HEALTH focused on the knowledge about Complementary and Alternative Health treatments for select mental issues that he gleaned over seven years of following the mental health literature during that time. The thrust of the book is mental

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health, nutrition, and complementary therapies. Now Mental Health Author and Advocate William Jiang extends his expertise on nutrition and offers this excellent book on NATURAL WEIGHT LOSS AND DIABETES CONTROL.

In Will’s Introduction he states his motivation: ‘The link between body and mind has been known for over two thousand years, and yet we think we can eat that Big Mac and not suffer consequences. There is a strong link between that fast food and obesity, diabetes, clinical depression, and other serious problems of body and mind. Indeed, even clinical depression and schizophrenia can possibly be prevented by a healthy diet… A word of caution: one should ALWAYS check an individual vitamin or supplement against your medical condition list, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, and also each nutraceutical should be checked against the medications and other vitamins and minerals one is taking. For example, if somebody has high blood pressure, it would behoove them to avoid salt, or alternatively there may be an interaction between their heart medicine and grapefruit juice. Also, it is a good rule to change one nutraceutical or strategy at a time, rather than changing around everything, all at once. That way, you know what works for you and what does not… This annotated bibliography picks the “best” information from the medical literature, sometimes includes commentary as well as the source, title, authors, and abstract of the article from MEDLINE.The book is rich in information about such controversies as high fructose corn syrup, bleached white flour, the glycemic index, microbiota, fish oil, krill oil, whey, magnesium and fiber-weight loss-diabetes control. Will surveys the world cuisines (the great Hunter/Gatherer Diet, Mediterranean diet, Asian diet, Latin American diet, European diet, Middle Eastern diet) as well as the role of fruits, veggies and fermentation, neutraceuticals, the role of exercise – all of these in relation to diabetes control and prevention.

In his closing comments Will states, ‘The literature provides some, although limited, evidence about interventions and approaches that may prevent weight gain. Although there is not strong evidence to promote a particular weight gain prevention strategy, there is no evidence that not adopting a strategy to prevent weight gain is preferable. The Seasons of the Year and Weight Gain Our weight gain or loss is not only is changed by our circadian, or daily, rhythms of life, but also our circumannual, or yearly, body clocks. We cannot escape the Earthly rhythms of the seasons on our basic biology.’

Well documented, well written and full of important facts, this is a strong book that should be added to the nutrition library of every household. Grady Harp, June 16

Natural Weight Loss and Diabetes Control by William Jiang, MLS is a must-have guide for those who wish to better their health using medically backed, evidence based medicine!