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.

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

Thanks for coming- Columbia Book Event!


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!

The Internet is Killing You

An Excerpt from my book, Natural Weight Loss and Diabetes Control: The Medical Librarian’s Annotated Guide by William Jiang, MLS. Amazon Digital Services LLC, Published June 3, 2016.

Indeed, there is a “chicken and egg” relationship between depression and ten of the top ten causes of death in the United States, where sometimes depression comes before the physical disease or vice-versa. Clinical depression is mixed with: cancer, heart disease, asthma, chronic stress, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, kidney disease, and yes even suicide. The only top causes of death that are not directly tied to depression are influenza and dying in an accident, and these two are debatable… Read the Rest on

8,000+ Books sold so far, and going strong

Author’s note: so far, I’m blessed to have gotten a total of slightly over 8,000 readers of my books, spreading my messages of hope and healing in over 90% of the marketplaces that Amazon sells. A shocking realization that I had tonight while sitting with a friend at a favorite cafe was that the autobiography of the founder of SONY has earned 27 reviews at 4.5 stars on Amazon. Whereas, my autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope racked up, in Amazon’s estimation, 30 reviews at 4.5 Stars. Crazy! This is after Amazon stripped about twenty 5- star reviews the book, which were ALL ethically gotten from actual readers, something I’m understandably a bit bitter about. But, I focus on the sweet feeling of the overwhelmingly positive reception of my books from my good readers. Believe me, I feel very grateful for each and every positive word people have sent in my direction, helping me to fight stigma and share hope. Thank you!

I have garnered 91 reviews in total on Amazon to date. I’m biggest in the following countries where I have the following number of reviews:

  • 83 USA
  • 4 Spain
  • 2 UK
  • 2 France


8,000 Books sold

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?