Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Diet Soda is the cure for Kidney Stones!"

A study was published by the Journal of Urology and claims that drinking diet soda may reduce your risk of developing kidney stones.

Here's the link.

Here's the summary

-Kidney stones are formed when urine contains high levels of calcium, uric acid and a compound called oxalate.
-A compound called citrate is known to inhibite the formation of kidney stones.
-Diet citrus flavored sodas contain citrate

The study says that it is still unknown if these diet sodas will help prevent kidney stones, just that they contain high levels of citrate. They are not advocating the consumption of soda. What DOES upset me is that the doctor from the study says that patients need to be drinking 2-3 litters of water or other fluids a day and that if soda helps reach that goal, it's a good thing!

Perhaps if we pushed whole foods and drinking water (instead of soda) these ailments wouldn't develop in the first place. I see studies published everyday, in mainstream media, offering new, quick, convenient fixes for all of our maladies. These doctors and studies aren't necessarily advocating these fixes, but the media is presenting them in a way that is making it unclear to the consumer. How many of you would have read this article and then said, "Diet soda is the cure for kidney stones!"? That's the kind of excuse that most Americans are looking for. We all want "facts" and "science" to support our unhealthy habits.

In this society, people aren't willing to read all of the information and are only catching highlights and blurbs. It's vital that you learn to read thoroughly and always be skeptical of what's being "fed" to you.

Happy Researching!

In health,


Joanie Johnson, HC

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