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15 Jun 2004

Can Spirulina help with kidney problems
My left kidney was removed 8 years ago after being dammaged while removing kidney stones during an operation. The stones was the after effect of too much protein.

Now my remaining kidney, does not remove all the ueum, from protein, from my blood.

Somebody has suggested taking Spirulina. Will this help?
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01 Jan 0001

Hello Philip

I have never heard that spirulina can or will help for this type of problem. I would rather suggest that you visit a naturopath or homeopath to help you one on one as there are brilliant specific remedies for the kidneys.

A general tonic for the kidneys is:

Nephrosolid from A Vogel used in conjunction with Urticalcin

Please also ensure that you drink enough filtered water daily. Judge the amount needed by the colour of the urine. If it is too yellow, you are not drinking enough; if it is clear as water you are drinking too much; it needs to be just off yellow. Further ensure that you eat parsley, celery and barley often. If at all possible daily, otherwise every second day.

Avoid excessive amounts of salt and rather flavour your food with Kelpamare, Plantaforce and Herbamare all from A Vogel. See the website to see what these products look like and what they contain. Proteins are needed by the body but not too much. Eat fresh fish, cottage cheese and whey powder often and a little lamb or chicken now and then. Bio-Strath Elixir will also help you in treating this problem as Dr Strathmeyer added a herb into the mixture for every single organ of the body. Bio-Strath's action is to nourish and restore the cells right thru the body. It is excellent to use with Nephrosolid and Urticalcin.

The kidneys hate sugar, alcohol, coffee, tea, refined white flour products, salt, spinach and meat. Avoid these or minimize them.

Kind regards.



CYSTITIS - Inflammation or infection of the bladder
URETHRITIS - Urinary tract infection – inflammation or infection of the urethra
NEPHRITIS - Acute or chronic infection or inflammation of one or both kidneys which affects the area of nephrous
PYELITIS - Acute or chronic infection or inflammation of pelvis or the kidney

Do you suffer from?

Cystitis & Urethritis
• Frequency and burning on urination
• Pain in bladder
• Tenderness in bladder
• Intense desire to pass urine even if bladder is empty
• Urine has a strong odour
• Blood or pus in urine

Nephritis & Pyelitis
• Hot and cold feelings in the body
• Fever
• Aching body
• Lower back pain
• Pain when urinating
• Frequent urination
• Swelling of body / water retention
• Smelly feet / Athletes foot / Painful feet

Nature’s Solution

A Vogel’s Echinaforce herbal drops act in a powerful way to stimulate the body’s defensive mechanism when there is infection or inflammation.

A Vogel’s Cystoforce herbal drops consist of a number of herbs which is especially formulated to reduce irritation and inflammation in the bladder. Cystoforce has a strengthening and cleansing effect on the bladder, which is also useful for bedwetting and leaking bladders.

A Vogel’s Bladder Irritation Formula will assist with cystitis symptoms by relieving the intense desire to want to urinate as well as reducing inflammation of the bladder mucous membrane. This formula is particularly useful for post-menopausal women who suffer from an irritable bladder due to hormonal changes.

A Vogel’s Nephrosolid herbal drops have a powerful formula to assist with kidney drainage as well as preventing kidney stones from forming. Nephrosolid is very useful to ensure healthy kidney function during pregnancy.

A Vogel’s Prostasan drops or capsules is a herbal formula to assist men who suffer from enlarged prostate which can be the cause of poor urination flow or the urge to want to pass urine constantly.

A Vogel’s Urticalcin tablets are a biological plant calcium supplement which is well absorbed. Calcium is essential for healthy functioning of the kidneys and to maintain a reasonable alkalinity in the urine. This calcium preparation is of particular importance to people suffering from kidney stones and gout.

Some advice from Dr Vogel

The Kidneys

If we were to compare our body to a modern chemical plant, the air-conditioning unit responsible for getting rid of poisonous exhaust fumes would correspond to our lungs. In the case of a prolonged breakdown of such an air-purification unit, the workers would die from poisons released into the air. The result would be just as tragic if our lungs stopped functioning. Furthermore, in order to assure the workers’ well-being, it is of utmost importance to get rid of the poisonous solid waste materials too. In the body this is accomplished by the kidneys, with some help from the liver. If the kidneys were to stop operating for only two days, thus causing retention of metabolic toxins, uraemia would set in. The accumulation of waste products, normally excreted in the urine, would cause metabolic poisoning.

Harmful influences

Aside from the heart and the liver, no other organ suffers more from the consequences of our modern lifestyle and refined foods than the kidneys. In my practice I have been able to observe time and again the extent of the damage white sugar has done to them. Often a kidney patient has been relieved of his pains simply by abstaining from all foods containing sugar. Just to prove the point, the patient would again be given sugar on a test basis and, sure enough, the pains would return. It is generally known that the kidneys can be rendered a great service and protected if the intake of salt is reduced to a minimum. Bacterial poisons, likewise, have a detrimental effect on them. That is why infectious diseases such as measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, tonsillitis and others, always have an adverse effect. Permanent damage can be prevented if proper care is taken to cure these diseases fully, and by making sure that the kidneys function properly during and after an illness. This is best done by taking the excellent plant extract of Solidago, as contained in Nephrosolid, a remedy that should be kept in every home. Moreover, the kidneys will function better if we protect them from getting cold. For example, when hot weather makes us feel like a cold drink, we should make it a habit to sip slowly instead of gulping it down. If you bathe in cold water or feel cold after having been caught in the rain, for example, you should immediately restore the body’s proper temperature balance by taking a bath or a shower, or by applying warm water packs or any other warm water therapy. Otherwise, the cold shock to the kidneys may have adverse effects.

How to detect kidney disorders

Close attention should be paid to the kidneys because kidney problems do not always manifest themselves immediately by acute pain. If the amount of water passed is less than normal over a period of time, we should have a urine analysis made. This is also indicated if the colour of the urine changes and for some time is, either, too dark or too light, almost colourless. If we notice the presence of blood, cloudiness, or any other residue in the urine, this is also a cause for concern. A sediment of tiny crystals indicates that the person has a tendency to develop kidney stones or gravel. Do not wait for pain or colic before doing something about it. Seek treatment at once. In view of the demands of today’s ever-increasing pace of life, it is of paramount importance to care for our body at least as much as we look after our car. We all understand that it is more economical to rectify a problem with the car when it first shows up, before a major repair job becomes necessary through sheet neglect. Does our body not deserve the same consideration? Take, for example, our kidneys and think of the great demands they are subjected to; much pain and discomfort can be avoided later if prompt attention and constant care are given them.

The Urinary Bladder

The urinary bladder is a hollow organ made up of muscle fibres and lined with mucous membrane. Ordinarily, the bladder has the capacity to hold about 750ml of fluid. Since the fibre cells are elastic, like rubber, the bladder is able to expand greatly without suffering any damage. According to the amount of fluid collected, pressure is exerted on the walls of the bladder and, as it mounts, this triggers the feeling of needing to pass water. However, the amount of fluid present in the bladder is not the only force causing the urge for elimination. External influences such as exposure to cold produce it too. Having cold feet or stepping barefoot onto cold tiles or a cement floor cause a contraction of the bladder wall and a strong need to pass water, even if the bladder is only partially filled. A bladder infection creates the same urge, but often the patient is able to produce only a few drops of water while suffering pain and discomfort. The bladder is one of the body’s most sensitive organs, and one that reacts to physical as well as emotional stimuli in an unusually strong way.

Inflammation of the Bladder (Cystitis)

Generally, inflammation of the bladder, or cystitis, is a result of a cold. ‘Whatever results from a cold can only be taken away through heat’ is an ancient law of natural therapy. Since it also applies to the bladder, hot herbal packs, compresses and prolonged sitzbaths are very successful aids in treating cystitis. The water used to prepare a compress should be as hot as the hands can bear when wringing out the cloth. The sitz bath should have a temperature of 37-38°C in order not to cause any congestion. This should be carefully observed, particularly if the patient has high blood pressure or a weak heart. The sitz bath should be continued for half an hour, with hot water being added from time to time to maintain a constant temperature. Certain bacteria such as staphylococcus and sometimes coli bacillus can often be responsible for bladder infections. In rare cases the bladder may be affected by tuberculosis, a condition more likely to occur if the patient already has kidney tuberculosis, which permits the bacillus to enter the bladder through the kidney and manifest itself at the slightest irritation. Chronic cases of cystitis are pain or burning sensations on passing urine. Due to the infection and irritation a strong urge to pass water persists. The urine generally contains some red and white blood cells, is cloudy and forms a white, often slimy sediment when left standing.

The treatment with warm wet packs can be greatly supported by the use of several biological remedies. One of the best medicines with which to counteract any kind of inflammation is A Vogel’s Echinaforce. Doses of 5-10 drops should be taken every hour. Also, A Vogel’s Nephrosolid has healing properties and stimulates the kidneys. If at the same time the urethra is narrowed, or an enlargement of the prostate gland or bladder stones exist, the treatment must be adapted accordingly and some other remedies added. In cases where the patient is unable to control urination due to a weakness of the sphincter muscle, A Vogel’s Cystoforce Bladder Drops should be taken additionally.

Some useful information

• Did you know that cystitis is 30 times more common in females than males?

• Personal hygiene and good toilet habits play a vital part in combating cystitis. Always wash after passing a stool! Apply Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Cream to vagina and anus after washing

• E-Coli is the most common bacteria found to cause cystitis and kidney infections. Personal hygiene is essential to keep the anus, vagina and penis clear of this bacteria which is naturally found in the stool.

• Robust sexual activity can bruise the tissue around and in the urethra which can lead to typical honeymoon cystitis.

• Sexual activity without proper lubrication can cause irritation and infection.

• An enlarged prostate which obstructs the passing of urine, as well as tumours of other kinds, can lead to urine retention and infection.

• Great shock or anger can trigger an infection.

• Excessive use of chemical drugs, antibiotics, alcohol, spermicides, can cause irritation and infection

• A diet rich in sugar, dairy, refined carbohydrates, coffee, tea and alcohol can cause high acidity levels in the urine which can irritate the bladder.

• Lack of fluids. People who do not drink enough water can easily develop bladder and kidney disorders due to the concentrated urine which is passed.

• Constipation or liver congestion will put more strain on the kidneys to eliminate wastes.

• The internal position of the uterus after childbirth must be given attention to by exercising to prevent prolapse of bladder, uterus or colon. The pressure exerted by prolapsed organs on the bladder causes untold problems of infections and irritations.

• Diabetic patients have a greater risk of developing bladder and kidney disorder. It is therefore imperative that blood sugar levels be well controlled

• Injuries to the spine can be the root cause of urinary tract infections.

• Sexually transmitted diseases should also be ruled out as the cause of chronic bladder and kidney disorders.

What can you do?

1. All disease comes from within. The quality of your blood will determine your response. Therefore:
- Eat a healthy diet (please see Healthy Nutrition document)
- Drink enough water – (± 6-8 glasses per day)
- Get 20 minutes exercise per day
- Reduce the tension and anxiety in your life
- Reduce your intake of salt and red meat
- Only use chemical drugs when you have to
- Get enough sleep
- Take a daily all-round supplement such as Bio-Strath Elixir to restore the body tissues
- Consult a chiropractor to ensure a well aligned spine.

2. Parsley is a valuable herb to keep the urinary tract healthy. Eat parsley in your food, daily.

3. Cucumber, asparagus, barley and watermelon have a good effect on the kidneys; eat them often.

4. Smelly feet, athlete’s foot and painful feet can all be an indication of poorly functioning kidneys. If you have these symptoms, get a diagnosis. Remember to prevent, rather than cure.


Kidney and bladder disorders are very well treated by changing the diet, the lifestyle and by regular use of Dr Vogel’s Echinaforce, Cystoforce, Bladder Irritation Formula and Nephrosolid while you have a problem. Do not get cold; do not walk around in a wet bathing suit; do not let your feet become cold; drink enough water! The kidneys play a vital role in your good health. Avoid taking painkillers which can harm the kidneys. Irresponsible dieting and the use of diuretics will also adversely affect the kidneys. It is best to avoid the use of chemical drugs unless there is no alternative. The kidneys can simply be overburdened by the volume of filtering it needs to perform, which can be why many people simply feel tired, achy all over, and often they get headaches at the back of the neck/head. When these warning lights come on, heed it! For a few days’ rest the kidneys by following the dietary advice. If the symptoms keep on recurring, it is best to seek help from a homoeopath. People who suffer the consequences of Bilharzia, abuse of diuretics and painkillers, regular use of blood pressure medication, should consult with a homoeopath to treat the kidneys effectively.

Echinaforce Liquid. Application No. U613 (Act 101/1965), contains per 1.0g fresh Echinacea purpurea herb mother tincture 950 mg and fresh Echinacea purpurea root mother tincture 50 mg. Alchohol content 65% v/v.

Echinaforce Tablets. Each tablet contains 400 mg of concentrated Echinacea purpurea extract (herba 95% and radix 5%).

Echinaforce Junior Tablets. Each tablet contains 250 mg of concentrated Echinacea purpurea extract (herba 95% and radix 5%) equivalent to the active ingredients of 107 mg of fresh Echinacea purpurea plant.

Bladder Irritation Formula. Application No. U875 (Act 101/1965). Contains Berberis vulgaris D3, Chimaphila umbellate D2, Helleboris niger D3, Lamium album D1, Lespedeza capitata D3, Pareira brava D2, Solidago virgaurea D1, Viola tricolour D3.

Nephrosolid Liquid. Application No. U927 (Act 101/1965). Each 1 ml contains Solidago Virgauren Ø 635 mg, Betula Pendula Ø 166 mg, Ononis Spinosa Ø 64 mg, Equisetum arvense Ø 55 mg, Alcohol 62% v/v.

Urticalcin Tablets. Application No. U959 (Act 101/1965). Each tablet contains Calcium carb. Hahnem. D4 0.50 mg, Calcium Phos D6 0.50 mg, Natrium phos D6 0.50 mg, Silicea D6 2.50 mg and Urtica D1 10.00 mg in a tablet base composed of lactose, potato starch and magnesium stearate.

Cystoforce Liquid Application No. U605 (Act/Wet 101/1965) Contains Arctostaphylos uva ursi Ø, Echinacea purpurea Ø, Hypericum perforatum Ø, Rhus aromaticus Ø, Achillea millefolium Ø, Melissa officinalis Ø, Avena sativa Ø, Atropa belladonna D3, Populus tremula D1, in equal parts. Alcohol content: 56% v/v.

Dr A Vogel has written a book, The Nature Doctor, a highly recommended volume for every home. Virtually every condition known to mankind is dealt with in detail, in simple layman’s terms, covering hundreds of topics, including indepth information on the kidneys and the bladder. His wealth of wisdom and knowledge makes this a valuable asset in every home. Should you wish to order a copy of this book, please do so through your pharmacy or health store.

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