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ACV is supposed to be a miracle cure for kidney problems...is it the same if a person is in kidney failure as it has high potassium?

By August 1, 2010 - 2:29pm
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I am trying to find a way to help my mom look after my dad who is 79 and in renal failure on the verge of having to go for dialysis. She is at her wits end as to what foods to give him. He is in a depression and very dependent on her, so I am scouring the internet to find something that might help her.
I hope that this question is appropriate for this site, as it seems to be for women only....sorry if I am out of line.
Many thanks,

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Dear Sir/madam,
Please let me the simple and miracle Home remedies to treat various ailments.
Thanks & Regards:

November 7, 2014 - 10:45pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

There are no "miracle" remedies in life. But there are home remedies that work for hundreds of ailments. 

You'll need to be more specific so we have help you further - please let us know what help you need! 

We look forward to hearing back from you!


November 8, 2014 - 10:53am
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Hi folks, my name is Jose from Puerto Rico and I have CKD. In 2012 while working at a summer camp I suffered a minor heart attack and my blood pressure was thru the roof and had to be taken to a major medical hospital in order lower my blood pressure. I was in Stage 5 and most doctors wanted dialisys for me, bur bless my lucky stars I got a Godsend of two doctors that bet on wellbeing and fought with me to get stable. I was 22 so I was a special case so you might imagine a lot of nurses and doctors watching me everyday. I could not let this illnes win, and I beat it, its still with me but it will never control me. I'm 24 now, healthy, a well balanced diet ant at Stage 2 of CKD and not because my medication helped me, but because I did my part. CKD is a common condition and we can fight it and live a healthy lifw with it you just have to do your part. If you have a family member or if you have CKD dont let it defeat you defeat IT, have faith, be strong because we are all in this together. Dialisys or not and thank God I am not in that stage. So my friends, we are survivors and we can beat and live with CKD and never let it rule our lives. God Bless. :)

October 19, 2014 - 5:46pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

So what worked to get back to stage 2. And avoid dialysis? Did. Organic. Cider vinegar help you. Tryin. Itnow. In. Stage. 2. G

May 15, 2017 - 11:36am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Jose, thank you for your advice. What did you do to change your situation. I hope your still doing well. Ps. Im from P R too.

September 22, 2016 - 6:23pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Jose

Thank you for your post it inspired me a lot

I have felt depressed and down and faith is there but diminishing fast. What sort of changes did you make and how long before you saw results?



March 7, 2015 - 11:17pm
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my mom is suffering from kidney problem , she's creatinine level is high and her foot,hands swealing. wt can I do ,Financialy I am poor .

August 24, 2012 - 8:30am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Making dietary changes as listed above can help your mom but she has to see a doctor. Can you get her to a free clinic or hospital near you? It's very important.


August 27, 2012 - 11:51am
HERWriter Guide

Hi Michelle

Thanks for your post and thank you for caring so much about your Dad! This site is for anyone with a health issue or some information to share!

Apple cider vinegar is thought to be great for a lot of conditions, including those of the kidneys, but is not a miracle cure. There is no miracle cure for chronic kidney failure, unfortunately.

We have a lot of information regarding treatment for kidney failure that I'd like you to read here:

Most chronic kidney diseases are not reversible. But, there are treatments that may be used to help preserve as much kidney function as possible. In the cases of acute renal failure , treatment focuses on the illness or injury that caused the problem.
General Measures

* Restricting fluids
* Doing daily weight checks
* Eating a high-carbohydrate, low-protein diet


Medications used in acute or chronic kidney failure may include:

* Diuretics —to flush out the kidneys, increase urine flow, and rid the body of excess sodium (eg, furosemide , mannitol )
* Dopamine, atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP)—to dilate blood vessels in the kidneys, increase urine flow, flush out sodium
* Blood pressure medications (eg, ACE inhibitors)
* Sodium polystyrene sulfonate or insulin in dextrose—to control high potassium levels
* Calcium acetate —to control high phosphorus levels

Talk to your doctor other medications that your are taking. These include prescribed and over-the-counter medications, as well as herbs and supplements. Since the kidneys are no longer working properly, waste can build up in your body.

Dialysis is a process that takes over for the kidneys and filters waste from the blood. This may be done for short-term, until kidney function improves. Or, it may be done you have a kidney transplant .
Kidney Transplant

This may be the right option for some patients. Having a successful transplant depends on many factors, such as what is causing the kidney damage and your overall health.
Blood Tests

Your doctor will monitor these blood levels:

* Sodium
* Potassium
* Calcium
* Phosphate
* Red blood cells
o Your doctor may inject a hormone called erythropoietin to help manage anemia .
* Hematocrit
* Platelets

Lifestyle Changes

The following are steps to help your kidneys stay healthy longer:

* Have your blood pressure checked regularly. Take medication to control high blood pressure.
* If you have diabetes, control your blood sugar. Ask your doctor for help.
* Avoid the chronic use of pain medications.
* If you have chronic kidney disease, you may need to limit how much protein you eat. Talk to a dietician.
* Limit how much cholesterol and sodium you eat.
* If you have severe kidney disease, limit how much potassium you eat. If your kidneys are failing, get help from a dietician.

If you are diagnosed with kidney failure, follow your doctor's instructions .

Michelle, you can read a lot more on our Kidney Failure page here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/kidney-failure

Apple cider vinegar is a good purifier and is used to detoxify but with regard to your dad's health - he would need to talk to his doctor about how much would be safe to take as you are correct - it contains a large amount of potassium.

Here are three articles about foods (lots of cranberries, blackberries, blueberries and pomegranate!) that are good for kidney health: http://www.empowher.com/holistic-health/content/kidney-yin-deficiency-rest-and-healthy-diet-aid-treatment



Michelle, let me know if this helps and if I can help you more!


August 2, 2010 - 2:04pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thanks Susan for such a informative article.
My mother is also a CKD patient, age abt 68. She had pace maker 2 years back. After that shw had recurrent UTI. Now from last 6 months her cretanine level increased to 5-6-7. She was also diagnosed with ILD two yeara ago. Now on steroids for las 1 and half month and her cretanine level is reduced to 2-2.65.
What shuld be future course of action.

August 31, 2016 - 10:42am
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