Thursday, February 15, 2007

LA Times' Bad Advice on Kidney Stones

Over at the LA Times, this week's "Ask Us" column gave some poor advice on fighting kidney stones. In the piece, they suggest Lemonade for fighting the fearsome stones, which form when calcium oxalate crystals build up in the kidney.

That's not terrible advice, citrus juice appears to help fight kidney stones. However, if you've been following this blog, you may recall a posting from last September where
I explained that not all citrus juices are created equal when it comes to fighting kidney stones.

As it turns out, orange and grapefruit juice are best, while lemonade and cranberry are the worst. The reason is nuanced. It turns out that the less effective juices may have a proton that weakens their ability to break down calcium oxalate.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.