Sunday, August 14, 2011


GOOD FOR KIDNEY DISEASE PATIENTS - A novel study reveals that taking a vegetarian diet regularly helps patients suffering from kidney disease by avoiding the accretion of toxic levels of phosphorus in the body. The higher level of phosphorus mineral can escort to heart disease and prove lethal for patients suffering CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease).  To investigate the effects of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet on the levels of phosphorus in the body, research team led by Sharon Moe, MD from Indiana University School of Medicine and Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Centre, examined phosphorus levels of body in nine patients suffering CKD.  All the patients were told to pursue vegetarian or non-vegetarian diet for the period of one week and then switch to opposite diet two to four week later. At the end of every week, the blood and urine samples of all the patients were collected by the research team.

The results of the study showed that both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet had equal concentration of protein and phosphorus, however, patients who consumed vegetarian diet reported lower levels of phosphorus in their body. A whole grain based diet has a low phosphate-to-protein ratio and much of the phosphate is in the form of phytate.  Due to that it is not eagerly engrossed. The findings of the study show that the source of protein in diet has chief effect on the levels of phosphorus in patients of kidney disease, explained Dr. Sharon Moe. If these results confirmed in loner studies, give underlying principle for proposing a preponderance of grain-based vegetarian sources of protein to patients with CKD.  This diet would allow augmented intake of protein without unfavorably affecting levels of phosphorus in the body, wrote Dr.Moe in a press release.

A new study has suggested that sticking to a vegetarian diet can help kidney disease patients avoid accumulating toxic levels of phosphorous in their bodies.  Kidney disease patients must limit their phosphorous intake, as high levels of the mineral can lead to heart disease and death.  The study found that patients had lower blood phosphorus levels and decreased phosphorus excretion in the urine when they follow a vegetarian diet compared with a meat-based diet.  Undoubtedly, for humans, eating meat is unnatural.  

A piece of meat is just part of a corpse, and its putrefaction creates poisonous wastes within the body.  Therefore meat must be quickly eliminated.  For this purpose, carnivores possess alimentary canals only three times the length of their bodies.  Since human beings, like other non-flesh-eating animals, have alimentary canals twelve times their body length, rapidly decaying flesh is retained for a much longer time, producing a number of undesirable toxic effects.  One body organ adversely affected by these toxins is the kidney.  This vital organ, which extracts waste from the blood, is strained by the overload of poisons introduced by meat consumption.  Even moderate meat-eaters demand three times more work from their kidneys than do vegetarians.  The kidneys of a young person may be able to cope with this stress, but as one grows older the risk of kidney disease and failure greatly increases.

“The Higher Taste”
“A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a Karma-Free Diet”
Chapter 1: “Health and Meatless Diet” - “Digesting Meat”
ISKCON - International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust - International (1983, 1997)

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