By: Andreas Moritz
Posted: December 7, 2011 — updated 2016
Book excerpt: The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush
The urinary system is an extremely important excretory system of the body. It consists of the following: two kidneys, which form and excrete urine; two ureters, which convey the urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder; a urinary bladder, where urine collects and is temporarily stored; and a urethra, through which urine passes from the urinary bladder to the exterior of the body.
Smooth functioning of the urinary system is essential for maintaining an appropriate fluid volume by regulating the amount of water that is excreted in the urine. Other aspects of its function include regulating the concentrations of various electrolytes in the body fluids and maintaining normal pH (acids-alkalis balance) of the blood. This system is also involved in the disposal of waste products resulting from the breakdown (catabolism) of cell protein in the liver, for example.
Most diseases of the kidneys and other parts of the urinary system are related to an imbalance of the simple filtration system in the kidneys. About 26 to 40 gallons of dilute filtrate are formed each day by the two kidneys. Of these, only 34 to 52 ounces are excreted as urine (the rest is absorbed and re-circulated). With the exception of blood cells, platelets and blood proteins, all other blood constituents must pass through the kidneys. The process of filtration is disrupted and weakened when the digestive system – and in particular, the liver – perform poorly.
Gallstones in the liver and gallbladder reduce the amount of bile that the liver is able to produce. Thus, it becomes impossible to digest food properly. Much of the undigested food begins to ferment and putrefy, leaving toxic waste matter in the blood and lymph. The body’s normal excretions, such as urine, sweat, gases and feces, do not usually contain disease-generating waste products; that is, of course, for as long as the passages of elimination remain clear and unobstructed.
Disease-causing agents consist of tiny molecules that appear in the blood and lymph. They are visible only through powerful electron microscopes. These molecules have a strong acidifying effect on the blood. To avoid a life-threatening disease or coma, the blood must rid itself of these minute toxins. Accordingly, it dumps these unwanted intruders into the connective tissue of the organs. The connective tissue consists of a gel-like fluid (lymph) that surrounds all cells. The cells are ‘bathed’ in this connective tissue. Under normal circumstances, the body knows how to deal with acidic waste material that has been dumped into the connective tissue. It releases an alkaline product, sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), into the blood that is able to retrieve the acidic toxins, neutralize them, and then eliminate them through the excretory organs. This emergency system, though, begins to fail when toxins are deposited faster than they can be retrieved and eliminated. As a result, the connective tissue may become as thick as jelly. Nutrients, water and oxygen can no longer pass freely, and the cells of the organs begin to suffer malnutrition, dehydration and oxygen deficiency.
Some of the most acidic compounds are proteins from animal foods. Gallstones inhibit the liver’s ability to break down these proteins. Excessive proteins are ‘temporarily’ stored in the connective tissues and then converted into collagen fiber. The collagen fiber is built into the basal membranes of the capillary walls. The basal membranes may become up to ten times as thick as normal. A similar situation occurs in the arteries. As the blood vessel walls become increasingly congested, fewer proteins are able to escape the bloodstream. This leads to blood thickening, making it more and more difficult for the kidneys to filter. At the same time, the basal membranes of the blood vessels supplying the kidneys also become congested, making them harder and more rigid. As the process of hardening of the blood vessels progresses further, blood pressure starts to rise and overall kidney performance drops. More and more of the metabolic waste products excreted by the kidney cells, which would normally be eliminated via venous blood vessels and lymphatic ducts, are now retained and adversely affect the performance of the kidneys even further.
Through all this, the kidneys become overburdened and can no longer maintain normal fluid and electrolyte balances in the body. In addition, urinary components may precipitate and form into crystals and stones of various types and sizes. Uric acid stones, for example, are formed when uric acid concentration in the urine exceeds 2 to 4 mg percent. This amount was considered within the range of tolerance until the mid-1960s, when it was adjusted upward. Uric acid is a by-product of the breakdown of protein in the liver. Since meat consumption rose sharply in that decade, the ‘within the norm’ level was adjusted to 7.5 mg percent. This adjustment, however, does not make uric acid any less harmful to the body. Stones formed from excessive uric acid concentrations of 4 mg percent and higher can lead to urinary obstruction, kidney infection and, eventually, kidney failure.
As kidney cells become increasingly deprived of vital nutrients, including oxygen, malignant tumors may develop. In addition, uric acid crystals that are not eliminated by the kidneys can settle tumors in the joints and cause rheumatism, gout and water retention.
Symptoms of impending kidney trouble are often deceptively mild in comparison to the potential severity of kidney disease. The most observable and common symptoms of kidney problems are abnormal changes in the volume, frequency and coloration of the urine. These are usually accompanied by swelling of the eyes, face and ankles, as well as pain in the upper and lower back. If the disease has progressed further, there may be blurred vision, tiredness, declined performance and nausea. The following symptoms may also indicate malfunctioning of the kidneys: high blood pressure, low blood pressure, pain moving from the upper to lower abdomen, dark brown urine, pain in the back just above the waist, excessive thirst, increase in urination (especially during the night), less than 500 ml of urine per day, a feeling of fullness in the bladder, pain while passing urine, drier and browner skin pigment, ankles being puffy at night, eyes being puffy in morning, bruising and hemorrhaging.
All major diseases of the urinary system are caused by toxic blood; in other words, by blood filled with tiny molecules of waste material and excessive proteins. Gallstones in the liver impair digestion, cause blood and lymphcongestion, and disrupt the entire circulatory system, including that of the urinary system.
When the gallstones are removed, the urinary system has a chance to recuperate, rid itself of accumulated toxins and stones, and maintain fluid balance and normal blood pressure. This is necessary for all the processes in the body to run smoothly and efficiently. There may also be a strong need to cleanse the kidneys, in addition to the liver and gallbladder.
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