Save Your Kidneys With Vitamin B1

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2012-05-28 10:03:56 -0500
Started 2012-05-27 10:20:11 -0500

From Lifescript newsletter: By Julian Whitaker, M.D., Lifescript Alternative Medicine Expert Reviewed By Edward C. Geehr, M.D. Published May 27, 2012

For many of us here on DC this topic comes a little late in our journey with Diabetes. I have communicated with too many folks who share a serious complication of Diabetes Mellitus (DM): Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

However many of you do not have Kidney issues and so this discussion is intended for you. I would hate for anyone to have kidney issues or develop CKD or progress to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) which means one has to undergo dialysis of some kind.

So this discussion is intended to help those of you who do not yet have kidney issues. Please read the brief article from Lifescript here ~ .

Of course those of us who do have kidney issues are welcome to join this discussion too!

To your better health!


9 replies

Caroltoo 2012-05-27 12:36:38 -0500 Report

Whitaker's website offers a preparation which I have now used successfully for about 5 months. He calls it Complete Neuro-Vascular support capsules. A serving (2 capsules) contains: Benfotiamine - 300 mg; B6 —50 mg; B12 — 250 mcg; and alpha lipoic acid — 300 mg.

I first started using it because I was looking for a Benfotiamine source after the discussions we had at the end of last year, but was pleased to see that it also was used to improve circulation in the small/damaged capillaries of the skin.

Controlled 2012-05-27 12:49:00 -0500 Report

This is so interesting. I'm glad that works for you. I visited my own doctors and was told that I could take those components separately by buying them online for a lot less $. I have been doing that and I am having success also. What is hard for me to determine right now is that at the same time I also had a change in Rx and a nerve block. So I'm not certain whether everything is working collectively or some of the things are working (and the rest perhaps…not so much). All I know is that I can now manage the pain from neuropathy and have prolonged periods when I have no pain at all.

It's interesting to read what works for others. I've actually learned a lot here and learned directions to research.

jayabee52 2012-05-27 10:27:52 -0500 Report

I am currently using a synthetic Vit. B 1 called Benfotamine (sp?) in an attempt to mitigate my burning neuropathy pain. I wonder if the synthetic would be as good for that as the "natural" Vit B1 thiamine? I'll have to see if I can find out somehow.

EDIT: There was a link to email Dr Whittaker on the lifescript article, so here is what I sent to him via email:

"I am a 60 yo male who had been on hemodialysis for about 10 months but have been off of dialysis for about 5 yrs now. I have been coming close to returning to dialysis again for about 1.5 years now.

I really have 2 questions:

#1: Does Vit B 1 help us even when we have CKD?

#2: I take Benfotamine (sp?) a synthetic Vit B 1 in an attempt to mitigate my burning diabetic neuropathy. It seems to help, but will I have the same effect as you describe with Thiamine with the synthetic, fat soluable benfotamine?

Thanks for your answers to these questions.

James Baker"

It will be interesting to see if I get an answer and if so, what that answer will be.

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 10:03:56 -0500 Report

Tara Health (I think that was her profile name) worked in Whitaker's office. We've also had another person on here who sounded like he did too. Haven't seen either for a while now, but Tara took a couple of my questions right to Dr. W when we were all talking about the benefits of coconut oil back in December.