The list of individual drugs that cause kidney damage is so long that it’s hard to decide on the top ten. So I’ve chosen to list them by type of drug: antibiotic, analgesic, etc.

1. Antibiotics, including ciprofloxacin, methicillin, vancomycin, sulfonamides.
2. Analgesics, including acetominophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID): aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and others available only by prescription.
3. COX-2 inhibitors, including celecoxib (brand name Celebrex). Two drugs in this class have been withdrawn from the market because of cardiovascular toxicity: rofecoxib (brand name Vioxx), and valdecoxib (brand name Bextra). These drugs are a special class of NSAID that were developed to be safer for the stomach, but have the same risk as other NSAIDs for kidney damage.
4. Heartburn drugs of the proton pump inhibitor class, including omeprazole (brand name Prilosec), lansoprazole (brand name Prevacid), pantoprazole (brand name Protonix), rabeprazol (brand names Rabecid, Aciphex), esomeprazole (brand names Nexium, Esotrex). See Ref. 4.
5. Antiviral drugs, including acyclovir (brand name Zovirax) used to treat herpes infection, and indinavir and tenofovir, both used to treat HIV.
6. High blood pressure drugs, including captopril (brand name Capoten).
7. Rheumatoid arthritis drugs, including infliximab (brand name Remicade); chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which are used to treat malaria and systemic lupus erythematosus as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
8. Lithium, used to treat bipolar disorder.
9. Anticonvulsants, including phenytoin (brand name Dilantin) and trimethadione (brand name Tridione), used to treat seizures and other conditions.
10. Chemotherapy drugs, including interferons, pamidronate, cisplatin, carboplatin, cyclosporine, tacrolimus, quinine, mitomycin C, bevacizumab; and anti-thyroid drugs, including propylthiouracil, used to treat overactive thyroid.

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What are the best herbs (and foods) to boost kidney function?

Drink your water!  Water remains one of the best things you can do to improve kidney function. Without enough water, your kidneys will NOT function properly. Many holistically-trained physicians recommend drinking about ½ your body weight – in ounces – of pure (clean) water per day.  And, of course, avoid drinking tap water for obvious reasons.
A clean source of spring water – that has been properly tested for impurities – is a great way to stay hydrated. If you can’t get good quality spring water; then you may want to invest in a reverse osmosis (RO) water purification unit – which can be attached to your sink or, if you can spend the money, get a system for the entire house.
You can also drink unsweetened herbal teas. Just make sure you avoid caffeine and sugary drinks, since these can be dehydrating. And, by all means, do NOT drink (or eat) any product with artificial sweeteners – which is extremely toxic to the entire body.
Watermelon is a wise choice. This delicious, hydrating treat is an excellent kidney tonic. It has diuretic properties, so it helps your body produce more urine. The more urine you excrete, the more waste products are being removed from your body – which is good for your overall health and well-being.
Even the National Kidney Foundation recommends a ‘watermelon spritzer’ for better kidney health. Of course, a diet filled with water-rich vegetables (and fruits) would be ideal – much better than drinking spritzers for health.
Give yourself a squeeze of lemon. Half a cup of lemon juice, per day, will help prevent kidney stones from forming. Simply add it to water and let it dilute – so you can drink it easily without it being too sour.
Lemon juice is a simple, inexpensive way to safeguard your health. Dr. Allan Jhagroo, a kidney health specialist at the University of Wisconsin, recommends sugar-free lemonade to his kidney stone patients. Again, just be sure that none of your ‘sugar-free’ drinks containaspartame – which is a neurotoxin.
Ginger is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb which helps to effectively move toxins through the kidneys. There is plenty of research to suggest that ginger has a positive effect on kidney function.
You can use it in a variety of ways, such as an extract or as a daily tea. You can also chop it up raw and put it in salads and smoothies to get the same kidney boosting benefits.
Best of all, unlike toxic pharmaceutical drugs, none of these suggestions increase your risk of sickness or disease symptoms.  Remember, healthy kidney function is a must for strength and vitality.  So, stay hydrated and be well.



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