Shirley came in for an appointment last week. I gave her a tour around the office and the first thing she asked was, “Doctor, can you do anything for my back pain?” As we sat down, I asked how her energy was. Does she sleep well? How is your appetite and digestion? Where is the pain? How long has it been going on and so forth?
She told me that she was suffering from osteoporosis. That’s a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break, typically in the hip, spine, and wrist. It can impair a person’s ability to walk and may cause prolonged or permanent disability or even death.
She said that she lost two inches in height over the years from her disease and had no idea why this was happening. I continued asking questions about her health and lifestyle.
Do you ever drink soft drinks? She replied, “Yes I do!” Six to eight cans a day, but just diet soda. I always watch my weight. Right away I knew what was leaching all the calcium out of her bones. If you think you’re doing yourself a favor by drinking diet soda instead of the real deal, think again. You may be protecting your waistline, but you are beating up your kidneys.
In Chinese medicine, the main physiological functions and indicators of the kidneys are:
• Sexual Power and Libido
• Growth and Development
• Controlling Metabolism
• Receiving Qi
• Producing Bone Marrow
• Brain Function
• Manufacturing blood
• Hair Luster
That’s quite a bit that you don’t want to mess up. If you are drinking two or more diet sodas a day, that will cause a significant dip in the kidneys and age you quicker causing your sexual energy to fade.
This doesn’t mean your kidneys are safe, however, if you choose regular sodas. Studies show that if you are drinking a few cans of “regular” soda a day, you are twice as likely to suffer from early signs of kidney disease.
I suspect it has to do with the intake of large amounts of high fructose corn syrup. I suggested that she stop drinking soda all together. She said, “I could never do that. I am addicted to it.” Many of us have habits and addictions that aren’t good for us, but there is a way to change those nasty little habits.
First, start an exercise program, take fried foods out of your diet, eat at least three servings of fruit and vegetables a day, drink plenty of water 6-8 oz, smile everyday and make sure that your self-talk is all positive. Always have at least one meal a day with a friend this will be a good start and soon you’ll be back on track.
Wishing you the Best in health, wealth and happiness.
Dr. Wu Dhi