A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Calciphylaxis
I had a question the other day about calciphylaxis.
Calciphylaxis is a serious disease where calcium accumulates in small blood vessels of your fat and skin tissues.
People who have this condition usually have kidney failure and are on dialysis or recently had a kidney transplant.
Calciphylaxis causes painful skin ulcers and may cause serious infections that can lead to death.
It’s poorly understood.
Disorders most often involved in the development of calciphylaxis include chronic renal failure, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypercalcemia, and hyperphosphatemia.
Even though these abnormalities are very common in people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), calciphylaxis is relatively rare.
Calciphylaxis affects 1-4% of the population with ESRD.
No good data are available regarding the incidence of calciphylaxis in the general population without ESRD, but it’s probably very rare.
The mortality rate of calciphylaxis is reported to be as high as 60-80%.
The leading cause of death is sepsis from infected, necrotic skin lesions, although death due to internal organ failure has been reported.
The 1- and 5-year survival rates have recently been reported to be 45% and 35%, respectively.
Although the disease may affect people of any race, it appears to be more prevalent in whites.
Females are affected more often than males.
Calciphylaxis has been reported in individuals ranging in age from 6 months to 83 years.
A mean age of 48 years (±16 y) has been calculated.
Individuals seemingly more predisposed are younger people who have had a longer duration of renal replacement therapy.
Very rarely, it may occur in an individual without a history of chronic renal failure.
Frequently, people have been noncompliant with dietary, medical, and/or dialysis prescriptions prior to the onset of calciphylaxis.
Lesions of calciphylaxis typically develop suddenly and progress rapidly.
Lesions may be singular or numerous, and they generally occur on the lower extremities; however, lesions also may develop on the hands and torso.
Intense pain is a constant finding.
Calciphylaxis requires medical treatment, but to support treatment of calciphylaxis at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).
*Elevate your legs.