These days, there are so many scans they like to send you out for…
And they ain’t always a quick zap-and-go X-ray.
When it comes to MRIs… CT scans… and angiograms…
They’ve got to light the image up like a flashy Christmas tree on the screen… letting them see what’s going on more clearly in whatever trouble spot they’re examining.
And they do that by PUMPING some dye into you.
But those BRIGHT dyes have a DARK side -- kidney damage.
This condition has become ALARMING enough to earn an official name: contrast-induced nephropathy.
And instead of trying to PROTECT you from it… the mainstream is working overtime to HIDE the risk.
The hidden culprit that’s CHOKING your kidneys
A report in Medscape has claimed the risk is overblown… “unfair”… and maybe not even real.
It’s like they want you to think it’s just some crazy old coinky-dink!
Care to guess the type of expert they cited?
Someone who just happens to be “…a scientific advisor for GE Healthcare, the manufacturer of a variety of contrast media products…”
Gee, no conflict there!
But when you really LOOK at the risk… it makes a world of sense.
See, all that dye eventually has to get PROCESSED and FILTERED through your kidneys.
If your kidneys aren’t at 100%… they’re gonna CHOKE on that dye.
Even if you’ve NEVER been diagnosed with kidney problems.
Of course, there are times when you absolutely NEED to get scanned… and have your insides looked at.
Fortunately, there are 4 ways to minimize the risk…
- CHECK kidney function: Make sure it’s in shape before they feed it a chemical.
- LOWER the dosage: It varies wildly from clinic to clinic. Insist on the LOWEST possible dose for the scan.
- DRINK UP: Unless there are special instructions to the contrary, get plenty of water the day before and day of the procedure. Avoid caffeine/booze/anything else that’ll dry you out.
- LOAD UP: Some studies have found that taking N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and vitamin C supplements twice a day before and on the day of the scan can protect the kidneys and cut the risk. Just let your doc know.
And if your scan is an outpatient thing, keep a close eye on how you feel in the days after the scan.
Get help ASAP if ANYTHING feels off… at ANY time.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen
P.S. If you already suffer from kidney problems… fish oil, alpha-lipoic acid, n-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), and some vitamin C should do the trick.