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Last Post 03/12/2014 08:25 PM by Dale Dale. 31 Replies.
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03/12/2014 02:21 PM
Dale, the risks of eating spinach: Careful. Eating spinach (and other, just as "healthy" foods) lead me down a path to hardcore narcotics. Serious.

Two falls ago, I passed a kidney stone. Pain! The hospital had no qualms issuing me a prescription to oxycontin. Spinach has a high level of oxalytes (??) that come out of solution in your kidneys to form stones. So do beets and beet greens, both of which I love and eat regularly.

Funny, I got to the triage desk at walk-in emergency in so much pain that all I could do was flop down, elbows on the desk, while the nurse went through her routine and asked me questions. And when she asked, I would look up and ask her to repeat it. I was in so much pain, I had no idea what was going on around me. It was a 40 minute wait to see a doctor. By that time, apparently the stone had passed and the pain was gone. But my body felt racked by that experience for two days.

So careful with that spinach!



03/12/2014 08:25 PM
Didn't know it was a contributing factor to kidney stones. Mine's a different issue-- stuff high in vitamin K negates the effects of anti-coagulant I take so it makes me more prone to blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. I can eat the stuff, I just can't go Popeye crazy on it.
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