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If i have only one functioning kidney (was born like this), can i use silicon supplements like biosil (ch-osa)? is it safe for me?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Probably safe but...: I consider biosil to be a very safe & benign supplement but in researching this i found statements like: "long-term use or very high doses of horsetail (or silica) supplements have caused irreversible kidney damage, especially in people with existing kidney disease."- from http://www.Vitalhealthzone.Com/nutrition/minerals/silica.Html#9 but I have not found any references on this- see my comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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In other words, while several websites mention the possibility of kidney stones or kidney damage from "high doses" of silica, I have not seen even one mention of documentation that supports that statement- they may each be quoting each other! Thus, I am a bit skeptical of these claims without more documentation. So while it seems reasonable to be cautious re: "high doses" the standard dose of Bio-Sil is likely quite safe. It might be reasonable to contact the manufacturer to see if they know of any evidence of high doses harming kidneys and just how high that dose may be. Here's more info: http://naturalhealthtechniques.com/mineral-silica.htm
Feb 17, 2013

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