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A 61-year-old male asked:

will changing soaking water for dried beans help to remove some of the oxalates for kidney stone patients?

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Dr. Jaspreet Singh
Urology 18 years experience
It may help: Soaking beans overnight can help reduce oxalate content. Also, boiling and cooking in a pressure cooker may help also. Same goes for vegetables.
Dr. Mary Clifton
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Eat an alkaline diet: The biggest contributor to recurrent kidney stones is an acidic diet, which results in high calcium levels in the urine. Cut out meat and processed dairy to alkalinize your diet quickly. The oxalates and beans are mostly bound by other compounds in the beans, making beans and excellent, safe source of protein for you. In addition to whole grains and nuts.

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I have swimmer's ear and I have water in my ears and used a q-tip and yellow ear wax came out. Is that what's holding the water in?

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Dr. David Nelson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Probably: The wax will cause water to be retained in your ear canal and lead to the swimmer's ear infection. Unfortunately, removing the waxdoesn't get rid of the infection. You will need to see your doctor and get it checked out.

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