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Disney Park Therapy for Kidney Stones

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by Dr. Joseph Mercola,

The first person to figure out this odd factoid probably deserves a gold star: Centrifugal force can render the pain associated with passing kidney stones practically unnoticeable, and it might require a trip to Disney World to do it.

It started with a very observant urological surgeon and professor emeritus at Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan, Dr. David Wartinger. He has spent a good deal of his several-decade career routing out kidney stones.

Studies show this malady plagues about 10 percent of the US population — hundreds of thousands, actually — at some point in their lives.

Sometimes the kidney stone elimination process goes practically unnoticed, as most of these mineral deposits are relatively small and unobtrusive. Others hang out in your kidneys longer, gaining bulk and threatening a screaming exit on the other end.

Along with the physical agony is the pain in the pocketbook of kidney stone sufferers, which may be just as bad or worse. One estimation is around $3.8 billion every year in the US alone for emergency room visits, treatment and surgical removal.

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