Posted by Troy (Fayetteville, N Carolina) on 08/09/2010
Pass a stone in less than 6 hours. In Mar 2010, I had a 2mm stone found by the doctor at Womack Army Med Center. 4 days of pain and fluids and still nothing. My wife the "health fanatic" found a site where about 173 people swore by Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. After 4 days of waking up in the middle of the night in pain to take more meds. The dis-believer gave in and poured a Quarter Cup (2 Oz. ) of refrigerated Raw Apple Cider Vinegar at about 0130 hrs in the morning. I woke at 0600 with almost no pain. So I went to the bathroom with my strainer and when I was done there was a colorless, roundish blob with a couple specks of brown in it. I rinsed it off and pressed a Q-Tip against it. It was soft, but still solid enough to stay together. I set it aside and later went to get it to show the doctor. It had dried and was much firmer. The doc took one look at it said it was my stone, but he said he didn't understand why it was soft and smooth. I explained my vinegar treatment and he too was skeptical as I was, but would look into it more. August of 2010 my left side kidney decided to to get my attention and dropped a stone at about 0930 in the morning. By 1000 I was taking about 800mg of Motrin to stop the pain. I was visiting my father and they had "distilled" apple cider vinegar. It wasn't raw so I took a half cup (4 oz)and downed it in two separate swigs. WARM, Distilled Apple Cider Vinegar is a little tougher to swallow. The pain was increasing so I laid down and feel to sleep just as the pain killers were taking effect. I woke up at 2:30 PM with nearly no pain. "Did it work again?". I went and peed through the strainer and there it was in many grains smaller than sand. Most were colorless, but there were some brown specks and a red one. Probably blood or something. After a hour or so I realized I had passed a stone from start to finish in less than 5 hours. I was now a 90% believer that the vinegar breaks the stone down. Three days later, my right kidney decided to give me an opportunity to believe. It hit me at 0530 in the morning. I couldn't believe my lousy luck. However, I was home now and I limped into the kitchen for Motrin and "refrigerated" raw apple cider vinegar. 800mg Motrin and about 3 oz of the vinegar. The pain was on my entire right side from my kidney to just above my bladder. I was worried it was my appendix and not a stone. I was awake for the next 2 or so hours and the pain sucked. The Motrin was just dulling it and not stopping it. So around 0830 or 0900 I laid down and was able to fall asleep. I woke at 1230 with a little soreness on my side and the urge to finally urinate. At the end, I was looking into the bottom of the strainer where there were "three" 1-2mm size, colorless, but firm blobs. They looked like dried silicon caulking, but covered in a clear slim. In addition, there were many little clear particles like tiny grains of sand. I guess either I had "3" stone or I had a big 5mm stone and it was broken up initially by the treatment four days earlier which made it small enough to pass. 3 stones also explained why the pain was in several areas on my side. So, now I am a 100% believer in the Raw Apple Cider Vinegar remedy, which my wife discovered and will never let me forget. In addition to constant reminder to drink more water. Not all stones are the same, but I have hypercalcimia (excess calcium in the blood) which most likely means my stones are made of calcium oxalate. So it may not act the same on other stone types, but vinegar dissolves and fizzes on limestone, in baking soda and other base type materials. Higher acid is required to breakdown stone in a preventative manner as I understand it. So it makes sense as to why it turns my stones to goo and/or breaks them into small sand like particles. Try it. The most you have to lose is the pain and burping vinegar breathe for a couple hours.