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Upon arising

Drink one drop of solé in a full glass of mineral water or spring water or filtered water or water that has been allowed to sit out over night to dissipate any residual chlorine that might be present. Then drink freshly squeezed lemon juice adding enough warm water to make a 1/4 cup. Wait twenty minutes after having any citrus before eating something else. If permitted, throughout the day, drink water equal to twice your output. This turns off vasopressin, a hormone that stimulates cyst growth.

Breakfast

One slice of non-yeasted rye or spelt bread toasted. For a savory toast spread almond butter add some chopped parsley or roasted garlic or avocado. For a sweet toast add a drizzle of tupelo honey with a sprinkle of cinnamon or an all fruit sour cherry spread. Some have tried sautéed mushrooms on toast.

One breakfast could be raw fruits in season, local, and ripe: figs or kiwi, kumquats, pear, grapefruit, apple, or a clementine; if in the tropics perhaps a rambutan, mango, papaya, lanzones, jack fruit (the biggest and one of the sweetest fruits in the world and it hangs ripening from a majestic tree), lychee, pomelo, atamoya, or cherimoya avoid starfruit. During the berry season, a bowl filled with red raspberries, black raspberries and blackberries from the wild might be a start for the day. Strawberries are a bit too acid forming and joins fruits to be avoided, especially starfruit, rhubarb, whole cranberries, plums or prunes. Cranberries are to high in oxalates whereas the juice prevents bacteria from clinging to bladder walls.

Or for another breakfast, prepare ½ cup of spelt kernels that have been soaked overnight to diminish phytic acid. Whole spelt grains have a taste that is similar to a bowl of ground nuts. The following morning cook the spelt together with chopped dates or top it with some fresh blueberries, banana or cinnamon and stewed apples.

One use for a rice cooker, is to place 3 cups of water add 1 cup of oats. In the steamer tray sliced apples can be added. Turn the rice cooker on and fifteen minutes later breakfast is ready - oatmeal with stewed apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.

Almond milk recipe Almond milk can be used over hot porridge: Pour 3 cups of water over 2 cups of raw almonds soaking this overnight to diminish phytic acid. Place the pre-soaked almonds in a sieve and rinse with running water. The following day, measure the almonds and add twice their amount in fresh water to the almonds. Place all in a blender; blend until it resembles milk or cream. Line a large sieve with double thickness of cheese cloth or unbleached muslin. Place this over a bowl and let drain. Then grab the corners of the cloth, hold securely and squeeze to extract all of the milk. Almond milk or cream will keep for 3 days once refrigerated.

For another morning try some warm essene bread spread with almond butter. Or try avocado with corn tortillas; or homemade spelt chapattis; or other non-yeasted flat breads such as parathas, crackers, and spelt dosas. All taste so much better when freshly prepared. The dough (flour and water mixture) for baking these breads is allowed to rise for about 7 hours before it is baked. Unlike yeasted breads which rise quickly; non-yeasted breads release their digestive enzymes as they rise using a lactic acid ferment that takes place. The lungs can easily blow off lactic acid. Non yeasted bread recipe. After eating non-yeasted spelt bread many have noticed that they never come away with a bloated feeling. It is similar if one can take the time to soak nuts, beans, legumes and seeds. Pre-soaking lessens phytic acid content and increases alkalinity and digestability. With large ever expanding cystic organs, it is useful to minimize bloating. Many with liver cysts take H2 blockers. In theory this slows down secretin and prevents liver cysts from expanding.

Mid morning Snack

Juice a quarter wedge of cabbage with 5-7 almonds (a handful), enough to produce 2 ounces of juice. Sometimes one can prepare fresh juice from oranges or grapefruits or pineapple or raspberries with grapefruit or a favorite juice of my friend HG is a juice called blood. Juice 3 large apples, a half a lemon peeled, a small slice of galangal, also known as Thai ginger and 1/4 of a beet which has been peeled and scrubbed.

Smoothie may be refreshing: a mixture of pineapple, banana, apple and orange. Place the whole fruits in a high speed 5 hp blender. Peel and core the pineapple, banana, and orange. Include the skin of the apple as it is high in pectin, selenium, and silica. The seeds of the apples should be discarded as they contain cyanide. One or two seeds may not hurt you but if you juice many apples, it is best to core them. Different fruits can also be used.

Many no longer consume dairy. There is a myth that milk is a good calcium source. Milk does not contain absorbable calcium that translates into stronger bones. It turns out that countries that drink the most milk have the highest incidence of fragile bones. Cultures that eat the most animal proteins have early onset osteoporosis. However if you continue to eat or drink dairy, cultured organic dairy is preferable; an ounce of cottage cheese with a rye crisp cracker (made without yeast or wheat) or one of Aunt Gussie's all spelt onion crackers can become a snack. Another alternative is a half a cup of nonfat plain yogurt mixed with additional powdered acidophilus. If one must have cheese, then Enmenthaler or Swiss cheese, or soft goat cheeses are better choices. An ounce of cheese is the size of one dice. Swiss cheese provides the body with tyrosine amino acids. Some stores stock Enmenthaler cheese made from organic raw goat milk and rennetless. Almond cheese is another alternative. A friend Kindra from Persia made a wonderful tasty cheese. She used organic skim milk and made her own yogurt. Then once the yogurt was formed she tied the yogurt in a cheese cloth and let it drain. If I were doing this I would probably drink the whey. I love the fluid that drains from yogurt much more than yogurt itself. This whey is loaded with natural enzymes. The drained yogurt then forms a soft cheese and Kindra sprinkles this with finely chopped fresh mint. We spread this on home baked bread. It was delicious. About 15 minutes before lunch try to eat some type of alkaline fruit: a golden delicious apple or a Fuji apple, a yellow pear, a yellow speckled banana, a kiwi, papaya, fig, cherries, or a slice of a smooth skinned melon. A basket filled with fruit has always meant prosperity in many cultures.

Lunch

A good broth soup with plenty of garden vegetables like carrot, turnip, onion, parsley, thyme, and bay leaf. By soaking beans, barley, spelt, or lentils in numerous changes of water for three days this diminishes phytic acid and converts these foods toward the alkaline, Another friend Katharina cooks up a large batches of pre- soaked beans and freezes them in small enough quantities to be able to add them daily to freshly prepared soups.

A salad of greens, greens, greens - baby spring greens, spinach, kale, cabbage, red cabbage, endive, romaine lettuce, bean sprouts (rich in calcium) is wonderful when taken at the noon meal. The addition of edible flowers makes gives these salads an added dimension. The forests of the Eastern USA mountains contains violas or forest violets; roses are edible; rose geranium adds a wonderful fragrance to dishes; nasturtiums are a member of the watercress family and give salads a peppery flavor. Broccoli once a week helps kidneys. Vegetables are such strong releasers of stored toxins, it is beneficial to drink sufficient water. Interesting reading is Water, a possible cure for PKD?

During asparagus season, many have noticed that urinary pH registers acid, a pH of 5.5. The reason for this is that asparagus is such a potent alkalizer, eliminating much of the body's old residual acids, that is the one time the experience of an acidic pH is a positive thing as it is riding the body of stored acids and converting them to a cleansed alkaline state. A few drops of nettle extract in a cup of hot water will hasten this process converting urinary pH to alkaline.

One can make your own salad dressing from cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and chervil, basil, cilantro, or tarragon, using plenty of parsley (it is a great blood pressure regulator), and a bit of raw fresh garlic. If you have digestive problems both raw garlic and raw ginger and raw beets may be too difficult for you to manage. If this is the case with you, then It is best to roast, bake, or steam, these. A vegetable-garlic walnut paté or a vegetable paté sandwich. For an easy vegetable patétry cooked chestnuts placed in a food processor along with onion, carrot, lemon juice, parsley, cilantro and zip, zip, zip until it resembles paté or I might grind (soaked over several days to rid them of phytic acid— then cooked and ground) garbanzo beans or try guacamole mixed avocado, garlic, lemon juice, onion, and cilantro. Try many living and vibrant foods, avoiding vinegars, pickled, bottled, canned or fermented additions to any food. Vinegars create an alcohol ferment. So does yeast in yeasted breads. Alcohol as it goes through the body wipes out the normal flora that lay in its path. Then food coming along behind this does not have sufficient good bacteria to aide in its digestion. Bloating and painful gas may follow.

If I want something sweet - midday is the best time to have it. I eat a date or a dried fig. While in Germany, I tasted a really delicious moist dried fig. This company also makes apricots that are plumped up, moist and sweet. These dried fruits taste as if they been dipped in honey. The time when I usually have a sweet is about 2 or 2:30 in the afternoon, it could be a fresh fruit tart, or perhaps tart de pomme, apple tart that is so simple. It is baked sliced apples decoratively whirled around into a fanned wheel. If you prefer an extra sweet, drizzle this with a little tupelo honey. Avoid eating nut breads unless you wish to gain weight. The combination of a grain or a starch and a protein such as in nut breads or bread made into a meat sandwich or pasta with a meat sauce is a combination which will assist you dramatically to gain weight. When I needed to gain weight I used these combinations to pack on the pounds. It is fine to have pasta with vegetables and herbs. I often make a vegetable pasta such as a colorful red beet pasta, a spinach green pasta, an avocado pasta or even I have seen in the marketplace Jerusalem artichoke pasta. There is also a Jerusalem artichoke flour. If you need more protein and are vegetarian, soak garbanzo beans over several days, dry them in the oven, then grind this into channa flour for masala dosas. Spelt grain is higher in protein than wheat. Cabbage, broccoli, and other cruciform vegetables are high in protein.

To counteract any tiredness I might experience, sometimes I take one B complex tablet, one B6 , one B12 and folic acid twice daily with food. If I take B vitamins after 3pm it keeps me awake at night. If you are having difficulties absorbing nutrients from the food which you eat, Vitamin B5 (choline) is a good catalyst to activate this. My most recent blood work has verified that I am obtaining adequate nutrients from my diet—iron, protein, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium all good. When I take supplements, I do not always take them. Generally I take them for a month, then I stop them for a month, checking myself. The B vitamins are often depleted when liver disease is present. Another vitamin which seems to be lacking if the pancreas is affected is vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are significantly high in vitamin A. I am a whole food type of person and tend to go with foods to treat myself as opposed to supplements and pills.

A few with diminished kidney functioning, working with their nephrologists, have been successful in halting low kidney functioning by incorporating some ideas from the late Dr. Mackenzie Walser author of Coping with Kidney Disease. He treated individuals by first assuring that they remained alkaline. Once protein in the urine and significantly diminished kidney functioning begins, he drops the daily dietary protein intake to 3 grams per kilogram of body weight. He has had good luck halting NOT reversing nephrotic syndrome, by prescribing a low potassium, low protein, low phosphorus diet, and supplementing with daily essential amino acids specifically designed for kidney patients from Calwood pharmaceuticals.

Coffee substitutes

Some roasted grain drinks are roasted whole spelt kernels, Roma™, Caro™, Teeccino™, Yannoh™, Caffix™ instant, a favorite. Many different countries have these drinks of roasted grains. In Germany it is spelt; the Philippines has roasted red rice has been used, Roasted barley with chicory is another.

To replace black or green tea, try substituting an infusion made from crushed veronica leaves an herb that was used throughout Europe during war time as a tea replacement. Caution with herbs, some are detrimental. Veronica has benefits for kidneys and liver. Have drinks following a meal. Other beneficial herb teas are chamomile, fresh lemon thyme, lemon grass, rose hips, watermelon seed tea. To make fresh lemon thyme tea, use scissors to get about 3 tablespoons of little thyme leaves. Tie it with a string or place it in a tea basket and drop it in a tea pot filled with hot steamy water. Allow it to infuse for about ten minutes or simply drop it a pot of boiling water and allow it steep, strain and drink or infuse it all day in a crock pot by throwing in the leaves, stem and all.

Tupelo honey is made from the black gum tree flowers, a traditional Creek Indian honey. This honey will not cause any highs or lows like many concentrated sugars. It is useful for individuals with liver cysts and pancreatic diseases such as diabetes. It is high in a sugar called levulose and low in sucrose and fructose sugars. This honey bypasses the liver in its absorption. Tupelo honey will never crystallize. It is for this reason that I have always seen raw tupelo honey.

A half an hour after lunch try a half a cup of saffron tea. Take a half teaspoon of saffron; simmer it with 1 cup of water until it is reduced to a half a cup. Making saffron tea takes about twenty minutes. Strain it and sip it slowly. Saffron has taken away my kidney and liver pains within moments. I cannot find any clinical studies to date that support this. Saffron is useful for diminishing psoriasis. Here is a saffron paper and kidney disease.

Mid afternoon snack

Have some vegetables, crudities such as raw broccoli, raw cauliflower, raw carrots or cucumber with some type of a vegetable pate´ as a spread or dip or a glass of mineral water with a fresh squeeze of lemon or lime. Or a drink with warm saffron almond milk or coconut milk or 5 radishes, especially good for the kidneys or an egg size portion of raw Jerusalem artichoke which tastes similar to jicama. Try for two servings of raw vegetables per day. Or have a carrot-beet-parsley juice.

Evening meal

About ten minutes before dinner, eat another piece of alkaline fruit. Look for fruit that is locally grown as these can by higher in silica, a natural ingredient which comes from the earth to nourish the body. Vegetables for dinner: sweet potatoes, red beets, turnips, beet tops, swiss chard, yellow squash, acorn squash, Jerusalem artichokes, jicama, fennel, rutabaga. All of these vegetables are high in the B complex vitamins. Most recently I am trying leafy greens for dinner, a different leafy green each night: purslane, moringa oleifera, chard, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, beet greens, mustard greens, watercress, kale, collard greens and many more.

Once a day I drink two ounces (diluted with 1 ounce of water) of 100% cranberry juice (Northland™ brand is delicious especially enjoyable are the cherry-cranberry or the grape cranberry.) When cranberries are in season, try juicing fresh cranberries on their own and serve it in a beautiful crystal glass that make the juice sparkle. Drinking cranberry juice, gives an added benefit of softening and smoothing facial skin. Huckleberries, blueberries and lingonberries have similar properties to cranberries. The blueberry and huckleberry are known to be of added benefit to macular eye degeneration. Also goji berries is useful for the eyes. Cranberry juice (avoid the whole fruit) is great for decreasing urinary tract infections, for decreasing pyrines, and for healing the kidney of any scar tissue. Scar tissue is the one symptom Dr. Grantham noticed immediately with Polycystic Kidney Disease.  He has always remarked upon this incredible inflammation which takes place with PKD and the resultant formation of scar tissue. Researchers have felt there is something contained within the cystic fluid which causes this to activate. Dr. Grantham with the help of Google, a major search engine on the internet, found the molecule contained within cystic fluid is similar to forskolin. Forskolin is a cyclic AMP signaling activator. Cystic fluid is similar to the plant fluid within Forskolin. Forskolin is a cyclic AMP signaling activator. Cyclic AMP triggers rises in cyst formation. Coffee, black tea, caffeine increases cyclic AMP.

For additional snacks throughout the day choose raw vegetables, raw vegetable juices, raw fruits, raw fruit juice. Snack on carrots, or raw cabbage. Once raw cabbage hits the saliva glands it begins to help the chromosomes. What I have experienced with cabbage juice is it has turned my hair brown and it has diminished its graying. Others have had similar experiences. I freely use cabbage, garlic, thyme, lemon, onion. Rarely I might enjoy a very small slice of hot chilies using the fresh raw chili, not the pickled. These have too much salt and the vitamin C content has been destroyed.

In the evening I place a huge glass of water with a drop or two of solé in it by the bed. Solé is made from a chunk of Himalayan pink seasalt crystal. It dissolves in a water solution creating a constant concentration. A friend does this daily drinking 3 liters (quarts) per day. All his laboratory values have returned to normal: cholesterol, blood work, billirubin, pancreatic enzymes, and more. He does not have cystic organs. There have been some controversial reports about Himalayan salt. If one has had a transplant any salt can cause one to swell. My own experience has been very positive by taking solé.

We are  sharing our experiences with PKD/PLD Diet, an adjunct diet envisioning it complementing a physician's prescribed medical therapy. Consider testing this with your doctor's prior knowledge, who can  adjust it according to your own uniqueness by adding it to your current  treatment.

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