Doctor's Note

If you missed the beginning of this series, start with the experiments described in Doping With Beet Juice and replicated in Out of the Lab Onto the Track. In Pretty in Pee-nk, I use beeturia to illustrate an important point about phytonutrients, and return to the nitric oxide story in Hearts Shouldn’t Skip a Beet.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    If you missed the beginning of this series, start with the experiments described in Doping with beet juice and replicated in yesterday’s video. In Monday’s video-of-the-day, I’ll use beeturia to illustrate an important point about phytonutrients and return to the nitric oxide story on Tuesday. Have a great weekend, and feel free to spend it watching hundreds of my other videos on more than a thousand subjects :) For the asparagus lovers out there, check out my videos #1 Anticancer Vegetable and Best Cooking Method.

  • Veguyan

    Dr. Greger,

    I’m 63 now, and I’ve been a vegan for about 40 years. I recently learned that I have kidney stones; one of them is one centimeter, sitting in my right kidney (saw it inadvertently in an x-ray). (I wish I knew what to do about it. I’m scared of the doctors. Should I get them blasted and have Cat Scans, etc.) Admittedly, I eat a lot of kale along with many fruits and vegetables. Not as often, I’ll eat some steamed beets, and when I do, I have beetstoolia. And sharing further, in keeping with the humorous aspect of this episode of the series, if I eat a can of vegetarian chili ( I won’t name the popular vegetarian brand), I have chilistoolia, so much so, that the odor is the same as when I freshly open the can the night before.

    Seriously though, What to do about the stones? Is doing nothing an option?

    • paulvah

      Hi this is the first time i have replied.. dont know how this works… you said “admittedly i eat a lot of
      kale” but that makes me wonder… because the info i find on kale is that it is low oxalate… nothing like
      spinach or beets. please advise

    • Michael

      Since you already don’t eat meat, you can try a “low oxylate diet.” Just search that and you should get some websites with lists of low, moderate, and high oxylate foods. Also, there are some foods, like lemon juice, and herbs, like gravel root, that can help to dissolve stones naturally so you may want to consult a naturopathic physician about this.

  • Veguyan

    Alright, then, I think the most information I’m going to get on this thread is for kidney stones, cut down on the beets.

    Thank you.

    • Tia

      Veguyan & Dr Greger…thanks for this site – I am a nutritionfacts fan, and vegan. Yes and I have similar questions not just about beets but about other high oxalate foods and kidney function. I would be interested in a response from the Doc in relation to any results from research done in the field of oxalates & the kidneys, intestinal flora and oxalate absorption and low oxalate plant foods that can replace the higher oxalate ones in a vegan diet. It would be so great if the Doc could do a series on vegan food substitutions for things like low oxalate vegan diet and also a gluten free diet as I know a number of people who’s food sensitivities and ailments have made their food choices already limited but who would love to choose a vegan diet. In these cases would it also be wise to seek the advice of a plant based dietician?

      • Mery Daae

        trying a plant based gluten free low oxalate diet here myself, how are you getting on, Tia?

  • ghulstyle

    i just read your Durian story in one of your Q&A
    and was wondering if there is anything similiar with the smell of Durian
    me and my partner were driving back home after i bought some durian. Funny enough i am only able to detect a slight smell while my partner wanted to leave the car and take the bus! :D

  • Suzie Kyootie

    I recently read or heard that beeturia, etc., is caused by a shortage of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

  • ccc

    This video is completely useless…

    • Mike Byrne

      It is entertaining, and I learned a new word, so not useless.