Fanconi syndrome is a disorder of the kidney tubes (the proximal renal tube) in which certain substances normally absorbed into the bloodstream by the kidneys are released into the urine instead.
The proximal tube that is affected is the first part of the tubule to process the fluid after it is filtered through the glomerulus. Different types of Fanconi syndrome influence various functions of the proximal tubule, and could result in a host of complications. Sometimes the condition is referred to as De Toni-Fanconi syndrome
The usual symptoms are:
- Passing large amounts of urine, which can lead to dehydration
- Bone pain
Laboratory tests may show that too much of the following substances may be lost in the urine:
- Amino acids
- Uric acid
Loss of these substances can lead to a variety of problems. Further tests and a physical exam may show signs of:
- Dehydration due to excess urination
- Growth failure
- Type 2 renal tubular acidosis
Fanconi syndrome can be caused by faulty genes, or it may result later in life due to kidney damage. Sometimes the cause of Fanconi syndrome is unknown.
Common causes of Fanconi syndrome in children are genetic defects that affect the body’s ability to break down certain compounds such as:
- Cystine (cystinosis)
- Fructose (fructose intolerance)
- Galactose (galactosemia)
- Glycogen (glycogen storage disease)
Cystinosis is the most common cause of Fanconi syndrome in children. (Cystinosis is a rare, inherited disease that damages organs such as the eyes and muscles. Many milder cases may go undiagnosed.)
Other causes in children include:
- Exposure to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, or cadmium
- Lowe’s disease, a rare genetic disorder of the eyes, brain, and kidneys
- Wilson’s disease
In adults, Fanconi syndrome can be caused by various things that damage the kidneys, including:
- Certain medications, including azathioprine, cidofovir, gentamicin, and tetracycline
- Kidney transplant
- Light chain deposition disease
- Multiple myeloma
- Primary amyloidosis
Genetic disorders that affect how certain substances are broken down by the body are a common cause of Fanconi syndrome. These conditions include fructose intolerance, galactosemia and glycogen storage diseases. Most of these disorders are treated by the imposition of strict dietary restrictions. In the case of galactosemia, for example, all milk products–both human and animal–must be avoided at all costs. If the offensive substances can be effectively avoided, the Fanconi syndrome should completely subside. If your child has one of these disorders, it’s important to make sure she is getting all of the necessary nutrients, despite the dietary restrictions. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about what types of supplements are needed.
Keep hydrated. This is extremely important for Fanconi patients as they have a high tendency to become dehydrated. Drink plenty of water and get some electrolytes in your body.
Foods that are rich in the amino acids phenylalanine, tryptophan, tyrosine, and tyramine (which may be lost because of frequent urination) should be included in the diet. These include avocados, bananas, citrus fruits, figs, and yogurt as well as dried fruits and mushrooms.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time. Vitamin D is essential for those suffering from Fanconi syndrome
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Phosphate levels need to be brought to the normal range. Phosphate should be administered in small amounts and then gradually increased over a period of few weeks to limit adverse gastric symptoms.
- Sodium Bicarbonate – Metabolic acidosis is rectified by giving alkali, habitually 3 – 10 mg/kg/d of sodium bicarbonate in separated doses.
- Carnitine – Carnitine supplements have been given in some cases to augment muscle strength; however, the results are fairly mixed.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com orwww.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com
Living with Fanconi syndrome: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqiERR9WlOI
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
judith hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.