Dialysis commonly refers to the artificial process of blood filtration
in lieu of the kidney. Hemodialysis is done within a hospital through
use of a hemodialysis unit. Hemodialysis can filter the blood when the
kidneys can no longer perform this function.
Enteric dialysis is
also a process of artificial filtration however it takes place within
the intestines and without equipment. Azodyl employs the use of certain
bacteria to 'gobble' up nitrogenous wastes within the intestinal lumen.
As these wastes are being removed, it allows more wastes to take it
place and get 'pulled' out of the blood stream through passive
diffusion. This ultimately will help reduce patient waste loads by
passively filtering (dialysis) out the urea, creatinine, guanidine and
other nitrogenous wastes from the body.
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Azodyl uses three safe, naturally occurring bacteria: lactobacillus,
enterococcus and bifidobacterium. Since these are all specific strains
the use of other sources for these bacteria will not work (i.e.
lactobacillus containing yogurt). Furthermore these baceria strains are
not true probiotics as they cannot sustain themselves within the
intestines and need to be continually replaced.
How well does Azodyl work?
The studies do confirm that blood urea (BUN) and blood creatinine levels
are reduced through the use of Azodyl. The extent of clinical
significance and the level at which patient survival may be enhanced is
still, at this time, unclear. More study is necessary. However when we
look at the availability of a holistic, easy to administer supplement
with the known ability to remove body wastes that we are concerned about
preventing; the potential benefit of Azodyl is clear.
How do I administer Azodyl?
As it contains living bacteria, the pills require refrigeration. The
medication is given once or twice a day with food. Ideally this pill
should be given whole to help the bacteria, specifically the
bifidobacterium, to survive the stomach acidity.
However a study
using the capsule content's sprinkled over cat's food has shown
efficacy. If you use this method, it is better to sprinkle it with a
teaspoon or so of wet food and then feed him or her an hour later. By
giving the bacteria with a small amount of food, it allows for faster
transit to the intestines and better survivability of these helpful