Kidney Stones vs Geological Crystals

During a recent study of the crystal formations found in hot springs around Yellowstone, scientists discovered something interesting about the human body. The scientists discovered that those formations have similar properties to the stones found in human bodies. Our kidney stones and the crystals in those caves have almost identical dissolution patterns, and they grow in a similar way.

This new info is pretty contradictory to current schools of thought on the matter. Researchers have thus far claimed that kidney stones cannot dissolve but in his new study, Bruce Fouke, a biologist from the University of Illinois, claims otherwise.


Fouke spends most of his time visiting hot springs and coral reefs during his research on minerals and crystals. He claims that every stone that he has ever come across goes through the same cycles. The stones grow then dissolve constantly. In his most recent study, he decided to team up with various other researchers in order to take a look at kidney stones. The point of the study was to take a more geological approach to the subject.

A basic kidney stone is composed of calcium and oxalate. Oxalate is found in various foods like spinach, rhubarb, beets, various nuts, potato chips, etc. Controlling the intake of oxalate can have positive effects on the prevention of kidney stone issues. Fouke used an ultraviolet light on kidney stones and reveal they control colorful mineral strata. In some cases, the researchers found collections that appeared to be gems. The stones sometimes contain thin layers, but sometimes they have crystals of a significant size in them. The various colors are derived from organic materials. The microbes, kidney cells and various chemicals are some of the things that give the kidneys their color.

Similar to cave crystals, the larger kidney stones start dissolving and make way for new crystals. The study suggests that microbes in the kidney stones are the ones that are speeding up the crystal growth.

According to research, one in every 10 people has issues with kidney stones. Usually, those issues are very painful. As a conclusion to his research, Fouke claims that more thorough testing needs to be performed on the kidney stones. Detailed chemical research is necessary as well if scientists are to better understand kidney stones.  We need to find out why kidneys stop producing tiny stones and dissolving them, and instead start stimulating their growth. Until we have that information, this will continue to be a very painful issue for all those affected by it.

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