|Thanks, folks, for the additional thoughts, good wishes, and information!|
I wrote to Ed offlist (sent to your email address, Ed); I won't bore people with the details... but the root cause of my own kidney stone problem (third bout over the past ten years) is a rather complex set of complications from a relentless, congenital intestinal condition, for which I required life-saving intestinal by-pass surgery back in my teens. (I talk a bit about that condition in this article.) My current post-operative condition has not been life-threatening, but there is no known cure for the condition or truly effective treatment or lifestyle-dietary alternatives that could make a difference. (And take it from me, I've tried everything available: Western, Eastern, you name it!)
As one might expect of Dr. Diabolical Dialectical, I should add: the human organism is an organic unity and if one is to be a genuine radical (not merely a Russian Radical), one must go to the root in order to create fundamental change. In this instance, the root is the intestinal condition; until or unless that disease is cured, I will continue to roll with the punches.
And don't worry: In the end, I will be left standing. :)