I am 1 week away from having my 2nd kidney surgery in 4 months. On Feb. 16, 2009 I had to have a 10mm kidney stone surgically removed from the ureter on the right side of my body. This was after hours of excruciating pain and vomiting led to a middle of the night trip to the ER. About 3 weeks ago I passed a small, 1mm stone from my left kidney. This one caused some pain and discomfort, but it nothing compared to the 1st one. Last Friday I had ultrasounds done of my kidneys, to be sure that they are functioning properly. On Tuesday of this week I met with my urologist to go over the results, only to find out that I have a 2nd 10mm stone in my right kidney. I made the decision to have removal surgery done on Thursday of next week. I am a 42 year old woman who has never had any major health problems. I started gaining weight after the birth of my 4th child, when middle age was starting to set in. I'm not diabetic and I don't have high blood pressure. I'm not a smoker or a drinker. Having these kidney problems are a big concern to me since, unlike some of the other organs in our bodies, we can't live without them. The first time I met with my urologist after my surgery I told him how, after doing the Atkins diet full force for just 2-3 months back when I was 36 years old, I started having bad kidney pain. At the time I blamed it on the Splenda I was using and, fortunately, stopped doing the diet. A few years later I decided to give Atkins another try, since I did lose weight while on it, and since eating while on that diet is actually enjoyable. Once again, my kidneys started hurting after a couple of months on it. Fast forward to Oct. 2008. I decided to give South Beach a try since it was supposed to be a more heart healthy version of low carb dieting. This time I was not using Splenda and, when I didn't have kidney pain, I thought I had found the perfect combination for me... South Beach and the natural sweetener, Stevia. However, that was not to be. Because this time when the kidney pain started it didn't stop until after surgery. During that consult with my urologist, he told me that in his profession, low carb diets - Atkins in particular since it is such a high protein diet - are referred to as "The Kidney Stone Diet." Great. Why am I telling you all this? Because some of us should never do low carb diets. Some of us are prone to kidney problems as a result of those diets. But we're not going to KNOW that until it is too late and the kidney problems have already reared their ugly heads. Now, the main reason for this thread... PLEASE, BEFORE ANYONE STARTS A LOW CARB DIET, NO MATTER WHAT THE NAME OF IT, READ THE POTENTIAL RISKS. AND IF YOU'RE DOING A LOW CARB DIET AND ARE HAVING OR START TO HAVE LOWER BACK OR KIDNEY PAIN, PLEASE, DO NOT IGNORE THE PAIN, HAVE IT CHECKED OUT BY A PHYSICIAN! Please, before starting any kind of low carb diet, read through the expert opinions section found here: atkinsexposed.org Concerned with the publics health, Dr. Michael Greger, along with the generous talents of designer James D. Hamilton of Offshoot launched AtkinsFacts.org in June 2004. Michael Greger, M.D., is a general practitioner, a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and an internationally recognized lecturer on nutrition and food safety issues. He has been invited to lecture at countless universities, medical schools and conferences around the world, including the 2004 Conference on World Affairs. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. It seems to me that this doctor just wants to public to be warned and is not doing this for money... Please feel free to copy, post, distribute or use Atkins Facts in any (nonprofit) way. All of the proceeds from the sale of Dr. Gregers books, CDs, and DVDs are donated to charity. My urologist is Dr. Karl Pete. His credentials can be found here.