P.M. Dawn Member, Prince Be’ Dies Of Kidney Disease At 46

You may not know him by his given name of Attrel Cordes. But you may remember his stage name of “Prince Be”, the founding member of the chart-topping hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn. The rapper/singer died Friday in a New Jersey hospital following a battle with renal kidney disease. He was 46. A representative for the group confirmed Cordes’ death to People.com.

The kidneys filter waste and excess fluid from the blood. As kidneys fail, waste builds up.
Symptoms develop slowly and aren’t specific to the disease. Some people have no symptoms at all and are diagnosed by a lab test.

Early detection is the first step in treating chronic kidney disease. The symptoms of kidney disease may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Passing only small amounts of urine
  • Swelling, particularly of the ankles, and puffiness around the eyes
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth and urine-like odor to the breath
  • Persistent fatigue or shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increasingly higher blood pressure
  • Muscle cramps, especially in the legs
  • Pale skin
  • Excessively dry, itchy skin
  • In children: increased fatigue and sleepiness, decrease in appetite, and poor growth

Medications help manage symptoms. In later stages, filtering the blood with a machine (dialysis) or a transplant may be needed.

Formed by brothers Attrel and Jarrett “DJ Minutemix” Cordes in their native Jersey City, New Jersey in 1988, P.M. Dawn became only the third hip-hop act ever – and first black rappers – to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991 with their single “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss,” which used a sample of Spandau Ballet’s “True.” The band’s critically acclaimed 1991 debut LP, Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience, achieved gold status, as did its well-received follow-up, 1993’s The Bliss Album…?.

For more on kidney disease and how you can fight it, click here.

P.M. Dawn once again climbed to the upper reaches of the Hot 100 again – Number Three – with their ballad “I’d Die Without You,” which gained popularity after first appearing on the 1992 soundtrack for the Eddie Murphy film Boomerang. The track later featured on The Bliss Album…? alongside “Looking Through Patient Eyes,” another Top 10 hit and a cover of the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood (The Bird Has Flown).”

Prince Be and the melodic music of P.M. Dawn will be missed. Here’s a look at one of their hits.

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5 Natural Remedies To Prevent & Dissolve Kidney Stones

These kidney stones are all from the same person, but on different occations. The bigger is 11 mm across. All came out the natural way, without surgery.

Kidney stones are crystalline “stones” formed by dietary minerals in the urine. Most stones are made up of calcium, potassium, and several other minerals and electrolytes, but calcium appears to be the most common kind of kidney stone.

Passing a kidney stone is a painful experience that few people would ever forget, and although they are more common in men, it is important for everyone to be aware of what kidney stones are, how to prevent them, the signs of symptoms, and the treatment for this condition.

What Causes Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones form due to several factors. One major factor is low fluid intake, leading to very concentrated urine and decreased ability for the body to rid itself of these minerals through more dilute urine.

High dietary intake of animal protein, sodium, refined sugars, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, cola, grapefruit juice, apple juice, and oxalates (found in spinach, nuts, chocolate, cocoa, strawberries, rhubarb, beats and other foods) can all lead to the formation of kidney stones. Diets high in animal protein can contribute to the formation of kidney stones due to the excess of certain amino acids, uric acid and other properties of animal protein that acidify the urine. With increased urine acidity, the body will remove calcium from the bone tissue to fight this rising acidity, and kidney stone formation can result.

Bilateral renal calculi(staghorn) (Kidney stones)

(Bilateral renal calculi (Kidney stones))

Dehydration is a common cause of kidney stone formation. Visitors to very dry climates such as the desert, for instance, must be cautious about increasing their intake of water and clear fluids in order to prevent the development of kidney stones.

So, how do you get rid of them? Or better yet, prevent them from even coming back? Here’s how:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is an effective remedy for a long list of ailments, including kidney stones. Not only will ACV help to break apart and flush out stones, regular consumption of around 2 tablespoons per day can help to prevent future occurrences. Try an apple cider vinegar tonic first thing in the morning, again around midday, and a third time in the evening to reap the health benefits of this incredible natural remedy and get rid of your kidney stones at the same time. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of Raw Organic Unfiltered ACV with an all natural sweetener such as honey or Stevia powder and about 4 ounces of water.

2. Lemon Juice + Olive Oil
While this method may not be suitable for people with larger stones, those with smaller kidney stones can try a concoction of lemon juice and olive oil to help break them apart and flush them out. Mix ¼ cup each of lemon juice and olive oil, drink, and follow up with at least 8 ounces of water. Just make sure you’re using only high-quality ingredients so you don’t accidentally introduce something into your body (like sucrose or H.F.C.S.) that will worsen the condition.