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Kidney Failure Treatment: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, But You Need To Know (Part 1)

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As I begin to write this article I appreciate how difficult it must be for those diagnosed with kidney failure to understand their condition, research their condition, and find information on kidney failure treatment; because the fact of the matter is at first being given the news “you have kidney failure” there’s not so much as a discussion, but rather a “here are your drugs to take, and I have booked you in for dialysis 3 times a week for the rest of your life”.

The natural reaction would then be to consult Google for the answers you seek, but in your searches you are confronted with a myriad of riddles, or information that is either inaccurate, incomplete, or the opposite – information overload. Leaving you feel completely lost, helpless, and alienated.

You’re Not Alone
Now for someone like me who has had medical training within a naturopathic education, even I find it difficult to wade through all the information out there on the best approach to kidney failure treatment. And if you check out a number of the many great forums on renal/kidney failure, there are countless people, just like you, looking for others to understand where they are coming from, and to get helpful tips for their situation.

Today I wanted to briefly discuss kidney failure treatments that are available to you, and some of the things that you need to know about before commencing treatment. You see the problem with renal failure treatment is that it can be a tricky one to carry out. There are so many individual variables that influence what the best medication, dialysis, etc. to use (including natural medicines). And because of that, it can create a “landmine” scenario; you don’t what the next interaction or problem could be with the treatment you are receiving. Hopefully this post allows you to avoid this, and keeps you empowered through knowledge.

Renal Failure Symptoms? Know For Sure If You Have Renal Failure

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The problem with the kidney disease is that you don’t know you have it until you are on the verge of renal failure. Furthermore, because of their nature, renal failure symptoms are open for mis-diagnosis due to their vague (and common) presentation. It is therefore best to know exactly what the symptoms are so you can receive the quickest treatment possible – and potentially save your, or a loved one’s life.

To understand how the body will respond (i.e. renal failure symptoms) we need to look a little deeper at what the kidneys do for the body.

On top of the kidneys list to maintain physical health are the following:
1.    Elimination of wastes from the body
2.    Sustain the fine pH balance within the body (acid-alkaline level)
3.    Regulate fluid volume
4.    Regulate electrolyte balance
5.    Regulate blood pressure
6.    Produce red blood cells

(For more information on the function of the kidneys, please see my previous article on kidney function)

It is therefore safe to assume any renal failure symptoms that arise will be caused as a direct result of one of the above roles ‘failing’ (or being severely compromised).

Kidney Problems: Chickens To The Rescue?

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Chicken, the second most consumed ‘meat’ in the world – after goat – and has sparked the interests of the folk from The Ethics Committee at the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre in Brazil. After running extensive tests (over three years) the scientists have found that this feathered medium sized, relatively flightless bird (fowl), is the animal-protein source of choice for those with diabetic kidney problems (=diabetic nephropathy), and is comparable to its traditional treatment of Enalpril (=ACE inhibitor).

The benefits of low protein diets in chronic renal failure has become well documented, but now this study has shed some light on the fact that not all protein is created equal and a change of diet could prove just as powerful as a western medical drug. Here is how it all came about…

5 scientists in Brazil assembled a group of 28 outpatients with type 2 diabetes and microalbuminuria – Microalbuminuria is where the kidneys leak small amounts of protein (albumin), this is a risk factor for the development of more advanced stages of diabetic nephropathy – the age of the patients were aged between 30 and 75 years of age and being treated with insulin.

Two treatments were randomly selected for each patient:

1.      Experimental chicken diet for 12 months: Patients continued to eat the same amount of protein they were before the test, but replaced all meat with skinless chicken meat.

2.      Enalapril (10mg/day) for 12 months: ACE inhibitors are the traditionally the first line treatment for diabetic nephropathy. Diabetic nephropathy is simply kidney disease as a result of diabetes and can affect up to 40% of patients!

Can Greed Heal Your Kidney Disease?

Greed is Good. Greed, I believe, maybe the one quality most of us lack that needs to be developed, nurtured, and maintained for success in all areas of your life: health, career, relationships, happiness and finances. Greed is the fuel to help us reach for the stars and achieve our goals. Greed amplifies our energy, makes us more determined, productive, and effective.

Don’t believe me?

Mother Teresa was greedy. She had an insatiable hunger for helping those in need, and wanting to change the world to the way she envisaged the world. She wanted “more, more, more” for those she dedicated her life towards, and created much health, wealth, happiness, and prosperity for all she touched.

Should you be any different in the way you tackle, your vision, your goals?

The now infamous character Gordon Gekko on the movie Wall Street (1987), stated:

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“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind…”