Kidney disease ... a silent killer

According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 26 million Americans either have kidney disease or are at risk of developing one. Untreated kidney disease leads to chronic renal failure (CRF), also known as chronic kidney failure.


The underlying cause of kidney disease may vary. Hypertension and diabetes are common contributors, but genetics, chronic infection, lupus and kidney stones are other causes of kidney disease.


Kidneys are not a mere organ of excretion or selective filtration and should always be evaluated in relation to the individual as a whole. Kidneys have a generalised function–the fluids coming to it and going from it, influence every organ, tissue and cell of our body. Kidney function influences the complete vital economy of our body.


 Modern, conventional medicine does not have a cure for kidney failure. Drugs, kidney transplants and kidney dialysis procedures are not definitive cures. Drugs simply delay complete failure while dialysis and transplantation only act as substitutes for the normal healthy function of the kidneys.


Kidney disease is a silent killer... Since early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) often do not present themselves with any symptoms, so a patient is often shocked to find out that he/she has CKD. Their blood test reveals a decline in their kidney function (low GFR) and higher level than normal of waster products (mainly creatinine, and urea nitrogen), which the kidneys are not able to remove from blood.  Often, their doctor watches their GFR to decline with time, and their creatinine and BUN levels going up in each routinely performed blood tests. But, since they don't have anything much to offer to those patients in the early stages of CKD, they wait until the kidneys function deteriorates to the level that indicates the end stage of the disease, and only then they can offer to them either the dialysis or kidney transplant procedures.


At this time many patients look for alternatives to those scary medical interventions. The good news is that there are other options that are available to patients, that are out of the scope of the mainstream medicine - options, which are safe, natural and able to stimulate the body's immune system to heal the kidneys. My only wish is that those patients knew about those options earlier, as it is of course easier to help the body to heal at the early stage of disease than it is at its end stage. Often the patient needs to be educated on the proper nutrition, on how stress and emotional health affects the health, how to handle the stressors, and they need to commit to necessary lifestyle changes appropriate to their own case.


It is good to know your blood test results. So, next time you visit a doctor please ask for a copy of your blood results and learn what those results mean. See how the results change with each visit. It is your life, your blood so knowing what's going on in your body should be of interest to you, too, not only to the doctor.  Here you find the basic explanation of some kidney blood test results that are important to your kidneys' health. 


It is advisable to work with a holistic health practitioner, like Ela Corcoran, who can support you in your journey to better health, who spends time explaining and answering questions related to the supplements and lifestyle changes that he/she might recommend to you, additionally to the treatment and care you receive from your primary physician or nephrologist. 


Ela will be happy to talk to your about your individual case and she will answer questions you might have prior to working with her. The first 15 min consultation is free. 

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