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Coping with Kidney Disease: A 12-Step Treatment Program to Help You Avoid Dialysis (Medical Sciences) [Paperback]

Mackenzie Walser , Betsy Thorpe
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11 May 2004 Medical Sciences
A revolutionary program that can indefinitely postpone the need for dialysis If you′ve been diagnosed with kidney failure, this book could save your life. If you suffer from diabetes, hypertension, obesity, or any of a host of conditions that put you at risk for kidney disease, you owe it to yourself to read what is in this book. If you are among the 60,000 North Americans who go on dialysis each year, the information in this book could substantially improve your quality of life. In Coping with Kidney Disease, a leading expert tells you, in plain English, what you need to know to: ∗ Understand kidney failure ∗ Recognize early warning signs of kidney failure ∗ Get a proper diagnosis ∗ Talk with your doctors about it ∗ Confidently evaluate treatment options ∗ Take charge of your treatment ∗ Delay dialysis or even avoid the need for it altogether The centerpiece of Coping with Kidney Disease is Dr. Walser′s revolutionary 12–step program for avoiding dialysis. Based on treatments he has pioneered with his own patients at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the program calls for a supplemented low–protein diet supported by treatments to control blood pressure and correct high cholesterol. So effective has this breakthrough strategy proven to be that in many patients it actually worked to slow or arrest the progression of kidney failure to the end stage. Knowledge is power. Coping with Kidney Disease empowers you with what you need to take charge of kidney disease.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 1 edition (11 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471274232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471274230
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.3 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drawing on his work treating hundreds of adult kidney disease patients at his institution′s Clinical Research Center, Walser (pharmacology & medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) aims to assist readers in understanding kidney failure, a condition that can be caused by diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Many of his points––e.g., how to recognize the early warning signs, get a correct diagnosis, and evaluate treatment options–are illustrated by the stories of real patients. Walser also presents a low protein diet as the center of his J 2–step treatment to help kidney disease patients avoid dialysis. Despite the use of patient stories and sample menus for the low protein diet, this book will not suit consumers owing to the prevalent medical jargon. The National Kidney Foundation offers more accessible and useful information on its web site, www.kidney.org. Not recommended.  — Marge Kars Bronson. Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI ( Library Journal , May 1, 2004)

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A revolutionary program that can indefinitely postpone the need for dialysis If you’ve been diagnosed with kidney failure, this book could save your life. If you suffer from diabetes, hypertension, obesity, or any of a host of conditions that put you at risk for kidney disease, you owe it to yourself to read what is in this book. If you are among the 60,000 North Americans who go on dialysis each year, the information in this book could substantially improve your quality of life. In Coping with Kidney Disease, a leading expert tells you, in plain English, what you need to know to: Understand kidney failure Recognize early warning signs of kidney failure Get a proper diagnosis Talk with your doctors about it Confidently evaluate treatment options Take charge of your treatment Delay dialysis or even avoid the need for it altogether The centerpiece of Coping with Kidney Disease is Dr. Walser’s revolutionary 12–step program for avoiding dialysis. Based on treatments he has pioneered with his own patients at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the program calls for a supplemented low–protein diet supported by treatments to control blood pressure and correct high cholesterol. So effective has this breakthrough strategy proven to be that in many patients it actually worked to slow or arrest the progression of kidney failure to the end stage. Knowledge is power. Coping with Kidney Disease empowers you with what you need to take charge of kidney disease.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had found this book earlier 9 Aug 2013
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Despite having an American focus, which means some of the dietary recommendations cannot be accessed in the UK, and some of the products would be unfamiliar to us. The book is still well worth the read, as it breaks down the functions of the Kidneys, and how you can hurt them and help them once Chronic Kidney disease has been determined.

Combining this information with similar guidelines from my overseas Nephrologist has taken me from a 3b to a 2. ie barely with a problem.

Hopefully provided I adhere to the recommendations I shall be able to hold off the slide into Dialysis for a long time.

It would be nice if the British Doctors gave more guidance, especially pointing patients towards specialist dietitians, but they don't, so this book is a good resource to fall back on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 25 May 2013
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I have ckd and this book gave me all the answers to questions that I have never had the answer to. It was very helpful with regards to medication, diet and how to care for yourself. It is a must for any person who has ckd.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING 18 May 2010
By Toni
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Like all the books on kidney disease I have read so far, it is basically rubbish (I'm far too angry to mince my words). For instance, there is no research showing that a low protein diet helps, there is no research showing that lowering cholesterol helps (how could there be, as many books, such as "The Great Cholesterol Con" now prove).

I was startled to learn from Holick's book "The Vitamin D Solution" that about a third of the population has kidney disease. How is it, then, that kidney disease never gets diagnosed until too late? How is it that all the books on kidney disease assure us that little can be done apart from horrible treatments like dialysis?

How is it that about the same number are obese (hello... anyone making a connection here?) and that their kidneys may not be able to produce enough activated vitamin D: as compared to the non-obese, vitamin D levels rose only 50% as much in the blood levels of the obese when using a tanning bed or getting a dose of 50,000iu of vitamin D.

Something stinks in the world of kidney disease. All I can say is that I was not prepared to accept the BS of the books I came across. Just more evidence that the medical system has lost touch with reality. Don't believe me? Then ask any kidney specialist about Tobian's work.

Dr. Louis Tobian at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the US established that increasing potassium intake protects against kidney damage.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Diagnosed with excess potassium 14 Jan 2014
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Not sure this is the book I really need but had to get information about my diagnosis and the internet asks more questions that it answers. However it has proved useful and hopefully will help me prevent dialysis.
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