Surviving Kidney Disease – Dr. Michael Fisher
Surviving kidney disease: True stories of love, courage, hope,and heroism…And a roadmap for prevention
Battling a silent killer
Did you know that Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD):
- Affects 31 million Americans?
- Kills more of them each year than breast or prostate cancer?
- Is linked to obesity and diabetes, both of which are skyrocketing?
- Is called “a silent killer” because most people are unaware of the threat—even a large percentage of those who have CKD!?
What do our kidneys do?
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a computer mouse, located on the back side of the torso just inside the lower ribs. They are just as important to human survival as the heart or lungs. Without at least one functioning kidney, you’re dead. That’s because the kidneys:
- Filter toxins and excess water from the blood for excretion as urine
- Maintain overall fluid and mineral balance in the body
- Regulate the body’s salt, potassium, and acid content- balancing electrolytes
- Help regulate blood pressure
- Create a hormone that helps to produce red blood cells
- Produce a form of Vitamin D that promotes bone health
- Maintain a normal gastrointestinal biome, a balance of the trillions of bacteria living in our colon that are responsible for a strong immune system
Surviving Kidney Disease with Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher, co-founder of Santa Barbara Artificial Kidney Center and co- medical director of Acute Dialysis at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, has been treating patients with kidney disease since 1973. Alarmed by the increase in CKD, he has written a book to explain the causes, consequences, treatment options, and prevention strategies for surviving kidney disease. He also shares inspiring stories of patients who have successfully battled it. Dr. Fisher prioritizes yoga as well as other forms of physical activity in his own life.
I give Dr. Fisher’s book a 10 for informative information on treatment and prevention of chronic kidney disease and a 10+ as a chicken soup book on over – powering disease with heart, gumption and determination.
We discuss with Dr. Fisher:
- The many functions of the kidneys
- obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes
- diagnosing kidney disease
- why transplantation is an excellent option to treat CKD – and the many advancements in kidney transplants
- a heartfelt discussion on Dr. Fisher’s own journey with cancer
- lifestyle choices: smoking, alcohol, high protein diets, medications, exercise, nutrition
- oxidative stress in kidney disease
- Breathe! Proper nasal breathing and its role in our health
- Creating our roadmap to prevention
Connect with Dr. Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org
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