Coping with Kidney Disease: A 12-Step Treatment Program to Help You Avoid Dialysis

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A breakthrough nutritional program that can indefinitely postpone the need for dialysis Kidney disease is a major, underrecognized, and undertreated problem in North America. Now, a top expert at Johns Hopkins explains how to recognize the problem early, evaluate current treatment, then take charge of care with his 12-step plan. Based on treatments he's pioneered with his own patients, Dr. Walser's unique program calls for a supplemented low-protein diet, supported by treatments to control blood pressure and ...

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Overview

A breakthrough nutritional program that can indefinitely postpone the need for dialysis Kidney disease is a major, underrecognized, and undertreated problem in North America. Now, a top expert at Johns Hopkins explains how to recognize the problem early, evaluate current treatment, then take charge of care with his 12-step plan. Based on treatments he's pioneered with his own patients, Dr. Walser's unique program calls for a supplemented low-protein diet, supported by treatments to control blood pressure and correct high blood cholesterol- a breakthrough strategy that can delay the need for dialysis. Mackenzie Walser, MD (Baltimore, MD), is Professor of Pharmacology and Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Betsy Thorpe (Stamford, CT) is the coauthor of Carol Guber's Type 2 Diabetes Life Plan.

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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)
Library Journal
Fans of Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun will enjoy this fish-out-of-water story of a sudden homeowner in a strange land. This time it's a food writer from New York City who follows the whim of her husband in buying a broken-down ranch in Colorado to use as their summer home. Despite what she describes as serious misgivings, she goes along with her husband's idea of living close to the land. Initially, Bone packs in excessive quantities of expensive imported food fancy olive oil, Italian salami so that her family can eat in their usual way. But as she gradually tries more locally produced items and begins to hunt and grow her own food, she develops a strong connection to her new home and its people: "I have come to love this place, for its restorative powers, its beauty, and what it has taught me about living." But this is not just a memoir; Bone includes more than 100 recipes that use local meat and produce, and many dishes are adapted from old favorites, such as Elk Stroganoff or Macaroni and Cheese garnished with onion grass instead of chives. The satisfying story and delicious recipes will appeal to a variety of readers. Recommended for most public libraries. Julie James, Forsyth Cty. P.L., NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471274230
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/6/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 131,471
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Mackenzie Walser, M.D., is Professor of Pharmacology and Professorof Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Betsy Thorpe is the coauthor of Carol Guber’s Type 2 DiabetesLife Plan.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Terms, Measures, and Abbreviations.

PART I: LOOKING AT THE DISEASE OF KIDNEY FAILURE.

1. What Do Kidneys Do and What Happens When They Fail?

2. Are You at Risk for Kidney Failure?

3. Symptoms of Kidney Failure.

PART II: HOW TO TREAT KIDNEY FAILURE.

4. Treating Kidney Failure.

5. STEP 1: Assess Your Current Treatment Plan.

6. STEP 2: Make Lifestyle Changes.

7. STEP 3: Follow a Low-Protein Diet.

8. STEP 4: Treat Salt and Water Problems.

9. STEP 5: Regulate Your Blood Pressure.

10. STEP 6: Treat Acidosis.

11. STEP 7: Treat Anemia and Iron Deficiency.

12. STEP 8: Treat Potassium Problems.

13. STEP 9: Treat Calcium and Phosphate Problems.

14. STEP 10: Treat Gout and Uric Acid Problems.

15. STEP 11: Treat Your High Cholesterol.

16. STEP 12: Know the Medications That Slow the Progression ofRenal Failure.

PART III: TRACKING KIDNEY FAILURE, DIALYSIS, TRANSPLANTS, ANDMORE.

17. Keeping Close Watch on Your Kidney Failure.

18. Dietary Treatment of the Nephrotic Syndrome.

19. Safe and Unsafe Medications for Patients with KidneyFailure.

20. Transplantation as an Alternative to Dialysis.

21. When to Opt for Dialysis.

22. Patients Who Have Avoided Dialysis.

Appendix 1: Resources for Kidney Patients.

Appendix 2: Government Support of Low-Protein Diets.

Notes.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

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    Highly Recommended. Check it out!

    This is a very informative and interesting publication; very helpful to those suffering from kidney disease.

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