Santa Barbara, CA—Dr. Michael Fisher, Cottage Hospital’s co-medical director of Acute Dialysis since 1984, will sign copies of his book, Surviving Kidney Disease: True Stories of Love, Courage, Hope, and Heroismat Tecolote Book Shop, on Saturday, June 9, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tecolote Book Shop is located in the Upper Village, 1470 East Valley Road, in Montecito.

“Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from some sort of progressive kidney disease,” Dr. Fisher notes, “yet it’s a disease we don’t hear much about, nor do most of us think about our kidneys until they break down.

“Diabetes is the number-one cause of kidney disease, and diabetes is of course very responsive to diet. Stress is another factor that takes a toll on our kidneys. Chronic stress, now experienced in our society in epidemic proportions, can weaken the immune system over time, unmask latent diabetes and worsen hypertension, all leading to kidney disease and even kidney failure. Then patients have to submit to dialysis, or wait for a suitable kidney donation. That in itself can be debilitating—knowing that one’s life is beyond one’s control, dependent upon the generosity of a donor who might even be a stranger.”