What can we do about half-a-million people on dialysis? DONATE a kidney!

In the United States there are currently half a million people on dialysis. What these people actually need is a donated kidney. Unfortunately, the wait for a kidney from a deceased donor averages five to 10 years, depending on where you live. (Kidneys are donated...

Interviewed on “Brain Food for the Heartland” radio

My conversation with Louie B. Free on “Brain Food for the Heartland” Last fall I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Louie B. Free, host of the Cleveland-based radio show “Brain Food for the Heartland.” Our conversation was wide-ranging, but the part I am most...

How to get a kidney, part 3

If disappointment strikes... In the previous two posts, we’ve covered what to do if you’re diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). You discover your kidneys are failing and that dialysis is necessary to keep you alive. Ultimately, however, you want a kidney...

How to get a kidney Part 2

Your mission: a living kidney This is Part 2 in our series: “How to get a kidney.” So, you’ve been diagnosed with irreversible kidney disease and have made your desire for a kidney transplant known to your healthcare team. What’s next? Step five: Educate yourself. If...

How to get a kidney Part 1

So you just found out your kidneys are failing One day you go in for a physical, perhaps because you’ve been feeling just generally crappy—nauseous, poor appetite, muscle cramps, fatigue, sleeplessness. After reviewing your lab results, your doctor explains that your...

Dr. Fisher talks kidney disease on 97.1 FM

In December I had the pleasure of talking with host Tony ­­­­Gonzalez of Mega Cares, 97.1 FM radio. What the kidneys do; WHY 35 MILLION Americans now have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD); who’s at risk; kidney disease warning signs; what you can do to monitor your kidney...

Everything you ever wanted to know about kidney disease

My interview with Mary Jane Popp Popp: According to the 2015 Global Burden of Disease Study, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is now the 12th-leading cause of death worldwide increasing by almost 32% over the last 10 years. That’s why Dr. Michael Fisher authored Surviving...