These articles focus on the basics of kidney care AND an introduction to people whose stories appear in the book.

Please also explore the information about the amazing medical research related to kidney disease and related conditions in the Epidemics Today blog section.

Introduction

If you are reading this, there is a good chance you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with a kidney disease. Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from kidney ailments, yet a diagnosis can make you feel terribly alone, cut-off from the world and the life you knew...

Kidney Disease: A Primer

With rare exceptions, we’re all born with two kidneys.  They act as trash collectors, ridding the body of waste products and toxic substances left over from normal body processes like digestion and muscle activity. Most people know that already. But, kidneys do far...

Kidney Disease Overview

Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from some sort of progressive kidney disease today, and that number is expected to increase dramatically in the future.  Our aging population, along with the burgeoning rate of diabetes among all ages in America, are the primary...

Sarah’s Story

Not long ago, Sarah, a friend and patient of mine, called me from the Los Angeles Airport because she forgot a doctor’s note explaining why her dog, Big Ed, should be allowed to accompany her on a flight to Paris. I quickly wrote an email explaining that Sarah was a...

Mick’s Story

Mick felt the familiar thrill run through his body as he stood on the edge of the passenger dive-boat. He felt totally alive as he checked his mask, snorkel and 17-pound weight belt. Then, taking a deep breathe that filled him full of excitement, he took the long step...

Ending My Odyssey of Stress

Some time ago, while writing this book, I did what I call ‘stress mapping to see where, in my life, I collected the stress that later erupted into lung cancer and other problems. Of course, stress was probably not the only contributor to my health problems, but I am...