What You Must Know About Kidney Disease: A Practical Guide to Using Conventional and Complementary Treatments

What You Must Know About Kidney Disease: A Practical Guide to Using Conventional and Complementary Treatments

by Rich Snyder


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While the news that you or a loved one has kidney disease can be shocking, for over 26 million Americans, it is a reality. After the initial diagnosis, patients and families usually have a myriad of questions about treatment options.

What You Must Know About Kidney Diseaseis designed not only to answer these questions, but also to provide the up-to-date information you need to cope with this potentially devastating problem.

The book is divided into three parts. Part One provides an overview of the kidneys’ structure and function, as well as common kidney disorders. It also guides you in asking yourdoctor questions that will help you better understand both status and prognosis. Part Two examines kidney problems and their conventional treatments. Part Three provides an indepth look at the most effective complementary treatments, from lifestyle changes to alternative healing methods.

The diagnosis of kidney disease is the first step of an unexpected journey. What You Must Know About Kidney Disease will help you understand the challenges ahead andchoose the very best treatments available.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757003264
Publisher: Square One Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2009
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 140,363
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rich Snyder, DO, holds a medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital and his Nephrology Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

Dr. Synder is a contributing member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the Renal Physicians Association, and several other medical organizations. He is also the author or co-author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the best-selling author of What You Must Know About Kidney Disease. In addition to being a popular speaker, Dr. Snyder has appeared on numerous radio and televisions shows throughout North America. Currently, Dr. Snyder maintains a full-time clinical nephrology practice in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

Part 1 An Introduction to Kidney Disease

1 An Overview of Kidney Function and How It Is Evaluated 5

2 Setting the Stage of Kidney Disease-Where Do You Stand? 19

3 Interacting with Healthcare Professionals 27

Part 2 Inflammation, Causes of Kidney Disease, and Standard Treatments

4 The Inflammatory Response, Oxidative Stress, and the Kidneys 37

5 Common Causes of Kidney Disease 45

6 Other Conditions That Can Affect the Kidneys 65

7 Medications, Imaging Studies, and Interventions 75

8 Complications of Chronic Kidney Disease and Standard Treatment Approaches 85

Part 3 Complementary Treatment Approaches and Lifestyle Changes

9 Lifestyle Changes Everyone Can Make 93

10 The Importance of Eating Right 105

11 Vitamins, Minerals, and Other Nutritional Supplements 125

12 Herbs and Complementary Therapies 135

13 Spiritual and Emotional Components of Healing 149

Conclusion 157

Glossary 158

Resources 161

References 167

Index 181


The fear, anxiety, and disbelief induced by hearing that you have kidney disease can be overwhelming. After the initial shock, however, you begin searching for vital information: What is kidney disease? What are its silent signs and symptoms? And how can it best be treated? Deciding on the best options for treatment includes understanding both standard medical therapy and alternative treatments. Armed with that information, better treatment choices for yourself and/or your loved one can be made.

What You Must Know about Kidney Disease will empower you by providing you with necessary information so that you, with your doctor, can make the best treatment decisions possible. As you read this book, you will learn many things you can do to positively impact your kidney health and overall well-being--from dietary changes to lifestyle modification. Gaining insight into your kidney health will enable you to ask your doctor relevant questions pertaining to your treatment plan, in order to learn what works best for you.

This book is structured to give you a holistic view of the treatment of kidney disease. In addition to standard medical therapy, you will read about complementary and alternative approaches to give you a truly informed perspective. Part One of this book covers the basics: where the kidneys are, what they do, and the important role they play in maintaining your overall health. In addition to being your body’s filters, they are also important in the preservation of your blood, bone, and heart health. You’ll discover what is meant by kidney disease, as well as the various stages doctors use to define it. You’ll read about ways to maximize an office visit with your kidney doctor and other health care providers. And finally, your health care team and your role as captain of that team will be explored in detail.

In Part Two, you’ll discover that kidney disease is a state of inflammation that can affect other organs of the body, specifically the heart. In addition, you’ll also learn about management and treatment of other common diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes that affect kidney function. Part Two also reviews other causes of kidney disease including obesity, atherosclerosis, and polycystic kidney disease, as well as provides a detailed discussion of an important group of conditions that are called the high-level inflammatory syndromes. You’ll learn about the potential dangers of commonly ordered imaging tests, such as MRI and CT scans, and invasive procedures, such as the cardiac catheterization.

In Part Three, we’ll examine lifestyle modifications that everyone, regardless of their stage of kidney disease, can make to improve their kidney function and their lives. You will understand the role that nutrition plays and its relationship to kidney health, as well as the role of vitamin and herbal supplementation. Kidney cleansing will be discussed, as well as the many benefits of complementary therapies, including osteopathic manipulation (osteopathy), homeopathy, and acupuncture. Lastly, the all-important emotional and spiritual component of healing will be examined. The role of a strong belief system and family support cannot be emphasized enough in the healing process.

Your kidney health is important and you need to be a major participant in your own health care. Members of your health care team should include your kidney doctor, your primary care doctor, and other health care providers to achieve the best outcome. The information contained in this book will allay your fears and arm you with the knowledge you need, so let’s begin!

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