There’s a lot of conversation around plant-based, vegan and vegetarian diets as the “healthy” choice. But what makes these diets better for us? Is this even scientifically true? That’s one area medical research continues to explore. Plant-based diets have already been proven to lower your risk of conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. As … Continue reading Why a plant-based diet might be better for your kidneys
To understand how to reduce your risk of kidney stones, you must first understand a little bit about the function of the kidneys. The primary function of the kidneys is to eliminate toxins, and they also play an important role in the maintenance of the mineral, acid and water levels in our bodies. Your kidneys … Continue reading Reduce your risk of kidney stones with 3 simple lifestyle changes
Over the next few months, I hope to share stories of my work as a resident chaplain at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. First, allow me to introduce myself. My path to this position at Baylor Dallas has not always been easy. It is marked by family pain and sacrifice that shapes my patient interactions … Continue reading Family pain, sacrifice on path to Baylor Dallas chaplaincy
According to the National Kidney Foundation, chronic kidney disease affects 26 million Americans annually. Bernard Fischbach, MD, a nephrologist on the medical staff at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, sat down with us to answer some frequently asked questions about kidney disease. What is kidney disease? The kidneys perform several vital roles: … Continue reading Kidney disease affects 26 million Americans and can be prevented
Mother’s Day 2013 has come and gone. I hope it’s not too late to say, “You Go Girl” to all the mothers who put their hearts and souls into making life good for their families. Mother’s Day only occurs once a year but a mom is a mom everyday. A week before this year’s Mother’s … Continue reading Dreams of Motherhood Fulfilled By Kidney Transplant Recipient
Haven’t most of us seen this on TV: the lion chasing the gazelle across the African plains? The gazelle is running for its life. We know this as “fight or flight,” and clearly the gazelle has chosen flight. In a much less dramatic way, our bodies demonstrate this same “fight or flight” reaction with high blood … Continue reading Fight or Flight? Our Reaction to High Blood Pressure
It’s a simple task—using the restroom—that we do without a second thought. We often take things for granted. Until there is a curve ball thrown our way, we go about our lives ungrateful for the little things. If you have experienced the burning sensation that comes during urination, you might relate. This pain is one … Continue reading Early detection prevents kidney infection
Approximately 85,000 people in the United States are on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. With this tremendous shortage, many patients find themselves turning to family members and friends in hopes of a lifesaving match. Unfortunately, only 40 to 50% of potential donor candidates are found to be compatible with their recipient. If no … Continue reading Paired kidney donation – A "medical matchmaker"