Before reading this book, I thought the kidneys were minor twin organs in our bodies. But Rich Snyder’s Introduction set me straight: “The kidneys are our bodies’ unsung heroes and are vital to helping us maintain our health and vitality.” As I worked my way through this helpful, comprehensive guide to our kidneys, I have to agree with the author’s comment.
The book is divided into three parts:
Part One: An Introduction to Kidney Disease
Part Two: Inflammation, Causes of Kidney Disease, and Standard Treatments
Part Three: Complementary Treatment Approaches and Lifestyle Changes
What I appreciated most about the book is the author’s objective, scholarly descriptions of the treatments that are standard Western medicine protocols as well as alternative protocols.
Briefly, I learned that the kidneys filter our blood and instinctively know when the body is out of balance, which translates into the important role the kidneys play to maintain the body’s acid/base (alkaline) balance. (I have been studying this very important aspect of eating foods that are more alkalizing, since our cells are about 80% alkaline and our Standard American Diet (SAD) is overly acidic for our health. es)
Since the kidneys help regulate blood pressure and also bone health, I began to realize the importance of these two “kidney shaped” organs.
The author also writes about the impact that inflammation has on the kidneys in Part Two. He notes that while there are several different causes of kidney disease, as well as different levels from mild to acute, he writes that “The future study of kidney disease will be a study of inflammation…..” I have been reading more and more about the importance of the negative impact that inflammation has on our bodies, causing a number of health issues, because inflammation “can easily become a never-ending cycle as inflammation will only cause further inflammation and damage.”
Part Two also contains all the standard procedures to use on kidney disease and I appreciate his objective view of these “medical” recommendations, because as a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy), I believe he tends towards more complementary treatments, which follow in Part Three.
These include everyday lifestyle changes, the importance of diet, supplements, herbs and complementary therapies, and also the spiritual and emotional components to heal kidney disease. (Much of his information can also be applied to other illnesses.)
I found this book extremely comprehensive and thorough, giving a fair description to both standard treatments and complementary treatments. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the health of their kidneys or are already affected by kidney disease. It also includes a helpful Glossary, Resources, and References.
What You Must Now About Kidney Disease is published by Square One Publishers. Interestingly, 25% of all proceeds received for this book will be donated to the American Kidney Fund. This 180-page book costs $17.95