Have we heard of World Kidney Day?
What is this all about?
Are we interested in our kidneys?
Do we know how our kidneys actually work?
Do we know anything really about our kidneys?
Do we know what Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is?
World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. (1)
This World Kidney Day has been going since 2006. Each campaign has a different theme –
2006 Are your kidneys ok?
2007 CKD: Common, harmful and treatable
2008 Your amazing kidneys
2009 Protect your kidneys: Keep your Pressure down
2010 Protect your kidneys: Control Diabetes
2011 Protect your kidneys: Save your Heart
2012 Donate – Kidneys for Life – Receive
2013 Kidneys for Life – Stop Kidney Attack!
2014 Chronic Kidney Disease and Ageing
2015 Kidney Health for All
2016 Kidney Disease & Children – Act Early to Prevent It!
2017 Kidney Disease and Obesity. Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys
So here we are 12 years down the road and we are not able to get to the root cause of WHY we have kidney problems. Are we able to join the dots here and make some simple sense?
2006 – Are your Kidneys OK?
Over a decade ago we started a World Awareness Day about our kidneys, which was asking us all to check in to see if they are “OK”.
What does OK mean to us?
Do we all have the same meaning for OK?
What is the definition of OK?
Google tells us OK is used to express agreement or acceptance.
Are we all in the same agreement here?
Do we actually know what expression is?
Do we think expression is just about talking?
Do we understand that Expression is Everything?
Could it be possible that our kidneys shut down if we are not truly expressing?
Are we OK if our kidneys are affected because we are not in agreement with something?
Are we OK if our kidneys are disturbed because we accept something that is not the truth?
Are we OK if our kidneys are suffering because we are not looking after our body?
Is OK for us the fact we do not have Chronic Kidney Disease?
Is OK for us because we don’t need kidney dialysis?
Is OK for us a confirmation as we don’t have kidney cancer?
Back to the question in the World Kidney Day theme 2006 – Are your kidneys OK?
Could it be possible that back then the world was being asked to check in to see if their kidneys were OK?
Also in 2006 a book called ‘The Way It Is’ talked about the imbalance we have in our body, which comes from breathing in motion and breathing out motion, with no stillness in the equation.
Was the author back then presenting some answers?
What is the stillness that we don’t seem to know much about?
Is it because our life is so full of motion there is no space for stillness?
Check this bit out from this book, which may make some sense.
We breathe in the energy of Motion and exhale in the energy of Motion. This creates constant motion in our body, both physically and physiologically. Our physiology does not truly shut down at night and therefore, sleep becomes a physical rest and not a true reconstitutional period of healing and re-balancing.
This simply means that we constantly breathe in Motion and breathe out Motion and therefore, there is no Stillness in the equation. It is no wonder that we have depleted kidney energy, the main contributory cause to all illness. This leads to one of the most undiagnosed current conditions, adrenal exhaustion.
Energetically, when there is adrenal exhaustion the Thyroid Gland is also overworked and thus, many thyroid conditions arise from these complications. When we have kidney energy depletion the other organs work harder to make up the shortfall in energy. This leads to sugar cravings, if the pancreas picks up the slack. Alternatively, we crave stress if the nervous system is being used for basic everyday functioning, which is normally sustained by the life-force-giving kidney energy. For those in the latter aspect, stressful situations are actually created because this stimulates the nervous system and thus you feel energised. This form of sustained living does not last and not before long, the body begins to show the imbalances.
The long-term effect of existing with depleted kidney energy leads to irreparable damage. It is very difficult and stressful for the medical industry to cope when the energy systems in the body breakdown because the symptoms given out are usually referred conditions, which fall into many categories and so the true cause is undiagnosed and therefore, it becomes a quest in management rather than a true cure.
Serge Benhayon, The Way It Is, p. 252 – 253 (2)
Was this man onto something back in 2006?
How come most of the world are not aware of this simple understanding?
Since this was his first book and he has not stopped writing, does he have answers to our current world problems?
Have we got any real answers about adrenal exhaustion?
Are we blinded in some way because of our own depletion?
Are our researchers living in stillness or motion?
Are these the questions we need to be asking and not just campaigning to find solutions on how to best manage our symptoms?
Is Serge Benhayon giving us a simple truth about the root cause?
So let us summarise this valuable piece of wisdom that may just support us right now.
Serge Benhayon is saying that we have energy systems and we cannot ignore that when we look at illness and disease.
He is saying that this constant motion that we seek does not seem to stop just because we go to sleep.
Is this why we crave stimulants like coffee and sugar?
We all know that caffeine and sugar are artificially keeping us going.
We all know deep down that this way of living cannot be sustained by our body and things start to go wrong and we get signs in the form of symptoms.
He talks about us craving stress – is this making sense and can some of us nod and agree?
Can we relate to how we strive and drive our body to do more and more as the stress gives us a false energising?
As the author of this blog, I can honestly say I was in this category of total exhaustion and living on sugar and carbohydrates. I know I was well on the road to Diabetes with my lifestyle choices. It was after reading this exact piece quoted, which has stayed with me since, that I made the choice to address this ‘adrenal exhaustion’ business with the support of Serge Benhayon.
So when we ask the question Are our kidneys OK? – it really depends on what OK means to us and our own definition of it.
2007 – CKD: Common, Harmful and Treatable
So what is the title alone telling us?
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is common and that means it is occurring a lot and is widespread.
It is harmful – that one says it all really.
It is treatable – we have treatment to the harm this dis-ease in our body is causing.
Can we sit back and accept things will be ok as we know it is treatable?
Is treatment actually dealing with WHY we got it in the first place?
Is having treatment enough?
We know when we read the words Chronic Kidney Disease something is seriously wrong, because it is persisting, long-term and not going away. It just keeps recurring.
Chronic Kidney Disease is when kidney function has got worse over a number of years. This can lead to End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant. (3)
Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease is also known as End Stage Renal Disease. (4)
So here we have just one website with a list of over 35 titles relating to Kidney health information. From Atherosclerotic renovascular disease to stages of kidney disease.
Just the long list tells you we as a world have not nailed this kidney stuff and it is a huge global problem. (5)
Back to CKD – it can be thought of as a thief that works quietly at night, without creating any disturbance. CKD is quite often found by accident when the doctor carries out tests to investigate something else. (5)
Could it be possible that it is not quietly working but that we are simply not aware as we are dis-connected from our body most of the time?
Could it be possible that if we live in motion 90% of the time, which is what Benhayon is saying, that could make us unaware of what is going on inside our body?
Could it be possible that our overworked medical staff are unable to detect it in others, as they may be suffering from adrenal exhaustion?
Could it be possible that if we are not completely clear of our own exhaustion, it would be impossible to clearly see it in another?
In other words, we have a blind spot to detect something if the same is going on inside us.
Can we just stop and take note –
1 in 2 adults in the USA are expected to develop Chronic Kidney Disease in their lifetime.
How serious is this one single statistic?
What does it mean to us personally?
Do we care?
Are we disturbed?
Is it just a few numbers?
Are we ready to make any changes?
How are they going to deal with this?
Could $48 billion dollars a year be spent on something else?
Are we concerned that the money may run out?
Are we worried about our own future health?
Are we ok with the thought of being on kidney dialysis?
Are we aware that a machine maybe the only way to keep us alive in the future?
What is this telling us?
What is this spelling out to us?
What on earth is going on in our biggest nation?
WHY are we not asking the WHY questions?
WHY is it 1 in 2 adults?
WHY are we so unaware of the signs of CKD?
WHY are we not able to join the dots?
WHY are we not choosing to apply some common sense?
WHY are we getting high blood pressure?
WHY is our heart under so much pressure?
WHY do other organs get out of balance?
WHY is our body so exhausted?
WHY are our medical systems struggling?
WHY are our medical professionals not telling patients to take personal Responsibility for their lifestyle choices?
WHY are we thinking it is ok to get away with living however we want?
WHY are we not educated at school about Chronic Kidney Disease?
WHY are we not well informed about the choices we make and how that will affect our body?
So when we have high blood sugar it causes damage to many organs including our kidneys. For more details, please read our Diabetes article, which gives you a deeper understanding of this debilitating disease.
Hypertension causes CKD and CKD causes hypertension.
Hypertension means abnormally high blood pressure. (11)
Google adds – a state of great psychological stress.
So our mental and emotional state of health gives rise to high blood pressure which is the same as hypertension.
High blood pressure occurs when the pressure in our blood against the walls of our blood vessels increases. If it is not controlled then it can lead to strokes, heart attacks or chronic kidney disease.
Note also that chronic kidney disease can cause high blood pressure. (6)
Is it time once again to just stop and press the pause button.
We know that our body is not set up to take on ‘great psychological stress’ which gives rise to ‘abnormally high blood pressure’.
So if we just apply simple common sense – could it be possible that the way we are living and the choices we are making are contributing to our stress levels?
Could it be possible that these stress levels determine the pressure of our blood?
Could it be possible that our mind can make our body work out of its natural rhythm?
In other words, our mind can override and negate the body’s natural state of being.
Could it be possible that our emotions are causing our blood to not pulse in harmony?
Could it be possible that what this scientist is saying in this video, applies to all our cells including our kidneys cells?
There are 5 CKD stages and for more details go to the Renal Association that has been going since 1950. (12)
Just the very fact that this association has been going for almost 7 decades is telling us something loud and clear – we have not found a cure for CKD.
So as a world, we tend to marvel at the advancements we have made in technology and other areas which is great news, but what about finding the root cause of chronic kidney disease?
WHY is it that we do not fund and put effort and resources into working together and using our intelligence to find the root cause of kidney disease?
Each stage of chronic kidney disease is related to the level of kidney function and kidney damage. (13)
2008 – Your Amazing Kidneys
Great news, as we all like the word ‘amazing’. Now what?
Does that mean we have sorted out the previous year’s problem of Chronic Kidney Disease?
Or are we just telling the world we have ‘amazing kidneys’ that require us to take deep care of them so we never get CKD?
Are our kidneys amazing because they –
filter around 180 litres of blood every day?
filter our blood about 50 times daily?
receive around 1100ml of blood per minute?
contain 1,000,000 nephrons?
clean our blood from wastes?
help to keep our internal water balance?
retain essential elements?
help to maintain our pH and blood composition?
help to control our blood pressure?
help to produce red blood cells? (14)
Do any of us ever bother to sit down and deeply appreciate what our precious organs do for us every day?
Do we care enough to look after our body so we do not bring harm to any of our organs?
Have we ever stopped long enough to consider what intelligence is keeping these kidneys going?
Are we really saying our kidneys are amazing every day and doing our best to take care of them?
Are we truly taking responsibility to ensure our kidneys remain amazing?
2009 – Protect your Kidneys: Keep your Pressure Down
So we know that this year’s theme was telling us something about keeping our blood pressure down as this would protect our kidneys.
Is this simple to understand?
Are we getting the message?
Is it saying if we keep our blood pressure down, then our kidneys will be safe from harm?
So what causes us to have high blood pressure?
Our blood is being pumped around our body and the pressure is related to our heartbeat.
More facts about this on our World Hypertension Day blog – out in May 2017.
Are our lifestyle choices playing a part in WHY we put pressure on our body?
Are our bad habits showing us the pressure our body is under?
Do we have a clue here WHY we have high blood pressure?
WHY is it that we do not know the exact causes of high blood pressure?
WHY is there no scientific evidence happening for this serious condition?
WHY are we the public not asking more questions?
WHY are so many of us accepting high blood pressure as normal?
WHY do we think we are ok taking medication for the rest of our lives?
Our web medical doctor tells us (15) –
The exact causes of high blood pressure are not known but several factors and conditions may play a role in its development, including:
Being Overweight or Obese
Lack of Physical Activity
Too much Salt in Diet
Chronic Kidney Disease
Adrenal and Thyroid disorders
Hello – can we join the dots here.
So these are factors and conditions and if we were to be absolutely honest, most of us would probably agree and nod that the above list is telling us something. Ignoring it will not bring our blood pressure down. Asking more questions and looking at how we are choosing to live everyday may give us the answers that we are all seeking for true health and well-being.
We can of course sit back, keep taking the tablets and just accept the medics telling us that they really do not know what causes high blood pressure.
OR we can put on our common sense hat for a moment and be open to more questions.
As Einstein said back then – The important thing is to NOT stop questioning.
So what disturbs our heartbeat?
Could it be possible that the way we are choosing to live everyday maybe affecting the natural rhythm of our heartbeat?
Could it be possible that we create the stress in the first place and this is causing us to have hypertension, which is the other name for high blood pressure?
Could it be possible that our aggressive movements make our body hard and this gives rise to blood pressure?
Could it be possible swearing and shouting is raising our blood pressure?
Could it be possible drinking poison, which we call alcohol disturbs our heartbeat?
Could it be possible that consuming copious amounts of sugar is harming our blood and this means we do not have the correct pressure?
Could it be possible that choosing to do no exercise makes our heart work harder and this means high blood pressure?
Could it be possible holding back from expressing what we feel pushes our feelings down and this upsets our heartbeat?
Could it be possible that our parents had high blood pressure and we live like they do and this is WHY we also have high blood pressure?
Could it be possible that a life of constant doing doing, motion, motion as Benhayon says in his book ‘The Way It Is’, is why we have adrenal and thyroid disorders, which the medical world tells us may play a role in high blood pressure? (2)
Watch this video from our web medical doctor telling us sugar could be the biggest cause of high blood pressure. More will be presented when we release our Real Truth about Sugar blog.
2010 – Protect your Kidneys: Control Diabetes
We have a thoroughly researched document on this website with over 11,000 words talking about Diabetes. Well worth reading as we have done a forensic job reporting on Diabetes in an easy to understand format.
So this theme 7 years ago was telling us that there is a correlation between Diabetes and how that can harm our kidneys.
Are they saying we better ‘control’ our Diabetes or we may end up with Chronic Kidney Disease?
Are we ready to address this killer disease that is eating away at us?
Are we able to join the dots and say chances are if we get Diabetes then CKD is a high possibility?
Are we aware that not only do we have to deal with one disease but two or more?
WHY are we getting Diabetes?
WHY has Obesity just been accepted?
Are we ready to admit that our lifestyle choices may just be the number one contributor on whether we develop Diabetes or not?
Are we ready to take RESPONSIBILITY for all the choices we are making in everyday life that may be contributing to Diabetes and high blood pressure?
Are we ready to say No to anything that is harming our amazing kidneys from doing their job?
Are we ready to stop relying on our exhausted medical world to take care of our irresponsible ways of living?
In other words, are we ready and willing to make a serious conscious effort every single day, to the best of our ability to choose to live in a way that does not harm our precious body, others and our environment?
2011 – Protect your Kidneys: Save your Heart
So we all know that to protect our kidneys means to not harm them so they can continue to function and do the job they were designed to do.
Save your Heart – what on earth does that mean to us on the street?
How on earth do you protect your kidneys and save your heart?
Who thinks and comes up with these titles?
Is there a book, an instruction manual, an audio, an app or DIY kit to “save our heart” and “protect our kidneys”?
What does Google have to say about this?
Well you get straight to the first link about World Kidney Day in 2011.
It tells us that we can do the following to reduce our risk of both kidney and heart disease –
- Do not smoke
- Maintain healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels
- Maintain healthy weight
- Drink plenty of water and fluids to keep hydrated
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Try to get 30 mins exercise 4-5 times week. Even walking each day
This link gives us the poster for the theme that year.
So here we have some advice and who is telling us this?
How hard is it for us to maintain blood sugar levels? – check our Diabetes blog.
How difficult is it to give up smoking?
How many of us know exactly what cholesterol is?
How many of us know how to maintain healthy cholesterol levels?
How many of us know what a true ‘healthy weight’ is for us?
How many of us know what ‘healthy’ blood pressure is?
How many of us are actually interested?
How many of us want to know and then don’t like what we need to do, so we just ignore it?
How many of us struggle with our weight issues and have no idea what ‘healthy weight’ means?
How many of us don’t like drinking plain water, full stop?
How many of us interpret ‘fluids’ to suit us and consume soda, caffeine and sugar drinks?
WHY would drinking poison, because alcohol is a scientific proven poison, be ok in ‘moderation’?
WHY do we just accept something we read on the internet as the truth without questioning it?
Is it because it confirms and suits our current lifestyle and we are comfortable with that?
WHY are our ads telling us to drink the poison called alcohol “responsibly”?
Now let’s get back to “saving your heart” as that is the theme for this section.
How can we ‘save our heart’?
What are we saving it from?
WHY do we need to save our heart?
WHY do so many people die from a heart failure?
WHY is our heart failing us?
WHY is our heart so inter-connected to everything?
WHY is our heart a super precious organ like no other?
WHY do we choose to live in a way that harms our heart?
WHY do most of us know very little about the detail of our heart?
WHY do we think our heart is about the emotional love stuff?
WHY do we bop along in life not really connecting to our heart?
WHY do we hold back from expressing what our heart feels?
WHY do we choose to not say what we know our heart is telling us?
WHY do we take on other people’s stuff and disturb our heart rhythm?
WHY do we numb our heartbeat with all our outer distractions?
WHY do we self-medicate on substances and destroy our natural heartbeat?
WHY do we not want to know about the heart impulse and where it comes from?
WHY do we never question our lifestyle that maybe affecting our heart?
WHY do we need to save our heart if we live a deeply self-caring life that brings no harm to our human vehicle?
How would our heart respond if we put the word RESPONSIBILITY into our everyday life?
In other words, we make choices that do not harm our body and so our heart feels the harmony as it is the Head Office of the organ departments.
What if our heart has an intelligence that very few are aware of?
What if our heart goes beyond logic and rationale?
What if our heart just knows what is Truth and what is not?
What if in the centre of our heart there is no thinking?
What if our heart can only communicate with inner-most feelings?
What if our inner-most heart gives us access to something far greater than what we think we know?
What if our heart is related to the vibration of nature?
What if the pulse of our heart, in its natural state, is the same as the universe?
What if the flow of our heart is supported when we make responsible choices every day?
2012 – Donate – Kidneys for Life – Receive
Are we being asked to become kidney donors so others can receive and get life?
Is this message spelling out that our kidneys are for life?
Are our kidneys our life-force so they are essential for our energy?
Why is there a shortfall of people donating their kidneys so others receive life?
Is donating our kidneys to other people going to sort out our world kidney problem?
Is receiving another person’s kidney the answer to kidney conditions?
Are we aware we can make money by donating a kidney?
Are we aware of organ trafficking?
Are we aware of this human abuse industry?
Are we aware of the scale of this kidney trafficking business?
Are we aware of why money is at the root of this industry and not human life?
Are we aware of how desperate some patients get that they go abroad for a transplant?
Are we aware of the high risks of organ transplants?
Are we aware of where our donated kidney comes from?
Are we aware of who the person is donating the kidney?
Are we aware of how the donor was or is living and their quality of life?
Are we aware that money was the reason some give us their kidney?
Do we have a moral compass inside us when it comes to donating our kidney?
Do we have a Responsibility when we agree to giving our kidney to another?
Are we quick to give our organ because we have a need to be recognised as doing good?
Are we up for donating because this is needed and we keep getting told?
Are we not donating as we feel each life has a natural cycle and to give a kidney is simply imposing an existence that is not natural?
Are we not donating because we have strongly held religious beliefs?
Are we not donating because we feel a responsibility and know that our ill choices may get transferred during the transplant?
Are we not donating because we can feel the demands and desperation of others are coming from need, not truth?
Could it be possible that a person’s quality of life lived to that point is what is actually transferred when we receive a kidney transplant?
In other words, how they are living is a vibration and this simply gets moved into the receiver with no moral questions asked, no discernment or feeling if this is Truth or not.
BBC program talks about The Cost of a Kidney – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08b7wd7.
Here we have some revealing content from the program highlighting the extent of the organ donation shortage in the UK and kidney organ trafficking abroad.
In UK 1 in 3 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant.
People from ethnic minorities have a particular shortage of donors.
Renal failure patients have to wait 3 years on average for a transplant.
Kidney buyers and sellers post their adverts on social media.
Kidney donors are being lured with job offers, kidnapped and told their kidney will be removed.
Pakistan is known as being the biggest kidney bazaar in the world.
Police raid in October 2015 found 24 young people kidnapped and locked in a room waiting to have their kidney removed. Some were there up to two months.
There have been as many as a hundred illegal transplants happening every month.
Dr. Mirza Naqi Zafar, General Secretary of the Transplantation Society of Pakistan.
So this individual was a very young man in his late twenties, married, the father of one child, and basically what he did, he borrowed money from a credit card – that’s what we found retrospectively. He went abroad and he brought a kidney in another country.
…What happened is that he collapsed in Heathrow…The problem was first of all that he was septic, grossly septic to the point that it was difficult to reverse it actually – with all modern antibiotics and all efforts from a multidisciplinary team, it was next to impossible.
Sepsis at this level, that has been neglected for so long, especially for someone who has immunosuppression before for his transplant, that knocks down your defence mechanisms, your immune system.
Sepsis of this level leads finally to multi organ failure, and multi organ failure, of course, leads to death. All the antibiotics in the world cannot beat three or four litres of pus in your abdomen…
You need to wash this out.
Obviously they didn’t do it and they didn’t do it simply because he did not have enough money to pay them to do it.
Vassilios Papalois, Professor of Transplantation Surgery, Imperial College, London
Three days after arriving back in the UK, the man died.
Yasmin Gurki’s brother became infected with Hepatitis C whilst on dialysis in Lahore, Pakistan.
Gurki says – It turned out that maybe they weren’t cleaning the machines as they should have been. So if one person had Hepatitis C and they were dialysing on those machines and then Asif went on it, because the blood’s going in and out, it’s blood-borne, isn’t it, so he’s caught it from there…
Mostly it’s not going to be any other person than a poor person who’s going to give you a kidney, and they’re selling it for maybe getting their daughter married and paying for the dowry or getting a house or something material.
So this one program is showing us a microcosm of what is actually going on in our world today and how there is a supply and demand chain for kidneys.
Whilst our patients become desperate for life and will do what it takes to get a kidney, we have to start and question – is this the Truth?
Taking another kidney may give us a longer existence but is it negating the root cause of HOW we got the disease in the first place?
In other words, did our lifestyle choices contribute to the point of our kidneys eventually failing?
Are those who have a new kidney completely clear of the complications that ill kidney health brings?
Are kidney donations offering us as a race of beings, true evolution or is something missing?
2013 Kidneys for Life – Stop Kidney Attack!
Does anyone actually know what this title means?
We know the previous year’s message said – Kidneys for Life.
What exactly is a kidney attack?
How do we stop a kidney attack?
Is there a book or an app or has doctor Google got anything?
Are they saying anything that is harming our kidneys is an attack?
How come we can’t find anything on kidney attack?
Do those who write this theme realise some of us aren’t getting it?
Google and you get the poster for that year and nothing else.
Keep researching and you find an article stating the theme for 2013 is focusing on AKI – Acute Kidney Injury and the mission is to spread awareness of the significance of our kidneys to our overall health.
Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is a rapid loss of kidney function and faces gross negligence from public awareness and research. It is inadequately addressed in medical education and training.
There is an urgent need to raise awareness of AKI amongst physicians and hospital staff.
18 to 26% of cases of AKI are from prescribed drugs from our health care systems.
Dr. Nithin Jayan (17)
Medications known to cause AKI are:
Some Blood Pressure medications
Dyes – those used in medical imaging tests
Illicit drugs e.g. heroin and methamphetamines
HIV medications, also known as protease inhibitors
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Insecticides, herbicides and ethylene glycol (used in anti-freeze) are chemicals that are known to cause AKI. (18)
Over the counter and prescribed pain medication can damage and reduce blood flow to kidneys.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are a main culprit.
1 – 3% of new cases of chronic kidney failure, may be caused by an overuse of pain medication. (19)
Next – The American Journal of Kidney Diseases announced World Kidney Day 2013: Acute Kidney Injury – Global Health Alert about the global increase in acute kidney injury in both developing and developed countries.
AKI is a syndrome of abrupt loss of kidney function, often with oliguria (small amounts of urine output), which is strongly associated with increased early and long-term patient morbidity and mortality, as well as the subsequent development of chronic kidney disease. (20)
8th World Kidney Day and we should all be asking what are we actually celebrating?
What are we publicly acknowledging as a significant happy day?
Have the statistics come down?
Are we out of deep trouble?
Are we closer to what the root cause is?
Why is this year’s theme alerting the public to the global increase in Acute Kidney Injury?
Have we got the meaning right about AKI, that it is severe intense kidney damage?
Have we got the meaning wrong about the word ‘celebration’ in the context of kidney health? (20)
Do we know that the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation is AJKD – American Journal of Kidney Diseases?
Do we know that the February and March 2017 publications has over 60 articles? Some of the titles would throw us off on the street, as it is way past our natural thinking or vocabulary. So here is the proof that heaps and heaps of studies are being published and the academics behind this are working hard and gathering evidence. Great news or is it?
What if they ALL united and worked together with one question –
What is the root cause of any kidney injury, attack or disease?
Acute kidney attack can be caused by –
X-ray contrast fluid
Sudden drops in blood pressure (21)
Up to 50,400 Australians and 11,200 New Zealanders a year are diagnosed with acute kidney attack which, when requiring dialysis, is the most expensive hospital admission. (21)
The burden of acute kidney attack is increasing and it is much more common than the Chronic Kidney Disease that requires long term dialysis.
It is a common complication during hospitalisation and is associated with high death rates, ill health and prolonged stay and therefore cost.
Martin Gallagher, Associate Professor, George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney, Australia. (21)
More people actually die from acute kidney attacks than from heart attacks.
Tim Matthew, Medical Director, Kidney Health Australia. (21)
3 ½ years after being diagnosed, only a third of acute kidney attack patients were still alive.
Research has found that higher doses of continual dialysis, in the long term, did not reduce the high death rates. (21)
Acute Kidney Injury affects 1 in 5 people admitted to hospital as an emergency and may be more deadly than a heart attack. (9)
It affects over half a million people every year in England. (8)
It occurs more frequently in people who are obese. (22)
It is estimated that 2 million people die of acute kidney disease each year. (20)
Acute Kidney Injury negatively affects immunity and is linked with higher rates of infection. Patients frequently enter a vicious cycle of immune dysfunction, sepsis and multi organ failure. (20)
2014 – Chronic Kidney Disease and Ageing
If we go back and read 2007 we know that Chronic Kidney Disease means our kidney function has got worse. In other words, things have not reversed or changed for the better.
So if we keep doing what we do and make no lifestyle changes, it is obvious that things are going to get worse as we age.
Do we just blame old age?
Do we just accept that CKD is a by-product of ageing?
Do we just keep popping the pills and hope for the best?
Do we just listen to the medics as they know everything?
Do we just shut down from ever asking any questions?
Do we feel that maybe the way we are living and have lived, up until now, is the reason why our kidney function has got worse?
Do we feel we have the right in our old age to ask for answers and not give up?
The author of this article was presented with a frail woman aged 76, who looked drained and depleted to the point that she could fall asleep in the chair. Exhaustion was off the scale and cravings for copious amounts of sugar daily was what kept her going to simply exist and function.
She agreed there was no quality of life and she was diagnosed with 4th stage Chronic Kidney Disease.
As an observation, what was clear was that this woman had no regard for her body, her entire life and was pushing herself by over-working. Her vegetarian diet was full of sugar and her body was craving this drug to keep awake. She had no true sleep rhythm and no understanding of the value and benefits of sleep quality. She struggled to function with daily living because of her Chronic Fatigue.
After 4 months of consistently applying the Simple Living Global Back to Basics Program with super focus on the sleep routine, we had results. She was sleeping longer without waking up, completely stopped chocolate and biscuits from her diet and felt energised.
No surprise she no longer has CKD and one year later, she is showing no signs of CKD.
Could it really be that simple?
Could this just be a one off random example?
Could this be thrown out as it is one anecdotal evidence?
Could this be a case of unreliable evidence for the scientific world?
Could this be challenged as it does not come from a kingpin in the medical world?
Could this be dismissed because it has not been double blind tested in a laboratory?
Could this be ignored on the grounds of it not being a hypothesis scientific study?
Could this real life example be negated when in truth it did happen?
Could this be poo poo’d just because it is such common sense?
Could it be possible that if we started to make some sensible choices by taking Responsibility then things can change, regardless of our age?
Could it be possible that the Simple Living Global Back to Basics Program works and has results because those presenting are living the quality of life that does not have kidney exhaustion in their own health?
In other words, they walk the talk and so others get that vibration so to speak.
WHY – because they present what has been lived and so the communication is coming from a body which holds the lived experience.
2015 – Kidney Health for All
Now the 10th anniversary of World Kidney Day where leading kidney charities are uniting to raise awareness of kidney disease. (8)
Recent surveys have highlighted the astonishing lack of awareness amongst the public of what their kidneys do.
Survey published in January 2015 of over 2,000 people in the UK –
Only 17% knew that high blood pressure was a risk factor for kidney disease.
50% unaware that the kidneys make urine.
74% had limited or no knowledge of kidney disease.
21% confirmed they had Diabetes, high blood pressure or vascular disease.
6% considered themselves to be at risk of Chronic Kidney Disease. (8)
These surveys show an astonishing lack of awareness of the kidneys and what they do. It’s very worrying to see these results … Kidney health is not at the forefront of the public’s mind, but our kidneys are vital and they must be given proper attention and kept healthy.
Professor John Feehally, a Leading Kidney Specialist and one of the founders of World Kidney Day (8)
Kidney Health for All is about bringing awareness, so the public have an understanding of this serious disease and the importance of kidney health.
Kidney Stones (25)
The medical term for kidney stones is nephrolithiasis.
When they cause severe pain this is called renal colic.
Waste products in our blood can sometimes form crystals that collect inside the kidneys.
Over time, the crystals may build up to form a hard lump, like a stone.
This is the cause of kidney stones.
See photo on this link of a kidney stone –
Kidney stones are likely to develop if we do not drink enough fluids, take certain medication or have a medical condition that raises the levels of certain substances in our urine.
They are most common in people aged 30 – 60.
They can develop in both kidneys.
3 in 20 men and up to 2 in 20 women have kidney stones at some point in their lives.
Up to 50% of everyone who has had kidney stones, will experience them again within 5 years.
2016 – Kidney Disease & Children – Act Early to Prevent It!
So kidney dis-ease in our body is telling us something is damaged and our kidneys cannot do the job of filtering our blood to get rid of the waste. That unwanted stuff starts to build up inside our body and we all know it has to go somewhere.
So in their 11th year of campaign the aim is once again to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys.
They say we are to encourage and facilitate education, early detection and a healthy life style in children, starting at birth and continuing through to old age, to combat the increase of preventable kidney damage including acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease and to treat children with inborn and acquired disorders of the kidney. (26)
Finally, they are asking us to campaign by joining forces once again to build healthier generations.
Who writes all this stuff as it sounds great but what is going on here on planet earth is so far far away from these great ideas.
If we just look at the previous year where a study in the UK confirms that three quarters did not even know what kidney disease is and 50% do not know that one of the main functions of the kidneys is to produce urine.
So let’s join the dots and bring in some real honesty.
Our current population really have not got much of a clue about what kidneys do and what on earth all this kidney disease is about.
So how can we educate our new born or young toddlers about kidney health?
What gives us the authority if we are not even aware of our own kidney health?
Why are we allowing our 3 month-old baby to watch a screen?
Why are we happy because they are engaging with a cartoon?
Why are we as parents using the same time to do porn and social media?
WHY are our young parents not able to engage with young babies and just be with them?
Is this the first signs of moving away from our inner-most connection that then leads to kidney depletion?
Are our babies being subjected to a kind of motion because we lack connection ourselves?
Are our babies being entertained because we need our daily distractions?
Are we taking Responsibility raising our young babies and children?
Are these young babies on screen time going to need sugar to keep stimulating them?
Are these babies going to be our young children who have no true rest in their body?
Are these young children going to be our teenagers with Chronic Kidney Disease?
Are these teenagers going to be ending up as the adult statistics in this article?
Is this the motion Benhayon is talking about in his book – The Way It Is? (2)
How can our teachers educate on kidney health if they are suffering with kidney depletion?
What if our medical profession were not adequately trained and educated on kidney health?
What if those educating our medics have long-term kidney depletion and so it is missed in the training?
What if kidney issues arise from our life lived in motion as Serge Benhayon said back in 2006?
What if we simply cannot help our children with early detection because we have no idea what signs to look for as we as parents and guardians are kidney drained?
What if we cannot build healthier generations as 10 years of World Kidney Days has seen a rise in kidney statistics with no signs of it slowing down?
What if it is easy to put words out on a website and champion and campaign but in truth there is no real change?
What if we do have the answers for all our ills?
What if going Back to Basics can make a difference?
What if taking Responsibility for our daily life can help our children?
What if applying some common sense to our lifestyle can be a medicine?
What if there is another way of living?
What if there is a reason WHY we get sick in the first place?
Note – the above 3-month baby on screen time is a true account of a Simple Living Global client.
2017 – Kidney Disease and Obesity. Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys
Check the World Kidney Day website and it tells us that in 2014 over 600,000,000 adults were obese. (22)
We all know that things have got worse so consider for a moment what the real figure is today.
If we are being honest it is probably over a billion and that is serious.
In the general population, Obesity increases the risk of death and contributes to many other diseases such as –
Gall Bladder Disease
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
AND POOR QUALITY OF LIFE
If we just stop here and re-read this list and ask What Quality do we want for our life?
We never signed up for all these illnesses and diseases, so where did it all go belly up?
Where did we lose the plot?
What if there is another way to live?
What if we knew more Why we do get sick?
What if we are what we eat?
What if we were educated about the real harm of caffeine?
What if we actually knew what chocolate is doing to us?
What if we were told at school that Alcohol is a poison?
What if we knew what dairy was really doing to us inside?
What if we knew that our daily bread has a glue called gluten?
What if we knew the truth about Heartburn?
What if we knew about the harmfull effects of drugs?
What if we could understand more about mental health?
What if we knew what TV mode was doing to us?
What if we knew more about our asthma pump?
What if we knew more about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
What if we knew in detail about Diabetes?
What if we knew there was a real recipe of life?
What if we knew more about Cancer?
What if we knew why we get the common cold?
What if we knew how to get real and get honest?
WHY are we constantly reminded of the fact that Obesity is a potent risk factor for Kidney Disease and it also increases the risk of developing Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and it most certainly puts a strain on our heart? (22)
Obesity has a direct impact on the development of Chronic Kidney Disease.
Reducing Obesity may reverse or slow CKD progression.
People who are overweight or obese have 2 to 7 more chances of developing End Stage Renal Disease compared to those of normal weight. (22)
WHY is this?
People who are obese carry excess body weight, so this puts more demands on the body and our kidneys have to work much harder to filter out more blood.
We are consistently making choices every day to not support our kidneys and this could be –
Struggling to breath correctly
Eating sugary foods
No exercise, not even walking
Sleeping late nights
Partying all night
Stimulating with social media
Taking on other people’s stuff
Holding back what we feel
Not expressing who we truly are
Living in fear
Hiding or avoiding others
Pretending to be in the ‘in crowd’
Feelings of deep self-loathing
Popping pills for our headaches
Taking heartburn tablets most days
Holding onto emotions
Not dressing to keep warm
Dragging our body around like it was a burden
It is like the kidneys are working overtime and never get a moment off 24/7 just because it needs to keep us alive and do its job the best it can.
The good news is that Obesity and CKD are in most cases preventable. (22)
Bad news is we have to get off our butts and actually take action.
In other words, make it happen by changing our lifestyle and making sensible choices that have the word RESPONSIBILITY weaving through it like a thread.
No amount of education is going to change us unless we are willing to make a commitment and remain consistent. It all starts with small steps so check this inspiring true story.
Morbidly obese man who lost over 180 pounds with no diet, no exercise regime other than daily walking and NO sagging skin.
So this is the el cheapo common sense diet which comes with a reality check.
We all know diets do not work.
It was all about making simple lifestyle choices – inspired by the work of Serge Benhayon.
Pictures do not lie so check out this dude Tim Bowyer before and after.
The bonus is we can free ourselves from the fat size clothes and our whole life shifts. No surprise this man has now been promoted in his job and he inspires others by his daily living way.
Now that he is feeling himself, he visits the gym but no drive or push, just to keep toned and fit.
The big picture is Big Tim is still BIG in the world but not by his size.
He is no longer a burden on our health system and he is living, walking, talking science of what is possible for ALL of us if we choose to make lifestyle changes to support our true health and well-being.
A truly self-empowering way to evolve and know that we are not a victim but that we hold the power within us to make changes by starting with small steps and remaining consistent.
So here we have it 12 years on of World Kidney Day trying to tell us all to be aware with different themes each year.
What has changed since 2006?
Can we join the dots and put on our common sense hat?
Things have got worse.
Statistics are rising.
We have more cases diagnosed now than ever before.
How many of us are aware of how our kidneys work?
How many of us even know about Kidney Disease?
How many of us are not bothered about the state of our kidneys?
How many of us realise the importance of our kidney life force?
In other words, without our kidneys we simply would not have life.
Reading this blog gives us a snapshot of what is going on right now in our world and it would be true to say our researchers have not yet come up with the answer for the root cause.
Are we going to carry on waiting for solutions?
Are we going to allow animal testing to find us ways to function?
Are we going to continue the way we are living and ask no questions?
Are we going to simply wait for the medical world to tell us what to do?
Are we going to put our lives into the hands of others as that’s what we all do?
Are we going to just accept that there is no other way?
Are we going to at least consider what Serge Benhayon is saying as there are true life stories from the author and Tim Bowyer confirming that there is another way?
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