Kidney Punch

Central American Laborers Cut Down By Mystery Kidney Disease

John Pickering May 09, 2012

Reblogged from Benjamin Witte's Web Site: A cane plantation worker in Zapote, Nicaragua (treesftf/Flickr) The northwestern Nicaraguan town of La Isla has lost so many of its residents in recent years that locals have unofficially renamed it “La Isla de las Viudas,” or island of widows. The victims, mostly men, all die from the same … Continue reading » … Read More

Sam Sam the kidney man

John Pickering Apr 23, 2012

Kidney recipients are brave and inspiring.  The following is an extract (used with permission) from the Autumn newsletter of Kidney Health New Zealand (www.kidney.co.nz). I am fortunate enough to know the specialists that helped this young man.  Admirable work – well done people. Sam’s story (benefactor of the John Velvin Trust) Hello, my name is … Continue reading » … Read More

Legends

John Pickering Apr 10, 2012

Kidney donors are legends.  The following is an extract (used with permission) from the Autumn newsletter of Kidney Health New Zealand (www.kidney.co.nz)   The Governor General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, recently hosted an afternoon tea at Government House in Wellington to recognise living donors and acknowledge the gift they have given. … Continue reading » … Read More

The strange tale of high blood pressure and the cattle prod

John Pickering Apr 03, 2012

This is a good news story for all with high blood pressure.  It may even get you and extra decade or two here on earth.  High blood pressure is a killer.  It leads to heart attacks, strokes, and, yes, kidney failure.   Funnily enough, it is the kidney which regulates blood pressure – more on that … Continue reading » … Read More