US researchers have confirmed that it's safe to donate a kidney. This study compared 80,347 Americans who donated kidneys between 1994 and 2009 with 9,364 participants in a large government survey who met the criteria for kidney donation. All these people would be "on the books." No illegal kidney donors.
People who donate a kidney to a sick friend or relative live at least as long as others in the general population and may live somewhat longer because they tend to take better care of themselves after the procedure, researchers reported Tuesday....Live-donor transplants have become increasingly common in recent years because of the large number of people who need kidneys and the limited availability of cadaver organs. There are 83,754 Americans waiting for a kidney transplant, 80% of the number of people waiting for any organ, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which helps allocate organs. In 2008, there were 5,968 living-donor kidney transplants.
...There were 25 deaths in the first 90 days after surgery among the donors, for a rate of 3.1 deaths per 10,000 subjects, compared with a rate of 0.4 per 10,000 in the control group. That suggests the procedure "has always been profoundly safe," Segev said.
Kidney donation has no medical benefit for the donor. None. People do it for love or money.
What is the death rate for illegal kidney donors? Nobody knows. They don't keep statistics on illegal organ trafficking, huge black market business with incredible margins that it is, but it's safe to say that poor people who will sell a kidney for $1000 probably don't live as long as the general population. Just a guess.
But the medical establishment would like you to know that it's a good thing to donate a kidney, and it's profoundly safe, and there are an awful lot of people who need new kidneys for some reason, and it's really a tragedy.
What is up with all the kidney disease?
- Kidneys remove toxins from our blood.
- Kidney disease is becoming a global problem.
- More than 20 million people suffer from kidney disease worldwide.
Common sense tells us that people must have a lot of toxins in their blood and that their kidneys are getting overtaxed and ruined from cleaning out toxins.
But never mind that. The WHO has decided to focus on diabetes and high blood pressure, the "main causes" of kidney failure.
So one answer is to provide free screening for diabetes and hypertension patients, detect these early warning signals, and put people on medication or life style changes to save their kidneys. (source)
Out of these 348 patients, 61 of them (18 percent) were found to have microalbu-minuria which is an indication of early involvement of the kidneys, according to a statement issued by Head of Nephrology Department, RIMS Dr N Sharat Kumar Singh.
"An indication of early involvement"... that's like a sign of a sign. But early detection means looking for problems. Problems need solutions. Often we are offered drugs as the solution to our health problems.
However, in third world countries where poor people cannot always afford big pharma drugs, something must be done "to ban quacks, whose medicines were a leading cause of renal failure." (source)
Therefore medicine is important to control diabetes and hypertension, which lead to kidney failure, but it has to be the right medicine, because some medicine causes renal failure. Drugs can be dangerous.
According to experts, this is how to protect yourself from kidney failure:
- Be fit and active.
- Control diabetes.
- Keep weight in check.
- Get your kidneys checked regularly.
- Beware of OTCs.
Do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis- common drugs such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause kidney damage and disease if taken regularly. Such medications probably do not pose significant danger if your kidneys are relatively healthy and you use them occasionally, but their use in chronic pain for conditions such as arthritis can be harmful. Consult a doctor to find a way to control your pain without putting your kidneys at risk.
Are you getting the impression that drug use and kidney failure might be related? Yes. OTC drugs, illegal drugs, and big pharma prescription drugs. Drugs introduce toxins to your blood stream and put your kidneys to work. Even "safe" drugs do this.
But the WHO focused on diabetes.
As the world marks World Kidney Day today, doctors in Goa confirm that nearly one in every ten people in Goa has kidney disease, which is a real cause of worry. They say that there has been rise in the number of renal failure reported among young population, people in 20s' and late thirties, which is due to the changing lifestyle.
The most common cause for chronic kidney disease is Diabetes Mellitus, which accounts for about 40 percent of the cases. The other causes for chronic kidney disease are hypertension, urinary tract infection (UTI), glomerulonephritis, stone disease, sautoimmune disease, such as SLE, and congenital diseases like polycystic kidney disease, Dr Lengade says.It doesn't add up, does it. Even if you take out the 40% from diabetes, what are all the others caused by? Are we to believe all these young people in their 20s and 30s have terrible kidney disease from these other listed reasons? Really??
These young people suffer from untreated inflammation of the kidneys. What is the "life style" that causes so many young people in Goa to have untreated inflammation of the kidneys?
Well, let's talk about Goa for a second. Aangirfan just did a post about Goa called Israelis, Drugs and Terror in Goa.
Goa has a big drug and corruption problem. The drug dealers and the police work together.
A senior police officer in Goa has been suspended after a YouTube video emerged claiming he gave confiscated drugs to an alleged dealer.
The state's chief minister, Digamber Kamat, confirmed that the officer was among five suspended over their alleged links to two Israeli nationals suspected of peddling illegal narcotics.
...According to Israeli and Indian officials, between 40,000 and 60,000 young Israelis have either permanently moved or established long-term residence in India. (Karma Kosher Conscripts in New-Age Diaspora Seek Refuge in Goa. ) In 2008 and in 2009, Israel issued temporary travel warnings for its citizens thinking of visiting Goa, in India. (Anti-Terror Bureau warns Israelis not to travel to Goa - Haaretz ...)Goa has an organized crime problem. Goa has emerged as a drug and sex destination.
A senior Goa police official on Thursday admitted that the state is emerging as a den for the organized sex mafia in collusion with the local police. ...The official also said that local police stations were often hand-in-glove with the organized sex crime mafia.
Perhaps this is the "lifestyle" that causes so much kidney failure in Goa?
Young people use drugs.
Drugs can cause kidney disease.
Young people suffer from kidney disease.
Take heroin as one example. This study was published ten years ago. Points made:
- Heroin is excreted in the urine as free and unconjugated morphine. There are several renal complications from its abuse.
- There is a high rate of viral, bacterial and fungal contamination associated with intravenous drug misuse, including heroin, and consequently users are at risk of a variety of infections.
- Secondary (AA) amyloidosis has increased in frequency as a cause of renal disease in chronic parenteral drug users, particularly among those who inject drugs subcutaneously (‘skin poppers’). With continued abuse, the majority progress to end-stage renal failure.
- In the 1970s and 1980s, heroin-associated nephropathy (HAN) was described, presenting as nephrotic syndrome and progressing rapidly to end-stage renal failure.
- In parallel with the declining incidence of HAN, HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN) is being diagnosed more frequently among heroin addicts with HIV infection. HIVAN also presents with nephrotic syndrome and rapidly progressing renal failure, and in some inner-city communities of the USA, it can cause up 38% of end-stage renal failure.
But it's not just the illegal drug use and the OTC use which may lead to kidney failure. Didn't the WHO just tell us that diabetes is a leading cause of kidney disease? Turns out the diabetes drugs may also cause kidney disease.
Diabetes Drug Byetta Linked To Kidney Problems And Cases Of Renal Failure
In March 2009 the Drug Safety Update Newsletter alerted us about reports of kidney-related side effects associated with the use of the diabetes drug Byetta (exenatide) from the U.K. About eight months later, in early November 2009, the FDA informed doctors and other healthcare providers in the U.S. that it had approved revisions to the Byetta package insert, or label, so that it will now include information about numerous post-marketing reports of altered kidney function, including acute renal failure and insufficiency. This move seemingly was prompted by reports of 78 cases of altered kidney function (62 cases of acute renal failure and 16 cases of renal insufficiency) in patients using Byetta that were received by the FDA from April 2005 through October 2008.
Furthermore, some big pharma drugs may also cause weight gain, another risk factor of kidney disease.
Some Seroquel Documents From AstraZeneca Now Available At The Drug Industry Document Archive These 241 "New" Documents Show How Drug Company Obscured Potential For Patient Weight Gain And Diabetes
These documents show how the company obscured the potential for patient weight gain and diabetes from physicians and regulatory bodies and how they balanced the desire for sales with the need for scientific rigor.
Further, Kim listed some of what she thought were the more "interesting" (my characterization, not hers) Seroquel documents for us:
1) “[Do] not to discuss details surrounding trial 41 with any external customers” who include investigators.^^^^^^^
2) How to spin and de-emphasize weight gain.
3) AstraZeneca Director of Clinical Research asks for information about BristolMyersSquibb’s trials in exchange for sexual favors (I’m not kidding).
Poor diet may cause diabetes, which may cause kidney disease.
OTC drug use may cause kidney disease.
Big pharma drugs may cause kidney disease.
Illegal drug use may cause kidney disease.
Sex workers and their customers use illegal drugs.
Sex trafficking and drug trafficking contribute to kidney failure.
Kidney failure contributes to organ trafficking.
Is it any wonder that organized drug trafficking, sex trafficking and organ trafficking are such thriving businesses? There's so much money to be made from carving up human beings.