Category Archives: Dialysis

2nd Best Ain’t Good Enough

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From the second the first dialyzer was invented by Abel, Rowntree, and Turner 115 years ago, it should have been clear that dialysis- which cleans the blood of most of the toxins that accumulate when the subject has kidney failure, was, at best, incomplete.

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And,the wind, it cries Mary…

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As a child of the 50s and 60s, I was surrounded by folks who experimented with all sorts of “mind-enhancing” drugs. Me? I was content to keep my experiments contained within my chem lab. (Nowadays, my fraternity brothers and friends would term me the “designated driver”.)

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Creative Accounting or Illegal Practice?

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I am sure you are all wondering what’s been happening about the dialysis patient organizations- and, now, it seems that some dialysis clinics- are paying the health insurance premiums for dialysis patients. (I first discussed this issue here).   There is a new complainant- it’s not just private insurance companies now.

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Stick it to me?

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Can you imagine what your life would be if your kidneys failed?  You would probably be forced to give up your job (see below for more) and spend 3 days a week going back and forth to a dialysis clinic, where you would be hooked up to a machine for about 4 hours each time.  And, you still would only have some of your kidney functions fixed, not all of them.

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