September 19, 2015 untangledwebn

Be Kind to your Kidneys


by C. Leslie Thomson

Often, a new patient will express mild surprise—perhaps even downright incredulity—when we suggest that disordered kidneys are an important factor in their condition. The patient may have come to us because ‘of a skin irritation, some form

of respiratory weakness or nagging headaches: perhaps the main symptom may be rheumatic or apparently cardiac distress. Even if none of these, we consider it an essential part of all preliminary consultations to assess the efficiency of the kidneys. Only rarely do we find these organs exempt from the overall bodily disease.