Topics That Matter To People Living with Kidney Disease
RSN’s KidneyTalk is an online bi-weekly, half-hour radio talk show featuring RSN Founder & President Lori Hartwell. Periodically Stephen Furst, television and movie actor/producer/director and transplant recipient, is her co-host. All shows (over 200 of them!) are available 24hrs a day and can be downloaded for free any time from the iTunes store.
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Life Without Limits
Nathan Gutierrez was raised to be independent. Born with Spina Bifida and needing to use a wheelchair his entire life, Nathan shares his inspiring story of how his parents and friends encouraged him to live a “normal” life. When his kidneys failed, he knew he would have another challenge but he didn’t let that stop him. Listen to his incredible journey of how he has overcome life’s obstacles and continues to pursue his goals for the future. Listen Now


Recent Shows

Be App Savvy: Track and Plan Your Way to Healthy Meals
You probably have a special calendar or system for ordering and taking medications, and keeping track of medical appointments. But did you know about the apps and tools that are out there to help people follow a renal diet? Learn about the difference between “trackers” and “planners”, and what you should look for when picking out one of these tools. Lori and Sara Carlson, RD, Manager at DaVita.com Nutrition, discuss how these tools can help you prepare meals and make healthy choices that work for you. Listen Now

Kidney Health Initiative: Creating a Bright Future
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), along with other patient and professional organizations, are collaborating to advance scientific understanding of the health and patient safety implications of new and existing medical products. Dr. Roy Chaudhury notes that the goal is to foster the development of therapies for kidney disease by creating a collaborative environment in which the FDA and the greater nephrology community can work together to optimize the evaluation of drugs, devices, and biologics, as well as food products. Listen and learn more about the Kidney Health Initiative goals and objectives. Listen Now

Are you a Stoner? Kidney Stones Explained
Dr. Gary Curhan specializes in the treatment of kidney stones. These are small stones, usually made up of calcium crystals that form inside the kidney. Passing a stone can be very painful. Dr. Curhan and Lori discuss the causes of and treatments for kidney stones, as well as what you can do to stay stone-free. Listen Now

Hypertension: A Silent Killer
Dr. Susan Nicholas is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and she specializes in hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure. Hypertension is the second leading cause of kidney failure. People who are on dialysis or receive a transplant often have problems with high blood pressure, and Dr. Nicholas explains why it is so important to keep your blood pressure under control and what you can do to help. Here, truly, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Listen Now

Condemned Prisoners as Organ Donors
The idea of using condemned prisoners as organ donors comes up from time to time in this country and continues to be controversial. Ethical questions, the cost of evaluations, and public perceptions of executed donors cannot be easily dismissed. Listen to this show and learn more about the issues involved. Listen Now

Adventure Hunters: Dialyzing in the Grand Canyon
River rafting down the Colorado River might be on your bucket list. Maybe you are waiting for the right time of year, enough money or vacation time to do it. But, what if your physical need for dialysis is holding you back? Bill Peckham is on hemodialysis and has traveled the globe and Doug Johnson, MD decided to join him this year for this 8-day, 225 mile river rafting experience of a lifetime. Can a hemodialysis machine and all the supplies float? Find out in this thrilling interview! Listen Now

Coping with the Holiday Blues
The holidays are supposed to be a happy time right? In the middle of all the festivities and preparations, it’s a stressful and difficult time for many. Lori and Stephen talk about why this happens and what can be done to survive those holiday blues. Have a laugh listening to these two talk about how they cope, their tips for eating and drinking with restrictions, and some pretty funny gift-giving stories. Listen Now

Harrison House: A Home Away From Home
Finding a place to stay to get evaluated for a kidney transplant, to train for home dialysis, or to recover from surgery is difficult or unaffordable for people who live some distance from where they receive care. In 1973, Crawford Harrison, a patient himself, saw the need and wanted to help. Almost 30 years later, Bobby Walker, who has a kidney transplant, manages Harrison House and tells us about this great home and the services it offers to people in need in the Little Rock, Arkansas, area. Listen Now

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