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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Vegan, Vegetarian, & Variety: What You Need to Know!
Dietitian and food technologist Dr. Nancy Berkoff talks about the different kinds of vegetarian diets and the various sources of protein. She explains what tofu and soy are, where they come from, and how you can prepare them. Since renal diets require high-quality proteins, listen to this informative interview to find out what your options are and what might work best for you as you watch your sodium, potassium, and phosphorus intake. Listen Now


Recent Shows

Alport Syndrome and Kidney Failure, A Family Story
Alport Syndrome is an underdiagnosed and commonly misdiagnosed disease whose symptoms often go undetected. Sharon Lagas established the Alport Syndrome Foundation after losing her 38-year-old brother to this hereditary illness and then learning that she, her mother, and her two sons and two nieces also had it. Sharon explains what is involved and shares her personal story. Listen to this interview to learn more about the disease and the ongoing research into it, and find out how to stay informed. Listen Now

Transplant Quarter Century Club: The Club Recipients Want to Join!
A kidney is a priceless gift, and keeping it for over 25 years is something we all wish for. George Franklin III is the President of the Transplant Quarter Century Club and has had his kidney transplant for more than 38 years. Knowing first-hand the unique problems that can come from having a transplant for so long, he started the club so that members could support one another as they deal with both physical and emotional issues. Lori and George discuss some of the problems long-term transplant recipients encounter. Says George, “Having been there and done that, we can offer a lot of advice.” Listen Now

A Personal Renal Chef for the Weekend
Renal diets are full of “don’ts” and it’s difficult to follow the rules when all you can think about is all that good stuff you can’t have. Sara Carlson, a renal dietitian and author of Kidney Diet – Cooking with David, has some great tips on how to make it easier to not only prepare renal friendly food, but also to stick with it. Listen to this conversation and take notes.  Sara prepares a weekend of meals for Lori and you will be inspired with new ideas for renal friendly meals. Listen Now

People Who Are on Dialysis Can Travel Too!
Harvey Wells is a seasoned traveler and has visited 150 facilities in 37 states while doing home hemodialysis. After his kidney transplant failed, he thought his traveling days were over. Harvey and Lori discuss what you need to do to ensure your safety and enjoy your trip. “When you travel, you have to plan. Travel is the one thing that has helped me cope. I enjoy traveling and helping educate people about their treatment options,” Harvey says. Listen Now

Festival of Life: Compete in the Transplant Games
The Transplant Games of America is a multi-sport festival for those who have undergone life-saving transplant surgery. Debbie Morgan, who is the Chair of SoCal Transplant Games, explains what happens at the games and how her life as a liver transplant recipient has been enriched by being a part of them. There are many physical and nonphysical competitions to choose from. More than an athletic event, the Transplant Games of America highlights the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, while celebrating the lives of donors and recipients. Living donors, recipients, and those who are on dialysis can compete. This year, there will be new nonphysical competitions such as darts and Trivial Pursuit. The games will be held in Houston, TX, on July 11-15, and gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded. Debbie says, “You can start a conversation with anyone at the Games.” Listen Now

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 NowLife Without Limts

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

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