Learn How John Saved His Kidney 

Let us take a look how knowledge of TCM can help you to save your kidneys in daily life. We will discuss a case of a 21 years old young man, a third year college student who was diagnosed by his doctor as having kidney failure and was advised that he needed a kidney transplant.

As per history given by his parents, this young man John had a high fever a couple of weeks ago. He went to hospital where he was treated with infusions for about 10 days. Despite the treatment and infusions, his high fever remained the same, so he was sent by his doctor for more examinations and investigations to find out the cause. The further tests revealed that his kidney function had started to fail. Based on the reports, the doctor advised the young man’s family to prepare for the kidney transplant; this also requires a lot of money.

We all listen to doctors when we run into any health crisis. If the doctor says that kidney transplant is necessary, we would listen to him and prepare for the transplant. We usually think that everything would get better once the transplant is done. 

Is it really so?

No! You are really wrong here! Have you ever asked your doctor, “how long can one live after the transplant?” This is what the authorities say: “Kidney transplants are very successful with more than 95 percent of kidney transplants done at Barnes-Jewish still working after one year. On an average, living donor transplants last for 15-20 years and deceased donor transplants last for 10-15 years.” 

You believed that you were going to live forever after the kidney transplant, didn’t you? Or, even you had not given a thought to this.

Fortunately the young man was taken to a Chinese doctor. Here is what happened:

“What did you do the day before your high fever?”, asked the Chinese doctor to John
“I did not do anything besides playing basketball”, replied the young man.
“You sweat a lot, didn’t you?”
“Yeah...”
“And then, what did you do after the play?”
“I had a cold shower.”
“And then, what did you do next?”
“After the shower, I had a couple of cold drinks form the referee...”
“And you started fever after middle night, didn’t you?”, asked the Chinese doctor.
“Yeah, but how did you know?!!”, asked the stunned young man.

This all sounds familiar to you, isn’t it? A strenuous exercise is followed by cold shower followed by cold drinks... “There is nothing wrong in this at all”, you might be thinking. Well, this is exactly how the boy hurt his kidney! Do you want to know how?

According to TCM, blood and sweat are from the same resources. Have you ever tasted your sweat? If you have, you would know both of them tasted the same. So when you lose a lot of sweat, your blood is exhausted too.

In TCM, the kidney has been described as being responsible for generation of bone marrow – the substance within the bone where blood is produced. Although this had been said thousands of years ago in TCM, the truth has been revealed by medical scientists recently as follows:  “Erythropoietin (EPO) is a hormone which is produced by the kidneys. EPO promotes formation of red blood cells by stimulating the bone marrow. The kidney cells that make erythropoietin are sensitive to low oxygen levels in the blood that travels through the kidneys.” It is like today’s medical science has just discovered a breakthrough  that  literally had written in TCM thousands of years ago. Unbelievable and remarkable, isn’t it!

Let’s get back to our young man John. After arduous sport one feels hot, sweats, and the sweat pores are open for the body naturally in order to adjust the body temperature. But running into a cold shower would shut these pores immediately. We also know now that the kidney likes warmth; but a couple of ice drinks lucked in the body would slash the kidney energy. High fever takes place when the ice cold meets the body heat.

How the Chinese doctor knew that the young man had high fever in middle of the night, you would ask. This can be explained by understanding TCM again, which says that middle night is the time for kidney repair and recovery.

As blood and sweat are from the same resources, the young man’s kidney was arid just like a cooking pot that is dried out on the fire. When the cold drinks and the liquid infusions came in (their temperature is usually around 15° C, while the body temperature is more than 38° C), it was just like putting cold water into a hot burned pot. This made the pot cracked – the kidney was damaged. In addition to this, the infusions also added more burden to the kidney, as the kidney had to work additionally to filter the infusion liquids also.

Did you ever think why such a mettlesome young man suddenly developed kidney failure? In our lives, whenever we run into such medical crises, we usually never think about it; we run to doctors instead. We put our lives into others’ (doctors’) hands. In depth of our minds, we have a rooted belief that as long as we work hard, our health would be taken care of by others.

John was  fortunate. His parents were convinced by the Chinese doctor not to go for the kidney transplant but to try to repair the “cracked pot” instead. He was prescribed some simple herbs and also was suggested right foods and plenty of sleep. He was advised not to go for another testing for next three months, to complete the process of healing. However, as his mother was a bit more worried, he was tested within one month of the TCM treatment. It would be great to know for you that the investigations showed everything in normal range.

Naturally, you would ask why other athletes don’t get kidney failure despite being involved in similar physical exercise. Have you ever noticed that their coaches put a thick towel on backs of athletes immediately after they finish playing, and also give them liquid with salt and sugar to supply the needs of their bodies? 

The model of Western medicine is such that doctors focus only on your symptoms; they don’t care what you did before your symptoms started. In this medical model, MDs can never be wrong too; because they do only what they are supposed to do and they also make a detailed record to prevent themselves from getting into trouble. Unfortunately, it’s only you are one who has to suffer the consequences.

Won’t you like to protect yourself before dying from kidney failure or before getting your kidney replaced? Won’t you prefer to protect your kidneys by knowing this simple knowledge? Doesn’t this reciprocate what the WHO says too, “Two thirds of people in the world die not from diseases but from ignorance.”?

Let’s summarize how to protect your kidneys:

1. Avoid exposure to cold after sport
2. Get plenty of water with balanced electrolytes
3. Take care of your kidney with plenty of nutrition and sleep
4. When your kidney is weakened, be careful about infusions

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