Who created the blog and why

 

Stephen Gene Morris

Stephen is a science trained researcher, currently writing the scientific history of mindfulness. He has worked for decades understanding the relationship between mind and wellbeing, particularly the role of nondual meditation systems in mental and physical health. In recent years he has also been exploring the role of diet in our overall health and happiness. For example the extent to which the microbiome of regular meditators may be linked to their health.

In the last twelve months, Stephen has been digging into published scientific research of treatments for chronic kidney disease (CKD). Particularly the life expectancy for people suffering from CKD who don’t have access to dialysis or organ transplant. Talking generally, conventional logic suggests that when kidney function drops beneath a certain threshold, life-threatening health conditions arise unless toxins can be mechanically removed from the blood or a kidney transplant arranged. However, there is evidence that there are traditional treatments that are relatively successful in maintaining and improving kidney function, even in older patients!

Wellkidney is not a science blog nor a therapeutic resource, it is a forum for discussing how kidney health might best be preserved and hopefully improved. It features current scientific thinking, details from experimental and clinical studies. But it also highlights practical and traditional approaches supported both by science and also anecdotes. That’s right, we welcome personal accounts of how people are coping with CKD and other forms of kidney disease. We’re particularly interested in sharing individual experiences of how to stay well.

A final point, the kidneys have a complex relationship with other organs and a range of processes in the body. We often see poor kidney health as a cause or an effect of different symptoms, such as hypertension (high blood pressure). And so we’re really interested in what people living with CKD have discovered about the interaction between their lifestyle and health. For example, is reducing blood pressure correlated with improving kidney function or does a reduction in meat consumption directly or indirectly bring about changes?

Please, let us know what your experience is and if you have any helpful ideas to share.