Patients Who Have Avoided Dialysis

Here are stories of some patients who came to see me or contacted me regarding their kidney failure. I have recommended dietary treatment to all of them who were symptomatic and offered others the opportunity to start dietary treatment as well, after explaining that there was no evidence that it helped in the presymptomatic stage. (A few wanted to try it anyway.) As you will see by reading in particular the story of Leigh Dell, all of this can be done by telephone and does not require people to come to Johns Hopkins. About 5 percent of patients referred to me have declined to try a very-low-protein diet.

I hope these stories will inspire you to consider the recommendations set forth in this book to improve your treatment and your health.

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