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Speeding up kidney transplants

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 4:17 PM


Although I'm an adult nephrologist and don't treat children with kidney failure, I'd like to suggest that radically decreasing the number of adults with kidney failure would free up more kidneys to be transplanted into children.

About 20 years ago, I worked out how to reverse early-stage kidney disease in adults because of diabetes or high blood pressure. The method is safe and inexpensive. I published my outcomes data in 2002, although, regrettably, they remain unknown. This may be because dialysis is such a lucrative industry worldwide, at US$85 billion per year. Jamaicans go on dialysis five times more than American whites.

With far fewer adults needing a kidney, the transplant waiting list for children and adults would shorten significantly. Most countries, including Jamaica, could become dialysis-free.