Dadvice TV FAQ

What can you do for me?

Since I am NOT a doctor, I can NOT treat or diagnose you.  I am NOT a replacement for professional medical care.  What I can do is help educate, inspire, and motivate you to become more engaged in your Kidney Disease treatment strategy.  It can be extremely difficult and frustrating to navigate this complex and rarely discussed disease.  As a kidney patient myself I understand the challenges, fear, uncertainty, and doubt that come with having Chronic Kidney Disease.  I can help you to not make that journey alone and build your confidence and understanding of it and your treatment.

Does this cost anything?

No - this is something I do with my own spare time.  It provides me an outlet and helps me to feel more productive.  You will see some affiliate links to products I use, Shirts I've designed, as well as ads running on many of my videos.  These all help generate a small (and I mean SMALL) amount of money that I put towards the cost of running Dadvice TV.  I'm not looking for any donations, but I am open to companies and organizations helping out.

When were you diagnosed?

Mid-November 2016.  I was very sick, thought I was suffering from food poisoning for the last 2 weeks.  A visit to my family doctor resulted in me going to the ER and being admitted to the ICU for a week.  The doctors got my GFR up and stable at 13 and I was told I had no chance of getting better.

Did you know you had kidney issues?

No.  My past labs had never shown any signs of kidney issues and I had no symptoms until about 2 weeks before going to the hospital.

Does Kidney Disease run in your family?

Yes.  My mom has dealt with it for decades.  This gave me some familiarity with it, but not much.

Why didn't you go on dialysis?

The doctors told me I had no chance of getting better, but I couldn't understand that.  I'm a super geek, mega nerd, I really enjoy researching and digging into data.  I noticed that so many other countries had far better kidney care outcomes when compared to countries that relied on Dialysis.  I questioned why countries that seemed "third world" had better treatment outcomes.  It was clear to me - they don't rely on dialysis, they rely on diet and lifestyle changes.

Where you worried?

Of course I was - everyone is who has to face kidney failure and the possibility of changing their life to support dialysis treatments.  Kidney Disease is serious, and kidney failure is extremely dangerous.  Even with my improved kidney health I still have concerns about the far off future, but I focus on the positive and what I can do to stay healthy.

Do you use any Kidney Cleanse products?

I looked into these when I was first diagnosed.  My kidneys are damaged, not clogged.  Once I understood how kidneys work, I saw that these are just greedy money grabs from people trying to profit from our illness.  I do not use any of them.

Do you have other health issues besides CKD?

Yes.  I have high blood pressure (managed through medication and diet), am overweight (working on that), have some heart issues, and am getting older (naturally).

Why did you start Dadvice TV?

I started Dadvice TV a long time ago.  I was to be an outlet for my passion of automotive - test driving vehicles - as well reviews, tips, tricks, and other advice from a Dad.  I have always enjoyed making videos as a hobby, and due to my inner geek, always full of advice and recommendations.  After being diagnosed I changed Dadvice TV to documenting my journey from Kidney Failure.  Then in 2020, I started making videos that were more educational focused.

Why the change for 2020?

I believe that the core problem with the global epidemic of Kidney Disease comes down to a lack of knowledge.  Doctors have difficulty explaining kidney disease, treatment strategies, and even just the basics of moving forward with kidney disease.  The brochures and handouts provided to patients are 90% badly written, difficult to understand, focused on death, dialysis, and transplant instead of prevention and health.  Then as patients, we don't have a voice to guide us, to inspire us, to help translate the medical jargon into something we understand.  For 2020 I want Dadvice TV to bridge that knowledge gap, so my videos are more focused on individual topics, more facts & data-driven, more on point, and shorter.

Is there any meaning in the Green and Orange ribbon you use online?

Yes - a lot of meaning.  The green and orange are common colors used to represent kidney disease. I use both of them to show that Kidney Disease usually means you have multiple health issues.  The top of the ribbon is also a different color, a light red which represents heart issues, like high blood pressure and heart disease.

Is there a Dadvice TV diet?

We are all different, even when we have the same GFR, so there is no 1 diet that works for everyone.  It is best to work with a renal dietitian that can customize your very own diet based on your labs and health.  As your labs change, your renal dietitian can tweak your diet.

Are there Supplements Dadvice TV recommends?

All supplements need to be recommended to you by your health care team.  It is very dangerous and wreckless to self-prescribe supplements.  There are NO supplements on the planet that will fix/cure/repair physical kidney damage.  Supplements are to fill a deficiency in your diet, not to boost something with the hope that too much makes things better.  That said, I do have certain brands of supplements my doctors recommended for me that I do talk about from time to time.  I like these brands due to my own research and I have spoken directly to the manufacturers.

Medical Disclaimer

While the publisher and author have used their best efforts in writing and preparing this website, no representation or warranties exist with the respect to the accuracy and completeness of this website, or that the contents apply to your current health or form of disease.  The advice, research, diet, and plan may not be appropriate for all patients.  A medical doctor should always assist you in making any treatment decisions and patients should always be under the care and supervision of a physician.  You should never make treatment decisions on your own without consulting a physician.  Neither the author nor the publisher are liable for any medical decisions made based on the contents of this website.  This includes special, incidental, consequential, or any other kinds of damage or liability.

 

Patients should always be under the care of a physician and defer to their physician for any and all treatment decisions.  This website is not meant to replace a physician’s advice, supervision, and counsel.  No information on the website should be construed as medical advice.  All medical decisions should be made by the patient and a qualified physician.  This website is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE.

Affiliate Links

Some companies operate affiliate programs, meaning if you purchase the product or service by following a link on our site we could receive a commission. There are often conditions on time, visits and other factors that frequently negate any commission.  We use a tool that automatically checks if link destinations have affiliate programs available. If they do, the tool modifies the link to use the available program.

 

Our main focus is to provide convenient links to reputable sources for the product/service we use and believe in. Operating an affiliate program is not a condition for linking: keen pricing, service, and reputation is. We use the commission we receive to support the site, video production, and donate to the National Kidney Fund. It also allows us to reduce our reliance on advertising.

Collaborate with Dadvice TV

Are you a dietitian, doctor, health care professional, or someone who would like to work with Dadvice TV on a collaboration video or to help reach a larger audience with your positive, helpful, fact-based knowledge/experience? Then reach out using the Contact Form and let's see if there is a fit.  Dadvice TV is an excellent platform for renal dietitians to reach the kidney community.

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