I have been a nephrologist (kidney doctor), for nearly 20 years and am responsible for the care of 100 patients in Sonoma County with end-stage renal disease, or kidney failure. Patients on dialysis need to be hooked up to machines that replicate the function of the kidneys a minimum of three times a week for three or four hours at a time to filter toxins from their blood and fluid from their bodies. Without dialysis, they will die.

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