I haven't been on the RenalWeb site for some time. Gary Peterson had being using it for dialysis and healthcare related news items. I noticed today that there is a farewell message from Gary. He is closing the daily update.
Damn. What a read. It's hard to think about, but if you look at the technology and practices of now decades ago, it really makes you wonder where this field should be at this point.
Stack that with the technology that other countries are already using. Feels bad man.
I'll admit that I do see a lot of love for the patients in the clinics. No question of that on the ground level. But on a corporate level, dialysis really is about the bottom line, and the concept of renal rehabilitation is a dead one.
It is really sad to experience the decline in kidney care. I believe that the RO systems I made 40+ years ago served patients better than what exists today. Definitely the home patients back then received better care than today. There is a dearth of integrity across much of industry and the majority of governments on all levels. The future looks very bleak. Money seems to rule everything. Our experience with Covid is a supreme example as the virus manufacturers make billions as the world suffers. The lack of scientific literacy in our Congress is extreme and the media isn't much better. Tell me, who believes in truth and integrity anymore?
I used to think that we were experiencing the second "Dark Ages." Today I would call it the "Black Ages" as this is the color of most clothing and a frightening number of vehicles today.
For decades I have heard the advice "Don't worry, be happy" as civilization slides into decline. I can't disagree that it is healthier to not focus on the negative, but how can any sensible person dismiss the decline of our civilization. The tripling of the world population is the ultimate cause. Our fecundity has overwhelmed the earth.