WKD: Propaganda or Facts?!

Written by Meguid El Nahas on Wednesday, 08 March 2017. Posted in OLA Blog

WKD: Propaganda or Facts?!

The 2017 WKD theme is Obesity and CKD implying a link between the incidence, progression and outcomes of CKD and Obesity.

Whilst I am aware of links between Obesity and the Metabolic syndrome, and between the metabolic Syndrome and microalbuminuria...,

I am not fully aware of strong evidence to suggest:

1. Higher incidence of significant CKD = CKD3b

2. Faster rate of CKD progression from CKD3 to 5 in Obese individuals

3. Increased CKD Mortality in Obese in individuals

4. Increased CKD Cardiovascular morbidity in Obese individuals

In fact, there is considerable evidence to the contrary, that OBESITY IS PROTECTIVE IN CKD against morbidity and mortality...

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27190330

So, I ask myself is WKD themes a form of propaganda...fake news...to convey a message based on weak, flawed or even inaccurate information...as long as the message is populist; Obesity is BAD...so it must be BAD for the kidneys....BAD for CKD patients...BAD all round...as expected in popular discourse...

A few years ago...the WKD Theme was DRINKING WATER WAS GOOD FOR THE KIDNEYS....another fallacy based on no evidence and playing into the populist myth that drinking a lot of water is good for your kidneys...?! TOTALLY UN-EVIDENCE BASED!

So...in the ear of post truth and fake news and conviction by propaganda, the Nephrology world and profession is giving into that trend...the trend of Trump...Brexit...and other propaganda and fake news driven messages...that convince, without evidence...and convey false messages and evidence...those unaware...

So why is WKD and those behind this noble annual initiative chosing misleading themes...is it out of ignorance...that would be unforgivable for such highly placed leaders in the field...or is it to purposely mislead and play on people's established conviction to reinforce them...albeit by misinformation...to raise the profile of CKD...?!

I AM CONFUSED AND DISAPPOINTED...PROPAGANDA SEEM TO BE BE EVERYWHERE...FACST ARE LOST...FAKE FACTS DOMINATE...OUR WORLD, EVEN THAT OF NEPHROLOGY AND WKD!

 

Meguid El Nahas

Professor Meguid El Nahas PhD, FRCP

Chief Editor, OLA Director

Professor El Nahas was born in Cairo, Egypt and undertook his undergraduate medical education in...

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