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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an extremely common syndrome (not a disease). This talk will review ways to proactively screen for CKD and the crucial need to identify the cause of the problem (including when to recommend a kidney biopsy and imaging) and prevent/treat that. The problems with eGFR and how to correct them (including using creatinine clearance testing) will be detailed. The lack of conventional options for preventing and reversing most cases of CKD, and the ample naturopathic options, particularly nephroprotective/regenerative herbs, will be presented. Case studies will be used to highlight effective naturopathic treatment of diabetic nephropathy, hypertensive nephropathy, IgA nephropathy, and FSGS in particular – all common causes of CKD.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Yarnell (Bastyr ’96) is chief medical officer at NW Naturopathic Urology, president of Heron Botanicals and Red Root Pharmaceuticals, chief creativity officer at Wild Brilliance Press, and assistant clinical researcher at Bastyr University. He has written numerous textbooks and articles and lectures widely.

*Certified by the WANP for 1.5 Category 1 continuing education credit for Washington NDs*

(Originally presented on March 18, 2021)