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That Damn Dialysis is a book by Cindy Barclay, CEO of Quality Dialysis. This book is definitely a must have publication that reflects the great ordeal and the day to day life style for those who share a common situation or health status.

Cledus B. Washington, Jr. is an attractive, hardworking, 50-year-old man with a great sense of humor and whose world is turned upside down when he becomes a statistic amongst the 20.6 million Americans who are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease each year. As he comes to grips with his illness, his girlfriend leaves him, his mother tries to take over his life, and his financial security is severely compromised as his world shrinks down to monitoring the buzzing sound of his ""lifeline"" that confirms he is alive.

Cledus’ story is told with compassion and humor that encompasses the uncertainty, the fears, and the frustration of day-to-day living while coping with this disease. Readers will share the journey with Cledus as he faces his challenges, and relates his frustration, his feelings of isolation and his courage as he deals with the life-sustaining confinement of a dialysis machine. Through a maze of medical examinations, physician consultations, and endless diagnostic tests, he learns about his disease, treatment options, and how to trust his heart again.

"I enjoyed reading ‘That Damn Dialysis’ immensely! Cledus Washington is a real down-to-earth person suffering with chronic kidney disease and learns how to live with it. I have been in the field of Nephrology since its infancy, just over thirty-five years, and have noticed that unfortunately there are occasions when healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, etc.,), treat patients with chronic kidney disease as if they are in a vacuum. The star character, Cledus Washington, shows he is a real person, with a real life. He demonstrates how he learns to live with the disease and yet still enjoy his life—being on dialysis doesn’t take over his life!

I look forward to finding out how Cledus deals with his kidney transplant.

Excellent reading material; a great story combined with easy to read medical knowledge.”

—Charles K. Crumb M.D. Nephrologist

Moore’s most recent film is not just an inoculative needle prick about the ills of the American health-care system, it is a far more invasive undertaking that delicately picks apart all of the wrongs and injustices predicated by the inherent greed and capitalistic lust that underlies social policy in the United States.

Using average American citizens as his surgical tools, he dissects the systematic political artifice to find insurance companies that rob the sick and dying, politicians that cheat the elderly, a lack of social concern for future generations, blatant imperialism, murder, and disrespect for those who have sacrificed when the United States government failed to care for other people.

Most notably, Moore does not only travel around the United States for his documentary. He also travels to England, France, Canada, and Cuba. What he found in those places were people who felt profoundly sorry for Americans, people who asked how a country as powerful as the United States could abandon its most vulnerable citizens at their time of need. The highlight of the film is undoubtedly Moore’s surprise trip to Cuba with three boat-loads of sick people in need of treatment. Moore does an excellent job of destroying the myths and stereotypes that are often perpetrated by the American media about these countries and the people who live there.

Unfortunately, SiCKO does not offer any solutions to the problems posed in the film. But, what it does do is make you feel angry and confrontational enough to go out and demand some answers and solutions from the powers-that-be.

-Healthbase Online Inc.