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Posted on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 10:05 a.m.

Ypsilanti woman plans Ann Arbor pub crawl for a cause

By Staff

Columnist Terry Foster of The Detroit News today writes about an Ypsilanti woman doing a special "pub crawl" this week for a cause: National Kidney Day and an effort to get people to join an organ-donor registry.

Melinda Price will make appearances at several downtown Ann Arbor watering holes to raise awareness of the cause.

Read the full article from The Detroit News here.


Sarah Rigg

Thu, Mar 8, 2012 : 2:06 p.m.

Beer drinking actually has one health benefit for kidneys: it's associated with lower incidence of kidney stones. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Thu, Mar 8, 2012 : 7:51 p.m.

Alcohol's impact on kidney function <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Drinking Alcohol and Your Kidneys More than 20 million Americans have kidney disease. Kidney disease is often &quot;silent&quot; in its early stages. This means that you may not see or feel any symptoms. For many people, kidney disease can often be treated when detected early. People who have an increased risk of developing kidney disease should have a test for protein in their urine and a blood test to check their level of kidney function. Drinking alcohol can hurt your kidneys in many ways and can increase the chance of needing dialysis.4, 5, 6 It may damage the kidney cells. It increases your chance of developing HBP, a leading cause of kidney disease. Drinking alcohol can interfere with your medicines and make it harder to control your pressure. Drinking alcohol can cause the kidneys to increase urinary output. This can lead to dehydration. More than two drinks a day can cause a rise in blood pressure.7, 8 The carbohydrate load from drinking can cause obesity. This could increase the risk of diabetes and diabetic kidney disease. Drinking can interfere with the blood chemistries and increase the ability of the body to protect the kidneys.9 Many people who drink are more likely to smoke. Smoking also causes kidney disease. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>

E Claire

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 9:02 p.m.

And btw, most cases of kidney failure are due to diabetes, high blood pressure and polycystic kidney disease, not alcohol abuse.


Thu, Mar 8, 2012 : 7:56 p.m.

All those diseases can start from, or are exacerbated by, alcohol consumption and abuse. Alcohol is a dangerous drug and taking it does in fact damage the kidneys, liver, and other internal organs. There is far more evidence that it does than doesn't

E Claire

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 8:58 p.m.

In response to Hmm....last time I went to a bar, no one held me down and made me drink excessive amounts of alcohol. People make the choice to drink excessively, not the bar or the store where they purchase alcohol. One can choose to go into a bar and have one drink or to drink a coke. Kudos to Ms Price for her extremely unselfish act and for her efforts to help others. And Kudos to Terry Foster for getting the word out.


Thu, Mar 8, 2012 : 7:46 p.m.

That was my point killabee, thank you for understanding that!


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 9:48 p.m.

Except that &quot;pub crawl&quot; refers to the act of getting so drunk you have to crawl. If you go and aren't drinking, then you aren't really participating in the &quot;crawl&quot; aspect of it. I'd agree with the kudos, it just seems like an odd way of going about it.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 7:12 p.m.

So let me get this straight in order to fight kidney disease they're going to go out and drink copious amounts of alcohol and damage their kidney's further? Makes about as much sense as going to a hookah bar and raising money for lung cancer research. To the organizer and also to anyone who did not know it, chronic alcohol abuse damages liver and kidney functions severely. Many of the people that currently need dialysis are there because they were heavy drinkers and their bodies gave out from excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. I am not knocking this idea, gaining attention and money for a worthy cause is always a good and honorable thing to do, however I do not agree with the plan to patronize establishments that are a large cause of the problem you are trying to alleviate.

N. Todd

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 8:53 p.m.

I'm inclined to agree with you. Kind of a weird story as the article also states the kidney transplant recipient opened two saloons.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 5:23 p.m.

Another great locally written piece with a link that does NOT work, keep up the fantastic journalism!

Bob Needham

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 6:15 p.m.

sorry, the link is fixed. thanks