TV kidney donor show revealed as hoax to provoke debate on organ shortages - Guardian
"It was decried as the show that would break the reality TV format's back. The makers of the Dutch De Grote Donorshow (The Big Donor Show) promised a one-off programme in which a terminally ill woman would chose which of three contestants would receive her kidneys when she died.
But last night the show, which sparked worldwide controversy, was revealed to be a hoax staged by Endemol Netherlands and the public broadcaster BNN to raise awareness about organ donation in the Netherlands.
"If the Big Donor Show had been real, it would indeed have been shocking but facts illustrate that the reality is far more so," said Paul Romer, managing director of Endemol Netherlands.
"In staging this programme our goal has been to promote a debate about this crisis in the Netherlands. We have succeeded in spades."
The hoax was announced at the end of last night's show, which showed the "donor", identified only as Lisa, 37, "selecting" the recipient of her kidney based on their history, profile and conversations with their families and friends.
Lisa, 37, was revealed as an actor by the programme makers, but the three patients involved were genuine cases who were fully aware of the stunt and supported the programme's aims."
What a pity people are not told about the main reasons for kidney impairment and the need for kidney translants! - The kidneys of children are harmed by high salt intake. When adults develop kidney impairment I believe it is likely to have been the result of taking powerful prescribed medications (like prednisolone or other steroids, like HRT, like antidepressants like amitriptyline) that cause sodium retention and water/fluid retention, and eating salt or salty food while taking the medication, or by eating salt and/or salty food while pregnant. Eating salty food is very harmful to people who are sensitive to salt. - You can read about these vulnerable groups here - http://www.wildeaboutsteroids.co.uk/vulnerable_groups.html
What happens is that the blood vessels become weakened and distended by an abnormally high blood volume - high because of excess sodium and excess water held in it . - This high blood volume (which, of course, produces obesity) with its excess of sodium and water, is a strain on the kidneys (and the liver and the heart and, indeed, ALL the organs and systems of the body) and they gradually function less and less efficiently.
To reduce the risk of developing these problems, or to reduce their severity, it is necessary to eat less salt and salty food. - Even if you do not eat much salt, you still need to eat LESS salt. - If you can possibly stop eating any added salt at all, that would be best. - Your body would not suffer if you gave up added salt entirely, because every morsel of food eaten, and every drop of water drunk, contains a very small amount of sodium and chloride (the constituent parts of salt, which is sodium chloride) and this is sufficient for your body's needs, because it does not need much salt.
Lose weight by eating less salt! Go on! - Try it! - You will feel so much better!
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