Tipping Point: Mysterious Kidney Disease in Central America


vision_nicaraguaSeveral times each year members of Bent Creek Baptist Church travel to Nicaragua to visit our friends there and help provide for their material and spiritual needs. One of the greatest burdens on Nicaraguans living along the Pacific coast is a disease called “chronic kidney disease of unknown origin” or CKDu. The locals call it “creatinina” — the Spanish word for creatinine, the enzyme that helps doctors evaluate kidney function.

Now, thanks to a news report by CNN, awareness of CKDu is becoming widespread. After years of ignorance and apathy clouded by obfuscation the news media is reporting this life taking condition. We pray this will lead to better research and treatment.

To prepare for our next trip to Nicaragua, a barbecue lunch fundraiser will be held on June 29th at noon after the morning worship service. Please join us and support this important BCBC mission.

You can learn more about CKDu on YouTube. A recently published study suggests an association between the chemical in “Roundup” (glyphosate), high ground water hardness, and CKDu. You can read more about this here and here. Earlier this year, Sri Lanka moved to partially ban the use of glyphosate-based herbicides.