RSN Salutes March, Kidney Month On YouTube with 'Seymour Jones and the Temple of Chronic Kidney Disease' A Comedic Side-Splitting Video Which Delivers A Life-Saving Message On Kidney Disease

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The Renal Support Network (RSN) is marking the month of March, National Kidney Month, with their YouTube short video "Seymour Jones and the Temple of Chronic Kidney Disease," which brings side-splitting attention in a series of "dark" comedic sketches while delivering a life-saving message to watch for early signs of kidney disease. RSN film was written and directed by actor Stephen Furst, who starred in TV series "St Elsewhere." See http://www.RSNhope.org

Seymour Jones and the Temple of Chronic Kidney Disease

Do you know the warning signs of chronic kidney disease (CKD), which currently threatens 46 million people in the USA? In a series of "dark" comedic sketches in the new six-minute short film -- "Seymour Jones and the Temple of Chronic Kidney Disease" -- the patient-run and patient-focused Renal Support Network (http://www.RSNhope.org) powerfully shows the crucial time frame of recognizing the early warning signs of kidney disease such as swollen ankles, that metallic taste in your mouth, a yellow-tinge to your skin and other marked symptoms. March 13 is World Kidney Day and RSN (http://www.RSNhope.org) urges all those at risk to get tested.

The video, produced by RSN for special awareness during the month of March -- National Kidney Month -- is up and running on YouTube (Keyword: Renal Support Network) and RSNhope.org/1weKAN/KidneyAwareness.php. This informative and hard-hitting RSN film short, written and directed by Stephen Furst (he directed Babylon 5, Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure, Dragon Storm, Path of Destruction, starred on TV series St. Elsewhere) grabs attention with vivid demonstrations of the symptoms of kidney disease, set in a newscaster's dream sequence -- à la Scrooge -- from which he wakes up a changed man and urges the audience to get tested for chronic kidney disease

As a supplement to the film, the audience is encouraged to visit RSNhope.org to take a quiz to learn more about chronic kidney disease and see about their own possible risk. The two leading causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, and everyone with these causes is urged to see their doctor for a GFR (Globular Filtration Rate) assessment which can indicate the presence of chronic kidney disease.

National Kidney Month is the time for all people to increase their kidney awareness. One in 7 Americans -- 26 million -- have kidney disease and another 20 million are at risk of developing it. Early diagnosis and treatment dramatically improves the chances of living a healthful, longer life, and improved diet and exercise can help eliminate the risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

ABOUT RSN:
Renal Support Network (RSN) offers informative, often entertaining patient-directed programs that bring health, happiness and hope into the lives of others affected by chronic kidney disease, whether in its early stages, on dialysis or after a kidney transplant. RSN programs include Renal Teen Prom (to be next held in Washington, D.C. on May 10, 2008), Kidney Talk Internet radio show(wwwRSNhope.org), Kidney Times, KidneySpace, weKAN, HOPEline, PEPP Patient Speakers, Patient Meetings, Live & Give Newsletter, and much more.

The Renal Support Network provides non-medical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). RSN is a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that strives to help patients develop their personal coping skills, special talents, and employability by educating and empowering them (and their family members) to take control of the course and management of the disease. For more information, please visit RSN on the web at http://www.RSNhope.org.

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