Kidney Patients Sound Alarm: The Rising Phosphorus Threat to National Health. Millions of people worldwide suffer from kidney disease, which presents serious difficulties for public health systems. One of the less well-known but equally important issues for renal sufferers is the body's buildup of phosphorus. A nationwide health alert on phosphorus has been issued by renal patients and medical experts in response to this quiet menace, realising the critical need for treatment and knowledge of phosphorus's harmful effects on general health.