Health Directives To Prepare For Surgery and/or Recovery
July 7, 2011|
My BFF is going through chemo. A lot of people in my life have had to have surgeries this year. I’ve also witnessed a couple of motorcycle and bike/car accidents lately. No one is exempt from pain and suffering. We can all be victims of accidents, and some have been injured in one of the wars. Others may end up having cancer surgeries or radiation or back, joint, dental, or other surgeries—including elective procedures like plastic surgery. The smart thing to do is be prepared for any eventuality by maintaining optimal health and creating “health directives” in the event we face a catastrophic health crisis.
If you’re having a procedure, your surgeon will supply you with a list of herbs, supplements, and drugs that prevent blood coagulation that shouldn’t be taken two weeks prior to surgery. He/she will write you prescriptions. In other words, for two weeks you’ll have to deprive yourself of therapeutic oils and other vital nutrients. Then you’ll be forced to bombard your body with drugs and you’ll be given copious amounts of toxic drugs while under anesthesia, and probably during recovery, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to have to stay in the hospital, one of the most dangerous places on earth. All of this is necessary but counterproductive to our goals of preventing and reversing accelerated aging.
But you can prepare your body for this onslaught and take steps to aid in the healing process after your surgery, or if you’re faced with recovery from injury.
Take Your Own Food To The Hospital
When you are sick or injured you want everything that goes into your body to be organic and densely nutritious. Hospital food is on par with prison food. It’s factory food and contains MSG. It’s incomprehensible that hospitals would feed sick and injured people poison. But it’s not likely to change, so discuss this issue with those who are close to you. Make a pact that if you end up in the hospital that you’ll promise to bring each other food, including animal proteins and butter . . . really get those doctors heads spinning You need proteins and fats to rebuild, as our goal is to build up more than we break down.
Some of These Foods Should Be Enzymatic
Enzymes are essential to life because they are biochemical catalysts of cellular function both inside and outside of cells. Without enzymes no biochemical activity would take place. Vitamins, minerals, and hormones cannot perform in the body without enzymes. Factory food is dead. You want to eat real, whole living foods, in particular raw milk, cheese and cream, raw fruits and veggies (see veggie juice below), and spirulina and chlorella.
Throughout history people fermented food as a way of preservation, which serendipitously created beneficial microorganisms. Fermented foods facilitate digestion, and their enzymes increase the absorption of nutrition, which is extra important if you’re healing. Fermented foods boost your immune system and provide friendly intestinal flora to your gut, which prevents the growth of unfriendly bacteria, yeast, mold, and fungi. (See probiotics below.) Examples of enzyme-rich, fermented foods are sauerkraut, veggie-kraut, kefir, kim-chee, kombucha tea, yogurt, raw apple cider vinegar, and pickles.
Sooo healing and yummy too. Make bone broth by simmering any kind of bones in purified water with a dash of vinegar, which helps draw out the minerals. Sipping bone broth on your recovery bed will provide your body with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals, glucosamine and chondroiton.
Antibiotics annihilate friendly flora in your gut. Probiotics are the opposite of antibiotics. Probiotics are the natural, beneficial, live, friendly bacteria that will restore a proper intestinal balance of billions of colony-forming microbiological organisms in your gut—Lactobacillus acidophilus andbifidobacterium. Probiotics can also help the body to produce cytokine cells that can up‑regulate your immune system to fight infection.
These oils are cod liver oil, primrose, borage, black current, red palm oil, coconut oil, and Activator X (also known as X Factor), which is the therapeutic butter from grass grazing cows that contains Vitamin D, A, and K—antioxidants that prevent free radical oxidation. Find out when you can resume these oils after surgery and start ASAP. Coconut oil is not blood thinning and can be consumed throughout.
Green Veggie Juice
When you are exposed to drugs, CT scans and other medical modalities your body is bombarded with free radicals which go to work immediately oxidizing DNA and cellular structures. You can always take supplements—and I take a full spectrum of supplements every day—but green veggie juice is real, living nutrition that defends your body against free radical destruction.
The nutrients in veggies are locked behind hard cellular walls. You can access the nutrition by chewing your veggies to mush in your mouth, but no one ever does that. Cooking unleashes nutrition but also destroys some of the nutritional value. The best way to get your veggie nutrition is to juice non-starchy veggies, which thoroughly breaks down the cellular walls. Live liquid nutrients from juiced veggies contain enzymes that aid in the digestive process so that your body absorbs more of these vital nutrients.
Medicine is majorly acidic. The human body strives for a delicate pH balance, which allows all the repair processes such as making new cells, membranes, tissues, enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters to take place. Drinking fresh juice helps maintain the homeostatic pH of your body.
Arnica (aka Arnica montana) is a perennial herb that reduces muscle soreness, bruising and inflammation. You can apply arnica as cream or ointment, or take it in pill form.
Detox your liver from anesthesia with milk thistle, also known as silymarin. Milk thistle protects and improves liver function. Have it on hand before you go in for your surgery so you’ll have it when you get home. Along with milk thistle, make sure to drink plenty of purified water.
Our bodies need hydration every day because water is the principal constituent of all body fluids, is essential for proper metabolic functioning, and is necessary to flush toxins. Dehydration causes sluggish blood, which clogs microscopic vessels and can contribute to clotting, heart attack and stroke. Dehydration is a major cause of accelerated aging. So you want to stay hydrated by drinking one half of your body weight in ounces of water every day, especially if you are healing.
You’re in pain, groggy, lying in bed, feeling like road kill and on top of it you’re constipated. Painkillers and many other prescription drugs come with the lovely side effect of constipation, which isa serious assault on your body and your overall health. Constipation is the paralysis of your GI tract, which leaves you with undigested food caught midway, causing tummy aches, bloating, cramping, and gas and resulting in poor nutrition assimilation and increased toxicity. This leads to inflammation, serious GI problems, compromised immune function, and all kinds of illnesses, which is obviously not good if you’re trying to heal. Your doctor may give you laxatives, which are abrasive and contain even more toxins. Magnesium relaxes the muscles of peristalsis naturally and safely.
Of course you should also be taking a full spectrum of antioxidant rich supplements, which are all covered in my book Healthy, Sexy, Happy. Whether your recovery is a week or two or a year or more, giving your body what it needs to heal will speed up this arduous process.
Peace, Fun, Love.
Your girlfriend in health,