by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© August 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
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The best of conventional medical care. Some operations are absolutely amazing, and surgeons are among the most skilled of doctors.
However, there are problems with all surgery. Surgeons are all aware of these. I mention them so you will know about them before discussing surgery with a doctor. Not all doctors inform people about all of them.
Preparing. I receive many requests for information about surgeries, including when it is necessary, planning and how to prepare for it using nutritional balancing science. This article answers many of these questions.
If surgery is needed, a complete nutritional balancing program can help greatly to reduce the risks of any surgery. It can:
- help the body resist infections.
- speed up healing after surgery.
- reduce pain and swelling.
- reduce adhesions and scarring.
- prevent some problems of improper blood clotting.
- assist formation of collateral circulation.
- reduce the chances for a fatal heart attack by balancing the autonomic nervous system.
- remove nutritional imbalances that cause surgical failures, poor wound healing, and other complications.
Planning can make a great difference in surgical outcome. This is known in a few hospitals that insist that all patients prepare for surgery by taking certain vitamins and minerals, or by eating certain foods.
Among the most important are:
1. Safety. Martin Makary, MD from John Hopkins School of Medicine, reviewed all pertinent studies of surgery since 1999. He found that surgery caused 251,454 deaths per year in the United States alone. This makes surgery the third leading cause of death in America.
2. Exposure to toxic drugs including anesthesia, antibiotics and others.
3. Errors. In spite of efforts to minimize surgical errors such as the removal of the wrong kidney, or leaving instruments or sponges inside patients, surgical errors occur rather often.
4. Sometimes unnecessary. A lot of surgery is unnecessary and/or not too effective. According to medical statistics, among the most unnecessary surgeries are back surgeries, hysterectomies and arthroscopic knee surgeries.
Unnecessary surgeries cost America as much as 75 billion dollars a year, again according to medical statistics. If a person follows a nutritional balancing program, the need for surgery is further reduced.
I formerly recommended surgery for ovarian cysts and uterine fibroid tumors if they cause problems. However, in the past year we found that a complete nutritional balancing program with vaginal coffee implants appear to dissolve these tumors without requiring surgery.
Let us discuss the problems of surgery in more detail.
1. All surgery is an attack or wound on the body, even if it saves your life. As a result, the following always occurs:
a.) Nutritional depletion. The shock of any surgery depletes nutrients from the body. Recovering from surgical wounds always requires extra nutrients.
This is known, but for the most part, the medical community ignores this research. This is most unfortunate. In my experience with surgical cases, those who are well-nourished heal far more rapidly and thoroughly than average, often in half the time.
b) Shock reactions are possible. Shock kills a lot of surgical patients. Shock reactions are impossible to avoid altogether, and one never knows if shock will occur. It can be triggered by cutting a nerve or major artery, or even just manipulating certain tissues and organs. Major blood loss, trauma to a part of the body, infection, or other complications during and after surgery can all contribute.
In older patients, just the psychological stress and fear of surgery can be a factor causing a shock reaction. Some people are terrified of anesthesia. At times, the operating room is too cold or too stuffy. Careful attention to warmth, fresh air, a caring manner on the part of the surgeon and assistants, not speaking negatively during surgery, and relaxing the patient before surgery can help avoid some of these shock factors, but not all of them.
2. All surgery exposes a person to many infections. This is a major problem with all surgery, especially major surgery with the body cavity wide open to the air for hours. Infection from surgery is a common occurrence that can easily take one’s life.
Infections can come from the air in the operating room, unclean operating instruments, or the surgeon’s hands if a glove breaks, which they occasionally do. They can also come from a sneeze or cough by the surgeons or nurses, or even a flake of skin from the surgeon’s face or hair area that is not protected.
Other sources are dust or dirt on a machine the surgeon or anesthetist is using, since machines are used more and more. These include x-ray machines, other scanners, robotic arms, life support equipment and much more. Even the water used to wash out wounds, the gauze used to wipe the wound, bandages, and other items can carry germs, even when they are supposedly sterilized.
Infection also often arises after surgery from bed sheets, the air in the recovery room, other people walking near your bed, and equipment used in recovery rooms.
3. Surgery exposes the body to numerous drugs, in most cases. If possible, ask for local anesthetics for this reason. Anesthesia drugs often affect the brain and nervous system, reducing a person’s quality of life, at times for the duration of one’s life. Some day, perhaps acupuncture anesthesia will be employed, and is much less harmful to the body.
Anesthesia problems are at least of two general types. One is acute effects on the brain, in particular, that occur during the operation when the amount of drugs in the body is high. The other type is chronic effects from drug residues that remain in the body for years.
Brain damage. Any long surgery damages the brain. This is because anesthesia works by depressing brain activity. Getting all of it out of the brain afterwards is very difficult.
Antibiotics are also used liberally after many types of surgery. We find many of them are quite toxic. Ask for as few antibiotics as possible, after surgery. Surgeons may be loathe to “wait and see” if antibiotics are needed, but this is best if you are following a nutritional balancing program, since you will be much less prone to infection after surgery.
Other toxic products used during and after surgery may include toxic soaps and cleaning solutions, muscle and nerve relaxants, tranquilizers, IV solutions, and perhaps many others.
Nutritional balancing support can help the liver and kidneys remove these drugs faster and more effectively. Otherwise, some drugs persist in the body for years, weakening the body and brain.
4. Venous stasis during long operations due to a lack of movement by the patient. This is sometimes a problem because the patient is unconscious, hard to move, and usually has no place to be moved or turned over. As a result, blood can pool in the legs or other places. This impairs circulation and can increase the risk of blood clots or emboli (see below).
5. Blood clots that can plug up an artery. These may occur for at least four reasons:
a) Surgeons must often tie off arteries and veins that must be cut in order to reach deeper body structures or to remove diseased organs. This disturbs the artery or vein and can cause a small piece of plaque or cholesterol to break off and enter the general circulation.
b) Surgeons must often manipulate and handle delicate organs and other structures inside the body.
c) As mentioned above, surgical patients must lie down motionless, often for hours during surgery. They often must also lay in bed for hours or days afterwards. This impairs circulation and is known to increase the risk of venous stasis and blood clots.
d) The use of certain drugs during, and perhaps before and after surgery, may also increase the risk of blood clots.
For all these reasons, a tiny piece of plaque in an artery or vein can break loose and float through the blood and lodge in the heart, lungs or brain. This causes a heart attack, a pulmonary embolism or a stroke, respectively. All of these events can be lethal.
6. The risk of uncontrolled bleeding or hemorrhaging. This is an important risk of some types of surgery involving organs or areas of the body that have a good blood supply. It is also easy for a surgeon to nick an artery or vein without even realizing it, since some surgery is quite delicate.
Also, bleeding can occur simply due to manipulating and moving around the tissues, especially in an older, unhealthy person. Such bleeding may stop by itself, but it may not stop, requiring more surgery to stop the bleeding.
7. Scarring or adhesions after surgery. This happens very often, especially with surgery to the intestinal tract, nervous system, and kidneys. Scarring and adhesions after surgery, even the best surgery, can cause chronic pain, intestinal blockage, and other problems.
Some scarring is common. However, if the body is healthy and balanced, particularly the metabolism of zinc and copper, there will be less of it. I know this because our clients sometimes report that their skin scars fade away when they follow a nutritional balancing program.
8. Inadequate healing or recovery after surgery. Surgery may go well, but the patient’s wound site may not close and heal well. This is also common. This can leave open sores, improperly fused bones, layers of tissues that do not bond correctly or adhere, scars, sclerosis and fibrosis. All of these can leave the patient disabled to some degree.
In this arena, nutritional balancing is quite amazing, in my experience. Even just improving the diet with more cooked vegetables, and more rest can have a significant impact on the rate and quality of tissue healing and regeneration after surgery.
9. Nutrient depletion. Surgery always results in nutrient depletion. Reasons for this are:
a) The stress and trauma of surgery forces the body to use up more nutrients.
b) One’s eating schedule is often disrupted before and after surgery. Some of this is by doctor’s orders, and some can be due to lack of appetite, nausea as the body tries to clear anesthetics and other drugs, or for other reasons.
c) The use of anesthetic drugs, antibiotics, or other medications can deplete nutrients acutely. In addition, drug residues from surgery can interfere with proper digestion and absorption of nutrients for weeks or longer after surgery.
d) So far, I am not impressed with the quality of most hospital food.
Improving the diet and taking extra nutrients before and after surgery is therefore ALWAYS helpful.
10. Surgery tends to cut through some acupuncture meridians, and other subtle anatomical structures. This may or may not be a problem, but it does occur.
11. Surgical errors and other mistakes before, during and after surgery. These are common. Surgery is a complex process requiring preparation, administration of numerous drugs, at times, lengthy recoveries, at times, rehabilitation, and more. All of these processes can go wrong.
SURGICAL ERRORS, AND HOW TO HELP PREVENT THEM
About 20 people a week get surgery on the wrong arm, the wrong leg or the wrong lung. About another 20 per week have surgery on the right spot, but they get the wrong operation. About 39 times per week, a surgeon accidentally leaves something inside a patient, such as a piece of surgical equipment. This all adds up to about 4000 surgical mistakes every year!
One cannot totally prevent these mistakes. However, here are several steps you can take to minimize them:
1. When discussing surgery with a doctor, bring an “advocate” or “historian” with you, especially if the patient is elderly or ill. Someone should write down everything the doctor tells the patient such as the name of the operation, where it is, how it will be done, and so forth. This person should then accompany the patient in the hospital as much as possible, keeping an eye on things, checking drugs and checking the chart to make sure everything is done right.
2. Invest in a magic marker. While it may seem unusual, it is fine to mark on your body with a circle where the operation is to be, and tell the doctor to look for it.
3. Meet your doctor. Ask to speak with the surgeon just before surgery begins, and don’t let them start the anesthesia until you do this. Tell him you have a last minute question. The question is not so important. What is important is that he knows who you are, and what procedure will be done. If the doctor looks puzzled or surprised, get out fast.
4. Hold a family meeting about this now. Be prepared if someone needs emergency surgery to follow the steps above. Tell everyone in the family to watch everything the doctors do, since the family member undergoing surgery may not be able to do so.
By following a complete nutritional balancing program, many surgeries can be totally avoided. These may include joint replacement or other joint surgery, some hysterectomies, prostate surgery, tonsillectomies, most cancer surgery including skin cancers, bypass operations, eye surgery, and many others. Please keep this in mind if surgery has been recommended to you.
Surgeries that are necessary include emergencies such as broken bones and other results of accidents, and hemorrhoid surgery if the problem is severe and not responding to a nutritional balancing program. Clearing out hemorrhoids will allow one to do coffee enemas on a nutritional balancing program, and this is a great benefit of this type of surgery for some people.
SUMMARY OF THE BENEFITS OF NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAMS
A complete nutritional balancing program will help anyone to completely avoid many types of surgery. This, of course, is the best way to reduce surgical risks.
If surgery is needed, fewer complications will tend to occur. This is because they body will be much better nourished. If a complication occurs, such as bleeding or infection, it will tend to be less severe and handled more easily. Surgical recovery will also tend to be faster and less eventful.
If one should need emergency surgery, a well-nourished and well-balanced body chemistry will survive all types of accidents, injuries and surgeries much better, in my experience.
A NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAM BEFORE SURGERY IS BEST
If you know you must have surgery, I suggest beginning the Free Nutritional Balancing Program at once. If you have three weeks or more before surgery is scheduled, contact one of the Approved Practitioners and begin a complete nutritional balancing program.
This will enhance your overall health much better than any other method that I am aware of. If you are fortunate, it might even reduce or eliminate the need for the surgery, depending on the nature of the operation.
The instructions below are mainly for those who are not following a nutritional balancing program.
1. If you are already following a nutritional balancing program, stay on the entire program. Do not stop it before surgery, and continue it as soon as possible after surgery.
2. If you are not on a nutritional balancing program, begin immediately to follow the Slow Oxidizer Diet. Most people are slow oxidizers. A few are fast oxidizers and need more fat and oils in their diet.
3. Do foot reflexology sessions, at least two daily, for a few days before surgery and at least a few days afterwards. Ideally, have a friend or family member assist you after surgery because you will usually be somewhat weak and tired.
4. Be sure you are well-hydrated before and after surgery. Drink spring water, ideally. Second-best is carbon or sand filtered-only tap water. Water in plastic bottles is fine. Adults need about 3 quarts or 3 liters of water daily, and children need less.
Do not drink reverse osmosis water, distilled water, alkaline water or other designer waters. In most cases, they are not as good. For details, read Water For Drinking on this website.
5. Use a red heat lamp preferably before surgery, and on the wound site after surgery. This can speed the healing of wounds and may reduce a tendency for infection. The energy of a standard 250-watt red incandescent ‘heat lamp’ is very compatible with human physiology and acts as a type of nutrient. Do not use other types of lamps such as halogen bulbs or red LEDs.
6. Right before surgery, if possible, a nurse or other person should perform a colonic irrigation on the patient. An alternative would be a standard water enema to clean out the colon.
An enema before surgery was formerly standard practice. Now it is ignored, or perhaps a laxative is given.
However, operating when the colon is empty and clean is significantly safer because fewer poisons are generated there, and this reduces the toxicity of the surgery for the patient. I hope some day this practice will be revived for surgical patients.
7. If surgery is elective, do not do surgery until you clear out the following hair mineral analysis patterns. These are:
1. A four lows pattern. Wait until this pattern is cleared. A four lows situation is not as safe.
2. An extremely fast or extremely slow oxidation rate. This indicates a body out of balance, which is not as safe.
3. A sodium/potassium ratio less than about 2. This is another indicator of a body out of balance.
If you must do surgery when any of the above conditions are present, use extra caution to avoid problems.
8. Take a few basic nutritional supplements. I will emphasize the most critical ones needed by most people:
- Colloidal silver. Before any operation, I suggest taking colloidal silver as a way to prevent or mitigate infection. One should not need preventive antibiotics, in this case, although a doctor might still want a patient to take antibiotics.
The dosage for an adult is three tablespoons daily for a few days before surgery, and for two weeks afterwards. I prefer Arabesque brand or Sovereign Silver brand of colloidal silver. Homemade colloidal silver is not reliable enough.
- Kelp. Kelp supplies many vital nutrients in a convenient capsule form. Taking three to six 600 mg capsules per day for a week before surgery, at the very least, can alleviate the worst mineral deficiencies in most people. Taking it for much longer before surgery would be better, at least for a month or two.
- Zinc and copper. These are needed to heal wounds of all kinds. Zinc and copper are needed for the formation of connective tissue, a type of tissue that is disturbed by surgery. It includes the skin, fascia layers, tendons, blood vessels and other tissues.
Zinc, in particular, also helps prevent and treat all infections, as does copper, to a lesser degree. A good zinc dosage for an adult would be 20 to 30 mg per day for at least two weeks prior to surgery.
A good dosage of copper is 1-2 mg daily before, during and after surgery. I would take these in isolated form, rather than in a multivitamin. In a multivitamin, the problem is that other nutrients may compete with zinc and copper, especially iron.
- Vitamins A and D. Other excellent nutrients before surgery are vitamin A and D. These help the body fight infection and heal faster, can assist blood clotting, and help the body maintain itself in the face of the stress of surgery.
The recommended dosage of A is about 20,000 iu or more daily. Start with at least this amount and ideally a week, at least, before your surgery and continue all nutrients for at least three weeks after surgery.
Vitamin D can also be taken in large doses safely. Take about 5,000 iu daily for at least a week before and for several weeks after surgery.
- Omega-3 fatty acids. Everyone needs a supplement of these. Adults need about 900 mg daily. They also support wound healing and may help reduce infections.
- Bioflavinoids. Another set of nutrients that may be helpful are called vitamin P or bioflavinoids. These are needed, along with vitamin C, to strengthen cell membranes, especially those of capillaries that are often cut during surgery. They can also help reduce excessive bleeding, reduce excessive inflammation, and have other beneficial effects
Adults can take at least 1000 mg daily for a week before and two weeks after surgery.
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C can help reduce bleeding, can control some infections, and can assist wound healing.
Too much depletes copper, which is not safe. A safe dosage for most adults is 500 mg daily.
Certain nutrients, if given in excessive amounts, are not helpful for surgery. The most important are those that tend to cause increased blood clotting time (or less tendency for blood to clot). While these help some people, in others they may make surgery more hazardous.
This may be one reason surgeons stay away from all nutrients, though it is a silly reason. Let us examine these.
Vitamin E. Too much vitamin E can cause more bleeding in some people. It does this by acting as a powerful anti-oxidant, which is normally a good idea. During surgery, however, the reaction of the tissues to the knife is such that oxygen is present and this enables the blood vessels to clot.
Therefore, anything that interferes with this could, theoretically, assist the body as an anti-oxidant and therefore slow the clotting of the wound. Having said this, a little vitamin E, up to 400 iu/day, is fine and, in fact, recommended. Higher doses are not recommended.
Nattokinase. This is an enzyme that thins the blood, to some degree. It is helpful to prevent or reduce blood clots. However, too much would not be helpful before or right after most surgery unless one needs it to normalize blood clotting.
If you take this nutrient all the time, I suggest stopping it a few days before surgery. If you are not taking it, do not start just before a surgical procedure of any kind, even the removal of a tooth, for example.
High doses of any nutrients. These often unbalance body chemistry and should be avoided just before surgery, and in fact all the time. The only exception is if a nutritional balancing program requires them, which occurs occasionally.
WARNING: IF POSSIBLE, GIVE YOUR OWN BLOOD BEFORE SURGERY IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE YOU WILL NEED BLOOD
Blood transfusions always carry some risk or infection, toxic metals, and even parasites. If you may need blood during surgery, preferably give your own blood before surgery rather than using just anyone’s blood.
Another alternative if blood is needed are some of the other types of blood products, instead of whole blood, when it is possible to use it.
If you may need a lot of blood, try to find a friend or relative with your blood type whom you know is fairly healthy, and ask that person to donate blood before surgery so it is there if you need it. Donating blood is a wonderful gesture of friendship. Although it depletes the body of some nutrients, it is far better than accepting just any blood from a blood bank today.
NUTRITIONAL BALANCING MAY ALTER DRUG NEEDS
Doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel are accustomed to handling patients whose level of overall health is very low. Specific drug protocols are used with these people for safety and effectiveness. Also, hospital personnel take certain precautions that are needed with these people to prevent infections and other complications of surgery.
If you have carefully followed a nutritional balancing program for at least a year, especially the diet, your body should be much better nourished and much healthier than the average person. As a result:
1. You may react differently than others to standard drug protocols. For example, you may need less drugs to achieve a drug effect. This is common. A standard dose is too much for a very healthy person, and can cause complications.
2. Your body might remove a particular drug faster than occurs in others. This can cause serious problems, as well, such as with certain types of anesthesia.
3. You may not need some surgical precautions such as the heavy use of antibiotics, which add more toxicity to the procedure and slow down healing.
This is a difficult area because it is very individualized, doctors are often hesitant to change their familiar and well-known protocols, and because this is an area that has not been well-researched.
I suggest discussing these possibilities with your doctor if you follow a complete nutritional balancing program so that lower doses of drugs are tried first. This may prevent significant discomfort and perhaps avoid disability or other bad outcomes.
An advocate or helper. Any time one is in the hospital, if possible have a friend or partner read your medical chart, talk with the nurses, and oversee everything that goes on related to your case. This is vital, at times.
Hospitals make many mistakes, unfortunately. Many nurses work 10 or 12 hour shifts, and this is not the best. Many nurses and doctors are also in poor health themselves.
For all these reasons, it is very wise to have a friend and advocate hover over the doctors and nurses whenever one must be in the hospital.
Have an ozone air purifier in the surgical operating theatre. This will increase the oxygen content of the air to a small degree, which increases the safety of surgery. It is helpful for both the surgeons and the patients.
Diet. Eat lightly after any surgery for a few days. Never force food, and it is fine to live on chicken soup with plenty of vegetables in it, for example. Avoid all candy, cookies, sugar, ice cream, baked goods, and chemicalized foods.
Lifestyle. Rest as much as possible. Peace and quiet are most helpful for healing. If possible, sit in the sun for half an hour daily and get as much fresh air as possible without becoming chilled. Also excellent is to sleep with a window open at least a crack.
Coffee enemas, not painkilling drugs. Instead of taking pain-killing drugs after surgery, if possible use coffee enemas daily to relieve pain. They are often effective. For more on this excellent method of pain control, read Coffee Enemas on this website.
Rub the patient’s feet. This simple and safe natural method of healing can help restore balance and heal wounds much faster. For more, read Reflexology on this website.
Removing anesthesia drugs and other toxins from the body. An excellent step after surgery, particularly after a long operation, is to remove the anesthesia and other drug residues as fast as possible.
The safest, fastest and most reliable way to do this, in my experience, is to follow a complete nutritional balancing program administered only by one of the Approved Practitioners listed on this website. A year or more on a complete nutritional balancing program is needed to remove the bulk of the anesthesia and other drugs.
If going on a complete program is not possible, I would at least follow the Free Program listed on this website.