Many writers send me letters that they have been told by their doctor that surgery is the best/only option. At the time, they are so stunned, they don’t know what questions to ask or how to respond. So, this week I’m going to walk you through the process I would take, if I heard this advice, from the moment the doctor gave this advice through recovery.
In Part One of this week’s series, I will talk about what I would do from the initial doctor’s guidance through preparing for surgery. In Part Two, I will discuss post-surgery issues and alternatives.
Many patients don’t know that they have choices when their doctor tells them or a loved one that they need surgery. So, the first thing I want to tell you is that it is okay for you to take a deep breath and ask your doctor for a moment to gather your thoughts. You also don’t have to rush to decide right then unless it is a matter of life and death. A good doctor will welcome your questions and answer them. Here are some questions I would ask:
- Is the surgery necessary?
- Are there non-surgical alternatives?
- Can I have a second opinion?
- What are the benefits?
- What are the risks?
- What is recovery like? How long will it take?
- How many of these surgeries have you performed? What is your track record with these surgeries?
- Can we have some time to do some research and think about our alternatives?
- If we have more questions, who should we contact?
- When we’ve decided, who should we contact?
How Do I Research?
Once your questions have been answered, and assuming this is not a life and death situation so you have a day or two do some research, it is time to break out your laptop. Here are two easy ways to find out more information:
- “Google” my name and the diagnosis/name of the surgery. Here is an example: “Dr. Carolyn Dean Hernia Surgery.”
- “Google” the diagnosis/name of surgery and the words, “alternatives” or “natural alternatives.” For example, you can use these search strings, “hernia surgery alternatives” or “hernia surgery natural alternatives.”
In the “For Intermediates” and “For Advanced Readers” section I will be discussing Surgery Preparation and Initial Recovery. If you are interested in these topics, please feel free to read on.
Choose a Caretaker
The first thing you need to do, once you have communicated your decision to have surgery to your doctor, is choose a caregiver who will be by your side during appointments with your surgeon and waiting for you after you return from the surgical suite. A good caretaker can make a positive difference in your hospital experience. They can take notes and remind you of questions you have during your pre-surgery appointments. When you return to your hospital room from the surgery suite, they can make sure that your needs are met.
Create More Wellness Now
There is no health challenge that does not benefit from creating more wellness around it. So, don’t wait until you go into surgery. Start creating more health now. Here is what I would do:
Make sure you are eating an optimum diet. Because inflammation usually can be an issue after surgery, I suggest the following nutritional modifications:
- Eliminate sugar, unfermented dairy, and gluten.
- Increase your intake of non-starchy vegetables.
- Eat a maximum of 2 servings of fruit a day.
- Eat the best quality organic, grass fed, free range protein sources. Best choices are eggs, chicken, lamb, wild salmon, and tongal canned tuna.
Stay Hydrated. Many hospitals find that surgical patients are dehydrated. Stay ahead of the curve and drink half your body weight in ounces of water with 1/4 teaspoon of sea, Himalayan, or other unprocessed salt in every 32 ounces of water you drink. If you want to know why I suggest using unprocessed salt in your water, read, “Sea Salt Superfood.”
Take well-absorbed supplements. If you do this before surgery, you will recover faster. Here are the supplements I use to create more wellness. In particular, I would pay attention to using ReMag and ReMyte to saturate your body with minerals, ReAline for B Vitamins and amino acids, Pico Silver to strengthen your immunity, ReStructure and RnA ReSet Drops to help your body build perfect new cells.
Take a short daily walk outside, if you are able.
The Completement Formulas
For those who are unfamiliar with the Completement Formulas which I mentioned above, here are the descriptions for these products:
ReAline® – Product Description: L-methionine and L-taurine are sulfur-based amino acids, which lend their sulfur to the liver’s sulfation detox pathways. The B vitamins in ReAline work synergistically with ReMag, methionine, and taurine. Four of the B vitamins are methylated and transfer a methyl group to the liver’s methyl detox pathways. The rest of the B vitamins are food-based, which makes them easily absorbed and highly effective. They are essential to support the structure and function of the liver.
ReStructure® – Product Description: ReStructure is a highly digestible protein powder for athletes and Paleo and Keto followers, as well as a meal replacement for losing weight and balancing blood sugar. Protein is the main ingredient, but carbs and fats are also part of the formula for the appropriate macronutrient balance. Add raw eggs for more Paleo protein; blend in nuts or add heavy whipping cream to make it Keto. In my experience, people need to have good sources of protein to heal the liver.
RnA ReSet Drops® – Product Description: RnA ReSet Drops are the catalyst for the Completement Formulas, providing the impetus for RNA to make perfect copies of DNA for new cell development using the ionized minerals in ReMag and ReMyte as building blocks. You can view the Radish Experiment on YouTube to find out more.
ReMag® – Product Description: Magnesium is required in 1,000 enzyme processes in the body and is responsible for 80% of known metabolic functions including hundreds of liver functions. ReMag is a unique non-laxative, 60,000 ppm-concentrate of stabilized magnesium ions where 1 tsp equals 300mg of elemental magnesium. ReMag works synergistically with ReMyte.
ReMyte® – Product Description: Every enzyme reaction in the body requires a vitamin or a mineral as a participating cofactor. ReMyte is a multiple mineral made by the same process as ReMag, which stabilizes the minerals as ions. All the minerals in ReMyte support many hundreds of enzyme processes in the body including the liver. Instead of purchasing a dozen different bottles of minerals, you just need one bottle of ReMyte.
Pico Silver™ – Product Description: I decided to have Pico Silver made with the same stabilized ion technology as ReMag, ReMyte, and ReCalcia so all of our minerals would be compatible. It supports the structure and function of the liver. Since the liver is known to hide viruses, it is important to use Pico Silver to prevent viruses from escaping into the blood stream.
If you are interested in more pre-surgery suggestions and strategies for caretakers when you or your loved one are returned to their hospital room, please feel free to read on.
For Advanced Readers
More Pre-Surgery Information
It is advisable to avoid vitamin E for seven to ten days before surgery because it is a mild blood thinner.
With the increased use of herbs in the population, you should be aware of possible interactions with other drugs you take and with surgery. According to some sources, ginkgo, garlic, ginger, and ginseng all have slight blood-thinning properties, which make them excellent for the heart and circulation, but they should be stopped ten days before surgery. However, I might add that traditional herbalists say that it is concentrated herbs manufactured to contain high amounts of their most active ingredient that act like medicines and cause such symptoms.
In preparation, take a Bach Flower Remedy such as Rescue Remedy (available in health food stores) to approach your surgery as calmly as possible. Visualization, relaxation and affirmation tapes are available in your local health food store or online to help achieve a calm state of mind and to influence the subconscious that all will go well during the surgery, that the body will heal rapidly and that health will be restored. Some practitioners of these methods advise patients to visualize the complete hospital stay and all procedures orchestrated to perfection. In the hospital, you can continue to take Rescue Remedy every time you see your doctor and use your iPod to listen to healing tapes and messages.
It is important to take magnesium in the weeks before surgery to build up your magnesium stores to protect your heart and brain from the stress of surgery; to prevent blood clots to the lungs and brain; to prevent arrhythmia; to detoxify the anesthetic; and for optimum healing. Optimally your surgeon should add 1.5 to 2 grams of magnesium sulfate to your intravenous line during surgery. Please ask for a magnesium IV and provide a copy of The Magnesium Miracle to your doctor for reference. Otherwise take 3-4 tsp of ReMag in a liter of water every day for at least one week before surgery. Then have your friends bring you bottles of water spiked with ReMag to sip and drink through the day. You can also put ReMag in a body lotion and have them rub your hands and feet to get more magnesium in to your body.
To protect your brain against the effects of anesthetics take 1,000-2,000 micrograms of a B12 supplement called methylcobalamine for a month before surgery (This form of B12 is in ReAline.).
Also make the special request to your anesthesiologist, who is supposed to visit you the night before surgery, that he/she NOT use the inhaled anesthetic called Desflurane because it has SIX fluoride molecules. Fluorine bind irreversibly with magnesium making it unavailable to the body.
Have your caregiver waiting for you in your room when you return from surgery. Your caregiver should immediately begin to give you homeopathic remedies under the tongue. You are told to swallow nothing but water—however, these remedies melt under the tongue and are not swallowed and they will not interfere with any medications that you may be taking. Here are the two I would use:
- Phosphorus 12X, one dose every hour for three doses; this helps clear the anesthetic effects such as brain fog, lightheadedness, and spaciness.
- Arnica 12X every fifteen to sixty minutes for pain, shock, and swelling. As the pain lessens, take the remedy less often.
Suggestions for You and Your Caretakers
Introducing Foods After Surgery
Beware the broths and juices that are given as your first hospital feedings after surgery. They usually contain MSG and aspartame –two powerful neurotoxins. Your brain, sensitized by anesthetic, fasting, and stress will respond negatively to these toxins. Post-surgical nausea, sweating, cramping, increased pain, and distress can be caused by these toxins but is blamed on the anesthetic and stress of surgery.
Pain medication can also cause nausea and vomiting and deplete you of magnesium. Even before you are allowed anything by mouth, you can use ReMag lotion as a skin cream all over your body for pain and inflammation and so you don’t have to take strong pain medication.
If you are at the stage of melting ice chips in your mouth and you normally take RnA ReSet Drops, you can probably put a few drops under your tongue, hold them there and then swallow them along with your saliva.
When you are allowed liquids, have your family/caretaker bring organic broths, green drinks, and diluted juices from home in large thermos bottles. Many hospital wards have refrigerators for patients where you can store properly labeled supplies.
The beauty of our ReMag, ReMyte, and ReCalcia minerals is that as liquids you can put them in your drinking water as soon as you are allowed to consume liquids. You can also crush some Vitamin C tablets in juice or water to aid healing.
You want to help your liver clear the residues of medications and anesthetic; stimulate kidney function; and also promote bowel movements. As an additional aid to bowel function, which is most important after surgery, take a teaspoon of olive oil twice daily. You will not be allowed to eat solid foods until your doctor is able to hear bowel sounds with his stethoscope pressed into your abdomen and taking some olive oil will help.
When solid foods are introduced, please try to have family and friends bring you organic food. You can begin with ReStructure and Premier Greens for optimum healing. At this time, you can take your other supplements –ReAline, Blue Ice Royal, and Vitamin C as outlined in Dr. Dean’s Supplement Recommendations. Additionally, the homeopathic remedy for recovery from surgery is Veratrum album 12X, one dose three times daily.
I’ve given you several suggestions that will help you or your loved, should you receive advice from your doctor to have surgery. In Part Two, I’m going to write about post-surgery actions – how to support wound healing, what happens if you get an infection, what you can do to reduce inflammation, how to detox anesthetic, and so on.
Dr. Carolyn Dean