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PREPARING FOR & RECOVERING FROM SURGERY
MAKING THE DECISION TO HAVE SURGERY
In the United States, millions of surgical operations are performed annually, often faced with fear and doubt. Although few people enjoy the prospect of surgery, sometimes surgery is the best available means of improving the quality of life or extending life. Not knowing what is involved can mean putting yourself through far more discomfort than is necessary. Whether you are undergoing surgery for the first time or the tenth, understanding why you need it and knowing about the risks involved, available alternative therapies and treatments, and the aftereffects will help you make the right decision. Being educated about your illness will enable you to deal more effectively with the outcome.
EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS
Many of the surgeries performed daily in the United States may be unnecessary for the patient. Before choosing surgery, explore all other means of treating the problem, including alternative and complementary therapies, nutritional supplementation, dietary and life-style changes. Do not be afraid to explore all your options. Surgery should be your last resort. Surgery does not always solve a problem, but it can create new ones. Going under the knife has its own dangers and considerations including but not limited to anesthesia complications and reactions, surgeon errors, increased risk of serious infections, cosmetic scars, as well as painful and prolonged recovery time at the medical center and at home. Surgery can result in painful adhesions and may create unnecessary disabilities in some individuals as a result of nerve damage, medical mistakes, gross negligence, and other complications. Too often we hear that the surgery was a success, but the patient died. Be careful when making this choice and do your research, if possible, prior to scheduling a surgery.
Make sure that any surgical recommendation is given by a board-certified surgeon; you want to feel confident that the surgeon is qualified to perform the type of surgery you need. Get a second opinion, and possibly a third one. You will be better able to decide on the best form of treatment if you are well informed. Don't be afraid to ask your health care provider questions. Do research about your particular condition and situation. Explore any possible holistic alternative therapies that may be available to you. Make a list of questions to take with you to your health care provider's office at each visit.
DISCUSS YOUR CONCERNS
Your health care provider should address the following concerns:
- Why do you need the surgical operation?
- Are there alternatives to surgery? Are there other forms of treatment that might be used instead of surgery?
- How will the surgery improve your quality of life and/or your chances for survival?
- What are the benefits of having the surgery?
- What are the risks of the surgery?
- What percentage of the operations performed of this type are successful?
- What is the health care provider's experience in performing this surgery?
- What kind of anesthesia will you need?
- What physical changes will result from this operation, and what improvements can you expect?
- How long is the recovery period?
- What is the cost of the operation?
It is also wise to consult with your health insurance provider regarding coverage for the procedure.
PREPARING FOR SURGERY
Although few people enjoy the prospect of surgery, sometimes surgery is the best available means of improving the quality of life or extending life. After you have been informed of all your options and have decided that surgery is the only viable alternative, use the nutritional guidelines provided in the table below to prepare for the surgery. By taking these nutrients both before and after surgery, you will support the healing process and lessen postsurgical discomfort and pain. Make sure your diet is well balanced and healthy. Remember that your general health after surgery partly depends on your general health before surgery. Do not take any supplements or drugs, even aspirin, that thin the blood. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), feverfew, garlic, ginger, gingko biloba, kava kava, ad vitamin E are among the supplements that should not be used prior to surgery.
If you are taking any medications, on a special dietary plan or have specific health issues in which any of these recommendations may be contraindicated, consult with your health care provider before using these products or beginning any type of alternative or complementary therapy.
Consult with your health care provider about minimally invasive surgery, also called laparoscopic, "keyhole", and "band-aid" surgery. This type of procedure, involving one or more small incisions rather than a large one, does less damage to the skin, muscles, and nerves than does conventional "open" surgery. It also involves a shorter hospital stay and less recovery time. Be aware that such procedures can be used for certain surgeries only.
If you are overweight and have sufficient time to diet before surgery, try to gradually lose the extra weight. Studies show that excess weight can increase both the difficulty of performing surgery and the length of the recovery time. It has also been linked to an increased likelihood of postoperative infection.
If you smoke, stop. Smoking delays healing and interferes with the actions of certain drugs.
Make sure your health care providers and those who will care for you are aware of any allergies you have to drugs, chemicals, or foods.
Ask your surgeon if there is anything that you can do to prepare for the surgery. In addition to the surgeon's recommendations, avoid taking vitamin E supplements, aspirin, and all compounds containing aspirin for two weeks prior to surgery. These substances thin the blood.
Make sure your health care providers and those who will care for you are aware of any nutritional supplements and medications - including natural medicines and herbs - you take regularly.
Because blood transfusions are sometimes required during surgery, speak to your health care provider about the possibility of storing your own blood for use during the surgery. By using your own blood, you will avoid the risk of contracting hepatitis or the AIDS virus. Remember that even disease-free blood can cause reactions such as rashes if not perfectly matched. Your health care provider will tell you if you need to take Iron supplements a week before the surgery. (Whole blood can be stored for 35 days.)
Many operations require that the patient be shaved. If this is necessary, tell the surgeon that you prefer to be shaved the day of the surgery. Studies show that the infection rate is lower for patients who are shaved the day of the surgery when compared with those who are shaved the night before.
Add Fiber to your diet. It insures better intestinal tract function.
Check with your surgeon before using any treatments at home prior to surgery. If the surgeon concurs, take two cleansing enemas using the juice of a fresh Lemon before entering the hospital. It is important to have a clean colon prior to surgery. Taking a half glass of Aloe Vera Juice in the morning and before bedtime will help keep your colon clean. Take a bottle of this remedy with you to the hospital. It tastes similar to spring water and may not need refrigeration.
Many hospitals employ massage with therapeutic essential oils to promote relaxation and relieve the inevitable stress of the pre-surgical period. If your hospital does not practice this therapy, make arrangements for a qualified massage therapist who is knowledgeable about aromatherapy to give you a massage prior to surgery.
Keep a positive attitude about your surgery, and look forward to getting out of bed and back to normal as soon as possible. The sooner you get out of bed, the better your chances of avoiding postoperative infection.
The practice of ordering routine laboratory tests before admission for surgery is commonplace in most hospitals. Many health care providers believe that urinalysis, chest x-rays, or complete blood counts, for example, can identify potential problems that might complicate the surgery if not detected and treated early. Tests that are commonly performed before surgery, and the symptoms that prompt health care providers to order them, including the following:
- Blood Glucose: Alcoholism, altered mental status, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, excessive sweating with tremor or anxiety, muscle weakness, or pancreatitis.
- Blood Potassium: Congestive heart failure, diabetes, diarrhea, high blood pressure, kidney failure, muscle weakness, tissue damage, use of drugs known to affect potassium levels or vomiting.
- Blood Sodium: Central nervous system disease, cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, diarrhea, excessive sweating, pulmonary disease, thirst or fluid intake, or vomiting.
- Chest X-ray: Abnormal sounds when breathing, chest pain, cough, fever with no known source, or shortness of breath.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG): Chest pain, distant heart sound, heart murmur, irregular heartbeat, or palpitations.
- Platelet Count: Alcoholism, blood loss, easy bruising, or use of drugs known to affect platelet count.
- Urinalysis: Diabetes, discharge, kidney disease, side pain, urinary frequency or hesitancy, or use of drugs known to cause kidney disease.
- White Blood Count: Fever, suspicion of infection, or use of drugs known to affect white blood cell count.
Discuss with your health care provider the necessity of having certain tests performed prior to surgery.
Ask about potential risks and side effects of having anesthesia. Be sure to mention any medical problems you have, including allergies, and any medications you have been taking, since they may affect your response to the anesthesia.
After surgery, do not overwork your body by eating highly processed foods. Try to consume at least 8 cups of liquids a day, including distilled or quality bottled water, herbal teas, juices, and protein drinks. The appetite is often poor after surgery, the digestive system sluggish, and large meals can be overwhelming. Try eating five to seven small, light, nutritious meals a day.
After surgery, exercise caution when engaging in strenuous activity such as lifting. Most health care providers advise patients to avoid lifting anything in excess of 10 pounds for two weeks after surgery. Ask your health care provider when you can begin light exercise, which has been shown to aid circulation and speed physical recovery. Also ask if there are any specific exercises that can aid your recovery.
After surgery, the homeopathic remedy, Arnica montana is good for reducing swelling and promoting healing.
After major surgery, people generally experience a rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle, which increases any feelings of weakness. In studies in which the amino acid Glutamine was added to postsurgical intravenous solutions, muscle breakdown rates were greatly diminished.
Some health care providers recommend that patients be given 2,000 IU of Vitamin E 12 hours prior to heart surgery. This amount of Vitamin E lowers free radical levels in the blood. This is only recommended under a health care provider's supervision.
Some foods interfere with the actions of certain medications. Milk, dairy products, and iron supplements may interfere with some forms of antibiotics. Acidic fruits, such as oranges, pineapples, and grapefruits, can inhibit the action of penicillin and aspirin.
SUBSTANCES THAT ROB THE BODY OF NUTRIENTS
Different substances deplete the body of different nutrients. Use the list below to determine which supplements you may need as a result of the use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs, including alcohol and caffeine.
SUBSTANCE DEPLETED NUTRIENTS Allopurinol (Zyloprim) Iron. Antacids B complex vitamins; calcium; phosphate; vitamins A and D. Antibiotics, general (see also isoniazid, penicillin, sulfa drugs, and thimethoprim) B complex vitamins; vitamin K; "friendly bacteria". Antihistamines Vitamin C. Aspirin B complex vitamins; calcium; folic acid; iron; potassium; vitamins A and C. Barbiturates Vitamin C. Beta-blockers (Corgard, Inderal, Lopressor, and others) Choline; chromium; pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5). Caffeine Biotin; inositol; potassium; vitamin B-1 (thiamine); zinc. Carbamazenpine (Atretol, Tegretol) Dilutes blood solution. Chlorothiazide (Aldoclor, Diuril, and others) Magnesium; potassium. Cimetidine (Tagamet) Iron. Clonidine (Catapres, Combipres) B complex vitamins; calcium. Corticosteroids, general (see also prednisone) Calcium; potassium; vitamins A; B-6, C, and D; zinc. Digitalis preparations (Crystodigin, Digoxin, and others) Vitamins B-1 (thiamine) and B-6 (pyridoxine); zinc. Diuretics, general (see also chlorothiazide, spironolactone, thiazide diuretics, and triamterene) Calcium; iodine; magnesium; potassium; vitamins B-2 (riboflavin) and C; zinc. Estrogen preparations Folic acid; vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine). Ethanol (alcohol) B complex vitamins; magnesium; vitamins C, D, E, and K. Fluoride Vitamin C. Glutethimide (Doriden) Folic acid; vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine). Hydralazine (Apresazide, Apresoline, and others) Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine). Indomethacin (Indocin) Iron. Isoniazid (INH and others) Vitamins B-3 (niacin) and B-6 (pyridoxine). Laxatives (excluding herbs) Potassium; vitamins A and K. Lidocaine (Xylocaine) Calcium; potassium. Nitrate/Nitrite coronary vasodilators Niacin; pangamic acid, selenium; vitamins C and E. Oral contraceptives B complex vitamins; vitamin C, D, and E. Penicillin preparations Vitamin B-3 (niacin); niacinamide; vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine). Phenobarbital preparations Folic acid; vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine); vitamin B-12; vitamins D and K. Phenylbutazone Folic acid; iodine. Phenytoin (Dilantin) Calcium; folic acid; vitamins B-12, C, D, and K. Prednisone (Deltasone and others) Potassium; vitamins B-6 and C; zinc. Quinidine preparations Choline; pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5); potassium; vitamin K Reserpine preparations Phenylalanine; potassium; vitamins B-2 (riboflavin) and B-6 (pyridoxine). Spironolactone (Aldactone and others) Calcium; folic acid. Sulfa drugs Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA); "friendly" bacteria. Synthetic neurotransmitters Magnesium; potassium; vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) and B-6 (pyridoxine). Tobacco Vitamins A, C, and E. Thiazide diuretics Magnesium; potassium; vitamin B-2 (riboflavin); zinc Triamterene (Dyrenium) Calcium; folic acid. Trimethoprim (Bactrim, Septra, and others) Folic acid.
See Drugs: Substances That Can Rob The Body of Nutrients for more information about nutrients that are lost with the use of different drugs and drug addiction and abuse.
An article published in the journal American Health reported that research from the University of Chicago Medical Center found that patients who ate potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants prior to surgery reacted unpredictably to anesthesia. These foods contain natural chemicals that affect metabolism and may alter the effect of anesthesia.
Postsurgical depression is not uncommon. A healthy dietary program can help fight depression.
Remember: It takes the body a few weeks to recover from the trauma of surgery. During this period, hormonal imbalances are corrected and the rate of metabolism is adjusted. Most incisions close within two days and heal within a week to the point that the skin will hold together under normal stress and body movement. However, you should obtain your health care provider's approval before engaging in any exercise, or lifting anything over 10 pounds in weight.
Herbal teas are highly recommended before and after surgery. Try the following teas:
- Alfalfa, Dandelion, and Nettle are high in vitamins, minerals, and can also increase the appetite. Alfalfa is also a good source of iron.
- Bromelain and Turmeric (Curcumin) have potent anti-inflammatory properties.
- Burdock Root and Red Clover aid in cleansing the blood and the liver.
- Echinacea enhances immune system function.
- Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic and helps to prevent infection. Caution: Do not take this herb during pregnancy, and with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. Do not take goldenseal for more than one week at a time, as it may disturb normal intestinal flora.
- Green Tea contains powerful antioxidants that aid in the healing process.
- Kelp, Reishi, and St. John's Wort may help protect against the adverse effects of x-ray radiation.
- Milk Thistle protects the liver from the toxic buildup of drugs and chemicals resulting from surgical procedures.
- Pau D'Arco is a natural antibacterial herb. It enhances healing, cleanses the blood, and aids in the prevention of candidiasis.
- Rosehips are a good source of vitamin C and enhances healing.
Unless otherwise stated, the dosages recommended here are for adults. For a child between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dosage to 3/4 of the recommended amount. For a child between the ages of 6 and 12, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 of the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Very Important Acidophilus As directed on label 3 times daily. To stabilize the intestinal bacterial flora if antibiotics are used. Use a high-potency powdered form.
Acidophilus and Bifidus contains a high potency balanced blend of the two prominent species of resident intestinal bacteria. Regular intake of Acidophilus and Bifidus can aid in maintaining healthy intestinal flora.
Acidophilus Supplement Products Bifidus Supplement Products Coenzyme Q-10 60 mg daily. A free radical destroyer that improves tissue oxygenation.
Coenzyme Q-10 protects the heart, increases tissue oxygenation, and is vital for many bodily functions. The liver has the highest level of Coenzyme Q-10 if any tissue. Since the liver is the main detoxifying organ of the body, optimal liver function is vital for minimizing damage to all the body's tissues. As an active contributor to all aspects of cellular function, CoQ10 has become universally regarded as one of the most vital nutrients ever made available to the public.
CoEnzyme Q-10 Supplement Products Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) As directed on label 3 times daily, with meals. Important for proper cell growth and healing of all tissues. Caution: Do not take for one week prior to surgery. Take this supplement after surgery.
Essential Fatty Acid Omega Complex formulas helps to support healthy skin and dermatological function. Good for skin texture, moisture and suppleness. Salmon oil contains EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid); both are omega-3 oils. Salmon's special omega-3 oils, unlike other omega-3 oils, keep blood triglycerides in check (high triglycerides are generally linked with increased risk of heart disease). EPA and DHA keep blood from clotting too quickly.Salmon Oil also has anti-inflammatory activity. As a result, Salmon oil is used to help people with various inflammatory conditions, including Crohn's disease. Fish oil may help people with a wide variety of disorders, including chronic kidney diseases. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be less likely to develop in those with a greater intake of omega-3 fatty acids.Schizophrenia is linked with abnormalities in fatty acid metabolism, and preliminary research has found fish oil helpful in people with schizophrenia. DHA is essential for vision in infants. Fish oil may also help prevent some types of cancer in humans, but this evidence remains preliminary. Evidence shows that fish oil helps prevent cardiac arrhythmias. Finally, Salmon oil modulates immune function.
EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Supplement Products Flaxseed Herbal Oil Products Borage Herbal Oil Products Black Currant Herbal Oil Products Evening Primrose Herbal Oil Products Fish-Salmon Oil Supplement Products Ultimate Oil
From Nature's Secret
As directed on label. Supplies essential fatty acids, a most important element of the diet.
Perfect blend of six essential fatty acids (EFA's) from: flax seed oil, black currant seed oil, safflower oil, pumpkin seed oil, plus lecithin, and vitamin E. Broad spectrum of oils blending both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Overall digestion and elimination are improved due to Ultimate Oil's soothing and lubricating properties. Vital for cell oxygenation, proper brain and nerve function, proper growth, lipid and metabolism regulation, prostaglandin formation, rapid recovery of fatigued muscles, etc. Beneficial for the hair skin and nails. Cold pressed formula.
Ultimate Oil Supplement Products Free-Form Amino Acid Complex As directed on label 3 times daily. Take with 50 mg vitamin B-6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Take on an empty stomach with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Aids in collagen synthesis and wound healing. Is a readily available form of protein, easily absorbed by the body. Protein is necessary for repair and rebuilding of body tissues. Use a formula containing all of the essential amino acids.
Amino Acid Complex used to supply protein for repair and rebuilding of body tissues. L-Carnitine, L-Glutamine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, N-Acetyl-Cysteine (L-Cysteine), and L-Taurine are amino acids and related compounds that have various important anti-aging actions.
Amino Acid Complex Supplement Products Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products Vitamin C Supplement Products Garlic
2 to 3 fresh garlic cloves, 3 times daily with meals.
2 capsules, 3 times daily with meals.
Destroys bacteria and enhances immune function. Acts as a natural antibiotic and stimulates the immune system.
Kyolic contains organically grown aged garlic which is suggested for balancing cholesterol levels, enhancing circulation, supporting immune function, fighting stress and fatigue, killing yeast (candida), and maintaining liver and nerve health.
Garlic & Kyolic Garlic Herbal Supplement Products
To make a Kyolic Kocktail, add one half teaspoon Kyolic Liquid Aged Garlic Extract to 8 ounces of your favorite fruit or vegetable juice.
Stir Kyolic into a glass of juice. Add ice cubes, lemon juice to taste and your favorite garnish.
Kyolic begins with time-tested organic farming techniques. Organic cultivation is essential to grow naturally balanced garlic bulbs. The cloves then undergo a unique aging process to allow harsh and odoriferous compounds such as allicin to mellow into stable and odor free compounds you take garlic for. As a dietary supplement, take 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon, or 30 to 60 drops (one or two filled capsules, size #00) with a meal twice daily. Or, enjoy in a Kyolic Kocktail.
500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Used by the body to produce glutathione, a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier. Attaches to heavy metals such as lead and mercury and removes them from the body. Also enhances brain function.
L-Cysteine is a non-essential amino acid that is an important component of hair, nails and the keratin of the skin. L-Cysteine stabilizes protein structure and aids in the formation of collagen, thereby promoting healthy skin, hair and nail texture and elasticity. Cysteine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that is converted in the body to N-acetyl cysteine, a potent antioxidant. Cysteine is also a part of the reduced glutathione molecule, which plays an important role in the livers detoxification pathways. Glutathione binds and conjugates toxins, promoting their excretion. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is a stable form of the non-essential amino acid L-Cysteine. It is a sulfur-containing amino acid that acts as a stabilizer for the formation of protein structures, and is also necessary for the formation of glutathione. Molybdenum and Selenium are essential trace minerals that facilitate the production of several important enzymes. Studies have shown that NAC helps protect against respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, bronchial asthma, emphysema, chronic sinusitis, and even help defend against lung damage caused by cancer-causing chemicals in cigarette smoke. NAC has also been used effectively in treating inner ear infections. As a dietary supplement, take one or more capsules per day or as directed by your health care practitioner.
Cysteine & NAC Supplement Products L-Glutamine 500 mg 3 times daily. Speeds healing of wounds.
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, comprising more than 60 percent of the free amino acid pool in skeletal muscle and greater than 20 percent of total circulating amino acids. Supplemental L-Glutamine may help reduce muscle soreness and rebuild muscle tissue.
Glutamine Supplement Products L-Lysine 500 mg daily. Speeds healing of wounds and aids collagen formation. Caution: Do not take lysine for longer than 6 months at a time. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) As directed on label. Good for pain and healing of tissues.
MSM and Vitamin C are used by the body to build healthy new cells. A vital substance to the life of hair and skin. The same way that biotin is a component of the manufacturing process of hair, the sulfur found in MS can be intrinsic to the structural development of hair, particularly because it is so well-absorbed.
MSM Supplement Products Vitamin C Supplement Products Multivitamin & Multimineral Complex As directed on label. Provides necessary vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A is needed for protein utilization in tissue repair, and is a free radical scavenger. Needed for brain function and to protect the heart. Use a high potency formula with chelated trace minerals. Vitamin A 25,000 IU daily until healed, then reduce to 5,000 IU daily. Caution: If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Vitamin A is needed for protein utilization in tissue repair, and is a free radical scavenger. To strengthen the protective epithelial (skin) tissue. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation. Carotene Complex As directed on label. Powerful antioxidants that promote healing. Pycnogenol
Pycnogenol: 50 mg daily
Grapeseed Extract: As directed on label.
Surgery depletes the body of antioxidants. These are powerful antioxidants. Possibly the most powerful free radical scavengers. They can pass the blood-brain barrier to protect brain cells. Vitamin K As directed on label. This important vitamin is needed for blood clotting. Vitamin C
6,000 to 10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Aids in tissue repair and healing of wounds. Vital in immune function. Use a buffered form.
Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's' important enzyme systems. White blood cells utilize Vitamin C to help produce cytotoxic enzymes which they use to eliminate foreign matter. Vitamin C promotes immune function and reduces inflammation.
Bioflavonoids are not true vitamins in the strictest sense, sometimes being referred to as vitamin P, and may be found in herbal plants, fruits, nuts and bark; and because they cannot be manufactured by the body, they must be supplied through the diet. The letter "P" represents permeability factor, and it was given to this group of nutrients because they improve capillary strength and permeability. Citrus Bioflavonoids are a class of flavonoids that includes Rutin, Hesperidin, Quercitin, Eriodictyl and Citron, and they are essential for the absorption of vitamin C, which should be taken simultaneously, so they may act synergistically for maximum benefit. Citrus fruits are well known for providing ample amounts of vitamin C, but they also provide Citrus Bioflavonoids, which are located in the white material just beneath the peel of citrus fruits and may be found in grapefruits, lemons, tangerines, limes and oranges. Other sources of bioflavonoids include apricots, nuts, peppers, buckwheat, blackberries, black currants cherries, grapes, plums, prunes and rose hips. In addition, several herbs also provide bioflavonoids, including Chervil, Elderberry, Hawthorne Berry, Horsetail and Shepherd's Purse.
Rutin is a bioflavonoid, and it provides essential support molecules for vitamin C absorption (and should, in fact, be taken at the same time to gain maximum benefit). Rutin supplementation prevents the breakdown of vitamin C in the body before it is metabolized and intensifies its beneficial immune-enhancing effects in the body. With regard to eye health, the bioflavonoid, Rutin, is said to improve capillary integrity and believed to help lower ocular pressure when used in conjunction with conventional drugs. (Bilberry extract is particularly rich in Rutin and can be beneficial in cases of diabetic retinopathy.) Rutin may be very helpful in combating cataracts, macular degeneration (the most common cause of blindness) and free radical damage to the retina. The antioxidant activity that fights free radical damage appears to play a role in the prevention of cataracts and other forms of visual impairment. Because Rutin improves capillary integrity (it works synergistically with vitamin C in this regard) by protecting and preserving the structure (permeability) and strength of those capillaries, this action is said to be of great help for capillary fragility (easy bruising and bleeding) and venous insufficiency (varicose veins and spider veins). Because Rutin strengthens capillaries, it may be helpful in reducing the symptoms of hemophilia. The bioflavonoid, Rutin, is thought to lessen symptoms associated with prolonged bleeding and help in cases of bleeding gums and hemorrhage.
Vitamin C Supplement Products Bioflavonoid Supplement Products Rutin Supplement Products Hesperidin Supplement Products Vitamin E Beginning the day after surgery, take 200 to 600 IU daily. Do not take any vitamin E during the 2 weeks before surgery, as it thins the blood. An antioxidant that enhances healing. Improves circulation and repairs tissues. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form. After the stitches are removed and healing has begun, apply topically to the area of the incision 3 times daily. Promotes healing and reduces scar formation. Purchase in oil form or cut open a capsule to release the oil. Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Important for tissue repair. Needed for wound healing and healthy skin; enhances immune function. Increases antibodies and protects the eyes against macular degeneration and vision loss. Very important for the prostate.
Zinc aids in healing of tissue and helps to prevent scars. A necessary element in the oil producing glands of the skin. Zinc is a powerful immune system stimulant necessary for T lymphocyte function, which is needed to fight infections. Zinc is necessary to increase immunity by boosting the immune system, cell division, enzyme activity, and needed for growth and healing of tissues. Promotes the proper utilization of Vitamin A. Needed for wound healing and healthy skin. It enhances immune function. Increases antibodies. Need due to malabsorption.
Zinc Supplement Products Calcium 1,500 mg daily. Necessary to prevent bone loss and for normal heart function. Important for tissue repair. pH balance, bone and nervous system health. Use calcium chelate or calcium asporotate form balanced with Magnesium. Magnesium 750 mg daily. Needed to balance with calcium. Important for tissue repair.
Magnesium is important for enzyme systems and pH balance. Protects against coronary artery spasm in arteriosclerosis. Works with calcium.
Magnesium Supplement Products Silica
As directed on label. Important for tissue repair.Protects connective tissues and cells; keeps skin, bones, hair, nails, and other tissues youthful.
Silica helps to soothe and strengthen connective tissue and is a vital component for bone and cartilage formation. It helps the body to absorb and utilize calcium, which is of great value in treating fractures and bone diseases, including rickets and osteoporosis. Horsetail is used to strengthen bones, teeth, nails and hair. The improved cartilage helps to lessen inflammation and combat joint pain, arthritis, gout, muscle cramps, hemorrhoids, spasms and rheumatism. Horsetail is used to treat a urine infection and an enlarged prostate gland in men. This is also said to be helpful for edema in some cases of arthritis and swelling of the legs, as well as tuberculostatic conditions.
Horsetail Herbal Products Silica Supplement Products Vitamin D 400 IU daily. Important for tissue repair. Vitamin D is necessary for proper immune function, aids in Calcium uptake and is necessary for healthy bones and teeth and is also needed for adequate blood levels of insulin. People in northern latitudes or those who do not drink adequate milk, at risk of osteoporosis, have dark skin, live in a cloudy environment, or get out in the sun very much will require more vitamin D-3 supplementation than people who live closer to the equator or sunbathe frequently. Vitamin D is made in our bodies when sunlight converts a chemical in the skin into a usable form of the vitamin. Due to the perils of too much sunlight, concerns have been raised about a decrease in Vitamin D levels particularly in at-risk groups. A deficiency of vitamin D may not only have an impact on bone health, but also immune function, mood and birth weight. Alongside calcium, vitamin D is considered one of the big 3required nutrients together with folic acid and omega 3-fatty acids. Vitamin D deficiency is more common in strict vegetarians (who avoid vitamin D-fortified dairy foods), dark-skinned people, alcoholics, and people suffering intestinal malabsorption disorders such as celiac disease, reduced liver or kidney function.
Vitamin D Supplement Products
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AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
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Using Essential Oils
AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Almond, Sweet Oil Apricot Kernel Oil Argan Oil Arnica Oil Avocado Oil Baobab Oil Black Cumin Oil Black Currant Oil Black Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camelina Oil Castor Oil Coconut Oil Comfrey Oil Evening Primrose Oil Flaxseed Oil Grapeseed Oil Hazelnut Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Kukui Nut Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Meadowfoam Seed Oil Mullein Oil Neem Oil Olive Oil Palm Oil Plantain Oil Plum Kernel Oil Poke Root Oil Pomegranate Seed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Rosehip Seed Oil Safflower Oil Sea Buckthorn Oil Sesame Seed Oil Shea Nut Oil Soybean Oil St. Johns Wort Oil Sunflower Oil Tamanu Oil Vitamin E Oil Wheat Germ Oil
HELPFUL RELATED MOONDRAGON NUTRITION BASICS LINKS
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Amino Acids Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Antioxidants Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Enzymes Information MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Herbs Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Homeopathics Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Hydrosols Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Minerals Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Mineral Introduction MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary & Cosmetic Supplements Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary Supplements Introduction MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Specialty Supplements MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Introduction
NUTRITION BASICS ARTICLES
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: 4 Basic Nutrients MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Foods That Contain Additives & Artificial Ingredients MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Is Aspartame A Safe Sugar Substitute? MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Guidelines For Selecting & Preparing Foods MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Destroy MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Heal MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: The Micronutrients: Vitamins & Minerals MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Overcooking Your Foods MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Phytochemicals MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Increase Your Consumption of Raw Produce MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Limit Your Use of Salt MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Use Proper Cooking Utensils MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Choosing The Best Water & Types of Water
RELATED MOONDRAGON HEALTH LINKS & INFORMATION
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Therapy Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Analysis Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Diet Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Recipe Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Preparing Produce for Juicing MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Additives Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Safety Links MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Index MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Articles MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Back Pain MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Labor & Birth MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Blending Chart MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Essential Oil Details MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Links MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Miscarriage MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Post Partum MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Childbearing MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Problems in Pregnancy & Birthing MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #1 MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #2 MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Tips MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Uses MoonDragon's Alternative Health Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information Overview MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Touch & Movement Therapies Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy: Touch & Movement: Aromatherapy MoonDragon's Alternative Therapy: Touch & Movement - Massage Therapy MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Therapeutic Massage MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 1 MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 2 MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Nutrition Basics Index MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy Index MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Massage Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hydrotherapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Pain Control Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Relaxation Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Steam Inhalation Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy - Herbal Oils Index
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