“Silly Hospital Advice”
by Gifford Jones, MD
Andrew W. Saul, Editor of Orthomolecular Medicine, reports some asinine advice given to him before surgery. It was also given to me. We both ignored it.
The advice? Stop taking multivitamins and vitamin C a week before surgery. But every nutrition book that’s ever been written stresses high doses of C are needed for sound wound healing. Studies also show stress, such as surgery, eats up vitamin C.
Saul continued to take tens of thousands of C until the day before surgery as an empty stomach is required for anesthesia. But he again started to take an average of 70,000 milligrams the first post-operative day.
Every year over 100 million operations are performed in North America. 99 percent of these patients are lacking in vitamin C and therefore face the increased risk of wound infection and poor healing.
Remember, I’m not your doctor. But I believe science rather than bureaucratic hospital advice.
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