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Stay Safe in Hospitals

Thursday, 29 March 2012 07:54 AM

In the course of a lifetime, most of us will eventually be forced to receive treatment at a hospital. There are generally two reasons for this: Either you could experience an unavoidable emergency, or you might undergo an elective procedure that is complicated enough to require hospitalization.
For a variety of reasons, hospitals have become increasingly dangerous.
They are a breeding ground for countless infectious organisms capable of making you sicker than you were prior to being admitted. Some could even kill you. (For detailed advice for staying healthy while hospitalized, read my special report "Survive Your Hospital Visit.")

Most people have no idea that hospital complications and errors are the eighth leading cause of death in this country, exceeding motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS.
Of all the potentially deadly threats to patients, one of the most preventable is hospital-acquired infection, which accounts for 100,000 deaths each year. Postoperative infections prolong the patient's hospital stay by an average of 11 days, adding about $58,000 to total costs of each stay.
Many studies suggest that a patient's risk of developing a hospital-acquired infection correlates directly to his or her diet prior to entering the hospital. But even more shocking is that after admission, 25 percent of elective patients and slightly less than 50 percent of intensive care unit patients become even more malnourished. That is, their nutrition continues to deteriorate as a result of poor hospital food and doctors' failure to recognize the problem.
Patients with good nutrition before admission to a hospital rarely developed these prolonged, debilitating symptoms.
Conclusion: The best way to prevent hospital-borne illness is to have an adequate diet that strengthens your immune system.
Here are some things you can do to boost your immunity:
• Drink plenty of pure water to flush out urinary bacteria (six 12-oz. glasses a day).
• Eat at least five servings of fresh (washed) vegetables a day.
• Avoid foods containing immune-suppressing oils, such as corn, soybean, safflower, sunflower, peanut, and canola.
• Consume 500 mg. of magnesium citrate twice a day. However, if you have kidney disease or a heart blockage, consult your physician first.
• Take a multivitamin with minerals. If you are having surgery, you might want to select a vitamin that has iron and vitamin K.
• Each day, take 200 IU of vitamin E via mixed tocopherols (natural form). Do not take in a gelatin capsule.
• Consume 1,000 mg of vitamin C (buffered calcium or magnesium ascorbate) three times a day.
• If you are over 50 or have a history of heart disease, take 300 mg of CoQ10 in extra-virgin olive or rice oil each day. This will strengthen your heart and boost immunity.
For more of Dr. Blaylock’s weekly tips, go here to view the archive.

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