Diet Health – What’s Up With Hospital Food?
Article by Brue Baker
Recently a member of my family fell off their horse while riding. The hard impact with the ground caused rib, artery and blood flow damage in her arm that required vascular surgery later that week. Otherwise her arm may have required amputation. They would also have to remove one rib during this procedure.
Keep in mind that this person has been a diet health expert and yoga instructor for over twenty years. And in the past fifteen years, she has never even needed to see a doctor for anything.
When she met with the doctor four days before the surgery he did not instruct her on any special way to prepare her 63 year old body for the surgery. She expected that, but new better.
Because of her own diet health experience and extensive knowledge she knew she needed to go on a 3-day juice fast diet before the surgery. She was already very healthy and slim, but surgery and all that pain can take quite a toll on a body that age.
Most people don’t realize that pain, especially internal pain from surgery is extremely amplified by the presence of any refined sugars (white sugar), fat, and toxins in the body. By sticking to her strict diet health regimen she knew that it would minimize her pain, reduce her dosage of addictive pain medications, and cut her total recovery time down as much as 50%.
She made an organic juice mixture, which contained kale, wheatgrass, cabbage, celery, and other types of greens. She also drank a lot of water, took vitamin and mineral supplements as well as ten to fifteen thousand milligrams of vitamin C per day. She did not eat one single piece of food until after the surgery. And even after the surgery she planned on eating very little and continuing the vegetable juice regimen for a few more days.
Why was she doing all this? She was cleansing her body of fat and toxins to prepare and boost her immune system for the large task ahead of itself. She also was loading her body with crucial vitamins and minerals that the body’s cells could use as fuel to repair damaged areas. The extra water was to ensure optimal body hydration and cleansing.
But How Would I Get The Health Food In The Hospital?
When we realized she would be in the hospital for a couple of days after the surgery the most ironic thing popped up. How would she be able to get her organic health food into the hospital?
This hospital didn’t allow outside food for patients. This way your doctor can monitor what you eat.
There was no way that she was going to go without her organic green juice or the inability to eat fresh organic fruits and vegetables during her inpatient recovery process. We were going to have to smuggle the health food into the hospital. Yes, “smuggle the health food into the hospital.”
While she was having the five hour operation, I was in the hotel making the green juice and organic food for her to drink and eat. When I was done I brought the cooler with the juice and food, wrapped in a blanket, up to her room.
Busted With The Health Food
Unfortunately, as I was transferring the juice from the cooler to the small fridge in her room one of the nurses caught me. I was “busted” putting healthy food in a patients room.
But I did not let her take it or remove it, instead I insisted that the doctor be notified because maybe he could approve the outside food for her. Surely there was some way to keep the health food in the hospital.
Naturally the hospital offered her a choice off of their cafeteria menu, which was only a step up from fast food. “Let’s see, she just got done surgery maybe she should have a cheeseburger, some pudding, jell-o, mashed potatoes, pizza, soda, milkshakes, roast beef, bread etc.” All of the food on the menu was non-organic and filled with chemicals and preservatives.
The doctor advised her to eat the hospital food, although he approved her health food because he didn’t see how it could “do any harm to her.” But she had to put labels with her name on it so no other patients would touch it.
Then it dawned on me, I realized that the cafeteria food is what all of the other patients were eating. People with diseases like cancer, other people recovering from surgery, and people with traumatic injuries etc., were eating this every day.
How the hell is anyone supposed to get better eating that junk? While the doctors do a good job at diagnosing problems they aren’t really educated on diet health, that was quite obvious.
One night after her surgery she asked the doctor to take her off the morphine. She couldn’t stand feeling like a drugged zombie anymore. He initially said “he wouldn’t do it” because he didn’t think she understood how much pain she would experience. She demanded that he take her off the morphine because she knew she had gotten her body able to deal with pain and it wouldn’t be that bad.
After what turned into quite an argument the doctor said “fine” in frustration almost as if he was telling her “alright if you think you don’t want any pain medication you go ahead and try it for a night and see what happens.” The next morning he came in to check on her and his jaw dropped when he walked in the room.
It had been less than 36 hours after her surgery and she was sitting up in her bed reading a book and eating a salad. She had virtually no pain and felt fine, thanks to her strict cleansing and diet health regimen prior to the surgery. He admitted that he was quite impressed and had never seen someone recover from surgery like that, but acted as if she was just lucky.
She still has a long road of recovery before she is completely back to normal and can ride a horse again. But her recovery time, state of being, and health are dramatically improved by her own efforts of taking care of herself before and after the operation. This operation ended up being a speed bump for her body instead of a dead end road that led to more sickness and disability, like most medical problems often do.
The reason I wrote this is to try to get you to really think about your diet health and our health care system. While doctors do a lot to help people, their main focus is on sickness, not health.
Educate yourself and learn about YOUR body so you can always be in top condition and be able to swiftly deal with any adversity that comes your way, like in this situation. Good luck on your journey towards health and wellness!
About the Author
Brue M. Baker is an expert on natural health and fitness who has helped people from across the world sky-rocket their health and well-being. Rather than hitting your head against a wall trying to find unbiased health information let Brue take you by the hand and give you the bestnatural health resources on the web. Visit DietHealthAndFitness.com to learn more.