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Does any body out there have anything to say about ALTERNATIVE PREPARATION for surgery such as, VITAMINS, HERBS??

Response: (Advice being given was from one adult to another). Suggestions by Lark:

I've found that Echinacea is a good immune system-booster whenever I'm under stress. They say, though, that you're not supposed to take it for long periods, or it loses its effectiveness, so starting it a week or two beforehand would work. Valerian (an OTC herbal relative of valium) can be good if you get a little anxious beforehand. Oh, and THE biggie -- afterwards, yogurt (eaten and, um, otherwise) so that the broad spectrum antibiotics after surgery don't leave you susceptible to the traditional post surgery yeast infection. (such fun!) Drs shouldn't have a problem with any of those reacting, etc., but I'd definitely let them know about anything you take. (others -- Vitamin K for blood clotting, and calcium, which can only be absorbed if taken in combo with Vit D.)

Echinacea benefits -- from _Optimal Wellness_

From another book -- _Optimal Wellness_, by Ralph Golan, MD On NORMAL use of echinacea -- no mention of surgery prep, though. Toxicity levels aren't a concern-just loses its effectiveness if not discontinued occasionally. Often is available combined with Goldenseal, another good wound healer, anti-inflammatory. :) Lark

Echinacea root (purpurea, pallida, angustifolia, coneflower)

"Some herbalists suggest finding an echinacea product that contains all the species listed in the category head, preferably in a 300 to 500 milligram dose capsule to be taken 3 to 5 times a day (in a tincture form, 1 to 2 teaspoons, 3 to 5 times a day) Large and frequent doses are necessary for clinical results. No toxicity is known over long-term use (more than 3-4 months consecutively) Echinacea is not in the same medicinal category as ginseng, (where long term use is traditionally advised.) Some herbalists suggest periodic discontinuation of echinacea for 1-3 months.


Enhanced stress response
Enhanced wound healing

Another thing from _Optimal Wellness_ by Ralph Golan, MD. There is a whole in-depth chapter on yeast overgrowth (another "scratch, scratch" scene, that can have serious consequences if it gets out of hand and goes systemic) due to antibiotics that kill off the "good guy" flora and fauna and leave you susceptible to imbalance. This is just what Dr. Golan says about "natural" ways to fight yeast (Candida albicans) -- There are tons of dietary recommendations, hard-hitting anti-fungal prescriptions, etc., but I suspect that just this would go a long way toward prevention of an all-out infestation.

He suggests powdered lacto-bacillus products (available at any health food store), taken internally. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, 2 to 3 times a day, preferably 30 minutes before a meal or well between meals. After 2-3 months, use 1/2 that dose for maintenance. For capsules, initially take one capsule two times a day (1 time daily for maintenance) For milk allergic individuals, he recommends milk-free acidophilus/bifidis products.

The systemic yeast part of the puzzle was really important in figuring out my own allergies, headaches, sinus problems, fatigue, etc. Hope ya'll can head the little creeps off at the pass! :) Lark

You might also want to check out a book called _Rituals of Healing_, by Jeanne Achtenberg, RN and several other people. It has some really useful psycho-spiritual ways to prepare for surgery and for recovery. Hope some of that helps-- and good luck!! Lark

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