Thank you to conventional medicine for saving my dad and suggestions for improving hospital care - Aspire Natural Health

Thank you to conventional medicine for saving my dad and suggestions for improving hospital care

Note: This is a part of a series of posts about DrG’s parents, who both suffered from and ultimately passed away from serious health conditions – his mom from multiple myeloma, and his dad from complications from a severe stroke. Over the course of their illnesses, he put up these posts.  DrG thought about removing them, but ultimately decided to leave them up in the hopes that they would help other people.

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I want to offer my thanks to the conventional medical system –  THANK YOU!

Last week my dad apparently suffered from multiple pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs) and pneumonia. He began complaining of severe chest pain (everyone thought it was a heart attack) and was taken to the hospital by very competent paramedics and began receiving intensive care. I flew down last week to spend time with my parents.

Without this intensive hospital care, he would have died, but thanks to the power of conventional Western medicine he’s alive today.   This is why I’m such a proponent of INTEGRATIVE medicine – using the best of both the conventional and “natural” systems.  No one has all the answers or can help in every situation.

As someone who treats outpatient (non-hospitalized) patients with chronic health problems (primarily digestive, hormonal, and auto-immune problems) I don’t have much contact with hospital medicine, so it was an eye-opener to spend some time at the hospital. I was very impressed with the high tech tools they had available and their commitment to my dad’s care.

While we never did see a doctor over the course of multiple days at the hospital (and I was never able to get a really clear answer of what was going on and why), the nurses were spectacular. Especially one named Laurie who seemed extremely competent and was very friendly and reassuring. I doubt you’ll ever read this Laurie, but thank you for all your help.

The good news: my dad continues to slowly improve and it’s likely he’ll be out of the hospital in 7-10-14 more days. My family and I would appreciate your prayers and good thoughts.

As a doctor, I can’t help but add my own $.02 to the care my dad is receiving. Here are a few thoughts.

Things I would like to add:

  1. Better food – the hospital food was terrible! Both in taste and content. Real, nutrient dense foods please!
  2. IV vitamin C – probably 1-200 grams per day infused continuously over the course of the day. For more on IV vitamin C and pneumonia here is the case of a New Zealand man saved from death from severe pneumonia by IV vitamin C (see video at the bottom of this post)
  3. Probiotics – one of the greatest dangers of being in a hospital is the risk of picking up infections, and typically the most nasty, dangerous infections. One way to help is to use probiotics, which are now on my list of  “required” supplements for anyone going into the hospital.  See THIS POST for more on good probiotics.
  4. Possibly Lactoferrin – an incredible anti-microbial protein first isolated from milk, we are coming to learn that the human body makes it, and it exists in our tears, sweat, ear wax, breast milk, digestive tract, and though out our body. Lactoferrin has shown broad spectrum activity against bacteria and some viruses and is a reasonable component of a protective strategy for hospitalized patients.
  5. Aerosolized essential oils – again as an anti-microbial. A simple and inexpensive essential oil like pine could be aerosolized in the room to reduce airborne infections and as it would be breathed in would be useful in helping with lung conditions as well.

Unfortunately right now these therapies are not understood by MD’s and not in use in hospitals. Thanks again to the conventional system for the care you’ve given my father, and here’s to hoping in the future we can have true integrated medicine!

Here’s the video of the New Zealand man saved by Vitamin C:

 

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