What and Why? 

When a surgeon offers to operate on your body, he is giving you an opportunity to restore disordered tissues to a condition from which they are better able to heal back to the function and structure your body blueprint intended all along. He cannot cure you, but he can sometimes remove obstacles which prevent you from curing yourself. No good surgeon claims any more than that. But there are two topics that nowadays even good surgeons seldom raise with their patients and which are neglected in the health services generally.

Firstly, your body became disordered because of a long-standing error in its action pattern. Some of these — congenital abnormalities, injury - have burnt themselves out by the time the surgeon offers his help. More commonly — with arthritis, arteriosclerosis, breast lumps, cancer, earache, gallstones, hernia, piles, prostate swelling, varicose veins) — the error continues. Unless you do something to keep yourself right once corrected, the disorder (or one like it) will gradually reform. It is by no means uncommon for the same operation to be necessary at regular intervals because this elementary point has been overlooked.

A nautical analogy provides another way of looking at this. If you were navigating a ship through hazardous waters, the wrong compass heading would have gradually taken you off course into danger in just the same way. Drastic over-correction of your compass heading (by natural self-healing measures) may still restore you safely to your course — unless you are already among the rocks. The surgeon offers, in effect, to lift you out of your predicament and place you where you should have been. But he does not correct your compass heading — that is still up to you.

Secondly, surgery is a considerable stress for which you should carefully prepare and from which you need to manage your recovery) quite deliberately. It is a special form of controlled injury. In an emergency it is just as unexpected as any other kind of injury, and gives you no opportunity to prepare yourself for the ordeal, but an operation planned in advance, for which you may have to wait several months, gives you ample time to make ready.

You can at least make your surgeon’s job easier by slimming an overweight body he will need to cut. This also makes the anaesthetist’s task safer and there will be that much less fat for the anaesthetic to dissolve into. You will wake up sooner and have not nearly so much anaesthetic gas to exhale over the next few days. This could lessen your chances of getting bronchitis or pneumonia during your recovery; feeble, dopey coughing defends your lungs inadequately against infection). Fatness also makes blood clotting more likely afterwards; this is perhaps the most dangerous post-operative threat of all.

You may even manage accidentally to heal your problem partly or completely while you are waiting, by a sufficiently radical change of diet, (see vegetarian diets and food for health) and appropriate supplements (see supplements). You could for example wall off your diseased part with scar tissue, making it much easier and safer to cut out.

What can I do?

Advice to maximise and maintain health

1. Diet: As soon as you know you are to be called for operation, commence the diet for cleansing for three weeks, then graduate to the diet for health.

2. Prepare: Study the other topics in this database that relate to your reason for surgery and merge the recommendations there with these general preparations.

3. Supplementation: Supplement this diet (see supplements) for immunity until you know the date of your admission, then intensify this to the full supplements for stress (see stress).

4. Homeopathy: Take homoeopathic Arnica 6 (one three times daily — see homoeopathy) for the second and third weeks before your operation, and the same dosage of Arnica 30 during the last week. Hold one tablet of Arnica M in your mouth for a minute after receiving your pre-operative injection, but spit out the residue of the tablet before you become drowsy.

5. Post-operative: After the operation maintain the diet as best you can — hospital food is often sadly inappropriate for convalescence, but relatives can bring you in home-made Lemon Barley Water and Sprouted Seedlings sandwiches (see sprouting seeds and recipes for health), and you can lobby to get home as soon as you can cope. At the least, continue Arnica 30 (one three times daily) or Bach Rescue Remedy (a few drops on your tongue every hour; two drops sipped in half a glass of water once you are allowed to drink — see Bach flower remedies), a food-state multimineral and multivitamin, and the other supplements for stress such as Siberian Ginseng (600mg 3 times daily) and Pangamic Acid (50mg twice daily).

6. Monitor pain: If pain is unexpectedly severe, follow advice given in pain.

7. Get mobile as soon as you can, and massage frequently the inflamed skin around the wound. Remember that the inner wounds take longer to heal than your skin, which is specialized for quick healing after injury. Programme ample time for recovery so that you do not feel under any pressure to get well fast. Three months is a reasonable allowance, after major surgery.

8. Above all, maintain a positive and confident attitude throughout. Do not let yourself be dismayed by the odds against success. You are not a statistic and the great property of healthy living is to defy those odds creatively. Whatever disease got you into your present need, you can abolish that process and start to live in health as soon as you make up your mind and actions to it. Once you have, all your resources for living are at work to get you better. Lead them well, with your purposeful outlook.

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