April 13, 2011
The key to getting out of
the hospital faster
If you have to go into the hospital for any reason, you're putting your life in danger. Hospital-borne infections and hospital mistakes are two of the biggest killers in the U.S. So getting out of the hospital fast is extremely important. Fortunately, there's a very easy way to speed your recovery.
It's no secret that sick people are quite likely to have nutritional deficiencies. And the sicker they are, the more likely the deficiency. This is part of the reason infections are so common in hospitals - sick people have compromised immune systems. So a recent study looked at the impact of taking supplements and the speed of recovery.
The researchers studied 80 critically ill hospitalized patients. They all had severe COPD. And they all were on a ventilator. The researchers gave the patients either trace element supplements or a placebo. The target minerals were selenium, manganese, and zinc.
Here's what they found. Those receiving the supplements had a significant reduction in their time on mechanical ventilation. The authors suggested a large multi-center study to confirm.
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But you shouldn't wait for confirmation. We have plenty of studies on supplements in the hospital. They significantly help hospitalized patients. The three major causes of disease are malnutrition, toxins, and stress. I can assure you that anyone with chronic illness is nutritionally deficient. It's hard to believe that hospitals still do not routinely give high quality nutrients to their patients. Trace mineral deficiency affects nearly the whole population. We have severely mineral depleted soils. These studied minerals are crucial for your defense enzymes to function.
So if you're sick enough to go to the hospital, it's highly likely that you're deficient in minerals. Even on my incredible organic vegetarian diet, I have borderline zinc levels. And I'm extremely healthy. What's more, you won't get any help from the food in the hospital. Its nutritional value is horrible. Some hospitals may give you a multivitamin. But it will be the product of a pharmaceutical company and, therefore, nearly worthless.
If you need to go to the hospital, consider a multiple vitamin/mineral such as Healthy Resolve. COPD might also place additional needs on your body for minerals. One of the best mineral supplements I know of is Trace Minerals from Trace Mineral Research (www.traceminerals.com). Follow the dosage directions on the label.
Ref: "Serum trace element levels in COPD patient: The relation between trace element supplementation and period of mechanical ventilation in a randomized controlled trial," El-Attar M, Ashour L, et al, Respirology, 2009 Sep 16; [Epub ahead of print].