Paavo Airola - Nutrition Forum - Let's Live - November 1977 Index

Pre-surgery And Post-surgery Diet

Q. In the very near future, I have been told, I will need a hysterectomy. At this point, I am hopeful of keeping both ovaries. How can I best prepare my body for this surgery?

A little personal background: I am 40 years old, weight 125 lbs., I am 5'7" and in good physical condition due to years of an exercise routine. I am unable to get away from processed foods completely, eat meat daily, but also eat balanced meals with salads, fruit, and whole grain products. I take natural vitamins - high potency vitamins and minerals, with additional C, A, E, selenium, zinc, and lecithin.

I hope the above information is helpful and any response will be greatly appreciated. - I.D., India Harbor Beach, Fla.

A. To build your health up and increase resistance to the stress of surgery, you should eliminate all processed, devitalized foods from your diet and stay on a strict Optimum Diet as recommended in my book, How To Get Well, and described in this column in the past. In addition to adequate nutrition, you need plenty of exercise, as well as rest and relaxation and a positive state of mind a complete trust and faith that the surgery will be successful. Fears and negative attitude can prevent successful healing. Special protective foods should include an abundance of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh vegetable and fruit juices, sprouted and cooked grains, eggs and milk and milk products, especially in raw, fresh, or soured form, such as yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, etc., but also natural cheeses and cottage cheese, preferably homemade.

You should fortify your diet with the following supplements daily:

One week before surgery, the following should be added daily to the above list: These supplements should be continued for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery to help assure speedy healing and repair of the damage to the tissues and minimize the overall stress of the surgery. Several glasses of fresh vegetable and fruit juices should be added to the daily diet one week before and for several weeks following the surgery. Also, two raw egg yolks (like in a milk shake or egg nog) should be taken every day - egg yolks are good sources of sulfur containing amino acids, cystine. and methionine, which will accelerate the healing process.

Finally, before you decide on a hysterectomy (and it is your decision, not the doctor's!) check with at least two other doctors. According to medical establishment's own admission, more than half of all performed hysterectomies were needless!

Gaining Weight

Q. Today people are becoming aware of excessive weight problems and possible dangers to health. But, very little is said about thin people. How can one gain weight? - R.D., Edgewater, Fla.

A. The best foods to gain weight on are raw nuts and seeds, such as almonds, brazil nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds (all finely ground before consuming) and cooked grains such as cooked cereals, breads, beans, corn tortillas. Old fashioned oatmeal is rather fattening in my experience. Some of the above mentioned "fattening" foods could be used at every meal, plus between meals as snacks. Eating a relatively large meal late in the evening will also help to put on weight. Also, eat 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil (olive or sesame seed oil) every day, or its equivalent in butter.

The above advice is given with a heavy heart, since I've met only two persons in the United States that were truly too thin and could benefit from gaining weight. My usual advice to those who think they are too thin is to thank the Lord for what is actually a blessing, not a problem.

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