Achieving Healthful Longevity: Dr. Russell Blaylock; Operative and Postoperative Metabolic state of the patient; Part 2

SUMMARY: In part 2 of this series on the Nutritional and Biochemical status of the operative patient, Dr. Blaylock starts with the operative state of the patient which is entered with the incision. At that time forward the patients metabolic status changes to Hypermetabolic as the metabolism of millions of cells in different organ systems is placed under stress and maximum metabolic demand. The trillions of metabolic reactions, are all demanding nutrients, vitamins, metal ion cofactors,  antioxidants, and nutrient energy. Added to these demands are the cells in the immunologic system, adrenals, cardiac, liver, kidneys, respiratory & CNS,  all requiring support immediately. Cells throughout the body are subjected to  biochemical and electrical signaling in these metabolic reactions. Yet, post operatively most of these patients are given glucose water without  nutrients to support this hyper-metabolic state.  Free Radicals (unstable molecules) which are the natural result of the body's  biochemical reactions now are made at a high rate as a result of these millions of chemical equations which are occurring. Without supplementation of these biochemical needs, the patient's metabolism is adversely affected, and their cellular functions are impaired leading to organ compromise or malfunction.  Immunologically compromised patients are unable to be adequately protected. All of this depends upon the preoperative metabolic state of the patient.  Thus, the patients are more sensitive to infections than "normal" patients. While the patient may appear normal, the vital signs and chemical markers generally do not tell the story of the hyper-metabolic state. It is obvious surgeons need a more detailed biochemical image of the patient's metabolic state to improve the outcomes of surgery, which we have called the "normal post operative course".  Dr. Blaylock cites examples of these changes and how proper nutrition can alter the outcomes. Dr. Blaylock gives us a list of supplements which are essential to the improvement in post operative recovery.  (JIA). (40 minutes discussion)

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  • James I. Ausman, MD, MA, PhD

    CEO SNI and SNI Digital; Emeritus Professor Neurosurgery

James I. and Carolyn R. Educational Foundation

  • Russell Blaylock, MD

    CEO, Theoretical Neuroscience Research

Biochemistry of Human Health and Disease; Editor Blaylock Wellness Report; Associate Editor in Chief...

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