12. Chemical Feedings
You will find that physicians at the hospital have the idea that you must be fed following an operation to “keep up your strength” for healing to commence. Actually, the opposite is correct. All feedings take strength and energy away from the healing process. One would surely recover quickly if allowed to fast for a few days. Hunger will return when the body is ready to accept and digest food.
One of the most common methods of chemical feedings is through IVs. As described earlier, these are tubes connected to a bottle. The tubes are inserted into a vein and the liquid chemicals are allowed to flow into your vein. Physicians advocate these feedings to be sure that you “do not become dehydrated” and also to supply electrolytes, vitamins, and calories. There are several different kinds of IV solutions and they are supposed to each be suited to individual needs.
The body, however, is not equipped to handle inorganic chemicals. The body detects these substances as poisons and attempts to rid itself of them as best as it can under this stressful condition. Certainly much more harm than good is done by administering IVs.
Hyneralimentation, too, is done intravenously, but into the large vein entering your heart, the superior vena cava, which can dilute the material as it flows into your bloodstream. Because it bypasses the digestive system, this method of feeding is sometimes called total parenteral nutrition (TPN). It is most often used for patients whose intestines cannot absorb nutrients, need a rest, or have been removed. However, if the intestines need a rest, a more sensible approach would be to fast and not subject the body to chemical substances that it cannot utilize anyway.
The solution includes sugar, protein, fat, electrolytes, and vitamins—all inorganic damaging substances. As many as two thousand calories a day can be administered this way. Most often a person stays on hyperalimentation for a minimum of ten days but usually closer to twenty days or more.
Another form of hyperalimentatiori, less frequently used, is enteral hyperalimentation, in which a special diet is introduced directly into the small intestine. This might be done if for some reason you cannot chew or swallow or if there is a problem with your stomach. It will probably be started right in your room. A thin tube is inserted through your nose and passed into your small intestine. The tube is then connected to a pump which provides high-caloric, high-protein feedings continuously.
It has been proven that high-protein feedings are harmful for relatively healthy individuals. How much more harmful could it be for the sick and weakened person. Do not think that you have to submit to such feedings. Simply tell the hospital staff that you refuse such feedings. They cannot force you to accept any treatment against your will.
12.3 Tube Feedings
If there is some problem with your throat or esophagus, or if you are unconscious, you may get nasogastric feedings. In this case a tube is inserted via the nose directly into your stomach. A diet of pureed or blenderized food is introduced.
Gastrostomy feedings are a way of providing nourishment by surgically creating an opening directly into the stomach through the abdomen. This might be done if, again, the esophagus is obstructed, or if for some reason you cannot swallow. The tube, which is inserted into the stomach, is clamped except during feedings, when a blenderized preparation, warmed to body temperature, is introduced.
Again, you have the right to reject any treatment and this includes tube feedings. You may find resistance but they cannot deny your rights.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Choosing A Hospital
- 3. Dangers Of Hospitalization
- 4. Let The People Beware
- 5. Health Advocate
- 6. Your Rights
- 7. Abbreviations
- 8. Nursing Care
- 9. Food
- 10. Drugs
- 11. Tests To Accept Or Reject
- 12. Chemical Feedings
- 13. Surgery
- 14. Intensive Care Unit
- 15. The Emergency Room
- 16. Questions & Answers
- Article #1: Is Medicine a Fraud? By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
- Article #2: Physician Heal Thyself – Part 1
- Article #2: Physician Heal Thyself – Part 2
- Article #3: Good Drugs
- Article #4: Good Medical Attention by Dr. George E. Crandall
- Article #5: Blood Transfusions by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton