Juicing & Bloodless Medicine and Surgery
Fresh juice and societal differences
Tens of thousands of health conscious people regularly make their own fresh fruit and vegetable juices. While in the West people who make fresh juices may viewed as members of the 'health food crowd' in other countries juicing is an intrinsic part of the culture.
In Malaysia, as an example, one can easily find fresh juice bars in places as diverse as high end shopping centers and sidewalk vendor kiosks. You can buy a five-thousand dollar purse in a Gucci shop and reward yourself with a fresh carrot juice sold right down the street on the corner.
Nicaragua is another example. Fresh beet juice and milk is a common drink and is not associated with a specific health conscious niche in society. They drink guava, guayabana and dozens of other fresh juices as well.
Most Westerners consume canned fruit and vegetable juices and hospitals serve them to patients as well. (V-8, tomato, grape and orange juices are just a few examples.)
The question is- can freshly made fruit and vegetable juices (and canned juices) have an impact on a patient's ability to form blood clots and thus abnormally increase surgical bleeding?
The answer is that dietary research strongly indicates Yes.
Foods that act as blood thinners
The answer is logical if you have already read MyBlood's page on foods that thin blood and interact with blood thinning and blood clotting medications. So why consider this similar subject again? First; to highlight the fact that a Bloodless Patient must consider seriously his dietary approach to Bloodless Surgery; dietitians must also consider how foods impact patients undergoing Bloodless Surgery; surgeons need to query their patients aggressively; and patients must not be ashamed to reveal to their doctors all of their alternative therapy approaches to good health.
A doctor or dietitian may ask, "Do you consume green leafy vegetable?" and the patient may simply say, "Yes." And the response may be, "Be moderate in your consumption, green leafy vegetables can act as blood thinners."
The problem with this verbal exchange is that what one man (the patient) views as "moderate" may be viewed by the doctor or dietitian as "over consumption". So the patient who juices green leafy vegetables three times a day may consider cutting back to once a day as being moderate. However, one eight ounce glass of various kinds of vegetables (green or not) can contain very high levels of salicylate, a blood thinning compound found in vegetables, and very similar to Aspirin®, which is made from an acetyl derivative of salicylic acid. Aspirin®, of course has strong anti-coagulating characteristics. "Your doctor may ask you to stop taking medications that have adverse effects on blood count and clotting ability." pennhealth
Logically, if a plate of vegetables can pose an elevated risk of surgical bleeding a glass full of fresh vegetable juice can do so as well.
Remember also, that if you are taking blood thinning medications then you need to be especially cautious about the consumption of fruits, vegetables and spices that contain blood thinning compounds.
"Warfarin is currently the most frequently used prescription-only 'blood thinner'. About 1.5 million people take the drug on any given day in the U.S. Warfarin is often sold under the brand name Coumadin."
A yellow flag should go up when a patient that tells his Bloodless Surgeon that he juices regularly since patients that 'juice' are also likely to use complementary or alternative medicines. Read more information on interactions between herbal remedies and prescription medicines on our website on the page Diet and Nutrition.
It should also be noted that fresh fruit and vegetables should not be viewed as an adversary of Bloodless Surgery. Food is natural while warfarin and other prescription medications are not. And while they may be necessary to preserve the life of a patient they should be viewed as an artificial substance that is interfering with a natural substance, food, and not the other way around.
"Many herbs can increase the risk for bleeding when combined with warfarin, either by augmenting the anticoagulant effects of the drug… or through intrinsic anti-platelet properties… The increased risk for bleeding among such patients may be difficult to predict, especially when formulas which contain many herbs are used."
"The juice of the red beet strengthens the body's powers of resistance and has proved to be an excellent remedy for anemia, especially for children and teenagers where other blood forming remedies have failed."
Dr. Fritz Keitel
Beneficial Juices That Rejuvenate Red Blood Cells
While there are over 200 fruits, vegetables, nuts and other foods that have blood thinning properties, there are some though that can beneficially "build up" the blood by stimulating the growth of red blood cells.
ABC-123 – a formula used in third world and developing countries as a dietary augmentation to "build up the blood" prior to surgery: 1 part raw apple juice, 2 parts raw beet juice, 3 parts raw carrot juice. Raw beet juice contains high amounts of folate (folic acid) which build up red blood cells. A lack of red blood cells can cause anemia, which is of one of the most common reasons that doctors administer blood transfusions.
"Beet and carrot juice are excellent to help treat anemia."
"Beets… increase oxygen uptake in red blood cells by 400%."
1 Cup of cooked beats contains:
Protein 1.5 grams
Carbohydrate 8.5 grams
Dietary Fiber 1.5 grams
Potassium 259 mg
Phosphorus 32 mg
Folate 53.2 mcg
Vitamin A 58.5 IU
University of Illinois
Juices that are high in folate and are beneficial building up red cell blood count
"Beets are particularly rich in folate. Folate and folic acid have been found to… aid in the fight against… and anemia."
University of Illinois
• Fruits - oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, avocado, papaya, raspberries
• Vegetables - green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens, and Chinese cabbage; broccoli; Brussels sprouts; asparagus; artichokes; okra; corn; cauliflower; potato; beets; green onions; sweet red peppers
Note: be cautious when juicing spinach. It is high in oxalic acid.
• The oxalic acid contained in spinach can prevent your body from absorbing iron and calcium and you will become anemic.
• To improve iron absorption, spinach should be eaten with foods that contain vitamin C.
• The oxalic acid in spinach will develop gout, kidney and gall stones.
Source - Wikipedia
While these foods may be recommended by nutritionists and dietitians for the treatment of anemia they are beneficial to a healthy person who is preparing for Bloodless Surgery because they build up the red blood cells in the body. The red blood cells are critical in carrying oxygen to tissues and organs.
Copy the Athletes
Think of the athletes that dope themselves with EPO to increase the number of red blood cells in their body. They pack their circulatory system with a high red blood cell count. Why? The extra high red cell count delivers higher concentrations of oxygen to their muscles which gives them super performances in their respective sports. Of course doping with EPO is illegal, using it for its intended medical purpose is not. When used correctly EPO is beneficial. Likewise, packing the body naturally with foods that boost the red blood count is 'legal' and beneficial.
A Bloodless Medicine consultant in Malaysia regularly recommends ABC-123 as a red cell booster for patients who cannot afford Erythropoietin and has reported great success with his clients.
Check with a dietitian before starting any dietary regimen prior to Bloodless Surgery.