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utritional Medicine

Nutritional Programs for Pre- and Postsurgery (and Injuries)

© Elson M. Haas MD

The following table lists the basic nutrients to be taken before and after surgery when possible. Usually, following this program for two to three weeks prior to surgery and four to six weeks afterward is sufficient. This program may also be used when recovering from wounds, injuries, burns, or infections. My experience has led me to believe that it will reduce healing time, reduce morbidity secondary to surgery, and lessen the duration of hospital stays.

Pre- and Postsurgery Nutrient Program
(and for Healing Injuries)

Water 2–3 qt.
Fiber10–15 g.
Protein70–100 g.
Fat50–75 g.

Vitamin A20,000 IUs* Copper2–3 mg.**
Beta-carotene15,000 IUs Iodine100–200 mcg.
Vitamin D400 IUs Iron20 mg.
Vitamin E200 IUs Magnesium500–800 mg.
Vitamin K300 mcg. Manganese10 mg.
Thiamine(B1)50 mg. Molybdenum800 mcg.
Riboflavin(B2)25–100 mg. Potassium2–3 g.
Niacin(B3)25 mg. Selenium, as
200 mcg.
Niacinamide(B3)50 mg. Silicon100–200 mg.
Pantothenic acid(B5)1,000 mg. Sulfur400–800 mg.
Pyridoxine (B6)50 mg. Vanadium150–300 mcg.
Pyridoxal-5-phosphate25 mg. Zinc60–100 mg.**
Cobalamin (B12)200 mcg.
Folic acid800 mcg. L-amino acids1,000 mg.
Biotin300 mcg. L-arginine500–1,000 mg.
Inositol1,000 mg. L-lysine500–1,000 mg.
Vitamin C 4–6 g. Lactobacillus2 billion organisms
Bioflavonoids500 mg. Bromelain200–400 mg.
Boron2–3 mg.
Calcium800–1,200 mg.
Chromium200 mcg.
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About The Author
Elson M. Haas, MD is founder & Director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin (since 1984), an Integrated Health Care Facility in San Rafael, CA and author of many books on Health and Nutrition, including ...more
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