Helping someone in the hospital

Thursday, February 24, 2011 by: Dr. Carolyn Dean
Tags: hospital, patients, health news

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(NaturalNews) If you or a loved one are hospitalized there are ways to achieve a better outcome. Most hospitals will not allow you to take anything (especially by mouth) that's not prescribed by the doctor. I've received many letters of desperation from children of elderly parents begging me to intervene in their care because they can't even get simple nutrients prescribed. That usually proves impossible because doctors don't know how to prescribe nutrients and if they didn't learn it in their medical training they regard it as quackery. All we learn about natural medicine intervention falls by the wayside when someone enters a hospital. Instead of "Right to Die" forms to sign why aren't there forms that allow IV vitamins and minerals to help a person live.

The following recommendations are what I would personally do if I or a loved one were incarcerated in a hospital. But I still have to give out a disclaimer. This advice is not to be viewed as a prescription from me to you because I don't know your case. If you choose to do any of these measures, you either have to get your doctor's approval or if you choose to do them without your doctor's consent you have to take full responsibility for using them.

Rescue Remedy
This is a Bach Flower Remedy that can be found in health food stores or online. It's called the Emergency Remedy made from a combination of flowers: Cherry Plum (for loss of control and fear), Clematis (for light-headedness), Impatiens (for impatience), Rock Rose (for terror), and Star of Bethlehem (for shock).

Rescue Remedy is used to deal with the immediate effects of crises, emergencies, attacks of nerves, etc. The affirmation that goes with this remedy is: "The worst is over. Balance and harmony are restored." It comes in dropper form or in cream form. I would use the cream to rub into the feet and hands. You can use it many times a day.

2. Angstrom Magnesium
I've had many cases of people applying liquid angstrom magnesium externally to the skin with wonderful results. Over 325 enzyme systems in the body require magnesium. When injured, the body needs enormous amounts of magnesium to heal. Angstrom magnesium is low potency magnesium at such a small size (picometer) that it's absorbed 100 percent at the cellular level, so it doesn't build up in the body to cause any side effects.

The contraindications to oral non-angstrom magnesium are:
1. Kidney failure. With kidney failure there is an inability to clear magnesium from the kidneys.
2. Myasthenia gravis. Intravenous administration could accentuate muscle relaxation and collapse the respiratory muscles.
3. Excessively slow heart rate. Slow heart rates can be made even slower, as magnesium relaxes the heart. Slow heart rates often require an artificial pacemaker.
4. Bowel obstruction. The main route of elimination of oral magnesium is through the bowel.

Disclaimer: There is not enough research to give a blanket statement that angstrom magnesium is 100 percent safe in the above conditions

3. Reiki Therapy, Hands on Healing and Prayer
These are forms of "energy" medicine that can have a tremendous effect on helping a person recover from illness or injury.

4. Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that treats the individual with highly diluted substances with the aim of triggering the body's natural system of healing. I've seen homeopathy work time and time again. However, medicine considers homeopathy an ineffective placebo. So, I would ask the doctor in charge if I could take a placebo to help my healing!

You can put drops or pellets in drinking water. The most effective remedies include Aconite for terror; Gelsemium for mental and physical weakness and fear of losing control; and Arnica for pain, shock, bruising, swelling and bleeding. A homeopath can help define more specific remedies suitable for your condition.

If you don't want to use oral homeopathy, Arnica cream or Traumeel gel or ointment can be applied to the skin several times a day. Arnica is described above and Traumeel contains several important healing remedies: aconitum, arnica, belladonna, bellis, calendula, chamomilla, echinacea, hamamelis, hepar sulphuris calcareum, hypericum, mercurius solubilis, millefolium, symphytum.

Keeping a Hospital Journal
Beyond remedies, keeping a journal is a very practical action you can take to ensure you have a safe hospital stay.

The most important entries into your journal are the names of everyone who comes into your room, be it the janitor, doctor, candy striper, nurse, TV repairman or the food service person. Introduce yourself and ask for their name and write it down. Let me tell you, that simple act will get their attention!

Once you have their name and you address them by name there is something that clicks inside the brain of people in the service industry. (And believe me these people are there to serve you.) Maybe what clicks in is a concern over being held accountable or being sued. Whatever it is, you want them to be accountable and responsible for their actions around you. So, if that's the final outcome you want, start keeping that journal.

You also want to keep a record of everything that goes into your body. If it takes a few seconds for the nurse to read you what your meds are, don't let them rush you. It's their job to take care of you and if they give you the wrong pills, then they are not doing their job. Nurses are supposed to check your name on your hospital armband every time they give you a medication to make sure it's actually for you. So, to encourage that action, hold out your arm to help them remember to do their job.

If you are unconscious or unable to keep a journal, hopefully you will have friends or family watching over you. Then it's their job to keep your journal for you. Believe me, if everyone journaled their hospital stay, hospital care would improve dramatically.

About the author:
About the author:
Dr. Carolyn Dean is The Doctor of the Future. She is a medical doctor and naturopathic doctor in the forefront of the natural medicine revolution since 1979.

She has two published patents on novel health products such as RnA Drops, ReMag, ReLyte, ReNew and ReAline at

Dr. Dean is the author/coauthor of over 30 health books (print and eBooks) including The Magnesium Miracle, Death by Modern Medicine, IBS for Dummies, IBS Cookbook for Dummies, The Yeast Connection and Women's Health, Future Health Now Encyclopedia, Death by Modern Medicine, Everything Alzheimers, and Hormone Balance.

She is on the Medical Advisory Board of the non-profit educational site - Nutritional Magnesium Association ( Her magnesium recommendations can be found under Resources on her website.

Dr. Dean has a free online newsletter and a valuable online 2-year wellness program called Completement Now! at She also runs a busy telephone consulting practice. Find out more at,, and

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