Memory loss

This Week In The HSI Forum

“I am wondering if there is any information on anesthesia after surgery regarding memory loss.”

In an HSI Forum thread titled “Anesthesia,” a member who calls herself “sha” posted that comment along with this specific information about her anesthesia experience:

“I had breast cancer in 2002 and ended up having 5 surgeries in the past 2+ years. This last one, which was the final one 2 weeks ago, left me quite ‘blotchy’ in memory. I just couldn’t think straight and I couldn’t remember a lot of things. I had also stopped taking all of my supplements prior to the surgery. When I started taking them again it seemed to help, but not sure how much damage has been done. I do know that I was never asked after surgery how my memory was. Just looking for info and possible supplements to take to counter act the damage, if there are some.”

There certainly are. A member named Jerry writes: “For all memory problems including Alzheimer’s, take Ginko Biloba. 120 mg a day divided into three doses. Expect it to take up to a month or more to notice a difference.”

And a member named Jo has this suggestion about an oil that’s quite rich in vitamin E: “We have heard good reports of the benefits of rice bran oil on mental functioning and personality, so why not take some, and please tell us how you get on.”

For anyone recovering from surgery, a high intake of good nutrients is essential, as a member named Joyce understands. Joyce writes: “I recently had bilateral hip surgery and my brain didn’t seem to function at more than half strength for a few weeks afterwards. It appears to be getting more up to speed again now 6 weeks later. Whether I’ve permanently forgotten anything remains to be seen! I too stopped my supplements for the 3 weeks I was in hospital, but have begun adding them back into my diet again since discharge. Multi vit and min, Chinese herbs, extra vits C and E, B complex, CoQ10.”

Joyce is definitely on the right track. In the e-Alert “Before the Knife” (9/4/03), HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D., explained that some supplements (such as vitamin C and N-acetylcysteine) should be discontinued before surgery so that general anesthesia won’t be impaired.

As for post-surgery supplementation, Dr. Spreen writes: “Surgery is a major stress, and for that you want the maximum dose of nutrients for the body to choose from for the repair function. The instant I could hold something down I’d be right back at them (and tons of other supplements) full force – C, A, E, B-complex, NAC, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle extract, zinc, essential fatty acids, and others.”

Vitamin C in particular helped a member named Peggy: “Anesthesia does cause memory loss. Any time after I have anesthesia, I take 5,000 mg of vit. C. Then I continue to take Vit. C. Like about 20,000 mg in the first 24 hours. I do this just for anesthesia at a dentists office. Large amounts of Vit. C will detox the remaining anesthesia. The memory loss bouts come each time the body dumps a bit more of the anesthesia out of your body. I don’t know that Ginko would detox the body from anesthesia. But vit. C will. And, when the vit. C does cause the anesthesia to leave, you will feel a bit spacey for a short while.”

If you’ve ever had memory problems associated with anesthesia, please write and share your experience with us – especially if you found an effective way to regain lost memory or to overcome that “spacey” feeling.

Other topics on the HSI Forum this week include:

* Leg & foot cramps
* Distilled water drinking
* Coconut oil
* Sore throat and vinegar
* Atkins diet
* Flu vaccine

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Well, there’s just no denying it. Deion Sanders is back, baby! Two interceptions – one returned for a touchdown. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that – unless you add the other two interceptions and the sack/fumble the Ravens defense forced against Buffalo last Sunday.

And for all of you who are thinking, “Yeah, but your offense is the worst in the league.” I say, “So what?” It takes a whole team to win a game. Long balls and good pass blocking that don’t result in touchdowns are just useless stats at the end of the day. So as long as we put up more points than the other team and end the day with a “W,” I don’t care how we got there.

Remember, this is a team that won the Super Bowl with one of the worst offensive teams in history, and after going five games without a touchdown.

(As a side note, Kyle Boller is doing much better than he’s getting credit for. At least three of his passes Sunday were in the receivers’ hands and were dropped. Yes, he still needs to mature, but the kid has talent and will be a force in a year or two. Side, side note: Please don’t quote this back to me in two years if he’s not playing better.)

I’m sure at least one or two of you are thinking that solid defense and good special teams play will not be enough to defeat the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles at home next week, especially without Jamal Lewis. And you’re probably right. But the offense has done what it needed to do in just about every game. In most cases, this has called for protecting the ball and burning the clock. But if they need to step up, I’m confident they can – and will.

And if they don’t, I’m certainly confident about putting a needed win in the hands of Ray Lewis, Deion Sanders, Chris McAllister, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and, of course, our new return specialist, B.J. Samms.

It’s like the year 2000 all over again. And that’s just fine with me.


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