The Blaylock Wellness Report
D.K. This report will first focus on the realities of folks who have had a stroke but PLEASE read on as Dr. Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon, has helpful tips for what to do to minimize damage from a stroke and tips to prevent them.
“Each year, approximately 800,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke of some kind- from minor to serious or even life- threatening.”
“There are currently more than 3.5 million living with the consequences of stroke, and for many that represents a major cause of disability.”
Dr. Blaylock claims hypertension (high blood pressure), smoking and the Western diet plays a strong role in stroke risk.
High consumption of meats (especially red meats), sugar, and omega-6 oils, along with low consumption of omega-3 oils, magnesium, and nutrient dense vegetables are contributing stroke risk factors.
Dr. Blaylock’s beloved mother-in-law had a stroke and was taken to a “stroke center,” which was also a teaching center for medical students, interns, and residents.
“I expressed concern that my mother-in law had been in the hospital for five days, yet was receiving no nutrition to speak of. In fact, she was eating virtually nothing, drinking little, and getting no vitamins nor minerals with her intravenous fluids( which were running a a very low rate.)”
“After getting only excuses from the neurologist, I informed him that after a stroke the brain become hypermetabolic-meaning its need for nutrients is very intense, Yet she was getting virtually no nutrition “
“I asked him if he would at least add magnesium to the IV, as that nutrient has been shown to reduce stroke damage in a number of studies, even if given after the stroke has occurred.
D.K. Isn’t that exciting news? Something so simple could possibly reduce stroke damage!
His mother’s neurologist questioned using magnesium, however, Dr. Blaylock conveyed he had 30 years of experience using magnesium for stroke patients,along with conducting extensive research on the therapy.
Dr. Blaylock’s mother- in- law wasn’t doing well until an attending internist recognized Dr. Blaylock’s mother-in-law’s need for magnesium. “She was giving one gram in her IV overnight and improved rapidly after that.”
“In far too many cases, a perfect operation or procedure is ruined by a failure to pay attention to critical nutritional issues both before and after surgery.”
Dr. Blaylock shared when he attended medical school, nutrition wasn’t even mentioned, and biochemistry- the study of how the body metabolizes foods, repairs itself, and maintains its various complex structures was ignored by the vast majority of students.
“Today there are extensive studies on virtually all aspects of nutrition and its importance for preventing disease and —of equal importance— recovering from disease.”
Here’s the key:
“If a person’s nutritional status is good or excellent prior to suffering a stroke, the brain will have an adequate supply of antioxidants and other protective molecules to counteract these destructive events.”
“A number of studies have shown that water-soluble vitamins, such as B vitamins ad vitamin C , are depleted within 24 hours of a major stroke or other brain injury. I am amazed that physicians still don’t add these essential vitamins to patient’s’ IV fluids. “…Dr. Blaylock
D.K. My 95 year old mother has had 2 strokes and 2 heart attacks with little residual damage. I have been thrilled her life was not altered drastically from them. After reading Dr. Blalylock’s publication, I am understanding her good results more. Besides being a praying women, she is faithful to her supplements.
Taking Betty Caldwell (101) L and Mom (95) R to 2016 rodeo. Can you tell how excited they are!?!
“Magnesium performs many functions that help protect the brain during a stroke, including improving brain blood flow, reducing inflammation, raising neuronal glutathione levels, and improving brain energy.”
Dr. Blaylock was so happy his mother-in-law had taken magnesium for many years prior to her stroke. He said that played a major role in her complete recovery.
Dr. Blaylock’s 6 Tips to Prevent Strokes:
It is far better to prevent a stroke from happening in the first place so he offers these tips.
1. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Avoid excess red meat, as the iron dramatically increases the damage done by strokes, as well as accelerating atherosclerosis.
Chicken and low-mercury fish are the best proteins. (modest amounts of about 6 oz. a day.
Eat 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables, mainly nutrient dense vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale,spinach, greens, parsley,and cabbage. Also add garlic and onions to your diet.
The best fruits include blueberries,strawberries, blackberries, chokeberries, acas berries, and raspberries.
D.K. I look for organic berries because they are a heavily pesticide sprayed food. Costco often offers them in frozen and fresh varieties.
Margarine, trans fats and omega-6 fats should be avoided……..such as most cooking oil—such as corn, soybean,safflower, sunflower,peanut, and canola-contain omega-6 fats.
“Extra virgin Oil and coconut oil are both healthy and contain a number of protective compounds.”
Sugar should be avoided as much as possible.
Bread, especially white bread, is a major problem because it affects the body in much the same way as sugar.
“One of the strongest factors in strokes is diabetes. Following a good diet will also reduce insulin resistance, which sets off Type 2 diabetes.”
2. Stay Hydrated
“Dehydration, especially if it is prolonged, is major contributor to stroke risk.”
Fruits contain a lot of water and are a good for hydration. “One way to maximize protection is to drink blueberry juice.”
Dr. Blaylock uses a product named “FruitFast) which contains little sugar. Also, he uses Stevia, which can be obtained from a health food store.
He suggests we drink at least12 ounces of fluid four times a day..
3. Exercise Regularly
Exercise is great for improving blood flow, cardiovascular health, and for stimulating brain growth factors BDNF and NGF, which aid in brain plasticity and repair of brain tissue.
“The important thing is to exercise regularly and exercise different muscle groups.
4. Get Restful Sleep
Sleep deprivation can affect us in many negative ways, such as fat gain, fatigue difficulty concentrating and poor memory.
“As we age, our brains manufacture less of the sleep inducing hormone melatonin, which is one of the most powerful and important brain protectants. It also has anticancer effects throughout the body.”
“To help with sleep, take melatonin about 30 minutes before retiring. The dose varies, but to begin with use no more than .05 to 1 mg. I prefer the sublingual forms.”
Melatonin should not be taken during the day.
D.K. I have been taking USANA Health Sciences melatonin (Pure Rest) for years. It was very helpful in the shift work as a flight attendant. Now retired, I still take a half of a tablet every night which lulls me to sleep.
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5. Take Nutritional Supplements
“To make sure you’re getting all the things your body needs, it’s a good idea to take a daily balance multivitamin/mineral supplement.”
6. Avoid Prolong Stress
That’s easier said than done with all the challenges we face today. Dr. Blaylock encourages us to find ways to relax because stress is a major trigger for inflammation throughout the body, including the brain.
“Studies have shown that following intensive or prolonged stress, one sees a progressive destruction of neurons in critical areas of the brain needed for learning and memory.”
D.K. I have included a section on this website about techniques dealing with stress. There’s relaxing music you can click on as well. Hope you enjoy!