Natural First Aid Kits Statesville NC

As much as we try to stay healthy, sometimes there’s no avoiding major surgery, and any way you look at it, surgery puts a huge amount of stress on the body. You needn’t take the experience lying down, however—you can do a whole lot to prepare yourself for the operating room and to speed your recovery.

Aldi
125 North Pointe Blvd.
Statesville, NC
Store Hours
Monday-Thursday 9am - 7pmFriday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm

Walmart Supercenter
(704) 871-9833
1116 Crossroads Drive
Statesville, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Fri:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Pharmacy #
(704) 871-9824
Pharmacy Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Rite-Aide
(704) 872-8131
1716 East Broad Street
Statesville, NC
Services
Drive-Thru Pharmacy, Digital Prints, Print to Print, One Hour Photo Lab, One Hour Photo Online, Photo Gifts, Photo Books
Hours
Mon-Thu:08:00 - 10:00
Friday:08:00 - 10:00
Saturday:08:00 - 10:00
Sunday:10:00 - 06:00
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Thu:09:00 - 09:00
Friday:09:00 - 09:00
Saturday:09:00 - 06:00
Sunday:10:00 - 06:00

Walgreens
(704) 873-6216
951 Davie Ave
Statesville, NC
 
Food Lion
(704) 528-9068
520 North Main Street
Troutman, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 7 AM - 11 PM

Ingles Markets
(704) 872-1739
219 Taylorsville Rd.
Statesville, NC
Services / Departments
Bakery, Deli, Floral
Store Hours
7:00am to 11:00pm

Kmart
(704) 878-8671
1530 East Broad Stre
Statesville, NC
Departments
Pharmacy, Portrait Studio
Hours
Mon - Fri :8am-10pm
Sat:8am-10pm
Sun:9am-10pm

Food Lion
(704) 872-4627
2187 Old Moutain Rd.
Statesville, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 6 AM - 11 PM

Food Lion
(704) 873-1153
947 Davie Avenue
Statesville, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 7 AM - 11 PM

Supertarget
(704) 799-1233
594 River Hwy
Mooresville, NC
Store Hours
M-Fr: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.Sa: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.Su: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Natural First Aid for Surgery

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By Jack Challem

As much as we try to stay healthy, sometimes there’s no avoiding major surgery, and any way you look at it, surgery puts a huge amount of stress on the body. You needn’t take the experience lying down, however—you can do a whole lot to prepare yourself for the operating room and to speed your recovery.

Not surprisingly, good nutrition pays post-op dividends. Take the time before your surgery to improve your eating habits by limiting your intake of most store-bought snack foods, fast foods, and refined carbs such as white bread and white rice. These foods can create a diabetes-like blood-sugar pattern that results in poor glucose tolerance, which, in turn, can lower your immunity and hinder your recovery. Case in point: A study in the April 2006 Archives of Surgery reported that people with poor glucose tolerance had twice the risk of post-operative infections.

And don’t forget your vitamins. Alan Gaby, MD, coeditor of A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions (Healthnotes, 1999), often suggests that his patients take a high-potency multivitamin and mineral formula, starting at least two weeks before surgery and continuing for at least four weeks afterward to promote healing. In addition, add the following supplements to top out your total daily intake at these levels: 2,000 to 3,000 mg vitamin C, 25,000 IU vitamin A, 30 to 50 mg zinc, 3 to 4 mg copper, and 1,500 to 3,000 mg citrus bioflavonoids. “Just about every time patients use this,” says Gaby, “the surgeon comments that he has never seen anyone heal so fast.”

Because of the risks inherent in major surgery, however, you absolutely must let both your surgeon and your anesthesiologist know what supplements, medications, and over-the-counter drugs you’re taking. For example, certain supplements have a tendency to thin blood and could cause excessive bleeding on the operating table. Ron Hunninghake, MD, medical director of the Bright Spot for Health, a nutritional medicine center in Wichita, Kansas, offers this advice: “It’s prudent to stop taking natural anticoagulants, such as garlic, ginkgo, high levels of vitamin E, and fish oils, a week or so before surgery.” But resume them after surgery, with your doctor’s go-ahead.

Additionally, various herbs may interact with anesthesia during surgery. Steven Barker, MD, head of the anesthesiology department at the University of Arizona Medical School, Tucson, points out that St. John’s wort prolongs the effects of anesthesia, making it more difficult to regain consciousness. “Ephedrine-like supplements, such as ma huang, often taken for weight loss, can increase blood pressure and trigger heart-rhythm abnormalities—not what you want on the operating room table.” For the same reason, Barker also notes that antihistamines, including those sold over the counter (such as Sudafed), may also pose problems.

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