I recently spoke to a physician who had had delicate and complicated surgery and had opted for local instead of general anaesthesia. On hearing this I was surprised. What would make someone want to be awake for such an event? As I discovered, only someone who has “inside information” on the dangers of anaesthesia.
As a homeopathic toxicologist, I was aware of the toxic drugs used in anaesthesia, but did not know the full extent to which they could cause long-term effects in certain people. While anaesthesia is an indispensable part of the medical world, we need to be cautious in its use.
One of the most vulnerable age groups is infants and young children. Research shows that even a routine anaesthetic could pose the risk of neurotoxicity in the brains of these age groups. Certain anaesthetics appear to cause neurodegeneration involving persistant memory problems and learning difficulties later in life. Another study showed that prolonged anaesthesia in the young led to decreased weight gain. Apparently, the FDA has advised the medical community to consider alternative non-surgical therapies for infants and young children.
Another vulnerable age group is the seniors. Recently, new evidence has pointed to two adverse effects that anaesthesia may be responsible for in the elderly surgical patients. One is called Post-Operative Cognitive Disorder ( POCD ) which some studies regard as a form of “brain damage” that they believe to be not only irreversible but untreatable. Because anaesthesia affects the release of neurotransmitters in the Central Nervous System, memory processes may become damaged.
Recent reports further suggest that Alzheimer’s can become accelerated by anaesthesia and surgery. In fact, one study reported that patients having coronary artery bypass surgery under general anaesthesia were 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease that those having angioplasty under local anaesthesia. Here’s a quote from a recent study that casts the shadow of vulnerability much earlier than the retirement years: “ In addition, the age of onset of AD ( Alzheimer’s Disease ) was inversely related to the cumulative exposure to anaesthesia BEFORE AGE 50.” This brings the problem closer to home for most of us.
Another dangerous complication could be an allergic reaction which could become fatal. I have had several patients who had complications and others had trouble coming out of anaesthesia, taking twice as long to recover. Regulation Thermograpy has an index where it gauges the patient’s sensitivity to anaesthesia in the likelihood of surgery. It will show if the patient is in the safe or unsafe zone.
After anaesthesia and surgery, the whole body system, including the spirit is out of balance. Some homeopaths believe that there is a dislocation of the spirit from the body after general anaesthesia, and that the link between the pineal and the pituitary gland may be destroyed. This may result in severe emotional distress . Woman are usually more affected than men because they need more anaesthesia. There are documented suicide cases linked to post-surgery depression and anxiety I read one case of a woman who described her post-anaesthesia emotional state as “issues I normally could work through easily became unbearable and broke me down.”
In homeopathic terms, we call this scenario NWS ( never well since ) anaesthesia/surgery. These patients will say things like “ I haven’t been the same since my surgery” or “I don’t know who I am anymore” or “I don’t feel like me anymore.” However, homeopathy can treat all of these symptoms. Remedies are given before the anaesthesia to protect the patient as well as after the surgery to detox the patient. Remedies can actually be made from the specific anaesthesia in order to pull out its toxic imprint from the body/psyche/spirit.
Clearly, anaesthesia is not to be taken lightly. There are probably many people suffering from some of the long-term side-effects mentioned here, yet they have no clue as to their link to anaesthesia. The good news is that with Regulation Thermography, there is a way to detect sensitivity and with Homeopathic Toxicology, there is a system to clear out the lasting imprint of anaesthesia even after many years.