The must-do after ANY hospitalization

Home from the hospital?

Be sure to get some rest to help speed your recovery. Just don't rest TOO easy -- because you've got some business to take care of.

You might be home, but you're still at risk -- and it's for a condition that probably has nothing to do with your reason for going to the emergency room in the first place.

And it's something NO ONE in the hospital will warn you about!

New research reveals that going to an ER or being admitted to the hospital for an emergency can cause long-term damage to the brain.

But what makes this so startling is that this isn't something that happens right away.

Sure, you might be hazy after an emergency hospitalization, but most of that will fade, and you might even THINK you've recovered.

But maybe you didn't -- not entirely -- because this new study didn't look at the short term or even the middle-term.

It looked at the effects of hospitalization over five years and found a clear difference between folks who are hospitalized for an emergency and those who aren't.

It finds that if you're hospitalized or end up in the emergency room, you could slip into cognitive decline a full 60 perfect faster.

And it all started in the very place that was supposed to make you BETTER!

You can't control when you have an emergency, and I certainly don't want to scare you away from the ER when you need it.

So, if you DO have an emergency, don't hesitate to get help.

Just don't think your recovery is over once you're home. Instead, work to make sure you don't suffer any long-term damage from the hospital stay.

And for that, I suggest two easy-to-follow steps anyone can take to minimize the chances of decline:

  1. When in the hospital, watch what you're given, or have someone keep watch over you. The overuse of medication, especially common hospital drugs such as sleep aids and painkillers, can cause lasting damage on the brain. Don't use them unless you truly need them -- and if you truly need them, stick with the lowest dose for the shortest period.
  2. Once you're home, work with a holistic medical doctor on a plan to detoxify naturally to help remove anything building up in your system. This will limit the damage and get your brain firing on all cylinders again.

Certain foods, including herbs and cruciferous vegetables, are natural detoxifiers -- and don't forge t probiotics and even prebiotics to help the friendly bacteria in your gut recover from exposure to hospital germs and antibiotics.

Supplements and other therapies can also help clear out the bad stuff.

For a more personal approach to detox, whether you've been in a hospital or not, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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