Speeding Recovery from Surgery with Turmeric

Speeding Recovery from Surgery with Turmeric
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The anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin, the pigment in the spice turmeric, was put to the test to see if it could reduce postoperative pain and fatigue after surgery.

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Medicine is messy. One of reasons researchers experiment on animals is that they can create uniform, standardized injuries to test potential remedies. It’s not like you can just cut open 50 people and see if something works better than a sugar pill. But, wait a second, we cut people open all the time. It’s called surgery. The efficacy of turmeric curcumin in pain and postoperative fatigue after laparoscopic cholecystectomy—people getting their gallbladder removed: a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled study. Fifty people were cut into, given curcumin, or an identical looking placebo, along with rescue analgesics—actual pain killers to take if the pain became unbearable. Even though it’s just laparoscopic surgery, people don’t realize what a toll it can take—you can be out of commission for a month. In India, turmeric, in curry powder, has traditionally been used as a remedy for traumatic pain and fatigue; so, let’s put it to the test.

In the weeks following surgery, a dramatic drop in pain and fatigue scores in the curcumin group. Those are my kind of p values. It’s hard to come up with objective measures of pain and fatigue, but drug-wise, the curcumin group was still in so much pain, they were forced to take seven of the rescue painkillers. In the same time period, though, the control group had to take 39. Of course, better to not get gallstones in the first place, but their conclusion was like no other I’ve ever read in a drug trial. “Turmeric is a natural food ingredient, palatable, and harmless.” OK, so far so good. “It proves to be beneficial as it may be an ecofriendly alternative to synthesized anti-inflammatory drugs which have a definite carbon footprint due to industrial production.” Since when do surgeons care about the greenhouse gas emissions from drug companies? I just had to look up this reference. And, there it is, the journey of the carbon-literate and climate-conscious endosurgeon. I don’t know what’s stranger, seeing the word holistic in a surgical journal or the name of this guy’s practice: Dr. Agarwal’s Surgery & Yoga.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Katie Schloer.

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Medicine is messy. One of reasons researchers experiment on animals is that they can create uniform, standardized injuries to test potential remedies. It’s not like you can just cut open 50 people and see if something works better than a sugar pill. But, wait a second, we cut people open all the time. It’s called surgery. The efficacy of turmeric curcumin in pain and postoperative fatigue after laparoscopic cholecystectomy—people getting their gallbladder removed: a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled study. Fifty people were cut into, given curcumin, or an identical looking placebo, along with rescue analgesics—actual pain killers to take if the pain became unbearable. Even though it’s just laparoscopic surgery, people don’t realize what a toll it can take—you can be out of commission for a month. In India, turmeric, in curry powder, has traditionally been used as a remedy for traumatic pain and fatigue; so, let’s put it to the test.

In the weeks following surgery, a dramatic drop in pain and fatigue scores in the curcumin group. Those are my kind of p values. It’s hard to come up with objective measures of pain and fatigue, but drug-wise, the curcumin group was still in so much pain, they were forced to take seven of the rescue painkillers. In the same time period, though, the control group had to take 39. Of course, better to not get gallstones in the first place, but their conclusion was like no other I’ve ever read in a drug trial. “Turmeric is a natural food ingredient, palatable, and harmless.” OK, so far so good. “It proves to be beneficial as it may be an ecofriendly alternative to synthesized anti-inflammatory drugs which have a definite carbon footprint due to industrial production.” Since when do surgeons care about the greenhouse gas emissions from drug companies? I just had to look up this reference. And, there it is, the journey of the carbon-literate and climate-conscious endosurgeon. I don’t know what’s stranger, seeing the word holistic in a surgical journal or the name of this guy’s practice: Dr. Agarwal’s Surgery & Yoga.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Katie Schloer.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Images thanks to Ed Schuipel and Anant Nath Sharma via Flickr.

Doctor's Note

Here’s the video I mentioned on preventing gallstones in the first place: Cholesterol Gallstones.

The “p value” I mention in the video refers to a measure of the strength of evidence. The smaller it is, the stronger the evidence is that the result they found didn’t just happen by chance. By convention, a p value under 0.05 is considered small enough for a result to be considered statistically significant. This means that you’d only expect to find a result that remarkable simply by coincidence 5% of the time, or in 1 out of 20 cases. So, a p value like the one in the study, <.000, suggests you’d have to run the experiment thousands of times before you’d come up with such a dramatic result just by chance.

Do the turmeric videos ever end? Here are some on turmeric and cancer:

Turmeric is effective at fighting many other health conditions, too, as evident in these videos:

Finally, you may be wondering whether turmeric should be taken as a supplement or in whole food form. I invite you to watch Turmeric or Curcumin: Plants vs. Pills to find out. 

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  1. From the abstract, I’m unable to tell if these patients received curcumin or turmeric (they seem to use the terms interchangeably). Also would like to know the amount per dose.

    1. Turmeric is the whole herb. Curcumin is just part of it and for some diseases this works better, whilst for other diseases the synergy of the whole herb works better. However scientific findings recently say we do not absorb sufficient of the kitchenherb to have any effect. They are now looking into better ways of increasing that effect, maybe through nanoparticles.

      1. Apparently taking black pepper with turmeric increases its bioavailability dramatically. I think there is one of Dr. Gregers movies that address that.

  2. I’m still trying to find the most absorbable brand of curcumin supplement. Several companies claim that theirs is the most absorbable, but they back up the claim with their own studies. Does anyone know of objective independent studies of different brands regarding their in vivo effectiveness?

    1. Most curcumin products have pipeline to increase the bioavailability of curcumin. Piperine increases the bioavailability of curcumin by inhibiting an enzyme in the phase II of liver detoxification. I don’t like that, so I use Life Extension curcumin, which doesn’t have piperine, but i don’t have any independent evidence attesting to its efficacy.

      1. Friend did some research and found black peppercorns with a turmeric capsule or two, so it goes into the digestive tract and is not digested by stomach acids, thus getting greater absorbency into the system; it’s only a lay person’s approach; but it seems to make sense! Especially with the extremely high incidence of colonic cancer prevailing worldwide………mainly due, I believe, to non vegan and sedentary lifestyle. But that’s my perspective; it’s totally open to academic interpretation!! :-)

      2. I use the same George and prior to that I used Turmeric from New Chapter and I think I have got similar results from both which I measure by my osteoarthritis discomfort. I am 81 and I also make a smoothie every morning and sometimes add 1/2 tsp. of turmeric spice.

    2. I’m not sure the best brand to buy. Dr. Greger mentions how it’s best to find one with Good Manufacturing Practices. He says “If you are going to take a supplement, how do you choose? The latest review recommends purchasing from Western suppliers that follow recommended Good Manufacturing Practices, which may decrease the likelihood you’re buying an adulterated product.”

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    3. Why take supplements? Instead, you can use a teaspoon of turmeric with a couple of pinches of black pepper along with a few nuts or seeds to help enhance absorption. I add these to my rice or even put some turmeric and pepper in a smoothie. Also, you can get more curcumin in your diet by flavoring your foods with curry.

        1. I take 1/2t of turmeric with black pepper 2x a day. I put it in a cup, swish it around with water and drink it down. I’ve ruined 3 shirts with turmeric stains though, because I have a drinking problem, so now i wear a bib.

        2. I am one of those few who need to avoid high oxylates, and so would appreciate knowing of a good quality curcumin supplement. I haven’t come across any whose description and/or labeling specifically mention oxylate content or lack thereof. A capsule just filled with turmeric wouldn’t do me any good as far as avoiding oxylates, however, if I could find pure curcumin extract that would probably fit the bill.

          1. Hmm I don’t know of one being better than others. Did you happen to see my post about finding a good brand? Dr. Greger mentions how it’s best to find one with Good Manufacturing Practices. He says “If you are going to take a supplement, how do you choose? The latest review recommends purchasing from Western suppliers that follow recommended Good Manufacturing Practices, which may decrease the likelihood you’re buying an adulterated product.”

        3. I do try to get my nutrition from whole foods in most cases. But, I was under the impression that most of these research studies used curcumin supplements because that is the most active ingredient in turmeric and there is only a small amount of curcumin (4 or 5 %) in turmeric. Would the conclusions of these studies hold up if the whole turmeric powder were used instead of curcumin extract? And how much turmeric powder would one need to take to get the therapeutic effect shown in these studies (not only this study, but all the other wonderful benefits that turmeric has)?

          1. I think many of the studies do use turmeric! Just a little bit (maybe 1 tsp) can have a beneficial effect. Dr. Greger discusses in this video about using black pepper to boost bioavailability. “Another way to boost the absorption of curcumin is to consume it in the whole food, turmeric root (fresh or dried), and powdered as turmeric because natural oils found in turmeric root and turmeric powder can enhance the bioavailability of curcumin 7 to 8 fold. When eaten with fat, curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system thereby in part bypassing the liver.”

          2. Liposomal delivery greatly improves bioavailability of orally administered curcumin. Check out this site: http://www.encapsula.com. I get most of my supplements from bulk supplements.com. I am not affiliated in any way, except of course a customer. I use their “Curcumin 95% natural Tumeric Extract” clean & pure, 100 grams $28.96, and use the Liposomal encapsulation delivery with the lipid sunflower seed powder.

        4. So why would the powder be better than slices of the root itself? Isn’t the root closer to being a whole food ? It seems like it probably has other positive compounds in it that we don’t yet know as well, and probably more fiber. John

          1. You can totally use the fresh root! I think one of the reasons it’s more commonly known that the powder (turmeric spice) is effective is because researchers use that over the fresh root in clinical trials. Easier to have folks use turmeric or curcumin than buying the fresh stuff.

            1. So it’s easier to hide in a controlled study, so you can say, here is a capsule of powdered turmeric or a capsule of powdered something else, while if you tried the root, it would be obvious whether it was really turmeric or not. Completely makes sense to me. Thanks Dr. Gonzales.
              John

        5. I heard from a friend that large doses of tumeric supplement can cause adverse cardiac effects…not sure what dose or brand he was taking. Is this a common occurrence or an isolated reaction due to overdose?

    4. Thanks to Joseph and all others who replied to my query … good information! This is my “go-to” website for nutritional information :-)

      1. I neglected to mention; I make my own Liposomal solution using nonGMO, organic sunflower lecithin. The website “encapsula” was informational only on the efficacy of using a phospholipid delivery. They mfg. products for sale – very expensive! But you can make your own, making it very affordable. YouTube has many videos on how to.

  3. Facing an inguinal hernia repair, I was told to stop all herb supplement and use, e.g. dietary turmeric and garlic, before surgery as they could interfere with normal blood coagulation. Seems like I might have some turmeric afterwards.

    1. +Slim055 I had the hernia repair surgery 11/20, almost four weeks ago as I write this. I resumed daily turmeric (3 grams) with ground flax seed and pepper, along with turmeric, garlic and other spices in my food. I was off pain pills within 3-4 days and started walking gently 1-2 hours a day. Only the first two days after surgery were challenging. Now I’m feeling just about normal and am cleared for starting more focused exercise by the end of the week. All the best.

  4. haha, carbon emissions. love it. I’ve been worried about my carbon emissions since I now eat a lot of black beans thanks to this website. Will there be a study some day showing that because of nutritionsfacts.org and eating beans led to increased methane gas emissions and resulted in accelerated global warming?

  5. So then I made stone-ground grits with turmeric, and blueberries, and a bit of beet pickle juice for COLORS!

    Fennel seed for crunch, and more Indian flare. Flaxseed added, because hey-flaxseed!

    1. OK, blueberries turn kind of reddish in the blender, beet pickle juice is definitely red or cerise, and turmeric is decidedly golden, so did you get a lively shade of orange? And, by the way, I haven’t tried fennel seeds for crunch but I will because I definitely like crunch. Indian restaurants often have fennel seeds next to the cash register, so people can take a pinch for digestion. Not sure the community bowl is a great idea, with everybody using their pinching finger and thumb, but I have seen it in Canada.

      1. Blueberries remain blue and ooze a bit of purplish-red. The grits were yellow, turmeric YELLOWED them a bit more. Who said anything about a blender? I cook my grits, drop in the fruit and such near the end, allow a rest period, then eat.

        We used the provided teaspoon to scoop the fennel seeds/candy after meal treat at the Indian joint. At home I simply dump them into my hand and into my mouth or food.

    2. I’ve taken to adding Indian spices to my morning java addiction…sorta chai coffee, it rocks! (Makes me feel a tiny bit better about that damn spoonful of the poison cheap store brand non dairy creamer I can’t get away from!)

      1. Have you tried dry-process Ethiopian coffee? It’s so flavorful and nearly sweet/creamy on its own. I buy green and roast in air popper.

          1. It’s actually pound for pound _cheaper_ for me to buy green coffee from Sweet Maria’s than it is to buy Eight O’Clock whole bean at the grocery next town over (no whole beans in my town at all). Yard sale popper, antique store grinder. You can spend more but you can’t get more. ;-D

            1. I am totally with ya! I have to hunt for the best options creatively to stretch a spare buck, and the experience of others is mega helpful! You roast in an air popper? Could you elaborate? (I’m already growing a slew of different foods, so maybe I could even add coffee to the list? Not sure it would grow well here, but hey, why not make an attempt? I’m in S FL) Thanks Wade, I will do some hunting! (Disclaimer: No animals will be harmed in the process. lol)

              1. Maybe coffee will grow there, I’m sure it’s been tried. I think mountains help, but find out.

                Yes, an air popper as marketed for popping corn will roast coffee just fine (if a bit noisy). Small batches are the rule, but I can roast enough for a week (one person) in two runs.

                You want the sort with air vents on the side, such that the beans spin. You have to listen for the crack. Some good info right at SM’s : https://legacy.sweetmarias.com/library/

                Java!

                (I bought a cup today, wasn’t bad…but I’ll roast up some beans now so that I can has _good_ coffee in the AM.)

                1. Thanks for the info Wade!
                  Yeah, I have a “mountain” in my yard, a compost pile! Har har.
                  Actually had a coffee tree in CT as a house plant for years, so while our sea level environ here is not optimal for production, if nothing else I guess it would at least be a handsome addition to the yard. I’ll try planting some magic beans and see what I get. Ever try germinating the beans you get before roasting? Hmmmm…

  6. Perhaps it’s all the antioxidants in my diet that kept me from needing pain meds following a mastectomy. The hospital was so crowded they parked me in a pre-op room following my 7 PM surgery and sent me home the next morning early. I never needed even an aspirin. I don’t remember if I was taking curcumin at the time, but I was on a healthy veggie-filled diet and may have been supplementing with curcumin, as I did take it for awhile.

      1. Any one can consider Bioavailable curcumin for better result, with 100 % turmeric origin, without any excepients, you try some Indian brands. they are market leaders. and patented worldwide.

  7. As for further anecdotal evidence I used curcumin as I recovered from an inguinal hernia repair. I only took pain meds for one day and evening was no problem and was doing light yoga in 4 days. Was back to full work capacity lifting and toting 50-60# within 2 weeks.

  8. Loved this video! Made me laugh out loud at the end :-)

    I’m a german medical student in Freiburg and I watch your videos all the time. Thank you so much for all the work you put in every day to show people the importance of evidence-based nutrition!
    There really is much more to medicine than what they teach us in pharmacology class…

  9. Carbon emissions? The author doesn’t think growing, harvesting and processing curcumin or turmeric has a carbon foot print?

    Considering that flatulence gas is much more prevalent in the vegan and its composition has a fair share of the strong greenhouse gas methane, I predict the Greens will be soon wish to outlaw vegans along with cattle because of their deleterious effect of the digestive gases.

    We’ll all be eating dirt soon!

    1. CommanderBill3: re: “Considering that flatulence gas is much more prevalent in the vegan…” Says who? Where do you get your information?

      Here is some of what I know about the topic:
      http://nutritionfacts.org/2011/12/05/beans-and-gas-clearing-the-air/

      Including: “The main source of gas, though, is the normal bacterial fermentation in our colon of undigested sugars. Dairy products are a leading cause of excessive flatulence, due to poor digestion of the milk sugar lactose, though even people who are lactose tolerant may suffer from dairy.

      Beans have been christened the musical fruit, but could it just be a lot of hot air? A randomized controlled crossover study published last week, … concluded “People’s concerns about excessive flatulence from eating beans may be exaggerated.”

      Long-term, most people bulking up on high-fiber foods do not appear to have significantly increased problems with gas.”

      I think you are trying to be funny with your post, but I want to make sure that that (apparent) myth isn’t propagated with your humor.

      1. Thea it is rather common knowledge that fiber is a strong precursor to flatulence. Plant matter and a plant based diet has considerably more fiber than a meat diet. I googled vegetarianism, veganism and fiber in regards to flatulence and
        found literally hundreds of articles and listings. Denying what probably every vegan knows seems
        rather silly to me.

        1. CommanderBill3: “common knowledge” and “I googled…” I’m sure you understand that just because you find something on the internet doesn’t mean it is actually true. It seems to me that it would be silly to believe everything you read on google.

          I once did some google research into microwave cooking. The *vast* majority of “articles and listings” talked about the serious health problems associated with microwave cooking. Except that all those points are not true. After doing some real research, you can find that almost all of that “common knowledge” information that is repeated again and again – is in fact false or completely unsupported.

          Compare your google search to the article that I gave you, which really dives into this topic and includes links to the scientific studies to back it up. It’s odd to me that you would resort to google when you have actual scientific data to review. Did you even read my link and look at the studies. One of the studies linked to directly on that page addresses fiber:
          http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11985415
          That NutritionFacts article/page linked to in my original post above also explains the reasons why people often *think* (and thus may write articles and perpetuate myths) that being on a normal fiber diet is a problem. For example, getting to human-normal fiber levels might cause more gas during an initial transition period, but not long term.

          I’ve had a housefull crammed full of vegans (20+ people) in my small little living room for many a party over the last few years, and I can say through personal anecdotal experience on multiple occasions that there is no given flatulence problem for vegans.

          So again, let’s not perpetuate myths.

          1. Some people just seem to be gassier than others, no matter what they eat! You hit on a key point tho Thea, about the “long term”. I find that in general whenever myself or anyone I know makes dietary changes, even when they are healthful, there is often some kind of digestive disruption…and gas is the one we can share! lol Okay, I can’t resist….a politically incorrect joke. Why do farts smell? So Deaf people can appreciate them too! (A Deaf friend shared that with me in ASL!)

  10. I love turmeric!! Bruised my rib 2 weeks ago playing basketball. Anyone who has experienced a bruised rib knows they can be excruciating!! I’ve been drinking pots of turmeric tea and noticing a REAL benefit! Love this stuff.

    My question — does it just help with pain and inflammation, or could it actually speed up recovery time?

      1. Thanks! I eat tons of nutritional yeast, and love watermelon, and have been having lots of cherries to help with the injury as well!

        I guess my question is this: in the study on recovery from surgery, was the turmeric group ONLY improving their pain versus control, or were they actually HEALING faster? Reduced pain is great, but it’d be even greater to be able to improve healing time! I feel fully healed and would love to say it’s because I focused on these anti-inflammatory plant foods!

  11. If simply ingesting a little turmeric and pepper were all one needed to do to reap its benefits there wouldn’t be more than 8000 studies in Pub Med researching ways to actually make it available in therapeutically relevant amounts. Longvida is a brand developed by researchers at UCLA. Here is a link to independent studies: http://longvida.com/references/
    I personally take CurQfen because it has demonstrated extensive uptake in virtually all tissues, something which is impossible by simple dietary means.

    1. On your recommendation a few months ago, I ordered some CurQfen and have been taking that. The absorption studies of that product are very impressive, especially how it can cross the blood-brain barrier. I do still eat the turmeric powder (I tsp per day) in foods with black pepper and a small amount of oil, so between those two, I’m hoping to absorb enough curcumin to get the benefits as described in all the studies. Thanks for your recommendation.

      1. Glad to hear it. Were you able to read the entire study? Accessing it through Elsevier is expensive but the manufacturer will send you a free link It is quite fascinating.

        1. I’ve only been able to see the abstract and different summaries so far. I think I’ll check with the manufacturer for the free link … sounds fascinating … thanks for the info.

  12. Seeing the animal (chimp, monkey?) all girded for surgery and being experimented on was disturbing. I think most of us r concerned about animal being used it this way; I know I am. Is this an issue Dr. Gregor could address?

    1. I agree, it actually hurts. I’m sure the good Dr could very expertly address the issue, considering it’s part of his title…
      “A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle
      Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing
      in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health
      director at the Humane Society of the United States.”

  13. Is that the same doctor who was accused of falsifying data at Memorial Herman in Houston? I note the spelling of the name is slightly different.

  14. The whole turmeric/curcumin issue I find confusing. Time and time again, WHOLE foods have proven to be a much better source of the essentials than a specific ingredient, yet what gets tested is always an “extract”. I assume because it’s easier or more “scientific” to analyze an isolated compound? Even most vitamins extracted from their native source are either ineffective or harmful. The tendency is for us to want to borrow and capitalize on the most “potent” ingredients, but my instincts and limited experience tell me the whole food is the better option, with their myriad of co-factors. (Coincidentally, I recently planted some turmeric and noticed a little while ago it has leaves!) I doubt if we can ever fully comprehend or trump the wisdom of nature, God, whatever you call the universal force we are part of. (Look at where our arrogance has gotten us so far!)

  15. After my hysterectomy all I did was juices and smoothies. Every time I had one, I put in ginger, turmeric, pineapple. I still drink them all the time. I took hardly any pain meds after the surgery. I made my hubby bring the blender to the hospital room. Cherries are also helpful for pain or achiness… in fact if I don’t eat them often.. i get old and cranky seemingly overnight. Black pepper mixed with curcumin or curry powder or turmeric ups the ability of the yellow stuff. I have these capsules of turmeric & black pepper.. they do work. My hubby has tons of pain due to his job and he takes them now & then. Boom pain gone & none of that kill your liver stuff that advil has going on.

  16. I am delighted to learn that Tumeric will reduce my post-surgical pain and so I also ask… will you please educate me on which surgical antibiotics are relatively more kind to my microbiome?

    For my upcoming total knee replacement surgery (which is not at all elective in my case), there will be no way to avoid being given antibiotics. Are there particular strains of probiotics that are the optimal remedy for recovery from surgical antibiotic use? And if you will please point me to specific antibiotics to request that are less devastating to my gut’s microbiome than others, I will be supremely grateful. Or conversely, warn me of the most devastating antibiotics to request not be used in favor of better alternatives. I already have had a very bad physiological side effect from Levaquin in the past and so that is one I will certainly avoid.

  17. Dr. Greger – thank you for all your wonderful work. Would you please consider removing the animal experimentation photo and commentary. The animal-related content is abhorrent. Thank you so much.

  18. My daughter is going in for scoliosis surgery and we asked the nurse about giving her turmeric afterwards. My wife thinks I’m nuts and of course the nurse’s knee jerk response was “no”.

  19. The best source of absorbable concentrated Curcumin is the product CURCUMALL–a liquid concentrated extract of Curcumin C3 at 95% in combination with turmeric. Available at amazon.com

  20. I have just finished the book and am incorporating this healthy eating. I am scheduled to donate my kidney in 3 weeks and wondered if there is any other specific pre-op prep and post-op recovery information that might be recommended (to help the surgeon with an easier surgery and to help me with a quicker recovery). Do you recommend any supplements? Do you have advice for helping to dissipate the CO2 after laparoscopic surgery? Thanks!

  21. Hi,

    I have been following Dr. Greger for almost 4 years now, since the time my husband introduced me to this amazing person!

    The reason I write here is regarding a young man I know who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. He is undergoing chemotherapy at a hospital in India. The therapy not only costs a lot but I am not even sure what will be its impact on his physiology. My husband and I are vegans and have been following Dr. Gregers recommendations for the last 4 years and we have never really felt better in our lives. We are planning to go and meet the boy and his family and educate them about during adn post therapy nutrition changes they can make so that he not only recovers healthily but is able to regain enough strength for the rest of his life.

    I would really request some tip offs and studies I can take along to convince them. They may offer resistance to a vegan/ WFPB diet but we still want to try and educate them about the indian herbs and spices they can add to their current lifestyle/ food diet so that they can benefit from it. I request the doctors to please help and guide me on how to achieve this in the best possible way, studies, tips, anti-cancerous foods, etc. would be useful.

    Thank you so much in advance.

    Much gratitude for NutritionFacts.org for helping us believe in food again.
    Best Regards,

    Nosheen

    1. Nosheen Kapoor: I’m not an expert and hope that an expert will be able to answer your specific questions/requests.

      I can, however, offer a tip. If you can get to the point where the family is convinced about eating healthy and the main sticking point is how to do that, then a resource would be the PCRM 21 Day Indian Kickstart program. Here’s a link: http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/india-program-intro And note that the bottom of the page includes a link to 21 recipes.

      Good luck!

  22. Hello Nosheen,
    Thank you for your question. I am a family doctor with a private practice in lifestyle medicine, and also a volunteer moderator for this website. It’s a good and generous act you are undertaking to help this young man.

    First, a word of caution. I am personally convinced that whole foods plant based nutrition (WFPBN) can slow down and even reverse many types of cancer (see videos below about specific cancers). However, CANCER is a very scary illness, and both patients and doctors can get very worked up about it. WFPBN is not the “standard of care” for treating cancer. So, be prepared for some resistance, both from his family and from his doctors. As a doctor, when discussing WFPBN as a treatment option for cancer, I am careful to advise patients that they should also keep in touch with their cancer doctor. I would prefer not to get sued; luckily for you, that’s not as big a problem in India.

    So, to try to answer your question, Dr. G. has done lots of videos about cancer. Here is a great one about cancer in general: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-not-to-die-from-cancer/

    Here two good ones about turmeric for treatment of cancer (1st one mainly about colon cancer):
    https://nutritionfacts.org/video/turmeric-curcumin-and-colon-cancer/
    https://nutritionfacts.org/video/back-to-our-roots-curry-and-cancer/

    Here’s one about using intravenous Vitamin C therapy: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/intravenous-vitamin-c-for-terminal-cancer-patients/

    Finally, here’s one about phytates (in beans), and he specifically talks about leukemia! https://nutritionfacts.org/video/phytates-for-rehabilitating-cancer-cells/

    I hope this helps.
    Dr. Jon
    PhysicianAssistedWellness.com

  23. Hey Doc I got my gallbladder removed in 2013….surgeon said it was folded over on itself which made me sick. Anyway I’m an aspiring vegan and on the path to being 100% but I’ve been struggling with weight gain or being able to lose weight post surgery. Pre Surgery I was around 175 and since I’ve gained 20 pounds! I desperately want to get rid of this abdominal fat and would be grateful for a video about life without a gallbladder and how to maintain after. Its such a common surgery unfortunately but there is little info about it for longterm care. The doctors just say that you should be able to eat whatever after you heal and that isn’t the case. Thank you for your time. Cheers.

  24. Hi jskopow and thanks for your question. As you may know, gallstones causing pain and gallbladder inflammation are the primary cause of referral to a surgeon for cholecystectomy. It sounds as though you may have had an alternative reason for this surgery to have been recommended and performed. Bile aids in digestion of fats and will still be produced by the liver but not stored in the gallbladder anymore. Following a low fat diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains will prevent bloating and discomfort that may otherwise be caused by high fat (mostly from animal products) foods.

    That is great that you are moving toward a vegan diet, although there are plenty of unhealthy vegan diets that can cause weight gain and disease. Focusing your diet on healthy, whole plant foods will not only optimize your health but should assist in weight loss and maintenance. A good example of this would be Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritarian diet (https://www.drfuhrman.com/learn/the-nutritarian-diet). I have included a couple of other resources that you might find helpful as well:
    https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/07/5-ways-to-avoid-discomfort-after-your-gallbladder-removal/
    http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vsk/vegetarian-starter-kit-tips

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