Restraining Medical Vampires
By Atom Bergstrom
Blood transfusions are way overdone.
Ask the average Jehovah’s Witness for the many alternatives.
I first learned how many options are available when a woman with her gray hair in a bun handed me a copy of The Watchtower at the corner of Brand Blvd. and San Fernando Rd. in 1961.
Blood plasma is unable to transport oxygen at normal pressure (1.013 atmospheres at sea level), but can easily do so above 2 atmospheres of pressure.
No red blood cells are needed at 29.3919 pounds per square inch of pressure.
Too few clinics and hospitals are moving in the right direction.
My buddy George Wellington Adams was a pioneer in hyperbaric medicine.
According to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (350 Engle St., Englewood, New Jersey 07631) …
“Tens of thousands of patients from the U.S. and abroad have received medical treatment and undergone highly complex procedures such as brain, open-heart, orthopedic and gastrointestinal surgeries without blood transfusions at Englewood Health. We do all types of major and minor surgery including orthopedic, neurosurgery, liver surgery, bariatric surgery, breast surgery, general surgery, spinal surgery, urologic surgery, gynecological surgery, and cardiac surgery. The only type of surgery we do not do is organ transplantation.
“Before surgery, based on the results of a patient’s blood test, doctors may recommend medications and dietary supplements to ensure optimal levels of hemoglobin (an oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells). After surgery, blood loss will be minimized and blood production enhanced through medication, nutrition therapy, and technology, including blood salvage and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
“All of our anesthesiologists also participate in the bloodless program and are intimately involved in all clinical aspects of patient blood management. We also offer a full range of medical and outpatient services.”
“Patient blood management and bloodless surgery involve a combination of medical and surgical techniques, as well as technology and strategies to decrease blood loss and enhance a patient’s own blood supply. We offer many high-quality, safe, and effective alternatives to blood transfusions.”
Englewood’s bloodless surgery services include …
Minimally Invasive Surgery and Meticulous Surgical Techniques
Blood Salvage/Cell Saver
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Argon Beam Coagulator
Hemostatic Drug Therapy
Volume Expanders and Hemodilution
New Jersey seems to be the place to be for bloodless surgery.
According to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (1 Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901) …
“Whether for religious, personal, or medical reasons, there are some patients who cannot accept a blood transfusion. For many medical centers this limits the capability to care for patients, but at our facilities, we have an advanced Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program. Our team includes a multidisciplinary group of physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals who set a national standard in the approach to bloodless treatments for both elective and emergency procedures.”