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How anesthesia can screw up your brain

When you cross the street, you never know when some maniac is going to blow a stop sign and come barreling around the corner.

But you look both ways, and you step off the curb anyway. That’s just life, my friend. We accept a certain amount of risk.

But you wouldn’t even enter the intersection if you were blindfolded, would you? If you couldn’t see whether the light was green or red…or whether the sign said “Walk” or “Don’t Walk”….

That’s what it’s like when some hack surgeon LIES to you about risk, claiming whatever “little” procedure he’s trying to sell you on is perfectly safe.

Fact is, once he gets you on the table, you face a risk of everything from infection to a botched surgery. And if the procedure involves anesthesia, there’s one more risk that neither the doctor nor the anesthesiologist will warn you about: cognitive dysfunction, including dementia-like symptoms.

A new report from a leading researcher accuses the entire multibillion-dollar industry of looking the other way at multiple studies that prove that anesthesia comes with brain-wasting side effects — including some you’ve learned about right here in the Daily Dose.

If they have to put you under for emergency heart surgery, it’s a risk you’re probably going to have to take. But when it comes to increasingly common and often unnecessary elective surgeries — like joint and hip replacements — you DON’T have to go into it blindly.

If you found out that your shiny new hip would come with a brain made out of oatmeal, wouldn’t you say HECK NO to the procedure?

Of course, anesthesiologists and surgeons know this, and they don’t want to lose your business. So, they’ve buried their heads in the sand. They’re not talking to you about the risks, even if they’re aware of them.

Behind closed doors, they’re arguing over WHO should tell the patient — the surgeon or the anesthesiologist. But while they keep passing the buck back and forth, they end up keeping you in the DARK.

If you’re going in for surgery, that mix of denial and finger-pointing isn’t going to save your brain.

But I can, with two pieces of common-sense advice:

    1. Avoid elective surgeries. Back, hip, and knee surgeries often fail anyway — and even when they “work,” patients are often disappointed. And you might not even need to go under the knife! Work with a holistic doctor to try natural therapies for your joint pain, inflammation, swelling, and other symptoms.


  1. If you DO need surgery, tell the anesthesiologist you want the lowest amount of knock-out juice for the shortest period of time.

You have the right to choose your own risks when it comes to your health — but you have to know what those risks are, in order to make informed choices. Get some more tips on anesthesia in this free report from my Daily Dose archives.

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