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What Dangers Lurk Within Hospital Walls

By Ritamarie Loscalzo

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I visited the hospital a few weeks ago.  Not for me or any of my kids…fortunately.  My brother in law was diagnosed with lung cancer late last year and has been in the hospital for over two months after complications as a result of surgery.

He opted for conventional treatment of his cancer, as most people do,  rather than check out the alternatives offered by Dr. Thomas Lodi An Oasis of Healing, just an hour away from his home.  He had his lung removed after a series of chemotherapy treatments to shrink the tumor.

Unfortunately for him, he developed an infection at the site of surgery and his remaining lung and almost died.

I’m thankful for the heroic measures modern medicine has developed to keep people alive in emergency situations.  We are all grateful that my brother in law was resuscitated and put on life support.

While hospitals are good places to go for emergency life saving support, they are not so good at helping people restore their health.  There’s a big difference.

There are 1.7 million cases of hospital infections every year, and 99,000 deaths that are related to these infections.

IV vitamin C has been shown in numerous studies to benefit people with cancer and infectious disease.  Most people that spend time in the intensive care unit or have surgery get hooked up to an IV.  Very few receive therapeutic doses of Vitamin C in their IV.

At some point, ICUpatients graduate from IV feeding to a feeding tube directly into their digestive tract.

I look at this as the ultimate opportunity to get some blended and juiced antioxidant rich green food into people who otherwise would reject it because it “tastes icky”.  The hospital staff looks at it much differently.  The first three ingredients in the most popular feeding tube mixes are corn syrup, casein (milk protein) and soy protein isolate.  That’s a sure fire prescription for illness, if you ask me.   Unfortunately they didn’t ask and when I voluntarily offered my opinion I was talked down to as if I were an ignorant street person who knows nothing about health and nutrition.

Not a single fresh raw vegetable is on the menu, save perhaps for the iceberg lettuce

Here’s the ingredient list for a popular hospital food called Jevity.

Water, Corn Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium & Calcium Caseinates, Soy Fiber, Soy Protein Isolate, Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Medium-Chain Triglycerides, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Chloride, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Carrageenan, Taurine, L-Carnitine, Zinc Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Molybdate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Phylloquinone, Cyanocobalamin, and Vitamin D3.

I could go on and on about what to watch out for in hospitals. ..and I will.  And you can hear the whole thing on my two part blog talk radio show called 3-Life-Saving-Reasons-To-Stay-Out-Of-The-Hospital-Part-1

I even have a copy of an actual menu from a hospital here in Austin that I plan to divulge on the show.

Even if you can’t make it live, set aside some time afterward to listen to the recording, which will be available at the same location.


Love, Health and Joy,

Dr. Ritamarie


1.       Vitamin C And Cancer

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4.      Hemila H, Douglas RM. Vitamin C and acute respiratory infections. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 1999 Sep;3(9):756-61.

5.      Enstrom JE, Kanim LE, Klein MA. Vitamin C intake and mortality among a sample of the United States population. Epidemiology. 1992 May;3(3):194-202.

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  1. Joy on April 14, 2011 at 7:32 am

    We love you!!! Thank you for your courage and passion!!! We support you 100%!!! Thank you for all you do!!! God Bless you!!!

  2. Tracey Tarrant on April 14, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Dang…I had no clue about what they actually give you in an IV. Let’s see…you don’t feel good so we are going to give you more “poison” to help you feel even worse. Then we’ll give you some pills to hide the symptoms. Don’t worry about changing your lifestyle…that would just result in the Big Pharma folks driving Fords instead of BMW’s!

    Love the idea about blended greens in the feeding tubes. I think that’s brilliant.

  3. Ritamarie Loscalzo on April 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    radio show replay now avaialble at http://www.drritamarieradio.com

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