When this email The Benefits of the Paleo Diet in Post Operative Care came across my desk, I was both surprised and unsurprised. Surprised from the view that more healthcare practitioners have not seen the benefits of paleo on their trade and unsurprised because I knew of those benefits first-hand.
In the summer of 2013, I had dental surgery which included an extraction. A temporary bridge was put in place while the socket healed. I returned within a week to have the site examined and later to have the permanent bridge placed. The information the dentist office gave me for “care of the site” was quite detailed including foods I might want to enjoy while I was healing and having difficulty with my mouth. The list included OJ, pudding, yogurt, jello, sports drinks, and other sugar-laden items. Being paleo, and knowing that sugar causes inflammation, I avoided all such items instead opting for real food which had been minced and continuous cups of green tea. I not only drank green tea several times per day, but I also held the warm elixir in my mouth to bathe the extraction site.