by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

Ó February 2010, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


Blood transfusions can be life-saving after a serious accident, for example, or during surgery, especially if unintended bleeding occurs.  However, problems with blood transfusions today also abound.  Here are the main problems and alternatives to blood transfusions.




The biggest problem is contracting infections that are present in the blood.  Unusual and difficult to treat infections are multiplying today for a variety of reasons ranging from antibiotic overuse to malnutrition and out of balance bodies. 

There is no way to screen out all the viruses, parasites, ova, and even bacteria that may be living in the blood of the donor.  In particular, people can contract HIV or AIDS, Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis of many possible varieties, and hundreds of other subtle or overt infections.

These infections are foreign to the body and often the person receiving the transfusion has no idea anything unusual has occurred for months afterwards.  However, then one’s energy declines and signs of illness often appear.  This is the single greatest problem with all blood transfusions today.  It is less of a problem with plasma (blood that has had the red cells removed) but it is still a very serious problem and the main reason to avoid all blood transfusions, if possible.

Other problems are more commonly known.  They include high cost, perhaps lack of availability of donors, iron poisoning if one needs repeated transfusions, and rarely improper matching of blood type leading to blood clots that can be fatal.  Other problems include toxins in the donor blood such as toxic metals, toxic chemicals and perhaps other more subtle types of toxins that are then injected directly into another person’s blood stream.  Other, most subtle types of problems are that one also picks up a load of other chemicals such as hormones, possibly medical drugs and other things when one obtains a blood transfusion.  Usually, this last difficulty can be overcome in time, but it is not helpful for health in almost all cases.




In the hospital, if a mother’s blood is found to be incompatible with her infant, which occurs at times, the infant is often given a blood transfusion to avoid problems in the baby.  This may be necessary, at times.  However, it should be done only when absolutely necessary, as all the problems above apply to transfusions given to infants in hospitals.




This is a very extensive and growing area of medical care.  More and more hospitals, especially in the United States of America, are recognizing the serious problems associated with blood transfusions and are offering bloodless surgery and other alternatives.  For the most up-to-date information and a list of hospitals around the world that offer bloodless surgery, visit

Here are just a few simple alternatives:


1. Give your own blood before surgery.  I would strongly suggest that anyone contemplating major surgery give a few pints of his own blood and have it stored for use, if necessary, during the surgery.  This is especially the case when one knows that blood will be needed during the surgery.  Be sure to allow enough time so that the body’s blood can regenerate adequately before surgery, since surgery is a great stress and one should not be anemic or lacking in nutrients during surgery.


2. Look into other alternatives.  There are a number of them such as hyperbaric oxygen, different surgical techniques that involve less cutting and thus less bleeding, and so on.  Read up on the subject at


3. Stay well-nourished, especially before surgery, but always, since one never knows when an accident or injury will occur that causes blood loss.  In such a case, the healthier and better nourished one is, the more likely one is to 1) survive, and 2) to survive well enough without needing extra blood or a blood substitutue.


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