Monday, November 5, 2012

Chlorophyll

When I was doing a pediatric brain injury unit, I noticed that the attending had put several of the patients on chlorophyll tablets. About half the kids on the unit were getting chlorophyll.

Without cheating and looking it up, do you know why this might be?

Hint: It wasn't because they weren't eating and he was hoping they'd start making their own food.

(Answer will appear in the comments by the end of the day.)

15 comments:

  1. Off the top of my head - antioxidants in chlorophyll sop up free radicals released by massive neuronal damage?

    This is the best my first-thing-in-the-morning brain can do.

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  2. They were anemic.

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  3. Bowel incontinence, to reduce the odor. Old trick.

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  4. Anti-inflammatory

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  5. Probably the same reason my sister's midwife put her on chlorophyll after her massive post-partum hemorrhage: anemia. Since chlorophyll is similar in structure to hemoglobin, should help to rebuild blood supply (Oh, except that the center ion isn't iron!)

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  6. They had mild PLANT-ar fasciitis? I crack myself up

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    1. Haha that's awesome! Yes, I laughed.

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  7. To increase their levels of Chloride?

    Get it, chloro fill... Hehehe

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  8. Chorophyll contains magnesium--- to treat constipation (used as a laxative).

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  9. I learned in class today that people take chlorophyll to make their poop not smell so bad. We were learning about ostomy bags. I used to put chlorophyll in my dogs water to make her breath not stink so much.

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  10. This is my world and I can't guess why. I'd have them all on Omega 3s instead.

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  11. If giving them chlorophyll, water and putting them in the sun actually allows them to make their own food, this would be a convenient solution for all of the picky eaters who refuse to eat their vegetables (or anything but candy).

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  12. Fizzy! You gotta tell us why!!! :-)

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  13. A few people guessed right: as usual, it's all about poop. The chlorophyll was to keep the BMs from smelling.

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