DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS (DVT) (BLOOD CLOTS)
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a condition where a blood clot forms in a vein. This is most common in leg veins, where it’s known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
It can cause pain and swelling in the leg and may lead to dangerous complications such as pulmonary embolism (when a piece of blood clot breaks off into the bloodstream and blocks one of the blood vessels in the lungs).
Swelling, cramps or redness in the lower legs (often only one leg), shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, etc.
– Thick blood caused by bad diet (meat, dairy, milk, sugar, refined products, eggs, bad oils and fats, etc.). In a study done at the University of Georgia at Athens rats fed a diet high in milk protein were found to have increased rate of blood clotting. The researchers concluded that the diet high in animal protein caused sensitizing of the metabolic factors that might initiate clotting inside blood vessels.
– Dehydration (drinking insufficient amount of water) as it makes blood thicker and causes of impaired blood circulation.
– Failure to have regular exposures to sunlight increases the risk of blood clotting. A recent study published in International Journal of General Medicine found that low vitamin D (sun vitamin) levels are associated with idiopathic deep vein thrombosis.
– Heart failure.
– Inactivity. Lack of exercise increases the risk of getting a blood clot. In one study 13 men ages 60 to 62 who exercised four to five times a week for six months showed a 39 percent increase in the ability to dissolve blood clots which had already formed. The exercise program included walking, jogging, and cycling for 45 minutes five times a week. The activity of clot dissolving enzymes increased 39 percent after six months. According to the same study findings the dissolving ability was lowest in the early morning and highest in the evening. It explains why heart attacks usually take place in the morning.
– Overweight and obesity.
– Overeating causes insulin levels to go up. Insulin interferes with the mechanism which prevents blood clotting.
– Eating foods high in sugar increases the risk of blood clotting. Sugar in the diet increases platelet stickiness and therefore increases the likelihood of having intravascular clotting.
– Saturated fats (found in meat, dairy products, butter, or margarines) in experimental animal studies increased both venous and arterial blood clots.
– Several studies have shown that stress (due to elevated adrenaline levels) increases the risk of platelet aggregation
– Increased estrogen caused by birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
Fallan Kurek, 21, died in hospital being found collapsed at her home. Miss Kurek, who doctors said had suffered a pulmonary embolism, is reported to have been taking the pill for just 25 days to regulate her periods… Read more: Deadly birth control pills! >
– Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
– Stimulants, especially smoking increases risk of DVT
– Prolonged standing or sitting can increase risk for DVT
– Deficiency of antioxidants
– Nutritional deficiencies
– Implement principles included in HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN!
– Avoid or at least significantly reduce consumption od dairy and meat products as they thicken the blood. Switch to a totally plant-based (vegan) unrefined diet eliminating the intake of all animal-based foods (dairy, meat products, and fish) as they contain too much protein, are packed with high-risk factors (cholesterol, triglycerides, dioxins, heavy metals, antibiotics, bacteria, virus, cancer cells, prions, etc.) and because they don’t contain fibre. According to Professor Colin Campbell the author of the famous China Study, “The more you substitute plant foods for animal foods, the healthier you are likely to be.” The same scientist considers “veganism to be the ideal diet.”
– Regular sunbathing if possible.
– Drink 3 times a day about 3 glasses of filtered or even better distilled water between meals.
– Do not overeat.
– Drink 1 or 2 glasses of fresh raw and possibly cold-pressed (using slow juicer) vegetable juices (carrots, beets, broccoli, kale or spinach, etc.) 2 to 3 times a day before meals or instead. It is even better to have them with chlorella or spirulina, alfalfa, turmeric and barley grass. If you want to maintain your health drink 2 to 3 times 1 glass. In case your intension is to treat different health problems such as cancer, etc. you need to have 2 glasses 3 to 4 times a day.
– Stop smoking.
– Lose weight if you are overweight >
– Exercise or walk regularly to improve blood circulation in your legs.
– Consume more raw vegetables, vegetable juices, fresh fruits, oats, barley, pulses, and buckwheat.
– Eat 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with breakfast and lunch.
– Use Venaforce (Vogel). It improves blood circulation in veins and strengthen their walls. Venaforce contains the extract of fresh Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) seeds. Horse chestnut is probably the most popular herb used in the treatment of varicose veins but it is also useful in DVT as it improves blood circulation in veins.
– Take Rutin (vitamin P) – the most important vitamin for the vain health.
– Externally use Venagel (Vogel) and/or Green clay (both give excellent results). Venagel contains the extract of fresh Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) seeds. Horse chestnut extracts are commonly associated with the treatment of varicose veins. However, Horse chestnut extracts in gels are soothing, providing cooling relief to legs that feel weary, heavy and uncomfortable – fantastic after a night out or a day’s shopping. It is also useful for long journeys (especially by plane), during hot weather and can be used during pregnancy.
– Take formulas with Silica and Bioflavonoids.
– The best probably herbal formula to treat DVT is Wholistic Gotu cola (Pukka). Wholistic Gotu Kola is a concentration of the finest parts of whole gotu kola leaves gathered from fertile organic soils. This broad-spectrum formula enhances healthy circulation, creating vibrant skin, improving wound healing as well as strengthening connective and nervous tissue. Recommended for skin inflammation, slow-healing wounds, scars, cellulitis, cellulite, ulcers, connective tissue inflammation, varicose issues, deep vein thrombosis prevention, arthritic pain, hyperactive nervous conditions and degenerative brain conditions.
Gotu Kola is a stimulant to the circulation with a particular focus on healthy skin. Constituents such as triterpenoid saponins encourage collagen production, collagen synthesis and effective connective tissue repair. Gotu Kola also has a relaxing effect upon the central nervous system; increasing gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), providing relief from hyper anxious states, lowering corticosterone levels, enhancing memory and protecting the brain from degeneration. Gotu Kola is packed with saponins which act as cleansing and softening agents for the skin. Oligosaccharides act as moisturisers and phytosterols are protective agents. The calming effect of Gotu Kola has made it a popular remedy in inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and acne associated with stress. Ingredients: Gotu Kola leaf wholistic extract 70%, Gotu Kola leaf 25%, Nutrigest Seagreens Arctic fresh seaweed, Ginger root, Spirulina, Vegetable cellulose capsule (hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose).
– Manuka honey – One of our customers used good quality Manuka honey bought from us and said it reduced size of his veins.
– Avoid any constipating foods such as all refined products, sugar, white flour products, white rice, disserts, and eliminate or at least reduce meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy, as they contain no fibre. Find out how to treat CONSTIPATION >
– Avoid prolonged standing.
– Avoid: margarine, mayonnaise, fried foods, cooking oils and fats, salad oils, peanut butters and all nut butters with added oils and fats. Studies have indicated that the more free fats people consume, the greater their likelihood of having an increased risk of blood clotting.
– Consume foods high in antioxidants as they reduce blood clotting by the effect they have on platelets. Antioxidants are found especially in fresh fruits and raw vegetables.
– Take antioxidants in supplements: Alpha lipoic acid, NAC, vitamin E, C, etc.
– Ajoene, a compound released from Allicin when garlic is crushed or chopped prevents blood clotting.
– Other herbal remedies helpful in coping with blood clotting: Angelica, anise, fenugreek, ginkgo, ginseng, motherwort, myrrh, and turmeric.
– There is no evidence that supports taking aspirin to reduce your risk of developing DVT.
– Learn to control stress.
– Include uncooked carrots, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, cauliflowers and other vegetables in your diet as they are low in calories, but high in fibre and essential nutrients. In this way your body will stop craving for more food in between meals as it will have enough nutrients. Raw cabbage reduces the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat.
– Never fry your foods but cook or bake them without oil.
– Every day include in your diet the 5 CRITICAL and MOST POWERFULL SUPER FOODS:
1. Fresh raw sprouts;
2. Freshwater algae (chlorella, spirulina);
3. Super grasses (barley grass, alfalfa, wheat grass);
4. Fresh cold pressed vegetable juices;
5. Fresh raw organic turmeric powder (Pukka) or wholistic turmeric capsules (Pukka) with 10 x better bioavailibility than powder.
– Almost every person in England is deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for human nervous system and it also assists in the prevention of osteoporosis brought on by the menopause. Vitamin D appears to be much more important than calcium in preventing fractures. While taking vitamin D3 supplements always remember to take also well absorbed magnesium (such as citrate) as vitamin D supplements lead to magnesium deficiency over time. If you can’t afford higher doses take at least 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day with meal. But since deficiency of this vitamin is so widespread (especially in the UK) it would be better to take 10,000 to 30,000 or even 50,000 IU a day with meals with appropriate doses of magnesium (50,000 IU shouldn’t be taken longer than 2 months). Another requirement for proper absorption of vitamin D is 200 mcg of Vitamin K2 MK-7 (Derived from Natural Natto) a day. Read more about Vitamin D >
– Dr. Fuhrman in “Fasting and Eating for Health”, wrote that, “Fasting thins the blood and prevents blood clots, or thrombi. Platelets do not clot as easily during fasting, and the ability of the red blood cells to clump together is diminished. Therefore, the fast quickly lowers an individual’s risk of a heart attack… The potential of a total fast (water only) to induce biochemical changes within the body that prevent formation of a thrombus has been well documented. (Muliar LA, Mishchenko VP, Loban GA, Goncharenko LL, Bobyrev VN. Effect of complete fasting on the coagulative and antioxidative properties of blood. Voprosy Pitaniya 1984;4:20–23.) In one such study a fast was undertaken by 22 normal volunteers. The ability of their blood to clot and form a thrombus under fasting conditions was extensively analysed. Fasting was discovered to lead to the reduction of blood plasma and red cell coagulation, deterioration of platelet aggregation, a rise of the oxidized hemoglobin content, and an increase in red cell resistance to peroxide hemolysis. In short, fasting lowers the risk of intravascular coagulation and thrombus formation… Other studies have shown that after 36 hours of fasting there is a significant increase in the fibrinolytic activity of the blood. Fibrinolysis is the breakdown of clots. This activity continues for 24 hours after the fast is terminated (Miettinen M. Effect of fasting on fibrinolysis and blood coagulation. Amer J Cardiol 1962;10:532–534. Menon IS. Fasting and non-fasting fibrinolytic activity. Lab Prac 1967;16:469–470.”
Apart from fasting, Dr. Fuhrman suggests a vegan or vegetarian diet high in nutrient with minimal or no processed foods. Foods that are preferable in this nutritional approach include raw green leafy vegetables; asparagus, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers; non-green, non-starchy vegetables like eggplant, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes; beans and legumes. It also includes the lower nutrient-dense whole grains barley, buckwheat, oats, brown and wild rice, and quinoa, as well as raw nuts and seeds. Absent from Dr Fuhrman’s program are dairy products, bad oils, and meat products (except small quantities of fish).
Treat HEART FAILURE:
– Creatine: According to Mayo Clinic, “Patients with chronic heart failure have low levels of creatine in their hearts. Several studies report that creatine supplements may improve heart muscle strength, body weight, and endurance in patients with heart failure”.
– Other remedies which are effective in treating heart failure: Cardionutrive, Garlic, Coenzyme Q10, Omega3, Oat bran, Vitamin B3, Magnesium, Barley beta glucan, Hawthorn.
– If HOMOCYSTEINE level is too high use the following:
– Folic acid: 400-1000mg per day with breakfast. Use supplement only if you are not willing to consume green leafy vegetables every day (they are very high in folate).
– Vitamin B6: 10-50mg per day after breakfast.
– Vitamin B12: 1000mcg under the tongue only after breakfast (must be sublingual Methylcobalamin).
It is also a well-known and proved fact that Atkins diet increases levels of homocysteine which is a dangerous neurotoxic and vasculotoxic byproduct of defective protein metabolism. Homocysteine is regarded as very dangerous because its elevated levels are believed to be a powerful marker of stroke and heart attack risk. In addition, homocysteine has been associated also with cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, depression, birth defects, osteoporosis, or fatal blood clots. Dr. Michael Greger one of the studies “measured homocysteine levels, and in that study Atkins followers suffered a highly significant worsening of their homocysteine levels”. He also reminds that “in the year-long study homocysteine levels tended to rise on the Atkins Diet, yet after just one week on a vegan diet, those with elevated homocysteine levels had their levels drop of 20% in just a single week”.
Diets that are successful in reducing body weight should also lower the level of bad LDL cholesterol, as well as another dangerous factor called “C-reactive protein” (CRP) which is regarded as even more important risk factor than elevated cholesterol levels. Studies demonstrated that high levels of CRP can increase the risk of heart attack (and stoke) by almost five times! However, one study clearly demonstrated that participants who were on Atkins diet for just over a month doubled their CRP levels despite of losing their body fat! Vegan (100% plant-based) diet combined with exercise again proved to be effective also in this case and managed to lower the level of this dangerous factor by almost 50% in just two weeks. The same vegan diet but without exercise was able to drop the CRP levels by 30%. A similar result was achieved by statin drugs. Statin, however, would also cause some dangerous side effect – especially muscle pain, tiredness or muscle weakness, as statins affect not only liver’s production of cholesterol, but also several enzymes in muscle cells that are responsible for muscle growth. The question, therefore is, why on earth almost all physicians still prescribe statins instead of unrefined vegan diet with exercise? The answer is very simple, it is the selfish monster called the pharmaceutical lobby which seems to control the whole medical world!