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).
Deep vein clots and pulmonary embolism > from blood clots are known collectively as venous thromboembolism (VTE).
Pulmonary Embolism (PE) (most often triggered by Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT) is a very serious and life-threatening condition because it can cause immediate blockage of pulmonary artery without any warning signs. PE is usually caused by a blood clot travelling to the lungs from a leg. The clot from the leg may travel through the bloodstream to another part of the body, including lungs and obstruct the pulmonary artery, blocking blood flow to one of the lungs which may lead to shortness of breath and death.
The US surgeon general estimates that about 200,000 deaths occur from PE each year in the United States. PE is identified as the most preventable cause of death among hospitalized patients.
Clots that form in the coronary arteries can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Swelling, cramps or redness in the lower legs (often only one leg), shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, etc.
– Moderate consumption of red and processed meat was associated with about a 20% increase in the risk of DVT, but people with high consumption of red and processed meet had a 200% increase in DVT risk!
– Thick blood caused by bad diet (meat, dairy, milk, sugar, refined products, eggs, cheese, pizza, bad oils and fats, stimulants, 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 (meat, dairy, etc.) caused sensitizing of the metabolic factors that might initiate clotting inside blood vessels.
– One study also found that gut bacteria reacts to compound in eggs and meat, producing a chemical (known as TMAO) that increases DVT and heart disease risk by making the blood more prone to clotting. The same scientists later demonstrated that it was choline (most concentrated in animal products such as egg yolks, beef and chicken) that was responsible for the increase of TMAO and clotting risk.
– 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. Every year 60,000 Britons develop DVT. The most common cause is simply sitting still for long periods – when legs are immobile for more than 90 minutes, the blood flow drops by 50 per cent, making a clot more likely.
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 oestrogen caused by birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy increase risk of excessive blood clotting.
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! >
– Covid mRNA vaccine (video)
– 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
PROTHROMBIN TIME TEST & INR TEST
Warfarin works by blocking clotting factors. To use warfarin safely, you need to take a regular prothrombin time test, or protime (PT) test that measures how long it takes for the blood to clot. Because the PT result depends on the specific chemicals used in the test, it is expressed as a standardized number called the international normalized ratio (INR).
In healthy people an INR of 1.1 or below is regarded as normal.
For people taking warfarin, an INR range of 2.0 to 3.0 is generally considered an effective therapeutic range for disorders such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE). Based on the INR, doctors inform patients whether warfarin dose is in a safe range—usually between 2.0 and 3.0.
Many dietary supplements (such as vitamin K or vitamin E), drugs, and foods affect warfarin, so the prescribed dose may cause either too much or too little anti-clotting effect.
An INR of 5.0 or higher means you’re at high risk of bleeding.
An INR of 1.5 or lower puts you at higher risk of developing a life-threatening blood clot.
When the INR is higher than the recommended range, it means that your blood clots more slowly than desired, and a lower INR means your blood clots more quickly than desired.
Blood that clots too quickly can be caused by:
– Supplements that contain vitamin K
– High intake of foods that contain vitamin K, including kale, turnip greens, broccoli, liver, chickpeas, green tea, or soy products.
– Estrogen-containing medications, such as hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills
Blood that clots too slowly can be caused by:
– Vitamin K deficiency
– Blood-thinning medications
– Liver problems
– Inadequate levels of proteins that cause blood to clot
– Implement principles included in HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN!
– Cayenne pepper > is an impressive natural blood thinner (it reduces blood clotting and lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides) thus increasing coronary vasodilation, lowering blood pressure, and preventing strokes and heart attacks. In addition, its lignan glycosides with their strong antioxidant potential help reduce heart and brain damage caused by free radicals. Cayenne pepper can have a powerful blood-thinning effect because of the high amount of salicylates in them. It can be taken in capsules or easily ground up as a spice for food. In addition to thinning the blood, cayenne pepper can lower blood pressure, improve circulation, and reduce pain.
– Nattokinase is a powerful proteolytic enzyme best known for its astounding fibrinolytic (anti-clotting) capacities. Natto is popular in Japan where it has been a staple breakfast food for thousands of years… Researchers from the University of Chicago isolated a clot-busting enzyme within natto called nattokinase. When nattokinase was applied to blood clots at body temperature, the clots dissolved within 18 hours. When red blood cells are injured fibrin forms around them. This process occurs to stop bleeding, to form a scab and initiate healing the body produces another substance called plasmin which breaks up and dissolves the fibrin. As a person ages, their body produces less plasmin. If fibrin is not properly dissolved, it can become a dangerous clot that leads to heart attack and/or stroke. Nattokinase helps dissolve fibrin, protecting the cardiovascular system from potentially life-threatening clots. According to research, nattokinase is four times more powerful at dissolving clots than plasmin. It can help stabilize blood pressure, dissolve any existing clots and optimize the cardiovascular system. Natto’s value is greater than ever before due to the onslaught of blood clots and heart inflammation caused by mass Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programs. As the runaway production of inflammatory spike proteins caused blood coagulation and autoimmune issues, the threat of blood clots remains. While there are no scientific studies proving that natto can break up the strange clot formations coming from these vaccines, it does have a longstanding history of dissolving regular blood clots. A study from Oklahoma State University and Miyazaki Medical College found that natto dissolves blood clots 48 percent faster. Twelve Japanese volunteers saw their clots dissolve within two hours and their blood pressure dropped by 11 percent in just two weeks. Natto is a healthy option for treating osteoporosis, too. The substance spurs the synthesis of vitamin K2 in the intestinal tract. Doctors should be recommending natto supplements for anyone who received a COVID-19 vaccine and survived thus far. (source)
– If clotting is the result of covid vaccines a proper detox of the body from spike protein and GO is needed. More details here.
– Take Rutin > (vitamin P) – the most important vitamin for the vain health. Investigators at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that rutin may prevent blood clotting or thrombosis (according to animal studies). Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (>) is particularly dangerous because it can cause life-threatening complications, such as pulmonary embolism (blockage of the pulmonary vein), although a clot from deep vein usually doesn’t move to the heart to cause a heart attack or to the brain to cause a stroke.
It was found that rutin inhibits secretion of certain protein namely disulfide isomerase (PDI), which is released by platelets and endothelial cells during thrombosis. By blocking the release of this protein, rutin has proved to block thrombosis in mice. In addition, rutin also prevents the same PDI from entering cells.
Scientists discovered that rutin helped prevent blood clots in both arteries and veins, and claim rutin is the only agent that can prevent both types of clots. (>)
– Ginkgo biloba thins the blood and has fibrinolytic effects which means it may help dissolve blood clots. According to study ginkgo extract has similar effects to streptokinase, a drug used to treat blood clots (>).
– Research suggests that bromelain can thin the blood, break down blood clots, and reduce clot formation (>). Bromelain (from fresh ripe pineapples or supplements) administration stops blood platelet aggregation and prevents clot formation >
– Vitamin E reduces blood clotting depending on the amount taken. It is therefore suggested that people who are taking blood-thinning drugs such as Coumadin (warfarin) should avoid taking large doses of vitamin E. Unfortunately, it is not clear how much vitamin E thins the blood. Some suggest that taking high doses of vitamin E supplements, for example, above 1,500 IU daily, on a long-term basis, may have negative effects.
– According to one study, turmeric‘s main curative ingredient, curcumin, works on platelets to prevent clots from forming (>).
– Ginger belongs to the same family as turmeric and contains salicylates, acids found in various plants. Acetyl salicylic acid (aspirin), is derived from salicylate and is often to help prevent stroke by thinning blood. However, natural foods and herbs containing salicylates, such as ginger, cayenne pepper, turmeric, garlic, oregano, licorice, ginkgo, onion, avocados, and cherries, also help thin the blood and prevent it from clotting, but without causing bad side effects of aspirin and other drugs such as warfarin.
– Dong quai, known as female ginseng, is traditional Chinese herb that seems to reduce blood clotting. Studies on animals suggest that it significantly increases the length of time it takes blood to clot (>). This effect may be the result of the coumarin content.
– If you decide to take niacin > (in the form of nicotinic acid) to prevent blood clotting, start with a very low amount of about 50mg and gradually increase to 200-500mg. Read up about vitamin B3 and understand the flushing effect before you start on it.
As you can see above, there are many natural and effective blood thinners available. However, if you are already on blood-thinning medication you need to be very careful if you decide to use them together with the listed above natural remedies such as cayenne pepper combined with rutin. Here is a good advise written by Dr Andrew Weil, MD: “If you do decide to use one of these substances in conjunction with anticoagulant drugs – to possibly lower your dose of that medication – you have to be extremely careful that you’re not getting too much blood-thinning activity. One of the major Coumadin (warfarin) side effects is an increased risk of bleeding (often signalled by blood in the stool or urine, bleeding gums, or easy bruising). Because natural substances with blood-thinning activity may also carry this side effect, taking them together with anticoagulant drugs may further increase the risk of bleeding. For these reasons, if you’re taking an anticoagulant drug along with a natural blood thinner, do so only under the supervision of your physician, who can monitor your bleeding and clotting times“. (source)
Warfarin is a prescription blood-thinning medication which prevents blood clots from forming. It is prescribed for individuals with increased blood clotting, the risk of a heart attack or those who already have suffered a heart attack, people with DVT, pulmonary embolism, prosthetic heart valves, and those who have certain types of irregular heartbeats.
Common side effects of warfarin include gas, tiredness, pale skin, hair loss, feeling cold, changed sense of taste, etc. The drug can interact with many supplements and medications, so it is important to consult doctor and check if the supplement you want to take may interact with warfarin.
The problem is that warfarin is extremely unpredictable in human body. It is very easy to take too much or too little of this drug. Too much can lead to uncontrolled bleeding, that can be deadly in a place like the brain. That is why warfarin has been used for decades as a very effective rat poison, as it bleeds them to death.
On the other hand, too little warfarin won’t be able to prevent clots. Therefore, patients on warfarin should be constantly monitored how well their blood is clotting, so get a right dose of the drug.
While offering protection from clots, warfarin at the same time causes vitamin K deficiency. Lack of this vitamin leads to the calcification of the arteries and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Therefore, people on warfarin can be especially susceptible to atherosclerosis resulting from calcium buildup in arterial walls contributing to their hardening and damage.
According to Dr Andrew Saul, “If someone says, ‘You can’t take vitamin E because we’re going to give you Warfarin (Coumadin),’ that’s a reasonable point. But then… there is evidence that if you take the vitamin E, you don’t need Warfarin. I had a client once who had this exact dilemma. He had thrombophlebitis, and he was on Warfarin. He wanted to take vitamin E instead… He said, ‘Well, what should I do?’ I said, ‘The best thing to do is to gradually decrease the drug with your doctor’s cooperation while increasing the vitamin – again, with your doctor’s cooperation. Talk to your doctor. The doctor that put you on the drugs should be the one that you’ll talk to about the drugs.’… But because he was afraid to tell the truth he just started taking the vitamin E. Eventually, his clotting time was extended to the point where the doctor said, ‘What’s going on?’… Too much Warfarin causes extended bleeding. Too much vitamin E can also cause slightly extended bleeding, but not out of the normal range. I said to him… ‘You got to talk to your doctor. If your doctor’s asking what’s going on, then tell him. He’ll take you off the Coumadin.’ The fellow talked to the doctor, and the doctor, instead of gradually reducing warfarin, took him off the vitamin E.”
VITAMIN K REDUCES FLUCTUATIONS IN WARFARIN ANTICOAGULATION
It is very interesting that in spite of all the warnings suggesting that people who are on blood thinning medications should avoid vitamin K, studies have found that supplementing with low-dose vitamin K (50-150 mcg per day) help stabilize the daily fluctuations in blood clotting time (INR) caused by varying dietary intakes of vitamin K.
For instance, according to the five-week study on 60 adults taking warfarin, when vitamin K intake was increased, INR became more stable. On the other hand, when vitamin K intake was reduced, INR became more unstable! (>)
Another study comparing the dietary habits of two groups of patients on warfarin (26 with stable and 26 with unstable control of anticoagulation) showed that the daily intake of vitamin K in those with unstable control was more than 2.5 times lower than that for patients with stable control during the two-week study. The researchers concluded that “Daily supplementation with oral vitamin K in unstable patients could lead to a more stable anti-coagulation response to warfarin.” (>)
In the article Is your Coumadin killing you? (The remarkable potential of vitamin K to stop arterial calcification) Dr. Ronald Hoffman wrote the following bottom line advice:
“If you’re at risk for heart disease, and especially if you’re taking a statin, you should be taking generous doses of Vitamin K2 MK7—from 180 to 360 mcg per day. If you’re taking Coumadin (warfarin), don’t avoid vitamin K-rich foods, just consume moderate amounts on a regular basis and continue to monitor your INR via scheduled blood tests. Because it can be a little tricky, if you’re desirous of harnessing the benefits of MK7 supplements while on Coumadin, work with a nutritionally-oriented health professional to gradually ramp up while carefully following blood tests, if necessary adjusting your dose of medication to accommodate the additional vitamin K. It no longer makes sense to subject yourself to vitamin K deficiency, which could end up killing you just as assuredly as a blood clot!“(source >)
– Eat more raw vegetable salads and smoothies and fresh fruits (but don’t eat veggies and fruits at the same meal). The influence of a healthy diet on the development of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) was assessed over a 12 year period in almost 15,000 black and white patients from North Carolina, Mississippi, Minnesota, and Maryland. After 12 years it was found that increased intake of fruits and vegetables was associated with approximately about 50% lower risk of DVT. Moderate consumption of red and processed meat was associated with about a 20% increase in the risk of DVT, but people with high consumption of red and processed meet had a 200% increase in DVT risk! One study also found that gut bacteria reacts to compound in eggs and meat, producing a chemical (known as TMAO) that increases DVT and heart disease risk by making the blood more prone to clotting.
– Avoid or at least significantly reduce consumption of dairy and meat products as they thicken the blood. 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 (meat, dairy, etc.) caused sensitizing of the metabolic factors that might initiate clotting inside blood vessels. 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. This may not sound like a blood thinner but it absolutely works. Dehydration can lead to thickening of blood, which increases the risk of developing a blood clot.
– 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 flaxseed with breakfast and lunch.
– Venaforce (Vogel) 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.
– Externally use Venagel (Vogel) and/or Green clay (gives 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.
– Gotu Kola enhances 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, desserts, 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 POWERFUL 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 bioavailability 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 >
– If you are on Coumadin (warfarin), it is important to have about the same amount of Vitamin K-containing foods such as broccoli, lettuce, and spinach every day. However, too much vitamin K in your diet may lessen the effectiveness of Coumadin.
– 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 haemoglobin 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: 400-800mg 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 by-product 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!
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