Coumadin Alert - Is Sticky Blood Protective?
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
The “wisdom” of Western medicine assumes that sticky blood is a problem that must be solved at all costs so as to reduce the risk for a stroke. This assumption has led to wide scale over-prescribing of blood thinners like Coumadin. Coumadin is responsible for more drug injuries than any other drug and even causes bone loss, facts I review in an earlier article (FDA Sleeps While Common Medications Poison the Elderly). A new study shows that such medical treatment is likely to cause an increase in unstable plaque and actually increase the risk for stroke1!
The researchers found out that mice with sticky blood were more likely to form larger plaques, but the plaques were more stable and their circulatory system actually expanded to accommodate the problem. When these mice were given anti-coagulant then the plaques became smaller and highly unstable, increasing the risk for stroke. The researchers say their animal results confirm other human studies and are highly reflective of what takes place in the human circulatory system.
If you are for some reason stuck on a blood thinner – why not take a copy of this study to your doctor and have them explain what it means to your personal health. If you must take a blood thinner for a real reason, be sure to take at least 1,000 mg of DHA, which has been proven to help stabilize plaque in your arteries.
It should be rather obvious that not having sticky blood in the first place, because you are healthy, is the best approach to this problem. Many nutrients support circulatory health and blood platelet stability, including nutrients like pantethine, tocotrienol E, grape seed extract, resveratrol, DHA, and many more. Leptin problems invariably make blood sticky as there are leptin receptors on platelets. Improving leptin function by following the Leptin Diet is the most basic step to improving the slipperiness of blood that is helpful for healthy circulation.
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