"A thrombus, or blood clot, is the final product of the blood coagulation step in hemostasis. It is achieved via the aggregation of platelets that form a platelet plug, and the activation of the humoral coagulation system (i.e. clotting factors). A thrombus is physiologic in cases of injury, but pathologic in case of thrombosis.
Specifically, a thrombus is a blood clot in an intact blood vessel. A thrombus in a large blood vessel will decrease blood flow through that vessel. In a small blood vessel, blood flow may be completely cut-off resulting in death of tissue supplied by that vessel. If a thrombus dislodges and becomes free-floating, it is an embolus.
Some of the conditions which elevate risk of blood clots developing include atrial fibrillation (a form of cardiac arrhythmia), heart valve replacement, a recent heart attack, extended periods of inactivity (see deep venous thrombosis), and genetic or disease-related deficiencies in the blood's clotting abilities.
Blood clot prevention reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack and pulmonary embolism. Heparin and warfarin are often used to inhibit the formation and growth of existing blood clots; they are able to decrease blood coagulation by inhibiting vitamin K epoxide reductase, an enzyme that recycles oxidated vitamin K to its reduced form after it has participated in the carboxylation of several blood coagulation proteins, mainly prothrombin and factor VII." (Wikipedia)
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09/30/2011: Rimi from Singapore: "I have this problem of blood clot near my joint area. Due to this inflamation errupts in those area which later turns to wound. I am not sure of the cause of it. Can this occur due to high uric acid? iIf yes then will this vinegar help me?"
[YEA] 10/18/2008: Sherry from Longview, Washington: "Black Strap Molasses has really helped my heavy bleeding and clotting due to fibroids. I do not know how it works but it is working."Replies
[YEA] 11/24/2008: Patty from Clarington, Ohio replies: "Yea. I dont know either, however i am feeling much better. The only thing i did different this month is the black strap. Cycle only 4 days and no heavy bleeding. I dont know how it works, but nature and God is speaking to us women."
05/13/2013: Tracey from Indiana replies: "How long did it take for the blackstrap molasses to work?"
[YEA] 04/12/2007: Donna from Guilford, North Carolina: "I read about Blackstrap Molasses and its ability to remedy female issues, and I was amazed. I have rather large fibroids, extreme bleeding and clots. My doctors have looked at a number of treatments from meds to surgery. I started taking 3 tablespoon of molasses a day about 2 months ago. I was schedule for surgery which had to be re-scheduled 3x due to other issues. But, it's my belief that all the re-scheduling was the universes way of protecting me from an un-needed surgery. I'm not bleeding as heavy, reduced blood clots and shorter cycle. I spoke to my natural pathetic doctor and she has no documented information about these types of benefits of molasses. Can anyone tell me why and how blackstrap molasses seems to reverse and reduce these female issues? This is my third month on the molasses, any suggestions as to how long to take the product? Thank you for your helpful information, this is a wonderful site."Replies
11/23/2008: Lana from Texarkana, ark replies: "I think it is the Sulphur content that is in the molasses, along with other trace minerals and nutrients..?"
11/12/2012: Kamaria from Stockton, California / Usa replies: "Blackstrap Molassas is very high in iron. It is the iron that is very good for you. In fact, as to my knowledge, molassas has the highest content of iron in any food. It is in liquid form and therefore gets absorbed well into your system. Taking iron pills can be harmful since only a small amount of it gets absorbed into your system and therefore most of it is flushed out thru your intestinal tract where it can create problems. I have heard that fibroids tend to collect iron and can make you anemic. I was told this by a friend that had large fibroids and this was what she was told by her docter. The doctors gave her iron pills and since they did not work, she got so anemic they did a total hysterectomy on her to get rid of the fibroids. She told me all of this after the surgery. I wish she would have let me know before she had the surgery. I am not quite sure how the iron helps since the doctor said that the fibroids collect the iron. Although, I had a large fibroid several years ago that caused to stay bloated for months. I started taking molassas every day for several weeks and all of the symptoms dissappeared and never came back. I do not know if the fibroid still exists at all since I did not have another sonagram done to check. The only thing I would suggest is not to take more than a tablespoon a day, because the molasses contains a lot of iron and too much iron a day will cause consipation if your body is getting more than it can use at one time."
[YEA] 06/01/2007: Karenna from SF, CA: "Cayenne is NOT unsafe per one of your feedback customers. I recently found your website in some research I am doing on Cayenne and Lymph, but was a little disconcerted to see that you published someone's testimonial warning others not to use cayenne if they do not want their blood thinned.
Cayenne is used in midwifery and in other instances when needed to stop hemorrhaging, and has the ability to correct and balance both ends of many circulation issues. It will assist in dissolving clots as well as stopping bleeding, and it will -- over time -- correct both high and low blood pressure.
I suggest to all readers that when it comes to benefits and contraindications of herbs and medications, that they exhaustive research, or at least more than they think is necessary, to discover what they need to know for their particular situation or those for whom they are caring."
EC: Thanks, Karenna. We appreciate your clarification!
08/08/2009: Bane from Bg, Serbia replies: "I can confirm that eating cayenne or drinking in glass of water in large doses does only good. I've been doing 3 teaspoons 6 days a week for last 2 and a half years with only positive effects. I suggest to read http://www.herballegacy.com/Cayenne.html for more info."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 01/20/2011: Jarret from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "I've been following earth clinic for a couple years now. Every couple weeks to a month I have been getting pains which seem to come directly from the center of my heart. I dissolve 2 90,000 heat unit cayennes into a glass a water and bear the burn, but it seems the clot which was causing so much pain gets past my heart and it stops hurting. I haven't been able to take lots of cayenne everyday tho so I don't know if it will permanently fix this problem but it has done the trick several times over... I was even having pain in my left arm today and was worried I might end up with a heart attack if I didn't do something.
Cayenne also works awesome for cuts... burns pretty bad at first but gives a nice heal with no scar for the couple times I've used it on myself and others but these were minor wounds, so I can't say how well it would work for something severe."
01/21/2011: Tara from South Hadley, Ma, Usa replies: "That's great feedback Jarret, thanks. I wonder if in an emergency you could apply cayenne over the heart in a diluted solution of DMSO, which would penetrate immediately? Does anyone have any thoughts about that? Thanks."
01/21/2011: Blanche from Iberia Parish, Louisiana, Usa replies: "Jarret, reading these symptoms, I think if I were you I would go to a doctor to at least know what you are dealing with. It may not be wise to try to treat this with home remedies. Good luck to you."
01/22/2011: Lemarque from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia replies: "Hi Jarret, I would strongly suggest that you go to your doctor and get this problem looked at ASAP. You describe the "clot" as "passing", but it is very unusual for this to occur. Circulating clots will almost always lodge in the lungs (PE) before they reach the heart. Clots in the coronary arteries means heart attack 100% of the time - no exceptions.
However from the symptoms you describe it is more likely going to be coronary artery sclerosis or angina. The extent of this condition needs to be assessed as it seems you are already getting warning signs. It is always better to get these things checked, if there is a serious underlying problem, get the issue addressed and then return to natural health approaches as a preventative measure for the future. If the tests show nothing is wrong with your heart, then that is the best outcome and you can then direct your attention to finding a way to treat the condition not just the symptoms. I truly hope you take heed of this advice."
02/02/2011: Jarret from Calgary, Alberta replies: "Thanks for all the concern guys.
Tara, I think the best and quickest way for it to be effective is to put it in hot/warm water and drink. I don't really know what dmso is tho.. but I would think if you put it inside your body it will get into your blood and dilate your arteries much more directly than it could ever possibly do through your skin.
For the past weeks I have kept taking a tsp of cayenne (pills got expensive) in a glass of hot water at least 3x a day... It has provided a great deal of relief, but I am aware that this isn't a cure all. Lemarque I too suspect arterial sclerosis.. And by how badly my legs have scaled over I am severly depleted in good fats, however I did get a basic hepatology screening and everything came back normal (ie ldl) I would contribute the current condition to about 15 years of eating a high salt fast food diet. Another added benefit of taking this cayenne has been that the top of my head on my baldy spot has been warm again after being cold for a very long time. No sprouts yet tho :) I could feel the clots in different areas of my body as well. It got stuck in my arm, my heart, my lung, and what felt like the frontol lobe of my brain... But everytime I just kept taking the cayenne until it passed. I haven't felt it for a week or so but am still taking the cayenne to be safe. I have also started eating flax seeds (mulling them to a pulp) (and this is for omega3/ALA) everyday and while it's only been a few days of it I am feeling way better."
06/17/2011: John from Bridgeton, New Jersey replies: "Lemarque is absolutely correct. I am 43 and just got released from the hospital with my 4th MI (Heart attack) in 2 years. In that time I have suffered DVT's, PE's and ultimately the MI's. I have a severe lotting issue that to dat, has only been managed through a host of medications. If I miss 4 days (seems to be the magic number), I am destined for another MI. I have been given two additional medications to control the sickness the other ones cause, so as of today I am taking 9 pills a day. Clots are NOTHING to play around with. I must be the luckiest guy in the world to survive so many MI's in such a short period, but even I know how soon that could end.
Personally I would love to explore the possibility of organic treatment, but having gone through what I have gone through, I wouldn't dare do anything without the direct guidance of my doctors at this point. The consequences are far too extreme!
I would love to hear some thoughts on organic alternatives since I am now retired from my law enforcement career and have all the time in the world to do some research! :-)
09/21/2011: Ian from Sanford, Florida replies: "Hi John,
I think you should consider taking Nattokinase as it is a potent blood thinner. If you do decide to take it, then it is best to take with plenty of water 1 hour before meals or snacks or 2 hours after meals or snacks.
08/01/2012: Michelleboyle from Virginia Beach, Va, Virginia Beach replies: "I broke my right ankle 2 months ago, I was in a cast for 6 weeks and in a boot for 3 weeks, now I have a deep vein thrombosis because of it, and I am on the blood thinner arixtra. Would cayenne and garlic help if I added it to my diet? Thanks, Michelle"
02/24/2013: Aeiver from New Braunfels, Tx replies: "An interesting book about cayenne and other healing foods is "Left For Dead" by Dick Quinn who writes about his experience with heart disease and regaining his health."
08/18/2012: Xome The Way from Sacramento, Ca: "I have a 76 year old relative who developed a blood clot in her leg after she took a long airplane flight (13 hours) and within 3 months off cartilage repair surgery on her knee. She was treated w/shots and then given coumadin. She has her blood tested every 2 weeks. Three months later, the clot is no longer in her leg, yet she has been told that she must continue on the coumadin therapy until she has been on it for 6 months to a year. The rationale is that the clot could have broken up leaving smaller clots that are still traveling in her body. The longer therapy apparently guarantees the break down of the smaller clots. I don't trust western medicine so I'm checking in here to see if anyone has an opinion."
09/23/2011: Shelley from Calgary, Alberta: "I have a friend, who had knee replacement surgery.
Right now the knee is getting better, but she has a severe complication. She developed blood clots and when her knee was accidentally dropped it pushed one of the blood clots to her left shoulder.
The doctors have told her that if the blood clot moves again, it will go directly to her brain and she would die instantly.
She is being medicated up the wazoo. One of the medications, I know she is taking is warfarin. The doctors say that it is a blood thinner, but will not affect the already formed clots.
Would Baking Soda and Lime/Lemon treatment affect the medicine she is taking?
I understand that Grapefruit can be a Deadly Poison when mixed with some drugs.
My 2nd question is, how long should she take the Baking Soda & Lime/Lemon treatment to make this deadly blood clot go away?"Replies
09/23/2011: Dud from From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa replies: "Shelly....... research:
1. nattokinase enzyme - from fermented soybean curd called natto, protein lysing [digesting]
2. serrapeptase enzymes - from a silkworms gut bacteria, protein lysing [digesting]
3. papain protein lysine enzyme from papaya trees
4. bromelain enzyme from pineapple stems, [or fruit?]
5. vitamin b12
6. garlic eating
7. other things also, Chinese herbs, etc."
09/25/2011: G from Nyc, Ny replies: "Cayenne pepper and garlic are said to be the roto-rooter of the veins/arteries. (read Dick Quin "Left for Dead" and also research Dr. Christopher) These two things taken together help to dissolve clots/plaque/cholesterol. Cayenne opens up your veins to allow for better blood flow."
09/25/2011: G from Nyc, Ny replies: "Sorry, forgot to add: do a wikipedia search for warfarin. Cayenne (and also many other natural supplements/vitamins) is also a blood thinner. Your friend is lucky to have you as a friend."
11/18/2011: Bibi from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Help! My husband has a blood clot in his jugular vein at the base of his brain. he has been suffering with severe headaches for 4 months now. He was on Heperin and now warfarin to 'thin" his blood but the clot is not dissolving. The medical doctors are not offering any solution except more pain medication! He is tired of living like this. We are very afraid of any invasive procedure that might force the clot elsewhere.
Would Cayenne or garlic help this clot dissolve?
Thanks so much!"
11/18/2011: Lisa from S. California, Ca, Usa replies: "Try Nattokinase. It's a natural enzyme that dissolves blood clots. It has lots of reviews on iherb. It does thin the blood, so your husbands doctor should be informed."
11/18/2011: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Bibi - Dud from WV mentioned that taking serrapeptase may help dissolve clots (along with other suggestions in his September 23/11 post).
Here's an excerpt about this enzyme: Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme - it breaks down protein. This means it is able to act on pathogenic (disease causing) tissue, such as blood clots, cysts, arterial plaque and the substances produced naturally by the body as part of its inflammatory response.
Do an Internet search (blood clots serrapeptase) for more information. It sounds promising. Good luck to you and your husband! Bess"
11/19/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Bibi, Cayenne, garlic and Lisa's suggestion Nattokinase all have evidence that they can dissolve blood clots. When taken in therapeutic doses they also can interreact with warfarin, so you may want to check that out first. As the warfarin is not doing the job for your husband the question is which is worse - movement of the clot (and the damage that would do) or a possible interreaction? If you do use them in therapeutic amounts keep a watchful eye out for excess bleeding. Serrapeptase (Bess & Dud suggestion) appears to not interreact with warfarin.
Magnesium is also good at dissolving clots and lack of it can be a cause of blood clots. http://www.livestrong.com/article/463945-magnesium-and-blood-clots/
Ginger is worth looking into as well. http://www.livestrong.com/article/319767-foods-that-dissolve-a-blood-clot/ . Arginine has been said to also help so you could search that also (it is new to me). All the best."
11/20/2011: Helpyourself from Houston, Texas replies: "Garlic thins the blood. Try 2 cloves, cut up in very small pieces, wash down with water, do this for a couple of days. Next, try 20 drops of Tabasco in about 4 oz of water, do this a few times a week, then use as needed. Tabasco has only three ingredients: cayenne, vinegar, salt, no additives. The cayenne is like a rotor rooter. Good for so many things, seems to clean the blood, stops headaches, sinus, depression, stomach problems, etc. Good Luck!"
01/12/2013: Mary G from San Francisco, Ca replies: "I too have a clot in the jugular vein in my neck as does your husband. Mine was caused by the insertion of a Central Line into my neck at an ER. Mistake!!!! I had major headaches, that have been stopped with the use of Lumbrokinase, and Serrapeptase prescribed by a well known MD/naturopath. Doctors tell me that the coumadin, despite it's troubles, gives the body a chance to fix/dissolve the clot by thinning the blood and the body can then heal better that way. A long arduous trek of 7 months on coumadin is a drag! However, these enzymes help with my headaches, and sharp pains. Good luck to your husband. A real drag I know."
[YEA] 02/12/2007: Fran from Face, GA: "Ginger root is good for the spleen... Also figs are good to rid the body of gallstones... Also, ginger work s to rid the body of blood clots... God Bless you"
[YEA] 03/19/2011: Kitbar from Phila, Pa: "I thought I had a blood clot in my left leg. Me being holistic I automatically came to your website and amazingly found the cure before it got any worse. I went walking for about 20 minutes a day for 2 days and had some ginger soaked overnight in water(luckily had it already soaked for other health reasons)and by the next day no more tingling or throbing in my leg."
10/10/2008: Ingrid from Tampa, Florida: "Nattokinase is known for dissolving blood clots - It is suppose to do a better (HEALTHIER) job than the chemical drugs such as Coumadin and Warfarin but nobody has been able to tell me what dosage to take. I am currently on 12mg of Warfarin for a Trombal vein blood clot and want to switch to Nattokinase asap but need to know the dosage to take?? Thanks in advance for the info.
The following info I copied from Wikkipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nattokinase
Nattokinase is an enzyme extracted and purified from a Japanese food called Natto. Natto is a cheese-like food made from fermented soybeans that has been eaten in Japan for many years. It is thought by some to be a valuable tool in minimizing the chances of developing heart and vascular diseases. Natto is produced by fermentation by adding the bacterium Bacillus natto, a beneficial bacteria, to boiled soybeans. The resulting nattokinase enzyme is produced when the bacterium acts on the soybeans. While other soy foods contain enzymes, it is only the natto preparation that contains the specific nattokinase enzyme. Nattokinase is valued in the alternative medicine community as a clot-buster and blood thinner, and is sometimes recommended as a substitute for daily aspirin therapy. But it's effects go beyond that in terms of catalyzing other enzyme activity."Replies
07/23/2009: rideronthestorm54 from Grand Junction, CO replies: "I have researsched the natto and it was recommended to take a dose of 2000fui to help with blood clots."
[YEA] 04/21/2012: Feporam from Carlton, Pa, United States replies: "I have a history of blood clots, my doctor started me on Nattokinase and, as long as I take it, I have had no further incidents. I went off of it for a couple of weeks and ended up with 2 clots, but they quickly disappeared after a few days back on nattokinase. This also has helped to ease my menstrual issues."
12/07/2012: Randall from Carol Stream, Il replies: "what is fui? I haven't heard of this measurement... I searched google but I didn't find anything helpful? How does fui convert to international units or miligrams?"
12/26/2012: Nohard from Aristomenis, Messinais, Greece replies: "Reply to fui, OK 100mg is 2000 FU, I think you will find that the person who did the reply hit the u and the I at the same time ui like that, and thats why you cant find the answer to fui, simple if you look hard enough. Good Luck"
06/01/2012: Nsingh11 from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: "Hello there, I am a 20 year old male who was diagonosed with an DVT in 2010 left leg, and this year in January had another clot only in my right leg. The doctors dont know why its happening they have just put me on Couamdian however, doing recent search about the possible reasons for it I came across several factors such as Obesity, High Estrogen level, Exessive B12 and Folic Acid Content, and Omega 6 fatty acids, and prolonged sitting both times. All of these factor I can assoicate with because my weight is currently high, doctor said I might have high estrogen levels, when I had the second clot I was supplementing with B12 and the essentail fatty acids I have been taking for a while through the use of health oils such as Olive oil. I dont know why these clots are happening but these indicators provide leverage to my conclusion. Since this recently happened because in the past year or so I rationalized my diet to include many supplements such as protien powder, multivaitmins and calcium vitamins and essentail fatty acids; more poluty products such as ground beef steaks, Fish, Chicken, and Eggs.
However, I keep informing the doctors of the diet modifications playing a factor but they wont listen and just insist for me to take Warfrin for the rest of my life. This reccomendation does not make sense I am 20 years old and I always excercise with heavy lifting weights and all of sudden I get clots why didnt it happen before why did it happen when I was sitting for a prolonged period of time what caused it? These inicidents have lead me to have to give up many of my aspirations and sporting acitivites beaucse of the harm it has with bleeding. If you guys could help me out with something any answers, maybe I can find a way to fix this matter since it has been detrimental to my life. I know there is a way to fix this but I dont know where to start. I need some advice please- if you can help I would be very greatful. Thanks"Replies
06/01/2012: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi Singh. I would suggest to you that you do a web search on the phrase "serrapeptase and blood clots".
Serrapeptase is a natural enzyme that is pretty amazing. I remember reading something about it keeping blood from forming clots. Please read about it. :)
Good luck to you, Carly"
06/01/2012: Andy from Ny, Us replies: "Warfarin = rat poison (wikipedia). Check out "People's Pharmacy" for an alert. Type in "natural anticoagulant" and "natural blood thinners" into your internet search. Garlic and cayenne are said to act as a natural roto-router for veins and arteries, thinning the blood and dissolving clots. Heart healthy/stroke preventative. Read Dick Quinn's "Left for Dead". Healthier to take a vitamin E and/or a garlic supplement every day than a known rat poison (or any other prescribed blood thinner). Research. Good luck."
06/02/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Nsingh11, try some detoxification protocols to insure your body is "clean". "Clean" means no heavy metals, no zenobiotics, no parasites, and no infections. Protocols are on this site; rotate one to the other. Also consider the brand of supplements you take. It's always best to take supplements not manufactured by pharmaceutical companies, but rather heath food companies.
Conventional medical doctors are not trained to treat your health, they are trained to treat your diseases; which means your health is your responsibility and your coming to E. C. is a very good first step.
Good luck and report changes."
06/02/2012: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Nsingh11, It would pay to have your iron levels checked, that is your saturation level and also your ferritin levels. You may have excess iron especially as it is in breakfast cereals, breads, other foods and supplements including body building.
Cayenne is definitely worth your time to research it and it's benefits, even in first aide use for strokes. I did and now I wouldn't be without it."
06/03/2012: Heather from Leicester replies: "Hi, Dr Wallace in his book Dead Doctors Don't Lie states that blood clots are a symptom of copper deficiency - so you could consider a copper supplement. You could check this out with a hair analysis ( as long as you don't have chlorine on your hair as I've read this can throw out the reading for copper). Sometimes blood clots are indicative of more serious degenerative diseases."
12/07/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca: "I've had a very small blood clot, dk brown-black in color, on the left side of my mouth's mucous membrane, where my canines meet. It's been there for many, many, many years. One dentist wanted to remove it, and other dentists don't bother me if I tell them that it hasn't changed in size nor is it painful.
BUT, on occasion when I'm eating I accidentally have bitten down on it causing a bit of discomfort or pain.
What kind of remedies would affect it, make it disappear or lessen? I'd rather try to dissolve it without any kind of incision or surgical removal done.
I thought it would disappear over the years, but maybe because it's just underneath the surface of the membrane that it has stayed the same."Replies
12/08/2011: Helpyourself from Houston, Texas replies: "Here is what I do: drink 20 drops of Tabasco in 4 oz or so of water. At night - gargle with half of a glass of water as hot as I can stand it, next day gargle with Tabasco recipe and spit out, that night gargle with hot water again. I do this for about 3 or 4 days. I drink Tabasco recipe twice per month or when needed. It's like a rotor rooter - cleans your mouth, body and spirit! Good Luck!"
12/11/2011: Courtney from Granite Bay, Ca replies: "I had the same thing years ago. I sterilized a needle, and gently inserted the tip at an angle (so that you're not actually poking, but rather, pulling a small piece of its membrane off).
It bled itself empty. I rinsed with salt water afterwards, and I haven't seen it since! :)"
06/16/2011: Ammu from Hyd, A.p: "my frnd had undergone a head surgery which was a blood clot removed 1mth back n now he is suffering from headache daily at da operation side and there is a nose bleeding..
i would like to know y the paining is still there to him is there is any risk to him and how can it be controlled..
04/02/2011: John from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico: "Anyone here have any suggestions of how to regulate a high platelet count? Mine is high and the doctor wants to put me on a chemo drug that has very sever side effects, one of which states that the drug can be fatal. I don't think I want to do that. Any suggestions would be appreciated"Replies
04/03/2011: Marlene from Surrey, Bc, Canada replies: "Have you thought about donating blood? Look into Plateletpheresis - Basically, this is a process that takes your whole blood, runs throught a centrifuge to separate the platelets, then returns the plasma and red blood cells back to you.
This type of donation greatly helps those who are imune suppresent such as cancer patients and babies. The ability to colect enough platelets from one person makes a great difference to these patients. I don't remember all the information, maybe you can find a blood donor clinic near you to explain the need.
I did this type of donation for 2 years, but in BC they have stopped allowing women who have been pregnant to donate this way. I still donate whole blood."
04/11/2011: John from Lapaz, Baja California Sur, Mexico replies: "Hi Marlene: Thanks for the information, sorry I am so tardy in my response, but I have been out on the Sea of Cortez checking the sea turtle population, It is growing, Yay! Only problem with your suggetion is that here in La Paz, there is no such a clinic. So I will do some more research and see what I can come up with. Thank you for your concern and may the Canucks win the cup."
03/05/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "RE: In LaPaz... Please consider contacting the Red Cross (link provided below) who probably need, or know of a need, or can find a need for your platelets thru a local hospital or other official orgs like blood banks, organ donor centers, life flight networks, etc. Here's a few ref's to get you started... I see that everal LaPaz charities listed provide medical resources to children/family, and Red Cross provides FREE ambulance & resuce services to everyone there...
Thanks for considering this!
11/11/2011: Amanitav from Swansea, West Glamorgan Uk: "I've read with interest on this forum of the various problems that people have had with thrombocytopenia. In my case I was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia in Sept. 04. My platelet count was dropping steadily from 145[x10power9] to 99[x10power9] by Dec. 05. "Normal values are 150-400. I suffered from heavy bruising which was getting worse. I was prescribed prednilosone to reduce my auto-immune response.
However, after some research I decided to help myself. I stopped taking fish oils, flax oil and all omega 3 type oils. By April 06 my platelet count returned to normal values and I was discharged from the hospital. The doctor was amazed but didn't ask me any questions.
Looking back it was obvious to me that the omega 3 oils were to blame and I was mis-diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. At present I do not consume the so called "essential fatty acids" [omega 3 & 6] and my health is better than at any time in my life. For detailed information on "essential fatty acids" I thoroughly recommend Ray Peat's website."Replies
01/02/2012: Sunshine from Buffalo, Ny, Usa replies: "I wonder how much Omega 6 you were consuming? I have read articles that Omega 6 is actually INFLAMMATORY."
11/04/2012: Minou from Plano, Texas: "I have had thrombocytosis for about 3 years and am taking a chemotherapy drug to lower my platelet count but this has now caused neuropathy in my legs. I am not diabetic. Would someone know how to lower the platelet count other than drugs. Thanks for your help."