Blood thinners are prescribed to reduce the possibility of small blood clots forming that may cause a heart attack or a stroke. They include medicines like aspirin, Plavix, Warfarin and two new drugs Pradaxa and Xarelto.
I want to talk about treatable factors such as dehydration, magnesium deficiency, obesity, lack of exercise, which are factors that can increase the risk of blood clots. Atrial fibrillation caused by magnesium deficiency is also a treatable risk for blood clots. Venous blood clots that arise in the legs – usually the calf muscles can be prevented on long airplane flights by using compression stockings.
Let’s start with magnesium. In The Magnesium Miracle I say, “When magnesium is low, it is unable to do its job to counteract the clotting action of calcium on the blood. Several other substances that help create blood clots are increased when magnesium is too low.”
Sludgy, thickening blood seems to be occurring in epidemic proportions and according to allopathic medicine just requires more drugs. Let me expand on the treatable causes that I mention above. Calcium fortification in our food and calcium supplements lower the levels of magnesium in the blood. High sugar in the blood of prediabetics and diabetics can be thick and sludgy. But did you know that magnesium deficiency is one of the signs of diabetes? Excess trans fats in the blood can also thicken blood.
An excessive number of procedures like angioplasty and stents can produce blood clots. Surgical procedures commonly use fluoride anesthetics, which cause magnesium to be irreversibly bound to fluoride leading to magnesium-deficient arrhythmias. In fact, arrhythmia is such a common side effect of surgery, studies have been done to asses the use of beta blockers as a preventive measure. You can read my blog “Killer Beta Blocker Guidelines” to see the startling number of fatalities that resulted from that experiment.
In “Shocking Dangers of Plavix,” Dr. Mercola reports on the death of Dr. Barbara Starfield, who I quoted in Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions. Mercola writes: “In an ironic twist of fate, Dr. Starfield, the Johns Hopkins doctor who, over a decade ago, presented the shocking evidence in JAMA that caused me to coin the phrase ‘doctors are the third leading cause of death in the US,’ has died from fatal brain hemorrhage following a Plavix-aspirin regimen, as prescribed by her cardiologist.”
There has been a huge increase in the number of people on blood thinners apparently because of aggressive marketing of two new drugs (Pradaxa and Xarelto released 2010 and 2011) that were designed to circumvent the risks of warfarin and Plavix, including brain hemorrhages and other dangerous bleeding. Marketers say they could become the mainstays of a therapeutic market worth at least $10 billion a year. Those drugs have been on the market almost
However, even the allopaths are concerned about overuse of the new drug. Dr. Alan Jacobson, at the VA healthcare system in Loma Linda, glibly stated that “The bad news is you can kill a patient as easily with the new drug as you could with the old drug.”
The nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices estimated last month that 542 reports of deaths associated with Pradaxa were reported to the FDA in 2011, within one year of its release, topping all other medicines, including warfarin, with 72 deaths. The serious adverse events numbered in the tens of thousands for both drugs and the lawsuits are in the thousands.
TAKE HOME ADVICE
I don’t recommend calcium supplements. To lower your risk for diabetes, adopt the Ketogenic Diet (Download my free eBook ReSet Your Ideal Weight) Don’t eat trans fats. Drink enough water – here are my guidelines. Drink half your body weight (in lbs) in ounces of water and put 1/4 tsp of sea salt in every liter. Use my ReMag so you can take enough magnesium to avoid heart disease and atrial fibrillation without getting the laxative effect. To follow your magnesium intake, get your Magnesium RBC test from Request-A-Test, $49.00) and make sure your levels are between 6.0-6.5mg/dL.
Here’s another magnesium miracle.
“I went to the doctor today for a routine appointment and got them to check my heart sounds (because I’ve been diagnosed with a regular irregular heart beat – which apparently is normal) but I also used to get heart palpitations at night. Well the heart palpitations stopped since I have been taking ReMag. And, today the doctor couldn’t find any evidence of my heart beat irregularity. I know I’ve had this because an ECG measured it. So basically since taking ReMag my heart beat is normal and it hasn’t been normal for a long-time…and my heart palpitations have gone!!”
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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