blood clots

  1. The clot risk you've been covering all winter

    As winter turns to spring... and you pull your warm-weather clothes out once again... you may be a bit hesitant to pack away the corduroys and wool slacks.

    Those cozy long pants sure provided good cover for something you'd rather not put on display in shorts.

    I'm talking about varicose veins!

    About a quarter of Americans have these unsightly marks popping out of their legs -- and while they can be embarrassing and even painful, they've generally been considered harmless.

    That is, until now.

    Because a new study suggests that having varicose veins could make your risk of a dangerous blood clot soar!

    In the study, Taiwanese researchers collected health data on 425,000 people, half of whom had varicose veins.

    It turned out that compared to those without those "spider" veins, those with them had over FIVE TIMES the risk of developing deep venous thrombosis (DVT), a.k.a. blood clots that form deep in your leg veins.

    The clots may then travel from your legs to your lungs (a.k.a. "pulmonary embolism") or heart, where they can obstruct blood flow... and even be DEADLY.

    It boils down to this: Varicose veins are a sign of a circulation problem.

    You see, your heart has to work against gravity every day to pump blood from your legs back to your upper body. To help it do that, your blood vessels have tiny valves that prevent the backflow of blood.

    But over time, the valves can fail... the blood can start to pool in your veins... and the "spider webs" that form mean that circulation has become sluggish.

    And studies have shown that any time you reduce the flow of blood through your legs -- like when you sit for hours on a long-haul plane flight -- your risk of clots shoots up.

    In fact, another study just published found that those who watched the most TV had a 70 percent higher chance of clots than those who watched the least, EVEN if they were active and physically fit.

    All of that couch time really compromises your circulation!

    So, if you get a hankering to "binge watch" your favorite show, make sure you get up and move around at least once an hour.

    And if you're dealing with varicose veins, you don't have to go under the knife to improve them.

    Butcher's broom -- which comes from a Mediterranean shrub -- has been used in Europe for centuries to improve circulation to the extremities, and it shrinks varicose veins naturally.

    You can find it in supplement form at health food stores. I typically recommend taking 40 mg twice daily.

    Shedding extra pounds and quitting smoking can also make it less likely that you'll develop varicose veins in the first place.

  2. Beat gravity to obliterate blood clots

    The latest breakthrough in blood thinning

    Q: Is any progress being made in dealing with or preventing blood clots in leg arteries?

    GR: As I shared with you in the November 2017 issue of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter, getting blood to move around your entire body is of paramount importance.

    And whenever one of my patients is struggling with clot issues, of course I look at thinning out their blood.

    It is possible, after all, for blood to become "too thick." In fact, "sticky" or "sludgey" blood is an obvious risk factor for blood clots.

    So is dehydration -- but drinking enough water will help dilute that "sludginess."

    Taking natural blood thinners such as fish oil or nattokinase -- and even donating blood -- can work wonders, too.

    But when none of those things work... or prescription blood thinners go overboard by making the blood TOO thin... mainstream docs scratch their heads over why.

    They are, of course, ignoring the fact that when it comes down to it, even if your blood is thin enough, your body's veins don't have any mechanism to move blood back up from your legs and feet to the rest of your body.

    And here's where the newest scientific development blows the lid off of blood clots: Blame gravity!

    Gravity has such a strong effect on your blood circulation that a recent study in the journal Circulation found that the taller you are, the higher your risk of blood clots.

    According to Swedish researchers, the risk of blood clots was close to 70 percent lower for women shorter than 5-foot-1, compared to women taller than 6 feet.

    And among the guys, the risk of blood clots was 65 percent lower if they were shorter than 5-foot-3, compared to men taller than 6-foot-2.

    It all boils down to this: The farther the blood has to travel through your body and the more gravity that's involved in the equation, the more likely it is that your blood will accumulate and clump into clots.

    That is, unless you can keep it moving.

    Getting physical activity is the best way for folks -- especially tall ones -- to prevent blood clots. It forces the blood to flow from the legs to the brain and prevents the blood from being too stagnant.

    If someone with concerns about clots can't walk, flexing the calf muscles and/or using compression socks can help keep blood from settling in the legs and staying there.

    If compression socks aren't your thing, you can take gravity out of the equation by raising your legs above the level of your heart for 10 to 15 minutes a day.

    There's also a device -- called an inversion table -- that allows you to hang upside down and force the blood out of your legs.

    Got any of your own tips and tricks to share? Drop me a line at askdrrothfeld@nutritionandhealing.com.

  3. Bust up blood clots... by fidgeting!

    Here's why you shouldn't sit still For each and every one of life's little challenges, there will be someone who figures out how to make money off of it. Whether it's inventing new health conditions... or medicalizing behavior that can be better attributed to bad manners or an unpleasant personality... there's always some pill or device that provides a "solution...
  4. Natural secrets minimize blood clots

    Patients with blood clots often resort to taking prescription blood thinners or even having surgery, but you can find natural secrets in your own kitchen that can help minimize the clots and prevent their formation in the future.
  5. Fidgeting may prevent blood clots

    Study shows that fidgeting can help prevent blood clots from forming when you’re sedentary for hours on end.
  6. Cholesterol meds don't cut clot risk

    The statin drugs given to millions don't actually decrease the risk of a blood clot, as has been claimed, according to a major new study.
  7. Aspirin therapy causes serious bleeding

    Another dagger in the heart of aspirin therapy, as researchers confirm the risks of serious bleeding problems outweigh any supposed benefits.
  8. The worst type of birth control

    The way the feds are glossing over serious problems with newer birth control drugs, you'd think Priority #1 at the FDA is making sure Americans don't have babies (which isn't as far from the truth as you might believe).
  9. Killer breath

    I've told you for years that oral health affects heart health. Now, one scientist has figured out the "why" behind this cause-and-effect relationship.
  10. Bill Clinton's deadly new outlook

    After a series of heart scares over the years, formerly tubby former president Bill Clinton now says he's pledging allegiance to a strict vegan diet. ... And if he manages to (mostly) stick to his newfound vegan faith, those cheating moments with seafood might be the only things that keep him alive -- because as I've told you before, this isn't a healthy lifestyle.

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