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Information on Thrombocytopenia
Thrombocytopenia is a decrease in the circulating number of platelets (< 100,000 per microliter) in absence of toxic exposure or a disease associated with a low platelet count. It occurs as a secondary effect of peripheral platelet destruction as well as decreased platelet production. It is a diagnosis of exclusion.
Acute ITP is a common disease of childhood which usually follows an acute infection and has spontaneous resolution within 2 months. Chronic ITP is a disease which persists after 6 months without a specific cause. Usually seen in adults and persists for months to years.
ITP is caused by IgG autoantibodies on platelet surface. Risk factors include: Acute infection; Age; Cardiopulmonary bypass; Hypersplenism; Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome; Preeclampsia; and HIV infection. Over 150 drugs have been implicated in immune thrombocytopenia.
Low platelets can be caused by anemia (pernicious, aplastic, hemolytic), infections (viral, bacterial, rickettsial, malaria), exposure to DDT and other chemicals, liver disease, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism.
The most common causes of immunologic thrombocytopenia are viral or bacterial infections, drugs, and a chronic autoimmune disorder referred to as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Patients with immunologic thrombocytopenia do not usually have splenomegaly and have an active bone marrow with an increased number of megakaryocytes. Most drugs induce thrombocytopenia by eliciting an immune response in which the platelet is an innocent bystander. The platelet is damaged by complement activation following the formation of drug-antibody complexes.
Decreases in platelet count have been found after ingestion of Canola oil. Marine oils, particularly cod liver oil and olive oil, caused changes in platelet membranes that are favorably antithrombotic.
Melatonin has been shown to stimulate thrombopoiesis.
Thrombocytopenia can result from an autoimmune disease triggered by the measles vaccine.
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Most natural health web sites put a list of herbs, vitamins and nutritional supplements along with citations from scientific studies.
Have you found this to be confusing, since there are so many to choose from?
A far simpler way is to choose a supplement from the appropriate body system, such as liver support, detoxification, etc.
A well formulated supplement works a lot better than separate vitamins and usually costs a lot less.
Please call me at (239) 659-2684 if you would like some assistance in choosing an appropriate product.
I can't diagnose or treat diseases by phone, but I can assist you in making better choices. I also can send some relevant articles to read. The first ten minutes are free (as long as you purchase from my web site).
The next step, after you have been diagnosed with a disease, is to find out what is the specific cause, and then choose supplements that address it. Phone consults are my specialty. Please call my at (239) 659-2684 to schedule a consultation.
I recommend that you make an informed choice, and the goal of this web site is to provide you with the information to make a wise choice when it comes to your health and wellness.
As you can see, I don't sell any vitamins on this web site. There are thousands of vitamin stores that will sell you whatever vitamin you want, and many of them offer discounts.
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Unfortunately, that would be a clear violation of FDA regulations. Also, one of the most important aspect of naturopathy is: "Treat the person, not the disease". This is a profound statement, and many people have spent thousands of dollars on vitamins listed in books or web sites for a specific disease. This is what I call "vending machine medicine". It rarely works! The solution is to find a naturopathic physician, such as myself, to assist you.