Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
An autoimmune disease affecting platelets, Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is almost symptomless. If symptoms occur they can range from mild bruising to severe bleeding. In children the condition usually goes away in six to eight weeks, without any treatment. In adults it is usually a lifelong condition.
Platelets, also known as thrombocytes, are tiny components of the blood which help blood to clot when we injure ourselves. They are made inside bone, in the bone marrow and are released into the bloodstream and travel through the body for about seven days, before they are removed by the spleen.
If you do not have enough platelets, you may bruise and bleed more easily than usual.
In autoimmune disorders your body makes an antibody that damages another part of your body. In ITP the antibodies are made against platelets. Once the antibodies have attached to platelets, the platelets do not work so well. They are also removed more quickly by the spleen because they are abnormal.
Although the cause of ITP is not clear, it is known to be something to do with the immune system. Therefore, the disease is increasingly being called immune thrombocytopenic purpura – which is still shortened to ITP.
ITP is quite different in children and adults and should be considered separately.
In a survey PDSA conducted in 2001, 40 percent of respondents with ITP reported improvement in their condition by following either a macrobiotic diet or Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s “Eat Right for Your Type” diet. To incorporate aspects of these diets into your regimen, PDSA suggests going slowly and consulting first with a health practitioner.
Recommendations include eating fresh, whole, organic foods; reducing consumption of red meat, sugar and dairy; boosting intake of healthy fats; eating foods rich in vitamin K — which promotes coagulation — such as kale, collard greens and sea vegetables; and avoiding alcohol and foods and beverages containing quinine, which can lower platelet counts.
Some foods and beverages thin the blood, so you may consider limiting them until your platelet count returns to the normal range. According to Dr. Richard Brouse, founder of the Health Education Corp., natural blood-thinners include foods containing salicylates, such as the spices curry, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric, and fruits such as cherries, grapes and prunes; foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as flaxseed, salmon, anchovies, tuna and herring; and foods in the onion and garlic family. Red wine is also a known blood thinner.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Below is a selection of supplements that have some potential to improve your platelet count and/or symptoms. Everyone is different, plus manufacturing conditions, brands, vitamin types, and dosages vary.
Folic acid (vitamin B9)
Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin needed for numerous body functions including DNA repair and rapid cell division and growth, including blood cells. Folic acid deficiency may cause thrombocytopenia (Easton 1984, Mant 1979). In a study of 14 ITP patients given high doses of folic acid, 64% had a complete or partial response and the others showed some transient improvement (Schulz 2003). However, if someone has a low level of vitamin B12, high doses of folic acid may cause anemia and cognitive impairment (Selhub J, 2007).
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid or L-ascorbate)
Vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory nutrient that is important for healing wounds, maintaining the integrity of capillaries, and absorbing iron from food. Since ITP is associated with inflammation (Imbach 2011) and reducing bleeding symptoms is important, it is plausible that taking vitamin C could help ITP patients. Of all the vitamins and supplements, vitamin C has been the most studied in ITP. However, clinical results have been mixed, with very positive initial results (Brox 1988), but disappointing research results over time (Jubelirer 1993).
Vitamin D is a nutrient needed for healthy nerves, muscles, bones, and immune system.According to a Japanese study, vitamin D plays a valuable role in the function of hematopoietic stem cells, cells in the bone marrow that give rise to red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets (Kawamori 2010). Since low levels of vitamin D have been associated with autoimmune diseases (Toubi 2010) and vitamin D can alter regulatory T-cells (a type of white blood cell), some researchers speculate it could be used to treat autoimmune diseases (Prietl 2010). Note that ITP is a T-cell mediated disease (Semple 2010).
Vitamin K is essential for your blood to clot and for healthy bones. However its anti-inflammatory properties are less well known (Aoganghua 2011). In a large study, people with higher vitamin K levels had lower levels of 14 markers of inflammation, some of which are linked to chronic disease (Shea 2008). You can get vitamin K from leafy greens such as kale, collards, and spinach, plus meat, eggs, and dairy products.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
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Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Herbal options for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura www.hnmrc.net/pd1057808934.html
Diet for platelets www.livestrong.com/article/490027-platelets-diet
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine