A Natural Approach To Health
Living With ITP
I had a question the other day about ITP.
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is an autoimmune bleeding disorder characterized by abnormally low levels of blood cells called platelets, creating a condition known as thrombocytopenia.
Platelets are specialized blood cells that help prevent and stop bleeding by inducing clotting.
In many ITP cases, there’s no apparent cause or underlying disease, but frequently there’s another associated disease or underlying neoplasm.
The cells of your immune system, lymphocytes, produce anti-platelet antibodies that attach to the platelets.
The presence of antibodies on platelets leads to their destruction in your spleen.
The disorder is characterized by abnormal bleeding into your skin resulting in bruising, which is what the term purpura means.
Bleeding from mucous membranes also occurs, and may then result in low levels of red blood cells (anemia).
ITP presents as a brief, self-limiting form of the disorder (acute) or a longer-term form (chronic).
Acute ITP accounts for about 50% of cases, and chronic ITP accounts for the remainder.
Eighty percent (80%) of children with ITP have the acute form while the chronic form affects mostly adults.
The acute form usually resolves without treatment within 3-6 months.
When thrombocytopenia lasts for more than 6-12 months, ITP is classified as the chronic form.
Onset of acute ITP is often rapid, while the onset of the chronic form may be gradual.
To deal with ITP at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).