A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Thrombocytosis
I had a question the other day about thrombocytosis.
Thrombocytosis is a disorder in which your body produces too many platelets, which play an important role in blood clotting.
The disorder is called reactive thrombocytosis when it’s caused by an underlying condition, like an infection.
Thrombocytosis may also be caused by a blood and bone marrow disease.
When caused by a bone marrow disorder, thrombocytosis is called autonomous, primary or essential thrombocytosis or essential thrombocythemia.
Thrombocytosis may be detected in routine blood test results which show a high platelet level.
If your blood test shows thrombocytosis, it’s important to know whether it’s reactive thrombocytosis or thrombocythemia, which is more likely to cause blood clots.
Reactive thrombocytosis rarely causes symptoms.
More often, signs and symptoms relate to the underlying condition.
If symptoms of reactive thrombocytosis do occur, they may include:
>Dizziness or lightheadedness
>Temporary vision changes
>Numbness or tingling of the hands and feet
Because thrombocytosis isn’t likely to cause symptoms, you probably won’t know you have it unless a routine blood test reveals a higher than normal number of platelets.
You may be at risk of thrombocytosis if you have a medical condition like iron deficiency anemia or you’ve had surgery.
If you have thrombocytosis, making healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce your risk of complications.
To deal with thrombocytosis 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).