A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Von Willebrand’s Disease
I had a question the other day about von Willebrand’s disease.
There are 2 types of von Willebrand’s disease – inherited and acquired.
Acquired von Willebrand’s disease is a rare bleeding disorder that might be caused by other medical problems or medicines.
It prevents blood from clotting properly.
It’s rarer than the inherited form of von Willebrand’s disease.
Medical problems that might cause acquired von Willebrand’s disease include:
>Lymph disorders, like chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
>Plasma disorders, like multiple myeloma.
>Bone marrow disorders, like polycythemia vera.
>Solid tumors, like Wilms’ tumor (a fast-growing kidney tumor) and lung cancer.
>Autoimmune diseases, like systemic lupus erythematosus.
>Heart problems, like aortic valve stenosis.
>Use of a cardiac device that helps your heart pump blood, called a ventricular assist device.
Rarely, acquired von Willebrand’s disease may also develop in direct association with use of certain medicines.
When use is discontinued, signs of the disease also end.
These medicines include:
Symptoms include nosebleeds with no previous history of bleeding abnormalities.
Treatment of acquired von Willebrand’s disease includes medicines that help your body have enough von Willebrand clotting factor in the blood.
This von Willebrand factor helps your blood clot.
To deal with von Willebrand’s disease 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).
*Keep urine bright, clear, fluorescent yellow all day with sufficient B-Complex.
*Blackstrap molasses is an excellent source of B-vitamins and iron.