If you’re a woman, I have important news for you. Researchers in Kentucky have determined that you could have a dangerous deficiency. And they want to make sure it’s corrected right away.
Oh wait a second. No, no–this is just another mainstream “alert” to get you on more drugs.
You see, the study found that this “deficiency” isn’t a deficiency at all–the researchers are afraid that women just aren’t getting enough… wait for it… warfarin.
That’s right–they’re worried that the popular blood thinner is “underutilized” in women.
Setting out to find how women with self-reported irregular heartbeat were being treated, they worked in conjunction with the Kentucky Women’s Health Registry. They found that, among women they expected to be taking warfarin, only 30 percent were actually taking it. And that just won’t do!
The researchers didn’t give a particular reason for the “underutilization” of warfarin, but I have a few suggestions.
Maybe the vast majority of those women in Kentucky are just plain smart. Perhaps they aren’t interested in contributing to the pharmaceutical machine by putting themselves at a higher risk of brain hemorrhage, a higher risk of death after a traumatic injury, or a higher risk of death from hemorrhagic stroke.
Or, could it be, that they’re just not interested in taking a drug that was originally developed as rat poison?
And maybe it’s simply that some of those women are Nutrition & Healing readers. Because readers know there are far safer options than warfarin. Dr. Wright’s been using one in his practice for over 30 years with great success: fish oil. It has the same effect of keeping blood “slippery” without the terrifying risks.
I know, fish oil doesn’t sound too appetizing. It tastes pretty bad, but it does the trick (and you can mix it with rice or almond milk if you have trouble choking it down). For blood-thinning purposes, Dr. Wright recommends 2 to 3 tablespoons of cod liver oil each day along with 800-1,000 IU of vitamin E.
Considering how drug-centered the mainstream is, I bet it never even crossed those researchers’ minds that the 70 percent of women not taking warfarin had made much, much better choices.
Ms. O’Brien has written for Nutrition & Healing, Healthier Talk and a variety of other natural and alternative health outlets. She believes in the power of natural medicine and her goal is to open people’s eyes to the benefits of alternative and integrative medicine.
Christine is passionate about helping people help themselves without having to turn to harsh drugs or invasive surgeries.
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