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low sedimentation rate
Posted by: Jan
Date: June 2, 2004 6:03 PM

My husband recently had blood work done. The results of the ESR (westergren) show a low sedimentation rate of 1, where the nomal range should be 0 - 15. What does a level of 1 mean exactly? Should we be concerned? Is a low rate good or bad? Does the rate need to be increased, and if so how can that be done? Are there supplements you recommend, or treatments? He is 49 with multiple chemical sensitivity, so we would proceed only with natural treatments.

RE: low sedimentation rate
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: June 2, 2004 6:35 PM

The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (or ESR) is elevated in conditions which produce tissue breakdown such as infection, arthritis, inflammation from any cause and some types of cancer. A sed rate of one in a 0-15 range is very normal and does not, in itself, indicate the need for therapy. Having said that, multiple chemical sensitivities is not a normal condition and is usually associated with a past or present digestive tract problem having to do with "leaky gut." You could start in your understanding of what the problem may be by reading this article:

RE: low sedimentation rate
Posted by: Jan
Date: June 4, 2004 4:14 PM

I cannot get to the article you recommended from the site. Can you let me know the title, or the reference number?

RE: low sedimentation rate
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: June 4, 2004 6:54 PM

It it didn't come up, you must have mistyped it. Copy and paste it:

If you have AOL, the last forward slash is important.

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