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ITP low platelets
Posted by: Patti
Date: July 14, 2000 1:50 AM

My friend is 14 years old - just diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) as her platelets were 8000 and she was bruising. After several treatments they went up to 9000 but came back to 2800 within a week. Is there anything she can do to help them get up to a relatively good count (what would that be?) Vitamin C?

RE: ITP low platelets
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: July 14, 2000 3:38 AM

ITP is an autoimmune disease. It doesn't yield completely to nutritional treatment. Many people believe thorough, prolonged detoxification helps. A normal platelet count is in the range 150,000 - 450,000. Certainly vitamin C is advised, and a potent all-round supplement as well. Tests for specific amino acid deficiencies should be performed.

RE: ITP low platelets
Posted by: Patti
Date: August 12, 2000 12:56 AM

What are the side effects this 14 year old girl may experience from steroid treatments? Is removal of the spleen a better alternative treatment for ITP? What do you mean by "prolonged detoxification"?

RE: ITP low platelets
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: August 14, 2000 6:17 AM

Spleen removal increases platelet count by removing the organ in which platelets are stored.

Thorough detox programs require at least four weeks. Here is a number from where you can order aa Arise and Shine Detox Kit: 707-591-4088.

Here are the side effects of steroids:

Both Sexes:

Increased risk of mood disturbances including mania and depression
Increased risk of psychosis
Increased risk of aggressive acts which may injure self or others
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Increased risk of liver disease and cancer
Increased risk of kidney disease and cancer
Risk of HIV and Hepatitis B & C from contaminated needles
Acne
Decreased sex drive
Baldness
Water retention
Muscle cramps
Aching joints
Increased risk of muscle tears
Increased risk of tendon injuries
Increased risk of nose bleeds
Insomnia
Decrease in immune system effectiveness
Infertility
Mental Addiction

Men:

Increased risk of prostate enlargement and cancer
Decreased testicular size
Gynecomastia (growth of breasts)

Women:

Increased risk of cervical and endometrial cancer
Increased risk of osteoporosis
Irreversible enlargement of the clitoris
Irreversible hoarsening and deepening of the voice
Irreversible increase in facial and body hair
Decreased breast size
Amenorrhea
Uterine atrophy

Children:

Short Stature
Premature ephiphyseal closure



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at October 4, 2011 7:20 PM by Dr. Kennedy.



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