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Detoxification and stroke
Posted by: Bob
Date: August 10, 2005 10:34 PM

I am an 84 year old male who suffered a stroke in April 2003. I was warned that I should not eat fresh fruits and vegetables as this would increase the likelihood that I would have another stroke. I have several symptoms and I believe that I need to have an effective detoxification program. What is your estimation of a recurrence of a stroke by using a strong vegetable juice detox program, and is there another way to detoxify without increasing the risk of a stroke.

RE: Detoxification and stroke
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.,
Date: August 10, 2005 11:39 PM

First I would be interested in why you think you need a detox program. What do you believe the toxin to be? To answer your question, I have never heard of, nor can I think of, a reason fresh fruits and veggies, or the juices thereof, would predispose a person to a second, or even a first, stroke. There are two factors to consider in stroke prevention. First is the condition of the vascular tree, specifically the presence of plaque (specific lumps of scar tissue mixed with dead cells and lipids where inflammation has damaged the lining of the arterial system) or arteriosclerosis (diffuse calcium deposition the walls of the arterial system). If this is the case, you need a doctor knowledgeable about the treatment of these problems (chelation therapy and/or IV phosphytidal choline). The second factor predisposing to stroke is the procoagulant condition (or "blood sludge"). This can be evaluated with high resolution blood morphology. The bottom line is you need to be in the hands of the right doctor.

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