Medical Matters

If you are like me, you may be one of the millions of people that depends on drugs to keep going.
For me it’s blood thinners. In the UK that usually means taking Warfarin aka Coumadin.

Now think SHTF time.
The chemist will probably be looted within the first day or so although I’m hoping that they won’t bother with warfarin as people seem to associate it with rat poison which it essentially is.
Meet my universal key aka the brick?

Although that might not seem to be a sensible option, come STHF time it may be my only option.

Alternatives?
Beggars can’t be choosers and no commercial drugs equals me thinking outside the box. I’m no fan of herbal medicine BUT they do have a point on a number of issues. So what’s their alternatives?

Aspirin is a blood thinner.
What? I start by saying think outside the box and then trot out a NSAID trade name?

Aspirin is made from salicylic acid and you can get a rough unprocessed version from boiling willow bark. Other sources include some unripe fruits and vegetables particularly blackberries, tomatoes, strawberries, raisins, and radish. (All of which I love)
See, not so daft an idea.

Vitamin E.
It basically stops vitamin K from working and vitamin “K” makes your blood clot.
Sources of vitamin E
150mg / 100g     Wheat germ oil
41mg / 100g     Sunflower oil
15mg / 100g    Hazelnuts
2mg / 100g     Turnips

(I like all these too)

Magnesium
It works like aspirin but without the side effects. It also relaxes the blood vessels. Problem is where to find it? I’m hoping in health food shops. I’m also hoping that the looters won’t know what it’s used for.

Some herbs and spices are high in salicylates and they include curry powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric, licorice (Yum!) and peppermint.

Other foods known for their salicylate content include honey, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Not forgetting garlic and onions.

A plus point too is garlic and onion are natural antibiotics that also reduce the number of intestinal bacteria that synthesize vitamin K.
Pomegranate and cranberry juices work as does olive oil. (Yep, like those too)

In conclusion.
Looks like I’m turning to rabbit food if I can’t get warfarin and I’ll have to eat loads of it to make any significant effect.

There is another thought though.
I clog up. So, thin out drinking loads of water.
I asked my friendly doctor about that and she agreed, plain water and lots of it helps BUT more importantly is exercise to keep my blood flowing RAPIDLY round my silted up drainpipes aka knackered veinous system. She recommended 5 liters of still bottled water a day. I already drink about 3 but FIVE? I’ll get all soggy.

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