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OT: RE: anemia




Hi. Having had a severe case of anemia that almost resulted in my hospitalization years ago, your situation sounds a bit different. However, the same conditions can manifest sometimes in different ways and in different levels of severity from person to person. Your fatigue and tiredness are characteristic of anemia but are non-specific symptoms that could be addressed by a variety of conditions. Are you guessing you are anemic or do you know? If you are guessing- you really should go to the physician for some blood work to have hemoglobin tests and mention specifically how easily you bruise and point out your nail beds. If you have been having heavier than normal menstrual cycles with alot of loss that might need to be addressed by an gynecologist as well.

You should also be tested for Vitamin K deficiency, which results in easy bruising.

How is your diet? If you were borderline in various elements , fasting may have lowered you . That is easily remedied by correcting your diet and using lost of fresh leafy greens for vitamin k.

In regards to iron deficiency ( anemia). In my case I could not absorb the iron pills and my sister rescued me basically by preparing the meals.. I was too weak to do the shopping etc. It was thought that some blood disorder existed but adding liver and oysters to lots of salad brought me to low normal within a 2months.

It took about 3months to get back to normal. Don't ignore this situation.


I am enclosing some research I looked up. I hope it gives you some insight and your health improves very soon.

take care.

Causes of Bruising:
The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Bruising. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.
Injury
Normal child play - every child gets bumps and bruises.
Accident
Falls
Physical abuse
Causes of bruising easily or widespread bruising include:
Bleeding disorders
Hemophilia
Von Willebrand's disease
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
Immune disorder
Leukemia
Aplastic anemia
Disseminated intravascular coagulation
Scurvy
Blood vessel hemorrhage
TopConditions listing medical symptoms: Bruising:The following list of conditions have 'Bruising' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
TopA
Accidental injury ... Bruise
Acquired amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia ... easy bruising
Acquired Aplastic Anemia ... easy bruising
Acquired hypoprothrombinemia ... easy bruising
Acquired prothrombin deficiency ... easy bruising
Acquired pure megakaryocytic aplasia ... easy bruising
Acute biphenotypic leukemia ... easy bruising
Acute cholinergic dysautonomia ... bruises
Acute kidney failure ... bruising
Acute leukaemia of ambiguous lineage ... easy bruising
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia ... easy bruising
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, adult ... easy bruising
Acute megacaryoblastic leukemia ... easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 1 ... easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 2 ... easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 3 ... easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 4 ... easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 5 ... easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 6 ... easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 7 ... easy bruising
Acute myelocytic leukemia ... easy bruising
Acute myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes related to alkylating agent ... easy bruising
Acute myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes related to topoisomerase type II inhibitor ... easy bruising
Acute myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes, therapy related ... easy bruising
Acute myeloid leukemia ... easy bruising
Acute myeloid leukemia, adult ... easy bruising
Acute promyelocytic leukemia ... easy bruising
ADP platelet receptor P2Y12, deficiency of ... easy bruising
Alcohol-induced pseudo-Cushing syndrome ... easy bruising
ALL-Down syndrome ... easy bruising
Amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia ... easy bruising
Ankle fracture ... bruised ankle
Ankle sprain ... ankle bruising
Anti-plasmin deficiency, congenital ... easy bruising
Anticoagulant poisoning ... bruising
Aortic dilatation- joint hypermobility- arterial tortuosity ... easy bruising
Arm fracture ... bruised arm
Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome ... bruising easily
Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia ... bruising easily
TopB
Back tumour ... excessive bleeding and bruising
Bernard-Soulier Syndrome ... easy bruising
Bleeding disorders ... bruising easily
Blood coagulation disorders, inherited ... easy bruising
Broken Collarbone ... bruised shoulder
Broken finger ... bruised finger
Broken foot ... bruised foot
Broken hand ... bruised hand
Broken jaw ... bruised jaw
Broken nose ... bruised nose
Broken shoulder blade ... bruised shoulder
Broken toe ... bruised toe
TopC
Chédiak-Higashi syndrome ... easy bruising
Chronic myelogenous leukemia ... easy bruising
Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia ... easy bruising
Cirrhosis of the liver ... bruising easily
Coagulopathy ... easy bruising
Coccyx injury ... bruised tailbone area
Congenital Afibrinogenemia ... bruises, hematomas
Congenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia ... easy bruising
Congenital aplastic anemia ... easy bruising
Cryoglobulinemia ... bruising
Cushing's syndrome ... bruising easily
Cutaneous vascularitis ... bruising
TopD
Deafness - lymphoedema - leukemia ... easy bruising
Di Guglielmo I - acute ... bruises
DIC ... easy bruising
Dislocation ... local bruising
TopE
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome Type I ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type II ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type IV ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type V ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type VI ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome with periventricular heterotopia ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, 6B ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, arthrochalasic type ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, cardiac valvular form ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, classic type ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, dermatospraxis type ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, kyphoscoliosis type ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, progeroid form ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, progeroid form 2 ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, tenascin-X deficiency ... easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, vascular type ... easy bruising
Elbow injury ... Bruising around the elbow
Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome ... bruises
Epidermolysis bullosa simplex, Ogna type ... easy bruising
Essential thrombocytopenia ... easy bruising
Essential thrombocytosis - same as essential thrombocythemia ... easy bruising
TopF
Factor V and factor VIII, combined deficiency of ... easy bruising
Factor VII deficiency ... easy bruising
Falls ... Bruising
Fanconi syndrome ... easy bruising
Foot injury ... Foot bruise
TopG
Gardner-Diamond syndrome ... bruises
Gaucher Disease ... bruising easily, easy bruising
Gaucher disease type 1 ... easy bruising
Gaucher disease type 2 ... easy bruising
Gaucher disease type 3 ... easy bruising
Glycogen storage disease type 1C ... easy bruising
Glycogen storage disease type 1D ... easy bruising
TopH
Hairy cell leukemia ... easy bruising
Hand conditions ... Hand bruise
Hand fracture ... Hand bruise
Hand injury ... Hand bruise
Hantavirosis ... bruises
Head injury ... Bruising
Hemangioma thrombocytopenia syndrome ... bruises
Hemolytic uremic syndrome ... bruising
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis ... easy bruising
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, familial, 2 ... easy bruising
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, familial, 3 ... easy bruising
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, familial, 4 ... easy bruising
Hemophilia ... bruising, bruising easily
Hemophilia A ... easy bruising
Hemophilia B ... easy bruising
Hepatorenal tyrosinemia ... bruises
Hereditary macrothrombocytopenia ... easy bruising
Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome ... easy bruising
Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome type 2 ... easy bruising
Hip cancer ... excessive bleeding and bruising
Human bite ... bruising at wound
Human T-lymphotropic virus type 3 ... easy bruising
TopI
Immune thrombocytopenia ... easy bruising
Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura ... bruising
Inflammatory Breast Cancer ... bruised breast
Inheritable disorders of connective tissue ... Bruising
TopL
Letterer-Siwe disease ... bruises
Leukemia ... bruising easily
Leukemia, Myeloid ... easy bruising
Leukemia, T-cell, chronic ... easy bruising
Lichen sclerosis et atrophicus ... bruises
Lipedema ... bruising
Lymphoblastic lymphoma ... easy bruising
TopM
Myelodysplastic syndromes ... Bruising
Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative disease ... easy bruising
TopN
Niemann-Pick disease ... easy bruising
Nose conditions ... Nose bruising
Nutritional deficiency ... Bruising
TopO
Obstructive Jaundice ... bruising
Osteogenesis imperfecta Type I ... easy bruising
Osteogenesis imperfecta, type 1A ... easy bruising
Osteogenesis imperfecta, type 1B ... easy bruising
Osteogenesis imperfecta, type 4 ... easy bruising
TopP
Pancytopenia ... easy bruising
Penis tourniquet syndrome ... bruised penis
Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloid leukemia ... easy bruising
Prothrombin deficiency ... easy bruising
Purpura ... bruising
Purpura simplex ... bruising easily, bruises, buttock bruise, thigh bruise
Purpura simplex, hereditary ... bruises
TopR
Retinopathy - aplastic anemia - neurological abnormalities ... easy bruising
Rib fracture ... Rib bruising
Rib Tumor ... excessive bleeding and bruising
Ruptured achilles tendon ... ankle bruising
TopS
Schroeder syndrome 1 ... easy bruising
Scurvy ... bruising easily, bruises
Senile purpura ... bruises on back of hands
Shoulder dislocation ... shoulder bruising
Shoulder Fracture ... shoulder bruising
Skin conditions ... Bruising
Skull fracture ... Battle's sign
Sphingolipidosis ... easy bruising
Spleen conditions ... Chest bruising
Spondylometaphyseal dysplasia with combined immunodeficiency ... easy bruising
Sprain ... joint bruising
Storage pool platelet disease ... easy bruising
Stuart factor deficiency, acquired ... easy bruising
Stuart factor deficiency, congenital ... easy bruising
Sturge-Weber Syndrome ... subdural hematoma
TopT
Thigh conditions ... Bruising
Thigh injury ... Bruising
Thiopurine S methyltranferase deficiency ... easy bruising
Thrombasthenia ... easy bruising
Thrombocytopathy ... easy bruising
Thrombocytopenia ... bruising
Thrombocytopenia - cerebellar hypoplasia - short stature ... easy bruising
Traumatic Brain Injury ... hematoma
TopV
Von Gierke Disease ... Easy bruising
Von Willebrand disease ... Bruising, bruising easily, easy bruising
Von Willebrand disease, dominant form ... Bruising
Von Willebrand disease, platelet type ... Bruising
Von Willebrand disease, recessive form ... Bruising
TopW
Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia ... Easy bruising
Willebrand disease, acquired ... Bruising
Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome ... easy bruising, hematomas
TopX
Xylosylprotein 4-beta-galactosyltransferase (XGPT) deficiency ... easy bruising
TopY
Yellow fever ... Bruising
TopConditions listing medical complications: Bruising:The following list of medical conditions have 'Bruising' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. This computer-generated list of complications may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
TopA
Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia ... bruising easily
TopC
Cirrhosis of the liver ... bruising easily
Cirrhosis, familial ... easy bruising
Concussion ... Subdural hematoma
TopM
Menkes Disease ... subdural hematoma
TopMore Information About BruisingBruising: Introduction
Diagnostic tests for Bruising
Diagnosis Checklist: Questions Doctors Should Ask for Bruising
Medical Textbooks Online for Bruising
Symptom combinations for Bruising
Travel-related causes of Bruising
Patient Surveys
Join in at the forums
TopList of 201 causes of Bruising
This section shows a full list of all the diseases and conditions listed as a possible cause of Bruising in our database from various sources.
Accident
Accidental injury - Bruise
Acquired amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia - easy bruising
Acquired Aplastic Anemia - easy bruising
Acquired hypoprothrombinemia - easy bruising
Acquired prothrombin deficiency - easy bruising
Acquired pure megakaryocytic aplasia - easy bruising
Acute biphenotypic leukemia - easy bruising
Acute cholinergic dysautonomia - bruises
Acute kidney failure - bruising
Acute leukaemia of ambiguous lineage - easy bruising
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia - easy bruising
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, adult - easy bruising
Acute megacaryoblastic leukemia - easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 1 - easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 2 - easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 3 - easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 4 - easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 5 - easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 6 - easy bruising
Acute myeloblastic leukemia type 7 - easy bruising
Acute myelocytic leukemia - easy bruising
Acute myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes related to alkylating agent - easy bruising
Acute myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes related to topoisomerase type II inhibitor - easy bruising
Acute myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes, therapy related - easy bruising
Acute myeloid leukemia - easy bruising
Acute myeloid leukemia, adult - easy bruising
Acute promyelocytic leukemia - easy bruising
ADP platelet receptor P2Y12, deficiency of - easy bruising
Alcohol-induced pseudo-Cushing syndrome - easy bruising
ALL-Down syndrome - easy bruising
Amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia - easy bruising
Ankle fracture - bruised ankle
Ankle sprain - ankle bruising
Anti-plasmin deficiency, congenital - easy bruising
Anticoagulant poisoning - bruising
Aortic dilatation- joint hypermobility- arterial tortuosity - easy bruising
Aplastic anemia
Arm fracture - bruised arm
Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome - bruising easily
Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia - bruising easily
Back tumour - excessive bleeding and bruising
Bernard-Soulier Syndrome - easy bruising
Bleeding disorders - bruising easily
Blood coagulation disorders, inherited - easy bruising
Blood vessel hemorrhage
Broken Collarbone - bruised shoulder
Broken finger - bruised finger
Broken foot - bruised foot
Broken hand - bruised hand
Broken jaw - bruised jaw
Broken nose - bruised nose
Broken shoulder blade - bruised shoulder
Broken toe - bruised toe
Chédiak-Higashi syndrome - easy bruising
Chronic myelogenous leukemia - easy bruising
Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia - easy bruising
Cirrhosis of the liver - bruising easily
Cirrhosis, familial - easy bruising
Coagulopathy - easy bruising
Coccyx injury - bruised tailbone area
Concussion - Subdural hematoma
Congenital Afibrinogenemia - bruises
Congenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia - easy bruising
Congenital aplastic anemia - easy bruising
Cryoglobulinemia - bruising
Cushing's syndrome - bruising easily
Cutaneous vascularitis - bruising
Deafness - lymphoedema - leukemia - easy bruising
Di Guglielmo I - acute - bruises
DIC - easy bruising
Dislocation - local bruising
Disseminated intravascular coagulation
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome Type I - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type II - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type IV - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type V - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type VI - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome with periventricular heterotopia - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, 6B - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, arthrochalasic type - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, cardiac valvular form - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, classic type - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, dermatospraxis type - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, kyphoscoliosis type - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, progeroid form - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, progeroid form 2 - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, tenascin-X deficiency - easy bruising
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, vascular type - easy bruising
Elbow injury - Bruising around the elbow
Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome - bruises
Epidermolysis bullosa simplex, Ogna type - easy bruising
Essential thrombocytopenia - easy bruising
Essential thrombocytosis - same as essential thrombocythemia - easy bruising
Factor V and factor VIII, combined deficiency of - easy bruising
Factor VII deficiency - easy bruising
Falls - Bruising
Fanconi syndrome - easy bruising
Foot injury - Foot bruise
Gardner-Diamond syndrome - bruises
Gaucher Disease - bruising easily
Gaucher disease type 1 - easy bruising
Gaucher disease type 2 - easy bruising
Gaucher disease type 3 - easy bruising
Glycogen storage disease type 1C - easy bruising
Glycogen storage disease type 1D - easy bruising
Hairy cell leukemia - easy bruising
Hand conditions - Hand bruise
Hand fracture - Hand bruise
Hand injury - Hand bruise
Hantavirosis - bruises
Head injury - Bruising
Hemangioma thrombocytopenia syndrome - bruises
Hemolytic uremic syndrome - bruising
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis - easy bruising
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, familial, 2 - easy bruising
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, familial, 3 - easy bruising
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, familial, 4 - easy bruising
Hemophilia - bruising
Hemophilia A - easy bruising
Hemophilia B - easy bruising
Hepatorenal tyrosinemia - bruises
Hereditary macrothrombocytopenia - easy bruising
Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome - easy bruising
Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome type 2 - easy bruising
Hip cancer - excessive bleeding and bruising
Human bite - bruising at wound
Human T-lymphotropic virus type 3 - easy bruising
Immune disorder
Immune thrombocytopenia - easy bruising
Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura - bruising
Inflammatory Breast Cancer - bruised breast
Inheritable disorders of connective tissue - Bruising
Injury
Letterer-Siwe disease - bruises
Leukemia - bruising easily
Leukemia, Myeloid - easy bruising
Leukemia, T-cell, chronic - easy bruising
Lichen sclerosis et atrophicus - bruises
Lipedema - bruising
Lymphoblastic lymphoma - easy bruising
Menkes Disease - subdural hematoma
Myelodysplastic syndromes - Bruising
Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative disease - easy bruising
Niemann-Pick disease - easy bruising
Normal child play - every child gets bumps and bruises.
Nose conditions - Nose bruising
Nutritional deficiency - Bruising
Obstructive Jaundice - bruising
Osteogenesis imperfecta Type I - easy bruising
Osteogenesis imperfecta, type 1A - easy bruising
Osteogenesis imperfecta, type 1B - easy bruising
Osteogenesis imperfecta, type 4 - easy bruising
Pancytopenia - easy bruising
Penis tourniquet syndrome - bruised penis
Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloid leukemia - easy bruising
Physical abuse
Prothrombin deficiency - easy bruising
Purpura - bruising
Purpura simplex - bruising easily
Purpura simplex, hereditary - bruises
Retinopathy - aplastic anemia - neurological abnormalities - easy bruising
Rib fracture - Rib bruising
Rib Tumor - excessive bleeding and bruising
Ruptured achilles tendon - ankle bruising
Schroeder syndrome 1 - easy bruising
Scurvy - bruising easily
Senile purpura - bruises on back of hands
Shoulder dislocation - shoulder bruising
Shoulder Fracture - shoulder bruising
Skin conditions - Bruising
Skull fracture - Battle's sign
Sphingolipidosis - easy bruising
Spleen conditions - Chest bruising
Spondylometaphyseal dysplasia with combined immunodeficiency - easy bruising
Sprain - joint bruising
Storage pool platelet disease - easy bruising
Stuart factor deficiency, acquired - easy bruising
Stuart factor deficiency, congenital - easy bruising
Sturge-Weber Syndrome - subdural hematoma
Thigh conditions - Bruising
Thigh injury - Bruising
Thiopurine S methyltranferase deficiency - easy bruising
Thrombasthenia - easy bruising
Thrombocytopathy - easy bruising
Thrombocytopenia - bruising
Thrombocytopenia - cerebellar hypoplasia - short stature - easy bruising
Traumatic Brain Injury - hematoma
Von Gierke Disease - Easy bruising
Von Willebrand disease - Bruising
Von Willebrand disease, dominant form - Bruising
Von Willebrand disease, platelet type - Bruising
Von Willebrand disease, recessive form - Bruising
Von Willebrand's disease
Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia - Easy bruising
Willebrand disease, acquired - Bruising
Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome - easy bruising
Xylosylprotein 4-beta-galactosyltransferase (XGPT) deficiency - easy bruising
Yellow fever - Bruising

TopDrug side effect causes of Bruising The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins may possibly cause Bruising as a side effect.
Blood thinning medications
Birth control pills
Aspirin
Certain Arthritis medications
Certain diuretics
[See detailed list of 67 drug side effect causes of Bruising]
TopDrug interaction causes of Bruising:Drug interactions may be a possible cause of Bruising.
Miconazole and warfarin interaction
Verapamil and Propranolol interaction
Verapamil and Allopurinol interaction
Warfarin and Metronidazole interaction
Chlorambucil and Aspirin interaction



Vitamin K Deficiency info:

How Vitamin K Deficiencies Occur
Human intake of vitamin K comes from two main sources - our diets and synthesis from intestinal bacteria. Vitamin K deficiencies can be caused by a variety of factors. These include:

Not consuming enough vitamin K from one's diet can contribute to a deficiency. Dietary vitamin K is highest in leafy green vegetables such as lettuce, kale, broccoli and collard greens. These are foods that many people don't eat frequently.

A diet with high intakes of salicylates can block vitamin K. Salicylates are found in foods such as nuts, fruits, spices and mints. Aspirin is a salicylate. Blocking vitamin K is why aspirin can "thin" the blood - it basically keeps blood from coagulating. This is why too much aspirin may be a factor in bleding related health issues such as epistaxis (nose bleeds), as well as brain and intestinal bleeding.

Regular aspirin use may raise the risk of bleeding strokes in healthy people. A study from Oxford University found that large numbers of older people suffered from bleeding in the brain when they took aspirin or other antithrombotic drugs. Another study from the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London found that aspirin use caused a risk of serious bleeding in men with high blood pressure.

Click here for more information on salicylates and other foods that may naturally thin the blood.

Antibiotics can cause bleeding problems from vitamin K deficiencies. Antibiotics destroy not only harmful digestive tract bacteria, but also the beneficial intestinal bacteria that is needed to create vitamin K. In order to replace the beneficial intestinal bacteria after a course of Antibiotics it is often recommended to eat yogurt with active cultures or have to take probiotic supplements containing acidophilus. In the U.S. You can usually get the supplements at most drug stores or health food stores. The refrigerated kind is often best because the cultures last the longest when they have been kept cold.

Replacing beneficial bacteria after antibiotics is standard conventional medical advice in many European countries, but does not seem to be common medical advice in the United States.

"It is important for the production of many nutrients that we keep our "friendly" colon bacteria active and doing their job; to aid this process we should minimize our use of oral antibiotics, avoid excess sugars and processed foods, and occasionally evaluate and treat any abnormal organisms interfering in our colon, such as yeasts or parasites."

"Yogurt, kefir, and acidophilus milk may help to increase the functioning of the intestinal bacterial flora and therefore contribute to vitamin K production."

from "Vitamin K", by Elson M. Haas M.D.

Click here to read Dr. Hass' complete article.



Candida (systemic yeast) infections have been linked to vitamin K deficiencies. An overgrowth of candida albicans or other kinds of yeast can crowd out the helpful bacteria in the digestive tract that make vitamin K. People who eat a lot of sugary foods, an unusually high proportion of alkaline foods and/or take antibiotics tend to be at high risk for Candida infections.


Malabsorption syndromes that prevent the proper absorption of nutrients can cause vitamin K deficiencies. Celiac disease, an intolerance to gluten, can cause deficiencies of a wide variety of nutrients, especially vitamin K. Crohn's disease can also cause vitamin K and other deficiencies.

Anticoagulants like Warfarin block the action of vitamin K. In turn, vitamin K blocks the action of anticoagulants. This is why people taking these types of medications have to limit how much vitamin K they get in their diet.


High amounts of vitamin A and/or vitamin E can also block vitamin K. I get nosebleeds whenever I take a multivitamin or eat one of the popular nutrition bars, even if I choose one with vitamin K. I think it may be at least in part because the multivitamins and nutrition bars always contain high amounts of vitamin A and E--probably too much for someone like me who bleeds easily.


The bacteria that synthesize vitamin K thrive in an acidic digestive environment. Antacids, if taken in sufficient quantity, may cause a vitamin K deficiency, as well as irritable bowel syndrome and various nutritional deficiencies, because they neutralize the hydrochloric acid in a person's stomach. Hydrochloric acid is needed to digest food and create the acidic environment in which the beneficial bacteria thrive.

(For more information on this topic, see my section on Acidic Foods - Alkaline Foods.


One study found vitamin K deficiencies to be common in male alcoholics. (Perhaps not coincidentally, children born with fetal alcohol syndrome share many overlapping borth defects linked to vitamin K deficiencies.)


In rats, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), a food preservative, was shown in tests to induce vitamin K deficiencies. BHT is a common preservative. Many commercial cereal boxes are sprayed with BHT to extend the shelf life of the product.


Symptoms of Vitamin K Deficiencies
Vitamin K is known to be needed to coagulate blood and to maintain proper bone density. It plays a key role in proper development of the fetus. Deficiencies of vitamin K have been linked to:

Heavy menstrual bleeding*
Gastrointestinal bleeding
Hematuria (blood in the urine)
Nosebleeds
Eye hemorrhages
Anemia
Gum bleeding
Prolonged clotting times
Hematomas
Hemorrhaging
Ovarian Hemorrhaging
Easy bruising
Purpura
Osteopenia
Osteoporosis
Fractures
Hypercalciuria
Liver Cancer
Calcification of soft tissue, especially heart valves (See my section on Calcium Deposits for more on this topic).


 

 
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