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Video: Denise Gets Off Coumadin

Robyn Openshaw - Dec 06, 2012 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Never have I raised the ire of more readers as when I did a video with Dr. Kirt Tyson, one of Dr. Gabriel Cousens’ 30 diabetics he treated in the documentary and wellness program Simply Raw. Dr. Tyson told me he is a clearly Type 1 diabetic, who is off insulin except on the occasion he gets a virus, or falls off his raw diet.

Dr. Cousens claims that 83 percent of Type 1 diabetics still have some functioning in their Islets of Langerhans in the pancreas, and can therefore heal, regenerate, and improve their situation, some of them even coming off insulin dependence. His program has people eat a raw, plant-based, alkaline diet. People leave with biomarkers radically changed, many of them off insulin, including 100% of the Type II diabetics who did the program.

It sounds crazy to people who’ve bought into the School of Medicine’s endocrinology specialty, who put people on insulin for life and tell them to eat whatever they want.

I am not making a claim about diabetes. Not here, nor in the video that infuriated some people. And I’m not making a claim now, showing you Denise’s story. I’m just letting her tell her story.

I met Denise at a class I taught in San Francisco in April. She won both Grand Prizes, the Blendtec and the 12 Steps course. And she told me how she got off blood thinners and solved her desperate health problems. Check it out here, and then read my comments below.

Some cardiac patients are ordered to take blood thinners by their doctors, and further, they are ordered to never stop taking them. Obviously, disregard for this advice for someone with a history of blood clots is no laughing matter. Don’t go off your blood thinners without competent medical supervision. However, you should always get a second opinion, and often a third. You may wish to find extremely competent practitioners outside those educated exclusively in drug approaches to advise you. They often have other ways to view the situation that consider the multi-faceted whole human organism. Rather than a focus on one body part separate from the whole, and the what-insurance-code-will-pay-for-what-drug approach.

I often have readers taking warfarin (brand name Coumadin) tell me, sorrowfully, that they cannot consume greens because they are taking Coumadin. I cannot advise you whether you can, or cannot, have green smoothies while taking this drug. I do think it’s tragic that people who have a major health problem have to eliminate the most important class of foods—foods that they need even more desperately than everybody else does. It’s because there’s high Vitamin K in greens, which binds to the drug and renders it ineffective, creating increased risk of blood clots.

I will say that I’ve had people on Coumadin tell me (a) that they’re not allowed to drink green smoothies or eat greens, and also (b) that they’re allowed to, but in managed amounts. This leads me to the advice to seek a second opinion, and really study an issue out. Not every doctor knows everything.

The advice to patients taking Coumadin is all over the map, so clearly it’s not as cut-and-dried as some cardiac patients think. Here’s a Mayo Clinic M.D. saying kale, spinach, chard, collard greens are highest in Vitamin K, and to limit Vita K consumption to 90-120 mcg daily.

Be informed. Own your own health care. I hope before you get blood clots in the first place, you learn how to utilize nutrition, hydrate, alkalize the body, and exercise, to keep your blood flowing well and your red blood cells robust, with good tension, not sticking together. Or that you take a diagnosis like that, already issued, as a wake-up call to activate your immune system with healthy practices and, if you can, intervene early to avoid a doc ordering Coumadin for you.

I just did darkfield live-blood microscopy last week at Parecelsus al Ronc in the Southern Swiss Alps. I looked at thousands of my own red blood cells, lymphocytes, and platelets under microscope. I also looked at many cancer patients’ blood, to compare. It was fascinating to look at my highly mobile, round, healthy red blood cells that move around and perform their functions independent of each other rather, than clumping together, slowing down functions and impeding oxygen and nutrient exchange. My white blood cell count was healthy and normal, and they were active and mobile.

Then, I looked at slides of very ill patients’ white blood cells, too many of them and too sluggish. Their red blood cells had bacteria attacking them, and one patient had shards of crystals sticking out of her RBC’s after a year of taking the immune suppressant methyltrexate! Absolutely fascinating. (No HIPPA laws in Europe—the clinics let me see LOTS of things U.S. docs would never let me see, even let me go on rounds with patients.)

Holistic healing is the wave of the future. America is going that direction, after a few decades of experimenting with the hope that drugs will make us well. More and more people are realizing the futility of this approach, and are fleeing to places like the Swiss Mountain Clinic (formerly Paracelsus al Ronc), where docs are committed to treating the person, rather than treating a tumor or a hardened artery.

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8 thoughts on “Video: Denise Gets Off Coumadin”

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  1. Sheri says:

    I love, love, love this post!!! Thank you so much for your bravery at standing against the main stream tide of opinions on health care and sharing what you have learned with the rest of us.

  2. Laura says:

    Makes me really wonder WHO the HIPPA law is protecting.

  3. Anna Nielsen says:

    Are there any good videos out there that you know of that I could show my kids and husband of these cells–both sick and healthy? I learn all of these cool things from Robyn, but my husband is only partly on-board, and I would love for him and my kids to have more of a visual! That, I think, would be much more effective in producing healthy change than just taking my word for it!

    1. Merry says:

      Check out Jorge Cruise’s documentary “Death by Sugar”. They have someones blood tested on camera and you will get the visual you are after…

  4. Kathleen says:

    This is really interesting in 2 areas: the coumadin issue and the darkfield live blood cell analysis. Currently, I have to take a small baby aspirin everday to keep the blood thin as I have just had some major surgery for a congenital disease called FMD; I don’t want to take the aspirin and wonder if eating a healthy diet (which I do for the most part) would also help me be able to eliminate it? I have just started with smoothies this week and hope that it will help me ‘put’ on weight! My medical condition caused severe stomach pains as I was not getting the proper blood flow to the stomach and bowels etc…, now that it has been repaired I need to put the weight back on. Anyhow, that is another topic 🙁 I have always found the live blood cell analysis an fascinating thing….I would love to study this sometime. Say, I wonder what effect a blood transfusion has on ones own blood. I had to have a couple to save my life a couple months ago, but, really regret in one way having someone elses blood flowing through my veins as who knows how healthy it really was….maybe they had cancer in the cells?

    1. Katie says:

      It’s pretty likely the blood products that you received from someone else have already lived their “life” and have been eliminated by your liver. Can’t remember the lifespan of a red blood cell, but much of the foreign blood has likely been replaced by your own. 🙂

  5. Katie says:

    It is such a shame that people who take coumadin are told to eliminate or even limit their intake of greens! As a registered nurse who has managed patients taking coumadin, I have never instructed them to limit their intake of greens. The key with coumadin and diet interactions is consistency. I tell patients to eat their greens, but do it every single day. The coumadin dose can and should always be adjusted around a patient’s health diet. There also should be no cap on how many mcg’s of vitamin K a person should have if they take coumadin. To those of you on coumadin, keep looking for a physician who will let you eat a healthy diet and adjust your dose as needed. There is absolutely no limit to the dose of coumadin a person can take. Your dose is simply the dose that requires you blood level to be what has been prescribed. Don’t give up on a healthy way to eat!!

  6. Pat Monroe says:

    I am on Warfarin and had the experience of my hair breaking off at 1″ in the past after taking it for several years! I stopped the Warfarin and my hair grew back. I have not had a 3rd DVT and have been put back on Warfarin again; however, I have contracted an undiagnosed Auto-immune which had me eating leafy greens. I wanted to take Xarelto but the Doctor refused to give me that medicine. He has me at 2.1 right now on my INR and will not be taking another test for another month. It does make me very nervous and concerned trying to balance my meals having given up dairy and gluten and having lost 16 lbs since November. Very difficult working with Doctors who are not familiar with diets for the diseases.

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