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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
April 24, 2006

Dr. Tim Says...

I receive a great deal of email from readers who take Coumadin® (warfarin). For those of you who aren't aware of it, warfarin is prescription medication taken orally. Its purpose is to reduce the clotting ability of the blood. People who have had blood clots form in their legs (known as Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT) take Coumadin. Sometimes the DVT will break loose and the clot will travel to the lungs (this is known as a Pulmonary Embolus or PE).

. . . Diet can have an effect on how well Coumadin works in the body. The issue has to do with the amount of Vitamin K in the diet of those taking the medication. Vitamin K changes how well blood clots and the result is that it decreases the effectiveness of warfarin. From My Inbox (on Coumadin®) ...

Ask Dr. Gourmet

My question to you is not about foods containing Vitamin K but rather the use of nutritional supplements while on medication. I am not only taking warfarin due to two incidents of DVT and being Factor V Leiden Mutation positive, but also:

1) Hydrochlorot and Diovan for blood pressure
2) Actos and Metformin for Type II Diabetes
3) Vytorin for cholesterol

I want to get as healthy as I can with natural alternatives, perhaps even eliminating the need for these medications. I am 41, overweight and a non-smoker/non-drinker.

Can you provide any insight into which supplements would be beneficial and which I should absolutely avoid? What internet resources can you recommend? Read the rest of the question and Dr. Gourmet's answer....


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Isis and Minerva

Minerva Says... Now you get to hear all about the time I made pancakes without Mom. To you this may sound lame, sad, and possibly pathetic. To me it's like winning the Gold in the Olympics. Except smaller and with less impact. I'm trying to tell a story that happened months ago, all from memory. So if I get something wrong or over exaggerate, forgive me. Not that anyone will know the difference, just thought you people might appreciate some honesty. The Flapjack Fiasco

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