Dealing With Varicose Veins
Here’s a subscriber’s question about varicose veins. As with any health problem, varicose veins don’t show up alone, but today is just about varicose veins.
Darlene asks: “I have varicose veins in my left leg that I had shot with a saline solution several years because I had problems walking. The last injection caused a 3-inch by 3-inch map of spider veins, which is now getting larger. Plus, more pain from enlarging veins on the back of my knee and on the side of the leg. If I get these worked on, I’m concerned that the blood will have nowhere to go, and I would really be in a mess. I have a deformed sacrum, which I believe is mostly to blame for all of this. This defect causes pain in the sacrum and down my legs, one side and then the other, but mostly in my left leg. What is the best nutritional support for this problem? I wear support socks but need to wear the long, hot kind. Sorry this is so long.”
Last things first, Darlene, I really appreciate knowing what went on, what’s going on, and your question about where things should go. We’ve been trained to make our comments short and sweet, but if our descriptions are too short, we can veer down the wrong path.
Varicose Vein valves
Blood swooshes through our bodies via arteries and veins, always going the same direction in a sort of loop. To prevent a back-flow, veins have valves to control the flow. When the valves don’t work, blood accumulates and stretches the veins. And that’s varicose veins.
Half of middle-aged Americans, mostly women, have varicose veins. It’s the most common vein problem in the U.S. And probably everywhere else, too.
Closing down veins via saline solutions is standard practice. Then, since blood can’t get through the now-blocked vein, the body tries to create new veins; without veins, you’re toast.
Sometimes the vein-creating job gets done, but too often you can end up with inferior results, such as a patch of spider veins instead of a long, strong, move-things-along vein. And so it was with you.
Medicine forfeits a lot of body parts-tonsils, appendixes, veins, etc.-and assumes things will work out just fine. This happy assumption doesn’t necessarily fit the facts, though. For instance, removing tonsils ramps up the risk of polio, and you get to live with the increased risk for life.
You’re wise to be leery of another go-round with a failed treatment. So let’s talk about things you can do for yourself. Improvement may come from activating just one or two possibilities or from putting a bunch of things in place. Just keep your eyes on the prize.
When health problems rear their ugly heads, our typical reaction is to try a bunch of possible solutions all at once and let the body sort it out. Bad idea.
Too much, too soon can overwhelm our bodies. It will certainly confuse them. We have to take one step at a time and let our bodies give it a thumbs up or thumbs down. “Go slow” should be the motto.
When you start giving your body what it needs, at a pace it can handle, you’ll know you’re on the right track because your body turns into a cheerleader. That image may be a little weird if you’re a big, tough guy, but go along with it, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Likewise, if your body doesn’t like something you’re doing, it will let you know that, too. But, unlike prescription drugs or medical procedures, nutrition based on what your symptoms are telling you is very forgiving.
Some signs of varicose veins
• Swollen legs
• Leg sores
• Leg cramps
• Legs that feel heavy
Some causes of varicose veins
• Vitamin/mineral deficiencies are always involved because they weaken our vein structure.
• Lack of movement. Make a point of moving at least once an hour. Exercising-walking, swimming, whatever moves muscles, which prompts circulation. It doesn’t have to be hard-core, just regular.
• Excess weight, including pregnancy
Some vitamins and minerals that can help varicose veins
• Vitamin C – The studies all used the ascorbic acid form.
• Grape seed extract strengthens veins.
• Vitamin B – Definitely a B complex, plus any individual Bs that fit your symptoms.
• A multi vitamin/mineral complex. I always recommend TwinLabs Daily One Without Iron (The Pep for the Pooped book explains this recommendation.)
• A vitamin E complex
• Vitamin D
• Sodium (in the form of Sea Salt) Getting enough salt can actually prevent varicose veins, and, no, it doesn’t raise your blood pressure. Besides, it’s an electrolyte your body needs.
Some things to try
• Avoid heat-hot baths and hot tubs may feel good, but they do you dirt.
• Avoid constipation.
• Get massages. Be sure to get recommendations specifically related to varicose veins.
• Drink plenty of UNfluoridated water. I use distilled water and add half a teaspoon of sea salt per gallon to replace minerals lost during distillation. Reverse osmosis doesn’t get rid of all fluoride, so that’s not the answer.
• Add fresh ginger to your diet.
• Cut waaaaay back on sugar.
Well, there’s a lot more to say (and I say it in my Moving to Health program), but relying on the old saying “the mind can only assimilate what the seat can endure,” I’m done.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.