I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Jonathan Wright for the past several years. He is the “Father of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy” as the very first doctor to prescribe these natural hormones in the United States. My last few books detail the benefits of using bioidentical hormones in place of synthetic hormones. For in-depth information, please reference The Sexy Years, Ageless, and Breakthrough. Since Dr. Wright is the premier expert in this field, I have asked him to participate in a new series of blogs to explore many of your specific questions about BHRT. Plus, the timing is good for him since he has just released a book entitled, Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement. I encourage you to check it out as a comprehensive guide to BHRT.
SUZANNE: Dr. Wright, I have many women who write to me to ask about menstrual clotting. Most have doctors who say this afflicts some women more than others and there’s not much that can be done about it. I know you have a fairly simple remedy. Could you please share this with my readers?
DR. WRIGHT: Just a few years after opening Tahoma Clinic (it wasn’t named that then) in 1973, I was working with a nurse who, like me, had a background in conventional medicine, but had decided on her own that since our bodies are made up of natural substances and natural energies it made sense to prevent and treat illness with those same natural substances and energies rather than totally un-natural patent medicines. One of her problems was bruising rather more easily than nearly anyone she knew.
Even then, it was known that a major function of vitamin K is to stop easy bruising. She’d had her levels measured at the hospital where she worked by the then-current test (which measured blood coagulability), and was told it was said to be “very close to normal”, so that couldn’t be her problem. I advised her to try flavonoids, which can also stop easy bruising by strengthening blood vessels, including tiny capillaries, so they don’t break as easily.
Two or three months later, she reported that her “easy bruising” was a little better, but not that much. With no other remedies available, I advised her to take a larger-than-usual quantity of vitamin K1, 5 milligrams daily. (At that time, the only supplemental forms of vitamin K available were vitamin K1, phylloquinone, and vitamin K3, a semi-synthetic form.)
I didn’t see her for at least another six months, when she came back about another concern. When we were done discussing that, she noted that her “easy bruising” was entirely gone, and she’d noticed one other unexpected benefit. Her menstrual clotting—which had been extremely heavy since she’d started her menstrual periods over 20 years before—had entirely gone away. She said: “My clotting with periods has been so that sometimes I missed school or work because of pain. Sometimes the clots were so big I would name them!” She hadn’t mentioned this problem before because, she said, “I thought it was just normal for me. Besides, a few other women I know have the problem, too.”
SUZANNE: How long did it take for the Vit K to make a difference?
DR. WRIGHT: After starting vitamin K, her first menstrual period was “about the same”, but her second menstrual period had somewhat smaller clots and fewer of them, her third had “very definitely” fewer clots which were also much smaller. By her fourth menstrual period after starting vitamin K, the clots were almost gone, and after that, they were entirely gone.
Neither of us could explain it, since the nursing and medical textbooks of the time told us (as they do today) that the principal function of vitamin K is enabling blood to clot normally—without it, there’s too much easy bleeding. Yet vitamin K had not only helped take away entirely her “easy bruising”, but also her menstrual clotting.
“Please pass this along to any other woman who has menstrual clots” she asked. “I already have, and it’s worked for her, too.”
Since that time (1970s, remember), every (yes, every) woman I’ve worked with who’s taken vitamin K for her menstrual clotting has gotten rid of the problem within a few menstrual cycles. It appears that menstrual clotting is—for those women—a physical symptom of not enough vitamin K.
SUZANNE: Thank you, Dr. Wright. I look forward to sharing more life-changing information from you!
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