Warfarin: From Rat Poison To Riches!

Most find it shocking that one of the most prescribed blood-thinning medications ever is the same main ingredient in rat poison! The road to one of the most widely used prescrwarfarin boxiption anticoagulants was paved by an unusual series of events.

Warfarin: From Rats to Riches…

In 1951, a naval recruit unsuccessfully attempted suicide by taking rat poison – about 500mg of Warfarin – used as rat poison at that time. This led to the use of Warfarin (a powerful anticoagulant which acts by inhibiting the synthesis of vitamin K-dependent coagulatant factors) in humans.

The rat poison turned drug was commercially introduced as a human anticoagulant – Warfarin – in 1954. In addition to being the most widely used rodenticide in the world today, is Warfarin also listed as the 11th most prescribed pharmaceutical drug with annual sales of more than $500 million.

In humans, Warfarin is used for the prevention and treatment of harmful blood clots. This medication helps blood flows smoothly by reducing the amount of solidifying proteins in the blood.

Warfarin: Side Effects

Where does one begin? If you read through the list of possible dangerous side effects of Warfarin, all you really want to do is run for the hills.

These are just some of the adverse effects that can occur when taking this drug: Big Pharma likes to call them “side” effects however they are the adverse effects of taking the drug. They just don’t occur in everyone.

  • Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face and lips)
  • Present of blood in the urine (pink or brown urine);
  • Bloody or coffee ground-like vomit;
  • Fainting
  • Purple, dark, or painful toes;
  • Symptoms of stroke (eg, confusion, slurred speech, vision problems, one-sided weakness) and
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding (eg, nosebleed, unusual bleeding from gums, increased bleeding at the injection site)

The list goes on and the adverse effects worsen, This medication can cause birth defects in an unborn child and fatal or nonfatal hemorrhage from any tissue or organ …

There is also potential adverse interaction with other medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as well as natural supplements such as bromelain, coenzyme Q10, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng and St. John’s Wort.

Warfarin patients should also avoid foods or fruits like Swiss chard, coriander, collards, cabbage, and other leafy green vegetables, eating cranberries, drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry herbal products when taking Warfarin.

The information about Warfarin is so daunting that once you know this prescription drug is also used to kill rats, you cannot help but wonder if that’s what it ultimately does when people take it too.

There is a natural substance that mimics an enzyme in the body that destroys blood clots

More than 20 years ago, Dr. Hiroyuki Sumi, a Japanese researcher at the University of Chicago, and his team of researchers began an ambitious project to find a natural substance that can dissolve blood clots. Ultimately, the researchers found an enzyme derived from a fermentation process of soybeans and beneficial bacteria called Bacillus natto).

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Dr. Sumi’s research findings has led to the development of a natural product called Nattokinase. This remarkable enzyme has the ability to dissolve blood harmful clots involved in heart disease and strokes without upsetting normal healthy clotting.

The Additional Benefits of Nattokinase:

  • Supports healthy blood pressure
  • Helps reduce pain
  • Supports strong and healthy bones
  • Supports a healthy digestive system
  • Supports healthy brain function
  • Helps improve circulation

The Japanese have been enjoying the benefits of Natto in the form of a sticky, stringy, slimy and famously stinky food. The good news is you don’t have to work up the courage to try natto this way. Nattokinase is available in a highly effective capsule. Learn more.

Another interesting fat is that nattokinase is a great source of vitamin K needed to help grow strong bones. Something that is needed when bone density tests come back weak.

 

Resources:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/legislation/docs/nattokinase-eng.php

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1084-nattokinase.aspx?activeingredientid=1084&

 

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