Gary Moller: [DipPhEd PGDipRehab PGDipSportMed(Otago)FCE Certified, Kordel's and Nutra-Life Certified Natural Health Consultant]. ICL Laboratories registered Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis and Medical Nutrition Consultant.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What causes spider veins and how can I prevent them?

Ankle spider veins
"The shorts have been out over the last 6 odd weeks and I have noticed what I think must be spider veins on my thighs mainly. 

My Mum had varicose veins below her knees and they are definitely not that although I do have dark thick veins around my shins that poke out a bit. The spider?? veins haven't caused me any discomfort and seem to come and go today you would hardly notice them. The look isn't great but I just wanted to check they weren't a sign of something I should be aware of?? 

Thank you for a year of steadily improving health, it is marvellous being a year oldre and feeling better."
Anon
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Gary:
HTMA recently taken for "Anon"
When viewing the Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) we can detect the suspected causes of spider veins.  Please refer to the chart (right) when reading the following.

When there is an excess of calcium relative to magnesium there will be a slow process of deposition of the excess calcium in the soft tissues, including the arteries and veins. This process may be accelerated when there is an imbalance between copper and zinc (a balance is necessary for strong collagen and, therefore, strong blood vessel walls) and where there is the presence of even tiny amounts of heavy metals - arsenic and mercury in this case. A lack of co-factors such as pyridoxine (B6) may also be present.

Toxic elements such as arsenic and mercury increase oxidative stress and bind with nutritional elements such as magnesium, zinc and selenium, rendering them unavailable.  The blood vessel walls are the first in line for the damage wreaked by these toxins.

A person's mineral imbalances, including the presence of toxic elements, may be inherited from their mother; but not their father.  This is inherited - not genetic.

Rakaia River, New Zealand
Spider veins are the first evidence of hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis).  If unchecked, this may lead to poor circulation to the limbs, high blood pressure, impotence, dementia, heart attack and stroke.  Being very tiny, the capillaries are easily damaged and blocked, becoming like the stagnant branches of a braided South Island river such as the Rakaia.  

This early damage is usually seen about the ankles and behind the knees and thighs.  Once a spider vein is formed, there is probably no going back - the ones you can see are there for good.  What you see just below the skin is also happening throughout the body - muscles, brain, heart, liver, etc. The most important thing now is to prevent this process continuing and effecting more vessels, including the large ones such as the aorta. 

There is no reason why this process of slowly turning to stone can not be reversed and flow improved through blood vessels that are still functioning.  Please read the articles here about reversing arteriosclerosis.

Prevention and reversal of this calcification process is a gradual exercise of balancing the nutrients in the HTMA and eliminating any hint of toxins in the body.  This involves modest dietary modifications, supplementation with a combination of vitamins and minerals, including adding antioxidants such as mixed beta carotenoids, selenium, vitamin E and vitamin C.  Each case is different and guided by their HTMA report.

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