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I am writing in response to the letter asking for help with hemorrhoids. I, too, suffer from them and had difficulty finding products that actually worked to relieve symptoms. I finally found Rutin. It is over-the-counter, inexpensive and, for me, works within 20 minutes. The manufacturer states on the bottle that it can be used for hemorrhoids, poor circulation, varicose veins and more.

I also have a solution for skin that bruises easily or appears blotchy. I simply chop or grind a naval orange, peel and all, and then eat it with a spoon. I usually mix in some crushed pineapple and artificial sweetener to make it taste a bit better. I generally eat one crushed orange over several servings rather than all at once. It takes a few days before the bruises and blotches start to clear up.

The orange thickens the capillary walls. When these walls “leak,” it shows as blotches or bruises. I’ve noticed that most people with these spots are on aspirin or other blood thinners. The orange doesn’t thicken the blood. I believe it would be good for people with a family history of aneurysms.

DEAR READER: You are one of many that have touted Rutin — also known as bioflavonoids — for hemorrhoids. Bioflavonoids also help with tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and symptoms of Meniere’s disease. I am passing this information on to my readers for their use and input.

As for the orange for bruising, I believe this works because of the vitamin C. I am unsure that your therapy actually thickens and strengthens the capillary walls, but if it works for you, stick with it. You may find, however, that simply taking a multivitamin or vitamin C supplement may do the trick and will be far less time consuming than grinding, mixing, eating and storing the orange “pudding” for later use.

I should mention that easy bruising is often associated with aspirin and other anticoagulant therapy only if the dosage is too high. With proper monitoring, this shouldn’t happen. Other people who often have difficulty with bruising are those with anemia. This is usually caused by a lack of iron. Iron supplements are available over the counter and may also solve the problem.

If you suddenly develop symptoms, see your doctor, who can order appropriate testing. It is always best to be on the safe side and find that the problem is minor and corrected easily than to go undiagnosed and later find (after symptoms worsen) that the condition is caused by something serious, such as cancer.

To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Blood — Donations and Disorders.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a self-addressed, stamped No. 10 envelope and $2 to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.

Doctor Peter H. Gott is a retired physician and the author of the book, Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Diet, available at most chain and independent bookstores, and the recently published, Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Cookbook.

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