Curious About Eating with ITP? You’re Not Alone in the World

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a rare immune disorder that can cause bleeding (from an insufficient platelet count) or bruising because the body is destroying the patient’s blood platelets.

Normally, it’s not fatal, but if a person’s platelets drop significantly, internal bleeding can happen spontaneously.

People with a mild case of ITP may not require treatment, but those who do usually receive medications to boost their platelet count. Children often recover entirely from ITP, but when an adult is diagnosed with the disorder, it can be life-long.

That’s why a long-term nutrition plan can be so important, and why people like Halie Pomroy are here to help.

Nutritionists recommend which  delicious foods are best for you. Source: commons.wikipedia.org

Pomroy, a nutritionist based in Los Angeles, has ITP. Wanting to understand how the body processes foods, she began to study the physical effects of certain nutrients.

As a result, she carved out a successful career helping other people remediate their health problems to the greatest extent possible through nutrition.

She recognizes that each person’s needs are different and there is no one-size-fits-all, so each client is given a plan based on their specific needs and weight goals.

Famous clients include Robert Downey, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez. Source: www.flickr.com

Pomroy encourages her clients to listen to their bodies. If they are craving something in particular, it’s likely the body needs that particular nutrient, whether it’s salt, or fat, or even vitamin C.


Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn is passionate about raising awareness of rare diseases and disorders and helping people connect with the resources that may ease their journey. Erica has been a caregiver, and is a patient, herself, so she completely relates to the rare disease community--on a deeply personal level.

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