Category Archives for Iron

Blood Donations, Blood Transfusions, and Iron

In the course of my book Dumping Iron, I discussed blood donations and some of their technicalities, specifically how they lower body iron stores.  In this short article I’ll discuss a few more

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Young Blood, Aging, and Iron

The by-now famous experiments that have tied the circulations of young and old animals together, showing the rejuvenating effects of “young blood”, have also shown that the harmful effects

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High Iron Means Increased Risk of Gestational Diabetes

Quick take: High iron means increased risk of gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs in up to 10% of pregnant women, and can lead to complications for both mother and child. Complications include

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Iron and Fungal Infections

We saw recently that iron is involved, however unlikely it may seem, in producing dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and quite possibly, male pattern baldness. These conditions all have in common that a

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Higher Heart Disease Risk in Post-Menopausal Women Is Due to Iron

One of the key pieces of evidence leading to the implication that iron causes heart disease is the differential incidence of heart disease between men and women. Men have far higher rates of heart disease,

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Do Bacteria Cause Hypercoagulation and Aging?

I recently wrote about hypercoagulation, which is the phenomenon of increased activation of blood clotting and decreased activation of clot dissolution, and how it’s connected to aging. I showed

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How Iron and Bacteria Combine to Promote Aging

Microbes in normally sterile body sites One of the more remarkable developments in recent years in the field of health and aging is the recognition that bacteria and other microbes such as fungi can be

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Cold Exposure Increases Insulin Sensitivity

Type 2 diabetes, which is reaching epidemic proportions, is characterized by increased insulin resistance. The hormone insulin doesn’t work as well as normally, and so the beta cells in the pancreas

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Health Benefits of Blood Donation Are Immediate

High iron causes disease Body iron stores are correlated with and likely causative of cancer, heart disease, infections, and lots of other bad things, all of which I discussed in my recent book, Dumping

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Why Men Must Check Their Iron for Good Health

I’ve written a lot about the dangers of excess iron. But what constitutes an “excess” amount of iron is key here. Ferritin is the most important measure of iron, but the normal range

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Why Iron Is the Most Underrated Factor in Health

I wrote an article at Medium.com, Why Iron Is the Most Underrated Factor in Health. You’ve got your diet and exercise locked down, you sleep well, take a few supplements, in general, you follow good

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Iron Shortens Telomeres and Damages DNA

I’ve been reading the new book by Michael Fossel, The Telomerase Revolution: The Enzyme That Holds the Key to Human Aging …and Will Soon Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives. I think anyone who finds

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How to Lower Iron without Phlebotomy

In my book, Dumping Iron, I wrote a section about the use of natural iron chelators to lower iron (ferritin) levels. These chelators include IP6, curcumin, green tea extract, and quercetin. Here’s

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Iron increases infections

One important aspect involving iron – one that I haven’t discussed before – is its relation to infections. Competition for iron and the evolutionary arms race Virtually all bacteria,

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Iron causes atherosclerosis

Sometimes charts and graphs are worth thousands of words. The following charts come from the article “Body Iron Stores and the Risk of Carotid Atherosclerosis”.(1) Ferritin is the most common

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Wheat Grass Chelates Iron and Treats Ulcerative Colitis

Wheat grass is a supplement / cure-all touted by whole-earth, back-to-the-land types, the same people that use Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap. I’ve never used it myself, but according to the Mayo

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