Category Archives for Iron

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. I’m reposting it here. You’ve got your diet and exercise locked down, you sleep well, take a few supplements,

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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

Increased body iron correlates with aging, and an increased susceptibility to infections is also related to aging. Coincidence? No, excess body iron increases infections. Competition for iron and the evolutionary

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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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Dumping Iron e-book is available for pre-order

My forthcoming book, Dumping Iron: How to Ditch This Secret Killer and Reclaim Your Health, is now available for pre-order in e-book form. The paperback version is on its way, ready possibly in a few

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Sun damage to skin is mediated by iron

I recently wrote about how excess iron accumulates in the skin of older, post-menopausal women, and this may be the cause of wrinkled skin. This post extends that observation that sun damage to skin is

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Jerome L. Sullivan, father of the iron hypothesis of heart disease

(There’s no Wikipedia page for this man, something I thought ridiculous, so someone suggested that I write one. I wrote a short piece with a couple of references, and it was rejected as Dr. Sullivan

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Iron shrinks the brain

Iron, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s Iron in the brain plays an important and perhaps leading role in both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases as well as in aging generally. Measured

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Iron causes wrinkled skin

Iron: is there anything bad that it can’t do? Now there’s evidence that iron is involved in the wrinkles in skin that come with age. Since iron is a highly reactive metal and capable of causing

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Calorie restriction extends lifespan by lowering iron

  Calorie restriction: what it is, what it does Calorie restriction – cutting back the food of lab animals by 10 to 40%, sometimes more – robustly extends lifespan, in some cases by 50%.

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Blood donors live longer

One of the pieces of evidence used in our discussions of the health effects of iron has been the better health of blood donors. For example, blood donors have better insulin sensitivity and a greatly

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Is commercial pet food killing your pets?

Regular readers will, I hope, excuse this interruption from my usual stuff on men’s health, because I thought this issue was important. Namely, that commercial pet food may be killing your pets.

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Mascitelli on iron and disease

Luca Mascitelli, a doctor and Italian army officer, has written a ton of interesting papers and letters on the relationship between high iron stores and disease. This post is to highlight some of them.

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Iron Levels

This article adds to the discussion of my previous articles on iron and how its accumulation drives aging and disease. Please see them for fuller explanations of the physiology of iron and the implications

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