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 days. Although the date of release is set at April 11, my understanding is that I can make that date earlier if I decide, and that will very likely happen. Amazon has strict rules about putting a book up for pre-order and they warn you that it must be fully available by the date set. So just in case, I gave myself plenty of time, but at this point I’m thinking the book will be for sale by next week.
For regular readers here, if you buy the book, I’d really appreciate it if you left a review on Amazon. Reviews are very important to getting notice and selling.
The book has received endorsements from top iron experts (read them here), including Leo Zacharski, M.D., Lt. Col. (Italy) Luca Mascitelli, M.D., Eugene Weinberg, PhD, and Francesco Facchini, M.D. By my reckoning, there aren’t many other experts in this field in the world; not that others haven’t done important work, but these men stand out.
My friend Jay Campbell has called the book “revolutionary”.
The book does at least two things: it summarizes the evidence that iron promotes aging and disease and is indeed one of the most important promoters; and it provides clear explanation and instruction on how to control your iron levels.
As readers know, I consider excess body iron to be quite detrimental to health. It’s a pity that we don’t hear more about that, but doctors either don’t know or don’t care. They’ll put you on destructive drugs like a statin or an SSRI sooner than they’ll measure your ferritin (iron) level.
How important is iron compared to other known health factors? That gets into somewhat speculative territory, but I made an attempt at a comparison in the last part of my book.
I believe that controlling your iron is necessary, but not sufficient.
If you maintain a normal body weight with a low amount of fat and adequate muscle, if you eat right and avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates and other junk, exercise, have good sleep habits, and generally have good health practices in other areas of life, but you don’t control your iron stores, then its my belief that high iron may well cancel out many of your good health practices.
The median survival age of a man with a ferritin over 600 is 55 years. Men with a ferritin over 200 had more than twice the risk of a heart attack. Iron is that important.
If you are overweight, a couch potato, eat garbage food, and so on, will a low normal iron level save you? No, it will not.
The control of your iron level should be added to a suite of good health practices.
Is iron more important than cholesterol? Yes, I believe it is. More so than your blood sugar? Probably not.
It’s my hope that this book will greatly raise awareness of iron as a cause of ill health.
One reason we don’t hear more about this is that there’s little money to be made in controlling iron. Pharmaceutical companies therefore have no incentive to investigate it, and Big Pharma profits largely control the medical agenda. That’s why we hear so much nonsense about cholesterol and statins.
Just as in many other health matters, if you want to control iron, you’re going to have to take matters into your own hands by educating yourself and being assertive. Doctors don’t like to be caught being less informed than their patients, although my guess is that most of them will comply with a simple request for ferritin testing.
Read the book and get control of your iron and your health.