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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

My Doctor Is Horrible. Is Yours?

I decided to check up on my doctor.

I asked a nurse that I am tight with to go get 5 months worth of my records.
I discovered that my doc was telling me I didn't need a phlebotomy when
the records indicated that I did need one. According to the records,
she has done this repeatedly. She is actually killing me. That really pissed me off.

She doesn't seem to believe in maintenance. She makes me wait until irreversable
damage is done before she will order the phlebotomy. She just refuses to drain a
little blood periodically to keep my counts down. I have to wait til the damage is
done before she will do anything.

Remember... A complete physical must include: Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
and Serum Iron (SI). Divide the SI by TIBC for percentage of Transferrin Saturation TS.
Normal range: 12-45%. The same blood may be used to measure Serum Ferritin.
Normal range: 5 to 150.

4. If TS is elevated, the individual should begin treatment. Some literature suggests
treatment when ferritin alone is elevated. Giving blood does no harm, and instead is
beneficial to health. About one-fourth of patients have iron-loading anemia (low hemoglobin).
Treatment is the same unless the anemia is so severe that blood transfusions are required.
Maintaining a hemoglobin of 10 or hematocrit of 30 percent makes the patient treatable
with bloodletting. Severely anemic patients require iron removal by an iron chelator, Desferal.
All anemic patients benefit with B complex supplements, including folic acid, B12 and B6.

Know what your counts should be. Ask someone to get copies of your records.
If you see that your doc is messing with your well being, jump in his/her face and
let them know you are not gonna put up with any bs. Or else!

Genetic Hemochromatosis

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Revealing Hemochromatosis Video

Get the firsthand scoop on Hemochromatosis from me.
I actually have the disease and know what I'm yakkin about.

A blunt and to the point video.

Don't let hemochromatosis kill you.

Genetic Hemochromatosis Video.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Low Iron Foods Are Important

People who have a high amount of iron in their blood are best to stay away from foods that are high in iron unless directed by a physician. People who have a high amount of iron in their blood can develop conditions like Hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis can be a serious condition that can lead to organ failure and even death. If you have this condition, it is vital that you seek the care of a physician and stick to the diet that is prescribed to you.

One of the best forms of iron rich foods are meats that are red. If you are trying to keep your weight down, or are concerned about gaining weight, you may want to consume red meats that are classified as ?extra lean?. One of the best sources of meat in the area of iron is liver.

If you do not eat meat for personal reasons, but wish to reap the benefits of additional iron, you may want to consider eating foods that contain high levels of Vitamin C. This vitamin helps the body to absorb the iron that it needs more quickly. If you do not eat meat and wish to implement more iron into your diet, you should ensure that you are eating a lot of beans, dried fruit, and grains.

Don't Let Genetic Hemochromatosis Kill You