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Dumping Iron: How to Ditch This Secret Killer and Reclaim Your Health Paperback – March 17, 2016
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Here are just a few of the things the book mentions:
• Women live several years longer, on average, than men in the United States and most other countries. This may be because women lose significant amounts of iron through menstruation.
• "At age 45, men have about four times the amount of iron in their bodies as women do, and they also have four times the rate of heart attacks."
• Nonagenarians and centenarians have significantly lower iron levels than middle-aged people from the same cultures. "This can be attributed to the faster death rate of men with high iron levels and the greater survival of those men with low iron levels."
• Blood donors, who lower their iron levels when they give blood, are significantly healthier than non-donors. The is true even after accounting for the "healthy donor" effect. "[B]lood donors had an 88% reduced risk of heart attack."
If iron is so bad, why aren't its risks better known? The main reason is that it isn't the root cause of any specific disease. Instead, it's a general factor that increases one's susceptibility to a wide range of health problems. For example, bacteria need iron to reproduce, so someone with high bodily iron will be much more susceptible to infections, but iron isn't the root of those infections so it's usually overlooked.
Also, iron isn't always harmful. It's actually essential, in small doses, to many chemical processes within the body. And dietary iron was scarce in the prehistoric past, and so our bodies have evolved to absorb it readily and let go of it grudgingly. But now that we live in a world of plenty, that tendency to hold on to iron--and the resulting tendency for one's iron level to rise steadily with age--causes health problems.
Since mainstream medical advice almost never mentions iron as a health risk, skeptical readers might wonder if this is just some kooky fringe theory. Quite the opposite: "Dumping Iron" has nearly 150 scientific references, along with testimonials by several medical researchers who have studied iron's effects on the body. I think this book represents the best of alternative medicine: it offers an idea that's far outside the medical consensus while staying rooted in research.
But "Dumping Iron" isn't just a scientific treatise. It also offers practical advice about how to measure iron levels, what the ideal level of bodily iron is, and how people can attain that ideal level. The best way to do so is to donate blood, but many people aren't eligible to donate, so the book offers several alternatives.
This is my favorite health/nutrition book of the past few years, and I'd encourage everyone to check it out and consider its ideas.
First, I do not write reviews, I believe this is my first. Amazon is my go to store and writing reviews on every product I purchase would simply consume to much precious time.
So here's the story.
I have always been health conscious by exercising, paying attention to appropriate nutrition and religiously having physicals with blood work and preventive testing.
Then one day in my 50's, bam!!! I had thyroid cancer. Cancer removed.
From there, my health was gradually diminishing. Bam! Doctor after doctor, test after test; "there's nothing wrong with you, except you're getting older." Bam!
I didn't buy that getting older stuff. Bam!
I became my own patient advocate, and thank you for direct order labs, I ordered my own lab test, because doctors would not.
Bam!!! There it was, I had 96% iron and saturation and ferritin levels were extremely high. Basically my body was in iron overload mode and it was killing me. Bam! It took books, my own research and my tenacity to get answers.
A genetic test that I ordered, clearly gave me the reasons my iron levels were so high; I inherited the genetic mutation for Hemochromatosis from both parents. Bam!!!
We've been brained washed to believe our food supply is iron deficient; it's not. Our US government requires processed food be fortied with iron. Bam!!
We simply consume way too much iron and don't give it any thought.
Even if you don't have a genetic condition for excessive iron stores, buy this book, read it, underlined, hi-lite, but most of all heed the take away message at the of each chapter. Excessive iron may be the source of your condition(s). Unless you're iron deficient, cut out the iron consumption.
Most insurance and Medicare do not pay for iron blood test and they are not part of annual blood screening. So iron saturation and ferritin loading are completely missed until it manifest as a condition, disease, or death.
Restrict iron...happy health.
I wish this had been around thirty years ago, to help my dad. I'm hoping my husband takes this seriously, too.
Many of my other books on this topic bombard you with technical papers, which I understand, but can be difficult to read. This book flows nicely, and is far easier to understand. My first thought after reading this was to order a dozen more copies and give them to friends & family, as this book is an easy read for non-medical folks.
Iron is the ultimate pro-oxidant, and iron homeostasis has been my Fountain of Youth.
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