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Old 05-12-2005, 02:37 PM   #1
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Iron too high...how do I get it down

A couple of weeks ago my doctor did a hair analysis to check toxicity and minerals in my body. Results showed my iron to be very high. How reliable is the hair analysis and what would cause my iron to be high?. My vitamins do not contain iron.

Several months ago I had CBC and that doctor did not mention anything about my iron. How would it be listed as I have a copy of my test? My RBC on test shows to be normal.

 
Old 05-12-2005, 03:42 PM   #2
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Re: Iron too high...how do I get it down

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A couple of weeks ago my doctor did a hair analysis to check toxicity and minerals in my body. Results showed my iron to be very high. How reliable is the hair analysis and what would cause my iron to be high?. My vitamins do not contain iron.

Several months ago I had CBC and that doctor did not mention anything about my iron. How would it be listed as I have a copy of my test? My RBC on test shows to be normal.
I can't vouch for the accuracy of hair analysis, but I do know that if you're not a menstruating female and you eat iron rich foods, your body can store an excess of iron, especially if you are not regularly exercising.

Your body uses iron very slowly/loses very little except under certain circumstances (pregnancy, menstruation, exercise, etc.). If you are worried about your levels being high, a very safe way to lower them would be by donating to a blood bank if it's something you are comfortable with

 
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Old 05-12-2005, 03:48 PM   #3
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Re: Iron too high...how do I get it down

SHMILY,
I don't know if you're a male or not, but iron levels in males can sometimes be on the higher side. I had my Ferritin level checked. Have you had that checked before?

 
Old 05-12-2005, 10:57 PM   #4
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Re: Iron too high...how do I get it down

It would be listed as "percent iron saturation" usually anything over 50% is considered too much, and anything lower than 20% is considered too low.

 
Old 07-04-2005, 06:18 PM   #5
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Re: Iron too high...how do I get it down

wouldnt a hair analysis reveal how much your body is eliminating it rather than how much it contains? and only males ever have iron overload barring oversupplementation, in which giving blood is helpful

 
Old 07-05-2005, 10:20 AM   #6
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Re: Iron too high...how do I get it down

I did find out that we have iron in our well water (community water supply) so while we are deciding on the best filter for our home, we are drinking bottled water.

This is my question........by just correcting the source of the problem, will the iron that has built up in my tissues always be there? How do I get rid of it. Does giving blood pull it out of your tissures? Is my body just not absorbing the iron and it just builds up in my tissues. If I understand correctly (someone correct me if I'm wrong), hair analysis shows buildup in your tissues and hair.

I was told my someone that worked in health food store that the way to get rid of it was to take organic iron. Don't know it that is right or not.

 
Old 07-09-2005, 03:50 AM   #7
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Re: Iron too high...how do I get it down

You can take Thioctic acid. It will help to clean your body of metals including iron.

Also there is EDTA Chelation Therapy treatments. This is more costly approch.

 
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