The disease causing dangers of high iron levels

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Iron News(NaturalHealth365) While essential for health, you are only rarely deficient in iron. Iron is the classical double-edged sword. Similar to calcium and copper, a fairly small amount is needed to support normal health, and an increased level of it is toxic, with even higher levels producing greater toxicity.

The danger of high iron levels

When too much iron is present, increased oxidative stress is always present as well. Increased oxidative stress is always the stage on which disease is based. However, unless you have a documented iron-deficiency anemia, which is very easy to diagnose on routine laboratory testing, you should never supplement iron.

Surprising to most people, iron is essential for the growth of pathogenic microbes and all cancer cells. Not only is iron highly toxic in the tissues when present in excess, it is also the most vital nutrient for promoting nearly all infections as well as all cancers. Many of the most effective antibiotics are actually iron chelators, meaning they effectively starve the invader by taking away much of its necessary fuel, iron.

Similarly, cancer cells never thrive in an iron-poor environment

It’s difficult to avoid iron – even if you want to

Modern medicine, in all its wisdom, found that many third world populations were iron-deficient (and had iron deficiency anemia) due to diets profoundly depleted in iron and basic nutrition. Somehow, it was then decided that iron deficiency had to be avoided at all costs, and mass “fortification” of many of the foods eaten today began. As a result, chronic iron toxicity has become the norm.

It’s important to note: excess iron promotes all chronic degenerative diseases, not just cancer and infections.

Heart disease is also especially sensitive to the negative effects of excess iron, and atherosclerotic plaques have been documented to have a exceptionally high iron content, supporting this connection.

Getting your iron level tested is easy

The most accurate indicator of iron status in the body is the “serum ferritin test”. Most laboratories list the normal range for this test to be roughly 30 to 400 ng/cc. A ferritin test reflective of truly normal iron stores should be in the 25 to 50 ng/cc range, as long as there is no evidence of an iron deficiency anemia having developed.

Remember, however, that the normal range of a blood test is designed to make the vast majority of the population “normal.” But, what happens when the vast majority of the population is abnormal? The answer is that a grossly abnormal laboratory result, like a ferritin level of 390 to 400 ng/cc, is simply declared to be normal.

What is the next step?

First of all, find a doc who will work with you and discuss all your concerns with you. Many good ones can be found at the link I just provided for you.

Check your ferritin levels, and see if your doc is comfortable with it. Regardless, however, blood donation on a regular basis will lower elevated levels, and your blood donation will actually end up helping you as much or more than the person that receives it. You may also want to take inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) – a naturally occurring iron and calcium chelator – about a gram or so taken on an empty stomach, will gradually lower ferritin levels.

A good health investment, not only for eliminating iron from your body, but also for eliminating a wide array of stored toxins, is a far-infrared sauna.

And, when ferritin levels are very elevated, even by regular standards, prescription injected or oral chelation agents are available.

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About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C. His upcoming new book will be released in a few months, entitled, Death by Calcium: The Toxic Supplement.

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  • Ron

    1 in 200 Americans have hemochromatosis where the body does not regulate the intake of iron and stores excess in your other organs. That is what causes the health issues. Modern insurance does not automatically pay for a ferritin test during a routine annual physical as they used to. I found out I had it after a niece was diagnosed with it and I was tested. One sister and myself have it and my other sister and brother do not. It is usually passed on from one generation to another but some times skips.

  • Java1994

    I know the article is talking about hemochromatosis because I have it, but unless I’m missing it, the article never metions the condition by name. Poorly done.

  • Linda

    The article is talking about how any body can get High Iron Levels due to fortified foods. That is why the article is saying you should never supplement with Iron unless you have a serious deficiency issue.

  • Marc McLaren

    My iron was 414 but after 4 months of not eating red meat it went down to 387. I just go tested again after another 6 months of dietary restrictions. I hope the results are still improving. My ck was also very high at 569 and had gone down to 501 but I think it should be less than 250. My TSH also went from 5.52 to 4.12 and it should be between 0.2 and 4.0