Author: Kerri Knox, RN

Improve Iron Absorption With Vitamin C

Did you know that you can improve iron absorption with Vitamin C? This is a topic that is not discussed much in the anemia community but is imperative for those with iron deficiency to be aware of if they would like to overcome their anemia once and for all. But this is not as simple as it sounds. Iron absorption is a complex topic, and the amount and timing of Vitamin C also matters greatly, so just saying that Vitamin C increased iron absorption is not enough to believe you have all of the information that you need to...

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Taking Iron With Antibiotics Can Be A Serious Problem

Taking Iron With Antibiotics can be a serious problem, even a deadly one. If you are taking iron and are placed on antibiotics, particularly the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, then you must understand this very serious interaction in order to protect your health from this unwanted iron with antibiotics drug interaction. In fact, this is such a serious issue that it could even be deadly, let me explain. First of all, if you are unaware of the serious dangers of the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, please read the excellent introduction to them on FQ Research’s Introduction to Fluoroquinolones page....

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Iron Deficiency Symptoms- How You Feel Every Day?

If Iron Deficiency Symptoms  and symptoms of anemia sound a lot like you feel every day, then it’s probably time for you to get your blood iron and ferritin levels checked… EVEN IF your doctor has told you that you do not have anemia. Why would you check your iron level if you don’t have anemia? Didn’t your doctor already check your iron level if he says you don’t have anemia? Isn’t that how he knows you don’t have anemia? No, not exactly. You can have iron deficiency even if you do not have anemia. As we point out on...

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What Causes Iron Deficiency Anemia Might Surprise You

What Causes Iron Deficiency Anemia might surprise you because most people are simply unaware of the complexities of iron absorption and metabolism. But keep reading and you’ll soon know more than your doctor about the causes of iron deficiency anemia. Remember, this page is just about the causes of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia, it’s not about the causes of other types of anemia, which usually have entirely different causes. Please see our page on the Definition of Anemia to understand the difference between iron deficiency anemia and other types of anemia. When someone has Iron Deficiency Anemia,...

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What’s the Connection Between Vitamin D and Iron Deficiency?

There is an incredibly strong connection between Vitamin D and Iron, despite the fact that you’ve probably never heard about it before.  Many people think of nutrients like drugs.  You are given a drug, but for the drug to work, it generally does not need other drugs or use up nutrients. It’s just supposed to be a ‘magic pill’ that solves the problem, although in reality it rarely does. Nutrients, however, are much more complex than that; nutrients often require other substances in the body in order to work properly. These substances, which are often other nutrients, are called...

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Why Do Doctors Keep African-Americans Anemic?

Are African-Americans anemic at a higher rate than whites? It seems so and, in fact, it has been shown in a number of studies that African-Americans have lower hemoglobin levels than ‘whites’, even when the studies account for several other contributing factors, such as the higher rates of sickle cell anemia and thallasemia, as well as socioeconomic status and income. Since so many studies have shown this finding, researchers have declared it ‘normal’, but it is really normal? Or are millions of African-Americans being given a sentence of fatigue and decreased cognitive function because doctors haven’t done any further research on...

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Iron Poor Blood: Not the Same Thing as Anemia

Iron Poor Blood is a difficult thing to define, however, it should be defined better in the medical world so that medical practitioners have an objective measurement of low iron stores when they have not yet progressed to anemia. Iron Deficiency Anemia, is defined as when iron stores become so low that the Hemoglobin and Hematocrit blood levels finally drop below the normal range. Unfortunately, in cases of chronic anemia from things like low dietary iron intake and menstruation, low hemoglobin and hematocrit levels are a very late sign that only develops after many years of low iron stores....

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Iron Deficiency Anemia,What No One Tells You

Iron Deficiency Anemia is far more complex and interesting than anyone is telling you. It’s such an interesting and complex topic that I felt compelled to write an entire site to educate the public about this insidious condition that can sneak up on you and cause long-term subtle health problems that might go undiagnosed for years or even decades, like it did for me. It’s crazy that this condition can cause these problems simply for lack of the right education and a few simple blood tests that most doctors just do not do, and that you can even order...

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What is the Definition of Anaemia? That’s Not the Right Question

The Definition of Anaemia is fairly straightforward and widely accepted as being a hemoglobin level below the low normal range on a serum blood test. But what this ‘normal low’ level should be is hotly debated by scientists. However, doctors and laboratories have to choose SOMETHING by which to give a ‘normal’ range such that anemia can be diagnosed. As such, the ‘standard of care’ for most doctors is to use a 50 year old anemia definition created by the World Health Organization that they admit is ‘arbitrary’1. (see image below). Since almost anyone who sees a doctor for...

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Meat or Spinach for Iron: Head to Head Challenge!

If you want to use Spinach for Iron, that’s probably not a good choice. In fact, it’s a downright bad choice. Despite most vegan and vegetarian websites touting its high iron content, spinach for iron is simply a complete myth that I’m busting right here and right now with the science and not a bias towards one way of eating or another, like many of the sites touting spinach for iron. We’re Not Biased, We Just Want to Absorb Iron! It’s true that spinach has a high iron content, but anyone writing a blog post about spinach for iron...

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