My doctor told me to check the color of the inside of your bottom eye lid. If it is very pale, you could be anemic.
It would not hurt to have your doctors check for this condition if your anemic condition does not improve. Thalassemia affects both males and females. The condition causes the body to make fewer healthy red blood cells and less hemoglobin than normal. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to all parts of the body. It also carries carbon dioxide from the body to the lungs. People who have thalassemias can have mild or severe anemia. This condition is caused by a lower than normal number of red blood cells or not enough hemoglobin in the red blood cells.
It occurs most often among people of Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African descent.
It is good to know if you are a trait of Hemoglobin Alpha, Beta, or worse, so that you can find the right solution to your health problem.
Check National Heart Lung and Blood Institutes' website for more details. Oakland, CA also has a center dedicated for children having this condition.
Anemia is not a condition that means you are low in iron. Anemia is a decreased amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood. The hemoglobin carries oxygen from your lungs to your cells and if there is not enough hemoglobin, your cells do not receive enough oxygen. You will notice some people with anemia are really pale because the blood doesn't have enough oxygen. Iron is found in the hemoglobin, in fact, about 75 percent of the body's iron stores are contained in the hemoglobin.
The type of anemia that most people probably hear about is called hypochromic microcytic anemia (meaning low color and small size of hemoglobin) of which the most common cause is iron deficiency, hence the recommendation from doctors to take iron supplements. It is said that about 20% of women of child bearing age are anemic due to this type of anemia from the loss of blood from menses. Finding out your iron ferritin levels is a start to see if iron supplementation would work for you, however, oftentimes iron supplements do not work and are potentially dangerous. There are many, many other types of anemia and causes, like sickle cell anemia or the mal-absorption of other nutrients like B12/folic acid/copper, or hypothyroidism (a reason many people have cold hands is because oxygen is not being carried there). A treatment plan for anemia first consists of finding where the anemia stems from and then assessing how to best correct it. For instance, is it low iron counts or is it because the iron is not being absorbed properly or not used efficiently?
I absolutely stand behind food sources for iron rather than supplementation because of the whole package that a true, whole food presents. Nature has supplied us with little packages of nutrition that include many of the synthesizing minerals and vitamins that are needed to treat our bodies. For instance, for iron to be fully absorbed it needs the help of copper, B12, folic acid and vitamin C (probably among a few others). There are many sources in the plant food kingdom that have this potent combination, such as green leafy vegetables. Animal foods do, according to convention, have the most absorbability of iron, but in this day and age animal products come with so much baggage, that it wouldn't hurt to eat some more raw spinach or romaine lettuce anyway. My point is, anemia can be caused by things other than low iron counts, and even then, iron supplementation is not the only route to treat low iron (ugh and yuck). Lisa saw improvement with chlorophyll because it is nearly identical to hemoglobin as it is the blood of plants, and it shows that nature is here to help, without all of the binders and fillers that give us trouble like iron pills do. Always consult with your doctor or naturopath to find the true cause of your anemia and take control of your health with education and a little bit of diet intervention.
[YEA] In response to the lady who ate everyone's ice and craved lemons. Eating ice is a common sign of anemia. You are/were deficient in iron. A very serious problem. Lemons are nature's natural antibiotic. Our bodies "know" what they need. When we crave chocolate we are deficient in the minerals chromium and vanadium and these deficiencies are the cause of diabetes. Just "know" that when you are craving something your body is trying to tell you it's seriously deficient in minerals, vitamins, amino acids, essential fatty acids, etc. If you are craving sugary, salty, etc things, maybe even things that are not even "food" substances, get yourself on a high quality LIQUID mineral suppliment immediately and start taking vitamins (liquid if possible) in addition to them. (There are 92 so you can't get by with taking 5 or 6.) You will find an almost immediate relief and healing. In addition, make sure you drink a tsp or 2 of _____'s Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water every day to get your Ph in a slightly alkaline state. This environment is not conducive to viruses, bacterias, cancers, tumors, fungus, molds, etc. It cleanses your system, breaks down fat cells and cellulite, flushes out your kidneys and fat, helps or stops arthritis pain and multiple other problem areas including acid reflux. I could go on forever. I hope this helps someone to have a more healthy life!
Re: iron tests: I just bought iron on the recommendation of my reflexologist. I came on line to read up on it and saw all of the e-mails. I just wanted to let everyone know that if they are worried about too much iron, a good way to find out, is to give blood. It is needed and they test your iron, blood pressure and temperature. It's a win, win, win, situation!!!!
[YEA] Does anyone know if taking over the counter IRON Tablets 65 mil. is safe?
3 days ago I was so weak that I could hardly get out of bed. A friend told me to try IRON Tablets so my husband went out and bought me a bottle. Within the first day I felt better! 3 days later I am outside doing decent yard work! I had not been able to work in my yard due to weakness.
I am wondering if taking a pill a day is safe? Anyone know? I wonder if I should cut the tablet in half to be safe? How long can I take Iron?
(I am the Beverly that wrote about having a cold head. Even my head is not bothering me as much now.)
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Posted by Princess J. (Abingdon, Va, Usa) on 07/17/2012
Over my childhood (5 years old to 10 years old), I was anemic. My mom, having been raised in Louisiana, used a lot of the "known" foods from that region. Blackstrap Molasses, greens (mustard, turnip, collard), cream of wheat, calf liver (beef liver tends to be less tender than calf), and chicken livers. I was very healthy in those early years (not too bad now at age 62).
The only things I picked up in those few years? Chicken Pox, German Measles, and Tonsillitis resulting in the "dreaded" Tonsillectomy.
For years after I have used these food for the content of iron. And I thoroughly enjoy all those foods... As for the MOLASSES? Love it straight!!! And only found out about other types of syrup for pancakes/waffles etc. When I turned 10. Still prefer molasses (and only the Blackstrap) over anyother syrup!!!
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Lorraine (South Africa) on 06/30/2015
[YEA] Lettuce is also very good for iron deficiency...I once heard of a man of 60 years who was supposed to go for a bypass (open heart surgery) but he decided to just eat 1 whole head of lettuce everyday. After 1 month he went back to the doctor and was told he didn't need the bypass.
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Dr Malawade (Belgaum, Karnataka, india) on 05/04/2012
Anemia is a condition in which your blood has a lower than normal number of red blood cells. The normal level of haemoglobin is generally different in males (13.5 gms/100ml) and females (12gms/100ml).
It is directly or indirectly responsible for many diseases. This is because the lowered oxygen carrying capacity of the blood leads to poor oxygenation of tissue, which in turn results in degenerative changes and a general drop in immunity. As Ayurvedic Practitioner and doctor I have seen many cases of Anemia and the results of treatment using different allopathic, Homeopathic and Ayurvedic (herbal) remedies.
Allopathy may reduce the symptoms of anemia like generalised weakness but will not help in underlying causes for anemia.
Homeopathic remedies for anemia can be prescribed on the patient's constitution along with herbal remedies. This is very effective but success generally depends upon the doctor's ability to pick the right remedy for the patient.
Some of them are:
China 30; Chinin sulph 30; Cuprum met 30; Ferrum met 6x; Ferrum proh 6x; Nat mur 6x; Phos 200; Phos AC. 30, Allium Cepa 1X; Hyssopus Officinalis 1X; Avena Sativa 2X; Urtica Urens 2X; Paloondo 2X; Zingiber Officinale 3X; Trifolium Pratense 3X; Melilotus Alba 3X; Camphora 4X; Capsicum Annuum 5X; Magnesia Phosphorica 6X; Juglans Regia 6X; Pyrogenium 9X.
New resonance homeopathy has excellent homeopathic remedies like
Potentized Bioenergetic Impressions of Liver tissue (lyophilized) 500. 0; L- ascorbic acid (vitamin C) 100.0; Iron (aspartate) 30.0; Niacine (vitamin B3) 30.0; Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) 5.0; Copper (aspartate) 2.0; Folic acid. 40 (400mcg); Cobalamin (vitamin B12). 10 (100mcg)
Ayurveda also has numerous herbs and medicines to correct the Anemia and underlying causes and give lasting relief from Anemia.
In my experience the best results come from taking Ayurvedic herbs and homeopathic remedies (classical and resonance) together. You may get details at biogetica.com
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Posted by Elsaeasterly (Elsewhere, Ca, Usa) on 05/19/2011
[YEA] In January I was diagnosed as being severely anemic. My ferritin level was 2. My blood volume was down by 10%. The doctor said I had virtually no iron in my body. I had been taking blackstrap molasses (1 or 2 tablespoons a day) for about a year and unfortunately it did not help me. I knew I needed iron because I was anemic 5 years ago, but it wasn't nearly as bad then as this time.
I did not want to take the prescription after reading all the negative experiences about it. I checked here on Earth Clinic and Dr. Weil's web site and decided to try the remedies that I listed in the title. I hope these brand names are printed because I am not endorsing one in particular, and I did read about at least 2 of them here.
After 2 months, huge success! All my numbers had come up so much that my doctor looked at me with big eyes and asked, "What did you do?" She actually wrote down the names of these products so that she could recommend them to other patients.
Interestingly, in Dr. Weil's article, he recommended Floradix, but said that it probably wouldn't be enough for those with severe anemia. Well, I took it anyway and proved him wrong!
By the way, prior to my first round of bloodwork, I had been taking rather large doses of zinc. I didn't find out until I was reading up on anemia that it blocks iron absorption. I also read that you should avoid milk, eggs, tea, and chocolate. I couldn't give up these items completely, but I reduced the milk and eggs, and I didn't take my iron within a couple of hours of consuming tea or chocolate. I had great results anyway
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Angela (Syracuse, NY)
[YEA] I have been anemic for 2 and half years now. I was told to take Iron pills. Well they didnt work one bit. Luckily I found this website while trying to find a natural cure for kydney damage and pancreatitis and came across the oil pulling. I read about it and even went to different sites to find out if it was true. Well everything I found sounded amazing so I went out and bought the sesame oil. The first day I took it I felt just a little better. The second day I felt 95% better than i've felt in a long time. I also had blood work done a few days ago and found out I am no longer anemic and not only that but my lipase enzyme levels were back to normal. All this change within a month. I absolutely swear by the oil pulling.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Demina (Athens, Greece) on 12/08/2010
[YEA] It is very weird that no one here has never or so I think- mentioned the traditional grape molasses named pekmezi in Turkish or petimezi in Greek Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petimezi I guess that it is a local product and not widespread in other places in the world otherwise the page blackstrap molasses would have been a tiny sub page of this grapes molasses pages product.
Pekmezi is made by boiling down slowly for hours the first juice you get after crushing the grapes (the very first step for producing wine before any kind of fermentation) until this juice becomes a mild-thick black-brown sweet syrup. Actually in Greece we can do it in our own kitchen provided we find tons of fresh crushed grape juice. It is a difficult home procedure as we need "gallons" of this fresh juice to produce a bottle of pekmezi. There are a lot of wine producing countries in the world but I don't know if any others than the two above have also this product -well, lazy housewives ? :-)
Even wikipedia doesn't mention pekmezi in its "grapes" page as a grapes product (although there is a petimezi page, mentioned above)
If you just consider the raw material grapes- the grape molasses is far better than any other molasses. There are a lot of "grape" diets but non "sugar cane" ones, and there are a lot of health claims for grapes.
Anyway the grape molasses is so rich in iron too, that you can taste it. One spoon per day is the best home remedy for iron deficiency anemia. In Greece this was a must have remedy for young girls with heavy menstruation, actually not a remedy in a sense of healing the heavy menstruation, but in a sense of rebuilding the body the blood and the stamina. Pregnant women used to take it also. It was a material difficult to produce and every home had bottle as a medicine in its kitchen. I said was because the big pharma came and now the population has been brainwashed to take iron pills for anemia and millions of synthetic vitamins. Also as it is a have it all super food- when a small child was very ill and refused to eat we gave him a spoon of petimezi and we were sure that its body had all the necessary nutrients to combat illness and we didn't mind that the child refused to eat. I remember when I was 7 with chicken pox and 40Celsius for a week and I was saying "I'm dying" my mother gave me pekmezi and water as my sole food. I do not know in other countries what kind of food they feed (before the mass products appear) the very ill children when they refuse to eat but I suppose those exact foods would be the richest in nutrients foods available locally. Check on them in your country!
Posted by Anonymous99 (Ogden, Ut) on 08/30/2014
Pernicious Anemia cures: Before B12 was isolated, the Nobel Prize was given for a diet. The abstract is below or you can search. January 1,1948; Blood: 3 (1)
TREATMENT OF PERNICIOUS ANEMIA BY A SPECIAL DIET
- GEORGE R. MINOT, M.D. and
- WILLIAM P. MURPHY, M.D.
The dietetic treatment of pernicious anemia is of more importance than hitherto generally recognized.
Forty-five patients with pernicious anemia observed essentially in sequence are continuing to take a special diet that they have now been living on for from about six weeks to two years but which was temporarily omitted by three. This diet is composed especially of foods rich in complete proteins and iron—particularly liver —and containing an abundance of fruits and fresh vegetables and relatively low in fat.
Following the diet, all the patients showed a prompt, rapid and distinct remission of their anemia, coincident with at least rather marked symptomatic improvement, except for pronounced disorders due to spinal cord degeneration. Improvement was often striking, so that where the red blood cell count averaged for all before starting the diet 1,470,000 per cubic millimeter, one month afterward it averaged 3,400,000; and for the twenty-seven cases observed from four to six months after the diet was begun, the average count was 4,500,000 per cubic millimeter.
Patients having had two or more relapses showed on the average slightly lower red blood corpuscle counts about one and two months after commencing the diet than did those who had started it in their first or second relapse.
Change in the frequency of bowel movements, temporary increase of reticulocytes in the peripheral blood, and decrease of the icterus index of the blood serum were among the earliest signs that heralded the patient's better health.
All the patients have remained to date in a good state of health except three, who discontinued the diet; two rapidly improved on resuming it and the other has just commenced it again. As the diet was advised for most of the patients less than eight months ago, enough time has not yet elapsed to determine whether or not the remissions will last any longer than in other cases.
1948 by American Society of Hematology, Inc.
YEA (4) 100%Posted by Fiona (Arizona, USA) on 09/22/2008
[YEA] I can't thank you enough, this has worked well for me.When i felt Dizzy spells coming i would know my iron level has dropped, so i would eat seeds and i would feel better.
Posted by Mona (Sydney, Australia) on 08/22/2008
[YEA] PUMPKIN SEEDS for Anemia-IM in my late 20's and i have been Anemic all my life,ive had to have injections and take iron tablets but i got sick of it in the end and my doc told me that if i carried on taking iron tablets all my life i will kill my liver,so he suggested i start eating everything with high iron. The funniest thing was i discoverd pumpkin seeds when i had my second child and was told i needed a blood transfusion, but i rejected and went on a mission to get my iron levels up without it. I ate hand full morning,evening and night and after 2 weeks the doctor was in shock at how fast my iron level went up. SO PLEASE give it a go and let me know the results. GOOD LUCK.
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