Last Modified on Aug 29, 2015
What Is Hemochromatosis?
A genetic disorder, hemochromatosis is a condition in which the body renders and stores too much iron. Typically, the hereditary issue causes the body to absorb too much iron from the food an individual eats, which leads to excess iron stores in the organs, particularly the liver, heart and pancreas. As the iron stores increase, life-threatening conditions may arise including cancer, heart arrhythmias and cirrhosis of the liver.
While some individuals with hereditary hemochromatosis never experience symptoms, several of the signs and symptoms associated with the condition mimic those of other common health conditions. Symptoms typically include joint pain, fatigue and overall weakness. Generally speaking, hemochromatosis is more likely to be serious in men. As such, the typical first sign of the disease in males involves organ damage including joint pain, diabetes, loss of sex drive, impotence and heart failure.
The actual cause of hemochromatosis is a genetic mutation that affects the body’s absorption of iron. As such, the condition is genetic and passed from parents to children. The mutated gene that is typically involved in the development of hemochromatosis is labeled HFE, and the common mutations are C282Y and H63D. An individual must inherit two of the abnormal genes, one from the mother and one from the father, to develop the disorder.
Natural Hemochromatosis Remedies
One of the most effective ways to maintain appropriate iron levels is to periodically donate blood. Typically donations can be made every eight weeks. Herbal treatment options are also effective. Dandelion, wild hyssop and milk thistle supplements help regulate the body’s systems and minimize iron storage. Calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese and black tea are also effective treatment options. Additionally, individuals affected by hemochromatosis should avoid vitamin C supplements and drink green tea, as it is a powerful chelator that works to remove iron from the body.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Hemochromatosis and Ferromagnetic Cancer Theory.
The most effective treatment for hemochromatosis is to reduce iron in the body by phlebotomy (withdrawal of blood from the arm veins). The Ayurvedic treatment for hemochromatosis is aimed at removing the excess iron from the body, preventing excessive iron absorption, treating the symptoms and preventing complications. High iron absorption from the intestines is prevented using medicines like Kutaj-Parpati, Panchamrut-Parpati, Suvarna-Parpati, Sukshma-Triphala, Triphala (Three Fruits), Arogya-Vardhini, Bilva-Avaleha, Psyllium (Plantago Ovata), Gandharva-Haritaki, Kutki (Picrorrhiza Kurroa), Abhrak-Bhasma, Praval-Panchamrut and Trivang-Bhasma. Iron Conception (Ferromagnetic Cancer Theory): CANCER is the generic term used to describe a group of disorders caused by an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; any cancer should be interpreted as intracellular superpara-ferri-ferromagnetic infection; intracellular molecules FeO;Fe2O3;Fe3O4 are the main 'creators' of intracellular superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic nanoparticles; any cancer can attack patients with/without iron overload and patients with iron-deficiency anemia.
Cancer researchers can use Ayurvedic treatment for hemochromatosis as Ayurvedic treatment for cancer because any cancer is a subtle iron disease. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/166455.php ; http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/iron-overload.html ; Vadim Shapoval
I do not want to open a can of worms here... Just wondering if anyone else has found relief from any problems by becoming a regular blood donor? I have been donating on a regular basis for more than 6 years. I have noticed a decline in the number of headaches I get. Also... I tend to run a little rich in iron in my blood so regular blood donation also keeps that in check. I do not have a lot of health problems- but I notice I feel more "Up" after donating. I realize many of the issues that people on this site would exclude them from blood donation, but among those who can and do what has your experience been?
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I am an Afro-American woman in her 50s that has been diagnosed with non-herditary hemocromatosis but I also have very low hemoglobin levels so I cannot donate blood or have phlebotomies. I am not a drinker or drug abuser and never have been. I am getting worse and my doctor has done everything he knows to do. I go to a cancer center and they are very thorough and very knowledgeable but still of no help. I just wanted to let all of you know that I am so glad this site is here and am requesting any advice on what I can do to slow down iron absorbtion and raise my HgB levels at the same time. I appreciate any comments and offers of advice. God bless all of you and I look forward to hearing from you.
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About iron and cancer.. The body's defence mechanism when pathogens, parasites or cancer cells are present is to withdraw iron from the blood and store it in ferritin molecules. This in turn shows up as low iron levels in the blood (anemia) Not to be alarmed, not all anemia is iron related, it can be brought on by low Vitamin B levels. When a blood test is required to measure iron in the blood it is a good safeguard to also have a serum ferritin check as well to measure how much iron is being stored!
Anyone of Celtic ancestry should have their ferritin levels checked in case they have the iron storage disease called hereditary hemochromatosis. This condition causes much misery and limited life span from such things as liver cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes2, arthritis and other health conditions. Males are affected sooner than females whose iron levels are reduced by their menses and childbirth. After menopause they soon catch up (which is why their rate for heart disease increases then). Statistics show that 0.5% to 1.5% of the population (depending on racial mix) can have the gene for this disorder. It runs in families and members who do not have the condition are likely carriers of the gene. We have all heard the stories of a man who died of cirhossis of the liver in spite of being an avowed tee-totaller, and the mourners at the funeral whispering how he must have been a secret drinker to have had such a disease!! Not so, poor man was a victim no doubt of hemochromatosis and the massive amount of iron stored in his liver.
[YEA] I suffered from Hemochromatosis and have been having phlebotomies for almost 20 years. In the beginning I was having one pint depleted once a week. Then I got bad so quickly the started drawing two... Yes 2... Pints of blood a WEEK! This went on for over a year. Then once a week for several years.... Until I found ip6 [inositol hexophosphate]. Once I started taking it regularly, I didn't have to have a phlebotomy for 2 years! Not one treatment for two whole years! I stopped taking it for a while and recently started again. I'm having phlebotomies about 3x a year now and I'm happy and I thank God I'm alive! I hope this helps....
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My granddaughter is only 5 days old. She was born Sat June the 15th. My granddaughter has a lot of things wrong with her, she had fluid on her spine, an enlarged liver and she had too be put on oxygen 100%. She did a lot of blood work on her and one thing they know for sure that she has a overload of iron in her system. They were able to treat the fluid around her spine and get her oxygen level down to 60 which is they said her oxygen level needs to be at 21 they are suspected that it may be hemochromatosis they did a mri and it didnt show really nothing so they did the biospy today and now waiting for those results. What do you think we are dealing with?
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It can sometimes be a simple matter of adding a good Probiotic. Bacteria eats iron. It helps control iron levels in oceans. Sometimes iron is added to dead harbors and they team with life. I know people this has worked for where there have been transfusions coupled with antibiotic use and not much left that feeds on iron so the body stashes the iron is all.