Do not take iron supplements, unless food based!
Dear all, to acknowledge Morley Robbins’ work and to thank him once again, I’d like to share the following (will try to keep it short).
Please, for the sake of your own health, do not take iron supplements, unless food based! Please, do not believe you need to supplement with iron, when your ferritin is low. Get comprehensive testing (preferably, blood and hair tests) and have your results AND symptoms evaluated by someone who knows how to interpret them. For me, this someone is Morley Robbins!
More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia (full iron panel with complete blood count). I self-treated with Floradix first, then took other forms of iron on and off, for several years. I also made sure to take vitamin C (ascorbic acid) to help with iron absorption – another bad decision. My RBC count and hemoglobin would respond well to iron supplementation, but my ferritin was stubborn; I kept trying to raise it to at least 50ng/mL.
Finally, I consulted a hematologist. He sounded quite knowledgeable; he was one who kept other hematologists updated with recent studies. He told me I had to continue taking iron and increase the dose from the 50mg I had been taking to 75 then 100mg, if my ferritin didn’t respond as it should, according to his experience. He said once your iron was low, there was no other way of raising your levels but with iron pills (WRONG!). I never took more than 75mg or iron daily (gut feeling based on a couple of articles and a book I hadn’t even read!). Then, I decided to never go back to this hematologist when he recommended iron infusions – only to raise my ferritin! I was not anemic at the time.
This is getting long, sorry 😉 Bottom line – turns out I was not really iron deficient all those years (rather, copper and Ceruloplasmin deficient and “minerally” messed up), and the iron supplements I took made my health go from bad to worse. On the surface, blood tests did indicate iron deficiency, especially ferritin – the one test you should trust the least! However, I was not iron deficient, but iron dysregulated – low bioavailable but enough toxic iron in my body! MAG-recommended testing revealed more pieces of my health puzzle than conventionally recommended tests could, but I’d also like to emphasize that having your symptoms (so-called diseases and health conditions) assessed is very important, too.
Thanks to Morley Robbins’ FB posts (with his conclusions based on studies) and a consultation with him, I realized almost all of my health conditions were side effects of iron overload – despite my low ferritin (and low serum iron at the time of our consult). I have already reaped the first harvest of his recommendations – as my blood tests indicate, my iron is moving in the right direction, and so are my symptoms! My ferritin has not changed much, which doesn’t bother me at all, but there was a remarkable change in my iron-ic numbers without taking any iron pills (this was unheard of, in my synthetic iron years). On the contrary, I took IP6 (phytic acid) to clear my body of iron… I’ll post the link to my previous thread in the comments.
So Morley Robbins is officially amazing 🙂 He is human, he may make mistakes, but he is trustworthy; he keeps exploring, discovering, learning, and sharing things. He is genuine! Thank you once again, MAG-neto man!