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Iron supplementation is common, recently its use even increased. Often a physician routinely prescribes it for tiredness and various unclear symptoms where an identifiable disease cannot be found. This is madness. Iron is very dangerous; even a little too much can do a lot of harm over time, even cause death.

We need iron, it is part of the haemoglobin molecule which is crucial for our blood's ability to transport oxygen to the cells. But the security margin between an optimal and a harmful amount is narrow as a hair. Many minerals are toxic when their quantity exceeds a certain limit, but the safety margin is considerable in most cases, because the human body has ways to dispose of surplus amounts. But it cannot rid itself of surplus iron! Therefore even slightly too much will soon become way too much if overconsumption happens on a regular basis and deposits are allowed to accumulate.

The only way to get rid of iron is by bleeding; bloodletting, phlebotomy. Menstruating females have an advantage here by having regular bloodletting naturally, and thus less risk of iron-related damage. But perhaps bloodletting, which was a common medical method in a not too distant past, and whose use has never ceased in non-mainstream health care, ought to be taken into common use again.

But what happens if we accumulate too much iron?

It is deposited in various places, such as the heart, where it gradually blocks normal functions. But the worst aspect is that it helps cancer to develop. It stimulates neoplastic cell growth; a primary tumour often grows where there are deposits of surplus iron. Cancer often begins there! Further, iron promotes cancer cell multiplication; once there, the tumour grows and spreads more effectively. Iron is also a strong catalyst of the formation of free radicals, thus stimulating oxidation.

Depleting the body of iron is a theoretically interesting approach to cancer treatment, but cannot be applied strictly. Some research is going on to bring forth medicines reducing or eliminating active iron or blocking the processes in which it is involved in the cancer problem - but we are still quite far from anything clinically useful.

What we can easily do, however, is to preventively avoid accumulation of iron in the body. Don't take iron supplements unless you know you have severe iron deficiency. Regular bloodletting might be effective too. With this mineral, slightly too little is better than slightly too much.

(This article is based on material previously published in Meriondho Leo and in my e-book “From Fungi to Cancer”, 2012)

Copyright © 2012, 2020 Meleonymica/Mictorrani. All Rights Reserved.

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It's very useful article for our health. I can know something new what I didn't know before. Thanks for it.

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1 year ago

It's the first time I hear doctors easily give meds to level up the lack of iron. I think these days are over long ago with us. You can let yourself tested many times and for weeks but no way you receive a recipe. They will tell you to eat differently and it must be really bad (if not too late) before they give meds, vitamins, minerals.

I wonder if it cures cancer, which cancer...

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1 year ago

It's good that they are so restrictive, but it is not like that everywhere. Moreover, iron supplements are available over the counter in most countries, and then it is up to the individual user him- or herself to determine whether to take iron or not. It is also included in many multivitamins, which is very dubious.

There have been studies of some specific cancers and breast cancer is so far where the clearest connection of iron and cancer has been found, but this is misleading, because that's the cancer that has been studied the most. All hormone related cancers are probably the same - if not even all cancers. On the cellular level, it is not all that much difference between them. Their cellular metabolism is the same.

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1 year ago

Interesting to know iron is added to supplements. If I ever see it I check it out.

If it comes to cancer and treatments at times I wonder if it is treated at all, if a difference is made. With those I know it was all "discovered" too late or should I say "no one cared".

Thank you for the added info. 👍

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1 year ago

A very informative article you wrote. Thanks for your concern and spreading your knowledge with us. Thanks a lot

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1 year ago

I is very knowledgeable article dear. Your information yes really very important for any person. Your health topic Article most important. It is very helpful Article for me.

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1 year ago

Very informative

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1 year ago

Would this render the FDA fortification law useless or harmless eventually if iron intoxication is a cause for cancer? Because there's iron in flour, breads, cereals and so many food products besides the prescribed medications. Plus the fact that there are countries that are mostly reliant on these food items as stapke food

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1 year ago

Iron fortification can prove to be harmful. But it all boils down to how much iron totally someone gets. If by fortification it becomes too much, it is surely harmful.

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1 year ago

Wow great article it's really useful and informative make us aware

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1 year ago

Good article! Keep it up!

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1 year ago

its great

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1 year ago

Useful information.

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1 year ago

It’s good

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1 year ago

Good content...... Well done my brother.....

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1 year ago

iron deficiency causes iron deficiency anemia, the best that the doctor recommends, do not self-medicate. foods such as vegetables have a natural contribution of iron for the person

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