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by 0 · about 13 hours ago

Hi all, Been doing Paleo for a couple months. Yes, I cheated. Nevertheless, I ate grassfed beef bone broth almost daily, beef liver, beef heart, and other meat that was mostly grass fed. Here are my numbers: 19 - Iron % Saturation... (more)

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AnyonesGhost 0 · May 20, 2014 at 5:20 PM

How does anxiety low iron and high homocysteine?

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by 1363 · about 13 hours ago

What does this mean? I just looked at the last 3 times I've had bloodwork done and all 3 times showed low MCH, high RDW. In addition to those two showing up on every set of bloodwork, these were flagged: Oldest Bloodwork (2... (more)

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Ziast 0 · September 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM

RDW (Red cell Distribution Width or something, it comes from a graph) just means there are two different sizes of red blood cells, usually normal and either macro or microcytic. Yours are probably normal and micro since you had a low MCV (Mean... (more)

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by 40 · about 13 hours ago

I have struggled with food issues for the last couple of years and only recently found out 6 months ago that I am allergic to Gluten and Dairy. After cutting both of those out of my system, I still felt sick every single day and couldn't pinpoint... (more)

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Kara_1 0 · July 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Hello there! I'm a professional at paleo in college. :-) It'll be easier for you, if you are not autoimmune paleo. I just started eating eggs and it's SO MUCH BETTER. Basically, I buy a bunch of food on Sunday and cook it ahead of time. I make... (more)

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by 40 · about 13 hours ago

Hi all, Just wondering whether anyone can help provide some guidance on whether I should be concerned with the change in my lipids below? According to Chris Kresser's basic lipid guidelines it appears I shouldn't be concerned (TC<290, HDL>40,... (more)

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Chris_B 0 · June 30, 2013 at 2:19 AM

Take a look at this: http://bjjcaveman.com/2013/03/10/the-effect-of-a-ketogenic-diet-on-cholesterol-part-1/ Might be the reason for issues with LDL. I'm testing this now myself. I would suggest either cutting fats down OR increasing carbs not... (more)

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by 1601 · about 13 hours ago

Hi guys, I was glancing around the book, The End of Illness. The doctor has some interesting points like how nails and hair can be useful indicators of health, as we all know. some of his indicators that the author checks: Discolored nails can... (more)

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greymouser 0 · May 21, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Everybody has that "crescent" at the bottom of their nail, whether they can see it or not. It's called the lunula, and it's literally the root of the nail (well, the visible part of the root). Your book sounds like a bit of woo-science, to me. If... (more)

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by 1405 · about 13 hours ago

So, lately I have noticed that my fingernails have been extra brittle and are peeling. I have started drinking more tea (since I gave up coffee for lent) and I remember reading something that tea inhibits iron absorption, and a lack of iron leads... (more)

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by 213 · about 13 hours ago

At the moment, phlebotomy is the only method known to treat Hemochromatosis. However, due to circumstances beyond my control, I cannot donate blood, and the notion of having my blood thrown away with no chance of being used to help someone is... (more)

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August 0 · December 13, 2012 at 3:18 PM

No. I don't have hemochromatosis, but since starting paleo I've given blood several times precisely because that is what it takes to reduce iron levels. People have suggested that this is a good idea since the opportunities for blood letting,... (more)

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by 213 · about 13 hours ago

Are there foods you think one might be surprised to learn have a high iron content. I am primarily concerned with meat sources since the iron in it is so much more bioavailable.

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Jackie_4 0 · December 13, 2012 at 7:02 PM

This isn't an exact answer, but some information that might help lead in the direction of finding other surprise foods that are high in iron. Apparently black olives are high in it, as well as some root veggies like beets, but I don't know if... (more)

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by 5650 · about 13 hours ago

my dad just gave me a huge deer liver from his friend's hunting trip. he said that i should soak it in milk to take the gamey flavor out of it, but i am lactose intolerant. is there a way to cook it so that i can choke it down? it doesn't have to... (more)

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Emma_3 0 · December 03, 2012 at 3:29 AM

Ground up, mixed with other ground meat and made into meatballs.

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by 213 · about 13 hours ago

Is this done through one's doctor, or is there a more accurate genetic testing method that one's doctor might not be aware of? Is there a lab out there that studies this particular genetic condition that also offers testing to the public? I am... (more)

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JRM 0 · November 28, 2012 at 3:48 AM

23andme.com is probably cheaper than going to your doctor. I tested there and found out I don't carry the mutations.

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by 0 · about 13 hours ago

I just started the Paleo diet 5 days ago & I wanted to make sure that I am doing it correctly. Here is a basic day for me so far: BREAKFAST -Ensure breakfast Powder in water - 160z (I will cut this out after I get a routine down) -Organic... (more)

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shelley_1 0 · October 25, 2012 at 2:57 AM

I think that you need to up your protein and fat intake and reduce your carbs a bit..that is quite a bit of sugar. Ditch the Insure powder and favor of some real food, greek yogurt if you eat dairy..check out some paleo websites..there are tonnes... (more)

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by 40 · about 13 hours ago

So I eat a serving of white rice regularly as my carb to at least a few meals per week. My other carb sources are basically potatoes and squash. I know that white rice is enriched with vitamins (unless organic). My diet, on average, includes 7-12... (more)

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Alec_2 0 · October 10, 2012 at 5:17 AM

Forget the enriched rice, buy organic (it is cheap in bulk and stores well). I imagine your rice is enriched with folic acid and not folate. A number of threads on this site characterize the difference. I cook my rice in trotter stock, similar... (more)

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by 1017 · about 13 hours ago

Girlfriend has very low iron and the doctor prescribed iron pills causing stomach pain and nausea so she stopped taking it (it has lactose and other crappy fillers in it). Her iron has decreased over 3 months so she needs to take some sort of iron... (more)

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Todd_B 0 · August 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Beef and organ meats are high in iron. If she still needs a supplement, she could try Slow Fe. Before switching to Paleo, my wife had anemia and used to take it. Regular iron supplements caused her problems, but she was able to take these no... (more)

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by 120 · about 13 hours ago

i'm looking into getting a skillet....i only getting one so I am willing to spend more to get one that's good quality....i found this one on amazon: Lodge Enameled Cast-Iron 11-Inch Skillet....i know its not top of the line, but from my... (more)

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Rob_20 0 · August 20, 2012 at 4:15 AM

Don't confuse enameled and pre-seasoned. http://www.lodgemfg.com/Seasoned.asp And you can always get the old school lodge cheap at walmart and season it yourself. (more)

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by 15 · about 13 hours ago

Hi, thanks in advance for reading... I've recently stepped up my lifting game. I've lifted 3-4x a week for a few years but recently graudated college at put my drinking days behind me allowing me to step up the intensity and get more calories per... (more)

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liz_18 0 · December 02, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I am not a weight lifter but I found this page while searching for a link between nuts and joint pain. I have been eating a ton of pecans and suddenly my knee is so painful I can hardly walk. I didn't injure it. Very strange. Also my elbow got... (more)

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by 38 · about 13 hours ago

I saw this article and was curious the reaction here. Seemed to raise some good points... http://www.paleopharm.com/my-beef-with-the-paleo-diet-2-0/ The Central Dogma of Paleolithic diet 2.0 theory ??? that our Stone Age DNA is ill suited... (more)

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Alec_3 0 · August 09, 2012 at 3:59 AM

I'm sorry but I've read books that were't as long as that question.

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by 0 · about 13 hours ago

I am a 35 Chinese female and have been doing Crossfit for a year. I started on a strict paleo diet four months ago and modify paleo eight months before that. I also take a multi-vitamin from Pure Encapsulations call Nutrient 950 with vitamin K. ... (more)

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Laurie_D_ 0 · July 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Have you been checked for the MTHFR gene? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17024648 It can be associated with low hemoglobin levels.

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by 1160 · about 13 hours ago

Over the past few months, whenever I have a particularly iron-heavy meal or series of meals (oysters, beef liver, red meat in general), I'll often have a bowel movement or two with some bright red blood in the bowl. I also get beeturia after... (more)

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Varelse 0 · July 24, 2012 at 1:10 AM

It is never, ever a good thing to have blood in your stool. I would kindly suggest to please go to a doctor and have that checked out, ASAP. The beets are not necessarily related. It could be anything from a fissure to an ulcer to cancer. It could... (more)

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by 238 · about 13 hours ago

After seeing the doctor last week, I apparently have an abysmally low ferritin level (12). It should be between 40 and 200 (according to my doctor; 100 is ideal.) My hemoglobin is fine. So my question is what foods should I eat in order to raise... (more)

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Aglaee_the_Paleo_RD 0 · June 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Eating Paleo is a great way to improve your ferritin levels and iron-deficiency anemia! increases the absorption of iron: choosing the heme form, which is found in animal products combining your iron with Vitamin C decreases the absorption of... (more)

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by 510 · about 13 hours ago

I recently had some blood work and was found to have mildly decreased RBCs (just below the lower end of normal). Prior to this set of lab results, I'd always been in the normal range (for blood work!). I had some followup iron labs drawn and got... (more)

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Rogue_Dietitan 0 · May 25, 2012 at 5:32 PM

What's the MCV? Low MCH and MCV indicate iron-deficiency anemia. High MCH and MCV indicate folate and/or B12 deficiency. I agree that it doesn't sound like you are iron deficient. If you eat a lot of (red) meat, your B12 should be fine. Consider... (more)

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by 228 · about 13 hours ago

Besides eating liver, red meat, oysters, dried apricots and all other foods high in Iron, what is the best way to build up my iron stores? There is plenty of iron in my blood serum, but my Ferritin level is a meager 13 post pregnancy and 18 months... (more)

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interrobung 0 · May 18, 2012 at 5:11 AM

Have you had liver and thyroid function tests? Liver makes ferritin and thyroid is involved in its production. Aside from that, I can't think of a single medical condition in which serum iron is high, but ferritin low ... ferritin is a ubiquitous... (more)

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by 1418 · about 13 hours ago

I use cronometer to record what I am eating and everytime I have used it, my minerals are not up where they are supposed to be. My vitamins are fine, probably because I eat alot of liver, but its the minerals that are constantly low. For example... (more)

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amplify 0 · April 17, 2012 at 8:42 PM

This isn't an answer to the question you asked but obsessing over the micronutrient content of every ounce of food you consume and attempting to hit some arbitrary numbers on a daily basis strikes me as being wildly unhealthy. If you are eating... (more)

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by 6229 · about 13 hours ago

If you are you might want to reconsider ... Looks like an ancestral way of eating is already protective with magnesium supplementation. There are some limitations - it's epidemiology and food questionnaires, but still interesting. Normal tension... (more)

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Jenny_9 0 · April 13, 2012 at 9:08 PM

My mom still cannot donate blood because of chronically low iron levels. I tell her she's going to outlive us all, but I would not encourage her to stop her iron supplement because she get fatigued VERY fast and looks like she has two black eyes... (more)

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by 6229 · about 13 hours ago

While correlation doesn't necessarily = causation .... We have seen whole foods and those closer to the body's way of absorption be better then synthetic supplements in the case of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, heme iron, folic acid, Vitamin D3,... (more)

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by 60 · about 13 hours ago

Hi everyone, I've been lurking on this forum for several months, but this is the first time that I've posted anything. I'm hoping that some of the more biochemistry-literate PaleoHacks members can provide some help and advice regarding a somewhat... (more)

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Carbicidal 0 · January 31, 2012 at 4:52 AM

G'day Iron Man, not sure if this will be helpful at all but you never know :) i too have this condition and found that when i was concerntrating on eating lower iron foods my iron levels remained the same or increased but mostly increased them... (more)

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