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by 229 · about 3 hours ago

A female client of mine has been a pescatarian for 18 years. She now has low iron if she doesn't get regular injections. She would like to be able to get her iron from meat but whenever she has any chicken, beef, turkey, she gets diarrhoea 30 min... (more)

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Yuki 0 · August 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I wonder if she could handle eating liver? You get a lot more iron in a very small amount of meat, so it might be easier for her to handle. It's also more bioavailable than a pill. A lot of the time, I'll grind liver up and put it in a... (more)

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by 396 · about 3 hours ago

So I've heard some vague discussion about how some minerals can interfere with the absorption of other minerals. Eg, calcium can block the absorption of iron. I've heard some say that you only have to worry about this when taking... (more)

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joanna_4 0 · February 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

i dont focus on this at all and my bloodwork is good.

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by 0 · about 3 hours ago

I never seem to get enough of them in my daily diet. I have never had enough calcium. Not even as a child since I've never liked milk/cheese and other dairy that people normally eat. I like butter, cream and ice cream but that i didn't have too... (more)

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Supergirl 0 · December 05, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I usually eat 100-150 gr beef a day, the rest is chicken, pork and sea food. Protein wise, eat too much nuts and almonds. The rest is all sorts of vegetables, love broccoli and cauliflower and mixed salads, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados and... (more)

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by 1363 · about 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 5650 · about 3 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 5 · about 3 hours ago

Anyone else out there have schemberg's disease? I was recently diagnosed with it and after doing a lot of research there seems to be no cure or known cause. I've heard that a few people have had success with reducing the unsightly spots that come... (more)

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Anotherfatchap 0 · April 09, 2013 at 9:52 AM

I had this for the past ten years or so, and it cleared up completely when I went paleo for the past month. I have a very sedentary desk job and had no success previously with vitamins or supplementation. Also I dropped 20 pounds with the... (more)

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by 1017 · about 3 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 3 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 671 · about 3 hours ago

What are the thoughts on the following article regarding out of balance iron levels? http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/a-host-of-ills-when-irons-out-of-balance/?ref=health I'd hazard a guess that a large number of the Paleo community may... (more)

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Todd_B 0 · August 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

At last week's Ancestral Health Symposium, Chris Kresser presented a talk on this very issue. Iron overload can be a problem for some and can be dangerous if not addressed. We have mechanisms where the stomach can tell how much iron we have in... (more)

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by 38 · about 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 661 · about 3 hours ago

long story short, i am in a situation where i cannot cook red meat in the house. i eat some at work but i can only eat so much. i also have a weird iron panel, indicating some iron absoprtion issues. low tibc, low iron etc. what kind of iron... (more)

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BaconHealsChic 0 · February 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Sorry. I cannot speak to the supplement with expertise but in case you want to supplement or iron in other ways I would suggest; Eat some rare deli roast beef that you do not have to have at home. Also...you can get iron from other meats... (more)

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by 60 · about 3 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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by 3159 · about 3 hours ago

Hello, I've bruised quite easily all my life. I know that I'm not anemic, I have had a high iron count for a women pre- and post-Paleo. Yay. But the bruising doesn't cease. I can't remember a day in my life that my arms and legs haven't been... (more)

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Milla 0 · January 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Easy bruising can be caused either by weak blood vessels This can be genetic - do anyone in your family have varicose veins, or similarly bruise easily? Or systemic, brought about by nutrient deficiency. Deficiency in vitamins such as B12, C, or... (more)

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by 10 · about 3 hours ago

I am a 42 year old female. Bp 117/72, need to lose a few lbs, but generally feel really good, active, started to try paleo a couple months ago and feel great/lost weight. So, I got my blood tests back and doc suggested statins: Chol 262 Hdl... (more)

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Bill1102inf 0 · January 14, 2012 at 4:05 AM

Doesn't sound like anything some Vitamin D and exercise wouldn't fix. Get retested in 3 months. Statins are bad news. See if you can get a heart scan and see if you have/how much plaque you... (more)

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by 165 · about 3 hours ago

I'm very confused about what kind of salt is the healthiest. For a while I've been using real salt brand, which is a Himalayan salt with specks of pink in it. However, after reading some of Ray Peat's writings I was alerted to the fact that there... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · January 06, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I use Iodized lite salt. Why? Potassium. People on lower carb diets especially need it. By the way, I saw something on facebook yesterday about low salt diets raising mortality by 500%. And there is a lot of talk about this on the interwebs as... (more)

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by 2801 · about 4 hours ago

I'm trying to determine potential causes for my moderate case of anemia, which has been affecting me for the past several months. I'm consuming large quantities of iron from natural sources, so the problem presumably has to do with absorption. I... (more)

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Anonymous_Chump 0 · December 15, 2011 at 12:13 PM

It's worth trying to figure out. I became anemic when I was a vegan. Despite every effort to supplement properly, I didn't get sufficient B12 and iron. Mine was an easy fix. Your anemia is moderate, which is how I would describe mine. Let me... (more)

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