Exposing the Hidden Dangers of Iron: What Every Medical Professional Should Know about the Impact of Iron on the Disease Process

Exposing the Hidden Dangers of Iron: What Every Medical Professional Should Know about the Impact of Iron on the Disease Process

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Overview

Iron is one of the most frequently purchased over-the-counter supplements, second only to vitamin C and calcium. The danger is that, once absorbed, iron can only be excreted in minute amounts of less than one milligram a day (or by heavy blood loss), and excess iron collects in a person's vital organs, thus, setting the disease process under way. As organs literally rust away, patients can experience early death by heart attack, arthritis, liver, pancreatic and colon cancer, increased infections, cirrhosis, diabetes, neurological problems, loss of hearing, tinnitus, depression, impotence, and infertility. Scientists have now discovered a connection to iron impropriety and Alzheimer's, early onset Parkinson's, Huntington's, attention deficit disorder, and epilepsy. EXPOSING THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF IRON is an excellent introduction for medical professionals to the intricacies of iron in the various body systems. Containing a practical guide to diagnosis, it also includes such subjects as the treatment and management of iron-loading conditions, excellent reference charts, a large glossary of terms, additional resources, contact and treatment centers, and a complete bibliography. Cutting edge scientific findings are summarized, complete with endnotes and references, about the devastation of excess iron on the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, adrenals, kidneys, bone marrow, arteries, heart, pituitary, joints, lungs, hearing, skin, vision, and the brain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581823363
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 804,290
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexi
Introductionxiii
Part IIron Loading in the Body Systems
1.Basics of Iron Loading5
2.Genetics of Iron loading25
3.Absorption and Transport of Iron43
4.Liver, Spleen, Gallbladder, Pancreas53
5.Endocrine System: Pituitary, Pancreas, Thyroid, Parathyroid67
6.Central Nervous System75
7.Cardiovascular System89
8.Pulmonary System103
9.Joints115
10.Skin, Nails, Oral Cavity, Hearing, and Vision Abnormalities123
Part IIPathology, Iron, and Our Natural Defense Mechanisms
11.Cancer135
12.Infection141
13.Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)151
14.Iron Withholding Defense System (IWDS)161
15.Conditions That Antagonize the IWDS171
Part IIIPractical Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
16.Diagnosis191
tests and procedures such as MRI
ultra-sound-guided liver biopsy
molecular analysis
17.Treatment209
includes guide to frequency of therapeutic phlebotomy
how not to overbleed your patients
sensible diets
appropriate supplementation
over-the-counter products to avoid or consider
18.Prevention of Excess Body Iron243
practical strategies for the patient such as routine blood donation
cessation of tobacco use
reduction in alcohol consumption
Selected Reference Charts at a Glance273
reference charts most frequently used to aid in diagnosis and treatment
Resources287
valuable contact information
including voluntary health organizations and product information
Glossary295
Index313

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