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Entry for May 30, 2007

Found this today on the dosage of iron.

How much is usually taken? If a doctor diagnoses iron deficiency, iron supplementation is essential. To treat iron deficiency, a common recommended amount for an adult is 100 mg per day; that amount is usually reduced after the deficiency is corrected. When iron deficiency is diagnosed, the doctor must also determine the cause.

So with that, I take the 25 mg of iron chelate just before bedtime for a daily total of 45 mg. More googling turned up some interesting links between iron and candida.

Lactoferrin

Lactoferrin is a protein molecule which attaches itself to the iron in your food to transport it to your cells. Frequently iron deficiencies are caused, not by lack of iron, but by poor iron absorption because of insufficient lactoferrin.

The soil organisms in Nature’s Biotics may help to eliminate iron deficiencies caused by insufficient lactoferrin as they have been shown to produce lactoferrin. Lactoferrin helps prevent excess iron in the blood by transporting that iron to cells.

Important for dealing with a Candida yeast infection, lactoferrin may help prevent Candida from using iron as a food source. The significance of this is that free iron may be a primary food source for Candida. Take that food source away by increasing the amount of lactoferrin, and the Candida yeast infection may not do so well.

Nature’s Biotics is particularly useful if you are taking iron supplements, as they tend to be poorly absorbed. If you don’t increase your lactoferrin levels, the iron supplements could end up feeding the Candida yeast.

Lactoferrin is a globular multifunctional protein with antimicrobial activity (bacteriocide, fungicide), is part of the innate defense, mainly at mucoses. Lactoferrin is found in milk and many mucosal secretions such as tears and saliva. Lactoferrin is also present in secondary granules of PMN and also is secreted by some acinar cells. Lactoferrin can be purified from milk or produced recombinantly. Human colostrum has the highest concentration, followed by human milk, then cow milk.

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May 30, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 30, 2007

The same thing happened again after lunch. I didn’t take any magnesium today and I didn’t get the cold hands, but I did have an upset stomach and mild cramping. Now I know these are symptoms of too much iron so I need to know if what I’m doing is right.

I stopped into the health food store on my way home. I wanted to ask them about the dosages of iron. When I asked about it, she asked me if it was for my wife. This is the second time this has happened as I guess it’s so rare for men to have a deficiency. So I explain it’s for myself and she asked me what my doctor thought of this. Of course, I haven’t spoken to any doctor and if I did, I’m sure I will be brushed aside once again. Unless of course I tell him I’m a vegetarian. Mmm…something to think about.

She was very reluctant to give me any advice and suggested I speak to my doctor. Kind of disappointing but I was kind of expecting it. So I asked again about the dosage for iron as they sold the liquid form in the store. She agreed it was a very low dosage and showed me some iron pills that were as high as 50 mg. It wasn’t in the gluconate form so I still don’t know what to think. Why don’t I send an email to the company that makes the iron chelate and see what they say?

Good idea!

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Entry for May 30, 2007

Drink Soda and Damage Your DNA

Sodium benzoate, a preservative used in large quantities in soft drinks like Sprite, Dr. Pepper and Oasis, may cause severe damage to DNA and increase your risk of related diseases like Parkinson’s while accelerating the aging process.

Sodium benzoate appears to damage the “power station” of cells, known as the mitochondria, according to a British aging expert at Sheffield University. His studies found that the preservative can “totally inactivate” and “knock out” cells’ mitochondria, which causes the cells to seriously malfunction. The end result is an increased risk of a slew of diseases.

Sodium benzoate has also come under fire because, when combined with the vitamin C in many soft drinks, it forms benzene, a cancer-causing chemical linked to leukemia. In one study, at least five brands of soft drinks were found to contain excessive benzene levels.

Sodium benzoate is used freely in the United States and the UK. Fortunately, you can protect your health from this dangerous substance by not drinking soda (and not allowing your kids to either). This is one of the easiest — and most significant — things you can do for your health; and aside from the good news that you won’t have to worry about damaging your DNA, giving up soda (if you drink it) can reduce your risk of diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

So put down the can of soda, and pick up a glass of clean water instead.

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