Inflammation, infections, decreased immunity, frequent colds, etc.
The body uses its iron withholding defense mechanism to keep the iron away from pathogens, but in an iron overloaded patient, this defense capability is greatly impaired. Death can even result from ingestion of the Vibrio vulnificus virus found in seafood. Click on the title to read more on these topics.
of iron overload on the immune system.
Ann Clin Lab Sci 2000 Oct Department of Pathology, Marshall University and Huntington DVA Medical Center, West Virginia Increased body stores of iron in various clinical situations may tip the immunoregulatory balance unfavorably to allow increased growth rates of cancer cells and infectious organisms, and complicate the clinical management of preexisting acute and chronic diseases.
Excess Iron Throws Out Welcome Mat to Bacteria Heart, liver, intestines may suffer from over-fortified diet 11/2/2001 News By Serena Gordon HealthScoutNews Reporter (HealthScoutNews) -- Too much iron in the diet could be making people more susceptible to intestinal infections, claims a new study. And that puts into question whether U.S. food makers need to fortify foods with iron, says one of the nutritionists who conducted the research.
Listeria meningitis, endocarditis and pericarditis in a patient with
A 65-year-old man with primary haemochromatosis was admitted because of fever and confusion. He was found to have bacteraemia and meningitis due to Listeria monocytogenes Scand J Infect Dis 1997
A Common, Rarely Diagnosed Disease
By Vincent J. Felitti, MD, FACP Commentary by David Baer, MD, FACP. Hemochromatosis is the most common, life-threatening genetic disorder in North America, yet most physicians have never personally diagnosed a case: all see an unrecognized case in their offices every two weeks.
Hemochromatosis, Front Range Gastroenterology Associates, P.C.
2030 Mountain View Avenue, Suite 300, Longmont, CO. Basic statistics on HH.
Hemochromatosis: Genetics, Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment, "Introduction to Hemochromatosis" Part I, by Barton & Edwards. Except from their book, [a pdf file] This is a large & excellent book covering all areas of hemochromatosis. Published in 2000, $225.00
Hemochromatosis: Life Extension Foundation website. Disease, Prevention & Treatment 3rd editon. Dietary & Vitamin recommendations listed here including calcium for blocking of iron absorption.
hemochromatosis: Preventing chronic effects of this underdiagnosed disorder
Sharon M. McDonnell, MD, MPH; David Witte, MD, PhD VOL 102 / NO 6 / DECEMBER 1997 / POSTGRADUATE MEDICINE. In this article, Drs McDonnell and Witte discuss the diagnosis and management of this underrecognized problem as well as the various issues involved in screening. An illustrative case of hemochromatosis is also included.
Intake Tied to Increased TB Risk in Zimbabwe
WESTPORT, CT (Reuters Health) - Elevated levels of dietary iron appear to be associated with an increased risk of pulmonary tuberculosis in rural Africans, researchers report in the October issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 10/22/01 J Infect Dis 2001; 184:936-939.
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