It is already proven that patients with HH & IO are at
increased risk for liver cancer. [See liver section for information
specific to this.] There is research that indicates that HH & IO
may also be a contributing factor to:
OTHER CANCERS and DISEASES
Iron Supplements - Use or not to use?
Nutrition Today James R. Connor John L. Beard 05-06-1997 There is little
reason to support a general need for iron supplementation in the diet at any
age. Perhaps this article and review of supplementation pros and cons should
conclude with a new interpretation of an old saying: "It is better to wear
out than to rust out;" don't expose your system to more iron than it needs.
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.
Hemochromatosis: Life Extension Foundation website. Disease,
Prevention & Treatment 3rd editon. Dietary & Vitamin recommendations
listed here including calcium for blocking of iron absorption.
catalyzed oxidative damage, in spite of normal ferritin and transferrin
saturation levels and its possible role in Werner's syndrome, Parkinson's
disease, cancer, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
Med Hypotheses 2000
Sep the disease is often overlooked by physicians, until several organs have
been damaged permanently (heart, liver, brain, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, etc.).
Moreover, since ferritin, transferrin saturation and hematocrit levels are not
directly related to cellular iron levels, and since excess iron can wreak havoc
in the cell, we can conclude that there is a need for a better way to evaluate
intracellular iron levels and especially the intracellular free iron levels by a
and colorectal cancer risk: human studies Nutr Rev 2001 May
Because iron is broadly supplemented in the American diet, the benefits of iron
supplementation need to be measured against the long-term risks of increased
iron exposure, one of which may be increased risk of colorectal cancer.
and Disease Surveillance
Eugene D. Weinberg Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal,
National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Excessive iron in specific tissues and cells (iron loading) promotes
development of infection, neoplasia, cardiomyopathy, arthropathy, and various
endocrine and possibly neurodegenerative disorders.
Iron: 'Too Much Is A
Problem' by Joseph B. Verrengia [News Science Writer]
High levels of iron,
already considered to be a major risk factor in heart attacks, are being
implicated in the progression of AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease and cancer.
"Iron will be the cholesterol of the 1990s," McCord predicts, ". . .most people
don't know their iron status."
Get Too Much Not Too Little Iron
Optimal Wellness Center Issue 200 March 7, 2001 Dr. Joseph Mercola.
DR. MERCOLA'S COMMENT: I have warned about the dangers of iron many times before
in this newsletter. It is a potentially dangerous supplement and it needs to be
used very cautiously, especially in those with an increased risk of heart
The case for iron repletion as a promoter in testicular cancer.
Med Hypotheses. 1998 Aug; Evidence to
support this hypothesis includes the following: (a) the iron-related mechanism
of drugs used in the treatment of testicular cancer, (b) dietary associations
with disease frequency, (c) the similarity of time course between historic
increases in testicular cancer incidence and dietary iron availability, and (d)
potential genetic associations with hemochromatosis.
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