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Apparently, I have too much iron in my blood. This is quite a shock for me, since I had the opposite problem as a kid (20 years ago).<br><br><br><br>
The folks in the bloodmobile were quite happy about it, though, because they used a machine on me that extracts just the red blood cells, then returned the rest of the blood fluid to my body. Apparently, the red cells they took are specifically useful for cancer patients, and they can only do this process with people with very high iron.<br><br><br><br>
So once I got back to my desk, I googled high iron and discovered that it's a risk factor for cancer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I think I've done a good job of eating healthy and getting plenty of the right nutrients since going veg 2 months ago. But just to be safe, I've always taken a multi-vitamin, with iron. I know that they make multi-vitamins without iron, so now I'm thinking I should switch to one.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Well, first all (with all due respect to the bloodmobile), I'd get to the Dr. and get an actual bloodtest (RBC, iron, ferritin..all that jazz). See what that test says before you worry too much.<br><br><br><br>
The big thing, from my layperson's understanding (heh) with too much iron is with your heart, as opposed to cancer.
 

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well firstly turn your smile around <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
You need to go and talk to your DR there are so many variables on what you have said ....its treatable any way<br><br><br><br>
Maybe you might like to pm Lothar M Kirsch and Gaya to run your post pass them they seem to be up with the play on the iron questions<br><br><br><br>
don't worry things will be fine
 

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I can imagine that folks in the bloodmobile were happy - they have a constant donator. But treatment might include more. And the beginning is to have the lab tests done (all the jaff as Jen has put it). Maybe you need a genetic test as well to know much effort you'll have to put into avoiding an iron overload.<br><br>
Tell us, if anything isn't as you expected it or your GP can't explain everything to you. We veg*an don't like things to be fishy!
 
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