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Could Your Anemia Be a Sign of Celiac Disease?

Could Your Anemia Be a Sign of Celiac Disease?

According to Haematogica up to 50% of adults with Celiac Disease have Iron Deficiency Anemia. Often they may present without any of the common gastrointestinal symptoms, usually associated with Celiac Disease, like diahorrea and malabsorption. They most common symptom is fatigue and then a diagnosis of iron deficiency anaemia. The other common feature is the refractoriness to oral iron treatment, which means that despite taking iron tablets, their serum iron levels never improve. This is caused by the atrophy of the villi in the small intestine which prevents the absorption of vital minerals such as Folate, Iron and Vitamin B12.

Iron is the key component in haemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen in the body. The body needs to get iron from our diet and if there is not enough iron, haemoglobin cannot carry enough oxygen around the body and to our cells. Oxygen is needed by every cell in our bodies to sustain life.

What are the symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Fatigue. The most common symptom, due to not enough oxygen in the cells.

Shortness of breath

Dizziness

Headaches

Pale skin colour

Sore Tongue

Unusual Food Cravings (Pica)

Hair Loss

Irritability

Weakness

Poor Concentration

Low Immune Function

Rapid Heart Rate

There are many reasons for iron deficiency including

Blood loss. This may be caused by heavy menstrual bleeding, or bleeding fibroids, or there may be internal bleeding such as a bleeding ulcer, polyps, haemorrhoids or colon cancer.

Certain medications such as aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause internal bleeding leading to low iron levels or ant-acids may prevent iron absorption.

Another reason for iron deficiency may be a poor diet, not eating enough iron rich foods, such as red meat or eggs. Often a vegetarian diet which doesn’t include enough animal proteins which are high in iron, may lead to anaemia.

Poor Absorption of iron in the body due to intestinal surgery, or chronic diseases such as Crohn’s Disease or Celiac Disease.

So many people with Iron Deficiency Anemia have Celiac Disease, but many are not tested for it or are not aware they have it. It is one of the most unrecognised causes for low iron and yet it is incredibly common. A lot more common than people realise.

The ingestion of gluten in a person with Celiac Disease, causes an auto-immune reaction, resulting in damage to the villi, in the small bowel. The villi, the small finger-like projections in the small intestine are were the absorption of nutrients occur and when this area is damaged, vital nutrients are mal-absorbed. This includes, iron, calcium, folate, important vitamins, and minerals and all nutrients that sustain an individual. Once on a gluten free diet, the gut will begin to heal and all of these nutrients will begin to be absorbed and the patient’s health improves drastically,

People may have Celiac Disease without having any of the so called classic Gastro Intestinal complaints. Celiac Disease often can be asymptomatic except for iron deficiency. Even if you have no GI symptoms, it is important to be checked for Celiac Disease, with a gastroscopy and biopsy of the small intestine and blood tests that test for anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTGA) and anti-endomysium antibodies (EMA).

So if you are Iron deficient and unwell and not responding to iron treatment, get tested for Celiac Disease. It is one of the most overlooked causes for Iron deficiency anemia and yet one of the most common.…

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Pernicious Anemia and B12 Deficiency – Should You Take Vitamin B12 to Prevent It?

Pernicious Anemia and B12 Deficiency – Should You Take Vitamin B12 to Prevent It?

Pernicious anemia is a condition that results when the body cannot absorb enough vitamin B12. In this particular condition, cells that line the stomach have lost the ability to produce enough of a substance called Intrinsic Factor. Why is this important? Because Intrinsic Factor must first combine with B12 to form a B12-Intrinsic Factor complex so that the digestive system can absorb it.

We know that vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, plays an important role in several processes: it helps make red blood cells, supports nerve cell function, and even helps build DNA. When the body’s immune system malfunctions and begins attacking the cells in the stomach that make intrinsic factor, the decrease in intrinsic factor production greatly affects B12 absorption, for the worse.

Pernicious anemia is also known in medical circles as megaloblastic anemia. The term megaloblastic describes the large, immature red blood cells that are seen in people with this condition, which is more common in persons of northern European descent. Often the terms pernicious anemia and B12 deficiency are used interchangeably, but it is important to note that pernicious anemia refers only to the B12 deficiency that happens when there is an absence of intrinsic factor.

What are the symptoms of pernicious anemia?

Weakness Fatigue Numbness

tingling of hands and feet

Difficulty walking

Decreased appetite

Weight loss

Nausea

Tender, smooth tongue

Diarrhea

Irritability

Increased heart rate

Why is it important to supplement B12?

Even though the red blood cell abnormalities can be improved to normal by supplementing vitamin B12, if too much time passes before the pernicious anemia is detected, the neuropathy (nerve damage) that causes numbness and tingling can become permanent. Usually pernicious anemia is found through a routine check up and a blood test (CBC, or cell blood count) at the doctor’s office. Persons most at risk of developing it are the elderly; strict vegetarians who don’t supplement B12; and pregnant women.

An important note is that breastfed babies of vegetarian moms can easily develop vitamin B12 deficiency by age 4 to 6 months because their liver reserves–which are normally plentiful–are limited and can be depleted quickly due to their rapid growth rate, (which results in a high demand for B12). One last thing to remember is that folate supplementation should not be taken alone instead of vitamin B12 because folate may indeed alleviate the anemia but allow the neurologic (nerve) deficits to progress or even accelerate. For this reason, both B12 and folate should be supplemented together.…

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Treating Fibroids – Foods – What Not to Eat

Treating Fibroids – Foods – What Not to Eat

Little do we know that the main reasons for our fibroids growing bigger is the foods we eat and the excess of estrogen which finds its way into our internal body. Research has shown that women from the Afro Caribbean and Asian cultures suffers with larger fibroids than women of Caucasian culture. Looking at the different diets of those races, I have found that the core reasons why there is such a difference in the amount of women in the African Caribbean and Asian cultures is that we eat a lot of animal food – far more than that found in the Caucasian culture. Why is this?

For the African and Asian cultures, their diets usually consist of white rice, potatoes and animal meats i.e. chicken, red meat and fish. Mostly chicken – and chicken which is not organic, is injected with antibodies/pesticides in order that they can grow bigger in order that they can sell quicker and this contributes to toxins poisons being embedded in the internal body thus causing the fibroids to feed on same and fibroids grow bigger.

One of the main benefits of looking at what we eat is that we can learn so much about our bodies and the foods we eat which we do not realize is damaging us internally. Chicken I can assure you is one of the main reasons for our illnesses. Less chicken is better for us as much as we may find it delicious to eat – but seriously, the consequences that eating too much chicken causes is not worth thinking about so by cutting down the amount of chicken that you eat will assist in keeping your fibroids from growing larger. Also the more organic foods you consume, the better it is for us all as the pesticides is the cause of a lot of ills and we need to find an alternative way of dealing with keeping the toxins out of our system. If chicken is a must in your diet, as expensive as it is, eat organic chicken instead of mainstream chicken.

So going organic is one of the alternatives to assisting your internal body system and cutting down on toxins in your body. As well as chicken, you have to be aware of the amount of white products you eat too. White products are white bread, potatoes, pasta, also dairy products, i.e. cheese, milk – and to counterbalance those products, it is vital that you eat brown bread, brown rice, brown pasta, soya products instead of the dairy and also watch your sugar intake. You must be thinking that’s a lot that you have to change in order to be able to keep your fibroids at bay. I thought the same thing when I started.

Don’t get me wrong, it is difficult at first to stop eating certain foods, I experienced it and I know. I love my food and didn’t think that I would have been able to live without red meat, chicken, bread potatoes, milk, sugar and so many other products that I have been able to do without. Its knowing what damage has been caused and will continue to affect us internally unless we change our eating habits and once I was on the road to improving my body system, I realized that I would not go back to eating how I used to.…

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Dogs – Garlic Kills and Other Myths

Dogs – Garlic Kills and Other Myths

As loving pet owners, we all know that there are certain foods that we should never give our dogs.  The list is quite long, actually.  It includes garlic, salt, baby food, and many more common, everyday ingredients.  However, rarely do we hear why.

Why shouldn’t I let my dog have garlic?

Well, garlic contains the ingredient thiosulphate.  When a dog ingests a toxic amount of this ingredient, it is very possible for them to develop, what is referred to as, Hemolytic Anemia.  The symptoms include labored breathing, vomiting, discolored urine, diarrhea and liver damage.

Scary, isn’t it?

What they don’t tell you is that it takes a large amount of thiosulphate to cause this kind of damage.  As a matter of fact, garlic used for seasoning purposes will not have any effect on your pooch.  And as an added benefit, treats made with garlic have been known to repel fleas!

Salt- How much is too much?

Just like people, dogs can certainly have too much salt in their diets.  Salt taken in huge quantities can cause electrolyte imbalances.  However, just like garlic, salt used for the purpose of seasoning won’t really affect your pooch.

Baby food- If it’s good enough for my baby, why can’t I feed it to my dog?

With the exception of the fruit flavored varieties, most jars of baby food contain onion and/or garlic powder.  Now onion powder does carry a risk that garlic powder doesn’t.  Some dogs are affected by the thiosulphate it contains.  Yes, garlic powder has the same ingredient, but in a much smaller quantity.  

Feeding your dog baby food and only baby food will likely cause a nutritional deficiency, as well.  However, feeding your dog baby food as part of a dog food recipe will not have any consequences beyond the begging for more!

I hope after reading this you will realize that not all toxic foods are created equal.  As much as I love to make my favorite pup garlic biscuits for flea control, you will never catch me giving him chicken bones or chocolate.  When feeding your pet treats, it’s all about moderation anyway.  After all, they call them ‘treats’ for a reason!…

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Herbal Medicine Remedies for Anemia

Herbal Medicine Remedies for Anemia

What are the types and causes of anemia?

Anemia happens whens the body loses too much blood (such as with heavy periods, certain diseases, and trauma); or the body has problems making red blood cells; or red blood cells break down or die faster than the body can replace them with new ones; or more than one of these problems happen at the same time.

There are many types of anemia, all with different causes:

Iron deficiency anemia (IDA).

IDA is the most common type of anemia. IDA happens when you don’t have enough iron in your body. You need iron to make hemoglobin. People with this type of anemia are sometimes said to have “iron-poor blood” or “tired blood.”

A person can have a low iron level because of blood loss. In women, iron and red blood cells are lost when bleeding occurs from very heavy and long periods, as well as from childbirth. Women also can lose iron and red blood cells from uterine fibroids, which can bleed slowly. Other ways iron and red blood cells can be lost include:

ulcers, colon polyps, or colon cancer

regular use of aspirin and other drugs for pain

infections

severe injury

surgery

Foods that are fortified have important vitamins and minerals added, such as cereal with added folic acid. Eating foods low in iron also can cause IDA. Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, or iron-fortified foods are the best sources of iron found in food. Pregnancy can cause IDA if a woman doesn’t consume enough iron for both her and her unborn baby.

Some people have enough iron in their blood, but have problems absorbing it because of diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease, or drugs they are taking.

Vitamin deficiency anemia (or megaloblastic [MEG-uh-loh-BLASS-tik] anemia). Low levels of vitamin B12 or folate are the most common causes of this type of anemia.

Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia

HERBAL MEDICINE REMEDIES

Herbal Medicine Remedies for anemia are (or pernicious [pur-NISH-us] anemia). This type of anemia happens due to a lack of vitamin B12 in the body. Your body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells and to keep your nervous system.…

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The Annual Test All Women Need – Preventing Iron-Deficiency Anemia with the Ferritin Test

The Annual Test All Women Need – Preventing Iron-Deficiency Anemia with the Ferritin Test

Anemia is a well-known disease. It affects more women than men, and, with current dietary trends women are at risk more than ever for developing iron-deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency anemia begins when the stores of iron in the bone marrow, liver, and spleen become depleted. As the stores get low, the TIBC (total iron binding count) becomes elevated and anemia results.

Anemia develops slowly. Because of the gradual nature, it can be hard to recognize that something is wrong. Women are often told their tiredness and mental fog is due to being a mom with young children, or when they complain of heart palpitations or chest pressure they might be told it is caused by stress. Dizziness might be attributed to dehydration or low blood sugar, and shortness of breath might not be considered in concert with the other symptoms. Often, the only test run is the CBC, which among other things measures the hematocrit and hemoglobin. With iron deficiency anemia, however, the hematocrit and hemoglobin are the last to be affected. By the time these numbers are dropping, the body has been under a great deal of stress for some time.

Not having enough blood affects every organ in the body. If it goes untreated, it can lead to organ failure, including a heart attack and/or stroke. It is not a disease to be ignored and yet it is under-diagnosed and misunderstood by many medical professionals.

There are other causes of anemia, such as rapid blood loss, genetic factors, or more serious diseases like cancer, of which the treatments can cause anemia. But, iron deficiency anemia is a disease on the rise and it deserves more attention.

In traditional societies, iron rich foods have been an important part of childbearing women’s diets. Mussels, oysters, legumes and red meat, especially liver, are good sources of iron. Current diet trends toward more grains and less red meat have left women more susceptible to developing iron deficiency anemia. Red meat, in particular has perfect amounts of zinc, B12, and iron. Even just small amounts of red meat on a regular basis can protect against anemia.

But, the most important step toward preventing iron-deficiency anemia can be a simple blood test. Testing serum ferritin levels on a regular basis can give women and their health care providers the chance to head off anemia before it begins. Ferritin is the level of iron stores in the bone marrow, spleen or liver. Current laboratory reference ranges tend to be too low and many doctors do not realize that levels below 50 ng/mL can be the beginning of a trend toward iron deficiency. Levels between 70 and 100 are healthy numbers for childbearing women. With lower levels, taking an iron supplement on a daily basis, eating well, and testing the blood levels on a 3-6 month basis can be all a woman needs to ensure against anemia.

An excellent resource on iron-deficiency anemia is the National Anemia Action Council.…

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Natural Treatment of Dogs Anemia With Homeopathy

Natural Treatment of Dogs Anemia With Homeopathy

The natural treatment of dogs anemia can work very well when using homeopathy. Homeopathy works by raising the level of the immune system, which is obviously very low in a dog with anemia.

The homeopathic medicine Natrum muriaticum (Nat mur) is made from rock salt. And it is the excessive intake of salt that can be the cause of many maladies, such as anemia. Excess salt puts all the other nutrients out of balance.

Most commercial dog food has too much salt in, so if you are feeding your dog a commercial brand of dog food, this is most likely the cause of the anemia. So by continuing to feed commercial dog food may make this a recurring theme in your dog’s health.

By giving the source of the problem (in this case, the salt) back in a homeopathic (or energetic) form, you are undoing the harm done in the first place.

To select a homeopathic medicine which will have the desired result of raising the immune system, you need to match your dog’s symptoms with some of those of the medicine.

The symptoms of Nat mur include:

chronic anemia

a high thirst

ascites, dropsy or oedema

dry mucous membranes, such as the nose

thin, watery nasal discharge

obstructed nose, so mouth breathes

oral herpes – vesicles (blisters), aphthous ulcers, etc

nephritis, or kidney inflammation with involuntary urination

weak limbs, tender back

loss of hair, with itching

You don’t need to have all the symptoms, but certainly at least three. Nat mur is also a great medicine in the treatment of depression that developed from unresolved grief. Unresolved emotions can play havoc on yours dog’s health just as much as it can on yours. By resolving the grief, the others symptoms disappear, too.…