It's thought the condition could be behind many Scots' heart, liver and diabetes problems – some believe it's also linked to multiple sclerosis and dementia – yet few will ever have been tested for it.
I had a crisis of confidence last night. I thought maybe I had gotten totally crazy, because of the overwhelming desire to have found an answer to being trapped in this body... and I thought, good grief my iron tests were so normal, I cannot possibly have a problem with iron overload, I was making it up... I went to see my doctor yesterday, and he basically said that my iron metabolism is abnormally normal!
And really for me, nothing is out of reference range... but then I started to read again this morning,
http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/ ... 0303140150
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine (Oct. 1988) by Dr. Richard Stevens showed that as iron saturation levels increase, cancer rates go up. Until that time a 65% saturation level was considered to be safe, but this study showed that at a 37% saturation level, the cancer rate started to skyrocket, and doctors began to question the levels they had previously considered safe. In January 1994, in the International Journal of Cancer, Dr. Stevens reported that cancer rates were increasing at levels of only 31%.
My saturation level is 44%, normal is 30%... at 45% they say you probably have genetic hemochromatosis... also on the Scottish hemochromatosis website, they reiterated that ferritin levels can be normal, that what they are concerned about is the saturation levels... so thank God I read more this morning, because I just started to doubt my sanity... telling the world to do phlebotomies for multiple sclerosis seems like a bit of a stretch, but it is exactly what is needed if iron overloading is the problem... which it is!
I am just waiting for the hospital to phone me back, I don't like the time of 1 PM in the afternoon for my phlebotomy! The Dr. has agreed to try one, which will happen next week... he looks like he is doing this under duress LOL, to appease me, his crazy client. We will see who is crazy...