Glad to see more stuff cropping up about chelation, because as everyone has surely now heard - unnatural deposits of free iron are sitting in the brains of all MSrs.
However, I think it is also very important to think about what iron may still be going into
the brain as well as thinking of ways of getting it out.
Bear in mind that in Parkinson's Disease, it is known that free iron in the substantia nigra region of the brain, contributes to the gradual destruction of dopamine producing cells.
A study last year (one of the largest and longest running -14 years- prospective studies ever carried out in the connection between diet and illness) showed that there was a massive link between iron in diet and the development of Parkinson's Disease. It showed that those people who ate a diet that included foods that were supplemented
with iron were 30% more likely to develop Parkinson's. You can find it here.
Yes, that's right, added iron = 30% increase. The study was so badly worded that it took me some time to decipher these scary findings - and not surprisingly the newspapers have not picked up on it. Eventually I realised that it was free
iron supplementation that was the main culprit, because the same study showed that iron compounds included in vitamin supplements had no increased association with the disease (nor did iron which occurs naturally in food, apart from vegetarian sources of iron in those who consumed low levels of vitamin C).
The main source of these unnaturally "fortified" or "enriched" foods was breakfast cereals
, followed by bread, rice and pasta. The US and UK governments have insisted on unnaturally adding iron to flour and rice for over 50 years now.
A typical bowl of breakfast cereal will (unnaturally) contribute roughly 50% of your daily iron intake.
Apparently, you can often establish whether free
iron is being added to foods like cereal, rice or flour by pouring them into a bowl, then using a large powerful magnet to separate out the iron. I kid you not! Sometimes, far more is added by the machinery than is intended.
I for one will never, ever eat breakfast cereal again, unless it has no added iron, and will be very cautious about eating "enriched" rice, bread, flour, cakes and pasta.
It just shows you what happens when we think we know better than nature. Well meaning governments legislated that iron must be added because so many people were, and still are, deficient in iron.