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Anaemia

Khalid Noor Aldeen is a Naturopath and has a 'Master of Herbal Medicine (USA)', 'Adv. Dip. of Nutrition', an 'Adv. Dip. of Naturopathy' and an 'Adv. Dip. of Western Herbal Medicine', is a current member of 'Complimentary Medicine Association (CMA) Australia' and 'American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) USA' and has many years of experience treating Anaemia.

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Anemia

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Haemoglobin

Anemia is a medical condition in which the red blood cell count or hemoglobin is less than normal levels. For men, anemia is typically defined as hemoglobin level of less than 13.5 gram/100 ml and in women as hemoglobin levels of less than 12.0 gram/100 ml. Red blood cells are made in the bone marrow and typically live for 120 days. Any process that can disrupt the normal life span of a red blood cell may cause anemia. Anemia is caused essentially through two basic pathways.

  1. a decrease in production of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or
  2. an increase in loss or destruction of red blood cells.

Iron Deficiency Anemia:

Iron deficiency is a very common cause of anemia. This is because iron is major component of hemoglobin and essential for its proper function. Iron deficiency is caused by excessive blood loss. Women are likely to have low grade iron deficiency anemia because of the loss of blood each month through normal and heavy menstruation. Another common reason for iron deficiency anemia can be due to recurring or small ongoing bleeding, for instance from colon cancer or from stomach ulcers.

Acute blood loss from internal bleeding or external bleeding can produce anemia in an amazingly short span of time. This type of anemia could result in severe symptoms and consequences if not addressed promptly.

Symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Pale skin
  • Increased sexual desire with lowered physical desire

Pernicious Anemia:

Anemia

Anemia

Pernicious anemia is caused by an inability to absorb vitamin B-12 from the gastrointestinal tract. The body is able to store vitamin B-12 for a long time, so inadequate dietary intake must persist for years before a true deficiency of vitamin B-12 is reached. Because of this, the symptoms of pernicious anemia usually do not appear for years.

Pernicious anemia is a form of megaloblastic anemia. Megaloblastic anemia refers to an abnormally large type of red blood cell (megaloblast). Megaloblasts are produced in the bone marrow when vitamin B-12 or folic acid levels are low. Other disease of the bone marrow can also cause megaloblastic anemia. Pernicious anemia is considered to be an autoimmune disease, in which the bodies own immune system mistakenly damages its own tissues.

Pernicious anemia is sometimes associated with other autoimmune diseases such as Graves' disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Vitiligo

Vitamin B-12 deficiency affects the nervous system, leading to a variety of symptoms:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Clumsiness
  • Impaired Memory
  • Personality Changes

Both sides of the body are usually affected, and the legs are typically more affected than the arms. A severe deficiency can result in more serious neurological symptoms, including:

  • Severe Weakness
  • Spasticity
  • Paraplegia
  • Feacal and Urinary Incontinence

Treatment for Iron Deficiency Anemia and Pernicious Anemia

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Anemia Treatment

Our tonic is specifically designed to increase iron levels and help with absorption, It supports the liver which is put under a lot of stress during illness and times of stress. Good for people with Anemia that find it very hard to make the dietary changes I have written below. My tonic for Anemia is packed full of iron from vegetable sources, with enough Vitamin C to help with absorption, it also includes Vitamin E and Folic Acid. Another tonic for anemia I make also contains Vitamin B12 because it is for people suffering from Pernicious Anemia.

Consumption of food rich in iron is essential in preventing Iron Deficiency Anemia. Take a vitamin C supplement or a glass of orange juice with any of the iron rich foods, because Vitamin C helps your body absorb the iron. Drink at least 2.5 litres of water a day to prevent constipation which can be cause by consuming a lot of iron.

Sources of iron:

  • Green leafy vegetables such as Spinach & Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Wild Blackberries
  • Black Cherries
  • Dried Apricots
  • Prunes
  • Raisins and other Dried Fruits
  • Egg Yolk
  • Whole Wheat
  • Goat's Brown Cheese
  • Nettle Tea
  • Leeks
  • White Onions
  • Rice Bran
  • Whole Rye Meal
  • Beef
  • Seaweed
  • Yams

At least 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit need to be consumed every day.

Chlorophyll is valuable for people suffering from anemia. Iron levels are increased just by increasing your intake of chlorophyll.

Certain foods have been found to interfere with iron adsorption and should be avoided:

  • Processed Coffee
  • Commercial Chocolate
  • Soft Drinks
  • Hard Alcohol
  • Synthetic Ice Cream and Candies

Sources of Folic Acid:

  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Wheat Germ
  • Soy Foods
  • Bee Pollen
  • Grasses
  • Wheat Bran
  • Walnuts
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Legumes
  • Beets
Foods High In Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12

Foods High in Vitamin B12 for people suffering from Pernicious anemia:

  • Shellfish (Cooked Clams)
  • Fish (Mackerel)
  • Crustaceans (Crab)
  • Fortified Soy Products (Silken Tofu)
  • Full Fat Dairy (Milk, yoghurt)
  • Cheese (Swiss)
  • Eggs (fertilised Chicken's)
  • Bee pollen
  • Soy foods
  • Kelp
  • Wheat Bran
  • Barley Grass
  • Rice Bran

Vitamin E is known to help the red blood cells to live longer and keep them from breaking down too soon.

Foods containing vitamin E:

  • Tofu
  • Spinach
  • Nuts (Almonds)
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Avocado
  • Shrimp
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Broccoli
  • Olive Oil
  • Squash & Pumpkin


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