The Iron Maiden – Erythropoietin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C

Erythropoietin is a hormone originally manufactured and secreted by the liver in the embryonic stage of humans.  Shortly after birth, the manufacture and secretion of erythropoietin migrates to the kidneys. Erythropoietin is what tells the bone marrow, specifically B12, to convert iron into hemoglobin.   In keeping with the analogy of...

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The Iron Maiden – Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is another important element in the production of a healthy blood supply. When discussing the components of hemoglobin production I often use the analogy of a brick wall. Vitamin B12 (stone mason) converts iron (bricks) into hemoglobin (brick wall)  Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin, and as...

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The Iron Maiden – The Progression of Iron Deficiency

There are three stages of iron deficiency, each with specific symptoms to. The sooner the iron deficiency is diagnosed the easier the treatment. Treatment can be as simple as iron rich diet and oral iron supplements to intravenous iron and blood transfusion. Iron deficiency is simply having a less than...

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The Iron Maiden – The Basics

Hemoglobin is what makes out blood red. I carries the oxygen from our lungs to our cells. Hemoglobin is primarily composed of iron. A normal hemoglobin is 120 g/l. Western medicine has altered normal range for menstruating women to 115g/l to account for monthly blood loss. Blood Conservation protocol does...

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The Iron Maiden – Iron 101

Few conditions in medicine are as common, as easily diagnosed and treated and can improve the quality of life as much as IRON DEFICIENCY.   Iron deficiency is one of the most common post-operative complications in the Bariatric community. It reason for this effect may be a combination of explanations....

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The Iron Maiden – Let’s Get Started

Let’s get this party started! Who Am I and how do I qualify as an “expert” in all things Iron? I am a bachelorette prepared (University of Ottawa ’86) registered nurse. I have spent most of my 33 year career in emergency and trauma nursing (25 years). The remaining years...

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