Dr. Oz on Anemia and Exhaustion

On April 27, 2010, in Minerals, by Andrea

Normally, I have NOTHING for Dr. Oz to do.  Especially since he thinks I’m a drug addict since I’m a chronic pain patient (really, who’s doing my intervention this week?  Sign up sheet’s down the hall..c) but he has a somewhat easy way to explain heme vs. non-heme iron in an animation, plus a very easy way to explain non-iron-deficient anemia (ie just when your hemoglobin is low).  Keep in mind this is not the end-all answer to anemia — but it’s a basic way to help understand some basic iron terminology.

He does make a mistake — most iron supplements do not contain both heme and non-heme iron.  Only one is on the market to my knowledge, and that is Bifera.  Proferrin is the only non-liver-based heme supplement on the market (when it’s not backlogged, that is) that I am aware of currently.  Please note, I found this on his website sponsored BY Bifera.  Imagine that.

Wonder Iron

Did we need a study to prove this?  I mean, really?  (Says the girl fighting back tooth and nail from a ferritin of 7!)

Now, being me, I read the summary first.  And then I read the actual study.  I’ll post the summary first, then the takeaways from the study that I got, and then I’ll post the actual study for those who want to read it.  Cause once I got some key details?  It’s an interesting comparison of information.  Some things that don’t get mentioned..

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On April 22, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Okay.  I’ve had it.

There are very few things that get on my nerves.  I know, it’s hard to believe, but I really am a pretty patient person.

Sometimes something hits me just right, though, and then all bets are off.

We’re here.  And considering the headache I’m fighting, perhaps it would be best if I just went to bed instead.  But I’m here.  So watch out.  Maybe we should call this a rant.  But then I would have to do something Latin-y.  And I am in the #BBGC.

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On April 15, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

I remember last year when I was having gut pain (yes, this is not the first time, only the first time I’ve had a blog..) and I jokingly told the surgeon (who thought adhesional pain) that he was welcome to revise me while he was in there.  Ya know — take a tuck here, nick down the pouch there — anything to kick start my weight loss again.  I think I was somewhere around 215 at the time but my memory is a touch fuzzy.  And of course he didn’t.

So here I sit, and I’m basically back to stage 1, complete with low food tolerances, low food intake, lack of desire to eat, and yes — even an inexplicable stall given the amount of calories I’m taking in versus the amount of calories I’m putting out.  The only thing I’m missing out is the lactose intolerance I had right after surgery, the liquid Lortab, and the yicky stuff leaking out of my very long incision on my stomach (which, btw, was completely normal just yucky).

So this time around, is it any different?

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On April 9, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Okay.  I’ve been patient.  I’ve been good.  I’ve behaved.  Now I’m getting a bit unhinged.  And not in the trainwreck-that-is-delightfully-funny-to-watch variety.

Today was my followup appointment with my GI about all the crap I’ve been going through.  Well.  Actually, it was supposed to be yesterday in Lousiburg, NC.  At 3:30.

Clearly this says Louisburg. Right?

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