Proferrin Update

On May 20, 2010, in Minerals, by Andrea

Wonder Iron?

Vitalady has Proferrin back in stock!

Back orders get shipped first, of course (HANDS OFF!  I HAVE 2 BOTTLES!) but there are plenty of bottles waiting for YOU! to try this product out.

If you have a back order, call and get a special offer for your inconvenience.

Bifera Guinea Pig

On May 3, 2010, in Minerals, Reviews, Tests, by Andrea

Heme and Poly iron

So I’ve been a Proferrin guinea pig for the community with wonderful results:

12/2/2009
HGB – 12.6  (12.0 – 18.0 g/dl)
HCT – 39.7%  (37.0 – 51.0%)
Ferritin – 11.1  (11-137 ng/ml)
Iron – 41  (37 – 170 ug/dl)
TIBC – 310  (265 – 497 ug/dl)
Iron Saturation – 13%  (20-55%)

1/4/2010

HGB – 13.13  (12.0 – 15.0 g/dl)
HCT – 38.21%  (35.0 – 49.0%)
Ferritin – 16.3  (6 – 81 ng/ml premenopausal *which seems odd cause post is 14-186….?*)
Iron – 45  (28 – 182 ug/ml)
UIBC – 326  (130 – 375 ug/dl)
TIBC – 371  (180 – 545 ug/dl)
Iron Sat – Not measured

3/8/2010

TIBC – 344  ( 250-450)
UIBC – 255 (150-375)
Serum Iron – 89  (35-155)
Iron Sat – 23%  (15-55%)
Ferritin – 23  (10-291 — with a notation that they are changing to 13-150 for Females)

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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.

Bifera on sale

On April 27, 2010, in Minerals, by Andrea

Bifera is on sale at Walgreens this week!  Buy one, get one free!

Plus?  There’s still a coupon on their website for $2 off.  That would mean that you could get 2 boxes of Bifera for $18 if your store is picky with coupons, or 2 boxes for $16 if they are not (some are and some aren’t — your mileage will vary).  That’s quite the discount either way.

This is a great alternative to ferrous forms of iron.. and for those STILL waiting for Proferrin, at least you have something to use until then.  2 Bifera have the same amount of heme as one Proferrin.  You still have to follow the iron rules due to the Poly, but it’s still got the great heme in it!

I’ve had great success with heme iron — I have my most recent iron results here.  If you don’t know about my experiment, you can read about that here.

Thanks go to Penney for the heads-up!

Updates.

On March 18, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

This is a two-fer as my folks would say.  So sit down, relax, and if you’re me, don’t think about the gabazillion things that have to happen between now and tomorrow when I hit the road.

Saw my GI today.  I still <3 him even though they didn’t call me with the results of my CT when they got them.  That got me a bit peeved.

So the CT was clear — in terms of gut things.  Another thing lit up like a fricken Christmas tree, though — a nice 4cm ovarian cyst.  So a call to my GYN is in order.  Yay me.  Cause, really?  Seriously? And since he pushed on me to ask me if it hurt (and no, it didn’t before), it now does.  Thanx, doc.

So we’re thinking an ulcer in the remnant.  He changed up my PPI to something stronger and added another med for a month.  After a month, if the pain is still there, then we will look at playing with a fun, new toy — a double-balloon enteroscopy.

Basically, this sucker allows the doctor to be able to push up into the remnant stomach and see what is going on.  Which is, admittedly, pretty cool.  And you damned well know that if I have this done, I will DEMAND PHOTOS, VIDEOS, ETC.  Cause.. cool.  Well, not pain-cool.  But the g33k in me is looking at the advances since my RNY and saying — cool.

So there’s that.

Also, as you may be aware, I’ve been doing a little experiment with Heme iron.  Just to catch you up:

12/2/2009
HGB – 12.6  (12.0 – 18.0 g/dl)
HCT – 39.7%  (37.0 – 51.0%)
Ferritin – 11.1  (11-137 ng/ml)
Iron – 41  (37 – 170 ug/dl)
TIBC – 310  (265 – 497 ug/dl)
Iron Saturation – 13%  (20-55%)

1/4/2010

HGB – 13.13  (12.0 – 15.0 g/dl)
HCT – 38.21%  (35.0 – 49.0%)
Ferritin – 16.3  (6 – 81 ng/ml premenopausal *which seems odd cause post is 14-186….?*)
Iron – 45  (28 – 182 ug/ml)
UIBC – 326  (130 – 375 ug/dl)
TIBC – 371  (180 – 545 ug/dl)
Iron Sat – Not measured

Got new labs:

3/8/2010

TIBC – 344  ( 250-450)
UIBC – 255 (150-375)
Serum Iron – 89  (35-155)
Iron Sat – 23%  (15-55%)
Ferritin – 23  (10-291 — with a notation that they are changing to 13-150 for Females)

So I’m thinking the Heme iron is working.  I’m going to keep at it for the long-haul because 23 still isn’t a GREAT ferritin, but it sure as hell beats the numbers I had before.  And this is in 3 months.  That’s quite a jump.

My only other update is a reminder that Beth and I will be going to Baltimore for FitBloggin — so while we will be “bloggin” the conference (apparently they are even providing internet service?) I don’t know how much I’ll be AROUND.  So if I’m quiet, I’ve not died or anything.  We promise to take many, many pictures and annoy you with how much fun (we hope) to be having.

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