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To: FLFLOWERGIRL:

I don't like to eat red meat because the famous Dr. D'Adamo, author of "Eat Right for You Blood Type" says for blood type A, (which I am) it is not good.

I am experiencing massive hair shedding, and have been for the last 7 yrs since the onset of menopause.

My ferriten is low. Tested at 26 in June, and 12 in September. I want to take the best iron supplement. Hence, my question to you.

What would be the best iron supplement to take? I know Vitamin C, B12 and Folic Acid is important for absorption. I tried the liquid iron but it gave me diarreha. Someone on this site mentioned, "Ferragrad C"

I would love to get your input. On a mission to try and find a cure for my hair loss, I must have literally spent close to $20k in looking for an answer and cure. All to no avail.

Finally, after looking at my own test results for the last 7 years, and discovering my ferritin was down to 18 many years ago, I asked that it be retested in June, which was 26. And then I asked it be retested again in September and it was only 12. Doctors are such idiots and we need to be our own advocates.

Any suggestions for a great iron supplement?

I'm also taking estrogen -- Vivelle.dot (patch) and Prometrium (because I still have my uterous. I thought maybe, since my hair loss started at the onset of menopause, the estrogen may help.

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rosebuds--I understand the whole meat thing. Only as a suggestion to you, I would at least try meat 3X weekly 3oz portions, along with ferritin testing to see if you can raise this number. I would get it to at least 50-70 and then try supplements to maintain. So, you could do the famous, "Eat Right For Your Blood Type," after you may possibly fix the ferritin. That title is correct, you really need to eat right for your blood!! You should also do an iron panel to see how much iron you absorb. A low ferritin will throw off many other things in the body one effects the other. I think it's worth a try to rule out diet as a cause. Have you tried this yet? The hair shedding may be from other things, who know? Hormones are a big culprit too, I know. My hair was the worst when my iron was low and ferrin was below 20. I still have light shedding, but I also have Hasimoto's Thyroiditis and take Synthroid. Adjusting doses of Synthroid for me also seems to aggravate the situation. Best of luck to you. FLFLOWERLGIRL:)

Missa21--Do you have heavy periods? There is always a reason and you have to encourage your doctor to find a cause. It's not okay for doctors to treat iron deficiency without a cause, please know this. I take Poly Iron 150 which is created to be GI friendly and works wonders for me and is also high dose iron. It is available through your pharmacy without a script. If you haven't tried it I would definitely give it a try. You really need to bring up your ferritin to normal levels so that iron is not pulled from the organ tissue. Best of luck to you. FLFLOWERGIRL:)





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