Correcting iron overload testimonial
Note that the person below is doing the whole Nutritional Restoration program (hair mineral analysis and blood tests) with me. Let me add that the first symptoms of iron overload that often drive people to seek medical help are 1) fatigue, 2) insomnia, and 3) joint pain. Client’s comments in italics with bold, my original responses in normal text.
“Dr. Smith, I sent in my second hair test this morning. I know that it will take about 2 weeks before you see the results, but I wanted to update you on symptoms and supplements to better assist you with creating an updated treatment plan. If you need me to clarify or elaborate on anything, please let me know.
Symptom updates since beginning treatment plan:
“ - noticed some retracing symptoms for old injuries (left wrist, left anterior knee, etc.). This month, seemingly random, shooting pain started to appear out of nowhere and then disappear within a day or two in areas I have previously pulled/strained muscles.”
"Wandering" joint pains are classic for iron overload detox symptoms.
“ - no noticeable weight gain despite that I am no longer exercising at all, but eating the same amount of calories as or more than I did when I was powerlifting 3-4 days a week. My appetite has increased and sometimes feels insatiable. - over the past month, I have been having random skin breakouts on my face every two weeks or so, which I expected, but about 1.5 weeks ago, I had what seemed like a skin breakout on my scalp? I had never had that happen before, so I thought I would mention it.”
This sounds like detox as well. This happens when the liver and kidneys cannot handle the amount of detox that is coming, so they push it out through the skin (and the toxins aggravate the skin as they sit there). Things you can do to help speed the detox: [redacted]
“ - my first two menstrual cycles after starting the treatment plan were brighter in color and heavier than usual with notable clotting. My last period (at the beginning of April) was different from the first two; it came a day or two later than usual and was short and light.”
These "pendulum swings" of menstrual cycles are quite normal as the body is moving back towards its balance point.
“ - overall energy has increased - this is not quantitative and may be biased, but I feel less aggressive and more calm and patient in general.”
The main organ that iron overload affects is the liver. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the liver is the seat of anger and frustration. As we get the excess iron out of the liver, it is common for a person to have less anger/frustration/irritability. This, along with your joint symptoms, is a very good sign that we properly diagnosed iron overload and that we are properly addressing it!