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Anemia, easy to understand information about the most common types of Anemia, common symptoms, some herbal suggestions.


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I would never have attempted this article had I realized the vast number of different (over 400) kinds of anemia.  I wish I could cover them all.  I just can't.

I will try to cover the most common.  If you have a type not mentioned here, write me and I will try to research it for you.

Although there are diverse types, the symptoms seem pretty consistent: Fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath on even mild exertion, dizziness, angina, pale skin- nail beds -eyelids, tingling in extremities, confusion, memory loss, depression or irregular heartbeat.  

Less common symptoms are cravings for cardboard, starches and ice.

Anemia can be a very serious concern.  Every cell of the body needs a constant supply of oxygen.  The red blood cells (of which iron is the primary material)  hold onto and transports the oxygen.

So a lack of iron can effect the blood count and the body's ability to supply oxygen.

The red blood cells also helps clean out carbon dioxide out of the tissues.

Anemia can be caused by bleeding such as excessive menses, ulcers, hemorrhoids.  Poor diet, excessive milk consumption , Poor digestion (lack of HCL-{Hydrochloric acid}  and/or use of antacids) or excessive alcohol consumption.

Other common cause are when the red blood cells become abnormally large (megaloblastic anemia) which is usually caused by a folic acid (B-9) or a B-12 deficiency. (B-12 is stored in liver)  Because it is primarily found in meats, most vegetarians are deficient of B-12.

*B-12 needs something called the "Intrinsic factor" which is secreted by the stomach (parietal cells) along with pancreatic enzyme tripson to be absorbed.

Also, I feel noteworthy is that the body rejects iron absorption when there is a zinc deficiency.

The average red blood cell survives only an average of 120 days (which is then removed primarily by the spleen).  Hemolytic anemia is a condition when the blood cells are destroyed prematurely (often involved is the immune system).

Herbs which have been used historically for anemia include: * Dandelion, Elderberry, Nettle, Cleavers, St. John's wort, Queen Ann's lace and Yellowdock.  I personally like the herbal combination called I-X.

If your hemoglobin is under 12  (Normal ranges are usually 12 to 16 for women and men 14 to 18.  The hemocrit should be above 45).  I would address it, because your cells are not going to get an ample supply of oxygen and cleanse of carbon dioxide which they desperately need.

If  you are certain that you are anemic it is important that you determine the underlying cause.  Because adding, for example, Iron to someone who has pernicious anemia (due to a lack of Vitamin B-12) will not improve the condition.

My daughter suffered from anemia terribly when she was a toddler. After many test and pills and needles and diet changes, an old fashion doctor named Dr. Burkey from Altoona, took one look at my daughter and determine that her anemia was caused by too much milk. It was milk which was causing her anemia. I cut down on her milk and her anemia reversed and she never had a problem again.

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