*R E W A R D*
Have you ever seen the following? :
a silly question = ‘get a silly answer….. )
It sounds rather like
the foot and mouth disease, which was a great surprise to a large number of us; we
are all human – we cannot know everything!
Many of us may not ever or will ever see any
foot and mouth disease situations.
IF this was
of more knowledge to the general public they may think :
The money that could have been saved?
The deaths of so many.
The despair to numerous of people in many
Now what would you do if you became aware of such a thing as an
invisible illness or invisible disease……. in
H U M A N S ?
That of course would
Men …… .
Women … … . .
Aunties, Uncles, Children, Cousins, any BLOOD relations?
“well; WHY didn’t you say that before?.”
( Have you ever heard, or even said that? )
There is an invisible illness / invisible
“disease” that exists in HUMANS … but so very little is said
OR known about it to the public!
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARE NOT EVEN AWARE !!
L YOU could
have it …..does your
Pronounced: HAE – MO – CHRO –
MAT – OSIS )
Spelt: Hemochromatosis in a % of other countries )
This is a DISEASE – and
often a GENETIC disease.
It comes from having TOO MUCH
IRON ... in our body
‘Normal’ blood test requested by your GP does NOT give the readings out of your iron - IRON overload.
The simple symptoms are too
obvious... to think that it could have ‘any connection
with such a thing as my’ IRON level!
How you can feel =
just some symptoms:
· You feel over tired, weak, lethargic, - “no energy today
be the weather, last nights food etc feeling )
Mood changes, feeling depressed,
loosing your memory
is not unusual in people today… you think. )
Pains in your abdomen or stomach (
bowels or tummy)
something you did not digest… ‘not the first time.)
Pains in your joints / fingers
– particularly the first two.
only the heavy item I handled the
other day )
Loss of interest in sex.
( Well that happens to all when you get older,
‘not just me )
· Arthritis? General pain & discomfort in ankles, knees.
( First / slight sings of ageing? Better named.
· Diabetes – Type TWO
thought there was only one type. I would
know about that )
· Bronze colour skin all over. Permanent tan.
That’s why many said: “ You do look well! - Been
· Heart muscle disease – Cardiomyopathy and Lungs
at times of being out of breath… I thought that’s OK.)
iron builds up ...the
patient goes down !
Coping their best through the day; as if an iron ball and chain had been attached to them. Slowing their everyday physical & mental approach to many things in general. Some people get more withdrawn / not wishing to socialise as they normally would do.
Everything is an effort. ~-~~
Life becomes a
r a g.
Very often we are
going the wrong way with things. Due to feeling anemic, tired, rundown we may
start by taking extra vitamins to ‘pick us up’ and give us more energy.
Little do we
know….. We could not do worse in
* EURO law including Britain threatens a ban on vitamin supplements... *
Vit. C is certainly not recommended. As for taking more IRON, it is like putting fuel on a fire…. to put the fire out!
Doctors around the U.K. ( plus other
parts of the world ) are finding more
and more people who are being
diagnosed …. as being carriers or suffering from the
This is why this message you read now
– at this very time - concerns yourself to make you Aware of the disease; and you possibly asking your own doctor if you
need a blood test ?
Science is moving on at such a pace
nowadays many doctors cannot keep up with all that is going on.
We do have one thing in common…you and doctors of any level are also
them 2 help U
If you suffer from the disease
through inheritance, itself
it is proof that BOTH your
mother & farther must have been “carries” of the disease.
Also there is a strong chance that if you have any brothers or sisters;
they also may be a “carrier” of the disease.
Let me explain:
Children born with parents who both
carry the disease ends up with :
Chance of NOT carrying the disease on. *
Chance of carrying the disease - laying dormant
Chance of suffering from Haemochromatosis itself.
* Like all medical situations problems could
arise from this.
one one of your parents suffered from the disease itself, and the other
parent a carrier, this increases the rate of their children being born with the genetic
disease and suffering from Haemochromatosis .
The * REWARD * you personally would
receive is by saving your own
life!! Saving a lot of ’wasted’ trauma, time and expense if only you were Aware of the situation before hand… and
had it attended to.
An organization in
the UK is:
The Haemochromatosis Society
Tel / Fax: 020-8449-1363 ( Dial code from abroad: + 44 (0) 20-8449-1363 ) See below for more details.
( HAS you got it ? )
Haemochromatosis Awareness Society
Please - pass this website address onto as many as you can....
a computer bug . . but could be a users killer!
It will, in time,
affect ALL - those who are employees as well as employers themselves.
Staff will require time
off from work for therapeutic venesection treatment. (Blood withdrawal)
Insurance companies are
reluctant to accept those with this disease for life insurance as
well as mortgage insurance.
It is a question many will start to ask . . . will you know what to say?
It is a question many will start to ask . . . will you know what to say?
A bill for the insurance matters is
already in review in our UK law.
Interior & Facility Contacts Ltd ( www.Interior-facility.com
) for the financial savings
brought about for use of equipment etc to issue details
for the public to which “ HAS
made things more
easy ”……. to
Jasper. Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 2DE, UK
HE – MOE – CROW – MOE – TOE - SIS )
Hemochromatosis in some other countries)
Haemochromatosis is a disease caused by excess iron in the body. Iron is needed in the
diet to maintain good health, particularly for making red blood cells that carry
oxygen around the body. These red blood cells contain large amounts of iron.
Lack of iron can cause anaemia but
excessive iron is toxic. The body has few ways
of disposing of unwanted iron, so it builds up in tissues causing damage and
Iron overload may be caused by
increased absorption of iron from the intestine even when the body does not
require it. This is called primary iron overload. This is usually caused by an
inherited abnormality known as Hereditary Haemochromatosis.
Are there any other causes?
This article provides details on
Haemochromatosis but excess body iron may also be
caused by large numbers of abnormal red blood cells being destroyed and
releasing their iron. This is known as secondary iron overload and it may also
be inherited. Causes of this condition include blood disorders such as thalassaemia
major and haemolytic anemia.
consumption and drugs can form this disease.
or how we get Haemochromatosis?
Primary Haemochromatosis is an inherited disease. It is thought to be mainly caused by a mutation of a gene called HFE, which probably allows excess iron to be absorbed from the diet. This mutation is known as C282Y and to develop Haemochromatosis you usually need two genes (one from each parent) to be C282Y. However, not everyone with the mutation may develop the disease and it may occur if only one C282Y gene is present. Confusingly another mutation labeled H63D elsewhere on the HFE gene may occur alone or with C282Y and also influence iron levels.
is at risk?
Haemochromatosis is commoner in
Caucasian or white populations, with about 1 in 200 to 1 in 300 affected. About
half that number are affected in black populations. It has been assessed that
this disease possibly originated from Wales / UK
Men were thought to more likely to have Hereditary Haemochromatosis and suffer from it at an earlier age, as women regularly lose iron in menstruation or use stores in pregnancy. However over the passage of time more women are being diagnosed. The age rate of being diagnosed as having the disease was in the region of late 40-50 years but now dropping with more research. We are down to 18-20 year of age being diagnosed, although they were BORN with it. This could continue; more research has more to revile.
does the disease develop?
The onset of Hereditary Haemochromatosis usually occurs between 30 and 60 as the build up of iron takes years. However a rapid form of the disease does affect children. If left untreated excess iron builds up in the organs especially the liver, heart and pancreas. This may cause heart or liver failure, which can be fatal.
What are the symptoms of Haemochromatosis?
More and more people are being
diagnosed with Hereditary Haemochromatosis without showing any symptoms.
Symptoms can be difficult to spot, as they are often mild initially, with many
potential causes. Fatigue and lethargy
are common, and joint pain or arthritis
may occur. Sexual problems, particularly impotence
in men or
loss of menstruation in women, may be an important early signs.
As the iron overload increases,
sufferers may experience the following diseases:
The liver is the main sites of
excessive iron build up. The disease causes scarring or liver fibrosis leading
to cirrhosis Symptoms include abdominal
pain, jaundice, swelling of the ankles or
abdomen and enlargement of the liver or spleen. In severe cases bleeding from
the gut or coma can occur.
Excess iron deposits may lead to
one of two heart conditions. These are heart
failure ( indicated by tiredness, lack of energy, shortness of breath and
ankle swelling ) and abnormal heart rhythms. Patients may experience extra
heartbeats known as ectopics or disorders
where the heart goes either too fast (tachycardia)
or too slow (bradycardia).
Sugar diabetes (diabetes
mellitus) may be an early sign of haemochromatosis and develops in up to
half of all patients with advanced disease. Diabetes is due to excess iron in
the pancreas gland damaging the insulin producing cells. This complication
together with the dark skin pigmentation that can occur has led to
Haemochromatosis sometimes being called 'bronze diabetes'.
Other rare symptoms:
problems particularly with pituitary, thyroid
or sex hormones can occur, as can skin and
is Haemochromatosis diagnosed?
A hospital specialist in liver or
heart disease is more likely to spot Haemochromatosis, as most GPs are
unfamiliar with the disease. Blood
tests are carried out first but these are not always reliable. Patients with
symptoms often have a liver biopsy
to assess liver damage and confirm the presence of excess iron.
Screening of relatives of patients
with Hereditary Haemochromatosis is usually strongly recommended.
Limit the amount of iron in your diet.
Eating red or organ meats (such as liver) is not recommended.
Iron supplements should also be avoided, including iron
combined with other multivitamins.
Vitamin C increases iron absorption from the gut and intake
should also be limited.
Avoid excess alcohol as this
may worsen liver disease
· No Smoking
Avoid eating certain raw shellfish
such as oysters. ( The question of having any connections with GABA
– which was discovered in shellfish - is still under world wide review
and therefore unanswered.
· Sugar and salt are best avoided.
· Grapefruit juice can cause serious and dangerous side
effects, including fatalities, when taking
medications. Something in the
fruit causes drug potency to be increased up to 12 fold.
treatment is available?
The main treatment for Haemochromatosis is regular bloodletting known as therapeutic venesection. One unit of blood (approximately 500mls/1.00 pint) is taken at a time in a similar way to blood donation but much more frequently. Initially blood and the iron in the red blood cells may be removed weekly until body iron stores return to normal. This may take up to 2 years to complete on weekly withdrawals. However therapeutic venesection treatment (one unit of blood ) can be made twice a week initially. Treatment weaned and spaced out in the region of 2-4 times a year may well be life-long.
Your prospects largely depend the
stage at which the disease was diagnosed. Symptoms of tiredness and general
weakness often improve, but joint problems may not. Abdominal pain and liver
enlargement can also lessen or disappear, and heart function may also improve
with treatment. However, liver cirrhosis is irreversible and a liver transplant
may be required if severe. Patients with liver disease are also usually
monitored for liver
cancer, which can be a long-term complication.
Latest reports . . .
· Reports from research in Australia in 2001 that there also connections with the bowls. This may come in review with all those who suffer from IBS ( Irritable Bowel Syndrome )
· Connections with certain fields of Epilepsy are under review in the USA.
tests are NOT taken with a ‘normal’ blood tests requested by doctors. This will now be put to the medical
board for review for epileptics to be monitored periodically for their iron
level when blood tests are done.
Last update: May 2002
If you are
concerned about this in any way have a look at website pages of organizations that will give you further information.
Other word wide
website address are of great interest:
The following are just some
Website numbers that are widespread round the world
that may be of interest and further information to assist you.
States / USA