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Could water-fasting be a treatment for Hemochromatosis?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

At the moment, phlebotomy is the only method known to treat Hemochromatosis. However, due to circumstances beyond my control, I cannot donate blood, and the notion of having my blood thrown away with no chance of being used to help someone is repugnant.

I am not sure if water fasting facilitates the elimination of any metals at all from the body; however, if metals are eliminated, then would iron be eliminated?

(Hemochromatosis is the accumulation of iron in bodily tissues potentially causing many complications.)

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on December 13, 2012
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No. I don't have hemochromatosis, but since starting paleo I've given blood several times precisely because that is what it takes to reduce iron levels. People have suggested that this is a good idea since the opportunities for blood letting, either via accident or violence, were more likely in the Paleolithic. So, a person with hemochromatosis would need even more of a intervention.

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I address your answer in an edit. Thank you for your contribution.

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on December 13, 2012
at 03:41 PM

I addressed your question in an edit. Thank you for you contribution.

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