Over the past decades, many independent clinical investigations have consistently observed that patients with iron overload (i.e. hemochromatosis) are at extremely high risk of developing cancers. Many scientists believe that iron causes cancers as a result of the following mechanisms:

1/ Iron itself is a catalyst that enhances production of free radicals. These free radicals in turn cause iron-dependent oxidative damage on DNA strand and oncogene activation. The iron-induced pro-oxidant effect also threatens depletion of glutathione, which is the master antioxidant for the body's autoimmune system.

2/ Iron is a nutrient for some disease-causing pathogens and cancer cells. For this reason, it promotes growth of some disease-causing pathogens as well as cancer cell proliferation.

The disease of iron overload is all too common and is usually under diagnosed. However, it is not impossible to identify this disease by looking at the signs and symptoms. Signs and symptoms suggestive of iron overload include: hair loss, joint pain, thyroid problems, bronzing of the skin (i.e. "bronze diabetes"), chronic fatigue, lack of energy, diabetes, menstrual irregularities, heart problems, impotence, abdominal pain, liver disease, and liver or pancreatic cancer.

Undoubtedly, iron-deficiency is a health problem that should not be ignored. However, given the risk factors so far observed by many scientists, there are good reasons to minimize the risks of iron overload in the body. What follows suggests a preventive measure to avoid disease of iron overload.

Things You Will Need

1) Hydrogen Peroxide;
2) Willingness to accept science

Step 1

Give up consumption of meat, dairy products, alcohol and cigarettes.

We absorb iron mainly from the food we eat, with the greatest amount of dietary iron coming from meat products. Meat contains heme iron, which is also the best-absorbed form of iron. Unlike non-heme iron, which is present mainly in plant based food, heme iron from meat products can directly contribute to build-up of iron in the heart, the pancreas, and the liver, where it can cause life-threatening diseases, including liver cancer, cirrhosis, diabetes, and heart failure.

Alcohol, dairy products and cigarettes contain liver-toxic substances which elevate the serum concentration of gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase. Too much gamma glutamyl transpeptidase is bad for the liver, the organ most severely affected by iron overload. Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase is also a generator of free radicals that threaten depletion of glutathione.

Step 2

Consider a therapy involving ingestion of IP6.

IP6 (Inositol Hexaphosphate) is not a synthetic drug with a lot side effects. Instead, it is a natural occurring polyphosphorylated carbohydrate found in the barns of cereal grains, beans, brown rice, corn, sesame seeds, wheat bran, and other high fiber plant-based food. IP6 is abundantly present in almost all plant and mammalian cells.

IP6 is perhaps better than other known chelators of iron in the sense that IP6 can selectively chelate iron from cancer cells without harming the red blood cells. One study reports that IP6 can desirably alter the expression of proteins produced by the p21 and p53 genes that control cancer growth.

At the time of this writing, the molecular mechanisms underlying IP6's anticancer action are not fully understood and have not been fully elucidated in humans. However, there is growing evidence in clinical trials which supports the use of IP6 in strategies for cancer prevention and treatment. In one study, for example, IP6 together with inositol was proven effective in controlling cancer metastases, enhancing the anticancer effect of conventional chemotherapy, and improving the quality of life of the postoperative cancer patients.

The cancer inhibiting effect of IP6 is dose- and time-dependent. In most vivo published studies, IP6 is usually administered in large amounts. One study observed that IP6 can be administered up to 12 grams per day for an extended period without any side effects.

Step 3

Avoid supplements, chemicals or drugs containing iron.

Step 4

Make sure the drinking water is free of iron particles.

One way to test if the water contains dissolved iron is to add 10 ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide into 90 ml of your drinking water. Let the mixture sit for approximately six hours. If the mixture turns orange with a lot of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass, your drinking water may have been contaminated with iron.

Step 5

Consider blood donation. Blood donation is not only a non-monetary way to help those in need, but also an opportunity to off-load the surplus iron from the body.

Step 6

As always, talk to a qualified health care provider for the best option specific to your health condition.

Iron is carcinogenic. Iron-deficiency should not be ignored, but, given the risk factors so far observed by scientists, there are many good reasons to avoid the risks of iron overload in the body. This article suggests a method for avoiding disease of iron overload. The method involves the following steps: 1) Give up consumption of meat, dairy products, alcohol and cigarettes; 2) Consider a therapy involving ingestion of IP6; 3) Avoid iron-containing supplements or drugs; 4) Make sure the drinking water is free of iron particles; 5) Consider blood donation; 6) Discuss with doctors for the best option.

Tips & Warnings

The information in this article is intended for research and informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.