The Unexpected Consequences of Iron Overload, by James Minter
By: Dr. Kristina Lewis, ND
James Minter’s wonderful book, “The Unexpected Consequences of Iron Overload” is a really fun read with the added benefit of being an awareness (and fund!) raiser for the genetic condition of hemochromatosis. His motivation in writing the book was to bring laughter and humor to an otherwise not very funny condition and to help start conversations about the not often discussed condition of hemochromatosis.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s marketed as a “paranormal, romantic, spoof thriller” and at first I wasn’t quite sure how he was going to pull all that off without going too far into the realm of ridiculous, but I was quite impressed at the balance he found. The characters are all just a little bit exaggerated (hence the “spoof” aspect of the book) but what I liked is that this was not taken too far as to become silly. They maintain a human-ness within their over-the-top personalities. This is part of what made this book such a fun read!
The hero is dashing, the villains are evil (and a bit bumbling…also it’s not always clear which ones the actual villains are, which is part of the fun). There are Russian spies and American CIA agents. There are not one, but two beautiful heroines. And of course there’s the mystery of why one man seems to possess magical powers, almost as if he has too much iron in his body…
As an American I appreciated the humor of how the CIA agents were depicted, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I spent a lot of time looking up terms like “Proper English Breakfast,” “Mews,” and “Marmite.” I ended up learning a lot!
Finally, as someone who knows a lot about hemochromatosis, I appreciated all the “inside jokes” and details that were clearly added into the book by Mr. Minter as a wink to those who know about hemochromatosis. Parts of the main characters childhood, diet, and origins all were clues to his story that weren’t obvious if you aren’t familiar with the disease. If you’ve read my husband’s book, Holistic Help for Hemochromatosis, you’ll recognize a lot of nuances to what the characters are eating and lifestyle choices that are related to why the main character’s hemochromatosis may have gotten so out of control!
Mr. Minter is a really good author and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an enjoyable read (plus, you might just learn something, too!).
Learn more on James Minter’s website: http://www.jamesminter.com/hemochromatosis/4590213681
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Dr. Kristina Lewis is a naturopathic physician in practice with her husband, Dr. Eric Lewis, in Asheville, North Carolina. When her husband discovered he had hereditary hemochromatosis, she became very involved in researching, writing, and teaching about this condition both as a health-care practitioner and as a concerned wife. As someone who naturally loves to cook and who finds inventing tasty and healthy recipes a fun challenge, Dr. Kristina decided to take on the challenge of creating a cookbook for hemochromatosis from a holistic perspective. She is the author of Cooking For Hemochromatosis, a comprehensive guidebook to lowering iron in the diet.