I’m honored to hear from so many readers up North, and my goal is to be able to educate and help you as much as I can here on my site dedicated to Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH).
About 100,000 Canadians are clinically affected with hemochromatosis by having two genetic mutations signalling for iron overload. Many more carry a single gene mutation.
While only around 14% of individuals with a single gene mutation develop symptoms of this disorder, children born to parents who both are carriers are susceptible to develop the condition.
Fortunately, there are a number of helpful resources available in Canada which I will detail later on down in this page. Additionally, I will do my best to provide you with guidance that you may not find on other sites.
As both a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and as an individual with hemochromatosis, I feel like I can uniquely help you find solutions for iron overload that are both holistic and practical.
Let’s get started with how I can help…
For sure the key treatment for hemochromatosis is therapeutic phlebotomy. Many individuals will be prescribed medications. These therapies reduce symptoms and save lives, especially if started early.
Of course, I have talked with a number of people who cannot tolerate the frequency required with a number of phlebotomies (or at all in some cases!) and a number have told me about their problems with the medicines.
Whether you do well with the medical treatments or not, I feel an excellent way to boost your overall care is with a nutritional supplementation regimen well designed for hemochromatosis.
The following links will give you an excellent overview of supplements that may be of benefit in iron overload:
- Hemochromatosis Supplements
- Turmeric Benefit for Hemochromatosis
- Hemochromatosis Help’s Turmeric Cream
Fortunately, we are able to ship items to you in Canada, so if you are interested in our supplements, please feel free to read more about Natural Remedies for Hemochromatosis.
Educational and Phlebotomy Services for Hemochromatosis in Canada
The Canadian Hemochromatosis Society does excellent work at increasing awareness and education. Their website has been upgraded recently and provides clear information on the science and genetics of iron overload.
Another cool resource I personally recommend is a free app developed in coordination with the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society is called Iron Tracker.
Iron Tracker is the only app, to my understanding, that can help us manage our health care with hemochromatosis. Way to go! 🙂
Iron Tracker is developed by AJD App Development (Twitter: @AJDAppDev)
Perhaps you can utilize this app when next donating blood with the Canadian Blood Services? This site just received a major upgrade, and it looks fantastic!
Additionally, I would also love to recommend a reliable resource for lab testing. What are sources you have used that you would suggest? Please Contact Me with your recommendations! I would greatly appreciate it!
One thing I love about today’s day and age is our ability to connect with people all over the world. I don’t want to be stopped by hemochromatosis and I hope we can all help one another out.
Here’s how we can connect on Hemochromatosis Help’s Social Media Pages:
- Our Facebook Page is great for learning and sharing our stories
- Twitter is full of updates about people doing their best to tackle hemochromatosis
To my Canadian readers, I wish you all my very best. Let me know how I can help!
Eric Lewis, ND