Howzit! Hereditary Haemochromatosis is very common in South Africa, with up to 1 in 6 people of the Caucasian population carrying a single gene for HH.
Furthermore, 1 out of 115 people carry two gene mutations of C282Y making haemochromatosis the most common inborn error of metabolism in South Africa.
While my primary focus of this website is upon haemochromatosis that is inherited, another common affliction in SA is Acquired Iron Overload. This condition stems from eating foods cooked in, or beer brewed in, iron (“potjie”) pots.
Haemochromatosis Society of South Africa
The stated goals of the Haemochromatosis Society of South Africa (HSSA) include promoting awareness amongst the public and medical professionals, encouraging early screening and diagnosis, and supporting research for the condition.
Several support groups are active, and the HSSA hopes to stimulate interest in forming more of these groups to serve individuals with HH.
Another great resource is the South African National Blood Service, that features a very informative website.
Therapeutic Phlebotomy is the primary treatment for iron overload, and if initiated early enough after a diagnosis of haemochromatosis, may save your life.
Haemochromatosis Help from the Holistic Perspective
My name is Eric Lewis, and I am a Naturopathic Doctor from beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Asheville may be a small city, but we value fitness, health, and well being. We are in the Western North Carolina region, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.
As a Naturopath, I take a very holistic approach to health care. And as an individual with haemochromatosis, I posses a unique viewpoint on how to address our condition of excess iron build up.
One such way to improve overall health is with Hemochromatosis Supplements –> now available for shipment to South Africa!
I count myself fortunate to have connected a number of South Africans.
I look forward to getting to know more of you, as I have corresponded with many people from all over the world. Especially in today’s digital age, we really all can connect and support one another.
Until then, I will leave you with a a photo I took of the Lake Lure near my home of Asheville so I can show off how beautiful Western North Carolina’s mountains and lakes are.
I’m pretty lucky to call Asheville home! 🙂