South Africa

Dr. Eric Lewis, ND

south_africaHowzit!  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.

IMG_8771Whether via hereditary or environmental causes, iron overload can have severe repercussions on your health.

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.

IMG_8767Another 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.

Lake Lure

A great way to do this is on my social media pages: be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

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! 🙂

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About the Author

Dr. Eric is a Naturopathic Doctor who also has a genetic predisposition to hemochromatosis. With his unique perspective of being both a practitioner & patient, he provides a new understanding about the best nutritional strategies to support health with hemochromatosis. He is the author of Holistic Help for Hemochromatosis, a guide to the use of diet and supplements in healing from iron overload.

Dr. Eric Lewis, ND

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