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Ain’t This a Kick in the Hemp Yoga Pants?

posted by chattering mind


My nurse practitioner/healthcare coordinator from
Olive Leaf
called today to tell me that blood tests show I’m anemic. Again. More anemic than last year.

Anemia, or more specifically dietary iron deficiency, is the vegan mom’s ailment, isn’t it? But I eat meat. It’s common among women nearing menopause with heavy menses too. Squeezed between ailing parents and squaking kids, it’s the high-fiber, too-busy-to-eat-full-meals person’s quandry. But me? Little Miss Whole Foods who blogs about her kefir, miso, and Goji berries? How embarrassing.

The first word I spoke when I heard the news was an expletive I almost never use. I’ve been on-and-off anemic for nine years. This is getting tiresome. Then I said, “How can I be anemic again? I feel so good, and at a workshop on Saturday, a woman told me my aura was clear and that I looked fantastic!”

“Hmmmm, well, your positive attitude does not seem to be serving you well in this case,” my nurse said. She seemed unamused. She’s getting to know me too well, I think.

Here’s the strangest part: over the years, numerous experts have given me dietary advice,
recipes, iron skillet sources, as well as easy-to-digest iron supplements. I get caught up with my iron-rich regimin for a time, begin to feel better, and then I …I …I just get busy and assume myself well. I forget to take my iron pills. The two-ounce shots of wheatgrass juice, good for any blood disorder, get further between. Then, I wash back onto the rocky shoals of anemia. And I begin to feel too tired for yoga class. I get spacey, disorganized, and vague. Is this pattern familiar? Are you dizzy when you rise from the couch?

My nurse wants me to get twice weekly B-12/iron shots. “If you think you feel good now, just wait until you get a few of these shots in you,” she told me. I’m certainly game! But it’s strange. I think of myself as a woman who stalwartly connects with her own body. But my image of my own vibrant health tends to override reality sometimes.

My body behaves predictably. It’s my chattering brain that asserts false dominance, and then I fail to focus on the right things.



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Kathy

posted June 7, 2006 at 1:04 am


I make a mean spinach salad with goat cheese! Good luck remediating your iron deficiency. Don’t feel bad, you’re only human and we’re all in this together.>



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alexia

posted June 7, 2006 at 4:09 pm


don’t worry is not menopause or close to it, it could happened to any of us at any age, in my case it happened living in Italy, eating execellet, waking everyday (Venice)exercising three times with weight lifting, and the diet was great! my body in the best of the shapes, Cellutlite What is that?…oh gush!! only 20 years of age, and guess what?.. anemic, with a diet that even today at 37 years of age I know for a fact and studies, arguments, readings, it was an excellent living but why maybe pre-dissposse? Whom!! so don’t streess yourself and be possitive!!!!>



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Christian Maiorino

posted June 8, 2006 at 3:52 am


Maybe prayer can help with your iron deficiency? Just a thought. Love the blog.>



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Pacific231

posted June 8, 2006 at 2:53 pm


“I used to pray to God for a bike, but then I realized that’s not how God works. So I stole a bike and asked God to forgive me.” – Emo Philips, comedian. In a similar vein, prayer can help with iron deficiency by praying/giving thanks to God before a steak dinner. ;)>



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Fatima Khan

posted June 9, 2006 at 12:40 am


MY ADVICE WOULD BE TO SEE A DOCTOR [MD WHO WOULD HAVE SPENT YEARS LEARNING ABOUT DIFFERENT KINDS OF ANEMIA IN MEDICAL SCHOOL] & GET CHECKED FOR IRON LEVELS & BINDING CAPACITY INSTEAD OF LETTING THE NURSE OVERDOSE YOU ON IRON. EXCESS B12 GETS OUT IN THE URINE, BUT IRON CAN ACCUMULATE IN YOUR BODY & HURT YOU. IF IT IS A FAMILIAL ANEMIA CALLED THALLASEMIA, YOUR BODY FUNCTIONS WELL WITH LOW LEVELS OF HEMOGLOBIN & HOWEVER MUCH IRON YOU CONSUME YOUR HEMOGLOBIN STAYS THE SAME. YOU DO SO MUCH RESEARCH ABOUT THINGS IN LIFE,LOOKING FOR A WELL TRAINED PERSON TO DEAL WITH A PARTICULAR PROBLEM WITH YOUR HEALTH IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT. TAKE CARE & READ UP ‘RUMI’ TOO FOR ISLAMIC SPIRITUALITY & PEACEFULNESS ALONG WITH YOUR BUDDHISM & BERRIES. MAY GOD BE YOUR PROTECTOR, AMEN>



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