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Red iron supplement pills spilling from a pill bottleAnemiaTerry Graedon - October 18, 2021 - 3 comments

Will You Breathe Easier If You Take Less Iron?

A reader having trouble breathing found a simple solution: take less iron. The supplement had built up to excessive levels.

Terry Graedon - July 30, 2018

Can You Stop Being Tired All the Time?

Joe Graedon - June 11, 2015

Tea Lover Loses Iron and Ends Up Anemic

Joe Graedon - December 25, 2014

Her Sugar Cravings Annoy her Husband

an ice cube on a tongue
AnemiaTerry Graedon - September 15, 2014

Anemia Put Ice Addict in the Hospital

Ice cravings were triggered by anemia so severe the patient needed to be hospitalized.

popcorn
AnemiaTerry Graedon - March 3, 2014

Is Popcorn Addiction a Red Flag for Mineral Deficiency?

Addiction to non-food items like popcorn or ice can signal a mineral deficiency.

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) in a syringe ready for injection with vials in the background; Vitamin B12 injections
AnemiaTerry Graedon - December 30, 2013

Omeprazole and Metformin Combined to Cause Vitamin B12 Deficiency

A common drug combination, metformin for diabetes and an acid-suppressing drug for heartburn, can cause vitamin B12 deficiency.

a bottle of Nexium 40mg
AnemiaTerry Graedon - December 12, 2013

Drugs for GERD Can Deplete the Body of Crucial Vitamin B12

You may not know it, but common over the counter acid suppressing drugs can interfere with the body's absorption of Vitamin B12, leading eventually to a deficiency.

an ice cube on a tongue
AnemiaJoe Graedon - July 5, 2012

Ice Addiction Leads to Hospitalization

A craving for unusual foods such as an ice addiction could be a warning of an underlying medical problem like anemia or zinc deficiency.

man with leg cramp
AnemiaTerry Graedon - April 14, 2010

Leg Cramps Signaled Iron Deficiency

AnemiaTerry Graedon - February 16, 2010

New Rules for Powerful Anemia Drugs

AnemiaJoe Graedon - August 25, 2008

Ice Craving Signaled Cancer

AnemiaJoe Graedon - July 18, 2008

Cornstarch Cravings