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Treating An Unknown Infection

Monday, 18 April 2011 04:53 PM

Question: Doctors can’t identify my husband’s infection. His hemoglobin is low so they started him on iron. Should he refuse it?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

Having low iron and hemoglobin is indeed harmful if you have an active infection because it weakens the immune system. But throughout my years of practice, I have found few doctors, even infectious disease specialists, who were aware that iron infusions during active infections can stimulate bacterial and viral growth and make patients worse.

In such situations, I supplemented with iron, but did so very slowly and carefully and monitored the patient’s iron level and hemoglobin. Sick patients often have difficulty building red blood cells. It is therefore very important to supply higher levels of vitamin C and all the B vitamins, especially folate, B6, and methylcobalamin.

Blood transfusions are sometimes needed, but they can suppress immunity. Curcumin and quercetin protect the body against harmful inflammation, reduce oxidative stress, and stimulate tissue healing.

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