To Fe or not to Fe
While iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common form of anemia worldwide, it is important not to overlook other factors which may contribute to anemia. Iron studies can allude to more complex processes occurring in the body and give clues to not only potential disease processes, but also lifestyle factors which may be contributing to a picture of anemia. As such, the answer to whether to provide iron supplementation or not may be more complex!
Breathless: An unusual presentation of iron deficiency in a young child
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency affecting children, with up to 8% of children under 5 years of age in Australia suffering iron deficiency anaemia. In both developing and developed countries, incidence of iron deficiency anaemia peaks between 1 and 3 years of age. While the more common signs of anaemia are well known, it can present differently in very young children. This case study describes an unusual presentation of iron deficiency anaemia in a young child.
Always sick: the role of the gut in immune dysfunction
You don’t often think, that when you’ve had a flu that leaves you feeling fatigued and run down, that your gut microbiome may have had an impact on how your immune system reacted. A healthy gut promotes and protects against the risk of pathogenic infection by promoting immune homeostasis. The naturopathic ethos of, “treat the gut first’’, is being backed up by some serious science. So, before you reach for immune modulating herbs, think about the microbiome and healthful diets that could put your patient back on track.