Toxicity Post #69: The Iron-y of Retinol!

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Morley Robbins


(The following was originally posted on Facebook Magnesium Advocacy Group on May 2, 2018)

Iron Toxicity Post #69: The Iron-y of Retinol!…

This Post will introduce what will become a series of Posts focusing on REAL Vitamin-A, aka Retinol, the animal-based form of that KEY nutrient. (Please know, Retinol-A is VERY DIFFERENT in role & function that Beta-carotene…)

REAL Vitamin-A (Retinol-A) has been a part of the RCP (Root Cause Protocol) from Day 1, in large part because of its known role in the Synthesis of the Ceruloplasmin protein that expresses as the Ferroxidase enzyme — the MASTER Anti-Oxidant Enzyme that NO ONE on the Internet talks about, and is akin to “Voldermort” in your Doctor’s Office!… 😉

Nonetheless, we will continue to march forward and ADVANCE the knowledge and understanding of human physiology and start teaching ourselves about the PROFOUND Regulatory Roles of Retinol-A.

As an opener, here’s a recent interview that I did this week with Ben Edwards, MD, founder of Veritas Medical Group. Get ready to be surprised, and even amazed, at what Retinol-A is involved in…

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Now, here’s the PUNCH LINE…

Retinol-A is an ABSOLUTE requirement for building blood and especially Hemoglobin. Yeah, even I was a bit surprised to learn that!… 😉

And the FIRST recorded study to make the CAUSAL link between Retinol-A and CURING Anemia was in 1855! NO, that is NOT a typo!… Theophilus Thompson, MD, FRS, a noted physician in London at the time PROVED that Cod Liver Oil CURED folks of Anemia, which is a term that technically means: “LOW Red Blood Counts, LOW Hemoglobin and LOW Hematocrit”… Hmmmmmmmmmm…

And some 120+ years later, Robert E. Hodges, MD and his colleagues completed a BLOCKBUSTER study in 1978 on the impact that REAL Vitamin A (Retinol-A) Deficiency had on the process of making blood (aka, Hematopoiesis). Here’s the link to the Abstract for Hodges et al, 1978:

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(It is a KEY study for those interested in purchasing it… )

Attached above is a KEY graphic from that Hodges, 1978 study. You will be SHOCKED to learn what they discovered: That Iron had NO CORRELATION to RESTORING Hemoglobin levels! And furthermore, that Retinol had a 78% CORRELATION with restoring Hemoglobin! Iron, acting ALONE, will NOT correct Anemia. And that has been KNOWN since 1855!… And when Hemoglobin goes SOUTH, it is MORE an issue of “Hemoglobin metabolism” — NOT a shortage of the Heavy Metal, Iron…

Let me clarify those TWO POINTS… There is an OBSCENE, TOXIC, & ABUSIVE beLIEfe in Society, and Clinical Circles, that ONLY Iron, and Iron ALONE can restore levels of Hemoglobin. Now WE ALL KNOW that Iron plays a KEY role in HOLDING Oxygen in that transport protein so that tissues can use that Oxygen for “respiration.” This Post is NOT challenging that OBVIOUS truth.

But what this Post IS challenging is the MIND-NUMBING and INCORRECT myth-conception that Iron is the BEST “answer” to blood tests that show Iron is “LOW,” when FOR A FACT that Iron is DYSFUNCTIONAL! And as the Figure below CLEARLY shows, when Iron gets added, the Hemoglobin does rise for a BRIEF period, and THEN FALLS UNTIL RETINOL IS ADDED. Any Heavy Metal, yes, Iron is a Heavy Metal, will cause RBC production to rise, but it is NOT sustainable — just as this study PROVES.

And I would caution folks to NOT take statements out of CONTEXT in this kind of Post. CONTEXT IS KING! It is ESSENTIAL that you do the following:

  • Read this ENTIRE Post…
  • Listen to the ENTIRE 60-min conversation that I had with Ben Edwards, MD on 4/30/18…
  • Read the ENTIRE Study by Robert E. Hodges, MD and his colleagues, 1978!…
  • Read at least the last 25 Posts on Iron Toxicity (#43 – #68) BEFORE commenting…
  • AND,ideally, Read the 100+ Research Articles that I’ve read in the past two years that focus SQUARELY on the Reticuloendothelial (R.E.cylcing) System, which is WHERE IT MATTER MOST with Iron<>Copper interface and subsequent dysfunction.

98% of our DAILY Iron Requirements come from the Iron R.E.cycling System and NOT OUR DIET — contrary to the absurd beLIEfs bantered about on the Internet… We are meant to RECYCLE our Iron, NOT KEEP EATING IT!…

Please know, we have MUCH to learn, and MUCH to discuss in the coming weeks to BETTER understand the TRUE dynamics of Copper<>Retinol<>Iron dynamics. Once again, we have been GROSSLY Misled, and GROSSLY Misfed by the Physicians and the Nutritionists that do NOT understand mineral & vitamin complexes metabolism. Undaunted, we will spread this good news, far and wide on MAG FB Group, and communities within and outside of FB…

Know that you’ve got your Retinol-A bases covered if you’re doing the RCP. But what we will ALL need to do is UNLEARN and RELEARN how blood is REALLY made in the human body. You will find these truths IRON-ic and in conflict with MUCH of your conventional training found on MOST sites on the Internet,

Stay tuned and be prepared to be further enlightened!

A votre sante!