Functional Medicine/Strange Case of Low Iron


Hi Kalli,

I have a very interesting case that I can't figure out what's happening.

I have a client who had low iron in January (I don't know her iron status before that). So she started taking iron supplementation, and when she was re-tested in June, her iron was actually even lower. So her doctor prescribed her an even higher dose of iron. So she had her iron levels re-tested last week, and her iron levels were even lower than before.

Any clue as to what's happening here?

Iron doesn't work by itself and there could be a few issues. 1- if the patient is on PPI drugs it inhibits the breakdown and absorption of iron. Iron also needs b12 and folic acid to be utilized in the body as well, a lot of iron deficiency is actually b12/folic acid deficiency issues. Plus prescription iron is typically very poorly absorbed so they give very high doses. I like the Vitanica brand Iron Conplete which has all the proper cofactors for good absorption and herbs to combat constipation.

Hopefully this provides some insight

Dr. Kalli Prater, D. C.  

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I am a Chiropractic Physician who specializes in Internal Medicine. I utilize a combination of traditional lab testing in combination with the patient's personal health history to determine the root cause of their problems. Based on the individuals history and health concerns paired with their specific dietary and nutritional needs we come up with the best treatment plan for them, even if that does not include chiropractic care. I have helped many women with hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia,and even those with Lupus and MS through diet/lifestyle modification and minor supplementation.

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I am a Chiropractic Physician with a Sports Medicine background. I have almost 300 hours post graduate work to become a Chiropractic Internal Medicine Specialist where the focus is on lab testing, functional interpretation of data, and healing through natural means.

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Recognized as a leader in the Chiropractic Profession by the International Association of Health Care Providers in 2014

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Most of my patients suffer from chronic illness related to autoimmune disease, allergies, hypothyroidism or a combination of all of the above. Most of my patients see positive results through diet and lifestyle modification within the first 2 months of treatment, many have also resolved in the same amount of time. I believe what sets me apart from other health care providers is that I take the time with my patients to go through everything and listen to them fully.

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