Re: Anemia of Chronic Disease

Nancy C

Hi Beverly

Thanks for reading the HAIR ANALYSIS doc.  As you saw, this test is not reliable for many minerals, including iron.

This paragraph from Dr Kellon in the above article is very instructive:

As a final point, it should be mentioned that disease states can greatly interfere with interpretation of
hair mineral patterns. In a study of women with osteoporosis, high hair magnesium correlated with
poor bone mineral density and low blood magnesium. The high hair magnesium alone would have been
very misleading. I had a case myself several years back where hair mineral analysis showed an
extremely low iron and she was indeed anemic but blood iron and transferrin saturation were very high.
The hair mineral pattern would have dictated iron supplementation but her problem was actually a very
low copper, confirmed by blood copper levels, but hair copper was normal.

Because you have had to move off of balanced cubes without addressing deficiencies, Copper and zinc will liely be overwhelmed by the iron and maybe manganese you are feeding.

There are many messages in the message archives on copper deficiency anemia.  Here's  a quick one:


For others who may be interested in this topic, Dr Kellon also offers a short course on anemia.

There are many, many physiological differences between humans and equines and you will hear them described here every day and in the FILES, in the message archives, the proceedings, the ecirhorse web site. Before making assumptions the ECIR Group cautions members to double check.  It came mean a huge difference in the health of your horse.

Nancy C in NH
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I know H2 blockers can cause mineral malabsorption in humans so assume
it will in equines too.

That's not a safe assumption since horses have some very significant differences from humans in how they absorb minerals.  In any case, reductions have only been demonstrated for calcium and magnesium and those are very small amounts:


There are no cases of iron deficiency/iron deficiency anemia related to acid suppression.  I'm sure if that was happening it would have been noticed by now.

There has never been a reported case of iron deficiency in an adult horse, even with blood loss.  Since the average horse has at least 10 times  more stored iron than needed to prevent anemia (and IR horses much more), that's not too surprising.

 Eleanor in PA
EC Co-owner
Feb 2001

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