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Thoughts on blood donation

Does anyone think it would be helpful to donate blood in order to remove some of the Vitamin A?  I have searched Google but no luck. Thank you!

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I always feel better after donating. The lab checks your vitals and hbg so they will make sure you qualify. Grant mentioned it be might helpful in one of his books.

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I went in and gave blood a couple of weeks ago in hopes of removing some vit A, although giving blood is something I like to do when I can anyway. I can't say I felt immediately better this time, physically, but that doesn't concern me. I've known for years that donating blood is actually quite good for your health for other reasons. It gives men and post-menopausal women a way of off-loading excess iron for one thing. There was a big study done in Finland that compared people who never give blood to those who do (even if only occasionally) and they found a HUGE difference. Those who DO donate blood had like half the number of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events as those who do not. I'm not sure they concluded exactly why. It could be getting rid of the excess iron, but maybe it's vit A, too? Who knows?

~Patti

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I gave blood for the second time today in my life (first time was a freshmen in college). I did it as a strategy to remove iron. 6 hours later, I now feel incredible. It could be placebo, but I doubt it. Iron overload (perhaps caused/escalated by VitA toxicity) seems to be a huge problem in chronic disease today. I will likely purchase the materials the do my own blood letting, and will likely make a goal of a pint every 4-6 weeks.

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Yeah, could be helpful. I would just caution not to do too much. You should monitor your iron and ferritin if you're going to do that. I know Garrett Smith ended up making himself anemic by donating too much blood...he says it was bc he was trying to be a "good citizen", but I think he was so wrapped up in iron overload he didn't think about becoming anemic. 

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Quote from zerocool on October 1, 2021, 3:10 pm

Yeah, could be helpful. I would just caution not to do too much. You should monitor your iron and ferritin if you're going to do that. I know Garrett Smith ended up making himself anemic by donating too much blood...he says it was bc he was trying to be a "good citizen", but I think he was so wrapped up in iron overload he didn't think about becoming anemic. 

Totally, you don't want to be anemic either. Happened to me too. I'm coming from a Ray Peat inspired diet and blood donation is also a topic of discussion on the Ray Peat forum that pops up once in a while. So far I don't feel like I've had much of a problem with too much iron, the reverse actually.

Do you also lose iron with blood plasma donations?

2-3 5ooml donations per year is plenty..