The Last Furlong

Comments on the race of life.

Ooo dear! I didn’t know about iron


I just did an on-line test on how long I am going to live.

One of the questions was “Do you take a vitamin supplement with iron?”

Well, my answer was “Yes” because I’ve been popping a few Multivitamins that I inherited from one of the Furlong daughters. It has iron added.

Astonishingly, my returned advice was that if I wanted to live longer I should ditch the iron.

When I was young, anaemic people took iron. My Mom took iron because she was often anaemic. And pregnant women and children etc. all NEEDED iron!

Iron was a good thing – when I was young.


It’s NOT.

I researched it.

Here is a most fascinating article with everything you need to know about iron supplements.

Iron’s Dangers

© Ray Peat 2006. All Rights Reserved.

I’m ditching my pills down the loo!


Author: Elizabeth

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

2 thoughts on “Ooo dear! I didn’t know about iron

  1. I’m always highly suspicious of articles like that one telling us of the dangers of this, that or the other. How long were we harangued about the lethal consequences of eating saturated fats? Now we’re being told that salt and sugar are killers.

    When my mother was carrying me in the late forties, her doctor recommended a bottle of Guinness a day for it’s iron content. And what of Popeye, with his (high in iron) spinach? 🙂

    Last year, my wife had to have a hysterectomy. We went to Bangkok for the operation, as she felt more comfortable in her natural environment and language, and also she wanted keyhole surgery (she’s only 45, so is still vain enough not to want big scars), which is more affordable there than here in Europe. She was in one of the best private hospitals in Bangkok, and in the run-up to the op, she was told by the blood specialist that she had a severe iron deficiency, and unless the levels could be brought up to normal, they wouldn’t operate. We had to delay the op for a couple of weeks while she took some heavy-duty iron supplements. Fortunately they did the trick and she was able to go ahead with the op. So it would seem that the specialist considered it important.

    And as for the iron cookware, we’ve been using it since the iron age. Toxic? The dose makes the poison.

    So I have to say I’m a tad sceptical about the content of that link.

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