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For the ladies

Iron rich foods

Most carnivores, particularly men, are able to meet their iron requirements from food alone. Young children and pregnant, menstruating, and lactating women have higher requirements and vegetarians have more trouble absorbing what they eat, because the iron in plant sources is absorbed only half as well as that from animal sources.

If you or your doctor decide to include an iron supplement in your diet, here are a few tips:

  • Taking iron with Vitamin C improves the uptake of the iron.
  • Antacids, soy protein, coffee and tea, eggs, whole-grain cereals and breads, and spinach decrease uptake. Separate these foods from your iron supplement by one hour.
  • Calcium, zinc, manganese, magnesium or copper supplements decrease uptake. Separate mineral supplements from iron supplements by two hours.

Taking iron on an empty stomach improves uptake, but it also upsets lots of tummies.

  • If your iron supplement gives you a tummy ache, take it with a meal and/or switch to a different form.  Ferrous bisglycinate, ferrous glycinate, or iron amino acid chelates are supposed to be tolerated better.
  • If your iron supplement makes you constipated, try a different form. The type of iron in each supplement is listed on the label.

I suffered internal bleeding in 2016, losing enough blood that it took a year on iron supplements to get back to normal. The first one I tried made me itch. Simply changing brands solved the problem.

Excessive iron intake can be harmful. Don’t take too much!

Upper Limits:

  • Ages under 13: 40 mg per day
  • Ages over 13: 45 mg per day

The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) is the minimum needed to avoid deficiency.

Ages 1-3: 7 mg
Ages 4-8: 10 mg
Ages 9-13: 8 mg
Ages 14-18: Males 11 mg; Females 15 mg
Ages 19 and older: Males 8 mg; Females 15 mg
Ages 19 to 50: Females: 18 mg
Ages 51 and older: Females: 8 mg
Pregnancy: 27 mg
Breast-feeding women younger than age 18: 10 mg
Breast-feeding women ages 19 and older: 9 mg
Following blood donation: 37.5 mg


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Hope for humanity

2016_12 Boys help shovel

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Keeping Promises: Cutting Red Tape

2017_12 14 Trump cutting red tape

The Federal Regulatory Code is currently over 185,000 pages long! Candidate Trump vowed to eliminate two old regulations for every new one enacted.

So far, President Trump has eliminated TWENTY-two old regulations for every new one enacted. His new goal is to get the code back down to the 20,000 pages it was in 1960.

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2017_12 17 Hypocrites

Big shock (not). These sexual abusers are also loudly public Catholic bashers.


Ben Affleck
Woody Allen
Alec Baldwin
Louis C.K.
David Letterman
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein


NPR news chief Michael Oreskes
NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney
PBS and CBS host Charlie Rose
Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner
Atlantic magazine’s Leon Wieseltier


U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)
U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)


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