Two National Observances This July - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/20/04

Two National Observances This July

July is National Hemochromatosis month. This is the iron overload disease. Although about 1 out of 200 to 300 babies is born with this inherited disease, we do not hear much about it. It is inherited and usually becomes noticed in adulthood.

In hemochromatosis, the body does not metabolize iron correctly. There is a surplus of iron in the blood and it is deposited in various organs in the body.

Symptoms of the disease include a grey or bronze skin color, abnormal liver function tests, cirrhosis of the liver, arthritis, fatigue, and diabetes.

The treatment is just the opposite of that for iron deficiency anemia. Phlebotomy or the removal of blood is done until the amount of iron in the blood is normal. This prevents excess iron from being deposited and damaging organ such as the liver, the pancreas, and the heart.

On a much lighter note, July is also National Blueberry Month. This delightful berry is a native American plant and is grown in 20 states.

Blueberries have become very popular and that is a very good thing. This delicious blue bite is a powerhouse of health. It contains powerful antioxidants that protect against aging and cancer.

It appears to protest the eye against macular degeneration. In Japan, they call it the vision fruit. In an article in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers reported that extract of blueberries appears to buffer the brain against memory loss. And just like its cousin, the cranberry, big blue helps protect against urinary tract infections.

Try this delicious way to get your antioxidants:

  • ½ cup blueberries on a slice of angel food cake
  • Top with whipped topping or 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar dissolved in two tablespoons of sour cream.

Either way, it has to be one of the most delicious 100 calories you ever tasted.

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