Can you improve high ferritin and insulin resistance 50% In four weeks? The answer is yes! My name is Dr. Tom Rofrano from The Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and I am the author of The FreeDiet®. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing over 100,000 patient visits over the last 37 years, many of whom had gut and thyroid issues, as well as abnormal ferritin levels.
Symptoms of Inflammation
I had a patient in his 40s who came in feeling very frustrated and had high ferritin for many years. His levels were in the five hundreds and then increased to the seven hundreds. He was told to donate blood which he did and a year later his level was 836. He was feeling awful, tired, and had digestive issues his entire life. He had IBS and was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, had fatty liver, and wanted help in getting better.
The first thing I did was order comprehensive lab testing. When you go to the doctor they typically will do a CBC, chemistry panel, lipids, and TSH. You want to make sure beyond that they measure your ferritin, iron, TIBC and saturation because you want to know your ferritin level and if it’s related to iron overload. Sometimes it is but most of the time it’s not like in this patient’s case.
Ordering the Proper Lab Tests
Other lab markers include CRP, GGT, and ANA to see if your problems are related to inflammation. liver dysfunction, autoimmune, and A1C, uric acid are important.
Insulin resistance is the most common cause of high ferritin that ultimately leads to fatty liver as well as diabetes. This patient did have insulin resistance.
You also want to check thyroid and adrenal function, other hormones, and some basic vitamins. At the minimum you want to get a comprehensive health panel, and from there I also like to look at functional testing to assess root causes.
Discovering the Root Causes
Results indicated this patient had deficiencies, toxins, and infections. He had Candida overgrowth, leaky gut, and inflammation in his gut. He also had hormone imbalances and food reactions.
Gluten sensitivity is a common thing I see with high ferritin, and he had gluten sensitivity along with positive celiac genetic markers. Once we discover the underlying root causes, how do you get better?
The FreeDiet® anti-inflammatory diet
Step number one is diet. The diet that I use is called The FreeDiet®, and I came up with this diet years ago as I was dealing with my own health issues. I had autoimmune thyroid and rheumatoid arthritis antibodies, plus IBS, fatigue, and skin issues.
I had to figure out how to get better so I came up with the FreeDiet® which is free of not only gluten but gluten grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods- all those foods most commonly responsible for inflammation, chronic gut, thyroid and other health issues.
To summarize the diet—for breakfast, you have a smoothie. For lunch and dinner, you can eat meat, chicken, fish, plenty of vegetables, and lots of healthy fats.
For a comprehensive list of allowed foods, you can go her to receive the FreeDiet® phase one food chart.
Nutritional Supplements to Support Healing
Beyond the FreeDiet®, which is the foundation, we add in supplements. I start with what I call the Functional Five™: ActivMulti™, OmegaSorb™3X, D3 5000 +K2, Magnesium Malate, and PriobioXtreme™. In this patient’s case, I added curcumin for inflammatory support, gut support supplements, and nutrients for deficiencies that he had, including vitamin C.
This patient was eating beef regularly as well as liver support supplements. After four weeks, uric acid decreased to optimal levels and insulin, cholesterol, triglycerides, GGT, and ferritin all dropped between 30 and 60%.
His ferritin that was 839 two weeks prior to seeing me decreased to 202 after 4 weeks on the FreeDiet® and supplements.
Not only did his cholesterol, triglycerides, ferritin, and insulin levels improve, and he lost 13 pounds in the first four weeks. The best part was he was feeling great, and his energy and moods improved. He was sleeping better, and his gut symptoms cleared up.
The FreeDiet® Can Help You
If you have high ferritin or any of these other chronic health issues, get the proper testing so you can find out the root causes; then you can be provided the right solutions. If you do that, I believe almost anyone can get better.
If you’ve been dealing with health issues for a while, take a look at the The FreeDiet® and if you need help, feel free to reach us at email@example.com.