As a child I had amoebic dysentery diarrhea, a blood disease that can be cured only by completely replacing all the blood in the body. During WWII in Japan and the Far East at least as many soldiers died of it as did in the actual war. There was no cure at the time. Penicillin "the new wonder drug" had just come out. They tried to treat it with massive doses, but it had no effect. Not many lived through it. I was one of the lucky ones.
Then in college I donated blood at their Red Cross blood drive. About 2 months later I got a letter from them saying that if I ever crossed their threshold again they would really like to shoot me. Of course I never donated blood again.
Until 6 years ago. My surgeon wanted 2 pints in reserve for an operation upcoming. At the local blood bank I told them of my blood disease but they said "no problem" even for regular donations. I was really surprised. Science causes a lot of changes. Is the U.S. blood really safe?
I've read today that the primary benefit to the giver of blood is the removal of excess iron, therefore all men should donate regularly. All pre-menopausal women don't need to because they loose the excess during menstration. What about post-menopausal women, would it benefit them or not? What about post-menopausal iron-anemic women (me)? Would not-supplementing iron give the same benefit as blood donation? What about iron-anemic men?
Last edited by Cryptocode; 05-21-2013 at 05:26 PM.
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