Menopause and Iron Overload


When a woman arrives at the age of 50 she should feel better than she has ever felt. But this is seldom the case. Most women I know tell me they feel miserable, depressed and exhausted. It has become more and more evident to me that when a woman reaches the age of 50 she can peak and feel great or dive and spiral down into her worst health, a nightmare when most women will experience the dark night of the soul. To me it all depends on whether a woman is toxic and full of waste material, including old toxic bile which is made up of old iron-rich broken down red blood cells; or whether she is cleaned out, eating healthy, feeling vibrant and enthusiastic about her life.

Women at menopausal age, who stop menstruating, also stop the monthly cleanse of iron rich red blood cells that are eliminated during the monthly flow. It is known that excessive amounts of iron is a major contributor to cancer, especially in women of menopause age. It is interesting that women of menstruating age have a monthly elimination of iron found in the rbcs. It is apparent that as iron rich rbcs are eliminated there is seldom an excess of iron in the blood of women of menstrating age, and even a depletion in some where iron is often prescribed for anemia. This is in reverse to the women who no longer receive their monthly period. Thus, women of menopause age desperately need to clean out the excess iron while also cleaning out old waste material and change the old life styles that are holding them back from being and feeling healthy. Because menopausal women no longer have the monthly flow they retain excessive amounts of iron which can contribute to cancer and other unhealthy compromised conditions.

It is my experience that iron overload is indeed a disturbing contributor to menopausal symptoms and major disease conditions especially during the years building up to the menopause and to a lesser extent at the post-menopausal time. Symptoms such as hot flashes, heaviness, exhaustion, muscle cramps and tightness, poor digestion, water retention, gall stones and bloat, as well as physical appearances like edema in the ankles, neck and face, cellulite and waist bulge are uncomfortable and are noticable. Iron overload can cause fibromyalgia, hypothyroid, Type II diabetes, depressed and heavy emotional states, lack of sex drive, foggy brain, extreme exhaustion, insomnia, repressed immune system, skin rashes, constipation, headaches, back pain, eczema, kidney malfunction, heart disease and cancer.

There are several factors that can cause iron overload and its symptoms. One of these is an excess of toxic waste in the body. This puts a burden on the liver when it comes to producing bile, on the gall bladder when it comes to storing an over production of bile needed for processing the waste, and on the blood stream as excess bile leaches out from the liver and gall bladder.

Most of this waste that the bile needs to attend to is related to fat metabolism and includes cholesterol, other steroids, hormones like endogenous and exogenous estrogens, other synthetic hormones, medications, fatty parasites like fat yeasts, oxidized over heated fats and heavy metals like lead and mercury. A diet rich with heavy foods including cooked animal fats like meat, pork, chicken and lamb; also, pasteurized dairy products and highly processed carbohydrate desserts can cause the liver to produce excessive amounts of bile and the gall bladder to store it, directly contributing to iron overload.

Although, it is evident the liver is involved in producing an excessive amount of bile in order to metabolize a fatty toxic waste load, it is not the predominent cause of iron overload. Menopause itself is.


During the monthly flow a female eliminates from 10 to 80 mililiters of blood, which is predominantly red blood cells. Red blood cells are made up of hemoglobin which has a center atom of iron. Thus, it is each month that a female sheds a good layer of blood from the uterus and in doing so eliminates iron that is bound up in the hemoglobin of the rbcs and that is no longer needed by the body.

Thus, one of the functions of the menstrual period is this protective mechanism for cleansing the body of excess iron. Along with the other reasons a female sheds blood, it is for this particular reason that women of menstrating age have less iron circulating in their blood stream and stored in their liver and gall bladder than women of menopause age who no longer shed the vascular layer of blood from the uterus.

Therefore women of menopause age without their monthly cycle to protect them from iron overload can develop the above symptoms and conditions due to an over load of iron. Unless, they cleanse the organs that are storing the most amount of bile the problems just keep getting worse and worse with age. Those organs happen to be the large intestines, the liver and gall bladder. But as excess bile seeps out from the bile ducts in the liver it can go back into the blood stream, the lymph system and cause problems.

For each woman the age of peri-menopause—years before the menopause—begins at a different time, with the average age around 45 or so. Yet, today it is obvious from the many reports received from women that the onset of menopause is now 5 to 10 years earlier than in previous generations. This is due to an increasing amount of environmental and social stressors, including an unhealthy diet, more hormones in the environment and our food that mimick bio-individual hormones like estrogen; vaccinations, antibiotics and other medications that are more readily used than ever before and maybe even a lack of love life—knowing that they don’t want to have children may stimulate the menopause earlier.

A woman of normal menstrating age secretes three types of estrogen; according to strength these are: estrodiol, estriol and estrone. It is the last type of estrogen: estrone, the weakest, that is still synthesized in post-menopausal women. Small amounts are made in the ovaries, adrenal glands, liver, breasts and brain—and are utilized by the parathyroid glands for regulating calcium if a woman is healthy.

The menopause means an end to fertility. A woman can have her uterus removed and may not readily go into menopause. Although, with the ovaries removed she would.

It is common to hear that once menopause sets in a woman will not be able to make either estrogen or progeterone. This is not true for all women. They make less hormones but will still make small amounts that if a woman is healthy can utilize efficiently. If she is toxic while carrying an excess of toxic weight, excessive amounts of bile and iron overload, her bio-electrical receptors for estrone will be less able to recognize the small amounts of in a positive manner and the excess hormones will be stored in the fat cells instead of being used for calcium regulation by the parathyroid glands. The accumulation of hormones in fat takes place in the visceral addipose tissue around the heart, the lymph system and glands and in the liver.

It is due to this that women of menopause age are more toxic and due to the toxicity and the menopause have a weaker immune response to the toxicity than when they were menstrating.


Synthesized in the liver bile is an essential fluid for fat digestion and is the major waste product of the liver.

Bile consists primarily of water, cholesterol, hormones including steroids - endogenous and exogenous, broken down fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins, also old antibodies, lecithin, poisons including drugs, inorganic salts, bile salts and bile pigments made from old broken down red blood cells.

The bile salts are comprised of cholesterol derived acids which are synthesized in the liver. The bile pigments are hemoglobin metabolites. The two major bile pigments are biliverdin and bilirubin. These pigments are the iron rich hemoglobin found in red blood cells.

Bile has several important detailed functions, such as:

First, because of its strong alkalinity, it is important in the final stages of digestion to neutralize the strong gastric acids.

Second, the bile salts are able to disperse fat and lipid soluble vitamins for easy digestion and transport through the blood. Because bile salts are amphipathic, they can bind the non-water soluble material while staying in solution themselves.

Third, the bile carries some of the water insoluble waste lipid substances that are removed from the bloodstream by the liver such as hemoglobin pigments, cholesterol, steroids, other hormones and various drugs. These are then expelled along with the remaining digestive waste or added to the bile.

Unfortunately, when there is an accumulation of toxic fats then the amount of bile becomes too much for the body to stay healthy. Excessive amounts of bile, as I stated above, due to toxic waste are inadvertantly even more toxic then the fat waste it is trying to metabolize.

Carrying all of these toxic substances year in and year out can get in the way of us feeling really good about ourselves and living our lives in the healthiest manner possible during the best years of our lives

How to Heal The Problem of Iron Overload

I have found a regular practice of self-administered or professionally administered colonics to be one of the simplest and best methods for eliminating excess iron found in the bile, that is no longer eliminated during menstruation and that can be reabsorbed into the circulation from the liver if there is a blockage in the liver, gall bladder or a leaky small intestines—a common occurrence.

Colonic irrigation along with periodic fasting is even more beneficial and more than a form of eliminating symptoms, it can cure many reoccurring major conditions, such as cancer, Type II diabetes, heart disease and arthritis if practiced properly.Women would feel a lot less symptoms before, during and after menopause and protect themselves from cancer, if they did a self-administered colonic on themselves a few times per week or did one with a colonic hydro-therapist once or twice a month. To practice these two procedures together: fasting and colonic irrigation, before, during and after the time of the menopause, peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women would free themselves of menopausal related symptoms and major diseases as the procedure eliminates buckets of old stored bile and thus old toxic broken down iron containing rbcs.Colonic irrigation and fasting not only eliminate excess iron in the way of bile but also acid wastes, old fecal and mucoid material, parasites, rancid lipids, liver flukes, unfriendly bacteria and (friendly as well, which can be reintroduced quite easily) fermented yeasts, fungus and free radicals. Taking milk thistle seed, psyllium husk and bentonite clay as well as other cleansing herbs separately or together during cleansing furthers the benefits, encouraging more bile rich mucoid material to come out.

Hillary Adrian Hitt
Dharma Healing Center






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