Post Edited By Moderator (hep93) : 7/23/2010 7:24:30 PM (GMT-6)
Mer, hemochromatosis can also be acquired, but is primarily an inherited disorder.
CGR, it's not always true that OTC or herbal supplements are safe because "they are not meds." They are not regulated by the FDA and can have serious interactions with certain medications or be harmful in certain diseases. In addition, because they are not regulated, there sometimes can be mistakes in the manufacturing process, such as in the case of L-Triptophan manufacturered by Showa Denka in the late 80s, which caused a multitude of serious muscle and neurologic problems and 37 deaths.
Hemochromatosis is an overload of iron in the body. Although primarily a genetic disorder, it can also be caused by taking excessive iron supplements. It can damage the liver (or worsen liver disease) by causing the formation of free radicals. Liver disease patients should take multivitamins WITHOUT iron.
Glad to hear that, Rob, though I would think you would as you seem like very intelligent people.
Teatree, welcome to the forum. As a new member, it would be best to start your own thread (just click on New Topic) to introduce yourself to the others. I don't have a lot of knowledge about AIH, but we do have some members with it and some are very knowledgeable about it.