Does Iron Toxicity Cause Kidney Failure?

It wasn’t long after we stopped drinking bottled spring water that my wife’s kidneys failed. Nicole was already showing signs of early renal failure as a side effect of type-1 diabetes. She was expected, however, to have many more years of kidney function left. We’ve always suspected something other than just high blood sugars had caused the kidneys to fail.

We now suspect it was caused by iron toxicity. In his article Iron Poisoning, Dr. Lawrence Wilson writes: “…iron can accumulate [in the kidneys], causing hypertension, renal failure and other difficulties.”

Where we currently live, the city water comes from wells.  “Water supplies,” continues Dr. Wilson, “especially if the water is slightly yellow or orange, are a common source of excess inorganic iron.  Wells should always be tested for iron contamination.” I can assure you that the iron stains on our old bathtub testify to the high iron content of the water. It wasn’t long after she started drinking this carbon-filtered city water that we were rushing her to ER with kidney failure.

We recently moved out of the city into the surrounding country. Our water now comes from a well on the property. It’s filtered in the basement. Since moving here Nicole’s developed extreme Parkinson-like symptoms. Dr. Wilson sites nervous system diseases on his list of physical ailments associated with iron poisoning.

We recently had a hair analysis done with the lab he recommends. The iron in her hair measured 0.7mg%. According to Dr. Wilson in his article on poor elimination, this indicates Nicole does not eliminate iron very well. Likewise, he says that when “…manganese is greater than about 0.04 mg% in the hair tissue, iron toxicity with biounavailable iron is almost always present to some degree.” Nicole’s manganese levels are 0.066 mg%.

Needless to say, we’ve switched Nicole over to bottled spring water. We’re using distilled water to make the bone broth now. And she’s also begun Dr. Wilson Nutritional Balancing Program to begin removing the toxic iron from her body. The only thing we’re doing with the well water is taking a shower and washing the dishes.

Thinking outside the type-1 matrix,
–John C. A. Manley

P.S. You may also like to read 10 Reasons We Chose to Avoid Intravenous Iron with Chronic Kidney Disease and The Three Amigos: How Iron, Manganese and Aluminum Toxicity May Contribute to Type-1 Diabetes.

P.P.S. If you would like to know more about how we are working to reverse Nicole’s kidney failure and get her off dialysis, you can book a telephone or Skype appointment..

About the Author: John C. A. Manley researches and writes about alternative treatments for type-1 diabetes and its many complications. His wife, Nicole, of 15 years has had type-1 diabetes for four decades. Together they have lowered her HgbA1c below 5.5%, regained thyroid function, increased kidney function and reversed gastroparesis. Read more about their journey out of the T1D matrix or subscribe to their Diabetic Dharma blog..