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  •   scarney commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Dear Dr Carney, my 16 year old daughter is a beta-thalassemia carrier. Even though she is only a carrier she still has some effects which are that her blood cells are smaller meaning she always tests a bit anaemic and she says she is feeling tired. My husband and also a close friend are also...
    Dear Dr Carney, my 16 year old daughter is a beta-thalassemia carrier. Even though she is only a carrier she still has some effects which are that her blood cells are smaller meaning she always tests a bit anaemic and she says she is feeling tired. My husband and also a close friend are also carriers and also seem to have the same problem. My daughter eats a whole-food plant based diet rich in greens and beans and whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, and absolutely nothing else (no animal products or refined carbs of any kind). She has seen a consultant because of the anaemia and they are recommending she takes an iron supplement. Have you come across this scenario before? What adjustments to my daughter's diet would you recommend - if indeed there is anything that can be done to help her feel less tired given the hereditary condition she has. Thanks
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    • Hello Julia, I am sorry that we got way behind on communicating with our members in the portal. This is a very interesting question but one that IHello Julia, I am sorry that we got way behind on communicating with our members in the portal. This is a very interesting question but one that I suspect Dr. Carney will have trouble answering in a public forum because of the privacy laws. Generally in order to answer a question like this it requires Dr. Carney seeing some medial records and also asking some additional questions herself. That then becomes practicing medicine in a public environment. I suspect that Dr. Carney would be able to help but it would require a phone consult which are available at  https://www.veggievore.com/ as Food Coaching. Basically Dr. Carney can discuss foods and health but would not be able to diagnose a disease or prescribe medications. For most people this is just find and she does these consults in the evenings.   More ...
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