Low Ferritin

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Why are young runners prone to low iron stores today? More than half are testing low in ferritin. What is it about? To medical professionals, it's often an indicator for iron supplementation. How does the human body utilize iron and what depletes it? Coaches most likely understand half of this equation. Why do iron supplements work for some runners and not for others? More

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About Scott Webb

Scott W. Webb graduated from Wheaton College, Chicago, 1981 with a degree in philosophy. He is the father of two grown children, Art and Maddie, and grandfather to two, Kaden and Hannah. He worked for the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska for seven years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1990 after his wife signed a developing artist deal with Star Song Communications and then with Curb Music. In 2000, he became interested in "health and wellness" and opened a private colon hydrotherapy office in 2001, where he is in his 14th year. In 2006, he wrote the book, "Inside Poop," about his experiences and learnings as a colon hygienist, which has a five star rating on Amazon. He has authored other books on a wide variety of topics and been published in ACRES USA and Massage magazine.

More recently, he filmed the 2013 Cross Country season for the Brentwood High team, which finished in third place at the NXN Nike Cross Nationals, December 7, 2013. Through that, he learned that many student runners struggle with low iron as indicated by the "low ferritin" medical test. After making dietary suggestions for the Brentwood team resulting in positive feedback, he put together a recent book covering his understanding of iron assimilation in the human body titled "Low Ferritin." It includes dietary and practical suggestions.

His other interests include gardening, raising chickens, and a wide range of home fermentation projects.

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Review by: Victoria Lucas on June 10, 2014 :
In his book Low Ferritin: Understanding Performance Issues with Long Distance Runners and Student Athlete Competitors, Scott Webb discusses a concern that is very current. Over a thousand marathons run last year across the United States alone, which generated more than half a million finishers. The huge number of marathon enthusiasts makes this book an essential addition in every runner’s book shelf.

What I love about the book is how Webb was able to take a topic as complex as iron assimilation, and present it to readers more simply and in a language that readers from all ages will understand and absorb easily. It also helps that Webb himself is a professional colon hydrotherapist, which means that he has the proper background and done ample research on the subject before forming his own conclusions regarding low ferritin among runners.

The book is helpful not only to long distance runners and student athletes, but also I think to everyone else who is just planning on taking up running as a serious sport. Low Ferritin is able to provide extensive medical information anchored on research to help runners, both experienced and amateur, what to do about their performance issues. Moreover, another think I liked about the book is that Webb doesn’t stop at just diagnosing the problem and explaining it. In chapter five, he provides dietary options for runners with low ferritin.

From defining what iron assimilation is, to suggesting products and homemade solutions to people with low ferritin, the book is informative enough to jumpstart a runner’s journey to performing better. Overall, the book is a great read that I would personally buy as a gift to my runner friends.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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