Finally, an iron supplement that won’t upset your stomach or cause constipation.

Dr. Erin StokesWomen's HealthI have advised many women over the years who have struggled with resolving iron deficiency anemia. The most common challenge is the iron supplements that are commonly recommended (ferrous sulfate) as a solution is not well tolerated or absorbed. It is not easily absorbed. It commonly causes nausea, upset stomach and constipation. These effects are not only unpleasant but make it difficult to be compliant with the treatment. There is a better way.

Blood BuilderMany years ago, I discovered Blood Builder by MegaFood. This is an amazing supplement. It is the perfect supplement for women struggling with iron deficiency anemia. First of all it works seemingly much better than ferrous sulfate or ferrous fumerate. Women feel much better when taking Blood Builder. It does not upset the stomach or cause constipation. It includes the other nutrients required for iron absorption. And like all MegaFood supplements it contains food-state nutrients including AND real food including organic oranges and beet root.

In this interview Dr. Erin Stokes discusses MegaFood Blood Builder as a supplement and how she has used it in her personal life and clinical practice.

The following excerpt is from (National Institutes of Health) READ MORE
The signs and symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia depend on its severity. Mild to moderate iron-deficiency anemia may have no signs or symptoms. When signs and symptoms do occur, they can range from mild to severe. Many of the signs and symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia apply to all types of anemia.

Signs and Symptoms of Anemia

  • Anemia SignThe most common symptom of all types of anemia is fatigue (tiredness). Fatigue occurs because your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to its many parts.
  • Also, the red blood cells your body makes have less hemoglobin than normal. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein in red blood cells. It helps red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
  • Anemia also can cause shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, coldness in your hands and feet, pale skin, chest pain, weakness, and fatigue (tiredness).
  • If you don’t have enough hemoglobin-carrying red blood cells, your heart has to work harder to move oxygen-rich blood through your body. This can lead to irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs), a heart murmur, an enlarged heart, or even heart failure.
  • In infants and young children, signs of anemia include poor appetite, slowed growth and development, and behavioral problems.

Signs and Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

  • HemoglobinSigns and symptoms of iron deficiency may include brittle nails, swelling or soreness of the tongue, cracks in the sides of the mouth, an enlarged spleen, and frequent infections.
  • People who have iron-deficiency anemia may have an unusual craving for nonfood items, such as ice, dirt, paint, or starch. This craving is called pica (PI-ka or PE-ka).
  • Some people who have iron-deficiency anemia develop restless legs syndrome (RLS). RLS is a disorder that causes a strong urge to move the legs. This urge to move often occurs with strange and unpleasant feelings in the legs. People who have RLS often have a hard time sleeping.
  • Iron-deficiency anemia can put children at greater risk for lead poisoning and infections.
  • Some signs and symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia are related to the condition’s causes. For example, a sign of intestinal bleeding is bright red blood in the stools or black, tarry-looking stools.
  • Very heavy menstrual bleeding, long periods, or other vaginal bleeding may suggest that a woman is at risk for iron-deficiency anemia. (End excerpt)

About Dr. Erin Stokes, ND

Dr. Erin Stokes, is a Naturopathic Doctor and the Medical Director at FoodState.  Erin received her Naturopathic Doctor degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, in 2001. She combines her experience as a Naturopathic Doctor with an extensive background in the natural products industry. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. Dr. Stokes practices naturopathic medicine in Boulder, CO.

I have three other interviews on MegaFood. One is an introduction to the MegaFood FoodState Whole Food SloProcess. I am fascinated by the way MegaFood creates their products. I want my listeners to understand that is truly something unique.

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Former FDA Regulator Now Leads the Natural Products Association

Dr. Daniel FabricantLegislativeI think the heading of this podcast sounds intriguing considering the decades long animosity between the FDA and the natural products industry. Dr. Daniel Fabricant holds the unique position of being involved with FDA regulation of nutritional supplement manufacturers to becoming the Executive Director and CEO of the nation’s only trade association for natural products. In fact, Dr. Fabricant was the Vice-President of Scientific Affairs for the NPA prior to joining the FDA as it’s primary regulator of dietary supplements and then returning to head up the Natural Products Association. I became so curious to interview Dr. Fabricant and learn more about his interesting journey and gain some insight into the current thinking about natural supplements at the FDA.

As the only trade association for the natural products industry, the NPA is responsible for maintaining a presence before Congress and to be an advocate for the natural products industry in dealings with the FDA. The NPA is also responsible for education of the retailers, manufacturers and many other about the challenging facing the industry and helping to shape policies that further the growth and awareness of natural products.

Natural products have becoming so popular that there are plenty of products for consumers. The problem is that there are a lot of inferior products and it is challenging even for knowledgeable people to sort out fact from fiction. There is a lot of information out that is simply not accurate. You can read more about my thoughts on the challenges faced by consumers who love natural products and the companies that make those products in my podcast number 100. Part of Dr. Fabricant’s responsibility is to understand those challenges and help lead the industry in a responsible way.

This is not an easy job. There are lot’s of competing demands. The natural products industry is very broad. It includes foods, cosmetics, supplements, household goods, education and each of these areas has it’s own set of concerns. There are the legislative and regulatory concerns. The NPA is the voice to media and must deal with a seemingly biased view about nutrition and especially a more negative attitude towards nutritional supplements.

So I just wanted to know what Dr. Fabricant knows about the current state of affairs and what he sees looking forward. The times have changed and it is no longer the same small close knit industry as it was. It this interview you will learn the insider’s view of the natural products industry. At the least, I would like you to understand the challenges faced by those companies that bring you the products you love and that there are many people who are invested the preserving your access to the best nutritional products. They are deserving of your support and gratitude. We need our champions and the NPA is one of the most important champions for all of us who love and use natural products.

So this interview is not really geared for consumers, except that it is good for you to know that there is a group of people and an industry of committed businesses that are working very hard to make sure that you have access to the best nutritional products and to the science that lead to those products. This is a little insight behind the scenes.

The room conditions were not ideal for the interview so the overall sound quality is not the best. We were in the middle of a big empty banquet hall. We had to ferret out a table and chairs before we could start. In fact, we had the lights go out on us twice while conducting the interview, so part of the interview was conducted by iPhone Flashlight. So we just continued on. This is a make the best of it interview and we did. I enjoyed my conversation with Dr. Fabricant, I think you will too.

Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D.
Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. is Executive Director and CEO of the Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation’s largest and oldest trade organization representing the natural products industry, including dietary supplements, foods, personal care products and more. He is responsible for implementing board policy for the advancement and protection of the natural products industry, while overseeing every aspect of the association’s programs and activities. Most recently, Dr. Fabricant served as the Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he directed agency policy, public affairs and regulatory action regarding regulation of the dietary supplement industry for more than three years. While with the agency, he successfully navigated the large, heavily-matrixed governmental organizational structure to bring life to a regulatory function that was non-existent for almost 20 years. Prior to the FDA, Dr. Fabricant was vice president, global government and scientific affairs, for NPA, responsible for establishing and leading industry coalitions dealing with a range of legislative, regulatory and scientific matters. Dr. Fabricant carried his interest in natural products into the classroom, earning a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy since 2009. Pharmacognosy is the study of drugs derived from natural sources (plants and animals). He has also published extensively and is internationally recognized for his regulatory and governmental public health expertise and natural products research.

Natural Products Association


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133 – Rapid Defense for Immune Support – My Interview with Dean Morris

Everyone has an interest in staying healthy throughout the cold and flu season. Here on our goal is to help you discover some of the best nutritional products. We do that by interviewing some of the best experts in the natural products industry. My interview with 5th generation master herbalist Dean Morris is focused on two of these trademarked ingredients found in Rapi-Defense from Nature’s Way.

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132 – Holy Basil Herb for Stress and Anxiety – My Interview with Chris Kilham

Stress is linked to many aspects of both physical and mental health. Over time, stress can negatively affect the health of the digestive, immune and nervous systems. While the underlying causes of stress must be examined before one can truly heal oneself, dietary supplements can aid in the process. Holy basil, in particular, is an effective way to both prevent and combat the damaging effects of everyday stressors.

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131 – Earthing – What is It and Why Should You Care? – My Interview with Dr. Stephen Sinatra

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130 – Pain Free 1, 2, 3 – My Interview with Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum

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129 – Are Tocotrienols the Most Important Form of Vitamin E? – My Interview with Dr. Barrie Tan

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128 – Omega-3 for Women and Children – My Interview with Dr. Aimee Shunney

Omega-3Everyone who is interested in nutrition knows about fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids. We all understand that they are important. What we often fail to understand is how the nutrients exert their effects. How do these important nutrients work? Consumers often get stuck not knowing what to take or why.

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127 – Probiotics for Digestive and Immune Health – My Interview with Dr. Don Brown

Probiotics have finally hit the mainstream. TV commercials now tout the benefits of probiotics for digestive health. Welcome to club. Health food stores have been promoting probiotics for over 40 years. I purchased probiotics and live culture yogurt and kefir over 40 years ago in a California health food store. These are not new things.

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