Anemia Facts:

Anemia Types, Kinds, Causes and Treatments

New December 2016 Among the anemia facts are the numerous anemia types, different kinds of anemia. Here we will review some of the most basic information and some of the most important information about the most common forms of anemia.

Anemia Facts Basics: The Most Common Anemia Types

Iron deficiency anemia (the most common anemia worldwide)

Vitamin deficiency anemia

Anemia of chronic disease

Aplastic anemia

Anemias associated with bone marrow disease

Hemolytic anemias

Sickle cell anemia

Idiopathic or hospital acquired anemia

Decreased red cell production anemia from low erythropoietin production (a hormone made by the kidney {90%} and liver {10%}) that tells the stem cells in the marrow to become red blood cells

Cancer Therapy Anemia: surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy anemia

Next on anemia facts, how they are treated.

How They Are Treated

There are numerous medical treatments with blood transfusions. Little known anemia fact, it is the most dangerous treatment. While you will hear advertisements say Blood saves lives, the truth is, there is no high level studies that show blood transfusions are better than alternative treatments. Some hospitals that have specialized in Bloodless Medicine and Surgery now rarely if ever give blood because the outcomes are so much better without blood transfusions.

People will say, "Blood saved my life." While that may be true, what they overlook is the damage the transfusion did to them for the rest of their life. Their immune system has been weakened. They are at risk for numerous other diseases that may not show for many years.

MSIDSThere are numerous diseases like Lyme and up to 20 spirochete infections that there currently are no tests for. These take years to cause neurospirochetosis and what has become known as MSIDS.

HIV AIDSAnother anemia fact...the risk of HIV transmission. Ask any of the 50,000 people that got AIDS from tainted blood crisis in Canada if they would have preferred a safer option. While avoiding transfusions is not for everyone, if it is for you, you are in the right place.

Hepatitis C Anemia Fact Ask if any of the thousands who got hepatitis C from blood transfusions in the past decade. They may have received the transfusion before the mid 90's and the disease did not show up for a decade. Some will die from it. There was a safer way, a better way that was available. There is a better way available for you today as well.

There are a few ways to get health care without blood transfusions.

1) Find a Bloodless Hospital

2) Find a Naturopathic Doctor who is experienced in treating anemia

3) If the above are not available, become an educated consumer

Ultimately, you will need a customized health management strategy to correct the cause if possible and to help your body build the necessary blood.

Next on anemia facts, types and kinds, and more specifics. The following are the most common types of anemia. Some are repeated as they may fall into more than one category. Some we have elaborated and provided extensive anemia facts on. Others are more basic and do not have an in-depth consideration (yet).

Iron Deficiency Anemia Facts

While it is most often caused by excessive blood loss, other factors can also cause this. Menstrual anemia is one form of iron deficiency anemia.

Other causes include bleeding in the GI tract from a peptic ulcer, gastritis, hemorrhoids or in worm infestation in children.

It can also be the result of poorly absorbing iron. This can occur for a number of reasons including chronic diarrhea, a lack of stomach acid (from using drugs like Prilosec) or malabsorption.

How It's Treated?

Diet is an important part of iron absorption. Vitamin C, Ascorbate and Citrate increase the uptake of iron.

Avoid plant phytates and tannins which inhibit absorption. Phytates are found in wheat's and certain cereals and tannin, such as found in non-herbal teas.

Enzymes also play a role in iron absorption and blood production.

While typically treated with iron supplements, treating with the a natural blood building protocol will work best and have the least side effects. Natural blood building has often been found to work when traditional supplements and medical treatments alone will not work.

Aplastic Anemia Facts

Is a blood disorder of the bone marrow not making enough new blood cells. This causes secondary health problems such as irregular heart beats (arrhythmia's), enlarged heart, heart failure. People with aplastic anemia are more prone to get infections and are at greater risk for bleeding disorders.

What Causes It?

Aplastic anemia, though rare, can get worse unless the cause is treated. Some reasons include...

Exposure to toxins (pesticides, arsenic, and benzene)

Chemotherapy and radiation

Certain medicines such as chloramphenicol and ticlopidine.

Neuroborreliosis from Borrelia burgdorferi

It is also associated with autoimmune disorders like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Infectious diseases such as hepatitis, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, parvovirus B19, and HIV may be associated with the cause.

How It's Treated?

While typical treatment include blood transfusions, stem cell transplants, and medication, there is good reason to consider the Water Cures Protocol. It can work as a pre-procedure preparatory measure or can work on its own for those who want to consider options first or cannot afford medical treatments.

The basics of fluid and electrolyte balance maintenance produce a flushing of toxins out of the body at the cellular level. No medication alone can do this. Additionally, the advanced protocols also boost the immune system, helping to further detoxify the body.

Really, a a ntural blood building protocol is perhaps the best way to remove the cause of aplastic anemia, such as exposure to a toxin or correcting the auto-immune condition.

Hemolytic Anemia Facts

Is a condition of red blood cell destruction and removal from short of their normal life lifespan.

What Causes It?

Sometimes it is caused by diseases. Other times it may be inherited.

Examples of inherited hemolytic anemia:

Sickle cell anemia


Hereditary spherocytosis

Hereditary elliptocytosis

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency (these should not use vitamin C therapy)

Pyruvate kinase deficiency

Examples of Acquired Hemolytic Anemia
Immune Hemolytic Anemia Types:

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
Drug-induced hemolytic anemia
Mechanical hemolytic anemia
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
Signs and Symptoms of Hemolytic Anemia

While the symptoms of all types of anemia include fatigue, the lower red blood cell count of hemolytic anemia can also cause shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, coldness in your hands or feet, pale skin, gums and nail beds, and chest pain.


Upper abdomen pain

Ulcers and pain in the legs

Babesia Additional Signs: In the case of Babesia infection, additionally there may be low and unstable blood pressure, very low platelet count hrombocytopenia, DIC or disseminated intravascular coagulation, also known as consumptive coagulopathy), which may lead to blood clots and bleeding. There may be a malfunction of vital organs (such as the kidneys, lungs, and liver).

How It's Treated?

While those with hemolytic anemia may not require treatment, if it becomes severe ongoing treatment may be required.

Treating with the Water Cures Blood Building Protocol may be as if not more effective than conventional treatments. There is one word of caution thought. Mega-dose vitamin C is contraindicated in those with G6PD.

St Johns Hospital in Cleveland Ohio has reversed DIC without the use of blood transfusions. They basically used the basics of the Water Cures protocol without the oral use of salt and water, instead, using IV saline for managing fluid and electrolytes.

The following is another of our anemia facts that you will not on most other anemia sites as of December 2016. However, it is just as serious as the worse anemia that you can have.

Babesia microti infection (Lyme co-infection)

Certain infections and substances can also damage red blood cells and lead to hemolytic anemia.

While the body makes normal red blood cells initially, something causes the destruction of the cells before the normal life expectancy of the cells. Dark screen microscopy may provide clues to the cause, the infection of the blood cells by spirochetes, cocci and gram negative rods that are so slow growing, they do not cause typical septic responses and there are no accurate tests for determining the type of bacteria. Additionally, some can only be detected after dosing with antibiotics, as with the Lyme paradox.

Immune disorders, infections and reactions to medicines and or blood transfusions can also cause hemolytic anemia.


What Causes It?

Thalassaemia, an inherited blood disorder, causes our body to decrease the production of healthy red blood cells. The cells produced may have less than optimal hemoglobin (an iron-rich protein in red blood cells).

The two primary types of thalassaemia are alpha- with the severe form called alpha thalassaemia major or hydrops fetalis.

And beta thalassaemia: with the severe form called beta thalassaemia major or Cooley's anemia.

Thalassaemias most often affects people of Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African descent. It is a lifelong condition that is usually diagnosed in early childhood. The genes that control how the body makes the hemoglobin protein chains is missing or altered. The red cells in turn do not carry enough oxygen and thus thalassaemia is the result.

How It's Treated?

Mild thalassaemias require little or no treatment.

The moderate to severe forms of thalassaemia are treated with blood transfusions, iron chelation therapy, and folic acid supplements.

For those who blood transfusions are not an option, the Water Cures Blood Building Protocol could be beneficial. It uses the bloodless medicine and surgery protocols and takes them farther to provide even better results.

Sickle Cell Anemia Facts

Sickle cell anemia is a disease that causes the body to make some red blood cells in a sickle or 'C' shape. Normally a red blood cell is like a doughnut without a hole with a depression in the center.

A normal red blood cell contain an iron-rich protein called hemoglobin. It carries oxygen from the lungs to the body.

Sickle cells have an abnormal hemoglobin that causes the cells to have a sickle shape, which don’t move easily through the blood vessels – they are stiff and sticky and tend to form clumps and get stuck in the blood vessels.

The clumps of sickle cells block blood flow in the blood vessels that lead to the limbs and organs. Blocked blood vessels can cause pain, serious infections, and organ damage.

In sickle cell anemia, a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells occurs because sickle cells don't last very long. Sickle cells usually die after about 10 to 20 days and the body can't reproduce red blood cells fast enough to replace the dying ones, which causes anemia.

What Causes It?

Sickle cell anemia is an inherited, lifelong disease. People who have the disease inherit two copies of the sickle cell gene – one from each parent.

Sickle Cell Anemia Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptoms of sickle cell anemia are linked to anemia and pain.

Common symptoms for anemia include

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coldness in the hands and feet
  • Pale skin
  • Chest pain

Sudden body wide pain, called a 'sickle cell crisis,' is a common symptom of sickle cell anemia. The pain is often in the bones, lungs, abdomen, and joints.

How It's Treated?

There is no cure for Sickle cell anemia. However, here is another anemia a bloodless medicine and surgery consultant on the treatments of sickle cell anemia, I can say it is possible to relieve symptoms, treat the crisis and improve the quality of life. The key to treating it was the Water Cures Blood Building Protocol. In the hospital, saline IV's are used. Outside the hospital, the oral version of a saline IV, the Water Cures protocol helps.

The medical goals of treating sickle cell anemia are to control complications: relieve pain, prevent infections, prevent eye damage and strokes. Sometimes bone marrow bone marrow transplants may provide a cure to a limited sickle cell anemia cases.

Your At Risk If...

Sickle cell anemia is most often found in descendants from Africa, India, Saudi Arabia, South or Central American, the Caribbean islands, and Mediterranean countries.

Pernicious Anemia

Pernicious anemia is caused by a lack of vitamin B12 (a nutrient found in certain foods) that results in the bodies inability to make enough healthy red blood cells. The lack of vitamin B is because it cannot be absorbed due to a lack of intrinsic factor (a protein made in the stomach). There are other reason for vitamin B12 deficiency.

What Causes It?

Lack of B12 in your diet
Lack of intrinsic factor in the intestines / results in decreased absorption of B12
Bacteria in the small intestine can affect the gut's inability to absorb B12
Certain diseases can affect vitamin B12 absorption
Certain medications can affect vitamin B12 absorption
Surgical removal of part of the small intestines may affect absorption

Signs and Symptoms of Pernicious Anemia

In addition to the usual symptoms of anemia, deficiency in B12 may cause...

Confusion, dementia, depression, and memory loss.
Nerve damage
A smooth, beefy red tongue
Nausea and vomiting, abdominal bloating and gas, constipation or diarrhea
Loss of appetite, and weight loss
An enlarged liver

How It's Treated?

Treated involves replacing the vitamin B12 missing from the body. Treatment may be required for the rest of your life.

Your At Risk If...

Your pernicious anemia risk increases if you...

Have a family history of the condition.
Have had part or all of your stomach removed.
Have had part or all of your small intestine removed.
Have an autoimmune disorder involving the endocrine glands (Addison's disease, type 1 diabetes, Graves' disease, and vitiligo).
Have GI disorders or diseases that prevent the absorption of vitamin B12.
Taking medications that prevent the proper absorption of vitamin B12.
Are a vegetarian and don't eat animal / diary and don't take vitamin B12 supplements.
If you have a poor overall dietary habits.

Fanconi Anemia

What Causes It?

Fanconi anemia (FA) is a type of aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder that is inherited. It causes bone marrow failure and prevents your bone marrow from either making enough new blood cells or making abnormal blood cells for your body to work effectively. The abnormal blood cells can lead to health problems like leukemia.

While it is a blood disorder, it can affect many of the body's systems, tissues and organs. Those who have FA have an increased cancer risk.

The lifespan for those with FA is between 20 to 30 years. The causes of death related to FA are bone marrow failure, leukemia, and solid tumors.

How It's Treated?

The four main types of treatment for FA are...

Blood and marrow stem cell transplant
Androgen therapy
Synthetic growth factors
Gene therapy

So far, as of this writing, we do not know of anyone with Fanconi Anaemia that used the Water Cures Blood Building Protocol. However we personally know and have reports from doctors of those who have ended their leukemia with the Water Cures Blood Building Protocol.

Injury Induced Anemia

Renal injury of a sudden onset

Injuries with blood loss

Cancer / Cancer Treatment Related Anemia

Anemia from radiation therapy

Anemia caused by myelogenous leukemia (AML, CML)

Anemia caused by erythroid cancers

Anemia Caused by Surgery or Treatments

Anemia from high-risk surgeries like colectomy, hip replacement, and knee replacement, liver transplant.

Anemia from cancer treatment

Anemia Due to Disease or Conditions

Anemia from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Anemia from folate deficiency

B-12 deficiency

Iron deficiency


Hemolytic anemia

Bone marrow fibrosis

Anemia from Castleman's disease

Anemia in Gaucher's disease


Anemia in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)

Anemia from erythropoietin-type resistance due to neutralizing antibodies

Anemia of cancer but not due to cancer treatment

Aplastic anemia

Autonomic dysfunction

Anemia from cardiogenic shock-associated reasons

Insufficient cerebral oxygenation and resulting cell death

Congestive heart failure

Ehlers Danlos


Heart failure (heart pumping action grows weaker, can be right side or both sides)

Ischemic heart disease also called coronary artery disease or hardening of the arteries. Results from cholesterol plaque build up in the arteries of the heart that cause ischemia or the heart not getting enough blood flow and oxygen.

Multiple sclerosis also called MS. The Water Cures Protocol has a very good record of putting MS in remission. (Also, rule out MSIDS / Lyme or Neurospirochetosis)


Myocardial infarction

Postural tachycardia syndrome

Preventing anticancer chemotherapy-induced anemia

Prevention of tumor hypoxia

Scoliosis surgery

Sepsis-associated anemia

Sickle cell anemia The Water Cures Blood Building Protocol has been effective in preventing and treatment in the hospital and out.

Stroke / subarachnoid hemorrhage



Traumatic brain injury

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