After having completed his medical studies, Dr. Beat Schaub was trained as an internist and general practitioner in Switzerland for 9 years. In 1994 he opened his own medical office in Basel. It was already in the first two or three years that he noticed a surprising number of people who were suffering from unspecific symptoms such as state of exhaustion, concentration disorders, depressive moods, sleep disorders or dizziness; in spite of complicated evaluations the cause could not be objectified and eventually was wrongly interpreted as mentally ill.
In collaboration with computer scientists Dr. Schaub programmed a database to research on the connections between symptoms and objective findings. Thereby he discovered, in 1998, that most affected were women at the age of menstruating. The iron concentration in their bodies only came to about 10 percent of the one from men, and their symptoms mostly disappeared when they were provided with the missing iron. Only 12% of them concurrently had an Iron Deficiency Anemia. 88% suffered from Iron Deficiency Syndrome, discovered by him.
Between 1998 and 2005, Dr. Schaub developed a new concept for optimal diagnosis, therapy and prevention which – on the internet database of Health Banking – has been available to the doctors of the Iron Clinics since then (Swiss Iron Systems SIS for documentation, therapy monitoring and quality management).
Since more and more patients called for appointments, he founded the Network of Medical Iron Clinics in 2005. Meanwhile there are over a hundred Iron Clinics mainly in Switzerland, Germany but also in Austria and Russia.
In 2007, Dr. Schaub founded together with doctor colleagues the Swiss Iron Health Organisation SIHO. The treatment quality in the Iron Clinics is under thesupervision of SIHO which also is responsible for research on Iron Deficiency, utilization of the results, education and further training as well as quality management and quality control. The results of the treatment quality in the Iron Clinics were published in the case study Eurofer.
According to WHO, 4 billion people suffer from Iron Deficiency, not less than half of them without any appropriate diagnosis or causal treatment. Instead of receiving the missing iron, they often undergo unnecessary clarifications following palliative treatments. The basic problem lies in two errors of global conventional medicine:
- that Iron Deficiency is manifest only when Iron Anemia occurs
- that a ferritin value of 10 ng/ml is sufficient for all patients
This blog clarifies the difficulty of Iron Deficiency. At the same time, kind of a user manual is offered helping patients as well as their doctors to handle it wisely. This is the credo: women with Iron Deficiency Syndromes should be given an iron concentration in their body similar to the one of men. Most treated women feel healthy or significantly better after the treatment and need neither further evaluations nor medication to suppress symptoms any longer. By their recovery they even help save future costs! This way, even the sick healthcare could be healed.
The fruit of the labor over many years has resulted in the fact, that most doctors and clinics in Switzerland recognize Iron Deficiency patients at an early stage of Iron Deficiency Syndrome and – if needed – treat them with intravenous iron. It remains to be hoped that the eyes of patients and doctors also in other countries soon will be opened.