Fanconi anemia or FA, is a rare, inherited blood disorder that leads to bone marrow failure. The disorder also is called Fanconi’s anemia.
FA prevents your bone marrow from making enough new blood cells for your body to work normally. FA also can cause your bone marrow to make many faulty blood cells. This can lead to serious health problems, such as leukemia (a type of blood cancer).
Although FA is a blood disorder, it also can affect many of your body’s organs, tissues, and systems. Children who inherit FA are at higher risk of being born with birth defects. FA also increases the risk of some cancers and other serious health problems.
FA is different from Fanconi syndrome. Fanconi syndrome affects the kidneys. It’s a rare and serious condition that mostly affects children.
Children who have Fanconi syndrome pass large amounts of key nutrients and chemicals through their urine. These children may have serious health and developmental problems.
The most usual symptoms are:
- Bone marrow failure
- Birth defects
- Developmental or eating problems
FA is an inherited disorder. It is passed from parents to children through genes. If a child has FA, his or her brothers and sisters also should be tested for the disorder.
Anemia: The 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 various parts. If you have anemia, you may not have the energy to do normal activities. A low red blood cell count also can cause shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, coldness in your hands and feet, pale skin, and chest pain.
Bone Marrow Failure: When your bone marrow fails, it can’t make enough red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This can cause many problems that have various signs and symptoms. With too few red blood cells, you can develop anemia. In FA, the size of your red blood cells also can be much larger than normal. This makes it harder for the cells to work well. With too few white blood cells, you’re at risk for infections. Infections also may last longer and be more serious than normal. With too few platelets, you may bleed and bruise easily, suffer from internal bleeding, or have petechiae. Petechiae are tiny red or purple spots on the skin. Bleeding in small blood vessels just below your skin causes these spots.
In some people who have FA, the bone marrow makes a lot of harmful, immature white blood cells called blasts. Blasts don’t work like normal blood cells. As they build up, they prevent the bone marrow from making enough normal blood cells.
A large number of blasts in the bone marrow can lead to a type of blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Birth Defects: Many birth defects can be signs of FA. These include:
Bone or skeletal defects. FA can cause missing, oddly shaped, or three or more thumbs. Arm bones, hips, legs, hands, and toes may not form fully or normally. People who have FA may have a curved spine, a condition called scoliosis (sco-le-O-sis).
Eye and ear defects. The eyes, eyelids, and ears may not have a normal shape. Children who have FA also might be born deaf.
Skin discoloration. This includes coffee-colored areas or odd-looking patches of lighter skin.
Kidney problems. A child who has FA might be born with a missing kidney or kidneys that aren’t shaped normally.
Congenital heart defects. The most common congenital heart defect linked to FA is a ventricular septal defect (VSD). A VSD is a hole or defect in the lower part of the wall that separates the heart’s left and right chambers.
Other signs and symptoms of FA are related to physical and mental development. They include:
- Low birth weight
- Poor appetite
- Delayed growth
- Below-average height
- Small head size
- Mental retardation or learning disabilities
- Signs and Symptoms of Fanconi Anemia in Adults
Some signs and symptoms of FA may develop as you or your child gets older. Women who have FA may have some or all of the following:
- Sex organs that are less developed than normal
- Menstruating later than women who don’t have FA
- Starting menopause earlier than women who don’t have FA
- Problems getting pregnant and carrying a pregnancy to full term
Men who have FA may have sex organs that are less developed than normal. They also may be less fertile than men who don’t have the disease.
Fanconi anemia (FA) is an inherited disease. The term “inherited” means that the disease is passed from parents to children through genes. At least 13 faulty genes are associated with FA. FA occurs when both parents pass the same faulty FA gene to their child.
People who have only one faulty FA gene are FA “carriers.” Carriers don’t have FA, but they can pass the faulty gene to their children.
If both of your parents have a faulty FA gene, you have:
A 25 percent chance of having FA
A 25 percent chance of not having FA
A 50 percent chance of being an FA carrier and passing the gene to any children you have
If only one of your parents has a faulty FA gene, you won’t have the disorder. However, you have a 50 percent chance of being an FA carrier and passing the gene to any children you have.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
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Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
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Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Traditional Chinese medicine can be used to treat all types of Anaemia, and it’s generally referred to as Qi and blood deficiency. Chinese medicine practitioners work with patients to help balance their diet, improve digestion and provide herbs.
The main types of Anaemia which can be treated via Chinese medicine are:
Kidney essence and liver blood deficiency – This presents itself mostly in the elderly or middle-aged, who are overworked. There tends to be a general sense of fatigue and lethargy, as well as dry skin, cloudy eyes, low back pain, weak knees and frequent urination. You may have some results with the Qi Bao Mai Yin Dan or Zuo Gui Wan herbal remedies.
Qi and blood deficiency – In Qi and blood Anaemia, there will be fatigue, paleness, slight weight loss, poor memory and slight mental changes. Try Gui Pi Tang or Ba Zhen Tang herbal remedies.
Blood and body fluid deficiency – Patients suffering with this type of Anaemia will experience fatigue, paleness, dry skin, dry eyes, dry stools and peeling nails. Give the herbal remedies Sha Shen Mai Men Dong Tang or Si Wu Tang a try.
Acupuncture has been found to be beneficial. Acupuncture employs the use of thin needles on the skin to restore the flow of qi and consequent health to the body. When treating Anaemia, a TCM practitioner will stimulate points that increase a flow of qi to the stomach, liver and blood-producing spleen.
Try the following for some relief from your symptoms:
Peppermint – It refreshes and invigorates, has a strong, penetrating grassy-mint scent which helps disinfect the air and relieve body pains and normalize Anaemia.
Honey Lemon – With a natural healing aroma, honey lemon refreshes and helps normalize Anaemia.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
A homeopathic supplement called Immune-Aid+ is also available on the market, and makes claims to boost your immunity by increasing your white blood cell counts. Immune Aid + is made using a combination of Chinese herbs, echinacea, amino acids and metabolites.
FA patients must constantly be monitored to see if their platelet, or red blood cell counts, are decreasing. There are several homeopathic remedies available to try and stimulate red blood cell counts, including drinking papaya leaf juice. Papaya leaf is known to contain very high amounts of vitamins A, C, E, K, B Complex and is especially high in B17. Papaya leaf juice is commonly given to patients in the tropics who are suffering from dengue fever, a symptom of which is a low red blood cell count.
Other homeopathic remedies include eating foods rich in vitamins A, C, E, K and B17, which include beet root, potato skin, beef, apples and leafy green vegetables.
Stimulating white blood cells via G-CSF (hematopoietic growth factors) are also effective for many FA patients. A loss of white blood cells effectively lowers a patient’s immune system, which in combination with lower platelets makes FA patients more susceptible to cancer.
Homeopathic treatments for elevating white blood cell counts, also known as leukocytes, include adding foods to your diet that are rich in antioxidants and amino acides. Examples include garlic, strawberries, oysters and pumpkin.
Herbs can offer relief to sufferers of Anaemia. Try any of the following:
Alfalfa – Alfalfa leaf concentrate is believed to be effective and a more palatable substitute for iron and folic acid supplements in the treatment of Anaemia in adolescent girls.
Chlorella – A nutritional blue-green algae, chlorella grows in fresh water and sunlight and is rich in protein, folate, vitamin B-12 and iron.
Angelica – Also known as dong quai, Angelica is a traditional herbal remedy for menstrual irregularities and menopausal complaints.
Home remedies for Anaemia include eating leafy vegetables, bananas, beetroot, honey and spinach.
Try an Epsom salt bath for around 5-10 minutes, or take a cold bath.
You can also try massaging the body to keep the blood flowing; massage legs, hands and arms.
Increase iron intake daily by enjoying iron rich fruits and consume plenty of vitamin C to keep your body healthy.
Mix a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, before eating this homemade concoction.
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Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Natural remedy for Anaemia www.homeveda.com/other-conditions/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-anaemia.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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E3 Live, Green Superfoods
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St. John’s Wort
Sunlight Therapy, Solar Healing
EMF Chaos Elimination, Q-Link
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Living Freedom, Emotional Release Work
www.totalintegrationinstitute.com (520) 615-9811
Callahan Technique, Thought Field Therapy
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Dianetics, Dianetics Technology
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Neuro Emotional Technique
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Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.