Hi A bit of background. I have been working on RVK’s simplified protocol since Jan. I did the 23andme test which helped with the methylation SNP’s but it also threw up a bit of a curve ball. I have hereditary haemochromatosis – thankfully picked up in the early stages of iron build up due to the genetic heads up. I am having fortnightly venesections to get my iron levels down. It will likely take about 5 months assuming we don’t have to slow treatment down at all. It depends how well I am replenishing my blood and having only had a couple of treatments so far it is too soon to tell. My ferritin level is currently 282 so not too bad. I’ve just completed a GI stool test and discovered that I have blastocystis hominis. I know normally the priority would be to sort out the gut but I have some concerns. I read in Amy Yasko’s book that high iron can strengthen bacteria because they use the iron and this makes the bacterial infection harder to treat. What I’m not sure of is if this just relates to body / blood borne bacteria or if it also extends to bacteria in the gut and does the same hold true for parasites. I’ve tried to research blastocystis and found that it is linked to iron deficiency anaemia in pregnant women and also that iron is a metabolite in their equivalent to mitochondria so it’s likely they also benefit from the host having high iron levels. Again the question is can the blastocystis being in my gut access the abundant iron in my body? My worry is that if I try to treat the blasto whilst my iron levels are high am I encouraging resistance to the treatment agent? I don’t want to make things worse by rushing in. It feels to me that laying on a siege whilst offering up an all you can eat buffet might not be the best idea. I’m new to all this and don’t know if I’m just inventing problems for myself or if it’s a valid concern. I'm uneasy about treating the blasto whilst my iron levels are up but I also want to support my methylation as much as possible because I need to be making new blood cells and I worry that the blasto isn't helping in that regard. So what should I prioritise? Any advice or input would be gratefully received. Many thanks.