Welcome to
Iron Disorders Institute 

A Voluntary Health Agency

More than 90 million Americans are affected in some way by Iron-out-of-Balance™. Ethnicity, age, gender, occupation, general health, diet, and genetics define the severity.
Cheryl Garrison, Co-Founder, Iron Disorders Institute

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Common Iron Disorders


Hemochromatosis (HH) is a disease that results from excessive amounts of iron in the body (iron overload).


Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency and the leading cause of anemia in the world.

Anemia of chronic disease

Anemia of chronic disease (ACD) is also referred to as anemia of inflammatory response. 

Dymetabolic iron overload syndrome

is characterized by an elevated serum ferritin with a normal…

About The Organization

Iron Disorders Institute is a 501(c)3 national organization headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. IDI received its non-profit status in 1998.

Vision Statement:

Iron Disorders Institute’s vision is that no one should suffer or die prematurely because of  Iron-Out-of-Balance™.

Mission Statement: 

IDI exists so that people with iron disorders receive early, accurate (complete) diagnosis, appropriate treatment and are equipped to live in good health.

We carry out our mission and our vision by:

  • Providing reliable information about iron disorders
  • Making the best use of resources and being accountable to you,
  • Supporting a positive relationship between you and your physician,
  • Advocating for you to government health agencies, the media, health policy and law makers and the medical community,
  • Concentrating efforts on educations and raising awareness

The content of this website is provided by members of the Iron Disorders Institute Board of Directors and Scientific & Medical Advisory Board.

This website is made possible & funded by donations from the public. 

Mission/Purpose of Website

The mission of the website is to inform the public about iron disorders, especially hemochromatosis, iron deficiency with or without anemia, anemia of inflammatory response, dysmetabolic iron overload (DIOS) and iron avidity. The content is not meant to replace the advice of your physician.

We offer information for the patient, family members and members of the healthcare profession.

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Our Books

Researched and developed by experts in the field of iron, our books will help educate families and physicians on Iron-out-of-Balance. Each book can be purchased at Amazon.

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This iron blood test panel measures the hemoglobin, ferritin, fasting serum iron, TIBC (total iron binding capacity) and transferrin levels.

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I started loading iron when I was a teen. My family was shocked to learn what Hemochromatosis was and that it was genetic. We later learned that my Dad was a carrier and my grandfather’s premature death was caused by Hemochromatosis. Today, I am equipped with the knowledge I need to stay healthy.

- Eric B.

About Our Sponsor

At ironology, we have all personally struggled with Iron-Out-of-Balance®. In addition to our founding members having battled their own life-threatening iron disorders, we’ve experienced the worry of how to help family members and friends who’ve been diagnosed.

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