The Living Force
RedFox said:One wonders then if iron overload is caused by a pathogen triggering the body to absorb more than it needs (in order for the pathogen to survive/thrive).
That's a good question (it could also be the cause in some cases and not others). Besides the push to supplement iron in the last few decades, which we knew to be dangerous from the iron overload research, another risk is fortified food (like flours, breads, cereals, etc. that we don't eat, but the general population does in high quantities).
I'm going to get the book Plague Time in the next couple of days (I'll see if it's also available for Kindle for easy searching and quoting if need be).
ADDED: Just saw your post, Pierre.