The Vegetarian Vampire
By Atom Bergstrom
Iron is the most important metal in the cosmos.
Hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen are not metals.
Iron-56 is the only completely non-radioactive element in the cosmos.
(Nickel-56 is the exception to the rule, but it’s too sparse to make a difference.)
Iron-56 is the MID-POINT between fusion and fission …
The nuclear bomb is to the left of iron-56.
The atomic bomb is to the right of iron-56.
Iron is essential for life.
But can you get too much?
If you supplement with iron (wittingly or unwittingly), YES.
Let’s take the case of the Vegetarian Vampire.
I managed a health food store in an Austin mall, when a guy walked by dressed like Tom Cruise in the movie Interview with a Vampire.
He saw me looking him over, so he approached me and said, “I am NOT a vampire.”
“That’s interesting,” I replied, “because your gray complexion indicates an iron overload.”
“Well, that can’t be because I’m a vegetarian.”
“You can get iron-overloaded on other foods, not just meat.”
“And what foods would those be?” he challenged.
“Canned black olives, for instance, especially the ones packed with iron fumerate,” I replied.
“Really? I eat two cans of black olives every day!”