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Diego302
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My girlfriend believes that rubbing a gold ring on your skin will indicate if your body is low on iron if it leaves a grey mark.

Has anybody heard of this? I don't believe that this is in any way an accurate test to determine if your body is low on iron. A gold ring will leave marks on some people and not others, and on the same people will leave bolder marks on certain parts of the body (the forehead usually leaves very dark grey marks, where the arm is usually light). It's my guess that the acids in the natural body oil is reacting and oxidizing with the trace amounts of Gold left from the friction. Ideas?

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Generally, when gold leaves gray, black or green marks on the skin it is a good indication that it ain't gold.

Beach...and just for your future information - gold doesn't oxidize...Life!

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Diego302
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Thank you for the reply. And thinking back to high school chemestry, I agree Au (Gold) does not oxidize (combine with oxygen directly). However, gold will react with other substances, or cause a reaction in others by acting as a catylist.

I absolutly guarantee that the rings (we've tried a few, she shows this to EVERYBODY), are gold - and they will leave a mark.

I'm aware that some low quality rings will turn a finger grey, green, black, etc. However, I can take a ring from a perfectly clean finger, read the 18K mark on the band, and rub it across the inner forearm and leave a mark, but only on some people (tends to work best with young women).

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When you say a mark, are we talking one that stays around and needs to be washed off, or one that fades on its own?

Beach...Oh and btw, welcome to the board...Life!

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It stays, it's actually a little hard to get off.

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Actually, I have never just let the mark stay to see if it will fade over time. We've always just rubbed it off.

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Actually, I have never just let the mark stay to see if it will fade over time. We've always just rubbed it off.

Michael

Now you have me curious, though I would bet it has nothing to do with iron content. I'll have to dig up my old wedding ring to see this work in action.

Beach...everything else I own is silver...Life!

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Beach, thanks for your time and help. This is a long standing source of debate for myself, and I simply must find the truth. I don't mind being wrong nearly as much as I mind not actually knowing that I'm right.

The best way to get this to work is to make one very quick pass with the ring. Like I said, it works the best on the forehead of young people, but somepeople, like my girlfriend, could actually write her name in script on her forearm. For me it does nothing. Maybe it has something to do with baby oil, I know she puts on lotion every morning after showering?

BTW, she's actually taking Iron pills (good anyway I guess).

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It may be the person's chemistry. My mother gets discoloration from gold. The higher the content, the worse the color. She can wear cheap rings with no problem.

Kim "coating the inside of the ring with clear nail polish will help"

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quote:
Originally posted by Diego302:
Beach, thanks for your time and help. This is a long standing source of debate for myself, and I simply must find the truth. I don't mind being wrong nearly as much as I mind not actually knowing that I'm right.

The best way to get this to work is to make one very quick pass with the ring. Like I said, it works the best on the forehead of young people, but somepeople, like my girlfriend, could actually write her name in script on her forearm. For me it does nothing. Maybe it has something to do with baby oil, I know she puts on lotion every morning after showering?

BTW, she's actually taking Iron pills (good anyway I guess).

Michael

Okay then, here's your answer:
It's just skin chem

Incidentally, taking iron supplements without needing them is not a good idea due to the possibility of iron toxicity.

Beach...still sounds like a good UL though...Life!

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Thanks!!!!

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quote:
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I don't mind being wrong nearly as much as I mind not actually knowing that I'm right.

That is, without a doubt, one of the wisest things anyone has ever said!

Silas

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Diego302
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Thanks! It requires wisdom to recognize wisdom.

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So, just exactly how can you tell if your body is low on iron without having to resort to old wives' tales?

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So, just exactly how can you tell if your body is low on iron without having to resort to old wives' tales?

Go to the doctor for a blood test.
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Originally posted by Pseudo_Croat:
So, just exactly how can you tell if your body is low on iron without having to resort to old wives' tales?

Go to the doctor for a blood test.
Or save the money and do something for your community at the same time: give blood.
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quote:
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So, just exactly how can you tell if your body is low on iron without having to resort to old wives' tales?

- Pseudo "iron chef" Croat

When I went to donate blood, they took a drop of blood from my finger and dropped it in some water. If it floated, that meant I didn't have enough iron in my blood. If it sank, then everything was all right.

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Brad from Georgia
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quote:
Originally posted by Pseudo_Croat:
So, just exactly how can you tell if your body is low on iron without having to resort to old wives' tales?

- Pseudo "iron chef" Croat

Since I suffer periodically from stress-induced iron deficiency, my MD gave me a couple of quick checks:

Your nail beds (the part of your fingernails above that little pale half-moon) should be pink.

Stand in front of the mirror and pull down a lower eyelid. The inside of the eyelid should have a pink base, not a sallow or whitish one.

And personally, if I begin to have aches in my elbows and have a difficult time writing on the chalkboard, I know it's time to start on the iron supplements.

But a blood test is the only sure way. You want to see what your hemoglobin level is. It's a simple test and doesn't take too long to perform.

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