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Thallassemia
JoAnn Harris
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I am new to this site, and hope to learn and share.

We have Thallassemia in our family that comes thru even into my generation, and noone seems to know where it comes from. I have a hunch but am not 100%, and wonder if anyone else has run into this problem? We (my generation) did not learn about this until a few years bak, even though my own G'mother had either the disease or the traits. Her sister had it, her son had it, her sisters g'child.

My hunch is that the family name of Kizziah may have come form one of the Mediterranean countries and not form the Tuscarora as once thought. There is a place called "Cascia" in Italy and that is a posibilty, the names being similar and could have been changed. Or, it could have been somewhere in the Ray line, as I found some that came from Italy?Greece also. Just none that I could connect to as of yet. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

JoAnn Harris
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RE: Thallassemia
Ellen Maurer
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I know am man in Post Falls who has this same thing.  His family is from Greece and he was told that follicin helps with this as is is due to a deficency in something provided by the raw olives provided in Greece and not in the processed ones we buy here in the states. His name is Giakvomis. His grandfather  imigrated and his name could not be spelled properly by immigration at that time so they did the best they could.
Ellen Maurer
Idaho
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