That Time Someone Recommended I Drink Boiled Wine and Screws to Cure My Low Iron Levels

Marijana Čuvalo
3 min readAug 30, 2022

I am not a doctor. Doctors did NOT prescribe these ‘cures.’ If you have low iron, by all means, enjoy the story but talk to a health practitioner. Also, I would never recommend drinking boiled wine and screws.

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My body likes to remind me, now and again, that something is wrong on the inside. Everything is fine, and then, suddenly, it isn’t.

I start to feel lethargic and ‘ugh.’ Most times, the ugh is because my iron levels have dropped. Most times, I buy some liver, and the ugh goes away. This last time, the ugh did not go away. And I was left wondering: what the actual ugh.

I told a few people; three shared remedies that worked for them or others. I love a good story and an opportunity to experiment and ultimately remove the ugh, so I’m trying two of these. Number three: not convinced drinking boiled wine and screws will cure me.

Here’s what might. Or at least if it doesn’t, I don’t think there’s much harm in giving them a try:

  1. Pink salt, water, and lime. Mixed with fasting. Mixed with ashwagandha. Mixed with olive oil.
  2. Beets, carrots, and apples. Puree/blend and drink.

There’s more to those two, but do you need to know more? I’m not a health practitioner, and I do not think this story is the place for you to seek medical advice.

And then there’s number three:

3. Boiled wine and screws.

I had never heard of this before. But when the person told me her story and how it worked for her, I entertained the idea of buying screws for a split second. But I didn’t. And neither should you.

She said it smelled horrible. Aside from that, I don’t think screws go with wine.

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But these three ‘cures’ did get me thinking.

Thinking about my body and how I finally started listening to it, taking note of what it’s trying to tell me, and advocating on its behalf.

It took a long time for me to get here.

For decades, I was convinced others knew better. Heck, I was convinced everyone knew better. In this case, the others were health practitioners.

Do not get me wrong. I think health practitioners know A LOT. And I always seek their advice and support regarding my health. But I no longer feel like they are all-knowing. I should never have thought this way about them or anyone.

Now I see things differently. Now I know to listen to my body. I live in it. All day. Every day. So I’ve taken the time to take note of what’s happening to it, what’s happening to me. And then seek advice.

It’s been a lot of fun becoming me over these last few years. I ask more questions. I value curiosity and exploration. I value myself.

I am grateful that I finally started listening to myself, believing in myself, and advocating for myself.

I remain committed to seeking support from qualified professionals. But now, I am also committed to looking inwards and asking the most qualified person for her opinion. And that person is me.

And right now, I’m telling you I will not be drinking wine and screws. It’s just not the right pairing, in my opinion.



Marijana Čuvalo

Canadian Croatian living in Croatia/Writing about My Adriatic Adventure/ Read more about my adventures here: