Yes, getting blood work done is a good idea and something I plan on doing soon, but cannot right now.
I was just freaked out about the RDA of 8 mg. when I posted this. I've been reading about iron for the last few days, how to limit the intake and how to stop absorption. Then I came across the FDA limit on iron and feel a lot better. The FDA claims that 45 mg. a day is safe for most Americans. Then on Livestrong they claim 14 mg. a day is OK. Now I don't plan on getting all that iron, but I sure feel a lot better if my daily intake is averaging around 10-12 mg.
Think of food as fuel for the body instead of feeding emotions