Iodine: The Misunderstood Nutrient
Iodine for Estrogen balance, prostate and fibrocystic disease
Maybe start with what Dr Sircus has posted.
Especially if in any doubt as to dosage . .
All cells – not just the thyroid – so if you think ‘but I have no thyroid gland – think again
Perhaps start here – a 16 minutes presentation to help you understand all that you need about iodine and why our bodies need it not just for breast and uterus health, but also metabolism, diabetes – and all other aspects to metabolism.
Iodine is one of the minerals essential for good health. It also protects against the fluoride that is being given to all in the water – without good reason.
A great book to buy that will answer a lot of your health and not well being issues – ‘The Iodine Crisis’
Humans tolerate large doses of iodine – 100 times more in Japan than in the USA – (on the skin) but the ultra high doses that were used many decades ago are not required to get the most out of iodine therapy.
Iodine can protect babies against autism. How? A healthy functioning thyroid allows for the adequate detoxing of heavy metals, of which there are far too many in the modern environment. See here for even more on preventing and assisting autism – magnesium WITH iodine.
Just a little goes a long way as the governmental iodized salt programs showed, but this dosage level was only affective for Goiter and its avoidance. It actually takes very little iodine to prevent this disease but no one ever said that was the only purpose and need for iodine in the body.
Today people are more deficient then ever before because our need for iodine has increased in direct proportion to our toxic burdens especially of other competing halogens. Iodine and preventing cancer (http://www.westonaprice.org/metabolic-disorders/the-great-iodine-debate)
More on iodine here
Watch this hour presentation on the importance of Iodine and preventative medicine.
For all those who have been told that their thyroid tests are ‘normal’ – an essential tool – and when I watched it although it is SO important – only 8,600 watches – so few are aware!!
See what Dr David Brownstein has to say about the importance of iodine.
Yet we have fluoride?
The Silent Epidemic
Endometriosis? PCOS? Estrogen seems to be indicated in a likelihood of low thyroid function. The more excess your estrogen is, the more likely you are to end up with cancer of the female organs later. Iodine and Vit D are parts of the arsenal you could use in preventing disease.
Iodine is an essential element
Iodine is a chemical element necessary for proper body and brain function. Specifically, iodine is essential for the production of the thyroid hormone. The body does not make iodine, therefore it is necessary for children and pregnant mothers to consume iodine in their diets to prevent the development of conditions like hypothyroidism, goiter and pregnancy-related illnesses.
Iodine is found in seafood, iodised salt and some vegetables. It is important for essential hormone development in the human body. Inadequate intake of dietary iodine can lead to an enlarged thyroid gland (goitre) or other iodine deficiency disorders. Iodine deficiency is the world’s leading cause of mental retardation in children.
Read more about adequate iodine intake.
When nothing else works – try iodine.
Causes of Iodine Deficiency
Children who are iodine deficient do not consume enough iodine in their diets. Most food products in the USA do not label the amount of iodine on the package, thus making it difficult to assess how much iodine a child is consuming.
Children can maintain an adequate amount of iodine by using iodized table salt in their diets. Other common sources of dietary iodine include breads, cheese, saltwater fish, cow’s milk, eggs, shellfish, soy milk, ice cream, soy sauce and yoghurt.
The Institute of Medicine recommends an intake of between 110 and 130 mcg for infants up to 12 months old, 90 mcg for children between the ages of 1 and 8 years old and 120 mcg for children between the ages of 9 and 13.
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Goiter is the enlargement of the thyroid gland as a result of iodine deficiency. The goiter continues to enlarge in an attempt to compensate for the large demand of thyroid hormone. Goiter appears a growth in the neck region and may contain nodules. Children with goiter may develop symptoms of choking or experience trouble swallowing and breathing.
There are several reference points we can use to plot out iodine dosages for a variety of disorders that beg for the use of iodine for successful treatment.
For whatever irrational reason, doctors and patients fear iodine thus en mass do not use to its fullest potential.
Read more about the Treatment of Influenza and other Diseases with Iodine
Hypothyroidism is a condition defined by the thyroid gland’s inability to produce essential hormones. Iodine is necessary to produce thyroid hormones, therefore an iodine deficiency can lead to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism rarely causes symptoms in the early stages, but if left untreated it can cause a number of potentially serious health conditions.
According to MayoClinic.com, symptoms associated with hypothyroidism include:
- increased sensitivity to cold,
- a puffy face,
- hoarse voice,
- elevated blood cholesterol level,
- unexplained weight gain,
- muscle aches,
- stiffness or swelling in joints,
- heavier than normal menstrual periods,
- brittle fingernails and hair, and
Pregnancy Related Illness
Pregnant or nursing mothers who do not get enough iodine in their diets may experience miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery and congenital abnormalities in their babies.
Children may later develop severe developmental problems such as mental retardation and problems with growth, hearing and speech.
According to The American Thyroid Association, even a mild iodine deficiency in pregnant mothers may be associated with lowered intelligence in their children.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Iodine deficiency is measured as a median urinary iodine concentration of less than 50 mcg per liter in a population. There are no tests to determine if individual children have enough iodine in their bodies. Iodine deficiency is treated by incorporating sources of iodine into the child’s diet or by taking multivitamins which contain iodine.
- Reuters.com; Treating Mild Iodine Deficiency Boosts Brain Power
- American Thyroid Association; Iodine Deficiency
- ThyroidManager.org; Chapter 20. The Iodine Deficiency Disorders; Creswell Eastman, Michael Zimmermann
- MayoClinic.com; Hypothyroidism; June 2010
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