A recent article in the New York Times (July 25, 2017) asked the question, “How important is iodized salt to the American or European diet?” The answer to the question was convoluted at best deceiving at worst. “Most Americans who eat a varied diet get enough iodine even if they don’t use iodized salt.” Not true. Even if you add the iodized salt, it still would not be true.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, U.S. iodine levels have fallen nearly 50% over the last 40 years. Moreover, studies of women of childbearing age show that nearly 60% of U.S. women are deficient in iodine with over 10% severely deficient. In reality, we have an increased need for iodine due to our exposure to toxic halides–such as fluoride and bromide– that have increased in our environment. We need more and are getting less. According to the WHO, iodine deficiency affects 72 percent of the world’s population.
The New York Times acknowledged, “…some pregnant women are at risk of low iodine levels, which potentially endanger their babies.” The use of the word some here is an understatement when you consider that 60% of women who are at an age for pregnancy are deficient in iodine. Health writers and editors for major publications seem to have had extensive training in medical terrorism. They seem to enjoy misleading the public on many important issues.
Dr. David Brownstein and his partners have checked iodine levels on over 6,000 patients in the Detroit area and the vast majority—over 97%–are iodine deficient. Brownstein says, “Iodine deficiency may be responsible for the epidemic increase in cancer of the breast (one in seven U.S. women currently have breast cancer), prostate, ovary, uterus, thyroid and pancreas. Every one of the cancers listed is increasing at epidemic rates. There are a whole host of illnesses that are increasing at epidemic rates that may reflect falling iodine levels including ADHD, thyroid disorders including hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid problems, and cystic breasts.”
In the analysis of “National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys”, data of moderate to severe iodine deficiency is present now in a significant proportion of the U.S. population, with a clear increasing trend over the past 20 years, caused by reduced iodized table salt usage. Along with magnesium and selenium, iodine is one of the most deficient minerals in our bodies. Iodine is essential for the synthesis of thyroid hormone, but selenium-dependent enzymes (iodothyronine deiodinases) are also required for the conversion of thyroxine (T4) to the biologically active thyroid hormone, triiodothyronine (T3). Selenium is the primary mineral responsible for T4 to T3 (thyroid hormones) conversion in the liver.
Iodine is a vital micronutrient required at all stages of life with fetal life and early childhood being the most critical phases of requirement. Iodine is metabolized in the human body through a series of stages involving the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid gland and blood.
Iodine can be used in many different ways depending on the clinical situation. It can be administered orally, applied transdermally (topically), vaporized in a nebulizer for application into the lungs and used in douches.
Though officially recognized as the cure for Goiter the modern medical establishment has turned its back on using iodine to treat other diseases even though iodine is the oldest allopathic medicine proven through 200 years of clinical use.
Iodine does not cause problems in people it cures disease through the fulfillment of nutritional law. Iodine is essential for human development and health. Iodine is detected in every organ and tissue in the body and is absolutely necessary for a healthy thyroid as well as healthy ovaries, breasts and prostate. Besides the increased risk for breast cancer in iodine deficient women, there is convincing evidence that iodine deficiency increases the risk of thyroid cancer.
Nothing replaces iodine however; poisonous fluoride, bromide and other halogen imitators step in as toxic substitutes, all of which mess up thyroid physiology. Moreover, nothing protects against radioactive isotopes of iodine more than natural iodine. The main causes of suppressed thyroid functions are Candida, mercury, fluoride and a deficiency of iodine. Until 1970, doctors prescribed fluoride as thyroid-suppressing medication for patients with an over-active thyroid even though fluoride is a thyroid poison.
You cannot be parent today and not have iodine in the house. All parents need to understand iodine and use it to protect their kids from the dangerous world of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacterial strains. Iodine gives parents protection against their doctors because of the diminished need for dangerous antibiotics and vaccines.
Iodine is thus a political subject as well as a medical one. The story of iodine is a long one, longer than anything else used by practitioners of modern medicine. Pharmaceutical medicine pushed its way into pharmacies and pushed out effective natural medicines like iodine and medical marijuana, two of the most popular medicines 100 years ago.
Medical textbooks contain several vital pieces of misinformation
about the essential element Iodine, which may have caused
more human misery and death than both world wars combined.
Dr. Guy Abraham
According to Dr. Guy E. Abraham, founder of the Iodine Project, “The essential element iodine has been kept in the Dark Ages over the last 60 years after World War II. We need to remedy the gross neglect of this essential element by the medical profession, poorly represented in medical textbooks and vilified in endocrine publications.” Dr. Abraham insisted rediscovering iodine as the universal medicine is crucial. Iodine held this esteemed position for over 100 years before World War II and now we are finally coming to see we cannot live without it. Iodine is essential for survival in the 21st century.
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