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Iodine

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

What is iodine? It is a naturally occurring element that is ESSENTIAL for good health for people and animals. It is a natural and necessary part of the food that we eat and the water that we drink. It is found in seawater and in certain rocks and sediments. Most forms of iodine  dissolve easily in water or alcohol. The seaweed kelp has concentrated amounts of iodine. Nascent iodine is a unique form found in nature and plays an important part with the thyroid.

For the thyroid gland to produce adequate thyroid hormones, it is necessary to have adequate amounts of iodine. If there are low levels of iodine, then the thyroid can become unhealthy and even enlarged (goiter). An unhealthy thyroid can affect your entire body.

Nascent iodine is responsible for the normal formation of our glandular tissue in the breast, thyroid, ovary and prostate. It is essential for the proper regulation of heart rhythm and strength.

Iodine is unique as it is one of the very few elements that can act as an antioxidant and is very helpful in detoxifying and eliminating mercury in the body. It elevates the pH of the body helping to form an alkaline environment and thereby strengthen the immune system.

Unfortunately, iodine deficiency is a worldwide problem. The World Health Organization has recognized that iodine deficiency is the world’s greatest single cause of preventable mental retardation.

To read more about the effects of iodine read Iodine-Why You Need It. Why You Can’t Live Without It by David Brownstein, MD.

Iodine

Monday, November 9th, 2009

If you’re over 60 years of age you may remember people with goiters. This was an enlargement of the thyroid gland and as many as one-third of the population were affected. Sometimes they grew so large and grotesque that it would compress the trachea necessitating surgical removal.

In 1916 a family doctor showed the relationship between the goiter and iodine. He conducted an experiment on schoolgirls. Dr. David Marine gave a very large dose of iodine for 10 days and repeated this every 6 months for two-and-a-half years. Of the 900 girls with normal thyroids who received the iodine supplements, virtually none developed goiters while 28 percent of the control group who were not given iodine.

So in 1924 the FDA introduced a voluntary program for adding iodine to table salt.

From the 1950s to the 1970s with Americans liberally using salt the iodine deficiency ended.

Now with the liberal use of salt came the increased blood pressure and hypertension.

Then with the decrease of use of iodized salt the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) saw a 50 percent reduction in iodine levels and a quadrupling of iodine deficiency between 1971 and 1994.

A problem with iodized salt is that the iodine disappears in about four weeks from the salt. The FDA recommends 150 mcg per day but the jury is still out on how much we need. Kelp is one source of iodine. Dr. William Davis recommends his patients take 500-1000 mcg per day.

This is why it is so important for all of us to take a closer look at our health.

For the complete story go to the October 2009 issue of Life Extension www.lef.org