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
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
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.
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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.