An appropriate public health response to the nuclear disaster in Japan starts with iodine be This book tells the iodine story that has become especially important as radiation levels increase because of the nuclear disaster in Japan. An appropriate public health response to the nuclear disaster in Japan starts with iodine because any lack of the nutritional type will attract the radioactive type like honey attracts bees. The last thing anyone wants to be walking around with is a thyroid so starving for iodine it will take on the nasty radioactive isotope of iodine instead.
It is very important to know that Dr. David Brownstein has tested 5, of his patients and has found out that 95 percent of them are iodine deficient and other iodine researchers he has talked to have found similar trends in their patients as well. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Iodine – It’s a BIGGIE!
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From a systemic holistic perspective, adequate iodine is crucial for our health. It is the universal health mineral. Its role goes far beyond the less than micrograms used to prevent cretinism and goiter. This is why today, more than ever before, there is a real need to supplement with iodine with holistically adequate levels. When the Wolff-Chaikoff unsubstantiated and unreplicated theoretical data resurfaced in , it created a media scare without substance, and people began removing iodine from bakery bread 1 slice used to supply micrograms of iodine and replaced it with bromine, which, as previously stated, is one of the top twelve most harmful toxins and carcinogens on the planet.
Bromine forces iodine from the system by competitive inhibition. Additionally, the serious I exposure from Chernobyl and Fukushima, the radiation from medical procedures, and the ethylene dibromide from chemtrails all force iodine out of the body. Perchlorate from rocket fuel and fluoridated and chloridated water also force iodine out of the system, with a single perchlorate displacing iodine atoms compared to a ratio of simple chlorine displacement of iodine.
Iodine, when activated in its bioavailable form atomic singlet iodine: I- , is used first to detoxify the system; so there is not enough iodine initially, especially with low doses, to support the thyroid hormone function, unless adequate iodine is added into the system. One can see there are a number of modern stresses contributing to this widespread iodine depletion. There is a suggestion about the possibility of excess iodine, which is that there may be a transient hours hypothyroidism as described by Dr. However, a one to two-day transient decrease in thyroid function is physiologically irrelevant in view of the bigger holistic picture.
There is also an increase in TSH thyroid stimulating hormone with increased iodine, which may last up to six months. This is not a sign of hypothyroidism. This is related to the fact that the whole body is deficient in iodine, and TSH stimulates the production of sodium-iodide-symporter NIS. Without adequate NIS, iodine cannot enter the cells and be utilized. NIS is a carrier system into all the cells, and when this system becomes deficient, the whole body becomes deficient. The key practical reality is that the people who increase their iodine intake do not have signs of hypothyroidism such as fatigue, hair loss, headaches, weight gain, and dry skin , and they maintain normal T3 and T4 levels.
Deficiency of iodine may also contribute to low stomach acid and decreased ability to absorb B12 and calcium. If one is only diagnosing hypothyroidism based on TSH scores as most allopaths do , one may become confused. Clinically if one looks at these previously mentioned factors, it is clear that TSH levels may rise as high as 5 to 30 units per liter, but, again, that should not be confused with actual hypothyroidism.
There are subtle things that can be mistaken for hypothyroidism, such as a healing crisis mistaken for a problem with iodine. Abraham and Brownstein in their work with 4, people were only able to identify 3 of 4, people who had a negative allergic response to the iodine. People do not become allergic to iodine per se. According to Dr. Such reactions are even less likely with singlet or unbound iodine.
Actually, iodine can help eliminate food allergies according to Dr. Derry p. Derry, MD, PhD, copyright This is particularly relevant in preventing cancer and aging. Iodine is essential for apoptosis. For example, adequate iodine plays a role in protecting against stomach cancer. People living in iodine deficient areas of the world have higher rates of stomach cancer. This makes the point that not only the thyroid gland but also breast tissue and the digestive tract are high in iodine. It is no accident that iodine sufficiency is associated with lower rates of cancer in these high iodine tissues.
David Derry from Canada, there are active thyroid hormone sites in all the mitochondria, and when there is enough iodine to activate the thyroid, we increase ATP production in all cells as well. This is important because cancer cells have mitochondria per cell, whereas healthy cells have 3,, mitochondria per cell, yielding significantly more energy and protection from cancer. Brownstein, the primary reason for mitochondrial failure is iodine deficiency. The primary cause of cancer, from an energetic perspective, is mitochondrial failure.
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It is clear that the prevention of cancer, particularly cancer of the breasts, thyroid, ovaries, stomach, and esophagus, is increased with iodine sufficiency. Iodine serves to prevent lipid peroxidation, especially in breast cancer.
Deficiencies of iodine also increase the incidences of breast cancer. In a study of 60 cancer patients given an iodine test, all were found to be seriously deficient in bodily stores of iodine and many had excessive bromine. Women with iodine deficiency have been found to have three times greater incidence of breast cancer. High intake of iodine is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. In the treatment of prostate and breast cancer, it is reported in Dr.
Brownstein uses between and milligrams of iodine daily, with higher doses for more serious and difficult diseases. Another important aspect of iodine is its ability to protect ATP the biological units of energy. This significantly lower ATP production 18 times less! In both women and laboratory animal studies, there is a relationship between low iodine and increased fibrocystic breast disease. Iodine is essential in thyroid hormone synthesis.
If deficient, protein synthesis is disturbed. Thyroid hormone has two effects: increased protein synthesis and increased oxygen consumption. Thyroid hormones are essential for life as they activate key biochemical reactions including protein synthesis, enzymatic activities, and function of target organs such as development of brain, heart, muscles, pituitary, and kidneys. Therefore iodine is important in the development of the fetus.
Thyroid hormone regulates mitochondrial protein synthesis. Iodine deficiency causes hormone dysfunction in all bodily hormones. This coincides with the Drs. Eartly and LeBlond study in Endocrinology showing all pituitary functions are mediated by T4 suggesting the thyroid and not the pituitary is the true master gland.
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In this holistic context, iodine deficiency is a major threat to global health. Iodine deficiency has increased fourfold in the last 40 years and is considered the most common and yet preventable cause of brain damage throughout the world. Low thyroid symptoms include puffy skin, hoarse voice, sparse and course hair, impaired mental function, dry and scaly skin, weight gain, slow physical functioning, and slow mental functioning. If a pregnant woman is deficient, the growth and development of the fetus is at risk of increased rates of mental retardation, dyslexia, ADHD, hyperactivity, short stature, decreased child survival, miscarriages, still births, and apathetic children with lowered capacity for movement and speech.
There are 59 diseases associated with a dysfunctional thyroid and 52 million people in the U. Another fact in the total population picture is that estimates show that more people have died from iodine deficiency than died in both World Wars. This clearly illustrates the importance of iodine for brain development and overall health. Iodine deficiency also increases risk of death from thyroid and breast cancer. Dietary iodine has been proven to reduce the size of both benign and malignant breast tumors. About 5 milligrams daily with no toxic effect has been found to be effective in the treatment.
Iodine can be used both to effectively treat and prevent malaria. It is the most powerful antibiotic we have, and while it is not patentable, it can help save the world from all these uncontrolled resistant infections. It is also said to be effective in treating tuberculosis. This effect was mentioned as early as June 1st, in the NY Times. Iodine plays a role in the physiology of inflammatory responses.
This is important in the immune system.
Iodine increases the movement of granulocytes into areas of inflammation and improves the phagocytosis of bacteria by granulocytes and the ability of granulocytes to kill bacteria. Since all disease is associated with inflammatory response, iodine becomes key for youthing the body. Another major health protection role iodine plays is to increase the release of toxic halogens fluorine, bromine, and chlorine from the cellular systems.
These toxic halogens negatively impact all our organs including thyroid function. Bromine is recognized as one of the top twelve most harmful toxins on earth. Bromine is a known carcinogen, which is outlawed in China, Europe, and much of the world except in the U. Bromine is found in most bakery goods in the U. It is also found in pesticide-laden produce, mattresses, cell phones, fire retardants, and hot tubs.
Iodine also chelates mercury, lead, and cadmium. I would hypothesize that bioavailable, active iodine chelates all positive charged toxins, such as pesticides and herbicides, in general because of its negative charge I-. Due to its chelating powers I suggest one start taking iodine at a slower rate because of this detox effect. It is important to start with a low dose and build up, while checking the urine for discharged toxins. These healing detox symptoms should not be confused with iodine toxicity. This is roughly equivalent to focusing on the healing crisis that sometimes emerges when one transitions into live foods or fasting and to blame the diet or the fasts rather than treating the healing crisis as a healthy detox activated by the live foods or fast.
To stop iodine supplementation in both these scenarios is premature and derails the healing process. It is important to look beyond any healing crisis to the wellness that awaits on the other side of this detoxification. Flouride is one of the toxic halogens associated with cancer and known to accumulate in the thyroid and the pineal gland. Fluoride is forced out by iodine sufficiency or saturation. The pineal gland is important for producing serotonin and melatonin.
Flouride is said to calcify the pineal gland. Iodine, because of its similar outer electron shell, in higher saturation levels, can bombard and push the fluoride out of the thyroid and pineal as well as other tissues.
The pineal gland is one area, like the thyroid, where fluoride is highly concentrated. In the pineal gland, fluoride interferes with the secretion of melatonin. As the iodine flushes out the fluoride it enhances the function of the pineal gland. When fluoride is pushed out of the thyroid and pineal gland, there is an increase in melatonin and sexual maturation, better calcium metabolism, better thyroid function, post-menopausal function, and less cancer and fibrocystic breast disease.
One of the most critical toxic health issues we have today is the exposure of radioactive I from Fukushima. We still have continued and increasing exposure from Fukushima, and unlike Chernobyl, Fukushima has not been sealed off. This is known as competitive inhibition. This explains why Chernobyl survivors that took iodine, even some who took it after the nuclear fallout, did escape thyroid cancer. The point is that most allopaths do not understand that I may actually displace I Some clinical examples suggest that I can indeed displace radioactive I Iodine, as previously expressed, kills viruses, bacteria, and fungi, and forces the halogens and other toxins out of the system.
When toxins are released and parasites, bacteria, viruses, and protozoans are killed, one may have a Herxheimer reaction, which may lead to a healing crisis. We may also have a healing crisis reaction from these toxins leaving the system. However, I should point out that while no one has ever died from iodine overdose or allergic reaction, each year , people die from properly prescribed allopathic drugs. Healthy iodine levels also seem to be important in regulating estrogen balance. The three main estrogens estrone E1 , estradiol E2 , and estriol E3 come into balance with iodine sufficiency.
Iodine has been shown to bring a healthy balance between these hormones in both men and women. The ovaries, testes, and adrenals all produce estrogen. Brownstein, iodine governs estrogen production by the ovaries. It is interesting to note that estrogen and progesterone compete for the same receptor site and that infertility and miscarriage are both associated with estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency, underneath which lies iodine deficiency.
The World Health Organization has related iodine deficiency to decreased fertility and increased perinatal and infant death.