IODINE! 100 Year Old Medicine!

July 23, 2009 by Healthyhank

Over one hundred years ago Iodine was a front line medicine!  Discovered in 1811, it was first used medically for goiter (swelling of the thyroid) treatments.  Early in the 1900’s Midwestern states had a high rate of goiter as nearly 40% of children had enlarged thyroid glands.  The RDA in this country for iodine is only designed to prevent goiter.

Most of us with grey hair used iodine for cuts and bruises.  Many of us knew that the thyroid relies on iodine to function; however, most of us do not really understand the real importance of iodine’s function in our bodies.  It is involved in every function and is also anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal!! It also assists in removing fluoride and bromine.

Thanks to David Brownstein, MD for his awesome book “Iodine Why You Need It – Why You Can’t Live Without It” [A MUST READ] and the work of other pioneer doctors like Guy Abraham, MD and David Derry, MD.  They and other researchers like Mark Sircus, OMD are bringing Iodine back to the position of importance that it deserves.

Medicinal iodine needs to be in every home pharmacy – period.  These next few paragraphs are intended for you to just get a glimpse of how important iodine is to you and your family.  It literally could save your life or at the very least improve your quality of life.

Our thyroids CANNOT function without sufficient supplies of iodine.  In women, the thyroid stores the most with the ovaries and breasts 2nd and 3rd.  When the pituitary gland releases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) it stimulates the thyroid to release thyroxine (T4).  Triiodothyronine (T3) is converted from T4 and the metabolic functions begin.  Without sufficient levels of iodine a poorly functioning thyroid can result in goiter, increased autoimmune problems, ADD, breast diseases, migraine headaches and numerous others.  Remember the thyroid gland is responsible for producing every hormone in our body.

The relationship between breast/prostate cancer and iodine deficiencies is still somewhat controversial; however when you study the research available you will probably conclude as I have that the evidence is overwhelming.  Since testing is so simple it is foolish not to test.  Dr Brownstein has his patients take 50 mg of Iodoral iodine and then collect urine for 24 hours.  Measuring the amount of iodine in the urine tells how much the body “kept” because it needed the iodine.  Over 90% of his patients tested were iodine deficient!

I do it a bit differently; I get plain ole 1% iodine from the drug store and ‘paint’ a 3 inch square spot on my forearm and watch it for the day and determine when it disappeared.  If it stayed all day I probably have enough iodine.  I’ve known of people that it was gone in two hours!  I use nascent iodine drops from Magnascent

Getting iodine from foods is difficult since most farm lands are deficient and only seaport cities have populations that can get the correct amounts.  Table salt  🙁 has a very small amount.  Sea salt  🙂 would be better.  The goiter and breast/prostate cancer challenges in the Midwest are much higher than that of seaports.  You will need to supplement…

When I first read Dr Brownstein’s book some years ago I became very angry…  As a health coach I speak with many women that are on thyroid medication and I ask them if their doctors had checked their iodine levels?  99% say NO!  That is crazy!  The thyroid cannot function if the iodine levels are insufficient!  Contact me if you need help!

Educate yourself NOW about iodine and your thyroid and get your iodine levels checked ASAP!  Next – Virgin Coconut Oil…

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