Last trimester in my Clinical Nutrition class, we had a lecture on iodine that sparked my interest into learning more. David Brownstein, MD. The book was written at a level that is easily understandable by the general public, while at the same time containing enough science to engage healthcare practitioners. In reality, the level that prevents goiters completely neglects the amount required by other organs in the body to fulfill their physiological functions without disease. As you probably know, in the US, we iodize salt. Sea vegetables and fish naturally contain iodine, and in areas that consume those regularly like Japan, the daily intake is
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Iodine is a trace element that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Iodine is an essential component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine T4 and triiodothyronine T3. Thyroid hormones regulate many important biochemical reactions, including protein synthesis and enzymatic activity, and are critical determinants of metabolic activity.
They are also required for proper skeletal and central nervous system development in fetuses and infants. Because the body does not make this mineral, it can benefit from the iodine effects that come with taking Miracle Products Nascent Iodine. Iodine deficiency prevention begins with ensuring you take the proper amount of iodine each day. The thyroid gland needs iodine to make hormones. This can cause an enlarged thyroid gland goiter , which becomes evident as a swollen neck. Other consequences of not having enough iodine iodine deficiency are also serious.
Iodine deficiency and the resulting low levels of thyroid hormone can cause women to stop ovulating, leading to infertility. Iodine deficiency can also lead to an autoimmune disease of the thyroid and may increase the risk of getting thyroid cancer.
Some researchers think that iodine deficiency might also increase the risk of other cancers such as prostate, breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer.
Iodide is the ion form of iodine, occurring when iodine bonds with another element, such as potassium. Dietary iodine also occurs naturally as an iodide, such as potassium iodide or sodium iodide, the kind typically placed into salt.
According to Dr. Brownstein referenced a study in which he stated that consuming milk and bread with iodide in it was a far superior way of getting iodine into the body, than iodide in salt. However, the molecular form, which consists of two atoms of iodine stuck together, is not found in nature.
Close search. After 12 years of practicing medicine, I can say that it is impossible to achieve your optimal health if you do not have adequate iodine levels.
I have yet to see any item that is more important for promoting health than iodine. David Brownstein. Click here to Download the thyroid reset protocol. Iodine Deficiency — A Worldwide Epidemic.
This form of iodine is difficult for the body to process and use correctly. As a result doctors in that past have used potassium iodide in combination with I2 to supplement iodine with some success. The problem with potassium iodide is that it can cause an inflammation in the thyroid known as thyroiditis. Many doctors are reluctant to supplement with iodine due to this risk.
It is however clear to all doctors that there is an epidemic of iodine deficiency throughout the world and in fact iodine deficiency is the leading cause of mental retardation in the world. America is no exception regarding iodine deficiency.
Many Americans avoid salt or are using natural salts that do not contain extra iodine. The soils in which plants are grown are deficient in iodine leaving our foods depleted in this essential nutrient. What is Iodine? What is Iodide? Lack of iodine causes a spectrum of disorders:. Get nascent iodine. Bread has ten times more Bromine in it than it used to and the sources of Fluorine are nearly ubiquitous today. So who does not need Iodine?
I find that nearly everyone needs more than they are getting. Garry F. The absence of iodine causes a hormonal dysfunction that can be seen with practically every hormone inside the body. It will pass through us, leaving our bodies unharmed. The Health Benefits of Iodine:. Use by the Thyroid. This is only one of the uses of iodine in the body. Iodine Is Natures Antibiotic.
Though it kills 90 percent of bacteria on the skin within 90 seconds, its use as an antibiotic has been ignored. Iodine exhibits activity against bacteria, moulds, yeasts, protozoa, and viruses; indeed, of all antiseptic preparations suitable for direct use on humans and animals and upon tissues, only iodine is capable of killing all classes of pathogens: gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mycobacterium, fungi, yeasts, viruses and protozoa.
Most bacteria are killed within 15 to 30 seconds of contact. Iodine is a Pillar against Infections! Parents, who chose not to dose their kids with dangerous vaccines will be glad to know that iodine can be very effective against a host of viral infections that medical officials insist threaten children.
Mark A. Sircus AC. It is a potent anti-infective agent. No virus, bacteria or parasite has been shown to be resistant to iodine therapy. Antibiotics do not kill yeast but they certainly can kill people on occasion. Not only do some antibiotics increase the risk of sudden cardiac death but sometimes they lead to liver compromise and failure. Mark Sircus. Iodine exhibits activity against bacteria, molds, yeasts, protozoa, and many viruses; indeed, of all antiseptic preparations suitable for direct use on humans and animals and upon tissues, only iodine is capable of killing all classes of pathogens: gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses and protozoa.
Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all time. David Derry Dr. My own children have recently had bad coughs and it is iodine, not dangerous over-the-counter cough medicines I reach for.
Sunkar A. Bisey a Hindu scientist was suffering from malaria in the early nineteen-hundreds and quinine provided no benefit. The effect was electrical for Bisey as he immediately improved, regaining his health in a month. He set out to research the contents of the seaweed solution and ended up producing the compound now known as Beslin or atomic iodine. Atomic iodine is iodine molecules broken down to individual atoms, which is the exact form that the body needs to make thyroid hormones.
If iodine is not in the atomic form the molecules of iodine first need to be broken down and that of course takes energy. Malaria was treated with 20 drops of nascent iodine in a half glass of water given 4 or 5 times during the first day and then going to 10 drops of nascent iodine 4 times a day for 3 more days. A slide study of the blood shows that the malaria is gone from the body.
Regnault, said in that it was becoming a matter of general recognition that the quinine-series of drugs commonly used for malaria treatment is of service only during certain developmental periods of the disease. It is understood that the toxins progress with great rapidity just at the time of the division of the parasites. In order to eliminate these toxins, Dr. Regnault suggested the use of iodine and potassium iodide. The results were reported as being remarkable in that not only were the attacks aborted, but the action on the fever itself was arresting and immediate with chills, vomiting and malaise disappearing rapidly.
From a larger physiological perspective, it is important to realize that the thyroid is only one gland of many glands and tissues that needs iodine. Iodine is found and used in every hormonal receptor in the body. Gabriel Cousens.
F ew doctors realize that iodine can be taken internally in large quantities and that it will have the same effect internally as it does on external surfaces. The single most important nutrient to halt this progression is iodine. Inadequate breast iodine levels have been associated with the development of breast cancer in both animals and humans, while iodine supplementation has been shown to cause cancer cells to shift into apoptosis or programmed cell death.
I have no doubt one of the reasons we are seeing such an epidemic of breast cancer is due to iodine deficiency. Brownstein has tested almost five thousand of his patients in his practice, and found the vast majority, over 95 percent, to be deficient in this essential mineral.
Iodine in the body helps regulate cell division — especially in breast, uterine, ovary and prostate glands. Iodine is like the referee that helps cells know when they should stop dividing and die as they would in a normal life cycle.
Without iodine, cells can begin to multiply rampantly as a cancer. Some cancers and fibroids have been shown to reverse when iodine deficiency is addressed, disintegrating from the centre of the tumour out. The cells begin to die off as they should and the cancer cannot sustain itself. Brownstein believes that because iodine cannot be patented there is no incentive for the drug companies to perform the research.
Sixty patients with a variety of cancers were studied. All sixty patients were found to have serious iodine deficiency. Jay Abrahams. Kenezy Gyula Korhaz states that iodine intake immediately increases the excretion of bromide, fluoride, and some heavy metals including cadmium, aluminum, mercury and lead. Iodine is our first defence in protection against chlorine, bromine and fluorine interference with cell membrane functions, which interfere with hormone release, nutrient uptake and toxin removal.
The way this happens is that when iodine levels in the body are low, these halogens take over in iodine receptors, blocking hormone and nutrient transport and trapping toxins in cells. In our age of increasing radioactivity and toxic poisoning iodine is a necessary mineral. Radiation quickly damages the thyroid.
With the amount of increased radiation in the environment from Fukashima, etc. Nascent iodine can help protect the thyroid by competing with radioactive iodine in thyroid receptors. Iodine Deficiency During Pregnancy.
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