The hidden story of Iodine
In the last 50 years iodine has been strongly demonized by the medical community, to the point of creating the phenomenon called “iodophobia”! All the negative “hype” about iodine is curiously based on only ONE main research paper. “The Wolff-Chaikoff Effect” is a study published in 1948 in Bekeley, which claims that daily doses of iodine over 0.2mg/L will cause hypothyroidism in humans. What most people don’t know about this study is that it was conducted on RATS, then values were extrapolated for humans. Even more interesting is the fact that not even the lab rats used in the study ever became hypothyroid. It was essentially a forged study, as reported by Guy E. Abraham, M.D. in his "The History of Iodine in Medicine Part III: Thyroid fixation and medical iodophobia." If that does not smell fishy to you.. Consider this: Iodine is a an ESSENTIAL micronutrient, every single cell of our body needs it, especially the thyroid and breast tissue where it is stored in large quantities. Iodine is also an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic. It plays a very important role in breast cancer prevention, as it is fundamental for healthy breast tissue. It is fundamental for brain development of the fetus. It protects against carcinogenic radioactive iodine and radiation fallout (was used extensively in Chernobyl). Support strong and healthy immune function. Prevents oxidative damage to the DNA, resulting in a powerful anticarcinogenic effect. Helps the body detoxify and excrete heavy metals. Normalizes hormone receptors, making thyroid hormones more effective in their action. Functioning hormone receptors also mean better blood sugar / insulin regulation. Helps normalize blood pressure. Mobilizes the release of fatty acids from adipose tissue = helps you burn fat for energy. Supports healthy brain function. The world health organization considers iodine deficiency a worldwide epidemic, and the number one cause of preventable mental retardation. 72% of the world has iodine deficiency disorder. Here are some of the conditions caused by iodine deficiency: Thyroid dysfunction Breast cancer Thyroid cancer Ovarian cancer Diabetes Fibrocystic Breast Disease Liver disease Depression Down’s syndrome Cretinism Fybromyalgia Spontaneous abortion And the list goes on… Your body needs Iodine! The thyroid alone needs 6mg of iodine per day to function. Average sized breast tissue needs 5mg per day. Other glands and tissues need 2mg per day. Other tissues which require daily amounts of iodine are Ovaries, Prostate, Salivary glands, Parotid glands, Pancreas, Cerebral spinal fluid, Brain, Stomach, Epithelial tissue, Tear ducts. Can you see how a deficiency in this essential nutrient would lead to serious disease in the body? It is also important to note that a lack of selenium, magnesium, vitamin A, iron and zinc will exacerbate an iodine deficiency. One last point that you need to take home is that a nation deficient in iodine as an average of 15% lower IQ level than a population who is iodine sufficient. Coincidence or something more? Since its discovery in1811, iodine was used for a wide range of clinical conditions, not restricted to diseases of the thyroid gland only. The public relied on iodine preparations from apothecaries for their iodine needs by way of Lugol solution containing 12.5 to 37.5 mg elemental iodine. Then from 1917, as a public measure to control goiter, iodization of table salt was implemented successfully in the USA and spread to other western countries. Propaganda was then used to discourage the public from using the iodine preparations such a Lugol solution and to rely instead on iodized salt for their iodine needs. The bioavailable iodide from iodized salt is only 10% of the estimated 0.75 mg iodide in iodized salt consumed per day. That amount, 0.075 mg of bioavailable iodide, represents less than 1% of the recommended daily intake of iodine from Lugol solution. Implementation of iodization of salt was also associated with an increased incidence of autoimmune thyroiditis. With the availability of thyroid hormones in the 1930’s, iodine was completely ignored by thyroidologists in the treatment of iodine deficiency-induced goiter and hypothyroidism. Iodine neglect in the 1930’s by thyroidologists progressed to medical iodophobia in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Following World War II, there was a systematic attempt to remove iodine from the food supply of America. Iodophobic misinformation, well synchronized with the introduction of alternatives to iodine supplementation in medical practice, Before World War II, non-radioactive forms of inorganic iodine were considered a panacea for all human ills, but today, they are avoided by physicians like the plague. In the late 1970s to Early 1980s bakers replaced iodate with bromate as a dough conditioner. Bromate is a goitrogen, carcinogen, and a zombifying agent. By the 1960s, water fluoridation (which is another whole topic in itself) had become widely used in the U.S., reaching about 50 million people. It is well known that the toxic halides: fluoride and bromide, having structure similar to iodine, can competitively inhibit iodine absorption and binding in the body. From 1980 the prevalence of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer of the breast and thyroid glands has significantly increased in the U.S. and other western nations. I rest my case your honour.