The fear of iodine has resulted in the removal of iodine from bread 20 years ago replacing it with the bromine. This was associated with an increase in obesity, diabetes, hypertension, thyroid and breast cancer.
In fact, as iodine levels have fallen over 50% in the last 30 years in the United States, autoimmune disorders and hyperthyroid symptoms have been increasing at near epidemic proportions.
Because of the elevated levels of fluorine, bromine and chlorine, (toxic halides) in the environment and in the food supply, iodine levels have not only fallen but larger amounts of iodine are necessary to correct iodine deficiency as well as to promote a detoxifying effect of heavy metals.
Iodine is an essential element. Although its main function is in the production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland, other organs in the body have a need for iodine in order to function normally.
In the 1960's, one slice of bread in the USA contained the full RDA of 0.15 mg iodine. The risk for breast cancer was then 1 in 20 (7). Over the last 2 decades, iodine was replaced by bromine in the bread making process. Bromine blocks thyroid function and may interfere with the anticancer effect of iodine on the breast. Now, the risk for breast cancer is 1 in 8 and increasing 1% per year (7).
Inorganic iodine/iodide has been detected in every organ and tissue examined, with relatively high levels in the thyroid gland, liver, lung, heart and adrenal glands. The highest quantity of iodine was found in fat tissue and muscle.
The literature search revealed that 60 million mainland Japanese consume a daily average of 13.8 mg of elemental iodine and they are one of the healthiest nations, based on overall wellbeing and cancer statistics.
Salt is only 10% and the daily amount of iodide absorbed from iodized salt is 200 to 500 times less than the amount of iodine/iodide previously recommended by U.S. physicians.
To achieve sufficiency within 3 months, most subjects required 3 to 4 tablets/day (37.5-50 mg), and some obese and diabetic subjects required even more than 50 mg/day to achieve and maintain sufficiency.
The breasts are the second main glandular storage site for iodine next to the thyroid gland.
Although its main function is in the production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland, other organs in the body have a need for iodine in order to function normally.
Benefits of Iodine Supplementation
- Thyroid disorders
- Decreased requirement to much lower levels of thyroxine and in some cases, resulted in the complete discontinuation of this hormone.
- However, you will need to cut down the amount of thyroid hormones if you experience palpitation, anxiety, increased sweating and intolerance to heat.
- Fibrocystic disease of the breast
- Marked improvement of fibrocystic disease of the breast occurred following 3 months of iodine supplementation at 50 mg/day.
- Resulted in better control of this condition, and in some cases alleviated this condition without the need for insulin.
- High Blood Pressure
- In hypertensive patients, whole body iodine sufficiency resulted in normalization of blood pressure without medications.
- Ovarian Cysts
- Cysts became smaller and began to disappear.
- Chronic fatigue
- Immune deficiency syndrome
- Autoimmune disorders
- Heavy metal toxicities
Iodine sufficiency was associated with:
- A sense of overall wellbeing
- Lifting of a brain fog
- Feeling warmer in cold environments
- Increased energy
- Metabolism was increased as evidenced by my patients having new success in losing weight.
- Needing less sleep
- People suffering with brain fog reported a clearing of their foggy feelings.
- Achieving more in less time
- Libido improved in men and women.
- Experiencing regular bowel movements
- Improved skin complexion.
- Patients reported having vivid dreams and better quality of sleep.
- Most importantly, those with chronic illnesses that were having a difficult time improving began to notice many of their symptoms resolving.
Possible Side Effects
The side effects are not from toxicity of iodine but from the symptoms of the body's elimination of extra iodine through such organs as the skin, lungs, kidney and colon.
- Acne-like skin lesions in certain areas of your body
- Headache in the frontal sinus
- Unpleasant brassy or metal taste
- Increased salivation and sneezing
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- Abraham,G.E., The Original Internist, 11:17-36, 2004.
- Epstein, S.S., et al, Breast Cancer Prevention Program Macmillan, NY, 1998, pg5.
- Abraham, G.E., The Original Internist, 11:(2) 29-38, 2004.