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Iodine to live?

Nov 07, 2013 12:27PM ● By tina

Sponsored by Hormonal Health & Wellness Center

Written by Terri Suresh, RN, MSN, ACNP



A current hormone patient of mine, after experiencing life-changing results from her therapy with us, inquired about her 18-year-old son and some symptoms he was having. She described every symptom of imbalanced hormones in her son: brain fog, inability to focus, extreme fatigue, depression, ADD, low libido and a host of others. Naturally, I had him come in for testing as we are seeing more and more young people with hormone imbalances (thank you, hormones in food, plastics, processed foods, etc.). His testosterone and other hormones were perfect; however, he did show two very important nutrient deficiencies: iodine and vitamin D3. We treated him with supplementation, and after two months not only had all of his symptoms resolved, but he had also grown a full inch in height. He has gone off of his ADD and anti-depression medications and is a straight-A student his first year in college.

Iodine deficiency is occurring at an epidemic rate across the United States. The consequences of iodine deficiency are severe: mental retardation, lowered IQ, ADD/ADHD, infertility, thyroid problems and cancers of the breast, prostate, ovaries, thyroid and uterus. Approximately 1.5 billion people — about one-third of the earth’s population — live in an area of iodine deficiency as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO ascertains: Iodine deficiency disorder is the most common preventable form of mental retardation known. There is no doubt that this deficiency is responsible (at least in part) for the epidemic of cancers of the breast and prostate as well as thyroid disorders. Clinical experience has clearly shown that it is impossible to treat these disorders as well as other chronic illnesses such as autoimmune diseases without ensuring adequate iodine intake.

Unfortunately, a lot of misinformation exists about iodine. People are afraid to use iodine because of unsubstantiated rumors about this nutrient. For more than 100 years, iodine has been known as the element that is necessary for thyroid hormone production. However, it is rare to see any further mention of iodine’s other effects. Iodine is found in each of the trillions of cells in the body. Without adequate iodine levels, life itself is not possible.

Iodine is not only necessary for the production of the thyroid hormone, but it is also responsible for the production and receptor activity of all of the body’s other hormones. Adequate iodine levels are necessary for proper immune system function. Iodine contains potent antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, anti-oxidant and anticancer properties.


Breast Cancer and Iodine

Decades before the advent of chemotherapy drugs, breast tumors were treated and shrunk with iodine therapy. Recently, researchers have reported that the preferred iodine/iodide combination (Lugol’s iodine) has been shown to alter gene expression in estrogen-responsive breast cancer cells and lower several estrogen responsive genes. Iodine depletion in rats has shown for decades to alter breast tissue towards pre-cancerous cells; moreover, when iodine restriction was lifted, normal breast tissue structure returned. The ovaries concentrate large amounts of iodine, and deficiency increases ovarian production of estrogen. That, coupled with iodine deficiency, increases estrogen receptor activity in the breast — a “double whammy” for the majority of American women. Iodine is also highly effective for treating fibrocystic breasts (a pre-cancerous state) and ovarian cysts. We have reversed several cases of fibrocystic breast disease in our practice with iodine therapy alone. Remember this point: Fibrocystic breast disease is not an ibuprofen deficiency state. (Ibuprofen is the mainstay of treatment for this condition.)

Since iodine was removed from baked goods in the 1960-1970s, breast cancer rates have raised from one in 25 to one in seven. Mounds of research evidence show a direct correlation between iodine deficiencies and all cancers, breast cancers topping the list.


How Much Iodine Do You Need?

The best way to ascertain how much iodine you need to take is to figure out the body’s iodine status. Iodine levels can be checked in the blood or urine. Most adults will do well taking iodine/iodide combination in the range of 25-50 mg/day. Children need lower doses and can be dosed appropriately based on their size. 

And if you think iodized table salt will get you enough, think again. The thyroid gland alone needs three mg of iodine per day; moreover, about three weeks after opening iodized table salt, the iodine has evaporated from it! Not only are you consuming a useless chemical — not real salt — you aren’t even getting the iodine.

A final note: Always consult with an iodine-literate practitioner to ascertain your specific supplementation needs. When undertaking an iodine supplementation program, it is important to use iodine from a reputable company and a combination of iodine and iodide. Furthermore, the best results are found by using iodine as part of a comprehensive holistic regimen that includes balancing vitamins, minerals and all hormones, naturally.


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