IODINE – A Missing Link or Needless Nutrient? You Be the Judge & See For Yourself!

 By Ronnie Robertson III

 As someone who has worked in the unconventional health and wellness profession for the last 20 years, I am continually motivated to read and seek out natural remedies and holistic solutions for many of today’s common ailments that face mankind these days. 

Much of what I am presented with by clients is complaints centered around depression, pain, fatigue, inflammation and metabolic challenges – such as obesity or exercise-resistant body fat accumulation.   I believe the path to greater health is multi-faceted and each individual must discover for themselves what resonates best to achieve a desired outcome.  Is it possible that there are some things that are irrefutably necessary, like clean air, water, and life sustaining nutrition?  Well, I think we can all agree that some things go without saying and we do in fact need certain basic essentials to sustain physical life.  


Let’s look at Iodine – What is it?
Iodine is a chemical element that can be found in nearly every cell within the body.  Iodine was classified over 50 years ago as an essential nutrient and trace element for proper thyroid function and is necessary to sustain life. 

What does Iodine do in the body?
The thyroid gland uses iodine to make thyroxin (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).  The active thyroid hormone T3, regulates the metabolism and thermogenesis (fat burning) and protein synthesis throughout the body.

Every cell in the human body contains iodine.  The highest concentrations are found within glandular tissues such as thyroid, thymus, breast tissue, uterus, ovaries, and prostate gland.  Iodine is also required by the mucosal lining throughout the digestive system, salivary glands and also within the largest organ of the body, our skin.  Iodine acts as an antioxidant as well and is known to strengthen the immune system and prevent auto-immune complications.   Iodine is also implicated in the process of cell death known as apoptosis, which prevents cancer and other mutations within the body.  Iodine is also a potent detoxifier of potential toxic chemicals such as fluoride, bromide, chlorine, and heavy metals such as lead, aluminum and mercury. 

What are the symptoms of Iodine deficiency?
Symptoms may include but are not limited to goiter, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, cretinism,  mental retardation, sleeplessness, extreme fatigue, muscle cramps, joint pain, cold hands and feet, proneness to weight gain, poor memory, constipation and other digestive concerns, depression and headaches, agitation, sudden hot flashes, increased body temperature and sweating, edema, myalgia, muscle weakness, patchy dry skin, and brittle hair and nails.  

What does the research suggest?

New research points out that preventing goiter with a minimum amount of iodine may prevent enlarged thyroid known as goiter, but trace amounts of iodine will not suffice the other cells of the body.  This would presumably result in an iodine deficiency. When the entire body is given all the essential iodine that the glands, tissues and organs need, then the body becomes sufficient in iodine.  This is referred to as “whole body sufficiency.”

Iodine sufficiency has been associated with an improved sense of overall well-being, elimination of mental and physical fatigue, increased energy, less sleep requirements, greater sexual enhancement, regular bowel movements and improved overall skin complexion and health.

Adequate iodine levels are necessary for proper immune system function.  Iodine contains potent antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, and anticancer properties. Iodine is also effective for treating fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cysts.  Many medical doctors have also found that iodine, with an adequate dosage, can help prevent certain cancers.

Iodine dosing for supplemental use
It is suggested that a supplement that contains iodine and iodide (Lugol’s Solution) is preferable to using a supplement that contains only one form.  The reason is because research shows breasts concentrate iodine while the prostate gland concentrates iodine. The thyroid gland and the skin primarily concentrate iodide, while other tissues, including the kidneys, spleen, liver, blood, salivary glands and intestines can concentrate either form. With different tissues responding to different forms of iodine, it is suggested that a notable therapeutic benefit from iodine will be achieved by using a combination of Iodine/Iodide featured in Lugol's Solution, which has demonstrated to be more effective than an iodide only supplement

Research is not clear about how iodine is metabolized into the body, it suggests that iodine may be absorbed through the skin and ingested through the digestive system.  When someone ingests Lugol's Solution, it is unknown how much molecular iodine ends up in the blood stream and how much is excreted?  It is also unknown if when Iodine is painted on the skin how much is evaporating and how much is actually being absorbed.

Iodine dosage has never been officially determined although the optimal daily requirement for iodine has been estimated at 6 mg of iodide for the thyroid gland and 5 mg of iodine for the mammary glands.  The medical perception of body requirement for iodine is merely based on the amount of iodine needed to prevent goiter which will not provide sufficient iodine to the rest of the body; suggesting this perception is grossly outdated!

“The treatment dose when a person is iodine insufficient is generally between 12.5 mg and 50 mg daily. Preliminary research indicates that if a person is iodine insufficient, it takes about 3 months to become iodine sufficient while ingesting a dosage of 50 mg of iodine and a year to become iodine sufficient while ingesting a dosage of 12.5 mg of iodine daily. However, the patient needs to be monitored closely for possible side effects and detoxification reactions.”
                                                                                                                                                                                               -David Brownstein, MD

Dr. Brownstein is suggesting a higher dose of iodine than many doctors and manufacturers recommend and if his statements can be substantiated then most people are using current dosages which are extremely low. 

Healing Hippie 5% Lugol’s Solution contains approximately 6.7mg per each drop therefore 15 drops would equate to 100mg.  Drops may be added to an empty vegetable capsule and taken with or without food. 

Important co-factors to consider while using Iodine
It has been indicated that certain cofactors are required for the metabolism of iodine.  Therefore if you choose to use iodine as a dietary supplement to improve your health, it would be suggested also support your efforts by utilizing these additional supplements as well.  It is recommended that Vitamin C (3000mg) be taken to support the removal of halogens allowing the iodine to work for thoroughly.  Selenium (200mcg) is an essential cofactor is the conversion of T4 to T3 and also plays a role in Glutathione production which supports detoxification.  Magnesium (300-600mg) will help to support the absorption of iodine within the tissues.  Magnesium is another nutrient that is scarce in today’s food sources and in the foods we consume and generally needs to be taken in supplemental form to increase levels within the body.

There is much to be learned about Iodine supplementation which I invite you to explore. A great article regarding much of the debates surrounding dosage and iodine use can be found here which also discusses high dosing and disease prevention which I think is very insightful.  I am using higher dosing myself and will keep you posted on my experience! Go here: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/modern-diseases/the-great-iodine-debate/

To purchase Healing Hippie 5% Lugol’s Solution please visit:
http://www.nuclearnutritioncenter.com/the-healing-hippie.html

I look forward to hearing about your Iodine experience and the benefits you encounter!

Be AWESOME Always!



References:
http://www.optimox.com/iodine-study-2
http://www.thyroidscience.com/reviews/derry/Derry.flu.iodine.9.19.09.pdf
http://www.thyroidscience.com/reviews/derry/derry.9.19.09.htm
http://treeoflifecenterus.com/blog-posts-by-gabriel-cousens-m-d-iodine-97-open-letter-to-dr-mercola-2/
http://immortalhair.forumandco.com/t2747-iodine-deficiency-an-under-recognized-epidemic-by-david-brownstein-md
http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/david-derry.htm
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/minerals/iodine
https://vitamincfoundation.org/videos/#BROWNSTEIN
https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/modern-diseases/the-great-iodine-debate/

 

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