June 15, 2015

Iodine Deficiency ~ Silent Epidemic!

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The Silent Epidemic of Iodine Deficiency


The Silent Epidemic of Iodine Deficiency

By Nancy Piccone


In 2008, researchers concerned about the growing threat of iodine deficiency analyzed 88 samples1 of iodized table salt—the main supply of this critical micronutrient for most people.


Less than half of those tested contained amounts of iodine sufficient for optimal health.


Coupled with the trend of reduced salt consumption, rates of iodine deficiency are now reaching epidemic levels.


In the developed world, iodine deficiency has increased more than fourfold over the past 40 years. Nearly 74% of normal, “healthy” adults may no longer consume enough iodine.


In this article, the latest data on this dangerous trend are presented. You will learn of iodine deficiency’s profound impact on overall health. You will discover iodine’s vital role in thyroid function and its link to obesity, cognitive impairment, heart disease, psychiatric disorders, and various forms of cancer.

~ Iodine can help ward off breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease.


The US recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for iodine is 150-290 micrograms (mcg) for adults, while the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine has set the tolerable upper limit at 1,100 mcg.


“Why are you chastising me on my issues, when you know it is most likely caused by an iodine deficiency you learned about in med school?   ?!?!?!

These guidelines may be inadequate to address certain health conditions.


They were first established as sufficient only to prevent goiter. Daily doses for optimal health of 3,000-6,000 mcg have been used without side effects in studies of people with other iodine deficiency-related health conditions such as polycystic breast disease.


By way of comparison, the average daily Japanese consumption of iodine ranges from 5,280 to 13,800 mcg of iodine, with no harmful effects and a host of benefits. The Japanese experience is shedding new light on the importance of iodine, not only for thyroid health, but on other body functions as well. In particular, compelling evidence is emerging about the role of iodine in maintaining breast health, a major concern for millions of American women.




Symptoms of Iodine Deficiency

~ hormonal imbalances (iodine is important in the production of all hormones in the body)

~ concentration/focus problems

~ brain fog

~ dry/flaky skin

~ dry mouth/eyes

~ immune system disfunction

~ short term memory

~ acid reflux

~ chronic constipation

~ chronic parasite/candida/viral problems

~ fibrocystic breasts

~ ovarian cysts (PCOS- polycystic ovarian syndrome)

~ excess phlegm

~ hypertension

~ fatigue

~ chronic headaches/migraines

~ vaginal infections

~ hypothyroidism


The Importance of Iodine

It has been written that the “fundamental building blocks to health are WATER, SALT, SODA and IODINE”. Of these, iodine seems to be the least understood and the most neglected.


Signs of Hypothyroidism
(which may indicate iodine deficiency)

~ brittle nails

~ cold hands/feet

~ cold intolerance

~ constipation

~ depression

~ difficulty swallowing

~ dry skin

~ elevated cholesterol

~ essential hypertension

~ eyelid swelling

~ fatigue

~ hair loss

~ hoarseness hypotension

~ inability to concentrate

~ infertility

~ irritability

~ menstrual irregularities

~ muscle cramps

~ muscle weakness

~ nervousness

~ poor memory

~ puffy eye

~ slower heartbeat

~ throat pain

~ weight gain


Why is iodine so important?

~ Iodine helps resist disease and kill germs, bad bacteria, viruses and candida as blood passes through the thyroid.

~ Iodine helps the body to detoxify from candida, parasites, bad bacteria and viruses.

~ Iodine is linked to increased energy and endurance.

~ Iodine calms the body and releases nervous tension helping you get a good nights sleep.

~ Iodine supplementation reduces brain fog and increases focus and concentration.

~ Iodine supplementation helps with all kinds of female issues (hormonal imbalance, fibrocystic breasts, ovarian cysts, breast pain during menstruation, menstrual cramps and more).

~ Iodine help you produce enough stomach acid.

~ Iodine is essential for the heart; not enough iodine can contribute to heart arrythmias.

~ Iodine deficiency may be related to Parkinson’s disease.

~ Iodine is important in the growth of a baby and deficiency may be related to infertility.

~ Iodine may help to rebalance hormones and stop unexplained weight gain.

~ Iodine increases the ability of the body to sweat

~ Iodine deficiency may also be related to hoarseness, dry skin/mouth/eyes, cold intolerance, constipation, and more…


Recommended usage to eliminate iodine deficiency:

~ Place 1-2 drops of iodine on the skin each day.

~ Keep an eye on how long the iodine patch takes to disappear each day – the amount of ~ time it takes to disappear should increase each day.

~ 1-2 drops may not be enough if you do not notice a significant improvement in the ~ time it takes the iodine to fade then you may need to take more.

~ Just work up slowly to a maximum of 3-5 drops each day if necessary.

~ Do not increase by more than 1 drop per day.


Conditions Treated With Iodine:


~ Asthma

~ Atheroscerosis

~ Fibrocystic Breast Disease

~ Cancer


~ Diabetes

~ Excess Mucus Production

~ Hemorroids

~ Headaches

~ Hypertension Infections

~ Keloids

~ Liver Diseases

~ PCOS (Ovarian Cysts)

~ Parotid Duct Stones

~ ACNE (Sebaceous Cysts)

~ Thyroid Disorders

(hypo, autoimmune and cancers)



…. Iodine on My Mind ~ Iodine and Heart Health

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