NATURAL SOLUTIONS SHARING IMPORTANCE OF IODINE
DISCUSSING Do You Have Low Iodine?: The Link Between Iodine Deficiency & Cancer; Home test for iodine.
Iodine, a critical mineral in the prevention of cancer, has been used in one form or another for centuries for Thyroid health, and overall good health.
This is a medicine (for everything from breast cancer to syphilis) and consumed in the form of seaweed, and was eventually added to bread. Then, in 1948, iodine was suddenly thought of as dangerous and was removed from medical arsenals – as well as from our food in the 1970s.
Our politicians suggested that people could get trace amounts of iodine in iodised salt, but then two things happened. First, recommendations were made to reduce sodium intake, and second, few realised that the iodine in salt evaporates as soon as the package is opened, rendering it useless.
Then mass information to recommend Himalayan salt for health reasons, most people take this today. Ironically, just as iodine was removed from our bread, the iodine-blocking element, bromine, was added to flour. Bromine chemicals were then added not only to our bread and flour, but also to mattresses (as a fire retardant), clothing, and other consumer products. A person with high levels of bromine may find when taking iodine that they experience a detox of this substance. Causing nausea and headaches. Reduce dose until this stops.
The problem was exacerbated further as pesticides and food additives were increasingly allowed to be used in our food supply — chemicals that interfere with iodine absorption. It’s no wonder that almost everyone has low iodine today.
Iodine deficiency is, to some extent, an error of politics. However, it has become even more prevalent with the increasing amounts of xenoestrogens, (chemical estrogens found
in many personal and home care products and in air pollution) that not only poison the body, but contribute to hormone imbalance and estrogen dominance. Add that to the fact that estrogen interferes with the absorption of iodine, and it’s clear to see how iodine has been practically eliminated from our cancer-prevention toolkit.
Iodine consumption – which has plummeted 50 percent since the 1970s – is known for its connection to thyroid health. It is less known that other tissues also require large amounts of iodine, namely the breasts, pancreas, stomach, brain, parathyroid, pituitary and thymus.
Many researchers have attributed the low rate of breast cancer in Japan to high dietary iodine (and selenium). Breast cancer cells need iodine to facilitate cell death and suppress tumour growth.
In 2008, Bernard A. Eskin, MD, explained how iodine actually alters gene expression in breast cancer cells, including the function of programmed cell death. Iodine was also found to decrease estrogen responsive genes.
Low iodine increases circulating estrogen levels, and given that estrogen inhibits iodine absorption, this is especially problematic. Iodine deficiency also makes breasts more susceptible to carcinogenic action, promoting the growth of tumours.
Michael B. Schachter, MD, says, “Iodine may be needed in individualised doses to improve thyroid function, immune function, and the optimal functioning of all the cells in the body; several associated nutrients need to be given including vitamin C, selenium, magnesium, unrefined salt, and sufficient water; these help to prevent strong detoxification reactions as a result of the release of bromine from the tissues when iodine is given in milligram quantities. These higher milligram doses rather than microgram doses help to enhance anti-cancer functions in most if not all cancers, but certainly in cancers of the thyroid, breast, ovary, and prostate.”
Iodine has also been found to: alter gene expression in breast cancer cells and facilitate cell death. be stronger than a chemotherapeutic agent widely used to treat human breast cancer, reduce risk of stomach and breast cancer, and has been used in the remission of lung cancer, supports healthy immune function and regulate the stress hormone cortisol.
The symptoms of iodine deficiency are varied and iodine testing is rarely part of a routine exam. But given the high rate of deficiency, testing can and should be requested. Here are some possible iodine testing methods:
A random urine test ordered by a physician is a good place to start, or you can try this simple HOME TEST – Called The iodine patch test which refers to painting a two inch square of tincture of iodine or Lug’s Iodine on the body and watching to see how long the orange square takes to fade. If it fades within 4 hours you are extremely deficient, within 8 hours deficient – if visible 20 hours later your iodine is sufficient, however, this test is not considered to be reliable or conclusive.
You can get iodine from some foods, with seaweed being the highest source. www.natural-solutions.co.za offer PURE BLADDERWRACK – for an easily assimilated source of iodine.
We do not advise taking iodine if you are pregnant or breast feeding, please talk to your doctor or professional healthcare practitioner before taking any supplement.
Some people find taking iodine makes them feel nauseous – this can be due to the detox that is happening in your body, as mentioned above taking selenium, Via C, Magnesium, unrefined salt and a good amount of pure water with the iodine can help this.
Recommended not to take iodine on an empty stomach, rather take after breakfast or lunch.
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Source: Natural Solutions