Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Iodine Deficiency

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We know that many of our foods and the soils they come from, are mineral deficient. Our cells need these minerals to stay healthy. There is however, one, in particular that may be the key to many modern day health challenges.

I am referring to Iodine. Most soils and almost all the foods we eat lack Iodine. Now I need to get personal here. I don’t mean to make anyone feel bad with what I am about to say. Did you ever notice the breasts of oriental women, the Japanese and Koreans, in particular. If you went to a plastic surgeon and asked for the perfect pair of breasts, all the doctor would need to do, is take a look at any oriental woman’s breasts as the model to go buy. They are perfect in appearance. They are usually large and beautifully shaped. This is not to say that other cultures lack in this area, but for the most part, the Japanese and Koreans really stand out (no pun intended), when it comes to their breasts.

Oriental women suffer far fewer health issues than other cultures and very few breast related problems. Why? It’s the fact that they consume on average at least 1-3 mg of Iodine a day. There have been many studies to verify it. This link is of interest: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3204293/

The study states:

“The Japanese are considered one of the world’s longest living people, with an extraordinarily low rate of certain types of cancer. A major dietary difference that sets Japan apart from other countries is high iodine intake, with seaweeds the most common source. Here are some astonishing Japanese health statistics, which are possibly related to their high seaweed consumption and iodine intake

  • -Japanese average life expectancy (83 years) is five years longer than US average life expectancy (78 years).
  • -In 1999 the age-adjusted breast cancer mortality rate was three times higher in the US than in Japan.
  • -Ten years after arriving in the US (in 1991), the breast cancer incidence rate of immigrants from Japan increased from 20 per 100,000 to 30 per 100,000.
  • -In 2002 the age-adjusted rate of prostate cancer in Japan was 12.6 per 100,000, while the US rate was almost ten times as high.
  • -Heart related deaths in men and women aged 35-74 years are much higher in the US (1,415 per 100,000) as they are in Japan (897 per 100,000).
  • -In 2004, infant deaths were over twice as high in the US (6.8 per 1,000) as they were in Japan (2.8 per 1,000).”

One of the problems with Iodine intake relates to sourcing. Years ago our breads were made using Iodine, now they have substituted Bromine instead. So we added Iodine to salt. The amount of Iodine you get in salt is too small to make a difference. Next we got scared from eating fish, and rightly so. Many health related problems can be linked to fish intake. Fish has Iodine in it. And our soils were depleted of Iodine years ago because organic matter is seldom put back into the soil.

The Japanese eat large amounts of Iodine rich seaweed. Most of us shy away from seaweed or kelp but there are some really good supplements that can help get you back on track with respect to Iodine intake. At least 80% of the population is Iodine deficient. Most tests for Iodine levels are not accurate and many of us are 2nd and 3rd generation depleted. It can take 2 or more years to get Iodine levels back to normal. For some, adding Iodine can present a health risk, so please consult a medical doctor before supplementing your diet.

Braggs makes a really good Iodine product called Organic Sea Kelp Delight Seasoning: http://bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-sea-kelp-seasoning.html

Another good source of Iodine in the form of kelp pills comes from Kenshin Trading Company. Their Japanese sourced Iodine product has worked wonders for many: http://www.kenshin.com/kelp.php

Both these sources mentioned above have besides Iodine, all the minerals the body needs for optimum health, including selenium.

A final Iodine product that has worked for members of my family is: Gaia Thyroid Support http://www.gaiaherbs.com/products/detail/81/Thyroid-Support

Many of these supplements can be purchased on Amazon.

Today’s environment makes it almost impossible to get the amount of Iodine you need. Interestingly, over the past 30 years, Americans’ Iodine intake has declined 50% while thyroid disorders have significantly increased during that period.

Iodine plays a significant role in preventing hormonal imbalances and regulating the thyroid. Your thyroid gland needs Iodine whether it’s working normally, is under active (hypothyroid), over active (hyperthyroid), or enlarged (goiter). Enough Iodine normalizes all these conditions.

There’s very little Iodine in the soil. So unless you’re eating a ton of Iodine-rich foods like kelp, seaweed and shellfish, you’re not going to get much Iodine from your diet. Many salt companies have stopped adding Iodine to table salt. Food manufacturers have stopped using Iodine in baked goods and are using Bromine instead. Bromine (a halogen) competes with Iodine to get into your cells. Unfortunately, many foods today (primarily baked goods) are loaded with Bromine.

Our water supply contains chlorine and fluoride, both of which are halogens. Again, halogens compete with Iodine to get into your cells. And you can’t avoid chlorine and fluoride simply by drinking filtered water. That’s because you get a hefty dose any time you bathe, shower, soak in a hot tub, or swim in a swimming pool.

Most conventional doctors never test for Iodine deficiency. They figure there’s no need to test Iodine levels when they can just test your thyroid function instead. The problem with this is that the most widely used thyroid test, the TSH, is wildly inaccurate. Reason: while the TSH measures thyroid hormone, it can’t tell the difference between active thyroid hormone with Iodine and de-activated thyroid hormone with bromine or chlorine or fluorine. So the test shows you have plenty of thyroid hormone. But most of the thyroid hormone isn’t doing its job!

Typical Iodine deficiency symptoms include:

  • Constipation
  • Depressed mood
  • Dryskin
  • Fatigue – Weakness
  • Goiter (enlargement of the thyroid, creating a mass in the neck)
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Menstrual cycle abnormalities
  • Protrusion of the eyes
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Thinning and brittleness of the hair and nails
  • Unintended weight gain

A more detailed list of Iodine issues as they relate to under and over active Thyroids: Hyperthyroidism Symptoms (Over Active Thyroid)

  • Heart feels like it’s skipping a beat, racing and you feel like you’re having heart palpitations
  • Pulse is unusually fast
  • Pulse is high even when resting or in bed
  • Shaking hands, tremors in hands
  • You feel hot when others feel cold. Feeling inappropriately hot or overheated
  • Increased perspiration
  • Losing weight inappropriately
  • Losing weight but appetite has increased
  • Feeling like you have a lot of nervous energy that you need to burn off
  • Having diarrhea or loose or more frequent bowel movements
  • Feeling nervous or irritable
  • Skin looks or feels thinner
  • Muscles feel weak, particularly the upper arms and thighs
  • Difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, or going back to sleep after awakening in the middle of the night
  • Feel fatigued, exhausted
  • Hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
  • Skin is coarse, dry, scaly, and thin
  • Hoarse or gravely voice
  • Pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
  • Having irregular menstrual cycles (shorter, longer, or heavier, or more frequent, or not at all)
  • Trouble conceiving a baby
  • Have had one or more miscarriages
  • Feel depressed
  • Feel restless or anxious
  • Have had panic attacks
  • Have recently been diagnosed as having panic disorder, anxiety disorder, or panic attacks
  • Have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
  • Eyes seem to be enlarging, or getting more “bug-eyed” looking
  • Moods change easily
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • More feelings of sadness
  • Seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
  • More forgetful lately
  • Hair is falling out
  • Can’t seem to remember things
  • No sex drive, or am having sexual performance problems
  • Getting more frequent infections, that last longer
  • Feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
  • Eyes feel gritty and dry
  • Eyes feel sensitive to light
  • Eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches
  • Strange feelings in neck or throat
  • Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Vertigo
  • Light-headedness
  • Severe menstrual cramps

Hypothyroidism Symptoms (Under Active Thyroid) Compiled by Dana Trentini There are over 300 symptoms for under active thyroid.

Energy Level and Sleep:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Less stamina than others
  • Long recovery period after any activity
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Need naps in the afternoon
  • Weakness
  • Wake feeling tired
  • Frequently oversleep
  • Obesity

Weight:

  • Weight gain
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Ascites (abdominal fluid accumulation) • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Weight loss
  • Anorexia
  • Heightened appetite
  • Diminished appetite

Body Temperature:

  • Cold extremities
  • Cold sweats
  • Night sweats
  • Heat intolerance
  • Cold intolerance
  • Internal shivering
  • Hypothermia
  • Cold hands
  • Clammy palms
  • Cold feet
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Little perspiration
  • Low basal body temperature (below 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

Slowness:

  • Slow movements
  • Slowed Achilles reflex • Diminished reflexes
  • Slow speech

Infections:

  • Frequent infections
  • Chronic illness
  • Low immune system • Frequent colds
  • Frequent flus
  • Susceptibility to bronchitis
  • Hard time recovering from infections • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Recurrent skin infections
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent nose infections
  • Recurrent throat infections
  • Candida (yeast)
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Repeated urinary tract infections
  • Upper respiratory tract infections

Related Autoimmune or Endocrine Diseases:

  • Hashimoto’s Disease • Graves’Disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Insulin Resistance • Addison’s disease
  • Cushing’s disease
  • PerniciousAnemia
  • Premature ovarian decline
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Alopecia
  • Reynaud’s syndrome
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Vitiligo
  • Psoriasis

Swelling and Thickened Skin of:

  • Eyes
  • Face
  • Lips
  • Neck
  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Ankles
  • Lymphedema • Lipodema

Mouth and Throat:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sensation of lump in throat
  • Sensation of pressure on throat
  • Pain and tenderness in neck and/or thyroid area • Difficulty taking deep breath
  • Goiter
  • Thyroid nodule
  • Burning sensation in throat
  • Sore throats
  • Swollen tongue
  • Choking fits
  • Distorted sense of taste (Dysgeusia) • Salt cravings
  • Sweet cravings
  • Speech problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Propensity for cavities
  • Propensity for gum disease
  • Low, husky, hoarse voice
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Irritated gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Persistent teeth clenching
  • TMJ

Ears:

  • Oversensitive hearing
  • Noises in ears (hissing, ringing) • Deafness
  • Tinnitus
  • Internal itching of ears
  • Dry, scaly ear canal
  • Excess earwax
  • Vertigo

Eyes:

  • Poor focusing • Double vision • Dry eyes
  • Gritty eyes
  • Achy eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Sensitive to light
  • Frequent tics in the eyes • Spasms of the eyelids
  • Bulging of the eyeballs • Red inflamed eyes
  • Dark rings under eyes
  • Puffiness around the eyes
  • Rapidly shifting gaze making you feel dizzy • Problems with night vision
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts

Hair:

  • Hair loss
  • Dry hair
  • Frizzy hair
  • Brittle hair
  • Coarse hair
  • Finer hair
  • Premature baldness
  • Premature gray hair
  • Change in hair texture • Body hair loss
  • Eyelash loss
  • Facial hair in women
  • Thinning or loss of outside third of eyebrows

Nails:

  • Brittle
  • Pale
  • Soft
  • Yellowish
  • Ridged
  • Striated
  • Thickened
  • Ingrown toenails

Skin:

  • Dry skin
  • Dry itchy scalp
  • Flaky skin
  • Cracked heels
  • Coarse patches
  • Yellowish or amber tint to their skin
  • Dry mucous membranes
  • Pale skin
  • Pale lips
  • Boils
  • Pigmentation in skin creases
  • Rashes
  • Skin tags
  • Dermographia (wheals)
  • Eczema
  • Impetigo
  • Cellulitis
  • Easy bruising
  • Tendency to form blood clots
  • Slow wound healing
  • Hemophilia
  • Bumps on legs
  • Acne
  • Breakout on chest and arms
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon (discoloration of digits)
  • Chronic itching
  • Varicose veins
  • Premature aging
  • Parchment-like fine wrinkles
  • Red butterfly patch over cheeks and nose
  • Absence or diminished perspiration
  • Moles and warty growths
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Vitiligo
  • Allergies
  • Hives

Numbness and Tingling:

  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Back
  • Face

Pain:

  • Migraines
  • Chronic headaches
  • Chronic back and loin pain • Wrist pain
  • Muscles and joint pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (hands or forearms)
  • Tarsal Tunnel syndrome (legs)
  • Joint stiffness
  • Tendonitis
  • Heel spur
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Painful soles of feet
  • Muscle cramps
  • Aching bones
  • Aching muscles
  • Joint pain
  • TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia

Digestion:

  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hard stools
  • Loss of appetite
  • Food allergy
  • Food sensitivity
  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Celiac Disease
  • Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance
  • Colitis
  • Abdominal distention
  • Weight gain in abdominal area
  • Protruding abdomen in children
  • Diverticulosis
  • Excess gas
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Ulcers
  • Acid Reflux
  • Excessive belching
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) Menstrual Disorders:
  • Cessation of periods (amenorrhoea)
  • Scanty (light) periods (oligomenorrhoea) • Heavy periods (menorrhagia)
  • Irregular periods
  • Very short cycles
  • Very long cycles
  • Severe cramping
  • Failure to ovulate
  • Constant bleeding
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Premenstrual tension (PMT)
  • Extreme bloating and water retention
  • Premature or delayed puberty
  • Premature or delayed menopause
  • Difficult menopause
  • Hysterectomy
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian fibroids
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Reproductive Disorders and Pregnancy:

  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Still birth
  • In vitro fertilization failure
  • Donor egg failure
  • Abnormal estrogen levels
  • Abnormal progesterone levels
  • Abnormal testosterone levels
  • Drop in sperm count
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of libido
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful sex
  • Breasts leaking milk (but not lactating or breastfeeding) • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Maternal anemia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Placental abruption
  • Postpartum hemorrhage
  • Prolonged labor
  • Inability to dilate
  • Poor wound healing
  • Pain in and around c-section scar
  • Difficulty breast-feeding
  • Low breast milk supply
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Long gestation
  • High birth weight
  • Newborn with deficits in intellectual development • Newborns with jaundice
  • Autism
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Birth defects

Emotional:

  • Tension
  • Irritability
  • Wanting to be solitary
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Personality changes
  • Feelings of resentment
  • Jumpy
  • Easily startled
  • Lack of confidence
  • Nervousness

Other Related Conditions:

  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Hyponatremia (low blood sodium)
  • Lack of coordination
  • Clumsiness
  • Tendency to fall
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting episodes
  • Vertigo
  • Tremor
  • Growth disturbances in children
  • Chronic allergies
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rhabdomyolysis (destruction of skeletal muscle)
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hernia

Brain:

  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Brain fog
  • Mental sluggishness
  • Poor concentration
  • Noises and/or voices in head
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Mania
  • Phobias
  • Obsessions
  • Alcohol & substance abuse
  • Rage
  • Loss of drive
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) • Nightmares
  • Bipolar
  • Suicide
  • ADHD
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Kidney and Bladder:

  • Albuminuria (protein in urine) • Urinary incontinence
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Decreased output of urine
  • Interstitial cystitis (chronic bladder problems) • Urinary incontinence while sleeping
  • Kidney stones
  • Recurrent kidney infections
  • Recurrent bladder infections
  • Irritable bladder syndrome
  • Chronic kidney failure

Gallbladder:

  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones Liver:
  • Liver tenderness and enlargement
  • Congestion of the liver
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Hypoglycemia

Lungs:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Air hunger
  • Pleural effusion (fluid around the lung)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in chest
  • Pneumonia

Heart:

  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slow/weak pulse (under 60 bpm)
  • Fast pulse (over 90 bpm at rest)
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Skipped beats
  • Heart flutters
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • High LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Elevated C-Reactive Protein
  • Fibrillations
  • Plaque buildup
  • Fluid retention
  • Poor circulation
  • Enlarged heart
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Stroke
  • HeartAttack

Cancer:

  • Skin Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Endocrine Cancers
  • Lung Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Classic lack of Iodine symptoms, are depression and being very tired all the time, especially with respect to teenage and young adult males.

I was able to help my younger brother with his overwhelming tiredness with the Gaia Thyroid product referenced earlier. It is important to mention that medical doctors in the last century and before, used Iodine supplementation for almost all health challenges they faced and their results justified their confidence in it. As you can see from the list of symptoms mentioned above almost all health issues seem to be Iodine related and this would account for doctor confidence in it years ago.

Edgar Cayce, the great psychic and healer mentioned earlier, stated that only 4 elements were needed to sustain life: water – salt – calcium – iodine. It is interesting to mention how important water and salt and calcium are to us, yet why is Iodine never spoken about? Are you looking for more beautiful skin, thicker nails and hair, and perhaps help with your breasts, and many other issues? Have no fear, Iodine is here.

Women take note: It is believed that Iodine deficiency can be directly linked to 60% of the heart problems we experience. According to the Mayo Clinic more women than men die of heart disease each year. New findings suggest that Iodine deficiency can be a direct cause of Asthma. The rise in Asthma cases, especially among the youth of today, is alarming.

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