Why is IODINE so darn important and so deficient in almost all of us?

Dr. David Browstein, MD along with many other doctors such as Dr. Guy Abraham MD have researched and experimented a great deal with Iodine use and deficiencies etc. over the years. Many years ago Dr. Brownstein test over 500 of his patients, and discovered that 97.4% of them were deficient in inorganic iodine. Dr. Abraham with over 4,000 patients found similar results.
When physiological doses of iodine/iodide are supplemented adequately many chronic conditions improve dramatically! Some of the conditions Iodine/Iodine Helps withinclude:

  • Hypo & Hyperthyroidism
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Auto Immune Disorders
  • Cancers, particularly Breast, Prostate & Endocrine
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Brain Fog
  • Hypertension
  • Sensitivity to Cold Temperatures
  • Increased Sense of Well-being
  • Increased Energy
  • Improved Sleep
  • Regular Bowel Movements
  • Improved Complexion
  • Weight Loss
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Regulation of Menstrual Cycle
  • Improved Blood Sugar Control & Diabetes
  • Detoxification of Toxic Flourides, Bromides and Chlorides
  • Detoxification of Toxic Metals such as: Mercury, Lead, Cadmium and Aluminum.

Part of the problem where we live (in the Goitre Belt) is that our diet is deficient in Iodine AND we are exposed to substances that compete with Iodine and thus knock out iodine from our body thus impairing many bodily and cellular functions. If you took Chemistry, you may recall the family called Halogens. They are Flourine, Chlorine, Bromine and Iodine (the most relevant 4 here). The first 3 are found in our drinking water, swimming pools, hot tubs, and food. When we get too much of these. which WE DO, and not enough Iodine problems like the above list result. WE NEED IODINE/ IODIDE in order to take the place of the bad halogens - to kick them out! Iodine is essential in the making of thyroid hormones which are not just important to the functioning of the Thyroid, but to every single cell in your body! In a nut-shell, if you want your cells to have energy, they need enough iodine.

Here at the clinic you have a choice of 3 different techniques to assess your iodine levels; Muscle Testing, Lugol's Iodine Skin Test and Iodine Loading Test in the Urine (the first 2 in office, the 3rd sent to a lab) You also have access to several different excellent sources of Iodine/Iodide including the one that most MDs and NDs find the best to reach therapeutic doses quickly and safely, called Iodoral.

Be sure to ask if this may be appropriate for you on your next visit.

Dr. Melissa Howe, ND.