Iodine and Health
Iodine is one of the most important minerals
needed for thyroid, metabolic, immune system, neurological and digestive
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Key Points About Iodine Deficiency
IODINE (lacking the extra
electron in it's outer shell) binds to breast, prostate and stomach.
(has an extra electron) binds to the thyroid glands, salivary glands and the skin.
A combination is
required for supplementation to get a better systemic effect.
Every cell in the body
needs and uses iodine. Every 12 minutes, all the blood flows through the thyroid
gland so that it can purify the blood and kill bacteria and viral infections.
Iodine first goes to the
for healthy thyroid function. The
gland contains the bulk of iodine that stored in the body, but other
glands also contain significant amounts of iodine.
Females breasts have the
second highest concentration of iodine in the body. The requirement for
iodine in the body at puberty goes up tremendously for girls. This is also
so that breast milk will be disinfected when we nurse children. Studies
have shown that breast cancer is the result of no iodine being stored in a
Men store iodine in
their prostate gland. Prostate cancer is related to no iodine in the
Only 10% of the iodine
that is added to refined salt is bio-available. We need naturally,
unrefined salt in our diet. Vegan and vegetarian diets are often low in
Our soil is deficient in
iodine especially in the Midwestern USA.
Bromide, chloride and
fluoride are all inhibitors of iodine.
Pollution and pesticides
contain bromine. Bromine was added to bakery products in the 1970's and
this significantly reduces iodine in the body.
Many prescription drugs
contain bromide and fluoride as well (Prozac, Paxil, Luvox)
Iodine levels have dropped 50% in the past 30
years in the USA!
Enough iodine in the body will help the body to
detox bromide, chloride,
mercury, in particularly from
Mercury will impair the enzyme that is needed for
iodine processing in the body.
Iodine Testing Information
You can test your iodine level
easily with a urine test that is now available through
You may call (877)
900-5556 or use the
website as an individual and order the test kit yourself.
The results can only be given to a physician.
The 2 tests
recommended are the SPOT TEST and the LOADING TEST,
both are urine tests for $120. You will also need to buy the loading
packet of 4 supplements for $2.50.
The SPOT test is the first urine void of the day. This
first void measures the level of iodine in the urine to ascertain if the
level is sufficient to prevent a goiter. This test can also be used a predictor
of possible risk for the development of breast cancer. If results are under the
stated "norm", either or both of these conditions should be considered.
The LOADING test
is a measurement of whole body sufficiency for iodine.
50 mg is ingested
(for adults, 25 mg or less for children) after the SPOT test is done and a 24 hour urine
collection is started at the next urine collection
From the 50 mg of iodine/iodide
ingested for the loading test, the LOADING test results will show how many
mgs of iodide are excreted, and what percentage of the 50 mg ingested, is
The goal for the whole body sufficiency
is to obtain 45 mg or greater LOADING excretion result, with 90% or greater result.
Bromide toxicity urine testing for $128 and
fluoride toxicity urine testing $120
can be done at the same time, in the same samples when done with
Labs using the same urine
Symporter (NIS TEST)
This test should be done after the Urine
Iodine Spot and Loading Test have been completed and results indicated that a
symporter defect may be present.
This procedure is a functional test
of the Sodium Iodide Symporter, the NIS.
The NIS has the ability to
concentrate Iodide 20-40 fold in the thyroid as compared to the serum. The
NIS is also present in the salivary glands and many other tissues inside the
By measuring the amount of Iodide in the serum and saliva we are able
to develop a ratio, which will help us know if the symporter is working
The thyroid uses Iodide in the making
of thyroid hormone. The symporter is also present in breast tissue.
absence of Iodide in the thyroid would manifest as hypothyroidism, thyroid
nodule, and goiter.
The absence of Iodine in the breast would manifest as
cyst, nodules, and scar tissue in the breast. This particular test will help
you target specifically a person who will need therapy to repair their NIS
This test is done by a blood and saliva sample. You can order the
Labs under Dr. Flechas and take it to your primary Health Care
Provider to have your blood drawn. This is a different type of testing and
test kit from the Iodine Test. Only Dr. Flechas
Labs, during your consult will
be able to tell you a suspected Symporter defect.
Iodine is an
essential element. Its main function is in the production of thyroid hormones by the
thyroid gland, but many other organs in the body have a need for iodine in
order to function normally.
The thyroid gland needs iodide to function properly. The
original study done 80 years ago to control goiter in adolescent girls used
9 mg iodide daily.
Several studies have
demonstrated a relationship between low iodine intake and fibrocystic
disease of the breast (FDB), both in women and laboratory animals.
During the early 1900's, the
iodine/iodide solution called Lugol solution was used extensively,
effectively and safely in medical practice, for both low activity and above
normal activity of the thyroid gland.
The recommended daily intake
for iodine supplementation was 2 to 6 drops of Lugol Solution which contained
12.5 to 37.5 mg total iodide. That amount was mentioned as lately as
1995 in a book on Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Tableted Lugol's are called "Iodorol"
also available online and there is not taste, so compliance is better. Each capsule contains 12.5 mg of
iodine and iodide. It is also sold in 50 mg pills.
Several investigators have shown
convincing evidence connecting inadequate iodine intake and breast cancer.
Japanese women living in Japan consumed a daily average of 13.8 mg total
elemental iodine and they experience one of the lowest prevalence (risk) for
breast, ovarian and uterine cancer.
In the 1960's, one slice of
bread in the USA contained the full RDA of 0.15 mg iodine. The risk for
breast cancer was then 1 in 20. Over the last 2 decades, iodine was
replaced by bromine in the bread making process.
Bromine blocks thyroid
function and may interfere with the anticancer effect of iodine on the
breast. Currently, the risk for breast cancer is 1 in 8 and increasing 1%
The RDA limits for vitamins
and minerals were established after World War II and one of the last
essential elements included in the RDA system was iodine, established in
1980 and confirmed in 1989.
The recommended daily
allowance (RDA) is only 50 mcg per day for iodine and this was based on the
amount of iodine/iodide needed to prevent goiter, extreme stupidity
and hypothyroidism. This amount is not adequate!
The optimal requirement of the
whole human body for iodine has never been studied. Therefore, the optimal
amount of this element for physical and mental wellbeing is unknown.
Based on demographic studies,
the mainland Japanese consumed an average of 13.8 mg daily and they are one
of the healthiest people in all countries.
Foods High In Iodine
Iodine is an essential mineral thatís vital to the proper functioning of the
The thyroid gland is responsible for managing growth and metabolism. An iodine
deficiency can cause symptoms such as fatigue, high cholesterol, lethargy,
depression, and swelling of the thyroid gland. Prevent this dangerous deficiency
by eating the right amount of iodine rich foods each day.
Iodine is an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet. Since the body cannot
synthesize this mineral, itís important to include various iodine rich foods in
your diet each day. Fortunately, there are many fruits, vegetables, dairy
products, and seafood options that make it easy to get the iodine your body
needs each day.
Bananas contain iodine, making them a healthy and nutrient-rich food to
supplement. A medium-sized banana contains 3 mcg of essential
Baked Potatoes (skin on)
medium potato provides 60 mcg of iodine.
Three ounces of baked turkey breast meat provides 34 mcg of
essential iodine. Turkey also provides your body with B-vitamins, potassium,
and phosphorus, all of which are essential to a strong and healthy body.
One hardboiled egg provides just under 12 mcg of the iodine
needed for the day.
Tuna that is canned in oil usually contains more iodine than when itís
canned in water. Three ounces of canned tuna provides 17 mcg of
iodine, has high protein, Vitamin D and iron contents.
Cheddar cheese in one ounce of cheddar cheese provides 12 mcg
A three-ounce serving size of cod provides your body with 99 mcg of iodine.
Cod is also a healthy source of protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and
Just half a cup of canned corn a provides 14 mcg of iodine.
Cranberries have 400 mcg of iodine in a four ounce serving.
a high concentration of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and fiber, and theyíre known
to prevent urinary tract infections.
Just 5 dried prunes provide 13 mcg of iodine for
your body with essential fiber, boron, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and much more.
A quarter-ounce serving contains 4,500 mcg of iodine. Consume
smaller portions over time in order to gain the health benefits.
Two fish sticks can supply your body with 35 mcg of
Many brands of salt are fortified with the essential mineral iodine and 1
gram has 77 mcg of iodine.
Green (String) Beans
A half-cup serving contains 3 mcg of iodine. And they are a
great source of Vitamin C, potassium, and folate.
Himalayan crystal salt is a viable alternative. Half a gram of Himalayan
crystal salt provides 250 mcg of iodine.
Lobster at a 100-gram serving provides 100 mcg of the
One cup of milk contains an impressive
56 mcg of the mineral,
or about 37% of what the average person must consume each day.
Enjoy a half-cup serving with any meal, and youíll provide 32 mcg
of iodine plus protein, copper, potassium, calcium, folate, and iodine.
A three-ounce serving of shrimp provides 35 mcg of iodine.
Shrimp also provides your body with other essential minerals, primarily
protein and calcium.
Strawberries are a nutritious fruit that provides your body with many
vitamins and minerals. A 1 cup serving contains 13 mcg of
A cup of plain yogurt provides
Iodine Supplementation Tips
We recommend that you do
not begin supplementation unless you have done a
urine loading test for iodine deficiency
and have supervision.
The thyroid gland and the body needs iodide to
function properly. The thyroid gland can store 50 mg of iodine, the whole
body 1500 mg.
Therapeutic supplementation of
typically between 6 - 50 mg per day
depending on the case and under the supervision of your health care
practitioner, with proper urine testing
done prior to supplementation.
To supplement iodine and
iodide, use tablet form called
Another option is the liquid solution called
Both are available
on the internet as non-prescription nutritional
supplements, BUT supervision by a health care practitioner is strongly
Iodoral or IodoRX has
taste and does not cause gastric upset which can sometimes occur for
some people on the Lugol's Solution. Each tablet of
Iodoral or IodoRX
contains 12.5 mg.
also comes in 25
mg and 50 mg doses on the internet.
To prevent gastric irritation, the iodine/iodide preparation is
absorbed into a colloidal silica excipient and to eliminate the unpleasant
taste of iodine, the tablets are coated with a thin film of pharmaceutical
Lugols' Solution comes in 2
types: a 5% and a
2% solution. One
(1) drop of the 5% Lugol's Solution contains
6.25 mg (2 drops contain 12.5 mg.) One (1) drop of the
2% Lugol's Solution contains
2.5 mg (2 drops contain 5 mg.) It has a taste to it,
but can be diluted in water or juice if needed to cover the taste.
These Iodine specialists have
recently discovered it is very helpful to have the Iodine Spot and 24-hour
Loading Test before implementing iodine supplementation in order to
investigate the presence of a possible iodine absorption defects.
If a person is going to start
Iodine Therapy, it is highly recommended having a thyroid panel test done
as well for TSH, T4 and Free T3.
Iodoral or IodoRX will enhance the
response of any thyroid hormones taken. You may need to cut down on
the amount of thyroid hormones being taken if you experience palpitation,
anxiety, increase sweating and intolerance to heat. This is all
because Iodoral or IodoRX decreases your need for thyroid hormones. It is
recommended that you reevaluate after 1 month if you are on thyroid hormones
and starting Iodoral or IodoRX.
It is recommended that you
reevaluate with your health care practitioner after about 3 months of
Iodoral or IodoRX if you are not on any thyroid hormones, and at
1 month if you are.
iodine research doctors: Dr. Guy Abraham, Dr.
David Brownstein and Dr. Jorge Flechas have
treated more than 4,000 patients with
iodine supplementation. The supplementation protocol is from their writings
and Other Supports
Salt Supplementing When Supplementing Iodine:
Once you start supplementing with iodine, you should also be on approximately
Ĺ of unrefined salt
(Celtic sea salt, pink Himalayan, Redmondís) to assist in the removal of toxins
released by iodine.
Not all sea salt is unrefined. It should be gray, red or black in
color. If it is white, it is likely refined.
salt helps bind toxins so they can effectively exit the body. It
also contains a full spectrum of minerals. These minerals help to
maintain balance in the body and do not react like a
You should NOT use any white
(REFINED) table salt. This is a toxic substance
that has been cleaned by a brine containing chloride.
should not experience hypertension or swelling from a good unrefined salt. If
you do, contact your health care provider.
Unrefined salt is also
healing for the adrenals which can become
stressed during detoxing and through daily stresses of modern life.
Essential Supplements with Iodine
other key minerals and supplements are
required by the to improve detoxification while supplementing iodine.
have adequate unrefined sea salt intake daily such as Celtic sea
salt, Himalayan, Redmondís, etc. to support your detox and adrenal
function. An easy way to provide this essential support is measure
out each day and use 1/2 tsp of unrefined salt daily (adult
amount) on your food.
water intake for your weight is essential for detox. Your
minimum water intake should be half your weight, in ounces, drunk per
Complex vitamins are essential in detox. They must have
the correct forms of B9
(methylfolate) and B12 (methylcobalamin) especially for those with the
MTHFR genetic mutations - you should NOT be
taking supplements with folic acid or foods high in folic acid (i.e.
asin white flour products).
white flour products during detoxification and beyond. Many white flour
products are brominated which reduces iodine in the body AND
contain folic acid, which decreased the
methylation cycle in the body for detoxification.
all chlorinated or brominated pools or hot tubs during detox during and
all fluoridated water, tooth paste, fluoride dental treatments during
and after detox.
all birth control pills, synthetic hormones, hormone replacement
therapy, fluoride based medical drugs (like Prozac) or bromide
based medical drugs including most asthma inhalers. Always research
what prescription drugs are made of before agreeing to take them!
fruits and wines treated with pesticides during and after detox.
Eat organic fruit and produce whenever
supplements needed to support detox pathways and key organs are:
Magnesium, Omega-3's, Selenium, Vitamin C (in
the form of sodium ascorbate), Vitamin D
consult your practitioner for their recommendation!
For Detox Support While On Iodine Supplementation
Always consult your health care
practitioner for their professional advice!
Salt loading is
done to help when the individual is feeling overloaded by the
toxins being released from supplementing with iodine.
It is only done a few
days at a time to relieve the detox symptoms.
If your iodine detox is happening
too fast, and you are uncomfortable, a rash develops, swelling, etc.
then we recommend that you stop the supplements for 1 or 2 days.
If there is a detox aggravation, then
the dosage of iodine should be
reduced to slow the release of toxins down and not overload the
detoxification pathways. Again, always consult your health care
practitioner for their professional advice in your case.
Salt Loading Procedure: How to slow detox symptoms from iodine
Add Ĺ tsp of unrefined salt
into 4 ounces of warm water.
Drink the mixture and follow
it up with a 12 oz glass of filtered water.
Repeat every 30-45 minutes as
needed until urination begins.
Total Body Iodine Sufficiency by Dr. Jorge Flechas
Iodine Insufficiency, History of Use, Breast Cancer, IQ
in Children by Dr. Jorge Flechas
Fibromyalgia, PCOS, Breast Cysts, Ovarian Cysts by Dr. Jorge Flechas
ADHD Children and Low Iodine Mothers (Hypothyroid) by Dr.
About Iodine and Hypothyroid and Hyperthyroid with Dr. Sherry Tenpenny, 2007
"The Underutilized Mineral for Health: Iodine"
(1 hour 2 minutes)
About Iodine "The Most Misunderstood Nutrient"
By Dr. Brownstein
(1 hour 38 minutes)
Note: This is a very similar presentation to
the one above that is 1 hour 30 minutes by Dr. Brownstein.
Dr. David Brownstein on Iodine Part 2/3
with Dr. Mercola
Dr. David Brownstein on Iodine Part