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  • Restoring Iodine Supplementation Easily and Cheaply   by  #27791     16 y     12,061       6 Messages Shown       Blog: A True and Simple Way to Stay Healthy.
    ...yet it is by far the safest of all the trace elements
    known to be essential for human health." It seems the
    conventional medical establishment again has grossly
    underestimated the amount of this nutrient needed for good

    It can be ingested safely in amounts up to 100,000 times the
    RDA, according to Dr. G.E. Abraham, M.D., quoted from the
    book, "Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without
    It" by Dr. David Brownstein, M.D.

    What Does Iodine Do?

    Iodine is not only necessary for the production of thyroid
    hormone, it is also responsible for the production of all
    other hormones in the body. Adequate iodine levels are
    necessary for proper immune system functions. Iodine
    contains potent antibacterial, anti-parisitic, anti-viral
    and anti-cancer properties. Iodine is also effective for
    treating fibroystic breast and ovarian cysts.

    Conditions Treated With Iodine

    ADD, breast diseases, Dupuytren’s Contracture, excess mucous
    production, fatigue, hemorrhoids, headaches, keloids,
    migraine headaches, ovarian disease, parotid duct stones,
    Peyronie’s, sebaceous cysts, thyroid disorder and vaginal

    Where Is Iodine Found In The Body?

    Every cell in the body contains and utilizes iodine. The
    thyroid gland contains a higher concentration of iodine than
    any other organ of the body. Large amounts of iodine are
    also stored in many other areas of the body including the
    salivary glands, cerebrospinal fluid and the brain, gastric
    mucosa, choroids plexus, breasts, ovaries, and the ciliary
    body of the eye. In the brain, iodine concentrates in the
    substantia nigra, an area of the brain that has been
    associated with Parkinson’s disease. Iodine is essential for
    the normal growth and development of children. Severe Iodine
    deficiency can result in severe mental deficiency and
    deafness, i.e., cretinism. In addition, spontaneous
    abortion, as well as delayed physical and intellectual
    development, is associated with iodine deficiency.

    Why Is Iodine Lacking In Our Bodies?

    The most significant change in the iodine status of recent
    time occurred with the changing of the food industry. In the
    1960’s, iodine was added to the commercial baking industry
    as a dough conditioner. This single addition to baked goods
    significantly increased the iodine intake of the U.S.
    population, as one slice of bread contained the RDA for
    iodine of 150ug. Articles from the NH were published which
    questioned the safety of using iodine in baking products.
    Some researchers felt that this level of iodine in baking
    products would cause a malfunctioning of the thyroid gland.

    Twenty years later, bromine replaced iodine in the baking
    industry. Bromine is a halide (as is iodide, fluoride and
    chloride). All halides compete with one another for
    absorption and receptor binding in the body. Bromine
    interferes with iodine utilization in the thyroid as well as
    wherever else iodine would concentrate in the body. We now
    have two major reasons why iodine deficiency disorders have
    become much more common. The substitution of bromine for
    iodine in the bakery process lowered the iodine utilization.
    Bromine began effectively binding to and inhibiting iodine
    from binding to its own receptors.

    Diets That May Cause Iodine Deficiency

    Diets without ocean fish or sea vegetables, inadequate use
    of iodized salt including low sodium diets, diets high in
    the consumption of bakery products (e.g. bread, pasta) which
    contain bromide, vegan and vegetarian products.

    Iodine and Toxic Halogens: Bromide and Flouride

    Iodine is part of a class of elements known as the halogens.
    The halogens are a family of elements that form similar
    salt-like compounds in combination with sodium and most
    metals. The halogens are bromine, chlorine, fluorine, iodine
    and astatine. The halogens, for chemistry enthusiasts, are
    found in group VIIa of the periodic group. Bromine was
    discovered in 1826. Bromide (a reduced form of bromine) is
    rapidly absorbed in the intestinal tract. Bromine lies just
    above iodine in the periodic table and is very close to
    iodine. These two items can compete with one another for
    binding in the body, especially in the thyroid gland.

    Bromine, being similar size and shape, has the ability to
    bind to iodine receptors in the body. However, bromine
    should be considered a toxic element to the body and should
    be avoided. When bromide binds to the thyroid gland, it is
    not only a toxic element, it worsens an iodine deficient
    problem. Bromine is very slowly eliminated from the body.
    Bromine intoxication (i.e. bromism) has been shown to cause
    delirium, psychomotor retardation, schizophrenia, and
    hallucination. Subjects who ingest enough bromide feel dull
    and apathetic and have difficulty concentrating. Bromide can
    also cause severe depression, headaches, and irritability.

    It is unclear how much bromide must be absorbed before
    symptoms of bromism become apparent. Recent research has
    demonstrated that symptoms of bromide toxicity can be
    present even with low levels of bromide in the diet. Bromine
    (reduced form of bromide) is used as an antibacterial agent
    for pools and hot tubs. It is still used as a fumigant for
    agriculture. Crops sprayed with bromide have been found to
    have elevated bromide levels. Bromide is also used as a
    fumigant for termites and other pests. In 1981, 6.3 million
    pounds of bromide were used in California. By 1991, 18.7
    million pounds were used in California.

    Toxicity of bromine has been reported from the ingestion of
    some carbonated drinks (e.g. Mountain Dew, AMP Energy Drink,
    some Gatorade products) which contain brominated vegetable
    oils. Bromine used to be present in many over the counter
    medications. It is still used today in many prescription
    medications. Over 150 years ago, bromine was used
    extensively in medicine as a sedative as well as a remedy
    for seizures. Bromine is still found in some medicines
    including those that treat asthma, and bowel and bladder

    Medicine Indication

    Attrovent Inhale, Spiriva Handihaler, Attrovent Nasal Spray,
    Ipratropium Nasal Spray, Pro-Panthine, Bladder Dysfuntion,
    Pyridostigmine Bromide (antidote for nerve gas).


    The American Dental Association has advocated the addition
    of fluoride to drinking water as a preventative measure
    against dental cavities. There is much evidence to suggest
    that adding fluoride to drinking water is ineffective at
    preventing cavities. Fluoridation has been linked to dental
    fluorosis (discoloration of teeth), hip fractures, bone
    cancer, lowered intelligence, kidney toxicity and other
    negative effects. Fluoride is known to be a toxic agent.

    Fluoride has been shown to inhibit the ability of the
    thyroid gland to concentrate iodine. Fluoride was first
    reported to cause thyroid problems in 1854 when fluoride was
    found to be a cause of goiters in dogs. Research has shown
    that fluoride is much more toxic to the body when there is
    iodine deficiency present. Many commonly prescribed
    medications contain fluoride including the popular SSRI
    antidepressants such as Paxil and Prozac. There have been
    reports linking these antidepressants increasing the risk of
    breast cancer. Many medications that contain fluoride have
    been pulled from the market due to serious adverse effects.
    These include the cholesterol lowering drug Baycol,
    Propulsid (stomach ulcers), Posicor (anti-arrhythmic) and
    many others. Fluoride is still used in many medications
    commonly prescribed including Flonase and Flovent.

    Chloride Is An Important Element In The Extracellular Fluid

    There is a large amount of chloride found in the body -
    approximately 100gm. Chlorine (oxidized form of chloride) is
    added to many products including the municipal water supply
    as well as to swimming pools and hot tubs as disinfectant.
    It is also used as a whitener. However, chlorine is a toxic
    element. A byproduct of chlorine use is the production of
    dioxin. Dioxin is one of the most toxic carcinogens known to
    mankind. It does not readily break down in the environment.

    Chlorine and its by products have been linked to birth
    defects, cancer, reproductive disorders including still
    birth, and immune system breakdown. Americans are exposed to
    a high level of chlorine and chlorine byproducts that are
    toxic to their health. This includes being exposed to the
    steam of a dishwasher when the door is opened after cleaning
    (chlorine superheated and combined with detergent). In
    addition, the sugar-substitute Sucralose (Splenda) contains
    chlorinated table sugar. There are safer alternatives to
    disinfecting water including the use of iodine, hydrogen
    peroxide, ultraviolet light and ozone that could be
    substituted for chlorine.

    The best way to rid the body of the toxic halogens is to
    increase the intake of iodine. Changing the way you eat is
    important. Iodine, unlike vitamins and minerals, is not
    present in adequate amounts in most foods. Specific plants
    absorb iodine not present in the soil. Iodine is found in
    many ocean foods, such as fish (cod, sea bass, haddock, and
    perch) and sea vegetables (sea weed).

    Restoring Iodine Supplementation Easily and Cheaply.

    The role of iodine in human nutrition is well established as
    are its deficiency diseases and the conditions to which
    deficiency can contribute (i.e., goiter, cretinism,
    hypothyroidism, etc.) The amount of iodine necessary to
    avoid diagnosable deficiency is quite small.

    Originally people would get all their iodine from dietary
    sources: soybeans, cauliflower, peanuts, etc. But much
    agricultural farmland is now iodine deficient, leading to
    reduced levels in iodine in foods. Other areas, such as the
    Great Lakes region in the U.S., are naturally deficient in
    iodine — a fact that lead to the massive goiter. In 1924,
    iodine was first added to table salt as a preventative
    measure, and by 1940, the practice was in general consumer
    use. Using iodized salt has no doubt been effective: it
    contains about 76 mcg. of iodide per gram. The average
    person consumes at least 3 grams of iodized salt daily,
    exceeding the RDA for iodine by 150 mcg. However, iodized
    salt has many other drawbacks: it contains aluminum and
    processing chemical residues, its overuse creates the well-
    documented conditions associates with high sodium intake and
    sodium-potassium imbalance, etc.

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    • Super articles...   by  kerminator     16 y     3,832
      Thanks for the info....  This is the kind of stuff EVERYONE needs....   See Ya.. K
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    • Iodine alone usually won't work if you already have the conditions   by  parhat     16 y     4,331     1 of 1 (100%)
      I have read studies after studies that once the person is deficient in iodine, taking supplementation of iodine never restored the thyroid to its former self. However, there were some promising studies, although limited in uptake of iodine concerning taking seaweed instead of Lugols solution, potassium iodide. The search ended and I finally found that when making iodine bioavailable bromine must be present. Therein lies the problem that if thyroid already presently experience low metabolic rate AND taking IODINE doesn't help AND you ended up taking thyroid hormone for the rest of your life. Then something is fishy. So I found the answer:

      1: Probl Endokrinol (Mosk). 1978 Jul-Aug;24(4):81-6.
      [Morphofunctional characteristics of the thyroid gland after correction of iodine and bromine deficiency]
      [Article in Russian]
      Polotniuk NA, Detiuk ES.

      Experiments were conducted on rats; morphofunctional changes of the thyroid gland in correction of iodine and bromine deficiency, depending on the regimen of the microelements administration in the course of a one-week cycle were studied. Daily administration of a one-week dose of iodine and bromine proved to be most effective in respect to the normalization of the morphofunctional condition of the thyroid gland in animals given iodine-deficient diet. The lowest thyroid gland weight, intensification of the synthetic processes in the thyrocytes, complete utilization of the thyroid gland iodine, and enrichment of the organism with trace elements were noted. Recommendations are given concerning the expediency of the change of regimen of iodine and bromine administration in group antigoiter prophylaxis.

      PMID: 683978 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

      Iodine and bromine must be taken together.
      Go ahead challenge me on that. What have you got to loose, if the thyroid isn't working anyway despite all that iodine supplements you been taking. Don't you think something is missing? Or should you continue taking thyroid hormone for the rest of your life?

      More research like this, we should look for. It is a big clue, and unfortunately for the internet, not many will mention this fact either.

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      • Re: Iodine alone usually won't work if you already have the conditions   by  parhat     16 y     4,154
        If that isn't enough, then they did it on schoolchildren and worked too.
        : Pediatriia. 1973 Jan;52(1):74-5.
        [Efficacy of simultaneous introduction of iodine and bromine in group antigoiter prophylaxis among schoolchildren]
        [Article in Russian]
        Babenko LS, Oleksa AP.

        PMID: 4709386 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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        • Iodine and Bromine are essential!   by  parhat     16 y     4,429     1 of 1 (100%)
          For doubting Thomases, and I don't blame them. I went further to see if this is not JUST A FLUKE. It is no fluke that bromine ARE essential. No it all makes sense.


          1: Biol Trace Elem Res. 1988 Jul;16(2):151-4.
          Bromine levels in human serum, urine, hair. Short communication.
          Cuenca RE, Pories WJ, Bray J.

          Department of Surgery, East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, NC 27834.

          Much is known about the essentiality of the halogens fluorine (F), chlorine (Cl), and iodine (I), but very little has been discussed with respect to bromine (Br). As a member of the halogen family its chemical properties are comparable to those of other halogens, but its presence has been masked by the presence of I and Cl in chemical analyses. By virtue of new technology and a special computerized machine called the Kevex Model 0600 Energy Dispersive X-Ray Induced X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (EDXRF), we can specifically identify bromine in different compartments and verify its concentration accurately. In order to establish standard values of Br concentrations and evaluate the nature of its presence in humans, samples of serum, urine, and hair were collected from ten healthy adult males and analyzed for bromine content. Our samples had normal distributions, with serum bromine levels ranging from 3.2 to 5.6 micrograms/mL, urine levels between 0.3 to 7.0 micrograms/mL, and hair levels determined from 1.1 to 49.0 micrograms/mL. These levels, especially those of serum bromine, have been encountered by other examiners whose samples also had normal distributions. These findings suggest to us that bromine may well be an essential trace element, as are its other halogen family members.

          PMID: 2484543 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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    • Lugol's iodine!   by  anuzoani     15 y     4,683
      Does anybody know whether Kent's Lugol Iodine can be used for human consumption?
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