Iodine Phobia & Your Thyroid


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Today, Dr. Mark Sircus, M.D. is going to discuss iodine and it’s importance in our diet to protect our health.

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Iodine Phobia and Your Thyroid Health


(NaturalNews) Iodine deficiency is thought to be the most common cause of  hypothyroidism and the one true cause of goiters. Once researchers realized this  many decades ago, health authorities around the world began adding iodine to  table salt. But interestingly allopathic medical science is now saying that in  countries where iodine has been added to highly processed table salt, the rates  of autoimmune thyroid disease have risen.

Absurdities in Medical Science

Though there are several studies  from around the world that support this conclusion, one of the principle studies  was published in the European Journal of Endocrinology asserting this  without any attention to or control of the toxicity of the salt itself, selenium  status of the studies’ participants, or the danger  that water fluoridation potentiates for the thyroid. These factors and  others are involved in thyroid and autoimmune diseases; mercury is an especially  dangerous thyroid poison in this regard. So is bromide and they are putting it  more than ever in bread.

Iodine  deficiency we get is partly a result of toxicity from fluoride and bromine.  Bread has ten times more bromine in it than it used to and the sources of  fluorine are nearly ubiquitous today. So who does not need iodine?  I find that nearly everyone needs more than they are getting. – Dr. Garry F.  Gordon
Contamination from chemicals and heavy metals has cumulative  effects such as weakening the immune system. When heavy metals are found on  the receptor sites of the thyroid they literally invite  the immune system to strike out against thyroid cells. The immune system  produces thyroid antibodies in seek-out-and-destroy missions against these  foreign substances. Depending on the specific subtype, thyroid antibodies can  destroy thyroid cells, cause thyroid inflammation, or cause thyroid cells to  produce excess thyroid hormone.
Selenium is necessary for the  conversion of T4 to T3. (Incomplete conversion results in high levels of reverse  T3, an inactive hormone.) Selenium has also been shown to reduce autoimmunity  against the thyroid (i.e. to treat the underlying cause of Hashimoto’s thyroid  disease.
When we add the total ignoring of magnesium deficiency  as yet another uncontrolled factor we quickly realize how careful we need to be  about interpreting scientific medical conclusions. Add the fact that the thyroid  is affected by widespread mercury contamination and we can see how distorted  medical studies can become in their lust to study one factor at a time while  remaining blind to other crucial issues.
Studies have documented that  mercury causes hypothyroidism, damage of thyroid RNA, autoimmune thyroiditis,  and impairment of conversion of thyroid T4 hormone to the active T3 form. These  studies along with clinical experience indicate that exposure to mercury and/or  toxic metals appears to be the most common cause of hypothyroidism and the  majority of patients treated with metal detoxification recover or significantly  improve.
Manmade sources of mercury: dental amalgams,  thimerosal in vaccines, mining of silver, coal-fired electrical plants,  municipal incinerators, crematoriums, curing of plastics, fireworks (pharoah’s  serpents and bengal green lights), anatomical specimen preservatives, fungicides  and pesticides (golf courses), laboratory tests in slide preparations and  reagents, certain drugs, thermometers, fluorescent lights, certain button-sized  batteries.
As far back as the early  1920s, Goldemberg showed that fluoride was displacing iodine, rendering the  community hypothyroid from iodine deficiency. The thyroid-stimulating hormone  output from the pituitary gland is inhibited by fluoride, thus reducing output  of thyroid hormones. Fluoride competes for the receptor sites on the thyroid  gland and so do mercury and bromide. This contamination might also invite an  autoimmune response.
Byron Richards writes, “Adequate iodine is also  needed to block various compounds from binding to and accumulating in the  thyroid gland (fluoride, perchlorate, goitrogens in food). Problems with  chemicals affecting the thyroid gland have been known about for decades. A  recent Russian study showed that general environmental pollution (of which the  U.S. has plenty in every metropolitan area) significantly aggravates iodine lack  (meaning pollution displaces iodine in the human body).”
European  doctors used fluoride as a thyroid-suppressing medication for patients with  HYPER-thyroidism (over-active thyroid). Fluoride was utilized because it was  found to be effective at reducing the activity of the thyroid gland – even at  doses as low as 2 mg/day.
Below we will examine a Brazilian  scientific study that is already being used by doctors as a reason to fly as far  away from iodine supplementation as possible. If certain people had their way  they would now take all iodine out of salt, which is the only way the masses of  humanity have access to supplemental iodine even if the dosages provided are far  too low to protect the thyroid from the onslaught of chemical and heavy metal  contamination. This of course would be very dangerous to future generations of  children whose parents and environment are already extremely iodine deficient  (except along coastal areas). It is just because of the vast contamination  affecting everyone that the thyroid needs to be protected with increased levels  of iodine.
During this past decade iodine concentrations in table salt  have been slightly modified to be within the new official limits: 20-60 mg/kg  salt. Previously these concentrations were in the 40-100 mg/kg range though  there have been reports that salt advertised as containing iodine actually had  none.
In the study, in 45.6% of the 1085 randomly selected participants  receiving iodine in their salt, iodine excretion was excessive. The prevalence  of chronic autoimmune thyroiditis (CAT) (including atrophic thyroiditis) was  16.9% (183/1085); women were more affected than men (21.5% vs 9.1% respectively, P=0.02). Hypothyroidism was detected in 8.0% (87/1085) of the  population with CAT. Hyperthyroidism was diagnosed in 3.3% of the individuals  (36/1085), and goiter was identified in 3.1% (34/1085).
People thought to  have certain immune system genes are seen to be more susceptible to developing  thyroid disorders when they’re exposed to certain environmental triggers. Up to  20 percent of the population has these genes although only about four percent of  the population develops autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD).
Researchers  concluded that five years of excessive iodine intake by the  Brazilian population may have increased the prevalence of CAT and  hypothyroidism in subjects genetically predisposed to thyroid autoimmune  diseases. With this conclusion, easily-duped doctors have come out against  iodine supplementation in any manner, shape, or form for men, women and children  of all dispositions.
Please pay careful attention anytime the medical  community throws out these key words genetically predisposed because it  often demonstrates an area of medicine they know very little about. Usually when  doctors and medical scientists throw up genetic considerations, which they do  all the time about autism, it’s a red flag telling us they either don’t know  what they are talking about or they don’t want to admit the real causes of a  disease.
Iodine is a natural chelator of mercury, but most people  consume nowhere near the amount needed for proper thyroid function and  protection from mercury, fluoride and other dangerous halogens.
Let’s  examine the amount of iodine they are calling excessive. At 60 mg  per kilogram we would have to calculate that easily about half of that would be  lost to evaporation because table salt sitting out on the table, with iodine in  it, would leach that iodine into the air, leaving, at best, 30 mg in a kilo. How  long does it take for an average person to go through a kilo of salt? One could  probably calculate approximately 180 days but let’s cut that down to 90 days. At  that rate we are talking about daily dosages below 1 mg per day of iodine  supplementation, and perhaps as low as 500 micrograms (0.5 mg) or even much  less. This compares with the average dietary intake by the Japanese population  of 12.5 mg a day or the amount recommended by the “iodine doctors” of as much as  50 to 100 mg a day when they use it to treat cancer.
I have had  Hashimoto’s for 10 years and started taking nascent iodine about six weeks ago.  I also have started using Transdermal Magnesium. For some time now I have been  using barley greens, and vitamins B, D, C and omegas. Since taking the nascent  iodine and magnesium I have improved. My muscle aches and pains and anxiety,  etc. are so much better.
There are now doctors who feel that patients  with autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s and Graves’) should not be taking  iodine supplements. The real truth though is that this population should not be  taking just any iodine supplement and they should never be taking iodine without  appropriate selenium and magnesium supplementation as well. As is usual with  most minerals, organic (safe) iodine is found in much higher amounts in organic  foods. The form in which we take minerals is mission critical. Most tinctures of  iodine are toxic and not appropriate for oral consumption.

Thyroid  hormone is composed of three or four atoms of iodine and one molecule of the  amino acid tyrosine.
There are three forms or chemical structures of  iodine. There is iodine in its atomic I1 form and then molecular I2 and I3  forms. One of the principle reasons why I recommend Nascent Iodine for oral  consumption and the use of Lugol’s only for transdermal use is that the nascent  iodine is in the I1 form plus it is much gentler to the taste buds and the  stomach than the Lugol’s when used orally. The I1 form is the form the body  transforms most easily into thyroid hormone. There is a lot of conflicting  information on the internet regarding the application of iodine in those with  Hashimoto’s. Dosage and form of iodine and a full supporting protocol as well as  close medical supervision are especially important in these cases.

Most  individuals with amalgam fillings or other exposures to mercury toxicity are not  consuming natural chelators such as zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, and silica  that would bind to the free mercury to help excrete it. Mercury (usually with a  +2 charge) can grab the biological spaces that should be filled by another  essential mineral. As a result, there may be plenty of the mineral found in the  blood, urine, hair, etc., but due to the displacement at the active sites,  mercury interferes with the activity of and depletes these essential  minerals.
Doctors who are recoiling against decades of iodine  supplementation and would rather leave the population exposed to worsening  iodine deficiencies are playing a cruel game. Iodine is a mineral found in trace  amounts throughout the body. Iodine is extremely important since the cells  need it to regulate their metabolism. Without it, people are known to suffer  from swollen glands in the throat, thyroid diseases, increased fluoride  toxicity, decreased fertility rates, increased infant mortality rates, and (with  severe deficiency) mental retardation. It has been theorized that iodine  deficiency is a causal  factor of ADHD in babies of iodine-deficient mothers.
A typical  reading from an encyclopedia suggests that iodine deficiency slows all the  systems of the body: The digestive system becomes sluggish, nails grow more  slowly, skin and hair become dry and dull, tendon reflexes stiffen, sensitivity  to cold increases, and the pulse slows. Iodine helps form who we are to such an  extent that a deficiency can lead to a dulling of the personality, deterioration  of attention and memory, and an increase in irritability due to fatigue and  extreme apathy.
“The group we are most concerned about is pregnant women,  who need more iodine anyway,” says Dr. Robert Utiger, professor of medicine at  Harvard Medical School. “There is the possibility of irreversible damage to the  fetus if the mother is deficient,” Utiger adds.
Yet many are still  confused as to whether they should supplement if they have a low or underactive  thyroid, or some type of thyroid condition such as hypothyroid, hyperthyroid,  elevated thyroid autoantibodies, or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. No matter what the  condition, a healthy thyroid system is crucial. A lack of iodine for the thyroid  is a huge metabolic problem. How can anyone’s body make energy if it is lacking  the iodine to make thyroid hormone? Dr. David Brownstein, Dr. Jorge Flechas, Dr.  Guy Abraham, Dr. Mark Starr, Dr. Garry Gordon and Dr Michael Schachter are among  the doctors who all recommend substantially higher amounts of iodine than the  RDA.
About the author: About the author: Mark A. Sircus,  Ac., OMD, is director of the International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA)
Dr. Sircus was trained in acupuncture and  oriental medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Sante Fe, N.M.,  and at the School of Traditional Medicine of New England in Boston. He served at  the Central Public Hospital of Pochutla in Mexico, and was awarded the title of  doctor of oriental medicine for his work. He was one of the first nationally  certified acupuncturists in the United States. Dr. Sircus’s IMVA is dedicated to  unifying the various disciplines in medicine with the goal of creating a new  dawn in healthcare.
He is particularly concerned about the effect  vaccinations have on vulnerable infants and is identifying the common thread of  many toxic agents that are dramatically threatening present and future  generations of children. His book, The Terror of Pediatric Medicine, is a free  e-book offered on his web site. Humane Pediatrics will be an e-book available  early in 2011 and then quickly as possible put into print.
Dr. Sircus is  a most prolific and courageous writer and one can read through hundreds of pages  on his various web sites.
He has recently released a number of e-books  including Winning the War Against Cancer, Survival Medicine for the 21st  Century, Sodium Bicarbonate, Rich Man’s Poor Man’s Cancer Treatment, New  Paradigms in Diabetic Care and Bringing Back the Universal Medicine: IODINE.
Dr. Sircus is a pioneer in the area of natural detoxification and  chelation of toxic chemicals and heavy metals. He is also a champion of the  medicinal value of minerals and seawater.
Transdermal Magnesium Therapy,  his first published work, offers a stunning breakthrough in medicine, an  entirely new way to supplement magnesium that naturally increases DHEA levels,  brings cellular magnesium levels up quickly, relieves pain, brings down blood  pressure and pushes cell physiology in a positive direction. Magnesium chloride  delivered transdermally brings a quick release from a broad range of conditions.  His second edition of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy will be out shortly. In  addition he writes critically about the political and financial crises occurring  around us.
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