Doctors in Naples FL reveals the type of medicine currently practiced by the vast majority of physicians in the United States is based on the scientific principle that a single substance can be used to treat a single illness. This principle originated in the early 19th century with the discovery of iodine. In 1811, a French scientist (Bernard Courtois) was working for Napoleon’s army while the supplies of gunpowder were running short. Saltpeter (potassium nitrate – a major component of gunpowder) required an abundant source of potassium carbonate (extracted from wood ashes) in order to be produced. It was suggested to use dried seaweed (abundant along the coast of Normandy) since the French troops had long run out of the preferred willow wood. This created excess sulfur compounds, so sulfuric acid had to be blended into the mixture. Courtois accidentally added too much acid – a violet vapor cloud appeared, condensing into colder, metal objects then forming lustrous crystals. Courtois eventually turned over his discovery to a pair of French chemists who later involved an English chemist (Sir Humphrey Davy). In 1813, Davy published a scientific paper describing the new element which was termed “iodine” (Greek for violet-colored). In 1819, a Swiss physician (Dr. Jean François Coindet), hypothesized the traditional treatment of seaweed for goiters (enlarged thyroid glands) was effective because of seaweed’s iodine content; he proved iodine (a single substance) could treat goiters (a single illness). Modern medical science was born. In 1829, a French physician (Dr. Jean Lugol) discovered iodine could be made water-soluble when bonded to the mineral potassium. His solution of potassium iodide dissolved in water (Lugol’s solution – 5% iodine and 10% potassium iodide) is still available today.
Iodine is found in every organ and tissue in the body. Highest levels are found in the thyroid, breast, ovaries, prostate, liver, lung, heart, adrenals, stomach, saliva, eyes and skin. Iodine is used primarily for the formation of thyroid hormones – iodine when combined with the amino acid L-tyrosine builds thyroxine (tetraiodothyronine – T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). It is also involved with the formation of many other hormones and numerous other body processes. Iodine is crucially important in brain function, fertility and the immune system. It also helps the body eliminate toxic heavy metals (lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum and mercury)
Over the past 30 years, according to doctors in Naples FL, an epidemic of iodine deficiency has developed in this country. Our iodine intake has declined by 50% (it has been removed from the food supply) and our ingestion of competing toxic halogen compounds (bromine, chlorine, fluorine and perchlorate) has increased dramatically (in our food, water, medicines and the general environment). The most important of these toxins is bromine. Bromine is found in ALL flour or bread products (unless the flour or bread product is labeled “organic,” “without bromine” or “unbrominated”). Historically, the food industry decided to remove iodine from baked goods and replace it with bromine 40 years ago. Bromine is banned as a food additive in over 100 nations but not America. Bromine is also found in many beverages (citrus-flavored sodas and juices especially – like Mountain Dew, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Hi-C, Gatorade, Powerade and many other sports drinks). Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) allows natural fat-soluble citrus flavors to stay suspended in the beverage rather than form separate layers. Swimming pools, hot tubs and whirlpools use bromine as a disinfectant and the toxin easily seeps through the skin. Non-organic produce (especially strawberries) and farm-raised fish are also high in bromine content. In fact, they spray brominated pesticides on strawberry fields in California while wearing HAZMAT SUITS.
As our intake of iodine has declined and our (inadvertent) intake of bromine and other related toxic halogens has increased, the rates of thyroid disease (hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer and autoimmune thyroid disorders), breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, ADD/ADHD, autism and mental retardation have all skyrocketed. In Japan (where iodine intake in 100 times higher than in the United States), all these disease are significantly less common. Iodine deficiency has also been associated with parotid duct stones, epidermal inclusion cysts (“sebaceous cysts”) and vaginal infections.
The best way to diagnose iodine deficiency is an iodine loading test – a 24-hour urine collection following specific iodine ingestion (offered by Doctors Data Laboratories), says doctors in Naples FL. The test measures how much iodine is retained and how much is excreted. Healthy people retain 10% and excrete 90%. The average American retains 56% and excretes 44% – a sign of severe iodine deficiency. The test can also measure fluorine and bromine.
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So how much iodine do we need? Please realize the RDA (recommended daily/dietary allowance) of iodine in this country (150 mcg) is based on the amount needed to prevent a goiter (similar to how the RDA for vitamin C is based on the amount needed to prevent scurvy) and is NOT an optimal amount. This is not new news. In 1917, an American scientist (David Marine) proved we needed well over 25 times more iodine than the RDA to fulfill the needs of the body. 5 mg seems to be the maximal amount the body can use each day. Once iodine stores are repleted, 1-3 mg per day is probably a good maintenance dose. Recommendations of 12.5 mg/day (what is found in two drops of Lugol’s solution) are based on French and Japanese traditions (the average iodine intake in Japan is 13.8 mg per day) and demonstrate dose tolerance and safety.
As alluded to above, obesity is linked to iodine deficiency. Toxic halogens accumulate in fat where iodine is normally stored. Patients with low iodine AND toxic halogen accumulations show an inability to lose weight beyond a certain threshold. A therapy of brief high-dose iodine (12.5 mg/day) with L-tyrosine (1000 mg/day), dry-heat/infra-red saunas (to detox accumulated halogens), 25% calorie restriction and daily exercise can be quite effective in such recalcitrant situations.
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If you are interested in determining whether or not you have iodine deficiency (and/or toxic halogen accumulations) and wish to restore normal iodine levels (and/or detox your body from the halogens), please contact our office at 239-676-3410.
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