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by Margaret Durst: Insomnia
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an essential trace mineral that we normally obtain in our diet from
iodized salt. Deficiency of iodine results in goiter or enlarged
thyroid gland. Goiter is usually accompanied by hypothyroid conditions
such as fatigue, coldness, constipation, weight gain and poor memory.
In 1924, iodine
was added to table salt to remedy the massive iodine deficiency
that was occurring in the United States. Iodine is normally supplied
by things from the sea, such as fish and seaweed. Up until the late
1960s, dough conditioners that contained iodine were commonly
used, increasing the average daily intake of iodine to more than
four times the current RDA of 150 mcg.
In the late
1960s, these dough conditioners were replaced with bromine
which interferes with the absorption of iodine. We also get exposed
to bromides from many different chemical sources. So even if we
get enough iodine in our diet, we end up deficient due to other
factors that limit our uptake of iodine.
iodine has been linked to thyroid issues, but recent research has
linked iodine to other conditions including cracked skin on the
hands and feet, frequent sinus infections, cysts of the ovaries,
uterus and / or breasts, fibroids, hot flashes, and emotional changes
during cold weather.
to need more iodine than men. Breast and ovarian tissue uptake iodine
at about the same rate as the thyroid. One iodine researcher found
that about one woman in seven is iodine deficient. This is very
close to the ratio of breast cancer in women.
estrogen receptors in the breasts resulting in less cell growth
while promoting cell death of malignant cells. Kelp, a natural source
of iodine has been studied to show its anti-tumor effect. Females
on thyroid hormone replacement and no iodine have about twice the
risk for breast cancer as females on thyroid hormone replacement
and supplemental iodine.
iodine can be very beneficial to those with chronic auto-immune
issues such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or even cancer.
works well only if you are deficient in iodine. A great test of
iodine status is to paint a spot of iodine on your skin and see
how long the stain stays there. If the stain is intact in 24 hours,
you have sufficient iodine and do not need to supplement. However,
if the stain is gone to significantly faded, you might benefit from
iodide made the news recently as we all watched the Japanese nuclear
plant after the disastrous earthquake. It was the remedy
for the radiation that leaked from the nuclear power plant because
it would tie up the receptors in the thyroid gland and prevent it
from taking on the radiation.
for using potassium iodide for protection against radiation involves
taking relatively high doses for short periods of time. Taking any
nutrient in large doses over long periods of time results in imbalance.
If you take supplemental iodine, do a skin test periodically and/or
monitor thyroid function to make sure you are not getting too much.
May 18, 2011
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2011 Margaret
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