What if there were one forbidden nutrient that could prevent breast cancer, destroy cancer cells, eliminate thyroid troubles and cure dry skin problems? An important nutrient that has slipped off the radar of unsuspecting Americans has been purposely removed from many of the foods on grocery store shelves. A lack of that nutrient – iodine – is causing rises in mortality rates throughout the U.S.
In fact, at a seminar we attended roughly ten years ago, Dr. Guy Abraham, who was at the time the Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Endocrinology at the UCLA School of Medicine, verified our concerns about the lack of iodine in the American diet when he said “the explosion in cancer, heart disease and mental retardation is directly related to taking iodine out of our diets”.
This information, of course, is not easily accepted by the world of modern medicine. The medical and pharmaceutical information that many of today’s doctors receive comes not from the science world, but instead from drugs reps for pharmaceutical companies. Because it’s not in the best interests of the pharmaceutical world’s pocketbook to research and share stories of success patients have had using natural remedies, those success stories are swept under the rug while traditional medicine promotes the use of pharmaceuticals as the best way to treat disease.
A perfect example of this travesty among medical professionals is the fact that HRT – hormone replacement therapy – which is widely recommended to women entering menopause, has in fact been shown in studies to cause cancer. Yet HRT is still touted by the medical world as the best way to help women deal with menopausal-related issues.
Iodine has been known for over 100 years to prevent and fight disease, and was at one time given to children on a daily basis as part of a well-rounded health routine. Iodine deficiency has been shown to cause many different types of cancer, including breast cancer, thyroid cancer, stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer.
Along with the cancer risks, iodine deficiency has been shown to cause a myriad of other symptoms that a large amount of the public is struggling with today. Author Lynne Farrow, in her book The Iodine Crisis, relates iodine deficiency to a long list of health issues that are plaguing people today, such as:
- Adrenal weakness
- Chronic fatigue
- Chemical sensitivities
- Ovarian cysts
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Chronic chills
- Constant hunger
- Chronic pain
- Profound exhaustion
- Brain fog
- Hair loss
- Reproductive problems
- Cardiovascular problems
- Immune system problems
With so many people suffering from so many different health problems, why hasn’t iodine been returned to our diets? And why was it removed from foods in the first place?
Who Stole Our Iodine?
Iodine had been used for over 100 years starting in the late 1800’s to treat a variety of conditions including syphilis, mercury poisoning, asthma, aneurysms, angina, gout, kidney disease and more.
In the 1920s, food companies started adding iodine to bread because a large number of children in the Great Lakes area started showing up with goiters.
In those days, everyone had 3-5 slices of bread with their daily meals, which would provide enough iodine to ensure iodine levels in the body remained adequate.During and after WWII antibiotics appeared on the medical scene, increasing revenue for medical professionals. The antibiotics movement took precedence over natural remedies because you can’t patent iodine and other natural remedies, which removes much of the monetary profit potential from the medical and pharmaceutical fields.
Iodine was further shamed in a flawed and badly constructed 1948 landmark paper called the Wolff-Chaikoff Report, which insisted that iodine was dangerous and deadly.
Iodine was largely removed from our diets in the 1970’s when food manufacturers replaced iodine in bread with bromine. Bromine is a chemical element that blocks iodine absorption, inhibiting the body’s ability to process iodine and fight disease. Here’s a timeline of the replacement of iodine with bromine:
- 1970 – a major source of iodine was removed from baked goods such as bread
- Potassium bromate (also called bromine) was added to replace iodine, in part because it makes the bread whiter than iodine does
- Manufacturers initiated a mass-introduction of brominated fire retardants in products such as rugs, upholstery, mattresses, stuffed animals and automobiles
- Bromine is also used as a colorant in products such as vegetable oil and red, yellow and green drinks such as sodas and energy drinks
As we use these products, humans inhale the dust in the fire retardants or the liquid in the foods and drinks, and the bromine sequesters itself into the body’s blood tissues and the brain. Adding fuel to the fire, bromine – a halogen – has been shown to cause metabolic slowdown and to interfere with the production of the thyroid hormone. Bromine has also been proven to deposit in the joints, causing joint pain.
Bromine actually blocks and poisons the iodine receptor sites in the human body. In fact, many countries around the world have banned the use of bromine in food and home products due to its proven dangers.
There is overwhelming evidence that iodine prevents and kills cancer cells, is antibacterial, destroys viruses, is antifungal, and there have even been reports that adequate amounts of iodine have been shown to assist the body with insulin processing. This could be a breakthrough cure for type || diabetes.
Yet we are routinely fed diets sans iodine and sold products that inhibit iodine absorption.
Why Do We Need Iodine?
Every hormone receptor site in the body needs iodine in order to function efficiently. Iodine assists the body in its production of necessary hormones.
Without enough iodine the breasts and ovaries get congested, they swell up and cell membranes don’t work well. Toxic fluid builds up and causes enlargement and inflammation. Nodules may start to form and at the worst fibrocystic breasts become as hard as rocks.
Iodine contains antibiotic, antiparasitic, antifungal and antiviral properties, and helps the body with detox processes.
The body’s biggest iodine receptors lay in the breasts for women, and in the prostate for men. Iodine works to promote a healthy body because it keeps cell membranes soft, moist and supple, enabling them to better remain healthy, release toxins, absorb nutrition and keep skin moist and soft, helping to prevent dryness.
Who Should Use Iodine?
Everyone – especially women – can benefit from a quality iodine supplement. The Coastal Japanese eat the highest amounts of iodine in the world via their coastal diets and have the world’s lowest rates of breast cancer and prostate cancer. They also have the highest IQs in the world.
More detailed information on the benefits of iodine, along with Mary’s own personal story of how iodine intake changed her health and her life can be found here.
Our recommended iodine protocol can be found here. We highly encourage you to consider starting your own iodine replacement program today.
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