Are you aware of the iodine deficiency rampant in our country? And did you know that deficiency’s link to cancer? Yes, the big “C” word.
Ty Bollinger, along with Dr. David Brownstein, has put out some information regarding iodine deficiency in Bollinger’s The Truth About Cancer series. If you keep reading, I’ll give you a run-down of their information regarding the importance of iodine and how our bodies need it. It’s mind-boggling…….
If you’ve ever noticed, on boxes of iodized salt, you see the words to the effect, “supplies iodine, a necessary nutrient”.
While it really IS a necessary nutrient, what that salt provides doesn’t begin to supply us with the iodine we need, but it can help.
Why is Iodine important?
And why exactly do we need iodine, and what does it do for our bodies?
For starters, our immune systems need iodine to function. You need iodine to fight infections.
Our immune systems are vitally important. But another main job of iodine has to do with the endocrine glands—as in the thyroid, the ovaries, the uterus, breasts, and prostate. And what’s the fastest growing cancer in the USA? It’s thyroid cancer. Also, uterine and ovarian cancers are increasing alarmingly.
Do you have, or know of someone, with fibrocystic breast disease? As of now, about 80% of women have this condition to some degree. Well, one of the first things to occur when there is an iodine deficiency is cystic formation—a major precursor to cancer. Also, a now all-too-common problem is cysts forming in the ovaries, the uterus, thyroid, and prostate. And another part of the body affected by iodine deficiency is the pancreas. And guess what other cancer is in epidemic proportions these days? Right, pancreatic cancer.
An iodine deficiency somehow causes the formation of cysts. And if the cystic condition goes on longer, it can become nodular and hard. Further development of the cyst brings on a precursor to cancer—-hyperplastic tissue in the cyst.
How does iodine handle cancer if you have it? Iodine can stop the continuous dividing of cancer cells. So it can halt the progression of the disease, and hopefully, the immune system can kick in and rid the body of the cancer.
How to insure we get enough
Ok, so how can we make sure we’re getting adequate iodine? There are various ways to supplement with iodine, such as liquid drops—but be VERY careful NOT to ingest topical iodine. Iosol, as well as Lugols, make an ingestible iodine formula, and there may be more I’m unaware of. Or you can take Kelp capsules or tablets, available at most health food stores. Also, there is a type of iodine you can use like a lotion to rub over the area of your thyroid. A holistic doctor can inform you of your options. Or if you get thermograms, they can tell you if you have a problem with your thyroid, and the iodine deficiency causing it, and advise you.
Certain foods are good for iodine content, including:
- baked potatoes
- baked turkey breast
- boiled eggs
For more iodine containing foods just Google iodine containing foods and get more foods to add to your diet.
Too much iodine isn’t good either, so don’t overdo it. It can put your metabolism into overdrive. Do discuss iodine needs with your health care expert.
I’ve written to impress you with the importance of iodine in your diet, and what happens when you have a deficiency. Stay healthy!