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Paperback: 259 pages
Publisher: Medical Alternatives Press; 4th edition (2009)
My daughter has been ill for a number of years with hypothyroidism and associated issues. We searched the region for a doctor and finally found a wonderful physician who worked with her, prescribed Armour Thyroid and a number of supplements to get her back in balance after the years of Synthroid, Despite some improvements, it was not until I read Dr. David Brownstein's book on the subject of iodine deficiency that we decided we would give this a try. And no, we didn't get any blessing from anyone.
My husband, daughter and myself, all used liquid iodine and did the paint test to see if we were deficient, which we all were. Based upon a significant amount of research we decided to take a specific amount, starting last Monday, June 14. What has happened is NOTHING less that a miracle.
My daughter, who has hideous outbreaks of hives, had no hives during the first three days, had two outbreaks on the 3rd day, but they were noticeably small and did not last near as long. Secondly, she has so much more energy and is able to get through the day without an afternoon nap, whereas before this iodine, the fatigue drove her to nap every afternoon. Thirdly, her voice, which had been very hoarse since before she was diagnosed has cleared and her attitude is much more positive now. These are just of the improvements we have seen in her, but they are remarkable when you understand her long journey and the insane number of doctors she has been through. For the first time in 10 years, I am getting my daughter back.Read more ›
[ later note: there is an excellent iodine internet group with important information on the use of iodine health.groups.yahoo[dot]com/group/iodine/
Also `Hypothyroidism Type 2' by Mark Starr explains how all chronic pain is linked to low thyroid, including those involved with diabetes, heart problems, both bleeding (like gums, periods) & blood clots (including strokes) and some cancers. If you have any kind of chronic pain, you need to know 1. some are calling low thyroid the silent epidemic (silent because officially denied) and 2. that ALL the standard lab tests are WRONG, low thyroid and/or low adrenals are the most common health problem... The stopthethyroidmadness website has huge amounts of practical information and advice too.]
Well written and interesting, this book explains how iodine plays a crucial role in many aspects of health and why iodized salt does not supply our needs. Due to deterioration of soils/foods as well as poorer modern diets and environments (particularly the deliberate pollution of drinking water with fluorine, fluoride and chlorine, which are all toxic), severe iodine deficiency is epidemic in many English-speaking countries.
It's not just good for thyroid problems: some acclaim iodine for helping to heal breast cancer and cysts; for skin problems like acne, eczema, moles and skin tags; for fatigue symptoms; for fungus infections; for detoxification; and much more. It seems to have an amazingly wide application, since it can kill all single celled organisms and is the most effective known antiseptic. The author of this book, Dr Brownstein, confirms "Iodine has many positive therapeutic actions. It is a potent anti-infective agent. No virus, bacteria or parasite has been shown to be resistant to iodine therapy.Read more ›
Iodine, Why You Need It and Why You Cant Live Without It by David Brownstein MD is written for the lay reader, however, all health care professionals should find the information useful in clinical practice.
Brownstein says we are in the "Medical Dark Ages" concerning iodine supplementation, and his book attempts to invoke a Renaissance. David Bronstein MD has a clinical practice in the goiter belt of Michigan, and is involved with an ongoing iodine research project with Guy Abraham MD and George Flechas MD.
According to Brownstein, iodine is safe and beneficial, preventing not only goiter, but also preventing the many thyroid cysts, nodules and auto-immune thyroid disease rampant in the population. Iodine is anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, anti-cancer, important for hormone production, reverses fibrocystic breast disease, and shrinks ovarian and thyroid cysts. It may be our most important preventive measure against breast cancer.
The book dispels a number of myths about Iodine supplementation.
Myth number one: There is no iodine deficiency because of Iodized Salt.
The iodine in Iodized salt is not very bio-available, and government surveys show decreasing Iodine levels in the population. Brownstein found that 90% of his patients were iodine deficient based on a 24 urine test for excreted iodine after a 50 mg loading dose.
Myth Number two: Too much Iodine above the RDA of 150 mcg is not safe.
In reality Iodine supplementation is very safe. The average Japanese diet contains 12 mg per day which is 100 times the RDA in the US. In the event of a nuclear power plant accident, the government gives everyone 50 mg. of Iodine to prevent thyroid cancer.Read more ›