Iodine is key to many functions in the body, including thyroid, breast,
prostate and uterine health.
In his book, "Minerals
for the Genetic Code", Dr. Richard Olree talks about 4 minerals
which are vital to human health which it would be wise to supplement.
They are Magnesium, Selenium, Iodine and Yttrium.
Concerning Iodine, according
to Dr. Olree, the minerals Chlorine, Bromine and Fluorine are all -1 in
electron valence, and when Iodine is not readily available, these substitute
for it, wrecking havoc in the human body.
doesn't Iodized salt provide this need?
The Iodine in iodized salt is in chemical form, and is only about 5%
available to the body. In fact, most Americans are Iodine deficient.
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American Thyroid Association has recommended that all pregnant and
breastfeeding women in the U.S. should take daily supplements containing 150
study conducted by researchers at Boston University Medical Center has found
that only 51 percent of U.S. prenatal multivitamins contain iodine.
thyroid function in fetuses and breast-fed infants, which is dependent on
sufficient intake of iodine, is crucial for a child's normal neurocognitive
development," said Elizabeth N. Pearce, MD, assistant professor of medicine,
in a research letter appearing in the February 26 issue of the New
England Journal of Medicine (Vol. 360, No. 9).
the researchers, iodine deficiency affects more than 2.2 billion people
worldwide and is the leading cause of preventable mental retardation. Over
the last three decades, the iodine intake of U.S. women of childbearing age
has decreased by more than half, and a subset of U.S. women of childbearing
age may have mild iodine deficiency.
mild iodine deficiency may have adverse effects on the cognitive function of
children," said Dr. Pearce.
iodine content of multivitamins with kelp as the iodine source was extremely
variable, and often did not match labeled values," said Dr. Pearce.
"Prenatal multivitamins containing potassium iodine were a more reliable
content of prenatal vitamins is not mandated in the U.S., noted the
researchers, who suggest that manufacturers of prenatal vitamins in the U.S.
should be encouraged to ensure that their products contain the amount of
iodine recommended by the American Thyroid Association and to use only
potassium iodine - which contains 76 percent iodine - to maintain
consistency in iodine content.
will discuss "Iodine in Pregnancy: Needs, Impact and Controversy" at the
American Thyroid Association's "Research Summit and Spring Symposium," held
in Washington, DC April 16-17, 2009 at The Madison Hotel.
Thyroid Association (ATA) is the lead organization in promoting thyroid
health and understanding thyroid biology. The ATA values scientific inquiry,
clinical excellence, public service, education, collaboration, and
collegiality. ATA members are physicians and scientists who work to enhance
the understanding of thyroid physiology and pathophysiology, improve
diagnosis and treatment of thyroid diseases, and promote the education of
physicians, patients, and the public about thyroid
cancer. Thyroid diseases are the most common disorders of the endocrine
system, affecting almost 13 million Americans.
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children in mainland
are borderline iodine deficient, the Australian National Iodine Nutrition
Study has found.
students from 88 schools, the study is the largest of its kind carried out
Close to half
the participants, the majority of whom hailed from south-eastern Australia
showed 'mild to moderate' iodine deficiency.
speculated that the reasons for greater iodine levels in Queensland and
Western Australia could be due to a higher proportion of the population in
these states using iodized salt, as well as variations in the regional milk
iodine content and higher drinking water iodine levels.
wide-ranging study's results varied from state to state. Overall, mild
deficiencies were reported in NSW and Victoria; borderline deficiencies in
South Australia; and sufficient levels found in
and Western Australia. Tasmania was not surveyed.
Centre for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders has performed sporadic
surveys of urinary iodine excretion over the past two decades. During this
time, average levels have substantially dropped. Pregnant women displayed
some of the lowest levels, prompting researchers' concerns that the next
generation of children are at risk of the neuropsychological consequences of
important for baby's brain development, visual motor skills and hearing, and
is an essential nutrient required for normal thyroid function, growth and
While the study
recommended the urgent implementation of mandatory iodization of salt,
supplementation also presents an effective method for boosting iodine levels
Women also need
iodine while planning conception, when pregnant and when breastfeeding, as
it is essential for a baby's normal mental development.
Experts Say to Take Supplemental Iodine
If you are pregnant, you will want to make sure you learn about
the latest recommendation to help protect your health and the health of your
unborn baby. The Public Health Committee of the American Thyroid Association
(ATA) issued a statement in late last year in the journal
Thyroid, calling for pregnant
women to supplement with iodine. Find out more about this important
According to the ATA,
maternal iodine deficiency during pregnancy is considered the number one
preventable cause of mental retardation in the world. Insufficient iodine
leaves the mother unable to produce enough thyroid hormone during pregnancy,
which can cause irreversible fetal brain damage. The body doesn't produce
iodine itself, so the iodine is obtained through food and supplements,
including iodized salt.
While iodine deficiency is
common throughout the developing world, it is also seen in some developed
countries, including the U.S. and Europe. In North America, the main source
of iodine is dairy products, also bread, seafood, meat, and iodized salt.
Iodine content can vary, however, from very little, to high amounts. Such
variance is seen in milk, bread, and even infant formula, where iodine is
essential for nutrition. Table salt in the
and Canada is iodized, but studies have shown that only 70% of consumers are
using iodized salt at home.
And because diets vary, some
North Americans may not be getting enough iodine. Many brands of prenatal
vitamins also do not include iodine. Iodine deficiency in mother, can cause
mental retardation in the child. The ATA recommends that until additional
data are available, supplementation with 150 mcg. iodine per day during
pregnancy is in keeping with the current recommendations of national and
international groups for increased iodine intake in pregnancy and lactation,
and appears to be safe. (But always check with your doctor about taking any
supplements or medications during pregnancy)
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Iodine Deficiency Linked to Pregnancy Loss
deficiency: Affects fertility; Increases the risk of miscarriage or
stillbirth; Can have devastating effects on the baby's developing
brain and also on physical growth: such as severe mental retardation, growth
stunting, apathy, and impaired movement, speech or hearing; and is
considered the world's greatest cause of preventable brain damage.
Iodine is a chemical element needed for growth and survival. It is mostly
derived from the ocean and the soil. It is found in varying amounts in fruit
and vegetables, depending on the concentration of iodine in the soils in
which they are grown. The most potent source of iodine is marine fish and
Iodine is critical for normal development of the baby in the womb, so iodine
intake is vital both during pregnancy, and while lactating.
The World Health Organization recommends the following daily intake for
optimal iodine nutrition: pregnant & lactating women -- as well as those
trying to conceive -- should have 200 micrograms per day Iodine deficiency
disorders (IDD's) such as "goitre" pose a severe health hazard to the baby,
as listed above.
Even mild iodine deficiency can impair development and cause subtle defects
in visual motor skills, hearing and intelligence. Iodine deficiency has
resulted in an estimated 80 million children suffering from some form of
permanent mental retardation.
Sources of Iodine in our Diets:
- The richest sources of iodine are seafood and seaweed (such as kelp or
Two or three servings of seafood per week will provide sufficient intake of
- Next richest are eggs, meat and dairy products;
- Followed by fruit and vegetables (grown in soils rich in iodine);
- Iodised salt (iodine has been added).
Note: sea salt is a poor
source of iodine, with only 2 micrograms of iodine per gram of sea salt;
- Multivitamins which contain iodine *; and
- Kelp tablets (supplements) *.
* Patients are advised to check with your doctor before taking any
supplements, as too much iodine can be toxic (over 1,000 micrograms per day
is potentially harmful).
Source: The Australian Nutrition
The most damaging effect
of iodine deficiency is on the developing brain, and to a lesser degree, any
Thyroid hormone is particularly important for myelination of the central
nervous system, which is most active in the perinatal period and during
fetal and early postnatal development. Numerous population studies have
correlated an iodine-deficient diet with increased incidence of mental
retardation. A meta-analysis of 18 studies concluded that iodine
deficiency alone lowered mean IQ scores by 13.5 points (Bleichrodt and Born,
1994). Iodized salt is a special case. With only a few isolated
exceptions, edible salt (sodium chloride) does not naturally contain iodine.
Either potassium iodide or
potassium iodate is used to fortify salt
in 98% of U.S. Households (only found in 3% of English Households). These
compounds are Pharmaceutically manufactured by drug companies, in order to
create �stability� but with a side effect of HYPO and HYPER, thyroidism,
which has grown to now epidemic proportions since the 1930�s when they were
instituted in the name of iodine by the WHO.
In addition to these
effects on the individual, iodine deficiency has adverse consequences for
the community. The mental retardation can cover a wide range, from
mild blunting of intellect to full blown cretinism (see "Zombieland"), and a
large part of the population may have some intellectual impairment.
The mean IQ of the deficient community is decreased by at least 13.5 IQ
points, according to one review. Individuals in these communities
have lower educability and lower economic productivity, and the output of
the whole community suffers. Dramatic improvement typically occurs
after appropriate addition of vegetable, organic iodine, as found in Ocean
Other consequences of
iodine deficiency are impaired reproductive outcome, increased childhood
mortality, decreased educability, and
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