IodineIodine was known by many medical doctors in the 19th century as an empirical remedy, a real ” heroic remedy” —-a true present from the science of medicine to mankind. Find our why below!
Iodine is a solid crystaline non-metallic element, bluish grey color. In 1811, French Chemist Bernard Courtois discovered iodine as a violet vapor arising from seaweed ash while manufacturing gunpowder for Napoleon’s army. Another French chemist and physicist, Gay-Lussac identified it as a new element, and named it iodine, from the Greek for “violet.” Iodine was found in the thyroid gland by German Chemist Eugen Baumann in 1895.
Medicinally, it is classed as an alternative treatment by the modern medical establishment, but has been used extensively by doctors for many illnesses and diseases in the medical practice for approximately the last 200 hundred years. In fact, Iodine was known by many medical doctors in the 19th century as an empirical remedy, a real ” heroic remedy” —-a true present from the science of medicine to mankind. Nobel Laureate Albert Szent Györgyi, the physician who discovered Vitamin C in 1928, commented: “When I was a medical student, iodine in the form of universal medicine. Nobody knew what it did, but it did something and did something good.”
Iodine has a special affinity for the stomach, kidney and brain when applied internally, but when used externally, it is a very powerful antiseptic and disinfectant. It is a very powerful natural medicine against harmful toxins and microorganisms that are everywhere in our environment today. It can detox you from all types of toxins, bacteria and fungus and also protects your immune system from invading microorganisms. To this day, there’s no bacteria, virus, fungus any type of microorganism that can survive or adapt to being in an iodine-rich environment.
In the early 1900s, the Encyclopedia Britannica described iodine as being “of definite value” for treatment of multiple conditions including “metallic poisonings, as by lead and mercury, asthma, aneurism, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris, gout, goitre, syphilis, haemophilia, Bright’s disease (nephritis) and bronchitis” with “usual doses” of iodide salts ranging from “five to thirty grains or more” (324mg to 1,944mg), though this is hundred of times higher than what is considered generally safe per today’s tolerable UL.
For treatment of syphilis, it states “in its tertiary stages and also earlier this disease yields in the most rapid and unmistakable fashion to iodides; so much so that the administration of these salts is at present the best means of determining whether, for instance, a cranial tumour be syphilitic or not” (modern treatment for syphilis involves the use of antibiotics to kill syphilis bacteria – see Syphilis).
For the treatment of chronic lead poisoning, “the essential part of the medicinal treatment of this condition is the administration of iodides, which are able to decompose the insoluble albuminates of lead which have become locked up in the tissues, rapidly causing their degeneration, and to cause the excretion of the poisonous metal by means of the intestine and the kidneys”
Why do we need Iodine?
Iodine is an essential component of the hormones produced by the thyroid gland. Thyroid hormones, and therefore iodine, are essential for mammalian life.
Iodine is needed for the cells to convert food into energy. Humans need iodine for normal thyroid function, and for the production of thyroid hormones. It is an essential element for thyroid hormone synthesis that are involved in the regulation of various enzymes and metabolic processes. The thyroid gland has the capacity and holds the machinery to handle the iodine efficiently when the availability of iodine becomes scarce, as well as when iodine is available in excessive quantities.
Iodine is an essential component of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), comprising 65 and 59 percent of their respective weights. Thyroid hormones, and therefore iodine, are essential for mammalian life. They regulate many key biochemical reactions, especially protein synthesis and enzymatic activity. Major target organs are the developing brain, muscle, heart, pituitary, and kidney.
As you can see, your thyroid helps control your brain, muscle, heart, pituitary, and kidney. These organs need to function properly for you to have good health, and if you are iodine deficient, then your thyroid will not operate properly and neither will your brain, muscle, heart, pituitary, and kidney. Once this occurs, all the these organs become damaged and you will become ill and can possibly die.
The National Institutes of Health state that thyroid enlargement (goiter) is usually the earliest clinical feature of iodine deficiency. It reflects an attempt to adapt the thyroid to the increased need, brought on by iodine deficiency, to produce thyroid hormones. Initially, goiters are diffuse but become nodular over time. In later stages they may be associated with hyperthyroidism from autonomous nodules or with thyroid follicular cancer.
A sodium/iodide transporter in the thyroidal basal membrane is responsible for iodine concentration. It transfers iodide from the circulation into the thyroid gland at a concentration gradient of about 20 to 50 times that of the plasma to ensure that the thyroid gland obtains adequate amounts of iodine for hormone synthesis. During iodine deficiency, the thyroid gland concentrates a majority of the iodine available from the plasma (Wayne et al., 1964).
The facts are that many people today suffer from an iodine deficiency.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had reported in 2013, the latest global estimate is that 1.88 billion people, including 241 million school-age children have insufficient dietary iodine intake. They said Iodine deficiency is the number one cause in brain damage in childhood. It results in impaired cognitive and motor development which affects a child’s performance at school. In adulthood, it affects productivity and the ability to find a job. Iodine-deficient people may forfeit 15 IQ points, and nearly 50 million people suffer from some degree of iodine deficiency-related brain damage.
The latest global estimate is that 1.88 billion people, including 241 million school-age children have insufficient dietary iodine intake. Even if iodine deficiency may be more severe in developing countries, it equally affects developed and developing countries.
As you can see, the most damaging effect of iodine deficiency is not on the developing brain of children, but it affects adults and also unborn children. 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).
The National Institutes of Health says that a 2004 Cochrane review concluded that iodine supplementation in children living in areas of iodine deficiency appears to both positively affect physical and mental development and decrease mortality with only minor and transient adverse effects. In pregnant women, iodine deficiency of this magnitude can cause major neurodevelopmental deficits and growth retardation in the fetus, as well as miscarriage and stillbirth. Chronic, severe iodine deficiency in utero causes cretinism, a condition characterized by mental retardation, deaf mutism, motor spasticity, stunted growth, delayed sexual maturation, and other physical and neurological abnormalities.
In a 2009 randomized, placebo-controlled study, 184 children aged 10–13 years in New Zealand with a median urinary iodine concentration of 63 mcg/L received iodine supplements (150 mcg/day) or placebo for 28 weeks . Iodine supplementation improved iodine status (median urinary iodine concentration after supplementation was 145 mcg/L) and significantly improved measures of perceptual reasoning and overall cognitive score compared with children taking a placebo. These findings suggest that correcting mild iodine deficiency in children could improve certain components of cognition. Additional research is required to fully understand the effects of mild iodine deficiency and iodine supplementation on cognitive function.
The National Health and Nutrition Survey from 1971 to 2000 showed iodine levels had dropped 50 percent from 1971 to the year 2000. Cancer may also be caused by an iodine deficiency. A study in 1967 by the Journal of American Medical Association that found breast cancer in mice was linked to iodine deficiency.
As I mentioned above, the World Health Organization (WHO) had reported in 2013 that Iodine deficiency is the number one cause in brain damage. Here is what they said directly reported from the WHO website:
“It is particularly important that pregnant women receive enough iodine in their diet, as iodine is a key nutrient in the fetal development process, especially with respect to the brain. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy not only results in brain damage to the fetus, but also in low birth weight, prematurity and increased perinatal and infant mortality.
Young children are also particularly at risk because the brain still needs iodine for its development during the first two years of life. In addition, iodine deficiency in children is responsible for disorders in physical and cognitive development, and hypothyroidism.
Iodine deficiency can easily be prevented at low cost. One of the best and least expensive methods of preventing iodine deficiency disorder is by simply iodizing table salt, which is currently done in many countries. Where salt iodization has been in place for at least a year, improvement in iodine status within the population has been overwhelming.
It is because of these adverse effects on brain development that the 58th World Health Assembly passed a resolution to urge a renewed effort from the international community, including WHO and UNICEF, to address iodine deficiency in the 54 countries most affected.”
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