What does this mean? Since many of us would be considered iodine deficient by today’s measure, maybe we should be paying closer attention to our iodine status.
Iodine is a mineral that each and every one of our cells uses, but especially our thyroid, and for women, the breast and uterine tissue use more of this mineral and for men, the prostate is a big user of iodine.
We have been told that if we ingest table salt that has been “fortified” with iodine, we will be able to get enough of our body’s iodine needs. The author says, not only is table salt considered a processed food with the nutrients stripped out, but iodine that is put in the table salt evaporates quickly, leaving the salt with barely any usable iodine, and it’s in a form that is not very bio-available, as well. In addition, the amount of iodine that is put into table salt is only enough to prevent goiters (swollen thyroids). The recommended levels do not take into account the rest of the body’s requirements, especially the thyroid, prostate, breast and uterine tissue’s needs.
The book conveys that iodine deficiency comes from something called “Bromide Toxicity”.
Bromine/bromide is a substance that competes for our iodine receptors in our bodies. Two other substances that compete for these receptors are fluoride and chlorine.
Bromide is found in many things; Mattresses, car interiors, pesticides, fire retardants (clothing, bedding), baked goods, medicines, etc. Chlorine is found in bleach and municipal water. Fluoride is found in toothpaste, municipal drinking water (in some cases) as well as some pharmaceutical drugs. None of these poisonous halides should be ingested or absorbed (showering in and drinking chlorinated and fluoridated water).
These are all things that we are constantly being exposed to and may be the reason why we end up with these toxicities and thus, the deficiency of iodine.
To help us detox these halides from our body, it is suggested that we perform the salt loading protocol found in the book. Then add a product like Iodorol, which can be found on www.breastcancerchoices.org. Biotics Iodozyme HP is a similar product to the Iodorol brand.
Dr. Brown is an advocate of iodine supplementation. He often recommends 12.5 mg. but in the book there were anecdotal testimonies ranging from 12.5 mg. dosages to over 100 mg. By all means, you should make sure you consult with an iodine literate practitioner and never try to supplement on your own.
There is also testing that can be done to determine your iodine status.
In short, it’s in easy mineral to replenish, please consult with an iodine literate practitioner.