Who cares about iodine?

Iodine is required for life. Our cells cannot function properly without it. It also helps us remove various forms of toxins including some fungi and bacteria.

If our life is not possible without iodine, being low on could potentially cause just about anything.

They added iodine to salt so our neck would stop swelling as a sign of very low iodine. Then they told us to stop eating salt. Illness levels are skyrocketing. Something isn’t right.

I’ve linked up a bunch of science for you

As I have time, I search for conditions related to iodine. Then as I have even more time, I link these conditions up to actual science information. Sometimes the links are not extremely easy to make, and what I’ve linked to may only be a starting point to find more information.

Some of these situations have relations to iodine via thyroid dysfunction. Some of these situations are highlighted when a toxic form of iodine is used by modern medicine.

Big name illnesses related to iodine deficiency

  • breast cancer 1 2
  • thyroid cancer 3 4 5
  • ovarian cancer 6 7 8
  • prostate cancer 9 10
  • autoimmune thyroid illnesses 11 12
  • hypothyroidism 13 14 15
  • chronic fatigue 16 17
  • fibromyalgia 18 19

Iodine is known to have been used to treat the following conditions

  • Peyronie’s disease
  • prostate disorders 110
  • sebaceous cysts
  • thyroid disorders
  • vaginal infections
  • syphilis
  • uterine fibroids
  • heavy metal poisoning (mercury, lead, arsenic)
  • scarlet fever
  • bronchitis and pneumonia
  • obesity
  • depression
  • breast pain
  • eczema
  • malaria
  • genito-urinary diseases
  • rheumatism
  • tonsillitis
  • cough
  • stomach pains
  • brain fog
  • allergies
  • menstrual irregularities
  • gum infection
  • psoriasis
  • heart arrhythmia
  • high cholesterol
  • constipation
  • hair thinning
  • type 2 diabetes
  • eye problems
  • GERD
  • multiple sclerosis
  • gastroparesis
  • small intestine bacterial overgrowth
  • Etc, etc!!!

That’s a long list, could it really fix that much?

Maybe it can. What things can we build without all the right parts?

  • Can’t make a paper airplane with 1/2″ thick wood or plastic wrap
  • Can’t build skyscrapers without metal
  • Can’t create light without energy

I’m sure we could keep going but the idea is we require certain things to be who we are. It’s impossible to function without all the right stuff.

Iodine is required for life, its not in our diet, we’re getting sick..

Maybe the lack of iodine is contributing to a lot of today’s health issues?

If you are ready to learn more about iodine, read the homepage of this site or head to the iodine index to read more.

Iodine depends on a handful of other important nutrients which also have an interesting list of benefits associated with them. By providing our cells with selenium, magnesium and others from the iodine protocol, a lot of people are finding their way back to wellness.

Check out my new video series Methylate.me where I built a visual model of our metabolism to help show how these nutrients work together https://methylate.me

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  2. Changes in Dietary Iodine Explains Increasing Incidence of Breast Cancer with Distant Involvement in Young Women – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5327366/
  3. DOES IODINE CAUSE THYROID CANCER? – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6516421/
  4. Iodine intake as a risk factor for thyroid cancer: a comprehensive review of animal and human studies – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4490680/
  5. Thyroid Cancer and Iodine Deficiency Status: A 10-Year Review at a Single Cancer Center in Tanzania – https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2473974X18777238
  6. Dietary iodine and risk of breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/58152/
  7. Urinary Iodine Concentrations in Cancer Patients – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5464505/
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  10. Iodine Uptake and Prostate Cancer in the TRAMP Mouse Model – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3883964/
  11. Iodine deficiency, not excess, is the cause of autoimmune thyroid disease – https://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.i941/rr-2
  12. Iodine, Thyroid Autoimmunity and Cancer – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4404933/
  13. Iodine deficiency and thyroid disorders – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25591468/
  14. Iodine and thyroid function – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049553/
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  21. Micronutrients and Diets in the Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Chances and Pitfalls – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7055526/
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  23. Maternal Iodine Intake and Offspring Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Results from a Large Prospective Cohort Study – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5707711/
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  25. IODINE AND ATHEROSCLEROSIS – https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/260326
  26. Is low iodine a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in Americans without thyroid dysfunction? Findings from NHANES – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28689680/
  27. Mechanism of Iodide Action on Cholesterol Metabolism – https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/01.CIR.5.5.647
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  33. Iodine replacement in fibrocystic disease of the breast – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8221402/
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  36. Serum Iodine and Breast Cancer Risk: A Prospective Nested Case–Control Study Stratified for Selenium Levels – https://aacrjournals.org/cebp/article/29/7/1335/72349/Serum-Iodine-and-Breast-Cancer-Risk-A-Prospective
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  42. IODINE POWDER IN THE TREATMENT FOR NASAL “CATARRH” – https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/article-abstract/550973
  43. Mucoactive drugs – https://err.ersjournals.com/content/19/116/127
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  45. Potassium iodide – https://www.drugs.com/mtm/potassium-iodide.html
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  47. Goiter – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK562161/
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  50. Goiter in Animals – https://www.merckvetmanual.com/endocrine-system/the-thyroid-gland/goiter-in-animals
  51. Iodine Deficiency–Induced Goiter in Central New Jersey: A Case Series – https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2376060520303643
  52. Goitre Causes, investigation and management – https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2012/august/goitre
  53. Association of Hemorrhoids With Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Associated Comorbidities: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7578216/
  54. Association between haemorrhoids and Graves’ disease: a retrospective cohort study using data from Taiwan’s Longitudinal Health Insurance Database – https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/12/e053442
  55. Cinderella Solution -What shrink’s hemorrhoids fast? – https://journals.eco-vector.com/ecolgenet/comment/view/10956/14001/23441
  56. Learn how iodide can fix hemorrhoids over night – https://vitanetonline.com/forums/1/Thread/2815
  57. Is There a Link Between Thyroid Disease and Migraine? – https://www.healthline.com/health/thyroid-and-migraines
  58. Relationship of Migraine and Tension-Type Headache With Hypothyroidism: A Literature Review – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31310335/
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  64. Evidence of Defective Cellular Oxidation and Organification of Iodide in a Female with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue – https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=
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  69. Chronic fatigue syndrome possibly explained by lower levels of key thyroid hormones – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180320084337.htm
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