The Essentials for Thyroid Health

by | May 2, 2020

January is Thyroid Awareness Month


See the complete THYROID HEALTH  presentation. [quote]“The thyroid is responsible for producing hormones that help the body regulate its metabolism. When not working properly it can cause the body’s system to speed up (hyperthyroidism) or slow down (hypothyroidism),” says Marita Teng, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Head and Neck Institute at Mount Sinai. “Furthermore, although the vast majority of thyroid nodules are benign, some can be cancerous and require examination and workup.” [/quote] [caption id="attachment_1878" align="alignleft" width="300"]Female doctor examining her patient. Check for thyroid changes often.

Iodine plays not only a crucial role for thyroid function but also in the body’s elimination system by inducing apoptosis, or what is called programmed cell death. This is vital because this process is vital to growth and development, and for destroying cells that represent a threat to the integrity of the organism, like cancer cells and cells affected with viruses. Iodine is commonly known as the element necessary for thyroid hormone production. Every single cell in your body needs iodine to function properly.  Other halogen elements including chlorine, bromine and fluoride have a competitive nature and are believed to be a contributor to the “thyroid epidemic” of modern society.  These chemicals are additives in our food, water and air in the form of preservatives, antiseptics, cosmetics household cleaners and dental devices.  Radioisotopes are still being released from the Fukushima nuclear disaster  which was blamed for at least 10,000 thyroid cancer deaths in Japan and 500,000 cases worldwide since 2011.  Nutritional iodine supplementation, administered by the Japanese minister of health, immediately after the melt down has save an estimated 5 million further cases.


Thyroid disease affects approximately 200 million people worldwide, and if left undiagnosed and untreated it can cause conditions such depression, tremors, muscle weakness and constant fatigue. Experts at the Head and Neck Institute at Mount Sinai Health System encourage the general public to perform regular thyroid neck self-exams. The classical disease called goiter is the most notable example of an iodine deficiency. Iodine deficient humans suffer from physical, neurological, mental, immune and reproductive disease. Iodine is concentrated firstly in the thyroid tissue and after that mostly in reproductive tissue.

Iodine is currently the most misunderstood nutrient

Dr. David Brownstein’s book Iodine: Why You Need It; Why You Can’t Live Without It  states  “Of all the elements known so far to be essential for human health, iodine is the most misunderstood and the most feared. Yet, iodine is the safest of all the essential trace elements, being the only one that can be administered safely for long periods of time to large numbers of patients in daily amounts as high as 100,000 times the RDA. However, this safety record only applies to inorganic, nonradioactive forms of iodine.  Some organic iodine containing drugs are extremely toxic and prescribed by physicians. The severe side effects of these drugs are blamed on inorganic iodine although studies have clearly demonstrated that it is the whole molecule that is toxic, not the iodine released from it.”  I agree, iodine, is an overlooked nutrient in most people’s regime.

Do you live in the “Great American Goiter Belt?”

The area around the Great Lakes is considered as “Thyroid Alley” or “Goiter Belt”. In the early 1900’s the governments of United States and Canada recognized the high incidence of goiter (swelling of the thyroid in lower neck area) in adults and children. Iodine was then added to our salt supply called “iodized salt.” Consumption of iodized salt successfully reduced goiter but was not enough to prevent other thyroid problems. The World Health Organization recommends a daily allowance of iodine around the world to prevent goiter. That amount is too low though to prevent other thyroid problems and other iodine deficient related diseases. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of iodine is 150 mcg. (1000 mcg equals 1 mg).
Iodine may be one of the most important current considerations to prevent many unwanted biochemical imbalances including cancer
Then during the 1980’s there was fear that people were getting too much iodine so iodine was removed from the baking process for baked goods. This was a decision without any documented evidence. Unfortunately they replaced the iodine with bromine. But bromine is toxic to the body as is fluoride.

Iodine = Better Health

IODINE SUPPLEMENTS FOR THYROIDSixty million mainland Japanese consume a daily average of 13.8 mg of elemental iodine in the form of seaweed, and they are one of the healthiest nations based on overall well-being and cancer statistics. The US RDI is currently at 0.125 mg or roughly 1 percent of the daily average in Japan.  A deficiency of iodine increases risk for thyroid cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, and prostate cancer. See the complete video presentation THYROID HEALTH.

Iodine Testing

While the majority of patients are conscious of thyroid disorders related to nutrient importance, iodine status may be one of the most current important considerations to prevent many unwanted biochemical imbalances including cancer.  Call Kristyl and ask about the home Iodine Status Kit.
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