Essential Iodine, Are You Deficient In It?
In nature, iodine is a relatively rare element. It’s found in abundance in the ocean, however it’s presence in soil, is very low in many places around the world.
Iodine plays a crucial role in the body’s elimination system by inducing apoptosis, or what is called programed cell death. This is vital because this process is essential to our body’s growth and development, and for destroying cells that represent a threat to the integrity of the organism, such as cancer cells and cells affected by viruses. Iodine is commonly known as the element necessary for thyroid hormone production. Every single cell in your body needs iodine to function properly it is essential to life and especially crucial for brain development in children, making its deficiency the number one cause of preventable mental retardation worldwide.
It is well known that it plays a central role in healthy function of your thyroid gland. This is why the most obvious symptom of iodine deficiency is goiter—an unsightly, painful enlargement of the thyroid gland that manifests as a huge swelling around the neck and larynx. However, you can be deficient in iodine without having a goiter.
Iodine Deficiency Causes Breast Cancer and Thyroid Cancer
Iodine is used by your thyroid gland to help regulate metabolism and development of both your skeleton and brain, amongst other things. It is also a well known topical antiseptic and antimicrobial agent, it directly kills cancer cells and serves as the key player in our body’s surveillance system for removing abnormal pre-cancer cells for which there is considerable medical research to support this statement.
Dr. B.A. Eskin published 80 papers over 30 years, researching iodine and breast cancer, and he reports that iodine deficiency causes breast cancer and thyroid cancer in humans and animals. Iodine deficiency is also known to cause a pre-cancerous condition called fibrocystic breast disease. Ghent published a paper in 1993 which showed iodine supplementation works quite well to reverse and resolve fibrocystic changes of the breast, and this is again the subject of a current clinical study.
Adequate iodine may also provide protection from infection and vaccine damage in babies and children.
Symptoms of iodine deficiency include muscle cramps, lymph gland congestion, proneness to weight gain, underweight, low blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, slow reflexes, poor memory, fuzzy thinking, fluid retention, migraines, constipation, depression, headaches, edema, myalgia and weakness; cold hands and feet, dry skin, and brittle nails; hair loss across body, head and eyebrows; breast, ovarian, thyroid, and skin cysts.
A lack of iodine causes a spectrum of disorders, goiter, hypothyroidism, various auto-immune diseases, diabetes, bronchial asthma, lung disease, dermatological problems, candida and other microbes, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hyperactive disorder, attention deficit disorder, mental retardation, cretinism, and fibrocystic breast disease. Iodine deficiency can cause breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, and lung cancer. If you may be at risk for any of these types of cancers, it would be wise to be checked for Iodine deficiency.
Of course, there is much controversy as to how much supplementation you should take. Daily doses for optimal health of 3,000-6,000 mcg have been used without side effects in studies of people with other iodine deficiency-related health conditions such as polycystic breast disease.
By way of comparison, in some areas of Japan, the average daily consumption of iodine ranges from 5,280 to 13,800 mcg of iodine, with no harmful effects and of course, a host of benefits.
Japanese studies are shedding new light on the importance of iodine, not only for thyroid health, but on other body functions as well. In these areas of Japan where the intake of Iodine is high, there is also a very low rate of breast cancer (the lowest in the world), ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.