(NaturalHealth365) The role of Iodine in the prevention (and treatment) of breast cancer is gaining much needed attention. Women with hypo-thyroid conditions – and taking thyroid medications – appear to be twice as likely to develop breast cancer compared to women not taking thyroid medications. Since Iodine is essential for hormone production, a deficiency in this element can affect many systems in the body.
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Over a century ago, Iodine was known as “the universal medicine” since it is essential for life. Every cell in the body contains and utilizes Iodine in many pathways such as:
• Hormone production
• Nerve and muscle function
• Tissue growth and repair
• Cellular respiration
Given the various functions of Iodine in the body, it is easy to see how even a slight deficiency can cause widespread problems. It has been estimated that approximately one third of the world’s population is Iodine deficient, and studies in the United States have suggested that the number may be even higher, with some estimates as high as 95%.
Cancer causing substances in your home
Iodine deficiencies can occur not only because of inadequate intake, but also due to damaging toxins called Halides. These include chemicals like bromide, chloride and fluoride. Bromide, for example, is used as a flame retardant in mattresses and clothing as well as for fumigation and the treatment of swimming pools and hot tubs.
These chemicals actually compete for Iodine on a cellular level, and the chemicals always win. An especially interesting area of study in Iodine deficiency is the field of hormone balancing. Over twenty years ago, The Lancet reported that Iodine deficiency predisposes one to an increased risk of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer.
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Iodine is a crucial ingredient in the delicate balance of the endocrine system, and deficiencies have been associated with conditions such as polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS), fibrocystic breast disease and increased breast cancer risk.
Promising research has been conducted on the use of Iodine and its effect on fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer. Healthy breasts have a concentration of Iodine in the breast tissue, but if there is a deficiency, the thyroid and breast tissue compete for the Iodine.
If the deficiency is chronic, then hyperplasia, or increased cell growth occurs, resulting in fibrocystic breast disease. If the Iodine deficiency persists, estrogen production increases with an Iodine deficiency, creating an increased sensitivity to estrogen in the breast tissue.
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On the flip side, sufficient levels of iodine actually induce breast cancer cell death by activating specific enzymatic pathways. In order to determine the daily amount of essential Iodine required for whole body sufficiency, a “24 hour Iodine Loading Test” must be performed. This test is based on the premise that the more Iodine-deficient the body is, the more ingested Iodine is retained, and the less Iodine is excreted in the urine.
Assessing Iodine levels is key to lowering the risk for developing breast cancer since the identification and treatment of Iodine deficiency has obvious benefits. Once you receive the lab results, supplement appropriately, if needed, with both Iodine and Potassium Iodide.
About the Author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as “Dr. V” maintained a successful practice – specializing in Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy, Digital Thermography and Chiropractic. After personally overcoming Breast Cancer without the use of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery – Dr. V currently helps to empower women about healing and preventing breast cancer….naturally. For more information about Dr. V’s personal Cancer Coaching – visit: BreastCancerConqueror.com