(NaturalHealth365) Iodine deficiency has increased in the world more than fourfold in the past 40 years. Nearly 74% of adults don’t get enough iodine. This is especially true in the developed countries.
Iodine deficiency is linked to breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease. Breast cancer cells absorb iodine, which suppresses tumor growth and causes cancer cells to self destruct (apoptosis).
Iodine is a natural element found in the sea. This can be one of the reasons Japanese women had a lower rate of breast cancer. There traditional diet included sea vegetables. Iodine is found in abundance in the ocean. It is not found in many places around the world.
Iodine deficiency was more noticeable a few generations ago, with people showing signs of an enlargement of the thyroid gland called a goiter. This was an enormous swelling in the neck area. So in 1924 the Morton Salt Company added iodine to their product. Today iodine isn’t always added to table salt.
Hypothyroidism is an iodine deficiency disorder. Low thyroid function is linked to a host of conditions such as: obesity, cognitive impairment, heart disease, insomnia, constipation, fatigue, fibromyalgia and psychiatric disorders such as depression. Hypothyroidism can weaken the heart muscle causing it to contract less firmly and can cause cardiac arrhythmias. At the same time in older adults with mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency can show up as hyperthyroidism (excess thyroid function). This can trigger cardiac arrhythmias, osteoporosis, and muscle wasting.
Causes of Iodine Deficiency
If you aren’t getting enough iodine in your diet, other substances can interfere with the thyroid gland. The ones that interfere with iodine are: chlorine, fluoride, and bromide. There ability to cause problems depends on the amount of iodide (a form of iodine) in your system. An important function of iodine is its ability to reduce the toxicity of fluoride.
Commercial bread factories use a bromide derivative to help make the bread rise more quickly. Bromide is also used to make plastics pliable and is a fire retardant, which shows up in carpets and building supplies, plus the air you breathe.
This common chemical additive has been outlawed in Europe and some other areas of the world. High concentrations of bromide are linked to thyroid disease, breast cancers, and other conditions.
Bromide’s chemical structure allows the thyroid to accept it in place of iodine. By displacing iodine, the thyroid cannot produce an adequate supply of thyroid hormone. Bromide appears in some breads, pastry and orange drinks such as orange soda pop. Brominated vegetable oil is used as an emulsifier in citrus-flavored soft drinks such as Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Pineapple and orange Fresca to help natural fat-soluble citrus flavors stay suspended in the drink so not to produce a cloudy appearance.
Another reason for wide spread iodine deficiency is your body’s decreased ability to utilize iodine. There is a environmental toxin known as perchlorate, which has the ability to block the thyroids ability to absorb and utilize iodine, when you don’t have enough iodine. Perchlorate was developed for explosives and rocket fuel, and is used as a flavor-enhancer in certain foods.
Sources of Iodine
The reduction in iodine consumption is causing American’s to become iodine deficient. When you consume enough iodine rich foods, brominates can’t displace the iodine easily. Since bromine causes cancer this is a important tactic.
Iodized salt has been a major source of iodine in America. This has changed, which is one of the reasons for the inadequate amounts of iodine in the diet.
Since iodine is important in breast health, it is important to look to iodine rich seaweed. Japanese women have a 25 times higher intake of iodine than an average American woman. By incorporating some Kelp, dulse, and other sea vegetables from pristine waters you are adding a major source of iodine. Bladderwrack is a herbal supplement derived from sea vegetables and is used for thyroid support, because of its iodine content. Iodine from the sea is s natural solution for thyroid support.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.