Iodine as a thyroid solution?

May 25, 2010  |  Diseases & Conditions, Thyroid

The following is quoted from Dr. Andrew Jones web site.  To read the original document, click here.  We break our own policy against recommending products because Dr. Jones iodine product is so inexpensive.

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Do you have these symptoms?

According to Dr. Jones, low thyroid function is a quiet epidemic affecting millions of women. (Ed:  It’s also a male problem.)

No matter how much you sleep, you’re always waking up exhausted. Trying to shake the cobwebs from your head, you step on the scale. What! It just can’t be true. You’ve been watching your diet, cutting out the junk food, exercising.. and not only haven’t you lost anything – you’ve gained even more pounds! 

Thinking you may have to go out and buy a new scale, you look in the mirror – running your hand through your hair. Does it just seem thinner – less robust lately – or is it really falling out? 

When cleaning out the shower drain, it hits home. The stark truth is staring you right in the face… clumps and wads of hair… and all of it yours. 

You go through the rest of the day in a brain fog. It doesn’t matter how much coffee you drink, or deep breathing exercises you try. Nothing seems to clear your head. 

Then there’s that secret fear – the one you keep hidden away deep inside. You see yourself in the mirror, you see that ugly fat and that tired face staring back at you. Your husband sees it too. How long before he stops noticing you and starts looking at other women? 

Irrational? 

Maybe yes, maybe no. But that figure in the mirror sure doesn’t look very sexy or alluring to you, so how can it be doing anything for your man? 

You ask yourself… is all this normal? What we should be expecting from Mother Nature? Slowly, inevitably, unavoidably winding down as the years go by?

The problem is an underactive thyroid

First the bad news: All the symptoms above – and a host of others – are caused by an under active thyroid, what the medical world calls hypothyroidism. 

It usually starts when we pass our middle 20s, getting progressively worse as we age. Many women really don’t notice their symptoms until after childbirth… when it just hits you, seemingly out of nowhere. That “baby weight gain” isn’t lost. Depression and exhaustion are constant companions, and you just don’t feel “right” in your own body anymore. 

If you try talking to your doctor about it, you’ll be humored by being given a thyroid blood test. Of course, when it comes back it’ll say your thyroid is normal. You’ll then be told it’s “all in your head” and be given a prescription for an anti-depressant. 

But the fact of the matter is this…Your “Head” is Fine…Your Thyroid Isn’t!

There’s a dirty little secret most doctors won’t discuss with you. When a medical test is done, any result within a wide range is deemed normal. Your thyroid could be functioning at 30% of peak efficiency, but your tests will say that’s fine. 

Well, it’s not fine. And you have the hair loss and the lethargy and the weight gain to prove it. 

Taking an anti-depressant won’t do a thing for your symptoms or your condition. But it will make the big drug companies very happy in having yet another long term customer hooked on their products. 

If you keep insisting, you’ll probably be told there’s nothing else to be done. Since your tests are normal, you won’t be given the one prescription that would actually help: The actual thyroid hormone.

Dr. Andrew Jones

I’m Dr. Andrew Jones, Senior Medical Advisor of the Women’s Health Institute of Texas – a research and investigative facility dealing with woman’s’ illnesses. 

WHI’s mission is to increase the understanding of debilitating diseases based on the principles of natural healing, nutrition and holistic medical practices. Among the practices WHI encourages is the use of bio-identical hormone therapy for effectively treating the root causes of many women’s chronic complaints. 

The WHI explores new, natural and even controversial non-mainstream alternate methods for addressing health and wellness issues concerning women in the 21st century.

  Perhaps you’ve heard me on the radio or seen me on television – addressing my millions of listeners regarding the serious health issues facing us today. 

I constantly stress the need for proper nutrition and healthy, holistic living. This is especially important in the “modern” environment we now live in – an environment filled with toxins, chemical residues, and rogue hormones – a virtual cornucopia of health damaging substances. 

Whenever I get the chance, I try and spread the word about the poisons finding their way into our daily lives, our foodstuffs and our bodies, and what we can do to lessen or even reverse their ill effects. 

But as I said, when it came to your thyroid, there was good news and bad. 

Here’s the good news…

You Can Now Boost Your Thyroid Function, Eliminating Your Most Troubling Symptoms… Without A Prescription and Without Begging Your Doctor!

How? By adding a simple but vital supplement to your diet: Iodine.

Just how important is iodine?

Consider this… about 25¢ worth is all that stands between an infant developing normally and one that’ll be severely mentally handicapped the rest of its life. 

Iodine is essential to a proper functioning thyroid. But as we grow older, our thyroid starts slowing down. It just can’t metabolize the iodine it needs as efficiently, and that means the hormone produced (also known as thyroid) goes down as well.  

There are 2 other reasons why most of us are iodine deficient:

  • Inadequate dietary intake, and
  • Exposure to toxic substances that displace iodine

Iodine is a mineral, but one that is not abundant in the food we eat. Primarily found in very small quantities in seawater, soils are naturally deficient in iodine, especially the further away you get from the ocean.  

Iodine is also fairly easily displaced from your body by toxins called toxic halides… fluoride, bromine and chloride.  

Fluoride is by far the worst culprit. Found in toothpaste and in your water supply, every time you take a shower, brush your teeth or drink from the tap, your body gets a little exposure to fluoride, leeching out good iodine. And contrary to popular belief, fluoridated water is actually rather poor at preventing tooth decay. 

Why is it in our water supply then? Poor science combined with corporate greed and political ignorance paved the way. Basically a toxic by-product of aluminum production, fluoridation was sold as a way to prevent cavities because some areas with natural fluoride in the water also had lower instances of tooth decay. Based upon that spurious observation, fluoridation began.

If You’re Human, You’re Most Certainly Iodine Deficient!

Because of these factors, 96% of all people tested are iodine deficient! This according to a study of 4000 patients conducted by Dr. David Brownstein, Medical Director for The Center of Holistic Medicine, and renowned author of several books on hormones, iodine and hypothyroidism. 

The World Health Organization also concurs, estimating that 72% of the world’s population is being affected by iodine deficiency. 

This trend is worsening. Over the last 30 years, the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey I) shows iodine levels have dropped 50% in the U.S.A. alone.

A Host Of Symptoms and Medical Conditions Cured!

The downward spiral in your health is slight at first, almost unnoticeable. Your vitality isn’t what it used to be, your get up and go seems to have got up and gone. 

You tire more easily, but you sleep less deeply. 

You gain weight… sometimes you just look at a French fry and it goes straight to your hips! 

Chalking it up to a busy lifestyle and poor eating habits, you probably ignore it, possibly for years. But the changes in your body go on and on. 

What kind of changes? 

There are over 2 dozen major symptoms and signs associated with an under active thyroid. Here are just a few of the more common ones…

  • Weight gain
  • Low energy – fatigue
  • Ice-cold hands or feet
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss (alopecia)
  • Brain fog
  • Insomnia, poor sleep
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • Muscle pain
  • Edema (swelling in ankles)
  • Elevated cholesterol

All due to your under active thyroid, and definitely not to “clinical depression” as so many of you are led to believe. In fact, your depression is yet another sign of hypothyroidism!

AM I THYROID DEFICIENT?

Want to see if you may be one of the millions with a thyroid deficiency? Just take our quick online analysis. By answering the questions asked, you’ll quickly find out if you too may be suffering from an under-active thyroid.

Iodine and Your Thyroid Gland

There are actually four types of thyroid hormones: T1, T2, T3, and T4. The most important are T3 and T4. 

The bottom line is that if there is not enough iodine in the thyroid gland, then it is impossible to have sufficient thyroid hormone of any type. The result is an under active thyroid or hypothyroidism. 

As recently as 2007, a handful of progressive doctors (such as me) wrote prescriptions for thyroid hormones in patients who had clinical hypothyroid symptoms (regardless of blood tests). And this was relatively successful. 

But now, we are finding out that iodine supplementation alone helps most of our patients, without ever having to resort to the prescription pad and hassle of getting a doctor to write a script for thyroid hormone. 

This is win-win situation.

IodinePlus2…This Doctor’s Choice

It would be great if you could just walk into your local drug store or health food shop and be able to get your iodine supplements without any problems. 

But here’s the thing – you can’t.

You see, there are two types of iodine necessary for optimal nutrition and thyroid function: Iodine and iodide. The iodine supplements you normally find are made from kelp – a seaweed – lacking in iodide. Plus, the iodine supplements you’ll see on the retail shelves are about 100 times too weak to be effective in stimulating your thyroid! 

You’d literally have to be downing an entire bottle of pills each day. Which is not only totally impractical, but downright expensive! 

We’ve solved these problems – by using the exact same supplements as recommended by the Women’s Health Institute of Texas. 

Why do we recommend extra iodine for these women? 

Because iodine is not only critical for a healthy thyroid, it’s present and used in every single cell in your body, including…

  • Salivary glands
  • Cerebrospinal fluid and the brain
  • Gastric mucosa
  • Choroid plexus (part of the brain)
  • Breasts
  • Ovaries
  • Eyes – ciliary bodies

Each tablet we recommends contains a full 5 mg of Iodine combined with a balanced amount of 7.5 mg of Iodide – the optimal formulation for peak bio-availability. 

Plus… each tablet contains two essential ingredients to kick-start your thyroid gland at the cellular energy level. There’s more… Selenium. Selenium enhances conversion of the inactive thyroid hormone T4 into the active thyroid hormone T3.

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