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[ later notes:
- The latest edition of Brown's iodine book is available as an ebook from drbrownstein[dot]directfrompublisher[dot]com
- there is an excellent iodine internet group with important information on the use of iodine
David Brownstein, author of books on iodine, on the thyroid, on hormones, arthritis, the benefits of salt, and much more (I have several), supplied the foreword to this book, so I took it for granted it was informative and useful, which it is. The author, a journalist, after a number of years of fatigue and many other health issues, had breast cancer. She was not satisfied with the doctors' treatment plans as they seemed unable to explain why their recommendations were the best option for her (they gave answers such as: radiation therapy must increase survival because we do it at our hospital!). She researched in deadly earnest (well, her life was at stake, after all) and came across the link to iodine deficiency, although there has been a virtual moratorium on iodine research for the last half-century.
Unfortunately, most doctors have no knowledge about iodine therapy, believing it to be dangerous. (Iodine started to be condemned in 1948 (bet they were bigpharma patsies) although that research was contradicted by all previous research, with evidence that iodine has been used in some form or other for at least 15,000 years.) In the 1970s iodine in bread was replaced by bromide/bromine, an environmental hazard which displaces iodine in the body. Based on 2 unverified papers, doctors have been told for generations that iodine shuts down the thyroid gland. (But there's nothing to see folks, there's no conspiracy here, move along.) Yet life itself is not possible without adequate iodine levels, which Brownstein says have declined over 50 per cent in the last 40 years - and iodized salt is almost useless.
For the author, iodine (NOT as tincture of iodine, but as lugol's) brought many positive health benefits. Others reported temporary side effects (building up the dose slowly helps reduce these) but there was also an avalanche of success stories and the reversal of profound medical complaints. There are many wonderful case stories in this book about people suffering from fatigue, psoriasis, headaches, brain fog, impotence, breast pain and even cancer for whom iodine improved health. [Warning: in the US, Lugols is now too often made with sodium iodide, not potassium iodide. It does not go into the cells. If you cannot get Lugol's with potassium-only, you can get instead: Liqui Dulse (Bernard Jensen's)]
There are several useful chapters arranged in the form of FAQs: Why does your body need iodine? What are the possible side effects? How to avoid side effects? (most helpful is the salt loading protocol - which captures released bromide - combined with a two day stop from iodine to flush it from the body, before re-starting). One extremely useful point is that, if you believe you are allergic to iodine, you need an experienced practitioner to investigate, since there is iodine in every cell of your body, it is an universal nutrient. [However, a reader who is allergic to iodine has commented on another review: I'm allergic to iodine and learned from Dr. David Derry, author of "Breast Cancer & Iodine" and also an expert on iodine, that the allergy is not to iodine itself, because we cannot be allergic to iodine, it is in every cell in our body. The allergy is to iodine that is bound to a protein in any form. I can't take any form of iodine bound to a protein and cannot even have it put on my skin, as in iodine antiseptics used for surgery. It actually burns my skin. However, I can put Lugol's on my skin and take it internally. To test, put a drop on your skin. If you don't have a reaction, put a drop in a glass of water and drink it over a day. If no reaction, do 2 drops in water, and so on.]
The underlying root cause is often thyroid disorder, usually low thyroid, which has many causes, just one of which is iodine deficiency - it is often genetic. I was a little concerned that - like all these one-nutrient-panacea books - this book implied that iodine supplementation would help everyone with health problems (and thus everyone low thyroid) - that's not my experience, and it's cruel to those who jump on the bandwagon but find little benefit. Brownstein states that only some of his thyroid patients were able to remove or reduce their thyroid supplements - although everyone benefited from taking iodine (also as lugol's).
Low thyroid (hypothyroidism) is being called a silent epidemic (silent because not officially acknowledged) that affects between 40% and 60% of the population. One of my top books is "Hypothyroidism Type 2" by Starr, which shows how much of poor health and all chronic pain is linked to low thyroid, including those involved with diabetes, heart problems, both bleeding (like gums, periods) & blood clots (including strokes) and some cancers. "Stop the Thyroid Madness" book is a wonderful how-to manual for underactive thyroid problems and the website of the same name has huge amounts of information too, including home self-tests.
In his book on "Sodium Bicarbonate", Sircus repeatedly explains that fungus (which can only take hold in acid bodies) is involved in many illnesses (including cancers) and that the triumvirate of health recovery is sodium bicarbonate (the humble baking soda), magnesium chloride and iodine (again as lugol's) - all are cheap to buy. He has a whole chapter on the usefulness of almost always using sodium bicarbonate with magnesium chloride for greatest effect, with no side effects when used with prudence. Add iodine and "one has the formula for infectious disease control in the 21st century, the age of toxicity and antibiotic-resistant infections."
If you like easy-to-read books with lots of personal stories, this is a great introduction to iodine supplementation. Even if (like me) you don't, the chapters on side effects and what you can do about them, are valuable.