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Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It

For anyone who is suffering from low thyroid or low thyroid like symptoms, this is a good starting point.  We need to understand iodine and its effects on our bodies.

This is essential information for detoxifying toxic halogens: fluorine, bromine, chlorine and astatine.

"We are taught in medical school and from the media to fear iodine because its use will cause/exacerbate thyroid problems and worsen autoimmune thyroid problems. Iodine levels have been declining in the U.S. population for the last 30 years. In fact, levels have fallen by nearly 50%. If iodine deficiency was the cause of autoimmune thyroid disorders, the falling iodine levels should be associated with a decline in autoimmune thyroid disorders. But that is not what has happened. Over the last 30 years, all autoimmune thyroid disorders, including Hashimoto's and Graves's disease have been increasing markedly. Iodine supplementation is not the cause of these illnesses. On the contrary, these illnesses become prevalent only in an iodine deficient population that is exposed to goitrogens. The newest information presented in this book should clarify these ideas.     "My research continues to show that a large segment of the population has toxic levels of bromine, a known goitrogen, in their bodies. This toxic exposure to bromine, coupled with iodine deficiency, is surely fueling this epidemic of autoimmune thyroid illnesses. The treatment for this is relatively simple: iodine supplementation as part of a holistic treatment regimen that includes detoxification.     "I hope this book provides you with new ideas on how to achieve your optimal health. Iodine is the most misunderstood nutrient. Ensuring adequate iodine levels is an important step to improving your health."
Dr. David Brownstein