carol schneiderMOTHER Nature's Remedies

By Carol Schneider

Every cell in the body contains and utilizes iodine, iodide or both. These are concentrated in the body’s glandular system. The thyroid gland contains a higher concentration of iodine than any other organ, with large amounts also stored in “iodine receptors” in the salivary glands, the brain, stomach, breasts, ovaries and prostate. In the brain, iodine concentrates in areas associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Japanese average daily intake of iodine is 13.8 milli- grams (mg), compared with one tenth that amount—175 micrograms (mcg)—for the U.S. The Japanese eat seaweed, the food most plentiful in iodine, with every meal. It is even in store-bought snack items in Japan.

mothernature sushiWhen iodine is taken, hormonal imbalances such as hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s and Grave’s diseases and conditions such as fatigue, autoimmune disorders and cancer can be mitigated if not entirely cured. Dr. Jorge Fechas’ clinical studies show increasing iodine intake reverses low body temperature, fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, low sex drive, dry hair, skin and nails, hair loss, anxiety, low motivation, headaches, poor memory, fibromyalgia, and other conditions mainstream doctors cannot explain.

Iodine is essential for the normal growth and development of the child in utero, where severe iodine deficiency can deliver an infant with mental retardation, deafness, delayed physical and intellectual development, or cause spontaneous abortion. The Japanese, with the highest iodine intake, also have the highest I.Q.s in the world. Dr. Flechas gave 12.5 mg of iodine daily to a woman pregnant with her fifth child and, she delivered a child with an I.Q. 20+ points higher than his siblings.

mothernature saltThe U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance (USRDA) for iodine (150 mcg) was set up in the 20’s to prevent goiter, caused by iodine deficiency: 750 mcg ingested in refined salt was expected to yield 17.2 mcg of iodine in the body. We find this level prevents goiter, but with only 10% bioavailability, is currently inadequate to promote optimal thyroid, endocrine, and immune system functioning, and certainly inadequate to prevent cancer.

Flechas explains the prostate and stomach utilize iodine, whereas thyroid, skin and salivary glands need iodide and the breasts, as well as the rest of the body, need both. He suggests that adults take 12.5 mg as Iodoral or Lugol’s liquid (both contain iodine/iodide).

“Iodine deficiency is rampant” according to Dr. David Brownstein, who has tested over 4,000 patients with various conditions, 96% of whom demonstrated low iodine levels. Their successful treatments are testaments to how curable these conditions are. “I have yet to see another nutrient (besides iodine) perform so well...My colleagues report similar experiences... and medical re- search only supports what we are seeing in our clinics.”

Brownstein and his colleagues use several tests, one of which is the Iodine Loading test, to ascertain the degree of thyroid deficiency. The patient takes 50 mg of an iodine/iodide supplement. The urine is collected after 24 hours and the iodine excretion measured. Sufficient iodine is present when more than 90% of the iodine is excreted (45 mg), as the body will keep the iodine it needs. Certain vitamins, B2 and B3, and minerals such as selenium aid in the absorption process. Iodine loading evidently rids the body of toxins in the iodine receptors at the same time, as they are found in the urine collection. I believe the iodine loading test is crucial for all who care about their health and I will ask my integrative doctor about it, as I suspect, aside from my thyroid, that my body is low in iodine.

Iodine was once used in the U.S, as an anticaking agent in baked goods (1 slice of bread had 150mcg of iodine). For fear of a too high iodine level, in 1980 the iodine was replaced with bromine.

Iodine levels have fallen by 50% over the last 30 years according to Center for Disease Control data. Many avoid refined salt as it increases blood pressure. Further, it has been robbed of all the minerals that would balance blood pressure and give iodine the mineral support it needs. To make matters worse, toxic chemicals are added, designed to make salt more free-flowing and white: Ferrocyanide (toxic), talc (cancer-promoting) and silica aluminate (Alzheimers-promoting). Dr. Brown- stein says Celtic sea salt should be used instead, having the proper balance of minerals and iodine. If I dined out often I would carry sea salt with me!

Our soil is depleted due to poor farming techniques. The Japanese not only eat iodine-rich seaweed— they also fertilize their soil with seaweed. (Of course, anything grown in Japan or swimming in the Pacific Ocean is not a good bet now after Fukushima, so find out where your seaweed comes from.)

The biggest theft of iodine in the body is caused by the highly reactive halogen family of elements. Iodine is part of this family which also includes fluorine, chlorine and bromine. Those three toxic halides are so pervasive in our bodies because iodine receptors will grab them, blocking out the much needed iodine. Fluoride is found in municipal drinking water; bromine in baked goods, sodas, and pesticides on non-organic fruits and vegetables; chlorine comes from bath water, swimming pools and dishwasher steam and cleansers.

Then there are the perchlorates (chlorine/oxygen mixtures) from rocket fuel, which have been disposed of directly into the ground and contaminated the entire Colorado River which waters 15% of the nation’s crops and 13% of its livestock.

The Physician’s Reference Notebook by William McGarey, MD suggests Atomidine for most conditions A-Z, involving eliminations or glandular incoordination. (An iodine product based on a formula from the Edgar Cayce readings, Atomidine is now sold by Heritage Store. Atomic Iodine, from Baar Products, is based on the same Cayce formula.)

mothernature iodineA recommended schedule* for taking Atomidine is in a cycle of 1, 2, 3, 2, 1 drops per day for five days, off five days, then 1, 2, 3, 2, 1 drops per day for another five days. (End of cycle.) Do this once per month (that is, when the cycle is done, wait two weeks and begin again). “1, 2, 3, 2, 1” means one drop the first day, two drops the second day, three drops the third day, two drops the fourth day, and one drop the fifth day—in half a glass of water, before breakfast.

The Edgar Cayce Encyclopedia of Healing is correct in cautioning users of Atomidine that too much iodine can lead to overstimulation of the thyroid gland. The Edgar Cayce Database includes the fol- lowing caution regarding use of Atomidine, which would also apply to use of Atomic Iodine:

CAUTION: Atomidine should only be taken under the supervision of a physician. Some individuals may experience increased anxiety and/or cardiovascular functioning as a result of taking Atomidine.”

*This schedule is recommended in the Edgar Cayce Health Database, accessible via the website of the international A.R.E.:

A MUST WATCH IS DR FLECHAS’ VIDEO ON IO- DINE: articles/archive/2013/05/04/iodine-deficiency-affect-childs-brain-function.aspx.

Recommended reading: Iodine, Why You Need it, by Dr. David Brownstein, M.D.

Atomidine is available at the Edgar Cayce Center’s store at 241 W. 30th Street, 2nd floor buzzer 102, New York, NY

“Nigiri And Gunkan Sushi” photo courtesy of pakorn/

Published in The Open Door, April-June 2015 issue

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