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This Iodine series is long because it is SO important! If you haven’t read the other parts, please do so now. Yes, it is that critical. You couldn’t spend your time more wisely as an investment in your Health.

Diabetics – Iodine and Health 1
Diabetics – Iodine and Health 2
Diabetics – Iodine and Health 3
Diabetics – Iodine and Health 4
Diabetics – Iodine and Health 5
Diabetics – Iodine and Health 6

OK, now that we are all at the same knowledge level, let’s go forward! I am also including a recipe today.

Dr. Tunis Hunt, DC says “So how do you increase your Iodine levels? The best source of organically bound iodine is non-commercially harvested seaweeds. The dose is about 5 grams a day or about one ounce per week, so a pound would last about two months. Supplements can also be used, but getting it from a natural source is always best.”

That’s my feeling too, unless you know you already have symptoms of thyroid imbalance (even though your blood tests for thyroid hormones may say “normal” as these tests are notoriously inaccurate).

Talk to your physician about a trial run of iodide / iodine supplementation if you have many of the symptoms of a problematic thyroid, as this is the master gland which orchestrates all your metabolism. Let your physician consult with medical herbalist Dr. Ryan Drum, PhD – world renowned seaweed expert or with Dr. Guy Abraham, MD, formulator of the revolutionary new Iodoral supplement.

Reaching correct Iodine levels in your body may result in cure or vast improvement or lessened need for medication for many chronic diseases, so do this under your doctor’s supervision.

With Lugol’s Iodine (used safely for 180 years, but it tastes terrible), you only need to take two drops to take the same milligrams of Iodine that one Iodoral Iodine pill provides. This amount of Iodoral provides 7.5mg of Iodide and 5mg of Iodine (you need both forms). Natural Living also carries an Iodine in pill form, and theirs uses the Iodoral formulation with the necessary selenium and vitamin B’s for good absorption. Dr. Abraham’s suggestions for dose are in my prior articles and you can learn more about the 24 hour urine lab test needed to determine your Iodine levels and needs. You can also take Dr. Brownstein’s questionnaire as a first step utilizing a verbal test at the link below.

As I said, you need both forms as different organ systems need their preferred form e.g. the thyroid utilizes iodide; the breast tissue primarily utilizes iodine; the prostate uses iodine; the kidneys, liver, and blood can use either form. All endocrine glands, including your pancreas, need Iodine in one form or the other.

Other choices for bringing Iodine into your diet must be investigated further. There are some new Asian and European products from seaweed, and they must be able to be standardized enough so you know the quantity to take. I think the following 2 products are worth investigating further.

___ A Korean product called Mekabu Powder Ball. Their site states that 1 teaspoon (2g) of Mekabu Powder Ball twice a day is the same volume of good organic micro- and macro elements as if we ate full plate of rich seaweed. Personally, I would start with a max of 1 teaspoon and see if the other portion is needed. You’ll know its working as you will start feeling better. If after a couple of weeks you don’t feel improvement, then start adding more of the second teaspoon.

And the powder is not cooked. They relate that the oldest Japanese recipes of preparing seaweed tell us to eat seaweed raw, which is why my recipe today includes raw seaweed.

Modern science does indeed affirm that the anti-cancer substance Fucoidan (and other beneficial polysaccharides) DO break down if seaweed is cooked. That was determined in studies performed on Okinawa, known for it’s lowest cancer death rate in Japan.

What is Fucoidan? It is a sulfated polysaccharide found mainly in species of brown seaweed such as: kombu, limu moui, bladderwrack, wakame (and mekabu), mozuku and hijiki. This substance has also been found in marine animals such as the sea cucumber.

Japanese researchers have indicated that F-fucoidan can induce apoptosis (selected cell death) in human cancer lymphoma cell lines.

Fucoidan also:
___ supports blood circulation to native body cells
___ may help regenerate healthy skin tissue
___ supports healthy joint mobility at all ages
___ has blood thinning properties

Mekabu is a very concentrated source, as 40 pounds of raw sporophyll of Brown Seaweed: Undaria Pinnatifida species (Mekabu from wakame seaweed) are needed to make 1 pound of Mekabu Powder Ball. The Korean word for “wakame” is “miyeok”.

If you need to know, Mekabu Powder Ball was approved by the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) on June, 19th of 2002. – “FDA ID NO 2030950″. But, this Korean company site does not mention continuing to assay their product, if I remember correctly, whereas the next product does. This is important, as the ocean is becoming more polluted, especially in Asian waters near China.

___ Personally, I am more interested in Seagreens® which are harvested during the short Arctic summer, in an archipelago of remote conservation islands (which stretches more than 100 miles (180 kms) off the Lapland coast of Norway). The habitat produces dense shallow-water Wrack seaweeds with an outstanding nutritional profile. This is the land of the midnight sun and the light received and harvesting conditions are ideal. Traditional methods just cut the upper plant, therefore leaving the plant to regrow from the holdfast.

It is entirely sustainable mari-culture and the harvested areas are carefully rotated to allow full regrowth of the plants. No dredging or collection of dead, floating or beached seaweed is permissible for this product. Importantly, Seagreens® are uniquely certified free of environmental contaminants, toxic metals and microbial pathogens.

This company does not powder their seaweed which they say can can reduce its nutritional value. Harvesting, production and the end products are certified to international Organic and Biodynamic® Standards.

The company website states:
___ “Seagreens® contains an ideal balance of all the mineral salts including sodium at around 3.5 per cent, instead of 40 per cent typically found in salt.”
___ “Seaweed’s reputed contribution, among other things, to improving nutrient absorption and metabolism, supporting gut and bowel health and the lymphatic and endocrine systems including the thyroid, as well as dissolving fats in the blood and lowering cholesterol, has a sound basis in its very long food use and scientific research.”
___ “We know that seaweed can play a beneficial role in a number of common health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, thyroid problems, breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.”
___ “Such a comprehensive balance of nutrients is found in no other natural food but seaweed. From the primordial ocean to the vegetation and animals which remain our food today, the continuous line of our nutritional composition – of earth, food and our bodies – can be traced back beyond the earliest organisms to the very chemistry of life itself. In this sense, we are what we came from and what we eat today.”
___ “Seaweed, since it absorbs all of the nutrients from our most primordial physical beginnings, still retains the unique capacity to fill all the nutrient gaps in the balance of the now, very different foods we eat, including land vegetables.

It responds to the nutrient depletion in modern foods. It assists the body to rid itself of chemical food additives and environmental contaminants alike.

Foods which upset our nutritional homeostasis (e.g. coffee, alcohol) and give rise to intolerances (e.g. chocolate, wheat, cabbage) find their apotheosis in seaweed.”

Seagreens® classic is ready-milled grains of wild Ascophylum nodosum seaweed which can be used in everything from soups to risottos or sprinkled onto almost any raw or cooked food. The Salad & Condiment product is larger dried pieces of wild Pelvetia canaliculata which can be used as they are, milled in a table grinder or soaked in cold water for use as salad, garnish or warm vegetable.

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Em’s Coconut Lemon Quencher Tonic

1 organic lemon (save the peel to freezer and use the zest)
1 1/2 cups coconut water* (or 1 aseptic pack**)
1/2 cup pure spring water or alkaline water such as Evamor ***
1 T organic honey ****
1/2 tsp grated ginger root
1/2 t powdered kombu OR a 3″ slice of kombu to steep (see instructions below)
Celtic Sea salt to taste
Optional: a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper

1) Squeeze the lemon’s juice into your blender.

2) Next, add coconut water, water, honey, ginger and (powdered kombu, if using).

3) Blend and then strain any ginger pieces, if desired.

4) Taste and add Celtic sea salt, as needed.

5) Add the 3″ piece of kombu seaweed to steep, if you did not use the powdered kombu.

6) Adjust water level to taste. Add cayenne, if using. Drink after chilling or keep refrigerated for up to 10 days.

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___ This is a wonderful alkaline drink which will help to nourish all your tissues and reduce inflammation. Because of the lemon, it has slightly diuretic properties too. It will help you to detoxify and it will help you regain better pH balance in your cells. This is a low glycemic index drink. This is much better for you than any other drink but water. With proper amounts of minerals and rehydration, you will likely be less stressed, too.

  • The lemon provides alkalinity and vitamin C.
  • The young coconut water provides alkalinity and is a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It is a great source of natural sugars, salts and vitamins to ward off post work out fatigue. Coconut water has 15 times more potassium than most sport drinks but without the colorings, bromine (which depletes Iodine) or added sugars.
  • The pH of these waters is better than tap waters and the ORP is likely to be better, too.
  • The ginger, in addition to being anti-inflammatory, is rich in potassium, magnesium and manganese — all needed by diabetics.
  • The raw organic honey is a natural anti-viral.
  • The kombu provides fucoidan, Iodine and other minerals, as well as a slight gelling quality which is soothing to your gastro-intestinal tract.
  • The Celtic sea salt also provides valuable trace minerals, as it is a whole salt which is only naturally dried in the sun.
  • * This is the clear liquid from the cavity of an unbroken, uncracked coconut. Pierce one of the 3 holes at the base, after cleansing the area. The liquid should be clear and clean-smelling. If it is cloudy, odoriforous or pink tinged, do NOT use it! You can crack the coconut further and use the white flesh. Young, green coconuts (or young dehusked coconuts, which look white) are best and their white “meat” will have a gelatin-like consistency. If it is in that state, you can add the coconut meat to this drink by blending it in. Try to get organic coconuts from Florida, but you may have to get these online. Most Asian coconuts are fumigated.

    ** coconut water is also sold in health stores in aseptic cartons in the refrigerator case. The health stores will be more rigorous about getting brands with better practices. I hesitate to use canned stuff from Latino markets, as there’s no way to know if the coconuts were sprayed or fumigated and how they were cultured in the groves.

    *** (or more depending on desired concentration) – just add after tasting.

    **** you can use RAW organic honey for everyone over 3 years of age. Children under 3 must have a pasteurized honey. You can substitute agave nectar if you are going to use the drink in one day, otherwise use the honey, as it is a natural preservative.

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    REFERENCES:

    Dr. Abraham: OPTIMOX CORPORATION
    P.O. Box 3378, Torrance, CA 90510-3378
    or Call Toll Free in America: (800) 223-1601
    Optimox Iodine Loading Test

    Dr. Ryan Drum, PhD – medical herbalist and world seaweed expert

    Mekabu Powder Ball from Korea

    Why Seagreens®

    Dr. Brownstein’s Questionnaire

    (c)2009 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com
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    “Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

    If you are having trouble losing weight, and keeping it off, then keep reading! The newest nutritional research is showing there’s about a 90% chance that this problem is being caused by a deficiency in an essential nutrient because there’s not enough coming from your dietary choices. What’s the needed nutrient?

    Some clinicians find that up to 90% of their overweight clients (especially women) are lacking in iodine and iodide (our body needs both forms), and when the problem is corrected properly, the people lose weight and often keep it off, usually permanently.

    As iodine is essential for the proper functioning of your thyroid gland, then it is logical that if you are low on iodine, your thyroid won’t function well, no matter what the (inaccurate) blood-tests “say” that its doing.

    As your thyroid gland has the sole job of orchestrating your whole body’s metabolism, you won’t burn extra calories or fat properly if something in the thyroid is amok.

    And, in today’s world, your thyroid is at risk.

    Dr. Guy Abraham, MD one of the world’s foremost experts on iodine, says that you probably have to take 100 to 400 times the amount of iodine that is currently being recommended in the RDAs (recommended daily allowances) from the US Government scientists. But, some forms of iodine are HARMFUL. So you have to do this protocol under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable practitioner, additionally so because iodine can heal you and change your need for medications.

    And, Abraham says that iodine:

    ___  helps you lose weight

    ___   may correct thyroid disease— whether sub-clinical hypothyroidism (“sluggish” thyroid) or other forms of overactive or enlarged thyroids

    ___   helps with fibromyalgia, by removing inflammatory bromide from your body. Bromides are regularly added to bakery products and soda pop, asthma drugs (!), and as bromine and iodine are in the same “halogen” family on the Periodic Chart of Elements, they are like Jekyll and Hyde, being able to “mess” with each other. You do not want bromine taking over receptors made for iodine. Iodine also protects against inflammatory fluorine, another halogen, rampant in its destruction of our body and readily available in our water, as fluoride. Having sufficicient iodine will pull harmful bromine and fluorine out of your body.

    ___   prevents breast cancer and corrects polycystic breast disease

    ___  supports your adrenal glands which buckle under a stressful life

    ___   aids in correcting Graves disease, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and sleep apnea

    ___  helps improve or correct BOTH kinds of DIABETES

    ___   balances hypertension (high blood pressure), heart arrhythmia, and hormone resistance syndromes, among other conditions.

    Iodine is needed in the thyroid, but also in the stomach, adrenals, breast, ovaries, testes (male sex glands), parotid glands (in your neck) and in your salivary glands which help pre-digest your food if you chew well (making less effort later, for your pancreas’ part in digestion).

    Paleo-anthropologists studying ancient humankind know that their diet was very rich in seafood — a prime source of iodine. Ancients tribes clung to the coast and lived from ocean food for millions of years. Mountains of ancient shellfish shells are regularly found, and place-names (even tribal names) also give hints about eating and valuing seaweed, e.g. the Musqueam tribe of Vancouver, BC, a Coastal Salish Nation, take their name from “maquis”, their name for the seaweed that grows and was harvested there.

    Those countries whose peoples still eat copious amounts of seafood — fish, crustaceans, seaweed — in their diets are usually the healthiest peoples and the slimmest, like the long-lived Okinawans (“Japanese”). Seaweed is the highest iodine sourced food, and you need to eat it daily. Most of it tastes delicious!

    At least 90% of Americans are deficient in iodine and a McDonald’s fishwich once in a while isn’t going to be enough!

    But adding kombu powder to just about everything and anything everyday, or eating sheets of crispy nori sprinkled as a garnish or just eaten for snacks etc., can start making a real difference, along with eating fish meals, almost everyday.

    Dr. Abraham found that we need 50 mg a day for proper metabolic efficiency instead of only the .15mg RDA!

    He uses a safe, non-radioactive, inorganic, stable form of iodine as well as a new iodide identical with Lugol solution (which has been used for 180 years, but is foul-tasting). His better-tasting iodine supplement is called Iodoral.

    Be patient; it takes a long time to come up to optimal levels, and when you do, you’ll feel fantastic.

    When you take the 50mg daily, iodine becomes not just a “mineral” but it importantly becomes “an adaptogen” — a substance which balances your biochemistry, intuitively, knowing just what it needs to do to get things running well.

    Other well-known adaptogens include ginseng, but each works in their own way. Let’s stay with how iodine works.

    Unfortunately, we are so incredibly iodine-malnourished, that for most Americans (and other first-world nations), eating whole sea salt or kelp tablets, or fish or seaweed will give you enough only if you eat proper food amounts of it every single day, as Nature intended.

    And, I am NOT suggesting “iodized” salt at all as a source, because the sodium-chloride in it is creating dangerous imbalances; I never recommend regular table salt, iodized or not.

    Dr. Nan Fuchs, PhD, who alerted me to the role of iodine beyond the thyroid, says that you must be tested, first, for iodine insufficiency levels using a 24-hour urine test. If your doctor won’t do it, she says to call Dr. Flechas, one of the researchers at USA 828-684-3233 and the test will cost around $75 US.  Other iodine tests you may have heard about are useless; only this one works.

    If you test low for iodine, then order Iodoral from Dr. Flechas and let your doctor monitor your progress, especially if you are getting better and requiring less or no medications, as you heal.

    A month’s supply of Iodoral costs $27 US a month. Your physician can also get it directly from Optimox:  USA 800-223-1601 and your doctor should ask for the professional packet which includes 2 hours of professional orientation.

    You must stay with specific preparations as some iodine (as isotope 131) is a harmful by-product of the nuclear energy industry, and your body can absorb it too. The good iodine (isotope 127) which I am describing above in foods and in Iodoral will help block your absorption of bad iodine 131.

    I’ll help you learn more next week in Part 2 and will help you source some great seaweed products then, too.

    Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 2
    Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 3
    Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 4
    Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 5

    (c)2009 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com
    If you want to quote from my article or use it, please write for permission at the About Me page on the upper navigation bar. Please respect my copyright. Thanks.

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