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Last week I shared the incredible importance for diabetics and everyone else to have optimal blood levels of iodine and iodide — for successful metabolism, weight-loss, robust immunity and to cure or alleviate many afflictions, including both kinds of DIABETES! You need to Read Diabetics, Iodine and Health – Part 1, here! Now, here’s Part 2.

Many people do not realize that soda pop, in addition to the dangerous sugars or high fructose corn syrup, also contains bromine (in Mountain Dew, Fresca and even orange Gatorade, among others). Bromine takes over your vital receptors meant for iodine.

Mainstream bakery products and pesticides are other large sources of contaminating bromine. Check artisan breads as they are less likely to use dough “conditioners” as they tend to let dough rise naturally and get the proper texture from Time and Temperature after kneading.

Chlorine and Fluorine do the same thing, blocking receptors for Iodine’s use. In fact, the very Iodine you desperately need is actually excreted, if the receptors have already been occupied by the other Halogen Family members, Chlorine, Bromine or Fluorine.

If your municipal water is chlorinated and / or fluoridated, stop drinking it! Use a dechlorinator* in your bath / shower too, as much of the contaminant is chlorine as gas breathed in with the steam. To drink, use spring waters or professionally filtered waters, in the hope that they are removing the fluoride and chlorine.

Then, become an advocate to prevent the fluoride, a toxic by-product from the aluminum industry, from being used (for NO good reason) in YOUR water. There’s no proof it helps with dental cavities, when you look at the hard science studies.

The application of chlorine serves a safety purpose while water is traveling to your home, but it should be removed just before you use your water to bathe or drink.

Other Iodine robbers include Iodine-depleting prescription drugs and over-the-counter preparations (OTC), e.g. aspirin, coumadin / warfarin and steroids. If you have been taking these drugs, you must take the Dr. Broda Barnes, MD Temperature Protocol test at home, to more-accurately check your thyroid function! See below.**

Now that we’ve tried to erase the environmental saboteurs, back to Iodine, itself!

Living in the Pacific Northwest, with large Asian populations and beaches where seaweed is actively harvested, I come to this discussion with a very positive view of seaweed consumption. I truly enjoy all the different seaweeds which I’ve eaten. I use many regularly, and the unique ones I’ve tried were tasty, too.

Nori, Ao Nori, Kombu, Wakame, Dulse, Kelp and Hijiki are my favorites. But, there are many more for me to try! More on sources, below.

Dr. Ryan Drum, PhD, is a former university professor and researcher in cell biology and chemistry. Now, he teaches herbology at Seattle’s famed Naturopathic Medical School – Bastyr University. Ryan is a practicing medical herbalist who conducts workshops in his specialty, seaweeds.

Seaweeds are important as they are the best natural Iodine / iodide sources, and as at least 1 in every 10 women in America have already been diagnosed with thyroid problems, Iodine is vital.

And, this thyroid epidemic is actually much worse, as mainstream medicine’s blood “tests” do NOT truly show the problem. Some endocrinologists say 1 in 4 women have over-active or under-active thyroids. Women are more at risk because female thyroids are automatically twice as large as males’, so women need much more Iodine in their diet! So, diabetic women can have a double-whammy, and need Iodine, for sure.

And, stress, for anyone, also creates the need for more dietary Iodine for your thyroid. Many ethnic groups are also at increased risk — read more about Wilson’s Syndrome.

About 17 years ago, my naturopathic physician introduced me to this next test, and I have always been “borderline”. But, as my symptoms are worsening, I have begun to use much more seaweed than before. My doctor explained the only accurate way for you to monitor your thyroid yourself is using famed endocrinologist Dr. Broda Barnes, MDs temperature protocol. It will accurately assess your thyroid’s well-being. See below.**

Dr. Ryan Drum knows the most about how the iodine in seaweed can improve your thyroid’s function. Seaweed’s good form of Iodine (isotope 127) protects you against the harmful Iodine (isotope 131 form) which we absorb from our environment thanks to the Nuclear Industry – from above-ground nuclear testing and also from nuclear power plants. The only protection is to stop absorption if we breathe it in. How do you do that?

Diabetics, and everyone else, needs to learn to eat seaweed! You cannot overdose on Iodine when it is eaten as food.

Seaweed’s good Iodine isotope 127 is also protective:
___ before and after having Cat Scan and X-ray radiation
___ being the first line of defense in the Iodine 131 environmental pollution
___ for breast cancer, ovarian and endometrial cancers. Low iodine increases the production of estrogens and your lifetime exposure amount of estrogen factors into your cancer risk. Obese people have more estrogenic activity (men make estrogen too, source of “man boobs”).
___ and helpful in all the conditions you learned about in Part 1, including diabetes!

70 years ago, the average American ate 500 – 800 micrograms of Iodine a day in their usual diet. In 1995, the average American only ate 135 micrograms! Good iodine foods were being eliminated and / or people vastly increased the iodine-depletors, as well as the nuclear age happening, with it’s harmful Iodine 131 pollution to latch-on to our body receptors.

Dr. Drum personally uses 5 – 10 grams of brown and red seaweeds daily! That’s about 1.75 ozs. Aim to work up to getting about one Tablespoon of powdered kelp a day , either by sprinkling on food or in capsules (buy filled or do it yourself), over the next few weeks. Seaweed is an alkaline pH food, and that is another reason that it is SO important and healthful for us! See note below if you are already on thyroid medication.

Brown seaweeds like the kelps (especially the Fucus species) are highest in Iodine. Hijiki is also good. Brown kelps contain 500 – 1,500 parts per million of Iodine. Nori has 15 ppm of Iodine — big difference. Nori is the seaweed used in sushi wraps. I suggest using powdered kombu (a kelp), in just about everything. It is the seaweed used in Japanese dashi soup-stock which is a basic component of healthy Japanese diet choices. Heating does not affect Iodine content.

The red seaweeds, including Dulse, Nori and Gracellaria are also helpful. Nori is easy to find in health stores. Get organically farmed seaweeds or those harvested in pristine areas. You will not find the organic, clean ones in Oriental Groceries; they are of unknown origin.

All seaweeds are edible says Dr. Nan Fuchs, PhD. But seaweed from polluted waters is NOT safe to eat!

Get your seaweed only from reliable sources, from people who harvest them in the cleanest waters possible, like the ones I mention below. Much seaweed is sourced from China these days. BEWARE of any Chinese foods; they have heavily polluted their land, waters, sea and air, without regulations or cleanup, so their products are unhealthy!

SOURCES: Use these as part of a healthy diabetic food plan.

Dr. Drum harvests seaweed and brokers it through another well-regarded sales outlet mentioned on his site.

James Jungwirth offers powdered seaweeds in capsules — Fucus species and 5 other red and green seaweeds from Oregon. P.O. Box 150, Williams, Oregon, USA. Phone: 541-846-7995.

Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetable Company in Mendocino, California have recipes on their website and sell online. I have tried some alaria and sea palm from them and some pickled seaweeds I purchased in Mendocino may have been theirs, too. Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetable Company in Mendocino. They sell the seaweeds in as little as 1 oz. packages, so you can try LOTS of different kinds easily.

This is the source of the Organic seaweed products which I have used for 30 years. They also have a recipe book.
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Company: lab-certified organic seaweeds

and I have also used these products for at least 30 years. Eden Organic Foods – Seaweed choices

The protocol for using seaweed for those who are already on thyroid medication is different and you and your physician might arrange a telephone consultation with Dr. Drum to understand the procedure. Contact Dr. Drum at his website; he does his phone consultations between 6 am and 10am Pacific Coast Time.

ARTICLES:
About Maine Sea Coast Vegetables.
Seaweed Superfoods

* for dechlorination:
Rainshow’r products

** Dr. Broda Barnes. MD procedure for home-testing.
If you have severe arthritis, this test may not work as well for you as minute muscle twitching may raise your temperature on the thermometer; in this instance, if your temperature ins above 98.2F during the test, get more guidance from a properly trained naturopathic physician.***

*** I regard properly trained naturopathic physicans to have degrees from College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon, Bastyr University, Seattle, Southwest College of NM in Scottsdale. Arizona, the Naturopathic medical colleges in Toronto, Canada and in Connecticut, USA. Naturopaths trained in Australia are usually well-trained as are German and Swiss naturopaths. Often, naturopathic physicians have several medical degrees.

Best to all — Em

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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
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