Iodine deficiency and modern thyroid disorders

IodineDeficiencySince 1975, incidences of thyroid cancer per capita in the U.S. have tripled. Various other thyroid disorders have quadrupled.

Worldwide, thyroid cancers and disorders affect 1.6 BILLION people.

That is because of iodine deficiency, particularly prevalent in some parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia and Australia, where natural iodine is missing from the soil.

Once upon a time the U.S. was fortunate in its soil supply of natural iodine, and deficiency was not an issue.

But massive chemical farming has crept up on us and chemicals and depleted soil inhibit the natural body’s uptake of what few minerals are still present in the soil.

Some pharmaceutical drugs can also cause the natural body’s thousands of functions to behave erratically.

Iodine is an essential trace element vital for growth and development. Sixty percent of iodine is stored in the thyroid gland.

It plays an important role in the normal function of the thyroid, which secretes hormones that control the base metabolic rate of the body.

Without iodine, those hormones could not even be synthesized.

But that’s not all of iodine’s roles. Most important after thyroid function is cancer prevention. Studies have shown that cancer cells shrink with injections of iodine.

Iodine is a major booster of the immune system. It aids effective digestion, controls body odors and helps detoxify harmful chemicals.

Sufficient iodine is essential for pregnant women, as it helps prevent still births and neurocognitive problems in babies.

Many of us have seen the dreadful condition of goiter. Iodized salt was introduced and was a good weapon against goiter.

Unfortunately, the long running ‘war on salt’ sparked a deficiency of iodine and the deficiency of other important minerals as highly processed ‘iodized’ salt caused many ‘unintended’ consequences.

The bottom line today is to use unprocessed crystal salt from old beds and mountains, which contain many essential minerals.

The symptoms of iodine deficiency include brittle nails, cold hands and feet, cold intolerance, depression, fatigue, high cholesterol, throat pain, weight gain and poor memory and concentration.

The best food sources of iodine were once all fish, other sea creatures and sea vegetables. Today, caution is advised, especially seafood from the Pacific Ocean, as it has been heavily polluted by radiation from the Fukushima disaster in 2011, and chemical weapon testing.

Look for (unfarmed) fish from other seas, as the deadly Fukushima flow is traveling in the north Pacific to northern California, Washington, Oregon, Canada and Alaska. Dead sea animals and other sea life number in the millions, as anyone can learn with a little research.

The best farm sources (emphasizing organic farm products) include all green, leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, garlic and family, cabbage and family and peanuts.

Though it is now almost a forgotten mineral, certainly not present in the processed Standard American Diet, iodine is more important than you may know.

Sources:, Globalhealing,