When most people think about iodine, they tend to think it's only good for the thyroid. But it's not just the thyroid that is hungry for this mineral! Iodine is also concentrated in the salivary glands, the lining of the stomach and the small intestine, the breasts and ovaries, the eyes, and the part of the brain where cerebro-spinal fluid is produced.

Deficiency of iodine in any tissue can cause problems with that area of the body and weakens the immune system. Some symptoms of iodine deficiency are brain fog, nodules in the skin like are common with arthritis, fibrosis and fibroids, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue.

Dr. David Brownstein's book Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It is perhaps one of the best's books on iodine. In his book, he explains how iodine can kill fungi, bacteria, viruses and how it removes fluoride and enables the body to detox heavy metals— even the toxic metals (e.g., mercury, cadmium) that other detox methods can't remove.

Iodine basically feeds your glands; it feeds all your cells. More researchers are rediscovering that this mineral has miraculous effects on the entire body.

The Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Szent Györgi (1893 - 1986), the physician who discovered vitamin C, wrote:
"When I was a medical student, iodine in the form of KI was the universal medicine. Nobody knew what it did, but it did something and did something good. We students used to sum up the situation in this little rhyme: If ye don't know where, what, and why Prescribe ye then K and I (iodine)."
Lynne Farrow author of The Iodine Crisis has written extensively about how iodine helps breast cancer and prevents mental retardation. It is well documented that iodine deficiency is the leading cause of mental retardation in the world.

Comment: Have a listen to this episode of the Health and Wellness Show to hear what Lynne Farrow has to say about iodine.

There's more!

Lack of iodine negatively impacts your cognitive abilities because your brain needs sufficient iodine.

Beyond helping the brain function, sufficient iodine strengthens your will. People will be amazed at how strong their will becomes! This effect could be due to the fact that iodine removes fluoride out of the pineal gland - an endocrine gland located in the brain that is said to be the "seat of the soul." The pineal gland is also referred to as the third eye, and acts as a gateway to Spirit and higher levels of consciousness, beyond our brain-created matrix.

Did you know that well over 90% of people are iodine deficient?

I find that really interesting. If iodine can be a miracle cure, why are we not being educated about its powerful effect on the body? Is it because it can't be patented and is not a money maker for the pharmaceutical industry?

How to get the iodine you need?

With the exception of seafood, including sea plants like seaweed, iodine is not found in great abundance in many foods. And, table salt is not going to help you get the iodine you need. Research shows that just ten percent of iodine in salt is completely absorbed by your body. And, it provides miniscule amounts of iodine, far below the recommended dosage. Since we're on the topic of salt, you'll want to avoid white table salt when you do use salt. Instead, invest a little more money and get good Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt.

The best form of supplemental iodine is "nascent iodine" or what is also referred to as atomic iodine. It has superior absorption because of its molecular structure. Click here to find out the top 5 benefits of this form of iodine and watch an excellent video on iodine.

Comment: Nascent iodine may not be the best form. According to Dr. Jeffrey Dach:
Nascent (aka Magnascent, Detoxified, or Atomidine) - Based on Edgar Cayce's "energized" iodine. The iodine is reduced to a 1% concentration in 100% ethyl alcohol and electro-magnetically transmuted (while being suspended in a wet bath containing a mild acid solution) into the Atomic state. 1 drop = 150 microgram (mcg) or .150 mg of Iodine. This form will not saturate body tissues and has not been proven to detox halides such as bromide, fluoride, chloride, and mercury, as other forms have. This form of iodine is not recommended on this protocol as the goal is tissue saturation and halide detoxification/protection.

What do the experts say about dosage?

The RDA for iodine is around 150 mcg but according to Dr. David Brownstein, we should be getting far more than the government recommended dose. Dr. Brownstein and other researchers recommend doses ranging from 6-50 mg/day for most people. Some researchers recommend high doses, like 50 to 100mg a day, to replenish the body's iodine and remove any microbes that have built up over the years because of the body's weakened immune system due to all toxins in our environment.

Given that iodine has no side effects like pharmaceuticals, and there is no development of resistance against it, it's hard to argue against taking high dosages.

How long does it take to reap the benefits?

While it can take many months to clear out toxins or to help something like ovarian cysts, the beneficial effects on the brain and energy levels are much faster. People who take iodine in sufficient amounts report that they have a greater sense of well-being, increased energy, and a lifting of brain fog and sharper mental abilities.

To find out more about iodine, I recommend Dr. Edward F. Group's video "Everything You Need To Know About Iodine." He has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and is well respected by authors and researchers. This video (towards the bottom of the page) is one of the most comprehensive videos that educates people about the powers of iodine.

We all need to strengthen our bodies because when our health is strong, we can much more easily cope with challenges in life. We need all our energy to navigate the massive changes that are coming.