“Dear Pharmacist: Natural iodine is essential”

There is an increasing number of very interesting articles in relation to the importance of IODINE in the news recently.  Here are a few quotations from one of the most recent ones from South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Dear Pharmacist_ Natural iodine is essential – Sun Sentinel

Suzy Cohen,

“Iodine is essential for your thyroid, but is used all over your body, in all of your organs especially your breasts and prostate.”

“Iodine has well-documented research when it comes to healthy breast tissue and women will often claim iodine alleviated fibrocystic breast pain or breast lumps.

Iodine may help shrink uterine fibroids; one of the first conventional treatments for severe fibroids was to paint a woman’s uterus with iodine.

There’s a correlation between reduced iodine and lower mental IQ.

Iodine deficiency is a risk factor for thyroid cancer. This has been shown in several papers and trials, most recently discussed in Thyroid Research (June 2015). “

“Iodine supports testicular and prostate health so it’s important for men to get their levels tested and supplement if needed.

There is a lot of research done on breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer and natural iodine. In 1976, Lancet concluded, “Increasing dietary iodine intake may reduce the risk of these cancers.”

A developing fetus is particularly susceptible to brain damage if the pregnant mother is severely iodine deficient, so much so that there are global initiatives to fortify pregnant and lactating mothers with iodine to ensure healthy brain development.”