New This Week: August 17, 2011
Iodine Deficiency — An Old Epidemic Is Back
One of the main roles for the mineral iodine is to help manufacture thyroid hormones. And once upon a time in America — especially in the Great Lakes region — there were many cases of goiter, an enlarged thyroid gland caused by iodine deficiency. The iodine/goiter story had a happy ending, however, when manufacturers began adding iodine to salt ("iodized salt"). After that, goiters in the U.S. mostly disappeared.
But the iodine story turns out to have an epilogue. A new epidemic of iodine deficiency has occurred. And it's bringing a lot more than goiters with it.
Fatigue? Pain? Weight gain? Breast cysts or tenderness? In this issue, I'll tell you why you might be at risk for an iodine deficiency, what it might be doing to your health — and an easy way to protect yourself.
Love & blessings,
Because I'm discussing the importance of iodine in this issue of the newsletter, I thought I'd alert you to several new studies on the mineral that show it's importance in health, and it's safety when taken as a supplement.
Low Iodine After Pregnancy, Hypothyroid for Life?
Less Iodine, More Likely To Gain Weight
Supplemental Iodine is Safe
If you take a look at the scientific literature on iodine, and you'll see frequent reports about the risk of hyperthyroidism from a too-high intake of iodine. This problem is relatively rare, and just about the opposite of what's actually happening in the U.S. — an epidemic of hypothyroidism, with a widespread deficiency of iodine playing an important role.
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Gaze at the picture below. Believe it or not, nothing at all is moving. That's just your head playing games with you.
This Week's Joke
A Pirate Walks Into a Bar
"Whoa," exclaimed the bartender. "I see you have a peg leg. What happened?"
"Oh nothing really, we got into a fire fight with another ship and I caught a cannonball in the leg and they cut it off and gave me a peg leg. But I'm walking just fine now," answered the pirate.
"Hey, I see you're missing a hand. What happened?" asked the bartender.
"Oh we pulled up next to a ship and got into some hand to hand sword fighting and I lost my hand," said the pirate. "But I had this hook put on and everything is fine now."
The bartender said "I noticed you have a patch over your eye. What happened?"
"Oh it's nothing," answered the pirate, "A seagull flew over me head and pooped in me eye."
"Bird poop made you loose your eye?" asked the bartender.
"No," answered the pirate. "It was my first day with the hook."
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