Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Dr. David Brownstein, M.D.

Correcting Iodine Deficiency

Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 02:30 PM

By David Brownstein, M.D.

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In addition to unrefined salt, vitamin C is very helpful for ameliorating side effects from iodine supplementation.
 
Similar to iodine, vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that helps to keep detoxification pathways open, aiding the body’s removal of halides such as bromine and fluoride.
 
I suggest taking 3,000 to 5,000 mg of vitamin C per day. If you have an adverse reaction from iodine, it is okay to increase the vitamin C dose as long as you are not experiencing diarrhea.
 
Vitamins B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin) are also helpful along with iodine supplementation. These help with the cell use of iodine to make thyroid hormone.
 
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Finally, magnesium is also helpful when supplementing with iodine because it calms the body. If iodine causes symptoms such as nervousness or jitteriness, it is best to stop taking the iodine for two weeks and supplement with magnesium in a dose of 200 to 400 mg per day, along with unrefined salt and vitamins C, B2, and B3.
 
After two weeks of this regimen, you can restart iodine again.
 
In the last 40 years iodine levels have fallen more than 50 percent across the U.S. Yet this public health disaster is not being recognized or treated, and we are facing a myriad of consequences including severe increases in hypothyroidism, autoimmune thyroid disorders, ADHD, and cancers of the breast, ovary, uterus, prostate, and thyroid.
 
Stimulant drugs, chemotherapy agents, surgery, and radiation will not reverse the incidence of these conditions. Instead of spending enormous sums of money treating these illnesses after they develop, we should be searching for underlying causes of these illnesses. I have no doubt that iodine deficiency is a major piece of this puzzle.
 
For more information about iodine, see my newest book, “Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It.”
 

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