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Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It , 2nd Edition

David Brownstein, MD

Medical Alternatives Press, Michigan, 2006.


"Dr. Brownstein describes the use of therapeutic doses of iodine to treat many different disorders such as: thyroid problems (including Graves' and Hashimoto's Disease), autoimmune disorders, cancer (breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate), fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and cystic breasts....


"Chapter 1 describes the history of iodine and the breadth of iodine deficiency. Approximately 1/3 of the world's population lives in an iodine deficient area. Dr. Brownstein makes the case that iodine, being a relatively rare element, is often deficient in the diet. Studies dating back almost 90 years pointed to iodine deficiency occurring in a large proportion of the United States, including the Great Lakes Basin.


"In Chapter 2, he makes a compelling case that the iodination of salt has not been adequate to supply the body's need for iodine. Through laboratory testing, Dr. Brownstein has demonstrated iodine deficiency occurring in a substantial number (over 90%) of his patients.


"Chapter 3 reviews the different forms of iodine found in the body--iodine and its reduced form, iodide. This Chapter shows you which tissues concentrate which form of iodine. The breasts primarily concentrate iodine while the thyroid concentrates iodide....


"Chapter 4.  Illnesses from breast cancer to fibrocystic breast disease.... The epidemic of breast cancer that is present (1/7 women) is, in part, due to iodine deficiency.... It is crucial to maintain adequate iodine levels to protect the breasts from cancer and pre-cancerous lesions such as fibrocystic illness.


"Chapter 5 reviews the problems of the other halogens, fluoride and bromide that are present in our environment.... The exposure to so much bromide has made us bromide toxic and has exacerbated an iodine deficiency problem.


"Thyroid disorders and iodine deficiency are reviewed in Chapter 6. Dr. Brownstein shows why iodine needs to be evaluated in all patients with a thyroid disorder. He focuses on three major illnesses of the thyroid: hypothyroidism, Graves' and Hashimoto's disease.... Dr. Brownstein first presents his own studies that show that Graves' and Hashimoto's patients are iodine deficient. Next he gives... case studies showing these autoimmune patients improving with iodine replacement.



Breast Cancer and Iodine: How to Prevent and How to Survive Breast Cancer

David M. Derry, MD

Trafford Publishing, Victoria, Canada, 2001.


"Iodine is the trigger mechanism for apoptosis (that natural death of cells) and the main surveillance mechanism for abnormal cells in the body.  Iodine triggers the death of cells which are abnormal or which have normal programmed death as part of their life cycle.  


"This is part of a general thesis that iodine and thyroid hormone act as a team to provide a constant surveillance against abnormal cell development, chemicals that are carcinogenic and the spread of cancer cells within the body.  


"Iodine appears to have several more roles in the body.  Iodine protects against abnormal growth of bacteria in the stomach (helicobacter pylori is the most clinically significant.)  Iodine can coat incoming allergic proteins to make them non-allergic, which likely also applies to the internal equivalent called autoimmune disease.  Iodine binds softly to the double and triple bond of lipids to protect these bonds while they are being transported to synaptic sites in the brain and blood vessels of the body.  As well iodine in the stomach deactivates all biological and most chemical poisons.  


"All of these new proposed testable functions of iodine are discussed.  There is a discussion of the possible role of iodine in evolution in relation to development of multi-cellularity and maturation of vertebrates.  


"The general thesis of this took is that there is a specific dose of iodine intake above which it prevents several disease processes including those related to fibrocystic disease and breast cancer."



Werner & Ingbar's The Thyroid: A Fundamental and Clinical Text, 8th edition

Lewis E Braverman and Robert D. Utiger

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2000.


The classic text on the thyroid used by endocrinologists. Excellent chapters on various topics by different authors. 


Chapter 4.  Thyroid Hormone Synthesis:  "Thyroid Iodide Transport: The Na+/I- Symporter (NIS)" by Nancy Carrasco.  "Hormone Synthesis: Thyroid Iodine Metabolism" by Alvin M. Taurog.  "Autoregulatory Actions of Iodine" by Mario Alberto Pisarev and Roland Gartner. 


Chapter 13.  Factors that Control Thyroid Function. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Variables: "Iodine Deficiency" by  Francois M. Delange.  "Effect of Excess Iodide: Clinical Aspects" by Elio Roti and Apostolos G. Vagenakis.



The Story of Iodine Deficiency : An International Challenge in Nutrition

Basil S. Hetzel

Oxford University Press, USA, 1989.


"Iodine deficiency is a risk factor for the growth and development of up to 800 million people living in iodine deficient environments throughout the world.  The effects on growth and development, called the iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), comprise goitre, still-births and miscarriages, neonatal and juvenile thyroid deficiency, dwarfism, mental defects, deaf mutism, and spastic weakness and paralysis, as well as lesser degrees of loss of physical and mental function.  All these effects are due to inadequate thyroid hormone production because iodine is an essential constituent of the thyroid hormone....


"This book shows that elimination of iodine deficiency is feasible within the next decade, only requiring a modest financial and technical effort from the West.  Part I reviews IDD in man and animals.  Part II discusses the control of iodine deficiency disorders through iodine supplementation, and considers action at the national and international level.  Part III presents a global review of the status of IDD control.  There is a brief conclusion on the way forward to successful control programmes."



Iodine (Elements)

Leon Gray, 2004

Benchmark Books, NY, 2004.


Although written for grades 5-8, this book is an excellent introduction to the chemistry of iodine for adults without an extensive chemistry background.  Iodine is part of a series of books that also has good volumes on Fluorine and Chlorine.


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