Saturday, August 6, 2011

Review: "Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It"

Hi Folks.  I recently finished reading one of Dr. David Brownstein's books, Iodine: Why You Need It Why You Can't Live Without It 4th ed.  I would like to give a review.

Dr. Brownstein's book on iodine is a comprehensive source for solid, referenced information on the subject.  The format of the book makes it easy to read.  It has wide spaces between the lines, larger font, and frequently refers back to parts of the book already covered, which makes it easy to follow for those suffering brain-fog.

I did get the distinct impression that each of the chapters were written as stand-alone articles.  There are a few discontinuities, such as information in the FAQ section not being referred to in the index.

The editing and indexing are not great, and if I were asked for suggestions, this would be the one big one.  I actually pencilled a few things into the index of my book so I could look them up later!

Otherwise, this is a book I would highly recommend to anyone investigating health issues, including medical professionals.  It tackles and dispels many of the fallacies surrounding iodine, as well as giving history and uses.  It gives a thorough explanation of the science behind iodine use in the body.

It is available from Medical Alternatives Press.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Iodine and Breast Cancer

Lynne Farrow has graciously given me permission to post this abstract, and its lay-person's translation, to my blog.  This is copywritten material!

Lynne is the Director of Breast Cancer Choices (which I fully intended to add to the links...but hadn't got there yet).

As you read this article, please keep in mind the short duration of the study, and just what iodine appeared to do in such a short period of time!

 Reposted from breastcancerthinktank with permission-- Lynne Farrow

Below is an article I've been asked to explain in plain English. It bears repeating because people are wondering how one element can possibly produce several mechanisms of action -- in human beings. Researchers looked at human tissue of live patients in the below study. (Other studies have looked at how iodine altered gene expression. )

*There were two groups of breast cancer patients designated between biopsy and surgery. One group was given a placebo. The other group was given iodine in a small amount because the researchers were afraid of iodine's theoretical effect on the thyroid. The tissue was removed from both groups at surgery (either lumpectomy or mastectomy) and compared.
The iodine-takers' tissue was profoundly different than the non takers.
To summarize the most important points:
(1) the cancer cells were dividing much more slowly in the iodine takers than in the placebo group.

(2) Apoptosis --natural programmed cell death which you want-- increased in the iodine takers.
(3) Vascularization was diminished in the iodine takers. Meaning blood vessels which would enable the tumor to grow and/or spread were significantly reduced. (This means iodine was working as an "angiogenesis inhibitor.")  Remember all those anti-angiogenesis drugs the late Dr. Judah Folkman worked on for 45 years?
(4) VEGF, a chemical which promotes growth, was reduced.
--------------------------ACTUAL SUMMARY-----------
Presented at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2008:
[3082] The antineoplasic effect of molecular iodine on human mammary cancer involves the activation of apoptotic pathways and the inhibition of angiogenesis.

Vega-Riveroll L, Mondragón P, Rojas-Aguirre J, Romero-Romo J, Delgado G, Aceves C Instituto de Neurobiologia, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico; Hospital Regional #3 del IMSS, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico; Hospital General de Queretaro, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Breast cancer is the most frequent malignant neoplasia in women. One factor thought to influence the incidence of breast cancer is diet. Japanese women, who have a high dietary intake of iodine (5280 vs 209 g/day in western population) due to ingestion of seaweed, have the lowest incidence of breast cancer in the world. In normal mammary gland, iodine deficiency is involved in dysplasias, which are reversible with I2 but not with iodide administration. Recent data generated in our laboratory showed that continuous treatment with I2, but not iodide, has a potent antineoplastic effect on tumoral progression in N-methyl-N-nitrosou rea-treated virgin rats (50-70%). Also I2 treatment in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells, but not in normal mammary cells (MCF-12F), shows a significant apoptotic effect induced by activation of Bax-caspases and AIF-PARP-1 pathways. Based on these findings, a study of women diagnosed with cancer (mammography and tru-cut biopsy) was
 initiated. Patients were divided into placebo or I2 (5 mg/day) groups for 2 to 5 weeks before surgery. One day before beginning the I2 treatment and the day of the surgery, urine and blood samples were collected. The day before surgery, a second mammography was obtained. In the tumor samples proliferation (PCNA), apoptosis (TUNEL), and vasculature area (CD-31) were analyzed by immunohistochemistr y. Bax, Bcl2, p53, and VEGF proteins were analyzed by Western blot. Circulating TSH and T3 levels were measured by RIA and urinary iodide by HPLC. The results showed that although tumor size did not differ between groups, a significantly lower proliferation and increased apoptotic rate were observed in tumors from women supplemented with iodine. In these tumors the ratio Bax/Bcl2 increased, p53 levels were unchanged, and VEGF levels and vasculature area diminished significantly.
  Serum TSH and T3 showed no changes in any group, indicating that I2 treatment had not compromised the thyroid status. We propose that I2 supplements should be considered for use in clinical trials of breast cancer therapies. We thank Dr. Jorge lvarez-Aguirre2,3, Dr. Alonso Gallegos-Corona2, Lic. Concepcin Correa-Tinajero3, Alejandro Nez-Nolasco2,3, and Silvia Serrato-guila2. This work was partially supported by: PAPIIT-UNAM IN201207, and CONACyT 44976-M and 85952.

Friday, December 12, 2008 5:00 PM

Poster Session III: Tumor Cell and Molecular Biology: Novel / Emerging Therapeutic Targets (5:00 PM-7:00 PM)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I've noticed...

That in reading stories about iodine toxicity, it is usually all forms of iodine that are grouped together...radioactive, tincture, Lugol's, povidone iodine...

These forms of iodine are quite distinct from one another and some are most definitely toxic!  Tincture of iodine is made with alcohol.  Do not drink it!  Radioactive iodine is used to kill a thyroid gland for some (sometimes dubious) medical procedures...avoid it!  Povidone iodine is used as a disinfectant...don't drink that either!

I have yet to read of a case of Lugol's poisoning.  If anyone knows of a documented case, please let me know.

BTW  Lugol's can also be used as a disinfectant.  It has been used since its discovery to disinfect water.  It can also be used topically, although you will look yellow for a while.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

How and Why to Take Iodine?

Here is a link with more information on iodine safety, supposed iodine allergy, and Dr. Brownstein's Iodine Protocol, which is how a great many people, such as my family and I, take our iodine.

Bring Back Iodine

Here is a link to an article quoting several iodine literate doctors about the safety of iodine and the risks of deficiency.   Bring back Iodine

A comment on the article.  At the bottom, it refers to using kelp as an iodine supplement.  It is true that various seaweeds contain iodine.  Be careful of your sources though.  A lot of kelp is contaminated with various heavy metals.  This is not something I would wish to add to MY diet!

Iodine is Safe!

Since things have come to pass in Japan, and the world is a bit nervous about the possibility of nuclear contamination, a LOT has been said about iodine over the past week.

And for those of us who take iodine regularly, we are hearing a lot of mis-information that is a disservice to those who are trying to know what is best for their own health and that of their families.

So I will start with some basics.  Iodine is a nutrient.  It occurs as a mineral (iodine), and as various mineral salts, such as potassium iodide (KI).  Your body uses both of these forms.  The thyroid gland has an affinity for KI, the rest of the body tends to use the iodine.  You need both forms.  Every cell in your body contains iodine.

Radioactive iodine can be taken up by the body and "used" in the same fashion as potassium iodide, which means it will collect in the thyroid if it can.  What can prevent it collecting in the thyroid is having the thyroid already well stocked with healthy KI.  The radioactive iodine will have nowhere to 'park' so it will leave.

There are other things that can mimic iodine and KI, such as bromine.  If your iodine receptors are blocked with bromine, which is not an uncommon problem, you will not be able to use the iodine your body needs.  This can lead to problems such as malfunction of organs such as the thyroid, breast and prostate.

According to doctors familiar with iodine, most people in the US (and I suspect Canada) are deficient in iodine.  Our bodies use about 12.5mg of iodine a day just for normal function.  Relying on your iodized table salt for that much iodine would mean eating a great deal of table salt.  The Recommended Daily Allowance for iodine is 150mcg (0.15mg). 

Some risks of being iodine deficient are: 1) Mental retardation.  If a pregnant mother is deficient, her off-spring could be born with a mental deficiency and/or congenital hypothyroidism. 2) Hypothyroidism.  If you do not get iodine into your thyroid, it will not function well.  3) Goiter...a swollen or lumpy thyroid.  It is because of goiter that iodine was first considered to be added to table salt. 

Unfortunately absence of goiter is not a sign of sufficient iodine intake.

Many people take Lugol's Solution, or its solid counterpart, Iodoral.  One drop of Lugol's 5% contains about 6.25mg (not mcg) of iodine.  The usual Iodoral tablet contains 12.5mg.  I know of many people who take far more than one or two drops or tablets a day.  For a long time.  And are very happy to continue doing so.  Thyroids have been brought to better function.  Cancers have been cured.  Adrenal glands hav been brought to better form.

I found this article.  It's a study from 1947, not long before Lugol's solution and iodine became demonized by the medical profession Effects of increased iodine absorbtion