Category Archives: Iodine

An iodine primer

What if your diet is perfect–no wheat, no junk carbohydrates like that from corn or sugars, you are physically active–yet you fail to lose weight? Or you hit a plateau after an initial loss? First think iodine. Iodine is an … Continue reading

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Paging Dr. Basedow

A 23-year old man came to my office having experienced weeks of extreme anxiety, palpitations, and 19 pounds of weight loss triggered by an overactive thyroid. It all happened because of a large dose of iodine received during a CT … Continue reading

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Salvation from halogenation

Iodine is a halogen. On the periodic table of elements (remember the big chart of the elements in science class?), the ingenious table that lays out all known atomic elements, elements with similar characteristics are listed in the same column. … Continue reading

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Iodine update

As the iodine experience grows, I’ve made several unique observations. Up to several times per day, I see people who are responding in some positive way to iodine supplementation. (See previous Heart Scan Blog posts about iodine: Iodine deficiency is … Continue reading

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Life Extension article on iodine

Here’s a link to my recent article in Life Extension Magazine on iodine: Halt on Salt Sparks Iodine Deficiency Iodized salt, a concept introduced into the U.S. by the FDA in 1924, slowly eliminated goiter (enlarged thyroid glands), along with … Continue reading

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The healthiest people are the most iodine deficient

Here’s an informal observation. The healthiest people are the most iodine deficient. The healthier you are, the more likely you are to: –Avoid junk foods–30% of which have some iodine from salt–Avoid overuse of iodized salt–Exercise–Sweating causes large losses of … Continue reading

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Iodine deficiency is REAL

Like many health-conscious people, Kurt avoids salt. In fact, he has assiduously avoided salt ever since his heart attack back in 1995. Lately, Kurt had become tired, often for little or no reason. His thyroid panel: TSH 4.2 mIU/L (0.27-4.20)Free … Continue reading

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Sun, fish, and seaweed

Extraordinary heart health springs from three basic sources in our environment: Sun, fish, and seaweed. Sun: Sunlight exposure is nature’s intended source of vitamin D. Humans were meant to run naked, or at least scantily clad, in tropical or sub-tropical … Continue reading

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“Healthy” people are the most iodine deficient

Ironically, the healthiest people are the most likely to be deficient in iodine. Why? Healthy people tend to: –Avoid iodized salt because of public health advice to limit sodium–Use sea salt to obtain minerals like magnesium–but sea salt contains little … Continue reading

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What kind of iodine do you take?

The results of the latest Heart Scan Blog poll are in. 204 respondents answered the question: Do you take an iodine supplement? The responses: Yes, I take Iodoral, Lugol’s, or SSKI 26 (12%) Yes, I take potassium or sodium iodide … Continue reading

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