Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. 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.

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Iodine's Function in the Body

Monday, 25 Oct 2010 09:43 AM

Question: What does iodine do in the body?

Dr. Brownstein’s Answer:

Iodine is the element necessary for the production of thyroid hormone, but it is present in every cell in the body. Without iodine, life is not possible.

Iodine is not only necessary for the production thyroid hormone, it is responsible for the production of all other hormones. Adequate iodine levels are necessary for proper immune system function. Iodine contains potent antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, and anticancer properties. Iodine is also effective for treating fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cysts.

Iodine deficiency disorder can result in mental retardation, goiter, increased child and infant mortality, infertility, and socioeconomic decline. Iodine deficiency disorder is the most common preventable form of mental retardation known. Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is also related to iodine deficiency.

Conversely, too much iodine can be a problem. In rare cases, excess iodine has been associated with hyperthyroid symptoms.



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