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 Fears

Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 11:39 AM


Question: My husband recently had a heart attack. Because of a previous problem with hepatitis C (which he miraculously no longer has any trace of), he is afraid of iodine. Since his liver shows absolutely no trace of the former disease, is there still a problem?





Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Why is he afraid of iodine? Tell him it is not a scary product at all! Iodine has an enterohepatic circulation, which means that when you ingest iodine and it is absorbed into the bloodstream, part of it is absorbed into the liver. My partners and I have found iodine therapy a wonderful treatment for those with liver disease. In fact, we have seen positive antibodies to hepatitis viruses decline and become negative with a holistic approach that includes iodine therapy.

Remember, the best results with iodine therapy occur by checking your levels before beginning therapy. For optimal results, I suggest working with a healthcare practitioner knowledgeable about iodine.



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