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March 20, 2014

Iodine Deficiency Information: Part 2

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IODINE DEFICIENCY INFORMATION: Part 2

Previous Articles:

Iodine Deficiency: My Story

Iodine Deficiency Information: Part 1

DISCLAIMER: This article represents information I gleaned from the Internet articles (some well-referenced) on iodine deficiency in adults. It is not and should not take the place of medical advice. I encourage you to talk with your health care providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, and/or use of iodine and what may be best for your overall health.

This is the second part of an article disclosing the research results of my Internet research on iodine deficiency in older adults.

WHAT ARE THE TESTS FOR IODINE DEFICIENCY?

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Thyroid hormone levels are determined by a blood test. NOTE: Hypothyroidism can occur even without abnormalities in measured thyroid hormone levels.

The body eliminates 90% of its daily ingestion of in the urine. Therefore, the urinary level of iodine is a good indication of the amount of iodine in the body****

For individuals the most common medical test for diagnosing iodine deficiency is a 24-hour (more…)

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March 18, 2014

Iodine Deficiency Information: Part 1

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NOTE: I first posted this but somehow it didn’t post, or it disappeared—we all know computers—so I’m reposting Part 1 on its original date, hoping some readers will return to read it. My apologies that the original is floating out there somewhere in space.

 DISCLAIMER: This article represents information I gleaned from the Internet articles (some well-referenced) on iodine deficiency in adults. It is not and should not take the place of medical advice. I encourage you to talk with your health care providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, and/or use of iodine and what may be best for your overall health.

This is the first of two articles disclosing the research results of my Internet research on iodine deficiency in the adult and older population.

I preceded these articles with Iodine Deficiency: My Story.

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Iodine deficiency is described as a secret health issue: Rates of iodine deficiency have reached epidemic levels…over the past 40 years.^

This article shares the surprising information on iodine deficiency, information I discovered while doing an Internet search on the subject. I am sharing in this article. I encourage you to review the material and draw your own conclusions by reviewing the list of source material at the end of this article.

This article focuses on iodine deficiency in adults and the elderly. I found little information on this population–the vast amount of iodine deficiency studies focus on children and pregnant women.

 DOES WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU HARM YOU?

Many guidelines exist for a healthy life. Some (my research implies) have unintended negative side effect. For example:

  • Eliminate/reduce dietary salt intake for protection against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and edema.
  • Include more vegetables and less meat in our diets to reduce cholesterol.
  • Exercise more, which benefits all biological systems.

What is the damaging side effect? Each of the above depletes the body of iodine.

WHAT IS IODINE?

Iodine is a non-metal trace mineral that our bodies require in small quantities. It rarely occurs as the element, which is a gas. Instead, it occurs as a salt, referred to as iodide (not iodine). Iodide is quickly and almost completely absorbed in the stomach and duodenum.^^

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF IODINE IN THE BODY?

Iodine plays a large role in our mental and physical development. Without it, your body cannot (more…)

March 16, 2014

Iodine Deficiency: My Story

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WAS IT IODINE DEFICIENCY?

MY STORY

How do I begin telling my story? I have numerous choices:

  • Everything that is healthy for you is bad for you
  • I can’t share my symptoms with my family, friends, or doctors.
  • A simple test clarified my physical and mental symptoms.
  • I’m one of the estimated 40% of Americans experiencing this.
  • My three-day miracle.

Whenever someone tells me they don’t know how begin telling their story I tell them to “just start.” So I guess that’s what I’ll do.

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The annual stress of the year-end triple holiday can be exhausting, even depressing.

During December 2013, however, the feelings I experienced were intensified. How I celebrated my 70th birthday didn’t matter. Preparing for Christmas was a true chore. I wanted to escape, go to the New England coast with my husband Monte, and experience Christmas on the beach. I didn’t care—about anything.

I excused the feelings. It’s just the stress of the season. Depression isn’t uncommon.

There was a settled layer of pea soup fog between my conscious and subconscious mind.

I excused it. It must be a result of my almost debilitating cataract which makes reading challenging.

I was overwhelmed with diminished cognition skills. If you told me something, I couldn’t recall it several seconds later. I had to struggle with writing and other tasks. It was a weird feeling.

Perhaps it’s the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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I didn’t tell anyone about what I was experiencing. I didn’t want to be told the obvious: I was depressed. For some instinctive reason I knew it wasn’t depression. It just didn’t seem to fit. I also didn’t want to hear that I was just experiencing the effects of aging, something I couldn’t dismiss, something very frightening.

After the holidays I shared my concerns with a friend I trusted, telling her how I felt, not expecting her to do anything but knowing she would at least listen and hear me.

“Try something,” she said.

What she instructed me to do sounded like an old wives tale, something taken from mythical and ancient medical remedies. But I trusted her. As long as I’ve known her, her information has been reliable and well-researched.

“Purchase a bottle of tincture of iodine,” she said. “Swab a quarter-sized spot on your wrist. If the color (more…)

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