Glandular Landscape

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Proper nourishment and gut health, you won’t get away from it. You can’t, we are what we eat; we sow and we reap. No man has ever sown alfalfa and reaped walnuts. Universal laws are exactly that, laws. We do not break them, we break ourselves by neglecting their soundness.

There is a common (but not commonly known) deficiency among Americans, and that is with regard to our levels of iodine. Iodine is a trace chemical element, essential for living organisms, and has been known to be a component of balanced human health and biological integrity since the early 1800s. It is most commonly found, as food, in kelp and seaweed, also fish and shellfish. If farms have iodine-rich soils, farmers feed their stock iodine-rich feed, then it may also be found in eggs and dairy products, and in varying levels in crops.

Iodine for Life

Iodine deficiency nowadays seems to be the quiet troublemaker, but let us connect it to the associated system failures: reproductive fertility, childhood brain development, proper metabolic regulation, and healthy immuno-responsiveness are all highly dependent upon proper levels of iodine in the body. This is why iodine is considered essential. We can know that the iodine-thyroid connection has been well-established, going at least back to 1820. Why, then, would such a deficiency be allowed to drift to the periphery of our health-mindedness? Probably because of the salt.

The iodization of salt became a popular solution to low iodine levels showing in land-locked communities, where soils were not strong in iodine content. In the early 1900s, American and Swiss trials of iodized salt delivery to such deprived communities proved successful in reversing the endemic goiter present in unacceptable numbers of community members. Once established as a viable supply of iodine to the people, this fortified salt was rolled out to become generally available in grocery stores across the land. So why is hypothyroidism still an issue?

Hypothyroid Connection

Hypothyroidism is defined as deficient activity of the thyroid gland, namely hormone production, resulting in the most severe tell-tale symptoms of goiter, myxedema, and cretinism. More common early-stage symptoms include fatigue, lethargy, despondency, depression, weight gain, and alopecia. The condition has its first recorded cases at the very beginning of the 1900s, by some reports; the likes of goiter and cretinism have been known since ancient times, as have treatments involving algae and ocean sponges. But we find a surprising number of people diagnosed with hypothyroidism still, even in the 21st century, even in America.

Many natural-health practitioners report staggering findings per human iodine levels. David Brownstein M.D., a Michigan-based board-certified family doctor known for his holistic approach and expert iodine research, has reported that greater than 90 percent of his patients are found to be iodine-deficient. This in the age of information. And, whereas prescription medicines are promoted to manage symptoms, far too many people fall victim to persistent ignorance of the iodine facts and, therefore, neglect to affect positive change at the root of their diseases. Another thing you can’t get away from: root causes must be addressed.

Essential Attention

Anyone can have a deficiency that negatively affects the thyroid, hypothyroidism isn’t the only distortion on the glandular horizon. But, as this is a post and not a textbook chapter, and because hypothyroidism has been a recurring talking point within my spheres of late, I thought it worthwhile to zero in on this one. The takeaway here is simple enough: check your iodine levels. This can be done at home through an absorption test, or get a more accurate reading through a natural health specialist or family doctor.

The National Institutes for Health website has a chart showing sufficient, if not optimal, recommended daily amounts (RDA) of iodine intake, respective of different stages of life. The chart values are generally considered to be enough to prevent goiter, but not much more. The entire human body needs iodine, not just the thyroid; one notable benefit being that the trace element actually encourages cancer cells to kill themselves…if there’s enough iodine present when called upon.

If you think (or know) you’re not getting enough iodine on a regular basis, about 700 micrograms for the average adult, then a high quality natural supplement may be an excellent step forward. This is something I can help with, so message me.

Until next time, good health to you!

Glandular Landscape