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Cancer-fighting mineral is almost totally ignored
A Michigan doctor finds that nearly 100 percent of the patients he tests are deficient in a particular mineral.
This mineral is one everyone has heard of — and you probably think you get plenty from your food. The fact is, most of us donít. And the lack of this vital nutrient is definitely a cause of breast cancer and breast cysts. Itís very likely a cause of prostate cancer, too — and probably a factor in many other types of cancer.
This mineral kills off breast cancer cells without killing off normal cells in the process. Itís ideal for both the treatment AND the prevention of breast cancer.
In fact, keep reading and Iíll tell you about a woman with late-stage breast cancer who saw her tumors disintegrate in less than four weeks thanks to this mineral. Opponents of alternative medicine have a fit when they see a story like this. They call it quackery. Iíll wear the "quack" label with pride.
This mineral prevents shocking health problems
When breast tissue cells donít contain enough of this mineral, they are more likely to be abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous.
But lack of this mineral causes more problems than cancer — lots more. Itís probably the worldís number one preventable cause of mental retardation. Thatís according to the UNís World Health Organization — and theyíre not exactly a friend of alternative medicine.
Deficiency in this mineral is also related to child mortality. Millions of expectant mothers are deficient and donít know it, putting their babies at risk.
The lack of this mineral can be a factor in chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, ADD/ADHD, and even chronic headaches.
You need 83 times as much as the government recommends
The mineral Iím talking about is iodine. The scientists who have actually studied iodine and the doctors who use it in their practice believe we need 83 times as much as the governmentís recommended daily allowance (RDA). The RDA is just barely sufficient to prevent goiter, a swelling of the neck caused by a swollen thyroid gland.
And itís a fact that many Americans arenít even getting the RDA. This dreadful mistake is because the medical profession sees iodine as a poison, even though itís dangerous only in very large amounts. Most adults can easily take 83 times the RDA with no problems at all. In fact, thatís roughly the amount Japanese people eat in their seafood-rich diet.
Earlier I mentioned a Michigan doctor. His name is David Brownstein, and he reports amazing clinical results when his patients start supplementing with high levels of this vital mineral.
"Miracle cures" for cystic breast disease are common among women who seek treatment from doctors who know about iodine therapy. A 45-year-old woman came to Dr. Brownstein with a 15-year history of breast cysts. "My breasts feel like two rocks," she said.
Following iodine therapy, she was thrilled. "The two rocks I had are now soft and normal feeling. All of the cysts are gone and all of the pain is gone."
One of his patients, a 55-year-old man, suffered from depression and loss of vision for three years. He felt like he was "in a fog". It turned out his problem was low thyroid function caused by extreme iodine deficiency. After starting a supplement protocol that included iodine, he reported the difference was like "night and day. . .I feel like I am 20 years old."
A 42-year-old named Paula suffered from severe headaches for more than 10 years. Tests showed her iodine blood-level was essentially zero. She reports, "After four weeks on the iodine, my headaches were over 95% better."
After just 26 days of taking an iodine dose that would shock most conventional doctors, a woman with late-stage breast cancer found her tumors were disintegrating, as shown by PET scans. Joan (that was her name) said, "I am so grateful for this information as it is surely saving my life."
Dr. Brownstein found that another woman with breast cancer tested very low for iodine levels. She had a history of breast cysts — typical of women with iodine deficiency. With the help of iodine supplements she was able to stop the progress of her tumors — without surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
But thereís more. This woman, named Joyce, exclaimed, "I felt wonderful once I started taking iodine. All my friends started asking me what I was doing, since I looked so much better."
Goiters, "poison", and medical blunders
Years ago, in the 1920s, doctors first discovered that iodine deficiency causes goiter. The early experiments produced amazing results. Before iodine was introduced into the American diet, 40 percent of the children in some communities had enlarged thyroid gland (goiter).
Just four years after iodine was introduced, the number of goiter cases went down 75% and by 1951 fewer than one percent of school children had goiter.
I have vivid memories of seeing a woman with goiter when I was maybe five years old. She had a huge swelling as big as a baseball hanging from her neck. Thatís my childish memory. Maybe it was only as big as a golf ball, but it was shocking. Itís hard to believe this condition used to affect millions of people.
This epidemic was totally wiped out by supplementing with a mineral -- iodine. As you probably know, the authorities took the approach of adding iodine to salt. Later, the baking industry started adding iodine to bread and other wheat products as a dough conditioner. At one time you could get your entire RDA of iodine from one slice of bread.
In spite of this huge success story, the medical establishment has practically forgotten iodine. These days, fewer than half of us use iodized salt. And just as you would expect, medical tests indicate the average Americanís iodine level has plunged 50 percent.
According to Dr. David Brownstein, "I was taught in medical school that there is enough iodine in salt to supply the bodyís need for iodine. In fact, this has been taught in every medical school for over 80 years. However, there were no studies to back up this claim. . ."
Even if you use iodized salt, the amount of iodine is tiny compared to what you need (more on this in a moment). And meanwhile, the baking industry has stopped using iodine as a dough conditioner. Why? Because — in yet another blunder -- the medical establishment claimed the levels of iodine in bread might be unsafe.
Now get this: to replace iodine, the baking industry began to use a related element — bromine — thatís actually toxic. It attaches to your bodyís iodine receptors and thereby BLOCKS the iodine you need! Unbelievable. Doctors pressured the food industry to stop using a vital nutrient and substitute a toxin.
The right dose and the right form
I donít have space here to tell you everything there is to say about iodine. But I do want to say a word or two about the best way to supplement. You need TWO forms of the mineral — iodine and iodide.
Although every cell in your body contains iodine, the bulk of it is consumed by your thyroid gland. Potassium iodide is the form thatís easiest for your thyroid to take up.
Unfortunately, other body tissues including breast tissue mainly use iodine, NOT iodide. Animals studies show that the form thatís best for your thyroid — iodide — is ineffective in these other tissues. They need pure iodine.
Iodoral® is an optimum formula of these two forms of iodine, in amounts that are safe for an adult to take daily (12.5 milligrams of the two combined). Thatís a bit less than the average daily amount consumed by Japanese. As I suggested earlier, 12.5 mg. is around 83 times the governmentís RDA.
Iodoral® is readily available on the Internet. Thereís also a liquid formula called Lugol that comes highly recommended but is only available by prescription, from what I understand.
Any safety issues?
If you eat extremely large amounts of seafood or seaweed, I guess you could overdose on iodine if you supplement with Iodoral®, too. But experiments have shown people survived just fine, with no long-term damage, when ingesting huge amounts of iodine — far more than 12.5 mg. -- for short periods of time. So from what I know there isnít much danger of a short-term, sudden overdose if you take Iodoralģ as directed. The danger would most likely arise from long-term overuse coupled with a diet rich in other sources of iodine such as seaweed.
I take Iodoral® myself, if thatís any comfort. And let me add — again — that Iím not a doctor or a scientist. Iím providing information here, not making recommendations. Everything here is true to the best of my knowledge, but I canít guarantee it.
I do want to mention one important thing about dosage: iodine levels are highly individual. You might benefit from much higher levels of iodine than youíll get by taking one Iodoral tablet a day. But itís not safe to do this by yourself, without a doctorís supervision. The only way to find out the highest, optimum safe dose for you is to go to a doctor whoís familiar with iodine therapy. He can test you, prescribe the right amount, then monitor your blood levels.
Most of us suffer from a profound deficiency of iodine and would benefit from seeing such a qualified doctor. I admit, I havenít done so. If you have breast cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or breast cysts, I absolutely recommend that you ask a doctor to check out your iodine levels.
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