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    Dr. Flechas' research linking iodine deficiency to PCOS, IR, and hypothyroidism

    I listened to both of these radio programs last week and was very excited when he mentioned insulin resistance and PCOS specifically.



    http://www.iodine4health.com/overvie...udiovisual.htm


    (It is a good idea to take the Iodine Loading Test from your doctor before supplementing with iodine.)
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    My notes from the radio interview

    My apologies in advance for the length.

    A disclaimer: With the following information, I am not claiming that supplementing iodine will cure anything, nor am I prepared to defend/debate the studies presented by the doctors. I am posting this in hopes that it encourages others to research iodine deficiency since the anecdotal information from the doctor's own patients shows some favorable health benefits to iodine supplementation.

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    On with the show:

    I took notes on what interested me the most from the 2-hr. interview with Dr. Jorge D. Flechas (see link in above post), which I thought I’d share with you to further encourage you to listen to the interviews yourself.

    On his website, (www.helpmythyroid.com) the doctor is described as follows: “Jorge D. Flechas, M.D., M.P.H., is the Medical Director of Flechas Family Practice in Hendersonville, NC, specializing in hormonal therapy for treatment of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) since the late 1980s. He also specializes in Iodine Therapy for Hypothyroidism and Fibrocystic Breast Disease.”

    A brief introduction to iodine deficiency (including links to medical studies involving iodine) can be found at his website: http://www.helpmythyroid.com/iodine.htm

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    The radio interviews are at www.iodine4health.com, a website maintained by The Iodine Group, which was created in 2006, and describes themselves as follows: "The Iodine Group already has over 1000 members interested in understanding how to use iodine for the health of the body. The members include medical practitioners, researchers, people with various health challenges, and people interested in improving total body health."

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    OK, enough credentials (don’t want people thinking I’m just making this stuff up!), on with my notes.

    Though first, a quick science lesson – on the periodic table of elements, you’ll see a row that looks like this:

    F (Fluorine)
    Cl (Chlorine)
    Br (Bromine)
    I (Iodine)

    These are the halogens. Dr. Flechas will mention Bromine/bromide, Chlorine/chloride and Fluorine/fluoride in his discussion of iodine. The following will help you understand the connection.

    From http://www.doctorvickery.com/IODINE.cfm:

    “...There are four halogens: iodine, bromine, fluorine and chlorine. Only iodine and chlorine are necessary to the body. We need iodine in all the aforementioned tissues ( Probably all tissues but it is concentrated here). We need chlorine in the stomach for secretion of hydrochloric acid. Chloride is also an important part of the blood’s regulation of its acid-base balance. You need chlorine to breathe.

    “All these halogens use the same receptors in the body. Therefore if a person’s diet is deficient in iodine the iodine receptors in the thyroid and stomach, for example, may fill up with bromine which is common in grains, bleached flour, sodas, nuts and oils as well as several plant foods. Then the person’s thyroid function is deficient and the iodide-pump in the stomach will not work efficiently either. There has been research also done on the role of insufficient iodine and breast cancer and cysts in the ovaries and uterus. A person whose sweat glands are low in iodine will have dry skin. (It is important to note that the present “low salt” regimes leave us chloride deficient as well) Fluorine from sources such as toothpaste, certain teas, and fluoridated water will also take up receptor * Censor ** Censor ** Censor ** Censor ** Censor ** Censor ** Censor *

    “Once this receptor space is taken up, my research shows me that it takes a certain level of iodine loading to replace the unwanted halogens with iodine, this seems to be especially so of bromine.”

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    Here are my notes. I've added a few comments which are marked this way: <<<Comment>>>

    * 84% of women have some kind of cyclical breast pain, which is related to fibrocystic breast disease and linked to iodine deficiency.

    * Dr. Guy Abraham, an OB/GYN and iodine researcher, reports that iodine deficiency in the thyroid = cysts, nodules, scar tissue and goiter.

    * Also, iodine deficiency in the breasts = cysts, nodules, scar tissue, enlargement and tenderness (fibrocystic breast disease (FBD)).

    * New England Journal of Medicine, July 24, 2005 – women with FBD have a high rate of cancer.

    * Breast tissue uses iodine as much or more than thyroid

    * Iodine deficiency in the ovaries = ovarian cysts, PCOS.

    * Absence of iodine in a tissue will eventually lead to cancer

    * A women with hypothyroidism has a 6% chance of developing breast cancer. Once she starts taking thyroid hormone, it doubles her chances. Once she’s been on thyroid hormone replacement for 15 years, it more than triples it – 19.6% chance of developing breast cancer.

    * Cities/counties/states with high rates of hypothyroidism also have high rates of breast cancer.

    * Thyroid hormone inhibits the body’s ability to uptake iodine.

    * RDA of iodine = how much to prevent goiter, not how much our body needs to be healthy.

    * Iodine in the body is used as follows: 3% by the thyroid, 70% by muscles and fat, 20% by the skin, and 7% by the ovaries.

    * Absence of iodine in tissue allows cysts to grow.

    * In his practice, Dr. Flechas has had women with PCOS on iodine supplementation and has seen their cycles return to every 28 days. <<<As someone with PCOS and IR -- this had me crying tears of hope.>>>

    * Absence of iodine in early pregnancy = ADD type symptoms in children

    * Adequate amounts of iodine in early pregnancy and early childhood improves intelligence.

    * In China, where there is fluoride in the water and the iodine levels are marginal, many babies born are cretin.

    * In the U.S., iodine used to be in bread – 160 mcg of iodine per slice of bread. Now they use bromide. Not long after this change occurred, the incidence of breast cancer rose dramatically.

    * Iodine used to be in milk, but is no longer.

    * 50% of American women cook with salt that has no iodine. The Journal for the AMA recommends all physicians decrease their patients salt intake by 50%. Where are these patients supposed to get iodine?

    * 25-30% of those who go senile do so due to lack of thyroid hormone which is due to a lack of iodine.

    * Bromides are used to make beautiful-looking loaves of bread.

    * Back in the 20's, Bromo-Seltzer was used to cure headaches and hangovers. Too much Bromo-Seltzer caused a buildup of bromide which resulted in paranoia and schizophrenia, which the doctors termed “Bromomania”.

    * New England Journal of Medicine reported that from 1920 to 1960, 20% of the people admitted into psychiatric hospitals had acute paranoid psychosis (Bromomania) because of Bromo-Seltzer.

    * At the time, physicians would wonder if an alcoholic was going through the DT's or if the symptoms were from Bromide poisoning.

    * In 1964, the FDA was concerned, so Bromo-Seltzer left the market. But, that same year, bromide was included in another produce in the form of brominated vegetable oil – Mountain Dew. They use it to disperse the citric acid in citrus- flavored drinks. <<<Fresca was mentioned, someone else has seen it in Gatorade-type drinks, Dr. Pepper, and AMP, among others>>>

    * We’re getting Bromide in bread and soft drinks. Iodine and salt can help your body release the bromide.

    * Dr. Flechas used his son as one of his research subjects while he was studying iodine supplementation. They were collecting his urine to study what was being released. They noticed ½" of brown sediment at the bottom of the container. It was tested at the lab – it was bromide. They tracked down the source to the Mountain Dew he drinks.

    * When bromide combines with a liquid oil, it turns it into a solid. Kids/Adults with morbid obesity can’t get rid of fat due to the tremendous amounts of bromide. <<<I've read some experiences of others who are supplementing with iodine who've said their stubborn belly fat is getting softer, and in some cases, leaving.>>>

    * Bromide depresses the central nervous system. They load Mtn. Dew with caffeine to make up for that effect. <<<It’s a downer, and an upper.>>>

    * <<< I can’t remember if this is from him or if it was my thought – Bromomania is bromide poisoning which produces paranoia and schizophrenia. Mtn. Dew fills kids with bromide. Many kids drink 5 or more Mtn. Dews each day. Could this be part of the problem with the amount of paranoia in schools – the paranoia that leads to voilence and shootings??>>>

    * In 2000, the Brazilian government outlawed bromine in flour.

    * Bromide is injected into soil and sprayed on some fruits and veggies since it makes a great pesticide. Fluoride is also used as an insecticide and pesticide.

    * In China they have found that no geniuses come from areas with fluoridated water. Many are of substandard intelligence.

    * Average American gets 138 mcg (micrograms) of iodine each day. Your body can utilize 9-10 mg (milligrams) per day. 1 mg = 1000 mcg 9 mg = 9000 mcg

    * PCOS = increased risk for ovarian cancer in your 40s and 50s.

    * 20% iodine sits in the skin – helps the body sweat. If you don’t sweat, you may be iodine deficient.

    * Japan has the lowest amount of cancer in the world, even though they’ve been bombed twice with nuclear bombs. Because they eat so much seaweed, they get the highest doses of iodine of any country. Chernobyl also had a nuclear disaster. The people there developed a lot of cancer.

    * Iodine kicks the bromide out of the cells, and it ends up in the kidneys. Chloride (from salt) pushes it from the kidneys into the urine.

    * In the 1920s, people were given 50 - 150 mg of iodine each day for goiter.

    * For those coming to his clinic with PCOS, insulin resistance and diabetes, he’s put them on 50mg of iodine/day in the form of Iodoral. It has both iodine and iodide. Some tissues want only one or the other. Breasts like both iodine and iodide.

    * One very cool example he gave is of a woman with diabetes. She arrived at the ER with very high blood sugar. They put her on insulin. When she came back 2 weeks later, to the clinic, he also put her on Iodoral because she has fibrocystic breast disease. Within a few weeks, she was complaining of hypoglycemic symptoms, and Dr. Flechas told her to reduce her insulin. Two or three months after that initial ER visit, she came in for her checkup. Her ave. bloodsugar was 98. And she had not injected any insulin for a couple weeks because of the hypoglycemic symptoms – she has slowly weaned off all insulin.

    * 90% of all diabetics make insulin – they just can’t utilize it. Iodine helps the receptors work better.

    * FSH/LH receptors are also helped by iodine. He mentioned that patients who aren’t having periods began having regular cycles again. <<<Does he mean premature ovarian failure?? Whatever it is, it had me crying. Can you imagine if you thought your ovaries were basically dead, and within a couple months, just due to supplementing a vital mineral (along with a few other very important complementary minerals, and some lifestyle/dietary changes), they started working again??>>>

    * The amino acid Histadine is the pre-cursor to Histamine (which triggers allergy symptoms like itchy, runny nose and eyes). Iodine inhibits the conversion from histadine to histamine – so it's a natural antihistamine.

    * Those put on thyroid hormone may still suffer with 90% of their symptoms. For many, they have the thyroid hormone already, the problem is with the receptors <<<like insulin resistance – you have the hormone, the cells just can’t utilize it.>>>.

    * Neuro-hormones in the brain also benefit from iodine. Within days, some people with depression find relief.

    * Dr. St. Georgie (discoverer of Vit. C.) reported that based on researchers over 100 years (1850 to 1950), the average human needs 62 mg of iodine/day.

    * Dr. Flechas has been supplementing with iodine for a number of years now. It took him a year to come off his thyroid hormone for hypothyroidism.

    * Less than ½ of 1% of the population is allergic to iodine.

    * You can get an iodine loading test done to determine your level of deficiency.
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    What I'm doing

    I've been supplementing with iodine for 3 weeks now. As I learn more, I adjust how I'm supplementing.

    I'm experimenting to see what effect it has on my insulin resistance, PCOS, weak thyroid, foggy brain, and chronic fatigue.

    Because I've been around alternative therapies for the past 12 years or so, I'm comfortable making these decisions myself, and with the advice of my various practitioners.

    Here's the protocol some doctors are using for their patients with FBD and breast cancer: http://www.breastcancerchoices.org/iprotocol.html

    Currently what I take the following:

    * Lugol's Iodine (contains both iodine and iodide).

    * Concentrace (trace minerals) Minerals work with a type of buddy system -- certain ones need others in order to balance each other and work best. You'll see a lot of calcium supplements that also have magnesium, since they work together. I added this 2 weeks after I started taking iodine and noticed a change in my energy levels within a day.

    * Dulse liquid -- this is a liquified seaweed and a good source of iodine. I'm taking this in addition because of the complementary minerals found in the seaweed.

    * Omega-3 essential fatty acids -- they also help hormone receptors and work well with iodine.

    * Multi-vit/mineral -- just to make sure I get the basics.

    * 64+ oz water each day -- a hydrated body works so much better! I've noticed that since I've been putting the Concentrace drops in my water, the water, it's easier for me to drink water -- it feels better (odd statement, I know, but that's the only way to describe it.)

    * Selenium -- in drop from by the makers of Concentrace. It's a complementary mineral, and a recommended supplement for the protocol referenced above

    * Vit. C, buffered -- helps with iodine absorption and is also in the protocol mentioned above. I feel better on the days I get the recommended dosage.

    It looks like a lot, but most of it is liquid and goes great in cherry juice.

    And lastly, I'm trying to avoid adding more chlorine, fluoride, and bromine to my body, which in some cases is difficult. I just keep in mind that small changes can have huge effects, and each baby step is progress.

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    What I've noticed so far are only minor changes since it's been such a short time. I have added energy, my allergy symptoms aren't affecting me like I expected (and I was out mowing the lawn for hours last weekend.) I've also noticed more thinner CM, even some EWCM which is highly unusual for me. I almost think I'm trying to ovulate.

    AF hasn't visited for many months, so that's going to be the "big test" -- can iodine supplementation regulate my hormones?

    Thank you for letting me share!
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    Hello, I realize that this is an old thread however I really like the information that you presented. I was just recently diagnosed as hypothyroid. I have been researching ways to combat this illness and I decided to start supplementing with iodine. I can honestly say that I do feel better. I take Lugol's liquid iodine and Now food Potassium and iodine. Iodine is very important especially for women with infertility problems.


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