1. Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of hypothyroidism worldwide and rates of iodine deficiency are now reaching epidemic levels.
2. In the developed world, iodine deficiency has increased more than fourfold over the past 40 years.
3. Nearly 70% of normal, “healthy “ adults may no longer consume enough iodine.
4. iodine deficiency disorders can produce symptoms of low thyroid function even without abnormalities in measured thyroid hormone levels.
5. iodine deficiency is linked to obesity, cognitive impairment, disorders, fibromyalgia, various cancers.
6. one consequence of mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency can be hyperthyroidism, as a result of rapidly growing thyroid gland nodules that over-produce thyroid hormone.
7. iodine deficiency is rapidly emerging as a major risk factor for breast cancer – iodine deficiency increases estrogen receptors proteins and the risk of breast cancer.
8. animal studies have shown that fibrocystic breast disease can be induced by depriving breast tissue of iodine – women with fibrocystic breast disease can obtain substantial relief from oral iodine at doses of 3,000-6,000 mcg/day.
9. helps to regulate cortisol levels.
10. iodine protects against stomach cancer – people living in iodine deficient areas have higher rates of stomach cancer.
11. iodine in the body is displaced by bromide, fluoride, chlorine and perchlorate.
12. selenium works synergistically with iodine
Physicians specializing in treating hypothyroidism with iodine suggest to start with a low dose of iodine and increase it slowly.