Acidosis: Bane of Modern Society


Iodine & The Modern Thyroid

By Max Stanley Chartrand, Ph.D. (Behavioral Medicine)

Introduction: Are modern homo sapiens endowed with radically bad thyroids? You would think so by the millions of Americans being diagnosed with goiter, hypothyroidism, Graves', and/or Hashimoto disease. Doubly so when one considers that learning disabilities, mental retardation, and immune diseases are skyrocketing among children, and obesity, neuropathies, and compromised immunology are exploding in the adult population—many of these as an outgrowth of the "bad modern thyroid"—or is it? The purpose of this monograph is not to diagnose or treat any individual's case, but to serve as introduction to a most complex area of a health concern that is widely misunderstood. Readers should consult with their healthcare provider before making changes to medication or treatment plan.

American's Iodine Levels are Plummeting
Approximately 70% of the body's iodine is stored in the thyroid, followed next by breast tissues, with the remainder distributed throughout every cell of the body. Without adequate levels of iodine to meet the
needs of the body, serious health issues develop over time. Studies show that Americans' iodine levels have dropped by more than 50% from levels just 30 years ago, resulting in a rise in learning disabilities and mental retardation in children, and breast cancer, obesity, fatigue, and a host of thyroid diseases among adults.

It is not merely a matter of increasing dietary iodine, however. If it was that simple, just adding more iodine to the diet would resolve the entire problem—and there would be no need for this publication. There are also increasing levels of other substances in the food supply that compete for absorption at the body's iodine receptors.

An added issue is faulty methodology in clinical measures, T3 levels in the blood, for instance, that can mask other problems, such as developing liver disease, low cellular pH (acidosis), ongoing infections, nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, medication side/interaction/ withdrawal effects, and heavy metal toxicity. Each of these need to be considered in a comprehensive effort to address one's iodine levels.

Counting the (Correctable) Causes
But the question begs: Why do we have so many people diagnosed with hypothyroidism these days? Let us the count the (underlying) ways:

1) The "Low Sodium Dietary" Trend- Many, many cases of deficiency are a result of the campaign to dramatically reduce salt in one's diet. While high sodium in diet is not a good thing, too little can also
be bad, especially in warm climate areas. Since the majority of Americans' iodine intake is from iodized salt, it is critical to add another source of iodine in one's diet proportionate to salt reduction. Using sea salt, a better source of sodium incidentally, is NOT a good replacement source of iodine.

2) Bromine, Bromide, (found in many OTC medications) and Brominated Vegetable Oil—used in most popular sodas and baked goods, is notorious at blocking absorption of iodine. For it occupies the same cell receptors in the body as iodine. Ten percent absorption of iodine from one's diet is the minimum absorption necessary to maintain good health and function.

3) Chlorine or chloride, in most public water systems, and especially in swimming pool purifying system, also comes from the halogen family of chemicals and blocks iodine absorption a the receptor level. Therefore. it is important to limit exposure to chlorine in drinking water, and in breathing it in gaseous form at public swimming pools. It is also important to avoid pools that have just been "shocked" by high levels of chlorine until such has cleared the air and breathing is not affected by it. That can be 24-48 hours later.

4) Fluoride, like bromide and chloride, also blocks iodine absorption. Yet this toxin is added to public water systems with the idea that it prevents dental problems, even though objective studies show it
has little or no effect in preventing dental problems. (The basis for doing this is because naturally occurring fluoride in minute quantities has been found beneficial). Inorganic fluoride is one of the most toxic substances known to man.

5) Perchlorate in the ground water has become prevalent in many areas of the country. It is industrial residue affecting ground water in at least 43 states, and is heaviest in the Lower Colorado River Basin (Yuma, AZ) where iodine levels are found to critically low in children, who suffer higher levels of thyroid issues than the rest of the nation. Even at low levels it is a known cause of mental retardation and
learning disabilities, and a cause of breast cancer and neuropathic and immune disease in the general population. The studies on this are astounding, yet are unheralded in the media.

6) Finally, "Low T3" (also known as Euthyroid Sick Syndrome [ESS] and Non-thyroidal Illness Syndrome [NTIS]) is going virtually unnoticed in healthcare circles. This is a breakdown in the liver's ability to convert T3 due to iodine deficiency, and alkaline liver, etc. The symptoms of this syndrome range from overdiagnoses
of Graves, Hashimotos, and hypothyroidism to loss of physical energy, and other life-threatening disease. Prescription thyroid medication does not address the underlying issues here.

The Answer: The SIRCLE Wellness Program
The SIRCLE Program involves at least three parties: You, SIRCLE,
and your community resources. You are the one setting everything into
motion and make the necessary dietary/lifestyle changes, including:

° No longer microwaving your food, not even for warming
° Carefully read labels on food to avoid harmful substances
° Chelation & Organic Nutrients per SIRCLE Program
° Resolution of all infections and fractures throughout body
° Utilize medical massage and cold laser as suggested
° Utilize Occupational Therapy as suggested
° Utilize Ionized Alkaline Water etc. as indicated
° An effective exercise regimen that improves your condition
° As blood pressure etc. improves, be ready to consult with your physician on systematic reduction of medications as indicated

More Resources
Brownstein, D. (2009). Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It, West Bloomfield, MI: Medical Alternatives Press.

Iodine Testing Labs: FFP Lab ( 877-900-5556; Hakala
Labs ( 303-763-6242; Labrix ( 877-656-9596.