Have you or someone you know been infected with an active case of COVID? I hope not. We are fortunate to not have had a family member or friend come down with it. The interesting information now coming out about “post COVID” residual problems is concerning though, and I wanted to share this with you.
One of the findings that have come out of the COVID-19 studies, is the need for Zinc. One of the first symptoms of COVID is the loss of taste and smell. That is a sign of low Zinc. All viruses deplete our bodies of Zinc. What we are discovering is COVID is particularly good at this.
Even though we are at 4,500ft elevation in Arizona it’s running in the high 90’s during the day. We do not have an air-conditioner, we have a “swamp cooler!” This is our first experience with this, and apparently it’s very common at this elevation, as it does create some humidity in the house. It’s not as efficient as an air-conditioner, so it runs constantly to keep the house at 75 degrees during the day. That means cooking with the oven is limited and salads are on the menu!
I have had many emails and phone calls over the last couple of weeks. Many of you are asking for a list of things you should be taking for protection against COVID-19. It’s been many months since I put together a suggested list so I decided to create something I could share with everyone.
If you’re older than fifty you probably remember the standard salt on the table was Morton’s “iodized” salt. The U.S. was historically iodine-deficient prior to the early 1920s, particularly in the goiter belt region of the Great Lakes, Appalachians, and the northwestern area of the country. This was due to the effects of natural atmospheric processes. Following the successful implementation of the salt iodization program in Switzerland. Iodized table salt was introduced in the U.S. during the 1920s which significantly improved its iodine nutritional status.
We don’t hear much about iodine anymore. Yet it is an essential nutrient and, essential in the prevention of many cancers.
When we think of iodine we usually focus on its important role in making thyroid hormones, which it does and is essential for that to happen. What many of us don’t realize is the role it plays in many other parts of the body. The levels of iodine have dropped 50% over the last fifty years, could that be why we are seeing such a spike in breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers?
Iodine’s Role in the Body
Iodine is found in each of the trillion cells in the body. Not only responsible for thyroid hormone iodine is also responsible for all the other hormones in the body as well. Iodine levels are important for proper immune function. It is antiparasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, and has anti-cancer properties. Iodine is also very effective for treating fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cysts.
Went for my breast Thermography exam yesterday and need to share the positive changes in my body from iodine. One year ago my breasts were hard, lumpy, swollen, and hormonally inflamed. After one year on iodine, all of the inflammation is gone and my breasts are so soft. I know in my heart that if I didn’t start the iodine protocol that I was heading down a very dark hole. Also, my dead and cold thyroid lit up when last year it didn’t even register in the exam. Theresa M.
What is the amount of iodine found in iodized salt? Iodine is added to table salt at 100ppm in the form of potassium iodide, which amounts to 77ug iodine/gram of salt. It is estimated that less than 50% of the U.S. population uses iodized salt. Much of the population is told to go on a “low salt” diet due to high blood pressure as well.
Additional sources of iodine can be found in seafood, seaweed products, multi-vitamins, eggs, meat, and dairy if the feed contains iodine. During the 1980’s much of the iodine was removed from food products. One of those items was white flour. Iodine was removed and Bromide replaced it, Bromide is an antagonist to iodine.
The deficiency of iodine is reaching a critical state. The RDA for iodine is 150ug (micrograms) There are certain sub-groups of people that are at a higher risk of iodine deficiency.
- Diets without fish or sea vegetables
- Low sodium diets
- Diets high in the consumption of white flour products
- Vegan and vegetarian diets
The Iodine Breast Cancer Connection
Researchers have looked at breast cancer and the hypothyroidism connection for over 40 years. There are researchers that feel that thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease are associated with the development of breast cancer.
One study compared women taking thyroid hormone vs women not taking thyroid hormone and found a 50% increase in the thyroid hormone group. This same study found that breast cancer incidence was linearly increased the longer the time period the women took the thyroid hormone. The highest risk group was for those who had been on thyroid hormone for over 15 years.
So what is the link between taking thyroid hormone and breast cancer? Many researchers feel it’s an iodine deficiency. When taking a thyroid hormone you increase the metabolic rate of the body and in turn you increase the need for iodine. When iodine deficiency is present, which it is in a large group of the population, the longer the thyroid hormone is taken the more deficient you become.
Iodine is not only needed…
Iodine is not only needed for thyroid hormone but for every hormone in the body. Every gland concentrates iodine and utilizes it to manufacture hormones. Every cell depends on adequate iodine to run the cell machinery optimally. The thyroid hormone raises the metabolism of every cell in the body, therefore, the need for iodine goes up for every cell in the body. If iodine is deficient, thyroid hormone therapy will exacerbate the iodine deficiency further.
But what came first? Iodine deficiency or thyroid hormone deficiency? More than likely it was an iodine deficiency that had been going on for years prior to seeing the hypothyroidism present itself.
Dr. David Brownstein’s book “Iodine Why You Need It – Why You Can’t Live Without It” has testimony after testimony of patients who had been on thyroid hormone therapy and yet still did not feel well. Many had Hashimoto’s disease, an auto-immune disorder of the thyroid.
I diagnosed my nurse with Hashimoto’s disease. Angela’s complaints were fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and a general sense of not feeling well. She was only 23 years old. Angela was treated with iodine (50mg daily) and a complete supportive nutritional program. Angela felt about 30% better on the program. When she walked into my office one day she saw a bottle of ATP co-factors on my desk and asked “what is that?” I told her it was additional therapy for Hashimoto’s, Grave’s disease, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue patients. She said, “I have Hashimoto’s, how come I’m not on that?” I had to admit I hadn’t added that into her program. After starting on the ATP co-factor (B-2, B-3) she felt an immediate improvement. Dr. David Brownstein
It’s easy to just think we can go out and start taking some iodine but that is not the case. It’s important that you are working with a health care practitioner that is familiar with how to dose iodine and the other co-factors that are necessary to take.
Iodine can have a detoxification effect on the body. Remember, every cell in your body needs iodine but there are other competing chemicals that may have prevented the absorption of iodine. These are called “halogens” and include chlorine, fluoride, and bromine. They fill up the receptor site for iodine at the cellular level. If incorrect dosages of iodine are given and/or not enough supporting nutrients are on board, the body will actually get more toxic.
Necessary cofactors include:
- Vitamin C – 2,000mg-5,000mg daily in divided doses.This nutrient is high in antioxidants and works to buffer the oxidation caused by the detoxing of halides from the cells. Vitamin C is also needed by the symporters and helps to support them in their healing process which allows iodine to more readily enter the cells.
- Selenium – 200-400mcg daily. Selenium is used by the thyroid in the hormone creation process. There is a selenium-containing enzyme glutathione peroxidase which functions to keep the hydrogen peroxide reduce to H2) after it converts iodide to iodine. When selenium is deficient this process of defense is impaired. Selenium is also contained in iodothyronine deiodinase. This is an enzyme that is responsible for the conversion of T4 to T3.
- Magnesium 200-400mg daily. This nutrient works to counter the excess calcium in the cells. When there is excess, the oxidation process can be fueled and be part of the autoimmune thyroid issue.
- Unrefined salt such as Celtic, Pink Himalayan or Sea salt 1/2 tsp. daily. Supports the adrenals, binds to bromide, and assists in its removal.
- Optional, ATP CoFactors B2/B3 1 tablet 2x daily. These two nutrients are needed by the cells to produce more H202 to assist in the oxidation process of iodine. It also stimulates the NADPH pathway, where iodide is converted to iodine. This would be important for those dealing with an autoimmune thyroid condition such as Hashimoto’s.
Testing for Iodine
I recommend that you order a 24-hour loading and bromide level test kit prior to supplementing with iodine. This is recommended because you may obtain a high saturation level on the iodine loading test. As a result, you believe your levels are fine when in fact bromide toxicity will block the iodine receptors not allowing the iodine to enter the cell which results in an elimination of iodine when it is needed/deficient thus skewing the test results.
It is not recommended that you do the spot test as this is only an indicator of how much iodine is in the diet and the amount that has been ingested in the last 24-48 hours. It offers no real value in determining the body saturation level.
Hakala Labs has the 24-hour loading and the add on of bromide analysis. As of this writing, the 24-hour iodine loading test runs $70, and the add on of bromide is $35. Below is the link for ordering.
I want to encourage you again to work with a doctor, functional medicine doctor, naturopathic doctor, or nutritionist if choosing to do an iodine supplementation program. Iodine supplementing can be very detoxifying and you may experience unpleasant symptoms. When working with a health care professional they can guide you on proper dosage and how to deal with detoxification symptoms.
A great book to read is Breast Cancer and Iodine: How to Prevent and How to Survive Breast Cancer by Ph.D. Dr. David Derry M.D.
One of the blessings and a curse of iodine supplementing is that toxins are released in the body. It is a blessing because bromide, fluoride, mercury, and lead are released from the cells so that the healing can begin. But the curse comes from the large amount of toxins being released which in most cases, cannot be eliminated quickly and effectively. The average person has no idea just how toxic they become. By the time illness sets in, the toxicity is more than likely very high.
Prior to starting an iodine program a few weeks of concentrated liver, lymphatic support, kidney, and digestive support with the purpose of increasing bile, cleaning up the diet, and cleansing the body, will offer a better result on your iodine journey.
- History of U.S. Iodine Fortification and Supplementation, Angela M. Leung, Lewis E. Braverman, and Elizabeth N. Pearce, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3509517/
- JAMA Vol. 236. No. 10.09.1976
- Changes in Dietary Iodine Explains Increasing Incidences of Breast Cancer with Distant Involvement in Young Women, Journal of Cancer, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5327366/#
- Iodine, Why You Need and Why You Can’t Live Without It, https://www.drbrownstein.com/iodine-why-you-need-it-p/iodine.htm
- Iodine, Fluoride, Chlorine, Bromine: The Health Effects of Halogens,
As things start to open up more, are you venturing out? I have talked with some of my clients this week and I’m inspired. Many of them have truly redirected their lives to continue to live a healthy lifestyle. Some have turned spare rooms into personal fitness centers. Some started taking Yoga and Ti Chi classes on YouTube. Others are out walking more than they ever did before, and haven’t let the closures of their favorite places to go stop them from being outside.
First Hair Cut…
I ventured out for a hair appointment today, first hair cut in three months!! I did get a couple of bang cuts from my daughter to help me get through this LOL 🙂 I’ve also talked to clients who are very concerned about getting out around more people again. It doesn’t help that we have conflicting reports on should we wear a mask. Is COVID-19 transmitted from asymptomatic people? Does it live on surfaces, should we plan our trips where we have to fly, etc. etc.
Fear & Anxiety…
Fear and anxiousness lower your immune systems. If you are concerned about getting out and about, continue to do what makes YOU feel safe. If you have mastered the art of online shopping and delivery and you still want to do that, by all means, do it! Call ahead to places such as nail salons and hair salons. Ask what they are doing to help with the transmission. I heard of one nail salon that was beyond emphatic about separating clients, sanitizing all services, gloves on everyone. The person who had her nails done felt very comfortable with the environment.
Importance of our Immune…
It’s important to understand that our immune systems where use to us being exposed to viruses and bacteria every day as we lived our normal lives. Now that we have been sequestered and sanitized everything in site, we have actually put our immune systems in a lowered state. This is not the time to back off on your immune-boosting program. In fact, we are staying on everything “as if” it was April and we were just hearing about how contagious COVID-19 is. Typically by June, we are down to a minimal program with our supplements, but not this year. Since we have been in our new home we have had a plumber here, an HVAC guy, a guy to work on our swamp cooler. We’ve also had Lowe’s out to measure all our windows for blinds. Add to that trips to Walmart, Home Depot, hardware store (multiple times). As well as trips to Home Goods store, and grocery stores. Yep, we have been around LOT’S of people in the last two weeks, so the immune program is still on board!
As some of you are aware, when all this hit, the supplements flew off the virtual shelves and we couldn’t find things like vitamin C and Zinc for a month or more. It looks like manufacturers are getting back up to speed so I would suggest you stock up for the fall right now. If you haven’t already registered with my on-line dispensary here is the link to Wellevate and it takes a quick registration to access my top picks. If there is a brand you like that you don’t see, let me know and I’ll see if I can add it.
Speaking of sanitizing….most hand sanitizers have primarily alcohol in them. They do not have ingredients to moisturize your skin, and they can be very drying. I forgot to add this to my list of “what I’m loving now” from last week, Epoch Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer. Containing lavender, which was used by many early Roman, Greek, and European civilizations for its cleansing effects. It also contains Honey Suckle—an emollient used for its skin softening benefits. Epoch Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer kills 99.99% of the most common germs and bacteria. Unlike other formulas, it is nondrying and doesn’t damage nail polish. This is another Epoch product from Nuskin where a donation of $.025 for each product goes towards the NuSkin Force for Good Foundation. This is a nonprofit organization. It is committed to improving human life worldwide by continuing to protect indigenous cultures and fragile environments.
Many of you gave me your info last week and your accounts are set up to order. If you didn’t, all I need is your name, address, email, and phone and I’ll set you up with a Preferred Customer account so you can get 20-25% off!
Stay well, my friends!