Signs & Symptoms of Iodine Deficiency: "Doc Talks" with Dr. NuzumReading Time: 3 minutes
Jonathan Hunsaker: Are you iodine deficient?
Jonathan Hunsaker here with Organixx. Thanks for watching. Today we’re talking about how to tell if you’re iodine deficient or not. And Doc Nuzum is going to tell us about some tests that you can take, and also some symptoms and things that you might be feeling in your body to determine if you’re iodine deficient. Let’s go to Doc right now to find out more.
Dr. Daniel Nuzum: “So, Doc, how can you tell if you’re iodine deficient?”
Let’s take a step back; we’re going to talk a little bit about the things that compete with iodine in your body.
Look at the periodic table. There’s a group of chemicals on the periodic table called halogens. At the top, you have fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine. Of those, iodine is actually physically the largest of the elements. Then you have chlorine’s the next smallest, bromine’s the next smallest, and then fluorine.
So, the receptor sites are all big receptor sites that fit iodine, but all these smaller elements also fit into those receptor sites. And so, if you get exposed to a bunch of bromine, which is a cancer-causing chemical, by the way, and it wedges itself into those iodine receptor sites, iodine can’t plug into that receptor site.
Where do you get bromine? You get it from—it’s an industrial chemical. You’ll find it in a lot of preservatives.
Our water supply, municipal water supplies, they put chlorine and fluorine into the water supply. So, if you’re drinking unfiltered water, you’re getting chlorine and fluorine in your water day in, day out.
In the US, we have upwards of 93 percent of the US population is deficient in iodine. When your system is latent with these other halogens and doesn’t have enough iodine, you’ll have joint pain. A lot of times you’ll even end up with bone spurs, thyroid issues. Your body has to have iodine in order to make thyroid hormones. If it doesn’t have iodine it can’t produce those thyroid hormones.
There are other signs like fibrocystic breast disease, estrogen dominance in men and women, prostate issues in men, reproductive issues in both men and women, developmental issues in children. If they’re deficient in iodine, you can affect their cognitive abilities by not supplying them with enough iodine.
So, there’s a lot of different symptoms that can arise from iodine deficiency.
There are some basic tests you can get. What’s called Lugol’s Iodine Solution. You paint a little square on your forearm, and you see how long it takes for that to absorb into your system. If it takes less than a couple hours, four hours or so, you’re massively deficient in iodine.
Jonathan Hunsaker: Thanks, Doc. Powerful information, as usual.
So, if you want to test your iodine level, get Lugol’s Solution, put it on your arm, and see how long it takes to disappear to really find if you’re iodine deficient or not.
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