Jing, Chi, Shen, Protection
Body Systems & Organs:
Endocrine, Immune, Liver, Lymphatic, Prostate, Thyroid
Dr Cousens' Description:
Iodine is an essential element. It is one of the most potent lymphatic cleansers available. Although its main function is in the production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland, other organs in the body have a need for iodine in order to function normally. Iodine builds jing and chi.
Several studies have demonstrated the relationship not only between iodine and the thyroid gland, but also between low iodine and fibrocystic disease of the breast (FDB), and breast cancer. Studies showed Japanese women living in Japan consumed a daily average of 13.8 mg of elemental iodine and then experienced one of the lowest risk for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer (1 in 20).
Iodine is the metabolic mineral. Iodine is very important for the thyroid and a variety of different glands and brain function. It prevents goiter and helps with cell metabolism. Iodine is very important in the body for the assimilation of the key minerals calcium, silica, chlorine, and fluorine. Iodine is important for brain function and teeth and bone metabolism. It is found also in high concentrations in the spleen, blood, saliva, perspiration, and tears. An excess of iodine will show up with the symptoms of nervousness and anxiousness, bulging eyeballs, and acute sense of touch. Psychological symptoms are fear of the future, oversensitivity, and nervous tremor. Signs of iodine deficiency can also include nervousness, but with increased cholesterol, weight gain, restlessness, slow mind, slow metabolism, fearfulness, goiter, awkwardness, much mucus, and heart and lung difficulties.
Iodine seems to work as a monitor, or controller, for calcium metabolism. It’s one of the key minerals. Iodine has the highest frequency of all of Nature’s essential minerals. It supports enzyme systems that help the functioning of certain thyroid hormones and assists in regulating cellular metabolic rates. It may be helpful in protecting against breast cancer. It is important for normal mental and physical development in children because of the importance of normal thyroid in a child’s growth and development. Lack of iodine may also be associated with retarded growth in children, poor bone development, bad teeth, and dull mental functioning.
As far back as 1915, as many as 90 percent of the American population were considered deficient in iodine. Iodine appears to be one of the minerals that get burned up by stress, and so whenever there’s anxiety, tension, and depression, there may be a need for iodine. Iodine acts in the body as a cleanser. It protects the brain by destroying toxins in the blood before it passes the blood brain barrier and increases the assimilation of salts for normal metabolism. Iodine, because it is water-soluble, works with the lymph, travels to every cell in the body, works as a disinfectant, balances the metabolism, and creates electrical balance in the body. It is best to think about the minerals in synergistic patterns. Iodine is a very good example of that because these key elements work in patterns to make the organs and tissue work in an optimal way. The pattern is just a little bit different for each person. An example of this is cataracts, which seem to be connected to calcium being pulled out of the pattern because of a lack of iodine. Iodine also works in relationship with phosphorous to activate the brain’s clarity. Dulse may be a better choice for supplying iodine than kelp because dulse has a little bit more manganese than kelp, and manganese is an important element for the functioning of iodine in the system.
The foods richest in iodine are dulse and kelp. All sea vegetables basically contain all of the minerals of the sea, bringing us a good source of trace minerals in general. Besides kelp and dulse, the foods that are high in iodine are asparagus, blueberries, Brussels sprouts, cardamom, carrots, chervil, chives, coconuts, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, green peppers, kale, leaf lettuce, loganberries, mustard greens, okra, oats, onions, potatoes, rutabaga, all the sea vegetables, spinach, squash, strawberries, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and watermelon.
Dr Cousens - Video Transcription:
When we do urine tests, like OK, you take iodine, what happens in the urine? In the very first week, 70%, the bromine is increased by 70%. Now, this just shows you a little bit upside-down thinking. They used to put iodine in bread. In the usual allopathic-whatever is going on, they say "no, iodine may be dangerous", so instead we'll put bromine which is a carcinogen in the bread. This is not very clear thinking, but the result is people are actually, you know, have an increase in cancer and have a lot more bromine in their system which is not good. So it begins to force that out of the system. The whole rule is the more of one halogen you have, the more it's going to force the others out. It's more sophisticated than that, but I'm just making the point that when you have a lot of iodine going in, you're forcing out these toxic halogens. Iodine is also important, it is the most powerful antibiotic there is. It kills viruses, bacteria, fungus, pretty much everything. It clears the lymph, where a lot of the toxins and the bacteria are stored. So it's a lymphatic decongester which is quite important in the big picture. We use it in a variety of ways to knock out parasites. There's nothing stronger. They got all these fancy herbal things which they work not very often, but iodine enemas are very powerful, I'll just say that. I'm not going to go into that technology cause it's a, you really need to do it with medical supervision. But it's the best way to get rid of parasites. It does kill parasites and worms and so forth. Now, another aspect of that is it also pulls out heavy metals, particularly mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic. Another reason why you want to start slowly because you're puSheng out fluorine and bromine and mercury, so I like people to go a little slow, and that's a safer way to go. Obviously we're aware that it also affects thyroid. I purposely waited til the last in the discussion. There's a very high percentage of people with hypothyroidism, 52 million people in the United States. There's 59 diseases associated with thyroid imbalance. Both hyper- and hypo-thyroidism are associated with low iodine. How can that be? What it is, the low is pretty simple, right. You need iodine to make T3 and T4, OK. But the other problem, when you have your Hashimoto's-type diseases it that the low iodine, the thyroid's trying to compensate. It compensates by creating a goiter, but also if it's not quite organized right, it will actually increase the size to try to make more thyroid hormone, and then in that abnormal reaction, your body begins antibodies against the thyroid and that's why you got the Grave's and Hashimoto's disease. So, contrary, well those are the low, but the hyper-thyroidism, contrary in a sense to what we're seeing here is that if you supply the iodine then the thyroid will stop working hyper-wise and come to normal. It's a little tricky. We had a person at fast who we did this with, who was hyper-thyroid, and even within a few days, her size of her thyroid begin to shrink, it was interesting that it happened so quickly. But we're always like, how do you balance that, because there may be a hyper stage before you go to the normal stage. So that's something that requires medical supervision to a certain extent. So you say that hyper cannot be from it, I know a friend of mine, she was eating a lot of seaweeds. It's unlikely that the seaweed, that the iodine was going to create a hyper-situation. The hyper is more from a low iodine. Now, can seaweed kind of stimulate? A little bit. You can take too much of anything, but the general hyper-thyroid that we see in society is not from an excess of iodine. You can do that if you try hard enough, but it's not the normal cause. Is there a standard blood test you can ask your physician that verifies if you are iodine deficient and all? It's a urine test. The research I'm reporting to you is you take 50 milligrams of lodoral which is a form and then you see how much iodine comes out. If you're deficient, very little iodine will come out. If you're adequate, then a lot will come out. That's the gold standard test. Is it a standard test that any physician can- - Yes. That is in the United States is what I'm saying. I assume it's the same here. That's basically the standard test that they did to see how many people are deficient. When they did the 96%, that's what they did. They did 4,000 people, and 96% were deficient. And they're just using the standard urine test. Take the 50 milligrams, see how much comes out the next day in a 24 hour urine.