What do Breast Cysts, Endometrial Hyperplasia and Hormone Imbalance all have in common?
Breast cysts, endometrial hyperplasia and hormone imbalance can all be helped by the simple addition of iodine to the diet and avoiding those things polluting our environment that actually keep our bodies from absorbing iodine.
Low iodine levels can lead to fibrocystic breast disease in women (cysts and lumps), endometrial hyperplasia (thickening of uterine walls), and atypical mammary tissue. Such fibrocystic changes in breast tissue have been shown to reverse in the presence of iodine supplementation after 3-4 months.
I can personally attest to the two times in my life that iodine has helped me.
Many years ago, I developed a breast cyst that the doctor said was in the “keep an eye on it” stage. Every month it would swell up to the size of a golf ball and was very painful. Then it would once again shrink to its pea-size. I read that the iodine in kelp was very beneficial for this, so I started using kelp and within six months the cyst was completely gone. It never came back, and I stopped taking the kelp.
Ten months ago, my doctor ordered an ultrasound because of some symptoms I was having. The results were endometrial hyperplasia (thickening of the uterine walls). After a variety of other tests, I was given another ultrasound three months later and the results were that the thickness had increased considerably in just those three months. I was very concerned, but decided to try brown seaweed for three months and see if I could avoid the procedure that my doctor was prescribing.
I waited five months before having another ultrasound done. Due to the iodine content in the brown seaweed, the thickness in the uterine wall was breaking up and had already shrunk to the size that it was ten months ago. I am anxious to see what the next ultrasound results are going to be five months from now.
Below is a link to the “US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health“They state that the lack of iodine may cause an altered endocrine state and thus increase the risk of breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancers. They also state that increasing dietary iodine intake may reduce the risk of these cancers.
Iodine deficiency is not a problem that we, of this generation, are aware of and it is definitely related to fibrocystic breast disease, estrogen metabolism, estrogen dominance, thyroid function and even enlarged prostate glands.
Iodine deficiency, once a rare problem in North America due to the addition of iodine in our salt in 1924, is again on the increase due to low salt diets and the addition of bromine, fluoride, chlorine and perchlorate (used to produce rocket fuel) running amuck in our environment.
These antagonists (bromide, fluoride, and chlorine) use the same receptors as the halogen iodine. Because they have a structure similar to iodine, they use the same receptors and competitively inhibit iodine absorption and binding in the body. They are a danger to our health due to the decrease of iodine in our diet and an increase of these toxic halides in our food, water and the very air we breathe.
Bromine, fluoride, chlorine and perchlorate are found in so many of our everyday foods, water and hygiene products. All of these substances prevent the absorption of iodine in our bodies and affect us on multiple cellular and neurological levels.
Because these toxic chemicals have already been introduced into our environment, it is impossible to completely avoid them.
The next best thing you can do is to speak to your nutritionist or naturopathic doctor about supplementing your diet using such supplements as: potassium iodide, brown seaweed or kelp that are known to be from “clean water” sources.
You can read more about these toxic chemicals below:
Perchlorate has contaminated groundwater across the United States, and has been found in milk, fruit, and vegetables.
According to a report by the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), “Perchlorate…is used to produce rocket fuel, fireworks, flares and explosives. Perchlorate can also be present in bleach and in some fertilizers…the EPA is developing a proposed national primary drinking water regulation for perchlorate…Perchlorate may have adverse health effects…Scientific research indicates that this contaminant can disrupt the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones needed for normal growth and development…read more at:
You can read about the danger of fluoride to our health and how to avoid it in your life by reading my blog: Bottled Water…Is It Really Safe? May 15, 2015.
This small review of Bromine is only the tip of an enormous iceberg.
Many years ago, Bromide in its many forms, was considered to be innocent. People even took it to help upset stomachs in the product called “Bromo Seltzer”. With many back and forth deliberations, the FDA finally gave in to pressure from big business and agreed to use it in foods etc. saying, “Someday we will actually do a research to determine how bad it really is.” (This independent research was never performed.)
Organobromine compounds are used as flame retardants. Like other brominated flame retardants, PBDEs have been used in a wide array of products, including building materials, electronics, home furnishings, motor vehicles, airplanes, plastics, polyurethane foams, and textiles.
PBDEs (structurally related to the PCBs)) are bromine compounds used as flame retardants. They are not chemically bound to plastics, foam, fabrics, or other products in which they are used (such as sleepwear, mattresses, bedding, curtains, furniture and many plastics). This causes it to “gas out” into our foods and air.
Despite the United States having phased out their manufacture and import of PBDEs in 2004; their component congeners are still being detected in humans and the environment.
Linda Birnbaum PhD, a senior toxicologist formerly with the EPA (now NIEHS) notes concern: “What I see is another piece of evidence that supports the fact that levels of these chemicals in children appear to be higher than the levels in their parents; I think this study raises a red flag.”
Previous study by EWG in 2003 published test results showing that the average level of fire-retardants in breast milk from 20 American mothers was 75 times higher than the average levels measured in Europe.” Read more at:
Recognizable Sources of Bromine
Below are listed products that are the most easily recognizable sources of bromine. By knowing what these products are, you will be able to avoid some of the hazardous materials that could be affecting your life:
- Permanent Waves, Hair Dyes, Textile Dyes,
- Benzalkonium is used as a preservative in some cosmetics.
- Mountain Dew (one of the worst beverages you can drink) and other citrus carbonated drinks, use bromine as an emulsifier to help suspend the flavoring in the liquid. (Mountain Dew also uses yellow dye#5, which has been banned in Norway, Austria, and Germany)
- Even drinking water can be a source of bromide.
- When drinking water containing bromide is exposed to ozone, bromate ions are formed, which are powerful oxidizing agents. Such was the case in 2004 when Coca Cola Company had to recall Dasani bottled water.
- bromine and chlorine were the most common toxic elements reportedly found in automobiles according to the blog of David Brownstein, MD (March 2007). They showed up in the seats, armrests, door trim, shift knobs and other areas of the car.
- In 1990, the United Kingdom banned bromate in bread. In 1994, Canada did the same. Brazil recently outlawed bromide in flour products…the United States would rather protect industry than its people.
- The use of potassium bromate as an additive to commercial breads and baked goods has been a huge contributor to bromide overload in Western cultures. Commercial baking companies claim it makes the dough more elastic and better able to stand up to bread hooks.
- Check your labels; Pepperidge Farm and other successful companies manage to use only unbromated flour.
- Potassium bromate is also found in some toothpastes and mouthwashes, where it’s added as an antiseptic and astringent. It has been found to cause bleeding and inflammation of gums in people using these products.
- Medications, such as Atrovent Inhaler, Atrovent Nasal Spray, Pro-Banthine (for ulcers), and anesthesia agents
- flours often contain a “dough conditioner” called potassium bromate
- Plastics, like those used to make computers
- Bromine-based hot tub and swimming pool treatments
- Pesticides (specifically methyl bromide, used mainly on strawberries, predominantly in California).
Other ways to exclude Bromine products from daily use would include:
- Choose organic produce as much as possible.
- Avoid exposure to pesticides by washing all produce thoroughly.
- Avoid eating and drinking from plastic containers…use glass and safe ceramics.
- Look for organic whole-grain breads and flour that are bromine-free
- Look for the “no bromine” or “bromine-free” label on commercial baked goods.
- Look for personal care products that are as chemical-free as possible.
**Be sure to check with your nutritionist or naturopathic doctor about the type and dosage of iodine supplements that would be recommended for your needs. **