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Iodine = I.Q. = A Better Life

Iodine = I.Q. = A Better Life

Does extra iodine increase I.Q.? And when during life?

One pole of the scientific discussion is very clear: During pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, lactation and through the infant growth period, LACK of iodine (less than 100 mcg or so) causes significant I.Q. deficits. 

These deficits are significant. Children may be permanently damaged for life.  This is true for all mammals.  From cows to dogs, horses to pigs, infant mammals conceived and raised with an iodine deficiency can be stillborn, deformed, and neurologically damaged.  Even chickens and their eggs can be non-viable without sufficient iodine. 

There is no dispute among nutritionists, researchers and doctors about this.  Lack of iodine during the first and ensuing days of life is a catastrophe. We've known this for about 300 years, and it was known to the ancients thousands of years ago.

What about the opposite?  Is there a dose-dependent relationship between taking EXTRA iodine and an increase in I.Q.?  No simple answers.  But - some guidance.

PRE/PREGNANCY/LACTATION: Iodine above the "tolerable upper limit" of 1,100 mcg (~ one milligram) is a potential problem.  It can cause maternal and fetal (in the baby) hypothyroidism.  Pregnant women are inclined to be hypothyroid, and need very much to supplement with iodine.

What's this mean? Not too little, not too much.  Taking an iodine supplement during pregnancy will likely help mother and baby.  That supplementation should never exceed about 1,000 micrograms (one milligram).  

Life is filled with these "limits on both sides" - the Middle Way.

What about adulthood?  How much iodine is useful?  Will it make you smarter?

Researchers have puzzled over this for nearly 100 years.  The proponents of high iodine intake - those few physicians who urge between 50 and 100 milligrams daily - have thousands of patient-hours and vast quantities of data.  They include Dr. Guy Abraham (the former chairman of both endocrinology and ob/gyn at University of California), Dr. David Brownstein, Dr. Jorge Flechas, and other sharp clinicians with direct and substantial clinical experience.  

Researchers (but fewer clinicians) stick to the 150-250 microgram limits - which were determined in 1924, nearly a hundred years ago.  This was long before we knew that every organ and structure in the body requires iodine to function.  

My own personal experience: I have been taking 100 milligrams of iodine for nearly two years.  The clinical effect, as measured by my bloodwork, is very positive: low "bad" cholesterol, elevated "good" cholesterol, perfect metabolic results, and solid parameters throughout.  I should mention that at first, my primary care physician thought I was cuckoo; he himself is now following my iodine protocol (which leads one from 500 mcg to 50 milligrams over 3 years). 

The key features: a) the RIGHT KIND of iodine mixture - molecular to ionic iodine; and b) daily supplementation with 200 mcg of selenium, which "enables" the use of iodine throughout the body.

Is this right for everyone?  Of course not.  Some people have damaged thyroid glands, and such a protocol would be a disaster for them.  Some people are genetically unsuited for such significant doses of iodine.

But for those of us who are so blessed, the value of high doses of iodine, daily, is increased alertness, faster/better memory, good sleep patterns, healthy appetite, weight control, and perfect blood and metabolic measures (from blood pressure to lipids to basal metabolism).

How do you know if it's right for you?  Take a supplement carefully, increase very slowly, take selenium (no more than 100 or 200 mcg daily, as the Tolerable Upper Limit is 400 mcg, and this is surely a proper upper limit), and pay careful attention to how you feel.  

If you're interested, write us, and we'll send you our iodine protocol.  And, finally, stay close to your primary care physician.  He or she may not totally approve of your being your "own best Guinea pig," but the rewards could be meaningful, substantial, and life-giving.  But for God's sake, do NOT start taking high doses of iodine all at once.  Tiny amounts, tiny increases, constant internal questioning of yourself.  This is the wisest way to proceed, and it will serve you well.

After all, you know yourself better than anyone.  Listen to your body, and it will tell you what's good, right and wrong. 

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