Saturday, January 16, 2010

Rise in Thyroid Cancer is Baffling?

The article is titled, “Rise in thyroid cancer among young woman baffles experts.” ( Accessed 1.10.10). The article states that over 27,000 women will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer this year which is a six percent increase from 2009.  The article also states that the reason the number of thyroid cancer rates is rising is a medical mystery and it is not understood why women are more likely to have thyroid problems as compared to men. 

I say, the rise in thyroid cancer should be no mystery nor should it be baffling.  How can I make that statement? 

When you study the relationship between iodine and the thyroid gland the story becomes less mysterious.  For over 100 years, Iodine deficiency has been linked to thyroid problems, including hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid illness as well as the development of thyroid cancer.  Animal studies have clearly shown a relationship between thyroid cancer and iodine deficiency.  My own studies and many other studies have confirmed this same relationship in humans.

As compared to men, women have a much higher iodine requirement.  Therefore, women will suffer iodine-deficiency illnesses at higher rates as compared to men.  What are these illnesses?  Diseases of the breast and thyroid as well as autoimmune illnesses are examples of iodine-deficient conditions.  All of these problems occur in women at much higher rates as compared to men. 

Iodine levels have fallen over 50% over the last 30 years.  As a population, we have suffered greatly for this decline in iodine.  Children are diagnosed with ADHD and cancer at ever-increasing frequency.  Adults are suffering from epidemic rates of chronic illnesses (e.g., autoimmune disorders and immune system disorders) as well as cancer (e.g., breast and prostate).  All of these illnesses are related to iodine deficiency. 

Why has this not made media headlines?  Why doesn’t the medical profession promote the use of iodine?  The answer to those questions is not baffling at all.  Iodine is a non-patentable substance.  There is no reason for the Big Pharma Cartel to put any money behind iodine.   The Big Pharma Cartel is only interested in patentable items that can generate income.  Unfortunately, iodine does not fall into that category. 

The medical profession has lost its way.  It primarily relies on toxic drug therapies that do not treat the underlying cause of most illnesses.  Physicians no longer study biochemistry with the purpose of optimizing the physiology of the body.  Modern physicians are only `knowledgeable about pharmacology and have little or no interest in working with their patients to optimize their health. 

However, the truth does not need the Big Pharma Cartel.  When you study the biochemistry of iodine, the picture becomes clearer as to why iodine deficiency is related to such a wide array of illnesses.   It is baffling to me why conventional medicine has not recognized iodine deficiency as a major public health crisis.  In over 20 years of practice, I have yet to see a single substance -iodine- make such a profound positive change in the health status of the majority of my patients.   

What can you do?  Educate yourself about iodine.  Once you read about the effects iodine has on the body, I am certain you will come to the same conclusions I have come to.  More information about iodine can be found in my book, Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, 4th Edition. 


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