Iodine – Gaia’s Breath

Sublime iodine

Iodine ore

 

Iodine is one of the most striking and beautiful of all elements. As a solid, it is a heavy, grey-black, metallic-looking material. When heated, it does not melt. Instead, it sublimes, turning directly into a gas without first melting. The resulting iodine vapour has a violet colour and a harsh odour. If a cold iron bar, is placed into the vapour, iodine changes back to a solid, forming delicate, metallic crystals.

Iodine is rare in the solar system and the Earth’s crust, 47–60th in abundance and concentrated in only a few places, like Chile, where the crystals in this image were mined. It is said that these places were once covered by oceans that evaporated, but the geological origins of the iodine ore found in Chile, have not been confirmed.  As the Aeon solidified into the earth, the violet dust of Her dessicated breath eventually found its way into the oceans. The single most significant evolutionary event for eukaryotes (nucleated celled organisms), including humans, occurred when seaweeds concentrated iodine. From this process came multicellular organisms, vertebrates and humans.  When seaweed captured iodine from the ocean, concentrating it up to 20,000 times in the process, it created the conditions for the emergence of new multi-celled life-forms.  The iodine ‘partnered’ with the amino acid tyrosine to produce thyroxine and the first endocrine hormone was created.  Thyroxine is also the first hormone to emerge in fetal development and it controls the body temperature at birth, activating the metamorphic changes in the lungs that cause the baby to take its first gasp of air.

The concentration of iodine in the oceans is around 0.05 ppm iodine, meaning that there are approximately 35 million metric tons of iodine in the world’s oceans, but extraction is impractical at these low concentrations.  The best natural source of iodine today is kelp, but you will probably need a lot of it.

Iodine’s affiliation for tyrosine (and histidine) is why it is so effective against all classes of pathogens: gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, yeasts, moulds and protozoa. The membranes of these single-celled creatures all contain tyrosine that is dissolved on contact with iodine, as it seeks to make ore complex life-forms. Most bacteria are killed within 15 to 30 seconds of contact. Because the microbicidal action of iodine is related to several directly toxic effects on the cell wall, rather than through specific molecular pathways (as used by antibiotics), resistance is highly unlikely and reports of iodine-resistant strains are exceptionally rare.

“Iodine is by far the best antibiotic,antiviral and antiseptic of all time.” Dr. David  Derry

Clearly, iodine was a major competitor to the pharmaceutical industry and had to be demonized.

The Demonization of Iodine

Bernard Courtois discovered iodine by accident in 1811, and from that time up until the middle of the 20th century iodine was used as a panacea for all manner of ailments. It was well-studied for wound care and healing and considered to be a safe and essential nutrient, to prevent cretinism and goiter and to promote healthy fetal brain development. Unfortunately, it was also cheap and easy to produce and presented a significant threat to the budding pharmaceutical disease industry. So, through stealth, deception and outright fraud its proponents, collaborators and pawns launched the “iodophobia campaign”, that is still in operation today.

It began with the double-dealing hand of the iodization of salt, introduced by the Morton Salt Company in the US in 1924. On the face of it, the iodization of salt was a good thing, as it eliminated most incidences of goiter in America, but goiter is just the tip of the iceberg regarding iodine consumption. The body needs both iodine and iodide (the salt of iodine) as they concentrate in different parts of the body; the thyroid needs iodide and the breasts and prostate need iodine. Many other tissues in the body can concentrate either form. These include glands like the salivary, liver, spleen, kidneys and intestines. Iodized salt contains iodide only, as it is more stable, but the actual content of iodized salt is ridiculously low, just enough to reduce observable goiter. The facts are that only 10% of the iodide content in iodized salt is is bioavailable, and by the time the salt reaches the grocery store about 50% of its iodide content has already evaporated and it will lose another 50% (approx.) of within another 30 days. Additionally, iodized salt contains lots of aluminium – but it was cheap and available everywhere.

Iodine was a medicine at the time, so adding it to ordinary, everyday salt and telling people that it was ‘good for them’ was a sleight of hand. The first incidence of adding a medicine to a staple food item or condiment.  This all passed smoothly and paved the way for the introduction of fluoride into drinking water in 1945. Fluoride is in the same halogen group as iodine, but being lighter it displaces iodine if there is an insufficient amount of iodine in the body. Sufficient levels of iodine will displace fluoride, but when the body has insufficient iodine it uses the closest chemical equivalent available as a substitute, which in many cases is fluoride, but fluoride does not enable the body to make thyroid hormones and is a hormone disruptor. Chlorine, also in the same halogen group, also inhibits iodine absorption. What a coincidence!

Periodic Table with halogens highlighted

 

In 1948, a study that came to be known as the Wolff-Chaikoff Effect” was published in Berkeley, which claimed that daily doses of iodine over 0.2mg/L will cause hypothyroidism in humans. The study was entirely fraudulent. It was conducted on rats, but none of the lab rats in the study became hypothyroid and the values were never extrapolated for humans. Nonetheless, this became accepted medical fact and iodophobia went viral. Further studies reportedly ‘confirmed the facts’ and in 1965, iodine was banned from use as a dough conditioner for bread in the UK and US. Through the 1970s and 80s in the US, iodine was replaced in baked goods by bromate, a derivative of bromine (see the periodic table) which is typically used as a flame retardant chemical. Bromine/bromate is banned for use in Europe and many other countries, but not the US, even though it is a know goitrogen (promotes goiter) carcinogen and “zombifying agent’. The use of bromate correlates with increased prevalence of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer of the breast and thyroid glands in the U.S. Populations. For more information see: The History of Iodine in Medicine, Guy E. Abraham MD

By 1980 iodine was no longer a staple of the home medicine cabinet, replaced by Dettol or Savlon and various other less effective, and more expensive, products. Iodine remains more effective as a topical agent against most bacterial infections, including MRSA, pneumonia and even Lyme Disease (lookup Dr Klinghardt on Lyme Disease for more info).

Mainstream medicine sets the RDA level at 150 micrograms for both men and women. This ignores the fact that estrogen inhibits the action of iodine, which is why women are nine times more likely to suffer from hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) than men. The ovaries produce their own thyroid hormone to compensate for this effect, but this stops in menopause contributing to health problems for post-menopausal women. According to many doctors who have studied the benefits of iodine, the sufficiency iodine need is probably around 12.5 milligrams, a significantly higher amount. 150 micrograms is a deceptive number that is actually very small. A microgram is 1/1000th of a milligram, so 150 micrograms is 1/100th or 1/400th the amount that the iodine doctors say that we need

Iodine is no longer mentioned in medical training or textbooks and as hypothyroidism runs rampant, it is said to be caused by too much iodine, when the exact opposite is true.  Hyperthyroidism is in fact a very rare medical condition, said to be caused by an ‘autonomous thyroid nodule’ which is a thyroid hormone secreting nodule on the thyroid gland that is not regulated by the pituitary gland – hence autonomous.  Most of the world is now iodine deficient, 90-98%, depending on which research reports you consider.  It is not just physical health that is under attack.

According to Dr Jorge Flechas: iodine deficiency is the number one cause of mental retardation in the world.

The physical, mental and emotional health benefits of iodine literally take your breath away.

Iodine for health

The health benefits for iodine, both in terms of preventing disease and supporting the body in healing from disease are just too numerous for me to go into here – here are some examples and some additional resources:

Consistent research has shown these conditions to be related to iodine deficiency:

  • breast cancer
  • thyroid cancer
  • ovarian cancer
  • uterus cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • autoimmune thyroid illnesses
  • hypothyroidism
  • diabetes
  • autism and ADHD
  • fibromyalgia
  • candidiasis

What’s more, the above conditions and many more have been improved or resolved with iodine supplementation.  Iodine supplementation in the proper amounts increases urinary excretion of heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and has a detoxifying effect by increasing excretion of fluoride, bromide and chloride derivatives.

Iodine is effective in eliminating skin cancer, which is a fungal related condition caused by candidiasis, according to the work of Dr Simoncini. See Cancer is a Fungus.

The slide show below provides a good summary and starting point for further research

 

Dr. Albert Szent Györgi,  Nobel Laureate who discovered Vitamin C, took 770 milligrams per day of potassium iodide as a preventative dose

 

“When I was a medical student, iodine in the form of KI (Potassium Iodide) was the universal medicine. Nobody knew what it did, but it did something and did something good. We students used to sum up the situation in this little rhyme: If ye don’t know where, what, and why Prescribe ye then K and I”

 

Iodine and Regeneration

It is generally well-known that iodine is used by the thyroid gland, to make thyroid hormones and that these hormones regulate metabolism. However, iodine is also essential for the immune system and intimately involved in gene expression. When the body receives sufficient iodine and the thyroid gland has adequate supplies, any remaining iodine is stored in all other glands and tissues, the extracellular fluid and the lymphatic system, where it performs multiple functions.

“All the blood in the body passes though the thyroid every seventeen minutes. Because the cells making up this gland have an affinity for iodine, during this seventeen-minute passage the gland’s secretion of iodine kills weak germs that may have gained entry into the blood through an injury to the skin, the lining of nose or throat, or through absorption of food from the digestive tract. Strong, virulent germs are rendered weaker during their passage through the thyroid gland. With each seventeen minutes that rolls around they are made still weaker until finally they are killed if the gland has its normal supply of iodine. If it does not, it cannot kill harmful germs circulating in the blood as Nature intended it should.”

 

Folk Medicine, Dr DeForest Clinton Jarvis

Doctors who work with iodine consider autoimmune diseases to be related to damage to the cells of the thyroid gland, pancreas and other glands. When dead cells enter the blood stream, the proteins are foreign to the body, causing the body’s immune system to manufacture antibodies that are capable of attacking normal tissue. When there are sufficient levels of iodine in the blood stream, it neutralizes many of the dead cells, working with the immune system and preventing it from becoming overwhelmed. Iodine triggers apoptosis, (programmed cell death) and is found in high concentrations in areas such as in the stomach and nasal passages, where it acts against bacteria, fungus and other pathogens.

The ‘anti-cancer’ properties of iodine have been mentioned above. My view is that there really is no such disease as cancer. Cancer is a label put on various symptoms, that are actually signs of the body working to heal itself. Sadly, innate healing functions are too often impaired through toxicity, malnutrition (including iodine deficiency), dehydration and inappropriate interventions and eventually the body can become overwhelmed.

More interesting is iodine’s involvement in gene expression. This function is often described as its ability to ‘switch off’ various cancer causing genes. What this really means is that iodine, via its apoptosis triggering mechanism, is preventing damaged genes from making copies of themselves, exacerbating the damage. It is unlikely that iodine is directly involved in regeneration, as Dr Robert Becker (The Body Electric) ascertained in his early studies, but it has a huge supporting role in clearing the field and getting the body fit for regeneration/transmutation.

Iodine in Food

A short comment on this: most of the information related to the iodine content of various foods is entirely fallacious. The iodine content of any food is dependent upon the iodine content of the soil in which it grows – without knowing the iodine content of the soil in which your food is grown, it is simply impossible to know the iodine content of your food. Average iodine content for types of food grown in Switzerland, will be very different than for the same food types grown in Hawaii.

As a very general rule, ocean-side soils have a higher iodine content than inland and mountainous soils. That said, you would still have to eat around 10-20 pounds of fish per day, to get 13 milligrams of iodine.

iodine and the super-learning event

It is no coincidence that iodine caught my attention in the closing shift of the first phase of the Super-learning event. Iodine is essential for cognitive function and you need to be up to speed in order to participate fully in this event, if that is your desire.

Iodine deficiency is recognized as the most common cause of preventable brain damage in the world. Even moderate deficiency results in a loss of at least 10 – 15 IQ points.

Conversely, sufficiency in iodine can raise a deficient IQ by 10-15 IQ points.

Iodine is needed by the thyroid to produce the thyroid hormones T4 and T3. The butterfly shaped thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, the biochemical ‘engine’ of the body that works in harmony with the electrical engine of the nervous system. The thyroid secretes hormones that enter your circulatory system and are transported throughout your body. Every cell has receptor sites for thyroid hormones. Insufficient thyroid hormones result in your brain having to make many adjustments and energy conservation decisions to keep you operational, all while being itself undernourished.

Insufficient iodine has a negative affect on the neurotransmitters in your brain. This can result in depression, brain fog, anxiety, learning and memory problems, and ultimately lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Thyroid hormones are involved in dopamine release, the reward system for learning, which is involved in cognition memory and mood, and the ‘feel good’ hormones serotonin and GABA. However, the body will prioritise the utilization of iodine and thyroid hormones so that essential physiological needs are addressed first. This is another reason why iodine deficiency results in a lower IQ.

Some researchers have remarked on the incongruence between the need for iodine and its non-availability in so many regions. I think this is an ‘end-times factor’, perhaps a selection vector. Even though vast areas of the planet are iodine deficient, iodine is still (at this point at least) relatively cheap and easy to get hold of and there are many excellent resources available to support self dosage. You just have to have sufficient intelligence and motivation to look into it for yourself.

That said: is it a coincidence that the Planetary Animal Mother is currently flooding areas of recognised iodine deficiency, Vietnam, Southern India and China with iodine rich seawater?