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  • Real Cholesterol Statistics Behind Statin Drugs
    Real Cholesterol Statistics Behind Statin Drugs

    The statistical sophistry of statin-mania is why you have to be careful with clinical claims and why we have to use common sense: drugs are foreign to the body; they are poisons and must be detoxified.

  • Old Man’s Disease

    I love my dad. He gave us kids everything he could: love, money, attention, and most of all he was always there for us when the chips were down. When I was young, I thought my dad knew everything. Unfortunately, as I got older I realized my dad only thought he knew everything. I used […]

  • Waking Up from the Fluoride Nightmare

    In 2001, the Caries Research Journal published research showing that fluoride accumulates in high levels in the pineal gland, which is responsible for melatonin production and therefore regulation of the body’s circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle), the onset of puberty in females, and protection of cells from free-radical damage.

Order Youngevity Products

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  • Health Benefits Of Beets

    They’re rich in antioxidants, electrolytes like potassium and magnesium. They’re packed with B-vitamins, especially folic acid. They’ve got Vitamin C, and they’re loaded with fiber.

Truth Treatments

Ben formulated Truth Treatment Systems™ because he saw the need for topical treatments that worked with the biochemistry of the skin.

All Truth Treatment Systems™ products have one thing in common -- they WORK! Read more ..

Natural Blaze

  • Coronavirus: How to Reduce Your Children’s Screen Time And Encourage Activity
    by Michael on June 3, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    By Hyunjae Daniel Shin, Nottingham Trent University and Amin Al-Habaibeh, Nottingham Trent University Even prior to COVID-19 pandemic, our research revealed that 83% of parents were concerned about the amount of time their children spent in front of screens and monitors. Recent events have made... Continue reading...

Food Babe

  • Drinking alcohol every night to get through this? Why it’s the worst idea ever.
    by Food Babe on May 28, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    We are going through a crazy time. Undoubtedly the craziest time in my lifetime. I’ve been having long, personal conversations with my friends about everything going on, doing what we can to build each other up. And many of them expressed frustration about one thing…  Ever since the quarantines started they’ve been drinking more […]

GreenMed Info

MedicalXpress

  • Reducing number of BP meds may be safe in some older adults
    on June 3, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    (HealthDay)—A medication reduction strategy is safe among some older adults treated with antihypertensives, according to a study published in the May 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Natural Society

Living the Nourished Life

  • How to Make Cucumber Water
    by Elizabeth Walling on April 12, 2020 at 5:31 am

    This cucumber water recipe was brought to you by my scorching hot Carolina summer. It will help you figure out how to make cucumber water easily. When you sit outside in the heaviness of southern heat and humidity, you tend to contemplate the possibility of a cool, refreshing beverage. That’s where cucumber water comes in.... How to Make Cucumber […]

Video

  • Ben Fuchs Good Nutrition

    Ben Fuchs’ “8 Chapters of Good Nutrition” presentation on video is full of pearls of wisdom. Pharmacist Ben is a well informed and dynamic speaker. He teaches nutrition in a way anyone can comprehend. Easy going, and easy to listen to, Ben can hold your attention while dishing out eye opening insights into foods for […]

  • Ben Fuchs Dr Wallach Interview

    Pharmacist Ben Fuchs interviews Dr. Joel Wallach in this 5 part series, covering topics about Amazing Discoveries In Health, Essential Life Minerals, Statin Drugs, & The Best Diet. In the first video you will get to know a little about both Doctor Wallach and Pharmacist Ben and how they became involved in health and nutrition. […]

Iodine Deficiency

By Ben Fuchs | Pharmacist Ben

Iodine, the 53rd element, so highly regarded for the health of the the thyroid and the functioning of thyroid hormone, was first discovered by French scientists, not in interests of keeping humanity on the road to well-being, but rather interests of keeping Napoleon on his throne. It seems that the diminutive dictator was running out of willow wood, the preferred source of saltpeter (potassium nitrate) which was, at the time, the military’s explosive material of choice and he was looking for another source of combustible substances. As it turned out the coast of France is a rich source of seaweed, from which potassium nitrate (KN) can also be derived. Napoleon charged his scientific experts with the task figuring out a way to efficiently extract KN for the ocean vegetation and within months, the French chemist Bernard Cortois, who has previously been among the first scientists to isolate morphine, had come with a process of pulling out the potassium nitrate and the French military was back in business.

Iodine Deficiency

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In the process, it was discovered that by adding a little bit extra sulfuric acid to the potassium nitrite extract a purple cloud of vapor would form that over time would crystallize into shiny crystals. When Cortois examined the crystals he realized he had discovered a new element Later on, as the newly produced substance’s properties were elucidated, it was determined to be a fundamental element and it as given the name “iodine”, a derivative for the Greek word for violet.

The important role that iodine plays in human health was first exploited shortly thereafter, in 1820 when the French physician, Jean Lugol created the iodine solution which bears his name. Lugol noticed than when iodine was bonded to a mineral it became water soluble and much easier to work with and these days, so-called Lugol’s Solution considered to be the standard pharmaceutical dosage form for iodine supplementation. Dr. Lugol originally used his solution to treat infectious conditions, he was especially interested in using it to heal tuberculosis, but within 100 years it was being used a s treatment of choice for addressing hypothyroidism. The Nobel Prize winner biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, who is best known as the discoverer of the Vitamin C molecule was a big fan of iodine. In his biography, Dr. Szent-Gyorgyi calls iodine “the universal medicine”. He actually quotes a little rhyme that he learned in medical school:

“If you don’t know what, where or why, prescribe ye then K and I”, KI standing for potassium iodide, which is the active ingredient ion “Lugol’s Solution”.

These days Dr. Jonathan Wright of the Tahoma Clinic in Washington, talks about using Lugol’s Solution and it’s alternative SSKI, which stands for saturated solution of Potassium Iodide, for purifying drinking water to treating urinary tract infections, to eliminating acne pimples. For UTI’s he recommends adding 10 to 15 drops of SSKI or Lugol’s into a glass of water and drinking it down every 3 or4 hours until the infection is gone and for purifying drinking water he recommends using 2 or 3 drops per glass of unclean water.

Iodine which is a pretty rare element to begin with (of all the essential elements in the earth only selenium is found in lower concentrations than iodine) is easily leached from the soil, which basically means that if you’re not living near an ocean there’s a real good chance you could be iodine deficient. In fact this was such a serious problem a hundred years ago (as the impact of poor farming techniques was beginning to be felt that the occurrence of goiter in Midwest United States, was becoming a significant problem. Thus was born iodized salt, which for the most part eliminated goiter. However, while full blown iodine deficiency may have been eliminated salt iodization but may have a caused the even bigger problem of subclinical iodine deficiency, deficiencies not bad enough to cause blatant symtomology, but bad enough to cause other mis-diagnosed health issues, like hypothyroidism and brain development issues in children.

In my opinion, of the biggest problems when it comes to our understanding of iodine is the crazy medical notion that iodine is simply required for the functioning of the thyroid. Because of this mythology about iodine, the medical community feels like if you don’t have a goiter which is big old swollen thyroid you’re OK, but becomes there are so many different important roles this stuff plays in the body, just because you don’t have a goiter, a swollen thyroid doesn’t necessarily mean you have enough iodine.

For example, besides the well-known connection to thyroid health, iodine is important for mental functioning. According to researchers writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition iodine deficiency can prevent children from attaining quote “their full intellectual potential”. Deficiencies in iodine are considered to be the most preventable cause of brain damage in infants and children and according to the World Health Organization over one third of kids are iodine deficient. Last week, in an article published in the Lancet, researchers in the U.K, found that pregnant women with mild to moderate iodine deficiency during faced an increased risk of giving birth to babies with suboptimal cognitive And, it’s not just kids who are at risk. Again according to the World Health Organization, iodine deficiency in adults can lower adult IQ’s by up to 15 points. Now considering the average adult IQ is around 90 to 100 and 80 is considered dull, losing 15 IQ points can be pretty significant!

[See also: Clearing up the Iodine Confusion]

Nascent Iodine Detoxadine

  • Nascent iodine is the most effective supplemental form of iodine. It is an atomic form of iodine with an incomplete number of electrons, giving it a high electromagnetic charge. The body can absorb and use nascent iodine easily for metabolic and detoxification processes.
  • Detoxadine is nano-colloidal nascent iodine. It is produced with a transformative bio-elemental matrix and, with a glycerin base, is designed to be more gentle on your digestive system than iodine supplements that contain alcohol.
  • It’s created from 300 million-year-old salt deposits located more than 7,000 feet below the earth’s surface. It is an extremely pure nascent iodine that is both concentrated and free of additives and toxins. Each drop is loaded with 650 micrograms iodine and it’s screened for radiation.

Detoxadine Nascent Iodine

Posted by Ben Fuchs in Health