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Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Usefulness of Iodine

Originally posted 4/11/08

Something already exists to help protect you from radiation, and it has been around for a very long time. It is often avoided in allopathic medicine these days because docs think you might want to take too much, which could be harmful. Seems that is a funny assumption because most people aren't interested in doing more harm to themselves that doctors already do with radiation.

A note to women on this issues is important because screening mammography is just more radiation to promote breast cancer, and isn't the rate going up, instead of getting better?

This rather inexpensive protection would be a boon to soldiers or people exposed to depleted uranium.

The substance I refer to is called Iodine. Famous as Lugol's solution, it is also a very effective antimicrobial. Today, in most US states, Lugol's requires a prescription. It may be more available in other countries, or from veterinary supply stores.

Potassium Iodide is another form as is protein bound iodine.

This can also be very useful in the prevention or treatment of dementia.

I always encourage people to keep this health-protecting remedy on hand. Iodine containing products, (ask about Lugol's) can be ordered from us.

More on Iodine's usefulness...
New drug protects against radiation damage: study Fri Apr 11, 2008

Researchers have developed a new drug that can protect healthy cells and bone marrow against anti-cancer radiation therapy and maybe even against the effects of a nuclear bomb, a study has shown.

While radiation therapy is used effectively to destroy cancerous tumors, it can have a devastating effect on healthy cells, noted the study published in the April 11 edition of the American review Science.

But a new drug protects gastrointestinal cells and bone marrow in mice and monkeys from radiation without reducing the treatment's effectiveness, lead author Lyudmila Burdelya of New York state's Roswell Park Cancer Institute said.

Dr Richard Kolesnick, of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, said the research represented "a breakthrough in an issue that has challenged the scientific community."

Dr Preet Chaudhary, an oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania, said the work could have wide implications for the fight against cancer.

The drug, CBLB502, works by activating a well-known molecular pathway that some cancer cells use to stave off cell death, Burdelya and colleagues said.

A single dose given to the animals shortly before receiving radiation therapy significantly reduced the radiation damage caused to bone marrow and gastrointestinal cells and prolonged the animals' survival, the researchers said.

They said the drug might also be a useful protection against radiation exposure from a nuclear plant malfunction or nuclear bomb, adding that clinical trials on humans could begin this summer.

Copyright © 2008 Agence France Presse.
Selections from Natural Health News (30+)

Mar 24, 2009
While the current US government limits on iodine intake (RDI) is extremely low, at 0.15 mg. or 150 mcg. daily, the best levels seem to be equal to the standard amount of iodine ingested by the Japanese at about 14 mg.; the best health ...
Oct 01, 2009
Iodine is extremely important for breast health and health in general. If you happen to live in northern latitudes it is much more important as well as if you live in US western states bordering with Canada. In this area low selenium ...
Jan 05, 2009
Study Abstract: The fetus is the most vulnerable to severe iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism during pregnancy. The effects of mild iodine deficiency and subclinical hypothyroidism are poorly known. The present study assesses the ...

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