Iodine Supplements – Our Children are Deficient


Many people wonder if they should be using iodine supplements for their family.  Just 4 years ago The Australian National Iodine Nutrition Study published an article in the Medical Journal of Australia showing that half of all Australian primary school children are borderline iodine deficient.  If they are considered borderline then they are certainly iodine insufficient.  What does this mean in terms of the problems these children may be having?

Professor Cres Eastman, Director of the National Iodine Nutrition Study states, “The effects of iodine deficiency are dependent upon how severe it is and when it occurs. So if we go to the pregnant woman, she doesn’t get enough iodine, she won’t make enough thyroid hormone, and the foetus won’t get the amount of thyroid hormone it needs for adequate and proper development of the brain, so you’ll then see consequences being loss of IQ, learning difficulties, hearing difficulties and other neurological problems.”

Might an iodine deficiency be one of the major causes of our epidemic in psycho-social-IQ problems and all the labels being placed on our children (ADD, ADHD, etc.)?

Professor Eastman continues, “If an infant’s not getting enough iodine… brain development won’t be completed and they won’t grow normally, and as you get older the problem will be that you will develop a goiter and your thyroid won’t function as well as it should, so this may have all sorts of pernicious effects upon normal function in life.”

Might a long term iodine and iodide insufficiency be one of the underlying causes of our population’s problem with obesity?

Lydia Buchtmann for Food Standards Australia New Zealand, says, “One of the reasons that iodine is going down (in our daily intake) is because people are taking that good healthy eating message and not adding salt during cooking.”

Senior researcher Mu Li, of the University of NSW’s school of public health, said “it is reasonable to assume that pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are also iodine deficient, putting the next generation of children born in this country at risk of the neuropsychological consequences of iodine deficiency.”

The recommendations arising from this research is to force industries to include iodide in salt production.  The problem is that salt, or sodium chloride, is not as healthy as sea salt because it includes other trace minerals. 

It would seem to me far easier to simply use iodine supplements including iodide.  A daily dose would be about 25 cents per day, a reasonable cost for such an important health measure.

Consider using iodine and iodide for the whole family.

Dr. Alexander Haskell, N.D.

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