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Dr. David Brownstein, M.D
Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: iodine levels and cancer risk | thyroid cancer | breast cancer | iodine deficiency | endocrine tissues | X-rays and cancer risk | mammograms and cancer risk

Iodine Levels and Cancer Risk

Monday, 29 October 2012 06:50 AM EDT

Question: Why is there so much thyroid cancer right now?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

In the United States, there is an epidemic of cancer of the thyroid and the breasts. I think the connection between these two illnesses is iodine deficiency. Iodine helps to maintain the normal architecture of endocrine tissues including the thyroid, ovaries, uterus, breasts, and prostate.
Inadequate iodine levels are known to predispose these tissues to abnormal growths, starting with cysts and ending with cancer. Iodine has been shown to reverse this abnormal architecture of these tissues.

I don’t think iodine deficiency is the only cause of the endocrine cancer epidemic we are experiencing. X-rays will also increase your cancer risk. Every mammogram leads to a 1 percent increased risk of breast cancer. Therefore, after 10 years of mammograms, your risk may increase by as much as 10 percent.

Other reasons include our exposure to chemicals (bromide, fluoride, and chlorine) that all cause iodine to be released from the body. Most pesticides and herbicides contain these chemicals.

What is the solution? Ensure that your body has optimal iodine levels and minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals like pesticides and herbicides. More information about this can be found in my book, Iodine: Why You need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It.

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Iodine helps to maintain the normal architecture of endocrine tissues and inadequate iodine levels are known to predispose these tissues to abnormal growths that can lead to cancer.
iodine levels and cancer risk,thyroid cancer,breast cancer,iodine deficiency,endocrine tissues,X-rays and cancer risk,mammograms and cancer risk,pesticides,herbicides,Dr. David Brownstein
Monday, 29 October 2012 06:50 AM
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