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Iodine; YOU need it!

Don’t forget about iodine to protect against multiple invaders including but not limited to radiation and viruses. Iodine is an essential mineral commonly found in seafood. Your thyroid gland uses it to make thyroid hormones, which help control growth, repair damaged cells and support a healthy metabolism 'After the 1918 Influenza Pandemic which killed an estimated 30 million people, governments financed research on the Pandemic’s causes. Over 25 years, influenza viruses were isolated and methods for killing them with various agents discovered. Iodine was the most effective agent for killing viruses, especially influenza viruses. Aerosol iodine was found to kill viruses in sprayed mists, and solutions of iodine were equally effective. Iodine is the most effective broad-spectrum antiseptic with low toxicity. Iodine has very high germicidal activity, and no organism develops resistance to iodine. Iodine has been used in various forms as an antiseptic for the skin, wounds, and mucous surfaces of the body. It has also been used to sterilize the air and inanimate objects such as catgut and surgical instruments. Moreover, it has been used as a prophylactic and therapeutic agent in diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and to sanitize eating utensils. Iodine kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and even spores of bacteria and fungi, including anthrax spores. Iodine was used successfully against influenza, herpes, small pox, and chicken pox viruses. When iodine was suspended in a solution, viral inactivation occurred at dilutions of 1/1,000,000. Aerosols inactivated many viruses within 30 seconds or less. Watery solutions such as Lugol’s are the superior germicides. The salivary glands, nasal mucosa, and lungs all secrete mucus which contains iodine. The lungs not only secrete mucus, but Salter thought volatile iodine mixes with alveolar air to enter the bronchioles. If this is occurs, it would serve as an additional barrier to the invading air borne viruses in a manner similar to aerosol iodine.' 💉💉 I've pulled out some pertintnet bits, but you can Read the rest of the article here: Iodine: the Forgotten WeaponAgainst Influenza Viruses David Derry, MD, PhD Iodine is an essential mineral, which means that your body needs it to function properly and you cannot produce it on your own—you must ingest it through your diet or as a supplement. It is present in foods, but amounts can be hard to identify. Most people need to regularly use salt that is enriched with iodine in order to get an ample dietary dose.1 Iodized salt is the main source of this mineral in the United States. Additionally, iodine is a trace element, which means that it comprises a relatively small percentage of the body’s tissue. Iodine Deficiency The most noticeable consequences of iodine deficiency involve defects in thyroid hormone production, which results in symptoms of thyroid disease. If you have low iodine levels, the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction can develop within a few weeks and include a variety of conditions: Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid Function) Inadequate iodine prevents your body from making enough thyroid hormones. This can cause a variety of symptoms, including weight gain, diminished energy, sleepiness, trouble concentrating, depression, constipation, feeling cold all the time, menstrual irregularities, and problems with blood sugar. Childhood HypothyroidismGoiter When an iodine deficiency results in low thyroid hormone levels, your pituitary gland makes excess thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to compensate for the low thyroid hormone levels. TSH normally stimulates the thyroid gland to produce and release T4 and T3. Excess TSH overstimulates the thyroid gland. In response to this, the thyroid gland becomes enlarged, yet still cannot function adequately in the absence of sufficient iodine. This change is described as goiter. Congenital Hypothyroidism Iodine deficiency in infants is detected by newborn screening tests. The condition may cause babies to experience trouble eating, weak muscle tone, or heart problems—sometimes, it may not cause any symptoms at all. It has been suggested that iodine deficiency may also be associated with breast disease, stomach problems, and bone problems, Side Effects In general, moderate iodine consumption through the intake of iodized salt or through the food in your diet should not be problematic because extra iodine is easily eliminated through the urine.

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