your body needs IODINE . . . part 2 of 3 on thinning hair

I have been reading a bunch of scientific papers by David Brownstein and G. Abraham on iodine, as I have suspected that iodine deficiency may be partly to blame for the fact that 1 in 4 American women has a thyroid problem (countless men, too), and most of those are undiagnosed.

 

You may know that your thyroid is responsible for regulating metabolism.   If you have hypothyroidism, among a host of other symptoms, you are likely to have low energy and gain weight easily (and have a hard time losing it), regardless of your caloric intake.   (And hyperthyroidism, which is  that gland revving and eventually burning out,  often manifests with buggy eyes and manic energy.)   If your way of testing your thyroid is to go to an M.D. and ask for a test, you likely tested only T3, and that doesn’t show anywhere near the whole picture.   Also, the M.D.s accept a “normal” range that is inappropriately huge.

You need to go to a clinic specializing in hormones, and usually those are run by nurse practitioners.   Locally (Utah County), three clinics specialize in this, but I recommend Francine at Wellnique in Orem, who prescribes only bioidenticals rather than synthetics.   Get a full-panel blood test and have her analyze the interplay of a variety of factors including T3, T4, progesterone, and testosterone.   (Unfortunately most insurance companies won’t pay for this.)   You have to have iodine to synthesize T3 and T4.   And iodine is frankly hard to come by in food sources.

North Americans and Western Europeans have a high rate of goiter, or thyroid enlargement as felt by palpating the neck.   That’s a classic sign of iodine deficiency.   The studies I reviewed showed anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of Caucasions to have this disorder, rather easily rectified for most with iodine supplementation.

I’ve included a link below to quite a few iodine studies, for the meticulous, analytical, and detail oriented among you. 

You won’t be surprised to hear me say that the best way to get highly bioavailable iodine is through plant food:   the Japanese get it through sea vegetables, like seaweed, kelp, and dulse.   They have very low rates of breast and reproductive cancers and other iodine-deficiency problems, whereas we have high rates of all those problems.   If you like nori sheets, eat a few every day.   Roll hummus and/or veggies in it, or tear it up and put it in soup.   I personally don’t like it, so I season food with kelp, but that’s not enough.   I am using a Lugol solution of iodine and potassium iodine to try to achieve the average Japanese rate of iodine through seaweed consumption.

These are some papers regarding research on iodine:

http://www.optimox.com/pics/Iodine/opt_Research_I.shtml

Need motivation? . . . LAST ONE! part 13

You know that my primary motive on GSG.com is to improve the health of human beings through a plant-based diet.   But today we look at figures regarding the treatment of animals raised for food in America before I officially retire this series:

 

Number of pigs in U.S. raised in total confinement factories where they never see light of day until trucked to slaughter: 65 million   (in England, zero!)  

U.S. pigs that have pneumonia at the time of slaughter: 70 percent

 

Broiler chickens so overfed and obese at 6 weeks that they can’t walk: 90 percent

 

Mass of breast tissue of 8-wk. old chicken compared to 25 years ago: 7 times greater

 

Do you think the treatment of animals is acceptable if the package reads “cage free,” “free range,” and “natural?”   Those terms mean virtually nothing in the U.S.–they’re just a marketing gimmick with no law or regulation defining them (by USDA standards, a Burger King Whopper is “natural”).   Egglands Best and Vegetarian Harvest both use caged hens.

 

Length of time birds subjected to forced molting (75 percent of U.S. hens) are given no food:   10-14 days (and 3 days with no water)

 

Chickens housed in U.S. egg farms in an 18″ by 20″ cage: 7 or 8 (where they peck each other to death, so farmer “de-beak” them, and excrement falls constantly on them from chickens above)

 

U.S. dairy calves taken from their mothers within 24 hours of birth: 90 percent (compared to 8 months of nursing from their mothers in a natural environment)

 

Veal calves in the U.S. are: denied mother’s milk, trucked to auctions 1-2 days old, commingled with sick and dying animals, chained for life in crates 22″ wide, denied solid food, made anemic, kept in the dark, plagued by respiratory and intestinal disease, not allowed lie down normally, deprived of bedding, never able to walk

 

Tell me:   Do you love your dog?   Would you be okay with your dog being treated this way?   How did we get to the point that we condone this treatment of other animals like cows, birds, and pigs?

Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 12 of 12

Today, why you’re contributing to environmental damage if you eat high on the food chain:

 

Gallons of oil spilled by the Exxon-Valdez: 12 million

 

Gallons of putrefying hog urine and feces spilled in North Carolina in 1995 when a hog excrement dam broke:   25 million

 

Fish killed as an immediate result: 10-14 million

 

Fish whose breeding area was decimated by this disaster: half of all mid-East Coast fish species

 

Farmed fish the answer to avoid overfishing?   Farmed fish contains much higher levels of pollutants and pesticides, including 10 times more PCBs (2001 study)

 

Concentration of pathogens in hog waste (a biohazard) compared to human sewage: 10 to 100 times greater

 

For every household in the country, 20 tons of livestock manure are produced annually.

 

The single largest source of water pollution, which cauterizes waterways and kills fish: dairy farms

 

Rainforest beef destroys: 20-30 plant species, 100 insect species, and dozens of bird, mammal, and reptile species

 

When will Indonesian forests (280 million acres) be gone if cleared to produce enough beef for Indonesians to eat as much as the U.S. does, per capita: 3.5 years

 

When will Costa Rican rainforests be gone if cleared to produce enough beef for Costa Ricans to eat as much as the U.S. does, per capita: 1 year

 

What a hamburger would cost (produced by clearing forests in India, which is common practice) if the REAL costs were included and no subsidies were involved: $200

 

Tell me: what does this mean to you?   Do you think we are overconsuming meat?

Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 11 of 12

Today, more info on world hunger and why you’re contributing to overconsumption of resources  eating high on the food chain:

 

Number of people whose food energy needs can be met by the food produced on 2.5 acres of land, if the land is producing . . .

 

Cabbage                     23 people

Potatoes                      22 people

Rice                               19 people

Corn                             17 people

Wheat                         15 people

Chicken                         2 people

Milk                                 2 people

Eggs                                  1 person

Beef                               1 person

 

Grain needed to adequately feed every person on the planet who dies of hunger annually: 12 million tons

 

Amount Americans would have to reduce their beef consumption to save 12 million tons of grain: 10 percent

 

Amount of fish caught per person, worldwide, sold for human consumption (1996): 16 kg

Amount of marine life that was hauled up with the fish and discarded, per person (1996): 200 kg

 

Amount of world’s fish catch fed to livestock: 50%, more than the combined weight of the U.S. human population

 

Newsweek quote: “The amount of water that goes into a 1,000 pound steer would float a (Naval) destroyer.”

Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 10 of 12

Today, stats about hunger in the world, and how this is related to a plant-based diet:

 

Number of UNDERFED and malnourished people in the world: 1.2 billion

Number of OVERFED and malnourished people in the world: 1.2 billion

Both groups have high levels of sickness and disability and shortened life expectancies

 

Weight of the world’s cattle compared to weight of the world’s people: nearly double

 

Area of Earth’s total land mass used as pasture for cattle/livestock: 50%

 

Grassland needed to support one cow under optimal conditions: 2.5 acres

Grassland needed to support one cow under much more common marginal conditions: 50 acres

 

Pounds of grain needed to produce 1 lb. of beef: 17

U.S. corn eaten by people: 2 percent

U.S. corn eaten by livestock: 77 percent

U.S. farmland producing vegetables: 4 million acres

U.S. farmland producing hay for livestock: 56 million acres

 

U.S. grain and cereals fed to livestock: 70 percent

Human beings who could be fed by the grain and soybeans eaten by U.S. livestock: 1,400,000,000

 

World’s population living in the U.S.:   4 percent

World’s beef eaten in the U.S.: 23 percent

Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 9 of 12

Some stats on hormones and  antibiotics in our meat supply, and Mad Cow disease:

U.S. beef cattle that receive hormone implants: 90% (100% in larger feedlots)

 

Independent European Union scientists’ report on the effect of hormones added to U.S. beef: they are “complete carcinogens” (able to cause and promote cancer by themselves) (hormone 17 beta-oestradiol)

 

Antibiotics administered to people in the U.S. for treating disease: 3 million pounds

 

Antibiotics administered to livestock in the U.S. annually for purposes other than treating disease: 24.6 million pounds

 

Antibiotics administered to livestock in Demark annually for purposes other than treating disease: zero

 

Adverse health effects as a result of Denmark’s elimination of antibiotic use for purposes other than treating disease: none

 

Prevalance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in chickens in Denmark prior to ban on routine use of antibiotics: 82 percent

 

Prevalance three years after the ban: 12 percent

 

CJD or Mad Cow Disease: caused by feeding cows their own meat and bones

 

Still legal and widespread in the U.S.: feeding pigs and chickens their own bones, brains, meat scraps, feathers, and feces

 

Finding of Yale study examining brains of Alzheimers brains post-mortem: 13 percent of them actually had CJD or Mad Cow disease

 

How many Americans currently are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s: 4 million

Tell me: Why risk it?