As I wrote about in my first part of this series on hypothyroidism with regards to obesity and metabolic syndrome X with insulin resistance, this is often due to an increase in rT-3 (reverse T-3) relative to T-3 (active form of the thyroid hormone). In this section, I would like to give you my thoughts on iodine deficiency. Part 3 will be how the rT-3 and T-3 and how it affects the body.

Most people know that the thyroid uses lots of iodine to make thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland gets to use iodine before the other parts of the body. However, most people don't know that every gland in the body that secretes something needs large amounts of iodine. Iodine is the "truck" that carries the secretion from inside the cell to outside the cell. Thus most cysts in the body are due to iodine deficiency as the secretions are accumulated inside the cells to form cysts. I remember before I went through menopause, I had numerous ovarian cysts (one even burst while I was grocery shopping which made me double over like I was in labor! It was very painful and, before I knew anything about this phenomena, it made me feel fear and I went to the emergency room). Now, I laugh about that fear because I know so much more about the endocrine system. That is why I write to you so that you can be well-informed and to fear less about what your body does chemically.

A partial list of cells that secrete is given below:

Thyroid: has the highest concentration

Salivary glands

Cerebrospinal fluid and brain

Intestinal mucosa (esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine)

Choroid plexus



Vagina and uterus


Ciliary body of the eye

Nose, sinuses, mouth

Substantia nigra of the brain

Conjunctiva of the eye

Stomach acid

Digestive enzymes in pancreas

Liver and gall bladder


Bone marrow


Adrenal glands



Please note that this list is the same organs that typically get cancer!

The Japanese consume a lot of seaweed and thus a lot of iodine. They have the least amount of cancer of anyone on the planet. The only kind of cancer they have in excess is stomach cancer. Iodine is inactivated by nitrates (found in processed meats like bologna and hot dogs), and when they eat processed meats, this deactivates the iodine in their stomachs, allowing them to get stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. It is apparent that iodine is protective against cancer.

Iodine kills all single-celled organisms like viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa. For example, Jean Lugol, a Paris physician, in 1829 discovered that iodine is more soluble in water that contains potassium iodide. Lugol's solution implies that it is water based. "Tincture of iodine" means it is in an alcohol base whereas Lugol's solution is water based. Iodine is bactericidal even at dilutions of 1:170,000! Microorganisms do not develop resistance to iodine.

Iodine is so important in brain development that iodine deficiency is the leading cause of intellectual impairment in the world. (ADD/ADHD?)

Hypothyroidism is one of the leading causes of violent behavior in the world.

For instance, it was suggested by Campbell in the "China Study" that the reduction in cancer and heart disease in Asia was due to a vegetarian diet, but the difference may well be in the amount of iodine consumed and not in the amount of meat eaten. The China Study was an epidemiological survey and not a study in which one group gets one substance and the other group gets a placebo.

The parts of the body exposed to the outside world have iodine levels thirty times the blood level. Iodine is the immune system's "bug killer." That is, it is the bug killer for bugs trying to enter the body. For example, if you breathe in a flu virus and you have enough iodine in the lining of your nose, it will kill the virus before it has a chance to enter the system. Once a microorganism is in the body, it is attacked by white blood cells. Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, contain hydrogen peroxide to kill the bacteria. Vitamin C creates hydrogen peroxide in the body, increasing the efficiency of the immune system.

Drinking Lugol's solution or taking dehydrated Lugol's in capsule form is the best treatment for food poisoning as it kills the bacteria. (It is so sad that we recently lost a coworker due to food poisoning while traveling on a trip).

Lugol's solution will inactivate snake venoms.

Nitrates (hot dogs, bologna, processed meats) inactivate iodine and allow Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) to grow in the stomach and cause stomach ulcers/cancer.

If large foreign proteins are ingested, they are inactivated by iodine preventing them from becoming allergens. As I mentioned in part I of my series about low stomach acid in relation to obesity and metabolic syndrome X with insulin resistance, iodine is necessary to make stomach acid. Humans should never absorb proteins. We must only absorb amino acids to make our own proteins. When we don't have stomach acid because we are deficient in iodine, zinc, and vitamin B1, we absorb whole proteins. (I figured out that when I went Paleo and gluten free at the beginning of my autoimmune disorder of plaque psoriasis, I did not know much about the nutrition factors of the right combinations of foods and supplementing with the right vitamins and minerals. Once I did, my psoriasis has diminished and I have not had the flu and maybe just a sniffle or two in the past five years since changing how I administer my supplements).  The immune system recognizes that the body didn't make these proteins and assumes they are invaders. It makes antibodies to attack them. Having enough iodine to make stomach acid thus helps prevent food allergies.

The energy in fats is contained in their double bonds. These double bonds are protected by iodine.

Fetal iodine is five times the level in the mother. Low maternal iodine can lead to miscarriage, birth defects, failure to thrive, mental retardation, etc.

There are only micrograms of iodine in table salt and some of the companies are using bromine instead of iodine because it is cheaper (and toxic). Sea salt contains almost no iodine (unless you use Celtic or Himalayan Course salt). Adults need 12-15 milligrams of iodine per day. Because of our farming practices, there is very little iodine in our soils. About the only people in the United States with normal levels of iodine are those who eat seaweed frequently. You see we do not store iodine in our bodies, so it is very important to get daily dosages of it!

Every person should be taking iodine to prevent infections and cancer. One can take it orally since it doesn't go into the large intestine to kill the good bacteria. It isn't well absorbed through the skin.

Remember that you need iodine to protect you against infections and cancer whether your thyroid is functioning normally or not. You also need it to make every organ that secretes something work.

Up to ninety percent of the American population has undiagnosed hypothyroidism. This epidemic is causing havoc with our mental and physical health. It is easily and inexpensively treated. The primary cause is fluoride in our water and dental products and lack of iodine. Soy also shuts down the entire endocrine system including the thyroid.

This last paragraph is very important and it will be Part 3 of my series on how fluoride is a toxic hallide that overwhelms the iodine because it fills in for the lack of iodine in our bodies. If you look at the element chart from chemistry class, you'll see that is it similar in the carbon factor and your body mistakes it as iodine. When you don't store the iodine, but you keep on adding fluoride to your body from water or chemically from other sources, it will not help you to ward off those nasty little critters that surround us everyday.



Recently, I received my blood test results for fasting blood glucose, cholesterol and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). There had been improvements since I took the tests six months ago or so due to concentrating on my thyroid and my skin condition plaque psoriasis. How many of you even know what your blood tests really mean? Are you in the dark on some things, especially with your health?

The symptoms of the epidemic of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart attacks, depression, etc. are well-known.  The root causes of these major epidemics in the United States of the above miseries are not well-known.  To discuss hypothyroidism, we must first discuss metabolic syndrome X and iodine deficiency. This is necessary to understand hypothyroidism. However, most doctors agree that what is called metabolic syndrome X is responsible for most of the illnesses in America. So what is metabolic syndrome X?

The symptoms and features of metabolic syndrome X are:

Fasting hyperglycemia-diabetes mellitus type II or impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance, or insulin resistance

High Blood pressure

Central obesity (also known as visceral, male-pattern or apple-shaped adiposity), overweight with fat deposits mainly around the waist

Decreased HDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides (MOST IMPORTANT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HEART DISEASE)

Obesity requires some special attention. When you are bigger around the waist than around your hips, you are said to have “apple obesity.” This type of obesity is associated with illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, gall bladder disease, and cancer. When you are bigger around your hips than around your waist, you are said to have “pear obesity.” This is associated with hormonal imbalances but is not likely to cause heart attacks, strokes, and cancer.

A major contributor to obesity is MSG. Leptin is a hormone released to tell your brain that you are full. MSG damages the brain so that it does not recognize leptin. Thus you always feel hungry. MSG is put in foods because it is addicting and makes you want to eat more, resulting in more profits for the food manufacturers.

MSG is hidden in foods by calling it “other spices.” Additives that always contain MSG are called texturized protein, autolyzed yeast and hydrolyzed oat flour.

Metabolic syndrome is an epidemic that also includes stress, anger, heart attacks, ADHD, migraine headaches, and childhood and adult obesity with depression. Traditional medicine has not found a solution for metabolic syndrome X except for diet and exercise. Often diet and exercise alone will not reduce blood pressure, correct diabetes, correct blood lipids, or allow you to lose weight. Metabolic syndrome X often proceeds to fibromyalgia. Doctors typically prescribe pills to lower blood pressure, pills to lower blood sugar, pills to lower cholesterol and a band around your stomach without asking why you got these illnesses in the first place.

It is in my opinion, and other doctors who are aware, that metabolic syndrome X is simply type II hypothyroidism. After six to twelve months of therapy for hypothyroidism, most cases of hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity return to normal without other therapies. Studies have also shown that eighty percent of arthritic people will be normal.

After emailing my traditional doctor about her responses (she was asking if I wanted to put me on a low dose hypothyroid drug without asking me what I had been doing to lower my TSH and she did not look at my previous blood results to see that I had improved) to my blood tests (I only ask my doctor to order blood tests and then I find the answers through my own research to rectify the situation and try to return my body to a homeostasis or balance). My significant reason, to which my doctor does not know or believe, is my leaky gut status due to low stomach acid.  I have had stomach low acid where my  body did not break down the food well enough to get the amino acids out of my animal proteins (you do not want the animal protein to absorb into your body) and vegetables (lectin- the protection around the plant for survival which makes it difficult to get all the nutrients into our bodies) to break down in my stomach and my small intestine. So to get the right nutrients into my body I have had to figure out numerous ways to help my body to break down the foods so that my body could “absorb” the nutrients needed to improve my compromised endocrine system, which includes my thyroid. Also, I had to find the right supplements to repair my leaky gut syndrome.

So a significant cause of obesity is a lack of stomach acid. Another significant cause of obesity is consuming high fructose corn syrup, especially in sodas. One soda a day increases your weight one pound per month. If you gain twelve pounds per year, in five years you are sixty pound overweight just from one soda per day! Even another cause of obesity is high glycemic index foods. These are foods that are rapidly digested and results in a spike of insulin. The excess glucose is stored in fat cells and the body cannot use this glucose when insulin is present. These high glycemic index foods are primarily white foods such as white flour, white rice, white sugar and white potatoes. Instead, use whole grains (gluten-free if you can), stevia and sweet potatoes.

Part II of this series will be another major source of Hypothyroidism and how it contributes to numerous health problems and to its prevention.  Metabolic Syndrome X with insulin resistance is often the result of an increase in rT-3 (receptors that inhibit T-3 from being used in the organs) relative to T-3 (this is the part of the thyroid hormone that is converted from T-4 which is utilized in the cells all over the body for energy). Please listen to your body and find the causes and not to cover up your symptoms with drugs and to improve your nutritional status. For more information on how I might assist you with your health, please contact me on the form below.