Hi All!

Ever since I became aware that the foods of the diet we're designed to eat do not necessarily contain enough of all the nutrients our bodies need for optimum functioning (because of the way they're grown), once I was finished with researching the two problematic non-food-provided nutrients (B12 & D), I started drilling down into the list of the nutrients that food is supposed to provide, and the one that stuck out like a sore thumb was iodine. And it has now been added to my list of "problematic nutrients".

The reason it has such a huge impact is three-fold: 1. we aren't aware of it like we're aware of the issues with B12 and D, 2. lack of sufficient iodine is a contributing factor in so many ill-health conditions (both noticeable and as-of-yet unnoticed), and 3. a lot more people are low in iodine than B12 and D to the point where it's having a physiological effect on them (and that includes cognitive function and weight management).

Iodine is required for so many physiological processes that it would blow your mind. As the resident iodine literate health practitioner I find myself on an actual quest to get this message out to the general public and especially to those whose goal is to have the best health their DNA will allow them to have.

I've recently been interviewed on this subject by three well-respected folks, and when those hit the net I'll let you know. But for now, please pour over my main iodine article at http://health101.org/iodine

Based on those I've been doing problematic nutrient testing and counseling with - including raw foodists - I can say with a high degree of certainty that just about everyone reading this would benefit from adding the iodine issue into their learning journey.


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Comment by Mikey on January 3, 2014 at 6:51pm

Here is one of the best articles I have come across about Iodine by DR COUSENS. IT IS A MUST READ.


Read both Dons and this one and once you see why were deficient, get tested and followed. Don't just start with not testing you will have no idea how long you should do high dose supplementing as well as other considerations

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Comment by Anna Dorovskikh on December 28, 2013 at 3:23pm

I guess that does make sense.  Thank you for answering my questions! 

wff Pioneer
Comment by Don Bennett on December 27, 2013 at 12:10am

Are there any supplementations in the market that you would recommend? 

Anna, there are two very good ones, and there are ones I'd steer clear of (when something becomes popular, the woo-woo products will appear, and iodine is no exception). It would be irresponsible of me to publicly recommend an iodine product because that should be done by someone who you're counseling with to test and correct an iodine insufficiency/deficiency. There are people who are treating the iodine issue as a they would the B12 issue (which is relatively easy to self-assess and self-correct) and getting themselves into trouble, and that's why you'll see me making public recommendations for B12 and D, but not for iodine, because it's best done not as a DIY project.

Week 1&2
Comment by Anna Dorovskikh on December 26, 2013 at 11:53pm

Don and Mikey thank you for your responses, much appreciated.  This issue seems to be something to definitely keep an eye on and take care of.  Are there any supplementations in the market that you would recommend?  

wff Pioneer
Comment by Don Bennett on December 26, 2013 at 12:43pm


Here is a reply from Charles Hakala (runs one of the labs that does the meaningful iodine test) to Mikey about his experiences with iodine deficiency...

"We have had our lab open for seven years although I had worked with Dr Abraham for about six years before that time on the original research. Our results are similar to Drs Brownstein and Flechas in that 90% plus patients are deficient for whole body iodine sufficiency, according to Dr. Abraham's criteria. The numbers are similar for men and women."

And this correlates with my clinical experience as well; about 98% of those I've tested are iodine insufficient/deficient. So this is not something to take lightly or to dismiss out-of-hand, at least not if optimum health restoration and maintenance is a goal.

wff Pioneer
Comment by Don Bennett on December 26, 2013 at 11:43am


Dateline: New York
Popular raw food expert and health creation counselor, Don Bennett, was reported to have had an iodine deficiency. This shocking news reverberated throughout the Natural Hygiene community and was immediately called into question by those who believe that it is impossible to be deficient in any of the food-provided nutrients when eating an all-raw, fruit-based diet as long as the person is being active enough to warrant eating enough food. Bennett responded to this by saying, "it is indeed unfortunate that the foods I'm eating come from an agri-based food supply system that grows food for yield, shelf-life, looks, sugar-content, and size, but not for nutritional content, so there can be some micro nutrients and trace minerals that the body requires for optimum functioning that we're just not getting enough of, and evidently iodine is one of them." A spokesperson for the agri-based food industry declined to comment.

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Comment by Mikey on December 26, 2013 at 10:40am

Just to give you an idea how prevalent low or deficient levels are among people. Dr.Brownstein is one of the world renowned experts in iodine

Dr. David Brownstein, has tested over 4,000 patients in his clinic. His findings have been shocking — 96.5% tested low for this critical substance.

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Comment by Mikey on December 26, 2013 at 10:31am

Just wanted to Add Anna, that it is not just due to the fact that iodine is less present in the soil which is already bad but a huge reason for the deficiency is also because we are exposed by the elements that compete with iodine receptor sites in the body. Iodine is part of the halide family which also comprises fluorine, chlorine and bromine are all similar in structure and compete with iodine in our body. Don mentions this in his article but I think it is worth highlighting here.

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Comment by Anne Osborne on December 25, 2013 at 10:17pm

Dear Don,

Thank you for sharing your knowledge about the wide variance in nutrient samples, I think this is very important information.

I agree that if we rely on nutrient charts to 'ensure' we are getting our daily micro-nutrient needs, we may find that we are either getting much more or much less of a nutrient than the charts show depending on the quality of the individual fruits or vegetables we are eating.

Thank you again 

Love and Peaches,

from Anne XX

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Comment by Don Bennett on December 25, 2013 at 9:19pm

In your research, how did you come to know that most of the time a certain food doesn't actually contain a specified amount of some kind of nutrient? 

Anna, there have been research projects where researchers went around the nation taking nutrient samples from specific foods grown in all different areas. The main take-away point of these studies was that nutritional content varied widely among the same variety of a food. For example, when a specific variety of grape was analyzed, their sodium content varied between 0.3 and 10.5 percent, calcium content was between 1.7 and 22.6 percent, and iron varied between 0.05 and 1.7 percent (due to different soil qualities). But what caught my eye was that lots of foods came in under what the popular nutritional content charts showed. So when someone says that a particular food has X amount of Y per 100 grams, they should actually say, ...is supposed to have X amount of Y per 100 grams". And even then, nothing is really "supposed to have" any specific amount of anything. In fact, certain foods that are "known" to be good sources of such-and-such are often not. So why do these charts exist? Human nature being what it is, we simply must quantify everything, even things that can't really be quantified very well. So can we make generalizations regarding the nutritional content of certain foods, maybe, but should we? I say no. Use programs like Cron-O-Meter and Fitday.com for calculating calories and the caloro-nutrient ratios, but not to see if your diet is meeting your nutritional requirements.

Want a second good reason why those charts are essentially useless for determining if we're getting enough nutrition? Who said that 150 mcg of iodine is what we need per day? The Recommended Daily Intake, the good ole RDI, which is what those charts are based on. But what's missing is the qualifier! "The RDI of iodine is what we need per day to prevent the conditions associated with the most severe iodine deficiency". Well isn't that peachy! Why doesn't the RDI represent the amount of iodine we need per day to supply the body with enough iodine for total whole body tissue sufficiency? You'd think that since this would help us to be as healthy as we can be, the RDI would reflect this, but it doesn't. Why? Here's a hint, $.



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