Taking Charge of Your Health

I am giving this presentation in light of
the recent events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Over the last few days,
there have been many health concerns and questions regarding radiation exposure and the use of
the emergency potassium iodide tablet to prevent thyroid cancer. This presentation will focus
on the thyroid gland, and it will not discuss how radiation affects other parts of the body.
The goal of this presentation is to inform you as to how you can ensure that your thyroid
gland is functioning optimally and what you can do to protect your thyroid. The thyroid
gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits here at the base of the throat. It produces
thyroxine, also called T4, and triiodthyronine, also called T3. These are thyroid hormones
that are important for growth, brain development, nutrient metabolism of your carbohydrates,
fats and proteins, and they help and regulate your basal metabolic rate. Your basal metabolic
rate affects the rate of which your cells and all your organs function. The thyroid
gland is very important in our body because it affects every cell and every organ. Unfortunately,
there are many environmental factors that influence the functioning of our thyroid gland.
These can include chemicals that we eat in our food, chemicals that we drink in our water,
pollutants that we inhale in the air, and even radiation. So you must be curious about
iodide and iodine. These are minerals that you absorb through your diet. Once you absorb
them, they go into your bloodstream, which goes to your thyroid gland, which soaks them
up like a sponge because it has a special affinity for iodine. If the iodine is radioactive,
your thyroid would absorb that as well, and it would cause health issues. Within the thyroid
gland, it converts iodide to iodine, and to make T3, it takes three iodines and puts them
on one tyrosine. To make T4, it takes four iodines and put them on a tyrosine. The purpose
of the thyroid gland is to regulate metabolism. Metabolism is the rate at which our cells
function and how our body functions as a whole. If a person has a low thyroid function, we
call that hypothyroidism. That may present with symptoms such as constipation, fatigue,
dry skin, dry hair, brittle nails, and depression. If somebody has a high thyroid function, we
call that hyperthyroidism, and that can present with symptoms such as anxiety, nervousness,
trembling hands, and heat intolerance. In order for the thyroid gland to function optimally,
it needs specific nutrients such as iodine, tyrosine, which is an amino acid, vitamin
A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc, copper, and selenium. So you may think that
you need to run off to the store and buy a bunch of supplements, but I suggest focusing
on your diet. The first step is to remove processed and packaged foods from your diet.
This includes fast food, such as fries, hamburgers, pizza, pasta, anything that comes from the
frozen food aisle that you can just pop in the microwave and anything that’s packaged
that has additives and preservatives in it. Unfortunately, processed foods do not have
the nutrients or vitamins that your thyroid needs for optimal functioning. Instead, I
recommend eating foods found in the produce aisle, preferably organic, and if you eat
meat to eat organic meat. You should eat whole organic foods because they contain the vitamins
and nutrients that your thyroid needs, such as flavinoids, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin
E, and all the minerals. A good food source of iodine is seaweed, which is commonly eaten
in miso soup. It is unique, and it has both iodide and iodine, and they are in an absorbable
form, which allows your body to utilize it. So what about supplements? Over the last few
days, we have heard a lot about the emergency potassium iodide. You only want to take this
when you are in close proximity to a nuclear incident because it provides such a large
dose of iodide that it suppresses the thyroid function and it can cause a lot of harm within
the body. So if you want to take an iodine supplement, that’s fine. You could take
150 to 250 micrograms a day, which is a low maintenance dose, to help fill any iodine
deficiencies and to help your thyroid function optimally. And the best part is you can find
these supplements at your local health food store. I hope you now understand that you
do not need to take the high dose emergency potassium iodide. The best thing that you
can do is to remove processed foods from your diet and to eat whole organic foods. If you
want to take an iodine supplement, you can get one at your local health food store. If
you have any concerns about your thyroid function or concerns about any other health condition,
I recommend that you find a naturopathic doctor who can create a customized treatment plan
for you.

16 thoughts on “Japan Radiation in America: Thyroid Gland Health with Iodine & Iodide by Dr. Jennifer Fisher, ND

  1. So look for Iodine 150-250 mg supplement? I eat no salt, but I do eat seaweed and mostly raw foods. So hopefully I won't be overdoing it.

  2. I live in Arizona and I actually got a kidney infection yesterday. They kept swelling and I had pain in my lower back. Do you think it has any relation to the radiation?

  3. People don't freak out I've worked a refuel outage at a nuclear plant and I received on average 15mr a night of radiation for about 2 weeks and I've never been healthier. That's been three years ago. my hair didn't fall out my thyroid didn't mess up, nothing. Radiation is not as bad as you think. The sun puts out a lot of radiation!


    Carbon type water filters WILL remove radioactive Iodine-131 from drinking water. I've confirmed this on multiple water filter sites and articles. Also, I read on one site that ion exchange media may reduce Cesium and other radioactive isotopes.

    If your carbon type water filter is also advertised as being able to remove lead, then chances are it has ion exchange media mixed with the carbon. Pur and Brita faucet & pitcher filters are carbon/ion exchange blends.

  5. High doses of ionizing radiation produce bulk damages in biological objects inducing cell death(1). In contrast, low doses induce mainly numerous DNA double strand breaks, deletions, point mutations and/or chromosomal instability(2).
    Therefore KI is protecting against condition #1 and useless for #2

  6. The flouridation of the water, metals in our air and toxins in our food is working. I actually had a guy tell me today that iodine is poison and can kill you. I told him it's a supplement, but he was trying to convince himself there was no need for it. Of course I reminded him that I do not use it as a beverage, or guzzle a liter of cold iodine on a hot day, but what is left of his mind was already made up.
    Geez, can't people actually read just a smidge before dismissing things?

  7. You did a great job with this.
    I wish I'd seen it earlier, like before I had my thyroid removed, this month..
    That's the way that goes, though..

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