Part 4 of 10
This post will focus on a couple of more reasons for the current Iodine Crisis that is contributing to many of the health woes of modern society.
Factor 2a. Another factor contributing to the documented widespread deficiency of iodine has to do with the fact that Iodine is no longer used in the dairy industry. For decades the dairy used iodine (in the form of Iodophor) to both wipe down cow’s teats prior to milking them and to rinse the milk cans, this led to some residual iodine finding its way into the collected milk. Over the years, a variety of other solutions were developed and marketed for these pruposes and sometime in the 70s Iodophor was replaced with bromides for reasons that are not clear. This caused a significant drop in the amount of iodine consumed by the general population. Even worse, bromide is toxic and blocks iodine receptors.
Factor 2b. Iodine is no longer used in the baking industry. For decades Iodine was used as a dough conditioner by the baking industry, however, it was replaced by potassium bromate back in the 70s for reasons that are not completely clear. Potassium bromated bleaches dough & enhances its elasticity by strengthening its network of molecular bridges. The result is fluffy, soft, & unnaturally white bread. Potassium bromated has been banned from use in food product in the European Union, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, South Korea, Peru, Sri Lanka, China, and India. In addition to being generally toxic and blocking iodine receptors, Japanese researchers have published studies showing that potassium bromated causes cancer in the thyroid, kidneys, & other body parts of rats & mice.
Additionally, there are more sources of toxic bromides that we are being exposed to without our knowledge or consent. Brominated vegetable oils, added to many soft drinks and methyl bromide, used in many pesticides, are two examples.
"Consumption of eggs is down over the past couple of decades. Egg yolks are a rich source of iodine."
Factor 3. Consumption of eggs is down over the past couple of decades. Egg yolks are a rich source of iodine.
Eggs, from healthy, ‘cage-free,’ non-GMO-fed chickens, can be an extremely healthy food, a superfood in fact. However, the standard, industrial-style, egg producing facilities… not so much. Even those eggs are relatively healthy compared to most of the other crap the ‘big food industry’ crams down people’s throats these days.
So, why is egg consumption down? Thirty plus years of misinformation, that’s why. Everyone has had it drilled into their heads that eggs contain cholesterol and that eating cholesterol is bad because it increases blood levels of cholesterol and that elevated blood cholesterol causes cardiovascular disease by forming blockages in the blood vessels. While it is true that egg yolks do contain cholesterol, the remaining statements or ‘false-truths’ above are outright LIES!
Cholesterol is not harmful or bad, in fact, it is one of the most essential substances that our bodies produce. It is mainly made by the liver and is used by our body’s cells to make all kinds of vital things such as: cell membranes, hormones, antibodies, vitamin D, other fat-soluble vitamins, bile acids, and more.
Ingested cholesterol has virtually no significant impact on blood levels of cholesterol as the liver produces 80+% of circulating serum cholesterol. If we take in more through food out livers simply have to make less, if we ingest very little, our livers have to make more.
The entire LIE was propagated by Ancel Keys, a very influential physiologist in the first half of the 20th century who did major damage to the understanding of human health and disease with his completely erroneous beliefs about the role of fats and refined sugar. He was anti fat and defended refined sugar. He set the field of nutrition back a good 30-50 years.
His mistaken beliefs (I’m being kind here), were taken up by breakfast cereal manufacturers, who obviously relished the idea of replacing eggs with cereal, picked up on Keys’s bad science and promoted the hell out of it (and continue to do so to this day).
That’s it for installment #4 on the Iodine Crisis.