Crusador Interviews Book Author And Board-Certified Practitioner David Brownstein, M.D.
David Brownstein, M.D. has become internationally known and respected for his excellent research and work on iodine therapy. He became immersed in the study of iodine as an essential nutrient for health after reading a letter from Dr. Guy Abraham published in the May, 2003 “The Townsend Letter For Doctors and Patients.” Since that time he has tested and treated well over 3,000 patients with iodine and says the results still amaze him. In his practice he has found that over 95% of those tested have demonstrated low iodine levels.
Dr. Brownstein says, “In all my years of practicing medicine, I have yet to see one item provide such miraculous effects on the body as iodine does.”
In the Forward to the 2nd Edition of his book, “IODINE, Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It,” he states why iodine deficiency is a far bigger problem than most people realize:
“The reason there is so much iodine deficiency present is not only due to inadequate iodine intake, it is also due to the toxicities we are exposed to on a daily basis. These toxicities include the toxic halides bromine, fluoride and the chlorine derivatives.”
In the years to come it is certain that more and more doctors will be incorporating iodine therapy into their treatment protocols largely because of the efforts of Dr. Brownstein and what he has done to educate the public about its importance. In the following interview, Crusador editor Greg Ciola had the opportunity to hear Dr. Brownstein’s thoughts first hand about this essential nutrient that can make a profound impact on your health.
Crusador: David, it’s a pleasure to finally interview you. You’ve become quite an acclaimed author with the incredible books you’ve written on a number of different health topics, including the one you’ve written on iodine. I have been hearing all sorts of amazing reports that iodine supplementation can make a dramatic difference in a person’s health. Tell our readers a little bit about iodine and why you feel this essential trace element is so very important to restore or maintain optimum health?
Doctor: Greg, it is a pleasure to be interviewed by you. I have been practicing holistic medicine for over 16 years. I have never seen a single substance make such a dramatic improvement in such a wide range of patients like iodine.
I refer to iodine as the most misunderstood nutrient. I was taught in medical school that you get enough iodine from salt and that nobody needs supplemental iodine. Furthermore, we were taught that if you give thyroid patients iodine, you make the thyroid disease worse. This includes not only hypothyroidism, but autoimmune thyroid illnesses such as Graves’ and Hashimoto’s disease. Greg, what I can tell you is that nearly all of what I learned about iodine in medical school was wrong.
The thyroid gland requires an adequate intake of iodine in order to ensure optimal functioning. All of the thyroid hormones require iodine. But, iodine is required by much more than just the thyroid gland. Every cell in the body requires and utilizes iodine. All the glandular tissue, including the ovaries, uterus, prostate, and the breasts, need adequate amounts of iodine to optimally function. Even the white blood cells utilize iodine to function normally.
My clinical experience has clearly shown that it is impossible to reach your optimal health if you are iodine deficient. I believe iodine levels need to be investigated by anyone suffering from a chronic illness.
Crusador: Why are iodine levels so low?
Over the last 30 years, iodine levels have fallen over 50% in the U.S. These numbers come from the U.S. government. Iodine levels have fallen due to a number of factors. The main reason the levels have declined is that people are avoiding iodized salt. The mainstream media, governmental agencies and most conventional medical organizations have convinced us that salt is bad for us. I would agree that refined salt should be avoided by all. It is a toxic, devitalized substance. But, unrefined salt, with its full complement of minerals can enhance the diet of everyone. However, unrefined salt has little iodine in it and you may have to supplement with iodine if you use it.
The next reason iodine levels have fallen is because people and doctors are afraid of iodine. Most believe the myths that iodine must be avoided or you will cause a thyroid problem. However, as iodine levels have fallen over the last 30 years, what has happened to all the thyroid illnesses? Have they gone down? No. All of the thyroid illnesses are increasing, including hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, and Graves’ disease, as well as thyroid cancer. As I describe in my book, these illnesses are caused, in part, from iodine deficiency and iodine needs to be the treatment-of-choice.
Crusador: Why hasn’t the medical community recognized that iodine deficiency is a major problem?
This goes back to all of our training in medical schools. If you repeat a falsehood over and over, eventually most people believe it must be true. When I started looking at the medical research about iodine, I realized nearly all of the negative things written about iodine just weren’t true. When I started checking my patients for iodine deficiency I was stunned; over 95 % have tested low (with many significantly low). Doctors say iodine deficiency is a thing of the past. I say, how many people have they tested for iodine deficiency? It can’t be many. I have spoken all over the country and outside of the country about this and heard other holistic doctors finding similar results as I have.
Crusador: Where is iodine found in the body?
Iodine is found in every cell of the body. It is concentrated in the glandular tissue which includes the thyroid, ovaries, uterus, breasts, and probably the prostate. Guess which glandular tissues we are having all our problems with? I just listed them. We are having epidemic problems with the thyroid, ovaries, uterus, breasts and the prostate gland. All of these tissues require and utilize iodine for proper functioning.