Iodine Revisited

By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

We walk big circles around IODINE these days because Big Chem, Big Ag, Big Pharma, and Big Sup immerse us in it.

We even use iodide-free salt — Diamond Crystal Pure and Natural Kosher Salt.

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According to the IPCS INCHEM (a collaboration between the International Programme on Chemical Safety and Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety) …

“Adverse effects of iodine in humans have resulted from iodine that was ingested, injected, or applied topically to the skin or mucous membranes.

“Food sources of iodine that have caused adverse effects include naturally-occurring iodine in water supplies, seaweed, and ground beef containing thyroid tissue. Other food sources of iodine causing adverse effects include those foods to which iodine was added as part of a supplementation program (e.g., iodized water, bread, or salt) and milk which contained iodine resulting from feed supplements and iodophor disinfectants. Adverse effects of iodine have also been reported from dietary and nutritional supplements.”

According to the same source, responses to excess iodine include …

1) iodine-induced goiter/hypothyroidism
2) Iodine-induced hyperthyroidism (thyrotoxicosis)
3) thyroid malignancy

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According to Ray Peat …

“Most goiters now are from estrogen-like effects, but they used to be from iodine deficiency. Chronic excess iodine tends to cause thyroiditis, regardless of the gland’s size. The amounts used by Abraham and Flechas are much larger than this — very toxic doses, enough to cause severe thyroid problems.”

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    'Iodine Revisited' have 10 comments

    1. April 29, 2021 @ 3:48 pm Atom

      We’ve still experiencing the Buffoonic Plague.

      Notice how it eradicated the flu?

      Reply

    2. April 29, 2021 @ 3:49 pm Atom

      The Blood Type Diet is based on a fallacy.

      Lectins have lots more to do with the gut than with the blood.

      Reply

      • April 29, 2021 @ 8:18 pm Ben Rockefeller

        Blood type O, according to Dr D’Adamo and his father, is much more susceptible to iodine deficiency. Also, people living far from the sea may be more susceptible to an iodine deficiency, since the sea air, such as a sea breeze, contains minute amounts of iodine from the sea.
        Dr. David Brownstein is an excellent reference on iodine. He might make a good guest for your radio show.
        The idea of eating according to your blood type does not contradict the idea that lectins coagulate the blood slightly of almost everybody.
        Blood type eating works for a lot of people, including me.
        The beauty of the blood type eating idea is that it reconciles vegans with carnivores, if they tolerate each other enough to be reconciled. Before you denounce it, try it for yourself and see. It can even be cheap, there are a lot of choices, and you can eat as much as you want and forget about calories.
        It’s not temporary. It only works, if you make up your mind to change your habits first – or your health. Many people see initial results (weight loss) in 1-3 weeks at most. It does not require supplements or packaged foods.

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        • April 29, 2021 @ 10:57 pm Atom

          All points of view welcome here, but I’m way behind the cheering section when it comes to Peter J. D’Adamo and the Blood Type Diet for many reasons I’ve expressed elsewhere.

          I occasionally agree with Quackwatch and Wikipedia, and Blood Type is one of those cases.

          Their input is somewhat flawed, but it will suffice to meet the needs of this situation.

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          • April 30, 2021 @ 2:14 pm Ben Rockefeller

            Thanks for your reply.
            The only way to know whether blood type eating works is to try it for yourself and see.
            It’s not a holy book for me, and I’m not a cheerleader either, but it is consistent with the ancient adage that “one man’s food can be another man’s poison”. This is what many people close their eyes to. They mean well, but they would like to believe that one and the same set of eating habits, such as vegan or paleo, are healthy for everybody, because they are healthy for them individually.
            I’ve not read your comments elsewhere, since I’m a new reader and listener, but am open to them or to any intelligent questions about blood type eating, if you have any.
            Even D’Adamo himself says that blood type eating does not work for everybody, but even if it works for only 80% (O + A), then it is worth it for a lot of fat, sick, and half-dead people to try it.
            Who are the sponsors of Quackwatch and Wikipedia? Follow the money.
            Health via food can be a dangerous idea for some people.
            Again, the only way you or anybody else will ever know whether blood type eating works for you or them or not is to try it and see. It leaves a lot of choices open, and it can even be cheap.
            The theoretical objections and criticism hold no water.
            For example, it’s NOT a “fad diet”. The idea was first published by the father in 1980. Another medical doctor, Mozzi in Italy, has independently published on the same idea and his results. The book has received more than six thousand reviews on amazon, and almost ninety percent of them are four- or five-star. This proves nothing, of course, but it does lend credence to the possibility that it works for a lot of people. All I really know is that it works for me, and I’ve seen it work for about twenty others. For example, many vegan failures (unhealthy vegans) have blood type O, which is consistent with the basic hypothesis.
            Of course, nobody has ever done a clinical trial to prove that it works, but hey, nobody has even done a clinical trial to prove that water is a cure for dehydration or that prunes have a laxative effect.
            I suggest that you do more research about an idea before you denounce it, at least beyond Wikipedia and other sponsored sites.

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            • April 30, 2021 @ 2:46 pm Atom

              I’ve been researching Blood Types intensely since 1976. May I ask when you started?

              Also, have you researched the multiple versions of Blood Type theory? How do they measure up to D’Adamo version?

            • April 30, 2021 @ 3:34 pm Ben Rockefeller

              Hi,
              I first read ER4YT about twelve years ago, the first edition, after I failed as a vegan, then I found the book by chance in a used book store, then read it, and then tried it for myself, gradually cutting and substituting specific foods, and it worked for me. It explained why I was a vegan failure. It works for a lot of people.
              The beauty of the idea is that it reconciles vegans with carnivores in a way that they are often not willing or able to reconcile themselves. Veganism is all the rage now, and it is healthy for some people, but not for everybody.
              Again, there is a lot of theory about a lot of things, but the only way anyone can know whether blood type eating works for them is to try it for themselves and see. Many people see results in 1-3 weeks.
              What matters more to me than theory is data and observations with my own eyes and ears. I can be biased like anybody, but it is astounding to me how the critics have never tried it for themselves.
              Besides the D’Adamo’s, father and son, there are other authors, doctors who have published on this idea, with similar results, Pierro Mozzi in Italy and Joe Christiano in the US. I wonder whether Christiano copied D’Adamo, but who cares?
              Also, the concept of the selective agglutination of certain foods, depending on the food and the blood type, is not new, and it did not begin with the D’Adamo’s. It was researched independently in Boston and Helsinki in the 1940’s.
              Again, it does not work for everybody, and even D’Adamo acknowledges this, but what if it works for only eighty percent (O + A), compared with Rx, what does anybody have to lose by trying it?
              Again, it is very consistent with the ancient adage that “one man’s food can be another man’s poison.”
              I would guess that you have blood type A, no?

    3. April 29, 2021 @ 3:58 pm Atom

      Freeing kids up from school is another Buffoonic Plague benefit.

      “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks!”

      Reply

    4. April 30, 2021 @ 5:05 pm Atom

      Re: I would guess that you have blood type A, no?

      No. I’m a common O.

      So you’re familiar with the writings of Masahiko Nomi too?

      Reply

    5. April 30, 2021 @ 5:14 pm Atom

      See my One Radio Network blog entry about Blood Types …

      “Blood Type Misinformation” (Dec. 31, 2011)

      Peter J. D’Adamo sold 7 million copies of his books — conclusive proof that there will be no Great Awakening during this century! :-D

      Reply


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