A Perspective on Ionizing Radiation Exposure After the Japanese Wake-Up Call – Part IV – The Health Impact of Radioactive Iodine (I131) from Reactor Explosions and Subsequent Supplementation with KI

Since part III of this series was devoted to the issue of non-ionizing radiation, largely derived from wireless devices such as cell phones, and its impact on health, I have not explored published information on the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant since June.  Interestingly, I feel that it was a good … Continue reading A Perspective on Ionizing Radiation Exposure After the Japanese Wake-Up Call – Part IV – The Health Impact of Radioactive Iodine (I131) from Reactor Explosions and Subsequent Supplementation with KI

A Perspective On High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part XII

Laboratory Analysis To Determine Need And Overall Series Conclusions As my two year iodine odyssey comes to an end, one important question remains to be examined that I have purposely decided to address last.  Why?  Of the major questions I intended to answer in this series, it is the only one where, at this time, … Continue reading A Perspective On High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part XII

A Perspective On High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part XI – Some Thoughts On Dosing And More

Iodine Dosing - Does A Totally Safe Dose Exist Above RDI Levels? As I have been suggesting, doses of supplemental iodine in the range of 6 -12 mg per day are quite safe in terms of thyroid related side effects for the vast majority of patients.  However, as I suggested in the last installment, some … Continue reading A Perspective On High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part XI – Some Thoughts On Dosing And More

A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part X

More Thoughts on Abraham's Perspective on the Wolff-Chaikoff Effect and the Overall Risks of Supplemental Iodine on Thyroid Function As I resume my exploration of controversies relating to the biochemistry, physiology, and clinical applications of high dose iodine, I would like to thank you for your many kind comments on the detour I have taken … Continue reading A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part X

A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part IX – Breaking Iodine News – Plus a discussion of Abrahm’s Perspective on the Wolff-Chaikoff Effect

Breaking News on the Iodine Controversy Update on the daily iodine intake in Japan Since writing part VIII of this series, two documents have been brought to my attention that I feel have tremendous significance in relation to two of the major controversies being discussed in this series.  The first document is a recently published … Continue reading A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part IX – Breaking Iodine News – Plus a discussion of Abrahm’s Perspective on the Wolff-Chaikoff Effect

A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part VIII – Some “Big Picture” Thoughts on All That I Have Written in This Series So Far

"What is there that is not poison?  All things are poison and nothing (is) without poison.  Solely the dose determines that a thing is not a poison."         -  Paracelsus (1493-1541) As I mentioned at the end of the last installment, it was my intention in this issue to focus on Abraham's position on the Wolff-Chaikoff effect.  … Continue reading A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part VIII – Some “Big Picture” Thoughts on All That I Have Written in This Series So Far

A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part VII – Can High Dose Iodine Suppress Iodine Uptake Into the Thyroid?

In the last installment of this series I examined in detail how iodine finds it way into the thyroid.  As you may recall, this process is largely regulated by a mechanism called the sodium iodide symporter (NIS).  Given its complexity, though, why exactly is it important that we understand the NIS and the whole process of transport … Continue reading A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part VII – Can High Dose Iodine Suppress Iodine Uptake Into the Thyroid?

A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part VI – Basics Concerning Iodine Absorption, Metabolism and the Impact on Thyroid Function

In concluding the last installment of this series, I stated that this installment would be devoted to discussions of research on dose, efficacy, and side effects in western societies.  Stated more simply, I would be addressing the major controversy concerning milligram dosing of iodine; whether or not it truly causes thyroid related side effects in … Continue reading A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part VI – Basics Concerning Iodine Absorption, Metabolism and the Impact on Thyroid Function

A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation Part IV – Iodine and Breast Health

As I mentioned at the end of part III of this series, I do feel that one of greatest services provided by Guy Abraham's writings on iodine was emphasizing to the professional nutrition community that iodine is much more than just "the thyroid nutrient."  In fact, a large body of research which has been almost … Continue reading A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation Part IV – Iodine and Breast Health

A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part II – Guy Abraham, MD and His World View on Iodine

In part I of this series I departed significantly from the usual format of these newsletters by suggesting that issues of character and credibility need to be examined right along with the science when we are making decisions about whether we should let our nutritional recommendations veer from those that are generally accepted as true … Continue reading A Perspective on High Dose Iodine Supplementation – Part II – Guy Abraham, MD and His World View on Iodine