Could Iodine deficiency lead to cancer?
Dr. Jorge D. Flechas MD argues that Iodine deficiency is widespread in the United States and that “the absence of Iodine in the human body is a promoter of cancer.” Although vegetables are a good source of Iodine, over-farming has stripped the soil of minerals critical to Thyroid function such as Iodine. In the following video, Dr. Flechas breaks down the connection between Iodine deficiency, cancer, hypothyroidism and estrogen dominance.
How does iodine deficiency manifest itself?
Although Iodine deficiency’s most obvious symptom is goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid), their are other symptoms that the thyroid is not functioning properly. Symptoms of Iodine deficiency can include: weight gain, fatigue, cold hands and feet, dry skin, hair loss, brain fog, insomnia, tingling in hands and feet, muscle pain, edema, elevated cholesterol.
According to Dr. Jorge D. Flechas website, ” In those areas of the world where iodine deficiency is very high, such as in Switzerland and in certain areas of Asia and Africa, there are also higher incidents of thyroid cancer. Iodine is also concentrated by breast tissue, and a lack of iodine in the breasts manifests as fibrocystic breast disease (painful breasts with nodules and cysts and often more symptomatic prior to menstrual periods). 93% of American women have fibrocystic breast disease and the longer this disease exists, the higher the potential risk for development of breast cancer. 20% of all iodine in the human body is stored in the skin, specifically in the sweat glands.
Lack of iodine in the sweat glands manifests as dry skin with a decreased ability to sweat. Iodine can also be concentrated in the stomach tissue, and the lack of iodine in the stomach manifests as achlorhydria (lack of digestive acid production). Iodine is used by the stomach cells, also known as parietal cells, to concentrate chloride which is necessary to produce hydrochloric acid (digestive acid). With the prolonged presence of achlorhydria, there is a much higher incidence of stomach cancer. Iodine is concentrated in the lacrymal glands of the eye, and a lack of iodine can cause dry eyes.
Iodine can also be concentrated in the parotid and submandibular glands of the mouth, and iodine deficiency here can result in dry mouth. Iodine can be concentrated in the ovaries, and Russian studies done some years ago showed a relationship between iodine deficiency and the presence of cysts in the ovaries. The greater the iodine deficiency, the more ovarian cysts a woman produces. In its extreme form, this condition is known as polycystic ovarian disease.”
In order to test your Iodine, a kit can be ordered from Dr. Jorge D. Flechas MD’s website, or ask your doctor.