Breast Cancer Prevention
Iodine Supplements Prevent Breast Cancer
by Jeffrey Dach MD
good friend of ours just went through an ordeal with breast cancer. The
incidence of breast cancer has increased to 1 in 8 women, with 4,000
new cases weekly. You might ask, could there be a preventive measure
which is safe, cheap and widely available that has been overlooked?
answer is YES , and it’s the essential mineral, Iodine ,
which was added to table salt in 1924 as part of a national program to
prevent Goiter. It turns out that this same Iodine in table salt is the
key to breast cancer prevention as proposed by the following list of
prestigious doctors: Guy Abraham, MD (1), Robert Derry MD PHD (2) (3), David Brownstein MD (4)(5), George Flechas MD (6)(20), Donald Miller, M.D. (7)(8)
Above Left Image: Mammogram showing small spiculated breast cancer at the white arrow.
Our Diet is Iodine Deficient
of us have been told by our doctors to avoid salt, manily becasue they
say it causes high blood pressure. Because of this advice, dietary
intake of iodized salt has decreased to low levels, and we have a
generalized iodine deficiency in the population. Of course, salt intake
from processed foods is quite high in the American diet, yet none of
this added salt contains iodine.
Currently 15% of the US adult female population is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as iodine deficient. (9)
We consume a large queatity of salt in processed food, however, the
salt in processed foods is not iodized salt. Unfortunately iodized
table salt is not a reliable way to supplement with Iodine, It makes
sense to use an Iodine supplement.
Image upper left Courtesy Hain Salt: Iodized Sea Salt available at grocery store.
The RDA for Iodine is too Low for Optimal Health
to Guy Abraham MD, our dietary intake of Iodine is too low, set at 150
mcg by the government RDA. Dr. Guy Abraham tells us that a healthier
level of Iodine intake would be 100 times greater at 12.5 mg, which is
the average Iodine intake for Japan, and this higher Iodine intake could
explain why the Japanese have the lowest rates for cancer of the
breast, prostate and thyroid.
Image Left: Courtesy Morton Iodized Salt
How Safe is Iodine Supplementation?
Very Safe. Iodine
is the only trace element that can be ingested safely in amounts up to
100,000 times the RDA. For example, potassium iodide has been prescribed
safely to large numbers pulmonary (COPD) patients in amounts of up to 6
grams per day for several years. This potassium iodide is a well known
treatment for COPD which helps mobilize lung secretions. (18)
Left Image: Elemental Iodine is purple , Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
FDA has officially stated that Iodine supplementation is safe and
actually recommends 165 mg of Iodine for adults in case of Radiation
Emergency to protect the population from thyroid cancer. (17)
“Iodine allergy” is a misnomer since this name applies to allergy to
iodinated radiographic contrast agents, and not to elemental iodine
which is quite different. (10) Elemental Iodine is an essential mineral and required for health. Deficiency of Iodine in the developing embryo causes cretinism, and deficiency in the developing child causes goiter.
Iodine Deficiency causes Fibrocystic Breast Disease,
Breast Cancer and Thyroid Cancer
a well known topical antiseptic and antimicrobial agent, also directly
kills cancer cells and serves as the key player in our body’s
surveillance system for removing abnormal pre-cancer cells. There is
considerable medical research to support this statement.
Upper Left Image: Povidone Iodine, a topical antiseptic, available at the grocery or drugstore.
B.A. Eskin published 80 papers over 30 years researching iodine and
breast cancer, and he reports that iodine deficiency causes breast
cancer and thyroid cancer in humans and animals.(11)(12) Iodine deficiency is also known to cause a pre-cancerous condition called fibrocystic breast disease. (13)
Ghent published a paper in 1993 which showed iodine supplementation
works quite well to reverse and resolve fibrocystic changes of the
breast, and this is again the subject of a current clinical study.(14)(15)
its obvious potential, not much has been done with Iodine treatment
over the past 40 years in the United States. Since iodine isn't
patentable and is therefore unlikely to be profitable to market, there
is no money to fund studies for “FDA approval". However, FDA approval is
not required since Iodine is already an additive to table salt at the
Iodine Deficiency Diseases
an interventional radiologist working in the hospital for 25 years, a
large part of my job was evaluating thyroid abnormalities, nodules, and
cysts with ultrasound, radionuclide scans, and needle biopsy. Although
it was obvious these common thyroid abnormalities were due to iodine
deficiency, I often wondered why none of the patients ever received
iodine supplementation. The obvious answer is they should have been and
that this is a blind spot in mainstream medicine.
Part of my day
was also spent reading mammograms and breast ultrasound studies.
Fibrocystic breast disease was quite common, and these women would
return for needle aspiration procedure of the many breast cysts, and
needle biopsy of the benign solid nodules. Many of these ladies returned
multiple times for the procedures because the medical system had no
useful treatment to offer them. Well, as we have just discussed, we now
know there is a very useful medical treatment, namely, Iodine
supplementation which not only resolves breast cysts and fibrocystic
breast disease, it also resolves ovarian cysts and thyroid cysts.
Actually Iodine supplementation has always been available, but again
this is a blind spot in mainstream medicine, and hospital based
physicians are unaware of it.
Goiter is Caused by Iodine Deficiency
deficiency is the direct cause of Goiter, as well as enlargement of the
thyroid gland with thyroid nodules and cysts. In severe cases, the
enlargement can be massive. (see image at left courtesy of wikimedia
commons showing goiter in the neck caused by Iodine Deficiency. The thyroid nodule epidemic is also caused by Iodine Deficiency.
Left Image Goiter in Neck, Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Which Iodine Supplement to Use?
are many Iodine supplements. Lugol's Solution has been used for many
years. A new one is the 12.5 mg Iodoral tablet from Optimox (16)
and is the iodine supplement tablet made by Dr. Guy Abraham, a former
professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA who started "The Iodine
Project" in 1997, and engaged two family practice physicians, Jorge
Flechas and David Brownstein to carry out clinical studies of the
hypothesis that the body needs 12.5 mg of iodine a day.
Image upper left Courtesy of Optimox: Iodoral, Iodine tablets
than 4,000 patients in this project consumed Iodine supplements from 12
to 50 mg per day, and in those with diabetes, up to 100 mg a day. They
reported their findings that Iodine does indeed reverse fibrocystic
disease; diabetic patients require less insulin; hypothyroid patients
require less thyroid medication; symptoms of fibromyalgia resolve, and
patients with migraine headaches stop having them.
laureate Dr. Albert Szent Györgi (1893–1986), the physician who
discovered vitamin C, used Iodine freely in his medical practice. The
standard dose of potassium iodide given in those days was 1 gram, which
contains 770 mg of iodine.
Dr. Albert Szent Györgi writes: "When
I was a medical student, iodine in the form of KI (Potassium Iodide)
was the universal medicine. Nobody knew what it did, but it did
something and did something good. We students used to sum up the
situation in this little rhyme: If ye don’t know where, what, and why Prescribe ye then K and I"
view of all the above, I take one Iodoral tablet (12.5 mg Iodine) daily
as do all of my family members. Iodoral is available without a
prescription as a nutritional supplement from VRP (Vitamin Research
Products).(21) A bottle of 90 tablets is about 25 dollars plus shipping.(21) Visit the hypothyroidism page on my web site for more thyroid related information.(22)
Iodoral is an important part of our breast cancer prevention program. See the article: The Safety Of Bio-Identical Hormones
See David Brownstein's Book on Iodine(4) (above image), and The Iodine Group for more information.(19) Above Image Courtesy of David Brownstein MD
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The Thyroid Nodule Epidemic -Caused by Iodine Deficiency
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The Safety Of Bio-Identical Hormones
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Visit the web site
Publications by Guy Abraham MD on Iodine references at Optimox.com
The book, Breast Cancer and Iodine : How to Prevent and How to Survive Breast Cancer by Dr. David Derry M.D., Ph.D.
David Derry Answers Reader Questions Brought to you by Mary Shomon,
Your Thyroid Guide. Discussion of Iodine as Breast Cancer Prevention
Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It (2nd Edition) by David Brownstein MD, Book.
Clinical Experience with Inorganic Non-radioactive Iodine/Iodide by David Brownstein, M.D.
Orthoiodosupplementation in a Primary Care Practice by Jorge D. Flechas, M.D.
Iodine for Health by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD on Lew Rockwell Blog
in Health and Civil Defense Presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of
Doctors of Disaster Preparedness at Portland State University, August 6,
2006 by Donald W. Miller, Jr., M.D.
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Levels of Iodine for Greatest Mental and Physical Health by Guy E.
Abraham, MD, Jorge D. Flechas, MD, and John C. Hakala, RPh THE ORIGINAL
INTERNIST September 2002 page 5. Effect of daily ingestion of a tablet
containing 5 mg iodine and 7.5 mg iodide as the potassium salt, for a
period of 3 months, on the results of thyroid function tests and thyroid
volume by ultrasonometry in ten euthyroid Caucasian women See Table 7.
A. Eskin et al. Rat mammary gland atypia produced by iodine blockade
with perchlorate. Cancer Res. 1975 Sep;35(9):2332-9
Iodine Deficiency as a Tumor Promoter and Carcinogen in Male F344/NCr
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Eskin,B.A., Low,D.A., Hill, L.P.. Iodine replacement in fibrocystic
disease of the breast. Can J Surg 1993; 36:453-460.
Clinical Trial for Iodine treatment of Fibrocystic Breast Disease
for Treatment of Moderate or Severe, Periodic, "Cyclic", Breast Pain.
This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants. Sponsored by:
Symbollon Pharmaceuticals ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00237523
Iodoral from Optimox
on Potassium Iodide as a Thyroid Blocking Agent in Radiation
Emergencies, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug
Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER),
C. Acta Allergol. 1969 Sep;24(3):216-25. Intermittent therapy with
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The Iodine Group
George Flechas MD Web Site
VRP Vitamin Research Products Offers Iodoral Online, no prescription needed.
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