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Iodine, Thyroid and Hair Growth

Iodine is element 53 found on the Periodical Table between Tellurium and Xenon, and its compounds are primarily used in nutrition.  Iodine deficiency affect two billion people [1]. 

Iodine is an essential nutrient required for a healthy thyroid.  Like vitamin C, your body cannot make iodine.  Iodine deficiency causes hypothyroidism, resulting in hair loss [2].

Common Sources of Dietary Iodine [3]
Breads Iodized table salt Cheese Saltwater fish Cow’s milk
Seaweed (including kelp, dulce, nori) Eggs Shellfish
Frozen yogurt Soy milk Ice cream Soy sauce Yogurt
Iodine-containing multivitamins

Fluoride is a drug used to treat hyperthyroidism.  Consequently, those without hyperthyroidism, medicated as if, lower thier thyroid activity, amounting to hair loss.  Fluoridation of public waters equal the amount to treat hyperthyroidism.

"Some experts and researchers believe that fluoride is in part the reason for near-epidemic levels of hypothyroidism in the United States.  Fluoride had been used for decades as an effective anti-thyroid medication to treat hyperthyroidism, and was frequently an effective treatment levels below the current "optimal" intake of 1 mg/day.  This is due to the ability of fluoride to mimic the action of thyroid-stimulating hormone.  The more fluoride circulating, the more the body thinks there is TSH circulating, which shuts down the thyroid, making it less active."  Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You... That You Need to Know (Revised Edition) by Mary J Shomon


1. Wikipedia

2. Thyroid Talk

3. American Thyroid Association

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Are you iodine deficient?

A simple test uses iodine tincture, painted on the skin. If you are deficient, the tincture will be absorb into the body, in a short amount of time.

I can't be too detailed about this test, because I'm not a health care professional.  But, I can nudge you in the right direction.  Google iodine deficiency test and find the details.

It is important to purchase the correct iodine tincture!!  You want the tincture to stain your skin.  Stay away from clear iodine tinctures.