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IODINE- Nutritional Importance of Iodine



Iodine: A Halogen

Iodine belongs to a group or family of other elements, known on the periodic chart as ‘halogens’. Halogen means ‘salt former’.

Additionally, halogens are really powerful and reactive. The ability halogen has to kill germs and bleach clothes relates to their highly reactive nature.

Some people pronounce halogen as ‘halo-gen’, with a long, hard ‘a’, while others pronounce it as ‘hal-oh-gin’, with a soft ‘a’. Most chemists will pronounce it the former way.

When halogen solids combine with the environment and oxidize, they often become toxic halides. Generally speaking, toxic halides interfere with absorption of iodine.

Similar Structure

The similar structure of halogens and halides, incidentally, makes it easy for them to compete with each other. To illustrate: the body has lots and lots of iodine receptor sites, where iodine (a good halogen) is supposed to link. But the iodine in our body is in extremely short supply...
So, something more available to our bodies—in the same environment—would be one of the halides, found in furniture, water, toothpaste, etc. So, in comes fluorine, bromine, or chlorine...
These halides fit pretty well on these iodine sites,and wreak havoc on our physiology (think painful, swollen, inflamed breasts).

And so, our bodies take on these toxic elements in place of where iodine should actually be.
Therefore, if you need iodine in the body but only chlorine is available, then you will bond with that—and while we won’t demonize chlorine in this minute, overall it does weaken the immune system (like it weakens fabrics when too much bleach is used in the washer).

Group 17

Halogens represent Group 17 on the period chart and consist of the following solids:
● chloride (the oxidized form of chlorine)
● fluoride/fluorine
● bromide/bromine
● astatine (lesser known)
● iodine (good halogen)

Correcting Imbalances

Every cell requires iodine, especially the mammary glands, and various other glands all over the body also have iodine receptors.
Iodine is depleted by toxic halides such as perchlorate, bromides, fluorides, and chlorine derivatives, like perchlorate in the water, foods, and toothpaste, etc. These toxic halides, because of their similar anatomical structure, fight with iodine to bind with the iodine receptors in the body. When enough iodine isn’t present, the toxic halogens literally block the uptake of iodine, as with bromism / bromide poisoning found in many breast cancer patients.
However, when enough iodine is present, it ‘chases’ toxic halides off of the iodine receptors and replaces them or ‘unblocks’ the uptake. And it doesn’t take long, either. Iodine is fast acting!
Certain parts of the body prefer different forms of iodine. For example, the thyroid prefers iodide, whereas the breasts and ovaries prefer iodine. Toxic halides like bromide, chloride, and fluoride are more present and accessible in modern day society than iodine. Additionally these toxins have been linked to cancer of all types. Thus, they fall in the category of environmental causative factors.

Iodine can be found in various food forms but some of the most notable are seaweeds such as what is found in our

God’s Multimineral blends and Green Monster blend.

Photo credits and Text credits: Rockwell School of Holistic Medicine