The Iodine Crisis with Lynne Farrow

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In this episode of The Dr. Hedberg Show, I interview Lynne Farrow the author of the book, “The Iodine Crisis:  What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life.”  We had an in-depth discussion about iodine and how important it is for your body.  We covered many topics including why iodine deficiency is so prevalent, bromide, fluoride, sources of iodine, the best iodine supplements, how to test for iodine deficiency, breast cancer, iodized salt, goiters, iron and ferritin, hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, seaweed, and conditions associated with iodine deficiency.

Lynne Farrow Iodine Crisis

Lynne Farrow and The Iodine Crisis Transcript:

Dr. Hedberg: Well, welcome everyone to the Dr. Hedberg show. This is Dr Hedberg, and I’m excited today to have Lynne Farrow on the show. So, Lynne is a journalist, researcher, former college professor and a speaker. And her own experience with breast cancer led to the discovery that someone had stolen a medicine with proven benefits reaching back 15,000 years, a medicine that not only helped her, but has helped millions. She currently serves as the Director of Breast Cancer Choices Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the scrutinizing the evidence for breast cancer procedures and treatments. So, Lynne, welcome to the show.

Lynne: Thank you. It’s wonderful to be here.

Dr. Hedberg: So, I heard about you when I recently started doing some deep research into iodine and your book came up, and your book is called “The Iodine Crisis:  What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life,” and it’s an excellent book. So, why don’t we kind of jump in there and talk about the iodine crisis. So, what exactly is that? And what can we do about it?

Lynne: Well, when I started doing research on iodine, it took me in a long and winding road back into history, but it came up until 1970 when I was able to really comfortably say that there was an iodine crisis, because in 1970 iodine fortification was removed from bread or flour. Now that might’ve been okay, but they replaced it with bromide, which is, for purposes of this discussion, is an anti-iodine. So that was the first thing that happened. And then NHANES, which is a government group decide… discovered that we were now consuming 50% less iodine, say, in the year 2000 then we were in the 1970s, and that’s a huge drop. Now that’s just one thing, but it’s sort of a perfect storm because at the same time in the 1970s you have bromide pesticides, fire retardants, all these bromide products are being introduced into the culture in a sort of ubiquitous way. I mean, your car seat has fire retardant on it. Your rug, your children’s pajamas had it at that time. It’s now removed.

But, upholstery, everywhere you go, if you go in airports, it’s hard to look at anything that doesn’t have bromide in it. So, this kind of bromide storm you could characterize that came after the 1970s when iodine was removed. And what happened at this time when you have this perfect storm of iodine being reduced in the diet and consumption of it being reduced. And bromide being added, there’s a kind of… since they compete with each other, there’s a bromide dominance effect. It’s a way of characterizing it. And at this time, if you go back and look at the statistics, all sorts of, especially endocrine disruptor diseases, thyroid cancer went up 182%. It’s a different breakdown for men and women, but that was Hashi’s went up. Just a lot of different endocrine problems seem to happen as the bromide storm came along, when iodine was reduced in our diet and bromide began to just suffocate us on a daily basis.

Dr. Hedberg: So bromide was added to the food supply. And also it’s, I believe, found in herbicides and pesticides. And also bromide is also used to purify hot tubs and pools and things like that. Correct?

Lynne: Yes. Yes. It gets in through your skin. If you happen to have a hot tub, you are sitting on it in your car, you’re breathing it in all the time. So, and even it’s used as a pesticide in this country. The U.S is notorious for not paying attention to the rest of the world with respect to bromide, but they pre-plant the ground with… Where strawberries grow with a bromide pesticide to keep fungus and things off the strawberries, so it just can’t get away from it.

Dr. Hedberg: So, bromide competes with iodine in the body. And have you in your research, just as an aside, have you looked into fluoride having any type of similar effect as bromide on the thyroid?

Lynne: Well, they’re both in the same elemental family, so bromide will affect the iodine for sure, because it also competes. Fluoride is… We just don’t get enough fluoride to be, in terms of… There’s not enough impact I found with fluoride, even though it’s bad for you, as there is bromide because even if your water is fluoridated and you can get around that in some ways, or some places just don’t have it. You’re still in public spaces all the time or around fire retardants. So, in answer to your question, yes fluoride is a problem, but in competition with iodine, but not as much as bromide.

Dr. Hedberg: So, what should people be thinking about with an iodine deficiency, so more specifically, are there any particular conditions that people should be worried about or aware of and any particular signs or symptoms that they might have if they’re deficient in iodine?

Lynne: Well, the main thing that I found was the thyroid, because that’s how I discovered it. I was told it was good for the breasts, then I didn’t quite believe this. And so I started doing research and I thought I’d take the iodine loading test and I took the 50 milligrams that comes with the package which you take, it’s a provocative test, you take 50 milligrams of iodine and then you collect your urine for 24 hours. Well, within an hour and a half of taking that 50 milligrams, my brain just like woke up, and not in a stimulant way, not in a caffeine-y way, but it woke up. But I also realized in subsequent days that I wasn’t cold anymore, all the kind of things we associate with hypothyroidism just gradually went away. I lost some weight, the dry skin, all the kind of things that we associate with thyroid.

That was the main thing that it addressed for me. And I didn’t realize that there were other things, but for other people, of course get cysts and nodules in the breasts or the ovaries. There’s even one of the people I follow had some stones in his testicles, that he got rid of with taking iodine. But psoriasis is an interesting thing that the breast cancer patients that are taking it or the people with… The women with fibrocystic breast disease are taking it. So, they get the breast pain and swelling down and they’ll say, “Oh, what happened to my psoriasis? I’ve had it since puberty.” So, heart arrhythmia, you know, gets rid of H-Pylori. People would have re-flux and things like that. We found it. It helps. There’s a whole list of things that I could go through, but we’d be on all day.

Dr. Hedberg: Sure. Sure. So, when we consume iodine, it gets into the body and I know it’s really prioritized to the thyroid gland. What happens to the rest of the iodine once you take it in and the thyroid uses what it needs, are there other body tissues that it migrates towards?

Lynne: The thyroid takes the lion’s share of what we get in our diet or what we supplement. And during pregnancy, there is some fighting. The fetus is going to fight for that iodine from the mother’s thyroid, but the thyroid is the main place that iodine is needed. But there’s also other places in the body, the stomach and the breasts and the sex organs take a huge amount of iodine. Even the, you know, the stomach particularly you can see on radioactive scans where they inject people with radioactive iodine and you can see where it lights up. The places iodine goes first and leaves last, but iodine is in every cell in your body. It’s just that some cells need it much more than others.

Dr. Hedberg: And so, you went through breast cancer, and the breast… That’s really one of the main tissues that takes iodine and utilizes it. Is that correct?

Lynne: Yes. It uses it very efficiently. I mean, if you look at from an evolutionary perspective, there is some connection between the breast being a second thyroid and all these sort of combinations, but for sure this is why women need more iodine than men, it’s because you have all this iodine organ real estate essentially, places in the body that just need more…require more iodine.

Dr. Hedberg: And do we know the exact mechanisms as to why iodine can help with breast cancer or prevent it? Is that related to estrogen or are there other mechanisms?

Lynne: No, there are Carmen Aceves PhD and her crew have done a lot of studying in exactly what the mechanism of action is on the breast. And it’s too technical for this conversation. But it seems to have, they have observed five different methods of action on the breast. And it can happen, you know, fairly quickly.

Dr. Hedberg: So, iodine was added to salt to, you know, mainly get rid of goiters and provide iodine sufficiency at least in the U.S. So, is that enough from iodized salt or, you know, what are some of the best foods that have iodine and should people be just be relying on the iodized salt?

Lynne: Well, I did an article on iodized salt. And based on research, iodine leaves the salt very, very quickly. If you have, say, a Morton, a carton, you bring it home from the supermarket and open it. You know, within two weeks most of the iodine has drifted out into your cupboard and there’s very little left. So, that’s a problem. And it’s not as what we call bio available as taking actual iodine.

I mean, iodized salt has a different kind of iodine added to it. It’s sort of complicated, but you can’t rely on that because it’s only… They’re only trying to achieve with iodized salt. There’s a minimum daily requirement which is in the micrograms, like 180, 220 micrograms. And when we talk about supplementing iodine, we talk about milligram dosing. So, it’s way over what people have assumed was correct since 1924 when iodine was put into salt. And that was the goiter standard too.

When they added that to salt, it was very effective to the point of… Like, in Michigan and the goiter belt, the army recruits in Michigan, there was so much goiter that they had to make larger shirts around the neck to fit around the goiters. And as soon as salt was iodized, the sizes of the soldiers’ shirts didn’t need to be as large around the neck. Now goiter, you know, people think of goiter as a disease and it’s a disorder or and a problem. But when you think about it, goiter is a brilliant mechanism for having the thyroid swell and trap more iodine.

I think people are in more trouble if, say, you lived in the goiter belt or Michigan and you didn’t have a goiter, you know, to trap iodine. You weren’t able, for whatever reason, to generate that sort of compensation mechanism. I’m not encouraging people to grow goiters, but I’m just saying at that particular time, the body adjusts to scarcity. And just like the breasts will swell, and they’ll adjust to scarcity. But, you know, you better not…given the two options, it’s better to go in the side of not having scarcity and wonderful compensation mechanisms.

Dr. Hedberg: Yeah. I really like how you put that. I always try to explain to patients that when we have these symptoms and illnesses and things like that, it’s almost always the body just attempting to heal itself and balance things and make things better. So that’s a really interesting way of looking at it with a goiter.

The other interesting thing, the other day I was actually reading a paper on iodine and iron, and in this paper, they said that iodine is not as effective for goiter if the patient is iron deficient. And so there are a lot of women out there especially, with iron deficiency and they have very low ferritin levels and this particular paper found that restoring proper, you know, iron and ferritin levels resulted in much better results when that was combined with iodine supplementation. Have you looked at all into iron and iodine? That connection?

Lynne: There is a connection. I think I have to do more work on that. One of the things we found early on is that people taking iodine would often, their ferritin levels would drop. And we couldn’t quite explain that other than maybe if your body is in a compensation mechanism condition. And it’s making do with very…with a certain amount of ferritin. Once you start revving up your engine, you’re going to need more ferritin. It does go away, the low ferritin level, but a lot of people supplement with Fluoridex or something like that, on a temporary basis. So, I don’t know how that fits in with your observations.

Dr. Hedberg: Well, we know that hypothyroidism needs to lower ferritin levels and hyperthyroidism will increase them, but that’s a road I’m going to go down and look into a little bit further. That’s interesting that you’ve seen that in your research, that the ferritin will go down once someone starts supplementing with iodine. So…

Lynne: Yes. Not everyone, but enough people that, I mentioned it in my book because it does come up enough times.

Dr. Hedberg: So, what about food sources other than the salts? What are some of the main food sources out there that people should eat?

Lynne: The main food source that I’ve studied going back 15,000 years on an archeological capacity, where they actually had huts… medicine huts full of different seaweed products and they use it both as a medicine and a food. But a seaweed, I mean, traditionally that’s been the main source that people used medicinally. Even in the Middle Ages they used it. And they burned the sea sponges, which I guess is a form of seaweed, burn it and give it to people that had goiter and it would reduce the goiter.

But the seaweeds are so contaminated at this point, you know, don’t forget they use seaweed to absorb oil spills or chemical spills in rivers and the ocean and things like that. So, seaweed has some great capacities for just absorbing things. It’s very good at absorbing iodine, which is wonderful, from seawater. Because there’s not that much iodine in sea water, but seaweed is very proficient at being able to absorb it.

So, up until the chemicals started hitting the ocean, seaweed was, you know, the main source. It was put into different pills and people would go to the emergency room sometimes because the pills are contaminated, you know, the tablets or the capsules that people bought. So, I don’t recommend seaweed. I hate to say this, and people hate to hear it, because they want to try to find a natural form, a clean form of seaweed, but it’s just not available. You can’t categori-…unless you have a lab in your house and you want to bring home seaweed. Like I live right near to the ocean and bay so I could just walk and pick about a bushel basket of seaweed every day, but I would have to have it tested to see if I wasn’t making myself worse, because I really… Seaweed really does like to absorb chemicals.

Dr. Hedberg: There’s really no clean water anymore, especially in the oceans. So, I can see how that could be a problem. And do they put… They don’t put in dairy. There’s just a fair amount of iron, oh not iron, but iodine in cow’s milk. Is that correct?

Lynne: Yes. Whatever the cows are eating must, you know, retain some of the iodine and of course go into the milk, it makes sense that the cow’s… Iodine would go to the milk because iodine supposed to be going to the offspring of the animal and also in people.

Dr. Hedberg: So, are there any other causes of iodine depletion that you can think of other than the bromide and the toxins in our environment? I know we sweat a lot out with intense exercise. Anything else?

Lynne: Well, the anti-iodine thing is the main way, the chemical reason. But also doctors have encouraged people to avoid salt. Salt is considered a toxin by many and not necessary. And so, what little iodine they would get in iodized salt now is not there. And of course, you know, everybody uses unprocessed salt. Not everybody but a lot of people use unprocessed salt. And that doesn’t really have any significant amount of iodine in it. Either you’re going to inhale it, rub into it, absorb it from fire retardants or you’re going to eat it. And the only clean way of taking it is to use the pure, you know, lab-grade LUGOL’s formulation iodine.

Dr. Hedberg: So, I do get a lot of questions from patients about iodine and, you know, obviously most of that information comes from what’s being read on the internet. So, what are some of the common myths out there on the internet about iodine, and can you clear some of those up for us?

Lynne: Well, I remember I had a doctor once ask me how much iodine I was taking. And I think I said 25 milligrams at that particular point, and he said, “No, no, you must mean micrograms, if you were taking over a milligram you’d be dead.” So, they’re taught this, in medical school… So, and I hate to say someone was taught a myth in medical school, but most doctors probably only think that the thyroid is the only place that needs iodine and that’s probably covered by salt. I think that’s probably what they were taught and maybe most nutritionists were taught that. So, the medical world, is going to be propagating that myth first off. But then you get like the urban legends that start on the internet that iodine will make you hyper or cause Hashimoto’s. And, you know, it’s not in context. They have to understand that there’s a whole protocol for taking iodine. You just don’t rush out to a health food store and pick up the first thing you see. You got to really learn about it, and it’s not as simple as it sounds

Dr. Hedberg: Exactly. Yeah. And I think a lot of the problems that people have with iodine are individuals who will read about it, its health benefits and things like that. And then they started supplementing with it without really doing the other things that they need to do to ensure that they’re supplementing safely. And, you know, one of the important things to know just for the listeners out there, and because a lot of my listeners have Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism, if you have a hot nodule on your thyroid, that is not a scenario where you want to go out and start supplementing with extremely high doses of iodine. So, just for all the listeners, make sure you have a thyroid ultrasound if you have any kind of history of any kind of thyroid issue before supplementing with iodine. So…

Lynne: Yes. That would be the absolute first thing to learn about or to understand, is that you don’t take iodine if you have a hot or autonomous nodule. There have been some people that have had them surgically removed and then started taking iodine. But, you know, just as a general safety rule, like take a step back, do not go into the health food store and start medicating yourself.

Dr. Hedberg: Exactly. Yeah. What about allergies to iodine? Is that a real thing and what should people know about that?

Lynne: That’s a great question. People have that was put on my chart at one point when I was having some tests for headaches years ago. And there was some kind of scan. It’s so long ago, I can’t remember. But, I got a reaction to the dye, the contrast dye that they use to evaluate the test. And because of that I was told I was allergic to iodine. Now, there’s all over the internet, radiologists are trying to say no, if you have a bad a CAT scan or you’re allergic to seafood, that doesn’t mean you’re allergic to iodine. So that’s been straightened out. So, you really can’t be allergic to iodine if it’s in every cell of your body and you need it to live. So, the two things are, the contrast dye is not considered iodine, an iodine allergy. And seafood is not considered an iodine allergy, or shellfish… There’s a specific protein in shellfish that they know, they’ve identified, that causes the allergy. So, it’s good to know. You can verify this, you can just Google, “Can you have an iodine allergy?” People say, “I’m not taking any chances, you know, they put it on my chart.”

Dr. Hedberg: So, let’s say, so someone, you know, they have the 24-hour urine test and they’re deficient in iodine and they have a condition or signs and symptoms that they think could be helped with iodine and they get checked out by their doctor. What do you think is the best way to supplement with iodine and where can people get the best iodine supplements that you would recommend?

Lynne: Well, at first I would have people, you know, do the test so they get some sort of baseline. Even though that baseline may be wrong if you take a second test. But that’s a whole other thing that I explain in my book. You might test normal on the first test and then test lower on the second test, which means the iodine that you took during the urine test is just running right through your body, into your urine because you have no symporters developed. Because of scarcity that you have no symporters absorbing the iodine. So, of course it’s going to go through you. But that doesn’t happen to everybody. But the, you know, the first thing to do is to find, you know, if you can find an iodine literate practitioner who knows there’s a protocol and knows to start slowly with the companion nutrients. Selenium for sure, but there’s several others that we recommend because it’s proved very helpful.

Dr. Hedberg: All right. If you supplement with selenium and you are iodine deficient, you can cause hypothyroidism, and selenium is obviously very important in preventing Hashimoto’s and minimizing those reactions. So, you know, like the multivitamins that I recommend and a lot of people ask, should they be worried about the microgram doses and those, most Maltese have usually around 150 to 200 micrograms. And that’s just, I explain to patients that’s just too small of a dose to worry about. Even if you have Hashimoto’s disease, that’s a relatively safe dose. Would you agree with that?

Lynne: Yes, I would agree with that. Yeah, but you don’t want people, as we’ve said, we can’t stress that enough, do not start… Especially if you have any proclivities to go into the Hashi’s range in your tests, do not start. As a matter of fact, some people have even suggested start a couple of weeks, you know, before you start your iodine. I don’t think that’s necessary, but some people have suggested it as a sort of safety issue because so many people are low in selenium.

Dr. Hedberg: Exactly. So, you are a breast cancer survivor, and are you still currently supplementing with iodine?

Lynne: Yes, yes. I started in, 15 years ago and I didn’t know what I was doing when I first started it because there were no books out on it, there were no guidelines. The Iodine Movement hadn’t been created at that point. But I’ve built up and then gone down again. I started with, you know, the 50 milligrams the first day, which was of course wonderful. And then of course I took too much, you know, if 50 milligrams is good, 100 must be great. But, you know, the bromide detox from that, which we didn’t understand at that time. Well, if you take too much too fast, you’ll get bromide detox. You get all the symptoms of bromism. And so you have to know when to back off, but also to take what we call the salt-loading protocol in the salt water, which has been used for 100 years to get rid of the bromide, including by the army. This salt water will trap the bromide and excrete it through the kidneys and urine. So, that’s really important to know.

If there’s two things to know, it’s one, be sure to take selenium and the companion nutrients, but also being very aware to take the salt-water protocol. And then you don’t have to do that forever, but just so you get the significant amount of bromide that’s been floating around on your receptors, and in your tissues for years

Dr. Hedberg: Yeah. And the salt recommended. It’s about a quarter to a half a teaspoon of unrefined Celtic sea salt in a large glass of water in the morning.

Lynne: Yes, you can take it. If you have symptoms you can take it twice a day. Say you
get a headache. I mean, it can get rid of a headache in 20 minutes if you have a bromide headache or something like that. But as your body gets used to it, you probably won’t need it though. Some people say, “No, I’m taking the salt water for life because it makes me feel good.” And then you can add lemon juice to it, that alkalizes, you know, the kidneys a little bit. The blood gets a little acid with all this going on and sometimes lemon juice will also help if you add that to the salt water.

Dr. Hedberg: So, once someone has been supplementing with iodine based on your research, how long do people usually need to supplement with iodine to restore their levels back to a healthy level?

Lynne: Well, that’s a hard question to answer because some people are much sicker than others. Some people just have, you know, minimal issues and other people have, which seems to be a kind of atrophied symporters. Like just iodine takes a long time to get into their bodies. So, it may take a while, but usually people get results fairly quickly, if you’re that deficient and you take something that corrects it, it can work very quickly. And then, but now in terms, say, for the breast, because a lot of your listeners I’m sure have fibrocystic breast disease, which is a fancy word, an umbrella term for just swelling or nodules or pain. And, you could get rid of those symptoms probably in a month or three or something like that, for the most part. The pain, for example. But the architecture of the breast, you know, it’s going to take two or three years to get back to what would be a normal breast tissue.

But at that point you don’t stop taking iodine, you take it for the rest of your life, because we’re in an environment where we’re getting too little iodine and too much anti-iodine is a form of bromide. So that’s why you don’t stop. And I, over Christmas I went to my relative’s house in Rhode Island and I forgot my iodine for some reason. So, I was there five or six days and by the last day I was so cold. And so, you know, think of this, I’d stored iodine for 15 years, but it just went away. I mean, I just must’ve used it up and, you know, people were giving me sweaters. So it, sort of, you know, made me realize that, so now I even keep a tablet in my handbag because I’m afraid I’ll get somewhere and I’ll have forgotten again to take it.

But other people have reported that too that they find mentally they’re just not as sharp if they skip their iodine for a few days. And don’t forget that the leading cause of mental retardation in the world is iodine deficiency. And, it really helps other things too. I mean, in terms of children growing. I tell a story in my book about some American public health doctors went to a place in China, one of the provinces in China where all the children were very small. The women were having miscarriages, goats were having miscarriages, and so if your livestock is miscarrying all the time and you have very small children who can’t work in farming-type areas. You know, your productivity is essentially starving. So, what they did is, in this place, they didn’t like iodized salt because they thought the Americans were trying to, or the West was trying to keep them from having children. So what they did is they put potassium iodate in a barrel, poked a hole in the barrel, and then dripped into the irrigation ditch.

So, what happened is all the plants got iodine, and then the animals ate the plants, the people ate the plants and the children grew. The goats stopped having miscarriages, the women stopped having miscarriages. So, there’s a huge way of measuring the progress from just this very small low-tech intervention. And one of the things that has been so rewarding to me as an activist, as a health activist, is just the iodine and conception. If you are just slightly low in iodine, just slightly low, you don’t even have to be like moderate, the chances of you conceiving on any menstrual cycle will go down 49%. And so, if you get that up, you know, raise your iodine level, you’re raising your ability to conceive. And that’s probably an evolutionary thing where you don’t want people to conceive if they’re not healthy.

There’s a Facebook group called Iodine Workshop, and we have a lot of women on there who have posted pictures of their iodine babies, because they started taking iodine either before they conceived, or as soon as they conceived and while they were nursing. And they show the pictures of them and the kids are real bright and smart. So, that’s one of the, you know, most important things I think that your listeners could hear about is how important it is for conception.

Dr. Hedberg: Yeah. I did have a case, I think it was about 12 years ago, a woman that came to see me with infertility and that was really the only intervention we did because she was severely deficient in iodine. And, after supplementing with iodine for, I think it was pretty quick, like six to eight weeks, she became pregnant and delivered the baby full term. So, definitely a strong connection there.

Lynne: That’s very exciting. Yeah. We’ve had people that were on the verge the next month they were going to go to the fertility clinic and try with in vitro or whatever procedure they were going to try, and they got pregnant before the appointment. So, it really is rewarding to see this kind of thing. Now, with pregnant women, if you just happened to be pregnant now, Dr Flushes recommends not taking more than 12.5 milligrams of either Lugol’s iodine or one of the tablet forms, Iodoral because you don’t want… If you get any detox, you don’t want the baby to experience any of the detoxification.

Dr. Hedberg: So, the form of iodine, I think a lot of people are confused about this. They will take, because there’s mainly two forms, the potassium iodide and then iodine, so Lugol’s Solution has both of those. And is that the form that you’re taking? One that has both iodide and iodine?

Lynne: Yes. Lugol’s isn’t a brand. It’s a formulation that was, you know, it was in the 1800s that Dr. Lugol invented it, mostly at that time for lung disease in Europe. But, his formulation, which is iodine and iodide which is the one we get the most success with. There are a few other mongrel iodines out there that are basically too weak. They have a kind of feel-good effect, but they’re really too weak to, in my experience, to get any meaningful results long term.

Dr. Hedberg: Well, this has been really excellent, Lynne. Is there anything else you can think of or anything else you’d like the listeners to know about iodine?

Lynne: Well, I just want people to know that there was a reason iodine was, sort of, stolen from us, and this was not a conspiracy theory because the history bears this out. And if you can’t get it from vegetables or seaweed, that’s clean anymore. So, the best thing to do is to… Ideally we should be able to get it like our grandparents got it, but that’s just not where we are now, we’re just in a post-poisoning world or a post-environmental-toxin world, and we just have to adjust to that situation.

But I have seen miracles like from the smallest to the largest from people getting their hearing back, to people getting rid of rashes that they’ve had for, you know, years. So, but mostly it’s endocrine things, and thyroid things, which is, you know, the engine of the body. So, that really affects everything.

Dr. Hedberg: So, your book is “What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life” and it’s available on Amazon, correct?

Lynne: Yes. The full title is “The Iodine Crisis.” The subtitle is “What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life.” You can get it on iodine… iodine. On Amazon or any other bookstore chain.

Dr. Hedberg: So they can get “The Iodine Crisis” on Amazon. And what is your website and where else can people find you? You mentioned the Facebook group.

Lynne: Yes. The Facebook group is Iodine Workshop and that’s a very scientificevidence-based group. My website is So, people can visit me or contact me or whatever they want to do. I do respond to emails like obviously I don’t practice medicine. I’m not a licensed professional, so don’t call me, and don’t email me and ask for advice, but I can direct people to literature, or positions, or resources.

Dr. Hedberg: Excellent. This has been really great. Thanks for coming on, Lynne. I appreciate it.

Lynne: Well, I appreciate the invitation, Dr. Hedberg and I’m an admirer of your work, so this is very synergistic. I hope we can get even more iodine information out there, especially the vitamin D connection and now you’re interested in iron. So that would be good to explore.

Dr. Hedberg: Yes. Yes. I will be delving into iodine more over the next few months. So, I’ll be releasing some more information on that. So, to all the listeners, go to And I’ll be posting a transcript of this there, as well as links to Lynne’s book, and her website, and the Facebook group. So, take care everyone. Thanks for tuning in and I will talk to you next time.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you for a very interesting, informative and empowering article. My husband worked at a SOY manufacturing company, where he was expose to, by inhaling excessive amount of SOY Protein isolate powder as you probably know that it has been well researched , scientific tested and 100s of well documented studies that proves Soy Protein powder contains isoflavones which acts like estrogens which increases the risks of many cancers including breast cancers in women and man boobs in men. We are truly living examples of the real risks and dangers of soy, my husband has man boobs and because of his exposure to the powder he contaminated me now I have a tumor or mass in my breast, that is why i am so interested in trying the iodine. I don’t have the right PLATFORM to get the word out about just how dangerous consuming excessive amount of SOY and SOY based products (Soy is in almost everything we consume) is but we are living proof that SOY is dangerous especially when most of our SOY is GMOs and sprayed with herbicide and pesticide. SOY consumers be WARNED.


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