Iodine is being depleted from the soil around the world, and it is affecting the iodine levels of various foods. Many believe that pesticides are the principle cause. Furthermore, pesticide residues in non-organic foods are depleting iodine from the bodies of millions of people:
"A number of studies have associated certain pesticides with an increased risk of hypothyroidism and other thyroid diseases...any exposure to organochlorine pesticides or fungicides resulted in a higher rate of hypothyroidism...A 2003 report in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) - chemicals used to dilute pesticides - appear to affect the volume, hormone levels and the incidence of nodules in the thyroid glands of individuals most exposed to PCBs...Hypothyroidism slows down many of the body's functions, resulting in fatigue, weight gain, brittle hair and constipation..."
“Organochlorine compounds found in pesticides, induce hepatic enzymes leading to decreased half-life of serum thyroxine (T4)…[ Pearce EN, Braverman LE. Environmental pollutants and the thyroid. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009]…"
(J Clin Diagn Res. 2016 Jan)
"...researchers have begun to find links between increased risk of thyroid disease and exposure to certain chemicals, especially among women. 'Pesticide Use and Thyroid Disease among Women in the Agricultural Health Study,' published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2002, found that Iowa and North Carolina women married to men using such pesticides as aldrin, DDT and lindane were at much higher risk of developing thyroid disease than women in non-agricultural areas...It's not just farm women who should worry. Trace amounts of chemical pesticides and fertilizers most certainly end up in some of the food we eat. The nonprofit group Beyond Pesticides warns that some 60 percent of pesticides used today have been shown to affect the thyroid gland's production of T3 and T4 hormones. Commercially available insecticides and fungicides have also been implicated...An increasing number of doctors now believe that hypothyroidism could be precipitated by a dietary deficiency in iodine..."
(Scientific American, "Are There Links between Pesticides and Other Chemicals to Thyroid Disease?")
With so much bromine in the food and environment, goitrogens (such as soy, peanuts, cashews, etc.), and pesticide-sprayed produce - along with depleted soils - it is no wonder that so many people are suffering from thyroid issues, and other related health problems! How many people drink enough raw milk, organic cranberry juice, or eat enough wild fish - at least in America?
The human body does not manufacture iodine. It must be replenished daily, from the diet. Yet, the consumption of iodine has been decreasing in the U.S.!:
"...urinary iodine levels decreased by more than 50% between 1971–1974 and 1988–1994..."
And there is much more that we have not yet examined that is hindering iodine in the "standard American diet."
Eat organic. Eat wisely. And let's glorify God with the renewed strength and vitality!