I then asked Don Bennett what he thought of the suggestions from Kris. One of the things he immediately responded about was that yes, iodine deficiency is very common. He told me that in all the people he has worked with, every person he has had tested for iodine was deficient. Don said that he eats sea vegetables and thought that, in addition to his healthy diet, would have been enough. But even he was very low in iodine. Everyone who then began iodine supplementation improved remarkably, health-wise.
So the recommendation was to get my iodine levels tested, but the accurate test is not covered by insurance and requires a test from a special lab. At the time, I was about to go on vacation, so I told him I would do the test when I returned home.
Having recently returned home and gotten caught up on things post-trip, I talked to Don tonight at our fruit meetup about iodine. I think it actually came up because right from the start of the evening, I said, "Don, I have acne! Why do I have acne?" This launched us into a conversation about the effects of iodine in the body.
I told him that the acne started when I started including chia & hemp in my diet, but that it got worse while traveling and eating high-fat raw meals at times. Don said that certainly fat plays a part in acne, but it is so inter-related with iodine. You see, iodine has a huge effect on the thyroid gland. With not enough iodine, a person can get either hypo- or hyper-thyroidism. How it manifests depends on genetics.
The thyroid gland controls hormones. Hormones affect everything. The three things I am particularly interested in are: acne, weight, and diabetes. I had done some reading previously, seeking whether iodine deficiency/thyroid problems could be the cause of acne; in my random web reading, people said it was related, but didn't seem to think that could be the main cause of acne--didn't think it would affect it too much.
So listening to Don, I got hope that maybe it will go away if indeed I have an iodine deficiency, and if it gets corrected! Don also said that clients he has worked with, who have struggled with losing the last 30 or so pounds, were able to drop it off like a rock once they started supplementing with iodine. I almost yelled out, "Hallelujah! Please let it be me!" :) And Don was very curious what would happen with my diabetes when supplementing.
So then there's the "oh no..." part of it. Don said that people who supplement with iodine can often experience a bromine detox. This is because bromine looks very much like iodine and sits in its place in the body. So when iodine comes in and kicks bromine out, some detox happens. This can be bad headaches, red splotchy places on the face (oh joy, to accent the acne!), etc. HOWEVER, it is a good thing, and once levels get straightened out, health is vastly improved.
My hubby was talking about tests he got done, which brought Don to say that it would probably be a good idea to get a thyroid panel done as well the iodine test, before supplementing, and then again 3? months later. (I will have to check with him on the time frame again.)
So this is all good news, though I said, "Okay, no meetups (and hubby said no videos?!) while I am supplementing iodine and detoxing bromine and have a messed-up face." :) Hehe. But now seems like a good time to do it, as I have just finished all my visits with relatives (and the pictures!) and the plan is to be working on my book at home for the next 3 months.
I should also say, we talked about how iodine needs to be taken with its co-factors, including selenium. Don had already sent me the link to the iodine and the co-factors formulation that he takes.
And also, we talked about the multi-vitamin (Amerisciences MM6) that he was recommending on his website for a long time. Apparently, things have changed somewhat with how it is made and Don is no longer satisfied with it or using it. He talked about trying Joel Fuhrman's multi-vitamin and how it didn't appear to have the chromium it claimed to have, because Don got melon belly when he had no other supplements except Joel's. He said when he used chromium by itself, the melon belly went away.
So I asked Don, since the Amerisciences MM6 is expensive, can I get away with just taking Just Barley (which is what he is doing)? And he said, if I take a lot, like 2 tablespoons per day. I said, I am already taking that much, and more, because it makes me feel good! :) So that is good news. I just did a 3-month supply order on the MM6, but when that is gone, I won't order any more.
And I think that's it! I said, Don, is there anything else? I've got the D, B12, Just Barley, chia/hemp, multi-vitamin (soon to be only Just Barley rotated with BarleyMax, thank goodness!)....and probably soon to be iodine and its co-factors. He seemed to think that should take care of things...for now. (As Don said, until the next research project turns up something of interest.) :)
Oh, PS- Don said he has added in chia, so now he is doing 2 tablespoons each of chia/hemp (same as me, except I don't do as much). He said his body is really liking it...perhaps because he is not eating enough of the "semi-fatty" tropical fruits that he prefers to eat. He mentioned several times tonight how he is feeling better than ever--how he felt great before, then better again, then better again, etc. :) It is so inspiring and encouraging to hang out with Don and learn from him and what has worked for him and his clients.
Thank you GOD for moving us to South Florida, where I can get such help with my health problems by hanging out with the awesome and generous Don Bennett. Thank you thank you thank you God!
and PPS- have I ever mentioned how ready I am to be at a good weight? Yes, I am ready! :)