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Two Mineral Deficiencies that Cause Most of our Health Problems: MSM and Iodine

Updated on September 19, 2015


Our bodies are composed of minerals, water, and only a little bit more. Therefore, one of the most important aspects of our diet should be mineral intake.

Land vegetables are not rich in minerals. One half of a teaspoon of sea vegetables can have 100-500 times more minerals than five helpings of land vegetables.

In the old days, before refrigeration and grocery stores, people had to have sea vegetables to make it through the winter, even if the cellar was well stocked with fermented vegetables. So, people got plenty of minerals, compared to today.

Some minerals bind with anything synthetic which neutralizes the mineral. Basically, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and food additives use up some important minerals.

MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) SULFUR

MSM organic sulfur is a gas that evaporates from the ocean, turns into clouds, then comes to us from rain. We had this nutrient in our food supply until synthetic fertilizers were mandated in 1954 (in the U.S.) to prevent e-coli.

There is an organization called FAO that is working on changing this and reintroducing green farming with cow manure to get our sulfur back. Read this article about success in Scandinavia.

MSM works like a mineral in the body. It's many benefits include: detox heavy metals, kill pathogens, key ingredient in D3 steroid hormone, anti-inflammatory, makes cell walls elastic and permeable.

Basically, everything in the body works better with MSM in all of the cells. Its the glue that holds us together and every cell goes where it is supposed to go when they are lubricated and elastic.

You can get MSM from drinking rain water, dehumidified water, or take a supplement from powder, crystals or flakes harvested from pine trees.

The highest dosage from powder is two heaping tablespoons twice daily, crystals or flakes would be 1/5 as much since they are less processed and more potent. Put the MSM in a little water, let it dissolve, then drink it down and chase it with another drink since it tastes like epson salts.

Ease your way into a high dosage if you want to minimize detox symptoms.

MSM Sulfur


Iodine also detoxes heavy metals and kills pathogens from the thyroid gland. Sixty to 80% of the iodine in your body is in your thyroid (depending on the information source). All of your blood travels through the thyroid every 17 minutes.

Fluoride, chloride and bromide (the most commonly used food preservative now) compete with iodine for the iodine receptor sites in your body. Iodine also binds with synthetic molecules which can neutralize the iodine, or detox the synthetics from your body.

Any problem with the reproductive organs involve iodine. There are at least 300 low thyroid symptoms and many cancers are associated with low thyroid.

If pregnant women have plenty of iodine in their body, the baby's brain develops better and the IQ is higher. Asian people have higher IQs than Americans because of this. The founding fathers had genius IQs for the same reason.

Mood disorders: anxiety (including phobias and obsession), depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, ADD and pre-1970s hyperactivity are low thyroid symptoms. Other neurological disorders are related to heavy metal toxicity.

Iodine is a potent heavy metal detoxifier. Heavy metals overstimulate proteins and enzymes. One example of over-stimulated protein is dopamine causing hyperactivity or hyper focus (autism). Overstimulated enzymes will damage healthy tissue instead of cleaning (i.e., alzheimer's). They also preserve pathogens in your body which contributes to the pathogen free-radical activity which causes cancer.

In 1920, the FDA suggested supplementing breads with iodine, magnesium and potassium. About 36% of the people in the U.S. had goiter. In addition, heart problems were the number one cause of death. All three minerals are associated with most heart problems.

The poor couldn't afford to go to the doctor for treatment of goiter. Since they comprise most of the military ranks, and the numbers were low, the government had to step in and suggest bread supplementation.

Iodine fulfillment therapy was the main treatment for low thyroid since the early 1800s after a Dr. Lugol created an iodine/potassium iodine mixture used for this purpose. Patients were advised to take 50mg daily for three months, then one or two drops (6mg per drop) per week for maintenance.

Natural health care now recommends 12mg daily, mainly because of competitor minerals for the same receptor sites and synthetic molecules, pharmaceuticals recommend 150mcg (about 1/10th of a milligram) daily. We get far less than 150mcg daily on the average.

During the 1960s, the World Health Organization, founded by John D. Rockefeller, suggested discontinuing the supplementation of breads with these minerals. Their justification was that some people might be getting too much iodine and people should regulate their own minerals. Iodized table salt is suggested, but the chloride in table salt is one of iodine's competitor minerals, so this is not an effective method of getting your iodine levels up.

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Health Basics Summary

All symptoms and all diseases can be traced to a mineral deficiency.

Some practitioners say that all symptoms are caused by: inflammation, protein/enzyme deficiency, or pathogens, or that all three apply to all illness. But the root cause of all of these is a mineral deficiency.

Minerals kill pathogens, detox heavy metals and synthetic molecules. Without basic minerals, you will develop pathogen overgrowth which will interfere with protein/enzyme building in the intestines, or parasites in the liver which eat your nutrients and hormones.

Natural health practitioners say that if you have a serious illness, you most likely have at least two pounds of parasites in your liver. Candida yeast cleansing and restoring good bacteria levels is the most common treatment in natural health care. MSM is one of the best ways to kill parasites and intestinal yeast overgrowth.

Our modern diet, high in sugar and synthetic molecules, is manageable if you have sufficient amounts of minerals in your body detoxing you.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      I was told I had an allergy to iodine many years ago as a child. Hence seafood makes me queasy and can give headaches. Some researchers claim there is no such thing as an allergy to iodine but that it relates to some other thing associated with seafood. I do know that many people can't eat shellfish as it could be lethal. So I don't know what my system is telling me.

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      Susan Trump 2 years ago from San Diego, California

      That is the big question. Finding what is your weak link is the key. It is why I write on Search for the Cause, Not Just the Cure. Allergies tell us something. We can medicate or find out what the body wants to be whole and strong. Annoying concept.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      I am willing to look at that; but what exactly am I paying attention to? What is my body telling me to do?

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      Susan Trump 2 years ago from San Diego, California

      I believe that allergies as written above are a sign of deficiencies or toxicity. Both weaken the immune system. Those things are the voice of the body telling you to pay attention.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      I am allergic to sulfur and also iodine!

      Sulphites actually. I am concerned about my allergy to iodine as it means I can't eat seafood or seaweed.