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December 11, 2008

Salt FAQ

Is there a big difference between refined and unrefined salt?

Yes, huge difference. Refined salt has been stripped of all trace minerals, contains toxic additives and disturbs pH balance.


Can one get a sufficient amount of iodine from iodized salt?

No. The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) was established (150 ug/day) with one goal in mind: to prevent goiter and cretinism. The RDA for iodine has been successful at combating goiter and cretinism; however, the RDA is woefully inadequate in preventing many other thyroid disorders including hypothyroidism, Graves' disease, Hashimoto's disease, and enlarged thyroid.


Does sea salt contain significant amounts of iodine?

No. Although unrefined sea salt is an excellent source of around 80 minerals, it does not contain appreciable amounts of iodine.


Are there any studies to back up the claim that there is enough iodine in iodized salt to supply the body's need for iodine?


Source: Salt Your Way to Health, David Brownstein, M.D., www.drbrownstein.com

I heard Dr. Brownstein speak at the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference in November. Amazing man, amazing lecture. If you or anyone you know have thyroid problems, I highly recommend his book, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders. Order online or 1-888-647-5616.

Dr. Brownstein says that he is yet to see any item that is more important to promoting health or optimizing the function of the immune system than iodine. In his clinical practice, he has witnessed iodine help with breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, fatigue, and thyroid cancer, to name just a few. I wish he were local to SF, but he is located in West Bloomfield, Michigan. More on his lecture later...


thank you for posting this!! this is a little discussed (or aparently. researched) issue that had huge relevance when one out of every 4 American women have some sort of thyroid issue.

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