The controversy comes about because many authors are recommending high-dose iodine with the hope that it will improve health. Since my practice focuses on thyroid disease, I see all the unfortunate cases where high-dose iodine goes wrong.
I had no idea that the salt used to make most processed foods lacked iodine, that the majority of prenatal vitamins didn't provide iodine and that the number of women who may have a deficiency was so large. I'm not alone.
Are you hoping for a Baby Einstein? You don't need to be a Tiger Dad to want the best for your kids, and being smart generally leads to an easier, happier life. But what are the facts and what are myths?
Chocolate, coffee, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cheese, salt and so many other foods in the United States have gone designer. Buyer-beware and read on to equip yourself to be a discriminating salt shopper.
The iodine defense works against the threat of I-131, and the Japanese in the affected area should be using it. We in the U.S. should not. But we should understand it, so it's there for us if ever we need it. I certainly hope we don't.
There are some simple steps you can take to become less obsessed with disaster, and yet still be compassionately involved with your fellow man. Doing these things will engage your mind, heart and being in positive, life-affirming ways.