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By Dr. Alby Ford

The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer sometime during her lifetime is now 1 in 7.According to Dr. David Bronstein, one of the world’s authorities on iodine, it is one of the most essential nutrients for breast health and the single most important nutrient to halt this progression.

Iodine works through modulation of gene expression and estrogen containment, while remaining intimately involved in the progress of cell division and replication, and apoptosis, the process of normal cell death. If iodine is deficient gene expression gets messed up badly. Iodine is the densest mineral that is absolutely necessary for life. One only has to take a look at the importance of the thyroid gland to see how important iodine is in the understanding of tumour suppression genes and its relationship to iodine.

Iodine is the most important essential mineral needed to keep tumour suppression genes functioning. From epidemiological studies, we learn that iodine deficiency is linked to a high rate of goiter and breast cancer. There is an important connection between the thyroid gland and the breast tissue, because iodine exerts a huge effect on both the thyroid and breast tissue.

High levels of iodine intake are associated with reduced breast cancer rates. Inadequate breast iodine levels are associated with the development of breast cancer, while iodine supplementation (12.5mg – 50mg Iodoral per day) has been shown to cause cancer cells to shift into apoptosis or programmed cell death. I have no doubt one of the main reasons we are seeing such an epidemic of breast cancer, is due to iodine deficiency.

Dr. Bronstein has tested almost 8000 of his patients, and his results have been remarkably consistent: over 95% of his patients were iodine deficient. A study done at the Department of Medical Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering (lead by Dr. Dwayne Jackson and published in the International Journal of Cancer 2011), identified a particular neuropeptide (NPY) that is released in response to stress and is stimulated by the proliferation and migration in the 4T1 breast cancer cell line. They found that stress is associated with an increased risk of cancer. Chronic stress causes an elevated level of sympathetic neurotransmitters (NPY) release and immune-suppression. The expression of NPY receptors has been reported in human breast cancer.

Once a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, inevitable fear permeates her body and mind. The oncologists literally scare the wits out of these patients, thus creating the release of these neurotransmitters and increasing the chance that the cancer will metastasize (spread), which is the case in a high percentage of women with breast cancer.

I suggest that every woman should take at least 12.5mg Iodoral daily, to greatly reduce the risk of developing breast cancer in future.

Think: 1 in every 7 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Reference: Breast Cancer and Iodine – Dr D.M. Derry MD. PhD
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