In this 3.5-minute audio clip Jonathan Wright, MD notes that consuming enough iodine is VERY important for the body to convert the pro-cancerous estrogen called estrone into the anti-cancerous estrogen called estriol (that protects against cancer).
He notes that he found this by accident when giving women iodine and testing their hormone levels.
He notes that he found that giving women iodine made such a difference in the estriol production.
Iodine protects against breast cancer
Iodine helps to protect against breast cancer
He notes that because of this, iodine helps to PROTECT women against breast cancer, and that women who do not get enough iodine are at an increased risk of breast cancer.
“If there is sufficient iodine present, [the pro-carcinogenic] estrone [gets converted into the protective] estriol. but if there is not enough iodine, that won’t happen,” Dr. Wright notes.
He says that you can add iodine to your diet by adding kelp to your food, or eating seaweed like the Japanese do, but also notes that some women need to take an iodine supplement in order to get enough iodine so that their bodies will convert estrone into estriol.
[Note: David Brownstein, MD and Guy Abraham, MD who have written much about the health benefits of supplementing with large doses of iodine. They also note that getting iodine from iodized salt is NOT the answer. There is also a great article by Dr. Brownstein about his clinical experience with large doses of iodine here.] You can read more about iodine supplementation here.
Audio Clip Here
The audio clip is posted here
The audio clip from the interview is posted here.
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