By Rhonda Marzoq
Imagine you go to a doctor and get a routine blood test, and everything is perfect. Your Vitamin D and B-12 levels are in the right range. Your hormone levels are in balance. Your body has just the right amount of iodine in it. Your blood test results are perfect, the kind of perfect that they use to teach medical school students. You are the paradigm of human health. Now, how much of the population is like that?
A very minute amount.
It is more likely that you will get a blood test, go to the doctor, and then have a list of
biochemicals you are deficient in read off to you. Common biochemicals to be deficient in are
Vitamin D and Vitamin B-12. Recently, iodine deficiency is becoming more and more common.
Iodine is a chemical element that supplements many of the human body’s natural functions and
processes. According to the Global Healing Center, iodine, more commonly seen in the form of
salt, regulates the metabolism, plays a role in brain development, and stimulates the production
of thyroid hormones in the thyroid gland.
Iodine plays a vital role in bodily functions but is more commonly referenced for the problems it
can cause if there is too much or too little of it present in the human body. Iodine deficiency is
linked to hypothyroidism, a stunted thyroid gland. The American Thyroid Association estimates
that approximately 20 million people in the Unites States alone are affected by hypothyroidism.
Typical hypothyroid symptoms include weight gain, constipation, mood changes, chills, dry skin,
and fatigue. As the cases of diagnosed hypothyroidism continue to increase acclaimed
compounding pharmacist Rudy Dragone, R.PH, states a statistic that provides a source and
solution for the population affected by hypothyroidism. He says that, “11 percent of people with
hypothyroid symptoms are due to low iodine patients that take small doses of thyroid hormone
and fluctuate between hypo and hyper symptoms are usually low iodine.”
Dragone points out one probable cause of hypothyroidism— iodine deficiency— and reiterates
the need for the human body to find a way to intake the adequate amount of iodine necessary for
bodily functions to work effectively.
Healthline sites TSH, thyroid-stimulating hormone, as a commonly used hormone by medical
practitioners to stimulate release of T4 and T3 hormones, iodine molecules, in the thyroid as a
form of treatment for hypothyroidism.
A majority of people with hypothyroidism normally do not seek treatment or a medical diagnosis
until he or she has already experienced the symptoms. The new era of medicine places a larger
emphasis on prevention than treatment. Iodine supplements are a preventive form of iodine
intake that will enhance the treatment of hypothyroidism and other conditions caused by iodine
Dragone, a specialist in bioidentical hormonal replacement therapy along with Clarks Pharmacy,
offer a doctor approved iodine supplement called i-Throid Iodine to improve the long term
results of hypothyroid prevention and treatment. 1 Listed on Clark’s Pharmacy’s official website,
i-Throid Iodine is offered in the form of vegetable capsules with two strengths— 6.5 mg and
The iodine deficiency present in today’s world is one of the causes of hypothyroidism and other
medical conditions that the population faces. This deficiency can easily be improved through
iodine supplements. Through iodine supplements and others alike you are already closer to a
healthier lifestyle and the perfect blood results that medical practitioners and students love to see.
Mini Bio for Rudy Dragone, R.PH: Rudy Dragone, R.PH, an acclaimed compounding pharmacist works with Clarks Pharmacy, a medical facility that specializes in bioidentical hormonal replacement therapy to provide the services of hormone education, hormone modulation (lifestyle and vitamins), natural hormone replacement, and customized medicines. Dragone works towards creating a network of hope,help, and healing through his passion for bioidentical hormones.
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