Book Review: The Iodine Crisis by Lynne Farrow

by Lee on January 18, 2016

I came across this book as a result of my continuing research into attaining better health.  Having lost 45+ pounds over the last iodine crisis book picseveral years (depending on where you start measuring), I’m in better shape now than I have been since exiting the Army during the Vietnam era.  That notwithstanding, it seems the more one learns, the more you learn what you don’t know.  Kind of like “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

I’ve become increasingly skeptical (and yes, even cynical) about the allopathic approach of modern medicine.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it refers to the “mainstream medical use of pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of diseases or conditions.”(1)  In other words, treat the symptoms, not the underlying cause of a problem.

The Iodine Crisis looks into the necessity of adequate iodine intake (all your cells need it), the history of the use of iodine (starting 15,000 years ago) as well as possible results of having an iodine deficiency (the list is very long and diverse.)

I’ve always had a fear of iodine (and iodide) and after reading this book now understand why (it has to do with the now discredited Wolff-Chaikoff medical study.)

I found the book a fascinating read although I though the overly prolific use of anecdotal stories as a back-door approach to suggesting cures for various ailments a bit thin.  Nevertheless,  should you suffer from uncured ailments, it’s worth your while to consider whether they may be caused by an iodine deficiency.  Chances are good you may not be getting enough iodine through your food or iodized salt.

This is an easy read and fairly well footnoted (I like to be able to read the underlying studies).  I found it well worth my time.


(1) Wikipedia dictionary


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