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Healthy Food Lover's Newsletter, Issue #44 - The Violet Flame
October 29, 2017
|Hello Healthy Food Lovers,
The Violet Flame
The violet flame is a type of spiritual energy that is associated with turning the human into the divine human being.
And there is a nutrient that is the physical manifestation of the violet flame that may assist you with this type of transformation.
However, in the last few decades this nutrient (which is needed in order for your endocrine system to work properly) has rapidly disappeared from our food supply and our bodies.
Because this nutrient has steadily disappeared for some time now, I think this has lead to the popularity of the vegan, paleo, ketogenic, and even the raw food diets as a way of self-preservation.
In other words, it became the path of least resistance to eliminate the foods that seemed to be causing the problems.
Which is the much longer path to take instead of just fixing a nutrient deficiency.
Because back in the 70s when I was a youngster in Hawaii, there were only cultural food differences and the hippy movement that promoted whole wheat bread, alfalfa sprouts, and carrot juice.
Lately, I have been feeling like something is missing in my diet and have allowed more food choices onto my plate to understand what that might be.
I've also had a strong craving for a lot of seafood which is not that readily available where I now live.
However, it took looking into a loved one's health issues to finally figure this out. Someone who had remained relatively healthy her entire long life, but became very ill all of a sudden.
This lead to the discovery that I had been deficient for a good part of my life and even a little resistant to a very critical nutrient.
And this has opened up my eyes to a much better way to eat and to detoxify my body.
The HalogensIn America, beneficial iodine has gradually been replaced in the food supply, water supply, medications, and even in the environment with toxic halogens for the last 50+ years.
And the rates of thyroid disease, breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, diabetes, obesity, developmental delays and mental retardation in children has steadily increased.
You see there are no known liver detoxification pathways to excrete toxic halogens. Therefore, these halogens will get stored in your body fat.
Toxic halogens are chemically related to iodine and include bromine, fluorine, and chlorine.
Iodine is the 4th halogen and is a member of group 17 on the periodic table - below fluorine, chlorine, and bromine.
Iodine exists as a lustrous, purple-black metallic solid at "standard" conditions that sublimes readily to form a violet gas.
Iodine is the heaviest member of its group and has 7 electrons in the 5th and outermost shell being its valence electrons.
Halogens are highly reactive with metal and by having 7 valence electrons this makes it easy to grab hold of one more to get to 8 and achieve noble gas configuration.
However, toxic halogens are everywhere these days and when halogens are chemically "reduced" they become "halides" such as bromide, fluoride, and chloride.
If there is a shortage of iodine in your body, the halides bromide, chloride, and fluoride will compete with iodine for absorption into your body tissues and glands.
Also, radioactive iodine used in many medical procedures competes with beneficial iodine. You will also find radioactive iodine released by nuclear power plant contamination.
I think most are aware of fluoride and the problems it creates in your body. Fluoride is found in some public drinking water, Teflon cookware, toothpaste, Prozac, and in many other medical drugs.
It is known to create problems for your thyroid gland and your pineal gland.
Most also know about the dangers of too much chlorine found in public water, swimming pools, hot tubs, and in bleach.
Toxic chlorides are also found in artificial sweeteners like Splenda and in propellants used in spray cans.
Chloride is also found in foods, sea salts, table salt, and in iodized salts.
Chloride found in nature is an important element in your extracellular fluid and in your stomach, but in large amounts it can be toxic.
Bromine is the #1 anti-iodine halogen of all time - which was introduced in the 1970s. Coincidently, since then iodine levels have significantly dropped due to bromine dominance.
Bromine DominanceBromine is found in a lot of packaged food items and is known to block iodine. Bromine is also able to displace iodine in your iodine receptors.
The Iodine Crisis: What You Don't Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life by Lynne Farrow, Chapter 4 Bromine - A Cause of Iodine Deficiency Page 26:
When iodine deficiency results, the cells in your body become poisoned and inflamed.
I was shocked to find out that iodine was added to wheat flour before 1972 and was then replaced with bromine under the name potassium bromate.
And it is found in bromated wheat flour and in enriched flour despite the fact that it is a pesticide that was banned in other countries.
Sodas like Mountain Dew and citrus-flavored drinks like Gatorade use brominated vegetable oil (called BVO) as an emulsifier.
Bromine is also used in hair dyes and in permanent wave neutralizers that contain sodium bromate.
In fact, bromine is used under various names in many of your personal care products. You can find bromine in shampoos, leave-in conditioners, facial powders, cosmetics, styling gels, toilet tissue, and in deodorants.
Bromine will also be found in some toothpastes and in mouthwash under the name potassium bromate.
Bromine is used in certain asthma inhalers and in prescription drugs.
Bromine is widely used in hot tub cleaners and in toilet bowl cleaners. And it is also used in plastics and in the textile dyeing process.
In the 1970s bromine was introduced with fire retardants and will be found in your mattresses, carpets, electronics, phones, stuffed animals, children's sleepwear, furniture, draperies, and in your car interiors (car seats, armrests, door trims, shift knobs, etc.).
Fire retardants are a huge problem because bromide dust drifts out of these items and is inhaled by you. And then bromine gets into your bloodstream.
Even drinking water can be a source of bromine like in the recall of Dasani bottled water in 2004.
Just be aware that pesticides containing methyl bromide are used on golf courses. They can even be used on your strawberries and on your produce.
That is why it is very important to look for and only purchase truly organic foods.
Bromine Toxicity Symptoms:
The bottom line is that when bromine dominates, iodine recedes which has lead to a lot of endocrine problems and iodine deficiency symptoms.
Not surprisingly, iodine deficiency may be involved in Grave's and in Hashimoto's Disease. Iodine deficiency may even be connected with Lyme Disease.
Estrogen dominance which is when the amount of estrogen in your body increases while the level of progesterone stays the same or decreases has also been linked with iodine deficiency.
Iodine Deficiency Symptoms
A low body pH may also be a symptom of iodine deficiency. If your pH is consistently lower than normal, your body may lack the iodine necessary to regulate your pH effectively.
Author of Iodine: Why You Need it, Why You Can't Live Without it, Dr. Brownstein writes iodine is alkaline and the body uses iodine to recover from an acid state.
Unfortunately, the RDA for iodine is only 150 micrograms which is quite small when you take into account all of the iodine disruptors and toxic halogens.
How to Remove Toxic HalogensThe halogens compete with each other for absorption and even utilization in iodine binding sites in your thyroid gland and everywhere else in your body.
This occurs because all of the halogens "look alike" at the atomic level, so they tend to bind to receptors similarly and can replace each other.
One of the best ways to remove toxic halogens like bromine is with a higher intake of iodine.
For example, Japanese who consume around 12,500 mcg of iodine every day in their diet do not seem to have weight problems, are pretty damn smart, and are relatively healthy.
Iodine is known to detoxify harmful radiation, heavy metals, and toxic halogens.
Fluoride sticks to iodine receptors and iodine can draw some of it out and replace the fluoride with iodine. Therefore, iodine can also help to decalcify your pineal gland.
Iodine can also detoxify bromide and fluoride from your thyroid gland.
Often when iodine is supplemented people start eliminating large quantities of bromine from the body. And it is the cause of some healing reactions associated with taking iodine supplements.
The Iodine Crisis: What You Don't Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life by Lynne Farrow Chapter 9 FAQ5 What Happens When You Take Iodine? Page 81:
Higher doses of iodine (12.5 to 50 mg) will also help to detoxify lead and mercury from your body which may also create headache and fatigue or a healing crisis.
Iodine and Your Endocrine SystemYour endocrine system is a collection of very important glands that secrete chemicals or hormones. And iodine is a very critical micro-nutrient for these glands.
Important endocrine glands include your hypothalamus, pineal, pituitary, pancreas, adrenal, ovaries for women, testes for men, thymus, parathyroid, and your thyroid gland.
Your endocrine system affects almost every organ and cell in your body. And so does iodine. Basically, your endocrine system is a factory that selects and removes building materials from your blood.
It then processes these materials which leads to the secretion of a chemical or hormone that is needed somewhere in your body.
When there is a disruption or disease in your endocrine system, your hormone levels will be either too high or too low.
An example would be hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. And iodine or the lack of iodine does appear to be directly connected to these thyroid disorders.
Iodine and Your Thyroid GlandIodine is the key to a healthy thyroid and is needed to make two very important thyroid hormones - Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4).
T3 contains three iodine atoms and T4 contains four iodine atoms.
Thyroid hormones are used in every cell of your body to regulate your metabolism and weight by metabolizing fat for energy and for heat.
Did you know that your thyroid hormones also regulate the synthesis of amino acids from proteins and regulate your digestive enzyme activity?
Thyroid hormones are also very involved with your nervous system development.
Did you know that thyroid hormone receptors in your brain help regulate the production and use of all your important neurotransmitters?
And the feedback loops between the thyroid and your brain can easily be disrupted if you aren't getting enough nutrients like iodine, selenium, copper, carbohydrates, tyrosine, and B vitamins.
It's important to note that you will need the right amount of carbohydrates in your diet. Too much or even too little carbs can affect your T3 and T4 production.
Your hypothalamus and pituitary glands communicate to maintain your T3 and T4 balance. And it is very important that T3 and T4 levels are neither too high or too low.
If T3 and T4 levels are too low, your pituitary gland releases more TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) to tell your thyroid gland to produce more T3 and T4.
Some Symptoms of Too Little T3 and T4 (Hypothyroidism):
And if your T3 and T4 levels are too high, your pituitary gland releases less TSH to your thyroid gland and tells it to slow down the production of T3 and T4.
Some Symptoms of Too Much T3 and T4 (Hyperthyroidism):
TSH the thyroid stimulating hormone increases uptake of iodine in your thyroid gland. However, in the absence of iodine TSH levels can remain dangerously elevated!
Iodine is an essential element that enables your thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones. Your body does not make iodine, so it is a very critical nutrient to get in your diet.
Remember if you do not get enough iodine in your diet, you will not be able to make enough thyroid hormones!
And an iodine deficiency which can create both hypo and hyperthyroidism has been shown to have a negative effect on the heart.
Iodine stabilizes the heart rhythm, lowers serum cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and is known to make the blood thinner.
Iodine is So Important!Iodine also improves your immunity and helps induce apoptosis or the self-destruction of dangerous cancerous cells.
While iodine can help to destroy mutated cancer cells, iodine won't destroy healthy cells in the process - unlike the medical protocol of radiation.
Iodine is also a co-factor to insulin and has helped correct insulin function. As iodine attaches to insulin receptors it improves glucose metabolism.
Women need more iodine than men because our breasts and uterus need a lot of iodine. Girls will need more iodine when they hit their puberty years.
Mothers will need 2 to 3 times the amount of iodine during pregnancy as iodine is very important to pregnant women and their unborn babies.
Iodine helps water to be more soluble. It's also a powerful anti-microbial and anti-septic.
Basically, iodine protects your body from invading microorganisms.
Iodine can also act as an antioxidant and help with free radical exposure in regards to the accumulation of harmful levels of toxic halogens.
In the early part of the 20th century, iodine was used liberally by physicians for everything from mercury poisoning to goiters.
So what happened to iodine?
The Iodine DisruptorsI highly recommend you read the book The Iodine Crisis: What You Don't Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life by Lynne Farrow (who had her own personal experience with breast cancer).
This led to the discovery that someone had stolen a medicine with proven benefits reaching back 15,000 years.
From the Introduction of Lynne Farrow's Book:
From Chapter 16 Who Stole Iodine from My Medicine? Page 150:
You must be saying right now, "How could they have possibly just thrown out all of the evidence surrounding the use of iodine in the medical profession?"
The Halo EffectA halo is a luminous ring or disk of light which surrounds the heads or bodies of sacred saints. And spiritual teachers like Jesus are usually portrayed with a halo around their heads.
Could this be a sign of purity?
Because of this type of association, the halo effect has been used in many industries to sell an idea or product to its consumers.
The halo effect has been used in marketing for a very long time to try to convince others to make certain choices which influences what you wear all the way to what you eat.
Usually this is done by using psychological triggers like very good looking people (Hollywood, etc.) or people who are very likeable (Doctors, etc.).
The halo effect is a bias in which our overall impression of a person colors our judgement of that person's character - more than the actual product itself.
I think the halo effect has been used extensively in the food industry and this has lead to many conflicting beliefs around nutrition.
This has lead to the idea that you need to be on some sort of restrictive diet that eliminates certain foods. This diet almost always comes with many different packaged food items and supplements.
Unfortunately, this type of marketing influence has also been used extensively in the medical industry which has lead to a ton of medical drugs and surgeries.
Who Discovered Iodine?The Iodine Crisis: What You Don't Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life Chapter 15 A Magic Purple Haze - Iodine Emerges from the Ashes - Its Discovery as an Element Page 125:
One day in 1811, a French chemist by the name of Bernard Courtois who was born in 1777 was making gunpowder (he was a saltpeter manufacturer) and "accidently" discovered iodine in the burnt ashes of seaweed.
By accident, Courtois added too much sulfuric acid to the seaweed ashes and a violet vapor suddenly emerged above the copper vessel.
He was able to obtain crystals from the condensation of the violet vapor and was able to analyze them. He then prepared several Iodide salts, but Courtois never published his findings.
However, some of these crystals ended up in the hands of his rich friends.
And although Courtois discovered iodine in 1811, it was Humphry Davy that sent a letter to the Royal Society of London naming the new element Iodes, the Greek word for violet.
Since that time, many types of iodine preparations have been created and iodine is sold in many forms these days.
One of the most famous is Lugol's iodine solution which was first made by the French physician Jean Lugol in 1829. And this solution has been used by many physicians for a long time to treat many different illnesses.
Your body requires both iodine and iodide (the ion state of iodine). And you will find both in Lugol's solution and in dietary sources.
When absorbed by your body, most of it concentrates in your thyroid gland - but some of it will go to other parts of your body like the ovaries and breasts in women.
Iodine Food SourcesWild Caught Seafood:Oysters, Lobster, Shrimp, Seaweed (Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Kombu, etc.), Saltwater Fish (especially Cod & Haddock), Clams, Mussels, Octopus, Scallops, Squid, and Spirulina (grown in the ocean)
Animal Foods (pastured on iodine rich soil): Raw Dairy like Grass Fed Milk, Yogurt, Butter, Cream, & Cheese, Pastured Organ Meats, Pastured Eggs, Pastured Meats, and Turkey Breasts
Organic Grains: Some Whole Grains and Maize
Organic Legumes: Navy Beans, Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans, Lentils, Soybeans, and Cashews
Organic Nuts: Black Walnuts, Hazelnuts, and Pistachio
Organic Fruits: Apricots, Balsam Apples, Coconut, Cranberries, Dates, Mango, Pineapple, Prunes, and Squash
Organic Vegetables: Asparagus, Jerusalem Artichoke, Carrots, Garlic, Kale, Mushrooms, Potato w/Skin, Peas, Rhubarb, Spinach, and Swiss Chard
Salt: Some Unrefined Sea Salts and Iodized Salt (Iodized salt is processed to remove beneficial micronutrients and then harmful chemicals are added like fluoride. Iodized salt may also only be 10% absorbable.)
Misc: Blackstrap Molasses, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Fennel, Hyssop, and Ginseng
The amount of iodine in animals raised on grass varies depending on the quality of the soil and where they were free to graze.
Also, animal milk is higher in iodine than their meat because animals secrete dietary iodine into their milk for their young. However, be aware that pasteurization destroys about 20% or more of iodine in milk.
Dairy products will be higher in iodine from farmer's who use iodine based solutions instead of chlorine to sterilize milk containers and milking teats.
Also, be aware that freshwater fish are a less good source of iodine than saltwater fish.
And quality bakery products that do not use bromated or bleached flours may contain some iodine.
Availability of iodine in food will differ in various regions of the world. Iodine is present naturally in the soil (in certain areas) and in seawater.
Basically, iodine will be found in the oceans and in the soils that are closer to the sea.
The most seriously iodine deficient parts of the world are mountainous (rain leaches iodine out of the soil at higher altitudes) and inland areas.
Including much of the agricultural producing countries like Australia, Canada, USA, and Europe.
However, there will be some iodine in the plains and in river areas. Although, people may still have a mild deficiency.
And different types of soil contain varying amounts of iodine which in turn affects the quantity of iodine within crops.
The organic content, texture (clay or sandy), and pH condition of the soil will determine the concentration and retention of iodine in the soil.
Also, the amount of iodine in plant foods will depend on the quality of fertilizers and irrigation practices used.
The GoitrogensGoitrogens are substances that suppress thyroid function by blocking iodine uptake in your body.
And there are certain foods which can affect your thyroid in a negative way. They are commonly known as goitrogenic.
In other words, goitrogenic foods contain substances which may prevent your thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine from your foods.
Goitrogenic FoodsFruits: Peaches
Vegetables: Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collard Greens, Daikon, Kohlrabi, Mustard Greens, Kale, Radish, Rutabaga, Tatsoi, Turnips, Watercress), Spinach, and Sweet Potatoes
Nuts & Seeds: Pine Nuts, Flaxseeds, and Mustard Seeds
Legumes: Peanuts and Soybeans
Misc: Canola (Rapeseed), Cassava (Tapioca), Horseradish, and Wasabi
If goitrogens are eaten in excess or in the raw state, they may interfere with the function of your thyroid gland.
However, goitrogenic foods will usually become inactive when you cook them.
Also, there is not enough evidence that goitrogenic foods will cause thyroid problems in healthy adults who are consuming enough iodine.
And people who eat a balanced diet with lots of nutritious fish and seafood may have a very different reaction to foods that contain goitrogens.
One of the most controversial goitrogenic foods is soybeans. It has been said that you must ferment soy in order to remove its anti-nutrients (which I thought included its goitrogens).
According to Sarah the Healthy Home Economist, fermentation transforms soy into a nutrient dense food, but actually increases the hormone disrupting effects of the isoflavones or goitrogens.
She states that fermentation frees the isoflavones or goitrogens from the sugars to which they are conjoned. Does this apply to other goitrogenic foods?
However, soy does appear to contain a lot of iodine and an excess of iodine appears to protect against the goitrogenic affect of soy.
Even a deficiency of selenium, vitamin A, or iron could be termed goitrogenic as these deficiencies seems to amplify the effects of an iodine deficiency.
And bad habits like cigarette smoking will also have goitrogenic effects on your body.
These foods may also be considered goitrogenic and may block iodine absorption if eaten in excess:
Celery, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Endives, Figs, Grapes, Lemons, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Oranges, Parsley, Peppers, Pomegranates, Pumpkins, and Peppers.
It's important to note that these foods should not cause iodine deficiency unless they are the mainstay of a very limited diet.
The Path of Least ResistanceA year or two ago, I put into my Vortex a wish that I could eat anything I wanted and it would still be good for me.
And it looks like eating iodine rich foods is the answer to that wish and the path of least resistance for me (I also like to apply a drop of Lugol's solution to my skin to help correct my iodine deficiency).
Now I can take all of the lessons that I've learned from the vegan/vegetarian, paleo, raw food, and low carb/ketogenic movements to create a better buffet for myself.
Of course, that still means the highest quality foods possible and staying away from "artificial" foods.
I also feel that a higher ratio of potassium to sodium is more important for my health and iodine absorption.
Which means keeping sodium to a minimum in the form of sea salts, leavening, table salt, iodized salts, and soy sauce.
And I still prefer raw foods (especially raw seafood, raw dairy, and raw meats) over their cooked counterparts. However, I still enjoy some cooked foods.
A moderate carb diet appears to be best for me as well and I've decided not to eliminate any food groups as this can lead to a more acidic diet.
The work of Esther Hicks and her ability to connect to source energy is what taught me about the Vortex and the path of least resistance. And it is some of the most inspirational work you'll probably find!
As Esther has repeated many times, "Ask and It is Always Given". Then you just have to tune into what you asked for - which is the tricky part.
See You at The Buffet,
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