Iodized Salt – The Delusion

Iodized Salt – The Delusion

Are you getting enough iodine?

There is a silent epidemic effecting the health of 74% of US adults.

In 1924 Morton got the idea to “iodize” it’s salt.  Goiters everywhere began disappearing and everyone was happy.  A misconception was that the iodized table salt alone was replenishing the iodine needs.

The truth is that back then, wheat flour was processed with iodine.  This added iodine into nearly every baked good or food product that included wheat.  In the 1970’s Iodine was replaced with potassium bromate (which is much cheaper).

The iodine was removed from wheat and in it’s place they’ve added bromide, which is not only unhealthy, it actually extracts Iodine from the body.  From 1971 to 2001 iodine intake dropped 50%.

I never questioned Iodized salt.  I never thought about Iodine.  Ever.  No one ever told me that consuming Iodized salt was going to meet my Iodine needs.  I just thought it did.  I was wrong.

Then I had a mini-issue at my regular Doc visit.  She located a lump in my neck.  She sent me to have an ultrasound of my neck to get a closer look at the lump.  Thankfully, it was only a goiter; easily treated with some iodine.

After the goiter appeared, I read the book, “The Iodine Crisis – What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life” by Lynne Farrow.

Here are some thoughts on Iodized Salt for consideration:

  1. How much Bromide, Fluoride, and Chlorine are you being exposed to that is displacing your iodine?
  2. Is the amount of iodine in your Iodized Salt the same in your cabinet as it was at the factory where it was packaged?
  3. How much of the iodine in your table salt is “bioavailable?” (able by your body to absorb it)
  4. Do you exercise?  A substantial amount of iodine is lost in sweating during regular exercise regimens.
  5. Did you cook with it?  Salt used in cooking loses up to 62.4% of its iodine content.
  6. Has your salt been stored or wear-housed before coming to the store where you bought it?
  7. Did the Iodine in your salt evaporate while it was being stored, wear-housed, or sitting on the grocer’s shelf?
  8. How much of it evaporated?
  9. If you happen to live right outside the Morton Salt Plant and can buy the freshest Iodized Salt in the world, is that enough for a woman’s dietary iodine needs?
  10. Is there really any iodine in your salt?

Lynne Farrow answers these questions and more here.

Due to an Iodine shortage in my diet, I have been taking Lugol’s Solution.  I store my little bottle of Lugol’s Iodine Solution in my cabinet.

This storage led to an unsolicited, involuntary, science experiment in my kitchen. I think I have the answer to the question:  Does Iodine evaporate?


Let me show you the inside of my kitchen cabinet where the iodine is kept:

The inside of my cabinet is orange.  Thanks to Lugol.

I think the MythBusters would refer to this as “plausible.”

I’m going to refer to this as:  Yes! Without a doubt……  Iodine evaporates.  My cabinet is orange.  My cabinet door is orange.  All surfaces in contact with this cabinet are orange.  The orange mist magically appeared the same time that the Iodine appeared in the cabinet.  The Iodine fog….haze….mist is growing daily.  And, by the way, it is permanent.  Ugh.  So, I’ll conclude, yes,  it definitely is evaporating…… everywhere.

It evaporates from inside it’s little glass bottle.

It evaporates onto my cabinet and anything near it.

I’m going to step out on a limb here and conclude that it also evaporates out of “iodized salt.”

It’s not orange, you can’t see it, but it’s still there, evaporating.


The only way I can stop Lugol from redecorating my cabinets is to put him in an airtight, sealed container.  This does not stop the Iodine from evaporating.  It just limits where the iodine can evaporate to.

Does Iodized Salt contain Iodine?  I don’t know.  I do know that it definitely does not contain the amount it did at the factory when it was packaged.  I do know that if it did contain every bit that was put into it at the factory it still is probably not enough for a woman’s needs.


That’s why I drink my iodine every day.  Go here to see how I do it.

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