Another Complementary Medicine Newsletter

Posted on December 12, 2016

Here is an advertisement for another Complementary Medicine newsletter.  Lowell A. sent this to me.  Those of you who know Lowell know that he has made a serious study of the emerging science around prostate cancer but neither he nor I had known of some of the concerns introduced in the ad that this link will take you to.  Here are some of the points that Dr. Brownstein makes in this piece.

“The FDA now requires warning labels on all prostate drugs like Avodart (Dutasteride) that block the 5-alpha reductase enzyme (these are commonly prescribed types of prostate drugs).”  Five-alpha reductase blockers are commonly prescribed for enlarged prostates but Brownstein claims that “in two major multi-year studies, these drugs were found to increase the incidence of aggressive prostate cancer.”

Dr. Brownstein reports that aging men’s diminishing ratio of testosterone levels compared with their estrogen levels is a risk factor for prostate cancer and that correcting this can significantly resolve problems with systemic inflammation.

Unless you routinely eat a lot of seaweed or regularly take an iodine supplement you are almost certainly deficient in iodine, an essential nutrient that protects against thyroid, breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer.  Dr. Brownstein suggests that the increased incidence of thyroid, breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer in this country is directly related to iodine deficiency.

My primary care physician has had me on an iodine/iodide supplement for years and I can tell you that if you have not been asked to pee in a bucket for a period of 24 hours then you have never been tested for your iodine levels.  Just to give you an idea of how important this is, if you recall ever having your thyroid profile assessed with a blood test you may recall that they measured your T3 and T4 in addition to your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).  The “3” and the “4” refers to how many iodine atoms are in those two versions of your thyroid hormones.  Without adequate levels of iodine you are going to have difficulty making thyroid and there probably isn’t a more important systemic hormone in the body.

I have a prescription for my iodine/iodide combination called Idoral but iodine is available as an over the counter dietary supplement under the trade name Iosol.  It is a liquid and one drop contains 1,830 micrograms of iodine which is roughly a maintenance dose for an adult.  You can find that at:

Custom Med Apothecary
6005 W. 71st St.
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Ph. (317) 803-3436

To do this right, however, you are going to have to talk to a physician who is knowledgeable about these matters because getting assessed for your levels of elements that compete with iodine absorption like bromine and fluorine (collectively called halides) requires some specialized testing that most physicians will not be familiar with.

Keep in mind, guys, this is an advertisement for a newsletter.  It is not individualized medical advice and I am not in a position to sort out for you how much of this might be overstated hype.  I went ahead and ordered the newsletter.  That makes three of these things I subscribe to.  I’ll let you know what I think about it after I look into it a little further.  Here is the link to the ad: