Anyone who knows me knows that for most of my life, I’ve been an avid runner. I’m not fast, but I can run long distances. But not super-long distances. Mostly, I’ve been a runner in order to avoid gaining a lot of weight, but I’ve also spent time running as a meditative activity. For me, running wasn’t competitive. It was a part of my identity that was basic to my self-care routine like taking showers and brushing my teeth. It didn’t matter whether we were in Cairo, Egypt (where it’s relatively difficult to find a safe place to go jogging as a female) or Lima, Peru—I always put in my requisite miles.
But despite all the running—the 20 to 50 mile weeks—I carried around extra weight. And my weight would fluctuate. I could feel my metabolism slowing down at times for reasons that didn’t make sense to me. In fact, I never questioned the problem as one that I could solve in any way other than to go for a very long jog and to take about 2 weeks to eat nothing but salads and rice. It wasn’t until we started taking iodine that I realized that “fat” is in fact a very legitimate feeling. As with feeling anger or sadness, feeling fat often leads to expected outcomes (a large ass, a muffin top, a double chin, etc.).
Over the years, I would often say to John, “I feel fat”.
He’d look at me and say, “You don’t look fat.” (The correct response).
But still, I could tell that there was something wrong with my metabolism. This was “the feeling”. As a woman, this sluggish-metabolism feeling would come about monthly at predictable times during my cycle. As such, it made sense in a way. “It’s hormonal.” I would tell say.
When I talked out loud about hormones, John would often rebut with “So what’s my excuse then?”
Relative to John, I was a bean-pole.
When John and I met, he was overweight. In fact, one of the things that I fell in love with when I met John was his food. We met and started dating when I was in the midst of a radical no-fat diet, jogging over 80 miles a week. He fed me stuffed shells and a special sauce on one of our first dates. I still remember those fat conches bubbling happily in a blanket of smooth, red sauce on a pot on his stove. He and I stood together as he stirred them gently.
They were the most delicious thing I’d ever tasted.
They killed my diet, but it didn’t matter because I was in love.
At the time, John didn’t seem like he was extremely overweight. He was a big dude at 6’2” and he was thick, but a lot of his weight didn’t seem like fat to me, or to him. I thought he had a large build.
Before he and I became a couple, when he was going through an ugly divorce, he ate a lot of cookies to pacify himself.
And he’d eaten nearly every breakfast during his teen years at McDonald’s. Then, as a couple, in our earliest months together, we’d go to SuperSaver and buy bulk candies to eat as we watched rented movies. On top of that, John had been a smoker for about 10 years when we met in 1996. By the time Lydian was born, John was about 80 pounds overweight. Thankfully, he stopped smoking right after we got married in 1998, but food and weight had been an ongoing issue for him.
John and I started jogging together when Lydian was about 4 years old. At first he was resistant to it, saying that he wasn’t a long-distance runner, but over the course of time, he worked up to running 10 miles a day with me, 5 days of the week. When we left the United States and moved to Mexico in 2017, this was our weekly routine: 50 miles a week.
Over the years, we’ve tried different diets. We’ve been vegetarian. We’ve been vegan. We’ve tried the paleo diet. We’ve done juicing. We learned to avoid fast food and to avoid most restaurants in the United States. We read product labels. We stay away from products that list more than 3 ingredients and we stay away from preservatives and things like trans fats. We ask to see the ingredients label on things like the salad dressings at restaurants. It’s embarrassing, but we like to feel good. We like to be healthy. And we deserve to know what we’re putting into our bodies since there’s so much toxic shit out there. In Mexico, the problem of ingredients isn’t as complicated as it is in the U.S. The food in Mexico is much more “real” than it is in the states (but that’s another topic altogether).
As Lydian got older, she developed an interest in food. Her thing is baking and desserts. When she was young, she’d bake cakes using Betty Crocker cake mixes, but as our diet became more precise and restrictive, she adapted. Each time we went to a new country, she was challenged more by the lack of ingredients she was used to finding at home. At the same time though, she was intrigued by the presence of ingredients she’d never worked with before. Over time, as she came to understand the chemistry of food better, she developed recipes for sweet desserts that contain no sugar, no gluten, no animal products, and only healthy oils (she has a blog of her recipes and thoughts on food at www.travellingtreats.com).
But even after jogging 50 miles a week, and eating a no-sugar, no-gluten, vegan, egg-free diet, John still couldn’t lose those last 20 pounds of belly fat.
I didn’t feel like I could lose more weight. I felt like I was a thin as I could get at 42 years old wearing a size 10. When I lost more weight, I’d often feel sluggish and weak.
Until we started using iodine.
Iodine. Everyone needs it. You can’t overdose on it. But doctors are terrified of it. Lots of doctors will warn patients against supplementing with iodine because most doctors are only familiar with radioactive iodine (which should generally be avoided). In reality, doctors are taught to steer patients away from iodine because it heals so many ills. It’s not your doctor’s fault. Trust me on this. It’s the fault of the institutions that educate the doctors and the people who program the curriculum that doctors follow. But nevermind all that. What I want for people to know is that, if they’re trying to lose weight, iodine is likely the ingredient they’re missing. I don’t care if your salt is iodized. Iodized salt is not enough because the iodine in salt vaporizes almost immediately after you open the box.
But don’t stop reading yet.
You can’t just go to your local pharmacy and get some iodine and put it on your skin and call it good. No. You need to purchase Lugol’s Iodine or a product called Iodoral. Both of these things contain both iodine and potassium iodide. You need both of these things. One of them feeds your reproductive organs (to help your regulate your reproductive hormones) and the other feeds your thyroid gland (which helps you regulate your metabolism). BOOM! Regulate these hormones and weight loss happens with much greater ease. Certain ailments release their grip. It’s amazing. AMAZING.
You should try it.
I stumbled across iodine when I was doing research for our Cancer Cure ebook. Iodine deficiency and breast cancer have a strong correlation as it turns out. In fact, there are a number of women with breast cancer who have used iodine to cure the disease. Iodine is essential to treat any reproductive cancer including testicular cancer. For most people, iodine increases libido because iodine regulates the reproductive hormones. And it makes people mentally much sharper, in part because it expels bromine from the body.
When I shadowed doctors as part of my pre-med curriculum, I saw patients who came in with breasts that were like rocks. These women complained that their breasts were hard, swollen, and hurting. The doctor would take a biopsy to make sure it wasn’t cancer, but then, if it wasn’t, they’d send the women home with a pat on the head, “Don’t worry about it,” the doctor would say. “It’s not cancer…yet.”
Apparently, in the U.S. right now about 80% of young women have fibrocystic breasts. I would believe this based on my own experience working in medical environments. It’s a sad fact given that iodine could cure a lot of fibrocystic breast problems. Doctors call this condition “normal”, but it isn’t. It is NOT normal to have painful boobs that become hard like rocks, even for part of a monthly cycle. And while doctors call fibrocystic breasts “normal”, they also acknowledge that fibrocystic breasts are a precursor to cancer. Back in the 1900’s, doctors knew and were taught that iodine could fix glandular issues like these. Today, doctors are taught to prescribe pharmaceuticals that are calibrated to ultimately lead women into the largest, most profitable health industry on the planet: cancer.
But back to weight loss. I mentioned bromine a few paragraphs ago, but I don’t want to confuse things so I’ll be brief. As one author put it, “Bromine makes people fat and stupid.” Bromine competes with iodine in the body. Bromine is used in place of chlorine in swimming pools these days (it stings the eyes less, after all). It’s in soda and in processed breads. It’s used as a flame retardant in children’s pajamas. It’s used as an insecticide. Bromine, as such, is all over the place. It’s ubiquitous. Your only defense against it is high doses of iodine every day of your life. Thankfully, high-dose iodine is easy to come by. Personally, I put 10 drops of Lugol’s on my wrist every day and wear the orange color it leaves behind proudly, hoping that people will ask me about it. When I’m exposed to high amounts of bromine, the orange sinks in and goes away almost immediately. You can put iodine on your skin anywhere in your body. Or you can drink it in water.
John wears his iodine with pride on his wrist too. Since he started using it, his fat has literally melted off his body. At times, he’s lost weight so fast that his skin was hanging loosely off his face (his skin couldn’t tighten up fast enough to keep up with the fat loss). His belly, after 25 years, is finally gone.
We haven’t been out for a jog in about 8 months. We go for walks instead. We don’t walk too fast or too slow. We just walk, mostly to talk and catch up on daily events. It’s not a workout because we don’t need to exercise more than we do in our normal daily lives in Guanajuato (where we walk almost everywhere). I suppose that for people who are overweight in the states, or in a place where cars are used to get around instead of walking, exercise would still be necessary to lose weight. I’m not sure. What I do know is that when we’ve traveled to places where the water supply is brominated, I start to feel fat again. I’ve learned that this feeling that I’m gaining weight or that I’m going to gain weight is a sign that I’ve been exposed to bromine and that I need to amp up my iodine supplementation a bit.
For those of you out there who are trying to lose weight without success despite your best efforts, iodine may be an important key to your success. Be aware that when you first start taking iodine, your body will need to purge bromine. As bromine leaves the body, it can cause a rash (bromaderma). This is NOT a sign that you’re allergic to iodine. If you get a rash, it’s a sign that you’ve been over-exposed to bromine and that your body really needs the iodine. Your pee might be a funny greenish color. Your bladder might get irritated. You might feel depressed or somewhat blue. These are all signs of bromine intoxication, a problem that can only be remedied with iodine supplementation.
And remember, iodine is in food too and that there’s literally no substitute for eating healthy things. And when I say “healthy things”, what I mean is fresh fruits and vegetables, brown rice, and absolutely no refined sugars ever.
Anyone interested in more information about how iodine can help you lose weight or how it can help you treat various diseases including breast cancer should read the book The Iodine Crisis: What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life by Lynne Farrow.