|November 29, 2012||
Promoting Healthy Thyroid Function with Iodine, Bladderwrack, Guggul and Iris
Centuries before the discovery of iodine in 1811 by Bernard Courtois (a French chemist and saltpeter manufacturer), seaweed was used to treat enlarged thyroid glands. K.E. Hung—a Chinese physician (A.D. 281-361)—used seaweed in the treatment of goiter. Five-hundred years later, Wang Tao had 36 formulas for the treatment of goiters, and 27 con- tained seaweed. In the nineteenth century, iodine was often called “the universal medicine”, and considered a panacea for all human ills. It was in- cluded in the treatment of every infectious disease, and the common motto was “if nothing else works, try iodine”.