He sure does, one of the better summary of Iodine
supplementation I have seen.
I want to highlight some of the article, namely autoimmune reactions, as, frankly I dont know enough about it.. And it comes up now and again at the forum.
" Dr. Abraham hypothesizes
deficiency may lead to thyroid cell damage, leading to the
formation of antibodies against thyroid enzymes and thyroid tissues, thereby
beginning the auto-immune reaction. I am not aware of any proof to this
theory, but it is plausible. According to him, as of 20 years ago (the
most recent data we have) , auto-immune thyroid disorders were not nearly as
common in Japan as they are in this country. Antibodies to thyroid components
are much more common in the United Kingdom
than in Japan"
"High levels of calcium relative to magnesium
inside the thyroid and possibly other tissues (such as the female breast)
promote excess production of H2O2 (Hydrogen-Peroxid)
(above the level normally found) in the
above the RDA is necessary for organification of iodine
into iodolipids which in turn tends to lower the production of H202 (in
addition to their normal functions, which include inducing cell death in
cancerous cells. Imbalances in these reactions may lead to damage of
thyroid cells and the formation of antibodies to thyrogloblulin (the protein
skeleton of thyroid hormone) and to thyroid peroxidase (the enzyme that
“stitches” iodine into thyroglobulin to make thyroid hormone). These
antibodies are markers of autoimmune thyroiditis (most notably Hashimoto’s
disease, but are also found in Graves’ disease — hyperthryoidism)."
-This was news to me;
"Autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s
disease) was unknown in the United
States prior to the iodination of
salt. Archives Surgery 1966: 92;796. Although this might seem to
indicate that iodine could promote Hashimoto’s disease, this is apparently not
the case: Attempts to experimentally induce hypothyroidism with iodized salt
were fruitless unless goitrogens (compounds that induce enlargement of the
thyroid gland by interfering with the function of the gland) are added
(perchlorate [known to contaminate ground water in many areas of this country],
bromine, fluorine, possibly even chlorine ( from sources such as disinfected
waters, dishwasher steam, whiteners and bleaches, swimming pools, and some
artificial sweeteners [sucralose])."