A simple test to determine if adequate iodine is available for proper thyroid function, and to resupply stores if needed is this: obtain a bottle of standard iodine (sodium iodide, 2.4%) from the drug store. Paint a 50 cent–sized spot on the tender skin of the belly or thigh where clothes will not rub heavily.
Watch that stain for 24 hours. If it disappears in less than 24 hours, there is a need of iodine, and the thyroid is likely sluggish. If the stain is noted to have disappeared, paint it again on a different spot, and continue to paint a spot until it remains visible for 24 hours. Interpretations of test: Color almost as strong as when it was applied (adequate iodine); Color turns red (this usually indicates chemical sensitivities that are normally helped by selenium supplementation); Color turns black (usually associated with food sensitivities); Color stays several days (usually indicates an iodine excess). One should supplement selenium, and also kelp (unless there is excess iodine), but do not use the drugstore iodine internally.
For the autistic, a supplement of tyrosine would likely be necessary for T4 is a tyrosine/iodine substance. Tyrosine will improve dopamine levels that are often low in the autistic.
Be aware that mercury readings from the hair or blood will only reflect a current or recent exposure within approximately three months, or the body’s active detoxification of mercury. A negative reading may be meaningless.
In addition to soup, one may use a Cilantro Pesto:
1 clove of garlic;
1/2 cup of almonds, cashews, or other nuts;
1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves;
2 tablespoons lemon juice;
6 tablespoons olive oil.
Put the cilantro and olive oil in blender, and process until the cilantro is chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients, and process to a lumpy paste. (You may need to add a touch of hot water and scrape the sides of the blender.) You can change the consistency by altering the amount of olive oil and lemon juice, but keep the 3:1 ratio of oil to juice. (It freezes well, so you can make several batches at once.)
Cilantro is a very popular herb in Mexican cooking, and due to their large Mexican populations it is easy to find anywhere from Texas to California. In other areas, you may need to visit an Oriental market or specialty supermarket where is may be called Chinese parsley.
Dr. Klinghardt suggests making this “pesto” to increase your intake of cilantro:
Start with fresh, organic cilantro and wash it thoroughly. Place the cilantro in a blender, along with water, sea salt and olive oil. Blend the ingredients until creamy. Dr. Klinghardt recommends taking 1-3 tablespoons of this cilantro pesto, three times daily with meals. For those suffering from neurological problems, such as Alzheimer’s, or brain “fogginess” and difficulty concentrating, the pesto may be taken more often, he says.
The best form of cilantro is a tincture available from Dragon River (505-583-2348) www.dragonriverherbals.com. The dose is one dropper applied on the wrists and rubbed in twice a day. The tincture is also particularly useful for any joint pain, and could be rubbed on the joint that is hurting as an alternative. You can also augment the tincture with using the herb. It is not as potent, but certainly will add to the program. However, like with chlorella, many people are sensitive to oral cilantro. So, if you develop any nausea or discomfort after eating cilantro, do not use it orally.
Garlic is one of the best chelators, and Kyolic™ aged garlic (800-421-2998) is a deodorized form that concentrates its chelating ability to 200 times that of a fresh garlic clove. It is shown to increase fecal excretion of mercury to 400%, and to completely protect blood cells against high levels of lead. It provides large amounts of selenium (prevents recycling of mercury into the system), germanium, and sulfur. The liquid extracts of garlic are said to contain less sulfites. Cilantro, garlic, selenium (selenomethionine), zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, NAC, and glutathione are all effective mercury chelators, and I.V. vitamin C, has been helpful in preventing brain fog. I would play it safe, and skip chlorella.
Get the Lead Out
These are the symptoms of lead poisoning—do they look familiar?
* Chronic infection in children,
* loss of appetite,
* weight loss,
* chronic fatigue,
* colic and abdominal pain,
* metallic taste,
* kidney damage leading to elevated blood pressure,
* peripheral neuritis,
* mood swings,
* delinquent and disruptive behavior,
* mental retardation,
* coma, and death.
on Apr. 24, 2008 at 2:19 PM