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Is Your Brain Getting The Iodine It Needs To Function?

by Anura Guruge


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As I mentioned last week, in the context of ‘Argyria‘, are I am reading this (⇓) pretty amazing book about the Periodic Table & the Elements by Sam Kean.

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Though I did 7-years of chemistry in school I am sure I never learnt the stuff I am finding out from this book. I am learning something new in nearly every paragraph and I love learning new things.

But, what I learned about Iodine last night gave me quite the scare.

Our brain needs iodine. Without iodine our brain doesn’t work as well as it should. For a start it impacts your memory.

But, here was the kicker. Most people get all the iodine they (and their brain) need from iodised salt — i.e., salt with iodine added to it.

And that was the problem. I AVOID salt and I have been on basically a salt-free diet since I was 7.

So, was this the reason I have always struggled with matters requiring intelligence. As I get older my brain, noticeably, is even more sluggish than it used to be.

So, had I been depriving my brain of iodine.

Well, iodine deficiency or not, I knew that I did get salt in my diet from salad dressings, ketchup, the TONS of ham I eat, the ZILLIONS of sausages I pack away etc. So, I was slightly assuaged. But, I wanted to do more research in the morning.

Morning came. I was thinking about it. Then I remembered that I take the Walmart-brand Centrum Silver for Men and have been taking it (or a ‘plain’ multivitamin prior to that) for decades. I went and checked the label. WOW. Iodine was on the label and I was supposedly getting 100% of what I am supposed to ingest. What a relief.

Again, this is probably not an issue for most of you. My issue was that I don’t imbibe in salt — iodised salt. That was what got me concerned.



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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans — January 27, 2019.

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“Mint Bistro”, Manchester, NH — Most Expensive SALT In The World.

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We went to the ‘Mint Bistro‘, in Manchester, New Hampshire, for dinner on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. I had never heard of the place. My two older kids, who live in Manchester, were familiar with it and wanted to meet us there for dinner. Two of the kids wanted sushi and that appears to have been the draw. That they served lamb was supposed to be my enticement. Well, I never tasted any lamb that night. Just salt. Salt on skewers for $13 — and I don’t like salt and don’t add salt to my food. So, this salt did a real job on me. I hated that place.

So, it was for the 4 kids and I am always happy to indulge and pick-up the tab.

I am desperately trying to lose weight after my disastrous annual physical in August. So, had a v. light lunch and thought I would be all set if I ordered two tapas dishes. Well, the lamb skewers was a HUGE mistake. Just salt. Nothing else. SALT. SALT. SALT. Luckily the Lobster Rangoons were OK. On a par with what I am used to at “Warren’s” — our new favorite eating place. Tesichan (12), a chicken tenders connoisseur, was utterly unimpressed with her chicken tenders. So much so that she went on strike and would not even order dessert. That truly means that she is disgusted and wants to just go home. I felt real bad for her! I was hungry so I ate one of her chicken tenders.

I guess the sushi was OK. They didn’t complain.

But, I am NOT going back there again, even if somebody offered to buy me lunch or dinner. I do NOT like salt. Took me 2-days to flush all that damn salt out of the system — and you know how that works!

IF you like salt YOU will LOVE this place. The salt capital of New Hampshire.

P.S., They had a real clean, well lit men’s room with a great mirror — for selfies-my-way.


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Low-Carb Diet Needed Modification After 3 Years.

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Yes, I have been on my low-carb diet, without exception, for over 3 years — having started it on January 22, 2013 when I was ‘diagnosed’ with prediabetes. I lost (close to) 30 pounds very quickly and until the start of this year, i.e., 2016, had no trouble staying at a steady weight, viz. 163 lbs, which represented a 26 pound weight loss.

This was not the first time I had done low-carb/Atkin. I had done it twice before, both with great success, albeit just for about a year each time. So this is the longest I have been on this low-carb diet. I am used to being on a specific, unwavering diet or regime for long periods. I was on my FASTING for 3 DAYS/WEEK for 10 years or so! NO, it is not a matter of ‘willpower‘. I do not subscribe to willpower since it conotes a power struggle between you and your brain. That is not good. What you need instead is 100% cooperation and harmony between you and your brain. Then things like sticking to a diet becomes a piece of cake. I just finished writing a book about this. It is called “Brain Meditation” since that is how you achieve that harmony. More about that later when I get around to publishing the book.

Anywho … I have no problem, whatsoever, with dying. Have always been like that. What scares the life out of me is living through the complications of diabetes! I was 7 years old when my beloved uncle, a renowned doctor, told me that it would only be a matter of time BEFORE I got diabetes. So in 1960 he pulled out this brown bottle of Saccharin pills and said “no sugar for you”. Use this. Though I ate a LOT of sweets — cakes, desserts and puddings in particular — well into my 30s I never took sugar (other than on my egg-hoppers). [Yes, of course, I know I am strange.] So now facing diabetes it is a choice. Low-carb to delay it, or living with diabetes. More I that is a no-brainer.

Up until the start of this year I had found that I could eat as much meat and cheese as I wanted without adding to my weight (or losing weight during the early days). So I snacked on ham, chicken/turkey/pork ‘hot dogs’ and cheese. I LOVE CHEESE. I can live on cheese, if I had to. So for 3 years I put no limits on my cheese, ‘hot dog’, ham and meat consumption. I was doing good and my cholesterol levels were beyond enviable.

Then this January things started to change. My weight started to slowly creep up and I couldn’t shed it. That was strange. I was also having digestion issues — despite my daily Metamucil regime (of 25 years) and above-average consumption of vegetables, greens & fruits. I was not happy. My weight went up to 169. I could have, if I wanted, stayed at that. That would have been the 20 pounds I was told to lose. But I did not like being at 169. I was happier at 162 – 163. So, as ever, I gave it a lot of thought. Finally realized that it had to be the cheese, ham and processed ‘hot dogs’. Yes, the salt was making me retain water. So I basically eliminated, ‘cold turkey’, the cheese and hot dogs — which had been daily staples for 3 years. Yep, I can do that (and so could YOU if you practice ‘brain meditation’). So now I just eat a little bit of real (unprocessed meat) at snacks and maybe less than an ounce of cheese. Make up for that with fruit.

Today, after 3 weeks of that modified diet I was at 159. I like 159. I am going to stay on this. Let’s see if I lose more weight. As an adult I have been down to 142 lbs — when I started my FASTING for 3 DAYS/WEEK diet. Went from 204 to 142 in about 6 months. At 142 I was a skeleton. You could see every one of my ribs.

Anywho …

Just wanted to SHARE with you. IF you are on low-carb for an extended period of time (and I hope you are) — then think about cutting way back (way back) on cheese, ham and processed meat. [I was never a big bacon eater though I eat a lot of pork.]


Coming Soon.

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Egg Hoppers — the only thing I ate with (raw) sugar since I was 7 years old. But I haven’t eaten one in 24 years! Sad isn’t it?

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