Iodine and Pregnancy

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    • Iodine and Pregnancy

      This was in my inbox today:

      Iodine and Pregnancy

      There is now irrefutable evidence that mild to moderate iodine deficiency is widespread in Australia and New Zealand. Recent research data gathered in both countries (and many other countries in the world for that matter) has opened our eyes to a previously hidden and worsening epidemic of iodine deficiency afflicting more than 50% of pregnant women and their offspring.

      In 2005, the Royal Australasian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANCOG) asked Professor CJ Eastman AM MD, Vice President of the International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) to provide them with some guidelines on how to prevent and treat iodine deficiency during pregnancy. In response to this request he pleaded for “urgent action to correct a serious and increasing problem of iodine deficiency in pregnant and lactating women in both Australia and New Zealand” by advising all pregnant and breastfeeding women to take iodine supplements and urging a public health education campaign about iodine deficiency. Unfortunately, these pleas have fallen mostly on deaf ears in government health bureaucracies and even within the medical and nursing professions. So why is iodine so important to us?

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