Do you have cold hands and feet? When someone grabs your hand, do they say, “Wow, your hand is so cold!” Do you remember a time when your hands and feet were not cold? I assumed it was “poor circulation” and I did not think much more about it until about 7 years ago.
Seven years ago I was completing a 6 month treatment with chemotherapy for cancer. I had undergone surgery but the “standard of care” was to follow-up surgery with chemotherapy. It was an insurance policy of sorts just in case one of those little tumor cells had decided to slip into my lymphatic system and go on a holiday in another part of my body. Receiving chemotherapy made sense to me at the time. It was not until my body had been ravaged by these incredibly toxic chemicals that I began to question my decision to have chemotherapy as well as the logic and mental acuity of people who thought up this idea of poisoning a person back to health in the first place.
Chemotherapy destroyed my body and every health challenge that I had experienced prior to chemotherapy was made much worse as a result of receiving these deadly toxic chemicals. Before you say to yourself, it is seven years later and you are alive so it must have worked. Odds were in my favor anyway. I was trying to improve the chances so I went along with the standard of care. However, there is another silver lining to this story. Had my body not been reduced to a shell of its former self, I would not have tried to rebuild it cell by cell.
My hands and feet were always cold. When someone would touch my hand and say, “Wow, your hand is so cold!” I would jokingly respond with “Cold hands, warm heart! Ha! Ha!” and that would be that. But after receiving chemotherapy, my hands and feet were not just cold, they felt like ice. I am serious. They were ice cold all year round. It could be 98 degrees and my hands and feet felt like frozen Popsicles! I wondered if I had any circulation left in my fingers and toes. When I asked a doctor about it, I would get “Hmm, they are cold.” I thought, “Wow, you get paid for this?”
I was reading a blog of Byron Richards who is a clinical nutritionist and a health care practitioner who I greatly respect. He is one of those people who actually gives practical, helpful information out for free and does not entice you with little bits of information only to lead you to a place to buy a book or make an appointment with him to get any real help. He was talking about Oprah’s weight problem and how he believed that he knew the cause and how she could get a handle on the problem. He was talking about thyroid problems and he mentioned the word, “iodine.”
My brain, which was “chemofogged” for years is now starting to process information again and it started to ponder the word, iodine. I remembered that “iodized salt” was the type of salt that I knew growing up and I wondered why iodine had been added to salt. I could not think of a particular disease that was caused as a result of iodine. Lack of growth, cretinism and mental retardation were all linked with iodine deficiency but I did not think that any of these conditions were so prevalent in the US that a mandate to put iodine into salt would have gone out to salt companies. Perhaps it was the revelation that your thyroid gland needs iodine to make thyroxine that was enough for public health purposes to put iodine in salt.
Then I started to wonder about the number of people in the US who might be iodine deficient because they were told not to eat salt by their doctors to lower their blood pressure. I heard a teleconference where a case study was discussed and the patient had admitted to “salt indiscretions.” Then I wondered how many people actually listen to their doctors and would give up iodized salt to the point that they would become iodine deficient. Well, apparently, quite a few because the number of people in the US who are not receiving enough iodine has been increasing since the 1980s when physicians first told their patients to knock out salt.
Byron Richards is a clinical nutritionist who has a wonderful website, Wellness Resources that includes a blog about how specific nutrients can help specific health issues. He sells top of the line nutritional supplements including iosol iodine. When I saw the iodine, I thought I should at least try it and see what happens. About 5 days after I first tried the iosol iodine, I realized that my hands and feet were “WARM!” WOW, for the first time in seven years, this is the way that hands and feet are supposed to feel! WOW, for the first time in decades, my hands and feet are the temperature that they are supposed to be. “WOW!!” If you have cold hands and feet or you think that you need to find out more about iodine deficiency, then click on Iosol Iodine because it may be the answer to your cold hands and feet!