Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thalassotherapy & Iodine; why you need it & why you cannot live without it

Description of Thalassotherapy/ the layering of ocean components; containing whole seaweeds, ocean water and ocean minerals over the body, allowing absorption of important vitamins and minerals in a chelated form, for the purpose of achieving mind, body, balancing.
Historic points of interest in Thalassotherapy
Ancient Egypt (3000 B.C.E.) Recognized in ancient Egypt, thalassotherapy comes from the Greek words for thalasso (sea water or sea goddess) and therapeia (to heal)

Hippocrates (350 B.C.E) - the father of modern medicine, prescribes his patients ‘Go to the ocean to heal’

Euripides (420 B.C.E) - ‘The sea cures men’s diseases’

Herodotus (484 B.C.E) - Sun cure and sea cure are sovereign remedies for most diseases and particularly for women’s ailments – also in Egypt 
15th Century, Machu Picchu: Natives living at 16,000 ft elevation in the Andes mountains carry a carefully guarded pouch that contains kelp obtained from the ocean; a month's travel by foot, used to ‘protect the heart’

1578 – France; King Henri III bathed in the sea at Dieppe to heal the outbreaks of scabies by which he was afflicted – thalassotherapy practiced in England

1697-The first medical thesis published on sea water in England

1750 - Dr. Richard Russell published ‘One should drink sea water, bathe in it and eat every product of the sea in which its virtue is concentrated’ The first ‘modern’ doctor to document the medical benefits of seawater as a therapeutic instrument.
The rich & famous would gather with the Royals to elicit the therapeutic benefits of the ocean

1778 - First Institute of Thalassotherapy opened in Dieppe, France, by Lepecq de la Cloture.

- John Lathan opened the first seaside hospital for the treatment of anemia and infectious diseases

1811 - Iodine Discovered in France by Bernard Courtois (1777-1838); discovered while manufacturing gunpowder for the Napoleonic wars

1823 - French Physician, Jean Lugol developed his now famous 'Lugol's Solution' for the treatment of infection diseases. Also used as a health tonic, antiseptic, disinfectant and drinking water purification for treatment of depression, obesity, slow metabolism, menstrual problems, breast and uterine fibroids, tumors, cancer and overall promoting better health.

1867 - ‘Taking to the waters’ became en vogue where royals, rich & famous would gather and experience the benefits of mind/body/balancing, by bathing in the Mediterranean and whole seaweeds.

1812 - Iodine was confirmed as a new element by independent French & English chemists; Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac & Sir Humphrey Davy.

1904 - Rene Quinton, also in France, published the medical work ‘L’eau de Mer, Milien Organique’ (Sea Water, Organic Medium). Successfully Treated: Typhoid, Cholera and infant-Cholera, gastro-intestinal infections (entercolitis, dyspepsia), cirrhosis of the liver, eczema, psoriasis and alopecia. 

1907 - Rene Quinton's 'Seawater Cure' published September 22nd in the NY TIMES - 'Coming to America'

1918-20 - Dr. David Marine discovered Thyroidism and the ‘Goitre Belt’ around the Great Lakes in North America

1924 - Iodine was added to salt in the U.S., flour and milk

1929 - Canada iodized salt, following with iodine in the flour and iodine in the milk (staples of the North American diet) 

1939-1945 - Nazi Germany fluoridated water to induce cloudy thinking

1945 - Brantford becomes 1st city in Canada to fluoridate their drinking water. (3rd city in North America) 

"Fluoridation is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has." Professor Albert Schatz, Ph.D
(Microbiology). Discoverer of streptomycin and Nobel Prize Winner

1950’s – Iodine was removed from milk

1980’s – Iodine was removed from flour

2008 - U.S. Dr David Brownstein, M.D. ( publishes 3rd Edition book: "Iodine – Why You Need it, Why You Cannot Live Without It" - National Bestseller.

2009 - Thyroidism and Goitre take place across Ontario and North American cities. Problems most common in areas furthest from the sea. Auto-Immune Conditions including Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, Psoriasis, Eczema, Endometriosis, Fibrocystic Breasts, Cystic Ovaries, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) & Cancer are at an all time high.

Today: 98% Of Western Europe Has Rejected Water Fluoridation. This includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. In Canada, cities in Ontario are looking to stop fluoridating of drinking water. Cambridge and Kitchener have both achieved this.

"Most physicians today would be surprised to learn that their predecessors thought of iodine as the universal nutrient and a panacea for all human ails." ~ Dr. Guy Abraham

For more information and history about iodine, seaweeds, ocean water and the therapeutic benefits, follow:

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