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.
1791 - 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
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.
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)
(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. (www.drbrownstein.com) publishes 3rd Edition book: "Iodine – Why You Need it, Why You Cannot Live Without It" - National Bestseller.