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In light of Claire Lovejoy Lopes dos Santos’s article on infertility, it would be well to ask, given the pivotal role iodine plays in the synthesis of reproductive hormones, why health authorities ‘recommend’ a daily allowance of iodine which caters for not much more than the needs of the thyroid gland, around 150 micrograms. I find it unsurprising women such as Claire have the infertility issues they are experiencing.

Contrast this to the Japanese, who consume at least 100 times this amount and are found to be some of the healthiest people today. Because their glandular systems receive adequate iodine, the hormonal health of Japanese women is such that it is uncommon for them to experience PMT in the course of their lives.

I am aware of one woman who, after supplementing with iodine at levels similar to the Japanese, found this aspect of her health to be much improved and after a history of infertility issues is now happily two-thirds through pregnancy.

Anton Vanderbyl, Palmwood

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