For a Few Pennies More—Indonesia
Iodine deficiency in Indonesia is the subject of this Youtube video. Despite living on an island (Java) with very rich soil due to a nearby volcano, iodine levels in that soil are very low or non-existent. The people display all the most well-known symptoms like goiter, cretinism and very short stature. This problem has apparently been around for a long time. Ancient skeletons have been discovered which have sometimes been called hobbits and thought to be some exotic humanoid species by those who are a little too eager to find such things.
As the title suggests, it would be very cheap to iodize the salt. While that has certainly reduced associated problems in this country, many experts are not convinced that is the optimum solution. Doctors in Indonesia tested several brands of salt that claimed to be iodized and found they are not. Many Americans don’t realize that not all salt in the U.S. is iodized. It might be interesting to check the brands that do claim to be iodized. Or you could just trust that industry and government regulators wouldn’t lie to us. If you believe that, you might want to have your iodine levels checked. THUMBS UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2009.