One Mineral Deficiency on a Raw Vegan Diet that will Sabotage Your Health

Author: Okraw

Alright, this is John Kohler with Today I have another exciting episode for you and we're here with Don Bennet DAS. He's been into the fruit-based raw diet for the last 20 years. You can learn more about him at

We're here for a very important reason today, 'cause many of you guys may know as a vegan or somebody into raw vegan plat-based diet, you know, there are a few nutrients that are critical for your health, and we all know what they are hopefully. Vitamin B-12, definitely really important. I recommend everybody to get checked and supplement as required. Vitamin D, I recommend everybody to get enough sun as required, or, you know, get a light box that produces the, you know, so you can produce the vitamin D, or take a supplement and these are some common things that people are aware of but there's some uncommon nutrients that may nip you in the butt. So, I'm here to speak with Don today about one of those items that he's been researching thoroughly lately and basically this is all news to me, so I'm here to learn as much as you guys are because I want you guys and so does Don, I want you guys to see on your plant-based raw diet. So, Don, what's this other nutrient that may be deficient in raw vegan diets and just vegan diets and just standard average American diets? Everybody actually affects everybody to some degree. You should understand that's there's 2 types of nutrients. There's nutrients that are supposed to come from the food produced nutrients, and there's the ones John was talking about, the one not food provided nutrients, like D and B-12.

We're not supposed to get those from food. Those are supposed to come from the sun or either our own bodies making B-12. So, but, I'm talking about now the classification of nutrients that are food-provided nutrients. Now, we all know, or we all should know, because it's very important to know that the foods most of us are eating are coming from a agre-based food supply system, and they grow those foods for yield and they grow them for shelf-life and for sugar content and for looks, for a lot of different things for just about everything except nutritional content.

They're not growing that food for nutrients. So, you're going to get phosphorus, you're going to get potassium, because they're fertilizing the soils with that, but they're not adding certain things back in like maybe they're not putting any sodium in, so now you're not getting really savory tomatoes, you're getting crappy tomatoes, but all our cells have a sodium-potassium pumps, and maybe you're getting enough potassium but you're not getting enough sodium. So, these imbalances can occur, but I've been focusing lately on, I have to do this because I am a one-trick pony. I have to do one nutrient at a time, and just really drill down deep into it; I've been trying to find the most problematic nutrients, the ones that are really impacting our health the most. John mentioned it first to me, that were on my list, the D and B-12, and that's a biggie, research has drawn that out, vegans have been shown not to be living up to their health benefit from being vegan because of going off of processed foods, now they're not getting any D, they're not getting enough B-12 anymore. So, that's why they're not living up to the benefit, but here's one that is very important.

One Mineral Deficiency on a Raw Vegan Diet that will Sabotage Your Health

It's called iodine. No, no, iodine, Don, you're saying it wrong. Some people call it iodine, but that's only because somebody combined iodide with iodine, and they came up with iodine, but there's no such thing as iodine. So it's iodine and iodide, 2 forms of the same thing basically, but where iodine comes form is, well, where we're supposed to get it from, is our food, and we probably did at one point because we're still here today, but then with modern society being what it is, it's a lot more people living in a certain amount of area, a lot of food's being grow in a small amount of land, not enough iodine was going around.

So, what was happening in a lot of countries in the world is people were getting this thing called goiter, this thyroid issue. That's your thyroid gland, and if the thyroid doesn't have enough iodine, it starts to enlarge itself to try and work batter and bring more iodine in or be able to hold on to more, increase it's storage capacity so to speak, because it's just not getting enough. So, goiter is the name of the condition. So, we were getting goiter a lot in the 1920's- And then what they did, because actually my great-grandmother had goiter, they started iodizing the salt. That was the answer. Once it discovered what was causing the goiter, they said, 'it's iodine.' So, they started talking the other form or iodine, which is iodide, and they put it in salt, 'cause everyone was using table slat back then, so it was a great transport medium, ad great way to get it into people, and that was the end of the epidemic of goiter, but that was in the 1920's and iodine was a big thing.

There was iodine in candy bars, there was iodine, there was comic book character named geoiodine, you know, iodine was a big thing because they had discovered it or realized that it was really what was missing in the diet so it became one of the fortified nutrients in our diet along with a lot of other things later that came about. D and B-12 obviously, were the other 2, but what happened now is that today we're not getting, we have a lot of people that are dropping their salt. A lot of vegans have dropped table salt, they're not using it anymore, so now- But, Don, a lot of vegans and other raw fooders are taking this Celtic C Salt and Himalayan Salts, right? Those got iodine because they got like 70 minerals naturally. Yea, but they don't enough. That's the problem. There is iodine in hose salts, because from the sea, let's say, another one's form the mines. The ones that come form the sea will have some iodine in them, but not enough.

It may be enough if your iodine levels were already normal. It may be enough to keep them there, but no one has normal iodine levels anymore. They're all low. Not so low that we're all walking around with a large thyroid, but the amount of iodine, I should say, that was added to the table salt, was just enough to prevent goiter, which is the condition associated with the severest form of an iodine deficiency, but it wasn't enough to stop things like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism. Here's something that's fascinating, at least to me, in some medical things, procedures, what they do is they give you radioactive something to take and they put you in front of the fluoroscope so they can see the tumors and things in your body.

Well, one of the things they give you is radioactive iodine. Well, when they put you in front of the fluoroscope, and I've seen pictures of this, you see where the body just loves the iodine, where it just sucks it right up, and you see the thyroid is the biggest consumer. It just lights right up. Breast tissue is the second biggest consumer, and then tied for 3 and 4th places are all the other glands, there's an area in the brain, there's the eyeballs, the bones, so that shows you what parts of the body really want iodine. Now, deficiencies are not like a light switch on your wall, where it's either on or off. It isn't just 2 positions for a deficiency, where you're either ok or no problem at all or something's really bad.

There's a lot of gray areas in between. It's more like a dimmer switch on your wall, where you can get a thousand different levels of light, where the dimer that you turn. That's what deficiencies are. You can put them into insufficiency and deficiency category and there's certain definitions for that, but believe me, people who are suffering from hypothyroidism, subclinical hypothyroidism, you've got that you're cold in the winter and your fingers and toes are cold or you have some weight that you can't lose. The last 5 pounds, the last 10 pounds you just can't seem to lose them, you don't know what it is. That's you're metabolism could be lower than it should be, metabolism that's controlled by the thyroid, and if the thyroid doesn't have enough iodine it's not going to function properly. All glands, John, all glands, need enough iodine.

What about the thymus gland? The thymus gland's really important. You know what the thymus gland makes? T-killer cells. You know what they are used for, boys and girls? They're used to fight cancer. Caner.

T-killer cells, your body's natural defense mechanism for keeping cancerous cells from becoming cancer, as we know it today is the thymus gland. Thymus gland, doesn't have enough iodine, can't produce enough T-killer cells and that's one of the contributing factors to why we have so much caner today. Not enough defense mechanism of the body, and too much carcinogens. A double whammy. Too much carcinogens, not enough defense mechanism in the body, bing, we got a cancer the way we have it today.

So, Don, if iodine is so important in life, you're telling me, like, should I just go to out to like the health ford store and buy some iodine or iodide or iodine or whatever and just start taking it, 'cause I know after the fokushima scare, people were buying iodide and taking it and all this stuff. Like, should I just go do that? Is that even pertinent or will that solve my issues? Well, if you're living in the area of a nuclear plant and it blows up, yea, I would do and get some. Just get some and start, you know, taking the dosage on the bottle or whatever the government in the area's telling you to do. That's an emergency situation, but we're not talking about that. We're talking about normalizing and nutrient level in your body that's now subclinically low.

So, B-12, you can kind of do that on your own. There's some good articles out there. I've written one myself that allows you to self-assess and self-correct a vitamin B-12 deficiency. You really can't go working unless maybe you're not taking enough.

That's the only bad thing you could do with B-12 is not take enough to correct a severe deficiency. That's pretty much where you can go working, but you can't really take too much B-12. That's pretty difficult if not impossible. D, you follow the instructions, you can take the test on your own, self-assess, self-correct, again not such a big thing. It can be a DIY project. Iodine, it's a whole nother smoke.

It's a whole other story. There are so many factors that go along with it. You need certain co-factors to consume with the iodine. You need enough B-2, B-3, manganese, magnesium, selenium. You know if you don't get enough selenium to cover the amount of iodine that you're taking, your body could create too much hydrogen peroxide you could get in a lot of trouble and have to go to the hospital? You don't want that. This is not a do-it-yourself project when you're talking about iodine and some people would say, 'well, I eat some brazil nuts here and there, so I'm getting selenium' Yes, you are, but is it enough? If you're correcting a low iodine level, you're going to be correcting with what? Abnormally high amounts of iodine that would not normally be in your diet, even eating iodine rich foods. So, now you've got to take proportionately more of the selenium and maybe the magnesium to (unclear), you know, to be able to be a cofactor for the amount of iodine that you need to take. It's very complicated.

There's something else called the sodium-iodine importer in your body where if that's not working correctly, you can take those iodine supplements and it's not going to be doing anything for you, it's not going to work, you're just going to be peeing it out, but you think you're going to be helping yourself. So, really, as opposed to B-12, you really should be doing iodine through the guidance of a qualified iodine-ware practitioner, and I mean literate practitioner. If he or she doesn't know how to pronounce iodine, go somewhere else. That's good test, first of all, if they don't know how to pronounce it. Can you get it from seaweed? Who asked that? That's a good question. Oh, Don, I was going to ask that. I though in a plant-based, raw vegan diet or even a vegan diet, you could get everything you need form the foods, man. I've been told that so many times.

Yep, I've heard that, too, and it's a lovely notion and I'd love to believe but it just isn't true. Unless you're growing your own food on soil that you know— I do. Okay, and some people do, but do you know if your soil is iodine rich? No, I haven't been testing that one. Well, then again, if you're using nay kind of seawater in there, diluted seawater, you might have good shot of keeping your normal iodine levels normal, but- Right, because if I was eating all these years, I'd have normal levels, and I'd have to replace a little bit instead of having to replace a lot of you're really deficient. And you have to be doing it not just since you were a little baby, but you mom wouldn't have to be having proper iodine levels when she was pregnant with you. Well, they eat salt. Iodized salt.

Okay, and that's enough to prevent your mom form having goiter, but maybe not sufficient. By the way, e talked about goiter being the deficiency disease, not enough iodine. There was another one that went along with it. It was called cretinism, where babies were being born with IQs that were just lower than normal. They would really be able to hold a job very well, and again, they associated that, they found out it was caused by not enough iodine, so, again, when they put the iodine in peoples diets with the iodized salt, creationism went away, babies had normal IQs again, and, you know, the goiter went away, but the goiter went away, but people still had hyperthyroidism of the thyroid. So, babies were having normal IQs? No, they were having better IQs than creationism, but were they having as high an IQ as they can? Research has clearly shown that moms to-be who take iodine and make sure they're getting enough iodine in their diet, they have super smart babies.

Now, are they really super smart or just is that the normal? That's the normal smart. So, what's been happening over the decades since people have been using less and less table salt, in general, just in the general population, the IQs of kids being born today are a little bit lower, they're starting to go down, and even goiter's starting to come back. So, you know, I mean, I meet some of these young folks today, and, yea.

You kind of wonder. But anyway, if moms should get their iodine levels checked before they conceive, it's very important, because you've all heard about detox, you know, when you go from a McDonalds-based diet, and McDonalds I'm not picking on you, I'm just saying, when you go from a McDonalds-based diet to a fruit-based diet, your body with start detoxing because you're feeding it lot's of nervous system energy and you're not burning t anymore. It's the opposite of a double whammy. It's in your favor now. So, you start detoxing.

Well, when you start putting the appropriate amount of iodine into your body, it starts to push out eh similar chemical components of chromine and fluorine and borine that were taking up the parking space that iodine was supposed to park in. IT's pushing them out. So, when it pushes them out, you're going to feel like crap, and that's the detox. Detoxing is halogens, these bromines, they're all the same family, iodine, chlorine, bromine, fluorine.

Iodide, chloride, fluoride, and bromide. So, when all these other ones start to go out, 'cause iodine and iodide is the only things we need, the other ones is just toxins, but where do we get them from? Well, we all know where we get chloride from, and fluoride form, and bromine comes in all kinds of things. It's in our bread products today. Funny, used to be iodine in the bread products, but they took the iodine out and replaced it with, you know, they took out the white hat, and they out in the black hat thing, you know, 'cause bromine is horrible, but now we're eating it. Bromine is in a lot of things. It's in swimming pools and Jacuzzis and new cars. If you get a new car in the winter and you're just driving it around, you're getting bromine exposure like crazy, you're just taking it in. So, when you start doing therapeutic amount of iodine to correct and iodine level that you had tested, like you're going to test you're iodine levels, like you find it to be low, you have to use therapeutic amounts to get tit to come back up, and unlike B-12, it takes a long time.

You know how like D takes a long time, relative to B-12? Iodine takes a long time relative to D. It can take a year or more to get that iodine level back up to where it's supposed to be, but it's really good to do that. If you don't want to have fibrocystic breast disease, if you don't want to have hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, things going around with your pancreas and diabetes and they found iodine goes to this one place in the brain which is also associated with Parkinson's. Hmm. So, you know, there's all these little connections there.

There's the cognitive functions with not enough iodine with the kids, you know, kids that had been born that the parents then start putting iodine into their, into food supply, in small amount, appropriate amounts for a little kid, they start doing better and better in school. Hmm. So, there's all these hmm's that have been discovered over the years, but since iodine is really good for health, it might be one of the reasons we don't hear about it today, or medical doctors saying, some of my clients go to a medical doctor because there've been seeing a medical doctor for their thyroid condition and they're thyroid meds who've they've been seeing about they're thyroid condition. So, they go to the medical doctor and the medical doctor says 'what? Iodine? Iodine? First of all, you're pronouncing it wrong, it's pronounced iodine, and second of all we haven't had any iodine deficiencies since the 1920's so whoevers talking to you is a quack.' Well, I don't know. You can't really blame the doctors because they're only known what they're taught and they're not really taught about the importance of iodine.

In the 1920's, pharmacists would make up iodine pebbles for you. It was all the rage because it was good and its still good, it's just we don't hear about it today because now rather than deal with your thyroid condition with iodine, it's dealt with what? Meds. With pharmaceutical meds. Synthetic or worse, animal derived hormones, basically for your thyroid. That's not the best way to go. I think, just like we say, you know, if you're going to go in for tests, lab work, don't just do the standard blood tests for B-12, right? The serum blood test for B-12? It's really very inaccurate, you can get a lot of false positives there, its; not good.

You do an MMA test. Most doctors don't know about that. It's the methomelonic acid test. Right, it's not even testing for B-12. It's actually testing for something that will be high if you don't have enough B-12.

And also homocystine is a good one to test for. Homocystine if you don't have any animal products in your diet, if you're vegan, homocystine is another good one, but, you know, you have to pull teeth to get a doctor to get an MMA and they don't like the fact that you know more than they do. Those are the functional indicators for a B-12 acceptability or deficiency. Right. So, the same thing with iodine.

So, I stress, by the way, the thing with the moms, it's good to have sufficient iodine to make a baby, but if a mom finds out about it after she's pregnant, she's stuck between a rock and hard place, because if she had been eating a lot of bread products at one point in her life or swimming in swimming pools or something and gotten a lot of bromine built up in her body, if she starts doing iodine now while she's pregnant, it's good and it's bad. It's good for the baby, and it's also very bad for the baby, 'cause she has some bromine detox going on, that's bad for the baby. So, this is why I advise strongly, don't try and do this as a do-it-yourself project because there's so many ways you can go wrong or so many things you can misunderstand or misdiagnose.

So, do it with a qualified iodine-ware practitioner. So, Don, like, if I want to get tested, how can I get tested? Can I just go and get an iodine blood test or something? Well, the good thing about the 3, what I call, the 3 problematic nutrients, D, B-12, and iodine, is there's at-home tests you can do. So, you can do it all at home with certain exceptions like, did you know that in California, you can't do the at home D test through the mail without a doctors order? You have to have a doctors order in California and Maryland, and for some odd reason in New York, you can't even do it at all You have to go in to a doctors office. So, there's certain regulations with like D tests, but fortunately iodine, they're haven't caught on to it yet. So, anybody can still do iodine. I have clients all over the world doing the iodine test, but there's only 3 labs in the whole word that do the best rest for iodine.

Wouldn't you know, of course. So, yes, you can get tested. I'm not going to tell you the name of the test because I don't you just going on Google and saying, 'see where I can get the test done?' because people are doing that, they're testing themselves and then maybe reading a little pamphlet or a little article on the internet and taking too much iodine or maybe not enough iodine, and both of course, are bad. So, do it with a health practitioner who knows what they're doing, they'll help you get tested, they'll be able to tell you, first of all, to do, here's how you know if your getting a good practitioner to work with by the way. Well, actually, there's an article that tells you all about this.

It's an article on my website, on iodine. So, if you just go the and look up the article on iodine and you get all this great information about how to get tested and how to find a practitioner to do it and, you know, it's going to help you so much. Guess who was deficient? When I had myself tested and I'd been eating dolts, I'd been eating dried seed vegetables for a long time, why? I wanted enough iodine in my diet. Didn't help. I was deficient.

If this is where you're supposed to be and this is where you'd be dead, I was right in the middle. I was not anywhere near I was supposed to be, and that's from eating dried seed vegetables for along period of time. Good amounts, too. So, they might have been enough to keep me normal if I had come in to this whole thing normal, but we don't come into this whole thing normal, and even when I used to sue salt, you know, from the salt shaker, that was getting me to normal. That was just preventing the most severest deficiencies, you know, conditions.

So, this is very important to get these. Now, is that the only nutrient? The big 3, those are the big 3. The most problematic, the ones where we're probably missing the most of and the ones with the most benefit to have. That's why it's great thing to focus on these 3. Are the ones tied for 4th place? Oh, sure, probably sodium, probably zinc, magnesium. So, this is one of the reasons- Boron. Boron, there's whole bunch of them, and this is- Philica.

Have some durian. It'll take care of your sulphur needs, but this underscores the importance of growing your own greens, even not to eat like tons of them but the little ones that you might be able to grow in a vertical thing that you have in your apartment might be enough to get those micro, the rare earth elements in the little amounts of things, 'cause you only need those things in little amount. So, you can get them if you can put it on one bag of rock dust and get it in there, you might get these little things.

So, those are the other ones to focus on in that way, but the big 3, the ones that have the biggest impact on you, get the checked out. D, B-12, iodine. Try to do at least the iodine, certainly the iodine, with a qualified iodine-aware practitioner. Yea, I mean, Don just made me aware of this situation and I'm going to immediately get my iodine checked and see where I'm at, 'cause that's the only way to know if you're deficient or not. I mean, I know the test may cost $100 or so, and, you know, you are worth it. You know, just get it done and figure out where you're at 'cause if you don't know, you won't be able to fix the problem, and if you're sufficient, that's great, and if you're not, you know, it might be good to correct it, you know, so you can have the optimal level of health. Well, I should add that of all the clients that I've had tested for iodine, only 100% of them were deficient.

So, it's definitely good to get checked. So, after listening to Don talk about iodine in this video and after talking to him prior, couple hours before this, about this exact subject, I'm committed to getting tested myself to ensure that my iodine levels are proper because without proper iodine levels, much like improper vitamin D or improper vitamin B-12, you're body's just not going to be as health as possible, plus one day, make sure my future wife or her future girlfriend has proper iodine so I can have one of those smart kids instead of one of the dumb ones. So, anyways, hope you guys enjoyed this episode. Be sure, I'll put a link down below the video for that article that Don talked about so that you guys can learn more about it. I'd be sure to have some time on your hands because this is a nice lengthy, fairly easy to read, article that'll share more with you about this very important topic that we share with you guys today.

Hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode and I want to always encourage you guys to eat nutrient dense fruits and vegetables. If you don't know how to do that, please visit my other channel,, where I share with you guys to grow the most nutrients dense quality foods using rock dust, minerals, and sea minerals which add from 70-90 minerals when conventional standard agriculture and yes even organic agriculture may be adding only 3-15 at the most. Hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode. Once again, hope you guys enjoyed this episode. My name is John Kohler with We'll see you next time and remember, keep eating your fresh fruits and vegetables, they're always the best. Alright, this is John Kohler with

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