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Published July 22, 2016 by pattinorthey

Consider this:

  • Iodine is a an ESSENTIAL micronutrient, every single cell of our body needs it, especially the thyroid and breast tissue where it is stored in large quantities.
  • Iodine is also an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungaland antiparasitic.
  • It plays a very important role in breast cancer prevention, as it is fundamental for healthy breast tissue.
  • It is fundamental for brain development of the fetus.
  • It protects against carcinogenic radioactive iodine and radiation fallout (was used extensively in Chernobyl).
  • Support strong and healthy immune function.
  • Prevents oxidative damage to the DNA, resulting in a powerful anticarcinogenic effect.
  • Helps the body detoxify and excrete heavy metals.
  • Normalizes hormone receptors, making thyroid hormones more effective in their action.
  • Functioning hormone receptors also mean betterblood sugar / insulin regulation.
  • Helps normalize blood pressure.
  • Mobilizes the release of fatty acids from adipose tissue = helps you burn fat for energy.
  • Supports healthy brain function.


The world health organization considers iodine deficiency a worldwide epidemic, and the number one cause of preventable metal retardation.

72% of the world has iodine deficiency disorder.

Here are some of the conditions caused by iodine deficiency:

  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Breast cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Liver disease
  • Depression
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Fybromyalgia
  • Spontaneous abortion


And the list goes on…

Your body needs Iodine!

The thyroid alone needs 6mg of iodine per day to function.

Average sized breast tissue needs 5mg per day.

Other glands and tissues need 2mg per day.

Other tissues which require daily amounts of iodine are Ovaries, Salivary glands, Parotid glands, Pancreas, Cerebral spinal fluids, Brain, Stomach, Epithelial tissue, Lacrimal glands -Tear ducts!!!

Now you can start putting together the pieces of my patient’s puzzle….


Can you see how a deficiency in this essential nutrient would lead to serious disease in the body.

It is also important to note that a lack of selenium, magnesium, vitamin A, iron and zinc will exacerbate an iodine deficiency.


One last point I would like you to take home today is that a nation deficient in iodine as an average of 15% lower IQ level than a population who is iodine sufficient.

How to supplement

There are many different iodine supplements on the market, and they are not all created equal.

I would recommend avoiding Iodoral in favor of Lugol’s solution. What I use in my practice is the highest form of single atom pure iodine in the most bioavailable form.

As all the supplements I use it is not an over the counter product. I do recommend working with your nutritionist or functional medicine doctor to test your iodine deficiency levels and recommend the best product for you. 


Zu San Li

Published August 24, 2015 by pattinorthey

Zu San Li – A point of a Hundred Diseases on your Body: Here is what will happen if you massage it!

October 27, 2014 by HFP


One Japanese legend says that, once upon a time there lived a happy man who received priceless knowledge from his father – the knowledge of the longevity point or a point of a hundred diseases.
Following the advice of his father, the son massaged this point every day and he lived to see the birth and death of several emperors.
The massaging of some points is one of the oldest methods of treatment in the East, which has been used for thousands of years.
Overall, the human body has 365 points and 12 main meridians, which is the same as the number of the days and months in one year.
A point of a Hundred Diseases on your Body
The effects of these massages (acupressure, finger pressure to certain points), is based on the theory of the meridians and channels that are connected to certain organs.


In Chinese medicine, the body is seen as an energy system, and therefore, the massage can affect the flow of energy and the functional activity of the organs.
The activation of the Zu San Li point causes a permanent rejuvenating and healing effect, delaying of the aging. In China, this point is known as – “the point of longevity” in Japan – “the point of a hundred diseases”.
Where is the magic point (Zu San Li) in our body?
The point of longevity is located below the kneecap. In order to find it, you should cover your knee with the palm of the same hand. The point is located between the ends of the little finger and ring finger, in the form of a small dent between the bones.
You can find in another way as well.
You have to sit on the floor, firmly press your feet to the floor and pull them towards you, do not raise your heels from the floor.
You will notice that below the knee there is a higher area. Find the highest point, put your finger on it and take a starting position.
The point at which you pressed your finger is the point – Zu San Li.

What is this point in our body responsible for and why do the Japanese call it – A point of a hundred diseases?
– It controls the work of the organs that are located in the lower half of the body
– It controls the work of the spinal cord in the parts that are responsible for the proper functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, digestion tract, genital organs, kidneys, adrenal glands.

By massaging the Zu San Li point you can increase the activity of the adrenal glands, the most powerful glands that act as the main defender of human health.
They excrete adrenaline, hydrocortisone and other important hormones into the blood.
If you massage “the point of longevity” every day, you can normalize the work of the adrenal glands, which perform the following functions in the organism:
– Normalization of the blood pressure
– Normalization of the glucose, the insulin
– Elimination of the inflammatory processes in the organism
– Regulation of the immune system
Also, by massaging the Zu San Li point, you can:
– Improve digestion
– Heal diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
– Treat the effects of a stroke
The massaging of this point will help you to increase your confidence, eliminate the stress and tension and find inner harmony.
By massaging this point, you can cure many diseases, including hiccups, constipation, gastritis, incontinence.
How can you affect the “point of longevity”?
It is better to massage the Zu San Li point in the morning, before lunch, 9 times in a circular motion in a clockwise direction on each leg (9 times on one and nine times on the other leg). You should do this for 10 minutes.
Before the beginning of the massage you should take a comfortable, relaxed position (sitting). Calm the breathing and concentrate yourselves on your feelings. Place yourselves in a state of harmony and understanding that you are beginning the healing process. This massage has a stimulating effect.
You can massage the point with your fingers or with any grain (buckwheat, oats, rice, etc …).
Also, you can stick to this point a half of a garlic clove and leave it on for 1-2 hours (until the skin turns red).
The massaging of the Zu San Li point in the evening is suitable for weight loss – they say, 400 to 500 grams per week. But do not massage it directly before bedtime, because you can cause insomnia.
You can massage the Zu San Li point every day, but the best effect is achieved during the New Moon.
– Eight days after the start of the New Moon, be sure to massage this point in the morning, alternately on each leg in the clockwise direction. This is the best time for a massage in order to strengthen the immunity, improve the work of all organs and slow the aging process.
– Before lunch, alternately on each leg, in the clockwise direction, in order to improve the overall tone, the memory, the work of the cardiovascular system and the digestive system.
– After lunch, simultaneously on both legs – against stress, nervousness and irritability, against headaches and sleep disorders.
In the evening, massage it in the counterclockwise direction, alternately on each leg, in order to improve the metabolism and help the weight loss.
Try it!


Perioral dermatitis

Published December 6, 2014 by pattinorthey

What is perioral dermatitis?
Perioral dermatitis is a common facial skin problem in which groups of itchy or tender small red papules (bumps) appear around the mouth. The papules spare the skin bordering the lips (which then appears pale) but develop on the sides of the chin, and then spread to include upper lip and cheeks. The surrounding skin may be pink, and the skin surface often becomes dry and flaky.
When provoked by topical steroid use, perioral dermatitis is often called steroid rosacea.
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Periorial dermatitis
Periorificial dermatitis
Periorificial dermatitis is the name used for the same disorder when it spreads to sites other than around the mouth. These include:
Around the nose
On the eyelids and around the eyes (periocular dermatitis)
On or around genital skin
Around the anus.
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Periocular dermatitis
More images of perioral, periocular and periorificial dermatitis …
Granulomatous periorificial dermatitis
Granulomatous periorificial dermatitis refers to a papulo-pustular periorificial disease that shows a mixed inflammatory or granulomatous perifollicular infiltrate on histopathology. It presents with persistent yellowish papules around the mouth.
Who gets perioral dermatitis?
Perioral dermatitis and its variants mainly affect adult women. These disorders are uncommon in men. Perioral dermatitis may occasionally affect prepubertal children.
What is the cause of perioral or periorificial dermatitis?
The exact cause of perioral dermatitis and/or periorificial dermatitis is not understood. It is thought to be a variant of rosacea, which is now known to be due to a complex activation of the innate immune system. Patients who are susceptible to perioral dermatitis tend to have an oily face, at least in the affected areas. The rash may be induced by:
Neglecting to wash the face
Certain cosmetics, such as face creams, make-ups and sunscreens, especially those that are petrolatum or paraffin-based or contain isopropyl myristate
Topical steroid creams, whether applied deliberately to facial skin or inadvertently
Nasal steroids and steroid inhalers
The use of fluorinated toothpaste
Hormonal changes and/or oral contraceptives
Perioral dermatitis may be related to an imbalance of, or immune reaction to, proliferating bacteria and/or yeasts in the hair follicles.
What is the treatment for perioral dermatitis?
Luckily perioral dermatitis responds well to treatment.
Discontinue applying all face creams including topical steroids, cosmetics and sunscreens (zero therapy).
Note: when a steroid cream is discontinued, the rash may get worse for a few days before it starts to improve. Minimise face creams in the affected areas, as the rash is very likely to reappear.
Choose a liquid or gel sunscreen.
Wash the face with warm water alone while the rash is present. When it has cleared up, use a non-soap bar or liquid cleanser if you wish.
Depending on the severity of dermatitis, topical or systemic therapy may be prescribed. It may take a few weeks after starting treatment before there is noticeable improvement.
In mild cases, topical erythromycin in a non-greasy base may be used.
Other topical choices include metronidazole gel, pimecrolimus cream and azelaic acid preparations.
In more severe cases, a course of oral antibiotics for 6–12 weeks may be prescribed. Most often, a tetracycline such as doxycycline is recommended. Oral erythromycin is used during pregnancy and in prepubertal children.
Oral isotretinoin may be used in cases that don’t respond to other treatments.
Perioral dermatitis sometimes recurs when the antibiotics are discontinued, or at a later date. The same treatment can be used again