Thalassotherapy, which is ocean therapy has been utilized by cultures for over 5000. If you use raw seaweed that is certified organic and food grade you can't go wrong. Iodine, found in brown kelps, was classified as the first essential mineral required for life, as it is utilized in every cell and stored in our bodies for health. We know that
Chlorine, Fluorine and Bromine(used as a water disinfectant) and their isotopes compete for storage in the body with healing iodine and flush out the iodine that is stored in our brain, thyroid gland, women's breasts & ovaries as well as the prostate gland in men, for our immune strength. When the iodine is depleted either from halogen replacement or during pregnancy and is not replaced, disease creeps into the body and especially auto-immune disorders such as arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, fibromyalgia thyroidism, cancer & more. This causes havoc with the endocrine system which supports our metabolism & hormone production. Iodine, is the first essential mineral classified as essential for life and was used in medical practice from the early 1800's through the 1950's to treat thyroidism (both hyper & hypo) as well as staff infections & asthma. In fact Doctors learned a little rhyme in medical school ' If ye don't know what, when or why, prescribe then K and I. Which is potassium iodide. You can visit www.drbrownstein.com for more information. Dr. Brownstein has written a great book called 'Iodine, why you need it, why you can't live without it.' As well, a thalassotherapy soak is a wonderful way to enjoy your bath while absorbing the healing nutrients of the ocean found in seaweed in high concentrations. I have friends who have reversed arthritis, eczema, psoriasis and even anemia within 3 months of regular seaweed baths.