Palo Alto, CA — A 4 year study conducted by the Palo Alto-based Rundex Family Foundation has discovered a linked between iodized salt use and male erectile dysfunction. The study, which was sponsored by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK NYSE) via its philanthropy arm the Kansas-based The Center for Longevity Institute in Topeka (CLIT), surveyed over 32,767 participants via telephone, mail-in forms and several walk-in interviews in the CLIT’s regional offices around the United States.
“Well, the data doesn’t lie,” said Rundex lead researcher Robert Colvin from his Mountain View, CA home office via Skype. “A full 53.6% of men who reported erectile dysfunction issues also included iodized salt in their diets vs. the control group that used non-iodized forms like Kosher salt. This is all with a standard deviation of 1.9. Controlling for errors, the number drops to 46.7%, which is still an alarming number considering the standard deviation of 1.9”
In the early 20th Century, the United States and other industrialized countries started adding iodine to table salt, the largest manufacturer being the Morton Salt Company. This led to an approximate 3.5% decrease in national iodine deficiencies. However in many area of the world, natural levels of iodine is present in the soil and absorbed by vegetables. This “natural” form of iodine, critics argue, is low enough not to cause any harmful effects. Moreover, the same critics say that ingesting iodized table salt led to both harmful levels of both sodium and chloride in the human body, which has been linked to heart disease and hard and difficult bowel movements, but as this recent Rundex study has discovered, adverse health effects.
“We are of course alarmed by Rundex’s findings,” said GSK’s director of communication Bethany Millbright. “This research hits home here at GSK because we have had hundreds of our male workers suffering from erectile dysfunction. Fortunately we have Viagra as a treatment, but many men around the county who have been impacted by what we’re calling iodine impairment do not have access to the medications that could help them. This is the first of several studies that GSK and CLIT are actively working in this area. We’re calling on the government for action.”
Although the Rundex study doesn’t offer any causation factors, according to Mr. Colvin, there’s “heaps of correlative evidence” demonstrating that iodine might be the cause of male impotence.
“I generally don’t like to speculate without the hard data,” continued Mr. Colvin “but there seems to be some connection with the thyroid [gland] and the over abundance of iodine. For years people were afraid of iodine-deficiency endemic goitres. Nasty things, to be honest. But it seems like with all things Americans, we over-did it. And now we have quite possible millions of men that now have this condition.”
There are no specific recommendations from the report, although Gish Gallop has learned that all participants in the study have received a free year’s supply of Viagra.