Hello everyone. The purpose of this post is to discuss ways to increase IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient, the ability to cope with life and excel).
This link - https://iq-research.info/en/page/average-iq-by-country
- shows the average IQ's of various nations. There are some similarities between people with low IQ's, and those with higher IQ's.
You'll notice that many, in fact most of the nations with low IQ's are equatorial nations. They live near the equator, and get LOTS of sun (likely very little Vitamin A too). You'll also notice that toward the top of the list are Asian countries, and Northern countries (Europe, Canada, etc.).
I hypothesize that it is partially due to their A:D ratios. That the lower someone's A:D ratio gets from 4:1 (ie. 3:1 - 1:2) the lower someone's IQ becomes.
Iceland ranks #6 on the list, and according to this website ( https://knoema.com/atlas/Iceland/topics/Food-Security/Diet-Composition-Micronutrients/Share-of-retinol
) and the conversion info from this website ( http://www.thecalculatorsite.com/articles/units/convert-ui-to-mcg.php
) they get on average from animal foods about 25,000 IU Vitamin A per day (likely as retinol due to it being of animal origin).
This study ( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12509593
) claimed to have found a link between omega 3's and IQ in children, however the researchers didn't consider that though both corn oil and cod liver oil both had the same amounts of Vitamin A, corn oil has beta carotene (which must be converted by the body, and is usually not efficient) and cod liver oil has formed Vitamin A (retinol).
According to this study ( https://thyroidresearchjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1756-6614-4-14
) the Japanese ingests approximately 2-3 mg of iodine/iodide per day. Other sources ( http://www.optimox.com/iodine-study-12
) have found they might ingest significantly more, more than about 13 mg daily.
Iodine/iodide has been found to boost IQ ( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15734706
In Japan they have also been found to have high salt intake ( http://www.businessinsider.com/people-in-japan-eat-more-salt-than-in-the-us-but-most-people-eat-too-much-in-both-countries-2015-7
), which has also been found to have intelligence boosting effects.
Interestingly, the World Health Organization (WHO) discourages both formed and high amounts (relative to current recommendations) of Vitamin A intake and iodine intake (again, relative to current intakes) similar to theirs. They also promote low salt intake. Conspiracy? Probably not, mistakes happen. And with medical professionals having such big heads (you know, they're never wrong!), it's likely not conspiracy. Heck any of you hear about Dr. Semmelweis? The guy pioneered hand washing, got fired, and then 150 years later hand washing became mainstream (epic fail!).
Another very, very, very interesting thing about that WHO epic fail is that in the U.S. they practice the WHO's recommendations to the tee - average American gets less than 2 teaspoons of salt per day, ingests less than 200 mcg of iodine/iodide per day, and gets 5,000 IU A or less per day (I didn't mention Vitamin D intake, but they're low in that too). Here's a list of health ranking by nation ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Health_Organization_ranking_of_health_systems_in_2000
), you'll notice that the order is very similar to the IQ chart.
Essentially the healthiest countries are also the smartest, and they all contradict the WHO's recommendations (they don't circumcise, they get lots of Vitamin A, lots of iodine, lots of salt [not to say circumsision lowers IQ, just another WHO recommendation with no benefits]). You'll also notice that The U.S. ranks 37th on one list and 31st on another list.
And finally, the interesting part, how you can modify your ratios and amounts.
The goal is to have a Vitamin A:Vitamin D ratio of 4:1-8:1 including all sources (foods, supplements, FCLO, sun, etc.).
You can use Dr. Holick's book "The Vitamin D Solution" which has recommendations for getting sun in different parts of the world based on skin color and location to calculate the amount of Vitamin D you get from sun, or the phone app "D Minder." Remember sun Vitamin D counts as 2x more Vitamin D than supplements or food.
Then calculate how much Vitamin A you need to get from diet to have a 4:1-8:1 ratio, then eat that much liver and/or take that much FCLO.
You can use supplements, however it's not necessary. You can eat Vitamin D rich foods, get sun, and eat Vitamin A rich foods - and simply calculate your ratio and eat the appropriate amounts.
Iodine/iodide can be gotten from seaweed (kelp has the highest amounts, other seaweeds have generous amounts too, but kelp has the most).
Salt, while I know it's frowned upon overall (most RPDF members abstaining), unrefined salt for those interested is a good source.
Salt: not linked to heart disease?
Weston Price article debunking the benefits of reduced salt intake - http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-of-nutrition/salt-and-our-health/
Iodine, toxic in high amounts, or lots of benefits?
Dr. Brownstein on iodine - http://www.drbrownstein.com/Iodine-Why-You-Need-It-p/iodine.htm
Vitamin A, super nutrient?
Article from Weston Price - http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-of-nutrition/vitamin-a-saga/