purple_tee_shirt3by Jeffrey Dach MD

Perhaps you noticed the pink ribbons and crowds of people wearing pink tee shirts on Sunday raising awareness for breast cancer.

Left Image: Purple tee-shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Some people took it to the extreme.  A high school  school teacher in Spokane, Washington showed up for class with pink hair.(1).

There have been pink buses, pink airplanes, pink bridges, and even the white house was illuminated in pink flood lights for Breast Cancer Awareness Month .(2)

There have been many walks and  races with participants wearing pink (3)

Suspended for Wearing PINK

Not everyone was happy with the pink clothing.  75 school children  were suspended for wearing pink clothing to school at Friendly High School in Prince George’s County.  They apparently  violated the school’s uniform policy..(4)



Think Purple for Iodine, Not Pink

Pink is nice and everything, but I think it is the wrong color.  I suggest we change it to purple for the color of Iodine.(see left image of Iodoral / Iodine)..  Iodine supplementation is our most effective way to prevent breast cancer.  We should have purple tee-shrts, purple races, purple buses, purple ribbons and everyone should be talking about Iodine supplementation to prevent breast cancer.

Use Physician Supervision

In some cases, Iodine supplementation can affect thyroid function, so it is important to work closely with a knowledgeable physician who can test Iodine levels and thyroid function labs..

See My Two Part Series on Iodine as Breast Cancer Prevention:

Iodine Prevents Breast Cancer Part One

Iodine Prevents and Treats Breast Cancer Part Two

Books to Read on Iodine and Breast Cancer Prevention

The Iodine Crisis: What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life

Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It

Breast Cancer and Iodine : How to Prevent and How to Survive Breast Cancer

Jeffrey Dach MD
7450 Griffin Road Suite 180
Davie, Fl 33314

Links and references

1) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/teacher-dyes-hair-pink_n_4157097.html
Coolest Teacher Ever Dyes Hair, Beard Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness After Losing Bet (VIDEO)

2) http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/24/white-house-turns-pink-for-breast-cancer/
White House Turns Pink for Breast Cancer
October 24, 2013 9:57 PM
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The White House and the entrance to the Naval Observatory were lit pink Thursday to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the millions of families who are impacted by the disease.
First lady Michelle Obama tweeted out a picture Thursday night of the White House  illuminating a pink hue.

3) http://whotv.com/2013/10/26/breast-cancer-des-moines-holds-race-for-the-cure-fundraiser/
BREAST CANCER: Des Moines Holds Race For The Cure Fundraiser
Posted on: 5:34 pm, October 26, 2013, by Courtney Johns

4) http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/prince-georges-students-suspended-for-wearing-pink-in-support-of-breast-cancer/2013/10/25/5e2009d4-3d90-11e3-b6a9-da62c264f40e_story.html
Pr. George’s students punished for wearing pink, not uniforms, for Breast Cancer Month  By Ovetta Wiggins, Published: October 25 About 75 students at Friendly High School in Prince George’s County who supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink shirts were given in-school suspensions Friday for violating the school’s uniform policy.


SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 14, 2012) Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) form a pink ribbon logo on the flight deck to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bonhomme Richard is participating in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2013 with the armed forces of the Republic of the Philippines. The U.S. Navy has a 237-year heritage of defending freedom and projecting and protecting U.S. interests around the globe. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam M. Bennett/Released)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Oct. 5, 2011) Marines attending the Marine Corps Intelligence School, assigned to the Marine Corps Detachment Dam Neck, run in the Pink Ribbon 5K Run at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth fitness center. The annual run commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month and drew more than 300 participants from the Hampton Roads area. (U.S. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nikki Smith/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 9, 2012) Sailors sell T-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on the mess decks aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign held in October to raise awareness, share information about the disease and provide greater access to services and resources. Sailors aboard Bonhomme Richard can wear the T-shirts all month as a part of their uniforms to show their support. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group and is currently operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karen Blankenship/Released) 121009-N-XY604-019 Join the conversation

English: The Chain Bridge across the Danube River, Budapest Hungary. Lit in pink light by GE for breast cancer awareness. Castle Hill in background.
Date     27 October 2002


Jeffrey Dach MD
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1 Comment

  1. gary moller October 30, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Good article Jeffrey! I have been testing iodine levels of many of my patients using the “Thyrodine” test and well over 90% of them are seriously iodine deficient.

    I work a lot with elite athletes who consistently suffer “burnout”.

    As a matter of interest, the most consistent worst performers with the Thyrodine test are elite swimmers, including triathletes – worse than cancer patients. They also top the list of athletes for fatigue, fungal and viral infections, including glandular fever, sinus infection and acne.

    The one common factor with these athletes is exposure to the halogens: fluorine, chlorine and bromine which are found in pool and spa water. As you know, these damage the iodine receptors in the cells, including the thyroid.

    I thought you might find this interesting. Keep up the good work.

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