May 2018: A salty solution

I love the saying that the cure for anything is salt water – be it in the form of tears… sweat… or the sea. Because really, what ill can’t be cured by a good old cry, a bit of exercise or a dip in the ocean?

So it comes as no surprise that salt is the solution for a serious, but easily treatable, issue – iodine deficiency.

Iodine deficiency is the most prevalent and easily preventable cause of impaired cognitive development in children in the world. Iodine is essential for healthy brain development in the fetus and young child. Iodine deficiency negatively affects the health of women, as well as economic productivity and quality of life. Common disorders that result from iodine deficiency are hypothyroidism, increased cholesterol levels, endemic goiter, cretinism, decreased fertility rate, increased infant mortality, fibrocystic breast disease, atherosclerosis and breast cancer.

It is super cost efficient to add iodine to… you guessed it, salt. Universal salt iodisation programs cost between .02 and .05 of a cent per person to administer. And for every $1 invested, an $81 economic benefit is achieved.

We calculated for our monthly donation we would reach a whopping 16,992 individuals who are currently at risk of iodine deficiency. And this amount was increased further when I accidently gave our donation in US dollars rather than Aussie dollars.

Where would we be without salt?