IODINE deficiency disorder (IDD) is one of the most important causes of preventable mental impairment in older children and adults worldwide. It poses a threat throughout one's lifecycle and complications with pregnancy, including stillbirth, congenital anomalies and irreversible fetal brain damage.

While iodine deficiency can be effectively and inexpensively prevented by iodizing all salt for human and animal consumption, it seems that efforts, at least in the Philippines, have not been enough to turn the tide.

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