DEAR DOCTOR K: I cook with kosher salt, which doesn't contain iodine. Am I getting enough iodine in my diet? Can I get iodine from other foods?
DEAR READER: Before I answer your question, I'll need to explain a little about the thyroid gland and how it works. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that perches with its wings wrapped around the front of your windpipe, below your voice box. This gland influences the rate at which every cell, tissue and organ in your body functions. It does this primarily by secreting thyroid hormones.