WHY would I want to use IODINE?

“When I was a young student, iodine and potassium iodine were a universal medicine. Nobody knew how they worked, but we knew it worked exceptionally well.”
    ~ The Nobel laureate who discovered vitamin C, Dr. Albert Szent Gyorgyi

“Iodine is the best antibiotic, anti-virus and antiseptic agent of all time”.
     ~ a successful endocrinologist, Dr. David Der


There are differing types of iodine – and all are inexpensive. Therefore it is not sold by the pharma industry and therefore it is not focused on, understood, or recommended by your doctor as the motivation to teach about it or to send the saleman to the GP's office isn't there. 
My favorite kind, Lugol's iodine, with which I grew up, is made up of two parts potassium iodide and one part elemental iodine. Lugol's is sold all over Europe and somewhat in North America at 2% and 5% concentrations or sometimes called 2% or 5% Lugol’s solutions.
Without further dilution by the user, it is an irritating and destructive fluid, esp to internal mucosa, such as the lining of the esophagus and stomach. And thyrioid does not qualifying for any type of internal UNDILUTED use unless during unique situations such as in surgery, etc.
A Lugol’s 2% or 5% solution, taken as ONLY one drop in a glass of water – daily - is absolutely brilliant. The original Lugol's Iodine solution was created by Jacques Lugol MD.

(Nascent Iodine and Atomidine (or Beslin or atomic iodine) are terms for iodine where the iodine molecule has the diatomic bond broken and has a high amount of electromagnetic energy (magnetic charging) associated with it’s re-construction. Atomic or Nascent Iodine is not dissolved in water but in alcohol.)

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The white powders / crystals usually sold as potassium iodide and commonly sold in health food stores, can be as named or have this as the generic name. This needs investigation on the part of the purchaser in order to see clearly just what is being purchased, so that the right amount of drops can be taken (always better to err on the side of too little).
Sometimes the labels in these stores give erroneous info. Sometimes iodine is implied in the advertising descriptions to help with health challenges yet the drops can be very diluted. Sometimes it's merely concentrated seaweed juice - with the added caveat of being organic. Buyer Beware! That’s dilution so beyond therapeutic use, that it’s an entirely ridiculous little bottle of marketing smarts and more joy can be had from eating nori in soup or a large helping of sushi pieces wrapped in nori.

We have known iodine, for ages, as a topical germicidal agent used effectively against bacteria, fungi and protozoa in topical usage.
Peripherally, we know it as used in therapeutical high dosages for very effective malaria treatment when the pharmaceutical malarial meds cannot be used for some reason.

Much is written on the internet on this topic and when in doubt, follow the money to get clarity. And some articles are written by people with weird, antique beliefs who love the fact that iodine / iodide kills germs and bacteria and therefore if a little is good, then a lot is even better! NOT!... 

Run when you read something is credited with the ability to create kill-off and with Herxheimer reactions and so forth. In actuality, most of our bacteria, especially those in the gut, are our VERY best friends (they are often in the bronchials and throat doing repair, work, too; or in the intestines helping with digestion, their secondart task). Taking iodine to go after bacteria, internally, is absolutely amateur and foolish.
Taking iodine because it is a valuable co-factor in countless bodily autonomic reactions / functions in our bodies is smart. The thyroid, ever so important (not to diminish the hypothalamus' or pituitary's greatnesses) provides some of our daytime energy via the highly unique thyroid hormones and should never be imbalanced if you want to get through the day energetically. (So that's a bit of 'buyer beware').

We may have our TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) tested from time to time by our GP and that's it. That test is an outcome of an amalgum of thyroid, hypothalamus  and pituaitary functionality - they dance together - not individually!
If that test is 'normal', then the individual T1, T2, T3 and T4 are not looked at and in my province, it means you cannot have further thyroid tests!. T1 manages some of the most important enzymatic processes in the liver that are involved with our brain's amino acids. T2 is involved with the production of human growth hormone. T3 and T4 hormones contribute to mitochondrial health and energy — and T4 also aids with transport and storage...
These four, when they are at low levels or imblanced are connected to many chronic disease situations.
For a variety of reasons, many people today suffer from a low-functioning thyroid, but it is still often undiagnosed or ignored. Hopefully that will change soon!
Not tested for these? Ask why.

“Although the thyroid is tiny in size, it has the power to wreak havoc on you anywhere from head to toe. I have been practicing holistic medicine for over 20 years. I have yet to see any single nutrient help as many patients as Lugol's iodine. Every cell in your body needs iodine. You cannot make a single hormone without it, yet people do not get enough of it.”
~ Dr. David Brownstein, MD, author of Overcoming Thyroid Disorders and 59 Diseases Linked to Thyroid Imbalance

The thyroid, we know, will take as much iodine as it needs for help with T1 through T4 production. Any overages help tonify and support other organs. These iodine / iodide atoms have the ability to be of assistance to our bodies over several hours – hence best to be consumed earlier in the day to be energized. Frequent small doses such as one drop, once per day, are deemed more effective than larger amounts at less frequent intervals such as once per week. 

Iodine is an easily oxidizable substance. Research has shown that it’s also best on an empty stomach. Food that happens to be lingering in the stomach / digestive tract will oxidize the iodine / iodide and can be inactivated by the gastrointestinal contents – no harm done – but no further benefits derived either....

It was the famous see-er Edgar Cayce, who suggested iodine in very small dosages for all sorts of health problems over and beyond thyroid issues way back in the 1930’s and 1940’s and continuously adviced the use of it till he passed away shortly after WWII. And now it is part of mainstream alternative thinking!
We need iodine because it is a co-factor in helping our thyroids and many bodily processes to be regulated to their optimum. Just the T3 and T4 hormones, alone, are so vitally important and help the trillions of mitochondria put out maximum energy in a person with good adrenals and thyroid glands. 

Iodine was added to table salt in the past. We have ditched that as unhealthy salt! (And good for us!) and now with the use of good, unheat treated Himilayan salts, we get some more trace minerals but not the iodine. Funny enough, the only healthy item in old fashioned table salt was the added iodine… (and it's efficacy depends of whether it was oxidized by the food the salt was in!)

And just a heads up... toxic halides, fluorides, bromides, etc, have structures similar to iodine. However, that’s where the similarity stops... Eg. chlorine in swimming pools reacts with organic matter such as sweat, urine, blood, feces and skin cells to form more harmful compounds. So there is actually NO similarity on the molecular level – even if there is a close molecular resemblance. In North American we are more exposed to fluorides than any other part of the world (YES! we have been dummied down through our drinking water!). At the same time our much needed minerals – major ones and trace minerals - including iodine have decreased in prevalence and natural availablitity. This is a tough position we have put our bodies into. The iodine we can take as a supplement helps re-balance this conundrum a tad.

(more at The Negative Health Effects of Chlorine - by Joseph G. Hattersley - http://www.orthomolecular.org/library/jom/2000/articles/2000-v15n02-p089.shtml)

We have also become familiar with iodine / iodide molecules as a barrier for protection against nuclear fission contamination that is now affecting the whole world – thyroid receptor cells already taken by iodine molecules leave little space to attach for the unwanted Just for this little bit of miracle work, it is worth taking this profilactic one drop a day. Although potassium iodide (KI) does not detox the body from radiation, it can help protect the thyroid from picking up and being diminished further by radioactive iodine (iodine-131) in the first place. 

Reliable real news sources continue to report that radioactive iodine is still being released released into the atmosphere and water at Fukushima. It vaporizes easily and can disperse over long distances and even though our national (taxpayer funded) sensors have been magically turned off, we know it has arrived abundantly on the West Coast of North America. (Iodine-131 is rapidly absorbed by the thyroid gland and, especially in children, it increases the risk of thyroid malfunctioning - YIKES). 
So taking potassium iodide as protection is indeed timely. Having some in our emergency kits, is too.

How do you know if you're not getting enough iodine?

A few hidden signs (usually as a co-factor or indirect cause) are if you have low levels:
unexplained weight gain
(reduced metabolism even if you are careful with calories, eating good fats, exercise, etc), low energy, brittle nails, hair loss, brain fog, low thyroid function or enlarged thyroid, interrupted sleep, fluid retention (incl puffiness where you did not have this before nor where there is any intense tissue healing)

Our natural sources of iodine are the sea: some fish, shell fish and sea weeds (kombu, nori, arame, wakame) and the soil: more and more depleted and iodine is not present in the hot-house growth slurries where most non-organic food we eat, gets it's nutrients.
Also, you might want to look at how much brassica vegetables you eat (broccoli, cauliflower and kale) as these very subtly leach out iodine. AND then there’s the usual lack of gut health (dysbiosis) means absorption of all nutrients is limited.

Merrie Bakker,

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