JUST WHY would I want to use IODINE?

AND WHAT KIND?
AND HOW?

“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 and therefore not sold by the pharma industry and therefore not focused on, suggested by your doctor, or worse, not even known / respected by your GP. 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 mucosa, such as the lining of the esophagus and stomach and not qualifying for any type of internal use unless during unique situations 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 a generic name and needs more investigation on the part of the purchaser to see just then  it is that 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 to help with health challenges in the advertising and the drops are merely concentrated seaweed juice. 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 all else has failed by alternative health doctors.

Much is written on the internet on this topic and when in doubt, follow the money. Lots is written by people flogging all sorts of stuff. And even more is written by people with weird, antique beliefs who love the fact that iodine / iodide kills germs and bacteria and therefore is a friend! NOT!... NOT! ... Run when you read something is credited with the ability to create kill-off with all sort of nonsense about healing and Herxheimer reactions and so forth. In actuality, most of our bacteria, especially those in the gut, are our best friends (they are often in the bronchials and throat doing repair, work, too; or in the intestines helping with digestion, etc). Taking iodine to go after bacteria, internally, is absolutely amateur and foolish unless done smartly and with one drop diluted in a full glass of water.

Iodine / iodide is really a brilliant tonifier and regulator when taken in infinitesimal quantities. So the mitochondria (many per cell) in each of our trillion cells, the thyroid tissue and the other organs that are part of our highly complex and brilliant hormonal balancing act, can be supported with minute amonts rather than interfered with by great galloping quantities! The thyroid, we know, will take what it needs and use that for help with T3 and T4 production. Any overages help tonify and support other organs (such as the mitochondria, hundreds of enzymatic reactions and help correct hormonal imbalances). 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. Research has shown that it’s also best on an empty stomach.

Iodine is an easily oxidizable substance. 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 1920’s and 1930’s and continuously adviced the use of it till he passed away shortly after WWII. And now it is part of mainstream alternative thinking!

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 no similarity – even with 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!). At the same time our much needed minerals – major and trace - as well as iodine has decreased in prevalence – this is a tough position we have put our bodies into. The iodine helps re-balance this conundrum a tad, as just one example of it’s brilliant work.

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

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

Reliable news sources, such as National Geographic, have reported that radioactive iodine was one of the radioactive chemicals released into the atmosphere 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 on the West Coast of North America. So taking potassium iodide is indeed timely. Having some in our emergency kits is too.

DISCLAIMER: As annoying as this is... this article is intended for informational purposes only and heaven forbid... and you know that I know that you know that I have to write this... nothing in this piece is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, especially if one has thyroid challenges...

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