WHY would I want to use IODINE?


“When I was a medical student, iodine and potassium iodine were a universal medicine. Nobody knew how they worked, but we knew it worked exceptionally well.”

"If ye don’t know where, what, and why Prescribe ye then K and I."
    ~ 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

The history is fascinating: https://www.optimox.com/iodine-study-14


  • How to test yourself (near bottom of article).
  • What happened to T1 and T2? (further down).

Differing types of iodine (all are inexpensive).
cannot be patented. Therefore it is not interesting to the pharma industry and consequently it is not focused on and rarely recommended by your GP or specialist doctor as the motivation to teach about it to the professionals or to send the salemen to the GPs offices just isn't there in our pre$ent health care $y$tem. 
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) and sometimes called 2% or 5% Lugol’s solutions.
Without ANY 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 does not qualifying for ANY type of internal UNDILUTED use unless during unique situations such as in surgery, etc.
However, 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.)

iodine for health

                                 iodine in it's original unprocessed form

The white powders / crystals usually sold as potassium iodide in drug stores and pharmacies and health food stores, can be sold by it's original name or sometimes in an altered generic version. This needs investigation on the part of the purchaser in order to see clearly just what you're getting, so that the right amount of drops can be taken (always better to err on the side of too little as the thyrpoid is a very sensitive and delicate organ).

Sometimes iodine is implied in advertising descriptions to promote help with health challenges, yet the amount of iodine can be so very diluted that it will not make a health difference. Sometimes it's merely concentrated seaweed juice - with the added caveat of being organic and vegetarian. Dah! Buyer Beware!
The 'vegan' seaweed juice / extraction dilution is of such limited therapeutic use, that it’s an entirely ridiculous little bottle of marketing smarts and more joy can be had from eating a serving of nori in soup or a large helping of sushi pieces wrapped in nori.
So the available iodine for the consumer can be anywhere from inexpensively awesome to overpriced useless.

(Natural sources of iodine are the sea: some fish, shell fish and sea weeds such as kombu, nori, arame, wakame and in the past our soils also contained some iodine - which are more and more depleted and ofcourse iodine is not present in the hot-house grown foods (the growth mediums/slurries where most non-organic food is grown are not required to have it.)

We have known iodine, for well over a dozen decades, as a topical germicidal agent used effectively against bacteria, fungi and protozoa. It was even used in supervised and therapeutically high dosages for very effective malaria treatment when the pharmaceutical malarial meds could not be used for some reason.

Much is written on the internet on the topic of iodine - from wondrously eye-opening to science fiction... and some articles are written by people with weird, antiqued 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, VERY best friends (they are often in the bronchials and throat doing repair, work, too, or in the intestines helping with digestion, their secondary task). Taking iodine to go after bacteria, internally, is absolutely amateur and foolish and actually impossible. Taking iodine carefully because it is a valuable (often moissing) co-factor in countless bodily autonomic reactions / functions is VERY smart.

The thyroid is most often associated with goiters / hypothyrodism, etc. It directly affects our daytime energy via the highly unique thyroid hormones and should never be imbalanced if you want to get through the day energetically (and affects and connects to many other vital organs including the hypothalamus'and pituitary).

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 amalgam of the functionality of the thyroid, hypothalamus AND pituaitary - they dance together - not individually! So that's a sketchy test!
If that test is 'normal', then the individual T1, T2, T3 and T4 are not given any further attention. If you really demand more, then you'll get a T3 and T4 test if you're lucky.

T1 manages some of the most important enzymatic processes in our body (and includes processes in our brain based amino acids).
T2 is involved with the production of ATP, our mitochondria and human growth hormone and indirectly in chronic diseases that will not heal and even neurological imbalances that will not heal as well as being at least one reason for low birth weight of babies. (Do you get up in the morning and feel more fatigued than when you went to bed?). 
T3 and T4 hormones contribute to mitochondrial health as well and energy in every one of our trilliuons of cells — and T4 also aids with transport and storage... (and dance with the adrenals).
These four, when they are at low levels or imbalanced are connected to many chronic disease, poor co-factors or puzzling situations.
For a variety of reasons, many people today suffer from a low-functioning thyroid, but it is still often undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or ignored. Hopefully that will change soon!
Not tested for these? Ask why.
No iodine / Lugol's suggestions? 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 will take as much iodine as it needs for help with T1 through T4 production. Any overages help tonify and support other organs - liver, kidneys, breast tissue, etc. There's a wealth of information at https://www.optimox.com/iodine-research.

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 for one 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! His iodine is sometimes called atomodine.

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, un-heat-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 was relatively minor as the salt's iodine is oxidized by the food it is 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 – merely 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. Therefore the iodine we can take as a supplement helps re-balance this conundrum a little.

(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 radio-active molecules that are now at very high levels on the opposite side of the Pacific from where they originated. Just for this little bit of miracle work, it is worth taking one drop a day. Although potassium iodide (KI) does not detox the body from radiation, it can help protect the thyroid from picking up as much as it might and being diminished further by radioactive iodine (iodine-131) in the first place. 

Reliable real news sources continue to report that radiation is still being released into the atmosphere and ocean water at Fukushima. It vaporizes from the ocean 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 a 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 (not all) 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, interrupted sleep, fluid retention (incl puffiness where you did not have this before, nor where there is any intense tissue healing or inflammation)

And the 'at home' patch test: buy some quality tincture of iodine and with a finger, paint a patch roughly the size of a toonie (and if you are an American it would be an over-sized quarter) on your upper arm or inside of your thigh). Iodine really stains so keep away from clothes.
Wait to see how long it takes to be absorbed. If it is absorbed in less than three hours you are in real need! If it takes up to six to eight hours (no trace of the iodine left to be seen) then you need to add some supplementation, too. If it is the same yellowish-brown as when you applied it at the eight / ten hour mark, then you do not need ANY!

Also, you might want to look at how much brassica vegetables you eat (such as broccoli, cauliflower and kale) as these very subtly leach out iodine.
AND then there’s the all-too-common lack of gut health (dysbiosis) which lessens absorption of all nutrients.

That's it in a nutshell!


Best qi,
Merrie Bakker B.Sc, M.Arch, CN


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