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Iodine Date Written 2007
Author Joe Holmes Date Revised Nov. 19, 2009

The reports below indicate iodine is far more important than most people recognize and is greatly lacking in our diets. It can treat candida, fungus, diabetes, some cancers and much more.

"There is growing evidence that Americans would have better health and a lower incidence of cancer and fibrocystic disease of the breast if they consumed more iodine." (see item 6 below)

"Of all the elements known so far to be essential for health, iodine is the most misunderstood and the most feared. Yet, it is by far the safest of all the trace elements known to be essential." See item 9 below

1. Wikipedia: "Iodine deficiency may cause depression, brain fog, extreme fatigue, goiter, mental slowing, weight gain, and low basal body temperatures. It is reported that mental retardation can improve with iodine treatment. The same sympomes or worse can be present in too much iodine." Wikipedia

2. Wikipedia: Potassium iodide is a white crystalline salt with chemical formula KI, used in photography and radiation treatment. It finds widespread application as an iodide source because it is less hygroscopic than sodium iodide, making it easier to work with. KI can turn yellow upon heating in air or upon standing in moist air for long periods, because of oxidation of the iodide to iodine."

3. " Normal Thyroid Stimnulating Hormone (TSH) range for thyroid used to be .5 to 5.0 and is now considered to be .3 to 3.0 on the TSH blood test. A test below the range ment your thyroid was hyperthyroid/overactive and above is hpothyroid/underactive.  What this means for iodine is that those with overactive thyroid may be harmed by increasing iodine health suppliments." Source

4. "It is reported that water treatments with fluorine, chlorine, and bromine create an iodine deficiency in humans." Source

5. Lugol's solution "is an internal iodine solution designed to eliminate Candida and possibly viruses and other microbes from the bloodstream. Obtain 100ml of Lugol's solution, also labelled Aqueous Iodine Oral Solution B.P., from a chemist. Take a test drop in liquid other then just water to make it taste less strong. If this does not cause an allergic reaction, continue to take 4 x 6 drops daily in liquid or mixed with food, but not together with vitamins A, C, E, grape seed extract or cysteine. Iodine is an oxidant and it is best to reduce the intake of antioxidants while using it. Continue for 3 weeks, but interrupt if you develop a serious reaction. Do not take the iodine for more than 3 weeks as that interferes with thyroid activity. If necessary, repeat the course after several months. You may make Lugol's solution yourself by dissolving 44 g or 1.5 ounces of iodine and 88 g or 3 ounces of potassium iodide in one quart (liter) of water. First dissolve the potassium iodide in a pint of water, then add the iodine and fill up to one quart. Shake from time to time until dissolved after about a day. Instead of Lugol’s solution, also a saturated solution of potassium iodide (SSKI) appears to be effective if taken in similar amounts." 

6. "There is growing evidence that Americans would have better health and a lower incidence of cancer and fibrocystic disease of the breast if they consumed more iodine. A decrease in iodine intake coupled with an increased consumption of competing halogens, fluoride and bromide, has created an epidemic of iodine deficiency in America. People in the U.S. consume an average 240 micrograms (µg) of iodine a day. In contrast, people in Japan consume more than 12 milligrams (mg) of iodine a day (12,000 µg), a 50-fold greater amount."

7. "I regard Lugol's solution as the most effective broad-spectrum microbicide, and being specific for Candida and other fungi. I am not aware of a medical drug with equal effectiveness."

8. " Dr. David Derry said, “Lugol's solution is an iodine-in-water solution used by the medical profession for 200 years. One drop (6.5 mg per drop) of Lugol's daily in water, orange juice or milk will gradually eliminate the first phase of the cancer development namely fibrocystic disease of the breast so no new cancers can start. It also will kill abnormal cells floating around in the body at remote sites from the original cancer. Of course this approach appears to work for prostate cancer as prostate cancer is similar to breast cancer in many respects. Indeed, it likely will help with most cancers. Also higher doses of iodine are required for inflammatory breast cancer. As well we know that large doses of intravenous iodine are harmless which makes one wonder what effect this would have on cancer growth...We since have done a study of twelve diabetics and in six cases we were able to wean all of these patients off of medications for their diabetes. The range of daily iodine intake was from 50 mg to 100 mg per day. All diabetic patients were able to lower the total amount of medications necessary to control their diabetes...Iodine plays a crucial role in the body’s elimination system by inducing apoptosis, or what is called programmed cell death, and this is vital because this process is essential to growth and development and for destroying cells that represent a threat to the integrity of the organism, like cancer cells and cells infected with viruses...Everyone agrees that a lack of iodine in the diet causes a spectrum of disorders that includes, in increasing order of severity, goiter and hypothyroidism, mental retardation, and cretinism (severe mental retardation accompanied by physical deformities). Iodine deficient humans, like endemic cretins, suffer physical, neurological, mental, immune and reproductive diseases. Iodine is important in the proper function of the nervous system and Dr. S. Cunnane [xix] suggests that “iodine is the primary brain selective nutrient in human brain evolution.”

9. " authorities in most or all developed countries are presently trying to make it unavailable for natural therapists and self-healing under the pretext that it might be used to produce illegal drugs. It is now difficult to obtain and I have become aware of deceptive methods being used by chemists or pharmacists (probably under instruction from health authorities)."

10. "It seems the conventional medical establishment has grossly underestimated the amount of a nutrient needed for good health. According to Dr. G. E. Abraham, "Of all the elements known so far to be essential for health, iodine is the most misunderstood and the most feared. Yet, it is by far the safest of all the trace elements known to be essential. It is the only trace element that can be ingested safely in amounts up to 100,000 times the RDA."

Iodine: it's important in patients that require parenteral nutrition.

11. "Zimmermann MB.Human Nutrition Laboratory,..Iodine deficiency has multiple adverse effects on growth and development because of inadequate thyroid hormone production...the thyroid is able to adjust to a wide range of intakes. A daily dose of 1 microg iodine/kg body weight is recommended for infants and children receiving parenteral nutrition (PN), but this is far below their requirement. Daily iodine requirements in adults receiving enteral nutrition or PN are estimated to be 70-150 microg, but most PN formulations do not contain iodine..." PMID: 19874948

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