The book by Dr. David Brownstein, Iodine’ Why You Need It and Why You Can’t Live Without It, sums up its importance:
“Iodine is the most misunderstood nutrient. After 12 years of practicing medicine, I can say that it is impossible to achieve your optimal health if you do not have adequate iodine levels. I have yet to see any item that is more important for promoting health than iodine.”
Good food sources of iodine are dairy products produced from cattle fed iodine-supplemented feed and salt licks, seafood, saltwater fish, seaweed, and kelp. It may also be found in asparagus, garlic, lima beans, mushrooms, sesame seed, spinach, chard, and summer squash. Optimally, people should get all their iodine from dietary sources: kelp, seaweed, certain types of ocean fish, and vegetables grown in iodine-rich soil, but many ocean-bearing iodine-rich foods are now unavailable, and agricultural farmland is increasingly iodine-deficient, leading to reduced levels of iodine in foods.
Japanese people get more iodine in their diets than other countries, consuming about 12.5mgs of iodine daily. The US FDA suggests 150mcg which is about 100% lower than what alternative health doctors recommend.
From the research I’ve done, it looks like a daily dose of at least 12.5 – 50 mg of Iodine a day is optimal to cure many diseases, and more than likely prevent them as well.
I take the Lugol’s 5% formula at about 12.5mg daily for maintenance. If I am challenged with something physically then I up the dose to 25-50 mgs.
Each drop of Lugol’s 5% Solution equals about 6.25 mg of iodine.
(The correct way to make a drop is to hold the dropper vertical )
David Brownstein, MD:
“After testing individuals and finding low iodine levels, I began to use smaller milligram amounts of iodine/iodide (6.25mg/day). Upon retesting these individuals 1-2 months later, little progress was made. I therefore began using higher milligram doses (6.25-50mg) to increase the serum levels of iodine. It was only with these higher doses that I began to see clinical improvement as well as positive changes in the laboratory tests… As I started to use larger doses of iodine (12.5-50mg/day), I began to see positive results in my patients. Goiters and nodules of the thyroid shrank. Cysts on the ovaries became smaller and began to disappear. Patients reported increased energy. Metabolism was increased as evidenced by my patients having new success in losing weight. Libido improved in men and women. People suffering with brain fog reported a clearing of their foggy feelings. Patients reported having vivid dreams and better sleep. Most importantly, those with chronic illnesses that were having a difficult time improving began to notice many of their symptoms resolving.” (You can read here for the complete article: http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=836069#i)
School children in iodine-deficient areas show poorer school performance, lower IQs, and a higher incidence of learning disabilities than matched groups from iodine-sufficient areas. A meta-analysis of 18 studies concluded that iodine deficiency alone lowered mean IQ scores in children by 13.5 points
According to Dr. Brownstein, noted iodine expert, he suggests iodine supplements be given to children at .08mg/pound). Dr. Brownstein suggests that a health care provider be consulted for children and adults, who is knowledgeable in the area of iodine supplementation.
If pregnant or nursing, please do your own research or contact your healthcare practitioner. Possibly Kelp would be a better choice if you are pregnant or nursing. Kelp is the best and most natural source of Iodine
Dosage: 6 – 10 Kelp capsules per day. Nature’s Sunshine capsules are 525 mg per capsule and according to Dr. Ryan Drum, a world renowned seaweed and thyroid expert, an average sized adult needs about 5 grams per day for optimum health. Be sure to use kelp that is tested to ensure it contains NO heavy metals.
The body can’t tell the difference between stable and radioactive iodine. Taking stable iodine tablets can protect the thyroid from injury by “filling up” the gland — thus preventing it from taking up radioactive iodine.
If you are interested in iodine at all, please do a bit of research.
For a more detailed explanation refer to the Center for Disease Control website.
Contradictions and Warnings:
Do not use if allergic to Iodine!
My final thoughts on Iodine. If I could only have ten items in my ‘medicine’ cabinet….Lugol’s Iodine would be one of them!
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