Lugol's Iodine is essential for normal body Function.
Iodine is an essential mineral, in
that it must be found in one's diet. The body has no way to produce its
own iodine. Seventy to eighty percent of iodine is found in the thyroid
gland in the neck. The rest is distributed throughout the body,
particularly in the ovaries, muscles, and blood. A deficiency of iodine
can lead to hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels); symptoms of
this condition include sluggishness, weight gain, and sensitivity to
temperature changes. In infants and children, hypothyroidism can impair
physical and mental development.
Dr. Guy Abraham has proposed that the optimal daily
dose of iodine for a person is approximately 12.5 mg, which is 100 times
the RDA of 0.125 mg. He believes that the current prevailing medical
opinion that more than 2 mg a day of iodine is toxic is wrong. He traces
the source of this major blunder to a scientific experiment on rats that
was published in 1948 by Drs. Wolff and Chaikoff, which erroneously
concluded that iodine inhibits the thyroid gland at doses of about 20
times the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for iodine. This conclusion
was later generalized to humans and can be found in medical textbooks,
including endocrinology and nutrition textbooks.
The commonly accepted medical opinion is that
iodine’s only role in the body is to help make thyroid hormones.
Although this is an extremely important function, Abraham demonstrates
that the role of iodine in the body goes far beyond its function of
making thyroid hormones. Other possible functions include: helping to
regulate moods, helping to regulate blood pressure, helping to
regulate blood sugar, and helping to reduce abnormal cardiac rhythms. Other research has shown that Japanese women, who have
one of the lowest breast cancer rates in the world, ingest more than 13
mg of iodine daily from seaweed without suffering any adverse
consequences. He further demonstrates that iodine tends to be
antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antifungal and that it
enhances immune function. Furthermore, he suggests that suboptimal
iodine intake may contribute to various thyroid abnormalities commonly
seen today, including hypothyroidism (underactive), hyperthyroidism
(overactive) and autoimmune inflammation of the thyroid (Hashimoto’s
Dr. Abraham started his Iodine Project around 1998
when he became aware of the many benefits of treating patients with
iodine using doses far beyond the 2 mg a day, which most physicians
consider to be potentially toxic. He noted that starting in the 1820s,
the French physician Jean Lugol used these higher doses to treat a wide
variety of conditions. Dr. Lugol combined elemental iodine (5 %) and
potassium iodide (10%) with 85 % water. Since iodine kills infectious
agents, Dr. Lugol successfully treated many infectious conditions with
this solution, which became known as Lugol’s solution, and which is
still available today by prescription. Prior to World War II, many
American and European physicians used Lugol’s solution to treat thyroid
conditions, using doses higher than 2 mg daily without apparent
significant adverse effects.
other scientific FACTS:
Iodine deficiency is one of the causes of goiter
(hypertrophy of the thyroid gland as it tries to make more
thyroid hormone in the absence of iodine). Physically, goiter
appears as an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland in the
neck. Other causes of goiter include autoimmune thyroiditis,
excess iodine, other hormonal disorders, radiation exposure,
infectious causes, or inborn errors of metabolism. Although
goiter due to low iodine intake is rare in developed countries,
it may occur in regions with endemic low iodine levels. To avoid
iodine deficiency in the United States, table salt is enriched
with iodine ("iodized" salt) and iodine is added to cattle feed
and used as a dough conditioner. Iodine supplementation is
generally not recommended in developed countries where
sufficient iodine intake is common, and excess iodine can
actually cause medical complications (including goiter).Iodine
supplementation should be considered in cases of known iodine
deficiency and should be administered with medical supervision
if possible. Notably, the treatment of goiter usually involves
the administration of thyroid hormone, most commonly
levothyroxine sodium (Synthroid®, Levoxyl®, Levothroid®). Iodine
is essential in the regulation of the thyroid and Lugol's
solution is one of the best sources.Iodine deficiency
In regions with low iodine intake or cases of
known deficiency, iodine enrichment of foods or supplementation
should be considered. To avoid iodine deficiency in the United
States, table salt is enriched with iodine ("iodized" salt), and
iodine is added to cattle feed and used as a dough conditioner
(However such a practice was ceased because of the claim iodine
While iodine deficiency is not common in developed countries, it
is common in other parts of the world. When considering iodine
enrichment or supplementation, supervision by medical personnel
or public health officials is recommended due to the potential
complications involved with iodine replacement in the setting of
previous deprivation, particularly if considering
supplementation in pregnant women or children.
It is a proven fact that people that consume 12mg or more of
iodine per day live healthier lives as pointed out by the use of
iodine in the Japanese diet.
Radiation emergency (potassium iodide thyroid
Potassium iodide (KI) can be taken in the
setting of radiation exposure in order to reduce levels of
radioactive iodine uptake by the thyroid, thus reducing the risk
of later development of thyroid cancer. It is important to note
that KI does not provide immediate protection from radiation
damage and does not have protective effects against other
complications of radiation exposure. KI can serve as a part of a
general strategy in cases of radiation emergencies, in
conjunction with shelter and control of foodstuffs. Many
radiation emergency kits include KI. Skin disinfectant/sterilization
Iodine is commonly used in topical disinfectant
preparations for cleaning wounds, sterilizing skin before
surgical/invasive procedures, or sterilizing catheter entry
sites. Betadine solution, for example, contains povidone-iodine.
Other topical disinfectants include alcohol and antibiotics and
iodine is sometimes used in combination with these. Commercially
prepared iodine products are recommended in order to assure
appropriate concentrations. Lugol's iodine has
also been used successfully as a disinfectant and sterilizer.
Iodine can be used as an antimicrobial agent for
the emergency purification of water. Tablets and solutions are
commercially available. Effects generally occur within 15
minutes. Lugol's iodine can also be used as a
water purifier add 2-3 drops of 5% iodine per liter of water (add a vitamin C tablet to improve taste).
Povidone-iodine solutions have been used in the
management of childhood bacterial conjunctivitis and may be as
effective as other anti-bacterial solutions such as neomycin-polymyxin
B-gramicidin. This is not an effective treatment for viral
conjunctivitis. Medical supervision is recommended.
Lugol's iodine is another great source to use on bacterial
Graves disease (adjunct iodine/iodides)
Graves disease is an immune-mediated disorder
that causes hyperthyroidism. Thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulins
bind to the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) receptor, mimic
the action of thyroid TSH, and stimulate thyroid growth and
thyroid hormone overproduction. Standard treatments for Graves
disease target the thyroid gland (rather than the source of the
disorder) and include antithyroid drugs such as propylthiouracil
or methimazole, radioactive iodine to ablate (destroy) thyroid
cells, or surgery to remove thyroid tissue. Beta-blocker drugs
may be used to control symptoms. Iodide preparations can be used
to suppress thyroid hormone release from the thyroid, such as
strong iodine solution (Lugol solution), potassium iodide (SSKI),
and iodinated radiographic contrast agents (sodium ipodate).
Patients undergoing thyroid surgery are commonly treated
preoperatively with antithyroid drugs to achieve a euthyroid
state, then SSKI. Lugol's has shown excellent
promise for use by people with Graves disease.
Hearing loss (iodine deficiency)
Auditory disturbances may be present in iodine
deficient children, and continuous iodine supplementation may
improve the auditory thresholds. It is best not to
use iodine that is made from shellfish for children.
Lugol's iodine that is made from mined crystals or from kelp is
the best sources.
Ocular surgery infection prevention / cataract
Topical iodine solutions, such as povidone-iodine,
are used preoperatively to sterilize prior to ophthalmologic
procedures. For example, povidone-iodine solution has been
studied and used preoperatively for cataract surgery antisepsis.
Ophthalmia neonatorum prevention
"Ophthalmia neonatorum" is defined as
conjunctivitis with eye discharge that occurs during the first
month of life. Various bacteria can cause this condition,
including gonococcus and Chlamydia trachomatis . Several
agents have been used as drops in the eyes to prevent this
condition in infants, including erythromycin, silver nitrate,
gentamicin, and povidone-iodine. Tetracycline and penicillin
drops have also been used. Although this condition is now
uncommon in industrialized nations, it remains a problem in the
developing world with an incidence as high as 20-30% and cases
of blindness reported in Africa each year. Povidone-iodine
ophthalmic solution appears to have broad-spectrum activity
against bacteria and is less expensive than many antibiotics. It
therefore may be a cost-effective option in some populations.
There is limited research to suggest that iodine
mouth rinses may decrease the severity of mucositis in the mouth
related to cancer chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The
management of mucositis should be discussed with the cancer care
Thyrotoxicosis / thyroid storm (adjunct iodides)
Hyperthyroid crisis (thyroid storm) is a medical
emergency caused by excessive release of thyroid hormones into
the circulation. Initial management of this condition involves
inhibition of thyroid function with thioamide drugs such as
propylthiouracil or methimazole. Iodides (such as potassium
iodide) can then be administered to block the release of thyroid
hormone, but should only be given an hour after thioamides to
assure that the iodide is not used by the thyroid to make more
thyroid hormone and worsen symptoms. Caution is warranted
because iodide preparations carry a risk of causing serum
sickness. Iodides should not be used for long-term treatment of
thyrotoxicosis. However, Lugol's iodine
solution that is made from mined iodine crystals can be used for
long durations without any adverse side effects.
Lugol's iodine is one of the best all around nutritional supplements. We usually get out iodine from food. However, with the mineral depletion in soil, getting the amount of iodine requieded by the body is impossible. Therefore, it is imperative that everyone take an iodine supplement.
Soy was a good source of iodine, however with it being so genetically modified, it does the opposite and depletes the iodine levels in the body.
Chlorine in the water supply also depletes iodine levels in the body. If you drink water from municiple water supplies and take baths or showers you are depleting iodine levels in the body. Adding fluoride to the water supply depletes iodine levels even more.
Then there is the issue of Fukasima and the radiation that was released. As a result of the disaster radiation levels are higher than they have ever been. Radiation levels in food have also increased as a result of the disaster.
It is recommended that you should take 10-14mg of iodine per day. You can take it internally in water or apply it externally to the body.
Keep checking back to this article. More research is currently being done regarding the benefits of iodine and how essential it is to the normal functions of the body.