by Yohanan Burket
There is a remarkable document put together by a group of “iodine” doctors a few years ago. It seems that they have rediscovered the value of what was once known as the universal medicine 100 years ago. This is especially important in view of that fact that 94% of people are iodine deficient and that we are living (dying?) in a toxic sea of fluoride, bromine, and chlorine. Check it out: http://www.slideshare.net/MedicineAndHealth14/iodine. A summary of the conditions treated with iodine are included and is shown below (taken from the slide show link above):
As you can see from the slide, iodine covers many problems: too many to cover in this short blog. The focus of this blog will therefore be limited to iodine deficiency and hormone balance.
Under the category of thyroid disorders, hypothyroidism is listed. Hypothyroidism is very common in diabetics. Iodine deficiency and hormone balance are therefore related because the thyroid is the organ used to produce hormones in the body. Hormone therapy is therefore unnecessary if your thyroid can produce a sufficient amount of hormones, bolstered by taking iodine.
Types of Iodine
The common type of iodine sold at your local drugstore is suitable only for external use and is of little value, except for disinfecting cuts. However, a small percentage of the iodine can be absorbed transdermally if applied on a wide area of the skin. This is a very inefficient (and expensive) way to obtain iodine.
Another type of iodine was invented in the early 1800s by a Doctor Lugol, and is aptly named Lugol’s iodine. Lugol’s iodine is non-toxic and can be ingested orally. Unlike the common drugstore variety, it does not contain toxic isopropyl alcohol. In fact, it’s ingredients are only elemental iodine, potassium iodide, and distilled water. Since elemental iodine is not directly soluble in water, potassium iodide is added to make it more soluble. Because it does not contain alcohol, Lugol’s iodine is also safe for children.
Using Lugol’s Iodine
Why use Lugol’s iodine when you can obtain iodine from food, someone might ask. The answer is that there are only a few foods that can supply iodine. Some, such as shellfish, are non-kosher. Others, such as kelp, are loaded with toxic bromides that negate the iodine contained within it. And there is always the uncertainty of how much iodine is being ingested.
In the past (before about 1980), it was possible to obtain iodine in processed bread. Iodized salt is still available, but only minute amounts of iodine are ingested taking this salt. The government recommended dosage for iodine is a paltry 150 mcg/day (0.15 mg/day). This amount is just barely enough to prevent one from getting cretinism (extreme physical and mental retardation).
Analysis by iodine doctors such as Dr. David Brownstein and Dr. Guy Abraham have shown that iodine levels of 6 mg/day should be the recommended minimum amount of iodine ingested. Some iodine doctors recommend 12, 50, and even 100 mg/day, depending on the person. Cancer victims are recommended 300 mg/day every other day in what is called pulse-dosing. This translates to an average of 150 mg/day, which is the upper limit of what the body can handle. Above 150 mg/day, the thyroid is overstressed.
From my own experience, people starting to take Lugol’s iodine should start with only a drop or two per day, which is roughly 5 mg/day – 10 mg/day. If someone experiences itching after taking the iodine, they should back off on the amount or stop taking iodine until the itching subsides. The itching has nothing to do with allergic reaction as some think; rather it is fungus in the skin that is “rebelling” because it is under attack from the iodine. When fungus is attacked, it emits enzymes to dissolve surrounding skin to feed itself. When the enzymes are emitted, it causes an itching sensation when near the skin.
Achieving Hormone Balance
All hormones are produced by the thyroid gland, and cannot be found in any herbs. Hormones regulate heart rate, determine the rate at which you burn calories, and aid digestion. An important hormone produced is called calcitonin. This hormone regulates the amount of calcium in your blood. This is very important because hardening of the arteries is caused by the presence of too much calcium. This condition is called atherosclerosis, which is another condition listed under the Conditions Treated with Iodine slide above.
Therefore, if you take care of your thyroid by taking sufficient amounts of Lugol’s iodine, you will supply your body with the hormones it needs and your overall health will be improved.
Lugol’s iodine (called Hormone Catalyst) is available from www.outoftheboxremedies.com