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by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© May 2014, The Center for Development

One of the most important and overlooked minerals today is iodine. Iodine is needed in the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones. However, iodine is also required for every tissue of the body!

It is called the endocrine mineral because it is important not only for the thyroid gland, but also for the adrenal glands, ovaries, breasts, prostate gland, and the entire hormone system of the body.


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I just recently started to take Iodine.

I add it to protein shake/blended juice drinks.

Encouraging to see word is getting out about this important


My wife and I have been taking 50 mg. a day (Iodoral), along with selenium, and some other supplements for the last 5 or 6 years, for several reasons, and have had no ill effect, for anyone concerned about taking a large dose compared to the miniscule RDA of 150 mcg.

One important aspect of iodine deficiency is its relationship to the widespread use of cheap polyunsaturated oils containing Omega 6 fatty acids (corn, soy, canola, safflower, sunflower, etc.). It is interesting that the test to determine if a fat is saturated, monosaturated, or polyunsaturated is to expose it to iodine and measure how much of the iodine is absorbed into the oil. Saturated fat will absorb no iodine, but fat that is not saturated with hydrogen atoms has one (mono) or many (poly) carbon atoms bonded together with an associated hydrogen atom(s) missing.

When we use these polyunsaturated oils it is known that production of thyroid hormone is suppressed and our metabolism is lowered. This is apparently because the polyunsaturated fat is binding iodine in our bodies making it unavailable to be used to make thyroid hormone. It is also known that these polyunsaturated oils suppress our immune system. Since iodine is involved in our immune systems, no doubt the binding of iodine by polyunsaturated fats is also the culprit in suppressing immune function.

The halogen elements of which iodine is one, are highly electronegative. So is oxygen. No doubt iodine is providing a protective service to us in binding with these unstable polyunsaturated fatty acids since it keeps them from oxidizing and damaging our cells, but this is a two edge sword with this process depleting iodine necessary for other bodily functions.

If you have atrial fibrillation, one of the several neurological degenerative diseases like ALS, Parkingson's, Alzheimer's, thyroid problems, enlarged prostate, one of the many female related problems like PCOS, endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease, or related cancer, you might want to consider that iodine deficiency is involved.

The main point is that omega 6 containing oils should be avoided and even then iodine should be one of our supplements. Here is one recommended protocol involving iodine for breast cancer, but it applies to iodine supplementation in general:


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The way to test yourself for iodine deficiency

is to smear a couple drops of liquid iodine on your skin where it is thin, like on the inside of your upper arm or thigh or side. If it is entirely absorbed in 25 hours, you need iodine. The faster is absorbs, the more deficient you are. Some folk's iodine stain completely absorbs in a couple of hours. Someone I know who was already taking iodine still had a trace of his iodine stain after 24 hours.


It's good to take elemental iodine as well as the salt version - iodide. Amazon has lugols solution which is a combination of both. Also Optimox makes it as a tablet.

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Just be careful with overdosing

I use Lugol's Solution, and have for a couple years. When I first started, I wasn't sure how much to take, so started with one vertical drop in the morning, increasing a drop at a time. When I got to ten drops, I had a huge lump growing where my thyroid is! Really freaked me out, but it was gone in 24 hours (had it not happened on a weekend, I probably would have seen a doctor - there was no pain, just a big growth, like 4" x 3", and raised the skin an inch or two); should have taken pictures!

I reduced it to 5 drops which I've been taking daily since then, without incident. YMMV. Enjoy!

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I'm guessing, but maybe that

I'm guessing, but maybe that was a reaction by your body getting rid of fluoride and bromide.

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That makes good sense; it never recurred. Am now adding a lot of vitamin D3 and MK7. Haven't really felt much different, yet. But I know that the iodine is helping to keep my body from absorbing the radioactive iodine that Fukushima is spewing out (and was the reason I started with it).

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Every Cell in your Body has Receptors for Iodine

The RDA for Iodine of 150 mcg is PATHETIC. Winter of 2006, Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons article titled "Extrathyroidal Benefits of Iodine". Download it and read it here: www.jpands.org/vol11no4/millerd.pdf. Been taking 100 times the RDA now for almost 7 years. Must take with Co-factors found here: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/2013/12/29/companion-nu... or here: http://www.freegrab.net/Iodine%20update.htm#section10

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Most People Are Severely Deficient In Iodine

I buy my kelp from naturessunshine.com

The current minimum daily requirement for iodine is 150 micrograms (mcg). Typically, Americans consume 240 mcg per day — just enough to prevent goiter, but not enough for truly beneficial health effects. In comparison, people in Japan consume an average of more than 12mg (12,000 mcg) of iodine per day. That’s 50 times more than the average American.

Read more: http://newconnexion.net/articles/index.cfm/2011/01/Iodine_Th...

Kelp is your best friend

When it comes to Iodine.

You can buy capsules of kelp if your like me and don't like the taste.

How much

Do you think I would need? And any ideas on where to get it?
About 15 years ago, doctors killed most of my thyroid.
They only do the T4,T3 test on me, and tell me Im fine.
But I have called many doctors across the country who all say I need the T2,T1 test.
I spent years trying to find a doctor..that I can afford..within 100 miles..to do the test. They all refused.
And now I have a massive weight gain..and keeping myself from getting fatter is very hard to do.
I have tried everything to lose weight....(from a size 12 to a size 18) And I have between 0 and next to none in the energy department.
Any thoughts on the subject would be welcomed...and in case you don't know..Im a woman
Thank you

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Most doctors know next to nothing about thyroids and

adrenals. They also work only off of really lame blood tests, instead of including all the other symptoms involved. I don't know where you are but there is an MD in Reno, NV, who tells patients to work out their own dose of Naturethroid (natural thyroid supplement by prescription only). He says to increase your dose until you feel speedy, and then back down, although he does run blood tests.

If you can find a a bona fide ND, doctor of naturopathy, you might have more success with treating your problem. There is a good one in Spokane WA.

You can buy iodine on Amazon. You will probably need 12.5 to 25 mg a day. the best formula includes iodine and iodide.

The Iodine book by Brownstein is also on Amazon. It will help you understand iodine and what to do with it. Brownstein also has an excellent book on the thyroid. It has been a long time since I read it, but I think it includes help in finding a physician who understands thyroids.

There is a book

called (iodine, Why you need it, why you can't live without it) And if you go to amazon from here it helps Mike with this site.. Also Dr. Wright from Tahoma clinic has info on that on his website. Good luck.

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Well, they do put iodized

Well, they do put iodized salt everywhere now,

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That salt is important

There are areas in the U.S. where the food grown there has nearly no iodine in it and the local diets traditionally don't include any brought-in seafood, sometimes not even canned tuna. It's a clever trick to put it in the table salt as those areas also happen to have few natural salt licks, too, so someone had the idea "well, what sea 'food' will these people eat?" The lack of iodine can be extreme. My grandma did get a goiter from eating that food while putting canning salt in the table shakers instead of the table salt that kept her neighbors from getting goiters.

But that amount in table salt keeps the thyroid going, while never saturating it. Only when the thyroid gets all it wants does it stop absorbing all the iodine and allows it to be available to the body for other use. Table salt levels of iodine are like a starvation diet for the thyroid.

It's similar to how the foods fortified with Vitamin D have just enough to keep children from getting rickets, but not enough for the full potential of Vitamin D.

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The iodized salt is enough iodine to prevent the bad cases

of goiter that there used to be, but not anywhere near enough iodine to supply the real needs of all the organs that secrete stuff.