By Bruce Cohen
Sometimes you stumble onto something extraordinary, fascinating, mind-opening, and you wonder: how come I never knew about this before? Why did no-one tell me? How could I have been so ignorant …
It’s a feeling I’ve had several times in my life and the most recent manifestation of it arrived unexpectedly on my doorstep: Iodine.
Yes Iodine, that oh-so common, yet oh-so mysterious trace element once the cornerstone of effective natural medicine that has been pushed aside by the medical and pharma establishment. Astonishing when you consider that Iodine is an effective and safe natural antibiotic, a powerful anti-cancer (especially breast and prostate) agent, and a potent heavy metal detox tool. There is growing evidence that Iodine deficiency is now commonplace and is a key link to of a number of chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity.
But the medical establishment would have us believe that we should never supplement with Iodine, that it is downright dangerous. Despite this “iodophobia”, there is a growing and compelling body of evidence to the contrary and a small group of doctors is now actively promoting the use of Iodine at therapeutic dosages way above the RDAs.
Dr Guy Abraham, a US specialist in the use of Iodine, puts it bluntly: “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 for human health. It is the only trace element that can be ingested safely in amounts up to 100,000 times the RDA.”
The more I read about the benefits of Iodine, the more convinced I became that I should get hold of some. Not any old Iodine. It has to be Lugol’s Solution, an inorganic form of pharmaceutical grade Iodine that the body can easily absorb and is the only form in which it should be taken. It was first developed by the French physician, Jean Lugol, in 1829 and consists of 10 parts potassium iodide (KI) to 5 parts Iodine to 85 parts of (distilled) water. (Lugol’s can’t be patented; which might explain why it has been downplayed, dismissed by the medical/pharma establishment).
I made a lot of calls, checked with many customers, but there just wasn’t any to be found. Lugol’s, once a mainstay of the medical profession, had simply vanished.
So I decided to make some. With my collaborator Gregory Sondak, who has deep knowledge of natural medicines and the benefits of Iodine, we approached a local pharmaceutical company to make us a batch of high-grade Lugol’s. We now have it and it’s available through Absolute Organix.
NOTE: Some people may be allergic to Iodine and use of it should proceed carefully, slowly. Do the research and consult with a health care professional, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or under medical care.
Iodine Fulfilment Therapy
This article by Dr Bruce West first appeared in the December 2005 issue of the Health Alert newsletter (www.healthalert.com). See also the links at the end of the article.
From 1900 to the 1960s almost every single U.S. physician used Lugol (Iodine) supplements in his or her practice for both hypo- and hyperthyroid, as well as many, many other conditions-all with excellent results. In fact, Iodine was considered a panacea for all human ills. Today a phobia – generated by medical misinformation against Iodine therapy – has caused physicians to avoid this powerful treatment like the plague.
By avoiding Iodine therapy, you could be missing out on the very link that could get you well. Today we know that total body Iodine fulfilments or sufficiency can finally resolve tough, stubborn problems that resist all other treatments. Called orthoiodosupplementation, this treatment employs elemental Iodine supplements until the thyroid gland and all other Iodine-sensitive sites in the body have reached Iodine sufficiency.
The most commonly difficult problems for which this therapy has been called a panacea are fibrocystic breasts, polycystic ovary syndrome, hypo- and hyperthyroid (with or without goiter), brain fog, constipation, obesity, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and even some heart problems-most notably irreversible arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation.
Why Iodine is Important
Iodine is detected in every organ and tissue in the body. It is found in high levels in the thyroid gland, liver, lung, heart, and adrenal glands. It is found in the highest concentrations in fat and muscle tissue. It is depleted out of the thyroid gland and other tissues when thyroid hormone medications are prescribed. Iodine has been considered so important that up until 20 years ago, it had been routinely added to bread as a supplement. Now because of politics and fear of Iodine, the thyroid-toxin bromine has taken its place as a bread supplement. And in the past 20 years there has been an increased prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, as well as more thyroid and breast cancers.
According to Guy E. Abraham, MD, perhaps the world’s most knowledgeable expert on Iodine and the thyroid, “Medical iodophobia has reached pandemic proportions. It is highly contagious and has wreaked havoc on the practice of medicine and on the U.S. population. More misery and death in the U.S. may have resulted from [medicine’s unwarranted fear of Iodine] than from both World Wars combined.”
That is quite a statement from a former professor of Endocrinology and a man who pioneered ways to assay Iodine and minute quantities of hormones in the body. This man in the past 35 years has received more biochemistry, diagnostics, clinical chemistry, and hormone and Iodine research awards than anyone I know of. And he has studied Iodine therapy in high doses in over 4,000 people-publishing his findings in a document titled “The Iodine Project.” These findings once and for all dispelled the medical myth and fear of Iodine therapy.
Whole Body Iodine Sufficiency
Thyroidologists like Dr. Abraham have learned of the tremendous benefits of what they call whole body Iodine sufficiency-when the body is saturated with sufficient Iodine to supply all the tissues. Along the way, they have also discovered some amazing things about current thyroid treatment, thyroid drugs, and Iodine. The very first thing discovered is that Iodine is the treatment of choice for hypo- and hyperthyroid problems-with or without goiter.
Doctors could get as high as a 90% cure rate with hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid) by using what would be considered high doses of Iodine daily.
In addition to thyroid therapy, all thyroid patients should be on Iodine therapy, with the goal to reach a whole body Iodine sufficiency. When this state is reached, the following results have been observed:
. Goiter is reduced or eliminated.
. Stress on the pituitary gland is eliminated.
. Increased excretion of thyroid poisons and heavy metals occurs via the kidneys.
. The liver’s detoxification mechanisms are enhanced.
. Obesity is more easily overcome-in fact, Iodine therapy may be a critical and unknown factor in obesity.
. Diabetes and high blood pressure are more easily controlled.
. Breast tissue normalizes with decreased occurrences of fibrocystic breast disease.
. Menopausal symptoms are improved.
. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can be cured.
. Brain function is better, with less brain fog.
. Heart function is better, with reduced arrhythmia problems.
. And cancer rates, especially of the thyroid and breast, are reduced.
Doctors have found that patients who achieved Iodine sufficiency were often able to resolve diabetes problems without insulin. They could normalize blood pressure without medication. Goiters were resolved. And those taking thyroid hormone medication could greatly reduce or completely eliminate these drugs.
We are just beginning to discover the amazing curative powers of Iodine. While it may not be the panacea that old-timers have claimed, it is indeed critical. It is often the missing factor in “incurable” conditions like obesity, diabetes, breast disease, polycystic ovaries, thyroiditis, hypothyroid, autoimmune thyroid problems, and more.
VIDEO: Part I: Dr Joseph Mercola interviews iodine expert and author Dr David Brownstein.
VIDEO: Part 2: Dr Joseph Mercola interviews iodine expert and author Dr David Brownstein.