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Iodine, Cancer and Fibrocystic Disease

Published on November 15, 2009


In my Winning the War on Cancer book iodine is presented as a vital component for cancer treatment. It is absolutely vital for preventing and curing breast cancer and probably all forms of cancer would be diminished by its concentrated use. Dr. Tullio Simoncini, an oncologist in Rome, famous for his sodium bicarbonate treatments, uses iodine to treat skin cancer.

Several studies have demonstrated a relationship between low iodine intake and fibrocystic disease of the breast (FDB), both in women and laboratory animals.[1] The first thing that happens to a woman when she develops an iodine deficiency is a problem with her reproductive organs: breast deformation, and general calcification.

Iodine supplementation will gradually eliminate the first phase of the cancer development in the breasts (fibrocystic disease) so no new cancers can start. It also will kill abnormal cells floating around in the body at remote sites from the original cancer. This approach appears to work for prostate cancer as prostate cancer is similar to breast cancer in many respects according to Dr. David Derry.

[1] Ghent, W., et al, Can. J. Surg., 36:453-460,1993. Eskin, B., et al, Biological Trace Element Research, 49:9-19, 1995.

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  • Gilliane

    Hi, thanks so much for all the information you give us, it’s priceless. Big thanks!

    I have quite a large fibroids and several small ones as well. After reading Dr Sircus articles and posts on iodine, i realize i’m iodine deficient. I can get the Lugol’s solution (5%). Besides applying it directly on the large fibroid, how much is safe to drink daily?

    Thank you so much for your help!


  • kd

    I was recently diagnosed with a small thyroid cyst –
    could this be a result of iodine deficiency ?

    Would you recommend oral and/or topical iodine at this point? (and which type?)

    I am waiting for my appointment with endocrine specialist, possibly for cyst aspiration, but if I can eliminate it naturally wouldn’t that be better?

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you so much for your help!


    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Its possible that iodine would help to reduce this cyst. Try using some Nascent iodine topically and orally to see if helps….other cysts have been responsive to this type of treatment..

      You might also try using transdermal magnesium on the skin too, alternating applications of iodine and magnesium.

  • bisola

    thanks for the helpful information. i have uterine fibroids and my cousin in the states has talked to her doctor on my behalf. he has suggested i use iodine both orally and thru insertion into the vagina. pls i need to know if introduction of iodine into vagina does not have adverse effects; and is it ok for me to continue taking my evening primrose oil when i start this iodine intake

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Bisola,

      You can safely use iodine douches and also take your evening primrose oil. Uterine fibroids have also been reduced by topiical application of iodine to the abdominal area alternating with magnesium chloride (magnesium oil) also applied topically.

      • CAT

        Can you give the amounts of iodine and water to use as a douche?

  • Marlys Isaacson

    I was recently diagnosed with follicular thyroid cancer and my thyroid gland was excised last week. I was told the cancerous cells had gone beyond the thyroid. I will meet with the team soon to learn their recommendations for followup treatments, such as radioactive iodine to attack any systemic thyroid cells that may have migrated, and/or beam radiation for whatever they may have left in my neck (I don’t have the full report, yet).

    This event was a shock, as I have been taking iodine in kelp and different forms the past few years, as you recommend. It sounds as though they think iodine used now would stimulate any cancerous cells to grow, once the radioactive iodine has done its work. (Or is that just my imagination?)

    Do you have any comments or suggestions? I am aghast at the idea of taking in the very radiation that is such a killer, particularly beam radiation to my throat. I might add that I was given 6 weeks of targeted radiation to my breast in 1997 after a cancerous lump was removed (without clean margins on the first try), and have had mammograms and various other radiation throughout the years and sure had not wanted to have any more. I was a happy, healthy, very active 74 y.o. woman until I hit this bump in the road.

    I would vastly appreciate any advice you might offer before I meet with the hospital team next week.

    Thank you so much for all you do!

    A huge fan,


    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Maryls,

      Even without a thyroid gland its important to keep the other organs supplied with iodine. But you must do this only under the supervision of a competent health care practitioner.
      Some follicular or papillary cancers do tend to grow back and absorb iodine…whether this absorption of iiodine is contributory to further turmor growth is unclear.

  • Jane VanHooser

    I started using iodine trans. on atumor on my breast… is getting lger?? what else can I do.I’m juicing & raw fruits & veggie’s. Thank’s Jane

  • Elizabeth

    Can you advise where to buy clear iodine to appply on a noticable area for basal cell skin cancer? Thanks for your time and attention.

    • IMVA Staff

      Sorry Elizabeth,

      I don’t know a source for clear iodine. You can do an Internet search.

      Claudia French

  • maria

    Will iodine deficiency cause infertility or even the ceasing of menses or any other reproductive issues?

    Where can people find the Lugol’s solution? Seems to me I asked a pharmacist about it and they insisted that they did not have it, could not get it, could not make it.

    Thanks a bunch,


    • IMVA Staff

      Since iodine deficiency is closely associated with hypothyroidism it can cause infertility and irregular menses.

      Lugol’s is available over the Internet, but we at IMVA prefer recommending Nascent Iodine for daily oral intake. Available at LL’s Magnetic Clay.

      Claudia French

  • Duane

    My wife has uterine fibroids. How would you use iodine to shrink them?

    Thank you for all the great info.

  • Fibrocystic, but cancer tumors made of fibroids can also be helped with iodine, but another overlook nutrient is PABA, which also is known to dissolve this fibrous mass, and is also used to treat Peyronie’s disease in men, based on observation the PABA, but also iodine dissolve them, slowly. This includes skin tags, when applied topically. Much of the debate centers around what form of iodine that works the best and has the least side effects during taking them, which is often problematic ever since Edgar Cayce started prescribing them. Iodine is really a problem, but potassium iodide and hydrogen iodide has less side effects. The search goes on still for the best form.

  • Verna Bowen

    Thank you for the information connecting fibrocystic disease of the breast with with iodine deficiency.


  • Verna Bowen

    Thank you for the information connecting fibrocystic disease of the breast to a nutrient deficiency. I have been diagnosed with this problem for several years now and, as a person who likes to know the cause, I have been trying to find the reason. Your article answers the question.

    Again, thanks.