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Iodine and autoimmune diseases

Published on May 13, 2010

To Allison,

High doses of iodine have been found to eliminate or decrease the need for insulin in both type one and type two diabetics. This information is available from Dr. Brownstein and is in Dr. Sircus’ Diabetes and Iodine books.
It is very likely that iodine also has an effect on arthritis and other auto immune diseases. It definitely affects thyroid problems too, some of which are also consideered autoimmune diseases.

You should consider the daily use of nascent iodine to bring your levels up.


Claudia French RN, LPHA

Assistant Director IMVA

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  • Lee


    I’m a type 2 diabetic on diet control; no medications. I take iodine at 12.5 mg (Lugol’s) and i asked my doctor to check my iodine levels in my urine. They don’t check the urine – no way to do that and neither does the lab they use. So, they did a blood test and I got a call. My iodine was ‘WAY TOO HIGH’ at 914. The norm, according to the RN, was from 40 to 100. I have a report copy.

    That scared me, so I dropped the dosage for a while and now I’m on Nascent, 3 drops a couple of times a day.

    What is the ‘regular’ blood level and how much iodine should I take?

    What would that 40 to 100 level the RN told me about be based on? The 150 mcg that that the RDA calls for? The RN did not know.

    I am so confused about this.

    • A much more accurate test for iodine levels is called the iodine loading test and is not a blood test. The doctors who are proficient in treatment with iodine use the loading test. It is described here with links of where to obtain one:
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  • Ang


    Does this approach work with type 1?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Ang,

      It might not cure type 1 but will definitely help you lower insulin need and prevent complications.

  • Nancy Vogelman

    I’m probably newly diagnosed diabetic, age 65, have had hypertension last ten years, doing better on that, have had allergic responses and from reading your information, realize that it is my pH which is off. I’ve been on low carb, weight is 162, and sugar can’t be my problem. It must be acidity. Though I’ve been trying to drink Apple Cider Vinegar, I have been eating cheese, eggs, beef, chicken, raw greens (maybe not enough). I may have sleep apnea and possibly still thyroid growth, which was biopsied 4 years ago (doctor doesn’t seem to discuss doing this again). I have not eaten any breads, pasta, rice, though I occasionally ate potato chips. My weight was up to 188 in 2005, and I am steadily coming down, 162 so far. Doctor says I’m still too overweight (5 ft 5 inches) pre-diabetic, but blood sugars continue (fasting b.s.) 104.
    I still drink one glass of wine per day, but no sweets. I take supplements off and on, depending if I get a good blood sugar next morning. I try to exercise, but don’t really probably do enough every day. I am testing with test strips this past month, and perhaps only get good readings after brushing my teeth with bakin soda. Any advice for me?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      I am also a diabetic and how well I remember the days when a fasting 104 was considered perfect…….perfectly normal blood sugar. How times have changed over the years! You are probably warding off type 2 diabetes and the IMVA recommendations are very strong in that you should immediately increase you magnesium levels as this has been found to significantly affect insulin resistance, blood sugars and the rates of future complications.

      We recommend doing this with Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil, applied to your skin or the Ancient Mineral bath salts in a bath:

      Magnesium oil is available here:
      You can read about this on our sites MagnesiumforLife and in our book New Paradigms in Diabetic Care. You should read these asap and get on Dr. Sircus’ protocol.

      Get those associated e-books to gain a better understanding of how to stay healthy.

      Other things recommended besides the diet you are on would include using sodium bicarbonate, iodine, Vit. C, D and others.

      Also read the book on Sodium Bicarbonate to help you learn how to best bring down your pH safely.

  • rick fauteux

    Thanks for all the knowledge your passing along but the one question i have is allready diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will the magnesium still work good enough with the insulin to transport the magnesium to other parts of the body cause i just had some biopsies taken and starting all the recommened treatments, orally trasdermally and nebelize

    • IMVA Staff

      Yes, the magnesium will be able to be transported to needed areas even with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

      Yes, you can be given Dr. Sircus’ protocol through a feeding tube. Please contact Luciana Valentim at: to arrange a consult with Dr. Sircus and to coordinate your care with your primary halth care provider. He will need more information on your situation and status before recommendations can be made.

      Claudia French RN, LPHA