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Iodine Is Essential for Everyone

Published on April 30, 2011


This book tells the iodine story that has become especially important as radiation levels increase because of the nuclear disaster in Japan. Everyone needs to hear the iodine story for there is nothing more important in the entire world now than taking our daily iodine supplements. An appropriate public health response to the nuclear disaster in Japan starts with iodine because any lack of the nutritional type will attract the radioactive type like honey attracts bees.

The last thing anyone wants to be walking around with is a thyroid so starving for iodine it will take on the nasty radioactive isotope of iodine instead. It is very important to know that Dr. David Brownstein has tested 5,000 of his patients and has found out that 95 percent of them are iodine deficient and other iodine researchers he has talked to have found similar trends in their patients as well.

It is cruel to deny people full information about iodine. Information about iodine needs to be plastered all over the public media helping the public know and remember the importance of starting and ending each day with iodine. Every man, woman and child needs to take iodine.

Now that we have really spoiled our nest here on planet earth with live nuclear fission taking place literally on the face of the earth we have no choice but to take immediate steps to block the uptake of radioactive iodine. No matter how little and how safe the authorities say the threat is, there is no question that radioactive iodine is circulating at higher than normal levels in the northern hemisphere.

This is only the beginning of building our biological defenses against increasing radiation. It does not end with iodine but it certainly starts there. There are many things we need to do to protect ourselves and our children and that story will be told in Radiation Toxicity Syndrome. There are many things needing to be added to the list of remedies besides iodine to address the onslaught of the different types of radioactive particles. The short list after iodine is magnesium, sodium bicarbonate, selenium, sulfur, superfoods, clay, glutathione, unrefined salt, miso and other foods.

The main and immediate point of this book is that everyone needs to take iodine on a somewhat emergency basis. Federal governments who are being controlled by some international force of inhumane design are allowing the thyroids of everyone in the northern hemisphere to mop up radioactive iodine. And women’s breasts and their breast milk—like the grass below our feet—will also be contaminated by the absorption of radioactive iodine.

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One hundred and fifty years ago medicine woke up enough to learn that iodine is the one and only answer to goiter. Now it has to wake up again to the vital importance that iodine plays when dealing with radioactive iodine, which has been spreading around the northern hemisphere for six weeks already.

It all boils down to one thing—taking your iodine!

Sergei Belyakov, a jumper at Chernobyl said, “The action of radiation on a living organism is extremely different—there are people who can sustain that very well; unfortunately there are people who get just a pinch of what a normal human being would get and it would be lethal.”

A great part of the secret of weathering the storm of increased radioactivity is tied to the administration and long-term sustainment of concentrated nutritional medicine. Iodine is such a medicine.

But “don’t do anything to protect yourself and your children” is the basic message put out in the press. It is what our cold cruel medical and health officials suggest we do—absolutely nothing. Why should you or anyone else do anything if the radiation is safe and in low concentrations? The typical assumption of the western medical establishment for radiation exposure reads like this:

There is no specific treatment once exposure has occurred but management is generally supportive whilst the body recovers from the damage done—anti-nausea drugs and painkillers can be used to relieve symptoms of radiation sickness. Antibiotics may also be needed to fight off secondary infection. Blood transfusions may be necessary for patients suffering from anemia. Radiation-related illnesses tend to show themselves about 10 to 15 years after a radiation disaster.

Both this book and Nuclear Toxicity Syndrome debunks this allopathic hogwash. There are treatments one can administer both before and after contamination that will go a long way to prevent the formation of cancer and other problems resulting from radiation contamination.

It is an especially important moment for parents around the world to sit up and take notice of what they will need to do to protect their children against the toxicities that are threatening them from many sources. In truth it is not just the radiation parents need to worry about but the mercury and still the lead and a host of other toxic chemicals that the super wealthy use for making their fortunes.

Today one has to have one’s perceptual antenna out. Now that the newspapers and television have stopped talking about the nuclear disaster in threatening terms and have stopped reporting on the amounts of radiation and the seriousness of the disaster, this is when we should begin to worry. The government, the press and certainly the nuclear industry are not our friends. They are not being honest with us and they don’t care if we or our children get thyroid or any other kind of cancer.

Many of the elite actually want us to die since they want to reduce the earth’s population; by denying the masses the iodine they need is just one way to ensure that cancer and death rates increase. Someone really stupid and cruel took the iodine out of milk and bread a few decades ago and replaced it with bromide, another halogen that is toxic and replaces iodine in the thyroid just like radioactive iodine will if there is not enough nutritional iodine already there.

Do not pay attention to the medical terrorists who get paid to stand before the cameras and tell you there is nothing to worry about. Some go as far as talking up radioactive as something safe that yields health benefits. Believe me you do not want any amount of radioactive iodine to lodge in your thyroid. Women also don’t want any to find their way into their breasts or ovaries, which are other tissues that concentrate iodine of either the normal type of the dark dangerous nuclear type.

If you have any doubt about the importance of iodine please read my book on iodine, which also presents the views of Dr. David Brownstein, who has more experience with iodine with patients than just about any other doctor in the world. The original publication of my iodine book was dedicated to him and a short list of doctors who have championed the recent renaissance of iodine supplementation. Iodine also helps against infections and is an important asset for all cancer sufferers. So take your iodine and take a lot of it!

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  • Cami

    I have hyperprolactinemia and was thinking maybe I should try taking iodine. I tried some of my friend’s once and noticed that my heart was racing at a rate of 100 bpm and couldn’t sleep at all that might. I don’t know if I accidentally got a little too much? I do suffer from severe chronic insomnia as a result of the prolactin problem and don’t want to worsen my insomnia. Would a small amount maybe be good for me? I have suffered in the past from chronic stress and I’m sure I’ve done major damage to my body. I’m not sure where to start or how to fix my hormones. But I can definitely tell that they’re off. I’m not sure which avenue to take at this point.

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Cami,
      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.
      You can search in your country a remedy to bring down your prolactin.
      Dr. Sircus also has an entire protocol of a number of things that may help you. You can read about his protocol and about dosages in the ebook Treatment Essentials:

      Or you can choose a consultation with Dr. Sircus for an in depth recommendation for you. He is available to take patients via his online clinic.

      Please let me know if I can be of further help.
      Best Regards,
      Maurice Guggisberg
      IMVA Support Team

  • Terri Hunnicutt

    Can someone tell me what to do? I am taking 12.5 mg of IThroid. It has improved my shortness of breath and cold body temperature due to low thyroid, but it is keeping me awake ALL night long. If I reduce to lower amount my shortness of breath is back which is maddening but I need to sleep! I can’t function during the day. Will continued use at a lower dose ever build up enough to reduce my shortness of breath and afternoon fatigue?

    • Terri,

      Try taking it at different time of day (early am) and then try lowering the dosage as well.
      Claudia French

      • Terri Hunnicutt

        Thanks for responding…I take the iodine at 7am and am still having shortness of breath after lowering to 6.25mg. I’ve only been using it for 3 weeks though. Does it build up in your system over time? It seems that the higher dose helps shortness of breath but I can’t bear the lack of sleep. I’m hoping that the longer I take it the better my symptoms? I’m so tired and trying to raise two kids and a family.

  • pjmerlin

    I am trying to understand hyperthyroidism and iodine levels. It appears that the common “understanding” of possible causes of hyperthyroidism being too much iodine could be incorrect.

    Is this true? If not or if you have elaborated on this topic, please send me the link.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear pj,

      There’s controversey oover the role of iodine in hyper and hypo thyroidism. It is generally felt that too much iodine can cause hypothyroidism, therefore ir is sometimes used in hyperthyroidism.
      Dr. Sircus has not written extensively about this yet, though he has shown how iodine can be beneficial in hypothyroidism.

      • sky

        dr.David Brownstein has written extensively in his iodine book… iodine why you etc.etc. explaining how & when to take & effects and just about every other question there is about nutritional iodine, his blogs do not have the same detailed info that the book has, he is the doc on top of iodine use– all my questions were fully answered..

  • I’ve been taking 3,900 mcg iodine derived from Kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum) in tablet form daily since the Fukushima incident. I’ve read everything on this site but can’t find any suggestions concerning iodine from Kelp.

    I am electrosensitive to wireless radiation. Other than that I am in exceptionally good health. I’m 73 years old and very active.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Johm,

      Right now IMVA is discouraging the use of kelp as an iodine source due to the amount of radiation being found in the ocean since the Fukishama inuclear incident. IMVA recommends switching to a different form of iodine that doesn’t contain kelp unless you can trust the product has been tested and is free of radiation.

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  • Edward

    Dear Dr Sircus,

    I started on Lugol’s solution about three years ago. Several years prior I surmise that Mercury obtained through a diet drink made from Tuna Fish collagen drove out most of the iodine in my body. I was plagued by cold hands, feet and everything else. Gradultely I returned to normal temperature. Rencently I found that taking about 2 mg of iodine on a daily basis causes insomnia. After a few days of no iodine, I sleep well again. I will return to taking iodine again tomorrow at the lower dosage (1 mg). Is this normal?

    When I first started taking Lugol’s I would take several drops (2% solution). Now I use Life Extension (1mg) iodine with Vitamin D3. Both Lugol’s and Life Extension caused insomnia eventually.

    My daughter has been plagued by cold hands and feet. Finally I gave her a bottle of Lugol’s solution is now her cold extremities are basically gone!!!!

    Thank you and God Bless!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Edward,

      We believe Nascent iodine is more gentle than Lugol’s iodine. Do you know how deficient you now are in iodine? No iodine should be taken after 4 pm as it will keep people awake at night. If you don’t want to try Nascent Iodine, cut back on the Lugol’s.

      You can read more about iodine dosing here:

      • Edward

        Thanks for your reply. I don’t believe after three years of Indine supplementation that I am deficient. At least all my symptoms are indicating this. Thanks for the information about Nascent iodine. I will have to try it.

  • Debbie

    Dr. Sircus,

    I have Hashimoto’s and am under the care of a doctor associated with the protocol specified by Dr.Kharrazian who wrote the book,”Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal?” I am a 3 1/2 year survivor of breast cancer (estrogen positive only). I am advised to steer clear of iodine to try and keepthe thyroid “asleep”. Iwill be on thyroid hormone (Naturethroid) indefinitely they say. Very short background on me…I am a biochemist who is employing the emerging field of Epigenetics to my own well-being and am extremely successful at it.I have succeeded in fixing my estrogen metabolism from all16-OH to perfect ratio of 2-OH/16-OH despite the hypothyroid. The last year I have cut out gluten and went from 29% body fat down to23%, dropping 18 pounds and two sizes. I am 46 and at my high school weight. I am a track and field competitor and am very strong. I have never been healthier and am supplementing to influence my immune system to calm down it’s attack on the thyroid. My TPO Ab’s have gonedown from at one time two years ago around 1500 to the last test at 292. Lower but not all the way gone yet My question for you. Am I an exception to the iodine for everybody thing? I also want to protect myself from radiation and will be going to Sacramento,CA in July, where I”m guessing higher radiation. I know for a fact that I must have had the thyroid problem for a long time (no real indication or symptoms, docs just told me I was getting older so that’s why I was tired). So hypothyroid combined with a nutrient defient diet caused the breast cancer (thyroid and breast are glands as you know). I was the one to first find the stage 2 cancer, then a year later to find the Hashimoto’s -no help from allopathy-they just looked at me with shrugged shoulders, and even more so now if I try to explain what I’ve been doing over the last three years! I tell them what tests to run as more people out there should know there are diagnostic tests that are extremely helpful and you are the consumer-you tell the docs what you want. What does someone do in my case who is not supposed to have iodine? I do pH alkaline my water with added trace minerals including iodine in it, take NaHCO3 baths with MgSo4 (can’t afford the MgCl bath flakes). Any thing you could help me with I would appreciate it. I am wanting to take my knowledge and help other people. Thank you!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Debbie,

      Iodine is not always contraindicated in hypothyroid or Hashimoto’s disease, in fact Dr. David Brownstein, one of the advocates for iodine supplementation says:

      “I believe iodine deficiency is one of the underlying causes of the epidemic of cancer of the breast, thyroid, ovaries, uterus and prostate. Furthermore, iodine deficiency is the underlying cause of thyroid disorders including Hashimoto’s disease, Grave’s disease, goiter, and hypothyroidism. Our iodine levels have fallen 50% over the last 30 years. During that time, all of the above conditions have been rising at near epidemic rates.” Japanese Radiation Update 3

    • Bunny Novak

      Dear Debbie, I know your post is from 6 years ago but I wonder if you have found an answer to your dilemma about taking iodine? I also am hypothyroid and have been taking a small dose of thyroid glandular. I get no iodine in my diet, so I have been experimenting with taking iodine because I know it’s important for health. When I take iodine, I have trouble sleeping and I become nervous and anxious. This happens when I take a dose of 10 mcg (that’s micrograms not milligrams!). I would appreciate some advice on what to do if I can’t take iodine.

  • Tim

    If iodine is used to form T3/T4; which is what the thyroid does, then this will presumably increase basal metabolic rate. An increased BMR will require more circulating glucose to fuel it ? Hence the elevated sugar levels ?

    • K. S.

      Taking iodine supplements definitely raises blood sugar levels.
      I went for blood testing and had fasted since 7pm the night before.
      The only thing I took was my iodine supplement with a glass of water the morning of my blood draw and my blood sugar level was 108. I do not have diabetes or am not pre-diabetic.

      • Dear K.S.

        Based on one blood test you cannot say that iodine raises blood sugars. You would need to find the same results after repeated blood testing with iodine use just prior, and then compare with blood sugar levels when truly fasting and taking no iodine at all before the test.
        The high dose iodine doctors who have found that hi doses reduce blood sugars would argue your point here. They have seen the opposite happen with diabetics on insulin….their blood sugars drop to the point of no longer needing insulin and no longer qualifying with a diagnosis of diabetes.
        Being a diabetic and using iodine I can share that my blood sugars do not elevate as a result of taking Nascent iodine. My blood sugars are checked frequently throughout the day with home testing.
        Other things can cause elevation of blood sugar and this includes stress, which you may have had prior to the testing, the type of iodine you took and what excipients were in it, whether or not you exercised within the previous 24-48 hours, or other things. Exercise can affect our blood sugars by lowering it for 24-48 hours afterward.
        So your slightly higher blood sugar is not a reason to state this nor to stop using iodine. And we don’t know how much you took, what type, and how consistently you use iodine. True you may be one who has an unusual reaction but you should look to the consistency of high readings and whether or not they occur again in future testing.
        Claudia French

      • Douglas Johnson

        What you say makes no sense. I was prediabetic and Iodine was the only thing I found that took my blood sugar levels back down to the normal range. If this in indeed true, I wonder if it is part of a detox reaction? For example, perhaps bromides interfere with insulin use? When you first start taking Iodine it kicks a lot of bromides and other things lose that the body needs to remove. I can’t find much of anything indicating that bromides cause blood sugar to go up except is a little bit on Pyridostigmine Bromide causing blood sugar to go up. Regardless, I suspect there is more to this than the fact you were taking Iodine.

  • Lil

    We tried supplementing with Iodoral 12.5 mg last year and within a week noticed that we both had blood sugar levels that elvated by about 20 points. After a month the BG readings were still high and we discontinued supplementing. Blood sugar returned to normal. A few weeks agao we tried supplementing again this time only 1/2 a tab once daily and by 2 weeks blood sugar jumped from 80 to 98 in the am and ran consistantly 20 points higher during the day. We again discontinued the iodine and one week later, BG is just returning to presupplementing numbers. Any thoughts on why iodine elevates BG? No other reactions.


    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Lil,

      Your experience with iodine is just the opposite of Dr. Fletchas who found that blood sugar levels decreased and had patients who even came off their insulin due to iodine. He used the pill form of Lugols, called Iodoral however. You might want to write him about your experience and see what he thinks.

      I was on 10 drops of Lugol’s per day with no effect of making my blood sugar worse at all. My levels dropped.

    • Douglas Johnson

      This is very odd, what you say makes no sense. I was prediabetic and Iodine was the only thing I found that took my blood sugar levels back down to the normal range. If this in indeed true, I wonder if it is part of a detox reaction? For example, perhaps bromides interfere with insulin use? When you first start taking Iodine it kicks a lot of bromides and other things lose that the body needs to remove. I can’t find much of anything indicating that bromides cause blood sugar to go up except is a little bit on Pyridostigmine Bromide causing blood sugar to go up. Regardless, I suspect there is more to this than the fact you were taking Iodine.