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Iodine Supplements and Dosages

Published on March 27, 2017

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Iodine is necessary for the proper function of many of the body’s tissues including the breasts, pancreas, brain, stomach, adrenal glands, skin, salivary glands, and cerebral spinal fluid. Iodine deficiency can lead to a dysfunction of these tissues and cause symptoms such as dry mouth, dry skin, reduced alertness, brain fog, fibromyalgia, fibrocystic breasts, and many others. Some studies have shown that iodine deficiency leads to a higher risk of developing various cancers, especially of the breast, prostate, and ovaries. Do not wait for any of these symptoms to arrive, everyone today will benefit from higher iodine intake.

Humans tolerate large doses of iodine. The ultra-high doses that were used a century ago are helpful in medical emergencies—specifically when facing antibiotic resistant infections, viruses and stubborn fungal and yeast infections. Iodine’s true role—making up more than 1/2 of the body’s Immune System—is not well understood. Deficiencies in iodine have a great effect on the immune system and its response to infectious diseases including cancer, which in many cases, up to 40 percent, are caused by infections.

The National Health and Nutrition Survey undertaken by the CDC showed iodine levels falling over 50% in the last 30 years. In 1940, the average American got 800 micrograms of iodine in their diet. In 1995 we averaged 135 micrograms, an 83% decline! The Japanese consume 89 times more iodine then Americans, due to their daily consumption of sea vegetables, and they have reduced rates of many chronic diseases, including the lowest rates of cancer in the world. Why is your oncologist so ignorant, why does your government not inform you, why do medical organizations and the medical press promote everything but iodine for the treatment and prevention of cancer?

Even at low dosages, iodine is a powerhouse. So effective is iodine that aerosols can be effective in sterilizing a room at levels not even detectable by humans. However, Dr. David Derry says, “Dietary iodine found in iodized salt is below the amounts needed to fill mucus defense roles. To protect themselves, people wishing to boost their defense against infections should use Iodine supplement in their diets. Why would people need the larger doses of iodine? Why have iodine levels fallen 50% in the last 30 years? As I pondered these questions, I came to the conclusion that the toxicity of modern life must be impacting iodine levels. It is well known that the toxic halides, fluoride and bromide, having a similar structure as iodine, can competitively inhibit iodine absorption and binding in the body. Because of the elevated levels of toxic halides in the environment and in the food supply, iodine levels have not only fallen but larger amounts of iodine are necessary to correct iodine deficiency as well as to promote a detoxifying effect of heavy metals.”

When treating life-threatening diseases we do not have months to fool around with low dosages. The anti-microbial process of iodine quickly kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, and various other microorganisms if a high enough dosage is used. We need to dial up iodine levels quickly when we use it to fight infections. Iodine can be taken internally in large quantities and will have the same effect internally as it does on external surfaces. In addition, as in breast cancer, we often need to get it concentrated to certain tissues or organs and we do that by painting the breasts with iodine.

Just to give you an idea of how high iodine dosages have been taken to in the past we have to revisit the 1930s when iodine was still a universal medicine, present in the US Pharmacopeia and was used at much higher dosages than anyone even dreams of using today. The usual dose for treatment was 300 mgs (46 drops of full strength Lugol’s) to 1 gm (1000 mg, 154 drops).

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“Extremely high doses of iodine can have serious side effects, but only a small fraction of such extreme doses are necessary to kill influenza viruses,” continues Derry who tells us, “In 1945, a breakthrough occurred when J.D. Stone and Sir McFarland Burnet (who later went on to win a Nobel Prize for his Clonal Selection Theory) exposed mice to lethal effects of influenza viral mists. The lethal disease was prevented by putting iodine solution on mice snouts just prior to placing them in chambers containing influenza viruses.”

Dr. David Brownstein says, “Of all the elements known so far to be essential for human health, iodine is the most misunderstood and the most feared. Yet, iodine is the safest of all the essential trace elements, being the only one that can be administered safely for long periods of time to large numbers of patients in daily amounts as high as 100,000 times the RDA.” The current US daily recommended allowance (RDA) for iodine is set at 150 mcg for non-pregnant adults.

Dr. Michael B. Schachter says, “The treatment dose when a person is iodine insufficient is generally between 12.5 mg and 50 mg daily. Preliminary research indicates that if a person is iodine insufficient, it takes about three months to become iodine sufficient while ingesting a dosage of 50 mg of iodine daily and a year to achieve that while ingesting a dosage of 12.5 mg of iodine daily.

For those who are interested in maintained dosages after disease and deficiencies have been dealt with understand that your thyroid gland alone needs about 6 mg of iodine per day for optimal function; the breasts of a woman will need approximately 5 mg/day (women with larger breasts need more); and other body tissues such as your adrenal glands, thymus, ovaries, hypothalamus, and pituitary gland need about 2 mg/day. Thus for optimal wellness adults should consider approximately10 to 12 mg/day.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens wrote, “Recently Dr. Mercola surprisingly stated that the highest amount of daily iodine intake should be no more than 400 micrograms. This is only slightly higher than the FDA recommendation, which is 150-290 micrograms daily, dependent upon age, gender and life cycle. However, it is dramatically less than what some of the leading iodine medical experts suggest, as closer to, at least, 12-18 milligrams daily, approximately 45 times higher. Why this discrepancy? And how can Dr. Mercola, who is often so correct in his understanding, in my opinion, miss the mark exponentially?”

Cousens states, “Historically, as early as 1911, (11th edition of the 1910-1911 Encyclopedia Britannica) people normally took between 300,000-900,000 micrograms daily without incident. This is over 2,000 times more than Dr. Mercola’s recommendation. How is it that now only 1/5,000th of this dose is now considered safe? In 1948, there was a poorly performed and, since then, never replicated study alleging what is known as the Wolff-Chaikoff effect. The Wolff-Chaikoff effect suggested that theoretically hypothyroidism could occur as a result of excess iodine. This study indicated a decreased dosage to 2 milligrams daily would be safer. (This is still an amount 5 times higher than what Dr. Mercola is recommending.) Even the Food and Nutritional Board at the Institute of Medicine has set the tolerable upper limit of 1,100 micrograms of iodine daily (3 times higher than Dr. Mercola’s recommendation). Other researchers have used between 3,000 and 6,000 micrograms/day to prevent goiter (14 times higher than Dr. Mercola’s recommendation). Iodine is found in every single one of our body’s hundred trillion cells. Without adequate iodine levels life is impossible. Iodine is the universal health nutrient and brings health on many levels.”

One of my neighbors, who had cancer, visited the Gerson Clinic in Mexico and came back with a protocol suggesting one drop of Lugol’s a day. I of course have him taking much more. When I take, I do not count the drops. Easier and more efficient to just use a dropper or two though there are iodine sensitive people who need to be extremely cautious about dosages especially when just starting iodine supplementation.

Dr. David Brownstein said, “After testing individuals and finding low iodine levels, I began to use smaller milligram amounts of iodine/iodide (6.25 mg/day). Upon retesting these individuals 1-2 months later, little progress was made. I therefore began using higher milligram doses (6.25-50 mg) to increase the serum levels of iodine. It was only with these higher doses that I began to see clinical improvement as well as positive changes in the laboratory tests.” Brownstein has sometimes used between 200 and 300 milligrams of iodine daily, with higher doses for more serious and difficult diseases.

“At 6 grams daily (which is 6 million micrograms/day or 6,000 milligrams/day!), a much higher dose, iodine has been used to cure syphilis, skin lesions, and chronic lung disease,” says Cousens. “From a larger physiological perspective, it is important to realize that the thyroid is only one gland of many glands and tissues that needs iodine. Other glands/organs/systems with high iodine uptake are the breasts, ovaries, cervix, blood, lymph, bones, gastric mucosal, salivary, adrenal, prostate, colon, thymus, lungs, bladder, kidney, and skin. Iodine is found and used in every hormonal receptor in the body.”

Dr. George Flechas has found that iodine can reduce the need for insulin in diabetic patients, using 50 to 100 mg of iodine per day. Of 12 patients, 6 were able to completely come off their medications with random glucose readings below 100 mg/dl and a HbA1c less than 5.8 (normal), and the other 6 were able to reduce the amount and/or number of medications needed to control their diabetes.

Dr. Hulda Clark said, “Six drops of Lugol’s solution can end it all for Salmonella. If you have gas and bloating, pour yourself 1/2 glass of water. Add 6 drops of Lugol’s (not more, not less), stir with wood or plastic, and drink all at once. The action is noticeable in an hour. Take this dose 4 times a day, after meals and at bedtime, for 3 days in a row, then as needed. This eradicates even a stubborn case of Salmonella. Notice how calming 6 drops of Lugol’s can be, soothing a manic stage and bringing a peaceful state where anxiety ruled before.”

Retired biochemist and toxicologist Walter Last has this to say about Lugol’s:

“Lugol’s solution is an internal iodine solution designed to eliminate Candida and possibly viruses and other microbes from the bloodstream. Take a test drop in liquid other then just water to make it taste less strong. If this does not cause an allergic reaction, continue to take 4 x 6 drops daily in liquid or mixed with food, but not together with vitamins A, C, E, grape seed extract or cysteine. Iodine is an oxidant and it is best to reduce the intake of antioxidants while using it.”

“If the blood was contaminated, then you may initially experience a die-off reaction of the Candida, causing weakness and possibly headache or nausea. If this happens cut temporarily back on the amount of Lugol’s solution and drink plenty of water and diluted teas or juices. Continue for 3 weeks, but interrupt if you develop a serious reaction. Do not take the iodine for more than 3 weeks at high dosages as that interferes with thyroid activity. If necessary repeat the course after several months.”

Gradual Dose Buildup

Many people will find that it is important to build up gradually in order to experience the least amount of detoxification reaction from taking iodine. It is best when using strong chelators, which iodine is, to moderate the amount of detoxification symptoms or what is called the Herxemeirs reaction, which is the experience of poisons being dumped into the blood stream from the cells or from large-scale yeast die offs. This is most readily controlled with iodine in the Nascent atomic form simply because it is so easy to control and regulate low dosages.

Iodine sensitive and thyroid compromised patients should read Dr. David Brownstein’s works on iodine and thyroid conditions. Many people are already severely thyroid compromised and are on drugs that complicate things.

Supplementing with iodine can replenish your iodine stores while flushing out poisons. People usually do not experience the negative effects of some type of detoxification when using iodine unless they are removing unusually high levels of bromide and fluoride. Most people actually notice increased energy, better sleep, and mental clarity. Over the last 30 years, our iodine intake has declined 50%, while the ingestion of toxic competing halogens (bromine, fluorine, chlorine, and perchlorate) has dramatically increased.

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These are the two iodine products I use and recommend. The Nascent Iodine is better for iodine sensitive individuals and for children where lower dosages are needed and recommended. Lugol’s is less expensive and better for transdermal applications as well as higher oral dosages. When I take iodine orally, I also drop in a good amount of an exceptionally strong liquid selenium into the glass because even a small amount of selenium reduces the chances of dying of cancer by almost fifty percent. There are other products in solid form but have never used or recommended them.

Bottom Line

Without iodine to control infection, surgery and hospitals in general become inherently more dangerous. For that matter, in the future, without iodine, no one would go into a hospital unless they absolutely had to because of all the germs on floors and other surfaces and floating around in the air and nothing the doctors will give in terms of antibiotics will help because they have already created so many antibiotic resistant strains of pathogens

The last thing we need to be afraid of is iodine used in high enough dosages to take down infections that are life-threatening. Do not be shy about administering high dosages unless it is the first administration of iodine to a thyroid-compromised patient. That said, if there is time, always start out with low dosages. It is like putting your toe in hot water to see if you can get safely into the tub. Check out your sensitivity to iodine if you are a first time user.

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  • Bozz

    How could you take 6 grams for months if one doctor in the article is quoted, you must stop taking higher doses after three weeks because to much iodine interferes with the thyroid? I know I won’t get any answer here so dudly doo.

    Frustrating to read such helpful but incomplete information.

  • Bozz

    “Dr. Hulda Clark said, “Six drops of Lugol’s solution can end it all for Salmonella. If you have gas and bloating, pour yourself 1/2 glass of water. Add 6 drops of ugol’s (not more, not less), stir with wood or plastic, and drink all at once. The action is noticeable in an hour. Take this dose 4 times a day, after meals and at bedtime, for 3 days in a row, then as needed. This eradicates even a stubborn case of
    Salmonella. Notice how calming 6 drops of Lugol’s can be, soothing a manic stage and bringing a peaceful state where anxiety ruled before.””

    “Retired biochemist and toxicologist Walter Last has this to say about Lugol’s:

    “Lugol’s solution is an internal iodine solution designed to eliminate Candida and possibly viruses and other microbes from the bloodstream. Take a test drop in liquid other then just water to make it taste less strong. If this does not cause an allergic reaction, continue to take 4 x 6 drops daily in liquid or mixed with food, but not together with vitamins A, C, E, grape seed extract or cysteine. Iodine is an oxidant and it is best to reduce the intake of antioxidants while using it.””

    And that’s it? No C vitamin? No magnesium? No selenium? No B2 and B3 vitamin? And how much of each? I know that Lugol’s Iodine solution helps since I have tested it on myself, bu it’s so frustrating to read such incomplete instructions, especially if you are a first timer and have incomplete information and are in a hurry, because you’re desperate. Had an unpleasant reaction to iodine years ago when I read such a superficial instruction and took to much of it without the companion nutrients. After I learned of companion nutrients, of the whole Iodine protocol, things were ok and Lugol really helped. In my opinion it’s irresponsible and dangerous to put this quotes up and not even mention that you have to take companion nutrients besides Iodine. Otherwise I am really grateful for doctors like Dr. Sircus and others mentioned in this article who tell us the truth and teach us how to heal ourselves.

  • Bozz

    Hi, Natalie. Your comment is really interesting but contains to little information. 6 grams a day? That’s 6000 milligrams which, divided by 6,25 mg (1 drop of 5% Lugol solution), brings us to 960 drops of 5% Lugol solution. 960 drops a day? Is this even possible or did you make a mistake?

    What do you take beside such a strong dose? How much magnesium, selenium, C vitamin, B1 and B3 vitamin and so on?

    I am taking 5% Lugols for the past year and a half, 2 drops a day, sometimes more.

    Currently I am very ill. I think I have the flu. My head hurts a lot, even my head bones and teeth, my sinuses feel like exploding. I found out that low dosages of 5% Lugol do not help. I am afraid to take a high dosage because I do not have experience with high dosages and how much other stuff of before mentioned vitamins and minerals to take beside it. I also had a bad experience recently when I drank 18,75 mg (3 drops) with a small amount of water and forgot to take selenium. Because of small amount of water the concentration was to strong and I had difficulty swallowing for a while because the Iodine damaged my larynx. Found out on the internet that this is called epiglotitis. But the condition went away after a week or so in which I didn’t take Lugols and ate selenium in the form of sunflower seeds and cashew seeds, because I couldn’t get any brazil nuts.

    I have no experience with Lugols when it comes to such a nasty illness. So I started with small dosages. 1 drop an hour or every 2 or 3 hours, so that at the end of the day it brought me to about 18 drops total which is 112,5 mg of 5% Lugols. It did not help. Or rather it helped for a while, but then all the nasty symptoms, the pain and all, come back because I take to low a dosage to kill of the germs or virus. For five days now I am trying to find the right dosage to cure this nasty illness. Right now I took 5 drops every half an hour (15 drops = 93,75 mg of 5% Lugols) and will see what happens. I am really desperate right now. I know that Lugol is the cure, but I am fearful of taking to high a dosage. Do you have any experience when it comes to a nasty flu? How much of 5% Lugols to take?

    I also don’t know if I can order Treatment essentials book from my country if there is any information about dosages that kill a nasty flu in there.

  • JillianJ

    As far as the Wolff-Chaikoff effect goes, I thought it was radioactive iodine administered intravenously? If so, radioactive iodine isn’t the same as supplemental iodine and they tend to use the radioactive form to do spot treatment, like for goiters. At least, that has been my understanding from the reasearch I’ve done while trying to figure out if i am taking all the best supplements to ensure recovery. I’ve had on and off again goiter since the 3rd grade, I’m 32 now and just found out about my deficiency because doctors never caught it. I started asking for tests recently for things though because i have been extremely tired since puberty at least. I currently have goiter but i never have brought it up to the doctor because back in 3rd grade when i first got it, the doctor basically blew it off like it was no big deal. He told my mom to give me an expectorant as directed for a week or so and it will go away. Which was probably just coincidence since it only lasts a couple weeks when it flares up. When it flares up it can get pretty bad though. I cant turn my head at all, so driving is not something i like doing when this occurs. I just looked at it as it being the way my body is since the doctor back then acted like it was nothing. Now im just angry and frustrated that this problem has been going on for 23-ish years and i allowed this problem to continue by assuming it was nothing.

  • Luke Patterson

    I was taking about 12 drops of Lugol’s a day after a few weeks (2 x 6 drops, approx. 25 mg) and I suddenly now have acid reflux and difficulty swallowing that I believe is from a small goiter. I had neglected to take the selenium alongside it, because I didn’t think it was necessary… I’ve since stopped taking the Lugol’s and have been eating Brazil nuts to add more selenium, but I have no idea when this is going to go away, if at all… could use some help.

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  • Moogan Stooker

    As soon as I read the name Hulda Clark, I stopped reading. The woman was a total charlatan and quite frankly, most likely insane.

  • Catherine Cachero

    Hi, If i am to treat a person with tuberculosis, how much nascent iodine will I give him in a day and for how long ( for nebulization and orally)


  • vineet

    hi, Just want to know is it true that with iodine 2% apply on skin for few weeks can reduce the thickness od body hairs.

  • Gloria Cafferty

    I am 72 yr old female who has had a skin disease (nodulas puritua) NP for 4 yrs now. I have done so many things to try and get rid of it, Right now I have started to take 8 drops of lugols ( that I made) and selinum, magnesimun . can you please tell me what you think the dosage should be of each of them and what else I should be taking. Or if you know of anything else that may help with this condition. Thank you


    Hello, I am a Belgian mother of 21-year old son with autism. My son is verbal,followed normal education with help from me, his issues : shyness, constipation, concentration problems, problems with maturity, practically no friends because interaction with people is difficult, acne, kind of dandruff on top of his head. Since the age of 10, we have been trying a lot of natural supplements to get him better and more focused for school matters and his general health. Nothing ever seems to pull through BUT since I started him on a trial of Nascent Iodine, selenium, zinc, I saw a lot of improvement although we are not aware of issues with his thyriod. He does MUCH better on higher doses, right now he is on 2×15 drops of Nascent Iodine along with magnesium, zinc and selenium. He seems to get more awareness, gives more interaction at home but has also a lot more acne in his face. I just wonder if I don’t exagerate with the amount of Iodine I am giving, I don’t want to harm his health in general. Is the acne a kind of detox from the heavy metals in is body ? I would be grateful for any reply on this matter because there is nothing known about iodine in that regard here in Belgium. Ann

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  • Gail Montgomery

    After rectal cancer I had been getting UTIs almost every month and they were impossibly stubborn to get rid of. I read about Iodine and was good for nearly 4 years and than I got a UTI again about month ago. Usually iodine drops 4 drops a day in water keeps it at bay…it didn’t work this time. Should I up my dosage? I read that some people take 6 drops 3x a day when they feel they have one coming on. Does you body build a tolerance to iodine? I need help…feeling as if this isn’t going to go away even with antibiotics.

    • Frances

      The Guide to supplementing with Iodine by Stephanie Buist calls for co-factor supplements in order for the iodine to be absorbed effectively.

  • Javier

    I noticed many people use Iodine topically and it absorbs into the skin. Is this as effective as taking it orally?

    • Ven

      I used red iodine topically to test my thyroid. I recently met someone who suggested taking the white iodine orally. I am going to try it topically to see if it will decrease the size of the swelling in my neck. I am not certain about taking this orally. The pharmacist said it is not to be injested. Iodine can be taken orally as Lugol’s Solution, a combination of iodine and potassium iodide.

      • Javier

        Thanks for replying. I have Lugols and have used it topically on cysts, and it has helped them shrink. I also take a vitamin E complex, so I think it’s the combo that works. Although I’ve read you shouldn’t take both orally at the same time, not sure why. I just ordered sea kelp as it contains iodine and the trace minerals as well. It seems less intimidating than taking the Lugols orally. Best of luck with your thyroid. Hope you see positive results.

  • Helga

    My blood serum level of iodine is 1.63 [normal being .32 to .66]. My NP is concerned about this. I’ve been using Lugol’s for a while now. Can iodine get too high? Thanks for any help offered.

  • Jen

    I give my cats 3 drops a day of Nacent iodine. I am a little bit nervous because Dr Mercola’s partner(Vet) says iodine diets are dangerous to cats. I think she missed the mark on this one. I would like to increase their dose to 4+ plus a day for a bit to get rid of heavy metals/worms etc but I don’t know how much to give to be an effictive parasite removal and for how long? Also, I take 46 drops am and then aprox 15 mid day and another 15 pm. Does anyone know the dose to kill parasites for humans and cats? I would like to do a parasite cleanse to get rid of everything. I don’t know how much or how long? No info on this anywhere?

    • Angela Cowan

      I gave my dogs less than 50 mcg of iodine/potassium iodide (brand name Trophic) twice one week and then found two dead ticks on one dog, and one dead tick on the other dog. Since then, I give each dog 100 mcg every second day. I read somewhere that a cat only needs 15 mcg per pound of food, so perhaps 3 drops of Nascent is too much for a cat. And the really low dose I gave to 70+ pound dogs was enough to poison a tick, which is a parasite. As for de-worming, I imagine it would do the same.

  • Darpan singh

    Is jcrow iodine 2% is also good

  • Gina Verzi VanBeck

    Hi all. Still muddling through finding a balance for my body with iodine and selenium. My doctor wants me to stop everything for 6 weeks and then do blood work. Because my tsh was 0.03!! And cortisol levels went down. So, I stopped all of it. and now I feel horrible. Headache! Every joint in my body hurts. So tired. Not hungry! Nausea! I’m so sick of trying to fix myself!! So all the iodine and selenium that I was taking put me into hyperthyroidism !!! Great! I need to find a doctor of homeopathy !! Thanks all!!

  • Rachel D. L. Smith

    Hello Remo,

    First of all I want to thank you for taking the time to go through and post all of these videos and the information that you can. I am one of those people who are allergic to the 21st century. I am what they call environmentally ill all though I don’t like that term. Multiple chemical sensitivities doesn’t really describe it because I’m more like multiple chemical intolerance but MC I was already taken so you know MCs I keep trying to find ways to insert humor into my circumstances mostly because we’ve now found out that my son is on the same path and I do not want him to get where I’m at all though in some ways he already is.

    The one thing that is highest on my particular list of things to get a handle on is the diabetes. Because I am allergic to the 21st century I find it impossible to take any of the medications for diabetes I did not have diabetes until after the thyroid cancer literally two days after the thyroid cancer thyroid removed I went from a 5.8 which is non diabetic all the way up to 9 in a two week. They did have me on very high doses of insulin trying to control it after we went through all the medications and they either broke me out in a rash or made me deathly ill but we never could find balance and then a newer doctor realize that I had some OG’s which means that when I take the insulin my numbers would go up which was why they originally kept increasing my insulin but unfortunately even starting at just 3 I use my numbers would still go up when I would stop taking the insulin my numbers would go back down into the low 100s for my morning fasting which is not low enough according to my doctor so we tried a different insulin and unfortunately that second insulin the first one was Lantus I can’t remember the name of the second one it’s a newer insulin ever since I started trying that one when I stop taking it because my numbers are going up my numbers weren’t never went back down and I am running somewhere else between 240 and 324 fasting to after dinner all the time now as a neuropathy in my hands and feet has become difficult to deal with although the turmeric and the white willow bark help sometimes it’s not enough any thoughts you might have on that I would appreciate. I was looking at your list of questions that you had.

    No I do not get enough sleep and I know that’s part of this game that I’m playing with my physical health. I am using bentonite clay to try to help to detox my world and I do take supplements a variety CoQ10 fish oil I just started taking iodine in fact this article help me to understand that I’m really not taking too much iodine I also take magnesium selenium vitamin D3 K2 with mk7 food-based calcium and I told you about the turmeric already I am trying a pancreas natural glandular from lamb I take alpha lipoic acid I take potassium I take combination from Swansons Elderberry agaricus and echinacea I don’t even know if I can finish this post holy basil leaf the fish oil I told you about desiccated beef liver and I think that’s most of them I do take Doterra essential oils as well the only sweeteners that I have are honey and Xylitol but the only Xylitol that I would use is either the one from Swansons or the ones from Zila because they do not use corn they only use hardwood trees to create their Xylitol corn makes me sick I don’t do any soy or corn I rarely do every any Wheat that may not do anymore at all we’ll see how that goes although my testing showed that I did not have a disease I think that we is a problem for me I don’t know if I can I’m so terribly tired please forgive me if this post is not very coherent. Although the last couple of days have not gone very well I’ve been exposed to some old and I think I have a fungal thing going on which made me crave sugar so I had a couple of bananas and I actually had some of my son’s wheat bread big mistake. But that’s all stops now what I usually eat everyday is first thing in the morning I will have a half a cup to a cup of whole milk plain yogurt with at least a tablespoon or two of freshly ground flaxseed in it if I’m still hungry then I will have some eggs or some kind of grass fed beef organic eggs grass-fed beef and then for lunch I will have one of the other of those I’m finding it difficult to digest any kind of vegetables so I do have the vibrant health will I also take the vibrant Health calcium because right now it seems to be necessary and I also take the vibrant Health Field of Greens which is got a lot of good plant concentrates in it and let’s see I’m taking aloe vera there freeze dried aloe vera because my little internal system is not very happy with me any other things that I can tell you it dinner is usually you know grass-fed beef or organic hot dogs although I don’t like to do those very much I’m kind of having trouble finding some of the foods that I need to have and then let’s see I try to avoid anything processed even if it’s organic it just doesn’t seem to work very well. I know that I’m rambling and unfortunately I don’t think I’m going to be able to go back and correct this because I’m not only have multiple chemical sensitivities or intolerances but I also to avoid anything processed even if its organic it just doesn’t seem to work for a while. I know that I’m rambling and unfortunately I don’t think I’m going to be able to go back and correct because I know because I don’t know that I can tolerate my tablet much longer. I know this will sound crazy to some people but other people will know exactly what I’m talking about I am also intolerant to electromagnetic fields. If you’d like to know more about that then please ask my solar system is not strong enough to run a juicer of any kind although I would really like to be able to do that so I just have to do the best I can with powders or supplementation because I can’t seem to hardly digest any vegetables unless they’re just cooked right down like onions and garlic and sometimes a sweet potato but I don’t do those very often like one or two in the last 6 months period I do drink a lot of water I drank about a gallon of water I get to water from our stream and we’re running it through my big Berkey because I can’t tolerate water that has chlorine or fluoride or any of those things in it. Any suggestions that you might have of what I could do to help improve my world I would appreciate it. I do get exercise everyday simply from the fact that I have to go to the stream for water and I am trying to work on making a little garden so that I can grow some organic food we actually have rented a little piece of land that doesn’t have electricity and it’s so far enough away from cell phone towers and the rest of humanity that I am doing fairly well here so my stress levels are definitely down at this point as long as I can find some way to heat my tiny little camper this winter I’m hoping that if I can use a water heater that would be outside the camper and use copper tubing to run the water through into a little shed that I hope to build out of Greenwood are you started to get a picture? LOL it’s been interesting! But I’m hoping and praying that something like that will be an answer for a way to keep my home I looked into wood stoves and that’s not an option Anything Electric is not an option I can’t tolerate propane except for to use my little propane cook stove outside and even then I kind of stay up wind and hold my breath half the time. I know this is long and rambling and the my apologies again for not going back to fix it appropriately I’m just looking for answers are we even for a directions for me to research would be definitely appreciated

  • searchtruthnow

    One must always use selenium when taking iodine …it’s a must. Dr. Sircus will you do an article on the importance of this please?

    • Li’l D in the Big D

      Please offer your take on why this is important?


      • searchtruthnow

        Please go do the research yourself. Do several searches .

        • Li’l D in the Big D

          Maybe you should refrain from offering future advisories if you are unwilling to provide the reason why.

          • searchtruthnow

            Are you stupid? Your response is a typical liberal one. Liberals always want everyone else to do the work. When they don’t get it then liberals get fussy assed. Don’t be stupid do the research I am not your mother. Grow up

          • Li’l D in the Big D

            Wow! What a piece of work you are. In a Q & A forum where people are sharing information, you erroneously call me a stupid liberal twice for simply asking you to qualify your statement.

            I can’t help but wonder what “truth” you would have obtained if those doctors, scientists, et al who did the original research upon which your knowledge is based were to likewise keep their findings to themselves? It seems to me that there wouldn’t be much for you to research, thereby establishing you to be what . . . stupid?

            Truly, it is a blessing that those possessed by the same stinkin’ thinkin’ as you are not pervasive throughout humanity.

          • searchtruthnow

            In Ref to your 2nd paragraph: First off I could care less about what you wonder about-
            I share info but I am not obligated to anyone to do the research for them. Instead of wasting time replying to me, because your too lazy to do the research yourself, you actually could have done the research and been ahead of the game. Stupid people are lazy people. Such as yourself.

            Liberals are lazy as you seem to be and expect others to do the work for them. It’s fortunate that lazy people like you are not pervasive throughout our current population.

          • Li’l D in the Big D

            Piss off. I did not ask for some dissertation on selenium, but simply an answer to my question, that is, for you to qualify your statement. For example, without adequate selenium, high iodine levels lead to destruction of the thyroid gland cells would have sufficed.

            As for your derogatory comments, they simply demonstrate that you are the one that needs to grow up.

          • searchtruthnow

            You asked for backup research proof of my statement. You’re busted!! as your example of what my answer should have been to you means- that you are lazy and expect a reply from me that you have programmed in your Lil D brain- Busted trying to get around the issue. You’ve just exposed yourself and you’ve just qualified my earlier replies about you being a dope. A defensive one at that.

            I know- you still don’t get it.

          • Li’l D in the Big D

            Wrong again. It’s not that I expected a reply from you, but that I should not have had to ask the question in the first place.

            From the article, retired biochemist and toxicologist Walter Last cautioned that iodine should not be taken together with vitamins A, C, E, grape seed extract or cysteine.

            This is similar to you cautioning, “One must always use selenium when taking iodine …it’s a must.”

            However, where you fail with your incomplete statement, Walter Last qualifies his by explaining, “Iodine is an oxidant and it is best to reduce the intake of antioxidants while using it.”

            Clearly, to follow Walter Last’s widely practiced example of further explaining cautionary words was too much to ask of you.

          • searchtruthnow

            Your first paragraph contradicts your last paragraph. Again you confirm that your a dope and seem to lose your focus rather easily. It’s big A;s like yourself who don’t think they ‘ should have to have asked the question in the first place.’
            Seriously !

            Now it’s time to put your big girl pants on and run off and pay ‘smarty pants’ with someone else who might just swallow your moronic ramblings.

            Now run along and stop pestering me.I’m not your mommy.

          • Duke-Jinx

            ” In a Q & A forum… ”
            Look again… Says ‘ COMMENTS ‘

          • Li’l D in the Big D

            Oh brilliant. And where one posts comments it says “Join the discussion. . .” Furthermore, Disqus is all about discussing. See its menu tab “Discuss” (top right) for those wishing to “start a discussion.” I dare say a Q & A Forum falls within the parameters of a discussion.

          • Duke-Jinx

            …so I take it, You didn’t like my… Wait for it,
            ‘ comment ‘ LOL

          • Li’l D in the Big D


          • Duke-Jinx

            Very acute… I WAS smiling when I coined it.

    • Stephanie M

      Selenium. After iodine, selenium is probably the next most important mineral affecting thyroid function. The thyroid contains more selenium by weight than any other organ.118 Selenium is a necessary component of the enzymes that remove iodine molecules from T4 converting it into T3; without selenium there would be no activation of thyroid hormone. When patients suffering from various forms of thyroid disease were tested for selenium levels, all were found to be lower than normal healthy people.119 Some researchers suggest that selenium supplementation will improve conversion of T4 to T3.120 Selenium also plays a role in protecting the thyroid gland itself. The cells of the thyroid generate hydrogen peroxide and use it to make thyroid hormone. Selenium protects the thyroid gland from the oxidative damage caused by these reactions. Without adequate selenium, high iodine levels lead to destruction of the thyroid gland cells.121,122

      People living in areas with low soil selenium content are more likely to develop Hashimoto’s disease.123 This may be because a selenium deficiency makes the enzyme glutathione peroxidase less effective.124 Thus selenium supplementation has been suggested for treating Hashimoto’s disease.125

      In a placebo controlled study published in 2002, researchers in Germany reported on an experiment in which they gave 200 mcg of sodium selenite daily to patients with Hashimoto’s disease and high levels of thyroid peroxidase antibodies. After three months, the thyroid peroxidase antibody levels of the patients taking selenium were decreased by 66.4% compared to their pre-treatment values, and antibody levels returned to normal in nine of the selenium treated patients.126 Austrian researchers reported in 2008 that they were unable to duplicate the results of the earlier study when they did not limit the study population to those with high levels of thyroid peroxidase antibodies. They suggest that selenium supplementation might be of greater benefit to patients with higher disease activity.127

      Selenium deficiency is also common in celiac disease, and this may be the tie-in to increased frequency of thyroid problems with celiac disease.

  • Scott

    Curious about your take on supplementing Iodine in children. Living on the West Coast, all citizens young and old are at risk of Iodine 129.

  • Nikki Shreve

    I’m taking the Lugol’s Iodine drops…was taking up to 13 drops in a bottle of water, along with 200 mcg of selenium, & 500 mcg of magnesium plus a thyroid supplement with kelp as an iodine source and minerals in it. I think I over did it and now am scared b/c I’m having symptoms… I was taking the upper-limit dose of 400 mcg of selenium for over 2 months, along with anywhere from 7-12 drops of iodine with it, but now I am experiencing much more hair loss than I should be, and I am feeling a small goiter on the right side of my neck. I’m very scared now and I want to know what to do to get myself back in balance. I don’t want to completely stop taking iodine and selenium, b/c the selenium really helped my breasts…but now I need to stop the hair loss and get rid of the small goiter. So did anyone else experience these problems and if so, how did you heal them, if you did? I need help. I don’t know what to do. I’m taking a lot of supplements and don’t want to add anymore. I just read on a few sites and saw on youtube where taking iodine is risky, and now I’m scared I may have harmed myself. I know that iodine supplementation can help a goiter if the problem is hypothyroidism…but what if the cause of your thyroid problem/ goiter was taking too much iodine? how do you remedy it that way? I know I could stop taking iodine but now I’m afraid the goiter won’t go away even if I do. I do think the supplements I was taking helped my energy and weight loss but I think I went overkill and am now scared. Any advice and help would be really appreciated. I want to avoid more problems and stop the ones I have.

    • Nikki Shreve

      Also, I heard just taking selenium alone without iodine can also hurt the thyroid…so I feel stumped on what to do, b/c I didn’t want to stop taking it altogether but I am fearing it is what is causing my hair loss b/c it says on several sites it says that is a side-effect of too much selenium. So I scaled down on everything…half the drops I was using of iodine, and am only taking 1 third of the selenium I was taking. But I’m fearful if I have too much selenium in my system already, will the hair loss not stop unless I stop taking selenium altogether? I am so confused. Please help.

      • Selenium and zinc can interfere with certain medications. The University of Maryland Medical Center website warns that an overdose of selenium can be toxic, and too much zinc may actually harm your immune system instead of help it. Discuss new supplements with your doctor to avoid these side effects.

      • The human body only needs a trace amount of selenium, so it is possible to overdose with selenium supplements. In 2008, a liquid dietary supplement that was 200 times more concentrated than advertised led to selenium poisoning in more than 200 people in 10 states. The most common effects were diarrhea, fatigue, hair loss, joint pail, brittle nails and nausea. A third of the people affected continued to experience symptoms 90 days after taking the mislabeled supplements.

        Taking too much selenium over time can lead to selenosis, which can cause hair loss, nail loss, nausea, irritability, fatigue and some nerve damage. Other symptoms of chronic selenium overdose are a metallic taste in the mouth, and a garlic scent on the breath. A selenium overdose can cause skin lesions and nervous system abnormalities. In severe cases, selenium toxicity can cause tremors, kidney failure, cardiac failure, respiratory distress or even death. Luckily, selenosis is rare in the United States.

        • searchtruthnow

          Selenium should be in the Methyl form, 200 mcg of selenium is all that’s needed per day. Methylselenocysteine. Actually Jarrow makes one called Selenium Synergy.

      • searchtruthnow

        Taking selenium alone will not hurt your thyroid. Please go do some research on this as selenium helps your body make glutathione which is a master antioxidant and we can’t live without glutatione. One must take selenium if taking iodine. Start selenium about two weeks prior to starting the iodine. Research glutathione.

        • lisofby

          no, there is some research that selenium alone hurts hashi’s but you’re meant to do the protocol without iodine for 2 months…a bit of a paradox… maybe drop down selenium to 200mcg, do all the detox… the protocol, then the iodine… do some reading 🙂

    • lisofby

      did you take the 3000mg- 10 000 c as well? the b 3 other bs… the salt? half teaspoon celtic, with water in the morning, plus any more on food during the day?some take boron too…hoppe i haven’t missed anything out.

    • N John Appleton

      Dr Sircus article above warns about using some vitamins at the same time as you are using high dose Iodine! here is the quote again – “Retired biochemist and toxicologist Walter Last has this to say about Lugol’s:

      “Lugol’s solution is an internal iodine solution designed to eliminate Candida and possibly viruses and other microbes from the bloodstream. Take a test drop in liquid other then just water to make it taste less strong. If this does not cause an allergic reaction, continue to take 4 x 6 drops daily in liquid or mixed with food, but not together with vitamins A, C, E, grape seed extract or cysteine. Iodine is an oxidant and it is best to reduce the intake of antioxidants while using it.”

      And also depending on the place you normal food is sourced from, you may find there are already high amounts of selenium in your foods.

      I agree with Michael West below, and caution about overdoing your intake of selenium!

    • Frances

      I find the Iodine Workshop on facebook quite helpful. They do expect those joining the group to have read Lynn Farrow’s and Dr Brownstein’s books.

  • Jennifer Brooks

    I have been taking iodine for a number of years. we treat everything from the flu to food born paths, not to mention my hypothyroidism. I rub it on my lymphs (mixed with coconut oil) when my joints hurt. Pain free within 2-5 minutes! My question is can I use this on my beloved cat that has a tumor she scratched and is now infected. The vet wants to put her down. We are treating her naturally but now we are dealing with this infection along with it. She is taking Essiac tea now. She is skin and bone and finding it hard to fight anything. Please help!!!!!!

    • Sharon Marcum

      I’ve heard of animals being treated with iodine before and it shouldn’t hurt. But I would ask a vet about dosage and they should be willing to help. Especially with the other vet’s you say want to put your animal down.

      • Kelly Lindsey

        Try lugos, collidal silver and pharma grade hydrogen peroxide. Have her drink bone broth until she will eat solids. Do not feed commercial dog food. My dog is now cancer free and only eats a raw diet and meat and veggies. He’s a 13 year old lab and now thriving. I ignored the vet who wanted to put him down and laughed at my methods and diet choice. 2 years cancer free and they are speechless.

    • Vicky Harisis

      I put lugol’s iodine on the paw of my cat rather than try to get her to ingest it…safer too.

    • Alexis Tudor

      Check out the Bloodroot/Black salve page on FB. Lot of people have been using that with good success on their animals including tumours

  • Trico

    I bought Lugol’s iodine 2% USP and on the bottle it states For Talisman use only. I called the company i bought this from and the Rep said the iodine is not recommended for internal use.
    Distilled water 94%
    Potassium Iodide 4%
    Iodine 2%
    So what’s the deal? Can this Lugol’s iodine be taken internally?
    Thanks for any response.

    • “Most dosing errors involved prescribing, dispensing, or administering mL doses of Lugol’s solution when just a few drops were indicated.” was the response from Medscape after doing a search for “Can Lugol’s iodine be taken internally?”

      Medscape: Lugol’s solution contains 100 mg/mL of potassium iodide and 50 mg/mL of iodine. Given orally, the product: 1) reduces thyroid vascularity—hence its use to reduce blood loss during thyroid surgery; 2) temporarily inhibits thyroid hormone synthesis and secretion—hence its use in treating thyrotoxic crisis and in reducing the risk of thyroid storm post thyroid surgery; and 3) blocks thyroidal uptake of radioactive isotopes, thereby reducing the risk of thyroid cancer—hence its use in a radiation emergency or therapeutic/diagnostic exposure of radioactive iodine.

      Lugol’s solution is also approved for use as a topical antiseptic.

    • chw777

      I take lugols iodine 100mg every day for years.

      • Trico

        Okay, thanks chw777. I have since learned that Iodine can be applied to the wrist and be absorbed that way.

    • lisofby

      do some reading Trico. maybe the one you got is toxic if ingested, because of some other ingredient? otherwise, it would be fine. join some of the iodine sites to get help with how to dose etc.

  • Gina Verzi VanBeck

    Two months ago I started taking 3 to 5 drops a day of the nascent iodine and since then I’ve developed stuffy nose runny nose post nasal drip chronic sore throat and extremely dry throat that sticks together and a cough! What is going on? Should I stop taking the nascent iodine or increase the dose. I started taking it because I have large cysts in my thyroid and they seem to be going down as my throat is not is large and puffy as it was. But I feel sometimes That my throat is getting smaller and I can’t breathe in the throat soreness and dryness is driving me crazy along with the post nasal drip and stuffy nose. I think it maybe detoxification

    • LotusFlowerBombOne

      Sounds like die off or detox symptoms. If I were you I’d keep going. I’m waiting on mines to come in the mail today.

    • KJ

      These are definitely overdosage symptoms. Cut back on the intake to 1-2 drops.

      • Gina Verzi VanBeck

        Done. I backed off big time! Lol. 1 drop 2xs a day each with one selenium cap. I did find out what was causing weight gain!!!! TOO MUCH IBUPROFEN!! Omg, I didn’t realize that it causes water retention! And here I thought I knew everything!!! Lol. I’m feeling pretty darn good. Just ache from having no ibuprofen. Prob withdrawal. Get new blood work in 6 weeks. She told me to stop the iodine but I’d like to see if my tsh levels come up with that. Some on here said nascent iodine is disrecommended?? !

    • Gina, are you doing better? Please ket us know as it has been three months since your post.

      • Gina Verzi VanBeck

        Doing better Michael! Sorry start a new job and was very busy! I believe I was detoxifying because I have added Selenium with vitamin E And I’m taking 10 drops of nascent iodine was two capsules of selenium with vitamin E twice a day and my thyroid has shrunk considerably. I feel better. More energetic and I sleep better. But I’ve gained weight and I don’t know Why!!

        • I’m so glad you are doing better and that you are adding selenium. Avoiding all grain products may help with your weight gain. Juicing veggies and a little fruit may also be helpful.

          • Gina Verzi VanBeck

            Grains gone for a while now. Paleo. 😁

        • lisofby

          are you doing the vitamin, c the bs the protocol with salt etc? i posted above…nascent is disrecommended by most if not all the sites… could be detox is making you gain weight. it is happening to me too, but I’m two or 3 weeks in..hoping it fixes soon!!

          • Gina Verzi VanBeck

            I thought that taking c with iodine was bad. ? What’s th bs , protocol with salt?

        • Li’l D in the Big D

          FYI. From the article retired biochemist and toxicologist Walter Last says do not take Iodine “together with vitamins A, C, E, grape seed extract or cysteine. Iodine is an oxidant and it is best to reduce the intake of antioxidants while using it.”

          Therefore, it seems that taking vitamin E reduces the effectiveness of Iodine.

          • Gina Verzi VanBeck

            So so should I take the selenium vitamin E combo capsule separately from the iodine?

          • Li’l D in the Big D

            Per what the article says, it would seem to me that one should take a selenium without vitamin E and only resume vitamin E when you stop taking Iodine.

          • Angela Cowan

            I think he means “together” at the same time. Iodine is best taken on an empty stomach and not with an antioxidant, such as orange juice (which contains vitamin C). It won’t hurt to take it with antioxidants, but it will minimize the effect of the iodine, I believe.

          • Li’l D in the Big D

            Yes, I agree, although I am not sure what the wait time would be, nor am I in a position to suggest one.

  • Marie Lewis

    Does anyone know why I gain weight immediately when taking iodine? I am 5’2″ and gained 12 lbs in less than 2 weeks! I started at a very low dose. Is it because bromine is being released and can’t be excreted, so it stores in fat? Any ideas?

    • LotusFlowerBombOne

      I keep reading that you have to take selenium if you’re going to take iodine so I ordered them both. I can’t remember what I read but I know I read that selenium helped with weight loss and that if you’re deficient in iodine then you’re probably deficient in that as well. Look into it.

      • Marie Lewis

        Thanks for the reply. I did buy selenium and am starting that. I will take it for 2-3 weeks before starting the iodine again. I am also switching to nascent iodine, rather than taking the Lugol’s I had taken previously. Time will tell….

        • Kelly

          The best thing eat for selenium are Brazil nuts. Two a day supplies all the selenium your body needs. From food is the best way to get it.

          • Vicky Harisis

            I read that too but then I learned that ONLY if there’s selenium in the ground where the brazil nut trees are growing. Our soils are deficient in all minerals and there are only ‘mineral VEINS’ on the Earth- if they aren’t grown on one of these veins it can’t be known if they actually contain selenium (I know! so upsetting!_ Plant-derived minerals are better than rock derived minerals (sold in tablet form) so I buy my minerals from Dr. Wallach of ‘youngevity’ fame. Hope this helps people know. (I’m going to keep eating brazil nuts anyway but just be sure if I’m getting selenium)

  • Julie Ciulla

    B4B Lugols Iodine on Amazon is the best price and quality. I got rid of breast cysts after using the Lugol’s iodine Dr Sircus recommended. His info was so helpful to me. Those cysts were painful! Now I advocate it to everyone! I survived stage 4 lymphoma so the idea that breast cancer was looming got me digging in on what to do. I took 2 drops for 2 weeks, then 4 drops for 2 weeks – up to 8-10 drops and in 5 months the cysts were gone! I did videos about it on my personal youtube channel. People need testimonies and to not be afraid to take it so I got out there to share my stories!

    • Rachel Mcdermott

      hey i have brest cyst also… i have a lugols formula i was taking upto 10-18 drops its seems it made me hypothyroid and i high tsh levels ansd some small antibodies. do you have any insight into thatm It frightened me off im currently doing 1-2 lugols sporadic days thankyou

      • searchtruthnow

        If your antibodies are high it’s because you have hashi’s…it is not the iodine that caused it. You must also take the right form of selenium prior to taking iodine. switch to a nascent iodine it’s much more absorbable than lugols. try Detoxidine by Global Healing it’s very pure. Hashi’s is an autoimmune disease find a good alternative doctor to discover what caused your antibodies to go crazy and attack your own thyroid hormones/ gland. Don’t let it go. One autoimmune disease becomes many. Hope this helps you some.

    • searchtruthnow

      Yes that’s because breasts are the largest storehouses for iodine breasts need it so badly. Glad to hear you are doing so well.

  • Peter

    I was a little leery about taking high dose Iodine because when I was in my early 20ies I had several bouts with Strep throat and so My Doctor said just gargle with Betadine. So that’s what I did and did and did. For 30 years every day almost. Bu8t at 55 I started having heart palpitations and I had thyroid hormone anomalies. When I said I was gargling with Betadine they had me stop. But then my thyroid really kicked into high gear for about three months with really high levels and they said my thyroid was overloaded because of the high levels of Iodine I was taking. So I was surprised when I saw that Iodine can actually eliminate or at least help eliminate arrhythmia’s. I’m guessing it was because of the type of Iodine in Betadine had something to do with it. povidone-iodine which is not recommended for internal use. I also read that Iodine intake is well regulated by the body. Does this make sense.

  • Pete Ponchorat Maddison

    My wife is suffering with Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetic Neuropathy, Glaucoma, going blind, Arthritis (all over), AKI (2011) leaky Kidneys, Fatty Liver, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, overweight.

    Her diabetic readings are 12 – 23 (UK scale), on the odd occasion, as low as 8. In a previous marriage, her BP was through the roof (Due to her ex), now it’s looking normal. Her cholesterol level is currently unknown but she is on meds to lower it.
    Her intake of fatty foods has been drastically cut, so that should help with her fatty liver. She nearly died in 2011 due to AKI, luckily she survived. She used to have to drink about 12+ litres of water daily, if she didn’t, her kidneys would ache. Now she just drinks about 6 litres.
    She has had numerous laser surgeries to try to fix her eyesight, but they’ve done all they can and now she’s lost colour vision and can hardly see.
    We are, however, trying to stop further damage by taking bicarb of soda in 20ml of lemon juice (is the lemon juice needed?) in 2-3″ of water (filtered) in a pint glass to help prevent the neuropathy from spreading, which is working. She is also taking Lugols Iodine (15%) * 10 drops twice a day, with the bicarb.
    We have also recently discovered that honey & Cinnamon in a mug of hot water helps in a number of ways.

    Is the lemon juice necessary in the bicarb drink?

    • graham321

      They both do the same thing which is to alkalize the body, i would do one or the other, or both but at different times of the day. Lemon in the morning and bicarb before bed maybe. Is she taking iodine at all? That will help bring her BS levels down a bit so she will need to check as she adds drops, i would also suggest buying a distilled water maker and using that kind of water, it’s far cleaner and better than filtered. I am in the UK too but am type 1. Those readings are high but mine have been as high as 35, so tell her not to be too worried about it. Get her to do carb counting or ask the diabetic clinic about going to do a DAFNE course, they will know what you mean (the name changed in 2016 but i was on the last DAFNE course in late 2015). Certain carbs make my blood sugars spike more than others, it’s good to know which those are and to change them if possible.

    • Vicky Harisis

      You are doing so well looking after your wife 🙂 I’ve read a lot about how cholesterol is NOT bad- without it we cannot make hormones. Please look into that before lowering her cholesterol with medications. Watch Dr. Bergman youtubes- he’s a GENIUS and always cures his patients of any and everything. Also look up dr. Joel Wallach (from ‘youngevity’) his minerals can give people all that they need in a perfectly bioavailable form. These are PLANT derived minerals not rock derived which doctors push.

      • Pete Ponchorat Maddison

        I have also found out why she is suffering from leg cramps, Magnesium deficiency. So I’ve bought some Magnesium Chloride.

  • Remo Van de sande

    this is an incredible article, thank you so much for writing it. The part about candida in the blood blew my mind since it was exactly what I thought and researched before stumbling on this article. I had severe candida in the past and I think that it still is present and causing many of my problems. I am going to try 4x Lugo’s 6-8 drops and will post here my results. I take 1 supplement of selenium each day.


      hi remo,

      could you please give us an update with specific dosages and the strength of the lugols you used like the 6.5mg/drop dose or whatever it was you used?

      i’m tired of this fatigue, the constant battle with candida tongue or geographic tongue and just know it’s got to be internal after the 1.5 years on antibiotics.

      if i drink alcohol i start all over with a black tongue then white then geographic then odd color at the back and never seem to get it completely under control before it all starts over again.

      i just stumbled across the Iodine and lugols and have been taking it for just a few days now.

      please let us know as i’m sure i’m not the only one in this position. thanks.


      • Remo Van de sande

        Hey AZ Donald, excuses for the late reply ( my initial reply did not get trough ). I would not recommend Lugols anymore but take NASCENT (Deotaxidine) instead.. its the purest and least aggresive form of Iodine for me and my family. For dosage I would start with rubbing the iodine on your skin (do NOT do this with Lugols! it will burn) and take 2 – 4 drops a day with Vitamine C (not ascorbic acid) and selenium (1 Brazil nut a day).


      so remo, can we get that update which you promised us?

  • Gilmar Eugenio

    Hello Dr., i have been using lugols soluction 5%, and i have a doubt about for someone: my mom has bone infection,(Broke finger) but she is under dialyses, does she can take lugols for the infection? and how many drops a day? Thank you for the help if you can. Gilmar

  • Rachel

    Is salt supplemented with algeas advisable as iodine intake? I am on the edge of hypothyroidism and do not take any thyroid medication, but feel cold, poor immunity, lack of energy.i baught a little bottle Algea salt, tried a little bit and it seems to help, 3days later I tried again. Can I continue so? I also lack selenium and was prescribed chelate. I intend to take baths with baking soda and ancient Mg. thank you for your answer

    • Rebecca

      Depends on the soil that the brazil nuts are grown. So I take the selenium pills instead of eating the nuts

  • obotchereret

    I am hyperthyroid, graves disease and on Carbimazole. I just got my Lugols iodine today. I am starting with one drop, which is 5-6mg daily. I hope it helps me. When i went for the thyroid uptake test where they see how the thyroid absorbs iodine, i felt great a few days after and my slightly swollen thyroid was completely gone. I figured out it could be the iodine that was used in this test. I told this to my GP and he dismissed it saying some days we are just better than other days. So i bought this Lugols on my own since he wouldn’t prescribe. I also take magnesium, D3, B complex and carnite. I hope it works. Anyone with hyperthyroid and has tried iodine?

  • Diana Jo

    I tried four drops of Lugol’s solution morning and evening. At the end of two and a half days I was in bed for three days with no possibility of traveling further than the bathroom. It took me over a week to recover. Before throwing out such high numbers, please remember the sensitive and the bromine toxic.

    • chw777

      Wow. Good to remember. I took 100 drops of Lugols 2%solution. No problems at all. Working on emphysema.

      • pcolajoe

        I take 45 drops evry day, of the 5 percent lugols. I was diagnosed with emphysema. Good luck. It seems to be helping. Hard to say.

        • chw777

          If you havent already—google “hydrogen peroxide for emphysema” . Also there is a book called–“How I Cured My Mom’s Emphysema”–google it. Good luck.

      • Phillis Stein

        Have you come across black seed and black seed oil? Nigella sativa is excellent for lung conditions (and so much more). You may wish to additionally check this out? Lungwort (a herb) may also be worth checking out? Lots of vitamin C & ginger recommended to help prevent any lung cancer.

        • chw777

          Thank you for your help. I appreciate it.

          • Phillis Stein

            It seems the good
            news about fruits and vegetables just won’t stop — a new
            study suggests that a high consumption of antioxidants such as
            vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and beta carotene improves lung
            function. And it appears that such antioxidants may improve lung
            function in both smokers and nonsmokers.

            So these are some of the other nutrients to concentrate on. You can often get adequate selenium from eating a couple of Brazil nuts each day (although the nuts will only contain amounts of selenium that are present in the soils they are grown – like many other nutrients).

            Best wishes with your condition.

    • Kevin Allison

      He did state to start small and work your way up, Thats the message I got

  • Jane

    Seems my b/p goes very high when on the soda / maple syrup for a short time, for breast cancer, any thought on this?

    • droidcrasher

      That’s because Baking Soda drops your Potassium Levels Too Low!
      When Potassium is High…Your Heart Beat SLOWS DOWN…
      That’s dangerous for an Infarct!
      Your Blood Pressure Also Often Rises if the Heartbeat is high…
      And blood vessels aren’t flexible and can’t distend!
      Maybe adding some Potassium to your diet JUST BEFORE…
      You treat with Bicarbonate, would help counterbalance things.

      • Phillis Stein

        I was checking into this the other day, because my brother has high BP, and I’d already sent him an e-book I wrote for him after all the research I did (actually went in and looked at all the studies). Potassium was one of the dietary requirements I noted in the book, along with all the foods that you can get it from. However, as I said, I was reviewing this the other day, and I’d be surprised if almost anyone gets the amount of potassium they need to in a day! We need 4,700 mg of potassium per day. Given that one of the highest food sources of potassium is avocado – and 1 whole medium avocado only gives you just over 1,000 mg per day – you really have to work quite hard to get your potassium. I’ve also read that potassium is not generally one to supplement with, because the supplements mostly contain the wrong form – so I intend to look further into this.

        But you are spot on with the potassium – whenever we supplement particularly (as opposed to getting nutrients from foods – which is often not possible), we need to be aware that everything is connected and everything works in balance – sadly this is not something you are likely to learn from your conventional GP :-(. Know that many GPs do NO nutrition training whatsoever – I looked up the 2 local medical degrees here in Australia where I live – one Uni had NO subjects regarding nutrition, and the other one only had one subject as an elective (and that wasn’t even in the medical degree)!

        So vitamins and minerals must be balanced in the body – for example, calcium and magnesium need to be in balance (in fact, magnesium is nature’s calcium channel blocker & many with cardiovascular disorders are likely extremely magnesium deficient – so I would recommend fixing your magnesium levels prior to turning to a calcium channel blocker – they simply turn your calcium channels into spaghetti). Vitamin D, if supplemented, will cause the body to increase its absorption of calcium – thus, you will need to take magnesium to balance that, but also due to the increased calcium, you would be advised to either supplement with vitamin K2 (no, there’s no blood test for this yet) or eat fermented foods on a daily basis (to provide the K2). K2 is like the ‘traffic cop’ for calcium – it will direct the calcium into the bones where it is needed, and will even clear it away from your blood vessels and direct it to the right place.

        So, I write all this as examples of the fact that BALANCE is always required – in everything in life, and taking supplements is no different. Natural products are generally safe, but really if you don’t know what you are doing, and can’t spend the time to do the research, then please see a naturopathic practitioner who can at least put you on the right path – you may only need to visit once or twice and it could be the best investment you ever made (especially if you find the right one).

        Wishing good health to all.

        • Vicky Harisis

          You are so right I’ve done the same kind of research and found the same thing. If one has adrenal problems- then they have thyroid problems, one can’t be unhealthy without affecting the other and it cause one to pee out potassium and so must put all that amount back in daily!!! I’ve found dandelions to be the highest amount. Please research the ‘weed’ dandelion benefits and find out what a gem they are. I eat one daily 🙂

          • Phillis Stein

            Dandelions are fabulous, and in fact I suspect that weeds get a much worse reputation than they deserve. Stinging nettles are also fabulous if you grow a patch and dry them and make a tea with them – very high in iron, from memory. Thanks for the reminder though – I know about SO many things that the odd one falls off my radar from time to time, so I’m really pleased you mentioned the good ole’ dandelion. Weeds are merely plants whose properties are yet to be appreciated, IMHO.

          • Vicky Harisis

            “The difference between a flower and a weed…is a judgement” We have been ‘taught’ and wrongly so to judge weeds as unwanted pests that must be eradicated- foolish ‘advice’ to follow-it’s misleading (no doubt on purpose in order to sell pharmaceuticals and vitamins etc.) Weeds contain some of the highest amounts of necessary elements. I don’t use poisons in my yard anyway and I dig out or cut my weeds and put in salads or eat as is (including the miracle tree Moringa leaves) Weeds are readily available and FREE… works better than ANY supplements I believe because plant-derived are the minerals our body’s crave not metal/rock derived as most supplements are made of. Hope this helps anyone who reads it 😉

  • jim

    got a bad case of upper resp., flu and extreme conjuctivitis, dr gave me 1600 mg a day amoxicillin but im also taken 6 drops a day of Lugols 5% iodine, is this ok?

    • IMVAUser

      Better take Sodium Bicarbonate….

      Recommended dosages from the Arm and Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:
      During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals.

      During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals.

      During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each morning until cold is cured.

      You can read more here:

    • Gilmar Eugenio

      when i get flu, i take 7 drops of lugols, 3x day. never have problem with, and the first thing i learn is dont drink any milk or cheese and soo on until it recover totally, the milk boost the infections.

  • Regina Bailes

    My 12yo son had an ultrasound because he had a small bump on the neck. The doctor said it was sitting on his thyroid, then he had an MRI and the doctor said it was not cancerous so we will be watching it on a monthly basis. His blood work came back normal, thyroid test was normal as well. Still, I was wondering if he should be taking iodine since I heard your thyroid may produce nodules if your iodine level is low. My son is very skinny fit, he runs cross country and doesn’t have any signs of a mal-functioning thyroid. Thanks for your help!

  • Lasse Felsted Petersen

    Hello. I am a 34 y.o male, and I have a large nodule on my thyroid. I am fairly healthy, I don’t drink or smoke. I am scheduled for surgery in about 4-5 months (haven’t gotten the date for surgery yet). all my lab tests the past couple of years have been normal, and also blood pressure, and I had an ECG taken a few days ago, and nothing.

    Do I just supplement with iodine, or do you need other things too. I have heard that you need selenium and magnesium too?

    Can you provide me with a link where I can get more information about how to do this myself, or is it possible to get a consultation with dr. sircus?


  • skippy

    I had thyroid cancer and that was in 2011 they removed my thyroid totally. I went to an all natural doctor and he recommended that I take several different things one of which was liquid iodine Forte. The bottle is 2 fluid ounces and I take about less than half of a dropper per day which is 18 drops. Do you guys think this is too much? I am a mess. Im on sinthyoid and this DR. Put me on GTA-Forte, two in the am also adrenal support one per day. I still take sinthyoid 137.5 per day.
    Thanks Guys.

    • Skippy,
      Your situation is a complicated one and you need to obtain a consultation with Dr. Sircus to determine the best recommended treatment plan.

      Claudia French

    • Loraleigh

      skippy; i got off the synthroid because it is synthetic and went onto dessicated thyroid – which is natural and comes from a pigs thyroid and I feel so much better plus I am not putting man made chemicals into my body, but God made. I take 60 mg a day

      • Phillis Stein

        Good move!

  • sam

    I am up to 50 mg of Nascents iodine per day divided into 2 doses. So far I have not experienced any any detox side effects. I do have more energy. I know its not slot of iodine, but I thought there would be some detox effects. Any thoughts?


  • Appreciate this post. Let me try it out.

  • Lisa Prosser-Watson

    What would be a dosage for a 13 year old dog, 120 lbs with prostatic cancer of nascent iodine? Any help would be greatly appreciated… I love this sweet dog. He is using the biomat, bicarb tablets and have been giving 3 drops of nascent iodine undiluted to mouth? Any changes… thanks so much in advance! Also using Flor Essence herbal tea to try and knock out tumour

    • Peter Davies

      For prostate cancer add boron,Life Extension has articles.

      • IMVAUser

        You might want to consider a consultation with Dr. Sircus to discuss this and to get his recommendation on what would be best for you at this point. In general Magnesium can be used as a body spray, up to 2 oz/day. And the iodine can be taken orally and you can also nebulize those. Again, dosages depend on your condition and tolerance, but there is a wealth of information that will be useful to you in the Iodine book.
        You can have a brief consultation with Dr. Sircus or you can join our online clinic for continued support if you still have questions. Please see: for more information on this.
        Best in Health,
        IMVA Support Team

  • Wendy

    How do you find a local practitioner who uses this protocol?

  • John Brailsford

    Just be careful with iodine, a few drops pushed my thyroid values right outside the limits.
    Without iodine I am perfect, so it is impoertant to know where you are and have your blood values checked.

    • Lola

      I think this is nonsense, and must be a post from big PHARMA…get out troll!!!

  • Someone I know has thyroid cancer and cannot take the methamozole that they prescribed her. It sent her to the hospital with severe chest pain! Her TSH is 0.0 and they said her thyroid is working “dangerously hard.” She has been taking an iodoral tablet each day and eating 2 brazil nuts a day for a few months and now this? I’m confused. I told her to eat lots of raw broccoli, stop the iodoral and brazil nuts, but want to find an alternative to the methamozole treatment. They are about to take her thyroid out! Why the cancer with iodine? Is it detox? Please respond

    • roundthings

      raw broccoli and all raw crucifers act as a goiterin and will slow down the thyroid. It would be better steamed

  • Richene Boschee

    Hi there. Will taking iodine and applying Magnesium oil externally work to help Chronic Q-fever/Query fever. My husband has been on the Magnesium for 6 months with some relief, but still has flare ups. Thank you for your time. Richene

    • Yes the iodine should help a lot and so might CBD oil and selenium. They would need to be added in high enough doses which you can get guidance on from Dr. Sircus.
      Claudia French

  • macronutri

    I just started taking 12.5 mg Lugol’s solution, for 5 days, after receiving borderline hypothyroid lab results, and suddenly developed severe brain fog, malaise, wooziness and exhaustion. I feel like I’m stoned on drugs. I thought I was coming down with the flu, but then I read about some similar side effects from Lugol’s. I stopped the Lugol’s, slept a lot, and seem to be gradually getting better with drinking tap (fluoridated) water and eating a lot of brown rice (carbohydrates). I have also been taking selenium and magnesium, so I don’t think that should have been a problem. Does anyone think this could be due to the Lugol’s? Some kind of toxicity or detox? I am continually on a detox kind of diet and am very healthy. I have to give a big talk in a few days and am desperate to feel better.

    • Too much too fast……that is what your symptoms reflect. Stay off the Lugol’s for about a week and then restart at a much lower dose (a third to half of the 12.5mg) and work the dose up gradually over a few weeks time.
      Claudia French

    • roundthings

      Stay away from the fluoridated water. Always

    • Donna Witkowski DiPietro

      Natural salt loading helps with those detox symptoms. Worked for me, and was outlined in “The Iodine Crisis” book. It would be helpful if you do some more research. I believe that the fluorine attaches to the iodine receptors and contributes to iodine deficiency.

  • Henry Camp

    Starting in September, I have been suffering from allergy symptoms: mild shortness of breath, runny nose, throat and chest congestion. I have lived where I do for 11 years and have not suffered to this extent before. This started about the same time as I started taking 3-4 drops per day of Lugol’s 5% solution. Is there any reason to think this could be caused by the iodine? If not, shouldn’t the iodine be helping?

    • Sometimes beginning on iodine will cause mild symptoms that include runny nose, acne breakouts etc. but true allergic symptoms are rarely reported. Try cutting back by at least half the amount you are using and see if this stops the symptoms you feel. Keep cutting back till you reach a comfortable level. It could be you started at too high a dosage and need to go up more slowly. Dosages should be increased very slowly, by a drop or two a week.
      Claudia French

  • Debra

    I’m 47 and have nodules on my thyroid. Several months ago I tried nascent iodine. I took 2 drops in 16oz of water every day for 3 days. On the 4th day took nothing. The fifth day took 1 drop in 16oz of water
    and ended up in the hospital with a racing heart beat and by b/p was up. That worried me but I have to say that I had a tremendous amount of energy and all of my joint pain especially in my hip completely went away. My breasts became soft once again and all the little nodules on my breasts disappeared. I tried 1/10th of a drop about 2 months ago and again my heart raced and I got what seemed to be a hot flash from it. Before the iodine and after the iodine, I’ve never had a hot flash. I would like to take it again because the joint/hip pain is back, but I’m a bit afraid. Can you shed some light on this matter, please. I also cut out gluten since cuz that too seemed to effect me badly with the panic attacks. Please help.

    • Dear Debra,

      Sounds like you are very sensitive to the iodine you are using. Are you using the iodine from LL”s Magnetic Clay or some other brand? Sometimes brand makes a difference.
      What you may need to do is get a consultation with Dr. Sircus to discuss more deeply what is going on and how he may help you with various recommendations. Other things on his protocol may be helpful for you such as the selenium and magnesium. Selenium deficiencies often are present when iodine reactions occur.

      Claudia French

  • Gisele

    a month (ish) ago I took one 12.5 mg tablet of Iodoral & had severe vertigo for several days after –any input as to why that would happen?

    • Some people need to build up to that 12.5 dosage more slowly. A smaller dose might be more appropriate….consult your health care practitioner or the person you purchased from.
      Claudia French

  • Bsullivan

    what about Iodine allergies? These can be serious. How is this approached?

    • Dr. Sircus feels that most allergies to iodine are really a reaction to a protein in shellfish, and not really to iodine. He generally suggests people try using some nascent iodine on their skin and watch for a reaction. If none occurs no allergy to iodine exists. This is really very very rare and I’m not sure what is recommended if an allergy truly exists.
      Claudia French

      • Bsullivan

        what about Iodine Dye used in medical procedures? How would you explain a person reacting severely to it, because they did not know they had the allergy? Example am familiar with a young person who went for a kidney xray, parent did not know she was allergic, she went into a coma, they got her out of it – but definite reaction.

        • Dyes used in medical procedures are not necessarily the same as iodine allergies. Many doctors state iodine as the allergy when really it is not.

          Reactions to contrast media are not a true allergy, but rather a pseudoallergy in nature, meaning that there is no allergic antibody present that causes the reaction. Rather, contrast media act to directly release histamine and other chemicals from mast cells. The iodine concentration has an effect on the severity of an adverse reaction. The higher the iodine concentration, the greater the risk of an adverse reaction.9
          Iodinated contrast media are toxic to the kidneys and kidney functions. The serum creatinine of the patient receiving a dose should be monitored before the procedure. In addition, the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) should be no lower than 30 mL/min in patients receiving iodinated contrast, and discretion should be used in patients with eGFR less than 45 mL/min. Following injections with extra fluids is highly recommended.1
          Numerous studies have shown that although iodine is common in contrast media, iodine is not the cause of allergic reactions. Certain proteins in seafood, rather, are the cause of allergy in patients with seafood allergies. It is noted that true allergic effects are by definition immunoglobulin E–related, and studies have shown that contrast media cause no such reaction in vivo. Therefore, contrast media or the iodine is not likely to act as an allergen.5
          – See more at:

  • Ann Smith

    I have antibotic resistant infection 16 years now how much lugols 5% should I use and how long? I don’t have health insurance.

    • Sorry about your infection Ann, but more information is needed by Dr. Sircus for him to recommend dosages. This is only done in consultation since dosages are different for every individual. Perhaps you can afford a short consultation to get you started on proper treatment with Lugol’s.

      Claudia French

  • Peggy Lucas

    If you put iodine on a sore, could it cause bruising on the other side?

  • Starr11

    Is there any research related to lugols or nascent iodine effect on schwannomas (tumor of the nerve sheath/cells)? Any thoughts on this?

    • Dear Starr11,

      I’ve personally not seen any information regarding Lugol’s or Nascent Iodine and this particular type of tumor. Only some use of radioactive iodine which is not what anyone should come in contact with.
      But is sure seems that all of the anti-inflammatory recommendations (including iodine use), and neuroprotective recommendations should work in this illness/tumor. Perhaps others can share some successes.
      Claudia French

  • Som T.


    I’ve been taking Nascent Iodine for around 2 years now regularly. While initially I
    started with smaller doses, I now take 10 drops a day, since over a year, mixed
    with water, first thing in the morning.

    I recently went for a health checkup which included testing for thyroid problems.
    To my surprise, I tested 10.8 which pointed to hypothyroidism. I have Dr. David
    Brownstein’s book (Iodine, why you need it), and it points to selenium
    deficiency being one of the causes of hypothyroidism. What I wanted to ask is –
    am I taking too much iodine? I should think not – because 10 drops of Nascent Iodine is only 4 mg. Or is the selenium deficiency the cause? Since
    then, after consulting my homeopath, I’ve added homeopathic selenium to my
    daily routine, and am looking at eating 1-2 Brazil nuts a day. What do you

    If I were to increase my iodine intake, I think switching to Lugols might be better, simply because Nascent Iodine is pretty expensive – if I need to start taking 100 drops daily. What do you feel? Would that be fine?

    I also found Chris Kresser’s blog where he mentioned: “Be aware that high
    doses of iodine can lead to a transient increase in TSH levels, which can be
    mistakenly interpreted as a sign of hypothyroidism.” But I’m wondering if my daily dosage would qualify as high.

    Could this be true? Could the reading on my test be inaccurate due to the iodine I’ve
    been taking? I don’t really seem to have too many symptoms of hypothyroidism, although I do feel quite exhausted at night. That’s the only symptom I can identify with so far. I also tested my lipid profile and it showed up with high triglycerides (728). I’m wondering if these 2 are connected – due to the thyroid problem, could the triglyceride levels be raised?

    Just to add, I hadn’t taken any iodine for the previous 23-24 hours before going for
    the test.

    I’m also increasing my intake and transdermal application of magnesium oil, because I realize that I need it more – especially for the hypothyroidism.

    Thank you,


    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Som,

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.

      Dr. Sircus 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

    • MustBeSaid

      Why not just stop the iodine, get your thyroid tests redone and see where you are then. If you are still hypo then talk to your doctor about going on Armour Thyroid, starting at a low dose and moving up slowly with regular testing and paying attention to how you body feels.

  • Rose

    I am currently using the magnesium oil to treat my scalp psoriasis and would also like to add Lugol’s iodine to my treatment. What is the best way to use the iodine? I was thinking of just painting it on my scalp but I’m not sure if I have to dilute it or if I have to take it orally. Could you please advise? Thank you.

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Rose,
      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.
      Dr. Sircus 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

  • saint

    Sorry for errors in my post, had my fingers on wrong keys.

  • saint

    I have had fibromyalgia for approximately 15 years. One dr. tested me & found I was low in thyroid & adrenal, as well as having high EBV and parvorivus. I have tried almost everything under the sun to get better. I have been doing better since going on the triodal-iodine & low dose adrenal, but I still have a way to go. I had ordered the Lugols awhile ago, and just came across info on it again. I am 99% certain I had/ may currently have, candida and leaky gut. I’d like to know if you can give me some kind of range for a dosage to kill candida, EBV and Parvovirus. Is Lugol’s the way to go, or should I guy potassium iodide? I would sincerely appreciate any help whatsoever.

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Saint,
      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.
      Dr. Sircus 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

    • John Brailsford

      Have you tried stopping grains? I would really suggest this before anything else.
      That means no bread, pasta etc., but you will feel better and it should clear your candida and leaky gut.

  • Jeannie Meghan

    What does one do when they are 6 weeks pregnant and diagnosed with thyroid cancer? I am concerned about my baby and taking too much iodine. I’ve read that can cause thyroid problems in the newborn. It is a slow growing cancer. I am in great shape, gluten free, dairy free, processed food free. I am trying to figure out what to do. I want an alternate treatment then removal of my thyroid.

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Jeannie,
      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.
      Dr. Sircus 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

  • Joy

    I have a friend who tells me she is allergic to iodine. I question as to whether she is actually allergic to the fluoride and bromide that is prevalent in everything from bread products to cosmetics. Do you think she could eliminate these items from use by eating the right foods and using natural based cosmetics and then introducing pure iodine to her system by ingest or topical application?

    • MustBeSaid

      Why would you question her? Iodine allergies do exist and if she is allergic, the last thing she needs is iodine.

  • Cynthia Smith

    Is it safe for me to take Nascent Iodine and will it help me? How much of a dose should I be taking? I’m 43 years old. About 12 years ago I had my Thyroid gland destroyed by taking a Radioactive Iodine capsule prescribed by my MD. I have been taking Levothyroxine since then and am presently on 300 mcg per day. I suffer from very dry skin, itching, uticaria (welps), depression, brain fog, and fatigue. I have bought some Nascent Iodine and the recommended dose on the bottle says 3 drops/day which equals 1,347 mcg. Please help….

    • Hi Cynthia,

      Nascent Iodine should be safe for you to take, but due to your complicated situation with thyroid removal you will need to obtain a consultation and supervision with Dr. Sircus or another qualified health care provider. Generally the starting dose of Nascent Iodine should be fine with amounts going up from there according to your response and need. All of our tissues need iodine to function properly.
      Please see:

      Claudia French

  • Sherri Riker Michetti

    I have been doing the full iodine protocol with supplementing nutrients (magnesium, selenium, b2,b3, Vit C) the first few days I took 25 mg iodine (Ludols), then worked up to 50mg. I then got full body rash and started salt loading, and Epsom salt bath. I feel fine and am drinking a lot of water. The rash is itchy and slightly uncomfortable for about an hour than goes away. I am also oil pulling with coconut oil. I am a stage 3 breast cancer and went through 26 weeks of intense chemo and radiation. I has been 2 months since I finished treatment. I am thinking after reading the 2 books on iodine therapy, that the full body rash is because I have so many toxins in my body trying to get out. I haven’t stopped the iodine because the rash although uncomfortable for about an hour, is not that terrible to deal with. I plan on continuing for 5 days at 50mg, then skipping 2 days of the iodine while continuing the other supplements. Does this sound reasonable? Any suggestions??

    • Sherri,

      I think it might be a good idea for you to get into touch with the Iodine/breast cancer project and inquire of them what kinds of expereinces they are experiencing . What you are doing sounds reasonable but their experience would be worth its weight in gold for you:
      See this link on Breast Cancer Choices for more information:

      Claudia French

  • Mark

    What is the advantage of lugol’s over just potassium iodide?

  • bong

    Hi, how much iodine is needed for nebulization when treating Tuberculosis? And the only solution I have is Povidone Iodine (Betadine). Is this preparation safe for nebulization? And how many drops to be used and how often? And for how long? Thanks!

    • No, Povidone iodine is not recommended for use in the nose. Use Nascent but not Lugol’s either, and can’t give dosages here, as it depends on what you are treating and other factors as stated before. You will need to read this essay and get a consultation for specific dosage recommendations. Dosages will vary from individual to individual.
      See the iodine cautions there.


      Claudia French

      • Michael Wallace Ellwood

        What is the problem with Lugol’s in the nose?
        Would it be OK if diluted?

  • dina

    How many drops of lugols 2% iodine would I have to take for a candida oovergrowth And for how long?

    • Dina, With iodine start slow and work up to higher dosages. This is dependant on your individual reactions and tolerance
      .Specific dosages of iodine can only be discussed in a consultation with Dr. Sircus. We cannot advise on dosages here in this format.

      Claudia French

  • veniss

    Hi, I just purchased a bottle of 5% Lugol’s iodine solution. I am working holistically to cure cancer. I have Squamous cell carcinoma, as a rectal tumor. Presently doing MMS, not sure if you are familiar with. I was wondering if I can put Iodine on tumor area with DSMO if this would help in anyway and if you can recommend the dosage orally I could try every day and if it would interfere with MMS which I am taking hourly and if iodine needs to be on an empty stomach.
    Really appreciate any help
    Thanks a lot

    • Veniss your questions require that you obtain a consultation with Dr. Sircus, especially to learn needed dosages.
      I can tell you that in general, iodine , preferably Lugol’s,, can be painted numerous times per day over the site of the squamous cell carconoma till a scab forms and falls off naturally, then continue with the application if the spot comes back.
      Dr. Sircus does not see much need for using MMS, and in fact would rather utilize substances that the body can use instead. Iodine can perform as both an antioxidant and as an oxidant so giving the two together would most probably interfere with the actions of one or the other or both of them.

      Claudia French

    • Romesa Griffin

      Veniss, check out the cancer fighting benefits of curcumin found in the spice, turmeric. It’s been shown to block the growth of cancer tumors and to actually kill cancer cells. It’s worth a shot! Good luck to you!

  • Tucker

    My 2 year old son has an ear infection can I use Nascent iodine as an eardrop solution?

    • Yes Tucker, Iodine has been shown to be effective against the bug that causes ear infections in children. Dilute with spring water so its comfortable to child.
      Claudia French

  • Wade

    I have been taking nascent iodine for a few weeks now and my salivary glands on my left side are swollen. The gland in front of my ear on my cheek and the one under my jaw below my chin. This is causing discomfort and my neck to swell. I have been taking about 6 drops each morning. Do you have any suggestions as to what may be causing this? How can I get the swelling down and have the salivary glands return to normal? Should I stop taking it? Could it be an allergic reaction or something worse?

    First week on Nascent Iodine was brutal as I think I was detoxing hard. Last 2 weeks I have never felt better. Energy levels and mental clarity/focus has improved.

    Any input would be helpful, thanks.

    • Wade, this could be part of the detoxification still continuing. Try decreasing the amount of iodine used to the point at which you are feeling more confortable and the swelling recedes. Apply some magnesium oil topically to the area and be sure to be taking some selenium at least at the RDA and adequate salt in your daily diet. The salt and selenium will help to balance with the iodine and quell detoxification symptoms. Always cut back when experiencing any adverse symptoms as this is the best way to tell if it’s the iodine causing them.
      Claudia French

  • Avram Jean

    Can Iodine from Kelp be used for helping thyroid function?

    • to Jean Avram,

      Yes kelp is high in iodine and can be useful in treating thyroid disorders. Right now however, we must caution about use of kelp since Fukushima has spread radiation through the oceans. You need to know your source and preferably it needs to be tested for radiation or harvested prior to the Fukushima incident.
      Claudia French

  • Alicia Ojeda

    Hi everyone – I too am very appreciative this forum exists. I have been taking my temperature upon waking under each armpit this week and have been at 95.6-96.5 pretty consistently and based on what I have read the iodine (i have the lugols 2% just came in the mail today) can help with this. I have calculated 4 drops NOT 4 dropperfuls – for the correct initial dosage of 12.5 mg’s per day OR several times per day? Is this a good place to start?

  • rhonda

    I am in the process of researching nascent iodine to decide if I want to start taking it. I have one question that seems unanswered everywhere I look. If I start taking nascent iodine and do so for a while and then for some reason completely stop taking it, what effects does this have? For example could the thyroid stop functioning once it is used to this supplement and then it is discontinued, and if so is it temporary or permanent?

    • Rhonda,

      There isn’t reason to believe that you will be dependent on nascent iodine for proper thyroid function for the rest of your life if you have an intact thyroid and no other problems. Your thyroid often adjusts to the boost and can then provides adequate thyroid hormone for a good while. You will know by how you feel when you stop the iodine.
      Claudia French

  • live2136

    I have ischiogluteal bursitis. Will Iodine help this condition in anyway? I also have a cyst on the on the outside edge of my foot. It is hard. Will it help this?

  • live2136

    I haveiischiogluteal bursitis. Will nascent iodine help cure this?

    • Ischiogluteal bursitis is usually treated with a combination of physical therapy, anti-inflammatory treatments, massage, and various other treatments. Iodine may help as all of our organs need it to function properly, but so migh applications of transdermal magnesium be of assistance in this condition as it has both antiinflammatory and muscle relaxing properties. It also helps to relieve pain.
      Claudia French

  • Alan Graveen

    hi i have lugos iodine drops and have constant candidia because i am on antibiotics for a stomach condition (have to take permenantly) ho many drops a day do i need to help get rid of the yeast?

    • Alan to discuss this you will need to get a consultation with Dr. Sircus. He knows of other things that may also help in your condition. And please read the information on dealing with candida in the Treatment Essentials book, where Dr. Sircus describes how sodium bicarbonate and colon cleansing can help get rid of candida.

      We can not give you specifics on individual dosages that would be right for you in this blog format and more complete information would first be needed from you.
      Claudia French

  • Ann

    Greetings, I have had my hypothyroid condition for10 years now. I started out on synthoid, and for the last four years I have been on amour thyroid. I also started taking bio-identical estrogen and progesterone for hot flashes. Blood levels showed that I was in menopause (my uterus was removed 22 years ago). Anyway last fall I started getting hot flashes again. Really didn’t pay much attention to them, but by spring of 2013 they were still strong AND my voice was going. At first I thought it was just spring viruses. Many of my students had no voice. It was raspy, and felt swollen. Also, like there was a peanut stuck inside. Once school was done, I figured I’d get better. No luck. I had my blood work done. T3 was a little higher than the norm, but the rest were OK. Except, my thyroid peroxidase ab numbers were sky high 1,147. Which is a diagnosis for Hashimoto’s. I’ve been eating nothing but organic, unprocessed food for four years now. I’ve been on a supplement regiment since June of 2013. Things are not getting better. My holistic provider wanted me to go on iodine. I did and I swear things go extremely worse. I did some research and I found a few sites that claim using iodine with Hashimoto’s is like throwing gasoline on a fire. I would like to know your take on this, and am open to any suggestions. Thanks.

    • Patricia Summers

      Ann, what are you doing for your Hashimotos?

  • Penny0

    I had half of my thyroid removed 20 years ago due to thryoid cancer and am not on a dose of synthroid high enough to keep the remaining thyroid tissue supressed. I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Does this make me a good candidate for iodine supplementation or not? Will the iodine interfere with the synthroid?
    My 14 year old son just had a complete thryroidectomy because of cancer. Would he benefit from iodine supplementation?

    • Dear PennyO,

      With careful monitoring and supervision you may be able to use iodine to provide this to all the other tissues beside the thyroid which need and utilize iodine. But we urge you to work with your physician or healthcare provider on how to initiate this.
      Claudia French

  • MM

    Hi Claudia,

    Can Nascent iodine be taken by someone on high blood pressure medication?

    • Yes, MM, you can take Nascent iodine if on blood pressure medicine. Watch that it might drop your need for the medicine …check your blood pressure frequently to see the effect.
      Claudia French

  • varco

    I had my thyroid knocked out by doctors can I take nascent iodine instead of levothyroxine?? You cannot discuss this with main stream doctors they do not want to know. I. Would be grateful for any information thanks . Not a face book or twitter user

    • Dear Varco,

      You may be able to take nascent iodine but instead of levothyroxin is a big question and the answer is probably no. You will need to speak directly with Dr. Sircus about this in a consultation. Please see your options here:

      Claudia French

  • John Brailsford

    I had been taking 5-6 drops of Lugols 7% Iodine more or less daily for over a year. Long term this intake would seem to be too much, as a recent blood test in August showed TSH (thyroid hormone) to be 45.62 µU/ml when the recommended range is 0.50-3.50 .

    So you can have too much of a good thing! I stopped taking the iodine and a month later the TSH value had dropped to 9,45 with free T3 and T4 being within accepted limits.
    I will have another blood test in December when I anticipate the value will have come down to acceptable limts and will then continue with 1 or maybe 2 drops daily.

    So I advise taking Lugol´s iodine in conjunction with having a blood test to keep a check on thyroid condition.

    • heidihobbie

      I would think that with the government’s RDA being so extremely low, that they would also keep their recommendations for blood levels extremely low, for continuity…

      • John Brailsford

        My thyroid readings were “off the clock” so it was not just a matter of
        low RDA. The values are now back within limits, so I might take a drop
        now and again….

    • cutopic

      I read that some people have developed nodules on their thyroid due to our low iodine American lifestyle. So when iodine is finally supplemented, the nodules go berserk and can give us hyperthyroid issues. So perhaps this is what happened to Mr. Brailsford.
      My fingernails are showing signs of hyperthyroid just a week or so into trying iodine supplementation. They are starting to pull away from the nail bed at the tips of my fingers! It’s very upsetting. Not sure what to do as I’d like to keep up with the iodine but my thyroid apparently isn’t cooperating. I wish I could find a pure iodine supplement with no iodide in it. I am trying to take it due to breast disease so I want the form for breasts without the form for thyroid, but I can’t find it anywhere.

      • John Brailsford

        I had no thyroid issues prior to taking the Lugol iodine which I thought to be a good idea for the immune system and metabolism. In the US you have a lot of issues like chlorine and flourine in the water supply, which we do not have here in Austria,

        • Sam

          I had grave’s disease (Hyperthyroidism) for 5-years. My body cured itself. On April 10th, I received a flu shot–49 days later, my blood test was taken and all levels were normal (TSH and Free T4). A shot gave me the thyroid problems and a shot cured me of thyroid problems. I’ll never get another shot again.

        • searchtruthnow

          Often times people have thyroid issues without symptoms, but eventually it catches up to the person.

      • roundthings

        My nails (but only the thumbs started doing that, never thought it could be due to the iodine. Thanks for the tip and I will test it out

        • searchtruthnow

          It;s an infection, fungal or otherwise, or mineral deficiency that causes nail beds to separate. Iodine has a detoxing effect and it may be stirring things up prior to the heal but it is not the reason for the nail issue.

      • InTheLight717

        Switch to pure nascent iodine.

  • Robert

    Great that this blog exists!

    I have a question.
    I am facing several problem with an infection of heliobacter plyori, candida and increased fluoride values in my body which was diagnosed with blood/stool I think.

    I bought now nascent iodine, boron and I´m also using other supplements for the candida and heliobacter, also betonite and psylilum husk but nothing like antibiotics or fungal medicine because I could not handle them and got too weak. There are just over 10 things that I´m taking right now and I want to take things at the right time.

    When exactly should I use the nascent iodine and boron.
    What day time. How much? Before or after a meal. FIrst boron or nascent iodine?
    What´s your suggested dosage?

    Thanks for your help,

    Greetings, Robert

    • Robert,

      Generally iodine should be taken at least an hour or two away from meals. On an empty stomach is best. and not after 4 pm. And if you have heavy fluoride you may do better with a pretty high dose of iodine which only Dr. Sircus can recommend in consultation.
      Please see your options for speaking with him directly here:

      I’m sorry but we cannot give out dosages or discuss individual circumstances here on this blog except in very general terms. And Dr. Sircus also recommends using sodium bicarbonate for Candida….see his book Treatment Essentials. where this method is discussed.

      Claudia French

  • sarahcwhitehead

    I am creating a natural, orthomolecular treatment program for myself for MRSA. Bactrim worked for me several times but this time I stayed on it for 3 months and probably developed resistance to it. At this point, I think trying more antibiotics would be asking for trouble.

    I’ve been researching extensively and rereading your article several times for help. So far, I have used Iodex, which I happened to have already, topically, and sulfur cream or powder and silver powder from Mario Badescu, occasional colloidal silver ( I have a feeling silver is my friend in this venture and I should use more of it, but not sure what kind or how much. It’s hard to find anything over 10ppm and 50ppm is recommended).

    I used a spray of propolis, honey, and malva in my mouth when I got it there and it worked in two days!

    Lately I have been scrubbing the clogged lesions after hot compresses and then putting an enzyme mask on for a while. It’s on my face, arms, chest, and belly/sides. I’ve also experienced edema with this case, which subsided, chills, and an overall feeling of sickness.

    When I put the iodine ointment on a lesion and cover it with a bandage, it seems to help a lot, but also leaves a lot of white tissue that may be healing, but that I suspect is just slough. I still find black tissue underneath and a tunnel. So I’m afraid of having the lesions heal over tunnels and craters that are still infected. I feel like an ant farm.

    The black stuff is incredibly hard to pull out. It’s as if it forms little fascia like attachments. Does it?
    It also gets better for hours and then gets worse again. I used the mask and compresses tonight and it looked great, but several hours later the lesions were all red and inflamed again. There are many little holes with grey pockets that would turn into full-blown lesions if I messed with them. I’m not sure if it is imminent that they will just because they are there or not.
    I need to establish a full spectrum protocol that includes internal and topical treatment.

    I purchased cadexomer iodine ointment to replace my weaker ointment and to help pull out the exudate and so forth. My next two orders will be nascent iodine for internal use and Lugol’s 5% for external.

    I am wondering about manuka products, other honey and propolis products, and silver or anything else you would recommend. Do you have a standard staph protocol? Do you know about propolis and its uses with staph? What combinations would you use and which would you avoid. I need to be pretty aggressive at this point. I’m not in good shape and I am a bit scared. I also suffer from several of the other issues indicated by deficient iodine and magnesium: severe depression, erratic energy, weight gain, foggy thinking, low immunity especially under distress. In fact, it is always distress that makes the mrsa break out again. I have become completely nocturnal over the past few years as well, so my life has sort of fallen apart. I a actually a healer, natural health practitioner (mostly Hanna Kroeger trained), and meditation and Buddhism teacher. With a rich and varied background in natural health, I find it difficult to identify the right treatments for myself. My work is suffering. I can’t touch anyone. I’m never awake during the day. I miss Dr. appointments because of the sleep phobia as well.

    I’m sorry for my lack of brevity. I had a feeling that whatever I left out would be exactly what you would ask about. I hope you can give me some pointers to help establish this protocol for thorough healing of mrsa and my other issues.

    Thank you for your fine work and generosity. This report has been extremely valuable tome.


    • Sarah,
      When you talk about tunneling lesions containing MRSA over a large part of your body you are talking about something very very serious. All of those things you mentioned might help but IF you are going to need an antibiotic and you just might, this time… need something stronger than Bactrim, one of the antibiotics that is more powerful against MRSA…you can only get with a M.D. script . If this tunneling is very deep or bad with increasing inflammation you may need to visit an ER for IV antibiotic treatment. This is a difficult situation to resolve. . You should consider a consult with Dr. Sircus however to learn how the items in his protocol could be used instead……hi dose selenium, clay packs, Lugol’s or Nascent iodine, magnesium chloride and other possibilities…..which would be more than we can get into here.
      Please see: for your options, as Dr. Sircus would need much more information to determine your needs right now.
      Claudia French

      • sarahcwhitehead

        Thank you for your prompt reply. I believe I will book a consultation. I have already researched and purchased most of the pertinent products. I’ll see about the book now.

        Thanks so much,


    • Lilacs8282

      I suffered with lesions and black specks and horrible symptoms at night… Found lots of valuable information on earthclinic about morgellons…. Treated with borax internally and also in the bath…. Lesions healed and black specks gone…. 1/8 teaspoon borax team mule in litre of water sipped gradually four days a week. Perhaps not mrsa but morgellons…. Doctors are clueless about this new plague. Wash clothes with borax too. Good luck and god bless.

      • Peter Davies

        May be Pellagra or possibly AUTOIMMUNE RELATED from insecticide exposure,or mercury or copper,when that happens herpie like viruses advance.Start taking lysine 1000 mg three times per day,increase protein,illiminate arginine rich foodslike peanutbutter use take iodine,calcium ascorbate.and magnesium and d3

  • Lorna Lou

    I’ve been using iodine solution on a wart for 6days. It’s become inflamed and the skin around it has become red, inflamed and looks infected. Is this normal?
    I’m open to any suggestions….

    • Hi…it depends on a number of things such as where the wart is, how sensitive your skin is there, how often you are applying the iodine and what type of iodine you are using. What you are describing does not sound normal, though sometimes iodine if used frequently can causer excoriation of the skin. It might also be that it is working at the root of the wart. Watch it carefully and stop using the iodine so often to see if ig improves. Also try to put the iodine only on the wart itself and not on the surrounding skin, if possible.
      Claudia French

    • Funnthesun

      Lorna Lou, I’ve figured out how to get rid of warts completely! I have 4 boys that get warts & I have added flaxseed meal to their protein shakes. About 3 TBL to 3/4 of a pitcher of protein shakes per day. It works like magic! Gone w/in 3 to 4 weeks.

    • Cecilia

      My favorite remedy for warts is apple cider vinegar. This must be a raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. You can find it at any health food store. Dampen some gauze or a cotton ball with the vinegar and stick it on, over the wart, with a Bandaid or some medical tape. Apply every night until it’s gone. This has worked well for my young son, with no pain or swelling, in 4 days or so. My niece also tried this remedy on a plantar wart and according to my sister, the treatment did cause some pain but the wart, which had been burned off many times before and always had come back, did in fact disappear. They were very happy! In her case it took 2 weeks. Hope this helps.

  • Ron Brerton

    When speaking of iodine doses, “it takes about 3 months to
    become iodine sufficient while ingesting a dosage of 50 mg of iodine”,
    and “The highest dosage I have heard any doctor using today is 100
    mg”–if this is Lugol’s, is this the quantity of iodine, or potassium
    iodide, or both totaled together? Thanks very much.

    • To Ron,

      These higher doses refer to Iodoral which is the tableted form of Lugol’s so it would be a combination. Iodoral is used by many doctors who use dose iodine treatments.
      Claudia French

      • Ron Brerton


        thanks for the information.

  • C

    Dr. Sircus says that Dr. Brownstein prescribes 200-300 mg/day of iodine for cancer patients….but is that potassium iodide (Idoral) with only 20% absorption, or is that 2% Lugol’s, or is that nascent iodine (usually .4mg per drop)? In other words, what TOTAL daily iodine absorption does he recommend as a max for sick patients?

    • Dr. Brownstein uses Iodoral primarily in his treatments. 20% absorption of Iodoral seems unrealistic and I think Dr. Brownstein would dispute that. You might want to write to him to clarify for you.
      Claudia French

  • Joselyn

    Hello, I am from Dominican Republic I would like to know if it is true that I can take iodine to lose wait?

    • Joselyn,

      We have heard that using iodine and hi dose vitamin C (at different times of the day) will induce weight loss, but we have not researched this so don’t know how many this works for.

  • Monalisa

    Dr. Sircus

    I was wondering if iodine therapy would be good for cold sores, May be I am way off, but I have been taking lysine for about 5 years and though it helps it does not suppress the cold sores all the time. I have been working on having less stress in my life, because that can bring them out. So I was wondering if iodine therapy would help suppress cold sore break outs.


    • Monalisa,

      Iodine has been found to be effective against the herpes virus which is what causes cold sores (Herpes Simplex). Treatment with iodine orally to bring adequate levels up, or topically when you have an outbreak should help.

  • Sheree Phillips

    how many drops of the nascent iodine do you use in a nebulizer and does it help with COPD?thank you

    • Sheree Phillips

      I guess no one has an answer,,thanks anyway

      • Sorry Sheree,

        Check out the dosage recommendations of iodine and other protocol items in this essay of Dr. Sircus:
        Iodine is included here and yes, it and some of these other things can be beneficial to someone with COPD>

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    • Glen

      You can use 3 drops of Nascent Iodine to start and from there if you tolerate that you can jump to 5. I didn’t read more than that in a nebulizer. It does help with COPD as I am a sufferer of all three COPD, Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis. These men are angels not only doctors. To help people where help is needed most and with the simple thing like Nascent Iodine and Lugol’s solution I’d say that’s work of An angel.
      Thanks to all of the Doctors who really appreciate natural medicine for what it was intended, good health and no side effects.

  • Hysterosalpingogram, does that procedure use radioactive iodine?.. I had on done a few years ago, and an worried now.. I will start to use the Iodine incase it has affected my ovaries, what do you think?.

    • Dear Miriam,

      The only way to be sure is to get the report from your exam. Apparently there are a number of different types of contrast dyes that can be used in the procedure you had.
      The research states that people getting the Hysterosalpingogram (commonly done as a test for fertility) exposes a person to very small amounts of radiation from the procedure, but not necessarily from the dye. The dye supposedly leaves the body quickly.
      Its best to avoid any radioactive procedures and follow Dr. Sircus’ protocol for radiation protection immediately after having any radiation.
      Our bodies need to be up on levels of iodine before any exposure to radioactivity takes place but in this essay Dr. Sircus lists what can be done to help remove any radiation from the body and it includes a number of things on his protocol.

      While in this essay he speaks of mitigating radiation from high exposures (such as Fukushima exposures) the items listed will help anyone who is going through any type of radiation medical testing.
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  • Hi,
    I have been using nascent iodine for about 2 months (ll’s), along with 200 mcg selenium, and transdermal magnesium. Since starting the new regimen I have gotten my period every two weeks (I am normally 28-30 days…very regular). I am taking 4 drops of the nascent iodine, though I started at one drop a day. Is it possible the iodine is causing this…and why would that be?
    Thank you,

    • cathy22

      Try selenium and zinc together alone first if you have a thyroid problem. I am just waiting nervously for my blood tests as I have heard this from many medical professionals. I think other medications though cause me to be low in those to
      two minerals. It’s so hard as medical doctors just want to throw a hormone pill at us.

  • Edward

    Hi, I’m thinking of getting the 7% lugol’s to remove an odd looking mole and later as an experiment to see if I can remove tiny scabies scars in several parts of my body.

    I just wanted to know if a drop a day on the mole could be too much iodine absorbed throught the skin to begin with, as like most people I’m probably deficient and will probably undergo detox symptoms. Is there a way to dilute it or is it probably not necesary? Any opinion would be greatly appreciated and thanks for the great info!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Edward,

      If its simply a non-cancerous mole you may not need such a strong iodine solution. The 7% is recommended for hard to treat skin cancers and is quite caustic to the skin. In cases of cancer its application is recommended numerous times per day.

      Some people have had good luck removing moles with baking soda pastes and with a gentler iodine such as nascent.

      • Edward

        thanks so much, what about the scabies scars?

  • Claudia

    Thank you so much Claudia, I will purchase the book.

  • Claudia

    Sorry, I think I missed a couple of things.

    I am confused with all the types of iodine, magnesium, selenium, etc. I stopped psychotropic medications four years ago, but was on them for 15 years(including Lithium for a short period of time). I live in Canada and doctors are not really willing to help if you are not taking the drugs they prescribe. Naturo path doctors are very expensive and haven’t really helped either. That’s why I am so excited finding that iodine is actually helping me (at least with my scalp for now), but I am still confused with the different types of iodine and the rest of supplements I should take with it. I know there could be some side effects and I am willing to go through them. Any information you can give me I will be so grateful for it!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Claudia,

      The best thing for you to do is to read the entire iodine book that Dr. Sircus wrote. It explains a lot more about idodine , the various types etc. You can purchase it here:

      The TOC is available at that url.

      If after reading it you feel you still need personal guidance on dosages or other supplements, you will need to get a consultation with Dr. Sircus.

      You should also watch for his new book coming out in a couple of weeks called Treatment Essentials where he goes into more detail on dosing of his entire protocol. Watch for an announcement on this.

      In general, if you are feeling side-effects that you think might be coming from a product you are using you should always cut back on the amount you are using or stop it for awhile then restart at a lower dosage and/or less frequestly.

  • Claudia

    Hi Claudia,

    I am desperate, for years I have looked for something that would help me with my scalp. I get this itchy inflammation and I feel like pulling the hair. I have tried tons of things. Lately I am applying 7% iodine that I found in a place where they sell horse products. It says strictly for horses, but I couldn’t find 7% anywhere else. I order some iodoral that hasn’t arrived. I am not sure that I am doing things right. I have suffered from clinical depression ever since I was a little girl. Half of my thyroid was taken out because of a tumour 11 years ago. I have applied the 7% iodine for a week now. I can tell that it is killing the problem in my scalp, but I am getting tons of side effects. My lymph nodes are swollen, I am extremely tired and got my period back after a week of finishing with it. Thank you, Claudia

    • peggyn

      try 20 mule team borax mixed with hydrogen peroxide. lots of into on earthclinic. i have had the same problem and it was due to an allergy to mites. i take 6mg of boron and on the days when i do the earthclinic recommended bath in h2o2 and borax i do not do the boron. i have almost no itching at this point and i have been dealing with this for over 20 years! the borax is amazing. i take it internally and give it to my dog as well. i take 1/8 tsp in a liter of water 4 days a week – and the same for my dog.

    • MustBeSaid

      Are you taking Armour Thyroid at the proper dose? If you’re taking Synthroid, get your doctor to switch you to Armour Thyroid. Syntroid is worthless.

  • JaneRae

    Do you know of any research that has been done on how magnesium strengthens the enamal of the teeth. I understand that floride does but it shouldn’t be ingested so I’m considering using magnesium oil on my teeth but would like some reassurance. Thank you for your valuable time.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear JaneRae,

      Dr. Sircus states that It is magnesium, not calcium, which helps form hard tooth enamel resistant to decay.

      Please read this information on magnesium and tooth enamel posted on the mgwater site:

      • Shantel A

        Claudia i have two questions please. What exactly does it look like when one experiences the iodine detoxification? And these measurements are drops right not a dropper? I know that last question may seems silly i just want to confirm my understanding. Thank you

        • Shantal,

          Iodine is generally referred to as drops and not dropper-fulls.

          Iodine intake immediately increases the release of bromide, fluoride and some heavy metals including mercury and lade from the body. Bromide and dfluoride are not removed by any other chelator or detoxifying technique, so it is common to notice symptoms of detoxification. These symptoms are or can be different amongst individuals and can include headaches, stomach upsets, flu=like symptoms, sometimes breakouts of acne or small blisters, etc.
          There is a very complete list of detox symptoms on the breast cancer site :
          Claudia French

          • Shantel A

            Thank you so much Claudia. Have a blessed day!

          • Marcus DiMarco

            No thats wrong. The detox is from the iodine killing gram negative bacteria in the intestines. Many compounds and chemicals will kill these bacteria and so each chemical has the same detox reaction. It is called a herxheimer reaction and is cause by endotoxins released from the bacteria. It may seem unpleasant but it is good to have them cleaned out. Taking a tsp up to a tbsp of activated charcoal helps prevent it because it adsorbs the endotoxins, but im not sure if the charcoal binds the iodine, look into that if you want. But yes her description of the detox reaction symptoms are correct, she is just incorrect in the mechanism. Once the bacteria (mostly ecoli) is dead and you keep it dead with iodine or other means regularly you will no longer get detox reactions.

            I hope this helps!

          • Victoria Kushnir

            French clay will bind with the metals and help eliminate them in the stool. 1 tsp. added to a gallon of liquid (shake before serving).

          • Sam

            Actually you’re wrong, she is detoxing harmful halogens, iodine is found to kill no beneficial bacterium in a closed environment.

          • sara

            It does both kill bad bacteria and detox heavy metals and halogens.

    • dama

      take vitamin k-2

  • Kerrie

    Could you please let me know whether probiotics can be taken with the nascent iodine? Does the iodine selectively kill off bad gut bacteria or can it also affect the good gut bacteria? Thanks in advance.

  • Omi

    Hi there,

    Fifteen years ago I had a rather nasty reaction to an iodine solution I had to drink for a falopian tube xray (I think its called Barum or something like that) and since then I developed an allergy to shrimps and prawns which also have idodine in them
    especialy the spine and if not removed properly etc. A friend
    suggested recently I take iodine for weight loss. One drop in a glass of water, I found I got heart palpitations and was scared
    off the iodine and would like to know if this could be a side effect and if it means I can never take iodine. I am a 54 year old female. If anyone can enlighten I would much appreciate it as
    I am very intrested in all the benefits sited here for taking iodine drops.

    Thank you for taking the time and trouble.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Most people who think they have allergies to iodine are not really allergic at all. Dr. Sircus has treated many people who stated allergies and were able to take Nascent iodine without problem. Others have had some probvlems due to selenium deficiency…its important to keep good selenium levels to ward off these effects. Naxcent iodine is in the atomic state and thus it is much more gentle than stronger forms. You can learn more about this in Dr. Sircus’ book on iodine:

      See the table of contents at that url.

  • Hi IMVA staff;

    I receive your e-mail newsletter regularly. It is very informative and helpful. I read your e-mail blogs and noticed that many of your responents have similar questions about iodine.

    As a retired university professor, I do a lot of research into topics that are complex, controversial or lacking information. One of these topics was iodine; another magnesium. I sumarized my findings on my web-site:

    Your readers may find the documented information helpful.

    Walter Sorochan, HSD, MSc, BPE, MPH
    Emeritus Professor: San Diego State University

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Thank you very much Walter, this is much appreciated.

  • Angela

    Thank you for the reply Claudia! I will check out the link.

  • Denise

    Very interesting reading and thank you for the valuable information! I was in a COPD chat room regarding my mom who has emphysema/COPD and asked if anyone there had homeopathic remedies to share. Someone shared that she uses Nascent Iodine 4 drops daily in water to ward off respiratory infections. Said it also give her energy and she hardly has to use her nebulizing treatments but takes daily inhaler treatments. I liked what I heard and asked a doctor friend her recommendation which said she preferred Magnascent Iodine. Would you please explain the difference. From what I’ve read above, I would conclude Nascent Iodine is preferred because it is gentle and conforms to the body’s needs better – ?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Hi Denise,

      Nascent Iodine and Magnascent Iodine are the same iodine put out by different distributors who give it their own name.

  • Angela

    I have recently discovered the need for iodine/iodide. I am Hypothyroid. I have been on armour thyroid, 3grain for 5 years and my dr recently recommended iodine/iodide. I’ve been taking a pill form and do feel better, but think there could be some improvment, so I’ve been looking into the liquid form. Having dug into this, I realize that my 4y/o desperately needs this supplement. He was diagnosed with accute liver failure (with no known cause)when he was only 19 months old which required a liver transplant. He is relatively healthy now, however is on an immuno-suppressant. He is now developing allergies (skin and sinus) and has a constant runny nose and cough. He also has Beta-thalesimia. I need to be careful about other medications and supplements since so many things are metabolized through the liver. I’m convinced the iodine/iodide will help but I’m uncertain of how much to give him. My husband just purchased a 1oz bottle of Lugol’s 5% solution. Do you have any recommendations?
    Thank you!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Angela,

      Considering that your son has had a transplant and is on immunosuppressants, it is best for you to obtain a consult with Dr. Sircus to further discuss his iodine needs. The Thalassemia is a another concern that needs to be addressed. Dr. Sircus’ full protocol will help to strengthen the immune system in your son but needs to be tailored so as not to disrupt the transplant graft and should be done with collaboration between his doctors and Dr. Sircus.

      Please see this page for options in obtaining a consult:

      Please see:

      Please see:

  • Angela

    After 4 yrs of trying to conceive, I started taking 16 drops a day of Lugol’s 2% solution and within a short time I am now pregnant. Is it safe to continue to take this amount of iodine supplement? It also improved itching I had deep in my back that has come back since I stopped the iodine once discovering I was pregnant.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Congratulations Angela,

      A person’s need for iodine increases during pregnancy, but we cannot recommend dosages here on this site.

      Please consult your MD on proper iodine dosages during pregnancy or obtain a consult with Dr. Sircus.

  • Melody

    I have 5 root canals that the Dr. says have infection in them and need to be removed. My total bill will be $30,000 by the time I get implants. Do you have any natural treatments I might try first before the extractions?
    Thank you very much

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Hi Melody,

      Wow that’s a lot of money for only 5 implants…sorry to hear this. If you want to properly prepare for these implants Dr. Sircus would recommend you get on his full protocol using iodine, magnesium chloride and sodium bicarbonate. Magnesium can be used as a mouthwash, as can the iodine and sodium bicarbonate. All of these will help alkalinize the body and help to combat infection and boost immune support. He may also recommend other nutrients . You would have to contact him for a consultation to discuss this further. But at least start with the magnesium mouthwashes…..just spray a few sprays into the mouth and swish, then spit it out. Iodine can be taken orally as well as painted on the gums. Sodium bicarbonate can be mixed with water and swished around the teeth, or taken orally.

  • Robin

    All the time I lived in Japan (8 years) every doctor recommended that strep throat be treated with an iodine gargle that they gave at the hospital. (e.g., gargle and spit out) It worked great and didn’t require antibiotics. Now I’m out of Japan and would like to know how to prepare my own gargle dosage. Thanks for all your good info.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Hi Robin,

      I just recently saw a recipe for curing sore throats that was made of:

      1 cup water
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate
      2 drops of iodine

      Seems you might need more iodine at times

      Also there are preparations of povidone iodine or betadine that can be purchased that can also be used for gargles.

  • Mikala

    Great info, thank you so much!

  • Mikala

    Hello Claudia,

    Thank you for your prompt response. I’ve started taking kelp tabs (but the iodine dosage is so low) and I will start supplementing with Nascent slowly (1 drop a day perhaps).
    I did not know about Magnesium deficiency and G6PD, thank you so much for sharing that information, I will definitely start reading up on it. What form would you say is best to take Magnesium for optimum (safe) results? Thanks

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      You’re very welcome.

      IMVA believes in using transdermal magnesium supplementation (topical, through the skin). It is more effective than oral magnesium products. Get some from LL’s Magnetic Clay at:
      You can get Ancient Minerals Magnesium OIl, bath flakes or lotion. Read more about this use of magnesium on our Magnesium For Life site:

  • Mikala

    Hello Dr. Sircus and IMVA Staff,

    You’re providing wonderful information here. I’ve been reading and educating myself about iodine deficiency and supplementation, and have followed this discussion with much interest.

    I am of Mediterranean descent and have G6PD deficiency, so I’ve been trying to find any information on iodine supplementation for G6PD-deficient people,and if it’s safe to supplement without risk of hemolysis.

    I haven’t been able to find any information anywhere on the internet. It would be great if you could shed some light on this issue, I’m really eager to start my iodine supplementation. Thank you in advance.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Mikala,

      I have seen that many people feel it is safe for those with the enzyme deficiency G6PD to utilize iodine in both foods and supplements. Iodine can act as both an oxidant as well as an anti-oxidant though, so some caustion needs to be observered. If someone was to try iodine they need to start very slowly with a low dose and Nascent Iodine would be best as it is in the most gentle form. If any problems occur they should go away when the iodine is removed or stopped. There is not a lot of good information on Iodine and G6pd available unfortunately but so many of our body systems need it that it seems it should be beneficial.

      Do you know that Magnesium is found to be deficient in people with G6PD? Do a goodle search on that and you will come up with lots of information and you might want to consider bringing your magnesium levels up with supplementation.


  • JaneRae

    Dear Staff:
    There is a popular form of magnesium, magnesium-L-threonate, do you have any comments on this form as to why a transdermal form would be more effective?
    Thanks for your time,

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear JaneRae,

      Dr. Sircus believes that transdermal applcation of magnesium chloride will always be more effective than any oral preparation of magnesium as it bypasses the digestive tract and all the problems that can occur there preventing good absorption of oral magnesium. With transdermal use of magnesium chloride you have you have more direct access to the bloodstream.

  • Martin

    Hi Claudia.
    One of the places that said that is

    “”Medications for high blood pressure (ACE inhibitors) interacts with IODINE
    Some medications for high blood pressure might decrease how quickly the body gets rid of potassium. Most iodide supplements contain potassium. Taking potassium iodide along with some medications for high blood pressure might cause too much potassium in the body. Do not take potassium iodide if you are taking medications for high blood pressure.””

    Thank you.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Martin,

      They are talking about not taking potassium iodide, but not all forms of iodine contain potassium. SSKI and potassium iodide are both containing potassium which might cause the problem you mention. Generally this is what is now used in cases of extreme radiation exposure to protect the thyroid. This is not an iodine that is recommended for nebulizing because of the potassium which is in it.

      We must always be careful of interaction of our supplements with other medicines we are taking and I’m glad you asked about this. Nascent iodine is much safer and has no high levels of potassium in the preparation.

  • Marygrace

    I take Iodine and Low Dose Natlrexone to keep my health in line. You do need to take the supporting nutrients as well. You can find more info on this on the Iodine group on Yahoo Or at Stepping Stones Living, the site of the lady who owns that group.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Thanks Marygrace,

      The iodine group on yahoo is a very good place for people to learn more about iodine supplementation. Thank you!

  • Martin

    I have moderate high blood pressure and also a lot of hypothyroidism signs, I read that you can’t take Iodine with Blood presure meds.
    Is that correct?
    I’m only taking 5 mgs of Enalapril a day.
    Cna I still take some kind of Iodine?

    Thank you very much.


    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Martin, Where did you hear that?

      I used to take blood pressure medication and iodine together with no problem.

  • Joe Bandy

    I heard that putting small amounts of iodine in my sons orange juice every morning will help his growth spurt for him to be taller. is this true? (he is about 14 and going through a lot of growth spurts)

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      I have no idea if thats true or not. Sorry

  • Jai

    Thank you Claudia for your speedy response!

  • Jai


    I have recently had strange excessive hair loss which could probably attributed to a few factors like changing hormones or even stress. My naturopath was reading some research info. on iodine/iodide for hair loss but she isn’t quite sure of any of it since the information is vague. I recently purchased liquid Atomidine (1 drop 0.06 ml), liquid potassium iodide (2 drops 0.125 ml) and a liquid kelp (4 drops 0.25 ml) products.

    My question is: What is the difference between iodine and iodide? This is most confusing to me. Is iodide a different form of iodine and which is the best? I realize you probably cannot specify dosages, however, I now have 3 products I do not know how to use. I have read alot of the info. here and am very interested in the various health benefits of iodine, magnesium and aluminum-free bicarbonate. I will probably purchase a book but in the interim I’m wondering if taking both iodine and potassium iodide would be unnecessary and excessive?

    Thanks for your answer in advance!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Jai,

      There is some controversey over which type of iodine is the best and some doctors like David Brownstein advocate the need for both iodine and potassium iodide as they say different organs use and accept each differently. Nascent iodine can be used by all organs and provides the needed form. Most people are iodine deficient but you can take too much…..

      You must read the Iodine book written by Dr. Sircus for a better understanding. Dr. Brownstein has also written a book on his own views of iodine. Its also widely available on the Internet.

  • susan

    my dog had a cancer growth on her back it was small and black hard and twisted and i knew she got it from a former dog that we had because she died of the cancer and it is the same but smaller … i had started to put baking soda on it and it was going away until it feel off and then it developed some sore of a white head on her skin with a small lump under her skin so i tried to squezz it out and it came out with ease like toothpaste white and smelly i was so excited i thought i was finally getting rid of it for her but the lump is back and the skin seems humid only in that area and i wanted to try the iodine but afraid that her skin to sensitive and if we do what do you recommend i hear that the iodine has cured many skin cancers not sure if all of them but willing to try this method sue

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      You would have to see how irritating the iodine would be to your dog, but you could alternate a paste of sodium bicarbonate with iodine a few times per day. Iodine can also be given in the dog’s water…about 1 drop per 25 lb of weight….but give only what she will drink within a very short time….do not allow the iodine and water to be standing for more than an hour.

    • Victoria Kushnir

      my husband is having great success with a pre-cancerous growth on his nose. we are using doTerra Sandalwood oil applied once a day.

  • Susan

    I have read about iodine now for quite some time. I am diabetic and have constant ear infections and also fungus in my ears. This infection in both ears has lasted for 3 months so far. I am allergic to so many drugs. I took an antibiotic 4 weeks ago and just as I thought,it only keeps it at bay and never really gets rid of it. I have been using garlic tincture, but it doesn’t seem to get rid of the fungus. I can’t even hear my doorbell ring anymore. Of course my ears also hurt. Should I put the iodine on my head behind my ears. I have the 5% Lugol’s. I also take care of my elderly mother (85), I am hoping this might help her memory. She is 4’8″ tall and weighs 98 lbs. she has osteoporosis since birth(ricketts). I give her tahitian noni juice which has gotten rid of all of her pain, I just want her memory to improve. She is very active & we call her the elderly energizer bunny. Her blood pressure has been up lately 174/74 with heart rate of 70. My husbands blood pressure is about the same except his heart rate is around 64. He had open heart surgery 4 years ago for a broken valve. They repaired it, but he had so many complications. We have been able to get him off of all medications and also my mother doesn’t take any meds either and all I take is insulin. We all take L-arginine and time released garlic for blood pressure problems. Ear infections, memory problems and blood pressure problems is what I am interested in right now. Also, I only seem to sleep about 4 hours every night. I need help and have been looking for answers for a long time. God has finally lead me to somewhere maybe I can get some real help. Thanks so much for all the info and having this website where we can get answers to our questions. Thanks a bunch, Susan

  • rosalia

    Im from Spain. I`ve autoimmune thyroiditis , i would like to know how much dosis i´ve to take of nascent iodine. And what is the difference between nano-colloidal and atomic form?
    what kind is better for my specific problem?



    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Rosalia,

      We cannot address your specific iodine needs without more information from you, including a full history. You would need to obtain a consultation with Dr. Sircus for a full plan of care. Colloidal iodine and atomic iodine are basically the same. Today, iodine is being sold in many forms and many different dosing structures are recommended from low-dose to high dose therapy. People who take iodine and who have thyroid issues are often bothered with unpleasant side effects unless their selenium levels are also adequate.

  • Carol

    I have been diagnosed with Bulbar ALS… the kind of Lou Gehrig’s disease that progresses rapidly. I have been advised to add iodine to my diet. How much?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Carol,

      I have no idea how much your doctor is advising you take. You can consult with Dr. Sircus by requesting an appointment from Luciana at:

  • Lyne


    I notice an important discrepancy between my saliva and urine pH levels. My AM saliva pH is always around 6 and my urine pH, for the past 2 days, is around 7.3. I’m wondering if my urine pH is not simply the reflection of my water + sodium bicarbonate intake. Would it be better to keep taking S.B. until my saliva pH is also good or is the urine pH satisfactory enough to stop the S.B.? Maybe my saliva pH reflects the fact that my blood is still acid and that the SB will slowly move inside my body?

    Concerning my kidneys, I’ve been “prescribed” by a naturopath to take 19 drops of Lugol’s 5% 3x/day for 3 weeks and 6 drops 3x/day for one more week.

    I guess that this is a large amount to start of with but I’m trying it anyways because of my kidneys (which are not too bad, the discomforts come and go). Since I’m taking zeolites, I thought that the detoxification wouldn’t be too bad since the zeolites would probably adsorb some of the metals and prevent major discomfort. I’m feeling energized but I notice this morning that my thyroid is enlarging… I’ve been taking synthroid for many years after taking radioactive iodine for hyperthyroidism following the birth of my first child. Is this a contraindication for iodine supplementation? Am I simply taking too much or is this a normal side-effect?

    Lastly, I don’t know which doctor to turn to for my situations. Do you have any referrals to give me for a medical doctor in Canada or even better, Quebec (Montreal) to support me in this? I feel very alone with this and I don’t want to put myself in danger. I sincerely don’t know who to turn to because I know that doctors here will not understand what I’m trying to do.


    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Lyne,

      You really need to get a consult with Dr. Sircus or join his online clinic for continued support for all your questions. He can also consult with whomever you are now working with (who is prescribing the iodine). and would be available to you through skype for ongoing support.

      We do not keep any listings of Medical or Naturopathic doctors in Canada.

  • Lyne

    I did call my urologist but he hasn’t even called me back… The medical system here in Quebec is really bad. If I choose to go an emergency clinic, I might have to wait 12 hours before getting an antibiotic from someone who doesn’t really have time to listen to my story and my specific needs. That’s how bad it is. I try to avoid doctors and the medical system more and more but I do consider that it is necessary sometimes, although usually painful. Anyways, I was able to get my bottle of Lugol’s Solution today and a dosage to try for a bladder infection; talk about efficiency! : D

    Concerning my alkalinity, I hear you. However, I must say that I’ve been using sodium bicarbonate for about a week now and there has been no PH increase in my AM saliva. In fact, I was surprised to be at around 6 this morning and the highest I’ve been is 6.5 in the past week. I even decided to take S.B. 3x/day instead of 2. In how much time can I expect to have noticeable changes?

    Have a nice weekend

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Lyne,

      Check your pH a few times/day and then keep track of the average over a few weeks to determine the real level and change. In general pH should change in a week to a month. Check your urine pH also. Though 7.2 pH is considered ideal, most doctors consider 6.5 to be perfectly acceptable.

      You might also try drinking a glass of water with half a squeezed lemon in it once or twice a day….this will also help.

  • Lyne

    I got your response while I was writting my second request. Thank you for answering.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Lyne,

      I hope you can get rid of this infection rapidly……it might be caused by a different bacteria than what you were treated for before. Also some people believe that alkaline urine can promote urinary tract infections and that its the acid in urine that wards them off. Check your pH and cut back on the bicarb if you are too alkaline.

      I try to answer these questions within 24 hhours of postings. I have lots of other responsibilities which prevent me from immediately answering all questions. And if it is an urgent situation please don’t depend on this long distance comunication, you may need to check in with your doctor for urgent problems.

  • Lyne

    Hi again
    I think my urinary infection is turning into a renal infection. I’m starting to have pain in my back and I’m freezing sometimes. This has happened to me last year and these are the symptoms I had last time. I’m so discouraged since I took antibiotics for H. Pylore about 2 months ago, followed by antibiotics for a urinary infection about 1 month after and now this! : ( I know I have to act fast and I’m afraid to take antibiotics again. I’m really hoping you can offer me an effective alternative fast : (

    Thanking you once again


  • Lyne

    Hi Claudia

    This is certainly not the first time we interact and I have another question for you. I notice this morning that I am developing a urinary infection (what else is new, type 1 diabetic….). I’m leaving for work in a few minutes and have the choice of going to get another prescription of antibiotics after work (since the symptoms are quite uncomfortable), or try to find iodine at my health food store. If I do find Lugol’s Iodine or some other iodine product in this situation, what dosage would be best? I’m taking magnesium, sodium bicarbonate and zeolites already.

    Thanks again for your very precious help


    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Hy Lyne,

      I’m sorry but I cannot give you a specific dose to take as I am not a doctor. But I can direct you to Dr. Sircus’ article on iodine dosing:

      If you feel you want more specific direction please request a consult with Dr. Sircus. Due to possible legal ramifications we cannot give dosage recommendations on these sites.

      Usually iodine will be very beneficial for urinary tract infections, but make sure to do a test with a small amount first to make sure you have no reactions since you have not been taking any iodine. And make sure to only get iodine that is for ingestion….some tinctures sold are not and can be toxic.

      I have often found that just by increasing fluids by a lot and drinking some cranberry juice I can fend off a urinary infection when I first notice symptoms.

  • Mike

    Dear Claudia,

    I’m very happy that there is many info about home/real treatment. Even of my research which lasts bit over two years and about 4-5 hours a day I still can see there are many good news for me.
    My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in Nov 2009. After 8 sicles of chemo, two surgeries, and 28 radiations the cancer was spread in her liver and bone. About two month ago she was in Mexican clinic could “IBC Hospital” for four weeks, which we found very good place but not quite helpfull for her. They prescribe few medications for following six month. We are looking for additional available treatment for her. We think baking soda, magnesium chloride and iodine protocol should be helpfull for her. I found that baking soda with maple syrup is also very good. What will be your sugestion in our case.
    God Bless you.
    Thank you,

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Mike,

      First suggestion would be to read the books by Dr. Sircus on Sodium Bicarbonate and cancer treatment, Iodine and Magnesium. These are available through IMVA Publications at:

      The new addition of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy is available at, or I believe it is also availabe through LL’s Magnetic Clay when you order Ancient Minerals Magnesium OIl:

      Dr. Sircus will also have aavailable a video of his protocol very shortly which will describe in general how to use these products. He also is coming out with a book on medical marijuana use within the next few months and another on breast and prostate cancer.

      Read all you can and if you would like a more specific recommendation for your wife’s treatment please consider a consultation with Dr. Sircus: See:

  • Tony

    Thanks, Claudia! I am going to try your suggestion for HMD.

    Best regards,


  • Tony

    I certainly hope someone can help me with what I’m about to write. I’m 47 yoa and have controlled a moderate blood pressure issue with medication for about the last 7 years. However, I had been chronically worried about vascular disease, particularly atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis. I finally tried a protocol for arterial scouring that was suggested by Dr. Jonathan Wright in Washington State. This involved iodine supplementation with niacin. According to Dr. Wright, a couple of opthamologists observed an 80% widening of narrowed arteries (that were observable in the back of eye) after being on the referenced regimen. I was sold, and wanted to try it.

    Dr. Wright’s dispensary sold an iodine / KI formulation that’s fairly concentrated, although I don’t recollect the exact concentration; but will retrieve the bottle at home and report on the same if anyone responds to this post. I began taking about 6 drops / day, and sometimes as high as 9 – 10 drops, along with a high dose of niacin. About 4 – 6 weeks into this regimen, I began to notice that my blood pressure was beginning to rise at work in the afternoons. It got progressively worse, and was averaging about 135/85 to 140/92 by the time I would get home. Apparently, I’m not one of those people who don’t feel an elevated pressure. It would make my head feel like it was going to split open.

    I read up on high dosing with iodine, and found one source that suggested I may have been displacing metal halides, particularly bromides; and that my symptoms were typical of bromide toxicity. I quit the protocol and started dosing with about 10 grams of vitamin C / day, and getting lots of aerobic exercise in the evening. I could feel the high pressure abating a little every day until things were back to normal. It could have been caused by something else, but something is telling me it was as a result of the iodine therapy.

    After about 3 1/2 months of being back to normal, it’s now back and I am freaking out. My bottom number has come down with high dose vitamin c (between 75 and 80), but the top number is staying up around 135 – 140, and exercise isn’t helping. It’s the exact same sensation I had before, except the uncontrolled blood pressure is more constant, all day; but does get worse in the afternoon.

    Can someone advise me if this sounds like anything they have heard of happening? Would anyone advise chelating, and if so, what chelation agent?

    I would be so grateful for any insight that anyone can offer.



    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Hi Tony,,

      Sorry to hear about your problems. It may not have been the iodine at all since the blood pressure problem has returned without using any iodine now. Have you read about and tried magnesium? Magnesium plays a strong role in relaxing blood vessels and can bring down blood pressure . It is also necessary to proper chelation and detoxification of heavy metals. Most of us are deficient in magnesium. Please see our website on magnesium and Dr. Sircus’ books Transdermal Magnesium Therapy and Magnesium, The Ultimate Heart Medicine. The new addition of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy is now available on The other is an ebook available at IMVA Publications.

      Dr. Sircus feels that everyone in this day and age needs chelation for heavy metals along with adequate magnesium levels. We are exposed from so many sources constantly. He recommends the use of HMD (Heavy Metal Detox) backed with good research by Dr. George Georgiou :

  • rebecca lewis

    Can someone clear something up for me? Dr. Brownstein’s iodine book says that the thyroid primarily uses iodide, while the breasts and other parts of the body primarily use iodine. How does this difference factor in when using Nascent iodine, which I understand is not the molecular form, but the atomic form? Can one simply use nascent iodine and be assured, as LL’s Magnetic Clay states, that this type of iodine is easily used and absorbed by the ENTIRE body, not differentiating between certain organs???? Thanks, and God Bless…!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      The answer to your question is “yes”, nascent iodine can be utilized by all areas of the body.

      In the book Bringing Back the Universal Medicine Dr. Sircus explains the differences in opinions on iodine and iodide and how iodine in the nascent form can convert in the body to whichever form is needed by a specific organ .

      This essay used to be on our Iodine site, but is no longer. However it is still available on some other sites with different titles, but written by Dr. Sircus. Here is one place you can read it:

  • JaneRae

    I have a question about a wart on the skin of a friend. It’s loosening up and almost ready to come off. He is testing the skin now for skin sensitivity since the wart is on his face with clear iodine. To hasten the process wouldn’t it be benificial to make a paste of sodium bicarbonate and apply it? Maybe both applications would work, iodine and sodium bicarabonate? Thank you for your valuable time and opinion.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Yes he can alternate applications of sodium bicarbonate paste and iodine throughout the day.( 2-3xeach)

  • Amanda

    Ok, I will do.. If i ordered nascent iodine, would that affect my high blood pressure/taking my bp meds? Thanks

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Iodine should not adversely affect your blood pressure or interfere with the medicines you take for it. It may interfere with thyroid medicines.

  • Amanda


    I purchased aqueous iodine APS 10ml from my chemist, but am confused as to what dosage to take, as 2-8 drops have been mentioned:
    ‘Dr. Abrahams recommends taking 50 mg of Iodine/Iodide as Lugol’s solution (8 drops) daily for 3 months as a loading dose. Lugol’s solution is available online at varying concentrations. Then his recommendation is that dose should be gradually reduced to the 12.5 mg (2 drops) maintenance dosage under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care professional. Dr Abrahams feels that 14 to 15 mg. of iodine/iodide daily is the upper maximum of safety for long term use. This is close to Dr. James Howenstine’s (another prominent iodine advocate) recommended dose of 12.5 mg daily.’
    But if I only have 10ml, how do I get to take 8 drops (50mg). The bottle is 3/4 full. Your advice is appreciated. Also, I am on bp meds, will this have a detrimental affect on me?


    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      You will need to go back to your chemist for more information. 10 ml is not going to last you very long… Check with the chemist on how many drops will equal the dosage you desire and see about getting some nascent iodine instead, or even the Lugols. Dr. Sircus is not familiar with what you now have so its difficult to advise you on it.

  • JaneRae

    Thanks you so much. I do have nascent iodine on hand. Evidentally iodine does disolve ear wax. I applied a warm wash cloth also. After inserting a cotton ball all night, wax drained to the opening of my ear and I was able to clear a lot out and no more pain, no more suffering! The only thing i did wrong was misdiagnosis myself – it was not an infection – just a plugged ear. Thanks again for your valuable time, what you are doing is much good karma for you!

  • JaneRae

    Fantastic! I felt immediate relief after inserting the cotton ball and i appriciate your quick response, too. Part of my HMO’s protocol for ear infection is to flush the ear with a syringe using half vingear and warm water or a saline solution. I have white iodine 3.4 mg(as potassium iodide). Is there any reason why i can substitute this iodine solution for the above combos and rinse the ear with a syringe and iodine? You guys are wonderful! Thanks.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Yes you can use potassium iodide but watch for excessive irritation to your ear canal….some products can be the skin. We prefer using nascent iodine as it is a gentler formula, but people have been using Lugol’s , potassium iodide, and even povidone iodine for ages to help cure these ear infections.

  • JaneRae

    Hi, my question is about an ear ach. Sounds practical to apply some iodine on a cotton ball and put into the ear to kill pathogens, can you or anyone comment on this idea. Thanks!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Yes you can soak a cotton ball with Lugol’s or Nascent iodine….possibly others too, and put the cotton ball in your ear overnight. It might be uncomfortable at first but the stinging goes away quickly.


  • Jethro

    Dear Dr. Sircus,

    I recently bought your Nascent Iodine and Ancient Minerals. I have started the baths and supplementing with 6-8 drops of Iodine 3-4 times daily.

    I have taken probably 15-20 doses of antibiotics over 20yrs and suffer from sinusitis, fatigue, muscle weakness, bloating and constipation.

    My diet is excellent juicing and one meal a day vegetables and sardines….Warrior Diet Ori Hoffmeklar.

    I have greatly improved but just can’t seem to quite shake this condition.

    Can you help? I am willing to talk with you by phone for the 1hr consultation.

    Please, advise.


    Kailua, Oahu

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Jethro,

      I have given your message to Dr. Sircus. I also suggest you contact Luciana directly to arrange an appointment.

      Luciana Valentim at

  • Dalia

    I really appreciate it if you could answer my question:
    I am having hypothyroid for few months, THS was 5.0, my doctor prescribed me levo 50 mg, I felt awful while taking it, I felt like out of the world, more tired, depreseed, sluggish than ever, gaining weight 🙁 then after 3 months of taking it, after doing blood tests, my TSH was dropped to 0.2, my doctor told me to sstop the levo and check my blood after 1 month, i did the test, my TSH was back to 5.0. I decided to try any natural alternative, I live in Egypt, and they have only levo, no any other natural alternative. I ordered a “Desiccated Porcine Thyroid Tablets” through the internet and I got it shipped from USA. I’m taking it for a 3 months now, and no better changes in my blood tests 🙁
    My questios is: do you recommend taking iodine and see wether it would help me or not? I bought kelp tablets that contain 225 mcg per tablet. This is the only choice I have here.
    I really feel bad all the time.
    Help me please.
    Thank you so much.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Dahlia,

      Dr. Sircus feels that iodine can help even in hypoithyroid conditions. He generally recommends Nascent Iodine of Lugol’s which I believ can be3 shipped to you from the US. Kelp, depending on where it is sourced from may contain high amounts of radiation right now.

      Yes you should try some iodine and see if this helps you.

  • Marilyn Ramseier

    i’m confused on what’s the best dosage to give my children because i do agree that most everyone is iodine deficient.
    on i could of sworn i’d read an article several months ago that said healthy children and adults should be taking 12.5mg a day. the article spoke of how many people in japan regularily consume around 13mg of iodine a day in their diets. now on here it seems to say otherwise- “900mcg/day for 14-18 years including pregnancy and lactation.”
    my children (twins) are 14 years old. they’re both quite tall and healthy, but i would also say slightly overweight. my daughter weighs 140lbs. my son about 155lbs.
    i purchased nascent iodine from several months ago and at first i was giving my kids enough drops every day equivalent to 12.5 mgs each. as time went on i just sort of dropped the ball on that because of us always being busy/on the go. there are days i give them each 12.5mgs of nascent iodine still and days i only give them a couple drops a day (about 1mg). and there are days i don’t give them any iodine at all because i forget. i want to be consistent and know what is ideal for them, and for me too actually.
    so is it recommended that i only give them 900mcg a day for proper iodine supplementation/health, or 12.5mgs a day? if you could please clarify this for me i would greatly appreciate it.

    thanks so much!
    lyn r.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Lyn R,

      Different people and doctors believe different dosages are needed, thus the confusion. To add to it further, it depends on where you are living and the levels of radiation your and your children are exposed to. The iodine doctors, Bernstein, Flechas, and others believe the high dose iodine treatments (min. of 12. 5 mg/day) is what is needed. NIH recommends 150 mcg/day.

      In illness more iodine is needed. You need to decide whose philosophy to follow and go by their recommended doses…..or you can get a short consult with Dr. Sircus to get his specific recommendations for you and your children.

  • Jill

    Dear Marc,

    Please could you suggest a protocol for treating cervical dysplasia with nascent iodine?

    Many thanks

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Nascent iodine can be used both orally and applied to the cervix via douche or other means when treating cervical dysplasia. You would need a consultation with Dr. Sircus to get specific dosages, instruction and recommendations for a specific protocol depending on the severity of your dysplasia. Other information would be needed from you before he could properly advise you.

      Claudia French

  • Rosario

    Hello Dr Sircus and staff,

    I’d like to know if I can give Nascent Iodine to an 18 month-old girl, she’s healthy. How many drops should I give? should it be mixed with water or just put in the mouth? She’s around 22 pounds, she’s always been skinny and a little picky. She doesn’t eat a bad diet though.
    Thanks in advance for your answer.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      To Van and Rosario,

      Dr. David Brownstein, noted iodine doctor, recommends 0.08 mcg. per lb of body weight in children and to only do this under a doctor’s care and supervision.

      You may have to dilute the iodine down in water and only give a portion of it or you could also give it only 2 or three times/week. It is best to consult with a qualified practitioner.

  • Marc

    Dear Claudia,

    I like/ want ro use Iodine to clean my pineal gland from fluoride. Is Iodine helpful in this?

    I bought Lugol 7% (with no other information on the bottle). How much mg of Iodine is in one drop?

    I also have sleeping problems. Is iodine usage helpful for this?

    Thank you, regards,

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Marc,

      The amount per drop varies by the device used to measure. Please see the chart on this page to help you determine how much iodine is in a drop of the type ypu purchased. 7% iodine is much stronger than what is usually available.

      You might be better off contacting who you purchased this from to determine how much is in their drops. Yes adequate iodine will help displace fluoride in any part of the body.

  • Alita

    I have an 11 year old Grandchild diagnosed ADHD. We fought meds for 3 years and finally gave in to Focalin XR (10mg). I believe this child’s condition is due to toxicity stemming from the life style his parents lived. Drugs, alcohol, cigarette smoke (in very enclosed environments ie. car) and a very unhealthy diet and water supply. I have been searching for a natural Dr. in the Minneapolis MN area for him to work with in detoxifying and using iodine supplementation, but to no avail.

    Does IMVA have any resource directory of physicians or Naturalpaths dedicated to these practices nation wide?

    Thank you!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Alite,

      IMVA does not keep a list of doctors in the States that follow Dr. Sircus’ practice of allopathic medicine….sorry.

      Dr. Sircus does have his online clinic however, which you can be a part of from a distance. Or you can arrange a consultation with him to get started on his treatment protocol. You can read about it here:

      Or perhaps some of the other readers of this site could give you a referral in your area.

  • Lee

    I would like some advice on potential iodine overdose.

    I suggested to my mother to try and add iodine into her daily routine as she has bad arthritis, and as well as to protect herself from the upcominf radiation that will eventually sweep over northern europe, where we live.
    She ordered some Lugols iodine but she ordered the 15% version, where one drop equates to 7.5mg. She started taking 6 drops a day and after about three weeks she developed swelling on her thyroid and started losing weight so she immediately stopped. The lump now refuses to go away, even after 3 months it is still there, but reducing slowly.
    I just wondered could she have done some damage to her thyroid by suddenly injecting it with so much iodine, maybe affected it so it became underactive?? She’s really worried and has of course stopped taking it, and her doctor says it’s fine, but she’s beside herself with worry.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thank you

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Lee,

      In certain circumstances consumption of excessive amounts of iodine can inhibit synthesis of the thyroid hormone, leading to thyroid enlargement, especially if you have or have had any type of autoimmune or thyroid disorder. Most ccases of hypoactive thyroid disorder resulting from iodine intake have been found to be transitory.

      Iodine overdoses can cause the following symptoms:
      Abdominal pain
      Metallic taste
      Throat pain
      Mouth pain
      No urine output
      Shock seizures
      Shortness of breath
      If your mother is taking a 15% Lugol’s iodine, which is much different than what we are familiar with here in the US, and manufacturers package differently and droppers all measure differently , it would be best if you contacted the retailer you obtained this from to ask about the symptoms of taking too much of their specific product.

  • Annemarie

    Hi there.
    I’ve read about everything on this site,but nowhere I could find out about ADD. My son was diagnosed with it,he also have no concentration what so ever!! They want to put him on Ritalin(easy way out if you ask me!!!)
    I started this morning to gave him 125ml sodium bicarbonate to start with. Is this amount correct? Must I continue with this?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Annemarie,

      The amount of sodium bicarbonate necessary depends on what pH your son has. You need to be checking pH daily and let that be your guide. You also need to adjust his eating habits to a more alkaline diet so as not to be depenedent on the sodium bicarbonate alone.

      One of the other VERY immportant supplements he should have is Magnesium. We have written a great deal on adhd and behavior problems and how this is often due to magnesium deficiency. Magnesium in combination with Vit B6 has been shown to totally reverse some cases. Magnesium given to prisoners and disturbed children has markedly cut down on behavior prolemns and violence. Please read on our magnesium site and in both the original Transdermal Magnesium Book and the new edition which should be out in about 2 weeks..

      IMVA recommmends using Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil as it is the most pure form we have found and is perfectly safe to use in baths or as a body spray for children. Magnesium bath flakes from LL’s Magnetic Clay are also great for baths.

      Available here:

  • Erin

    Where to start… I’ve had severe psoriasis for several years now, which came on extremely suddenly in my early 30s to the point where my body was almost covered, as well as my scalp with much hair falling out. I finally got on Enbrel and then Humira, which has controlled it somewhat, along with light treatments, but not totally. As a young child I had many ear infections and was given tons of antibiotics.

    All my adult life I have also had bad PMS and fibrocystic breasts, depression and an overriding lack of energy that I could not attribute to any cause. Lately I have also been extremely irritable and exhausted for no reason, but completely unable to sleep through the night.

    Now I am 37 and would give anything to feel better. I’ve heard there is a link with iodine, fibrocystic breasts, and psoriasis. I want to know how much iodine I should start to take to see if it will help my with these problems. I bought some kelp iodine supplements from Whole Foods and just took 550 mcg a little while ago. I thought I might start taking this dose twice a day to see if it might help; should I take more than this? Is the liquid kind more effective?

    Any helpful advice is so much appreciated… I feeling like I’m feeling my way thru the dark on how to get started with this. Thank you.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Erin,

      Yes Iodine has proven beneficial in psoriasis and magnesium also is beneficial for fibrocystic breasts and PMS in addition to iodine. You should look into starting on a full protocol of Dr. Sircus’. Unfortunately we cannot advise specific dosages for you without more information on your condition and health. Please consider a consultation with Dr. Sircus for more specifics.

      But you can start on a dose of nascent iodine working up to at least 10 drops/day divided doses in water and purchase some Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil from LL’s Magnetic Clay, and start using that transdermally. We are not currently recommending kelp due to the radiation problems in Japan, unless you are sure of the source and content of the kelp.

      Hope this helps a little to get you started.

  • tanja Chester

    Hi, has anyone had experience with iodine dosage and bone infection. I have been getting odd bone chills in my forearms which comes and goes in severity. It is driving me crazy and worrying me. I can see from all these posts I wasn’t taking a high dosage for something this serious. So have increased to 20 drops of nascent iodine every 2 hours, even during the night. Now I am getting tingly arms and don’t know if this is a good thing, the chilled bone thing has diminished. My thumb which was bitten by a dog and broke the bone, seems to be improving after 1 day of the high dosage, but still stiff and sore to bend the knuckle.
    Any advice would be very welcome. I don’t want to give in to more antibiotics, doctors or hospitals. I plan on beating this and having strong arms again. Thanks, all these posts are very illuminating. There is nothing so sweet as hearing people overcome their health problems.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Bone infections are difficult to treat. You need to get a direct consult with Dr. Sircus to determine the proper dosage of iodine needed and to decide what else would be helpful.

  • Suzanne

    A heart felt thank you for the information on this site.
    The magnesium chloride products and the Nascent iodine discussed on this site are available in Australia for those
    who wish to source it locally (my preference)) – – in Queensland.

  • Susan H.

    My 12 year old son has been dealing with Psoriasis now for 5 years. He has been on creams and Enbrel shots.

    He also has Asperger Syndrome/ ADHD.

    The shots did clear him up.

    Last May we took him off the shots and prescriptions creams.

    The Psoriasis has reappeared over the winter. I do not want him to go back on prescription meds.

    I would like to try the iodine. What would be a proper dose.

    Thank you

    Susan H.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Susan,

      You would be better off following Dr. Sircus’ complete protocol of magnesium chloride , sodium bicarbonate and iodine for the problems you descrive, of Asperger/ADHD and psoriasis. Please read on all of our sites which can be found at the very top of each of our websites, and if you don’t find the information you need there, please obtain a consultation with Dr. Sircus.

  • Elizabeth

    I keep reading about people taking Nascent Iodine but I’m not seeing any dosages mentioned recently – not even by the IMVA staff. There’s an issue with taking iodine with selenium but maybe that’s not Nascent Iodine? Does anyone know how much selenium to take with 3 drops of Nascent Iodine in 8 oz of water and does it matter if the water is alkaline?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Use a good pure water, like spring water. Specific questions about dosages cannot be answered here. A great deal of information has already been given in the essays and here on the comments, you may have to go back are read again. Dr. Sircus is publishing a new e-book which will address a lot of your questions, but specifics like your question on selenium should only be answered in consultation when the Doctor has full information on your situation and circumstances. A normal selenium dose should be fine to take with nascent iodine. Please read up on all of Dr. Sircus’ recent essays.

  • DD

    I have been using the Nascent Iodine for about a week, and I think that it’s giving me more energy and mental clarity. I have a testimonial from someone who visits my web site, and she told me that she was using topical iodine and taking it internally for cancer. She was doing well with it.

  • Trudi

    I have a 9 yr old son with mild autism behaviors, doesn’t focus, is very bouncy, doesn’t have an indoor voice etc.
    He is taking trienza an enzyme product, he has a mild milk allergy.
    I would like to start giving him some Lugol’s 2% that I just purchased but I’m scared not knowing how much to give and how often?
    Can Lugol’s be mixed with food, pudding, applesauce?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      While we prefer using Nascent iodine, especially for children, I found this information on the site of JCrows, who retails LUGOL’S iodine. Its from Dr. Jarvis of Vermont Folk Medicine fame:

      A second function of iodine is to calm the body and relieve nervous tension. When nervous tension runs high there is irritability and difficulty in sleeping well at night, and the body is continually on a combat basis, organized for fight and flight. All these points stress a body’s need for iodine to lessen nervous tension, relax the body and enable it to or-ganize for peace and quiet, by the building and storing of body reserves against time of need. I have learned through Vermont folk medicine that it is possible to repeatedly change an irritable, impatient, and restless child under ten years of age into a calm, patient individual within two hours’ time by giving one drop of Lugol’s solution of iodine by mouth in a vegetable or fruit juice or in a glass of water made acid in reaction by adding a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar. I have repeatedly prescribed this in order to make it possible for a mother of a racehorse-type little boy or girl to be able to live comfortably with the child. I have never seen it fail to calm down a nervous child.

  • Elizabeth

    I have the book: Iodine Return to the Universal Medicine and I have been taking Nascent Iodine. I don’t have time to go back and study the book right now but would like to continue taking the Iodine two to three drops a day in 8 oz. of water. Is it safe to say a supplement of 200 mcg’s will help the conversation of the T3 to T4 hormone or do I need to do more homework? Thanks for any insight.

  • Lets

    Will the iodine help acne and what is the recommended dosage for this? Is this something that can be purchased at a pharmacy and used topically?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Lets,

      Iodine has been said to oftentimes be a cause of acne breakouts. Especially when used in high doses, or when first starting oral ingestion of it. Depending on the cause however, it can be helpful to treat topically with iodine. A paste of Sodium bicarbonate applied topically can also help .

      Claudia French

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Lets,

      Iodine has been known to aggravate acne, especially if used orally in high doses. Most likely 5 drops of nascent in water won’t aggravate acen. Iodine can be used topically on acne but the solution will stain the skin, unless you can find colerless iodine, which is available but you will have to do a google search for it.

  • Anne Brinkley

    I am concerned about preparing myself for radiation fallout. Since it takes several months to a year with iodine supplementation to protect the thyroid, are the potassium iodine tablets that are distributed during an emergency really of use? Also, can Lugol’s and Nascent be used in lieu of potassium iodine in case of a nuclear emergency? What are the recommended dosages?

    A. Brinkley

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Yes, Lugols and Nascent can be used in leiu of potassium iodine. Please see the various essays on Dr. Mark’s blog on radiation treatment for more information on radiation treatment.

  • Elizabeth

    Re: dosages, I take two to three drops of Nascent Iodine in 8 oz of water in am on empty stomach. How many mcg’s of selenium do you reccomend? Thanks,

  • Josie / joyfulsunrise

    Salute to Iodine ~~~

    My mother had to be in a nursing home for the last yr. of her life.
    as the cartliage in her knee snapped and she needed more care.

    Always, a lovely kind woman with a quick mind, she began to get angry and forget things. I could not administer any remedy to her, nor could I change the meds they were giving her.

    I visited her daily. She was most disturbed that she was forgetting things and I was concerned about her anger.

    One day she surprised me by a lovely attitude and her sharp mind back.
    I realized that the last week or so she was moving back into her old self.
    I asked the nurse practitioner if they were giving her anything different. He said yes. Iodine ~
    Her mind remained alert until her physical self decided it was time to leave.94yrs.

  • Dianne

    I just started using Nascent Iodine last week. I am noticing that I experience tennitus after taking even the smallest dose. I have a history of tennitus after taking certain medications, ie. Motrin, Cipro (took 3 pills and ears rang for 8 months). I did the iodine skin test and the stain stays on my skin for over 24 hours. I’ve read that tennitus can be associated with iodine deficiency BUT the symptoms of excess iodine can be the same as for deficiency. Could I have a iodine sensitivity?

    Have you ever heard of this reaction?

    Thank you!

    • IMVA Staff

      Dear Dianne,

      Research has shown that tinnitus from any cause (loud noises or medications) causes a reduced blood flow in the inner ear which is what causes tinnitus. Magnesium has been found to relax the blood vessels in the ear and increase circulation. The tinnitus then goes away. So try making some drops with the magnesium oil and distilled water and use that in the ear about an hour before you drink the nascent iodine. A bit of trial and error would be needed to determine the proper dilution. start with 50/50 water and mag oil.

      You don’t say how much nascent iodine you are taking but it could be that you should cut back on that amount also. And with the stain lasting 24 hours, you may not need too much iodine supplementation.


      Claudia French

  • Edward

    Several years ago whenever I got the flu, I would be extremely weak, be hot and cold for a while, and have a bad cough with gurgling in my lungs for at least one week.

    Recently I got the flu. This time I was weak, but still able go get around, had a few hot/cold spells for about 8 hours. After one day, I felt much better. No cough and no gurgling in the lungs. After three day my temputure returned to normal. What is the difference?

    Lugol’s solution for about one and half years. More recently I starting taking magnesium. As magnesium chloride in foot baths. I also took plenty of magnesium taurate and some iodized magnesium. I also take 9000 IU of vitamin D3. I also took Bicarbonate of Soda about one day after getting the flu. 1/2 teaspoon 6 times for the lst day, 3 dosages for the second day, and one dosage on the final day.

    Just thought I would share this. God bless!

  • Alicia F

    I would LOVE some help in determining what doasge of Lugol’s 2.2% I ought to give to my baby, myself (pregnant) and my 6 year old. Thanks so much!

    • IMVA Staff


      Dr. Sircus recommends using Nascent iodine for oral use and using Lugols only for topical use. You can read more about this on our Iodine site and in the Iodine book.

      Claudia French

  • stephanie

    I am currently using the Iodine topically on my 10 year old son who has Mulluscum. We have been putting it on almost every day and they are getting smaller and some have disappeared all together in as little as 3 days. We originally went to the dermatologist and had them painfully burned off and it didn’t work..they only multiplied!!

    I have seen first hand Iodine curing goiter, gout and Hoshimoto’s as well as weight loss.

  • Carol

    If you have Hashimoto’s, I have read that it is dangerous to supplement with iodine. What is your opinion and what amount of Nascent Iodine should one use then?

    • IMVA Staff

      You can find Dr. Sircus’ complete answer to your question by reading his recent essay posted on his blog site : Iodine Phobia and Salt Truth

      Medical supervision in recommended if you have Hashimoto’s and dosage may vary according to individual circumstance.

      Claudia French

  • Terry


    I am double posting because I think I typed in the wrong cat,
    I have required some nascent iodine 2%, my daughter would like to use it on her face because she has trouble with boils, but do you use it neat or with water, and do you use a light brush to put in on the face, or just dab it on, she also has magnesium gel, how is the best way to combine the two.
    kindest regards, terry.

    • IMVA Staff


      Its important to find out the cause of recurrent boils ..they are usually caused by staph bacteria, but more commonly are being caused by a very resistant form of staph bacteria. Dietary and lifestyle changes may be needed to prevent re-occurrances. You might want to consult a naturopathic MD to make sure the an underlying condition such as diabetes is not at play here.

      You can apply iodine directly to the skin though nascent iodine will stain skin on the face. You can purchase povidone iodine gel instead if you wish, and take the nascent iodine orally instead. Magnesium gel can be applied alternating with iodine, directly to the skin….both at 3x day… but apart from each other.

      Claudia French

  • maryke

    @ bruce
    walter last has protocol for using iodine as a microbial in conjunction with pro biotics.

  • What is the difference between iosol iodine and nascent iodine

    Thank you. Geineker@optonline

    I have Epstein barr virus would the iodine help

    • IMVA Staff

      Hi Gail,

      IOSOL IODINE: One drop contains 1.83 mg of iodine/iodide

      NASCENT IODINE: One drop contains 200 mcg or .2 mg of iodine

      Nascent iodine is gentler and less irritating than iodide can be, but because of the way it is formulated, is more active in the body.

      Claudia French

  • Wow, it’s great to seen so many people finding Dr. Sircus’ info on iodine, sodium bicarbonate and magnesium chloride! I just found out from this comment area that I have been taking quite a low dose of nascent iodine and I am surprised as I, even at a low dose, have been so energetic and so emotionally stable ( I used to get depressed alot) I can’t wait to start using magnesium chloride when I can afford it! Thank goodness sodium bicarbonate is still pretty cheap!
    To our good health, physically and emotionally! April

  • Alta

    I am new here,but very interested in iodine and want to follow all the comments.How much for weightloss?

  • I found Iodine accidentally! Could never grow my hair long..but guess what..its down my back now, and thicker and shinier! Amazing. And I’m 81 and for the first time can wear my hair up!! Was hypothyroid, have had the heart attack etc etc. Now I’m told from an ultrasound that I’ve actually grown some new bloodvessels in my heart. Lve my Iodine, and love the Magnesium spray, and take Bi carb twice a day,( and lost 17 kg!!)
    Thank you Dr Sircus for all this wonderful info. Margaret

  • mina

    Hello again,
    I purchased Lugoli*s iodine 5% so please tell me what is the best way to use. I mention it*s the treatment of ovarian cancer. Thank you!

    • IMVA Staff

      Dear Mina,

      Dr. Sircus only recommends Lugol’s iodine in specific instances of cancer treatment. Please see his book on Iodine.
      He instead attempts to battle cancers with the full force of his protocol which would include sodium bicarbonate use and magnesium and other substances. Please see his cancer books for a greater understanding of this.

      Other ebooks are available at: If you want specific instructions, you can request a private consultation with him. He will not make specific recommendations without much more information from you. Please see:


      Claudia French

  • Jean Zincone

    Hello. How would you use iodine for cold sore (herpes) mouth to either reduce the healing time or prevent future outbreaks? Thank you Jeany

    • IMVA Staff

      Iodine is effective against herpes. You can use nascent iodine and paint it on the cold sore, or you can use one of the povidone iodine ointments. But there are many things that will help to heal cold sores, Zinc is another, see George Eby’s site on this at:

      You can also make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the cold sore. It will help to drain and dry it within a short time.
      Apply iodine or sodium bicarbonate past 2-3 times/day depending on your tolerance.

      Claudia French

  • I just want to say THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU AND THANKYOU….over and over again…from my “HEART” !
    Your concern and sharing for and with humanity is appreciated more than you can know.
    Deepest blessings to you every day~~~

  • Yelena Fenina

    My daughter has a boil due to a staph infection. She is 21 months old. Would I be able to treat her with iodone, if so what dosage?

    • IMVA Staff

      Dear Yelena,

      You can try dabbing iodine directly on the boil three times/day.

      You can also try making a paste of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and placing this on top of the boil three times/day. This has also helped many people with boils.

      Best of luck,
      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  • Archie

    Hi there.

    I am a 51 year old female living in India. I have hypothyroid with typical symptoms. It is just recently that I came across the concept of iodine supplementation. We do not have such a concept here in India.

    I bought a bottle today and it says “Aqueous Iodine Solution I.P. ’66’. I really do not understand what it means.

    I would just like to start using iodine orally in really small quantity. I have no clue whether or not I am iodine deficient. I am just guessing small amounts would not harm me.

    Can anyone suggest what is the strength of my solution and how much should I take at what time intervals? Please reply to me.

  • Lynn

    Thank you for this information. I am new to the concept of treating infections with iodine. Would this be recommended to treat strep throat infection in a 10yr.old/117lb. boy and at what dosage? Can the Nascent Iodine be purchased in any local stores or only online?
    Thank you!

  • Connie

    Becky, I must agree, the natural health root seems to be getting more expensive as more people find the true solution in nutrition and not pharmecudicals. I find that getting back to the Bible is the sane way to go. God gives us wisdom if we will take the time to read His word and much of that wisdom leads to excellent health. In fact the Bible tells us that the Word of God is health to our flesh and strength to our bones, that life is in the blood. God also tells us that the Love of money (not money itself) is the root of All evil….so there will be those who get greedy in the Natural health industry just like the Pharmecudical industry. We all need to get back to basics. Americans have gotten so far from the land, soil and let chemical companies tempt farmers into more crops rather than healthy crops….God tells us that men follow a way that seems right but leads to death….I am sure that this statement could be used in many avenues of life but for our health many Americans run to doctors instead of Gods way…..He tells us that men will reap what they sow, for good or bad…the seed we plant today is the harvest tomarrow….we must realize everything we think and do is a seed of some sort,….God is amazingly wise, more than we for sure. Doing word studies in the Bible is very enlightening, even the words of our mouth produce life and death, blessing and cursing…..I find a great amount of peace and hope in following God’s ways, even though I have not attained perfection, it is an encouragement to me to keep on the narrow path as I do see now it leads to life and life more abundant. Just my 2 cents worth for today…God bless you all in your endeavors to be healthy.
    Kind Regards !

  • Becky

    I appreciate the info. I will have to stay with Lugol’s as I can’t afford $36 for one ounce of the Nascent iodine. Lugol’s is high enough for the 5% but the 2% is more affordable.

    Funny how these simple old-fashioned meds seemed to drastically elevate in price when they once again became desirable and needed. Natural medicine seems to be following in the steps of big pharma and we simple folks are the ones being fleeced no matter what we choose.

    • Artemis

      Really, how true that is !!! It’s a bit infuriating to see what some/most naturopaths/alt. docs charge – in some cases it is so obvious they are trying to push all sorts of programs which they charge a freaking fortune for – and if you’re familiar with and use natural meds for years as I have, wow,,,, some are outright con jobs!!! Know your info folks – yeah – $40 for iodine – give me a break !!!

    • Hairy Canari

      OH but my dear you can get a lot of drops out of that little dropper and guess what it could last you up to 2 months and at that price it is totally affordable and good for your health. More money than that would be an absolute rip off. Depends on the individual and how much you take but the droppers they come with are mini droppers and give exactly what you need per dose. Think about you and tell yourself you deserve to spend $38.00 on your health. It’s for you no one else.
      Keep smiling.

      • Shree

        I agree with you. Twenty drops equals to 1 ml (milliliter). So if you prepare yourself one liter of 10% Lugol’s soln and your need is one drop per day ( i.e. about 6.35 mg of iodine) then it comes to 1000 X 20 = 20000 days or about 55 years. Dam cheap. Cheers ! enjoy !

  • Becky

    I too am still confused about Lugol’s maintenance dosage. I read everything I can find on the subject and cannot afford the book at this time. I am in my 50’s and I weigh 114lbs. I have no medical/health issues that I am aware. Can anyone tell me what a good daily dosage would be? HELP

    I already have the 2% and the 5% Lugol’s but have no clue how much to take.

    • IMVA Staff

      Excerpt from the site of J. Crow a retailer of Lugol’s iodine:

      When used to maintain the iodine content of the body the dose is small and is taken only on certain days of the week. When the mineral content of the body is analyzed, only a trace of iodine is found. Ten drops of iodine represent more iodine than is found in the entire body. For this reason, the dose of Lugol’s solution of iodine is one or two drops, depending on your body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds or less, for example, your dose to maintain the normal iodine content of the body is one drop, taken at one meal on Tuesday and Friday of each week. If you weigh more than 150 pounds, the dose should be two drops instead of one. It is useful to remember that the human body works on the minimum of anything it needs. If there should be a rise in sickness in the area where you live, it would be well to take the Lugol’s solution three times a week instead of two, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for the purpose of storing up reserve.

      How is the drop of the solution to be taken, on the directed days? In general, medical men prescribe iodine to be taken on an empty stomach, preferably 20 minutes before food is taken. During the passing years Vermont folk medicine has worked out a different plan and it is one I like to follow. It has been referred to in another connection elsewhere in this book. To repeat, adding one teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water to make the water acid in reaction, holding the medicine dropper horizontal in order to get a maximum drop, one drop of the Lugol’s solution is added to the mixture. The contents are stirred with a spoon and sipped through the course of the meal, as one would drink a cup of coffee or tea.

      However please be aware that IMVA recommends the use of Nascent Iodine which is a detoxified form and can be taken in higher amounts. Nascent Iodine is available from LL’s Magnetic Clay Co.

      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  • edita

    still learning to understand Lugol usage


    LESLIE, Go to Earth Clinic for your issue and read. I am sick of the subject when it is a no-brainer.
    Women from all over the world write in about the same subject and want an instant cure. They just
    don’t want to read. Again………. read. It is a pH , probotic, yeast, folic acid , and enzyme thing. Read.
    Your idiot doctor has no clue except for anti-biotics , which will last a few weeks.

  • Bill

    Where would we be without Dr. Sircus as a champion for natural therapies. Thank you!

  • Frank

    Thank you for this information. It is so hard to get accurate information on dosages.When taking iodine and also using sodium bicarbonate orally can they be taken close together or should they be taken at different times. I understand iodine can reduce the effectiveness of antioxidants, and should not be taken together. does the same apply with sodium bicarb and other nutients?

  • sam barbary

    Dr. Sircus deserves alot of credit for telling the truth about alternative treatments of cancers, infections, etc. I would like to add a bit of info regarding cancer. In 1948, my grandmother who was 50 then, was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. So she decide to switch to an ND (naturapatic doctor) He treated her with IV injections of medical grade hydrogen peroxide over a period of 8 weeks. She lived for another 30 years. There are under ground clinics who do this.

    Thank you Dr. Sircus


    Doctor, I thankfully ask this: Is there a liquid measure that can be used for the %5 Lugols doseage such as 1/2 teaspoon, etc.? How much do I need measured in a teaspoon? or a tablespoon? God bless you ! And what else do we need to take with Lugols’ ? F,64,Hashimotos,etc. Taking 4-5 Armour daily as available. p.s. Under a good dr.s orders I once took 35 grains daily of Cytomel and did very well. I can no longer afford it.

    • Mark Sircus

      Lugol’s being a much higher concentration, is commonly measured in drops, not teaspoonfuls or fractions of. The amount you use is dependent on what you are treating. Maintenence doses are different from treatment doses. You should work with a qualified health care practitioner to ensure the best plan for you.

  • Kathleen Egbert

    This is for Deenie with the peridontal disease.
    Chris Astill-Smith D.O etc. at has told his classes that liquid folic acid, taken between 11 PM and 1 AM (Standard time) will significantly reduce peridontal disease.
    Directions are to brush and floss normally, then put 2-3 squirts of the liquid folic acid in your mouth. Swish it around and massage it into your gums with your tongue for 5-10 minutes. Then swallow it. He tells us that the folic acid is needed to facilitate tissue repair. It works best doing it between 11 PM and 1 AM because this is “gallbladder time” in Chinese medicine. I do not know how/why “gallbladder time” and the liquid folic acid use correlates like this, but his experience indicates it does. There is some Wedtern medicine research that indicates certain drugs work better when taken at certain times, so there is some general confirmation that the concept of dosing vs. timing has some documented validity.
    His website contains video courses of major value for those interested in the clinical application of biochemistry.

  • I have worried with an odor problem in my female area, taking antibiotics on and off for 2-1/2 years. It clears up and then comes back. would taking Iodine orally help? Would doucing with iodine take care of it? I also have taken acidolphis but have heard that there are two things doctors have discovered that are needed which is not in the acidolphis??

    I am very clean and have not had sex since married about 3 years ago. I also had a pap smear which turned out ok. I was poisoned with supposedly mercury. Do you think that could have caused the problem?

    I was able to get the old Lugol’s before they reduced the percentage.


    P.S. I wasn’t sure my post here got through, so apologize if two posts.


    • iodine

      Dear Leslie,

      Yes taking iodine orally and douching with it would be part of a good treatment. So would doing the same with sodium bicarbonate and even with magnesium chloride or what is known as magnesium oil. For the mercury part, which is a big part of most peoples presenting picture of disharmony (disorder) first step would be taking selenium and Alpha Lipoic Acid (rALA) and then a good natural chelation product. Also this brings up the use of clay, both a good eating clay and topical clay. I deal with LL Magnetic Clay Company for the magnesium, iodine and clay aspects of my protocol as well as for a probiotic you should take. I also like Living Stream Probiotic for transdermal use but probiotic has to be in your treatment story. You can see on my Online Clinic site my product endorsements and the contact information.

      This statement about not having sex for three years since being married, if true or accurately communicated, could also be part of the problem though the antibiotics and mercury pathology picture would still be a factor no matter what. But if there is a sexual block and a shutting down of areas and organs of the body to pleasure and love well this you would benefit from looking into.

      Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
      Director International Medical Veritas Association

  • Would Iodine help with a bacteria problem in one’s vagina? I have dealt with this for almost 3 years taking antibiotics. It clears up but comes back. I have douced with soda, vinegar and boric acid the last time. I am at a loss as to what to do. I also had a pap smear which did not turn up anything wrong.


  • John B.

    Sorry, forgot. Do take selenium, as Bruce said. Also, selenium without iodine can damage the thyroid so start it after beginning the iodine. Four Brazil nuts will do. Need it to convert the T4 to T3.

    As Laurel said, it works on skin cancer. Had a long time spot on my forearm that continually itched. Iodine cleared it up. Pealed a couple times but then fine.

  • John B.

    Took two years to convince my brother, an M.D., that he could quit his Synthroid (25 years) if he supplemented iodine. Took 6.5 mg Iodural, twice a week and then switched to eating seaweed (4.5-5.5 mg per serving) as kombu or some other. Interestingly, his hemoglobin jumped 2 points to 12.5 after being somewhat anemic for years.

    Currently trying to cure my sister with Hashimoto’s disease (15 years). With 2.5 mg of Lugol’s 2%, daily, and 88 mcg of Synthroid her TSH has dropped to 0.19. So it obviously is working. I wish she would reduce her Synthroid more. After four years of telling her to use iodine on her psoriasis, she relented and the large spot on her ankle cleared. She is now trying it on her scalp.

    My wife’s borderline glaucoma (iop 19) dropped to 15 after daily 225 mcg for one year. No other changes in her diet or supplementation so it must have been the iodine.

    Daughters and other women ceased having menstrual problems with as little as 225 mcg but I recommend a minimum of 675 mcg.

    Women with lifelong cold hands and feet have had vast improvement with 1 mg and would probably do better with more.

    Am about to leave to work with a woman who doesn’t want to go on Synthroid for hypothyroidism.

    I am not a doctor. I am a retired utility worker but I do what I can. I am so tired of patents being abused and killed by their well intentioned doctors. Most have been brainwashed by the pharmaceuticals and our corrupt government. I have another brother who is a doctor but he is slowly learning and now uses transdermal magnesium. It’s a start. You know that most doctors take at least one course of “god schooling”.

  • Sybil Primrose

    This article and information is very interesting to me, and a you do not mention ‘mood’ changes, I thought I would send this message.
    Earlier this year, I became aware that I was lacking in motivation to do anything at all. Normally I am a very active eighty year old. I complained about may state to a friend on the phone, and she suggested maybe Iodine would/could help. When i looked it up on product information on the GLN website, that source said that iodine deficiency is related to lack of WILL, just what I was feeling. Once I started to take the recommended five drops a day, within a few days things were back to normal for me. Hooray!.
    Since then I have maintained the 5 drops a day, and all is well.
    I gather from your article that probably more than 5 drops, maybe up to 12 drops daily would be of benefit, so I will try increasing gradually and see how that goes. I normally have very good health, tho I have had each hip replaced, and have been warned that my bone density needs to be strengthened, tho’ it is only slightly low.
    Thank you for this information in your article.

  • Hi doc Mark,
    I finally managed to find 10% iodine in Australia, and have removed a cancer?wart? that had been burnt 4 times,( never went away and had grown,) from the back of my hand. I wish I had taken pictures to share! I now cannot find a trace of distorted pores at all, and have perfect skin once again:-) I admit it did itch a bit at the 2 week stage, so I backed off till it stopped, used fresh aloe leaves to soothe it, and then continued, all I can say is Brilliant!!!! and thank you so much for very good advice:-)

  • Anita Reusch

    I’ve been an avid reader of your letters for a long time now. As it happens I also belong to the Weston A. Price Foundation, in fact I’m a local chapter leader in Germany. The last two issues of their journal Wise Traditions dealt with iodine.

    Having put the fear of thyroid trouble into me by my pharmacist who refused to sell me Lugol’s when he heard I wanted to use it internally, I had been reticent and only used it externally after purchasing it from another pharmacy.

    Once I started using iodine in a homeopathic form my stubborn sinus issues finally started resolving. Then I read that topical treatment of moles with iodine would make them fall off or disappear within three to four weeks.

    This experiment is still in progress, but I can feel the iodine working on my moles, they first turn darker and itch and then they crust over and flake off. The results so far have been encouraging, both with the moles and sinus troubles at the same time.

    With my experience, this treatment could put dermatologists out of business.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge,


  • Gary M Hertzog

    I have purchased the books about magnesium and Iodine and I think your information is really helpful. I have been taking 3 drops of Nascent iodine 3 time a day since I read your book.

    I had some standard blood test done a few weeks ago. My TSH was 5.3 and normal 0.3 to 4.8. My doctor said I was ruining my thyroid and to stop taking the Iodine. Can this be possible? He is not an alternative practitioner and we argue allot. I have not taken any for a month now and think I am doing wrong, Can you enlighten me?

  • peggy nicholson

    hello. my comment is – thank you for this information. i had just sat down at the computer to determine iodine dosage once and for all. this has been a very unclear issue for me. before i started i checked my email and there was your newsletter re iodine. perfect timing! i also have a quick question. i am treating three dogs for cancer: 7 lbs with melanoma of the jaw and chin; 20 lbs with malignant tumor at top of right front leg; 7 lb female with rectal, vaginal and now mammary tumors. my vet doesn’t know the first thing about iodine. could you possibly just give me your best guess as to dosage for these little guys? i just started a few days ago with consistent doses. i use magnescent and give each dog 5 drops twice daily. i do not think this is enough. if these were your own dogs…
    also – can you put magnescent or lugols right on the tumors?

    thank you and very kind regards,

  • deenie

    Great article and badly needed, especially in these perilous times.
    I have periodontal disease and have been using Iosol’s iodine but too conservatively. I will try doubling the dosage to 23mg a day and I feel optimistic that my gum problems will greatly diminish if not disappear altogether. Thank you!

  • Elena Manrique

    Dear Mark Sircus: What a wonderful review on iodine, thank you! I am making my list of measurements in case of H1N1 swuie flu or H1N1 swine flu mandatory vaccination and indeed for the first situation is absolutely needed and also for the 2nd right?
    I have 3 questions, how is thyroid metabolism altered with some of these dosages of iodine?
    Do we need a thyroid profile be taken first to take iodine?
    How is iodine deficiency determined?
    I send you a big hug. Dr. Elena Manrique.

  • Kevin

    Anyone able to help on reasonable dosage of iodine in this patient with no thyroid due to extraction in 1994, plus other cancer, immunity and also tiredness issues due to taking only half (150mcg per day)of the originally-prescribed doseage of Synthroid ™ thyroxine over three years so as to discourage recurrence of a sarcoma from 2005? Thanks.

  • Very informative and well written. I strongly believe iodine is a requirement for good health.

    I believe it should be stressed that taking large doses requires the addition of selenium to prevent damage to the thyroid. (200-400mcg max).
    Also, if iodine treats candida, would it not be required to replace the good bacteria as it would also kill those off?

  • Norm Cameron

    just a shoty note to express my appreciation for your sharing of knowledge …it is slowly sinking in …I mean I’m only 68 :O) …
    blood pressure was high and iodine may be an issue …long term hypo thyroid ..I been reading and saving your issues since January 13th 09 …lost some weight and altered my food to raw or home cooked …drinking nettle and dandylion teas only
    thank you so much