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Iodine Treatments for Radiation Exposure

Published on March 14, 2011

Second half of Interview

After testing over 500 patients, I found that 94.7 percent of my patients are deficient in inorganic iodine. – Dr. David Brownstein

Clearly we are just at the beginning of this disaster and very far from its end, and already it is unprecedented in scope. “If this accident stops right now it will already be one of the three worst accidents we have ever had at a nuclear power plant in the history of nuclear power,” said Joseph Cirincione, an expert on nuclear materials and president of the U.S.-based Ploughshares Fund, a firm involved in security and peace funding.

There is absolutely zero chance that this disaster in progress is going to stop now or any time soon, so precautions need to be taken right away by every citizen in the northern hemisphere that is downwind and on the track of the jet stream that will quickly carry radioactive materials first to North America then to Europe and beyond to Russia. This is all going to be much worse than people want to believe, so rush to get your iodine right now! Get your hands on whatever you can for in a few days there will be no iodine to have of any type.

Dr. Brownstein writes, “If there is enough inorganic, non-radioactive iodine in our bodies, the radioactive fallout has nowhere to bind in our bodies. It will pass through us, leaving our bodies unharmed. It is important to ensure that we have adequate iodine levels BEFORE this fallout hits.” There is some very important information about iodine below not being presented by the government or press. This is an IMVA Emergency Alert and we will be updating this document in the days and weeks ahead so check back to the IMVA blog for the most current form.

Think again, think seven times again before you leap and start construction of new nuclear power plants. – Mikhail Gorbachev – June 2006

Though the United States, Canadian and European governments are not warning their citizens of the dangers that will drop down on them from the jet stream, this following video does a good visual job of showing what areas will be most affected. With the true size of the catastrophe starting to take shape populations downwind across the entire northern hemisphere had better start becoming concerned enough to secure supplies of iodine to protect themselves from one large part of the radioactive dangers.
Humans tolerate large doses of iodine so the very high dosages recommended for protection for radioactive iodine are not usually a problem except for those who already have serious problems with their thyroids, which is quite a lot of people considering how many are deficient in this vital nutrient. The government’s recommendation of a onetime pulse dose might perhaps be appropriate when confronted with a nuclear blast but for chronic long term exposure, which is suggested with what is in progress in Japan, calls for different formula and dosages through time.

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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.

If radiation threatens, it behooves people to start taking the highest dosages tolerable to protect not only their thyroids but also all the glandular tissues as well. Iodine protects the thyroid, breasts, prostate and ovary glands as well as other tissues in the body from radiation if present in sufficient quantities.

Lugol's Iodine

When treating life-threatening diseases we do not have months to fool around with low dosages. We need to zoom up iodine levels quickly. And we need to get it concentrated to certain tissues or organs. Just to give you an idea of how high iodine dosages have been taken we have to revisit the 1930s when iodine was still a universal medicine present in the U.S. Pharmacopeia and used at much higher dosages than anyone even dreams of using today.

The usual dose for treatment back then was 300 mgs (46 drops of full strength Lugol’s) to 1 gm (1000 mg, 154 drops). It is very important to realize that today’s Lugol’s is not universally the same as it was because of new federal legal requirements about concentration levels. The best company offers Lugol’s at varying concentration levels.

Potassium iodide (also called KI) is a salt of stable (not radioactive) iodine. Stable iodine is an important chemical needed by the body to make thyroid hormones. Following a radiological or nuclear event, radioactive iodine may be released into the air and then breathed into the lungs of any being breathing that air. Radioactive iodine may also contaminate the local food supply and get into the body through food or drink. In the case of internal contamination with radioactive iodine, the thyroid gland quickly absorbs this chemical. Radioactive iodine absorbed by the thyroid can then injure the gland. Because non-radioactive iodine acts to block radioactive iodine from being taken into the thyroid gland, it can help protect this gland from injury.
There will be little or no time to consult doctors and other health care practitioners to get the proper dosage. The standard dose for potassium iodide during radiation emergencies: For infants, babies and children, KI is administered for exposure of 5 centigrays (cGy) or more. For birth through 1 month, 16 mg can be administered; for 1 month through 3 years, 32 mg can be administered; for 3-12 years, 65 mg can be administered; for adolescents ages 12-18 years, 65 mg can be administered (or up to 120 mg if the adolescent is approaching adult size).

Nascent Iodine
Nascent Iodine

Nascent iodine, though more expensive, actually tastes and feels good while going down and is gentle enough to give to children, who do not seem to complain about its taste. My recommendation would be to use the Nascent Iodine in high dosages to both saturate the thyroid (which makes it less vulnerable to chemical and radioactive attack) while it will also knock out any contaminants already absorbed. Nascent iodine contains approximately 400 mcg per drop so 10 drops is 4 mg and 100 drops is only 40 so it’s safe to take much higher dosages than is suggested on the bottle. In fact one has to completely ignore the suggested dosages on the bottle and take some of the information below as ones guidance for dealing with threatening radiation dropping down out of the clouds that are moving along with the jet stream.

One hundred drops a day is a strong dose, but when treating life threatening diseases it would not be unheard of to use upward of 200 drops a day in divided doses, but if you get your iodine on the day the news is sounding the radiation alarm I would jump right to 100 drops or 50 drops in divided dosages for children. It is my belief that the Nascent atomic form is much more efficient than the molecular form meaning you would need less but when confronted with a cloud of radiation one wants to work beyond the speculative. Again the government is recommending a onetime dosage, which makes sense if there is no time to address iodine deficiencies.

It normal conditions it is important to remember that one should not shoot straight up to these dosage levels; rather, start at low dosages and monitor for detoxification reactions, which will be less if sodium bicarbonate and other substances are used in conjunction with it. But in emergencies involving radiation we have not the luxury of time so one has to thrust iodine levels up sharply in burst dosages.

Dr. Brownstein said he was using 200-300 mg with his prostate and breast cancer patients, and those who have metastases needing the highest dosages. He also uses both Lugol’s and Nascent reserving the Nascent for his more sensitive patients. There is also the tablet form of varying dosages (Iodoral), which is used by more than several of the iodine doctors I know.

Iodine is needed in microgram amounts for the thyroid, milligram amounts for breast and other tissues, and can be used therapeutically in gram amounts.                                                                        Dr. David Miller

Potassium iodide can be found in many health food stores. Combinations of iodide/iodine can be obtained from holistic physicians. Iodoral, Iodozyme HP, and Lugol’s solution are examples of this form of iodine. I prefer the Nascent iodine, especially for children, because it is gentler on the system being that it is in the atomic form making it easy for the body to convert it into the needed forms—iodide and iodine.

These onetime high pulse dosages of potassium iodine are necessary during an emergency but they do not come without some risk of side effects, which include: severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue), black, tarry stools, confusion, fever, irregular heartbeat, metallic taste in the mouth, mouth sores, numbness or tingling of the hands or feet, skin rash, stomach pains, swelling in the neck or throat, unusual tiredness, weakness.

Endocrinologic side effects have included both hyper- and hypothyroidism. By inhibiting the release of thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland, iodide can cause goiter and hypothyroidism. This has been called the Wolff-Chaikoff effect, occurring in approximately four percent of patients and may be more likely in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Iodide may induce hyperthyroidism, called the Jod-Basedow effect, when given to patients with preexisting iodide deficiency or autonomous, “hot” thyroid nodules. Iodide can cause parotid gland swelling.

Usually, side effects of potassium iodide happen when people take higher doses for a long time but they can occur from taking the government’s recommended onetime pulse dose. The standard warning from the mainstream is that “we should be careful not to take more than the recommended dose or take it for longer than you are told,” which is only once. “Side effects are unlikely because of the low dose and the short time you will be taking the drug.” This is not good advice at all since too-low dosages will not protect one from the radioactive iodine fallout and the short time of application is absolutely out of the question when the fallout will be continuous, as it will be because of the continuous venting of radioactive materials into the atmosphere at the crippled Japanese reactor sites.

When faced with a radioactive cloud it is absolutely imperative that you take iodine, whatever iodine you can get your hands on. If the only iodine available is topical iodine that is not suitable for oral use then you should paint your body and your children’s bodies with it. Few people have ready access to the Nascent iodine so will not enjoy its ease of application in repeated measured dosages that are more gentle to the system, thus yielding fewer side effects. Because Nascent is in the atomic form (I¹), it is absorbed faster and that can also be advantageous in emergency situations. Its only downside is the expense of having to use so much of it.

Don’t Trust Governments Recommendations

Dr. John W. Gofman, Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology in the University of California at Berkeley, has written extensively about the effort to belittle the menace of low-level radiation. People associated with the nuclear and medical industries assert falsely, “there is no evidence that exposure to low-dose radiation causes any cancer—the risk is only theoretical,” or “the risk is utterly negligible,” or “the accidental exposures were below the safe level,” and even “there is reasonably good evidence that exposure to low-dose radiation is beneficial and lowers the cancer rate.” By any reasonable standard of scientific proof, the weight of the human evidence shows decisively that cancer is inducible by ionizing radiation even at the lowest possible dose and dose-rate—which means that the risk is never theoretical.

Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling described this process as follows: “The rays of high-energy radiation are like little bullets that shoot through the body. They tear electrons away from molecules and through subsequent reactions of the molecular ions that are formed, the molecules may be broken in two, some atoms may be torn away from them, some new molecules may be formed. The dose of 500 roentgens that usually leads to death by acute radiation sickness causes about 500,000 changed molecules to be formed in each cell. If any of the special molecules [that control the process by which the cell divides] happen to be damaged by a single little bullet of radiation from a single radioactive atom, it may be changed in such a way as to cause the cell to divide much more rapidly than the other cells. This cell may then produce a colony of rapidly dividing cells, which in the course of time would outnumber the normal cells of that type. Then the human being may die from cancer—perhaps leukemia, bone cancer, some other kind of cancer—caused by the single radioactive atom that produced the single little bullet of radiation.”

Radioactive materials, plutonium in particular, affect the deepest level of the human being—bone marrow, DNA, genetic structure, inner organs and the deepest of emotions. The message is clear. We have created a horrific heritage. – Jeremy Sherr

Iodine will do nothing to protect a person from uranium, cesium or plutonium radiation exposure so one has to turn to my full protocol and especially to eating clay and clay baths to try to remove these other particles as fast as possible.
For the governments perspective on potassium iodide please go to the CDC site.

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  • Luajme Shqipja Ime


    I am Manly, 28. In Good health.

    When i take Lugols Iodine 5%
    1-2 Drops Daily, then My heart starts pumping and i lose many hair in the shower. Its like to be in High Coffain Consume. I have try this 3 Months and then i have stoped. I have lose 10lbs in this time so it dint work well.

    Now after 2 Weeks i am in Normaly health.

    Why this reaction?

  • Susie Ramsey

    I try to avoid dental xrays at all cost, but recently had 2 bite wings taken to make sure there was no amalgam in my mouth. I have had thyroid problems, so asked to make sure my thyroid was protected. Well, I found out later that they forgot to give me the thyroid guard. My thyroid has been feeling uncomfortable every since – about a week and I assume it took in the radiation. Will supplementing iodine now help to get rid of the radiation in my thyroid?

  • Patti Wanta

    Can iodine cause thyroidglobulin to increase in a person with no thyroid?

  • Regina Bailes

    My 12 yo son has a soft tissue on his thyroid (seen in the sonogram); now his doctor said he needs a CT scan to diagnose what it is. Would be wiser to give my son iodine before the CT scan to minimize radiation absorption in his body? Please help!

  • Alex

    Is this detoxified Iodine ?

  • kelvin

    Hi Doc
    I am exposed to radiation on meter boards in residential homes as an electtrian. How can I prote t myself or treat myself ?

  • dendori

    I have studied all the protective benefits of iodine and am totally convinced it’s a great solution for healthy living, but what about those of us who are taking thyroid medication and are auto-immune (Hashimoto)? As much as I’d like to get off of it, I don’t want to mess with my thyroid, I’ve learned that any of the iodine products would worsen the condition. What does one do if there’s a nuclear attack or Fukashima radiation continues to increase. It’s already on the coast of California where I am and is airborne in the eastern part of the states. Besides, it’s in our food, water, and fish as the levels of radiation increase. I feel left out 🙁

    • Catherine Hays

      Take kelp, which has iodine.
      I have Hashimoto’s too. Eat well and take kelp

  • batman52

    If a person is et to start radiation treatment in the neck area for scamous cell carcinoma, would magnascent iodine protect the thyroid?

    • Having adequate stores of magnesium and iodine in the body prior to radiation treatment should help to protect the thyroid gland, however it takes some time to build up from deficiencies….generally at least a month of adequate supplementation is needed if not more.
      Claudia French

  • LP

    I do believe that if anyone was truly interested in the well-being of mankind, they would make available the supplements needed at prices that everyone can afford. A lot of money can be made from health-care, both allopathic and natural.

  • Cissy Nobbe

    How can a person be allergic to iodine? I think that the doctor gave my daughter a wrong diagnosis.

  • city0880

    thanks for share..

  • eva

    Can I give about 150 mcg /1 drop every day/ to my 14 year old cat with hypothyrodoism? I refused to put her on any medication. Thanks. Eva.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Its best to check with a vet about this, and there are many good holistic vets you can write to online.

      I found in a google searxh : The daily requirement for an adult cat is 0.16 mg of iodine for every pound of cat food eaten (on a dry matter basis). .16 mg. equals 160 mcg.

      Vut this does not imply how much is ok to give from an external source of iodine.

  • The article says, “Nascent iodine contains approximately 400 mcg per drop so 10 drops is 4 mg and 100 drops is only 40mg…” If 10 drops is only 4mg and my family would need 337mg per day (120mg X 2 adults, 65mg for a 5 yr old, and 32mg for a 2 yr old), that’s 842.5 drops per day by my calculations. What am I reading incorrectly?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Jim,

      You would be best served by posing your question to the distributor of Nascent Iodine at LL’s Magnetic Clay Co. They would be very happy to help you figure out what your family needs by way of Nascent Iodine.

      LL’s Magnetic Clay:

      Professional Service: 800-257-3315

      LL’s Magnetic Clay, Inc.
      PO Box 619.
      San Ramon, CA 94583

      Customer Service:

      All customer service inquiries please email:

  • I’d have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  • The info is a great help to me, thanks you so much.

  • Laci

    Claudia, it’s just me Laci, again. I want to thank you for the valuable information above regarding pet protection. I had not realized you could put one drop of nascent iodine in the regular pet water bowl. That is a godsend. (It is ONE drop, right?? That actually leads me to another question-what if the water bowl is extra large sized, 3 liters/108 ounces…like the one I have, a large PetMate drinking fountain, actually.)

    I feel for LYH above. We are all distressed people right now, especially some in relation to their babies and pets, never mind to speak of the poor wildlife outdoors and the living eco system. The fact that it is Spring, with vulnerable young life being born everywhere right now really hones a point home…

    I have e-mailed LL magnetic clay re: edible clay and proper dosages for pets and am awaiting a reply.

    Thank you. All the Best…

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Actually Laci,

      It should be less than one drop. The daily requirement for an adult cat is 0.16 mg of iodine for every pound of cat food eaten (on a dry matter basis)

      There are 400 mcg. ( @2.5 mg )in one drop of nascent iodine and it would lose potency in standing water that the pet doesn’t drink….best to mix one drop in some water and then give a fraction of that (by the dropperful) directly into the kitty’s mouth. Don’t leave it standing more than 3 hours in the water bowl.

      I did a bit of research on giving iodine to pets for radiation protection and most veterinarians seem to discourage giving iodine to pets in this radiation crisis, especially not potassium iodide. they say that there isn’t enough research to indicate proper doses for dogs or cats and the danger of overdosage is high and the need for humans is greater if and when the levels of radiation go to a more dangerous level.

      However iiodine is used to treat thyroid problems in pets and there are a number of topical creams sold for use with pets. You might look these up as the dosing might be more reasonable. I have inquired of LL Magnetic Clay on the recommendation they are making ( if any) for nascent iodine for pets but haven’t heard back yet. I’ll post their response when it comes.

      • Laci

        Fabulous, thank you for the detailed information-most conscientious.

        I will await your posting of LL Magnetic Clay’s response/information-nascent iodine.
        (When the posting comes, perhaps you could comment, additionally, on whether it might be a good idea…or not…to bathe pets in “baking soda water” after they come in from outside or give them a rub down with a “diluted baking soda water mixture”… Just to be safe!
        Alternatively, I suppose, plain water would do…?)

        MANY THANKS!!!

        • Claudia – IMVA Staff


          you can bathe the pets in baking soda water or even plain water will help, after coming in from outdoors.

        • Claudia – IMVA Staff


          Jared at LL Magnetic Clay recommends 1 drop of nascent iodine placed directly on the food, per 25 lb. of the animal’s weight, daily. He says he gives it to his 6 lb. poodle at 1 drop/day without any problems noticed at all.

          • Laci

            Great. This might also be relevant for those who have their pets on a raw food diet, the raw food being minus the iodine put in canned pet food…and especially if uncontaminated kelp is hard to find!
            If Jared gives his 6 lb poodle 1 drop/day without any problems noticed at all, I’m sure my kitties, which range from 8 lbs – 12 lbs, can take a drop a day in their (canned) food as well…in relation to the (hopefully temporary?) situation we find ourselves in and the degree of necessity.
            As I’m planning to put them on the raw food diet shortly, this information helps to ease the burden of fret and stress. ( Finding uncontaminated meat will be another issue…)

            And thank you for the confirmation re: bathing pets with diluted baking soda water after they come in from outdoors. I take my pets into the garden on a leash for an outing, which they love, and from now on I will be washing them down when they come in (as a precaution, for safety’s sake), although I am not letting them outdoors right now – waiting for a little while yet.

            ~ALL THE BEST!! (~have not heard from LL Magnetic Clay about “edible earth” yet..)

          • Woah! Be careful when administering iodine to your pets. It would be far better to use it topically and paint the skin. Dogs are not as sensitive to alchohol as cats are. Too a cat, it can be deadly. Their systems cannot process the alchohol and the atomic forms of iodide are usually in an alchohol base.
            One should never assume that something that is needed or good for humans and safe, is also safe for all animals.
            I agree that they need the protection, and that it may become difficult to obtain pure enough kelp. Even too much kelp can be harmful. Cats can also very easily be thrown into a hyperthyroid condition. I just would be extremely cautious with this. It is the alchohol base that worries me the most.
            I also would advise that anyone adding anything to a cat’s water should watch very closely to make SURE that they are drinking just as much as they used to. Cats are soooooooooooo finicky that if you change their water by putting iodine in it, they may not drink it at all and then you will have a very dehydrated or somewhat dehydrated kitty and you will have another whole range of health problems you may not have expected. Dehydration is way more of a problem in kitties than most people realize as they are by their genetic makeup still a desert type animal that was designed to get their water by eating prey. So in a house cat situation of daily life, they simply don’t always drink enough water. Not nearly as much as most people think. This can cause serious urinary tract problems.

            Just wanted to post to give you some more to think about before you panic and possibly cause more harm than good. I just love animals and sometimes (me included) we can panic and do things before we have enough information.

          • Claudia – IMVA Staff

            Thank you Valerie for this very important information. It always concerns me when people ask about their pets and assume that they can use the same protocols that are recommended for us humans. So again, Thank you so much!

  • lyh

    Ok. So this video was shot back on March 14th – over a month ago. And at that time they were expecting that 750 rads would hit the US in 3-5 days and would be the equivalent of 750 cat scans coming into a person. Have we been receiving that kind of radiation every day since then? Because, if so, then it seems to me that we are all just a bunch of dead men walking. I am paralyzed with fear for my family. This radiation is supposed to continue for months. It is going to leave behind dead land, fish, water. Drinking iodine at this stage is not going to stop what has gone before. Wouldn’t it be better to just pack up and move far away from the radiation??

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Yes, lyh,

      The best way to avoid exposure is to move as far away as possible where the radiation falllout is not a threat.

      • lyh

        Thank you Claudia. I so much appreciate your input. I’m in CA and I have been feeling this in my gut – the fight or flight thing kicked in. I can’t fight this. So I guess I will have to leave. It’s going to be extremely difficult, but I see no choice.

        Stay safe and well.


        • Claudia – IMVA Staff


          Its a difficult decision to leave your home, I know. Not everyone will go this route, though its the safest. Some will try to fight the radiation with good health and supplements (there are many that will help to decontaminate you, water and food), and some will choose to do nothing and take their chances. No matter where in the world we go to today, there are increased risks for heavy metal toxicity, pollution toxicity and now radiation toxicity. I wish it were a better picture for all of us, but I do believe by keeping as healthy as possible our bodies can resist all of these poisons. Stay aware, informed and keep the faith!

          • Mira

            Dear Claudia,
            I am well aware of all the other pollutants and dangers, but with regard to radiation spread, I wanted to ask if you know where on earth would be a safe haven right now? obviously the southern hemisphere is much safer than the northern at the moment, but even for the southern hemisphere, are there any indications of where the radiation will eventually reach and where it will not? I’m following this map: map on the left in the third row (after clicking on the map in homepage), for accumulated dry deposition, which is only for cesium-137 but which seems to imply that it will eventually reach even the southern hemisphere though it’s really hard to tell for sure. Is this your perspective as well? any thoughts or resources on this are really highly appreciated.
            Thank you very much Claudia.

  • Laci

    Hi – Much appreciation for the timely information on your site. In relation to fallout and radiation exposure, I was just wondering if Nascent Iodine may be administered to pets for protection – in this case, I am specifically referring to cats (although I am sure dog owners would be interested too).
    I have heard that uncontaminated Kelp is good and safe to feed to pets as well.
    What are your thoughts on this…and is there any other good radiation protection protocol you know about with regard to pets – including the administering of, perhaps, other forms of iodine such as Lugols as well…
    Also, can pets take (eat) edible clay…?
    Thanking you in advance for any and all information.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Nascent iodine can be put by the drop into your pets drinking water daily. You would have to inquire of the mfgt of Lugol’s as to what theri recommendations are for cats. Edible clay can be placed in pets drinking water…check with LL’s magnetic clay for the proper amounts to use. Uncontaminated kelp is good for radiation protection, buy you must get verification that the kelp is not from a contaminated area

  • hattie

    I’m painting my breats with 6 drops of lugols 2% solution, 3 drops per breasts. How much iodine, in your guess, do I absorb from that? I’m trying to figure out how much nascent iodine I should take orally, in addition to what I’m putting on my breasts. I want to take enough iodine, but I don’t want to take too much. Any thoughts or suggestions that you have would be appreciated. Thank you!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Hattie,

      Its immpossible to tell from your message what it is that you are trying to treat? Is this for radiation protection? Or are you treating firbrocystic breast disease or cancer?

      For radiation protection Dr. Sircus is recommending 100 drops in water (divided doses) per day if you have not been using iodine before now. If you hav e been using it regularly all along then he recommends using 40 drops./day in a glass of water (divided doses ) . Its not really possible to know how much is being absorbed by the painting on the skin.

      Your use of two different types of iodine complicates matters and you will need to obtain a consultation with Dr. Sircus to discuss this.

  • Baron

    If you are having trouble finding Iodine I work at a small clinic in Arkansas and we have both SSKI iodine and Lugol’s Solution. If you are interested in getting some call 870-447-2599 and talk to the receptionist.

  • Mira

    Hi Claudia, so great to finally find a place with some real information. Much gratitude for that.

    What would be a good dosage for the Lugol’s Iodine for radiation protection? I have 2oz. of the 2.2% solution.

    Bless you Claudia for your time and patience in clarifying these issues for the unprofessional.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Mira,

      2 drops of Lugol’s solution (5%) (0.1ml) contains 5 mg of iodine and 7.5 mg of iodide = 12.5 mg of iodine. The government advises 130 mg. of iodine to prtect the thyroid during periods of heavy radiation exposure. We are not being heavily exposed right now, so adjust your dose down. We prefer using Nascent iodine on a regular basis to ensure iodine sufficiency. Please contact your supplier of the 2% iodine for the recommended dosage.

      Also, please see the many articles on Dr. Mark’s blog, dealing with radiation treatment, he has been updating information at least 2-3 times/week. Here is on article where he is talking with David Brownstein on iodine use for radiation protection:

      • Marji Jones

        Please clear up this confusion. Many websites speak of “pharmaceutical iodine” as opposed to “potassium iodide.” They say the “KI” should not be taken more than 8 days. I have been taking Iodoral for four years, at 50MG doses. I am not dead. My dosage was recommended by Dr. Flechas, where I was diagnosesd deficient by means of a 24 hour urine test.

        KI is potassium iodide. What is PHARMACEUTICAL IODINE?

        I am trying to get George Noory to ask Dr. Sircus to be on his radio show. I would like to present the idea that Dr. Sircus will clear up this misunderstanding for us. Many places “experts” tell us iodine will damage the body (see Dr. Rima), while others, Dr. Flechas, Dr. Brownstein, Dr. Abrahams, And Dr. Sircus, say it is necessary. If you can please explain this for us… via this site first, I will forward to Mr. Noory with the high recommendation that he invite Dr. Sircus on the air.

        Thank you. Yours is the only source most of us believe.

  • Leon

    Hi Claudia – I have the Nascent Iodine and had questions about dosage. I see lots of differing amounts to take, depending on various circumstances and health issues. I also read that I need to totally disregard the bottles recommended amount. Do you know of a reference that I may look over to determine what is the best amounts to take? I have two children as well, 5 & 8.

    Thank you Claudia.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Dr. Sircus’ recommendations can be found in his book on Iodine
      or here in his essay on iodine and radiation:

      There is not a set amount of iodine to take in any circumstance. Most healthy people can do well with 5 drops/day in water….some people need more some less. More during illness and infection. For radiation protection Dr. Sircus recommends 30-40 drops/day in time of severe expsosure if the body has been using iodine regularly. If not and you are likely deficient, he recommends 100 drops/day.

      You can also find dosage information at:

      If you still don’t feel like you have adequate information, please consider a personal consultation with Dr. Sircus .

  • susie

    I still seem to be bath oriented! In reference to bathing in baking soda, what is the correct amount to bath in for the average healthy person? If there was a nuclear accident in the US, what amount should a person bathe in then? How often should a person bathe in baking soda, in gereral, and how often in the event of a local nuclear problem?

    Are the magnesium flakes better to bathe in, or could I use the magnesium oil? I only have the oi. Assuming that the oil can be used in the bath, how much oil should I put in for general health purposes? How much in case of a local nuclear problem?

    Can the oil be taken internally, or is it best not to do that? How about for oral use, ie, using as a mouthwash or mouth rinse, using to brush your teeth, etc.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Magnesium flakes are much more economical to use in baths. But both are good. If you use magnesium oil you need about 1-3 cups in a bath if not more.

      Dr. Sircus will be answering your questions in full when his e-book on NUCLEAR TOXICITY is published next week.
      Or you can look back on the essays that he’s already posted on this. He’s posting updates almost daily now, and these include treatment protocols.

      You may also want to obtain a personal consultation with him, or join our online clinic for more indepth direction. Please see:

      • Bob

        Are the magnesium flakes Dr. Sircus promotes free of heavy metals, radiation and contaminants? Are they tested and if so, how? I have a friend who said he tested the magnesium and sodium was so high it was killing the probiotics he was taking.

        Also, in regard the Magnesium Chloride Flakes, I spoke with Neil Levin, head of research for great nutritional company called Now who said the following:

        The chloride form is used mainly in beverages due to its solubility but is not well regarded otherwise and can cause more laxative side effects than well-tolerated chelates like citrate/malate/bisglycinate. So there’s no real demand for that form in a supplement capsule/tablet. Chelated forms are known to absorb about twice as well as food forms, making absorption less of an issue.


        • Claudia – IMVA Staff


          Ancient Minerals is free of all contaminants, and yes its tested, you can inquire directly of LL’s Magnetic Clay about how they test and get the reports. The reports are also listed in the essay on Magnesium Chloride on the Magnesiumforlife site. See:

          The Magnesium Chloride we recommend differs substantially from what Neil Levin was recommending to you. We are talking about TRANSDERMAL magnesium chloride use, not primarily oral use, though the oil is used both ways by some people with good effect and no diarrhea. By using it transdermally instead of orally you are bypassing the digestive tract altogether which changes the whole entire picture of the most limiting problem of magnesium supplementation which is poor absorption due to diarrhea. Magnesium chloride used transdermally, passes directly into the bloodstream for greater effect.

          • Bob

            Thanks Claudia- the magnesium I bought is called DermaMag. Can you check to see the test results for sodium.


          • Claudia – IMVA Staff


            Let your fingers do the walking….give the company a call and ask them to supply you with the assay of their product.

        • Claudia – IMVA Staff

          There should be NO or very little sodium in a pure magnesium oil. Ancient Minerals contains less than 1/2 % sodium chloride Know that there are now many people retailing magnesium oils, with various methods of obtaining it, filtering it and promoting it. Some of these may be using inferior products or techniques. Check out your sources! and if problems are discovered let them know and give explanations!

  • susie

    While we’re on the topic of bath salts, I notice that epsom salts are mentioned in the same article that I referenced above by Dr. Sircus. I’ve always wondered about the purity, or lack thereof, of the epsom salts that a person can buy at the drugstrore or at walmart.

    Are you aware of any ‘higher quality’ epsom that might be available, or is epsom salt the same wherever you buy it? Since there seem to be many qualities of magnisium, iodine, etc., it seems logical that there might be many qualities of epsom salts as well.

  • susie

    Hi Claudia,

    I’m reading Dr. Sircus’ new post on “Surviving Nuclear Toxicity”. One thing is confusing to me.

    In the article, there is a link to a product of dead sea salts. I looked at the link, and one of the ingredients in the dead sea salt is BROMIDE! From my limited reading, I have been getting the impression that bromide is bad and needs to be eliminated from our bodies. I have cut and pasted the following from the dead sea salt website:

    Pure Dead Sea Salt from the southern dead sea in Israel.

    The waters of the Dead Sea are unique, having a total salt concentration that is 10 times higher than ocean water, reaching 33% versus 3%. But that’s not all! The composition of Dead Sea salt is also unique, comprising of magnesium, potassium and calcium chlorides, in addition to a high concentration of bromides.

    This extraordinary chemical composition has made the Dead Sea an ideal spot for people seeking relief from skin and rheumatic disorders, and an equally popular choice for vacationers seeking relaxation. In fact, these soothing miracle-working waters have a reputation that dates back over 2000 years when the Roman historian Flavius noted… “Dead Sea salt cannot be praised too highly…travelers take this salt home because it heals the human body and is therefore used in many medicines.” Dead Sea Salt can also be used as a raw material in the cosmetic industry.

    Bringing the Dead Sea’s properties right into the bathtub for relaxation and relief, the widely reputed soothing effects of the Dead Sea can now be enjoyed in the privacy of one’s home. Now every bathtub, hot tub, jacuzzi and whirlpool can be a private spa, brimming with the widely reputed therapeutic benefits of Dead Sea salt and its life giving minerals, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – whenever anyone, anywhere wants relief or relaxation.

    Chemical Composition:
    Mineral Formula Content Range
    Magnesium Chloride (MgCl2) 33.3 31.0-35.0
    Potassium Chloride (KCl) 24.3 20.0-28.0
    Sodium Chloride (NaCl) 5.5 3.0-8.0
    Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) 0.2 0.1-0.5
    Bromide (Br-) 0.5 0.3-0.6 HERE IS IS!! Bromide!
    Sulphates (SO4) 0.15 0.05-0.2
    Water of Crystallization
    36.4 32.0-40.0 (End of article)

    Is bromide bad in general, or is there good bromide and bad bromide? I sure wouldn’t want to be using these salts if bromide is bad!! Please enlighten me! And thank you for helping all of us make our way through the maze of information out there! I appreciate you!

  • Bob

    Dr, Sircus,

    How does one know if one is taking too much Magnascent iodine and how much do consults cost? My thyroid is still healing from being hyper thryoid but not quite all the way there yet?
    There are reports of people becoming hyper or hypo by taking too much kelp or seaweed for those living in Asia.


    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Hi Bob,

      Iodine excess might include undue weight loss, hyperactivity, rough skin, acne, mental and emotional imbalance and a “spaced out feeling?”
      Deficiency may show up as water retention, lethargy, depression, cold skin, sinus troubles, intolerance to humidity.

      You can read about consultations with Dr. Sircus here:

  • susie

    I think my system is too acidic, so I am starting to put a little baking sode in my drinking water to make my system more alkeline (after doing a lot of reading on Dr. Sircus’ website). Here’s the question: I’ve read that it’s good to take apple cider vinegar in the morning. Would the apple cider vinegar make the system more acidic, thus defeating the purpose of taking the baking soda? I’ve heard of someone putting their iodine drops in their apple cider vine gar and water first thing in the morning. Is this a good idea or a poor idea?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      It is said that adding one tsp of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water , with honey added, will help to alkalize the body. Take it about an hour or two away from baking soda.

  • susie

    In regards to nascent iodine, what is the proper way for the average person with no health conditions to get going? I have been reading on the site that it is better to take a smaller dose more frequently than a large dose, and that it should be taken on an empty stomach.

    So, for example, is it good to start out taking 2 drops three times a day for a few days, then go to 4 drops three times a day for a few days, then go to 6 drops three times a day, etc? Again, we are saying “for the average person with no health issues”. Or, given the situation in Japan, is it better to take more, more frequently, in order to get up to the 12.5 mg dosage as quickly as possible?

    Once a person gets up to the 12.5 level, could they alternate between the nascent iodine and the 1.5 mg Iodoral on a daily basis, in order to keep the cost down? Thank you!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Susie,

      We dont recommend mixing the two types of iodine, nascent and iodora for oral usel. Use one or the other.
      For nascent iodine, most healthy people can do fine with a dose of one drop, working up to 5 drops, in a glass of water per day.

      Dr. Sircus recommends that if you are iodine deficient to begin with, for radioactive iodine protection, you would probably need 100 drops/day of nascent iodine. This will get your levels up quickly and yes, take in divided doses.

      If you have been using iodine all along, then for radiation protection 30-40 drops of nascent iodine / day in divided doses will work fine.

  • susie

    Does anyone know where lugols can be bought? I’m in the middle of the country, and none of the local health food stores carry it. I don’t want to go to some unknown website on the internet and order it.

    Also, I read somewhere that, for fibrocystic breasts, it can be good to paint your breasts with iodine. That seems to have been helpful in eliminating the condition. This is what I’m interested in the lugols for.

    First, do you think that this is a good idea (to paint your breasts with lugol, it would be too expensive with nascent, so I’m looking for something more cost effective), and second, if I’m starting to take 12 drops of nascent iodine per day, would the extra iodine on the breasts be too much iodine? Any thoughts would be appreciated, especially by claudia. Thank you!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      you can paint Lugol’s or Nascent iodine on the breasts, but be careful and watch for excoriation which means you would have to decrease the amount used and frequency. Nascent is gentler than Lugols. You can get 5% Lugols on the Internet from the reliable website of J. Crowe. I get mine from there, though you can only order 1 bottle at a time. (laws have changed recently, in attempt to stop the illegal production of methamphetamine)
      California , I understand, can only purchase 2% Lugols.

      Iodine is indeed very helpful for fibrocystic breasts. You can use both the nascent oraqlly and paint with lUGOLS.

  • Kelly

    If you simply cannot find some of the iodine products listed can a person use ethyline diamine dihydro iodide? It is used for cattle iodine deficiency.

    Appreciate some input.


    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Sorry Kelly,

      We have no reliable information on using this in humans.

      • Kelly

        Thanks Claudia. I can’t find anyone that knows. I guess if it came down to it (it works on cows 🙂 ) and things were that bad, one would give it a whirl. Better that than nothing.


  • Eva Schlottmanne

    The most effective way to counteract radioactivity is to take homoeopathics. I just finished translating a booklet on ‘Homoeopathic Remedies for a Future with radioactive fallout’ by Dr. Ravi-Roy and Carola Ravi-Roy. Get in touch with them. Eva.



    Effectiveness of skin absorption of tincture of I in blocking radioiodine from the human thyroid gland.

    Miller KL, Coen PE, White WJ, Hurst WJ, Achey BE, Lang CM.

    Health Phys. 1989 Jun;56(6):911-4.

    “Topical application of tincture of iodine (I) was found to be effective in blocking the thyroid uptake of orally administered 131I in humans. Abdominal skin application of tincture of I resulted in an approximately 82% reduction in the uptake of 131I by the thyroid gland. The effectiveness varied among individuals and may have depended on the quantity applied and on the application site. In each study group, elevated levels of serum I were observed.”

    “Serum I concentrations peaked at approximately 2 h after topical application of tincture of I. Subjects receiving 8 mL of tincture of I on the abdomen had 26-h (post-application) serum I levels ranging from 109 pg mm-3 (10.9 mcg dL-1) to 563 pg mm-3 (56.3 mcg dL-1), while thyroid uptakes ranged from 0.20% to 6.7%. Subjects receiving 4 mL tincture of I on the forearm had 26-h (post application serum I levels ranging from 30.1 pg mm-3 (3.0 mcg dL-1) to 70.6 pg mm-3 (7.1 mcg dL-1), while their thyroid uptakes ranged from 0.9% to 15.3%. The oral KI group had 26-h (post-administration) serum I levels ranging from 215 pg mm-3 (21.5 mcg dL-1) to 1010 pg mm-3 (101 mcg dL-1), with thyroid uptakes ranging from 0% to 0.61%. The increase in serum I concentration following topical application was found to be effective in reducing the thyroid uptake of radioiodine; however, large variations within groups were observed. The variation of serum I concentration in the tincture of I groups may be attributed to several factors, including subcutaneous fat, I binding to the skin and perspiration following tincture of I application. The results indicate that effectiveness of topical application of tincture of I is increased with the quantity applied and may be affected by the body location where it is applied.”

    The effects of topical povidone I solution on serum iodide levels and thyroid uptake of 131I in dogs.

    Moody KD, Miller KL, White WJ, Hurst WJ, Lang CM.

    Health Phys. 1988 Jul;55(1):9-13.

    [abstract only]

    “Topical application of povidone I solution in dogs has been found to be effective in producing significant elevations in serum iodide concentrations within 2 h after application. Among dogs treated with this preparation 2 h before oral administration of 131I, significant thyroid blocking persisted for at least 72 h.

    Skin exposure to I blocks thyroid uptake of 131I.

    Miller KL, White WJ, Lang CM, Weidner WA.

    Health Phys. 1985 Nov;49(5):791-4.

    [abstract only]

    “Radioisotopes of I pose an important health risk to man in nuclear accidents associated with electric power generation due to their uptake by the thyroid glands. Topical application of tincture of I or povidone-iodine to the skin of rats has been found to be as effective as oral administration of potassium iodide in blocking thyroid uptake of parenterally administered 131I. If the same effectiveness can be demonstrated in humans, this may be an attractive alternative method of mass protection from radioisotopes of I following nuclear accidents.”

    • IMVA Staff

      Root man,

      Thanks for the information on tinctures of iodine and topical application. We prefer oral intake, but in the event that this is not available to people, painting the area of the thyroid gland with a tincture of iodine will work. However please do not drink these tinctures that can be found in many stores, pharmacies and health food shops. These tinctures can be toxic if swallowed. So use them topically only!! Tinctures and Povidone are NOT for oral ingestion.

      Claudia French

  • JS

    I’m allergic to shellfish. Any suggestions?

    • Jennifer

      Count yourself (and your bank account) LUCKY that you’re unable to participate in this total hogwash.
      Remember all the panic in 2001 over anthrax? Everyone was rushing out trying to find Cipro. Internet shops were selling out of all kinds of remedies then! Remember the panic over SARS? Remember the panic over H1N1?

      It’s often the unseen threats that are the most scary!

      And don’t any of you say this is bad info because you ***LOVE*** the EPA when they’re monitoring our water and air to protect against Major Corporations polluting! They’d lie now?!?

      We have one of the radiation detectors here in Oregon:

      • JS

        Thanks for the information, those sites are great. I wish we had something similar in Canada.

  • D.H.

    do you have any updates on the jetstream as of today the 16th? what web sites can we find that information on?

  • Joan McLaren

    I have a goitre but my tests shows that they dont consider it hypothyroid but I do feel tired at times and sometimes my memory is not great.

    I have been using supplements of selenium, omega 3, Vitamin D3. I use to take kelp but stopped taking it as I read that people with a goitre shouldnt take it. Would you advise I can take iodine to see if it will remove the goitre and my body return to normal>

    • IMVA Staff


      We know from our research that iodine can have a very great and positive effect on hypothyroidism, but you would need to talk with Dr. Sircus in a consultation to provide more information about your situation.

      Claudia French

  • Mary Miller

    Ok, I have another question, or two. What about the fallout on fields for crops? Also, I Dr. Sircus mentioned that the iodine in iodized salt evaporated in a couple of weeks and was no good. What about the iodine in sea salt. We use the Real (pink) salt. Is the iodine still ok in this or does it also evaporate?
    Thanks a bunch!
    BTW, I did order some Nascent from Natural News.

    • IMVA Staff

      Hi Mary,

      Yes the fallout on the fields will be a continuing problem depending on the half-life of the particular type of radiation. In many areas crops are forbidden due to this…..think of Chernobyl. Hopefully the government will adequately test and keep us informed. But the best thing to do is to protect yourself with adequate iodine levels and adequate detoxification and chelation on an ongoing basis.

      While there is reportedly (according to some sources) more bioavailable iodine in natural sea salt, how long it takes to evaporate out is very unclear. If someone has an answer for this please post it here. You would probably need to eat a lot of salt to get adequate amounts of iodine from it alone.


      Claudia French

    • Joe R.

      Wash all fruits and vegetables with soap and water. If we end up with a fallout issue, which depends on many factors, including air mass and direction, it will be a good idea to avoid fresh dairy for a couple of weeks, until any radioactive iodine has stopped falling, and it has ceased radiating in any significant quantity. It becomes significantly concentrated in cow’s milk (700x the amount in the environment).

  • Bev

    We are in California. Iodine supplies are difficult to find now. We only have the Eidon Ionic minerals iodine. 1 Tbl = 150 mcgs Would need to take 30 tbls to get 50 mgs. Have no health issues and take no medications. Just want to get some iodine into my system as quick as possible. Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated.

    • IMVA Staff

      Dear Bev,
      Am not familiar with this brand. LL’s Magnetic Clay who supplies Nascent Iodine has another order coming in… your orders now and they will get it out to you as soon as they can!!!

      Not knowing if you are deficient or not to start out with makes it difficult to make a recommendation. Check with the supplier. You would need a lot of this, start slowly and work up……hopefully we have a few days before any of it comes to us .

  • Maureen

    Interested in using fucus vesiculosus or bladderwrack 1:1 solution. 1 ml = 28 drops.
    Will this be effective for protection?

    • IMVA Staff

      Dear Maureen,

      Bladderwrack contains variable levels of iodine (up to 600 micrograms of iodine per gram of bladderwrack). You would need a lot.

      Claudia French

      • Bob

        Hello Claudia,

        I read that 1 teaspoon of kelp or dulse powder contains ? 1500-2000 mcg so taking 2-4 tablespoons per day should be sufficient for those who are not iodine sufficient. This can be taken in shake with fruit that will make it very palatable. Also, dulse goes well in soup. The questions ares
        1. How does one know if they are deficient or not.
        2. If one has a thyroid problem, which most people do since the normal tests do not show it, and because of massive iodine deficiencies, how does one go about getting enough idoine anyway. It seems from this article those with thryoid issues have to go slower with the iodine, but if massive does are needed at once to start getting ready, what is one to do? Most people are hurting financially due to the massive bankrupting of people around the world due to the corrupt banks and the governments protecting them, and therefore we cannot all afford the high consultation fees Dr. Sircus charges.


        • Claudia – IMVA Staff


          Dr. Sircus puts out a tremendous amount of information free of charge….almost all of his essays are posted to those who are on his mailing list. His books are available with the needed information for reasonable prices. In the books and essays are directions for determining deficiency, and recommendations for proper use of the recommended iodines and why these are chosen . Sorry if thats not enough for you…..and right now with the conditions of radiation in Japan, I would not trust any source of kelp or seaweed unless adequately tested….you should contact those companies too to see what testing they are doing and what assurances they are giving in this great time of need. We are working very hard , every day to make sure our information is as updated as possible and as available to all of you as it comes to light.

          • Bob

            Thanks for the information I did not realize self-dosing information was available in the books- no need to get an attitude about it!

    • D.H.

      see my reply above about mcg vs mg

  • Lynn

    What about taking sea kelp tablets? What dosage is recommended if kelp is used? The tablets I have are 150mcg iodine.

    • D.H.

      bot nearly enough – they are saying you need 130 MG not MCG. MCG is micrograms which 1 mcg is 1/1000th of a mg. So you’d need to take a 1000 of those daily

      • Jennifer

        Wow! How much iodine are you planning to take and for how long?
        If you’re so concerned about your thyroid aren’t you worried about killing it with a toxic amount of iodine?
        What about your liver and kidneys?

        Potassium Iodide only helps protect against a single type of radiation and *only* in the thyroid.

  • Ron

    It is highly unlikely there is any radiation in the jetstream. All events have been at ground level and all the particles save the tritium are too heavy to migrate up to the 33,000 foot level. Tritium, iodine and cesium are radioactive for about a week.

    The jetstream comes into play with an airburst A-Bomb or H-Bomb lifting fallout high into the sky. The smoke of the videoed explosions would have carried the fallout over the parking lot and maybe over the shore.

    It is likely all the uranium is still inside the building.

    • D.H.

      sure you go on believing that, as the last guy said – those that are awake will prepare.

  • patty t., alabama

    I had a CT Scan a few years ago with contrast (dye). Later that night I developed horrible rash. My doctor told me I’d had a reaction to the dye (iodine) and might be allergic and to not eat shellfish. Question: Would iodine supplement be safe for me to take? There are lots of people allergic to shellfish who would also like to know, I’m sure. Thanks!

    • Joe R.

      No. People allergic to iodine are also allergic to iodide. It could cause anaphylactic shock and death.

  • Sue

    One reason why people have hashimotos or low thyroid already is because they are already being irradiated (albeit more slowly) from their own home cordless landlines and WIFI internet. These devices constantly emit microwave radiation which causes the same adverse health effects as nuclear fallout, but over a longer time period (10 years)
    For health swap wireless for cables and take iodine.

  • Becky

    There is an herbalist(Tony, a great guy) on youtube that gives step by step directions on making Lugol’s 5/6% solution. That is the one to use and it cost over $25 per ounce if you purchase it elsewhere. The costs of the ingredients is less than that and this recipe makes a full quart that will last you forever. If I can do it anyone can and there was nothing to it. I bought my ingredients on ebay from ‘full orchestra’, great folks. You won’t have time now to get this done before the shtf with the fallout but as least be ready next time. How is that food and water storage going for you folks? Don’t wait until disaster when the stores will be stampeded and empied before you can even get there. Don’t forget about your pets needs also. Who wants to put themselves in such a horrid situation. It is almost too late for warnings and those who are awake are the only ones who have been busy. No one is going to provide others with their live saving stock of food and medicine. This is reminding me of bible tales of wise and foolish virgins, those who laughed at Noah and the verse that says “the wise see trouble ahead and prepare but the fool keeps moving forward and perishes”. There is a gracious plenty at the moment of almost all things needed to survive in this nation but that could change in the blink of an eye. My heart goes out to the children who have fools for parents. These people won’t last two weeks in an epic disaster because they have honestly convinced themselves that nothing bad can happen here.

    • Mike


      Can you give us a link to the Youtube video?



    • Edwina

      did Becky give the youtube?

  • Gaby

    Yes, pregnant women should take it, but only one dose, so make sure you wait till the last possible hour. See Jon Barron’s site

    • Becky

      That guy is telling lies. He sees no need of supplemental iodine unless in an emergency. That is wrong. He also says people over 40 shouldn’t take it at all. Another lie. People do not listen to that man. Gaby has a few plugs loose.

    • IMVA Staff

      Dear Cathy and the others who have questions about iodine and thyroid disorders or pregnancy,

      I posed your questions to Dr. Sircus and he gave the following answer:

      ” The fact is that Hashimoto’s disease or not iodine is a nutritional necessity as is air and water. Obviously when thyroid conditions are in evidence there is a need for the best form of iodine or the Nascent I¹ making it easier for the body to transcript it into the iodide or iodine type. Also much greater care with gradual and frequent dosaging backed by a full support protocol that importantly includes selenium, sun expsure meaning sufficient vitamin D, magnesium and pH control through the administration of sodium bicarbonate. And yes pregnant women can take iodine and the babies neurological formation will be stronger and more intelligent for it.”

      Claudia French

  • Reign

    Anybody know about whether this is safe for pregnant women and what their doses would be?

    I’m shocked that this information is not listed in this article.

  • christi

    Please respond to the question of what those of us with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis should do. My endocrinologist told me the natural thyroind supplement I was taking actually made my thyroid worse. His opinion is that the iodine in it acentuated not prevented the Hasimoto’s. If we are taking Synthroid or Levoxil, is it safe to also take the iodine?

    • Bernardo – IMVA Webmaster

      Mark Sircus said:

      ” The fact is that Hashimoto’s disease or not iodine is a nutritional necessity as is air and water. Obviously when thyroid conditions are in evidence there is a need for the best form of iodine or the Nascent I¹ making it easier for the body to transcript it into the iodide or iodine type. Also much greater care with gradual and frequent dosaging backed by a full support protocol that importantly includes selenium, sun expsure meaning sufficient vitamin D, magnesium and pH control through the administration of sodium bicarbonate. And yes pregnant women can take iodine and the babies neurological formation will be stronger and more intelligent for it.”

      More information at:

  • Mary Miller

    A friend and I were looking for the potassium iodide and vitacost is already out of this. I did find some Lugol’s by J. Crows at 2%. Is this ok? I”m not sure what to look for and want to get something, but you are right, it is running out. I’m in central FL, east coast, and apparently we’ll be safer than most. The Nascent seems way too expensive though. Are there any brands that you can recommend, or all they all about the same?

    • Ken just had a story on this. You can get some Nascent Iodine. I just bought some at the natural news store.

      • Ken

        22 bucks for 1 oz.

    • There is a liquid supplement you can take that is very generic for this.. it’s called Lugol’s Iodine Solution.. it’s a mixture of both nascent iodine and Potassium Iodide. It comes in little bottles with a dropper and is widely available from loads of places around the web. I just bought mine from a place in the UK (check the link from my name^^) but you can buy it anyway. The place I bought it from also sells kits containing spirulina, chlorella and magnesium all of which are helpful. Anyway, check it out or just buy from wherever you can find.

  • yes, what do we do if we already have thyroid disease? I’m confused.

  • LH

    But what about those of us who have Hashimoto’s disease? What can we do?