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Pediatric Iodine

Published on August 25, 2010

Safe Antibacterial, Antiviral & Antifungal for Children

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“Are you ready for a world without antibiotics,” runs the headline in the British Guardian. “Antibiotics are the bedrock of modern medicine. But in the very near future, we’re going to have to learn to live without them once again. And it’s going to get nasty. The era of antibiotics is coming to a close. In just a couple of generations, what once appeared to be miracle medicines have been beaten into ineffectiveness by the bacteria they were designed to knock out. Once, scientists hailed the end of infectious diseases. Now, the post-antibiotic apocalypse is within sight.”

Antibiotics have been a disaster and have been overused and now they are dangerous and ineffective against a generation of superbugs that they helped create. Imagine the field of pediatrics without antibiotics to over prescribe and you are imagining a more humane and effective field of medicine. Take away their vaccines also and there is not much left for them to do but turn to iodine when infections threaten.

According to several studies, obstetricians and gynecologists write 2,645,000 antibiotic prescriptions every week. Internists prescribe 1,416,000 per week. This works out to 211,172,000 prescriptions annually in the United States, just for these two specialties. Pediatricians prescribe over $500 million worth of antibiotics annually just for one condition, ear infections. Yet topical povidone iodine (PVP-I) is as effective as topical ciprofloxacin, with a superior advantage of having no in vitro drug resistance and the added benefit of reduced cost of treatment.[1]

Iodine should never have been replaced with antibiotics in the first place for in the long run they have hurt our children and just about every adult alive today. I wrote a book about Iodine, Bringing Back the Universal Medicine and talk about this most essential nutritional mineral, which is important in the treatment and prevention of cancer, diabetes, heart and neurological diseases. Iodine actually was the first allopathic medicine discovered and the only one that guaranteed recovery from the disease it was prescribed to treat – for goiter. More iodine has been produced and used in hospitals than any other during these past 150 years. Pediatricians need to open up their minds to iodine for in the end it’s the one substance that stands between their patients and a horde of hostile infections that are increasing sweeping the world.

Every parent needs iodine to protect their children and themselves from super resistant bacteria that are increasingly dominating infections in hospitals. Parents also need iodine when the first signs of flu or other viruses strike.  Every mother will want to have a bottle of Nascent Iodine for it is ideal for giving to children in high dosages without stomach upset. Lugol’s is good and less expensive iodine but try and get it down a child’s throat. Pediatricians also will want to stock their shelves with this iodine so they can make sure that each of their young patients is being dosed with palatable iodine.

Educated parents who protect their children from the vaccinationists, whose main lust in life is to poison and weaken the immune system of young children, know that iodine can step in to strengthen not weaken our children’s immune systems. Iodine is the supreme enemy not only of the nastiest bacteria but also their smaller distant cousins the viruses medical officials have us so worried about.

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Though it kills 90 percent of bacteria on the skin within 90 seconds its use as an antibiotic has been tragically ignored. Iodine exhibits activity against bacteria, molds, yeasts, protozoa, and many viruses; indeed, of all antiseptic preparations suitable for direct use on humans and animals and upon tissues, only iodine is capable of killing all classes of pathogens: gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mycobacteria, yeasts, and protozoa. Most bacteria are killed within 15 to 30 seconds of contact.

The minimum number of iodine molecules required to destroy one bacterium varies with the species. For H. influenzae it was calculated to be 15,000 molecules of iodine per cell. When bacteria are treated with iodine, the inorganic phosphate up-take and oxygen consumption by the cells immediately ceases. [2] Iodine is an excellent microbicide with a broad range of action that includes almost all of the important health-related microorganisms, such as enteric bacteria, enteric viruses, bacterial viruses, fungi and protozoan cysts.[3]

Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all time.– Dr. David Derry

Dr. Derry says that iodine is effective “for standard pathogens such as Staphylococcus, has the broadest range of action, fewest side effects and no development of bacterial resistance.” There is a world of difference between using an antibiotic – anti-life substance – and an antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal substance like iodine, which is life serving because it is a basic and most necessary nutritional substance.

Iodine kills single celled organisms by combining with the amino acids tyrosine or histidine when they are exposed to the extra-cellular environment. All single cells showing tyrosine on their outer cell membranes are killed instantly by a simple chemical reaction with iodine that denatures their proteins. Nature and evolution have given us an important mechanism to control pathogenic life forms and we should use it and trust it to protect us in ways that antibiotics can’t.

Staph are incredibly cagey, and will ultimately find their way around any antibiotic in use.– Dr. Kenneth Alexander

A new antibiotic resistance gene has become widespread in several species of bacteria in India, Pakistan, and the UK. Bacteria with the gene are resistant to nearly all classes of antibiotics, reports an international team of scientists today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.1 The bacteria appear to have been brought into the UK and other European countries by patients who travelled to India for medical procedures including cosmetic surgery. One of the strains studied in the research was “truly pan-resistant” — resistant in vitro to all available classes of antibiotics write the researchers, led by Karthikeyan Kumarasamy, of the University of Madras, Chennai, India. This finding “could herald a period in which antibiotics become redundant,” according to a press release by The Lancet.

Studies have shown that the chances of dyingfrom hospital pneumonia or septicaemia (blood poisoning) are twice as high if the bacteria are drug-resistant, rising in the case of pneumonia from 20-30% to 40-60%.

Highly contagious, spread by coughs and sneezes, pertussis is now epidemic in California, with 2,774 confirmed cases in 2010 — a sevenfold increase from last year, putting the state on track for the worst outbreak in 50 years. Seven infants have died. Mothers everywhere are going to be desperate as this spreads further year by year. They are going to need to understand how to use iodine as well as magnesium and sodium bicarbonate to combat these vaccine failed infections. We have to hope that pediatricians come to their senses and embrace safe ways of dealing with their patients infections.

The nation’s hospitals are failing to protect patients from potentially fatal infections despite years of prevention campaigns, the government said in April of 2010 and called for “urgent attention” to address the shortcomings, which were first brought to light over a decade ago. As many as 98,000 people a year die from medical errors, and preventable infections. Rates of bloodstream infections following surgery have recently increased by 8 percent. Urinary infections from the use of a catheter following surgery have increased by 3.6 percent. The overall incidence for a series of common infections due to medical care has increased by 1.6 percent. Iodine can and will, if universally used again, reverse these increases.

If you’ve just been to hospital, and have recently developed hepatitis – guess where you got it from? Researchers have discovered that it’s common for patients to get infected with the virus from hospital equipment – but they don’t know the extent of the problem. Researchers traced the infections back to the IV (intravenous) drip that was used to deliver anaesthesia during a procedure. Researchers admit that infection from contaminated equipment in hospitals is common – but they have no idea about the extent of the problem, and how many people have been unwittingly infected.[4]

Infections cause 68 pct of child deaths

Iodine potentially can save millions of lives. More than two thirds of the estimated 8.8 million deaths in children under five worldwide in 2008 were caused by infectious diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria, according to a study on behalf of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The study, published in the Lancet found that infectious diseases caused 68 percent of deaths in under fives, led by pneumonia (18 percent, 1.58 million children), diarrhea (15 percent, 1.34 million) and malaria (8 percent, 0.73 million).

Many people who die in the hospital after surgery are dying not from the surgery itself but from the infections that have gotten out of control. “In many ways, this is it,” Professor Tim Walsh. “This is potentially the end. There are no antibiotics in the pipeline that have activity against NDM 1-producing enterobacteriaceae. We have a bleak window of maybe 10 years, where we are going to have to use the antibiotics we have very wisely, but also grapple with the reality that we have nothing to treat these infections with.” Walsh, like most doctors today, have totally forgotten about iodine and how it is used routinely to sweep anything, it is applied to, clean of infections.

It may be some time before we really enter the predicted “post antibiotic era” in which common infections are frequently untreatable.[5]– Dr. Marc Lipsitch et al.
Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. David Derry wrote, “Iodine was the most effective agent for killing viruses, especially influenza viruses. Aerosol iodine was found to kill viruses in sprayed mists, and solutions of iodine were equally effective. In 1945, Burnet and Stone found that putting iodine on mice snouts prevented the mice from being infected with live influenza virus in mists. They suggested that impregnating masks with iodine would help stop viral spread. They also recommended that medical personnel have iodine-aerosol-treated rooms for examination and treatment of highly infected patients. Current methods of dealing with influenza infection are isolation, hand washing, antiviral drugs, and vaccinations. All of these methods can be improved by incorporating iodine into them. When impregnated with iodine, masks become much more effective, and hand washing is more effect when done with mild iodine solutions.”

The tremendous diversity and mutability of many infections and their ability to intelligently exploit the cells is one of the main reasons we should return to iodine as our favored broad spectrum antibiotic, anti-viral and anti fungal agent. Iodine provides us with a safe way to strengthen innate responses to invading microbes while simultaneously correcting or eliminating a basic nutritional deficiency that causes immunological unresponsiveness. Iodine also chelates out of the thyroid mercury and the full list of halogens that are poisoning most everyone.

[1] Evaluation of topical povidone-iodine in chronic suppurative otitis media; Java C et al; Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003 Oct;129(10):1098-100 ; Entrez Pubmed 

[2] STERILIZATION ACTION OF CHLORINE AND IODINE ON BACTERIA AND VIRUSES IN WATER SYSTEMS;  JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV BALTIMORE MD SCHOOLOF HYGIENE AND PUBLIC HEALTH; Final rept. 1 Jul 1962-30 Jun 1966;   stinet.dtic.mil/oai/oai?&verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=AD0476804

[3] Table 4: Microbiological Efficacy Activity of PVP-Iodine versus Bacteria, Yeasts and Molds, Actinomycetes and Rickettsia

ORGANISMS(NO. of STRAINS)

RANGE OF PVP-I IN ppmAVAILABLE IODINE

CONTACT OF KILL
TIME IN SECONDS

Proteus (41)

100 – 2500

15 – 180

Staphylococcus (36)

66 – 2500

15 – 80

Pseudomonas (36)

25 – 2500

15 – 900

Streptococcus (25)

200 – 2500

15 – 30

Escherichia (23)

200 – 2500

30 – 120

Salmonells (9)

1000 – 2500

15 – 60

Candida (8)

3.75 – 2500

10 – 120

Serratia (6)

200 – 2500

60 – 120

Spores-Baccillus; Clostridium (6)

10000

2 – 5 Hours

Trichomomonas (5)

400 – 2500

30 – 60

Enterobacter (4)

1000 – 2500

60

Klebsiella (4)

500 – 2500

60

Clostridium (4)

1000

30 – 60

Shigella (3)

1000 – 2500

60

Corynebacterium (3)

2500

60

Diplococcus (3)

1000 – 2500

60

Mycobacterium (3)

1000 – 2500

60 – 120

Bacillus (3)

7.5 – 2500

10 – 30

Sarcina (2)

500 – 2500

60

Trichophyton (2)

1000

60

Aspergillus (2)

1000

30

Mima (1)

2500

60

Herella (1)

2500

60

Edwardsiella (1)

2500

60

Citrobacter (1)

2500

60

Providencia (1)

1000

60

Acienetobacter (1)

3.75

10

Epidermophyton (1)

1000

60

Microsporum (1)

1000

60

Pencillium (1)

1000

30

Nocardia (1)

2500

60

[4] Source: Gastroenterology, 2010; 139: 163-70.

[5] Marc Lipsitch, Randall S. Singer, and Bruce R. Levin.  Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115; Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61802; and Department of Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322

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  • Rishiraj

    Hi,

    I heard about Chloraprep being a substitute for Iodine for Hospital acuired infections. How much of chlorine is generally used on patients? Is there anywhere I can find this data?

  • Rishiraj

    Hi,

    I heard about Chloraprep being a substitute for Iodine for Hospital acuired infections. How much of chlorine is generally used on patients? Is there anywhere I can find this data?

  • van pulido

    I have a two month old baby and would like to forego any kind of vaccine. Can i give her nascent iodine as a supplement. what is the recommended dose? I have checked on the preparations and it contains 400mcg per drop while babies only need 50 t0 110mcg daily.

  • van pulido

    I have a two month old baby and would like to forego any kind of vaccine. Can i give her nascent iodine as a supplement. what is the recommended dose? I have checked on the preparations and it contains 400mcg per drop while babies only need 50 t0 110mcg daily.

  • Catherine

    I am a mother of 2 and would like to know were I can get info on using iodine on my children. Should it be given daily to keep their iodine levels were they need to be and how should it be given once they have contracted a disease like influenza? Were can I go to get educated on iodine! Our conventional doctors only know how to prescribe antibiotics!

    Thank you,
    Cathie

    • IMVA Staff

      Catherine,

      You can start with Dr. Sircus article on dosages of iodine, though he likes to suggest dosing after he knows more about an individual , their size, eating habits etc.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French
      IMVA

  • Catherine

    I am a mother of 2 and would like to know were I can get info on using iodine on my children. Should it be given daily to keep their iodine levels were they need to be and how should it be given once they have contracted a disease like influenza? Were can I go to get educated on iodine! Our conventional doctors only know how to prescribe antibiotics!

    Thank you,
    Cathie

    • IMVA Staff

      Catherine,

      You can start with Dr. Sircus article on dosages of iodine, though he likes to suggest dosing after he knows more about an individual , their size, eating habits etc.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French
      IMVA

  • Lee Wiles

    I have been trying maybe 100 searches and cannot find any information on the shelf life of nascent Iodine. If anyone knows please email me
    Thank you Lee Leewiles@gmx.com

    • IMVA Staff

      Dear Lee,

      I suggest the best place to get that info on the shelf- life of Nascent Iodine would be from LL’s Magnetic Clay who provide it for sale. You can email them at: <a href="info@magneticclay.com “>“>info@magneticclay.com
      They will be happy to answer any questions you have.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French
      IMVA

  • Lee Wiles

    I have been trying maybe 100 searches and cannot find any information on the shelf life of nascent Iodine. If anyone knows please email me
    Thank you Lee Leewiles@gmx.com

    • IMVA Staff

      Dear Lee,

      I suggest the best place to get that info on the shelf- life of Nascent Iodine would be from LL’s Magnetic Clay who provide it for sale. You can email them at: <a href="info@magneticclay.com “>“>info@magneticclay.com
      They will be happy to answer any questions you have.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French
      IMVA

  • mina

    Please tell me it can be used oral povidone iodine and how in the treatment of cancer. Only in this form it is sold in Serbia. If this is not the appropriate form what can be done? Thank you very much.

    • IMVA Staff

      Dear Mina,

      Povidone iodine is not the same as nascent iodine which has been detoxifried for saftey in humans. Povidone iodine preparations contain emulsifiers and surfactants making them appropropriate for use on skin and mucous membranes only. Not advised for ingestion.

      You can purchase nascent iodine from LL’s Magnetic Clay at: http://www.magneticclay.com/
      They will ship internationally.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French
      IMVA

  • mina

    Please tell me it can be used oral povidone iodine and how in the treatment of cancer. Only in this form it is sold in Serbia. If this is not the appropriate form what can be done? Thank you very much.

    • IMVA Staff

      Dear Mina,

      Povidone iodine is not the same as nascent iodine which has been detoxifried for saftey in humans. Povidone iodine preparations contain emulsifiers and surfactants making them appropropriate for use on skin and mucous membranes only. Not advised for ingestion.

      You can purchase nascent iodine from LL’s Magnetic Clay at: http://www.magneticclay.com/
      They will ship internationally.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French
      IMVA

  • Joan Luich

    Thanks for a great article! There is no mention of lyme disease or it co-infections. What about parasites? Lyme disease is at epidemic proportions and needs more exposure, especially in relationship to lyme. Thank you, Joan

    • IMVA Staff

      Joan,

      Sure, iodine should be effective against bacteria, fungus, virus, and all kinds of bugs and parasites. Get on the protocol and see what happens! For certain parasites a very high iodine dosage would be necessary so medical supervision is required.

      Regarding Lyme disease please see what Dr. Klinghardt has to say at http://www.iodine4health.com/disease/lyme_disease.htm

      Lyme disease: A Look Beyond Antibiotics
      Klinghardt DK

      “For a while selenium should be given in high doses to suppress viral replication and render bioavailable mercury non-reactive. The element most critical in the Lyme patient however is iodine….Filling up the body’s mineral reserves has always been the most essential part of our heavy metal detox program. It is also the most essential part of our Lyme treatment.”

      Again, high doses of iodine are necessary so this must be done under medical supervision.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  • Joan Luich

    Thanks for a great article! There is no mention of lyme disease or it co-infections. What about parasites? Lyme disease is at epidemic proportions and needs more exposure, especially in relationship to lyme. Thank you, Joan

    • IMVA Staff

      Joan,

      Sure, iodine should be effective against bacteria, fungus, virus, and all kinds of bugs and parasites. Get on the protocol and see what happens! For certain parasites a very high iodine dosage would be necessary so medical supervision is required.

      Regarding Lyme disease please see what Dr. Klinghardt has to say at http://www.iodine4health.com/disease/lyme_disease.htm

      Lyme disease: A Look Beyond Antibiotics
      Klinghardt DK

      “For a while selenium should be given in high doses to suppress viral replication and render bioavailable mercury non-reactive. The element most critical in the Lyme patient however is iodine….Filling up the body’s mineral reserves has always been the most essential part of our heavy metal detox program. It is also the most essential part of our Lyme treatment.”

      Again, high doses of iodine are necessary so this must be done under medical supervision.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French RN, LPHA