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Published on April 5, 2011
Hotel Reception Desk: Chernobyl

Fortunately we have a medical diagnosis of the situation from a doctor who knows something about iodine and the necessity of taking more of it now.

Dr. David Brownstein, author of Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, is a friend and a great author of honest medical books. If I could scream with a megaton of force it would be a scream at the orthodox medical establishment to listen to Dr. Brownstein about iodine.

You have to understand, screaming would be required for they are very hard of hearing over there at the FDA and CDC. Even hearing aids don’t do much good for the higher officials in these organizations.

Neither organization puts out trustworthy information because they are front organizations for the organized selling of poisons or what are otherwise called pharmaceuticals. Like the radiation they are telling us is safe, pharmaceuticals must be taken in low dosages to avoid the harmful side effects. It’s the poisonous nature of pharmaceuticals that create the side effects. Same with radiation—it’s the poisonous nature of nucleoid particles that create the radiation sickness and cancer.

As of the 3rd of April Dr. David Brownstein’s diagnosis and advice was:

“I just wanted to give you a quick update on the Japanese nuclear disaster. It is clear that there has been a meltdown at the reactor core. The amount of radioactivity released into the air and the ocean is very large. This may surpass the amount released at Chernobyl.

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“There is no question that radioactive particles will be carried by the jet stream and deposited over North America. In fact, there have been multiple reports of radiation spikes occurring in a number of states. Now, the amount of radiation reported has been low. But, do not let that fool you. If you are iodine deficient, your body will try to absorb iodine from whatever source it can get it from, radioactive particles from Japan included.

“As I mentioned in a previous post, it is important to ensure that you are iodine sufficient. How can you do that? The first step is to work with a health care provider who is knowledgeable about iodine. Editors commentary: It’s unfortunate but finding such doctors might be like finding a needle in a haystack.] Next, you can get your iodine levels checked. Many labs will do this with a simple urine test. FFP labs and Hakala Labs do the most complete test on iodine, the 24-hour loading test. I describe this test in more detail in my book, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, 4th Edition. You don’t need a doctor’s order to complete this test.

“Finally, ensure that you are taking adequate amounts of inorganic, non-radioactive iodine in order to maintain whole body iodine sufficiency. Iodoral (Optimox), Iodozyme HP (Biotics) and Lugol’s solution are examples of this type of iodine that are effective for maintaining whole body iodine sufficiency. The amount of iodine needed to achieve whole body sufficiency, for most of my patients, varies between 6 and 50 mg/day. What do I mean by ‘whole body sufficiency’?

“Many people and experts talking about the problems with radioactive iodine focus on the thyroid. The thyroid gland has the largest concentration of iodine in the body. However, every cell in the body needs and requires iodine to function optimally. The breasts, ovaries, uterus, prostate, and other tissues also contain large amounts of iodine. If the body is deficient, these tissues will take up radioactive iodine if given the chance. The whole premise of ortho-iodo supplementation that I discuss in my book is to ingest enough iodine in order for all the tissues of the body to be iodine sufficient. The consequences of iodine deficiency are severe—increases in cancer of the breast, ovary, uterus and thyroid. Radioactive iodine exposure in an iodine deficient state will increase the risk of cancer. Again, I discuss this in much more detail in my book.

“The best results with iodine therapy are when it is combined with a holistic treatment regimen. This includes taking vitamin C and salt. Furthermore, correcting nutrient imbalances and detoxifying will help. Finally, ensure that you stay hydrated.

“There is no need to panic over the Japanese disaster. You can use this situation as a wake-up call to ensure that you are doing all that is possible for maintaining your optimal health. Finally, remember to educate yourself about iodine so that you can make the best health care decisions.”

The message is simple:

When it comes to iodine and other minerals it’s about giving our bodies what they needso they don’t take on the harmful and radioactive things it doesn’t need.

In this video we see Greenpeace driving around the Fukushima Daiichi Plant and at around 40km from the plant they see extreme radiation and advise a full evacuation. What I find most disturbing in the video is the invisible nature of radiation. These Greenpeace people are driving through a lovely country side that looks normal but is full of deadly radiation. Beautiful countryside that will be lost to humanity forever! And today the fifth of April water with 5 million times the legal limit of radioactivity is being found in the surrounding sea.

Crime against Humanity

A medical crime is being committed by the medical establishment (one world government). The response across the northern hemisphere is uniform. From the backyard of the Fukushima plant to the Great Plains of the United States radiation levels are determined to be safe when they are not, since there is no such thing as completely safe radiation.

Authorities are not planning yet to expand the evacuation zone around the plant, a senior nuclear official said this week. The government created a 20-km (12-mile) evacuation zone around the site after the earthquake and tsunami and they have no intention of getting more people out of harms way. The same type of consciousness is evident everywhere—do nothing and stay calm.

The radiation is much higher in Japan but in the United States the population is much more deficient in Iodine than in Japan where the people who consume a lot more iodine each and every day than Americans. According to Dr. Brownstein 95 percent of the American population (and in fact most of the world’s population) is deeply deficient in iodine leaving them much more vulnerable to the iodine radiation that is raining down already on the continental United States.


The caesium fallout levels now rival the levels recorded when the Soviet nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded in 1986.

Radioactive caesium and iodine has been deposited in northern Japan far from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, at levels that were considered highly contaminated after Chernobyl. The readings were taken by the Japanese science ministry revealing high levels of caesium-137 and iodine-131 outside the evacuation zone.

One of the principle subjects presented early on in Nuclear Toxicity Syndrome(which I hope to finish by next Monday) is about the situation with iodine. We have a problem on earth that is just not going to go away.At this point does any rational being seriously think that such total destruction at the nuclear plant in Japan can be fixed or repaired?

Dr. Michio Kaku has been talking for weeks about the possible dangers that we are still not preparing for if they lose total control of the Fukushima plant. There is a very high possibility for a worst case scenario event though no one seems to worried about it.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it expected elevated levels of radioactive material in rainwater following the incident at the Fukushima nuclear plant and that in fact has occurred from east to west coast.A report released on Saturday found levels of two kinds of cesium and iodine 131 in Boise’s Idaho precipitation. Boise’s levels were higher than any other U.S. city.

In an obscure report a rooftop water monitoring program managed by UC Berkeley’s Department of Nuclear Engineering detected substantial spikes in rain-borne iodine-131 during torrential downpours a week ago. The levels exceeded federal drinking water thresholds, known as maximum contaminant levelsby as much as 181 times, though everything was declared as safe.

Personal Note: I wonder if the Queen of England is humane enough to warn her own royal family—that has been hip deep in the uranium and nuclear business—that they too, as does everyone, even the people at the FDA and CDC, need to address iodine deficiency. President Obama and your kids too… doctor’s orders… start taking your iodine but don’t panic. That’s all you have to do today!

Though I continue to use and recommend Nascent Iodine, especially for the children and iodine sensitive, please understand that any iodine is better than no iodine at this point so one can run out to the pharmacy and purchase the cheapest iodine and paint some of it on one’s skin every day.

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  • Tammy Travis

    my sons 10lb maltese just developed a mass on one mammary gland, plus xrays show suspicious spots for cancer on lungs. plus some inguinal lymph node enlargement on same side. She feels this is probabaly cancer due to lungs and sad if cancer in lungs her prognosis is very poor with possibly 6 mo left. However at this time she has no other symptoms such as cough lethargy etc. She acts normal. We went to start her on the highest dosage of iodine that we safely can. Can you tell me what the max dosage she should be given?

  • Camy

    Dear Dr. Sircus,

    I have a questions about Dr. David Brownstein’s diagnosis and advice:
    On the 6th paragrah mentioned “The best results with iodine therapy are when it is combined with a holistic treatment regimen. This includes taking vitamin C and salt.

    I’d like to know what to do with the “salt”. As you know people in China & Asia heard the news about salt but probably they don’t know how to USE it for the therapy. Could you let me know where I can find the methods. Otherwise, people buying salt will be treated as idiot. Many thanks. Camy from Hong Kong.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Camy,

      Dr. David Brownstein recommends using unrefined salt in our diets. You can find information about this on his website and in his book Salt Your Way to Health

      He states: “The correct form of salt is an extremely important substance for our body. There is a big difference between refined salt and unrefined salt. As I discuss in Salt: Your Way To Health, refined salt is a toxic substance that needs to be avoided. Refined salt has no minerals and is contaminated with substances such as ferrocyanide. Unrefined salt has over 80 minerals in it. I have found unrefined salt a wonderful addition to a healthy holistic regimen.”

      In general he advises using 1/2-1 tsp of good quality unrefined salt/day in our diets. book and CD Salt Your Way To Health audio interview with Dr. David Brownstein Dr. Sircus interviews David Brownstein on Youtube

  • Maya

    I have a sister who has been allergic to iodine for most of her life. Topical applications cause severe discomfort and rash, and all seafood induces allergic reactions requiring medical attention. She has, however, been able to eat sea salt and is able to swim in the ocean with no ill effects. I am fairly sure she is severely iodine deficient, but I worry that supplements would cause an allergic reaction. Is there any form of iodine that would be safe for her?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Often people with iodine allergies can tolerate Nascent Iodine . The best thing to do would be to do a small skin test with this , or other forms of iodine, to see if the same reactions you describe (rash) show up.

      • maya

        Thank you so much for your help!!

  • Victoria

    Thank you very much for your useful postings. I have a 3-year old daughter who likes to drink lots of goat milk. We live in Alberta, Canada.

    Should I stop giving her the milk? should I be supplementing her with anything?

    Thank you very much in advance for your reply!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      You should find and watch the radiation levels for your area of the country and judge by that whether or not to give your child milk from the area. Milk is one of the most highly affected by radiation, so caution is needed. Nascent iodine is beneficial to protect against radioactive iodine and easy for children to take.

      • Victoria

        Dear Claudia,

        Thank you for your prompt reply – in these days of uncertainty it is especially appreciated!

        In Alberta there is little information about contamination. No testing of products is reported whatsoever. I have to assume there are small amounts present in the milk we buy from British Columbia (where they did discover elevated levels in the rainwater). We are not too far away.

        While I won’t be giving my daughter any potassium iodide (which I managed to buy), can I give her kelp? my mother and husband are insisting I should not be giving kelp to her, but I think this is better than nothing. Am I correct?

        • Claudia – IMVA Staff


          According to the sources I checked, kelp is fine to give to children of your daughters age. Most concerns are for the possibility of bringing on thyroid problems, which are often unfounded. But to use kelp in place of potassium iodide would require massive amounts, one source I saw stated that 578 tablets of kelp would be needed to equal the 130 mg dose of potassium iodide.

          So for a maintenence supplement kelp would be fine, but not in a radiation exposure emergency. Again, Nascent iodine is very easy on children and will ensure adequacy of iodine levels. Here’s a couple of web resources on the use of kelp in children for you:

          • Victoria

            Thanks a lot!

  • Yvonne

    Thanks to Dr. Sircus for this article, and to Michael West for the tip on magnesium chloride.

    Jolene asked about iodine for dogs. I have been giving my cat iodinated water to drink for about 8 months with no ill effects. My recipe is to put one drop of 5% or 7% Lugol’s iodine in a quart of water, decant it in a glass bottle, and fill his clean water dish each day from that. When he comes home with ticks on board, I brush a little bit of 2% iodine tincture with a cotton-tipped swab to the inner tips of his ears, and the ticks drop off his body immediately. This should work for dogs as well; just brush a bit more iodine to their ears because of their larger body size.

    Dr. Sircus, can we give our cats/dogs bicarbonate of soda? Can anyone offer suggests regarding how to administer it? I know that salt licks of bicarbonate of soda are available at farm supply stores for cattle, goats, etc., so it seems that man is not the only mammal that benefits from it.

    • Sparingly powdering any animal with Diatomaceous Earth should keep the tics away.

      Caution should used when giving Baking Soda to meat eaters and one should consider the shorter digestive system. Small doses several times a day with many days in-between.

      It is best to use an “iodized salt lick” as most carnivorous animals instinctively know when they need salts, grasses, etc.

  • Regarding iodine on the skin:
    1. It would be wise to put a few drops in Magnesium Chloride Oil before applying.
    2. This technique should keep the Iodine suspended and active it is absorbed into the flesh.
    3. A great way to increase the effectiveness of Iodine regardless of topical or oral applications is to mix it with Magnesium Chloride Oil.
    4. Works great on band-aids too.

  • Johan Beaurain

    If I am not mistaken, the measuring instrument that can be seen in the video that is attached to this article registered as if it has exceeded its range at that stage when they were getting close to Tokyo. It was probably impossible to take an accurate reading because the radiation was too high.

    • Yes, the reading was beyond the capacity of the meter.

  • Jolene

    Hi Dr. Sircus,
    I wanted to know if it was safe to also give iodine to our pets. I’m worried about my 6 pound dog! I’ve already lost one of my furry loved ones to cancer at age 11. All my animal companions get green food every day appropriate to their body weight. I considered paintint their paw pads w/ iodine.
    Any idea if iodine is ok for dogs?

    Many thanks for the work that you do

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Our pets need iodine too. Dogs should receive 0.7 mg of iodine daily for every pound of dog food they eat (on a dry matter basis).
      For more specific info on dosing dogs and cats, please consult with a veterinarian. But it seems that a drop of nascent iodine added to pet’s drinking water would not hurt anything.