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Sources and Uses for Iodine / Iodine to Rescue

Published on June 11, 2012


Anyone who tells you to stay away from iodine is a medical idiot. Actually that statement does not cover the story of medical cruelty and the pharmaceutical terrorism that is centered on iodine phobia that is rampant in the medical world today. One of my neighbors, who has cancer, recently visited the Gerson Clinic in Mexico and came back with a protocol suggesting one drop of Lugol’s a day.[1] I of course have him taking much more.

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

The National Institutes of Health specifically cites Lugol’s iodine as being poisonous, and according to the powers that be in the medical world, so is water because it can kill people through drowning. Pure O2 is also very poisonous so they have to add CO2 to oxygen bottles before patients can use it. The National Institutes of Health and every other health and medical organization in the United States do not understand or appreciate the science of low-level toxicities so they allow the use of highly toxic materials in things like vaccines. Thimerosal, which is 50% organic mercury, is a perfect example. It is injected into newborns in many countries around the world and into American babies at age six months.

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


In Dr. Cousens’ essay and in my book, Iodine—Bringing Back the Universal Medicine, we see that much higher levels of iodine supplementation have been used in studies since the early 1900s so where Mercola,[2] or anyone else gets off on suggesting that large amounts of iodine would be harmful is beyond me, especially because we know that high intake of iodine is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. We also know that low iodine intake is associated with liver cancer.[3]

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Women with a history of low iodine levels (hypothyroidism) face a significantly higher risk of developing liver cancer. Researchers led by Manal Hassan of Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas concluded that this finding suggested a clinical association between hypothyroidism and hepatitis C, which is contributing to the country’s rising rate of liver cancer.

I reported in my book that Dr. Brownstein uses between 200 and 300 milligrams of iodine daily, with higher doses for more serious and difficult diseases. In perspective, this seemingly “high” dose is still far lower than what the 11th edition of the 1910-1911 Encyclopedia Britannica cites as the “usual” doses of 300-900 milligrams (300,000-900,000 micrograms!) of iodine daily.

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

Cousens’ essay lists the important functions of iodine:

1)      Iodine helps synthesize thyroid hormones and prevents both hypo- and hyperthyroidism.
2)      Iodine sufficiency reverses hypo- and hyperthyroidism.
3)      Iodine supports apoptosis.
4)      Iodine activates hormone receptors and helps prevent certain forms of cancer.
5)      Iodine protects ATP function and enhances ATP production.
6)      Iodine prevents fibrocystic breast disease.
7)      Iodine decreases insulin needs in diabetics.
8)      Iodine helps support protein synthesis.
9)      Iodine deficiency is a global health threat.
10)    Iodine destroys pathogens, molds, fungi, parasites, and malaria.
11)    Iodine supports immune function.
12)    Iodine eliminates toxic halogens from the body (including radioactive I-131).
13)    Iodine regulates estrogen production in the ovaries.
14)    Iodine is anti-mucolytic (meaning it reduces mucus catarrh).
15)    Iodine neutralizes hydroxyl ions and hydrates the cells.
16)    Iodine makes us smarter.
17)    Iodine prevents heart disease.
18)    Iodine is needed with the use of cordless phones, cell phones and now smart meters to prevent hypothyroidism.
19)    Iodine supports pregnancy (as the fetus undergoes more apoptosis than any other developmental stage). 
20)    High doses of iodine may be used to reverse certain diseases.
21)    High doses of iodine may be used for wounds, bedsores, inflammatory and traumatic pain, and restoration of hair growth when applied topically.
22)    Iodine helps in the diminishing of tissue scarring, cheloid formations, and Dupuytren’s and Peyronie’s contractures, which are hyper-scarring conditions.
23)    Iodine supports spiritual development.

These are all reasons to ingest higher doses of iodine. With the radioactive iodine circulating from Fukushima the issue with iodine supplementation is now critical, especially for fetuses and very young children.

Cruelty in Action

Newly revealed tapes, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show the unconscionable failure of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to protect California infants from radioactive fallout from the meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

NRC officials calculated an annual thyroid dose of 40,000 microsieverts (or 4 REM) for infants under one year of age in California. Per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services division of Radiation Emergency Medical Management division (REMM), a child’s dose of 5 REM is immediate grounds for evacuation and prophylactic measures. (REM does not specifically reference an infant dose) Thus, the projected government dose of 4 REM was 80% of the suggested evacuation rate.

Iodine-131, a radioactive isotope, is primarily taken up by the thyroid gland. It is a bio-mimicker. The thyroid gland requires iodine to function. In a nuclear accident large amounts of radioactive iodine-131 are released and this was certainly the case for Fukushima, especially in the early days. The thyroid gland is unable to differentiate between regular iodine and radioactive iodine and will uptake whatever chemical form it is presented with especially when one is already iodine deficient.

The negative health consequences of iodine-131 target the sensitive populations of the pregnant, unborn, babies and children up to 10 years of age most aggressively. If iodine-131 is inhaled or ingested it lingers in the body wherein it emits radioactive energy that results in internal damage mainly to the thyroid and parathyroid glands.  According to the EPA iodine-131?s short half-life of 8 days means that it will decay away completely in the environment in a matter of months but with devastating affects to the thyroid tissues if God forbid those tissues be deficient in iodine.

The unborn, infants and children have tiny thyroid glands and an overall small body mass. Thus when ingested, a particle of iodine-131 can direct tremendous and damaging energy at cells at a much greater ratio than in an adult.

Critical uptake facts[4] per the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

  • Newborn babies will uptake iodine at rates 16 times higher than adults.
  • Infants under the age of one have an eight times higher uptake than adults.
  • Five-year-old children have four times the adult uptake rate.
  • Pregnant mothers have increased thyroid uptake, most noted in the first trimester.
  • The unborn have an increased thyroid uptake in the second and third trimester of pregnancy.
  • Nursing mothers can secrete 25% of iodine reserves to their babies.

The children have taken a beating from Fukushima but only a handful of people seemed concerned. The first way we as parents can show our concern is to stock up the house with iodine and use this essential mineral liberally with our children.

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

Of course most people, doctors and health professionals really don’t get it. You might as well be the Americans at Pearl Harbor and imagine it even worse—as the Japanese planes dive-bomb the ships and everyone just sits there inert, never running for the guns to shoot back.

This is an excellent analogy because the dive-bombers coming in on the jet stream are radioactive particles from Fukushima and the anti-aircraft gun we need to grab in this case is iodine. But don’t shoot back hard says Mercola, use the gun with the least amount of bullets.

I expect a full apology and retraction from Dr. Mercola who has taken it upon himself to address millions of his readers on this most important medical subject. His readers need to know the truth, not just his uneducated or commercially motivated opinion. He cannot turn to the medical literature and defend his position. Dr. Gabriel Cousens did that and the history of iodine’s use annihilates Mercola’s recommendation showing it to have no relationship with medical truth.

I join with Dr. Gabriel Cousens (I only wish he would lighten up his stance on medical marijuana because it is another gun against radiation and every other kind of stress) at this momentous time to confront this issue about the sponge-like nature of our children’s thyroids to radioactive iodine.

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

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 and a year to become iodine sufficient while ingesting a dosage of 12.5 mg of iodine daily. However, the patient needs to be monitored closely with awareness of possible side effects and detoxification reactions.”

There are many forms of iodine and please read my lips on this one—they are all good though some are better than others, much better though more expensive. If one cannot find an oral type of iodine, even painting one’s body with topical iodine will help. I do recommend minerals in liquid form rather than solid because of absorption issues.


My favorite iodine, the one I personally use is Nascent and I was involved with the creation of the formula. For many months I switched to less expensive Lugol’s and felt okay about that but when I came back to Nascent it was to stay. Nascent iodine is iodine in its atomic rather than its molecular form. It is an iodine atom that has an incomplete number of electrons meaning it can hold an electromagnetic charge. Nascent iodine has a large energy release when consumed because energy is saved. Nascent iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is produced by the thyroid so it is absorbed effortlessly by the body. It is not inexpensive so I always recommend Lugol’s and any other iodine even if in pill or topical form.


The information in this essay and in Dr. Cousens’ can save your life or one of a loved one. Iodine is an essential Survival Medicine for the 21st Century. We are also at the very end of the age of antibiotics so watch out and learn to use iodine effectively against just about anything pathogens can and will throw against you. It is getting very dangerous out there in many senses so don’t leave home without your iodine.

And now we hear from the World Health Organization who is warning of a growing drug resistance in sexually transmitted gonorrhea that is becoming untreatable. Additionally an outbreak of a less-common form of E. coli has sickened at least 14 people across six U.S. states and killed a 21-month-old girl in New Orleans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Iodine is effective against E-Coli.[5] Super high dosages of iodine might save the day when nothing else will.

Everyone needs to know how to use iodine—it’s as simple as that.

[1] LUGOL’S 5%: Each VERTICAL drop is about 6.25 mg of iodine/potassium iodide (2.5 mg iodine, 3.75 mg potassium iodide) and 2 drops is about 12.50 mg of iodine/potassium iodide (5.0 mg iodine, 7.50 mg potassium iodide). LUGOL’S 2%: Slightly less than 1/2 half the above measurements.

[3] Hassan, Manal et al; Association Between Hypothyroidism and Hepatocellular Carcinoma: USA Case-Control Study. Hepatology, May 2009

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  • john louis

    nacent iodone is dissovled in vegetable glycering mking it 1 or 2% iodine and £30 A BOTTLE, lugols is 15% iodine and costs the same, nacent is a lower prodict marketed better and a fallacy, at 1% be warned and lugols was made way before. test the ph and see necent is so weak is has no value, and all this atomic charging info is fake it can not and never be proved,

    • CMS

      thank you

  • deb waite

    can sski kill hepatitis?

  • Eileen

    Based on Dr Brownstein’s youtubes, I started taking Iodoral as an iodine supplement. When I next had my blood work done my TSH, which had been very stable at around 2, had shot up to 7. When I told the doctor that I was taking iodine, he told me to stop and he ordered a complete thyroid panel. My TSH returned to 2 but my TPO antibodies were very elevated. That was about 2 years ago and since then I have been using diet to reduce the antibodies trying to get back to normal. My advice: don’t take iodine unless you know you are deficient; large doses can mess you up BAD. Be very, very careful.

    • CMS

      thank you for sharing this

  • Julie Ciulla

    This site used to recommend B4B Lugol’s Iodine, the one with the orange color drop design on the bottle. It’s more expensive, but it’s very high quality after I did more research. I’ve invested in it now, so I’m not going to switch. I took it for 5 months and got rid of cysts in my breasts. I was thrilled and decided to tell the world. Cysts hurt. They scare you at mammograms. They kept growing, more of them, it seemed hopeless. Now? Gone!! I did youtube videos about it to tell the world about the details of my experience with this in case anyone is interested my testimony:)

  • PA SAlazar

    Hi I’ve been taking Lugol’s for about 6 months 3 drops a day, for Graves. It’s worked fine for Graves symptoms, they are pretty much gone although come back if I’m off the iodine for more than a few days. Unfortunately my asthma symptoms have gotten a lot worse. I am salt loading, taking vit c, mag, selenium, chorella, and vit d. I am still taking my asthma medication 2 puffs of a steroid inhaler x2 a day. I am not sure whether the lugols is interacting with asthma medication. But I am just about to try SSKI potassium Iodide, after hearing that it can work for asthma symptoms. My question is should I be taking both Lugol’d and SSKI at the same time?

    • Miriam Pereira

      Hi, could this be a symptom of bromine detox from your asthma inhaler, and perhaps other stuff? I was feeling great for the first month then lousy until I found the proper protocol for iodine use (lots of good salt, extra Mg, etc), and realised my 10-years of taking Citalopram have poisoned me with bromine, hence the detox reactions. Feeling better after starting the salt to water.

  • Donna Hall

    Hi, my partner has advanced metastatic breast cancer with leasions in her brain, lungs, bone and lymph. I want to give her iodine via a nebulizer for the lung mets but I believe you have to be cautious in the choice of iodine product. Has anyone used Nascent iodine through a nebulizer and if so, how many drops? I believe the issue is the potassium iodide in some supplements that cannot be given via a nebulizer. I just want to be sure that Nascent is safe to use this way. Appreciate any help. – Thank you all, Donna

    • Li’l D in the Big D

      I have stage IV Emphysema. I have used up to 8 drops of Nascent 1 x day in a Neb for several days with no adverse effect or discomfort.

  • BB

    Eleven years ago I was given repeat antibiotics for ear infections. This went on for a couple years. I developed a fluttering in my colon area now soreness through my entire gi. Earlier this year I was diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue disease. I honestly feel as though I am about to die. Skin, burning, dryness and peeling everywhere!
    I made an appointment with Dr Sircus but you sent me an email saying you were going traveling inside of my consultation.

    Is it too late for me??? Be honest!

    • I hope you’ve been seen by a functional medicine doctor – also, research probiotics (I love hyperbiotics brand, PRO-15); chlorella; getting tested on dose for B’s, C, other minerals & immune system enhancement; passionflower and ashwaganda herbs – & consider a holistic Energy practitioner to process trauma. Best wishes!

    • Wild Swan

      It sounds as if the antibiotics wiped out your gut microbiome so that you are in pain, you don’t absorb nutrients properly, and your body is feeling the effects. Check out debugyourhealth for some starters…

  • K. Johnson

    This is SO confusing with all the EXTRA information!!
    I have been searching for the Amount of Iodine I can safely take! Plus I understand that it has to be taken with Selenium and Even one site said Vit C!
    Can’t these sites just get to the point without the useless information?
    K. Johnson

    • searchtruthnow

      You can start with any low dose like 1 to 12.5 mgs a day. Start low and slow to avoid detox symptoms. Start Selenium methionine first 200 mcg.s per day for about 7 to 14 days then add iodine. Never take iodine without selenium. Selenium alone is ok but not vice versa. Jarrow Synergy is a good one because of the methionine form for better utilization.

    • I use Lugols with the added selenium and stuff. I swallow from the dropper 1/2 full dropper (about 14mg – 14 milligrams) every morning, and have done that for two or three years now. It takes about three days to notice the impact of the iodine, but after that, you will love the sustained energy and nicely enhanced verbal skills. I love the stuff

    • Julie Ciulla

      I hear ya!! I’ve done tons of research and completely understand what you mean. I just shot some videos about it and am posting on YouTube if you want one stranger’s opinion:) – Julie Ciulla

    • Patricia Hubbard

      Read the article ” The Guide to Supplementing with Iodine”, by Stephanie Burst- ND, in pdf. Has all information you need.

      • YonLittleSwine

        In her dismissal/criticism of Iosol (ammonium iodine drops) she is wrong. She is also opposed to Nascent Iodine for the same reasons, but does not prove anything. Just statements.

  • Patsy

    I’m taking Bystolic 10mg. Should I be taking iodine? I’ve read do not take iodine with blood pressure medicine.
    Thanks for the help!

  • ElainePl

    I have had an open, bleeding area on the side of my nose for about eight years. About a month ago I started applying Lugol’s 7% no-alcohol iodine on that side of my nose. That side of my nose is almost completely covered with skin for the first time in eight years. There was a conspicuous, blood-filled scab for a while but now the scab is almost completely gone. I purchased the Lugol’s from Amazon.


      what a great story, thanks 🙂

    • MM

      Try raw honey!!

  • I’m trying to determine how many milligrams of iodine there is in a drop of 10% povidone-iodine. As a point of reference, Dr. Sircus has said the Lugol’s 2% contains 1.875 mg potassium iodide and 1.250 mg iodine. I know that 10% povidone-iodine is comprised of 90% water, 8.5% povidone-iodine, 1% available iodine, and iodide but I’m not sure of the math or what forms of iodine need to be included. I’m using povidone-iodine to topically treat a nasal staph infection in the form of a spray and I want verify that I’m not using too much. I don’t see this information in the Dr. Sircus’s ebook. Thank you.

  • Guest

    “Iodine is anti-mucolytic (meaning it reduces mucus catarrh).”

    Uh, no. Mucolytic means it breaks down mucus, thus helping it drain from the sinuses and reducing the catarrh.


  • Ida

    Potassium Iodide should be good applied on skin with DMSO to resolve internal scartissue. Would Nascent iodine be good for this as well – together with DMSO (carrying it through the tissue and into blodstream)?


  • Jim

    I have been taking nascent iodine for a week now and I can already feel the profound effects/benefits. However, I do have a concern about a possible detox symptom and would please appreciate some help with a question. I am experiencing possibly an infected lymph node on the left side of my neck. I drink plenty of water and at times the discomfort calms down. Does anybody know the effects of iodine detoxing your lymph system? Can iodine push out lymph infections? I would like to continue taking this supplement, please any advice would be nice.

    Thank You,


    • jbr2000

      Jim I have some answers for you in regards to nascent iodine if you need them ! Let me know

  • Walter Hartmann

    End of 2012, sick as ever since 2005 I watched a movie at 2am and wanted to take a sip of an omega-oil supplement. I took a big sip but from the wrong bottle: 5/10 Lugols’s Iodine – undiluted! Over an hour with the poisoning hot line I knew that there is nothing to worry about taking a 30mL dose instead of 3 drops (advice: eat a piece of bread if you like . . . ) . . . and I felt better while still on the phone. After nearly a decade I had found something that was able to make a difference within an hour. A 30mL dose instead of 3 drops – that’s 200 times more and it made all the difference! Naturally I dropped down to a lower dosage again (6 drops – sometimes a double of that) . . . after a week of Iodine abstinence. Since then every year showed another element to be elemental to my health at high dosage levels. 2013 – Magnesium, 2014 – Potassium, 2015 – Zink, Selenium and charcoal (Carbon) . . .

  • Ricard Siagian

    If I131 Iodine is toxic radioactive? So what is the different between that and eatable/drinkable Iodine

  • nancy

    can I put a drop of Lugol’s iodine on my cats lip ,he has squamous cell cancer. Will it help?

    • Jenny Hu

      Try giving him dr schulze superfoods plus powder in his food.. That thing works miracles for humans and animals.. It’s about giving the animal nutrition so that his body can begin to heal itself.

    • Joanna W

      Nancy look into low dose naltrexone for your cat and his cancer. There is a Facebook group called love our pets LDN and there also are tons of LDN groups on yahoo groups

  • Shelly

    I once had a severe allergic reaction to an IVP dye used when I had a kidney stone. Can I still use the Nascent Iodine?

  • L. Carl Robinson, MH,TT,CCHt

    Dr. Sricus, like so many of the other “Iodine Doctors” disses the Stanford Wolff-Chiakoff study they simply fail to take notice of, understand or purposefully ignore the fact that the W-C Effect that study ascertained was due to the use of a mineral salt of iodine/iodide, in that instance, singularly and solely Potassium-Iodide KI. KI was the ONLY form/type of iodine studied, and a careful and thorough review of that study will show that indeed KI DOES possess a thyroid blocking effect of ALL forms of iodine once KI initial effects have taken hold. And that study clearly showed that there indeed was/is a atonic/hypothyroid effect when higher doses at a sustained level of “KI” are ingested, probably due to the fact that to get past the thyroid iodine blocking effects of KI and get the other tissues of the body thoroughly iodized, forcing a metabolic/biological pathway for tissue iodine loading is effected, which in turn overstresses the thyroid with the result of it becoming exhausted and going low/hypothyroid. A review of the effects of KI loading on the HPA and HTP axises may very well explain the reasons for this phenomenon. Point being, and one the ‘Iodine Doctors’ miss, ALL research regarding dosing (both iodine loading and daily supplemental dosing) are based solely on KI, not the other forms/types of iodine/iodide, especially the form/type of iodine/iodide popularly known as “Nascent” iodine (the term ‘nascent’ actually being a totally misused term to this form/type of iodine as the nascent state of iodine is when it is in a sublimated/liberated vaporous state, a highly toxic, caustic, unstable of iodine gas) that more properly should be termed NMS (Non-Mineral Salts) Mono-Elemental Triiodide. My company produces just such an alcohol-free NMS glycerin of triiodide, and preliminary clinical use feedback has shown that indeed a lower iodine tissue loading dose protocol and daily supplemental dosing protocol appears to be more then norm than the exception due in large part to the fact that a mono-element triiodide appears to have far greater uptake and more efficient biological utility than is seen with a mineral salts form of iodidne/iodide, suck as KI for instance.

    • M

      How was the iodine administered in the Wolff-Chaikoff study? On wikipedia it states that they injected iodine into rats. Is this true? Injecting iodine would be much more taxing on the body and the thyroid gland than administering it orally.

  • Sergio Luna

    I’m taking 600mmg of levotiroxine daily, can I still take 3 drops of detoxadine without nay risk

  • Katrina Myers

    I have hypothyroidism. I stopped taking Levothyroxine and started taking Lugol’s. My TSH went up over 100, when it should have been close to 0. I figured it must be a result of the potassium iodide being a thyroid hormone suppressant. Should I be taking Iodine without potassium iodide?

    • AC

      According to Dr. BrownStein that is normal for 6 mo to a year until the thyroid gets saturated.

  • Jac

    I read Dr Mercola’s daily newssheets. Luckily, I had already taken Lugol’s a few years earlier (then stopped, for no particular reason!), so I knew he wasn’t being honest about the body’s requirements of iodine.
    Perhaps, in this scenario of health matters, he is recommending a too-low amount of iodine/iodide because if the correct amounts were taken, then everybody would automatically feel so much better, with so much more energy, they would stop buying his supplements that he assures us that everyone needs. Just a thought.

    • U.N. Soldier

      After Fukishima our Comanders have us all taking Iodine. I bought my own…Lugol’s… and I take a 50% Citiric acid solution and 1:1 with Lugol’s. I let it sit for a about a minute then drink it down. My energy has increased greatly. My normal (for me) body temperature of 97 has went up to 98.4. We all went through the detox phase, and now our skin and color looks great. We all look so much more healthy. They also have us being grounded every night. If out on a mission we just shove this solid copper rod into the ground and attach the strap to our ankle or wrists and sleep soundly, We have all noticed that we need 3 hours less sleep a night and wake up with a bang. Iodine and grounding has super charged us all.

      • Mrs Josephine Hyde-Hartley

        Wow. That’s interesting..


        i love reading this. I take massive amounts of iodine tincture and kelp supplements a day and im going to continue

        • U.N. Soldier

          Keep it up. When they give iodine to pregnant women, the babies they have on average register 17 points higher in IQ 17 points! And when you consider the fact that only 11 points separates a struggling child from a gifted one…well, you can see the benefits.


            thanks, and I will. It really frustrates me this isn’t common knowledge. I feel like their are a lot of disease that can be cured with the help of iodine supplementation – yet many doctors warn away from it. So people believe what they doctors tell them and they never try it. So people take more drugs, just eliminate certain foods from the diet – which doesn’t fix the issues. I know this from personal experience. I feel like its one big lie.

          • U.N. Soldier

            I gave it to my 85 year old mom and her huge lower legs slimmed right down. she has normal ankles again. Her Dr told her she was taking way too much iodine. She stopped her legs blew up again. She listened to me, takes her iodine, legs normal again. Idiots!

          • Dr. N. French

            Love this

          • Dr. N. French

            As a naturopath (N.D.) and retired R.N., I had a problem in Sept. 2016 that I never had before. My left leg was larger than my right, throbbing, edema in my ankles and a few other minor things. I processed all my knowledge and finally realized I needed more Iodine! I have taken Armour daily for several years. I also have Iodoral, homeopathic liquid and tabs, and more. Once I started the copious amounts of extra Iodine, I urinated more thus reducing the liquid so my leg stopped throbbing, my BP was lower, I got rid of a few pounds, etc. I also figured I had ascites (that my mother had years ago). I emailed a dissertation about this to my out-of-state physician. Said my labs had been low normal, so he increased my dose (he understands me – lol). For a while, my puffy ankle was my barometer for needing more Iodine. I’m much better now, and I’ve done a liver cleanse with silymarin for the last two months. This information will be in my new health book to be finished some time in 2017. Hope you’ve improved.

          • Ann Ann

            How much iodine does she take daily? Does she suffered from edema, or was it something else? Thanks for sharing.

          • U.N. Soldier

            She takes the Triodine which is 12.5 mg a day

  • dr sofie


    Could anyone kindly let me know whats the maximum dose of iodine nascent drops one can give a child age three, that has possible retardation, and is surely intoxicated, coming form a country where chemical warfare was used, has been diagnosed with west syndrome by allopathic specialist at age 6 months when he developed epilpsy after inoculations. pro to that he was advanced in his development. He is physically normally developed.
    he has till recently been on very heavy allopathic medication without any results whatsoever, he continued to have frequent seizures tonic almost daily and the clonic less frequent. However he is no off it all with the help off homepathic medication , diet and supplements.
    we still have a way to go. he is currently on 4 drops a dy of iodine, double doses of magnesium calcium, vit c, d3, omega 3-9.

    I wanted to give him more iodine and he surely is and the mother is completely deficient and has shown signs of iodine deficiency throughout many years and also trough her pregnancy.

    please advice.

    Thanks again

    Sofie Skogen
    Homeopathic Physician
    ICH repr. to the Gov of UAE

    • Maryke

      Have you considered cannabis oil for epilepsy?

      • fred

        ketogenic diet works for epilepsy and Schizophrenia. look it up in they don’t sell anything and you have to be smart enough to read the health stories.

  • Lynne Fisk

    I am 65 and take Levothyroxine 75 mcg daily.
    Can I take Nascent w/o danger? After awhile can I get rid of my thyroid pills?
    Thank You!

  • Nevada Smith

    I plan on having two teeth with root canals removed by a biological dentist. I expect that the dentist will want to put me on an antibiotic. I would rather use iodine instead of one of the synthetic antibiotics from big pharma. Any suggestions on how to go about this? Thank you.

  • Anita

    My daughter is diagnosed with severe cholestasis (bile acid 200+), she’s 31 weeks pregnant. Labor will be induced this week, because it’s to dangerous for the little one inside her mother’s belly. My daugher is on a good holistic nutritional diet, has been for years, but her diet contains no bread and is low in salt, and therefore low in Iodine, so I advised het to take an iodinesupplement. I advised her to take 1 drop lugol/ 100mg selenium a day, but she felt so great on it that she raised the dose. She’s been on 3 drops of lugol’s en 200 mcg selenium a day for 3 months. She felt great on this dose, so I did not think there was a problem, she showed no signs of iodism or bromism. I’m kind of Iodine knowledgeble (at least, I think I am) I’ve read all optimox articles of dr. Abraham, some of the studies he refers to in his articles, the books of dr. Brownstein on the subject, de books of dr. Sircus on Iodine, Sodium Bicarbonate and Selenium. I’m currently studieing to become an orthomoleculair therapist and therefore writing a paper on Iodine. I’m a bit worried, Iodine is a powerfull detoxing agent. Please can you let me know if Iodine in any way contributed to the cholestasis? She has stopped with iodine and selenium for now. She takes some magnesium on a daily basis. Is there anything I can advice her?

    • Dear Anita,

      Cholestasis is usually occuring after treatment with Iodine 131, the radioactive form of iodine.
      Please seek a consultation with Dr. Sircus who has more knowledge about this than I do.
      Claudia French

  • sheri

    HI Claudia,
    What form is the best for use on the skin? Nascent or Lugols, thx

    • Both can be used. It depends on what is being treated. For cancers Dr. Sircus recommends using Lugol’s as it is a much stronger version of iodine. Nascent can also be used but will need to be applied more often throughout the day.
      Claudia French

  • Wondering?

    I have had a complete thyroidectomy due to thyroid cancer.

    Is it still okay for me to do the iodine cure?

  • Jim Davis

    I agree that many people do not get enough iodine. I have had pneumonia about 15 times in my 65 years and finally found out how to cure it without antibiotics. I use a good mist sprayer and spray diluted tincture of iodine down into my lungs while inhaling! This was by fat the very best and fastest cure I have ever seen! I dilute with distilled water about 2 H2O to 1 tincture of iodine!

  • Lynette

    I’ve read through all the comments here and noticed that no one has mentioned having Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (or any autoimmune disease, except the one woman with Sjogren’s). I am very conflicted about the information here because from my readings (and personal experience), taking extra iodine in supplement form seems to increase my immune system attacks (I have Hashi’s). Is anyone else here experienced with this relationship between iodine and increasing/causing Hashimoto’s?

  • D

    Hi I’m severely iodine deficient with urine iodine levels lower than 10mcg. My doctor has given me a Thyroid Health tablet to take twice a day which has 160 mcg of iodine from sea kelp in it, so I get 320 mcg a day. I now bought a bio ceuticals liquid iodine which has 288 mcg iodine in 3 drops. I was currently taking 6 drops of this 576 mcg and 1 thyroid health with 160 mcg iodine so a total of 770 mcg approx iodine daily and was worried that I’m taking way too much by rda standards.

    I read your article and dr mercolas and I’m wondering how much iodine do I take to get over the deficiency, can I take 50 mg of iodine from Nascent (if I ordered online) without supervision? My doctors in Sydney don’t seem to really understand this at all. If I bought this product could you help supervise my iodine levels? Cani consult you or could you recommend a resource in sydney austrlaia that might be able to help?

    • Dr. Sircus is available by consultation should you need it. You will need to read some of the work from David Brownstein and the doctors that believe in using high doses of iodine. They believe everyone needs at least 12.5 mg. per day….that’s mg. not micrograms. You can read about this in the ebook on iodine or do an internet search for high dose iodine treatment. You can take 50 mg. iodine from Nascent or Lugol’s which is more cost effective. RDA levels for iodine are too low, ensuring only that children have adequate amounts to prevent illensses and that the thyroid has minimal amounts. But every organ in our body utilizes iodine.
      Consultation options are described here:

      Claudia French

  • Micah Es

    What about shellfish allergies. They are reported to be iodine sensitivity. Too much salt seems to cause me bloating and fatigue. Is that Iodine? If not, should I feel safe taking this product?

    • Micah,

      There is no way to tell from your brief information what is actually causing your bloating …you can get a consultation from Dr. Sircus to discuss your issues more thoroughly.
      Most iodine shellfish allergies are not really allergies to iodine but are to a protein in the shellfish. Please read the iodine ebook for more information on this.
      Claudia French

    • Shellfish allergies are often mistaken for iodine allergies but are really a reaction to a certain protein in the shellfish. Your bloating issues are not from iodine, but probably from other problems. Many people are salt sensitive and need the amounts they take in lowered. Salt sensitivity is not the same as iodine sensitivity.
      Claudia French

      • Micah Es

        I’m very salt conscious. But, I believe there is some truth to the Shellfish protein theory.

  • Vladimir

    In 2013 my daughter was prescribed antibiotics 3 times and then I started searching for alternatives. After reading Dr. Sircus’ book I started supplementing her with Nascent Iodine and gradually went up to 2mg daily. Since than she had no health issues but it has been almost an year and I would like to ask if 2mg are safe in long term plan for my daughter who is now almost 4 years old?
    Thank you in advance for your advice!

    • It is possible that she could cut back to a smaller mainainence dose since she most likely is at optimum iodine levels by now. You can cut back slowly on the amount and see how she does. Many doctors advocate for high dose iodine usage, but you should speak with Dr. Sircus more directly about this for a child.
      Claudia French

  • Crystal Wogan


  • Crystal Wogan


    • Crystal, you are right in watching the different sources of iodine and how they might interact or add potassium to your system. I think you will need to discuss this with your doctor or in consultation with Dr. Sircus as I do not have a good answer for you. Dr. Sircus would want to know much more information including why you are taing these particular blood pressure medications, how better to lower your bp naturally, etc.
      Nascent iodine does not contain potassium iodide but in the body can produce it.
      You might also inquire of one of the iodine experts such as Dr. David Brownstein who we trust.
      Claudia French

  • alan taylor

    I started taking 30 drops nascent iodine, selenium,magnesium, vit c & copper everyday for about 2 weeks now. I used to have trouble reading and concentrating on daily tasks and also listening to people was a nightmare. I can honestly say that everything has improved and I put it mostly down to the iodine. This doctor is great and I am so happy for his YouTube videos and his non compliance to the traitorous Pharmacy scum.

    • Vive108

      Traitorous Pharmacy scum indeed. Just this year I learned the fact that the pharmaceuticals industry is the biggest industry on earth – outpacing the profits of oil, gas, and petrochemicals combined! And of course, most especially in the U.S. market, where wild profiteering has many of our elders on an average of 10 different prescriptions!

      Add to that the nearly 200K people in the U.S. alone who die from doctor-caused errors (iatrogenia) and the whole thing’s a mess. It can be hard to find a healthcare consultant who’s committed to the Hippocratic oath ‘First Do No Harm’ – that’s for sure.

  • Liz Scott

    I’ve been searching the comments looking for an answer to my very important question.
    Can you use iodine therapy for ovarian cysts if you have PKD?
    My niece was diagnosed with PKD when she was 16 and suffered a ruptured ovary and now, 7 years later, has a 8cm cyst on the other ovary. I would like to start her on iodine therapy asap but am coming across a lot of mixed reviews. Please help…

    • Hello Liz,

      Dr. Sircus believes iodine will play a big part in combating this cancer.. He has seen iodine’s effectiveness when used on breast cysts as well. But yes the available information on this is sparse.
      Claudia French

  • Steve

    I am curious, Your comment that Nascent is better because it is recognized by the body because it is closer to what the Thyroid produces. All that I have read including what you wrote the humane body dose not produce its own Iodine and must get it elsewhere.

  • jimmy

    Question about Povidone-Iodine 10%
    (buying in bulk at stronger strengths)

    – Is this the same as lugols 5% (example), only twice the strength
    – Can I delute it with distilled water by 50% and take it internally as a 5% solution
    – or decrease the drops amount by 50%


    • Povidone Iodine is a specially formulated type of iodine made for wounds. It is not recommended for oral ingestion as it contains additives and surfactants that cause it to “stick” to applied surfaces.
      Claudia French

  • christina

    Hello, is it safe to take colloidal silver and lugol’s iodine at the same time? And I don’t mean literally at the same time, but instead, for example, if I would take the iodine in the morning and the silver in the afternoon. I have heard some sources stating that it is not safe, while others say it’s fine and they can complement each other. I feel I need both for different reasons, and was just wondering if you have an opinion on this. Thanks!

    • davedacus

      I also am curious about taking colloidal silver and iodine together.

  • OzMoses

    Regarding sufficiency, if it takes 3 months to reach sufficiency at 50mg daily, then wouldn’t it only take one month at 150mg daily? I understand that there is a certain point where it becomes problematic to overconsume anything. Is it recommended to then focus on 3 months as the average target assuming a person is not overly sick?

    • Yes it is reasonable to use the target of three months of taking iodine supplements to reach adequate levels in your body and diminish the adverse effects that might occur at higher doses, unless you are doing higher doses under close supervision by a qualified health care provider. This is exactly why Dr. Sircus recommends getting onto Iodine supplements before we are suddenly victim of radiation exposure from the environment.
      Claudia French

  • SurferGuy

    I appreciate all of the info. You make some pretty bold claims. They’re really interesting. I’m going to look into all of those claims some more.
    For a month, I took approx 30milligrams of iodine, that i bought for $7 at sprouts, and can’t put a finger on the specific benefits I may have noticed or not realized. All of your info is great. I just have two questions.1) Is the point of this article to make money? – because at first you seem concerned about the well-being of others with your phenomenal opening to your article, and then you decide to sell us something that is beyond overpriced. For $38 what is the difference between your iodine and iodine that can be bought for much cheaper at sprouts? If the Fukushima “dive-bombing planes” are coming at us and we should be taking “exponentially more” iodine, then why would you make it harder for us to do that by selling us an iodine supplement for $38, when it can be found much cheaper elsewhere – people could be getting much more iodine for the same amount of money you’re asking for and be safer from fukushima radioactive iodine-131, am i correct? Question 2) Iodine is supposed to help hair grow too. Do you think that’s true?

    “There are two ways to build the tallest building. You can tear other’s down..or you can build when nobody else is building.” On that note, it seems like you’re tearing Dr. Mercola’s building down to make yours seem taller. That combined with attempting to sell us something. Somethings a little fishy about all of this, Mark. Do you want to help, or do you want money?

    • It seems you are being unfair in your statements. First of all Dr. Sircus states in this essay above:
      “For many months I switched to less expensive Lugol’s and felt okay about that but when I came back to Nascent it was to stay. Nascent iodine is iodine in its atomic rather than its molecular form. It is an iodine atom that has an incomplete number of electrons meaning it can hold an electromagnetic charge. Nascent iodine has a large energy release when consumed because energy is saved. Nascent iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is produced by the thyroid so it is absorbed effortlessly by the body. It is not inexpensive so I always recommend Lugol’s and any other iodine even if in pill or topical form.
      Not all iodine is the same…..some are toxic for oral ingestion, some are made with glycerine which is suspect in its action in the body, some will produce more of the less functional iodide when ingested and so on. You should read the entire book on iodine for better pictures of what Dr. Sircus recommends and why. Today everyone is on the bandwagon to sell iodine of their own making….you need to carefully choose which will work best for you as some do not have what they claim to have.
      Also his objection to Dr. Mercola’s recommendation was because the dose recommended by Mercola was much too low in Dr. Sircus’ eyes, considering the amount of deficiency in today’s populations, the amount of radiation we are exposed to, the lack of iodine in our foods and in the soils growing them, and the types of problems one is trying to overcome.
      He is also very clear in stating that it can take more than the one month you have been on iodine to feel a difference, often it can take up to one year to replete our cells with what iodine they need. He has the support of the high dose iodine doctors….look up their findings. They are all referenced in Dr. Sircus’ work.
      Sorry you feel leery of Dr. Sircus’ recommendations but he has taken all things into consideration when recommending specific brands or types of iodine. You of course are free to do and choose whatever you want. But it seems it is you here who is tearing down some well researched and reliable information.
      Claudia French

    • OzMoses

      I agree with Claudia. I read this and didn’t get any sense of there being any sort of sales tone or message here.

    • It seems you are being unfair in your statements. First of all Dr. Sircus states in this essay above:
      “For many months I switched to less expensive Lugol’s and felt okay about that but when I came back to Nascent it was to stay. Nascent iodine is iodine in its atomic rather than its molecular form. It is an iodine atom that has an incomplete number of electrons meaning it can hold an electromagnetic charge. Nascent iodine has a large energy release when consumed because energy is saved. Nascent iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is produced by the thyroid so it is absorbed effortlessly by the body. It is not inexpensive so I always recommend Lugol’s and any other iodine even if in pill or topical form.
      Not all iodine is the same…..some are toxic for oral ingestion, some are made with glycerine which is suspect in its action in the body, some will produce more of the less functional iodide when ingested and so on. You should read the entire book on iodine for better pictures of what Dr. Sircus recommends and why. Today everyone is on the bandwagon to sell iodine of their own making….you need to carefully choose which will work best for you as some do not have what they claim to have.
      Also his objection to Dr. Mercola’s recommendation was because the dose recommended by Mercola was much too low in Dr. Sircus’ eyes, considering the amount of deficiency in today’s populations, the amount of radiation we are exposed to, the lack of iodine in our foods and in the soils growing them, and the types of problems one is trying to overcome.
      He is also very clear in stating that it can take more than the one month you have been on iodine to feel a difference, often it can take up to one year to replete our cells with what iodine they need. He has the support of the high dose iodine doctors….look up their findings. They are all referenced in Dr. Sircus’ work.
      Sorry you feel leery of Dr. Sircus’ recommendations but he has taken all things into consideration when recommending specific brands or types of iodine. You of course are free to do and choose whatever you want. But it seems it is you here who is tearing down some well researched and reliable information.
      Claudia French

      • SurferGuy

        You’re right Claudia. I was a bit unfair. I’m sure many are in it for money, including the cheaper brands. I understand people need to make a living. Thank you for clarifying the differences between the different iodine supplements. You’ve clearly done your research and i appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I guess i just posted this in a hurry…It’s frustrating that so many people are uneducated on mineral deficiencies and it’s also frustrating that it’s not inexpensive enough for every single person in the world to get a little bit of iodine in their life. The more healthy people the merrier right? I guess i just saw Dr. Sircus’s slight putdowns like “medical idiot” as an effort to uplift his views. For me, it would have been a more of a straight-forward “no-brainer” to buy his iodine if I didn’t see some of his negative references the way i did (i guess they distracted me from the whole point.) I, like many, are not easily persuaded by people who name-call or use offensive language; however, Dr. Sircus’s efforts to educate people on the importance of iodine is appreciated.

        • I understand your feelings SurferGuy, I have them myself especially over highly priced recommendations. And I agree with you too about the language you reacted to. We will be cutting that out in future Dr. Sircus writings. It is a distraction for sure. But feelings get hot and heavy ……thanks for pointing this out and sharing your reactions.
          Claudia French

  • SurferGuy

    I appreciate all of the info. I’m going to investigate it all for myself. For a month, I took about 30milligrams of iodine, that i bought for 7 bucks at sprouts, and can’t put a finger on the specific benefits I may have noticed or not realized. All of your info is great. I just have two questions.1) Is the point of this article to make money? – because at first you seem concerned about the well-being of others and then you decide to sell us something that is well overpriced. For $38 what is the difference between your iodine and iodine that can be bought for much cheaper at sprouts? If the Fukushima “dive-bombing planes” are coming at us and we should be taking “exponentially more” iodine, then why would you make it harder for us to do that by selling us an iodine supplement for $38, when it can be found much cheaper elsewhere – people could be getting much more iodine for the same amount of money you’re asking for and be safer from fukushima radioactive iodine-131, am i correct? Question 2) Iodine is supposed to help hair grow. Is this true?

  • Guest

    I appreciate all of the info. I’m going to investigate it all for myself. For a month, I took about 30milligrams of iodine, that i bought for 7 bucks at sprouts, and can’t put a finger on the specific benefits I may have noticed or not realized. All of your info is great. I just have two questions.1) Is the point of this article to make money? – because at first you seem concerned about the well-being of others and then you decide to sell us something that is well overpriced. For $38 what is the difference between your iodine and iodine that can be bought for much cheaper at sprouts? If the Fukushima “dive-bombing planes” are coming at us and we should be taking “exponentially more” iodine, then why would you make it harder for us to do that by selling us an iodine supplement for $38, when it can be found much cheaper elsewhere – people could be getting much more iodine for the same amount of money you’re asking for and be safer from fukushima radioactive iodine-131, am i correct? Question 2) Iodine is supposed to help hair grow. Do you have a full head of hair or no?

  • Edna

    Can I use iodine just on my skin. and how much should I put on daily. Edna

    • Edna,

      Iodine can be used on the skin as well as it can be taken orally. The amount to use differs for what you are treating. Iodine is used topically for skin cancers, and is a primary treatment for breast cancers and fibrocystic breast disease. Sometimes it can be used in both ways at the same time. Dosages are suggested only in Dr. Sircus’ consultations due to legalities and the vast variance in amounts that may be needed. For example, for swollen glands, often the painting of iodine on the wrist for a few days will reduce the swelling….but for cancers of the skin up to 20 paintings per day may be needed.
      You can learn more from the Iodine book available here:

      Claudia French

  • Nicholas

    Hi there
    After researching about the good use of iodine I started taking it for a few good weeks now and eventually reached the ammount of 40 drops a day as someone in this forum said was doing with no side effects. The question is: is this too much? Is this enough? i am thinking to continue taking this in perpetuity. Is this a good ammount to take for general balance or it might cause damage in long term? I am told by friends that if i take too much iodine for too long it might affect my thyroid gland etc. I have not noticed any problems this month i ve been taking it but i am a bit concerned if they are right. I don’t think i have thyroid problems but…should i check before i continue? Is the dosage different for people with thyroid problems?
    I started using bicarbonate soda and magnesium spray and plan to keep it up to see if my overall health improves.
    Thank you

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Nicholas,

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.

      Dr. Sircus has an entire protocol of a number of things that may help you. You can read about his protocol and about dosages in the ebook Treatment Essentials:

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

      Please let me know if I can be of further help.

      Best Regards,

      Maurice Guggisberg

      IMVA Support Team


    I am in my late forties and female. I have been using Lugols topically on my scalp, applied with a cotton bud every other day for thinning hair after being on oral contraceptives for 20 years. I also take 2x 325 mcg kelp tablets daily to increase hair growth. I have been following this regimen for 41/2 months. Although the shedding has somewhat diminished slightly, there is not that much new hair growth to report. Additionally I take all the B vitamins and other hair friendly supplements.
    I was considering drinking a glass of water with 1 drop of Lugols 7% which is available here in the UK daily regimen to help with growing back my hair. Do you think this will make a difference or will I be over-loading my thyroid? I plan to increase to 2 drops eventually and build from there. Please advise as I am sure I speak on behalf of many women who have thinning hair!!!

    • Maurice Guggisberg

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

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

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

  • saint

    I’ve had fibromyalgia for years, which I believe has a definitive link to candida/ leaky gut issues. Everyone trying to sell you some product online says “their” protocol kills fungal infections. I am searching for the TRUTH. I also have EBV and parvovirus, which I’d like to know what strength is recommended for treating these?
    I puchased the Lugols, but took several drops in water. It sunk to the bottom, but I believe I got some of it in me, but it gave me a terrible upset stomach.
    I also unfortunately followed my former dentists advice, and he prescribed my children fluoride (they are all grown). I saw first-hand the damage this poison causes. I researched for ways to remineralize their teeth, which I was able to do for the most part. However, my youngest (who received the does as an infant) had the worst effects. She developed flat/ pronated feet, and loose ligaments, as well as back pain. I have such guilt, but have always given them quality vitamins, and calcium/magnesium supplements. Their ages are 25-34. After reading this site, I think that maybe I should get them all to take iodine, to pull the fluoride from them.
    I would sincerely appreciate any guidance, as I have been through the mill, and completely on my own trying to rectify these problems.
    I’d also like to know when the magnesium oil is going on sale again.

  • saint


  • Patricia Summers

    to continue from below: I am not overweight, sleep ok although I am low energy during day at times and very sensitive to cold weather. Disc degenerate disease
    Osteoarthritis in back and neck~ also issues in knees now and arms from arthritis. Other than this, I am good.

  • Patricia Summers

    I have a swollen, enlarged thyroid which was discovered on an MRI of my neck, though ever since my 20s I remember noticing this in physical appearance coming at times but then being not noticeable. All my blood tests have been normal. I ordered the Nascent iodine from Ancient Minerals and started the drops 3 days ago. My questions are: what would cause this thyroid to be enlarged at times and can the Nascent iodine be of help to it? I am 61 female. Thanks so much,

    • Maurice Guggisberg

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

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

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

  • Robert Shrewsbury

    I have Polycythemia (too many red blood cells) and have to give a pint of blood every month because my red blood count is usually 11 times above average. This is caused by a lack of oxygen. My Oxygen levels are usually around 89 to 91 and at night they go down further, so I am on Oxygen at night.
    Last week I started spraying diluted solution of Potassium iodine & Elemental iodine (mixed) into my lungs (3 time a day) as I breathed in now my oxygen levels have gone up to 96, 97 & even 98 percent.
    I have also done this for pneumonia and it knocked it out.

    Sincerely, Robert

  • Carl

    Had stubborn
    fibrillation. Took a few drops of Lugols 2% solution and within minutes
    the fibrillation stopped, heart beat smooth again. Afterwards, took a
    few drops daily and fibrillation stayed away for more than a month. Then
    on two consecutive nights had brief fibrillation; immediately taking
    additional drop or two of iodine and fib stopped in each case. However,
    about a week later, while continuing usual few drops of iodine daily,
    fibrillation started again at night and would not cease, even after
    additional drops of iodine. Fibrillation has continued for two days and
    will not stop even with extra iodine. What should I do? Thank you in
    advance for advice. (Have also been taking selenium, vit C and zinc; get
    plenty of magnesium in diet.)

    • Carl,

      In today’s world hardly anyone at all gets plenty of magnesium from diet. Try some transdermal magnesium daily and especially when the fibrillation starts. It is even found to be effective in controlling dangerous fibrillations that are not responding to medications give in emergency rooms. In 2011 Dr. Sircus wrote about how hospitals were going through a shortage of magnesium for use in their ERs and in that story is a testimony from a doctor on how magnesium was the answer to one of his cases which I think you will find very interesting.

      Its been shown in numerous research that less than 60% or even as much as less than 80% of the population gets the RDA of magnesium from our diets and foods. The nutrient levels over the years have decreased in our foods and magnesium is one of the worst. More information is available in Dr. Sircus’ books on magnesium.
      Claudia French

      • Carl

        Thank you very much for your reply. However, I am actually one of those rare people who does get a lot of magnesium from diet. I track it on Cronometer. Some days it’s as much as 400% of the RDA. I eat as many as ten bananas in a smoothie each morning or other fruit, like persimmons, both of which have tons of magnesium. I will try a magnesium supplement regardless, but I’m wondering whether I have stopped absorbing the iodine due to bromine detox. Have heard that bromine can damage the symporters or receptors for iodine in the thyroid, causing a lack of absorption. Wondering whether I should stop iodine for a while to slow the bromine detox and allow healing of the receptors, after which starting the iodine again. Can you ask the doctor if that makes sense? Thank you so much.

        • Carl

          And now, an update. In lieu of any further answer here from you or Dr Sircus, I went ahead with my hunch that bromide detox had stalled my iodine absorption. To combat this I added more vit C and more selenium to my intake. Dr Brownstein has clinically shown that therapeutic doses Vit C can restore iodine absoption by helping to heal receptors in the thyroid and elsewhere through antioxidant activity. It’s also been shown that high levels of iodine supplementation should be balanced with relatively high levels of selenium, since being too much higher on one of these acts at the expense of the other. Sure enough, after 8 days of this revived approach the fibrillation stopped again! Thank goodness I trusted my own observations and readings enough to stay the course!

          • That’s terrific Carl…so glad for you!

            Claudia French

  • TiffanyC

    What does should I give my 8 month old son of nascent iodine. Infants are affected the most and I supplement daily with nascent idodine, but do not breastfeed so he isn’t getting much of the benefits. Thank you in advance.

    • The recommended dosage of iodine is:

      Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA):50mcg daily for infants 0-12 months; 90mcg daily for 1-8 years; 120mcg daily for 9-13 years; 150mcg daily for 14-18 years.
      Adequate Intake (AI) for infants:110mcg daily for ages 0-6 months; 130mcg daily for 7-12 months.

      This also depends on how deficient the child is and the amount of radiation exposure existing around you.

      I believe that one drop per day of Nascent Iodine is what the LL’s Magnetic Clay Co is recommending for small children, but please contact them directly for this information:

      Claudia French

  • Edy Kizaki

    I am taking Atlantic Kelp Tablets and giving them to my family. Each tablet contains 200 mcg of Iodine. I started building up to three twice a day and then got an extremely itchy back of neck, and scalp. Is this an allergic reaction or even a cleansing reaction?

    • Dear Edy,

      Its hard to say but it could be a detox reaction. You could try cutting back on the amount you are taking and then go up in dose more slowly and see if the reaction decreases…or you could stop for a week or so an restart at a lower amount and go up more slowly, but if it keeps happening we always recommend to cut back or stop using the product till a proper evaluation can be determined with a health care provider. We are not now recommending kelp as a source of iodine in general due to the radiation issues from Fukushima for safety sake. Just FYI.

      Claudia French

      Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2014 10:32 AM
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      Edy Kizaki
      I am taking Atlantic Kelp Tablets and giving them to my family. Each tablet contains 200 mcg of Iodine. I started building up to three twice a day and then got an extremely itchy back of neck, and scalp. Is this an allergic reaction or even a cleansing reaction?
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      • Edy Kizaki

        Hi Claudia,

        Thank you! By the way, since it is North Atlantic Kelp wouldn’t that be safe since the issue at this time is in the Pacific? We are only eating fish from the Atlantic and no foods imported from Japan ( 🙁 sorry Japan )

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  • blindanddumb

    careful of renal failure kids.was flushing my nostrils with iodine for 2 weeks thought i might die yesterday. it accumulated and my kidneys shut down they ache today, i hope i did no permanent damage

    • Oh that’s frightening! I wonder what type of iodine you were using and how much each flushing? Generally its not unless ap person ingests upwards of 3000 mg. that this kind of problem can occur. Also wonder what you mean when you say your kidneys “shut down”. Did you see a doctor? Please give more info on this.

      • blindanddumb

        small bottle provadine 10% . 2g total in bottle. used for 2 weeks before
        i had problems, few drops in the water .then irrigate my nose. also was
        putting drops on a tissue and inserting that in my nose and leave for
        an hour or so. i didnt use the whole bottle and i didnt ingest it.
        symptoms were acute anxiety, shortness of breath feeling very queer in
        the head. it was most unpleasant started drinking water and a few hour
        later i felt ok .next day my kidneys were sore. do you think any
        permenant damage was done. are you a doctor??

        • No I am not a doctor, I am a retired registered nurse who has been working with Dr. Sircus for many years.
          Povidone iodine has been found to be a problem for many people who easily absorb it through their tissues, so even if you didn’t intend to swallow it, it was getting through to your tissues and bloodstream. Povidone has surfactants (sticking agents) that prevent dissolving of the iodine and it has other additives. It is not the safest to use for your purpose. Dr. Sircus recommends using Nascent Iodine which is less harmful.
          a.. Povidone/iodine solution is for external use only. Do not get povidone/iodine solution in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
          As long as you have stopped it and are feeling better its unlikely you have done any permanent damage. But if the kidney pain does not go away you should be evaluated by a competent health care provider. If it was affecting your kidneys, drink plenty of water, stop using the iodine and watch for decreased urine output. Most people are fine once they stop using the Povidone iodine. You can always check with your local poison control center by phone too. their # should be in the front of your phone book.
          Claudia French

  • zlop

    Good information, did not realize that could take almost 1 gram/day.

  • Ric Cross

    started taking 3 to 4 drops nescent iodine two weeks ago and it was great. lots of energy felt good and even notice my vision had improved. about 4 days later started noticing headache and I couldn’t sleep so cut back to maybe 1 or 2 drops didn’t help. 7 days later started getting heavy phlegm down back of throat and had to sip water. next morning I had the worst cough I can ever remember having in my life… stopped the iodine for 4 or 5 days, symptoms subsided. 2 days later did 1 drop cough came back. am I totally allergic to taking iodine because when I ask people have never heard of anyone getting these side effects. Help please!

    • Jottum


      I’m not a doctor, but read a lot on iodine lately. One doctor said that being allergic to iodine is like being allergic to oxygen. It’s not possible. What you’re encountering is detoxifying from bromine (and other halogens) because the iodine is pushing it out of the body. You can’t just start taking iodine when depleted, you have to use other stuff as well. Like:
      Selenium – 200 – 400 mcg per day,
      Magnesium – 400 – 1200 mg per day,
      Vitamin C – 3,000 – 10,000 mg per day,
      Vitamins B2/B3 (ATP CoFactors) – 100 mg riboflavin and 500 mg no flush niacin, inositol hexanicotinate form, 1-2x per day,
      Unrefined Salt (Celtic) – 1/2 tsp. per day or more if needed.
      (Taken from

      When I started 24 december 2013 the first 4 days I felt great then I started to feel real bad, ear infections, eye infections sinus infections end more. That
      s when I learned about the detox and the accompanying stuff you have to take.


    • Invest_It

      I agree with Jottum more than likely you were having a herxheimer reaction because your body IS deficient and you are cleanse other toxins but really get a iodine load test done! They aren’t costly and 90+ % of people find out they are severely deficient. Get in to a good Holistic MD too if you can or read “Iodine Why you Need it why you can’t live with out it” By Dr. Brownstein M.D.

      I take 50 mg LugoTab but I had to work up to that very slowly by taking 7 mg a day for a month and going up in increments.
      I also started a vitamin regiment similar to the vitamins Jottum speaks of to reduce my herxheimer reaction but I still had a bit anyway.

      Good luck to you, adding Iodine/Iodoral combination was one of the most singularly best things I ever did for my health… The two others were getting rid of gluten and casein (also horrible for your thyroid, fybro if you have it and a host of other autoimmune issues)
      I am fortunate that I live in Michigan and I am a patient of Dr. Brownstein’s practice. It is like winning the lottery getting in to them around here 🙂

      • Also consider yaeyama chlorella tabs (start low dose), turmeric curcumin – fave brand is organic: superfood harvest; energy work such as acupuncture, working with energy systems.

  • Michelle

    I was advised at my last thermogram to use Lugol’s at 12mg a day to help with my fibrocystic breasts. My doctor didn’t know much about it but said my last thyroid tests were fine so to go ahead. I felt fine for a couple of weeks but then started experiencing horrible chest pressure, fatigue,hot flashes and night sweats. I know I am high in metals, namely mercury and lead, which I have been trying to gently chelate. I have stopped the iodine and the chest pressure is fading but I am still getting the hot flashes. Are these likely a sign of the metals detoxing? I am taking magnesum and selenium as well. I would like to keep up with the iodine as it helped with the lumps in my breasts and my skin was clearer but the detox symptoms were scary to say the least. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Michelle,

      You might try to start on the iodine but at a lower dose and go up slowly…. cut the amount by half or two thirds…..this takes a bit of trial and error but you can find the dose you need this way. Anytime we experience uncomfortable side effects (could be detoxing) Dr. Sircus advises to cut back the amount taken till comfort levels are found. Also you might look into getting adequate salt as this can moderate the effects of the release of bromides and possibly some metals. Its called salt loading……check on David Brownstein’s site or see his book on Salt and its importance when taking iodine.
      There is also description here on the breast cancer site that shares about iodine and salt loading.
      You may be experiencing something different but this is worth looking into.
      Claudia French

      • Michelle

        Thanks Claudia, I was also wondering as I am high in lead and mercury, I heard that iodine can displace these as well. Is it enough to be taking just iodine to get out heavy metals or should I be taking something else like ALA or glutathione?

        • Michelle,

          Iodine helps to remove heavy metals, bromide and fluorides but it may not be enough for the heavy metals. Dr. Sircus recommends natural chelators : HMD or Heavy Metal Detox by Dr. George Georgiou, Metal Free, or one called Chelorex from Science Formulas. These are described in the Treatment Essentials Book:

          Claudia French

        • Faith

          When I started taking Lugol’s I noticed those types of symptoms though without coughing. I too got scared and wanted to stop, so I researched possible reasons and learned that these are signs the iodine is working. They also recommended cutting down dosage if one can’t stand symptoms through detox phase, and add selenium, but don’t stop taking iodine. I didn’t stop or added selenium, I continued at the dose I was taking, which is 6 drops of Lugol’s 5% daily. After a week and half, all symptoms disappeared. I’ve never felt greater. Even my hair has been growing healthier and stronger. In the past whenever I washed my hair, I would have chunks on my comb, now just a few strands add other times none. I’m so grateful to have discovered this truth about iodine. Drink lots of water, rest as much as you can, and limit or avoid alcohol. Wishing you the best of health.

  • Annette

    I use thyroid nascent iodine tincture , by health supplement it is 2%. Is this the same as the one from ll magnetic clay co. Are all nascent the same? Thanks new to taking iodine. On a iodine group they told me to toss my nascent and use lugols as that is better. Thanks.

    • Hi Annette,

      Not all brands claiming to be nascent iodine are actually that. Some have other additives that change the formula, and some do not have the amounts of iodine they claim to. New types are coming out all the time claiming to be one type or another.
      Lugol’s is a good iodine to use, especially when higher dosages are needed. Lugols and its tableted form Iodoral are often promoted by the doctors who advocate hi-dose iodine. The iodine group is generally supportive of this treatment philosophy.
      More information is available in the ebook that Dr. Sircus published:

      Claudia French

  • proudmami050712

    hello everyone I was looking on the web for an answer to my question and this is the closest I’ve gotten to it. I have an underactive thyroid and have been taking 100 MCG of levothyroxine for a couple years. About a month ago I stop taking my medication and started the nascent iodine. The first couple weeks I feel absolutely amazing way better than I ever have just taken medication but the last two weeks I’m just feeling okay. Is it okay to take my levothyroxine with the nascent iodine? And should i? I must also add that I no longer have a regular doctor to ask about this. If someone could please help me out I would greatly greatly appreciate it. Thank you so very much!

    • proudmami050712 (Guest):

      It would be advisable to find a new doctor or naturopath to work with. You will need testing to see the levels of thyroid hormone being produced.
      You can get a consultation with Dr. Sircus if you desire and he can guide you in what to take of these medicines .
      Claudia French

  • Bryan

    My wife is about 5 weeks pregnant; she has been taking 4-7 drops of Detoxadine brand Nascent Iodine (2,634 mcg per 3 drops) for about 4 months. She also had a goiter 10 years ago and her thyroid was removed; taking different levels of Levothyroxine over that time.

    Her Levothyroxine was recently increased from 88 mcg to 100 mcg because of her recent pregnancy. Her blood will be rechecked in a month because her healthcare professional said her thyroid level should be around 2.2 to 2.5 during pregnancy and she is currently at a level of 7.08. She was told that her thyroid level was ELEVATED and that this increased dosage of Levothyroxine should bring it down to the 2.2 to 2.5 range in 6 weeks or so.

    My question: Will her continued use of nascent iodine (4-7 drops daily) continue to elevate her thyroid levels, having negative repercussions on the fetus? Or will it only help over time? Her body was in an iodinated environment for about 4 months before she became pregnant, btw, so I’m assuming nascent iodine helped with her fertility even with her thyroid issues. (((BTW, this healthcare professional told me that if one’s thyroid levels are ELEVATED, it means that one’s thyroid is not producing sufficient levels of the thyroid hormone; it’s an inverted relationship — ELEVATED levels means thyroid is NOT producing enough. I’m GUESSING that this dosage of nascent iodine would be safe since it’s only helping to produce more of the thyroid hormone, but am not positive.

    I cannot really afford a consultation with Dr. Sircus, and I understand you cannot dispense with dosage instructions in this format. But any advice or feedback from Claudia, another medical professional or even someone with a similar experience would be greatly appreciated. All the more so as my wife & I want to have a healthy baby.

    Kind Regards,


    • Dear Bryan,

      Detoxadine is not true nascent iodine since it is infused into glycerin and we are investigating this and waiting for lab results to confirm. We are checking to see if the amount of actual iodine is as stated and whether it is in the nascent state and not converted to the less efficient iodide state. So we cannot really comment to you on how to use this.
      You might find it helpful to read Dr. Sircus’
      book on Iodine for some of the other answers to your questions but to discuss specifics of your wife’s condition you will need a consultation . Generally a large amount of iodine is needed to replenish a deficient body and according to Dr. David Brownstein this means months at dosages in the mg amount not mcg. See :
      Adequate amounts of iodine are necessary for a healthy baby and it is often true that both hypothyroid and hyperthyroid conditions can indicate a lack of thyroid hormone production.

      Claudia French

      • Audrey


        Can you confirm your results? The alcohol in many nascent iodines bothers me and Detoxadine is the only affordable non-alcohol tincture I can find. But if it is converted to iodide, I could just buy lugols instead.

        Thank you

        • We’ll let you know as soon as we do. Still waiting on the lab testing.
          Claudia French

          • Hi there, just wondering if the lab testing has been done on this.. (this is also the brand that I have been using.. for same reasons)

          • Penny,

            No we have not heard anything yet. Sorry.
            Claudia French

  • Alan Graveen

    how much iodine a day is ok? to take using Lugol’s drops

    • The hi-dose iodine doctors generally recommend 12.5 mg (not mcg) and even higher if needed in certain circumstances. Lugol’s is the same as the Iodoral oral that they recommend so dose should be the same. You will have to calculate the amount of Lugol’s drops this would be according to what % your solution is made of as it comes in various %.
      Claudia French

  • Angela

    Hello, I currently am being treated for hyperthyroidism (Tapazole). How do I find out how much iodine I need to take. I also have HBP, Sick Sinus Syndrome and am on Depression meds and coumadine as residuals from a Stroke. Please reply for I am excited about this new found information and the possibility of regaining my health. I too have significant hair loss due to my thyroid and am taking Biotin 5,000, how much and how often should I topically apply the iodine? Thank you for your time and knowledge and concern for the health of others!

    • Angela,

      I’m glad you are excited about the new information you are finding here. But you will need a consultation with Dr. Sircus to discuss all the issues you are dealing with and what can be done about them. We cannot give out dosage recommendations for individuals here in this format but Dr. Sircus has much that can help you.
      Please look at the site below and choose from those options for consultations:

      Claudia French

  • Emma

    My family and I (ages 65, 36, 18 and 16) will be visiting Hawaii from the UK for 3 weeks in January. I am very concerned about the radiation from the Fukushima plant. I have been told to take 3 drops per day of Lugols Iodine in some orange juice and continue with this dose throughout our stay and for 3 months when we return. Is this enough? Should I ‘up’ the dose or be taking a different type of iodine? Any advice would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you, Emma.

    • Dear Emma,

      If your iodine stores are at high levels (you are not deficient) this amount of Lugols’ should work fine ……however if you are currently deficient you may need more to ensure good levels when you go on your trip. Please consult with Dr. Sircus about this. It takes a number of months to bring iodine levels up.

      Claudia French

      • Emma

        Thank you Claudia.

  • Ink Wells Rock

    Unfortunately the “science” medicine is very young untested. Hippocrates is the “father” of medicine. He was born 460 B.C. Hippocrates believed that illness was a “poisoning” of body fluids: When Lewis & Clark took their expedition in 1804 A.D. not much had changed since 460 B.C. Very little was known about curing or preventing disease, or about pain management.[Paton, Bruce C. “Lewis and Clark: Doctors in the Wilderness,” Fulcrum, Colo] In 1918 a great flu epidemic caused world wide sickness (and millions of deaths) without an iota of medical knowledge about viral infections [Barry, John M., “the Great Influenza,” Penguin Books, NY, 2005]. In 1945 SOP for tonsils was to put a Dixie cup over your mouth and nose and pour on ether until you “went to sleep.” In the 1960’s nobody knew anything about Hemagglutinin or Neuaraminidase .. it was simply the Hong Kong Flu. Kids were SUPPOSED to get chicken pox, measles, whooping cough, mumps and even German measles. Medicine has come a long way since 1960 but it has a long way to go. It is practiced as an absolute science but the science is very limited. Still it can be miraculous at times. NOT ALL of what works is from an M.D. (the greatest health advances have been reaped from sewers (civil engineering), chlorinated water (done properly) and refrigerated box cars (vitamins from fresh fruits and vegetables). Iodine: read well and exercise judgment. (believe half of what you see, nothing of what you hear)

  • SigmaDeltaQ

    Your opening line re. medical idiot is a most polite understatement in my eyes. From my point of view it is mass murder, excessive collateral damage in the war for money. What convinced me is a personal experience. I used a few drops of Lugol’s internally and sometimes up to a full body paint for transdermal absorption on a daily basis. This is totally safe, sane and worked well. Until one day, while watching a movie and groping for the fish-oil bottle in the dark I mixed up bottles and ended up taking a big sip, about two table spoons of undiluted Lugul’s Iodine. What an experience! It burned a little bit like a big swig of Vodka down the esophagus and I thought the amount of iodine I just ingested to be possibly of some concern. So I rang the poisoning help line. Over the next hour I was asked a lot of very mindless questions but while I was on the phone I felt my mind becoming clearer. It felt like doors opening into wide spaces I haven’t been able to access for 8 years. I was starting to be able to actually think again. I wasn’t interested in the outcome from the poisoning help line at all any more as I could feel my body putting the 15 to 30ml of Lugol’s I took to very good use. The data I gave to the poisoning help line was: ‘about 1/3 of a 100ml bottle of Lugol’s ingested on an empty stomach! ‘ The answer I got was the real shock in all the events: ‘ No need to worry at all but you can eat a little bit of bread if you want to ‘ – well – the only thing I wanted to do after hearing that was shooting the very person that caused ‘poison’ to be printed on the bottle. Not out of revenge but to protect others from living a life like a vegetable / mushroom for years – like I did.

    • elizabeth

      Thanks for sharing your experience.. I too had some “”clear Moments”” since I been taking N. iodine. also noticed that I am not freezing so much as I have been. It is only 2 weeks I been using The N. Iodine.

  • I have just started full strength Lugol. 1 drop twice a day in water. I am hypothyroid and have stopped my meds. Should I increase my dose. I have been on it for 3 days. Many thanks

    • Dear Meal Plan,

      You will need to have thyroid levels checked to determine need for higher or lower doses of Lugol’s iodine. Please work with a qualified health care practitioner and also pay attention to how you are feeling or changes in that regard.
      Consultations with Dr. Sircus are available as well. Please see:

      Claudia French

  • varco

    can you take iodine instead of levothyroxine please


    • Some people may be able to, but the attempted transition needs to be made with good supervision if you are already on levothyroxin. Iodine may alter the dose needed and this should be carefully monitored and no switch should be made abruptly. It may not be true or work for all people .
      Claudia French

  • TE

    I made the mistake of not researching iodine before taking it. Five days ago I took 6 drops of nascent iodine and the next day I developed a hard lump on my parotid gland. It has not gone away yet and can sometimes be painful. Is this a normal reaction to iodine? Should I see a doctor?

    • TE,

      It is impossible to make a guess about what you have happening. It could be a detoxification reaction . The parotid lump is not commonly heard of from using iodine supplements though there have been reports (by Dr. Jonathan Wright) of iodine dissolving parotid duct stones over time.
      Please see someone if this continues or get a consultation with Dr. Sircus where you can provide more information and better be advised. Claudia French

      • Chad

        The lump may actually be a inflamed lymph node from a detoxifying effect of the iodine.
        Dr. Chad

      • Jackie Senneker

        I too just started taking nascent iodine 4 days ago at 6 drops a day (2694mcg) and the last two days I have had a lot of stomach pain, so much so that I can’t sleep nor perform my daily activities. I stopped taking the iodine but is this normal? Will this awful pain ever go away???

        • Try cutting back on the amount you are using or take a break for a week and then start again but at a much lower dose than what you are saying now. If any more reactions stop using it until you can consult with someone to help determine what’s wrong.
          Claudia French

  • MM

    Hello Claudia,

    I would appreciate it if you could tell me if someone who is on high blood pressure medication can take iodine ~ either Nascent or Lugol’s.

    Thanks so much!


    • MM, yes you can take iodine if on high blood pressure medicine, but check your blood pressure often to see if there is any change and adjust if necessary.
      Claudia French

  • Carol Ann Thompson

    I am interested to know if there have been any studies on Iodine and Polycystic Kidney disease GFR 48 if the Higher dose of Iodine will clear Kidney,s safely with a lower filtration rate

    • There’s been research on polycystic ovary disease showing iodine’s effect on diminishing cysts, and also in fibrocystic breast disease. Dr. David Derry , an iodine doctor and researcher, believes that over the long term iodine will cause increased diuresis and flushing of the kidneys if damaged. However other’s state that diminished kidney function will cause less excretion on iodine and an resulting possible excess in the thryroid.
      If you want to pursue a high dose iodine therapy you would be wise to contact one of the doctors specializing in high dose iodine therapy such as Dr. David Brownstein or Dr. Fletchas. You could also get a consultation with Dr. Sircus.
      Claudia French

  • Dave

    Love your work Dr. Mark, love this article, and LOVE THAT OPENING LINE!!!

  • Mike Robins

    Been taking ~ 200-500mcg KI every few days for a few yrs. has that been beneficial at all? i took i small drop of lugols (j.crow) iodine in water yesterday and i felt tingling all over. is that a bad sign?

    • Yes, Mike the dose you have been taking is above the RDA for Iodine so it has been beneficial. The reason you felt “tingly” when you took the Lugol’s is because that was a much higher dose than you were used to. 1 drop of a 5% Lugol’s solution is equal to 6.5 mg (mot mcg) of iodine. Two drops of a 5% Lugol’s solution would be equal to one Iodoral. The tingly feeling is not harmful.

  • John Brailsford

    I have been taking 5-6 drops of lugol´s 7% iodine solution every day for over a year.
    A recent blood test showed an under active thyroid with a TSH value of 45.62 µU/ml when the range should be 0.50 – 3.50
    I stopped taking the iodine and 3 weeks later the value had gone down to 9.45 µU/ml
    Obviously you can have too much of a good thing…….
    I´ll get another blood test in a couple of months and in the meantime not take anymore.
    I would suggest that anyone taking iodine should have a blood test to check the thyroid values.

  • Louchious

    I just started placing 2 drops of Lugal’s Iodine on my skin daily. Been doing it for 5 days now. And already feel way better. My mind is sharper. Not so clouded in thought. My feet no longer swell up and hurt by days end. And I just feel better.

    • Great! Thanks for sharing your experience with Iodine.
      Claudia French

  • SE

    I have Celiac disease, dermatitis herpetoformis, and severe Sjogren’s Syndrome. My Rheumatologist wants to put me on Plaquenil and test me now for kidney disease and lymphoma, but my regular doctor says the protein in my urine is very low and probably from my recent (and unusually severe) attack of shingles. I do NOT want to take any pharmaceutical drug and wish to be treated holistically with diet and supplements, and am already seeing some improvement (no wheat, dairy, soy, sugar, ect…).

    I recently came across the benefits of Lugol’s Iodine and overall health, but have always seen warnings that iodine sets off a negative reaction for dermatitis herpetiformis and should be restricted. I’m hoping the warnings are for other, inferior forms of iodine rather than Lugol’s or Nascent. Even so, I could put up with the flare-up of dermatitis herpetiformis if it helped control symptoms of Sjogren’s and helped reduce my chances of lymphoma.

    Also, if it turns out I have early kidney disease, will the iodine help or make it worse? I’ve seen warnings about that, too, but again in reference to regular iodine rather than Lugol’s or Nascent.

    Any thoughts?

    • SE

      I should add that both my regular doctor and Rheumatologist are strongly opposed to holistic treatment and I’m having a tough time finding a holistic doctor in my area that is taking new patients. Also, I just recently went through menopause with very mild symptoms (during my attack of shingles, which was so painful my hair could have been on fire and I wouldn’t have noticed). I am currently following a diet and taking supplements to cure Leaky Gut and in just a month have notice some improvements in my overall health, but it does not include iodine. I’d like to head off any chance of lymphoma due to severe Sjogren’s more than anything else, but am worried that if I have early kidney disease the treatment for that would be very different — or is it? Would Lugol’s or Nascent simply improve everything and anything? I’ve read below that adding selenium is important, too.

    • SE,

      So sorry about the problems you are having. Iodine in most supplement forms is known to increase acne-like eruptions in many people, however this is generally temporary and subsides within a week or two. Iodine in high doses has been recommended by some of the iodine knowledgeable MD’s for use in kidney dysfunction. Dr. David Derry, a proponent of iodine therapy has recommended high doses of iodine in kidney problems as he has stated that it will eventually cause a diuresis that is cleansing to the kidney and may stop or reverse dysfunction. Dr. David Derry, now retired, was one of the proponents for iodine therapy for many diseases. Selenium if taken with iodine can ameliorate some of the adverse symptoms that can occur in some people….so be sure to also get onto selenium. But some feel iodine is not helpful in kidney problems, so a lot of controversy exists around this .
      Other items on Dr. Sircus’ protocol may be helpful for you for example sodium bicarbonate is being found to delay or reverse kidney deterioration if taken regularly. In your situation you should definitely obtain a consultation with Dr. Sircus for specific recommendations and work under the care and supervision of a qualified health care provider.

      Claudia French

    • Sylvia

      I gave someone complaining of shingles a spray bottle of colloidal silver (silver water) and within 2 weeks she was shingles free. Spray on only, she did not take any internally.

  • Divine Roberts

    Hi Claudia, I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. can I take Nasent Iodine? thanks.

    • Yes, but you will need to also take selenium which can prevent any of the problems that most doctors are telling people about. It would be best to discuss this with Dr. Sircus in a consultation so you can get the proper dosages for your own condition>

  • Sarah

    I had a goiter and my thyroid was completely removed. I take levothyroxine (125 mg daily).
    Will iodine help me?

    • Many other organs of our bodies need iodine! But you should work with a qualified health care practioner on this .. Having no thyroid complicates matters and a previous cancer can influence what you should do.
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    • Louchious

      I’d check with a doctor first, Iodine typically regulates thyroid activity.

  • Yves Vincent

    I was just released from the hospital for Pleural Effusion. They performed the Thoracentesis procedure and removed over 2 pounds of the fluid surrounding and compressing my lungs. There are still some fluid left. After all the test, it was concluded that my heart is in perfect condition and all in and out arteries are absolutely clear, blood pressure perfect, as well as lungs in good conditions. The doctor has no idea why I have what I have … none of the symptoms usually associated with Pleural Effusion are present. He tells me I shouldn’t be there with what I have. Since I’m out of the hospital, I started taking Nat Mur, which is a cell salt whose function is to balance fluids in the body. I’ve also got back on taking Nascent Iodine. I take 35 drops three times a day with water and I’ve done that for over five days now and my body is showing some improvement. I’m am searching for anything natural/organic that I can take that will reduce whatever fluid left, which makes it uncomfortable at times. My daughter, who’s a RN and totally allopatic minded is concerned that I may overdose on it. Anyone here can shed a light if I could be taking too much Nascent Iodine and if that much can be beneficial for what I am experiencing?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Yves,

      The doctors believing in Hi-dose iodine treatment may not say that’s too much nascent iodine. There is 400 mcg. per drop of nascent……so 35 drops 3x/day sounds pretty high I believe Dr. Sircus has given or recommended pretty high doses. I was told once by Dr. Derry that iodine over time would cause diuresis if given in high enough doses. (he was advising me on treatment for kidney failure)…….but watch for hyperactivity or symptoms of other thyroid problems and back down if you notice that or any other adverse effects for sure!
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  • My Lugol’s Iodine is a bit old (a few years) but I never really noticed it smelled like javex while drinking it, but oddly I seem to like drinking it better, but every 17 minutes your body is naturally supposed to withdraw iodine from the thyroid gland, which strengthen’s your entire body’s ability to protect you against germs, so this is how vital iodine is. Also I discovered last year that if you get burned and red from the Sun, put Iodine on and the pain and redness disappears within 20 seconds. It’s also a great moisturizer for the face in the summer, disappears VERY quickly!

  • Mara

    Does anyone know about ? I think they make an atomic iodine as well. What is the difference between the one from nascent and the one from iodine source? Are all atomic iodines the same?

    • Marc

      Nascent Iodine is just the kind of iodine it is, It’s not a brand name.

      Iosol my be easier on some people’s bodies because it is attached to thymol, hence it’s chemical name thymol iodide. Potassium can upset some people’s stomachs, but the potassium iodide solution we use, I feel, creates a better detox environment for the body.

      Here is how I use mine:
      Lugol’s for overall detox
      Nascent for extra energy through the detox
      Iodine protocol companion herbs: Also great to stabilize during the detox.

  • Leslie

    I live in New Zealand. Here Lugol’s solution even at 5% is not available and Nascent Iodine is illegal to import. What suggestions do you have as alternatives?

    • Leslie,

      Here’s a site that offers alternative to Lugol’s in New Zealand. We do not know much about this so you will have to investigate yourself. But they claim to offer some form of Lugol’s drops. They also claim that higher percentages of Lugol’s have to be obtained by prescription now. —– Original Message —–
      From: Disqus
      Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:19 PM
      Subject: [drsircus] Re: Iodine to the Rescue

    • David

      go to any agricultural supply place and buy a container of agric.iodine I’ve used this for years .its not dear and will last a lifetime. DW.david

  • John

    I took Nascent Iodine one year ago. It completely deregulated my thyroid. For a long period I became hyperthyroid. It scared the hell out of me. I couldn’t sleep anymore. Heartbeat in the 160s. High blood pressure. Please google “thyroid storm”. Perhaps mr. Sircus will tell me there was already something wrong with my thyroid, but be careful! How many people know the status of their thyroid. Don’t take the risk! Nobody should do experiments on their own body with Iodine. Stay away from this stuff. It could have killed me!

    • Hi John,

      I’m sorry to hear about the problem you had. Thyroid problems can be tricky. Often hyperthyroidism will ensue but this is usually a brief occurrence and most Doctors do not know that by taking selenium along with iodine, this can be avoided. So its not often recommended, but Dr. Sircus is knowledgeable about this and recommends selenium high on his protocol. —– Original Message —–
      From: Disqus
      Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2013 9:04 AM
      Subject: [drsircus] Re: Iodine to the Rescue

      • I forwarded your problem to Dr. Sircus for his input and here;s what he replied:

        instructions always with iodine supplementation is to start out slow, like one
        were dipping their toes in hot water. Starting with a minimum dosage one can
        supplement many times a day. And with each passing dosage, as one notices no
        reactions (detox of thyroid is a very possible reaction) then one can continue
        to build up dosages.

        For the vast
        majority of people there is no problem and very high dosages of iodine can be
        employed for many purposes including avoiding or treating cancer. Many people
        who do get into trouble with iodine supplementation are forgetting to take their
        selenium. Others need a natural thyroid hormone to make it all work.

        thyroids are in a mess and there are two main reasons for that. One is a chronic
        deficiency of iodine in the diet and the other is the bastardy habit of fluoride
        and bromide taking its place in the thyroid gland. These thyroid poisons are
        made less toxic by iodine, which a healthy thyroid prefers.

        is understandable when someone who has a nightmarish experience with a substance
        to want to warn people away from it. The FDA has a field day scaring people away
        from everything that is safe and not warning the pubic of the dangers of the
        pharmaceutical drugs they promote. Iodine is an essential nutrient there is no
        warning people away from it.

        • shane harris

          MY Research it is Key to the Thyroid Iodine Selenium and Vitamin E to support the selenium key amino acids and overall nutrition as a whole nothing is complete without a complete vitamin and mineral intake it is like making pancakes without all the ingredients I just took my first small dose of Nascent Iodine I will keep the posts coming to let you know how it goes
          Hoping all the time and money spent pays off I also take a Vitamin Mineral Supplement that is non G.M.O. non metallic colloidal form containing 90 minerals vitamins and amino acids with a probiotic as well I am always a cold person as soon as I took the iodine 3 drops of nascent colloidal non gmo in a vegetable glycerin kosher base I have gone from a sweat shirt and jacket to a short sleeve shirt still warm wow!!! it has been 30 minutes I honestly believe My body has been exposed to many toxins Chlorine Fluorine Boron mercury all the halogens I believe the iodine should detox me

          • Jac

            I find that eating 3 brazil nuts a day gives anyone more than enough selenium without resorting to expensive supplements. I also habitually, eat between 3 and 4 ozs of almonds a day, which also takes care of the Vitamin E. I do have a problem with getting enough zinc in my diet, so have purchased a 15mg zinc piconate tablet from Oxford Vitality to address that. I eat a diet rich in chicken and beef and eggs (all organic), so that I receive enough vitamin A. I do take a magnesium (ionic + chloride) because it is suggested that the magnesium gained through eating almonds is largely negated by binding with the high quantity of oxalates present in almonds.
            Food is always best, if possible, because you’ve got to eat anyway so it might as well be food that gives you what you need – nutrition.

    • It would certainly help if you had noted your dosage. “I took Nascent Iodine” explains little.

  • Lisa


    I have just started taking Lugol’s Solution 50mg a day loading dose (8-drops). I have Graves Disease but I am currently in remission. So far I have noticed a massive increase in energy but I also have a little bit of anxiety and feel a bit on edge. The most worrying sign I have noticed is that my thyroid gland has swelled up after only being on the Lugol’s for 7-days. I did a patch test on my skin and the Iodine was all gone after about 5-hours so I knew I was iodine deficient. Should I stick with my regular (8-drops) a day? I’m just a bit worried about the anxiety but most of all my enlarged thyroid. To my understanding I am not meant to be getting a Goitre with treatment it should be going away, not that I had one to begin with after I commenced treatment with the Carbimazole many years ago.

    Kindest regards


    • Louchious

      I’de limit it to 2 drops daily

  • Rachel

    Dear Claudia/Mark

    After reading the various bloggs on here about iodine and specifically the one a man wrote about nascent iodine bonding to proteins, irritating the mouth and stomach. Please could you clarify, is it true. –

    I am taking ancient minerals oil and baking soda so far, have bought the nascent iodine but apprehensive about using it. I have chronic inflammation of esophogus and stomach, (confirmed by endoscopes in the past) A little arthritis in fingers, Allergic Rhinitis and fungal granulomas (an unusual condition) in eustachian tubes, and chronic systemic candidiasis (since early childhood and lots of antibiotics unfortunately, including the intravenous antibiotics after contracting scepticemia after Cesarian section). I have had many operations and general anesthetics unfortunately and am sure that I have heavy metal toxicity. I have had all amalgams removed and am on a healthy high alkaline diet.

    I got the fungal granulomas after living in a damp basement flat. Damp and mold was all over the place. I was very ill with grip or some people call it croup – it nearly killed me. During my recovery I coughed up a horrible tumour from the back of my throat (it looked liked stewing beef) but unfortunately some of this fungal material has grown up into my eustachian tubes and has festered away for 30 years in a brown very viscous fluid. I know this because and ENT Consultant performing a full endoscopic sinus surgery on me 5 years ago discovered the fluid (to his horror) when he had punctured my ear drums to insert long stay grommits. He said the fluid was so viscous that it clogged up his equipment. Follow up appointments he admitted that there was nothing he could do with my condition and that is was very unusual, infact he had never seen anything like it before. I was so ill and contracted infection after this operation and was again on 3-4 courses of antibiotics.

    I am so fed up that throughout my young life I took so many antibiotics for what medical doctors insisted were bacterial infections. No wonder the antibiotics were useless, my infections were fungal. Nonetheless I am now increasingly riddled with fungus thanks to all those antibiotics, metals and toxins from drugs.

    I believe that Mark and Simonici are right about cancerous tumours being fungal. As to whether cancer is caused primarily by candidiasis is a topic that needs further investigation and research. A worrying thing, as at least 50% of people I see, seem to have illnesses related to overgrowth of yeasts, maybe that tally’s with the forecast of 50% more people forecast to contract cancer in the next few years.

    My main problem is being able to detoxify, everything effects me strongly and I get so badly constipated when I try detoxing that I end up auto-intoxicating to the point that I feel I am dying. I cant take supplements to aid digestion as they seem to make my internal stomach and intestines inflammation hit the roof. Another alternative doctor once put me on high dose cayenne supplements that I tried to endure for two months in pain – at the end he just said my gastritis was a nuisance as I could not get on with the rest of his protocol, which cost me hundreds of pounds.

    I am having another endoscopy in the next week or two to check whether Barrets or Cancer is present. I do not take any drugs prescribed from the gastroenterologist whatsoever. I have been round the mill with alternative health practitioners and the detox protocols and spent thousands of pounds which I can ill afford to waste. Optimum nutritionists put me on supplements unsuited to gastric conditions (like digestive enzymes) causing my body trauma and wasted money and time.

    Now I am having to research again and find a reliable solution for myself. I have bought and read Mark’s book about transdermal magnesium therapy and will try and purchase magnesium thiosulfate to add to my protocol along with ancient minerals oil and bath flakes. Is it true that if I dont buy the rest of the books or pay for a private consultation with Mr. Sircus that specific advice is unavailable. And if I do buy the books will I find accurate dosages specific enough for my health issues, in regard to iodine and sodium bicarbonate dosages.

    Can I take all this stuff, baking soda, mollasses, iodine, internal and transdermal magnesium safely with chronic gastritis and candida, if not please could you reccommend how to heal gastritis so I can get on with a detox and healing protocol that Mr Sircus advocates. I am 49 years slim and active to every ones eye a fit and healthy looking person. I wish that were true! Would be very grateful for your feedback. I am very concerned for my condition, particularly the fungal granulomas in my eustachian tubes leading to cancer which would be grim as the tubes are in my head close to eyes brain, spinal fluid etc.

    best wishes

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Rachel,

      You can try Dr. Sircus’ full protocol for your problems. It should be perfectly safe to take all the items he recommends together (but not at the same time, necessarily). Please be on the lookout for in the next few weeks Dr. Sircus is going to publish Treatment Essentials which is a new book on his full protocol that will specifically discuss dosages of each thing he recommends. Most people can follow this without problem, however your problems may require more of a trial and error approach to make sure you are not reacting to any specific thing. You just have to give it a fair trial and see how it goes.

      I’m sure that by using iodine and sodium bicarbonate along with the magnesium, that you will find many benefits you didn’t expect/

      But, if you still need more detailed information after reading the books and this new one coming out, you will have to get a consultation to get more specific recommendations.

      Watch for Treatment Essentials….follow Dr. Sircus’ Medical News Commentaries newsletter. You can sign up at the IMVA home page:

    • Richard Jones

      Hi Rachel,

      Your problems probably stem from all the antibiotics you have taken over time. As you are probably now aware the destroy the good bacteria in your gut as well as some but not all the bad bacteria. This provides a window of opportunity for the bad bacteria to proliferate and this weakens your immune system. One course of antibiotics would be bad enough but repeated courses could be almost guaranteed to result in serious health issues. I suggest you look at the work of Dr Natasha Campbell McBride who has done a lot of research on gut health. The results of her work can be found in her excellent book ‘Gut & Psychology Syndrome’ (GAPS) or through her nutritional protocol by the same name.

    • anti_banker

      I read somewhere (possibly on this website somewhere) that there are medications which are designed to kill fungus specifically. (as opposed to antibiotics killing bad bacteria). However it may have also been one of those electromagnetic machines (like a Rife machine) that was used, I can’t remember. However try to investigate options to kill the fungus that don;t include antibiotics. I think that will do a lot to help you with your overall condition. Moulds are very dangerous things and can even cause brain damage/neurological problems (don’t know if you ever saw that edition of Medical Detectives where the whole family had to evacuate their home and leave every item behind)

      • Jac

        Research borax for mould and fungus.

    • anti_banker
      • To Rachel,

        There is absolutely no need to be afraid of taking your Nascent Iodine, I’m not sure what you’ve heard but all you have to do is start off with a very small dose….one drop in some water and this can be a test of if this gentle iodine will affect you. If its ok, then the next day you can increase the amount you are putting into water daily until finally you are at a dose that’s tolerable and effective for you. If at any time you find yourself with more throat irritation, you can cut back on the amount …give it a rest and then restart more slowly.
        Sounds like you need the iodine… just go slow.
        —– Original Message —–
        From: Disqus
        Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 6:58 AM
        Subject: [drsircus] Re: Iodine to the Rescue

        anti_banker wrote, in response to Rachel:

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    • spaceylocust

      Rachel, An effective detox my husb. & I have been using is coffee enemas. Not as gross as it sounds…. I have Lyme and much trouble detoxing; hubby has chronic candida trouble & lots of past exposure to molds (growing in sinus). Google coffee enemas to research and also buy green coffee mix made especially for enemas. Organic and air roasted coffee only. Body doesn’t absorb caffeine from that end so if you are sensitive to caffeine like me, it won’t be a problem. Coffee from that end opens liver ducts and gall bladder ducts to flush toxins. Also promotes production of glutathione (detoxifier that the liver makes). My problem was that liver couldn’t handle toxins. I would take detox products and liver could get rid of them and I’d end up worse. Try to contact Dr. Donald Dennis in Atlanta GA (ENT) who specializes in treating mold conditions in sinuses/lungs etc.. He saved hubby’s life!! He prescribed natural grapefood seed extract (special compound from pharmacy he works with) that will kill mold. He uses homeopathis/natural remedies as much as he can. Hope this helps.

    • Emily BH

      If I were you I’d stop eating the foods that feed the fungus — ie dairy and complex carbohydrates and refined sugar. Even whole grains and legumes aren’t easy to digest.The quickest way to get rid of it is to get the lymphatic system, also the immune system and body’s sewer system working. The best way to do that is to eat a lot of water rich fruit and vegetables or get a juicer and juice them. I don’t buy juice from the store because it has been heated during pasturization and all the enzymes have been cooked out. Aquaflora is a good combination homeopathic remedy that is very effective in getting rid of Candidiasis. Also if the urine is clear, it means cellular wastes aren’t being eliminated. There should be sediment in the urine .Kidney function needs to improve to make that happen. I’d find a good liquid herbal remedy. Also take herbal detox teas. Look for ones with dandelion. Help colon elimination by hydrating first thing in the AM. I drink at least 16 oz of room temperature filtered water with fresh squeezed organic lemon juice.Then I eat water rich fruit for breakfast and lunch. This is as per Robert Morse who wrote the Detox Miracle Source Book. He says there is no such thing as “disease”. It is all acid damage. The “disease” name just indicates where the lymphatic system and the fermented trapped wastes have done the most damage. Eating the raw fruit and vegetables just gets the body more alkaline so the trapped hardened mucous which may have turned into tumors can start to be released and healthy tissue can grow.

      Robert Morse N.D. in FL and on YouTube or the naturopaths in southern New England at holistichealthline dot com are good. Dr Morse is a purist and only uses whole herbs. He believes that isolate food supplements have a weakening effect on the body. Jane, Peter and Dr. Jansen
      aren’t so strict and do use isolates but do get good results. I’ve used both. I tend to lean towards Dr. Morse for long term results but his method is harder since the diet/lifestyle is much more strict.

    • kim

      Try a water only fast. I know it sounds crazy but research the benefits and reviews from doing it. It has helped a lot of people. I will pray for you also because I hate to hear you suffer for so long. Pray also.

      • Dodhisattva

        One thing to seriously consider about fasting is most people have infections in the body, which in turn requires protein in order to return health to the body. Although I love fasting, it can cause irreversible damage if someone has an infection going on systemically and/or is super toxic.

  • mar

    I had no idea that iodine applied topically would help hair growth. That is wonderful news!
    How much iodine should be applied topically to achieve this goal? I also had no idea that iodine cured so many illnesses and conditions, thank-you, thank-you for this information

    • Joe

      Just paint your dome, baldy.

  • mar

    Is nebulizing iodine possible?

  • AnnL

    I have hypothyroidism, new in the last 6 months. My doctor wants to put radioactive dye in me, even after a blood test showed low output. Since the levels are already known, I can’t figure out why they want to nuke me too. Do they REALLY NEED to do a radioscan to treat the symptoms of hypothyroidism? This doctor wants to nuke me in half of the four tests she recommends, and I’ve only given her ONE blood sample! All I went in for in the first place, was a stomach problem which turned out to be a virus (H-pylori)

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Try using Dr. Sircus’ Protocol for hypothyroidism…..take some iodine and see if that helps.

    • Heather

      Hi Ann,
      If I was facing the prospect of radioactive dye-or radioactive iodine- being used in my body I would start immediately using up to 4 drops a day of Lugol’s Iodine in water to make it a lot less likely that the radioactive stuff will damage my body or take up residence in my thyroid gland or liver.

      Dr Brownstein has a web site to check out, and there is an Yahoo Iodine group which has plenty of information.

      I think that Iodine will actually help decimate your H-pylori population.

      Another thing which can help (if you have no issues with dairy food) is kefir cultured milk. It is full of friendly microbes and will also restore your stomach’s pH levels.



    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Michellealeta,

      If you read Dr. Sircus’ books on Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, e-book on iodine, and the e-book on sodium bicarbonate most people should be able to manage their own treatment at home for a number of diseases including blood pressure.

      The one thing you have to watch when treating with sodium bicarbonate if you already have blood pressure problems is that using sodium bicarb doesn’t raise your bp higher… so you must get a bp testing machine, available in most pharmacies, and check your blood pressure daily. Some studies have shown that using sodium bicarbonate does NOT raise blood pressure but some doctors disagree with that…so better to keep a check on it.

      But in addition to using these protocol items of Dr. Sircus’ you must make some lifestyle changes like making your diet one that will cause your body to become more alkaline. bicarbonate should be a jump start but you need to transition to an alkaline diet and use less of the bicarb as time goes on.

      If after reading these books you still need guidance a consultation with Dr. Sircus will be helpful.
      If it were me I would start with heavy magnesium oil use.(up to 2 oz daily depending on your size) I did this myself a number of years ago and was able to come off of three blood pressure medicines by regular daily use of transdermal magnesium oil and 3xweek magnesium baths.

      sorry but I’m personally not familiar with eggplant water for lowering bloodpressure though I’m sure it has many wonderful medicinal properties. Its a very healthy food to eat. I doubt that it will interfere with anything else you use for lowering blood pressure.

      • Michellealeta

        Thanks again Claudia–as I mentioned I check my bp at least 4x a day and so far, the egg plant water seems to work best. I’m determined not to go back on rx that I was taking 20mg lysinopril. I tried sodium bicarbonate a couple of days ago and it rose my bp much higher than its ever been 183/111 so I’ll stay off that. I’ve only read Dr. Sircus opinion and comments re mag oil so I’ll read his e-books right away and continue on from there and see how things go. So glad they’re available in that format. Will gladly keep you posted and God bless.

  • Michellealeta

    Dr Sircus, I agree totally with Elaine’s comment of today. I also have a question as I’ve been taking 2-4 drops of Lugols Solution for about 3 or 4 weeks now and was glad to get my magnesium oil–which I apply on my feet about 3 or 4 x a day–but in between applications my blood pressure increases. I was also drinking eggplant water till last week to lower the blood pressure. I stopped because I ran out. The same results were accomplished when I took the ep water–in between doses my bp would increase except when I took about 12 ounces at a time. I would like to know if I’m taking either or both on a regular basis shouldn’t my blood pressure stablelize? Maybe I’m not using enough mag oil, as I’m not sure how much to use to help my blood pressure to stablelize and not increase in between applications. Can you please give me an idea about dosage? I also used epsom salt baths a couple of times but not consistantly. lI don’t want to use the rx yet I don’t want to have a stroke either. I might add that I am about 40 lbs overweight–lost 90 4 years ago, but now that I decreased my protein in my food, I’m very flabby–I increased my exercise program to what it was previously and added strength training because I have added 2 inches onto my waist in the past year–Its 39′ and want to get it below 35′ to ward off heart disease. I’m 65 years young as of October. Please advise.
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    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Michellealeta,

      I hope you will understand why Dr. Sircus cannot give personal advice here on this blog site. You situation requires that much more information be obtained before recommendations can be made. Please consider a personal consultation with Dr. Sircus. You should be on a full protocol of magnesium oil, iodine, sodium bicarbonate to help get your pH down and many life-style changes to keep more alkaline; all will help to stabilize your bloodpressure.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Michellealeta,

      Since our iodine requirements depend on so many different things such as where we are living,what our lifesyle is, how much radiation we are exposed to etc. it might benefit you to obtain an iodine loading test from someone like Dr. David Brownstein. This involves ingesting a dose of iodine and providing a before and 24 hour urine collection to see how much iodine is retained by your body, and thus how deficient you are. You can google Dr. David Brownstein to get the number for contacting his office about this test.

      If you don’t want to do that and still feel you need more details, please read Dr. Sircus book on iodine and seek a consultation with him:

  • Elaine

    Dr. Mark,

    I cannot THANK YOU enough for increasing public awareness of the need for iodine and iodide in our bodies. I have been telling my doctor and fellow nurses of the importance of this and other nutruents. like magnesium, that are not being mentioned by the medical community. The pharmaceutical industry has gone totally insane, and are not acting in the public interest, in my opinion.
    You have literally saved my life with your knowledge, and how freely you share it with the world. GOD BLESS YOU !!!!!!!
    You are appreciated and loved. And I mean that FROM THE HEART!!
    You are a TRUE HUMANITARIAN, and the BEST DOCTOR of the people that I have ever had the honor of knowing.
    Your newsletters are a welcome inspiration.

  • Vladimir

    Something interesting-surprising pockets of Iodine deficiency in Europe. I also checked with a colleague, a doctor who worked in Prague Hygiene Lab. There is very good surveillance in this part of Europe.



    Czech Republic
    Slovak Republic
    United Kingdom
    Yugoslavia (Serbia)

    Likely sufficient

    Yugoslavia (Montenegro)
    Likely deficient

    Surprising pockets of IDD risk have been discovered in Europe and national coalitions are being formed to ensure the sustainability of effective salt iodization.

    You may want to review: Peter Laurberg et al, “How do we optimize iodine intake to minimize the occurence of thyroid disorders in Europe?”

    For more background in countries throughout this widely varying region, you may want to read these articles from IDD Newsletter.

    The Current Status of Iodine Deficiency and Iodine Prophylaxis in Austria

    Iodization of Salt: Legislation in Europe

    Minor Neuropsychological Impairment in an Area of Tuscany with Moderate Iodine Deficiency

    Iodine Deficiency Disorders in Hungary

    Iodine Deficiency in Poland

    Results of Iodine Prophylaxis in Macedonia

    Current Status of Endemic Goiter in Slovakia 40 Years After Prophylaxis With Iodized Salt

    Iodine Nutrition in Europe

    Normal Thyroid Volume of Children in Turkey: Pilot Study in Kayseri Province

    Endemic Goiter in Turkey. Is Iodine Really Deficient?

    Normal Thyroid Volume of Young Adults in Turkey

    Progress Towards IDD Elimination in Turkey, 2000

    Adverse Economic Consequences of Iodine Deficiency in Germany

    Endemic Goiter in Central-Southern Sardinia: Current Status

    Iodine Deficiency Disorders in Albania

    The Elimination Of Iodine Deficiency In The United Kingdom

    Progress Against IDD in Poland

    Iodine Supply in Germany

    Regional Report: August 1999

    The Swiss Legislation on Iodized Salt

    Regional Report: August 2000

    Continuing Progress Against IDD in Macedonia

    Iodine Deficiency in Bosnia/Herzegovina, Slovenia, and Croatia

    West and Central Europe Assesses its Iodine Nutrition

    Iodine Prophylaxis in Croatia: From Severe Endemic Goiter to Iodine Sufficiency

    Implementation and Monitoring of Iodine Supplementation Program in Denmark: The Danthyr Program

    Macedonia is Declared Iodine Sufficient

    A Success Story of IDD Elimination in Macedonia

    Italy’s Salt Law

    • Vladimir

      The surveillence refers to radiation. If there were a danger, people would be informed-I hope.There is no hysteria, not even a whispered one.

  • Vladimir

    Cousen s list. The logic of some of his statements is really very strange. eg 4) Iodine activates hormone receptors and helps prevent certain forms of cancer. The primary cause of cancer, from an energetic perspective, is mitochondrial failure. What is the relation between hormone receptors-which ones?-and cancer prevention?. How is mitochondrial failure the main cause of cancer and is the relation of sentence one to sentence two?.

    Here is a recent report.


    Posted by Administrator (admin) on [PUBL_DATE]
    Swiss researchers including ICCIDD executive director Michael B. Zimmermann, MD have issued a new global assessment of the progress of public health efforts to virtually eradicate Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD). Published February 29 in advance of the April issue of The Journal of Nutrition, using data collected by ICCIDD added to data in the existing World Health Organization Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Information System Micronutrients Database, the survey covers more than 96% of the world’s population. Included are new data from 58 countries. The review recorded “major progress” with the number of iodine-deficient countries declining from 54 in 2003 to 32 in 2011 while iodine-sufficient countries increased from 67 to 105. Unfortunately, nearly 30% of the world’s 241 million school-age children remain iodine-deficient.

    The report includes a map showing the global situation. The authors also issued a release explaining the impact of their findings, emphasizing the importance of food processors using iodizing salt.

    The 2011 Global Iodine Nutrition Scorecard based on this report and the UNICEF State of the World’s Children Report 2012 shows country-by-country status.

    In summary, global iodine nutrition has markedly improved over the past decade and the number of iodine-deficient countries decreased from 54 in 2003 to 32 in 2011. Yet despite remarkable progress, 1.88 billion people of the global popula- tion, including 241 million school children, still have insufficient dietary iodine intakes. Iodine deficiency has been identified as one of four key global risk factors for impaired child develop- ment where the need for intervention is urgent. Reaching the remaining one-third of the global population not yet covered will not be easy. Although the key contributors to successful national programs have been identified, reaching economically disadvantaged groups living in remote areas and convincing the food industry and small-scale salt producers to iodize their salt are major challenges. Moreover, communication to health authorities and the public on the need to prevent iodine deficiency by consuming iodized salt must take into account policies to reduce salt consumption. An important strategy will be to strengthen national coalitions that include iodine scientists, national ICCIDD focal points, government partners, national and international agencies, the healthcare sector, and salt producers.

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    • Vladimir

      sorry-what is the relation between sentence 1 and 2, it should be.

  • Natalie

    Thanks for this article. I hope you will follow up with more details.
    I was told by my Dr who focuses a lot on the wholistic approach, that the testing he did on me showed my thyroid was essentially destroyed by many XRays that were given to me during a lengthy hospital stay. (I was not given adequate lead shielding.)
    So he said that iodine would not help with my hypothyroid condition.
    I know that iodine is essential for other things though, and I have been taking Atomodine, the remedy that Edgar Cayce recommended.
    I also take Royal Peruvian Maca, a heaping tablespoon a day, which is supposed to help the endocrine system. When I had been taking that for a few months, tests showed that the dosage of my Armour Thyroid should be reduced, so I think the Maca is helping.
    My question is about the efficacy of Atomodine as compared to other iodine supplements. It says on the bottle a daily serving size of one drop is 0.06 mL
    Then is says amount per serving of Iodine is 600 mcg
    I’m also taking a heaping tablespoon of Nutrex Spirulina every day, and a few tablets of chlorella and Norweigan kelp, which I would think have iodine as well.
    There is no listing on the bottles of Spirulina or Chlorella, but the kelp has 225 mcg per tablet.
    So I am over the dosage that Dr. Mercola recommends, at least, but if it’s true that my thyroid is not benefiting from iodine, I have no idea of how much more would be optimal in my case.
    Any input would be appreciated.
    Incidentally, I think that the safety of Hawaiian Spirulina may be questionable now, considering the proximity to Japan, but I discovered there is an organic Spirulina being grown inland in India now that is being distributed by the NOW brand, and I’m going to switch to that. I wonder what brand Dr. Hills would be taking nowadays… 🙂

  • redhawk

    For pts with sensitivity to grain alcohol, what iodine product is next best to nascent ? (which is 98% grain alcohol )

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Redhawk,

      There are a number of water based iodines on the market… can do an Internet search for these. We do not have any opinions on the other iodines available…there are likely many good types.

  • wilburns

    How does Iosol Formula II iodine compare to LUGOL’S and Nascent’s

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Wilburns,

      We do not have an opinion on Iosol iodine.

      • hp b

        What? Why not? Why don’t you have an opinion?
        This is an article about iodine presented by those who proffer impressive knowledge of iodine, is it not?
        Your answer is insufficient and produces doubt.
        Is this perhaps an economically inspired non-answer?

  • Excellent article, Mark. Thank you. Very important information. Just a reminder that iodine tends to bind to protein molecules. Taken orally it can irritate the mouth and later on the stomach as the iodine binds to the protein molecules that make up these tissues. Sometimes the thyroid gland does not accept iodine if it is not already bound to a protein. Standard Process Labs puts out protein-bound iodine in tablet form: “PROLAMINE IODINE” and “IODOMERE.” The former is for iodine therapy to fill a deficiency and the latter is for maintenance. Blood chemistry tests give an iodine figure and a protein-bound figure, “PBI.” The PBI figure is a measure of thyroid activity. If your thyroid isn’t working, iodine and protein are not combined efficiently in your system. So your protein-bound iodine will be low and your regular iodine high, indicating a sluggish thyroid. “IODOMERE” is a protein-bound iodine, which also contains sea minerals. Remember also that minerals do not stand alone in nature but are balanced with other minerals in a specific ratio. Best to take whole organic-bound minerals as isolates will leach out companion minerals from the body.

  • redhawk

    Good Dr.,

    What dosage for babies ?

    Is Nascent dosaging different from the other iodines ?

    Severe clinical immune disorders like SLE dosage ?

  • Candice

    Very information article. Thank you. I have also found a good source of Iodine through the Women’s Health Institute of Texas. Dr. Andrew Jones has a formula, which is inexpensive and seems to work well, for me. Google it. But follow his instructions, from the website carefully for dosage, especially if you are taking thyroid meds.

  • Mike

    Wellness resources states the best iodine is losol iodine (which they sell)
    any thoughts on this type of iodine ?

    • Gilgamesh

      Maybe Dr Sircus is not familiar with Iosol iodine.
      I also red that Iosol iodine is the best and safest iodine in the World.
      But I only use Moringa, and aloe vera juice, I stopped buying vitamin stuff, as
      Im not sure if there are synthetic ingredients in them.

  • There is one bit of information that I believe would be more beneficial to your readers. In this article you reference Nascent iodione, Lugol’s, and other forms, however, you fail to state the dosage differences for each form leaving most readers at loss as to how to administer doses of the various forms of iodine/iodide or combinations thereof. I think it would benefit the masses to know exactly what you are suggesting. I understand you have a somewhat smaller commercial agenda than Mercola in selling your books, nevertheless, an agenda. Not witholding critical detailed information on dosing from the people somehow seems like the morally correct thing to do at this late hour in time. Not everyone has the capacity to understand at the same level as you and could really benefit from more specific directions.
    I am a user of Nascent Iodine and use 20 drops 2x daily.
    Thank You for all you do to teach and reveal truth. Mike

    • DanJR

      Not only would it be a blessing for us, but it would be a blessing for him. I have no freaking clue when it comes to the different dosages. I can google it and probably find out, but then again I’m trusting my own non-informed opinion of the differences.

      Would really like some help from the pros here.

      • DanJR,

        Dr. Sircus covers much more on using Nascent and Lugol’s iodine in other of his essays or in his books on Iodine or Treatment Essentials.
        Doses are not as simple as stating everyone should take x amount of nascent or Lugol’s iodine. I think you can understand that there are differences in individual body composition, radiation exposures, bacterial, viral and heavy metal burdens and a whole host of other things that might affect the dosages that would work for one but not for another. .. Dr. Sircus is well versed in Lugol’s and Nascent Iodines and these differences are explained in the above linked books. But there are many different forms of iodine on the market these days and it will take your own research to compare some of these and make an informed choice.
        The RDA for iodine is a mere 125-150 mcg per day while the doctors who have researched iodine recommend everyone should take 12.5 mg of iodoral per day….so there is a very wide range of recommendations. (mcg. vs mg is a huge difference ……1 milligram = 1000 micrograms (mcg) . So yes it can be very confusing to know how much to take. Most different types of iodine list their recommendations with their product information.
        If after reading these books you still have questions about dosages of Lugol’s or Nascent iodine to take for your own health, Dr. Sircus is available for personal consultations at any time. For other products you should consult the mfg.

        Claudia French

        • Jenna Talia

          Oh My Goodness people this isn’t ROCKET SURGERY – Think for yourselves just one freaking time… Don’t expect every minute detail spoon fed to you. It’s damn near IMPOSSIBLE to overdose, you probably couldn’t afford too!

    • maddog smith

      40 drops a day? Your thyroid glad must be like Jello at this point, LOL

      • rita

        40 drops a day
        one drop nascent = 400 mcg
        40 Xs 400 = 16000 mcg

        16000 mcg = 16 mg as 1000 mcg = 1 mg…..right ?
        the 16mg is divided into 2 doses a day = 8mg twice a day.

        see,ya did the math.

    • rita

      yep, one definitely needs to use more drops with the nascent than w/lugols.
      i ad to sit down and do the math to approximate the amount needed with the nascent, and will admit was scared…..but did it.

    • simon burfield

      Mike, looking at buying my first bottle. 20 drops 2x daily, is this a starting dosage?? Also my partner is breastfeeding our newborn, should she take a similar dosage?
      Lastly, do we put the drops in water? if so how much??

      Thanks simon