Why Iodine is So Essential

Published on June 16, 2022

Iodine was known by many medical doctors in the 19th Century as an empirical remedy, a natural “heroic remedy,” a present from the science of medicine to humanity. Nobel Laureate Albert Szent Györgyi, the physician who discovered Vitamin C in 1928, commented: “When I was a medical student, iodine was a universal medicine. Nobody knew what it did, but it did something and did something good.”

“Iodine is essential for life. No life can exist without it. Its home is the sea
where primal life was born. Humans need it from the womb to the walking stick,
for growing up, enjoying optimal health, generating energy, and thinking clearly, writes
Miriam Hodosy in her upcoming book IODINE. She calls iodine “the magic one,” so when we call for a divine marriage between iodine and chlorine dioxide, we will be combining two substances that many know in their heart are magical.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens said, “In 1950, the Japanese had 100 times more iodine in their diet than Americans. In 2001 they had 202 times more iodine than Americans and were using up to 13.8 milligrams daily instead of the average U.S. intake of 425 micrograms. Unfortunately, there has been no real study, ever, about what is the optimal safe dosage of iodine. But, again, no one has ever died from iodine overdose or allergic reactions.

We knew a hundred years ago that we needed more iodine, and governments started putting a tiny bit in table salt. However, it was not enough, and after the nuclear accident at Fukushima, we need more because of the radioactive iodine released into the environment. Therefore, humans in the 21st Century have an absolute need for iodine medicine, which is a bit more intense than just iodine supplementation. Iodine is one of a small group of drugs that stands between antibiotic-resistant hell and us. Chlorine dioxide is another, with selenium, magnesium, and bicarbonates standing by offering vital assistance.

“The biggest change I have noticed happened recently while
using topical Lugol’s Iodine as well as a 10-minute application of
un-activated sodium chlorite. It appears as if the fungus is dying and
the area is returning to normal after a number of years of having it.”

Dr. David Brownstein tells us that the “Iodine deficiency epidemic was increasing because of our increasing exposures to toxic halides fluoride and bromide. These toxic elements competitively inhibit iodine in the body. Our water supply has been contaminated with fluoride, and our food supply has been adulterated with bromine in the form of brominated flour and vegetable oils. Bromide is also found in many commonly used consumer items as a fire retardant.”

Brownstein also reports that U.S. dietary iodine intakes have decreased drastically since the 1970s, with iodine deficiency reemerging in vulnerable groups such as women of reproductive age.

Dr. Tina Kaczor reported, “The first report of geographical regions with high rates of goiter having higher rates of cancer mortality was published in 1924. Ongoing epidemiological data has corroborated the association between goitrogenous regions (iodine-deficient regions) and cancer incidence/mortality, particularly that of stomach cancer. Epidemiological evidence also suggests that thyroid disorders, particularly goiter, may be associated with breast cancer incidence and/or mortality. Other cancers associated with a goitrogenic state include prostate, endometrial, ovarian, colorectal, and thyroid cancer. It is not clear whether these associations are due to an underlying hypothyroid state, the presence of occult autoimmune processes, or iodine deficiency itself.”

The first thing that happens to a woman when she develops an iodine deficiency is a problem with her reproductive organs: breast deformation and general calcification. Dr. David Miller says, “Iodine is needed in microgram amounts for the thyroid; milligram amounts for breast and other tissues and can be used therapeutically in gram amounts.”

Dr. David Derry said, “Lugol’s solution is an iodine-in-water solution used by the medical profession for 200 years. One drop (6.5 mg per drop) of Lugol’s daily in water, orange juice, or milk will gradually eliminate the first phase of the cancer development, namely fibrocystic disease of the breast, so no new cancers can start. It also will kill abnormal cells floating around in the body at remote sites from original cancer. This approach appears to work for prostate cancer as prostate cancer is similar to breast cancer in many respects. Indeed, it likely will help with most cancers.

Chlorine Dioxide, Oxygen with Iodine

We can see how iodine is vital in cancer treatment because it provokes cell apoptosis and kills viruses, bacteria, and fungus on contact (infections cause as much as 40 percent of cancers) and also because iodine is crucial in metabolism and oxygen delivery to the cells. Any element that threatens the oxygen-carrying capacity of the human body will promote cancer growth. Likewise, any therapy that improves the oxygen function can be expected to enhance the body’s defenses against cancer.

Few associate iodines with oxygen, and in the mainstream of medicine, even fewer see that chlorine dioxide delivers oxygen to the exact locations in the body most desperately needing a breath of fresh air. Iodine will amplify the effects of chlorine dioxide because iodine-carrying thyroid hormones are essential for oxygen-based metabolism.

First, increases in iodine and thyroid hormones increase red blood cell mass and oxygen disassociation from hemoglobin. Thyroid hormones have a significant influence on erythropoiesis, which is the process that produces red blood cells (erythrocytes).

The most common thyroid dysfunctions, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism, affect blood cells and cause anemia with different severity. In addition, thyroid dysfunction and iodine deficiency induce other effects on blood cells such as erythrocytosis, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and in rare cases causes, pancytopenia. It also alters RBC indices, including MCV, MCH, MCHC, and RDW.

Thyroid hormone increases oxygen consumption and mitochondrial size, number, and critical mitochondrial enzymes. Meaning iodine increases plasma membrane Na-K ATPase activity, increases futile thermogenic energy cycles, and decreases superoxide dismutase activity.

Oxygen levels are sensitive to a myriad of influences. For example, toxicity, emotional stress, physical trauma, infections, reduction of atmospheric oxygen, nutritional status, lack of exercise, and especially improper breathing will affect the oxygen levels in our bodies.

Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1931. One of his most significant discoveries was that cancer occurs in the absence of free oxygen. What it means is that cancer is caused by a lack of free oxygen in the body, and therefore, whatever causes this drop in free oxygen to occur is a root cause of cancers.

Hypoxemia, or what might be called “blocked oxidation,” is followed by fermentation of sugar in cells, which then leads to the primary condition upon which cancer, infectious and inflammatory processes feed. Viruses are “anaerobic” creatures that thrive in the absence of oxygen. Yeast, mold, and fungus live in an anaerobic environment. Most strains of harmful bacteria (and cancer cells) are anaerobic and are not comfortable in the presence of higher oxygen levels, so doctors will find cancer cells easier to kill when oxygen levels are increased.

The most critical factor in creating proper pH is increasing oxygen because no wastes or toxins can leave the body without first combining with oxygen. The more alkaline you are, the more oxygen your fluids can hold and keep. Oxygen also buffers/oxidizes metabolic waste acids helping to keep you more alkaline. Iodine sufficiency is one crucial key to oxygen sufficiency.

According to Annelie Pompe, a prominent mountaineer and world-champion free diver, alkaline tissues can hold up to 20 times more oxygen than acidic ones. When our body cells and tissues are acidic (below pH of 6.5-7.0), they lose their ability to exchange oxygen. Increases in carbon dioxide, bicarbonates, and electrons lead to increased oxygen.

The quickest way to increase oxygen and pH is through the administration of sodium bicarbonate, and that is why bicarbonate has always been a mainstay in emergency rooms and intensive care medicine. But, of course, when we are increasing oxygen and pH levels, we are simultaneously increasing cellular voltage.

We can violently pull the rug out from under most pathogens by bombarding them with a blast of alkalinity, which is the same thing as blasting with oxygen when we take high dosages of iodine, along with supplying our immune system with plenty of magnesium, selenium, and sulfur.

Reasons we need Iodine in Abundance.


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

Thus one can expect even better results when the extraordinary power of chlorine dioxide is brought to bear on pathogens. Using iodine and chlorine dioxide together qualifies as a global insurance policy against antibiotic and anti-fungal resistant infections. For that reason alone, plus all the reasons listed below, iodine cannot be left out of chlorine dioxide protocols.

The second iodine is vital in the treatment of cancer. Iodine is indispensable in protecting against the thyroid, breast, ovarium, and prostate cancer because these glands concentrate iodine more than other tissues. Iodine deficiencies leave these glands vulnerable. Iodine also is indispensable for treating anything on the skin, even skin cancer, mainly because it kills everything on contact that does not belong.

The third, iodine, is protective against radioactive iodine. We cannot begin to understand how important this is until we also learn how dire the threat is of radiation. Dr. John W. Gofman, Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, has written extensively about the effort to belittle the menace of low-level radiation. People associated with the nuclear and medical industries assert falsely, “there is no evidence that exposure to low-dose radiation causes any cancer—the risk is only theoretical,” or “the risk is utterly negligible,” or “the accidental exposures were below the safe level,” and even “there is reasonably good evidence that exposure to low-dose radiation is beneficial and lowers the cancer rate.” By any reasonable standard of scientific proof, the weight of the human evidence shows decisively that cancer is inducible by ionizing radiation even at the lowest possible dose and dose rate—which means that the risk is never theoretical.

Different isotopes of radioactive iodine, one with an incredibly long half-life, have been dumped into the environment by the Fukushima meltdown. Iodine deficient adults and children are sitting ducks to their radioactive cousins, especially if they eat milk and cheese because radioactive iodine gets into the grass the cattle eat. It just goes up the food chain to your door.

Fourth is the absolute necessity of iodine in metabolism. Human life is not possible without iodine. That truth is essential to every cell in our bodies.

Fifth is its role in the production of hormones. Iodine helps synthesize thyroid hormones and prevents both hypo- and hyperthyroidism. Iodine sufficiency reverses hypo- and hyperthyroidism. Iodine’s ability to revive hormonal sensitivity seems to significantly improve insulin sensitivity. Iodine attaches to insulin receptors and improves glucose metabolism. Iodine is the best nutritional support for your thyroid. Your thyroid controls your metabolism, and the efficiency of your metabolism is directly related to your immune system.

Sixth is its role in the immune systemA long-term deficiency hinders the body’s ability to resist infection and disease in iodine. A poor immune response is directly tied in with impaired thyroid function; an iodine deficiency can significantly affect the immune system because low levels of iodine lead to problems with the thyroid gland.

Iodine purifies water, and it does the same job in the bloodstream. Iodine purifies the complete bloodstream of the body (something the thyroid does every 17 minutes), meaning sufficient levels of iodine, especially in children, keep the body free of pathogens; no vaccines are needed!

Dr. Gabriel Cousens lists many other essential functions of iodine.

1) Iodine prevents heart disease.

2) Iodine eliminates toxic halogens from the body (including radioactive I-131).

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 is needed with the use of cordless phones, cell phones and now smart meters to prevent hypothyroidism.

12) Iodine supports pregnancy (as the fetus undergoes more apoptosis than any other developmental stage).

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) High doses of iodine may be used for wounds, bedsores, inflammatory and traumatic pain, and restoration of hair growth when applied topically.

18) Iodine helps in the diminishing of tissue scarring, cheloid formations, and Dupuytren’s and Peyronie’s contractures, which are hyper-scarring conditions.

19) High doses of iodine may be used to reverse certain diseases.

20) Iodine supports spiritual development.

I have always recommended liquid iodine in the form of Nascent Iodinewhich I recommend for children and iodine-sensitive patients who need to start at very low dosages, and Lugol’s Iodine, which has been around for almost two centuries. Solid forms are available.

Iodine Medicine

Doctors and their medical school teachers have forgotten about iodine and its importance in health and medicine. Their stubbornness, arrogance, and ignorance of iodine create unimaginable pain and suffering that, for many, ends with death from cancer. If you want someone to die from cancer, do not give them iodine. Unfortunately, that means most oncologists have a death wish for their patients wanting to maximize the chances that their treatments will not work.

Before doctors got swept away by the pharmaceutical companies and their salespeople, iodine was one of the most commonly prescribed medicines. Now in the age of antibiotic-resistant infections, it is more important than ever to remember iodine because it kills viruses, bacteria, and fungus cells that antibiotics no longer can.

The entire edifice of modern medicine is likely to collapse when antibiotics become useless because it will be impossible to walk into a hospital without literally taking your life.


Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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