Dr. David Brownstein uses 200-300 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. This is over 2,000 times more than common recommendations. “At 6 grams daily (which is 6 million mcg/day or 6,000 mg/day!), a much higher dose, iodine has been used to cure syphilis, skin lesions, and chronic lung disease,” says Dr. Gabriel Cousens.

Dr. Michael B. Schachter says, “The treatment dose when a person is iodine insufficient is generally between 12.5 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.”

Iodine is safe and easy to give children in liquid form. When they get sick iodine is one of the first medicinals to go for. Personally, when I use it, I do not bother to count the drops I just squirt a dropper into a large glass of water. People with preexisting thyroid conditions need to be more careful and possibly take bovine hormone with iodine as well as selenium and vitamin E.

When used transdermally iodine can be applied full strength to skin over breast cancer for example. Specific instructions are given for this treatment in my Surviving Cancer Compendium in a section on breast cancer.

Iodine can also be applied topically over skin cancers. It is recommended to use a 7% Lugol’s solution and paint the lesion multiple times per day until a scab forms and then falls off. Once it falls off, continue to apply the iodine till another scab forms and falls off naturally.Do not force removal o the scab.  Once three scabs have fallen off the cancer should be gone. If using a smaller iodine percentage, apply more frequently.