Iodine Dosages

Treatment of Influenza and other Diseases

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

There  are several reference points we can use to plot out iodine dosages for a variety of disorders that beg for the use of iodine for successful treatment.  In this chapter I will present different views and practices from present as  well as from the long past when iodine was vastly more popular as a medicine  than it is today. For whatever irrational reason, doctors and patients fear  iodine thus en mass do not use to its fullest potential.

Humans  tolerate large doses of iodine but the ultra high doses that were used many  decades ago are not required to get the most out of iodine therapy. Just a  little goes a long way, as the governmental iodized salt programs showed but  this dosage level was only affective for Goiter and its avoidance. It actually  takes very little iodine to prevent this disease but no one ever said that was  the only purpose and need for iodine in the body. Today people are more  deficient then ever before because our need for iodine has increased in direct  proportion to our toxic burdens especially of other competing halogens.

So  effective is iodine that aerosols can be effective in sterilizing a room at  levels not even detectable by humans.   But Dr. David Derry of Canada  says that, “Dietary iodine found in iodized salt is below the amounts  needed to fill mucus defense roles. To protect themselves, people wishing to boost their  defense against infections should supplement their diets with iodine.”

“Extremely high doses of iodine can have serious side effects, but only  a small fraction of such extreme doses are necessary to kill influenza  viruses,” continues Derry who tells us, “In 1945, a breakthrough occurred when  J.D. Stone and Sir McFarland Burnet (who later went on to win a Nobel Prize for  his Clonal Selection Theory) exposed mice to lethal effects of  influenza viral mists. The lethal disease was prevented by putting iodine  solution on mice snouts just prior to placing them in chambers containing  influenza viruses.”

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Dr. Derry is one of several MDs that I  refer to as the Iodine Doctors.

Dr.  David Brownstein said, “After testing individuals and finding low iodine  levels, I began to use smaller milligram amounts of iodine/iodide (6.25mg/day).  Upon retesting these individuals 1-2 months later, little progress was made. I  therefore began using higher milligram doses (6.25-50mg) 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. Why would  people need the larger doses of iodine? Why have iodine levels fallen 50% in  the last 30 years? As I pondered these questions, I came to the conclusion that  the toxicity of modern life must be impacting iodine levels. It is well known  that the toxic halides, fluoride and bromide, having a similar structure as  iodine, can competitively inhibit iodine absorption and binding in the body. Because  of the elevated levels of toxic halides in the environment and in the food  supply, iodine levels have not only fallen but larger amounts of iodine are  necessary to correct iodine deficiency as well as to promote a detoxifying  effect of heavy metals.”

I have  suggested that people put iodine into a nebulizer for aerosol treatment for  transdermal effect into the lung tissues in the case of lung cancer, emphysema,  asthma and tuberculosis. I make the recommendation to do the same with  magnesium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and glutathione. It seems obvious that  iodine would make the ideal first line of defense in influenza prevention and  without doubt in the treatment of both swine flu and regular influenza. Iodine,  teamed up with these other primary and very necessary substances, offers an  exceptionally strong defense and treatment against viral infection. It certainly  is better than the antiviral Tamiflu, which only reduces symptoms by only one  day. It is really not hard to beat that.

Some  physicians I know are also using chlorine dioxide as an agent for treatment  either transdermally or intravenously applied but I would never use it  for the prevention of anything. Though I have heard some success stories about  chlorine dioxide I do not use it myself nor for my children. I always will  reach for the iodine first for all the things that chlorine dioxide proponents advocate,  for the iodine is much safer for oral usage, especially when used in the right  form. The body needs iodine anyway as a fundamental nutritional item but when  even heavier guns are needed instead of reaching for a pharmaceutical one can  think of chlorine dioxide.

A function of iodine in the human body relates to clear thinking. The mind simply works better when the body is supplied the iodine itneeds and studies do show that iodine deficiency leads to decline in IQ.

Despite its being critical to normal neurocognitive development, a new study finds that only 51% of US  prenatal multivitamin brands contain any iodine, and in a number of randomly selected brands, the actual dose of iodine contained in the supplements  did not match values on the labeling.[1] It is easy to understand a synthetic pharmaceutical being phased out but to  have iodine, an essential nutritional element that doubles as a super effective  full spectrum anti-pathogen, ignored for what it can do is not reasonable.

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 3 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.” This is quite a bit of iodine and if his statements can be  substantiated then most people are using dosages which are much too low.

In  fact if we put our attention on the full iodine story, which collides with the  fluoride, mercury and bromide story we conclude that we can only err on the  side of too low of a dose. Patients should push their dosages higher and higher  until they get the desired result but I recommend doing this slowly unless  there is little time as is the case in emergency situations or very late stage  cancer. When using the Nascent Iodine one can dose pulse every two hours orally  taking each individual dose up to as many as 20 drops and even at this level we  are no where near points of iodine toxicity and tolerance. I have given my own  three year old up to fifteen drops in a dose when she was confronted with fever  and infection.

Lugol's Iodine

When  treating life threatening diseases we do not have months to fool around with  low dosages. We need to zoom up iodine levels quickly. And we need to get it  concentrated to certain tissues or organs. Just to give you an idea of how high  iodine dosages have been taken to we have to revisit the 1930s when iodine was still  a universal medicine, present in the US Pharmacopeia and was used at much higher  dosages than anyone even dreams of using today.

The  usual dose for treatment was 300 mgs (46 drops of full strength Lugol’s) to 1  gm (1000 mg, 154 drops). It is very important to realize that today’s Lugol’s  is not universally the same as it was because of new federal legal requirements  about concentration levels. The best company offers Lugol’s at varying  concentration levels. (2.2, 3 and 7 percent) Nascent is a 2 percent solution.

Preoperative before thyroidectomy: Lugol solution 5-10 gttthree times daily, or 2-6 gtt twice or three times dailygiven 10-21 days prior to surgery has been used.– MedlinePlus

Dr.  Schachter wrote,” Dr. Abraham started this Iodine Project around 1998 when he  became aware of the many benefits of treating patients with iodine using doses  far beyond the 2 mg a day, which most physicians consider to be potentially  toxic. He noted that starting in the 1820s, the French physician Jean Lugol  used these higher doses to treat a wide variety of conditions. Dr. Lugol  combined elemental iodine (5 %) and potassium iodide (10%) with 85 % water.  Since iodine kills infectious agents, Dr. Lugol successfully treated many  infectious conditions with this solution, which became known as Lugol’s  solution, and which is still available today. Prior to World War II, many  American and European physicians used Lugol’s solution to treat thyroid  conditions, using doses higher than 2 mg daily without apparent significant  adverse effects.”

When  you look at mainstream recommendations all the above information seems strange  but this is because dosage and RDA are set obscenely low. Note instead of  talking in milligrams (mg) the RDA is in micrograms (mcg) which is a scale  exactly 1000 times less. Meaning it takes 1000 mcg to equal 1 mg and it takes  1000 mg to equal a gram.

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.

Tolerable Upper Intake  Levels (UL): 200mcg/day for ages 1-3 years; 300mcg/day for 4-8 years;  600mcg/day for 9-13 years; 900mcg/day for 14-18 years (including pregnancy and  lactation).

Radiation emergencies:  Potassium iodide (KI) should be taken just prior to, or as soon as possible  after exposure. For infants, babies, and children, KI is administered for  exposure of 5 centigrays (cGy) or more. For birth through 1 month, 16mg can be  administered; for 1 month through 3 years, 32mg can be administered; for 3-12  years, 65mg can be administered; for adolescents ages 12-18 years, 65mg can be  administered (or up to 120mg if the adolescent is approaching adult size).

The  highest dosage I have heard any doctor using today is 100 mg and that is quite  a bit when you take iodine in a form where you can taste and appreciate what  you are taking into your body. My favorite iodine (Nascent) is ideal for oral  and aerosol applications into both nebulizers and vaporizers though I believe  Lugol’s, which is harsher on the stomach and has a very bitter taste, is better  for transdermal application to the skin not only because it is less expensive  but because you can get it at higher concentration.

Nascent Iodine

Nascent Iodine, though more expensive  actually tastes and feels good while going down and is gentle enough to give to  children, who do not seem to complain about its taste. Having it on hand for ones children is important for when  they need it you can get them to take it but that is not so certain with  Lugol’s. Nascent iodine contains approximately 400 mcg per drop so 10 drops is  4 mg and 100 drops is only 40 so it’s safe to take much higher dosages than is  suggested on the bottle. One hundred drops a day is a strong dose, but when  treating life threatening diseases it would not be unheard of to use upward of  200 drops a day in divided doses. It is very important to remember though that  one should not shoot straight up to these dosage levels. One should start at  low dosages and monitor for detox reactions, which will be less if sodium  bicarbonate and other substances are used in conjunction.

For alcohol-sensitive  people there is Nanocollidal iodine: Recovered alcoholics are extremely sensitive withthe tiniest amount of any alcohol a problem.

Dr.  Abrahams recommends taking 50 mg of Iodine/Iodide as Lugol’s solution (8 drops)  daily for 3 months as a loading dose. Lugol’s solution is available online at  varying concentrations. Then his recommendation is that dose should be  gradually reduced to the 12.5 mg (2 drops) maintenance dosage under the  supervision of a knowledgeable health care professional. Dr Abrahams feels that  14 to 15 mg. of iodine/iodide daily is the upper maximum of safety for long  term use. This is close to Dr. James Howenstine’s (another prominent iodine  advocate) recommended dose of 12.5 mg daily.

In 1953  Dr. Orian Truss discovered the devastating effects of antibiotics in an Alabama  (USA) hospital. During a hospital round Truss was intrigued by a gaunt,  apparently elderly man who was obviously dying. However, he was only in his  forties and in hospital for four months. No specialist had been able to make a  diagnosis. Out of curiosity Truss asked the patient when be was last completely  well. The man answered that he was well until six months before when he had cut  his finger He had received antibiotics for this. Shortly afterwards he  developed diarrhea and his health deteriorated. Truss had seen before how  antibiotics cause diarrhea. It was known that Candida was opportunistic and  thrived in debilitated patients, but now Truss wondered if it might not be the  other way round, that Candida actually caused the debilitated condition.

Truss  had read that potassium iodide solution could be used to treat Candida  infestation of the blood. So he put the patient on six to eight drops  of Lugol’s solution four times a day and soon the patient was again completely well. Soon  afterwards he had a female patient with a stuffy nose, a throbbing headache,  vaginitis and severe depression. To his amazement all her problems immediately  cleared with Candida treatment.

When I  was coming to closure on this chapter I happened to talk to Dr. Brownstein. We  were in total agreement about dosages. Our consensus extended to the  proposition that the sicker the patient the more iodine they would need with  most average patients needing 25 to 50 mgs with 12 mg being a good maintenance  dose though of course this varies with the quality of ones diet and with ones  location. Living near the beach has its health advantages but in no case should  one depend on iodized salt for their needs.

Dr.  Brownstein said he was using 200 to 300 mg with his prostate and breast cancer  patients with those who have metastases needing the highest dosages. He also  uses both Lugol’s and Nascent reserving the Nascent for his more sensitive  patients. The there are the tablet form of varying dosage, which are used by  more than several of the iodine doctors I know.

Iodine is needed in microgram  amounts for the thyroid,mg amounts for breast and other tissues,  and canbe used therapeutically in gram amounts.[2]– Dr. David Miller

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