Suitable for both external and internal use.
Around 60% of the iodine in the human body is stored in the thyroid gland. The health benefits of iodine play a very important role in the normal functioning of the thyroid gland, which secretes thyroid hormones that control the base metabolic rate of the body. In fact, without iodine, thyroid hormones could not even be synthesized.
A normal thyroid gland contains 50mgs of iodine, fat in the body and breast tissue contain 700mgs, striated muscle – 650mgs (lack of iodine in muscle may result in muscle pain). 20% of body iodine (about 400mgs) is present in skin and without it the skin cannot sweat
Complete lack of iodine in the unborn infant and young child results in cretinism with severe mental deficiency. A deficiency results in low IQ. Mothers who supplement iodine during pregnancy have notably brighter babies!
Iodine is also essential for production of oxytocin.
Iodine is a vitally important nutrient that is detected in every organ and tissue and many if not most are deficient in this nutrient. Along with being essential for healthy thyroid function and efficient metabolism, there is increasing evidence that low iodine is related to numerous diseases, including cancer.
The benefits of using Lugol’s Iodine:
- Increasing the metabolism
- Help in the optimal utilization of calories, thereby preventing its storage as excess fat. removal of toxins from the body
- Strengthening the immune system
- Assistance for the system in utilizing various minerals, like calcium and silicon
- Calming and relieving nervous tension
- Used topically or orally, its antiseptic properties counteract a broad spectrum of germs (fungal, viral, and bacterial).
Deficiency Symptoms of Iodine
- Skin- dry skin and lack of sweating. Four weeks of iodine supplementation will typically reverse this symptom
- Salivary glands- inability to produce saliva, producing dry mouth
- Brain- reduced alertness and lowered IQ
- Muscles- nodules, scar tissue, pain
- Mental retardation
- Poor perception levels
- Abnormal weight gain
- Decreased fertility
- Coarse skin
- Chances of still birth in expectant mothers, constipation and fatigue.
A recommended daily maintenance dose for adults is 4 drops of 5% Lugol’s solution per day.
Extracted from The Guide to Supplementing with Iodine by Stephanie Burst.
There are no amounts that can be given as a blanket recommendation. Everyone needs different amounts based on their body’s ability to utilize the nutrients as well as the level of toxic halide exposure they have each day. If you are dealing with a severe health condition then your dosages would need to be higher than those trying to maintain good health.
- Maintenance – It was once believed that a good maintenance dose is 25 mgs per day. But with more information being gained about the exposures to halides bombarding our systems (bromides, fluorides, chlorine) as well as mercury, etc., maintenance of health may require higher doses of iodine. The iodine doctors are now beginning to believe that 50 mgs may be the minimum required dose.
- Cancer – Cancer is a result of mutated cells. Iodine is absolutely critical for something called P53 gene which is known as the “keeper of the genetic code”. Without iodine and selenium it will not function to eliminate abnormal cells from the body such as cancer. Cancer patients have taken anywhere from 50 – 300 mgs / day successfully. Here is a good article on how P53 works with the mdm2 in cancer http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071015215101.htm
- Children – These are the levels that I gave my children at the various ages. This is not meant to be a recommendation but a guideline for what was safe for my (Dr. Buist) children and others I have been in contact with. General guidelines suggest .08 mg x the weight of the child but is dependent on the health condition.
- Up to 3 years – 3 drops of Detoxified Iodine (www.iodinesource.com) per day or take 1 drop of 5% Lugol’s solution in water and then take ½ of the water and give it to the child his results in 3.125 mg / dose.
- 3yrs to 5 yrs – 6.25 mgs of Iodoral or 1 drop 5% Lugols Solution (6.25 mg)
iii. 5 yrs to 9 yrs – 12.5 mgs of Iodoral or 2 drops 5% Lugols Solution (12.5 mg)
- 9 yrs to 16 yrs – 25 mgs of Iodoral or 4 drops 5% Lugols Solution (25 mg)
- 16 yrs and up – will depend on health issues, weight, etc and cannot be given in generalities. Dosages range from 12.5 mgs to 300 mgs.
Ingredients: distilled water, iodine, potassium iodide.
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