to get you started – Commonly Asked Questions.
Forms of Iodine
Nascent (aka Magnascent,
Detoxified or Automidine) – Based on Edgar Cayce’s
“energized” iodine. The iodine is reduced to a 1%
concentration in 100% ethyl alcohol and electro-magnetically
transmuted (while being suspended in a wet bath containing a mild
acid solution) into the Atomic state. 1 drop = 150 mcg or .150 mg
of Iodine. This form will not saturate body tissues and has not
been proven to detox halides such as bromide, fluoride, chloride or
mercury as other forms have.
Lugol’s Liquid –
I did the skin patch test and
it disappeared quickly so I must be very deficient. – Not
necessarily. The patch test isn’t very scientific and many
factors go into why it disappears. Read the following article for
My TSH went up on Iodine –
This is a common occurrence when a person starts to take iodine
after being deficient. The body increases TSH to stimulate
production of thyroglobulin which is used to bind to the iodine in
thyroid hormone production. Individuals can have TSH levels as high
as 75 for up to 6 months without clinical signs of hypothyroidism.
The best values to check with labs if there is a concern are the
Free T3 and Free T4. You will find in most cases that the “frees”
are nicely within the ranges.
Bromide Toxicity / Iodine
Loading Test – As the years have gone by members of the group
have been testing relatively high in their saturation levels with
the Iodine loading tests. This is usually met with jubilation that
they are at a good level. But wait! This isn’t a place to stop.
Within the last year a bromide level test has become available and
can be added to the loading test. This is highly recommended
because it gives a clearer picture of what the TRUE status of the
saturation level is. As a general rule if you see a higher
saturation level with a bromide level over 10 mgs/L (the upper limit
of normal per Dr. Guy Abraham) you are bromide toxic and the
receptors that would normally be able to pull iodine into the cells
cannot do this which results in a false high level of iodine being
eliminated in the urine. Persons with results such as these should
consider supplementing with Lugol’s or Iodoral in doses of 50 mgs
or more for 6 mos to 1 year and then retest Iodine Loading and
Bromide levels to see what the new status is. The trend has been to
see saturation levels go down while bromide elimination levels
Another reason for a false high reading in
saturation levels is due to defects in the symporters of the cells.
Dr. Abraham addresses this on his website at
which suggests the usage of Vitamin C to heal symporters.
What are the sources of
Bromide? - Over and over people come to the Iodine group
claiming that they can’t possibly be toxic in bromide because they
are gluten free, eat a clean diet, etc. Guess what? It isn’t
diet related in most cases. Bromide is a flame retardant that is
used in and on many items around you. These include carpeting,
furniture, mattresses, clothing, computers, iPhones, and automobiles
– just to name a few. Food sources can include items like baked
goods that contain brominated vegetable oil as well as soft drinks
like Mountain Dew and other citrus based sodas. It can also be
found in some Gatorade products. For many years it was used in the
form of Methyl Bromide as a pesticide on strawberries.
My Ferritin dropped on Iodine
– This has been happening to people taking 50 mgs or more of
Iodoral. It has been rectified by adding a B6 – Complex along
with an iron supplement. Ferritin can be restored to normal levels.
It is thought to occur due to an increase in metabolic rate that
requires more iron. Sufficient ferritin levels (60-70) are needed
to create thyroid hormones.
I am gaining weight since
starting iodine – Unfortunately this can occur in those that
are very toxic in halides like bromide. If your detoxification
pathways are not able to eliminate the toxins being released by
iodine then your body will buffer them with water and fat. It may
be due in part to lowered calcium levels as well as magnesium, vit D
and B Vitamins. All work to maintain balance in the cells and
Supporting Nutrients for taking
Vit C – 2,000 – 5,000 mgs /
Selenium – 200 – 400 mcg /
Unrefined salt (Celtic) – ½
tsp / day
Magnesium – 400 mgs / day
Optional – ATP CoFactors -1
tablet 2x / day
Is there an issue with taking
Iodine and having mercury amalgam fillings?
While iodine does
seem to pull out mercury from the cells / tissues of the body, there
has been no indication that it is dangerous to take iodine while
amalgams remain in the body. If there is concern, supplements like
cilantro, chlorella and others can be used to help bind and carry the
mercury out of the body.
I have hashimotos. Can I take
Iodine? (the following is an excerpt from Dr. Brownstien’s
UNDERLYING CAUSE OF AUTOIMMUNE THYROID ILLNESSES: IODINE DEFICIENCY
AND ANTIOXIDANT DEFICIENCY
Chapter 7 described
the apoptotic (i.e., anticancer) effects of the iodinated form of
lactone (δ- Iodolactone). δ- Iodolactone is not only important for
preventing cancer, its production is also necessary to help regulate
the oxidation of iodine. Figure 3 illustrates this regulatory step
in the oxidation/organification of iodine.
mentioned, the oxidation of iodide to iodine occurs through the
interaction of H2O2
and TPO. Iodine is a necessary product in order to provide the
correct molecule in the cell so that organification can occur. If
organification does not take place or is blocked, thyroid hormone and
iodo-lipids will not be formed. As can be seen from Figure 3, this
reaction is controlled by intracellular calcium levels and iodinated
calcium stimulates this pathway. On the other hand, δ-iodolactone
and other iodinated lipids act as a brake on the system. If
there is not enough iodine in the cell to organify and produce
adequate amounts of δ-iodolactone, it can set the stage for damage
to the thyroid cell and the development of an autoimmune thyroid
disorder such as Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease.
Mechanism For The Development Of Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders
The NADPH oxydase
system is found in the mitochondria of our cells. The mitochondria
are the energy-producing cells of our body. The mitochondria produce
energy (i.e., ATP) through a complex process called oxidative
phosphorylation. All medical students (and most physicians) are
familiar with oxidative phosphorylation because we have to memorize
the many steps responsible for producing ATP. This production of ATP
requires many items including: oxygen, magnesium, ADP, and amino
Many people with
chronic illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome,
and autoimmune disorders, complain they have no energy. ATP is the
molecule that stores energy for the body. The body is constantly
producing and utilizing ATP. Its production is a complex process
that is beyond this book. However, there are two cofactors, Vitamins
B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin), that are integral to stimulating
oxidative phosphorylation and ATP production.
Hydrogen peroxide is
a byproduct of oxidative phosphorylation. It is this production
of hydrogen peroxide that is so critical to the oxidation process of
iodine. Hydrogen peroxide and TPO help to oxidize iodide to form
If there is a
deficiency in iodine, which is common when ingesting the RDA for
iodine, there will not be enough substrate (i.e., iodine) to produce
iodinated lipids. As can be seen from Figure 3, the lack of
δ-iodolactone and other iodinated lipids results in a loss of the
‘brake’ in the pathway to oxidize iodide. This may result in a
temporarily production of too much hydrogen peroxide. This excess
hydrogen peroxide can damage the enzyme TPO.
Happens If TPO Is Damaged? Autoimmune Thyroid Illness
response to TPO damage is to produce antibodies against TPO or
anti-TPO antibodies. A diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease requires
the presence of anti-TPO antibodies. As the damage worsens,
surrounding proteins can also be damaged such as thyroglobulin.
Damaged thyroglobulin will result in the body producing antibodies
against thyroglobulin—anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.
In most cases of
Hashimoto’s disease, there are antibodies to both TPO and
thyroglobulin present. Although Graves’ disease may also possess
these same antibodies, antibody production is not necessary to make
the diagnosis of Graves’ disease. However, my clinical experience
has shown that the treatment for both Hashimoto’s and Graves’
disease can follow a similar course with similar positive outcomes.
How to Treat
Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders
Ingest enough iodine in order to provide adequate substrate to
Vitamins B2 and B3 in amounts necessary to stimulate the NADPH system
to produce adequate amounts of H2O2.
Correct oxidant stress in the thyroid gland and the mitochondria with
Ensure adequate magnesium levels.
oxidative stress in the body.
I have adrenal fatigue. Can I
take Iodine? Yes, Iodine is used by every gland and mucosal
lining and is needed to heal the adrenals. You should also use
unrefined salt to support them as well as Vit C.
How long should I take Iodine?
Dr. Abraham has stated that it should take 6 months of 50 mgs to
reach 90% saturation. However, it has taken people years (in
reality) to detox halides and allow the iodine to enter the cells.
So there is no set time that a person can expect to supplement and
reach saturation levels.
I have breast cancer and would
like to learn more about using iodine. The best resource for
breast cancer is www.breastcancerchoices.org
Where can I buy Iodoral?
What is the Salt Loading
the salt loading protocol when you are experiencing issues with
tsp celtic (or other unrefined) salt in 1/2 cup of warm water
the above with a glass of 12 oz filtered water.
** Repeat every
30-45 minutes as needed until urination begins.
does this help?
- containing chloride - binds to the bromide in the blood stream and
carries it out through the kidneys.
Recommended Reading –
Many of the questions asked over and over are covered in these
reference materials. Please familiarize yourself with them to help
with limiting the repetition of information on the group.
Dr David Brownstein – Iodine
Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without it
Dr. David Brownstein – Salt
Your Way To Health
Dr. David Derry –
- Research by Dr. Guy Abraham – the founder of The Iodine
- The Iodine Group’s repository for Iodine research.
an Iodine Loading Test with Bromide Levels – The following list is
a compilation of resources for obtaining the Iodine loading test.
885 Parfet Street
Lakewood, CO 80215
Iodine Loading Kit
Iodine Spot Level
Kit Only $70
Iodine Spot and
Loading Kit $95
Testing (must be combined with one of the above kits) $35
Test prices do not
include return shipping.
They now also
offer iodine serum/saliva testing to check for Organification
/ Oxidation issues as well as symporter defects. The test is
available two ways:
1. 24 hour
Iodine loading test plus the serum saliva ratio cost: $155.00.
2. Serum saliva
ratio without the urine test cost: $110.00.
serum/saliva ratio gives the degree of usage of iodine within the
cell, if the ratio is below normal this signifies a symporter defect
(NIS) while a higher than normal ratio points to an organification
Dr. Abrahams articles the symporter can be repaired using 3 gm of
slow release Vitamin C per day, the organification issue responds to
ATP CoFactors (Riboflavin 100mg + NoFlush Niacin 500mg) twice daily.
Dr. Jorg Flechas
80 Doctors Drive
The cost of this
test is $80.
If it is not
ordered by a physician you must tell them you are ordering it on your
own and they will assign you to a nurse practitioner. When you get
the results of this test you can receive a free consultation with Dr.
You may also
obtain a urine spot test for an additional $30 for a
total of $110 for both tests.
Spot / Loading
/ Bromide test can be obtained for $230
$100 for both the
spot and loading test.
Kit requires an
Pre and post
loading - requires an ordering physician.
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