Subject: Higher levels of iodine
needed 12.5 MG recommended
By Dr. James Howenstine,
Lack of iodine is widespread in
States today. For many years
was added to bread in generous quantities which prevented
deficiency. Each slice of bread contained 150 mcg. of iodine
whole days RDA of iodine In 1960 the average diet consumed
about 1 mg. of
iodine daily with bakery products accounting for about
75 % of the total.
This quantity of iodine was enough to decrease the
thyroid glands ability to
absorb radioactive iodine and it was also
sufficient to prevent excess
release of thyroid hormone thus preventing
many cases of hyperthyroidism
Forty years ago
the food industry decided to remove iodine from baked goods
the iodine with bromine. Iodine and bromine appear similar to
thyroid gland and bromine easily binds to the thyroid glandıs
for iodine. Bromine, however, is of no value to the thyroid
iodine and it inhibits the activity of iodine in the
thyroid gland. Bromine
also can cause impaired thinking and memory,
drowsiness, dizziness and
irritability. This substitution of bromine
for iodine has resulted in nearly
universal deficiency of iodine in the
American populace. Iodine therapy
helps the body eliminate fluoride,
bromine, lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum
and mercury. Could this
substitution of bromine for iodine have been carried
out to increase
diseases and thus create more need for pharmaceutical drugs?
the problems caused by iodine deficiency are:
Underactivity of the
thyroid gland produces fatigue. In rodents iodine
deficiency leads to
abnormal pituitary-adrenal function. The adrenal gland
When iodine no longer binds to thyroid cell membranes
peroxidases are able to damage these membranes and
diseases such as Hashimotoıs thyroiditis and
Disease). Researcher Dr.
Guy Abraham has observed several cases of
hyperthyroidism that have been corrected by the simple
iodine. For more than 100 years high doses of iodine have
been known to
benefit both underactivity (hypothyroidism) of the thyroid
overactivity of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). Iodine
allows the sluggish thyroid gland to resume normal production
thyroid hormone leading to resolution of hypothyroidism. Provision
stops the peroxidase injury to the thyroid membranes in
which permits hyperthyroidism to resolve. Thus thyroid
hyperthyroidism is no longer necessary.
organs need iodine but can not absorb it until blood iodine
reach high values (stomach, salivary glands). Most persons
impaired production of stomach acid as they age. This impaired
produce adequate stomach acid may be a result of iodine
deficiency as iodine
promotes stomach acidity.
Resolution of cysts
Iodine therapy resolves nearly every case of breast
treatment also can heal ovarian cysts and works well on skin
rubbed over the cyst.
Iodine is found in large quantities in the brain
and the ciliary body of the
eye. Lack of iodine may be involved in
production of Parkinsonıs disease and
This dangerous substance is quite important as it produces
arteries because it is very sticky and collects platelets,
fibrin from the blood circulating inside our arteries.
clotting and vascular disease resulting from high levels of
can be reversed by iodine treatment.
Problems Iodine has proven value in treating headaches,
parotid duct stones.
How Can Iodine Deficiency Be Detected?
accurate test for diagnosing iodine deficiency exists. Dr. Jay
has developed a loading test to settle this issue. The patient
iodine tablets (12.5 mg each). If there is sufficient iodine in
individual the excess iodine is excreted in the urine in the next
If iodine is lacking the body retains most of the iodine with
appearing in the urine. Use of this test has shown that
nearly every patient
with any condition known to be associated with
iodine deficiency tested
positive for iodine lack. Therefore, it often
is sensible to assume iodine
lack and proceed to treat with
However, when a patient takes iodine for several months and
has shown no
improvement this test can be used to exclude a problem
with absorption of
iodine. Iodine lack is known to be a factor in the
development of breast and
prostate cancer. Sixty patients with a
variety of cancers were studied. All
sixty patients were found to have
serious iodine deficiency.
To correct iodine deficiency by taking
iodized salt is not feasible. You
would need 20 teaspoons of iodized
salt daily to get adequate quantities of
iodine. Dr. Abrahams has
developed an iodine preparation named Iodoral to
deficiency. This is composed of dried Lugolıs solution
mg of iodine per tablet. A person with adequate iodine
stores who takes
4 of these tablets (50 mg.) will excrete 90 % of the iodine
Dr. Abrahams thinks that the correct quantity of iodine
needed to maintain
sufficient amounts of iodine in the body is 13 mg.
daily. This is 100 times
more than the government recognized RDA for
iodine. This quantity of daily
iodine would be distributed as follows
six mg. to thyroid gland, five mg.
for the breasts in females and
two mg. for the remainder of the body. Males
appear to usually, but not
always, need slightly less than females.
researcher, Dr. Benjamin Eskin, has shown that the thyroid
skin prefer to concentrate the iodide form of iodine while the
concentrate iodine. His research suggested that the body needs both
iodide and iodine form of iodine. This is easy to accomplish
Lugolıs solution developed by French physician Dr. Jean Lugol in
His solution mixed iodine (5 %) with potassium iodide (10 %)
and 85 % water.
Dr. Lugolıs solution killed germs and was used with
success in treating
infections and many other conditions. This solution
in the recommended 2
drop dosage contains 5 mg. of iodine and 7.5 mg.
of iodine which is exactly
the quantity of iodine recommended for daily
intake by Dr. Abraham. Lugolıs
solution tastes metallic unless greatly
diluted and stains clothing and
A third solution that
works well in correcting iodine deficiency is Triodide
Scientific Botanicals of Seattle, Washington. This has the same
of iodine and iodide combined with a sea vegetable called
This can be obtained from natural food stores, Tahoma Clinic
and compounding pharmacies. This contains 12.5 mg of iodine in
2 drop dosage.
Dr. Abrahams recommends taking 50 mg of Iodoral
(four 12.5 mg. tablets),
Lugolıs solution (8 drops)or Triodide (8
drops) daily for 3 months as a
loading dose. Then this dose should be
gradually reduced to the 12.5 mg.
maintenance dosage under the
supervision of a knowledgeable health care
feels that 14 to 15 mg. of iodine/iodide daily is
the upper maximum of
safety. This is close to the recommended dose of 12.5
mg daily so
caution is necessary in managing iodine repletion. Japanese
have discovered patients with hypothyroidism who were taking 20
iodine or more daily.
Another valuable iodine preparation is
saturated solution of potassium
iodide. This does not have the correct
ratio of iodine iodide recommended by
Dr.Abrahams for correcting iodine
deficiency but it does have a multitude of
valuable healing properties.
It can help open up blocked arteries, disinfect
water, cure bladder
infections, reduce or eliminate ovarian cysts, diminish
keloids, loosen thick bronchial secretions, reduce or
Peyronieıs Disease and Dupuytronıs contracture.
Endocrine Cancers and Iodine
Iodine deficiency is a recognized risk factor in the
development of cancer
of the breast, prostate, and probably the ovary
and endometrium. Breast
cancer is twice as common (12.1 %) in women
taking natural thyroid hormone
or synthetic thyroid hormone as in women
not taking thyroid hormones (6.2
%). The risk for breast cancer in
women taking thyroid hormones increases
with time. Women who had taken
thyroid hormone for 15 years had a 19.5 %
incidence of breast cancer
while women who had been on thyroid hormone
therapy for five years had
only a 10 % incidence of breast cancer. This
increase in breast cancer
with time suggests that correction of a iodine
deficiency might well
eliminate the need for thyroid hormone and would also
incidence of breast cancer.
Japanese women, who are eating lots of
seaweed, have the highest iodine
intake (13.8 mg. daily) of women
anywhere in the world. They also have the
lowest incidence of breast
cancer in the world.
one of the lowest
worldwide rates of every type of cancer with the
exception of stomach
cancer. In addition
one of the lowest incidences of iodine
deficiency, goiter (enlarged
thyroid gland), and hypothyroidism.
high iodine intake country, has low rates of goiter and breast
Two countries with low iodine intakes
rates of breast cancer and goiter.
Patient Studies.With Iodine
A patient of Dr. Rowen named Betty had severely painful
breast cysts. She
took 5 mg. of iodine daily with complete
disappearance of painful breast
Veronica, another patient
of Dr. Rowen, had advanced breast cancer with
severe hip pain from a
bone metastasis. Iodine loading test showed severe
iodine. After three months of Iodoral she still has not
iodine levels but her excretion of bromine has increased 10
cancer therapy with IPT and artemisin has been stable with only
occasional IPT and she continues with 25 mg. of Iodoral three times
Dr. Abrahams relates that he has seen two remissions of breast
persons taking 75 mg of Iodorol daily. Iodine deficiency
plays a role in
allowing breast cancer and prostate cancer to
Another physician has seen a case of prostate cancer go
into remission after
taking Iodoral and supplements.
Flechas MD relates that many of his diabetic patients need lowering
insulin dosage and diabetic drugs after repletion of iodine
Dr. Rowen has observed the same thing.
Iodine from fish must be limited because of mercury problems.
sardines have such a short life span they do not get
mercury. My suggestion would be to buy tins of
sardines packed in tomato
sauce so you can avoid the transfats used in
oil packed sardines.
Brown and red seaweeds contain the most iodine
(kombu, focus, etc.).of sea
vegetables. You may still need supplemental
iodine to get an adequate
quantity for repletion of iodine deficiency,
unless you are eating lots of
Iodoral can be purchased
from Optimox 310-618-9870 if you are willing to buy
a case. Otherwise
you can probably find this in health food stores. Lugolıs
solution is a
satisfactory way to obtain iodine but you will need a
dose is 2 drops daily. Be careful in measuring as 3 drops
lead to toxic symptoms.
The evidence presented here proves that
iodine is vital to human health.
Many persons will experience improved
health when their iodine deficiency is
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Hashimoto's Disease, Dr. James Howenstine, M.D.
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