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Health Benefits Overview

Thyroid disorders (Hyper and Hypothyroidism)

Cysts (Breast, thyroid, ovaries, skin)

Cancer (especially breast, uterus, ovaries, endometrium, prostate)

Heart Problems (CVD, Atrial Fibrillation, Arrhythmias)

Disinfectant / Antiseptic

For a chart listing other health benefits:

Chart of the many health benefits of Iodine

Iodine/iodide supplementation has safely helped or prevented numerous health problems



Immune deficiency syndrome

Irregular moods

Fibrocystic disease of the breast (FDB)

Ovarian cysts

Microbial infection

Toxic metal overload


Hormone imbalance


Menstrual breast pain

Abnormal cardiac rhythms

Autoimmune disorders

Blood pressure irregularities


Cancer (especially high iodine-content organs, such as breasts, ovaries, uterus, prostate and thyroid gland)

Thyroid disorders (Including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism)

Dr. Abraham and other thyroid experts have learned that tremendous health benefits ensue by providing whole body iodine sufficiency (i.e. saturating the body with sufficient iodine to supply all its tissues) - Further, they discovered that this is the treatment of choice for both hypothyroid and hyperthyroid problems with or without goiter. Doctors achieved up to 90% cure rate with hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid) by using high daily doses (6-37mg) of iodine, doses which were equally effective in resolving cases of hypothyroid (underactive thyroid). This dose level was once considered normal, but is now generally espoused as being high by today's medical profession.

For information on how iodine helps thyroid problems:

Iodine against thyroid disorders

Thyroid Gland Hormones - Control Metabolism, Protein Synthesis and Growth


Cysts (Breast, Thyroid, Ovaries and Skin)

Fibrocystic Disease of the Breast (FDB)

–    Iodine deficiency in the breasts --

Cysts, Nodules, Scar tissue, Enlargement, Tenderness and Fibrocystic Disease of the Breast (FDB) - it is generally believed that FDB results from the excess number of cells that grow in the breast during the menstrual cycle as a result of hormonal stimulation. To keep the cell count steady, some cells have to be removed each month.


–    Iodine therapy resolves nearly every case of breast cysts - Iodine is the trigger mechanism that promotes appropriate cell death (apoptosis). Leftover cells that have not been appropriately destroyed build up over repeated menstrual cycles and cause the lumps, soreness, and larger lesions of fibrocystic disease.


–   In the 1920's, 3% of American women had FDB, today that rate has increased to ~90%(of these women, 40% are unaware they have it, which is only detected by biopsy) - The longer FDB is present in the breast, the higher the potential risk for development of breast cancer. The breasts concentrate iodine when available, and use iodine as much or more than the thyroid. Several studies have demonstrated a relationship between low iodine intake and fibrocystic disease of the breast (FDB), both in women and laboratory animals. A sufficiency of iodine eliminates the excess cells, enabling the breast to return to its normal resting state as the fibrocystic disease slowly disappears from the breast.


–   FBD is associated with a higher rate of breast cancer

New England Journal of Medicine, July 2005.

Iodine against Cancer

Ovarian / Thyroid Cysts / PCOS

–    Iodine shrinks ovarian and thyroid cysts by reducing estrogen production - Iodine can be concentrated in the ovaries, and Russian studies of some years ago showed a relationship between iodine deficiency and the presence of ovarian cysts. The greater the iodine deficiency, the more ovarian cysts a woman produces. In its extreme form, this condition is known as polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS).

Skin cysts

–    Rubbing Lugol's iodine solution into the skin over the cyst is recommended (even more effective if combined with DMSO);


"My research has shown that after testing over 4,000 patients for their iodine levels, over 96% of those tested are significantly low in iodine."

Dr. David Brownstein

Iodine sufficiency may be the most important preventative measure against reproductive organ cancers - including cancer of the breast, uterus, ovaries, endometrium, prostate cancer, and other organs normally having high iodine presence

–   Cities/counties/states with high rates of hypothyroidism also have high rates of breast cancer

Iodine against Cancer


Absence of iodine in a tissue allows cysts to grow and may eventually lead to cancer – iodine induces apoptosis (naturally programmed cell death), a process:

–   Essential to growth and development - E.g. Fingers form in the fetus by apoptosis of the tissue between them;

–   Destroying cells that represent a threat to the integrity of the organism –E.g. cancer cells and virus-infected cells.


The iodolipid δ-Iodolactone is the main mediator for preventing cancer - this iodinated form of lactone (produced when iodide oxidizes lipids, such as lactone) seems to be the main iodolipid which can inhibit growth and induce apoptosis in human thyroid carcinoma cell lines (B-CPAP cells, FTC-133 cells and 8505C cells) as well as on human breast cancer cells (MCF 7).

Also, human lung cancer cells with genes spliced into them that enhance iodine uptake and utilization undergo apoptosis and shrink when given iodine, both in vitro and implanted in mice.

Good Reference: Jorge D. Flechas, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Director of Flechas Family Practice in Hendersonville, NC. specializes in Iodine Therapy for Hypothyroidism and Fibrocystic Breast Disease. Dr. Flecha's radio broadcast: http://www.iodine4health.com/overvi...audiovisual.htm

Heart Problems

Cardiovascular disease / High cholesterol

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is primarily caused by either or both of:

–   Arteriosclerosis - hardening of the arteries due to calcium deposits;

–   Atherosclerosis - oxidantdamage to weakened vascular walls (specifically, weakened connective tissue). The body uses lipoprotein (a) as a temporary repair-patch. Lp(a) is a sticky constituent of arterial plaque, responsible for attracting platelets, calcium and fibrin circulating in the blood, but when over-utilized can lead to excessive clotting, atherosclerosis / high cholesterol and vascular disease.

Cardiovascular Disease


Iodine treatment can reverse high levels of lipoprotein (a) -normalizing serum cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Resolving an iodine deficiency, provides iodine to increase thyroid hormone, which strengthens connective tissue. Additionally, iodine and iodide make oils, fats, and waxes (cholesterol is actually a wax) more soluble in water

Louis Feiser, famous chemistry professor at Harvard University

As an antioxidant iodine has the ability to convert highly reactive and damaging singlet oxygen, to slower-acting triplet oxygen

Kasha M."Collisional perturbation of spin-orbital coupling and the mech-anism of fluorescence quenching. A visual demonstration of the perturbation." The Journal of Chemical Physics, 1952.

Atrial Fibrillation / Arrhythmias

The body needs adequate stores of iodine for the heart to beat smoothly and iodine supplementation may be the answer to many heart arrhythmia cases -especially atrial fibrillation.Dietary clinician Bruce West was able to completely resolve most of the stubborn cases of cardiac arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation that were resistant to correction with cardiac protocols, by adding adequate supplies of iodine to the protocol:

"As I see people with stubborn arrhythmias getting better on 10, 20, 30, and even up to 50 mgs of iodine daily, I know that large doses are sometimes needed by the body. . . For those deficient, this may require up to 50 mgs daily for three to four months.”

–    Bruce West, D.C.

ATRIAL FIBRILLATION, ARRHYTHMIAS AND IODINE, In Health Alert, June 2006, Volume 23, Issue 6

Amiodarone, the most popular medically prescribed anti-arrhythmic drug contains iodine, but is toxic - Amiodarone, is actually iodine in a toxic, sustained-release form (Amiodarone has a long half-life of 100 days, and contains 75 mg iodine / 200 mg tablet releasing 9 mg iodine daily in patients ingesting the recommended amount).This drug can produce a smooth heartbeat when the body has accumulated about 1.5g of iodine - i.e. the same amount of iodine retained by your body by high-dose iodine supplementation at fulfillment level. However, the side effects of Amiodarone are often too great (even life-threatening) for most people to endure long enough to achieve a normal heartbeat, and once you stop this drug, your original problem returns.Iodine therapy, on the other hand, fulfills the body's needs safely, and then maintains the smooth heartbeat with a low-maintenance dose.

Warning: You can NOT use iodine therapy concurrently with taking the drug Amiodarone, which could cause a dangerous iodine overload.

Amiodarone causes some people to become hypothyroid - structurally similar to thyroid hormones, Amiodarone interferes with the peripheral conversion of T4 to T3, such that 10-15% of patients on Amiodarone become hypothyroid.

Antiseptic / Disinfectant (Iodine not iodide)

Iodine Is a potent germicide

(even at very dilute (1/170,000) concentrations)

Iodine destroys single-celled microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa, by denaturing their membrane proteins.

–    Iodine reacts with the amino acids tyrosine and/or histidine showing on the outer membranes of the microbes - This simple chemical reaction causes the protein that these amino acids are attached to, to stop functioning properly. As with all halogens, iodine is less effective against cryptosporidia.

–   Only iodine (the oxidized state) not iodide (the reduced state) has antiseptic and antibacterial properties

Iodine "Disinfects” Blood

It takes about 18 minutes for all the blood in the body to pass through the thyroid gland to be mildly disinfected - also iodine directly enters the blood stream after intake;

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