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How-to Supplement Iodine for whole body Sufficiency

Unfounded fear of iodine supplementation is having deathly consequences

High level iodine supplementation may be the safest, simplest, most effective and least expensive way to solve the healthcare crisis currently crippling our nation – when supplementation is with INorganic, NON-radioactive forms of iodine, in daily amounts of iodine for WHOLE body sufficiency and properly monitored.

According to Guy E. Abraham, MD, former professor of endocrinology and perhaps the world's most knowledgeable expert on iodine and the thyroid:

"Medical iodophobia has reached pandemic proportions. It is highly contagious and has wreaked havoc on the practice of medicine and on the U.S. population. More misery and death in the U.S. may have resulted from [medicine's unwarranted fear of iodine] than from both World Wars combined."

Dr. Abraham has studied iodine therapy in high doses in over 4,000 people - publishing his findings in a document titled "The Iodine Project", completely dispelling the myth and fear of iodine therapy by the mainstream medical profession.

Lugol's Solution was once medically prescribed at> 12.5 mg iodine/iodide day

–    Prior to the availability of assays for thyroid hormones and without any test for assessing whole body sufficiency for iodine, our medical predecessors recommended a range of daily iodine intake from Lugol's solution (12.5-37.5 mg) exactly within the range required for achieving whole body sufficiency for iodine.

Goal is to attain whole body sufficiency of iodine

Collective experience of 3 generations of clinicians has determined that the most effective amount of iodine/iodide for treating symptoms of iodine /iodide deficiency is in the daily intake range of 3 - 50 mg -This level of iodine/iodide intake is referred to as orthoiodosupplementation and is usually required to achieve whole body sufficiency for iodine, based on Dr. Abraham's iodine loading test.

At sufficiency, the adult body retains approximately 1.5 gm of the iodine consumed (at least 30 times higher than the amount reported in medical textbooks) - at such time, 90% of the ingested iodine is excreted in the urine as iodide. Dr. Abraham found that many people require 50 mg/day of iodine for several months before they will excrete 90% of it, indicating that their body has a sufficiency.

This therapeutic goal necessitates the use of an iodine supplement - since these milligram amounts of iodine are not easily obtained from food,

IODINE-loading, 24-hour Urine test

The concept of this test - is that the normally functioning human body has a mechanism to retain ingested iodine until whole body sufficiency for iodine is achieved.

–   An iodine-sufficient person - should eliminate 90% or more of an ingested amount of iodine in the urine over a 24-hour period.

–   An iodine-deficient person - will tend to hold onto an ingested amount of iodine if they do not have an optimal amount of body-iodine, and a smaller amount will be found in the urine during the 24-hour collection period.


(1) Empty bladder

(2) Ingest 50 mg of iodine/iodide

(3) Measure total urine for 24 hours and send urine sample to a laboratory to be tested for iodine content.

Most people can just assume they are iodine deficient, simply start iodine supplementation and not bother with the test.

For those who are interested,Dr. Flechas (828-684-3233) offers the iodine-loading test for ~$75 at www.helpmythyroid.com/iodine.htm

Supplements should contain both iodine and iodide

Because different tissues concentrate different forms of iodine, it is ideal to use a supplement that contains both iodide and iodine for all-over benefit.



Prevalent In

Iodine (I2)


/Elemental form

Halogen (member of Group 17a in the Periodic Table), and like other halogens forms diatomic molecules (2 atoms bonded together)

Breast, prostate, stomach cells, ovaries


(I-an ion)

Reduced /Salt form

Iodide atom with a −1 charge. Compounds with iodine in formal oxidation state −1 are called iodides. This includes ionic compounds such as cesium iodide or covalent compounds such as carbon tetraiodide (CI4). Other examples are hydrogen iodide, sodium iodide (NaI), potassium iodide (KI), silver iodide (AgI)and nitrogen triiodide (NI3).

Thyroid gland, salivary glands, skin


Kidneys, spleen, liver, blood, salivary glands, intestines

Thyroid gland functions better when iodide is included - Endocrinology textbooks state that ingestion of only iodine is sufficient without iodide, since it is converted into iodide in the intestines, but a study using both iodine and iodide indicates that the thyroid gland functions better when iodide is included. (The thyroid gland and the skin contained significantly more iodide/iodine when rats were fed with iodide compared to when fed with iodine; whereas the stomach walls and stomach contents had a significantly greater level of iodine/iodide in iodine-fed rats than iodide-fed animals, questioning the view that iodide and iodine are interchangeable).

Thrall K and Bull LU, Differences in the distribution of iodine and iodide in the Sprague-Dawley rat, Fundamental and Applied Toxicology, 1990 PubMed

Sources of Iodine and Iodide

For information on several food and supplement forms of iodine and iodide:

Sources of Iodine/Iodide

How much daily Iodine is Needed ?

Here is the burning question of the day concerning iodine supplementation!

Drs. Guy Abraham and Dr. David Brownstein  and other researchers tell us that people in most of the world are not getting enough iodine to satisfy the body's needs. Abraham and Brownstein have conducted iodine-loading tests and determined that the body starts to

How much iodine /iodide are we consuming?

The U.S. RDA for iodine is 150 mcg – introduced in 1980's, this RDA was based on data from endocrinologists concerned solely with the amount of iodine/iodide needed to prevent goiter, hypothyroidism, and extreme stupidity, and does not take into account the body's other iodine requirements. According to Dr. David Brownstein, M.D. author of “Iodine: Why You Need It Why You Can't Live Without It, the current RDA of 150 mcg (1 mcg = 1 thousandth of a milligram) is woefully deficient for supplying iodine sufficiency to the body

Average U.S. consumption of iodine in 2000, was 240 to 300μg/day for men and 190 to 210μg/day for women


Japanese iodine consumption is higher than in the U.S.

  How much iodine do the Japanese consume?

(currently researching this)

The need for high amounts of iodine does not seem to fit with the fact that the earth's soil contains very little iodine - unless a catastrophic event took place that somehow depleted the earth's content? An explanation lies in the biblical account of the worldwide flood some 4500 years ago. Mountainous areas would have had fast-moving receding waters that could have washed the topsoil away, depositng its minerals into the seas and deep in the earth. Brines associated with oil-wells and natural gas deposits have high iodine content (of which, brines in Japan accounted for >50% of the world's 1977 iodine production);

General Guidelines for Iodine Dosage

For general health maintenance - an intake of ~ 3 to 12 mg iodine/day, supplied as a combination of iodine and iodide, is likely to be healthful.

Pregnancy / Lactation - more iodine is needed

Exposure to  iodine antagonists (halogens) – iodine requirement depends on the goitrogenic load  Examples of halogens include bromine, fluorine, and chlorine (typical in the Western world today).

For people with lower organ dysfunction and in greater need of optimization of body iodine stores - intakes up to 50 mg per day can be consumed safely until whole body sufficiency is met, and then cut back to a maintenance dose.

A daily intake of 6 mg iodide required for sufficiency of the thyroid gland alone, without considering the rest of the body - according to calculations by Dr. Abraham's research group.

Abraham et al, Orig. Int., 9:30-41, 2002;

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to iodine supplementation, since everyone's needs are different.To help you determine your ideal dosage:

Iodine Dose Guidelines

Support for approx. 12mg supplemental dosage

Dr. Guy Abraham's OptimumIodine Intake – the optimal daily requirement for iodine has been estimated at:

–   6 mg IODIDE/day for the thyroid gland – the first in line for any available iodine;

–   ~5 mg IODINE/day for the mammary glands (breasts) –  more for women heavier than 110#, or with large breasts, less for men;

–   The rest of the body needs ~2 mg /day - such as adrenals, thymus, ovaries hypothalamus, pituitary, others.


The average Japanese diet contains more than 12 mg iodine / day (about 100 x U.S. RDA of 150mcg, and 50 times average U.S. consumption) -Japanese women experience one of the lowest prevalences for breast, ovarian and uterine cancer;

Long-time recommended daily intake foriodine/iodide supplementation was 2 to 6 drops of Lugol solution containing 12.5 to 37.5 mg total iodide - A dose of 0.1 ml (~2 drops) of Lugol's solution contains 5 mg iodine and 7.5 mg iodide as the potassium salt, the near perfect total amount of iodine and ratio of iodine to iodide, for sufficiency of the thyroid and mammary glands;

The high iodine intake of the Japanese would be needed to handle the toxins from their heavy seafood consumption (Many of the types eaten being from the water “clean-up crew”, without fins and scales e.g. shellfish) - on the other hand, the Western population need the iodine to deal with the now high (but previously uncommon) exposure to halogens (bromine, chlorine, fluorine) and soy in their diet and environment.

Safety record is 6 grams IN-organic (i.e. not organic) iodine /day -Daily amounts of up to 6 g /day of INorganic iodine have been safely taken by large groups of patients for several years. It is important however to emphasize that this safety record only applies to INorganic, non-radioactive iodine/iodide, not to organic iodine-containing drugs and to radioactive iodides (radioiodides). Obtaining high doses of organic iodine from seaweed and organic iodine supplements, have sometimes resulted in toxicity problems. Dr. Abraham contributes this, not to the iodine, but to excess doses of the molecule to which the iodine is attached.

Some good references for dosage research



Support nutrients needed for iodine supplementation

Commonly deficient magnesium, vitamin C and selenium are especially important - Dr. David Brownstein says it is best to correct magnesium and Vitamin C before beginning iodine supplementation.

Also, if an acidic condition is present, you should correct the pH imbalance - by eating whole foods and eliminating refined foods. Iodine itself is also an alkalinizing agent for the body.

For a detailed list of support nutrients requiredwhen supplementing iodine:

Required nutrient support for iodine supplementaton


Iodine Supplementation for Animals

Iodine helped mares to breed – iodine used successfully for mares that would not breed or had cystic ovaries. Dose was just a few drops of Lugol's solution in their water buckets over 2 to 3 months.









Folk Medicine, by J.C. Jarvis, M.D. Henry Holt & Co., 1958

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