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Iodine: "The universal medicine"

How to Supplement Iodine for health benefits - Lugols Dosage Chart

Iodine -“The Universal Medicine”

5% Lugol's / SSKI Solution Dosage Chart


2 drops 5% Lugol's Solution.   Contains 5mg iodine and 7.5mg iodide

5% Lugol's solution contains 50 mg iodine and 75 mg iodide/ml; (above calculation based on 20 drops/ml)

1 drop SSKI (Super Saturated Potassium Iodide).    Contains ~50mg iodide

Make sure you are not allergic to Lugol's solution (5%) or SSKI.   Rub a drop into back of forearm and leave for 24 hours to see if there is any reaction.

For internal doses, always take Lugol's or SSKI in 4-6 oz of water/juice/milk.    Preferably with a tsp. of apple cider vinegar for slight acidification;

Lugol's contains both the oxidant iodine (I2) and the antioxidant (I-) so having a neutral effect

If taking large amounts of Lugol's solution, don't take iodine at the same time as high dose (>500mg) supplemental Vitamin C.   Taking a concurrent high C dose will negate disinfectant/antimicrobial effect of iodine; Take high-dose vitamin C at least 2 hours before or after taking Lugol's solution.

Antidotes for iodine overdose

•   Chocolate or cocoa.   High in bromine which displaces iodine;

•   Vitamin C.    Take ¼ tsp. (~2.5g) in juice or water

Chart refers to 5% Lugol's Solution unless otherwise specified


5% Lugol's Solution



2 drops/day

/Antiviral /Antifungal

1-2 drops 4x/day

Until problem solved.

Atrial Fibrillation


Build from 1 up to 5 drops

Then 1  drop for maintenance

A gradual build-up, holding each new dose level for a few days and monitoring for any problems is advised, until your heart begins to beat smoothly, at which point your body is receiving sufficient iodine (for most people this is around 9-30mg). Stay at this dose for 3 months, then begin to cut back each week. If you begin to feel your heart act up again, you have gone past your maintenance dose - generally, this is around 3 mg.


Rub in for~ 3 months

Eventually a crust forms, beneath which fine hairs will start to grow; Can use decolorized tincture of iodine (doesn't stain)

Bladder infection

1-2 drops 4x/day

Works better than antibiotics;


4 drops 2x/day

Dr. Brownstein used from 200mg (i.e. 8 drops 4x/day) up to 300 mg for prostate and breast cancer patients having metastases. Use iodine in a nebulizer for lung cancer;


8 drops/day

In blood

Cholesterol (high)

2-4 drops/day

Iodine reduces Lipoprotein (a) and acts as antioxidant to prevent oxidative damage to arterial walls;

Chronic bronchitis/COPD


3-6 drops/day

Remarkable expectorant(removes excessive mucus in chronic lung diseases); Reduces bronchial infection with regular use; Iodine can be put into a nebulizer for aerosol treatment for transdermal effect into the lung tissues in the case of lung cancer, emphysema, asthma and tuberculosis.

Cold / Flu

6 drops, 2-3 x over 24 hours


Apply after wound has closed.

Prevents infection, aids healing; iodine stings when used on an open wound.


Apply Lugols

with Q-tip

Dab the dermatitis with soaked Q-tip; If on the face use decolorized iodine tincture; sensitive skin (E.g. around your nose) will sting. Don't inhale fumes while it dries (~10 secs). Apply vitamin E oil (E.g. from capsule) to keep area moist day and night and prevent reddened, dry skin from flaking. Do the topical iodine for 2 days, 3x a day. After the 2nd day, cut back to 1x a day, but keep going with the vitamin E oil. After 3 days of 1x daily application, cut the iodine back to every other day for 10 days (or less). Keep up the vitamin E oil every day until the dermatitis has disappeared completely. Initially the skin will look red and inflamed, but the vitamin E speeds up the healing process.cess.

Dewormer for Cats and dogs

1-2 drops depending on size

Slower than commercial wormers but safer and with less side effects.

Estrone detox.

Metabolizes carcinogenic estrone and estrogen metabolite 16-α-hydroxyestrone ==> “anti-carcinogenic”estriol;

Fibrocystic Breasts

4 drops


This dose has been observed to reduce fibrocystic breasts to insignificance in 3-6 months. MINIMUM amount of iodine required for control and prevention of fibrocystic breasts is equivalent to 0.1 mg/kg body weight/day (this is the amount used by Ghent et al). For example, for a 110 # woman, the minimum daily amount of iodine would be 5 mg.

Fibrotic conditions /


Rub in 3x/day

Mix 50/50 w/ DMSO

Dupuytren's contracture (thickening along a tendon/pulls finger down towards palm) / Peyronie's disease (thickening along penis shaft / painful erections); + Taking 2g PABA 3x/day helps;

Can take few months; (up to a year for keloids);


Mix 50/50 w/ DMSO

Peri-anal / Recto-anal fistulas (tunnels); patience and frequent swabbing inside and out required (use Q-tip). DMSO helps absorption;

Food poisoning

6 drops,

3-4 x daily -for 3 days

Brings relief for food poisoning very quickly - usually within a couple of hours; E.g. Salmonella or Giardia;


2 drops /day

Gerd is usally due to insufficient stomach acid, not too much; Iodine is needed to make stomach acid;

Goiter, Cretinism

0.05 mg/day

The smallest intake to prevent these severely iodine deficient conditions

Heavy metal detoxification

2 drops/day

Urinary levels of mercury, lead, cadmium increase several fold after 24 hrs; aluminum takes a month or more of continued supplementation;


SSKI (20 drops) + flax oil

Rub in at bedtime; SSKI by itself stings, so mix with flax oil;


1-6 drops


Doses in this range seemed equally effective in resolving underactive thyroid.

Infected hangnail

Rub in several times daily

Problem usually gone a in a few days.



Colorless SSKI

Dip your fingernails in colorless iodine once a day for 1 week; then once a week for 3 to 4 weeks; then once a month. It dries almost instantly. It begins hardening the nails under the cuticle and as the nail grows out it stays hard and un breakable. Once the new hard nail reaches the length you want, you will never again have chipped and broken nails.

Nuclear Power plant Accident

See Radioactive Fallout SSKI doses

In the event of a nuclear power plant accident, the Japanese government gives those affected 50 mg of iodide/day to prevent thyroid cancer from the thyroid's excessive absorption of radioactive iodine. Japanese typically consume high amounts of iodine/iodide in Kelp.

Ovarian Cyst

Dose similar to fibrocystic breasts

Precancerous skin lesions/ leg ulcers

Rub in twice daily

Regenerates skin from bottom up, eventually sloughing off old skin with little/no scar formation; adding vitamin E helps too;

Radioactive Fallout


Adult: 100mg iodide(2drops)

Child: 3-18yrs

(1 drop SSKI)

Infant: 1 mth-2yrs( ½drop)


Taken ½ hour to 1 day before radioactive iodines are swallowed /inhaled prevents ~99% of damage to thyroid by saturating it with non-radioactive iodine. Excess non-absorbed radioactive iodine is quickly eliminated by kidneys. Iodide dose provides protection for 24 hours. Babies NOT protected via breast milk.

More dose info: U.S. Center for Disease Control

Note: 1 -130mg Potassium Iodide tablet contains ~100mg iodide.

Lugol's Dose is 26 drops = ~100mg iodide

Reduce Gas from eating beans

Soak beans in water for 1 hr or more with 2 drops added

Pour off soaking water before cooking, and add fresh water. Lugol's inactivates an enzyme-inhibitor in beans, which interferes with starch digestion in the gut, producing gas.


Apply topically

Ringworm is a fungus; clears in a few days

Sebaceous cysts

Lugol's or SSKI mixed with DMSO

Cysts contain oily material, appear on face, groin, labia; rub in mixture for a week or two to dissolve cyst's fatty contents. Iodine makes all oils, fats, cholesterol (wax) water-soluble.

Sialoliths / parotid duct stones

3-4 drops SSKI in water daily

"Stones" can form in the duct(s) carrying saliva from the parotid glands (located at the "angle of the jaw"). 3-4 daily drops of SSKI reportedly dissolves parotid duct stones within 4-8 months.

Skin tags/moles

Rub in morning and night; tags fall off in ~ 1 week, moles disappear.

Sore throat/ Tonsillitis


Put some SSKI or Lugol's in a spray bottle; Spraying throat brings relief within 24 hours;


6 drops 3x/day

4-7 days

Kills bacteria; Decreases acidity in bladder.

Vaginal infection

20-30 drops in small douche 1x/day

Takes 5-10 days to resolve; To make douche, use 2 tablespoons of an iodine solution to 1 quart of warm water once per day.

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