Iodine is found within each of the trillion cells in the body. It is an element necessary for proper immune function and for thyroid and other hormone production. Iodine is necessary for the production of the body’s hormones. It is an element which contains potent mucolytic, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, and anticancer properties.

About one-third of the earth’s population lives in an area of iodine deficiency, as defined by the World Health Organization. It is primarily found in seawater, solid rocks that form when seawater evaporates, and in sea organisms, such as seaweed.
Iodine deficiency disorders have become much more common due to two main reasons: the substitution of bromine for iodine in the bakery process; and the inhibiting effects of bromine on iodine usage within the body.

Certain diets may cause Iodine Deficiency such as: diets without ocean fish or sea vegetables; inadequate use of iodized salt (including low sodium diets); diets high in the consumption of bakery products (e.g., breads, pasta) which contain bromide; and vegan and vegetarian diets.

The generally accepted method of testing iodine levels is by measuring the amount of iodine excreted in the urine. Your physician can prescribe an Iodine-Loading Test to determine the level of iodine is present in your body.


iodine/iodide a pillar of health


Pillars of Health:

  • Great diet
  • Celtic Salt ( 1 1/2 - 2 tsp of salt a day)
  • Vitamin C (up to 90% of bowel intolerance) 
  • Vitamin D
  • Iodine/Iodide
  • Multiple Vitamin or B Complex

Mineral Base:

  • Celtic Salt
  • Sodium at least 140 mmol/L
  • Magnesium >5 mg/dL
  • Potassium > 98 mmol/L
  • Strong Electrolyte Gradient critical for a cell to behave as a strong battery
  • Iodine/Iodide is Yang, stimulating
  • Mineral base is needed to provide the stabilizing Yin

Iodine sources:

  • Seaweed, Sea Food, Clean Sources
  • Lugol's Solution 5% - 2.5 mg iodine, 3.75 mg potassium iodide
  • Lugol's 2% is available OTC
  • Iodoral (Optimox) or Lugotab (Hakala) 12.5 mg - 5 mg iodine, 7.5 mg potassium iodide. 50 mg tablets also available

Getting started:

  • Develop a feel for the use 

  • Go slower with sick and sensitive patients

  • Caution with any chronically ill patient. They are sick for a reason. Assume they are poor detoxifiers

  • Benefits far out weigh the risks

  • Less than 1% may develop Hypo or Hyperthyroidism

iodine dosing:

  • 1/2 - 1 tablet of 12.5 mg tablet Qd or Qod
  • Increase by 1/2 - 1 tablet every 1/2 - 6 months
  • Most patients on 12.5 - 50 mg/d
  • For those fortunate enough to tolerate > 200 mg, they are fortunate
  • Hashimoto's and recovered hyperthyroidism requires more iodine, 25-75 mg/d
  • Breast and Prostate cancer > 100 mg/d if tolerated

iodine intolerance:

  • Some are exquisitely sensitive. Do not force iodine, try to find out why?
  • Symptoms: edgy, irritable, anxious, rash, headache, metallic taste, thyroid pain, palpitations, GI
  • No anaphylaxis
  • Caution Labs:
  • HS CRP > 3, Sed > 20, Fibrinogen > 350 mg/dL, +ANA, elevated Immunoglobulins, HLA B27, methylation defects

Hashimoto's Protocal:

  • Clean diet, especially "gluten free"
  • Plenty of Celtic salt, 2 tsps/d
  • Magnesium and Potassium competency
  • Your choice of thyroid support product
  • Your choice of B2 100mg, B3 500mg, as Ionsitol hexanicotnate, to increase FADH and NADH for iodine utilization
  • Adequacy of Vitamin D and Zinc
  • Increase iodine by 12.5 mg every 1-2 months
  • Check thyroid antibodies every 3-6 months, sooner early on in treatment

thyroid nodule treatment:

  • Similar to Hashimoto's
  • Get US thyroid, if nodule > 1cm, biopsy
  • Annual US
  • Some nodules disappear, others persist


  • Foundational Pillars, diet, supplements
  • Lithium carbonate 300mg XR 1-3/d divided
  • General Guidlines:
    • Thyroid levels > 1.5 X, 300 mg/d
    • Thyroid levels 1.5 - 2 X, 300 mg/d
    • Thyroid levels > 2 X, 300 mg/d
  • Check thyroid levels weekly
  • Start with iodine, 2-4 tablets/d divided with B2 B3
  • Increase every week by 2 tablets till 6-8 tablets/d
  • Stubborn cases, stop iodine, use methimazole to quiet thyroid

Female tissue:

  • Iodine normalizes estrogen metabolism in cells
  • Breast - Mastodynia, Fibrocystic tissue, cancer
  • The progression of breast disease requires increasing doses of Iodine. Guy Abraham MD stated doses upwards of 150 mg/d for breast cancer
  • Ovaries - function, cysts, cancer
  • Uterus - hyperplasia, fibroids, cancer
  • Cervix - dysplasia, infection, cancer
  • Vagina - infections
  • Oral dosing to saturation or tolerance
  • Topical 5% Lugol's directly to breast or saline with 1-3 drops as a douche

Male tissue:

  • Breast - men have breast tissue also, gynecomastia, cancer
  • Prostate - BPH, prostatitis, cancer
  • Oral, topical, saline/Lugol's enema


  • Orally dose to saturation, excretion in urine decreases microbial overgrowth
  • Better than chronic antibiotics

Respiratory tree:

  • Sinuses - Netty Pot, hot saline (1 cup of H2O + 1/4 tsp salt) 102-104 degrees, 1-3 drops Lugol's prn
  • Pharyngitis - gargle with above solution prn
  • Bronchitis, Pneumonias - room temperature saline 5cc with 1-3 drops Lugol's via nebulizer prn


  • Topical - Full strength Lugol's prn
  • Great on acne
  • Any skin lesions
  • May cause irritation 


  • One drop Lugol's and a pinch of Celtic salt in their drinking water