4% Potassium Iodide
94% Distilled Water
Iodine was first developed by
the French physician, Dr. Jean
Lugol, in 1829. It was a transparent
brown liquid consisting of potassium
iodide, iodine and distilled
proved an effective
bactericide and fungicide
and, was in fact (for the better
part of a century), a common
speaking, Lugols has long
been traditionally used to soothe
the discomfort of upset stomach
due to food poisoning, and kills
the salmonella bacteria on contact.
Principally known for its job
metabolism and thyroid function,
iodine is also necessary
for a healthy immune system
and has many therapeutic benefits
antiparasitic, antiviral and
thyroid is the body's main storage
site for iodine. The mineral
is also concentrated in the
glandular system, including
the body's sweat glands. The
ovaries, breasts, prostate and
the brain contain high concentrations
of iodine, and virtually every
cell in the body is dependent
on this important element. When
a deficiency exists, the thyroid
competes with other storage
sites and all become depleted.
deficit puts one at risk
for a variety of conditions
and illnesses, including cancer.
is also essential
for children's growth and development,
and a deficiency
in pregnant women is the primary
cause of preventable mental
retardation and brain damage,
as disclosed by the World Health
thyroid requires iodine to produce
its hormones and to regulate
the body's metabolism.
is indicated by a low metabolic
rate. Hypothyroidism is common
in an iodine deficient state.
Proper iodine supplementation
often results in curing or improving
the hypothyroid condition. Some
of the many symptoms that indicate
a hypothyroid state include:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Cold hands and feet
Inability to concentrate
Mental Retardation in children
we are experiencing epidemic
proportions of iodine deficiency,
in part due to deforestation,
soil erosion, and poor farming
practices that deplete minerals
from the soil and yield iodine-deficient
role of iodine in human nutrition
is well-established - as are
its deficiency diseases and
the conditions to which its
deficiency can contribute (i.e.
goiter, cretinism, hypothyroidism,
people would get all their iodine
from dietary sources: kelp,
seaweed, certain types of ocean
fish, and vegetables grown in
iodine-rich soil. But many ocean-bearing
iodine-rich foods are now unavailable,
and agricultural farmland is
leading to reduced levels of
iodine in foods.
areas, such as the Great Lakes
region in the U.S., are naturally
deficient in iodine -- a fact
that lead to the massive goiter
outbreak in the 1930's, when
40% of the people living in
Michigan suffered from goiter.
1924, iodine was first added
to table salt as a preventative
measure, and by 1940, the practice
was in general consumer use.
Table salt, by definition, is
mostly "sodium chloride"
(what chemists call a "halide"
- or a halogen tied to a mineral,
making it a "salt"
of a halogen). The use of table
salt as a delivery vehicle for
iodine ironically presents a
situation where you ingest far
more chlorine, which displaces
iodine than you do the iodine
which has been used extensively
since 1904 to control microbes
in public drinking water, belongs
to the same class of elements
as iodine: the "halogens"
- or elements that are one step
removed from the "inert
elements" (or gases) because
they have just one electron
missing from their outer shell
to make it inert (non-reactive).
This makes them quite readily
fluorine (fluoride), and bromine
can displace iodine in our body.
water has chlorine and fluoride
in it, and modern breads use
bromine as a raising agent.
counter the effects of iodine
loss, it is recommended to do
(1) Eat foods rich in iodine:
food from the ocean (fish, lobster,
clams, mussels, squid, etc),
radishes, asparagus, carrots,
tomatoes, spinach, rhubarb,
potatoes, peas, strawberries,
mushrooms, lettuce, bananas,
cabbage, egg yolk, and onions;
(2) Take preparations known
to be rich in iodine, such as
To Take Lugol's Iodine
standard dose (those looking
for general health purposes)
would be 3 to 5 drops of Lugol's
per 4 ounces of water in a glass.
If treating a thyroid problem,
recommended dose would be 5
to 10 drops in 4 ounces of water,
know your body better than anyone
else, so pay attention to the
effects. If you develop diarrhea,
nausea, headaches, skin rash,
or any other symptom that you
could attribute to taking Logul's
Iodine, either stop taking Logul's
or cut back the amount you're
Iodine Other Uses
that this IS iodine, so can
stain skin, clothes, counter
# Use as a drinking/cooking/bathing
water disinfectant. Two drops
per quart will kill all pathogen
# Swimming pools, hot tub, jacuzzi.
Use Lugol's Iodine instead of
# As wound treatment. Put full
strength on cuts.
# In a douche. 10 drops in quart
of lukewarm water.
# As a "non-healing wound"
treatment. 10 drops per 8 ounces
of water - flush wound hourly.
# Lugol's Iodine is used as
a stain to highlight slide specimens
for microscopic viewing.
Iodine is an antibacterial,
antiviral, antiparasitic germicide,
used by both medical and veterinary
Brownstein is the formost expert
in the need for iodine.
one of his vital lectures here.
is a link to a very in-depth
book about the healing power
of Iodine and Potassium Iodide:
Remedies: Secrets From The Sea
by Mary Jo Fahey