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Iodine for Lyme Disease

Mar 12 2011


  • Why is Iodine So Beneficial?
    • Elevates pH (Iodine is an alkalinizing agent)
    • Necessary for the production of thyroid hormones
    • Necessary for the production of all the hormones of the body (adrenals, ovaries, testicles, etc.)
    • Responsible for the formation of the normal architecture of the glandular tissue, e.g. breast, thyroid, ovary, & prostate
  • Iodine : Why You Need It. Why You Can't Live Without It.

    By David Brownstein M.D.

    Iodine deficiency has become rampant in our society. Dr. David Brownstein has found, through the years he has tested his patients for iodine, that over 90% of these patients have been deficient in this trace element. In his book "Iodine : Why You Need It. Why You Can't Live Without It", he helps lay people and medical professionals to understand why it is so very important to have adequate levels of iodine, to keep the thyroid gland functioning at optimum levels. The author also explains that not only is iodine crucial to thyroid health but it is also a necessary factor in keeping the immune system running smoothly.

    In the first chapter Dr. Brownstein shares with us the fact that "Iodine contains potent antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral and anticancer properties." He also provides a list of conditions which can be treated with iodine supplementation. In recent years there has been an exponential rise in chronic illness involving infectious disease, autoimmune problems and body overloads of toxic chemicals. Could this very discouraging trend be partially due to lack of iodine in the diet? Dr. Brownstein's book is very helpful in addressing this question.

    In my experience I have noticed that most Lyme disease sufferers have problems with their thyroid gland. All Lyme patients that I have met, report subnormal body temperatures. They also complain of being cold and very fatigued. It is thought that the Lyme disease pathogen attacks the thyroid which in turn would lower immune system function. However , Dr. Brownstein's book leads one to ask the question, could a lack of iodine in the diet weaken the thyroid functions that affect immunity, which would then allow the pathogen to take hold and perhaps also promote chronicity of the disease?

    Throughout the book it is stressed repeatedly, that certain chemicals, such as the halides... bromide, chloride and fluoride, compete with iodine for absorption into the body tissues and glands, including the thyroid gland. If there is a shortage of iodine in the body, these toxic elements will be absorbed in place of the iodine. So, then, not only would many people have an iodine deficiency but as a result they may also have accumulated toxic levels of halides. Dr. Brownstein assures his readers that supplementing with adequate iodine (above the RDA) will help their body to detoxify. He also speaks of how to lessen the detoxification reaction.

    The author also covers the subject of iodized salt and how that relates to the issue of the iodine deficiency epidemic. Another important point he discusses is that there are two different forms of this element, iodine and iodide. For more complete improvement in thyroid function, he recommends both forms together in one supplement. The reader will also learn the different reasons as to why we are not getting the amount of iodine which our bodies apparently need. He thoroughly explains why iodine deficiency is so prevalent in our society. Dr. Brownstein strongly recommends an iodine loading test which was developed by his mentor, Dr. Abraham. This test will guide patients and doctors in the process of determining how much iodine the patient needs. Radioactive iodine is also discussed.

    Another important point made was....if one is being treated with thyroid hormone, while the body is deficient in iodine, then the thyroid hormone could exacerbate the iodine deficiency. So, while one may feel better in the short run on thyroid hormones, iodine deficiency may eventually worsen the thyroid condition, despite prescribed hormones. Many times people do well on both the iodine and the thyroid hormones together. However, Dr. Brownstein tells us that about one third of the patients are able to discontinue the thyroid hormone and take only iodine. Also included are iodine dosage guidelines and a question and answer section.

    Dr. Klinghardt, one of the most recognized Lyme specialists in the world, views Iodine as the most critical element in Lyme patients. He feels filling up the body's mineral reserves has always been the most essential part of his heavy metal detox program. It is also the most essential part of his Lyme treatment.


    Iodine is a trace mineral produced by the body that is essential for normal growth and development. Seventy to eighty percent of iodine is found in the thyroid gland in the neck. Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland, located in your neck, wrapped around the windpipe, behind and below the Adam's Apple area. The thyroid produces several hormones, of which two are key: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones help oxygen get into cells, and make your thyroid the master gland of metabolism.

    All the blood in the body passes through the thyroid gland every 17 minutes. During this 17-minute passage the gland's secretion of iodine kills weak germs that may have gained entry into the blood. Without iodine the germs can pass the thyroid uneffected.

    Iodine is used by every hormone receptor in the body. The absence of iodine in your diet causes a hormonal dysfunction that can be seen with practically every hormone so it become easy to understand why many doctors think iodine is the missing link to many, many health problems!






    endocrine system, thyroid IODINE DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS


    Here's just a few symptoms that could be caused by not enough iodine in your diet:

    • Anemia
    • Cold hands and feet
    • Excess mucous
    • Dry skin
    • An enlarged tongue
    • Slow speech
    • Puffiness of the hands and face
    • Problems with skin and hair
    • Drowsiness and/or Fatigue
    • Mental apathy / Brain fog
    • Hoarse throat
    • Increased body fat
    • Enlarged thyroid gland or Goiter (Goitre)
    • Sleep apnea
    • Muscle soreness and stiffness
    • Depression
    • Constipation
    • Elevated blood cholesterol
    • Heavier than normal menstrual periods
    • Cretinism


    There are several ground-breaking brave doctors out there that have had great success treating diseases with iodine. These diseases include:

    • Aids
    • Autism
    • Lyme Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Heart Disease
    • Colds and Allergies
    • Candida
    • Cancer
      including thyroid cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer
    • Thyroid Disease
      (hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, goiter, autoimmune issues)
    • Graves Disease / Hypothyroidism
    • Hashimoto's Disease
    • Lupus & more!



    The only foods that are truely rich in iodine are foods from the sea. The highest content coming from sea kelp or seaweed. Other seafood such as cod fish or haddock are also food with iodine. The level of other foods containing iodine vary greatly depending on the region they came from.


    There's a simple home test that you can do to see if you are iodine deficient called iodine painting or iodine patch test.

    WARNING - A small number of people are allergic to iodine. If you are do not try this! Also, people with kidney disease or tuberculosis should avoid iodine.

    You may already have a bottle of iodine tincture in your medicine cabinet for cuts and scrapes. Use the iodine tincture to paint a 2 x 2 inch square on a discreet spot on your skin. The inside of your arm or your thigh would work great. If the red/orange stain disappears within 24 hours you may be deficient in iodine. In fact the faster it disappears the more deficient you are. Obviously, this is not an extremely accurate test but it will give you a good idea as to whether you should look into getting more iodine in your diet.

    Some people have actually used iodine painting as a source of iodine. They will simply paint a small patch of skin daily until the stain stays in place for 24 hours.



    What other names is Iodine known by?
    Atomic number 53, Potassium Iodide, Povidone Iodine, I.


    Iodine tincture (topical use only)
    Tincture of iodine (3% elemental iodine in water/ethanol base) is an essential component of any emergency survival kit, used both to disinfect wounds and in an emergency can be used to sanitize surface water for drinking (3 drops per liter, let stand for 30 minutes).

    Lugol's iodine, also known as Lugol's solution, first made in 1829, is a solution of elemental iodine and potassium iodide in water, named after the French physician J.G.A. Lugol.

    Povidone iodine
    trade names: ACU-dyne, Aerodine, Betadine; drug class: iodophor This is a nonirritating disinfectant to be used topically. The iodine is usually mixed vegetable glycerin (unlike iodine ticture which is alcohol based) so it won't burn or sting on wounds.

    Iodoral is an iodine supplement in the form of tablets that contains both iodine and iodide for the most biological activity.


    It should be noted that high levels of iodine in your body can be just as toxic as low levels so do your homework!

    If you wish to learn more about the health benefits of iodine and how to use iodine to treat disease I highly recommend Dr. Brownsteins book, Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It.


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