Right after the 2011 Japan earthquake caused damage to nuclear reactors, we "suddenly" began hearing the word iodine (potassium iodide) mentioned a lot in regard to its function as a protection against nuclear radiation. BUT…..did you know that it also kills Salmonella bacteria in your body? can be used as a mouth rinse? helps with gas and bloating? can help lower the risk of premature birth?
Iodine, a non-metallic trace element, is needed for the normal metabolism of cells. Metabolism is the process of converting food into energy. Humans need iodine for normal thyroid function, and for the production of thyroid hormones. The regulation of thyroid function is a complex process that involves the brain (hypothalamus) and pituitary gland.
Iodine deficiency is an important health problem throughout much of the world. Lack of enough iodine may occur in places that have iodine-poor soil. Many months of iodine deficiency in a person's diet may cause goiter or hypothyroidism. Without enough iodine, the thyroid cells and the thyroid gland become enlarged. Deficiency happens more often in women than in men, and is more common in pregnant women and older children.
Here are some of the benefits and uses for iodine:
- As an antiseptic – add with detergent when doing laundry use it to sterilize hands or as a mouth rinse
- Kills Salmonella bacteria
- Helps with gas & bloating
- Calms & soothes anxiety and manic states
- Makes a good veggie wash when mixed with water
- Helps with high-risk pregnancies & premature births
- May help with fibrocystic breast conditions
- Helps protect the thyroid from nuclear radiation
Dr. Clark's Iodine Solution can be added to the laundry to help with diaper rash. It can be used to sterilize your toothbrush, your hands, and as a mouth rinse. It can help to clear fungus off of most any surface.
According to Dr. Hulda Clark as stated in The Cure for All Diseases,
Iodine has a distinctive trait: it attaches onto anything and everything. It will attach to mucous and cannot be quickly absorbed into blood or other organs. It stays in the stomach. And for this reason it is so useful for killing vicious bacteria like Salmonella." She goes on to say, "With its peculiar attaching property, it arrives into the stomach, reattaches to everything in its proximity. Domed are all Salmonellas doomed also are eggs of parasites that might be in the stomach (cysts).
She found it to be "calming and soothing" – it soothes manic stages and brings a peaceful state where anxiety ruled before.
The dosage that she regularly used was 6 drops to ¼ - ½ cp water after meals and at bedtime has been given to people in the past in dosages of 2/3 tsp or 60 drops for thyroid disease.
As a veggie wash, mix approx. 3 drops in 1 quart of water. Soak for at least one minute or longer and rinse or spray foods and wait at least one minute before rinsing.
High-risk pregnancies premature births
Iodine requirements are increased in pregnant and breast-feeding women. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy has been associated with increased incidence of miscarriage, stillbirth, and birth defects. Moreover, severe iodine deficiency during pregnancy may result in congenital hypothyroidism and neurocognitive deficits in the offspring.
Because iodine deficiency results in increased iodine trapping by the thyroid, iodine-deficient individuals of all ages are more susceptible to radiation-induced thyroid cancer as well as to iodine-induced hyperthyroidism.
In a recent article discussing the issue of high-risk pregnancies, Dr. Mercola says, "It is my strong recommendation that all women start supplementing with iodine before pregnancy. The best form of supplement would be 2-10 drops of Lugol's Solution, or ¼ capsule of a 12.5 mg potassium iodide-iodine combination."
Fibrocystic breast condition
Fibrocystic breast condition is a benign (non-cancerous) condition of the breasts, characterized by lumpiness and discomfort in one or both breasts. In estrogen-treated rats, iodine deficiency leads to changes similar to those seen in fibrocystic breast condition, while iodine repletion reverses those changes.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain that the body needs iodine -- in a nonradioactive form -- to make thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism. People usually get the stable iodine they need from food.
But absorbing radioactive iodine-131, which is present in the steam released from failing power plants like the ones in Japan, can cause cancer. Once breathed into the lungs or consumed by eating or drinking contaminated food or beverages, radioactive iodine travels through the body and quickly is absorbed by the thyroid gland, where it can damage DNA.
Thyroid accumulation of radioactive iodine increases the risk of developing thyroid cancer, especially in children. The increased iodine trapping activity of the thyroid gland in iodine deficiency results in increased thyroid accumulation of radioactive iodine. Thus, iodine-deficient individuals are at increased risk of developing radiation-induced thyroid cancer because they will accumulate greater amounts of radioactive iodine.
Potassium iodide administered in pharmacological doses (50-100 mg for adults) within 48 hours before or eight hours after radiation exposure from a nuclear reactor accident can significantly reduce thyroid uptake of radioactive iodine and decrease the risk of radiation-induced thyroid cancer. The prompt and widespread use of potassium iodide prophylaxis in Poland after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident may explain the lack of a significant increase in childhood thyroid cancer in Poland compared to fallout areas where potassium iodide prophylaxis was not widely used. In the U.S., the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requires that consideration be given to potassium iodide as a protective measure for the general public in the case of a major release of radioactivity from a nuclear power plant.
The body can't tell the difference between stable and radioactive iodine. Taking stable iodine can protect the thyroid from injury by "filling up" the gland -- thus preventing it from taking up radioactive iodine. It's important for people to take it quickly, the CDC said. It remains effective for 24 hours.
Iodine does not prevent radioactive iodine from entering the body in the first place, nor does it protect organs other than the thyroid gland. It also does not reverse thyroid damage that has already occurred.
Children from newborn to 18 years of age are the most sensitive to the potentially harmful effects of radioactive iodine. Young adults are less sensitive to the effects of radioactive iodine than are children. Adults older than 40 years have the lowest chance of developing thyroid cancer or thyroid injury after contamination with radioactive iodine.
Pregnant women should take iodine to protect the growing fetus however, they should take only one dose. It is recommended that nursing mothers stop breastfeeding and feed their child baby formula or other food if it is available. If breast milk is the only food available for an infant, nursing should continue.
Iodine is safe unless a person is allergic to it. Adults older than 40 years have a greater chance of having allergic reactions to iodine.
Acute iodine poisoning is rare and usually occurs only with doses of many grams. Symptoms of acute iodine poisoning include burning of the mouth, throat, and stomach; fever; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; a weak pulse; and coma.
Wishing you the best in health
The Wolfe Clinic