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KELP Versus IODINE

We no longer recommend KELP. The reason being that our seas are contaminated and we don’t know what may be in Kelp anymore. It could do more harm than good. There is also not enough iodine in kelp to help you unless you are taking a barrel full everyday. Iodine comes in IODORAL tablets or Lugol’s drops. Either one will enhance your system.

You should follow the iodine protocol strictly which must be followed with the intake of iodine. This is NOT an option! It is VERY important that you take certain supplements with the iodine.

It is also important that everyone gets the 94 trace minerals in their body on a daily basis which can be done through the intake of either Celtic Sea Salt, Himalayan Rock Salt, Trace Mineral drops or Spirulina, any one of these will help with that. Celtic Sea Salt has been examined for contamination and heavy metals, so it is your best bet for unrefined salt. Spirulina has all sorts of good nutrients in it including a bit of iron. Everyone I know has taken it for years and it is truly a life saver.

Supporting Nutrients for taking Iodine.

These are required to support the body while supplementing with iodine:

a) Vit C 2,000 5,000 mgs / day supports the symporters and assists as an antioxidant to detoxing.

b) Selenium 200 400 mcg / day needed for detoxification and thyroid hormone creation.

c) Unrefined salt (Celtic) tsp / day supports adrenals, binds to bromide and assists in removal, supports symporters (sodium iodine symporters or NIS)

d) Magnesium 400 mgs / day critical for over 300 enzyme reactions in the body.

e) Optional ATP CoFactors -1 tablet 2x / day when individuals continue to feel fatigued or have autoimmune thyroid disease this product can assist in increasing ATP (energy) within the cells. Riboflavin and Niacin.

TREATING WITH IODINE

The following information has been provided by JOT who has a lot of experience with iodine.

This link is based on Lugol’s drops at 5% solution.This is a good link to read:

http://www.iodine-resource.com/lugols-iodine.html

The confusing part is that lugol’s comes in so many different percentages 2%, 3%, 5%, 7%, 15%.

The basic amount for therapeutic purposes is 12.5 mgs a day.

To cure cancer or use as a preventative measure from getting cancer, you’d want 50 mg as the daily amount.

Calculating Number of mcgs of Iodine per Drop of Lugol’s Solution: LUGOL’S 5%: Each VERTICAL drop is about 6.25 mg of iodine. (The correct way to make a drop is to hold the dropper vertical ) HORIZONTAL drops when the dropper is held side to side there is twice as much iodine per drop. Approximately 12.5 mg

Towards the end of this link, there’s a chart which shows the different doses of Lugol’s 3%, 7% and 15%I look at the US drop at the bottom of this chart..4.47 mgs per drop for the 7% Lugols. I suggest everyone start with 1 drop of that per day.

http://www.herbhealers.com/store/lugol-s-iodine-7-1-fl-oz-29-5-ml.html

The iodoral tablets have 12.5 mgs in each tablet and this is based on the healthy Japanese people who’s intake of iodine through their food intake are very healthy and have little or no breast cancer, etc.

This site explains that well:

During the early 1900’s, the iodine/iodide solution called Lugol solution was used extensively, effectively and safely in medical practice, for both low activity and above normal activity of the thyroid gland. The recommended daily intake for iodine supplementation was 2 to 6 drops of Lugol solution containing 12.5 to 37.5 mg total iodide. That amount was mentioned as lately as 1995 in a book on Pharmaceutical Sciences. Several investigators have shown convincing evidence connecting inadequate iodine intake and breast cancer. Japanese women living in Japan consumed a daily average of 13.8 mg total elemental iodine and they experience one of the lowest prevalence (risk) for breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. In the 1960’s, one slice of bread in the USA contained the full RDA of 0.15 mg iodine. The risk for breast cancer was then 1 in 20. Over the last 2 decades, iodine was replaced by bromine in the bread making process. Bromine blocks thyroid function and may interfere with the anticancer effect of iodine on the breast. Now, the risk for breast cancer is 1 in 8 and increasing 1% per year.

The RDA limits for vitamins and minerals were established after World War II. One of the last essential elements included in the RDA system was iodine, established in 1980 and confirmed in 1989. The RDA for iodine was based on the amount of iodine/iodide needed to prevent goiter, extreme stupidity and hypothyroidism. The optimal requirement of the whole human body for iodine has never been studied. Therefore, the optimal amount of this element for physical and mental wellbeing is unknown. Based on demographic studies, the mainland Japanese consumed an average of 13.8 mg daily and they are one of the healthiest people on planet earth. Lugol solution is a time-tested preparation with a proven track record for over 150 years. Two drops contain 12.5 mg iodine/iodide, an amount very close to the 13.8 mg average intake of mainland Japanese.

Scroll down on this link to read more of this:
http://www.pureformulas.com/iodoral-180-tablets-125-mg-by-optimox-corporation.html

So basically, what they are saying is that at 12.5 mgs a day of, iodine should keep your body in pretty good shape. The 12.5 mgs is a very basic dose but raising iodine takes a bit of time and understanding. There is no reason you should have to increase this if you are fairly healthy, but 37.5 mgs and up to 50 mgs of iodine is the normal dosage to prevent breast cancer and other cancers. This is what Brownstein has studied and researched.

Not all people need the 50mgs a day for these benefits. Some do well on 25 mgs a day .it is, as always, a personal thing.

If you are taking the 7% drops, to get about the 12.5mg of iodine you should take 3 drops. 4.47 x 3 = 13.41 mgs.

There are a couple big things here which need attention. Raising the drops should be done very slowly to let your body adjust. If you are starting on 3 drops, I would keep it here for at least a month. If you are doing well throughout that month, then you can think about adding another drop. If you are not doing well with the 3 drops, go back down to one or two drops and start over. If you have adrenal fatigue or your adrenals aren’t up to snuff, this will cause dizzyness. Although iodine helps the adrenals, if they aren’t in good shape, the iodine is going to put too much pressure on them. (some people say this is true, some say it is not true, I believe it is true) By lowering the dose of lugols, you’ll generally get that answer.

Iodine needs to be taken first thing in the morning when you wake up. You can take all the iodine protocol supplements together at that time. If you take iodine later in the day, it may keep you awake at night. (this does not happen to everyone, but quite a big percentage experience this)

The other reason you may be experiencing dizzyness is because of bromide blocking your receptors. Bromide is the toxic halide which is in everything these dayswe cannot get away from it. This is where the Celtic Sea Salt comes in.the salt attaches to the bromide and carries it out through the urine. Thus, opening the receptors so the iodine can get into the cells where we want it. There are a lot of symptoms of bromide toxicity, it can be anything at all, aches and pains, dizzy, headache, flu symptoms, sinus trouble, anything at all that starts up all of a sudden. It’s best to note these in a jotter pad whenever you start iodine or are trying to raise iodine. Most people have quite a bit of bromide in their system which needs to come outthe less bromide, the less symptoms. When you have symptoms of any kind here, you take 1/2 teaspoon of celtic sea salt in 1/2 glass of water, and then follow that will 12 ounces of water. Drink it all down. If the symptoms resolve themselves within the next half hour or so, you know it was a bromide problem. If it doesn’t resolve than repeat the process up to one tablespoon a day of sea salt. This generally does the trick.In my own research, I have found that women with a *Scorpio* Sun sign have less trouble with iodine absorption than any other sign. Men also seem to have less absorption trouble.

If you try to raise the iodine without clearing out some of the bromide first, it’s generally going to backfire on you. So, slow and steady with raising. Start with one drop and go from there.if you start with 3 drops and have no effects, than stay there for a while until you know it’s clear.

I do not have Hashi’s so I cannot speak from experience here, but Sarah has and is on the iodine protocol, so I hope she will chime in here and explain it from her expertise on the subject.

I do know that with Hashi’s, selenium is very important and it helps to start on the selenium several weeks before you start iodine to get a backup in the system. Sometimes Hashi’s needs more selenium and magnesium than others. I know that the iodine protocol is the same for Hashi’s as it is for everyone else except that you may need a bit more supplementing vitamins ..the Atp cofactors is part of that:

http://www.amazon.com/OPTIMOX-ATP-Cofactors-90-tabs/dp/B004HXIVL6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1303064421&sr=8-2

Scroll down to read about magnesium and synergism.

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