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on June 14, 2014
It's only 2% strength but every cell in your body needs iodine, this kind of iodine. Always makes sure it's made with potassium iodide, which is good, whereas some are now made with sodium iodide and do not go into the cells.
Here in the US regular Lugol's solution with 10% total iodine (from 10% potassium iodide and 5% iodine in water) is now outlawed. The highest total amount of iodine allowed is 2.2%. In the US you are still able to buy Iodoral tablets with have the same iodine content as 2 drops of Lugol's solution, or 13 mg per standard tablet, but even 50 mg tablets are available.
Using the industry standard for a METRIC drop (= 1/20 of 1ml), Lugol's content per drop should be:
2% - 1.0mg iodine & 1.5mg iodide, total 2.5mg
3% - 1.5mg iodine & 2.25mg iodide, total 3.75mg
5% - 2.5mg iodine & 3.75mg iodide, total 6.25mg
7% - 3.5mg iodine & 5.25mg iodine, total 8.75mg
10% - 5mg iodine & 7.5mg iodide, total 12.5mg (10% was the original Lugol's solution)
15% - 7.5mg iodine & 11.25mg iodine, total 18.75mg
It's recommended to work up slowly (from 12.5mg - the daily physiologic dose of iodine for the body - to 50mg daily)
example: 7% lugol's - to get to about 50mg, work up slowly to 6 drops daily (1/3 are able to reduce thyroid supplements). Maintenance dose, after about 3 months, is about 2 drops daily. If lugol's gives you stomach problems, switch to iodoral, the tablet form of lugol's (more expensive, though).
It's also good for warts and skin tags, applied externally on a cotton swab, taped on and left there overnight and repeated for several days (if large or cancerous, then longer). (Painting it on the skin - apparently most of it evaporates so don't count it as part of your daily total.)
If you are nebulizing with iodine, do NOT use lugol's because of the potassium - use only nascent iodine.
Dealing with side effects of lugol's supplementation (it's a great detox as, for example, iodine pushes out the poison bromide, which is added to bread) - ½ tsp salt (unprocessed, unrefined) dissolved in ½ cup warm water, then followed immediately with 12-16 oz pure water. Repeat in 30-45 minutes if needed, until copious urination begins. Observe subjective response (usually within several hours).
Sircus and Brownstein each have ebooks on iodine. According to Dr Mark Sircus, "At 6 grams daily (which is 6 million micrograms/day or 6,000 milligrams/day!), a much higher dose, iodine has been used to cure syphilis, skin lesions, and chronic lung disease." Dr Brownstein warns you should get a lab test before starting to supplement with Lugol's and also afterwards.
Dr Sircus writes on his website: The sicker the patient the more iodine they need, with most average patients needing 25 to 50 mgs and 12 mg being a good maintenance dose, though of course this varies with the quality of one's diet and with one's location. Dr. David Brownstein has said he uses 200 to 300 mg with his prostate and breast cancer patients with those who have metastases needing the highest dosages. He also uses both Lugol's and Nascent, reserving the Nascent for his more sensitive patients.
Brownstein also writes: If you have side effects with iodine therapy, I suggest looking at selenium deficiency as a possible cause. If your selenium levels are low, supplementing with selenium may correct the problem. Supplementing with selenium in doses of 100-200μg/day has proven safe and effective at correcting selenium deficiencies. (some say you should start selenium before iodine, others reverse this advice). Sircus recommends Megafood selenium and I like the Megafood "E and Selenium" product as it seems to be both higher dose and less expensive (per mcg) than the selenium-only version.
The book "The Calcium Lie II" on many nutritional lies, advises: Dr. Brownstein takes 75 mg per day. The only reason not to take iodine is undiagnosed hyperthyroidism or Graves Disease (autoimmune disease), untreated, or from toxic nodules. These are rare and not easily mistaken. There is no known toxicity and if you take too much, it will simply be excreted in your urine.