15 Must-Know Facts About Iodine

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

It is not an understatement to say our existence, and the quality of our lives depends on having adequate iodine levels.[1] In spite of this, mainstream medicine generally ignores the importance of this element. The following fifteen facts will reveal not only how important iodine is, but how much better your life can be with balanced levels of this life-giving element.



1. Iodine Is an Essential Element

The thyroid creates hormones to regulate metabolism and cellular function. The two most important hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) require iodine for formation. Without iodine, the thyroid under-produces these hormones leading to hypothyroidism and other metabolic disorders.[2]

2. Iodized Salt Is Not a Good Source of Iodine

Most table salt has been iodized in an effort to eliminate iodine deficiency. Unfortunately, the process of manufacturing this salt can include adding artificial versions of iodine and other chemicals, making it anything but healthy. Plus, to make it white, most table salt is bleached. Dietary iodine can be found in better sources. As far as salt goes, I recommend going with Himalayan Crystal Salt.

3. Iodine Deficiency Remains a Problem

Much of the world continues to suffer from iodine deficiency.[3] While many developing countries lack adequate dietary iodine, many western countries suffer iodine deficiency from diets based on processed foods. These foods introduce toxins which disrupt absorption of dietary iodine. This problem afflicts women more often than men.

4. Iodine Deficiency and Breast Cancer Have Been Linked

Although breast cancer has a number of causes and simply taking an iodine supplement shouldn’t at all be interpreted as a standalone cancer-preventative, studies have shown a correlation between breast cancer and thyroid disorders.[4] Both the thyroid and breast require iodine to function properly. It has been noted in countries with a documented consumption of iodine rich foods that both problems occur less frequently in women.[5]

5. Good Dietary Sources of Iodine Include…

Most foods rich in iodine come from the sea. Fish such as cod, shellfish and shrimp provide better-than-average servings of dietary iodine. Sea vegetables like dulse seaweed, kelp, arame, kombu, nori, sea palm and wakame are the richest source of iodine. Other sources include eggs, organic milk and yogurt, dark leafy greens and prunes.

6. ‘Iodine Allergies’ Are Not Caused by Iodine

While many doctors mistakenly refer to iodine allergies, rest assured no one has exhibited an allergy to this vital nutrient. Most allergies attributed to iodine result from an allergic response to iodine-based radio-contrast media used to sharpen images from x-rays or CT scans.[6] Studies have found the reactions resulted from molecules in the contrast media, not iodine. It is worth noting that while mild symptoms may be the usual response, anaphylactic response and death have occurred. Those ‘iodine allergies’ associated with seafood occur as reactions to proteins in the seafood, not as a reaction to iodine.

7. Iodine Helps Fight Harmful Organisms

Iodine has been used for centuries as a topical application to harmful organism infection. To this day, it is believed to protect the body against most varieties. Many hospitals use gallons of iodine daily to help maintain a sterile environment that protects against these harmful organisms.[7]

8. Iodine Protects the Thyroid from Radiation

During a nuclear event, radiation in the form of Iodine-131 can be released into the air. Exposure to this radioactive iodine can result in thyroid damage and hypothyroidism.[8] The only way to protect the thyroid is to take iodine (atomic iodine is best) to flood the thyroid with a healthy, stable iodine. This prevents absorption of the radioactive iodine by the thyroid.

9. Pregnancy Exacerbates Iodine Deficiency

Women during pregnancy require higher amounts of iodine to meet their need, and the need of the developing fetus. Pregnant women suffering from mild iodine deficiency have been shown to develop more severe deficiencies. If not properly addressed, the thyroid imbalance and hypothyroidism can become a chronic problem even post-partum.[9]

10. Adequate Iodine prevents Goitrogenic Effects

Goitrogens inhibit hormone creation by the thyroid. These compounds can lead to goiter and hypothyroidism. Iodine therapy has been recommended and used to address the problems created by these compounds and help the body speed their removal.[10, 11]

11. Inadequate Iodine Leads to Slowed Development

Health authorities discovered years ago that iodine deficiency, especially during fetal growth, led to mental retardation and cretinsim. Dietary supplementation with iodine after birth and during childhood has been shown not to counteract the result of iodine deficiency while in utero.[12] Maintaining appropriate iodine levels during pregnancy, and supplementing when appropriate, is one of the best ways to support proper neural development.

12. Medications Interrupt Iodine-Thyroid Function

Medications that use or mimic iodine have been found to interrupt thyroid function. Some drugs like amiodarone can lead to hyperthyroidism (the over-production of thyroid hormones).[13] Other drugs which can impact thyroid hormone metabolism include interferon, lithium, and dopamine.[14]

13. Iodine Encourages Detoxification

Healthy levels of iodine prevent toxic chemicals such as fluorine, chlorine, and bromine from interfering with thyroid function.[15] Exposure to these chemicals occurs daily as they can be found in many foods, water and household chemicals. According to renowned iodine expert Dr. Brownstein, iodine supplementation does not allow these chemical toxins to accumulate in the body. This allows the body to pass these toxins out of the system.

14. Rejuvenates Skin, from the Inside Out!

Iodine promotes healthy skin, nails and hair.[16] It stimulates cellular function resulting in the regeneration of the lower layers of these cells. By rejuvenating the skin from the inside out – so to speak – iodine encourages smooth skin, hair color, and strong nails.

15. Atomic Iodine is the Ideal Supplement

Many iodine supplements use potassium iodide to provide iodine to the body. This iodide form requires the body to break it down into its component parts (which requires energy and by-products) before it can be used. Atomic iodine delivers the body a serving of iodine in the atomic form – the same form the thyroid uses for hormone creation. This highly bioavailable form of iodine allows the body to maximize the iodine supplement.

Have you noticed a change in your health since starting iodine supplementation? Please share your experiences with us and leave a comment below!

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • JdL

    Many iodine supplements use potassium iodide to provide iodine to the body. This iodide form requires the body to break it down into its component parts (which requires energy and by-products) before it can be used.

    This is not correct. Potassium iodide is soluble in water and spontaneously splits into its “component parts”, K+ and I-. Illustration: in one beaker add equal moles of sodium chloride and potassium iodide. In another, add equal moles of sodium iodide and potassium chloride. No test can determine which got which, because once dissolved, the individual ions mix freely.

    It may be that “atomic iodine” (what does this mean? I2? I3-? As far as I know, iodine is unstable in monotonic form, as are other halides) is better absorbed than I- iodide is, but if so your explanation is still incorrect.

  • indigo

    While I agree with Dr Group that iodine is an essential nutrient and most people are deficient.
    Most people today have some degree of metal toxicity.Iodine detoxes heavy metals.This is fine unless you happen to be a person who has difficulty detoxing metals.This mean that iodine will make you sick and if you didn’t know you had heavy metal toxicity,you won’t have any idea what is going on.

    Also there is a huge amount of the population with undiagnosed thyroid problems especially autoimmune thyroid problems.One of the reason for this is that drs only check TSH and T4 which doesn’t even diagnose a thyroid problem ,let alone an autoimmune thyroid problem.A person with autoimmune thyroid problems will get very sick from iodine and have their thyroid problem become much worse.
    So my suggestion is ,to never take iodine unless you have been tested and are under the care of a Dr who understands that iodine has the potential to make you very sick.I tested low for iodine and started taking it as a supplement.I also have heavy metals toxicity and thought this would be a kill 2 birds with one stone kind of thing.WROMG.I lost half my hair,had a lot of my thyroid symptoms retutne and had to increase my thyroid medication.

  • Alan D Smith

    Just tell us the name of the iodine to take and how much. Thank you.

  • Edward Group

    Hi Alan,

    I recommend Detoxadine, it is a high quality form of nascent iodine. You can read information about it and the serving instructions here-

    http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/nascent-iodine-detoxadine.html

  • Yells

    wow thank you for your story. hope you are feeling better these days

  • Yells

    Has anyone tried Detoxadine? Did you see any change?

  • jillybean

    Source? Doesn’t add up.

  • carolyn

    I use the survival shield nascent iodine on infowars that Dr. Group helped create. I am nursing so I am unsure if I should take it at all. Will the detox effect my breastmilk in a negative way?

  • ghc_health

    Sometimes we suggest against cleansing while breastfeeding for the reason you mention but that effect isn’t going to be extreme with iodine. Pregnant women require iodine as much as non.

  • Steve

    Dr. Group, are there any potential negative side effects to taking nascent iodine? Is there any way that it can have a negative impact in your health?

  • ghc_health

    Too much of anything can be harmful but nascent iodine doesn’t accumulate in the body, it just passes out in the urine. Another reason why mega-serving sizes beyond the recommended serving are not necessary.

  • steve ryan

    Hi Dr Group. I’ve been taking nascent iodine for about 6 months and have noticed that since then I have been having vivid dreams, not nightmares, every night. My wife and friends who also take nascent iodine have said the same thing. Do you know why this might occur? Also, the serving on the bottle states that it provides 1,796% of your recommended daily intake. Is this excessive over long periods? Thanks

  • ghc_health

    Hey Steve, thanks for the feedback. I haven’t seen anything in any research that links iodine to vivid dreams but it wouldn’t really surprise me that you’re experiencing more restful sleep. There is some question as to whether the bare minimums of the RDA is what’s most beneficial to the body hence the higher serving. Excess iodine will be excreted from the body.

  • C

    Positive effects are mental clarity, water weight loss. Much less pms especially by using this along with other minerals like beyond tangy tangerine. Much easier cycle now . I also use lugols iodine on skin as well as the nascent iodine.

  • sarah

    I have done lots of cleansing and live on a very healthy organic diet drinking ro water and i have done full body cleanses in the past. the only detox reactions i have ever noticed on other cleanses where headache that subsided with green tea and or coffee enema..i have been on survial shield for a month now and i woke up with a bad sinus headache on the left side of face with super weird hard thick mucus that felt like its been lodged in there for a year and my nasal turbinate hes been super inflamed for a week. could this be a cleansing reaction? i havent been sick with a cold and i have never had a history of sinus problems. this came out of no ware and i was also having a foggy brain and mood swings for a day after that and a bad headache.

  • dena

    2 questions .my daughter has goiter..will it help to take the nascsdent iodine. Question 2..been on iodine abt a month. Could a detox reaction be coughing up thick green stuff low fever

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    If your daughter isn’t getting enough iodine, nascent iodine could be a good supplement for her. Whether or not the goiter will improve depends on why she has a goiter.

    Detox reaction… could be, they are varied in their effects. Check out this article for more information on detox reactions and healing crises.

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Hi Sarah, it could be, detox reactions happen in many ways. Check out this article for more info.

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Check out the reviews for Detoxadine on the product page.

  • myrnaw

    About 2 wks. ago, started taking just one drop/day Survival Shield
    Nascent Iodine. For yrs. now, have had several thyroid nodules; been
    tested; no problems per Dr. Had the usual thyroid blood tests; all
    normal. Was hoping iodine would help prevent any further nodules as
    well as overall feelings of good health. Wondering about possible detox
    sx on this low dose. Have been feeling slight headache & nausea
    & fatigue. Have lots of environmental allergies too; could be
    feeling that as well. Anyone experience similar effects? Could the
    iodine prevent future thyroid nodules; hopefully, it will not make my
    thyroid worse in any way. Thanks for your help.

  • SomeGirlOnTheInternet

    Hey there.. firstly, I’m not a doctor.. just someone who studies natural health. That said it sounds like you are detoxing. In addition to iodine I encourage you to look into certain things that help aid in the detoxification making sure the heavy metals leave your body instead of getting reabsorbed. Himalayan salt (salt loading) helps the body eliminate the bromine being kicked out, Vit C (I throw whole organic lemons (peel and all in the blender instead of taking it as a supplement), Selenium (I eat a handful of Brazil nuts a day to get selenium), Magnesium, Clay (I use ZeoForce, but Bentonite should work just fine if you have that on hand) or Activated charcoal (local pharmacies carry this but if you can find it in bulk at a co-op you might find a better deal), and epsom salt baths. I also do coffee enemas. When I feel like crap from the detox (I’m doing high doses mixed with high doses of niacin for the flush and detox benefits.. so I kick out a lot sometimes)… I first start by drinking lots of clay, or activated charcoal every 15 minutes until the unpleasant feelings subside. I also take a 20 minute epsom salt bath to draw the toxins out through the skin via sweating, and my “old faithful” go to … coffee enemas. It doesn’t matter if it was when I had a flu, a cold, detox symptoms, food poisoning… it always give relief… always. It cleans the blood by way of causing the liver to dump toxic bile into the colon for elimination therefore relieving toxic load. You can google Gerson Therapy Enema for good instructions but I typically retain for a combined total of at least 35-45 minutes. Hold as long as you can, and eliminate when you can’t hold it any longer and then add more. Anyways, I hope some of this gives you some good things to look into, and hang in there.. you aren’t alone!

  • SomeGirlOnTheInternet

    Steve,

    Hey there. I might know a possible explanation. Iodine causes the body to detox things like fluoride, chlorine, etc.. all which are known to accumulate (and calcify) the pineal gland. The pineal gland is responsible for certain hormones associate with sleep and dreaming (melatonine, and dmt to name a couple). Both of these are associated with sleep and dreaming. Having it detoxed and de-calcified could very well lead to vivid dreams, as well as more clarity in waking life and a great sense of “awareness” and “connectedness.” It is our 3rd eye, and if you are into the spiritual side as well, it is considered the seat of the soul. Not sure if this resonates with you or not, but it was the first thing that popped out at me when I read your comment.

    Best.

  • Sheri Alexander

    My 3rd-degree burn not only healed amazingly fast, now just six weeks later, you can barely see the scar. The burn was from hot juice/grease splashing on my stomach, and was over 3.5″ long X 1.5″ wide. Worst burn I’ve ever had, and unfortunately, I was at a timeshare with no medical supplies. I went out and bought a bottle of tinctured iodine to use on it. Sorry I don’t have a gross-you-out ‘before’ pic to share.
    From past experience, this would normally have been a horrible scar and taken years to fade. But, not only can you barely see it now, the circumference of scarred area has shrunk to only 1.5 x .75″. I believe using tinctured Iodine on it (even after it healed) has made a huge difference. I’ve also been eating much healthier over past six months, and taking supplements, including Seaweed for its iodine.

  • gary hillerich

    just got the 2x nascent iodine from Infowars..great stuff Dr. Edward “Multi billionaire to be” Group! its mine! its mine! the iodine makes me feel great with tons of new found energy [I’m almost 60] not yours but mine! ha ha ha! ..on the infowars commercial you say ” the iodine is mined deep down inside the earth some 30,000 ft” etc etc… & it sounds like you are saying the iodine is MINE!” [not your iodine but “my” iodine”!.. “mine mine mine”!!] as you place such emphasis on the word “mined” & it sounds like you’re saying “mine”.. we get a kick /laugh out of hearing it now [every 5 minutes] during the AJ infowars radio show] what ever happened to AJ & Mike Adams,the health ranger anyway Dr. Group?? they were good buds & wham..never see or hear Mike again..been nearly a year now, & Mike moved back from S. America to states & even moved to Texas & we infowarriors not hear nothin from Mike, as he used to host show regularly ???? what gives? you know? & if you do can you share it with us if there was fallout between A.J. & M.A.?

  • want_2_b_big_loser

    I started x2 almost 2 weeks ago & have very swollen ankles/feet. I’m 100+ lbs overweight but have never had swelling before. I just came off SSRI 2-3months ago & have gained ~20 lbs. It hurts to walk in the morning & I’m worried the weight gain is out of control.

  • josh

    can nascent iodine get rid of moles, and toenail fungus if applied?

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Haven’t seen anything about it removing moles. Any other readers have experience with toenail fungus?

  • GB

    I’ve been using iodine for about 3 weeks now. My co worker put me on to it. I have more energy now, I concentrate better, sleep as well as in a better mood. Also having a healthier diet plan helps as well. I would highly recommend! :-)

  • Jusup Wilkosz

    What is tincture of idoine? Lugols Iodine?

  • Sheri Alexander

    Tinctured iodine is clear. Regular iodine has a dark orange color that stains skin and clothing. The tinctured, although clear, will turn skin and surfaces a pale yellow sometimes, but it goes on clear. I didn’t notice the yellowing of my skin around the burn area, but my daughter used it to clear up ringworm (works amazingly well on that!) and she did have a little yellowing around the area, but it fades with applying a little hrydo peroxide.

  • Evan Emerson

    Why is the RDA so much lower that your recommend amount? I take x2 and my dad is concerned it is too much.

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Because the RDA of 150mcg was established as the bare minimum to only ward off goiter, it doesn’t address any of the other ways the body requires iodine.

  • Evan Emerson

    Can you take too much? Thank you for your reply.

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Sure you can, I recommend using as directed on the label.

  • Cindy Berdux

    Hi Dr.Group I’m just wondering if u can still take the survival shield iodine if someone had thyroid cancer and had there thyroid removed and radiation.I don’t see it a problem I just want to make sure I just recently ordered the survival shield for my Mom and myself. :) I’m anxious to try it.thanks.

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    You should be able to take it, there are other parts of the body that need iodine besides the thyroid.

  • tom

    I take a regular Trophic iodine with lots of Pink Seasalt…25 drops 3 times per day (75 drops)…Ive found it working in many ways from amazing sleep to better skin/nails/hair and in general better mood.

  • Lyn

    I just started taking Survival Shield X-2 a couple days ago and noticed that yesterday my hands were super itchy and then last night, hives broke out all over them. Is this just a detox thing or an allergic reaction, do you think? Thanks.

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Could be a detox but it’s hard to say definitively.

  • Curtis Turner

    Dr. Group. I am 7 months off of some very heavy medications (methadone, clonazepam) and am still feeling quite tired and ill although I am much better than the first initial months of detox. I was on these meds for years and thought that iodine would help me detox and regain my strength. I have been only 1 drop of the detoxadine for 4 days now and am feeling more tired and am always thristy. My urine is also very yellow about an hour after I take the detoxadine. I am keeping hydrated and eat a very clean diet but cannot quench my thirst. Could these symptoms be related to the iodine flushing out my system? Some advice would be helpful thank you.

  • Curtis Turner

    Dr. Group. I am 7 months off of some very heavy medications (methadone,
    clonazepam) and am still feeling quite tired and ill although I am much
    better than the first initial months of detox. I was on these med’s for
    years and thought that iodine would help me detox and regain my
    strength. I started off slow and have been taking only 1 drop of the detoxadine for 4 days now and
    am feeling more tired and am always thirsty. My urine is also very
    yellow about an hour after I take the detoxadine. I am keeping hydrated
    and eat a very clean diet but am finding that i am feeling more thirty then usual. Could these
    symptoms be related to the iodine flushing out my system? Some advice
    would be helpful thank you.

  • Emmef Jota

    Fascinating. I’ve been having pleasant vivid dreams lately too, with very satisfying sleep, since beginning ionic iodine, along with much fatigue, sleepiness, and sporadic nausea. What’s the best place to find the truth about iodine? I don’t really know what I’m doing. I quit taking it for a few days to try to get energy back. My main aim is brain health.

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Hi Curtis,

    Tough to say, could be a lot of things. Even diabetes can be recognized by unquenchable thirst. Not that that’s what it is, but you see the potential for variance. If you feel something is off, I’d suggest finding a natural minded health advisor in your area and getting evaluated first hand.

  • Curtis Turner

    Has anyone else experienced more gas and abdominal pain since starting the iodine treatment? What can this be attributed to?

  • Curtis Turner

    Dr. Group. I have read that the body cannot or has trouble converting iodine to iodide and that it is actually the iodide that is necessary for the thyroid. Is this the case or is it a scare tactic created by main stream doctors?

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    That’s interesting, do you have a link to the original source of where you saw that?

  • Curtis Turner

    I cannot find the article that contained the information. The author of the article was merely speculating. However I am wondering if you have found this to be true or not? Thanks for your help Ed.

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Bummer, was just hoping for the original to get the full context. I hadn’t heard that information before.

  • Curtis Turner

    Hey Ed I have one more question. Where does the stimulating effect from iodine come from? It is not a stimulant and so I am wondering just how that works. Thanks !!

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    If there’s a boost it’d likely be from the metabolic boost of a normally functioning thyroid.

  • Neil

    Dr. Group I have researched that nascent iodine can help detox the body, and eliminate candida. I have had reoccurring ringworm for a few years now and I am trying to determine the best method of elimination. Currently, I am a vegatarian, drink about a gallon water a day, take an organic multivitamin, and 25bil probiotic. I eat lots of veggies, exercise, but cannot rid this annoying issue. Will iodine help with this process, and do you have any other suggestions? Enjoy your work, and research. Thank you.

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Thanks for reaching out, Neil. Hadn’t heard about the candida balancing effects, do you have a link to that info I could check out?

  • theresa

    I have been on iodine therapy 8years ago and thank God I did…I suffered from sjogrens which is an autoimmune disease …my natural path physician told me you can call it whatever you want..your thyroid screwed up you whole body…so much so I had no tears at all…I couldn’t function…I was a mess…bottom line..he put me on iodine therapy…I lost 30 lbs…and I got 70 percent of my tears back…also my sjogrens has been in remission for the last 5 years…I was so happy..until recently having contrast dye…my whole body was thrown out of kilter…I always had low blood pressure…well for 6 months following this dye my blood pressure shot up to 190 over 110 and I was sick for 6 months..also I had asthma attacks ans anaphylactic shock…I am still suffering from this dye..I know I will get better but my hypo thyroid is back…don’t take contrast dye if you can avoid it…

  • Jlag67

    I have been taking this for 2 weeks now. I have never felt better. I seem to have a greater sense of calm and well being. I have never slept better either. I have given this to my teenagers and they all said they slept great! What I am wondering is how does iodine affect sleep?

  • Lori Sullivan

    I started taking iodine/ potassium iodide a couple months ago and felt incredible for the first week or two. I have taken 90 mg of Armour thyroid for years, but never felt completely ok. I felt like iodine was the missing link. Then, after a couple more weeks, my energy dropped extremely low and my hair started falling out. Could this be related to what I was taking? I stopped taking it and the hair loss seemed to slow down and my t3/t4 & tsh levels are good. I believe
    I need the iodine supplement and wonder if the brand I took could have been the problem. I’m afraid to start taking something again though.

  • Health Babe

    Dr. Group I just have a question I have been taking Detoxadine for the last four months. It is amazing I’ve had excellent results. But my question is Dr. Brownstien says the body needs potassium iodide as well as iodine. As different parts of the body use iodine and some use iodide. So my question is can the body convert iodine to iodide or should I take iodide. Please I am so confused lol.

  • A

    Hi Neal. I had Candida for over a year. I suffered so badly i was going insane. I was so fed up with no doctors being able to help I went to my health food store and got a product called SYNTOL AMD. You can buy it online much cheaper in stores. Within days, my Candida symptoms disappeared. I highly recommend this! I am not paid and was not asked by the makers of the product to recommend it. I just suffered far too long and SYNTOL brought my sanity back.

  • A

    Huh….i find this interesting. I normally cant recall my dreams, but i began taking survival shield 4 days ago and remember my dreams. They have been intersting ones…to say the least.

  • http://healthy-vitamins.me Gail

    I read about iodine supplementation a couple of years ago. I am just really glad I found out. Thanks for this article!

  • guest

    Dr Group,
    I’m really confused. I had an allergic reaction to the contrasting solution used in an IVP. It almost killed me. After that I was careful not to get x-rays in that manner. I was raised vegetarian and never ate fish. A few years after having the IVP, I took a supplement that contained kelp, same reaction – – immediate swelling of eyes, lips, itching, lungs constrict, etc. So I make sure never to eat anything containing seaweed or kelp or algae. And I carry an epipen and Benedryl just in case. Last week I got a facial. Within an hour, I broke out in bumps all over my cheeks and jawline, the eye area swelled with fluid and had large welts, and my cheeks looked and felt as if they were burned – sever inflammation. I immediately got a steroid shot, steroid cream, and it is resolving. I learned that the facial used a product containing seaweed.

    What do you think is going on? If you were my doctor, what you you tell me to avoid?

    Thanks!
    ZMT

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    That’s a good question but it might not have the most simple of answers. You’d need to take inventory of all the ingredients in each of those situations to begin to narrow down what’s causing those reactions.

  • Synickel

    I’m concerned about the recommendation to get iodine from ocean sources. Fish the world over are loaded with mercury, whether in a mountain lake, a river, or the ocean. Especially shellfish and bottom dwellers are horrible sources of toxins. They function like the filters in your car, gathering toxins as they filter water through their body systems. You’d be as well off freezing your used oil filter from your car, and then eating it like Popsicle.

  • FalconMoose

    I eliminated toenail fungus with the application of Vapo-Rub on my nails (big toes) x 1/day. It took ~ two weeks, and I continue use every third day.

  • FalconMoose

    Josh, I eliminated toenail fungus with the application of Vapo-Rub on my nails
    (big toes) x 1/day. It took ~ two weeks, and I continue use every third
    day.

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  • Ariane

    I’ve had trouble in the past with vitamin tablets containing kelp and even cream containing glaucosomine, both which made my thyroid swell up hugely. I know I need iodine because my neck is always swollen though bloods normal. I just don’t know which iodine would be suitable for me.

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    You can try Detoxadine, it doesn’t have any of those items you mention.

  • Victoria Brack

    I just came across your webinar and have a few questions, what if I was told that I was severely allergic to iodine? When I had a kidney stone in my 20’s? I have a nodule on my thyroid and was told of radioactive iodine treatment however I’m very apprehensive bcz of being told of allergic to iodine I had gone thru anaphylactic shock and was given, epinephrine. My question is it safe for me to receive radioactive iodine? Please help.and or take iodine supplements?

  • DoubtingThomas

    Sometimes an iodine allergy is really an allergy to something alongside the iodine. However, anaphylactic shock is nothing to screw around with. You are best to get some first hand attention with your doctor and nutritionist. 1. Are you really allergic to iodine? 2. Where are your iodine levels at now? Are you getting enough through your diet or do you need to supplement? Given your serious history, a conversation with your health care provider would be best before taking anything.

  • Dee

    I’v been using Atomidine, an iodine supplement for almost a week and I see amazing results already! My breast are no longer sore, I feel more energized and the brain fog is beginning to lift.

  • Lisa Marie Griffor Werner

    I have been using iodine for a few weeks. Also started my dad on it. Ony 1800mcg to start. Im up to 3 drops a day. I can feel the changes. My question is I do not have a thyroid. Docs stole that from me 10 years ago. And no no cancer. If only I knew then what I know now. Anyways I wonder with not having a thyroid is there anything to be concerned about?
    I also take selenium magnesium b vits d3 with k2 and vit c

  • Cynthia Vitone

    Angela, I’m not sure you’ll see this, but your comment was from 2 years ago. Are you still taking a teaspoon of kelp daily? How are you feeling?

  • JB

    Dr. Group, I am a male 47 years old and started using Survival Shield X-2 – Nascent Iodine. I noticed a few weeks that my breasts became tendor/sore. Is this normal?

    Will this continue or is my body normalizing?

  • GHC Support

    Nascent iodine supports thyroid and hormone function, and as the system is balancing out it can lead to tenderness which will generally subside. You may consider working with a reputable practitioner in your area who can help you determine your personal needs in this regard and to help you with tracking your progress.

  • Bill’s Little Clinton

    Dr. Group I was wondering if your product is better than survival shield x-2 on info wars? I know you are behind both but I thought x-2 was sourced from under ground instead of yours being sourced from under water. Thank You

  • GHC Support

    Global Healing Center is the only company that doesn’t source iodine from the sea. Our USA-based production facility derives the iodine from a salt solution that is extracted from a geologic formation approximately 6,000-7,000 feet below the surface of the earth. Survival Shield X2 is the same formulation as the Detoxadine, either way you go its safe to say you have made a great choice!

  • Bill’s Little Clinton

    thank you for your response…..I’m glad people and companies like you exist to help fight the chemical onslaught

  • Rupert

    Exactly, I’ve never heard Group talk about TPO at all and I’ve listened to hours of him talking- I’ve read everything I could find..

    I Reached out to his staff to provide a single link to a study which showed a benefit for going above the tolerable level of ~300 mcg

    “Unfortunately at this time the only information we have available will be on our website. However I have forwarded your email on to our Production Manager for further review.

    Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns!”

    Pathetic.
    I was hoping for some evidence and had more than an open mind (I had even already bought the product)

    The email chain is pretty informative (I provided links to pubmed and ncbi studies)
    But received NOTHING.
    No proof of quality control, No proof of necessity, No proof of safety.
    It’s funny because I hear AJ all the time in the ads saying “you can pull up the studies for yourself, the results are clear!”
    When I do I see nothing to support the claims, none on any page listing this product, none from the designers of it..

    I still have an open mind but this episode which I had been delaying for 2 years (didn’t want to be the first to try these newly advertised products) really disappointed me beyond even my worst expectations.

    They always say “read the reviews and see for yourself”
    Reviews from common folks like me do not constitute any form of medical proof, these people may or may not ever get tested for TPO and come back saying “I don’t know what happened” -we are not doctors.

    Can Any doctor, Associated with this product or not, attest to its safety? Group says excess iodine is “excreted by the body” but never mentions the fact that it may cause damage before it does (higher production of antibodies)..

    Has any lab independently tested this “proprietary method” produced “nascent iodine”? Why are the results not plastered all over the site as an AD so that people may choose to use this product based on science rather than faith.

  • Rupert

    I’ve never heard Group talk about TPO at all and I’ve listened to hours of him talking- I’ve read everything I could find..

    I Reached out to his staff to provide a single link to a study which showed a benefit for going above the tolerable level of ~300 mcg

    “Unfortunately at this time the only information we have available will be on our website. However I have forwarded your email on to our Production Manager for further review.

    Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns!”

    Pathetic.
    I was hoping for some evidence and had more than an open mind (I had even already bought the product)

    The email chain is pretty informative (I provided links to pubmed and ncbi studies)
    But received NOTHING.
    No proof of quality control, No proof of necessity, No proof of safety.
    It’s funny because I hear AJ all the time in the ads saying “you can pull up the studies for yourself, the results are clear!”
    When I do I see nothing to support the claims, none on any page listing this product, none from the designers of it..

    I still have an open mind but this episode which I had been delaying for 2 years (didn’t want to be the first to try these newly advertised products) really disappointed me beyond even my worst expectations.

    They always say “read the reviews and see for yourself”
    Reviews from common folks like me do not constitute any form of medical proof, these people may or may not ever get tested for TPO and come back saying “I don’t know what happened” -we are not doctors.

    Can Any doctor, Associated with this product or not, attest to its safety? Group says excess iodine is “excreted by the body” but never mentions the fact that it may cause damage before it does (higher production of antibodies)..

    Has any lab independently tested this “proprietary method” produced “nascent iodine”? Why are the results not plastered all over the site as an AD so that people may choose to use this product based on science rather than faith.

  • GHC Support

    Thank you for contacting GHC. Although we cannot
    attest for the information provided by Alex Jones on InfoWars, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience our prior correspondence may have caused you. Generally, we recommend 1,950 mcg of iodine daily since our diets are thought to be severely deficient in this mineral; additionally, it is needed for a variety of metabolic and detoxification
    processes. There are cases where higher levels of iodine are consumed in an emergency situation (such as in Japan) in order to block or reduce the uptake and utilization of radioactive iodine isotopes. And typically, individuals in that region safely consume 30-50 mg of iodine daily due to their diet; for this reason, we have found it safe to consume larger amounts of iodine than stipulated in the RDA. Lastly, we understand that your personal dose of Detoxadine may vary based on your current health needs, and you may consume less than the recommended 3 drops daily, as desired, or as indicated by your healthcare practitioner. In the event that you are unsatisfied with your purchase, feel free to contact our Customer Satisfaction Team at 1-800-476-0016
    10am-6pm CST M-F so we may proceed with a prompt refund. Take care and be well!


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