What is Nascent Iodine?

Nascent iodine is a supplemental form of iodine thought to be more safe and effective than potassium iodide. Nascent iodine holds an atomic form of iodine with an incomplete number of electrons, giving it a high electromagnetic charge. The body can seamlessly absorb and utilize nascent iodine for metabolic and detoxification processes, making it more effective as a supplement for the body.

Nascent Iodine History

Since 1926, this form of iodine has been used as a cleanser and germicide. Prior to antibiotics and pharmaceuticals, nascent iodine was revered for its tissue-building properties and potent capacities against harmful organisms. It was commonly used for a broad range of ailments, including stomach and urinary tract imbalances, fevers, general infections, high blood pressure, venereal diseases, infections, bronchitis and even topically as a remedy for burns, cuts, and boils.

Nascent iodine was used in dentistry during the early 20th century to stop bleeding and prevent infections. It was frequently applied after tooth extractions to boost the growth of new tissue and speed up the healing process.

How Nascent Iodine Works

Unlike most forms of consumable iodine, nascent iodine works to naturally balance the thyroid to a state of homeostasis. Studies are examining its potential to positively regulate thyroid hormone production. If there is a clear connection, taking nascent iodine may lead to increased energy levels and a streamlining of the body’s natural detoxification processes. Biochemically, nascent iodine is the most readily absorbed and usable form of iodine supplementation for the human body.

Nascent Iodine Uses

Nascent Iodine has multiple benefits and uses. Perhaps most important is its ability to stimulate thyroid production of T3 and T4 hormones. Nascent iodine may help stop bromine, chlorine, and fluoride storage in the body, and slow the production of goitrogens. In this way, nascent iodine aids the body in removing harmful substances that can be stored. Goitrogens are found in sports drinks, sodas and processed vegetable oils. Bromines are present in toxic, chemically-laden household products, pool water and flame retardant fabrics.

Nascent iodine is the best form of iodine to protect yourself from harmful radiation exposure in the event of nuclear fallout.

In his book, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without it (Rev. 2008), Dr. David Brownstein states that supplementing with iodine can help detoxify us of the toxic halides found in processed foods, water, and toothpaste. According to Dr. Brownstein, these halides have been correlated to multiple forms of cancer, including breast and prostate.

Other Health Benefits of Nascent Iodine May Include:

  • Healthy thyroid and endocrine function
  • Aids in regulating blood sugar
  • Reduced body odors
  • Improving thinking
  • Helps support iodine deficiency in children and expectant mothers
  • Helps balance iodine levels in autistic children
  • Aids in assisting normal immune function

I highly recommend supplementing with nascent iodine on a regular basis. We are all deficient of this crucial element and should further be aware of an increase in potential nuclear fallout from damaged reactors. Detoxadine is manufactured with a unique transformative bio-elemental matrix using a revolutionary process and contains nano-colloidal nascent iodine.

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


  1. Dr. David Brownstein. Iodine: why you need it, why you can’t live without it. 3rd Edition. Medical Alternatives Press, 2008.
  2. Christiane Northrup, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Revised Edition): Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing. Bantam, 2010. Print.
  3. Mark Sircus, Transdermal Magnesium Therapy: A new Modality for the Maintenance of Health. Phaelos Books, 2007. Print.

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  • freedomdove

    I can’t speak for the exact supplement you’re taking, but I experienced something similar when I first started taking Lugol’s (which is water, potassium iodide, and iodine). I broke out in angry pimple-like bumps on my chest, arms, and upper back. What was happening was that the bromide and fluoride were being detoxified from my body. I can’t remember how many months this went on–I think about 5 or 6 months, but maybe less. Mine weren’t particularly itching or painful, though, so yours could have been an allergic reaction. However, it seems unlikely that you’re allergic to iodine itself since our bodies need and use it in abundance.

    I would try something like Lugol’s before coming to the allergen conclusion, and start small in the beginning. You can apply it to your skin and see if there’s a true allergic reaction. If you don’t get a rash or anything after 24 hours, then the bumps you get from taking it internally are more than likely the other halogens detoxing from your body. Again, that’s with the Lugol’s rather than the product you were using. If you want to be certain that you’re not allergic to iodine, I would avoid any supplement that has extra ingredients–including Iodoral since its iodine and KI are combined with the normal filler ingredients to form a tablet.

    You can take detox baths with sea salt, epsom salt (or magnesium chloride flakes/oil), baking soda, or montmorillonite clay. Also, I’d drink plenty of non-fluoridated water to help push out the toxins. Chloride in some form (sodium, magnesium, or potassium) might be beneficial since it can help move the toxins out of the kidneys. One doctor recommends something like a teaspoon of sea salt a day, I think. I would avoid all bromides and fluorides, which can be present in many foods/drinks (naturally-occurring or added).

  • freedomdove

    Supplemental iodine as radiation prevention is usually only helpful in cases of exposure to radioactive iodine. I don’t think it protects against other radiation, but it wouldn’t hurt to supplement if you’re already deficient. Taking a lot of anti-oxidants would be a good idea, for sure. Those come from various sources including vitamins, trace minerals, polyphenols, and certain plant extracts.

  • Sigrid Aronsson

    Or just Black Walnut Hull tincture against fungus on skin. See Dr. Christopher for info. Just put some on – easy.

  • Bob Howe

    If you eat food in a industrialized country you most likely are deficient. But still check with a dr. I’ve been taking it for about 6 months and am very pleased with how I’ve felt. I didn’t really notice anything until I ran out for about 2 weeks and had zero energy.

  • Glory

    I was told that I should wash my kitty’s scruff and ears (outside) with betadine. I cant get it anywhere, but found out that it is Iodine. My question: Which iodine is best for cleaning my kitty’s scruff and ear sores (from ear mites) outside of his ears? Or is this iodine formulated only for the human animal?

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

    No, nascent iodine is appropriate for animals that need iodine too.

  • mattmccray

    Is Detoxadine and survival shield X-2 2 of the same? I own Survival Shield X-2 and LOVE the product, is there any difference.?

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

    Basically the same product.

  • Tammy

    Would nacent iodine help to get rid of a benign breast cist?

  • Jane

    I have horrible hives all over my body after taking iodine (7 drops day for 3 weeks now). Is this detox symptom?

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

    It’s hard to say for absolutely sure but there is definitely a link between iodine and breast health, check out this article for more info on the subject…

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

    Can’t say for sure but it’s possible if your body is detoxing other harmful halogens. Check out this article for more info about healing crises and detox reactions.

  • tess

    Why not just answer the questions on here?

  • Emir

    Hi Dr.Group,
    I have a question about Nascent Iodine X2, how much should I give to my 8 year old son who has 22 kg..what would be recommended daily dose?

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

    Using as directed on the label would be best.

  • Emir

    On the label on (survival shield x2) it says take 3 drops.Its for drown-ups I guess, but how much to give to a 8 year old child, any idea? Nothing else on the label

  • emir

    On the label on (survival shield x2) it says take 3 drops.Its for drown-ups I guess, but how much to give to a 8 year old child, any idea? Nothing else on the label

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

    We get a lot of positive feedback from people whose kids get one or two drops a day.

  • PG

    Can you please explain in greater detail how niscent Iodine can help hyperthyroidism?

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

    Hey PG, Check out this article where we covered it in more detail-


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  • JT


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

    He needs to see a different doctor, breathing problems don’t exist without reason. Get him to someone qualified immediately!

  • Tookers

    Taking nascent iodine along with organic crystal sulfur, I cured myself of cervical cancer and did not have to have a hysterectomy or any cancer treatments. However, the Detoxodine comes with a slip of paper that says “this product contains chemicals known to the state of CA to cause cancer”. I’m just curious what the heck that ingredient is so I can do my own research. Thanks!

  • titagirl

    I take synthroid daily for hypothyroidism and recently started taking the GHC Nascent Iodine. I just want to double check that it is safe to take together. More specifically, is there any risk over overdosing on the nascent iodine supplement when taking synthroid. Thanks in advance.

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

    Does the Synthroid include any warnings or directions?

  • rita

    on no way,shape or form a doctor etc but am a hypothyroid patient for the past 15 years who has NEVER felt relief from the hypO thyroid symptoms of extreme fatigue etc- i simply describe it as now going through life with the feeling of walking underwater with cement shoes on.
    I have been on synthroid and levoxyl tabs.always taken on an empty stomach/then fasting another entire hour.
    Looking back,when 1st informed of this condition I simply should have gone to an internet cafe and googled iodine as I had heard of iodine and that iodine was used for both hyper/ hypO states to get that thyroid back in a normal state or close to it.
    Again I am not a physician. — due to costs of lab work etc have never bothered to investigate what form of hypothroidism I have,be it that hashimodos V whatever the other forms are out here.
    HOWEVER, I firmly believe that eating the increasingly higher dosages of synthroid /levoxyl ( whichever 1 is available @ the pharmacy to dispense) has only put the thyroid to sleep and does not heal or cure a thing.
    Having said that and being totally fed up w/ the pharmaceuticals and SPEAKING ONLY FOR MYSELF- i just opened up a bottle of a form of atomidine in the form w/alcohol-
    and taken a drop in about 6 ou of distilled water-
    I did the regime of iodoral dosing twice already ALONG WITH eating 1mg synthroid-not @ the same time LOL
    and am not experiencing any rushes of energy or sleeplessness.nervousness etc.
    So.I will bookmark this forum and write back in around a week and let any1 else that follows it how i am doing and again I AM NOT A DOCTOR and not anticipating any ill effects the same.
    if i feel nervous etc I will cut back on the pharmaceutical-

  • TooFang

    I got the X2 and just used it for the first time today. I only used three drops but was suprised by how strong this is, it actually slightly burned my tongue and had a taste that struck me as similar to what ammonia would taste like. Is it supposed to be this strong? I have used the regular survival shield for a while and it doesn’t burn and has a more pleasant flavor. If this is how the X2 is supposed to be that’s fine, but I just want to make sure that there isn’t something wrong with my batch of X2. Thanks…

  • K G

    Is it safe to take Nascent Iodine while pregnant/trying to conceive?

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

    Yes, and there’s info to show that being iodine deficient while pregnant can produce problems:


  • K G

    Thank you!

    Where can i find information on proper prenatal dosage?

  • K G

    Like how many drops to take while eating iodine rich foods?
    I don’t want to overdo it?

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

    If you’re using Detoxadine, you can simply take as directed on the label.

  • rita

    kelp is kelp and the amount you’d need to ingest to equal half a “milligram”dosage of IODINE is beyond belief.
    people have been force fed FEAR of one drop of lugols nascent iosol or one tablet of iodoral and it’s WRONG.
    search the iodine forums and purchase the form you want and follow the directives-

  • rita

    search it out as IODINE was ALWAYS USED for both conditions,hypO or hyPER and most likely the “body” uses it/utilizes it as needed.

  • Nick

    The X-2 says to take 3 drops… does that mean literally 3 drops from the droplet or 3 full droplets worth? I’m confused and I want to make sure I’m taking the right dosage. Thanks.

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

    3 drops, not 3 droppers full.

  • Nick

    Thank you for the quick response!

  • Tex

    Will I fail a drug test or do I need to ask my probation if I can take iodine

  • John

    At what age can you start to take this

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

    Iodine is a nutrient, not a drug. But, given what may be at stake (your freedom), perhaps you may want to ask the testing agency. Again, highly unlikely but if you want to be overly cautious.

  • Birdseed

    I am getting ready to take radiation on my right hip for Breast Cancer foci in the bone there and I have been taking iodine Survival Shield for about 6 months and really like I. ( I was on you page and thought I was ordering yours and this adv. was on the same page I was looking at your video and I ordered Survival Shield instead but seems to be just fine) Oh well I will know next time..LOL Anyway my question is: will the iodine keep the radiation hamper in any way the radiation from killing any of the cancer cells or could it help with the side effects of the radiation? Should I stop taking it during the radiation? Thanks, Bette

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

    Can’t think of any reason for it to be an issue but you may want to ask the people providing your care just to be fully clear.





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