What Is Nascent Iodine?

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

Nascent iodine is a supplemental form of iodine. Iodine is an essential mineral that the body requires for normal function.[1] For nearly a century, nascent iodine has been regarded as a more effective form of the mineral than many dietary iodine forms, such as potassium iodide. In fact, most forms of dietary iodine become mere iodide in the digestive tract.[2] This is important to note because iodides are not as easily absorbed and utilized by the body, meaning that iodine-dependent organs and processes may not be adequately supported.[3] This is what makes nascent iodine such a popular form of iodine for supplementation.

A defining characteristic of nascent iodine is that it is an atomic form of iodine with an incomplete number of electrons. This gives it an electromagnetic charge. It is also why nascent iodine is sometimes referred to as atomic iodine, monatomic iodine, or atomidine.

Nascent Iodine History

Nascent iodine has been used since as early as the 1920’s. Before the dramatic uptick in the use of antibiotics and pharmaceuticals, nascent iodine was used to support wellness in several ways. For one, iodine can be used topically to support skin tissue and has been shown to kill infection-causing bacteria.[4, 5] Nascent iodine was a popular choice for this. Iodine has also shown some ability to combat harmful organisms[6] and infections[7], including urinary-tract disturbances[8] and respiratory infections.[9] Iodine can also support normal blood pressure levels[10] and has even been used in dentistry.[11] Nascent iodine has been used to serve all these purposes and more.

In addition to those listed above, there are several ways that nascent iodine supplementation can support wellness. It can also be used to help slow the production of goitrogens in the body[12] by preventing the storage of potentially toxic substances like bromine[13], chlorine[14], and fluoride.[15] Goitrogens are environmental, dietary, or medicinal agents that are known to disrupt the thyroid’s ability to function normally.[16] As an example, these goitrogens can be found in some grains, dairy products, fish, and other dietary sources[17] like sports drinks, sodas, and processed vegetable oils.[18] It’s also important to pay careful attention to the ingredients in tap water, household cleaners, hygiene products, and even skincare and cosmetics. These are common sources of toxic chemical ingredients, many of which can prevent the thyroid from functioning properly.

How Nascent Iodine Works

Nascent iodine was designed to be a supplementary form of iodine with the intention being to provide the body with a way to maintain optimal iodine levels. This is particularly important in the thyroid, which relies on iodine for the production of critical hormones.[19] These thyroid hormones are responsible for things like metabolism[20], brain development and function[21], and even the body’s ability to produce energy.[22] Because nascent iodine is able to be absorbed and utilized more readily than common dietary forms of iodine, it is easier for the thyroid to maintain homeostasis. This means that it will have the appropriate amount of iodine for carrying out its basic physiological processes.

Can Nascent Iodine Benefit Your Health?

Nascent iodine is an important supplement to many people. The body cannot function properly without iodine, yet it cannot produce iodine on its own.[23] The World Health Organization estimates that over 1 billion people across the globe are at risk for iodine deficiency.[23] This is especially important for expecting mothers[24, 25, 26], who tend to be at an exceptionally high risk.

Because so many people fail to consume sufficient levels of iodine through diet alone, iodine supplementation is crucial. I highly recommend using Detoxadine®, a nascent iodine supplement on a regular basis. Detoxadine is a vegan-friendly, deep-earth sourced nascent iodine product created to help your body maintain its regular iodine balance. It’s manufactured with a unique transformative bio-elemental matrix using a revolutionary process and contains nano-colloidal nascent iodine. Iodine deficiency can be a serious issue, but nascent iodine supplementation can support the body’s use of this essential trace mineral.

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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.

  • chemed

    This article doesn’t really answer the question “What is Nascent Iodine?” It makes a lot of claims. That said, I would like to know, specifically, what are the ingredients in the bottle. I have a couple of problems with your explanation:

    1. Elemental iodine, I2, has a very low solubility in water. Is there a nonpolar solvent in the bottle?

    2. Your claim that the iodine…”holds an atomic form of iodine with an incomplete number of electrons, giving it a high electromagnetic charge” seems a little far fetched. How is the ion stabilized in solution? what’s to keep it reacting with any metal ions in the body before it is “absorbed”?

    Can you provide a chemical assay or MSDS of the contents of one of these bottles of nascent iodine?

  • ghc_health

    Nascent iodine is nascent iodine, it isn’t elemental iodine. Detoxadine contains nascent iodine, vegetable glycerin, and purified water. Please contact our customer service at 800-476-0016 with your product questions!

  • BGS

    My thyroid was removed when I was 9. Since I take thyroid, (Armour) will this interfere with my medication?

  • This sounds like a great product. It’s good to see people who are willing to go that extract mile by developing products that help people.

    How can you tell if you have an iodine deficiency?

  • ghc_health

    Thanks, Keith!

    Try the patch test, it’s an easy method-


  • Tyler in Boise

    I had a question because I am really interested in purchasing your nascent atomic iodine and our family has had thyroid issues and my mother had a thyroidectomy a couple of years ago because she developed cancer on her thyroid and my brother also had his “nuked” because he had “hyperthyroid storm”. Would it work or be beneficial for them if their thyroid is gone?
    I wish we would of known about this a few years ago but I am very happy that I just found it! Thanks.

  • ghc_health

    Hey Tyler, That’s quite the situation, please call our customer service directly at 800-476-0016.

  • Mike

    How do you know if you’re taking too much or if you need it at all? There’s studies out there saying too much iodine supplementation can cause sub clinical hypothyroidism…is this possible?

  • ghc_health
  • david

    Is there a difference b/t Detoxadine and Survival Shield?

  • ghc_health

    They are similar but have slightly different concentrations.

  • Dbug

    I want to start taking the Survival Shield. Isnt there other minerals I should be taking at the same time ? Salts, magnesium ? Help, Thanks!

  • Jeff

    How so? I notice the label for Survival Shield just shows a double dose (6 doses per day) vs the GHC label which shows (3 doses per day). I see why survival shield is said to be double strength because you are taking a double dose… is this not correct?

  • ghc_health

    That is correct.

  • jdp

    Are there any side affects? I have been taking this for several weeks and have noticed I have a rash at my arm pits.

  • Taylor A

    How long should I take this product? There is almost a year supply in the bottle I ordered from you. Is it safe to take daily or do I need to take breaks after a few weeks/months of using?

  • ghc_health

    Iodine is one of the elements consistently and constantly required by the body, many people add it to their daily regimen. No need to cycle.

  • ghc_health

    Haven’t had any reports like that, give our customer service team a call at 800-476-0016.

  • RPM Motorsports

    There is a poster causing a stink on Amazon about Detoxadine, stating that Nascent Iodine loses is it’s special “atomic nascent deisgn” when it is combined with water……..which is true(after approx. 3 hours). He further goes on to claim that the Detoxadine has the nascent iodine in a mixture of glycerin AND water. Is this true ?

  • RPM Motorsports

    No answer GHC ???

  • ghc_health

    Thanks for the request to clear this up. Here goes… when a final nascent iodine product is directly mixed with water the iodine can be released and potency can be lost. Purified water is one of the ingredients in Detoxadine but the distinction lies in the production process. The water in Detoxadine is not freely available water; it’s combined with and absorbed into the vegetable glycerin during the first stage of production (before iodine has been added) to become one matrix. Then, during the Spagyrex process, iodine is added to the structural matrix of the vegetable glycerin where it retains its electromagnetic charge and potency.

    It’s an advanced process that requires special equipment custom designed by two of the top Russian physicists. It also needs to be mentioned that alcohol based nascent iodine products contain water as alcohol contains, at least, 5-15% water. Although stable as a solvent, alcohol is a toxin and endocrine disruptor. Vegetable glycerin has no toxic effects and has a much more gentle delivery system.

    Hope that helps!

  • tara

    I am scared to try! I was pretty sure my thyroid was off because of symptoms I am having. I was told to try an iodine supplement. Went to local health food store, picked up an organic sea kelp supplement. started taking it. with in a few weeks my digestive system…..pretty much stopped!!! it has been MONTHS and I am finally getting back on some what of a track! no fun!!! and TMI I know…..but have you heard of that before from taking an iodine supplement? This one seems to be a much better option, but scared it will mess me up again? I am very holistic in my approach to everything and organic, I consider myself very healthy. So I am really not sure what happened to my digestive system….thoughts?????

  • Curious Chemist

    As I understand Iodine uptake into the thyroid, it undergoes a rate limiting step at the Sodium – Iodide symporter, and only then is converted by thyroid peroxidase to the form of iodine.

    Can you explain this product bypasses the bodies natural mechanisms of entering the thyroid follicle? I just don’t understand this product being any different (chemically or otherwise) than SSKI or Lugol’s solution.

    Thanks for your help

  • AKW

    Hello, I would like to know if it’s necessary to go through a “loading phase” and if so, what Dr. Group suggests. I have read that if you are iodine deficient and taking 12.5 milligrams a day, it will take 1 year for your body to become iodine sufficient. The same article said that a “loading phase” of 50mg per day for 3 months should be done, then a maintenance dose of 12.5mg per day should be maintained. Thank you so much in advance for any information that would help me out!

  • Very Frustrated

    I have recently started taking this product and am exercising A LOT, eating very healthy and low calories but have actually gained weight! Is that something this Iodine would have done to my Thyroid? I have never had this happen before and the only thing I changed was to take this product as well as your Slimirex? Thank you

  • Trace Smith

    Hi, I was hoping to pick your brain w/ some questions. Nothing against Alex Jones or the good Dr. But when I ordered my survival shield it did not come w/ a pamphlet explaining in detail how to use it or how to take it, do I increase the dose ever? I put 6 drops directly on my tongue..is this ok? Will I feel sick at all while the toxins…( I’m sure there’s a huge build up of them…I’m 48 and drank MT Dew and ate Mcdonalds ect..) will. I feel sick getting rid of the toxins? I’m on almost wk 2 of taking it…any help you can give me would soooo be appreciated… A lot!!! Thank-you

    Trace H

  • Steven Hadden

    I’ve been taking Detoxadine for about 2 months now, using the dosage on the Survival Shield bottle(same thing but says to take 6 drops instead of 3 drops per day). I have noticed 2 real and pronounced effects. First, at age 48, my brain fog has been completely wiped out. I am much more clear headed, sharp and effective throughout the entire day. It’s almost as if my brain is functioning like it did 20 years ago. 2nd, and not so great, is that I’ve been getting very itchy and annoying bumps around my underarms, upper back and few on my upper chest. These things take over a month to go away and are really annoying. They do seem to be decreasing now though after 2 months of taking Detoxadine. Is this just a detox effect ? An allergic reaction ? The benefits in sharpness and reduced brain fog have made me put up with the bumps/itch. I’m just hoping this is a temporary thing.

  • Steven Hadden

    Well, I have now had to quit taking Detoxadine as these bumps have been spreading to my neck and are very irritating. I have never had bumps like this in my life. They itch like crazy for a week and then get sore. They take 2 + months to go away. I have some that have flattened out but are still red and noticeable well after 2 months.

  • Could be a detoxifying effect, iodine can kick toxic metals and halogens out of your system. You mentioned they had been getting less severe with time, had that progress halted?

  • Steven Hadden

    I get several new ones each week. That seems to be fairly consistent. At least the newer ones I’ve been getting are not as big as some of the earlier ones. Smaller ones go away faster. Some of my larger ones are still noticeable after 2 months. They originally started in my armpits and on my back, then spread to my chest a little and lately I’ve been getting a few on my neck. Getting them on my neck where they are noticeable was what made me make a change. I’m now trying just 1 drop in the morning and 1 drop in the evening, trying to see if my system can handle a smaller amount.

  • Have you been to a dermatologist or consulted Dr. Internet on what they could potentially be? The closest info we’ve been able to find is that an “iodine allergy” (more accurately a shellfish allergy) can sometimes cause a rash.

  • Steven Hadden

    I have now had to completely stop taking Detoxadine. Even the 1 drop in the morning and 1 drop at night has me still breaking out in sore bumps. I must be alergic to iodine.

  • Steven Hadden

    Yes, exact same problem and it will get worse. See my posts here.

  • Moragh Lippert

    what is the best type of iodine to dissolve calcium buildup

  • We recommend nascent iodine to people looking for the best iodine supplement.

  • Daryl

    They say the Japanese take upwards of 12mg of iodine a day in their diet. How many drops of Detoxadine is 12mg

  • Edward Group

    Roughly 27.

  • Sarah

    Hi there, My daughter has Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Will Nascent Iodine help this condition or will it make it worse?

  • djhemp

    I took survival shield and about a month into it I started developing this rash. I thought it was a good thing. Toxins being pushed out. I stuck with it and finished the bottle. I am now two month into post-survival shield and it has not gone away. Mean anyone identify this? It appears to be right in the thyroid area. Can anyone identify this? I’ve tried coconut oil with no luck. Any suggestions? Today was the first warm spring day since it developed and it is more red and inflamed than I can remember. What the heck is it?

  • Edward Group

    We recommend she discuss iodine supplementation with her doctor before taking.

  • Edward Group

    Looks a lot like tinea versicolor, which is a fungal rash. Do you have any sulfur cream? (De La Cruz has a 10% one available at a lot of grocery stores). Apply that for a few days and see if it dries it up. Beware of the sulfur smell… it’s something you’d want to do at home for an hour and then wash off before going about your day.

  • Andrew

    I here iodine is good for a metabolic system, I have a low potein diet called homocystinuria. im on 8 exchanges a day, and was told i have built up an emmunity to 20 excahnges a day. would it increase my blood levels? I Have been on beyond tangy tangerine (original) for 4 years with good blood levels.

  • djhemp

    Thank you so very much Dr for identifying this. I had a hard time locating the cream locally so I ordered it. In the meantime I searched for other remedies for times virsecolor. I found apple cider vinegar as one. I applied some Braggs before bed and showed results in the morning. It was virtually gone within 3 days of applying twice a day. Now a week later and you can’t tell it was even there. I take it had absolutely nothing to do with the survival shield and more to do with an increase in looking down at my phone as I’ve been operating a bit of a mobile office as of late. Time to cut back 🙂

  • Edward Group

    Hey that’s awesome! Be aware that you may want to keep up the remedy for a while, this stuff comes back really easily.

  • Som

    I’ve been taking Nascent Iodine for around 2 years now regularly. I take 10 drops a day, mixed with water, first thing in the morning. I recently went for a health checkup which included testing for thyroid problems. To my surprise, I tested 10.8 which pointed to hypothyroidism. I have Dr. David Brownstein’s book (Iodine, why you need it), and it points to Selenium deficiency being one of the causes of hypothyroidism. What I wanted to ask is – am I taking too much iodine? Or is the selenium deficiency the cause? Since then, after consulting my homeopath, I’ve added homeopathic selenium to my daily routine, and am looking at eating 1-2 Brazil nuts a day. What do you recommend?

  • denny carvalho

    I have an aneurysmal bone cyst in my left temporal bone and some of my doctors are planning to do proton beam therapy to cure me. Will nascent iodine really help me in protecting myself from having radiation poisoning during and/or after the proton beam therapy? Please, may someone answer my question?

  • denny carvalho

    I have an aneurysmal bone cyst in my left temporal bone and some of my doctors are planning to do proton beam therapy to cure me. Will nascent iodine help me really in protecting me from having radiation poisoning during and/or after the proton beam therapy? Please, may someone answer my question?

  • freedomdove

    A relative of mine takes Lugol’s (which is better than nascent iodine, IMO) along with Armour. If you take both, I would suggest that your doctor monitor your thyroid blood levels every couple months so that you can decrease the Armour, if necessary.

  • freedomdove

    You can achieve the 12 mg with 2 drops of 5% strength Lugol’s rather than a ton of nascent iodine drops, plus the Lugol’s contains iodine and potassium iodide–both of which are needed by the body.

  • freedomdove

    There are a few doctors out there who say that the patch test isn’t reliable. A urine iodine loading test would be more accurate, but of course that’s not as easy as the patch test. If you’re desperate, the patch test can give you a rough idea; that’s what I used before finding out about other testing. It’s advised to take a urine loading test to get a baseline before you supplement. Dr. Flechas can do this test; just search for his name online.

  • 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?

  • 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.?

  • 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?

  • 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…

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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?

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


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  • JT


  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • johnp

    Can i take survival shield x2 with one pill of ultra man from vitamin world

  • Does ultra man contain iodine?

  • Circe

    Is it safe to take more than 3 drops Detoxadine every day? I’m reading people recommending 100mg iodine per day!! …how many drops of detoxadine would give me 100mg iodine?

  • Circe

    Could it be that people are mistaking mg for micro grams?
    Otherwise i would have to take around 50 drops per day which is obviously wrong!! Help, so confused.
    I want to take medicinal levels not just the standard amount, so what is safe high amount to take? Thank you!

  • johnp

    Yes it contains potassium iodide 150 mcg

  • johnp

    I also have secret 12 and ultra man has
    Cyanocobalamin 100mcg i notice that spplement facts are that of a serving of 2 caplets a day thru out the day

  • We generally recommend using as directed on the label unless you’re working with a trusted health advisor who has determined more is necessary.

  • Mark Higson

    Great product, I have a scar on my face from getting glassed 20 years ago. After about 2 months of your iodine I got a red spot on the scar. It was like a ball, I kept rubbing it and after a few weeks something sharp poked out. I used Tweezers and I pulled out a piece of glass!!!
    I was amazed all those years I didn’t even know the glass was in there.
    Thankyou Dr Group.
    I lost my last 2 supply (10 bottles) due to the post here in Asia, waiting for another delivery. so I haven’t had any for a long time. I now have the blue entoptic phenomena… I’m quite worried! Please help

  • johnp


  • Marsha Garling

    How long will it take until I feel more energy? I feel a little more tired since taking this the past 2 weeks.

  • Nate

    Hi, I took 2 whole droppers instead of just drops, one time, then realized it was only drops. Should I be worried?

  • One time? Probably not.

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  • Chris

    I have metal fillings in my teeth. Is it save to use Nascent Iodine? I started to use it a month ago 6 drops a day just as the bottle says. Yesterday one of my teeth with a metal filling broke apart. 🙁

  • Hi Chris, I can’t think of any reason the two would be connected. If your fillings contain mercury amalgam, however, you may want to think about having them replaced as they cause plenty of their own problems!


  • sallie mullinger

    Can I begin taking the nascent iodine while also continuing my daily dosage of Synthroid?

  • Depends, it’s probably best to talk to your prescribing physician. Iodine with levothyroxine can cause hyperthyroidism if you’re taking levothyroxine because of iodine deficiency induced hypothyroidism. Basically the iodine will correct the imbalance and the synthroid will be unnecessary and “over” productive.

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  • InTheLight717

    My colleague’s sister is a flight attendant with major thyroid problems but refuses to go on pharmaceuticals. Her entire flight crew is experiencing thyroid problems, which led me to ask if she flies to Japan and yes, her regular flights are to Japan and South Korea. Should she gradually work up to high doses of nascent iodine, or should she treat it like radiation exposure and be more aggressive? Should she use a mixture like Lugol’s or Iodoral because they contain also potassium iodide? Cost will also end up being an issue if she has to do 50 mg of iodine per day, I am not sure she can afford it.

    Dr. Group, do you do Skype consultations? We live in Hawaii.

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  • Mary

    It says on the bottle not to take if you have cardiovascularb issues. What would that entail exactely, if we need this. Thank you,.

  • 50 is a lot, I would start with much less as directed on the label. Unfortunately we’re not set up for private consultations, sorry!

  • Crystal

    I was Dx with Hashimoto’s in 2012 with the multi nodule goiters & high antibodies. I have heard so much controversy over Iodine with Thyroid conditions. Wondering if this is safe to try even though I had my Iodine level tested & it was within “normal range”. I don’t want to try something if it isn’t needed. Also, how does this react with Synthroid?

  • Adrienne Lawrence

    My Mom takes a thyroid med. Will it be ok to take Nascent iodine with her medication? Also, Since she was plagued with shingles to her face 2 yrs ago her cognitive ability has declined. Could this product help?

  • Tough to say, she’d need to check with her prescribing Dr. about potential interactions with her medications. Detoxadine is a great source of dietary iodine. Whether she’ll get those sort of results depends on if insufficient iodine is the cause of the problem.

  • Sue

    What does nascent iodine supposed to look like? I bought Survival Shield liquid nascent iodine and it is a clear liquid. I thought liquid iodine would be a reddish color.

  • Sounds like it’s fine. A tincture of iodine would be that reddish color.

  • Sandy

    Is this safe for someone that reacts to shell fish/sea weed? What is it made of? I have to watch very closely any vitamins that have iodine from kelp or any sea weed in it as I react with a massive migraine.

  • The iodine in Detoxadine comes from a deep earth source, not shellfish or sea weed.

  • Gail

    chemed, I as well am having trouble understanding what nascent iodine is as well. I looked up the meaning of “nascent” and it means: “beginning to exist : recently formed or developed.” I am even more confused. I was going to order this, but not now. I need to know exactly what it is.

  • Jimmy

    I live in Norway and I have noticed that there is limitations on certain things on Infowarshealth.
    Ben Fuchs has the best advice, start with suppl. vit. and minerals, as a basis/foudation before adding/going to other products like Nascent Iodine.

    My blood test have now come back negative on Hep.C since I started taking daily supplements of vitamins and minerals. hopefully after I have retested again in 3-4 months it will stay like this.

    If it is true could it be so that the supplements have kicksarted my immune system, Dr.Group?

  • I haven’t got enough information to say definitively; after all, “could” is a very expansive word. I personally wouldn’t rule anything out though. I am glad to hear that you’re having good results!

  • thelms

    Is it ok for me to take that “nascent” iodine even if I had thyroid nodules,and have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism.

  • Tough to say. If you have issues that make you think twice, you may want to just ask your doctor if there’s any reason you shouldn’t have supplemental iodine — assuming you’re not getting enough as it is.

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  • Lori

    Iodine detoxifies the body of metals, if you use antiperspirants with aluminum in them the iodine may be pushing it out of your body resulting in the rash under your armpits. Stop using the antiperspirant and see if it goes away.

  • Vicky

    I have been taking the lugols iodine 4% potassium and 2 iodine. I have now noticed lumps on lymph nodes . This is the only thing different. I am also having headaches . Is this a side effect. Not sure how much I should be taking and should it exclude potassium

  • Jonathan Harris

    Yep thats what i did and it stopped

  • 3age Hendrickson

    I would really like to know if there is a difference between LL Magnetic Clays Nascent Iodine and Earth Labs Nascent Iodine?

  • Phililp

    how you store the iodine once it is opened?

  • Rob

    You can harvest wild oregano on the roadsides if a botanist will sow you the locations. I live near Ottawa.

  • Judy Marg

    In all fairness, Dr. Brownstein is using and referring to milligram doses of Lugol’s iodine.

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  • Vigilabo_Vigilum

    What a load of crap.

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  • Darnell Velius

    This nonsensical reply from GHC, “Nascent iodine is nascent iodine”, just shot up a red flag for me about the legitimacy of GHC. I recently started looking online for an Iodine supplement because my local pharmacies don’t stock it. I say to anyone working for GHC who monitors this site, go find a practicing doctor or graduate degree chemist and redeem yourselves by answering the question: WHAT IODINE FORM IS IN THAT BOTTLE THAT YOU’VE LABELED “NASCENT IODINE”? If I don’t see a competent reply from GHC before I find the answer elsewhere, I’ll feel no reason to visit your site again.

  • Darnell Velius

    I see they never answered your question. That throws up a red flag for me about anything coming out of the GHC crowd. It makes me wonder if any doctors or science degree personnel actually work at GHC, if ever.

  • Darnell Velius

    So after just a little research, I find that nascent (anything) is simply the mono-atomic form. So the GHC statement below that nascent iodine is not elemental iodine, is simply incorrect. I have to assume some non-tech clerk is responding to these comments.

  • Darnell Velius

    To anyone who wants a complete answer to what is nascent iodine, look up John Staley Brookshire’s patent applications for nascent or the newer process for magnascent iodine. E.g., see U.S. Patent application # US20150284862 A1

  • ClintonKing

    My understanding is that “nascent iodine” means iodine radical, ie a single atom of iodine, not in chemical combination with any other elements. It seems unlikely or impossible that this product could contain a stable solution of radicals at room temperature. However, nascent iodine does have only seven valence electrons, and it is a fairly electronegative element, which may be what the first paragraph of the article is referring to.

  • Chris N

    I take nascent iodine and also magnesium, apply cider vinegar and
    zeolite. Can I take these altogether in the same glass of water or do I
    need to separate them?

  • Noneyabidnass

    I really appreciate this website and information. I take Detoxidine twice daily (started with one dose a day) and have been on the supplement for 3 weeks. I recently was incapacitated by horrible fever and a sinus infection while on it. I stopped taking the iodine and tried out H2O2 in the nostrils, and I got worse. I added a zinc supplement and then developed a stomach gripe on top of that. So I stopped all the supplements and grabbed my colloidal silver. It is not a GHC brand but a 500ppm large bottle. It has cleared the sinus infection and fever, mostly. I am only on day 3 of a 14 day regime of 1/2 tsp twice a day. I have had to take a homeopathic remedy for the stomach ache and fast for at least 12 hours. That has helped. I originally started taking the Detoxidine to help with my Hashimoto’s symptoms. Can I take the Detoxidine while I am taking the colloidal silver? The pressure in my throat (where my thyroid is) has been building since I stopped taking it to begin treating the sinus infection but now, I can’t take the pressure any more and would like to take the Detoxidine again to give myself relief. I still have 11 days left to take the silver. Is it safe to take simultaneously?

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  • richard wood

    the difference is that with ll magnetic clay nascent iodine half the extra price your paying for is marketing cost ..that goes for most nascent iodine sellers..believe me marketing cost..earthlabs doesn’t market product..so you get savings..

  • CWyatt

    Hi. I just began taking Detoxadine and the 3 drops under my tongue kinda burns. So I added the Vegan-safe B-12 at the same time (instead of separately), which helps with the taste, but it still has a burning sensation. My question is, can I put the iodine drops into a glass of water along with my Himalayan salt (I use 1 tsp sole in an 8 oz glass of living water every day)? Thanks!

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  • ilona

    I am 28 year old female. I bought detoxadine because of excessive hair loss (my eyebrows are thinning too)I need to say also that I.was under ver huge stress for a year (abusive relationship). When my stress were over my hair started fall out in clamps. Its 3rd month since I started loosing my hair. (l loose much more than a 100 per day) I take it for three weeks now. My hair is still falling out but my scalp is no longer so itchy. Can somebody tell how to use it topically? Can I mix a few drops with my shampoo? Or maybe add it to my ACV and rinse my hair with that mixture?? Any advices highly appreciated! :

  • GHC Support

    Hi Ilona,

    We are happy to hear that you have less stress and are on the path to recovery! While we do not have a specific protocol for using Detoxadine on your scalp, we feel that several drops in your shampoo, or mixed with ACV would be great for the health of your scalp. Keep in mind, however, that Detoxadine may cause some staining, since it is a dark red color.

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  • Anita B

    Dr. Group, I have had Hashimoto’s thyroid disease for 30 years and am currently taking 175mcg of levothyroxine daily. After reading that
    taking iodine would be like throwing gasoline on a fire for a person
    with autoimmune disease I am, understandably, quite hesitant to try it.
    May I ask what are your thoughts regarding my situation and would taking selenium protect me from a thyroid storm if I did decide to risk it?

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