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Iodine Supplementation

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Most of us never consider the link between diet and chronic fatigue or insomnia. A body produces negative warning reactions when it has too much or too little of any given thing. Most of us lack vital nutrients like the B vitamins, which are found in most vegetables. They are weakened by cooking, and they are destroyed whenever they are microwaved.

Iodine is an element that is found in trace amounts throughout the human body. It is the foundation of all nutrition, since cells need it to regulate their metabolism. When lacking iodine, people are known to suffer from swollen glands in the throat, thyroid diseases, increased fluoride toxicity, decreased fertility rates, increased infant mortality rates, sugar regulation problems, and (with severe deficiency) mental retardation. It has been theorized as a cause of A.D.H.D. for newborns of iodine deficient mothers. Iodine is the only substance known to neutralize fluoride stored inside the body, and it can shield against some radiation damage.

A New York Times syndicate reported:

"Besides causing unsightly goiters, iodine deficiency slows all the systems of the body: The digestive system becomes sluggish, nails grow more slowly, skin and hair become dry and dull, tendon reflexes stiffen, sensitivity to cold increases, and the pulse slows. Iodine helps form who we are to such an extent that a deficiency can lead to a dulling of the personality, deterioration of attention and memory, increase in irritability due to fatigue and extreme apathy."

Iodine deficiencies, soy consumption, and fluoride exposure are all causes of the hypothyroidism epidemic. Hypothyroidism generally strikes women, causing fatigue, weight gain, and cancers amongst many other problems. Therefore, we recommend topical applications of iodine, because there is no known toxicity when it is absorbed through the skin into the blood. No person anywhere understands why, but it is a verifiable fact that low to moderate amounts of iodine are harmless when absorbed transdermally.

Organic iodine is found in some foods naturally, including eggs, sea salt, cheese, asparagus, garlic, beans, spinach, beef and many more. As is usual with all of the critical minerals, iodine is found in higher amounts in organic foods, and there is no comparison between organic iodine and the chemically synthesized versions of iodine found in retailer products and or those so often sold by quacks. The difference is another glaring example of the difference between God-made and man-made foods.

The Iodine Speed Test

Most people are deficient in iodine, and there is a simple test that can be used by anyone to determine if he is deficient. Here is the simple procedure:

  1. Apply standard 2% topical iodine in a circular area that is about the size of a silver dollar (2 inches) on the abdomen, and allow it to completely dry before redressing.
  2. Check to see if it almost completely disappears in 12 hours.

If the iodine disappears within 12 hours, then the test subject is iodine deficient. This test works due to the fact that the skin absorbs iodine at the rate at which it is needed. We do not pretend to understand the whole process, but the results accurately and reliably reflect iodine consumption in the diet. Whenever a person is ill, transdermal iodine will absorb especially rapidly because iodine helps to produce the hormones that fuel the immune system. In our own testing, we have witnessed a 4 to 5 times absorption increase during periods of high stress or illness. Apply it cautiously, because it will stain almost anything.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

There is a lot of conflicting information on the Internet regarding the application of iodine for those with Hashimoto's, with much of it being entirely wrong. Iodine dosage is especially important in Hashimoto thyroiditis cases, since an overdose can destroy the patient's thyroid. However, a small amount of iodine does actually help this condition. Problems tend to occur for those who consume potassium iodide supplements, and those who internally consume iodine drops. There is greatly reduced risk with iodine applied transdermally, as we generally recommend. Remember that transdermal application allows a body to better self-regulate iodine absorption.

If you feel that you must consume iodine orally, then get it through supplementing with red marine algae. It is the safest natural source for oral iodine supplementation, and other underwater vegetation generally contains toxins such as heavy metals and PCB's. You can also get iodine safely by eating fish. Potassium iodide is a much safer alternative to iodine for those who are careful not to overdose, but people should beware of companies that include additives such as sodium benzoate. Potassium iodide should never be used by those with Hashimoto's disease.

The Insanity of Ingesting Iodine

Skull and cross bones emblem on iodine bottleLugol's iodine is a special formulation of iodine that is sold by quacks who proclaim it to be a supplement for internal consumption. They suggest that it is a medicine for an endlessly growing plethora of diseases, but they are careful to never actually call it a medicine lest they risk imprisonment. They present Lugol's iodine as the gold standard of iodines for drinking. The formulation is 5 g. of chemically extracted iodine, and 10 g. of potassium iodide per 100 milliliters of distilled water. There are rogue people who advocate drinking as much as three teaspoons of chemically-extracted iodine daily; to supposedly cure and prevent countless illnesses. In some cases, they are even orally giving it to small children in what is blatantly child abuse.

Dr. Guy E. Abraham and his close partner Dr. David Brownstein have been repeatedly quoted and cited by the quacks of iodine drinking as "the experts" on this topic; so it is worth a moment to discuss them. Brownstein wrote an entire book about drinking iodine, and Abraham's faithful point to his credentials as a professor and a former M.D. However, their therapies are not even endorsed by their own establishment. In previous times, they were both a willing part of a medical system that routinely gives children radioactive iodine to virtually destroy any chance of them having a long and healthy life.

"Want to join the experiment? If you are already taking iodine click here to become a member, or Order a bottle for $40 to try it out for yourself!"

-- Dr. Guy E. Abraham

Elemental iodine is quite useful as a topical antiseptic, and topical applications eliminate a plethora of health issues wrought by iodine deficiencies. However, elemental iodine can quickly become toxic when orally consumed, for it is so difficult to not overdose. It is always safe when it organically occurs in foods, such as fish. The effects of an overdose with elemental iodine mimic the central nervous system problems that are caused by well-known poisons; for instance, the metallic taste that is caused by arsenic poisoning. The iodine that is found in typical retailers is always toxic in any amount when taken orally.

The poisonous short-term effects of ingested iodine are well known, but the consequences of tiny amounts being ingested over a period of years are unknown. We have written this hoping that those considering following such moronic advice will research enough to find the truth prior to hurting themselves, or their children.

Symptoms of Iodine Toxicity

  • Abdominal pain
  • Coughing
  • Delirium
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Mouth and throat pain
  • Inability to urinate
  • Seizures
  • Shock
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stupor
  • Excessive thirst
  • Profuse vomiting
  • Death

Other misguided followers of Abraham and Brownstein allege that iodine itself is not toxic, and that the toxic effects only result from methanol being inside the over-the-counter products. They usually follow with boasts about Lugol's iodine lacking methanol, while ignoring all the other toxicity facts about it. However, the National Institutes of Health specifically cites Lugol's iodine as being poisonous, and even its fumes are dangerous whenever it is heated. The official medical term for toxic overexposure to iodine is "iodism", and this condition is virtually always the result of oral consumption. No other mineral supplement requires environmental protection suits in its production process, because iodine synthesis is a dangerous and chemical-laden production process.

Some of those who are consuming synthetic iodine (and even giving it to their children) believe that it must be safe because iodine is added to salt and bread. This is actually not true. It is normally trace amounts of potassium iodide (not iodine) that is added food items. It is a significantly less toxic chemical relative of iodine that somewhat helps to compensate for iodine deficiencies. While the safer iodide can be found inside the Lugol's solution, and inside of other supplemental iodine solutions, it is still dangerously easy to overdose. It is so dangerous that it is absolutely irresponsible to supplement with it, or to recommend it as a supplement.

It is worth noting that iodine is much safer when combined with carbohydrates like bread, because starches are known to neutralize it. Thus, even if real iodine were inside breads, then the breads would neutralize that iodine. The excessive carbohydrate consumption of our Western diets is one of the many reasons why so many of us are lacking iodine. For this reason, victims of iodine consumption are recommended to eat bread by iodine manufacturers and poison control centers.

There has been a philosophical debate that has raged for eons about whether a people should be protected from themselves. However, there is no debate about whether children should be protected from bad adults. All of us in society have a shared duty to protect children from harm. It is our moral duty to report any parent who is poisoning a child with iodine, or any other toxic substance, to child protective services or other relevant governmental agencies. Contact us if you know of this happening to a child, but you are too afraid to get involved. Poisoning a child is a symptom of the mental illness, Munchhausen by proxy, so the abuse will only get worse in time if there is no intervention. For some really bad parents out there, the book from Brownstein is the excuse that they need.

Safe Ingestion Methods

The safest supplement for iodine is red marine algae, which can be purchased in capsule form. Other marine plants have toxins, such as heavy metals and PCB's. The ideal food source for iodine is baked fish. Beware of bottom feeders and shell fish, for they have the same toxins that most underwater vegetation does, in addition to toxins that they produce themselves. Pure potassium iodide is an acceptable solution for those who are careful not to overdose, but people should beware of impure products that include additives such as sodium benzoate, or even iodine. Potassium iodide should never be used by those with Hashimoto's disease, nor any other oral iodine supplements.

The potassium iodide that is added to table salt is not adequate to compensate for most iodine deficiencies. It is usually sufficient to stop goitrous boils from swelling in the neck, which are caused by an extreme deficiency. However, not enough iodine can be obtained from table salt to maintain optimal health, unless a dangerous amount of it is consumed. Naturally-occurring iodine is present in unadulterated sea salt with naturally-occurring complimentary minerals, but even the vastly superior and healthier sea salt might not be enough for a tiny fraction of people who have extreme iodine deficiencies that are caused by fluoride toxicity and other mitigating factors. The safest way to intake more iodine is to increase the amount of healthy sea food in the diet, and this excludes bottom feeders.

The Facts About Iodine Ingestion


First Aid For Iodine Poisoning: In the event that somebody is searching the Internet in a bid to quickly neutralize iodine: Give the person milk, cornstarch or flour, and continue to provide milk every 15 minutes. Starches (bread, flour, rice, potatoes, and other carbohydrates) greatly neutralize iodine. A dose of activated charcoal would be a wise choice too. DO NOT give these items if the patient is having symptoms that make it hard to swallow (such as vomiting, convulsions, or a decreased level of alertness). Contact Poison Control immediately. The U.S. National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can be called from anywhere in the United States.


Avoid Povidone Iodine

It is becoming increasingly difficult to know what sort of iodine to use, and a new form of iodine is being sold in stores. It is called Povidone iodine, which is a mix of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and elemental iodine. The compound is similar to PVC plastic.

There is no need to add another chemical to iodine as a preservative. The classic formula (water or alcohol, potassium iodide, and iodine) is highly effective, and comes with less side effects. Pure iodine is itself a disinfectant, so the addition of toxins to supposedly preserve it is merely another instance of useless chemical tainting. PVP (the "povidone") is said to simply pass through the body when taken orally, but is admitted to cause problems when injected. It is reported to cause pulmonary vascular injury in the latter case. Using iodine transdermally is the equivalent of injecting it into the blood, for it bypasses digestive filtration and decomposition. Observant readers will have noticed that polyvinylpyrrolidone contains "vinyl". After all of the controversy surrounding such plastics as PVC, can you imagine the effects of chronic exposure?

PVP has some technical applications:

  • An adhesive in glue stick and hot melts
  • A special additive for batteries, ceramics, fiberglass, inks, inkjet paper and in the chemical-mechanical planarization process
  • An emulsifier and disintegrant for solution polymerization

There have been a disturbing number of cases in which people have gone into anaphylactic shock due to an allergy to the povidone in this iodine. It is considered hazardous by O.S.H.A. (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) due to it causing breathing difficulty, and eye irritation. For the same reason, fire-fighters wear self-contained breathing apparatuses before they enter buildings containing this substance. There is also evidence to indicate that there is a cancer link.

Answering Reader Questions About Iodine

"I know someone who has long-standing untreated Hashimoto's disease and who has recently ingested Lugol's for about three weeks, 4 drops a day, except for 15 drops two days in the middle of that period of time. She was trying to self-treat after reading a book by Dr. Brownstein. She said that at first she felt more energy than she had ever had in their entire adult life. For the very first time, she felt well in that way and was very happy. She thought she'd be safe because she took all the vitamins and minerals Brownstein recommended along with the Lugol's, but she ended up poisoned. She is now experiencing severe symptoms, including severe insomnia, racing heart 24/7, and goiter. She complains of extremely heavy arms and legs and weakness of arms and legs, sore muscles in backs of thighs, and numbness or circulation problems in left-sided appendages and face. She also complains of swollen thyroid with difficulty swallowing and breathing. She has have been off Lugol's for two days now, and now is frightened. She has well water, not municipal water, and feels too weak to leave her home. She has read your article here on your website, and has asked me to write this for her because she feels too sick to get out of bed. Should I go out and get some municipal tap water for her to drink? She's afraid to do anything without asking around first. Any ideas for how to help someone with Hashimoto's who finds themselves in this situation, while they wait for a doctor's appt.?"

This is an emergency and conventional medicine does emergencies best. She is at an extremely high risk of having a heart attack.

In the meantime, lots of fluoridated tap water would probably help to neutralize the excess iodine. You need to get some cayenne and taurine (L-taurine) in her too, in order to help stabilize her blood pressure and her pulse. Remove all salt except for a daily pinch of pure unrefined sea salt. Also give L-arginine to relax the blood vessels. Vitamin E will help to thin the blood, so you may want to supplement in high doses with that, too. Three standard 400 I.U. vitamin E capsules will probably be ideal.

Put her on a high carbohydrate diet (lots of bread and pasta). Carbohydrates are sometimes used to neutralize iodine, and they might still help. You can worry about safer and more natural therapies after the high risk of a heart attack passes. Until then, go with the doctors and treat this like the emergency that it is.

 

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Comments (41)
  • Lorie Blaine

    If iodine is poisonous, how do you explain the Japanese population consuming more than 12 mg of iodine in their daily diet of sea veggies? If iodine were poisonous, then why is salt iodized? Why don't people die from eating seafood??

    Curious minds want to know.

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
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    As this article points out, most people are deficient in iodine, and should get more of it. However, they should not ingest synthetic iodine that was created in a lab. The Japanese are not drinking bottles of synthetic iodine. They are eating a natural product.

    As we also pointed out in this article, iodized salt is made with potassium iodide, not iodine. I hope this helps to clear things up.

  • Sandra  - Lugol's iodine taken internally

    I am so grateful for your article. I just hope I didn't do some irreparable damage to myself and if I stop now taking iodine internally I will be fine. I believed all the health claims about Lugol's iodine and just finished a course of 30ml (ingested orally). I purchased this from a site called regenerativenutrition.com and now wonder what other harmful advise might be on there. Is there anything that I can do to reverse the effects of the ingested iodine? My thyroid is painful now. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism many years ago but never felt any pain and now after taking this iodine(7%) my neck has been quite painful for two days now. I would apreciate any advise. Many thanks in advance.

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
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    Fluoride and iodine neutralize one another in the human body, so start drinking lots of tap water. You will be fine soon.

    By the way, this can also happen with iodine applied to the skin, but it would take an extreme amount, and a person who is not accustomed to it.

  • valarie  - iosol question

    i had ingested iosol iodine about four drops per 16 oz. water daily for a week.. i became severely constipated. I stopped using the iosol iodine. Now i am reading about "painting" with iodine. My questions are....(1) can i use the iosol idodine to paint an area? (2) how much and how often do i do this? i have painted an area on the underside of my wrist from side to side and about two inches long and the iodine disappears in less than an hour-hour and half. i have been diagnosed with severe RA and have been taking humira and methotrexate for about two years now. One more question, please, the side effects of sodas/soft drinks/--not diet ones. --thank you for your help....

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
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    Yes, you can use iosol iodine to paint a patch on your skin. Generally, you keep increasing the size of your patch until it takes 12 hours for it to disappear. If it is dissipating every couple of hours, it is fine to add more as soon as it runs out. This is pretty regular among those who drink fluoridated water, or who are exposed to fluoride through the use of pharmaceuticals. We recommend spring/well water.

    There are a few problems with regular soft drinks. Firstly, they acidify the body, which makes you more susceptible to disease. Read this article for more on that: [url=http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/361-the- relationship-between-body-ph-and-disease-and-other-facts-youre-not-supposed-to- know.html] The Link Between Body pH and Disease[/url].

    Also, high fructose corn syrup leads to heart disease, and of course, obesity. It is almost always produced from GMO corn, which is responsible for chronic diseases and the decline of the bee population. Refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup both lead to diabetes. Evaporated cane juice, on the other hand, is needed to cure it. If all of that wasn't enough, the cans that house soft drinks contain a [url=http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/319-bpa-is-in- metal-food-containers-too-because-it-was-intentionally-put-there-to-make-them- safe.html]BPA lining[/url].

  • Sarah Carragher  - test

    Hi okay so I got the iodine and applied it. Does it have to be on the abdomen? or can you just apply it anywhere on the body? It absorbed in less than 5 mins? Its itchy.... by obsorb does that mean that you can no longer see the stain?

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
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    You only need to apply it to the abdomen for the iodine test. You can apply it anywhere. Absorb does mean that there is no longer any sign of iodine on that area (no stain).

  • Mike

    Hi
    Thanks for all the info on this website, very useful and much appreciated. Just a few questions.
    1. I'm absorbing the iodine pretty quickly, but I'm still not sure what size patch of iodine to put on my skin, any suggestions?

    2. I couldn't find Lugol's Iodine, so I,m using an Iodine Tincture by Ovelle,the ingredients are listed a : Iodine 2.5% w/v, Potassium Iodine 2,5% w/v, Ethanol 90%, Purified water. Is this ok to use or should I order Lugol's instead?

    3. Is Selenium (in tablet form) ok to take along side Iodine, as I have a vague memory of reading somewhere that they shouldn't be taken at the same time?

    Thank's once again for your help.

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
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    Hey Mike. Iodine tincture is just fine, as long as you don't put it in your mouth. There is no harm in supplementing with selenium at the same time as using iodine. There were some people who had concerns about this several years ago, but that all seems to have gone now, and people regularly supplement with both. Take care.

  • Canadian J  - Thank-you

    Thank-you for all your very useful info. I'm currently waiting for my ultrasounds on my thyroid and diagnosis, but all my symptons from the past and present tell my I have hypothyroidism. I'm already benifiting from all the info on this site. A thousand thank-you's!!

  • Jen  - Daughter & myself are both Hypothyroid

    I've been hypothyroid for ~ 17 yrs (I'm now 38). I've been taking Armour thyroid for ~ 3 yrs now and have liked it much better than the synthroid I used to be on. I've always been on 50 mcg synthroid or 60mg Armour. It's never needed changing, even during pregnancies, etc.

    Unfortunately, we found out about a yr ago that my daughter (at age 8 y/o) was also hypothyroid. In fact, her levels were 3x higher than they should have been. She's also on Armour thyroid (30mg).

    My question is whether or not the topical iodine, thyroid support herbs, diet, & exercise could possibly help either one of us (esp my daughter) to quit having to take the thyroid meds all together?

    I really want to help her "cure" her thyroid so that it will work properly for her and not have to take thyroid meds the rest of her life like I have had to.

    Thanks for your time!

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
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    If both you and your EIGHT-YEAR-OLD daughter are both suffering from hypothyroidism, then you seriously need to re-evaluate your diet AND lifestyle. Especially avoid fluoride. Regardless of what the doctors might say to you, you do not have defective genes. As to your question as to whether our methods will work, you have already tried it your way, and you see the results. You might want to turn things around now, or someday your daughter is going to curse you for it.

  • Zack

    My iodine solution absorbed within 2 hours and 45 minutes! And I even put more then the recommended dollar sized application by accident. I'll continue applying once the last application is gone. Hope this gets rid of the cold feet.

    2.5% iodine, 2.5% potassium iodide, 83.7% isopropyl alcohol

    Thanks for all the useful information

  • curious  - can povidone iodine be used to test iodine deficie

    hi,is it ok to use povidone iodine(available iodine 1%?) to test iodine deficiency on the skin?

  • Myles  - HELP...

    I had some Lougals made up by a biochemist in Australia. I put some on my wrist about 5cm x 5cm patch, it dissapeared within 6 hours or so. I put some more on straight away. 1. Can I continue to put it on my skin as soon as it dissapeas or should i wait 24hrs? If i do put it on, should I put it on a different spot and how much?

    Is lougals the best one to use? And what suppliment would be best? How long will it take to get my thyroid 100% again? Blood test says it is ok, but patch omly lasts 5-6 hours???

    Is is dangerous to put on continually until it stays for 24 hrs?

    Myles.

  • C. Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)
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    It's probably not dangerous. Start small and increase gradually, while using your common sense. Being iodine deficient does not necessarily mean that you have a thyroid problem. It does not prove that the thyroid is fine either, and the official tests are notorious for being wrong more often than right. There are many potential causes for the rapid intake of iodine. Your body might simply be saturated with fluoride, and it is using most of the iodine to neutralize it.

    Lugol's iodine is a formulation of iodine, not a brand. It is high-end stuff, but it should only be used externally like other iodine-containing products, for most people, most of the time. There are exceptions, such as the alternative Hoxsey cure for cancer. Otherwise, iodine should only be consumed nutritionally through seafood and red marine algae supplementation.

  • Adarious  - Investigations

    I came here because I was doing research prior to picking up dr brownstein's literature and would like to know if any of it is worthwhile or if I'd be wasting my money.

    I think the 2 current motivations driving the consideration are the better diet book/vitamins and the cancer-related articles...as it runs heavily in my family and I am beginning to suspect I may be at risk if not have it (planning to get checked out this month).

    I saw my father go through all their crap and go swiftly downhill to his death as direct result of their traditional treatments, and thus wish to arm myself as well as I can with viable natural prevention and possible reversal strategies.

    After reading about this iodine here and what it does, along with the symptoms of deficiency (most of which I show) I also should likely be trying what you say here. I've never used it before and wouldn't be sure where to go to obtain it here in the US so any suggestions here are also welcome.

  • June Shelton

    I take RX for hypothyroid. I am also allergic to shrimp, are the two related?

  • Roula Mermigis

    I have hypothyroid and I see that eating fish is the best way to supplement iodine. What fish is considered bottom fish and what fish is best to eat?

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
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    The best fish are those which have fins and scales. They have digestive systems which are capable of eliminating toxins. Research 'Kosher fish' for more information about this. Most regular fish, such as whitefish, cod, tuna, and salmon do have fins and scales, so they are Kosher and healthy. Shrimp, oysters, shellfish, shark, etc. should all be avoided. You may find this article interesting:

    God's Nutrition: From The Big Guy Himself

  • Kenneth Quinn  - Nascent Iodine

    Thanks for the informative article. I greatly appreciate the information. I didn't see anything about ingesting Nascent Iodine and I was wondering it this was just another scam. This is an excerpt from the article: Nascent Iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is produced by the thyroid and is absorbed effortlessly by the body.
    Is this true, or just another scam to sell some crap?

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
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    It's just another scam. Nascent iodine sellers tend to use even more buzz-words than Lugol's sellers, but it's just a fraud. For example, one of their claims is that it is "atomic iodine", which actually means nothing. According to atomic theory, everything is made from atoms.

  • Andrea Lyle
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    My iodine is clear so how would I know If I absorbed it through my skin. I guess I just wouldn't.

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
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    If your iodine is clear, it is not normal iodine. It may be potassium iodide, or a bogus homeopathic product. In any case, we recommend using regular iodine, so that you can properly gauge how much you need.


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