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Lugol’s, Iodoral, SSKI… Everything You’d Ever Want To Know About Iodine Supplements And Thyroid Health!
You know, for some reason I was always attracted to the idea of consuming iodine. I’m not really sure why, but often the body knows exactly what it needs (especially with respect to an iodine deficiency) and communicates in “weird” ways. Kind of like when I was a child I had this desire to eat raw hamburger meat when my mom was preparing it in the kitchen. There would be this big ceramic bowl filled with several pounds of hamburger meat and I would have this urge to eat it – it smelled so good! But there was always this fear being spread by my mom and the “adult world” that eating raw meat would give you trichinosis or worms – or even kill you! Of course that is all nonsense, and as an adult I discovered a book by this guy named Alexander Vonderplanitz and I began a raw meat-eating binge. I never got sick once.
Iodine consumption was a lot like that for me. Everyone tells you that an iodine supplement rendering over 150mcg is poison and you will end you up in the ER or with a “basketball” in your throat. It simply isn’t true. I started my journey by buying this book on iodine by some acupuncturist who lives in Brazil (lucky bastard if he lives near a “termas”). It was in this digital book of his that I learned about Magnascent natural iodine, Iodoral by Optimox, Lugol’s and SSKI. Later I learned about kelp iodine in seaweeds like arame and kombu.
Here is breakdown of what they are:
Iodoral Iodine Tablets Are A Hot Item These Days, But Which Iodine Supplement Is Right For You?
Magnascent – a very expensive “nascent” form of elemental iodine. I don’t know what “nascent” really means. The idea according to the site is basically that the human body has the easiest time assimilating it. I bought a huge glass bottle of it for around $200. Expensive as anything, but I really like it. You can feel the power of this liquid iodine VERY fast.
Lugol’s – The most famous iodine tincture in the form of iodine drops. A mix of elemental iodine and potassium iodide. Comes in 2% and 5%. The government doesn’t allow higher concentrations and limits the quantities you can purchase of the 5% because apparently those who cook crystal meth use it in the process. I haven’t watched enough episodes of “Breaking Bad” to know the details. I have used Crow’s 5% and I like it. Probably the best value for your money. Order it along with “Folk Medicine” which is a few dollars (literally) extra for an amazing book. If you are sick of information overload, here’s the jist of the book: basically consume as much apple cider vinegar and honey as possible in addition to the lugol solution. My favorite honey BTW is this korean deer velvet honey that costs $40 a bottle but tastes heavenly and gives you sexual super-powers.
Iodoral by Optimox – Lugol’s in tablet form. Comes in different strengths. I always go for the strongest! Expensive, and it is much cheaper to take Crow’s lugol solution at 5%, but when I travel I use Optimox Iodoral because they don’t let you take liquids in your carry-on anymore and I never check luggage.
SSKI – Good old potassium iodide. Not to be sniffed at! People associate this stuff with anti-radiation tablets and they are correct! I buy this iodine supplement on ebay from a guy called “trapperkcmo” who is also a moderator on the iodine forum at curezone.com. He makes high quality, strong stuff and is the coolest dude. He sells wholesale as well. Anyway, there was a nobel prize winner back in the day who consumed 700mg of KI as a daily maintenance dose his whole life and lived into his 90′s in perfect health. He went as high as 1,000mg (1 gram) when sick. It is also interesting to note that the famous H*xsey tonic had around 600-700mg of KI as the main ingredient. The rest of the herbs were basically to aid with detoxification – which I will get to later. Nowadays most of the H*xsey-style tonics are lacking this ingredient, so it is no wonder the formula is derided as quackery unless you get the real stuff from their center in Tijuana. I’ve actually been there, and personally know 3 people who apparently were ALL “misdiagnosed” back here state-side. LOL! What I am getting at here is that no matter all the talk about Magnascent, Iodoral and Lugol’s, it is historically SSKI that was responsible for all the “legendary results.” So if you want results, my attitude is “why not repeat what winners did?” This isn’t to say that you don’t need natural, elemental iodine. You do, but your body has a “thing” for potassium iodide (SSKI).
Arame and Kombu – How do Japanese (specifically Okinawans) get so much iodine in their diet? Seaweed or kelp iodine! But these two types (arame and kombu) in specific. They are expensive, hard to get, and a bit annoying to consume. Of course things from nature are always the best, if not the most expedient.
Betadine Solution – A 10% solution of povidone-iodine in water used for disinfecting wounds and to paint on a patient’s skin before surgery. There is also a mixture of povidone-iodine and detergent for use as a hand-wash and pre-surgical scrub. DO NOT DRINK!
White Iodine – This is elemental iodine that does not stain the skin. People use it to strengthen fingernails and prevent hair loss by putting on the scalp. If you consume enough iodine, your fingernails will get very strong so I don’t see a point in painting them, however white iodine is awesome for other topical applications besides the hair. For example, there are stories of people painting wounds and scars religiously with elemental iodine and the skin completely regenerating. Obviously, this is easier to do with white iodine then to run around town with iodine stains on your skin.
What Do You Need To Take Along With Your Iodine Supplements?
Now this is important: if you are going to start taking iodine/iodide at levels that get results, you MUST take selenium every day. You should get L-Selenomethionine because regular selenium is hard to assimilate and can make you sick. A good dose of L-Selenomethionine is 200mcg/day. The next most important mineral is magnesium in the form of magnesium malate because it chelates aluminum. We all know aluminum when combined with iodine deficiency is behind alzheimer’s and dementia. My mom suffers from dementia, and she drank a particular aluminum-laden antacid every day for 30 years. I haven’t used deodorant in years because it is filled with aluminum as well. I don’t stink either! The final most important minerals are zinc and copper. This is not to say that other minerals are unimportant because you are only as healthy as the minerals you lack! Get vigilant!
I Am Concerned About My Low Iodine Diet, But Isn’t Iodine/Iodide A Poison And What Dosages Can You Safely Ingest?
Next let’s talk about the fear of iodine poisoning. In my experience (and the experience of many others on forums like curezone.com) everyone who has attained success with an iodine supplement like lugol’s, or a natural iodine supplement like Magnascent has “pushed the envelope.” I know people who have consumed 1,000mg of SSKI and they are not dead or sick. The average daily consumption of natural iodine in Japan is 12mg/day. In some areas I have heard it approaches 200mg/day!
People are so mind-controlled by fear of iodine that they start to have side-effects from pathetic dosages of iodine/iodide. They literally believe that they are drinking poison and so their mind manifests symptoms. This is what is behind most failure with the usage of iodine supplements. They get a slight headache and run to Google to perform a search for “iodine toxicity signs.” Google returns pages of crap written by other brain-washed idiots that scares the shit out of them. C’mon!
Does this mean you should go out an consume 200mg of elemental iodine? Only if you are a suicidal idiot who wants a trip to the ER! Japanese people are used to consuming mega-doses of iodine and you are not. It’s the same like Eskimos can eat the liver of a seal or polar bear and not die from vitamin A toxicity. You are not so fortunate! Personally, I have consumed 50,000 IU of Vitamin A every day for years and I feel incredible. My eyes never falter and I am on the computer or reading all the time. But the Vitamin A I consume is from COD LIVER OIL ONLY. No palmitates or beta-carotenes or synthetics or anything other then cod liver oil. Still, I wouldn’t eat the liver of an Alaskan sled dog, a seal or a polar bear. You have to know your limits! I mean, I’m a die-hard Weston A. Price fanatic who got braces at 39 years of age to obtain massive dental arches that would make the late Dr. Price proud. See, I wasn’t breast-fed, didn’t get cod liver oil as a child PLUS had childhood orthodontics that totally fucked up my teeth. Once I began to consume the type of Weston Price diet that they feed racehorses, fixed my fucked-up dentition and started going crazy with the iodine my life changed.
But I digress…
Originally I started with Magnascent. Consuming the equivalent of 20mg a day of elemental iodine. Went great for days until my throat started to feel swollen. I got scared and backed down. But I came back within days. Started consuming 20mg of natural iodine in the form of Lugol’s from Crow’s 5% formulation. This gave me a lot of potassium iodide (SSKI) as well. About twice the amount of iodide as iodine. Everything was fine. Never had a “side effect” again. Why did my throat swell up? I’m not a doctor, but my guess is that my iodine-starved thyroid got a little shocked by the sudden fuel pouring in. No problemo!
After some months of this I discovered that all the real results occurred in history with 600-700mg dosages of SSKI per day. The H*xsey peeps broke that dosage down over 4 doses during the course of the day. So I began to take the same dosages – but in one shot!
But I couldn’t achieve this target dosage with lugol’s! To get the equivalent of that much iodide from lugol iodine tincture I would have to consume a LOT of elemental iodine along with it: If I were taking Crow’s 5% about 300mg worth of natural iodine! Not a good idea!
So I made my own mix: I mixed 600 mg of SSKI with 20mg of elemental iodine from Magnascent into a tall glass of water every morning. Took it on an empty stomach with my minerals. Skipped breakfast, only ate lunch and dinner.
I did this for months…
What Were My Personal Results With These Dosages Of Liquid Iodine And Iodide (SSKI)?
1. Allergies disappeared completely! Around 14 years of age I had become massively allergic to cats and dogs. Around 30 I had started to suffer during allergy season. It was worse year-after-year. Now I can play with cats and dogs all I want!
2. I have the sexual energy of a teenager and never tire after an ejaculation. Will explain this further in a bit!
3. Scars on my face are beginning to soften and fade. I have acne scars on my temples and forehead. Uncorrectable via surgery. They are beginning to go away!
4. I feel so fucking good! Seriously, I feel magical, even when I am miserable. Hard to explain unless you experience it.
5. My hair got thicker and new hair grew back where it had fallen out.
6. My gut melted down! Went from a 36″ waist down to a 32″ waist.
It took nearly a year from when I first started supplementing with iodine to get to the results I listed above.
There WERE bumps along the road!
For example, just before my allergies went away forever I got this dizzy feeling one morning after taking my “cocktail” and I got pretty scared. I needed to lie down. I felt FIRE shooting through my arms. Like boiling water was moving around inside my body. It felt good, but was also scary as hell, I won’t lie.
The good news is that sodium ascorbate is the antidote to iodine poisoning. Take 10 grams, dissolve in water and drink. Lie down and rest. You’ll be fine soon enough. Now I am NOT saying I was poisoned although I was scared enough to drink the vitamin C! LOL!
The thing is right afterwards my allergies were gone.
So, I kept my Magnascent dosages at 20mg of elemental iodine a day while DROPPING my SSKI to 100mg. Then slowly I built back up to 500mg and kept it there.
The interesting thing is I ended up in the ER around this time because I was allergic to anesthesia that an oral surgeon had given me and they checked out my thyroid while I was there and they said everything was perfect! Across from me was a woman with her foot rotting- off due to diabetes. It was black from decay. They were going to amputate it. I started to cry. All unnecessary, as you will see later on…
Why Is Iodine Supplementation So Controversial And Why Do You Have Stuff Dripping Out Your Nose When Taking Iodine Supplements?
Here is the back story:
Your whole endocrine system runs on iodine. Iodine and iodide are like gas for your endocrine system. Some years ago, some “illuminati genius” decided it would be great to make everyone weak by lowering testosterone. Why not make them stupid and sick as well with cancer and diabetes? From their point of view, it was a good plan. After all, they saw what people with strong endocrine systems did when they got fed up with bullshit (research the NYC Draft Riots of the 1800′s). So they removed iodine from bread and milk, told everyone that to supplement with iodine was tantamount to poisoning yourself – and then they did something even worse: they FLOODED our environment and diet with halogen-class metals such as fluoride, bromide, mercury, chlorine, etc. These metals “plug” themselves into the same receptor sites that iodine would normally occupy. Total carnage resulted! Today we have a nation of obese, low-testosterone, borderline-diabetics whose brains are in such a fog they don’t even suspect they are on the road to c*ncer.
Did you know that the poison fluoride was first put into the water supply in soviet gulags to make prisoners docile and weak? If fluoride prevented cavities, how come everyone has a mouth full of them? Duh!
Did you know that the poison bromide used to leaven bread (they used to use iodine to leaven bread) was originally sold as a “tonic” to make skinny children fat?
Do you think it makes sense to fill a person’s dental cavitations with the poison mercury from a thermometer?
Are you uncomfortable with conspiracy theories? So start calling them conspiracy facts!
Anyway, that clear fluid dripping out of your nose when you take a lot of iodine/iodide is all this toxic garbage being pushed out of the body. It will stop eventually. It took almost a year for my endocrine system to “power up” again after years of starvation and toxic abuse.
What’s The Story With My Mom, Her Thyroid Health – And Her Dementia?
My mom was not only suffering from iodine deficiency, she drank a certain brand of antacid the is laden with aluminum on a daily basis for over 30 years. The first sign of trouble was her thyroid problem which we ignored. We let those moron doctors put her on synthetic thyroid hormones. We didn’t know better back then. I was too busy to do the research. They took out her uterus, and we fought the butcher doctors not to take out her ovaries at the same time. This could all have been prevented with iodine and iodide supplements, but we just didn’t know any better. Over the years the utter iodine/iodide starvation combined with the synthetic hormones turned her into an idiot. They call it dementia, brain fog, whatever… it’s totally horrific.
I originally started researching iodine supplements on a hunch because I had a feeling iodine would raise my testosterone levels and that was my goal at the time. I just knew there HAD to be a SIMPLE explanation as to why testosterone levels were dropping all over the place. It HAD to be more then JUST the estrogen-mimicking chemicals that filled our environment. And it was: the whole “remove iodine from the environment and replace it was a flood of assorted halogen-class metals” IS the most ACTIONABLE reason testosterone levels are dropping worldwide. I say “actionable” because there is really nothing we can do about the drinking water being shipped in plastic bottles (the opaque water bottles you can’t see through easily are the worst), or the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, etc… But you CAN do something about your body and brain being starved for iodine which it needs to defend itself from a flood of toxic fluoride and bromide, etc. It is also my speculation that iodine and iodide can protect you from a lot more or those things we think we can do nothing about, but that is just speculation.
Anyway, as I carried on with my iodine research, EVERYTHING about my mom just fell into place as did everything about my particular situation. It was all clear as day for me, including our nation’s battle with obesity, diabetes, cancer, etc.
I am afraid sometimes that it may be too late for my mom, but my father dutifully gives her the same regimen that worked for me every single day. We both started on this regimen at the same time, 1 year ago. While her dementia hasn’t gotten any better it hasn’t gotten any worse either. As a matter of fact, she is really happy most of the time and full of energy. Before supplementing with iodine she was always tired and falling asleep. Not any more! Her thyroid tests are now PERFECT, and I just hope that over time the potassium iodide will feed her brain and regenerate it.
But while my father is often times negative about the whole situation (and who can blame him as he has become her “seeing eye human” and is drowned daily in the misery that is dementia), I am relentless by nature and have taken further steps. First, I had a heavy metal toxicity analysis done on my mom. Ironically, despite consuming a s#*tload of aluminum over the course of her life, she has no issue with aluminum toxicity! Mercury and lead, however, are a nightmare! How did this happen? Well, I am not sure about the lead unless there is something seriously wrong with either the drinking water in NYC, or the pipes in the building she lives in. The Mercury is easy to explain: my mom had a mouthful of mercury fillings and a few years back she had them removed. All at once. With no detox regimen in place before-or-after the procedure. The dentist who removed them was probably clueless as well. Either way, it was after this that things started to rapidly deteriorate.
So I put my mom on HMD (http://www.detoxmetals.com/) in an attempt to chelate out the mercury and lead (iodine chelates lead, BTW). The jury is still out on HMD so I am not actively linking to it because I do not recommend it yet. I am just sharing what I am up to! I also give my mom Alpha Lipoic Acid which is supposed to help chelate mercury specifically from the brain. Along with that I am also giving my mom daily mega-doses of what her tests revealed her to be deficient in, such as calcium, magnesium, zinc – to name a few.
Finally, I stumbled upon this website alzheimer’s cure and it is the most promising research on curing Alzheimer’s I’ve ever seen. So I am giving my mom coconut oil softgels every day. I figure everything is ultimately simple, we just can’t see it. If my mom has mercury and lead toxicity, then I remove it. If her thyroid is broken, I fix it (I did). If she is deficient in minerals, I flood her with them. If I find she is deficient in MCTs and Ketones, I give them to her… Where most people fail in life is they don’t follow the advice one of my ex-girlfriends kept parroting: “what gets measured get’s managed.” If you do real testing of the blood chemistry, and act to correct anything that is off, you are bound to reap boundless benefits.
Another thing I want to add here, is that most people give up waaaaay too easily on everything.
Just know where you want to go, hatch a plan how to get there, write down your goal and plan to achieve it, then every day you keep asking yourself “have I really done everything I can today to get closer to my goal?” Arnold Schwarzenegger used to ask himself: “Is it really true that I cannot do another rep?” This is not a joke! Felix Dennis, in his classic “How To Get Rich” writes that getting rich is just endless action requiring near limitless endurance. Michael Phelps is the greatest swimmer in the world because he swam for ten hours a day, 365 days a year, for ten years. NOBODY worked as hard as he did. Hence, he became the champion!
Hollywood and TV have been brainwashing you for years in order to turn you into not only a wisdomless slave without a clue, but one who believe instant gratification and a one-minute attention span are the keys to success. Now, there are some people who are just born rich and beautiful but they paid for it in a past life. Believe me. Everything in life is “paid forward.” The universe doesn’t take credit cards! So start your journey and don’t give up!
The content on this website is NOT medical advice and I am NOT GIVING ANY medical advice. I am telling a personal story about myself and my mom and I am telling it to all my current friends and future friends in cyberspace. If you read the content on this website and find yourself having the thought to do anything you read on this website, go consult with your doctor first. This is common sense, and there are plenty of doctors out there who are fans of iodine supplementation who will be thrilled to help you.
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