Dosage For Iodine
“So when we’re forced to travel by air,
Holly and I drink a few ounces of water with 10 drops of SSKI. (potassium Iodide or commonly called Lugol’s iodine) The
SSKI rapidly accumulates in any in the sinuses, where it inhibits or
kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi before they can cause an infection.
There have also been times when
we’ve gotten to our destination— usually a conference somewhere
—and one of the women in embarrassing and uncomfortable
symptoms of a bladder infection. Certainly not the sort of infection
you want to catch when you’re far away from home (and your
doctor). Luckily, I always carry a small “backup” bottle of SSKI,
which I give to her with instruc- tions to take 10 to 15 drops in
water or juice every three to four hours (while awake) until the
infection is gone. SSKI is close to 100 percent
effective in eliminating bladder infections, but the amount needed
is a relatively high dose, so it’s “Its potential goes
far beyond being a simple disinfectant.
There are literally dozens of uses—and
most of them are ones you’d never expect.” Per Dr Johathan Wright MD
Vaginal yeast infection 20 to 30 Lugol’s Iodine drops in a douche for
5 to 10 days will usually clear It up – per Dr Jonathan Wright MD
Lugols loading dose = 8 drops daily for 3 months
12.5mg is maintence dose (2 drops)
15 mg is upper maximum daily dosage for safety
(The above seems to be controversial. My physician has me take three drops daily or 4 drops daily if I miss dosages through the week, then more if getting sick. What has been shown through studies is that excess iodine is readily eliminated through the urine and no side effects have been seen.)
Severe hypothyrroid can require up to 20mg per day. If you are treating a hypothyroid condition be sure to have your thyroid hormone levels treated after about 3 to 4 weeks on iodine therapy. Your need for medication is likely to decrease over time. Some people will have to decrease their medication dosage several times over a period of months. Some people will end up needing no medication at all when sufficient iodine saturation has taken place.
Another valuable iodine preparation is saturated solution of potassium iodide. This does not have the correct ratio of iodine iodide recommended by Dr.Abrahams for correcting iodine deficiency but it does have a multitude of valuable healing properties. Some people use it for replacement therapy and do well. Read all the information available on this website. Ultimatley the decision is up to you. My medical doctor recommends Lugols. It can help open up blocked arteries, disinfect water, cure bladder infections, reduce or eliminate ovarian cysts, diminish unsightly keloids, loosen thick bronchial secretions, reduce or eliminate Peyronie’s Disease and Dupuytron’s contracture.
2 drops= 12.5mg
3 drops= 37.5mg
4 drops= 25 mg
8 drops= 50 mg
16 drops=100 mg
20 drops=125 mg
always hold your dropper in a vertical position. If you make drops holding the dropper on a slant the drops will be bigger.
The Iodine Test
If you are one of those who would like more proof that your body needs or does not need iodine, let me share a simple test. But a bottle of Tincture of Iodine at the drug store (Betadine idodine will do) and paint a 2” square spot on your inner arm. If it disappears in less than eight hours, you desperately need iodine. If it disappears in 24 hours, you also need iodine. If it simply stays on your arm and begins to slowly fade in color after a full 24 hours, you have already reached iodine sufficiency.
You can retest yourself every one to two weeks while on therapy. And
you can use the test to help you judge your individual dosage need for iodine. Remember that contrary to current medical opinion, the real thyroid experts have proven that most patients who need iodine therapy require from 3 to 37 mgs/day. And that means from 1 to 12 Prolamine Iodine tablets daily. (Standard Process Prolamine Iodine 90 Tablets
) Always start out slowly. Judge your results, monitor your symptoms and any side effects, and use the thyroid patch test to help you along the way.
Here is a link for the patch test. This form recommends the prolamine tablets which I have never used but the test form looks accurate. Standard process is known for making very good products and they make the prolamine if you should choose to use it. I think Lugol’s solution is more cost effective. Prolamine also does not contain the potassium iodide which many doctors feel is essential for much of the good results with Lugols, but some people choose to use them, and I am not sure why they choose this product.
Dr. Abrahams thinks that the correct quantity of iodine needed to maintain sufficient amounts of iodine in the body is 13 mg. daily. This is 100 times more than the government recognized RDA for iodine.
Dr. Abrahams recommends taking 50 mg of Iodoral (four 12.5 mg. tablets), Lugol’s solution (8 drops) or Triodide (8 drops) daily for 3 months as a loading dose. Then this dose should be gradually reduced to the 12.5 mg. maintenance dosage under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care professional. Dr.Abraham feels that 14 to 15 mg. of iodine/iodide daily is the upper maximum of safety. This is close to the recommended dose of 12.5 mg daily so caution is necessary in managing iodine repletion. Japanese researchers have discovered patients with hypothyroidism who were taking 20 mg. of iodine or more daily.
Prominent thyroid researcher, Dr. Benjamin Eskin, has shown that the thyroid gland and skin prefer to concentrate the iodide form of iodine while the breasts concentrate iodine. His research suggested that the body needs both the iodide and iodine form of iodine. This is easy to accomplish with Lugol’s solution developed by French physician Dr. Jean Lugol in the 1820s. His solution mixed iodine (5 %) with potassium iodide (10 %) and 85 % water. Dr. Lugol’s solution killed germs and was used with success in treating infections and many other conditions. This solution in the recommended 2 drop dosage contains 5 mg. of iodine and 7.5 mg. of iodine which is exactly the quantity of iodine recommended for daily intake by Dr. Abraham. Lugol’s solution tastes metallic unless greatly diluted and stains clothing and skin.
Japanese women, who are eating lots of seaweed, have the highest iodine intake (13.8 mg. daily) of women anywhere in the world. They also have the lowest incidence of breast cancer in the world. Japan has one of the lowest worldwide rates of every type of cancer with the exception of stomach cancer. In addition Japan has one of the lowest incidences of iodine deficiency, goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), and hypothyroidism. Iceland, another high iodine intake country, has low rates of goiter and breast cancer. Two countries with low iodine intakes (Thailand, Mexico) have high rates of breast cancer and goiter.
This Clarkson Labs product is a 2% solution. Most iodine dosage recommendations are based on a 5% solution so you will have to do the math.
1 Lugol's Solution 5% + "Folk Medicine" by Dr.Jarvis. Includes S&H.
Lugol’s Iodine solution currently comes in 2 strenghts, a 5% solution and a 2% solution. For theraputic purposes I recommend the 5% solution.
Calculating Number of milligrams of Iodine per Drop of Lugol’s Solution: LUGOL’S 5%:
Each VERTICAL drop is about 6.25 mg of iodine. (The correct way to make a drop is to hold the dropper vertical and squeeze the rubber topper) HORIZONTAL drops - when the dropper is held side to side there is twice as much iodine per drop. Approximately 12.5 mg
LUGOL’S 2%: Approximately 1/2 half the above measurements
Some people really object to the taste of Lugol’s iodine, in which case different tablet preparations are available like iodol I don’t see why. If you put it straight in water ya, its bad, but not that bad if in a pinch. I put it in my grape juice or my red wine in the evening. I have found that I can put 2 drops in a cup of tea and not notice it. When I cook soup and stews I put a whole bunch in. It’s the only way I can get it into the kids as they will not dicipline themselves. This way, at least they get some.
A good article: http://www.drpincott.com/publication.../nov_dec06.pdf