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Iodine COVID Cure and Tools for Preventing Coronavirus Infection
In the early stages of the COVID epidemic, information about iodine and how to use it to prevent the disease was much easier to find. During those first few months, healthcare workers were told to do a 30 second gargle followed by the use of nasal spray with Povidone Iodine to prevent the disease and this protocol was surprisingly effective. But where did this information go? And why wasn’t the general public encouraged to use the same protocol to diminish infection rates?
Unfortunately, in order to answer those questions, we have to delve into business and politics and by the time we finish discussing these problems, there won’t be time or energy leftover to talk about how to use iodine to prevent COVID-19. So let’s skip the controversial politics and delve into iodine itself. This is one of the most important medicines that you need to know about to keep yourself healthy and COVID-free.
Lugol’s Iodine for COVID: What You Need to Know
Lugol’s Iodine is an aqueous solution that contains molecular iodine with potassium iodide. These two forms of iodine (molecular iodine and potassium iodide) feed the essential iodine requirements of the thyroid gland and the reproductive organs. If you are deficient in iodine, your thyroid gland will not function properly, which will lead to problems with metabolism and weight gain along with a host of other whole-body health problems that are determined by your person constituency and physiology. In addition to thyroid gland dysfunction, iodine deficiency will also cause reproductive hormone issues which, again, result in whole-body health problems that are often mistaken for other types of diseases and syndromes.
Discussions about iodine and it’s value in treating COVID and cancer and other diseases are complicated by the problem of bromine and fluorine. But before I talk about the role of bromine and fluorine in causing iodine deficiencies, let’s talk first about iodine deficiency and what happens when the body is deficient in iodine. Once you understand the role of iodine in the body, you’ll begin to understand why Lugol’s iodine is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines and why doctors in the early 1900’s prescribed iodine to treat a wide-range of disorders with great success.
I’ve been singing the virtues of Lugol’s Iodine therapy since 2017, when I compiled worldwide data about cancer cures and found that many women were able to cure breast cancer and that both men and women have been able to cure reproductive organ cancers like cervical cancer, uterine cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and more by taking high doses of Lugol’s Iodine. Indeed, this same year, my husband was diagnosed with melanoma and our whole family started taking high-doses of Lugol’s Iodine as part of his cure (he’s been cancer-free for nearly 5 years at the time of this writing without every undergoing chemotherapy or radiation). In addition to playing a role in my husband’s cancer cure, Lugol’s iodine cleared up the horrible PMS symptoms that I had every month including fibrocystic breasts. Taking iodine improved our energy levels, it cleared brain fog, and it enhanced our general health.
No, I didn’t imagine these results. Taking Lugol’s iodine was a real game changer for my whole family. So, when Dr. Haresh, a doctor who cures HIV, COVID, and other serious diseases on a regular basis using non-traditional, unconventional treatments, told me that he uses Lugol’s iodine to cure COVID-19 in his patients, I wasn’t surprised. Taking high-dose Lugol’s can help you holistically prevent COVID-19 by making iodine present on the skin, in the lung tissues, and in the mucous membranes. When iodine is present in sufficient quantities, the body’s immune system is significantly stronger. This is one of the most compelling reasons why people take Lugol’s iodine every single day. It works to prevent not just COVID-19, but also influenza and the common cold (which are also coronaviruses).
But in addition to the immunity benefits of taking high-dose Lugol’s iodine supplement, healthy, high levels of iodine ensure that the body simply functions properly overall. What does an iodine deficiency look like, after all? Below are symptoms and profiles of iodine deficiency that you might recognize in yourself or the people around you:
- Fatigue /lethargy
- Muscle weakness
- Extreme sleepiness
- Brain fog
- Poor memory and concentration
- Sensitivity to cold
- Dry skin
- Obesity and unexplained weight gain that can’t be controlled with diet or exercise
- Facial swelling / puffy face
- High cholesterol
- Stiff joints (a diagnosis of arthritis is common)
- Slow heart rate
- Hair loss and thinning hair
- Heavy periods
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Infertility in men or women
- Swallowing difficulties (in babies and children this may appear as frequent choking)
- Swallowing problems in adults (this is caused by thyroid swelling known as goiter)
- Large or swollen tongue
- Poor growth in children
- Delayed tooth development in children
- Dental problems in adults
- Delayed puberty in children
- Educational difficulties in children and teens
- Peripheral neuropathy (non-specific nerve pain)
- Miscarriages, stillbirths, preterm delivery, congenital abnormalities in newborns
- Breast tenderness / fibrocystic breasts
Bromine and Fluorine: Two Trojan Horses That Hijack Health and Well-Being
I spend a lot of time talking about bromine and fluorine. They complicate the iodine deficiency picture because these two substances masquerade as iodine in the body. Both bromine and fluorine are in the same family of chemical elements as iodine, which means that they interact with cells in the body as though they are iodine. But bromine and fluorine behave differently in the body than iodine. And once these two substances lodge themselves in the body, they quietly downgrade a person’s health and their immunity. They sap energy out of cells and they do a coup on the metabolic system by hurting the thyroid gland and disrupting reproductive organs.
Most Americans know that there’s fluorine in the water supply in most states. About 25 countries of the world fluoridate water supplies. And the populations of these countries are told that the fluorine is good for their teeth. As with all things related to chemistry, the reality of fluorine for dental health is pretty complex. And if you aren’t a chemist and if you don’t have all sides of the Fluorine Story, you’re ill-equipped to argue one way or another. But in either case, if there’s fluorine in the water that you drink or that you shower in, if there’s fluorine in your toothpaste or in your mouthwash, you need to know that this fluorine is kicking iodine out of the body. The fluorine that you put in your mouth every day when you brush your teeth gets absorbed by the mucous membranes in the mouth and this fluorine ends up in your thyroid gland. And once lodged there, it disrupts your metabolism and makes it hard for you to lose weight. This fluorine can make it hard for you to think clearly, concentrate, or even stay awake during a normal day. This fluorine is making it hard for your body to absorb iodine because the fluorine pretends to BE iodine in the body.
Bromine is similar, but even more insidious than fluorine. Though most developed countries have outlawed the use of bromine as an insecticide, the United States has decided to allow Big Ag to continue spraying fields with ethyl bromide. This means that there’s bromine in the air that you breathe. There’s bromine in citrus drinks like Mountain Dew, Fresca, citrus-flavored bottled drinks, and Gatorade (in the form of Bromated Vegetable Oils or BVOs). There’s bromine on furniture, carpets, mattresses, in plastic computer boards, and children’s pajamas (to make them flame retardant). Bromine is found in certain medications such as anesthetics, inhalers, and nasal sprays. Today, hots tubs and swimming pools are often disinfected with bromine rather than chlorine because bromine “burns the eyes less than chlorine”.
There are trace amounts of bromine in some flours and bread products. And while the United States once fortified bread with iodine prior to the 1980’s (when the obesity epidemic officially took hold), today, it allows manufacturer’s to use bromine instead of iodine to ensure that the bread is soft and springy. When the U.S. stopped iodine fortification of bread products, all hell broke loose health-wise and it’s little wonder why. Not only did the U.S. population no longer have a good source of daily iodine (salt is a terrible carrier for iodine—the iodine dissolves from the box just days after opening), it also was being inundated with bromine (which competes for iodine receptors in the body).
How to Use Lugol’s Iodine to Cure COVID-19 and Other Health Problems
One of the most important tasks that Lugol’s Iodine supplements can do for a person is kick bromine and fluorine out of the thyroid glands and the reproductive glands to make it possible for these vital glands to work properly again. Once the thyroid glad and reproductive organs have a supply of iodine again, the body rebalances in a major way. Immunity is substantially improved. Mood problems often resolve themselves and people have normal levels of energy and the ability to concentrate and overcome challenges.
Lugol’s iodine, when it is present in adequate quantities for normal human functioning, can help the body ward off diseases like COVID-19 by being present in mucus membranes, on the skin, in the eye fluids, etc. It only takes a tiny amount of iodine to kill COVID-19 viruses. But people who are deficient in iodine because their diet doesn’t include enough of it are already at a disadvantage, health-wise. Add bromine and fluorine exposure into this mix and you have a global pandemic.
Bromine / Fluorine Detox
Here’s another caveat in the iodine discussion. You need to know that when you start taking Lugol’s iodine supplements, that you’re going to go through a detox period if you been exposed to a lot of bromine and fluorine. Detox may consist of any of the following symptoms:
- The Classic Bromaderma Rash (many people get this rash when they are in the initial stages of iodine supplementation and their doctors tell them that they have an “allergy to iodine”. But this isn’t the case. The rash happens when bromine gets pulled out of the glands and into the blood supply to be flushed out of the body. This rash typically stops happening after about a month of high-dose iodine treatment)
- Excessive Fatigue
- General ill-feeling
- Nodular or coniform acne
- Dry skin
- Itchy skin
- Brain Fog
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Depression or Anxiety
- Auditory hallucinations
- Visual hallucinations
- Loss of control of body movements (lack of coordination)
- Short-term memory loss
- Drooping eyelids (ptosis)
- Neurological impairment (difficulty concentrating, mood problems, etc.)
- Gastrointestinal impairment (constipation or diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and bloating)
- Metallic taste in the mouth
Take 1 tsp of sea salt in water every hour until you start peeing to detox more quickly and bind the bromine so that it can’t cause these detox symptoms as easily.
Detoxifying from bromine and fluorine is a process and you need to take care of yourself as you go through this process. Think of that first month of bromine/fluorine detox as an investment in your future health.
Lugol’s Iodine Summary:
There are two ways to take Lugol’s iodine for COVID every day:
Iodoral: Start with the 12.5 mg dose and increase that amount weekly or bi-weekly until you’re taking 50 mg of Iodoral per day.
Lugol’s Iodine Aqueous Solution: You can start with 1 drop of 2% Lugol’s Iodine in liquid form per day. Put it in water and drink it or put it on your skin. If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, Fertility Problems, cancer of any kind, weight problems, difficulty swallowing, etc., put the liquid iodine on the skin overlying the area affected. Work up to a dose of 20 drops of 2% Lugol’s Iodine daily.
Taking either Iodoral or liquid Lugol’s Iodine will improve your general health and your ability to fight off all coronaviruses including colds, flus, and COVID-19. But remember, during the initial detox period, you may feel ill. You may even feel like you have the flu. This is part of the bromine and fluorine detox process. Not everyone experiences these problems and you can take sea salt in water (as described above) or start with lower doses of liquid Lugol’s iodine to make this detox process more tolerable.
Lugol’s Iodine and DMSO for COVID (including the Delta variant and all other variants):
Lugol’s Iodine can be used with DMSO to treat COVID-19. This treatment works even against the Delta variant. Combine 5 drops of liquid Lugol’s iodine with 10 drops of DMSO in water. Take this mixture twice a day for 20 days.
You can also use Lugol’s iodine with DMSO in water to nebulize as an at-home treatment for COVID-19. Use a lower-dose of Lugol’s iodine with DMSO in water for nebulizing. Combine 3 drops of Lugol’s in filtered water with 6 drops of DMSO. Mix well and then put this mixture in the nebulizer and nebulize for 30 minutes twice per day.
Povidone Iodine for COVID: What You Need to Know
Povidone Iodine is different than Lugol’s Iodine. Povidone-iodine is a complex of chemicals made up of povidone, hydrogen iodide, and elemental iodine. The povidone releases the iodine slowly to ensure that it continues to kill microorganisms over time. While Lugol’s iodine must be ordered, Povidone Iodine is widely available in pharmacies under the brand name Betadine. It is also on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines.
Povidone Iodine is the stuff that surgeons use to prep patients for surgery. It’s an antiseptic that’s used for wound disinfection and doctors can also use this substance to wash their hands before surgical procedures. It is not to be taken internally, but Povidone-Iodine has been used by healthcare workers as a gargle (that is spit out) and as a nasal spray to specifically protect the throat and nasal membranes from infection with COVID-19.
Though you can use Lugol’s iodine as a gargle and a mouthwash to prevent COVID-19, it won’t work as well as Povidone Iodine for this purpose because the Povidone in Povidone Iodine slowly releases the iodine over time to create a protective shield in the throat and in the nose that kills the COVID virus (as well as cold and flu viruses) should you be exposed to any of these things. Lugol’s iodine, in contrast, will still kill COVID-19 viruses on contact, but it won’t stay put in the throat or in the nose to continue protecting you for 4 hours the way that Povidone Iodine will.
But Lugol’s iodine can boost your general health and your general resistance toward COVID-19 but Povidone Iodine can’t do that. Povidone Iodine shouldn’t be taken internally and it doesn’t contain potassium iodide to feed the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland specifically craves the potassium iodide in Lugol’s iodine so if you have cancer, mood problems, weight problems, fertility issues, or low immunity, Lugol’s is an important medicine for you. You can use Povidone Iodine too, but not in the same way and not for the same reasons that you would use Lugol’s Iodine.
How to Use Povidone Iodine to Prevent COVID-19:
Early on in the pandemic, doctors recognized the utility of Povidone Iodine in preventing COVID. Iodine gargles and nasal sprays were used by dentists, doctors, and nurses to prevent the disease. The most popular gargle and nasal spray product was produced by IoTech (Boca Raton, FL). This company also produced a hand sanitizer that worked well to prevent transmission of COVID-19 as well, but Betadine produces nasal spray and throat gargle products with a respectable effectiveness profile as well.
Lugol’s Iodine vs. Povidone Iodine for COVID-19: Scientific Research Summaries
Information sources are important in this day and age when the media regularly spins information. We encourage our readers to look closely at the scientific data below at the source to determine for themselves how they feel about Lugol’s Iodine and Povidone Iodine as treatments for COVID-19 and preventative medicine for COVID.
Below is the summary of a scientific study that showed the importance of iodine in treating COVID-19. We paraphrase the information in the abstract to prevent this article from being hidden by search engines, but you can read the actual abstract yourself (and we encourage you to do so!). To read the actual scientific abstract that was written by Gary Warren, please follow this link:
ARTICLE TITLE: Iodine Intake to Reduce Covid-19 Transmission and Mortality by Physist Gary Warren
A technical report demonstrated that people could increase their iodine intake within safe levels to help prevent the spread of COVID. This report shows conclusively that raising iodine intake [through supplementation with liquid Lugol’s iodine or Iodoral as discussed above or through diet] within safe levels will fully supply the body with the amount that is required to fight COVID in three ways:
- By providing a protective shield of iodine that’s available on the skin
- By providing a protective shield in the mucus membranes of the nose and mouth
- By helping to kill infected human cells where the COVID-19 virus is replicating
The government does not want this information to be made widely available. Grassroots action is necessary to propagate this information about iodine.
The study below combines iodine with fulvic acid, another important anti-viral that we’ve written about in terms of its ability to help patients overcome serious viral infections like HIV, cancer, and herpes. This study basically demonstrated that iodine by itself and iodine with fulvic acid both do an amazing job of eradicating the COVID-19 virus. Read the scientific abstract about COVID-19 treatment with iodine and fulvic acid yourself or the paraphrased version below:
ARTICLE TITLE: Efficacy of “Essential Iodine Drops” against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) by Zoltán Köntös
Airborne droplets that contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) is considered the main route of transmission of this disease. But if a person can reduce the viral load of COVID-19, this would be an ideal strategy for preventing the spread of the disease. A Povidone Nasal spray has demonstrated excellent results in reducing the viral load of COVID-19 in blood tests. This study looked at the anti-virus activity of a water-based solution of Iodine-V (a chemical complex formed from elemental iodine and fulvic acid) as in Essential Iodine Drops with 200 μg of elemental iodine/mL to determine whether this special solution is better than regular Povidone Iodine (PVP) in preventing the spread of COVID.
This study showed that both the special water-based solution of Iodine-V and regular Povidone Iodine (PVP) reduced the viral load by 99%.
Disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of COVID is an important part of quelling the transmission of this disease. Below is a scientific article that talks about the value of iodine in surface disinfection to prevent the spread of the disease. Here is the link to the actual scientific abstract that we have paraphrased below.
ABSTRACT TITLE: Efficacy of a novel iodine complex solution, CupriDyne, in inactivating SARS-CoV-2 by Mantlo, E. et al.
COVID-19 is a disease that’s responsible for a global pandemic where more than 3.5 million people have been infected and 250,000 killed to date. At the time of this writing, there is not vaccine for COVID-19 which has left governments and public health agencies defenseless against the virus aside from advising or enforcing best practices for COVID prevention. Prevention strategies include hand-washing, social distancing, use of face masks, and use of disinfectants. In this study, a new iodine complex called CupriDyne® is evaluated to find out if it is effective at inactivating the COVID virus.
This study found that CupriDyne® eliminates 99% of the virus after 30 minutes and reduces the virus titers to below the level of detection within 60 minutes. As such, CupriDyne® offers a safe and gentle alternative to conventional disinfectants that can be used indoors and outdoors.
NOTE: A list of our data resources is listed below “Other Important Links”.
Other Important Links:
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IoTech International, Inc. (2014). Stable compositions of uncomplexed iodine and methods of use. Retrieved September 25, 2021 from https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/patent/US2018360048
Warren, G. (2020). Iodine Intake to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission and Mortality. Retrieved September 25, 2021 from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340769844_Iodine_Intake_to_Reduce_Covid-19_Transmission_and_Mortality
Köntös, Z (2021) Efficacy of “Essential Iodine Drops” against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Retrieved September 25, 2021 from https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0254341#:~:text=In%20vitro%20virucidal%20assay%20in,LRV%20of%202.0%20(99%25).
Mantlo, E., Evans, A., Patterson-Fortin, L., Boutros, J., Smith, R., Slobodan, P. (2020). Efficacy of a novel iodine complex solution, CupriDyne, in inactivating SARS-CoV-2. Retrieved September 25, 2021 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7263491/