Lugol’s Iodine: An Essential Nutrient for Those with Lyme Disease, Autoimmune Disease, and Parasite Infections
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What is Lugol’s Iodine?
Lugol’s iodine may not seem like the kind of thing that would cure a parasite infection, Lyme Disease, or Autoimmune Disorders but this mineral has become globally important today as a cure for many serious diseases. When we talk with people about “Iodine Therapy”, listeners often think we’re talking about Povidone Iodine, the stuff you can buy at the pharmacy to clean a wound. But Lugol’s iodine is different. While Povidone Iodine contains ingredients that make it so this substance will stay present on the skin for long-periods of time, Lugol’s iodine contains molecular iodine and potassium iodide, a combination that can be taken internally by mouth to modulate immune system function from the inside.
Like Vitamin B17 deficiency, iodine deficiency is a major problem, especially in the United States where substances like bromine and fluorine literally marinate the population in toxins, causing endocrine disruption that leads to autoimmune diseases, parasite infections, and other strange disorders that would otherwise be very rare indeed. The obesity epidemic is a testament to the fact that Americans are iodine-deficient because having the right amount of both molecular iodine and potassium iodide feeds the thyroid gland, which modulates and controls metabolism. Lugol’s iodine is an important cure for obesity because iodine deficiency can lead to thyroid dysfunction, metabolism issues, and weight gain (as well as inexplicable weight loss).
Iodine and the Immune System
If you have an iodine deficiency, chances are you struggle with a lot of infections. That’s because the molecular iodine and potassium iodide in Lugol’s iodine goes into the body and it’s used in a variety of ways to prevent infection and to make people less susceptible to things like parasite infections. Iodine ends up in sweat glands and, as one expert put it, the iodine is secreted as sweat and in natural skin oils in tiny quantities to create a “forcefield” of protection against infection. To read more about how Lugol’s Iodine and Povidone Iodine can be used to prevent infection naturally, follow this link.
Povidone Iodine is so effective against infection-causing germs that doctors lather up with it prior to surgery and nurses scrub patients down with the orange stuff prior to being cut open. But while Povidone Iodine can NOT be absorbed through the skin Lugol’s Iodine CAN be absorbed through the skin. So while Povidone Iodine can be used to disinfect the skin and wounds, Lugol’s iodine can be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin or by taking it internally by mouth. Basically, both Povidone Iodine and Lugol’s are still forms of iodine, so they both have these strong anti-infection properties that the body can use to disinfect itself naturally both on the inside and on the outside. Those who are iodine-deficient lack that type of protection against infection which likely renders them much more susceptible to parasite infections, autoimmune diseases caused by colonies of bacteria in the liver and in the gallbladder, viral infections, bacterial infections, and more.
Indeed, iodine is a cure for breast cancer, reproductive organ cancers, thyroid cancer, and it can be used to reduce the likelihood of metastasis of cancer as well. Lugol’s supports proper thyroid function. In fact, the thyroid can’t function properly without it. And it also supports proper functioning of the reproductive organs and balance of the reproductive hormones. Thyroid hormones and reproductive hormones work together to balance many other systems and organs in the body which might explain why Lugol’s iodine was the most prescribed medicine by doctors back in the early 1900’s. It has a broad spectrum of action on the body, it fortifies general health, and it helps mucus flow more readily which means that toxins and pathogens are readily removed from the body via the lungs and digestive system rather than getting sticky. Sticky mucus that resists flowing out of the body can cause symptoms mimicking colds, influenza, food poisoning, or constipation. Iodine deficiency was pretty common even in the early 1900s, before Big Food and Big Pharma were working together to create deficiency diseases that doctors aren’t trained to identify as such.
In the 1980’s, just before the obesity epidemic began in the U.S., the iodine fortification of bread was halted and instead, bread manufacturers started adding bromine to bread products. Iodine fortification had been put in place because iodine deficiency is such a problem throughout the world. And bread was an excellent carrier for iodine. But in the 1980’s, iodine was removed from bread and put into salt. Bromine, which competes with iodine in the body for receptor sites, was put in iodine’s place creating a situation that promotes morbid obesity, brain fog, and a wide array of weird health issues in otherwise healthy people. Salt is not a good carrier for iodine and it evaporates quickly once a salt container is opened. So, starting in the 1980’s, the perfect metabolic storm was literally manufactured by a joint effort between Big Food and Big Pharma.
Iodine as a Natural Treatment for Autoimmune Disease
Iodine is able to cure autoimmune disease by promoting thyroid health, reproductive system health, and liver/gallbladder health. When we talk about autoimmune disease, we often reference the gallbladder as this organ that sits right at the core or our bodies, just under our ribcage, above the small and large intestines, but below the liver. The gallbladder and the liver are often host to colonizing bacteria, viruses, protozoa, parasites, and other types of pathogens that cause symptoms of autoimmune disease. The streptococcal bacteria are common offending pathogens, but a variety of them can cause autoimmune disease symptoms.
Iodine supports immune system function, but iodine has relationships with a number of nutrients that play a role in autoimmune disease. If you’re iodine deficient, it will be impossible for you to overcome your autoimmune disease, but go slowly when you first start taking this substance. Iodine can cause detox reactions, especially if you don’t take it with the companion nutrients listed below under the dosage information.
Iodine as a Natural Treatment for Parasites
If your body is deficient in iodine, it will be more susceptible to parasite infection. As with a vitamin B17 deficiency, an iodine deficiency leads to deterioration in the the body’s ability to fend off pathogens naturally. When we are properly “charged” with iodine, our bodies secrete tiny amounts of iodine from the sweat glands to create a situation where skin oils are literally acting like disinfectants. Substances like bromine and fluorine disrupt iodine’s work in the body, so be sure to work up to a higher dose of Lugol’s (ideally 20 drops daily of Lugol’s 2%).
Iodine as a Natural Treatment for Lyme Disease
“For a while, selenium should be given in high doses to suppress viral replication and render bioavailable mercury non-reactive. The element most critical in the Lyme patient however is iodine…Filling up the body’s mineral reserves has always been the most essential part of our heavy metal detox program. It is also the most essential part of our Lyme treatment.”
Klinghardt, D. K.
Taken from Lyme Disease: A Look Beyond Antibiotics
Iodine promotes health through different mechanisms of action so it’s hard to write a short description of how it works to cure Lyme disease. Suffice it to say, however, that iodine deficiency can make the body generally more susceptible to disease by lowering immune system functioning. At the same time, iodine deficiency causes reproductive organ function and metabolic function to decline as well.
Iodine Deficiency Symptoms
Iodine deficiency causes the following effects on the body:
- Iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) by causing a deficiency of thyroid hormone production.
- Iodine deficiency (which is compounded by bromine and fluorine exposure) can lead to cystitis or frequent urinary tract infections.
- Low adrenal function
- Thyroid cancer
- Iodine deficiency can cause men’s health issues:
- Prostate cancer
- Prostate swelling
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Frequent respiratory infections and respiratory problems:
- Sinus infection
- Chronic post-nasal drip
- Iodine deficiency can cause a variety of women’s health issues including:
- Benign and malignant tumors in the reproductive organs:
- cervix, etc.
- Menstrual problems
- Menstrual irregularities
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Uterine fibroids
- Heavy menstruation
- Low libido
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Fibrocystic ovaries
- Difficulty swallowing
- Throat swelling
- Throat tenderness
- Skin problems:
- Dry, coarse skin with a yellowish tinge
- Darkening of the eyelids
- Brittle fingernails
- Brittle hair
- Hair loss
- Mental Health Issues:
- Mental fatigue
- Foggy Thinking
- Mood swings
- Memory loss (Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, etc.)
- Visual disturbances
- Eye protrusion
- Cardiovascular effects:
- Intolerance to heat and cold (cold hands and feet)
- Poor circulation (which can lead to health problems such as Erectile Dysfunction or low libido, noted above)
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
- Heart Disease
- Digestive problems
- Gas / flatulence
- Constipation and irregular bowel movements
- Obesity and difficulty losing weight
- Swelling of the face (Myxoedema)
- Fluid retention
- High LDL cholesterol
- Increased triglyceride levels
- Shortness of breath on exertion and poor exercise tolerance which includes:
- Fast pulse
- Heart palpitations
- Chest pain
- Stiff joints
- Muscle cramps
- Excessive perspiration regardless of heat or exertion
- Fatigue, low energy, exhaustion, especially in the morning.
- Low blood pressure
- Sleep problems including the need for 12 or more hours of sleep
- Iodine deficiency can cause hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid). Many of these hyperthyroid conditions respond well to iodine supplementation without surgery or the use of radioactive iodine. These diseases include:
- Hashimoto’s Disease
- Grave’s Disease
- Toxic Thyroid
- Iodine deficiency affects motor skills in a negative way
- Iodine deficiency causes reaction time to get longer.
- Iodine deficiency reduces manual dexterity, muscle strength, and overall coordination.
- Iodine deficiency leads to lower IQ scores.
- Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can cause ADD, ADHD, or developmental delays known as cretinism.
What to Expect When You Begin Supplementing with Iodine
Iodine supplementation can cause the following health-related effects on the body:
- Iodine causes mucus to be broken down in a manner similar to the mucolytic abilities of tN-Acetylcysteine (NAC). Thinning mucous can help the body detoxify and remove pathogens such as viruses and bacteria from the body.
- At doses above 3 mg per day, Lugol’s Iodine acts in the body as an antioxidant.
- At doses above 3 mg per day, Lugol’s Iodine causes sick human cells to die. For example, cells that have been invaded by a pathogen such as Toxoplasmosis will be programmed by iodine to die rather than being allowed to reproduce.
- When Iodine is present in sufficient quantities above 3 mg per day, it is distributed throughout the tissues of the body and it is also found in body fluids.
- Iodine in mucus works as a disinfectant that can prevent infection with a virus, bacteria, protozoa, or fungus.
- Iodine is found in small quantities in the sweat and it works as a front-line defense against infectious organisms that come into contact with the skin.
- Initial use of Lugol’s iodine may cause hyperthyroidism, especially if iodine deficiency has been a problem for a long period of time. Be sure to take companion nutrients with the iodine to prevent symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
- Initial iodine supplementation may also cause sore throat and a slight swelling of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland that has been starved for iodine may expand in effort to take in more iodine from the bloodstream during the initial phases of supplementation.
- Lugol’s Iodine is a powerful antimicrobial:
How to Use Lugol’s Iodine to Treat Parasite Infection, Autoimmune Disease, and Lyme Disease Naturally
If you have a parasite infection, Lyme Disease, or Autoimmune Disease you can use Lugol’s iodine to make your body less habitable by pathogens, heavy metals, and toxins. At the same time, Lugol’s will help strengthen your tissues, improve your immune system function, relieve mood problems and brain fog (via its effects on the metabolism and thyroid gland), and generally improve health.
Begin with a low dose of Lugol’s iodine 2%. If you’ve been exposed to a lot of bromine and fluorine in your environment, you may go through a detoxification period. Be aware that you may break out in a rash if you have bromine in your body. This rash is called bromaderma but doctors are not trained to recognize it as such. They’ll tell you that you’re allergic to iodine, but the truth is, no one is allergic to iodine. Iodine is a mineral that everyone needs.
We talk more about bromine below.
Lugol’s Iodine Dosage:
Start by putting 1 drop of Lugol’s Iodine 2% on your skin or in a glass of drinking water. Take it in the morning because iodine is stimulating and improves wakefulness.
If you experience detox symptoms, don’t stop taking the iodine. Instead, add a Sea Water Supplement to your daily supplement ritual to hasten the detox.
Increase your dose by 1 drop every 3 days as long as you feel good and you aren’t experiencing symptoms of detoxification. Increase the dose up to 20 drops daily of Lugol’s iodine 2% (this is equivalent to 50 mg per day).
Companion Nutrients That Will Help Your Body Absorb and Use Iodine:
- Sea Water Supplement – add 1 tsp to every 8 ounces of drinking water that you consume throughout the day.
What You Need to Know about Bromine and Fluorine:
Bromine and fluorine are both in the same column as Iodine on the periodic table of the elements. And both bromine and fluorine can pretend to be iodine inside the body, blocking iodine receptors and wreaking havoc on human health. Fluorine is added to the water supply under the mistaken notion that it is beneficial to human teeth. Bromine is in a variety of places including:
- Bread products (as BVOs or Bromated Vegetable Oils)
- Sodas and Bottled Drinks (also as BVOs or Bromated Vegetable Oils)
- Children’s pajamas (sprayed on fabrics as a fire deterrent)
- Furnishings (sprayed on fabrics as a fire deterrent)
- Insecticides (sprayed on fields as methyl-bromide)
- Swimming pools (as a toxic alternative to chlorine disinfectant)
- Some water supplies contain bromine
Once you are exposed to bromine, it takes 9 to 12 days for the body to eliminate it. It accumulates over time and doses as low as 0.5 mg per day can eventually lead to “bromism”, a serious health condition characterized by some of the symptoms listed below:
- Neurologic Symptoms / Psychiatric Symptoms
- Psychosis (mimicking schizophrenia or dementia)
- Lack of muscle coordination (mimicking Parkinson’s Disease)
- Dermatological Symptoms
- Cherry angiomas
- Severe acne
- Pustular or erythematous rashes
- Gastrointestinal Symptoms
- Lack of appetite / anorexia
Symptoms of Bromine Detoxification include:
- Neurological impairment
- Auditory hallucinations
- Visual hallucinations
- Loss of control of body movements
- Short-term memory loss
- Brain Fog
- Gastrointestinal impairment
- Drooping eyelids (ptosis)
- Eyelid twitching
- Disturbance of color perception
- Foot twitching
- Dark thoughts (e.g. “there is no reason to live”)
- Depression (e.g. “there is no reason to get out of bed”)
- Tingling in the extremities
- Mood issues such as anxiety or mood swings
- Dry mouth
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Mouth and tongue sores and cuts, a sore mouth
- Odd swallowing sensation (also known as “swollen glottis” in the old medical literature)
- Body odor
- Bromide acne which is coniform (the use of zinc can help counteract bromide acne)
- Hair loss
- Brain fog
- Leg and hip ache that resembles arthritis
- Skin “cuts”
- Rash (bromoderma)
- Sinus pain
- Runny nose
- Cherry angiomas
- Unusual urine odor or color
- Urethral spasm and frequent urination (may be mistaken for a urinary tract infection)
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Vision changes
- Increased salivation
- Dream changes
- Impaired memory/concentration
- Hormone changes
- Kidney pain
- Breast tenderness (this transient symptom typically resolves quickly) 
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