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Posted by Val (Tampa, Florida) on 06/27/2009

Iodine - What is Iodine Trichloride? This is what I have as atomidine iodine. One drop is 600mcg and dosage is 1 drop a day in water. Is it not as good as Lugol's?

Thank you! This site is fantastic!

Replied by T
Maryland, USA
I'm very interested myself to see some discussion on this as I now have some Atomidine but am still curious about the Lugol's. You've reminded me that I've meant to post about my recent Atomidine experience. I don't want to hijack this thread with that, so I'll make a fresh post about it.

Bill's Iodine Fact Sheet  

Posted by Bill Donate
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines) on 07/06/2010 | 1206 Posts

Hi Everyone... I have said in past comments that I wasn't too happy about the iodine painting test as a valid test for body iodine levels.

Recently, I went a bit overboard to perhaps push my own iodine levels deliberately into excess. This I did by using a 2% USP iodine tincture and painting an area under both my fore-arms which were each the size and area of a dollar bill.

I painted both my fore-arms this way four times. All these patches of iodine(except the 4th one) disappeared in under one hour. The fourth patch of iodine disappeared in about an hour and a half. I also took the equivalent of about 15 mgs of lugols iodine orally at the outset. There were no symptoms of excess iodism either in the evening, the next day or on any subsequent day.

From current thinking, the iodine painting alone should have driven me to excess iodine symptoms but it didn't and I was not happy about this, so I have searched widely on the internet for answers.

In answer to the many enquiries about the iodine skin painting test, here is an article by Dr David Derry, a person who is very pro-iodine and who has written books on the subject of iodine. Here he presents actual evidence on the usefulness of iodine painting:

"The "test" of putting iodine on the skin to watch how fast it disappears is not an indicator of anything. The iodine disappearance rate is unrelated to thyroid disease or even iodine content of the body.(1-2) Meticulous research by Nyiri and Jannitti in 1932 showed clearly when iodine is applied to the skin in almost any form, 50% evaporates into the air within 2 hours and between 75 and 80 percent evaporates into the air within 24 hours. (1) A total of 88 percent evaporates within 3 days and it is at this point that the evaporation stops. The remaining 12 percent that is absorbed into the skin has several fates. Only 1-4% of the total iodine applied to the skin is absorbed into the blood stream within the first few hours. The rest of the iodine within the skin (8-11%) is slowly released from the skin into the blood stream.

However Nyiri and Jannitti's findings that... "the percentage of iodine penetration through the skin is the same, irrespective of whether the cells have a high or low vitality, or are dead, and irrespective of the direction of penetration" have important implications for iodine functions in the body, skin, pregnancy and fetus and also for the therapeutic use of topical and oral iodine. Iodine would be the only compound of significance during early pregnancy which can pass rapidly through all tissues of the fetus without the aid of any blood vessel or lymphatic transport. It could be that not only does iodine control natural cell death (apoptosis) (5) in the fetus but may also influences stem cell development.

Nyiri and Jannetti also mentioned iodine applied on the skin can be used to shrink swelling of the thyroid gland (goiters). So even small amounts of iodine absorbed through the skin can have good effects on body organs. From my own clinical experience, repeated application of iodine (Lugol's) to the skin appears to cause regeneration of the skin from the bottom up (Quiescent, stable or stem cell) (3) eventually sloughing the old version of the skin off like a snake molting. If there was a pre-cancerous lesion on the old skin, it is replaced with new skin minus the lesion. There does not seem to be any skin lesions which are not helped or cured by this procedure. In some cases I found clinically obvious low thyroid conditions also needed to be treated to be more effective. Minor lacerations and healing of surgical wounds respond well. If skin regeneration is from the bottom, then there is little or no scar formation.

My parents' generation tended to put tincture of iodine onto a fresh wound to prevent infection. This turns out to be helpful but not the best way to use it. Besides it stung badly when applied. It is much more effective (and doesn't hurt) to apply iodine repeatedly after a scab has been formed. The iodine put onto the scab helps to organize total repair of the tissue. It is implied a similar approach could be taken to burns of all depths but at the same time the physiology of burns suggest there is an acute lack of thyroid hormone. (3)

All pre-malignant lesions and many other oddities of the skin appear to respond to this regeneration process triggered by topical iodine. I have mentioned previously a patient with a biopsy-proven breast cancer lesion (she refused surgery because of previous cancer treatment) that was strongly fixed to the skin responding well to topical iodine and ended up being a dimple on the breast three year later. (6)

It is my belief a water solution of iodine (like Lugol's) is an important therapeutic agent for skin. Because of its effectiveness and the results, perhaps many skin diseases are related to local tissue areas of relative iodine deficiency. Perhaps the most graphic lesions are the "keloid" (worm) incision scars formed after surgical procedures. If the iodine intake and tissue levels are adequate, such as in Japan, keloid formation doesn't happen (7). In addition, iodine's ability to trigger natural cell death (apoptosis) (5) makes it effective against all pre-cancerous skin lesions and likely many cancerous lesions. The local site is replaced with normal skin. However, even lesser doses of topical iodine seem to reverse the ominous appearance of skin lesions. Because my older brother died of metastatic melanoma, my chances of getting a malignant melanoma are increased by 400 times. (8-9) Having grown up in Venezuela near the equator my sun exposure at a young age was far above normal. So all suspicious lesions I notice are returned to normal with topical Lugol's."
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Just to clarify some thoughts here -- iodine painting IS useful in my opinion when painted over the skin on the neck of the thyroid. This is because the thyroid only needs MICROgrams of iodine/iodide. However, in my opinion, since research evidence from Dr Abraham's Iodine Project has confirmed that the rest of the body's needs amount to at least 12.5 mgs as a maintenance dose -- an amount that is 100 times more than the RDA of 0.125 mgms, then foot-painting is not a good method to achieve the whole body's need for iodine.

In answer to all those asking how you can check your own iodine levels -- the best way seems to be by temperature using a Basal Thermometer. These are more accurate than electronic thermometers. When you first wake in the morning, put this thermometer in an armpit and hold it there with your arm and stay in bed for about 10 minutes. Then check your temperature -- if it is between 97.8 and 98.2 degrees, you probably don't need any extra iodine, because iodine is an essential part of the mechanism for body temperature regulation. If the temperature is lower or higher than this temperature zone, then you might need more iodine or less iodine respectively.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Hi Bill, what a coincidence. I am just back from my country, Portugal, where I visited a doctor in a health shop who cured my bad knee years ago. Talking to him I mentioned the white spots on my legs and arms (he is now a natural dermatologist among other things). He gave me an iodine liquid to apply on the spots three times a day. I only started a week ago so it is hard to see whether it is working or not but interesting to read in your posting that this actually appears to cause regeneration of the skin from the bottom up. He told me that it will take maybe three months to see the results as I am not a very bad case. For years I have been to numerous dermatologist and no one ever seemed to have an answer for this problem which was slowly getting worse. They all had different explanations but the verdict was that there was nothing they could do! Thanks for all the good work and help!
Replied by Saoirse
Nyc, Ny Usa
Having been trying off and on to tolerate the lugols and keep getting these crushing headaches after 2-3 days of minimal dosages--did find out that maybe this was due to detoxifying--I do take water/sea salt and vit C etc as well here-I bought some iodoral and started very slowly with only half a tab/daily for a week, then half tab in the morning and half a tab in the afternoon and again these headaches returned but I will keep going as at least I feel better than what I did before when I was only taking synthroid and the iodine is clearing out my lungs as well--an incredible amount of gunk/appear to be mucus plugs ( I have been wheezing) are coming out effortlessly.

Now I have a multitude of what appears to be age spots, but they're from an episode of some kind of severe infection and fever and before these "spots" came out, many doctors told me there was nothing wrong when they examined me and it was psychosomatic etc as I really felt SICK from an inner ear infection/ruptured ear drum/days of drainage etc (and I have had this happen before.... But this time I FELT VERY ILL ) so when these blebs and literally they were like blisters with a brownish fluid popped out I was beyond going to anymore physicians and simply drank water/tea whatever I could handle--but when the swollen glands and everything calmed down I was left with these spots---so I read here the other day on the application of the iodine to the skin and after only 3 days---I see a difference on one big one already--it's flattened out and looks like it will soon peel off---THANKS TO ALL posting their experiences-- I will post again when they really start to resolve or simply the old skin drops off--

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
Hi Saoirse, As you're having what appears to be a cleansing reaction, it would be worth giving your liver some support. Taking lemon juice in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning is good for our liver. Also things like Milk thistle, dandelion and turmeric.

It may also be worth taking one or two days off a week (5 on 2 off), this way you give your body time to catch up. If you are still getting headaches it may be worth staying at the lower level for another week or two. I know we want to get better quick but over loading the liver may in the long run actually take us longer and be sicker in the process. It is encouraging that you did not take that Drs opinion and persisted in finding your answer/s. All the best and let us know how you go.

Black Walnuts  

Posted by Cindy (Usa) on 07/24/2014

i have been reading about making a black walnut tincture from the green walnuts that you can get where I live at this time of year. does anyone know how the iodine from this can compare to lugol's iodine? Have any of you tried this tincture? Thanks for now

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn
HI U CINDY, , , , , , , , , , , myself, I do diced walnuts hulls for ringworms. I take Lugols iodine every morning with ACV, Lemon Juice and baking soda for my health. I am a Ch E, but am not interested in blazing a natural trail to save a dime or make a point. I leave that to the novice.

====OLE ROBERT HENRY=========

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Cindy,

I have wondered about that, too. I have made and used Black Walnut Tincture but do not know how much iodine it has in it compared to Lugol's. Down the road I may try substituting the tincture for Lugol's and see how much it takes to keep me feeling well. (If I stop Lugol's I get hypo thyroid symptoms.) I like the idea of being able to make my own iodine should it become difficult to obtain on the economy. Also, I like to find ways to keep natural health solutions as inexpensive and accessible as possible, so that one's income does not affect whether or not they obtain health solutions.

I know when I have peeled black walnuts the hulls have stained my hands a lot. And it looks like a lot of iodine. I just don't know how to find out the actual content.

~Mama to Many~

Bruises, Bumps, Scrapes  
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Posted by Tina (Dunbridge, Ohio, USA) on 01/10/2009

Is the iodine used on animal wounds okay or as beneficial? It's all I've got and I can't afford Lugols iodine.

Posted by Anne (Lithgow, Australia) on 08/10/2008

[YEA]  We had a product called FORNEX in Australia when I was a kid (now48). Mum used it on bumps and scrapes and we never had a bruise let alone a mark where the bump was. This clear iodine solution was put onto a cotton wool ball and dabbed on bump. I am now trying to find another product of clear iodine solution for my daughter to use on her son who i just starting to walk.

Replied by Lois
Vero Beach, FL
Get lugol's iodine and put some vit-c powder or i think lemon will work too....will turn the iodine clear.
Replied by Rose
Weston, Fl
NOTE: As stated elsewhere, Vit-C will stop the disinfectant process of the Iodine.

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Posted by Carolyn (Woodlawn, IL) on 03/08/2006

[YEA]  I got a large burn from a motorcycle exhaust. I did not blister or scar with iodine on it. I keep a bottle in the kitchen by the stove, and in bathroom for curling iron burn. And ammonia for insect bites, stings.

Colds and Flu  
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Posted by Charles (Lynchburg, VA) on 01/17/2006

[YEA]  I was a Navy Hospital Corpsman back in the 1940's and 1950's. At morning sick call in many bases I was stationed at it was normal treatment to spray throats with iodine for common cold symptoms, inflamed tonsils and many other conditions. Nearly every treatment room had an EENT machine that we used to spray with. I forget the solution, but the pharmacy techs made it up. Very effective. When attached to the marines as a medic, used iodine for water purification in canteens all the time. Very effective.

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Posted by Carol (Denton, Texas) on 03/31/2012

[YEA]  I have been taking Lugol's Iodine 2% for about 6 months. The very first thing I noticed was that some cysts I had in my arm pit went away and have never returned. I have had problems with cysts for years mostly in the sensitive parts of my body and not a one has appeared since I've been on Lugol's.

Replied by Ashley
St. Louis, Mo
Hey Carol I was wondering did you just apply the Lugol's to your cyst or did you take it internally b/c my boyfriend has a cyst on his head that grew about 2-3 years ago and was looking into was to get it removed without him having to get surgery and I have already orderd Lugol's 5% and wonder can that be used to get rid of the cyst? Does anyone have any info on this issue? If so please post would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by Tito (Taranto, Italy) on 09/12/2010

[YEA]  I could not bear seeing that ugly epidermoid cyst on my shoulder, so I applied to it a tincture of iodine for six months, and a nice day the cyst ruptured (apologies for my english) and now it is disappeared.

Decolorized Iodine  
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Posted by Pat (Athens, Al, Usa) on 05/13/2010

I was able to find "decolorized iodine" at the pharmacy yesterday but after reading the ingredients (listed below) I'm not sure if this is the right stuff or not. PLEASE someone respond and don't pass over this one as so many psts do get past over - I desperately want to try iodine for thyroid condition as well as alopecia but am wanting to make sure I've got the right stuff so I don't do more harm than good. Here's what it says on the bottle:

"Iodides Tincture - Decolorized Iodine"

Active Ingredients:
Alcohol 45%, denatured with ammonia,
Amomonium an Potassium Iodides..........Antiseptic

Inactive Ingredients:
Purified Water

Other Information - will stain skin and clothing (although I have not found this true on the skin, but haven't tried it on fabric - it does appear to be clear)

This is a 2oz. bottle and I paid $4.12 US

Is this for topical use only or can this also be used internally? I wanted to use it for both.

Also, there is like a little stick thing in the cap - not a dropper, so when "drops" are mentioned how are these "drops" being measured - drops off the stick itself or from some type of eye dropper - and if an eye dropper is used how do you get a uniform size "drop"?

Please someone answer I'm totally dumbfounded on what to do next. Oh yeah, can this also be used for water purification?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Replied by T
Maryland, Usa
[WARNING!]   Definitely DO NOT ingest that type of iodine. It is for external use only.

You said: "I desperately want to try iodine for thyroid condition as well as alopecia".

The mention of alopecia raises a red flag for autoimmune problems, and therefore I would research further before taking iodine. In this article, Dr. Kharrazian specifically warns against iodine for those with Hashimoto's, which is an autoimmune form of thyroid disease:

I had stopped taking the occasional drop of iodine (ingestible kind, not the kind you have) when I read his book, but last week I put a drop in my water as I felt like a cold might be wanting to come on. From the weekend I have been suffering a Hashi's flareup. Truly horrible to endure that again. I can't guarantee it was the iodine kicking it off, but I do wonder. I may try it again as a test in future.

As you have alopecia, I would certainly get tested for antibodies, and do a lot more research, before considering taking iodine. I fully believe in the benefits of iodine, but like all things, supplementing it is not for everyone.

Replied by Pat
Athens, Al, Usa
Thank you for the article. I don't think I want to mess with taking iodine internally! I do wonder however if painting for hair loss would help or hurt? Some of the testimonials here on EC say that iodine has caused alopecia victims to regain their hair. The article didn't mention anything about topical application. Thanks - I guess I need to do more research.
Replied by Eugene
Atlanta, Ga
[YEA]   I did read Kharrazian's book and while it has a lot of interesting info I don't necessarily agree with his Iodine/Iodide therapy. I'm more of a Dr. Abraham/Dr. Brownstein person.

My GF has Hashi's and a goiter and with the help of Iodine (starting with a 1/2 of Iodarol pill and going to 50mg) her goiter went away first time in over 10 years and she is feeling much much better.

Replied by September
Los Angeles
I have Hashimotos and take iodine tincture everyday. It caused a flare up when I first started but as soon as I added companion nutrients it completely stopped.

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Posted by Dianna (Houston, AR) on 01/14/2006

[YEA]  I have wormed my dogs and cats successfully for twenty-seven years with iodine. Its slower than commercial wormers but safer and with less side effects. I no longer use it only because I found another natural wormer that's even better.

Replied by Jeannie
Austin TX
[WARNING!]   I recently read (in Mother Earth News Archives, 1971) that cats are highly susceptible to iodine poisoning. I think there are safer alternatives to using iodine on/in a cat.

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Posted by Anna (Beijing, CN) on 12/13/2007

[YEA]  I am Bulgarian, living in China at present. As a child, whenever I had diarrhoea, my grandma would give me a few drops of iodine in half a glass of water to drink. It would halt the problem within hours. When my son was 10 months old, he had a severe diarrhoea and after trying a few medicines, the elderly doctor suggested the same remedy for him - 2 drops in some water. The next day he was healthy again. As a school administrator in Beijing I got almost sued by a Finnish mother for administering the remedy to her 8 year old daughter on a trip. There was a bus, full of kids, going to another city 5 hours away and, even though I knew in many countries it was forbidden to take iodine orally, I didn't have a choice. The bus didn't have to stop anywhere on the road and the girl was fine. I have talked with doctors about it and they said that if taken rarely, it's not doing harm. In Bulgaria generations have been treated in this way and I never travel (especially to another country) without my little black bottle. For chool children the dose is 4-5 drops in water and for adults - 5 to 8. Sometimes adults need to repeat on the next day, if the problem persists.


Posted by Terri (Fort Myers, Florida) on 11/12/2011

What are safe dosages for lugol's 2% iodine solution, and suggestions for problems ranging from mild allergies to acid reflux, diabetes, hypothyroidism, systemic candida?

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
Bill or Ted, or others knowledgeable: I too would like to know what the approporiate therapeutic and maintenance dose is for Lugol's 2%. Also is there a way to get something stronger in the US? What are some effective ways for us to get our severely depleted Iodine levels up? Is a drop a dropper-full or one tiny drip? Thanks for however you can help.
Replied by Janet
I make Lugols 5% for less than $2 per ounce. Search You Tube. Easy.

Posted by Barb (Ingersoll, Ontario) on 09/29/2011

I have just purchased a bottle of Lugol's solution, 5 percent, however there was not a dropper in the bottle. How do I know what is a proper size drop for dosage?

Enlarged, Cystic Thyroid  
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Posted by Andrea (Winchester, Kentucky) on 04/15/2010

[YEA]  I have been using a colorless kelp iodine for several months for an enlarged and cystic thyroid. My blood tests for thyroid indicated a low level of the hormone. I used chemical replacement for a few months and felt much better, but the thyroid was still enlarged. I used 3 drops, twice a day as recomended on the bottle. The swelling stopped. I stopped taking the chemical prescription. My blood tests normal. The thyroid is still very slightly enlarged, but doesn't bother me any more.

Replied by Lisa
St. Louis, Mo
Can anyone tell me how much iodine I should be taking? It's mainly because of dry hair, dry skin, extreme tiredness, etc. I can't find dosage info anywhere. I have Lugols iodine.
Replied by Catherinecheshire
St. Regis, Quebec
The Lugols you can buy in the US is the weaker stuff so take ten drops a day for three months to get your iodine levels up then drop down to five drops a day as a maintenence dose. It took me about four hours of searching to find this info online. Also, there was info on using it for cold, flu, congestion, and bladder infections but these were higher doses and if you have too much in your system its gets washed out and causes you no side effects. My mom gave my grandmother (who is 90) about 20 or more drops and it cured her of congestion and the cough that goes with it.
Replied by Franjy
Perth, Wa Australia
The one subject that doesn't come up in the whole iodine subject is the fluoride in our water displaces iodine in the body. What all of us have to do is stop using fluoridated water for bathing, cooking, dishwashing, and drinking. I was diagnosed as hyperthyroid. After 2 months of no meds and taking iodine with distilled water I have absolutely no hyperthyroid symptoms.
Replied by Jessica
Chicago, Il
YES I have to agree with the Iodine. I take 4 dropper fulls and literally in 48 hrs my thyroid/goiter (not noticible, but I can feel it when I swallow) has literally shrunk so well I can't feel it when I swallow anymore! I love IODINE!