Last Modified on Nov 18, 2014
Potassium iodide or SSKI (saturated solution of potassium iodide) is an inorganic salt that combines iodine and potassium in a relatively high dosage. A saturated solution of potassium iodide or the salt taken in tablet form can act as a potent antibiotic against a variety of pathogens.
This potassium and iodine solution is also the standard prophylactic treatment for radiation exposure, as potassium iodide saturates the thyroid with iodine, which in turn prevents the body from taking up radioactive iodine isotopes from the environment.
Caution: SSKI/Potassium Iodide is not typically taken as a nutritional supplement, since it provides a dosage many times above standard nutritional requirements for iodine.
Natural Cures: Potassium iodide can provide your everyday iodine supplements and can also be used in the case of radiation exposure, against fungal skin infections, as an expectorant, and as a general antibiotic.
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[YEA] potassium iodide for intestinal worms...
My 3 year old son had pretty significant diarrhea for three days. I always come to this site for anything and the first thing I read about was the ACV. I gave him a teaspoon mixed with a little honey in water (which he loved). It seemed to help but then it came back with a vengeance. I had been reading about iodine for thyroid problems which I suspect I have due to fluoride issues and tea drinking. So I decided to give him a few drops of liquid potassium iodide in water. He also got a big dose of cinnamon on his toast that morning which is another remedy I read about. The diarrhea stopped and his bowel movement the next day produced several worms. That was unexpected result of the iodine I am certain! Iodine is in my house to stay.
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Jersey City, NJ
[YEA] Hi, I just wrote in about how taking 3 sski (potassium iodide) pills a day cured my ovarian cyst in 3 weeks. I take it at night before going to sleep. I also wanted to report two other cures. One, I have lost weight without trying to on this supplement! 4 pounds to be exact. I really feel it speeds up my metabolism. I have tried to take apple cider vinegar for weight loss and it didn't do much for me. But after taking sski steadily for the past 6 weeks (since October), I can really feel a difference if I forget to take the supplement. It's weird and hard to explain, but food feels like its moving "sluggishly" when I don't take the sski. Two, sski has helped cure the itchy, peeling rash around my nose that I have had for about 15 years. I forget the medical term for it, not eczema, but close. I have slight redness in the creases around my nose but no peeling, which is remarkable because it is usually getting really bad at this time of the year in the cold weather. I wonder now if this supplement can help cure a whole range of skin conditions. Oh one more thing. You definitely need to be careful not to take too much iodine. If I take 4 sski tablets, I wake up the next morning with a nasal drip and a slight headache. I read that this is a sign of too much iodine, so I cut back or skip an entire day's dose of sski when I get these symptoms. 2-3 pills a day seems to be okay for me. On the bottle it says not to take the supplement for more than 14 days in a row. So I think I will come off the supplement for a day or two each week. When I ran out and didn't buy anymore in the past my ovarian cyst came back within a month, so I don't think I will stay off for very long. Hope this info helps someone out there because I think it's a great supplement. Haven't tried kelp and I haven't tried Lugol's for a long period of time, so I can't comment on the differences between them.
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[YEA] I've have swollen & tender lymph nodes under my jaw for a few years and the Dr.'s ignore it. Found the Iodine cure on this website while looking for something else. I painted Potassium iodide on the lymph nodes and the swelling went down within a few hours, as well as the tenderness. Had to paint on again next morning. I've heard Lugol's works better but it hasn't arrived in the mail yet.
Also, took 4 drops in a glass of water on an empty stomach for the stomach flu ( kids have it) and feel better after about an hour. My fingers are crossed.
[YEA] I've used potassium iodide for some time for sinus infections, colds and for my girlfriend's bladder infections.
KI [potassium] works so well against bladder infections that Kaiser refused to treat my girlfriend with antibiotics on the day of a severe attack because she showed no signs of the usual bacterial infection since, apparently, the KI had destroyed the bacteria by the time she arrived at the doctor's office. She was also asymptomatic by that time.
If taken at the first sign of a cold or flu, it appears to prevent infection or reduce the symptoms. For those who have sinus infections, I add KI or I [iodine] to a saline rinse and that seems to help keep the sinuses clear.
I read that PI [potassium iodide] was used by ophthalmologists, along with niacin, to clear arteries of plaque back in the 60's since it, apparently, dissolves fat. Older doctors said that once upon a time their instructors would mention this fat dissolving ability of iodine.
Research hydrogen peroxide, it's deadly against certain types of cancer. Most organisms that harm the body like low oxygen environments. Hydrogen peroxide is thus toxic to cancer and the bad bacteria found in the body, but not the "good" bacteria.
I've removed basal cell carcinoma an inch in diameter and about 1/8 inch this with 35% hydrogen peroxide in less than a week. I'm not recommending it. At this strength it is quite dangerous unless you know what your doing. I used a Q-tip to administer it and the opposite end to dab off the excess.
3% hydrogen peroxide works quite well for infections. You can find instructions for its use on the internet.
EC: Read more about potassium iodide here:
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San Diego, Ca
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Mimor Hill, Tennessee, united Sates
[YEA] Response to Anonymous:
07/22/2008: Anonymous writes: "Hello, I've recently been told that I have candida and therefore was put on a severe diet for three weeks. During this time I couldnt eat any vinegar, pork meat, milk or anything that has milk such as yoghurt ice cream etc, no sugar whatsoever or anything with wheat. I went back to my nutritionist after the three weeks and she said that I still have candida. I asked her about ACV and she said that there's no way I can take it because its vinegar and it's fermented and that I cant take anything thats fermented yet on the candida cure page its labeled as a cure... can anyone help me with this please? also she said that candida leads to cancer and fatal illnesses -- is it really that severe?"
Yes, candida can be severe, especially when it goes systemic. I have never tried ACV for this but have read on EC where some said it cleared it up. Don't know what your health care provider had you on that didn't clear it up, but the first article I ever read concerning systemic candida was l5 or more years ago in Omni magazine. It was written by a doctor who was asked to follow a hospitalized patient while his doctor was out of town. According to this doctor, the only thing that everyone agreed on was that the man was slowly approaching death, but nobody had diagnosed any cause. In looking back through all the prior tests that had been done on the man, the only thing he could find ever showing up was some candida in an early admission test. Not having anything else to go on, he started treating the man with SSKI, which was the only thing he knew that was supposed to cure it at that time. The man started showing some improvement, and started gaining a little of his weight back, and eventually was able to go home. This doctor went into more detail on how systemic candida fouled up all the hormones and enzymes in the body. One woman he wrote about being asked to treat was a schizophrenic. He consulted with her psychiatrist to inquire if anything he did might interfere with the psychiatrists treatment and was told that in her present state he didn't think anything could make her worse or interfere. When first seen, the woman was unable to carry on a conversation. It's been awhile since I read this, but it was somewhere between 2-8 weeks of treatment with SSKI for systemic candida, she was able to sit down and intelligently converse with the doctor. You may be able to go on-line or contact Omni and ask for a copy of this article. I don't remember the doctor's name, but it was titled "The Hidden Epidemic". If you are unfamiliar with SSKI (Potassium iodide) google for potassium iodide and pull up the Tahoma Clinic article by Jonathan V. Wright,MD, which will tell you what it is and what it does, as well as how to take it. Hope this is helpful and according to Dr. Wright it is still a very effective treatment for what you have. However I would still leave off the dairy and sweets until you are rid of it.
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San Fernando, Philippines
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Please advise where one can purchase SSKI (potasium iodide).
Where can I purchase potassium iodide? I've read lots of good stuff on it.
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Fishkill, New York, Usa
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Langley, Bc, Canada
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