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.
[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
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Chandra (Seattle, Washington) on 12/06/2009
[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.Replied by Piper