Why Lugol's Iodine is Essential for Optimal Health

| Modified on Apr 16, 2024
Where to Buy
Posted by Katzie (Cancun, Mexico ) on 03/07/2024

After reading about how iodine can mess up biofilm, I finally bought myself a bottle. The stuff is great! But on the bottle's directions it says "For Talisman use only (and keep away from children)". What does "Talisman use" mean? Thanks in advance for any answers received! Bless you all and be well!!

Side Effects
Posted by Robin (Woodstock Georgia) on 10/03/2023

I've been taking Lugols iodine for 3 weeks now. This week, my dose is 7.5 mg which equals 3 drops of 2% solution. I've been extremely regular right from the start of taking iodine. My only unpleasant side effects have been sweating more than usual and feeling sleepy some days. On those days, I do salt loading with sea salt. Yesterday, I was very hungry while waiting for dinner to cook. A friend had given me some Simply Nature Veggie & Flaxseed chips, so I ate quite a few before dinner. Nothing else about my diet was out of the ordinary. I always eat a.huge salad of spinach or kale or mixed spinach/kale. Then, today...WHAM... I got a huge case of diarrhea totally out of the blue! When I read up on flaxseed I found out it can cause diarrhea and can contribute to eliminating heavy metals because it has lots of soluble fiber. So, beware, if you're on an iodine protocol and are having a BM daily, flaxseed can send it into overdrive!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Leanna (Morristown, Tennessee ) on 10/03/2023

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and sjogrens disease and a connective tissue disorder. I have been placing tincture iodine on my arms (rotating) for 2 weeks now. It took 4 days before I felt alittle better. My question is when using lugols what supplements do uou recommend to use with it? How much of borax and Epson salt in bath do you recommend? I bought ivermectin (horse dewormer) apple flavor but haven't tried it yet. I do want to do a parasite cleanse. I weigh 166lbs and I am 57 years old...My BP is runs 120/78 most of time. I don't take BP meds....I do take Levothyroxine and Hydroxychloroquine but have been trying to ween off Hydroxychloroquine for a week now. Sincerely, Granny Lealea 👵

Pink Eye, Sinuses
Posted by Hollyhock (America ) on 07/11/2023

I would look into hexane free cold pressed castor oil for eye problems. Research it here on earth clinic. I wouldn't put iodine in my eyes.

Pink Eye, Sinuses
Posted by Jim (Tucson) on 07/11/2023

I have been using a home made eye drop solution of MSM, C and DMSO... I wonder if adding some Lugols would be beneficial, or be contraindicated...??

I use for dry eyes (not much help), floaters, ditto, and to avoid macular degeneration...

Side Effects
Posted by Jim Janda (AZ) on 07/11/2023

I read that yes, it is safe... I know I am responding to an old post.

Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Jim Janda (AZ) on 07/11/2023

Terry J posted a tip... taking a half tsp of natural salt, red Mill, Celtic, etc... with the larger doses of Lugols... the salt will bind to the released heavy metals and you just pee them out...


Posted by Jim Janda (AZ) on 07/11/2023

Your salt tip is xlnt, thanks!

Do you think that adding low-dose zeolite is not necessary?

Side Effects
Posted by Janine (Puerto Escondido Mexico ) on 04/16/2023

Sure, you can take both Lugol's and Borax protocol on the same day but at least 4 hours apart - this from Bill and Ted, if you take together they cancel each other out

Nail Issues
Posted by fairlight (Boulder, CO) on 03/28/2023

Hi. This is actually to all the folk leaving out the % of LI they are using. I feel a bit frustrated that many posts give remedies and methods for using Lugols Iodine, but fail to give the % they are using in their well meaning post...this little detail is important and, when left out, makes their remedy almost useless to other folks. Thank you

EC: This particular post from 2009 used colorless iodine, which is not Lugol's iodine. See example here. It shouldn't have been posted on the Lugol's page, unfortunately.

How to Take Lugol's
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 02/21/2023 453 posts

If you hav issues with vegan caps sticking in your throat, try the bovine gel caps. The vegan ones turn sticky when wet while the bovine gel caps turn slick and slide right down.

Oral Vs Transdermal
Posted by Renee (MO) on 01/26/2023

Anyone have a link for 'extra caps' for the 2% Lugol's solution bottles?

How To Take Lugol's
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 01/09/2023 453 posts

I found a paper that claimed it takes 50 mg per day for about 3 months to clear out iodine's anti-iodine brothers (bromine, fluorine and chlorine) and restore the body's stock of iodine. That's what I'm doing. I started with topical povidone iodide, and added iodoral, 12.5 mg (one tablet) and am increasing gradually. I'm only now at 25mg.The povidone iodide fixed a sore lumpy breast the very first couple of days but nobody seems to know much about the effects of the "povidone" aspect of that so I quit using it.

I've also been taking half of a 130 mg tablet of potassium iodide every few days, as well.

I just received my Lugol's yesterday so haven't used that yet, trying to decide how I want to do it but iodine is an element and I've found no evidence that it needs to be taken in any particular form or in any particular medium so I'm going to put it in my raspberry vinegar shot. When I get to 50 mg, I'll be adding two drops to the morning shot and 2 to the evening.

I have had some minor skin irritation and one lump in the breast that has migrated to the top of the breast, just under the skin. I might try to help that along with a clay pack but I'm going to try some Lugol's with DMSO first. See what happens.

How To Take Lugol's
Posted by Randy (Illinois, USA) on 01/07/2023

I use 50 drops of Lugol's 2% in the morning and again in the afternoon. Total 100 drops a day. Morning coffee and afternoon iced tea. I can't tell any taste difference. I take it for metabolic syndrome.

Ganglion Cyst
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 01/01/2023 453 posts

If you're deficient in iodine and give the body some - regardless of what form you use - your body is going to oxidize it, remove the iodine and use it to create the various compounds it needs and APPLY them according to it's OWN list of priorities. If you're iodine deficient - you have far more important things to which it must attend than a ganglion cyst.

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by Sukiesnow (Canada) on 11/28/2022

You might also want to have some almond butter later as it sounds like iodine alone is irritating the diverticulitis. Otherwise you could also apply the iodine to your skin.

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by Jocelyn (Canada) on 11/28/2022

Try just holding iodine in your mouth with some good water for 2 - 15 minutes. Then spit it out and rinse.

Ganglion Cyst
Posted by Katzie (Calgary) on 11/12/2022

Maybe betadine isn't good enough (and since it's a Brand name from Big Harma, it isn't pure). You need a quality Iodine like Lugol's or something. And 75% of what you put on your skin ends up absorbed into your body, so that part can't be ignored. Don't give up so easily. Be well.

Ganglion Cyst
Posted by Homer (Thessaloniki - Greece) on 11/11/2022

In the article it says "Skin Problems that Benefit from Topical Iodine Use" and includes ganglion cysts.

I've tried it for my ganglion cyst which is not skin problem! Nothing happened. I've tried Betadine 10%, every night for a month.

Posted by Terry J. (USA) on 06/04/2022

I think it is safe to say that you are deficient in Iodine, since about 90% of the world's population is as well. My experience is I started with 12.5% of Lugol's iodine )5 drops of 2% iodine) in a glass of distilled water, along with 100mcg of Selenium. I followed that with another glass of distilled water mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of unprocessed Salt (Sea, Himalayan, Redmond's real salt). The Salt water keeps you from getting sick from bromine, fluoride, chlorine and heavy metals by combining with these toxins pulled from you by the Iodine. You simply pee them out.

Lugol's Vs. Nascent Iodine
Posted by Mark David (California) on 05/12/2022

Nascent iodine is too weak to do much good. Lugol's iodine is by far the best formulation of iodine to take, which has both forms of iodine that our bodies must have to function properly: Potassium Iodide, and Iodine. The following link is from David Tomen, a Nootropics expert, on the importance of Lugol's iodine and why we must have both iodine forms, and why Nascent doesn't make the grade.


How to Take Lugol's
Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 04/18/2022 84 posts

How to Take Lugol's

I found a better way. I took a different approach. In the last 3 months, every morning, right after my breakfast, using three 00-sized gelatin capsules, I have swallowed 36 drops of 5% Lugol's Iodine (LI).

Advantages: One, I get all the benefits of chlorine, fluoride and bromine detoxification. Two, this is, or seems to be, the only way I'm able to take LI with food, without having to dilute my food. Three, this way I don't have to taste LI every morning. Four, this way I am able to take higher doses of LI.

Disadvantage: There is only one disadvantage; you need to have good manual dexterity; you also need to assemble the capsules quickly and carefully. There is only one danger; if one of your capsules breaks, the resulting LI exposure will irritate your throat. However, if you plan ahead, and if you ensure the capsules are well-sealed, slippery and able to go down quickly enough, then this is not going to be an issue for you.

I hope someone can use this!

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by Ter (NC) on 04/04/2022

I know I'm in need of iodine due to the skin patch test. However, every time I take Lugol's I get a Diverticulosis flair and constipation. This is very painful until it passes. Anyone got any ideas about this, why it happens, how to treat it? For now I'm doing the skin loading and take kelp.

Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Evgeni (Bulgaria) on 03/24/2022

Hi, Keneth!

Methylene blue and samento tinkture works super. Inhaling nebulized hydrogen peroxyde (bromhexine is also option) for 10 minutes twice daily does wonder. Regards! Evgeni

Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Deborah (USA) on 03/22/2022

Can iodine be ototoxic?

Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Bettie (Canada) on 03/22/2022 13 posts

Try Ioso, a liquid supplement, if you wish, for something different. It contains both iodine and iodide as an ammonium compound. 1 drop = 1830 micrograms total Iodine. That is 1.83 mgs. It is not potassium-based (Lugol's), which is hard on some people. It is ammonium-based. Nothing to do with ammonia, so don't panic. I love this stuff.

Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Presouz (Sunny Ca) on 03/22/2022

I don't have Facebook anymore but when I did there was a great iodine group there I would suggest taking a look at it. It's ran by a nurse or a nurse practitioner I can't remember think her name is Stephanie.

Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Kenneth Ridgeway (Lincoln, England) on 03/22/2022

Thanks for info.

I downloaded Hilda Clark's book five years ago. Didn't manage to read it all. Quite a big book. Was researching for my prostate cancer. I managed to buy some Lugols iodine this s year and. Haven't known where to start. Now today, haha n my birthday I stumbled across these conversation no about iodine. Thank you and everyone for talking about it. So. Covid. Is there any protocol for it using iodine? My daughter who s 40 has had it for 8 days. Her taste has gone and isn't getting much better. She takes ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine and zinc and vit D3. After reading these comments I was wondering about using iodine for covid. Any thoughts gratefully accepted. Ken

Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by John (Florida) on 03/22/2022

Thank you, Bill, for sharing your insights and for sharing the insights of Ted from Bangkok.

I have some questions regarding the matter of consuming Lugolʼs iodine with vitamin C and also consuming Lugolʼs iodine without any vitamin C.

• How much time after consuming vitamin C could one wait before consuming Lugolʼs iodine so that the molecular iodine will remain iodine?

• How much time after consuming Lugolʼs iodine could one wait before consuming vitamin C so that the molecular iodine that has been consumed will remain iodine?

I ask this because I enjoy taking nine drops of 2% Lugolʼs iodine each day, but first, shortly after waking up each morning, I consume one half of a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with two tablespoons of lemon juice or lime juice—from a freshly squeezed lemon or lime whenever possible—in approximately four ounces (half of a glass) of water, drinking the mixture after the fizzing has stopped. With that mixture, I also consume vitamin B complex, 50 mg of zinc picolinate, and a quercetin supplement. The quercetin supplement contains 336 mg of vitamin C in the form of magnesium ascorbate.

Also, as references for readers of this, below is a link to Tedʼs observations about baking soda with lemon juice or lime juice, and below that link is a link involving Bill and Tedʼs book about alkalizing (pH Balanced for Life!).



I also ask this because, after consuming Lugolʼs iodine each day, I enjoy consuming the sodium ascorbate form of vitamin C in powdered form. I try to take up to 10,000 mg of the sodium ascorbate each day (a daily total of ten one-fourth teaspoons of the powdered form of sodium ascorbate that I have). I also enjoy mixing nine drops of 2% Lugolʼs iodine with the sodium ascorbate form of vitamin C in powdered form such that the molecular iodine is converted to iodide and the solution of Lugolʼs iodine and sodium ascorbate becomes clear. In that regard, I have a question regarding the choice of either sodium ascorbate or ascorbic acid to mix with the Lugolʼs iodine.

• Would the dehydroascorbate that results from mixing Lugolʼs iodine with sodium ascorbate—as with dehydroascorbic acid (DHA or DHAA) resulting from mixing Lugolʼs iodine with ascorbic acid—involve the vitamin C in the form of dehydroascorbate being more quickly absorbed and in much greater amounts in the body than vitamin C that remains in the form of ordinary sodium ascorbate and also involve the dehydroascorbate penetrating the blood/bone barrier and the blood/brain barrier?

I ask this because at the below link, you mentioned that the mixing of Lugolʼs iodine with ascorbic acid results in the molecular iodine oxidizing some of the vitamin C, thereby converting the latter to dehydroascorbic acid; that the body more quickly absorbs the dehydroascorbic acid and in much greater amounts than the body would absorb ordinary ascorbic acid; and that the dehydroascorbic acid can penetrate the blood/bone barrier and the blood/brain barrier.


In that regard, I found some observations that you made at the below two links. The topic of dehydroascorbate is referenced at the first link. The references to dehydroascorbate at that link include the mentioning of ascorbic acid mixed with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)—which results in sodium ascorbate when baking soda is added until the fizzing of the mixture stops—combined with Lugolʼs iodine to produce the dehydroascorbate.

The second link has a reference to dehydroascorbic acid. https://ted.earthclinic.com/supplements/vitamin_c.html#tedn_11247


Sincerely, John

Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Bill (Philippines) on 03/21/2022

Lookee24... Just to answer some of your original questions:

" I think 12% is too much if I want to paint iodine on testicular cysts."

If you are using 12% LI for painting the testicular area -- that's is not too much. I use my own 15% LI regularly to paint on plukes, moles, rashes and other skin problems and I've never really had a problem. Also if you apply your 12% LI to the testicular area then more iodine/iodide is bound to be absorbed so this will have a quicker beneficial or reducing effect on your testicular cyst than if you used the weaker 5% LI solution.

"How long does it take for iodine to pass through the skin to the cyst? "

LI will take about a few hours to pass through the skin. And only about 8% of the iodine/iodide applied to the skin will penetrate the skin into the blood. Also bear in mind that alot of the iodine/iodide solution that is applied to the skin will automatically vaporize quite quickly and will be lost like that. The body generally excretes all the iodine/iodide from the blood within about 24 hours.

Here's the full 5% Iodine Protocol:


Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Bill (Philippines) on 03/21/2022

Looky24 ... I've been taking 5% Lugol's Iodine every day (8 drops per day) in my own health regimen for about 15 years now. And in the last 4 months I have been taking a new and different iodine protocol based on Hulda Clark's LI protocol -- which is 3 drops of 15% lugol's iodine -- which works out to a total of about 170 mgs of iodine/iodide per day. I have no trouble at all with that high LI dose. I've also read that doses as high as 2000mgs iodine/iodide per day were regularly used in the old days before WWII.

A huge caveat here. Just because people in the old and distant past could be treated with large dose LI does not necessarily mean that you can do it now without problems. Lugols Iodine was been around for over 150 years and was eventually banned for use internally in the US round about the beginning of the 1950s to make way for the glorious and unhindered use of antibiotics as well as modern vaccines. Wow, with LI out of the way, think of all that profit for the drugs companies involved! The 1950s was also the beginnings of wide agri-use of poisonous pesticides, fertilizers, etc that contained serious poisons like mercury, lead, aluminum, chlorine, flourine, and glyphosate, etc. You should also bear in mind that -- especially in America -- the supermarket food contains all these poisons, which are very unhealthy for your body.

I'm just saying that if you live in the US and you eat all that poisoned supermarket food and drink their poisonous tap water then your body will accumulate and contain high amounts of heavy metals that also include bromine, fluorine and chlorine. It's also little known or appreciated that Lugol's Iodine is an exceptional detoxer of lead, cadmium, mercury, aluminum, bromine and fluorine. But if your body contains high amounts of any of these poisons then, when you initially start taking the LI at high dose, LI will rapidly remove these poisons from the tissues and put large amounts of them into the blood. And right there is the problem!! Because once the poisons get into the blood there is a definite possibility that those heavy metals, chlorine and fluorine etc will be redistributed throughout the body -- and that is what can cause, serious skin rashes, racing heart, breathing problems etc. Basically these symptoms can accurately mimic a serious allergic reaction -- but they are not caused by an allergic reaction -- they are caused by large amounts of heavy metals and other poisons suddenly being dumped into the bloodstream because of the efficient detox effect of LI.

So, if you're going to take high dose iodine for your testicular cyst, you should start with one drop and just work up to the proper dose slowly.

Here's some more useful advice on how to treat testicular cysts with iodine from Ted from Bangkok:

"Testicular Cysts... If lugol's iodine is applied externally to that area, is one of the few ways it the iodine can reach it to prevent further spread. Cysts is usually calcium, hence magnesium supplements is taken, such as magnesium citrate roughly 500 mg a day. The magnesium is antagonistic to the calcium. I have also found that cysts is a form of iodine deficiency, it seems to occur in women with low iodine, which gathers around the breast. Cysts can also form when the blood sugar is high, increasing the solubility of calcium to go from bones to the tissues causing cysts. Hence, 1500 mcg of chromium chloride, or a good chromium supplements without the calcium added, best in capsule form is taken. I prefer chromium chloride, perhaps chromium polynicotinate. If a person is serious about reducing this cyst, staying away from sugar, and drink plenty of water during meals will dilute sugar concentration, in addition to avoiding dinners before sleep also helps reduce the sugar spikes."

Source: https://answers.earthclinic.com/any-remedy-for-testicular-cysts.html

Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Looky24 (Slovakia ) on 03/20/2022

Thank you very much Bill for the advice. I would like to ask how long can I use iodine for testicular cysts? When can I see the results of cyst reduction?

Thank you.

Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Bill (Philippines) on 03/19/2022

Hi Looky24,

Well, you never said how many drops or mgs of 12% you wanted to supplement. Generally I normally take 8 drops(or 50mgs) of 5% lugols iodine(LI) every day. And one drop of 5% LI contains a total of 6.25mg of iodine. Anyway here's something that might help you with your calculations for 12% LI:

5% Lugol's iodine has 6.25mg iodine per drop.

12% LI is 12/5 or 2.4 times stronger per drop than 5% LI.

But if 5% iodine contains 6.25mgs per drop and 12% LI is 2.4 times stronger then 12% Lugols Iodine will contain 2.4 x 6.25mg = 15mgs iodine/iodide per drop.

So if you want to take 50 mgs a day of 12% LI then you would need to take 50mgs/15mgs drops or 3.33 drops of 12% LI per day. And if it were me -- I'm not so picky -- so I would round that value up to 4 drops -- but it's your call.

And for anyone wondering how to calculate the number of drops of 15% LI to get 50gms iodine/iodide per day, this is a much simpler calculation:

15% LI is 15/5 = 3 times stronger per drop than 5% LI.

Therefore one drop of 15% LI = 3 x 6.25mg = 18.75mgs iodine/iodide per drop

So to be able to supplement 50 mgs of iodine/iodide per day you would have to take 50/18.75 = 2.6 drops of 15% LI per day.

And just to quickly cover it all -- if you were to take 50 mgs per day of 7% LI(at 8.75mgs per drop) then you would have to take 50/8.75 = 5.71 drops of 7% LI per day.

I'm also currently taking the Hulda Clark Lugol's Iodine protocol. Her LI protocol was very simple and didn't mess around. She advised supplementing 6 drops 4% LI three times a day after meals. I vary it slightly by taking 3 drops of 15% LI three times a day after meals, which works out to a total daily iodine/iodide dose of 18.75 x 9 drops per day = 165.75mgs iodine/iodide per day. I've been doing this LI protocol for about a month now. And whereas before I was always scooting off for a quick kip in the early afternoon heat every day, but now I just don't need it. That was a real eye-opener for me and was a very pleasant surprise. As a 72 year old guy, I have much more energy now than I had before as well as alot more daily anti-viral protection against covid-19 from using Hulda Clark's LI protocol. I'll give a proper and bigger report on EC later on the outcome of taking Dr Hulda Clark's Li protocol after taking her it for a few more months.

A final word of warning about orally supplementing LI. If you use Dr Hulda Clark's LI protocol, which is quite a high dose per day, just remember to start the protocol with a low dose and work up to the advised drop dosages SLOWLY.

Diluting Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Looky24 (Slovakia ) on 03/18/2022

Iodine dose 12%.

Hello, please, I would like to ask. I bought a 12% lugol iodine. How can I dilute a 12% to 5%. I think 12% is too much if I want to paint iodine on testicular cysts.

1. How long does it take for iodine to pass through the skin to the cyst? How many drops are needed after dilution? And how long will it take for cysts to shrink?

2. I also want to take iodine orally. How do I dilute 12% iodine to 5%? How much water do I need to drink with dilute iodine and how often? I know that iodine is used with selenium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C.

I apologize for the stupid questions, but I'm taking it for the first time and I want to be 100% sure.

Thank you very much for any advice

Ear Infection
Posted by beverly (Texas) on 01/21/2022


Povidone-iodine ear wash and oral cotrimoxazole for chronic suppurative otitis media in Australian aboriginal children:

study protocol for factorial design randomised controlled trial - PubMed (nih.gov)


Ear Infection
Posted by Rob (Kentucky ) on 10/27/2021

I agree Diana. I tried it and it burned BAD! Fortunately I had an ear irrigator loaded and ready if things went bad and they did. I'm sticking with povidone iodine 10%.

It's recommended by the Hesperian Guidelines for 3rd World Countries and is as follows:

Give antiseptic ear drops such as vinegar or povidone iodine (betadine). For all ages: 2 drops in the ear, 2 times a day for 2 weeks, then give 2 drops in the ear, 1 time a day (before going to sleep), for several weeks or months til ear issues clear up.


Ear Infection
Posted by Deirdre (EC) on 10/19/2021

Hi Diane,

Just wondering why you tried 15% Lugol's straight in the ear when the original post you replied to used only a couple drops from a 1:4 dilution - 1 part of 7% Lugol's to water?

Ear Infection
Posted by Diane (UK) on 10/19/2021

Oh gosh, I just tried this, only 2 drops of Lugol's 15% neat into my ear that has been itching me all day, and it burned like hell! The pain actually made me vomit!
I almost ended up in the hospital, the ambulance service advised me to flush with water for 20 minutes, which I did and it brought the burning pain down somewhat, but I was worried I'd caused real damage.

I can't believe they would inflict this on children. My advice, do not use Lugol's neat in the ear.

Pink Eye, Sinuses
Posted by Susan McFie (UK) on 10/18/2021

I use Lugol's iodine for everything...transdermally and orally. Initially, I had some mild detox symptoms but now just positive results. I have even used it as eye drops...conjunctivitis....just one drop of 5% Lugols well diluted...in half a small glass of water. Very effective nasally too.

But I'm wondering if this might also work for people with sleep apnea.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Earth Mama (AL) on 07/27/2021

Epeach, do you have any updates?

Did your stubborn moles end up going away?

Ear Infection
Posted by Pam E. (Southern California) on 06/25/2021 137 posts


I had lots of wax removed from my ears a few years back, when the doctor told me my ear canals were the size of a child's. He was apologizing for not having instruments that small, as his office is set up to treat adults. And my canals were definitely red & swollen after that treatment. So, I can empathize with you.... I wonder if Coconut oil might help you topically, as it is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, & even anti-tiny-parasites! (It's also touted as loosening ear wax.) You could eat it at the same time, too, so 'come at the problem from both sides'! I've used it in my ears for fungal infection before....

Multiple Cures
Posted by Chey (Zachary, la.) on 03/28/2021

When you says drops, do you mean a dropper full or literal drops?

EC: 6 drops, not 6 dropperfuls!

Posted by John Scot (Scotland) on 01/29/2021

I use Lugol's also and feel it will protect against any Virus or disease. I normally have 10 drops in a glass of organic 3 times a week never taste the iodine and never seem to have a real cold or flu. Sometimes have a blocked nose but goes away very quickly. Jjust try it with Organic milk, tastes better. I use the strongest Lugol's Iodine 15%.

Ear Infection
Posted by Paul (Cortlandt Manor, NY) on 01/07/2021

I tried Jacquelin's method as well as a single drop neat, without any success at all. It appears that as I have stenoptic ear canals, any form of even slight inflammation, closes the ear completely.

The only treatment which seems to work for me, is diced/crushed Onion-juice into the canal & plugged with cotton-wool, overnight but sometimes, even that doesn't work!

How To Take Lugol's
Posted by Shalom (Ca) on 10/09/2020

Marie, do you or your friend take it with other supplements to avoid the die-off effects? How often do you take it and how many drops? Can you give us more details and what benefits you saw. I tried it and had terrible die-off effects so I stopped taking it, but I was still feeling sick for a few weeks after.

How To Take Lugol's
Posted by Marie D (Nc Usa) on 10/08/2020

A friend of mine who has been taking Lugol's for 7 yrs. places the drops she takes into an empty gelatin capsule and swallows with water. I have tried her method and it works like a charm!

Side Effects
Posted by Baise (New York) on 08/30/2020

Hi Bill,

a quick question. I'm considering to start Lugol's Iodine protocol. Do you think it's safe for someone who has amalgam fillings. I know...Sigh. I'm planning to have them safely removed eventually but I won't be able to do so until 1-2 years or so. Should I wait until I have them removed or do you think it would be ok? Thank you for your time.

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by Katherine (Vacaville Ca) on 08/13/2020

Don't take iodine at night. It is a stimulator.

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 07/03/2020

Hi Sue!

Iodine is not expected to disrupt the menstrual cycle or cause hot flushes from what I have read, although it can change hormone levels.

Are you 40 to 50 years of age? You may be experiencing the beginning of menopause.

There are herbs which encourage menstruation, herbs which delay it, and herbs which balance the hormones. You might consider using vitex/chasteberry in addition to the iodine to balance the hormones while the iodine does its work.

If it is indeed menopause you may consider black cohosh, maca, and sage leaf to relieve the discomforts.

You may also consider taking kelp rather than Lugol's iodine, as kelp offers additional nutrients your body may be in need of, as well as iodine.

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by Sue (Malaysia ) on 07/02/2020

Started Lugol s iodine a month ago. Started slow with one drop for 1 week plus, right now I am on 3-4 drops daily (5%). I have adenomyosis and read about all the good of iodine. However, ever since started taking iodine, I don't seem to sleep so well, I have few / some hot flushes daily, and most of all I missed my period during month of May.

Would be pleased if anyone with experiences r able to advise.



Acid Reflux
Posted by Denise (Crescent City, Ca) on 10/15/2018

Wonderful to see this post today, as it was today I just ordered Lugols Iodine. I know I need to be careful not to get too much iodine, so may I ask how much you take? Do you also do coconut oil, and a good salt for iodine content? The main issue I'm having is finding an amount to start with but like my other supplements, there is an amount. I believe the Lugols says 12.5 mg. So, maybe that answers my question;)

I still have some acid reflux, and I also have silent reflux, or sometime called LPR (Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and find the throat issues almost unbearable at times.

Thank you in advance for any further info on your progress and amounts you use daily;) Denise

Acid Reflux
Posted by Angela (Oh) on 10/15/2018

Like Michelle from Ohio, I too have been cured of horrendous acid reflux with Lugols iodine. I was using it for other reasons and after a few months I realized my acid reflux was completely gone. I have had problems eating oranges, bacon, onions, OJ, etc all my life and now I can eat or drink what ever I want. Glad to hear of someone else getting well with it. I read once that the body needs iodine to make stomach acid that actually stops the reflux.

Oral Vs Transdermal
Posted by Jb (Hosmer) on 09/26/2018

How do you "get rid of a root canal?".

Lugol's Vs. Nascent Iodine
Posted by Diane (Austin) on 06/16/2018

Stick with Nascent.

How To Take Lugol's
Posted by Rosemary (Qld, Australia) on 02/27/2018

I put mine into my morning mix of brewers yeast and yogurt, taste is very minimal.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Dan (Lodi, N.j.) on 02/16/2018

Essential public service announcement.Thank you, Doctor!

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by Hisjewel (Usa) on 02/14/2018

I remember inquiring for help concerning the tingly sometimes, burning feeling on my face. I had started thinking it was stress.

I got some advice that got me through that time.

Soon I stopped using some of my supplements then start back up again.

Well, I had stopped using the Iodine. I had been obviously taking too many drops for me, about 4 drops of 5mgs or 7mgs of Lugols Iodine in a glass of water.

Any way I wanted to kill an infection, so I started back on the iodine. One to two drops in water this time, plus a little on infected area. I began to feel that old tingly burning feeling in the face again.

It good to know what is causing a situation, then we wont be trying to fix it while still consuming the cause.

I only took it a few days this time. Just enough for my healing.


Multiple Cures
Posted by Epeach (Ga) on 02/13/2018

I wanted to update my success from use of Lugol's Iodine Protocol and other healthy ideas I have found on E.C.

I began using Lugol's and companion nutrients 7 month's ago. Starting with 1 drop of 2 percent until I reached 20 drops.(please read protocol here on E.C.) I tried to change my diet, but was injured and now at the mercy of my husband and children for purchasing and preparing most of my food. Anyway, I have been indulging a little in sweets, fried foods, and breads. I did eliminate diet soda. I only use the water purifier from the fridge. Hopefully, because we have city water, I will be able to get a good one for the entire house, soon.

I also use 1 tblsp. ACV (for weight control and kidney stones, which I have passed 3 pain free), lemon/lime in each glass of water, baking soda, and Borax (had a terrible anxiety attack 2 days ago from it and my face broke out, badly! ?). I take a borax/Epsom salt bath each day. I stopped taking P*x*l for anxiety and OCD, 4 months ago, after slowly tapering (1/2 dosage of 1 pill weekly, until completely eliminated), began using a non-fluoridated tooth paste, and switched to sea salt.


I am never tired during the day. I used to come home from work and take a nap, and sometimes sleep right through to the next morning!!!

My face is clear of acne. (except, that one day)

My seasonal allergies do not bother me, anymore.

Food allergies are not as aggressive. (Dairy)

No more breast fibrosis.

Goiter gone.

Toe nail fungus gone...fingernails not completely cured, but nails not afflicted, are long, strong, and healthy.

Frequent headaches gone.

Hand blisters gone (I believe a fungus).

Energy restored.

Gray hair (light amount) turned back to original color and thinning hair grew back healthier. It turned very dark/reddish for the first 3 months after beginning protocol(?) I was born blonde.

Eyebrows grew back to outer edges of eyes.

Several moles have disappeared. (external use of Lugol's)

Brain fog lifted most days. (I still suffer with bad weather)

OCD tendencies are reduced.

No need for reading glasses. Dr. said my vision actually improved!
Emotions in check, for the most part. (situational)

Avoided all colds/flu/viruses that my family suffered.

So as you can see...E.C. posters (THANK YOU)...I am restoring my health without the use of Modern Medical Doctors! Did I say thank you?

Lugol's Vs. Nascent Iodine
Posted by Kitty (Niagara Falls, Ny) on 02/12/2018

I just read your very informative article about Lugol's Iodine. Would I be able to get an answer if there is a difference between Nascent Iodine and Lugol's Iodine? ..... I went to 4 different Dr's to get my thyroid levels checked, about 2 years ago, and all the test came back normal. But after researching it, I realized there was something wrong with my thyroid I had all the classic symptoms of a low thyroid. After more research I bought the Nacsent Iodine and started taking it, but found that taking it orally was not possible for me, too many side effects. I started applying it to my skin which worked much better for me. I started out with 4 drops, 1 each to my inner thighs, and the other 2, one each to my inner wrist. The first 6-8 months they disappeared rather quickly, sometimes within 2-3 hours. I used this method for about 2 years and have never felt better. After that, I only used it on my wrists, and now it depends, most times one drop will do it. But after reading your article on Lugol's I am wondering if it would be better if I used "it" instead of the Nascent Iodine. I very much would appreciate your help. I would use it in the same manner. Thank you very much. Kitty.

Side Effects
Posted by Joanna (Charlotte, Nc) on 12/11/2017

Can one be on LI therapy and Borax at the same time?

Multiple Cures
Posted by David (Springfield, Mo) on 12/11/2017

Following up on the cold shower thing. Wim Hof has over 20 world records for cold weather achievements, like running a marathon distance below zero in shorts and shoes alone. He uses cold therapy as significant factor in health restoration and recommends cold showers as restorative. He has a program out now, but you can read a lot about it without paying.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Queen (Cabañas, El Salvador) on 12/11/2017

Iodine for Fibrocystic Breast Disease, uterine fibroid, ovarian cysts and hypothyroidism

Hello wonderful people, I was officially diagnosed with Fibrocystic Breast Disease (FBD) about 2 years ago. I also was diagnosed with a uterine fibroid the size of a grape and one cyst on each ovary and hypothyroidism. I have had FBD since I was 19 years old. My breasts were so lumpy I was afraid to touch them. My breasts would become so painful before my period that I was forced to sleep wearing a bra. I have been on the iodine protocol for about 14 months now. I am a 42 year old woman who exercises like crazy (I am a triathlete). I eat very healthy now. I have eliminated dairy products, soy, caffeine, preservatives and processed sugar. I eat 95% organic and grass fed beef.

I started taking 100 mg of lugol's iodine for the first 3 months, then I was taking 150 mg for 4 months. After that, I went back to 100 mg. Now I am back to 150 mg. I believe my ovarian cysts have dissolved because I don't feel nauseous anymore and I don't have pain in my ovaries like I used to. And at some point I bled and it wasn't time for my period so I am assuming the cysts burst. Regarding the uterine fibroid, I am not sure if it has dissolved completely, but I know for sure it has shrunk because my period isn't painful anymore and I don't get lower back pain either like I used to. In terms of my breasts, they are almost free of lumps. I haven't done an ultra sound yet, but I can feel the difference in texture and pain. I can say pain is 95% gone during pms. My thyroid is working well now. I have energy and I don't feel tired anymore.

I have added castor oil packs on breasts and put an ice pack afterward. I alternate the castor oil pack on each breast every day and I am also taking a homeopathic tincture my naturopath recommended.

I read on this site how people have felt a difference with small amounts of iodine in a short period of time, but it has taken a while for me to see great results. I have read Dr. David Brownstein's book and I was surprised at how his patients improved with smaller amounts. It took 3 months (100 mg per day) after starting the iodine protocol to notice my hair wasn't falling out so much. I thought it was normal to lose so much hair. I read somewhere on the internet that people used to take between 300 mg to 1,000 mg of iodine to treat diseases before drugs.

In the nutshell:

Lugol's iodine (5%) 150 mg a day

Magnesium taurate 500 mg a day

Selenium 500 mcg a day

Sodium ascorbate 2.5 to 5 grams a day

B complex

Himalayan sea salt about 1 tsp a day

I take St. John's Wort, apple cider vinegar and baking soda in small amounts most days of the week. I am in the road to being completely healed and I am grateful for this site and the people who post their experiences. Thank you all and remember BE PATIENT.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Epeach (Ga) on 10/13/2017

I thought I would share an update on my Lugol's regimen. It will be 2 months since I began. I am taking 14 drops of 2 percent in water each morning. I have had a lot of anger and anxiety for weeks. I am having difficulty sleeping through the night. I have also been reducing my anxiety meds at the same time. P*x*l is the brand I take and I have reduced it as slow as I have increased the Lugol's, cutting 1/2 of 1 daily pill every other week. It contains fluoride and I do not want it in my system, obviously. I am concerned about my behavior and OCD tendencies. I pray some (or all) of this may be detox reactions. Can anyone advise me on how to keep my emotions in check while I reduce this toxin? I am extremely happy with my energy level and over all feeling of health, though.

The moles that I have been treating all along that did not go away initially, are giving me fits, they tend to grow big and round and itch, but really do not seem like they are going to give up this fight. Any ideas? Should I stop? Try something else or persevere?

My skin and hair are very healthy. The fungus on my nails is still prevalent but seems to be getting better slowly. I have given up on topical treatments all together because it seems to work only temporarily and I cannot devote the time to it everyday. I believe it will get better in time when my insides are clear of yeast.

I have lost a total of 7 lbs. but have included ACV to my routine 3 weeks ago. My thinking is clearer. My vision is clearer, I hardly ever wear my reading glasses anymore. I feel clean. My allergies are almost completely gone and it is ragweed season! Normally, I would be taking Z*rt*c and Sudaf*d on a daily basis this time of year!

Thank you again Earth Clinic for this website! You are saving my life!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Epeach (Ga) on 09/16/2017

It has been a month now since beginning Lugol's. I feel so much better, now. I have much more energy than I can ever remember having in a while. I have lost 3 lbs., the fungus on my nails is clearing, brain fog is lifted!!!!!, and allergies are almost completely gone. I will sneeze some mornings but that is all of the symptoms I am having. I am up to 10 drops, now in a little water, it began to hurt the underside of my tongue now that I am using so much more. I found Brazil Nuts and bought enough for a month or so. That was the missing puzzle piece for me. I turned a corner by just eating 5 (a day) on the first day!!!!

I have removed 9 moles so far. Some of the bigger ones are being awfully resistant. I suspect they will go away eventually with continued applications.

My question is, during this journey, sometimes my neck and collar bones ache and throb. Does anyone have an idea for immediate relief?

Ear Infection
Posted by Kyle (Australia) on 09/03/2017

HI there

any chance you could find the link or publication details of the study on the african children? I've looked quite a bit because of your comment but could only find usage of povidone-iodine (basically Betadine), and some study on Rabbits showing that if too strong it induced hearing loss, but it was very effective (almost as effective as the Cipraflaxin (or something close to that) at the right strength/dose.

I'd really appreciate your help here!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Evelyn (Ga) on 08/31/2017

I have lost 3 moles. They have shriveled and felt off (while I am asleep or in the shower?) I never saw it happen. Thank goodness, for I am weak when it comes to things like that. I have began treating many more now, various sizes and locations.

My cold has almost subsided now and feel pretty well this afternoon. I had horrible pressure in my sinuses and forehead and woke late last night from barometric pressure headache from the dropping due to the storm that was coming from the hurricane from Texas. I have had to blow my nose all day and it was terrible green. Loads of it. I think I am cleaning or detoxing. (I am usually not this graphic, but you may experience these things and should know this is normal)

I never mentioned my fibroid breast tumors that the docs want to do images for every year (I have refused for the past 4 years to have mammograms and furthered images due to the amount of radiation and money in their pockets with the same results... no cancer). I began evening primrose from GNC for bad breast pain in May and had no pain 2 days after beginning that regimen but I ran out so I bought a brand from a local grocery store and wound up with terrible heartburn. So, I stopped taking it and the pain and lumps came back. Since using Lugol's, I have no more breast pain. I would purchase the primrose from GNC again because, upon further research the grocery store purchased one contained many ingredients not found in the GNC brand.

I know the detoxing is hard to go through, I work full time and went everyday. I wanted results and although I was completely miserable, it was and will be worth it, in the end. I have not bought any Brazil nuts, I understand we need Selenium but they are not sold at my grocery store. I will continue to look for them. I have been taking Cod liver oil for a couple of years now because the doc wanted to put me on Statins for cholesterol. I asked her to give me six months on fish oil, first. My numbers greatly improved and she told me to keep it up.:) I began taking Zinc about a year ago and magnesium about six months ago. I am taking baby steps and adding things that I know my body needs from research on E.C. Thank you Earth Clinic, I never really thought about my body needing minerals, only vitamins. I wish the doctors and schools would get together and learn for themselves so they may teach young people the vital importance of health through all of nature. I guess as we get older and we see life slipping away, we try to better ourselves. I suppose this is why I have turned to this site. I will share the love. God bless.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Evelyn (Ga) on 08/28/2017

Update on Lugol's... One of my moles were gone when I got up this morning. It was the smallest. I know it will take longer for the others. I did not prepare my skin around them for the treatment and the area is very red. It initially felt like a sun burn and itched. I do not care though, I know it is temporary.

I took a break for two days after the 5 days of the oral intake. I have been sick with a terrible cold since the 6th day. I am surely detoxing and am using zinc, magnesium, cod liver oil, baking soda and drinking either lemon water or orange juice hours after lugol's. I have been using Licorice root for the congestion and oregano oil for the cold or whatever it is. I am on day 13 and am still sick. I will keep pushing through it though because I want to rid my body of this candida and regulate my thyroid. I am very tired and only get the things done I have to do. The blisters on my hands have not returned, but my finger nail fungus is a battle. There was an eruption on the side of the nail and green pus came out. I am soaking my nails (all of them) in vinegar, everyday, now. I hope with all of these remedies combined I will get rid of this stuff.