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iodine and cancer

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on August 31, 2010

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Iodine and Cancer

Naturopath Loretta Lanphier posted this info on a yahoo chat group:

I have had cancer clients using 200 mg of iodine daily without issue.  With cancer one should begin at 50-100 mg.  Also, there are very important companion nutrients that should be taken with iodine in order to minimize any detoxification that may happen (discussed below).

More information about iodine and the thyroid –

About Nascent Iodine

Nascent Iodine – A scientific term for iodine that can have a huge energy release. To produce iodine in the pre-nascent state a ten gallon electrolytic bath can have only 8 ounces of iodine (1 ounce per gallon of liquid) for 15 minutes at 30 amps of resistance. This takes much longer and is more difficult to produce; therefore, most people do not want to take the time to make nascent iodine. The iodine molecule has the diatomic bond broken and has a high amount of electromagnetic energy associated. During the 2 to 3 hour of activation time the nascent iodine has the ability to be of great assistance to the body. Much more the nascent state is considered by science to be very effective. They have mentioned an MD promoting Iodine in the 1970’s who said Iodine produced by brown lime was the best form of Iodine. That is, in fact, Nascent iodine.

The quality that separates nascent iodine from all other iodine products is that the diatomic bond is broken in this condition and that the iodine atoms each keep one of the two electrons that had made up the covalent bond. This is known as homolytic cleavage and causes the iodine atom to be subject to magnetic charging. The iodine being in the atomic state was the reason it was called Atomidine, for Atomic Iodine (1926 to 1935). This atomic state and large electromagnetic charge is held by the atom until diluted in water and consumed. Once diluted and inside the body this atom is readily absorbed and utilized by the body.

To quote the 1930’s document by Schieffelin and Company:

“The lethal dose of Atomidine (1926 to 1935) in animals is very large, which accounts for the absence of untoward effects in clinical use. Due probably to its rapid absorption and its ready combination with harmless proteid or other organic compounds in the body, iodism very rarely occurs even in sensitive persons.” 1930’s nascent iodine

This charged atom of iodine starts a process of relaxation where it gradually loses energy, 2 to 3 hours. During this time the body recognizes this atom as the same nascent iodine it produces in the thyroid in order to make the T3 and T4 hormones. It must also recognize “the well known germicidal qualities of the nascent iodine atom”.

If the body does recognize both these qualities, it can then use this charged atom in the thyroid or elsewhere in the body as needed.

The body requires more or less nascent iodine depending on the task being addressed. To boost the body systems may require very small amounts, a few drops once a day. In the other extreme with life threatening illnesses, it has been reported that to fight parasites from malaria requires as much as 20 drops 5 times for the first day. And then 10 drops 4 times a day until the blood stream is clear in a few days.

The nascent iodine effect is well known in science and medicine. Several medical patents exist for non-consumable nascent iodine. In summary, the actual difference between nascent iodine and detoxified iodine is that nascent iodine can have a much greater impact on the body. Its abilities far exceed the simple being easy to absorb and safe, it can do real work in the thyroid and throughout the body.

Below is some good information from the yahoo Iodine group.  The owner of the group does not recommend nascent iodine and for more difficult cases of thyroid concerns or cancer, I usually do not either.  But Nascedyne is great for those wanting to add iodine supplementation or for those who do not have chronic thyroid issues.  Also, there have been some on the group that have and are using nascent iodine and feeling much better without all the side effects that Iodine/Iodoral sometimes gives.  Some have even lost weight using nascent iodine.

Iodine Therapy Information

Adrenal Support  (heart palps, racing pulse)

Sometimes one will feel jittery when taking iodine.  Some have also described a “vibrating” sensation.  Others have reported heart palpitations or even increased pulse rates.  This is more than likely adrenal related. (Note:  If these continue seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner)  Performing the following supplementation can help with these symptoms.

2,000 mgs Vitamin C  (try to find one that is not corn derived)
200 – 400 mgs Magnesium  (Ancient Minerals Magnesium transdermal oil will also work.)
1/2 tsp Himalayan Crystal Salt

Salt Loading / Adrenal Support Protocol

Use the salt loading protocol when you are experiencing issues/symptoms with iodine supplementation.

1/2 tsp celtic (or other unrefined) salt in 1/2 cup of warm water

Follow the above with a glass of 12 oz filtered water.

** Repeat every 30-45 minutes as needed until urination begins.

Why does this help?

Salt – containing chloride – binds to the bromide in the blood stream and carries it out through the kidneys.

Continued Support

Biotics Research Cytozyme AD (adrenal complex)
Vitamin C  (to bowel tolerance)
Himalayan Crystal Salt
Optimum E 100/100
Max Stress Nano-B Complex
Pure Energy

Liver / Kidney Overload

Optimum Wellness Liver/Gallbladder cleanse
Kidney Cleanse

Will Too much iodine will damage the thyroid?

In 1948 UC Berkley released a study called the Wolff-Chaikoff Effect.  This resulted in the removal of iodine from the nation’s food supply.

The Wolff-Chaikoff Effect is defined as the inhibition of organic binding of iodide in the thyroid gland by excess iodide, resulting in the cessation of thyroid hormone synthesis. In layman’s terms, it was asserted that at a certain point when the thyroid became overwhelmed with too much iodine it would shut the thyroid down.

Dr. David Brownstein recommends testing Free T3 and Free T4 along with evaluating clinical symptoms when seeing increasing TSH numbers in iodine supplementation.  TSH can be elevated to levels of 75 for up to 6 months with no clinical symptoms.  The thyroid gland is doing its job.  TSH rises to increase thyroglobulin which binds to the increased iodine in the blood stream to create thyroid hormones T4 and T3.  (Conventional doctors will literally scream about this TSH rise but Dr. Brownstein found that it is normal when using iodine.)

After the Wolff-Chaikoff Effect was released in a medical report, the medical community jumped on the bandwagon and shunned the use of iodine stating it would damage your thyroid.  Thus began iodophobia.

In 1970 Wartofsky evaluated the effect of Lugol solution, administered at 5 drops (30 mgs iodine / iodide) three times daily in five thyrotoxic patients.  Following this protocol it was concluded that the rapid decrease in T4 secretion induced by iodine was not a result of the Wolff Chaikoff Effect but from a decrease in the fractional rate of T4.

As Dr. Abraham states – the Wolff-Chaikoff Effect is only crying wolf.  (article)

Why is this important to those with thyroid cancer as well as other cancers?

Iodine is very important to an individual diagnosed with thyroid cancer – with or without a thyroid.  Iodine induces apoptosis.  Apoptosis is programmed cell death which is how the body removes cells that have damaged DNA as cancer cells do.

Thoughts on Iodine Deficiency – High Doses of Iodine Needed For the Very Sick

Iodine Deficiency:  An Under Recognized Epidemic
By Dr. David Brownstein, MD

Excerpt from the article:

However, 50 mg/day of iodine in an individual ill with a serious illness such as cancer or an autoimmune disorder may be insufficient to meet their needs. My clinical and laboratory experience has shown that ill individuals generally need more iodine as compared to healthy individuals. At 25-50 mg/day of iodine, it may take years for an ill individual to become iodine sufficient. In these cases, I sometimes recommend increased dosages of iodine.

Below are the Companion Nutrients for those using Iodine Therapy and are HIGHLY Recommended while using Iodine Therapy

Iodine (Lugols Liquid or Iodoral – contains  iodine & iodide) 25 – 100 mgs  (Nascedyne is energized iodine made popular by Edgar Casey.  Some may want to begin with this when first diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Follow directions on bottle  Also good to use with children.  I would also suggest Nascedyne for those who want to add iodine to their supplements and do not have thyroid issues.)

Vitamin C – 2,000 – 4,000 mgs  (or to bowel tolerance)
Selenium 200 mcg
Magnesium 200 – 400 mgs  (Ancient Minerals transdermal magnesium.  Most will not experience loose bowels with transdermal application.)
Himalayan Crystal Salt – ½ – 1 tsp  (see salt-loading protocol above)

Additional nutrients to assist with the utilization of iodine

Max Stress B Nano-Plex
Methylcobalamin B-12 Select Spray

(Tony has many of the supplements available on his website under Oasis Advanced Wellness.)

Be Well


One Response to “iodine and cancer”

  1. kimgremm said

    Very interesting article ~ I am currently under the care of a naturopathic doctor. I take an iodine and it has helped me along with some other supplements.

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