Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Iodine-Deprivation Conspiracy [1]

Rev D [article revision - see notes]

From about 1840 until about 1950, doctors used a mixture of water, potassium iodide, and iodine crystals developed by Dr. Jean Lugol of France, known as Lugol's solution, to treat wide variety of ailments. In the mid 1940's, apparent agents of the pharmaceutical companies conned the medical profession into believing that such high doses of iodine are toxic, and that we require only about 1% of the levels that doctors had found through long experience to be safe and effective. About 60 years later, Guy E. Abraham, M.D. realized that these (apparent) drug-company agents had perpetrated a giant fraud upon the medical profession, and he launched a campaign to snap it out of its anti-iodine spell and to convince them that iodine deficiency is behind many of the diseases which have been baffling them and plaguing mankind.

Through a more rigorous approach than the one which originally led to the widespread use of Lugol's solution in medical practice, Dr. Abraham and his colleagues established that our bodies require both forms of iodine contained in Lugol's solution, in the amounts contained in a couple drops of the solution, on a daily basis (proper dosage depends on several factors). Dr. Abraham dubbed his iodine research "The Iodine Project," and if you search the internet using this term, you will find many articles which are typically quite long and technical. He and his colleagues also turned up some old literature about using Lugol's solution which the drug-company agents hadn't managed to destroy.

As part of his research, Dr. Abraham developed Iodoral, which is essentially two drops of Lugol's solution in the form of a tablet, but with certain advantages. Its main disadvantage is that its long-term cost can be significant for those on a tight budget, whereas Lugol's solution is dirt cheap over the long term, especially when purchased in larger quantities. But when large doses are required to treat serious conditions, Iodoral is often the only form which the patient can tolerate.

There are quite a few articles on the internet about the benefits of Lugol's solution and Iodoral. A couple of the better ones are
Iodine for Health by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD, and Iodine: Its Role In Health and Disease by Michael B. Schachter, M.D. For details on using it, I suggest Orthoiodosupplementation. For some people, such as cancer victims, getting the right dosage right away is very important, and they should consult an expert immediately.

The Conspiracy in Action

The following excerpt from
Iodine: The Universal Nutrient by Dr. Abraham provides some details on how the medical profession was hypnotized into ignoring the evidence about iodine right under their noses:

Most physicians by the 1950s neglected the rest of the human body, in terms of sufficiency for iodine, and forgot that their predecessors were using amounts of iodine/iodide 2 orders of magnitude greater than the amounts present in the average daily consumption of table salt. This was mainly due to iodophobic publications appearing in the late 1940s and also due to the erroneous assumption that absence of goiter means iodine sufficiency. Published studies on the safe and effective use of Lugol solution in hypo- and hyperthyroidism mysteriously disappeared during the 1940s, concurrent with the appearance of iodophobic publications. The promotion of thyroid extracts and thyroid hormones as an alternative to Lugol solution in the management of iodine deficiency induced goiter and hypothyroidism; and of goitrogens and radioiodide as an alternative to Lugol solution in the management of hyperthyroidism with both alternatives well synchronized with the iodophobic publications. It was a brilliant move and it worked wonderfully. By the 1970s, following the iodophobic publication of Wolf [the "Wizard of Oz" of iodine, whose specious excuses were accepted as scientific fact because of his impressive credentials], physicians concluded that one must avoid inorganic non-radioactive iodine “like leprosy,” unless it was incorporated into the toxic organic iodine-containing drugs. Then, iodine could be tolerated [i.e. the pharmaceutical companies would allow it to be used in this form] because iodine could be blamed for the toxicity of these drugs. [end of excerpt]

Practical aspects of using Lugol's solution

After some investigating via the internet, I concluded that Lugol's solution is indeed the most cost-effective means of obtaining sufficient amounts of both forms of iodine required by the body. I have been using "lab grade" solution for over a year, with no noticeable bad effects, and intend to continue to obtain this grade through pet stores, where it is sold for use in aquariums (more on this in other postings). Ideally, Lugol's solution would be sold in small quantities at a low price through pharmacies, which would require suitable ID, including a fingerprint or retinal scan to prevent it from being used for meth production. But I doubt that's going to happen, considering the pharmaceutical companies' war on iodine. In my experience with Lugol's solution, the main problem is that it causes stains, especially if absorbed (such as by clothing), although if spilled on skin, it will typically be absorbed into the body and disappear within a few hours. Because the glass dropper bottles in which it typically comes can spill when open (which is often), and they can break, I transferred some into a Target-brand eye-drop bottle for everyday use. These eye drops cost approximately $1.50, and the bottles will not contaminate the Lugol's solution. But if you do this, I highly recommend covering the label so that nobody ends up putting Lugol's solution in an eye. Another drawback to using these squeeze bottles is that there is a tendency for an extra drop to come out after dispensing the desired dose, so keep a close eye on the nozzle so you'll know exactly when to stop squeezing.

Based on my research, Lugol's solution will last indefinitely when stored at room temperature. But in case you're skeptical, go to Potassium Iodide Anti-Radiation Pill FAQ & iodine sources (PART II) and search for the question about "long term stability of stocked potassium iodide." (Also see entry below entitled "Antique chemistry text sheds light on Lugol's solution shelf-life issue.") Dr. Abraham's article, quoted above, also states that "the addition of potassium iodide to an aqueous solution of iodine STABILIZES the iodine by forming a complex triodide I3...." Furthermore, a Material Safety Data Sheet on Lugol's solution refers to it as "stable," and Les Shannon, VP of Clarkson Labs stated in an e-mail to me that Lugol's solution is "very stable and should still be good 30 years from now."


Rev A 12/22/07: Deleted references to Clarkson Labs as a source, since it no longer sells to individuals. Also deleted references to proposals to change the DEA regs since they've been revised.

Rev B 5/31/08: Copied Rev A (bottom of page), made minor clarifications, and posted at top of page.

Rev C 6/7/08 Brought last section, Practical aspects of using Lugol's solution, up to date, because the DEA has increased restrictions on it since Rev 0.

Rev D 7/3/08

Deleted: Anything sold as "Lugol's solution" is required by law to be made with pharmaceutical-grade (USP) or superior ingredients. Just be sure to obtain it from a trustworthy source, not from some fly-by-night operator." [This statement is not precisely correct, but based on what I've learned since posting it, anything sold as Lugol's solution from a reputable source, such as an established manufacturer of aquarium chemicals, is safe for human consumption because the ingredients typically used are tested to higher (ACS) standards. The manufacturers would have to go out of their way to find lower-grade ingredients, and if they did this to save a little money, they would put their reputation and business at risk. It cannot be advertised as safe for human consumption, however, because the "manufacturing process" (mixing iodine with water) has not been USP-certified, and it the end product has not gone through the formality of being tested to USP standards. This is why Lugol's solution which has not been USP-certified is typically labeled as unfit for human consumption, although it's probably identical to the version sold for human consumption.]

[1] This article is posted on the internet at (mentioned for the convenience of those who would like to print it out to pass around). If you would like to help spread the word, I suggest composing and printing a page which can be cut into business-card-sized slips of paper, each containing the article's title and web-address.