The Iodine Index

Welcome to The Iodine Index

Why is iodine so complex/confusing?

Why is iodine so complex/confusing?

As someone starts to research iodine, they may notice this topic can become complex or confusing rather quickly. This is due to iodine’s versatility and importance across various aspects of life and health. It also has to do with the fashion in which our current medical system operates as well as how commerce, investments and…

Who cares about iodine?

Who cares about iodine?

Iodine is required for life, when we don’t have it, what else can we expect but problems? You can’t make a cake without the right ingredients and you can’t build a car without the right parts. How can we expect a human to function properly without all the right stuff? Some of these guys are in…

Does iodine deficiency mean cancer?

Does iodine deficiency mean cancer?

At this point, we either see whats going on with cancer, or we’ll most likely never figure out whats going on in the world around us. But once we understand what our body is trying to do with proper building blocks via food and environment, we just want to to figure out which nutrients are…

Poison Myth

Poison Myth

Iodine is a natural element that is required for life, without it, we wouldn’t be here. Iodine itself, within proper dosage, is not toxic. The healing reactions it causes may be why some people think there is an allergic or toxic reaction though. There are solutions containing iodine that would be toxic to consume, those are not…

How much iodine do I take?

How much iodine do I take?

Somewhere along our journey of starting iodine, we’re going to come across a fundamental question. How much iodine do I take? This image with a list of variables to consider is just a fragment of the potential details that alter how much of which substances someone should and shouldn’t take. Due to these potential variables,…

Trans-dermal,  Iodine through the skin?

Trans-dermal, Iodine through the skin?

A lot of people start with trans-dermal application for several of reasons. Some apply it directly to issue areas to help that area of the body absorb more iodine, whether also consuming it internally, or not. Some people don’t even have specific areas to target with iodine, they just apply it to their skin til…

Patch Test

Patch Test

There is a method floating around the internet for a long time, and even several books talking about applying a small patch of iodine to our skin and judging how iodine deficient we are depending how quickly we absorb it. There are so many factors to this. So, the idea is that people applied Lugols…

Testing can only see so much

Testing can only see so much

Some people wonder if testing iodine levels before starting is important, and there are several questions that come up as to how the tests work. This page isn’t to deter anyone from testing, it’s just to share my opinion and some information on the situation. The most common method used to check iodine levels is…

24-hour urine loading test

24-hour urine loading test

Testing our iodine, or just about any other levels, is not easy. Our body is made up of trillions of cells that are made of and utilizing various nutrients every millisecond of every day. This is like expecting a national census to know exactly how many people there are. Without some seriously invasive measures, we’re…

The Iodine Protocol

The Iodine Protocol

Dr. Brownstein has written about the method he uses to help his patients replenish their iodine levels. Over time, this has been adopted as the most common method for people starting to use iodine. A protocol is just the idea of instructions and materials used to utilize something properly. Most supplements have instructions on how…

Unrefined Salt

Unrefined Salt

Unrefined Salt is part of The Iodine Protocol. Dr. Brownstein recommends 1/2 teaspoon of unrefined salt per day. A commonly recommended type of salt is Grey Celtic. If someone is under the impression that salt is bad for health, they may want to read the book Salt Your Way to Health to gain a better…

Magnesium

Magnesium

One of the supporting nutrients of The Iodine Protocol is magnesium. Magnesium is a rather common nutrient with a lot of information surrounding its benefits. As long as we don’t take way too much of it, it’s rather safe. The most confusing aspect to magnesium is probably the fact there are almost a dozen different…

Selenium

Selenium

Selenium is part of The Iodine Protocol. Dr. Brownstein recommends 200mcg – 400mcg when someone is actively taking 50mg, which most people don’t start at. Selenium is a natural element found in low amounts in the Earth’s crust. Deficiency seems common among people with compromised immune systems or related conditions like auto-immune, IBS, allergies, HIV, Crohn’s…

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is part of The Iodine Protocol. Dr. Brownstein recommends 2,000mg – 5,000mg per day if we’re actively taking 50mg of iodine, which most people do not start at. Vitamin C can help improve a defective cellular transport mechanism for iodine. This means some of us may not be able to absorb and utilize…

ATP Co-Factors B2/B3

ATP Co-Factors B2/B3

ATP Co-Factor is part of The Iodine Protocol. In most iodine information you’ll find online, this supplement is considered optional. It’s usually only recommended for people with lots of brain fog, fatigue or existing thyroid condition. I’m still confused as to why this is considered optional, as I continue to look into it, I continue…

Salt Loading

Salt Loading

Unrefined Salt is part of The Iodine Protocol. Dr. Brownstein recommends 1/2 teaspoon of unrefined salt per day. A commonly recommended type of salt is Grey Celtic. Read more about salt at whyiodine.com/salt This page is about a process called Salt Loading which uses unrefined salt with water to potentially grab extra bromine in our…

Which iodine do I use?

Which iodine do I use?

A confusing aspects to this has to do with there being several forms & blends of iodine. But once we see the commonly used forms laid out together, I think the situation becomes pretty simple. If these (KI) and (I2) labels are confusing or overwhelming, just skip past them for now or try to remember…

Nascent Iodine

Nascent Iodine

Available under several brand names, nascent iodine is sometimes referred to as: Atomic Iodine Monatomic Iodine Atomidine Nascent iodine is in an atomic form. This means it has an incomplete number of electrons, giving it an electromagnetic charge. According to some, this allows nascent to be absorbed and utilized easier by our body. I have yet…

SSKI

SSKI

SSKI is distilled water with as much Potassium Iodide (KI) as the water can hold. It’s ‘Super Saturated’ due to the extra KI salt crystals that are not able to become suspended. Potassium Iodide AKA: KI SSKI Pima syrup ThyroSage ThyroShield. SSKI only contains Potassium Iodide(KI) and distilled water, and is clear/yellowish. Because it’s clear,…

Lugols

Lugols

Lugols Solution is part of The Iodine Protocol, and is a type of iodine that has been consumed since 1829. It is a deep red-ish/brown color and smells a bit like bleach to some people. 1 Part Elemental Iodine 2 Parts Potassium Iodide Distilled Water https://www.fda.gov/food/laboratory-methods-food-safety/bam-r40-lugols-iodine-solution (How to make Lugols 5%) Lugols was first produced by…

Kelp

Kelp

Kelp has small amounts of iodine, which can be used to help prepare or support our body for The Iodine Protocol. Kelp also has various other nutrients, including but not limited to: Vitamin K1: 55 percent of the daily value (DV) Folate: 45 percent of the DV Magnesium: 29 percent of the DV Iron: 16 percent of the DV…

Iodine Buyers Guide

Iodine Buyers Guide

Once we have a better idea which type of iodine we’d like to get started with, we have to figure out which one to order. If we’re still trying to figure out which iodine to use at this point, we may want to read whyiodine.com/which-iodine Quality Control The one major difference that separates iodine is…

What is Detox?

What is Detox?

To build a solid understanding of what detox is, we need a decent idea how the body works. In order to understand how the body works, we either need to do a bunch of studying, or find some decent resources that allow us to wrap our head around enough to start visualizing what’s going on….

How can I be toxic?

How can I be toxic?

Depending who you ask, toxicity and detox mean a lot of different things.  It’s a very generic term and I am going to explain it the way I see it, which is the way I see most people understand it. First you gotta be toxic Finally, something easy to accomplish! It would be impossible to not…

Cleaning up diet

Cleaning up diet

The fact that we need to detox means we have toxins. To have toxins, we need to be taking in more than we can filter out. So, reducing the amount of incoming toxins and increasing the rate in which we can filter them out, will help our health and the things we do to improve it, like slowly pushing out a ton…

Support Organs

Support Organs

This is part 3 of a small series about toxins. If you have not read What is Detox and How to Prep for Detox, start here I was 35 at the time I started iodine, I went into it assuming I was generally healthy. I abused alcohol to an extent for a long time and might…

How I make Sauerkraut

How I make Sauerkraut

Not much more than 100 years ago, we didn’t have refrigeration and other modern preservation methods available to out fingertips. Salt used to be well known for it’s food preserving abilities and was used in several ways. If fermented foods were a big part of our diet not that long ago, the fact that we don’t consume…

Vitamin K2

Vitamin K2

Another rare vitamin missing from our diet today that you won’t hear about in the mainstream. Back in 1929, vitamin K was found to be essential in allowing blood to clot. We’ve also learned some pretty awesome stuff about it since then. K1 Phylloquinone is found in leafy greens This one allows the liver to make…

Boron

Boron

Boron is not part of the protocol, but maybe it should be. It may help some people absorb and utilize vitamin D It helps magnesium absorption into our bones, where 60% of our magnesium is found Studies show safe and effective use towards osteoarthritis Allows some people to quit using their pain killers Protects against…

Bromine

Bromine

When starting The Iodine Protocol, or just increasing our unrefined salt intake, we may find ourselves dislodging and detoxing bromine. Bromine is iodine’s evil sibling that makes it harder for our body to remain saturated with iodine. Today’s environment of new products gassing off, medications and food ingredients etc are overloading us with bromine while…

Iodine pregnancy

Firing up the baby factory requires a few key components. Once again, iodine may play an important role in moving forward. As we deviate from our natural diet, a few systems get out of whack, one system that takes a hit is our thyroid and the energy it produces. Toxins also damper our thyroid and other…

Low and slow

As someone begins to research iodine supplementation, they will most likely notice that there are about 2 main approaches. The “main protocol” is usually referring to Dr. Brownstein’s protocol that he uses with his patients, his protocol can he seen here. And a term “low and slow” is usually referring to the idea of starting at…

Iodine, the most effective agent for killing viruses

Updated March 24, 2020 to include more information about nebulizing. After an estimated 30 million people died in the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, governments around the world spent 25 years  studying influenza viruses looking for the best agent to kill the viruses. Iodine incorporated into masks, solutions, aerosols, and oral preparations could help to kill influenza…

Children and iodine

As with anything on this site, this is not medical information in any way, its just some information to help point someone in the direction someone they may need. I’m not going to mention methods or dosages etc. I’m going to explain how I see and would handle the situation. The main differences between us…

Ways to take iodine

Once you understand what iodine is and why it’s so important for optimal health, it’s time to figure out how to get it in our body. Taking Lugols Solutionand SSKI drops This is the most common and cheapest method. Some people find it to be inconvenient but I think that depends on lifestyle. Dosage can be easily…