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 used for health. People have been using Lugols internally and externally since 1829 with great success. There are several other types of iodine used for nutrition.
When we don’t have enough iodine in our body, other elements in the halogen family can setup shop where iodine should be. These other halides(chlorine, fluorine and bromine) are possibly carcinogens and are linked to a ton of health issues. Fluoride alone is a sad story, we’re adding toxic waste from industrial smoke stacks to some of our drinking water and products produced with that water. Yet, somehow there is still debate about this being okay or not. This topic has become difficult to research on the net more recently, just one more thing we need to decide on our own.
Ironic to talk about industrial smoke stack waste’s negative health impacts being debated while on a page talking about the toxicity myth surrounding a nutrient with tons of benefits. Industrial waste good, miracle nutrients bad, now if we could figure out how 60% of the US has chronic illness.
It’s got a bad wrap from mainsteam
If you made a couple trillion a year, you’d probably not want your clients knowing about a much cheaper, almost free in comparison, alternative. For one reason or another, lots of doctors are under the impression iodine is toxic or will be bad for thyroid related issues. It’s not the doctor’s fault, but most of their training does not include nutrition.
In 1948, Drs. Jan Wolff and Lyon Chaikoff reported large amounts of iodine reduced thyroid levels in rats. The problem here is there are many different conditions that can regulate how much iodine we actually absorb and what type of reaction our body has to that. Further tests and studies have pointed to underlying thyroid issues as the most likely cause of the outcome in their reports. Read more about the Wolff–Chaikoff effect.
The DEA wants to control it so people don’t make meth with it
Apparently one of several methods used in the production of meth utilizes iodine. In 2006 a survey says less than a million people(0.3 of the US population) were using meth regularly. But in 2007 the DEA decided Lugols needed to be regulated, so it wouldn’t be used for illicit purposes. Yet, in that new regulation they state:
“DEA currently has no evidence that Lugol’s Solution is diverted as a source of iodine for illicit purposes.” – https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/rules/2007/fr0702.htm
Soooo, why did it need to be regulated again?
If it is toxic, it sure is taking a long time to show
Lugols was first produced in 1829, almost 200 years ago. It’s possible a story does exists, but I have yet to find anything about a person being injured(when using it correctly/normal) or dying from iodine. But I have read many stories about people healing various conditions with very, very large doses of iodine.
Getting over it
I was on the fence about ingesting iodine for months. I finally got my mind past this by reading tons of successful healing stories in online forums. There are a bunch of Facebook groups you can join and then search for past stories. While reading these healing stories, please keep in mind that these people are most likely from much different parts of the world and walks of life than us. They also may have been bedridden for a long time and finally able to function again, which could leave them explaining things slightly different.
Sometimes if we read people’s stories too literally, they don’t sound very appealing. Sometimes people are trying to express a frustration they have, push back against another person’s views, or just want to complain, which can make things sound worse as well.