Every month we women build up cells in preparation for pregnancy, in our breasts and uterus. There is a natural occurence every month called apoptosis, "programmed cell death", to rid the body of these unneeded cells when conception does not occur. Iodine and selenium both support the apoptosis. Without apoptosis, we end up with fibrocystic breasts, polycystic ovarian syndrome or endometriosis.
All of the studies, thus far, have been done on FBD, but along with curing FBD, iodine will cure endometriosis. I read of that in the patent application for the dosing device used in the Ghent-Eskin study:
"Endometriosis is characterized by hormonally responsive endometrial tissue implants in extra-uterine sites. The etiology of endometriosis is thought to be the transplantation of uterine lining cells through the fallopian tubes, the lymph channels and/or the blood stream to the abdominal cavity. Another suggested theory is that the peritoneum undergoes metaplasia to produce endometrial cells without direct access to cellular transplants. The transplanted or transformed islands of endometrial tissue act in a similar fashion to the uterine cells, with swelling and then bleeding at the time of menstruation.
Current treatment modalities for endometriosis are directed at the normal fluctuations of the estrogen/progesterone complex. Medications include birth control pills, masculinizing hormones such as danazol, or estrogen suppression drugs such as tamoxifen. In older age groups, total abdominal hysterectomy is the only therapy that is effective. All of the medical therapies are anti-estrogen.
It was found that the therapeutic treatment of human patients with an effective amount of elemental iodine (I.sub.2) in a pharmaceutical carrier caused a subsidence of the nodularity of the patient's pelvic peritoneum. An effective dose of elemental iodine (I.sub.2) to cause such a subsidence of nodularity is about 1 to 20 milligrams per day. A daily dosage of elemental iodine for the treatment of endometriosis of about 3 milligrams to about 6 milligrams is also useful. The daily dosage can be administered in an aqueous solution containing about 0.30 milligrams of elemental iodine per milliliter of solution."