oh for the good ole days when you could buy Lugols
5% strong Iodine
solution by the gallon for 75 USD
btw, you can bet your sweet ass that jcrows is still buying it for 50 - 100 bucks a gallon. lets see, 128 ounces
per gallon at $25 an ounce is three thousand two hundred. thats back in the day i was taking 300mg of Lugols
a day. i took it in water, too. i saturated my body with iodine. i have been healthier ever since, even surviving a widowmaker heart attack in may. that blockage was a long term undetected condition that screwed me up in many ways. i was walking around the ER with 100% blockage. Iodine
helped me have some kind of life in spite of the slow throttle down to only 5% of capacity. im glad i listened to my body and didnt over do it, especially with stress. a long strange trip its been.
as for the question, its kind of an history answer.
supplementation began to take off, it was cheap as i pointed out. then the government stepped in saying Lugols
could be used to make meth. they took comments, found that some people were using it as a mineral supplement, and allowed one ounce only of 5% lugols. BUT one could sell all they wanted of a weaker solution. thus lugols 2% was born, mostly as a marketing tool. this worked out really well for jeff at jcrows because he already recommended much smaller doses than we were using on this forum. i would never fault jeff. he is a good businessman and he delivers value in the quality of the goods and service.
so the lower concentrations of iodine in lugols are basically straight dilutions of 5%. i could be wrong, but i dont think jeff is mixing his own water and iodine and iodide. he is mixing water and 5% to a certain strength. i imagine thats true elsehwere. lugols is everywhere and used for horses and pigeons, and aquariums with coral in them. i put a drop in the cat water. to make 2% you mix two parts of regular lugols 5% with 3 parts pure water. that gives you 2% iodine and 4% iodide. 3% would be three parts 5% and two parts water for a total of 3% iodine and and 6% iodide.
btw, in the states, the 3% would be regulated same as 5% - only one ounce per purchase. those are DEA regulations, not FDA or some other.