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Re: I want to start iodine/iodide using SSKI
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Re: I want to start iodine/iodide using SSKI

confused? :) I wish that Trapper would weigh in on this, his understanding of how different forms of Iodine are utilized/converted is far more complete than mine. My understanding is that the body can convert KI(potassium iodide) to elemental Iodine (I2), and vice versa... but in some people, the conditions required for that conversion are lacking.

BTW, Trapper does sell SSKI (saturated solution of potassium iodide) and there have been many reports of people doing well on that alone(so, no elemental iodine). If that's all that you have, and all that you can afford, then by all means, use it. Do a little research though, figure out what health benefits you are hoping to gain. One thing about Iodine supplementation is that you need to take enough to displace undesirable halogens(bromide, fluoride...) from receptor sites. Halogen Imbalance Syndrome/theory by Trapper and Vulcanel. This is excellent reading, please follow this link:


Will taking as much iodine as the typical Japanese gets be effective? I don't know. That depends on your state of health, how "toxic" you are.

This audio is a "must listen":



And a couple of references as far as conversion:

This discusses I2-KI conversion:


from "Iodine, Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It" David Brownstein, MD

"It was thought that the intestinal tract could easily convert iodine to iodide, but research has shown this is not true. Different tissues of the body respond to different forms of iodine. The thyroid gland primarily utilizes ioDIDE....the breasts, on the other hand, primarily utilize ioDINE....

Because different tissues concentrate different forms of iodine, using a supplement that contains both iodine and Iodide is preferable to using a supplement that contains only one form, As mentioned above, the breasts concentrate iodine. The prostate gland concentrates iodine. The thyroid gland and the skin primarily concentrate iodide. Other tissues, including the kidneys, spleen, liver, blood, salivary glands and intestines can concentrate either form. With different tissues responding to different forms of iodine, it would make common sense that a greater therapeutic benefit from iodine will be achieved by using a COMBINATION OF IODINE AND IODIDE. My clinical experience has proven, beyond a doubt, that a combination of IODINE/IODIDE (e.g., Lugol's or Iodoral) is much more effective than an Iodide only supplement(e.g., SSKI and most other liquid Iodide formulations)."


Conversion of iodide to iodine. BTW, I'm linking far more of this than necessary as I think that it's good reading....

"In the human body large amount of Iodide are
enzymatically converted into elemental Iodine. The
female breast, for example, concentrates the amount of
Iodine in breast milk, by converting large amounts of
Iodides into elemental Iodine, then the elemental Iodine
ends up dissolving in and concentrated in the milk fat.
That vastly increases how much Iodine a mother's
nursing baby get. Even when no breast feeding is going
on females breasts still convert Iodides into elemental
Iodide. The kidneys then excrete the excess elemental
Iodine coming from the breasts about 5 times faster than
they excrete Iodides. That is why even women who are
not nursing babies ideally still need about 5 mg more
dietary Iodide per day than men. So if you eat enough
Iodide, even if you eat no element Iodine at all, you body
can covert enough of it into enough Iodine so that you
can enjoy all of Iodine's anti-bacterial, anti-viral and
anti-cancer activities that you need. In fact, the infection
fighting and cancer fighting white blood cells secrete
Hydrogen Peroxide, which converts any nearby Iodides
in the body into elemental Iodine. That Iodine then
attacks and helps to kill the germs and/or cancer cells
that the white blood cells are fighting.

The advantage of the elemental Iodide in Lugol's
Solution is that for people who are already sick, it is
already ready to start acting against infections and/or
cancers, so it is faster acting as and antibiotic, anti-viral
agent and/or anti-cancer agent than are Iodides. The
disadvantage if Lugol's is that the elemental Iodide in it
can cause burns and Iodine allergies, and can also kill
off too many of the good bacteria in the digestive system.

During the 19th century and the first half of the 20th
century Lugol's solution came to be widely
recommended by popular word of mouth, and was also
routinely prescribed by apothecaries, druggists,
pharmacists, physicians and all kinds of other healers for
everything from use as a cough preventive and cure, to
a cancer preventive and cure. Its effectiveness was why
it became so popular. During the previous century most
Americans ended up using Lugol's solution for treating
all kinds of health problems. Even today, it still works
better over the long-term for most such preventions and
cures, than any of our presently available prescription

Humans need to consume adequate dietary Iodide to
help them resist infections and autoimmune diseases,
and to avoid cancer and all kinds of other degenerative
diseases. Prescription drugs may temporarily suppress
some of the many symptoms caused by Iodide
deficiency, but the side effects of drugs are often worse
than the symptoms they treat. Also, even as some
symptoms of the underlying deficiency may be
suppressed, many other even worse symptoms will
sooner or later arise. The simple prevention of all of
these problems, and the need for so many medical
treatments and prescription drugs, is to provide
adequate dietary Iodide in the first place.

The amazing efficacy of Iodide/Iodine for preventing
and curing all kinds of common illnesses is detailed in
Feeling Young and In Love. For now let me just
summarize by saying that the most commonly proscribed
daily dosage delivers about 12.5 mg of Iodide/Iodine.
When bought in bulk, 12.5 mg/day only costs about $1
per year, and is enough to long postpone, or entirely
prevent, the development of the vast majority of the
degenerative diseases that presently disable and kill
most older Americans. 12.5 mg of Iodide/Iodine is also
enough to help slow the aging, and improve the health
and happiness, of most younger Americans.

Despite the well established cure-all nature of Lugol's
Solution, you may hear very little about it. While it was
very widely proscribed, and it, and solutions of
Potassium Iodide without the elemental Iodine, were
used regularly before 1950, by more than 100 million
Americans, "modern" doctors almost never proscribe,
recommend or even discuss Lugol's' Solution, or any
other Iodinde/Iodine containing supplements. In fact, few
of them have even heard very much about the bodies
need to Iodide/Iodine supplements, and what they have

When Iodide started being added to table salt in 1924,
since the researchers developing the recommendations
came from "modern" medical orientations, where
prescribing the minimum effective dose of any
medication was, and is still, standard practice, and they
tended to view Iodide as some kind of toxic medication,
rather than as a natural and vital nutrient that we have
evolved high need for, and even higher tolerance of,
they ended up trying to find the very minimum amount of
Iodide that needed to be added to the diet to prevent the
immediate development of diseases such as cretinism
and goiter, rather than how much was needed for
optimum health and happiness. The 150 mcg per day
that they recommended, and that is still stupidly
recommended by our government, when that much is
actually consumed, is enough to suppress the
development of goiter and cretinism in about 97% of the
population. One problem, however, is that while most
American are still eating as much salt as ever, they are
getting more and more of their salt from processed
foods, such as junk foods, and less and less of their salt
from table salt . Since the government only mandated
that Iodide be added to table salt , junk foods and all
other high-salt processed foods, almost never contain
any added Iodide. Thus, the amount of Iodide that
Americans eat has been declining. It is now less than
20% as high as it was in 1969. It is also now
substantially lower than even the low-ball amount that
the government still stupidly recommends as sufficient.
There is major evidence that most Americans are
presently eating too little Iodide to suppress the
development of minder kinds of mental dysfunctions
such as our current epidemics of attention deficit
disorders, depressions, drug dependencies, obesity, and
wide-spread failures to fall and stay faithfully in love with
our mates. Also our current very low levels of dietary
Iodide are insufficient to suppress the premature
development of all kinds of physical degenerative
diseases, such as our current epidemics of heart
disease, cancer and arthritis.

Much of the misinformation about Iodide/Iodine is also
the fault of the drug industry. It does not like competition
against its more expensive and highly advertised and
medically promoted products. Even thought Lugol's
Solution would be vastly more health promoting,
applicable and appropriate than any of their patented
products, the drug industry cannot make any serious
money with it because it cannot be patented. Also,
Lugol's Solution is much less expensive than any
prescription medication. Even worse for the drug
industry than the extremely low cost of Lugol's Solution,
however, is its effectiveness at preventing and curing all
kinds of diseases. The more it is used, the more it will
undermine the sales of those of their patented drugs that
don't actually cure anything, but rather just treat
symptoms of diseases. That is the vast majority of
modern patented drugs. Basically if you are taking
enough Iodide/Iodine to avoid most illnesses and
degenerative diseases, then you are not going to need
to buy nearly as much of their very high priced drugs.

To help suppress public knowledge about, and use of,
Iodide/Iodine drug companies have lobbied and bribed
federal legislators and administrators, and have also had
the influence to get their cronies installed in the NIH,
FDA, and the DOJ. In the NIH the cronies have long
blocked the scientific study of the health benefits of
natural substances such as Iodide/Iodine. In the FDA
the cronies have lobbied for, written and enforced laws
that, for example, make it illegal for nutritional
supplemental manufacturers and distributors to make
any health claims at all for any nutritional supplements.
It does not matter how well researched and scientifically
substantiated such claims may be. Unless the
manufacturer pays huge amounts of money to have their
nutritional supplement tested and approved as a
prescription medication, then making claims about its
effectiveness is still forbidden. Since natural remedies
can't be patented there is no good means to recover
such expenditures.

On the other hand, since it's drugs are usually patented,
and even after the patents have expired the drugs still
have built up considerable brand name recognition and
loyalty, particularly among the doctors who are in charge
of proscribing them, the drug industry has been able to
build up a large enough cash flow so than it can afford to
invest tens of billions of dollars each year to advertise in,
and thereby better control, the medical journals and
medical education curriculums in this country. Such
investments teach medical students and young
physicians a lot about patented drugs, and how to use
them according to the drug industries recommendations,
rather than anything about Iodide/Iodine and how it can
be used to prevent the need for most drug prescriptions
and/or medical procedures.

This "disinterest in" (ignorance about and prejudice
against) natural remedies that has developed is also in
the financial interest of medical practitioners and the
medical establishment in general. With little dietary
Iodide/Iodine prescribed or consumed, people develop
all kinds of diseases sooner, more often, and more
severely, so they end up seeing doctors a lot more. It is
all about money. They make money treating diseases,
and Iodide/Iodine would prevent too many diseases,
and/or cure too many of their potential customers.

Getting back to the availability of Lugol's solution, it is
still theoretically legal to sell it. During the
administration of George W. Bush, however, the FDA
and the DOJ have raided and shut down the operations
of hundreds of manufactures and marketers of nutritional
supplements, including all of the lower-cost providers of
Lugol's Solution labeled for human consumption. The
only companies still selling it that I was able to find are:

There are also two other classes of sources of Lugol's
Solution, however, that are still on the Internet and
available to American citizens. One is marine aquarium
suppliers, and the other is laboratory chemical suppliers.
Marine aquariums, particularly those that house marine
invertebrates, need to have supplemental Iodide/Iodine
added to them. Since it was low cost and widely
available during the early decades of that industry,
Lugol's solution is still widely used to supplement the
Iodide/Iodine levels of saltwater aquariums. Just put
"Lugol's Solution" in your search engine, and most of
the suppliers your find will be retailers of saltwater
aquarium supplies.

Lugol's Solution is also widely used in the field of
biology. A common test for starch in plants, animals and
bacteria, for example, involves applying a drop of Lugol's
Solution to the specimen to be tested. The Iodine in the
drop reacts with any starch in the sample, to turn it deep,
dark blue. "Gram Negative Bacteria," for example, are
bacteria that contain small amounts of starch, and thus
have their stores of starch stained dark blue when
exposed to Lugol's Solution. Laboratory grade Lugol's
solution is low cost, widely available, and just as pure
and safe as Lugol's Solution labeled for human
consumption. Before using it, however, I suggest
reading the chapter on Iodide/Iodine in The Basic
Program from Feeling Young and In Love. It warns
about how to deal with Iodine sensitivity and other
problems that many American have developed due to
preexisting deficiencies of dietary Iodide. It also warns
about how children and adolescents don't need as much
Iodide as adults. One warning about ordering from
laboratory supply houses that I should mention is that
you don't need to order their larger size bottles. A single
Liter of Lugol's solution contains about 25,000 drops.
That is probably enough to supplement your entire
family for years. While most laboratory supply places in
your town, and on the Internet, probably sell Lugol's
Solution, the only one I have bought any from is NASCO.
They sell to the general public, their prices are
competitive, and their service was fine.

Ford's Formula Iodide Drops

Given the corruption of the Food and Drug
Administration so that it still only recommends about
1/83rd of the optimal amount of dietary Iodide, given the
corruption of the National Institute of Health, and the
drug industry which controls the NIH, so that they have
yet to do much of anything to test and/or publicize how
much dietary Iodide would best prevent disease and
improve health, happiness and longevity, and given that
the level of Iodide in the American diet has been
declining each year since 1969 and is now less than
20% as high as it was in the 1960's, I have formulated a
low-cost and easy to use Iodide supplement that the
third-party supplement manufactures and marketers can
produce and sell. I have included complete information
about why and how to use "Ford's Formula Iodide Drops"
in The Basic Program. .."


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