We need to dial up iodine levels quickly when we use it to fight infections.Iodine can be taken internally in large quantities and will have the same effect internally as it does on external surfaces.The National Health and Nutrition Survey undertaken by the CDC showed iodine levels falling over 50% in the last 30 years.In 1940, the average American got 800 micrograms of iodine in their diet.
The Japanese consume 89 times more iodine then Americans, due to their daily consumption of sea vegetables, and they have reduced rates of many chronic diseases, including the lowest rates of cancer in the world.Iodine is necessary for the proper function of many of the body’s tissues including the breasts, pancreas, brain, stomach, adrenal glands, skin, salivary glands, and cerebral spinal fluid.Iodine deficiency can lead to a dysfunction of these tissues and cause symptoms such as dry mouth, dry skin, reduced alertness, brain fog, fibromyalgia, fibrocystic breasts, and many others.Iodine’s true role—making up more than 1/2 of the body’s Immune System—is not well understood.Deficiencies in iodine have a great effect on the immune system and its response to infectious diseases including cancer, which in many cases, up to 40 percent, are caused by infections.The usual dose for treatment was 300 mgs (46 drops of full strength Lugol’s) to 1 gm (1000 mg, 154 drops).“Extremely high doses of iodine can have serious side effects, but only a small fraction of such extreme doses are necessary to kill influenza viruses,” continues Derry who tells us, “In 1945, a breakthrough occurred when J. Stone and Sir Mc Farland Burnet (who later went on to win a Nobel Prize for his Clonal Selection Theory) exposed mice to lethal effects of influenza viral mists.The Wolff-Chaikoff effect suggested that theoretically hypothyroidism could occur as a result of excess iodine.This study indicated a decreased dosage to 2 milligrams daily would be safer.Thus for optimal wellness adults should consider approximately10 to 12 mg/day. This is only slightly higher than the FDA recommendation, which is 150-290 micrograms daily, dependent upon age, gender and life cycle. Mercola, who is often so correct in his understanding, in my opinion, miss the mark exponentially? How is it that now only 1/5,000th of this dose is now considered safe?However, it is dramatically less than what some of the leading iodine medical experts suggest, as closer to, at least, 12-18 milligrams daily, approximately 45 times higher. ” Cousens states, “Historically, as early as 1911, (11th edition of the 1910-1911 Encyclopedia Britannica) people normally took between 300,000-900,000 micrograms daily without incident. In 1948, there was a poorly performed and, since then, never replicated study alleging what is known as the Wolff-Chaikoff effect.