Rita Glover

Q&A: Lugol’s versus Nascent Iodine

I have a question: Lugol’s iodine is recommended as part of a protocol for "Traveling in Japan," and to be honest, we have some at home that is 7% rather than 5%, but I felt it would be easier to take the recommended dose if I got your iodine. I have read up on iodine online but found the differing opinions confusing. Plus, I became worried about taking too much, although people like Mark Sircus (whose magnesium book we have) seem to think it’s okay to take a lot.

I’ve never had my thyroid checked (though I think that the body temperature test you can do yourself sounds best, as even if you are just slightly off the ideal temperature then it seems your thyroid is an issue). I suspect I may have an underactive thyroid, as I have cold hands and feet quite a bit; I’m slim, though. It concerned me that some people seem to think that if your thyroid is normal, taking too much iodine can create a thyroid issue when before there was none! Surely, though, if you have an underactive thyroid, then iodine (of the right type) can only be beneficial.

Lastly, I think you may sell it too, but my partner is keen to use nascent atomic iodine while in Japan. He seems to think its superior to Lugol’s iodine. I said to him that it probably would have been recommended on your NaturoDoc Blog in that case.

I wonder whether you can clarify any of the above? I apologize in advance that although I’m sure you are very knowledgeable, I appreciate that this may/may not be your role to answer the kind of questions I’m asking. Also, if I seem a bit inconsistent it is in part that I have a brain injury from when I was young, and as a consequence I tend to get hung up on details plus other difficulties in completing tasks. Also, the more I’ve read about radiation–the stuff they don’t print in newspapers–the more alarming facts I’ve uncovered. I’m actually going to Japan, as my partner was invited by a Reiki institute in Kyoto to spend some time there.

Best wishes,

2 Responses to “Q&A: Lugol’s versus Nascent Iodine”

  1. Dr. Leeon 04 Dec 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Thank you for your inquiry about Iodine and Thyroid dosing. Your confusion and frustration at the controversy about these issues is understandable. Eminent scientists and physicians all over the world are also seeking better information and experience with these materials and ideas, so we are in good company.

    Dr. Sircus has done a lot of innovative work and I appreciate his scholarship. Even the good work of hundreds of years of medical attention has not prepared us to deal with the radiation poisoning facing modern populations. I’ll present my thoughts here, and you will need to continue to learn about these subjects and then make your own decisions with the common sense you are obviously blessed with.

    First, in regard to the differences between Lugol’s Solution and Nascent Iodine, Lugol’s is the historical norm and has been used safely and successfully all over the world since the 1800′s. Populations then had different types of concerns, different nutritional and dietary realities, and their health conditions varied over many decades.

    In the food distribution of earlier times, Midwestern soils are iodine-deficient and people had big problems with thyroid deficiencies as a result. Goiter was a common difficulty in those populations. Dosing of iodine was and is a specific clinical decision for an observant physician and the health-conscious patient who needs to consider many factors. A starting point is that the most naturally iodized population, with the health statistics to prove it, is the traditional diet used in the population of Okinawa, Japan. Their seafood-based diet was estimated at 12-13mg of iodine per day. That is equal to about 2 drops of Lugol’s Iodine Solution at 5% iodine.

    Now, Nascent Iodine is formed by processing the iodine through an electrical field, which makes a form of iodine that is more reactive and absorbable in the body. Since this mineral is so valuable in so many energetically active tissues, the more reactive form expands the territory of where it can be quickly used. If a body is iodine-deficient, then using this form permits a more rapid normalizing in many tissues in the body. I like it for obviously iodine-deficient patients for the first critical few weeks. Then Lugol’s becomes preferred.

    The downside here is that Nascent iodine is shorter-acting, requiring several doses per day, and when levels are normalized the dosing must decrease because of possible irritations or sensitivity issues with an excess. It takes a little more attention from a clinical viewpoint to be safe long-term.

    The concern about radiation poisoning in our toxic modern environment has been amplified since the Fukushima disaster, but it has been a real concern since the nuclear genie was uncorked in the mid-20th Century. Domestic bomb testing has affected generations with this fallout, and the use of Depleted Uranium in ammunition has dispersed radioactivity throughout the world for decades. There are so many opinions and agendas about this situation that all most of us can do is try to limit exposure and learn where the major risks are coming from.

    The radioactive isotope of iodine is a common pollutant from nuclear reactors, and Iodine 131 also used in allopathic medicine to kill off overactive thyroid tissue. Supplemental iodine that is not radioactive is a first-aid defense from radioactive fallout, because it will make a healthy thyroid tissue less "thirsty" for iodine and hence less likely to take up any radioactive iodine. For this purpose, I would like the Lugol’s or its tableted recipe, Iodoral because the elimination of excess is easier for the body, and it stays active in the system a bit longer.

    For the health-conscious person, a diagnostic bright light is now available to use–the Comprehensive Iodine Thyroid Profile. This is a home test kit that measures dried urine, and a blood spot for levels of iodine and its type and availability to the thyroid. This information can help us understand these complex issues better and more quickly.

    We have had blood tests for years, and urinary levels of iodine as well, but they have not been as accurate and specific as this one. The temperature variation does help as secondary diagnosis, but the adrenal gland health can affect those temperatures as well. The complex task of assessing an iodine and thyroid status and allowing a person to monitor the health or re-balancing process of this critical gland has not been this available until recently.

    I hope this has helped you with some suggestions and thought processes for making these important decisions you face. If you find better knowledge and information or products that help you with these issues, please let me know so that I can share that information with others. Good luck to you.

    Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD
    Medical Director

    NaturoDoc, LLC

  2. Louiseon 21 Feb 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Dear Dr. Lee. I cannot find a place to enter a question of my own, so I hope you will reply to my question through this venue. First, I want to thank you for the clear information you gave regarding the comparison of the two types of iodine. I have been taking 2 to 3 drops of Lugol’s 7% iodine for several years, (when I stopped using iodized table salt) but I have a question. I prefer to put my iodine in my coffee because it covers the taste, however, recently I have begun to wonder if the hot liquid dissipates or changes the structure of the iodine. If so, would it be better for me to simply place the iodine on my belly or inside arm? I prefer the drink because it doesn’t stain my clothes. Thank you for your willingness to share your knowledge with the public free of charge. You are a true hero!

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