has anyone experimented with mega dosing iodine? currently i am taking 12 caps a day of iodoral to see if i can combat my gut issues (candida/fungus) Jaminet has thoughts on up to 50mg/day of iodine to comabt infections, any comments?
edit: i'm not interesting in fear mongering. i understand the well intentions behind this, and it may be useful for other people, but i'm interested in people's actual experience, not speculation...
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on June 07, 2011
at 08:05 PM
I got very interested in iodine supplementation a month or so ago, and read everything I could find about it. Unfortunately, although there is a wealth of reading on it available, it all seems to be repetition of two opposing points of view, neither of which are very strongly supported. The first side maintains that we need very little iodine, and virtually no one in the U.S. is deficient, and moreover that taking too much is dangerous. The second camp claims that a vast number of Americans are deficient, and that taking high doses is safe.
I did decide to try taking a relatively high dose experimentally. The condition I'm having trouble with is rosacea, which probably has an infectious component. There was one isolated anecdote on an Amazon review of Lugol's solution, where a consumer believes that oral iodine supplementation cured her rosacea, and very little else to go on. So I've been taking iodine from Lugol's mostly in the 2-5 mg range, with one week where I had worked up to as high as 37.5mg.
It hasn't seemed to affect my rosacea. The high dose correlated with a period of unusual irritability, and since I have sensitive moods, I thought it prudent to cut it back. The one thing that has drastically improved in that period was that my hands, which had become very dry over the previous month, have completely recovered. Whether the iodine was involved is hard to judge.
on June 06, 2011
at 11:06 PM
I have taken up to 50 milligrams of ioderal and I have thryoid isssues. Not sure about the hashi's as I have had antibodies and in later testing I didn't so...don't know. I had no adverse affects except I do believe I did some detoxing of bromide. I really couldn't tell much difference either way though. I continue to take 12 milligrams a day now.
on June 06, 2011
at 10:14 PM
The Jaminents also highly recommend that you increase your iodine consumption and or supplementation in stages, because it can shock the system, causing more harm than good. I'd look into it some more
on August 30, 2012
at 04:12 PM
There's a safe iodine loading protocol where you "paint" a square of Lugol's solution somewhere on your body that isn't visible (so no one asks you about the big brown stain on your arm), for example on your upper thigh, and let it dry.
Then, see how long it takes for it to vanish - if that's two hours, keep applying it every two hours until it's not as readily absorbed anymore. (If you do this, don't take it orally as well.)
I suppose the theory is that you'll absorb what you need, and once you have enough in your system, it won't absorb as quickly.
If you're trying to kill of gut bacteria, I guess this wouldn't be quite as useful, but I found it interesting.
on June 07, 2011
at 12:11 AM
I've mega-dosed vitamin D 100,000 iu/day for about a week. I did it when I was traveling abroad and got some sort of insect/spider bite. High doses are supposed to work like anti-biotics. No side-effects and the problem went away.