Written by Pharmacist Ben (Fuchs)

Here’s the relevant facts as I see it on Iodine.  I’m going to break this down as simply a I can  Keep in mind there is not a ton of peer-reviewed literature  and opinion among the experts vary as to how much iodine and what type of iodine we need. …

The RDA is 150 MICROgramsthis is bare bones iodine supplementation.

The so-called Japanese dose of 12.5 to 13 MILLIgrams a day of one of the iodine forms (Potasssium Iodide, Iodine/Potassium Iodide or Potassium Iodate)  is probably where you want to be for most nutritional requirements.  It is very safe and considered optimal based on the good health of the Japanese who get around this amount on a daily basis. … It can take up to a year to become sufficient in iodine using this dose. … For non-emergencies, 30-50 MILLIgrams, in my opinion,  is as high as you should go. … be vigilant for hyperthyroid or hypothyroid symptoms. …

The 130 MILLIgram dose (and some people are suggesting 150 MILLIGRAMS!) is extremely high and not required for most iodine needs.  It is considered an emergency dose for those who live near a site of large release of radioactive iodine-131.  According to the CDC a single 130 MILLIgram dose of Potassium Iodide protects the thyroid for 24 hours. …  there are physicians … saying … even gram amounts (1 gram = 1000 MILLIgrams) can be used therapeutically for cancer and other life threatening health issues for short periods of time.

Now for those of you who want more details

Iodine is important for adrenal, ovarian, breast pancreatic and all endocrine (hormone) gland function, not just the thyroid.

Iodine improves insulin response. …

Iodine is protective against toxicity from bromine, fluoride and chlorine. …

Iodine supplements only protects against radioactive iodine NOT plutonium or cesium or other radioactive fallout materials. … Iodine supplements only protects against radioactive iodine NOT plutonium or cesium or other radioactive fallout materials. …

There is more to radiation protection than just iodine. Use anti-oxidants, selenium, sulfur, N-Acetyl Cysteine and sea vegetables are among many other substances for all around protection.

Best food sources of iodine in addition to kelp include dairy, meat and eggs.

Ingestible clays can be protective Get some bentonite or kaolin and put 1 or 2 teaspoonful in a glass of water and drink it down on a daily basis. …

Also high chlorophyll vegetation like chlorella and spirulina can be helpful. …

(See also The Usefulness of Iodine)

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