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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Iodine Supplementation -- During Normal Life and A Nuclear Disaster

stock here -- I been getting a lot of hits coming in from Chris Kesser website.  

He has some outstanding articles.   You can't trust the medical profession, entirely, well hardly at all.   They are paid and rewarded to "jump to conclusions".


Iodine is very important for human body function, and your mammal pets also.    Note, they don't put Iodine into salt these days, unless specifically labelled.  And if you eat a lot of vegetables....50% of all state's soils are iodine deficient, so your food will be iodine deficient.

I did an article way back on Iodine.    And somehow, let my Kelp tablets run out without replenishment.    Kind of feel lack of energy lately, and cold intolerant.   Ya, it's June in Wisconsin and still occasionally burning Red Oak for heat.

And then I saw on Cafe Rad Lab (go visit, and participate, now being moderated 100% by "Horse" of the cam watchers fame) a section on Iodine, renewing my interest.

DOSING for NORMAL life --You can search and see all the reasons to make sure you get enough Iodine in your body. 

1) Elimination of some heavy metals
2) Cancer prevention - especially breast cancer
3) Better energy and immune function
4) A dozen other great reasons

Originally I jumped to a conclusion of 325mg per day.   That is micrograms, millionths of a gram, or 0.325 Milligram

325 Microgram looks way too low.    I mean, if you are going to do it, do it well!

12 Milligrams / Day seems like a much better number.  On a study of 150 people, no one had any adverse reaction at 12 Milligram per day.       Others recommend even more.

 60 million mainland Japanese consume a daily average
of 13.8 mg of elemental iodine, and they are one of the healthiest
nations based on overall well being and cancer statistics.

I take enough vitamin pills....enough that it is actually a pain to take them and so I avoid it many days, not good.

So for the supplemental Iodine, I looked for a liquid form.     And bought from E-bay.   I try hard to avoid buying from Amazon, Bezos is just TFE.       Lugol's solution.    Some recommend also taking selenium, and some recommend Brazil nuts to get the selenium.   NO GO on Brazil nuts, they also have radiation as Radium at 1000 times what you would find in other foods.   

This lady Doctor from Hawaii, Mari, (says she is a doctor, not sure of what, LOL).   Check her video, at the very least she is cute. 

Various sites dispute the iodine on the wrists / skin as a good means of absorption.   But if your body doesn't need it, i.e. has enough, it is probably a safe way  to prevent too much.

Let's Talk Iodine:   Boring but oh, so, critical for human health, in normal life, and especially in a nuclear radiation release.

And a subject near and dear to my heart: what can we do to better protect our pets?

Let me give you the low down out of the gate, and explain this: Iodine is extremely necessary to life, yet in the new world we live in 25% to 80% do not get enough.    Long ago, they started putting Iodine into salt, before salt was recognized as a high blood pressure cause.    That was a primary way to make sure we got enough Iodine.     What of those who stopped using added salt?    Indeed a problem.   Lots of Iodine can come from vegetables, BUT some areas of the USA just don't have much of this micronutrient in the soil.    Those with a "healthy diet" can be missing one of the most important elements: Iodine
This is my puppy dog, he is 9 years old now

Where did all this research start?  My older dog, has a history of allergy and skin problems, but it is not constant.    Lately, he is quite itching, always scratching to the point of skin damage, he has never been cold intolerant but is now (what I mean by that is that a 10 degrees he doesn't want to stay outside for 30 minutes) a bit grumpy, and less energy.     These are dead ringers for iodine deficiency, which I found after  hours of research.    Iodine impacts thyroid function, which influences a lot of things, including weight gain.

I do believe my dog is iodine deficient, I will increase his intake of iodine and observe for several weeks.   If warranted, do an expensive blood test if no results.   If things improve, then I nailed it, and no further action is needed.

Here are both my dogs, the younger one is his sister, from a subsequent litter.   Would you want these guys to have skin problems, be itchy all the time, subject to weight gain, low energy, and other health problems?    If not, you need to be aware of Iodine. 

There are iodine vitamins available, and iodine with D3 also.    Most of those seem to want to push up to the upper daily limit for humans.    Seems odd.     Why push to the "tolerable limit"?    But the lower limit is meant to avoid "goiter" in which the thyroid becomes large to try to produce it's hormones without adequate supply material (Iodine).    Funny that "they" our medical professionals, never came up with an "optimal" level of Iodine.

I am picking 325 micrograms as the optimum level for myself, and found a supplement at Amazon Prime, I love that Prime!   After using it for a month, I'll report back on whether I feel any different, and if its good, I'll investigate shelf life and stock up on it as an emergency prep item.  

There are 2 widely varying applications of Iodine

1) During Nuclear Emergency (1000 times more required)
2) Normal Life

First--Nuclear Emergency Iodine

Babies to 3 years, 16,000 Micrograms to 32,000 Micrograms (32 Milligrams)

Adolescents, 65,000 to 120,000 Micrograms (120 Milligrams)

Adults 130,000 Micrograms (130 Milligrams)

Second, let's talk about normal life, the summary first, then later the discussion.

Very very simple rule of thumb to remember, for everyone over 12 YO, the minimum recommended is 120 to 130 Micro Grams per day.   That is millionth of a gram.   That is .130 Millgram per day.

The Maximum tolerable is 1100 micro-gram per day.    Micro.    Do not confuse this with milli-gram which is 1000 times larger, and what we speak of during nuclear emergency.

backup data is below from WebMD

A possible source for human testing of thyroid, I have not vetted this company or this type of company.


The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

  • For radiation emergencies: potassium iodide (KI) should be taken just prior to, or as soon as possible after, exposure. Radiation is most harmful to pregnant or breastfeeding women and children, so KI is dosed according to amount of radiation exposure and age. Radiation exposure is measured in centigrays (cGy). For infants, babies, children, adolescents, and pregnant or breastfeeding women, KI is given if radiation exposure is 5 centigrays (cGy) or more. Tablets can be crushed and mixed with fruit juice, jam, milk, etc.
    • For birth through 1 month, the dose is 16 mg of KI;
    • For babies and children over 1 month through 3 years, 32 mg;
    • For children 3 to 12 years, 65 mg;
    • For adolescents 12 through 18 years, 65 mg or 120 mg if the adolescent is approaching adult size;
    • For pregnant or breastfeeding women, 120 mg.
    • For adults 18 to 40 years with exposure to 10 cGy or more, 130 mg of KI is given.
    • For adults over 40 years with exposure to 500 cGy or more, 130 mg of KI is given.
The National Institute of Medicine has set Adequate Intake (AI) of iodine for infants: 0 to 6 months, 110 mcg/day; 7 to 12 months, 130 mcg/day.

For children and adults, Recommended Dietary Amounts (RDA) have been set: children 1 to 8 years, 90 mcg/day; 9 to 13 years, 120 mcg/day; people age 14 and older, 150 mcg/day. For pregnant women, the RDA is 209 mcg/day, and breastfeeding women, 290 mcg/day.

Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL), the highest level of intake that is not likely to cause unwanted side effects, for iodine intake have been set: children 1 to 3 years, 200 mcg/day; 4 to 8 years, 300 mcg/day; 9 to 13 years, 600 mcg/day; 14 to 18 years (including pregnancy and breastfeeding), 900 mcg/day. For adults older than age 19 including pregnant and breastfeeding women, the Tolerable Upper Intake Level is 1100 mcg/day.
Some areas of the country just have low iodine levels in the soil.    Food grown in these areas is not going to have much Iodine.

I guess my article got the narrative going. Feb 6 another interesting article seen on beforeitsnews Iodine Supplements: The Three Best Kinds To Use Saturday, February 6, 2016 16:12 (Before It's News) Iodine Supplements: The Three Best Kinds To Use Iodine is essential for a vibrant and radiant body. It’s a key player in our DNA, it boosts our immune system, stabilizes our metabolism, and even assists with cardiovascular health. [1] Furthermore, it’s estimated that more than half of the US population suffer from insufficient levels of iodine. Iodine is a major contributor to the function of your thyroid gland, especially in the creation of T3 and T4 hormones, which are important for regulating your body’s metabolism. So what are some Iodine supplements available on the market, and how do they each stack up?


  1. I have bottles of Iodine brought in from Russia to the UK, is one drop enough for a day or is it too much, I take the Iodine in a glass of distilled water. Thank you.


    1. See Horses reply, it all depends on the concentration.

  2. Padraig, What percent solution? Lugol's Solution usually comes in 2% and 5%. The dosages at Café Rad Lab are for the 5% solution. Remember to take Iodine spaced at least 3 hours apart from Vitamin C

    1. TY for the 3 hour vit c tip, what is the basis for that protocol.
      Incidentally, I started with kelp yesterday, and continued with kelp powder today, mixed with turmeric liquid, CoQ10, and Medium Chain Triglycerides, along with NO precursors, and Glutamine for workout recovery.

      I am pretty much a cyborg at this time, but feel full of energy!

  3. Yo, Stock, vit C is another anti-oxidant and also cleanses out Iodine. This is why we need a regular intake of Iodine. Same would probably go with the kelp or other foods. Keep the two intakes a couple hours apart for best results. I'm taking pretty much the same regimen. Tryin' to stay alert, so much to do.

  4. Why is it so hard to find an article that tells you how long you will have to take the iodine after the event? 1 month? 2 months? 3? Surely SOMEONE should know between the Chernobyl and the Fukushima incidents?

    1. Iodine 131 has an 8 day half life. at a month, only 1/16 is left, at 2 months its 1/256th left, that seems pretty safe. But I recommend taking iodine every there.


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