Are We Iodine Deficient?

“Many physicians would be surprised to learn that more than a hundred years ago, iodine was called ‘The Universal Medicine,’ and was used in several clinical conditions,” according to Guy E. Abraham, M.D., author of The Universal Nutrient.

Nobel Laureate, Albert Szent Gyorgyi, the physician who discovered Vitamin C in 1928, commented: “When I was a medical student, iodine in the form of KI was the universal medicine, Nobody knew what it did, but it did something and did something good.”

Over the last 30 years, according to David Brownstein, M.D., Iodine levels have fallen over 50% in Americans. He stated in the foreward he wrote for Marc Sircus’s e-book, Iodine, Bringing back the Universal Medicine (International Medical Veritas Association, 2011) that he and his partners tested over 5,000 patients for a deficiency in iodine and found that over 95% were low in iodine and the vast majority were severely low.

While iodine deficinecy can be caused by a number of things, the main reason is the lack of iodine in our ‘Standard American Diet.’ To make things even worse the toxic halogens bromine, flouride, chlorine, and perchlorate interfere with the absorbtion of iodine by the thyroid and other iodine deficient tissues in our body

Do you remember Morton Iodized Salt and the little girl with the umbrella on the dark blue container?

For years, many people relied on the iodine in the salt they poured into their salt shaker. Once iodine deficiency was discovered as the cause of goiter, these clever folks stuck it in an inferior refined product labled as salt to prevent goiter. Then of course more recently the use of refined salt was deemed to be unhealthy so many people stopped using salt all together and switched to salt substitutes.

You do not want to rely on table or refined salt for your daily iodine needs. If your salt is pure white that means that it is refined salt, even salt labeled as sea salt can be refined, which means all of its natural minerals have been removed in the bleaching process. This bleached white salt can then have aluminum, ferrocyanide and bleach in it.

We all know the difference between white sugar and white flour–now we must learn the difference between refined white salt, as well, otherwise you just have sodium chloride.

Himalayan Chrystal Salt, which is also called Himalayan “pink salt” is what we want to use instead because it includes 80 trace minerals which are needed to maintain our health. These minerals also serve to elevate pH (correct acidity) which have been reported to lower blood pressure. Himalayan Crystal Salt is the one I use and recommend that it be used moderately, in a healthy diet. See, where you can also check out an excellent book, entitled Water & Salt, by Dr. Barbara Hendel, MD and biophysicist Peter Ferreira, which will shine a whole new light on the value of pure water and Himalayan Crystal salt as opposed to the toxic white stuff we find on the table in the salt shakers at restaurants.

What’s so important about Iodine?

Traditionally, the importance of iodine to the biological function of the body was focused on iodine’s role in the nourishment of the thyroid gland, particularly for the production of T3 and T4 hormones and the regulation of metabolism. However, as the understanding of this nutrient has progressed it now seems that the role of iodine in the body far surpasses what most thought, and is not only necessary for overall health, but is also a crucial component of the detoxification process.

Iodine and Detoxification

Iodine is a potent nutrient that is an active catalyst in detoxification and a natural chelator of mercury, lead and cadmium. Iodine supplementation is said to accelerate the excretion of toxic flouride and other bromine from the body and the presence of sufficient iodine levels are also said to protect against toxic halogens.

Whilst doing extensive research first on the subject of Himalayan Crystal salt and then how to replace the iodine that I used to get in old fashioned refined table salt, I discovered a particular form of iodine called Nascent Iodine (also known as Magnascent Iodine) several years ago. I was concerned about iodine deficiency and how that could lead to the formation of breast cysts and nodules and worse conditions, because our soft glandular tissue, such as our breasts, thyroid, prostate, ovaries and uterus needs iodine.

I had also read about our constant exposure to radiation due to numerous exposures but certainly from nuclear accidents, the latest of course occuring in Japan. I could clearly see that there was little doubt that we were being subjected to radioactive iodine every day. Those in the know, say there is no such thing as a safe level of radiation. When we are deficient in iodine, our soft glandular tissues grab up whatever iodine it can, only problem is if our body is subjected to the radioactive iodine while we are deficient in the safe form, the radioactive iodine will be absorbed instead and therefore will no doubt begin to destroy and alter normal tissue. After doing my research in order to find something safe to take myself and share with my family and my pets I found Nascent Iodine.

What is Nascent Iodine?

Nascent Iodine is a consumable iodine in its atomic form rather than its molecular form. It is an iodine atom that has an incomplete number of electrons. It is paramagnetic. What does that mean? It means that the iodine atoms can hold an electromagnetic charge. While this all might sound a little like your very last chemistry class, the most important thing to understand is that Nascent Iodine has a huge energy release when consumed. This “charged” state is held by the atom until diluted in water and consumed, whereby it gradually loses energy over a 2-3 hour time span. During this time, Nascent Iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is produced by the thyroid and is said to be absorbed easily by the body.

All the cells in our bodies contain and make use of iodine but again we always think of the thyroid gland when we think of iodine, but significant amounts are also stockpiled in numerous other areas of the body such as the salivary glands, cerebrospinal fluid and the brain, gastric mucosa, choroid plexus, as well as the breasts and ovaries.

There are many kinds of iodine thrown around quite often when the subject of iodine comes up such as Postasium Iodide which is stockpiled by the government and doled out and then used in the face of a Nuclear disaster but that is not the subject of this discussion nor is it the same thing as Nascent Iodine.

Is Nascent Iodine the Same as Detoxified Iodine or Atomic Iodine?

No, Detoxified Iodine is a coined name that for many years has been produced at 10 amps for five minutes with a high volume of iodine in solution. An iodine process that according to Edgar Cayce gives the molecule of iodine additional energy making it easier to assimilate into the body.

Nascent Iodine is also totally different from the typical iodine in its denser state sold as an antiseptic, or as iodine tri-chloride (claiming to be atomized), or as added to potassium iodide to make it soluble in liquid. It is also unlike glandular or prescriptions containing hormones that take over the thyroid’s job, instead of nutritionally building the thyroid to do its own job. Seaweed (kelp), seafood, many greens and green drinks, raw sunflower seeds, are good sources of natural iodine, but may not have the levels necessary to support the thyroid fully for good homeostasis in the body. Sources from seaweed may also contain undesirable levels of arsenic, as well.

I began taking Nascent Iodine around 4 years ago and I noticed it gave me additional energy right after taking my first morning dose. If you already suffer from an iodine deficiency, you are most likely to notice this effect as well, so I recommend not taking it before bed. Other benefits are said to include: increase in cellular metabolism, nourishment for the thyroid gland, naturally elevates the body’s pH levels, aids in excretion of toxic flouride, bromine and chlorine, assists chelation of heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, and lead, supports healthy breast tissue, prostate and ovaries, increases antioxidant activity and immune system function and assists in regulating mood.

How do you take Nascent Iodine?

I personally started out by taking one drop of the liquid Nascent Iodine in a half glass of purified water and have consequently worked up to several drops twice a day. I also put one drop in my cats’ drinking bowls which I change out twice daily and recommend the same dosage for dogs in their water bowls, as well. I also use it topically for cuts or scratches on people and pets.

Please check with your personal physician or healthcare practitioner before adding any form of Iodine, any new supplement or nutritional protocol to your personal healthcare regime. We are all different and no one thing is right for everyone.

You can find Nascent Iodine here.

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Kamia T.
Kamia T.about a month ago

I'm not because my naturopath got me to start taking Iodoral every several days. It's made a huge improvement in energy!

Nona E.
Nona E.2 years ago

I'm hypothyroid and I read this with great interest. Thanks.

Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for the information.

Carol B.
Carol B.4 years ago

Something more for me to look into - interesting article.

Darla G.
Darla G.4 years ago

very interesting, thanks

Mara C.
Mara Comitas4 years ago

Well written & informative. Thank you!

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson4 years ago

Feed the soil don't rape it and get the 'food' back in our food.

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

thank you for this posting :)

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Interesting. Thanks.