In 1953 Dr Orian Truss discovered the devastating effects of antibiotics in an Alabama (USA) hospital. During a hospital round Truss was intrigued by a gaunt, apparently elderly man who was obviously dying. However, he was only in his forties and in hospital for four months. No specialist had been able to make a diagnosis. Out of curiosity Truss asked the patient when be was last completely well.
Lugol's Iodine The man answered that he was well until six months before when he had cut his finger He had received antibiotics for this. Shortly afterwards he developed diarrhoea and his health deteriorated. Truss had seen before how antibiotics cause diarrhoea. It was known that Candida was opportunistic and thrived in debilitated patients, but now Truss wondered if it might not be the other way round, that Candida actually caused the debilitated condition.
He had read that potassium Iodide solution could be used to treat Candida infestation of the blood. So he put the patient on six to eight drops of Lugol's solution four times a day and soon the patient was again completely well.
Soon afterwards he had a female patient with a stuffy nose, a throbbing headache, vaginitis and severe depression. To his amazement all her problems immediately cleared with Candida treatment. Some time later he saw a female patient who had been schizophrenic for six years with hundreds of electroshock treatments and massive drug dosages. He started treating the woman for sinus allergies with a Candida vaccine. Soon she had recovered mentally and physically, and remained well.
From then on he treated his patients against Candida at the slightest indication of its presence. Many of his patients made remarkable recoveries from most unusual conditions including menstrual problems, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, autism, multiple sclerosis and auto-immune diseases such as Crohn's disease and lupus erythematosus.
Every experienced naturopath can relate similar success stories. Ironically, antibiotics are usually not necessary in the first place. In a few per cent of the cases in which they are necessary their serious after effects could easily be avoided using fungicides and lactobacilli.
Many people doubt the effectiveness of natural therapies against apparently serious infections, but my experience leads me to believe that frequently natural therapies are more effective, without causing the repeated and chronic infections seen after antibiotics. I have seen patients who have been unsuccessful on long-term antibiotic treatment recover within days or weeks with natural therapies.
Most people who do not regularly eat seafood (either fish or kelp) or use iodized salt have some degree of iodine deficiency; this can also occur as a result of a low-salt diet. These individuals may become hypothyroid and hypometabolic, because iodine is an essential ingredient in thyroid hormone. At the same time they may become more sensitive to yeast infections, due to inactivity of the myeloperoxidase enzyme, which uses iodine in cell mediated immune function. The iodine is used by this enzyme to product iodine-free radicals which are part of the cellular anti-yeast “free radical artillery”. (3) Previous to the use of nystatin as an antifungal drug, iodine therapy was successfully used to treat yeast infections; however, one must be very careful with the dosage. People who are sensitive to various foods and chemicals are frequently intolerant to iodine and should only use it in very low dosages.
2. Selenium deficiencies limit cellular immunity against yeast.
Phagocytes (cells active in cell-mediated immunity) require selenium for the enzyme glutathione peroxidase function. Peroxidase activity in phagocytes is higher than in most other tissues (approximately twice that in red blood cells), and this is reflected in a higher need for selenium. The glutathione peroxidase system is an antioxidant enzyme system and is especially critical for phagocytic cell function. It has been experimentally demonstrated that selenium deficiency selectively causes a predisposition to yeast infection
(4). Food and chemically sensitive patients should start with very low doses of selenium - according to a “selenium titration program” developed by Dr. Alfred Zamm, M.D. and myself.
3. Other varied antioxidant deficiencies.
Antioxidant nutrients include: ascorbic acid, vitamin E, riboflavin, pantothenate, glutathione, taurine, cysteine and minerals such as copper, selenium, zinc and manganese, which function as coenzymes such as superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase. Antioxidant nutrients and enzyme defenses are fundamental protectors against all forms of stress. They are critical during infection. Cysteine is a sulphur containing amino acid, which acts to internally bind together antibody molecules. Other antioxidants, including those above mentioned, are especially important with regard to cell-mediated immune function which requires that cells become activated in what is called a respiratory burst in which large amounts of iodine radicals, superoxide and other oxidizing species are directed out from the cell membrane as artillery to kill invading organisms. Simultaneously the cell generates antioxidant protection intracellularly to protect itself against the back diffusion of hydrogen peroxide (protected by the glutathione peroxidase system) formed from the primary radicals it produced. The primary killing of yeast is accomplished by these radicals an hydrogen peroxide, and the immune capacity of the host cells is limited by its ability to produce intracellular antioxidant defenses to protect itself from the oxidants. This amount to a very simple but effective method of waging war against pathogens. This phagocytic activity appears to be the major factor in limiting the spread of infection by opportunistic fungi. (5) The simple attachment of the hyphae of the yeast activates the oxidative metabolism of the phagocytes which sets the respiratory burst in action.
Thanks wombat for posting this. I really believe that the strong antibiotics that were given to me for a mono infection at ten years old are a big link to why I have been so sick for the last twenty two years. I have tried so hard to get better over the years, but it makes since that until I found iodine, I wasn't going to get anywhere. Now its still hard though because my body has been sick for so long, that I have to be careful with the Iodine since it can cleanse me too fast. I know I'm still in for a long journey to getting better, but I'm very hopeful I will make progress now.
Also, I am really so thankful for this forum, because I keep learning, and other people's stories are a big encouragement for me to keep going. I know this forum gets a lot of negativity thrown at it sometimes, but I hope wombat, trapper, and vulcanel will find it in them to keep going with it because I know all the information is making a huge impact in helping who knows how many people.
On another note, I told my dad about Iodine the other night. He has always been open to learning about natural medicines, and he often will do things I tell him about. But I think in the back of his mind he is always a little skeptical about it all, especially since he has seen me do everything in the world to be healthy for so many years, and I'm still so sick. But he said he would order the iodine. Then last night, he called all excited because he heard a doctor on the radio talking about americans being so deficient in iodine and how the fda recommendation for iodine was severely too low. This was a Nashville, Tennessee doctor---Dr. Asa Andrews. My husband and I are in Florida right now with his job, but we leave to go back home next week, and Nashville, Tennesse is our home, so I'm excited to get back because I want to go see this doctor and get some testing done----hopefully an iodine loading test too. And my dad I can tell is even more excited about the iodine now. Even though he feels good and has loads of energy-----(he is sixty six), when he sits down to watch tv or something, his head will shake. I'm not sure what that means, but he has always worked around chemicals, and even though like I said, he feels good and seems healthy, I know he could have a lot of toxins build up that could start causing him a of problems.
Thanks again for this information, and all the good information and testimonies on this forum!
First off~ thanks for your thanks:) and thank YOU for being a part of it:) Yeah, we get a lot of bad press, I'm trying to ignore.
I looked up Asa Andrews, a quick search revealed that he is selling an Iodine supplement, I couldn't find a list of ingredients or anything...
NOT that I don't think he offers valuable info, I'm sure he does. It would be nice though to have specifics on the "iodine" he's selling.
And, in perusing his website, I doubt he offers the loading test, he seems to be in the business of selling himself and his supplements. I don't think that he's a clinician.
You can order a loading test through http://www.breastcancerchoices.org
. And I do believe that you will get a phone consult with Dr. Jeorge Fleschas on the results.
And I believe that he will also be able to refer you to a Dr. that is versed in orthoiodosupplementation...:)
I had looked at Asa Andrew's sight too, and saw he had an Iodine supplement, and wondered what it was and how much Iodine was in it. But I did like the fact that he was saying the rda on iodine is so very low because that I would think that would mean he's not just recommending micrograms of iodine. The thing is there is hardly no one in Nashville to go to that does anything other than conventional medicine, so that's why this got me excited. I get so tired of being my own doctor sometimes because my problems are so complicated and my knowledge so limited that I get frustrated trying to figure it all out, and feel like I need more of an expert to guide me. But thanks for your response and I know exactly what your saying.
I read the other day where you said you wondered if all of this was worth it---all the work you have done on the forum----but I know there are many many like me who would say all that you have done is so appreciated! I may not post a lot----I have a three year old who makes it hard for me to type---she will let me read, but she doesn't like it when I type. So I read on here often and have really learned alot, and I just thank you so so much for all your time and effort!
"Orthoiodosupplementation is the daily amount of essential element Iodine required for whole body sufficiency. Whole body sufficiency for Iodine is assessed by an iodine/iodide loading test.1-3 The iodine/iodide loading test is based on the concept that the normally functioning human body has a mechanism to retain ingested iodine until whole body sufficiency for iodine is achieved. During orthoiodosupplementation, a negative feedback mechanism is triggered that progressively adjusts the excretion of iodine to balance the intake. As the body iodine content increases, the percent of the iodine load retained decreases with a concomitant increase in the amount of Iodide excreted in the 24 hour urine collection. When whole body sufficiency for iodine is achieved, the absorbed iodine/iodide is quantitatively excreted as Iodide in the urine. Whole body sufficiency for iodine is arbitrarily defined as 90 percent or more of the ingested iodine/iodide load (50 mg) recovered in the 24 hour urine collection.1
In some very rare cases of severe iodine cellular transport defect/damage, the absorbed iodine/iodide is quantitatively excreted in the urine, even though the target organs are very iodine deficient. We have reported only three cases over the last three years.3,4 One case was studied in detail using post-iodine load serial serum iodide levels before and after supplementation with Vitamin C.4 The milder cases of iodide cellular uptake defect/damage are more difficult to detect. We are currently investigating the saliva iodide/serum iodide ratio as a means of assessing iodide cellular transport effectiveness."
Orthoiodosupplementation is the daily amount of the essential element Iodine needed for whole body sufficiency. Whole body sufficiency for Iodine is assessed by an iodine/iodide loading test. The test consists of ingesting 4 tablets of a solid dosage form of Lugol, containing a total of 50 mg iodine/iodide. Then urinary Iodide levels are measured in the following 24 hr collection. The iodine/iodide loading test is based on the concept that the normally functioning human body has a mechanism to retain ingested iodine until whole body sufficiency for iodine is achieved. During orthoiodosupplementation, a negative feedback mechanism is triggered that progressively adjusts the excretion of iodine to balance the intake. As the body iodine content increases, the percent of the iodine load retained decreases with a concomitant increase in the amount of Iodide excreted in the 24 hr urine collection. When whole body sufficiency for iodine is achieved, the absorbed iodine/iodide is quantitatively excreted as iodide in the urine. In the U.S. population, the percent of iodine load excreted in the 24 hr urine collection prior to orthoiodosupplementation averages 40% in more than 7,000 loading tests performed at the FFP Laboratories.