It aids good bacteria in the gut, here is what I think and why:
- excess Iodine goes through the liver (loosening up hepatic stones) and comes out in bile actually disinfecting that area which is the number one hot spot for intestinal bacteria cross contamination
- Dr. Olree shows that ALL intestinal bacteria requires Iodine as a DNA terminating sequence
- Iodine helps to chelate out metals, for GI bacteria the biggest problem is aluminum which tilts the ratio towards bacteria using aluminum in their DNA vs. those that use yttrium
I don't know for sure what's going on but makes sense to me that it would kill off all bacteria...it's a pretty powerful antiseptic.
Here's what I'm observing....acid and bile production go up so food digestion is far easier. I like that...off Iodine I have acid reflux while on it rarely is that a problem.
Constipation continues to be a problem for me but it's not nearly as consistent as in the past. I added in far more probiotic foods and a large amount of probiotics in the evening with a glass of raw dairy.
I'm now been able to maintain 100mgs for almost 2 months with no breast or major blow ups other than minor acne problems. (finally getting cysts completely to resolve in my breasts)
But I've been super busy lately so I started downing my iodoral all at once ( yup all 8 tabs plus other supplements with a big glup of juice and often no food in the AM. Constipation returned viciously this week.
Basically I think I sent the Iodine right into my colon to disinfect it each morning.
( oh yes....came across research early on that talked about using dilute iodine enemas to clear out the colon of all bacteria)
So maybe taking it with meals in small doses mimicks the effect of eating higher iodine foods allowing it to absorb through the stomach and intestinal walls and combine into biological molecules that don't harm intestinal bacteria....well at least that's my current guess on this.
While I'm thinking of it...you can ferment seaweeds so obviously the high iodine content isn't killing off the bacteria.
if the Iodine reached the deep intestines in a high concentration then yes, it would wipe out everything. i think one would have to alternate shots of Epsom Salts and Lugols repeatedly to accomplish that. thats my take, anyway.
Thanks for this helpful post. I have been wondering whether Iodine kills off good and bad indiscriminately and I don't think it does, but your example of its being possible to ferment seaweed makes me more sure.
I make my daughters a milkshake using egg yolk, milk, and honey with a drop of Iodine in the night and I am hopeful it doesn't wipe out whatever's good about those things. We get them all at the same farm and I could live off that stuff (I get some of the milkshake, too!)