Can anyone state definitively whether or not Lugol'sIodine (2% or 5%) can be used inside the ear canal? I have had tinnitus, fluid, and crackling/popping in my ears for years now which I suspect is Candida or other fungi and I would like to treat it using Lugol's (straight or diluted) if possible.
Many websites refer to placing 5% povidone Iodine in the ear canal but not Lugol's.
I think I answered my own question. Apparently inorganic forms of Iodine (such as straight Lugol's) can be very irritating to the skin and can form lesions. This might be why some people experience pain when applying it to the sensitive skin of the ear canal.
I also suffer with tinnitus and slight hearing loss. I was hoping that Iodine would take care of it and was really tempted to put the drops in my ears directly until I read someone's not-so-pleasant personal experience here on this forum.
I have painted Lugol's behind my ears which I think reduces some inflammation -- there's a noticable change, though it's hard to describe. I haven't done it in a while because while the change was good, it wasn't enough to motivate me to continue.
Tinnitus has been so difficult to work on. I've tried homeopathics, biofeedback, acupuncture, garlic/mullein ear drops and more. I see that it's a symptom of candida overgrowth, but also of GABA deficiency, hypothyroidism, blood Sugar issues, allergies and a myriad other things that all could apply to me.
It's interesting you posted this now because I was recently considering painting behind my ears again. I don't mind the ringing (I have a number of tones constantly in both ears) but I don't like the hearing loss that results. I'm tired of having to ask people to repeat what they say.
How did your tinnitus start? Mine began as an allergy symptom. I'd get it once a year for about 2 weeks, after we moved to a new area. That went on for a couple years, then the last time it occurred, it just stayed.
My tinnitus began 4 1/2 years ago after I took antibiotics for an extended period of time. As it turned out, an improperly placed root canal became septic and was leaking infection into my bloodstream, resulting in flu-like symptoms and an elevated WBC. About 4 weeks into the antibiotics tinnitus began. Two weeks later I developed a clostridium difficile infection and was hospitalized.
I have had the tinnitus and other symptoms ever since. In addition, I have become about 30 pounds overweight, developed dry skin, anxiety, and extreme fatigue. These symptoms are consistent with hypothyroidism (as is the tinnitus) which is another reason I am interested in Lugol'sIodine as it can also help treat this condition.
I also have a "crossbite" which may be a contributing factor to the tinnitus (tmj?) but I made it to 47 without this having caused any problems.
I have tried the same remdedies that you have in addition to others but nothing has helped very much. I am not diabetic or pre-diabetic (my blood Sugar is fine) but I do have some fairly troublesome allergies.
Finally, I can really relate to what you said about hearing (I call it the "huh?" factor). It's so annoying to have to ask people to repeat what they have said. People are constantly telling me I should have my ears cleaned out. If only I could achieve exactly that I'd be happy!!!
You need iodine, we all do. Please look over the FAQs.
And, in the meantime, be sure to eat lots of good raw foods to feed your beneficial microorganisms. Fruits and vegs now, very important. Also eat yogurt, kefir, kimchi, live sauerkraut. Drink kombucha tea.
Sorry, it stands for "clostridium difficile". This is an opportunistic microorganism that sometimes proliferates in large numbers within the GI tract when antibiotics are taken causing a very serious form of colitis that can be life-threatening. Basically, antiobiotics kill all denizens of the colon, good and bad. Cdiff is then free to recolonize the area as there is nothing to stop it from spreading (it is normally inhibited by the "good" flora citizens of the bowel).
Just wondered if Lugol's would have the same effect as it is also a broad spectrum microbe killer.
First, thanks for everyone who has contributed to this post. This is a great forum and a great way to get information that is hard to find any other way.
From reading posts here and other sites, from researching Iodine and it's chemistry, and from my own experimentation I've discovered the following:
Iodine is one of the most potent and versatile infection control agents ever discovered. It is necessary for proper functioning of the thyroid, provides support for the adrenal glands, regulates and/or eliminates anxiety and depression, promotes better mental acuity, assists in the removal of heavy metals, bromide, fluoride, and other chemicals from the body, and probably myriad other functions that are minute and hard to measure or observe. It seems to have a positive affect on breast cancer. It extends lifespan. In other words, we need this stuff.
US RDA of 150 micrograms or so is inadequate. Jaapanese people living in coastal areas who consume a lot of seaweed and seafood receive about 12 milligrams of Iodine per day from their diets, which is approximately 100 times the RDA (this is equivalent to roughly 2 "vertical" drops of 5% Lugol's). They apparently suffer no ill effects from consuming iodine at this level. The Japanese also have the lowest incidence of breat cancer and higher life spans than most other populations of the world. They are arguably more intelligent, if one considers the achievements of the Japanese in almost every area of intellectual endeavor.
Fears of thyroid problems from iodine appear to be unwarrented as long as the correct amounts of INORGANIC iodine are used. The terms "organic" and "inorganic", by the way, are the chemistry meaning indicating whether or not an iodine preparation contain carbon atoms. Organic iodine contains carbon, inorganic does not. Examples of inorganic iodine are Lugol's, SSKI , and Povidone Iodine. Examples of organic iodine are Amiodarone (a drug) and radiocontrast media such as Propilyodone.
As someone with ear and sinus trouble, I am trying diluted iodine in a Neti pot (5 drops of Lugol's in 6 oz of distilled water) to irrigate my sinuses and am also instilling the same dilution into my ears. For ears Povidone Iodine can also be used at the same dilution (it's easier to obtain). So far, so good. No pain whatsoever. A recent sinus infection that was ramping up was stopped in its tracks. A sore throat that I had subsequent to a cold was also eliminated in one day by gargling with 6 drops of Lugol's in 6 oz of distilled water. Undiluted Lugol's is caustic and may cause blistering of the skin and/or itching which is problematic for ear use but seems to cause no permanent damage.
I will keep everyone posted regarding iodine and ear problems as this seems to be a topic that keeps popping up periodically on this forum.
"Undiluted Lugol's is caustic and may cause blistering of the skin and/or itching which is problematic for ear use but seems to cause no permanent damage."
There's something else at play re: Lugol's causing blistering, etc. When I removed a mole with lugol's, I also painted a healthy mole and a patch of clear skin for comparison. Control areas absolutely unaffected by the lugol's.
Quite a few people here have painted their faces with lugols, search "paint" or "painting" within this forum...
I have the crud right now and have been experiencing some pressure in my right ear. Kind of would call it an earache in the past but I think it is mostly due to sinus pressure. Last year I started painting the back and front of my ear. I noticed that it felt like my eye was reacting along with my ear draining. I did not have a cold at the time. Since I now have the crud and have made it two years without any cold or illness I decided to paint (5% Lugols) the area in front of the ear again. I paint about a one inch strip from top to bottom of my ears and completely down my neck. I sleep better at night and there is a lot of drainage. Tonight I did not paint because my hubby is sick with the crud and I did not want to wake him. The painting is much more effective then the peroxide I put in the ear. I'm glad you brought this up.
Caution: Please keep Iodine away from eyes!
Are you from Texas by any chance? I think "the crud" is what they call the flu there?
If you are painting 5% Lugol's just remember that one "vertical" drop of Lugol's is 6.5 milligrams (or so) of iodine. You want to keep your applications to 100 mg or less for as long as 3 weeks and then drop down to no more than 12.5 mg/day from what I have read. You might want to measure your drops for this.
I have heard that some people make a salve by mixing Lugol's and Vaseline and apply it that way. Others mix it with castor oil. Maybe one of these methods would work for you, then again maybe painting it the way you are doing is the best.
Good luck, I hope it resolves the crud and any other problems you use it for.
Ya I don't think you can get around putting Lugol's in your ears and snorting it up your nose. Its just what the doctor ordered for you. Try 2%. Also take some food grade diatomaceous earth, tribulus terrestris and activated charcoal to get the gut under control. Good luck.
Do you have any history of mercury? Amalgams? lots of vaccines? exposure to exhaust? esp from or near coal plants?
I've heard many mercury experts (read: doctors) talk about the ringing in the ears from mercury.
Quicksilver Scientific seems to do about the best and most comprehensive mercury testing, and seemingly well priced, as far as mercury testing goes. I wonder it it wouldn't help?
I have it come and go in waves, but I went through an 8 week round of 1500mg a day of oil of oregano (ingesting 500mg at a time 3x a day) and it cleared up lots of things in my system, tinnitus being one of them. Since having completed that, my sinuses, my ears, and many other parts have felt or been much much clearer... and i haven't had a single bout of tinnitus.
I had no idea that that stuff was that powerful. Really really impressed with the results. But, when it comes to fungal infections, you have to stay on it. It isn't just a take for a few days then quit. you have to stick with it for 2-3 months. but, that much oregano can also disrupt the microbiome, best to space probiotics out to the middle point between the oregano doses.
I was doing the Iodine protocol for a few months before I got an ear infection. I consulted a few sites as well a health practitioner, they all pretty much said the same thing: as the Iodine builds up, your body will both detox from things, as well start to 'function properly'. As the body Finally! starts to get the iodine its long needed, it will readjust around it, not just detoxing, but readjust its 'hold' on things.
Meaning: oftentimes the body won't actually completely kill off infections, it will just kill them back to levels that otherwise 'don't cause problems', or are so small they go unnoticed... it's at this point that the body will maintain a grip on these problems vs fighting them back permanently and risk them flaring back up.
One of the larger reasons behind this is, quite simply, most people don't have adequate quantities of iodine. Among these is old infections, some going back years, decades even. In my case, I hadn't had a single ear infection in probably 20+ years. Can remember a single one. ...but, when I was a child, I went through a period after my dental insurance required that I take antibiotics before even a cleaning, let alone filling any cavities. Note: I had never had cavities before this was implemented, and I essentially never was sick. Within two years of this requirement being put into effect, I got multiple cavities, as well started getting sick... including ear infections. I went through a period of two or three years where I had excruciatingly painful ear infections. So bad that the doctors worried I'd go deaf. Of course they fought them with antibiotics.
About 6 months into my iodine build up, my ear started draining more (increased ear drainage is typical for iodine as its a major detox pathway for the body). All of a sudden I got an ear infection... of the type I hadn't had, again, in decades. The research I did, forums I found, and places I asked all pretty much said the same thing: my body (esp my ears) was finally getting the iodine it needed in order to start clearing out old infections... once and for all. During this period, that included my ears.
It was excruciating, and only getting worse. Not wanting to take antibiotics (knowing how bad they are for people), I tried Lugol's. I was using J.Crow's 2% from Amazon (cheapest place I can find it). I put a single solitary drop of iodine in my ear. Wow! Not a good idea!!! Did it work? after a feeling that I had done something horribly! wrong and fearing that I'd go deaf from this stupid decision... i eventually passed out. Partially from the pain, and partially from my body fighting the infection (apparently... which makes sense because I'd had similar results from other things).
I'd had other 'repressed' infections flare up then die back. Very very weird feeling... but, they happen really really fast! It's crazy! in this case, the ear infection was way way way better the next morning when I woke up. Like, a reduction in symptoms by more than a half what it had been. As well, the gummy feeling had gone away.
But, the infection had moved to my outer ear. (Much! better than an inner ear infection!) It still hurt, but, totally differently, almost like someone had punched me in the ear Fight Club-style. Remembering how the Lugol's felt the way that it did the night before, I opted to go a different route. I took an older empty bottle of lugols, filled it with a dropperful of Lugol's 2% and then diluted it with 10 droppers of distilled water. I then began adding this much more diluted solution to my outer ear... slowly. letting the dropper sort of press against the tender spots and let out a drop or two at a time. Even when a few drops made it into my ear canal, it didn't have that from the single drop of full strength 2% Lugol's at all.
I added a few drops and let it 'soak in'. as well added a few more drops to the outer ear. Within ~50 hours of the very very beginning of the pain, the feeling of an ear infection had completely gone away. And, with the diluted Lugol's (0.2% I presume given the 'recipe' I went with), never had the feeling of 'having done something horribly wrong'. In the end? I ended up with a zit in my outer ear... not in the ear canal, but just behind it. I guess the infection had come to a head (both pun & seriousness intended). I popped it and put a few more drops of Lugol's on it.
Within another day, the spot where the zit was had completely healed.
The rationale behind this was that my ears were finally getting the iodine they needed to get a grip on the suppressed bacteria? fungi? virus? whatever that I had from decades ago... in such that it wasn't just readjusting its grip, but it was (finally) fighting it off entirely.
I haven't had an ear infection since, and, oddly enough, my ears have felt much much 'clearer' ever since. Like, clearer than they have in years! I liken it to my normal life being how ears get while on a plane, and my life now being something like after your ears (REALLY) pop that last and final time after a long flight and you finally feel like things have returned to 'normal'. Though, 'normal' in my case, as 'normal' had been for the past decade? longer? became the 'unpopped ears' feeling... and how I hear now is... like I just woke up. ...and I've always felt like I've had pretty good hearing.. still do, but not it isn't 'pretty good' it's freakin' great!
I guess my point is: I wouldn't put 2% Lugol's in my ear again if you paid me. It didn't exactly hurt... no, it did, but not a 'stinging' hurt, a very very 'real' blunt pain kind of hurt. But, again, it gave this feeling that I'd done something horribly wrong.
I would put a larger quantity of diluted Lugol's in my ear again, most definitely. Not a single drop, but maybe 5 drops.. then wait a bit, then do 5 more drops. ..or, better, put 1 drop of 1/10th diluted 2% (ie, 0.2%) and see how that feels, then add more over a period of time as I felt like it.
I've had other similar 'clear ups' while taking iodine, that oftentimes get worse before getting better... but that one was by far the worst.
The whole process definitely made me even a stronger advocate for taking daily iodine. I most definitely wouldn't try this with iodine-tincture. I'm not sure how Nascent Iodine would handle it, but I imagine it, too, would react even more noticeably than Lugol's does, as it's *just* iodine, and not an iodine+iodide mixture... with more Iodide than iodine. ...as the Iodide is having-reacted iodine.
but, at the same time, nascent iodine is usually 400-650mcg iodine vs Lugol's 2% is like ~1mg of iodine. (I forget the recipe for Lugol's to properly remember the iodine & iodide concentrations).
That was for my ear infection. As for a candida or other infection? I would recommend the same. Multiple diluted doses over a period of time rather than a single dose all at once. This way you'll be applying the same amount of iodine but continually... even though it would be a smaller amount, fungi tend to die back 'in waves'. The dead from a current wave of attack (with iodine) acting as a sort of 'shield' protecting the fungal cells hiding behind it. Your body needs to clear those out before the iodine will reach the next wave (as effectively).
Example: Dr Simocini, the Italian 'cancer is a fungus' doctor recommends using iodine tincture to kill back the fungi that kills psoriasis.. but, with that, he recommends applying it 25-30x a day (for multiple days in the case of psoriasis). ...specifically for this purpose. The previous dead fungal cells need to be removed to allow the iodine to more easily reach the next cells. As well, the 'next cells' will be in both 'recover mode' as well as 'grow mode' and thus will be more susceptible to the iodine as their defenses will be down (predominately biofilm, but as well, less developed cell walls as they're not the 'outer' fungal cells, the previous 'outer cells' having been killing in your previous treatment.
Serrapeptase is also excellent for removing dead cells / materials from your body. Dr Sircus has an excellent article covering this, just search his site (www.drsircus.com) for 'serrapeptase', as well search google for it. Dr's Best brand serrapeptase is by far the best (bang for buck) on the market I've found for serrapeptase. But, if you use it, you need to be sure to buy only products of serrapeptase that are delivered in enterically coated tablets. If the capsules breakdown in the stomach or higher up in the small intestines, the higher concentration of acids will destroy them before they're useful. The enteric coated tablets are designed to break down farther down in the small intestine, where foods and other 'things' are absorbed. The higher up of the small intestines are designed more to break things down, and the tissues there are thicker and less absorbant, as well are sort of a 'line of defense' against any pathogens that haven't died yet from the digestion.
I've never nebulized serrapeptase, but I've read where people have to great results, and I'd imagine the same logic could apply to a capsule broken open, mixed with diluted water, and dropped into the ear could result in much the same effect... for the ears. The idea being that the enzyme would remove the dead cells so that the new layer of (fungal) cells would be more quickly exposed to the iodine, and, thus, have less time between waves to mature to truer 'outer layer' cells (thicker more developed cell walls, higher production rates of thicker quantities of protective biofilm, etc).
though I'd imagine if trying this you'd want to give yourself some time as, again, I'd imagine that the iodine and serrapeptase would cancel one another out. I'd say 30m to 1h should be sufficient. But, again, Dr's Best 240'000 IUs of Serrapeptase is the best bang-for-buck on the market, and they have an enteric coating, of course... again, as anything else (concerning most things, including serrapeptase) function better, are in higher concentration, and are better absorbed when they make it farther into the intestines before the capsule dissolves.
this is long. I apologize, and hope that the information helps you out.