found this googling:
What Are Salivary Stones Made Of?
Salivary gland stones are actually crystals. These tiny
crystals are made up of the same substance as your saliva
(spit). Saliva itself consists of water, fat and other
A 1983 study led by Drs. Slomiany and Murty of the New
York Medical College and Columbia University’s Department
of Dental and Oral Surgery analyzed the composition of
parotid salivary stones in detail. They found that the
crystals are made up of lipids, cholesterol esters and free
fatty acids. Lipids are molecular substances such as oils,
cholesterols and waxes which occur naturally in your body
and which do not dissolve in water. Of the total lipids
present in salivary duct stones, they consist of mostly free
fatty acids (52%) and cholesterol esters (31% by weight).
So I say to myself...of all the confounded things ever, surely Iodine
is just the remedy this situation calls for. and garlic, garlic is known to break up that cholesterol stuff. Yeah, I'm on the right track. And I googled some more:
When I was a pre-med student at Harvard University, the famous chemistry professor Louis Feiser made a point of demonstrating to all the pre-medical students that Iodine
would make oils, fats, and waxes (cholesterol is actually a wax) more soluble in water. He urged us to remember this in our medical practices, as he was sure it wouldn’t be taught in medical school (he was right!). This known action of Iodide
likely explains why SSKI
can be useful in the next two applications.
Over 30 years ago, two ophthalmologists observed that a combination tablet called “Iodo-niacin” (iodide 120 milligrams, niacin 15 milligrams) taken for several months could actually reverse atherosclerotic clogging of arteries. They proved this effect by taking pictures of clogged arteries in the backs of the eyes (“retinal photomicrographs”) before and after treatment. The published photographs showed a significant lessening of the cholesterol-laden artery clogging in the “after” pictures.
Amazingly enough, no follow-up study has ever been published (probably because niacin and Iodide
aren’t patentable). Despite this, the published pictures speak clearly for themselves. I recommend 4 to 6 drops of SSKI
and niacin-containing B-complex daily (along with many other things) for anyone with significant cholesterol-related atherosclerotic clogging. Thyroid function must be monitored!
etc. etc. Wombat posted the whole of this above article in the forum if anyone wants to read all of it.