The Insanity of Ingesting Iodine
is a special formulation of Iodine
that is sold by quacks who proclaim it to be a supplement for internal consumption. In an unscrupulous manner, they indirectly suggest that it is a medicine for an endlessly growing plethora of diseases, but they are careful to never actually call it a medicine lest they risk imprisonment. They present Lugol's Iodine
as the gold standard of iodines for drinking. The formulation is 5 g. of chemically extracted iodine, and 10 g. of potassium Iodide
per 100 milliliters of distilled water. There are rogue people in the alternative health movement who advocate drinking as much as three teaspoons of chemically-extracted iodine daily; to supposedly cure and prevent countless illnesses. In some cases, they are even orally giving chemical industry derived iodine to small children in what is blatantly child abuse.
Dr. Guy E. Abraham and his close partner Dr. David Brownstein have been repeatedly quoted and cited by the quacks of iodine drinking as "the experts" on this topic; so it is worth a moment to discuss them. Brownstein wrote an entire book about drinking iodine, and Abraham's faithful point to his credentials as a professor and a former M.D. However, their therapies are not even endorsed by their own establishment. In previous times, they were both a willing part of a medical system that routinely gives children radioactive iodine to virtually destroy any chance of them having a long and healthy life.
"Want to join the experiment? If you are already taking iodine click here to become a member, or Order a bottle for $40 to try it out for yourself!"
-- Dr. Guy E. Abraham
Elemental iodine is quite useful as a topical antiseptic, and topical applications eliminate a plethora of health issues wrought by iodine deficiencies. However, it is important for everyone to know that elemental iodine is toxic when orally consumed, except in the case of foods, such as fish. The problems that ingested elemental iodine cause with the central nervous system mimic other well known poisons; for instance, the metallic taste that is produced by arsenic poisoning.
The poisonous short term effects of ingested iodine are well known, but the consequences of tiny amounts being ingested over a period of years is unknown. We have written this hoping that those considering following such m*o*o*nic advice will research enough to find the truth prior to hurting themselves, or their loved ones.
Symptoms of Iodine Poisoning
Metallic taste in mouth
Mouth and throat pain
Inability to urinate
Shortness of breath
Other followers of Abraham and Brownstein allege that iodine itself is not toxic, and that the toxic effects only result from methanol being inside the over-the-counter products. They usually follow with boasts about Lugol's
Iodine lacking methanol, while ignoring all the other toxicity facts about it. However, the National Institutes of Health specifically cites Lugol's
Iodine as being poisonous, and even its fumes are dangerous whenever it is heated. The official medical term for toxic overexposure to iodine is iodism, and this condition is virtually always the result of oral consumption. No other mineral supplement requires environmental protection suits in their production process, because iodine synthesis is a dangerous and chemical-laden production process.
Some of those who are consuming pharmaceutical iodine (and even giving it to their children) believe that elemental iodine must be safe because iodine is added to salt and bread. This is actually not the case. It is normally trace amounts of potassium Iodide
(not iodine) that is added food items. It is a significantly less toxic chemical relative of iodine that somewhat helps to compensate for iodine deficiencies. While the safer Iodide
can be found inside the Lugol's solution, and inside of other standard iodine solutions, it is nonetheless mixed with toxic elemental iodine.
It is worth noting that iodine is much safer when combined with carbohydrates like bread, because starches are known to neutralize it. Thus, even if real iodine were inside breads, then the breads would neutralize that iodine. In fact, the excessive carbohydrate consumption of our Western diets of one of the many reasons why so many of us are lacking iodine. For this reason, victims of iodine consumption are recommended to eat bread by iodine manufacturers and poison control centers.
There has been a philosophical debate that has raged for eons about whether a people should be protected from themselves. However, there is no debate about whether children should be protected from bad adults. All of us in society have a shared duty to protect children from harm. It is our moral duty to report any parent who is poisoning a child with iodine, or any other toxic substance, to child protective services or other relevant governmental agencies. Contact us at The Health Wyze Report if you know of this happening to a child but you are too afraid to get involved. Poisoning a child is a symptom of the mental illness, Munchhausen by proxy, so the abuse will only get worse in time if there is no intervention. For some really bad parents out there, the book from Brownstein is the excuse they need.
Below is an audio recording to the N.C. Poison Control Center about the topic of ingesting iodine. Lugol's iodine is mentioned specifically in the call, since it is paraded as the gold standard of iodines that are safe to drink. The audio of the call may be downloaded from this link, or people may listen with the convenient player below.