Iodine, Health & Beauty


What does iodine have to do with beauty and health? Iodine is critical for beautiful hair and skin. One of the hallmarks of iodine deficiency is thinning eyebrows and thinning hair elsewhere. Iodine deficiency has also been associated with heart problems, cancer, thyroid issues, exhaustion, retardation, skin problems and learning issues.(2)

Iodine has the incredibly odd status of being the most controversial mineral in the world. Everyone agrees that it is a necessary mineral. Everyone agrees that humans need it. Thousands of people swear by it for all kinds of health issues. Yet, there seems to have been quite a bit of resistance to the use of iodine in mainstream medicine. Some leading manufacturers of iodine seem to have been highly censored. In the early 1900s and before, iodine was a favored medical treatment for all kinds of disorders. With the advent of modern drugs, it lost popularity and was vilified. Of course, iodine is a mineral and can’t be patented, so its use in modern medicine may be limited.(4)

There are different types of iodine. Potassium iodide (the clear iodine found in salt) is necessary for your thyroid. Iodine (the dark iodine) is important for many different organs. To confuse matters further, people have developed nascent iodine, antomidine and various other kinds of iodine.

So, why the controversy? Well, all the amazing health claims have probably spooked the FDA and other watchdog organizations. If you look at various testimonials on Amazon and other sites, you’ll see what I mean. All the claims of cures on various websites and in various books have created an uproar.The controversy is really unnecessary. Like any mineral, too much is detrimental and too little is detrimental.

The iodine available in food has dropped dramatically due to decreased consumption of iodine fortified salt, bromine use in bread rather than iodine, and fluoridation of our water. (Fluoride is known to block iodine). Of course, no mineral cures anything…..but rather corrects a deficiency so that the body is strengthened and can heal. If  the public intake has dropped, people with a deficiency are obviously going to have amazing healings to report!(3)

How do you know if you have a deficiency? Some heath practitioners are versed in the signs and testing of iodine deficiency. There’s also an old wives tale test: Use some regular drug store iodine, and paint a quarter sized circle somewhere on your body.(3) If the stain remains for 24 hours, your iodine level could be fine. If it disappears within 24 hours, you could have a deficiency. I tried it. The iodine was gone in 30 minutes. Yikes! My body just sucked it all in.

The most famous brand of iodine is probably Lugol’s. It was first formulated in 1829 by the French physician, Jean Lugol. If you try iodine, follow the directions and read about it first! Start slow. You can take some iodine supplements internally. Some supplements can just be painted on a small patch of skin daily until the stain remains for 24 hours.(4)

All of the above is for educational purposes. It’s not medical advice. Consult with your health care practitioner before making changes, of course.

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1., June 2017

2. The Iodine Crises by Lynne Farrow

3. Iodine: Why You Need It, why You Can’t Live Without It by David Brownstein

4. Iodine: Bringing Back the Universal Medicine by Mark Sircus