Iodine is an element (atomic number 53) that is required by humans for the synthesis of thyroid hormones (triiodothyronine and thyroxine, or T3 and T4, respectively). Humans obtain iodine from their diets. The amount of iodine in food or water depends upon the amount of iodine in the local soil....
Iodine is an element (atomic number 53) that is required by humans for the synthesis of thyroid hormones (triiodothyronine and thyroxine, or T3 and T4, respectively). Humans obtain iodine from their diets. The amount of iodine in food or water depends upon the amount of iodine in the local soil. Areas with mountainous (glacier) water or heavy rainfall tend to be low in iodine content, increasing the risk of iodine deficiency. Iodine has antimicrobial properties and is commonly used as a topical antiseptic.
Lugol's iodine, also known as aqueous iodine and strong iodine solution, is a solution of potassium iodide with iodine in water. It is a medication and disinfectant used for a number of purposes. Taken by mouth it is used to treat thyrotoxicosis until surgery can be carried out, protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine, and to treat iodine deficiency. When applied to the cervix it is used to help in screening for cervical cancer. As a disinfectant it may be applied to small wounds such as a needle stick injury. A small amount may also be used for emergency disinfection of drinking water.
Side effects may include allergic reactions, headache, vomiting, and inflammation of the whites of the eyes. Long term use may result in trouble sleeping and depression. It should not typically be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Lugol's iodine is a liquid made up of two parts potassium iodide for every one part elemental iodine in water.
Dosage: One drop if body weight is 150lb or less, two drops if more than 150lbs.
Directions: Take the suggested 'dosage' two times per week - equidistant (ie. Wednesday and Saturday). In times of bacterial or viral infection, or when dealing with a specific symptom, take Dosage three times per week (ie Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). Take on an empty stomach about 20 minutes before eating in an 8oz glass of distilled or purrified water with one teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar added for slight acidification. Hold the dropper horizontal when slowly squeezing out the drop to get the maximum sized drop.