Dr. Weeks’ Comment: My patients know that, for the past 15 years, given the background contamination we all are exposed to on our “green” earth today, I have recommended daily consumption of iodine in one of 3 forms:
1) plant form (“GlandRegen” aka brown seaweed or kelp)
2) elemental form, mixed with potassium in a capsule “IodAssist”
3) or the gold standard for radiation prevention in fall out zones: liquid iodine in either the form of SSKI (saturated solution of Potassium Iodide) or, generally speaking for topical use but used orally in times of emergency, Lugol’s Strong Iodine Solution …. read below if this is all new to you.
The products described below or ones of similar quality are available from your doctor, your hospital, your local pharmacy or local health food store or from SAFA LAB which is my source:
SAFA LAB 360-341-2303 see www.safalab.com
The therapeutic goal of taking iodine at times of radiation exposure is to occupy iodine receptors in the thyroid tissue so that, when radioactive iodine (Iodine -131 created from the nuclear fission of uranium235 and plutonium 239) is released into the environment and is inhaled and delivered to the thyroid gland (where we humans concentrate our iodine) it has no “docking” site or receptor site available – no space to contaminate, allowing, us to excrete it. Think musical chairs: when the music stops, if there are no seats left, you can’t sit and are “excreted” from the game. Therapeutic dosages of iodine vary according to individual factors (age, sex, weight, thyroid function, amount of albumin in the blood – thyroid binding factors) but most experts recommend daily dosage of 60-90mg Iodine/day during radioactive exposure for no more than 10 days. The US government’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recommended a form of iodine (potassium iodine or SSKI – see below) at a dose which delivers 100mg of Iodine at times of radiation emergency. For options to protect you and your loved ones, see below:
Iodine is an essential mineral required by humans for health in general and in particular for thyroid, breast and in infancy, brain function (iodine is positively correlated to IQ and severe iodine deficiency is called “cretinism”) Unfortunately, the majority of people in the world are deficient in this critically important element. Unless you live by the sea and eat kelp (a plant that concentrates iodine) or fish that eat kelp (seafood), you are deficient. (Not convinced? Ask your doctor to do a blood test we offer to all our patients: a serum iodine test or a urine test for iodine and bromine – then you will know your iodine status!)
What happens when an iodine deficient person meets a cloud of radioactive contamination from a nuclear explosion? History gives us too many examples of the slow and deadly cancers which result from radioactive iodine finding a space to “dock” and begin the slow burn in a thyroid gland.
With the increased security scanning at airports people are exposed to rays (radiation devices which I urge my patients to avoid – choose instead the pat down which gives a chance to empathize with the federal employee and gently remind him or her about the quaint concept of freedom and our Constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure.. ), we need our iodine since all doctors agree that this is the standard for radiation poisoning. Radioactive clouds aside, TSA overstepping aside, another major concern which calls for therapeutic iodine is your cell phone which inflicts a variety of biological hazards including electromagnetic radiation. Let’s not forget the ozone depletion …. The level of electromagnetic radiation bathing humanity today (WIFI, cell towers, HARP, radar from planes as they approach airports, compact fluorescent light bulbs , dimmer switches etc.) has increased over 200% over the past 50 years. No one informed me of this huge medical experiment inflicted upon me and my loved ones!
When people were exposed to the atomic bomb in Japan numerous survivors had mild or no effects from radiation, Why? In part, because people in Japan consume 10 mg to 14 mg of iodine per day.
Please consult with your doctor before taking this substance since all iodine products can be toxic, or even deadly, if taken in excessive amounts.
Review with your doctor the following general information. Two drops if body weight is 150 lbs. (68 kg.) or less; four drops for body weight of more than 150 lbs.
SAFA LAB offers:
IodAssist – a High potency iodine/iodide.
Essential for formation of thyroid hormones, iodine’s benefits for immune function are less well appreciated. Higher intakes such as those consumed in the Japanese diet may be required to achieve whole body sufficiency. Growing evidence suggests that RDA levels of iodine of 150 mcg daily, while beneficial for thyroid function, may be far too low to support the needs of other organs throughout the body. Instead, milligram amounts, as well as different forms of iodine, may be required to maintain normal cell integrity and optimum function of the mammary glands, gastric mucosa, thymus, and numerous other tissues that also concentrate iodine. To help achieve iodine sufficiency, IodAssist is formulated with inorganic iodine in three beneficial forms, molecular iodine, potassium iodide, and sodium iodide. Our vegetarian capsule formulation avoids the gastric irritation and unpleasant taste as may occur with liquid forms of iodine.
Iodine (5 mg as molecular iodine, 5 mg as sodium iodide, and 2.5 mg as potassium iodide) 12.5mg % daily value 8333
SAFA LAB offers:
Saturated Solution of Potassium Iodide (SSKI)
(30mg iodide and 20mg potassium/drop)
For SSKI (iodide, not iodine!) 2-3 drops yields the target dose of 60-90mg Iodide and this dose lasts 2 days.
SAFA LAB offers:
GLANDREGEN was developed in Russia by a group of scientists who worked in the State Rehabilitation Institute, where victims of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe underwent treatment. The healing qualities of seaweed had been known for centuries, so the Russian government instructed scientists to find an effective and powerful remedy for the radiation poisoning of that particular population. After trying out various forms of algae, one type yielded the best scientific data for this purpose. It was the brown seaweed known as Laminaria japonica, which grows wild in the northern Pacific Ocean off the coast of uninhabited islands far to the east of Russia, known as the Kurils.
One of the main qualities of Laminaria is its high content of sodium alginates, which are enhanced by the extraction process used to produce GLANDREGEN. Alginates are the most effective organic elements that enable the human body to get rid of heavy metals and toxins. Not all “algae” have alginates; blue or green algae does not. According to scientific testing, only this brown seaweed does! The unique methods of extraction, as well as the quality of this seaweed, are key. GLANDREGEN has about 50% of the highest quality alginates.
The low-temperature processing of GLANDREGEN causes a sloughing off of the heavy outer fibers of the seaweed, while retaining the essential properties of the plant. This process further enhances its bioavailability, making the Laminaria more digestible. Forty pounds of raw Laminaria are required to make one pound of GLANDREGEN. Eating 8 capsules of extract a day provides the same amount of good, organic micro- and macro-elements contained in entire plate of this nutrient-rich seaweed. And, it is not cooked. The oldest Japanese recipes of preparing seaweed tell us to eat seaweed raw, rather than cooked. Modern science affirms that an anti-cancer substance called Fucoidan, as well as beneficial polysaccharides, will break down if the seaweed is cooked. This was determined when studies were performed on the Japanese island of Okinawa, known for its lowest cancer death rate in Japan.
The powers of seaweeds have been drawn upon for centuries for their ability to prolong life, prevent disease, impart beauty and health. Worldwide research is continuously being done and brown seaweed has been found to be the most beneficial type.
GLANDREGEN is the purest, most natural nutritional supplement made from the brown seaweed Laminaria Japonica. Extract contains the life essential properties of Organic Iodine, Alginates, Fucoidan and Laminarin. Worldwide scientific studies and clinical research of these elements showed:
*Organic Iodine feeds the Thyroid Gland, which controls metabolism and promotes maturation of the nervous system. Iodine is important for thyroid disorders, wherever underactive or overactive.
*Alginate is a natural absorbent of radioactive elements, heavy metals and free radicals. It has the unique ability of binding heavy metals and radioactive elements to its own molecules. As the Alginate cannot be broken down by the bile or saliva and cannot be absorbed by the body, it is secreted from the body together with the heavy metals and radioactive substances.
*Fucoidan causes certain types of rapidly growing cancer cells to self-destruct promoting apoptosis (self-destruction of cancer cells). Fucoidan helps to naturally eliminate harmful cells from organism.
*Laminarin is a polysaccharide helpful in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. It exhibits 30% of the anticoagulant activity of heparin.
These elements, treasured in brown seaweeds, are enhanced by our patented cold-temperature extraction technology, which does not break their molecular structure. And GLANDREGEN is not just another dry seaweed product – it is highly concentrated product. FORTY pounds of raw seaweed is needed to make ONE pound of GLANDREGEN.
Dr. Weeks has been impressed by GLANDREGEN’s ability to:
– Boost the immune system.
– Help protect against thyroid cancer and other cancers.
– Help to decrease high blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
– Detoxify the body from heavy metals, radioactive elements, free radicals and toxins.
– Help those who are overweight by improving the function of the gastro-intestinal tract.
– Improve the structure of hair and nails and help them to grow.
– Help to detoxify smokers from strontium and cadmium.
GLANDREGEN is harvested from the clean, pristine waters of the Northern Pacific Ocean.
It is bottled in the United States and is now available in retail packaging. It comes to you in plastic bottle, which contains ninety 500 mg vegetable capsules each.
SAFA LAB offers:
Lugol’s Iodine Solution (by prescription only and typically for topical not oral use)
5% Iodine and 10% Potassium Iodide and Purified Water. Each drop vertical contains 3.13 mg. of iodine.
The dose of iodine and potassium iodide (strong iodine) will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor’s orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of iodine and potassium iodide (strong iodine). If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
To protect the thyroid gland against radiation exposure:
- Adults and teenagers—130 mg once a day for ten days.
- Children—65 mg once a day for ten days.
Note that in cases of emergency, Lugol’s may be taken orally but Dr. Weeks never recommends that without close screening:
“Lugol solution 2 drops a day in water (2 drops contain 12.5 mg iodine/iodide, an amount very close to the 13.8 mg average intake of mainland Japanese). source: www.helpmythyroid.com”
Contraindications and Warnings:
Not to be used during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.
Not to be taken in excess (therefore consult with your doctor)
These statements have NOT been evaluated by the FDA.
As regards “allergies” to iodine
Benzoate or pyrole or phenolic are the additions which result in the anaphylactic shock due to cross reaction with steroid receptors or diphenyl receptors. An allergy to iodine itself is incompatible with life.
Per Dr. David Brownstein
(join his blog: http://drdavidbrownstein.blogspot.com/
“The good news is that there is a safe and effective treatment widely available that prevents harm from exposure to radioactive iodine. It is the use of nonradioactive, inorganic iodine. That is the form of iodine I have been researching and using in my practice for nearly 10 years.
What dose of iodine will prevent damage from exposure to radioactive iodine? My mentor, Dr. Guy Abraham’s research answered this question. His research indicated that milligram doses (note: this is 1,000 times a microgram dose) are necessary to prevent radioactive iodine from damaging the thyroid gland.
How much? Around 13mg/day prevents approximately 96% of radioactive iodine from binding to the thyroid gland. That is the approximate dosage of iodine ingested daily by the Japanese. This is over 100x the average daily dose ingested by Americans.”
“Please keep in mind it is not just the thyroid gland that is at risk with exposure to radioactive iodine. The breasts, ovaries, uterus, prostate, skin, and other organs all bind and require iodine for optimal functioning. In fact, every cell in our body requires iodine for optimal functioning. Therefore, if we are iodine deficient, exposure to radioactive iodine can potentially result in damage to all the cells of the body. My experience has shown over 95% of patients are deficient in iodine.
Now it is time to get off the fence. The average Japanese ingests around 13mg of iodine per day. This is 100x more than the average U.S. citizen. I have discussed this in my book, Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It. Since I have been recommending most people take 6-50mg of iodine per day, I would suggest taking the average Japanese dose of 13mg/day. This is one Iodoral pill or one Iodozyme HP pill or two drops of Lugol’s iodine. I do not believe microgram doses will do the trick.”