Last month I started taking some Lugol’s solution as I heard it was a good source of iodine. I started with one drop a day and tried to increase it to two drops. Within a few days of doing this I started to feel really unwell. I felt anxious, on edge and my brain felt as though I couldn’t think. Once I stopped taking it I felt fine after a few days. The reason I wanted to take it is because I wanted to detox from fluoride to improve my thyroid health. Now I am wondering if I was having an allergic reaction to the Lugol’s or what?
A: Thanks for this week’s question. I recall taking Lugol’s solution as part of my healing protocol to improve my thyroid health and to detox from fluoridated tap water. Like you I started with one drop in a glass of water and eventually upped the dose to three drops a day. It was incredibly detoxing as Lugol’s detoxes not just fluoride from the body but also mercury and any heavy metals.
To avoid a strong detox reaction it is best to have the baseline minerals in place such as magnesium, zinc and especially selenium as it is an incredible antioxidant that helps to mop up the free radicals produced during any detox regime. I eventually started taking Atomidine which was a lot easier to take than the Lugol’s Iodine and I had less detox reactions from it.
I know there's a tendency in all of us to think that if one drop of a supplement is good then a few more drops is even better. I can assure you that I too have fallen into this trap as has a good friend of mine. Aidan came to stay with us before his comedy gig in Dingle and requested some iodine drops from me. I was not aware that my mum have given him some drops earlier. One drop good. Six drops even better or so he thought. During the show Aidan experienced a healing crisis on stage. He said that he couldn’t even remember his jokes! I find that taking a drop every second or third day is what works best for me and for some clients as this is a lot easier for the organs of elimination such as the liver and the kidneys to cope with. David Brownstein is an expert of why we need iodine and why we can’t live without it. I love his book as it has lots of real life case histories of people whose health issues cleared up when they were replete with iodine. As we have fluoridated tap water in Ireland many people are deficient in iodine which leads to thyroid problems. This is why along with detoxing fluoride from your body I would make sure that you filter your tap water. I use a 5 stage reverse osmosis filter.
If you have any questions please contact me and I will do my best to address them in my Friday Q&A.