Because we have five or six articles on Iodine, we figured that instead of telling you the methods of testing in all of them that we would just make one page on this subject. Additionally, we’ll give you advice on how to take iodine to maintain sufficiency because there is a lot of BS on the internet and we’ve done more than our homework on this subject.
So before we get into testing and loading up on iodine, let’s point to all the articles on iodine at this site.
One thing you should know is that iodized salt will not load you up with enough iodine. The amount of iodine in iodized salt is just enough to keep you from being “iodine anemic.” Yes, I just made that term up. The entire RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) system has been obsolete since its conception. These amounts are just enough to keep you from becoming ill; they are not in any manner, shape, or form optimal.
You can read about the problems with creating iodine’s daily requirements in The History of Iodine.
Now here is something you should know: Anyone can post anything on the web, and they usually do. I listened to a particularly boring lecture from an Australian standing outside somewhere telling us he could do math, basically. Far too many YouTube videos are people just talking. Why it takes a video for this, I’ll never know. The purpose of a video is to “show” something, not watch someone’s head bob around.
If you’re just going to lecture me, you need only audio. If you’re not going to actually show me something of interest, post a picture of your face over an audio.
However, apart from the lack of production value in the above “video,” what he said was pure, unadulterated bullshit.
He tried to convince the viewer that you cannot get a sufficient supply of iodine from any of Edgar Cayce’s nascent iodines. And to prove this, he performed “mathematics.” He noted that many come in either a 1% or 2% iodine by volume, and then quickly calculated how much actual iodine was in a bottle of nascent iodine and determined that you’d have to drink 92 bottles a day—okay, I’m being sarcastic now. Once I realized where he was going, I turned off the damn video.
Mathematics and statistics are necessary parts of science, but not necessarily a part of the “nutritional sciences.”
You see, I’ve interviewed the man who started up the Magnascent™ company, patented it, and built up such a successful business that he’s able to donate thousands of bottles overseas to people who need the iodine. And what he told me was a confirmation of something I’d already assumed, and that was, it’s not how much you take that counts, but how much you retain.
Got that? Because the forms of iodine that are nontoxic (apart from the nascent iodine designed by Edgar Cayce) have iodine salts in them. And if you know anything about a salt (chemistry term, as in potassium iodide is “a salt”), you know that we pass them off in our urine at a very high rate.
Magnascent™ is more than a small percentage of iodine. Magnascent™ is energy. Five to eight drops in a glass of water in the morning will pick you up faster than a strong cup of coffee. Using Magnascent™ in combination with Lugol’s formula, or Iodoral® (my favorite version) just makes more sense than just loading up on the iodine salts (in Lugol’s or Iodorl®). The potassium iodide is a great product, but you do not get the “energy” you do from Magnascent™, and that is a simple fact.
How much does your body need? Well, that depends on where you live (that’s right) and how much fish you eat, and then how much you supplement.
When you live near the oceans, you are breathing in iodine. When you eat fish (not farmed fish) from the ocean, you’re getting iodine because iodine is a mineral found in the sea. Do you make dishes with seafood? All of this adds up. And then there’s the iodized salt, but you might know that to me, white table salt is poison. The nutrition (minerals) has been pulled out and all there is left is chemical residue and sodium chloride (plus a chemical added to keep the crystals from sticking together, thus the phrase I grew up with, belonging to Morton Salt: “When it rains, it pours”).
In my home we prefer a nutritional salt with natural iodine, because it comes from the sea: Celtic Sea Salt.
Drs Guy E Abraham and David Brownstein are the two experts on iodine in the US. It was Dr Abraham who started “The Iodine Project,” which eventually concluded that the optimal daily dose of iodine was around 12.5 mg. This is 100 times the RDA of 0.125 mg. He also determined that our bodies need both forms; the iodide and the actual iodine. [Ref]
Yes, it seems that the thyroid gland prefers the iodide form while other organs, such as breasts, ovaries, and testes prefer the elemental form. In Lugol’s formula and Iodoral®, both forms exist.
As for nascent iodine, Atomidine or Magnascent™, I’ve not found anywhere that Abraham or Brownstein mention either of these. However, we do know from anecdotal evidence that they have both saved lives, and I’ve heard from so many people praising these two that there’s got to be something to the energy in them. And, as I’ve stated elsewhere, the Magnascent™ form is my favorite because it is the more powerful (and more expensive) of the two.
You can go through life maintaining your iodine levels without ever having used one of the nascent iodines (many in the world haven’t), but as long as you know they exist, and that they are very special forms with amazingly healing properties, why not try them? [We are currently (07/21/18) donating bottles of Magnascent™ to people suffering from tick-borne illnesses.]
In Abraham’s study, they also administered much larger doses, such as 50 mg per day. This is 333 times greater than the RDA, and in his write-up of his study, he often refers to the first studies conducted in the early 1800s that cured 150 goiters using 250 mg of iodine.
But the purpose of this paper is not to make you spend $300 on iodine monthly. It’s to make sure you’re getting a sufficient amount for ultimate health.
So let’s stick to 12.5 mg per day, and every three days or maybe just once a week, some nascent iodine. And remember, that you can take your iodine transdermally (by putting it on your skin) and can get it by breathing it in, consuming seafood, and from your salt.
And since you can get your iodine transdermally, I have many uses for Magnascent™.
Every time I buy a bottle of shampoo, I split that shampoo into two bottles and I add a quarter ounce of Magnasent™ to the shampoo. Just washing my hair allows the nascent iodine entry into my scalp. Additionally, I often brush my teeth with nascent iodine. It’s a great germ killer. When I put moisturizer on my dry, scaly skin, I often add a bit of nascent iodine, and definitely put it between the toes, because it kills athletes foot. And finally, people with hearing aids often develop ear fungus, and nascent iodine is perfect for that.
Take some liquid yellow iodine (I use Magnascent™) and paint a patch, at least two inches by two inches on the whitest part of your skin. As I write these words, I realize that darker-skinned people are going to have a bit of trouble with this test, so any out there who have dark skin and who have tried this test, please write to me and tell me how it went: [email protected].
You can read a lot on the internet and watch videos about this, and they really go into detail when all you really have to know is that that patch should be there 24 hours later, or you are iodine deficient. The faster it goes away, the more deficient.
As you know, testing at home is not as exact as getting a local laboratory at your clinic to test, so you should know about the tests you can have done at your clinic.
First there is the urine test. It’s pretty much useless, since your at-home test is more accurate.
Then there’s the blood test. It’s a bit more accurate, perhaps equal to the at-home test.
Finally, there’s the iodine-loading test initiated by Dr Abraham and described in Dr Brownstein’s book, (reviewed here:) Iodine: Why You Need It; Why You Can’t Live Without It that goes like this:
Empty your bladder and then take 50 mg of iodine/iodide. Then you collect your urine for the next 24 hours. Take your collection back to your doctor or to the laboratory or wherever you’ve been told to take it.
If they find you’ve passed 90% of what you took the day previous (45 mg), then you are sufficient. If less is excreted, then you’re not so sufficient (in iodine, at least).
And that’s that.
Our body excretes salts and that goes for iodine salts. The above test takes place over a 24-hour period. Your body, even if you have sufficient iodine will excrete iodine salts just like any other salts, and this is where I personally find Magnascent™ important, even at small quantities; your body hangs onto it and it’s got good energy.
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