Frequently Asked Questions

Iodine is an essential micro-nutrient needed in small amounts by every sell in the body. According to "The Iodine Crisis" by Lynne Farrow, iodine deficiency has become a public health crisis because it's vulnerable to displacement by environmental toxins such as bromide, pesticides, and food additives.

No. Tincture of Iodine and Supplement Iodine are entirely different products. Tincture of Iodine is an antiseptic, made with alcohol for topical use, never for consumption. Tincture of Iodine bottles are typically marked with a skull and cross bones which is partly what created the fear of iodine. Tincture of Iodine should not be substituted for Lugol's or Nascent.

The use of iodine in the form of seaweed-based medicine goes back 15,000 years(1). Modern days uses of seaweed or kelp are not ideal forms of iodine due to contaminants in the ocean. Merck’s Manual, the best selling medical text book, notes iodine as far back as 189 as the most used substance for tumors. 

Most likely not. Much of today’s salt is not iodized. According to Farrow, iodized salt looses half its iodine content once it leaves the factory, and cooking destroys iodine. Salt is unlikely to be a reliable source of iodine. Furthermore, bromide, fluoride and chlorine fight to push out iodine, so its can be an uphill battle to get enough iodine. Read more.

According to Farrow, the RDA appears to be calculated from how much iodine is needed to avoid goiter, but doesn't factor in the need of other organs. Iodine is needed by every cell in the body, especially the thyroid, breasts and reproductive organs. 

According to studies done by experienced iodine practitioners (4) it has become clear that iodine deficiency combined with selenium deficiency is often the most direct cause of Hashimoto’s. In this case, its important to find an iodine literate practitioner who is experienced with autoimmune disease.

According to The Iodine Crisis (3) and iodine practitioners, patients have no complained about iodine effects on thyroid medicine. And some patients feel iodine may be the missing link in making thyroid medicine work better.  

The thyroid is part of the endocrine system. It produces and releases thyroid hormones, called triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones play a major role in human metabolism, sexual function, mood, and development. When the thyroid does not produce hormones, these functions become disrupted 

In order to produce these hormones, your thyroid requires iodine. Read more.

Absolutely not! These are topical forms of iodine, not internal. Never consume these.

Many community members say they prefer to take iodine in the morning because it may boost energy and wakefulness.

For more history, stories and information about iodine, please read "The Iodine Crisis" by Lynne Farrow, and "Iodine: Why You Need It" by Dr. Brownstein. Both books are valuable resources, in addition to working with a doctor or Iodine Literate Practitioner. Opinions shared on this site are not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any disease. 

The Iodine Crisis, Lynne Farrow, P33 

The Iodine Crisis, Lynne Farrow, P36-37 

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The Iodine Crisis, Lynne Farrow, P51