Treatment of Skin and Breast Cancer and other Conditions.
Over 95 % of my patients
tested were deficient in iodine.
Dr. David Brownstein
Iodine is an exceptionally powerful healing agent with extraordinary powers that can be applied in the most dire of medical circumstances. It means much more to us than thyroid function promotion and protection. Iodine is the primordial antibiotic that has been forgotten, left in the dust simply because it was not a patentable medicine that fortunes could be made from. We lost something considerably more than an antibiotic though, iodine is also antiviral and importantly in cancer, iodine is also antifungal.
Iodine works as an excellent antioxidant. It neutralizes hydrogen
peroxide by converting it first to hypiodious acid and then water,
thereby blocking its conversion into the hydroxyl radical.
We are going to be kicking ourselves pretty hard for overlooking iodine as much as we have when we realize how important iodine is in the production of all the hormones in our bodies. Dr. Brownstein says, "All of the glands of the body depend on adequate iodine levels to function optimally. Animal studies have shown problems with the adrenal glands, the thymus gland, the ovaries, the hypothalamus and pituitary access, as well as the entire endocrine system, when there is an iodine deficient state." We are looking at one of the most important medicines in the entire world of medicine when we are talking about iodine for we cover enormous physiological territory with its use.
The thyroid gland plays a pivotal role
to keep our immune systems intact.
The icing on the cake comes with the realization that iodine is absolutely necessary for proper immune system function. Poor immune response can be due to an impaired thyroid function from deficient iodine levels. Iodine actually is directly involved in immune system function. Scientists have found that Iodoproteins are secreted by leukocytes[ii] during phagocytosis and active iodide concentrating mechanisms have been found in leukocytes. Iodine has been used therapeutically in various pathologies where the immune mechanism is known to play a dominant role.[iii] Iodide is accumulated during phagocytosis, the process of engulfing and ingesting bacteria and other foreign bodies. The iodide is attached to the bacteria and to proteins, creating iodoproteins including monoiodotyrosine (T1). Sometimes, the thyroid hormones are utilized as the source of the iodide.
Iodine is an antiseptic and can be used to kill bacteria and fungi.
Iodine used topically as a douche is effective against a wide
range of organisms including candida and chlamydia.
Though iodine is a most effective 'universal' medicine most physicians and surgeons view iodine from a narrow perspective. Yes surgeons scrub with it and have their nurse paint iodine on their patients because the tincture of iodine remains the best antiseptic for preventing wound infections after surgery. Though it kills 90 percent of bacteria on the skin within 90 seconds its broader use has been obscured except by a few brave physicians that are working desperately to bring it back to the forefront of public awareness. Iodine has a long but lost illustrious history as the following story presented by Dr. Derry illustrates. It is the most legendary of documentations of transdermal iodine therapy applied to a famous person in the American Civil War:
"On September 29, 1862, Colonel John B. Gordon held the center of General Lee's army at the battle of Antietam, or Sharpsburg. The first volley from the northern lines sent a ball through the calf of Gordon's right leg; soon after, another went through the muscles of his thigh; a third pierced his left arm, tearing asunder the tendons and mangling the flesh; a forth ripped through his shoulder leaving a wad of clothing embedded in its track. Still, no bones were broken; but, while Gordon lingered in the firing line, "with", as he says himself, "but little of my usual strength", a fifth ball struck him squarely in the face."
"Dr. Weatherly of the 6th Alabama Regiment, in charge of medical arrangements, had the Colonel removed to a base hospital, and prescribed tincture of iodine to be painted on the wounds three or four times a day. The case was unpromising. Gordon's eyelids were greatly swollen; one eye was completely closed, the other almost so; his jaw was immovably clenched, and, to make matters worse, erysipelas (staphylococcus infection of skin) had set in on the left arm."
"Mrs. Gordon, his wife, who nursed him - her name was Fanny, and she was then a beautiful girl of 25 - put a liberal interpretation on her instructions and painted the wounds, not three or four times a day, but, as Gordon himself says: "I think three to four hundred times a day." Fanny's diligence and devotion were rewarded. Her husband survived, outlived the war, and became the Governor of Georgia, a General, and Commander-in-Chief of the United Confederate Veterans. He died in 1904."
Delivering medicine to the general circulation through the skin is a desirable alternative to taking it by mouth. Patients often forget to take their medicine, and even the most faithfully compliant get tired of swallowing pills, especially if they must take many each day.
Iodine exhibits good activity against bacteria, molds, yeasts, protozoa, and many viruses; indeed, of all antiseptic preparations suitable for direct use on humans and animals and upon tissues, only iodine is capable of killing all classes of pathogens: gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses and protozoa. Most bacteria are killed within 15 to 30 seconds of contact.
Dr. Brice E. Vickery said, "I have seen that a couple of mgs, of iodine daily will cure iodine deficiency in the person with adequate gut absorption powers. This will allow them to utilize their proteins; however it will not mean that they have full body iodine sufficiency (iodine receptors) in tissues such as breast, uterus, prostate, skin, saliva glands, stomach, colon, choroid plexus, and eye. It will also not assure that a thyroid whose receptor space is taken up with another halogen, such as bromine or fluorine, will have a full sufficiency of iodine for hormone production."
One can conclude that skin application of iodine is an effective if not
efficient and practical way for supplementation of iodine with an
expected bioavailability of 6 to 12% of the total iodine applied to the skin.
Is the application of iodine to the skin an acceptable way to supplement iodine? Dr. Abraham writes, "The bioavailability of iodine applied to the skin is well known. Over 100 years ago, application of iodine to the skin was used extensively for iodine supplementation. In 1932, Nyiri and Jannitti from the College of Pharmacy of Rutgers University wrote, "Iodine is being used extensively as a prophylactic and therapeutic agent by application to the outer integument, (the skin) and has maintained its place in medicine for many decades."[iv]
I had a severe sore throat recently (I could not even swallow) and
my good friend suggested painting the inside of my wrist with iodine.
I thought she was crazy. But it worked! The pain was completely gone
the next morning. Shortly thereafter my son became sick with a
bad cold. Although she recommended the iodine for a sore throat,
I used it on my 3-year old and the next day he was 100% better.[v]
Dr. Derry says, "Iodine put onto scabs helps to organize total repair of the tissue. All pre-malignant lesions and many other oddities of the skin appear to respond to this regeneration process triggered by topical iodine. I have mentioned previously a patient with a biopsy-proven breast cancer lesion (she refused surgery because of previous cancer treatment) that was strongly fixed to the skin responding well to topical iodine and ended up being a dimple on the breast three year later.[vi] It is my belief a water solution of iodine (like Lugol's) is an important therapeutic agent for skin. Because of its effectiveness and the results, perhaps many skin diseases are related to local tissue areas of relative iodine deficiency. In addition, iodine's ability to trigger natural cell death (apoptosis) makes it effective against all pre-cancerous skin lesions and likely many cancerous lesions."
Painting Iodine on my wrist gets rid of my sore throat
every time! Iodine definitely works for me, however, I find it
best to use the clear "decolorized" iodine, available at most
drugstores. I paint it on the inside of the wrists (where the
veins are closest to the skin) and on the sides of the throat.[vii]
"I get small lesions on my forearms and the backs of my hands which I've been told by a doctor could become cancerous. In the past, I've had that doctor "burn off" these spots with nitrogen. That has usually worked, but did not work on two areas that have been with me for about three years now. For a while now I've been painting these areas with Lugol's solution (5% iodine), only three or four times a week as the iodine does not absorb as it would elsewhere on the skin and the dark red/brown of the iodine is very noticeable. These lesions are not completely gone yet, but they are definitely fading away."
Iodine sprayed on the mucous lining of a woman's vagina will be
absorbed and will soften her breasts in a matter of 5 minutes, while at the
same time it relieves the tension and irritability of intestinal musculature.
Dr. John Myers
Iodine is more than the universal medicine doctors acknowledged it to be long ago. It is new to most doctors today though who have been brainwashed into being obsessed with pharmaceutical drugs as opposed to much less expensive and toxic nutritional medicines. So lost are we to the medical science on iodine that we are completely surprised when we hear oncologist Dr. Tullio Simoncini state, "Every tumour of the skin can be completely removed with Iodine Tincture 7%, brushed many times (10-20) once a day.[viii] When the crust is formed, don't take it away, but treat the area continuously and wait until it falls without any other intervention except the Iodine tincture. When the crust falls down the third time, the patient is healed."
Dr. David Brownstein has done more iodine research and clinical work than just about anyone writes in his book Iodine, Why You Need It and Why You Can't Live Without It, "Iodine contains potent anticancer properties. Iodine is effective for treating fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cysts." In this chapter we are exploring, for the first time, the use of iodine as a principle agent in the treatment of cancer with specific attention paid to breast and skin cancer, which are most easily treated transdermally. It is useful to know that in the case of iodine (magnesium as well) transdermally does not mean just topically, it also includes aerosol (direct application to the lungs) as well as for the upper and lower ends of the GI track, (colonics and oral use for treatment of oral and stomach cancers) as well as in douches for cancers of cervix and uterus.
Transdermal drug delivery is painless and convenient -- a big advantage
for patients who hate injections or forget to take their pills on time.
One of the principle reasons iodine is so effective for skin cancer is that, according to Dr. Simoncini, skins cancers are caused by Candida fungus, which has adapted itself to metabolising the most proteinaceous constituents of the epidermis and that therefore only rarely can it be treated with sodium bicarbonate solutions. Dr. Simoncini perhaps has the most experience with transdermal iodine in cancer treatment but even he did not realize that you can treat internal cancers through raising internal iodine concentrations through oral administration.
This chapter is going to put out quite strongly the message that iodine be used in all cancer treatments as a systemic medicine, not just topically for skin and breast cancer. For the same reasons iodine is effective for skin cancers it would be effective in helping combat cancers of all types. Using the right type of iodine allows us to bring up systemic levels quite strongly without toxic effect since the body desperately needs the iodine for a broad range of reasons.
Yes like water or anything else iodine can be considered poison but it is not any more poisonous to the body in appropriate doses than the appropriate amounts of water. Iodine is an essential nutritional substance that we have to have in sufficient quantities to beat the cancer process. It's an important part of life. Winning the War on Cancer has iodine and magnesium written all over the headlines, and both can be used transdermally, orally, intravenously, by aerosol, in both douches and colonics.
Povidone iodine has been used for cataract surgery antisepsis: 1% povidone-iodine solution used preoperatively. Also for chronic otitis media: 5% povidone-iodine ear drops, three drops taken three times daily for 10 days has been used. For upper airway sterilization: 1% povidone-iodine solution inhaled via nebulizer twice daily has been used, with gargle twice daily. It should be noted that povidone iodine contains surfactantants and sticking agents (polymers) making it more toxic/dangerous to use than the atomic (nascent) iodine, which is simply individual atoms of iodine suspended in a high grade alcohol.
Douche and vaginal suppositories containing 10% PVP-Iodine have been reported effective in the treatment of vaginal infections. These can be used both as a topical and therapeutic agent for the treatment of birth-canal infections and for various forms of vaginitis. PVP-Iodine has been reported as a very effective bactericide against organisms commonly found in the mouth and is able to destroy these within 15 seconds. Using a mouthwash/gargle product containing 0.5% PVP-Iodine is effective in reducing the bacterial flora in the mouth prior to dental surgery.
I use Lugol solution for iodine (either 6 drops in water or sometimes I put it directly on my skin. If it absorbs within a short period of time [hours] I know that I am deficient so I put it on every couple of hours until I get to the point of a 24-hour lapse when the color is still remaining on the skin--which is supposed to mean that my body has enough.) But, I find taking the drops a lot less bothersome and easier to remember. Nanncy Gianoulis
Transdermal Medicine works through percutaneous absorption, it's the process where substances move from the skin surface to its intended site of action or into the general circulation system. When tumors are not too deep inside the body we can saturate them through local topical application of magnesium chloride and iodine even as we bring up systemic iodine levels through oral administration. Magnesium chloride is always used along side of the iodine but it's a subject covered heavily in other chapters and in my Transdermal Magnesium Therapy book.
As sunlight hits the Earth and the agency of chlorophyll
brings green to the fore, the center of that chlorophyll
molecule is magnesium. It is the basis of the food chain
or the food web. Magnesium is the basis for cell economics.
Minerals for the Genetic Code
The iodine or magnesium chloride is applied (at different times of the day) to the skin's surface and then diffuses out of its vehicle into the stratum corneum. In the stratum corneum these minerals build a reservoir and defuses through the stratum spinosum. At this point they can metabolize and bind to receptors in the cells they touch and thus exert their effects. These minerals will then pass into the basement membrane zone and dermis binding to ever more receptors. From there they are delivered into subcutaneous fat, the circulatory system and achieve systemic absorption.
I have treated a number of sore and streph throats and loss
of voice; painting iodine on the outside of the throat clears all
within 24 hours. Iodine absorbs into the skin in about 6 hours.
Also works for ear problems and swollen glands.[ix]
Dr. Daniel H. Duffy said, "I have been using IODEX, an iodine containing paste applied directly to the skin for the past thirty two years to help break up the intercostal pain and palpatory soreness at the sternum often suffered by a high percentage of Midwesterners, especially female hypothyroids. I was also taught early on that it was common practice for veterinarians to rub IODEX on the fetlocks of horses to eliminate cystic formations. Women are instructed to rub IODEX into the sore spots at the intercostals at bedtime until the soreness disappears."
Topical iodine facilitates transdermal delivery of insulin.[x]
Though transdermal application of insulin is not ideal it is good to know that iodine will protect the disulfide bonds in insulin, and maybe that's one of the reasons high doses of iodine work to reduce insulin needs in people who have type 2 diabetes who still produce insulin. Researchers think that topical iodine protects the dermally applied insulin presumably by inactivation of endogenous sulfhydryls such as glutathione and gamma glutamylcysteine, which can reduce the disulfide bonds of the hormone. Thus, the effect of iodine is mediated by retaining the potency of the hormone during its penetration via the skin into the circulation.
Transdermal use of both iodine and magnesium chloride
are ideal methods of administration for children for
many reasons including ease of application.
Iodine preparations include aerosol sprays, gauze pads, lubricating gels, creams, solutions, douche preparations, suppositories, gargles, perineal wash solutions, shampoos, and skin cleansers and scrubs. Povidone iodine preparations are applied topically to the skin and to membranes, e.g. vaginal membranes, and in infected wounds and surgical incisions. The uses continue to be largely medicinal, though some iodophors are used in industrial sanitation and disinfection in hospitals, building maintenance, and food-processing operations. There has been some interest in the use of iodine for purification of potable water and swimming pools. Two other iodine-containing compounds, p-tolyl diiodomethyl sulfone and p-chlorophenyldiiodomethyl sulfone have been recommended as preservatives.
Iodine and iodine-containing compounds and preparations are employed extensively in medicine, eg, as antiseptics, as drugs administered in different combinations in the prophylaxis and treatment of certain diseases, and as therapeutic agents in various thyroid dyscrasias and other abnormalities. Iodine is a highly reactive substance combining with proteins partly by chemical reaction and partly by adsorption. Therefore its antimicrobial action is subject to substantial impairment in the presence of organic matter such as serum, blood, urine, milk, etc. However, where there is no such interference, non-selective microbicidal action is intense and rapid.
The use of conventional povidone iodine, i.e. compositions which have a povidone to iodine ratio of fewer than 10 to 1, typically 8.5 to 1, in vaginal treatments has been reported. Women being prepared for total abdominal hysterectomy were treated by insertion of povidone-iodine tampons that remained in the vagina until the end of the operation. Statistically significant decreases both in infectious morbidity and in the percentage of positive cultures from the cervix and vagina, at the time of the operation resulted from this use of povidone-iodine.[xi]
The use of povidone-iodine (`Betadine`) pessaries in the treatment of candidal and trichomonal vaginitis was reported by a Dr. Henderson who studied one hundred and thirty-five women suffering from trichomonal, candidal, or both infections simultaneously, were treated with povidone-iodine pessaries, 2 pessaries being inserted nightly. The results obtained were very encouraging, 92% of the trichomonal and 96% of the candidal infections being cured if treatments were continued for a month. Short treatments of only seven days were not effective.[xii]
From my women patients, I learned that fibrocystic breasts were most often a sign of estrogen dominance; relatively high estrogen and low progesterone. In my experience, using natural progesterone routinely solves the problem. I also recommend adding vitamin E in dosages of 600 IU at bedtime, supplemental magnesium (300 milligrams a day), and vitamin B6 (50 milligrams per day). I cannot recall a case in which the result was not positive.[xiii] Dr. John Lee
The incidence of fibrocystic breast disease in American women was 3 percent in the 1920s. Today, a minimum of 30 percent of women have this disorder, manifested by epithelial hyperplasia, apocrine gland metaplasia, fluid-filled cysts, and fibrosis. Dr. Miller puts the percentage as high as ninety percent. A minimum of six million American women with fibrocystic disease are thought to have moderate to severe breast pain and tenderness that lasts more than 6 days during the menstrual cycle. Fibrocystic breast disease, a benign (non-cancerous) condition characterized by round lumps that move freely within the breast tissue. These lumps are usually tender to the touch. In contrast, a cancerous growth in the breast is often not tender or freely movable when touched.
Though oral magnesium supplementation is recommended by many for the treatment of fibroid disorders no one has thought of applying magnesium transdermally to the breasts or to the skin to either treat or prevent such cancers from occurring. A personal friend of mine had severe fibroid disease in her breasts and I suggested that she apply Magnesium Oil (natural magnesium chloride solution) to her breasts. A month later she called me and said her problem resolved completely.
Russian researchers first showed, in 1966, that iodine effectively relieves signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease. Vishniakova and Murav'eva treated 167 women suffering from fibrocystic disease with 50 mg KI during the intermenstrual period and obtained a beneficial healing effect in 71 percent.[xiv]
Though this chapter is about transdermal iodine treatments we cannot possibly communicate about this without including the necessary magnesium treatment, which universally needs to go with the iodine that will push treatment effectiveness up a quantum level or two. It should be noted that iodine should also be supplemented orally in addition to local topical application. We use Nascent Iodine (atomic iodine) for this purpose
Tim Wilson, the president of Science Formulas, which makes Chelorex, which I consider to be one of the best natural chelation formula on the market, has used the Magnesium Oil on his skin cancer and has recommended it to others because it resolved his skin cancer and he has seen it do the same in everyone he has recommended it to. The reasons why this would be so are in the chapter on magnesium and cancer but the answers do not stop there. Because magnesium is fundamental to almost all of life's biological processes we find it at the heart of positive therapeutics, an essential item that cannot be neglected. (Chelorex is an important part of our cancer protocol because of its glutathione promoting effects as well as natural heavy metal chelation.)
Iodine applied via the vagina has been said to soften the breasts in minutes so iodine and magnesium chloride applied together through transdermal means would be the perfect duo in our fight against both breast and skin cancer. With the addition of the sodium bicarbonate treatments of Dr. Simoncini we have what could be considered a trinity in skin and breast cancer treatments. Of course treatment options do not end here and a full protocol is always desired if one wants to go over the top as far as survival rates are concerned.
There is plenty of evidence that women would have a lower incidence of cancer and fibrocystic disease of the breast if they consumed more iodine and other minerals like magnesium, selenium and zinc. A decrease in iodine intake coupled with an increased consumption of competing halogens, fluoride and bromide, has created an epidemic of iodine deficiency in America and this seems to be in part responsible for skyrocketing rates of breast cancer. It makes total sense that iodine, one of the nutrients that when deficient leads to breast cancer, would also help to cure it.
The ductal cells in the breast, the ones most likely to become cancerous, are
equipped with an iodine pump (the sodium iodine symporter, the
same one that the thyroid gland has) to soak up this element.[xv]
Dr. Donald Miller
Dr. Donald Miller points out that "Today 1 in 7 American women (almost 15 percent) will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Thirty years ago, when iodine consumption was twice as high as it is now (480 ?g a day) 1 in 20 women developed breast cancer. Iodine was used as a dough conditioner in making bread, and each slice of bread contained 0.14 mg of iodine. In 1980, bread makers started using bromide as a conditioner instead, which competes with iodine for absorption into the thyroid gland and other tissues in the body. Iodine was also more widely used in the dairy industry 30 years ago than it is now."
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2005, about 211,240 women were diagnosed with breast cancer - and 40,410 died from the disease.
Breast cancer survivors of chemotherapy are facing increased risk of heart disease; so much so that at least some doctors are debating if it's time to abandon a chemotherapy mainstay. Drugs called anthracyclines are a breast chemo staple despite the well-known risk: They weaken women's hearts. "In the process of curing their breast cancer, we've exposed them to some pretty nasty things. And it's not just one nasty thing, it's a sequence of nasty things," explains Dr. Pamela Douglas, a Duke University cardiologist. [xvi]
A malfunctioning thyroid gland is a precursor to many disorders
in females. With hypothyroidism, hormones such as LH, FSH,
and prolactin may be overly stimulated. (Lark 1996).[xvii]
Dr. Russell Blaylock is warning women about the orthodox ontological approach including its use of mammograms because they are dangerous and cancer provoking of the radiation being used. Most women depend upon that yearly mammogram to warn them of possible breast cancer. Yet, as Dr. Blaylock points out, studies show mammograms actually increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer from 1-3% per year, depending on the technique used. Now that may not sound like a lot. However, if you religiously undergo a mammogram every year for 10 years, you increase your risk from 10-30% (and some radiation experts feel the danger is much higher than that)
A woman's breasts are one of her most sensitive areas when it comes to cancers caused by radiation exposure. Modern medicine terrorizes women in a typical male oriented way using testing and treatments that cause cancer to treat breast cancer. Doctors have as little compunction in removing breasts as they do doing C sections or injecting women's babies with vaccines containing toxic poisons like mercury.
Dr. Blaylock continues saying that, "by the age of 50, a full 45% of women will have cancer cells in their breasts. This doesn't mean that all these women will develop breast cancer, because in most women these cancer cells remain dormant. What it does mean is that, if you are one of these 45% of women, you are at high risk of spurring these cancer cells to full activity."
A review of three clinical studies using sodium iodide, protein-
bound iodide, and molecular iodine showed clinical improvements
in FBD of 70%, 40%, and 72%, respectively (Ghent et al. 1993).
For women concerned about the prevention of breast cancer the same natural allopathic treatments used to treat cancer will prevent it. The clash in medical paradigms is intensely focused on this point. You cannot use surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy to prevent breast cancer because all of these cause cancer. On the other hand magnesium, iodine, selenium and ALA can be used to insure vibrant mammary health
The IMVA treatment for breast cancer combines transdermal magnesium treatments with transdermal iodine treatments to the breasts. When combined with sodium bicarbonate, selenium, ALA and clay packs one can beat this beastly serial killer of women, which breast cancer is. The IMVA protocol does not stop here but these substances represent the essential core treatment.
It just happens to turn out that breast, skin,
immune system, ovaries, prostate gland and brain
need more iodine than most of us receive in our diets.
In the case of breast cancer Dr. Simoncini says, "In the presence of a tumor of large dimensions, before performing the treatment with iodine solution, it is necessary to perform a cycle of subcutaneous infiltrations with sodium bicarbonate at five per cent under the lesion for the purpose of liberating the tissue from the possible invasion of the deep planes and of the basal lamina. If this is not done, we risk that the fungus, once destroyed at a superficial level, will defend itself by trespassing into those levels where a conclusive action of the iodine solution is impossible."
Video with Breast Cancer Patient Receiving Sodium Bicarbonate
"In cases where the tumor has invaded a coetaneous-mucous transitional zone like the anus, eyelids, vagina or mouth, it is necessary to perform a preliminary treatment of the mucous area with bicarbonate and then, after the elimination of the colonies existing there, proceed to treat the cutis with iodine solution. It is appropriate to highlight that the same type of therapy is to be applied also to psoriasis and to the known fungi afflictions. In fact, the difference between coetaneous mycosis, psoriases and tumors consists only of a variation of aggressiveness and thus of depth of rooting, since the causal agent is always the same: a fungus. Sometimes for the therapy, other corrosive salts can be used in function of the location in the body." Meaning the deeper the cancer the more one needs to rely on injected and bicarbonate IVs and other systemic approaches to treatment like oral iodine.
Dr. Simoncini has indicated that with iodine treatments for skin cancers that one should NEVER disturb or pick or scrape off the scab that forms over the spot treated, that doing so will spread the fungus, the scab MUST be allowed to fall off all on its own, even if only hanging by a thread.
The best iodine for transdermal use is the seven percent iodine but as of August 1, 2007 it is now a controlled substance regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) under the chemical regulatory provisions of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The DEA believes that this action is necessary to remove deficiencies in the existing regulatory controls, which have been exploited by drug traffickers who divert iodine (in the form of iodine crystals and iodine tincture) for the illicit production of methamphetamine in clandestine drug laboratories. So it is almost impossible to get the 7 percent solution. Weaker solutions will work but much more of it needs to be used. Many studies for transdermal use have been done with PVP-Iodine, which is appropriate for external uses only. The inexpensive tinctures available in drug stores are also for external use only being too toxic for internal applications.
It is important when considering using iodine transdermally to take into account the large amount lost by evaporation. The evaporation of iodine from the skin increases with increased ambient temperatures and decreased atmospheric pressure due to weather conditions and altitude. For example, the yellow color of iodine will disappear much faster in Denver, Colorado at 5,000 feet above sea level then Los Angeles, California at sea level, irrespective of the amount of bioavailability of iodine. For this reason Dr. Simoncini directs skin cancer patients to paint the iodine on twenty times.
To summarize Dr. Guy E. Abraham's findings:
1. Free iodine penetrates through the unbroken skin.
2. Approximately 88 per cent of the iodine evaporates from the surface so one needs to appy it liberally coating the skin from ten to twenty times depending on the condition being treated..
3. Colloidal iodine evaporates somewhat more quickly than tincture of iodine; Lugol's solution is more stable than either of them.
4. The influence of ambient temperature on the evaporation of iodine is significant: within the first minute, the losses of iodine by evaporation are: 10-15% at 9 c; 18-25% at 24 c; and 35% at 37c.
5. The remaining iodine on the skin following evaporation of 88% of the total iodine, approximately 12 per cent, is at the disposal of the body, and penetrates through the skin. The bioavailability of the remaining 12% of the skin iodine is very gradual.
A Swiss physician, Jean Surbeck, reports in the Price-Pottinger Nutrition Foundation newsletter that there is a simple home test to check your body's iodine level. He suggests taking a Q-Tip and painting an area about the size of a silver dollar with 2 percent tincture of iodine (from the drug store- get the kind that is not discolored). Since iodine will stain the skin yellow, you might want to paint it on your thigh.
If your iodine level is below normal, the stain will dissappear quickly. and keeping in mind the disclaimers of this test as you reported from Dr. Abraham above, some further statement is needed here. If your iodine level is below normal the stain will disappear quickly. The quicker the more desperate the body is for iodine. Such a test varies considerably depending on the type of iodine used, where it is used, and on the iodine levels in a ?person's body. My experience is that the atomic (nascent) iodine drops quickly through the skin when a person is deficient, which is another indication of its special properties. If the iodine just sits on the skin and stays wet you know the body is not needing or wanting any more iodine
Douche preparations containing povidone iodine are
widely used, and efforts have been made to treat and/or
prevent vaginal infections with povidone iodine.
But routine douching is not necessary to maintain vaginal hygiene; the preponderance of evidence suggests that douching may be harmful and shows an association between douching and numerous adverse outcomes. (See important notes on the dangers of douching.)[xviii] Providone iodine is not good for internal use and cannot be compared at all to atomic (nascent) forms of iodine.
In 1997, Zhang and colleagues reported the results of a meta-analysis of 6 studies of vaginal douching and cervical cancer. Four studies were conducted in the United States and published in 1979, 1986, 1987, and 1991; 2 in Latin America were published in 1990 and 1995. The combined results suggest an overall positive effect.[xix]
In November, a rare kind of breast cancer was found. A lady developed a rash on her breast, similar to that of young mothers who are nursing.
Because her mammogram had been clear, the doctor treated her with antibiotics for infections. After 2 rounds, it continued to get worse, so her doctor sent her for another mammogram. This time it showed a mass.
A biopsy found a fast growing malignancy. Chemo was started in order to shrink the growth; then a mastectomy was performed; then a full round of Chemo; then radiation. After about 9 months of intense treatment, she was given a clean bill of health. She had one year of living each day to its fullest. Then the cancer returned to the liver area. She took 4 treatments and decided that she wanted quality of life, not the after effects of Chemo. She had 5 great months and she planned each detail of the final days. After a few days of needing morphine, she died.
This woman left this message to be delivered to women everywhere:
Women, PLEASE be alert to anything that is not normal, and be persistent in getting help as soon as possible. Paget's Disease[xx] of the nipple: This is a rare form of breast cancer, and is on the outside of the breast, on the nipple and aureole. It appeared as a rash, which later became a lesion with a crusty outer edge. I would not have ever suspected it to be breast cancer but it was. My nipple never seemed any different to me, but the rash bothered me, so I went to the doctor for that. Sometimes, it itched and was sore, but other than that it didn't bother me. It was just ugly and a nuisance, and could not be cleared up with all the creams prescribed by my doctor and dermatologist for the dermatitis on my eyes just prior to this outbreak. They seemed a little concerned but did not warn me it could be cancerous.
Now, I suspect not many women out there know a lesion or rash on the nipple or aureole can be breast cancer. (Mine started out as a single red pimple on the aureole. One of the biggest problems with Paget's disease of the nipple is that the symptoms appear to be harmless. It is frequently thought to be a skin inflammation or infection, leading to unfortunate delays in detection and care.)
What are the symptoms?
1. A persistent redness, oozing, and crusting of your nipple causing it to itch and burn (As I stated, mine did not itch or burn much, and had no oozing I was aware of, but it did have a crust along the outer edge on one side.)
2. A sore on your nipple that will not heal. (Mine was on the aureole with a whitish thick looking area in center of nipple).
3. Usually only one nipple is affected.
Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
 Oxygen breeds reactive oxygen species, which include superoxide anion, hydrogen peroxide, and the hydroxyl radical. The hydroxyl radical wreaks havoc by reacting with lipids in the cellular membranes, nucleotides in DNA, and sulphydryl groups on proteins. In algae, in a species of kelp, Kupper et al. have shown how inorganic iodine works as an antioxidant. It neutralizes hydrogen peroxide by converting it first to hypiodious acid and then water, thereby blocking its conversion into the hydroxyl radical. These investigators found that kelp will absorb increased amounts of iodine when placed under oxidative stress. Other investigators have shown that iodide is a specific scavenger of hydroxyl radicals, and that it increases the antioxidant status of human serum similar to that of vitamin C. K?pper FC, Schweigert N, Ar Gall E, et al. Iodine uptake in Laminariales involves extracellular, haloperoxidase-mediated oxidation of iodide. Planta 1998;207:163-171.Murata A, Suenaga H, Hideshima S, et al. Hydroxyl radical as the reactive species in the inactivation of phages by ascorbic acid. Agric Biol Chem 1986;50:1481-1487. Winkler R, Griebenow S, Wonisch W. Effect of iodide on total antioxidant status of human serum. Cell Biochem Funct 2000;18:143-146.
[ii] Stolc V. J Biol Chem. 1979 Feb 25;254(4):1273-9.
[iii]Iodine and delayed immunity. Marani L, Venturi S. Minerva Med. 1986 May 7;77(19):805-9. It has in fact been administered to patients with tubercular granulomatous, lepromatous, syphilitic and mycotic lesions where it facilitates cure. This effect does not depend on iodine's action on the micro-organism responsible. Iodine may also be used in Villanova-Panol Panniculitis, in erythema nodosum, in nodular vasculitis, erythema multiforme and Sweet's syndrome. Oral iodine is also very effective in the lymphatic-cutaneous form of sporotrichosis.
[v] Quita from Atlanta, GA
[vi] Derry, DM. Breast cancer and iodine How to prevent and survive it. Trafford Publishing Victoria, Canada. 2001 page 89.
[vii] Nita, from St Pete, Fl
[viii] "For epithileomas, basaliomas and melanomas, the treatment to choose is iodine solution at seven per cent, as it is capable of precipitating the proteins of the body of the fungus and destroying them completely in a short time. If the lesions are fairly small, they must be painted with the solution 10-20-30 times twice a day for five days and then once for another ten days so that they become very dark. When the eschar is formed and it is higher than the epidermic plane, it is necessary to continue to paint under and above it, even if at first a strong pain is sensed."
[ix] Frank, from Palm Beach FL
[xi] Vaginal Preparation with Povidone-Iodine before Abdominal Hysterectomy, Zakut Z; Lotan M; Bracha Y, Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol 14 (1). 1987. 1-5.
[xii] Henderson JN; Tait IB Curr Med Res Opin 1975, 3 (3) p157-62.
[xiv] Vishniakova YY, Murav'eva NI. [On the treatment of dyshormonal hyperplasia of mammary glands.] [Article in Russian] Vestn Akad Med Nauk SSSR 1966;21(9):19-22.
[xvii] Another study looked at thyroid hormones and FBD. The data suggested that free T3 had an important role in the physiology of FBD (Martinez et al. 1995). To further examine this theory, a study looked at the levels of triiodothyroxine (T3), thyroxin (T4), thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), and prolactin (Prl) in FBD (Zych et al. 1996). The authors found that the T4 levels were significantly lower in women with FBD than in controls. They concluded that there seemed to be a connection between FBD and thyroid function (Zych et al. 1996). http://www.smile.org.au/prtcl-145.html
[xviii] Pregnant women should avoid douching. Intrapartum vaginal antiseptic lavage can be highly beneficial, but this is a completely different irrigation event than repetitive vaginal douching. There is no reason to recommend that any woman douche and, furthermore, women should be discouraged from douching. Research also shows that douching with povidone iodine is not necessarily the best way to go, as it has been associated with disruption of the vaginal flora to such an extent to actually cause proliferation of bacteria and a movement further up into the vaginal tract, entering the cervix, and into the uterus and pelvis, causing pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, preterm births, reduced fertility, and even cancer. Douches are much overused in this day and age. The effects of different solutions and devices must be considered in more detail. Perhaps there are adverse effects associated with douching if only certain solutions are used but less or no harm with other solutions. Routine douching for cosmetic and hygienic reasons is frequently carried out by adolescents and young women.[xviii] A representative from the Food and Drug Administration's Division of Over-the-Counter Drug Evaluation stated that the Agency considers vaginal douches to be both drugs (because they are sometimes used to treat disease) and cosmetics (because they cleanse and/or scent part of the body). From the Food and Drug Administration's review of epidemiologic studies on vaginal douching (considered published case-control and cross-sectional studies), a consistent moderate adverse or null effect of douching was noted; The evidence was considered highly suggestive that douching independently raises the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and cervical carcinoma. The National Women's Health Information Center claims that women who douche have increased bacterial vaginosis, sexually transmitted diseases, and pelvic inflammatory disease; that douching does not prevent pregnancy but may decrease fertility; and that douching increases the risk of low birth weight babies and ectopic pregnancy. They also state that the safest way to clean the vagina is to let the vagina clean itself, which it does by secreting mucus. During ovulation, the levels of circulating estrogens increase, the cervical os opens, and the cervical mucus becomes clearer and more profuse. Therefore, the risk of ascending infection from the pressure of douching may be greatest around the time of ovulation when the cervical os is gaping and the mucus is thin. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has a fact sheet on pelvic inflammatory disease that states that women who douche one or two times a month may be more likely to have pelvic inflammatory disease than those who douche less than once a month. Their fact sheet on sexually transmitted diseases states that, to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, sexually active women should avoid douching because douching removes some of the normal protective bacteria in the vagina and increases the risk of getting some sexually transmitted diseases.[xviii]
[xix] (pooled RR = 1.25, 95% CI = 0.99, 1.59). Among women who douched at least once per week, the pooled adjusted relative risk was 1.86 (95% CI = 1.29, 2.68).
[xx] Paget's disease of the nipple, also called Paget's disease of the breast, is an uncommon type of cancer that forms in or around the nipple. More than 95 percent of people with Paget's disease of the nipple also have underlying breast cancer; however, Paget's disease of the nipple accounts for less than 5 percent of all breast cancers