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  • Kylie

    Can you buy Lugols in NZ now? Last time I had to get it shipped over from Oz as the govt doesn’t want us to have the full strength stuff.

  • I was very aware of the need for magnesium and potassium but not iodine for my diet. With cancer in the family, I will do my research. Thank you.

  • Andrew

    I am aware that some iodine is absorbed through the skin, but my question is, what evidence do you have that iodine will not be absorbed when it is not necessary for the body, or even at risk of possible toxicity? The study I have done suggests that iodine (yellow) is gradually reduced by chemical reactions in the skin to Iodide which is colourless. Up to 12% of painted on Iodine is apparently absorbed meaning that daily applications could cause much more than the recognised amount of 2g/day being absorbed if the area applied to is too large. The following website outlines much of the issue
    My concern is that if Iodine on the skin turns clear regardless of the bodies necessity for iodine, and actually has no mechanism for keeping the iodine/iodide from being absorbed then the risk of thyrotoxicosis could be very real. I basically want to see proof of people applying iodine to the skin and the yellow colour remaining for at least a day afterwards supporting the idea that application to the skin is always harmless. Many Thanks

    • Hi Andrew … apologies for the delay in replying to your comment. We have passed your query to the manufacturers of Salud Health ThyRadGard Transdermal Iodine and are currently awaiting their response. As soon as we have one, we’ll post it for you. Many thanks for your patience, Anya

    • Hi again Andrew – here is the response from our naturopath. Best wishes, Anya

      Hi Andrew, Thanks for your inquiry and my apologies for the delay with this reply. I am responding with my own thoughts and that of the supplier of the Salud Transdermal Iodine as well.

      Iodine is not as toxic or dangerous as the medical profession have thought it to be and it would take a very large area of the body to induce a toxic state. The author of the webpage you have directed me to also says in another article:

      “Of all the elements known so far to be essential to health, Iodine is the most misunderstood and the most feared. Yet, it is by far the safest of all the trace elements known to be essential for human health. It is the only trace element that can be ingested safely in amounts up to 100,000 times the RDA. For example, potassium iodide has been prescribed safely to pulmonary patients in daily amounts of up to 6.0gms/day, in large groups of such patients for several years. It is important however to emphasize that this safety record only applies to inorganic non radioactive iodine/iodide, not to organic iodine containing drugs and to radioiodides.
      Abraham Guy E. MD., Jorge D. Flechas M.D. and John C. Hakala R.Ph. “Orthoiodosupplementation: Iodine Sufficiency Of The Whole Human Body.”

      There is another doctor in the US who is a huge proponent of iodine supplementation if you are interested:
      Iodine does not actually cause thyrotoxicosis and the supplementation of iodine on a reasonable size on the skin would not be harmful in any way.
      If you still have concerns about this, you may want to contact Abraham Guy directly for his opinion.
      Kind regards, Kristie Laurantus, BNat.

  • Zandra Gibbs

    Hi. Could you please give me some clarification for the instructions for use. “Apply to an area of skin, such as the sole of your foot. Reapply until colour no longer fades within 24 hours.” Does that mean reapply when it fades within the 24 hours, mine faded within 6 hours, or reapply daily? And when it no longer fades within 24 hours do I stop using it? Thanks for your help with this.

    • Hi Zandra, thanks for your inquiry. These instructions are a little ambiguous – our understanding is to reapply the iodine daily if the colour has faded within 24 hours. If the colour stays beyond 24 hours you do not need to keep applying the iodine. Just do another test patch in a month or so. Please let us know if you have any further questions. Best wishes, Anya