The End of Antibiotics and the
Rise of Iodine as an Effective Alternative
by Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
Eventually antibiotics are going to be seen as one of the worst things
to ever come out of pharmaceutical science because in the end, they
have made us only weaker in the face of ever increasingly strong super
bugs that are resistant to all the antibiotics doctors have at their
disposal. When we look at how deep the rabbit hole goes with
antibiotics, we will get sick in our souls. Antibiotics have fulfilled
their anti–biotic anti-life role leaving a long trail of death
and suffering in the wake of their use.
measles, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, pneumonia,
influenza, whooping cough, diphtheria and polio. All were in decline
for several decades before the introduction of antibiotics or vaccines
- Dr. Lawrence Wilson.
Antibiotics do not kill yeast. Many
women find after taking antibiotics, they get vaginal yeast infections
(because their normal bacterial balance has been lost). Antibiotics
bring on fungal and yeast infections thus will eventually be seen as a
major cause of cancer since more and more oncologists are seeing yeast
and fungal infections as an integral part of cancer and its cause. With
upwards of 40 percent of all cancers thought to be involved with and
caused by infections, the subject of antibiotics and the need for
something safer, more effective and life serving is imperative.
may be some time before we really enter the predicted "post antibiotic
era" in which common infections are frequently untreatable - Dr. Marc
Lipsitch et al. (Harvard School of Public Health).
Antibiotics kill all bacteria in the body, including the ones
antibiotic is a substance produced by certain bacteria or fungi that
kills other cells or interferes with their growth. In nature, these
substances help some microbes survive by limiting the multiplication of
other microbes that share the same environment. Antibiotics that attack
pathogenic (disease-causing) microbes without severely harming normal
body cells are useful as drugs but there does not seem to be any from
the pharmaceutical companies that do not do damage. Dr. Lisa
Landymore-Lin wrote all about this in her book Poisonous Prescriptions
asking, 'Do Antibiotics Cause Asthma and Diabetes?' We are now
beginning to question the role of antibiotics as a cause of cancer
since they do lead to pathogen overgrowth especially in the area of
yeast and fungi. Chris Woollams writes, "It is estimated that 70 per
cent of the British population have a yeast infection. The primary
cause of this is our love of antibiotics. Swollen glands? Take
antibiotics. Tonsillitis? Take antibiotics."
Two studies in the recent past have shown an association between the
use of antibiotics with higher incidence of breast cancer.
one study the increased risk was small, and the importance of the link
has been played down by UK breast-cancer experts, but the findings add
weight to recent studies that have found links between antibiotics and
other diseases. In the past few years, heavy antibiotic use has been
linked to the inflammatory bowel disorder, Crohn's disease, and to
children developing allergies such as Hay fever and asthma. And as we
shall see below, antibiotics play a hidden role in autism and other
The Journal of the American Medical
Association has reported a study on 10,000 women in which women who
took over 500 days of antibiotics in a 17 year period (dubbed 25 plus
doses) had twice the risk of breast cancer as those that took none at
all. Even women taking just one had a statistical risk increase to 1.5
The consequences of resistance in some bacteria can be
measured as increases in the term and magnitude of morbidity, higher
rates of mortality, and greater costs of hospitalization for patients
infected with resistant bacteria - Dr. Marc Lipsitch et al.
antibiotics are undiscriminating: in addition to "bad bacteria," they
also kill healthy bacteria which normally live in the intestines and
the vagina, and which are a necessary part of the indigenous flora to
keep the body healthy. When the "good" bacteria are killed with
antibiotics, then yeast, which is part of the normal flora of the body,
can begin to overgrow because the antibiotics have altered the body's
healthy terrain (internal ecological balance) allowing the yeast to
hyperproliferate and cause many far-reaching, toxic symptoms.
modern medicine so far continues to believe that antibiotics have
played an important role in staving off bacterial infections since
Alexander Fleming first discovered them in 1927. Many doctors are
finally beginning to see that the effectiveness of these so-called
miracle drugs has waned as some of the very bacteria they are meant to
control have been mutating into new forms that don't respond to
treatment. Many medical experts blame this phenomenon on both the
misuse and overuse of antibiotics in recent years in both human
medicine and in agriculture.
According to several studies,
obstetricians and gynecologists write 2,645,000 antibiotic
prescriptions every week. Internists prescribe 1,416,000 per week. This
works out to 211,172,000 prescriptions annually in the United States,
just for these two specialties. Pediatricians prescribe over $500
million worth of antibiotics annually just for one condition, ear
infections. Yet topical povidone iodine (PVP-I) is as effective as
topical ciprofloxacin, with a superior advantage of having no in vitro
drug resistance and the added benefit of reduced cost of treatment.
to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association, taking properly prescribed medical drugs was listed as the
third leading cause of death in the U.S. Antibiotics were listed in
this category because antibiotics can be deadly.
17-year-old St Margaret's College student in New Zealand has exposed
multiple antibiotic-resistant bugs in fresh chicken sold in
supermarkets? Jane Millar's discovery of a range of resistant bacteria
in chickens that could compromise antibiotic treatment in humans is an
important finding that the bacteria have developed resistance to
antibiotics not used in the poultry industry but important for treating
serious infections in humans.
We can create resistance to
medically important antibiotics by using antibiotics that are
presumably safe in agriculture - Jane Millar.
Jane bought six
fresh chickens - free-range, barn-raised and organic – from a
supermarket. She took samples from each bird and grew bug colonies,
which she used to test different antibiotics. Apramycin is an
antibiotic used sparingly by the New Zealand poultry industry to treat
infections. The bacteria of two chickens tested resistant to apramycin.
They also proved resistant to another two antibiotics from the same
family - gentamicin and tobramycin - used for serious human infections.
Gentamicin is not used by the poultry industry; tobramycin is
restricted to human use only.
A recent risk assessment study
commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
estimated that about 8,000-10,000 persons in the U.S. each year acquire
fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter infections from chicken and
attempt to treat those infections with a fluoroquinolone.
day, new strains of bacteria, fungi, and other pathogenic
microorganisms are becoming resistant to the antibiotics that once
dispatched them with extreme prejudice.
"We know that
antimicrobial resistance will follow antimicrobial use as sure as night
follows day," said Dr. John A. Jernigan, deputy chief of prevention and
response from the Center of Disease Control. "It's just a biological
phenomenon." It turns out that the indiscriminate killing of harmless
microbes damages the body in complex ways we are only beginning to
understand. Powerful antibiotics introduced into the complex
environment in our intestines cause mayhem, much like a series of bombs
tossed into a market square. Antibiotic resistance is a widespread
problem, and one that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention calls "one of the world's most pressing public health
One of the deadliest germs is a staph bacteria
called M.R.S.A., short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,
which lives harmlessly on the skin but causes havoc when it enters the
body. Patients who do survive M.R.S.A. often spend months in the
hospital and endure several operations to cut out infected tissue.
Hospitalizations associated with a drug-resistant form of a
Staphylococcus bacterium doubled over six years in the U.S. to nearly
280,000 cases in 2005. The death toll rose from 4,700 in 1999 to about
6,600 in 2005. It estimated that 94,000 Americans suffered invasive
MRSA infections in 2005 and that about 19,000 died.
One out of
every 20 patients contracts an infection during a hospital stay in the
US. Hospital infections kill an estimated 103,000 people in the United
States a year, as many as AIDS, breast cancer and auto accidents
combined. The vast majority of lethal cases occur in hospitals and
nursing homes, where open wounds and punctures provide the
opportunistic staph a ready path to the bloodstream and organs. The
dangers of infection are worsening as many hospital infections can no
longer be cured with common antibiotics.
than half the time, doctors and other caregivers break the most
fundamental rule of hygiene by failing to clean their hands before
treating a patient.
there has been an alarming epidemic caused by community-associated
(CA)-MRSA strains, which can cause severe infections that can result in
necrotizing fasciitis or even death in otherwise healthy adults outside
of healthcare settings," is the word coming from the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) research team, headed by Dr.
Necrotizing fasciitis is the so-called
flesh-eating disease that can destroy healthy tissue and even kill
patients. The team found that some strains on MRSA secrete a compound
called phenol-soluble modulin or PSM. It attracts immune system cells
called neutrophils, the researchers found, and then blows them up in a
process called lysis. Neutrophils are key immune cells involved in
clearing bacterial infections, so destroying them would allow the
bacteria to thrive almost unmolested.
"In the United States, CA-MRSA
is now the cause of the majority of infections that result in trips to
the emergency room. It is unclear what makes CA-MRSA strains more
successful in causing human disease compared with their
hospital-associated counterparts," they add.
When the peaceful
activities of a normal microbial population are disrupted, malevolent
bacteria may take full advantage of the opportunity to strike. The
intestinal infection C. difficile colitis, now rampaging through
hospitals around the world, is one of the worst such complication of
Clostridium difficile was first recognized as a
hospital microbe in 1978. By 1996, it had increased to 31 cases per
100,000 people discharged from U.S. hospitals. In 2003, the most recent
year for complete statistics, prevalence had risen to 61 per 100,000.
C. diff is part of the natural flora, or bacteria, in the colon. "We're
seeing all of the warning signs that this is the next MRSA," said
former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, founder of the Committee to
Reduce Infection Deaths, a Manhattan-based nonprofit. "It spreads like
wildfire in hospitals."
Clostridium difficile is a
spore-forming toxin-producing bacterium that is overtaking peoples'
large intestines from which it mounts an attack on the bloodstream.
Like MRSA, Clostridium difficile has become multi-drug-resistant.
Although once a bacterium that mostly affected elderly, hospitalized
patients, a bolder strain is crippling the robust. In emergency efforts
to save some patients' lives surgeons remove the entire large intestine
to prevent overwhelming infection.
One case had been treated by
a dermatologist for an ingrown hair on his back and prescribed an
antibiotic. He took only a few pills, but quickly became ill. Based on
what his doctors told him, the short course of antibiotics proved
sufficient to destroy virtually all the natural bacteria in his
intestine - except C. diff, which was freed to ravage his colon.
stethoscopes, blood-pressure monitors and other equipment are
contaminated with live bacteria. Yet doctors and nurses almost never
clean the stethoscope before listening to a patient's chest.
strikes precisely those hospitals which are more 'high-tech', and
handle more serious illnesses. Applying more disinfectant is not the
answer; some strains of germs have actually been found thriving in
bottles of hospital disinfectant! The more antibacterial chemical
'weapons' are being used, the more bacteria are becoming resistant to
them," writes Dr. Carl Wieland.
Health-care officials are
increasingly concerned about emerging new forms of drug-resistant
Tuberculosis (TB). According to the WHO, outbreaks of drug-resistant
tuberculosis are showing up all over the world and threaten to touch
off a worldwide epidemic of virtually incurable tuberculosis. An
October 1997 survey by the WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and
Lung Disease estimates that 50 million people are infected with a
strain of TB that is drug-resistant. Many of those are said to carry
multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, incurable by two or more of the
New DNA technology has found hundreds of
previously unrecognized species in the traditional stomping grounds of
the mouth and intestine, and traces of bacteria even in tissues
previously thought to be sterile.
Lessons from Autism
scientists at Arizona State University tell us that antibiotic use is
known to almost completely inhibit excretion of mercury in rats due to
alteration of gut flora. Thus, higher use of oral antibiotics in the
children with autism may have reduced their ability to excrete mercury.
Higher usage of oral antibiotics in infancy may also partially explain
the high incidence of chronic gastrointestinal problems in individuals
physicians are unaware of lasting adverse effects caused by routinely
prescribed medications such as antibiotics. Antibiotic therapy for
minor colds and runny noses is a common practice. People routinely
receive multiple courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics throughout life
or are injected with long-acting corticosteroid medicine for joint or
muscle pain. Once established, sub-clinical colonization with yeast in
the body may persist unrecognized for many years. Antibiotics, such as
tetracycline, can greatly increase yeast in the colon after only a few
The extensive use of antibiotics will make the condition
of Candida much worse because it reduces heavy metal excretion, which
is a food source for the yeast like organism and also killing the
beneficial bacteria at the same time.
Normally, candida albicans
lives peacefully in our intestines and elsewhere, in harmony with other
flora that keep the yeast in check. Take an antibiotic and all this
changes. By suppressing the normal flora, candida takes over and
problems begin. In its mild form, the result is diarrhea or a yeast
infection. Dr. Elmer Cranton says that, "Yeast overgrowth is partly
iatrogenic (caused by the medical profession) and can be caused by
antibiotics and cortisone medications. A diet high in sugar also
promotes overgrowth of yeast. A highly refined diet common in
industrialized nations not only promotes growth of yeast, but is also
deficient in many of the essential vitamins and minerals needed by the
immune system. Chemical colorings, flavorings, preservatives,
stabilizers, emulsifiers, etc., add more stress on the immune system."
with autism had significantly (2.1-fold) higher levels of mercury in
their baby teeth but similar levels of lead and similar levels of zinc.
Children with autism also had significantly higher usage of oral
antibiotics during their first 12 to 36 months of life. Reporting in
the July 11, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical
Association, researchers say the use of antibiotics as prevention
boosts risks for drug resistance while doing nothing to shield kids
from future urinary tract infections (UTIs). Giving antibiotics to
prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in small children not only
will not help but will hurt these children. Prior use of antibiotics to
prevent infection did boost the likelihood of developing a
drug-resistant infection by nearly 7.5 times. Indeed, 61 percent of
recurrent urinary tract infections were caused by a pathogen with
antibiotic resistance, the researchers pointed out.
In a 2005
study, the antibiotic Augmentin TM has been implicated in the formation
of autism. The study strongly suggests the possibility of ammonia
poisoning as a result of young children taking Augmentin. Augmentin has
been given to children since the late 1980's for bacterial infections.
physicians seem to be unaware that birth control pills comprised of the
hormones estrogen and progesterone can also make the body more
susceptible to fungal infections. If antibiotics are prescribed, it
acts as a double whammy to ensuring a fungal infection will take hold
by diminishing the protective bacteria in the intestines. Many pregnant
women seek medical treatment for minor problems and are
indiscriminately given antibiotics and this begins a long decline into
problems that are complicated at each turn by OBGYN doctors at birth
and by pediatricians who just love to poison children with the toxic
chemicals found in vaccines. In many places in the world they still
give mercury shots at birth.
Microforms poison us with their waste products.
The waste products are acetylaldehyde, uric acid, alloxin, alcohols, lactic acid, etc.
may be to blame for hundreds of children developing autism after having
the controversial MMR jab. More than two-thirds of youngsters with the
condition received four or more antibiotics in their first year, a
British survey has revealed. It is thought the drugs weakened their
immune systems, leaving them unable to withstand the impact of the
triple jab. Allopathic medicine has been stubborn and slow to look at
its abusive use of antibiotics. It's the same with vaccines, the holy
grail of medicine. But with last-line-of-defence antibiotics failing on
increasingly drug-resistant superbugs and young children's systems
being destroyed by them you would think they would wake up and find
Antibiotics are mostly derived from fungi and are therefore classified as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins Are Poisons.
Iodine - a Pillar Against Infections
offers a serious and potent replacement for much of the antibiotics
that are literally destroying people's lives and can be used safely
with children. Parents, who chose not to dose their kids with dangerous
vaccines will be glad to know that iodine can be very effective against
a host of viral infections that medical officials insist threaten
Though it kills 90 percent of bacteria on the skin
within 90 seconds, its use as an antibiotic has been ignored. Iodine
exhibits 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.
Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all time - Dr. David Derry
Derry says that iodine is effective "for standard pathogens such as
Staphylococcus, but also iodine has the broadest range of action,
fewest side effects and no development of bacterial resistance." There
is a world of difference between using an antibiotic – anti-life
substance – and an antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal substance like
iodine, which is life serving because it is a basic and most necessary
Iodine kills single celled organisms by
combining with the amino acids tyrosine or histidine when they are
exposed to the extra-cellular environment. All single cells showing
tyrosine on their outer cell membranes are killed instantly by a simple
chemical reaction with iodine that denatures proteins. Nature and
evolution have given us an important mechanism to control pathogenic
life forms and we should use it and trust it to protect us in ways that
"My husband Ron had a small infection at the
base of the nail. This very quickly turned nasty and our doctor agreed
it looked like gout. Three weeks later Ron heard back from his Doctor
who was in a mad panic saying Ron had septicemia. On seeing the surgeon
that same day the surgeon wanted to go in and cut the finger open end
for end and look at the finger and that she would probably have to take
it off anyway. Finally the Nascent Iodine we ordered arrived (my
husband was refusing to take antibiotics) He started on quite a hefty
dose of 15 drops while continuing to apply magnesium chloride
"Two days after starting the iodine there was
feeling starting to regenerate and pain again in the finger and Ron
thought it looked less discolored. Then the following day the swelling
had started to go down and the normal healthy pinkness was returning at
the base of the finger. Over a period of days it has progressively
improved with no other treatment than the iodine and magnesium
chloride. We also then made a poultice with a mixture of comfrey, honey
and garlic for a few days, then the Nascent Iodine dripped into a
Magnesium chloride is the only form of
magnesium known to have anti-infectious properties. When it comes to
fighting infections, iodine and magnesium chloride are a dynamic duo
that should not be overlooked by allopathic or naturopathic physicians
or by anyone else. I talked a few months ago to a missionary in Africa
who was using iodine (in the atomic or detoxified form) to successfully
treat malaria. My own children have recently had bad coughs and it is
iodine, not dangerous over-the-counter cough medicines I reach for.
feeling of security for a parent comes from administering substances
like iodine (Nascent and other forms) and magnesium chloride (natural
forms) to their children. Yes in dire emergency we would still use an
antibiotic when fever is high and all else has failed but until that
kind of critical point, iodine, backed up by magnesium chloride, sodium
bicarbonate and even clay, is our main line of defense against a full
range of pathogens.
Determining what is an appropriate use of an
antibiotic is a judgment call in which cultural, social, psychological,
and economic factors play at least as great a role as clinical and
epidemiological considerations - Dr. Marc Lipsitch et al.
way to combat antibiotic resistance is not bigger, better, stronger
antibiotics but, rather, no antibiotics at all. Instead, other
molecular weapons are available with the ability to disable bad germs
without bothering good ones. Iodine is the ideal broad spectrum
antibiotic that is not an antibiotic - it is not against life. Not
against human life that is but you can hear the little pathogens
screaming as high enough levels of iodine fan out through the system.
Meaning all the viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds that are
threatening us are threatened with instant death when iodine is used
orally to fight infection. It's hard to make a mistake with iodine but
with pharmaceutical antibiotics we are playing at the crap table hoping
our choice of which one to use works against the pathogen that is
actually threatening a person.
Infection depresses levels of vitamins B6 and C.
"The right dose of Vitamin C will stop every infection in its tracks without needing to use antibiotics" - Dr. Gary Gordon.
reason to avoid antibiotics, except in the most dire emergencies, is
that they interfere with the absorption of many vitamins and minerals,
leading to their deficiencies. Deficiencies in these nutrients can set
the stage for increased susceptibility to more infections.
Following is a list of the Drug/Substance and the Nutrients which are depleted by that substance:
* Antibiotics - (Nutrients Depleted) Vitamin A, B-12, C, E, K, Biotin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium
* Chelators - Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc
* Anticonvulsants - Vitamin B-2, B-12, C, F, K, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium
* Antidiabetics (Oral) - Vitamin B-2, B-12, C, D, Folic Acid
* Antihistamines - Vitamin C
* Aspirin - Calcium, Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium, C, B Complex
I was finally discharged from hospital, I still had a strain of
supergerm colonizing my body. Nothing had been able to get rid of it,
after months in hospital. However, I was told that all I had to do on
going home was to 'get outdoors a lot, occasionally even roll in the
dirt, and wait.' In less than two weeks of this advice, the supergerms
were gone. Why? The reason is that supergerms are actually defective in
other ways, as explained. Therefore, when they are forced to compete
with the ordinary bacteria which normally thrive on our skin, they do
not have a chance. They thrive in hospital because all the antibiotics
and antiseptics being used there keep wiping out the ordinary bacteria
which would normally out compete, wipe out and otherwise keep in check
these 'superwimps,'" wrote Dr. Carl Wieland
Dr. Weston Price, who studied the diets and health of many primitive
societies during the early 20th century, found that many primitive
people would eat food that has been dipped in water dissolved with clay
– in order to prevent upset stomachs from food poisoning. Two types of
clay are today commonly sold for consumption as health supplements –
bentonite and montmorillonite. These have been variously called "living
clay", "healing clay" or just "edible clays". Clay is highly
absorptive. It readily absorbs toxins, heavy metals, bacteria, virus
and fungi. But because clay itself is not absorbed by the body,
whatever it absorbs is passed out in the stools.
you know that a nutritional deficiency can cause a virus to mutate to a
more virulent form? That is the news from the United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) who are reporting that a human virus, normally
harmless in laboratory mice, mutated into a heart-damaging pathogen
when the animals were raised on a diet devoid of the essential element
selenium. And, once mutated, the virus continued to damage hearts -
even in mice that got ample selenium in their feed.
importance of this is not limited to nutritionally-deprived
populations, say researchers with the University of North Carolina and
Agricultural Research Service of the government, who collaborated on
the studies. In theory, one selenium-deficient person or animal could
produce a new family of virus mutants that could cross species and
spread worldwide, causing disease even in well nourished people.
USDA is now officially on record that nutritional deficiencies cause
viral mutations and they expect to find the same results with
vitamin-E-deficient mice because both selenium and vitamin E are
nutrients that serve as antioxidants in the body. This means that the
government is recognizing that free radicals and oxidative stress
affects the world of pathogens creating super bugs out of regular
critters. They are even going as far as saying that this may help
explain the many new strains of influenza virus arising in China, which
has widespread selenium-deficient areas.
The implications are
enormous for a form of medicine that understands absolutely nothing
about nutrition and the science of low level toxicity. Part of our
infection fighting arsenal needs to include selenium and ALA (Alpha
Lipoic Acid) and this is critical not only for maintaining glutathione
levels but also for the neutralization of mercury. Mercury provides the
ideal environment for viruses, bacteria, fungi and yeast infections.
Though most are in total denial of it, we are as a race being overrun
by mercury pollution that is everywhere in the air, water, food,
vaccines, dental amalgam and even beauty products.
When a person
is bitten by a snake, spider or scorpion it helps the doctors to know
which poison they are treating. One cannot say anything about health or
disease anymore without dealing with mercury and its rising tide. You
cannot treat infectious diseases in effective ways without dealing with
the soil of the infection, with the mercury and other chemical
toxicities that are driving the pathogens. A doctor needs to know his
poisons but most of them find their minds obscured by the denial of the
fact that most of the pharmaceuticals they use are mitochondrial
poisons. Modern medicine is lost when it comes to dealing with mercury
and in fact endorses its use in vaccines and dental medicine.
is one food that has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
and some scientific studies have found it to be at least as effective
as the popular anti-fungal drug, Nystatin, in destroying candida
We have to change our perceptions about infections and
infectious processes. We need to shift away from the competing
paradigms of pathogen vs. terrain. We need to deal simultaneously with
pathogen, terrain and poison. Certainly we need to deal with nutrition
and the use of concentrated nutritional substances that help us deal
safely and effectively with infections.
Much more could be said
about natural remedies and other substances like colloidal silver,
which is known to have antibacterial properties. I would choose iodine
first because the body needs it anyway where it does not need colloidal
silver. When we use concentrated nutritional substances as antibiotics
we are doing a lot more than confronting hostile pathogens. We are
supporting total body physiology as well as elimination of heavy metals
and other toxic poisons.
Nearly 500,000 people are dying yearly
in America due to infectious disease. It now ranks number 3 behind
heart disease and cancer in claiming American lives.
About the author
A. Sircus Ac., OMD, is director of the International Medical Veritas
Association (IMVA). Dr. Sircus was trained in acupuncture and oriental
medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Sante Fe, N.M.,
and in the School of Traditional Medicine of New England in Boston. He
served at the Central Public Hospital of Pochutla, in México, and was
awarded the title of doctor of oriental medicine for his work. He was
one of the first nationally certified acupuncturists in the United
States. Dr. Sircus's IMVA is dedicated to unifying the various
disciplines in medicine with the goal of creating a new dawn in
He is particularly concerned about the effect
vaccinations have on vulnerable infants and is identifying the common
thread of many toxic agents that are dramatically threatening present
and future generations of children. His book The Terror of Pediatric
Medicine is a free e-book one can read. Dr. Sircus is a most prolific
and courageous writer and one can read through hundreds of pages on his
various web sites.
He has most recently released his Survival
Medicine for the 21st Century compendium (2,200 page ebook) and is
racing to finish his Winning the War Against Cancer book. Dr. Sircus is
a pioneer in the area of natural detoxification and chelation of toxic
chemicals and heavy metals. He is also a champion of the medicinal
value of minerals and is fathering in a new medical approach that uses
sea water and different concentrates taken from it for health and
healing. Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, his first published work,
offers a stunning breakthrough in medicine, an entirely new way to
supplement magnesium that naturally increases DHEA levels, brings
cellular magnesium levels up quickly, relieves pain, brings down blood
pressure and pushes cell physiology in a positive direction. Magnesium
chloride delivered transdermally brings a quick release from a broad
range of conditions.
Note from Roy Gibbons:
Wright's Takoma clinic is the best source for iodine I know of. Each
drop of this liquid product supplies 19 mg of iodine - far more than
any others. http://www.tahomadispensary.com
Iodine for Health
by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD
is growing evidence that Americans would have better health and a lower
incidence of cancer and fibrocystic disease of the breast if they
consumed more iodine. 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.
the U.S. consume an average 240 micrograms (µg) of iodine a day. In
contrast, people in Japan consume more than 12 milligrams (mg) of
iodine a day (12,000 µg), a 50-fold greater amount. They eat seaweed,
which include brown algae (kelp), red algae (nori sheets, with sushi),
and green algae (chlorella). Compared to terrestrial plants, which
contain only trace amounts of iodine (0.001 mg/gm), these marine plants
have high concentrations of this nutrient (0.5–8.0 mg/gm). When studied
in 1964, Japanese seaweed consumption was found to be 4.5 grams (gm) a
day and that eaten had a measured iodine concentration of 3.1 mg/gm of
seaweed (= 13.8 mg of iodine). According to public health officials,
mainland Japanese now consume 14.5 gm of seaweed a day (= 45 mg of
iodine, if its iodine content, not measured, remains unchanged).
Researchers have determined that residents on the coast of Hokkaido eat
a quantity of seaweed sufficient to provide a daily iodine intake of
200 mg a day. Saltwater fish and shellfish contain iodine, but one
would have to eat 15–25 pounds of fish to get 12 mg of iodine.
comparisons between the two countries are disturbing. The incidence of
breast cancer in the U.S. is the highest in the world, and in Japan,
until recently, the lowest. Japanese women who emigrate from Japan or
adopt a Western style diet have a higher rate of breast cancer compared
with those that consume seaweed. Life expectancy in the U.S. is 77.85
years, 48th in 226 countries surveyed. It is 81.25 years in Japan, the
highest of all industrialized countries and only slightly behind the
five leaders – Andorra, Macau, San Marino, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
The infant mortality rate in Japan is the lowest in the world, 3.5
deaths under age one per 1,000 live births, half the infant mortality
rate in the United States.
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
µg 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.
iodized table salt is the chief source of iodine in a Western diet. But
45 percent of American households buy salt without iodine, which
grocery stores also sell. And over the last three decades people who do
use iodized table salt have decreased their consumption of it by 65
percent. Furthermore, the much higher concentrations of chloride in
salt (NaCl) inhibits absorption of its sister halogen iodine (the
intestines absorb only 10 percent of the iodine present in iodized
table salt). As a result, 15 percent of the U.S. adult female
population suffers from moderate to severe iodine deficiency, which
health authorities define as a urinary iodine concentration less than
50 µg /L. Women with goiters (a visible, noncancerous enlargement of
the thyroid gland) owing to iodine deficiency have been found to have a
three times greater incidence of breast cancer. A high intake of iodine
is associated with a low incidence breast cancer, and a low intake with
a high incidence of breast cancer.
Animal studies show that
iodine prevents breast cancer, arguing for a causal association in
these epidemiological findings. The carcinogens nitrosmethylurea and
DMBA cause breast cancer in more than 70 percent of female rats. Those
given iodine, especially in its molecular form as I2, have a
statistically significant decrease in incidence of cancer. Other
evidence adding biologic plausibility to the hypothesis that iodine
prevents breast cancer includes the finding that 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.
apply to fibrocystic disease of the breast. The incidence of
fibrocystic breast disease in American women was 3 percent in the
1920s. Today, 90 percent of women have this disorder, manifested by
epithelial hyperplasia, apocrine gland metaplasia, fluid-filled cysts,
and fibrosis. Six million American women with fibrocystic disease have
moderate to severe breast pain and tenderness that lasts more than 6
days during the menstrual cycle.
In animal studies, female rats
fed an iodine-free diet develop fibrocystic changes in their breasts,
and iodine in its elemental form (I2) cures it.
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 (it is reference 49 here).
Ghent and coworkers, in a study published in the Canadian Journal of
Surgery in 1993, likewise found that iodine relieves signs and symptoms
of fibrocystic breast disease in 70 percent of their patients. This
report is a composite of three clinical studies, two case series done
in Canada in 696 women treated with various types of iodine, and one in
Seattle. The Seattle study, done at the Virginia Mason Clinic, is a
randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 56 women designed
to compare 3–5 mg of elemental iodine (I2) to a placebo (an aqueous
mixture of brown vegetable dye with quinine). Investigators followed
the women for six months and tracked subjective and objective changes
in their fibrocystic disease.
A statistical analysis of the
Seattle study (enlarged to include 92 women) was done, which shows that
iodine has a highly statistically significant beneficial effect on
fibrocystic disease (P < 0.001). Iodine reduced breast tenderness,
nodularity, fibrosis, turgidity, and number of macroscysts, the five
parameters in a total breast examination score that a physician blinded
to what treatment the woman was taking, iodine or placebo, measured.
This 36-page report, now available online, was submitted to the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995 seeking its approval to carry out
a larger randomized controlled clinical trial on iodine for treating
fibrocystic breast disease. It declined to approve the study, telling
its lead investigator, Dr. Donald Low, "iodine is a natural substance,
not a drug." But the FDA has now decided to approve a similar trial
sponsored by Symbollon Pharmaceuticals. This company is enrolling 175
women in a phase III trial, registered on clinicaltrials.gov. (Any
women with fibrocystic disease reading this who might be interested in
participating in this study should call its sponsor, Jack Kessler,
Ph.D., at 508-620-7676, Ext. 201.)
Most physicians and surgeons
view iodine from a narrow perspective. It is an antiseptic that
disinfects drinking water and prevents surgical wound infections, and
the thyroid gland needs it to make thyroid hormones – and that’s it.
(When painted on the skin prior to surgery, tincture of iodine kills 90
percent of bacteria present within 90 seconds.) The thyroid gland needs
iodine to synthesize thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), hormones
that regulate metabolism and steer growth and development. T4 contains
four iodine atoms combined with 27 other atoms of carbon, hydrogen,
oxygen, and nitrogen, but owing to its large size accounts for 65
percent of the molecule’s weight. (T3 has three iodine atoms.) The
thyroid needs only a trace amount of iodine, 70 µg a day, to produce
the requisite amount of T4 and T3. For that reason thyroidologists say
that iodine is best taken just in microgram amounts. They consider
consuming more than 1 to 2 mg of iodine a day to be excessive and
Expert opinion on iodine is now the purview
of thyroidologists. Mainstream physicians and surgeons accept their
thyroid-only view of iodine and either ignore or discount studies that
show iodine in larger amounts provides extrathyroidal benefits,
particularly for women’s breasts. Thus a leading textbook on breast
disease, Bland and Copeland’s The Breast: Comprehensive Management of
Benign and Malignant Disorders(2003), fails to mention iodine anywhere
in its 1,766 pages.
Iodine has an important and little
understood history. This relatively scarce element has played a pivotal
role in the formation of our planet’s atmosphere and in the evolution
of life. For more than two billion years there was no oxygen in the
atmosphere until a new kind of bacteria, cyanobacteria (blue-green
algae), began producing oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis.
Cyanobacteria also developed an affinity for iodine. The most likely
reason is that these organisms used iodine as an antioxidant to protect
themselves against the free radicals that oxygen breeds (superoxide
anion, hydrogen peroxide, and hydroxyl radical). Studying kelp,
researchers have shown how iodine does this and have found that kelp
will absorb increased amounts of iodine when placed under oxidative
stress. Other researchers have shown that iodine increases the
antioxidant status of human serum similar to that of vitamin C.
also induces apoptosis, programmed cell death. This process is
essential to growth and development (fingers form in the fetus by
apoptosis of the tissue between them) and for destroying cells that
represent a threat to the integrity of the organism, like cancer cells
and cells infected with viruses. Human lung cancer cells with genes
spliced into them that enhance iodine uptake and utilization undergo
apoptosis and shrink when given iodine, both when grown in vitro
outside the body and implanted in mice. Its anti-cancer function may
well prove to be iodine’s most important extrathyroidal benefit.
has other extrathyroidal functions that require more study. It removes
toxic chemicals – fluoride, bromide, lead, aluminum, mercury – and
biological toxins, suppresses auto-immunity, strengthens the T-cell
adaptive immune system, and protects against abnormal growth of
bacteria in the stomach.
In addition to the thyroid and mammary
glands, other tissues possess an iodine pump (the sodium/iodine
symporter). Stomach mucosa, the salivary glands, and lactating mammary
glands can concentrate iodine almost to the same degree as the thyroid
gland (40-fold greater than its concentration in blood). Other tissues
that have this pump include the ovaries; thymus gland, seat of the
adaptive immune system; skin; choroid plexus in the brain, which makes
cerebrospinal fluid; and joints, arteries and bone.
medical establishment is wary of iodine (as they are of most naturally
occurring, nonpatentable, nonpharmaceutical agents). Thyroidologists
cite the Wolff-Chaikoff effect and warn that TSH (thyroid stimulating
hormone) blood levels can rise with an iodine intake of a milligram or
more. The Wolff-Chaikoff effect, a temporary inhibition of thyroid
hormone synthesis that supposedly occurs with increased iodine intake,
is of no clinical significance. And an elevated TSH, when it occurs, is
"subclinical." This means that no signs or symptoms of hypothyroidism
accompany its rise. Some people taking milligram doses of iodine,
usually more than 50 mg a day, develop mild swelling of the thyroid
gland without symptoms. The vast majority of people, 98 to 99 percent,
can take iodine in doses ranging from 10 to 200 mg a day without any
clinically adverse affects on thyroid function. The prevalence of
thyroid diseases in the 127 million people in Japan who consume high
amounts of iodine is not much different than that in the U.S.
agrees that a lack of iodine in the diet causes a spectrum of disorders
that includes, in increasing order of severity, goiter and
hypothyroidism, mental retardation, and cretinism (severe mental
retardation accompanied by physical deformities). Health authorities in
the U.S. and Europe have agreed upon a Reference Daily Intake (RDI),
formerly called the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), for iodine
designed to prevent these disorders, which the World Health
Organization (WHO) estimates afflicts 30 percent of the world’s
population. The RDI for iodine, first proposed in 1980, is 100–150
µg/day. Organizations advocating this amount include the American
Medical Association, National Institutes of Health’s National Research
Council, Institute of Medicine, United Nations Food and Agricultural
Organization, WHO Expert Committee, and the European Union
International Programme on Chemical Safety. These health authorities
consider an RDI of 100–150 µg/day of iodine sufficient to meet the
requirements of nearly all (97–98%) healthy individuals.
consensus on iodine intake flies in the face of evidence justifying a
higher amount. This evidence includes animal studies, in vitro studies
on human cancer cell lines, clinical trials of iodine for fibrocystic
breast disease, and epidemiological data. An intake of 150 µg/day of
iodine will prevent goiters and the other recognized iodine deficiency
disorders, but not breast disease. Prevention of breast disease
requires higher doses of iodine. Indeed, a reasonable hypothesis is
that, like goiters and cretinism, fibrocystic disease of the breast and
breast cancer are iodine deficiency disorders (also uterine fibroids).
Albert Guérard writes about new truths applies especially to iodine:
"When you seek a new path to truth, you must expect to find it blocked
by expert opinion." The reigning truth on iodine is that the thyroid
gland is the only organ in the body that requires this micronutrient,
and a daily intake considerably more than what the thyroid gland needs
is potentially harmful. The new truth is that the rest of the body also
needs iodine, in milligram, not microgram amounts. Tell that to a
thyroidologist and her response will call to mind this admonition on
These are the four most common formulations of
inorganic (nonradioactive) iodine, as iodide (I-), and with or without
molecular iodine (I2): Potassium iodide (KI) tablets, in doses ranging
from 0.23 to 130 mg; super saturated potassium iodide (SSKI), 19–50 mg
of iodide per drop; Lugol’s solution, 6.3 mg of molecular iodine/iodide
per drop; and Iodoral, each tablet containing 12.5 mg iodine/iodide.
Both Lugol’s solution and Ioderal are one-third molecular iodine (5%)
and two-thirds potassium iodide (10%). Studies done to date indicate
that the best iodine supplement is one that includes molecular iodine
(I2), which breast tissue prefers.
Iodine was used for a wide
variety of ailments after its discovery in 1811 up until the mid-1900s,
when thyroidologists warned that "excess" amounts of iodine might
adversely affect thyroid function. It is effective in gram amounts for
treating various dermatologic conditions, chronic lung disease, fungal
infestations, tertiary syphilis, and even arteriosclerosis. The Nobel
laureate Dr. Albert Szent Györgi (1893–1986), the physician who
discovered vitamin C, writes: "When I was a medical student, iodine in
the form of KI was the universal medicine. Nobody knew what it did, but
it did something and did something good. We students used to sum up the
situation in this little rhyme:
If ye don’t know where, what, and why
Prescribe ye then K and I"
The standard dose of potassium iodide given was 1 gram, which contains 770 mg of iodine.
KI and other iodine salts (like sodium iodide), the venerated 11th
edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 1911, states,
"Their pharmacological action is as obscure as their effects in certain
diseased conditions are consistently brilliant. Our ignorance of their
mode of action is cloaked by the term deobstruent, which implies that
they possess the power of driving out impurities from the blood and
tissues. Most notably is this the case with the poisonous products of
syphilis. In its tertiary stage – and also earlier – this disease
yields in the most rapid and unmistakable fashion to iodides, so much
so that the administration of these salts is at present the best means
of determining whether, for instance, a cranial tumor be syphilitic or
This 19th and early 20th century medicine continues to be
used in gram amounts in the 21st century by dermatologists. They treat
inflammatory dermatoses, like nodular vasculitis and pyoderma
gangrenosum (shown here), with SSKI, beginning with an iodine dose of
900 mg a day, followed by weekly increases up to 6 grams a day as
tolerated. Fungal eruptions, like sporotrichosis, are treated initially
in gram amounts with great success. These lesions can disappear within
two weeks after treatment with iodine.
For many years physicians
used potassium iodide in doses starting at 1.5 to 3 gm and up to more
than 10 grams a day, on and off, to treat bronchial asthma and chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease with good results and surprisingly few
There is a case report in the medical literature
of a 54-year-old man who, thinking it was iced tea, drank a "home
preparation" of SSKI in water that his aunt kept in the refrigerator
for her rheumatism. Over a short period of time he consumed 600 ml of
this solution, which contained 15 gm of iodide, an amount 100,000 times
more than the RDI. He developed swelling of the face, neck, and mouth,
had transient cardiac arrhythmias and made an uneventful recovery.
Guy Abraham, a former professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA,
mounted what he calls "The Iodine Project" in 1997 after he read the
Ghent paper on iodine for fibrocystic disease. He had his company,
Optimox Corp., make Iodoral, the tablet form of Lugol’s solution, and
he engaged two family practice physicians, Dr. Jorge Flechas (in 2000)
in North Carolina and Dr. David Brownstein (in 2003) in Michigan to
carry out clinical studies with it.
The project’s hypothesis is
that maintaining whole body sufficiency of iodine requires 12.5 mg a
day, an amount similar to what the Japanese consume. The conventional
view is that the body contains 25–50 mg of iodine, of which 70–80
percent resides in the thyroid gland. Dr. Abraham concluded that whole
body sufficiency exists when a person excretes 90 percent of the iodine
ingested. He devised an iodine-loading test where one takes 50 mg and
measures the amount excreted in the urine over the next 24 hours. He
found that the vast majority of people retain a substantial amount of
the 50 mg dose. Many require 50 mg a day for several months before they
will excrete 90 percent of it. His studies indicate that, given a
sufficient amount, the body will retain much more iodine than
originally thought, 1,500 mg, with only 3 percent of that amount held
in the thyroid gland.
More than 4,000 patients in this project
take iodine in daily doses ranging from 12.5 to 50 mg, and in those
with diabetes, up to 100 mg a day. These investigators have found that
iodine does indeed reverse fibrocystic disease; their diabetic patients
require less insulin; hypothyroid patients, less thyroid medication;
symptoms of fibromyalgia resolve, and patients with migraine headaches
stop having them. To paraphrase Dr. Szent-Györgi, these investigators
aren’t sure how iodine does it, but it does something good.
function remains unchanged in 99 percent of patients. Untoward effects
of iodine, allergies, swelling of the salivary glands and thyroid, and
iodism, occur rarely, in less than 1 percent. Iodine removes the toxic
halogens fluoride and bromide from the body. Iodism, an unpleasant
brassy taste, runny nose, and acne-like skin lesions, is caused by the
bromide that iodine extracts from the tissues. Symptoms subside on a
lesser dose of iodine.
As these physicians point out, consuming
iodine in milligram doses should, of course, be coupled with a complete
nutritional program that includes adequate amounts of selenium,
magnesium, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Done this way, an iodine intake 100
times the reference daily intake is "the simplest, safest, most
effective and least expensive way to help solve the health care crisis
crippling our nation," as the leader of The Iodine Project, Dr.
Abraham, puts it.
People who take iodine in these amounts report
that they have a greater sense of well-being, increased energy, and a
lifting of brain fog. They feel warmer in cold environments, need
somewhat less sleep, improved skin complexion, and have more regular
bowel movements. These purported health benefits need to be studied
more thoroughly, as do those with regard to fibrocystic breast disease
Meanwhile, perhaps we should emulate the Japanese
and substantially increase our iodine intake, if not with seaweed, then
with two drops of Lugol’s Solution (or one Iodoral tablet) a day.
Copyright © 2006 LewRockwell.com
Oil of Oregano Rivals Modern Antibiotic Drugs
By: Bill Sardi
January 18, 2008
pressed from oregano leaves that contain the active ingredient
carvacrol may be an effective treatment against sometimes
drug-resistant bacterial infection. Georgetown University researchers
have found that oil of oregano appears to reduce infection "as
effectively as traditional antibiotics."
Oil of oregano at
relatively low doses was found to be efficacious against Staphylococcus
bacteria and was comparable in its germ-killing properties to
antibiotic drugs such as streptomycin, pencillin and vancomycin.
[Science Daily 10/11/2001] The findings were presented by Harry G.
Preuss, MD, professor of physicology and biophysics, Georgetown
University, at the American College of Nutrition's annual meeting in
Orlando, Florida. The oregano oil was obtained from North American Herb
and Spice Company, a Waukeegan, Illinois company that sponsored the
study and markets their non-prescription products in retail stores
under the trade names Oregamax and Oregacyn.
Earlier this year
researchers at the Department of Food Science at the University of
Tennessee reported that, among various plant oils, oil of oregano
exhibited the greatest antibacterial action against common pathogenic
germs such as Staph, E. coli and Listeria. [Journal Food Protection,
Volume 64, July 2001] Last year British researchers reported oregano
oil had antibacterial activity against 25 different bacteria. [Journal
Applied Microbiology, Volume 88, February 2000] A clinical study in
Italy has shown that oil of oregano can be used to treat intestinal
parasites. [Phytotherapy Research, Volume 14, May 2000]
of positive evidence for oregano oil as a major antibiotic is growing.
Among 52 plant oils tested, oregano was considered to have
"pharmacologic" action against common bugs such as Candida albicans
(yeast), E. coli, Salmonella enterica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
[Journal Applied Microbiology, volume 86, June 1999] Pseudomonas is a
type of germ that is getting more difficult to treat as it has
developed strains that are resistant against antibiotic drugs.
recent interest are reports showing that carvacrol from oil of oregano
kills spores, such as Bacillus cereus and Bacillus anthracis (anthrax).
[Archives Microbiology, Volume 174, October 2000; Quarterly Review
Biology, Volume 73, March 1998] Bacillus cereus is considered to be
from the same species as Bacillus anthracis (anthrax). [Applied
Environmental Microbiology, Volume 66, June 2000] In tests of
antibiotics and antiseptics, Bacillus cereus is often used in studies
in lieu of the anthrax strain. [University of Michigan News &
Information Service, Sept. 23, 1998]
Oil of oregano is not to be
confused with common oregano in the kitchen spice cupboard, which is
usually marjoram (Origanum majorana or O. vulgare) rather than true
oregano (Origanum vulgare).
The growing problem of antibiotic
resistance has health authorities concerned. Already various germs are
showing resistance to vancomycin, particularly to intestinal bacteria
(Enterococcal species) among hospitalized patients. [Southern Medical
Journal, Volume 94, August 2001] Vancomycin is considered to be the
most potent antibiotic available and is withheld from use as a drug of
last resort. Vancomycin costs about $16 per pill versus about $1 for
the purest-strength oregano oil. Drug resistance does not develop
against naturally-occuring antibiotics such as garlic and oil of
Bill Sardi [send him mail] is a health journalist at www.askbillsardi.com.
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