IODINE - new uses for an old mineral!
written by Tessa Jupp RN for the Post Polio Network of Western Australia

We all used iodine when we were kids - a scratch here a graze there - a dab of iodine on a cotton-wool ball made it better. They were right - it does!

Iodine was an old stalwart in theatre during my nursing training back in the 1960s.  Gowned and masked doctors and nurses liberally wiping the area for the scalpel, with an iodine soaked gauze dab held by artery forceps - to kill the germs.  And yes that is right, iodine is a powerful antiseptic.  Look on the next page to see how more recent studies show how it can stop the polio virus from entering and infecting the cells - and some doctors were using it in polio epidemic days.

My attention was drawn to this recently when I saw claims that iodine, painted on suspicious skin lesions can eliminate the risk of skin cancer.

So I tried it!  And it is working!

I have lots of potential skin cancer spots, a rare genetic skin condition my skin specialist told me 30 years ago, that may turn into skin cancer. So I have been painting iodine on a swab stick onto any spot on my skin that is dry or rough, discoloured, raised, skin tags, etc.  I have found that ordinary good skin just stains yellow.  Suspicious spots are staining darker and may sting for a while.  (I figure this means it is doing something.  I am using the iodine tincture.)  These areas, painted every day, eventually form a scab which when it comes off, leaves new good skin underneath that is no longer dry and rough.  Keep painting until you have good skin restored - may take 1-2 months.  I was also surprised to notice a reduction in ankle swelling occurring.  Apparently iodine helps with lymph drainage as well.
Like the skin on your body, the scalp renews itself every 28 days by shedding dead cells and allowing new, healthy ones to emerge. 

SO HERE’S WHAT TO DO to get more iodine.
Every day after your bath or shower, paint iodine on suspicious spots or on an area about the size of a $20 note.  Your body will absorb what it needs thru’ the skin.  When the stain is taking more than 24 hours to disappear, your levels have improved and you can stop painting for  a while.  Vary the spot painted to avoid irritating the skin.  For skin cancers and psoriasis, paint spot until new good skin comes & dry skin’s gone. Use spray for leg ulcers Paint cold sore or herpes at first sign to stop it forming

Chemists  may have a number of forms of iodine.  Betadine is a water soluble range that includes an iodine paint, iodine spray (useful for leg ulcers and wounds that are sore), iodine mouth gargle for sore throats, iodine cream and iodine ointment (useful for cold sores).  It is also available as a tincture (Gold Cross brand) for painting - this has potassium iodide as well which makes it a bit stronger.  All are now weak solutions so you may need to paint more of it.
written by Tessa Jupp RN
SKIN CANCER - any abnormal dry skin patch that doesn’t go away - try painting it with iodine daily.  But first -make sure it is not melanoma.  Any sore or lesion that refuses to heal should be regarded with suspicion and brought to the attention of your doctor.  Irritable skin patches that are of a reddish brown colour, a dominant coloured pimple or any spot at all that continues to grow even without any sign of discomfort should also be regarded with suspicion along with any abnormal growths or the appearance of patches of scarred looking tissue, even invisible ones.  If the doctor is not concerned about removing your suspicious area, paint daily with iodine for a month or so until the scab falls off and good new skin appears.
Basal Cell Carinoma - is the most prevalent which, if allowed to develop can be quite disfiguring, however it is not contagious and will not infect other body areas. BCC is mostly attributed to excessive exposure to direct sunlight, particularly during our childhood and as adults.  People with fair skin are particularly prone to BCC.


Squamous cell carcinoma -  is less common.  SCC can account for about a quarter of non-malignant carcinomas. They can pose a much more serious threat if left untreated, as they have the ability to spread to other parts of the body including the ears, lips, mouth, oesophagus, prostate, and cervix.  Early detection and treatment is essential in order to avoid serious disfigurement and possible loss of life.


Melanoma - is the least common form of skin cancer.  Be suspicious of any skin lesion that changes shape or colour.  It doesn’t have to be red, brown or black.  Some are just skin colour.  Melanoma is very aggressive and must be treated in its early stages.  It can spread rapidly to other parts of the body, be difficult to treat and result in death.

Iodine used for acute Polio in 1950s !!

Surprise! surprise!!
First I found Vitamin C was used in USA by Dr Klenner  1930s - 1950s to help cure polio, then Dr Neveu used Magnesium in France 1950s for polio and now Dr JF Edward, a Canadian doctor, used iodine in the 1950s to treat polio!

Dr Edward studied Canadian polio epidemics and concluded that polio is related to iodine deficiency.  Dr Edward then cured, as well as prevented, polio with small doses of iodine in the 1950s.

The Manitoba Medical Review published his work ”Iodine: its use in the treatment of poliomyelitis & allied diseases.” in 1954.

And more recent research on iodine and polio by: Alvarez et al: "Mechanisms of Inactivation of Poliovirus by Chlorine Dioxide and Iodine",  in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Vol. 44, No. 5, pp. 1064-1071, (1982).

Alvarez showed that, at pH=10, T=25° C. with a contact time of about 15 minutes, Polio 1 could be killed to the 90% - 99% level using about 1-2 ppm of iodine from a tincture.  He also found that iodine inactivates Polio 1 by not allowing it to penetrate the host cells of the body.  ( We know that the polio virus enters the cell using a polio-receptor gateway on body cells - obviously iodine stops entry there.)


But aside with the history of iodine with polio - what might it mean for us today?  There are many references to iodine on the Internet but if you want to start looking, I found and have used a lot of useful info from a website by Dr Mark Sircus OMD  Director International Medical Veritas Association, with his article: Iodine: Bring Back the Universal Nutrient Medicine

We all know that iodine is needed for thyroid function  but IODINE also helps with:  auto immune thyroiditis  incl Hashimoto’s and Grave’s Disease, fatigue, CFS, diabetes - corrects insulin levels, blood pressure - normalises readings, all cancers but particularly with breast, ovarian, uterine, prostate and skin cancer, polycystic ovary disease, fibrocystic breast disease, heart disease,  cold sores and herpes (& shingles - herpes zoster), fibromyalgia, infections, leg ulcers, psoriasis, headaches and migraines, depression and also reduces cholesterol.
Magnesium and iodine deficiencies are the causes of autoimmune thyroiditis.

Iodine deficiency in women predisposed them to breast cancer, and giving replacement Thyroid hormones to iodine-deficient women increases further their risk for breast cancer!
Two thirds of the body's iodine is found in the thyroid gland.  After the thyroid gland, the breasts are the second main glandular storage site for iodine.  The relationship between breast illness and iodine deficiency has been reported for over 100 years. 

And from work by endocrinologist Dr Guy Abrahams: Iodine is detected in every organ and tissue in the body. We might debate about the optimum dosage but we should find quick agreement that iodine is absolutely necessary for a healthy thyroid as well as healthy ovaries, breasts and prostate.
Iodine is as safe as magnesium chloride with a track record of 180 years of use in medicine.

In an age of increasing toxic exposures we all need more not less iodine because it has very specific protective effects against several common poisons like fluoride, bromide, and to a lesser extent it helps eliminate lead and mercury from the body.
Iodine is available in small amounts in some salts but  most of the iodine evaporates while sitting on the kitchen table. 

By Dr Derry:  Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all time.  It will also kill abnormal cells floating around in the body at remote sites from the original cancer.
Iodine in tissues provides an inhospitable environment for cancer cells to grow. It neutralises carcinogens, removes abnormal cells, kills viruses and neutralises toxins from micro-organisms.

Drs Abraham, Flechas and Brownstein tested more than 4,000 patients taking iodine in daily doses ranging from 12.5 to 50 mg, and in those with diabetes, up to 100 mg a day.  These investigators 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.”  and "We can expect even better results when iodine is combined with magnesium chloride.”