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Lugols Iodine was devised by French physician J G A Lugol during 1829. Dr Lugol needed substances that would treat infections. He discovered that iodine is very effective against all micro organisms. He used a 1:2 ratio of iodine to potassium iodide in a solution of water. It is still widely used today.
What is Iodine?
You’ve most likely heard of Iodine, but you may not know exactly what it is. Iodine is a chemical element of the periodic table with the symbol I and atomic number 53. It is a water soluble mineral found in some foods, a non metallic element forming black crystals and a violet vapour. It is often confused with salt, but the two are actually very distinct. In terms of chemistry, salt is classified as a crystal, and is composed of two elements, which are sodium and chloride. Iodine, on the other hand is a mineral.
Where is it in the Natural World?
Iodine is rare in the earth’s crust. It is primarily retrieved from underground brines. Seawater contains 0.05 parts per million, which means that there are approximately 35 billion kilogram's of iodine in the world’s seas. Iodine was first discovered in Seaweed. The earth's soils contain varying amounts of iodine, which in turn affects the iodine content of crops. In some regions of our world, iodine deficient soils are very common, increasing the risk of iodine deficiency among people who consume foods from those areas.
Iodine is a component of almost every living thing. Standard measurement of Iodine in food cannot be calculated because iodine concentrations vary from Country to Country. Iodine rich foods include fish, algae and seaweed, such as kelp, which has the highest iodine content of all foods. One serving offers 4 times the daily minimum requirement. 1 tablespoon of Kelp contains about 2000/mcg of iodine. Iodized salt contains roughly 40 milligrams per teaspoon. Sea salt also contains varying degrees of iodine.
Foods that contain iodine include:
85g Haddock : 104-145 micrograms
1 slice of Bread : 25-60 micrograms
½ cup Cottage Cheese : 26-71 micrograms
Eggs and most dairy products are also a good source of iodine.
Benefits to Human Health
This mineral is vital to health. It is needed to make hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) in the thyroid gland, located at the front of the base of the neck, which regulates our metabolic rate. These hormones are needed for many body processes including growth.
An iodine deficiency can result in hypothyroidism, which leads to the enlargement of the thyroid gland, which is called goiter. These are very common today, once you are aware of this problem and start to look for it you will see just how common it is among the population. Research has shown that a lack of dietary iodine may lead to lethargy, fatigue, weakness of the immune system, slow metabolism, autism, weight gain and possibly even mental states such as anxiety and depression.
It is a highly effective topical antimicrobial that has been used clinically in the treatment of wounds for over 170 years and is of course the main constituent of povidone- iodine which is universally used as a pre surgical skin disinfectant.
Instructions for Use
IODINE PATCH TEST INSTRUCTIONS.
Use lugols Iodine to paint a thumb size circle on the inside of your wrist or inner arm, and note the time.
Check the coloration of the patch which indicates it's absorption rate into the body, over the next 24 hours.
INTERPRETING THE RESULT ….
1. Patch begins to slightly lighten after 24 hours - NORMAL
2. Patch disappears, in 18-24 hours – MILD DEFICIENCY
3. Patch disappears in 12-18 hours – MODERATE DEFICIENCY
4. Patch disappears, in 6-12 hours - SEVERE DEFICIENCY
5. Patch disappears, in under 6 hours - VERY SEVERE DEFICIENCY
You can repeat this test every day for a maximum of 2 weeks to monitor your need for iodine. Allow one week then repeat until the iodine is absorbed within 6 hours. Re apply once every 2 weeks once iodine levels are normalised.
DO NOT TAKE LUGOLS IODINE ORALLY WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISION.
For more information contact me at qualifiednaturopath.com or call me on 01398 351410 to arrange an initial 15 minute consultation. Prior to the consultation appointment I will email you a full health history and lifestyle questionnaire form for you to complete and return. Within 3 days of our telephone conversation I will devise a treatment program specifically for your situation.
Is Tap Water Our Poison?
Tap water is very unhealthy not just because it contains fluoride in some areas of the UK, chlorine and lots of other additives poisonous to life but there are a great deal of pollutants that simply are not removed by the water companies. These include hormones from the contraceptive pill and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). From tap water samples taken in the U.K. benzotriazole and tolytriazole were among the many chemicals detected in all 80 samples analysed.
See http://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/news-items/ne_64256 for the full study conducted by Brunel University.
As we are made mostly of water, it makes perfect sense that we should use the cleanest possible source we can find. Water pumped through metal pipes, be they copper or lead, or even ceramic, is not a good solution for drinking water.
Un processed water flows down streams, waterfalls and rivers. Many scientists believe that this movement not only helps to add natural minerals but also 'charges' the water in the Earth's natural magnetic field. This has been confirmed using cryogenic flash freezing of water and viewed using a dark field microscope.`
There are various different ways to clean polluted water:
The four main types are:
Activated carbon filters can clear away certain organic contaminants that affect taste and smell. Some systems are also designed to eliminate chlorination byproducts, solvents, and pesticides, or certain metals such as lead or copper.
Ion exchange units with activated alumina can extract minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which make water hard. This is often used in combination with another filtration method, such as carbon absorption or reverse osmosis.
Reverse osmosis units with carbon can clear away nitrates and sodium as well as pesticides and petrochemicals.
Distillation units which boil water and condense the steam, creating distilled water.
Our preferred solution is to filter our water using a pre filter and Aquasana rhino which gives us water that I feel is pure enough to wash, shower and bathe with.
For drinking and cooking we then use a Pure Water midi classic plumbed in distiller and Nikken pi mag optimizer to replace minerals and "charge" the water.
Please see our product page for full details of this equipment.
These are pre filters that remove the large contaminants from our mains supplied tap water, on the left is a filter after 4 weeks use, on the right a new unused filter. Clearly there is mud, soil, sand and no doubt another very common brown substance in our tap water.
Colloidal silver is a liquid solution and is created by electrolysis to suspend elemental silver (in groups of particles 15 atoms or fewer, each with a positive electric charge) attached to simple protein molecules, in distilled water. Colloids of silver should remain suspended, as opposed to sinking to the bottom, as the electric charge is stronger than gravity. High quality colloidal silver should therefore not require shaking before use, or be dark in colour. Pale yellow colloidal silver is optimum as the particle size affects the colour of the solution. Larger particles produce a darker coloured liquid, and so aren't easily absorbed by the body.
Colloidal silver is thought to suffocate single celled organisms by disabling their oxygen metabolism enzyme. This allows the bodies own immune system to become more effective at removing these pathogenic, residues and thereby become more effective at fending off disease.
How it Works
Proponents of colloidal silver claim that it is effective against every virus and illness and that it has never reacted dangerously with other medications. Scientific studies have shown that pure silver quickly kills bacteria. It even kills the super-bacteria that evolve after conventional disinfecting agents kill the weak strains of bacteria. Silver acts as a catalyst and disables an enzyme that facilitates actions inside cells. It is not consumed in the process so it is available to keep working again and again. The enzyme silver destroys is required by bacteria, viruses, yeast, anaerobic and mould. (Unfriendly bacteria tend to be anaerobic and friendly bacteria aerobic). This is the action that destroys pathogens. It stops them from using the body's own cells as vehicles for replication. Colloidal silver creates an environment that makes it impossible for pathogens to survive and multiply.
Since it is not designed to combat a specific pathogen but rather works against the very nature of their life cycles, it is an effective preventative agent against all illnesses caused by all pathogens including future mutations. There is no known disease-causing organism that can live in the presence of even minute traces of colloidal silver. Laboratory tests show that virus, anaerobic bacteria and fungus organisms are all killed within minutes of contact. Parasites are also killed whilst still in their egg stage. Colloidal Silver is effective against influenza, colds, fermentation, infections and parasitic infestations.
Colloidal Silver is touted as a treatment for AIDS and HIV. These claims have not been recognised by the medical community but there is no denying the lengthy survival rates of some AIDS patients who swear by colloidal silver.
The same mechanism that hinders the replication of pathogens also seems to prevent the body from developing cancer. Cancerous tumours form when the cells' internal regulators stop working. The cells divide at a rate that outstrips the body's need for them. Colloidal silver recalibrates cells' rates of division.
When colloidal silver is used as a bacterial preventative and broad-spectrum viral it may cure other seemingly unrelated ailments. People who have sustained severe burns can use colloidal silver to promote healthy cell growth and fend off infections. It reduces the appearance of acne that is bacterial in origin. It helps maintain a healthy digestive environment and it maximises the amount of nutrients that the body is able to extract from food. Colloidal silver makes it impossible for parasites to flourish and lay their eggs.
Colloidal Silver is also effective as a digestive aid when taken with meals as it stops fermentation of food in the stomach and intestines. Fermentation can occur if food sits there for too long and this can lead pain, gas, bloating, reflux and indigestion, so taking silver can help avoid all these unpleasant symptoms which a lot of people suffer with after meals.
Silver has also been known to filter out impurities and to destroy water-borne parasites.
Organic herbal decoction Not branded Essiac
In the mid 1920s a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse saw an elderly patient who exhibited scar tissue, that she stated came from her breast cancer which she told her had been cured by a medicine man from the Ojibwe tribe using a traditional herbal formula. A year later Rene's aunt was given a terminal diagnosis of stomach and liver cancer, she approached her aunt's doctor and her aunt went to live another 21 years after using the same Ojibwe herbal tea. Nurse Caisse spent many years refining and perfecting the formula which consists of Sheep Sorrel (arial parts and essentially the fresh and dried roots), Burdock Root, Slippery Elm bark and Turkey Rhubarb root. This came to be named Essiac Tea after her but now Essiac is a trade marked name owned by a Canadian company, meaning people such as ourselves who follow the recipe to the letter, as we did when one of our children had a stage 4 cancer, using no additives, only sterile equipment, purified water and organic herbs have had to modify the name of our herbal decoction.
Rene Caisse used the formula on cancer patients for many years having the backing of many Canadian doctors but the Canadian authorities never allowed the formula to be legally used to treat cancer. There are untold testimonials from around the world from cancer survivors of it's efficiency but the law is the same in most places and no claims can be made on the medical effects of this decoction of herbs toward cancer treatment.
This formula is also used widely as it has the highest known antioxidant effect due to it's combination of vitamins A, C and E, Beta-Carotene, Tannins and Selenium. It also helps ward off cardiovascular disease and age related macular degeneration. It possesses immune system boosting qualities, anti-inflammatory effects as well as fighting off bacterial and fungal attacks on the body. It can be drunk as a daily tonic, as we do here, having a palatable taste and preventing many of the conditions that make way for later health problems.
This decoction should be consumed fresh, studies have shown that tinctures of it do not have the same anti bacterial or anti inflammatory results as the fresh brewed herbs. All of our's is fresh brewed in small batches using meticulously clean processes, sterilised equipment and is brewed by an expert with ten years of constant practice. We buy in organically grown herbs and harvest our own Sheep Sorrel, making sure we use the fresh and powdered root, about which Rene Caisse famously said “without it it is no good”. Sheep Sorrel root is very difficult indeed to source, try for yourself, Sadly, most commercial producers of Essiac Tea would appear not to use it at all, this is why we include photos of the Sheep sorrel to prove that ours is absolutely genuine and the best it can possibly be.
P.S. our son is now fully recovered and has been for well over 10 years.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Normally oxygen carried by red blood cells dissolves into plasma, central nervous system fluids, the lymph and bone so getting to areas where circulation is compromised or blocked. Oxygen will help the body's damaged areas heal themselves by enhancing white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduce swelling and promote the growth of new blood cells. Circulation problems, non-healing wounds and strokes are all made worse by the body's inability to repair itself due to low oxygen levels in the affected area. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy(HBOT) is designed to distribute oxygen throughout the body to overcome such problems.
HBOT has many modern medical applications, it has antibiotic properties, treats strokes, cerebral palsy, head injuries, chronic fatigue, air or gas embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning, crush injuries, decompression sickness(the bends), compartment syndrome(a painful swelling of a section of muscles), gas gangrene(a condition where bacteria causes gas and toxins within the body), inter cranial abscesses, necrotising soft tissue infection, osteoradionecrosis(where the bones don't heal due to large radiation doses), osteomyelitis(a painful bone infection), skin grafts and thermal burns.
It is also used in the treatment of autism, lyme disease, migraines, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and for recuperation after plastic surgery.
The process involves breathing 100% oxygen while under increased atmospheric pressure. This dissolves oxygen into the plasma enabling it's distribution throughout the body. It's use goes back to the 1600s when a British clergyman called Henshaw built the Domicilium, which was pressurised or de-pressurised with bellows and has been adapted and advanced until we arrive at modern hyperbaric chamber
Diatomaceous Earth is the name given to the sedimentary layer formed millions of years ago by the compression of algae like plants. It takes the form of a white, chalky powder which has several health benefits. It is made mostly from silica, a naturally occurring chemical compound, that is essential to the healthy function of the vital organs and is required by cartilage, bones, blood vessels and tendons. The soil that crops grew in used to be our major source of silica but these days intensive farming methods mean that we only get about a third of our required intake from the plants we consume. It can also be used as a toothpaste or skin exfoliator due to its abrasive structure, removing dead skin cells to rejuvenate the skins appearance. One of the most popular current uses of D.E is as a cleanser and detoxifier, removing internal parasites and increasing collagen production which will add up to a healthy functioning digestive system. It also helps regulate cholesterol levels, blood pressure and promote growth of strong nails and fuller hair. D.E also has a popular role these days in the treatment of livestock and pets for internal parasites and for ridding their bedding or living quarters of external parasites such as fleas or mites. Our D.E is fresh water sourced, food grade and as such is suitable for use by humans or animals.
Zeolite is a mineral with a natural cage like structure which makes it useful for trapping and extracting unwanted material such as heavy metals or other toxins from the body. It has a negative charge which attracts these substances to it so allowing extraction. Commercial grade zeolite is milled upon extraction, reducing the particle size to one that does not go below 20 microns. This is the cheaper and easier way to produce zeolite, however for human consumption a smaller particle size is recommended.. Milling is a more technical approach to reducing zeolite and will produce a particle size of between 0-20 microns, also keeping the cage structure intact, allowing the zeolite to trap unwanted toxins.
It works as a chelator by trapping heavy metals and expelling them through the urine without disrupting the body's natural balance of electrolytes. Lactic acid is also eliminated meaning it has great use in helping the muscles recover from the fatigue of overuse. Zeolite is also used to improve liver function, normalise blood sugar, balance ph levels, tame allergies and asthma, improve digestion, regulate blood pressure and for it's antioxidant qualities. It also functions as an immune modulator, stimulating apoptosis the natural process where cancerous cells and tissue are killed off by the body's own function. It can also be used externally for skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, scurf, neurodermatitis or fungi.
There are also many uses for the treatment of animals, ridding their beds or living quarters of fleas, mites, ticks and other pests or treating the animals themselves for internal parasites. Make sure any zeolite intended for human use is human or food grade and is not milled zeolite marketed for animals.
It is recommended that you wear a dust mask and use a well ventilated area when handling zeolite due to it's fine dusty nature and store in a lidded container. Do not handle using a metal implement as this will diminish the negative charge of the zeolite, an essential part of it's ability to attract and dispel toxins.