Doctors 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.” We can expect even better results when iodine is combined with magnesium chloride.
Type1 diabetes and the use of Iodine (the following is quoted from http://www.optimox.com/pics/Iodine/IOD-10/IOD_10.htm)
"It was while treating a large 320-pound woman with insulin dependent diabetes that we learned a valuable lesson regarding the role of iodine in hormone receptor function. This woman had come in via the emergency room with a very high random blood sugar of 1,380 mg/dl. She was then started on insulin during her hospitalization and was instructed on the use of a home glucometer. She was to use her glucometer two times per day. Two weeks later on her return office visit for a checkup of her insulin dependent diabetes she was informed that during her hospital physical examination she was noted to have FBD. She was recommended to start on 50 mg ofiodine(4 tablets) at that time. One week later she called us requesting to lower the level of insulin due to having problems with hypoglycemia. She was told to continue to drop her insulin levels as long as she was experiencing hypoglycemia and to monitor her blood sugars carefully with her glucometer. Four weeks later during an office visit her glucometer was downloaded to my office computer, which showed her to have an average random blood sugar of 98. I praised the patient for her diligent efforts to control her diet and her good work at keeping her sugars under control with the insulin. She then informed me that she had come off her insulin three weeks earlier and had not been taking any medications to lower her blood sugar. When asked what she felt the big change was, she felt that her diabetes was under better control due to the use of iodine.
Two years later and 70 pounds lighter this patient continues to have excellent glucose control on iodine 50 mg per day. We since have done a study of twelve diabetics and in six cases we were able to wean all of these patients off of medications for their diabetes and were able to maintain a hemoglobin A1C of less than 5.8 with the average random blood sugar of less than 100. To this date these patients continue to have excellent control of their Type II diabetes. The range of daily iodine intake was from 50 mg to 100 mg per day. All diabetic patients were able to lower the total amount of medications necessary to control their diabetes. Two of the twelve patients were controlled with the use of iodine plus one medication. Two patients have control of diabetes with iodine plus two medications. One patient had control of her diabetes with three medications plus iodine 50 mg. The one insulin dependent diabetic was able to reduce the intake of Lantus insulin from 98 units to 44 units per day within a period of a few weeks.
In the Type 1 diabetics that we have been following we have noted that if C-peptide is measurable, this would suggest that the individual is making their own insulin. I have been able to help this group of patients to get off insulin or to greatly reduce the amount they need for good glucose control with Iodoralâ at 4 tablets/day (50 mg). If C-peptide is absent then we feel there is no insulin being produced and we have not been able to help this particular group of patients to get off their insulin. We have been able to help these patients lower the total amount of insulin needed to control their glucose."
Iodine is concentrated in certain parts of the eye and has been used therapeutically for various eye diseases and infections.
Iodine may be useful for dry eyes, cataracts, infections, glaucoma, and UVB protection.
Winkler et al found that the iodine content in the ocular tissues showed the following rank order: cornea > retina > vitreous body > anterior chamber fluid > lens. They discuss the possible protective, antioxidative, and OH-scavenging efficacy of iodide. They have researched using iodide for UVB-protection, dry eyes, and cataracts.
Elstner et al focus on iodide and cataracts, as well as the antioxidant effect of iodide.
Bolt discusses the use of povidone eye drops -- how they are used today and how they were used historically.
Howenstine suggests that iodine may be implicated in glaucoma.
Mazumdar investigated lacrimal gland peroxidase and iodide in sheep.
Using Iodine to treat Glaucoma
Here is a testimonial that can be found at http://www.curezone.com/forums/am.asp?i=878652
"My dad has both glaucoma and cataracts. The surgery was for the cataracts. There is no surgery for glaucoma. The only "solution" is the use of pressure reducing eye drops which are meant to be taken forever once started (so the doc said).
HOWEVER, as he measured the pressure today it turned out to be completely normal.
This means that the cataract surgery would now be safe to do, whereas if someone also has glaucoma the high pressure makes it risky.
BUT the doc also CANCELLED the surgery for now. He said to wait and see if the cataracts will improve/go away by continuing the Lugols!! He was very impressed that the Iodine got the eye pressure down to normal. As I mentioned before, my dad did not use the prescribed eye drops more than a couple times, simply to give his eyes a rest of the pressure. He has not taken them for two weeks already at all.
So, my dad is now waiting to see if the cataracts will go away with Lugol. If not, he would still need the surgery, BUT it wont be risky anymore, which was a real concern.
I am hopeful he wont need surgery in the end, since iodine is also indicated for cataracts