Studies show that thyroid nodules are four times more common in women than men and their frequency increases with age and low iodine intake. (11) More research confirms autonomous thyroid nodules gradually disappear from the population after iodine deficiency has been properly corrected. (12) Evidence concludes Nodules develop more often in people who have a family history of nodules, and in people who don’t get enough iodine. (13) Dr. David Brownstein quotes, "As I started to use larger doses of iodine (12.5-50mg/day), I began to see positive results in my patients. Goiters and nodules of the thyroid shrank. Cysts on the ovaries became smaller and began to disappear. Patients reported increased energy. Metabolism was increased as evidenced by my patients having new success in losing weight. Libido improved in men and women. People suffering with brain fog reported a clearing of their foggy feelings. Patients reported having vivid dreams and better sleep. Most importantly, those with chronic illnesses that were having a difficult time improving began to notice many of their symptoms resolving." (14)
Fibrocystic Breast Disease
In 2019, over 80% of U.S. women suffer from fibrocystic breast disease which is a precursor to breast cancer. (15) “Iodine deficiency disrupts the normal architecture in the glandular tissue. When iodine deficiency is present in the glandular tissue, the architecture becomes disrupted. Cysts would be the first manifestation of iodine deficiency. Next, if iodine deficiency continues, the cysts can become hard and nodular. Hyperplasia follows next. It is a precursor to cancer. The final step in the iodine deficiency continuum is cancer.” - Dr. David Brownstein (16)
Through Dr. Flechas research, he has found that 50mg of iodine over the course of one year was effective at significantly dropping the patient’s mean score as well as dissolving breast pain and tenderness. After the absence of pathological symptoms and finding of Fibrocystic Breast Disease they dropped the patients down to 12-25mg of iodine a day and continued indefinitely. (17)
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have irregular menstrual periods, excess male hormone (androgen) levels, or polycystic ovaries. (18) Regarding iodine and PCOS, Dr. Flechas says, “Iodine deficiency may cause the ovaries to develop cysts, nodules and scar tissue. At its worse this ovarian pathology is very similar to that of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). As of the writing of this article I have five PCOS patients. The patients have successfully been brought under control with the use of 50 mg of iodine per day. Control with these patients meaning cysts are gone, periods every 28 days and type 2 diabetes mellitus under control.” (19)
Although each person’s response to supplemental iodine therapy may vary the majority feel more energized, have more mental clarity, better mood, sleep better, and have a more active metabolism.
Whatever dose you and your healthcare provider agree on start slow (one drop) and work your way up. Although severe detox symptoms are not the majority, some people may have negative side effects when first starting an iodine protocol. Iodine helps to kill pathogenic (“bad”) bacteria and yeasts in your system and because of this, it is advisable to start with a small dose of the iodine and to gradually increase in order to avoid a “detox” reaction.
Detox reactions occur when these bad germs die suddenly and are released into the blood stream causing such symptoms as headache, fatigue and nausea. If you get a detox reaction, all you will need to do is to stop the iodine for one day and to increase your water intake for a day or two, then resume the iodine at a smaller dose for a few days before increasing it again.