Hyperthyroidism (Graves’ Disease)

May 31, 2005 Glenn S. wrote me the following, posted with permission:

“My story is probably not much different than what you have been told by other people going to a “normal doctor”. I was diagnosed with a rare hyper thyroid disease in October, 2004. My t-4 free and t – 4 thyroxine are within normal range and my t3 free was quite high (583). The doctor suggested destroying my thyroid with radiation and putting me on a synthetic thyroid hormone. Needless to say I was not too excited about that. So we went another route. He put me on 5mg 2 times a day of methimazole. I am not one to want to be on prescription drugs the rest of my life, I am only 37 years old and already have to deal with type 1 diabetes.

“In January I decided to go see a lady here in Florida who specializes in bio energetic screening, nutrition & bio terrain assessment. We spent the first 60 days or so just cleaning out my body with an assortment of vitamins, minerals & diet. About 45 days ago she put me on Iodoral 2 tablets once a day. On Wednesday the 26th of May, 2005, I went back to the “normal doctor” for a follow up and new blood work and lo and behold my thyroid levels are now too low (t-4 free 0.6, t3 free 193). When I told the doctor I was on Iodoral he got pretty upset with me because I was not “going by the book” with his regiment. So I decided to stop taking the methimazole completely. I have another blood test in 4 weeks so it will be interesting to see how I do on just the Iodoral for the thyroid problem.”

I appreciate Glenn sharing this story and I hope we will be getting the followup test results. I also salute Glenn for resisting having his thyroid destroyed. Barbaric! Gruesome!! “It isn’t working, let’s chop it out!” It would be funny if it weren’t so serious. “Oh, and by the way, we will then make you dependent on ME for drugs for the rest of your life.” Where is the DEA when we REALLY need them?

Isn’t it amazing (and sad) that instead of celebrating Glenn’s great results and asking for more information so he could help others, the doctor got mad because he didn’t get his way. To me it shows that many doctors know their way often doesn’t work, but they feel they have to defend it to the death (of the patient!). Three cheers for Glenn, who took responsibility for searching out a better way for himself. If you have a similar problem with a doctor who won’t listen, take a look at Questions to Ask Your Doctor.

5-31-05 (or so) I had a marvelous phone conversation with Corinne, who told me that since taking Iodoral, her scratchy voice is clearing up and now she can sing again!! This is a new one on me, and I’ve asked her to write up her experience so I can post it. Corinne is 73 and quite a live wire. Corinne is the person who shared with me her version of my No-Stix Mix, and I like hers better.

One of the best things about having this website is I seem to attract people who are really interested in health and are doing something about it. For this I am grateful. How else other than the Internet (wonderful word) would I have been able to meet these select people from all over the world who share my concerns?


May 27, 2005, I received an order from Margaret. She shared with me the following, which I have her permission to post:


  • Thyroid disease ­ When there’s not enough iodine to bind with cell membranes, it allows enzymes called peroxidases (which can damage those membranes) to wreak havoc and cause autoimmune
  • disease, such as thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s or Grave’s). In fact, Dr. Abraham has several cases of both thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism (not just hypothyroidism) that have corrected after sufficient iodine/iodide supplementation. For over a century, high doses of iodine have helped both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Many doctors fear giving too much iodine will cause Hashimoto’s to worsen. But this usually isn’t the case.

2-06-05 letter

Does this product work with the hyperthyroid?  My doctor wants me to try this because another patient of his did and it worked.

Also, how much does one take?

Dear B,

It is my understanding that the thyroid must have iodine in order to function correctly. I’m not an expert on the thyroid, but what I’ve been told is that a HYPER thyroid will also respond to iodine, because the iodine normalizes its function. It is an interesting question and I am going to write to Dr. Abraham about it so I can give you a more informed answer. He is the doc who developed Iodoral, and he IS an expert!

How much to take: When I’m working with clients, I always suggest starting slowly with any new supplement, since every body is different and responses vary. Some people get results with a very low dose, such as one client who taks half a tablet of Iodoral daily, and others, such as my husband and one of my clients, are taking 4 Iodoral per day, 2 in the am and 2 in the pm. I suggest starting with a half tablet per day to see how your body responds. Remember, iodine is needed by every cell in the body as well as just the thyroid, only the thyroid is the one that grabs it first and most easily. I would add another half tablet about every 2nd or 3rd day, though I confess I don’t do it that way myself. I add more the next day if I felt ok with the previous day’s amount.

Note: An experience with Iodoral and hyperthyroid can be found on the Results Page, in the letter from Glenn.

Dear Doctor Q & A

Dear Doctor Q & A

Dear Dr. Dean, My 14-year-old son has hyperthyroidism. From all that I have read, the only protocol that will be followed will be either surgery, radiation, or anti-thyroid medications, none of which sound like healthy alternatives. Could Iodoral™ help him? I had him tested for thyroid antibodies and the test came out positive. If Iodoral could help him, what dosage would I begin with? Thanks so much. Ms. C.

Dear Ms. C., Of the three mainstream options you mentioned, I usually opt for carefully titrated antithyroid medication, using the old standard, propylthiouracil (PTU). According to iodine expert Dr. Guy Abraham, hyperthyroidism, just like hypothyroidism, is caused by iodine deficiency. He has achieved success in hyperthyroid patients using Iodoral. In addition, one of our writers was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (her thyroid hormone levels were through the roof when she was first tested). After taking Iodoral, her thyroid test came out normal. Consequently, if your son is iodine deficient, Iodoral may be of benefit. An Iodine Sufficiency Test would help determine if this is a factor and the proper dosage of Iodoral to consume. Since his thyroid antibodies are positive, I also suggest one or more substances designed to counteract inflammation, such as Advanced Inflammation Control, UniZyme™ (a powerful combination of anti-inflammatory enzymes), Turmeric Extract and/or Boswellia Serrata Extract. Hope these suggestions help. Ward Dean, M.D.


By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.
November 5, 2005

Lack of iodine is widespread in the United States today. For many years iodine was added to bread in generous quantities which prevented iodine deficiency. Each slice of bread contained 150 mcg. of iodine filling the whole days RDA of iodine In 1960 the average diet consumed about 1 mg. of iodine daily with bakery products accounting for about 75 % of the total. This quantity of iodine was enough to decrease the thyroid glands ability to absorb radioactive iodine and it was also sufficient to prevent excess release of thyroid hormone thus preventing many cases of hyperthyroidism (Grave’s Disease).

Forty years ago the food industry decided to remove iodine from baked goods and replace the iodine with bromine. Iodine and bromine appear similar to the thyroid gland and bromine easily binds to the thyroid gland’s receptors for iodine. Bromine, however, is of no value to the thyroid gland unlike iodine and it inhibits the activity of iodine in the thyroid gland. Bromine also can cause impaired thinking and memory, drowsiness, dizziness and irritability. This substitution of bromine for iodine has resulted in nearly universal deficiency of iodine in the American populace. Iodine therapy helps the body eliminate fluoride, bromine, lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum and mercury. Could this substitution of bromine for iodine have been carried out to increase diseases and thus create more need for pharmaceutical drugs?

Among the problems caused by iodine deficiency are:

Underactivity of the thyroid gland produces fatigue. In rodents iodine deficiency leads to abnormal pituitary-adrenal function. The adrenal gland provides energy and stamina. When iodine no longer binds to thyroid cell membranes enzymes called peroxidases are able to damage these membranes and produce autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Hyperthroidism (Graves Disease). Researcher Dr. Guy Abraham has observed several cases of thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism that have been corrected by the simple replacement of iodine. For more than 100 years high doses of iodine have been known to benefit both underactivity (hypothyroidism) of the thyroid gland and overactivity of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). Iodine therapy allows the sluggish thyroid gland to resume normal production of thyroid hormone leading to resolution of hypothyroidism. Provision of iodine stops the peroxidase injury to the thyroid membranes in hyperthyroidism which permits hyperthyroidism to resolve. Thus thyroid surgery for hyperthyroidism is no longer necessary. Several human organs need iodine but can not absorb it until blood iodine levels reach high values (stomach, salivary glands). Most persons exhibit impaired production of stomach acid as they age. This impaired capability to produce adequate stomach acid may be a result of iodine deficiency as iodine promotes stomach acidity. Resolution of cysts Iodine therapy resolves nearly every case of breast cysts. This treatment also can heal ovarian cysts and works well on skin cysts when rubbed over the cyst. Iodine is found in large quantities in the brain and the ciliary body of the eye. Lack of iodine may be involved in production of Parkinson’s disease and glaucoma. Lipoprotein (a) This dangerous substance is quite important as it produces plaques in arteries because it is very sticky and collects platelets, calcium and fibrin from the blood circulating inside our arteries. Excessive clotting and vascular disease resulting from high levels of lipoprotein (a) can be reversed by iodine treatment. Other Health Problems Iodine has proven value in treating headaches, keloids, and parotid duct stones.
How Can Iodine Deficiency Be Detected?

An accurate test for diagnosing iodine deficiency exists. Dr. Jay Abrahams has developed a loading test to settle this issue. The patient takes 4 iodine tablets (12.5 mg each). If there is sufficient iodine in the individual the excess iodine is excreted in the urine in the next 24 hours. If iodine is lacking the body retains most of the iodine with little iodine appearing in the urine. Use of this test has shown that nearly every patient with any condition known to be associated with iodine deficiency tested positive for iodine lack. Therefore, it often is sensible to assume iodine lack and proceed to treat with iodine.

However, when a patient takes iodine for several months and has shown no improvement this test can be used to exclude a problem with absorption of iodine. Iodine lack is known to be a factor in the development of breast and prostate cancer. Sixty patients with a variety of cancers were studied. All sixty patients were found to have serious iodine deficiency.

To correct iodine deficiency by taking iodized salt is not feasible. You would need 20 teaspoons of iodized salt daily to get adequate quantities of iodine. Dr. Abrahams has developed an iodine preparation named Iodoral to treat iodine deficiency. This is composed of dried Lugol’s solution containing 12.5 mg of iodine per tablet. A person with adequate iodine stores who takes 4 of these tablets (50 mg.) will excrete 90 % of the iodine in their urine.

Dr. Abrahams thinks that the correct quantity of iodine needed to maintain sufficient amounts of iodine in the body is 13 mg. daily. This is 100 times more than the government recognized RDA for iodine. This quantity of daily iodine would be distributed as follows –six mg. to thyroid gland, five mg. for the breasts in females and two mg. for the remainder of the body. Males appear to usually, but not always, need slightly less than females.

Prominent thyroid researcher, Dr. Benjamin Eskin, has shown that the thyroid gland and skin prefer to concentrate the iodide form of iodine while the breasts concentrate iodine. His research suggested that the body needs both the iodide and iodine form of iodine. This is easy to accomplish with Lugol’s solution developed by French physician Dr. Jean Lugol in the 1820s. His solution mixed iodine (5 %) with potassium iodide (10 %) and 85 % water. Dr. Lugol’s solution killed germs and was used with success in treating infections and many other conditions. This solution in the recommended 2 drop dosage contains 5 mg. of iodine and 7.5 mg. of iodine which is exactly the quantity of iodine recommended for daily intake by Dr. Abraham. Lugol’s solution tastes metallic unless greatly diluted and stains clothing and skin.

A third solution that works well in correcting iodine deficiency is Triodide made by Scientific Botanicals of Seattle, Washington. This has the same dosage of iodine and iodide combined with a sea vegetable called bladderwrack. This can be obtained from natural food stores, Tahoma Clinic Dispensary and compounding pharmacies. This contains 12.5 mg of iodine in the same 2 drop dosage.

Dr. Abrahams recommends taking 50 mg of Iodoral (four 12.5 mg. tablets), Lugol’s solution (8 drops)or Triodide (8 drops) daily for 3 months as a loading dose. Then this dose should be gradually reduced to the 12.5 mg. maintenance dosage under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care professional. Dr.Abraham feels that 14 to 15 mg. of iodine/iodide daily is the upper maximum of safety. This is close to the recommended dose of 12.5 mg daily so caution is necessary in managing iodine repletion. Japanese researchers have discovered patients with hypothyroidism who were taking 20 mg. of iodine or more daily.

Another valuable iodine preparation is saturated solution of potassium iodide. This does not have the correct ratio of iodine iodide recommended by Dr.Abrahams for correcting iodine deficiency but it does have a multitude of valuable healing properties. It can help open up blocked arteries, disinfect water, cure bladder infections, reduce or eliminate ovarian cysts, diminish unsightly keloids, loosen thick bronchial secretions, reduce or eliminate Peyronie’s Disease and Dupuytron’s contracture.

Endocrine Cancers And Iodine Stores

Iodine deficiency is a recognized risk factor in the development of cancer of the breast, prostate, and probably the ovary and endometrium. Breast cancer is twice as common (12.1 %) in women taking natural thyroid hormone or synthetic thyroid hormone as in women not taking thyroid hormones (6.2 %). The risk for breast cancer in women taking thyroid hormones increases with time. Women who had taken thyroid hormone for 15 years had a 19.5 % incidence of breast cancer while women who had been on thyroid hormone therapy for five years had only a 10 % incidence of breast cancer. This increase in breast cancer with time suggests that correction of a iodine deficiency might well eliminate the need for thyroid hormone and would also lower the incidence of breast cancer.

Japanese women, who are eating lots of seaweed, have the highest iodine intake (13.8 mg. daily) of women anywhere in the world. They also have the lowest incidence of breast cancer in the world. Japan has one of the lowest worldwide rates of every type of cancer with the exception of stomach cancer. In addition Japan has one of the lowest incidences of iodine deficiency, goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), and hypothyroidism. Iceland, another high iodine intake country, has low rates of goiter and breast cancer. Two countries with low iodine intakes (Thailand, Mexico) have high rates of breast cancer and goiter.

Patient Studies.With Iodine Therapy

A patient of Dr. Rowen named Betty had severely painful breast cysts. She took 5 mg. of iodine daily with complete disappearance of painful breast cysts.

Veronica, another patient of Dr. Rowen, had advanced breast cancer with severe hip pain from a bone metastasis. Iodine loading test showed severe deficiency of iodine. After three months of Iodoral she still has not restored her iodine levels but her excretion of bromine has increased 10 fold. Her cancer therapy with IPT and artemisin has been stable with only an occasional IPT and she continues with 25 mg. of Iodoral three times daily. Dr. Abrahams relates that he has seen two remissions of breast cancer in persons taking 75 mg of Iodorol daily. Iodine deficiency plays a role in allowing breast cancer and prostate cancer to develop.

Another physician has seen a case of prostate cancer go into remission after taking Iodoral and supplements.

George Flechas MD relates that many of his diabetic patients need lowering of insulin dosage and diabetic drugs after repletion of iodine deficiency. Dr. Rowen has observed the same thing.

Food Sources Of Iodine

Iodine from fish must be limited because of mercury problems. However, sardines have such a short life span they do not get contaminated with mercury. My suggestion would be to buy tins of sardines packed in tomato sauce so you can avoid the transfats used in oil packed sardines.

Brown and red seaweeds contain the most iodine (kombu, focus, etc.).of sea vegetables. You may still need supplemental iodine to get an adequate quantity for repletion of iodine deficiency. unless you are eating lots of seaweeds.

Iodoral can be purchased from Optimox 310-618-9870 if you are willing to buy a case. Otherwise you can probably find this in health food stores. Lugol’s solution is a satisfactory way to obtain iodine but you will need a prescription. The dose is 2 drops daily. Be careful in measuring as 3 drops daily can lead to toxic symptoms.

The evidence presented here proves that iodine is vital to human health. Many persons will experience improved health when their iodine deficiency is corrected.

Iodine, hyperthyroidism, bromine, thyroid gland, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, breast cysts, ovarian cysts, skin cyst, Parkinson’s Disease, glaucoma, lipoprotein (a), keloids, bladder infections, arteries, bronchial secretions, Peyronie’s Disease, Duputron’s contracture, cancer breast, cancer ovary, cancer endometrium, cancer prostate, goiter, diabetes

© 2005 Dr. James Howenstine – All Rights Reserved

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Dr. James A. Howenstine is a board certified specialist in internal medicine who spent 34 years caring for office and hospital patients. After 4 years of personal study he became convinced that natural products are safer, more effective, and less expensive than pharmaceutical drugs. This research led to the publication of his book A Physicians Guide To Natural Health Products That Work. Information about these products and his book can be obtained from amazon.com and at www.naturalhealthteam.com and phone 1-800-416-2806 U.S. Dr. Howenstine can be reached by mail at Dr. James Howenstine, C/O Remarsa USA SB 37, P.O. Box 25292, Miami, Fl. 33102-5292.

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