Polycystic Overies & Fibrocystic Breast Lumps

Iodine Deficiency in New Zealand
The University of Otago, Dept of Human Nutrition, recently published a paper (Nov 2011), stating... "Iodine deficiency is widespread and has re-emerged in New Zealand. Pregnant and lactating woman have increased iodine requirements." (1)

The previous month, they had published a paper pointing out that when they assessed the iodine status of 170 pregnant New Zealand woman, they found that the average iodine status (as assessed by urine iodine concentration) was 38 µg/L, which was well below the 150 µg/L that indicates adequate iodine. It should also be noted that the majority of the woman had thyroid hormones within the recommended range, so tests for thyroid hormones cannot be used to indicate adequate iodine levels. (2)

It is known that iodine supplementation improves mental processes in mildly iodine-deficient children in New Zealand. (3)

Iodine replacement showed clinical improvements in up to 74% of patients with fibrocystic breast disease (5), and dietary restriction and chemical blockage of iodine caused cystic changes in rats resembling human fibrocystic disease. (6)

Evidence shows iodine as an antioxidant and antiproliferative agent contributing to the integrity of normal mammary glands. We propose that an iodine supplement should be considered as an adjuvant in breast cancer therapy. (7)

It has been observed clinically that cysts on the ovaries became smaller and began to disappear with iodine supplementation (9) and thyroid problems and goiter prevalence is significantly higher in PolyCystic Ovary patients. (10)

Iodine supplementation markedly increases urinary excretion of fluoride and bromide. (8)

Research has shown that the thyroid gland prefers to utilize the iodide form of iodine, while other organs, such as the breast and ovaries, prefer the elemental form of iodine. Both of these forms are present in Lugol's solution. (4)

Therefore Iodine Supplementation should be considered in situations of, and to avoid situations of...
  • Breast Lumps and Cancer
  • PolyCystic Ovaries
  • During Pregnancy
  • Fluoride Toxicity
  • Mental Slowness in children
Recommended Supplementation of Iodine in New Zealand
  • Take 2 drops (12mg) of Lugol's Iodine a day in a glass of juice or water, OR
  • OR, Take 8 drops (48mg) of Lugol's Iodine a day (for 3 months) if you have Breast Lumps of PolyCystic Ovaries.
    After 3 months drop back to 2 drops a day as a maintenance dose.
Research indicates that if a person is iodine insufficient, it takes about 3 months to become iodine sufficient while ingesting a dosage of 50 mg of iodine and a year to become iodine sufficient while ingesting a dosage of 12.5 mg of iodine daily. Once a person is iodine sufficient, the maintenance dose for an adult to maintain sufficiency is about 12.5 mg of iodine/iodide daily. (4)

NOTE: Lugol's Solution is a pharmacy only medicine in New Zealand. Ask for genuine Lugol's which contains 5% iodine and 10% potassium iodide. They may have to order it in for you.

This pharmacy stocks Lugol's Iodine...
Suresh Rama
Lambs Pharmacy,
173 Karangahape Road,
Newton, Auckland City.

(1) Charlton K, Skeaff S.
Iodine fortification: why, when, what, how, and who?
BCurr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2011 Nov;14(6):618-24. Link to Abstract

(2) Pettigrew-Porter A, Skeaff S, Gray A, Thomson C, Croxson M.
Are pregnant women in New Zealand iodine deficient? A cross-sectional survey.
Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2011 Oct;51(5):464-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2011.01331.x. Epub 2011 Aug 22. Link to Abstract

(3) Gordon RC, Rose MC, Skeaff SA, Gray AR, Morgan KM, Ruffman T.
Iodine supplementation improves cognition in mildly iodine-deficient children.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Nov;90(5):1264-71. Epub 2009 Sep 2. Link to Abstract

(4) Michael B. Schachter, M.D.
Iodine: Its Role In Health and Disease.
http://www.mbschachter.com/iodine.htm (Retrieved 31/10/2011) Link to Document

(5) Ghent WR, Eskin BA, Low DA, Hill LP.
Iodine replacement in fibrocystic disease of the breast.
Can J Surg. 1993 Oct;36(5):453-60. Link to Abstract

(6) Krouse TB, Eskin BA, Mobini J.
Age-related changes resembling fibrocystic disease in iodine-blocked rat breasts.
Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1979 Nov;103(12):631-4. Link to Abstract

(7) Aceves C, Anguiano B, Delgado G.
Is iodine a gatekeeper of the integrity of the mammary gland?
J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia. 2005 Apr;10(2):189-96. Link to Abstract

(8) Guy. E. Abraham, MD.
Iodine supplementation markedly increases urinary excretion of fluoride and bromide
Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients - May, 3003. Link to Document

(9) David Brownstein, M.D.
Clinical Experience with Inorganic Non-radioactive Iodine/Iodide
http://www.optimox.com/pics/Iodine/IOD-09/IOD_09.htm (retreived 31/10/11) Link to Document

(10) Kachuei M, Jafari F, Kachuei A, Keshteli AH.
Prevalence of autoimmune thyroiditis in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2011 Aug 25. [Epub ahead of print] Abstract