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Thursday, March 31, 2011

[AlternativeAnswers] Safety of potassium iodide supplements


How safe is iodine supplementation and at what level? My FIGHT program
synopsis by Scott Forsgren on page 14 recommends iodine and explains why and
what dose. It is available free on my website.

You need to be aware that this excellent attorney Mark Ullman defends
nutritional companies from FDA but the attached blog reveals his serious
reservations about the hype surround iodine today based on media hype about
radiation exposure from Japan. In my estimation this is such a small problem
next to the pollution from lead, mercury and organic chemicals found in
everyone today. I try to use this hysteria to focus everyone on the need for
appropriate responses: start lifetime detoxification now!

Don't wait for something to happen. Watch the eight+ hours of webinars
found on my website that I have produced to support the value of my Fight for
Your Health program.

The article linked below will hopefully cause you to consider the
potential for harm when we prescribe iodine, as there are people that are very
sensitive. Those may need to start with the recommended microgram doses widely
available from kelp in health food stores and work up gradually but I only
use 50 mg a day for a month or so and for long-term I use 12.5 mg, as
found in the Japanese diet.

Garry F. Gordon MD,DO,MD(H)
President, Gordon Research Institute


Grappling with the safety of potassium iodide supplements

To me, marketing of dietary supplements with doses in the milligram level
rather than in micrograms, much less at levels matching the 130mg found in
FDA-approved drugs, has the potential for serious ramifications in terms of
an adverse effect on public health.
As the Japanese continue to struggle to bring the already disastrous
situation under control at the Fukushima nuclear power facility, and reports
surface of radiation spikes in the Tokyo water supply, FDA has reacted swiftly
to issue an import alert on all food coming into the United States from
areas that have potentially suffered from excessive radiation exposure. This
seems to be an important and prudent reaction to the situation designed to
protect the health of the American public.

At the same time, we are seeing a proliferation of dietary supplement
products purporting to offer protection from radiation poisoning. One company
marketing such a product proudly issued a press release announcing that its
resveratrol "provides resistance before and after exposure to hazardous
radiation." FDA, again acting appropriately, has also warned the public to be
wary of these products and their claims.

Other companies marketing products labeled as dietary supplements are
offering 130mg doses of potassium iodide, which not coincidentally matches the
dose available in the three FDA-approved potassium iodide OTC drugs with
approved indications relating to protection of the thyroid gland from
radioactive iodine. These products come onto the market in the face of two food
additive regulations establishing that the maximum safe level for use of
potassium iodide (21 CFR 172.375) or elemental iodine from kelp (21 CFR
172.365) in food is one which will "not result in daily ingestion of the additive
so as to provide a total amount of iodine in excess of 225 micrograms" for
adults and 105 micrograms for children under 4 years of age. These
regulations both note their applicability to dietary supplements.

While I might be able to successfully construct a technical legal argument
that a food additive regulation purporting to apply to dietary supplements
is a nullity, the 225 microgram level for total safe dietary intake
remains. The consequences of iodine poisoning can be extremely serious, and
include seizures and shock.

To me, marketing of dietary supplements with doses in the milligram level
rather than in micrograms, much less at levels matching the 130mg found in
FDA-approved drugs, has the potential for serious ramifications in terms of
an adverse effect on public health. I cannot fathom any basis for
expecting dietary supplements marketed at these levels to be safe for consumer use.
I'd love to hear from anyone associated with any company marketing a
product like this on how they determined it was appropriate to sell these
supplements other than in order to take advantage of a scared public.

Byline: Marc Ullman
Publication date: Wed, 2011-03-23 (All day)

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