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Can Iodine Gargle or Nasal Spray Prevent COVID-19?
Iodine is a remarkable substance. It has many unique properties. A few of them may include viral disease prevention. Here's the straight story on it.
- It is an effective antiseptic, disinfectant and general anti-microbial.
- As an antiseptic, in nearly 100 years of use in the American medical system, it has never been shown to cause microbes to develop resistance to its ability to kill them – unlike all other antimicrobials, from alcohol to penicillin, from azithromycin to sulfonimide. All of these have developed microbial resistance.
- It is the only antiseptic that is also a necessary nutrient.
- It is life-giving. You cannot live without a tiny amount. It is required for cell creation. It is also essential for cell death (called “apoptosis”) Cells that don’t die, or don’t die properly, can more readily become cancerous.
- A baby cannot develop normally without it. Mothers must have a tiny amount of iodine routinely so that the baby has a good brain and nervous system.
What is the evidence that iodine can prevent COVID-19?
- Dozens of published letters, studies and reports by dentists, oral surgeons, head-and-neck physicians and nasopharyngeal doctors are urging their colleagues to use iodine mouthwash and gargle before seeing patients.
- Two small clinical studies have demonstrated that iodine reduces the transmission of COVID-19 by over 90%.
- The logic is inescapable: All of the viruses like COVID-19’s virus (so-called “envelope viruses”) are killed by iodine. In the lab, iodine kills all COVID-19 viruses in 15 to 30 seconds, at very low concentrations (typically 1%).
- There is no “downside” to using iodine for gargle and mouthwash, nor for nasal spray.
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Where is iodine found:
- It used to easy to get daily required iodine from iodized table salt. However, with a sharp decline in salt use – due to salt causing high blood pressure – the iodized salt sits on the supermarket shelves for a long time, and the iodine disappears into the air.
- The oceans are the principal repository of iodine, along with a few deserts.
- Iodine is found in rain clouds that arise over the oceans. Clouds like this, rich in iodine, water plants on the coast – and then these plants are a good source of iodine. However, further from the coast, plants watered by rivers and wells are almost never rich in iodine.
- Cows are given supplemental iodine to help nourish their baby calves in the womb. Cow milk is an unreliable, but potentially useful, source of iodine for people. At this time, cow milk is the major source of iodine for humans.
- Milking equipment for cows is cleaned with iodine antiseptics. Some of this iodine may come into the milk. Milk can be, therefore, an ‘incidental” but again unreliable source of iodine. Milk products – cheese, yogurt, ice-cream – can contain modest amounts of iodine.
- Milk is the principal dietary source of iodine in the U.S.
How can you reliably get enough iodine?
- The surest way to have enough iodine on a daily basis is to take a supplement. Iodine drops are simple, effective and reliable.
- Some multi-vitamins contain iodine, but the longer they stay on the drug store shelf, the less iodine they have.
What is the status of iodine sufficiency or deficiency in the United States?
- According to the Food & Drug Administration, over 15% of pregnant women in the U.S. are iodine deficient, and over 30% are iodine “insufficient.” This has a damaging effect on the intelligence of their babies.
- Iodine insufficiency during the fetal period, nursing period and afterwards causes a slow-down in brain development that is permanent and potentially debilitating.
What Diseases and Problems are Linked to Iodine Deficiency or Insufficiency?
- Mothers who are iodine deficient will have children who are of lower intelligence and are permanently crippled intellectually.
- Adults who do not receive enough iodine can become seriously ill, and can suffer from behavioral, metabolic and hormonal problems. Sometimes these problems are difficult to diagnose.
- Iodine deficiency during the fetal period can cause a range of problems from autism to mental retardation to physical malformations.
- Lack of iodine during pregnancy is linked to premature births.
- Environmental chemicals in our food and water can disable the body’s use of iodine. These common chemicals include chlorine (used for disinfecting drinking water) and fluoride (used in drinking water and toothpaste). These potentially toxic chemicals compete (for uptake by the body and its organs and cells) with iodine and can create an iodine deficiency even when sufficient iodine is present in the diet.
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