The Iodine Project

Treating symptoms, not masking them.

Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Fibrocystic Breast Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Adrenal Fatigue

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue

     Drs. Abraham, Flechas and Brownstein tested more than 4,000 patients taking iodine in daily doses ranging from 12.5 to 50 mg, and in those with diabetes, up to 100 mg a day. These investigators found that “iodine does indeed reverse fibrocystic disease; their diabetic patients require less insulin; hypothyroid patients, less thyroid medication; symptoms of fibromyalgia resolve, and patients with migraine headaches stop having them.” We can expect even better results when iodine is combined with magnesium chloride.

Individuals that struggle with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue are numerous throughout our society. The adrenal glands are the key to unlocking the full health of these individuals.

           You hurt all over and are constantly exhausted; you have consulted your physician but have been unable to locate the cause of your discomfort. Lab results all come back negative. Many times, you have been told that it is “all in your head”. To many, this reality of day-to-day living has been classified as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue.

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue affect the lifestyle of people worldwide; suffering all day long with adrenaline (epinephrine) overload, which is related to cortisol deficiency.
Many have given up hope of regaining their energy and zest for life due to the professed incurable nature of these disorders. Contrary to popular belief, there is a great amount that can be done to improve and eliminate fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.


The body is a master at adaptation. As an example, when one walks into a dark room, the pupils of the eyes immediately dilate to allow for the passage of more light; this process allows one to see in the dark by enhancing vision. When undergoing excessive amounts of stress, the body adapts in a similar fashion. Specific hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine, are produced in the adrenal glands to empower the body to respond to the stress. After the stress has passed, the body should return to a normal state of balance.

Epinephrine and norepinephrine, also know as adrenalin, produce what is called a “fight or flight” response in the body. These powerful hormones are quickly released when one encounters any degree of stress. This response allows the individual to properly face the stress or flee from it.

In response to epinephrine and norepinephrine, the body undergoes many changes. The need for oxygen increases, muscles receive more glucose, blood pressure increases, eyes dilate, heart rate increases, digestion decreases, and blood is shunted to the legs. All of these responses encourage alertness and physical strength. If the stressful situation continues, the body releases an additional hormone called cortisol which increases blood sugar by breaking down fat and protein in the body and also increases blood pressure. These powerful hormones dramatically alter the function of the entire body.

If the body is unable to return to normalcy due to continual levels of stress, the results of fight or flight will have a cumulative negative effect upon the body. The following symptoms may be experienced: fatigue, headaches, indigestion, depression, insomnia, weight gain, muscle soreness, increase of pain, restlessness, anxiety, high blood sugar
, constipation, diarrhea, decrease immunity, loss of concentration, memory problems, decrease sex drive, joint pain, muscle wasting, sore throat, allergies, panic attacks, heart palpitations and fainting. These symptoms are those that are regularly mentioned by those that struggle with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

With this valuable information, how then can one decrease their stress levels and turn off the fight or flight response that is spiraling out of control? The answer lies in the function of the adrenal glands.

The Adrenals

When the adrenal glands are worked overtime, they become worn out and decline in productivity. They begin to break down proteins and other vital components of the body to produce the needed stress hormones. The body literally sacrifices health for survival.

In order to treat the stress that is causing the fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue symptoms, one can modify diet, relaxation habits, sleep, nutrition, and perception.

Adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism often go hand in hand with stress causing a rise in CRH and cortisol levels which suppress thyroid function. If the stress continues cortisol remains raised and compensates for less thyroid hormone but eventually the adrenal glands cannot sustain this level of cortisol output and adrenal fatigue results.

Experts such as Dr. Barry Durrant-Peatfield, author of 'Your Thyroid and How to Keep it Healthy', recommend treating both underactive adrenal and thyroid glands at the same time.

By treating the adrenal glands, one will begin to experience more energy, a balance of body weight and much more! Due to the increased level of stress present within our society, adrenal treatment can not only help and assist those struggling with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, but it can also prevent future outbreaks.

Herbs used to help reduce stress and improve immune system and adrenal function include ginseng, rhodiola, Siberian ginseng, ashwaganda, and licorice. It’s important to support the adrenal glands, which may be exhausted in long-standing hypothyroidism, when starting iodine supplementation.
(adapted article from

A simple way to test yourself at home for adrenal fatigue

Equipment required: chair, small flashlight, mirror, a watch (with a second hand), and a dark room.

In a darkened room, sit in a chair in front of a mirror. Holding the flashlight at the side of your head, shine it across one eye (not into the eye). Watch what happens in the mirror.

You should see your pupil contract immediately after the light hits the eye. The pupil will normally stay contracted, but if you have adrenal fatigue, the pupil won't be able to hold its contraction and will dilate. This dilation will take place within 2 minutes and last for about 30-45 seconds before it contracts again. Time how long the dilation lasts and record it along with the date. Retest monthly as it serves as an indicator of recovery.

Testimony of Fibromyalgia and the use of Iodine

The following testimony can be found at

7-22-07 Amazing note from Tammi with her reorder:

I have Fibromyalgia really bad, I hurt constantly.  I am a Terminal Mgr for a large trucking company, and one of my drivers who broke his finger and had to have a steel plate in it recommended your product and your website.   He said his finger did not hurt after taking it and his arthritis was much better.  His wife brought me in some and I took 2 a day and started to feel better not really noticing the pain, but I only had a few so then I ran out, I started to hurt again. 

I then ordered a bottle and took 2 a day -- sometimes I would miss a day here and there but the pain totally subsided. Well, I ran out about a month ago and being busy did not get around to reordering until the pain came back severely.  I am taking pain pills such as Vicoprofen and 800 mg Motrin that I do not take with the Iodoral.  I did not do the urine test. 

I told my ANP [Nurse Practitioner] about it and she wanted me to bring her some and the information on your website and I told her I would.  I really believe it is what is helping my pain, and she wants another patient to try some.  It is the only thing I have found that relieves it.  Please feel free to use my testimony or email me with more questions if you have any.
Thank you

7-28-07 Tammi wrote: "Just so you know, that I got my Iodine, and I am already starting to feel better after 2 days, I should have never let myself run out, I will try to do better on that next time."

8-2-07 Update from Tammi: "The Iodine is really working - my pain is nearly completely gone again."


 Testimony of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the use of Iodine

The following testimony can be found at

5-1-05 Here is a note from Sandra. I have her permission to post it here:

"I realize I only ordered enough for 22 days.. So I will need more soon I am sure.  I am on 10.5 grains of nature thyroid and that is a lot!! Still, I have been exhausted, can't do much of anything. Depressed and put on 10 pounds. Nails are still weak and hair is dry and brittle. My skin is dry.

"I woke up the morning after I took four Iodoral and jumped up at 9AM with SOO much energy. I have sleep issues and often do not get up until 12 or 1 or even 2 PM depending on time I go to bed. It was amazing I had energy most of the day. However I fell asleep early at night for about an hour then I was UP UP UP for a long time so I know I need it; it wore off in less than a day.  I REALLY felt the difference. I went to every kind of doctor imaginable for over 30 years - even out of the country and no one mentioned iodine until this past week although I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism repeatedly.  I am so grateful to find you!!!!"



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Fibrocystic Breast Disease


"Fibrocystic breasts are characterized by lumpiness and usually discomfort in one or both breasts. The condition is very common and benign, meaning that fibrocystic breasts are not malignant (cancerous). Fibrocystic breast disease (FBD), now referred to as fibrocystic changes or fibrocystic breast condition, is the most common cause of "lumpy breasts" in women and affects more than 60% of women. The condition primarily affects women between the ages of 30 and 50 and tends to become less of a problem after menopause.

The diagnosis of fibrocystic breasts is complicated by the fact that the condition can vary widely in its severity. In some women, the symptoms of fibrocystic breast condition can be very mild with minimal breast tenderness or pain. The symptoms can also be limited in time, usually occurring only premenstrually. It may not even be possible to feel any lumps when the breasts are examined by the woman herself or by her doctor. In other women with fibrocystic breasts, the pain and tenderness are constant, and many lumpy or nodular areas can be felt throughout both breasts." (per

How Iodine supplementation effects FBD (quoted study by Optimox)

 "Breast tissue has an affinity for iodine . Iodine deficiency causes fibrocystic breast disease (FBD) with nodules, cyst enlargement, pain and scar tissue . FBD can be characterized by a lumpy painful breast, generally in reproductive aged women. Initially, this syndrome occurs in the premenstrual phase of a cycle or involves the whole cycle. These symptoms can also occur in menopausal women on estrogen therapy. In 1928 an autopsy series reported a three percent incidence of FBD, whereas in 1973 an autopsy report quoted an 89% incidence . A review by the American Academy of Pathology gives a minimum incidence for FBD of 50% but suggests that 80% of North American women are afflicted with the syndrome during their reproductive lifetime .

Ghent et al in 1993, presented data showing that iodine works great to reduce (FBD)(14). He was able to develop a protocol and a scoring system that helps doctors assess how severe a woman’s FBD is. I would recommend that this scoring system be utilized by physicians in their own medical practice. A precise method of recording the patient’s data will help both physicians and patients see the improvement that occurs following orthoiodosupplementation. This simple method numbers the quadrants of each breast one to four. The pathological changes that can occur in FBD are noted as micronodularity, tenderness, fibrous tissue plaques, macrocysts and turgidity. The presence or the absence of changes is recorded. For example if the micro nodularity of macrocysts disease was present in the upper half of the breasts the numerical score would be one for micro nodularity and two for the two breast quadrants scoring a total of three. If all five changes occurred in all quadrants in one breast the score would be 4 (all four breast quadrants) x5 (all five changes) equals 20 and for both breasts would be 40. Patients are also encouraged to evaluate their own symptomology as expressed by a number of zero equals symptoms worse, one equals symptoms unchanged, two equals less pain only premenstrual discomfort, three equals no pain unable to predict menstruation. The subjective scoring system was employed and graded as follows. Zero equals no palpable abnormalities normal, one equals is score of less than 7.2 and a score greater than 7 but less than the pretreatment score and three equals a score greater than the pretreatment score (See Table I).

In my practice, I have over the last four years worked with some 200 women who have FDB. On average, patients come to my office practice with a mean Ghent score of 15.7 and an average age of 41.4 years. On 12.5 mg of iodine, the score after six months will drop from a mean of score 15 down to about 12.8. On 25 mg, the score will drop down to a mean of score is 10.2. On 37.5 mg the score was 8.6. When we prescribe 50 mg of Iodoral (4 tablets) for 3 to 6 months, the average patient will have a score of 7.6 with a p-value less than 0.001 compared to baseline scores. After a full year at 50 mg iodine per day (4 tablets of Iodoralâ ), the patients mean score dropped to 3.8. We saw many patients with a score of zero, meaning no evidence of FBD. We often see patients’ breast pain disappear in a 1 to 30 days at a dose of 50 mg. At lower doses, the pain persisted for a much longer time. The other findings of micronodularity, tenderness, fibrous tissue plaques, macrocysts and turgidity will take almost a full year to fully go away. Ghent felt that a score of seven or below was normal. We did not see any of the patients reach the score of zero, meaning the absence of all of the pathological symptoms and physical findings of fibrocystic breast disease while taking between 12.5 to 37.5 mg per day. Once FBD is gone, a patient may opt to drop iodine intake to 12.5 to 25 mg per day. There is a chance that the cysts will return. Optimum amount for most patients for FBD is 50 mg (4 tablets) per day continued indefinitely. Monitoring the patient’s serum TSH, T4 and free T3 is done every three to six months. We did not see any major changes in serum T4, TSH and free T3 in these patients."



 Testimony of Fibrocystic Breast Disease and the use of Iodine

 The following testimony can be found at

Sept 16, 2005
"Hi Nancy,
"I suffered with breast soreness and pains approximately for 15 years for 3 out of 4 weeks of the month.  I started on iodine in January ‘05, within a couple of weeks I noticed a significant difference how they felt!  They still get sore approximately 1 week before my period, but NOTHING like they use too! 

 5-10-06 I myself don't have cold hands and feet any more, have a lot more pep, and my breasts don't hurt like they did, and feel softer. Those little knots we women seem to get are all gone. I take 7 tablets a day. I think my attitude is better too, because I feel better generally. I can work long hours without running out of steam. Exercise is more fun. I seem to still get sleepy, but not bone-tired like I used to. What a relief.  I'll have the urine iodine test again sometime this summer, to see if I'm to sufficiency yet.

 7-12-05 Lynn writes:
"I've been using Iodoral for about a month for breast pains. So far so good. Two members of a group I'm in run breast cancer support services so they are quite interested in iodine's role with that. For me it seems to be helping my large breasts reduce down in size. Very interesting as large breasted women seem to need far more iodine than smaller breasted ones do."


Treatment for FBD

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 Until my latest research into iodine deficiency I had no idea that I have mild PCOS. I've had an irregular period pretty much since it started, began developing the usual dark hair on my chin and upper lip and also suffer from unexplained weight gain( all of which have gotten progressively worse with age and the birth of my children). I also have symptoms of hypothyroidism which I believe all women with PCOS suffer from. Coincidently the cure is simple, complete vitamin and mineral nutrition with emphasis on a high Iodine supplement.


Symptoms of PCOS

  • infrequent menstrual periods, no menstrual periods, and/or irregular bleeding
  • infertility (not able to get pregnant) because of not ovulating
  • increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes—a condition called hirsutism (HER-suh-tiz-um)
  • ovarian cysts
  • acne, oily skin, or dandruff
  • weight gain or obesity, usually carrying extra weight around the waist
  • insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
  • patches of thickened and dark brown or black skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs
  • skin tags, or tiny excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
  • pelvic pain
  • anxiety or depression due to appearance and/or infertility
  • sleep apnea—excessive snoring and times when breathing stops while asleep

The Cure

 “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.”

 "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."


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