Iodine in the form of Lugols is an extremely effective heavy metal detoxifier of mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminium and bromide. Damage done by mercury is closely related to halogens.
On my favorite site, Earth Clinic, I found the following:
Adam from Tucson, Arizona wrote he found Adzuki Beans work for heavy metal detox. Soak the beans overnight and save the water which contain the "natural medicine". Cook the beans until they are tender. After he ate them, he felt a strong detox sensation similar to when he eats cilantro for detoxing. He finds the beans tasty with turmeric and cinnamon or sea salt.
The expert for Earth Clinic, Ted, uses tannic acid as an effective chelator to remove lead, cadmium, iron and mercury.
He uses 1/8th of a teaspoon of tannic acid diluted in a liter of drinking water.
Dr. Albert Szent Gyorgi
Nobel Laureate Dr. Albert Szent Gyorgi, the physician
who discovered Vitamin C, called potassium iodide
the universal medicine, and took 770 milligrams per day
as a preventative dose....
[Funahashi et al.] Japanese researchers have found that
iodine suppresses tumor growth in experimental animals
and they have demonstrated that seaweed, that is high
in iodine, induces apoptosis in human breast cancer cells
(Funahashi, H., Imaj, T., Tanaka, Y., et al, Suppressive Effect of
Iodine on DMBA-Induced Breast Tumor Growth in the Rat,
Journal of Surgical Oncology, 61:209-213, 1996, Funahashi
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All cells in the body need iodine for proper functioning. All glands (thyroid, adrenal, etc.) especially need iodine for the production of hormones. Dr. Brownstein believes that iodine deficiency is a major cause of breast cancer and other diseases of the reproductive organs such as ovarian, uterus and prostate cysts and cancers. Iodine levels in US soil have fallen 50 per cent over the past 50 years and soil in the US is deficient in iodine. The Great Lakes region has some of lowest soil iodine levels in the world and this results in high levels of cancers related to iodine deficiency. Dr. Brownstein has been quite successful in treating fibrocystic breast disease (cysts in the breast) with iodine/iodine supplementation. In one case a 37 year-old woman with severe fibrocystic breast disease was completely cured after supplementing with 50 mgs of iodine a day for two months. Women with larger breasts need more iodine than women with smaller breasts. Other medical authorities agree that iodine deficiency can lead to fibrocystic breast disease and/or ovarian cysts.   
Iodine can similarly reduce uterine fibroids and one of the first conventional medical treatments for severe fibroids was to paint the uterus with iodine. 
Some other medical conditions associated with iodine deficiency are goiters, Graves� Disease, Hashimoto�s Disease, fatigue and impaired immune system function. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can lead to miscarriages and reduced IQ in surviving offspring. 
The World Health Organization says that iodine deficiency is the largest single cause of mental retardation. Iodine also detoxifies the body by removing mercury, fluorides, chlorides, and bromides.
If iodine/iodide are so crucial in the body, why hasn�t there been more research studies published? Dr. Brownstein believes that because iodine cannot be patented there is no incentive for the drug companies to perform the research.
n the U.S., iodine used to be in bread – 160 mcg of iodine per slice of bread. Now they use bromide. Not long after this change occurred, the ......
What products contain bromide? Currently, bromide is found in pesticides (methyl bromide), some bread products (potassium bromate), brominated vegetable ...
Along with metals, it is true that synthetic chelation also can strip the body of essential minerals like zinc and iron. In addition, the treatment can carry risks that include liver and kidney damage, bone-marrow problems, skin rashes, allergic reactions and nutritional deficiencies, doctors said. Medical authorities are correct in this regard for when chelation is done the allopathic way with synthetic drugs like DMPS, DMSA and EDTA, with each holding their own toxicity, we have all the potential problems and complications described above. Yes there are highly skilled physicians who know how to avoid most of these problems but they are rare, hard to find and expensive.
Originally posted by Raven_Heart
I expected some side effects, but liver and kidney damage, along with bone marrow problems is a little too much. What do you think about this?
ORL-HMN LDLO 28 mg kg-1
ORL-RAT LD50 14000 mg kg-1
Originally posted by spikey
Off topic..Is your avatar an image of you SD?
Originally posted by robile
Whoever wants to take medical advice from an online conspiracy community should really think twice. I would be wary of anyone suggesting consumption of a potent chemical without proper medical journal articles, clinical trials and other respectable sources to support the claims listed. If you do try this just understand that the effects one person might achieve can be the complete opposite of your own which in turn could endanger your health.
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
If one takes medical advice solely relying on the data provided by the medical establishment and their clinical trials, they are equally endangering their health ... as those 'studies' are rife with influences from big pharma and other self serving organizations such as the WHO. Furthermore such data is always malleable, often conflicting, and seldom conclusive.
So perhaps a balanced and comprehensive approach that includes both mainstream and alternative data sources is the one that serves us best.