posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 09:39 AM
This is even cheaper, and far more readily available on short notice:
"While it is poisonous to ingest (drink/swallow) elemental iodine, like what's in tincture of iodine, or Povidone-iodine solutions (like the
Betadine� brand solution), besides being largely ineffective for thyroid-blocking and very dangerous, perhaps even fatal to have a child drink any
of them, they can be used topically, on the skin to great effect.
There has been some research with both humans and dogs into topically (on the skin) applied Povidone-Iodine (10%) solution (such as Betadine� or
Povidex� solutions), and also with tincture of iodine, to test the absorption rates of iodine directly, and safely, through the skin.
According to research by Health Physicist Ken Miller, Hershey Medical Center, using 24 healthy adult male subjects, an adult could get a blocking dose
of stable iodine by painting 8 ml of a 2 percent tincture of Iodine on the abdomen or forearm approximately 2 hours prior to I-131 contamination. The
abstract of his study titled "Effectiveness of Skin Absorption of Tincture of I in Blocking Radioiodine from the Human Thyroid Gland" from Health
Physics, June 1989, Vol. 56, No. 6, pages 911-914, states:
"Although there were large variations within each subject group in regard to serum-I levels and thyroid uptakes, the increase in serum-I
concentration after topical-I application was effective in reducing the thyroid uptake of I131. The authors conclude that in the absence of KI, most
humans would benefit from topical application of tincture of-I, and that in some the effectiveness would equal that of oral KI."
So there is a short-notice plan "B" that's cheaper, and might hold you till you can the tablets. Personally, I'd paint about 12ml on me.