Iodoral 12.5mg (tablet) provides the equivalent of 2 drops of 10% iodine solution as Lugol’s (a preparation name of water and iodine, and a standardized formula world-wide: 85 parts H2O, 5 parts I2, and 10 parts KI).

To start, a summary background on iodine:
The intake of iodine from plants harvested on japanese-style traditionally-prepared soil is 12.5mg a day (the farmers use seaweed in composting). North americans, mainland europeans, and others with low soil levels of iodine, only get about 0.030 to 0.070mg of iodine [although it was a traditional western farming practice to add seaweed hundreds of years ago, this is generally not done anymore]. The high multi-milligram level daily dose of ‘anti-iodines’ of fluorines, bromines and chlorine in the environment, wipes out the otherwise beneficial effect of the trace levels of iodine. And iodine is used for many body functions, not only thyroid. Prostate, brain function, reproductive, pancreas, etc. are reported to have iodine receptors, which in turn fill with the ‘look-alike’ poisons, and malfunction accordingly.

It takes more than the standard ‘japanese’ dose of iodine to flush the body of the toxins, and to provide continued resistance against absorption of them. So a single 12.5 tablet is not enough for many people. Lab tests are reported to show increased excretion of bromine and fluorine, noticeably measurable at around 50mg/day (four tablets of 12.5, or one tablet of 50mg).

The only added advantage of the Iodoral is the drops are in the silica in the tablet, which can help with some stomach buffering issues for people who are overly-sensitive (usually only at first, and usually due to other health issues, i.e. semi-healthy people handle regular Lugol’s Solution well).

‘Due to DEA restrictions’ commercially, real Lugol’s solution in useful quantities, is somewhat difficult to obtain directly _as a liquid preparation_ for people on north america. Iodoral tablets can play a crucial initial role in introducing people to the benefits of iodine. However, for the six-months plus of continuing therapy, especially for people not on north america, the price is too high. The core ingredients (45g I2 & 114g KI) are listed on another common online site, and you can mix them with distilled water, forming the Lugol’s at home.

Some online alternatives:
Usually people interested in Iodoral tablets also buy paxil online look at common one-ounce dropper bottles of what purports to be ‘2.2% Lugol’s solution’. The actual amount of iodine is 10%/4, so a correct name is ‘2.2% iodine solution from Lugol’s’. Using confusing descriptions only increases people’s frustrations when looking for relief from toxic halide+heavy metal poisoning. Sufficient iodine intake has been shown to have the effect of ‘washing’ out these toxins in lab tests of urine, by flushing toxins from the cell receptor sites and replacing with the correct mineral, iodine! Iodine is also shown to be a chelator of heavy metals.

Some of the culprits:
Fluorine – is not good for teeth, and was only used (labeled) as ‘rat poison’ until the 1940’s. It continues to be used as rat poison today, and allegedly, ‘healthy teeth’. It accumulates in the body, and without large amounts of iodine to wash it out (over 50mg/day), it causes long-term damage at low dosages, similar to how background radiation works to gradually destroy health.

Fluorine – Most comes through use of hydrofluorosilicic acid, a raw waste-product concentrate directly from smoke-stack scrubbers that is commonly trucked unprocessed, directly to ‘water treatment facilities’. It is the stuff that is not supposed to be going into the air, and you drink it!

Bromine – is used as ‘flame retardant’ – literally to ‘retard the flame’ inside in my opinion. It is also used in medications (such as bromated inhalers), and commercially-produced bread on north america (in place of iodine).

Chlorine – Forms chloroform when reacting with the chemically-organic components in water. Ammonia is a better mold killer/cleaner, in my opinion.

Other issues:
So-called ‘side effects’ in gradually-increased doses from Iodoral/Lugols are shown to be due to the toxic halides coming out, not the iodine going in. The kidneys then remove these halides from the bloodstream, while the iodine keeps them from re-attaching.

People with ‘diagnosed kidney problems’ should take it easy with iodine-containing items, and more slowly increase intake, while monitoring their kidney function, as functional kidneys are reported to only excrete at most, 50% of ingested or absorbed halides.

Doctor David Brownstein’s excellent DVD on Iodine, and his research reports on clients.
Yahoo Iodine group participants, researchers, and contributors.
Research reports of Guy Abraham (who developed Iodoral tablets).
Private, non-commercial research done directly with around 100+ participants.