Iodine Supplementation and Breast Cancer Prevention

Jackie Harvey

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Iodine supplementation and breast cancer prevention what’s been discovered. The incidence of breast cancer has increased to 1 in 8 women, with 4,000 new cases weekly. Could there be a preventive measure which is safe, cheap and widely available that has been overlooked? The answer is YES!

It’s the essential mineral, Iodine which was added to table salt in 1924 as part of a international program to prevent Goiter. It turns out that this same Iodine in table salt is the key to breast cancer prevention as proposed by the following list of prestigious doctors: Guy Abraham, MD, Robert Derry MD PHD, David Brownstein MD, George Flechas MD, Donald Miller, M.D.

Our Diet is Iodine Deficient

No one would ever suggest that we increase our consumption of iodized salt as it is an over-processed form. However unprocessed salt which is healthier does not contain iodine.  This means then that people restricting salt intake may have become iodine insufficient.

Iodine, a well known topical antiseptic and antimicrobial agent, also directly kills cancer cells and serves as the key player in our body’s surveillance system for removing abnormal pre-cancer cells. There is considerable medical research to support this statement. Dr. B.A. Eskin published 80 papers over 30 years researching iodine and breast cancer, and he reports that iodine deficiency causes breast cancer and thyroid cancer in humans and animals.

IODINE accomplishes the following:

  1. Desensitizes estrogen receptors in the breast.
  2. Reduces estrogen production in overactive ovaries.
  3. Reduces fibrocystic breast disease (FDB) which often precedes breast cancer
  4. Causes more cell death than the chemo drug Fluorouracil.

Dr. Guy Abraham, a former professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA who started “The Iodine Project” in 1997, and engaged two family practice physicians, Jorge Flechas and David Brownstein to carry out clinical studies of the hypothesis that the body needs 12.5 mg of iodine a day. More than 4,000 patients in this project consumed Iodine supplements from 12 to 50 mg per day, and in those with diabetes, up to 100 mg a day. They reported their findings that Iodine does indeed reverse fibrocystic disease; diabetic patients require less insulin; hypothyroid patients require less thyroid medication; symptoms of fibromyalgia resolve, and patients with migraine headaches stop having them.

Testing for Iodine Insufficiency is Step 1.

In order to determine the daily amount of essential iodine required for whole body sufficiency, an Iodine Loading Test can be performed.  ( This test is based on the premise that the more iodine-deficient the body is, the more ingested iodine is retained, and the less is excreted in the urine. It is a simple test that can be done in the privacy of your home.  Once it is determined if you are iodine deficient then a supplement program may be warranted.

How Safe is Iodine Supplementation?

The FDA has officially stated that Iodine supplementation is safe and actually recommends 165 mg of Iodine for adults in case of Radiation Emergency to protect the population from thyroid cancer.


Guy Abraham MD Iodine references at

Breast Cancer and Iodine : How to Prevent and How to Survive Breast Cancer by Dr. David Derry M.D., Ph.D.

Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It (2nd Edition)

Clinical Experience with Inorganic Non-radioactive Iodine/Iodide David Brownstein, M.D.

George Flechas at

Iodine for Health by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD

Iodine in Health and Disease by Don Miller MD