Side Effects Of Elemental Iodine Treatment
Possible side effects of free iodine include acne in four percent of cases; hair thinning in .4 percent of cases and occasionally increased breast pain at the beginning of treatment. Ghent believes that this period of pain corresponds to a softening of the breast and disappearance of fibrous tissue plaques on clinical examination. Five to ten percent of women reported an increased sense of well-being; and one percent reported an increased sex drive.
At present, this special for of iodine must be taken continuously or the breasts will become cystic again. However, it may be possible after several years to reduce to a maintenance dosage.
This unique and beneficial form of iodine is expected to be on the market in Canada and the United States by 1997.
The scientific confirmation of Dr. Ghent's work may take many more years. Until that time, women may want to increase their consumption of seaweeds like kelp and dulse and ocean fish like cod, sea bass, haddock, and perch.
Some physicians including Dr. Wright are using Lugol's solution or SSKI (each drop is 30mg iodine) in doses of 1 to 10 drops a day orally as part of a treatment program for FCBD. Other iodine preparations like colloidal iodine, atomidine, liquid dulse, etc. may also prove useful (the dosage will have to be individually determined).
Treatments should be monitored by an experienced practitioner as you can overdose on iodine causing iodism (see above). However cutting back on the iodine will quickly reverse the symptoms.
Iodine And Breast Cancer
An interesting finding that turned up on Dr. Ghent's research on FCBD in 3,200 women for 12,000 women years. The breast cancer rate of women taking elemental iodine was 0.00082 per woman year, while the projected incidence of breast cancer for Ontarian women was .00164 per woman year.
In March 1992, Drs. Ghent and Eskin presented a research paper to the American Association for Cancer Research. This controlled study that showed that giving low doses of elemental iodine to rats who had breast cancer chemically induced, reduced tumour volumes, both when given prophylactically before cancer induction and therapeutically after cancer induction. At present, higher doses are also being evaluated. Dr. Eskin will be soon be publishing his further research on the relationship of iodine deficiency to breast cancer.
Dr. Ghent died in July 1993, shortly before his research was published. Throughout his life, he was a tremendous advocate for women's rights. The continuation and confirmation of his work will be the best tribute to his memory.
As Dr. Ghent himself so modestly stated:
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Dennis O'Dowd is also a pioneer in water purification systems using iodine.
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