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How To Test for Iodine Deficiency

August 12, 2019

Today I’d like to explain how to perform the
iodine patch test. Iodine is important for the proper function of your thyroid, and every
cell in your body. Without it, your body won’t produce enough thyroxin, which is a hormone
that balances your metabolism. So how do you know if your iodine deficient? One method
is to perform the simple iodine patch test. First, you need to acquire a solution or tincture
of iodine. Make sure the solution is colored orange and not clear. Detoxadine will work
for this test just fine. Second, paint a 3×3 inch square with the iodine on preferably
your abdomen, inner thigh, or the inner portion of your forearm, or upper arm. Do this in
the morning and allow it to dry. Throughout the day, check the color of the patch. If
it’s still there after 12 hours, then your results are normal. If the patch disappears,
than it may indicate that your body in some way is deficient. Be sure to use an iodine
solution that is meant to be applicable to the skin. Also remember that as a home test,
this is not something you can make a guaranteed diagnosis from. However, many recent studies
have shown that the fast absorption of iodine from the body may reflect deficiency or adequacy
of iodine. I recommend a more intense diagnosis through a natural health practitioner, through
an iodine loading test, or blood work. For more great health tips and information, follow
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  • Reply Vincent Artale jr March 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hey Doc, thanks for the video. Last night I was speaking with a very dear friend of mine about the same test. it was only said to me to put it around the bellybutton. I will def let her know the other areas. She also had more than 50% of her thyroid removed, any further suggestions or info you can provide will be very helpful and considered a blessing, Thanks in advance.

  • Reply fhhfgj March 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you, I'm pretty sure I'm deficient in iodine but it would be interesting to perform this test. Dr.Group you are a true healer, love the work you do with INFOWARS!

  • Reply Natural Lifestyle Show March 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    This is very interesting!

  • Reply Re-wear-it Boutique November 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I did the iodine patch test today and it was gone in an hour.

  • Reply Elsolra Saul February 19, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Would you suggest using Iodine for ear infection? If so, would you apply directly into the ear or paint the skin around the ear?

  • Reply Jeff Kelly March 11, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Would this work with survival shield X2 or is that to harsh for the skin ? 

  • Reply LapseOfApathy April 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Will this work with Survival Shield Nascent iodine, not x2 the original

  • Reply Natalie Rivera April 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    What kind do I buy to test? What is the brand name so I can order

  • Reply French Viking May 1, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Does it matter how strong the iodine solution is, I mean if I apply a strong % of Iodine solution will it stay longer than a less stronger %? And how much drops do i need to use for the patch test, 1? I buyed Lugol's 5% from medisca to use it also internally.

    Thank you

  • Reply The Depressed Jets Fan July 1, 2015 at 3:52 am

    I never in my life took iodine. I'm just curious on how I should take it, I purchased Lugol's. Can someone please help me.

  • Reply ljrow49 September 17, 2015 at 3:23 am

    bought your nascent iodine. should get it tomorrow. Can I use it for the test?

  • Reply Tintin September 21, 2015 at 5:01 am

    I was advised to take iodine from a biochemist who did my check up so I had some in the cupboard, when I did this test it disappeared in 4 hours, interesting and easy way to check your levels for yourself.

  • Reply Melanie Ann September 28, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I did the test this morning, it disappeared in 5 hours! It was completely gone what is the best supplement to get for iodine defiency? I am breastfeeding, is it safe to take while breastfeeding?

  • Reply Heidi Smith October 25, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    You are stupid !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Dana Adalaide November 4, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    My patch dissapeared within a minute, hardly surprising when my doctor said my TSH is high. Should i apply some more?

  • Reply stuffofme xx December 10, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Is there a way of testing people with brown skin?

  • Reply ShockTroop July 18, 2016 at 9:19 am

    can i use a tincture I made from vodka and black walnut husks?

  • Reply Alan Heath October 5, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I would have thought that this depended on the amount of iodine used and how quickly it dried. Am I wrong?

  • Reply WisdomTooth October 10, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Strange i have nascent iodine i take anywhere from 4-10 drops a day which is 1600mcg – 4000mcg and i done the test twice today and its vanished within an hour or even less. maybe sunlight effects it ?

  • Reply silver ekko December 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    that magical comb over tho

  • Reply 2558jmb February 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I use Swan Iodine Tincture put some on my wrist everyday to keep my levels optimal.

  • Reply melisa lopez May 6, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Can I use Povidine Iodine ?

  • Reply Joes Disley August 28, 2017 at 11:29 am

    can i use nascent iodine transdermal?

  • Reply Juliana Dâmaris Cruz October 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    My patch disappear in 1 hour !

  • Reply Mark Giubarelli December 27, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Is blood work an accurate form of testing? The iodine soaks into tissue in less than 6 hours and your body excretes what is does not need.

  • Reply Faith Keiling April 20, 2018 at 2:23 am

    I love this guy more and more everyday. ???????

  • Reply Shift Happens June 11, 2018 at 9:15 am

    This is really lacking in specifics and therefore results will be even more subjective to how any individual person does it vs. objective methods. Like 2% or 5% solution, and how many drops to use to ‘paint’ this patch. Also what method is used to paint it on and how that affects actual amount left on skin (like, for example, a q-tip would soak up less solution than say a cotton ball). Still interesting and may have some merits, but lacking in comparative outcomes in ways.

  • Reply lkn July 21, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I've purchased red iodine tincture (povidone iodine), can I use it for this test? It is only 8,5% of Iodine

  • Reply Stuart McKenzie August 8, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Clear and simple

  • Reply Kathy Ashby August 10, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Could Betadine be used for this testing method? (Since I have this product at home already….)

  • Reply Kool Burn August 31, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Great tip Dr. Group, thank you

  • Reply veggiesxarexcool September 10, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Can i effectively apply Detoxadine in the skin as a supplement instead of taking it orally ?

  • Reply Regina J September 13, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I have to agree, try googling Cynthia Yulesin for some proven advice, and a solution that works in as little as 3 days.

  • Reply E S October 2, 2018 at 2:58 am

    It’s sad how few views and comments this video has. This guy makes so much sense and has really put all the facts together. Iodine is SO important to general health. I’ve been driven here from doing research on my gut health and figured out that I have low stomach acid which disturbs my entire intestinal track and gives me IBS symptoms… what is responsible for the production of stomach acid? IODINE it’s the most important mineral for the human body besides iron. Get a high quality supplement if you have any issues with your health despite practicing healthy habits and diet!!!

  • Reply Bill Spoon October 16, 2018 at 2:18 am

    I have painted myself with iodine every day for a week in 8 hrs my body soaked it in every time!

  • Reply veggiesxarexcool October 16, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Does anyone here uses Detoxadine as a skin desinfectant instead of iodopovidone ?

  • Reply Adrianne Rivera October 25, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Does the absorbtion mean you're actually getting iodine transdermal?
    I just didn't want to but the edible if I can do it this way..

  • Reply raspberryeri November 2, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Omg, my large detoxadine patch disappeared in seconds o. O

  • Reply Fatima Oem Lokmane November 24, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    A few tips.

    Black seed, is a cure for every disease, except death. That’s what prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) told us.

    And he (peace be upon him) told us to do hijama (wet cupping) at least once in our life. Hijama takes the toxins out of your body. You can see it on YouTube.

    He (peace be upon him) told us also to eat 7 dates a day.

    And other super foods that have been mentioned in the Quran are: honey, ginger, grapes, figs and so on. There are so much beneficial tips in the Islamic teachings about food/cure.

    I really hope that doctors (like this one) going to study about the the teaching from Islamic sources. There is benefit for all of us.

    The media is bombarding islam to keep the world in their grip.
    For example the Islamic banking system is the best. It is build to give everyone chances to grow up and not only the richest ones. The banks what we know today are only benefiting their wallet.

  • Reply XO November 30, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Wow my patch disappeared in under 5 minutes

  • Reply stephen meinhold December 1, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    there is a sure fire way to tell if you are iodine deficient take some nacent iodine for a while if you feel better you know you need iodine.

  • Reply Witchy Vibes 11 December 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Do you need iodine if youve had your thyroid removed?

  • Reply Lisa Gardner December 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Hi I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroid is this safe to take and will the liquid be better than a sea kelp supplement? And where is the norms range for iodine suppose to be ?

  • Reply Frank Logrim December 23, 2018 at 10:10 am

    I just realized i have drank almost an entire bottle over time that's only for external use?… should i be worried?…..

  • Reply J Paige Polson Edwards January 17, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Please do not use providone iodine for this test. I made that mistake with my first test and because it didn't disappear I lost valuable time and my health continued to deteriorate. When I learned to test with a solution of lugols iodine, the patch was gone in an hour! After a year of supplimenting the patch is still gone in less than 24 hours, but it usually takes the majority of the day, plus I feel SO much better!
    Beware that supplimenting can trigger bromide detox. Look up "salt water flush" to see how to address the headaches, nausea, and flu like symptoms of you get them.

  • Reply Xbot4Life January 30, 2019 at 7:06 am

    May not work for all black people, i can get away with it as the Iodine will be darker than my skin, and palm of hand isnt reallly feasable for most people,

  • Reply hplc123456 February 5, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    at application it was as dark as it gets, then it faded out almost directly with a very very small "odd" warm feeling inside my arm

  • Reply Adiudicium 1776 February 19, 2019 at 1:05 am

    what's the MOA of this test?

  • Reply Dollymixture68 February 26, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Mine never even made 3 minutes on my tummy… I used your product.
    So how much should I consume daily?
    Thank you for this..

  • Reply Ed Evans March 10, 2019 at 2:36 am

    We are all on borrowed time with these brilliant flashes of Natural Science. Big Pharma is slowly shutting down this Knowledge to eventually take control of Everyone's sickness's.

  • Reply grod805 March 14, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    So if i know I'm deficient do i just keep applying it to my skin every day or do i have to drink something?

  • Reply Show Cat March 29, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    This drives me crazy! Everyone who recommends this test NEVER say what strength of solution! Is is Lugol's 2%, 5%, or !0%? If it doesn't make any difference, THEN SAY SO!

  • Reply roh alhope April 28, 2019 at 12:23 am

    my iodine become black is this normal ?

  • Reply Vishal Rao April 28, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Lugol's Iodine (J. Crow brand) was sucked up in a few hours!

  • Reply Mario Hostios May 21, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    12 hours=ok

  • Reply Diana Hernandez July 20, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    For the ones who keep saying to not use the Povidone iodine solution & to use some expensive brand here goes my theory….I bought the Povidone solution AND the 2% Iodine Tincture solution, I did 2 patches, I had the Povidone patch on my left & the 2% on my right, placed them both at the same time & they both disappeared in 6hours. So my conclusion is that they BOTH work the same & it's not necessary to buy and expensive brand online (lugols iodine). Oh and I noticed that I tasted a Metalic taste in my mouth during it. So that makes me think that I was definitely absorbing it… I have Grave's Disease & I always assumed that we had TOO MUCH iodine, and turns out I'm deficient. So I highly recommend this test to the ones who assume they have too much.

  • Reply Julian PW July 30, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    The global healing center vids are my main resource for health. Thank u… I did a skin test, put a patch on each bottom of the forearm close to the wrist. Both completely gone in 3 hours. That's a significant deficiency right?

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