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Vivica Menegaz

Nutritionist, Author, & Blogger

Hi I am Vivica, welcome to my blog! I am a certified nutritionist and the creator of the Healing Foods Method. My philosophy of healing is to let the right foods delight you, nourish you and make you healthy!

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A Story of Unbelievable Healing By The Unsung Hero: Iodine.

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My Patient’s story

Last year a patient came to me for a number of issues. Her main concerns were metabolic: carb intolerance, excess weight, high blood sugars, lack of energy…

During our first call she also mentioned a long standing problem she had not been able to resolve, but she did not expect I could help with: Dry eye syndrome.

She had had surgery on her tear ducts, and been put on several medicated eye drops, seen all kind of specialists…nothing had helped.

When we talked she was pretty much resigned to having to suffer from this ailment for the rest of her life.

I was happy to have some really good news for her. Her problem was completely solvable…they had just missed the root cause of it.

So as we worked together to resolve her metabolic issues and get her back to her ideal weight, I added one simple but crucial supplement to her regimen.

And within a month her eyes started to get better.

In a couple of months the problem was almost entirely resolved.

Would you like to know why?

The answer is baffling simple.

Her condition stems from a basic, severe iodine deficiency.


Iodine: hero or anti-hero?

In the last 50 years iodine has been strongly demonized by the medical community, to the point of creating the phenomenon called “iodophobia”!

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but what happened to iodine in the last half century, really makes me think twice.

All the negative “hype” about iodine is curiously based on only ONE main research paper.

“The Wolff-Chaikoff Effect” is a study published in 1948 in Bekeley, which claims that daily doses of iodine over 0.2mg/L will cause hypothyroidism in humans.

What most people don’t know about this study is that it was conducted on RATS, then values were extrapolated for humans.

Even more interesting is the fact that not even the lab rats used in the study ever became hypothyroid.

If that does not smell fishy to you..

Consider this:

  • Iodine is a an ESSENTIAL micronutrient, every single cell of our body needs it, especially the thyroid and breast tissue where it is stored in large quantities.
  • Iodine is also an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic.
  • It plays a very important role in breast cancer prevention, as it is fundamental for healthy breast tissue.
  • It is fundamental for brain development of the fetus.
  • It protects against carcinogenic radioactive iodine and radiation fallout (was used extensively in Chernobyl).
  • Support strong and healthy immune function.
  • Prevents oxidative damage to the DNA, resulting in a powerful anticarcinogenic effect.
  • Helps the body detoxify and excrete heavy metals.
  • Normalizes hormone receptors, making thyroid hormones more effective in their action.
  • Functioning hormone receptors also mean better blood sugar / insulin regulation.
  • Helps normalize blood pressure.
  • Mobilizes the release of fatty acids from adipose tissue = helps you burn fat for energy.
  • Supports healthy brain function.


The world health organization considers iodine deficiency a worldwide epidemic, and the number one cause of preventable metal retardation.

72% of the world has iodine deficiency disorder.

Here are some of the conditions caused by iodine deficiency:

  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Breast cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Liver disease
  • Depression
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Fybromyalgia
  • Spontaneous abortion


And the list goes on…

Your body needs Iodine!

The thyroid alone needs 6mg of iodine per day to function.

Average sized breast tissue needs 5mg per day.

Other glands and tissues need 2mg per day.

Other tissues which require daily amounts of iodine are Ovaries, Salivary glands, Parotid glands, Pancreas, Cerebral spinal fluids, Brain, Stomach, Epithelial tissue, Lacrimal glands -Tear ducts!!!

Now you can start putting together the pieces of my patient’s puzzle….


Can you see how a deficiency in this essential nutrient would lead to serious disease in the body.

It is also important to note that a lack of selenium, magnesium, vitamin A, iron and zinc will exacerbate an iodine deficiency.


One last point I would like you to take home today is that a nation deficient in iodine as an average of 15% lower IQ level than a population who is iodine sufficient.

How to supplement

There are many different iodine supplements on the market, and they are not all created equal.

I would recommend avoiding Iodoral in favor of Lugol’s solution. What I use in my practice is the highest form of single atom pure iodine in the most bioavailable form.

As all the supplements I use it is not an over the counter product. I do recommend working with your nutritionist or functional medicine doctor to test your iodine deficiency levels and recommend the best product for you.





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Comments 18

  1. Robin says:

    Since using this tincture, my dry eye has been drastically better to where I forget about it now. You nailed it!

  2. anita says:

    I’ve recently started supplementing with this but am unsure as to when – empty stomach or full meal? how many drops? how many times of day? there are so many different suggestions, and you are the first dietary blogger that has brought it up so thought i’d ask you. thanks in advance!

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      Anita, you can take it in the morning on an empty stomach if you manage todo it 😉
      Start with one drop a day and VERY slowly increase!

  3. RW says:

    I’ve heard that Lugol’s is effective when applied topically to the nipples. Thoughts? Would there be equivalent benefit (if any) for men and women?

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      I would apply it to the whole breast. It will detoxify the tissue from halogens and be a great cancer preventative!!

  4. Annie says:

    An excellent post. Sometimes the answer is right under our noses. Thank you.

  5. Jennifer says:

    This is great information! Which % is best? (2%, 5% or 7%) Thanks!

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      Hi Jennifer. I use a special kind of iodine, but if you can just find Lugol’s I would use the 5% solution.

  6. What iodine do you use. I use usually recommend Lugol’s and how about patient’s with Hashimotos??

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      Hi Louise, I use a special kind of iodine, that is available through practitioners only. Lugol’s can be ok if you use all the cofactors with it, especially selenium and vitamin C – do not use chemical isolates though, but whole food supplements. (See this blog post:
      For Hashi you have to be really careful and start with extremely low doses and increase very slowly!! I would recommend working with somebody who is familiar with nutrition and restorative endocrinology!

  7. Marie says:

    Hello, can you please reference the research that supports the claim that iodine deficiency can cause Down syndrome? I am interested in learning more about that.

  8. Rob says:

    Thanks so much for this excellent article! No doubt in my mind there is a conspiracy to keep sufficient levels of iodine out of our food supply and replace it with fluorine, chlorine, and bromine. And the lengths that western medicine have gone to create “iodophobia” is unbelievable (every “official” medical or governmental website demonizes iodine intake above the trace amount of 250mcg, and suggest very bad side effects will happen if the RDA of iodine is exceeded). Although I take multivitamins daily (with the RDA of 250 mcg iodine), I was suffering from chronic fatigue, muscle and joint aches (fibromyalgia), foggy head, restless sleep, and inability to lose weight. Within 48 Hours of supplementing with 6mg Lugols 5% iodine, MY SYMPTOMS VANISHED. Its now been 3 weeks supplementing, and i see MAJOR changes in my body, with fat and bloat decreasing. Based on my stunning rapid improvement in health, I am now 100% convinced that Iodine can cure us all and keep us healthy, but a sick population fuels the multi-billion $ medical industry. TAKE IODINE!!! And don’t listen to the so-called medical experts who say we only need trace amounts – THEY ARE WRONG.

  9. M Redmann says:

    In addition to Lugol’s 5% iodine (in a glass of water with raw apple cider vinegar and water), I take Larch tree bark fiber. It makes a tremendous difference. My rheumatologist recommended it, and now I rarely see her because my health is so good, and autoimmune symptoms have almost completely disappeared.

    The clinical trial that lead to the recommendation indicated lesions in the brains of mice with MS actually healed when the diet of the mice was supplemented with Larch tree bark plus a fermented food (e.g., apple cider vinegar).

  10. Susan says:

    Does the source for Lugol’s Iodine make a difference. I see you can purchase “Lugol’s Originals” , Brooklyn, NY, slick grey lable, distributed by JoAlle Corp. of Brooklyn, NY. I have also seen a Lugol’s Iodine sold by “Healing Touch – Pathway to Health” in a different yellow label. Are both “lugol’s” real Lugol’s? Is one preferred over the other?

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      No Susan, Lugol is not preferred, the best source of iodine is actually nascent iodine.

  11. D Martin says:

    Can you give me the name brand of the iodine you use so I can request that brand from my practitioner? I am going to her soon and would like to use the same one exactly.

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      It’s not available with every practitioner. Try asking for Nascent iodine or elemental iodine.

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