A Look Back
Sir Humphry Davy in his laboratory.
The discovery of iodine, like most discoveries, was a fortuitous accident. The most fortuitous accident in the history of medicine, is one story many of us are familiar with: the discovery of penicillin. We’ve all heard the stories of the mold ruining the cultures and how suddenly, a mind shift occurred and bingo, the birth of antibiotics. Few realize that penicillin had been discovered a lot earlier, back in the late 1800’s by a medical student. But, sadly, the world wasn’t ready for it and, the haughtiness of physicians at that time would not allow them to look upon a mere student’s discovery with more than condescending curiosity. Even fewer are aware that Pasteur discovered and wrote up the first antibiotic experiment, in which he watched a substance gobble up his bacteria specimens. That “substance” was garlic.
In 1811 when Bernard Courtois (1777-1838) discovered iodine, he was not searching for a way to heal his fellow humans. On the contrary; he was looking for a way to kill his fellow humans. Napoleon’s army at the time required huge quantities of gunpowder and supplies were running short. Saltpeter (potassium nitrate—KNO3—sometimes spelled saltpeter) is a major component in gunpowder and requires an abundant source of sodium carbonate to be manufactured. Sodium carbonate is extracted from wood ashes, but the war had gone on so long that they’d run out of willow wood, the preferred source. Someone suggested using dried seaweed (burnt to ash), which seemed to be abundant off the coasts of Normandy and Brittany. The suggestion worked and the French were back in business, making gunpowder and killing people.
However, in the process of making saltpeter, excess sulfur compounds were created and they had to add sulfuric acid to the mixture to get rid of them. Courtois accidentally added a bit too much acid one day, and poof, a violet vapor cloud appeared and condensed onto the colder, metal objects and formed lustrous crystals. Courtois, a working chemist, realized he’d created something new. He performed a few minor experiments with this new substance and noted that it combined well with phosphorous, hydrogen, and a few metals, but did not combine easily with oxygen or carbon. Furthermore, he discovered that it was quite explosive when mixed with ammonia and did not decompose when burned.
He suspected he’d discovered a new element, but the war (Napoleon having stretched the government’s coffers to the point of bankruptcy) was the focus of France’s spending at the time, and without funding, he could experiment no further. Besides, there was a war to fight. So he turned his discovery over to the French chemist (and physicist) Charles-Bernard Désormes (1777-1862), who, with the help of his son-in-law Nicolas Clément (1779-1841) performed the scientific investigation into this new element.
Courtous, for some reason, also gave samples to Louis-Joseph Gay-Lussac (1778-1850) and André M. Ampère (1775–1836).
Both teams went to work investigating this new substance and in November of 1813, at a meeting of the Imperial Institute of France, Désormes and Clément announced their discovery. A few days later Gay-Lussac and André M. Ampère published that this was either an element or a compound of oxygen. No one yet, knew for sure exactly what it was, until the English chemist Sir Humphry Davy got into the picture (you might recall Davy as being the Father of Stoners in our essay The History of Anesthesia) and did some experiments with samples given him by Ampère.
Davy published, on the 10th of December, 1813, a little piece in which he described this substance’s qualities as being similar to chlorine, and that it was quite analogous to both Fluorine and Chlorine. He named it Iodine from a Greek word for “violet colored” but the hubbub did not stop there. Suddenly the priority rights over the substance were in dispute (who did what first and so on) while both Gay-Lussac and Davy acknowledged that Courtois was the discoverer.
Later, Jean Lugol discovered that bonding iodine to a mineral (potassium) made it water soluble, and allowed for the later discovery of iodine’s antiseptic qualities. Iodine naturally dissolves in alcohol, but not in water until it is first bonded to the elements potassium or chlorine.
The use of antiseptics, the general use of antiseptics and acceptance of the theory of germs, was far off. Iodine made it’s leap into medical history when a Swiss physician, Dr Jean François Condet announced that iodine could reduce goiters (enlarged thyroids).
At this moment, modern medical science is born. For the first time in history we have a specific disorder that is relieved by a specific treatment, which was discovered through empirical reasoning (experimentation based upon trial and error).
Please note: this treatment is a nutritional substance. The human body was designed to ingest minerals from the sea. This is nutritional medicine, not chemical medicine. Please note this, because medicine abandons this mind set later when … well, you’ll have to see when.
Iodine suddenly became hip and people consumed it till they turned blue in the gills. It was a powerful stimulant loaded with uncomfortable side effects and when a group of under-worked physicians, with little to do, got together, the first regulations of medicine were initiated and iodine became a semi-controlled substance. Like most controlled substances, the controllers knew very little about the substance they were controlling and for the sake of the public safety, they came up with an off-the-wall RYA (Required Yearly Amount) for iodine that had nothing to do with empirical science. Just one more example of people with control issues thinking they know what’s best for you and me. Luckily, a true scientist, with an appropriate name to boot, in 1917, published his findings on the study of thyroids in fish, dogs, and humans found in the Great Lakes region. His name was David Marine. He discovered that the amount of iodine our medical authorities had limited we humans to in a year’s period was most likely the amount our bodies needed in a two week period. The medical establishment poo-pooed these findings, and Marine’s work has never been endorsed by the medical establishment. Keeping humans ill is profitable for drug companies, and by 1917 pharmaceuticals were the most profitable business around and growing faster than a forest fire in a wind storm after a ten-year drought.
But it was an Indian (from India) who is credited with ushering Iodine into the Medical Hall of Fame. His name is Sunker Bisey. He won a contest run by an English Manufacturing firm in which the winner would get a full scholarship at a major British university. Bisey boarded a ship to jolly old England, waved goodbye to his family, but never made it to the university. Arriving in England dying of Malaria, he was treated to the best physicians the British Isles had to offer, but to no avail, and he soon opted to die in his homeland, and set sail. At a stopover in France where firing up kilns of seaweed was now the latest craze, someone suggested treating the dying lad with Iodine. Long story short: Bisey finished his education in England and set sail for New York where he intended on bringing this magnificent new treatment for disease to the world.
He had some minor successes with local physicians, but nothing to write home about. In 1927, out of total frustration, he wrote a letter to a crackpot psychic and requested a reading on iodine. When he received his reply, it brought tears to his eyes, according to Phil Thomas, an Edgar Cayce historian. The letter confirmed Bisey’s overall assertions and outlined an electrification process by which the iodine could be exposed to a magnetic field while suspended in a wet battery; a process that would transmute the iodine into a state the body could fully recognize and fully assimilate.
As Phil Thomas writes in his paper “IODINE – The Once A Century Element,” Sunker Bisey wasted no time in assembling the necessary equipment and running the experiment. Having worked with the element for many years he knew instantly, upon tasting the detoxified form that Mr. Cayce’s suggestion had finally cracked the coded mystery of the once unruly element. He set about replacing the raw form with the new iodine … and within days he started hearing back positive reports of his new found discovery. In the months and years which followed thousands of people were routinely cured of a wide assortment of ailments, most of which had no viable treatment … prior to the advent of atomic iodine.
Now here is where the story goes sour. I’m not big on conspiracy theories, so I’ll let you construct your own conclusions.
Sunker Bisey built up his iodine empire because he had no competition. His simple, inexpensive nutritional therapy was all the rage. Edgar Cayce did more readings on iodine, especially his new form which had such names as Detoxified Iodine and Atomic Iodine, but eventually would be called Atomidine. But there was only one person marketing this form of iodine and he was about to be put out of business. Put out of business by the Government.
Gee, I seem to recall a tenth amendment and something to do with restriction of free trade.
The government, in it’s almighty wisdom, decided to iodize salt. This would guarantee that every American got their daily requirements for iodine. The amount the government would require to go into salt was not based upon David Marine’s research (which was scientific) but rather it was based upon the 100-year-old recommendations by that group of busybody physicians with few patients to treat and way too much time on their hands. The required daily amount (RDA) of iodine is just enough to keep our thyroids from expanding, not unlike the RDA of vitamin C today which is just enough to keep us free of scurvy, but not enough to prevent a pre scurvy disorder known as CVD, or Cardiovascular Disease. (See our publication Bypassing Bypass).
The average American was lulled into a false state of security and Bisey’s business eventually crashed. He died a pauper in 1935, passing on his business, what was left of it, a few notes and lots of Atomidine no one wanted, onto his son. His son, who apparently had no interest in following in his father’s footsteps (and die a pauper), turned around and sold the process to a pharmaceutical company that immediately buried it and forgot about it.
Even Edgar Cayce quit doing readings about Atomidine since it was no longer available, but near the end of his life, he resurrected a slew of iodine readings and introduced a theory of “vibrational” medicine that many are still investigating to this day. For more on Edgar Cayce, how he’s been labeled a quack by some and a prophet by others, see: Edgar Cayce.
From the Cayce readings, we get this: Knowing the tendencies, supply in the vital energies that we call the vitamins, or elements. For, remember, while we give many combinations, there are only four elements in your body: water, salt, soda and iodine. These are the basic elements, they make all the rest! Each vitamin as a component part of an element is simply a combination of these other influences, given a name mostly for confusion to individuals, by those who would tell you what to do for a price.
This is an amazing statement, laughed at by the so-called scientific community, but investigated by others. Scientific types will tell you that water, salt, and soda (calcium carbonate) are not elements, while iodine is. Cayce was not an educated man. Recordings of his readings are hard to understand at times, because he went into a trance. In other words, he was asleep and sounded oftentimes like someone talking in his sleep. When he uses the word element, he is not using a chemistry denotation, but rather a loose connotation.
He often said that three or four drops of Atomidine three or four times a week were all you needed to stay healthy. How much exactly? That’s hard to determine since it’s your body that needs it at your levels and not at mine or your neighbors’.
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(NaturalNews) When Rockefeller decided he needed to increase his profits and control the world’s usage of fertilizer, he convinced the farmers that the petro-chemical fertilizers would enable them to spend more time farming instead of spreading manure. What he never told them was that the petro-chemical fertilizers would kill all the sulfur in the soil that the manure facilitated and by doing so, the people would be deprived of the essential nutrient that the manure provided and illness would abound.
So, the 21 reasons to add organic sulfur to your daily regimen are as follows:
1. Organic sulfur is not a drug or prescription medicine, but rather a nutrient that the body is deprived of.
2. It increases enzyme production within the glands of the body, substantially increasing resistance to illness.
3. It increases flexibility in the tissues within the body and increases blood circulation.
4. It reduces muscle and joint inflammation, promotes healing in the muscles and joints and prevents them from becoming sore. To the degree there is soreness, recovery and return to normality is quickened. Athletes, in particular, benefit from this as the intake of OS dramatically increases their recovery time.
5. It eliminates “free radicals” in the body. Allergies to pollens ad certain foods can be eliminated or reduced by its use.
6. It promotes healthy, increased growth of hair and fingernails.
7. Because of the oxygenation of the cells and tissues that the OS facilitates, the body is kept in a constant aerobic environment making it so that cancer cells cannot survive or exist.
8. Studies have shown it can help reverse symptoms of osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
9. It aids in healthy skin production and the reduction of “wrinkles”. It is one of the main ingredients in moisturizing creams.
10. It helps the body properly regulate insulin production. Adequate OS in the diet may reduce the amount of insulin injections.
11. It helps alleviate chronic headaches and migraines. Increased circulation in the brain cells promotes proper blood circulation within the brain. Less pressure and pain result, reducing tendencies for headaches.
12. It helps alleviate emphysema by providing the body with material to manufacture new, healthy cells on lung walls.
13. Because of the ability to make cell walls more permeable. OS causes the body to rapidly release and reduce alcohol “hangover” toxins, removing them as waste from the body. The process quickens recovery time from a “hangover”, often as quickly as 20 minutes.
14. It helps in reducing and often eliminating diverticulitis. Parasites living in the intestines are unable to remain attached to the walls due to the slippery coating that the OS produces. Because of this, hatching parasitic worms are flushed out as well because they cannot attach to the walls.
15. It reduces hypoglycemia in the body because it has made it easier for the body to introduce blood sugar through more permeable cell walls. Less insulin is demanded for the process, resulting in less overuse of the pancreas. Within several months of constant usage, OS can reduce or eliminate hypoglycemia entirely.
16. It helps alleviate PMS. Glandular production is enhanced by OS to have more “normal” levels of production. Acid, enzyme, and hormonal levels are more evenly balanced facilitating reduction of cramps, headaches, and nausea associated with the monthly cycle.
17. It helps promote better kidney function more efficiently. Water retention problems associated with poor kidney function can be alleviated.
18. It can help alleviate eye problems. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of the sulfur crystals in 4 ounces of water and use as eye drops as frequently as you like.
19. OS delivers the essential omega-3 throughout the body and also allows the body to produce vitamin B-12.
20. It has amazingly reversed countless cases of asthma and 18 cases of autism that we know about so far.
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About the author:
I have been doing a weekly radio show in Honolulu since 1981 called “Health Talk”. In 2007 I was “forced” to get a Masters degree in Nutrition because of all the doctors that would call in asking for my credentials. They do not call in anymore. Going to www.healthtalkhawaii.com enables you, among other things, to listen to the shows. I am an activist. In addition to espousing an organic vegan diet for optimum health, I am strongly opposed to GMOs, vaccines, processed foods, MSG, aspartame, fluoridation and everything else that the pimps (Big Pharma, Monsanto and the large food companies) and the hookers (the doctors, the government agencies, the public health officials, and the mainstream media) thrust upon us, the tricks.
After being vaccinated with the DTP vaccine as a child I developed asthma. After taking the organic sulfur crystals (they are harvested from the pine trees in Louisiana) in November of 2008 for 10 days my asthma reversed and has not come back over 4 years later, 18 cases, so far, of autism have been reversed, as has cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, osteoarthritis, joint pain, astigmatism, gum disease, increased sexual activity, heavy metal and radiation elimination, parasite elimination, free radicals elimination, faster athletic recovery time, increased blood circulation, reduced inflammation, resistance to getting the flu, reduction of wrinkles, allergy reduction, reduced PMS and monthly period pain, nausea, migraines and so much more. And it’s only possible because of the oxygen it releases that floods the cells of the body. The sulfur, as proven by the University of Southampton in England, enables the body to produce vitamin B12 and the essential amino acids. You can find out more about this incredible nutrient also on my website – www.healthtalkhawaii.com -.
My book, “a Sane Diet For An Insane World”, has been published. It can be viewed at
Dietary Sulfur can be found in protein foods, particularly eggs. It’s also found in smaller amounts in garlic, onions, very fresh green vegetables and turnips, nuts and some fruits. The problem is that bioavailable Sulfur (like MSM) is very water soluble and can be lost in storage, washing and cooking. The practice of spraying water on the green vegetables in the shops may possibly deplete water soluble nutrients before we even take the vegetables home! Sulfur is found in two of the B vitamins, thiamine and biotin, thiamine being important to skin, insulin and carbohydrate metabolism, and biotin is important for hair. Sulfur deficiency may be more common when foods are grown in sulfur deficient soils. When people are on low protein diets (or low in stomach acids to process proteins) and when there is a lack of the right kind of intestinal bacteria to finish the digestion process. Our soils are deficient in lots of minerals! Some people have even sprinkled MSM on their vegetable patch to ensure the plants get enough.
History: for centuries, Arthritis pain sufferers have bathed in sulfur rich springs, used oral sulfur as sulfates, and eaten eggs, fresh raw garlic and onions with the hope that they would help. Reference: “Staying Healthy with Nutrition” Elson M. Haas, M.D.
Sulfur deficiencies can be associated with;
Slow wound healing, Scar tissue, Brittle nails, Brittle hair, Gastrointestinal problems, Inflammation, Lung dysfunction, Immune dysfunction, Arthritis, Allergies, Acne and other Skin conditions.
Supplementing with MSM assures an adequate supply of easily absorbable organic Sulfur for the body to use.
Animals know what is good for them – if they need MSM they take it readily, in their drinking water or in their food. MSM can be lacking in your pets diet. Horses of all types recover faster after a workout or race when they are given MSM daily. Like cats and dogs horses are mammals.
Scientists around the world have investigated the possible benefits of MSM in treating Arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, inflammatory diseases (most of the degenerative diseases involve inflammation), allergies, asthma, dermatological problems, periodontal conditions etc…
MSM also works extremely well for Animals. Cats, Dogs, Horses etc. Animals also suffer a lot of the same complaints we suffer from. Animals Suffering from Arthritis, Inflamed joints, Back Pain etc all can benefit from taking MSM. Its also been found that horse studs using MSM on both the mare and the stallion get much better success rates when breeding. Success rates have risen drastically. Race Horses recover faster after heavy training or a race. It works on all animals that are mammals large and small.
John Metcalf, DVM, a well-known equine practitioner, started his evaluation of MSM to treat a variety of illnesses in horses, including chronic muscle soreness, epiphysis’s, acute laminitis, pleuritis, recurring digestive tract disorder and arthritis. He had good success where other more traditional treatments were not as effective.