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From the Townsend Letter
July 2006

Iodine Debate. . .
Alan R. Gaby's Response to Rebuttal #3

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The Iodine Debate so far. . .

Editorial: Iodine: A Lot to Swallow
by Alan Gaby, MD
(Aug/Sept 2005)

A Rebuttal of Dr. Gaby's Editorial on Iodine
by Guy E. Abraham, MD and David Brownstein, MD
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(October 2005)

Alan R. Gaby, MD's Response to:
A Rebuttal of Dr. Gaby's Editorial on Iodine
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(November 2005)

Iodine Debate Continues: Rebuttal #2
by Guy E. Abraham, MD and David Brownstein, MD
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(April 2006)

Alan R. Gaby's Response to Rebuttal #2
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(April 2006)

Iodine Debate Continues. . .Gaby's Rebuttal #3
by Guy E. Abraham, MD and David Brownstein, MD
Online publication only. . .
(July 2006)

Alan R. Gaby, MD replies:

"Iodophobic bioterrorism?" Methinks the gentlemen doth protest too much.

If Dr. Brownstein has done before-and-after thyroid antibody tests on all his patients, then his data might resolve the question of whether short-term treatment with high-dose iodine increases the incidence of thyroiditis. I urge him to publish his results. His data would not appear, however, to answer the question of whether long-term iodine therapy increases the incidence of thyroiditis, particularly since Dr. Brownstein only started using high-dose iodine routinely about three years ago.

Aside from my comments above, I see no value in continuing this debate. My concerns about iodine toxicity were stated in my editorial and in the rebuttals that followed. Those who have an interest in resolving these issues are urged to read the original research cited by Abraham/Brownstein and by me, and to reach their own conclusions.

I cannot accept Abraham/Brownstein's analogy between iodine and the Myers cocktail, with respect to the need for toxicity studies. While I am an advocate of the Myers cocktail, I have never stated that it is entirely safe. Indeed, I have described adverse reactions and potential toxicities and have recommended that it be administered with caution. I use the Myers cocktail to treat chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, heart failure, acute asthma, and several other conditions. I do not recommend that the entire human race receive Myers cocktails, as Abraham and Brownstein seem to be recommending for megadose iodine.


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