IODINE Theraputics:  Anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral, alkalizing, antiparasitic, mucolytic and detoxing agent.
So Why aren’t people taking iodine?
IODINE is an essential nutrient that is severely lacking in the SAD-diet (Standard American Diet) and not enough is added to table salt. The RDA is also very low and most people require 12-50 mg per day of iodine. It can be found in seaweeds.
Another cause of low iodine is the high use of Flouride in toothpaste and water sources along with the toxic element- Bromide that is added to bakery products, gadotorade, sodas and certain medications. Both elements(Bromide and flouride) displace iodine at the receptor sites. This results in organ/ tissue dysfunction that may lead to thyroid, hormone imbalances, fatigue, fibromyalgia, pain and more…
Another thing that is disturbing is that there are studies that show the low iodine levels during pregnancy can cause Autism, ADHD, low IQ, thyroid problems and asthma in the child as well as thyroid imbalances postpartum. Most prenatal vitamins contain little to no iodine.   
Iodine is essential in hormone production and  protecting most tissues like the skin, ovaries, pancreas, liver, uterus, prostate, brain, eyes and thyroid. Iodine has been shown to treat fibrocystic breasts, shrink cysts on breasts, ovaries, thyroid, prostate, uterus or on the skin. It prevents cancer. It is also one of the most alkalizing agents that can help raise the pH of the body to reduce inflammation. 
If iodine solution is placed directly on the skin over a nodule or tumor the iodine displaces the cancer cells and shrinks the tumor. It is also important to take iodine solution orally that has both forms of iodine and iodide because certain tissues only respond to either iodine or iodide. Therefore it is most beneficial to take both for overall preventative and protective purposes.
Signs of Iodine deficiency:  Weight gain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, sleep abnormalities, goiter, low thyroid or overactive thyroid, breast cancer,  fibrocystic breasts, ovarian cysts, cognitive decline, memory loss, cardiovascular disease, obesity, infertility and diabetes and more…
While starting Iodine therapy some people may have some fatigue, uneasy feeling or metallic taste in the mouth. This is caused by the detoxing of Bromide. Most people who are iodine deficient are also Bromide toxic. Therefore it can be helpful to add Vitamin C, sea salt (1tsp/ day), chlorella and B-complex to aid in detoxing bromide. Certain dietary recommendations and detoxing may also be very helpful.
Importance of Testing the Iodine Loading test :In order to get on the highest effective dose and to monitor bromide and iodine, it is important to get a baseline reading before starting  iodine. After doing the Iodine loading test, a person would be on a quality iodine supplement from 3-6 months then may go down to a lower maintainence dose.
Dr. Kovalik would be happy to discuss this testing with you or to see if this therapy is right for you.
Resource: “Iodine: Why you need it Why you can’t live without it” Dr. David Brownstein MD.