SSKI- An Old Drug Reconsidered

SSKI(super saturated potassium iodide) is an old drug that has been largely forgotten over the years. In the early 20th century, it was the medication most commonly prescribed by physicians. A medical maxim from that time gives some idea how commonly it was used- “if ye know not what, where or why, prescibe ye then K & I.”

I became interested in it because of personal thyroid problems- which SSKI has largely resolved. Thank you, Dr. Google! In addition to thyroid dysfunctions, SSKI can be used for many different conditions. It is effective against fungal diseases such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, and sporotrichosis. It also will resolve sebaceous cysts.

SSKI can be used against other infections. Urinary tract infections respond well. It will often help with respiratory infections. It can be applied to gums to treat gingivitis. It is probably effective against any infectious agent- that’s why it is used as a disinfectant. There are many other indications for the use of SSKI that apply more to humans than pets.

SSKI is also effective in removing toxic halides (fluoride and bromine) form the body. Fluoride toxicity appears to be much more common in dogs than the literature would suggest. We have now tested 14 dogs for urine halides. All but one has shown elevated fluoride levels in their urine. The exact significance of this is not known at this time. I’ll keep you posted as to our experience. Theoretically, elevated fluoride affects many body organs. It might even be a major contributor to food allergies. We will see.