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Iodine, the hidden deficiency epidemic.

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by Martial, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. Martial

    Martial Senior Member

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    I have been reading more, and more about iodine's uses recently and suprisingly the world wide deficiency that everyone has going on! Iodine is an extremely vital micro nutrient to proper thyroid function and excellent for proper cell aptosis, without proper cell death cancer can begin development.

    There are many, many purposes to iodine and it is so crucial to have it in ones diet!

    Here are a few sources that discuss it! Surprisingly enough by coincidence one article in the psychology today magazine actually talked about the role of iodine deficiency in CFS/FMS. here is a qoute of that article


    here are some good articles on it!

    http://www.t-nation.com/readArticle.do?id=5559634

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...201108/iodine-deficiency-old-epidemic-is-back

    http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-QuickFacts/

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/29/iodine-deficiency-risk.aspx
  2. lansbergen

    lansbergen Senior Member

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    In my country iodine is added to salt and bread.
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    Iodine deficiiency is common despite iodized salt. Commercial salt is not iodized. Not everyone eats bread. Iodine appears to do lots of things, but we don't really understand it. Thyroid function is only a part of it. Iodine seems to be important in suppressing viral infections.

    I was tested some years ago and found to be deficient. I use iodized salt exclusively, not regular salt. Seaweed is a good source, as is sea salt and seafood.
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  4. golden

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    Thanks for the info.

    I use seaweed as my good source. :)
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    I can attest to supplementing with iodine for health. I had a thyroid cyst for several years that was starting to grow. Being me, I had no intention or desire to follow the endocrinologists' (plural) advice and get a biopsy. That's when I found Dr. Brownstein's work. I learned that almost everyone is deficient in iodine, and of course, it's a controversial subject that most doctor's won't even talk about. For one thing, it's difficult to test for. I started taking Iodoral, with the guidance of a teachable doctor I found at an Integrative Medicine clinic, and to my amazement, not only did the cyst stop growing it went away! It's completely GONE. That's because, apparently, iodine deficiency is the cause of many or most cysts and tumors anywhere in the body connected to the endocrine system.

    I was dying to go back to the conservative endocrinologists and say, "Told ya so!" But I didn't!

    Also, switching from the toxic Synthroid to NatureThroid, and eating up to 2 tsp. a day of Celtic Sea Salt contributed to the healing. Dr. B. recommends all of these things; and not iodized salt (I don't recall why).

    His site: www.drbrownstein.com

    Judy
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  6. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    Using iodine screwed up my health VERY badly. It gave me severe cardiac arrhythmia for several months and then crashed me. I would approach iodine with great caution.
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    It can cause issues like this in people with hashimotos or other auto immune type thyroid issues.. Definitely something to look into before starting if that is an issue for some.. That usually happens in the higher doses though, have you ever been tested for hashimotos or have an infection that is targeting your thyroid? Also what dose were you taking?
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    Most specialists state that the iodine added to salt and bread is already too processed of the essential bio available form of iodine so people still run deficient.. The issue today is that it is such a big deficiency but a lot of people don't understand with plenty of things including iodine salt, however it is because these versions of iodine are too reduced from the original source to reap benifit that it is an issue.
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    Wow that is awesome Judy! So happy to hear that all cleared up for you!

    Also if you look at my link to the T-nation article you will see why iodine salt is not recommended!

    Hope you are feeling much better now!
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  10. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    I don't have Hashimoto's. I took a very low dose, and it had a serious adverse effect within a couple weeks.

    Some people just do not tolerate iodine well. I am in that category. Trace amounts in sea salt and seaweed are plenty enough for me.
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  11. Martial

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    No doubt I think anything is possible and I am sorry to hear you had such a serious reaction! Usually the amount people can try in drops is the basic RDV value of a few mcgs, that should prevent really bad reactions in those cases.

    I forgot to add earlier but selenium is a very important and useful thing to take along side the iodine, I don't remember all the intended purposes of it right now but always recommended.

    Anyways yes, I think based off what you said people should approach with caution and start very slow and low if necessary!

    Eating plenty of sea salt and seaweed should cover you for sure! It is the people that do not consume these things that can run into issues!
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    Thanks, @Martial

    I happen to have Hashimotos, which is why the doctor who is helping me was super hesitant at first to okay my taking Iodoral. But after she watched the DVDs I lent her that Dr. Brownstein made, she changed her mind! She checks my blood every 4 months to make sure all my many thyroid related numbers are okay; we're trying to heal the Hashimotos. I've since lowered my dose from 37.5 mgs. of Iodoral to 25 mgs. per her instructions (It's basically a guessing game; I can't get the iodine-loading test Dr. B. recommends). Dr. B. often puts his patients on up to 50 mgs. of Iodoral (iodine/iodide). My doctor has me take yeast-free selenium, N-Acetyl Cisteine (sp?), and L-Tyrosine. However, I have heard that tyrosine is a bad idea and stopped taking it. Will ask her about it when I see her this month.

    Judy
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