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Your opinion on this iodine protocol for hypothyroidism?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 05, 2012 at 4:33 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to treat my hypothyroidism and I came across this protocol on MDA.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/139Xa8u8kgNVT-K17TxYvsM7qsSfusxyvloIXWbU92rg/edit?pli=1

Anyone follow this and have success?

Cbdc8318738324492f2d5918868ce4c9

(1211)

on November 20, 2012
at 01:09 AM

Keep in mind brazil nut selenium content could actually be pretty low as it can depend on the region it's grown ... fish, shellfish, eggs, and kidneys would be more reliable.

34997c76c8ce232f28942f233e180f18

(608)

on November 06, 2012
at 12:31 AM

I'm eating brazil nuts and have a selenium supplement for when I don't eat enough. Thanks :)

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 06, 2012
at 12:15 AM

Glad you mentioned selenium because I forgot to. Absolutely wouldn't start on iodine w/o taking selenium or eating high-selenium foods. Doesn't hurt to worry about zinc & copper too.

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on November 05, 2012
at 12:58 PM

I started with much lower iodine supplementation than they recommend (lower than the RDA) and had a long series of problems. Spent several months swinging between hyper and hypothyroid, lost a lot of hair, terrible mouth sores, broke out in cherry angiomas on my torso, had intermittent carotenemia, etc etc.

I can't say I really followed their protocol because their protocol is to continue through the side effects, assume you're working through bromide detox and it will all come right in the end. I stopped the iodine instead, and not sorry about it. I think if you are younger you probably have less to worry about; if you're older, your thyroid might not so easily adjust to a new level of iodine intake, especially if you had been deficient before over a long period of time (there is lots of data on this from the many countries that have instituted iodized salt programs).

I went back to getting my iodine from salt and seafood. I am now MUCH more careful about regularly replacing the salt in my salt shakers -- before this episode I was unaware of how much iodine salt loses through evaporation.

If you're going to try it, highly recommend you join the iodine group at Yahoo that maintains that protocol, and do all the reading you can first. There are many people there that have successfully worked up to a high iodine intake w/ minimal problems.

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Eb25d6caca28728ec32fc678bb8bfa79

on November 20, 2012
at 12:09 AM

I have hashimotos. All in the family. I have used iodoral iodine supplements 37mg per day. Makes me sleep really well and very colorful dreams. You need to read Dr. Brownstein on why you need iodine. Everybody needs it.

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A0d4481f4b568e4edc7d8c72102dcfc1

on November 05, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Be careful if you have autoimmune hypothyroidism, otherwise known as Hashimotos. Most hypothyroidism is caused by this autoimmune disease, and iodine can cause your symptoms to worsen. I tried using iodine after optimizing selenium like the Jaminets recommend, but it completely backfired and made me sick. Be careful! :)

34997c76c8ce232f28942f233e180f18

(608)

on November 06, 2012
at 12:31 AM

I'm eating brazil nuts and have a selenium supplement for when I don't eat enough. Thanks :)

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 06, 2012
at 12:15 AM

Glad you mentioned selenium because I forgot to. Absolutely wouldn't start on iodine w/o taking selenium or eating high-selenium foods. Doesn't hurt to worry about zinc & copper too.

Cbdc8318738324492f2d5918868ce4c9

(1211)

on November 20, 2012
at 01:09 AM

Keep in mind brazil nut selenium content could actually be pretty low as it can depend on the region it's grown ... fish, shellfish, eggs, and kidneys would be more reliable.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on December 04, 2012
at 02:28 AM

Like two others have mentioned so far, I had a complete physical breakdown after I started taking iodine that completely threw my thyroid for a loop, causing so many seemingly unrelated symptoms that took my doctors months to figure out. The iodine suppment change was the only change in my diet/lifestyle they could attribute any of the cascade of problems I had. So, it could totally work for you, because I decided to try it based on awesome reviews, but I would make sure to try to have recent lab work in and maybe find a practioner with whom to work. Good luck and I hope you find what works for you.

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Cbdc8318738324492f2d5918868ce4c9

(1211)

on November 20, 2012
at 01:01 AM

This can be a tricky supplement as it relies on other vitamin/mineral status/supplementation and can cause symptoms from (intended) detox of halides.

Consider working with a doctor:
http://www.breastcancerchoices.org/ipractitioners.html

Other resources to learn:
http://www.breastcancerchoices.org/iodineindex.html
http://steppingstonesliving.com/resources/iodine
https://www.drbrownstein.com/bookstore_Iodine.php

Also consider the Jaminet's recommendation to start low and increase dosage gradually:
http://perfecthealthdiet.com/recommended-supplements
Start at 225 mcg and double dose no faster than monthly:
225 mcg -> 450 mcg -> 900 mcg -> 1/2 prolamine -> 1 prolamine -> 1/2 Iodoral -> 1 Iodoral

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8f87879387f2a357db7c33008ff9a04a

on November 20, 2012
at 12:24 AM

Just started 12 days ago. Hope to report good news soon....

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