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iodine supplementation ... your experience?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Hi. I'm interested in learning what sort of experience you guys have with iodine (Lugol's/Iodoral) supplementation. There seems to be many people who report wondrous results after very high dosage (50+ mg daily) for long intervals (months, years). I'd like to know if Paleo folks on this forum have experienced anything good/bad with iodine supplementation.

For myself I have slowly upped my dosage to 12.5 mg (one Iodoral tablet) five times a week. I also take other useful supplements like vitamin C, magnesium and selenium. My objective was to try to raise my basal body temperature (..I have mild hypothyroidism) assuming iodine/selenium would have a positive impact on my thyroid. Although my basal body temperature might be responding a bit I can say definitively two unexpected results have happened:

  • my psoriasis is clearing, significantly. This is perhaps due to the antibiotic/antifungal properties of iodine. (My psoriasis was helped TREMENDOUSLY by going Paleo but some lesions remain. These lesions have both shrunk and faded.)

  • my libido has improved considerably (I am a 57 y.o. male).

Having said all this, iodine supplementation has not been easy. Lots of sinus drainage and kidney aches for the past several weeks, although the situation seems to be stabilizing.

I plan to carry on for several more weeks before gradually reducing my dosage. I will not join the legion of those taking megadoses of iodine because I am not convinced the it will yield substantial improvement beyond what I have experienced thus far. But I am always interested in people's thoughts on the matter.

_Lazza

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on July 30, 2013
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Thanks for your response. I reduced my iodine intake to less than 1 mg/day. I grew tired of the side effects, including a swollen thyroid like with you, and I was taken aback when my TSH level shot up to 12 (despite not having overt hypothyroid symptoms). Within a couple weeks of being off iodine my thyroid is back to normal. I will be testing my TSH level shortly. However unlike you my weight did not change while on iodine.

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on July 18, 2013
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Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks! I appreciate it.

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on July 30, 2013
at 04:34 PM

be extremely careful here.

i tested normal on all thyroid numbers but thought i'd supplement anyway to make up for the iodine i wasn't getting after switching to mineral salt.

big mistake.

i got the 12.5mg Iodoral. within two months i had gained 23 pounds. i got sick twice and needed 8 days off of work for it. injuries that wouldn't heal. random body aches. crushing fatigue. a sore throat that wouldn't go away (my thyroid gland was inflammed).

i finally figured out it was the Iodoral that was doing it. after further research, apparently if a person with normal thyroid function mega-doses on Iodine, your thyroid down-regulates and you basically give yourself hypothyroidism. i am off of it now (going on a month). my throat pain has gone away and i'm slowly getting my energy back. but the weight won't budge so far. hopefully i didn't permanently damage myself.

i have never felt so stupid in my life. let my mistake be your warning. only take such large doses of iodine (and 12.5mg is large) with a doctor's recommendation after they determine you are already hypothyroidic.

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on July 30, 2013
at 07:01 PM

Thanks for your response. I reduced my iodine intake to less than 1 mg/day. I grew tired of the side effects, including a swollen thyroid like with you, and I was taken aback when my TSH level shot up to 12 (despite not having overt hypothyroid symptoms). Within a couple weeks of being off iodine my thyroid is back to normal. I will be testing my TSH level shortly. However unlike you my weight did not change while on iodine.

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on July 18, 2013
at 12:43 PM

I basically followed chris kresser's advice here:

http://chriskresser.com/chris-masterjohn-on-cholesterol-and-heart-disease-part-3

"One word of caution, though, is that it???s really important that if you do start iodine supplementation that you start at a low dose and you build up slowly over time. And the reason for that is that if you go too quickly, if you just start taking 6.5 mg, for example, or 12 mg, in my experience, that can provoke or exacerbate an autoimmune thyroid response, particularly if you don???t have enough selenium in your diet. And I???ve seen that happen, and I???ve seen people kind of start experiencing hyperthyroid symptoms or symptoms of immune dysregulation or immune attack against the thyroid. So, if you do start to take iodine, I???d recommend starting at a lower dose, like maybe 250 mcg, sticking on that for seven to ten days, maybe doubling it, sticking on that for seven to ten days, and then proceeding to increase from there. The other thing is that ??? and I just wrote a blog article about this today, the day that we???re recording this show ??? is that a lot of studies show that selenium can protect against the potentially negative impacts of iodine supplementation for people who have autoimmune thyroid disease. So, if you do have Hashimoto???s or Graves??? or something like that and you???re considering taking iodine, you want to make sure that you???re getting at least 200 mcg of selenium combined from food and supplements each day."

It's also what the Jaminets recommend.

I think I saw some skin reactions on my arms.

I was careful not to take it too late in the day because it could keep me awake. And eventually I started getting headaches at higher doses than 5 mg, so I dropped down to 1-1.5 mg per day and it seems to suit me fine. Some days I skip altogether.

So, the only thing I noticed is that my body temperature did go up (from 96.9 to 98.2 - over the course of a year this took!) and that I am no longer so sensitive to changes in temperature - I can go outside without a coat and be quite fine and seem to be sweating a bit more in warm temperatures (I believe inability to sweat is a symptom of hypothyroidism) my TSH was 1.6 after about 10 months into my supplementation, and free T4 was 1.3 or something; I've never officially pushed for thyroid supplementation even though I have many of the symptoms of hypo or hyper because the whole topic is quite confusing to me - those symptoms could be any person I know I think. Anyway, I also added in a lot more carbs though as well as took an adrenal supplement.

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on July 18, 2013
at 08:40 PM

Thanks for sharing!

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on April 29, 2013
at 10:18 PM

12.5 mg is the average dose that your thyroid needs to function per research of Dr. Guy Abraham . I would not do much more withoutmsome medical supervision also you google dr. David brown stein for more info. Just some general comments

Randy

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on April 29, 2013
at 10:46 PM

Thanks! I appreciate it.

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on May 01, 2013
at 11:17 PM

I read an good thread on this. The belief is that you feel sick while taking iodione because it is kicking out the other halides her it is http://iodinehealth.wordpress.com/bromide-salt-loading/

http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/threads/496056-Iodine-hurts the 1st link says to try pulse dosing the second has one post saying go on up to 50mg I swam in pools my whole life and starting to take in more kelp broke out in redspots. So it may be the case that the halides are getting kicked out.

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