Anyone try the iodine patch or paint test to see if they have iodine deficiency?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 10, 2012 at 3:32 AM

I'm curious what brand(s) are recommended for this skin test. Have your results to this skin test connect to symptoms and/or blood values? Thanks



on March 10, 2012
at 10:01 AM

I've had it done a few times by a holistic nutritionist, we didn't do any other testing to confirm any correlation to blood values or anything. But the stain on my arm did seem to stick around longer after a few months of supplemental iodine.

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on March 10, 2012
at 07:56 AM

I bought some Lugol's 3% which is iodine / iodide. I have done the patch test twice - first time the patch was gone in under 6 hours. The next time it lasted 8. Apparently it should still be visible after 24. However, while I'm happy to add a drop or two water and drink that, I'm not convinced that ingesting large amounts of iodine is totally safe / wise.

I've read that many cultures historically would have had more iodine in their diet than we do now, and that the Japanese have a much higher intake, which seems to correlate with lower cancer rates (up to 12.5 Mg daily ). But I don't really like supplementing, and two drops a day is about as much as I'm repaired to take! (Around 4 mg)


on June 08, 2013
at 09:54 PM

Lots of people advocate it to protect and treat the thyroid. Soil are deficient, dont eat alot of fish, and floridation blocks the receptors for iodine which the thyroid needs to produce thyroid hormone (which regulates everything practically in the body) Too much will produce hyper thryoid which happens a little more in Japan I read. Too much fish and kelp probably.


on March 10, 2012
at 04:04 AM

Is it cheap? Sounds really cool but gimmicky.

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