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Thyroid - no seaweed or iodized salt?

Commented on October 29, 2013
Created October 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM

I had an ultrasound of my thyroids (my blood test is excellent). The doctor told me I have some nods and I should not have any iodized salt or seaweed and stay away from anything with iodine.

Any ideas what can be the cause and why can't I have seaweed anymore?

Thanks!!!

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 29, 2013
at 09:11 PM

hi VB, do you have a copy of your blood test results, given some of the answers/comments below, it may be worth posting them up to add more info to the discussion

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on October 29, 2013
at 08:13 PM

Is the nodule producing thyroid hormone? Did you have nuclear thyroid imaging? A biopsy? I'm just wondering why he/she would jump to iodine.

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on October 29, 2013
at 08:01 PM

I'd be careful with that. Like most any nutrient, the dose makes the poison. It's a U shaped curve. If she's deficient, more is warranted, if she's got enough, more will cause problems. Hyperthyroid isn't caused by too much iodine, nor is hypo necessarily caused by too little (although too little will prevent hormone production, too much can turn off hormone production too!)

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on October 29, 2013
at 07:22 PM

I got T3 and T4 and many other tests. Everything checked out fine.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 29, 2013
at 07:21 PM

I had an ultrasound done, and that's when they say I had something like that. Thanks for your answer.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 29, 2013
at 07:20 PM

THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!

She did not say I had Graves or hyperthyroid. She just said to stay away from iodine.

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on October 29, 2013
at 05:03 PM

Unlikely if your blood work was excellent. Hyperthyroidism would likely be detected in blood work.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on October 29, 2013
at 05:02 PM

All she has now is a nodule. Given that her blood work was excellent, why would you assume thyroid disfunction?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 29, 2013
at 03:36 PM

It does. @VB: brazil nuts 1-2 a day is plenty. If your thyroid is using too much iodine, and you've got Graves or are hyperthyroid, by all means, no more iodine, and no need for selenium (or as much). At some point when you're depleted of iodine, you may need a little bit more to function, but if there's autoimmune issues, it's probably not a good idea to supplement.

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on October 29, 2013
at 02:56 PM

@raydawg,

See VB's additional piece of information below. Does that change your advice?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 29, 2013
at 11:43 AM

Where do I get selenium? Can you recommend anything but kidneys?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 29, 2013
at 11:39 AM

I asked her and she said that my body takes in too much iodine for some reason and it impacts my thyroid. Can it be true?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 29, 2013
at 10:50 AM

i actually thought that one of the possible causes of thyroid nodules was iodine deficiency, but i am not a doctor or an expert on the subject...mayo clinic thyroid nodules article

& seaweed contains iodine

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 29, 2013
at 10:57 AM

That's terrible advice. Thyroids NEED iodine and selenium (if you just take iodine and don't have enough selenium to balance it out, you'll get in trouble). It's possible that seaweed is contaminated and you should avoid it for that, but we still need iodine.

AFAIK, even those who are hyperthyroid do need some iodine.

Edit: I'm basing this answer off the following article, but if you've got Graves, perhaps your doctor is trying to rate limit your thyroid from producing too much T4 by removing its source of iodine, so as to prevent further immune response; while that's bad advice normally, there's probably a good reason. Talk to them and get all the details.

http://www.naturalendocrinesolutions.com/archives/is-iodine-safe-to-take-in-people-with-hyperthyroidism/

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 29, 2013
at 11:43 AM

Where do I get selenium? Can you recommend anything but kidneys?

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 29, 2013
at 02:56 PM

@raydawg,

See VB's additional piece of information below. Does that change your advice?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 29, 2013
at 03:36 PM

It does. @VB: brazil nuts 1-2 a day is plenty. If your thyroid is using too much iodine, and you've got Graves or are hyperthyroid, by all means, no more iodine, and no need for selenium (or as much). At some point when you're depleted of iodine, you may need a little bit more to function, but if there's autoimmune issues, it's probably not a good idea to supplement.

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on October 29, 2013
at 04:35 PM

if you have hypothyroidism you should eat more iodine. But hyperthyroidism is caused by iodine so in case of that you should decrease iodine. To really know you need to take test on other things such as T3 and T4. Both conditions shut down the function of the thyroid but the first is caused by among other things iodine deficiancy and the second by to much iodine.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 29, 2013
at 08:01 PM

I'd be careful with that. Like most any nutrient, the dose makes the poison. It's a U shaped curve. If she's deficient, more is warranted, if she's got enough, more will cause problems. Hyperthyroid isn't caused by too much iodine, nor is hypo necessarily caused by too little (although too little will prevent hormone production, too much can turn off hormone production too!)

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on October 29, 2013
at 05:02 PM

All she has now is a nodule. Given that her blood work was excellent, why would you assume thyroid disfunction?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 29, 2013
at 07:22 PM

I got T3 and T4 and many other tests. Everything checked out fine.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on October 29, 2013
at 03:02 PM

Is this a medical doctor or some other type of practitioner. Thyroid nodules can be symptoms of a number of things. You need an ultrasound, and perhaps other tests to know what type of nodule it is. Reducing iodine intake is not a treatment that I am familiar with, but then again I forgot to sleep in a holiday inn last night...

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on October 29, 2013
at 07:21 PM

I had an ultrasound done, and that's when they say I had something like that. Thanks for your answer.

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on October 29, 2013
at 11:33 AM

Ask your doctor why. He may have a legit concern, but we don't have enough information to know for sure.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 29, 2013
at 11:39 AM

I asked her and she said that my body takes in too much iodine for some reason and it impacts my thyroid. Can it be true?

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