Take a look around you and you will find that the majority of our population is hypothyroid. Currently there are around 13 million people that have been diagnosed and at LEAST another 13 million that have yet to be diagnosed because of the inaccuracy of the blood test done to detect TSH, T3 and T4. Doctors no longer listen when you explain your symptoms, though they clearly scream hypothyroid, they insist that since your levels are in the "normal" range you are fine. If your doctor tells you there is nothing wrong then what do you do? Are you just over-exaggerating? Are you just lazy? Perhaps a hypochondriac? No, no and again no!
First of all, remember that you are in charge of your health, your doctor may prescribe you something but it is merely a suggestion, whether or not you take it is up to you. If you experience any negative side affects the doctor is not considered accountable, you decided to listen to him. You hired him as a consultant in regards to your health, if you are still sick then you should consider firing him and finding a new doctor, preferably one skilled in natural medicine or an N.D. Secondly, start listening to your body. What does it tell you? If you look at all the symptoms a person experiences you can find the underlying cause, and all the hypo symptoms are your body's way of telling you something is off. That something is the amount of iodine in your body. Each person should have an iodine store in their whole body of 1500mg, iodine should be in every cell of your body. For women the highest concentrations are in your thyroid, breasts, uterus and ovaries, and pancreas. For men the highest concentrations are in the thyroid, prostate, and pancreas.
So what is a daily serving of iodine? The RDA states that you need at LEAST 150mcg or .15mg, however this is only to prevent extreme stupidity and goiter. The amount your body requires to function properly is at LEAST 12.5mg or 12,500mcg per DAY for adults. Wow what a big difference that is! The reason being that you need at least 5mg for your thyroid and women need 5mg for breasts while men need about 5mg for their prostate and 2.5mg for the rest of your body. Isn't that what Iodized salt is for? Just to reach the RDA you would need to consume 20 teaspoons of iodized salt per day! Unless you are or intend to eat lots of seaweed, sea veggies or seafood you will need an iodine supplement. Fortunately, there is one that gives you the optimal daily dose in one tablet, Iodoral.
You're probably thinking that it sounds like waaay too much iodine to be taking, what about iodine toxicity? First off, back in the early 1900's iodine was considered the universal cure, whatever your problem was you were first prescribed high doses of iodine (this goes beyond mg now we are talking grams). If that didn't relieve your problems then they gave you colloidal silver and the like. But in 1948 "Wolff and Chaikoff from U.C. Berkley (3), described their finding in rats administered iodide in increasing amounts by intraperitoneal injection. When serum inorganic iodide levels reached 0.2 mg/L, that is 10-6M, radioiodide uptake by the thyroid gland became undetectable. The correct interpretation would be: Iodide sufficiency of the thyroid gland was achieved when serum inorganic iodide levels reach 10-6M(4). But Wolff and Chaikoff concluded that serum inorganic iodide levels at a concentration of 10-6M blocks the synthesis of thyroid hormones, resulting in hypothyroidism and goiter. These authors did not measure thyroid hormones in the rats studied. Hypothyroidism and goiter were not observed in those rats. This fictitious phenomenon became known as the Wolff-Chaikoff Effect. By 1969, Doctor Wolff had moved to the National Institute of Health from U.C. Berkley. Wolff arbitrarily defined 4 levels of "iodine excess". The first level of excess started with intake above 0.2 mg/day, and iodide intake of 2 mg or more was considered "excessive and potentially harmful". In the following article, the author discusses the Wolff-Chaikoff Effect and presents evidence that the data reported in the rats by Wolff and Chaikoff (3) did not justify the interpretation of these data as applied to rats. Even worse, extrapolation of these findings to human subjects by Wolff (5) was inappropriate, and unscientific. By the 1970’s, physicians concluded that one must avoid inorganic non-radioactive iodine like leprosy, unless it was incorporated into the toxic organic iodine containing drugs. Then iodine could be tolerated because iodine could be blamed for the toxicity of these drugs.
Against this background, a 1993 publication by Ghent et al (6) reported the beneficial effects of 5 mg iodine ingested daily for approximately one year in 1,368 patients with Fibrocystic Disease of the Breast (FDB). This author became aware of Ghent’s publication in 1997. Ghent’s study did not confirm Wolff’s prediction that daily iodine intake of 2000 ug (2 mg) was "excessive and potentially harmful". Based on academic credentials and reputation, the opinion of thyroidologist Wolff from the National Institute of Health, would prevail over the findings of Ghent et al. However, being interested in facts only, not in preconceived opinions of famous thyroidologists, an extensive search of the literature on iodine in medicine was initiated 7 years ago by the author, combined with some original clinical research.
The literature search revealed that 60 million mainland Japanese consume a daily average of 13.8 mg of elemental iodine and they are one of the healthiest nations, based on overall wellbeing and cancer statistics (4). Japanese women do not stop consuming iodine-rich foods during pregnancy, and Japanese fetuses are exposed to maternal peripheral levels of iodide at concentrations of 10-5M to 10-6M (1-4). Either the Japanese are mutants, capable of striving on toxic levels of iodine or we have been grossly deceived, and the human body needs at least 100 times the RDA, which was established very recently in 1980 and confirmed in 1989!! (7).
The literature search revealed that U.S. physicians over the past century used Lugol solution extensively in their practice for both hypo- and hyperthyroidism (1). The recommended daily amount for iodine supplementation, as previously mentioned, was from 2 to 6 drops containing 12.5 mg to 37.5 mg elemental iodine with 40% iodine and 60% iodide as the potassium salt. As late as 1995, it was still the recommended amount in the 19th Edition of Remington’s Science and Practice of Pharmacy. For hyperthyroidism, physicians then used Lugol solution in daily amounts ranging from 6 mg to 180 mg, with the most common dose of 90 mg, resulting in success rates as high as 90% (1). Radioiodide and goitrogens called antithyroid drugs were not available to U.S. physicians until the late 1940’s, after World War II. "
Lorraine from Charlotte, NC writes: "I am using iodine for hyporthyroid. Feel better and am losing weight after consistantly gaining weight for over a year. Iodine cured my fatigue, hypoglycemia, dry skin, brain fog. I feel I still have a ways to go. Does anyone know if iodine taken internally or painted will cure acne? My son has tried everything and still no cure for his severe acne. He is 25 yrs old and it's killed his self esteem. Thanks for any help! Lorraine."
Joanna from England writes: "hi, i suffered with weight gain and thinning hair, although blood tests showed borderline hypothyroidism i started taking sea kelp and at last my weight has slowly started to come off and as a plus my hair grows much thicker and quickly. i will take this supplement for life."
Right now I'm on Synthroid or another T4 med., what can I do? Right now I'm on Armour or other dessicated thyroid gland med., what can I do?
First things first, you should talk with your doctor and get a full workup in regards to vitamin/mineral deficiency. Once you have that done you will know where you stand and what you need to start supplementing with. Iodine is top priority of what your body needs but it works synergistically with other vitamins and minerals, remember you also need to provide support for you adrenals (for natural adrenal support click here). Most people are able to slowly decrease their dose of meds while slowly increasing their intake of iodine, and eventually are pharma drug free! This can be a slow process and you must pay attention to your body to decide when to increase or decrease whether by your self or with your doctor, but everyday you are one step closer to a healthier life!
My thyroid was removed surgically or destroyed with radioactive iodine, what can I do?
It's so unfortunate the number of people whose condition is made worse by removing such an important part of our body. Fortunately, your body does not need your thyroid alone to utilize iodine, you actually need the iodine anyways. What's really exciting is that many people whose thyroid was removed or destroyed have actually regrown their thyroid, this can happen when you have an iodine rich diet and it is possible because with surgery the doctor can only remove so much tissue, they avoid the tissue closest to your voicebox and trachea. Once your get your body healthy again it will have an easier time regrowing, though this may not happen for everyone, it has happened to many others so you have good reason to hope! To get started on your way to a healthier life click here.
Ok so now I believe I'm deficient, what do I do? Well, you can start by clicking here.
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