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It's Iodine, Baby!

Updated on July 6, 2012

Are you tired, run-down, listless?

Do you poop out at parties?

Are you unpopular?

The answer to all your problems is in this little bottle: IODINE.

This lens is about iodine and other ways of feeding and keeping your thyroid and other glands happy. Since starting iodine myself, I've discovered that I'm actually awake when I wake up in the mornings, not to mention getting things done around the house I formerly had no patience or energy for!

I recently started on potassium iodide and within a day or so, I became restless and took all the cans out of my kitchen cabinet. Some of them had been there for years! When my husband came home, he said, "What happened?" I threw out three loads of cans and organized the rest.

A couple of days after that, I became dissatisfied with the refrigerator. It was time to clean! I took everything out and when my daughter came home, she said, "What happened?"

The next day I scrubbed another part of the fridge and continued to freak out my family. Then I tackled the stack of papers I'd been avoiding.

"Are you on crack?" my husband asked, laughing.

"No," I said, "It's iodine, baby!"

Round Up the Usual Suspects

Recognize any of these, like Brain Fog?

Below is a list of common symptoms of low thyroid or hypothyroidism:

Fatigue and weakness

Low basal temperature (cold intolerance)

Dry and coarse skin

Hair loss

Cold hands and feet

Weight gain

Insomnia

Constipation

Depression

Poor memory, forgetfulness, dementia

Nervousness and tremors

Immune system problems

Heavy menstrual periods, polycystic ovaries

Prostate cysts

Fibromyalgia

Fibrocystic breast disease

"Brain fog"

Insulin resistance, diabetes

Fatty liver

High cholesterol

Poor cognition or cretinism in children

And more, unfortunately

Introducing the Halogen Family

(A slightly dysfunctional family at that!)

Here are the four largest halogens and their relative atomic weights:

Fluorine . . . . . . . . 19

Chlorine . . . . . . . . 35.5

Bromine . . . . . . . . 80

Iodine . . . . . . . . .127

Halogens with a lower atomic weight displace those with a higher atomic weight, but not vice versa. So while bromine can displace iodine, bromine can't displace chlorine. But fluorine, chlorine, and bromine can ALL displace iodine!

Think about it . . . do you drink or shower in chlorinated water? And does your community add fluoride to your water? Do you ever eat white bread products? Eat a lot of table salt? Drink supermarket milk? How about swim in pools or spas?

These all matter because they're sources of iodine-displacing halogens. Table salt is sodium chloride, so just eating fast food with its high sodium content can do it! Swimming pools and spas are usually treated with chlorine for their sanitizer, and sometimes also bromine. Decades past, iodine was used as a dough conditioner, but now bromine as taken its place, as well as is used to bleach wheat flour that blinding white color. Bromine is also hiding in many soft drinks, such as Gatorade and Mountain Dew - look for "brominated vegetable oil" on the label. Iodine was once used to sanitize cows' udders, but now bromine is used commercially. And fluoride is hard to avoid, unless you deliberately choose toothpaste without fluoride or drink water filtered to remove it.

This is just one reason many are iodine deficient, because these other displacing halogens have been knocking their iodine brother out of the picture.

So What Do Halogens Have to Do with the Thyroid? - They can make for a chunkier neck!

Two-thirds of the body's iodine is found in the thyroid gland. Iodine is found in every cell in the body and the thyroid is only one of the organs in the body that stores iodine. Iodine is used by every hormone receptor in the body. The absence of iodine causes a hormonal dysfunction that can be seen with practically every hormone inside the body, all of which interact with the thyroid.

So as you see, if the more toxic halides are knocking the iodine out of your system, your entire body suffers, but especially the thyroid.

The woman pictured above could use some iodine supplementation and a little thyroid TLC.

Filter Halogens from Your Water

A fluoride filter will generally also filter out chlorine and bromine - a nice thing for the thyroid!

Where Do I Find Iodine?

Enjoy Iodine-Rich Foods

Good Dietary Sources of Iodine:

Seaweed (like nori, used to wrap sushi rolls)

Kelp or dulse powder

Unrefined sea salts, iodized sea salt

Deep-water fish (wild caught is safer for you)

Shellfish

Fish sauce (used in Thai cooking)

Eggs (the yolks contain the iodine here)

Real butter

Turkey

Some of the less common foods on this list you may find in a health food store or an Asian market - both are fun places to shop! I once took my children to a Japanese market and there was an entire aisle devoted to the various seaweeds. My girls took home different flavors of nori, including teriyaki, some wrapped in individual portions! Kids actually enjoy nori and my daughter's friends at school would beg her for some.

The following may be good sources of iodine, IF the soil they are grown in is rich in iodine:

Baked potato (with the peel)

Navy beans

Radishes

Asparagus

Carrots

Tomatoes

Spinach and other greens

Rhubarb

Peas

Strawberries

Mushrooms

Lettuce

Bananas

Onions

Try to get organic produce as there is a better chance of the soils having been enriched. You also may be able to taste the difference!

And while coconut is not rich in iodine, it does feed the thyroid! I use expeller-pressed coconut oil because it is odorless and flavorless (the rest of my family is not hep on coconut like I am). But those who enjoy the flavor of coconut can use the "extra-virgin" variety of coconut oil. And don't forget shredded coconut, and now coconut flour, which is a gluten-free flour.

But beware, there are foods that are unfriendly to the thyroid because they block the uptake of iodine! Check it out!

Avoid Goitrogenic Foods

Goitrogenic foods block iodine absorption. Enjoy in moderation:

Kale, cabbage, peanuts, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, and turnips. (Yeah, I know, limiting the Brussels sprouts is going to be hard!)

COMPLETELY AVOID ALL SOY PRODUCTS!

Not only is soy highly goitrogenic, it's also estrogenic! I avoid it like the plague. So unless you ladies really want extra estrogen or guys want less testosterone, forget it.

Actual Iodine Supplementation

It gets stronger as the list gets longer

Dulse tablets or powder

Kelp tablets or powder

Liquid iodine, such as Lugol's solution, Iosol, or nascent iodine

Iodine tablets, such as potassium iodide

Glandular bovine or porcine thyroid supplements

But how do you know if you need a supplement? This part is up to you! Do you see your neck a big pudgier than before? Do you have any of the symptoms listed in the first section? Below I'll give you a couple of free to inexpensive tests you can do at home to see if iodine supplementation may help you.

Note: Do NOT take tincture of iodine orally! It can be used as an antiseptic for external first aid, but please don't swallow it!

A Word About L-Tyrosine

Tyrosine is an amino acid that helps the body utilize iodine. It's found in diary products, lima beans, bananas, almonds, sesame seeds, poultry, and fish.

If you want to supplement with this amino acid, take L-tyrosine on an empty stomach with water or juice 30 minutes before a meal. It is most effective taken with 25-mg of Vitamin B6. Do not take L-tyrosine with proteins such as milk or with any other amino acids, because the other amino acids would compete with the L-tyrosine. Ask your doctor if you should supplement.

Consider the Thyroid-Adrenal Axis

It'll keep you from burning your adrenals out . . .

The thyroid and all the other endocrine glands affect one other. If you feel you may have chronic fatigue or other symptoms of adrenal fatigue, it would be a good idea to feed your adrenal glands as you feed your thyroid, because if you only pep up the thyroid, you could burn out your adrenals!

If you'd like to feed your adrenals, make sure you're getting enough good-quality protein. (If you're a vegetarian, make sure to combine your proteins so the amino acids dovetail in the same meal.)

Vitamin C concentrates in the adrenals, so get a good vitamin C product with amla or rosehips, as too much plain ascorbic acid can be hard on the adrenals!

You can also supplement with freeze-dried glandular adrenals from bovine sources. I like the kind from New Zealand.

B vitamins are also important in supporting the adrenals; brewer's yeast tablets are a simple way to get extra Bs without paying an arm and a leg!

Avoid stimulants, like tobacco, caffeinated beverages and energy drinks, and too much sugar (yeah, I know, between losing the Brussels sprouts and now your coffee, I'm really on your list).

And make sure you get enough sleep! It is healing.

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Excess Iodine is Rare, But . . .

A few people break out in pimples from too much iodine, too fast! If this happens to you, cut back on your iodine supplement or go off of it for a few days before resuming, because what is happening is a detox reaction. It's actually helping to get heavy metals like lead and mercury out of your system.

If you really want to lose any excess iodine sooner, eat some white bread, drink some fluorinated water, drink some Gatorade . . . you get the picture.

A Simple Iodine Deficiency Test

Guess Which Twin is Deficient?

According to Bruce Fife, N.D. in "Eat Fat, Look Thin," you can perform this simple test at home to see if you are iodine-deficient:

Paint a 1" diameter area of 2% iodine solution (like Lugol's, sold in most drug stores, or Amazon, in this lens) on your skin where it won't show. If you are getting enough iodine, the red stain will remain for about 24 hours. If it disappears sooner, your body is deficient and is absorbing the iodine. The more deficient you are, the more quickly it will disappear.

Online Iodine - And no sales tax, either!

You can get any variety of iodine products from Amazon at great prices - and perhaps no shipping!

The Basal Body Temperature Test

As originated by endocrinologist Dr. Broda Barnes

Take your early morning body temperature two days in a row. The night before the test, shake down a thermometer - be sure that it is shaken down and below 95 degrees.

On awakening the next morning, put the thermometer under your arm with the bulb in the armpit with no clothing between it and your armpit. Leave it there for 10 minutes (use snooze alarm if you wake up to an alarm). Just drowse for that time lying still.

After 10 minutes, take the thermometer out, and read it, writing down the result right away. (On waking, most people don't think clearly and might forget the reading). This is known as your Early AM Basal Temperature, and the "normal" should be between 97.8 and 98.2.

This reading taken by armpit is somewhat lower and somewhat more accurate than by mouth. If you have a low-grade infection this may read higher than your "normal," therefore if it is in that range above, you should repeat the above procedure every other day for a week or so. If you are a menstruating female, also do it on the 2nd and 3rd day of your period.

If your temperature is lower than the range, you are probably hypothyroid, and if higher, then you are probably hyperthyroid or you have an infection somewhere.

This Goes Beyond Iodine Supplementation - Please tell me you'd notice this on yourself!

I once saw a lady at a shopping center with a goiter just a bit bigger than the one in this picture. She should see an endocrinologist for some actual thyroid hormone.

I Think My Thyroid is Messed Up!

Now What Happens?

If you've tried supplementation, or your problem seems greater than can be helped by "over the counter," get help.

Make an appointment with an endocrinologist who is not afraid of prescribing natural thyroid, such as Armour. Mary Shomon has a good resource for doctors in your area.

If you're specifically interested in treatment with Armour thyroid, then click here to find a doctor close to you!

Before you see a doctor, though, it's good to read up on the thyroid prior to your visit. It'll help you to make more informed decisions.

Solved: The Riddle of Illness

If seeing so many books is overwhelming for you, I recommend you check this one out of your library or order from Amazon. It makes the case for thyroid supplementation.

Other Uses for Iodine

As Reported in Earthclinic.com:

Grow stronger nails: Paint the nails with white or colorless iodine daily. The nails become less brittle and grow longer.

Grow hair: Applied white iodine to the scalp to grow hair. There may be a crusty spot, but it will fall off and then small hairs can be seen. Be patient, this is a long process.

Remove skin tags: Apply twice daily. It may take several weeks, but after a while the skin tag will turn black and fall off. (Beats having the doctor burn it off, ow!)

(Regular iodine can be used as well, but this stains the skin and nails.)

Water purification: Iodine destroys bacteria, viruses and cysts, and its action is dependent on its concentration, the water temperature, and duration of contact. Use 8 drops/liter of 2% food-grade iodine, or 4 drops/liter of the 5% liquid iodine. It will destroy all pathogens if left for 10 minutes at 68 degrees. Lower concentrations and lower water temperatures will take longer.

If you add 50 mg of vitamin C powder after adding the iodine, the water is said to be nearly flavorless! Or add lemon or lime juice, but then don't let anything contaminate the water after this. This can also be used in your pet's water to keep it clean (it may also provide your pet with a boost!).

Skin wounds: Liquid potassium iodide, such as in Lugol's solution, is antiseptic. Swab the area of concern with iodine and cover with a bandage. This is also good for burns as it lowers the risk of infection.

Get rid of your headache: Swab one or both wrists with iodine for headache relief.

For the Bomb Shelter

Forewarned is Forearmed!

Some people store high-dose tablets of iodine in case of a nuclear accident, which could cause the release of a radioactive iodine plume into the environment.

Radioactive iodine (I-131) is a by-product of nuclear fission that occurs only within a nuclear reactor or during detonation of a nuclear bomb. What makes radioactive iodine so dangerous is that the body cannot distinguish it from ordinary iodine. As a result, if swallowed (in contaminated food or water), or inhaled (it can remain in the atmosphere for days), it will be absorbed into the thyroid gland and may lead to thyroid cancer, especially in children.

Potassium iodide (KI) tablets were distributed en mass following the Chernobyl nuclear accident just hours after the explosion. In the years following the accident in areas where people received the drug, the incidence of thyroid cancer has not increased. But where potassium iodide was not distributed, previously rare forms of juvenile thyroid cancer have begun appearing at epidemic rates, with over 11,000 known cases. This number continues to rise and is not expected to peak until 2010.

What is interesting to me is that some doctors treat hyperthyroidism the same way - by giving the patient radioactive iodine to destroy the thyroid. One pill is all it takes. Then the patient is dependent upon thyroid medication for life. How sad, when hyperthyroid patients also respond well to iodine supplementation!

Something to think about.

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      Haveagood1 3 years ago

      @irminia: Thank you!

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      irminia 3 years ago

      Very informative lens, a lot of information and well written.

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      healthtruth lm 3 years ago

      Iodine really is great stuff! Thanks for sharing I have learnt a lot.

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      Haveagood1 3 years ago

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      alternative-help 3 years ago

      great info on a subject most need to know about. I read every word.

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      TapIn2U 3 years ago

      Many people have iodine deficiency and may not realize it. Good information on this lens. Thanks and got to share this on my FB page. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      LOVE Squidoo stories, incredible to learn from this site, wanted to share this as the adrenals are also a HUGE part of the thyroid system (I use Lugol's Iodine) note: "it's amazing for the skin on your face, and MOSTLY as soon as you come from having a sunburn, iodine takes it away in seconds! gotta try it! (I have daily last summer, the pain and burn goes away instantly, but it's the greatest moisturizer for the face)

      Just came from seeing the doctor earlier today, and never took the Prescription Drug "Thyroid" in Canada, but my numbers are back to normal, (a virus can throw your thyroid WAY off whack) ~ so we know it's really an adrenal issue, but she still got mad at me for seeing her because I never take any drugs......but in Canada SO many die overnight from pnuemonia and gastrointestinal issues from DRUGS (or end up in a coma) YES this does happen ~ when the true cause I believe is in origin Adrenal Issues! Yet doctors in Canada don't care about learning from people like me the root causes STILL! (I have had pneumonia two times, the 1st time on a DRUG that "DID" kill me (yes I did die, but came back), 2nd time same symptoms but was viral, my M.D. wouldn't give me a drug, the 1st time both my doctors were on vacation and had to go to hospital and it was a Sunday, my temp. was 106 - the antibiotic that killed me (Biaxin) all brand names have a different name in every country they are sold in - A LOT of people with B+ and O- blood types are allergic to this drug, I know this as fact but doctor's don't care to explain Why (sigh), this drug has sent my ADRENALS completely Out Of Whack, and I'am only NOW finding this out after 6 years! I LOVE white coat regular doctors! - Off to the Naturopathic College again!

      And the true cause of the reason I got pneumonia in the "first place" - lack of adrenal support, and the Biaxin killer flipped my adrenals causing the temperature problems I've had since the drug almost killed me for good!

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      Fantastic information,I never had a clue. And I love the way you have written it. Blessed by a Squid angel. Please feel free to add this lens to my January 2013 blessings x

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      ramonabeckbritman 4 years ago

      Great Lens. i never knew anything about iodine. Although I did know that the body needs it, just never checked into it. Love the iodine arm test you showed here. i will try that.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very informative, and made me laugh too!

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      Nimblepins 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. I am going to try the test. I love natural remedies and the idea of restoring balance in our bodies.

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      Great information. I'm going to try that iodine test and possibly try a supplement. Maybe it will give me more energy!

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      Haveagood1 5 years ago

      @Rickcpl: You are correct, Rick - any of the undiluted halogen will do this. The liquid iodine featured in the lens is diluted, but it is a good idea for those applying liquid iodine to the skin to vary the location so the skin doesn't get annoyed!

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      Rickcpl 5 years ago

      Iodine on skn is an irritant and will cause a painful rash. (Chemistry nerd=-))

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      Tracy Smith 5 years ago from Maryville, TN

      Thank. My mom was just telling me about Iodine, she said it was really helping her. She is taking Kelp supplements.

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      Iodine doesn't get as much attention as Vitamin D, but it's just as important.

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      dianbee 6 years ago

      Excellent information! Iodine is a very under-rated mineral.

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      Haveagood1 8 years ago

      [in reply to rawraj] Rawraj, this is something you own body will tell you, LOL!

      According to Dr. Donald Miller Jr., based on Japanese public health statistics, "Mainland Japanese now consume 14.5 gm of seaweed a day (= 45 mg of iodine, if its iodine content, not measured, remains unchanged). Researchers have determined that residents on the coast of Hokkaido eat a quantity of seaweed sufficient to provide a daily iodine intake of 200 mg a day. Saltwater fish and shellfish contain iodine, but one would have to eat 15–25 pounds of fish to get 12 mg of iodine."

      So Dr. Donald Miller Jr.'s recommendation starts at 12.5 mg of potassium iodide a day, equivalent to 2 drops of 5% Lugol's solution in water. Some people take 50 mg/8 drops, depending on their health condition - please listen to your body! It's wise to start slowly to avoid detoxing out bromine (pimples!) by eating seafood, seaweed, or taking kelp tablets (see "Actual Iodine Supplementation," above in the lens).

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to BeautifulDreamer]

      Thanks for the reply, one more question, what would you consider a safe limit(not the official one) and an "extreme" safe limit(if I can call it that, what I mean is a higher one)

      based on your experience.

      You can safely tell me this :-P as I am not going to take it as medical advice, just for the records.

      Thanks

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      Haveagood1 8 years ago

      [in reply to rawraj] Hi Rawraj. You are right, the amout of iodine supplementation is a complicated subject! I have read doctors' opinions on both sides of the controversy; Dr. Mary Shomon personally does better getting her iodine from food, but supplementing directly causes tenderness and a slight goiter. On the other hand, Donald W. Miller, Jr., M.D., states, "The Wolff-Chaikoff effect, a temporary inhibition of thyroid hormone synthesis that supposedly occurs with increased iodine intake, is of no clinical significance." He has treated many patients with high doses of iodine with good results.

      Part of the problem of iodine sensitivity, I think, is heredity. The coastal Japanese consume probably 50 times the iodine most Americans eat, and if you read "Nutritional and Physicial Degeneration" by Weston Price, D.D.S., you'll see many cultures incorporating iodine-rich foods in their diets. Listen to your own body, as Dr. Shomon does, it can't steer you wrong!

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      Haveagood1 8 years ago

      [in reply to Ruthie] Thank you for writing, Ruthie. I am sorry about your illness. I am not a doctor, but I have some ideas about your pains. It sounds like the supplements were actually doing something good, but that they were causing a detox reaction, and that can be pretty uncomfortable! Have you had your gallbladder checked?

      Talk to your doctor and ask about going through a bowel and gallbladder cleanse, then see about adding back your supplements one at a time. That should help you pinpoint what is causing your discomfort. Dr. Christopher's makes an outstanding herbal calcium you can take as capsules or make as a tea (blecch); I have heard incredible reports about this calcium. Vitamin D is imperative for bone health and your immune system, so see about adding this back first. Until then, lay out and catch some rays!

      Best of health to you.

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      Haveagood1 8 years ago

      [in reply to Heather] You're welcome, Heather! A Japanese friend recently gave me some Korean roasted seaweed and we couldn't stop eating it! It's very thin, almost dissolves in the mouth. She gave us three containers and finally I looked at my kids and said, "The last one it MINE!" I'll have to find the brand name for you, but it's roasted and has a little oil in it - yum!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for this "lens". I've never heard of that term before. I dreamt about eating seaweed last night and woke up daydreaming about iodine. Then this morning my email lead to Mercola then here. Reading your info makes it clear to me what I need. If it weren't for my relatively healthy diet, I might be as bad off as my younger sister, who has been on total thtroid replacement therapy for years. I have had my thyroid checked every few years, but just recently noticed my neck feeling thickened, along with every other symptom you list starting to manifest. Off to the health store again!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have a auto-immune problem, hormone imbalance, hashimoto, etc.etc etc too much to list. On my blood work my doctor found out I have a vitamin D deficiency, iron deficiency, low T4 but high T3's, and bone density said osteoporosis . I already am on desiccated thyroid so I did the iodine test as stated and it disappeared fast, so I was put on oral iodine liquid along with vit D drops, natural iron liquid packets, and a calcium tablet bone blend. I got acute pains in my left kidney, heart and middle of my shoulder blade. Went off everything it got better. It took a week to be anywhere's near normal and then a month to completely go away. I was tested everything came back normal except high white blood count in urine 200 but no bacteria. so my doctor had no idea what caused it. She thought i might be the iodine. I know vit D causes me to get an acute attack of "lupus" symptoms another mystery but not this.What is your option on this if you can say. Anything would be helpful Thank you!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you so much for this compilation of information.

      You did not go into detail one topic(which I believe is misinformation), that is taking too much of iodine.

      Since iodine deficiency causes hypothyrodism so the popular belief is that too much iodine will cause hyperhyrodism.

      Could you please write a little more on this topic(and/or give me an immediate reply to my comment to :-))

      Thanks a lot for this information

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      Haveagood1 8 years ago

      [in reply to ---Chazz] You're very welcome! I have learned a lot myself in researching it. If you are able, please leave this lens some stars. I hope your partner is better soon, Chazz!

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      Chazz 8 years ago from New York

      Thank you for supplying more info than any endocrinologist I've ever been to! Very interesting. My partner has had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis since a teenager and does not respond to prescription thyroid meds like synthroid. I'm emailing this lens to her right now so she can finally find something that may actually help.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks very helpful!!

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      Haveagood1 8 years ago

      [in reply to Julie]

      Dr. Jones is describing a brand of iodine called Optimox, which is 5 mg iodine and 7.5 mg potassium iodide for a 12.5 mg tablet. It's iodine AND potassium, but is only 5 mg iodine.

      Here's another answer from Dr. Jonathan Wright of the Tahoma Clinic:

      IODINE, IODIDE, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

      Iodine is a basic element, as are calcium, zinc, oxygen and other elements. The word "iodine" usually refers to two iodine molecules chemically "stuck together" (I2), just as the word "oxygen" usually refers to two oxygen molecules "stuck together" (O2). Since iodine is more reactive, and therefore more likely to cause problems, iodine is usually used as "iodide", a word which refers to one iodine molecule combined with another molecule such as potassium (KI) or sodium (NaI). In chemical terms, such molecules are called "salts"; the best known salt is sodium chloride (NaCl), a "salt" of chlorine (Cl2).

      Thanks for asking, Julie! : )

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just read an article from Andrew Jones, MD, Medical Director, Women's Health Institute of Texas, that said we need 2 types of iodine - iodine and iodide. The iodine supplements you normally find are made from kelp - a seaweed - lacking in iodide. They suggest 5 mg of iodine and 7.5 mg of iodide. What do you think of this?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is so interesting. I never knew how important iodine was. I will pass this information along. Thank you!