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Iodine Deficiency 2019: The Disaster Continues

In medical school, I was taught that iodine deficiency was a thing of the past. It took me a short time into my holistic practice of medicine to realize that what I was taught about iodine was incorrect. In fact, I have been writing about iodine and its importance to health for nearly 15 years. When I started researching iodine in the late 1990s, I was shocked to discover that iodine deficiency was still occurring across the United States. When I began testing my patient’s iodine levels I found the vast majority—over 97%–were iodine deficient and most were severely iodine deficient.

 

At that time, I asked myself, “How and why could this be happening?” As I researched more and more about iodine the answers became clear. Iodine deficiency was still present because our food supply was (and still is) woefully inadequate in iodine. Declining mineral levels in our soil coupled with more pollution in the oceans made a perfect storm for iodine deficiency. However, the iodine deficiency epidemic was increasing because of our increasing exposures to toxic halides fluoride and bromide.  These toxic elements competitively inhibit iodine in the body. Our water supply has been contaminated with fluoride and our food supply has been adulterated with bromine in the form of brominated flour and vegetable oils.  Bromide is also found in many commonly used consumer items as a fire retardant.

 

Researchers from Texas Women’s University just released a 2019 article titled, “A Review of Iodine Status of Women of Reproductive Age in the USA.” (1) The authors summarized the studies that assessed iodine status of women of reproductive age in the USA. The authors state, “Despite the USA being considered iodine sufficient for the general population, the US dietary iodine intakes have decreased drastically since the 1970s, with iodine deficiency reemerging in vulnerable groups such as women of reproductive age. …a majority of the articles reviewed demonstrate emergent iodine deficiency in this population of women of reproductive age, indicating alarm for a public health concern needing immediate attention.”

 

Iodine is an essential element that we cannot live without. Every cell in the body needs and requires iodine to function optimally. The most vulnerable population for iodine deficiency are women of child-bearing age. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can cause permanently lowered IQ in children along with a host of neurologic and endocrine problems including mental retardation, autism, ADHD and thyroid problems. In adults, iodine deficiency can be linked to the epidemic rise in cancers of the glandular tissues—including the thyroid, ovary, uterus, prostate, breast and pancreas.

 

Folks, I have been sounding the iodine-deficiency alarm for nearly two decades. I have written numerous articles and books about the epidemic of iodine deficiency. I encourage you to educate yourself about iodine deficiency as waiting for public health officials to act is like waiting for Godot.

 

In our toxic world, our iodine requirements have gone up compared to our predecessors. With our tainted food supply, it is extremely difficult to ingest enough iodine through the diet. Therefore, I  recommend iodine supplementation to nearly every patient.   Most of my patients take from 25 and 50 mg/day. My book, Iodine: Why You Need It Why You Can’t Live Without It will provide you with the information you need to make the proper choices about iodine supplementation.  And, keep in mind, for women of pregnancy age, iodine supplementation should be started before pregnancy.

 

To All Our Health,

DrB

 

(1) Biol. Tr. Elements Res. 2019. 188:208-20

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David Brownstein, M.D.

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    Hudson2006

    Dear Dr.David Brownstein,

    I would like to know if iodine can treat SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and gut infection like high level of Streptococcus and Bacillus?

    I’m looking forward to hear from your reply. Thank you very much.

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      Hello Mr. Hudson,
      Iodine does not disrupt the normal gut flora. But, neither does it treat dysbiosis–IMHO.
      DrB

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    David Banman

    I got your book on iodine 5th edition, and overall it has helped me and my wife very much, thanks for putting that information out, I’m on iodine now about 3 months since I started about 70mg of iodine a day, and it has been very positive, but for the last couple of weeks, I seem to have mild swelling or slightly bigger on my right side thyroid, than the left side, with mild pain during swallowing saliva, pain is on and off not constant, I can’t find a Doctor in my area that endorses using iodine, so not much luck there,
    my question: is that possible a detox side effect?
    I would assume that I’m very bromine toxic, I have work for over 20 years with herbicide and pesticide, never realize how toxic it really is.

    thanks.

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      David,
      Not a common adverse effect that I have seen. You need to see a doc to evaluate this.
      DrB
      Let me know what they find.

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        David Banman

        Thanks for your reply, I have for the last 4 days cut my iodine from 10 drops to 5 drops a day of the lugol’s 5%, at the moment it seems like it did the trick.
        I can’t tell you how much better my wife an I feel after starting iodine. But If my pain comes back I will go and see the doc, and let you know.

        Just a little background: before I started iodine I had a lite sore and scratchy throat for about 5 months , and it worried me, and I finally managed to convince my doctor to refer me to an ENT, and the ENT did a look into my throat with a camera, and all he found was chronic tonsillitis, and acid reflux and post nasal drip.

        He put me on antibiotics for tonsillitis which is cured.

        And he also put me on Flonase, but I had such severe side effects that the Dr. didn’t believe me he said that flonase has no side effects, but doc convinced me I had an anxiety disorder (which I knew I had been dealing with some anxiety on and off for few years) put me on prozac, and after a week seemed like just made my condition even worse, I told my wife that I wouldn’t take the medication anymore, cause I just started feeling worse every time I took them, it didn’tfix my anxiety but just aggravated it. I went to work feeling like I might have couple of months left to live with no hope, during work I open up YouTube and for some reason your video was there, watched it for a few minutes, and I couldn’t wait to finish watching it, once I was home my wife and I watched it,
        we right away ordered your book, and we started iodine with your other recommended supplements and within days felt better, I still have a ways to go but feel like I’m on the right track.

        There are a lot more details about my symptoms before and during my 4 months into iodine but don’t need to bore you with it.

        But I want to say thank you Dr. Brownstein, I feel like you give me my life back, and I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas season.

        God Bless

        Ps. I hope you get to train many doctors, cause I believe that many people could be helped by it.

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    Emily

    Is there a link between polymyalgia rheumatica and either iodine deficiency and/or thyroid disorders? Thank you.

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    Maria ewing

    Hello Dr. Brownstein, as always I thank you for all that you do. There are few doctors who understand the importance of iodine as you do.
    My question is: when adding the ATP cofactors, can you take at a different time to taking the iodine? Thank you again.

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        Sally

        Hello Dr. Brownstein-

        I take Armour Thyroid, as well as other vitamins and minerals, and now my doctor wants me to start Iodoral.

        Is there a certain time of day to take it? Are there certain things that you should not take at the same time?

        As a side note, my doctor would very much like to study alongside you for a day or two if possible. She very much admires your work. Her name is Dr. Tamara Lyday of the Aurora Integrative Health Clinic in North Fond Du Lac, WI.

        Thank you for your guidance and time!

        Sally

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          Sally,
          I generally tell my patients to take it in the morning. Don’t take with too much vitamin C.
          DrB

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    Brad r

    Hello Dr Brownstein or moderator. In case Dr Brownstein is not aware, my questions over the last few days are only being deleted or disappearing and not posted or answered. What is wrong with my questions? In case this one is posted ( i doubt it) im wondering what might cause tsh to go from 1.8 to .98 in 3-4 months after starting taking iodine? Hoping the powers that be wont ignore or delete this one also.

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      Brad,
      I cannot answer every question that comes through–please understand.
      The TSH declined because the thyroid is functioning better with the addition of iodine.
      DrB

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    Matty

    Dr Brownstein, thank you for answering this question. My sister has a thyroid nodule thats been growing slowly over the past 6 years and has become noticeable just recently. Since then she started taking iodine and it seems that in 6 months her nodule is the same size. Any guess based on your experience how long until her nodule might bcome noticeably smaller? Iodine should help with this yes?

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      Matty,
      Young people respond better than older patients–no surprises there. It usually takes 6 months or so for nodules to become smaller. however, large nodules may not recede and the best iodine can do is stop further growth.

      DrB

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    Hi Dr. Brownstein, it’s clear that Vitamin C added to Lugol’s converts the Iodine to Iodide. See this image capture https://www.screencast.com/t/mGNcsmdd
    I’m trying to reconcile your comment that this is not a problem with your other comments that taking Iodide without Iodine has not given you the same clinical results (Iodine book 5th edition p.63). Your thoughts?

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      Brian,
      You can convert iodine to iodide if there is enough vitamin C. Sorry I did not make that clear. For most, taking it together is not a problem.
      DrB

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        Brian Haviland

        The test shown in the image capture only required 200mg of Vitamin C. Given that the protocol specifies 2000 to 5000mg I don’t understand how there is not a potential problem especially if the Lugol’s is put into orange juice etc.

        When I’ve raised this point some have said that the body can convert Iodide to Iodine as needed. My impression from your book is that this is not true?

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          Brian,
          I agree. We don’t want to reduce iodine to iodide outside the body. The body can convert, but iodine is best used as a combination of the two forms.
          DrB
          As for OJ, I have not done that. Does OJ reduce iodine? If iodine is put into enough powdered C, it will reduce it.
          DrB

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            8 oz. of fresh OJ contains about 124 mg of Vitamin C. Processed juices may have less although sometimes they have added Ascorbic Acid. While it would be harder to see the visual reaction shown in my photo posted previously using Ascorbic Acid and water I don’t see any reason why the reaction described below would not take place.

            Reference: “The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a learned society
            (professional association) in the United Kingdom with the goal of ‘advancing the chemical sciences.’ It was formed in 1980 from the merger of the Chemical Society, the Royal Institute of Chemistry, the Faraday Society and the Society for Analytical Chemistry with a new Royal Charter and the dual role of learned society and professional body.”
            “One molecule of ascorbic acid converts one molecule of iodine into two iodide ions.”
            http://www.rsc.org/images/TM0413-Vitamin-C_tcm18-232764.pdf

            Consider that there are frequent enthusiastic reports of how putting Lugol’s into OJ is a way to make it taste better. I suspect that this is in part because the more caustic Iodine has been converted to the more palatable Iodide.

            If the body is able to convert Iodide into Iodine as needed then this is not a problem, but I have not seen convincing evidence of that and your reported clinical experience seems to say we need both forms.

            Patients with certain issues that require Iodide (e.g. thyroid problems) might do as well or even better via upping their Iodide intake by taking Lugol’s with juice.

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              Brain,
              Even those with thyroid problems do better with iodine/iodide combinations than iodide alone. That has been my clinical experience for over 25 years.
              DrB

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    Susie21

    Hi Dr Brownstein, you mention in your book that you personally take 75mg of iodine a day and recommend most people will be fine on a dose between 6.25mg and 50mg. I’m interested how you decided that 75mg was better for you than 50mg, did you feel significantly different at a higher dose, and any tips on how to “know” when you are at the right dose other than blood or loading tests, thank you.

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      Susie,
      I don’t have a great answer for you. I felt better when I took over 25 mg but cannot tell beyond that. 50 mg/day saturates most of the iodine receptors throughout the body.
      DrB

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        Susie21

        I’ll aim for 50mg then 🙂

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    Maria

    Dear Dr. Brownstein, does it matter if you take iodine with food or without food? Thank you.

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    Maria

    Dear Dr. Brownstein, thank you so much for your replies to my previous questions. My question today is in regard to sea salt cleanse: for years I have been taking Himalayan pink sea salt 1/2 tsp. with two full glasses of water in the morning. An hour or two later I take my Lugol’s iodine. I just wanted to check with you that that is a good time to separate them, or, do I need to separate them at all? Thank you for your time.

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    Wendy

    I have been taking 1 Iodine drop in my water per days for hot flushes , within days they went and have never returned , I feel so much better

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    Maria

    It is okay to take vitamin C at the same time as Lugol’s iodine? I know that mixing it with the powdered form of vitamin C is perhaps not a good thing, but I am referring to Lipsomal forms or tablets/capsules forms of vitamin C. Thank you.

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    Maria

    Thank you Dr. Brownstein for your life long devotion to educating people about iodine. I personally take it, at least 50mg even more, every day and would not be without it! My question is can a baby of 18months experiencing croup take a drop of low dose Lugol’s?
    thank you.

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      Maria,
      Baby’s need iodine as well. The particular dosing pattern with babies is best worked out with an iodine-literate health care provider.
      DrB

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    Aaron

    Dear Dr. Brownstein,

    My husband cannot tolerate more than 100mg of selenium, else he gets strong headaches. He needs 3 drops of lugol 2% to be ok, not cold and not tired. I understand that both the selenium and iodine dosages are less than your typical recommendations.

    Would his intolerance to a higher selenium dose make it such that iodine supplementation is unsafe in his case, MUST it be 200mcg? or do the low dosages of both iodine and selenium make it ok? His hashi antibodies are low.

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      Aaron,
      Not everyone is deficient in selenium. I do not have the majority of my patients on it and they do just fine with iodine. Also, selenium can be toxic and the dose needs to be monitored.
      DrB

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    Katrina Scavone

    Hello! I recently found you after searching podcasts for pregnancy and the thyroid connection. I do not have a thyroid and am on NatureThroid. A lot of the information is geared towards those who still have thyroids. What recommendations/experience can you share regarding those of us who don’t have a thyroid and are trying to get pregnant? I recently have had 3 miscarriages and the doctors cannot find anything to attribute them to between my husband and myself, however no one has checked my iodine levels! I just ordered your Iodine book and capsules and will start those ASAP. So happy I found you! Thank you!!

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      Katrina,
      Those who don’t have a thyroid still have other organs and tissues like skin, liver, ovaries/testis, brain, etc. Every cell and all tissues require iodine. Let me know how you do!
      DrB

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    Angela

    You mention goitrogens in your Iodine book and how they can affect thyroid function. I have issues with Estrogen Dominance, which can also negatively affect your thyroid, so I take 2 supplements for Estrogen Dominance that are derived from Cruciferous Vegetables, DIM (diindolylmethane) and SGS (sulforaphane glucosinolate). Do you happen to know if DIM & SGS are goitrogenic? I have read conflicting reports, some say the goitrogens are removed and only DIM/SGS remain, but after a few weeks on either one of these supplements, it seems my thyroid symptoms worsen. Would love our input. Thank you so much.

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      Angela,
      Yes, DIM and SGS are goitrogenic. I have seen these products worsen a patient’s thyroid condition.
      DrB

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    Katie Hallquist

    Hi!!!
    I am currently taking pig Thyroid. My Dr says it is shutting down production of my own Thyroid hormones, and wants to wean me down on the pig Thyroid. I know I would crash, and wanted to start taking Iodine while I weaned down. Can I take Iodine with pig Thyroid ? I would start very low. If I need to work with a Dr who understands Iodine, I will do that, or come see your PA. Thank you!!!

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      Katie,
      Yes, you can take iodine with any thyroid hormone. It is best to work with an iodine-literate health care practitioner before starting it.
      DrB

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    Angie

    I am considered subclinical hypothyroid, every time I try Iodine I get an achy type pain around my thyroid gland. What would cause this, and is it safe to continue with iodine? Even half of a 12.5mg Iodoral will cause this pain. The pain goes away when I stop the iodine. Thank you.

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      Angie,
      It could be a detox reaction from bromine as I have seen this. When I see this in my patients (without kidney disease), I instruct them to take 1-3 tsp of unrefined salt/day for two weeks, then try the iodine again. That usually works. It is best to work with and get a advice from a knowledgeable health care provider before doing that.
      DrB

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    Hudson2006

    Dr.Brownstein,

    I would like to know if iodine can treat leaky gut, SIBO and IBS since hashimoto’s thyroidits and grave’s disease are autoimmune disease.

    Most of the autoimmune disease come from gut problem and Iodine is a nutrient that can cure hashimoto’s. Is that mean iodine can treat gut problem through this mechanism?

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      Hudson,
      Iodine can help these disorders but is not a stand-alone therapy. It should be combined with a holistic treatment regimen.
      DrB

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    Bridget Jones

    Dear Dr Brownstein
    I read your book eight years ago and gained relief from fybrocystic breast disease by taking 50 mg of iodoral for many years. I have since been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I see you have mentioned briefly the relationship with taking iodide and treating fibromyalgia and am wondering if you could elaborate further on this please.
    Regards
    Bridget

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      Bridget,
      Iodine along with bioidentical hormones and detoxification can help fibromyalgia. I suggest working with a holistic health care provider.
      DrB

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    Karin

    Hello Dr. B
    Thanks for your blog. I’m a homeopath student and have a good grip on testing myself for all kinds of medicine. I’ve severe thyroid problems (according to the thyroid specialist in hospital), and my daily test shows me I need about 300 mg Iodine pr day! I feel so good taking this vast amount, no problems at all, and the homeopath teaching me is so amazed of how good the iodine is helping me. I had ovarie cysts, and within 3 months they were half in size. My gynaecologist was so surprised, he had never seen that before! (It’s 3 months since I got my ovaries scanned, my gynaecologist will not check me before 2020!) Since I started (5 months ago) I’ve not have one day ill with the flu! I do feel so great all over.
    But my question is: is it normal with this amount of iodine pr day?
    Kindest regards Karin

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      Karin,
      For some, that is the dose they need. Iodine helps all the glandular tissue restore normal architecture. Ovaries included.
      DrB

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    Hudson2006

    Dr.Brownstein,

    You said most of your patient supplemented 6 to 50mg of iodine to cure thyroid disease like Grave’s and Hashimoto’s. How can iodolactone form to protect TPO no longer damage if you give your patients with hashimoto’s of iodine with dosage lower than 18mg?

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        Hudson2006

        Dr Brownstein,

        Is it possible to use food sources like seaweed or seafood to restore iodine level and cure hashimoto’s/Grave’s if some cannot tolerate supplement form of iodine?

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          Hudson,
          Food sources do not contain enough iodine to cure autoimmune thyroid disorders–IMHO.
          DrB

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            Hudson2006

            Dr.Brownstein,

            If iodine deficiency is a key cause of hashimoto’s thyroiditis, can I stop using supplement form of iodine after healing my hashimoto’s disease?

            Once my antibodies level back to normal reference range, can I use food sources like seaweed or seafood as iodine to maintain my health?

            I don’t want to use supplement form of iodine after healing my hashimoto’s. Is it possible?

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              Hudson,
              Our world is much more toxic than our predecessors lived in. We are exposed to an ever-increasing amount of toxic halides–Br and F. That means our iodine requirements are increased. Unfortunately, there is not enough of iodine in food sources to meet this need.
              DrB

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    Ted Hu

    I’m back with an urgent q.

    Been taking iodoral to good effect. It has helped me heal a bad case of cherry angiomas like the ones shown here https://amanonmedicine.com/cherry-angiomas-bromine-iodine/

    Problem is now ultrasound shows a 3 cm mass on my right kidney. Getting CAT Monday using ironically iodine contrast to ascertain.

    But that surfaces a unique question. If kidney disease is possible and indicated, what is the course of action for iodine supplementation.

    Caught in a rock and hard place. TIA

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      Ted Hu

      Also wanted to note that I’ve been taking ibersartan and a thiazide for a decade plus. From what I can discern now researching, that combination can tax the kidney for those predisposed. I’ve only been taking iodoral 50mg for 6mos.

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      Ted,
      Only if there is kidney failure do you have to be concerned with iodine supplementation.
      DrB

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    Bev

    Hi, Thank you for sharing all your knowledge!
    Can you take iodine/ kelp if your hyperthyroid?

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      Bev,
      I put my hyperthyroid patients on it. However, it should only be taken with the guidance of an iodine-literate health care professional.
      DrB

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    Vanda

    Can biopsies cause cancerous thyroid nodules to grow or become swollen?
    Also i was diagnosed with cancerous nodules by biopsy several weeks ago. I previously had an ultasound in 2015.. There has been a lack of clinical change in the thyroid since ultasound in 2015….nodules much the same in size. I came across your book about iodine in 2015 and started taking a couple drops a day. Since the biopsy, a few weeks ago, i have increased iodine to 50 mg. The surgeon i was referred to was ready to remove my thyroid.. I am seeing another doctor in a couple of weeks.i am praying surveillance may be an option. Have you continued to see cancerous nodules shrink in your patients? Thank you Dr Brownstein. I am desperately seeking to keep my thyroid.

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      Vanda,
      Absolutely yes is the answer to your first question. A biopsy can cause inflammation and it can also spread cancerous cells as the needle is pulled out of the lesion.
      DrB

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    Teddy

    Dr. B,
    I’ve been taking Iodine after reading your book and watching the videos. My friends are asking me, if it’s antibacterial, what is its impact on the microbiome? Please help me answer correctly.
    Thank you!

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      Teddy,
      After using iodine for over 20 years, I can state with clarity that it does not negatively affect the human biome. Iodine is an essential item for the human body.
      DrB

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    Susie21

    Hello Dr Brownstein, I have been following the iodine protocol for just over 2 years. I have had to cut the intake down to 2 drops a week but even at this I get continual throbbing in the neck just below the ears and mild palpitations almost continually. I am at a loss with this, as even if I take long breaks e.g. 8 weeks the symptoms reduce but do not go away. I have tried just about everything, would you have any suggestions? I live in the UK so it is impossible to find anyone with your expertise, thanks.

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      Susie,
      You could have an autonomously functioning thyroid nodule. This would cause hyperthyroid symptoms when iodine is supplemented. An iodine-knowledgeable doc should be able to work this up.
      DrB

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    Jenny

    Dr. Brownstein:
    I’ve read a lot of research (including your publications) on the positive effects of iodine on breast health. Even though my thyroid tests (T4, TSH) are “normal”, I’ve decided to try Lugol for my breast issues (extreme density/hyperplasia/papillomas/cycsts). However, I came across this publication on how iodine may induce breast cancer cell growth: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5787473/
    What are your thoughts? Should I be concerned with the iodine regimen? Thank you for all you do!

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      Jenny,
      Iodine has a long history of treating fibrocystic breast disease, which is a precursor to breast cancer. There are other in-vitro studies that show iodine causing the death of many different types of cancer cells, including breast cancer. The study you noted was done in-vitro on a breast cancer cell line. How that translates into human research is anyone’s guess.
      I would assume I would be seeing a plethora of breast cancer cases if iodine was causing it. I am not.
      Also, iodine levels have fallen over 50% during the last 40 years according to NHANES data. If iodine were causing breast cancer we should be seeing declining rates. We are not. That, in effect, rules out iodine has a causative factor for breast cancer.
      Hopefully, I am answering your question here…
      DrB

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        Jenny

        Thank you for the reply, Dr. B! I will continue with iodine treatment as long as my thyroids are not affected. Seems like the only sensible approach to get to the “root” of the problem instead of having tissues cut out every 8 years or so!

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    Hudson2006

    Dr.Brownstein,

    Sorry to interrupt you again.

    I had my first hyperthyroid condition (My TSH was in negative value below zero) and my doctor advised me to stop eating seafood and gave me a medicine called “Carbimazole” to lower my thyroid hormones level. So, I stopped eating seafood and iodinzed salt from 2008 to 2013.

    In 2014, I ate small amount of seaweed and I had my second hyperthyroid condition(my TSH was still negative below zero ). My doctor advised me to stop eating seafood again and gave me carbimazole again. So, I stopped eating any seafood and iodinzed salt again from 2014 to 2017.

    Now, my TSH is back to lab normal reference range between 1 to 2. However, I have anti-TPO and Anti-TG which are thyroid antibodies. From the above period(2008 to 2013 and 2014 to 2017), I stopped eating seafood and iodized salt, how can I still have normal thyroid hormones level without eating iodine content food? Where did my iodine come from? I really doubt that it is the main reason causing my Anti-TPO and Anti-TG present.

    Thank you for your answering.

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      Hudson,
      You may have an autonomous functioning thyroid nodule. That is a nodule that is very sensitive to iodine and can make too much thyroid hormone with minimal iodine exposure. If that is the case, that is treated by surgery to remove it. Your doctor could check for that. I wrote about that in my iodine book.
      DrB

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    Tanika

    Hi Dr. B, I am new to Iodine but I recently started taking 500mg of an organic Sea Kelp from a brand up here in Canada. I am an athletic 27 yr old female (142 lbs) who has some issues with large cysts on Ovaries, fibrocystic breasts, and other hormonal issues. I eat a plant based diet and supplement with a Whole Food Multi Vitamin, Vitamin D3, B12, Omega 3, and I use a Maca root powder. I have not taken the Iodine test because I know I an deficient with all the hormonal issues I have been experiencing. I do not have a medical provider who agrees with Iodine supplementation; however, I have made an appointment to see an Integrative & Functional Medicine Doc in November (I live in Saskatchewan, Canada). I want to ask you if I have to take the Iodine test? Or can I start taking a higher dosage of the Lugo Tabs Iodine (like a 3.125mg or 12.5mg daily) to start my healing process? –Thank you so much for being so awesome!!

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      Hi Tanika,
      I do not do the iodine loading test on everyone as most everyone is low.
      Thanks for the nice comments,
      DrB

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    Laury

    Hello Dr Brownstein,

    Thank you for all this amazing information.
    What type of vitamin C do you recommend? ascorbic acid or a natural form?

    Thank you for your response.

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    Mac

    Dr. B:

    I have Hashimoto’s and began supplementing with iodine about two years ago. Per previous 24 hour urine tests, the iodine doses I took during that time (12.5 mg) were not effective, as I was not excreting very much iodine in the tests, and my TPO antibodies remained high (>900).

    Over the past few months, I increased my dose to 50 mg a day. Although I have not done another loading test since the increase in dosage, I have had blood work done, and my TPO antibodies have essentially dropped in half (from >900 to +\-500). Do you have patients taking more than 50 mg of iodine a day, and if so, do you have any concerns for such higher dosages? Could my problem be a transport issue, and not so much a dosage issue? I take a variety of additional supplements along with the iodine. The only thing I’m lacking is sea salt.

    I recently purchased your iodine book and have read most of it, but did not see any mention of specific dosages, other than the 12.5-50 mg range. I know you can’t give medical advice here; unfortunately, there are no iodine literate doctors in the state where I live. I am currently being seen by a holistic/thyroid doctor in another state, and while he is familiar with your work, in addition to Dr.’s Abraham, Flechas and Charles Hakala, he does not believe higher iodine dosages are safe for someone with Hashimoto’s, so I am essentially going it alone.

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      Mac,
      I have many patients on doses above the 12-50 range. Those who need more I are generally those with glandular disease.
      Yes, your problem could be a transport issue. Good thought process! Your doctor needs to be educated about I and Hashimoto’s disease.
      DrB

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        Mac

        Dr. B:
        Do you think that iodine could improve leydig cell functionality and ultimately, T levels? My total T levels have been low since being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. As I have increased my iodine dosages (now 75 mgs/day) over the past 6 months, my total T number has doubled (high 300’s to high 600’s; I’m 52 YO).

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          Mac,
          Yes. Iodine is essential for any hormone to be produced, testosterone included. I have seen this happen many times in my practice.
          DrB

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            Mac

            Dr. B –
            Would iodine supplementation offer relief to those who are battling other autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, rheumatoid, etc.?
            -Mac

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              Mac,
              Iodine, when deficient, should be part of any holistic treatment plan. That includes other autoimmune disorders.
              DrB

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                Mac

                Dr. B. –

                As I continue to take iodine (now up to 100 mg/day), per recent lab work, my A1C is as low as it has been in years (now 5.6). Have you seen this with your patients taking iodine? I’ve been taking iodine for almost 2.5 years, and my TSH has yet to normalize (range 10-15). Is it unusual for TSH to stay this high after a lengthy amount of time on iodine?

                Thanks,

                Mac

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                  Mac,
                  I have seen iodine help many diabetic patients.
                  As for TSH staying high for that long—that is not very common. It is important to have all your thyroid levels checked.
                  DrB

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    Hudson2006

    Dr.Brownstein,

    I received my 24 hours iodine loading test result lately. My iodine excretion level is 76% but my Fluoride level is 1.5mg/24hr(normal reference range should be less than 1.3mg/24hr). Can fluoride affect the iodine excretion result?

    Thank you for your answering.

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      Hudson,
      I and F are both halides and can compete with one another. Therefore, too much of one can competitively inhibit the other.
      DrB

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        Hudson2006

        Dr.Brownstein,

        “Abnormalities of the oxidation of iodine can result in the production of anti-thyroperoxidase antibodies (Anti-TPO).”

        It seems like fluoride inhibited iodine and caused my iodine excrete by urine and thus resulted high saturation level at 76%. Is that action also mean that my thyroid gland is now occupied by fluoride (in place of iodine) and this abnormalities of the oxidation of FAKE IODINE (fluoride)result in the production of anti-TPO (I have hashimoto’s thyroiditis and high level of antibodies)?

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          Hudson,
          It could be. We know this mechanism exists with bromine, but it is theorized with fluorine.
          DrB

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            Hudson2006

            Dr.Brownstein,

            Can Celtic sea salt release fluoride out of the body?

            Besides, TSH can stimulates NIS, we need NIS to pump iodine into our cell.

            1) If TSH rises during iodine supplementation, is that mean iodine can enter the cell?

            2) If TSH doesn’t rise during iodine supplementation, is that mean iodine can’t enter the cell and wash out from my body or a NIS defect that needs to be corrected?

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              Hudson.
              I have not found increasing salt to increase F excretion–and I have looked for this.
              1. Yes. you need TSH to stimulate NIS.
              2. Not necessarily. It depends how much iodine is already there–lower amounts would be expected to produce a larger TSH response.
              DrB

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    Hudson2006

    Dr.Brownstein,

    I’m now using 50mg of iodine with 200mcg selenium to start my treatment in order to cure my hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

    I would like to understand how to find the most suitable dose for myself. My main problem is now focus on brain fog and constipation.

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      Hudson,
      It is best to work with an iodine-knowledgeable health care practitioner. Then you can have the proper testing.
      DrB

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    Craig

    Hello Dr. Brownstein,
    Do you recommend iodine supplementation approaching 25mg or higher for patients with Thyroid Eye Disease? Thank you.
    Craig

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      Craig,
      The dose varies between person to person. It is best to have your levels checked then the dose adjusted accordingly.
      DrB

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    MikeS

    Dr. B – What is your guidance on iodine supplementation for people who’ve had a thyroidectomy? How does the iodine/iodide relationship work for those people? Some health sites on the internet say that you don’t need supplementation without a thyroid, I know that is not correct. I’ve searched but can’t find any information about this.

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      Mike,
      The thyroid only holds a small percentage of the body’s total iodine storage. Whether you have a thyroid or not, you have skin, heart, lungs, adrenal glands, etc., that all require iodine. In fact, every cell in the body needs and requires iodine. Saying you don’t need iodine if you don’t have a thyroid gland is…FAKE NEWS!
      DrB

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    Myriam

    I’ve started taking vitamins B2 and B3 at the dosage recommended in your book and the difference on my energy levels and mental clarity are huge, however vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) at 500mg twice a day is giving me stomach aches and nausea even though I’m taking it during meals. Would be alright to take only 500mg?

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      Andrea

      When I was 28 which was in 2012 I was diagnosed with a toxic multinodular goiter, which means I had an enlarged thyroid gland and 4 hot nodules on my thyroid. I did all the research I possibly could handle, but I found very little information on my specific thyroid condition. My diagnosis was one seen primary in the elderly. Well, I was only sub-clinically hyperthyroidaccording to alm my blood tests, but I had a lot of uncomfortable symptoms that fell under both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid categories. I was desperate to feel better and made the decision to have the radioactive iodine treatment instead of surgery. I became hypothyroid after awhile and my hyperthyroid symptoms went away completely. Boy, do I regret my decision. I feel even worse now, and that’s whether Im on meds or not. I wish I knew that being partially hyperthyroid felt better than being completely hypothyroid. Being and feeling hypothyroid is somewhat torturous even.

      Currently I’m taking Cytomel and Levothyroxine.
      I’m wondering…… Is it possible to regain thyroid function after radioactive iodine treatment. 🤞🏻

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    Sebastien

    a French translation of your book is it planned? can iodine grow eyebrows and hair? thank you so much

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      Sebastian,
      I have not plans, as of now, for a French translation.
      Yes, iodine can help with hair loss.
      DrB

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    Jeanette

    I got bitten by a tick 3 weeks ago, Rick was on for 24 hours, 2 days later I started getting a horrible debilitating head ache, was put on 200 mg of doxy, but no relief. I started taking 6 drops of Lugol 5%, 3 times a day. The first day headache 75 better. How long can I safely take that dose, to kill whatever bacteria I got from the tick. Thank you!

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      Brooke

      Hi Dr B,

      I have had a recent mass outbreak of cherry angiomas, literally everywhere in the last few months. Of course I started researching and came across the bromine connection and your iodone work, I have just purchased your book but yet to read it. I have been vegan for 1yr and 10months and have alot of iodone deficiency symptoms, my iron, B12, vit D levels are all normal but I am living in a constant state of fatigue with brain fog, poor memory, low lido and depression. I went to my Doctor here in Australia to ask for an Iodine level test and they said they’ve never heard of it…so I guess I’m here asking you if it is safe for me to start supplementing iodone, I have some Lugols half strength but have no idea of the dosage. Does your book touch on cherry angiomas and would it help to apply liquid iodine topically?

      Brooke

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    Shaheer

    Hi, so what do you suggest about weight gain and iodine? I read your books salt one and iodine one.

    Whenever I start iodine I magically put on weight and have fingers tingling numb sensation.

    What did you do for people with such symptoms.

    Can you suggest me any iodine literate doctor in Pakistan? How and where to get selenium rbc snd iodine year in Pakistan? I can’t find anything here.

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      Shaheer,
      I do not hear that from my patients. For any iodine reactions, I might suggest increasing salt intake–at least 3 tsp/day and then retrying the iodine again. unfortunately, I do not know of a Pakistani iodine-literate doc.
      DrB

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        Lauriejean Chamberlin

        Hi. Had started the protocol. All the supplements for about a month first. Added Iodine. Started low for a month. Nothing. Went up on dose to 25. Then a month later 50. Finally my dense breast tissue started to resolve. Body temp increased. No longer freezing! Hair loss stopped. But in a few short days I gained 12 lbs dropping back to 3mg has not helped with the weight gain. It remains. And no, my diet has not changed at all. There’s no reason for the gain except iodine increases Have been doing salt loading.,. Also, my throat is definitely more swollen. My biggest question now is did I create a hypo thyroid issue? Did the iodine .

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          LJ,
          You may be hypothyroid-that needs to be checked. I usually do not see my patients gain weight on iodine.
          DrB

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        Hudson2006

        Dr.Brownstein,

        I’m suffering from vitiligo with high level of anti-TPO now. If I can reduce my thyroid antibodies through iodine therapy, is it possible to solve the vitiligo problem?

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    Hudson2006

    Dr.Brownstein,

    I have Grave’s disease (TSI Antibody)and Hashimoto’s thyroditis(Anti-TPO and Anti-TG). I used to have hyperthyrodisim before, I thought that it is Hashitoxicosis.

    If I have Hashitoxicosis, can I perform iodine loading test and iodine therapy? Thank you for your answer.

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      Hidson,
      The only contraindications to iodine testing/therapy are having an allergy or an autonomous functioning nodule. I have tested many of my patients with Hashimoto’s and Graves disease.
      DrB

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    Ray

    Dr.Brownstein,

    I have hashimoto’s disease with normal thyroid hormone(TSH,FT3,FT4)but high level of antibodies(Anti-TPO & Anti-TG).

    I’m going to preform an iodine loading test. How I can prevent “hashitoxicosis” by taking iodoral before the iodine loading test? The loading test requires me to take iodoral in 50mg before. I’m afraid that it will cause hashitoxicosis.

    Besides, If I resulted iodine deficiency through the loadong test, what dose of iodine do you recommend?

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    Teddy

    Dr. B,
    In your book you write about adding Vitamin B3 in the form of Niacinamide.
    Does that mean Niacinamide works better than Niacin? Or is Niacinamide recommended so people don’t have to deal with the flushing caused by Niacin?
    Thank you!

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    Hudson2006

    Dr.Brownstein,

    I would like to know if iodine therapy can completely cure hashimoto’s thyroditis with high anti TPO level.

    If I want to start iodine therapy, you would suggest starting with low dose of iodine (255mcg) or high dose of iodine(25mg)?

    Thank you for your reply.

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      Hudson,
      I have seen many patients cured of Hashimoto’s disease with iodine. As for dosing, it is best to work with an iodine-knowledgeable doc. I usually start my patients at mg doses of iodine. Please look at my book for more info.
      DrB

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    Teddy Pashikov

    Dr. B,
    One more question please: some claim taking Lugol’s drops mixed with ascorbic acid powder in a glass of water converts all iodine to iodide and advise against this practice. What is your opinion?
    Your help is much appreciated!!!
    Teddy

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    Teddy Pashikov

    Dr. B,
    I recently found you. I read your iodine book and have watched many YouTube videos. So much to learn!
    Question – has iodine helped anyone with Lichen Planopilaris in your practice? I’ve had this bad boy since pregnancy 12 years ago. No diet or supplement has done a thing. And I’ve tried many.
    Thank you for all you do!

    Teddy

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    Justin

    Any of your patients get vertical lines on their nails after starting iodine supplements?

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        Justin

        Thanks for the fast response. I really appreciate what you are doing getting thr word out about Iodine. I also got some unrefined salt that I am using b/c of your advice.

        A bit about me for anyone reading that might be looking to see how other people are doing on iodine supplementation.

        The 50mg of iodine per day helps me think through things more in terms of what I eat and planning my day. Also, I can think more high level about my situation in life. I feel less hyper active.

        I have a family history of thyroid issues on my father’s side. I have had adhd my entire life.

        I have only been doing the high dose of lugols solution for one week.

        Hoping the iodine helps me enough that I can get a job that requires thinking and thus higher pay.

        Only down side so far is the clear thinking usually lasts only half the day.

        It should be interesting to see how it effects my health long term.

        I wish I knew about this a long time ago.

        Also doing a low carb low sugar diet now and trying to consume more fats and proteins instead.

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    Raymi

    Hi Dr!!
    Thank you for making me aware of the importance of iodine. I am taking Lugol’s and have increased to 100mg over the past 5 weeks. Recently, my forehead broke out in itchy bumps and it has spread over the face down the cheeks. Have you seen this reaction at all? I skipped a day of dosage and noticed immediate relief. I plan to decrease dosage to 25mg/ day. Thank you!

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      Raymi,
      Acne can be a side effect of iodine therapy. Sometimes using more salt can rectify this. See my book, Salt Your Way to Health for more information.
      DrB

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        Raymi

        Thank you, Dr! I just ordered your Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It – book and will also supplement reading with your salt book. Best of health to you, so grateful for your work.

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    Fadya

    Hi Doctor,

    I had my baby last year on August 2018, I’ve been pregnant 2 years on a row, now long after pregnancy I developed Graves’ disease which followed onto hypothyroidism. I’ve also developed fibrocystic breasts. My question is I’m increasing my iodine intake, I’m from Melbourne Australia and don’t know practioners who can assist. I’ve since got my hands and my veins hurting. Do you see this on your practice? Can you recommend anything? I also have developed insomnia. Currently taking 3000 mcg iodine

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      Hi Fadya,
      You could try to find someone at the Lucy Rose Clinic. I have lectured to them a few times.
      Good luck with your growing family,
      DrB

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        Fadya pitts

        Thank you for your prompt reply and all the work you do. I am getting your book about iodine and salt. Salt I always new was great for the body. I have since not contacted Lucy Rose clinic I just can’t afford it, however I am in contact with a homeopath and have our fifth baby on the way. I am so blessed to I read about you and thank you because I started myself onto 30 mg of iodine and my breast pain is much better and my energy. I’m hoping the numbness in my hands go. But I’m feeling so much better. And I wanted to thank you for being someone who cares for Truth.

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    Jenny

    Dear Dr. B,
    My 12 y/o daughter has high functioning autism and after reading your book I started her on 5 mg of Lugols daily. She had begun her period six months previous and it was regular. After a few months of iodine she began to miss her period. I took her off iodine for three weeks and now she has begun menstruating again. Do you know why this is? I would like to continue with the iodine for her health but don’t want to compromise her cycle. Thanks for your input.
    Jenny

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      Jenny,
      I do not have an answer for you. I would suggest working with an iodine-knowledgeable doc.
      DrB

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    Leah

    Hello Dr. Brownstein–I finished your very informative book “Iodine: Why You Need It; Why You Can’t Live Without It.” My husband and I both did the iodine loading test. He came back 31.3 mg/63% excreted in 24 hours; I came back as 37.73 mg/75% excreted. Would this call for my husband supplementing with @20 mg/day of iodine/iodide supplementation and @12 for me? I am looking for an iodine literate doctor or natural health practitioner–a bit like a needle in a haystack. Thank you.
    Leah

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      Leah,
      I can’t give medical advice here. Most of my patients do very well taking from 12-50 mg/day of Lugol’s or tableted Lugol’s solution.
      DrB

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        Leah

        Yes, sorry. Of course you can’t give medical advice here. I wasn’t thinking. 🙂 Thank you for all your research and work in this area.
        Leah

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    Karen

    is applying the iodine to the skin (after a number of weeks orally and feeling well) effective for maintenance?

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      Karen,
      Studies show much of the I applied to skin sublimates into a gaseous phase and is not available to the body.
      The short answer is no.
      DrB

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        Marilyn Hempton

        Dr Brownstein,
        After reading one of your books, I decided to take iodine, and have for 3 years. I have Hashimoto’s and think the iodine is making me cough, is this possible? I take all the supporting supplements; selenium, Himalaya salt and vitamins A thru E. While living in Florida I took 100mgs of iodine for about 4 months. When I returned home to Denver I had a strong metallic taste in my mouth, and very sore breasts. So I reduced it to 50 mgs after taking a week off and that seemed to take care of the problem.

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          Marilyn,
          I have not heard about the cough. The metallic taste–yes. You did the appropriate thing–lower the dose.
          DrB

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    CC

    All of your blog posts are so informative! Thank you for all of your helpful research and information. I have been following you for years. Are you taking new patients? I would love to make an appointment to see you.

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      Peggy Hamill

      Hi, could not find iodine doctor. Hypothyroid on throid meds since 1996. So I put myself on iodine 3 weeks ago slowly building up. I’m at 30 mg right now. Only side affect I’ve had is a 5 pound weight gain with a very extended belly and tiredness. Is this normal. I’m a personal trainer, 52, same weight always, except now! I’m usually 117 lbs at 5’4. I’ve been on the iodine 3 weeks. Extended belly, tired, 5 lb weight gain. Thank you so much!

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        IB

        Lynne Farrow, in her book “The Iodine Crisis,” refers to this article by Dr. Flechas. In the article itself, he talks about your issue (gaining weight while on Iodine) and how it resolves itself.

        https://www.optimox.com/iodine-study-10

        Very interesting article. I highly recommended.

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    FP

    Dear Dr. Brown,

    I started reading about Iodine deficiency about a year ago, and started using 2 x 150 micogram tablets a day. Then started making my own Lugol’s Iodine: Iodine crystals 10g & Potassium Iodide 20g in 200ml of distilled water. I drink about 2ml of this solution in a glass of distilled water every morning (12,5mg iodine). It has been going fine the past 4-5 months (clear skin, better sleep, more lucid dreams, and no more hair loss). Problem is… A few weeks ago I started waking up with a swollen throat and a neck that feels thick and tender. What is causing this? Should I stop taking this mixture altogether? Please advise?

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    Ted Hu

    Any chance you’ll convert the books into Kindle format?

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    Angel Smith

    My daughter had her thyroid taken out and every year she has more weird symptoms. Black hair in face and body, very little to no energy, no sleep, hair falling out like a cancer patient. It hurts me to see this and I feel helpless. Would iodine help her?

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      Angel,
      First, she needs a thourough workup by a holistic health care provider–who should also be knowledgeable about iodine.
      DrB

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    Colleen Morgan

    I was finally diagnosed with Iodine deficiency a year ago after 18 months of testing what was “wrong” with me. My blood levels were at 40 (in-range was said to be 52-100) my doc put me on an Iodine supplement (.225mg) I felt better for a little while and got my blood levels to 50 but still never felt great. And even on the supplement my levels fell back to 42 in January. Thankfully I found your book about 6 weeks ago and bought the supplement Iodoral (12.5mg) and took 1 for a week then 2 for the second week and I felt better immediately. After the second week my blood levels tested 482! That’s almost 5x what the “in-range” levels should be. I stopped the supplement 2 days ago And now I’m tired and sluggish again even with these high numbers. My question: what is the target blood level for normal Iodine levels? Is it dangerous to have levels as high as mine? Should I stop the supplement? I appreciate any other info you can give me.

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      Colleen,
      Blood levels of I are inadequate after one starts taking iodine. There are no blood reference ranges for I when someone is taking it. The blood reference ranges are useful only for those not supplementing with I. I have stated that in my book and articles. It is best to work with a doc who is iodine-knowledgeable.
      DrB

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    Tracey

    Dr. Brownstein, I just ordered and recieved your Iodine book in the mail and am excited to start reading! Have you found any coorelation between healthy tonsils and iodine? My 2 elementary aged children have had multiple episodes of strep throat in the last few months and I’ve also stopped using table salt and started using Himalayan sea salt in the last few months. Coincidence?

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      Tracey,
      Yes, iodine has anti- bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal qualities. It helps the entire lymph system including the tonsils.
      DrB

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    Margaret Knaul

    After reading your books, I have taken both Iodoral and Lugol’s at different times. For me Lugol’s seems much stronger (or effective?). Have you observed differences in how the two work and what do you attribute that to?

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      Margaret,
      Some do better with one form over another. Most cannot tell the difference. My experience has shown very few patients can tell the difference–that goes for a lot of things.
      DrB

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    Jean Karloski

    Dr B,

    A few years ago, I saw a functional health Dr in Detroit and he started me on Iodine. A few months later I became hyperthyroid. Is there any correlation?

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      Jean,
      It can happen–it is very rare. I have seen a few cases of the years. Much less than 1% of those treated.
      DrB

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    Laszlo Szabo-Velvart

    Dear Doctor,

    I was so very glad to learn that Zoltan Hargitai had brought to Your attention the Facebook page of the Hungarian iodine movement that was started by my lecture on iodine in 2014 and that is maintained and looked after largely by my good friend Balint Arvay in the forefront via Facebook and other media, and with other devotees, including myself, in the background!
    In 4.5 years, our iodine group on Facebook has become one of the largest in the world compared to the population of our country (5844 to 9.66 million). It has been a huge dream for us to have some correspondence with You (we know You are extremely busy), to whom we are UNSPEAKABLY grateful! We hope to hear from You – when You have the time.

    God bless You,
    Laszlo Szabo-Velvart

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      Dear Laszlo,
      I was not aware of this. I think it is great! Please post my last blog to the group.
      DrB

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    David Mitchell

    I’ve been trying to enlighten people about the benefits of Iodine for almost a year now. I can see the Deficiency just by looking at most people now. A lot of times I will try to initiate a conversation with them, and explain the benefits of Iodine. But most just don’t seem interested. Especially younger people. It’s crazy how the majority of them are so brainwashed by Big Pharma’s influence…. I will also throw a few Iodine facts in the comment section of ads for Pharmaceuticals while scrolling through Facebook. Some times I’ll put link to one of your videos at the end my comment. And every once in a while I’ll get a Thank you back from someone, or a question from someone who has tried everything else to regain their health with no luck….

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    Sandy

    Hi Doc,
    Thank you for all that you do! I would love to share this on Facebook, but I didn’t see it on your Facebook page or a way to share it here. Am I missing something?
    Sandy

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    Dorothy

    Do you feel like iodine deficiency plays a role in increasing cholesterol in menopausal women?

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    Theresa

    Every time I take iodine (over 1,500 mg), I get a distinctly metallic taste in my mouth. I have read contradictory explanations for this. What are your thoughts Dr. Brownstein?

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      Theresa,
      Iodine can help the body detoxify from metals. That might be your taste issues. Sometimes taking more unrefined salt with the iodine solves this. For more information, I will refer you to my salt book.
      DrB

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    John

    I have the utmost respect for your dedicated work as a health professional and true humanitarian. Your work with Dr.’s Abraham and Flechas has an almost cult following, and I have read everything your group wrote that I have been able to find, gratefully so. Thanks to your work, uncountable numbers of people, including me, continue to benefit from Iodine whom otherwise would remain ignorant and deficient. Apart from your own continued clinical work, are there other research groups that you would recommend for reading as well who may be taking up the mantle, so to speak, of your Iodine Project? Thank you again for being a crusader for truth in medicine and being a truly caring physician. I am convinced that you will go down in history as one of the most pivotal and influential physicians of our time.

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    Jules Dionne

    I have the 3rd edition (2008) of your book – Is it the latest and if so is it still completly relevant ?
    Thanks

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      Jules,
      The book is in its 5th Edition right now. Yes, everything in that book is still relevant.
      DrB

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    Sandy

    What about kids and teens? Do you have a specific recommendation?

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    Karen Butler

    Ioderol still good to take, yes?

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      Sara

      People with Celiacs Disease have to be careful with Iodine supplement if their diet us not 110% free of any gluten contamination. Every time I supplement with Iodine, it causes a two year episode of dermatitis herpetiformis skin rash. Apparently any gluten plus iodine causes the perfect storm.

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    Nancy DiMarco

    Thanks Dr B for citing our work- we have been disheartened by the lack of urgency at federal levels and even callousness of medical folks to recognize the dangers. We are preparing another manuscript for publication of an RCT we conducted with women between 18-45 showing that 90% of them to be iodine deficient at baseline.

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      Dr. DiMarco,
      LOVED your article. Unbelievable that this tragedy just keeps on going. Almost like nobody cares. My research through both spot urine iodine and iodine loading tests show over 96% low.
      I can’t wait to see your next article,
      DrB

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        Amalia Simpson

        Hi Dr Brownstein,

        I am wondering if low iodine can cause hair loss. I have been suffering from low body temperature and lowered T3 as well as high blood sugar. Since taking 50 mgs of Iodoral per day, my blood sugars are lower and my temperature is climbing, but I still have to eat relatively low carbohydrates to keep my weight down and blood glucose down. Just wondering how iodine relates to hair loss.

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    Elsie Gerner

    Love reading your Blogs. I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid. I refused the synthetic Thyroxine, prescribed in Northern Ireland, U.K. I said I wanted to continue taking Lugol’s iodine drops, but increase number of drops gradually to eight a day. Dr. Admitted all he knew about iodine was what he learned at senior school. Other doctor knew nothing, and asked if that was what was given to pigeons? I couldn’t answer that question. However, both doctors have several times taken blood test for my thyroid, and it is STABLE, and has been since 2013. I continue with Lugol’s drops, 15%.
    So, I highly recommend this treatment, but presume it wouldn’t be suitable for those already on Thyroxine.
    Thank you for this wonderful Blog, which I plan to share with a friend, who has young married daughters .

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    Dawn

    This blog post lists recommended iodine in mg… Could you mean mcg? Most sources I can find online recommend 150mcg / day for non-pregnant, non-nursing adults. Thank you for clarification on if “mg” was a typo or not.

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      Dawn,
      I wrote mg (not mcg) for the reason that mg doses of iodine are what is needed in today’s world. Please refer to my book,
      DrB

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    Carol

    I know that you recommendstarting to take iodine prior to pregnancy. Can it be started while pregnant? If so what is your recommendation for dosing?

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      Carol,
      I do not recommend starting iodine if pregnancy has already started. The reason is that there is no defense if something goes wrong and there is no literature to support or oppose this. Having said that I have had many patients who become pregnant and take it on their own and I have not had a single problem reported to me.
      DrB

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    Virginia

    What are the symptoms of low iodine levels? I have no thyroid gland,take levothyroxine everyday,and get my levels checked by my physician. However,I feel fatigued all the time,can sleep around the clock,am extremely depressed.

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      Virginia,
      The same symptoms that hypothyroidism can cause can be attributable to iodine. Fibrocystic breasts or cysts anywhere in the glandular tissue can also be related to low iodine. Again, I have written much more about this in my book.
      DrB

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        James DownUnder

        your comment “…or cysts anywhere in the glandular tissue can also be related to low iodine.” – would include Pineal cysts… ? At 65 y.o. I had an obstructive, hydrocephalus-inducing 19mm cyst, since reduced by half. Good excuse to check my iodine intake.
        Thanks !

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      Jan

      Hi Virginia,

      I had been taking levoxyl for a number of years – still was losing hair, lost my eyebrows. crazy heavy mensus, pre-menopausal at 38, and had a heart attack and threw a clot at 42. Took care of the mensus problem with black cohash root. After that, I cut out all soy from my diet, and eliminated all intake of fluoride, bromide, and chloride from food sources and water. My next thyroid level check startled my doc, as my ‘level was improving’ – which vastly puzzled him -but he did speak of the possibility of getting off the meds. His method of stopping the meds didn’t work for me. (I fired him for yelling at me for not following his method of meds reduction.) Instead, I very slowly reduced my levoxyl, taking 6 months to taper down to nothing, and began supplementing with iodine. I researched and added other supplements which I identified as lacking, (after all, who knows your symptoms better than you) and further amended my diet. It’s been working for me for 10 years now… and I’ve not seen a doctor since.

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    Dr. Brownstein,

    You have brought Medicine and I appreciate you! I mention you in my own book and with clients, as well as many Doctors to fail to see the connection and their own “Iodophobia!” I get that word thanks to you! Thank you! Again, I appreciate you! I also taught Thyroid Madness at our local Whole Foods!

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    Marg

    I am on natural thyroid supplement 110mg daily. I have been taking a thyroid support capsule by pure encapsulations which has potassium iodide 150mcg. That is not enough it seems? Is it necessary to take other things with the iodine? Our water is not fluoridated.

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      Marg,
      In today’s toxic world, my experience has shown that mg doses of iodine are needed.
      DrB

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    Margaret

    Will iodine make a goiter grow bigger?

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    Lucy

    Hello Dr. Brownstein,

    I have Hashimoto’s disease. Do you recommend taking iodine in this case? If yes, how much?

    Thank you!

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      Lucy,
      Hashimoto’s disease forms from a lack of iodine. My partners and I have used iodine for over 15 years with great success for it. For proper dosing, I will refer you to find an iodine-literate doctor.
      DrB

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    Chris

    Can I take iodine with my Hashimoto’s? There is a small amount already in my Armour Thyroid.

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    Darin

    I have hashimotos. Amy Myers and Isabella Wentz (both have this disease), have researched and shown that high dose iodine makes this worse. My own studies show a split-some say they feel better, some say they feel worse and it made their antibodies go up more. If I were to guess based on all of the papers, web-sites, etc I have read, its probably 60-40 against excess iodine. Most say keep it in the 200-400 mcg a day range with hashis.

    Currently that is the amount I try to get. Can you explain this disparity and how there can be so many studies (natural Dr.s opinions) showing the opposite of what you are saying on iodine in auto immune response to it? Thanks

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      Darin,
      I have written extensively about this in my book. Iodine levels have fallen significantly over the last 40 years. During the same time iodine levels have dropped, autoimmune thyroid disorders have increased epidemically. That simple explanation disproves the idea that iodine causes Hashimoto’s disease.
      DrB

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    Louise

    I cannot agree more with Dr. Brownstein! I personally take 50mg and more each and every day, and have been doing so for a number of years. I will always take it. I have great energy and sleep wonderfully. There is so much misinformation out there about this hugely important mineral. Please don’t fear it. Take it!

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    Dave

    thank you for your continued posts

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    Carrie Elsass

    I hear conflicting things about iodine for those of us with Hashimoto’s. Do you have an opinion on taking Lugols or Iodorol if you have thyroid issues? Benefit or no? Confusing!

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    Liz

    Dr. Brownstein,

    I was diagnosed with Hashimotos disease last summer and put on Synthroid. I am currently 16 wks pregnant and my dr. upped my Synthroid to 88 mcg. Can I take Lugo tabs I’m conjunction or will that cause problems. I really don’t want to be on Synthroid the rest of my life, and want to know if there is something natural I can be doing/taking in its place?

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    John

    I’d love to see further (independent) research done to better identify “proper dosage”. We have well respected nutritionally oriented doctors like Alan Gaby publishing notes indicating the common dosage of 12.5 mg or more per day is excessive. If a “moderate” dosage (3-6 mg/day) has a 11% rate of “side effects” it seems we really need to pin this down better.

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      John,
      I have hundreds of citations in my book and, between my partners–thousands of patients. The research is already there.
      DrB

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    Carole Rittenberg

    I have Graves Disease; my thyroid gland is intact. From what you are saying I might need more iodine? Not the way I understand it. I’ve always been told to stay away from iodine. Please correct me if I am wrong. I am now into year 9 or 10 of my second remission. I also take meds for hypertension and am in 10th day of no diazepam after weaning off over a period of years.

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      Carole,
      Autoimmune thyroid disorders can be caused by low iodine. I have successfully treated many Graves’ patients with it.
      DrB

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    Mir

    In your patients taking 25-50 mg. iodine per day, have you had any thyroid storm issues?

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      Mir,
      I have not encountered thyroid storm. However, there are a few patients who do not do well with iodine. They are few and far between. There are a few that don’t do well with vitamin C and other items as well.
      DrB

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      Anne

      I am a patient of Dr. B. He started me on 50 mg a long time ago. I feel great and I sleep well.

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    Tonya

    What do you believe is an optimal level of iodine in the body? I supplement with iodine and am tested annually.

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      Tonya,
      Everybody is different and should be treated as such. Some do well with larger doses, some with lower. As with anything. Iodine should be part of a holistic treatment regimen not taken as sole remedy.
      DrB

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    Katy

    I have been convinced for a long time that I have iodine deficiency. However, my endocrinologist will not test for it, and they no longer sell the iodine skin test at the pharmacy. Are there any labs/tests that I can request on my own to check the levels? I certainly don’t want to over-supplement. Thanks for your help!

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      Katy,
      I go over the testing in my book. It is best to find an iodine-literate doc out there to work with.
      DrB

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        Michelle Muse

        How do you find an iodine literate dr? In north TX.

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          Michelle,
          I know it is not easy. Try to find a local compounding pharmacist or health food store and ask there.
          DrB

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    Dawn

    What if a person has thyroditis and nodules on thyroid. Surely that would be a sign a person was iodine deficient right?

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      Dawn,
      It is not that easy. Occasionally a nodule can by hyperfunctioning. Those should not be treated with iodine. They are few and far between–in my experience.
      DrB

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        Dr. Peter Walz

        Hallo Dr. Brownstein from Germany
        How or with witch dose of Iodoral do I have to do the iodine testing in children? Even with 50 mg or less?

        Yours
        Dr. Peter Walz
        Pediatric

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    Donna

    The information contained in your books has been HUGELY beneficial to me. However, I am taking 37.5 mg of Iodoral and doing well with it, which is what I thought you recommend. Is the Lugol’s better? Thank you for everything you do!

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    Carrie

    Where can I get iodine from?

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      Carrie,
      In food, the highest source of iodine is found in seafood. However, the pollution of the oceans has lowered the amount of iodine in this food source. You can supplement with iodine in the form of Lugol’s solution or tableted Lugol’s solution. One form of tableted iodine is Lugo tabs. They are available from my office at http://www.centerforholisticmedicine.com.
      DrB

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