18 Aug

The Iodine Protocol – Common Questions

 

On my Iodine group on Facebook I am asked the same questions over and over.  These are not included in the Guide to Supplementing .  This is a more casual response to the questions.

How much do I start with?  
Answer:   The average amount consumed by the Japanese culture is 13 mgs / day.  However in the current 1st world countries we are exposed to so many chemicals that you may need more.   How much?  No one can tell you this.  It is something that you must evaluate based on learning about the protocol and evaluating your own exposures and health condition.

Is the Patch Test accurate?
Answer:  No – please read this document by Dr Abraham.

Is this detox?
Answer:  There are many things that can be related to detox.  Skin issues, hot flashes, nasal drainage, dizziness, foggy brain, aching joints,  fatigue, ……there are too many to mention here.  What do you do if you suspect a detox reaction?  Salt loading protocol is first (see the guide) and if that does not help them try stopping your supplementing for a few days.  If the symptoms subside then you may have a detox issue.  If this is the case then concentrate on clearing detox pathways through detox baths,  and liver / kidney support.  There are many options for cleanses and it’s always a good idea to cleanse before trying to push out more toxins or you may overload your system.  For some – pulse dosing (5 days on and 2 days off) can help.

Supplementing is not eliminating xyz health condition – why?
Answer:  Iodine is not a magic bullet.  It is a very important element but you have to eat well, clean up toxins, get plenty of rest, address adrenal fatigue, balance hormones, ensure the thyroid gland is optimum, balance nutrient levels, address heavy metal toxicity (if any), clean up mouth issues like amalgam fillings or root canals, and address other illnesses like lyme, food allergies/sensitivities, etc.  Your body is a symphony.  It needs it all to be in balance to work efficiently.  It takes a lot of time and deliberate work on the individuals part to heal.  You didn’t get sick in a week or two and you won’t heal that quickly either.

Iodine gives me energy but keeps me awake
Answer:  Do not take iodine after 1 pm at the latest or it may keep you up.  It may also stress your adrenals and this can cause insomnia.  This is why addressing adrenal fatigue along with iodine supplementing can be critical.

Does Iodine kill good gut flora?
Answer:  We have seen no evidence that this is an issue.  Many of us on the iodine group have taken amounts higher than 100 mgs / day and have not had any issues with gut flora.  If we had an imbalance we would see yeast overgrowth but iodine assists the body in keeping bad bacteria under control.

When I take Iodine I go Hyper…..  
Answer:  This is probably the most frustrating comment to me.  It is often spurred on by how someone FEELS not what lab tests for thyroid levels reveal.  In order to identify a true hyperthyroid status you would need to test for TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 and possibly RT3.  Without these, how you “feel” is not definitive.  Symptoms they describe are:  anxiety, jittery, heart palpitations, racing heart rate, insomnia and headaches.   These are also adrenal stress symptoms.  If you can increase your salt, vitamin C and magnesium and the symptoms are relieved then you probably are not experiencing a hyperthyroid condition.    I have found that the Buffered C Powder available through Wellavate and warn salt water eliminated my similar symptoms when addressing my own adrenal fatigue.

Can I take Vitamin C and Iodine together?
Answer:  What you will often see in defense of separation,  is an image in a beaker of brownish iodine water then vitamin C is added and the water turns clear.  Yes this occurs.  However your stomach is not  vitamin C water.  People have been consuming the two together for years without issue.  Sometimes we get paralyzed by analysis paralysis.  Our food is supposed to have iodine and it will more than likely also include Vitamin C.   If you are are concerned – then separate them by an hour or so.   But trying to manage timing often results in not getting your nutrients in for the day.  What I do is take my iodine first, eat and then add my vitamin C last.  That gives a buffer zone.  What I can say personally is that when I used iodine and the buffered C powder and was trying to heal from thyroid cancer I just took it.  I never thought about when or how.  I beat thyroid cancer doing it this way.  I’m not stressing over a beaker of clear water.  I just take my iodine and let my body sort it out.

I hope this information helps to clear up the ever increasing muddy waters.  Common sense is still valuable when thinking about what is happening.  Don’t panic.  Iodine is not the dangerous element that so many are trying to make you believe.  It’s been life giving for me and thousands of others.

31 May

Podcasts are here! Podbean: Iodine in an Instant

It’s time to bring the iodine message to the next level.   PODCASTS!

Today I produced my first podcast on the topic of iodine.  My goal is to give you iodine information in 5 minutes or less so that you can have the chance to absorb the information.  The first few episodes will be free to everyone.  As I begin to go deeper in teaching, the future podcasts will be by subscription.

I hope you enjoy this introduction.

If you have and topics you would like to have me discuss, please send me a message to:
contact@steppingstonesliving.com

Enjoy!

 

27 Jan

Adrenal Fatigue May Be Your Issue


Thank you to all who sent encouraging words after my burned out blog post.  I have been taking some time away to give my own body some rest.  It’s hard when you feel like you are going it alone.  Your contacts and comments showed me that there are still people who are interested in learning and striving for better health.  So with that I’m taking a different direction and I’m going to talk about the adrenals since that is what I struggled through in my “burn out” phase.  When supplementing with iodine, adrenals can rear their ugly heads and reveal an underlying issue.  Ensuring their health is a key element in your success.  Taxed adrenals can cause you to think that there are other issues that really are not issues at all.

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So let’s start with what the adrenals are.  They are two glands that are the size of a walnut, at approximately 4 grams,  that sit on the top of each kidney.  If you reach your hands backwards behind your back so that your elbows are bend your knuckles will reside over the top of these glands.  You can press into your skin with your knuckles and moves them horizontally back and forth when feeling stressed or tired.  This will help to stimulate them.

What do these magical glands do?  A lot!  There are two major parts to the gland.  The adrenal medulla is the inner layer and the adrenal cortex is the outer layer.  The adrenal medulla is the central 20% of the gland.  It excretes the hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine in response to the reaction of the sympathetic nervous system.  The adrenal cortex secretes completely different hormones called corticosteriods.  In addition to these hormones, sex hormones are also secreted.

There are two types of corticosteroids.  The first is the mineralocorticoids which gained its name because they affect the electrolytes (minerals) within the extracellular fluids – specifically sodium and potassium.   The glucocorticoids are the second type of corticosteroid.  It also gained its name due to the important effects that it has in increasing blood glucose concentration.  They have additional effects on protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism.   More than 30 steroids have been isolated within the adrenal cortex.   Two of these 30 are of exceptional importance:  aldosterone – the principal mineralcorticoid and cortisol – the principal glucocorticoid.

When the adrenals are stressed we see several symptoms.  Other than fatigue we often experience an imbalance of the sex hormones.  If you look at the chart below you can see the process of hormone creation.  Is there something that jumps out at you when you look at this chart?  What hits me first is where Cholesterol is positioned.  Right at the top!  What is one of the top drugs being prescribed today ……..

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Statins!  Statins block the creation of cholesterol.  Do you see the tragic results not having cholesterol can have.  Perhaps the individual needs more hormones that would be created further down the “chain”.  But doctors don’t check those values.  Cholesterol is viewed as the bad guy.

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The body depends on cortisol to allow for thyroid hormones to work.  Adequate levels of both thyroid and cortisol create the proper combination to allow for gene expression.  When cortisol levels are low due to adrenal exhaustion, thyroid hormones are less than effective in increasing metabolic rate and energy.  This can be a reason why adding thyroid hormones alone through medications can be less than effective in solving the many symptoms of hypothyroidism.

So what can we do to help heal and support our adrenal glands?  Diets low in simple carbohydrates and sugars can help to decrease stress.  Unrefined salt that is high in minerals supports the adrenals.  Vitamin C is also very good for the adrenal glands.  They are the largest storage site of Vitamin C in the body.  In areas such as Alaska where fruits and vegetables are in short supply during certain times of the year, the Eskimos ate the adrenal glands of the animals to obtain their much needed vitamin C.

I am writing this blog for a reason.  I am excited to announce that I have partnered with a long time friend and supplement manufacturer to bring to you high quality solutions for your health needs.  I have worked together with her formulators to create products to my specification to match products that I used when fighting thyroid cancer.  One of these products is the Buffered C  which contains Vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium.  It has a very pleasant lemon flavor added.  The perfect balance to support your adrenals, detoxing from iodine supplementing and overall health.

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The other product that I am really excited about is a product called Adaptogen Complex.  This is a proprietary complex of herbs.  I have personally been using this product since June and have found it to be the most effective adrenal support product I have ever tried.  I have experienced almost immediate relief of symptoms after taking it.  How many products can you say that you feel a change?

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You will not find these products on Amazon or other discount sites.  This is because we are committed to ensuring that each person gets the support they deserve when using these products.  You can be assured that what you are getting are the highest quality ingredients.  Supplements found on Amazon are often cheap knock offs of the name brands.  This is why you find them at a deeply discounted price compared to what a practitioner offers.  Please be careful!  Remember what grandma said “If it seems too good to be true it probably is.”  Sadly Amazon will not police these counterfeits so it is up to you to ensure you know your seller.   Quality matters when you are looking to heal safely and effectively.  I hope you try these products and report back with your experience.  I know you will be as thrilled as I am.

To access our line of Iodine Supplementing Products along with the adaptogen, use the following link:

Scientific Health SolutionsStephanie Buist Practitioner Link 
To obtain 10% off your total order enter   iodinesb  at checkout.

To learn more about the iodine protocol please join my facebook iodine group.

In the next blog I will discuss the benefits of the ingredients in the adaptogen product and how it can benefit not only your adrenals but your overall health balance.