Category Archives: Iodine

Iodine Therapy

11Jan/18

Thick Neck or Goiter?

I am constantly watching videos and searching the internet to learn new things.  I am always struck by the number of people I notice who have a goiter.  For those of you that don’t know what a goiter is, it is a swollen thyroid.  The gland swells in an effort to capture iodine to make thyroid hormones.  We are so iodine deficient not only in the United States but all around the world that its becoming epidemic.  When I see it, I sigh and wish that I could offer some help because if they don’t have issues now – they are coming.

So what’s the big deal about having a goiter?  To most medical doctors – nothing.  My own gynecologist who found my goiter mentioned it to me casually but then never suggested that I should do something about it.  Had I addressed the issue I doubt I would have gotten thyroid cancer nor would my children have lifelong thyroid issues.  But we are here now and I try to help as many as will listen.

So what does a goiter look like?  Here are some examples.

This is relatively large but there are some more extreme in 3rd world countries.

They can look like this – a thickened neckline.

Milder left lobe only goiter.

Milder forms of goiter I caught on a video I watched.  This is the time to catch it before damage to the gland occurs.

 

 

 

 

 

What are the reasons why we develop a goiter?

Iodine deficiency 
I’ve already hinted above that iodine is a reason.  The thyroid needs it to create hormones.  The T4 hormone contains iodine.  The number 4 in that hormone name represents 4 iodine molecules.

Selenium deficiency
Selenium is needed in the thyroid hormone creation process to create thyroid peroxidase (TPO).  When this gets out of balance we can see an autoimmune condition occur called Hashimotos.

Hashimotos
Hashimotos is an autoimmune condition where the body creates antibodies called TPO Ab and Tg Ab to attack the gland and kill it off. The body is confused and views it as an invader that needs to be removed.  The Iodine protocol has been shown to assist in the reduction and even elimination of this condition.

Nodules & Tumors 
This can be cancerous or benign which if left untreated can turn into a cancerous condition such as papillary thyroid cancer.  It did in my case and I wouldn’t wish my experience on anyone.

Pregnancy
During pregnancy the baby will take what it needs to grow and develop.  Iodine is critical for the development of the neurological system as well as the thyroid gland.  The mother’s thyroid gland produces hormone for the baby for the first 2 trimesters.  When the mother is already low and the baby demands more the body sends out the signal of a goiter to show that a crisis is coming.

The Iodine protocol is important for not only goiter issues but the entire body.  If the thyroid shows signs of deficiency then the rest of the body is as well.  Women who are low in iodine are at a higher risk of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and breast cancer.  Men can also get breast cancer as well as prostate cancer.  Fibromyalgia has been helped with iodine supplement too since the muscles house a high volume of iodine.

I believe iodine is one of the most critical nutrients needed to maintain optimum body health.  Don’t wait until a problem appears.  Your body is sending you warnings.  Listen!

 

28Dec/17

Dogs Need Iodine?

I am a ‘dog mom’.  I have 2 dogs that are raw fed and holistically cared for.  I have a PooChin (poodle / Japanese chin mix) and a ShiChi (Shih Tuz / Chihuahua mix).  They are both 14 lbs.  Their lifestyle has kept them both healthy and neither have required frequent visits to the vet.  We visit every 3 years for the rabies vaccine.  About 2 years ago my PooChin – Snickerdoodles (aka Snickers) started to get a cyst on his tail.  It started out small and slowly grew larger and had a weird white ball under the skin with fluid around it.  I asked the Vet about it on one of his visits and she decided to biopsy it to see what it was.  She told me that it was nothing and that some dogs just seemed more prone to them.  After the biopsy it seemed to just melt away and he was free of lumps for a few months.

Then in September he went in for his rabies vaccination (every 3 years by law here) and a month or less later he had a large cyst forming again on his side over his rib cage.  Then he started to get more bumps.  He had 2 more smaller bumps in the back hindquarter of his leg.  He’s had lumps form at the site of the injection which I treated with topical solutions but this one was nowhere near the injection site.  Then I remembered a lecture that Dr Flechas gave where he discussed cysts being related to iodine deficiency.  I decided to add 1 drop of 5% solution Lugol’s iodine to my dogs water bowl.  My two dogs share a ceramic bowl that is about 2 cups.  So I cannot determine just how much he was receiving.  Each morning I would give them fresh water and add another drop of Lugol’s to the bowl.

Two weeks after starting to supplement, the lump on his side began to shrink.  After 3 weeks the cyst was completely gone.  Of the two on the hindquarter – one remains.  The other is much smaller.  I will continue to supplement with iodine and monitor his progress.

I began to think about my other dog, Gizmo, and if he seemed to have any benefits.  Gizmo is prone to skin issues.  He gets crusty patches on his underbelly.  He would lick his paws constantly.  We tried adding foods, removing foods and even getting medicated shampoos.  His skin has been much better and I cannot find any scaly patches on his belly.

 

I don’t know why I am so surprised by the progress my dogs have made.  I know personally the benefits that iodine can bring to healing the body.  After all it is what I used to heal from papillary thyroid cancer.  Because it is so much a part of my regular day I forget about the amazing power this nutrient has.

To your health….naturally!

18Aug/17

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.