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!

 

26 Jan

Iodine and Graves Disease

 

Iodine and Graves Disease is not a topic that I deal with too often.  In many cases hyperthyroidism is only a temporary swing in thyroid hormones due to a Hashimotos condition.  In Hashimotos the thyroid gland may go from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid and back until it finally burns out.

This post is for those who are truly hyperthyroid or have Graves Disease which is an autoimmune thyroid condition where they body attacks its own gland.

There is a common theme that you will find on the internet that iodine and Graves / Hyperthyroidism are incompatible.  This however, is not the case.  Prior to anti-thyroid medications, Lugol’s formula was a common antidote to a thyroid storm. This Merck manual describes the dosing of potassium iodide for the reduction in thyroid hormone creation.  I know that I have read about Lugol’s in this manual as well but have been unable to find a link for you.  The current manual is a subscription service.  If I am able to track down a link I will update this blog with the information.  The following is quoted from an older version.

Iodine: Iodine in pharmacologic doses inhibits the release of T3 and T4 within hours and inhibits the organification of iodine, a transitory effect lasting from a few days to a week, after which inhibition usually ceases. Iodine is used for emergency management of thyroid storm, for hyperthyroid patients undergoing emergency nonthyroid surgery, and (because it also decreases the vascularity of the thyroid) for preoperative preparation of hyperthyroid patients undergoing subtotal thyroidectomy. Iodine generally is not used for routine treatment of hyperthyroidism. The usual dosage is 2 to 3 drops (100 to 150 mg) of a saturated K iodide solution po tid or qid or 0.5 to 1 g Na iodide in 1 L 0.9% saline solution given IV slowly q 12 h.

The naysayers for iodine with hyperthyroidism will point out that iodine is needed for the formation of thyroid hormones.  Very true!  As I have discussed in other blogs, the number in the thyroid hormones (T4 and T3) represents the number of iodine molecules on the hormone.  It is rare to have hyperthyroidism without an autoimmune condition.  This condition is called Graves disease.  When this disease is present, one of the antibodies that may be present is against the TSH receptors (TSH Ab) which causes the body to attack them.  This results in the over production of thyroid hormones.  Iodine in this case will not result in an increase in thyroid hormone creation.

If you are attempting to do the iodine protocol using Lugol’s formula and you have a hyperthyroid condition you will still follow the basic iodine protocol.  I won’t repeat it again here.  You can refer to the blog that I wrote previously about the importance of the components of the protocol.

There are two additional nutrients that should be considered as part of the basic iodine protocol to support the thyroid in a hyperthyroid condition.  These nutrients are described below with their benefits.

L-Carnatine (2,000 – 4,000 mgs / day) – Inhibits T4 / T3 entry into the cell nucleus.

Lithium (300 mgs / 3x per day) – Decreases thyroid hormone synthesis and release and reduces the peripheral deiodination of T4 (conversion of T4 to T3 – the active hormone).

The next question always asked is “How much do I start with?”  Unfortunately there are no absolutes or one size fits all.  We know that 15 mgs is the dosage where we have seen in research that iodolipids are created which assist in managing the proper hormone creation.  In practice however, many of the group members on the Facebook Iodine group have found that 50 mgs or more is where they find the greatest level of health.  It is something that you will need to experiment with and monitor your lab values to find what is appropriate for your condition.