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.

22 Jul

The Iodine Protocol – Why It’s Important

The Supplementing with iodine and the fear that accompanies it is due to poor execution and not the nutrient itself.

The preferred form of iodine is Lugol’s formula.  This is because Lugol’s contains both Iodine and Potassium Iodide.  Various organs and tissues in the body prefer one form over the other.  The breast, prostate and stomach prefer to utilize Iodine while the thyroid, salivary gland and skin prefer to use iodide.  When you supplement with one form, most often iodide, you rob the body of functioning at optimum levels.  This is why products like SSKI, Nascent and other forms of iodine don’t offer the same benefits as Lugols.

Another common issue with iodine supplementing is detoxification.  We live in such a toxic world that it is hard not to be toxic on some level.  As it relates to iodine the key toxins are bromide, fluoride and to a smaller degree mercury.  We need to support the body when supplementing to help it push what iodine releases, out of the body through the kidneys and out in the urine.  This detoxification can also cause stress to the adrenal glands so supporting them is important to your success.

If you are dealing with Hashimotos it is critical to ensure that there is a sufficient level of selenium either already “on board” in your body or that you are taking it along with your iodine.  Because selenium can reach toxic build up levels in the body it is important that you monitor your levels through a RBC (Red Blood Cell) Se lab test.  Please work with your doctor / healthcare professional to determine your specific needs.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 3,000 + mgs  – This vitamin is critical for combating oxidation due to toxin release.  The adrenals also thrive in a vitamin C rich environment.  The adrenal glands are the largest storage site of  Vitamin C in the body.  The NIS symporters (where iodine is pulled into the cells) are supported and in some cases healed when higher doses of Vitamin C are provided.

Selenium  100-200 mcg  – Selenium is needed by the thyroid hormone creation process by working in conjunction with glutathione peroxidase as a protective mechanism to reduce and neutralize excess hydrogen peroxide.  Without this building block the risk of autoimmune thyroid condition flare ups increases due to the oxidative damage of TPO.  Selenium is also a critical nutrient in the creation of glutathione in the liver where detoxification occurs.

Magnesium  200-400 mgs – This nutrient is important in over 300 enzyme reactions in the body.  During the organification of iodine, intracellular calcium stimulates the NADPH-Oxidase System.  When this becomes over active as it can with autoimmune thyroid conditions, magnesium works as a natural “balancer”.  The production of ATP also requires magnesium along with other nutrients.

Unrefined Salt  1/2-1 tsp  – The symporters that pull iodine into the cells are known as NIS or sodium iodine symporters.  Adequate levels of sodium are needed to ensure proper function.  Salt is also used by the body to pull out the bromide being released from the receptors and tissues by the iodine supplementation and carry it from the blood through to the kidneys where it is filtered out into the urine.  Unrefined salt is also rich in minerals that help to support the adrenals.

B2/B3 (aka ATP CoFactors) 100 mgs B2 / 500 mgs  B3  – Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and Vitamin B3 (Niacin) are cofactors to the NADPH oxidase pathway.  They work at the mitochondrial level to provide more energy.  Many with Hashimotos will comment on an increased level of energy when they add these two nutrients to their protocol.  They are both also key in providing sufficient hydrogen peroxide to efficiently oxidize iodide.  This is an optional supplement but can be added for the above reasons.

Other nutrients that have helped – but are not part of the core protocol …….

Boron  – This nutrient has proven to be beneficial in the removal of fluoride from the body.  It has also shown a positive impact on the NADPH Oxidase and ATPase processes within the cells.

Beta Carotene  25,000 iU  – For some individuals who supplement in iodine, their menstrual cycles or hormones may become imbalanced.  Supplementing with higher doses of Beta Carotene can assist in maintaining proper balance.  Research has also shown that it may help to upregulate NIS gene expression to increase iodine uptake.  While research has been done on radioactive forms of iodine, it may also equate to the non-radioactive forms as well since the radioactivity is not a key element in its benefits.

Over the last 9 years of supporting both the Yahoo Iodine group and the Facebook Iodine group with thousands of members, I have seen that when the full protocol is implemented amazing benefits are realized.  It also helps to mitigate the issues seen by many practitioners that causes them to sound the alarm bells.   When iodine is supplied in isolation it can be problematic.

Final thoughts:  When supplementing with the supporting nutrients do not try to cut corners.  Use high quality supplements.  Do not try to obtain then from food alone.  It is critical that you ensure that the right levels are available to your body.  Vitamin C is often criticized because many ascorbic acid products are sourced from corn which is often GMO.  In my store I offer non-GMO and tapioca based options.  For selenium, brazil nuts will not supply the needed dosage of 100-200 mcg / day.  The soil where they are grown is also depleted.

Take care to do it right and you too can reap the benefits that adequate iodine levels in the body can offer.  For additional support with your supplementing journey please join the Iodine Facebook group.