No Thyroid? YES to Iodine!


One of the most common questions I get is about not having a thyroid and the need for iodine.  Doctors will tell patients that if you are thyroidless you do not need iodine.

This is very very wrong……

Consider these facts:

  • Iodine is used by every cell in the body.
  • The body stores 1,500 mgs of iodine when fully saturated
  • Iodine is used by the cells in a process called apoptosis (programmed cell death) to prevent / fight cancer
  • Being deficient in iodine makes you at a higher risk for breast cancer
  • If you are taking thyroid medication you are at a higher risk of getting breast cancer [1] due to iodine deficiency

Look at the research.  Just a few examples

  1. Breast
  2. Eyes
  3. Pancreas

The next question is “Can I take thyroid medication and iodine?”  Of course.  Iodine is just an element like magnesium or calcium.  No one worries as much about taking other nutrients than they do iodine.  It doesn’t matter when you take iodine during the day.  Most people take it before 1-2 pm or it can give the person too much energy, wake up the brain and keep you from falling asleep.

I hope that helps to clear up this confusion.  Please also read Dr David Brownstein’s book called “Iodine:  Why We Need It, Why We Can’t Live Without It”.


[1] The Epidemic of Breast Cancer and Thyroid Disorders:  The Common Link, Dr David Brownstein, June 7, 2015