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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

So should you take Iodine for your Thyroid Health? Surprising Answer.

I remember reading a year or more ago that Dr. Mary Dan Eades takes iodine for thyroid health. I thought to myself: "I should do that too." Thing is I've always had a more or less low sodium diet. I'm very sensitive to super salty tasting food - I don't like it! Anyway, so I was thinking brother I probably did myself in through the years by not getting enough iodine. Let's face it though this is ridiculous thinking as Hashimoto's thyroiditis is not caused by a lack of iodine, but anyway....probably more likely by the tremendous stress and grief I went through for years when my mother disowned me and when I finally realized that she was the worst enemy that I could have dreamed up in my worst nightmares and that is the absolute honest truth! She literally broke my heart. See I loved my mother (at one point more than God - stupid me!) and my dad (incredibly) and my younger sister and would have liked nothing more than to have had the happily ever after story but it was not meant to be. I was robbed! Some justice though in my sweet, young son, Jonathan, writing our story; this is the very same grandson my mother rejected as well. It is not being written in a vengeful way but is a series of novels based on the true story - so some of it will be fiction - hopefully, it will help other people with similar life scripts. Believe me, I'm not the only one in the world to go through something like this.

Anyway, how on earth did I get so sidetracked? LOL

Turns out IODINE can be a problem if taken in excess. It can cause hyperthyroidism. In 1995 the Chinese government decided to add iodine to table salt and now years later thyroid problems are on the increase in China. Now they say hypothroidism occurs in 1 in 15 people in China; surely that can't be linked to the increased iodine intake? Anyway maybe they are eating the soy processed in America? Now soy is known to cause hypothyroidism. I avoid it like the plague.

Here is an article about this.


Debbie said...

I am allergic to soy (well not so much allergic as I have an intolerance to it, in large amounts). I can't even eat eggs in the USA when we are there, as the chickens are fed a high soy diet. Here in Canada they must not b' cas I can eat eggs here. I didn't know it caused hypothyroidism.

Jennifer said...

Wow, I didn't know that about eggs in the USA!

ChiaOwl said...

Prior to modern pharmaceutical remedies, patients were advised to use tincture of iodine topically. And for many who show signs of hypothyroidism but their blood results don't confirm it, it also has been shown to be helpful to apply a quarter-sized patch on a thin-skinned vascular area of skin (I use the inner upper arm). The body will absorb what is needed and the remainder will wear off. When I first started doing this, several years ago, it was totally absorbed within 4 hours, which is quite rapid. Now I use it only twice a week, and it is absorbed by my next shower, so it is somewhat less than 24 hours but I don't check it like I did at first. This has enabled my thyroid gland to get the iodine it needs but I'm not forcing iodine into my system that it doesn't need.

Jennifer said...

Chiaowl, it's sounds like you know what you are doing. If your body temperatures are normal, then you are not hyperthyroid and indeed you are helping your thyroid. I have heard of the method you use. Thanks for commenting.