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Old 11-16-2005, 12:56 AM   #1
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pros and cons of iodine

I'm hypo and taking armour. I'm trying to decide if I should try some iodine. My doctor is against it but then again I don't think much of him...he's merely the best of the worst..ha ha. Anyway, I'd like to hear from the pros...those of you on this forum. Give me the dirt on iodine, or other forms...kelp, bladderwack, etc...

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Old 11-16-2005, 02:45 AM   #2
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Re: pros and cons of iodine

Hi, me here! I took some iodine my doctor gave me once and it was not good for me anyway! I think being hypo by means of iodine deficiency is fairly rare...and how it helps for those who are hypo by other means seems to be controversal....I think I would play around with my meds before I started messing with .iodine...do a few searches for iodine and thyroid and you will probably come up with more info. Pixiek PS: saw your other comments on the other thread...thanks!

 
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Re: pros and cons of iodine

If you are hypo from any cause other than iodine-deficiency, taking iodine can make you feel far worse than you do now. And as Pixie says, hypoT due to iodine-deficiency is extremely rare in the western world.
Mary Shomon reports in her book that she tried it to help with her Hashi's, and it made her worse. She also has gotten many such reports from patients who've written to her with their experiences.
Hashi's damages the gland itself. Trying to boost a dying gland with the raw material to make thyroid hormone is like putting high octane gas into a car with fuel injector problems. It still isn't going to become a race car no matter how much gas you pump into it.

 
Old 11-17-2005, 04:18 AM   #4
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Re: pros and cons of iodine

Thanks for the input you guys. I've read lots but I cannot seem to make heads or tails out of any of it, so your input has cleared things up. Since I have hashi I might as well stay away from iodine.

By the way has anyone every had real bad reactions to selenium? If yes, do you know why?

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I could not tolerate selenium. At first it seemed to give me a kick, but then I felt bad. If it is true that it helps the conversion of T4 to T3 than at least in my case that is the answer as I did not need any help in that area and too much T3 was not good for me either...just my case...I am always on the strange side of things! Pixiek

 
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Re: pros and cons of iodine

Based on my labs without meds, my T4 has always been much lower than my T3. However taking pure T4 was a nightmare in the same way that selenium was. I've often wondered if selenium caused a reaction with anouther mineral, like zinc or something so that when my selenium went up my zinc would drop really low. I suppose I will never really know.

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