Iodine deficiency test, how to interpret?
I'm having thyroid problems but can't see a doctor until I get insurance in January, so in the meantime, I'm trying to help combat my many symptoms. I read that sometimes iodine can help, and found an iodine deficiency test and tried it out.
Basically, you take a 2% tincture of iodine, paint a silver dollar sized circle on your arm or leg, and wait to see how long the stain takes to fade. If it fades quickly (I've seen multiple numbers here, I've seen 4 hours, 8, and 24), then you probably have a deficiency, whereas if it stays past that time, then you're good.
I tried it out, accidently fell asleep, woke up 9 hours later, and it was gone. I tried it again a couple hours later, not thinking that I should wait like a day or more for some more accurate results. This one lasted at least 12 hours, not sure of the exact time, but definitely not 24. I waited a couple of days and tried again, and again I forgot to check, but it was half-faded by the 7 hour mark.
So what might this mean? Which test has more appropriate numbers? Should I supplement? I've already bought some iodine supplements but I don't know whether or not to take them, as some thyroid problems are a really bad mix with extra iodine. I appreciate any input!
Last edited by Defekt; 12-06-2007 at 11:36 PM.