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Old 12-06-2007, 11:36 PM   #1
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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!

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Old 12-07-2007, 04:28 AM   #2
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Re: Iodine deficiency test, how to interpret?

The patch test has has mixed reviews as to its accuracy. The best way to test your iodine level is to have an iodine loading test done. That being said, I'm on an iodine protocol and have never done the iodine loading test. My dr didn't think it was necessary as he feels that my thyroid nodules are indicative of low iodine. I do iodine skin painting once a week with Lugol's. The areas on my arms, legs, and torso are all usually there 12-24 hours later. However, the area over my thyroid absorbs the iodine within 1-2 hours.

Some folks with Hashi's have problems with taking iodine. Some don't. The only way to know is to try it. I suggest you look up iodine protocols in order to get the proper dosing, as well as the additional supplementation necessary to avoid detox symptoms. Iodine detoxes halides from the body and this process can cause quite a few nasty side effects, if not dealt with.

The basic maintenance dosing for most people is 12.5mg. I'm currently on 8 drops of Lugol's solution daily and have been since August. That works out to 50mg of iodine. I'm going to be upping the dosage soon as I'm trying to fight thyroid surgery.

If you're already on thyroid meds for hypoT, you may have to lower your dosage as iodine can stimulate the thyroid. Just keep an eye out for symptoms and adjust accordingly.

Good luck and feel free to keep asking.

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