Iodine deficiency can cause problems related to the thyroid (both hypo- and hyper-thyroid conditions) go to http://www.iodine4health.com/
and type in overactive thyroid and/or hyperthyroid into the search box.
Be sure to read the R, RR, RRR and BSA
posts in the Iodine
supplementation forum, Wombat is quite knowledgeable to direct questions to after you've done some reading.
Iodine is a essential trace mineral.
I have sensed that in supplementing with Miracle-Mineral-Supplement
, one needs to be attentive to trace mineral supplementation. Iodine
is one essential trace mineral that can be overlooked, as well as selenium.
Iodine and selenium deficiencies disorders are quite common. Supplement with drops of Lugol's, iodoral, be sure to include some ocean fish like sardines into the diet. Be alert to the fact that deriving iodine/iodide from food sources is not so easy, as many of the commercial farmers that grow their foods has been quite deficient of many trace minerals. Iodine/selenium is normally overlooked in methods using fertilizers. There are also many regions that commercial food is grown where the soils are quite Iodine
and selenium deficient in the soil. The Great Lakes Region and the Pacific Northwest are just two of these regions in the U.S.
Also important to try to avoid fluoridated water and find bakeries that do not use bromiated flour, as fluoride and bromide prevents iodine from being adequately taken in by the body/thyroid. Bromide is quite abundant in the food, pharmaceutical medicines, commercial products and enviornment around us. Just have to become aware of which products it has been creeping into over the years.
Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It , 2nd Edition
David Brownstein, MD
Medical Alternatives Press, Michigan, 2006, pp 95 -116.
"In addition to goiter formation, iodine deficiency may also lead to hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid diseases, including Graves' and Hashimoto's disease. Studies have shown that iodine-deficient individuals have an increased incidence of antithyroid antibodies.
"Graves' disease is an autoimmune illness whereby the thyroid gland is attacked by the body's antibodies. This causes an inflammation and swelling of the thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism (an overactive metabolic state) is common in Graves' disease....
"Hashimoto's disease is also an autoimmune illness where the body produces antithyroid peroxidase antibodies (anti-TPO) that cause an inflammation of the thyroid gland. The end result is goiter formation in many, and hypothyroidism is usually the end result of long-standing Hashimoto's disease....
"The increase in both Hashimoto's and Graves' disease, occurring at near epidemic rates, is because of iodine deficiency....
"In order to formulate an effective, safe, and inexpensive treatment for autoimmune thyroid problems, one must first search for an underlying cause of the illness. As I discussed in my book, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders, the underlying cause(s) of autoimmune thyroid disorders can be varied. This can include infections, toxicities, food allergies
(i.e., gluten intolerance), and nutritional imbalances. I believe that iodine deficiency may be an important factor in developing an autoimmune thyroid problem....
"Some researchers and endocrinologists believe that autoimmune thyroid problems are caused by iodine intake in excess of the RDA. However, before the adoption of radioactive iodine to treat the side effects of autoimmune thyroid illnesses, the use of higher doses of iodine was the treatment of choice for these illnesses. There are numerous reports in the literature, some dating back well over 100 years, showing the benefits of using iodine in excess of the RDA to treat autoimmune thyroid illnesses..... My clinical experience has shown that in an iodine deficient state, higher doses of iodine are an effective and safe way to treat autoimmune thyroid illness without appreciable side effects."