Thanks, that's so helpful to know. I'm tired of running out to buy every supplement that helps someone else, so I consider each thing carefully before buying it now.
So many people have said Iodine has helped them, but the logic wasn't apparent to me, (just as I have trouble understanding why we 'should' drink distilled water).
I read somewhere that it could have to do with people not living near/eating from the ocean. Though I would much rather use a vegetable source of iodine, I cannot tolerate the salt in seaweeds. I'm also intolerant of alcohol. It still affects me if I put it in hot water, though somewhat less. Lugol's is in an alcohol base, I think.
I have some of the same problems you mentioned and would love to have my energy back. I have a persistent breast lump and have had uterine fibroids, (don't know if they're still there).
Btw, your story would make one of the more interesting blogs.