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seibertneurolyme
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Hubby took blood test several months ago and tested at around 20% of normal -- very deficient. For some reason we neglected to start supplements until about a month ago.

Hubby is taking 4 Iodoral tablets daily -- this is a combination of Iodine (5mg)/Potassium Iodide (7.5mg). When we saw his new primary care provider he did the skin patch test for iodine and it was gone before the 1 1/2 hour appointment was over! This was before he started the supplements.

PCP says that iodine is required for immune system to function properly. Hubby continues to take Armour thyroid at 60mg per doctor.

Instructions were that it might take from 3 weeks to up to 3 months to replenish iodine stores in the body and that he would notice a frontal headache, runny nose and cough up clear phlegm when the iodine levels were sufficient. At that time he is to stop supplements for 2 - 3 days and then resume at 1/2 the original dose.

Dr C, his LLMD ordered the original test. Has anyone done this protocol and if so did you notice any symptoms which improved from the iodine?

Hubby is sweating more normally this summer, but that could be from the heat and energy levels are way down due to meds. As far as I can tell the iodine isn't doing anything beneficial at this point, but it has only been a month.

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I've been taking the Iodoral for several months now. Can't say one way or the other about symptoms. [especially since I had surgery and an infection in the past 6 wks]

I think the plan is to check my levels again next spring. My test showed a deficiency too. Dr C said most of the population is deficient.

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I actually don't produce as much stomach acid and then have malabsorbtion problem when I am OFF Iodoral.


In fact, such a problem that I don't absorb antibiotics as much.

Trout


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Bea,
I haven't done this but had an interesting experience with iodine.

I was given idodized glycerol (Tuss Organidin, before they reformulated) as a cold/cough syrup. It was amazing; I'd take it and everything would drain out like they're telling you to expect. Shame they took it off the market.

Anyway after 2 weeks on the medicine I felt better than I ever did. When I told my, then, LLMD she thought I was nuts. (It was probably 10 years ago.)

Ok, that was absolutely no help to you, sorry (but it may be a help to me).
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I was going to take Kelp for Iodine but was told that Kelp is not Mercury free. Anyone know anything about Kelp's Mercury content?
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Don't know about the kelp or mercury...but over the counter iodine will raise your temperature to normal if used on the skin.
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Meg,

The iodine patch test (or spot test) I mentioned that PCP did on hubby is something you can do at home. Buy a bottle of iodine -- can get at most drugstores and probably even grocery stores. Use a cottonball to "paint" a spot on your skin -- forearm is a good place. Make the spot about the size of a quarter or 50 cent piece.

Look at this spot every hour or so and see how long it takes to fade. If it stays on for less than 24 hours then your body is deficient in iodine.

The iodoral contains 2 types of iodine and is a better supplement than the regular iodine. The reason it raises your body temperature is because iodine is needed to make the thyroid function correctly.

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Bea,

I actually had the runny nose effect, etc......

Trout


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Before my lyme and thyroid problems were diagnosed by an MD, my ND was having me do iodine patch tests, which also provide iodine supplementation.

I'd absorb the iodine within an hour or two. Ideally, if you're okay on iodine, the patch should remain on the skin. This did not help my sluggish thyroid. Only getting on thyroid meds helped.

I see that your hubby is on 60 mg of Armour. I was on that dose for a long time, but improved after starting with a new doc who is a thyroid patient herself. She bumped me up to 120 mg, saying that it is a normal dose, and that 60 mg had not been enough.

Perhaps you could ask his Dr. about upping his dose of Armour.

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there are 1-2 good essays on sski, and iodine in general on, http://www.tahoma-clinic.com
hope i got the site name correct.

sski are teh latin initials for potassium iodide, KI

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Up for James.
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If you are deficient in Iodine, will your body temp be low? Mine is normally only 95-96 degrees.. anything above that and I am running a fever usually.


If i take iodine supplements, will it raise my body temp up to the normal range? I am also being tested for thyroid and para-thyroid problems. thanks!

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you have to take a high dose to kill bugs with iodine, but it does work.

Where using 10 drops of Iodine solution under tounge, (2 percent iodine) 4 times a day, and under live blood, where no longer seeing bugs, within just days of starting protocal.

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I took Iodoral for a while after I had my urine tested and I was deficient.

I did not notice a difference when I wasn't or when I was taking it.

I am sure it was doing good things for my body since I was deficient and needed it, but I couldn't tell a difference in the way I was feeling. I still felt bad/not very good.

It also didn't help with my thyroid. I'm hypothyroid and the thyroid need iodine to function properly, but it never helped my levels. I needed to up my dosage of Synthroid later on actually.

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I think that iodine and vitamin D work as a team, since both up regulate the metabolism; if D is low and iodine is raised, more D will be needed and the reverse is true. I have yet to try iodoral. The amount of mercury in kelp is likely low, it concentrates as it moves up the food chain, hence plants have low amounts, the animals that eat the plants have more, the animals that eat the animals that eat the plants have even more...the largest fish eating fish have the highest levels...

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Is Iodoral an over the counter supplement?
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Bringing this back up.

yes iodoral is an over the counter supplement.

Bea Seibert

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I want to second what Bea is telling us about the importance of healthy dietary iodine levels. This is one of those really basic and simple to correct problems that seems to always get overlooked.

My friend in Toronto brought this to my attention a few years ago. He pointed out that the NE US and his area in Canada are sometimes referred to the "goiter belt" because of the prevalence of this problem. He explained that the soils that the food is grown in are typically poor in iodine in that region. Depending on the variety in their diet, most people will not get adequate iodine without some form of supplement. Many will have such a severe deficiency that they develop goiter.

Iodine is also supposedly one of the chemicals that your white blood cells use to kill some of the pathogens that they encircle. So it probably has other uses by the body.

Now, a lot of us that are somewhat health conscious take some kind of supplement and assume we are covered. Perversely though very few supplements contain ANY iodine whatsoever. In fact, if you want to add some iodine to your diet in supplement form you have to really look for it.

In Canada there is an age old iodine supplement called "Lugol's Iodine Solution" that can be purchased inexpensively at the corner pharmacy. People there have taken it for decades to prevent goiter and other iodine deficiency problems.

Iodine was added to table salt many decades ago to help with this problem. Iodized salt. But now, many people avoid iodized salt thinking they are avoiding another harmful chemical placed there by the evil food companies. Go figure!

What Bea is saying is good. Make sure you get adequate dietary iodine one way or another.

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I have been taking the Iodoral for several months now. From the first day, I could notice more energy. I started at 50mg daily and am now at 12.5mg daily. It's an important one! I didn't notice any of the other effects you mentioned (doesn't mean they didn't happen, but I didn't notice them).
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