Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Brazil Nuts
- Coconut Oil
- Congenital Hypothyroidism
- Emu Oil
- General Feedback
- Hypothyroid Symptoms
- Hypothyroid Tests
- Hypothyroidism and Anemia
- Hypothyroidism and Heredity
- Hypothyroidism and Low Appetite
- Iodine, Dhea
- Iodine, Selenium
- Lugol's Iodine
- Medication Side Effects
- Multiple Remedies
- Over the Counter
- Prescription Medications
- Remedies Needed
- Remove Old Dental Fillings
- Ted's Remedies
- Thyroid Readings
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06/16/2011: Laura from Orlando, Fl: "Hey EC: I am hoping someone can help me with this problem. Shortly after being diagnosed as being hypothyroid, I noticed that small white spots started appearing on my legs/calves etc. Didn't pay much attention to it until the other day while doing a pedicure, I was stunned to see how much it had spread. Anyone knows what is causing this? Is this a common symptom of this disease? What if it keeps spreading. Help someone/anyone with an answer. Thank you EC. You people are the best!!!"Replies
06/17/2011: Cindy from Houston, Tx replies: "My husband also has those white spots and his doctor didn't know what they were either. I researched the net and found out that his were "Stucco Keratosis". Unfortunately there is no cure for that. I have a few at the bottom of my legs also. My husbands' always show lighter after he gets out of the pool. Maybe the chlorine does it. Not contagious, just unsightly."
06/17/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi, there are all kinds of white spots, so it is difficult to say what it is. I started having white spots on my legs years ago, then they started spreading and the ones in the legs started getting bigger. Doctors have no idea what it is but they all assure me that it is not viltligo. It is quite ugly and nowdays I have quite a few on my arms, chest, some on my back. I have tried quite a few things but nothing has helped. I found out that this particular kind of spots is called Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis. I have now been trying to rub lemon juice on them twice a day (don't go in the sun for a while after doing this or you might get more stains) also because I have a few age spots but so far nothing has happened neither with the white or the brown ones. Sorry.......... No idea what causes them!"
01/15/2012: Melanie from Farmington, Maine replies: "Several months ago I purchased organic coconut oil, not for hypothyroidism, which I now believe I have, because my hair is falling out rapidly, and also read here that 'brain fog' and low body temp are also symptoms of it, which I also have. In reading about it on here, it looks like I need to go look for 'cold pressed' CO. The jar says 'expeller pressed'. It was very expensive at $9.51 for a 14 oz. jar. What is the difference in the way it is pressed? Will 'expeller pressed' work? I hunted in this small town for a long time looking for any CO and finally found this at the health food store."
03/20/2012: Had from White River Jct, Vt replies: "To M from farmington, I"ve only been using VCO for a short time. What I noticed in difference of CO vs- VCO, the good stuff VCO, when you open the jar you smell coconuts, everytime! The other, nothing so smell nothing, get nothing in benefit."
05/04/2013: Dan from Cebu replies: "Mercury amalgam fillings prevent T4 thyroid medication from working properly. Mercury is a endocrine and enzyme disrupter and you will likely not feel well until all of your amalgam fillings are safely removed by a biological dentist.
I found this out after I had 11 amalgam fillings removed and I had chelation therapy afterwards to flush the mercury and other heavy metals from my body. About 8 months after I had my fillings removed and replaced with composite I started feeling better after suffering for 40 yrs with depression, suicidal thoughts, fatigue, headaches, brain fog. In fact, there are 150 know symptoms of chronic mercury poisoning from amalgam fillings which helps keep the doctors and hospitals from running out of patients. Amalgam fillings have been banned in Europe and the Philippines now for about 10 yrs now but are still legal in North America.
Here's former dentist Dr. Hal Huggins. After Dr. Huggins refused to give mercury amalgam fillings and root canals to his patients his dentist license was revoked. Dangers Of Amalgam Fillings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmYFDkIa6kw"
12/31/2013: Melissa from Wisconsin replies: "Regarding keratosis....I had keratosis pilaris on my arms that cleared up completely when I stopped eating wheat."
04/28/2011: Loveysiera from Hayfork, Ca, U.s: "Hello Everyone,
I was wondering if anyone has had the same issues I'm dealing with being Hypothryoid.
I had RAI done in 2009 for being Hyperthyroid, consequently I became Hypo due to this procedure I'm taking 137mg of Synthroid but find that I'm still dealing with the most troublesome issue of burning and watery eyes. I now have noticed that one of my eyelids is drooping a bit my Dr says my levels are fine with the Synthroid and that in time this should go away???? Has anyone had to deal with this before?
Any feedback would be so helpful, Thank you so much...
07/09/2011: Anita from Redmond, Wa replies: "I have hypothyrodism with a level of 4.8 and my doctor prescribed me synthroid of 50 mcg which I was afraid to take. I feel week, have brain fog at innumerable times during a day. I like to know if yoga or applying coconut oil will help me.
I am having 2 drops of iodide/iodine every day on emty stomach. Please help me as I don't want to take medication. Weight gain is there."
10/03/2011: Jessica from Chicago, Il replies: "I was just told by a nutritionalist/naturopathic person that have definite adrenal fatigue and a thyroid issue, but haven't been to the doctor to figure out for sure. (No insurance) Well I took her advice with the iodine and I'm taking 4 dropper fulls and supposed to go up to 6 dropper fulls which is way over the direction doses on the packages..... And its working! In 48 hrs, the large lump in my throat that has been very uncomfortable (hard to swallow, restricts breathing) is gone or at least has shrunk enough to not notice it. I do know that with iodine supplementation you have to take Vitamin C and B's to carry it through for absorbtion in the body. Vitamin C has to be around 1500 mg and Extra B's. I was told not be scared of the high doses because you'll just pee them out within a few hours, but they are very important in absobing the nutrients. If anyone has any more knowledge they'd like to throw my way I'd love the feedback! Also how do you know if you are HYPO or HYPER thyroid? My symptoms are a mixture of both and a lot of adrenal. Which from my understanding adrenal & thryroid go hand in hand?"
10/04/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Jessica, when taking iodine and vitamin c ensure they are taken at different times of the day. If you have an iodine stain on clothes for instance putting vitamin c crystals on the stain will make it disappear."
11/09/2011: Imcinnamon from Orlando, Fl replies: "Hypothyroid issue for yrs, now. Nothing was really making a difference. Bought colored Iodine in a bottle from the pharmacy and did a patch test. The orange color was completely gone in an hr. Taking Iodine and selenium now, and in 1 day that huge goiter was gone! Swallowing normally for 1st time in yrs, noticed feet and face are softer in a week, brain fog gone, and my hair loss is 90 % less, My joint pains are almost completely gone, they were so bad, there were times I had to crawl from the bed to the bathroom in the mornings. I just began middle age, so this was especially difficult. I will be adding b vit and A and C as well. Why didn't I find this info yrs ago? Dr. Jonathan v. Wright's site helped as well as this one and Dr. Mercola."
11/10/2011: Joanna from Denver, Co replies: "Anita, when 1st diagnosed with hypothyroidism I was put on Synthroid but was constantly ill. After refusing to continue with Synthroid, I was prescribed Armour and I felt a difference immediately, and no longer felt ill. Personally, I refuse to use any synthetic (laboratory-made) thyroid products again (e.g. , Synthroid, Levothroid, levothyroxin, etc. On the other hand, Armour Desiccated Thyroid Hormone, Nathroid, Westhroid, and other brands derived from the thyroid gland of the pig, use natural glandular concentrates or extracts containing thyroid hormone. Now I order mine online, porcine thryoid health which is much like Armour if not the same, and am feeling really good. Armour Thyroid and other natural thyroid preparations contain natural thyroid hormone. Armour Thyroid and most natural thyroid preparations are made to standards approved by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), which helps assure that its potency is accurately stated on the label. They contain T4, T3, T2, and T1 and most closely resemble natural human thyroid hormone. At the proper dose, natural thyroid hormone works quite well and are preferred by nearly all "natural" or "alternative" physicians. Synthetics, on the other hand, consist solely of T4. They depend on the body to convert the T4 to T3 and the other metabolites."
11/10/2011: Candyny from Cambria Heights, Ny, Usa replies: "Hi Imcinnamon,
I'd like to know what is your regimen/dosage amount for taking the iodine and selenium? How long was it before you started seeing results? Have you lost/gained any weight as well?
I am trying to locate a good practitioner in NYC to properly diagnose and treat me as I have over 90% of the symptoms for having an underactive thyroid in addition to an somewhat enlarged goiter. I am also looking to lose some weight as well.
I appreciate suggestions/input you have, thanks!
09/13/2012: Alindley from Middlefield, Ohio replies: "I have read these threads with interest because I have speculated I might have a thyroid issue because of my fatigue and inability to lose weight. I started taking 750 mg. of guggul extract along with 250 mg. of forskoli and in two days have noticed a drastic increase in energy. I reccommend only taking these supplements first thing in the morning. I used to be sluggish in the morning even after sleeping 7 hrs. But not anymore. For the women that got advice from her nutritionist that she might have adrenal fatigu and a thyroid issue.... If you noticed a lump in your neck then you most likely have hyperthyroidism which means your thyroid is already overactive and these supplements would not benefit you. There are herbal supplemetns you can research that heal the adrenal glands so I would suggest you start there and take a good multi-vitamin and eat nutritous foods. Goodluck!"
03/30/2013: Dins from Kolkata, India replies: "Where do we get these items - EVCO, Apple Cider Vinegar etc. Are they at the grocers or medical shops?"
EC: Some grocery stores sell both apple cider vinegar with the "mother" and virgin coconut oil. If you can't find there, try your local health food store.
03/30/2013: Steve from San Antonio, Tx replies: "I started off getting them at GNC. Then I found a Whole Foods. It's hard finding Iodine though. Get that offline."
03/31/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "For the question of where to buy ACV with the mother and CO. I get mine at a large nationwide discount store, that does not require membership, at reasonable prices. I don't think I can give the name because I had another post removed due to mentioning it."
04/01/2013: Trudyg from Waynesboro, Va replies: "Go to the vinegar section of the store--you will see several brands. Look for one that says "Raw" or "unpasteurized", it will usually also say 'with the mother'. For coconut oil, it's in the section with the oils. Make sure you get one that says virgin, cold-pressed. It will look like shortening because stores are usually cooler and it's solid at over 74 degrees. I avoid the one in the white plastic bottle-you can't see what you're getting."
10/19/2009: Loren from Queens, Ny: "Hi everyone:
Does anyone know what causes the puffiness on face/hands etc in hypothyroid patients? Since my diagnosis recently, i have noticed that my hands especially are really puffy. Its really kinda scary. Thanks everyone for an early reply."
10/20/2009: Sharik from Arcata, Ca replies: "Hi, Loren.
The thyroid is an integral part of your endocrine system which includes the pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroids, thymus, adrenal, pancreas, and ovaries. When one goes, they all act up. It takes a while for the synthetic hormone to work as you must find the level your body needs. Meanwhile, keep your DR. posted as to symptoms, for as you can see, this is not something to ignore. But don't be frightened about the hands. It's uncomfortable and unsightly, but it will pass as your body starts to use the synthetic hormone. I suggested the time-honored ACV in apple juice to balance the pH in your body until the pills kick in. This can take anywhere from two to six weeks. The reason I know all this: I have Hashimoto's disease (it runs in the family) so I've been through it all.
Good luck to you, but remember to keep your MD posted as to your progress.
10/21/2009: Loren from Queens, Ny replies: "This message is for Sharik from California: Thank you very much for yr response. I will definitely let my doc know of this when I see her. I do have a question though - I had read somewhere on earth clinic that acv depletes the body of iodine. I was using it but when I read this, I stopped immediately. Have you ever heard of this? If so, any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks again for yr response."
10/22/2009: Katie from Edison, Nj replies: "From what I've read apple cider vinegar will boost whatever you take with it. Please do some research before you start taking iodine. As to how long to take it and how much. If you take it too long your thyroid counts will rocket. I should know mine went so high they stopped testing it. But I swear by apple cider and iodine. People are clueless when it comes to thyroid and how important iodine is to it. I had severe allergies, don't know if it was the ACV or iodine or combination of both but I am cured! My allergies are non-existant."
10/22/2009: Bessie from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Loren - I'm not Sharik but I did read the following about apple cider vinegar and iodine. On a Lugol's iodine bottle featured on the Web, they actually advise you to take one drop of Lugol's in a glass of water with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar added to enhance the uptake of iodine. So it seems that taking apple cider vinegar when you have thyroid issues would be beneficial. Good luck!"
10/22/2009: Loren from Queens, Ny replies: "Thanks a lot Bessie for your feedback. I really do appreciate it."
10/23/2009: Sharik from Arcata, California replies: "To Loren from Queens:
I have never had that problem, but then I eat iodized salt as well as kelp, so I do get plenty of iodine. Since it's measured in mcg.s (micrograms) it doesn't take much. I drink ACV almost every day for pain (arthritis and Rheumatism) and haven't noticed any problem in 33 years of dealing with hypothyroidism but then we aren't cut out with cookie cutters, and not all people are the same. The person to ask is your pharmacist. I cultivate mine like a garden as he knows all sorts of marvelous stuff that my Dr. never heard of!
Having done a little research, I found this:
"Some foods block the uptake of iodine into the thyroid gland when eaten raw in large amounts. These include Brussels spouts (raw?!?!), cabbage, cauliflower, kale, peaches, pears, spinach, and turnips. If you have an underactive thyroid, you should limit your consumption of these foods." 'Prescription for Nutritional Healing' by Phyllis a Balch, CNC
I did not know this! And I do love my salads and slaws (I grow my own organic stuff). Learn something every day.....
10/25/2009: Loren from Queens, Ny replies: "To Janice from Mi: Thank you so much for yr response. I really do appreciate it. I do have one question though - what brand of Kelp do you use? I purchased one a few days ago but refrained from using it because it says on the bottle that there are some sonstituents in the kelp that contains carcinogens. Well when I checked the meaning of carcinogen I figured I better off not using it. Any feedback will be appreciated."
10/25/2009: Sharik from Arcata, California replies: "Kelp is seaweed. I always buy organic (expensive, true) but pure. You may have gotten hold of supplies from countries not always trustworthy in their manufacturing techniques. I buy the powdered form, use it in soups and stews, or if I need a real clean-out, I make my own capsules using 0 or 00 veggie capsules I buy from my herbal store or online. I also have a friend who has a resale license (wholesale) and occasionally I'll help her fill out a minimum order. I use a lot of herbs and spices for health and buying wholesale saves me a lot of money. Do you have an herb store or health food store in your area? They would be the best place to find the pure stuff.
10/25/2009: Janice from Coloma, Mi replies: "Loren, we are not allowed to mention name brands. I have taken several different brands. Just try to find a plain Kelp. There are quite a few out there. The one I'm taking has 150 mcg of Natural Iodine from Kelp. I usually take two a day. One after breakfast and one with either lunch or dinner. On the bottle, it just says Kelp. Another thing I have done is mix my pepper shaker with pepper and kelp powder. That way when I put pepper on my food, I'm getting some extra Kelp. I hope that helps."
09/28/2011: Geri from Wills Point, Texas replies: "I have hypothyroid and am taking Amour thyroid. I still have a lot of symptoms like cold hands and feet, low temp, being tired and depressed some times. I just received my order of liquid Iodine. I have read so many good reports about it, but I am kind of confused as to how long I should take it. It seems to be good for so many other things. Can this be taken as a daily supplement or can you get too much? I hope someone can clear this up for me. Thanks so much"
09/29/2011: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "There are alot of great benefits from daily iodine. From everything I have read and believe me I have looked into this subject extrenuously. There are a small number of people who should be careful with it. I would start small. With just a drop per day. See how you handle it. Then go up every week or two until you hit about 50 mg per day. Take this dosage for about 3 months to get the flouride, bromide, and chlorine detoxed from your thyroid and system. Then you should be able to drop back down to about 12.5 mg per day. I have read many articles saying that this is a good maintanance dosage. You could also take the 12.5 mg daily but I have read that it would take at least a year at this dosage to detox the halides from your system which in the long run is what will make your thyroid start to heal and regulate itself (hopefully)."
03/11/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn: "Since so many questions have come in about figuring out what they have, thought this hypothyroid checklist might come in handy for EC.
However, thinking along the lines that no one ever died from a deficiency of aspirin or any other drug, but they do die from a deficiency of necessary vitamins and minerals (which are usually secondary to our overfed and undernourished American diets). They might just find an answer to what ails them by looking up vitamin and mineral deficiency symptoms.
We were never told much of anything about causes of sluggish thyroids or heart arrhythmias in physiology ( and neither were your doctors) but I learned in a hurry from patients. When I had to cut a patients thyroid medication in half after putting her on Stress Tabs 4 x day, I pulled out my pharmacology book and read that a deficiency of B vitamins caused sluggish thyroid function. Another woman (in her 70's at the time) had her bijeminy heart rate revert to a normal rhythm with the Stress Tabs and throwing out the bleached flour and making her breads with whole grains. I remarked to a psychiatrist that the best nerve pills I knew of was a good stress tab at meal times and bedtime. Her reply was: "Ssh! You'll put us out of business."
Hypothyroidism and Anemia
11/26/2011: Olivia from Boston, Ma: "Hello, I would like to request your input regarding the link between low thyroid and anemia. About one year ago I was diagnosed with iron-deficient anemia and been told by my doctor to take OTC iron supplements, I took it for a couple of months and then stopped. I went back recently for blood work to see if things have improved and not only have there not been any improvements, but my numbers (iron, %saturation and hemoglobin) are actually lower. I also know from the way I feel (tired, depressed, unable to think clearly, shortness of breath, etc.) that things have not improved.
I started searching about anemia and came across some information that discusses the possible link between anemia and low thyroid function. Does anyone have any thoughts or personal experience regarding this? If so, please let me know, I thank you very much in advance. I have been considering taking raw thyroid supplement and liquid iron to see if things get better..."Replies
11/27/2011: Dud from From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa replies: "Olivia;
Take a food source of iron: black strap molasses, spinach, or.......... choose another one.
Mineral forms of iron are:
1] not absorbable for biological functions
2] highly poison-us
A few years ago, the #1 cause of child-hood deaths was iron supplements. This was when all the AMA doctors were pushing iron supplemnts for anything that was wrong with a female. The children were eating their mothers iron supplemennts and dying. Iron supplemnts were the #1 killer of children in the United States.
They were so poisonous, and the body-mind knew it, that all the women were naturally [un-consciously] stimulated to eat more food to dilute the poison they took. [thus saving their life]. As a result, the main side effect noticed by the women was weight gain, getting fatter."
03/10/2012: Lynn from Vero, Florida replies: "Yes, I've been hypo for almost 10 years. I was diagnosed with anemia prior to that. So yes, IMO there is a correlation. But there are so many variables. Who really knows for sure. What helps one may hurt another. I've read on here eating too much raw brocolli could cause thyroid issues. Really?????"
12/06/2012: Fatty from Hong Kong replies: "My husband has both hypothyroidism and anemia. To be more specific, he's suffering from Hashimoto's hypothyroidism and pernicious anemia. They are both results of autoimmune disorder.
Maybe you should check with your doctor if you are suffering from pernicious anemia. It can only be solved by regular B12 injection."
Hypothyroidism and Heredity
11/25/2009: Diego from Albuquerque, New Mexico: "After reading about various "cures" and improvements of thyroid-related conditions through the use of various supplements, I'm left wondering if everyone can achieve these results. My mother had most of her thyroid removed as a teenager and has been on a synthetic replacement ever since. My brother and I have hypothyroidism as well. Can hereditary thyroid issues require someone to be on hormone replacement for life? Am I predisposed to an under-active thyroid gland no matter what supplements I use? Is it a waste of time for me to look for alternative cures?"Replies
11/26/2009: Ellen from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada replies: "You might try taking 1 tbspn of coconut oil 5-6 times a day. Try spreading it on toast with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Or cooking with it as long as you get the full amount for the day you should see some excellent progress. Also, the thyroid needs kelp because of the iodine content especially, but the iodine is best absorbed in a natural form such as kelp because it is bound with a balance of many other minerals. This will help heal and regulate your thyroid and keep it operating at its best for the rest of your life if you are consistent in taking it. Take about 2 tsp per day intially and after a week or two lower the amount to 1.5 tsp per day for another week or two and then lower it again to 1 tsp per day. Go by how you are feeling. Try taking it with a freshly squeezed lemon with a glass of water mixed with a few drops of stevia. Stevia is the only natural sweetener that I would recommend taking.
The combination of these recommendations will work if you give them a chance and are consistent."
04/04/2011: Trisha-bo-bisha from Nashville, Tn replies: "Hi, I need help! I just got test results back that indicate hypothyroidism. I have my first Dr. appt on Friday morning with an endocrinologist. I need to know what questions I should ask. I don't want to just go in there and take everything she wants to prescribe to me. It's at Vanderbilt Medical, so I know they are good docs, but I'm all about not taking medicine and being natural, so I need to be armed with good information. Any help?!"
04/05/2011: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Trisha-bo-bisha (like the name game! ) - Have you checked out Mary Shomon's Web site (http://thyroid.about.com/)? She has a lot of information for those newly diagnosed (Basic Info/Thyroid 101), as well as those who have been struggling for years. It's a good place to start. Also, you may want to check out your local library - there have been quite a few good books written recently about hypothyroidism. Good luck!"
[YEA] 04/21/2011: Craig from Birmingham, England replies: "To those people having problems with some of the treatments for hypothyroidism you should really seek the diagnosis from a Professional Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor only. These can give you the specifics for your condition. If you're taking something heating but you have dramatic heat in the body you can cause negative effects. Same as if you have high levels of raising Qi and your eyes are bulging you cannot take foods or herbs which raise the Qi further you want to use the opposite. You'll only find these details out from a good Chinese Doctor.
Thyroid problems are very much tied to the Kidneys and Spleen which drag down the Liver, Lungs and Heart eventually. You need to know your Qi issues overall and with individual organs along with hot/cold problems in organs so you can tackle this correctly and properly. If you want to aid your Kidneys and have a Yin deficiency there then you should take black Sesame seed cooked daily. The Chinese system and diet is the only way to properly address your problems. I've found Chrysanthemum flower excellent for my symptoms which involved a lack of Yang Qi at the Kidney and too much in the Lungs creating breathing problems and hell to be honest. This wonderful flower really helps the heat in the Lungs and excess heat in the Liver which will soon affect the eyes if not dealt with. Again Chinese medicine is the only way to go properly and safely."
04/10/2013: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, USA replies: "That is really great information. I never understood the serving of chrysanthemum tea at Chinese restaurants (instead of normal chinese green tea) until now. I would love to see a whole section on EC to do with Qi and what we can do to help it."
Hypothyroidism and Low Appetite
08/04/2013: Linda from St Amans De Pellagal, France, France: "Please can someone help. I have hypothyridism and so a naturally low appetite. I have no desire whatsoever to eat, and we have hot weather which isn't helping. Today I ate nothing until lunchtime when I had half a marmite sandwich, and tonight I made a chicken salad which I picked at. My cat ate more of it than I did. I cannot begin to think about having fruit, or anything else nutritious, at some other time because then I will eat nothing in the evening. How do I handle this?"Replies
08/04/2013: Ed2010 from Canada replies: "Quick remedy for Hypothyroidsm is take 2 - 3 drops of Lugol's 5% solution everyday. Eat foods rich in Iodine, Kelp is rich in Iodine. Good Health"
08/05/2013: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Linda, Generally, hypothyroids tend to gain weight, but that has not been the case with me, either. As suggested in another post, I take an iodine supplement along with Selenium, B vitamins, and magnesium every day. Also, a natural thyroid replacement, such as Armour, will bring your TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 where they should be, as measured by blood tests and symptoms. A good book on the subject is, "Stop the Thyroid Madness" which helps you understand what is going on and gives good advice on what you need to do to balance your symptoms. Unrelated to thyroid issues, I have found that taking a Benadryl capsule (the pink and white one) can take me from nauseated to hungry in about an hour sometimes. Best wishes."
08/05/2013: Linda from St Amans De Pellagal, France replies: "Thanks both. I have understood that iodine is something you should be careful about taking as it can block the thyroxine, so I've always been wary of it. Unfortunately, Armour is not available as an option here in France so that's out. Funnily enough, I am reading Stop the Thyroid Madness at the moment, it's interesting.
I was holding about 2 stone (30 pounds) excess weight but it started coming off late last year - when I started taking cider vinegar. No idea if this is a coincidence or whether there's a different cause. I certainly don't want to lose any more weight though. I'll certainly look out for Benedryl tablets and give that a go."
08/05/2013: Mike Giller from Denver, Colorado replies: "Linda, thyroxine is an iodine containing hormone. A treatment for hyperthyroid is radio iodine. Radio iodine is radiation. The thyroid and other tissues require small doses of iodine. The japanese, who eat large quantities of kelp, average 12mg. Of iodine per day. The old japanese tourists I see on the mall are all in good shape. There are 3 types of iodine, one from kelp, one called nascent iodine containing alcohol, and two from lugols. In the early 1900s, a company made nascent iodine from kelp with electricity. This cured malaria. The company was sold and the new owners tried to save some money with a less expensive process. Lugols contains some of the iodine from kelp and some of the iodine from this less expensive process. Nascent iodine that contains alcohol is the easiest for the body to utilize, second is the one made from the less expensive process, and third from kelp. I take 2 drops of nascent iodine that has alcohol 4 times a day. The other nascent iodine that has something else does not work. I weigh 180 lbs."
08/07/2013: Linda from St Amans De Pellagal, France replies: "Hi Mike, thought I'd replied but obviously not posted. The whole issue is obviously complicated. And you must bear with me if I don't fully understand. Are you on thyroxine? And does the iodine interfere with it?"
08/07/2013: Mike Giller from Denver, Colorado replies: "Linda, nutrition, politics, and religion are the most confusing subjects to study. Everybody in the entire world is confused, including me. 100% of the information from big agra, big pharma, the fda, and the ama is designed to make wealthy people wealthier. 99% of the information from nutritionists is too much irrelevant information, incomplete and contradictory, or an advertisement. There are 4 types of iodine. The iodine you are refering to is called radio iodine. This is radioactive. This is for killing the thyroid gland in people who have hyperthroidism. They are producing too much thyroxine. The body requires iodine from food to make thyroxine. The tissues of the body also require iodine from food. Organic and grass fed food is going to have more iodine than regular food. Kelp has the most. Iodine from food has to go through a process to change the iodine into a form usable by the body. This is hard for the body to do. In 1945 lugols processed kelp into a form the body can more easily process. This is a less expensive process than the original company did in the early 20th century. This iodine is in the form the body uses and does not have to be processed by the body into the usable form. This is called nascent iodine. There are two of these. The one that is stabalized with alcohol works. The other one does not. I take 2 drops 4 times a day so that my thyroid can make thyroxine and also for the other tissues of the body."
08/08/2013: Linda from St Amans De Pellagal, France replies: "Thanks Mike, you've been very helpful. I shall get myself some and give it a go."
06/26/2012: Alicia from Abq., Nm: "I have been tested for both hypothyroid and iodine deficiency. I am currently taking Levothroxine but still have little energy, etc. So I asked to have a iodine test which came out that I was about 50% below what I should be. I was told to take a drop per day of lugols in a glass of water - I really felt hypertensive on the two occasions I did this so I stopped. Recently I read that putting the drop in the water and just holding it in your mouth and repeating til the glass is empty will work. I did it and I did feel much better. But the question is if I continue doing this should I continue to take the thryoid medication I have taken since the 8th grade? Can I take both of these together?"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 04/12/2011: Stacey from Gboro, Nc: "Week 1 on Lugol's 2%
Like many on the website, I have all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism but test negative. Lately, my energy levels were dropping, and I have been steadily gaining wait even though I am on the Atkins diet. I decided to try Lugol's after a bit of research.
I wasn't expecting much since none of the thyroid supplements have helped me in the past, so I was pleasantly surprised with the iodine tincture. I started with 2 drops of the 2% in the morning in a tall glass of water and ACV.
So far my energy level has increased slightly. It isn't like a cup of coffee, but rather I am able to stay up a bit later at night, and even had trouble sleeping the first 3 days. My mood has elevated dramatically; it is much more positive even with overhaging stressors. My seasonal allergies are nearly neutralized as well.
My side effects so far include trouble sleeping, a low level vaginal discharge, cloudy urine in the morning, and possible hair loss. Iodine is supposed to help eliminate candida, which may account for the discharge. It may also be the case that my hormonal levels are changing, and that is the result. In relation to hair loss, I've always been losing hair, so I;m not certain that that is a side effect.
I'll keep you posted as I notice more changes."
[YEA] 04/04/2010: Allmymarbles from New York City, New York: "For 30 years I suffered from ever-worsening insomnia. The cause was never found, but it was suggested slyly that I was neurotic. Ultimately I developed short-term memory loss and my exhaustion was profound.
One winter I developed a craving for clams and could not seem to get enough of them. I noticed that occasionally I had short periods of normal sleep. Then it hit me - iodine! I had myself tested for hypothyroidism. The result was positive. And I was furious. I never got help from the medical profession, lived for years as a zombie, and had to find the cure all by myself! Thanks to potassium iodide I sleep just fine. Although I started at a higher dosage, I currently take only four drops of 5 per cent solution a week. Now if I could get a refund of all the money I wasted on doctors who resorted to facile psychology instead of medicine . . . ."
[YEA] 12/13/2009: Lucy from Albany, Georgia, Usa: "I am so happy to have tried iodine/iodide for my hypothyroidism. I have had this problem since 1947 with little results with medications. Since I am older, the doctors will only go by what the test shows and I have been suffering. I remembered what my sister took after she had a goiter out 60/70 years ago and decided to try it. I looked on the computer and found some favorable information. I then called my Natural Doctor and he told me they had the product in capsule form and a suppurt product as well. I have been on the formula for about 3 months and my doctor is pleased. I take 12.5 mg daily. I also take 1,000 mcg of Vitamin B12. I also have medicine for diabetes. I am 86 years old and still do all my chores."
10/24/2009: Loren from Queens, Ny: "Hi EC: I am hoping someone can help me out here. I recently read several articles strongly cautioning anyone who is hypothyroid with elevated antibodies to stay away from iodine. I am very nervous now cause i fall in that category and i am currently on lugols (4drops) daily. Would anyone know if this is true or not ? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Ec for always being there for us. God bless!!!!"Replies
10/24/2009: Janice from Coloma, Mi replies: "Loren, I talked to a Pharmacist who is into natural healing when he did a talk on thyroid last week. He said Lugols was o.k. but too much iodine can actually shut the thyroid down and he preferred to see people take Kelp, Dulse or some other source of iodine from food sources. He told me 1 drop of Lugols a day. I happened to have taken two that day and I got really flushed. The Lugols is the only thing I can think of that would do that to me."
10/26/2009: Loren from Queens, Ny replies: "Thank you Janice/Sharik for all yr help. Will follow yr advice and see what would be the outcome. Thanks again Ec. You guys are the best!!!!!"
04/17/2013: Saoirse from Mason, Tx replies: "I truly wish I could go back in time when the hypothyroid was finally diagnosed and simply gotten a hold of some lugols or iodoral and started. Taking these synthroid, levoxyls whatever, has never ever made me feel better and I believe these synthetics simply put the thyroid into hibernation.
Iodine was the cure for both hyper/hypo and all this cautioning and hype /anti-iodine therapy has not helped the majority of those out here with thyroid irregularities. and this IS SIMPLY my humble opinion and you better believe THAT I AM sick and tired OF BEING sick and tired/
Will start the iodine and get through the inevitable detox symptoms etc and write back in a month. Do I have hasimoto's? I don't know and really don't care.
Funny, they're NOT concerned about synthroid stimulating more antibodies etc but with an organic substance that IS REQUIRED by the human body they ARE sooooooo cautious and condemning."
04/17/2013: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Hi Saoirse, I agree that the synthetic thyroid drugs only supply T4 when our bodies need T3, T4 and other compounds found in natural thyroid. The synthetic T4 must be converted by the body into T3, and for some, this is difficult or impossible for some reason. I have recently been diagnosed with hypo and also take iodine, with the other suggested supplements that go with iodine. However, from what I have been able to read, untreated hypo has many serious and far ranging problems, like arteriotherosis, high cholesterol, and other things nobody wants. You can still take iodine with a natural thyroid drug and treat your thyroid so that you feel better. Adrenal issues can also complicate the issue. I'm just now learning about this, but I'm not sure about stopping your meds suddenly because they may not have been right for you. Maybe Ted or Bill will clarify this for both of us? I hope you feel better soon."
[YEA] 07/23/2009: Kaylin from Hampton, IL: "Iodine is curing my hypothyroidism! I have been hypothyroid for 11 years, ever since I was 19. My doctor says I most likely have Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroiditis, although it's never been confirmed by a test. I have been taking 60 mg. of Armour Thyroid 2 1/2 times per day. My dose has increased with each of my 3 pregnancies but I never felt any better and I still had a long list of symptoms. About a year ago I completely eliminated sugar and grains from my diet and lost 37 pounds, which eliminated a lot of my symptoms but I still had fatigue, hair loss, irregular cycles, and a lot more symptoms.
Two and a half months ago I read "_______" by ___________. I was convinced that I was Iodine deficient so I asked my doctor if I could start supplementing. He gave me permission but told me to go slowly and follow the book. I took Iodoral, the pill form of Lugol's solution. I started with half a pill the first day and I started my period one hour later (my first since breastfeeding my daughter, about 14 months after her birth). It was like my body was just waiting for iodine! My cycles have been 29-33 days since then, much more regular than they have ever been in my life (I didn't even start until I was 15).
Last week I had an annual physical and my blood tested and my midwife called and told me that my TSH is low and my T3 is high, so I'm in a hypERthyroid state! Tonight at church about 4 people asked if I'd lost more weight. The scale says no, but my dad says my face looks a lot thinner. A puffy face (which I've had half my life) is a very common sign of hypothyroidism. My midwife told me to cut my Armour Thyroid dose in half and have another test in a month. I'll update with results. I finally have hope of getting off of medication!"
07/23/2009: Sangeetha from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands replies: "Can you please let me know the name of the book Kaylin from Hampton, IL had mentioned in her post for hypothyroidsm? I have been hypothyroid for the last 14 years and after going through your website I am certain I can get free of it too. I have been taking 2 tbsp coconut oil and will start on 3 tbsp shortly. However, it is interesting to know that iodine could also cure hypothyroidism (for those who have iodine deficiency and I would like to know how to find that out).
EC: It was this one: Iodine: Why you need it Why you can't live without it
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/30/2009: Aileen from Prestwick, Scotland: "adrenal/hypothyroidism: I also tried iodine and dhea both gave me bad side-effects."Replies
02/26/2010: Mary from Regina, Saskchewan, Canada replies: "Dear Eileen:
It sounds like you had an experience like mine with the DHEA. I have a wonderful naturopath who has a relationship with a MD where we can obtain bloodwork. The reason I say this is that I have hypothyroidism and very low adrenal function. My naturopath put me on DHEA 25mg/day and I blew up like a pufferfish. I gained 10 lb in one month and it felt like my skin was stretching. We got new bloodwork only to discover I had elevated estrogen levels! I looked like a women on birthcontrol pills in the 50's. The DHEA caused this. unfortunaltely taking DHEA did not increase my DHEA levels in y body only my estrogen levels.
The iodine on the other hand is life itself. studies have shown that 10 drops of lugals solution is enough to prevent breast cancer. there is an e book out there called Iodine "secrets of the sea". It shows all the uses of Iodine that doctors pre 1946(a faulty bias study) used it for. It was even the agent that made bread fluffy. Now they use bromine,which is very harmful to us.
I wonder if it is the DHEA not the iodine that gave you side effects. Really the only side effects that could happen with too much iodine is hyperthyroid symptoms, them one could simply cut back.
For improving my thyroid the only thing that worked was T3 therapy. I take the iodine to relieve pain in my breast and to prevent breast cancer. It was certainly not enough to fix the hypothyroidism. As my temperature is comming up I can sleep again. Life is very rough for me when my thyroid is not functioning well. My naturopath is treating me for wilsons syndrome with the T3 and it is the only thing that has helped my thyroid. Trust me I have tried EVERYTHING else!
Hope this helps."
[YEA] 01/19/2010: Beth from Chicago, Il, Usa: "For years I have suspected that I was hypothyroid. Since my TSH was normal, my doctor saw no reason to do the T3/T4 test despite my having classic hypothyroid symptoms. It seemed like my symptoms were getting worse, so I decided take things into my own hands and started researching natural therapies for hypothyroidism. All my research led me to iodine and I started taking one 12.5 mg of iodine/iodide pill a day. I also started on a 200 mcg of selenium, as well. What I had read was that the two need each other to properly function.
The change in my life has been incredible. The first change was my energy. I felt completely recharged! I also felt motivated! Like I actually WANTED to get things done. Mentally I felt so much clearer. I have struggled on and off with depression since I was 13 years old and for the first time in my life I felt consistently stable. I researched this further because it was completely astounding to me. There is a known link between low thyroid function and bipolar disorder! In fact, if anti-depressants stop working or aren't as effective in some people, doctors prescribe them a medication that enhances their T3 and- viola! -their medication starts working again!
The next thing I noticed was that my knees were no longer hurting. They had been fairly sore for at least a month and the just stopped hurting completely.
The list goes on and on. The hypothyroid night sweats are gone (I would wake up at least 4-5 times each week with my pajamas, hair and sheets drenched), I am sleeping decently, my acne cleared up, the puffiness in my eyelids is gone, and on and on....
One thing that still just blows me away is that my feet are smooth. For as long as I can remember, my feet have been dry and cracked and the skin was so thick. To get my feet in shape for sandals in warm weather took a ton of effort. I just figured that's how my feet were. Within just a couple of days, I started noticing my feet were not as rough. After a week, they were like I had received an incredibly expensive pedicure minus the nail polish. To get results like this, normally I would have to soak, scrub, moisturize repeatedly and maybe after a week they would look half this good.
The whole thing is shocking and amazing to me. It has helped me beyond anything I could have imagined. I figured so many of my issues were things I had to live with and never dreamed they could even be treated. I wonder how many people are walking around with low functioning thyroids and don't even know it?
Don't take my word for it. Do the research for yourself, there are tons of well-documented studies online. Do a patch test. If you are deficient, try it for yourself and get your life back!"
01/20/2010: Julie from Chapel Hill, Tn replies: "What is a patch test? i am using coconut oil for my hypo, and seeing great results, but i do wonder if what you are talking about would help as well."
01/21/2010: Beth from Chicago, Il, Usa replies: "Hi Julie!
The patch test is an easy way to see if you are deficient in iodine. Get a bottle of tincture of iodine. Paint a 2 inch square on an inconspicuous place on your body (arch of your foot, inside of your arm or thigh, stomach, etc) before you go to bed. If it's gone in the morning, you are iodine deficient. In someone who has enough iodine in their system it should disappear in about 24 hours.
Another thing I wanted to add is that my sugar cravings are gone. It's bizarre! Really, if I woke up and started speaking Sanskrit I would be less surprised! I've always struggled with my weight because I was always craving things, always thinking about food. A while back I was counting my calories trying to lose weight (again!). Once I started with the iodine, I stopped counting calories, because I just didn't need to. I could suddenly go without snacking between meals. I am losing weight with a reduction in my calories, but it's not a struggle or an effort as it has been in the past.
I saw this on another board about iodine and it's true for me as well- I am finally eating to live instead of living to eat.
Best of luck to you!"
03/21/2010: Wusstambol from Tempe, Az, Usa replies: "Hi,
Your post is very very interesting to me.
Of most interest was the feet thing....around the time I got pregnant (a few months after being diagnosed with hypothyroidism) they started getting all thick skinned and very dry and cracked and rough.
I moved from Ireland to Arizona around that same time, so I attributed the foot issues to the dry weather here and the almost-constant sandal-wearing... Now I'm rethinking my previous assumption...and just to think about the possibility that it can all go away makes me feel happy. So thank you for that!
And that's just the foot thing!
I've been doing a lot of research recently and bought some selenium and magnesium yesterday, along with some ginseng to see if that helps at all in the meantime with the lack of energy. That's my main problem; I now have a very active 2-and-a-half year old son, and just can't keep up with him, let alone keep our house clean and make dinner, etc.
I had read some time ago that almost no one is deficient in Iodine in this country these days because of the amount of salt we eat; now I'm going to do the patch test and see for myself.
I'm excited to try all this, but am wondering, how soon can I expect to see results? Haha, I'm impatient...
Thanks for your time and for your experience!
11/07/2011: Imcinnamon from Daytona Beach, Fl replies: "This was true of America years ago, but now there is an almost epidemic issue with iodine deficiency due to poor soil conditions, etc.