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Too much iodine suppress thyroid?

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Too much iodine suppress thyroid?

Post  teacup on Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:07 am

Dr Wright says:

Too much iodine for too long can suppress thyroid function. Many of the uses described for SSKI in the accompanying article are short-term, from a few days or less to a week or two. If SSKI is then stopped, there’s almost no chance of significant thyroid suppression. However, if SSKI is to be used for two to three weeks or longer, and especially if it’s to be used continuously (for example, COPD or cholesterol-related atherosclerosis) monitoring thyroid function is very important.

Fortunately, in my experience with over a thousand individuals, internal use of than nine drops of SSKI daily has or less has very rarely resulted in thyroid suppression. On those very few occasions, discontinuance has resulted in prompt recovery. So far, I’ve never seen thyroid suppression result from “topical” (skin surface) use of SSKI.

A final “safety” note: Dr. Kunin cautions (and I agree) that if you use SSKI or other iodine “long-term”, make sure your diet contains plenty of essential fatty acids (both omega-3 and omega-6) as well as the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cysteine. If you eat animal protein daily, that’s usually sufficient as a source of these two amino acids, but if you’re vegetarian (or close) and using “long term” SSKI or other iodine, then take 300-500 milligrams of each daily.


I plan on using iodine (i.e. iodoral and lugol's) for the rest of my life for its many benefits. Should I worry about thyroid suppression?

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Re: Too much iodine suppress thyroid?

Post  CausticSymmetry on Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:07 am

It seems like every month there is a repeat of this question. Dr. Wright has been writing this warning for years, well before the research came out, that contradicts it.

The truth is, the overwhelming majority of physicians are referring to very dated research on this issue.
It's only been established within the last decade or so that the approximate need of the body requires a minimum of 12.5 milligrams of iodine daily.

Every cell needs it, including breast, ovaries, prostate, fat, skin, not just the thyroid.

Instead of iodine, many people have too many other halide elements instead, (fluoride, bromide, chloride).

A big reason for the confusion about this is the reliance that physicians have on a flawed test, called TSH.

TSH means nothing when it cannot distinguish between a thyroid gland loaded in bromide and fluoride verses iodine. So if TSH is "normal" a patient will be ignored.

If TSH starts to rise due to iodine ingestion, it does not mean a patient is becoming hypothyroid, nor does a lower TSH indicate a hyperthyroid condition. Within 6-months of iodine use, TSH may rise transiently while seeking an equilibrium.

Most doctors will see a change in TSH and panic. So, this is partly to blame for the concern. There's a little more to it, but that's the basic problem.

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