I have Hashimoto's, and at the behest of my boyfriend I started taking supplemental potassium iodide, and ended up breaking out terribly. I didn't see any particular effects from it, other than the acne, so I stopped after about two weeks. Since then, I've stopped eating iodized salt, and my skin improves and improves. I tend to feel like the outside is a decent reflection of how healthy you are inside, so its difficult for me to believe that something that gives me terrible acne is good for me.
Will I develop these unattractive-sounding "goiter" doohickeys if I don't consume any iodine, or is our iodine need overhyped? I've only been paleo for 3 months, so pardon me for being grossly uninformed by the standards of this forum.
Great article on the subject: http://chriskresser.com/selenium-the-missing-link-for-treating-hypothyroidism/
I think the issues with iodine is to not start off at a crazy dose, but to work your way up slowly. This is due to the fact that if you have too much bromide buildup in your system taking iodine will cause you to detox it. If you take too much the detox will be severe. Both Chris Kresser and PHD give guidelines for slowly ramping up iodine dosage. I am currently on one drop of Lugol's 2% and will be increasing gradually until I get to an entire Iodoral tablet. I also do 200mcg of selenium daily.
As a side note if you take Vit C take it at a different time than the iodine. Good luck!
Any acne-like breakout is caused from the iodine pushing bromide off the iodine receptors. This causes bromide acne. You can flush out the bromide with salt water and get rid of the acne. Use extra C also.
Go to this page and scroll down for how to take the salt water. http://breastcancerchoices.org/iprotocol.html
As far as hashi's read Dr. Dach on that. Iodine deficiency causes Hashi's but it needs more comprehensive supplementation. See: http://www.drdach.com/Selenium_Hashimotos.html
I was just researching this topic earlier this week, and this is the conclusion I came to, which is directing some near future experiments for me:
Iodine is essential for proper thyroid function. However, iodine also fuels the parts of the immune system responsible for the Hashimoto autoimmune response, and it seems to be related to the autoimmune response in celiac. When gluten is eliminated, the autoimmune response is sometimes but not always reduced (the gluten antibodies eventually go away but the thyroid antibodies do not), and when selenium is introduced, the autoimmune effect against the thyroid is blocked, even when iodine-fueled. This is the reason why gluten elimination, selenium supplementation, and iodine supplementation are all recommended to be done together.
So I'm letting my gut heal after a bad dietary week (had been traveling) and I'll be investing in some cilantro and kelp flakes soon. Will report back if I notice anything.
EDIT: After 5 or 6 days trying this regimen, I had to stop. Initially I just had hyperthyroid symptoms (jittery anxiety but increased energy), but 3 or 4 days in my thyroid flared up and a lot of problems I had had earlier came back. I switched to taking a 200mcg selenium tablet daily, without extra iodine, to see if I can build up a store of Se before trying this again. I can't say if it's the selenium (I also replenished my Mg supplement supply) but I feel pretty good right now. Definitely not low on energy. Existing psoriasis is still there but new ones aren't cropping up -- that could be due to multiple factors. I think I will have another bunch of cilantro this weekend, though.
Hashimoto's thyroiditis sounds like a specific case and something you should be working with your doctor on treatment (unless your boyfriend is a doctor?). From the Wikipedia article, sounds like (among other things) overly high doses of iodine may be one of the triggers ...
Preventable environmental factors, including high iodine intake, selenium deficiency, and pollutants such as tobacco smoke, as well as infectious diseases and certain drugs, have been implicated in the development of autoimmune thyroid disease
Looks like there's a correlation between Hashimoto's and Celiac, including hope for using a paleo-style diet to regulate TSH levels ...
Preliminary studies have suggested a correlation between Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Celiac sprue. While it has not been rigorously explored, there is anecdotal evidence that a gluten-free diet may reduce the autoimmune response responsible for thyroid degeneration.
Goiter sounds almost like a given though ...
Occurrence in children is also not uncommon, as especially in populations wherein iodine is not a dietary scarcity, Hashimoto's is a major cause of goiter.
The Jaminets (Perfect Health Diet) for regular hyperthyroidism recommend eliminating grains, legumes, and vegetable oils then supplementing with iodine [probably not a good idea with Hashimoto's], selenium, and working with your doctor.
Here are a couple of links you might find useful...
I've been taking kelp pills for months, and Lugol's iodine, with brazil nuts for selenium, vitamin C, and epsom salt baths for magnesium, for about a week. The results have been excellent - sorted out digestive problems (diarrhoea etc) which has plagued me for years - seems to have gone!
Your acne could be caused by the iodine breaking stored bromine lose in your body. Iodine can help Hashimotos, but especially when Hashimoto's is involved it is best to start selenium first along with Vit. C, Vit. E, and the B's. If you are interested in this approach I would suggest you join the Iodine group on Yahoo Groups. If you keep up the iodine eventually the acne may stop. Also taking zinc might help.
I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis and started taking Lugol's 2% solution 1-2 drops a day about a month ago. It helped me tremendously. I have more energy during the day and feel good again. Before that I was waking up in the middle of the night feeling horrible, restless and agitated. I would sleep later in the morning, but no matter how much sleep I got would crash around 4 pm, and at night, too.
Since starting the Lugol's, my metabolism has increased and I feel warmer, including my usually freezing hands and feet. I can feel the increased circulation there - my dry hands and feet are both improving in reduced dryness (no amount of topically applied oil/lotion/exfoliation had helped).I also started taking about 3 Tbs coconut oil a day and I believe that is helping as well.
My brain fog has disappeared - things just overwhelmed me before - now I can get things done again.
I also had some pain in my right breast that I assume was fibrocystic. I applied the iodine directly on the breast for three days and it is gone. Interestingly, I was nervous about taking iodine because I had heard maybe it wasn't good for Hashimoto's, so I stopped for two days recently. The waking up at night and feeling horrid returned AND I started to feel pain in the LEFT breast. After two days of resuming iodine and coconut oil both problems are GONE and I feel GOOD again.
On the downside, the iodine does increase my acne, which had mostly gone away over the years. I do think you need to start gradually with iodine to allow your body some time to release the bromide and other toxins that are attached to the receptors, and replace them with iodine. I will try to come back and let you know if the acne dissipates over time once while taking the iodine.
I feel much better without iodine. I use salt with no iodine. There is enough iodine in everything else that one with Hashimoto does not need the extra iodine. For someone with a normal immune system iodine may help the thyroid but I don't believe this is true for someone with Hashimoto. It just makes things worse and makes me feel like my throat is closing in.
I have tried cilantro tea, and had to force it down my throat the first time. After that my body craves it. I first started to use it for the anti-flatulence properties. I am not sure what it is that my body seems to crave, but I looking for recipes to eat more of it. I have grown several rows in the garden and pluck it fresh without worries of pesticides etc.
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