Iodine Deficiency - An Old Epidemic Is Back

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    Dec 20, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/complementary-medicine/201108/iodine-deficiency-old-epidemic-is-back
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    Dec 22, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThank you for this article. I also read recently that people who are vegetarian also area at risk for iodine deficiency because iodine is also in meat and egg sources. I added cage free eggs back to my diet but only eat two a day since cage/range free eggs are so much more expensive than regular eggs.

    However, I still suffer from fatigue so I am going to look into iodine supplementation as per recommended by the web article posted here.

    I need to get to the bottom of this damn fucking fatigue I've had for decades!


    Doctors don't have any input?
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    Dec 22, 2012 1:55 AM GMT
    I have been complaining about serious fatigue since I was a teenager. Doctors wouldn't take me seriously. In my adult years, I became fat and very depressed. A few years ago, I was finally tested and diagnosed with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), which causes these symptoms. I tried the thyroid replacement hormones, but they drove me crazy.

    Less than 2 months ago, I realized that I probably wasn't getting enough iodine in my diet. I started taking a kelp supplement, which has a lot of iodine in it. I feel like a new person. Not only do I have energy, I'm losing weight more easily, even without exercise, and my sex drive is up.

    The tests aren't reliable. Doctors don't look for underlying causes. The American diet does not contain enough iodine. People are cutting back on table salt (which often is fortified with iodine). It's potentially a big problem.

    I don't recommend taking the huge amount stated in the article. The recommended amount for men is 150 mcg per day, and the maximum I think is 1,000 mcg. Prolonged exposure to the maximum could cause thyroid problems, including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
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    Dec 22, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThank you for this article. I also read recently that people who are vegetarian also area at risk for iodine deficiency because iodine is also in meat and egg sources. I added cage free eggs back to my diet but only eat two a day since cage/range free eggs are so much more expensive than regular eggs.

    However, I still suffer from fatigue so I am going to look into iodine supplementation as per recommended by the web article posted here.

    I need to get to the bottom of this damn fucking fatigue I've had for decades!


    You could also look at adding a few pinches of iodinated table salt to your food. If you are exercising and sweating you could prob use it anyways.
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    Dec 22, 2012 2:23 AM GMT
    1. My body temperature is low too - in the 96 to 97 range.

    2. My heart rate is slower than normal, and my metabolism crawls.

    3. I think soy and other foods block the absorption of iodine. Eating huge amounts without getting additional iodine could cause a problem.

    4. Iodized table salt doesn't have that much iodine in it. Read the label. You'd have to eat a lot to get 100% of your daily value.

    5. Ditto on the doctors misdiagnosing me. It's happened multiple times over my lifetime. They've really fucked me up.
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    Dec 22, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    This is what I take. Less than $6 for a six month supply (1 capsule a day) with a 180 capsule bottle at Vitacost. It's so cheap and easy.

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    Dec 22, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidCuriously I am allergic to unfermented soy products but I can eat tofu (because it's fermented). I just discovered this recently.

    Dang, DIN. Sounds like we were separated at birth with the similar symptoms/problems and misdiagnosing by the medical industry.

    Sucks, doesn't it? My problems have been relatively minor, but being misdiagnosed turned them into huge problems.
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    Dec 22, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    I skimmed the article and noted 1) it is over a year and a half old, so what made you necro it?
    2) The MD author didn't cite any specific study to assert that there actually is epidemiological evidence of iodine deficiency in the US. Plus, how the hell would they measure that? That's quite an assumption.

    If you use iodized salt in your cooking, I think you have nothing to worry about. It's also in multivitamins and in the soil that produce grows in. Perhaps he's making an assumption about thyroid problems seen in endocrinology and associating it with a the thyroid nutrient: iodine. However, these things are complicated and more likely have to do with the fact people don't exercise or live active lives, have poor dietary habits for most of their lives, and then develop these issues later on in life.

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    Dec 22, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    Can anyone explain why sea salt has no iodine but seafood and kelp does? icon_question.gif
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    Dec 22, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidAre you taking this for iodine supplementation? I'm a bit confused, if you're taking it are you still suffering from the symptoms you mentioned above?

    I even thought of adding real dry seaweed to my food and veggie/fruit smoothies.

    Yes, it has 400 mcg of iodine per capsule - more than the daily allowance, but well below the upper limit. My symptoms are a lot better, but I have other issues too.

    1. You have to eat more than 1/2 tsp of Morton's iodized table salt per day just to get your daily allowance. Cooking with it is probably not enough.

    2. The tests are not that accurate, and they may only be a moment in time. Getting a minimum amount every day is key.

    3. Most of the regular multi-vitamins I checked did not have iodine or did not have enough.

    4. I've had this problem, including my strangely low heart rate, which everybody comments on, since I was a teenager. I know more and more people being diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The treatment is always hormones. No one bothers to check diet. It's at least something to look into because it's such an easy thing to supplement.
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    Dec 22, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    camfer saidCan anyone explain why sea salt has no iodine but seafood and kelp does? icon_question.gif

    Sea salt does have iodine, just not enough. Seafood and kelp has inconsistent levels. I went with supplementation to get a regular level each day. It seems to be working for me.
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    Dec 22, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    camfer saidCan anyone explain why sea salt has no iodine but seafood and kelp does? icon_question.gif


    I bought sea salt with iodine in it. You just have to read the front label on every package.
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    Dec 22, 2012 6:47 PM GMT
    @ MuchMoreThanMuscle

    Hey, I've read a few of your posts on other threads, and some of the symptoms you describe really ring true for !!!panic attacks!!! Maybe that's not what you're experiencing, but I've had them, and you literally took some of the words right out of my mouth in your descriptions. If that is the case, there is no cure, per se, but it helps to know what's really going on. Just a thought. Take care.icon_smile.gif
  • camfer

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    Dec 22, 2012 6:47 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. I knew about bioaccumulators in the soil, but not in the sea. Now I know!
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    Dec 23, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    Certain regions in the US, and throughout the world, have soils that are particularly low in iodine.

    The Upper Midwest, the Great Lakes region, was once known as "The Goiter Belt" because the fruits and vegetables grown there pick up insufficient iodine from the soil, and are thus nutritionally deficient.

    I once lived in central Mexico where the locals eat an insect called "jumiles" that they claim to be a rich source of iodine. Jumiles, in English, are STINK BUGS and yeah, they are disgusting to eat.

    You'll probably want to stick with Kelp tablets.

    Whole Foods has a good selection of seaweeds. I love the texture and flavor of Kombu, Wakame. Arame and Hijiki. Experiment with a little of any of them added to soups.
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    Dec 23, 2012 4:28 PM GMT

    http://www.thyroid.org/iodine-deficiency/
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    Dec 24, 2012 6:21 AM GMT
    my sister just had her thyroid radiated this yr due to goiter, shes 45, i think hormone problems run in my family, i wish hormone issues were discussed back when we were young, so far, my thyroid tests have come back normal
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    Dec 24, 2012 6:33 AM GMT
    Edgar Cayce suggested Atomidine as a iodine supplement. It's still being sold under that name.
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    Dec 26, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    Someone mentioned seaweed in passing, but it deserves more than a passing reference.
    Weston Price sedulously documented how many primitive cultures went to great lengths to obtain seaweed for its nutritional properties -- iodine obviously being foremost. Fortunately for us, it's available at the sushi counter of any Whole Foods!
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    Dec 29, 2012 9:25 PM GMT
    I just ordered Iodoral and selenium to help prevent cancer and to supplement the lack of salt and iodine we now are missing.
    It is pretty expensive and hope the preventative measures are worth it in the long run. I'm wondering if my parent's doctors are supplying iodine since they are on low salt diets now. I was told by a heart patient with thyroid problems to avoid tofu and soy products altogether, wheat products. And make your own plain yogurt using whole un-homogenized milk, eat lots of veggies, and lean meats to keep a healthy heart.
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    Jan 23, 2013 7:11 AM GMT
    I don't add salt to my foods. Back at home, when I did, it was sea salt. Now, after reading this, I think I should probably start using salt with iodine in it daily.

    I do eat processed food sometimes though, and that has a lot in it, but I've cut back (which is good), so I just need to eat more salt.

    I also was diagnosed with hypothyroidism as well and have to take daily pills, so I want to see how this affects my performance after I change this part of my diet.

    Thanks for the advice.
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    Jan 23, 2013 7:30 AM GMT
    Anyone from the Midwest should know that Iodized salt is a must or thyriod and goiter problems can occurr
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