My Journey with Hypothyroidism

In my late twenties, fatigue settled in. I became aware of an overall loss of energy.  I visited with my Naturopathic doctor and several tests came back positive for low thyroid syndrome. We made changes in my diet and added 12.5 mg of iodine from the supplement Iodoral. I immediately felt the difference in energy and sleep was once again my friend.  As added benefits, my hair stopped thinning, my hormones regulated, and  I managed to lose 10 pounds in 3 months.

According to “Nutrition and Public Health,” there appears to be a link between inadequate amounts of iodine and increased estrogen production, which can lead to fibrocystic disease of the breast and increase the risk of breast cancer. Supplemental iodine may help maintain normal breast tissue structure and function.

Long-term iodine deficiency eventually results in hypothyroidism, which is reduced hormonal output from your thyroid. Hypothyroidism leads to sluggish metabolism, weight gain, severe fatigue and colder hands and feet, as well as reduced production and sensitivity of all hormones in your body. This confirmed Iodorel was the right supplement for me.

After 90 days my medical doctor conducted more tests and increased my iodine to 36 mg a day. I’ve been on iodine (Iodoral) since 2002 and have maintained my improved health.

The body does not make iodine, so it is an essential part of your diet. Iodine is found in various foods although if you do not have enough iodine in your body, you cannot make enough thyroid hormone. In short, your thyroid needs iodine in order to make hormones, which include thyroxine and triiodothyronine. These hormones are needed to regulate cellular metabolism and energy production.

You may be aware of the protective benefits of iodine against radiation. All glands, especially your thyroid, are sensitive to radiation. If there is a lack of dietary iodine in your body during exposure to radiation, a form of radioactive iodine-131 will be absorbed and accumulate in the thyroid instead. Radioactive iodine damages your thyroid, leading to inflammation, mutation and potentially cancer.

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In radioactive emergencies only, the CDC recommends the following:

(The information below was sourced from http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/ki.asp)

“According to the FDA, the following doses are appropriate to take after internal contamination with (or likely internal contamination with) radioactive iodine:

  •  Newborns from birth to 1 month of age should be given 16 mg (¼ of a 65 mg tablet or ¼ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing newborn infants.
  •  Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age should take 32 mg (½ of a 65 mg tablet OR ½ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing infants and children.
  • Children between 3 and 18 years of age should take 65 mg (one 65 mg tablet OR 1 mL of solution). Children who are adult size (greater than or equal to 150 pounds) should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
  •  Adults should take 130 mg (one 130 mg tablet OR two 65 mg tablets OR two mL of solution).

Women who are breastfeeding should take the adult dose of 130 mg.”

Monica Lara- Crabtree, CNHP
Floor supervisor -Supplements

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