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- 02 April 2015 10:52 What is the influence of iodine on thyroid function?
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What is the influence of iodine on thyroid function?
Research shows that there is a link between low iodine levels and the incidence of autoimmune thyroid diseases. European researchers have done research on hyperthyroidism by comparing its incidence in two areas of Denmark, Alborg and Copenhagen. The study showed clearly that lowered iodine levels in Alborg were associated with a 260% increase in the incidence of autoimmune thyroid diseases compared to Copenhagen, an area with slightly higher iodine levels. Further research shows that up to 92% of sufferers from thyroid diseases have insufficient iodine. These peoples’ symptoms improved after using a combination of iodine and iodide to correct their iodine levels. Once iodide enters the thyroid gland, it is oxidized via hydrogen peroxide and thyroperoxidase and becomes iodine, which becomes part of cholesterol, fats and proteins.
Iodine can be bound to thyroglobulin and can make thyroid hormones T1, T2, T3 and T4. Some doctors are concerned that iodine use in autoimmune thyroid disease can exacerbate thyroid toxicosis, because iodine therapy increases the TSH levels. This rise in TSH may persist for six months and then return to normal. Remember, however, that TSH not only stimulates the thyroid to make more thyroid hormones, but it also has another function – it stimulates the body’s iodine transport into cells.
It would be wise to do an iodione challenge test on all autoimmune thyroid disease sufferers and to replenish iodine when depleted. You cannot have a healthy thyroid if it is iodine deficient.
How can I have my iodine levels tested?
It can be done with an iodine loading test in a laboratorium. Do this in conjunction with your doctor.
- Discard your first morning urine.
- Take 50mg of iodine/iodide (Iodoral) with a glass of water.
- Collect your urine over 24 hours.
- Include the first morning sample at the end of the 24 hour collection.
- Send a sample of the 24 hour urine to your doctor for evaluation of your iodine status.
What are the conventional treatments of autoimmune thyroid diseases?
The conventional treatments of autoimmune thyroid revolve around alleviating the symptoms and not the cause. But how can the condition be cured if a cause is not found?
One conventional treatment is the use of thyroid blocking drugs such as propylthiouracil or methimazole (Neomercazole).
Other conventional treatments include surgery and the use of radioactive iodine. Both these methods reduce the thyroid volume or size.
If the underlying desire in the treatment of the thyroid problem is to destroy the thyroid gland, one can understand the choice of these treatments. If the cause of the autoimmune disease is too much thyroid tissue, then the use of radioactive iodine would be effective. However, too much thyroid tissue is a consequence of the disease, not the cause!
How safe is the treatment with radioactive iodine?
Radioactive iodine not only destroys thyroid gland cells, it also binds to other sites in the body. Remember, iodine is present in all of the cells of the body, so iodine will concentrate where iodine is concentrated in the human body, including the breasts.
With breast cancer at an epidemic (1/7 women get breast cancer), should we be using therapies that may increase the risk?
Researchers have reported a 400% increased incidence of death from thyroid cancer due to radioactive iodine; a 56% increase in mortality for people who were treated with radioactive iodine; a 40% increased risk for stroke and a 29% increased risk in mortality from cancer.
To be fair, I have to add that there is other research that point out no increased risk of illness from radioactive iodine treatment.
Have I personally used radioactive iodine in the past? Yes.
Would I use it now with my updated knowledge? It would be my last choice in any treatment program; it also is an expensive treatment that does not treat the underlying cause of the problem. And in antiaging medicine we treat the underlying cause of the problem, not the symptoms.
What would be an appropriate treatment of autoimmune thyroid disease?
- A nutritional program that includes Vitamins B2 and B3, Vit C, magnesium and unrefined salt.
- Use antioxidants, e.g. 3-10g Vit C. Intravenous Vitamin C may be helpful if the condition is severe.
- Ensure adequate magnesium levels . Red blood cell magnesium levels are required to diagnose deficiency, not serum.
- Eat a healthy diet and drink enough water.
- Fix a suspected leaky gut with probiotics, glutamine and quercetin.
- Reduce stress.
If you suspect that you have thyroid problems, consult your doctor.
BodyTalk is a holistic approach that allows the energy systems of the body to be re-synchronised in order to function as nature intended.
You do not have to be physically sick to benefit from a BodyTalk session. All of the above factors could be affecting your health without you realising it and causing you to feel uncomfortable and out of sync. BodyTalk can help you get back to your usual self. Each session balances you holistically, dealing with what might be going on within and around you. Once balanced, your body can function at its optimum again and start to heal itself on all levels which results in you feeling better.
While BodyTalk does not diagnose or treat specific ailments, clinical experience has shown that once their overall systems are balanced through BodyTalk, clients have exhibited significant improvement in the following areas:
Glutathione (pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”) is the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. I called it the mother of all antioxidants.
The good news is that your body produces its own glutathione. The bad news is that toxins from poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all deplete your glutathione.
This leaves you susceptible to unrestrained cell disintegration from oxidative stress, free radicals, infections and cancer. And your liver gets overloaded and damaged, making it unable to do its job of detoxification.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome and how is it diagnosed?
Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is an ailment characterized by a variety of symptoms including abdominal pain, fatigue, inflammation, gas, bloating, and intolerance to certain foods. It is thought to be caused by increased permeability of the intestinal lining, which is made up of structures called tight junctions. These structures are comprised of tightly knit cells that are essentially impermeable to fluids preventing the passage of undigested food particles, toxic waste products, bacteria, and viruses into the bloodstream.
I often get messages from people with Hashimoto’s and autoimmune disease that say “Thanks for your efforts, but I’ve already tried everything. I have cut out gluten, dairy and soy and still have Hashimoto’s. How can your book help me?”