N.B. Iodine deficiency promotes free radical damage in the thyroid gland that puts the gland itself at risk. Iodine blocks various compounds from binding to and accumulating in the thyroid gland, such as fluoride, perchlorate, and goitrogens. Environmental pollution significantly aggravates an iodine lack and displaces iodine in the body.
It’s All About Getting The Dose Right
The recommended daily allowance for iodine (to prevent goitre and cretinism) is 300mcg as proved with the addition of iodine to salt. This is commonly the level you will see in supplements on the Australian market.
However, to truly correct iodine levels in your body from a deficient state you may need 12.5mg. Consult your health professional about the correct iodine dose for you.
Strongly anti fungal, anti parasitic and antimicrobial (hence the efficacious use of iodine directly onto any skin infection including tinea).
Internally it works to fight candida, the often forgotten nutrient when it comes to treating this very difficult opportunistic yeast.
Boosts thyroid function
Increases (Hydrochloride) HCL
Is involved with estrogen metabolism and can cause increased estrogen levels or poor estrogen conversion
According to the “Textbook of Medical Physiology,” essentially all hormone receptors are dependent on iodine to some extent, which increases the sensitivity of the receptor to the hormone it is related to. For example, iodine can increase the sensitivity of insulin receptors, which is of importance for diabetes, and it can increase the sensitivity of the receptors for neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine, which affect mood and cognition. Other hormones affected by iodine concentrations include testosterone, FSH, LH and cortisol.
Detoxes heavy metals (particularly mercury and cadmium) and other toxic halides such as bromide, fluoride and chloride.
It has been touted “the cure all”. As we know there are no cure alls but without iodine the hormonal system cannot work properly, our digestive system cannot work properly and our brains cannot work properly. According to Dr. David Brownstein, the author of “Iodine: Why You Need It and Why You Can’t Live Without It,” According, every patient can benefit from correcting a low iodine status.
Methods of Testing
The 24 hour urinary iodine load test has been the gold standard for iodine testing. It only costs $145 and minimal inconvenience to the patient to collect their urine for only 24 hours.
24 urinary load test – shows iodide level (expensive and inconvenient, but accurate)
Spot test (urine) – shows iodide level accurately and conveniently. Our test is 99.9% accurate in detecting iodide in body fluids
Saliva – shows iodide uptake after supplementation
Blood – gives no real clinical information
Iodine rubbed on skin – not scientifically accurate enough
Saliva measures the uptake of iodine and shows iodine levels. It also shows the level of potential toxicity from the other halogens (flouride, bromide and chloride), as if the uptake is low, these halogens are likely to be high as they block iodine uptake.