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Iodine supplementation has become very popular in recent years, and with good reason. Iodine has been shown to be an effective therapy for such conditions as breast and uterine fibroids, breast cancer, and more. When it comes to Hashimoto’s, however, I oppose the use of iodine as you risk worsening your autoimmune thyroid condition.

As I explained in the book, iodine stimulates the activity of the thyroid peroxidase (TPO) enzyme, which triggers thyroid hormone production. This is why so many thyroid supplements contain iodine, even though the thyroid only needs enough iodine to fit on the head of a pin each day in order to perform its duties.

Supplementing with iodine stimulates the production and activity of TPO. For most people with Hashimoto’s, TPO also happens to be the site of autoimmune attack, and surrounding thyroid tissue is damaged in the process. So everytime TPO production is stimulated, the immune system, which perceives TPO as a foreign invader to be eradicated, responds more aggressively and amps up the attack.

I simply believe, based on my research and clinical experience, that iodine is an unnecessary risk when managing Hashimoto’s, especially since we have safer and more effective ways to work with a improperly functioning immune system.

Some iodine stories

The iodine enthusiasts would have you believe that nearly everyone, including those with autoimmune thyroid conditions, would benefit from iodine loading or iodine supplementation.

Since creating my website, however, I have heard from a few people who experienced negative consequences as a result from supplementing with iodine. For instance, a 62-year-old woman who eats an exemplary diet and is very health conscious emailed to say she first went to her physician for help with her thyroid. Her TSH was 3.22 (the functional range is 1.8-3) and her TPO antibody count, a marker for Hashimoto’s, was 136, which is pretty high. Her physician prescribed Synthroid, which she refused to take.

Next she went to a naturopath and he told her to take 15 kelp tablets a day. She only took three a day and quickly began feeling worse, so she ordered another blood test after two weeks of taking the kelp tablets. Her TPO count had jumped to 268 and her TSH had dropped to .02 (presumably the iodine stimulated an increased autoimmune attack against her thyroid, spilling more thyroid hormones into her bloodstream, hence lowering her TSH). Without the proof of that second blood test, how many doctors would have told her she was feeling worse due to a bromide detox or some other detox due to iodine supplementation? This woman also feels her thyroid problems originally began on a macrobiotic diet high in seaweed.

Iodine and Graves’

Another woman in her 50s emailed to say she used a popular high-dose form of iodine beginning in 2002 as an adjuvant therapy after finishing standard breast cancer treatment. At first she felt an incredible burst of stamina and energy, but that energy slowly morphed into taxing thyroid symptoms that vacillated between hyper- and hypothyroid symptoms. However her thyroid antibodies were not checked, despite being treated by an “iodine expert,” although she was put on Armour for hypothyroid symptoms. Eventually she was prescribed hydrocortisone for her failing adrenal function as she continued to cope with thyroid symptoms, which allowed her to take larger doses of iodine more comfortably. Although her antibodies were not tested, she did receive periodic ultrasounds to monitor the size of her existing goiter and nodules, which did not improve on the iodine treatment (as practitioners learn in the Mastering they Thyroid class, not all goiters are caused by iodine deficiency).

Finally last summer her hyperthyroid symptoms became quite serious and she tested positive for Graves’ disease antibodies, and still continued taking iodine while her antibodies climbed ever higher. Finally she stopped taking iodine and now manages her hyperthyroid symptoms successfully with a prescription medicine that binds iodine. Her goiter and nodules also appear to have resolved from use of this medication. Currently, any amount of iodine makes her feel sick, with a transient return of hyperthyroid symptoms until the iodine wears off. Looking back, she new feels she had an autoimmune thyroid condition before beginning the iodine therapy and it was made much worse over the years by up to 100 mg a day of iodine.

Is even dietary iodine safe for Hashimoto’s?

Although I strictly prohibit iodine supplementation in my Hashimoto’s patients, I have always told them that it was OK to eat iodine-rich foods in moderation, however I recently came across a study that has me questioning that advice (please see “The effect of iodine restriction on thyroid function in patients with hypothyroidism due to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis” in the studies post).

In this study subjects with Hashimoto’s were divided into two groups. One group ate a normal diet. The other group was put on a diet that strictly avoided iodine so that they consumed less than 100 mcg per day. Eighty percent of the group who avoided dietary iodine experienced complete remission of their thyroid symptoms!

Therefore I am asking my Hashimoto’s patients to avoid iodine rich foods, such as seafoods, seaweeds and iodized salt in order to see how this affects clinical outcomes.

No reason not to do a lab test

I don’t wish to be seen as the anti-iodine thyroid doctor because that is not the truth. I have family members who take iodine with good benefit. I simply believe, based on my research and clinical experience, that iodine is an unnecessary risk when managing Hashimoto’s, especially since we have safer and more effective ways to work with a improperly functioning immune system.

The antibody tests for Hashimoto’s are affordable and easy. If you have Hashimoto’s and you or your doctor insists on iodine supplementation, do yourself a favor and monitor your antibody levels, your TSH, and your thyroid symptoms, and don’t be too quick to pass off negative effects as a detox.

113 Comments

  • Kamila January 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Is sea salt considered by you to be an iodized salt? Or are you referring only to commercial salt with iodine added?
    How much sea salt /day do you recommend?
    I also have adrenal fatigue in addition to Hashimoto’s and sea salt is recommended for the adrenals.
    Thanks for your input!

    • Elaine February 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      My understanding is sea salt is lower in iodine that iodized salt. Can’t make a recommendation, sorry, depends on the individual. But if you have low blood pressure from adrenal fatigue it can help with that.

  • Thyromine February 10, 2013 at 2:34 am

    My mum suffered a hyperthyroid disorder. She tried a pure herb named Bladderwrack. It assisted her problem a lot and she lost a couple kilos using it aswell.

  • Levi March 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Unfortunately, some of us live in countries where, by law, all salt must be iodized. In my country, all domestically manufactured salt for consumption is sea salt, but it is iodized. On rare occasion, it is possible to find smuggled non-iodized salt, but the ability to do so is infrequent at best.

  • dj March 7, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I have to disagree. Iodine is a must to effectively treat Hashimoto’s. Dr. Guy Abraham has published a lot of papers on this and everything he has said was shown true when tried. The key is following the nutrient protocol that needs to be used with high dose iodine use. That is a must to provide for the Thyroid to properly regulate the H2O2 process at the TPO. Here is actual data from a Hashimoto’s patient.

    2010 Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s TPO(Ab)=253 TAb= 838, started on Synthroid at 100 mcg per day.

    2011 Nturient and high dose Iodine protocol started in summer.

    2012 TPO(Ab)=149 TAb=442, T4 high, Synthroid reduced to 88 mcg per day.

    2013 TPO(Ab)59 TAb=225, T4 again high, Synthroid will need to be reduced again. Not sure of new dose yet.

    Iodized salt is not the problem. Data showing that Hashomoto’s increased in areas where Iodized sale were started have a problem. The problem is that this generally fits the time where all other Iodine use, such in making bread was stopped and was stopped or replaced with Bormine/Bromides which, if anything, interferes with the use of Iodine in the body.

  • star March 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    my tsh was 41.09 back in 2008 then 32.01 back in 2011 and I refused the med hence dr is an ex dr . I take iodine when I can as it seems to help me also took L-tyrosine then I found out turmeric and coconut oil is good for the thyroid so that’s all I use now . I had gained up to 190 in 2008 now I am around 145 to 150 . I don’t know what my tsh is now but I do know I am better or I would be hurting as my neck was so sensitive for many yrs and it took many for the dr to finally check it ! I also use iodizied salt .
    Reading your article also makes me think those who are adhd maybe also have a thyroid problem ?

    • me April 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Star!
      As a Cushing’s Disease survivor (12 years!) and someone who has battled HORRIFIC post-Cushing’s hypothyroidism, I was interested in knowing more about your daily protocol – would you be kind enough to list here what you take (including amounts, times of day, etc.) on a daily basis? My weight is a huge factor (no pun intended) as presently, I am carrying an extra 40-50 pounds that has NOTHING to do with caloric intake, but everything to do with a metabolism that refuses to budge. The extra weight and accompanying effects have dramatically (and sadly) greatly impaced my quality of life in a very negative way. Thanks so much!

  • kc April 12, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I have had a hypothyroid for 5 years now with classic symptoms but never diagnosed with hashimotos and have my antibody levels checked frequently – so my levels are mainly very low T3, low T4 and normal TSH. Is it safe to supplement with iodine and is there a chance I could have undiagnosed hashimotos?

  • Jayne Eldred April 30, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Hi,
    I have recently tested with a positive to TPO, but supposedly within range. I also have tested within range in other thyroid tests (free T3 and T4 and TSH). However, I had varying tests in the past and also developed a goitre when I took kelp. At one stage I was also told I had a nodule, although when they tried to do a biopsy, they weren’t able to get the necessary tissue. I have two sisters and a niece with hashimoto’s disease. Would you surmise from this that I would have it too?
    My daughter is ill with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis but has not tested positive to the antibody test, but has had tests that showed very very high reverse T3. She is on a small dose of armour and has responded somewhat positively, and her tests still show her within range. Is it possible she also has hashimoto’s, but is not showing up due to immune dysfunction?
    Thank you for helping,

  • John Pankowicz June 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    You say: “Eighty percent of the group who avoided dietary iodine experienced complete remission of their thyroid symptoms!” I read the original report. You fail to mention that 45% of the control group, who did NOT restrict iodine, had the same result as those who did. Also, the report only say that “they recovered a euthyroid state”. The study does not say anything about “a complete remission of their symptoms!”

    • Elaine June 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Which means that 55% of the control group had a statistically significant difference. That is a profound and so is a euthyroid state.

  • sam June 17, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I understood that when taking iodine one must also take selenium for there to beno adverse effects

  • Celine June 25, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Hello,

    I have Hashimoto’s and I took a urine test that shows I have iodine deficiency. In that case do you believe it is still harmful for me to take supplementation despite my deficiency?

    Many thanks for your help

    Celine

  • Jo Ann June 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I have Hashimoto’s and have been prescribed an iodine supplement by my M.D. for a painful cyst/lump in my breast. Dr. Kharrazian states in his book that taking iodine is like throwing gasoline on a fire for a patient with Hashimoto’s disease. Any suggestions? I am confused.
    Thank You.

  • Sandra June 29, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    This blog helped me a lot to understand and trust that i can naturally heal my body from Hashimotos http://hopeforhashimotosdisease.blogspot.com

    I take selenium and Vit E as recommended in the blog in the morning, 1/2 a Centrum with 75mcg iodine and try to add zinc and copper in the recommended ratio. Also trying on Vit D

    Hashimoto can be caused by different things in different people. You have to find out whats causing yours!

    Good luck!

  • Stephan Closhen June 30, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Dear Dr Kharrazian,

    my girlfriend was diagnozed with a hashimoto desease. We want to know if there are some medicals here in germany who appears the views of you about the hashimoto desease. We still can’t find some medicals over the web right now here in germany.

    Please apologize my bad english.
    We hope you can help us.

    Kindly regards from good old germany.

    Ivonne & Stephan

  • Honora July 25, 2013 at 12:17 am

    I’ve got Hashi’s and am on no medication as I’m euthyroid. My doctor suggested I try iodine. I said, “let’s test me first to see if I need it”. I was severely deficient so she suggested I commence on 6mg, alternate days. I said I’d get my thyroid a/b’s tested monthly. From the time I commenced the iodine, they started to climb: Mar13/anti-TPO 180.52, anti-Tg 11.94:Apr13/174.8/14.82:May/233.7/24.26, commenced selenium tablets after this and at Jun13/285.9/19.96 respectively. No clinical symptoms except my thyroid has enlarged more. The TSH is fairly stable – 3.74 and the FT4 has dropped to just above the lower range of normal, 10.2 pmol/L. Not impressed but being deficient in iodine maybe it was worth a try with the caveat of being monitored. I have been eating 3 brazil nuts/day for years for selenium and do enjoy uncooked brassicas (rocket salad, sauerkraut)but don’t eat unfermented soy at all.

    • lily August 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      I was diagnosed with a pituitary micro-adenoma 30 yrs ago, which caused low thyroid levels. I gained 30 lbs in 3 months and was pretty upset. 9 years ago I was also diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. After that, all three of these conditions were resolved by NAET, an acupressure technique that pretty much changed my life, since I needed no more meds for about 6 years until I had a double operation in my solar plexus that really messed the treatments. I now have a goiter and am taking meds again. I was on Armor-thyroid and just recently switched to a compound med (made according to my blood results) containing T3 and T4. Not sure if I like this change at all, and today got another blood test to see if I can switch back. I am really weepy for no reason, depressed and have gained weight, brittle nails…you name it. Not a happy camper! I have recently gone back to NAET and will let you know if the change is as pronounced as it was a decade ago. I remember that I didn’t start the positive change in health until after about 2-3 months after these treatments were completed. I wish you all a speedy recovery…and myself too!!! Lily

  • Dr. Michael L. Smith September 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    The issue of whether the use of Iodine/Iodide as a treatment for autoimmune thyroid disorders is controversial. There is evidence for both in the literature. I would ask one question which might further cause some questioning: The incidence of autoimmune thyroid diseases has steadily risen over the past 4 decades and the amount of Iodine in the standard American Diet has steadily decreased as well as the levels of iodine in the USA population per person. Interesting. Dr. David Brownstein, M.D. is a proponent of Iodine use with AI thyroid diseases.

  • Maria September 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroid post op in 1998. My thyroid had cancer in situ and I was very symptomatic vacillating between hypo and hyperthyroid. I do not have Thyroid Antibodies now. I am currently taking Armour Thyroid for 3 weeks now, (previously, I was on Levothroid). Do I need to reduce or eliminate iodine from my diet?

  • Jon September 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I had undiagnosed Hashimotos and as part of diagnosis process was ordered cat scans, with the iodine for imaging enhancement. My symptoms became very quickly ten to twenty times worse, and the auto immune response did a lot of damage, some of which I haven’t recovered from. If you have CAT scans, and have Hashimotos, I advise NOT having the iodine. It caused a severe reaction for me. Therefore, I am sure there is some connection between iodine and my auto immune response. I do avoid it now in salt, and would never supplement with it. Not with Hashimotos.

    • bella February 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      They used radioactive iodide molecule which is very toxic to anyone. I am sorry they used this with you as that is malpractice. inorganic iodine is nontoxic.

  • diane November 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Dr. Michael Smith,I see your point if iodine in the American diet has decreased over the past several decades. My observation is the opposite. I do not know of any way in which we have less iodine in the American diet and would be interested to know in what way there has been a reduction. On the other hand, I know of several sources of increased iodine in our diets: The first source is the food additive carrageenan, and any other additive made from seaweed, which shows up frequently in processed foods. The second source is from the use of iodophors for sanitation. These solutions are not rinsed from vats before food is processed in them, so their use raises the iodine content of the food, at least for the initial batch. I must maintain a low iodine diet and I become symptomatic whenever I inadvertently have an increase in my intake of iodine. Over the last eight years I have had to avoid more and more processed foods. When I checked with a friend of mine who is a process engineer, she said it was probably the because of the increase in the use of iodophors in place of chlorinated cleaning solutions. My experience seems to verify that. Sometimes I will suddenly have hives from a food I normally eat, and will discover the food company has changed to the use of iodophors in their sanitation. The third source is from the use if sea salt in processed foods, especially when the sea salt is fortified with iodine. Since there is no requirement to label whether or not the sea salt contains iodine, the use of sea salt in processed foods makes it difficult to know if the food is safe for a low iodine diet.The fourth source is the use of red dye 3 (erythrosine), 30, 33, and other similar dyes containing iodine.There are additional sources of extra iodine in our present food supply that I work to avoid.(If I take in too much iodine I develop halogen acne, depression, hives, tachycardia, fatigue, pvcs, panic attacks, dizziness, sebaceous cysts,and even temporary dementia. The first symptoms are the ones that appear easily, the later symptoms only appear with higher toxicity or longer duration of iodine intake. All but one of the symptoms clear within twelve to twenty-four hours with reduction or blocking of iodine intake. Needless to say, I keep my iodine intake low, even if from natural sources like produce or meat. My TSH always tests normal. I have not been checked for thyroid antibodies. I am also gluten intolerant but my iodine issues developed first, then gluten intolerance, and multiple food and airborne allergies.)

    • bella February 13, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      the iodine you are being exposed to are chemical compounds with organic iodine as a component. These chemicals are very toxic and should not be confused with the non toxic inorganic iodide/iodine. Bromide has replaced iodide in several food products over the years. We do not use bromide in the body. It sounds to me that you have a toxic level of bromide in your system and the iodine is kicking it out when you are exposed to iodine. Seawater is 4:1 ratio bromide:iodide, hence sea salt would be higher in bromide if that is the case. Remember these are halogens and probably evaporate greatly in the drying of sea salt. It would be interesting to test your levels of iodide vs bromide, mercury and other heavy metals which iodine kicks out of the body. just a thought.

  • Laura G November 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I have Hashimotos thyroiditis-hypothyroid is where I go without medication. I noticed a correlation between any time I started ingesting a supplement that had high levels of iodine and my tsh suddenly skyrocketing and my normal dosage of thyroid replacement hormone becoming completely ineffective.
    It has happened when I drank Pure Synergy every day -a very nutritious green drink. Then again when I started drinking a kombucha drink that unbeknownst to me was also full of powdered sea vegetables AND when I took a probiotic supplement in pill form that contained extra nutrients. EAch time as soon as I located and eliminated the problem, I went back to a normal tsh and feeling fine. I changed nothing else other than my iodine consumption. I avoid it as a supplement like the plague and eat nothing from the sea. Otherwise I eat a normal, gluten-free, low dairy diet.
    I am very interested in this as some people claim it has helped their Hashimoto’s. Perhaps it is individual? Perhaps there are other factors?

  • Alice November 8, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I have Hashimotos and vitiligo. My TPO’s go through the roof (>1300) but my TSH at highest has only been recorded at 14. I’m on thyroxin which has brought my TSH down. I love Japanese food, but cannot eat the green seaweed dish. Without fail it causes terrible stomach pains, general illness and diarrhea. I otherwise have an iron stomach and so I suspect the effect is caused by the high iodine. From my experience I therefore avoid iodine although i’ve mever tested any correlation between the Hashimitos indicators and my physical response.

    • Ashe April 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      My specialist has never told me about the connection between gluten and Hashimotos. Thanks for letting us know. I’ll be doing more research and start removing it from my diet.

  • Ellen November 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I have had diagnosis hypothyroidism for many years but in 2003 while training for a marathon , and after completing the marathon I felt as though I ran into a brick wall, went to see my Endocrinoligist and TPO antibodies were 900 + and was diagnosed with Hashimotos , my thyroid felt nodular and was sent for US but by this time no swellings or nodules found just \”shrinking thyroid\” for the last several years I have suffered thru hypo to hyper lately mostly hypo Dr says thyroid non functioning now. Sometimes for no reason my levels change and I know I just want to sleep, hen a medicine increase and few weeks later it\’s like the light is back on. I do not like living like this I feel my family does not understand.

  • Mema November 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I think also what needs to be addressed here is the importance of SELENIUM supplementation along with iodine. When you supplement one without the other you can exacerbate the other deficiency which I wonder is possible why people have issues when supplementing iodine is because they aren\’t supplementing with selenium. The same goes with Zinc and Copper as well.

  • Jennifer November 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I don’t know where to begin. I have Bipolar and a few years ago, after a mastectomy for breast cancer, I’ve been doing everything I can to stay away from psychiatrists and psych meds. I was doing pretty well with natural methods. My doctor suddenly died and I found a new one. 2-3 months ago I was put on Lugol’s, 8 drops a day. For the past couple months I’ve been feeling terrible. I often get unstable in the Fall, with the Bipolar, so that’s what I thought was happening. I’ve been having terrible “rapid cycling”. I didn’t know why it was so bad. I spend half the time in bed.
    I do eat Brazil nuts for selenium, but not consistently. I was to have blood work done, to check my hormone levels and asked the doctor to check thyroid also. It took several tries to get to the lab, I have so much trouble leaving the house. I’m 52 and was in very good shape. I just found out my Thyroid levels were bad, TG AB was high, 50.5 and T3 rev low at 6.5.
    I don’t know anymore if I have Bipolar. I know that the iodine sure made things worse and brought this “out”. God I hope I don’t have Hashi and Bipolar. I do know I’ve had IBS and suspected gluten problems. I’ve lost 20 pounds the past 6 months and didn’t need to lose. I’m 5-6 and weigh 115 now. I wish I knew of a good doctor in northern Indiana.
    Jen

    • Elaine December 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      The varying iodine stories are interesting. However some clearly fare worse on it. Jennifer please read this blog article by Dr. Kharrazian on bipolar and Hashimoto’s. I’m not saying this is your mechanism, but it’s something to be aware of. http://thyroidbook.com/blog/when-hashimotos-is-misdiagnosed-as-bipolar-disorder/

      • Jennifer December 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

        Elaine,
        Thankyou. For the past few days, all I do is cry on and off. Thinking about the last 12 or so years. How in 1999, I complained about fatigue, weight gain, and enlarged thyroid…my TSH was checked, it was 7.33. Then, that was in normal range. Eventually started the merry-go-round of psych meds after the fatigue and depression continued. The meds caused mania….one diagnosis was added on top of another….saw 6-7 psychiatrist, weight ballooned to 200 pounds…got a divorce, ex was tired of me being tired. Gave up and did nothing, was just disgusted with myself. So much self-hate. By the time I discovered the breast cancer it was huge and had spread to my lymph nodes. I didn’t care, wanted to die. Refused Chemo, radiation, etc….I’m crying now, because I do think it’s been thyroid all a long. I always have said, with my “bipolar” it wasn’t mood really, it was energy swings. Now I have to pick up the pieces of my life. I’ve wanted to tell people all along that this wasn’t ME. Inside I know who I’m suppose to be and I’ve lost so many years.

  • Elaine December 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Jennifer I’m so sorry. It’s tragic and maddening how ridiculous the care is and how medical ineptness is passed off as the patient’s fault. How can a TSH of 7 be considered normal. Sadly there are many, many stories like yours. There is a thyroid patient revolution under way. It does sound a lot like it has been thyroid all along based on having read so many stories like yours. Dr. K is organizing a Thyroid Summit for next year and getting more advocacy and awareness going. Please check out Hashimoto’s 411 on facebook for more support. I understand the sorrow and grief but encourage you not to give up, there are many amazing stories of women turning their health around. Please keep in touch with us via the thyroid site email.

    • Jennifer December 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      I’m back. I will look at what you said. I just went and saw a wonderful new doctor. I’m feeling opitmistic. Have had some more labs done. Seeing now my free T4 is below normal. It’s all making sense. The fatigue has been so bad, feel like I have to drag my legs to walk. This week will see doctor again and start on meds. I’m getting prepared, reading, “Stop the Thyroid Madness” book. Thanks Elaine ( such a beautiful name ). We do need a revolution! I’m in!
      Jen

  • Joleen December 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I have hashi’s and tried a very small peice of bitter melon. Within 12 hours I felt like I was being chocked in the thyroid area of my neck.I couldn’t figure out why and then I remember I had bitter melon – the only different thing I had. My research showed bitter melon is high in iodine. I had a similar reaction to an iodine supplement – for me, iodine is an absolute no no!

  • Gloria January 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I have Hashimoto\\’s and Grave\\’s disease. My thyroid was killed by radioactive iodine 3 years ago. My endocrinologist prescribes T4 Synthroid only and will not listen and allow me to try natural thyroid when I tell him I have hypothyroid symptoms….fatigue, coldness aI have gone to a new doctor last week and she started me on 65 mg of Naturethroid with 12.5 mg of iodine daily.I am concerned after reading the many responses that I may worsen my Hashi\\’s or cause other damage. I was not given a baseline blood exam by my new doctor. She is going to do this next week. Her explanation was that I would have to be off Synthroid 3 weeks before getting any type of reading.I do not know of I will be given blood tests to monitor my auto antibody levels….So much to think about…does anyone have similar experiences? In my experience as a thyroid patient, I have always had to stop any thyroid medication 24 hours before having my blood work done, then the doctor adjusts the Synthroid up or down depending on TSH levels………this was new…not having a baseline blood done……

    • Elaine February 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Perhaps you need a new doctor!

  • Rosalind February 3, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I have high level antibodies – so, Hashimotos. My doctor put me on Armor (1 grain). I put on weight while on it, my energy did increase and now I’m off it I can feel the my energy has lowered.

    My question is – Should I take Armor and up the dose to (??)or should I just concentrate on fixing my adrenals and probable leaky gut and leave the Armor alone??

    Rosalind

    • Elaine February 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      This really depends on your history and what your TSH levels have been, etc. In his book he says if you need thyroid hormone medication than you should take it as every cell in the body needs thyroid hormones. Whether you need it depends on the degree of damage to the gland.

  • Brad February 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Does anyone know or have any experience ordering the antibody test in Canada specifically Ontario. Family DR won’t do it and unable when I contacted Apex Energetics. Thanks

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  • liz March 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I used to be high energy and active, but feel like I’ve been horribly deteriorating for the past decade. I went on strict gluten free dairy free diet 8 years ago, which improved me slightly to a functional level, but still suffering through life. I went to literally dozens of doctors, mostly endocrinologists, who said my thyroid levels were all within the normal range, but I was still barely able to function every day; can’t work, marriage split years ago, I’m isolated because I’m too tired to do anything. I recently found an internist who tested my antibodies in addition to the standard thyroid panel, and my thyroid antibodies was at 2795! She also ordered an ultrasound; my thyroid is covered with small nodules and cysts and one side is enlarged. A surgeon told me the growths are too small to remove now, but if I don’t get my Hashimotos under control, I’d be back in a year to either remove the growths or possibly the entire thyroid. This was the first time in a decade that anyone had named my condition (besides telling me to just relax, and try to ply me with antidepressants and sleeping pills). The internist now wants to put me on 6 months of steroids to suppress my immune system. I refuse, believing that will make me worse, and too weak and vulnerable. She put me on iodine supplements, and after 5 days I was completely debilitated. I am now much worse than I was before when my antibodies were already at 2795! I desperately need help getting my autoimmune condition under control! I have multiple vitamin deficiencies, adrenal fatigue, extremely low levels of neurotransmitters, and insulin resistance. I put myself on SCD diet past 2 months and have less gas and bloating and no longer have 6-10 bowel movements/daily, only about 3, but no improvement in other symptoms including inability to sleep more than 1 hour at a time, brain fog, weakness, joint pain, and what seems like dementia (I’m only 52), to name just a few, and I can feel the symptoms of hyperactive thyroid and fear the autoimmune attack continues to accelerate. Can anyone please help me? I also take some supplements, including Bs, D3, zinc, fish oil and probiotics; but I don’t think I’m absorbing them. I don’t know where to turn for help to stop this autoimmune runaway train!!!

    • Dr. Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci March 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Sounds like you need help that also includes some functional neurology and taming out of control inflammation. If you email into brainhealthbook.com perhaps you can get a suggestion for someone in your area who specializes in that. Have you tried the autoimmune diet? Sometimes diet isn’t the whole ticket, but you still may be missing something.

  • Dr. Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci March 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    And i’m sorry you were put on iodine, unfortunately that is not uncommon for it to throw things out of control.

  • Jennifer March 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I was just reading what Liz wrote. I can relate. I have struggled for the past 12-15 years? Was told I had Bipolar and was tried on every psych med there was. At one point, my weight balooned to 200#s. I went through a divorce and just gave up. I stopped seeing docters. All I ever had complained of was the disabling fatigue. I did my best to be a good mother and ignored the changes in my breast. I was disgusted with myself. I hated myself. I ended up with stage 3 cancer and had a mastectomy. I didn’t care, I thought it would be good to die. I refused all the chemo, radiation, Tamoxifen….I sort of fell into doing natural remedies and actually found some hope again.
    I found a helpful doctor and lost weight. He had me on T3 15 mcg slow release every 12 hrs. Then he died suddenly.
    It took awhile, but found another docter. She put me on hormones, the Wiley Protocol and Lugol’s (50mg). Oh my God, did that mess me up. I lost most of Oct to Dec with discovering what went wrong and changing docters…all the time being mostly in bed. Then all the stomach problems and quitting gluten….my weight hit a low of 113#! I’m 5-6.
    This new docter started me on GAPS diet and thyroid supplements….but kept having trouble and lots of hair loss. I didn’t realize the Wiley Protocol had me so overdosed on hormones it was confusing everything! I kept thinking it was thyroid related! I’m just now getting off the hormones. Another set-back. I still don’t know what I’ll end up on. BUT, thank God for Dr. K !!!!! I have both his books and he tells it ALL !!! It’s everything I ever needed to know. THANKYOU, THANKYOU…Dr.K. We need you so much.

    • Jennifer March 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Oh, Liz…I’m also 52! had always been a very active and young for my age type of person. The saddest part is how many years of time I have lost. It’s been 5 years, since my divorce and it’s like I still can’t have fun and date. I want to be able to have a relationship and live a productive life!

  • Ashe March 31, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I have had Hashimotos for more than 30 years and seem to be one of the lucky ones with 200micros of Thyroxine daily, after it was settled, have had no issues. It is interesting to find out about all the potential things that others are going through with this disease. Thank you for sharing this blog with us.

  • Susan Cranshaw April 11, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I have been on Sythroid since January 2010 for hypothyroisim. I have gained 50 lbs, I am cold, have dry skin, my eye lids are heavy over my eyes, i don’t concetrate very well sometime. I exercise and eat well and organic most of the time. I want to stop taking Sythroid and try something else. Help!

  • Adrea August 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    While I very much appreciate all the information, I have yet to read where someone says how to balance the need for iodine to protect against breast cancer….with someone who has Hashimoto’s. Is there science here? What does one do? I’ve a two time breast cancer patient, with apparent Hashimoto’s, which we’re testing for again. She’s been taking Magnascent iodine, which is supposed to be a unique and special kind. We’ve been told the body eliminates what it doesn’t need.

    Help here would be greatly appreciated, and mailed to my email address is fine.

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