The Biggest Mistake A Woman With Low Thyroid Can Make is Iodine Supplementation
Make sure you understand what I’m saying...
Iodine should not be used in someone who’s suffering with low thyroid symptoms.
I know that flies right in the face of a few very prominent “thyroid experts,” but here’s what you don’t know about iodine.
You’ve probably been told that iodine is necessary for thyroid hormone synthesis. And it is, but here is the problem...taking supplemental iodine is dangerous and here’s why.
Over the last 20 years, in various places around the world with iodine depleted soil, well-meaning groups have gone in and tried to cure the goiters. A goiter develops when you get a swelling of the thyroid gland because you’re iodine deficient.
See that’s where it starts. This thinking that well, if you’re iodine deficient, give people iodine to get rid of their goiter---that must be good for someone who has low thyroid. Hang with me for a second.
How’d you like to be one of those people? You can clap yourself on the back. Hey, we cured your goiter but we also gave you Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis.
What that means is iodine is a trigger. It’s a trigger for Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid and Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid is the number one cause of low thyroid in America--not iodine deficiency. It just isn't.
This whole issue of iodine exposes a really horrible dichotomy between traditional medicine and “alternative” medicine.
Traditional medicine is looking at TSH and T4 and T3 and they didn’t really care about iodine. They’re not even going to give you iodine because whatever your problem is, whatever it might be, the only thing you’re going to get from them is thyroid hormones. They’ve got thyroid hormones no matter what. Don’t care if it’s Hashimoto’s, conversion problem, under conversion, binding, doesn’t matter. You’re getting thyroid hormones.
So they have nice little box. You’ve heard of thinking outside the box? Well Traditional medicine has their nice little dusty box, been sittingt here for 30, 40 years and that’s how they do it.
Over here we have the not so alternative-alternative medicine approach. And what they do is they also have their sad, outdated box way of thinking. Inside their box is the idea that everyone with low thyroid needs iodine supplementation, or tyrosine, or broad immune system support ,or they need to take thyroid glandulars.
Here’s what the not-so-alternative medicine doesn't know...conventional medicine, they do some testing. Not-so-alternative medicine does almost no testing at all. They’re still doing things like the Barnes underarm thyroid test and that is an ancient, prehistoric, non-useful way of evaluating the thyroid.
There are also people in this camp that are doing the iodine absorption test as if that had any real relationship to your need for iodine.
The craziest thing is that these not-so-alternative practitioners ignore the fact that iodine is a trigger for Hashimoto’s. If you wanna give yourself Hashimoto’s, keep taking the iodine that one of the not-so-alternative medicine doctors gave you. They mean well, by the way. I’m not trying to slam them.
But that well meaning “alternative” doctor doesn't understand the fact that what we’re really dealing with, almost 90 percent of the time, is not low iodine.The problem is an autoimmune problem.
And you can look through my other posts on Hashimoto’s; it’s a very complex issue. But iHashimoto's can be managed and you can feel great again.
If you think you’ve got low thyroid....please don’t go to the health food store and open the book "Prescription for nutritional healing" or ask the minimum wage employee what to do, because you’re going to get recommended iodine (or you’re gonna get tyrosine, I’ll talk about tyrosine later. )
Iodine is a trigger. One of the studies I quoted calls it an "explosive mix."
That’s what I want you to remember. When you’re taking iodine and you’ve got low thyroid symptoms and you haven’t had the correct tests done, you don’t even know if you’re autoimmune or not, it’s like swallowing dynamite with a long fuse on it.
It could trigger a massive autoimmune process that can't be stopped.(but could be slowed down)
See, having low thyroid symptoms and maybe having an underactive thyroid gland is one thing.
Having an autoimmune disease is a whole 'nother ball game and if you keep taking iodine, you are playing Russian roulette. You’re swallowing dynamite.
I don't know how many analogies I can mix here but you need to stop.
That’s the biggest thyroid mistake I see. A person with low thyroid symptoms taking iodine.
Iodine is a trigger for autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
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Dr. David Clark, DC
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