I have had some problems for quite some time, finally had my hormones checked and am WAY estrogen dominant in fact had no measureable level of progesterone. I am using a natural hormonal cream with great results although one of my issues is that despite plenty of exercise and eating right for 6 months I have yet to lose 1 pound in fact I have gained a few which could be muscle but STILL!!!! The gal I am working on these issues with suggested I take Iodine, she gave it to me yesterday and told me the normal dose was 4 caps of Iodine 7.5 mg, Iodine USP 5 mg, Potassium 2.4 mg, she told me to start on 2 because I seem to be extremely sensitive to well ANYTHING, well knowing my system I actually took only one to start. Within an hour of taking it, I was driving and I felt briefly like I was in a video game. For the most part I felt OK the rest of the day but woke today very anxious and edgy, I am now having to swallow constantly, have a terrible headache and am sore and achy all over like I have been hit by a bus ( not like I know what that would feel like, just making a point) Any advice, comments or the like would be appreciated. Oh I did not take any today nor do I plan on it any other day, at least not now. I am thinking if I do need it, maybe even a smaller dose than is in the one cap of what I was taking which btw is called i-Throid by RLC Labs. Thanks
Thank you for responding. So this feeling is normal, that is good the hear "I guess" lol My gal is a holistic endogrinologist. She has helped my so much in other ways I do trust her but no she did not give me any companion nutrients. Are there specific companion nutrients or does it vary depending on the person?
Thank you so much, I am usually very on top of research and pros and cons of anything I start, this has really thrown me as she basically told me that if I experienced any side effects I would be the first to do so in her practice, if in fact that is true, it doesn't surprise me but the severity of these symtoms on the low dose I took does surprise me seeing as I took a low dose according to her, even half the low dose she told me to take. Do you know why some people experience these symtoms and others don't?
You're not the first person that's come to this board having been prescribed Iodine by a medical professional without being informed of potential side effects, detox symptoms and the need for companion nutrients...I'm not surprised in the least.
The fact that she told you that " if I experienced any side effects I would be the first to do so in her practice" makes me wonder if you are the first she's prescribed to!
EVERYBODY experiences side effects. The hyper state that you describe is EXTREMELY common. See #5 below:
In my experience, an allergy to inorganic iodine/iodide(Lugol's or Iodoral) is rare...an allergy can take any form, including a rash, fatigue, congestion, headache and a fever. NAET, an acupressure technique, has been useful in some of my patients to help them overcome an allergy to iodine..
2)autoimmune thyroid disease...
Some researchers...believe that autoimmune thyroid problems are caused by iodine intake in excess of the RDA...before the adoption of radioactive iodine to treat the side effects of autoimmune thyroid illnesses, the use of higher doses of iodine was the treatment of choice for these illnesses...
If iodine was the cause of autoimmune thyroid illnesses, these illnesses should have been decreasing over the last 30 years. The opposite has occured. In the U.S., iodine levels have fallen approx. 50% over the last 30 yrs while, at the same time, autoimmune thyroid sdisorders have been rapidly increasing.
3) Detoxification reactions...
If the body's detoxification pathways are overloaded when the toxic halides are being released, a detoxification reaction can be triggered. A detoxification reaction can take the form of fatigue, muscle aches, fever, diarrhea, and brain fog, among others...Though a detoxification reaction to iodine usage is RARE, it has happened...can be minimized with nutritional support, balancing pH, balancing hormonal systems.."
***Here's what Brownstein did for a patient suffering detox symptoms***
this portion is in reference to a patient suffering bromide detox symptoms(fatigue, headaches) on 50 gm. per day iodoral.
"...the iodine was helping her body excrete large amounts of bromide. During a detoxification process, the body's detoxification systems need proper support to ensure the toxic chemicals can be safely released without harming the body's tissues. I told Ellen to take large amounts of Vitamin C- 10,000 mg. per day as vitamin C helps all of the body's detoxification pathways function more effectively. Furthermore, I placed Ellen on 10 gm. of unrefined Sea Salt per day. The unrefined Sea Salt has chloride which can assist in the body's removal of bromine. In addition, the minerals in Sea Salt help the detoxification process. Ellen was also doing Epsom Salt baths(two cups in a tub of water) twice a week and taking a magnesium supplement(amount not specified)...Unless iodine levels are elevated along with the support of the body's detoxification pathways, the body will be unable to release bromide."
4)Iodine induced hypothyroidism and goiter
"When animals or humans that are iodine deficient are given large doses of iodine, there is a TRANSIENT DECREASE in thyroid hormone production(approx. 26-40 hrs.) until the body reestablishes it's equilibrium with iodine. After that, thyroid levels adjust to normal and signs of hypothyroid do not develop.
The use of iodine in a previously iodine-deficient population may result in a TRANSIENT INCREASE in thyroid hormones...Studies have shown that the increase in thyroid hormones, which could lead to hyperthyroid symptoms(palpitations, nervousness), will gradually decrease. Can be monitored with lab tests & adjustments in dosage.
...results when the dose is too high...results in metallic taste in mouth, increased salivation, sneezing, headache & acne...frontal headache...fever...
adjust dosage!(down) can use chlorophyll tablets to eradicate taste of iodine***(on a personal note, I LIKE the taste of iodine:)).***
There have been some reports in the literature that iodine supplementation can be associated with an increased incidence of thyroid papillary cancer. If iodine usage were the cause of thyroid cancer, then falling iodine levels would be expected to lead to lowered thyroid cancer levels. However, this has not been the case. During the last several decades, when iodine levels have declined, the incidence of thyroid cancer has markedly increased. PERHAPS IODINE DEFICIENCY IS THE CAUSE OF THE ELEVATION IN THYROID CANCERS!!"(emphasis mine)
OK WOW, I had NO idea there was so much to know, I obviously had a pretty good idea I was in for something when all these symtoms appeared. The dark thought thing, WOW I told my husband earlier this afternoon I felt so strange I could do something stupid if I weren't smarter, it was the oddest feeling, it has passed but I have never had problems like that he was shocked when I said that and then when I was reading about some of the symtoms and I showed him we were both like WOW, so the good news is the symptoms seem to be short lived as long as I stop taking it for now, you are right about the doc not knowing much at all, she did say she had only a handful of people that she had given it to but still. She suggested doing a urine test and I think until I do that I won't even consider this protocol for myself, if indeed I do need Iodine I will do plently of research prior, I can only imagine what it would have been like had I taken more as she suggested or worse the 4 caps she says is normal. I am on vacation and picked it up on the way I was anxious to get started as I am at my wits end with working out, personal trainers advice, nutritionists and not 1 pound of weight lost, I have never had a weight problem in my life so it is frustrating, I guess for now I have to feel good about the progress of the hormonal cream and know that my eating habits and workouts are doing something positive for my being
sounds like bromine induced psychosis. the chemists have been working on separating our spirits from our bodies for a long time now. look around and you will see they have done so with resounding success.