Magnesium malate is a good form, but I can't use it before bed. Magnesium citrate is good for me then, though some people use magnesium taurate or glycinate before bed. My bowel tolerates malate slightly better than citrate. So far, ReMag is on the form that gave me absolutely no bowel problems. Even magnesium bicarbonate, called "magnesium water," which you get by mixing Milk of Magnesia into seltzer water and which is not supposed to affect the bowel, ultimately does affect my bowel.
So you push all the magnesium forms til the stool is very soft and no further. Sometimes what you eat will then cause more firmness or looseness, but you always have a center to go back to.
Honestly, I've never been clear what is meant by salt flushing. I do use unprocessed salt in all the water I drink, though, a total of about 1/2 tsp and 96 oz water.
The "W" in VWT Iodine is Wombat, and she formulated an Iodine cream that we fondly called Wombat cream. She has occasionally offered to make her creams for us, but right now is otherwise engaged. It seems at one time there was mention of a recipe being posted by someone, so you might search on Wombat cream or Iodine cream.
The best strength of Lugol's to start with is the one that you'll use. You're already on 2%, and that's fine. The only other one to consider is 5%, which you should order the next time.
As you raise your dose, you'll have more and more a need for magnesium. Add that to your supplement list.
No, you're not getting the full benefit Iodine if you don't go through the detox. Your symptoms say there are Iodine receptors that are NOT full of iodine, but rather something noxious. Best get rid of it. However, there's more than one way to detox slowly so you can keep working.
First, figure out how to take 75 mg each and every day. You may be using the 50 mg Iodoral and breaking them in half to get 75 mg.
Another way to slowly get up to 100 mg would be to buy the 12.5 mg tablets for intermediate doses. So, you could use 50 mg + 12.5 mg (total 62.5 mg). When you're steady, move up to 1-1/2 x 50 mg (total 75 mg). The next step would be 1-1/2 x 50 mg plus 12.5 mg (total 87.5 mg). When you're solid on this every day, move up to 2 x 50 mg (total 100 mg).
If you need smaller steps, break the 12.5 mg tablets so you can raise by just 6.25 mg.
I think when you're going low and slow it's best to learn to be steady on a single dose, not go back and forth. The detox should then be at a tolerable level, so you barely notice it. Keep within what you can tolerate and just know it will take a very long time to achieve your goal. But that's okay -- you were planning to stay on Iodine for the rest of your life anyway :)
I think we did a small miscalculation though. The multivitamin contains 5000IU of vitamin A (2000IU = retinol and 3000IU = carotene). One top of that (lately) I added the Cod Liver Oil which contains another 3000IU of retinol. That would put the total amount at 5000IU of retinol and 3000 carotene = 8000IU total (and of that grandtotal 8000IU, it's assumingly 2k synthethic retinol and 3k natural retinol because of the cod liver oil, and the rest is carotene).
I don't have headaches and other sorts of problems BUT in the past, I did had some trouble focusing and was a bit dizzy/drowsy. I decided to stop the cod liver oil back then, but it might aswell been the Iodine because of the heavy detox. I am so glad my skin cleared up, because I actually found out (by accident) that the only thing I changed the past couple of days was the added cod liver oil, which resulted in cleared skin right now.
And as for the thyroid, I even dare to go as far that the "stuck" feeling I was having from back then, suddenly got less also the past days. I don't know why, but it just has to be the "extra" vitamin A. For now, let's assume it's not or that it may be a possibility of resolving the stuck feeling in the thyroid. Let's find out in a couple of weeks/months.
Max you will need to take is 200mg, since the absorption is way higher than most pill forms of magnesium. But warning, these taste disgusting.
I can tell you for a fact, every time I stop taking iodine with salt I have major joint pain. I don't know why, I just know it happens. It makes my hands feel very stiff and if I go long enough without salt, I can barely move my wrists. The longer I go, the worse it gets.
From what I understand, Iodine releases toxins into the bloodstream, and salt is necessary to help flush them out. As far as your kindey stones, I have no clue, I've never researched that.