You might have genetic tendencies that make it difficult for your metabolism to respond "normally," according to what might be considered usual for a young man. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if you were to scratch below the surface of your friends' health, they might have issues that just aren't as obvious as yours.
The group does not support use of DHEA, unfortunately. I disagree with that, as my husband has benefitted tremendously from time-release DHEA 60 mg. It might be a weak spot for you. DHEA helps metabolize hormones downstream of it, such as testosterone.
Here's an interesting article with a diagram of hormonal pathways. It reminds me that one of the most simple things you could start with would be to drink salted water, using unprocessed salt. Perhaps about 1/2 tsp salt with 2-3 quarts of water daily. Being hydrated can be a lovely wakeup call to your body, and salt is necessary for your adrenals to function.
I don't know that Iodine will help all those symptoms, but you'll have to see. On Lugol's 2%, I'd add 1 drop each day. At some point you just won't want to raise anymore, so you'll stay there until you feel ready to resume adding drops.
If you're low in B12, please add sublingual methylcobalamin 5000 mcg once in the morning. Just let it slowly dissolve under your tongue.
No matter the range for TSH, if your result is not <=2.0, it's not normal.
I have been taking Iodine off and on for the last 3-4 years, along with the co-supplements. When I first started taking it I lost a lot of weight and my face got A LOT less puffy (similar to the picture of this girl). At the time I was drinking Slurpees everyday and I never thought the Slurpees could be related to the reduction in low-thyroid symptoms.
So off and on over the past 3-4 years, I continued to take Iodine and I never had the same effect as when I first started taking it. Then I randomly started to eat a tub of Ben and Jerry's ice cream every day (as a meal) for like 10 days and noticed the EXACT same effects as when I was drinking slurpees everyday - puffy face reduction, weight loss. So I've continued eating ice cream every day for about 30 days now and continue to see results.
My theory is that the cold temperatures somehow boost or help regulate thyroid hormones. Has anyone had similar experiences? lol
I believe this is ground breaking science!!!!
Note: I have read that sugar is somewhat necessary for thyroid function and that "low carb" diets hurt thyroid function. However I do not believe the effect was caused by an increase in sugar because I already eat a lot of sugar and eating slurpees/ice cream every day didn't increase my daily sugar intake. (eg. I typically drink a Coke with my food - so I just replaced Coke with a Slurpee).
I usually took Iodine in the morning by itself (with real salt), then selenium/magnesium/b2/b3 at lunch, then ate the slurpees/ice cream for dinner.
KI is the molecule the body uses. the thyroid makes thyroid hormones with the iodine. yes, the KI molecule is broken up by the thyroid. T1, T2, T3, and T4 all designate how many atoms of Iodine they have in them in their names. KI, the molecule used to "iodize" salt, is broken aprt and recombined by the body all the time. it provides elemental Iodine to the places it is needed.
look at it this way. iodide, the salt, is just food. the elemental form as in Lugols is caustic, reactive, and corrective in nature. it is more like medicine. i still take iodine every day because i can, but is it necessary? probably not most of the time, especially in one who is iosdine sufficient, which can take 3 months or 3 years, depending on the condition of the person.
as for the lungs, KI is an expectorant, not an antibiotic. ozone directly into the blood is what i prefer for infections.
Many thanks, I think I would prefer to do that as I need support for this. What about taking a kelp tablet with just the RDA (iodine) in it, I read kelp is good for the adrenals - it is the one I used to take before I started on Iodine and it never gave me an issue.
Trapper (below) is right that you should cut down on the dosage. Ever hear the expression: Too much of a good thing? Salt is essential to our survival, but you can kill yourself with it if you ingest a cup or two in one sitting.
As to expense, you can make your own Lugol's cheaply and have enough left over to sell to friends and family for a lot less than they'd have to pay on line. Just Google "make Lugol's" and you'll see Tony's YouTube video. You'll have an initial cost--one of them being a postage scale to weigh the Iodine crystals. I think mine cost about $4 or $5.Your small investment will repay you. I made a batch of Lugol's about 2 years ago, gave some to friends and family and still have plenty for me.