Thank you for the welcome and the feedback. "Hippy dippy" works!
I have considered giving up gluten. I have cut back substantially over the years, but have never given it up completely for more than 3 or 4 months at a time because I didn't notice huge improvement. Maybe with the Iodine I would see more improvement.
Yes, I am taking magnesium. I actually began upping my magnesium before I found out about the iodine, because I thought it would help with the heart palpitations.
Glad to hear that pain is a good sign. I can endure anything if I know it will get me to good health! The books and sites I have read just didn't quite prepare me for how bad some of this has been!