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Taking Iodine for Your Thyroid

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Thursday, July 7, 2011

Recently a client asked me about her use of Nascent Iodine. Iodine is important for thyroid function and to protect if from the excessive radiation in the atmosphere.

My client had taken my advice to use 10 drops daily in glass of water for the past nine months.

Since the bottle was almost empty she decided to test a couple of drops on the bottom of her foot to see if it was absorbed. The spot was still there in the morning so she thought she would discontinue it. Which is where she ran into problems.

A couple of days later she felt her system was off somehow. Though she could eat she felt nauseous and somewhat feverish and achy. She decided to take several drops again for a couple of days and felt much better. Now she wondered if she should continue taking 10 drops a day.

Here’s what I told her. You should never abruptly stop your intake of a supplement like iodine. And it’s important to take iodine on a regular basis.

I’ll give you the general instructions for taking Nascent Iodine where you slowly build up to saturation and then slowly wean down to a daily dose. If you decide to use iodine supplementation you have to take into account your current health history and work with your doctor (MD or ND) to determine your individual dosage.

Begin by taking your morning temperature as a baseline. A basal temperature taken under the arm should be 98-98.2. An oral temperature should be closer to 98.6. If your temperature is lower than normal, this implies your thyroid activity is diminished. (Mercury thermometers are still the most accurate way to take your temperature.)

You can test your iodine requirements by “painting” a drop or two of iodine on your wrist or the sole of your foot. Leave on overnight. If the drop leaves no stain on your skin in the morning, this means it’s all been absorbed and you require iodine. This is common with most people who do not supplement with iodine.

One drop of Nascent Iodine is equal to 0.4 mg. The RDA for iodine is set at 0.15mg, which is far too low. Iodine researchers now claim that we require much higher amounts. (See the power point and video below.)

Begin with 2 drops per day of Nascent Iodine in a glass of water for two weeks, then add two drops every week. Stop at 20 drops per day for adults. Remember, I’m not prescribing for you. Work with your doctor if you choose to use iodine in this way.

When your temperatures are in the normal range then cut back by 2 drops a week and stay with 10 drops a day for adults. The iodine can be increased to 20-30 drops a day for any type of infection.

There is a lot more to using iodine for the thyroid than I’m able to cover in a short blog. Here is a power point presentation that will prove to you the importance of iodine as a supplement.

You can also view the following video for more information about proper thyroid function. (This video is in a .mov file format, and requires a Quick Time plug-in. You can ignore the sales pitch for the NewsMax newsletter.)

As for a safe source of iodine, I use the Nascent Iodine available from LL’s Magnetic Clay. It’s a lower potency than Lugol’s iodine and therefore a safer and more gradual way to introduce iodine into your body.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author

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NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!

P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

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