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Thoughts on iodine
Last Post 04 May 2022 03:13 PM by Elaine Moore. 1 Replies.
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junski517User is Offline New Member New Member Posts:
23 Apr 2022 08:10 AM
    Hi Elaine What are your thoughts on this?
    Question: Since Iodine Is Involved In the Production Of Thyroid Hormone, And Hyperthyroidism Involves An Excess Of Thyroid Hormone, Isn’t It Wise For People With Hyperthyroidism To Avoid Iodine?

    Answer: Although it’s true that iodine is necessary for the formation of thyroid hormone, this doesn’t mean that everyone with hyperthyroidism should avoid iodine. First of all, remember that most people with hyperthyroidism have Graves’ Disease. And although this condition involves an excessive production of thyroid hormone, the reason for this is due to the autoimmune component. It’s the TSH receptor antibodies which stimulate or attack the TSH receptors, which in turn results in the overproduction of thyroid hormone. Giving someone iodine doesn’t mean the thyroid gland will produce even more thyroid hormone. In fact, in the past, medical doctors actually recommended Lugol’s solution as a treatment for hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease.

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    Elaine MooreUser is Offline Veteran Member Veteran Member Posts:3822
    04 May 2022 03:13 PM
    The problem in Graves' with iodine is the production of TSH receptor antibodies not thyroid hormone. Lugol's is used to lower thyroid hormone levels due to the Wolff-Chaikoff effect. This is all in my book Graves' Disease, A Practical Guide. Amounts of iodine over 200 mcg daily cause the antibody production and that's the reason for avoiding more. Most practitioners who use iodine don't exceed the 200 mcg dosage. Best, Elaine
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