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Unread 05-02-2012, 04:54 PM   #1
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Unread 05-02-2012, 05:18 PM   #2
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Here is a very complete monograph:

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocente...tml#deficiency

There would be goiter I would think in adults with low iodine.

I use sea kelp which has 150mcg/tablet fairly often, because my hypothyroid in the past was a goiter on the right lobe and I don't use iodized salt. (I do not salt food and most commercial salt is non-iodized). I use the kelp more in winter than warm months and it seems to help.

Beware of high iodine intake... this monograph suggests hyperthyroidism may result.
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We like these seaweed snacks. I like the taste. I eat a few each day and I love miso soup and nori in food. We get these at the store, but this is what they are.

http://www.amazon.com/Annie-Chuns-Se...bxgy_gro_img_b
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Unread 05-04-2012, 07:41 PM   #4
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We like these seaweed snacks. I like the taste. I eat a few each day and I love miso soup and nori in food. We get these at the store, but this is what they are.

http://www.amazon.com/Annie-Chuns-Se...bxgy_gro_img_b
The Japanese love their seaweed (?) and their lack of iodine deficiency is often cited in medical discussion on this topic.

Until about a month ago, I knew almost nothing about iodine. I vaguely remember a science class about it or where we did some basic experiment, but that was about 30 years ago.

It doesn't come up in health discussions very much.

The thing that caught my attention is that it is in, or supposed to be in, every cell in the human body. That's pretty serious. The last thing I studied that is in, or supposed to be in every cell is magnesium, and that is involved in over 325 enzymatic processes.

What if iodine is involved in over 325, too?

Then I found this comment online:

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Iodine is a vital nutrient for good health. Not only is iodine critical for thyroid gland function and body metabolism, it’s also essential for reproductive tissue health. The breasts, uterus and prostate require very large amounts of iodine. It’s also needed for healthy skin, eyes and nerve function. In fact every cell of the body needs some iodine.
http://www.naturalbodyhealing.com/io...egetables.html

So what if our nerves don't get enough iodine? What happens then?

Is Japan a country with relatively low rates of peripheral neuropathy as well as cancer?

So far there are indications iodine plays at least an indirect role in PN, if not also a direct one, via hypothyroidism/metabolism:

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Taking Iodide tends to intensify the symptoms (itching and numbness) because in counteracting the hypothyroidism, it also restores more normal nerve metabolism. As more normal metabolism is restored, peripheral nerve cells that had been damaged, or nearly killed, from slow metabolism, start reviving.
http://iodine4health.com/overviews/uses/ford_uses.htm

The other thing that caught my attention is iodine is a powerful antioxidant. I seem to recall a lot of people with PN here take antioxidants.

I suspect the more protection we have for our cells, the less chance of nerve damage and/or greater chance of recovery.

I like to think of iodine as a SWAT Team - dramatic and powerful. It can apparently take out parasites, fungus, mold, etc., quickly and efficiently. No single-celled thing can survive.

I am on Day 4 of supplementing with it; so I'm reading everything I can about it.

One of the leading authorities on iodine deficiency, Dr. David Brownstein, self-publishes his books on health. That concerns me a little. It's clear as you read his writing, it lacks a rigorous edit, as well as peer review. He also has a controversial idea on another health subject, detox, where he seems to think you can sweat out toxins. A lot of medical people don't believe that.

Serious iodine thread here currently at 230 pages:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45205.html
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I just found this old link and I was looking for a connection with Iodine and Nerve Damage/Pain and it's been discussed here before. Iodine is needed for every body tissue and one of the commentors above mentioned this and I've read this many times.

I'm involved with an iodine group and personally have been supplementing with Iosol iodine for over 5 yrs give or take. I believe americans are pretty low in iodine and there are books out there too on this. Dr. Brownstein has one on Iodine Deficiency.

Dr. David Williams talks about this in his Alternatives Newsletter and I follow him for years...so took his advice on Iosol.

I know when I have not taken my iodine for a week or so, I would end up with breast pain and tenderness....So NOW, I never skip a day of my 3-5 drops of Iosol in distilled water..

There are some informative links above and thinking getting iodine in the body COULD help reduce nerve pain issues.

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Reading more on iodine/neuropathy and there is a lot to read and also the importance of the B vitamins and Vit C.

Thinking back to my personal 10 yr struggle trying to get a HypoT dx and the doc kept telling me my labs were "normal".... and I had 10 yrs of depression...well when my D.O. finally got me on Armour in 2002 the depression lifted....BUT thinking now to back in 1991, I was most likely iodine deficient then. I'm not huge on seafoods. Eat some but nothing like the asians. So it comes together more and more.

Do the reading, there is a lot.
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I have come across a few articles promoting iodine for PN treatment. I've been taking 300 mcg/day in the form of sea kelp for a few months, as part of my supplement routine. I can't say things are getting any better, but at least they aren't getting much worse either. Whether that has anything to do with the iodine, I can't say - but its cheap and doesn't seem to be harmful if you stick to moderate doses.

I'm not sure I'd do the mega-dosing that some site promote though. Seems like that would be asking for trouble.
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