The Dangers of Iodine!
The problem with iodine is if you walk into a health food store and ask the store clerk (who usually has no medical background and has no idea what tests need to be run), “I have a thyroid condition. How can I help myself?” They’ll probably give you iodine, which is one of the WORST things that you can do!
According to one of the foremost leading thyroid experts and author of the book, Why Do I Still Have My Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal, Dr. Datis Kharrazian, taking iodine is like throwing gasoline on a fire. Iodine is a red hot supplement these days and as we’ve mentioned, if you walk into any health food store and tell the clerk that you have a thyroid condition, the first thing they’re going to reach for is an iodine supplement. This is the worst thing that you can do, so don’t do it! Check your multi-vitamin; does it contain iodine? If so, do not take it. It could make you worse.
Granted, iodine is vital to thyroid function. It’s a major co-factor and stimulator for the enzyme TPO, but for a person with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, for a person with an auto-immune thyroid, for a person where their immune system is attacking their thyroid, supplementing with iodine is literally throwing gasoline on a fire.
Iodine stimulates production of TPO. This, in turn, increases levels of TPO antibodies dramatically, which indicates an autoimmune flare-up. Some people develop symptoms of an overactive thyroid, while others have no symptoms despite the tests showing elevated levels of TPO antibodies; this is why you need to run the tests. We always advise anyone with an autoimmune thyroid or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis to avoid supplements containing iodine–and yes, this also includes multi-vitamins.
You would be amazed at how many people walk into our door with severe thyroid conditions and they’re taking a multi-vitamin and many other supplements, thinking they’re helping themselves and they’re actually hurting themselves because they’re making their condition worse.
They’re over-stimulating or exceeding metabolic capacity of their immune system and it’s causing a “massive fire” that attacks their thyroid. Now we know this seems confusing, but the reality is that most health food store clerks have no idea of the testing that needs to be done to get a thorough work-up completed on a Hashimoto’s thyroid patient.
We’re going to be addressing those tests in future secrets but, trust us, you need a thorough work-up. In fact, most patients who are suffering with chronic thyroid problems, who are taking medications and they still have symptoms even though their lab tests are “normal,” need a thorough work-up. They need to have the tests done.
Don’t suffer another minute! Call Dr. Dranko or Dr. Gorlesky at (919) 556-1033 to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation Meet & Greet today!