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Posted on 03-19-2013

Many people are iodine deficient and don’t even know it.  From the 1900’s to 1960’s most physicians used Lugol’s solution in their practices for treatment of many health conditions from hypo- and hyperthyroid to obesity and heart arrhythmias.  However, many doctor’s today have forgotten about the many health benefits of iodine.

Iodine is detected in every organ in the body, with high levels found in the thyroid, liver, lung, heart and adrenal glands.  The highest iodine concentrations are found in the fat and muscle tissues.  Long term use of Synthroid is also associated with low thyroid and tissue iodine levels, as well as increased rates of cancer.  Iodine supplementation can decrease the need for thyroid hormone medications.

Adequate iodine can lower TSH readings, increase excretion of toxins through the kidneys, enhance liver detoxification, help control diabetes and blood pressure, improve fibrocystic breast disease, improve menopausal symptoms, reduce heart arrhythmias and cancer rates.  In fact one the most popular drugs used to treat atrial fibrillation, Amiodarone, is iodine in a toxic, sustained release form.  It is much safer, however to use a more natural form of iodine such as Prolamine (3 mg/tablet) or Iodoral (12 mg/tablet).  For people with a serious iodine deficiency, the recommended dosage is 1 tablet daily, increasing by 1 tablet each week until you are taking 4 daily.  This dose should be maintained for at least 3 months.

There are several ways to determine your need for iodine.  An Indican Test can be performed on urine to check current status.  A simpler and less expensive way to determine your need for iodine supplementation is the Patch Test.  Buy a bottle of Tincture of Iodine at your local drug store and paint a 2” square spot on your inner arm.  If it disappears in less than 8 hours, you desperately need iodine.  If it disappears in 24 hours, you also need iodine.  If it simply stays on your arm and begins to fade in color after a full 24 hours, you have already reached iodine sufficiency.  You can retest every 1 to 2 weeks and use the results to determine your individual dosage.

Some individuals may be iodine sensitive.  If you develop skin irritations, watery eyes, nose, nervousness or headache, you should discontinue use.   If your heart begins to race, you should also discontinue use.

Iodine is one of the most overlooked deficiencies in the American diet.  I encourage you to check your current level, supplement as needed, watch for improvements and see if iodine therapy is the missing link in your stubborn health problems.

If you have any further questions about iodine supplementation or would like to obtain Iodoral to supplement your iodine levels, you may contact Dr. Kimberly Bender at 727-559-7881.

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