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When Asked, Do Your Research!

???????????????????????????????It is a gorgeous late summer day in Minnesota, one of a handful we get each year, but last night was a harbinger of colder days to come. I awoke to frost and, of course, the end to the fragile vegetables that grow in my garden.

I had plenty of warning of this impending rime of ice, so yesterday, with some reluctance I picked every tomato, ripe or not. Every pepper was plucked and the yellow summer squash was gently removed from the vines that would soon be dead. With a lot of reluctance I left my garden a mere shadow of its summer self.

I am always sad to see the seasons change and my once burgeoning garden die but, just like we humans must change, the seasons must morph from summer to autumn, autumn to winter, winter to spring and back to summer again. It’s the cycle of life.


Iodine or not?

Speaking of change helps me segue to my next topic. I had an interesting experience this week that has caused me to change my mind. I was asked to be a moderator on a thyroid group, to try to help people who have this perplexing disease. That is what Krisinsight is all about, so at first I jumped at the chance to help even more people but then turned it down.

Why you ask have I turned down this opportunity? It seems I turned it down because I am not up-to-date with the latest thinking on iodine. I had said I would help out but then decided I should make sure I agreed with the recommendations the group makes. In asking some questions I discovered that they recommend iodine supplementation. I am not a supporter of iodine supplementation and that did it for me, I turned them down.

You see, 4 years ago my mentor was a “no iodine if you have Hashimoto’s” kind of gal. Her thinking, which is still correct, was based on the fact that iodine supplementation can cause flare-ups of Hashimoto’s and believe me flare-ups are not pleasant. She used to tell all of us that our thyroid medication filled all of our iodine needs and any further iodine would just make us sick.

I have adhered to this philosophy pretty stringently and it has worked for me. However, I have done many things that have improved my health including taking T3-only and healing my adrenals with Paul Robinson’s Circadian method of taking T3. I got my electrolytes normalized by taking slow release potassium and Celtic sea salt. I regularly take selenium and two years ago I went completely gluten-free which was one of the best things I ever did.

It is really hard to pinpoint that one thing that has made the difference but the hard truth is I may be healthy enough now to start supplementing iodine.

My Iodine history

I have a good reason for being wary of iodine despite the fact that it helps our bodies fight disease. I did take iodine about four years ago and I took 50 mg of Iodoral upon recommendation of another thyroid site dealing with iodine and Dr. David Brownstein. The idea is you detox bad things and the iodine feeds your thyroid and you get healthy with no other intervention. (Keep in mind that is a very simplistic and succinct statement it is far more complicated.)

At the time I took iodine my TSH went up to 13 which has never been the case not even when I was first diagnosed with thyroid problems umpteen years ago. That scared me and I lowered my dose but did not stop taking it. Once I started following advice on the RT3 Yahoo group I gave up additional iodine completely.

On changing one’s mind

Fast forward to my thinking as of today, my mentor’s advice is still sound when dealing with really sick and fragile people but there has been good patient feedback, according to Janie Bowthorpe, with healthy people taking small doses of iodine (as little as 3 mg of iodine and up to 12.5 mg of iodine).

My mentor was also correct we do get iodine in our thyroid medication but the amount of iodine in thyroid medications like Cynomel/Cytomel and NDT is measured in mcg and is inadequate to provide enough for your body as “the body is made up of about 1500 mg of iodine in all our tissues”. With the constant bombardment of fluoride and bromide (we need iodine to push the fluoride and bromide out of our thyroid receptors) it is reasonable to think that we need more iodine (measured in mg) than our thyroid medication (measured in mcg) is providing.


In conclusion, it seems reasonable to me to start supplementing with iodine but in very small doses. I am going to start with capsules by Pure Encapsulations (If you would like to order from iHerb you can use my coupon code YAN884 and get a discount on your first order) that only provide mcg of additional iodine. I already supplement 200 mcg  of selenium which is a must (start with selenium and then add iodine if you want to try it). I am going to add additional B1 and B2 because iodine works synergistically with those co-factors and also Vitamin K (which is also needed to utilize Vitamin D).

My thinking, and no one else’s, is if a small dose has no ill-effect on me I will raise my dose and eventually take 6.25 mg but no more. High dose supplementation as recommended by Dr. Brownstein and others just did not work well for me and I do not care to repeat my experience.

I have always really respected Dr. Joe Mercola and his ability to rethink his advice. Over the years he has changed his recommendation on the amount of water one needs to drink, how much protein your body requires and even the type of exercise that is the most efficient. I think we really need to be willing to change. If patient’s are being helped with some iodine supplementation and not experiencing an autoimmune flare-up, my time has come.



P.S. My recent Vitamin D test result was lower than February’s result yet again. In March my result was 74 ng/ml August’s results were 61 ng/ml. Every summer it is the same, my result is lower than the winter result when I am using my Mercola Sunsplash D-lites. This has now been true for 5 years.



Keeping Track of the Trends

I am on my second oral thermometer now (I won’t even mention what happened to my first) and every day I spend up to 16 minutes taking my temperature, if I bother with a basal temperature, but I am more likely to spend about 12 minutes (sometimes in my car on my way to work). Why? To track the trends of my body, specifically the functionality of my thyroid and adrenal glands.

For instance, I can tell you that at the moment I am under treating my thyroid condition. My basal temperature (temperature measured before you are moving around, preferably before you get out of bed in the morning) is running around 97.8 (the normal range being 97.8-98.2), so I am “low normal”. Last week when I suddenly found I was taking too much thyroid medication I was closer to 98.2, so I surmise that 97.8 is a bit low but it is an improvement for me as I have been around 97.4 in the morning. There is a good reason for my slightly under medicating my thyroid but still my temperatures keep me apprised of the situation.

You might be surprised to hear that when my basal temperature is higher I actually feel cooler or at least more comfortable in my skin. This morning I popped  “il termometro” in my mouth around the time the birds chirped their first morning “cheers” and found my result close to 97.8. I threw off my covers because I was too warm and at that moment it dawned on me that I really shouldn’t be “too warm”. The room was about 50 degrees with windows wide open and an outside temperature of 45, the ceiling fan was on thus wafting cool air over my body and the sun was not yet up. I should be freezing cold but I am guessing that with my basal temperature slightly low my body was releasing adrenaline to warm me up. If my basal temperature is slightly higher my body sees no reason to release adrenaline and I stay comfortable if slightly cool under similar circumstances.

If my temperature is low normal or just plain low that will lead me to do a follow-up during the day because adrenaline rushes indicate that my adrenal glands are still struggling to keep up with my new Cynomel (T3 only) regimen. To check my adrenal health I need to check my temperature three times during the day, three hours after I get up, three hours after that and three hours after that ( something like 8:30, 11:30 and 14:30), always 20 minutes after any liquid has gone in my mouth and when I am and have been quietly sitting. You can download Dr. Rind’s Metabolic Temperature Graph and more accurately track your adrenal health but I believe I can also see a general trend. If my body temperatures are up and down and all over the place all day (I tend to be very low around noon) then my adrenals are experiencing stormy seas. If my temperatures are trending upward all day my adrenal glands are at peace with my other organs and my body is running like a sailing sloop on a perfect azure blue sea.

Another use for the thermometer is every time I make an increase to my Cynomel dosage. My temperature tends to drop the next day as my thyroid adjusts to the elevated T3 it is receiving. If  it doesn’t recover and remain stable within a few days then I know I may need to supplement my adrenals with Isocort (an adrenal supplement that contains freeze dried adrenal cortex,  echinacea, prunus spp, and lomatium dissectum root) or decrease my dose of Cynomel. I am very resistant to supplementing with Isocort as then I will have to “wean” my body off the Isocort when my adrenal glands are healthier. Also,I am already taking Iodoral and contrary to some opinions I think taking Iodoral is healing my adrenals as well as my thyroid and it will, and has, eventually helped my adrenals catch up as long as I don’t increase my dosage of Cynomel too quickly or by too much. If I track my temperatures for three days after they return to my stable but “low normal” I am ready for an increase but not too large an increase.

Speaking of “too large an increase” of Cynomel reminds me of another useful purpose for the thermometer if you bother to pay attention. I should have taken the clue last week when my temps were trending toward the “high normal” and I was ever naively increasing my T3 (Cynomel). I am new to this game of actually keeping track of my bodies functionality and basically just ignored the message my body was sending me by running “high normal”. After several days of a healthy dose, so I thought, of T3 (Cynomel) I was at work filing charts (alas another patient failed or canceled) and as I reached up to put a chart in its rightful place I felt dizzy and my hand had a slight but noticeable tremor. I went back to the employee lounge and sat down to take my pulse. It was running over 112 bpm, I was hot and sweaty, my bowels were cramping, and the light finally went on. I was clearly on too much T3 (about 72.5 mcg of Cynomel). That incident brought me back to reality rapidly, I had not listened to advice and had increased too quickly, so I skipped the next dose or maybe the next two doses on Friday. Saturday morning dawned with a feeling of normalcy. I was back to ground zero (about 37.5 mcg of Cynomel) but feeling much better.

The good news was my pulse was much more normal and consistently around 68-72 bpm, I was not hot and sweaty and my trembling hands were as steady as a rock. The bad news, however, was my body temperature took a polar plunge and has been consistently “low normal” ever since but, at the very least, I am now paying attention to what my body is telling me. It was just a gentle nudge to tell me I need to pay attention. I will not ever again turn a deaf ear to the clear and purposeful messages that my temperatures are telling me because a temperature speaks a thousand words.

Tracking the trends of your body temperature may seem a waste of time but I am here to say that without the ability to look at what my body is reacting to and how it is reacting to what I am feeding it I would not be improving. My heart would still be palpating, my weight would be burgeoning and I would slowly, but not deliberately, be killing my thyroid gland as well as destroying my adrenals and after that my recovery would become arduous if not impossible.

Here’s to tracking the trends to good health. See you in a couple of weeks.