Physicians Guy Abraham, MD, David Brownstein, MD, and Jorge Flechas, MD, have treated more than 4,000 patients with iodine supplementation. The protocol below is suggested by their writings and lectures. We acknowledge with appreciation their pioneering research and generous contributions to the field of Iodine Therapy. See references below the protocol.
"With Iodine Supplementation, hypothyroid and autoimmune thyroid symptoms improve. Cancer therapies are more effective when iodine deficiency is rectified. Most importantly, people feel better when the body is given the proper form and amounts of iodine." Dr. David Brownstein, MD
Iodine and Companion Nutrients
Step 1: Prime with Selenium for 2 weeks prior to introducing Iodine if you are hypo only and 2 months prior to iodine if you have Hashimoto's.
**Kidney Drainage Formula is a homeopathic remedy that opens this pathway of detoxification and clears the kidneys so that toxins can be removed from the Kidneys and continue to move through them.
Lugol's liquid or tablets start with 12.5 mgs (50mg minimum dose). Lugol Tablets is the Lugol's formula in tablet form especially designed to avoid gastric irritation.
Vitamin C: At least 3,000mg/day or to bowel tolerance. Should be taken at least 3-4 hours after iodine. Ascorbic acid is NOT vitamin C and absorbs only 10% by the body. Vitamin C from whole food is 100% absorbed by the body.
Magnesium For Thyroid: 350mg of Glycinate is best, or Citrate.
Selenium For Thyroid: 200mcgs of a whole food Selenium or Selenomethionine. *Whole food Selenium is better absorbed and least likely to become toxic in the body.
**Selenium can accumulate in the body and become toxic. Run an RBC Selenium test prior to starting Selenium. If your test result indicates a deficiency, start taking Selenium. If your result is mid-range, use it sparingly and re-check every 6 months. If your result is above the reference range, no selenium is needed, but re-test every 6 months while on iodine to stay on top of it.
THYROID SEA SALT
Salt Loading: 1/4 tsp. of salt mixed with 8oz of water, twice daily. Do this two days prior to starting iodine and after on an as needed basis to move bromide out of the tissues and to minimize herxing. *Repeat each time you increase your iodine dose.
**Pulse Dosing can also be used. Some people have more success with this method. Pulse dosing means stopping iodine for 48 hours while you continue the companion nutrients and salt loading to flush the kidneys.
ATP Energy: *For Fatigue and Low energy. Supplement is Vitamins B3 and B2.
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*Breast Cancer and Thyroid patients find the "start low, start slow strategy" is the most effective in sensitive cases. How low? One drop of Lugol's diluted with 10 drops of water applied to the skin, per day or even per week to start.
24 Hour Iodine Loading Test
This test is the GOLD STANDARD for assessing iodine deficiency in the body. Neither the skin patch test or a blood test are accurate.
Important: The following protocol should be implemented only under your doctor's supervision and monitored with the appropriate laboratory work and thyroid studies. Report any side effects to your physician. Do not take iodine if you are allergic to iodized salt.
Symptoms of Bromide Detox
Sluggishness / Lethargy
Bromoderma (acne) on face and hands
Disturbance of color perception
Sensitivity to light
Diarrhea / Constipation
Extensor Plantar Responses
Body Odor / Sweating