Iodine Rescue

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Supportive Function: Iodine is one of the 14 essential minerals that are crucial to the growth and production of bones, teeth, hair, blood, nerves, skin, enzymes, hormones, etc. Iodine is also important for the healthy functioning of a multitude of biochemical processes, including hormonal balance but especially thyroid pathways; Iodine is incorporated into the thyroid hormones.

Sufficient Iodine is essential to good health. Although the primary function of Iodine is in the production to thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland, many other organs require Iodine for optimal function. Iodine deficiency is associated with reduced mental performance, fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer. Iodine is known as a potent antioxidant (References can be provided on request).

It is estimated that 15% of American women are below the World Health Organization’s classification for Iodine sufficiency and this is a conservative estimate and almost one third of the world’s population lives in areas of iodine deficiency. The most recent trend in the US is a 50% reduction in urinary iodine excretion between 1970 and 1990.

The RDA for iodine is 150 mcg/day, which pales in comparison with the daily average intake of 13.8 mg/day for the mainland Japanese population. The mainland Japanese consume on the average 92 times the US RDA and have reduced rates of many chronic diseases. In fact, the optimal iodine consumption level has never been determined; yet, the incidence of breast cancer is much lower in the Japan.

In 1829 Jean Lugol, a French physician, discovered a method to dissolve iodine in an aqueous solution. This is known as Lugol’s solution and has been used for a myriad of maladies for more than 150 years. The collective experience of clinicians over this period led to a recommended daily amount of Lugol’s equivalent to be 12.5- 37.5 mgs, which so happens to be the recommended dosage to maintain whole body sufficiency using the recently developed iodine/iodide loading test.
Clinical Applications Research: FAQ About Iodine:

Should I Take Iodide Or Iodine and In What Form, Liquid Or Tablets? Iodine and iodide are the same element and they are used interchangeably here, the only difference in the two is one electron. Dietary iodine is changed to iodide in the GI tract, and back to iodine in the cell. Potassium iodide (KI) is extremely bio available and has proven to be an efficacious supplement for iodine repletion.

Liquid forms of Iodine/Iodide (Lugol’s) and of potassium iodide (SSKI) have similar efficacy, however, they may have a metallic taste, can stain clothing, may cause gastric irritation and can vary in accurate delivery. However, a tablet form consisting of potassium iodide (KI) (providing 76.45% iodine) is more precise and pleasant to ingest. Nutri-West’s Iodine Rescue has the advantage of being coated to pass by the taste buds without ill effect and will not stain clothing or cause gastric upset. Tablets travel more easily and do not cause problems with airport security.

The RDA for Iodine Is 150 mcg: Don’t I Get Enough in My Diet? No, the iodine in salt is just enough to prevent goiter and severe mental retardation. Therapeutic doses are much higher. The mainland Japanese diet provides a daily average of 13,800 mcg: which is 92 times the RDA. In fact, in Europe, the RDA for iodine in cats is 150 mcg. Since bromine knocks iodine off receptors and it is prevalent in our environment (bakery items, hot tubs, i phones, etc.), it increases iodine deficiency.

How Can I Determine a Clinical Deficiency in Iodine? A conservative estimate is that 30% of the general population is iodine insufficient. Some physicians report up to 90% of their patients showing insufficiency. Signs and symptoms of iodine deficiency include thyroid problems (both hypo- and hyper-), goiter, impaired immune system, etc. Iodine deficiency is associated with many conditions, including fibroids, fibrocystic breast disease, cardiac arrhythmias, adult onset diabetes, arthritis, weight imbalances, and many more.

Can’t I Just Use the Iodine Skin Test Instead of the Iodine Load/Urine Test for Determining a Deficiency in Iodine? No, the skin test does not accurately assess body tissue stores; it reflects local absorption at that site. 88% of iodine applied to the skin will evaporate; only 12% is absorbed. “The iodine patch test is not a reliable method to assess whole body insufficiency for iodine. Many factors play a role in the disappearance of the yellow color of iodine from the surface of the skin… the iodine/iodide loading test is much more accurate” (Guy Abrahams MD) (10). Utilizing an Iodine Load/Urine Test provides documentation for patient records, for insurance, for protocol rationale, and for liability support (you must have a health practice to order the Iodine test).

I’ve Heard That the Thyroid Prefers Iodide and the Breast Prefers Iodine. Multiple studies and clinical observations show that the efficacy of Iodide vs. Iodine is statistically the same regardless of the tissue involved.

Can Iodine Deficiency Cause Estrogen Dominance? Yes. It is believed that estrogen receptors are more sensitive to estrogen when a person is iodine deficient. In fact, Stadel found that a diet low in iodine can lead to a hyperestrogen state with high estrone and estradiol and a low estriol to estrone ratio that can increase the risk for cancer. Other researchers report: “This paper reviews evidence showing iodine as an antioxidant and antiproliferative agent contributing to the integrity of a normal mammary gland. Seaweed is an important dietary component in Asian communities and a rich source of iodine. The high consumption of this element has been associated with the low incidence of benign and cancer breast disease in Japanese women. In animal and human studies, iodine supplementation exerts a suppressive effect on the development and size of both benign and cancer neoplasias. This effect is accompanied by a significant reduction in cellular lipoperoxidation. Iodine, in addition to its incorporation into thyroid hormones, is bound into antiproliferative iodolipids in the thyroid called iodolactones, which may also play a role in the proliferative control of mammary gland. We propose that an iodine supplement should be considered as an adjuvant in breast cancer therapy” (Aceves C, Anguiano B, Delgado G. Is iodine a gatekeeper of the integrity of the mammary gland? J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia. 2005 Apr;10(2):189-96).

Some People Still Believe We Get Enough Iodine From Salt and Our Diet; How Do I Justify Using Larger Doses? The proof is in the pudding. A lab test conducted by an MD verifying iodine deficiency and clinical results/improved lab reports after supplementation speaks volumes.

What About Allergies to Iodine? The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has issued a position statement on the rarity of a true iodine allergic reaction. They state that people who react to iodine-containing intravenous contrast material, skin preparations and shell fish are reacting allergically to a component other than the iodine (position statement, Feb. 24, 2004).

What Are the Possible Side Effects? Dr. Guy Abraham clearly describes the known risk to iodine supplementation and reports that adverse effects are extremely uncommon if not non-existent in the doses in the ranges suggested here (14). Potential adverse effects related to iodide include: Thyrotoxicosis; iodine-induced goiter; brassy taste; increased salivation; coryza (symptoms of a head cold); sneezing; headache; mild acneiform lesions in the seborrheic areas. Since bromine toxicity is common (bromine replaced iodine in breads and other bakery items in the 70’s and most people are exposed to high levels), there may be symptoms of bromine detox. Detoxification consists of mobilization, binding and removal. Detoxes should always be monitored; if toxins are being bound and removed it should alleviate detox symptoms. If symptoms occur, reducing the dosage (reduces mobilization) and increasing nutritional support helps (Nutri-West’s Total Systemic D-Tox, Complete Glutathione, Complete Omega 3 Essentials 2:1 or Complete Hi-Potency Omega 3 Liquid are all good detox products). As with any protocol, if any ill effects are suspected, stop taking the product and check with your practitioner.

Some Claim That the Relatively High Doses of Iodine Used In Orthoiodosupplementation May Lead to Hypothyroidism, Goiter or Other Thyroid Problems. “This just is not the case. A review of the literature revealed that the organic forms of iodine were involved in most of these complications (editor’s note: even though “organic” is usually a good thing, it is not when it comes to the form of iodine supplementation you want). Iodine intake has fallen over 50% in the U.S. over the last 30 years. During this same time, major increases in diabetes, hypertension, obesity, breast and thyroid cancer, and other thyroid disorders, have been reported. It appears to us that iodine deficiency, not iodine excess may be responsible for the increase of these conditions” (Dr. Guy Abraham, MD). Again, utilizing a Iodine Load/Urine Test can be helpful, and monitoring lab tests can help to document clinical improvement.

Dr. Alan Gaby points out that absence of iodine side effects is most likely correlated to utilizing a comprehensive nutritional program. Suggestions have included nutrients such as vitamin C and magnesium (Nutri-West has C-1000 TR and Aspartic-Mag). See above question for diminishing effects due to bromine detox.

What Are the Drug Interactions? Because of the high iodine content of the drug amiodarone, the thyroid gland is effectively saturated, thus preventing further uptake of isotopes of iodine. Supplementing with additional iodine is generally not warranted. Diuretics (like amiloride, spironolactone or triamterene) can raise potassium levels, and additional potassium may not be warranted.

Are Some People Especially Sensitive to the Adverse Effects of Iodine? Technically it is correct to say that some will be especially sensitive, just as some people are more sensitive to vitamin C therapy. If someone is immune-compromised or toxic from excess bromine exposure for instance, they may be more susceptible to adverse effects. If there is any question, careful monitoring, individualized doses, proper follow-up visits and lab testing can help minimize adverse effects.

What about Pregnancy/Breast-Feeding? There is a good review suggesting iodine supplementation in pregnancy (18), however, since there are limited studies, we suggest erring on the side of caution and avoiding in pregnancy and breast-feeding.

What About Supplementing in Children? Most studies have not been conducted in children. As with those who are especially sensitive to the adverse effects of iodine, careful monitoring, individualized doses, proper follow-up visits and lab testing can help minimize adverse effects.

What If I’m On Thyroid Meds? Once the body iodine stores are replete, a lower dose or complete cessation of the medication is possible (consult your physician). Lab tests are suggested for monitoring.

What If TSH Levels Go Up? Please keep in mind that the need for more iodine symporters (to bring iodine into the cell) during iodine repletion can temporarily raise TSH levels (because TSH functions to increase the symporters). This can occur for up to six months after iodine supplementation, especially when the deficiency was more pronounced and should not be a concern when other lab parameters are normal.
Contraindications: See the relevant references in FAQs.
Ingredients: Each Tablet Contains: Iodine (as potassium iodide) 12,500 mcg. Proprietary blend 40 mg* of: Colloidal Silica.
Vegetarian: Yes
Suggested Dosage: 1 tablet daily or as directed.
Pack: 90 Tablets
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