I've had auto-immune thyroid disease since 2007.
Iodine is helpful IF you don't have an autoimmune cause.
That may be all you need.
But if you have autoimmune thyroid disease, its not a good idea... in that case you'll need thyroid hormone supplementation in the form of a prescription. Most cases of thyroid pathology is auto-immune... the figures are as high as 80%-90%.
Please check BOTH your anti- TPO and anti-Thyroglobulin antibodies as you may have one and not the other. They generally don't test for anti-thryoglobulin if you don't test positive for TPO.
Like Sherio said, gluten (found in wheat, barley, rye) is thought by some to be the cause of some cases of autoimmune thyroid diseases. What happens is that the gluten (a protein) leaks from gut into the blood stream. Proteins are NOT supposed to come into the body, only "digested" protein, that is the amino acids they are made of. Foreign proteins are seen by the body as invaders... proteins are how the body identifies virus and bacteria for elimination. Gluten apparently looks a lot like the substances that are made in the thyroid,(TPO and thyroglobulin) to create thyroid hormone.
The immune system can mistake these critical thyroid ingredients as invaders, and attack them, causing damage to the surrounding thyroid tissue. This process causes nodules, fibrous non-functioning scar tissue in the thyroid, and sometimes goiter (an enlarged fibrous thyroid).
Adding iodine if you have an auto-immune etiology is like adding gasoline to a fire. You do need some, though... the RDA is 150 mcgs.
Here's something about it:thyroid.about.com/od/isthatso/f/iodine.htm
Make sure you are getting adequate selenium at the same time since selenium tends to offset the autoimmunity response. You can take a brazil nut a day if you're not allergic to nuts.
Hope this isn't too much information to digest!
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 4/30/2013 (15:18)
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