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Is it Your Thyroid, the Fluoride… or the Mercury?

How many of us have been exposed to high amounts of fluoride, a non-essential mineral that compromises thyroid activity, and is a known mutagen, from sources we never thought possible?

If you’ve ever taken antacids, or antidepressants, including Paxil and Prozac, plus countless other medications, including fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro and Levaquin, or if you’ve had steroids in the hospital, or drank from a municipal water supply, or used toothpaste, you’ve been exposed to it. Fluoride is even in our air from coal combustion and steel production.

Just as mercury bioaccumulates from smaller to larger fish, and then into humans, fluoride does the same. For most of us, it’s in the pesticides on the vegetables and grains that most of us consume, then it appears in even higher concentrations in the animals we eat, who feed on these crops, and feedstocks like bonemeal.

So it’s clear there’s a problem. How big is it?

One interesting metric are the rates of thyroid cancers but we can also look at the increase in dental fluorosis, which is far more than a cosmetic issue if it’s “a developmental disturbance of dental enamel caused by excessive exposure to high concentrations of fluoride during tooth development.”

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Okay… onward!

Recently I started an iodine protocol, which you can read about HERE, largely because I had many symptoms of hypothyroidism, which developed after taking multiple doses of antibiotics like Cipro and Levaquin. Also, like many of us, I grew up chewing (and swallowing!) fluoride tablets to make my teeth stronger.

Iodine receptors get bound by fluoride, and iodine can remove it, thereby correcting a functional deficiency of iodine. It can also, quite often, give a big boost to thyroid function.

In my case, iodine unleashed a torrent of detoxing, mostly via the GI tract. Then, suddenly, I began to feel more energetic (although my fatigue is not gone yet), I had better sleep patterns, an increased libido, 75% less tinnitus, and (unexpectedly) relief from chronic fungal overgrowth – likely because my immune system could function again. It’s been quite a ride.

My only questions now are:

1. how long have I been hypothyroid, and

2. given how well I’ve responded to iodine supplementation… what can this protocol do for me in the long run?

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This is a serious question, indeed.

Where does one go from here?

If you listen to the naturopathic community, and a few doctors, Iodine chelates mercury, as well as fluoride, but conventional medicine is strangely mute on the subject. In basic chemical reactions, it seems to be the case, so why not in the body?

Perhaps I have two reasons to supplement with Lugol’s 2%, since mercury appears to cause its own thyroid issues. Hashimoto’s anyone? Who knew?

I’m a former 5-day-a-week consumer of seafood, so when I got my mercury levels checked they were “off the charts” as my doctor put it. I asked her how we could fix that and got a blank stare in return. My doctor paused for a moment, and then explained there was no diagnostic code for mercury toxicity, and therefore she had no way to treat it – at least within my health plan.

Sure, everyone has some burden of ingested toxins, it would be naive to assume otherwise, but I’ve got a body full of mercury and very likely fluoride, too. Readers here are familiar with my health problems, and how they came about. The tipping point was fluoroquinolones, but I’m sure mercury plays a role, too. The perfect storm of toxicity, and I’m very lucky to not have amalgam fillings, unlike so many others.

So what to do about this?

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That’s a question many of us are asking lately. We’re left alone to wonder: boron, Borax®, diatomaceous earth, bentonite clay, Zeolite, activated charcoal, grapefruit pectin, Modifilan (seaweed), psyllium husk, cilantro. How about the minerals, like magnesium?

The list of potential detoxifiers are endless, but what do we know about how they behave in the body? I’ve no doubt some can remove good metals and nutrients along with the bad, plus too much fluoride or mercury, unleashed too quickly, can burden the liver, kidneys, brain – everything.

So we need to be careful. We need to figure out what works for our given set of toxicities, and how to best approach it.

And that’s what I’ll be focusing on in an upcoming installment. Stay tuned.

 

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Mercury, Selenium, Fish… & Your Thyroid

Iodine Protocol: Still Working!

I’ve been taking iodine therapeutically since November 5, 2014, well over a month now, and experiencing some very solid benefits. For an explanation of why it may be helping so much, you can see the first installment here, and the second installment here.Movie A Dog’s Purpose (2017)

It’s still highly effective against fungal overgrowth. In fact, other than a slight hint of candida symptoms whenever I stop iodine for 48 hours or more, this chronic infection now feels totally under control. It’s impressive, considering how sick I have been with yeast issues for much of my adult life, after taking multiple rounds of Cipro and Levaquin antibiotics.

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I know of no better way to measure iodine’s impact than to say I was able to eat two bananas, on back to back nights, as a midnight snack last week. For years, even one bite would have brought on a torrent of yeast symptoms, such as itchy ears, skin eruptions, scalp problems, asthma, and… none of this happened. Instead, I now have a tasty new source of potassium in my diet.

Boosting thyroid function allows our innate immunity to kill candida – not such a crazy thought now, nor was it back in 1972, if you read this very interesting study linked here.

Most protocols start at high doses, such as 12.5 mg iodine, and then increase over time to as many as 50 mg or even 100 mg.

This is NOT what I’ve been doing.

I cannot stress it enough — for me, going low and slow has yielded the best results. If you read my first post, you’ll see I ramped up from 2.5 mg in water (using Lugol’s 2%, one drop per day) and over a two week period went to 12.5 mg for only a brief time. Yikes. Not good. Even with salt loading, as needed, my detox remained intense.

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It wasn’t uncommon for me to have diarrhea throughout the day, and this continued even at 7.5 mg iodine daily, or down to 5 mg. I did divided doses, added to distilled water, from morning until noon. Whatever the approach it was just too much, so I’ve since backed it way off… to right where I began… at 2.5 mg. This equates to only one drop of Lugol’s 2% Iodine solution, in a pint of distilled water, and I sip it during the first half of the day, to avoid any stimulating effects before bed.

Furthermore, rather than continuous daily use, I’m now trying it for 4 days on, 3 days off, which is considered “pulse dosing”, so my body can catch up on the detoxification process. My gut has always been my weakest link, and I encourage anyone who is doing an iodine protocol to not only listen to their body, but anticipate how their unique physiology may require adjustments to dosing.

Even on my iodine-free days, I continue to take the companion nutrients. Selenium is most important, from the standpoint of protecting the thyroid against harm, as with hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition. Chris Kresser has recommended a complex, containing a few types of selenium, Paul Jaminet feels most people will be able to get enough from food sources, others suggest eating brazil nuts, with a caveat: more than a few might cause an overdose of selenium.

What other types of nutritional support can help? Since the gut is most anyone’s primary detox pathway, I’m making sure I drink home-brewed kefir daily and take VSL #3 and Miyarisan Tablets for additional probiotics. I’m also adding plenty of resistant starch to my diet, to encourage the growth of healthy colonic bacteria.

So how about the bigger picture, the future? I’m driven by results, and right now candida symptoms are virtually gone, I’ve healed my constipation, I’m sleeping better (except when diarrhea has been active), my body temperature is much more even, and I no longer get chilled on warm days, I have fewer aches and pains, no more mucus or blood in stools (I’ve had ulcerative colitis since 2000).

Sounds like I’m correcting hypothyroidism, doesn’t it? My sinusitis is gone (fungal overgrowth-related), my vision is much sharper, my libido is back, my skin is clear, my hair is softer and no longer dry, tinnitus is gone about 75% of the time, my appetite is better, and I also feel “full” when I’ve eaten enough food. I also have virtually zero anxiety.

Basically, it’s as if all my body’s rhythms are in tune, and I’m running a little hotter. I feel hugely better. So, given this, my instinct is to resist the urge to push aggressively through what would probably be a rough detox. I’d rather spare my body that damage and be patient. After all, since I’m feeling so solid, what’s the rush? 🙂

If you’ve had a history of Cipro, Levaquin, or other fluoroquinolone antibiotics use, and are developing hypothyroid symptoms, you may have a functional iodine deficiency, due to iodine receptors being blocked by fluoride and other toxins, such as bromide, chlorine, and mercury. We have a group on Facebook now, for learning about ways to correct this problem. Whether you’re actively taking iodine, or just want to learn more about it, please feel free to join us. Also, your comments are appreciated here in the Hot Topics forum. Login, hit the “join group” button, and go. 🙂

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