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iodine

I have hypothyroidism, coeliac disease and associated hashimotos disease.. Recently I had hives which I associated with a stressful situation and then a cold weather change. The hives went but I am very slow to recover from a cold and I have a rash on the back of my scalp. so I now take pig thyroid from Thailand which can just be chewed so no fillers, coatings etc and is partly absorbed sub lingually..

What I am curious about is why we are not advised to take iodine as it is the raw material the thyroid has to work with and most of our modern diets are low in it. Also much of our water contains chlorine and fluoride, both halogens - each in turn prevents the uptake of the next halogen on the periodical table, and iodine is the one after those two!.
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It seems that too much iodine could aggravate Hashimoto's thyroiditis. If you are low in iodine then supplement carefully as you do need a certain amount of iodine daily. The 24 hour urinary iodine load test is the gold standard for iodine testing.
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Iodine can be contraindicated with Hashi's because it can exacerbate the autoimmune response.  Thyroglobulin (TG) is the protein precursor of T4.  Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) is the enzyme that catalyzes the bonding that attaches iodine to TG, making T4.  The antibodies associated with Hashi's attack TG and TPO.  When iodine is increased, TG and TPO increase as well.  TPOab and TGab respond to the added threat by increasing.  When that happens, thyroid hormone levels can actually fall.
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