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My Question is about Thyroid and Iodine

By December 23, 2011 - 7:35pm
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Hi, Their is something I really would like to know about which is I experience symptoms of hypothyroidism and I when I've been to an endocrinologist for this matter I had blood test for many reasons and she told me everything is normal.

Since everything is normal I still experience these symptoms. I know a certain doctor who told me thyroid and Iodine are important together and when I mentioned this to my primary physician they didn't quite understand why iodine is important. I know two different doctors who gave me a bunch of information about thyroid and iodine are important and that I need to have Iodine. I want to know what do you think is best I can do? Is their something I can say to my primary physician to make them understand to test me for Iodine?

I'm very intolerant to the cold weather and I know it's a symptom of hypothyroid. I actually did an Iodine self test by putting Iodine antiseptic tincture on my skin and said if up to 24 hours it goes away means your defficient in Iodine. I tried this and mine went away by end of the day. I got surprised by trying this.

I really appreciate your opinion in what I can tell my doctor.

Thank You,

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Okay thank you for your reply.

December 25, 2011 - 8:17pm

Thanks for your reply. I had blood test done and they show they are normal but I didn't get solution though. I'm sure I'm deficient in Iodine because I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. I don't know what I should tell my doctor to make him understand to do testing for Iodine. What do you think is best I say? I really can't tolerate the way I feel because I'm very intolerable with the cold weather. Please let me know soon.


December 24, 2011 - 4:02pm
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Being intolerant to cold weather does not mean you are deficient in iodine or that you have hypothyroidism- if you have been tested for hypothyroidism and your thyroid levels are normal then you are NOT iodine deficient or have hypothyroidism. This can be caused by something else and you should ask your doctor to help you explore your options.

Good Luck,


December 25, 2011 - 12:20pm

Hi Melissa,

The link between iodine and hypothyroidism is that Iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism. Your doctor may not be concerned about your iodine levels because you do not have hypothyroidism. The iodine skin-test is not a reliable test and is not a good marker to test for iodine deficiency--there are also no reliable medical tests for it. A good and reliable test would be testing your thyroid levels, which your doctor has already done. 

Your body does not produce idodine, therefore it relies solely on your diet. Here are some foods that you can add to your diet if, for whatever reason, you suspect iodine deficiency: 

the use of Iodized table salt 




saltwater fish

cow's milk


ice cream

soy milk

soy sauce

I hope this answers your question,


December 24, 2011 - 7:59am
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