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I'd be very careful with iodine supplementation and thyroid disease. Many women are thrown into thyroid crisis as a result, due to undetected Hashimoto's disease.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune thyroid disease based on a dysfunctional immune system in which your thyroid is being attacked by your immune system via antibodies. The thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPOAb) characteristic of Hashimoto's disease were detected in about half of pregnant women with subclinical hypothyroidism, and in more than 80% of women with overt hypothyroidism.
Stop the thyroid madness: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos/
Dr. Kharrazian re: Iodine and Hashimoto's: http://thyroidbook.com/blog/iodine-and-hashimotos/
Dr. Kharrazian re: Iodine and autoimmune disease: http://drknews.com/some-studies-on-iodine-and-autoimmune-thyroid-di...
The hormones are all interconnected: thyroid, cortisol, progesterone, testosterone and estrogen. Heavy metals and halides block the thyroid receptors. Iodine deficiency can be a variable in hypothyroid issues. Iodine deficiency can be a result of blocked thyroid receptors, also. Autoimmune issues due to impaired nutrient absorption, assaulted immune system due to unrecognized allergies (often due to wheat/gluten), imbalanced gut microbials, etc. could be addressed.
I would much prefer to see women naturally balance their hormones through nutrient support with whole foods and herbal adaptogens which support the body with a multitude of phytochemicals and natural constituents.
Acupuncture, homeopathy, herbalism, TCM herbs are other natural routes to consider for hormonal balancing acutely. Decreasing stress, increasing sunshine, walking and gradual increase in exercise, deep breathing, alkalizing the body naturally with plant foods; balancing the gut microbials; including essential fatty acids in natural forms; decreasing Omega 6 fatty acids; decreasing toxins such as fluoride, chlorine, bromides (in processed foods); decreasing BPA and other xenoestrogens; increasing hydration; adding heavy-metal tested sea vegetables; herbal infusions and minerals in sea salt are all NATURAL healing alternatives to consider.
Additionally, it is important to consume co-nutrient food sources of selenium to help bind heavy metals displaced by the iodine. And chloride (magnesium chloride or sodium chloride) to help escort the halides out.
Adaptogen herbs can help the body's hormone balance. Kelp can help thyroid issues holistically with natural iodine and selenium sources. Also, address the underling causes, such as adrenal exhaustion, estrogen dominance or halide toxin exposures (food additives such as bromides, fluoride, chlorine, etc.).
Even Chris Kresser cautions about iodine supplementation. Although, I would not risk an iodine challenge test, if I had known or unknown mercury issues. http://chriskresser.com/iodine-for-hypothyroidism-like-gasoline-on-...
Here are 621 medical research articles from the US National Library of Medicine regarding natural alternatives and breast cancer: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/guide/health-guide-breast-cancer