Is Iodine Safe for Hashimoto's?

June 10, 2019

Is Iodine Safe for Hashimoto's?

"I'm Hashimoto's in remission. Selenium definitely helped, as did optimising my vitamin D levels. In addition to Lynne Farrow's boosters and salt loading, I used vitamin E and optimised my electrolytes. The swelling is just cell waste that isn't being expelled properly. 

Been on the Iodine protocol over 4 years now. You'll love the stuff. The sooner you get started, the sooner you'll be in remission. I think some people get confused about post-scarcity effect / symptoms (p89 of Lynne's book). You WILL experience a sore throat/swelling, but follow the protocol/boosters/detox properly and it passes. -- Cheri V. 

Discover a vital missing piece in the debate about iodine and Hashimoto's 

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a condition where the immune system attacks enzymes within the thyroid gland which can impair function and damage thyroid cells. Within the medical community there has been strong disagreement about whether iodine is safe for Hashimoto's.

Some experts like Chris Kresser and Dr David Clarkfirmly oppose the idea of iodine for Hashimoto’s.

Yet on the opposite end of the debate, the founders of the Iodine Protocol, Dr Guy Abraham and Dr Jorge Flechas list iodine as the most valuable tool to use in Hashimoto’s. How can there be such a difference of opinion? And who can we trust?

One might also ask, why are some doctors having such good results in treating Hashimoto’s patients with iodine?

The answers is quite simple. The key difference in the iodine and Hashimoto's debate is selenium.

"I have Hashimoto's and have been on the iodine protocol for almost 7 years. One of the things I noticed is that my knees didn't bother me any more. These days I take a fairly large maintenance dose--75mg/day (plus all the supplements). Every time I have tried to decrease it, I get achy knees again." -- Cheryl B.

As part of the Iodine Protocol, the founding doctors recommend selenium as a companion with iodine. Adding this one mineral, selenium, changes the entire picture.

In the presence of selenium deficiency, Chen et al (2007) demonstrated that iodine increased the levels of circulating lymphocytes, which may enhance an immune attack including autoimmune attacks. 

However, the scientists found that providing extra selenium, as well as the iodine, totally reversed this autoimmune attack trend, and allowed the subjects to consume iodine at high levels without altering the immune parameters.(1) This meant patients received all the benefits of iodine, but none of the problems. (2)

According to top British Practitioner, Marek Doyle, high dose iodine has been used in his practice since 2008 treating countless individuals, including patients with Hashimoto’s. In combination with high dose iodine, they always provide selenium and sea salt, an in some cases, increased Vitamin C.

In Doyles’ practice, since 2013, there were only two instances where patients experienced an increase in antibody count after using high dose iodine. However, both cases showed issues with oxalates. Once the oxalates issues were addressed, iodine was tolerated positively.

According to Doyle, there is strong scientific evidence and clinical experience for iodine use with selenium for Hashimoto's. Iodine is safe, beneficial and often necessary to rebalance the thyroid function in Hashimoto’s. (3)

1. Chen X et al (2007). Effect of excessive iodine on immune function of lymphocytes and intervention with selenium. J Huazhong Univ Sci Technolog Med Sci. Aug;27(4):422-5.

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