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    If you remove all grains and other commercial goods from your diet, watch your iodine intake!
    Especially if you remove dairy too!
    Make sure you eat iodine rich foods, such as fish, cod in particular, which is high in iodine.
    I failed to consider consider this properly and now I have another problem

    I am now iodine deficient, despite having a small amount in my multivitamin/mineral.
    I have been struggling with histamine for a long time now and cut out fish.
    Terrible mistake.
    New symptoms appeared, and a recent test revealed hypothyroidism. It is most likely caused by the iodine deficiency.
    Yet, keeping to my usual theme of extreme adverse reactions, even tiny amounts of iodine supplementation ( I am talking micrograms) caused my face to flush so badly, I went purple. I was horrified and months later, still haven't fully recovered.
    Most people don't react like this.

    Me aside, I just wanted to put it out there... those who are enthusiastically cutting out grains, etc, for a paleo type diet, don't forget the iodine factor. In fact, don't forget that today's foods are likely not full of the nutrients that were present in years gone by.

    Once iodine deficiency sets in, infections can increase. Nerve function is affected. Flushing involves nerves.

    I often mention Dr Paul Jaminet in posts. (of the perfect health diet). He has classic rosacea, but it is much improved now. Not gone completely however. He has said to me on several occasions, that he believes that thyroid dysfunction, even on a subtle level plays a role in vascular rosacea and he bet I had a problem somewhere along the line. I have had vague symptoms for some time.
    He was certain I was iodine deficient. And probably selenium, perhaps zinc deficient too. (Cofactors)

    He was right. I am iodine deficient.
    Not sure about the selenium/zinc yet. I have tried supplementing with it in the past, but again, I had adverse reactions.
    For me it probably means starting with tiny doses. Really tiny doses.

    In my particular case, I do have sysmetic infections as well and they too can affect thyroid function.
    However, when there is an iodine deficiency, it is really a bonus for the enemy invaders.
    Previous Numerous IPL, ZZ cream.
    Supplements: Vit K2, High Dose Vit C, BHCL, Digestive Enzymes, Ionic trace mineral drops, low dose iodine to correct deficiency.
    Skin Care: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, or ZZ soap.

    Treating for gut infections under specialist care. (This is helping).
    GAPS diet foods/no probiotics.

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    Yup.. good sleuthing there. Sorry to hear even a small amount of the supplement causes you to react. Your poor system must be shot. I have been taking 65 mg's of potassium iodide and selenium (it helps the iodine be absorbed) and it's made a big difference for all the reasons you listed. It's another common deficiency. Many alternative Docs say the RDA is set too low. So try taking it and see if after a few weeks you don't see a major improvement in temp control, mood, sleep, energy levels etc...

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    Have you tried iodine in a complex form rather than potassium iodide?

    I'm thinking of sea vegetables (sea weed) so popular with the Japanese and which can make some delicious meals. Nori wrapped sushi immediately comes to mind but there is a whole cuisine that makes sea vegetables at least part of their ingredients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnabetts View Post
    Have you tried iodine in a complex form rather than potassium iodide?

    I'm thinking of sea vegetables (sea weed) so popular with the Japanese and which can make some delicious meals. Nori wrapped sushi immediately comes to mind but there is a whole cuisine that makes sea vegetables at least part of their ingredients.
    Yes John, I meant to also mention I add kelp to my food all the time. You make an excellent point about how nutrients come as part of a collection of elements that must stay together to be beneficial to the body. Finding them in their most natural state is critical.

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