About six weeks ago I decided to use Lugol’s Idodine (2%) solution to help get rid of a little mole (more like a wart) on my leg that was bugging me. I had done extensive reading about Iodine and how well it works to eradicate little skin things, and decided to try it before shlepping off to a dermatologist. I read a lot about supplementing with iodine and the pros and cons and decided, being a vegetarian who eats no seafood, a little extra Iodine probably wouldn’t hurt me. Even though I only use it on my skin, I knew it would be absorbed into my body. It takes longer for the iodine to be absorbed and works almost like a slow-release supplement.
So the good news is that the little mole is disappearing and the Lugol’s really works. But the bad news, I think, is that I’ve probably overdone the Iodine. My body feels as if it is always running hot, much hotter than usual, and I’m having an amazing number of hot flashes in a day, which seems to coincide with the recent addition of the iodine.
Why do I think it’s the iodine? Well, for one thing I’ve been doing so well for months on my clean diet and supplements that I’ve hardly had a flash. Another thing is that too much iodine can make you hypo or hyper thyroid (depends on the person), which in turn effects your endocrine system which is the system that controls hormones.I have no idea if I’ve ever been iodine deficient and had only been using a drop or two a day, but maybe that’s been enough to now build up in my thyroid gland and tip the balance.
Luckily I already take vitamin C and magnesium, which help balance iodine intake, so maybe if I have caused an imbalance it’s not as bad as it could have been. I need to also eat something that is high in selenium to combat the overage of iodine so I’ll be dropping by the store tonight to buy some brazil nuts. One brazil nut a day is all you need to get the full amount of selenium for a day. (Any more than that can actually make you sick as selenium is one of those things that you can get way to much of easily)
I think it’s important to have a discussion about iodine because it is one of the more popular supplements you can take that seemingly helps everything. There’ve been studies that suggest that it keeps breast cancer at bay. Asian women have a low incidence of breast cancer and iodine is one of those variations in diet that’s been examined. But if you think back to all that’s out there about Asian women and breast cancer, soy is the other thing they always point at, and yet many studies warn you off of soy. What’s a person to think?
I think you should read and educate yourself and then listen closely to your body. Mine is telling me to stop the iodine and take stock of what happens to the hot flashes. If they stop, which I am relatively certain they will, then I know I was overdoing it. If I have a sufficient amount of iodine in my system, (it’s stored in the thyroid) my body should excrete the rest pretty quickly. I’ll post an update as soon as I see a difference.
In the meantime I’m hoping that the stupid little mole that started it all just keeps shrinking because the iodine did it’s thing.
So in conclusion, Lugol’s works to get rid of silly little moles, but be careful taking iodine. It might open up a whole new can of worms!
Edit: November 22, 2013: I continued to have the hot flashes even after stopping the iodine, so I am investigating other things. I am actually writing a new post based on what I’ve found. There is so much crossover with different factors that I’m sure it’s not just one thing. So look for my new post, within the next couple of days, that stresses the importance of a low acid-forming diet as well as eating an anti-histimic diet.