As some of you know, iodine is my latest investigative lead on the nutrition front. I’ve been supplementing with iodine in an effort in an effort to flush unhealthy halogens (fluorine and bromine) from my body. I knew iodine would be an important element for me because of my history with fluoroderma.
After a few weeks on the supplement, I took a break to give my body a chance to recover from the persistent bloating caused by the iodine. Bloating is a common side effect because of all the toxic halogens released back into the system on their way to being eliminated from the body. When I resumed taking the iodine supplement, this time I researched nutritional supplements that support iodine therapy and added those to my diet (including vitamin C, vitamin B, and minerals). The added nutrients help the body absorb iodine and detoxify fluoride, bromine, and heavy metals released into circulation.
The nutritional support must have helped because I did not experience any bloating during my second round of iodine supplementation. But after three weeks, I started to develop cystic outbreaks on my chin, neck, and forehead. It was an all-too-familiar occurrence. The outbreaks were eerily similar to what I experience when I ingest fluoride –deep welts concentrated down the side of my chin, neck, and around my temples. I even had one on the back of my neck where I haven’t had problems since I was originally diagnosed with fluoroderma.
So once again, I stopped taking the iodine supplement to give my body a chance to recover. The acne went away with a few days of lymph love, to include a few steam facials, workouts on the rebounder, and long mineral soaks in the tub. But this latest outbreak has me wondering, what was THAT all about?
The medical community is not in widespread agreement when it comes to iodine supplements. I’ve read varying recommendations on how much iodine to take, what kind, and even whether or not iodine supplements are good or bad for the thyroid. In my last post on iodine therapy, one helpful reader mentioned this podcast by Dr. Datis Kharrazian who believes iodine should be avoided for hypothyroid patients.
Reading through message boards on acne, it is clear I’m not the only one who experiences iodine-induced acne. At this point, I can’t say whether or not the reaction is a negative side effect or a healthy symptom of detoxification. Since iodine is naturally occurring in the food supply, I tend to believe it is the latter. I’ve read enough research on iodine to be comfortable with the decision to go for Round 3 of iodine supplements, but I have books from both sides of the iodine debate on my reading list. My cellulite-investigating instincts tell me this is a subject worth delving into further.
P.S. — This is a subject for a later post, but I wanted to mention that I didn’t experience any cramping AT ALL this month during my menstrual cycle!
Iodine: Its Role in Health and Disease by Dr. Michael Schachter
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