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Iodine Protects Thyroid From Radiation
by Doctor Melanie MacIver

Oral iodine can protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine.

The thyroid gland absorbs stable or radioactive iodine, and cannot determine the difference between the two. Taking oral iodine saturates the thyroid gland with healthy iodine, so it cannot absorb any more -either stable or radioactive- for the next 24 hours.

Unfortunately, taking iodine cannot protect any other glands or organs, or protect the body from other types of radiation (cesium)

Recommended dose during radiation exposure 100 mg daily of iodine for 5 days, then go down to 6 mg for two more weeks.

Is this necessary? Not at this time. Stay tuned…

Risks and side effects

  • Taking a higher dose than is recommended may not provide more protection, and very high doses can cause severe illness or death.
  • High doses shut down the thyroid gland
  • People with thyroid disease and pregnant women should take iodine only under a doctor’s supervision. See your GP, and Naturopathic consultations are available if you have any questions or are not sure if you are a candidate for iodine therapy.
  • General side effects include intestinal upset, rashes and inflammation of the salivary glands.  Discontinue if any side effects occur, and contact a doctor.
  • Pre-existing iodine deficiency increases radioactive iodine uptake
  • Children are the most susceptible to radioactive iodine exposure

Other ways to protect your body from radiation

  • Vitamin C to bowel tolerance
  • Homeopathic causticum 6x
  • Miso soup and shittake mushrooms
  • Herbal adaptogens like siberian ginseng and ashwaganda
  • Liver herbs like milk thistle, rosemary and schizandra
  • Seaweed salads are a great food source of iodine. Iodized salt is not a significant source.

Interview with iodine expert

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