Update: 11/26/16 I’ve been using Iodine since September 2010 and plan to take it forever. Lately, it seems I see SO MANY WOMEN who have receding hairlines, bald spots, extremely thin hair. I want to run up to them and extoll the virtues of iodine supplementation… but I figure they want to believe no one notices their hair loss, so I don’t. If you know someone with hair troubles, please share this post. There’s a wealth of info here as well as links to actual experts. At least get them on the path to healthy hair. Who doesn’t want good hair days?
Back in 2010, after IAD (I Almost Died, a phrase that comes in handy when I want something from my siblings), I watched my hair falling out in clumps in the shower. It was the most prolonged depressing experience of my young life. It wasn’t the prospect of being bald. I can do bald. It was the overwhelming fear and panic, wondering what the hell was happening NOW, and what was going to happen NEXT?
After blogging about it, a reader suggested thyroid trouble. “Thyroid?” I asked. “What’s a thyroid?” You all teach me everything. Thank you.
I researched “thyroid hair loss” and discovered iodine. It didn’t take much convincing to try it. In fact, I got some Lugol’s iodine in pill form as fast as I could! After 3 days, the hair loss STOPPED. Cold. Wow… I will never be without iodine again.
IODINE + SELENIUM: they work together! I’ll be taking selenium as long as I’m taking iodine. Here’s a good article explaining the relationship. There are links in this article to read what other experts say. This is the selenium I take.
THYROID DISEASE If you have thyroid disease, Hashimoto’s, Addison’s, etc., do your research on iodine + selenium supplementation. Many mainstream doctors warn against iodine supplementation. The alternative community does not. For the record, after years of research, I would take it. You have to decide whether or not it’s right for you.
Iodine in liquid form or pill form?
Lugol’s solution is not a brand name, it’s the formula named after its creator. LugoTabs is the pill form of Lugol’s. I started with the pills, then went to the liquid because the liquid is so much cheaper. Tastes how you might think iodine tastes: terrible. If you mix it with a little kombucha or put in a smoothie, you never know.
Some say the pills are the better choice because the pill goes lower in the intestine before dissolving which means better absorption where it’s needed. I don’t understand the how or why of that, but I did read it on the internet so it’s gotta be true, right?
Ok, j/k. I don’t believe EVERYTHING I read online. Only after considerable research do I trust my instincts on new ideas. Read, read, listen, watch, then read more, then repeat. For weeks, sometimes months. I ignore verbatim postings (people copying info from one site, then pasting it on their site) and try to figure out where the information originated. Then research to see if that qualifies as a reliable source. In my 8 years of study, anecdotal evidence — personal experience of thousands of fellow bio-hackers (mostly moms) — has proven the most reliable education.
The Iodine I Buy — Lugol’s Solution:
I use the 2.2% Lugol’s solution from the_full_orchestra on ebay. Fyi, “the_full_orchestra” is the seller’s ebay handle. If the link doesn’t work, go to ebay and paste that seller name in the search box. I’ve been buying from him for years.
I started with about 5 drops. Now I’m up to 17-20 drops (half a dropper-full), about 50 mg. The minimum, according to Dr. Brownstein (see videos below with Dr. Mercola).
Here’s an excellent dosing tool from Stepping Stones Living:
When you start taking iodine, there’s a chance of detox reactions, a.k.a. “Herx” reactions. These are most often flu-like symptoms and include a wide range of unpleasant ways your body reacts to a cleanse or a change in diet: headaches, rashes, aches, skin eruptions, to name a few of the prettier ones. Just don’t let it surprise you.
My detox reactions from the various natural cures I’ve tried have never lasted longer than a week. For relief, I do coffee enemas, epsom salt baths, drink lots of decaf liquids, extra Vitamin D3 (along with my daily supplements).
I did salt loading at the beginning almost everyday and occasionally do it now. Iodine replaces the bromide and fluoride in your thyroid, toxins that are NOT supposed to be there. Salt loading helps move them out of your body. Yay!
The great yahoo iodine group is no longer active. They now have a Facebook group. You’ll read hundreds of personal experiences with iodine, including detox reactions as well as how and what iodine heals.
Dr. Brownstein on Iodine
Dr. Flechas on Iodine
Iodine worked for me.
My hair stopped falling out and it all came back thick and healthy. Actually, the first growth back was what my friends who have done chemo call “chemo hair”: it was curly and a little bristly, more gray than before. Soooo relieved to have hair again!!!
Have you experienced your hair falling out? What worked for you, what didn’t?
- Dr. Aieta on iodine
- Found this great article on iodine — very complete!
- Here’s Chris Kresser on thyroid health, Hashimoto’s, iodine and selenium.