A Case History of Iodine Supplementation
January 9, 2009 by Bob Livingston
John, age 58, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia two years ago. This account is from the book Iodine, Why You Need It and Why You Can’t Live Without It, by David Brownstein, M.D.:
“I don’t know what happened. One day I was ok and the next day I ached all over and I was tired,” John said.
John saw numerous doctors who prescribed various medications. “The drugs did not help. I kept telling my doctors ‘I wasn’t depressed’ but they kept prescribing antidepressants. I finally got sick and tired of taking the drugs,” he said.
When John saw me (David Brownstein, M.D.), I found his thyroid gland to be enlarged. I ordered an ultrasound of his thyroid gland and blood work and diagnosed him with Hashimoto’s disease.
“When I found out I had Hashimoto’s disease, I couldn’t believe it. I had been seeing many different doctors and they couldn’t tell me what was wrong. They kept telling me I needed to be on an antidepressant medication,” he said.
After doing an initial history and physical examination, I tested John’s iodine level. John’s iodine loading test was found to be low at 45 percent (normal is 90 percent or above). John was placed on 75 mg of iodine per day, along with a complete nutritional program. After 12 weeks of taking iodine, a follow-up 24-hour iodine loading test was now normal at 95 percent excretion.
However, he did not feel better. John was still complaining of fatigue and body aches. Furthermore, John’s thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) increased from a baseline of 4 IU/L to 12 IU/L after taking 75 mg of lodoral for 30 days. John had normal T3 and T4 levels.
John’s endocrinologist placed him on thyroid hormone (Synthroid®) for the elevated TSH level. The Synthroid® had no effect on his symptoms.
When I saw John, I felt that he may be having an organification problem with the iodine. I explained to him that his cells were unable to effectively utilize iodine.
After placing him on vitamins B2 (100 mg) and B3 (500 mg) two times per day, John noticed an immediate improvement. “It was a miracle. With the second dose of the B vitamins, my head cleared and all my fatigue went away. I felt 20 years younger. I have never taken anything that works that quickly,” he said.
John has continued to take iodine (now 50 mg/day) in addition to vitamins B2 (200 mg/day) and B3 (1,000 mg/day). His thyroid antibody levels gradually lowered to normal levels over the next six months. Most importantly, John now feels well.
“I can’t believe how much energy I have. Everybody has noticed the difference,” he claims.