Wow Mama Sequoia,
You've definitely got it very tough, I'm so sorry you are going through all this and I know that you will start feeling better soon..
As far as hyper and hypo symptoms, you are at the point right now before you have completely developed an autoimmune problem, I don't care what the Docs say about you not having a thyroid problem because its ridiculous. Doctors rely waay too much on their tests
: . Like previously posted, my husband experienced much of what you are experiencing as well as myself.
You have an adrenal problem because you first had a thyroid problem
, this is how it works...
Your thyroid is starved, it needs iodine but instead it gets all the other heavy metals which harm it, it tries so hard to filter your blood looking for iodine and still doesnt find it, it gives up... Your adrenals kick in and take over but they can only pick up the slack for so long before they too become to exhausted to do anything anymore... That's in a nutshell I hope it make sense, if you want I can add some links that back that up.
I am bfing my dd who is just about 9 months now and I began supplementing when she was 2 months, so as far as it being safe, yes. In fact, yes we are detoxing heavy metals, but your body needs the iodine just as much as your little one does. Whatever metals may pass into your breastmilk can be excreted by your baby so long as they are receiving the iodine they need. I started slow however so that the detox would be a little slower and easier for her body to take, as of now she has never had any problems with me supplementing and in fact I have actually seen improvements in her, since supplementing she no longer spits up, her once a week poos went to once a day, her protruding tongue no longer protrudes as much as it did prior to supp. BTW I'm also pg now and still taking my iodine.
One of my friends who also started supp after I told her of my family's success is also bfing and her and her son are healthier than ever...
As far as your liver is concerned, beginning your supplementation slowly should help your body to detox slowly, though I've seen a study that says that you really don't detox that much with 12.5mg of iodine...
For the salt flushes, I never really worried about that, the most I did was take some epsom salts when I had a detox headache, my husband took additional magnesium and it alleviated them as well, some people do it but we haven't.
I think the people doing salt flushes are ones probably taking higher doses than my family is, my mom, husband and self are each taking 32.5mg each day.. I took about 3-4 weeks to build up to it so my detox symptoms were not very bad at all,I really just had an occasional headache.
BTW after a couple weeks of supplementing you really start feeling just incredible!
Potassium iodide is the only form that I'm aware of (I've looked around a LOT)... I would say start with the liquid potassium iodide and take it a few drops at a time, most imbalances have a lot to do with other deficiencies, correct the deficiency and you then correct the problem, I will look into the problem with the potassium and get back to you.
Avani - I'm so glad you are getting healthier, so many people are unaware of the importance of vitamins and minerals, heck even I was until a year ago! I look forward to an update on the difference you see in using the iodine.