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Hi...<br><br>
I've tried reading much of the iodine thread and start getting a little bogged down (mama brain), so I am hoping someone can help me clear up my confusion!<br><br>
I feel like my thyroid may be pretty sub-par, and am having all the symptoms that would suggest thyroid and hormonal issues. I think some of this actually slowly started happening after my second child, 4 years ago. When I was pregnant with the twins, my midwife felt my thyroid was sluggish from my temps and had me take kelp supplements; she saw an improvement in the temps but I never felt a difference in taking them, physically, energy-wise, etc.<br><br>
After reading some of the iodine thread, I bought some liquid dulse from WF. I have worked myself up to four drops and four drops is still only 225 mcg. I don't feel any better, have noticed no differences. Can I go faster than this or am I supposed to be really cautious when supplementing iodine because of breastfeeding? I am breastfeeding twin 2 year olds. They probably nurse 10-14 times in a 24 hour period (5-7 times each).<br><br>
My prenatal gives me 150 mcg daily (from kelp source). I see mention of Lugol's, and also of Iosol. What's the difference between those two? Anybody have particularly good (or poor) results from any of the three: dulse, lugol's or Iosol? How slowly do I need to go while breastfeeding, in supplementing? I am anxious to feel better and I read reviews of iodine supplements where people are starting with much higher doses than I am and nobody is saying they are experiencing severe detox symptoms, they are saying they feel great and are surprised at how quickly their symptoms turned around.<br><br>
So to recap: I'm breastfeeding, I'm also symptomatically miserable.<br>
How slowly do I need to build up iodine?<br>
Is Iosol or Lugol's more potent than liquid dulse?<br>
If 4 drops dulse = only 225 mcg iodine, can I increase by multiple drops every week?<br><br>
....And on the issue of sluggish thyroids, has anyone found that supplementing with natural progesterone brought their thyroid into good regulation? I read that Dr John Lee (proponent of progesterone supplementation) said that the thyroid is totally dependent on progesterone levels and so if your levels are diminishing, your thyroid efficiency is not optimal.<br><br>
Any **simple* clarification of this, stories from your own experience, or suggestions would be much appreciated!!<br><br>
~weegift333<br>
SAHM to ABC, 03/03/03; IRC, 03/18/06; and CCC & MCC, 03/17/08
 

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I think Bladderwrack is an excellent source of highly assimilable iodine.<br>
My thyroid went wonky after giving birth and I took a wonderful formula w/ bladderwrack called <a href="http://bit.ly/chkZwJ" target="_blank">thyroid assist</a> and all my symptoms went away after 3 months. I was b-feeding at the time as well.<br>
I know some ppl have great results w/ progesterone cream but I didn't feel comfortable using it at the time - I'm a big chicken when it comes to hormone stuff! Hopefully others will chime in w/ their experience.<br>
Good luck!<br>
fp
 
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