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The Blood Type Diet Archives Volume 3

Iodine Test

Posted By: Armchair Nutritionist
Date: April-04, 1998 at 23:20:40

A Swiss physician, Jean Surbeck, reports in the Price-Pottinger Nutrition Foundation newsletter that there is a simple home test to check your body's iodine level.

He suggests taking a Q-Tip and painting an area about the size of a silver dollar with 2 percent tincture of iodine (from the drug store- get the kind that is not decolored). Since iodine will stain the skin yellow, you might want to paint it on your thigh.

If your iodine level is normal, the stain will disappear AFTER 24 hours. If it disappears in less than 24 hours, it supposedly means that your body is deficient, and has thirstily sucked it up!

Here comes the really interesting part: If your body shows a deficiency, keep applying an iodine spot in different areas on the body every 24 hours until the stain lasts 24 hours. you will then have reached the correct level. CAVEAT: As with any iodine supplement, if you are also taking thyroid supplements, you may need to reduce its dosage to prevent overstimulating the thyroid. Consult your ND.

Now for some armchair speculation: If iodine is transdermal, and if as suggested in the article, tincture of iodine is of the correct iodide structure and purity to support the thyroid, this could be an excellent alternate method of iodine supplementation. Why bother, you ask, why not just take kelp, bladderwrack, etc. Well, I and some others on this forum have indicated that we do not seem to react well to taking oral iodine supplements. I actually seem to get a mumps type reaction, which I variously attributed to a defective oral pathway and/or the fact that I probably had too much iodine in my system already, even though I have low basal temperature. Much to my surprise, when I tried the tincture test (I used a patch the size of a dime), the stain disappeared in 4 hours. Unfortunately, I am presently experimenting with the Wilson's Syndrome T3 protocol, so I cannot try the skin supplementation phase at this time, but if any of the other oral iodine sufferers out there wish to experiment, please let us know the results.

If all of this speculation bears fruit, I think I will call it Armchair's Syndrome. As always, any advice given on this forum should be taken with a grain of salt (iodized?).

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