Dr David Brownstein MD: Thyroid Health and Iodine Therapy

Dr David Brownstein MD

David Brownstein, M.D. is a Board-Certified family physician and is one of the United States foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. David Brownstein, M.D. graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a B.S. in Psychology in 1985 and later received his Medical Degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit in 1989. Currently, Dr. Brownstein is the Medical Director of the Centre for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he is a Family Physician who utilises the best of Conventional and Alternative Therapies.

He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College for the Advancement in Medicine, and he has lectured internationally about his success using natural therapies.

His one day seminar was held at the Royal Society of Medicine on the 23rd of January 2010.  This presentation was recorded.

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Dr. Brownstein has authored nine books including:

These books illustrate the success Dr. Brownstein has had in treating many different conditions including:

Overcoming Thyroid DisordersOvercoming Thyroid Disorders - Book Cover

Dr. Brownstein’s Book shows how a holistic treatment program can effectively treat:

Overcoming Thyroid Disorders provides information on safe and effective natural therapies to help the body heal itself. Dr. Brownstein provides over 30 actual case studies of his success in treating thyroid disorders.

Overcoming Thyroid Disorders contains information on:

Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It (4th Edition)

Iodine Why you need it - book coverDr. Brownstein has expanded and updated this book with all the latest information about iodine. The entire book has been updated with new case histories. In addition, there are two NEW chapters which provide information about:

Dr. Brownstein feels iodine is the most misunderstood nutrient. He feels it is impossible to achieve your optimal health when there is iodine deficiency present. This book provides information on how iodine therapy can help:

FAQ about using high levels of iodine

“There is some concern that the ingestion of Iodine in excess of the RDA will cause adverse effects…there are seven major concerns with using iodine in excess of the RDA:

  1. allergy
  2. autoimmune thyroid disease
  3. detoxification reactions
  4. iodine-induced hypothyroidism and goiter
  5. iodine-induced hyperthyroidism
  6. iodism
  7. thyroid cancer

1. Allergy

In my experience, an allergy to inorganic iodine/iodide (Lugol’s or Iodoral) is rare…an allergy can take any form, including a rash, fatigue, congestion, headache and a fever. NAET, an acupressure technique, has been useful in some of my patients to help them overcome an allergy to iodine..
here’s a resource on that: http://www.naet.com

2. Autoimmune thyroid disease

Some researchers…believe that autoimmune thyroid problems are caused by iodine intake in excess of the RDA…before the adoption of radioactive iodine to treat the side effects of autoimmune thyroid illnesses, the use of higher doses of iodine was the treatment of choice for these illnesses…

If iodine was the cause of autoimmune thyroid illnesses, these illnesses should have been decreasing over the last 30 years. The opposite has occured. In the U.S., iodine levels have fallen approx. 50% over the last 30 yrs while, at the same time, autoimmune thyroid disorders have been rapidly increasing.

3. Detoxification reactions

If the body’s detoxification pathways are overloaded when the toxic halides are being released, a detoxification reaction can be triggered. A detoxification reaction can take the form of fatigue, muscle aches, fever, diarrhea, and brain fog, among others…Though a detoxification reaction to iodine usage is RARE, it has happened…can be minimized with nutritional support, balancing pH, balancing hormonal systems..”

***Here’s what Dr Brownstein did for a patient suffering detox symptoms***

this portion is in reference to a patient suffering bromide detox symptoms (fatigue, headaches) on 50 gm. per day iodoral.

…the iodine was helping her body excrete large amounts of bromide. During a detoxification process, the body’s detoxification systems need proper support to ensure the toxic chemicals can be safely released without harming the body’s tissues. I told Ellen to take large amounts of Vitamin C – 10,000 mg. per day as vitamin C helps all of the body’s detoxification pathways function more effectively. Furthermore, I placed Ellen on 10 gm. of unrefined Sea Salt per day. The unrefined sea salt has chloride which can assist in the body’s removal of bromine. In addition, the minerals in sea salt help the detoxification process. Ellen was also doing Epsom Salt baths(two cups in a tub of water) twice a week and taking a magnesium supplement (amount not specified)…Unless iodine levels are elevated along with the support of the body’s detoxification pathways, the body will be unable to release bromide.

4. Iodine induced hypothyroidism and goiter

“When animals or humans that are iodine deficient are given large doses of iodine, there is a TRANSIENT DECREASE in thyroid hormone production (approx. 26-40 hrs.) until the body reestablishes it’s equilibrium with iodine. After that, thyroid levels adjust to normal and signs of hypothyroid do not develop.

5. Iodine-induced hyperthyroidism

The use of iodine in a previously iodine-deficient population may result in a TRANSIENT INCREASE in thyroid hormones…Studies have shown that the increase in thyroid hormones, which could lead to hyperthyroid symptoms (palpitations, nervousness), will gradually decrease. Can be monitored with lab tests & adjustments in dosage.

6. Iodism

This condition can occur when the dose is too high, symptoms include metallic taste in mouth, increased salivation, sneezing, headache & acne as well as frontal headache and or fever. Adjust dosage down and consider the use of chlorophyll tablets to eradicate the taste of iodine.

7. Thyroid cancer

There have been some reports in the literature that iodine supplementation can be associated with an increased incidence of thyroid papillary cancer. If iodine usage were the cause of thyroid cancer, then falling iodine levels would be expected to lead to lowered thyroid cancer levels. However, this has not been the case. During the last several decades, when iodine levels have declined, the incidence of thyroid cancer has markedly increased.

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