Q: What is the difference between iodized salt and some of the health food store-type liquid iodine?

A: The easiest and cheapest way for the food manufactures to supply iodine is to combine it with sodium or potassium. Unfortunately, when iodine is coupled with these elements it forms a solid bond, which is difficult for the body to assimilate, and could cause toxic reactions. On –the-other-hand, when combined with ammonium iodide, iodine easily converts to “free iodine” and, thus, becomes an energy-containing compound. So, the body’s metabolism is often stimulated.

Q: What if I buy sea dulse or take kelp? Would this be helpful for thyroid support?

A: Most likely, the answer is no. In our research of several types of these products, we were amazed at the lack of iodine stated. As a matter of fact, some kelp or sea lettuce contains no iodine or just parts per billion. In 1992, an independent lab confirmed three out of five health food mass-market iodine products had zero iodine and zero iodide in the product. The good news is that the FDA’s new supplement labeling law should resolve some of the content issues. Still, consumers have to trust the company to have the same content in bottle as is on the label. We recommend you have the company back up their product with independent lab reports, which is required for each batch produce. These reports are available from TPCS upon request.

Q: What is hypothyroidism?

A: Hypothyroidism is an under active thyroid which results when the thyroid is under functioning, usually due to lack of iodine. The thyroid is the body’s thermostat. It regulates how you burn energy. If the body is not metabolizing properly, the system slows down, fatigue set in and weight stays on. Symptoms are numerous, including chronic fatigue, cold hands and feet, extreme mood swings, depression, excessive menstrual flow, severe headaches, rapid weight gain, cracked heels and poor memory.

Q: What is goiter?

A: Goiter is a thyroid gland, which becomes enlarged when it desperately searches for iodine. Sitting under the Adam’s apple, the gland is bowtie shaped and forms a semicircle around the trachea. If it gets depleted of iodine, it will grow in an attempt to absorb more of this trace mineral.