I ask because I have been re-reading Dr Toftd's little book on the thyroid for the BMA - 1995 edition. In it, he confidently claims iodine deficiency is not a problem in Britain. As a result I can't trust any other claim Dr Toft makes. What he should have said was: "There are good iodine levels in the soil here, and goitre is rare, but no research has been carried out on iodine levels in the population so we don't know whether idodine deficiency is a problem or not." That would be science. The previous statement was ignorance dressed up as fact. Which we all know is common to mainstream medicine.
As most will know, in 2011 Dr Vanderpump tested 700 UK girls and found two thirds of them chronically deficient or worrying low in iodine. Dr V said then that he'd only tested girls, but he thought the whole population might have similar problems. If so, that must change the whole picture for hypothyroidism in the UK.
I've looked at Dr Dach's summary of Dr Yoon's and Reinhard's research on iodine and hypo. Extra iodine doesn't make antibodies go up or down, according to this. It does raiseTSH levels for some people. (Of course they didn't ask these people what their symptoms were). It looks to me as though it might be possible that iodine deficiency could suppress TSH levels. That the rise in hypo cases when iodine is given might be explained by unmasking of the true underlying condition. That the body of an iodine deficient child could get used to ticking away on low levels of thyroid hormones - there would be symptoms of tiredness compared to peers, but nothing too major.
And if so that could explain why so many women in the UK have low TSH and lots of symptoms.
Possible??? Or nonsense??