Hi, my names Bob from the U.S.A. and I am new here! I am a sixty year old male. My Thyroid first tanked back in 2010, from ongoing stress from a failing marriage. My normal weight is about 180 lbs, and I ballooned up to 222 lbs, with dry hair, thick tongue, low morning basal temps and etc. I happened to see some things that Dr. Brownstein wrote about taking large doses of Iodine to help Hypothyroidism. I then began taking like 25 mg's a day Ioderol iodine once a day. My basal temps, weight and other symptoms got immediately better. So I upped my dose to 50 mg's Ioderol capsules a day and in about a month and a half all was back to normal.
Until like Sept of 2014, I began wearing a cobalt ring, just before going on a nine month trip to the Philippines. Little did I know then, but cobalt is pretty much death to a thyroid, and it turns out I was "very sensitive" to it even through that dermal contact. I took the ring off two months later only after feeling something hurting under the ring. It turned my skin a deep purple, and it was all cracked. By then it was too late. I was, and still am deeply hypothyroid since then. It's a long story, but I have been working on it myself for some time now. By balancing my adrenals, stress, and taking Tiromel T3 that I buy from Turkey. Going to an Endocrinologist soon to see where my numbers are. Before the T3 my morning basal temps were running as low as 92.5 F and I was freezing to death. My temps leveled out some time ago. Now just left with the weight gain, and loss of energy. Also clicking joints, and a lot of mucin in my body. Which I never had the first time my Thyroid tanked. The cobalt may well have damaged my liver and or kidneys. I'm going to get those checked out soon as well. Glad to have found this site.... Bob