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Kelp supplements???

So I was given Kelp to take to help offset some of my thyroid symptoms such as insomnia m anxiety n exhaustion.my doctor refuses to up my meds assuring me I’m normal with TSH 2.41 my T3 n T4 are normal for me but still have symptoms. I was wondering has anyone taken Kelp. My doctor told me if I take Kelp it could make me go Hyper is this true ???by me treating my thyroid with natural supplements can I actually start having hyper problems this possibility never occurred to me... I have been on Kelp twice a day for a week n I do feel a lot better but going hyper scares me so not sure what to do????

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tgrazzy,

By whom were you given kelp?

How much kelp do you take?

Has your iodine status ever been assessed?

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Take solgar kelp 200mcg for past 2 months and won’t be stopping.

This is taken with selenium and zinc and D/B and works brilliantly.

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Meant to add first week did not add sufficent sea salt ...essential imho - lots to read up if you need more info.

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Did your doctor add Tyrosine to the formula?

You need tyrosine with the iodine from kelp to make T4.

Do you have any tests that you could post in here with their ranges?

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Your TSH should be below 1 as you are in treatment, so it looks like you are undermedicated. Your anxiety and insomnia may be to do with an adrenal problem. Here is a good article which explains how the adrenals can have an impact on thyroid function:

thyrophoenix.com/adrenals.htm

If you think your adrenals could be the problem, you can have a stress hormone profile test through Genova Diagnostics

gdx.net/product/adrenocorte...

Another reason for feeling 'hyper' is if you have Hashimoto's, the autoimmune version of thyroid disease. Have you been tested or diagnosed with that? Avoiding gluten helps many people.

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Taking iodine can make you hyper - but it can also make you more hypo. You feel well at the moment because the iodine is stimulating your thyroid to make more hormone. But that can't last. The worst thing you can do for a sick gland is stimulate it. It just hastens it's demise.

Excess iodine can cause a lot of problems. Including triggering Hashi's, if you haven't already got it. And making Hashi's worse if you have.

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I can only speak from my experience but giving up PUFA stopped flares immediately not to return thus far ....helped with supplements as well of course.

There is plenty of tyrosine in high protein diet so have not felt need to take any - not to say I am have not given it some thought.

I follow the iodine protocol group on Facebook who encourage very high iodine supplements within a structured program of supplements. They report a lot of succcess - I feel RDA dose is enough for me - I am interested in seeing how they are all progressing. There are many experts who do not support this approach I agree.

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If you have Hashimoto's, iodine has been shown to raise antibodies.

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