Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Iodine After Thyroidectomy

Monday, 29 Nov 2010 10:41 AM

Question: Do people who have had a thyroidectomy still require iodine?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Many patients and doctors believe that iodine is necessary only for thyroid gland functioning, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Iodine is utilized by every cell in the body. It is concentrated in all the glands, including the adrenals, ovaries, uterus, and breasts. The largest amount of iodine in the body is in the fat cells. The muscles and skin also contain a large amount of iodine. You can’t make a hormone without adequate iodine levels. Even if you have had a thyroidectomy, the rest of your body requires and utilizes iodine.

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