Iodine Deficiency Thyroid Function

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why does soy milk have so many negative things about it?
    Most vegans drink soy, but why? Almond milk is less dangerous than soy.

    Soy Milk:
    Excessive use of soy may lead to breast cancer and other cancers.
    Many brands manufacturing soy milk contain more sugar and chemicals than required.
    Isoflavones from the milk are held responsible for thyroid disorder, leukemia, and breast cancer.
    Phytic acid in the milk can lead to low absorption of vitamins and minerals.
    High levels of phytoestrogen may lower testosterone levels in males. The production of sperms may get affected.
    Early onset of puberty as well as adolescence in males can be attributed to the phytoestrogen from the milk.
    In women, the milk can produce abnormalities in the reproductive tract which can lead to infertility.
    Estrogen in soy milk is harmful for babies.
    Fatigue, fever, and wheezing are some of the adverse reactions to this milk.
    Regular consumption of the milk sometimes leads to sudden skin problems like eczema, acne, and swelling.
    The toxic aluminum present in it can affect the nervous system and kidneys.
    Excessive consumption of the milk may generate stomach problems like abdominal cancer.
    Sometimes, it develops allergies and exhibits symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and congestion.

    Almond milk only has two bad things about it

    Almond Milk:
    It is risky for those diagnosed with low thyroid functions. The chemicals present in them inhibit thyroid function as they interfere with the iodine intake. Deficiency of iodine results in goiter. Almonds are considered as goitrogens.
    It is an inadequate option for an infant's diet. Breast milk is the best milk for infants.

    Even with the dangers of soy, some vegans are obsessed with it. There's so many non-dairy milks but vegans prefer soy. Why is soy milk sol dangerous? And why are vegans obsessed with it?
    How am I trolling?

    • ANSWER:
      There's absolutely NO problem about soy milk or any other kind of soy product. Soy is a bean, just like beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas...

      All those "negative" things about soy are just a MYTH to make people fear it. Nothing else.

  2. QUESTION:
    Goiter is a swelling of the thyroid gland due to inaufficent dietary iodine, why do you think that iodine defi?
    goiter is a swelling of the thyroid gland due to inaufficent dietary iodine, why do you think that iodine deficiency causes the thyroid to swell?

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid gets bigger so it can try and trap any tiny source of iodine so it can try to properly function.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does taking less salt lead to iodine deficiency?
    Now a days we are advised to reduce salt intake through food, starting from childhood. I understand its benefit for hypertension and health of heart. But I have a doubt: we also take iodine through iodized salt. If we reduce salt intake through food, then will it not lead to some kind of iodine deficiency? Iodine is needed for proper functioning of thyroid gland and it helps in proper development of children, as far as I know. If we try to protect ourselves from hypertension by avoiding salt, will it not lead to iodine deficiency?

    • ANSWER:
      Sea salt I was told is better for you, but you're right, we still take Iodine salt.
      Green tea is also good for you, but BK's green tea have been recalled. Unless you grow & brew them yourself . . . .
      Starbucks coffee is also better for you, they taste better than instant coffee.
      Anti-bacterial soap is better for you, too, but the FDA and others said, they can't be used when you're eating, and children are going to ER because of it.

      You know what? If you know what's better for you, don't go by what the health fanatics, just do it FOR YOU. Today, they're right, but tomorrow they will recall or ban the products, they just can't make up their minds.

      I do what I know is best for me, not listen or read everything is good. Because the good ol' days still better than the modern days.

  4. QUESTION:
    What foods are good for someone who has a low thyroid count?
    I have a low thyroid count and am trying to lose some extra weight that was gained, and I didn't know if there was certain foods that you should eat for a low thyroid count?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have hypothyroidism, you need to see a doctor.

      If you do not have hypothyroidism, don't monkey with your hormone levels because there is no such thing as a free lunch and if you screw with your thyroid, you can mess it up and bring on hypo/hyperthyroidism.

      If you cook with table salt, you are getting sufficient iodine. If you are cooking only with kosher or sea salt, you need to go out and get some table salt and use it in your cooking when you don't need a specific texture, as with kosher salt on meats.

      "They" put iodine in table salt because before they did that, the common person would not get enough and it leads to health problems.

      Humans consume a rather predictable amount of salt each day and it was for the health benefit of all that his became mandated.

      You obviously don't understand the damage you can do to yourself if you fu*k with your thyroid. Please, don't do it.

      Below is information on iodine deficiency and you can google "Hypothyroidism" for more info on that.

      Raw Foods That Hurt Your Thyroid
      http://ezinearticles.com/?Raw-Foods-That-Hurt-Your-Thyroid&id=418151

      Hypothyroidism: University of Maryland
      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/hypothyroidism-000093.htm

      Iodine Deficiency
      http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/aha/umioddef.htm
      Iodine deficiency is caused by a lack of iodine, a chemical element essential to the body's physical and mental development, in a person's diet. It is the single most common cause of preventable mental retardation and brain damage in the world.

      Is iodine deficiency common in the United States?
      Iodine deficiency is now rare in the U.S. as a result of widespread distribution of foods from iodine sufficient areas. The incidence of iodine deficiency occurs in certain geographical areas at higher altitudes with iodine depleted soil - usually in areas away from the seacoast and in countries where salt is not fortified with iodine.

      Does iodine deficiency affect women more than men?
      Iodine deficiency is more prevalent in women than in men, and more common in pregnant women and adolescents.

      What is the role of iodine in the body?
      Iodine is an essential element for thyroid function, necessary for the normal growth, development and functioning of the brain and body. It also influences a variety of metabolic processes in the body (converting food to energy, regulating growth and fertility, and maintaining body temperature).

      What are the effects of iodine deficiency?
      When the body becomes iodine-deficient the consequences can affect a person both physically and mentally. After many months of iodine deficiency a person may develop a goiter (an unsightly swelling of the thyroid gland in front of the neck), hypothyroidism and reduced mental function. It also increases the risk of still birth and infant deaths.

      Iodine-deficient women may give birth to babies with severe mental and neurological impairment. If this deficiency occurs during infancy or childhood, it causes irreversible mental retardation, growth failure, speech and hearing defects, among others. Even mild deficiency may cause a low intellectual capacity.

      What is hypothyroidism?
      Hypothyroidism refers to any state in which thyroid hormone production is below normal. There are many disorders that result in hypothyroidism that may directly or indirectly involve the thyroid gland. Since the thyroid hormone affects growth, development and many cellular processes, inadequate thyroid hormone has widespread consequences for the body.

      What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
      The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often subtle. They are not specific, which means they can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions. And patients with mild hypothyroidism often have no symptoms.

      Symptoms of hypothyroidism generally become more obvious as the condition worsens. Common symptoms include:
      Fatigue
      Depression
      Modest weight gain
      Cold intolerance
      Excessive sleepiness
      Dry, coarse hair
      Constipation
      Dry skin
      Muscle cramps
      Increased cholesterol levels
      Decreased concentration
      Vague aches and pains
      Swelling of the legs

      As the disease becomes more severe, there may be puffiness around the eyes, a slowing of the heart rate, a drop in body temperature and heart failure. In its most profound form, severe hypothyroidism may lead to a life-threatening coma. This condition requires hospitalization and immediate treatment with thyroid hormones given by injection. If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged heart, worsening heart failure and an accumulation of fluid around the lungs.

      How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
      If a patient is experiencing the symptoms listed above, a blood test can confirm a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.

      How is hypothyroidism treated?
      Hypothyroidism is generally treated with iodine and or/medication to support thyroid hormones. A person with hypothyroidism may require life-long supplementation and follow-up care. Consult your doctor about treatment options available.

      How is iodine deficiency treated?
      Once iodine deficiency is diagnosed, consult your doctor about treatment options. Commonly, iodine preparations are prescribed. In deciding to use iodine preparations, the risks of taking them must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will need to make.

      What foods contain iodine?
      In the United States, iodine is added to table salt so it is the primary food source of iodine. Iodine is also widely available in the following foods:
      Seafood
      Cod
      Sea bass
      Haddock
      Perch
      Kelp
      Dairy products
      Plants grown in soil rich in iodine

  5. QUESTION:
    What is thyroid disease in childen around one year to two years old?
    This one year old's soft spot has not healed over and he has some dry skin problems and a small loss of weight. This is some signs of thyroid disease. Hopefully it will turn out to be just a coincidence.

    • ANSWER:
      I would assume this child has been tested for thyroid disease. In the US, mandatory thyroid testing of infants has taken place since 1976. If this child has not been tested, then get him to a doctor as soon as possible. He may have congenital hypothyroidism. Even if he had been tested, it may be a good idea to test again. Hypothyroidism in a child can be devastating.

      Congenital hypothyroidism is a disorder that affects infants at birth, and occurs in about 1 in 4000 live-born babies. It is characterised by the loss of thyroid function, due to the thyroid gland failing to develop normally. In some cases, the gland is totally absent. About 10 per cent of cases are caused by an enzyme defect leading to deficient hormone production, iodine deficiency and a brain pituitary gland abnormality. If the diagnosis is delayed, and immediate treatment is not given, congenital hypothyroidism can lead to growth and developmental defects, and severe mental retardation (cretinism).

      Fortunately, routine testing for thyroid function in newborns has been mandatory since 1976. Within the first week of life, a heelprick blood sample is taken to assess an infant's thyroid hormone level. If any abnormality is found, a repeat blood sample is taken. If this confirms congenital hypothyroidism, the infant is immediately given thyroid hormone replacement therapy (T4 thyroxine). Normal growth and development should then continue, with no adverse effects on the child's mental capacity.

      Before newborn thyroid screening began, this condition was easily missed. Even within a few days, subtle symptoms would emerge, such as poor feeding, constipation, low body temperature, cool skin, slow pulse, prolonged jaundice, increased sleepiness, and decreased crying. After a few weeks, other physical signs would become more noticeable, such as poor growth and development, dry skin and hair, poor muscle tone, slow tendon reflexes, hoarse crying, enlarged tongue, umbilical hernia, and puffiness or swelling. By this time, there would already have been some devastating consequences. Treatment with thyroid hormone replacement would have resolved most of the physical symptoms, but the child would more than likely have had permanent brain damage.

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