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348) Jane Robinson  Female
Melbourne, Australia
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 04:37 PM

I had RAI treatment for Graves in 1995 and went on replacement thyroid hormone treatment. Last year I approached my doctor and asked to be put on natural desiccated thyroid. I now take 1 grain per day. My doctor also prescribed iodine, selenium and ATP co-factor. My doctor has since retired. I have been trying to find out why a person who has had RAI and has no, or hardly any, thyroid left needs iodine supplements. Would you be able to shed some light on this for me. With many thanks Jane.

barb Tuesday, May 30, 2017 05:14 PM
I wrote an extensive chapter on iodine in my book if you're really interested in the topic. If you had RAI and have no working thyroid gland, then you can take all the iodine you want, but you're not going to produce any. So not sure why your doctor prescribed it. 1 grain is most likely too low a dose for you if you have no thyroid gland. You should run some other thyroid hormone tests, like Free T3 and Total T4, to make sure that those levels aren't at the very bottom of the reference range. Please see my website or book for more information.

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