Can iodine help with thyroid nodules and goiter? This is a common question I will answer today. Let me tell you about a patient who had thyroid nodules that were completely resolved over 18 months. I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano from the Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I have seen over 100,000 patient visits over the last 35 years. Many of those have gut and thyroid issues including nodules and Hashimoto’s.
I recently saw a 69-year-old female with thyroid nodules and Hashimoto’s who had been on medication over 10 years and was feeling miserable. She suffered from the usual thyroid symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, aches and pains, brain fog, and digestive issues. In the initial evaluation, I typically look for underlying root causes including these five main areas: deficiencies, toxins, infections, hormones, and food reactions.
The Debate—Is Iodine Helpful or Hurtful for Thyroid
One thing we found with her was low iodine. Our treatment protocol often involves diet adjustments and supplements. The decision whether to treat with iodine is a complex issue because many doctors do not advise it at all for thyroid issues. In fact, some recommend restricting it. Others will advise that iodine is important for your thyroid. So which is it?
The truth is that not one size fits all. If you have thyroid issues, whether goiter, nodules, Hashimoto’s or are hypothyroid, you need to be working with your healthcare provider. They should check your iodine levels, and if yours is low, then a supplement may be very helpful.
Your levels should be monitored as we did with her over several months. We checked her TSH, free T4, free T3, TPO antibodies, and thyroglobulin antibodies along with other markers. These are the minimum indicators that should be checked every few months while on iodine. She did very well and all these numbers (TSH, low T4, low T3) improved. Her elevated thyroglobulin antibodies also returned to normal.
On The Road To Recovery—Supplements Helpful for Thyroid
All this improvement occurred while taking a relatively high dose of 12.5 milligrams of iodine which is in our iodine formula. We saw this improvement with her even though many doctors would not give iodine under these circumstances or any similar thyroid circumstances. For most of the cases I see with nodules and goiter we use iodine and see improvement. There is a small percentage of patients for whom iodine doesn’t do well. In that case, you make the decision to stop that and try another approach.
So using iodine can be helpful as it was with this individual. She had two thyroid nodules, one resolved over six months and the other in 18 months. Both thyroid nodules were completely gone in 18 months. One was slightly under a centimeter. The other was much larger.
For this patient we used selenium in addition to the iodine. It’s important to take selenium when you take iodine so the thyroid can use it properly. If someone is low on iron (she was not) they are unable to utilize iodine properly in the thyroid. Your physician needs to assess that for you.
Other supplements I use if needed are vitamin C, B12 folic acid and zinc. I did use these with this patient. N-Acetyl Cysteine can also be very helpful. We generally start with the functional five though, which is multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D with K2, magnesium, and probiotics. Those are the five most important nutrients. I call them the Functional Five™ because they are the foundation that most people would benefit from. Beyond that, diet is very important.
The FreeDiet® for Gut and Thyroid Issues
As in this patient, almost everyone I see with thyroid nodules, Hashimoto’s and gut issues is gluten sensitive and has other food sensitivities. We put her on theFreeDiet®which is not only free of gluten, but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. These foods are most commonly responsible for inflammation, and other chronic health issues.
So if you have goiter, nodules, auto-immune thyroid issues, Hashimoto’s, it’s not a standalone thing. There are things happening in your body. At one time you were normal and healthy and then suddenly, or gradually you’re not. Something over time has caused the change.
The important thing is to realize that your body has a tremendous ability to heal itself. Once you find the underlying root cause and provide the proper solutions, I believe most everyone can get better.
Hi everyone, my name is Dr. Tom Rofrano from the Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and today I’m going to be talking to you about how to shrink thyroid nodules in two weeks. And this is a follow up to an earlier video I did a couple of months ago on a patient, a very important patient, a VIP, who I saw, who happened to be my wife.
She woke up one morning with this huge nodule in her neck, she could see it in the mirror and it wasn’t there the day before. So, she was really understandably upset about this. You can refer to this video, it’s definitely a great story. If you go to our YouTube channel in early December 2017 you’ll see it so, we talked about it at length. And I wanted to do a follow-up video because we’ve gotten so many questions, so many emails, so many comments on our YouTube. So, we just don’t have the time to answer them all individually, so I thought I would do this video to answer some of the common questions and then clarify some things.
Over the last 30 years – more than 30 years now I’ve been practicing, and I’ve seen over 100,000 patients. One of the most common things patients come in with is thyroid conditions. Mostly, hypothyroid, Hashimoto’s and thyroid nodules are very common. So, there’s a specific protocol that we use, I built a 7-step protocol called Functional & Free™ where we determine the underlying root cause of someone’s health condition and then provide long-term permanent solutions. And part of this, one part of this is process is a proprietary diet I call The FreeDiet™.
Health Conditions and The FreeDiet
The FreeDiet™ is a diet that is free of the most common allergens, things that are most responsible for inflammation, pain, digestive and other chronic health conditions. So, we went over that in the earlier video and I’ll recap that today and then clarify some things that a lot of people had questions about. You have to understand there are some basic underlying causes for things like thyroid nodules and really almost all chronic health conditions. So it comes down to physical, chemical and mental stress.
As far as the chemical stress component, which we’re going to focus on today, that would be things like nutritional deficiencies, or toxins or pathogens; bacteria, viruses, parasites, and yeast. And I have to tell you almost all of my female patients that come in, and some male patients, have a chronic yeast overgrowth and this can really wreak havoc on your immune system and your entire body.
Phase I of The FreeDiet™
So, basically as far as some of the common questions people had, so first to give you a recap of Phase I of The FreeDiet™, which we’ll put a link here that you can go on and download a complimentary copy of that. So Phase I is the most important part because that’s where you’re eliminating those foods most commonly responsible for inflammation and a lot of these… inflammation is the underlying cause of say, thyroid nodules and lots of other health issues. If you’re in Phase I, the diet is free of not just gluten, but it’s free of gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades , and processed foods. Basically 10 classes of foods it’s free of, and people will say well what can I eat? Just to summarize it and one of the common questions is, where do I start?
Where do you start is it’s very simple, lunch and dinner are very easy, it’s just protein with plenty of vegetables, salad, plenty of healthy fats; olive oil, and avocados. And breakfast is even easier, we usually recommend a smoothie for breakfast because the Phase I is free of gluten, grains, eggs is one of them. So you’re not really able to eat these breakfast foods, and a smoothie is a great option. We have a specific recipe. And if you refer to another video I have on our YouTube channel it’s my three-minute super smoothie recipe. It’s not the smoothie that’s high-end protein, essential fats, fiber and fruits & vegetables that are a great way to really start your day. Very nourishing, very cleansing.
Phase II and Phase III
So that’s basically Phase I, you know a two-minute summary and the sheet outlines the hundreds of different things you’re allowed and foods to avoid. And then a common question is what about Phase II & III? And how long do you stay in Phase I is another. I received an email from someone in Phase I and she already noticed 50% reduction in her thyroid nodule. So what about Phase II & III? If you’re getting great results and you’re seeing improvement, I would say that you want to stay in Phase I until that time where you’re at a point where a lot of chronic health issues are cleared up. And then with Donna, what we did was an ultrasound initially and her nodule was over 2 cms. And then she noticed within two weeks that it wasn’t visible at all anymore. This is two-weeks of being on The FreeDiet™. And then at 7 weeks, she was still in Phase I, we referred her out for another ultrasound and learned that it shrunk by over 50%. So it went from 2.1cm to 1cm, and that was in 7 weeks. And the other nodules she had all shrunk dramatically as well.
Staying in Phase I
So, basically you want to, if it’s working really well for you, you want to stay in Phase I. And it’s important to know you should deal with a doctor, you should follow-up, you should have lab works, ultrasounds. If you’re local and you want my help with it, feel free to reach out. We even have patients in other parts of the country, or even out of the United States that we do phone and Skype consultations with. But anyway, you definitely need to be under a doctor’s care for this and preferably someone who isn’t medicine minded. There’s functional medicine, nutrition, so they can kind of help you in these areas.
Adding Foods Back
Getting to Phase II, that’s when you start adding foods back one at a time every few days to see if you have any reactions. And we start with the foods that are least problematic. I’ll give you an example like there are different categories of proteins, vegetables. And what you’ll see in The FreeDiet™ is the different categories. So, for instance just to give you an example in Phase II, we bring back eggs, and you see if there’s a reaction. Some people might have no reaction whatsoever and others, it’s typically it’s their sinuses, digestive issues, brain fog, fatigue, sometimes itchy skin.
That’s all listed in Phase II as well, so those are common reactions that you would get. And then there’s a number of other foods we add back one at a time in the second Phase. And this way you can figure out, see what foods might be causing inflammation and your health issues and which aren’t. That takes typically about a month to get through every three days.
Adding More Challenging and Problematic Foods
So at the end of that period, you have a whole lot of other foods you can eat. And then with Phase III, we go to the more challenging things, the more problematic foods. Like, if you’re so inclined you can bring back in grains, say like rice, for instance, quinoa and other types of grains. And the last one – the most problematic – the last you’d bring back would be things like gluten, glutenous strains.
But most people, almost everyone that we deal with, most of our patients can’t handle gluten at all. We do a lot of testing and they’re sensitive to gluten still. I don’t really recommend that for almost everybody. I really just don’t recommend that at all, unless someone is the exception and it’s certainly possible.
But anyway, that’s the basic rundown and we will be getting a complete resource on how to go through this very easily, Phase I, II & III, we’re getting our resources together. We’re getting a book going and we’ll have a group coaching program going to help you along the way. But to some other questions, people ask about supplements as well.
So that really depends on testing as well, the basic guidelines and the basic foundation is we have our Natural Medicine Formulas line of supplements that are free of all the common allergens and are pharmaceutical grade. So, the basic foundation is multivitamin, fish oil, magnesium, vitamin D, and probiotics. Then we have extra ones depending on your needs. Some might have adrenal issues. A lot of women are low on iron, B12, and need adrenal support. These are all extra things beyond the basics, and then iodine is a big part of the question, do you take it or not?
What About Iodine?
So, iodine is one of those things that can be really problematic. Taking iodine if you have knowledge of thyroid issues, can be really helpful. So how do you know? Well, there’s a specific iodine urine test, it’s a 24-hour urine test that can be done with a challenge. We usually do it before and after an iodine low. Now that’s what I find is the most accurate way to determine and with Dawn for instance, she was very low on iodine and supplemented her with rather high doses of iodine.
And in her case she needed it, and as you can see after 7 weeks her nodules shrunk by over 50% so obviously, it certainly wasn’t hurting like everywhere. You know, all these places you read online and it’s like ‘iodine is the devil if you have thyroid issues.’ Well, it’s not necessarily the case. Don’t just go on a ride and buy iodine because you’re assuming you need it. You should really be specific, that’s why I suggest that you be under a doctor’s care for this.
So, one woman was asking, she’s hyperthyroid and has nodules and she’s taking this medication and now she’s becoming low thyroid and her doctors aren’t really doing anything about it. An answer to that, you really want to, again, be under the guidance of your doctors. The ones you work with should be really open and receptive to your needs. And really, seek out someone who’s more, there’s more focused on functional medicine that can really help you, guide you in that way.
What About Rice?
One last thing, a woman from the Philippines was asking ‘Rice is our mainstay but it’s not on The FreeDiet™. What are we going to do, is there a substitution? Well, and rice, the reason we avoid that, well grains can be pro-inflammatory, rice, in particular, is very high in arsenic. Most all rice that they found very high in arsenic, so that’s very toxic. That’s why you need to avoid that. One option is cauliflower rice, it’s widely available in the U.S, I’m not sure about other countries but, it tastes like rice and it’s made from cauliflower.
So that covered some of the questions and if you have any others just feel free to comment below. And typically on Fridays, we have Facebook live, you can like us there, I just want to get noticed when we’re on the Facebook live, and we’ll get to ask questions. Also, if you like this video, click like or a thumbs up below. Share it with someone you know who you think may benefit from it. Feel free to download The FreeDiet™ and we definitely look forward to seeing you next time, thanks very much for joining me today.
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