I am updating this post with some new content, which relates to the widespread epidemic of undiagnosed thyroid problems and the relationship with iodine.  This information is highly relevant beyond the scope of nuclear accidents…make sure not to miss the podcast links below the videos as they are very informative about the link between hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, cholesterol problems and much more.  

For now, suffice to say the time for megadoses of iodine is over. Over 99% of the iodine released in the first few days of the Fukushima nuclear accident has decayed into harmless iodine, though the plants are still smoking, and surely will continue to release some iodine.  Iodine continues to crop up in sewer sludge around Japan, though it is difficult to identify the source.  

Even though there is no need to megadose on potassium iodide, it is still worthwhile to consider iodine supplements at a lower maintenance dose.  A review of the cancer consequences completed 20 years later concluded that prolonged stable iodine supplementation in the years after exposure may reduce the risk of thyroid cancer for those exposed by the nuclear accident.

Iodine has many benefits besides being radioprotective, including being a powerful antibiotic and helping detoxify potentially deadly halides such as fluorine and bromine that are common in our food and water supplies.  Bromine is a common additive in flour, and has pronounced negative effects on the thyroid.  Only unbromated flour should be eaten.

OK – on to the experts:

More from Dr. Brownstein:

Here is a podcast with Dr. Mark Starr, who has cured himself of hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia.  He has authored a book after 6 years of research into what he is calling Type 2 Hypothyroidism.  Much like Type 2 Diabetes, Type 2 Hypothyroidism isn’t an inability of the gland to produce sufficient hormones, but rather an a inability of cells to make use of those hormones.  Fascinating and insightful: