Thyroid Test for Iodine Levels
24 Hour Urine Iodine Loading Test Kit
An in depth test to evaluate whole body sufficiency for Iodine. After ingesting a 50mg Iodoral® tablet, urine is collected for 24 hours. With this test, Iodine sufficiency is determined by comparing the amount of Iodine taken to the amount excreted in the urine. Whole body Iodine sufficiency is reached when 90% or more of the ingested amount is excreted in the urine. **Before participating in this evaluation, discuss any history of thyroid surgery and/or radiation, Hashimoto disease, and any previous problems with your thyroid (see Thyroid Ailments, Causes, Remedies) with our Remodeling Your Health Team
Urine Iodine Spot Test Kit
A quick snapshot of current levels of Iodine in the body, evaluating pre-supplementation status. A level below 0.15 mg/L is defined as an Iodine deficient state according to the World Health Organization.
We offer a combination kit containing both tests (Urine Iodine Spot Test Kit and the 24 Hour Urine Iodine Loading Test Kit) for the complete evaluation of a single patient.
Fluoride Test …for Toxicity
As with other toxins, fluoride affects different individuals differently. Symptoms can vary widely and depend on many factors, such as one’s genetic predispositions, body burden (overall body accumulation from all sources), mode of exposure, and length of exposure time (whether acute, as in the workplace, or chronic, as with ingestion of fluoridated water and food).
Also involved are synergistic effects that occur, for instance, when fluoride enhances other drugs people may be taking, or by combining with substances in the water and forming even more potent toxins (such as with Aluminum Fluoride, a dangerous neurotoxin).
Fluoride Poisoning can be manifested in seemingly harmless symptoms, such as white spots in teeth (dental fluorosis), or chronic problems, such as arthritic joints, or more serious problems, including respiratory disease or cancer, or a complex of problems, whether acute or chronic.(Included in Thyroid Test)
Fluoride Sensitivity (i.e. not being able to tolerate any amount of fluoride in food, water, or even taking showers) may occur if one is fluoride poisoned; or it may occur if one is chemically sensitive due to toxic exposure to other chemicals; or, because of allergy or some other body imbalance.
Many people are either fluoride poisoned or fluoride sensitive and simply do not know that they are. They know that they feel sick and may be treated for symptoms with any number of drugs, but neither they nor their doctors have any idea that fluoride is the culprit.
Bromide Levels …Toxicity Information
If the body is exposed to excess bromide, it can result in the bromide interfering with Iodine utilization in the body and creating a state of iodine deficiency.
While your body has receptors for and needs iodine to make thyroid hormone, there is no known physiologic use for bromide in the body. When bromide binds to the iodine receptors in the thyroid gland, it disrupts the normal physiologic functioning of that gland.
The body is very slow at eliminating bromide. The normal half-life (the amount of time required for a quantity to fall to half its value as measured at the beginning of the time period) of Bromide is 12 days and in cases of salt restriction and chronic bromide exposure, the half-life of Bromide can be as high as 40-50 days.
People who ingest bromide may feel dull and apathetic and have difficulty concentrating. Bromide also causes depression, headaches and irritability.
When iodine is deficient, the toxicity of bromide is accelerated.
Bromide toxicity may develop when bromide, acquired through environmental or dietary exposure causes bromide levels in the body to rise high enough to inhibit iodine utilization. Iodine supplementation will increase bromide excretion thereby reducing bromide toxicity.
Possible Sources of Bromide:
Antibacterial agent for pools and hot tubs;
Brominated flour used as an anti-caking agent in the bread making process this includes pasta and cereal;
Brominated vegetable oil that may be added to citrus-flavored drinks (including Mountain Dew, AMP Energy drink, and some Gatorade products);
Fire retardants (polybrominated diphenyl ether) added to many common household items (mattresses, carpeting, furniture foam, plastics of computers, televisions, radios, clothing, draperies, etc.);
Fumigants used for termites and other pests;
Prescription drugs, including Atrovent inhaler, Atrovent nasal spray, Ipratropium nasal spray, Pro-Panthine, Pyridostigmine Bromide, and the Spiriva HandiHaler;
Some Fabric Dyes
Some Personal Care Products
Symptoms of Bromide Toxicity:
- Acne Type Skin Eruptions
- Body Odor
- Brain Fog
- Dream Changes
- Dry Mouth
- Eyelid Twitching
- Foot twitching
- Hair loss
- Hormone changes
- Increased salivation
- Kidney pain
- Leg and hip ache
- Metallic taste
- Mouth and tongue sores and cuts or “sore mouth”
- Odd swallowing sensation
- Runny nose
- Sinus ache
- Skin “cuts”
- Tingling in hands or feet
- Unusual urine odor
- Urethral spasm, frequent urination (sometimes mistaken for urinary infection)
- Vision changes
Often Asked Questions:
Do I get enough iodine from table salt?
The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for iodine is inadequate to provide enough iodine to promote optimal whole body sufficiency.
Can I get too much iodine?
During Orthoiodo supplementation a negative feedback mechanism is triggered that progressively adjusts the excretion of iodine to balance intake.
What are the different types of iodine?
Different tissues of the body respond to different forms of iodine therefore using a supplement that contains both iodide and iodine is preferable. For Example: Iodine is utilized in the breasts and prostate where Iodide is utilized in the thyroid gland and skin.