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Posted: 7/13/2020 3:10:09 PM
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…and I’ll respond here for the benefit of the wider audience.

re: I am a {redacted} and I have a high TSH (5.2) and low FreeT4 (.82) which leads me to think I have an iodine deficiency. I have many but not all of the symptoms that Dr. Davis described (IBS, restless leg syndrome, hair loss, etc.). Today I began taking Kelp tablets (600mg/1 per day). Is this dosage correct and how long before I am tested again for my TSH? I have not seen a doctor regarding this condition.

That high TSH indicates a need for real thyroid testing, which TSH isn’t, really.

And it’s high enough that odds are it isn’t just iodine deficiency.

The fT4 is right at the bottom of typical Reference Ranges (and is below floor on program targets too), but we can’t even begin to guess about it without having an fT3 and rT3 to ponder.

The possibility of an auto-immune condition has to be considered here as well. This requires also getting a couple of thyroid antibody tests. I’d be inclined to not exceed RDA for iodine (125 mcg) per day until there’s clarity on that.

If you don’t live in a nanny state, and budget permitting, the Life Extension LC100018, drawn at any convenient LabCorp, is a great deal at $149, and covers all the markers of interest. Discontinue any biotin a couple of days pre-draw. Chances of getting a random MD to order a similarly useful panel are pretty low, alas.
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