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Published on May 13, 2013
Tom Sciacca, President of JHL Supply/CampingSurvival.com interviews Chuck Fenwick from Medical Corps about KIO3.
This is the full length version of Tom Sciacca from JHL Supply/CampingSurvival.com's interview with Chuck from Medical Corps, our supplier of KIO3 tablets. We will be posting each of the questions individually over the next week.
Chuck's Response to a question about Hashimoto's Syndrome and other thyroid problems:
Iodine and Hashimoto's Syndrome and other thyroid problems. Any time a patient has thyroid problems then adding or subtracting iodine can cause the problems to get worse or better. For instance, the National Institute of Health uses our KIO3 to supplement the drinking water of the "hill people" in Costa Rica to prevent thyroid goiter. However, if someone already has multi-nodular goiter that extra iodine--natural or not--can cause problems.
Enter the dreaded nuclear event and its release of radioactive Iodine (I-131). Radioactive Iodine is nasty stuff. We (medical) use it in large hot amounts to destroy a diseased thyroid. The I-131 from a nuclear event is exactly the same thing. Add to that, radioactive iodine (I-131) is still iodine. Your thyroid will try to use it like it is the good iodine. So, if you have a thyroid problem like Hashimotos or goiter and Iodine causes you problems then KI, KIO3, Lugol's solution or kelp can also cause problems because they contain Iodine. Problem is, the fallout will contain Iodine only it is the really nasty Iodine--the kind that can give you cancer.
The answer is talk to your doctor now before any nuclear event. If your doctor gives you the ol' "don't worry, things like that don't happen" then find a different doctor. There are no easy answers, but shipping over them is not an answer.
Another great question will be, what if I'm allergic to Iodine? Being allergic to Iodine is like being allergic to Oxygen. If someone is allergic to fish then some yahoo says they are allergic to Iodine. Most Iodine allergies are from the "carrier" we use. The carrier is what we mix with the iodine such as when we give Iodine IV.
The best answer is that if they are allergic to Iodine then they will be allergic to radioactive Iodine.