I’m putting the iodine on hold. I’m not sure what’s going on exactly, but it’s not making me feel good. As I mentioned, I was taking a drop a day. Felt great for about 3 days. Had a few detox zits emerge – no biggie, they were done in a day after putting a drop of iodine on each one. This stuff is really quite interesting for that purpose, if for no other. After my high-energy, good mood 3-day period of time I went into a serious depression that lasted about 4 days. It’s the most depressed I’ve been in many years. I could barely get off the couch, crying off and on all day, much lamenting of my unsettled lot in life…dark thoughts. I was also having trouble with a dry cough that came and went. A day or two into this I realized it might be associated with the iodine supplementation, so I stopped it (but continued to take the co-factors to aid in what I figured was bromide detox). My mood cleared up and my cough retreated.
So I decided to try again, only slower. This time rather than a drop a day I put one drop in an 8 oz bottle of water, and drank only one ounce of it per day. I did that for a day or two, and the cough came back. Ok, still too fast? Fine. So I reduced my daily dose even further – to 1 Tablespoon a day of the 8oz water/1 drop 2% Lugols solution. 1 Tbs a day. If 2% Lugols has 2.5mg per drop, and there are 4 Tbs in a quarter cup, that means my dose had dropped from 2.5 mg a day, to 312 micrograms (mcg) a day, and now to 156mcg/day. About equivalent to the iodine found in a 4-5oz piece of cod. Did this for 3 days. Day 2 was magical – tons of energy, great outlook, great mood….and then the depression came back again. Not as severe as the first time, but still not good. Crying, inability to handle even small stressors, lethargic. That’s where I was for 2 days through yesterday. Still have the cough too.
I’m done with the iodine for now. I don’t have time for this rollercoaster. I don’t know exactly what’s going on. Perhaps it’s bromide detox. Perhaps is the Wolff-Chaikoff effect. In any case, I hate it. I’m just going to try to increase seafood (which doesn’t seem to give me problems) and stop supplementing with it. Maybe I’ll try again someday.
In the meantime I’ve also started supplementing with amino acids. I’m glad I’m putting the iodine on hold so I can see how these affect me without any confounding variables. After taking the quizzes (here and here) in The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure, the ones I want to start with are as follows:
- L-Tyrosine – affects production of dopamine and norepinephrine. I’m taking 500mg first thing in the morning. It’s supposed to provide a little zip – like caffeine, only without the crash.
- 5HTP – for depressive symptoms. You’re supposed to take this mid- and late-day, as it can make you drowsy. Some people take it at night to help with sleep. My sleep is pretty good, so I’m not taking it at night. I take 500mg mid-day.
- GABA – a calming amino acid that I’ll take as needed before anxiety-provoking situations, 500mg.
- DLPA – D-Phenylalanine + L-Phenylalanine. This is supposed to enhance endorphin production and make life feel better.
- L-Glutamine – this is supposed to prevent/stop carb cravings. I guess glutamine is a form of energy the brain can use when it senses it’s low in sugar. I’ll probably take this as needed, 500mg.
Note that not all amino acids are good for everyone. Check out these contraindications before taking them. Julia Ross says that amino acid (AA) supplementation is temporary. After you’ve re-established your reserve of the AAs (which were initially depleted by dieting, stress, genetics, or other factors) you stop taking them. Until you need em again, anyway.
So why am I doing this? I don’t want to take prescription meds. I don’t want another diagnosis that the medical establishment can use to discriminate against me when I need insurance. I want to feel better.