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  • #61
    Believe it or not, studies have shown that iodine deficiency is likely a cause of PCOS. Its been proven that low iodine levels cause ovarian cysts (PCOS), insulin resistance, and hypothyroidism (often misdiagnosed as insulin resistance) AND multiple miscarriages!!
    “Iodine deficiency may cause the ovaries to develop cysts , nodules and scar tissue. At its worse this ovarian pathology is very similar to that of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). As of the writing of this article I have five PCOS patients. The patients have successfully been brought under control with the use of 50 mg of iodine per day. Control with these patients meaning cysts are gone, periods every 28 days and type 2 diabetes mellitus under control” (IODINE: Orthoiodo Supplementation in a Primary Care Practice)
    "The majority of Americans are quite deficient in a number of vitamins and minerals due to the processed food we consume.
    PCOS cannot be cured, but the possibility of controlling it, long term, simply by supplementing a mineral most have never considered supplementing is quite exciting!
    Low levels of iodine mean your thyroid isn’t functioning properly. The thyroid helps balance hormones, regulate heartbeats, stabilize cholesterol, maintain weight control, encourage muscle growth, keep menstrual cycles regular, provide energy, and even helps you keep a positive mental attitude."
    Iodine deficiency — Cause of PCOS? | PCOSInfo
    Confirmed by the Iodine Testimonials - PCOS:
    http://tinyurl.com/iodine-testimonials

    NO ONE is going to finance a double blind study of a natural supplement to prove anything. All we have are testimonials and experience using the supplement. Vitamin & Mineral supplements reverse a lot of health ailments.

    More reports:
    Iodine Deficiency and PCOS
    This MD has cured PCOS w/Iodine Supplementation! at PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, message 1229399

    Grizz
    Last edited by Grizz; 09-03-2013, 02:19 PM.

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    • #62
      I also have PCOS, though mine is “asymptomatic” (I’ve always been a consistent weight, no acne, no hirsutism etc). Cysts in my ovary were found last July when they did an ultrasound because of an early miscarriage.

      My periods consistently got better as I became more Primal. Cutting out all but sprouted grains and the occasional treat at work got rid of my cramps and period-related fatigue, and regulated my cycle from 18-28 days (I never knew when my period would start) to 25-28 days. When I found out I had PCOS, I cut out all gluten, and my cycle became consistently 27-28 days, and my period went from 7 days of bleeding to 3-5, which was amazingly wonderful! I’m now 38 weeks pregnant.

      I didn’t know dairy affected PCOS, so I never cut it out. I actually increased it to fill the gap left by taking out gluten. I wonder if my PCOS contributed to my nausea and fatigue/dizziness during this pregnancy. Hmmm, never thought to look into it! I will now!

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      • #63
        Dairy doesn't bother me, gluten does. I can lose weight eating dairy.
        Georgette

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        • #64
          Not really sure if dairy bothers me. I really don't have enough of it to say one way or the other.

          Congrats on your soon to be here LO Aldergirl!
          DD born August 2012
          TTC #2
          SW: 1/20/14- 212.4
          CW: 2/21/14- 202.6 (9.8 loss)
          Goal: Short term, get below 200 and get pregnant. Long term, get to 120-130
          Mini goal, get in to a size 12.

          My boring uneventful journal for your viewing pleasure

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          • #65
            Thanks!

            I really hope dairy doesn't mess with me, because I love my milk, cheese and yogurt! I know so little about PCOS. The doctors just told me I was asymptomatic and left it at that. They never brought it at all during this pregnancy. So, when I researched it, I was stunned to find that it's related to a bunch of problems in pregnancy (gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, low-birth weight and high-birth weight babies, as well as a 45% chance of miscarriage). I really wonder if the reason I haven't had any of those problems is because I've stayed away from gluten this whole pregnancy, and tried to be low carb (failed in my first trimester because I couldn't stomach meat or eggs). I also really wonder if I miscarried my first one because I was still eating gluten. It's so hard to tell, because miscarriages are so common for first attempts. I do know that I was eating a GAPS diet (to treat yeast) when I got pregnant this time, so I wonder if that helped in keeping my baby inside me. It's so hard to tell! I do know that when I cut out starches along with the grains, I had the best menstrual cycles ever...

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            • #66
              @aldergirl. I know for a fact that babies are going to thrive better in ketosis in the womb than without. When I was pregnant with each if my girls, I gained baby weight only due to weight issues and eating fairly low carb.
              Georgette

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              • #67
                Originally posted by geostump View Post
                @aldergirl. I know for a fact that babies are going to thrive better in ketosis in the womb than without. When I was pregnant with each if my girls, I gained baby weight only due to weight issues and eating fairly low carb.
                Thank you--that's good to know!

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                • #68
                  How mothers can deliver SUPER SMART BABIES & also prevent ADD/ADHD

                  Dr. Jorge Flechas Video: Total Body Iodine Sufficiency - Medical Conference Presentation

                  Grizz

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                  • #69
                    Dr. Flechas Reports,
                    “Iodine deficiency may cause the ovaries to develop cysts, nodules and scar tissue. At its worse this
                    ovarian pathology is very similar to that of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). As of the writing of
                    this article I have five PCOS patients. The patients have successfully been brought under control
                    with the use of 50 mg of iodine per day. Control with these patients meaning cysts are gone, periods
                    every 28 days and type 2 diabetes mellitus under control.
                    orthoflechas
                    More on iodine:
                    http://tinyurl.com/Iodine-Handout
                    http://tinyurl.com/iodine-references

                    Grizz

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                    • #70
                      I'm sorry. I don't care to mess with my pregnancy by supplementing when the supplements do not have long-term studies done on them. There is too large of a history of women and babies being messed up by experimentation with supplements and medications during pregnancy. I will stick to whole foods (like seaweed), thank you.

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                      • #71
                        I'm sorry but I think whatever posts this grizz is putting up sounds a lot like an advertisement and no one wants to read that. I am enjoying the comraderie expressed on this thread and I can feel like I am not alone. Skip the soapbox please.

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by NDF View Post
                          Just curious if there are any PCOS'ers having success with PB and what your success has been(weight loss, reduced symptoms, etc)

                          Do you eat dairy at all?
                          Do you ever fast?
                          I have PCOS and major hirsutism. I've lost 100 lbs on the Primal blueprint. I most certainly eat dairy... cheese mostly but some milk and cream. I do fast sometimes, as the mood strikes me. As for my symptoms, I actually HAVE a period now. I didn't before... this is annoying but probably a marker for good health. XD No effect on the hair, that's likely permanent by now. Good luck!
                          Out of context quote for the day:

                          Clearly Gorbag is so awesome he should be cloned, reproducing in the normal manner would only dilute his awesomeness. - Urban Forager

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                          • #73
                            Originally posted by Rae View Post
                            I'm sorry but I think whatever posts this grizz is putting up sounds a lot like an advertisement and no one wants to read that. I am enjoying the comraderie expressed on this thread and I can feel like I am not alone. Skip the soapbox please.
                            Yes, Grizz has been on the forum off and on for quite a few years. He comes and tells everyone to take iodine (he thinks it's a cure for pretty much every ailment) or do other odd dietary stuff, and then leaves, only to return again a few months later. I really can't tell if he's trying to sell iodine or if he honestly thinks he's helping people...

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                            • #74
                              I was wondering if anyone with insulin problems related to PCOS have a sort of rxn to very rich sugary food like candy bars. I do not eat most chocolate bc even the smallest amount like a Hershey kiss, makes me feel nearly sick and I get an overwhelming desire for something salty to counteract it. I have not been tested for any IR yet and was curious if anyone here has that rxn. I'm not saying the two are related but its pretty weird.

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                              • #75
                                Here is more on PCOS:

                                PCOS Cured by Iodine
                                ===================
                                My daughter has PCOS. Please take a look at the curezone Iodine forum. She started taking iodine in July (Lugol's solution)-- 50 milligrams a day. By October, her menstrual cycle resumed. She had not had a cycle in a year--and before that she was quite irregular. She'd been to a naturopathic doctor, ate a very healthy diet, but it seemed she was lacking iodine--and that has made a tremendous difference.
                                Good luck to you!
                                Re: please anyone with advice!!!!!!! at PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (MessageID: 1051323)
                                Re: please anyone with advice!!!!!!! at PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, message 1051323

                                Cured
                                =========================
                                I received a call from my "holistic" gynecologist a few minutes ago. I couldn't wait to share. A few weeks ago, I reported to you all that my multiple ovarian cysts (as per 6 years of ultrasounds) are gone since using Iodoral, and now today, the doc called to tell me that my biggest fibroid is gone as well. I had 3 fibroids, 2 small and 1 large and the large one is GONE!! I am so psyched!!"

                                I started Iodoral 3 months ago. In the last 5 years, my ovaries have been closely followed by ultrasound since my mother died from ovarian cancer at age 62. She was diagnosed at 55. I am 47. All of my ultrasounds in the last 5 years showed mutiple ovarian cysts. Last week I had another ultrasound (the first since starting Iodoral) The ovarian cysts are insignificant enough that the radiologist didn't even mention them in the "impression". I checked with the doctor to be sure. She said it's as if you have no cysts on your ovaries now. I find this quite interesting because in 2002, I was put on Lithium which I now understand "strips" the body's iodine and I was on it for 4 years. I didn't do a loading test prior to starting Iodoral, but my patch/skin test was gone in 3 hours. I just thought you folks might like to know about this finding.
                                Re: Iodine And Ovarian Cysts at Iodine Supplementation Support by VWT Team (MessageID: 963491)
                                Re: Iodine And Ovarian Cysts at Iodine Supplementation Support by VWT Team, message 963491

                                Cured: mom5booklover
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                                I cured my PCOS by taking iodine. There is lots of research on how iodine deficiency can cause PCOS. I also IF but that is more recent I started taking iodine a few years back and haven't had any cysts since. The fasting started only a few months ago so I am pretty sure it was the iodine addition that helped me most. I take lugols only because it is the most convenient way for me since I hate sea food and sea weed. I also have hyperthyroid so I take quite a bit of the iodine to keep that under wraps. You might try taking in more sea food or sea weed if you like it.
                                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...tml#post956344

                                More Comments: mom5booklover
                                ==================================
                                Oh believe me I have been reading all of the posts on both of the Iodine threads. I was scared off a bit too but knew intuitively that I need iodine no matter what after seeing such huge improvements when I had started supplementing a few years back. I read all of James posts, Paleobirds, and Grizz's. After reading all the good and the bad stuff on iodine I decided to expirement. I believe there was some really good info from all sides so I went from my (then) 50mg per day dose (for probably a year) down to 25 mg then 12mg and then down to 3 mg per day. After going below 25 mg I very quickly felt the effects of going too low in both my thyroid and my menstral cycle but thought maybe to let it run its coarse for a while. As my cycle started going back to the PCOS days and was very light (almost non-existent)with painful cramping and spotting mid-month(3 cycles now). My goiter started getting larger again so I have been slowly going back up and am currently sitting back at 12.5 mg per day. I am still feeling symptoms but am hoping they will go in time. I would like to stay at 12.5 mg per day but will go up to 25mg if necessary. As that was when I noticed the symptoms coming back when I dropped below 25mg. No cysts as far as I can tell right now but I have an appt tomorrow to make sure. I believe what James was posting on how too much iodine is just excreted so we don't need to over do it...........But I also believe after my n=1 that I am deficient and that is one of the things that have caused both my PCOS and my thyroid issues. I will probably stay at 12.5 mg for at least 6 months or so then see what happens at that point.
                                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...tml#post956414

                                Dr. Flechas
                                ==================================
                                “Iodine deficiency may cause the ovaries to develop cysts, nodules and scar tissue. At its worse this ovarian pathology is very similar to that of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). As of the writing of
                                this article I have five PCOS patients. The patients have successfully been brought under control with the use of 50 mg of iodine per day. Control with these patients meaning cysts are gone, periods every 28 days and type 2 diabetes mellitus under control. Dr. Flechas
                                orthoflechas

                                More testimonials, many from here at MDA,
                                http://tinyurl.com/iodine-testimonials


                                PS) I have nothing to sell, if you have PCOS, Fibrocystic Breasts, Hypothyroid or Uterus problems, then I suggest you research iodine supplements. Lugols or iodoral. Every cell in the human body requires iodine, ESPECIALLY the female organs.
                                http://tinyurl.com/Iodine-Handout

                                Research Reports on Ovaries:
                                http://iodineresearch.com/ovaries.html

                                Grizz
                                Last edited by Grizz; 09-17-2013, 02:26 PM.

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