Finally I read this whole thread. Here are all my thoughts, transferred from the other thread:
We probably are deficient in iodine, but not by the megadoses that Grizz advocated.
The idea that many of our problems began with brominated flour and brominated fire retardants is intriguing. Another good reason to cut out wheat.
The iodine theory is that we need to shove out toxic bromine/ide and replace it with iodine/ide. Sounds reasonable, but I see no reason to do it all at once.
From the evidence it appears that iodine has some effect on fibrocystic breast pain, and enlarged prostate (get up and go at night). Those two anecdotals, IMO, deserve a lot more study. Don't most cures start out as anecdotals? You have to start somewhere.
I don't want to trust CureZone based on a comment from Grizz. Grizz said something like dissent is not tolerated and people are banned. All that does is filter out negative results. No wonder CureZone is full of positive stories.
I have Lugol's but I've decided to supplement with kombu kelp instead. One serving of Kombu kelp is about 1 mg, I think.* That's 10 times the RDA. One serving on Kombu and a salt/kelp mixture on my morning eggs is sufficient.
Since I'm not taking magadoses of iodine, I don't feel the need to take the megadoses of supplement protocol. So I just take the Vitamin C and the brazil nuts and call it a day. I don't know how magnesium makes people sleepy. I took 200 mgs and it never worked for me. I tried to salt protocol and all it did was raise my blood pressure from 100 to 125. I stopped immediately.
I tried to use Lugols to remove some moles. This is what I found: Yes, Iodine does sort of remove moles, but only sort of. Mainly, iodine burned my skin to a crisp and when it peeled off, a little of the mole came with it. I tried to make a small-spot band-aid but that didn't seem to work as well burning all the surrounding skin. I don't know if the iodine works because it attacks the mole, or because it just takes the skin off wholesale. In the end I stopped using the iodine altogether because it was a bloody mess. End result: two brown toe moles went from very visible to gray spots which are hard to see. A prominant flat dark brown mole is now a slightly recessed dark gray spot, but it took 3 months of iodine application and painful peeling to get that far. A flesh colored mole was not affected. The jury is still out on the cherry angioma (tiny red mole). It still looks burnt. I may try it on another mole which appears to be less deep, but not until wintertime, when I can cover up with more clothing. It will probably take another month before my skin returns to its original color. Now it still looks darker than the rest of me.
I like the idea of a mammo at age 40. The "detriment" to mammo is mental anguish and false positives and the insurance aspect. It's not like the mammo fails to detect (many) cancers. So I don't see the conservatism as a bad thing. The mental anguish happens when the radiologist finds something and tells you to come back in two weeks. I had a false asymmetry. Everything is fine, but I was nearly non-functioning for those two weeks. I advocate some form of immediate callback instead of waiting two weeks for another appointment.
*A few months ago, some of the seaweed packages said "good source of iodine" and included the iodine RDA in the Nutrition Facts: for example 1/4 teaspoon of kelp flakes = 1224% RDA. In the past six weeks or so, all that labeling disappeared. I don't know why. Now I don't know the exact iodine content.
5'0" female, 44 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 111 on sugar cheat. Currently fighting off sugar/candy cravings with bulletproof cocoa and a little rice.
I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and should tweak Primal to their own needs.