August 16, 2017

FAQs

LID Life Community (LLC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations are tax-deductible.

1. WHICH LID?

A. We follow the NIH and American Thyroid Association (ATA) LID guidelines. We will help members that are on other lids. Please follow the LID guideline given to you by your doctor.

B. We do NOT stigmatize how you do your LID. All options are on the table. LLC’s role is simply advisory, and our advice will always be rooted in the science.

2. Controversies: Please see our science document for information about why we do not support any fruit/vegetable (exception of soybeans) bans, milk products, sea salt or Himalayan salt, meat bans, or potato skin bans. Included in the science document is information about distilled water and why not to drink it, along with why you should not drive off thyroid medications.

3. Urinary iodine testing: Non-dietary Iodine contributors that can cause a large increase in iodine levels listed below. Citations: Please see science document for more information.

A. Dehydration – it can cause a false reading of high iodine content in urine because the sample is now concentrated. If your urine is not light yellow, drink up before urine iodine testing.

B. Vitamins (prenatal, labelled content per daily serving): 75–200 μg

C. Amiodarone (per 200 mg): 75,000 μg in 1 pill
*heart arrhythmia medications (Brands: Cordarone, Nexterone, and Pacerone)

D. Iodinated contrast (free iodine content, per CT scan): 13,500 μg

E. Topical iodine (povidone iodine): variable, usually 1–5%
*betadine – Each 1 mL contains 100 mg povidone-iodine, equivalent to 10 mg available iodine.

F. Supplements of Saturated solution of potassium iodide (per drop): 50,000 μg

4. Soy oil & soy lecithin are the only LID safe soys. They do not contain isoflavones that can block iodine uptake into thyroid cells.

5. Breastfeeding: Please completely dry up before RAI, as breast milk can concentrate RAI.

6. The U symbol on a product is the hechsher. That indicates that the product is kosher according to Jewish dietary law. When we say that “kosher salt” doesn’t have iodine, we do not mean that salt which is kosher according to Jewish law doesn’t have iodine. This type of kosher has absolutely nothing to do with iodine. This is just regular salt that happens to be kosher. But that does not make it “kosher salt”. “Kosher salt” refers to the shape of the salt crystal. Just like there is fine salt, course salt, and flake salt, another type of salt shape is “kosher salt”. This is a fluffy crystal shape. It’s called kosher salt because Jews use this type of salt to remove blood from meat to make it kosher according to Jewish law. The name just stuck, and it is called kosher salt regardless of what it is used for. Salt with iodine doesn’t form this type of crystal. Today kosher salt can be found in both kosher and non-kosher foods. If something is made of kosher salt, and isn’t just regular iodine salt that is kosher, it will say “kosher salt” in the ingredients.

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