There's a post just down the page from another newbie, answers there may apply to you as well:
And there are a lot of different "side effects" to Iodine
supplementation. Many of them can be attributed to bromide detox:
Where does all this bromide detoxing from our tissues
Please look at the evidence of the increasing bromide dominance
condition in our environment and products.
was not supplemented much before the last three years,
few physicians have had a chance to look closely at the occasional
symptoms which arise from Iodine
supplementation (still called "iodism")
and raise questions.
Might the historical observation of iodism be due principally to
massive amounts of stored bromine leaving the tissues and
entering the bloodstream?
Is it possible the apparent adverse effects of iodine are due
almost exclusively due to bromide excretion, and not enough
iodine-alone effects can be documented to qualify as an "ism" ?
Might the iodism phenomenon be more appropriately called
Many of the Breast Cancer
Choices' Iodine Investigation Project
registrants also found the following suggestions helpful if bromide
detox symptoms were not tolerable. Consult your doctor before
implementing the strategies below:
Bromide Detox Strategies
1. Salt Loading.
2. Stopping iodine for 48 hours to rest the kidneys.
3. Reducing the iodine dose temporarily, then working back up.
4. Taking several grams vitamin C spread out throughout the day along
with the Iodine Companion Nutrients.
5. Drinking more water.
6. Pulse-dosing (stopping and restarting iodine therapy.)
7. According to Iodine users with skin symptoms, adding 25 mg zinc often
Iodine-related bromide symptoms may include but are
not be limited to:
eye lid twitching
tingling in hands or feet
dark thoughts (e.g., there is no reason to live)
(e.g., there is no reason to get out of bed)
mouth and tongue sores and cuts or "sore mouth"
"different" acne,"bromide acne," "acne-like eruptions" without "coniform."
(Some iodine users found zinc helps bromide acne.)
leg and hip ache (feels like arthritis)
odd swallowing sensation (reported in old medical literature as "swollen
(bromos is Greek for stench)
unusual urine odor
ureteral spasm, frequent urination (mistaken for urinary infection)
breast tenderness (transient symptom reported to resolve)
And an excellent FAQ on "iodine basics" by pb3046:
The basics are:
1. Salt Loading
2. Companion Nutrients
3. Very Good Elimination (three BMs per day)
4. Breaks and/or adjustment of dosage
1. Salt loading is to increase the amount of bromide increased in the urine. Bromide is one of the major causes of side effects. It is the chloride, not the sodium, in the Sea Salt
that causes this increase in bromide being excreted. You can also substitute potassium chloride or magnesium chloride.
Salt loading should be done every day, whether it is a day you take Iodine or not. Iodine loosens up a lot of things and you want to get these things excreted, not just have them recirculate in your body.
If you do not salt load, you may get a wide variety of side effects, but the most common ones are headaches and emotional reactions (rage, depression, etc).
Here is a post of my point of view of salt loading:
2. Companion nutrients: Here is a link to the FAQs. It is at the top of the page too. You can click on the listings that say companion nutrients. Since this has been written, the iodine doctors have added riboflavin, which is B-2, and niacin, which is B-3.
3. Very good elimination - this is for management of detox. You can put it in the toilet or put it back in your body. Three bowel movements per day will make your detox much easier. If the iodine kicks up something, and you are not able to get it in the toilet, it will recirculate in your body, and come out somewhere else, in zits, or "cold or flu" symptoms (which are nothing more than your body trying to eliminate the toxins). See the first FAQ on detox for a good explanation or go here:
4. Breaks and/or dosage adjustment - you may have detox with one drop or not until 100 mg. There are many factors that contribute to this. Detox MUST be managed or you will get so discouraged you will think iodine is not for you. If you have just some small sniffles, you may need to do nothing, or you may want to skip a day of iodine, or halve your dose. If you get a massive detox, you may have to stop for a week or two to let your body catch up. Read the FAQ on pull back or push through. If you are going to be doing another cleanse, it is not a good idea to do iodine at the same time, at least if you are new to iodine. If you are an iodine veteran, maybe you can manage it. My basic premise is that the iodiner wants to progress as fast as possible with the minimum amount of discomfort. If you are constantly miserable while taking iodine, you are doing something wrong. However, there are Herxheimer reactions, and you will have to do whatever is necessary to take care of yourself when those things happen. Concurrently, you can take a break from iodine and/or adjust your dose.
Iodine is a wonderful journey or small and large miracles. Skipping any one of the basics can make the journey difficult.