I have taking Iodine for years and nothing. So has my friend. A natural healer who had training on the thyroid told me it would not work if you live far enough south of the poles or maybe it was the equator she was talking about. A year ago My health went down hill and I started taking Nature Thyroid (RX) but at the same time I had change my diet and was doing oils. Unintentionally those things got my thyroid going and too fast so I quit taking the RX for my thyroid. I was eating lots of coconut oils then putting essential oils on my body for other reasons not knowing they would stimulate my thyroid. I used frankinscense, thieves oil blend and I was also drinking ginger tea and I quit Sugar along with other carbs and ate brown rice. Once it's going you can back down on doing this stuff so much. as it stated kicking in I would feel it in my throat and sometimes my ears and my yeast went away. My dandruff, itchy anus, dry heels also went away along with my body detoxing on its own more. I had been trying to detox copper for years but guess what that is what yours thyroid does. I quit waking up at 4 am and felt sleepy in the morning. Not tired or fatigued but comfy and relaxed when I woke up. There are also excercises you can do to help it get the tyroid going: http://www.acupressure.com/blog/?p=424 You can also search the Internet for essential oils for the thyroid. Saturated fat and cutting the Sugar is also very important. I don't eat gluten but I think mine is more the sugar.