Yes, it is a bit of a shock finding this out - you were at high risk of developing auto immmune disease anyway and if you think back you will probably find you had pre auto symptoms for years, it does not just suddenly appear, it takes years to develop. If you can read Sandra Cabot's book called healing auto immune disease, it will answer a lot of your questions. The problem with this Iodine forum is it is set up purely for people who want to take high doses and not to support people who find out even at low doses of Iodine they trigger a pre existing immune condition. I am not against high dose Iodine up to a point, but to just do it without preparing the body first is insanity in my opinion as the detox will hammer the crap out of a healthy body, let alone one with hidden problems. I do not believe just taking the companion nutrients is sufficient for the majority of people and other work should be done beforehand. Salted water is good in my opinion as it supports the adrenals and will continue to remove brommide even without iodine. How to supplement other nutrients is a very individual thing and best done with a nutritionist or naturopath who can advise on what you need face to face.