I had submitted a post earlier raising my concerns about my iodine levels. I don't think an iodine loading test is available here in Panama, but I still need to investigate that more thoroughly.
Here is an article that has been thought provoking for me: http://www.mbschachter.com/Iodine.htm
The questions it raises for me are: Is the RDA for iodine truly correct? Is my diet deficient? I eat no processed foods, no table salt, no fish. Does the fact that I have been eating foods that are goitrogenic (my beloved yuca!! as well as uncooked brassicas in salads and smoothies) add to the problem? I grow my own kale and collards, but I have no idea if the soil is deficient in iodine.
In researching the symptoms of iodine deficiency I have to wonder about the fact that my hair has been falling out at an alarming rate, I have mood swings and anxiety. I do not sleep well, my face and lower legs are often puffy. These symptoms fit hypothyroid problems but my labs always show my thyroid levels to be within normal.(TSH 2.0)
I am going to try some Iodoral and see what happens. I wish there was a physician here that could be supportive, but I am on my own on this one. I'll let you know how it goes.