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The past two weeks alone, we've taken requests and special orders for potassium iodide because we were sold out immediately at our store. People are scared and for good reason. The thyroid is the main organ that is affected by radiation. Potassium iodide provides the necessary iodine levels to protect the thyroid from additional iodine in the form of radiation.
What purpose does the thyroid gland have? It produces thyroid hormones which controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. This is why individuals with hypothyroidism (mostly found in women) have issues ranging from weight gain and water retention, muscle cramps, fatigue, and depression, to state a few.
The best way I can describe why people take potassium iodide is to fill the thyroid like a balloon with the iodine so that when iodine from radiation tries to penetrate, it has no room. Those individuals with iodine deficiency should be concerned and try to get those levels at a normal rate.
For those with an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) the recommended dosage is 2,000-5,000mg of iodide a day* (Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition, Phyllis A. Balch, CN). If this is a concern for you and your family, it's always best to do as much research as possible before starting any medication or supplement.
*Always consult your healthcare practitioner prior to beginning any new treatment