<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SomebodyElse</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2929247"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I am annoyed that this is always framed as a vegan issue, when it is a human issue. Meat eaters are just as prone to iodine, B12, D, calcium, and iron deficiency. That's why major food manufacturers fortify all kinds of foods with these and more. Meat consumption isn't a magic bullet either, but making it look like vegans need to worry about all this stuff implies that no one else needs to.</div>
Iodine deficiency is a potential issue for every human, that's why the most common table salt is iodized salt. You think they did that for the vegans?<br><br>
I don't cook with salt and most processed foods with sodium are often made with non-iodized salt, so I just add a bit of these kelp granules to my food a couple times a week. <a href="http://store.veganessentials.com/sea-seasonings-organic-kelp-granules-p942.aspx" target="_blank">http://store.veganessentials.com/sea...ules-p942.aspx</a>
Apparently the only consistent sources of iodine are cows milk (because the teats are flushed with iodine by humans, it's not just naturally in there) and sea vegetables. Of those two, one is essentially a fortified food and the other is vegan. It makes me think this must be a major worry for everyone especially if they don't drink much milk.<br><br>
This is the vegan societies view on iodine <a href="http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/nutrition/iodine.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyl...on/iodine.aspx</a><br><br>
I don't supplement just now but I will start as sea vegetables aren't something I've ever found in a shop here.<br><br>
Likewise I supplement B12 and D because they are not found in vegan food. I don't intentionally supplement calcium as it can come from a balanced vegan diet although the soya milk I use is fortified with it.
<div class="quote-block">first of all the study was tiny, only 140 people total and only about half were vegan.</div>
If proper sampling techniques were employed, this should be more than enough cases from which to generalize the effect of a single, 2-level independent variable on a single dependent variable.<br><br>
Well, I personally like to have these things brought to my attention. Not so that I can freak out and run straight to the doctor for an iodine test. Mostly because I'm committed to doing everything I can to be both vegan AND healthy. We all know that one doesn't automatically follow the other.<br><br>
I started to take a small amount of iodine (drops) right after the nuclear issues in Japan because I heard someone talking about how radioctive iodine will be absorbed into an iodine deficient thyroid....and even though I'm here in the the U.S., it just got me to think about what sources of iodine I have in my diet. I realized that I really didn't have ANY reliable sources....I was using straight sea salt (no iodine)...not eating any sea veggies (not crazy about them) and vegetables, while I eat plenty of those, are not a reliable source considering the varying levels of iodine in the soils they're grown in.<br><br>
What happened next is....I stopped taking the iodine because it seemed like everytime I did (I mixed it with water first thing in the morning and drank on an empty stomach) my voice would get very crackly and hoarse for the rest of the day....I know it sounds strange but I've googled the symptom and found others who've had the same issue. I don't know if that is some harmless symptom or what, but I decided to just start using iodized salt instead.
<p>I was diagnosed with a hypothyroidism a year or so ago after being veggie for 16 years, but the test cannot distinguish between a sluggish thyroid and iodine deficiency, it just sees your pituitary gland desperately pumping out thyroid stimulating hormone. I ummed and ahhed about going on prescription drugs, something I'm a little reluctant about in general for fear of side effects, having to squeeze recurring doctors appointments into my busy schedule, physical dependency and the zombie apocalypse.</p>
<p>Absolutely NO doctor I spoke to suggested iodine deficiency as a possibility, but when I decided to go vegan a month ago I had a read around about potential nutrient deficiencies to ensure I maintained a healthy diet. Bells rang, I started taking kelp tablets and suddenly... my "hypothyroidism" and the nasty symptoms that went with it disappeared.</p>
<p>There is a common assumption that no-one with a rounded healthy diet could be iodine deficient in this day and age (in countries where salt is iodised) but with everyone being encouraged to reduce their salt intake, I believe this is no longer the case. I never add salt to food and eat very little processed food containing salt, and it's had some very unpleasant consequences for my health in the past 5-6 years. I'm not saying 'eat more salt' btw, there are other ways to ensure you get iodine such as green leafy veg but these alone were apparently not enough for me.</p>
<p>If I hadn't decided to go vegan and examine my potential nutrient deficiencies in the process, goodness knows when I would have found out about this...</p>
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