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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Iodine

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An indi vidual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 08/10/2000]
Question: For about two months, I have had a slight pain in the right side of my neck. My mother said it felt like a swollen gland. Anyway, I just realized that for the past two months I have been having Slim-Fast for breakfast and lunch (trying to lose a few pounds), each can providing 35% of daily iodine. Then I take a multivitamin which provides 100% of the daily iodine. Is it possible that this (170%) much iodine is causing the dull pain in my neck? Is iodine toxic and can it build up in the system? Thanks.

Answer: Iodine can shut down your thyroid, but not cause these problems.

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