Also, I caused my illness in December. I was taking a lot of vitamins/mineral supplements back then, and thought it would be a good idea to take a lot of iodine. The iodine turned out to be very bad for me---it caused the hyperthyroidism (which started mid-January). I was very healthy prior to the iodine, though, which is the frustrating part. Well, I learned my lesson. No more supplements.