thanks again wombat...I guess I also need to purchase some of the Lugol's in order to use Iodine topically & vaginally. I have a bottle of Iodoral on it's way to me but that wont work for the above mentioned. Yes, xenoestrogens are another factor I am working on. That is also why my diet is so restricted. Little by little I am replacing products in my household as well as shampoos, soap, etc to those that are paraben free. The next big step is going to be changing all of my cosmetics over to those that are safe as well.