Complementary and Alternative methods for Graves’ Disease, Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroidism

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The science today is speechless about what is the cause of Graves’ disease and similar autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s disease, Lupus, Diabetes type I, Rheumatoid Arthritis and many others. Some people even have more than one of them. We can speculate forever what caused our autoimmune disorders and probably we’ll never know for sure, neither will our doctors. Especially when the disorder is a possible combination of numerous factors: the chemicals, the genetically modified foods we consume every day, the heredity, the exhausted adrenal glands due to massive and chronic stress, the single traumatic events or mycoplasma bacterium (as noted by some clinicians). The pure physical causes may vary depending on circumstances and conditions, but chronic autoimmune diseases are, in fact, systematic malfunctions caused by collapses in the body chemistry balance. How is that happening? How our otherwise perfectly designed body structure will allow this to happen?

There are many answers to this question and they are very individual for each and every person. But the fact is that the body harmony is destroyed, causing different symptoms, which have only one purpose- to draw your attention to your body. We are no longer mindless because the focus now is on the pain, discomfort and what is wrong with your bodies.

The traditional medicine, unfortunately, does not look at the body as a whole, but as a combination of separate parts put together in something called “body”. Thus, the approaches for treating different disorders is focused only on the dysfunctional organ, whatever that organ is. Alternative and complementary methods though look at the body differently- they treat it as a whole system where all the organs are connected and one organ affects all the others. The approach is completely different and it aims the harmony and alignment of all body parts and systems, so speaking, of the whole body and mind.

There are hundreds of alternative and complementary methods from Western and Eastern culture that can help pretty much any health condition. None of them is better than the other, they are just different approaches. People are drawn to one or another technique depending on their culture, personality or general knowledge. I have listed below 10 alternative and complementary methods that are easy accessible, exist in pretty much any culture and country and are also very affordable. There is no guarantee which one will work for you but based on this ancient wisdom, I believe that your body will greatly benefit from it, regardless which one you’ll chose. 

The only thing that is required from you is to give it a try,  be open to new experiences and be willing to incorporate these methods in your everyday  life.

If you are curios and want to learn more and also get the answers of questions like:

What  is the difference between complementary and alternative technique?

Are these methods safe and how you should approach and practice them?

What are the most popular and easy to implement? Check below:

10 Complementary and Alternative techniques for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism 

If you have experiences with other alternative  and complementary methods and techniques that helped your condition, please share them.

Even more natural methods and alternative techniques are available in my books below. Please, click on the picture below and check them now:

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Success Stories by Thyroid Sufferers

As one Cree storyteller said: Stories are Beings. You invite them to live with you. They will teach you what they know in return for being a good host. When they are ready to move on they’ll let you know. Then you pass them to someone else.

Stories will also sustain you in times of challenge, frustration, and failure and it will confront you in times of confusion, pain, and loss, as they do with me.

When it comes to success stories about people battling thyroid disorders, including Graves’ disease or Hashimoto’s, you can not find many. Not because there aren’t, but probably because they are not written in paper yet…But here are some that I want to share with you…To lift your spirit, to give you hope and assure you that there is always a way out:

MargaretMeyerWeb11. “My name is Margaret, am 62 years young, mother of 4 terrific daughters, and I live in Australia in a rural countryside. Have been a medical pathology technologist for 20 years but have always done all sorts of creative art leading to having an art supplies and teaching shop till 4 years ago…..Click here to read her success story:

2. ” My name is Sue. Perhaps I am a-typical because I first started with Graves Disease symptoms in 2001, diagnosed in 2002 when I first consulted my GP.   My journey therefore has been a long one.  I was told it was hereditary and my mother was hypo-thyroid so I didn’t delve further at that point into why I was affected”….  Click here to read more…

3. “Simona’s story..10 years ago I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. I went to see my doctor after I’ve put on 10 kilos (~22 pounds) in the space of 2 months. I knew something was wrong, since I’ve always been very, very active, athletic, toned and never overweight. I was my doctor’s first case of someone gaining weight with an overactive thyroid”…..  See more at:

JanArmstrongWeb4.  This is Jan A.. She is 61 years old and has 3 sons. She was born in England and immigrated to Australia in l976.  She is a psychologist and enjoys countryside, riding, yoga, dogs, cinema, reading, drawing, gardening, walking, friends, family, travel, creativity, writing and alternative health. But one day….Read more about her journey here:

I have many more to share…and if you have a success story you want to share, let me know, I’ll be happy to publish it!

5. The next workshop is happening on:

02/19/2014, Wednesday at 2 PM EST.

Register and join us:

Thyroid Workshop for better health!

 

5 Specific Practical Steps to jump start- your healing in 2014!

Thyroid Workshop for people who want to change their lives! Now…

As I visit our Facebook group on Graves’ Disease, Hyperthyroidism and Thyroid Eye Disease every morning, there is one thing I see repeatedly. Desperation…worries…..depression….”not feeling good” mode…..and other similar to them, all in that same emotional range…

And  I really would love to see different things on that page! So, I have a question to ask all of you:

Your Life Before and After

Are you *genuinely* sincere about punching up your health to the next level?

Because If you’re serious, I’m serious. If you need a breakthrough, that’s why I am here.

Thyroid patients often don’t know where to start with their healing process; they often feel overwhelmed with information, confused about treatment options and powerless to deal with symptoms. It’s all understandable, I’ve been there, I know….

So, I decided to organize a short, 1 hour thyroid workshop over the phone… Something like a support group session on healing, but with real results….

Who is the workshop for? The workshop is for you if you are facing health challenges and can not find your way out or you don’t know where to start!

The workshop can give you a real jump-start in your healing process, regardless if you are newly diagnosed with a thyroid disease or if carry thyroid diagnosis with you for years (it doesn’t matter if you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism at all). Because it’s never late to start changing your life- for good and for the better!

Join me NOW for 1 hour practical workshop over the phone! This is not a lecture, we will be actually doing things, so make sure your pen and paper is ready! I believe it will help you to:

****Increase your creativity-not only creating more, but at a higher level.

**** Discover deep sources of emotional and physical healing.

****Make you focused and determined, no matter how challenging the situation is.

****Tap into sources of wisdom that can help you navigate your life and health in the world today.

****Discover methods that will allow you to see the sacred in each and every moment.

**** Give you the hope that everything can change!

And so much more . . .

When: 02/04/2014, Tuesday,

Time: 7 pm EST

Cost: I intentionally wanted to make this workshop very affordable for everyone, so nobody can have the excuse that it is expensive and not affordable. $10 registration fee- that’s it!

Workshop is: Over the phone, you don’t have to leave your house or your office. After the payment of registration fee you’ll be taken to another page where you can fill out your name and phone #. You’ll be provided with a phone number and an access code to dial via email, so make sure you have mythyroid@gravesdiseasecure.com white listed!

So, REGISTER NOW. Why?

First, because I am planning to limit the group to about 20 people, in order to be more productive. First come first serve basis…Second, I really want to see some commitment and desire for a change!

And third, to ensure that you feel GOOD about 2014, one year from today! Click here to register:

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Thyroid Tests may lie, Patients and Symptoms don’t..

The enigma about Thyroid Tests

My daughter, 17 years old now, was recently send to the lab to get her thyroid tests done, as a part of her annual physical exam. Surprisingly, her TSH came out of the “normal” range. The paper said that her TSH was 0.32 µIU/mL (reference ranges for that age group 0.50- 4.30), which clearly indicates some kind of a hyperthyroid problem. But she did not have any symptoms at all, and if she did, I would be the first to notice them. Clearly, they got the wrong mother to tell that my daughter may have hyperthyroidism.  I insisted this thyroid test to be repeated and since they never called me again, I assume that it  came out normal this time. How did that happen?

Tests may lie, your symptoms don’t

One thing that I have learned through the years being thyroid patient advocate is that thyroid patients don’t lie, but their thyroid tests definitely may. Many people would report that they have normal test results (i.e their TSH, FT3 and FT4 are within the normal ranges), as per their doctors and lab results, but they still have persistent symptoms (regardless hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism). It is very difficult to get a correct diagnosis of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism because the modern medicine chooses to view laboratory test results as the gold standard and as teh only indicator for diagnosing these disorders.

What does your thyroid hormones mean?

ThyroidGlandNew1Many physicians use TSH results as the only indicator of thyroid disorder. However, TSH is not even a hormone, produced by the thyroid gland, it is a pituitary hormone. Other physicians use T4 is indicator, however, T4 is not the active hormone, it is the T3. As you probably already know, the thyroid gland is specialized in hormone secretion, particularly two hormones: thyroxin and triiodothyronine (respectively T4 and T3).  The only difference between these two hormones is the number of iodine molecules that they contain (respectively 3 molecules and 4 molecules of iodine) but both are extremely significant for managing the body metabolism. The production of these two hormones is practically managed by the production of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) produced in the pituitary gland and the Thyrotropin-releasing Hormone (TRH), which is released by the hypothalamus. Both organs (hypothalamus and pituitary gland) serve as check points to detect whether or not the organism is getting enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland is estimated to secret about 80% of the thyroxin (T4) and 20% of the triiodothyronine (T3). However, the larger quantity of T4 (thyroxin) doesn’t mean that it is the more important hormone. In fact, the active hormone is T3 and some of the thyroxin (T4), through complex chemical processes, is converted to T3.

How the “normal” laboratory ranges are defined?

The “normal” ranges are defined based on the test results of the previous 1000 patients. These 1000 patients are randomly chosen but guess what? These are people who are usually in their middle ages, as young people don’t get tested for thyroid problems regularly. This means that the laboratory will use 47.5% below the average and 47.5% above the average to determine the so called “normal” ranges or “the mean”. But it is obvious, that by using this particular method about 95 of the population should fall within this “normal” range. I highly doubt that this is true and I believe that these normal ranges are very subjective. Not to mention that the optimum thyroid level for one person may not be the same for somebody else.  It’s very much like trying to buy a dress, let’s say size 10. You may usually wear size 10, but dresses differ depending on the material or the model (women know that). So that size ‘10” that you usually wear may not fit at all, regardless that the sale person may insist that the dress is perfect and there is something wrong with you or your thinking. Same with the thyroid tests…

Thyroid Tests Laboratories differ

If you get tested in different laboratories, you may get completely different results because of the method they use, already described above. A reference range is usually defined as the set of values 95 percent of the normal population falls within (that is, 95% prediction interval). But was that 95% of the population really healthy? Normal ranges will also differ from lab to lab depending on sample populations, testing procedures and equipment. Try  different laboratories and see if you don’t believe me. 

“Normal” ranges change over time

In 2002, the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) issued new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders. To prove their guidelines, it was announced that after additional tests the TSH levels of the 95% of the healthy population actually fall within 0.4 and 2.5 µIU/mL. Almost immediately after that, in 2003, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists supported NACB, saying that for TSH “normal” levels should be considered the ranges between 0.3 to 3.0 µIU/mL. For more than 10 years later these ranges hasn’t changed. Which also means that if you went to a doctor in 2002 and your levels were let’s say 2.6, you won’t be considered hypothyroid, you will not be treated and you will be dismissed, regardless if you do have or do not symptoms.

Thyroid levels differ during the day

Thyroid levels may fluctuate during the day and they depend also on other medications you may be taking, supplements, hormones and even stress. However, many lab technicians fail to advise their patients to come early in the morning, before any breakfast and food. It is no requirement, as I have found. This alone can throw you in or out of the normal ranges with a blink of an eye. But then your medication may be increased, or reduced, based on this thyroid test results alone.

Your basal temperature matters or how to get more correct results

Measure your basal temperature: Normally, the average temperature of an adult with a healthy thyroid and a healthy metabolism is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.0 degrees Celsius, and that occurs around mid-afternoon or 3 pm. But have in mind that if you measure your temperature before getting out of bed in the morning the basal temperature should be between 97.8 – 98.2 F or 36.6 to 36.8 degrees Celsius (using a normal thermometer under the arm for ten minutes). So, if you take your mid-afternoon temp and find it under this range, that may be an indication that you may have hypothyroidism and/or you are undertreated. If it is above this reference range, you may be hyperthyroid. One last thing: do not use a cell phone at least 30 minutes prior to taking your temperature, it will be affected. For a free temperature graph, check Dr. Rind website:

http://www.drrind.com/forms/tg_blank.pdf

What should you do?

1. Try to schedule your thyroid tests early in the morning and try not to consume any food in the past 12 hours.

2. If your test results come “normal” but you are experiencing unexplained symptoms or you still have symptoms even though declared “normal” do not hesitate to ask for this thyroid panel to be repeated in a few days.

3. If still in doubt, chose another laboratory so you can compare the results (and your doctor as well).

4. Ask your doctor to interpret the result in the context of your overall medical condition and symptoms to determine if there is reason for concern.

 If you have any experience with “strange” test results, or you still have symptoms, but “normal thyroid test results, share your experience, it may help other people as well.

Is Your Unhappiness Making you Sick?

sad-womanUNhappiness, as defined by the dictionary, stands for the feeling of not being happy; sadness, sorrow, dejection, depression, misery, wretchedness, despondency, despair, desolation, glumness, gloom, gloominess, dolefulness; melancholy, low spirits, mournfulness, woe, malaise, heartache, distress, chagrin, grief, pain, agony, anguish, torment, suffering, tribulation; the feeling of not being satisfied or pleased with a situation. (You can choose your favorite).

Described in a Life language manner and “dressed up” with some clothes, unhappiness means a lot of other things: marriage or relationship dissatisfaction, job intolerance, chronic stress, illness, lack of companionship, bitterness, financial problems,  problematic kids, whining parents, cruel co-workers, you name it...But how it is connected with your health? Do you believe that all this has no connection whatsoever on how your immune system reacts and what it does? Let’s think again…

daisy-flower-close-upI’ve always believed in the hypothesis that mind and body are connected and most of our diseases are psychosomatic, meaning that there is a relation between the mental and emotional states and the physical symptoms. I have a good reason for this belief, because most of my life I’ve been a body psychotherapist and practically studied people’s diseases and where they come from for a living. I have researched the applied extensively the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen and I have found a good support of their findings on a very practical level.

I know for sure that unhappy people do get sick with physical disorders more often than the happy do and that specifically pertains to autoimmune disorders.

Many people with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, for example, suffer from depression. It is widely assumed that this depression is caused by the abnormal levels of thyroid hormones. Is this true though? How about vice-versa, i.e.  the depression caused the thyroid dis-balance?

Scientifically speaking, there are few scientific researches on the connection between overall life satisfaction, happiness and autoimmune disorders. This correlation is important to be acknowledged and investigated in sense of prevention and successful treatment of autoimmune disorders, and not only Graves’ Disease, but other autoimmune disease like Diabetes type 1, Rheumatoid arthritis or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Vitiligo and in rare cases Lupus syndrome. In many cases, I’ve seen people suffering from more than one autoimmune disorder. Why is that, I thought?

I am not the first one asking myself this question. Many  research studies in the past covered the connection between general well-being and other diseases, including, but not limited to spinal cord injury, snoring, obesity, osteoporosis, Turner’s syndrome, cardiovascular disease and migraine, however, not enough studies have explored their connection with the autoimmune disorders.

For the purposes of studying Unhappiness and thyroid disorders I have prepared some researches for you, which undoubtedly prove that the better you feel, the more healthy you are. It can also give you some ideas on how to handle “unhappiness” or do things that can make you more happy. Click on the link below to read more:

Unhappiness and Thyroid Disorders

And as always, if you want to share your experience or thoughts, do not hesitate to do so below!

Your Free Special Report, Conference Call recording and my Birthday Surprises

thank-you-french-fries First, big thank you to all of you, who took the time to participate in the Free Conference Call on 11/05/13! We had about 100 people on the call for the USA, Europe and Australia.

  I really hope that the information we shared can help you in your battle with Graves’ Disease, Hyperthyroidism and Thyroid Eye disease or hypothyroidism.

 All the participants,  who registered and participated in the Free Conference Call will receive a separate email from me with the link for the recording.

 20 pages Special Report on Emotional and Psychological Aspects of Thyroid Disorders


I also have for you a Free, 20 pages Special Report on Psychological, Mental and Emotional Aspects of Thyroid disorders- including Graves’ Disease, Hyperthyroidism or even hypothyroidism due to RAI or Thyroidectomy. 

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The report also includes 10 specific strategies to help your thyroid disorder- changes in your life style and daily organization that can lead to immediate improvement of your thyroid disorder!

 Diet, Herbs, Vitamins and Supplements are very important but this is not all and that’s not enough either! You can’t do the same things that brought the thyroid disorder on a first place in your life and get different results, right? Your immediate environment, your emotional and mental state of mind have equal role for changing the background of your thyroid disorder and reversing this health condition.

 Believe me, I’ve been there and I’ve done that!

 And that’s why I am happy to celebrate this year 10 years Graves’ Disease Free! So, I think I know a few things on this subject! Click here to get:

Your Special REPORT

svetlawebSpecial Coaching Program for Thyroid Patients

When people ask me what is the one single thing that most helped my Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism 10 years ago I have nothing else to say, but “Life Style Changes” . And I know that this sounds vague and not very serious, but that’s the truth…more or less. Yes, the diet, the herbs, the vitamins and everything else helped a lot as well, but they alone are not enough. I know people that are taking all the right supplements, vitamins and eating the right foods, but they are still not free from their thyroid disorder.

 And let me tell you why: because your Soul, your emotions and feelings, what you do everyday have even greater role in the healing process.

Because everyone has a different situation and is a different case, I decided to create a personalized, 3 months coaching program, especially for you..

 You would not regret taking that step, I promise you….Click below:

Your Special Coaching Program for Thyroid Patients

happy-birthday-textHappy Birthday Surprises!

November is my month…in every single aspect..I happen to be born in this month (some 43 years ago, to be more specific) and my website GravesDiseaseCure.com also launched 8 years ago in this month.

 So, we both have birthdays…As it became a tradition, every year I share with you all how the things are going with me and  I run a promotion on all my books for 10 days during this month starting today…  Click on the link below for details!

Free Coaching Conference Call for all my suscribers

Free Coaching Conference Call about Graves’ Disease, Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism 

Hi all,

since I am receiving a lot of emails recently and I can barely respond to all of them,  (I mean- I receive hundreds of emails every week), I decided to set up a Free Coaching Conference Call for questions, answers, sharing stories and discussions on Graves’ Disease or hyperthyroidism (or hypothyroidism for that matter).

callmeThe call is Free and open  for people worldwide (any country in the world!) There will be access codes provided for each country and you’ll be calling a number in your own country (local ph charges apply)

Brief agenda: We’ll be talking mostly about your experience and your challenges regarding Grave’s Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Thyroid Eye disease and hypothyroidism due to RAI or thyroidectomy.

 Feel free to share and discuss:

***1 thing that helped you most with your thyroid problem (a tip, suggestion, method, strategy).

***1 thing you are mostly challenged  and need help with (a specific symptom, thyroid tests reading, family and friends, doctors etc. ). 

How can we help you?

When: November 05, 2013, Tuesday, at 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

 Phone The conference call is limited to a certain number of participants (not my rules, rules of   the company that provides that free conference), so first come, first serve basis…   Please register here:

 http://gravesdiseasecure.com/registration/

 It will be approximately 1 hour, and I’ll do my best to record it so we can listen later.  If you get a busy signal, that means the room is full, or too many people dialing at the same time. Try again later.

 Please, use the World Clock to convert for your time zone. Click on the link below and check your time.

 http://www.timeanddate.com/

 Some housekeeping here: Announce yourself when you enter the “chat room”- name and country will be Ok. Ask specific questions, and if you know the answers of a question somebody asks, feel free to answer. It’s a free sharing information/ experience and stories. Keep it short and to the point.

 Register here:

 http://gravesdiseasecure.com/registration/

All participants in the call will receive my Special Report “10 Secrets for Changing the Psychological, Emotional and Mental Background of Thyroid Disorders”.

See you in the “talking room”  next Tuesday!

 If you have any questions, let me know.

 Svetla

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